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+ 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
l Lecturer-taught seminar/simulation class
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
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(#) the number of Law School credit hours earned for successful completion
  • Institute for Justice Clinic on Entrepreneurship

    LAWS 67613 - 01 (1 to 3) +, a, s
    The Institute for Justice Clinic on Entrepreneurship, or IJ Clinic, provides legal assistance to low-income entrepreneurs who are pursuing the American Dream in spite of legal obstacles. IJ Clinic students develop practical skills in transactional lawyering while helping creative entrepreneurs earn an honest living, innovate, and build businesses that build neighborhoods. Students advise clients on issues such as business formation, licensing, zoning, strategic relationships, intellectual property protection, and regulatory compliance. Students become trusted advisors for their clients and have the opportunity to consult with clients on business developments; draft and review custom contracts; negotiate deals; research complex regulatory schemes and advise clients on how to comply; and occasionally appear before administrative bodies. Students may also work on policy projects to change laws that restrict low-income entrepreneurs. Policy work may involve legislative drafting, lobbying, and community organizing. Academic credit varies and will be awarded according to the Law School's general criteria for clinical courses as described in the Law School Announcements and by the approval of the clinical staff. The seminar Entrepreneurship & The Law is a pre- or co-requisite unless a student has received special permission from the IJ Clinic instructors. A commitment of at least two quarters is required.
    Winter 2016
    Elizabeth Kregor, Amy M. Hermalik
  • Institute for Justice Clinic on Entrepreneurship

    LAWS 67613 - 01 (1 to 3) +, a, s
    The Institute for Justice Clinic on Entrepreneurship, or IJ Clinic, provides legal assistance to low-income entrepreneurs who are pursuing the American Dream in spite of legal obstacles. IJ Clinic students develop practical skills in transactional lawyering while helping creative entrepreneurs earn an honest living, innovate, and build businesses that build neighborhoods. Students advise clients on issues such as business formation, licensing, zoning, strategic relationships, intellectual property protection, and regulatory compliance. Students become trusted advisors for their clients and have the opportunity to consult with clients on business developments; draft and review custom contracts; negotiate deals; research complex regulatory schemes and advise clients on how to comply; and occasionally appear before administrative bodies. Students may also work on policy projects to change laws that restrict low-income entrepreneurs. Policy work may involve legislative drafting, lobbying, and community organizing. Academic credit varies and will be awarded according to the Law School's general criteria for clinical courses as described in the Law School Announcements and by the approval of the clinical staff. The seminar Entrepreneurship & The Law is a pre- or co-requisite unless a student has received special permission from the IJ Clinic instructors. A commitment of at least two quarters is required.
    Spring 2016
    Elizabeth Kregor, Amy M. Hermalik
  • Intensive Trial Practice Workshop

    LAWS 67503 - 01 (3) +, s, u
    This is a required class for participation in the Criminal Juvenile Justice, Exoneration and Police Accountability clinics, and strongly recommended for participation in the Employment Discrimination and Federal Criminal Justice clinics. This class teaches trial preparation, trial advocacy, and strategy through a variety of teaching techniques, including lectures and demonstrations, but primarily through simulated trial exercises. Topics include opening statements, witness preparation, direct and cross examination, expert witnesses, objections at trial, and closing argument. Practicing lawyers and judges are enlisted to provide students with lectures and critiques from varied perspectives. The class concludes with a simulated jury trial presided over by sitting state and federal court judges. This class is open only to J.D. students entering their 3L year and limited to 48, with preference given to students who have been accepted into a Litigation Clinic. Completion of this class partially satisfies one of the requirements for admission to the trial bar of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. Students who have taken Trial Advocacy (LAWS 67603), Poverty and Housing Law Clinic (LAWS 90512), or Trial Practice: Strategy and Advocacy (LAWS 91702) may not take this class. This class is offered for approximately six hours/day before the beginning of the Autumn Quarter. The Autumn 2015 Workshop is scheduled from 9/14 through 9/25, and the final trial is scheduled for Saturday, September 26. The student's grade is based on a compilation of daily performance evaluations. The credits count towards the Autumn 2015 total number of credits cap. The class does not count towards the 2015-2016 Seminars/Simulations classes cap.
    Autumn 2015
    Herschella G. Conyers, Craig B. Futterman, Randolph N. Stone
  • International Commercial Arbitration

