Public Interest Law and Advocacy Skills

Section 1, Spring 20

Schedule Information

Enrollment: 10/12
Credits: 2
Day Time Room Start Date End Date
  • R
  • 1540-1740
  • WB116
01/23/2020 04/23/2020

Course Description

This class will examine and explore the tactics and strategies public interest lawyers routinely employ, and the obstacles and dilemmas that public interest lawyers must often confront, with a particular focus on the advocacy work that takes place outside of, or in conjunction with, litigation (such as community organizing, media outreach, and legislative/policy advocacy). In this course, students will practice and develop some of the important skills needed to become effective public interest lawyers. Assignments will include a variety of exercises and work product that many first-year public interest attorneys may have to prepare or draft. Final papers will focus on multi-faceted campaigns students have worked on throughout the semester and could be adapted for post-graduate fellowship proposals.

Course Requirements

Exam Info:
Midterm Type (if any): None
Description: None

Final Type (if any): None
Description: None

Written Work Product
Written Work Product: Students will be required to complete a final paper submitted via EXPO (deadline to be announced). There will also be several assignments due throughout the semester. Please see syllabus for additional details.

Other Work

Other Course Details
Prerequisites: Because the credits in this course count toward the JD Program Professional Skills requirement, JD candidates will be given enrollment priority for this class. Concurrencies: None
Mutually Exclusive With: None
Laptops Allowed: Yes
First Day Attendance Required: No
Course Notes:

Graduation Requirements

*Satisfies Writing Requirement: No
**Credits For Prof. Skills Requirement: Yes
Satisfies Professional Ethics: No

*Yes means professor requires everyone in the course to submit a substantial research paper (which is the requirement standard in Academic Policies), so no paperwork required to be submitted to SRO. No means student must timely submit paperwork to SRO if intending to use a paper in this course to satisfy the Writing Requirement.

**Yes indicates course credits count towards UVA Law’s Prof. Skills graduation requirement, not necessarily a skills requirements for any particular state bar.

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Cross Listed: No
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Public Syllabus Link: None
Evaluation Portal Via LawWeb Opens: Saturday, April 11, 12:01 AM
Evaluation Portal Via LawWeb Closes: Sunday, April 26, 11:59 PM