Courses


Applied Mediation Skills(PS) -- LAW 9520 (1 credit hour)

Students enrolled in this course must enroll concurrently in the Applied Mediation Clinic. The course addresses common issues faced in mediation settings. The focus will be on negotiation techniques and skills. Mediation in the context of family law cases and landlord-tenant law will be stressed. Students receive a letter grade in this course based on performance on a series of written assignments, exercises and short essay tests. Students register through the Clinic.


Applied Mediation Clinic -- LAW 9521 (3 credit hours)

Pre-requisites:
Civil Procedure I
Civil Procedure II
Property
Family Law
Legal Profession

Co-requisite:
Applied Mediation Skills

This clinic is open to students who have completed at least 46 credits or one-half of their legal education. Students enrolled in this clinic must enroll concurrently in the Applied Mediation Skills course. Students attend a 40 hour mediation training program, work 9 hours a week observing ADR processes conducted by court-appointed neutrals, and conducting landlord tenant mediations in housing court and conciliation mediations in family court. Grades in this course are recorded on the student's transcript as pass/no pass. Students register through the Clinic. 


Civil Advocacy(PS) -- LAW 9500 (2 credit hours)

Co-requisite:
Civil Advocacy Clinic I

Students enrolled in this course concurrently enroll in Civil Advocacy Clinic I. The course addresses common issues lawyers face in a variety of civil matters including practical and strategic considerations as well as ethical dilemmas. The focus is on Missouri and Illinois law relating directly to the Civil Advocacy Clinic work. Students receive a letter grade in this course based on performance on a series of written assignments, exercises, and short essay tests. Students register through the Clinic.


Civil Advocacy Clinic I -- LAW 9501 (3-4 credit hours)

Pre-requisites:
Civil Procedure I
Civil Procedure II
Legal Profession

Co-requisite:
Civil Advocacy

This clinic is open to students who have completed at least 46 credits or one-half of their legal education. Students must enroll concurrently in the Civil Advocacy course.

The Civil Advocacy Clinic, or in-house clinic, is composed of several separate clinics, each focusing on different areas of practice and skills. Students work in the Saint Louis University School of Law Clinic where they will be assigned their own caseload to prepare under the supervision of full-time clinic faculty. Currently, the in-house clinics include Litigation and Appellate Practice. 

Students may enroll in Civil Advocacy Clinic I for 3 or 4 credits. For each clinic credit hour, a student must work 3 hours each week (eg: 9 or 12) for a total of 126 or 168 hours. Grades in this course are recorded on the student's transcript as pass/no pass. Students register through the Clinic.


Criminal Defense Advocacy (PS) -- LAW 9510 (2 credit hours)

Pre-requisites:
Criminal Law
Evidence
Legal Profession
Criminal Procedure: Investigation

Co-requisite:
Criminal Defense Clinic I

Students enrolled in this course must enroll concurrently in the Criminal Defense Clinic. This course covers the theoretical and practical issues in a criminal defense practice, including client interviewing, bail and pre-trial release, investigations, motion practice, discovery, preliminary examinations, plea-bargaining, post-verdict proceedings and sentencing. The focus is on Missouri law relating directly to work in the Criminal Defense Clinic. Students receive a letter grade in this course based on performance on a series of written assignments, exercises, and short essay tests. Students register through the Clinic.


Criminal Defense Clinic -- LAW 9511 (3-4 credit hours)

Pre-requisites:
Criminal Law
Evidence
Legal Profession
Criminal Procedure: Investigation

Co-requisite:
Criminal Defense Advocacy

This clinic is open to students who have completed at least 46 credits or one-half of their legal education. Students enrolled in this clinic must enroll concurrently in the Criminal Defense Advocacy course. Students may work with either the in-house clinic, Office of the Federal Defender or an Illinois Public Defender Office for 12 hours weekly representing indigent criminal defendants. Students may conduct client and witness interviews, preliminary hearings, miscellaneous pre-trial motions, juvenile trials and motions, misdemeanor trials, and occasionally assist in the trial of felony case. Grades in this course are recorded on the student's transcript as pass/no pass. Students register through the Clinic.


