Offerings

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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
x offering available for bidding
(#) the number of Law School credit hours earned for successful completion
  • 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.
    Winter 2016
    Mark J. Heyrman
  • 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.
    Spring 2016
    Mark J. Heyrman
  • Moot Court Boot Camp

    LAWS 99912 - 01 (1) s, u, x
    Moot Court Boot Camp has two components: oral advocacy and writing. The oral argument component will cover the basics of appellate oral argument. Students will receive two different cases and prepare and submit argument outlines in advance. During the workshop, students will gain hands-on experience by conducting multiple oral arguments before a variety of alumni and other practicing attorneys, judges, and faculty. The writing component will cover the basics of appellate brief writing. Students will use tight, persuasive writing to bolster arguments. We will focus on strong issue statements, effective headings, and powerful conclusions. We'll also explore sentence structure and word choice. Students will learn to define themes in their writing and carry them into the oral argument. Focused writing, we will learn, promotes successful oral advocacy. This class, which will meet for the weekend of October 17-18, is an optional supplement to the Hinton Moot Court Competition. The Saturday oral advocacy portion will be held at the offices of Jenner & Block (353 N. Clark Street, Chicago) and the Sunday portion on written advocacy will be held at the Law School. Credit will be granted upon completion of two judged arguments as part of the Hinton Moot Court Competition. Students who register for this class and fail to participate in the Hinton Moot Court Competition will be withdrawn from this class with a grade of W. Students will prepare a short, written assignment that we will discuss and revise during class. There are no prerequisites. Students may only receive credit for this class once during their Law School career. J.D. students only. Does not count towards the yearly seminars/simulation classes limit. Graded Pass/Fail.
    Autumn 2015
    Elizabeth Duquette, Amy M. Gardner
  • National Security Issues and the Development of Legal Practice Skills

    LAWS 70703 - 01 (3) +, l, m, s, x
    This seminar will address current national security issues, including Presidential power under Const. art. II to wage war and to close the Guantanamo detention center; indefinite incarceration at Guantanamo and elsewhere; combating domestic terrorism threats; cyber warfare; electronic surveillance and encryption; assassination; and drone warfare. More than the typical seminar, this class will focus on helping students develop a range of skills required for successful law practice. Students will form teams of 2-4 persons. Each team will select a topic, present its analysis of the topic and lead the class discussion of the topic. Each team will also submit a short memo on its selected topic. Constitutional Law I or the equivalent is recommended but not required (and can be taken concurrently).
    Spring 2016
    Robert A. Helman
  • Partnership Taxation

    LAWS 44301 - 01 (3) +, s, x
    A review of the principals of partnership taxation, with an emphasis on the tax consequences of the formation, operation and dissolution of partnerships. Matters discussed include the treatment of leverage, capital accounts, disguised sales, mixing bowls, anti-abuse rules and other aspects of partnership taxation. Introductory Income Tax is a prerequisite. Meetings will be held at the offices of Baker & McKenzie, 300 E. Randolph, in the Loop. Dinner is provided. The grade is based on a final take-home examination.
    Spring 2016
    Richard Lipton, Todd Golub
  • Patent Litigation

    LAWS 78004 - 01 (3) +, l, m, s, x
    This seminar is a hands-on introduction to patent litigation. Using a hypothetical case, Students will explore the practical application of key patent law and litigation concepts. Students will follow the litigation over the course of the term as counsel for plaintiff or defendant. Students will be asked to produce written work (e.g., pleadings, motion papers, deposition outlines, etc.) and to orally argue motions. Potential topics include motions to dismiss or transfer, discovery disputes, claim construction, expert discovery, summary judgment, and appeals. In addition to oral argument, class will discuss practical and legal topics pertaining to patent litigation, typically to assist in preparation of the next week's assignment. Prerequisite: Patent Law.
    Spring 2016
    Steven Cherny
  • Poverty and Housing Law Clinic