    LAWS 94602 - 01 (2) l, m, s, x
    The objective of this seminar is to familiarize the student with what has emerged as the primary means of resolving cross-border and multi-jurisdictional commercial disputes in today's global economy. Through this seminar, the student will explore the similarities and differences between international arbitration and the procedures used in common law (i.e. the U.S. and U.K.) and civil law (i.e. most of Europe, Asia and Latin America) systems. The student will develop an appreciation for the cross-cultural nature of international transactions and disputes and attain a certain facility with key international arbitration rules, multi-lateral treaties, and arbitration provisions. Through review of relevant court decisions, the student will develop an appreciation for the interplay between the arbitral authority and the national courts. Students will learn when and why to enter into arbitration agreements as well as how to initiate proceedings and select arbitrators, present evidence and contest and enforce awards. This seminar will be interactive with some experiential work, including negotiating, drafting, and oral advocacy in addition to class discussion. Booth students do not require instructor consent in order to submit a registration request. The student's grade will be based upon in-class participation and a take-home final exam. This course is highly recommended for students interested in negotiating international transactions and resolving the disputes arising thereunder.
    Autumn 2015
    Michael L. Morkin
  • International Human Rights Clinic

    LAWS 67913 - 01 (1 to 3) +, a, s
    The International Human Rights Clinic works for the promotion of social and economic justice globally and in the United States. The Clinic uses international human rights laws and norms, other substantive law, and multidimensional strategies to draw attention to human rights violations, develop practical solutions using interdisciplinary methodologies, and promote accountability on the part of state and non-state actors. The Clinic works with NGOs and other clients to design, collaborate, and implement projects, including litigation in domestic, foreign, and international tribunals, as well as non-litigation projects, such as documenting violations, legislative reform, and drafting reports. Working in project teams, students develop and hone a variety of skills, including international research, legal and non-legal writing, oral advocacy, communication, interviewing, media advocacy, cultural competency, strategic thinking, and transnational lawyering skills. Students also critically examine the substance and application of human rights law and discuss and confront the ethical challenges of working on human rights problems globally. Students are encouraged, but not required, to take a course in international human rights law or public international law. Students may enroll for 1, 2 or 3 credits per quarter and may commit to 1, 2 or 3 quarters of participation. During Autumn quarter only, Clinic students are required to enroll in the 2-credit International Human Rights Lawyering and Advocacy seminar. Clinic instructors may grant permission to join the Clinic to students who are unable to take the seminar due to a scheduling conflict if the students have completed or are concurrently enrolled in human rights course work. Some students may have the option, but are not required, to undertake international or domestic travel during the break periods.
    Autumn 2015
    Brian Citro, Claudia M. Flores
  • International Human Rights Clinic

    LAWS 67913 - 01 (1 to 3) a, s
    The International Human Rights Clinic works for the promotion of social and economic justice globally and in the United States. The Clinic uses international human rights laws and norms, other substantive law, and multidimensional strategies to draw attention to human rights violations, develop practical solutions using interdisciplinary methodologies, and promote accountability on the part of state and non-state actors. The Clinic works with NGOs and other clients to design, collaborate, and implement projects, including litigation in domestic, foreign, and international tribunals, as well as non-litigation projects, such as documenting violations, legislative reform, and drafting reports. Working in project teams, students develop and hone a variety of skills, including international research, legal and non-legal writing, oral advocacy, communication, interviewing, media advocacy, cultural competency, strategic thinking, and transnational lawyering skills. Students also critically examine the substance and application of human rights law and discuss and confront the ethical challenges of working on human rights problems globally. Students are encouraged, but not required, to take a course in international human rights law or public international law. Students may enroll for 1, 2 or 3 credits per quarter and may commit to 1, 2 or 3 quarters of participation. During Autumn quarter only, Clinic students are required to enroll in the 2-credit International Human Rights Lawyering and Advocacy seminar. Clinic instructors may grant permission to join the Clinic to students who are unable to take the seminar due to a scheduling conflict if the students have completed or are concurrently enrolled in human rights course work. Some students may have the option, but are not required, to undertake international or domestic travel during the break periods.
    Winter 2016
    Brian Citro, Claudia M. Flores
  • International Human Rights Clinic

