Washington University Law
OFFICE OF THE LAW SCHOOL REGISTRAR 


 

Course Directory and General Course Information
Summer 2004


 

Summer courses are open to all matriculated Washington University law students and non-Washington University law students currently in good standing at their law school.  Students from other law schools must present a letter of good standing from their law school.  With the permission of the professor and the School of Law Registrar, School of Law classes are open to upper-level undergraduate students or graduate students; however, credits earned by non-law students cannot be applied toward a Washington University law degree.

Law students may take a maximum of seven credit hours in the summer session and earn up to one-third of a semester A.B.A. residency credit. 

REGISTRATION

Open registration for summer classes begins immediately.  Registration forms are available from the “Student Forms and Information” hanging files to the far left of the student mailboxes or on the web at http://law.wustl.edu/Registrar/Forms/.  Completed forms should be returned to the counter in Room 303, the School of Law Registrar’s Office, which is open Monday through Friday (8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.).  Students may also mail or fax their Registration forms to:  Office of the Registrar, Washington University School of Law, One Brookings Drive, Campus Box 1120, St. Louis, MO 63130; Fax: 314-935-6959.  On-line registration is not available for summer school.  To register with priority for an externship (see descriptions), students should submit a “Summer Judicial Clerkship and Lawyering Practice Externship Pre-Registration” form by Monday, April 5.  These forms are also available by the student mailboxes and on the web and should be turned in to the box on the counter in Room 303, faxed, or mailed.   Registration questions may be directed to The Office of the Registrar -- registrar@wulaw.wustl.edu or 314-935-4610.

SEMESTER INFORMATION

Classes begin Monday, May 24, 2004 and end Thursday, June 24, 2004.

During the week beginning May 31 (Memorial Day), classes with Monday meetings will meet on Friday, unless the professor makes other arrangements for the class. 

TENTATIVE EXAMINATION SCHEDULE

Legal Profession – Monday, June 28, time TBA

Real Estate Practice and Drafting (if applicable) – Tuesday, June 29, time TBA 

TUITION

Tuition for the summer session is $925 per credit hour.  Tuition payment is due by the first day of class.  Late fees will be charged on a daily basis beginning Monday, June 7, 2004.  Any students who have not paid tuition by June 24, 2004, will not be permitted to examine in or receive credit for their course.

COURSES 

LEGAL PROFESSION 

Leonard Gross

W74 563K sec 01

(3 hours)

MON TUE WED 6:00–8:40 PM

Note well:  This course will be offered only if at least five students enroll.

A study of the law and institutions which govern the lawyer in our society, with emphasis on the various roles of the lawyer in the legislative, judicial, administrative and private legal processes.  We will examine the rules which govern lawyers' behavior:  the ABA Model Rules, case law, the Constitution, etc., with particular focus on whose interests are protected by the rules.  We will also watch clips from television shows and movies which involve lawyers' ethics.  The class will discuss practical problems about how lawyers can avoid potential legal ethics pitfalls.  The grade will be based on two components:  (1) a paper which will be based on an analysis of the legal ethics issues in a novel to be assigned; and (2) a multiple choice final.  [This course is part of the ethics curriculum and so satisfies the ethics requirement for the J.D. degree.  Legal Profession is considered a survey course, and students may not take more than one ethics survey course for credit toward their degree.] 

MEDIATION THEORY AND PRACTICE

C.J. Larkin

W74 578A sec 01

(3 hours)

MON TUE WED THU 3:00–5:00 PM

Enrollment limit:  16

This course introduces students to the theory and practice of mediation.  The course focuses on the development of the analytical and interpersonal skills necessary for both attorney advocates and mediators to be successful in negotiations and mediations (facilitated negotiations).  The course aims to develop conceptual frameworks to help students better analyze disputes and prepare more effectively for the interpersonal aspects of negotiations and mediations.  Through analysis of case studies and discussion of articles, students examine lessons from both theorists and practitioners.  Through participation in roleplay exercises, students have the opportunity to hone their powers of communication and persuasion, and to experiment with a variety of tactics and strategies.  The  roleplay exercises draw from a wide variety of contexts, including family, victim-offender, commercial, and employment mediations, and provide concepts and tools that apply to all types of mediations.  Students will be provided a videotape of their performance in a roleplay.  Students will meet privately with the professor to review the video for self-critique and feedback. Student grades are based on short written assignments, preparation for and participation in class roleplay exercises, and a take-home final paper.  Students are graded according to the standard numeric grading scale.  There are no prerequisites for this course. 

REAL ESTATE PRACTICE AND DRAFTING

Jo Ellen Lewis

W74 710C sec 01

(3 hours)

MON TUE WED THU 8:30–10:30 AM

Enrollment limit: 20

This course will be a theory and practice course, combining the study of substantive law with practical application, drafting and problem solving.  Students taking this course will get an exposure to common issues arising in residential and commercial real estate transactions.  Throughout the course, students will be asked to discuss and role play the relative positions and motivations of the seller and purchaser, or lessor and lessee, as applicable, in an acquisition, financing or lease of residential or commercial real estate.  Attendance and preparation will be required.  The final grade will be based on class participation, drafting assignments and projects throughout the course, and either a final project or a final exam.  [Due to substantial coverage overlap, students who have taken Commercial Real Estate Practice and Drafting cannot also receive credit for this course.] 

EXTERNSHIP COURSES

***Note that special registration deadlines apply for the courses listed below.*** 

Clinical course opportunities, including Judicial Clerkship, that are offered during the academic year have enrollment limits and are almost always over enrolled, often with waiting lists for second-year law students or third years who have already had a clinic.  On the other hand, Summer School externships generally are less heavily enrolled and provide students an excellent chance of working in the placements of  their choice.

