Course Description

LAW 541 - Problem Solving in the Public Interest

This seminar is a required course for the David J. Epstein Program in Public Interest Law and Policy and enrollment is limited to Epstein Program students. Building on the First Year Epstein Program Workshop and the summer internship experience, the seminar focuses on public interest lawyering through a close analysis of case studies and the discussion of recurring issues in public interest practice. Our method is to examine the case studies from a number of different perspectives, highlighting the many different ways of approaching problems of the sort public interest lawyers and policy analyst confront. The seminar covers questions of how public interest problems come to be framed; how clients, lawyers and their allies think about problem-solving strategies; and how public interest lawyers use different modes of advocacy to address problems. There will be two sections of the seminar and students will indicate their preference when enrolling. Professor Cummings's section will focus on the problem of poverty and low-wage work in urban areas. Professor Schwartz's section will focus on the problem of police misconduct and accountability. Both sections will meet jointly for some of the class sessions.


Course Information:

Faculty Term Course Section Schedule Units Requisite Satisfies SAW
Scott Cummings 15F 541 SEM 1 M 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM 3.0 No Per instructor's discretion
Law 541 is limited to students in PILP. Enrollment process by the Records Office.
Joanna Schwartz 15F 541 SEM 2 M 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM 3.0 No Per instructor's discretion
Law 541 is limited to students in PILP. Enrollment processed by Records Office.

Previous Course Offerings:

Faculty Term Course Section Schedule Units Requisite Satisfies SAW
Gary Blasi 13F 541 SEM 1 MW 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM 3.0 No Yes
Law 541 is limited to students in PILP. The Records Office will process enrollment for this course.
Scott Cummings 14F 541 SEM 1 M 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM 3.0 No Per instructor's discretion
Law 541 is limited to students in PILP. The Records Office will process enrollment for this course.
Categories
Professional Responsibility & The Legal Profession; Substantial Analytical Writing Requirement; Critical Race Studies; Public Interest Law and Policy;