Table of contents
1 legal education: an overview
2 menu of sources
2.1 State Material
2.1.1 State Court Rules
2.2 Other References
2.2.1 Key Internet Sources
2.2.2 Useful Offnet (or Subscription – $) Sources
3 other topics
legal education: an overview
Today, in nearly all states, completion of a degree program at an accredited law school is required for admission to practice as a lawyer. It normally takes three years of full time work to receive a law degree. Unlike the case in nearly all other countries of the world this required degree program must follow a basic four year college or university degree. In the United States there are 175 law schools accredited by the American Bar Association (http://www.abanet.org/ ). Most states do not accept bar applications from graduates of law schools not on that list.
In the first year of law school students generally are required to take broad introductory topics. These may include torts, contracts, criminal law, civil procedure, property, and constitutional law. Many schools also require courses in legal writing and legal research.
The second and third years of law school allow a student to concentrate on particular areas of the law such as business, litigation, international, or family law. A number of courses may still be recommend or required such as federal income taxation, corporations, commercial law, and professional ethics. In addition, the second and third years often provide the student with the chance to get some legal experience through legal aid clinics and internships.
Law students usually participate in extra-curricular activities that provide them with further useful experience. Law reviews are legal academic journals edited and in part written by students. Membership in law review is usually granted on the basis of first year grades or a writing competition. Moot Court provides students with the opportunity to compete with one another by giving mock oral arguments before a panel of judges.
Law school teaching tends to be far more interactive than is common in undergraduate education, despite large classes. In the classic “Socratic Method” the law professor asks a student a series of questions about assigned cases.
menu of sources
State Court Rules
State Courts (http://www.law.cornell.edu/states/)
Key Internet Sources
Useful Offnet (or Subscription – $) Sources
Good Starting Point in Print: James E. Moliterno & Frederick I. Lederer, An Introduction To Law, Law Study, and The Lawyer’s Role (http://www.cap-press.com/books/1390) , Carolina Academic Press (1991)
LII Disk Materials (http://www.law.cornell.edu/disks96)
Category: Legal Education & Practice
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