Office of the Law School Registrar
Course Directory

Clinics
Fall 2002


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 to the box on the counter in the Registrar’s Office, Room 303, by 5:00 p.m., Friday, March 29, to be eligible for the pre-registration lottery. After that date, interested students should submit a written request to Jeanne Heil-Chapdelaine (jheil@wulaw.wustl.edu), Assistant 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 Jeanne Heil-Chapdelaine (
jheil@wulaw.wustl.edu), Assistant Registrar. 
Note the special withdrawal deadlines in the Clinic course descriptions.

Civil Justice Clinic 

Nina Tarr

W74 797E SEC 01    (6 hours)         MON 1:00 - 3:00 PM and THU 1:00 - 2:00 PM Enrollment limit: 8

Pre/co-requisites: Evidence and a course from the ethics curriculum; Rule 13 certification strongly preferred. Family Law is preferred but not required. JD/MSW candidates are encouraged to apply. 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. 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 calculate child support using the Missouri child support guidelines, prepare parenting plans pursuant to the 1998 statutory amendments, prepare proposed orders, plan direct examination and cross examination, and negotiate settlements or conduct trials in the Family 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. 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. In addition, the Clinic functions as amicus on briefs to the Missouri Appellate Courts on issues of national interest. 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: HP90/HP94, P, LP74/LP78, or F65/F70. There is neither a final exam nor a textbook for this course. There are, however, reading assignments and mandatory weekly seminar meetings (Monday 1:00-3:00 and Thursday 1:00-2:00). Students take primary responsibility for cases to which they are assigned and must complete litigation assignments in a timely manner. 

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 MONDAY, JULY 1, 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 Rights & Community Justice Clinic

Karen Tokarz

W74 769E SEC 01 (6 hours; 4-5 with prof. permission)   TUE THU 3:00 - 4:30 PM Enrollment limit:8

Pre/corequisites: A course from the ethics curriculum. The following courses are highly recommended and may affect your priority for placement: Employment Discrimination, Employment Law, Civil Rights, Con Law II, Evidence, ADR, Pretrial and Trial. Students certified under Rule 13 may be given preference. The goal of this clinical course is to provide students with opportunities to examine law and public policy in the context of civil rights practice; to experience client advocacy and dispute resolution through mediation, litigation, legislation, and community education; to grapple with ethical issues that arise in practice; and to develop the fundamental ability to learn from experience. In the CRCJ Clinic, students work at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and in selected plaintiff law firms on cases of alleged discrimination based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, and disability in employment, education, and other arenas. All students engage in interviewing, counseling, case analysis and planning, problem solving, fact investigation, document drafting, negotiation, mediation, and community education. On rare occasions, certified third-year students may participate in depositions, hearings or motions arguments. In addition to law office practice, students will conduct at least one mediation, assist in at least one legislative drafting experience, and participate in at least one civil rights community education project of the student's choosing under the supervision of Professor Tokarz and cooperating attorneys, social workers, and legislators. Students are expected to spend a minimum of 21 hrs per week for 6 credits (14 hrs. for 4 credits and 17.5 credits for 5 credits, respectively) handling cases and projects; this number includes individual meetings with Professor Tokarz and the weekly seminar. The clinic seminar meets weekly and attendance is mandatory; thus, clinic students must keep their schedules open during these time slots. This course is graded on a modified pass/fail basis: HP (90/94), P, LP (74/78), F (65/70). There is no final exam. There is no textbook for this course, but there are weekly reading and some writing assignments. 

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 MONDAY, JULY 1, 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

Peter Joy

W74 790A SEC 01 (4-6 hours)   TUE 3:30 - 5:30 (at Public Defender’s office) Enrollment limited to 8

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 Tuesday. 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: HP90/94, P, LP74/78, F65/70. 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 MONDAY, JULY 1, 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 

Maxine Lipeles

W74 704B SEC 01 (6 hours; 4-5 w/professor permission)  FRI 1:00 - 3:00 PM Enrollment limited to 8

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 or by emailing Prof. Lipeles (milipele@wulaw.wustl.edu.) 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. This clinical course teaches students how to work in interdisciplinary teams representing public interest, environmental or community organizations on interdisciplinary, environmental matters. The clinic will be based in the Law School, but students will 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 handle matters involving the following activities: representing clients in federal, state and local court or administrative proceedings; 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: HP90/94, P, LP74/78, F65/70. 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.    

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 MONDAY, JULY 1, 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

Charles Bobinette

W74 654 SEC 01 (3 or 4 hours)
MON 5:30 - 7:30 PM (15 minute biweekly individual appointments)
Enrollment limit: 14

There are 15 min. bi-weekly meetings with the professor on Mondays between 5:30 - 7:30 PM. 

Mandatory orientation meeting:  Mon, April 8, 4:00 p.m., Room 309.  If you cannot attend you should contact Bethany Johnson (935-6419) or Lois Franklin (935-5599), Room 589, prior to the meeting or you risk losing your placement in the clinic.


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.