Course Changes Summary 2008-2009

This site includes changes that have been made to the 2008-2009 Law School Course Directory since it was originally published in March 2008. Please check back regularly for current information. (Last update: 1/7/09) - note that the changes for Fall 2008 are listed below the changes for Spring 2009.

Spring 2009:

  • American Indian Societies, Cultures, and Values (Prof. Gunn) - this is a Social Work course that has been cross-listed with Law; interested law students should enroll under W74-635E, section 01; the course description is at /registrar/coursedir/2008-2009/SP09-CourseDescrips-LastVersion.pdf (note that law students taking this class will be graded with letter grades, such as A, B, C, which will not affect the law GPA);
  • Advanced Trial Advocacy (Catastrophic Injuries) (Profs. Newman & Sarachan) - Gary Sarachan will be co-teaching this course with Burton Newman.
  • European Union Law (Prof. Peil) - has been canceled.
  • Law & Economics of Patents Seminar (Prof. Kieff) - Prof. Kieff has revised his course description to say that in addition to the first meeting on Mon, Jan. 12, the class will meet as a group a few times throughout the semester. See the updated description at /registrar/coursedir/2008-2009/SP09-CourseDescrips-LastVersion.pdf.
  • Legal Practice II, secs. 11 & 12 (Group A)  (Prof. Koby) - The days/times for Prof. Koby's sections were not correct in WebSTAC, but are correct on the general schedule which you can see at /registrar/pages.aspx?id=6401 (scroll down to the first-year course information for Spring 2009, where you can see the information in three formats). The days/times have been corrected in WebSTAC.
  • Legal Research Methodologies (all sections) - The days/times are now posted in WebSTAC (and can also be viewed at /registrar/pages.aspx?id=6401 (scroll down to the first-year course information for Spring 2009, where you can see the information in three formats).
  • Speech, Press, & the Constitution (Prof. Richards) -  this is a 3 unit course. Although the course directory correctly showed the course as 3 unit course, it was mistakenly showing as a 2 unit course in WebSTAC. It has been corrected in WebSTAC.
  • Federal Practice - Justicability (Prof. Flagg) - this course was changed from a 2 unit to a 3 unit course. See updated description at /registrar/coursedir/2008-2009/SP09-CourseDescrips-LastVersion.pdf.
  • Payment Systems (Prof. Alces) -  this is a 3 unit course. Although the course directory correctly showed the course as 3 unit course, it was mistakenly showing as a 2 unit course in WebSTAC. It has been corrected in WebSTAC.
  • Ethics & Professionalism in the Practice of Law - (Prof. Alan Pratzel) - this is a newly added 2 unit course (that satisfies the J.D. ethics requirement). See course description at /registrar/coursedir/2008-2009/SP09-CourseDescrips-LastVersion.pdf.  See Prof. Pratzel's bio at /registrar/coursedir/2008-2009/facultybios.pdf.
  • Complex Civil Litigation - (Prof. Judy Cates) - this is a newly added 3 unit course. See course description at /registrar/coursedir/2008-2009/SP09-CourseDescrips-LastVersion.pdf.  See Prof. Cates' bio at /registrar/coursedir/2008-2009/facultybios.pdf.
  • New Registration Limit of 19 units for WebSTAC Registration - In order to allow for the extra 1 unit so many students are taking via the Intersession, the new maximum number of units WebSTAC will alllow all upper-level students to register for will be 19 units (including the 1 unit from your Intersession course, if applicable). The system applies this limit to all law students, so you will have a max of 19 whether or not you are enrolled in an Intersession class. The Registrar's Office will pre-register everyone in their Intersession classes prior to next week's online registration. Note that anyone who wants to actually take more than 16 units in the regular semester (excluding the Intersession) must request permission from Dean Bolin via the Overload Request Form (found at /registrar/pages.aspx?id=2131).
  • Products Liability (Prof. Norwood) - this is a 2 unit course. Although the course directory correctly showed the course as 2 unit course, it was mistakenly showing as a 3 unit course in WebSTAC. It has been corrected in WebSTAC.
  • Mediation & ADR Theory & Practice (Prof. Litz) - Section 01 will meet on MON from 6:00p-9:00p (not from 5:30p-8:30p).
