Advanced Topics in Law and Public Service

Information Introduction

Section 1, Spring 25

Schedule Information

Enrollment: /16
Credits: 1
Days Date Time Room


1540-1740 WB162


1540-1740 WB162


1540-1740 WB162


1540-1740 WB162


1540-1740 WB162


1540-1740 WB162

Course Description

This is an elective graded on a Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory basis designed for 3L students in the Program in Law & Public Service and/or considering a public-interest career. Over six seminar sessions, we will confront pressing questions of what it means to be a lawyer working in the public interest. We will host a series of speakers and discuss a diverse set of readings, including academic articles, court decisions, practitioner papers, and even memoirs and novels. Individual sessions may focus on a range of topics from international human rights to criminal-legal reform to government and movement lawyering to racial, environmental, and economic justice. Attendance is mandatory; please be sure you can attend all class sessions identified above before enrolling in the course.

Course Requirements

Exam Information

Final Type (if any): None

Description: None

Written Work Product

Students will be expected to write an approximately 500-word letter to their future selves, emailed directly to the professors prior to first class session (not via EXPO). Students will also be responsible for writing at least one question, posted to the Canvas course page, prior to each class session featuring a speaker or speakers. Finally, students will write an approximately 1,000-word final paper responding to any of the class materials or topics, via EXPO by noon on the day before the last day of exams (May 8, 2025).

Other Course Details

Prerequisites: Initially available to 3L JDs in the Law & Public Service Program. Must be 2L, 3L or LLM to obtain a seat in the class after initial priority to 3L LPS members. Concurrencies: None

Exclusive With: None

Laptops Allowed: Yes

First Day Attendance Required: Yes

Course Resources: To be announced.

Course Notes: The seminar is graded on a Satisfactory (S)/Unsatisfactory (U) basis. The course will be initially available to 3L participants in the Law and Public Service (LPS) Program. Interested 3L LPS members must email Assistant Dean Dugas expressing interest in the course by September 15th, and SRO will randomly select students for enrollment if demand exceeds the capacity, but if seats are available after the initial priority for LPS students, the course will be available for the student body via the Lottery and/or Add/Drop process.

Graduation Requirements

Satisfies Understanding Bias/Racism/Cross-Cultural Competency requirement: No

Satisfies Writing Requirement: No

Credits For Prof. Skills Requirement: No

Satisfies Professional Ethics: No

Additional Course Information

Schedule No.: 125210198

Modified Type: ABA Seminar

Cross Listed: No

Waitlist Count: 0

Concentrations: Public Service and Leadership

Evaluation Portal Via LawWeb Opens: Wednesday, March 26, 12:01 AM

Evaluation Portal Via LawWeb Closes: Wednesday, April 09, 11:59 PM

Information reflected on this page was last refreshed at: Thursday, July 18, 2024 - 7:02 AM *

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