The Lawyering Program is central to our curriculum. It includes legal writing, clinical, externship, moot court, trial advocacy, and skills courses, and complements our diverse array of public interest pro bono opportunities.
The Lawyering Program embodies a comprehensive approach to making students "client ready" by the time they graduate from law school. Beginning in the 1L year, the program involves a series of experiences that engages students in the intellectual, strategic, ethical, practical, and personal issues that arise in the legal representation of clients. For example, students learn how to interview and counsel clients, research law and facts, write a range of documents that are key to legal practice, and to develop negotiation and advocacy skills. Students learn-and learn to reflect on-different models of effective representation.
Towards graduating client-ready students, all of our students must fulfill multiple legal writing and skills requirements in upper-level courses: requirements that exceed the American Bar Association's. Consistent with best practices in legal education, moreover, these courses must meet detailed standards of sequenced, individual feedback.