  • UCC: Article 2 (Prof. Alces) - this is a 3 unit course. Although the course directory correctly showed the course as 3 unit course, it was mistakenly showing as a 2 unit course in WebSTAC. It has been corrected in WebSTAC.
  • Environmental Moot Court - will be offered in Spring 2009. The description was inadvertently left out of the course directory, but now has been added back in. Students register for EMC via WebSTAC. See description in the Applied Skills Courses section of the directory at /registrar/coursedir/2008-2009/SP09-CourseDescrips-LastVersion.pdf.
  • The United Nations: An Evolving Approach to International Law & Crisis Resolution (Prof. Schweich) - the description for this course has been revised. See updated description at /registrar/coursedir/2008-2009/SP09-CourseDescrips-LastVersion.pdf.
  • Sports Law Planning & Drafting (Prof. Moberly) - this course will meet on Fri 1:00p-3:00p (instead of Tu 6:30p-8:30p), and Prof. Brockmeyer will not be teaching. Also see other updated information in the description at /registrar/coursedir/2008-2009/SP09-CourseDescrips-LastVersion.pdf.
  • Advanced Practical Criminal Procedure (Profs. Burton, Garvey & Sherry) - this course will meet on Wed 5:00p-8:00p (instead of Thurs 5:00p-8:00p). Also, see addition to the course description which states that "This class will meet in its assigned classroom on the first day, but thereafter will meet at the St. Louis County Courthouse in Clayton." See updated description at /registrar/coursedir/2008-2009/SP09-CourseDescrips-LastVersion.pdf.
  • Intellectual Property in Business Organizations (Prof. McManis) - this new course has been added to the Spring 2009 curriculum. The description can now be found at /registrar/coursedir/2008-2009/SP09-CourseDescrips-LastVersion.pdf.
  • Introduction to U.S. Law & Methods II (Profs. Greenhaw & Koby) - the day/time for this course (which is limited to international LLM students and exchange students) has been scheduled for WED 5:00p-6:00p.
  • Intellectual Property Licensing & Technology Transfer (Prof. Fendell) - the description for this course has been moved from the Applied Lawyering Skills Courses to the General Upper-Level Courses section of the course directory - see /registrar/coursedir/2008-2009/SP09-CourseDescrips-LastVersion.pdf.
  • Evidence (Prof. Rosen) - The days/times for Evidence, section 01 have changed. It will be taught on TuTh 8:00a-9:30a. Also, a 2nd section has been added - Section 02 will be taught by Prof. Rosen on TuTh 10:30a-12:00p.  The course description is available at /registrar/coursedir/2008-2009/SP09-CourseDescrips-LastVersion.pdf.
  • Consumer Transactions (Prof. Greenfield) - has been added to the spring semester. The course description is available at /registrar/coursedir/2008-2009/SP09-CourseDescrips-LastVersion.pdf
  •  International Criminal Law (Prof. Sadat) - The course description is available at /registrar/coursedir/2008-2009/SP09-CourseDescrips-LastVersion.pdf. (Prof. Sadat is teaching this course instead of International Law since a new section of International Law taught by Prof. Waters was added to this year's curriculum - in the Fall 2008 semester.)
  • Law & Social Work Seminar - New seminar has been added to the Spring 2009 curriculum; Interested students should contact Colleen Erker erker@wustl.edu; read course description at /registrar/coursedir/2008-2009/SP09-CourseDescrips-LastVersion.pdf.
  • Natural Resources Law - course was canceled for Spring 2009; hopefully will be offered again in Spring 2010.
  • Internet Law: Emerging Issues - new course added - to be taught by Prof. Leah Theriault; see description at /registrar/coursedir/2008-2009/SP09-CourseDescrips-LastVersion.pdf.
  • Intellectual Property Licensing & Technology Transfer - will be taught by Adjunct Professor Charles Fendell instead of Prof. Theriault; see days/times and description at /registrar/coursedir/2008-2009/SP09-CourseDescrips-LastVersion.pdf.
  • Copyright & Related Rights - (Prof. Theriault) - See updated course description at /registrar/coursedir/2008-2009/SP09-CourseDescrips-LastVersion.pdf; the grade for this course will be based on more than solely a final exam.
