Skills-based courses provide real-world lawyering skills in a classroom setting.
BC Law offers a number of courses that help students learn by engaging in simulations of the kind of real-world lawyering that normally takes place outside of the classroom. These courses teach oral argument skills, negotiation skills, mediation skills, transactional and litigation drafting skills, and much more. In each course students receive constructive feedback on their development throughout the semester. In addition to our unique Tethered Externships, where a traditional podium course is tied to a part-time externship and reflective seminar, these courses include innovative offerings such as Supreme Court Seminar and Advanced Evidence: Trial Objections, among many others.
In the first year, students choose from a list of experiential elective offerings:
Complementing our skills-based course offerings is BC Law's flagship first-year Law Practice program. BC Law is one of the only law schools in the country to offer a full year research and writing program taught by full-time faculty.
Our first-year Law Practice course is nationally recognized for its curriculum, which introduces students to the work of a lawyer through legal problem solving in a simulated law practice setting. In the fall semester, Law Practice 1 integrates instruction in legal analysis, research, and writing to prepare students to competently perform these tasks, which are essential to the practice of law. In the spring semester, Law Practice 2 focuses on further development of legal writing skills, primarily in the advocacy context, on more complex legal problems. In both semesters, teaching is accomplished through classroom instruction, discussion, simulations, and intensive individual feedback—in person and through written and audio comments—on student work.
The exceptionally experienced full-time writing and research faculty are leaders in the pedagogy and scholarship of legal analysis and communication. Boston College Law School is proud that its reasoning, research, and writing program has been a training ground for teachers of legal writing at many other law schools.
“This was the most difficult course I took but also the most rewarding. My writing skills improved dramatically and I have the confidence to prepare quality memos for my employers this summer.”
Kent Greenfield’s skills-based seminar, The Supreme Court Experience, is an opportunity for students to simulate real SCOTUS cases, making arguments before the court. The rest of the students sit as the justices, listening to the arguments, asking questions, and eventually drafting and handing down a decision. The course culminates in a trip to Washington to hear oral arguments in court.