Academics and Curriculum

Students at the Law School have many opportunities to experience what is known as the law-in-action idea.  An extensive curriculum places emphasis on the dynamics of law — how the law relates to social change and to society as a whole — while at the same time stressing skill development. 

In addition to nationally recognized programs in several substantive areas, the Law School also has one of the largest clinical programs in the country. 

The first-year program at Wisconsin is designed to teach the fundamentals of legal analysis and reasoning in a supportive setting. Our small-section program is the cornerstone of the first-year curriculum.The students from your small section will be with you in your other classes, making it easy to form study groups and to form friendships.

In the first semester, two of your classes will be small sections a substantive law class and your legal research and writing class. You'll have a small section of a substantive law class (torts, contracts, civil procedure, or criminal) with approximately 24 students, which will give you the opportunity to receive one-to-one feedback on your legal analysis;and you'll have an even smaller research and writing class 15 students or less to ensure one-to-one feedback on your writing.

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Information for Law Students by Law Students

Reflections from current students on UW Law's academic environment

Jordan Leslie

Top-notch professors

"The professors at Wisconsin are really invaluable. They strive to get to know the students, participate in student events, and even invite students over for home-cooked meals. They're amazing."


Thaddeus McGuire

Powerful learning experiences

"Wisconsin's law-in-action approach is a way of life around here. As a current clinical student, I am absolutely blown away by the amount of responsibility and input students are granted.  It exemplifies learning by doing."

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