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Concentration in Solo and Small Practice

The Solo and Small Practice Concentration bridges the gap between the doctrinal knowledge and practical competencies taught in law school and those necessary to successfully operate a solo practice. This concentration focuses students on courses where they will build the diverse set of business, legal, and interpersonal skills necessary in solo and small firm practice. For example, courses required for the concentration include Interviewing, Negotiating and Counseling, Law Practice Management, Selected Topics in Ethics for Solo and Small Firm Practice, and New York Legal Research. In addition to these courses students will have the opportunity to work with practitioners on simulated cases that will involve the types of matters likely to present themselves in a solo practice. Following that experience, students will work on actual cases in a law office setting. Participation in this concentration will eliminate the mystery that often terrifies the new practitioner. The goal of this concentration is to help students succeed both in business and as a high-caliber attorney.
 
The Solo and Small Practice Concentration should be declared by the beginning of the second year of law study and will be available to students who began their study in the fall of 2014.
 
The Concentration requires a minimum of 27 credits total: 12 credits in required courses; a minimum of 8 credits in elective courses; a minimum of 2 credits in an intermediate skills course; and a minimum of 5 experiential credits. The courses that satisfy these requirements are listed below.
 
Required Core Courses (minimum of 12 credits)
Law Practice Management (2)
Interviewing, Negotiating & Counseling (3)
Law By the Numbers: Numerical Literacy (2)
American Trial Courts– State (4) or Solo Practice Survey(3)*
New York Legal Research (1)
Selected Topics in Ethics for Solo and Small Firm Practice (1)
*This course is in development and subject to faculty approval.
 
Choice of Elective Courses (minimum of 8 credits)
Family Law (3)
Real Estate Transactions (2)
Cooperatives, Condominiums & Homeowners Associations (2)
Landlord & Tenant Practice (2)
Land Use, Zoning & Planning (3)
Environmental Law (3)
Bankruptcy (3)
Mortgage Foreclosure Law (2 or 3)
Employment Law (3)
Employment Discrimination (3)
Employee Benefits/Pension Rights (2)
Labor Law (3)
Federal Income Tax (4)
Corporate Taxation (3)
Estate & Gift Taxation (3)
Selected Topics: Garage to IPO (2)
Business Planning (3)
Entrepreneurship & the Law (2)
Criminal Law II (3)
Criminal Procedure (3)
Selected Topics in Criminal Procedure (2)
Selected Topics in Criminal Procedure: NY (2)
Disability Law (2)
Selected Topics in Torts (2)
Products Liability (2)
Sales (3)
Secured Transactions (3)
Education Law (3)
Elder Law (2)
Estate & Trust Administration (2)
Estate Planning (2)
Entertainment Law (3)
Immigration Law (3)
Patent Law (3)
Intellectual Property (2)
 
Choice of Intermediate Skills Course (minimum of 2 credits)
Trusts & Estates Practice Module (2)
Trial Practice (3)
Trial Practice: Civil (3)
Trial Practice: Criminal (3)
Advanced Trial Practice (3)
Settling Legal Disputes, Negotiation, Mediation and Mediation Rep. (2 or 3)
Business Organization Practice Module (2)
Criminal Procedure Practice Module (2)
Drafting Commercial Documents (2)
Environmental Law Practice Module (2)
Family Law Practice Module (2)
Licensing Intellectual Property (3 credit version only)
International Sales Law & Arbitration (3)
Appellate Advocacy (3)
American Trial Courts (any variation) (4)
 
Choice of Experiential Component (minimum of 5 credits)
Advanced Bankruptcy Clinic (3)
Bankruptcy Clinic (5)
Criminal Defense Clinic (5)
Criminal Prosecution Clinic (5)
Disaster Relief Clinic (5)
Elderlaw Clinic (5)
Family Law Clinic (5)
Federal Prosecution Clinic (6)
Immigration Law Clinic (5)
Mortgage Foreclosure Clinic (5)
Small Business & Not For Profit Clinic (4)
Veterans and Servicemembers Rights Clinic (5)
Judicial Clerkship Externship (5)
Civil Practice Externship (5)
Criminal Law Externship (5)
Federal Judicial Clerkship Externship (4)
 
For additional information about the Solo and Small Practice Concentration please contact the Office of the Registrar at (631) 761-7040.