    LAWS 67913 - 01 (1 to 3) a, s
    The International Human Rights Clinic works for the promotion of social and economic justice globally and in the United States. The Clinic uses international human rights laws and norms, other substantive law, and multidimensional strategies to draw attention to human rights violations, develop practical solutions using interdisciplinary methodologies, and promote accountability on the part of state and non-state actors. The Clinic works with NGOs and other clients to design, collaborate, and implement projects, including litigation in domestic, foreign, and international tribunals, as well as non-litigation projects, such as documenting violations, legislative reform, and drafting reports. Working in project teams, students develop and hone a variety of skills, including international research, legal and non-legal writing, oral advocacy, communication, interviewing, media advocacy, cultural competency, strategic thinking, and transnational lawyering skills. Students also critically examine the substance and application of human rights law and discuss and confront the ethical challenges of working on human rights problems globally. Students are encouraged, but not required, to take a course in international human rights law or public international law. Students may enroll for 1, 2 or 3 credits per quarter and may commit to 1, 2 or 3 quarters of participation. During Autumn quarter only, Clinic students are required to enroll in the 2-credit International Human Rights Lawyering and Advocacy seminar. Clinic instructors may grant permission to join the Clinic to students who are unable to take the seminar due to a scheduling conflict if the students have completed or are concurrently enrolled in human rights course work. Some students may have the option, but are not required, to undertake international or domestic travel during the break periods.
    Spring 2016
    Brian Citro, Claudia M. Flores
  • International Human Rights Law and Advocacy

    LAWS 96205 - 01 (2) m, s, x
    This seminar considers major issues in international human rights law and advocacy. It is designed to introduce students to the promotion and protection of human rights through context-driven advocacy mechanisms and strategies. The seminar will provide an introduction to the history of human rights principles and movements, the development of international human rights norms, and an overview of the international, regional and national institutions that develop, interpret and enforce these norms. The remainder of the seminar will evaluate human rights advocacy tools and strategies applied in various political, social and economic contexts. Through case studies and simulated human rights research and advocacy projects, students will develop the skills to conduct international human rights work, including: performing situational assessments; designing and executing field-work and fact-gathering; report writing; interviewing witnesses and victims of abuses; assessing various litigation and non-litigation strategies; conducting effective legal research using diverse sources; developing cross-cultural and context-driven analysis and advocacy skills; and learning to effectively and realistically evaluate achievements and challenges. Class discussions and readings will expose students to critical perspectives on the international human rights regime, as well as current research methodologies and technologies used to monitor and promote human rights.
    Autumn 2015
    Brian Citro, Claudia M. Flores
  • Jenner & Block Supreme Court and Appellate Clinic

    LAWS 67301 - 01 (1 to 3) a, s, x
    The Jenner & Block Supreme Court and Appellate Clinic represents parties and amici curiae in cases before the United States Supreme Court and other appellate courts. Students participate in the researching and drafting of merits briefs, amicus briefs, and cert petitions, conduct research on cases that may be suitable to bring to the Court, and help prepare and participate in moots of oral arguments. The clinic is supervised by clinical faculty, by Professor David Strauss, and by members of the Appellate and Supreme Court Practice group at Jenner & Block. Although the clinic’s focus is the U.S. Supreme Court, the clinic may also handle cases at the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and the Illinois Supreme Court. U.S. Supreme Court: Theory and Practice (LAWS 50311) is a required pre-requisite for participating in the clinic. Academic credit for the clinic varies and is awarded according to the Law School's general criteria for clinical courses as described in the Law School Announcements and by the approval of the clinical faculty.
    Spring 2016
    David A. Strauss
  • Judicial Opinions and Judicial Opinion Writing

    LAWS 52003 - 01 (3) m, s, w, x
    For many graduates of this law school, their first job is as a judicial law clerk, usually in a federal court of appeals. A few graduates will eventually become judges. More important, many, many graduates will have a litigation practice. As law clerks or judges, they must learn to write judicial opinions. As practicing lawyers, they must learn to think like judges so that they will know how to communicate with them effectively, in briefs and at oral argument: something few lawyers know how to do. The seminar aims to teach law students how to think and write like judges, and so to equip them for a future as law clerks, judges, practicing lawyers--or all three.
    Winter 2016
    Richard A. Posner, Robert Hochman
  • Kirkland & Ellis Corporate Lab Clinic

