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 2020 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 2020 will take place from Monday, January 6 through Thursday, January 9, 2020.

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 2020 Info Sessions, a recording of the day session is available here. The Course Snapshots handout that we distributed during the Info Sessions is available here.

Week One 2020 Key Dates:

Week One Lottery Process Opens
Tuesday, October 1 at 10:00 a.m. Google Form Link is available here. Please see form for instructions.
Week One Lottery Process Closes
Tuesday, October 15 at 5:00 p.m.
Lottery Results Announced (via email)
Monday, October 21 by NOON
MyAccess Waitlist Lottery Process Opens
Thursday, October 31 at 3:00 p.m. Students can begin adding themselves to First-Year Week One waitlists via MyAccess.
Daily MyAccess Waitlist Lottery Process
Tuesday, November 5 to Monday, November 25 MyAccess Waitlist Lotteries 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 WO Course w/o Permission
Monday, December 2 at 3:00 p.m. After December 2 at 3:00 p.m. enrolled students can only withdraw from their WO course with the permission of their course professor and the Assistant Dean of Experiential Education. The Assistant Dean will only grant withdrawal requests in the case of significant hardship.
First-Year Week One 2020 Schedule
Monday, January 6, 2020 – Thursday, January 9, 2020