Public Interest Law and Advocacy Skills (Hybrid Class)

Section 1SP, Fall 20

Schedule Information

Enrollment: 9/12
Credits: 2
Day Time Room Start Date End Date
  • T
  • 1700-1850
  • WB105
09/01/2020 11/24/2020

Course Description

Public interest lawyers do far more than represent a single client for a single outcome. Attorneys at nonprofits select their clients and build their cases with the goal of reforming the law. They construct complex legal and policy campaigns to protect vulnerable communities. Their counterparts at government agencies make crucial decisions about whether and how to pursue enforcement actions to protect the public. In this class, we’ll keep these unique characteristics of public interest lawyering in mind as we focus on some of the most essential skills that new attorneys working at nonprofits and agencies apply on a regular basis. We’ll use a case study that focuses on the 2020 amendments to Title IX regulations governing higher education policies for sexual harassment complaints. Students will analyze legal and university policy changes; write an opinion piece to educate constituents; practice conducting client interviews and learn about government investigations; draft and negotiate information requests to an agency; and prepare administrative litigation briefs. This class will require frequent collaboration in small groups using Zoom. We’ll have a number of guest speakers from leading nonprofits, federal agencies, and the University Counsel’s Office at UVA. In lieu of a final paper or exam, students will perform oral and written assignments throughout the semester for which they’ll receive substantial instructor and peer feedback.

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 analyze legal and university policy changes; write an opinion piece to educate constituents; practice conducting client interviews and learn about government investigations; draft and negotiate information requests to an agency; and prepare administrative litigation briefs. This class will require frequent collaboration in small groups using Zoom. We’ll have a number of guest speakers from leading nonprofits, federal agencies, and the University of Virginia’s University Counsel’s Office. In lieu of a final paper or exam, students will perform oral and written assignments throughout the semester for which they’ll receive substantial instructor and peer feedback.

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 Resources: All readings will be provided through Canvas or a coursepak.
Course Notes: This class is designed to allow students participating through Zoom to have a full and interactive class experience. Guest speakers will participate by Zoom. In the event we need to move to fully online instruction, student assignments and classroom discussions can be easily adapted to synchronous and some asynchronous online instruction.

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.

Schedule No.
120820712
Law No.
LAW7098
Modified Type
Practicum
Cross Listed: No
Cross-Listed Course Mnemonic:
Public Syllabus Link: None
Evaluation Portal Via LawWeb Opens: Tuesday, November 10, 12:01 AM
Evaluation Portal Via LawWeb Closes: Thursday, November 26, 11:59 PM
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