Law School Professional Development Initiatives in the First Year

Law School Course Type
Baylor Professional Development Program 0 credit grad requirement
Buffalo Career Office programming 0 credit grad requirement
Chicago Kapnick Leadership Development Institute 0 credit grad requirement
Cincinnati Professional Development Program 0 credit grad requirement
Denver Career and Professional Development Credit 0 credit grad requirement
DePaul Preparing to Practice I & II 0 credit grad requirement
Houston Passport to Success 0 credit grad requirement
Idaho Professionalism Education Program 0 credit grad requirement
Michigan State Foundations of Law 0 credit grad requirement
Missouri Job Search Skills, Career Exploration, and Professional Development 0 credit grad requirement
Pace Center for Career and Professional Development 0 credit grad requirement
Pepperdine Introduction to Professional Formation 0 credit grad requirement
Western Michigan Professional Development Series 0 credit grad requirement
American Compass Program 0 credits
Fordham  House 0 credits (yearlong)
Georgia State Professional Development 0 credits (yearlong)
Nova Southeastern Legal Skills and Professionalism 0 credits (yearlong)
Pittsburgh Pitt Law Academy 0 credits (yearlong)
Southern Methodist Inns of Court 0 credits (yearlong)
Law School Course Type
Chapman   1 credit
Chicago Kent Professional Development and Identity 1 credit
Lewis & Clark Law School Foundations of Professional Practice 1 credit
Ohio Northern Legal Problem Solving & Analysis 1 credit
Richmond No title 1 credit
South Carolina Introduction to the Legal Profession 1 credit
South Dakota Foundations of Law 1 credit
Wake Forest Professional Development Class 1 credit
Washington Intro to Perspectives on the Law 1 credit
Western New England Intro to the Legal Profession 1 credit
William and Mary Leadership and Professional Development 1 credit
Loyola Chicago Professional Identity Formation 1 credit (fall)
New Hampshire No title 1 credit (fall)
New Mexico Lab 1 credit (fall)
Tennessee Knoxville Lawyering and Professionalism 1 credit (fall)
Texas A&M Professional Identity Course 1 credit (fall)
Tulsa Dean's Seminar on the Legal Profession 1 credit (fall)
St. Thomas (MN) Moral Reasoning for Lawyers (fall) + Serving Clients Well (spring) 1 credit (fall); 1 credit (spring)
Boston University Lawyering Lab 1 credit (J-term intensive)
California Davis Lawyering Process 1 credit (spring)
Faulkner Fundamentals of Legal Practice 1 credit (spring)
Illinois Fundamentals of Legal Practice 1 credit (spring)
McGeorge The Legal Profession 1 credit (spring)
Mitchell Hamline Foundations of Practice 1 credit (spring)
New York Law School Foundations in Study of Law + Foundations for the Pursuit of Professionalism 1 credit (spring)
North Texas-Dallas Fundamentals of Being a Lawyer 1 credit (spring)
Regent Foundations of Practice 1 credit (spring)
Santa Clara Critical Lawyering Skills Seminar 1 credit (spring)
Northern Illinois Introduction to Legal Profession 1 and 2 1 credit (year-long)
Albany Multicultural Lawyering and Professional Identity 1 credit 1 semester (fall)
Boston College Critical Perspective of Law and Professional Identity 1 credit 1 semester (fall)
Arizona Preparing to Practice 1 credit 2 semesters
San Diego Experiential Advocacy Practicum 1 credit each semester
Arkansas Little Rock Professionalism and the Work of Lawyers 1 credit over two semesters
Brigham Young Professional Skills Training 1 credit over two semesters
Southern Illinois Professionalism and the Law I and II 1 credit over two semesters
Law School Course Type
Florida Levin Introduction to Lawyering & the Legal Profession 2 credits
North Dakota Professional Foundations 2 credits
Penn State Dickinson Problem Solving I: The Lawyer and Client" 2 credits (fall)
Gonzaga Litigation Skills + Professionalism Lab & Transactional Skills 2 credits (fall); 2 credits (spring)
Akron Problem Solving 2 credits 1 semester (spring)
California Irvine Legal Profession I & II 2 credits each semester + assigned mentor
Elon Lawyering, Leadership & Professionalism 2 credits; 1 credit in August and 1 credit in spring
Harvard January Experiential Term 2-3 credit (J-Term intensive)

Course

Law School Course Type 
Harvard January Experiential Term 2-3 credit (J-Term intensive)
Minnesota Law in Practice 3 credits
Syracuse 1L Professional Responsibility 3 credits
George Washington Fundamentals of Lawyering I & II 3 credits (fall); 3 credits (spring)
Kansas

Lawyering Skills II

 

3 credits (spring)
Mercer The Legal Profession 3 credits (spring)
Samford Lawyering & Legal Reasoning I & II 3 credits each semester
Seton Hall Introduction to Lawyering I & II 3 credits each semester
Villanova Professional Development Curriculum all 3 years 3 credits over 3 years
Law School Course Type
CUNY Lawyering Seminar I and II 8 credits over two semesters
Nebraska-Lincoln Legal Skills in Social Context 8 credits over two semesters
Northeastern Legal Skills in Social Context 8 credits over two semesters

To be included on this list, a course or program had to include some type of engagement with professional identity or professional values.  A course or program that just offered skill instruction without some engagement with professional identity or professional values was excluded from the list.  While we tried to err on the side of being over-inclusive, this list may not be complete. The list is intended to demonstrate that a large number of law schools are taking steps to address professional development to make students more practice-ready for the legal profession.