This course introduces first year students to the skills needed to apply emerging knowledge of legal doctrine and reasoning in the actual practice of law. The course involves a series of simulation experiences related to two case files—one litigation case and one transactional matter. Students attend “Law Firm” classes taught by Law School faculty that explore the doctrinal and strategic issues in the simulated cases. Students also perform simulations in “Practice Groups” of eight students led by local practicing attorneys. Each student individually takes and defends a deposition. Groups of two students engage in client or witness interviews, client counseling and negotiation simulations. Students also complete either a simulated conference in the chambers of a local judge or engage in a simulated mediation conducted by a qualified neutral.