Offerings

Key:
+ subject to prerequisites, co-requisites, exclusions, or professor permission
1L first year required course
a extends over more than one quarter
c/l cross listed
e first-year elective
m seminar
p meets the professional responsibility/ethics requirement
r papers may meet substantial research paper (SRP) graduation requirement
s meets the professional skills requirement
u simulation class
w may meet writing project (WP) graduation requirement
x offering available for bidding
(#) the number of Law School credit hours earned for successful completion
  • Corporate and Entrepreneurial Finance

    LAWS 42603 - 01 (3) x
    This course uses the case method to study the practical aspects of important topics in corporate and entrepreneurial finance. We will apply the concepts and techniques of corporate finance to actual situations. The course is roughly divided into three sections: (1) financing decisions; (2) investment decisions; (3) entrepreneurial finance; and (4) private equity finance. In addition to analyzing the specific financing problems or issues, we will consider how those issues relate to the strategic objectives of the firm. It will be important to examine the "big picture" assumptions that are used in the numerical calculations. This course also places a strong emphasis on presentation and discussion skills. It will be important to explain your positions or arguments to each other and to try to argue for the implementation of your recommendations. COURSE PROCEDURES For each class meeting, I will assign study questions concerning one or two case studies. For most of the class period, we will consider the questions and the material in the cases. This includes the first meeting. You are allowed and encouraged, but not required to meet in groups outside of class to discuss and analyze the cases. Each group will submit a two-page memorandum of analysis and recommendations at the beginning of each case discussion. If you are working in a group, I will accept one memorandum from the group and count it for all students in the group. If you choose to do this, the group can include up to 3 students. Each memorandum should be typed and double-spaced. Write these as if you were writing a recommendation to the CEO or major decision maker in the case. The two page limit is for text only. You may attach as many numerical calculations as you wish. Memoranda will not be accepted after the class has met. A memorandum will be given credit if it is handed in and no credit if it is not. Initially, therefore, I will not grade them. However, I will use the memoranda to determine final grades for those students who are on the border of two grades. You should prepare a memorandum for UST, the first class. The readings and articles that I have assigned and will hand out are largely non-technical in nature and summarize the findings of academic research in corporate finance in the recent past. These articles are meant to be background material that will help you analyze the cases. They should not necessarily be cited in the case discussion. You should argue as if you were in a corporate boardroom rather than in a doctoral seminar. The process of arriving at the answer is as important as getting the answer. Because of the nature of this course (and its grading criteria), it is extremely important that you attend every class, arrive on time and be prepared to participate. To help me out, you should bring your name cards to each class. I may not remember who said what without those cards. In the past, students have asked me to hand out my case analysis after the class has discussed the case. I will not do this, because there are usually no absolute right answers. The best cases are deliberately written to be ambiguous. While there are no right answers, there are good arguments and bad arguments. This course is designed to help you learn to distinguish between sensible and senseless arguments. Handing out my analyses would reduce the ambiguity in the cases and partially defeat the purpose of doing cases. If you are uncomfortable with ambiguity, this class may not be for you. Grading will be based on class participation, the short memoranda and a final examination. Class participation will count for 40% of the final grade. I will judge your performance based both on the quality and the quantity of your comments. Because so much of the learning in this course occurs in the classroom, it is very important that you attend every class. The memoranda will count for 10% of the final grade. The final examination will count for 50% of the final grade
    Spring 2014
    Steven Kaplan
  • Corporate Criminal Prosecutions and Investigations

    LAWS 66702 - 01 (3) m, w, x
    The criminal investigation and prosecution of large-scale corporate fraud is the hottest area of focus for prosecutors and the criminal defense bar. This seminar is designed for students interested in learning about the various aspects of uncovering, investigating, defending, and prosecuting corporate crimes; reporting findings to clients and government authorities; strategic considerations for the prosecutor and defense lawyer in white collar criminal investigations; prosecutorial charging policies and decisions; pre-trial diversion and non-prosecution agreements; and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. The class will introduce students to this multi-faceted area of the law, and expose students to real-world considerations involved in advising corporate clients and their officers, directors, and employees. The seminar will address legal and practical issues and concerns from the perspective of the prosecutor, the defense attorney, and in-house counsel. This is a three-credit class. The student's grade will be based on a major paper and class participation. Papers will be due two weeks after final exams for the Winter quarter.
    Winter 2014
    Andrew Boutros
  • Corporate Finance