    LAWS 90512 - 01 (3 to 4) a, s
    This clinic, conducted over two sequential quarters, exposes students to the practice of poverty law work by giving them the opportunity to work on housing cases at LAF, which provides free legal services to indigent clients in civil matters. Students will spend twelve hours per week in LAF’s Housing Practice Group, and may be asked to attend administrative grievance hearings, represent defendants in eviction actions, prevent landlords from performing lockouts or refusing to make necessary repairs, and participate in ongoing federal litigation. All students will be expected to interview clients, prepare written discovery, and draft motions. In addition to working at LAF, students will attend a weekly two-hour class at which they will learn about poverty law, subsidized housing programs, eviction actions, housing discrimination, the intersection between domestic violence and housing, using the bankruptcy code to preserve subsidized tenancies, challenging barred lists and "no trespass" policies, jury trial practice, and the extensive and often misunderstood connection between criminal law and subsidized housing. Enrollment is limited to twelve students. The seminar is taught by Lawrence Wood (Director, LAF’s Housing Practice Group). Each student's grade is based on his or her class participation (30%) and work at LAF (70%).
    Winter 2016
    Lawrence Wood
  • Poverty and Housing Law Clinic

    LAWS 90512 - 01 (3 to 4) a, s
    This clinic, conducted over two sequential quarters, exposes students to the practice of poverty law work by giving them the opportunity to work on housing cases at LAF, which provides free legal services to indigent clients in civil matters. Students will spend twelve hours per week in LAF’s Housing Practice Group, and may be asked to attend administrative grievance hearings, represent defendants in eviction actions, prevent landlords from performing lockouts or refusing to make necessary repairs, and participate in ongoing federal litigation. All students will be expected to interview clients, prepare written discovery, and draft motions. In addition to working at LAF, students will attend a weekly two-hour class at which they will learn about poverty law, subsidized housing programs, eviction actions, housing discrimination, the intersection between domestic violence and housing, using the bankruptcy code to preserve subsidized tenancies, challenging barred lists and "no trespass" policies, jury trial practice, and the extensive and often misunderstood connection between criminal law and subsidized housing. Enrollment is limited to twelve students. The seminar is taught by Lawrence Wood (Director, LAF’s Housing Practice Group). Each student's grade is based on his or her class participation (30%) and work at LAF (70%).
    Spring 2016
    Lawrence Wood
  • Private Equity Transactions: Issues and Documentation

    LAWS 71402 - 01 (3) +, l, m, s, x
    This seminar will examine from a practical perspective the issues and documentation arising in a typical private equity acquisition transaction. The seminar will follow this type of transaction through its various stages and provide students in-depth and practical experience with common deal issues and drafting contractual provisions to address those issues. The goal of the seminar is to help prepare students for the practical aspects of being a deal lawyer. Course work will include reading acquisition contracts, cases and legal commentators and weekly written assignments (contract drafting and issue analysis). Grades will be based on class participation and the written assignments. Corporations or Business Organizations, and Contracts are prerequisites.
    Winter 2016
    Mark Fennell, Stephen Ritchie
  • Prosecution and Defense Clinic

    LAWS 67713 - 01 (3 to 4) a, s
    The Prosecution and Defense Clinic is designed to provide students with an opportunity to learn about the criminal justice system through: (1) a 2-quarter seminar taught by a former Assistant United States Attorney and a career criminal defense attorney; and, (2) a clinical placement in either a prosecutor’s office or public defender’s office. The clinic will familiarize students with the legal procedures and issues which arise in a typical criminal case as well as ethical and other social justice issues encountered by all criminal justice attorneys and courts. The clinic provides students with a unique combination of substantive criminal law and procedure, ethics, trial practice, and hands-on experience through a clinical placement. Each student in the clinic will be responsible for securing a field placement and participating in a pre-screened externship program with a federal or state prosecutor or defender office for the winter and spring quarters. Examples include the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Illinois or the Public Defender’s office in any northern Illinois county. Students will comply with the clinical placement’s requirements regarding hours and assignments, and may be expected to research substantive criminal law issues, draft affirmative and responsive pleadings and memos, interview witnesses and clients, assist lawyers with court hearings and where permitted (and with an appropriate 711 license), appear in court under the supervision of practicing attorneys. Other components of each student’s grade are: seminar classroom participation; trial practice exercises; journal entries; and, a 10-page practice paper or research paper. There is no final exam (in either quarter) and students will earn up to seven credits for the course, depending on the placement. Because of the practical component, the class size will be limited to twelve 2L or 3L students, and requires at least ten students to proceed.
    Winter 2016
    Lisa Noller, Molly Armour
  • Prosecution and Defense Clinic

