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Lisa Bernstein : Courses and Seminars

Advanced Contracts: Sales Law for A Modern Economy
LAWS 48601
This course is an advanced contracts course that focuses on Article 2 of the Uniform Commercial Code. It presents the material from a hybrid jurisprudential, transactional and litigation perspective in an effort to help students integrate what they have learned about contracts in theory, into the types of tasks that they will face as a transactional lawyer. For (almost) every class students will prepare a written exercise (about 2-4 pages) applying the material in the reading, these range from writing letters to clients, to lecturing the loading dock staff of a company, to researching the content of industry norms, to drafting contract clauses to deal with particular transactional realities. During the quarter students will do a mock appellate argument, a negotiation, and will draft a sales agreement. There is no exam. Written assignments and the final contract will count for 60% of the grade, the other 40% will be based on class preparation and participation.
Spring 2014
Lisa Bernstein
Contract Law for LLM Students
LAWS 48605
This course in contracts is designed for LLM students in lieu of attending a regular 1L course. It will cover both common law and statutory law and focus on both case analysis and application to real world problems. In lieu of an exam students will turn in short assignments each class. The class will culminate in the negotiation and drafting of a commercial agreement. The class assumes no knowledge of contract law in the US, but that the student has taken a contracts class in another jurisdiction (a general civil law class meets this requirement). Bring your practice experience with you, we can learn from one another!
Winter 2014
Lisa Bernstein
Seminar Family Law: Divorce
LAWS 45003
This seminar will explore the substantive and procedural law aspects of a contested divorce proceeding in which custody, visitation, and finances are at issue. Attention will also be paid to the uses and abuses of alternative dispute resolution—both public and private—in family law disputes as well as the role played by a variety of types of expert witnesses. Students will draft court papers, argue a motion, and have the opportunity to interview a potential client. Readings will be drawn from the academic literature in Family Law, Cases, Practitioner’s Treatises, the academic literature on Civil procedure, and the literature on alternative dispute resolution. A visit to court-call in the Cook County Domestic Relations Division will be required for all those enrolled in the seminar. There is no exam. The seminar will be graded 60% on written work, and 40% on class participation and in-class exercises. The sessions will sometimes run until 5:50 p.m. to accommodate practitioner visitors who will frequently join us for parts of our discussion.
Spring 2014
Lisa Bernstein
Workshop: Legal Scholarship
LAWS 78711
This workshop may be taken for a full year on only in the fall quarter. It is open to all students, JSDs and LLMs are welcome. Both versions count as 1 seminar. 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 fall 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 FALL 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. May be taken concurrently with any other class or workshop. During Winter, the workshop is expected to meet the first four Weeks of the quarter; during Spring, the last four weeks of the quarter. The fall only version has short reaction papers that are not for the writing credit. The full year version is writing or revising a work to publishable form and if successfully completed fulfills the requirement. Grading is 60% written work, 40% participation.
Winter 2014
Lisa Bernstein
Workshop: Legal Scholarship
LAWS 78711
This workshop may be taken for a full year on only in the fall quarter. It is open to all students, JSDs and LLMs are welcome. Both versions count as 1 seminar. 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 fall 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 FALL 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. May be taken concurrently with any other class or workshop. During Winter, the workshop is expected to meet the first four Weeks of the quarter; during Spring, the last four weeks of the quarter. The fall only version has short reaction papers that are not for the writing credit. The full year version is writing or revising a work to publishable form and if successfully completed fulfills the requirement. Grading is 60% written work, 40% participation.
Autumn 2013
Lisa Bernstein
Workshop: Legal Scholarship
LAWS 78711
This workshop may be taken for a full year on only in the fall quarter. It is open to all students, JSDs and LLMs are welcome. Both versions count as 1 seminar. 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 fall 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 FALL 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. May be taken concurrently with any other class or workshop. During Winter, the workshop is expected to meet the first four Weeks of the quarter; during Spring, the last four weeks of the quarter. The fall only version has short reaction papers that are not for the writing credit. The full year version is writing or revising a work to publishable form and if successfully completed fulfills the requirement. Grading is 60% written work, 40% participation.
Spring 2014
Lisa Bernstein