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295.5T sec. 1 - Samuelson Clinic (Spring 2011)
Instructor: Jason M. Schultz (view instructor's teaching evaluations | profile)
Instructor: Chris Hoofnagle (view instructor's teaching evaluations | profile)
Instructor: Jennifer M. Urban (view instructor's teaching evaluations | profile)
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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. In recognition of the responsibility real-world legal work entails, students are also expected to make the clinic their priority for the semester. The hourly work includes weekly meetings with supervisors as well as a separate meeting with teammates.
In recognition of this workload, there is no final for this course.
No, but the accompanying seminar must be taken concurrently if this is your first semester in the Samuelson Clinic.
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