preLaw - Winter 2011 - 44
Where to study
Intellectual property law
U. of Dayton School of Law (& Technology) U. of Florida Fredric G. Levin College of Law University of Georgia School of Law University of Houston Law Center University of LaVerne College of Law University of Maryland School of Law University of Missouri-Columbia Univ. of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law University of Pittsburgh School of Law University of Richmond School of Law University of San Francisco School of Law University of Washington School of Law University of Wisconsin Law School Washington Univ. in St. Louis School of Law Whittier Law School William Mitchell College of Law Yale Law School
ADVOCACY & DISPUTE RESOLUTION
Q&A with Susann MacLachlan, clinical professor and director for the Center for Advocacy and Dispute Resolution at The John Marshall Law School
Q:What is Advocacy & Dispute Resolution Law? A:
Advocacy and Dispute Resolution is the area of study that encompasses both litigation-based training and skills-training focusing on conflict resolution. Discovery techniques, litigation strategy, as well as trial advocacy, are each taught in a “learning-by-doing” approach to practice. The emphasis on preparation and performance in these courses ensures that students are courtroom-ready upon graduation.
Q: What areinthe skills needed to work this area of law? A:
Obviously, trial skills are a very important component of accomplished
legal advocacy. But in addition, students need to be exposed to the skill sets associated with mediation, arbitration and negotiation. We provide these in both our courses and our competition team practices and workshops. For example, there is an art to taking effective and useful depositions, and practicing the techniques of both taking and defending depositions is central to several of our dispute resolution courses. We also emphasize the importance of client interviews, legal issue spotting and the significance of the attorney’s subsequent counseling skills for his client. The courses that we emphasize in our Center for Advocacy and Dispute Resolution are those courses that teach practical skills to law students.
E AR L E MA CK S CHOOL O F LAW DR E X E L U N I V E R S I TY
Expanding the Boundaries of Legal Education
Earle Mack School of Law at Drexel University gives students the knowledge and skills to practice law and the savvy for successful careers. To prepare our students for courtrooms, boardrooms and beyond, we partner with public and private employers who provide practical experience through co-operative education placements, pro bono work and field clinics.
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