241.8 sec. 001 - Brief Stories by Lawyers (Fall 2020)
Instructor: Patricia Plunkett Hurley (view instructor's teaching evaluations - degree students only | profile)
Instructor: Lucinda Sikes (view instructor's teaching evaluations - degree students only | profile)
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Due to COVID-19, this class is remote for Fall 2020.
- Tu 3:35 PM - 4:25 PM
From August 18, 2020
To November 30, 2020
Course End: November 30, 2020
Class Number (1Ls): 34340
Enroll Limit: 11
As of: 10/21 10:03 AM
This small class will bring students together with practicing attorneys from a wide variety of practice settings. We will dive into the practice of lawyering by talking with practitioners, and by examining documents they typically produce, such as pleadings, policy memos, proposed legislation, congressional testimony, regulatory comments, trial and appellate briefs, and other types of persuasive writing, such as op-eds and press releases.
Before each class, students will be assigned one short document prepared by a practitioner who will appear as a guest speaker in that week’s class. We will hear the real stories behind the documents and find out how they help advance the lawyer’s objectives. Practitioners will also talk about their career path, and their area of practice, which will include public interest, private practice, criminal law, and government.
This class is among the special Fall 2020 1L elective seminars designed to give entering 1Ls an extra opportunity to form connections despite our remote form of interaction. In light of that goal, these classes will expect real-time attendance and may not be recorded. These classes will all be graded on a Credit/No Credit basis and total written work requirement will be no more than 8 double-spaced pages.
Real-time attendance at the first Zoom class is mandatory for all currently enrolled and waitlisted students; any currently enrolled or waitlisted students who are not present on the first day of class (without prior permission of the instructor) will be dropped. The instructor will continue to take attendance throughout the add/drop period and anyone who moves off the waitlist into the class must continue to attend or have prior permission of the instructor in order not to be dropped.
This course is only open to 1Ls.
Exam Notes: (None) Class requires a series of papers, assignments, or presentations throughout the semester
This is a credit only course
Course Category: Litigation and Procedure
This course is listed in the following sub-categories:
First Year Courses
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Instructor has indicated that no books will be assigned.