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Legal Skills Boot Camps Take Place This Week

January 09, 2012

This week, Tulane Law School inaugurates its innovative week-long intersession program of practical skills courses for second- and third-year students.  Many months in the planning, the program offers three tracks:  Pretrial Civil Litigation Boot Camp, Pretrial Criminal Litigation Boot Camp, and Transactional Boot Camp.  Each course carries 2 credits and lasts one week.  


Dean David Meyer described the program as "designed to introduce students to the basic skills and practical judgment they will need for a fast launch in practicing law.  In the complex and competitive environment of modern law practice, the need for comprehensive skills training has never been greater.  Over the course of one fast-paced, hard-driving week, leading lawyers from around the country will put students through the paces of representing a client in an unfolding lawsuit or business deal.  Importantly, students will learn by doing--interviewing a client, evaluating a case, drafting a pleading or agreement--all with the critical guidance of seasoned practitioners.  The early reviews from both faculty and students have been fantastic."      


The intersession program takes place during the second week of January and was made possible by delaying the start of the spring semester by one week.  Second- and third-year students are eligible to participate, and 150 students opted to cut short their winter breaks to do so.  The courses are taught by close to 75 practicing attorneys and judges, including many Tulane alumni from around the country who have converged on New Orleans to teach.


Each afternoon concludes with a panel discussion of issues not generally addressed in the standard law school curriculum, including:  Communicating with Clients and What Clients Want to Know, How to be a Star Associate, Relationships with Opposing Counsel, and What Judges Do and Do Not Want.


Dean Meyer states, "The program will position students to deliver value to cleints from an early stage in their careers, whether handling trial work or business transactions and no matter the setting.  We expect that employers will recognize the strong value of this program and that it will cement Tulane's reputation as a singularly well-rounded law school where students grapple with both legal theory and practice at a highly sophisticated level."


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