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March 2011

Practice Makes Perfect: Law Schools Well-Served to Allow Students to Practice Earlier

I remember reading, reading, and more reading in law school.  I remember the Socratic method, but the focus being on the casebook method.  Fortunately, I also remember what made me a practice ready attorney from the day I graduated and joined Traverse Legal - that was The Geoffrey Fieger Trial Practice Institute at MSU Law.  It was a rigorous two-year program that taught pre-trial and trial advocacy, not in a typical classroom setting, but rather in a state of the art courtroom.  I learned about the practicalities of discovery, actually tried mock cases each semester, and tasted the life of a litigator.  My only regret was that there was not more of it in law school.  That said, I will forever be thankful to MSU Law for giving me the practical skills necessary to get through those first real depositions, hearings, and trials.

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