Experiential Learning / Skills Requirement

Experiential Learning

All students, except those who matriculated before the 2016-2017 academic year, must successfully complete six credits of experiential learning.  Experiential learning credits may be a simulation course, law clinic or externship. Students may not use the same course to satisfy both the Experiential Learning requirement and the Upper Level Writing requirement.  Students do not need to submit an intent or completion form for this requirement.  The experiential learning credits will be earned for the courses listed below after receiving a passing grade in the course.

The following simulation courses satisfy the Experiential Learning requirement:

Advanced Legal Writing: Law Firm Simulation (3 credits)     Professor Willke
Appellate Moot Court I Course (1 credit) Professor Karsman
Estates and Trusts Skills Simulation (2 credits) Adjunct Professor Gitnik
Federal Criminal Practice Simulation (2 credits) Associate Dean Baicker-McKee     
General Practice Simulation (2 credits) Professor Herman
Pennsylvania Legislative Process Simulation (3 credits) Professor Schiavone
Pennsylvania Pretrial Civil Litigation Simulation (2 credits) Assistant Dean Kwisnek
Pleading and Discovery Simulation (2 credits) Associate Dean Baicker-McKee
Pretrial Civil Litigation Simulation (3 credits) Associate Dean Baicker-McKee
Trial Advocacy (3 credits) Judge Manning/Adjunct
Professor Obara
Trial Advocacy I- Trial Team (3 credits) Adjunct Professor Giglione

 

The following clinics and externships satisfy the Experiential Learning requirement:

Civil Rights Clinic year-long, 3 credits each semester
Criminal Prosecution Program year-long, 3 credits each semester
Education Law Clinic year-long, 3 credits each semester
Externship (advanced, government, high-credit,
judicial, non-profit, summer)        
one semester, 1-6 credits                                           
Family Law Clinic year-long, 3 credits each semester
Federal Litigation Clinic year-long, 3 credits each semester
Juvenile Defender Clinic year-long, 3 credits each semester
PA Innocence Project year-long, 3 credits each semester
Public Defender Adult/Juvenile Program                 year-long, 3 credits each semester                                                                                   
Unemployment Compensation Clinic one semester or year-long,
3 credits each semester                                 
Urban Development Practicum year-long, 3 credits each semester
Veterans Clinic year-long, 3 credits each semester

 

Professional Skills

All students who matriculated prior to the 2016-2017 academic year must successfully complete one course having a substantial professional skills component.   Students may not use the same course to satisfy both the Professional Skills requirement and the Upper Level Writing requirement.  Students that receive a passing grade in a course on the approved Professional Skills list will automatically fulfill this graduation requirement.  There are no forms to submit for intent or completion of the requirement.

Professional Skills Courses