    LAWS 67713 - 01 (3 to 4) a, s
    The Prosecution and Defense Clinic is designed to provide students with an opportunity to learn about the criminal justice system through: (1) a 2-quarter seminar taught by a former Assistant United States Attorney and a career criminal defense attorney; and, (2) a clinical placement in either a prosecutor’s office or public defender’s office. The clinic will familiarize students with the legal procedures and issues which arise in a typical criminal case as well as ethical and other social justice issues encountered by all criminal justice attorneys and courts. The clinic provides students with a unique combination of substantive criminal law and procedure, ethics, trial practice, and hands-on experience through a clinical placement. Each student in the clinic will be responsible for securing a field placement and participating in a pre-screened externship program with a federal or state prosecutor or defender office for the winter and spring quarters. Examples include the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Illinois or the Public Defender’s office in any northern Illinois county. Students will comply with the clinical placement’s requirements regarding hours and assignments, and may be expected to research substantive criminal law issues, draft affirmative and responsive pleadings and memos, interview witnesses and clients, assist lawyers with court hearings and where permitted (and with an appropriate 711 license), appear in court under the supervision of practicing attorneys. Other components of each student’s grade are: seminar classroom participation; trial practice exercises; journal entries; and, a 10-page practice paper or research paper. There is no final exam (in either quarter) and students will earn up to seven credits for the course, depending on the placement. Because of the practical component, the class size will be limited to twelve 2L or 3L students, and requires at least ten students to proceed.
    Spring 2016
    Lisa Noller, Molly Armour
  • Strategies and Processes of Negotiation

    LAWS 46702 - 01 (3) s, u, x
    Increasingly negotiation is part of the day-to-day life of managers. The aim of this class is to make students more effective negotiators. Students should leave the class with (1) a structured approach for preparing for and thinking about negotiations; and (2) a refined set of skills for carrying out negotiations. A central part of the class is an extensive set of negotiation simulations. These simulations take students through a variety of negotiations: single and multiple issue; two-negotiator and multiple-negotiator (coalitional); and internal (within organization) and external. In addition, the class includes a number of cases. Lectures, readings, and structured analytical exercises supplement the simulations and cases.
    Winter 2016
    George Wu
  • Structuring Financial Instruments

    LAWS 71400 - 01 (2 to 3) +, l, m, s, w, x
    This seminar introduces tax, legal, accounting and economic principles relevant to the structuring of complex financial instruments—from forwards, swaps and options to convertible bonds and other securities with embedded derivatives. Throughout the seminar, different products designed to achieve similar economic goals will be examined to highlight the significance of structuring choices and the range of techniques available. For example, there are various products that can be used to approximate the economics of buying an asset, without an actual purchase of that asset. The seminar will examine how these products are treated differently for tax, securities law, commodities law, bankruptcy, accounting and other purposes, notwithstanding their economic similarity. Students will develop the ability to optimize transactions by selecting among existing financial instruments or inventing new ones. The seminar will also include discussion of policy issues. No specific prerequisites, but introductory income tax recommended, and knowledge of securities law and bankruptcy law helpful. The seminar will be assessed via a) a series of reaction papers (2 credits) or b) via a full-length research paper (3 credits). Class participation and attendance will be considered.
    Spring 2016
    Jason Sussman
  • Structuring Venture Capital, Private Equity, and Entrepreneurial Transactions

