Students are also exposed for the first time to legal research sources and strategies and learn how to find the law they need to properly advise and represent their clients. Michigan Law offers a rich field of research in both fields, led by professors dealing with cutting-edge science, groundbreaking courtroom defense, and innovation in legal practice. Michigan faculty focuses on Michigan students. They are in their offices, accessible and available to students, ready to build professional relationships. And if they are involved in legal work (such as representing a client before the U.S. Supreme Court), they are very likely to involve students in research, writing, and preparation. We offer a wide range of practical simulations taught by practitioners in their field, combining doctrinal and experiential learning. Simply put, great lawyers are great writers. Our legal research and writing courses and professional training will show you how to find the law, how to accurately analyze it for an employer or judge, and how to communicate it convincingly to help your clients achieve their goals.
Perfecting these essential skills can help you stand out. You might worry about how to gain hands-on legal experience, such as working with clients, while studying law. The good news is that laws in many states allow students to act as attorneys — appearing in court, advising clients — as long as they do so under faculty supervision. In Michigan, students can appear in court as early as their second year. We also have a rare first-year clinic where students practice before an administrative judge. Students are expected to prepare at least one in-depth written assignment and learn how to present an objective written analysis of a legal problem to a client or colleague and convince their reader that their analysis is complete and accurate. Legal Practice Skills I complete the second half of the first semester of legal practice by building on the skills that students have been introduced to legal practice: writing and analysis. The course gives students the opportunity to further develop their basic analytical and writing skills while expanding their legal repertoire to include other essential legal skills. During LP Skills I, students are placed in the role of a lawyer representing a client in various factual circumstances, and then learn how and why lawyers can bring different skills to the table in these situations. For example, students may have the opportunity to learn how to conduct client interviews to determine if a client has a viable potential claim.
(In some sections, this could result in interviews with real clients.) Students may also have their first opportunity to act as advisors, helping clients choose between possible ways to resolve a legal problem. Students may also be exposed to the investigation and evaluation of facts by making statements or other discovery and forensic techniques. In addition, students may be exposed to other types of common legal work products such as client letters and professional emails. Students will also develop their knowledge of legal research sources and strategies and learn how to find the law they need to properly advise and represent their clients. Professors give students frequent feedback as part of all of this work, which may include the opportunity to rewrite some written projects. Students are also expected to self-assess what they are learning and where they may need to develop certain skills. For a law school graduate, it is more important than ever to have both practical and practical experience. Resource-conscious employers are increasingly looking for experienced lawyers instead of providing training themselves. No less important is the insight that such experiences offer law students, who can still discover what they are looking for in a legal career. To help students achieve their academic and professional goals, the Faculty of Legal Practice draws on over 200 years of combined teaching and practice experience. They write books, publish articles in academic and practical journals, frequently present their work at academic conferences, and play an important role in peer-reviewed legal journals and in both national legal writing organizations.
By managing the phases of fictitious and real cases, you will gain extensive practical experience and develop specialist expertise in a specific area of law. This practical experience will help you appreciate and reflect on the theoretical foundations of law and equip you for practice. Michigan Law has many offerings to prepare you to practice law with an understanding of new legal technologies. Our faculty strives to prepare you for the impact of technology throughout legal practice, including writing and research skills, the fundamentals of litigation and civil procedure, and considerations of legal ethics and professional liability. Our eDiscovery and Advanced Research courses delve deeper into these topics. Legal writing is a crucial skill for any lawyer worth his salt, and Michigan takes it seriously. Our legal writing courses are taught by practicing lawyers and experienced teachers. We also go beyond the basics by offering higher-level writing courses. In this way, students learn to appreciate how a commitment to conscientious writing promotes analytical rigor.
They are also exposed and often prepare other types of common legal deliverables, such as client letters and business emails. We also ensure that each student gains extensive experience in legal writing and practical legal work. These skills make Michigan law graduates valuable to any future employer. This course is mandatory for students taking Legal Practice Course I. It will focus on teaching some of the skills generally considered necessary for effective and responsible participation in the legal profession. The professional skills taught may vary from year to year, but include topics such as advocacy, negotiation, alternative dispute resolution, or drafting.