 

JUDICIAL CLERKSHIP EXTERNSHIP  Charles Bobinette
W74 654 (3 or 4 credit hours)
Days and times for individual review session to be arranged.
Enrollment limited:  12

Students in the Judicial Externship summer course learn litigation and appellate advocacy skills working as law clerks for judges.  Students can work for  state, federal, or tribal judges at the trial (including district, magistrate, and bankruptcy) or appellate levels in Missouri, Illinois, or elsewhere across the country.  Students develop advanced legal research and writing skills through the research and drafting of legal memoranda on cases pending before the courts.  Students also enhance their understanding of civil and criminal practice and procedure, and gain insights into judicial perspectives through the clerkship and through required observation of civil and criminal litigation.

The summer Judicial Externship course utilizes a cadre of participating judges in the Missouri/Illinois metro area who supervise Judicial Clerkship students during the regular academic year.  Students who wish to do summer clerkships with judges outside the Missouri/Illinois metro area may do so but must demonstrate to the Director of the Clinical Program that the proposed placement is comparable in rigor to the local placements.  Students working with local judges meet with Professor Bobinette on a weekly basis.  For out-of-town placements, Professor Bobinette meets with students at the beginning and end of their out-of-town placements, and communicates with them weekly by phone and e-mail.  He reviews the students' written work in the same way he does for the locally placed students. 

This course will be graded on a pass/fail basis.  For 3 credits, students in this course must work in their placements a minimum of 150 hours and produce a minimum of 30 pages of polished research and writing, including outlines and first drafts (for 4 credits, 200 hours and 40 pages) over a period of approximately six to ten weeks.  Students are strongly encouraged to spread the work out over a ten-week period in order to develop a solid working relationship with the judge and law clerks.  Students may begin work before the beginning of regular summer school courses through arrangement with the instructor. 

Pre-registration: Open registration continues until the first day of classes, based on placement availability.  To ensure a placement, students are advised to submit pre-registration forms by Monday, April 5, 2003.  There is a group orientation meeting on Monday, April 12, 4:30 p.m., Room 305 for students registered by that date.  Placement preference forms will be distributed to students by the Clinical Office on or before that meeting and are due back to the Clinical Office, Room 589 by Tuesday, April 13.  Professor Bobinette works individually with students on their placements and assigns placements after the initial meeting, on a first-come, first-serve basis.  Students have the opportunity to accept/reject their placement sites within one day of receiving notification of their placement.  

Students who will not have completed at least 12 credits of upper level law courses and a course in legal ethics by the beginning of the clerkship, and students who desire to work outside the St. Louis metropolitan area, should contact Professor Karen Tokarz, Director of Clinical Education, at tokarz@wulaw.wustl.edu or 935-6414 (Room 584), for permission to enroll in this externship.  Please direct questions about placement sites to Professor Bobinette at 621-9550, Professor Tokarz, or the clinical staff in Room 589, at 935-5599 or 935-6419.  

WITHDRAWAL POLICY: In the interest of maintaining excellent relationships with our placement sites, once a student has accepted her/his placement, s/he may not drop this course, and will receive a grade of pass or fail (70).                                                           

LAWYERING PRACTICE EXTERNSHIP Charles Bobinette
W74 798A   (3 or 4 credit hours)
Days and Times to be arranged.
Enrollment limit:  12

Students in the Lawyering Practice Externship summer course  learn advocacy and litigation skills working in agencies or government law offices under the supervision of clinical field supervisors.  Students may handle cases in civil or criminal matters and have the opportunity to work in public or private offices.  Students engage in various phases of lawyering practice, including interviewing, counseling, investigation, drafting, negotiation, and settlement.  Students who are Rule 13 certified may participate in legal hearings, motions, trials, and appeals.  Rule 13 applications can be picked up in the Student Forms and Information area near the student mailboxes.  To be eligible for Rule 13 certification, students must have completed at least 42 credits.

Students may work in any office that is utilized by the Clinical Program during the regular academic year, including Legal Services of Eastern Missouri (handling landlord/tenant, consumer, domestic relations, government benefits, education, and mental health cases);  the Missouri Public Defender’s Office (working in the misdemeanor, juvenile, or felony units); the criminal and civil divisions of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Missouri, in downtown St. Louis, or for the Southern District of Illinois, just across the river; or in the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission district office in St. Louis.  This course will be graded on a pass/fail basis.  For 3 credits, students in this course must work in their placements a minimum of 150 hours and complete designated assignments.  For 4 credits, students must work a minimum of 200 hours and complete designated assignments.  Students are strongly encouraged to spread the work out over a ten-week period in order to develop a solid working relationship with their supervising attorneys and others at the placement site.

Pre-registration:  Open registration continues, based on placement availability.  To ensure a placement, students should submit pre-registration forms by Monday, April 5, 2004.  Professor Bobinette will work with interested students on an individual basis.  There is a group orientation meeting on Monday, April 12, 4:30 p.m., Room 305 for students registered by that date.  Once a student accepts his or her placement, the student may not drop the course.  A student who accepts a placement will receive a grade of pass or fail.  

Students who have not completed at least 12 credits of upper level law courses and a course in legal ethics by the beginning of the externship should contact either Prof. Bobinette (621-9550) or Prof. Karen Tokarz, Director of Clinical Education, at tokarz@wulaw.wustl.edu or 935-6414 (Room 584) for permission to enroll.  Particular prerequisites may apply depending upon the externship.  Students should speak directly with Professor Bobinette or Professor Tokarz regarding required experience or prerequisites as they vary according to the externship. 

WITHDRAWAL POLICY: In the interest of maintaining excellent relationships with our placement sites, once a student has accepted her/his placement, s/he may not drop this course, and will receive a grade of pass or fail (70).


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