Foundations of Practice

The Foundations of Practice is a professional development program for first-year law students to help them identify their professional goals and build critical professional skills sought by legal employers and clients. The program, which is centered on the Inns of Court Program, encourages students to take advantage of important resources to supplement their classroom education, including Inns of Court sessions, Writing Center workshops and one-on-one writing advice, Career Center workshops and individual counseling, health and wellness programming, and advice from practicing lawyers. Students who successfully complete the program requirements by the end of the first year of law school are awarded the Dean’s Recognition for Professional Development in recognition of their commitment to self-directed professional development.

The Foundations of Practice program is designed to guide our students’ professional formation by encouraging the transition from law student to service-oriented and values-directed lawyer.  The Program’s varied components help students to build the foundational competencies required for success and satisfaction in the legal profession.  As students take increasing responsibility for their own professional development and become more self-directed in their learning, they are better equipped to acquire and develop the competencies they need to serve clients and the legal system.


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Co-Directors, Inns of Court and Foundations of Practice Programs

Todd Peterson, Professor of Law

Susan Fine, Director of Professional Development

Foundations of Practice