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New Law School Course appeals to All: Course Teaches Graduate Students in All Fields How to Think Like a Lawyer

Publication Date: 
September 18, 2007
Stanford Daily
Ben Eppler

Stanford Law School is piloting a survey course for graduate students called "Thinking Like a Lawyer," which offers an overview of core legal principles and the law faculty's approach to thinking about those core principles. As the Daily reports:

“This is an experimental class,” Kramer said. “We don’t know if it’s going to work, but if it does it’s going to be amazing. There’s nothing like this anywhere.”

Kramer and other law faculty said that they believed a summary of the legal profession is relevant for a variety of graduate students in the humanities, business and the sciences.

“I think this course, at [its] core, is about giving students in the University who are interested in law, either because they’re going to be interacting with laws and the legal system as part of their professional life or in their dissertations or academic studies, the opportunity to get a really thoughtful, conceptual overview of some of the issues that legal academics and lawyers face,” said Vice Dean Mark Kelman.

To convey this basic understanding, the course will expose graduate students to a variety of topics in the legal profession, from criminal and constitutional law to bankruptcy and investor protections. Participating faculty members will lecture one to three classes apiece in their areas of expertise, meaning that students will be immediately exposed to scholars on the cutting edges of their respective fields.