  • Biotechnology & the Law (Prof. Carter-Johnson) - has been added to the spring semester.  See description at /registrar/coursedir/2008-2009/SP09-CourseDescrips-LastVersion.pdf. See bio on Prof. Carter-Johnson at /registrar/coursedir/2008-2009/facultybios.pdf.
  • Business Negotiation Theory & Practice  (Prof. Paese) has been added to the spring semester.  See description at /registrar/coursedir/2008-2009/SP09-CourseDescrips-LastVersion.pdf. See bio on Prof. Paese at /registrar/coursedir/2008-2009/facultybios.pdf.
  • Products Liability (Prof. Norwood) - see updated course description at /registrar/coursedir/2008-2009/SP09-CourseDescrips-LastVersion.pdf for added information Prof. Norwood posted about her classroom laptop and recording policies.
  • Management & Evaluation of IP Assets (Profs. Kepler & Hoffman) - course has been canceled.
  • Individual Rights & the Constitution (Prof. La Pierre) - new course added (a section of the same course has also just been added to the fall curriculum; see above). See description at /registrar/coursedir/2008-2009/SP09-CourseDescrips-LastVersion.pdf.
  • Domestic Violence Law (Prof. Morrison) - new course added. See description at /registrar/coursedir/2008-2009/SP09-CourseDescrips-LastVersion.pdf. See bio on Visiting Professor Adele Morrison at /registrar/coursedir/2008-2009/facultybios.pdf.
  • Theory of Property Rights II: IP Seminar (Prof. Theriault) - seminar canceled.  Prof. Theriault will instead teach Internet Law: Emerging Issues.
  • International Legal Process (War Crimes) Seminar (Sadat) - The full course description is now posted online at /registrar/coursedir/2008-2009/SP09-CourseDescrips-LastVersion.pdf.
  • Civil Justice Clinic (Prof. Morrison) - This course will be taught by Prof. Adele Morrison - see bio at /registrar/coursedir/2008-2009/facultybios.pdf. The course description previously stated the drop deadline was Monday, May 5, 2008.  The correct drop deadline is now posted as Monday, October 27, 2008. 
  • Agency, Partnership & LLCs (Business Organizations) (Prof. Siebecker) - new course added. See description at /registrar/coursedir/2008-2009/SP09-CourseDescrips-LastVersion.pdf. See bio on Visiting Professor Michael Siebecker at /registrar/coursedir/2008-2009/facultybios.pdf.
  • Business Planning & Drafting: Fundamentals of M & A Transactions (Bodnar/Brown) - In a hard copy version of the course directory that was available for only a short while on Monday morning, 3/17, the course description for this course inadvertently did not include the following sentence: "Students who take this course cannot also take Business Planning & Drafting: The Deal, W74-583F and vice versa."  This sentence has now been added.
  • Corporations (Prof. Siebecker) - new course added. See course description at  /registrar/coursedir/2008-2009/SP09-CourseDescrips-LastVersion.pdf, and see bio on Visiting Prof. Michael Siebecker at /registrar/coursedir/2008-2009/facultybios.pdf .
  • Foreign Relations Law in the United States (Prof. Waters) - this class will meet on TuTh 4:30p-6:00p (instead of TuTh 3:00p-4:30p). The full course description is now available at /registrar/coursedir/2008-2009/SP09-CourseDescrips-LastVersion.pdf.
  • International Law (Prof. Sadat) - course canceled (since a section of this course will be taught in the fall semester). Prof. Sadat will instead teach International Criminal Law.
  • Law & Literature (Prof. Davis) - this is a 3 unit course (the number of units was missing at the end of the course description in a hard copy version of the course directory that was available for only a short while on Monday morning, 3/17).
  • Patent Drafting (Profs. Warren & Wheelock) - An update to the course description has been made on 3/26/08.  To see the description, please go to /registrar/coursedir/2008-2009/FL08-CourseDescrips-LastVersion.pdf (scroll to "Applied Lawyering Skills Courses").   In a hard copy version of the course directory that was available for only a short while on Monday morning, 3/17, the course description for Patent Drafting was not included.

Fall 2008:

  • Negotiation - In addition to a change in professor (to Prof. Hollander-Blumoff instead of Dean Syverud), the enrollment limit for Negotiation has changed to 40 (instead of 60); however, anyone who is currently enrolled will keep their spot even though there are more than 40 students enrolled; the class will meet on the weekend of Sat, Oct. 4 (8:30a-5:30p), and Sun, Oct. 5 (12:00p-4:00p) - see course description at /registrar/coursedir/2008-2009/FL08-CourseDescrips-LastVersion.pdf.
