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1.16 Experiential Learning Requirement

All J.D. students must complete and pass at least eight total credits in experiential learning classes, which may be seminars, courses, law clinics, practica, and field placements.  During the spring quarter of the first year, all J.D. students earn two credit hours of experiential learning coursework for Lawyering: Brief Writing, Oral Advocacy and Transactional Skills. 

Experiential learning classes provide extensive opportunities to practice negotiation, memo-drafting, client interaction, court presentation and other lawyerly skills, and these classes include instructor feedback with respect to the development of these skills.  Faculty-led practica will count for such credits, as they are equivalent to clinics in nature.  Experiential learning classes will be designated as such in the online course schedule.[1]

For a list of classes that satisfy the experiential learning requirement, please review the Law School’s course offerings website at my.uchicago.edu.  Please also note that a course used to satisfy either writing requirement (WP or SRP) cannot be used also to satisfy the experiential learning requirements. 

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[1] Note that some state bars are considering having higher experiential requirements. Students should research any special jurisdictional requirements in this regard.