    LAWS 42501 - 01 (3)
    This course provides an overview of the application to law of the basic principles of corporate finance and financial economics. Topics include the concept of discounting and present value, portfolio theory and diversification, the theory of efficient capital markets and its applications in securities litigation, corporate capital structure and bond covenants, and the analysis of options and other derivative instruments. The principles and concepts of corporate finance are essential to understanding modern corporate transactions. Increasingly, lawyers must understand these principles in order to structure transactions in ways that achieve particular business objectives. The concepts in this class are also of great value to lawyers outside the corporate area: financial principles can be fruitfully applied to a wide variety of legal questions, ranging from estate planning to the calculation of tort awards. This class assumes no background in finance, and is aimed primarily at students with little or no prior exposure to the field (rather than those with an MBA or with an undergraduate finance major). It does not use any mathematics beyond basic arithmetic and some simple algebra.
    Spring 2014
    Dhammika Dharmapala
  • Corporate Governance

    LAWS 75001 - 01 (2 to 3) +, m, w, x
    Through the production of goods and services, innovation, employment and occasional misbehavior, publicly-held corporations in the U.S. exert an enormous impact on the lives of individuals and the economy in general. How (and how well) corporations are governed greatly influences what that impact will be. Since the early 1990s, there has been a significant increase in the attention given to corporate governance by investors, lawyers, academicians, politicians and the press. This seminar will provide students with a deep understanding of applicable legal, regulatory and market influences on corporate governance, an appreciation for the historical development of the current system of governance and insights into current “hot” issues and the continuing evolution of governance. We will discuss critical issues such as for whose benefit is a corporation to be governed and what is the proper balance of decision-making authority between owners and managers. There will be a heavy emphasis on the role of counsel to the enterprise as a whole and on the practical aspects of advising officers and directors, including the coordination of multi-disciplinary teams. Corporations and securities law courses provide highly desirable background, but are not prerequisites. Grades will be based upon: a final take-home exam (2 credits), or a final take-home exam plus a 10-12 page research paper (3 credits), or a full-length paper (3 credits). In all instances, class participation will also be taken into account. Enrollment will be limited to 25 students; MBA students from Booth will be welcome.
    Spring 2014
    Thomas Cole
  • Corporate Governance in China

    LAWS 80804 - 01 (3) m, w, x
    China leads the world in economic growth but trails significantly in corporate governance. The government is upgrading the legal and regulatory framework but progress has been slow – and transparency and compliance still vary widely across state-owned, publicly-listed, and private firms. Ethics and social customs, which are central to reform, are even more problematic than structure and proving difficult to change. As Chinese stock prices continue to fall, capital market confidence is disappearing, and global investors are demanding reform. Given the SEC’s recent demand to see the work papers of American audit firms in order to protect American shareholders – and China’s continuing need to access to foreign capital markets – Chinese corporate governance is evoking questions of sovereignty and moving to the center stage of U.S.-China relations. This seminar will compare corporate governance in China to Western practice, examine recent high-profile governance failures, and assess reform initiatives. The seminar will be highly interactive. For example, one unique portion will involve simulation of a major crisis scenario, in which students will role-play executives, directors, and regulators. Grading will be determined by class participation and by performance across three short papers. The first paper will involve a comparison of Chinese and Western corporate governance methods; the second will focus on a recent case and provide analysis and commentary; and the third will require generation of a hypothetical governance crisis, the best of which will be considered for inclusion in a monograph containing future scenarios to be published in 2014.
    Autumn 2013
    Tom Manning
  • Corporate Lab Clinic

