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Southwestern has been recognized by the Carnegie Foundation for leading law school curricular innovation and is a member of the Educating Tomorrow’s Lawyers Consortium. The law school’s curriculum incorporates—and goes beyond—best practices around the country. Choices abound in Southwestern’s cutting-edge first-year curriculum which: presents a groundbreaking three-track approach to the Legal Analysis, Writing and Skills (LAWS) course allowing first-year students to choose an Appellate Advocacy, Negotiation or Trial Practice focus in the second semester, rather than the traditional single appellate track places emphasis on the realities of legal practice, the construction of legal careers, and the ethical and social responsibilities of lawyers


OPPORTUNITIES AND CHOICES IN THE CLASSROOM As they progress through their studies, upper-division students can pursue either a broad-based or a more focused personalized curriculum from a comprehensive selection of more than 200 courses, seminars and clinical experiences. Further expanding opportunities beyond the traditional semesters, Southwestern offers a Certificate in Law and Public Policy with the Pardee RAND Gradute School and a Certificate in Bioscience Industry Law and Practice with the Keck Graduate Institute. An innovative January intersession, advanced Capstone courses and a Floating Mini-Term program provide additional curricular enrichment. The following pages illustrate a few examples of ways that students can customize a curriculum to fit their individual needs and interests. For the complete listing of courses and descriptions of the Certificates, see pages 42-47.

includes an elective in the first year, such as Copyright, Constitutional Criminal Procedure or Public International Law provides a full menu of academic support programs designed to help students improve their study and exam preparation skills 7

Catalog 2014  
Catalog 2014