  • Securities Regulation - Prof. Mark Lee will be teaching Securities Regulation (not Prof. Wagner or Prof. Paredes). Prof. Lee will teach the course at the same time (TuTh 4:30p-6:00p). See Prof. Lee's profile at /registrar/coursedir/2008-2009/facultybios.pdf. Securities Regulation is also being offered in Spring 2009 (by Prof. Buell).
  • Evidence - A new section of Evidence has been added to the fall semester. It will be taught by Prof. Rosen and will meet on WF 1:00p-2:30p. The course number is W74-547K, sec. 02.
  • Mediation & ADR Theory & Practice - a new section was added on W 5:30p-8:30p (Adjunct Prof. Jim Reeves); to register go to WebSTAC and add W74-641N, section 04; see course description at /registrar/coursedir/2008-2009/FL08-CourseDescrips-LastVersion.pdf.
  • Corporations - Prof. Paredes will not be teaching Corporations. His section of Corporations will be taught instead by Prof. Michael Siebecker (who is also teaching another section of Corporations in the fall semester) in the same time slot that Prof. Paredes was originally going to teach it.  To see Prof. Siebecker's profile, please go to /faculty_profiles/profiles.aspx?id=6547.
  • Business Negotiation Theory & Practice (Prof. Paese) was incorrectly posted as being added to the fall semester. In actuality it has been added to the spring semester (see Spring 2009).
  • Financial Accounting for Lawyers (Prof. Wendling) has been added to the fall semester. See the course description at /registrar/coursedir/2008-2009/FL08-CourseDescrips-LastVersion.pdf. See Prof. Wendling's bio at /registrar/coursedir/2008-2009/facultybios.pdf
  • State & Local Government (Prof. Mandelker) has been converted from a regular course to a seminar.  It will meet on M 3:00p-5:00p (instead of WF 9:00a-10:30a).  The description for State & Local Government Seminar can be found at /registrar/coursedir/2008-2009/FL08-CourseDescrips-LastVersion.pdf. Interested students should contact Colleen Erker at erker@wustl.edu.
  • Ethics & Professional Responsibility: Theory & Practice (Prof. Jennifer Wolsing) - this course has been canceled. Although it was approved by the faculty at the 4/16 faculty meeting, the professor had to cancel.
  • Accounting for Tax Lawyers (Profs. Adams & Wheeland) - will meet on Tue 6:00p-8:30p (not Monday) - this is an advanced tax course that is part of the graduate tax LLM program - see course description at /uploadedFiles/Registrar/Course_Directory/2008-2009/course%20directory%20for%202008-2009%20-%20v2.pdf.
  • Federal Partnership Taxation (Prof. Boman) - will meet on Sat 9:00a-12:00p (not Thurs 6:00-9:00p) - this is an advanced tax course that is part of the graduate tax LLM program - see course description at /uploadedFiles/Registrar/Course_Directory/2008-2009/course%20directory%20for%202008-2009%20-%20v2.pdf.
  • Individual Rights & the Constitution (Prof. Richards) - new course added (a separate section of the same course has also just been added to the spring semester; see below). See the course description at /registrar/coursedir/2008-2009/FL08-CourseDescrips-LastVersion.pdf.
  • Property - the section that was scheduled to be taught by Prof. Richards, will instead be taught by Visiting Professor/Fellow Maggie Carfield, and will include Groups C & D. The section that was scheduled to be taught by Prof. Patricia Reyhan, will instead be taught by Visiting Professor/Fellow Jennifer Carter-Johnson (no change in Groups; as before the new times for this section are MTTh 1-2:20). See bios at /registrar/coursedir/2008-2009/facultybios.pdf.  The Property section being taught by Prof. Minzner will include Groups E & F. The current Fall 2008 First-Year Schedule is posted at /registrar/pages.aspx?id=2124.
  • Torts - The section being taught by Prof. Ellis will include Groups A & B, and the section being taught by Prof. Goldwasser will include Groups E & F.  There were no Group changes in Prof. Norwood's section. The current Fall 2008 First-Year Schedule is posted at /registrar/pages.aspx?id=2124.
