The University of Wisconsin (UW) Law School is committed to practical experience as a part of legal education, and, with one of the largest clinical programs in the country, they offer a wide variety of lawyering experiences with real clients and excellent supervision. The hallmark of Wisconsin Law School is its "law in action" approach to teaching, in which students learn not only legal rules, but also why those rules were evolved to address social concerns, and how those rules operate in the real world. That's what makes Wisconsin a different kind of law school.
LL.M. - Legal Institution Program The LL.M.-Legal Institutions degree is the program for those who want to learn about American law and common law analysis. Students take courses at the Law School and can also take courses from other departments at the University. This master's program is a one-year (9 months) program that provides an excellent opportunity for taking a range of courses in the U.S. and international law.
LL.M. - Research Based Programme
The Law School's LL.M. program is strictly a research and writing one designed for people who have already received a basic law degree from an American law school or an equivalent degree (e.g., LL.B.) from a University outside the U.S. The LL.M. is primarily of value to those planning on a career as a legal scholar or researcher. The LL.M. program is designed as a twoyear program.
Doctor of Juridical Science (S.J.D.)
The Law School's S.J.D. program is strictly a research and writing one designed for people who have already received a basic law degree from an American law school or an equivalent degree (e.g., LL.B.) from a University outside the U.S. and who have earned the University of Wisconsin Law School's LL.M. degree.
The essential mission of the UW Law Library is to support and foster the learning, research, and service activities of the faculty, staff, and students of the UW Law School, specifically, and the UW, generally. The Law Library also serves as an important source of legal information for the State of Wisconsin. To that end the Library acquires, organizes, makes accessible, and preserves sources of legal information in all formats. It also provides instruction on how to find and evaluate the sources of information to which it provides access. The Law Library offers both print and electronic course reserves. The Law Library has a large collection of law-related feature films and documentaries which faculty and staff can show in class.
Academics and Clinics
The University of Wisconsin Law School's tradition of excellence and its law-in-action approach to legal education are highlighted in its clinical and skills training programs.
Frank J. Remington Center
The Frank J. Remington Center is a law-in-action program of the Law School made up of clinical projects dedicated to teaching, service, and research. The Center provides law students with the opportunity to develop the substantive knowledge, professional skills, and judgment necessary to excel as attorneys; provides high-quality service in individual cases; and engages in empirical research necessary to bring about systemic improvements. Students receive course credit for their clinical work.
Legal Assistance to Institutionalized Persons (LAIP)
The Legal Assistance to Institutionalized Persons Project, known as LAIP, is the largest of the Remington Center's clinical projects. In LAIP, students work under the direct supervision of clinical faculty to provide legal assistance to state and federal prison inmates throughout Wisconsin.
Journals and Publications
The University of Wisconsin Law School publishes three scholarly journals and two alumni publications. In addition, several departments and student groups publish newsletters.
Wisconsin Law Review
The Wisconsin Law Review is a student-run journal of legal analysis and commentary that is used by professors, judges, practitioners, and others researching contemporary legal topics. The Law Review, which is published six times each year, includes professional and student articles, with content spanning local, state, national, and international topics. In addition to publishing the journal, the Law Review sponsors an annual symposium at which leading scholars debate a significant issue in contemporary law.
The Wisconsin International Law Journal
The Wisconsin International Law Journal established in 1982, is written by both professionals in the field and by law students. The Journal offers articles of scholarly and practical interest in various areas of international law.
Wisconsin Journal of Law, Gender and Society
The Wisconsin Journal of Law, Gender and Society is a studentedited journal with a national scope. The Journal, which was established in 1985, publishes contributions from faculty, students, and practitioners on a wide-range of legal topics. Its focus is on scholarship that examines the intersection of law and gender with issues of race, ethnicity, socio-economic status, and sexual orientation.
The Gargoyle is the alumni magazine of the University of Wisconsin Law School. It takes its name from the stone figure that once stood atop the earlier Law Building and now stands in the atrium of the Law School. The Gargoyle is published twice a year in paper form, funded by alumni donations.
Law in Action
The newsletter 'Law in Action', first published in 2004, is circulated to all UW Law School alumni and friends to update them on current happenings at the school. It is timed for publication between issues of the Gargoyle, the bi-annual alumni magazine.
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