    LAWS 91562 - 01 (2 to 3) +, a, s, x
    The Kirkland & Ellis Corporate Lab Clinic provides students with a forum for working closely with legal and business teams at top-tier multinational companies, leading nonprofits, and smaller entrepreneurial and technology startups. The primary goal of the Corporate Lab is for students to learn practical legal skills, both substantively, in terms of the corporate “building blocks” necessary to understand complex transactions and agreements, and 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 the real world work experience of both litigators and corporate lawyers: 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). Clients include Fortune 100 Companies (e.g. Microsoft, Amazon, Northern Trust, Honeywell), Booth New Venture Challenge, non-profits (e.g. Chicago Symphony), and start-ups (including Pritzker-funded companies). Students will be required to sign nondisclosure agreements with participating clients. Corporate Lab students also will have the opportunity to negotiate a simulated transaction across the table from Northwestern Law students as part of the negotiation workshop component of the Corporate Lab (Autumn Quarter). Please note that (i) students are expected to remain in the Corporate Lab for a minimum of two consecutive quarters, (ii) students may not take the Corporate Lab for more than nine credits, (iii) this offering will not count toward seminar restrictions. 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. 3 credits or, with permission of instructor, 2 credits.
    Autumn 2015
    David Finkelstein, David Zarfes, Sean Z. Kramer, Maureen Mosh, Ellis A. Regenbogen
  • Kirkland & Ellis Corporate Lab Clinic

    LAWS 91562 - 01 (2 to 3) +, a, s, x
    The Kirkland & Ellis Corporate Lab Clinic provides students with a forum for working closely with legal and business teams at top-tier multinational companies, leading nonprofits, and smaller entrepreneurial and technology startups. The primary goal of the Corporate Lab is for students to learn practical legal skills, both substantively, in terms of the corporate “building blocks” necessary to understand complex transactions and agreements, and 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 the real world work experience of both litigators and corporate lawyers: 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). Clients include Fortune 100 Companies (e.g. Microsoft, Amazon, Northern Trust, Honeywell), Booth New Venture Challenge, non-profits (e.g. Chicago Symphony), and start-ups (including Pritzker-funded companies). Students will be required to sign nondisclosure agreements with participating clients. Corporate Lab students also will have the opportunity to negotiate a simulated transaction across the table from Northwestern Law students as part of the negotiation workshop component of the Corporate Lab (Autumn Quarter). Please note that (i) students are expected to remain in the Corporate Lab for a minimum of two consecutive quarters, (ii) students may not take the Corporate Lab for more than nine credits, (iii) this offering will not count toward seminar restrictions. 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. 3 credits or, with permission of instructor, 2 credits.
    Winter 2016
    David Finkelstein, David Zarfes, Sean Z. Kramer, Maureen Mosh, Ellis A. Regenbogen
  • Kirkland & Ellis Corporate Lab Clinic

    LAWS 91562 - 01 (2 to 3) +, a, s, x
    The Kirkland & Ellis Corporate Lab Clinic provides students with a forum for working closely with legal and business teams at top-tier multinational companies, leading nonprofits, and smaller entrepreneurial and technology startups. The primary goal of the Corporate Lab is for students to learn practical legal skills, both substantively, in terms of the corporate “building blocks” necessary to understand complex transactions and agreements, and 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 the real world work experience of both litigators and corporate lawyers: 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). Clients include Fortune 100 Companies (e.g. Microsoft, Amazon, Northern Trust, Honeywell), Booth New Venture Challenge, non-profits (e.g. Chicago Symphony), and start-ups (including Pritzker-funded companies). Students will be required to sign nondisclosure agreements with participating clients. Corporate Lab students also will have the opportunity to negotiate a simulated transaction across the table from Northwestern Law students as part of the negotiation workshop component of the Corporate Lab (Autumn Quarter). Please note that (i) students are expected to remain in the Corporate Lab for a minimum of two consecutive quarters, (ii) students may not take the Corporate Lab for more than nine credits, (iii) this offering will not count toward seminar restrictions. 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. 3 credits or, with permission of instructor, 2 credits.
    Spring 2016
    David Finkelstein, David Zarfes, Sean Z. Kramer, Maureen Mosh, Ellis A. Regenbogen
  • Kirkland & Ellis Corporate Lab Clinic

