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
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
x offering available for bidding
(#) 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.
    Autumn 2015
    Elizabeth Kregor, Salen Churi
  • 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, Salen Churi
  • 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, Salen Churi
  • Intensive Trial Practice Workshop

    LAWS 67503 - 01 (3) +, s, u
    This is a required class for participation in the Criminal Juvenile Justice, Employment Discrimination, Exoneration and Police Accountability Projects. This class is strongly recommended for participation in the Federal Criminal Justice Project. 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
  • International Business Transactions

    LAWS 44401 - 01 (3) l, m, s, w, x
    This seminar provides a detailed review and analysis of a number of business transactions in a complex international setting. The documents underlying these transactions include: (i) an acquisition agreement, (ii) a joint venture agreement, (iii) an outsourcing agreement and (iv) a license agreement. These documents will be reviewed in the context of these transactions, which involve business entities in several countries. Students will be asked to identify and address key legal issues. They will be asked to analyze, draft and revise key provisions of these agreements and determine whether the drafted provisions achieve the objectives sought. Students will be graded based upon the quality of their preparation for and participation in the seminar and their work product in connection with several drafting assignments.
    Spring 2016
    Alan D'Ambrosio
  • 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 Morkin
  • International Human Rights Clinic

    LAWS 67913 - 01 (1 to 3) +, a, s
    The International Human Rights Clinic (IHRC) works for the promotion of social and economic justice globally, including in the U.S. 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 to those problems using interdisciplinary methodologies, and promote accountability on the part of state and non-state actors. The Clinic works with non-governmental organizations to design, collaborate, and implement projects, which include litigation in domestic, foreign, and international tribunals, as well as non-litigation projects, such as documenting violations, legislative reform, drafting reports, and training manuals. Working in teams on active human rights cases and projects, students will develop and hone their international research, legal and non-legal writing, oral advocacy, communication, interviewing, collaboration, media advocacy, cultural competency, strategic thinking, and transnational lawyering skills. Additionally, students will critically examine the substance and application of human rights law, discuss and confront the ethical challenges of working on human rights problems globally, and develop new techniques to address human rights violations. During Autumn quarter only, Clinic students are required to also enroll in the 2-credit International Human Rights Lawyering and Advocacy seminar. Students are also encouraged, but not required, to take a course in international human rights law or public international law. Some students may have the option, but are not required, to undertake international or domestic travel in connection with their projects during the break periods. Students in their first quarter of IHRC must enroll for 2-3 credits; students can enroll in the IHRC for 1-3 credits in subsequent quarters, in accordance with the Law School's general criteria for clinical courses.
    Autumn 2015
    Brian Citro, Claudia Flores
  • International Human Rights Clinic

    LAWS 67913 - 01 (1 to 3) a, s
    The International Human Rights Clinic (IHRC) works for the promotion of social and economic justice globally, including in the U.S. 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 to those problems using interdisciplinary methodologies, and promote accountability on the part of state and non-state actors. The Clinic works with non-governmental organizations to design, collaborate, and implement projects, which include litigation in domestic, foreign, and international tribunals, as well as non-litigation projects, such as documenting violations, legislative reform, drafting reports, and training manuals. Working in teams on active human rights cases and projects, students will develop and hone their international research, legal and non-legal writing, oral advocacy, communication, interviewing, collaboration, media advocacy, cultural competency, strategic thinking, and transnational lawyering skills. Additionally, students will critically examine the substance and application of human rights law, discuss and confront the ethical challenges of working on human rights problems globally, and develop new techniques to address human rights violations. During Autumn quarter only, Clinic students are required to also enroll in the 2-credit International Human Rights Lawyering and Advocacy seminar. Students are also encouraged, but not required, to take a course in international human rights law or public international law. Some students may have the option, but are not required, to undertake international or domestic travel in connection with their projects during the break periods. Students in their first quarter of IHRC must enroll for 2-3 credits; students can enroll in the IHRC for 1-3 credits in subsequent quarters, in accordance with the Law School's general criteria for clinical courses.
    Winter 2016
    Brian Citro, Claudia Flores
  • International Human Rights Clinic

    LAWS 67913 - 01 (1 to 3) a, s
    The International Human Rights Clinic (IHRC) works for the promotion of social and economic justice globally, including in the U.S. 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 to those problems using interdisciplinary methodologies, and promote accountability on the part of state and non-state actors. The Clinic works with non-governmental organizations to design, collaborate, and implement projects, which include litigation in domestic, foreign, and international tribunals, as well as non-litigation projects, such as documenting violations, legislative reform, drafting reports, and training manuals. Working in teams on active human rights cases and projects, students will develop and hone their international research, legal and non-legal writing, oral advocacy, communication, interviewing, collaboration, media advocacy, cultural competency, strategic thinking, and transnational lawyering skills. Additionally, students will critically examine the substance and application of human rights law, discuss and confront the ethical challenges of working on human rights problems globally, and develop new techniques to address human rights violations. During Autumn quarter only, Clinic students are required to also enroll in the 2-credit International Human Rights Lawyering and Advocacy seminar. Students are also encouraged, but not required, to take a course in international human rights law or public international law. Some students may have the option, but are not required, to undertake international or domestic travel in connection with their projects during the break periods. Students in their first quarter of IHRC must enroll for 2-3 credits; students can enroll in the IHRC for 1-3 credits in subsequent quarters, in accordance with the Law School's general criteria for clinical courses.
    Spring 2016
    Brian Citro, Claudia 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 Flores
  • Jenner & Block Supreme Court and Appellate Clinic

    LAWS 67301 - 01 (1 to 3) a, s
    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.
    Winter 2016
    David A. Strauss
  • Jenner & Block Supreme Court and Appellate Clinic

    LAWS 67301 - 01 (1 to 3) a, s
    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