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 First-Year Week One 2023 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 2023 will take place from Monday, January 9 through Thursday, January 12, 2023.

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.

A captioned recording of the evening Week One 2023 Info Session from Monday, September 26 is available here. The Week One 2023 Checklist for first-year simulation courses is available here.

Key Dates for the First-Year Week One 2023 Simulation Courses:

Week One First-Year Simulation Course Preference Form Process Opens Monday, October 17, 2022 at
9:00 a.m. ET
Week One First-Year Simulation Course Preference Form Process Closes Monday, October 24, 2022 at
5:00 p.m. ET
Week One First-Year Simulation Course Preference Form Process Results Available (via MyAccess) Friday, October 28, 2022 by NOON ET
Live Registration Process via MyAccess Wednesday, November 2, 2022 at 5:15 p.m. ET to
Monday, November 28, 2022 at 3:00 p.m. ET

Students can begin adding themselves to first-year Week One simulation course waitlists via MyAccess on Wednesday, November 2 at 5:15 p.m. Waitlist Lotteries in MyAccess run daily (excluding holidays and weekends) at 4:00 p.m. Students awarded seats will have 23 hours to claim them. Note: Students who win a seat in a Friday lottery must accept the seat by Saturday.

The first waitlist lottery via MyAccess for the first-year Week One simulation courses will run on Thursday, November 3; the last waitlist lottery will run at 4:00 p.m. on Monday, November 21.

Last Day to Drop a First-Year Week One 2023 Simulation Course w/o Permission Monday, November 28, 2022 at 3:00 p.m. ET After November 28, 2022 at 3:00 p.m. ET, permission to drop a first-year Week One 2023 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 2023 Simulation Course Schedule Monday, January 9, 2023 –Thursday, January 12, 2023