    LAWS 71401 - 01 (3) +, s
    This course covers tax, legal, and economic principles applicable to a series of interesting, complex, current entrepreneurial transactions, utilizing venture capital or private equity financing, including (1) new business start-up, (2) growth-equity investment in existing business enterprise, (3) leveraged buyout of private or public company (including going-private transaction), (4) use of flow-through tax entity such as S corporation, partnership, or LLC for variety of venture capital or private equity financed transactions, (5) devising equity-based executive compensation program, (6) private equity financed restructuring or workout (in or out of bankruptcy) for troubled over-leveraged enterprise and utilizing troubled company’s NOL after restructuring, (7) devising exit scenario for successful venture capital or private equity financed enterprise (such as IPO, SEC rule 144 sale, sale of company, or merger of company into larger enterprise), and (8) forming new venture capital, LBO, or private equity fund. Substantive subjects include federal income tax, securities regulation, corporate law, partnership law, LLC law, bankruptcy law, fraudulent conveyance law, and other legal doctrines, as well as accounting rules and practical structuring issues (including use of common and preferred stock, subordinated debt, convertible debt, convertible preferred stock, warrants, and options), all reviewed in a transactional context, and with discussion of their policy underpinnings and likely future evolution. No specific prerequisites, but introductory income tax strongly recommended, entity taxation desirable, and knowledge of corporate law, securities regulation, bankruptcy, and accounting helpful. However, the course book and the course book appendix contain adequate discussion and supplemental precedents for an understanding of the material covered by the course. The grade is based on a final in-class examination.
    Spring 2016
    Jack S. Levin, Donald Rocap
  • Trial Advocacy

    LAWS 67603 - 01 (3) +, l, s, u, x
    Students will prepare and try a civil lawsuit to a jury. Lectures focus on advocacy skills needed to try a case: opening statements, direct and cross examinations and closing arguments. Students who have taken LAWS 67503 Intensive Trial Practice Workshop or LAWS 91702 Trial Practice: Strategy and Advocacy may not take LAWS 67603 Trial Advocacy.
    Winter 2016
    Thomas Dutton, Kevin Van Wart
  • Trial Advocacy

    LAWS 67603 - 01 (3) l, s, u, x
    This class will focus on the trial phases of civil litigation. Simulated trial problems designed to promote knowledge of the litigation process and to afford individual experience in selected phases of trial practice will be employed to familiarize students with pragmatic tactical issues and solutions. Written trial materials will be used and instruction will by lecture, demonstration, and exercise (including a mini-trial). Students who have taken the Intensive Trial Practice Workshop (LAWS 67503) may not take Trial Advocacy (LAWS 67603). An understanding of the Federal Rules of Evidence is preferred but not a prerequisite. Final grades will be based on class participation, performance during courtroom exercises and the mini-trial, and one or more written assignments. Enrollment is limited to 16 students.
    Spring 2016
    Jay Cohen
  • U.S. Supreme Court: Theory and Practice

    LAWS 50311 - 01 (3) +, l, m, s, x
    This seminar will provide an in-depth look at the U.S. Supreme Court, with particular emphasis on the skills required to practice successfully in that forum. Students will not only discuss the Court as an institution, but they will also hone skills needed to navigate the certiorari process and to brief and argue before the Court. In addition to class participation, students will be graded on a legal brief (generally 15-25 pages in length) and on their performance in a moot court. The seminar is a prerequisite for participation in the Supreme Court and Appellate Clinic that the Law School plans to establish beginning with Winter Quarter, 2016, unless other arrangements are made with the clinic instructors.
    Autumn 2015
    Michael Scodro
  • Workshop: Legal Scholarship

    LAWS 78711 - 01 (3) a, c/l, m, s, x
    This workshop may be taken for a full year (every other week in Winter and Spring quarters) or only in the Autumn quarter. It is open to all students, including JSDs and LLMs. Students registered for the full year are required to either write a paper of publishable quality or revise a previously written paper for publication. The goal is to prepare students for the academic job market. Special attention is paid to topic selection, how to approach working on an original (not synthetic) project, and presentation skills. Students enrolled for the year will be expected to conduct themselves as they would if they were junior faculty members at a top law school, reading and commenting on the work of their peers. Optional lunches to discuss writing will be held throughout the year in the same format as the Faculty Round Table. The goal is to create a learning community that will provide students with the type of scholarly atmosphere the faculty here enjoys. There will be meetings on average every other week during Winter and Spring Quarters. The Autumn quarter only option is designed for several audiences: (1) students who want to decide if an academic career is for them; (2) students who wish to improve their skills as a public speaker; (3) students who want to improve their skills of critique while reading papers from a wide variety of subject areas; (4) and students who simply enjoy arguing about the law. Each week a young scholar present works-in progress and students play the role of the faculty in a faculty workshop. The class and the professor then provide feedback and suggestions to the presenter on aspects of both presentation style and the substance of the paper. The AUTUMN ONLY version is graded on the basis of short reactions papers and class participation. The full-year version may fulfill the WP or the SRP.
    Autumn 2015
    Lisa Bernstein
  • Young Center Immigrant Child Advocacy Clinic