  • Afghanistan: Microcosm of International Crisis (this is not a law school course, but is a course in the International & Area Studies department of Arts & Sciences that J.D. students have been pre-approved to take) - L97 411, sec 02 (J.D. students must register themselves for section 02) - Description: Afghanistan is at the center of the so-called ‘war on terror;’ it is testing the solidarity of the NATO alliance; it shares complicated relationships with Iran, Pakistan, and Russia; it produces most of the world’s heroin; and U.S. policies there are inextricably tied to policies in Iraq.  In this course, former special U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan, Thomas Schweich, analyzes the prospects for success in this complicated, dangerous country; and asks students to help develop a roadmap for future U.S. involvement in Afghanistan.  3 units. The days/times for this course has changed. It will meet on F 8:00a-10:30a. Note: This course has an undergraduate course number, but has been approved for law students and there's no need to turn in an approval form. Law students must enroll via WebSTAC under section 02. Reminder: Law students may take a max of 6 units of approved non-law courses to their J.D. [FYI, Prof. Schweich will be teaching a law school course called "The United Nations: An Evolving Approach to International Law & Conflict Resolution" in Spring 2009. His bio can be found at /registrar/coursedir/2008-2009/facultybios.pdf .]
  •  Civil Justice Clinic - This clinic will be taught by Prof. Adele Morrison. See bio on Visiting Prof. Adele Morrison at /registrar/coursedir/2008-2009/facultybios.pdf.
  • Criminal Justice Administration I (CJAI) (Prof. Goldman) - new course added. See course description at /registrar/coursedir/2008-2009/FL08-CourseDescrips-LastVersion.pdf, and bio on Visiting Prof. Roger Goldman at /registrar/coursedir/2008-2009/facultybios.pdf .
  • Employment Law (Prof. Kim) - course canceled. (Please note that Employment Law is being offered in the Spring 2009 semester.)
  • Courts & Judicial Decision-Making Seminar (Prof. Kim) - seminar canceled.
  • Real Estate Transactions (Prof. Jonathan Goldstein) - new course added. Please see course description at /registrar/coursedir/2008-2009/FL08-CourseDescrips-LastVersion.pdf.
  • Law & Psychology (Prof. Hollander-Blumoff) - please see updated course description (describing exam) at /registrar/coursedir/2008-2009/FL08-CourseDescrips-LastVersion.pdf.
  • Legal Practice I - Please note various changes in the first-year schedule, which can be found at /registrar/pages.aspx?id=2124.
  • Legal Research Methodologies - Please note various changes in the first-year schedule, which can be found at /registrar/pages.aspx?id=2124.
  • Corporations (Prof. Siebecker) - new section of course added. See course description at /registrar/coursedir/2008-2009/FL08-CourseDescrips-LastVersion.pdf, and bio on Visiting Prof. Siebecker at /registrar/coursedir/2008-2009/facultybios.pdf .
  • Individual Rights & the Constitution (Prof. Schlanger) - this course was showing in WebSTAC as it was originally going to be offered, but plans have changed and it will not be taught by Prof. Schlanger in Fall 2008. Two sections have been added - one in Fall 2008 (taught by Prof. Richards; see above) and another in Spring 2009 (taught by Prof. La Pierre; see below).
  • International Law (Prof. Waters) - the full course description is now available - go to /registrar/coursedir/2008-2009/FL08-CourseDescrips-LastVersion.pdf .
  • Legal Research Methodologies (Prof. Bondareff) Groups D5 & D6 - delete from the original version of the First-Year Schedule grid (published in the March 14 version of the course directory) the W 2-3 and W 3-4 times, as Prof. Bondareff will meet with Group D5 on W 10-11 and Group D6 on W 11-12.  The updated Fall 2008 First-Year Schedule is posted at /registrar/pages.aspx?id=2124.
  • Race, Public Education, and the Law Seminar (Prof. Norwood) - this is a 4 unit seminar. In the course directory dated 3/14/08, on pg. 4, in the paragraph that starts with "The upper-level research and writing requirement", it should say, "Seminars are 3 units (unless otherwise specified in the course directory)." Also, see course description at /registrar/coursedir/2008-2009/FL08-CourseDescrips-LastVersion.pdf for additional information Prof. Norwood posted about her classroom laptop and recording policies.