Skills-Based Courses

Learn it in the classroom. Use it in the courtroom.

Skills-based courses provide real-world lawyering skills in a classroom setting.

Oral Arguments


Litigation Drafting

In the first year, students choose from a list of experiential elective offerings

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Sample 1L Experiential Courses

Law Practice I & II

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.

Law Practice Faculty

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.
Excerpt from course evaluation after 1L year