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1.16 Professional Skills Course & Experiential Learning Requirement

For the Class of 2018 only, all J.D. students must successfully complete one or more classes that have been approved by the Law School’s Professional Skills Development Committee as fulfilling the professional skills requirement set by the ABA.

Beginning with the Class of 2019, all J.D. students must complete and pass at least eight total credits in experiential learning classes, which may be seminars, courses, law clinics, practicals, and field placements.  Also beginning with the Class of 2019, J.D. students will earn two credit hours of experiential learning coursework for Lawyering: Brief Writing, Oral Advocacy and Transactional Skills during the spring quarter of the first year. 

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 professional skills and/or 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 professional skills or experiential learning requirements. 

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