In fall 2013, Florida Coastal School of Law will launch JD Plus, a new curriculum that focuses on providing a customized legal education for each student and offering more opportunities for experiential learning.
“We believe this curriculum will develop students into attorneys who enter the profession with a demonstrated work ethic, a realistic understanding of the practice of law, and who are skilled in the fundamentals of research, writing and critical analysis,” said Interim Dean Chidi Ogene.
The new curriculum begins with the Introduction to Legal Studies seminar, which begins one week prior to the fall semester. Designed as a primer in matters such as careful reading, case briefing, and pre and post-class preparation techniques, the course will help identify students’ incoming strengths and aptitudes.
Other new components include modules designed to enhance “lawyering skills,” an expanded writing curriculum, group projects, and public speaking exercises. First year modules cover contracts and torts.
Later years will introduce law firm simulation exercises, experiential learning opportunities in the legal community, and enhanced bar exam preparation services.
“We are dedicated to developing individuals into lawyers, not law students, who are leaders in the legal community who provide clients with the highest quality ethical and professional service,” said President Dennis Stone. “We believe this curriculum reflects Coastal Law’s interest and continuous investment in preparing students to immediately succeed in the current legal marketplace”
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