Building on the first-year Legal Practice courses, the law school offers a rich array of courses that can broaden your abilities to perform core lawyering tasks. These courses include clinics and field placements; externships and workshops; project-based learning courses; upper-class writing electives; competition teams; and simulation courses. These courses offer you the opportunity to learn experientially, by working directly on cases (either in a simulated mode or with real clients) or by working for or with an outside lawyer or a judge or by working on a project involving legal issues. In addition, these courses are designed to offer students the opportunity to hone their skills in drafting contracts, and writing legal memoranda and briefs. Students will also learn how to research and write appellate briefs and have the opportunity to represent the school in moot competitions. These are courses in skills, but they are also courses in legal reasoning and analysis, which you will have the chance to practice and refine in the context of each legal problem you address – often the problems of a real or simulated client. These courses also acquaint you directly with different areas of practice and may be of real assistance in your job search.
Experiential learning is the lynchpin of all of our curricular efforts to teach professional skills and prepare our students for the practice of law. Placing students in roles as lawyers has proven to be one of the most effective ways to achieve that goal. Whether it is counseling a client or making a presentation to a law firm, when the student is asked to perform as a lawyer would, the learning sticks. The student must know the law, but must also know and appreciate the context in which that law is to be applied. That is the essence of experiential learning.
Adjunct Professor of Law
Office: S-913, 40 Worth Street
Professor of Law
Director, Academic Skills Program
Office: 226, C Building
Professor of Law
Associate Director, Center on Business Law & Policy
Office: 910, E Building