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.

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, 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 lottery will be conducted in the Fall semester for interested students.

Are you an upperclass student and interested in serving as a teaching fellow for a first-year Week One simulations course? Check out our Week One Teaching Fellows course description for more information. Teaching fellows earn 1 credit, pass/fail toward the spring semester. To apply to be a Week One 2020 Teaching Fellow, please click here for the Week One 2020 Teaching Fellow Application Form.

Week One 2020 Key Dates Coming Soon!