    LAWS 91562 - 01 (3) +, a, s, x
    This transactional clinic provides students with a forum for working closely with legal and business teams at multinational participant companies. The primary goal of the Corporate Lab is for students to learn practical legal skills, both (a) substantively, in terms of the corporate “building blocks” necessary to understand complex transactions and (b) professionally, in terms of implementing such knowledge efficiently and meaningfully within the context of a wide array of careers as lawyers and business leaders. This class mirrors a real world work experience: students will receive hands-on substantive and client-development experience and will be expected to manage and meet expectations and deadlines while exercising a high level of professionalism. As a result, this class is likely to involve a significant commitment (with a substantial amount of work to be completed outside of class).Student grades will be based upon participation in the classroom, appropriate attention to client services, collaborative efforts within a team environment, and quality of work product. This offering will not count toward seminar restrictions. Please note that (i) students who register are expected to remain in the course for three consecutive quarters, (ii) students may not take the Corporate Lab for more than nine credits, and (iii) LL.M. students may register by instructor permission only. Students will also be required to sign nondisclosure agreements with participating companies. While certainly not a prerequisite, “Contracts and Commercial Transactions” (offered Autumn Quarter) is strongly recommended to all students prior to, or concurrent with, taking this class. Clients in this section are expected to include some or all of the following: Amazon, Baxter Healthcare, the Booth School of Business New Venture Challenge (Spring Quarter), GE Capital, Microsoft, Nike, and Verizon Communications. 2L students only.
    Spring 2014
    David Zarfes, Sean Z. Kramer, Naveen Thomas, Ellis A. Regenbogen
  • Corporate Lab Clinic

    LAWS 91562 - 01 (3) +, a, s, x
    This transactional clinic provides students with a forum for working closely with legal and business teams at multinational participant companies. The primary goal of the Corporate Lab is for students to learn practical legal skills, both (a) substantively, in terms of the corporate “building blocks” necessary to understand complex transactions and (b) professionally, in terms of implementing such knowledge efficiently and meaningfully within the context of a wide array of careers as lawyers and business leaders. This class mirrors a real world work experience: students will receive hands-on substantive and client-development experience and will be expected to manage and meet expectations and deadlines while exercising a high level of professionalism. As a result, this class is likely to involve a significant commitment (with a substantial amount of work to be completed outside of class).Student grades will be based upon participation in the classroom, appropriate attention to client services, collaborative efforts within a team environment, and quality of work product. This offering will not count toward seminar restrictions. Please note that (i) students who register are expected to remain in the course for three consecutive quarters, (ii) students may not take the Corporate Lab for more than nine credits, and (iii) LL.M. students may register by instructor permission only. Students will also be required to sign nondisclosure agreements with participating companies. While certainly not a prerequisite, “Contracts and Commercial Transactions” (offered Autumn Quarter) is strongly recommended to all students prior to, or concurrent with, taking this class. Clients in this section are expected to include some or all of the following: Amazon, Baxter Healthcare, the Booth School of Business New Venture Challenge (Spring Quarter), GE Capital, Microsoft, Nike, and Verizon Communications.
    Winter 2014
    David Zarfes, Sean Z. Kramer, Naveen Thomas, Ellis A. Regenbogen
  • Corporate Lab Clinic

    LAWS 91562 - 01 (3) +, a, s, x
    This transactional clinic provides students with a forum for working closely with legal and business teams at multinational participant companies. The primary goal of the Corporate Lab is for students to learn practical legal skills, both (a) substantively, in terms of the corporate “building blocks” necessary to understand complex transactions and (b) professionally, in terms of implementing such knowledge efficiently and meaningfully within the context of a wide array of careers as lawyers and business leaders. This class mirrors a real world work experience: students will receive hands-on substantive and client-development experience and will be expected to manage and meet expectations and deadlines while exercising a high level of professionalism. As a result, this class is likely to involve a significant commitment (with a substantial amount of work to be completed outside of class).Student grades will be based upon participation in the classroom, appropriate attention to client services, collaborative efforts within a team environment, and quality of work product. This offering will not count toward seminar restrictions. Please note that (i) students who register are expected to remain in the course for three consecutive quarters, (ii) students may not take the Corporate Lab for more than nine credits, and (iii) LL.M. students may register by instructor permission only. Students will also be required to sign nondisclosure agreements with participating companies. While certainly not a prerequisite, “Contracts and Commercial Transactions” (offered Autumn Quarter) is strongly recommended to all students prior to, or concurrent with, taking this class. Clients in this section are expected to include some or all of the following: Amazon, Baxter Healthcare, the Booth School of Business New Venture Challenge (Spring Quarter), GE Capital, Microsoft, Nike, and Verizon Communications.
    Autumn 2013
    David Zarfes, Sean Z. Kramer, Naveen Thomas, Ellis A. Regenbogen
  • Corporate Lab Clinic

