News about The Third Year at W&L Law
60 Law Schools Earn Top Honors for Practical Training
February 20, 2014 - Washington and Lee is included in prestigious rankings for practical training.
W&L's Third-Year Program Serves as Inspiration for Law School Reform
February 7, 2014 - DePaul Launches New '3YP' Program modeled in part on W&L's innovative third-year curriculum.
W&L Partners with United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime to Improve Justice in Liberia
Students in W&L's Access to Justice third-year international law practicum course have worked on access to justice in Liberia for a number of years. This story details that partnership.
2 Years for Law School? The W&L Solution
August 26, 2013 - W&L's Practicum approach to the law school debate is explored here, with comments from Director of Communications Peter Jetton.
Washington and Lee is Biggest Legal Education Story of 2013
January 29, 2013 - Washington and Lee's experiential 3L curriculum is delivering a better education to law students.
Washington and Lee Reforming the Law School Experience
April 23, 2012 - A look at how W&L's practical approach is reshaping education for young lawyers in Virginia.
W&L Law Joins New National Initiative “Educating Tomorrow’s Lawyers”
Thursday, August 25, 2011 - Washington and Lee School of Law has joined a consortium of schools recognized as innovators in legal education.
Law Schools Revamp Their Curricula to Teach Practical Skills
Sunday, February 27, 2011 - Washington and Lee University School of Law and its innovative third-year curriculum is featured in a Chronicle of Higher Education story on trends in legal education.
W&L Students to Compete at First-ever Transactional Lawyering Competition
Tuesday, March 02, 2010 - Two Washington and Lee students will participate at a first of its kind competition hosted by the Earle Mack School of Law at Drexel University on March 4-5, 2010.
Law Students Log Hundreds of Service Hours during Fall Semester
Thursday, January 28, 2010 - Law students participating in Washington and Lee's new third-year curriculum have amassed over 1500 hours of community service since the beginning of the academic year.
Washington and Lee Takes Law Students from Class to Court
Friday, December 18, 2009 - The new third-year program at Washington and Lee School of Law is featured in the Washington Post. The article discusses the changes afoot in legal education and examines two of the school's new practicum courses.
Dean Smolla, Third Year Program Featured in ABA Journal Legal Rebels Project
Thursday, September 24, 2009 - The ABA Journal's Legal Rebels project, which features lawyers, scholars and others who are committed to innovation in the legal profession, made a stop in Lexington to meet with students and faculty involved in the School's new third year program.
Reality's knocking: Recession forcing schools to bow to reality
Monday, September 07, 2009 - Washington and Lee's new third year program is featured in a National Law Journal story covering legal education reform at several law schools.
Law Students Return to Revamped Third Year
Thursday, August 20, 2009 - When third year students return to Washington and Lee Law School this week, they will be met with a brand new curriculum, one designed to prepare them for the transition from law students to legal practitioners.
W&L School of Law Receives $2 Million Gift for Third Year Reform
Thursday, March 05, 2009 - The Washington and Lee School of Law has received a major financial boost with the announcement of a $2-million gift to support the efforts to change the way third-year students prepare for transition from law students to legal practitioners.
Dean Smolla Named 2008 Leader in the Law for Curricular Innovation
Monday, October 20, 2008 - Law Dean Rodney A. Smolla has been named a 2008 Leader in the Law by Virginia Lawyers Weekly for his work on Washington and Lee Law School's innovative third-year curriculum reform.
Dean Smolla Discusses Third Year Reform in Legal Times
Monday, September 01, 2008 - Washington and Lee School of Law Dean Rod Smolla discusses the School of Law's third-year curriculum reform in a Legal Times Op/Ed.
School of Law Donates Law Books to Aid Liberian Legal System
Wednesday, July 23, 2008 - On Monday, July 14, a truck carrying a shipping container backed up to the loading dock at the Washington and Lee University School of Law. One hour and 30,000 pounds later, the container began a 7 week, 5000 mile journey to Monrovia, Liberia.
W&L Law Professor Mary Z. Natkin named Assistant Dean for Clinical Education and Public Service
Thursday, July 03, 2008 - Mary Z. Natkin, clinical professor of law at Washington and Lee University School of Law has been named Assistant Dean for Clinical Education and Public Service. In this newly created position, Natkin will oversee one of the chief initiatives of the School's new third-year curriculum.
Virginia Supreme Court Justice Donald Lemons to Join W&L Law School Faculty
Monday, June 16, 2008 - Donald W. Lemons, Justice of the Supreme Court of Virginia, will join the faculty of the Washington and Lee University School of Law this fall as Distinguished Professor of Judicial Studies.
School of Law Adopts Transnational Law Course for First Year Students
Friday, May 02, 2008 - The faculty of Washington and Lee University School of Law has voted unanimously to include Transnational Law as a required first-year course.
Washington and Lee School of Law Announces Dramatic Third Year Reform
Monday, March 10, 2008 - It has been more than 100 years since law schools in the United States have overhauled how they teach students. The Washington and Lee University School of Law looks to change that with a bold plan to reform the third year of law school.