WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW
Course Directory 2004-2005
Spring 2005 

Upper-level Course Information - Miscellaneous


INTRO TO U.S. LAW & METHODS II (LHG/MK)

W77  729B  LAW 01  TBA

Greenhaw
Koby
Luo

[Open only to international LL.M. and exchange students.] This 1 unit course continues the instruction and practice in distinctive elements of U. S. legal method begun in the fall. The goal is to learn how law is made, found and enforced in the U.S., and the objective is to learn by assuming the role of a U. S. lawyer, researching, analyzing and arguing a problem with federalism aspects in writing and orally to a federal court. The course seeks to illustrate the dominating aspect of federal constitutional law and the U.S. Supreme Court in the development of U. S. law and how each source of US law  -- the common law, statutes and the Constitution - may refer to the others. Research and writing instruction, including individual conferences on revision of drafts, is  included. 1 unit.

 
SUPERVISED MOOT COURT
W79  500  LAW 01  TBA Varies
A student may receive one credit for participation in an external moot court competition through Supervised Moot Court.  In order to receive credit, a student must secure a full-time faculty member as an advisor, prepare an appellate brief of passing quality (minimum 10 pages per student), present a minimum of two oral arguments of passing quality, and attend two mandatory seminar sessions on appellate brief writing and appellate argument. Supervised Moot Court is graded on a pass/fail basis and does not fulfill the research and writing requirement. Approval forms are found in the Student Forms area near the student mailboxes or on the web at http://ls.wustl.edu/Registrar/Forms. The full-time faculty member who reviews the brief and critiques the preparation for oral argument is limited to supervising no more than six students per year in Supervised Research, Supervised Practicum, or  Supervised Moot Court. [Students should keep in mind the limitations regarding credit toward their degree for competition work (as a participant or board member): 1) a maximum of 4 total credits from competitions; 2) only one competition per semester.]  1 unit.
 
SUPERVISED PRACTICUM
W74  662G  LAW  01  TBA Varies

One to three units of academic credit may be earned in Supervised Practicum by working on a clinical project under the direct supervision of a member of the faculty.  In addition to completing a form (see below), the interested student must submit a petition prior to the first day of classes. The exact nature of the Supervised Practicum experience shall be determined by the individual faculty member. The precise number of credits earned for the Practicum, which depends upon the scope of the project, shall be determined by the supervising faculty member after completion of the clinical project.  Supervised Practicum is graded on a pass/fail basis.  A student may enroll in only one supervised practicum during his/her law school career.  A student cannot be enrolled in a clinic course and a supervised practicum in the same semester.  The forms are available in the hanging file folders located by the student mailboxes or on the web at http://ls.wustl.edu/Registrar/Forms. The form must be submitted to Associate Dean Dan Keating and the petition to Tomea Mayer by email (mayer@wulaw.wustl.edu) no later than the first day of classes each semester. Credit variable, max 3 units.

 
SUPERVISED RESEARCH
W74  695  LAW  01  TBA Varies
May only be taken for academic credit (1-3 credit hours) on a pass/fail basis.  Supervised research does not fulfill the research and writing requirement.  No more than two Supervised Research courses may be taken in total and no more than 1 may be taken in a semester. To complete registration for this course, a Supervised Research Form must be turned in to the Registrar's Office, Room 303, by the end of the second week of the semester.  The forms are available in the hanging file folders located by  the student mailboxes or on the web at http://ls.wustl.edu/Registrar/Forms. The work must be completed during the semester; incompletes are not permitted. There is no guarantee that a student will be able to do a Supervised Research; a student's ability to take this course will always be a function of finding a willing and able full-time faculty member who will agree to supervise the project.  Therefore, one of the first steps that a student who is interested in this experience should undertake is to secure the participation of a faculty member.  Faculty members are limited to supervising no more than 6 students per year in either Supervised Research, Supervised Practicum, or Supervised Moot Court. Credit variable, max 3 units.
 
TEACHING ASSISTANT
W74  600R  LAW 01  TBA

Lewis

W74  600R  LAW 02  TBA   Moul
W74  600R  LAW 03  TBA Shields
W74  600R  LAW 04  TBA Dorothy
W74  600R  LAW 05  TBA Field
W74  600R  LAW 06  TBA  Koby
Students chosen as a Teaching Assistant receive one unit of academic credit per semester for this year-long Teaching Assistantship.  These students assist the legal writing professors throughout the year by helping prepare potential research assignments, drafting bench memoranda regarding potential research assignments and being accessible to first-year students as the students research and draft their assignments.  Students chosen for this position will engage in significant research and writing during the course of the year.  Students applying for this position can be rising second-year or third-year students who have demonstrated their legal research and writing skills on one of the publications, moot court programs, or in summer employment.  Interested students should submit (in April, to apply for the following year) a cover letter and resume regarding their interest in the position, including the nature of their legal research and writing experience. Students should indicate in their cover letter whether or not they have taken Advanced Legal Research or plan to enroll in that course during their third-year of law school.  Applicants should send their cover letter and resume to the Legal Writing Professor whom they would prefer to assist.  Those applicants who do not have a preference should submit their resume to the director of the LRW program.  1 unit.
 
 

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