The National Jurist - Spring 2017 - 30
for the summer
Health law, climate change
and other quickly evolving
practice areas are on tap this
summer at law schools across
By Katherine Connor
don't fit into the standard curricula, Tapia
The ability to network with students,
professors and practitioners from a variety
of geographic areas doesn't hurt either.
This year, some of the hottest topics for
summer programs include health law, environmental law and climate change, as well
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Summer's hot, and in more ways that just
Law schools are offering summer courses
that focus on the hottest practice areas -
from cybersecurity to health law. Programs
range from a couple of days to a couple of
months, and many take on niche topics not
covered in traditional law school curricula.
This gives students a valuable opportunity
to learn about growing practice areas.
"Subjects like intellectual property and
basic business skills are key to getting ready
for real-world legal jobs but generally (are)
not required classes in law school," said
Steve Tapia, a practitioner in residence at
Seattle University School of Law. "Summer
programs allow students to explore these
hugely important areas of the law without displacing the bar-tested subjects that
schools require students to take during most
of the standard academic year."
Asha Scielzo, a professor at American
University Washington College of Law and
organizer of the school's Health Law &
Policy Summer Institute, said taking summer classes offers another benefit as well.
"What ends up happening is, when
they go look for jobs, or go back into their
work if they're a practitioner, they can set
themselves apart with this type of content
on their resume," Scielzo said. "It really
helps students demonstrate that they have
an interest in health law and that they're
seeking out these types of unique opportunities."
Summer programs often allow faculty
to explore innovative ways of teaching that
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