WashULaw Intersession 2017

WashULaw - Intersession 2016


COURSE DIRECTORY and REGISTRATION


  • SESSION DATES: Monday, January 9, through Friday, January 13, 2017
    (see class times and locations)
  • CREDIT: All law courses are 1 unit. The 1 unit counts toward a student's total spring semester units for purposes of full-time status (but does not count toward the spring semester units for purposes of determining if a law student is over the limit of 17 units). International Business through Olin Business School is a 3-credit course.
  • ELIGIBILITY TO ENROLL: Upper-level law students are eligible to take law courses, including 2L, 3L, LLM, JSD, and MLS students. Washington University graduate-level students and upper-level juniors and seniors are eligible (with permission from their departments). Only JD-students are are eligible to take International Business. Students may take only one of these courses during the January Intersession.
  • TUITION: There is no additional charge beyond the spring semester tuition for full-time Washington University law students in degree programs or for visiting law students who are paying full-time tuition. Full-time non-law Washington University graduate students may not have to pay extra for a law school intersession course, but should confirm this with their department. For those who must pay tuition, the cost is $2,209.
  • PRE-REQUISITES: Read course descriptions carefully and take note of any pre-requisites, recommended courses, or other course eligibility requirements.
  • EXAMS: Most law courses require a take-home exam that will be available via MyLaw on the afternoon of Friday, Jan. 13, 2017, and will be due by 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan 17, 2017 (read the course descriptions for specifics about each course). MyLaw is web-based, so students are not required to be in St. Louis when taking an intersession exam.
  • REGISTRATION: Registration begins Monday, October 31 at 9:00 a.m., and ends on Monday, November 7 at 5:00 p.m. Interested students should click on the link found below under “INTERSESSION REGISTRATION FORM" or at the bottom of the page for International Business. All students must indicate at least THREE choices when submitting the online form;
  • ENROLLMENT: Students will be notified of the course in which they are enrolled prior to the start of online registration for the regular Spring 2017 semester. Priority will be based on seniority (those graduating in May 2017 will have priority over others graduating later). There is no advantage to registering quickly, just as long as you register by the November 7th deadline.
  • AFTER THE REGISTRATION PERIOD: After November 7th, interested students should contact Elizabeth Walsh, Associate Dean for Student Life, at ewalsh@wustl.edu to ask about registering for an Intersession class.
  • DROP DEADLINE: The drop deadline for these courses is Monday, December 5, 2015 at 5:00 p.m.

INTERSESSION REGISTRATION FORM

Click here to submit your registration form, beginning Monday, October 31, at 9:00 a.m.

[Deadline to submit: Monday, November 7, 2016. After this date, interested students should contact Elizabeth Walsh at ewalsh@wustl.edu.]


COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

Chapter 11 Bankruptcy & Corporate Restructuring - [W74-645F]
Professor: Jill Nicholson
Drop Deadline: Monday, December 5, 2016. [Note: Students who have taken Chapter 11 Strategies for the Business Lawyer may not take this course.] This course will provide the fundamentals for understanding chapter 11 bankruptcy and corporate restructuring from inception to conclusion. Class discussion will be based on a hypothetical problem modeled after current bankruptcy cases, and students will have the opportunity to learn chapter 11 strategies from the perspective of various parties in interest, including secured and unsecured creditors, equity holders, and the corporate debtor. This class will cover the essential elements of corporate bankruptcies ranging from the automatic stay, property of the estate, fraudulent transfers, and preferences through contested plan confirmation and post-confirmation liquidating trusts. Bankruptcy is not a prerequisite. Attendance is mandatory. Grading will be modified pass/fail (HP-3.94, P, LP-2.98, F-2.50), and will be based on a take-home written examination as well as class attendance, preparation, and participation. The take-home final will be uploaded via the MyLaw take-home exam site. The exam will be available on the afternoon of Fri., Jan. 13, and will due by 8:00 a.m. on Tues., Jan. 17. 1 unit.

