Civil Rights Litigation Clinic
This clinic allows students to work on civil rights cases in cooperation with public interest organizations such as the ACLU and private attorneys. Students spend class time learning litigation skills and then apply those skills in connection with their work on civil rights cases.
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Civil Trial Advocacy
This yearlong course provides in-depth training in the skills needed to represent clients in pretrial and trial litigation. In the first semester, these skills ― including fact investigation and analysis, direct and cross examinations, opening statements and closing arguments, using exhibits, and making and responding to evidentiary objections ― are taught through a combination of lecture, discussion, demonstration and simulated role-playing exercises, culminating in a mock jury trial. In the second semester, students apply these skills by representing actual clients at hearings and/or trials.
Criminal Defense Clinic
This course offers students a unique opportunity to explore the criminal justice system. Working under the close supervision of clinic faculty in collaboration with local partners, students represent criminal defendants in all stages of the criminal process, from the initial client interview and pretrial motions to plea negotiations, trials, and sentencing.
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Criminal Trial Advocacy
This course explores the theoretical and practical aspects of the criminal trial process and provides training in the skills needed to represent the prosecution and the defense in criminal trials: fact analysis, conducting direct and cross examinations, making opening statements and closing arguments, using exhibits, and making and responding to evidentiary objections. The course culminates in a videotaped mock trial before a judge and jury.
Deposition and Discovery in Complex Litigation
This course focuses on the practical and theoretical aspects of deposition and discovery practice in civil cases. Students prepare for, take and defend depositions and prepare discovery plans in simulated cases.
Intensive Voir Dire
This course is designed to teach students: (1) how to conduct an effective voir dire (2) how to think critically and strategically about voir dire questioning (3) how to determine the likelihood that a potential juror will be more favorable or less· favorable to a particular case theory ( 4) the role of jury "aids" such as jury questionnaires in different jurisdictions (5) the law that restricts and supports jury selection and (6) how to advocate for or against challenges for cause.
International Commercial Arbitration
This course provides students with the fundamental legal and jurisdictional underpinnings of the international commercial arbitration system: dispute resolution; the procedural mechanisms for conducting international commercial arbitrations; the domestic judicial tools to compel parties to arbitrate commercial disputes rather than proceed in domestic courts; and the enforcement of international commercial arbitration awards in domestic courts.
International Commercial Negotiations
This course is structured around simulated negotiation exercise in which the students represent a US pharmaceutical company and the students in a similar class at Northwestern School of Law will represent an African agricultural production. The purpose of the course is to provide students with an opportunity to gain insight into the dynamics of negotiating and structuring international business transactions, to learn about the role that lawyers and law play in these negotiations, and to give students experience in drafting communications and actual negotiations. Students will also learn about the legal and business issues that may arise in joint ventures, supply agreements, and licensing agreements.
This course combines a theoretical exploration of mediation as an alternative dispute resolution mechanism with practical training on how to mediate in a variety of settings. Students learn mediation skills through participation in simulated role-play, observation of actual court mediation and, under the supervision of an experienced mediator, serve as a co-mediator of actual Superior Court cases.
Negotiation Theory and Practice
This course provides an overview of the theoretical issues confronted by negotiators and gives students an opportunity to practice and hone their negotiating skills. Topics include negotiation preparation; integrative and distributive bargaining; the effect of psychological factors and social norms in negotiation; unique issues that arise when lawyers are involved in negotiation; legal rules affecting the negotiation process; the personal styles of negotiators; differences between two-party and multi-party negotiating situations; the role of trust and emotion in negotiation; and the use of mediation as a technique to facilitate negotiation. Students conduct weekly negotiations to develop their negotiation skills.
Pretrial Civil Litigation
This course provides a real-world overview of how pretrial civil litigation is conducted and explores how lawyers strategically use each step in the pretrial litigation process to advance their clients’ interests. Students receive hands-on training in conducting case analysis, taking and defending depositions, arguing motions and conducting negotiations.
Pretrial Criminal Litigation
This course is designed to teach an overview of the pre-trial phase of criminal procedure. It will utilize 1) in-class instruction on the rules of criminal procedure, discovery and investigation up to jury selection; 2) motions drafting and mock evidentiary hearings; and 3) an experiential component involving a real motions case out of the Federal Public Defender’s office. The goal would be to have the students gain the knowledge of an comfort level in, all aspects of pretrial litigation in a federal criminal case.
Scott & Cyan Banister First Amendment Clinic
This clinic is taught by Professor Eugene Volokh, one of the nation’s leading First Amendment scholars. Students file amicus curiae briefs on behalf of nonprofits and academics in First Amendment cases involving free speech and religious freedom.
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State Appellate Practice
In this course we will use oil and gas-related advocacy as a hands-on way to learn about threats that extraction industries pose to a people's well being, particularly with respect to their environment, health status, and livelihood, and at the same time to learn about how human rights advocacy can help address those concerns.
Supreme Court Clinic
This course provides students with the opportunity to work on real cases before the United States Supreme Court. Under the supervision of experienced clinical faculty, students draft cert petitions and Supreme Court briefs.
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