Clinical Legal EducationFull-time Faculty
The Law School's clinics are for one semester (some offer a second semester option) and have weekly seminar and casework components. Credits vary in number from clinic to clinic, but most provide two seminar credits plus three casework credits. All clinics are upper level electives and require Fundamental Lawyering Skills (FLS) as a prerequisite, except for the Housing Clinic and the Policy and Legislative Advocacy (FLS is a pre- or co-requisite for both) and the Mediation Clinic (FLS is recommended). Some clinics suggest or require other courses. To participate in a clinic, students must apply online by a deadline several weeks prior to registration. In advance of the application period, the Clinical Legal Education program will email to students an announcement of the online application availability, as well as details of application procedures and deadlines. Detailed descriptions of the clinics and clinic applications are available online on the Clinical Legal Education website at http://law.fordham.edu/clinics.
Simulation courses employ simulation or role-play technique, in varying degrees, to teach substantive law and/or specific lawyering skills. The range of skills taught include: case or matter planning, case theory development, fact analysis, interviewing, counseling, negotiation, mediation, witness examination, and argument. Students engage in simulation exercises designed to mirror real lawyering problems and are subsequently critiqued by the faculty member. Students also engage in self-critique and reflection. Many of the exercises are videotaped and reviewed during the critique process to provide the student with an in-depth, first hand account of her performance. All simulation courses are one semester offerings.