University of Montana School of Law
Our faculty has developed a curriculum nationally recognized for its effective integration of theory and practice. Whether it's the first-year course in Pretrial Advocacy, the upper-level elective in Public Regulation of Business, or the third-year clinical placement, you will not only study the law but will be asked to demonstrate your ability to use what you have learned. You will be assessed not on how well you have memorized details, but on your ability to synthesize what you have learned and employ it in addressing legal problems. Students await a lecture in the Castles Center classroom For example, besides studying the theory of contracts, corporations, and wills and probate, you will also apply your knowledge by drafting contracts, creating corporations, and preparing and probating wills. In environmental law, you won't just read cases and statutes, you'll be assigned clients to represent and advise in problems pulled from the pages of today's newspapers. Your clinical experience in your third year is your opportunity to pull together the law and skills you acquired in your first two years and apply it to live clients with real legal problems. This hands-on approach to legal education is not only how we think lawyers ought to be trained, it's what we know best. Our faculty, most of whom practiced for a decade or more before beginning their teaching careers, know what law practice is about and what skills are needed to serve clients and the legal system.