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Lawyering Skills Institute

Whittier Law School recognizes that strong writing and research skills are critical to a successful legal career. The Lawyering Skills Institute provides a rigorous and ambitious four-semester legal writing and professional skills program.

The comprehensive curriculum prepares students to effectively and efficiently transition from student to lawyer. There are eight faculty members dedicated to the Lawyering Skills Institute. Each professor works individually with students throughout every year of law school to better prepare students for the practice of law.

The Lawyering Skills Curriculum

First Year

Lawyering Skills 1 (2 credit hours)

The Lawyer as Counselor: Predictive Writing

From the very beginning, students learn how to be a lawyer by representing clients who need advice and developing the skills required to adequately counsel their clients.

Lawyering Skills 2 (2 credit hours)

The Lawyer as Advocate: Persuasive Writing

Students next learn how to become advocates for their clients by representing them in court and, ultimately, arguing their case in front of a panel of judges.

Second Year

Lawyering Skills 3 (2 credit hours)

The Lawyer as Practitioner: Litigation or Transactional Practice

By the second year, students are ready to represent a client in a semester-long practice simulation involving either a legal dispute or a business transaction. Throughout the simulation, students practice their interviewing, counseling, and negotiation skills.

Third Year

Lawyering Skills 4 (2 credit hours)

The Lawyer as Problem Solver: A Day in the Life of a Lawyer

Our third-year course is designed as a bridge to practice. The classroom is the office; the professor is the supervising attorney; and the student is the new lawyer. Each class, students are challenged to tackle tasks or confront issues that new lawyers face on a daily basis.

Legal Writing Certificate

Honors students can earn a legal writing certificate by completion of a capstone course in Honors Writing.