McGeorge School of Law

Global Skills Course Unveiled

July 6, 2009

2009 Final Four participants

2009 Final Four participants Luke Hendrix, left, with Cathleen Penney, Cody Drabble and Jessalee Samar with their distinguished panel of judges, Chief Justice Rebecca White Berch, Arizona Supreme Court, U.S. District Court Judge Morrison England, and Arthur Scotland, presiding justice of the California Court of Appellate, Third Appellate District.

McGeorge introduces its new two-year Global Lawyering Skills program this fall, a course that promises to sharpen the research and writing abilities of its students.

The new 2009-10 academic year program replaces two previously required courses, first-year Legal Process and second-year Appellate & International Advocacy. In the new Global Lawyering course, students will have two years of required legal research and writing instruction, presented within a coordinated system of learning under an expanded full-time faculty.

The first year of the new course will focus on case analysis, objective legal writing, client-counseling skills, contract drafting, negotiation and mediation, and legal research in both national and international law. The second-year segment of the program stresses persuasive written and oral advocacy, including trial briefs and arguments, and appellate-level briefs and arguments. The campus-wide Final Four moot court competition will remain intact, but ADR simulation as well as pleading drafts and discovery, transnational contracts and other skills-based instruction have been added to the program.

“All McGeorge students will benefit from this integrated program,” said Professor Mary-Beth Moylan, Global Lawyering Skills co-director. “This program will also serve as a hub from which our students can become involved in our Centers of Distinction and further their experiential learning in preparation for law practice.”