The Lawyering Program focuses on teaching the real-life skills employed by practicing attorneys. All first-year students are enrolled in the program’s full-year Lawyering course, which incorporates legal writing, legal analysis, legal research, client counseling and interviewing, and oral presentation.
All first-year students are enrolled in the program’s full-year Lawyering course, which is taught in small sections. The course curriculum incorporates myriad lawyering skills, including:
Client counseling and interviewing
Written assignments are set in the context of working in a simulated law office (or judge’s chambers). Students’ work is extensively critiqued (by the professor and teaching assistants), and regular professor-student conferences are the norm.
In the fall semester, students work primarily on predictive memoranda (memoranda that objectively analyze the merit of a potential or ongoing legal dispute) and an oral presentation. Just before the spring semester, an intensive week of classes devoted to the course allows students to hone and expand their legal skills.
In the spring semester, students focus on preparing persuasive documents (those that might be submitted to a court). The course culminates with a moot-court argument, in which students orally argue the position taken in their written document.
Throughout the academic year, skilled law librarians teach the fundamentals of conducting legal research through both print and on-line resources. Various assignments, moreover, allow students to enhance and refine their research skills.
Upper-class students also play a significant role in the Lawyering Program. Each year, approximately twenty-four upper-class students serve as teaching assistants — known as Honors Fellows — for the Lawyering course. Honors Fellows, who receive both individual and group training, work closely with their professor and the first-year students. By all accounts, Honors Fellows not only greatly aid the first-year students but also benefit from a rewarding and immensely educational experience.
Written assignments are set in the context of working in a simulated law office (or judge's chambers). Students' work is extensively critiqued (by the professor and teaching assistants), and regular professor-student conferences are the norm.
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In September 2022, the Lawyering Program faculty engaged in an interactive legal-writing workshop with national expert Ross Guberman, author of Point Made and Point Taken. The workshop covered proven techniques for writing persuasively and giving feedback.
Veterans Law Practicum faculty co-lead, Professor Jimmy Hardwick, joined @WHCUradio on the All Things Equal show earlier this fall to discuss the critical gap that Cornell’s Law’s newest practicum fills for former servicemen and women. To learn more about how you can support the Veterans Law Practicum in the final days of their crowdfunding efforts, visit the link in our bio.
Today, the law school held a "Book Celebration" for the publication "Data Driven: Truckers, Technology, and the New Workplace Surveillance" by Karen Levy, Associate Member of the Law Faculty & Associate Professor, Dept. of Information Science, Cornell University. Professor Kristen Underhill (Associate Dean for Faculty Research & Professor of Law) moderated and G.S. Hans, Associate Clinical Professor of Law, and Frank Pasquale, Professor of Law, Cornell Law & Cornell Tech Campus were discussants. #CornellLawSchool #CornellTech #CornellBowerCIS
Check out how the Gender Justice Clinic took their advocacy for victims of military sexual assault to an international level! Faculty, students, and alumni presented recommendations on this issue and sex workers` rights in hearings before the U.N. Human Rights Committee in Geneva, Switzerland last month. To learn more, click the link in our bio! #CornellLawSchool #CornellLawClinics #GenderJustice #Advocacy #HumanRights
"Getting to prepare and give the openings, direct examinations, and cross-examinations were invaluable experiences. ... Not only did they teach me about labor law but gave me litigation experience that helped me decide [it`s] something I enjoy." ~Cole Quigley `25 (center row, right, with his classmates) reflects on his experience leading an arbitration that led to a client victory as part of the Labor Law Clinic.
This Giving Tuesday, when you direct your support to Cornell Law School`s clinics and practicums, you can enhance experiential learning opportunities, just like these! Visit the link in our bio to make an impact today.
Check out the incredible journey of Professor Ian Matthew Kysel and Professor Luwam Dirar as they advocate for a progressive approach to migration in Africa. #CornellLawSchool #CornellLawClinics 🌍✨ Click the link in our bio to learn more!
Gender Justice Clinic members Marie Nercessian ‘24, Shay Storz `25, and Scarlett Zhou ‘24, along with clinical professor Liz Brundige, speak about the impact of recent legal developments on LGBTQ+ health equity at a meeting of the American College Health Association`s LGBTQ+ Health Equity Task Force.
Read more about the Gender Justice Clinic and its work at the link in our bio. @marienercessian @scarlett_zhou98 @acha_updates
“In just a few short months, my classmates and I have impacted real lives. We’ve helped veterans pursue the benefits they deserve and fought ‘bad paper’ discharges that have been hanging over their heads for years—sometimes decades. We owe it to our veterans to ensure they haven’t been forgotten.”
Patrick George ’24, a founding member of the Veterans Law Practicum, reflects on the work he and his classmates have undertaken since the practicum launched in August. Now, they’re crowdfunding in the hope of making an even greater impact. Learn how you can support their efforts at the link in our bio!
Check out Lizzy Barrett`s (pictured left) incredible journey from seeking help at Cornell Law School`s Entrepreneurship Clinic to the successful release of her new film, "Divisible"! 🎥🌟 For more details on Lizzy`s story, click the link in our bio! #CornellLawSchool #EntrepreneurshipClinic #FilmSuccess
Last Wednesday, Cornell Law alumni came together in New York City for the 91st annual Curia Society Dinner. The Curia Society was formed in the decade beginning in 1930, in response to discrimination against Jewish Cornell Law students. Since that time, the society continues to gather to uphold and celebrate its principles of inclusion.
We were thrilled to welcome Beth Van Schaack, Ambassador-At-Large for Global Criminal Justice, Office of Global Criminal Justice, U.S. Department of State (pictured right with Jens David Ohlin, Allan R. Tessler Dean and Professor of Law, center, and Neil Getnick, AB ’75, JD ’78), who discussed the U.S. Government`s approach towards accountability for the war crimes and other atrocities being committed in connection with Russia`s war of aggression in Ukraine, and the events unfolding in the Middle East.
Thank you to all who participated in this important discussion! Learn more about the Curia Society at the link in our bio. #CornellLawSchool