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295.6J sec. 001 - Domestic Violence Field Placement (Spring 2023)
Instructor: Mallika Kaur (view instructor's teaching evaluations - degree students only | profile)
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Units: 2 - 5
Grading Designation: Credit Only
Mode of Instruction: In-Person
Course End: April 28, 2023
Enroll Limit: 15
As of: 08/24 11:03 PM
Visit the DV Field Placement Webpage: https://www.law.berkeley.edu/experiential/domestic-violence-law-practicum/ for detailed information
In this course, students work on real cases, either at faculty-supervised field placements or while enrolled in a classroom component taught by Professor Kaur.
Students may choose a placement at one of various legal agencies in the Bay Area. Most of the time, students get their first choice. The work focuses on restraining orders, family law, public benefits, immigration, asylum, employment issues, prosecution of batterers, appellate work, or other issues involving domestic violence. Students also may work on policy matters, including helping draft and advocate for legislation.
JD students must enroll for a minimum of 3 units; LLMs may enroll for a minimum 2 units (provided you find a placement organization that agrees to this limited time). All students must also enroll in the companion seminar (https://www.law.berkeley.edu/php-programs/courses/coursePage.php?cID=31928) (2 hour) class.
At the placements, students interview clients; draft restraining orders, memoranda, and motions; represent clients at hearings; argue motions; and research policy issues. They may also attend meetings with attorneys, government officials, judges and legislators.
Attendance at the first 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.
The Fall Domestic Violence Law Seminar is highly recommended, but not required.
Exam Notes: (None) Class requires a series of papers, assignments, or presentations throughout the semester
Course Category: Field Placements
This course is listed in the following sub-categories:
Social Justice and Public Interest
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