Office of the Registrar


Pre-Registration Information for Seminars and Clinics

Fall 2005 and Spring 2006

Pre-registration for Seminars and Clinics for Fall 2005 AND Spring 2006 has ended. The deadline was 12 Noon., Mon, March 28.    For information about late submissions, please contact Shelly Nelson (smnelson@wulaw.wustl.edu) in regard to clinics and Colleen Erker (erker@wulaw.wustl.edu) in regard to seminars.

The next two pages  offer details on Seminar and Clinic offerings and pre-registration.  (JD students:  One seminar is required in order to graduate; there is no requirement to take a clinic.)

Submitting a pre-registration form does not guarantee placement.  Email notices confirming placements in clinics and seminars will be sent no later than Fri, April 8.  If you do not receive a confirmation email, this means that you did not receive a spot in the course(s) you desired as of that date. Your name will automatically be placed on the appropriate waitlist(s). Seminar and clinic waitlists do not appear in WebSTAC (or count toward your max # of credits). Your name will automatically be placed on the waitlist(s) for any other Seminars/Clinics that were higher on your preference list than the one you got into.  If you get into your first seminar or clinic choice we do not add your name to any other waitlists unless you specifically instruct us to.  If a spot comes open for you, the Registrar’s Office will contact you as soon as possible. The seminar and clinic  waitlists are kept by hand in the Registrar’s Office. Note that waitlists often do move significantly and often students get into courses off waitlists, although it may not happen until nearer to the drop deadlines.


Before making your course selections, it is advised that you attend as many of the information sessions as possible and that 1Ls meet with their LRW professors for individual advising sessions (your LRW professor will be contacting students about setting up appointments).  2Ls are also welcome to make appointments with their LRW professors.  Marcia Goldsmith, Assistant Director of Student Services (Room 469, 935-8257, mgoldsmith@wulaw.wustl.edu), is also available to meet with any student about advising or academic support.

General Informational Meeting on the Registration Process and the Clinical Program  - Mon, March 21, 12:00-1:00 p.m. - Bryan Cave Moot Courtroom -

Session offering information on the “nuts and bolts” or registration AND giving an overview of the school’s Clinical Education Program. Presented by Janet Bolin, Associate Dean of Admissions and Student Services; Karen Tokarz, Professor of Law and Executive Director of Clinical Education; Marcia Goldsmith, Assistant Director of Student Services; and Colleen Erker, Assistant Dean for Student Records/Registrar.

Course Selection Advising Session (Faculty Panel)  - Tues, March 22, 12:00-1:00 p.m. -
Student Commons -

Panel composed of members of the faculty who teach upper-level courses will discuss and answer questions about our upper-level curriculum and offer advice about course selection. Coordinated by Marcia Goldsmith, Assistant Director of Student Services.

Clinical Fair  - Thurs, March 24 - 12:00 – 2:00 p.m. - Student Commons -

Clinic faculty and students will be available to discuss one-on-one questions about clinics, skills courses and competitions.  Coordinated by Prof. Karen Tokarz, Executive Director of the Clinical Education Program, and Shelly Nelson, Clinical Program Coordinator.

ON-LINE REGISTRATION FOR FALL 2005 COURSES (other than seminars & clinics):

                - CLASS OF 2006:                BEGINS 7:30 a.m. on Wed, April 13

                - CLASS OF 2007:                BEGINS 7:30 a.m. on  Fri, April 15

 

SEMINARS

Submit seminar preferences on the web at http://law.wustl.edu/Registrar/Forms/Prereg by Mon, March 28, 12:00 noon. (Resumes are not considered in the placement process for seminars.)

NOTE:  STUDENTS WHO SUBMIT ONLY ONE CHOICE DO NOT RECEIVE PREFERENCE FOR THAT ONE CHOICE OVER STUDENTS WHO INDICATE MORE THAN ONE CHOICE.

The upper-level research and writing requirement:

All J.D. students must successfully complete one Seminar in order to fulfill the upper-level research & writing requirement necessary to be awarded the J.D. degree. Students are encouraged to read the course descriptions carefully for Seminar structure (such as whether they meet on a regular basis or not) and requirements.  All Seminars are 3 credit hrs.  Supervised research and reviews do not fulfill the upper-level research and writing requirement.

Limitations on withdrawal from Seminars:

Students wishing to drop a Seminar after the Seminar has had its first meeting, must obtain written permission from the instructor (on a Seminar Add/Drop form available from the Student Forms & Information area near the student mailboxes or from the Registrar’s Office website at http://ls.wustl.edu/Registrar/Forms).  Note that it may be difficult to obtain instructor permission to withdraw from any oversubscribed Seminar after the time has passed during which the instructor will permit another student to enroll.

