2008 Intersession Course Directory

The law school is proud to introduce a new one week intersession, January 7-11, 2008, allowing upper-level students for the first time to take a 1-unit course in a subject that enriches their curriculum. These classes are being taught by noted judges, practicing attorneys, professors, and other legal professionals.  Listed below are those courses being offered for the 2008 intersession. 

  • Registration:  Pre-registration for the January Intersession is now closed (as of Oct. 15). Interested students (law & non-law) should email Colleen Erker at erker@wustl.edu.

    Students who pre-register (by Oct. 15) will be notified by email of the course they get into (and any they are waitlisted for, if applicable) prior to online registration for spring semester courses in mid-November.  The 1 unit for the January Intersession class counts as part of the total number of units for the spring semester.  Waitlists will be kept by hand in the Registrar’s Office so that students can be on a number of waitlists without it affecting their 18 total unit maximum for the spring semester. Note that students who indicate only one choice do not have an advantage over students who rank order a number of choices. Although it is expected that every 3L will get a spot in one of the courses (so be sure to rank order as many courses as possible, if it’s important to you that you get into a course during the intersession), priority in getting into a particular course will not be based on seniority, as in many cases each course will not be taught again in the following January intersession.  If you indicate only one course and end up lotteried out of that course you risk not being in any intersession course . . . although your name will be on the waitlist.  The drop deadline for the January Intersession courses is Mon, Dec. 3.  Students should drop via WebSTAC (or send an email to Colleen Erker at  erker@wustl.edu prior to mid-November).  Students can take only one intersession course at a time. For full-time students enrolled in most degree programs at Washington University, there is no charge for a January Intersession course in addition to regular, full-time tuition.

    If you change your mind and re-submit your form, your last version will be the one used.

Chapter 11 Strategies for the Business Lawyer

W74-645F sec 01

This course will provide the foundation essential for any business lawyer in today's corporate world where chapter 11 "mega" cases frequently intersect with corporate and litigation matters.  Class discussion will be based on a hypothetical problem modeled after current bankruptcy cases, and students will have the opportunity to learn chapter 11 strategies from the perspective of secured and unsecured creditors, indenture trustees, venture capital, equity holders, and the corporate debtor. This class will cover the essential elements of corporate bankruptcies ranging from the automatic stay, fraudulent transfers, and preferences through plan confirmation in chapter 11 bankruptcy cases.  Bankruptcy is not a prerequisite and students who take this course will still be eligible to take any of the bankruptcy courses offered at WUSTL. Attendance, preparation, and class participation will be required. The final grade on this course will be on a modified pass/fail basis (HP94, P, LP78, F70) and based on a take-home written examination. While there are no prerequisites for this course, students without some background in corporate or business issues may be at a disadvantage. Drop deadline:  Mon, Dec. 3.  1 unit.

Professors:  Professor Mark Prager [view bio] and
Professor Jill Murch [view bio]
Course Schedule: M-F 9:00-11:30

Fiduciary Income Tax

W74-545A sec 01

Examines the federal income taxation of trusts and estates, and select issues pertaining to the Federal Transfer Tax System (i.e., the estate, gift and generation-skipping transfer taxes).  Topics include:  Determination of distributable net income, simple trusts, fiduciary accounting income, income in respect of a decedent, and the grantor trust rules.  The course discussion will assume a basic level of understanding of the basic income tax system for individuals.  Although some of the discussion will provide a helpful review of transfer tax issues for students who have taken the Federal Estate and Gift Taxation course, the primary focus of this course is on the Fiduciary Income Tax and there is not a significant overlap between the two courses.  The final grade will be on a pass/fail basis.and will be based upon a take-home written examination. Drop deadline:  Mon, Dec. 3.  1 unit.

Professors:  Professor Kelly Moore [view profile at /LLMTax/index.aspx?id=831#moore]
Course Schedule: M-F 9:00-11:30

Introduction to Intellectual Property Law

W74-647J sec 01

This introduction to intellectual property course combines an overview of patents, trademarks, and copyrights with a focus on early stage issue recognition, planning and response. Students will learn the constitutional and statutory foundations as well as the public policy behind each of the types of intellectual property.  In addition, the course will focus on issues pertaining to the acquisition, exploitation, and enforcement of patents, trademarks, and copyrights.  Instruction will include lecture, case studies, simulations and practical problems. There are no prerequisites for this course and students who take this course will still be eligible to take any of the intellectual property courses offered at WUSTL.  Attendance, preparation, and class participation will be required. The final grade on this course will be on a modified pass/fail basis (HP94, P, LP78, F70) and based on a take-home written examination. Drop deadline:  Mon, Dec. 3.  1 unit.

Professor:  Professor David Deal [view bio]
Course Schedule:   M-F 9:00-11:30


Introduction to Law Firm Practice

W74-561E sec 01

Most law school graduates enter private practice.  This course attempts to prepare them for some of the daily challenges they will encounter in such a setting, including developing business, working on matters, billing, and dealing with co-workers and clients.  Teaching methods will include role play and other creative techniques.  Grading will be modified pass/fail (HP94, P, LP78, F70) and based on participation and a reflective journal.  Grading for this course will not be anonymous. Drop deadline:  Mon, Dec. 3.  1 unit.

