Release Date: January 9, 2013
BUFFALO, N.Y. – University at Buffalo Law School students are honing their practice skills, and going deep in specific legal specialties, through the school’s unique “bridge term” courses this month.
The four-week courses afford students the opportunity to develop practice-ready skills while at the same time gaining expertise in one or more practice areas. Most bridge term courses are taught by legal practitioners serving as adjunct instructors, and they bring real-world experience to every class.
Professor Charles Patrick Ewing, vice dean for academic affairs, says the bridge courses are a key part of the Law School’s renewed commitment to graduating new lawyers ready to practice on day one.
“As part of the Law School’s enhanced efforts to provide state-of-the-art skills training to all students and to prepare them to be practice-ready upon graduation, we have increased the level of skills training available in our bridge semester,” Ewing says.
“These courses are taught by highly experienced practitioners as well as members of the full-time faculty. For example, during the current bridge term we are offering courses on jury selection, managing a law practice, commercial litigation, alternative dispute resolution, discovery strategy, financial institutions, post-conviction remedies, death penalty practice, taking and defending depositions, and examining and cross-examining expert witnesses. We are also offering courses on practice issues in family law, tax, personal injury, Social Security disability and intellectual property cases.”
The UB Law School offers dozens of bridge courses. They include:
Since its founding in 1887, the University at Buffalo Law School – the State University of New York system’s only law school – has established an excellent reputation and is widely regarded as a leader in legal education. Its cutting-edge curriculum provides both a strong theoretical foundation and the practical tools graduates need to succeed in a competitive marketplace, wherever they choose to practice. A special emphasis on interdisciplinary studies, public service and opportunities for hands-on clinical education makes the UB Law School unique among the nation’s premier public law schools.