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First Year Legal Skills Program

Pace Law School's First Year Legal Skills Program, revamped and strengthened in 2009, teaches students the fundamental lawyering skills of legal research, writing, and analysis. First Year students take this 5-credit, 2-semester course in small sections of approximately 20 students.  Adjunct Professors of Legal Skills teach a unified curriculum covering case synthesis, case analysis, fact-gathering, informative/predictive writing, client interviewing, persuasive writing, and oral and written appellate advocacy. Our highly-trained team of reference librarians teach students how to conduct print and electronic research, and how to use proper citation form. The first year experience culminates at the end of the second semester of the program with the Louis V. Fasulo First Year Moot Court Competition, in which students draft an appellate brief and argue before a panel of distinguished judges.

Professor Jill I. Gross, Director of Legal Skills, oversees the program, and Peter Widulski, Assistant Director of First Year Legal Skills, handles the day-to-day aspects of the program and teaches several sections. Other professors who teach in the program include Carol Barry, Francis Carroll, Tamar Gribetz (our Writing Specialist), Danielle Shalov, Margaret Smith, and Diane Webster. Pace's law librarians who actively participate in the program include Vicky Gannon, Lucie Olejnikova, Cynthia Pittson, Taryn Rucinski, and Gail Whittemore.