Office of the Law School Registrar
Summer Semester 2003
The purpose of this course is to give students practice in several methods of legal writing and legal drafting. Students will be exposed to a variety of legal documents, which may include statutes, jury instructions, contracts, letters, orders, motions, notices, and wills and trusts. Class time will be spent discussing, reading, writing and critiquing legal writing. Emphasis will be put on working with students on an individual basis to critique and improve their writing skills. Grades for this course will be based on several writing assignments and other in-class assignments. There will not be a final exam. The required text is Beyond the Basics - A Text for Advanced Legal Writing by Mary Barnard Ray and Barbara J. Cox.
This course addresses judicial interpretation and enforcement of the Civil War Amendments. Topics include substantive and procedural due process, equal protection, "state action," and Congress’ power to enforce, interpret and expand the protection of these amendments. There will be a timed final exam.
This course will focus on developing the skills necessary for effective client representation at the pretrial stage of litigation, from the initial interview through settlement negotiations, in the context of employment litigation. The drafting and in-class simulation exercises are centered around two principal cases -- both dealing with allegedly unlawful job terminations. Successful completion of the written and in-class exercises will require mastery of basic lawyering skills, as well as the ability to analyze the factual situations presented under the appropriate substantive laws. Thus, students should expect to do some legal research in order to learn and correctly apply the relevant employment laws. There will be daily reading assignments and regular individual written assignments, such as pleadings, discovery requests, and settlement documents. Students are also expected to participate in simulations of the lawyering process in each class. The course will be graded on a modified pass/fail basis. Grades will be based on performance on written assignments, in-class simulations and participation in class discussion. Course work in Professional Ethics, Evidence, Employment Law and Employment Discrimination may be helpful if taken before this course, but is not a prerequisite.
The course covers legal issues related to both amateur sports and professional sports. In connection with amateurism, the topics include:
(1) Legal relationships arising out of the athletic scholarship;
The professional sports topics include:
(1) The player - club contractual relationship;
Issues related to tort and criminal liability for sports activities will also be covered, as well as disability issues as they pertain to sports.
There is no final examination. The final grade is based on a variety of projects which are assigned during the course of the semester. For example, students typically will negotiate a professional player’s contract, draft memos and opinions arising out of selected problems, and conduct mini-trials of sports cases.