Law and Public Service

Section 1, Spring 22

Schedule Information

Enrollment: 43/47
Credits: 3
Day Time Room Start Date End Date
  • MW
  • 1540-1700
  • WB126
01/24/2022 04/27/2022

Course Description

How do public service attorneys seek justice for their clients, causes, and communities? Does a legal aid, public defender or civil rights attorney working on behalf of marginalized communities share anything in common with a prosecutor or a federal government agency attorney? And where might you situate yourself and your emerging interests along this broad spectrum? In this course, we’ll explore these questions as we examine the major branches of public service legal practice through a diverse mix of readings, media, guest speakers, policy discussions, and case study exercises. By conducting practitioner interviews and research, each student will contribute to our collective knowledge about the converging and diverging advocacy strategies, core values, and challenges represented by each major area of public service practice. In addition, we’ll deepen our critical inquiries throughout the semester by analyzing public service lawyering through the urgent lens of racial justice. Students will also have frequent opportunities to work in pairs and small teams, reflect deeply on their own potential public service career paths, and create work over the semester that will culminate in a final paper based on a legal or policy issue of their choice.

Course Requirements

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

Written Work Product
Written Work Product: Students will be required to submit a final paper via EXPO (deadline to be announced).

Other Work
Students will prepare throughout the semester discussion board posts, questions for live class and speaker discussions, recorded interviews, and other brief, informal written pieces. Some assignments will be completed in pairs and small teams.

Other Course Details
Prerequisites: None Concurrencies: None
Mutually Exclusive With: None
Laptops Allowed: Yes
First Day Attendance Required: No
Course Resources: To be announced.
Course Notes: The Law and Public Service Program Director will advise SRO of the LPS students who will be taking the course (and SRO will enroll such individuals), so the course capacity reflects the number of seats available for non-LPS students.

Graduation Requirements

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

*If “Yes,” then students are required to submit a substantial research paper in this course, which means students do not need to submit any form to SRO for this paper to meet their upper-level writing requirement. If “No,” then students must submit a “special request” e-form to SRO (available via LawWeb) no later than five weeks after the start of the term for a paper in this class to be counted toward the upper-level 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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Modified Type
Cross Listed: No
Cross-Listed Course Mnemonic:
Public Syllabus Link: None
Evaluation Portal Via LawWeb Opens: Thursday, April 21, 12:01 AM
Evaluation Portal Via LawWeb Closes: Sunday, May 01, 11:59 PM