In the first year of study, students represent hypothetical clients in the Lawyering I and Lawyering II courses. Through these courses students learn skills they will use for the rest of their careers as lawyers as well as skills that will help them to succeed in law school.
They learn and practice:
- How to conduct legal research
- How to read and analyze the law
- How to properly cite to legal authority
- How to apply the law to clients’ cases
- How to communicate their analysis both in writing and orally
Integrated into these experiences are considerations of ethics and professionalism, concepts that are critical to formation of a Loyola law graduate.
A small-class setting helps to create multiple opportunities for focused professor/student interaction, both in and out of class, and interaction among students; additionally, one-on-one meetings between students and professors about student progress and work are regular parts of the year of study.
Further, Loyola welcomes members of the bench and bar to play a part in the first-year experience by serving as judges for students arguing their clients’ cases.
A third course offered in the first year is the Principles of Legal Analysis course, which offers students who may need more time working on analysis and writing an opportunity to delve more deeply into the organization of legal analysis and writing and the strategies behind setting forth strong legal arguments.
In the second year of study, students focus on professionalism and ethics in Lawyering III. Students work on professional formation as well as learn the ethical rules and norms that govern lawyers.
>> Visit our Westerfield Fellows page for more information on our Lawyering Program professors.