Law 811 - Practicum

Faculty listed in alphabetical order – please see faculty specific description for requisite information.

J. Dasteel

General Course Description:

Practicums link substantive law courses with practice experience.  They combine doctrinal courses with either field placements (live-client practicums) or simulation-based clinical courses (simulation-based practicums). Practicums are designed to integrate teaching of substantive law with training in real-world practice skills. 

In simulation-based practicums, students participate in both a seminar with a specific substantive law focus and a simulation-based clinical course where students apply that substantive law in the context of simulated exercises.  For example, the seminar may have corporate transactions as its focus and the associated simulation-based clinic would use a simulated mergers and acquisition transaction to train students in such practice skills as negotiation, preparation of term sheets and due diligence.  In the simulation-based clinic component of the practicum, practice skills are typically taught through lectures, demonstrations, and hand-on exercises where students are videotaped and receive one-on-one feedback from the instructor. 

Generally, participation in the seminar component of the practicum is a pre- or co-requisite to enrollment in the associated externship or simulation-based clinic.  At the instructor’s option, however, students may be permitted to enroll in the seminar component of the practicum without also enrolling in the associated externship or clinical course.

Course Information:
This course is not offered in 2018 - 2019.