Spring 2016
    Law No.: LAW7088
    Sched. No.: 116210345

Law and Public Service
Section 1
Coughlin, Anne M.

Administrative Information:
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Days, Times (Room):WF, 1130-1250 (SL298)
Capacity:64 **This information is current as of 06/13/2016 06:14:01 AM**
Current Enrollment:47 **This information is current as of 06/13/2016 06:14:01 AM**

Course Description:


COURSE DESCRIPTION: The course will introduce students to law and public service, broadly defined to include all careers that serve the public interest, from litigating civil rights cases to prosecuting and defending criminal suspects to providing legal services for indigent clients to representing local, state, or federal government agencies to working for an international human rights organization and everything in between.

The course will be divided into three units, covering the history, theory, and practice of law and public service. The historical unit will examine the rise of the public interest lawyer as a distinct professional figure and career choice, as well as the varying contexts that count as public service and the ways in which professional and political norms regarding public service have changed over time. The theory unit will tackle, among other topics, the question of whether and precisely how law may operate as an engine for social change. The practice unit will focus on specific public interest cases. Guest speakers from a range of different public interest organizations will discuss with the class the work that they do in these specific cases.

The course will familiarize students with the broad and diverse ways that lawyers can serve the public as well as with the common challenges, obligations, opportunities, and rewards that await all lawyers who seek to do so.

ENROLLMENT NOTE: 25 seats are reserved for students in the Law & Public Service Program.

Course Requirement:Flex examination at end of the semester.