Professional skills/simulation courses

Professional skills/simulation courses teach the skills needed to effectively and responsibly engage in the practice of law. They also provide an excellent vehicle to build upon substantive coursework through application in a practice setting. Each skills course includes opportunities to engage in exercises requiring the judgment, analytic reasoning and application of law in a practice context and to receive individualized feedback. The faculty for skills courses include full-time faculty as well as experienced practitioners.

Wayne Law offers a variety of options for professional skills instruction. In addition to our clinic and externship offerings, we offer numerous simulation courses. These courses include substantive skills instruction along with multiple opportunities for students to test their lawyering skills and receive feedback from faculty. 

To be eligible for graduation, students are required to complete a number of professional skills courses. 

For those entering fall 2005 through fall 2013 – two or more credits of professional skills.

For those entering fall 2013 or later – six credits of professional skills, at least three must be through clinics or externships.

In addition to all introductory clinics and externships, the courses that qualify as professional skills are as follows:

Alternative Dispute Resolution

Antitrust and Trade Regulation: Current Issues Seminar

Business Planning

Business Planning:  A Transactional Approach

Contract Drafting Seminar

Criminal Pretrial Advocacy

Effective Oral Communication for Lawyers Seminar

Interviewing & Counseling

Mock Trial Workshop


Patent Application Preparation

Patent Prosecution

Practicum in Dispute Resolution

Pretrial Advocacy

Taxation of Corporations: Acquisitions and Restructuring (formerly Advanced Corporate Tax Problems)

Trial Advocacy

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