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295.5U sec. 1 - Advanced Samuelson Clinic (Spring 2013)

Instructor: Lila I. Bailey  (view instructor's teaching evaluations | profile)
Instructor: Babak Siavoshy  (view instructor's profile)
Instructor: Jennifer M. Urban  (view instructor's teaching evaluations | profile)
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Units: 1-4


This is an advanced clinical course for students who have already taken the Samuelson Clinic in previous semesters. The companion Samuelson Clinic Seminar is not required to take this course; however, the seminar time must be kept open on your schedule for case rounds and workshops.

The Samuelson Law, Technology & Public Policy Clinic (SLTPPC) provides students with real-world experience and an opportunity to help develop sound public policy rules at the increasingly complex intersection of law and technology.

In the Clinic, which operates much like a practice group in a law firm, students learn about both the theory and the practice of lawyering, the intricacies of government institutions and the policy-making process, and how to work with complex technological concepts, even when one has little or no background on the topic. Through their Clinic work, students also often provide representation to individuals, nonprofits and consumer groups that could not otherwise obtain counsel.

Although the Clinic's docket varies per semester, typical clinic projects include filing friend-of-the-court briefs, commenting on proposed legislation and regulations, and providing legal assistance in matters that raise important issues relating to law and technology. The Clinic represents public interests in a wide variety of subject matter areas, including privacy, intellectual property, consumer protection, and communications regulation.
The Samuelson Law, Technology & Public Policy Clinic (SLTPPC) provides students with real-world experience and an opportunity to help develop sound public policy rules at the increasingly complex intersection of law and technology. In the Clinic, which operates much like a practice group in a law firm, students learn about both the theory and the practice of lawyering, the intricacies of government institutions and the policy-making process, and how to work with complex technological concepts, even when one has little or no background on the topic.

Through their Clinic work, students also often provide representation to individuals, nonprofits and consumer groups that could not otherwise obtain counsel. Although the Clinic's docket varies per semester, typical clinic projects include filing friend-of-the-court briefs, commenting on proposed legislation and regulations, and providing legal counseling in matters that raise important issues relating to law and technology. The Clinic represents public interests in a wide variety of subject matter areas, including privacy, intellectual property, consumer protection, and communications regulation.

Because this course allows students to practice law with real clients under the supervision of clinical faculty, its workload is structured differently than most classes. Students are expected to work on their projects every week for an average of 16-20 hours per week for four credits (this may vary if you take the Advanced Clinic for more or fewer than four credits). Please note that this is an average. Due to the real-world nature of the projects, some weeks may require more time, in some cases significantly more time. As with all real-world legal jobs, clinic projects can be unpredictable from day to day and week to week; they require flexibility, so please plan for this.

Course enrollment is by permission of the instructor.

This course may satisfy the Writing Requirement.

Exam Notes: None
Course Category: Clinicals
This course is cross-listed in the following categories:
Intellectual Property and Technology Law
Public Law and Policy
Social Justice and Public Interest

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