This fall, the University of Denver Sturm College of Law, an Educating Tomorrow’s Lawyers consortium school, plans to implement its new Experiential Advantage Curriculum, a program that will focus on placing students in real or simulated practice settings. As the first law school to open a clinical program in 1904, Denver Law aims to provide a new, more intensive addition to its catalogue of experiential learning opportunities. Using clinics, externships, semester-in-practice opportunities, and class simulations, law students in the program will have a full year of practical experience upon graduation.
“Experiential courses put our students in the shoes of practicing lawyers in real and simulated legal matters,” says Professor Roberto Corrada, the Mulligan Chair of Modern Learning at Denver Law. “Getting to do this for a full year during law school, guided by expert professors and mentors, provides unparalleled opportunities for our students to develop as lawyers.”
Dean Martin Katz suggests that the new program will give DU graduates an edge in the employment market as well, because “‘[e]mployers have told [the law school] repeatedly that they are looking for graduates with real or simulated practice experience, and the skills and perspective that come from such experience.’”
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