Preparing to Practice
Mercer Law School graduates students who are prepared for practice. Our curriculum offers students the opportunity to develop advocacy, counseling, drafting, negotiation, and mediation skills that will be invaluable throughout their career and to build an ethical foundation for the practice of law. Students develop those skills, among other ways, through first year and advanced courses in legal ethics, more research and writing courses than at many other law schools, required courses in client counseling, dispute resolution and other practical skills, and a curriculum that offers many opportunities to work in law offices and judges’ chambers through clinical courses and externships.
Our rigorous and innovative curriculum is anchored by nationally recognized programs in legal writing, ethics and professionalism, public service, and oral advocacy.
Legal Writing Program
Mercer Law School’s Legal Writing Program prepares students with the essential legal research and writing skills they need to practice upon graduation. Today, we’re proud to have the nation’s preeminent Legal Writing Program and to serve as the host school for the Legal Writing Institute, a national organization for legal writing experts. We offer more courses in the essential skills of legal research and writing than most schools and we offer the nation’s only Certificate in Advanced Legal Writing, Research, and Drafting.
Ethics and Professionalism
Mercer Law School was the first law school in the nation to offer a first-year course in legal ethics and professionalism in addition to the required course in legal ethics that is taught at every law school. Why? Because our faculty believed that future lawyers need to understand the ethical and professional obligations of being a lawyer from the beginning of their legal education. Today, we continue to embrace this notion, offering the most progressive ethics and professionalism program in the nation, so that you learn through both classroom and practical experiences how to be an ethical lawyer.
More than half of Mercer Law School students participate in clinical training through Experiential Education. Students work on real cases and gain the practical skills they need once they graduate, through clinics like the Habeas Project or the Public Defender Clinic and through a variety of public interest and judicial externships.
The moot court and mock trial programs - coordinated by the student-run Mercer Advocacy Council - are valuable components of our training of future lawyers. Our advocacy programs are among the best in the nation, providing students with the kind of experiential learning that cannot be replicated. Mercer Law School students participate in as many as 20 advocacy competitions a year throughout the nation.