Abstract

This is a story of change so sudden that it surprised even those who most fervently sought it. For nearly a decade, Seattle University School of Law has offered an extensive typical skills curriculum. All students are involved in an intensive two year writing program. The simulated Comprehensive Pretrial and Trial Advocacy Program trains over 150 students a year, while in the Law Practice Clinic, 60 students a year represent domestic and criminal clients. Course offerings that fill out the lawyering skills supports are offerings such as ADR, Negotiations, and Appellate Advocacy, along with judicial and public service externships and an array of student competitions. All was well done, well-conceived, staple clinical fare. Then something happened. These programs remain, but woven throughout the course offerings is what we call a Parallel, Integrative Curriculum: One-credit live-client and simulated course components running parallel to related upper-level substantive courses. This article is about that curriculum and, as importantly, how it came into being.

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