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1L

Civil Procedure II #6015

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    1L Elective section.

Legal Research and Writing #6003

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    In Spring this is combine with Statutory Interpretation for 3 credits total. Preparation of memoranda and briefs with tutorial instruction in legal research, analysis and writing. Use of law library for research

Perspectives 1L #6010

Statutory Interpretation #6003

Clinics

Bankruptcy #7092

  • Adj. Professor James Brand (BIO),
  • Adj. Professor Clinton Cutler (BIO)

Civil Rights Enforcement #6117

  • Adj. Professor Gregory Brooker (brook117@umn.edu),
  • Adj. Professor Bahram Samie,
  • Adj. Professor Ana Voss

Community Practice and Policy Development #7750

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    Fall 3 credits, Spring 1 credit

Detainee Rights #7844

Housing Law #7246

Immigration and Human Rights #7842

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    The Immigration and Human Rights Clinic represents persons seeking asylum in the United States, as well as immigrant detainees at removal hearings in U.S. Immigration Court. This clinic, which is part of the Center for New Americans, provides students with extensive client contact, legal writing, and courtroom advocacy experience. Students receive frequent and detailed feedback on all of their clinic work.

    As part of their representation of asylum-seekers, students interview and counsel their clients on a regular basis, research conditions in the countries where their clients suffered persecution, write briefs and participate in hearings at U.S. Immigration Court. Depending on the resolution of their case at the trial level, students will write appellate briefs to the Board of Immigration Appeals and the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals. Students also represent immigrant detainees at hearings in Immigration Court to determine if they have defenses to deportation. Students also work on public policy and community outreach projects which bring them into contact with immigrant rights groups at the state and national level. As a result of their work in the clinic, students learn about U.S. immigration law and policy and participate in the Center for New Americans’ innovative strategies for improving the lives of immigrants through strategic litigation, well-informed public policy, and community outreach and education.

    The clinic is a year-long course open to second and third-year students, beginning in the fall semester each year. Enrollment is generally limited to eight students. Please contact Professor Stephen Meili at smeili@umn.edu (612-626-3972) with any questions.

Indian Child Welfare #7098

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    Fall 4 credits, Spring 3 credits

Insurance Law #7008

Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi Civil Practice Clinic #7000

Workers' Rights #7015

Seminars

Agriculture & the Environment Seminar #6709

Art of Appellate Advocacy #6848

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    With the understanding that there are both artistic and and scientific aspects to making an effective appeal, retired Justice Anderson will draw upon over two decades of experience as an appellate judge to provide instruction on the analysis of the appellate decision-making process, the basis of perfecting an effective appeal, and practical oral and written experience in making an appeal. Prerequisites: Some knowledge of civil and criminal procedure helpful, but not necessary.

Corporate Counsel #6830

Cyber-Security: Spies, Lies and Prying Eyes #6832

  • Adj. Professor Emily Duke,
  • Adj. Professor Jerrod Montoya

E-Discovery #6714

Estate Planning and Drafting #6817

Human Trafficking #6046

Humphrey Law Seminar #6017

Law and Economics: Hot Topics #6865

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    This seminar will cover issues in health care, financial regulation, insurance regulation and pensions. Leading scholars in each of these fields will present their papers.
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RICO #6814

  • Adj. Professor Jeffrey Grell (BIO)

Topics in Law: Legal Decision Making in Practice #6790

  • Professor Minna Gräns (BIO)
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    This course will explore theories which describe, rather than prescribe, judicial reasoning and decision making. The course begins with an overall study of some of the most well-known, normative theories of legal decision making by e.g. Hans Kelsen, Alf Ross, H L A Hart and Ronald Dworkin, and analyze their (in)capacity to describe legal decision making in practice. We will then study and analyze theories which have been created with the specific aim to describe how judges interpret legal rules and make their decisions in reality (e.g. theories created by Jerome Frank, Karl Llewellyn, Richard Posner, Steven L. Winter, Larry Alexander & Emily Sherwin, Dan Simon and Minna Graens). After this we will explore theories describing how judges and juries evaluate the evidence, presented at court. Most of the descriptive theories are connected with research in cognitive psychology considering how human beings process information and solve problems. We will therefore explore some cognitive psychological theories in more details, such as the theory of bounded rationality and how various forms of biases affect our reasoning in legal contexts.

2L/3L

Advanced Patents #6248

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    The syllabus is also on TWEN. The entire semester's worth of assignments is on the syllabus.
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Advanced Trial Practice #6628

Financial Regulation #6061

Human Trafficking #6047

International Intellectual Property #6609

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International Tax #6627

Leadership and Law - LL.M.s #6019

Legal Scholarship for Equal Justice (LSEJ) #6904

  • Adj. Professor Diane Dube (BIO)
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    There will be 3 seats available for U of MN students in Spring 2015. The instructor is Prof. Diane Marie Dube, J.D., M.P.A. Class will meet on Fridays from 10 to 11:50 am at William Mitchell College of Law.

    Legal Scholarship for Equal Justice (called Equal Justice Applied Research at St. Thomas) is a seminar offered jointly by the four Minnesota Law schools. The class meets at a different law school each year (William Mitchell in 2015) and is open to students from all four schools. This class is not an internship, but rather a three-credit research course.

    Note: The first class session is Friday, January 16; the last class session & the Continuing Legal Education Program will be Friday, April 24. The drop deadline for this class is January 2.

    Students choose a research topic from the LSEJ research topic list or a topic of their own choosing that advances equal justice. Students must have an attorney supervisor and are encouraged to finalize their topic choice before the class convenes. Classroom sessions focus on the development of project topics, research skills needed for equal justice issues, policy analysis and problem solving, working collaboratively, the role of the public interest lawyer, and additional topics of interest to the seminar participants. Class members are linked with the attorneys whose legal issues generated their projects. These attorneys serve as "field contacts" to help supervise the project.

    In addition, students should expect to spend significant time on field work with their field contacts or other local public interest practitioners, and in gathering information for their paper. Through this field work, students will gain an understanding of public interest practice in general, the legal issues involved in their individual projects, and the real world implications of their topics.

    Students’ completed works will be presented before a CLE audience of lawyers on Friday, April 24, and will be made available to practitioners, students, faculty and others on the LSEJ website.

    Required text: Bardach, Eugene, A Practical Guide for Policy Analysis (4th edition recommended; 3rd edition acceptable)

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Nonprofits and Public Sectors Externship #6042

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    Information for Registration - Spring 2015

    In this externship course, students acquire legal experience in nonprofit and public sectors under the supervision of practicing attorneys in the field. Placements for the spring may include: Children’s Law Center; Council on Crime and Justice; Court Watch; Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid; MN AIDS Project; MN Health Law Center; and Ramsey County Public Defender. Students are permitted to arrange their own placements with permission of Professor Cook.

    Prior to the beginning of the term, students will be notified of their placements at approved sites and will be directed to report to an on-site supervisor before the end of the first week of the term (January 21). Students are expected to meet with the externship site supervisor to define the scope of the work and to delineate externship expectations. Externs must spend 8-12 hours per week engaged in work related to the placement, for a total of 100 hours over the course of the semester.

    A related classroom component will focus on contextual ethics; systemic analysis; lawyer’s role and career development; and skill building in professional-to-professional interactions, leadership, strategic problem solving, and reflective practice. Short reflective writings are required throughout the semester, as well as two in-class presentations.

Patent Prosecution Practice II #6232

Perspectives #6040

Trial Practice #6618

Winning Patent Litigation #6225