WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW
COURSE DIRECTORY

CLINICS AND EXTERNSHIP COURSES
Fall 2003


 

NOTE: Under the faculty rules, students may take only one practicum course (e.g., Congressional Clinic, Judicial Clerkship, Supervised Practicum, all Clinics) per semester. Students interested in taking a Clinic, should submit the Clinic Pre-registration form by going to the following website: http://law.wustl.edu/Clinics/Forms/no later than 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 27, to be eligible for the pre-registration process. After that date, interested students should submit an email to Colleen Erker (erker@wulaw.wustl.edu), Assistant Dean for Institutional Records/Registrar, stating their interest and the Registrar’s Office will notify the student of whether they have been enrolled or wait-listed (after the pre-registration period, students are enrolled into Clinics based on prerequisites and on the order in which they expressed interest. The Law School guarantees that each student will have the opportunity to participate in a clinic once during their 2nd or 3rd years. Note that: 1) students must have planned appropriately by taking the correct pre/co-requisites, 2) students must have properly completed and submitted their Clinic Pre-registration form and statement of interest by the lottery deadline, and 3) the Clinic guarantee does not mean that a student will definitely get into his or her first choice Clinic and it does not guarantee the semester in which a student will get into a Clinic. During the pre-registration process, the Director of the Clinical Program and clinical faculty will do their best to match each student with his or her preferred choices. To withdraw from a Clinic, students should notify Colleen Erker (erker@wulaw.wustl.edu). Note the special early withdrawal deadlines in the Clinic course descriptions.


Appellate Clinic
W74 800A sec 01 (3 hours)
THU 4:30-6:30 PM
Enrollment limit: 4
[Note May 1, 2003, drop deadline!]
Bruce La Pierre
Students in this clinic will represent a party in a case to be heard on appeal in the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. The clerk of the Court will assign a case to the clinic at the beginning of the semester, and students will handle all aspects (motions, filings, briefs) of the appeal. They will brief the case in the Fall, and the instructor may select one of the students to argue the case in the Spring. Each member of the clinic should be prepared to do extensive research and will have an opportunity to write and revise substantial portions of the brief. In addition to the regularly scheduled class meetings, other meetings will be scheduled as necessary to complete the appeal. The course is graded on a modified pass/fail basis: HP94, P, LP78, F70. WITHDRAWAL POLICY: In order to try to avoid the sort of last-minute shuffling that, in the past, has resulted in interested students being notified of Clinic openings too late for them readily to change their schedules and enroll, the following policy is in effect: IF YOU ARE ENROLLED IN THIS COURSE AFTER Thursday, May 1, 2003, YOU WILL NOT BE PERMITTED TO DROP THE COURSE. In other words, any student enrolled in the course as of the above date will receive a grade for the course and risks receiving a failing grade.

Civil Justice Clinic
W74 797E sec 01 (6 hours)
TUE THU 3:00-4:30 PM
Enrollment limit: 12
[Note May 1, 2003, drop deadline!]
Jane Aiken / Steve Gunn
The goal of the Civil Justice Clinic is to provide students with opportunities to actually engage in client representation, learn effective lawyering skills, grapple with ethical issues as they arise in the practice and develop the fundamental ability to learn from experience. The Clinic handles civil adult orders of protection for low-income victims of adult abuse (mostly victims of domestic violence) as attorneys for the party seeking the order. In addition the Clinic anticipate handling housing cases.The students’ work includes the drafting of pleadings, fact investigation, some limited discovery, client interviewing and counseling, the identification and interviewing of witnesses, and the identification and subpoenaing of documents. Students prepare proposed orders, plan direct examination and cross examination, and negotiate settlements or conduct trials in the Family and Housing courts of the City of St. Louis and County of St. Louis Circuits. Students work under faculty supervision and assume direct responsibility for the cases. Students are trained as mediators and mediate custody disputes by referral from the Family court of the City of St. Louis. The Clinic also functions as Guardian ad Litem in cases assigned by the City Court including contested custody cases, child order of protection cases, and adult order of protection cases in which children are at risk. In these cases, students working under faculty supervision assume a quasi-judicial role and function as an arm of the court for the purposes of fact investigation, drafting of third party paternity petitions, witness interviewing, and identifying and obtaining relevant documents (including arrest records, juvenile court records, child abuse reports, and school and employment records). Students prepare thorough reports to the court, including factual findings, legal conclusions, and recommendations with respect to the issuance of protective orders and decisions regarding custody of children. The Clinic also handles parole hearings for battered women in prison. The Clinic engages in policy work focusing on human rights issues in Nepal with our NGO partner The Forum for Women, Law and Development. Students certified to practice under Rule 13 appear in court under the supervision of a licensed attorney and act as primary counsel in these cases. They speak on behalf of clients and conduct hearings. It is important to have at least two mornings free because court appearances generally occur in the morning. Students must spend a minimum of 21 hours per week on clinic-related work. The clinic office is located in the Law School. The course will be graded on a modified pass/fail basis: HP94, P, LP78, or F70. There is neither a final exam nor a textbook for this course. There are, however, reading assignments and mandatory weekly seminar meetings which will meet Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:00 - 4:30. Students take primary responsibility for cases to which they are assigned and must complete litigation assignments in a timely manner. Pre/corequisites: Evidence and a course from the ethics curriculum; Rule 13 certification strongly preferred. Family Law is preferred but not required. J.D./M.S.W. candidates are encouraged to apply. WITHDRAWAL POLICY: In order to try to avoid the sort of last-minute shuffling that, in the past, has resulted in interested students being notified of Clinic openings too late for them readily to change their schedules and enroll, the following policy is in effect: IF YOU ARE ENROLLED IN THIS COURSE AFTER Thursday, May 1, 2003, YOU WILL NOT BE PERMITTED TO DROP THE COURSE. In other words, any student enrolled in the course as of the above date will receive a grade for the course and risks receiving a failing grade.

