In these Week One courses, students engage in scenarios that have been developed by Georgetown Law faculty to mirror situations that lawyers face in the real world, allowing students to practice critical legal skills such as conflict resolution, trial skills, interviewing, client counseling, legislative drafting, advocacy, strategic planning, problem solving, teambuilding, presentation skills, professionalism, and emotional intelligence. You can find a complete list of current Week One 2021 offerings here.

Simulation courses are structured to permit for mistakes and provide opportunities for immediate feedback and reflection, giving students the supportive space to hone these legal skills before they need to rely on them in practice. For first-year students, the Week One courses are not only an introduction to experiential learning and the Law Center’s experiential education programming, but a first-hand view into lawyering competencies and law in practice. Week One 2021 will take place from Monday, January 11 through Thursday, January 14, 2021.

Week One courses are optional, 1-credit courses that are graded pass/fail and count toward the 6 credits of experiential coursework required of students matriculating as first-year students in Fall 2016 or later. Attendance at all class sessions is mandatory. Explore our current offerings on the online Curriculum Guide.

If you were unable to attend the Week One 2021 Info Sessions, a recording of the evening session is available here. The Week One 2021 Checklist for first-year simulation courses is available here.

Key Dates for the First-Year Week One 2021 Simulation Courses:

Week One Manual Waitlist Process Opens Wednesday, October 21, 2020 at 9:00 a.m. ET
Week One Manual Waitlist Process Closes Monday, October 26, 2020 at
5:00 p.m. ET
Manual Waitlist Process Results Available (via MyAccess) Friday, October 30, 2020 by NOON ET
Live Registration Process via MyAccess Wednesday, November 4, 2020 at 5:15 p.m. ET to Monday, November 30, 2020 at 3:00 p.m. ET Students can begin adding themselves to first-year Week One simulation course waitlists via MyAccess on Wednesday, November 4 at 5:15 p.m. Waitlist Lotteries in MyAccess run daily (excluding holidays and weekends) after 3 p.m. Students awarded seats will have 24 hours to claim them. Note: Students who win a seat in a Friday lottery must accept the seat by Saturday.
Last Day to Drop a First-Year Week One 2021 Simulation Course w/o Permission Monday, November 30, 2020 at 3:00 p.m. ET The first waitlist lottery via MyAccess for the first-year Week One simulation courses will run on Thursday, November 5; the last waitlist lottery will run on Monday, November 23.

After November 30, 2020 at 3:00 p.m. ET, permission to drop a first-year Week One 2021 simulation course from the course professor(s) and the Assistant Dean for Experiential Education is required. The Assistant Dean will only grant such requests in the case of significant hardship.

First-Year Week One 2021 Simulation Course Schedule Monday, January 11, 2021 – Thursday, January 14, 2021