Professor:  Professor Michael Downey [view bio]
Course Schedule:  M-F 9:00-11:3
 

Negotiation     

W74-578G sec 01

Enrollment limit: 50 law + 10 non-law graduate students. [Students who have taken Mediation & ADR Theory & Practice (formerly ADR), Negotiation Theory & Practice, or Business Negotiation Theory & Practice are not eligible to take this course, and students may not take this course in the same semester as the aforementioned courses. However, students who take Negotiation are eligible to take Mediation & ADR Theory & Practice, Negotiation Theory & Practice, or Business Negotiation Theory & Practice in a future semester.]
This one unit pass/fail course will be offered in an intensive three day format. The course will emphasize learning the skills of negotiation by simulations in which students will negotiate and watch their classmates negotiate. Some negotiations will be videotaped for review in class.  Students will also be exposed to some of the basics of negotiation theory across a range of topics in negotiation, including distributive versus integrative bargaining, negotiation and power, and the psychology of negotiation.  The readings for the course consist of Roger Fisher and William Ury, Getting to Yes: Negotiating Agreement Without Giving In (Harvard/Belknap Paperback) and other selected readings on negotiation that will be available via the course website prior to the beginning of the winter break.  In addition to the simulations and discussion of the readings, there will be brief instruction on drafting agreements and advice about further steps to improve negotiation skills.  Students who attend all class sessions, participate in good faith in the simulations, and do the readings will receive a pass for the course. (A passing grade will show on students' records as "CR", which stands for "Credit"; a student who does not pass the course risks receiving an F70, which would affect a law student's GPA.)  Attendance will be taken each day.  Drop deadline:  Mon, Dec. 3.  1 unit.

Professors:  Dean Kent Syverud [view bio] and 
Professor Rebecca Hollander Blumhoff [view bio]
Course Schedule:   W-F, 9:00am - 1:30pm

Problems in Corporate Law

W74-626C sec 01

This course is divided into three parts.  Part One will explore the question of who should make corporate law.  Specifically, we will discuss scholarly theories addressing whether the states or the federal government are better positioned to regulate internal corporate affairs and explaining Delaware’s prominence in corporate law.  Part Two will briefly examine Delaware statutory and common law of corporations.  We will then consider the inner workings of expedited and summary litigation, problems in the organization and functioning of a corporation (focusing on management and control), and mergers and transfers of control (including hostile acquisitions, tender offers, going private transactions, and defensive tactics).  Finally, Part Three provides hands-on experience in litigating corporate cases.  Students will participate in two oral arguments as advocates and judges.  The final grade on this course will be on a modified pass/fail basis (HP94, P, LP78, F70) and based on a take-home written examination. Class attendance and participation are mandatory. While there are no prerequisites for this course, students without some background in corporate or business issues may be at a disadvantage. Drop deadline:  Mon, Dec. 3.  1 unit.

Professor:  Chancellor William Chandler [view bio]
Course Schedule: M-F 9:00-11:30

The Supreme Court in Wartime: World War II Through the War on Terrorism

W74-529B sec 01

This one-credit course will explore responses of the judiciary to wartime issues and terrorist attacks in the United States. The course will focus initially on a hypothetical “problem” in which suicide bombers stage attacks on ten shopping centers throughout the United States on the same day, and the President, the Congress -- and the students in this course – are called upon to respond.  The class will discuss the problem in historical perspective by examining the curfew and internment of persons of Japanese ancestry during World War II; military commission adjudications during and after World War II; and detention and trial of alleged enemy combatants after 9/11/01.  Readings will include not only court decisions but also notes from Supreme Court conferences after oral argument, internal Court memoranda, and earlier drafts of the justices’ opinions, as well as secondary sources discussing the political pressures that led to the relocation and  internment program, the facts that underlay the military commission prosecutions, and law clerk insights into what was happening in the justices’ chambers. Attendance, preparation, and class participation will be required. The final grade on this course will be on a modified pass/fail basis (HP94, P, LP78, F70) and based on an in-class written examination.  Prior coursework in constitutional law (such as Con Law I) is highly recommended.  Drop deadline:  Mon, Dec. 3.  1 unit.

Professor:  Judge John Ferren [view bio]
Course Schedule:  M-Th 9:00-12:00  F 9:00-11:


WTO and East Asia

W74-573B sec 01

This course serves as an introduction to the legal issues surrounding the regulation of international trade in goods and services, focusing on the World Trade Organization (WTO).  The course will use the experience of East Asian states to illustrate the opportunities and challenges presented by the WTO legal regime. The course will be chiefly lecture-based, and attendance, preparation and class participation are required.  The final grade will be on a pass/fail basis.and will be based upon a take-home written examination.  No prerequisites are required or recommended.  Drop deadline: Mon, Dec. 3. 1 unit. 

Professor:  Professor Nohyoung Park, Korea University
Course Schedule:  Monday – Friday, 9-11:30


Questions? Contact

Office of the Registrar or
Colleen Erker, Assistant Dean for Academic Services and Registrar
Phone: (314) 935-4610 or (314) 935-6466
E-mail: Registrar@wulaw.wustl.edu or erker@wustl.edu