Criminal Justice Clinic
W74 790D sec 01 (4-6 hours)
WED 3:30 - 5:30 (at Public Defender office)
Enrollment limited to 8
[Note May 1, 2003, drop deadline!]
Grady Jessup
Third year students receive preference.(if the clinic is not full, second year students may be offered openings with faculty permission) Students who have completed Evidence, Pretrial, Trial, a course from the ethics curriculum, CJA I, or CJA II, may receive preference. Because the clinic is likely to involve court appearances, preference will be given to students who are certified under Rule 13 of the Missouri Supreme Court Rules. Students who are not certified under Rule 13 need the permission of Prof. Joy to enroll. This clinic provides real life lawyering experience with the criminal justice system at the state trial level. The student's primary experience will be to serve as a Rule 13 certified attorney with the St. Louis County office of the Missouri Public Defender, which is the second largest criminal defense office in the state. The goal is for each student (1) to conduct at least one preliminary hearing in a felony case; (2) to conduct bond reduction negotiations and, when necessary, hearings for persons awaiting trial; (3) to second-chair at least one felony jury trial: and, if possible, (4) to take primary responsibility for at least one misdemeanor case serving as lead counsel at trial. In addition, students may take depositions, enter guilty pleas and participate in the sentencing phase, and participate in probation revocation hearings. At the PD office, students are likely to be actively involved in interviewing clients, investigating crime scenes, interviewing witnesses, performing legal research and writing memoranda and briefs, arguing motions in court, and participating in trials. Students have work carrels equipped with computers, telephones and a networked printer to facilitate their work on behalf of clients. In addition to his office in the law school, Professor Joy maintains an office at the Public Defender site, works closely with students and supervising attorneys, and directly supervises students on some cases. Students must work at least 14 hrs per week on clinical matters for 4 credits and 21 hrs per week on clinical matters for 6 credits and can expect to spend most of this time away from the law school either at court or in the PD office adjacent to the courthouse. It is important to have at least two mornings free because most court appearances take place in the morning. Students also will meet as a class at the PD office from 3:30 - 5:30 PM on Wednesday. The overarching objective of this course will be to help students learn how to learn from their lawyering experiences. The lawyering skills students will use and develop include: problem solving, legal analysis and reasoning, legal research, factual investigation, client interviewing and counseling, communication skills, negotiation, litigation skills, organization and management of legal work, and recognizing and resolving ethical dilemmas. This course also will focus on the professional values of providing competent legal representation, improving the legal profession, and examining the legal profession's role in promoting justice, fairness, and morality There is no textbook, but there will be some reading assignments. This course will be graded on a modified pass/fail basis: HP94, P, LP78, F70. Specific requirements for receiving credit will be set by the professor. There will be no final exam. WITHDRAWAL POLICY: In order to try to avoid the sort of last-minute shuffling that, in the past, has resulted in interested students being notified of Clinic openings too late for them readily to change their schedules and enroll, the following policy is in effect: IF YOU ARE ENROLLED IN THIS COURSE AFTER Thursday, May 1, 2003, YOU WILL NOT BE PERMITTED TO DROP THE COURSE. In other words, any student enrolled in the course as of the above date will receive a grade for the course and risks receiving a failing grade.

