Courses

Applied Mediation Class (PS) -- LAW 983 (1)

This course satisfies the Professional Skills Requirement

Students enrolled in this course must enroll concurrently in the Mediation Clinic (LAW-993). The course addresses common issues faced in mediation settings. The focus will be on negotiation techniques and skills. Mediation in the context of family law cases and landlord-tenant law will be stressed. Students receive a letter grade in this course based on performance on a series of written assignments, exercises and short essay tests. Students register through the Clinic. (Magruder)

Applied Mediation Clinic -- LAW 993 (3)

Pre-requisites:
(LAW 800) Civil Procedure I
(LAW 801) Civil Procedure II
(LAW 760) Property
(LAW 745) Family Law
(LAW 705) Legal Profession

Co-requisite:
LAW-983 (Applied Mediation Skills)

This clinic is open to students who have completed at least 46 credits or one-half of their legal education. Students enrolled in this clinic must enroll concurrently in the Applied Mediation Skills course (LAW 983). Students attend a 40 hour mediation training program, work 9 hours a week observing ADR processes conducted by court-appointed neutrals, and conducting landlord tenant mediations in housing court and conciliation mediations in family court. Grades in this course are recorded on the student's transcript as Pass/Fail. Students register through the Clinic. (Magruder)

Civil Advocacy Clinic I -- LAW 991 (3 or 4)

Pre-requisites:
LAW-800 (Civil Procedure I)
LAW-801 (Civil Procedure II)
LAW-705 (Legal Profession)

Co-requisite:
LAW-981 (Civil Advocacy)

This clinic is open to students who have completed at least 46 credits or one-half of their legal education. Concurrent enrollment in the Civil Advocacy course (LAW-981) is required.

The Civil Advocacy Clinic, or in-house clinic, is composed of several separate clinics, each focusing on different areas of practice and skills. Students work in the Saint Louis University School of Law Clinic where they will be assigned their own caseload to prepare under the supervision of full-time clinic faculty. Currently, the in-house clinics include Litigation, Appellate Practice, Elder Law, Child Advocacy and Community Development. There are also placements with Catholic Legal Assistance Ministry, Catholic Immigration Law Project, the Zoo, and Children's Health Advocacy Project.

Opportunities for students interested in Litigation include: representing defendants before landlord-tenant courts, representing the homeless and foster kids in municipal courts. Opportunities for students interested in Transactional work include: preparing for and conducting real estate closings, drafting estate planning documents, and drafting documents and providing counseling for small businesses and nonprofit organizations. Opportunities for students interested in Administrative law practice include representing clients in administrative cases including immigration, unemployment compensation, welfare, food stamps, Medicaid, Medicare, and Special Education for disabled children. Students may enroll in Civil Advocacy Clinic I for 3 or 4 credits. For each clinic credit hour, a student must work 3 hours each week (eg: 9 or 12) for a total of 126 or 168 hours. Grades in this course are recorded on the student's transcript as Pass/Fail. Registration for all clinics occurs prior to general registration. (Ammann, Gilchrist, Harrison, Roediger, Malkus)

Civil Advocacy Course (PS) -- LAW 981 (2)

This course satisfies the Professional Skills Requirement

Co-requisite:
LAW-991 (Civil Advocacy Clinic I)

Students enrolled in this course concurrently enroll in Civil Advocacy Clinic I (LAW 991). The course addresses common issues lawyers face in a variety of civil matters including practical and strategic considerations as well as ethical dilemmas. The focus is on Missouri and Illinois law relating directly to the Civil Advocacy Clinic work. Students receive a letter grade in this course based on performance on a series of written assignments, exercises, and short essay tests. Students register through the Clinic. (Ammann, Gilchrist, Harrison, Roediger, Malkus)

Criminal Defense Advocacy (PS) -- LAW 984 (2)

Pre-requisites:
LAW-705 (Legal Profession)
LAW-822 (Criminal Law)
LAW-823 (Criminal Procedure I)
LAW-810 (Evidence)

Co-requisite:
LAW-994 (Criminal Defense Clinic)

This course satisfies the Professional Skills Requirement

Students enrolled in this course must enroll concurrently in the Criminal Defense Clinic (LAW-994). This course covers the theoretical and practical issues in a criminal defense practice, including client interviewing, bail and pre-trial release, investigations, motion practice, discovery, preliminary examinations, plea-bargaining, post-verdict proceedings and sentencing. The focus is on Missouri law relating directly to work in the Criminal Defense Clinic. Students receive a letter grade in this course based on performance on a series of written assignments, exercises, and short essay tests. Students register through the Clinic. (McGraugh)

