The University of San Diego School of Law is committed to developing students’ practical legal skills including written and oral advocacy, client counseling and representation, and case management. Through our practical skills training program, including academic courses, interscholastic competition, and clinical education, we bridge the gap between courses in legal theory and the practical skills and experience students need to become effective and successful lawyers.
In the classroom, students focus on written and oral advocacy skills such as appellate brief-writing and argument, negotiation, trial advocacy, and interviewing and counseling. In the courtroom and at the arbitration table, members of the National Mock Trial Team, Appellate Moot Court Board, and Vis International Commercial Arbitration Team compete in intercollegiate tournaments across the United States and in Hong Kong and Vienna, Austria. Each of these competitive teams offers academic credit and a companion course to train top advocates.
Through USD’s Legal Clinics and our Washington, D.C. Externship Program, students put their practical skills to work in one of the most extensive and successful clinical programs in the nation. Clinical program options include placements with the judiciary or government agencies, direct client representation, or work on state legislative and policy initiatives. Students train under experienced professors and attorneys, learn professional responsibility and ethics in the real world, and build their professional network.