Curriculum / Academics / Specialties

Whether a student is interested in commercial transactions, criminal litigation, intellectual property law, business and commercial law, or many other practice areas, Marquette Law School offers a wide variety of course streams which map out the curriculum for law students and help them chart their way through the Law School’s academic offerings.

  • Nationally Recognized Programs: Students take advantage of coursework and experiences in three nationally recognized programs: Sports Law, Alternative Dispute Resolution, and Legal Writing.
  • Practical Skills: Each course stream integrates doctrinal courses with learning opportunities through workshop courses that are dedicated to exercises that focus on the development of the practical skills necessary to be successful in the legal profession.
  • Faculty: Professors offer support by maintaining an open-door policy and actively engaging with students outside of the classroom in many ways, including hosting live-café sessions, supervising moot-court competitions, and even participating in recreational sports.


Marquette curriculum is basically organized in what we call practice streams.

It's valuable, because it helps students map out their curriculum for really their time with Marquette.

We have streams of practice in commercial law, employment law, health law, criminal law.

We have a sports law program that's nationally known, an alternative dispute resolution program that's nationally known, and very well respected. Then we also are especially strong in litigation. We have an extremely strong program in legal writing, and our students leave that program with really strong writing skills. And we hear that a lot from attorneys.

We try to support each of those practice streams with clinical learning opportunities, and each of our curricular streams has at least one workshop to it.

Those are practice-based classes. I teach two workshops, one of them on contract drafting, and another one is called business planning.

And these are opportunities right within the law school through simulated exercises to give our students an opportunity to work on those skills as they're going to need as lawyers. We in the law faculty at Marquette pride ourselves on making ourselves available to our students. Most of us have pretty much an open door policy.

It's a practice for eight years. Marquette really values the practice experience knowing that we can then bring what we've learned in practice into the classroom. We'll have cafe sessions with my students, faculty supervised societies with supervised moot court. Sometimes I play ping pong with the students. Sometimes I bowl with the students. In fact, I do that every year. Faculty are involved with a lot of activities outside of the classroom with students.


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