Applying to the GPP
Students apply to the GPP at the end of their first year and are notified of their acceptance prior to registration for second-year fall semester classes. Application consists of a resume, current GPA and a written statement of interest, stating how the GPP fits in with the student’s personal and professional goals and what qualities and experience the student can bring to the program.
To maximize the GPP experience, class size is limited to 16 students. This allows sufficient individual guidance from the professors and facilitates class discussion and assignments. Selection is made by the director and the assistant director, taking into account career goals, diversity, and compatibility.
Information sessions, led by the GPP director, are held for first-year students during the fall semester and again during spring semester. The sessions provide an overview as well as specifics of the program and allow students the chance to ask questions that may help in deciding whether to apply.
Applicants must have a 2.2 GPA at the end of their first year. Students who prefer active, experiential learning to lecture style, who enjoy working as a team, or who want to gain practical skills in a number of areas of law, would benefit from the GPP experience. GPP graduates are employed in a wide range of employment settings, including small and large firms, government agencies, and nonprofit enterprises.
Students who complete the General Practice Program gain numerous advantages: a high level of interaction with faculty, exposure to key areas of law, many opportunities to acquire and develop skills needed by practicing attorneys, increased self-confidence in performing legal research and transactions, and the knowledge that they can offer pertinent experience to law firms.