The Law School prides itself on providing learning experiences that stretch beyond the classroom and give students practical experience and insight into the way the law functions.
Principles and Practice Program
Virginia’s Principles and Practice Program, a major curricular innovation that is the first of its kind in the country, is designed to give students the opportunity to apply legal theory in real-life situations. The program teams law professors with practitioners, judges, and other distinguished professionals for a semester or more. Lauded by students and practitioners alike, the program melds the insights of theory with those of contemporary practice, giving students a more sophisticated and useful understanding of a field than either perspective can yield on its own.
In addition its regular semester- or year-long courses, the Law School offers a variety of intensive short courses that allow students to focus on specific subjects ranging from Islamic Law to the finance of small enterprises. Often taught by practicing lawyers, these courses allow students to spend anywhere from a few days to a few weeks studying real-world problems with some of the top practitioners and scholars in the field.
Short Courses, 2009-12:
Advising the Board of Directors in a Mergers and Acquisitions World
Comparative Democratic Constitutionalism
Death Penalty: An International Perspective
Economic Foundations of Intellectual Property
Electronic Discovery in a Global Environment
Ethics, Integrity, and Avoiding "Club Fed"
European Legal Systems
European Union Law
Finance of Small Enterprise
French Public and Private Law (offered in Paris)
Genetics and the Law
Globalization and International Civil Litigation
Governance and Control of the Multinational Business Enterprise
International Banking Transactions
Launching the Enterprise: Selected Topics in the Start-up of a Biotechnology Company
Legal Theory in Europe and the United States: A Comparative Analysis
Mergers and Acquisitions: Corporate Finance Perspectives
Oral Presentations In and Out of the Courtroom
Private Equity Deals and Firms
Punishment in Law and Culture
Real-World Challenges and Pitfalls of the Lawyer for the Corporation
Rights, Bills of Rights, Constitutions: The Americanization of Britain?
Taxation and Economic Development
Taxation of Financial Products and Investment Vehicles
Trade Secrets: History, Theory and Practice
White Collar Crime
Professors also find ways to bring in practical experiences into regular courses that don't include a particular focus on real-world lawyering. Professor Margo Bagley takes her patent law classes to Washington, D.C., to observe oral arguments before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, which has nationwide jurisdiction over appeals in cases involving patent laws and those decided by the Court of International Trade and the Court of Federal Claims. They meet with Chief Judge Randall R. Rader, who offers insight into the federal appellate process and tips to remember when arguing a federal appeals case. (More)