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.