ERISA Fiduciary Law [W74-598B]
Professor: Tom Clark
Drop Deadline: Monday, December 5, 2016. The course will provide a substantive overview of ERISA fiduciary law that governs qualified retirement and welfare plans. The sources of fiduciary law such as the ERISA statute, regulations, and Department of Labor guidance will be explained. Emphasis will be placed on the proper identification of fiduciaries, the fiduciary duties of prudence and loyalty, prohibited transactions and major exemptions, personal liability under the law, and the recent regulations regarding disclosure of fees and expenses. Special focus will be given to recent Supreme Court and Circuit Court cases that have significantly changed the ERISA fiduciary landscape. Finally, a brief overview will be provided of typical ERISA litigation that a student is likely to see in their future practices. The course will be relevant for any student interested in employee benefits, employment law, labor law, business law, or securities law as they will leave the course with the proper understanding of how to advise clients in avoiding the major compliance pitfalls of being an ERISA fiduciary. Students are expected to thoroughly read any course materials and be well prepared prior to the start of the class. All reading materials will be provided prior to class on MyLaw and nothing will need to be purchased. Class attendance is mandatory. Laptop computers in class are strongly discouraged, although they will not be strictly prohibited. The class will be graded on a modified pass/fail basis (HP-3.94, P, LP-2.98, F-2.50). The take-home final will be uploaded via the MyLaw take-home exam site. The exam will be available on the afternoon of Fri., Jan. 13, and will due by 8:00 a.m. on Tues., Jan. 17. 1 unit.

Introduction to Energy Law [691E]
Professor: Justin Perryman
Drop Deadline: Monday, December 5, 2016. [Note: Students who have taken Introduction to Oil & Gas Law may not take this course.] This 1-unit introductory course will examine the energy industry and its legal practices, unique regulations and future. We will explore the history of energy law dating back to the discovery of oil in the United States, the property and contract laws that developed due the bifurcation of property interests, the types of energy production and the trend toward cleaner energy resources, import and export of energy, and the practice of energy law . Included are concepts as to the nature of a landowner's interest in oil and gas; the creation and duration of mineral leases; the oil and gas lease and rights and obligations created thereby; production payments and division orders; pooling and unitization; ethics; basic taxation; pollution liability; rights and duties between mineral and surface owners; protection of interests in oil and gas properties against trespassers and wrongful claimants; agreements among oil companies, including lease assignments, farmouts and joint operating agreements; and issues concerned with raising funds for oil and gas projects. Trending legal issues in traditional agreements, which were drafted in the context of vertical wells, in order to conform them to horizontal drilling and fracking operations. Environmental issues including those raised by fracking, fossil fuels and the struggles of implementation of clean energy in the United States. Various regulations of drilling and production will also be covered. This class will be graded on a modified pass/fail basis (HP 3.94, P, LP 2.98, F). Students are expected to thoroughly read any course materials and be well prepared prior to the start of the class. Class attendance is mandatory. The take-home final will be uploaded via the MyLaw take-home exam site. The exam will be available on the afternoon of Fri., Jan. 13, and will due by 8:00 a.m. on Tues., Jan. 17. 1 unit.

Introduction to Law Firm Practice [W74-561E]
Professor: Michael Downey
Drop Deadline: Monday, December 5, 2016. Most law school graduates enter private practice. This course attempts to prepare them for some of the daily challenges they will encounter in a law firm setting by teaching how law firms are structured, how they generate revenue and compensate lawyers, and how they develop business. It will also discuss issues such as what law firms value, how lawyers bill time, and how to deal with co-workers and clients. Teaching methods will include group discussions, role play and other creative techniques. Grading will be modified pass/fail (HP94,P, LP78, F70) and based primarily upon a reflective journal, as well as upon class participation. Grading will not be anonymous. The journal will be uploaded via the MyLaw take-home exam site. 1 unit.

Private Equity Transactions [W74-566C]
Professor: Brian Wolfe
Drop Deadline: Monday, December 5, 2016. This course will examine from a practical perspective the issues and documentation arising in a typical private equity acquisition transaction, using a mixture of lectures, cases and guest speakers. The course will begin with a basic introduction to the private equity industry, including the roles of the various business and legal participants, and will then focus on the structure, negotiation and documentation of a private equity investment transaction. Overall, the course is intended as a survey/introductory course, rather than an in-depth analysis of any particular area of law or type of document. Time will be set aside for discussions about current events and careers in the private equity industry. Grading will be modified pass/fail (HP-3.94, P, LP-2.98, F-2.50).Attendance is mandatory. Class attendance, preparation, and participation are expected and may be taken into consideration in the final grade. There will be a take-home exam administered via MyLaw. The exam will be available on the afternoon of Fri., Jan. 13, and will due by 8:00 a.m. on Tues., Jan. 17. 1 unit.


OLIN BUSINESS SCHOOL INTERSESSION

Olin offers International Business, a 3-credit course, during Intersession. Ten spots are held for law students. To apply for one of the spots, register here.


QUESTIONS? CONTACT

Elizabeth Walsh, Associate Dean of Student Life, at ewalsh@wustl.edu