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Practice Simulations

Michigan Law offers a wide selection of practice simulations—taught by practitioners at the top of their fields—that combine doctrinal and experiential learning. By working through the stages of both mock and actual cases, students acquire extensive practical experience and develop specialized expertise in a particular area of law. This hands-on experience helps students to better appreciate and think about the theoretical underpinnings of the law and better equips them for actual practice in it. In a typical academic year we offer nearly 40 practice simulation courses with varied formats and topics. The wealth of opportunities covers a broad range of topics, including corporate criminality, tax planning for business, real estate entrepreneurship, joint ventures, alternative dispute resolution, and antitrust advocacy.

In Advanced Appellate Advocacy, for example, students intensively examine the practical and theoretical aspects of appellate practice—record development, doctrinal analysis, litigation theory creation, brief writing, amicus strategies, and oral advocacy—through the simulation of an actual case. Other courses explore the different issues and tasks arising in a more subject-driven practice area. In Advanced IP Practice, for instance, students tackle real-life cases raising contemporary issues such as social networking, game platforms and development, entrepreneurship, licensing, user-generated content, and website terms of use, and how these issues are intertwined with trademark, copyright, right of publicity, right of privacy, and trade-secret principles. Assignments include preparing and filing applications to register copyrights and trademarks, drafting plagiarism policies, advising start-up companies on intellectual property strategy, and structuring license agreements.