Thursday, August 8, 2013

Whittier Law School will launch new experiential legal training program this fall

The program is called "Experience the Law" and what makes it unique, according to the school's website, is that students will receive practical skills training from the very first day of law school rather than having to wait until the second or third year as is the case at most other law schools.  Further, more than half of the school's required course units will involve some form of practical skills training which means bringing into the classroom the sort of practical legal experiences students normally don't encounter unless they participate in a clinical program.  From the school's website

Whittier Law School has just approved an innovative new curriculum called “Experience the Law” in which students develop practical skills integrated with legal knowledge starting from the first day of law school. In fact, 29 units — more than half of the curriculum’s 56 required units — will integrate experiential learning. Students also may take additional experiential courses to satisfy the 89 units required for graduation. A pilot version of the program will begin in 2013-2014, with full implementation in fall 2014.

“Whittier Law School’s program is unique,” says Pritikin. “While other schools offer experiential learning in the second or third year, we begin their first year of law school. In addition, we integrate experiential learning into the classroom, so students learn concepts and then immediately put them into practice. While many schools rely on clinics or externships for experiential learning, we provide a more comprehensive approach.”

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“Our top priority is to graduate students who are fully prepared with the knowledge, skills and professionalism needed to successfully practice law,” says Penelope Bryan, Dean of Whittier Law School. “Our ‘Experience the Law’ curriculum gives our students three full years of experience that will differentiate them in the profession.”

Hat tip to the preLaw blog.


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