The curriculum of Thomas Goode Jones School of Law is designed to provide instruction in the substantive law, values, skills (including legal analysis and reasoning, legal research, problem solving and oral communication), substantial legal writing instruction, and a clinical experience. Also included in the curriculum is instruction in the rules of professional conduct. Elective courses are provided as enrichment opportunities to allow some choice on the part of the student in enlarging his or her knowledge of particular areas of law.
During the second or third year, each student completes a rigorous writing requirement and a practical skills course.
The rigorous writing requirement may be satisfied by writing a paper or other document in connection with a seminar (or other upper-level course), by writing an article or comment for the Law Review by a member of the Law Review staff or board, by writing an "argument" portion of a brief for an interscholastic moot court competition if such portion was individually researched and written by the student and approved by the faculty advisor for the student's moot court, or by writing a directed research paper under the supervision of a full-time faculty member.
The practical skills course requirement may be satisfied by any of the following courses: Appellate Advocacy, Arbitration, Dispute Resolution Processes, Interviewing and Counseling or Negotiation, Legal Drafting, Mediation, Moot Court, Pre-trial Practice and Trial Advocacy.
Our goal is to equip students for their role in the institutions of justice. We provide our students with a foundation of legal knowledge and skills upon which they can build lives of service within the legal profession.