    LAWS 91562 - 02 (2 to 3) +, a, s, x
    The Kirkland & Ellis Corporate Lab Clinic provides students with a forum for working closely with legal and business teams at top-tier multinational companies, leading nonprofits, and smaller entrepreneurial and technology startups. The primary goal of the Corporate Lab is for students to learn practical legal skills, both substantively, in terms of the corporate “building blocks” necessary to understand complex transactions and agreements, and 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 the real world work experience of both litigators and corporate lawyers: 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). Clients include Fortune 100 Companies (e.g. Microsoft, Amazon, Northern Trust, Honeywell), Booth New Venture Challenge, non-profits (e.g. Chicago Symphony), and start-ups (including Pritzker-funded companies). Students will be required to sign nondisclosure agreements with participating clients. Corporate Lab students also will have the opportunity to negotiate a simulated transaction across the table from Northwestern Law students as part of the negotiation workshop component of the Corporate Lab (Autumn Quarter). Please note that (i) students are expected to remain in the Corporate Lab for a minimum of two consecutive quarters, (ii) students may not take the Corporate Lab for more than nine credits, (iii) this offering will not count toward seminar restrictions. 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. 3 credits or, with permission of instructor, 2 credits.
    Autumn 2015
    David Finkelstein, David Zarfes, Sean Z. Kramer, Maureen Mosh, Ellis A. Regenbogen
  • Kirkland & Ellis Corporate Lab Clinic

    LAWS 91562 - 02 (2 to 3) +, a, s, x
    The Kirkland & Ellis Corporate Lab Clinic provides students with a forum for working closely with legal and business teams at top-tier multinational companies, leading nonprofits, and smaller entrepreneurial and technology startups. The primary goal of the Corporate Lab is for students to learn practical legal skills, both substantively, in terms of the corporate “building blocks” necessary to understand complex transactions and agreements, and 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 the real world work experience of both litigators and corporate lawyers: 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). Clients include Fortune 100 Companies (e.g. Microsoft, Amazon, Northern Trust, Honeywell), Booth New Venture Challenge, non-profits (e.g. Chicago Symphony), and start-ups (including Pritzker-funded companies). Students will be required to sign nondisclosure agreements with participating clients. Corporate Lab students also will have the opportunity to negotiate a simulated transaction across the table from Northwestern Law students as part of the negotiation workshop component of the Corporate Lab (Autumn Quarter). Please note that (i) students are expected to remain in the Corporate Lab for a minimum of two consecutive quarters, (ii) students may not take the Corporate Lab for more than nine credits, (iii) this offering will not count toward seminar restrictions. 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. 3 credits or, with permission of instructor, 2 credits.
    Winter 2016
    David Finkelstein, David Zarfes, Sean Z. Kramer, Maureen Mosh, Ellis A. Regenbogen
  • Kirkland & Ellis Corporate Lab Clinic

    LAWS 91562 - 02 (2 to 3) +, a, s, x
    The Kirkland & Ellis Corporate Lab Clinic provides students with a forum for working closely with legal and business teams at top-tier multinational companies, leading nonprofits, and smaller entrepreneurial and technology startups. The primary goal of the Corporate Lab is for students to learn practical legal skills, both substantively, in terms of the corporate “building blocks” necessary to understand complex transactions and agreements, and 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 the real world work experience of both litigators and corporate lawyers: 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). Clients include Fortune 100 Companies (e.g. Microsoft, Amazon, Northern Trust, Honeywell), Booth New Venture Challenge, non-profits (e.g. Chicago Symphony), and start-ups (including Pritzker-funded companies). Students will be required to sign nondisclosure agreements with participating clients. Corporate Lab students also will have the opportunity to negotiate a simulated transaction across the table from Northwestern Law students as part of the negotiation workshop component of the Corporate Lab (Autumn Quarter). Please note that (i) students are expected to remain in the Corporate Lab for a minimum of two consecutive quarters, (ii) students may not take the Corporate Lab for more than nine credits, (iii) this offering will not count toward seminar restrictions. 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. 3 credits or, with permission of instructor, 2 credits.
    Spring 2016
    David Finkelstein, David Zarfes, Sean Z. Kramer, Maureen Mosh, Ellis A. Regenbogen
  • Legal Elements of Accounting

