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Course Directory - Summer Term 2006

~ General Information - Registration - Semester Information - Tuition ~
~ Summer Institute for Global Justice - Course Information - Externships~

GENERAL INFORMATION

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.   If successfully completed, summer coursework counts toward the 85 credits required to obtain a Washington University J.D. degree.  Summer school at Washington University also counts toward satisfaction of the residency degree requirement, but students can earn at most five-fourteenths of a semester of residence credit in a single summer session.*

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. Click here to print a form.  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: 

Mail address:
Office of the Registrar, Washington University School of Law,
One Brookings Drive, Campus Box 1120,
St. Louis, MO 63130;

Fax: 314-935-6959. 

Starting Wednesday, March 29, online registration via WebSTAC will be available to current Washington University students.

To register with priority for an externship course (see descriptions below), students should submit a “Summer Judicial Clerkship and Lawyering Practice Externship Pre-Registration” form as soon as possible.  These forms are available by the student mailboxes and on the web, click here to print a form, and should be turned in to the box on the counter in Room 303, faxed, or mailed.   Registration questions may be directed to Barb Laudel, Assistant Registrar, Registrar@wulaw.wustl.edu, 314-935-4610.

SEMESTER INFORMATION

Classroom courses begin meeting on Monday, May 22, 2006, and most end on Thursday, June 22, 2006.  During the week beginning May 29 (Memorial Day), classes with Monday meetings will meet on Friday, unless the professor makes other arrangements for the class.  A final examination for Intellectual Property Law and Practice is scheduled for Monday, June 26.  The other 2006 summer courses listed below do not have final examinations.

Students enrolled in the Judicial Clerkship or Lawyering Practice externship courses may begin their placements before May 22, 2006, and are strongly encouraged to work in their placements a minimum of ten (10) weeks.

TUITION

Tuition for the summer session is $1225 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 5, 2006.  Any students who have not paid tuition by June 22, 2006, will not be permitted to receive credit for their course.

SUMMER INSTITUTE - UTRECHT UNIVERSITY, THE NETHERLANDS

CLASSROOM COURSES

ADVANCED LEGAL WRITING                                                                          Jo Ellen Lewis
W74-523G                                                (3 credit hours)
MON TUE WED THU 9:00–11:00 A.M.
Enrollment Limit: 16

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 often used in the areas of pre-litigation, litigation, drafting contracts, and estate planning, with an emphasis on the process of writing.  The legal documents that students will gain experience with may include statutes, jury instructions, contracts, letters, complaints, answers, 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.  Due to the focus on developing individual writing skills, individual writing conferences with Professor Lewis will be an integral part of the course. Individual conferences will be held in lieu of certain class periods.  It is anticipated that the class will not meet as a group other than on the days listed above (Monday through Thursday), but some individual conferences may be held on Fridays for those students whose schedules permit.  Grades for this course will be based on several writing assignments and other in-class assignments.  There will not be a final exam.  There will be a required text for this course.

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LAW AND PRACTICE                                      David Deal
W74-647G                                                (3 credit hours)
MON TUE WED THU 1:00–3:00 P.M.
Enrollment Limit: 16

Note well:  This course will be offered only if at least five students enroll.
This intellectual property law and practice course combines an overview of patents, trademarks, and copyrights with a focus on early stage issue recognition, planning and response.  Specific topics will include patent searches, patentability opinions, business name selection, business product/ service/domain name selection, and copyright registration.  The course will teach students proactive Intellectual Property planning.  Students will receive instruction on how to recognize potential IP issues, research the topic and draft clear and effective client letters.   Instruction will include lecture, case studies, simulations and practical problems, including research and writing relating to selected carryover projects of the Intellectual Property & Business Formation Legal Clinic (but note that this is not a clinical course). The course grade will be based on the evaluation of written assignments, and may also be based in part on a final examination, which would be scheduled for Monday, June 26.  Regular attendance and preparation are essential.  There are no prerequisites for this course.  Students with questions concerning this course are encouraged to contact Professor Deal at 314-935-7960, or via e-mail at drdeal@wulaw.wustl.edu.

SPORTS LAW                                                                                                      Raymond Yasser
W74-510B                                                (3 credit hours)
TUE WED THU 4:00–6:40 P.M.

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;
            (2)        Amateur sports organization and state action;
            (3)        The nature of the right to participate;
            (4)        Sexual discrimination in amateur athletics;
            (5)        Amateur sports organizations and the antitrust laws.

The professional sports topics include:

            (1)        The player - club contractual relationship;
            (2)        The player - agent relationship;
            (3)        Antitrust and labor law issues in professional team sports;
            (4)        Arbitration;
            (5)        Relationships of teams in a league;
            (6)        The fledgling league versus the established league.

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 will be no final examination.  The final grade will be 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.

EXTERNSHIP COURSES

Students who may be interested in these externship courses should attend a preliminary group meeting to discuss placements on Monday, February 20, at 4:30 p.m. in Room 203.  Students who miss that meeting may still register for these courses until May 22 (the sooner the better), subject to enrollment limits and placement availability.

