When I walk into a classroom, I get a rush knowing that the students and I are engaged in a mutual enterprise to create those ‘ah-hah, I’ve got it’ moments. To make this happen, I use a variety of sources—law, literature, philosophy, film, popular culture—and a myriad of techniques—Socratic method, lecture, humor, simulated exercises, and whatever moves me. Making magic, however, is not merely entertainment. My goal is to deepen students’ understanding of the law and the values it reflects and to challenge them to probe how lawyers use law to create a better society.
– WVU Provost & Professor of Law Joyce E. McConnell
Pursuing an education at West Virginia University College of Law prepares students to be excellent lawyers, able to practice in any state, in the federal judicial system, and in international settings. While providing a foundational legal education, particularly in the first year, the curriculum permits a student to discover his or her own interests through selection of specialized courses in the second and third years.
Graduating from West Virginia University College of Law launches students into practice in areas as diverse as corporate securities and family law, from international business transactions to bio-ethics.