Building Your Business and Your Brand – Strategic Lessons for Real World Success– This course will explore the key strategies and actions to build a successful business, whether inside a law firm, on your own, or in an alternative career. Students will set goals, prepare strategic action plans, build a social media presence, engage in business development activities, and explore all the critical areas of building a business and brand. Students will be required to develop an elevator pitch, outline a basic business plan, build a basic financial model, read basic financial statements, and craft a basic business development/marketing plan.

Faculty: Samira Salman
Prerequisites: Preference to Students with Demonstrated Interest in Business Law

Commercial Real Estate Practice– This course will focus on issues commonly confronted by lawyers in connection with commercial real estate practice. Students will be required to revise and negotiate commercial real estate transaction documents.

Faculty: Scott Willis
Prerequisites: N/A

Forensic Science in the Law: The Science You Need– This course examines state of the art scientific techniques used in forensic investigations. The focus is not on the science itself, but rather on the intersection of the science with law. Case studies will demonstrate the use of fingerprints, DNA, fibers & particulates, toxicology, gunshots and other forms of forensic evidence.

Faculty: Fabrizio Donnarumma
Prerequisites: N/A

Lawyering and the Legislative Process– The course will provide an introduction to the role of lawyers in the public policy and legislative process. It will be geared toward federal legislation and Congress. It will include two sections, one focused on Congress and the mechanics of the legislative process. Understanding the legislative process is essential to advising clients on public policy and legislative issues. The second part of the course will use a current major policy issue to provide students the opportunity for hands on role playing on behalf of clients with different policy positions. This will involve researching the issue, preparing testimony in support of the client’s policy position and drafting concise legislation to accomplish the client’s public policy goal. Student teams will present and defend their policy position and legislative draft. Students will also have a short multiple choice exam.

Faculty: Mark D. Boudreaux
Prerequisites: Preference to Students with Demonstrated Interest in Legislative Process

Legal Issues in Assisted Reproductive Technology– Students will study a broad range of issues concerning assisted reproductive technology. Specific topics will include drafting legal contracts for egg, sperm and embryo donation; drafting and negotiating surrogacy contracts and the legal issues that arise throughout the surrogacy process. The course will compare the laws of various states and countries relating to IVF, gamete donation, and surrogacy.

Faculty: Amy Kern
Prerequisites: N/A

Managing the Personal Injury Case– This course combines substantive and procedural personal injury law with the essential steps and elements of pursuing or defending a claim for personal injury damages – from client intake and case evaluation to settlement or trial. Topics may include any or all of the following:

  • the essential elements of a personal injury case: parties, liabilities, damages, forms, documents, and witnesses;
  • obtaining police, medical, and employment records necessary for calculation and proof of liability and damages;
  • locating, retaining and preparing experts and their reports for case evaluation, assistance, and trial testimony;
  • gathering information and preparing settlement proposals and demands; and
  • preparing and presenting witnesses, exhibits, and documentation to support or defend a case at trial.

Faculty: Edward J. Walters, Jr.
Prerequisites: Preference to Students with Demonstrated Interest in Litigation

Prosecuting and Defending Federal Criminal Trials– This course will cover the significant stages of a federal criminal trial, from preliminary investigation/grand jury, indictment, bail hearings, discovery/motion practice, trial, and sentencing. Students will prepare pleadings and documents necessary for each phase of litigation prior to class and will be expected to litigate each topic learned during class. While the course will use federal substantive laws and procedural rules, emphasis will be put on the substantive and procedural points of law that are common to prosecutions across all jurisdictions, including but not limited to Brady/Giglio discovery obligations, Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Amendment requirements, ethical obligations, and the evidentiary issues most common in criminal prosecutions.

Faculty: Catherine Maraist, Honorable J. Walter Green, C. Frank Holthaus
Prerequisites: Preference to Students with Demonstrated Interest in Criminal Law

The Care and Feeding of Expert Witnesses– This course will explore the issues surrounding the use of experts in litigation. Students will evaluate and discuss the need for experts, types of experts required, issues involving expert reports, and procedural, discovery and trial issues involving experts. Students will be required to evaluate these issues in light of various factual scenarios. Students will also be required to prepare for and participate in daily discussions regarding the various topics and will also be required to pass a short exam.

Faculty: James Roy, Brian Colomb and Andrew Quackenbos
Prerequisites: Preference to Students with Demonstrated Interest in Litigation

The Ins and Outs of Mid-Size Firm Practice– This course will give you real life insight into the workings of a mid-sized regional law firm with offices in three cities and two states. Students will be exposed to internal concepts of governance/management, law firm technology, marketing, finance, billing, human resources, administration and inter-partner /shareholder relationships. Concepts such as billings, collections, origination, realization, laterals, methods of compensation, leverage, teamwork, training and mentoring of associates, marketing, overhead, file assignments, partnership/shareholder agreements, succession plans, etc. will be discussed in an informative, hands-on and interactive manner.

Faculty: Edwin G. Preis
Prerequisites: N/A

The Selection and Persuasion of Your Jury– This course will review the significant role of juries in the American system of justice, explore the diversity, opinions, and backgrounds of the respective jurors who make up those juries, and finally consider the varied methods of selecting and persuading those jurors in a civil trial. Students will study and discuss sample voir dire examinations and jury interrogatories, and they will observe and evaluate video presentations of voir dire examinations, closing arguments, and jury deliberations from an actual mock trial. Students will be required to draft and explain voir dire questions based upon a hypothetical civil case. For the final project, students will be required to draft a closing argument to a hypothetical jury in a hypothetical civil case provided by the instructor. Students will also be required to pass a short exam.

Faculty: Timothy F. Daniels
Prerequisites: Preference to Students with Demonstrated Interest in Litigation

Why Should the Judge Listen to Me? What Makes Judges Read and Hear What Lawyers Say– Unless your motion, brief in support, or argument catches and holds the judge’s attention, the outcome is predictable. Writing a motion or brief that a judge reads carefully and thinks about, or making an argument that a judge listens to attentively, is not sufficient to win, but it is necessary. This course focuses on the elements and skills that help get and keep the trial judge’s attention, whether the judge is an arbitrator, an administrative law judge, a state trial judge, or a federal bankruptcy, magistrate, or district judge. The focus will be on the elements and skills of effective written and oral advocacy that apply to all lawyers whose practice includes some kind of litigation, no matter what subject area or type of trial forum.

Faculty: Honorable Lee H. Rosenthal and Honorable Elizabeth E. Foote
Prerequisites: Preference to Students with a Demonstrated Interest in Litigation

Winning at Mediation: Successful Strategies for Conflict Resolution– This course will explore mediation methods and approaches, and specifically how to position a litigated matter for successful resolution at mediation, with focus on when to mediate and what to expect from mediation. This course will be helpful to anyone interested in a civil litigation practice. In virtually all state and federal courts, participation in mediation with a third party neutral is required prior to trial of civil matters, and often prior to consideration of dispositive motions. As we investigate ethical and practical considerations in choosing when and how to mediate, students will consider how to choose the perfect third party neutral for each case; be required to prepare a confidential mediation report or statement; and participate in a series of mock mediations while working in teams. There is no examination to be administered for this class, but each student will be required to participate in a mock mediation and to submit mock mediation materials. Students should expect a lecture for the first 90 minutes of each class, to be followed by mock mediation sessions and student-directed presentations in the afternoons.

Faculty: Theresa Gallion
Prerequisites: N/A