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B539 Lawyering in the Public Interest

Description The course will focus on the kinds of activities in which lawyers practicing in the area are often engaged. This would include, for example: (1) preparing comments on proposed agency rules; (2) filing petitions and FOIA#s with agencies; (3) preparing analyses of pending legislation for clients; and (4) developing legislative strategies and drafting talking points and proposed amendments to give to Members of Congress or their staffs. While some exercises will be common to all students in the class, an effort will be made to have the students complete each exercise in the context of the organization for which they are working (for example, to focus on a piece of proposed legislation or regulation that would affect that organization). Assuming a large enough cohort in the class, sessions will be arranged to have alumni meet with the students to discuss insights/practice tips they have gained from experience (for example, working issues on the Hill). The objectives for this class are, among others, to: (1) offer a capstone experience for students committed to public interest legal careers; (2) explore the skills relevant to practice in this kind of setting; (3) provide a forum to explore the intellectual and academic links to the students# experiential learning; (4) bridge the transition from law student to practicing lawyer by providing 3Ls with experiential opportunities at the same time they are further honing legal skills they will use immediately as they move into practice; and (5) enhance students# chances at permanent employment in public interest positions.

Note This course satisfies the professional skills requirement.

Faculty A. Barnes, Hughes, C. Weng

SemesterTitleFaculty
Spring 2014 - 2015Lawyering in the Public InterestHughes
Fall 2014 - 2015Lawyering in the Public InterestHughes
Fall 2014 - 2015Lawyering in the Public InterestWeng, C.
Spring 2013 - 2014Lawyering in the Public InterestBarnes, J.
Fall 2013 - 2014Lawyering in the Public InterestHughes
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.