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Enhancing professional skills and judgment for the highest level of legal practice

Being an effective lawyer requires more than analyzing legal doctrine. Effective lawyers are adept at client interviewing and counseling, decision-making, negotiation, dispute resolution, and formal argument or presentation as well as working with colleagues and managing within an organization. This work requires professional skills in written and oral communication and canny strategic judgments when crafting presentations and documents to clients, colleagues, opposing counsel, and judge or jury. Drawing upon insights from a range of disciplines and expert practitioners, the Center’s courses, workshops, and other program initiatives enhance professional skills and judgment to achieve the highest level of legal practice.

The Center for Practice develops law students’ professional skills through classroom work and extra-curricular experiences. We encourage an interdisciplinary approach, drawing upon psychology, economics, communication, rhetoric, decision analysis, negotiation, and dispute resolution. Capitalizing on UC’s rich urban environment, the Center works with leading law firms, businesses, and civic organizations to provide students with “real world” opportunities.

UC Law's Center for Practice also serves as a resource for practicing lawyers, fostering opportunities for ongoing legal education in practice-related issues and providing a professional forum for dialog on best practices.