First-Year Part-Time Curriculum
Georgetown's first-year program is designed to provide students with the foundation for upperclass studies by introducing the major areas of substantive law while developing the analytical, research and writing skills required of all lawyers. Students in our part-time section, as well as four of our five full-time sections, are instructed under "curriculum A", the traditional first-year curriculum which parallels those at all major law schools. One full-time section is instructed under "curriculum B", which was developed in 1991 as an alternative to the traditional first-year curriculum.
Students in the part-time section take 19 credit hours during the first-year and typically attend classes from 5:45 p.m. until 7:45 p.m. on two weekday evenings and from 5:45 p.m. until 8:50 p.m. on the other two weekday evenings (classes typically do not meet on Fridays during the first year of instruction).
The first-year classroom instruction is complemented by "1L 101", a series of presentations by faculty and administrators that address such topics as note-taking, participating in the law school classroom, outlining, and taking law school exams. Each session is offered in an afternoon and evening version to accommodate students in the full-time and part-time divisions.
First-Year Small Section Program
The first-year class is divided into five full-time sections (of approximately 100 students) and one part-time section (of approximately 60 students). Students take most of their classes with their respective section. In the fall semester, each student is assigned to a smaller group of approximately 30 students for one required course. This smaller class is intended to encourage class participation and allow faculty to use teaching techniques that are easier to implement in a smaller class setting. The legal research and writing course is also taught in a smaller class.
This small section structure provides each student with a smaller cohort of peers to share a common first-year experience. Study groups, as well as close friendships, often form within these small sections and the faculty members who teach them often become informal advisors to students. Each small section professor is encouraged to host brunch or dinner for their students to provide an opportunity for interaction outside of the classroom.
Part-time students typically take Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law I: The Federal System, Contracts, Legal Research and Writing, and Torts during their first year. During their upperclass years, part-time students complete the required first-year program by taking Criminal Justice and Property (most typically in their second year) and a course that meets their first-year elective, along with taking other upperclass elective courses.
All first-year students take a ninth 1-credit intensive course "Week One: Law in a Global Context" during the first week of the spring semester. Part-time students are instructed during evening hours and attendance is mandatory at all class sessions throughout the week. Through lectures, discussion sections and simulation exercises, Week One allows students to address complex problems of international and transnational law while working on their oral advocacy, problem-solving, and negotiation skills.
Professors Abernathy, Cohn, Molot, Schrag, Vladeck
Constitutional Law I: The Federal System
Professors Barnett, Bloch, R. Brooks, Dinh, Donohue, Hudson, Lederman, Mikhail, Nourse, Rosenkranz, Snyder, Solum
Professors Feinerman, Fleming, Gelpern, Gottesman, Langevoort, Oldham, Spann
Professors Butler, Cole, Gornstein, McLeod, O'Sullivan
Legal Practice: Writing and Analysis
Professors Bonneau, DeLaurentis, Donahoe, Girard, McMahon, Reich, J. Ross, Shulman, Sirota, Tiscione, Wherry
Professors Carstens, J. Cohen, Gottesman, Super, Tushnet
Professors Aiken, DeRosa, Feldman, Gottesman, Hasnas, Page, Rothstein, Spann
Week One: Law in a Global Context
Professors Cedrone, Koplow, Lederman, McMahon, and Rolland
Curriculum "A" Elective Courses