Each year the Law School offers a variety of short courses, many of them in January, which give students the option to study away from the Law School. In recent years, these learning opportunities have included short courses based in New Zealand, France, Thailand and Washington, D.C.
The Law School offers a unique system of four-week blocks of courses that are divided over the academic year. Blocks 1, 2 and 3 follow the typical fall semester schedule, while Block 4 consists of practice-oriented courses that are taught in January of the spring semester. Upper-level students may take Block 4 courses, which are taught primarily by accomplished attorneys and judges.
Many upper-division and LL.M. students enroll in two or three such courses during the January block. Ordinarily offered for one credit hour each, these courses bring a fresh dimension to legal education by providing a focused, inside view of a lawyer’s world. The remaining blocks (5, 6 and 7) conclude the spring semester.
Out of the 40 or 50 courses offered in Block 4, some typical topics include: