Professional Skills

Law firms and legal employers around the country know that USF graduates are always ready to hit the ground running. Through a variety of externships, clinics, and other programs, USF School of Law equips students with the professional skills required of today's legal professionals.

michael brownUSF prepared me for my career by providing a curriculum that not only made me a critical thinker but taught me how to use those skills in practice."

– Michael K. Brown ’82, partner and former chair of the Life Science Health Industry Group at Reed Smith

Research, Writing, and Analysis

All first-year law students are required to enroll in a legal research, writing, and analysis class. Over the course of two semesters, students develop the basic skills needed to become a successful lawyer.

Moot Court, Clinics, and More

Students continue to build their skills in their second year and beyond by personalizing a curriculum that continues to develop their professional skills.

Moot Court builds advocacy and leadership skills. The Intensive Advocacy Program hones litigation and trial techniques. Law clinics allow you to step out of the classroom and into the courtroom to work on real cases for real clients.

Whatever your career ambitions, the law school’s professional skills programs can help get you there.