Thursday, January 7, 2010

Golden Gate U. Law School revamps 1L curriculum to emphasize legal skills

The blog "Best Practices in Legal Education" is reporting that Golden Gate has revamped the 1L curriculum to place more emphasis on the legal skills training.  Among the changes unanimously approved by the faculty include increasing annual credit hours for legal writing to five (two in the fall and three in the spring). 

Additional changes include:

[Creating] first-year electives that will have no more than 25 students and introduce students to a range of skills other than legal writing and research.  Students will be able to select these spring semester electives, some of which will focus on transactional skills, for example working with unmarried co-habitants who want to put their understanding in writing.  Other electives will focus more on litigation skills in the context of alleged employment discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, or enforcing environmental laws through citizen lawsuits.  Golden Gate University will also offer one or two electives that focus on statutory interpretation and jurisprudence. 

Earlier this year the Golden Gate University School of Law faculty unanimously adopted the MacCrate skills and values as objectives of our JD program.  Creating these first-year electives will ensure that all students are not only introduced to skills such as client counseling and negotiation, but are also able to practice these during their first year and reinforce the analytical skills that they learn in the doctrinal courses.

I am the scholarship dude.

(jbl)

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The skills training is best for those who will be going solo.

Firms will want to grow their own lawyers

Posted by: Tiny Dancer | Jan 9, 2010 6:05:02 PM

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