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Civil Practice Clinic (Lee)

Spring 2023   LAW 652-001  

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Faculty
Faculty TBD
Additional Information
Experiential Course

Yes

Skills Training
Oral Presentations
Team Projects
Drafting Legal Documents
Other Professional Skills: Students will work closely with low-income, diverse clients on issues of critical importance while also enhancing their professional skills and navigating the challenges of securing access to justice.

Grading
100% Other (Class participation counts toward grading, along with all clinical case work, simulations, exercises, and assignments.)

Satisfies Senior Writing Requirement

No

Location

Class meets in person.

Course Continuity
Students are encouraged to stay home if you are ill or experience flu-like symptoms. If you miss a class for any reason, it is still your responsibility to make up the work missed.

I offer the following to students who miss class due to illness:

- If you are absent due to illness or some other unavoidable circumstance, email me and I can make PowerPoint slides or other class materials available to you.

Meeting Times/Location
TR 1:30PM - 2:50PM
Tanenbaum Hall 142

Category
Clinics/Externships

Credits
4.0

PLEASE SEE IMPORTANT ENROLLMENT PROCEDURES FOR CLINICS AVAILABLE ON THE REGISTRATION INSTRUCTION PAGE.

In the Civil Practice Clinic, students will represent: (1) low-income individuals in civil cases (e.g., wage theft, civil rights); and (2) an organizational client, legal nonprofit, or coalition on a systemic advocacy project. Such systemic advocacy projects involve engaging in community education, authoring policy briefs and white papers, or participating in legislative advocacy. Most systemic advocacy projects focus on immigrant and worker rights, although they may involve other economic justice and civil rights issues confronting underserved communities in Philadelphia. This course provides students with the opportunity to engage in multifaceted lawyering required for today’s social justice lawyers. Students are the front-line lawyers for their clients, under close faculty supervision. In the case work, students develop traditional lawyering skills, such as interviewing, counseling, research and legal analysis, negotiation and written and oral advocacy before the courts. In their systemic advocacy projects, students learn about diverse lawyering approaches and serve as community, policy, or movement lawyers in support of campaigns for social change.

N.B. You may not enroll in this course if: a) you are enrolled in another clinical course, or an externship in the same semester; or b) you are responsible for 1 or more incomplete grades at the beginning of the semester without express permission from the Clinic Director. You must appear at the first meeting of the course, or you may be automatically dropped from the course (unless you have advance permission from the instructor). The drop/add period for this course ends at 4 p.m. on the first Friday after the start of the course (one week prior to the end of the add/drop period for most law school course).

Students who elect to use their enrollment in the Civil Practice Clinic toward their public service requirement will receive one less credit for this course.

The Rules of Professional Conduct is available for free download on the PA Supreme Court's website.

Here is the link (https://www.padisciplinaryboard.org/for-attorneys/rules/rule/3/the-rules-of-professional-conduct)

Course Concentrations

Skills Learning outcomes: Demonstrate an understanding of the individual course skill; Demonstrate the ability to receive and implement feedback; Demonstrate an understanding of how and when the individual course skill is employed in practice.

Courts and the Judicial System Learning outcomes: Demonstrate a core understanding of both substantive and procedural issues in the operation of our legal system; Perform legal analysis in the context of procedural issues and the judicial process; Communicate effectively on topics related to procedure and the judicial process; Demonstrate an understanding of how procedural issues and the judicial process affect all other area of our legal system.

Employment Law and Employee Benefits Learning outcomes: Demonstrate a core understanding of employment law and employee benefits; Perform legal analysis in the context of employment law and employee benefits; Communicate effectively on topics related to employment law and employee benefits; Demonstrate an understanding of how employment law and employee benefits affect other areas of law.

Property and Real Estate Law Learning outcomes: Demonstrate a core understanding of property and real estate law; Perform legal analysis in the context of property and real estate law; Communicate effectively on topics related to property and real estate law; Demonstrate an understanding of how property and real estate law affect other areas of law.

Administrative and Regulatory Law Learning outcomes: Demonstrate a core understanding of administrative and regulatory law and the administrative process, including the role of statutory authorization and work of administrative agencies; Perform legal analysis in the context of administrative and regulatory law; Communicate effectively on topics related to administrative and regulatory law; Demonstrate an understanding of the role administrative and regulatory law play in our legal system and in society as a whole.

Professional Responsibility and Ethics Learning outcomes: Demonstrate an understanding of how the law affects, and is affected by, the individual course topic; Perform legal analysis in the context of the individual course topic; Communicate effectively on the legal and other aspects of the individual course topic; Demonstrate the ability to use other disciplines to analyze legal issues relevant to the individual course topic, including economics, philosophy, and sociology, as appropriate.

Public Interest Learning outcomes: Demonstrate a core understanding of the varied legal aspects of public interest law; Perform legal analysis in the context of public interest law; Communicate effectively on topics related to public interest law; Demonstrate an understanding of how public interest law is connected to and affected by a wide variety of legal and regulatory structures and doctrines.


Textbooks

"Rules of Professional Conduct - available for free download on the PA Supreme Court's website" by Pennsylvania Supreme Court
Publisher: Disp Board
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