    LAWS 65013 - 01 (1 to 3) a, s
    The Young Center for Immigrant Children's Rights Clinic combines international human rights, immigration law and children's rights law. Students in the clinic serve as Child Advocate (similar to a guardian ad litem) for unaccompanied immigrant children detained in Chicago. Unaccompanied immigrant children come to the U.S. from all corners of the world, on their own. They are apprehended—typically at the U.S./Mexico border—then detained and placed in deportation proceedings. Law students are appointed to serve as Child Advocate for the most vulnerable of these children and are responsible for advocating for the best interests of the assigned child on issues relating to care, custody, release, legal relief and safe repatriation. Since there is no substantive best interests standard under the Immigration and Nationality Act, students look to state child welfare law and international human rights law, including the Convention on the Rights of the Child and UNHCR Guidelines. In addition, students have the opportunity to engage in legislative and policy advocacy aimed at reforming the immigration system to better protect the rights of children. Students are assigned to work one-on-one with children at Chicago-area detention facilities. Each student meets weekly with the child, and advocates on behalf of the child with federal officials, immigration judges and asylum officers. The clinic admits both 2Ls and 3Ls. Language skills are not required, but students who speak Spanish, Mandarin, Romanian, or American Sign Language are strongly encouraged to apply. Students who enroll in the clinic must: 1. Participate in a 2-day orientation on Oct. 4 & 5, 2014; 2. Participate in brown bag lunch meetings. For more information, visit: www.TheYoungCenter.org. You may also contact Elizabeth Frankel at efrankel@law.uchicago.edu or 773-702-9587 or Maria Woltjen at mwoltjen@uchicago.edu or 773-702-0349.
    Autumn 2015
    Maria Woltjen, Jajah Wu, Marcy Phillips
  • Young Center Immigrant Child Advocacy Clinic

    LAWS 65013 - 01 (1 to 3) a, s
    The Young Center for Immigrant Children's Rights Clinic combines international human rights, immigration law and children's rights law. Students in the clinic serve as Child Advocate (similar to a guardian ad litem) for unaccompanied immigrant children detained in Chicago. Unaccompanied immigrant children come to the U.S. from all corners of the world, on their own. They are apprehended—typically at the U.S./Mexico border—then detained and placed in deportation proceedings. Law students are appointed to serve as Child Advocate for the most vulnerable of these children and are responsible for advocating for the best interests of the assigned child on issues relating to care, custody, release, legal relief and safe repatriation. Since there is no substantive best interests standard under the Immigration and Nationality Act, students look to state child welfare law and international human rights law, including the Convention on the Rights of the Child and UNHCR Guidelines. In addition, students have the opportunity to engage in legislative and policy advocacy aimed at reforming the immigration system to better protect the rights of children. Students are assigned to work one-on-one with children at Chicago-area detention facilities. Each student meets weekly with the child, and advocates on behalf of the child with federal officials, immigration judges and asylum officers. The clinic admits both 2Ls and 3Ls. Language skills are not required, but students who speak Spanish, Mandarin, Romanian, or American Sign Language are strongly encouraged to apply. Students who enroll in the clinic must: 1. Participate in a 2-day orientation on Oct. 4 & 5, 2014; 2. Participate in brown bag lunch meetings. For more information, visit: www.TheYoungCenter.org. You may also coact Maria Woltjen at mwoltjen@uchicago.edu or 773-702-0349.
    Winter 2016
    Maria Woltjen, Jajah Wu, Marcy Phillips