Simulations and Practical Courses

Simulations and Practical Courses

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 curricular innovation that was the first of its kind in the country, offers courses 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.

Principles and Practice Courses

Short Courses

In addition its regular semester- or yearlong 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.

Elective Courses

Professors also find ways to bring in practical experiences into regular courses that don't include a particular focus on real-world lawyering. For example, Professors John Monahan and Richard Bonnie bring guest speakers in law, policing and medicine into their Current Issues in Law and Psychological Science course (offered during the 2017-18 school year).

Simulation Courses

The following is a list of simulation courses offered during 2016-19. Numbers in parentheses indicate which academic year(s) the courses were offered, i.e., 2016-17 is coded (17), 2017-18 is coded (18), and 2018-19 is coded (19). (SC) stands for short course and (YR) stands for yearlong.

Advanced Criminal Law: From Theory to Practice (19)
Advanced Criminal Procedure Seminar (19)
Advanced Environmental Law (17,18)
Advanced Legal Argument (SC) (20)
Advanced Legal Research (17,18,19)
Advanced Verbal Persuasion (17,18,19)
Antitrust Practice (17,18)
Appellate Practice (18,19)
Bioethics and Law Internship Seminar: Health Policy and Administration (17,18,19)
Business Reorganization Under Chapter 11 (17,18,19)
Commercial Arbitration (18,19)
Conservation Planning and Law (17,18,19)
Corporate Social Responsibility (SC) (19)
Criminal Law Simulation (SC) (18)
Criminal Procedure Seminar (17)
Defining Leadership Moments (SC) (19)
Drug Production Liability Litigation: Principles and
   Practice (17,18,19)
Electronic Discovery (19)
Emerging Markets: Principles and Practice (17,18,19)
Employment Law: Principles and Practice (17,18,19)
Energy Businesses and Private Company
   Acquisitions (SC) (18)
Estate Planning: Principles and Practice (17,18,19)
Federal Criminal Pre-Trial and Trial Practice (18,19)
Federal District Court Practice (SC) (19)
Federal Litigation Practice (17,18,19)
Forensics Litigation (SC) (17,18)
Graduate Legal Research and Writing I (17,18)
Graduate Legal Research and Writing II (17,18)
Hallmarks of Distinguished Advocacy (17,18,19)
Human Rights Study Project (YR) (17,18,19)
International Investment Law (17)
International and Foreign Legal Research (17,18)
International Investment Arbitration (18)
International Business Negotiation (17,18,19)
International Tax Practice (YR) (17,18,19)
Law and Psychology of Dispute Resolution (18,19)
Lawyering for In-House Counsel (18)
Legal Research and Writing I (18,19)
Legal Writing Fellow (YR) (18)
Legislative Drafting and Public Policy (17,18,19)
Negotiating a Joint Venture in China (SC) (19)
Negotiation (17,18,19)
Nonprofit Organizations: Principles and Practice (19)
Oral Presentations Outside the Courtroom (18,19)
Oral Presentations In and Out of the Courtroom
   Seminar (17)
Persuasion (SC) (17,18,19)
Practical Trial Evidence: Principles and Practice (17,18)
Professional Liability (19)
Public Interest Law and Advocacy (18,19)
Real Estate Transactions: Principles and Practice (17)
Regulatory Law and Policy (17,18,19)
Rhetoric Seminar (17,18,19)
Rules (17,18,19)
SEC and Class Action Securities Enforcement (17)
Startup of a Medtech Company (SC) (17,18,19)
Taking Effective Depositions (19)
Tax Treaties and Other International Topics (19)
Topics in International Tax (17,18)
Topics in Private Company Acquisitions (SC) (19)
Trial Advocacy (17,18,19)
Trial Advocacy College (SC) (17,18,19)
The U.S. President and Policymaking: History, Theory and
   Simulation (18)
Writing for Non-Law Audiences (SC) (18)

John Charles Thomas, Virginia Thiesen, James Spencer

Teaching the Art of the Appeal

Three of Virginia’s most accomplished legal minds are introducing University of Virginia School of Law students to the art of the appeal in a new seminar.

Retired Supreme Court of Virginia Justice John Charles Thomas '75, retired U.S. Judge James R. Spencer and current Virginia Senior Assistant Attorney General Virginia B. Theisen are presently teaching Appellate Practice. The three-credit fall course is designed to instill in law students the skills required to make them effective advocates at the appeals level.