US D School of Law has expanded its practical skills offerings by introducing an Experiential Advocacy Practicum as part of its required coursework for firstyear students. The practicum provides an introduction to the two major areas of legal practice: litigation and business law. Focused on a fictional negligence case and a buy-sell transaction, the practicum simulates tasks that junior attorneys are expected to perform, including client interviews, negotiation, oral advocacy, and the drafting of both formal legal documents and e-mail communications. The program is designed and overseen by San Diego practitioner Linda Lane, the Annsley and George Strong Professor in Residence for Trial Advocacy. Lane oversees teams of 15 to 20 experienced practitioners who, as adjunct professors, teach these important practice skills each semester.
“The Experiential Advocacy Practicum gives students a real-life window into the experience of being a litigator and a transactional attorney,” Lane said. “The training will give students specific skills associated with both types of practice.”