Criminal Defense Clinic -- LAW 994 (4)

Pre-requisites:
LAW-822 (Criminal Law)
LAW-823 (Criminal Procedure I)
LAW-810 (Evidence)
LAW-705 (Legal Profession)

Co-requisite:
LAW-984 (Criminal Defense Advocacy)

This clinic is open to students who have completed at least 46 credits or one-half of their legal education. Students enrolled in this clinic must enroll concurrently in the Criminal Defense Advocacy course (LAW-984). Students may work with either the in-house clinic, Office of the Federal Defender or an Illinois Public Defender Office for 12 hours weekly representing indigent criminal defendants. Students may conduct client and witness interviews, preliminary hearings, miscellaneous pre-trial motions, juvenile trials and motions, misdemeanor trials, and occasionally assist in the trial of felony case. Grades in this course are recorded on the student's transcript as Pass/Fail. Students register through the Clinic.(McGraugh)

Externship Clinic I -- LAW 995 (3 or 4)

Pre-requisites:
LAW-800 (Civil Procedure I)
LAW-801 (Civil Procedure II)
LAW-705 (Legal Profession)

Co-requisite:
LAW-985 (Lawyering Practice)

This externship clinic is open to students who have completed 46 credits or one-half of their legal education. Students enrolled in this clinic must enroll concurrently in the Lawyering Practice course (LAW-985). Students work in non-profit or government placements in the community under the supervision of a licensed attorney, and the direction of a full-time faculty member. Past civil placements include the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Legal Services of Eastern Missouri, the District Counsel of the IRS, as well as several in-house counsel health law placements. Past criminal externships include local prosecutors' offices in Missouri and Illinois, as well as the U.S. Attorney's Office in Missouri and Illinois. Certain placements may satisfy the Health Law Certificate's Practice Externship requirement. Students may take this course for 3 or 4 credits. For each externship credit hour, a student must work 3 hours each week. Grades in this course are recorded on the student's transcript as Pass/Fail. Students register through the Clinic. (Hacking)

Lawyering Practice (PS) -- LAW 985 (2)

This course satisfies the Professional Skills Requirement

Pre-requisite:
LAW-705 (Legal Profession)

Co-requisite:
LAW-995 (Externship Clinic I)

Students enrolled in this course must enroll concurrently in Externship Clinic I (LAW 995). This course addresses common practice issues and legal skills, including practical and strategic considerations as well as ethical dilemmas. Students receive a letter grade based on performance on a series of written assignments, exercises, and presentations. Students register through the Clinic. (Hacking)

Judicial Process Externship (PS) -- LAW 998 (3)

Pre-requisites:
LAW-800 (Civil Procedure I)
LAW-801 (Civil Procedure II)

Pre or Co-requisite:
LAW-705 (Legal Profession)

Co-requisite:
LAW-988 (Judicial Ethics and Court Procedures)

This externship clinic is open to students who have completed at least 46 credits or one-half of their legal education. Students enrolled in this clinic must enroll concurrently in the Judicial Ethics and Court Procedures course (LAW-988). Students are placed with judges in state and federal trial and appellate courts where they work as part-time law clerks, performing legal research; drafting a series of legal memoranda relevant to cases under submission by the courts; and observing hearings, trials and other court proceedings. Students may take this course for 3 or 4 credits. For each externship credit hour, a student must work 3 hours each week. Grades in this course are recorded on the student's transcript as Pass/Fail. Students register through the Clinic. (Hacking)

Judicial Ethics and Court Procedures -- LAW 988 (1)

This course is open to students who have completed at least 46 credits or one-half of their legal education. Students enrolled in this course must enroll concurrently in either Judicial Process Externship (LAW-998) or Judicial Process Missouri Court of Appeals (LAW-987) (Spring only). This course addresses common issues lawyers face as judicial law clerks. Students will study the role of the judicial clerk, procedural and jurisdictional issues, ethics, judicial decision-making, and legal writing for law clerks. Students receive a letter grade based on performance on a series of written assignments, exercises, and presentations. Students register through the Clinic. (Hacking)


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