Office of the Law School Registrar
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 Colleen Erker,
Registrar/Assistant Dean for Institutional Records at firstname.lastname@example.org
, stating their interest and the student will be notified of whether they have
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.
|Civil Justice Clinic||
W74 797A SEC 01
THU 3:00 - 4:30 PM
Enrollment limit: 8
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. The Clinic also handles parole hearings for battered women in prison and represents women who have been charged with prostitution in St. Louis Municipal Court. In addition, the Clinic functions as amicus on briefs to the Missouri Appellate Courts on issues of national interest. 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 now located in the Law School. The course will be graded on a modified pass/fail basis: HP90/94, P, LP74/78, or F65/70. 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 FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 22, 5:00 P.M. 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||
W74 769E SEC 01
TUE THU 3:00 - 4:30 PM
(6 hours; 4-5 with prof. permission)
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. 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.
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 new policy is in effect: IF YOU ARE ENROLLED IN THIS COURSE AFTER FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 22, 5:00 P.M., 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 and risks receiving a failing grade.
|Congressional / Administrative Law Clinic (D.C. Clinic)||
W74 786B SEC 01 (11 hrs)
open to students in the last semester of their third year. Must be
taken in conjunction with ETHICS OF LAWYERING IN GOVERNMENT, which meets
in D.C. (and fulfills the ethics requirement).
Each student admitted to this Clinic is assigned to either a Congressional Office or Administrative Agency. Admission to the Clinic is by application only and occurs one year in advance. (The application deadline for participation in this clinic in Spring 2003 has already passed.) Student and instructor collaborate during the fall in making office selection/assignment. Work begins when Spring semester starts and ends the last day of classes. Students keep the hours of their office (usually 9 AM to 6 or 7 PM, sometimes later, sometimes weekends). Students meet individually with the instructor and as a group on a regular basis in Washington D.C. Students interested in Congress will be placed in a Congressional Office where he/she will do professional staff work, primarily research and writing on legislation. The externship also will provide students with the opportunity to observe Congressional hearings, mark-ups and floor debate. A course in legislation is recommended. Those interested in administrative agency will be placed in a federal administrative agency in Washington D.C. in a subject area that matches the student’s interest. The student will do hands-on professional staff work of the type commonly done in the agency office. The externship also will provide students the opportunity to observe administrators making decisions about such agency activities as rule making, advising the public and case handling. The Administrative Law course is highly recommended for this placement. Students are also encouraged to take, as preparation, courses in the subject area of the agency in which they will be placed. Of the 11 credits, 3 are graded numerically and 8 are graded pass/fail.
|Criminal Justice Clinic||
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/HP94, 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 FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 22, 5:00 P.M., 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
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. Although the clinic will not undertake "first-chair" legal representation in judicial litigation, students might be assigned to handle matters involving the following activities: representing clients in state and local administrative proceedings; engaging in legal and technical work supporting pro bono environmental litigation filed by non-clinic counsel; 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. 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 FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 22, 5:00 P.M., 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.
W74 654 SEC 01
(3 or 4 hours)
MON 5:30 - 7:00 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.
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 this externship will be required to work approximately 10.5 hrs/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 hrs/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. This course is graded on a pass/fail basis. STUDENTS WHO ARE NOTIFIED THAT THEY ARE ENROLLED IN A SPRING 2003 JUDICIAL CLERKSHIP MUST ATTEND THE ORIENTATION MEETING WITH PROFESSOR BOBINETTE ON MONDAY, NOV. 11, 4:00 P.M., IN ROOM 202.
Pre/co-requisites: 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.
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 STUDENT HAS ACCEPTED HIS/ HER JUDGE PLACEMENT, HE/SHE MAY NOT DROP THIS COURSE AND RISKS RECEIVING A FAILING GRADE.
(GOVERNMENT LAWYERING CLINIC)
W74 692B SEC 01
(6 hrs.; 4 or 5 hrs. may be possible in the IL office, with professor’s permission)
WED 2:00 - 4:00 PM (NOTE: Weekly meeting time may vary)
Enrollment limit: 10
Third year students receive preference (if the clinic is not full, second year students may be offered openings with faculty permission)
Students in this course will work in the United States Attorney's Office in St. Louis or the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Illinois (located on the near east side). Subject to availability of attorney mentors, students may elect to work either in the Criminal Division or the Civil Division of the office. Students in this clinic are required to spend at least 21 hours per week working at the United States Attorney's Office or on matters relevant to their cases. Students working in the St. Louis office must take this course for 6 credit hours: students working in the Illinois office may have an option to take the course for 4 or 5 credit hours. For students in the Criminal Division, the course provides an intense experience in all facets of criminal investigation and prosecution, including fact investigation, drafting charges, discovery, motion practice, and trial and appellate work. Students in the Civil Division will work on behalf of the federal government in a variety of civil matters, and will draft pleadings and discovery requests, review and organize documents, and write legal and factual memoranda. On some cases, students may be able to interview witnesses, take depositions, and argue motions in court. There will be weekly seminar meetings to discuss a range of topics relevant to the practice of law as an attorney for the federal government. The seminar topics will primarily, but not exclusively, focus on issues facing the federal criminal prosecutor. There is no textbook, but there will be reading assignments for the seminars. The 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 exam. Students who have taken the following courses may receive preference: CJA I, CJAII, Pretrial, Evidence, Trial, Corporate & White Collar Crime, and a course from the ethics curriculum. Certification under Rule 13 of the Missouri Supreme Court Rules is recommended but not required.
|Students enrolled in the U.S. Attorney Clinic will be required to submit FBI clearance paperwork well in advance of the beginning of the semester (students will be given an exact deadline by the U.S. Attorney’s Office). Because of this special paperwork, if you are enrolled in this course after November 1, you will not be permitted to drop the course. After this date, it would be very unlikely that another student would be able to complete the extensive paperwork with enough time to gain FBI clearance before the beginning of the semester (i.e., a slot in the clinic would go unfilled). Thus, any student enrolled in the course as of the above date will receive a grade for the course and risks receiving a failing grade.|