Practicum Courses

III-B-12 Practicum Courses

In order to enhance our students’ professional preparation, the law school offers a variety of practicum courses for upper-level students. These are small classes in which students delve more deeply into a given area of law by working as lawyers on simulated legal matters under close faculty supervision.

A practicum course must have the following five elements:

  1. The course must be focused on one or more substantive areas of legal practice. For example, the course could be a “Securities Law Practicum” or a “Business Planning Practicum,” but not a “Deposition Practicum” or a “Transactional Drafting Practicum.”
  2. The course must require student completion of written work product that is of the type commonly required of lawyers in that practice area. The assessment of other tasks normally associated with the practice area is strongly encouraged.
  3. The written work products must be based on a set or sets of facts (actual or hypothetical, as appropriate) that are typical of the matters in that practice area.
  4. The course may be from 2 to 5 credits, depending on (a) the extent to which it incorporates teaching of the legal doctrines and/or theories that are essential to practice in that field and (b) the amount and nature of the work required. If the practicum is for 2 or 3 credits, it must include as a prerequisite or co-requisite an upper-level course that teaches the legal doctrines and/or theories that are essential to practice in that field.
  5. The course should require students, on at least some of the graded projects, to (a) receive feedback from the professor and (b) work in groups.

Adopted by the Law Faculty, December 5, 2011

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