1.14 Professional Skills Course Requirement

Before graduation, all J.D. students must successfully complete one or more classes that have been approved by the Law School’s Committee on Professional Skills Development as fulfilling the professional skills requirement set by the Accreditation Committee of the American Bar Association.

The following classes that satisfy the professional skills requirement are currently scheduled to be offered during the 2015-16 academic year:

  • Abrams Environmental Law Clinic
  • Accounting and Financial Analysis
  • Advanced Legal Research
  • Advanced Legal Writing
  • Brief-writing and Appellate Advocacy Seminar
  • Business Transactions
  • Civil Rights Clinic: Police Accountability
  • Collective Bargaining and Sports Entertainment
  • Commercial Transactions - Negotiation, Drafting, and Analysis
  • Compliance and Regulatory Strategy
  • Contract Drafting and Review
  • Contracts and Commercial Transactions
  • Criminal and Juvenile Justice Project Clinic
  • Cross-Border Transactions: Lending
  • Cross-Border Transactions: Securities, M&A, and Joint Ventures
  • Drafting Contracts:  The Problem of Ambiguity
  • Employment Law Clinic
  • Entrepreneurship and the Law
  • Exoneration Project Clinic
  • Federal Criminal Justice Clinic
  • Fundamentals of Accounting for Attorneys
  • Gendered Violence and the Law Clinic
  • Housing Initiative Clinic
  • Institute for Justice Clinic on Entrepreneurship
  • Intensive Trial Practice Workshop
  • International Arbitration
  • International Human Rights Clinic
  • International Human Rights Lawyering and Advocacy
  • Judicial Opinions and Judicial Opinion Writing
  • Kirkland & Ellis Corporate Lab Clinic
  • Leadership
  • Legal Elements of Accounting
  • Legal Transactions - Retail Sector
  • Litigating Financial Disputes
  • Litigation Laboratory
  • Mental Health Advocacy Clinic
  • National Security Issues and the Development of Legal Practice Skills
  • Partnership Taxation
  • Poverty and Housing Law Clinic
  • Pre-Trial Advocacy
  • Private Equity Transactions: Issues and Documentation
  • Prosecution and Defense Clinic
  • Strategies and Processes of Negotiations
  • Structuring Venture Capital, Private Equity, and Entrepreneurial Transactions
  • Trial Advocacy
  • U.S. Supreme Court: Theory and Practice
  • Workshop: Legal Scholarship
  • Young Center Immigrant Child Advocacy Clinic 

Please note that this list is subject to change.  Please also note that a course used to satisfy either writing requirement cannot also be used to satisfy the skills requirement. For up-to-date information, please see the online course listing at http://www.law.uchicago.edu/courses.