Curriculum

Fundamentals of Law Practice 1: Objective Legal Analysis

Credits: 2.00
Faculty: Cameron W. Arnold, Carrie Teitcher, Emily Wall, Eun Hee Han, Jayne Ressler, Joy Kanwar, Margo Brodie, Maria Termini, Marilyn Walter, Michael Weitman, Mary Falk, Nina Farber, Noah Kupferberg, Susan Greene, Timothy Driscoll

In the first semester, students learn objective legal analysis as the foundation of the problem-solving and practical skills so important for graduates in todays rapidly changing legal environment. Classes are small, allowing for extensive written feedback and one-on-one conferences with professors. Classes are typically characterized by frequent experiential simulations and robust peer and self-evaluation, with discussions of professionalism and ethics. Students learn the principles of legal reasoning through four writing assignments, each requiring progressively more complicated factual and legal interpretation. Students also learn the most up-to-date , cost-effective legal research tools and strategies. By the end of the semester, students learn how to professionally and effectively present findings, in writing and orally, as they will as real-world lawyers.

Grading and Method of Evaluation

Letter grade only. Students graded on written and oral assignments.