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295.5T sec. 1 - Samuelson Clinic (Fall 2014)

Instructor: Jennifer M. Urban  (view instructor's teaching evaluations | profile)
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Units: 4


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. Please visit samuelsonclinic.org for more information about the clinic’s mission and examples of past projects.

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. 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. First-time SLTPPC Students are required to register for the companion Samuelson Clinic Seminar, which is an additional two-unit course, requiring 2-4 additional hours of work per week.

In recognition of the responsibility real-world legal work entails, students are also expected to make the Clinic their main priority for the semester. Additionally, Clinic students work on ongoing and active legal matters and are entrusted with clients' confidential and privileged information. Accordingly, Students taking the Clinic are typically asked not to do outside legal work - such as a legal internships with a judge, a law firm, or a legal organization - while working on Clinic matters. Non-legal work may be permitted on a case-by-case basis; you must discuss any plans for non-legal work with an instructor in advance.

There is no final for this course. Course enrollment is by application. Please check the Clinic application page to apply: http://www.law.berkeley.edu/php-programs/forms/clinics/clinical_application.php

Applications for Fall 2014 will be available in March 2014. Please reach out to any of the instructors with questions about the application process or the Clinic.

This course satisfies the Skills Requirement.

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

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