Tuesday, August 12, 2014

New class for UW pre-law students

Would you like to learn more about what it takes to succeed in law school?

Have you heard that the first year of law school is often confusing and frustrating, but didn’t know why?

If so, then take Introduction to Common Law Legal Reasoning GEN ST 391 in Autumn 2014 for a short, clear introduction to what it means to “think like a lawyer” without the confusion and frustration.

This two credit general studies course will only be taught once on a credit/no credit basis.  The instructor is a UW Law School professor with more than 20 years teaching experience.  Prerequisites include:
  • At least junior standing in Autumn 2014;
  • Minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0;
  • Agreement to Comply with the Study Protocol; and
  • Have not already taken any law school prep program such as CLEO, BarBri Preview, CHH Law School Prep Institute, LEEWS, etc.
  • Are available between 3:30 and 5:20 on Thursday afternoons in Autumn 2014 to attend class
Please note:
  • This is *NOT* an LSAT preparation course
  • This is *NOT* a simulation of an actual JD law school course but will cover some similar material
Class times:  
  • Large Section Tuesdays 3:30-4:20 (all students attend together)
  • Small Section 1 Thursday 3:30-4:20 (10 students max)
  • Small Section 2 Thursday 4:30-5:20 (10 students max)

This course is designed as an experiment to test whether some core legal reasoning skills can be taught to undergraduate students not enrolled in a JD program.  Students taking the class will be required to agree to follow the Study Protocol which can be accessed here:

All students will be assigned randomly to one of the two small sections before being issued an add code, so priority in enrollment will be given to students who are free between 3:30 and 5:20 on Thursday afternoons and thus could attend either Small Section.

Please contact UW Law School faculty assistant Ms. Morgan Tubby by email at  You will be asked to complete an online questionnaire to determine whether or not you meet all the course prerequisites before you will be given an add code.  In the event that enrollment for the class is over-subscribed, an informal wait list will be maintained.

Please contact Ms. Morgan Tubby directly for questions about this course.