STEPPS Program (Skills Training for Ethical and Preventive Practice and career Satisfaction) - California Western
STEPPS Program (Skills Training for Ethical and Preventive Practice and career Satisfaction)

The STEPPS planning committee is very excited about the success of the fifth year of this innovative program. Read comments from our STEPPS students about their experience.


What is STEPPS?

Our innovative STEPPS Program is where you will learn the knowledge, skills, and values necessary for the ethical practice of law through a client-attorney simulation course.

During STEPPS, seasoned attorneys work with you in a simulated law office, coaching and giving you opportunities to apply what you've learned in professional responsibility classes to a world where rules conflict and dilemmas abound. You will get practice in everything from interviewing clients (who are paid actors), counseling, researching and negotiation, and in the finer points of professional communication and etiquette.

The STEPPS Program is a sequence of two 3-credit courses. The program is entering its sixth year in 2013-2014 and will involve 16 small (16 students) office sections. Students will attend a 75 minute large class and a 75 minute law office section meeting each week.


Areas of Focus

Program Director Timothy Casey

Professor Timothy Casey serves as the Director of the STEPPS Program and Professor in Residence at California Western School of Law. Professor Casey teaches in the STEPPS Program and works closely with the Adjunct Professors who serve as Supervising Attorneys in the STEPPS Program. Professor Casey also teaches a course in Surveillance, Civil Liberties and National Intelligence.