Fundamentals of Lawyering

Developing the next generation of legal problem-solvers

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At GW Law, the Fundamentals of Lawyering Program introduces first-year students to the skills that will advance them from the classroom to the law firm, boardroom, courtroom, and the many other settings where law is practiced.

We prepare our students to apply their training to answer questions with nuanced analytical, research, and writing skills to provide clients with legal advice that enhances their businesses and advances their concerns. GW Law responded to legal practitioners’ calls for law schools to deliver graduates prepared to meet the changing demands of modern legal practice by offering a curriculum that offers a uniquely experiential introduction to life as an attorney and maps a path for professional identity formation and lifelong learning.


About Fundamentals of Lawyering

Program Overview

Six credit hours in legal research and writing, client relationship-building, contract review, problem-solving, litigation, appellate writing, and argumentation in your first year.



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First-year students work with faculty who have decades of experience in building relationships with clients and meeting their needs with creativity and skill.



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News & Updates

Stay up-to-date with recent program updates, newly-published scholarship, and other accomplishments from our faculty.



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Program Directors


Anita Singh

Anita Singh

Associate Director, Fundamentals of Lawyering Program; Associate Professor of Legal Research and Writing
On leave from 2021-2022

Erika Pont

Erika Pont

Interim Associate Director; Visiting Associate Professor of Law, Fundamentals of Lawyering Program
Burns 412
[email protected]

Natalia Blinkova

Natalia Blinkova

Acting Writing Center Coordinator and Acting Co-Coordinator of the Dean’s Fellow Program; Visiting Associate Professor of Law, Fundamentals of Lawyering Program


Brooke Ellinwood McDonough

Acting Coordinator of Scholarly Writing and Co-Coordinator of Problem Development; Visiting Associate Professor of Law, Fundamentals of Lawyering Program