    LAWS 91562 - 02 (3) +, a, s, x
    This transactional clinic provides students with a forum for working closely with legal and business teams at multinational participant companies. The primary goal of the Corporate Lab is for students to learn practical legal skills, both (a) substantively, in terms of the corporate “building blocks” necessary to understand complex transactions and (b) professionally, in terms of implementing such knowledge efficiently and meaningfully within the context of a wide array of careers as lawyers and business leaders. This class mirrors a real world work experience: students will receive hands-on substantive and client-development experience, and will be expected to manage and meet expectations and deadlines while exercising a high level of professionalism. As a result, this class is likely to involve a significant commitment (with a substantial amount of work to be completed outside of class). Student grades will be based upon participation in the classroom, appropriate attention to client services, collaborative efforts within a team environment, and quality of work product. This offering will not count toward seminar restrictions. Please note that (i) students who register are expected to remain in the clinic for three consecutive quarters, (ii) students may not take the Corporate Lab for more than nine credits, and (iii) LL.M. students may register by instructor permission only. Students will also be required to sign nondisclosure agreements with participating companies. While certainly not a prerequisite, “Contracts and Commercial Transactions” (offered Autumn Quarter) is strongly recommended to all students prior to, or concurrent with, taking this class. Clients in this section are expected to include some or all of the following: Accenture, Allstate, General Mills, Honeywell, IBM, Innova, and Northern Trust. Students will also have the opportunity to work with the ABA Corporate Social Responsibility Committee in the publishing of a quarterly newsletter.
    Autumn 2013
    David Zarfes, Sean Z. Kramer, Naveen Thomas, Ellis A. Regenbogen
  • Corporate Lab Clinic

    LAWS 91562 - 02 (3) +, a, s, x
    This transactional clinic provides students with a forum for working closely with legal and business teams at multinational participant companies. The primary goal of the Corporate Lab is for students to learn practical legal skills, both (a) substantively, in terms of the corporate “building blocks” necessary to understand complex transactions and (b) professionally, in terms of implementing such knowledge efficiently and meaningfully within the context of a wide array of careers as lawyers and business leaders. This class mirrors a real world work experience: students will receive hands-on substantive and client-development experience, and will be expected to manage and meet expectations and deadlines while exercising a high level of professionalism. As a result, this class is likely to involve a significant commitment (with a substantial amount of work to be completed outside of class). Student grades will be based upon participation in the classroom, appropriate attention to client services, collaborative efforts within a team environment, and quality of work product. This offering will not count toward seminar restrictions. Please note that (i) students who register are expected to remain in the clinic for three consecutive quarters, (ii) students may not take the Corporate Lab for more than nine credits, and (iii) LL.M. students may register by instructor permission only. Students will also be required to sign nondisclosure agreements with participating companies. While certainly not a prerequisite, “Contracts and Commercial Transactions” (offered Autumn Quarter) is strongly recommended to all students prior to, or concurrent with, taking this class. Clients in this section are expected to include some or all of the following: Accenture, Allstate, General Mills, Honeywell, IBM, Innova, and Northern Trust. Students will also have the opportunity to work with the ABA Corporate Social Responsibility Committee in the publishing of a quarterly newsletter. 2L students only.
    Spring 2014
    David Zarfes, Sean Z. Kramer, Naveen Thomas, Ellis A. Regenbogen
  • Corporate Lab Clinic

