To ensure that you can hit the ground running after you graduate, you’ll hit the ground running as soon as you get here. All first-year students participate in the school’s unique, yearlong Legal Skills in Social Context program, where you’ll be introduced to the core skills of effective team lawyering and given an opportunity to put them into practice through an extensive legal research project on behalf of a community-based or public service organization.

The course is taught by a team of full-time faculty with assistance from upper-level student fellows and teaching assistants. You’ll gain experience conducting legal research, writing clear and persuasive legal documents, performing client representation duties and practicing critical analysis and oral skills while working as a team.

Legal Skills in Social Context is a challenging program that treats you like a mature professional from day one. Your experience in LSSC not only prepares you to effectively function in your initial co-op placement — it helps you immediately build a strong base of skills, which you’ll continue to develop and add to over the remainder of your legal education.