July 6, 2009
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.”