    LAWS 91562 - 02 (3) +, a, s, x
    This transactional clinic provides students with a forum for working closely with legal and business teams at multinational participant companies. The primary goal of the Corporate Lab is for students to learn practical legal skills, both (a) substantively, in terms of the corporate “building blocks” necessary to understand complex transactions and (b) professionally, in terms of implementing such knowledge efficiently and meaningfully within the context of a wide array of careers as lawyers and business leaders. This class mirrors a real world work experience: students will receive hands-on substantive and client-development experience, and will be expected to manage and meet expectations and deadlines while exercising a high level of professionalism. As a result, this class is likely to involve a significant commitment (with a substantial amount of work to be completed outside of class). Student grades will be based upon participation in the classroom, appropriate attention to client services, collaborative efforts within a team environment, and quality of work product. This offering will not count toward seminar restrictions. Please note that (i) students who register are expected to remain in the clinic for three consecutive quarters, (ii) students may not take the Corporate Lab for more than nine credits, and (iii) LL.M. students may register by instructor permission only. Students will also be required to sign nondisclosure agreements with participating companies. While certainly not a prerequisite, “Contracts and Commercial Transactions” (offered Autumn Quarter) is strongly recommended to all students prior to, or concurrent with, taking this class. Clients in this section are expected to include some or all of the following: Accenture, Allstate, General Mills, Honeywell, IBM, Innova, and Northern Trust. Students will also have the opportunity to work with the ABA Corporate Social Responsibility Committee in the publishing of a quarterly newsletter.
    Winter 2014
    David Zarfes, Sean Z. Kramer, Naveen Thomas, Ellis A. Regenbogen
  • Corporate Lab Clinic

    LAWS 91562 - 03 (3) +, a, s, x
    This transactional clinic provides students with a forum for working closely with legal and business teams at multinational participant companies. The primary goal of the Corporate Lab is for students to learn practical legal skills, both (a) substantively, in terms of the corporate “building blocks” necessary to understand complex transactions and (b) professionally, in terms of implementing such knowledge efficiently and meaningfully within the context of a wide array of careers as lawyers and business leaders. This class mirrors a real world work experience: students will receive hands-on substantive and client-development experience, and will be expected to manage and meet expectations and deadlines while exercising a high level of professionalism. As a result, this class is likely to involve a significant commitment (with a substantial amount of work to be completed outside of class). Student grades will be based upon participation in the classroom, appropriate attention to client services, collaborative efforts within a team environment, and quality of work product. This offering will not count toward seminar restrictions. Please note that (i) students who register are expected to remain in the clinic for three consecutive quarters, (ii) students may not take the Corporate Lab for more than nine credits, and (iii) LL.M. students may register by instructor permission only. Students will also be required to sign nondisclosure agreements with participating companies. While certainly not a prerequisite, “Contracts and Commercial Transactions” (offered Autumn Quarter) is strongly recommended to all students prior to, or concurrent with, taking this class. Clients in this section are expected to include some or all of the following: CDW, Integrys Energy, Italian Trade Commission, JPMorgan Chase, Lincoln Center, McDonald's, Schreiber Foods, Schneider National and Sony Electronics.
    Autumn 2013
    David Zarfes, Sean Z. Kramer, Naveen Thomas, Ellis A. Regenbogen
  • Corporate Lab Clinic

    LAWS 91562 - 03 (3) +, a, s, x
    This transactional clinic provides students with a forum for working closely with legal and business teams at multinational participant companies. The primary goal of the Corporate Lab is for students to learn practical legal skills, both (a) substantively, in terms of the corporate “building blocks” necessary to understand complex transactions and (b) professionally, in terms of implementing such knowledge efficiently and meaningfully within the context of a wide array of careers as lawyers and business leaders. This class mirrors a real world work experience: students will receive hands-on substantive and client-development experience, and will be expected to manage and meet expectations and deadlines while exercising a high level of professionalism. As a result, this class is likely to involve a significant commitment (with a substantial amount of work to be completed outside of class). Student grades will be based upon participation in the classroom, appropriate attention to client services, collaborative efforts within a team environment, and quality of work product. This offering will not count toward seminar restrictions. Please note that (i) students who register are expected to remain in the clinic for three consecutive quarters, (ii) students may not take the Corporate Lab for more than nine credits, and (iii) LL.M. students may register by instructor permission only. Students will also be required to sign nondisclosure agreements with participating companies. While certainly not a prerequisite, “Contracts and Commercial Transactions” (offered Autumn Quarter) is strongly recommended to all students prior to, or concurrent with, taking this class. Clients in this section are expected to include some or all of the following: CDW, Integrys Energy, Italian Trade Commission, JPMorgan Chase, Lincoln Center, McDonald's, Schreiber Foods, Schneider National and Sony Electronics. 2L students only.
    Spring 2014
    David Zarfes, Sean Z. Kramer, Naveen Thomas, Ellis A. Regenbogen
  • Corporate Lab Clinic

