This year, for the first time, we will offer a week-long Intersession for 2Ls and 3Ls, right before the start of the spring semester in January. The Intersession was designed as an intensive skills training experience, with the objective of helping students to learn the skills that will enable them to hit the ground running when they take on their first legal jobs. We expect that students who take these courses will, in effect, signal to future employers their readiness to practice, and we hope that employers will view these courses (along with the expanded externship opportunities that we instituted last year, and along with our clinics) as Tulane's commitment to graduating students who have the skills that employers value.
Our Vice Dean for Academic Affairs just announced our new Intersession courses, and they sound terrific. There are 3 tracks: Transactional Boot Camp, Pretrial Civil Litigation Boot Camp, and Pretrial Criminal Litigation Boot Camp. The courses will be taught in small sections with student-teacher ratios of no more than 10 to 1, and each course will carry 2 credits. The classes will be taught by an excellent slate of practitioners from both our local legal community and the rest of the country. Students will be kept very busy by these courses, and we think they'll love every minute.