Pre-registration and Confirmation notices:

Students should submit seminar preferences online at http://law.wustl.edu/Registrar/Forms/Prereg by noon on Mon, March 28. 
Emails confirming placement in Seminars will be sent to students no later than Fri, April 8.  If you do not receive a confirmation email by April 8, this means that you did not receive a spot in a Seminar that you requested as of that date.  However, your name will automatically be placed on the waitlist for that Seminar and any other Seminars that were higher on your preference list than the one you got into; however, these waitlists are kept by the Registrar’s Office and will not appear in WebSTAC so that these credits will not count toward the maximum # of credits you can be enrolled in or waitlisted for.  Eventually we will also inform students of their places on waitlists. If a spot comes open for you, the Registrar’s Office will notify you as soon as possible.

Seminars Offered in 2005-2006(as of March 2005)
(See course descriptions in 2005-2006 Law School Course Directory)

Fall 2005:    Spring 2006:  
- Comparative Legal Ethics - Joy E
- Constitutional Interpretation/Jurisprudence -
   Paulson
- Corporate Fraud – Brickey
- Environmental& Land Use Litigation - Mandelker
- Genetics, Ethics,  Law and Policy – Dresser 
IP
- Litigation: Policy, Rules, Strategies, Related Issues -
   Norwood
- Privacy Law – Richards 
IP
- Racial Profiling - Barnes
- The State & Religion: Comparative Constitutional Law – Borowski/Greenhaw
- Constitutional Interpretation/Jurisprudence -
   Paulson
- Disability Rights Law - Bagenstos
 - Education Law – Brown
- Empirical Inquiries into Civil Litigation - Schlanger
- Immigrants’ Rights - Legomsky
- Int'l IP Law - McManis
IP
- Int’l Investment Law - Mutharika
IP
- Law & Politics – Staudt / Epstein / Martin
- Legal Ethics - Clark
E
- Reorganization - Keating / Palans / Schermer
- Reproductive & Parental Rights - Appleton
- Socialist Law in Transition - Foster
 

IP = Part of the IP curriculum (these seminars satisfy the seminar requirement for the IP LLM degree)

E = Satisfies J.D. ethics requirement


EVERY EFFORT WILL BE MADE TO GIVE YOU YOUR FIRST OR ALTERNATE CHOICE(S).  IF YOU ARE A THIRD-YEAR WHO NEEDS A SEMINAR TO GRADUATE AND YOU LIST ONLY ONE PREFERENCE AND ARE LOTTERIED OUT, YOU WILL BE PLACED IN AN AVAILABLE SEMINAR.  STUDENTS WHO SUBMIT ONLY ONE CHOICE DO NOT RECEIVE PREFERENCE FOR THAT ONE CHOICE OVER STUDENTS WHO INDICATE MORE THAN ONE CHOICE.

Note:  Any case of providing a false answer on the preference form will be referred to the Honor Council.

**A tentative list of Seminars for the 2006-2007 school year can be found in the Course Directory (see Table of Contents).

 

CLINIC COURSES

Submit your clinic preferences online by going to http://law.wustl.edu/Clinics/Forms by noon on Mon, March 28.  Resumes should be emailed to smnelson@wulaw.wustl.edu (Shelly Nelson, Clinical Program Coordinator, Rm 589, 935-6419) by the same deadline. 

 Before you submit your clinic preferences, please read carefully through the course descriptions and think seriously about the clinical course that will meet your needs and interests. Keep in mind that you cannot take a Clinic (or at the least will have less priority in getting into a Clinic) unless you have satisfied the pre/co-requisites, without special permission from the professor. Also note that you cannot take two Clinics during the same semester.  Students on academic probation may not enroll in a Clinic.  Students in a Clinic are strongly encouraged not to work at a job during their clinical semester.

Clinical courses are often over-subscribed.  Thus, you may wish to indicate alternate choices to ensure placement in a Clinic.  If a particular Clinic is over-subscribed with students who have met the prerequisites, selection will be done by lottery.  If a lottery is necessary, preference generally will be given to students who have not yet taken a Clinic and students closest to graduation.  Note, however, that the lottery rules are subject to the prerequisites and preference rules listed under specific Clinic course descriptions. The Law School guarantees that each student will have the opportunity to participate in a clinic once during their 2nd or 3rd year, subject to the following stipulations: 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 (included in this packet) 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. Prof. Tokarz, Executive Director of the Clinical Program, will do her best to match each student with his or her preferred choices. To withdraw from a Clinic, students should notify Colleen Erker at erker@wulaw.wustl.edu. Note the special withdrawal deadlines in the Clinic course descriptions.  Be sure to submit your prefernces and statement(s) of interest online at http://law.wustl.edu/Clinics/Forms  by noon on Mon, March 28, to meet the lottery deadline.  Confirmation emails will be sent to students by Fri, April 8. If you do not receive a confirmation email, this means that you did not get into a Clinic at that point, but your name will automatically be added to the waitlist(s) of the Clinic(s) you specified. (Note: the waitlists are kept by hand in the Registrar’s Office and do not appear in WebSTAC so that they do not count toward the maximum number of credits you can be enrolled in or waitlisted for). The Registrar’s Office will notify you by email you if a spot comes open for you.

