Spring/Summer 2013 Course Descriptions
As of 10/20/2014 11:06:05 AM
First Year Required510 Civil Procedure
This course is similar to the introductory civil procedure courses taught at most law schools for the last two or three decades, with one major difference. In common with most courses, this course covers the basic institutions of civil litigation in an adversary jury trial system. Pleading, discovery, and other pretrial procedures are explored. Many trial topics are covered, with special emphasis on the procedural devices that arise out of the relationships among the parties, the judge, and the jury, the right to a jury trial, special verdicts, instructions to the jury, directed verdicts and judgments notwithstanding the verdict, new trials, and similar matters. Appeals and post-finality relief from judgments are included. At least the rudiments of claim and party joinder and res judicata also are covered. Unlike most first-year civil procedure, however, this course does not cover any of the variety of topics loosely described as jurisdiction. Those topics have been moved into the upper level elective course in Jurisdiction and Choice of Law.590 Legal Practice I
The Legal Practice course is designed to teach students legal analysis, research, writing, especially the central art of persuasive writing, and oral advocacy, and to introduce students to other selected aspects of the practice of law. In the Legal Practice course students receive both group and individual instruction from full-time faculty who have practice experience and demonstrated talent as legal writers. Legal Practice I and Legal Practice II are required first-year courses presented in a sequence.592 Legal Practice Skills
This class is required for students taking the Legal Practice I class. It will focus on instruction in some of the skills generally regarded as necessary for effective and responsible participation in the legal profession. The professional skills taught may vary from year to year but will include such subjects as advocacy, negotiation, alternative dispute resolution, or drafting.
1 hour580 Torts
Compensation at law for private wrongs and intentional wrongs as well as accidents, with principal emphasis on harms to person and property. Special areas such as product liability, defamation, or business torts will be treated selectively.
Upper Class799 Senior Judge Seminar
In the Senior Judge Seminar students work closely with Legal Practice professors in connection with various aspects of the first-year Legal Practice course. Each Legal Practice professor interviews, chooses and supervises the Senior Judge Seminar students for the Legal Practice section taught by that professor.794 Senior Judge Seminar II
The Senior Judge Seminar II is a graded course intended to allow selected students who have excelled in the Senior Judge I seminar to work in greater depth with a Legal Practice professor in connection with the Legal Practice course. Each Legal Practice professor interviews, chooses and supervises the Senior Judge Seminar II students for the Legal Practice section taught by the professor.