Associate Professor of Lawyering Skills
Director, Academic Support
B.S., Grove City College
J.D., McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific
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As the Director of Academic Support, Associate Professor of Lawyering Skills Courtney G. Lee oversees and teaches courses and programs designed to help McGeorge graduates pass the bar exam on the first attempt. A member and officer of several national and regional committees dedicated to effective teaching and law student support, Professor Lee is the proud recipient of the 2012 University of the Pacific Podesto Award for Excellence in Student Life, Mentoring, and Counseling.
Professor Lee is a national presenter and published author. She co-founded the West Coast Consortium of Academic Support Professionals, which produces yearly conferences drawing attendance from within and well beyond the western region of the country. She served as 2015 Chair of the Association of American Law Schools Section on Balance in Legal Education and continues as a member of the Section's Executive Board. She is a longstanding member of the Association of American Law Schools Section on Academic Support, serving on its Executive, Bar Support and Awards Committees, and she also chaired the inaugural Scholarship Committee of the Association of Academic Support Educators.
Professor Lee was honored to have written the Institute for Law Teaching and Learning's Article of the Month for August 2015, Changing Gears to Meet the "New Normal" in Legal Education. She also has published in and recently served as Executive Editor of The Learning Curve, the official publication of the Association of American Law Schools Section on Academic Support. Additionally, she has contributed her written work to the Clinical Legal Education Association and the Law School Academic Support Project, and she was featured as a guest blogger on the Law School Academic Support Blog, a member of the Law Professor Blogs Network. She also co-authored Cases and Materials on Principles of Agency and edited Practical & Persuasive Legal Writing Course Materials, textbooks published internally for McGeorge courses, and her Agency casebook and materials were used with permission by the University of Dayton to teach a similar course.
Professor Lee also teaches Animal Law at McGeorge, and is the Faculty Advisor of the McGeorge Student Animal Legal Defense Fund student organization. She is a member of the Executive Committee of the Association of American Law Schools Section on Animal Law, and has presented nationally on integrating animal law examples throughout the curriculum. She also reviewed and provided feedback on a criminal law chapter in a forthcoming textbook with the same focus, and she is pleased that her latest law review article, regarding the Animal Welfare Act and its provisions concerning animal testing, was accepted for publication in summer 2016. Prior to entering the legal field, Professor Lee used her business degree to co-own and manage three independent pharmacies.
Courses: Animal Law, Persuasive Analysis, Strategies, & Skills I and II, Principles of Legal Analysis, Principles of Criminal Law