    LAWS 91562 - 03 (3) +, a, s, x
    This transactional clinic provides students with a forum for working closely with legal and business teams at multinational participant companies. The primary goal of the Corporate Lab is for students to learn practical legal skills, both (a) substantively, in terms of the corporate “building blocks” necessary to understand complex transactions and (b) professionally, in terms of implementing such knowledge efficiently and meaningfully within the context of a wide array of careers as lawyers and business leaders. This class mirrors a real world work experience: students will receive hands-on substantive and client-development experience, and will be expected to manage and meet expectations and deadlines while exercising a high level of professionalism. As a result, this class is likely to involve a significant commitment (with a substantial amount of work to be completed outside of class). Student grades will be based upon participation in the classroom, appropriate attention to client services, collaborative efforts within a team environment, and quality of work product. This offering will not count toward seminar restrictions. Please note that (i) students who register are expected to remain in the clinic for three consecutive quarters, (ii) students may not take the Corporate Lab for more than nine credits, and (iii) LL.M. students may register by instructor permission only. Students will also be required to sign nondisclosure agreements with participating companies. While certainly not a prerequisite, “Contracts and Commercial Transactions” (offered Autumn Quarter) is strongly recommended to all students prior to, or concurrent with, taking this class. Clients in this section are expected to include some or all of the following: CDW, Integrys Energy, Italian Trade Commission, JPMorgan Chase, Lincoln Center, McDonald's, Schreiber Foods, Schneider National and Sony Electronics.
    Winter 2014
    David Zarfes, Sean Z. Kramer, Naveen Thomas, Ellis A. Regenbogen
  • Counterintelligence and Covert Action - Legal and Policy Issues

    LAWS 70706 - 01 (3) m, w, x
    This seminar will focus on the legal framework for counterintelligence and other instruments of national power that seek to neutralize and/or exploit our adversaries' intelligence activities against US national security interests. Such adversaries may include foreign intelligence services, terrorists, foreign criminal enterprises, cyber intruders, or some combination thereof. The seminar will consider both legal and policy issues raised in efforts to prevent adversarial espionage action -- overt, covert, or clandestine -- targeting US military, diplomatic, and economic interests at home and abroad. The seminar will also explore the role and overlap of covert action, roughly defined as action intended to influence events in another nation or territory without revealing the involvement of the sponsor. Care will be taken to consider less frequently discussed implications for domestic and international economies and markets, as well as the extent to which economic and market considerations motivate policy making or legal decisions. The seminar will include short case studies from the Cold War and post-Cold War eras in the US, Latin America, the Middle East, and the former USSR. The seminar is designed to minimize overlap with the material covered in The Law of Counterterrorism (LAWS 70704) and National Security Issues (LAWS 70703) by primarily focusing attention on state actors rather than nonstate actors. Grades will be based upon a final paper, occasional short response papers, and reasonable class participation.
    Spring 2014
    Stephen Cowen
  • Criminal and Juvenile Justice Project Clinic

    LAWS 67213 - 01 (1) +, a, s
    The Juvenile and Criminal Justice Clinic provides legal representation to poor children and young adults accused of delinquency and crime. The Clinic is a national leader in expanding the concept of legal representation to include the social, psychological and educational needs of clients. Students will examine the juvenile and criminal justice systems’ relationships to the poor and marginalized through litigation, legislative advocacy, and public education, including the development of policies for crime and violence prevention and system reform. Student work includes legal research and drafting motions, briefs, memoranda, and pleadings in state, appellate and federal courts as required. Students will interview clients and witnesses; conduct fact investigations; and develop effective pre- and post-trial strategies, including alternatives to incarceration. Trial work may include licensed students appearing in court to argue contested motions, negotiate with opposing counsel, and generally second-chair trials. In misdemeanor cases, students may first-chair trials. Licensed students may also present oral argument before appellate and federal courts. All students will participate in community, professional and bar association activities. Students work in teams to foster collaboration and ensure continuity in representation. The Clinic social worker and social work students are involved in many of the cases and activities. All students are encouraged to work creatively, and across disciplines. Participation includes weekly case meetings and obviously court appearances. Students wishing to enroll are encouraged to take Evidence in their second year. Other recommended courses: Criminal Procedure, Juvenile Justice, and Intensive Trial Practice Workshop or Trial Advocacy. Students may continue in the clinic throughout their 2 and 3L years: academic credit varies and will be awarded according to the Law School's general criteria for clinical courses and by the approval of the clinical faculty.
    Autumn 2013
    Herschella G. Conyers, Randolph N. Stone
  • Criminal and Juvenile Justice Project Clinic

