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Delaware Law's signature programs reflect a distinct combination of intellectual adventure, practical application, and joy in learning. Students collaborate with faculty in research and advocacy, help shape policies, provide service to others, acquire valuable experience, and begin to build a professional network. Each institute or center offers a certificate with a wide range of electives and options for research and practice.

The Institute of Delaware Corporate and Business Law has forged strong relationships with the state bench and bar at the highest levels, providing opportunities for student fellowships. Students learn from stellar full-time faculty, as well as present and former Delaware Supreme Court justices and Chancery Court judges. The Institute supports the Delaware Journal of Corporate Law—one of the most frequently cited specialty journals in the nation—and hosts the Ruby R. Vale Moot Court competition, one of the nation's premier corporate competitions. With the addition of the Helen S. Balick Visiting Professor of Law, we are expanding our offerings in the area of bankruptcy.

The Taishoff Advocacy, Technology, and Public Service Institute emphasizes trial and appellate advocacy and offers certificate programs in civil and criminal litigation. Practicing lawyers on our full-time and adjunct faculty share their experiences and provide a professional framework for the ethical and practical dimensions of today's practice, including e-discovery, pretrial litigation, forensics, and other important areas. In the Intensive Trial Advocacy Program and the Moe Levine Trial Advocacy Honor Society, students build advocacy skills from initial client interview to summation. The Taishoff Institute also supports our Veterans’ Clinic, the first of its kind in the nation.

Students and faculty work together through the Global Environmental and Natural Resources Law Institute to promote environmental interests locally and globally. The Center sponsors a distinguished speakers series and opportunities for collaborative research on issues ranging from climate change to constitutionalism. Celebrating its 25th anniversary, the clinic works in state and federal administrative and judicial forums. Faculty scholarship in this area has broken ground in sustainability, climate change, environmental citizen suits, energy, international law, toxic torts, and constitutional law. Our focus is global, experiential, and interdisciplinary.

The Family and Health Law and Policy Institute engages and serves the community by promoting knowledge, providing specialized legal training, and influencing law and policy development that support the health of all families. We produce innovative scholarship and promote rigorous discussion of the issues in conferences, workshops, and other forums. Our strong, collaborative relationships with leaders and policymakers in family and health law empower students with the legal knowledge, skills, and experience to improve families’ health outcomes. Through a robust field component, students acquire valuable experience in a variety of settings, including hospitals, schools, and government agencies.

The Public Interest Resource Center provides practical opportunities for students to apply their emerging legal skills in the public interest. Now ten years old, PIRC teams students with public interest lawyers to put classroom education to the test and help clients who need their expertise. PIRC serves as a resource center for information about public interest work and sponsors an annual auction to support students who want to work in the public interest. Each year, approximately 100 students are recognized for their pro bono work. In 2015, for example, students and faculty involved in Delaware Law's Youth Courts program were awarded the 2015 Martin Luther King Service Award.