Entrepreneurship and Community Development (PS) -- (2 credit hours)

Co-requisite:
Legal Profession

Students enrolled in this course must enroll concurrently in the Entrepreneurship and Community Development Clinic. The course addresses common issues faced by entrepreneurs, nonprofits, social enterprises and small business enterprises. The focus will be on contracts, choice of entity, governance documentation, protecting intellectual property rights, real estate, community development, transactional techniques and skills. Students receive a letter grade in this course based on performance on a series of written assignments, exercises, and short essay tests. Students register through the Clinic.


Entrepreneurship and Community Development Clinic I -- LAW 9531 (3-4 credit hours)

Co-requisite:
Legal Profession

This clinic is open to students who have completed at least 31 credit hours. Students must enroll concurrently in the Entrepreneurship and Community Development course.

Opportunities for students interested in this clinic may include: representing entrepreneurs and small business enterprises in a variety of transactional and regulatory matters; preparing for and conducting real estate closings, drafting documents; advising entrepreneurs and small enterprises on intellectual property matters; and providing counseling for small businesses and nonprofit organizations. Students may enroll in Entrepreneurship and Community Development Clinic I for 3 or 4 credit hours. For each clinic credit hour, a student must work 3 hours each week (eg: 9 or 12) for a total of 126 or 168 hours. Grades in this course are recorded on the student's transcript as pass/no pass. Students register through the Clinic.


Lawyering Practice (PS) -- LAW 9600 (2 credit hours)

Pre-requisite:
Legal Profession

Co-requisite:
Externship I

Students enrolled in this course must enroll concurrently in Externship I. This course addresses common practice issues and legal skills, including practical and strategic considerations as well as ethical dilemmas. Students receive a letter grade based on performance on a series of written assignments, exercises, and presentations. Students register through the Clinic.


Externship I -- LAW 9601 (4, 6 or 8 credit hours)

Pre-requisites:
Civil Procedure I
Civil Procedure II
Legal Profession

Co-requisite:
Lawyering Practice

This externship is open to students who have completed 46 credits or one-half of their legal education. Students enrolled in this clinic must enroll concurrently in the Lawyering Practice course. Students work in non-profit or government placements in the community under the supervision of a licensed attorney, and the direction of a full-time faculty member. Past civil placements include the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Legal Services of Eastern Missouri, the District Counsel of the IRS, as well as several in-house counsel health law placements. Past criminal externships include local prosecutors' offices in Missouri and Illinois, as well as the U.S. Attorney's Office in Missouri and Illinois. Certain placements may satisfy the Health Law Certificate's Practice Externship requirement. Students may take this course for 3 or 4 credits. For each externship credit hour, a student must work 3 hours each week. Grades in this course are recorded on the student's transcript as pass/no pass. Students register through the Clinic.


Judicial Ethics and Court Procedure (PS) -- LAW 9610 (1 credit hour)

Pre-requisites:
Civil Procedure I
Civil Procedure II

Pre or Co-requisite:
Legal Profession

Co-requisite:
Judicial Process Externship

This course is open to students who have completed at least 46 credits or one-half of their legal education. Students enrolled in this course must enroll concurrently in either Judicial Process Externship. This course addresses common issues lawyers face as judicial law clerks. Students will study the role of the judicial clerk, procedural and jurisdictional issues, ethics, judicial decision-making, and legal writing for law clerks. Students receive a letter grade based on performance on a series of written assignments, exercises, and presentations. Students register through the Clinic.


Judicial Process Externship -- LAW 9611 (3-4 credit hours)

Pre-requisites:
Civil Procedure I
Civil Procedure II

Pre or Co-requisite:
Legal Profession

Co-requisite:
Judicial Ethics and Court Procedure

This externship clinic is open to students who have completed at least 46 credits or one-half of their legal education. Students enrolled in this clinic must enroll concurrently in the Judicial Ethics and Court Procedure course. Students are placed with judges in state and federal trial and appellate courts where they work as part-time law clerks, performing legal research; drafting a series of legal memoranda relevant to cases under submission by the courts; and observing hearings, trials and other court proceedings. Students may take this course for 3 or 4 credits. For each externship credit hour, a student must work 3 hours each week. Grades in this course are recorded on the student's transcript as pass/no pass. Students register through the Clinic.


 

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