    LAWS 79102 - 01 (1) +, s, x
    This mini-course introduces accounting from a mixed law and business perspective. It covers basic concepts and vocabulary of accounting, not so much to instill proficiency with the mechanics of debits and credits as to serve as a foundation from which to understand financial statements. The course then examines accounting from a legal perspective, including consideration of common accounting decisions with potential legal ramifications. It also analyzes throughout the reasons for and roles of financial accounting and auditing, as well as the incentives of various persons involved in producing, regulating, and consuming financial accounting information. The course will touch on some limitations of, and divergent results possible under, generally accepted accounting principles. Current cases, proposals, and controversies will be discussed. Attendance and participation will be very important. Grades will be based on a take-home final examination. Students with substantial prior exposure to accounting (such as students with an M.B.A., joint J.D./M.B.A. students, and undergraduate finance or accounting majors) may not take the course for credit. Students may not receive credit for both LAWS 79102 (Legal Elements of Accounting) and LAWS 79112 (Fundamentals of Accounting for Attorneys). Class will meet for nine sessions over the first three weeks of the quarter, as follows: Monday January 4-Friday January 8 and Tuesday January 19-Friday January 22.
    Winter 2016
    John Sylla
  • Litigating Financial Disputes

    LAWS 52523 - 01 (3) m, r, s, w, x
    This seminar will explore the practice, theory, and strategy of litigating financial disputes. These disputes include bankruptcy proceedings, shareholder derivative suits, securities fraud cases, white collar investigations, and suits alleging the breach of financial contracts. On the practical side, the seminar will explore the procedures for choosing and preparing financial experts to testify on valuation and other issues, interviewing and deposing executive officers and investment bankers, and common discovery issues that arise. On the theoretical side, we will explore critiques of the current systems of litigating these disputes and proposals for reform. In all areas, we will consider the strategic implications that lawyers must take into account both in litigating the disputes and in negotiating agreements in ways to avoid future disputes or reduce the risk of losing a dispute if one arises. In general, we will explore the overlap between litigation and transactional work that is at the heart of these disputes. For example, we will look at cases where litigation positions are used to facilitate leverage in transactions. The seminar's materials will be a mix of court opinions, pleadings filed in actual cases, transactional documents, and academic articles.
    Autumn 2015
    Anthony J. Casey
  • Litigation Laboratory

    LAWS 91563 - 01 (3) l, s, u, w, x
    This class brings lawyers and students together to analyze and develop aspects of the lawyers’ ongoing cases. It allows good lawyers to use law students for collaborative help with open cases, and allows law students to learn litigation skills by working with the lawyers. A different lawyer with a different case will participate in most class sessions. Typically the lawyer will provide materials for the students to review before the class. During the class, students will discuss, argue, debate, and work with the lawyer to solve hard issues. Following each class, students will complete written materials analyzing and evaluating the problem. In classes when lawyers are not included, students also learn practical litigation skills through various advocacy exercises. Students will be graded based on active participation and their written materials.
    Winter 2016
    Catherine Masters, James A. Clark
  • Mental Health Advocacy Clinic

    LAWS 67013 - 01 (1 to 3) +, a, s, w
    Mental Health Advocacy teaches a variety of advocacy skills. With the permission of the clinical teacher, students may choose to focus on litigation, legislation, or both. Students engaged in litigation may interview clients and witnesses; research and draft pleadings and legal memoranda, including briefs to reviewing courts; conduct formal and informal discovery; negotiate with opposing counsel and others; conduct evidentiary hearings and trials; and present oral argument in trial and appellate courts. Students who have completed fifty percent of the credits needed for graduation may be licensed to appear, under the supervision of the clinical teacher, in state and federal trial and appellate courts pursuant to court rules and practices. Students engaged in legislative advocacy may research and draft legislation and supporting materials, devise and implement strategies to obtain the enactment or defeat of legislation, negotiate with representatives of various interest groups, and testify in legislative hearings. In addition to discrete advocacy skills such as cross-examination, discovery planning, and legislative drafting, the course aims to provide students with an understanding of the relationships between individual advocacy tasks and the ultimate goals of clients, between litigation and legislative advocacy, and between advocacy on behalf of individual clients and advocacy for systemic change. Prior or contemporaneous enrollment in Law and the Mental Health System is encouraged, but not required, for all students. See the general rules for all clinical courses for further details concerning enrollment, including the rules governing the award of credit. There is a mandatory one-credit seminar component for this course which meets once a week during the Autumn Quarter. Mental Health Advocacy satisfies part of the writing requirement if substantial written work is completed. Student may enroll in this clinical course for between one and six quarters. For additional information concerning the Autumn 2015 Combatant Clemency Project, please follow this link: http://www.law.uchicago.edu/clinics/mandel/mental.
    Autumn 2015
    Mark J. Heyrman