Students admitted to the Civil Justice Clinic, Criminal Justice Clinic, and the Interdisciplinary Environmental Clinic are provided some opportunities to appear in court or pretrial proceedings as attorneys for their Clinic clients pursuant to the Missouri Student Practice Rule, Rule 13. As a result, students applying for these clinical courses are given preference if they are eligible for student practice under Missouri Supreme Court Rule 13. (Preference to Rule 13 eligible students may also be given for the Civil Rights & Community Justice Clinic.) Students are eligible to apply for certification to practice under Rule 13 if they have successfully completed at least 42 credit hours. If you plan on taking the Missouri Bar Exam and you have already registered as a law student with the Missouri Supreme Court (Rule 8), you simply have to provide your Missouri law student registration number on the pre-registration form and file for your Rule 13 certification ASAP (or as soon as you have earned at least 42 credit hours).  If you have not applied for Missouri Law Student Registration (Rule 8) and are selected for these Clinics, in order to retain your spot in the course, you will need to file the special Rule 13 application for students who are not already registered with the MO Supreme Court, as soon as you have earned at least 42 credit hours.  (The fee for filing a Rule 13 application as a second or third year student who is not already registered as a law student with the MO Supreme Court, is currently $50.00; for those students who have registered as a student with the Missouri Supreme Court,  there currently is no additional fee for the Rule 13 application.) Students should read the pre/corequisite information for all Clinics carefully; if a student has not satisfied both pre/corequisites, he or she can attach to the pre-registration form a request to waive one of the courses. In any case, a personal statement is highly recommended.

If you have any questions or would like more information about the Clinics, please contact the assigned faculty member or Prof. Karen Tokarz, Executive Director of Clinical Education.  If you are unable to contact a faculty member, please see Shelly Nelson in the Clinical Office, Room 589.

Note to Class of 2006:  If you apply to and are selected for the Congressional & Admin. Law Clinic (DC Clinic) you may receive less priority relative to others without a clinic.

WITHDRAWAL POLICY FOR CLINICS

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:

FOR MOST CLINICS*, IF YOU ARE ENROLLED AFTER
Mon, May 2, 2005, for Fall 2005  or Mon, Oct. 31, 2005 for Spring 2006, YOU WILL NOT BE PERMITTED TO DROP THE COURSE. IN OTHER WORDS, ANY STUDENT ENROLLED IN THE COURSE AFTER THE DROP DEADLINE DATE WILL RECEIVE A GRADE FOR THE COURSE AND RISK RECEIVING A FAILING GRADE
.

*Read clinic course descriptions, as some clinics have different drop deadlines (such as Government Lawyering and Judicial Clerkship).

CLINICS OFFERED IN 2005-2006 (as of March 2005):
(See descriptions in 2005-2006 Law School Course Directory)

Fall 2005:     Spring 2006:  

-  Civil Justice Clinic – Gunn
-  Criminal Justice Clinic – Joy  
-  Intellectual Property & Business Formation Legal
    Clinic – Deal  
-  Interdisciplinary Environmental Clinic – Lipeles 
-  Judicial Clerkship Clinic – Bobinette
 

-  Appellate Clinic - La Pierre  
- Civil Justice Clinic – Aiken/Norwood
- Civil Rights & Community Justice Clinic - Tokarz
* - Congressional/Administrative Law Clinic - Kaplan
      (D.C. Clinic)
- Criminal Justice Clinic - Joy
- Govt Lawyering Clinic - Goldwasser
- Intellectual Property & Business Formation Legal
   Clinic – Deal
Interdisciplinary Environmental Clinic – Lipeles
- Judicial Clerkship Clinic - Bobinette

*Students apply for the Congressional/Admin Law Clinic through a separate application process in the spring semester of their 2nd year. An informational meeting is publicized by Prof. Kaplan and held to inform students of the process, including withdrawal policies.  The application process for Spring 2006 has already passed.  (Do not list the Congressional/Admin Law Clinic as one of your clinic choices on the submission due online by Mon, March 28.) 

Note:  Any case of providing a false answer on the preference form will be referred to the Honor Council.

**A tentative list of Clinics for the 2006-2007 school year can be found in the Course Directory (see Table of Contents).


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