Gain your competitive advantage. Increase your first year performance.
The first year of law school sets the stage for the rest of your law school
career – it will impact your ability to join prestigious academic programs like
law review and moot court. Start law school off on the right foot by preparing
to excel as a 1L.
Jun 25, 2012 to Aug 5, 2012
This course teaches students how to effectively read appellate court opinions,
write case briefs, and synthesize law. Students will also learn how to apply the
concepts of issue spotting and IRAC, which are critical to success on law school
exams. Further, this course will introduce students to the major concepts
studied in the courses traditionally taught during the first year of law school:
constitutional law, civil procedure, contracts, torts, property, and criminal
law and procedure.
About the instructor
Robert Wright, earned his J.D. from the University of Louisville School of Law
and has been licensed to practice in the Commonwealth since 2003. Upon
graduating from the School of Law, Robert worked as a staff attorney for the
Kentucky Court of Appeals. Ultimately, though, his interest in intellectual
property law lured him away from the Court of Appeals and to the Franklin Pierce
Law Center where Robert earned his LL.M. in Intellectual Property, Commerce, and
Technology in 2005. Since then, Robert has published scholarly articles on a
wide variety of topics including trademark registration, movie piracy, and
"Before this course, I had never read a case, been familiar with law school
lingo, or known what to expect from my first semester at law school. Now I feel
very comfortable and confident that I can do the work and be a successful law
student. I recommend this course to all incoming students as a primer to hit the
ground running with their very first 1L reading assignment."
- Anne D.
After completing this course, you will be able to...
- Explain the institutional sources of American Law,
- Describe how the judicial system is organized,
- Analyze court opinions,
- Brief court opinions,
- Write answers to essay questions using the “IRAC” method, and
- Create a framework for studying constitutional law, civil procedure, contracts,
torts, property, and criminal law and procedure in law school.
"This is a well-designed course that gives law students the needed boost to
start their first year. The legal knowledge and writing skills I gained will
prepare me for cases that will be analyzed as a 1L. I am also appreciative for
our instructor who is such a well-respected lawyer in his field and was so
willing to support us outside of class and on the weekends."
- Mohammad K.