Professional skills courses teach skills needed to effectively and responsibly engage in the practice of law. They also provide an excellent vehicle to build upon substantive course work through application in a practice setting. Professional skills include appellate advocacy skills, interviewing skills, litigation skills, transactional skills, negotiation skills, mediation skills, legal drafting skills, legal problem solving skills, legislative drafting and advanced legal research and legal writing skills, and other legal practice skills. Each skills course includes opportunities to engage in mock skills exercises requiring the judgment, analytic reasoning and application of law in a practice context and to receive individualized feedback. The faculty for skills courses includes not only full-time faculty, but experienced practitioners.
Students in the Class of 2016 are required to complete at least one skills course for graduation from this list. Beginning with the Class of 2017, all students are required to complete six credits of skills courses for graduation from this list.