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 & Michael Koby
W74-654                       (3 credit hours, or 4 with permission of instructor)
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 St. Louis metropolitan area (in both Missouri and Illinois) who supervise Judicial Clerkship students during the regular academic year.  Students who desire to do judicial clerkships in the St. Louis metropolitan area, where the instructors can visit the placements, may, if they obtain the permission of the instructor, work in their placements longer and earn 4 hours of credit.  Students who wish to do summer clerkships with judges outside the St. Louis metropolitan area may do so but must demonstrate to the faculty instructors that the proposed placement is comparable in rigor to the local placements.  Students working with local judges meet with Professor Bobinette or Professor Koby on a weekly basis.  Out-of-town placements will be supervised by Professor Koby, who will meet with students at the beginning and end of their out-of-town placements, and communicate with them weekly by phone and e-mail.  Students’ written work is reviewed under the same standards whether the placement is local or out-of-town.

This course will be graded on a pass/fail basis.   To earn 3 credits students in this course must work in their placements a minimum of 168 hours and produce a minimum of 30 pages of polished research and writing, including outlines and first drafts over a period of approximately six to ten weeks.  Students seeking 4 credit hours (which requires permission of the instructor, as describe above) must work in their placements a minimum of 224 hours and produce a corresponding amount of research and writing. 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:  Students who wish to take this course should preregister by submitting a “Summer Judicial Clerkship and Lawyering Practice Externship Pre-Registration” form as soon as possible, in order to secure priority in placement.  These forms are available by the student mailboxes and on the web, click here to print a form, and should be returned to the Registrar’s Office.  Students who have already preregistered, as well as any students who think that they might want to take this course, should attend a preliminary group meeting to discuss placements on Monday, February 20, at 4:30 p.m. in Room 203.  Placement preference forms will be distributed to students by the Clinical Office on or before that meeting and should be returned to the Clinical Office, Room 589, as soon as possible.  Professors Bobinette and Koby work individually with students on their placements and assign 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.  Open registration continues until the start of the summer term, subject to the enrollment limit and placement availability.

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 non-J.D. students, should contact Professor Karen Tokarz, Director of Clinical Education, at tokarz@wulaw.wustl.edu or 314-935-6414 (Room 584), for permission to enroll in this externship.  Permission is also required for students who desire to work outside the St. Louis metropolitan area.  Please direct questions about placement sites to Professor Bobinette at 314-621-9550, Professor Tokarz, or the clinical staff in Room 589, at 314-935-6419.

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                                                         Michael Koby
W74-798A                    (3 credit hours, or 4 with permission of instructor)
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.  Students engage in various phases of lawyering practice, including interviewing, counseling, investigation, drafting, negotiation, litigation 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 seek placements in any office that is utilized by the Clinical Program during the regular academic year, including Legal Services of Eastern Missouri (handling housing, HIV/AIDS, children’s, domestic relations, government benefits, and immigration 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.  Students also may work in similar offices in St. Louis or another city if approved by the faculty instructor.    Students who wish to do externships in the St. Louis metropolitan area, where the instructor can visit the placement, may, if they obtain the permission of the instructor, work in their placements longer and earn 4 hours of credit.  Students working with local attorneys meet with Professor Koby on a weekly basis.  For out-of-town placements, Professor Koby will meet with students at the beginning and end of their externship experience and communicate with them weekly by phone and e-mail.  Students’ written work is reviewed under the same standards whether the placement is local or out-of-town.

This course will be graded on a pass/fail basis.  Students in this course must work in their placements a minimum of 168 hours and complete designated assignments to earn 3 credit hours.  Students seeking 4 credit hours (which requires permission of the instructor, as describe above) must work in their placements a minimum of 224 hours and complete designated assignments.    Students are strongly encouraged to spread the work out over a minimum ten-week period in order to develop a solid working relationship with the attorneys.  Students may begin work before the beginning of regular summer school courses through arrangement with the instructor.

Pre-registration:  Students who wish to take this course should preregister by submitting a “Summer Judicial Clerkship and Lawyering Practice Externship Pre-Registration” form as soon as possible, in order to secure priority in placement and allow sufficient time to obtain any necessary security clearance.  Pre-registration forms are available by the student mailboxes and on the web click here to print a form, and should be returned to the Registrar’s Office.  Students who have already preregistered, as well as any students who think that they might want to take this course, should attend a preliminary group meeting to discuss placements on Monday, February 20, at 4:30 p.m. in Room 203.  Placement preference forms will be distributed to students by the Clinical Office on or before that meeting and should be returned to the Clinical Office, Room 589, as soon as possible.  Professor Koby will work with interested students on an individual basis.  Open registration continues until the start of the summer term, subject to the enrollment limit and placement availability.

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, and non-J.D. students, should contact either Prof. Koby, at koby@wulaw.wustl.edu or 314-935-7557 (Room 535) or Prof. Karen Tokarz, Director of Clinical Education, at tokarz@wulaw.wustl.edu or 314-935-6414 (Room 584) for permission to enroll.  Particular prerequisites may apply depending upon the externship.  Students should speak directly with Professor Koby 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).


* Ordinarily, six semesters of residence credit is required to obtain a J.D. degree from Washington University (with some exceptions for joint degree and transfer students).  Students may earn one-fourteenth of a semester’s residency per credit hour of coursework successfully completed in summer school at Washington University School of Law, but a maximum of five-fourteenths of a semester’s residency can be earned in a single summer school session.  For further information about the residence requirement, see Faculty Rule G(2)(C), available at – http://law.wustl.edu/Students/index.asp?id=1076

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