    LAWS 67213 - 01 (1) +, a, s
    The Juvenile and Criminal Justice Clinic provides legal representation to poor children and young adults accused of delinquency and crime. The Clinic is a national leader in expanding the concept of legal representation to include the social, psychological and educational needs of clients. Students will examine the juvenile and criminal justice systems’ relationships to the poor and marginalized through litigation, legislative advocacy, and public education, including the development of policies for crime and violence prevention and system reform. Student work includes legal research and drafting motions, briefs, memoranda, and pleadings in state, appellate and federal courts as required. Students will interview clients and witnesses; conduct fact investigations; and develop effective pre- and post-trial strategies, including alternatives to incarceration. Trial work may include licensed students appearing in court to argue contested motions, negotiate with opposing counsel, and generally second-chair trials. In misdemeanor cases, students may first-chair trials. Licensed students may also present oral argument before appellate and federal courts. All students will participate in community, professional and bar association activities. Students work in teams to foster collaboration and ensure continuity in representation. The Clinic social worker and social work students are involved in many of the cases and activities. All students are encouraged to work creatively, and across disciplines. Participation includes weekly case meetings and obviously court appearances. Students wishing to enroll are encouraged to take Evidence in their second year. Other recommended courses: Criminal Procedure, Juvenile Justice, and Intensive Trial Practice Workshop or Trial Advocacy. Students may continue in the clinic throughout their 2 and 3L years: academic credit varies and will be awarded according to the Law School's general criteria for clinical courses and by the approval of the clinical faculty.
    Spring 2014
    Herschella G. Conyers, Randolph N. Stone
  • Criminal and Juvenile Justice Project Clinic

    LAWS 67213 - 01 (1) +, a, s
    The Juvenile and Criminal Justice Clinic provides legal representation to poor children and young adults accused of delinquency and crime. The Clinic is a national leader in expanding the concept of legal representation to include the social, psychological and educational needs of clients. Students will examine the juvenile and criminal justice systems’ relationships to the poor and marginalized through litigation, legislative advocacy, and public education, including the development of policies for crime and violence prevention and system reform. Student work includes legal research and drafting motions, briefs, memoranda, and pleadings in state, appellate and federal courts as required. Students will interview clients and witnesses; conduct fact investigations; and develop effective pre- and post-trial strategies, including alternatives to incarceration. Trial work may include licensed students appearing in court to argue contested motions, negotiate with opposing counsel, and generally second-chair trials. In misdemeanor cases, students may first-chair trials. Licensed students may also present oral argument before appellate and federal courts. All students will participate in community, professional and bar association activities. Students work in teams to foster collaboration and ensure continuity in representation. The Clinic social worker and social work students are involved in many of the cases and activities. All students are encouraged to work creatively, and across disciplines. Participation includes weekly case meetings and obviously court appearances. Students wishing to enroll are encouraged to take Evidence in their second year. Other recommended courses: Criminal Procedure, Juvenile Justice, and Intensive Trial Practice Workshop or Trial Advocacy. Students may continue in the clinic throughout their 2 and 3L years: academic credit varies and will be awarded according to the Law School's general criteria for clinical courses and by the approval of the clinical faculty.
    Winter 2014
    Herschella G. Conyers, Randolph N. Stone
  • Criminal Law

    LAWS 30311 - 01 (3) 1L
    This course, offered over two sequential quarters, addresses the doctrines of criminal liability and the moral and social problems of crime. The definitions of crimes and defenses are considered in light of the purposes of punishment and the role of the criminal justice system, including police and correctional agencies. The student's grade is based on class participation and a single final examination.
    Winter 2014
    Jonathan Masur
  • Criminal Law

    LAWS 30311 - 01 (3) 1L
    This course, offered over two sequential quarters, addresses the doctrines of criminal liability and the moral and social problems of crime. The definitions of crimes and defenses are considered in light of the purposes of punishment and the role of the criminal justice system, including police and correctional agencies. The student's grade is based on class participation and a single final examination.
    Spring 2014