As the practice of law responds to developments in technology, economics, and politics, the Law School must educate our students with both a breadth of knowledge and specialization of expertise to prepare them for how they will spend their first few years of practice and for what we can anticipate they will encounter throughout their careers. In the last campaign, the school named and strengthened the John W. Glynn, Jr. Law & Business Program. Through this campaign, we will complement that program with investments in our Program in Law and Public Service and a new Program in Law and Technology. This trio of curricular enhancements will prepare students for careers in a rapidly changing society by combining theoretical with practical training, equipping them with the expertise they will need for their chosen paths, and exposing them to, and facilitating their networks with, leaders in their fields.
Key to preparing students to enter practice with both the skills and the judgment the law requires are the school’s extensive experiential curriculum of clinics, pro bono programs, and innovative classroom simulations. The Law School made clinical education a priority to provide all students — whether they are interested in transactional work, direct legal service, appellate litigation, public law, or public policy — the opportunity to develop professional and leadership skills, to learn how to advocate and collaborate, and to begin serving the public while still in law school.