Office of the Law School Registrar
Preview of Summer School 2001

Summer 2001

Detailed Course and Registration Information


This summer Washington University School of Law will offer four classroom courses, in addition to clinical externship opportunities. The program will run May 21 - June 22 (five weeks), with any final exams scheduled within a couple days of the last class. Tuition rates will be announced soon, and a full course directory will be available. The purpose of this early information is to allow you to know the summer curriculum as you finalize your course selection for spring 2001. The classroom courses have been chosen to strengthen and complement the curriculum offered during the school year. They are, in alphabetical order:

1. Professor James Westbrook of the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law will return to teach Alternative Dispute Resolution, which he taught in one of our summer sessions several years ago, when he received outstanding teaching evaluations. He is the co-author of one of the leading books on ADR. ADR is a popular course that we have offered almost every summer in recent years. Although the curriculum during the academic year includes ADR, the enrollment cap for this simulation course often leaves many students on the waiting list. The summer course has a limit of 24 students. (M, T, W, Th 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.)

2. WU School of Law alum Ted Blumoff, now on the faculty at Mercer University Law School, will teach Law & Religion in a Democratic Society, which examines some of the history and normative values underlying our commitment to the religion clauses of the first amendment. Professor Blumoff's areas of teaching and research expertise are Constitutional Law, Federal Courts, and Law & Religion. In addition to his J.D. from a great law school, he holds a Ph.D. in American Studies. He has served as a visiting scholar at the Candler School of Theology at Emory and also as a Visiting Professor and Visiting Fellow in the Program in Law & Religion at Emory Law School. This course (which is open to all eligible law students, including students who have taken or will take a first amendment course) provides a wonderful interdisciplinary addition to our curriculum; the reading list combines case law and non-legal materials. We shall also try to include graduate students from other parts of Washington University. (M, T, W, Th 8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.)

3. Professor Andrea Johnson, Director of the Center for Telecommunications Law at California Western School of Law, will teach Telecommunications Law. An innovative teacher who (along with our own Professor Jane Aiken) won a prestigious Carnegie Scholarship for summer study at the Carnegie Academy for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, Professor Johnson will teach one session of this course each week by teleconferencing. Students will become familiar with the technology including broadcast, cable, telephony, the Internet, and new technology systems, with particular focus on the Telecommunications Act of 1996 and its effectiveness in encouraging innovation and competition. Students will not only study the industry, but also use the technology as an integral part of the class, engaging in role-playing and simulations and using teleconferencing, video conferencing, and the Internet. There will be guest lecturers who will talk about selected topics in the industry. This is a course not presently included in our curriculum for the academic year. (T 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m., Th 6:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m., and F noon - 2:30 p.m.)

4. Professor Sheryl M. Sheible Wolf of the University of New Mexico School of Law will teach Trusts & Estates. Professor Wolf (whose regular course load includes Community Property, Family Law, Law & Film, Property, Sexual Orientation & the Law, and Trusts & Estates) comes highly recommended as a classroom teacher. She has authored a Family Law treatise, several articles on divorce and bankruptcy, as well as "Legal Perspectives on Planning for Death" and "Death and the Law" in a compendium called Dying: Facing the Facts. The curriculum for 2001-2002 currently shows one section of Trusts & Estates, which will enroll 70 students; next year's 2L's will likely find themselves on the waiting list so they might well wish to take advantage of this summer opportunity. (M, T, W, Th 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.).

In addition, Adjunct Professor Charles Bobinette will supervise students in Judicial Clerkship Externships and Lawyering Practice Clerkships, for a range of clinical hours and credits.

Please contact me or the Registrar's office if you have questions. SFA

* * * * * *
Susan Frelich Appleton
Associate Dean of Faculty and Lemma Barkeloo & Phoebe Couzins Professor of Law