Whittier Law School’s experiential curriculum highlighted by OC Business Journal

Orange County Business Journal, October 16, 2014 (Subscription required)

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Whittier Law School’s Associate Dean Martin Pritikin was quoted in an Orange County Business Journal article on the increasing prevalence of experiential coursework among OC law school curricula.

A third of all courses at Whittier Law School in Costa Mesa now have a substantial experiential element, said Associate Dean Martin Pritikin, including more than half of the 89 units students must pass to graduate.

This year it also added a one-unit class that teaches concepts such as emotional intelligence and interpersonal skills.

“We want to integrate practical skills into the classroom, and not just for upper-division students,” he said.

A first-year course in civil procedure that previously involved discussion of jurisdiction via U.S. Supremee Court cases over the past 100 years now stages mock, in-class litigation.

“You’re in California, and the defendant is in Nevada,” Pritikin said. “What would you do?”

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