Tennessee Law Schools Offer 'Practical Skills'

Although “practical skills” is the new buzz in legal education, the Nashville Ledger says that it is nothing new in Tennessee. The state’s six law schools integrate practical skills into the curriculum, offering opportunities for experiential learning in the form of law clinics that serve the community, externships at government and public interest offices, pro bono work requirements and more. “We recognize that it’s critical when we graduate new lawyers, that they have the basic skills they need to practice law," University of Tennessee College of Law professor Valorie Vojdik told the newspaper. "Studying law in a classroom is not the same as actually going to court or sitting with a client to advise them on doing a deal. The clinics are where the law comes to life.”