Q: As a law student without much litigation experience, how do I improve my litigation skills to be marketable as a litigator upon graduation and beyond?
A: Take every litigation class, clinic, courtroom pro bono opportunity, related local CLE and online webinar that you can. Shadow a prior alum who is a trial lawyer. Observe civil or criminal court calls to get the feel for hearings, motions, evidence, and trials. Extern for a judge. Find a part-time or summer law clerk role for a litigation firm. Attend bar association litigation committee meetings; subscribe to litigation magazines and read online articles and blogs on the subject. Take an improv class and join Toastmasters, to get experience thinking and speaking on your feet. Connect with litigation attorneys on LinkedIn and follow them on Twitter.
There is a lot you can do to show your commitment to and build skills for a career as a litigator. Choose the steps you can accomplish, considering your current class schedule, and start walking the path.