Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Golden Gate University School of Law's Honors Lawyering Program

Golden Gate University School of Law has an Honors Lawyering Program that "takes a unique approach to legal education, integrating the theory, skills, and values learned in the classroom with actual work in the legal community - a modern version of the traditional apprenticeship."  They describe the program as:

"HLP students attend a regular first-year curriculum, participate in an intensive skills-focused summer session, and work at a full-time fall apprenticeship. In the spring, students return to full-time classes with a new appreciation for the application of law to practice. During their third year, students complete a second apprenticeship and have the option to enroll in additional, practice-based courses.

Honors courses meet in small sections that integrate lawyering skills training with the substantive law curriculum. By the third week, students begin representing real clients under the guidance and supervision of the professors, who are themselves practicing attorneys. Students may apprentice in private law firms, companies, courts, government agencies, and public interest organizations."

They further state,

"HOW IS HLP DIFFERENT FROM TRADITIONAL LAW SCHOOL PROGRAMS?

  • The Honors Lawyering Program takes a unique approach to legal education, integrating the theory, skills, and values learned in the classroom with actual work in the legal community — a modern version of the traditional apprenticeship.
  • As an HLP student, you attend a regular first-year curriculum, participate in an intensive skills-focused summer session, and work at a full-time fall apprenticeship. In the spring, you return to full-time classes. In your third year, you complete a second apprenticeship and have the option to enroll in additional, practice-based courses.
  • The extraordinary summer program prepares you for your apprenticeships. You study in a simulated law firm environment, taking unique course offerings that blend substantive law with essential lawyering skills.
  • All HLP students qualify for certification under the Practical Training of Law Students program through the California State Bar and may appear in court."

This looks like a wonderful program that combines knowledge with doing.  I hope that more law schools adopt similar programs that allow students the option of learning through doing.

(Scott Fruehwald)

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As the Academic Director of Golden Gate's Honors Lawyering Program, I wanted to thank Scott for mentioning us on this blog.

We are very proud of this program here at GGU (our Dean refers to it as "the jewel in the crown"!). Both the school and the students who participate benefit from HLP in many ways.

If anyone would like more information on the Honors Lawyering Program, please feel free to contact me at 415-369-5346, or tschaaf@ggu.edu.
Tom Schaaf

Posted by: Tom Schaaf | May 31, 2012 3:21:01 PM

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