The summer program consists of seven-weeks of combined classes in criminal law, legal writing, and skills development. These components are integrated, and faculty continually meet and plan the sessions so they can refer students to how each component lesson relates to what they are doing in the other components. Each week the program builds upon the learning skills, developmental stages, and substantive law covered in the previous week in the following major areas:
Criminal Law (4 hours credit)
Students meet two hours per day, Monday through Friday, to learn substantive criminal law. This course also focuses on and explains various techniques of law school classroom pedagogy and their intended educational effects for students. It thus “de-mystifies” the classroom. Upon completing the criminal law exam, students receive four academic credits and a grade reflecting a student’s criminal law exam performance as well as participation and performance in the legal writing class. Because they have satisfied the criminal law requirement for the coming fall semester, students have a lighter course load for fall semester.
Students meet in small groups and one-on-one settings with two legal writing instructors who continue with the ARC students in their fall-spring required Legal Writing I course. The legal writing class is held two hours per week, with much additional small group and individual analysis and critique of ARC students’ writing. Students begin with basic writing assignments such as summarizing the policies of criminal law. This gives professor the ability to diagnose writing problems before students write in an unfamiliar context. Students then write the discussion section of an objective legal memorandum one component at a time.
Students meet in a large class, smaller break-out sessions and individually with the director, professor and TAs. This component meets for seven hours a week and includes instruction on case briefing, outlining, exam analysis and exam writing, as well as individual critiques of student work. Students take a practice exam each week. They begin working with basic models of analysis that get progressively more sophisticated and complex throughout the summer.
Preparing for the Profession
Students meet for one hour a week to develop and enhance their skills to enter the career. They write parts of cover letters and resumes, practice interviewing, and network with program alums, and members from the state bar association. A highlight of this program is the ARC Reception sponsored by the minority sections of the state bar, where bar leaders give inspirational speeches and members of the bar welcome the ARC students to the profession.