Posted Jun 07, 2013 01:30 pm CDT
William & Mary’s law school has launched a new program aimed at helping nonlawyers understand the law—and offering a taste of law school to those who are considering entering the profession.
The course, “Introduction to the U.S. Legal System,” has two parts, Law Technology News reports in a story noted by TaxProf Blog. There are semester-long online classes that meet twice a week and include interactive discussions. And there is a three-day on-campus program where students can interact with faculty and classmates and get exposure to law-school life.
The program targets nonlawyer professionals who work with lawyers in settings such as courts, law firms and legislatures. The full course costs $2,799 for those who miss discounts for early enrollment or being a member of the Federal Court Clerks Association.
Those who would like to skip the online course can pay $1,049 for only the on-campus, three-day program. Fredric Lederer, who will be principal instructor for the program, tells Law Technology News that the on-campus program may help those considering law school.
“This program can help people decide whether law school is right for them,” Lederer said. “If they do go to law school, it should give them a major leg up in their first year,”