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B539 Lawyering in the Public Interest

Description This course is intended to prepare students for the practice of law in the public interest, i.e. in government and non-profit settings, or, settings otherwise providing legal services to underserved populations. We will explore the following questions: how is #Public Interest Lawyering# defined, what is it that public interest lawyers do, who are the clients of public interest lawyers, what are the legal ethics inherent to practice in the public interest, and do private lawyers have a role in serving the public interest? This is a course that is particularly well-suited for students who are enrolled in one of the clinics, in a public interest externship program (e.g. B547, B698), or have worked in an externship/internship or have had a paid position working with public interest lawyers in the past. We will discuss what the current challenges are in public interest lawyering on a global scale, and how globalization has influences American Public Interest law. Course texts: Public Interest Lawyering, A Contemporary Perspective, Alan K. Chen, Scott L. Cummings. Other materials will be posted on CANVAS. Grade will be based on class participation, an analysis of the public interest served in your externship placement or hypothetical, a client counseling role play and written reflection on the role play, and a final case-study of an agency#s accountability to its client(s).

Note This course satisfies the professional skills requirement.

Faculty A. Barnes, Hughes, C. Weng, I. Van Der Cruysse

SemesterTitleFaculty
Fall 2016-2017Lawyering in the Public InterestHughes, S.
Spring 2015 - 2016Lawyering in the Public InterestVan Der Cruysse, I.
Fall 2015 - 2016Lawyering in the Public InterestHughes, S.
Spring 2014 - 2015Lawyering in the Public InterestHughes, S.
Fall 2014 - 2015Lawyering in the Public InterestHughes, S.
Spring 2013 - 2014Lawyering in the Public InterestBarnes, J.
Fall 2013 - 2014Lawyering in the Public InterestHughes, S.
Spring 2012 - 2013Lawyering in the Public InterestBarnes, J.
Spring 2011 - 2012Lawyering in the Public InterestBarnes, J.
Spring 2010 - 2011Lawyering in the Public InterestBarnes, J.
Summer I 2009-2010Lawyering in the Public Interestnone
Spring 2009 - 2010Lawyering in the Public InterestBarnes, J.