Interdisciplinary Environmental Clinic
W74 704B SEC 01 (6 hours; 4-5 w/professor permission)
FRI 1:00-3:00 PM
Enrollment limited to 8
[Note May 1, 2003, drop deadline!]
Maxine Lipeles
This clinical course teaches students how to work in interdisciplinary teams representing public interest, environmental or community organizations on interdisciplinary, environmental matters. The clinic is based in the Law School, but students are also be expected to meet with clients at their offices, to visit sites at issue, and occasionally to travel to government offices in the St. Louis area or in Jefferson City. Students might be assigned to handle matters involving the following activities: representing clients in federal, state, and local administrative or court litigation; drafting proposed legislation; commenting on proposed regulations, permits, environmental impact statements or environmental assessments, and similar documents; and evaluating matters for potential future action. The goal is that for each project, students will have primary responsibility for handling the matter, and the professor will play a secondary, supervisory role. Students will learn to work with technical experts (including environmental engineering or environmental science students on their team) to investigate facts, to develop and analyze legal strategies, and to communicate effectively among the team, with clients, and with adverse and other interested parties. Students must work at least an average of 21 hours per week on clinic matters, including attendance at and participation each week in: a two-hour seminar for all students in the course (Fridays 1-3 pm); at least one individual meeting with the professor; and one group meeting involving the student team assigned to each project and the professor(s). The course will be graded on a modified pass/fail basis: HP94, P, LP78, F70. The professor will set specific requirements for receiving credit. There will be no final exam. There will be reading and writing assignments in conjunction with client work and/or the seminar. Pre/co-requisites: Environmental Law and Administrative Law. (Requests to waive one, but not both, of the pre/co-requisites may be requested by attaching a statement to the back of the Clinic Pre-Registration Form.) Students who are certified (or who will be certified before the beginning of the semester) under Rule 13 of the Missouri Supreme Court Rules will receive preference in clinic enrollment. WITHDRAWAL POLICY: In order to try to avoid the sort of last-minute shuffling that, in the past, has resulted in interested students being notified of Clinic openings too late for them readily to change their schedules and enroll, the following policy is in effect: IF YOU ARE ENROLLED IN THIS COURSE AFTER THURS, MAY 1, 2003, YOU WILL NOT BE PERMITTED TO DROP THE COURSE. In other words, any student enrolled in the course as of the above date will receive a grade for the course and risks receiving a failing grade.

Judicial Clerkship
W74 654 SEC 01 (3 or 4 hours)
MON 5:30 - 7:30 PM (15 minute biweekly individual appointments)
Enrollment limit: 16
Charles Bobinette
Students must attend a mandatory orientation meeting on Mon, April 7, 4:30 p.m., Room 305. If you cannot attend the meeting, you must contact Kate France, Clinical Program Coordinator, Room 589, 935-6419, or Lois Franklin, Clinical Office Assistant, Room 589, 935-5599, prior to the meeting.
Prereq/co-req
: A course from the ethics curriculum. Note: Some Courts demand that students have legal writing experience or have demonstrated their scholastic excellence. Students are not required to have Rule 13 certification. This externship course offers students a structured, hands-on exposure to civil and criminal litigation from the judicial perspective. Students work as part-time law clerks under the supervision of local, state or federal trial or appellate judges. Students observe hearings, trials and other court proceedings; perform extensive legal research; and draft a series of legal memoranda relevant to cases under submission by the courts. The course provides an opportunity for students to develop advanced legal research and writing skills. To receive 3 credits, students in the Judicial Clerkship practicum will be required to work approximately 10.5 hours/week and produce 3 major legal memoranda or 30 pages of polished research and writing. To receive 4 credits, students will be required to work approximately 14 hours/week and produce 4 major legal memoranda or 40 pages of polished research and writing. Students have regularly scheduled, individual meetings with the course instructor and are required to submit an outline, first draft, and final draft for each legal memorandum. There is no final exam. WITHDRAWAL POLICY: In order to try to avoid the sort of last-minute shuffling that, in the past, has resulted in interested students being notified of Clinic openings too late for them readily to change their schedules and enroll, the following policy is in effect: Once a placement is accepted by a student, he/she will not be allowed to drop the clerkship and will receive a grade for the course and risks receiving a failing grade (70).

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