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Govt Litigtn Ext Sem (LAW-769-001)
IMPORTANT: This is a three credit class to be taken at the same time as an externship (Law-899). NOTE: CLASS WILL MEET IN SMALL GROUPS FOR AN EXTRA HOUR EVERY OTHER WEEK. TIME TBD. The time/place of this extra meeting is determined by the professor. REGISTRATION: There are two parts to registering for an externship: 1) Register on-line for the seminar as you would for any class. 2) Register for the field placement by going to the Externship Page www.wcl.american.edu/externship and submit a Externship Fieldwork Application, which generates the necessary forms.
Government Litigation Externship Seminar, Course number 769. This seminar is open to students who are externing at all different types of placements – courts, state and federal agencies, trade associations, non-profits, pro bono offices in law firms, prosecution or other law enforcement offices, public defender offices, etc. The more diverse the backgrounds, the better. The seminar explores some of the roles lawyers play in the private sector, public interest practice, and government. Federal and state agencies are among the most active litigants in the American legal system, bringing and defending a large volume of cases in courts and administrative tribunals. The experience of negotiating or litigating for or against the government has some special characteristics, but also shares characteristics common to all types of legal practice. Simulations are used to explore various aspects of litigation including depositions, negotiations, a narrative exercise, and a mediation. In addition, a good deal of time is devoted to the transition from student to lawyer and to the pragmatic and personal challenges relevant to entry-level lawyers in both private and government practice. Externship seminars provide students with an opportunity to engage in critical reflection about the legal profession, their own future legal careers, and their priorities and values as lawyers in conjunction with their field placement experiences.
Textbooks and Other Materials
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There are two documents required for this class. The first is the Course Materials for the Government Litigation Externship Seminar and the second is the Supplement to the course materials. These materials can be purchased at the law school from the course materials office on the 4th floor.
First Class Readings
For the first class, read pp. 1-17 of the Supplement and, anticipating the second week of class, skim through 1-62 of the course materials. The first simulation (Regulatory Negotiation) is in the course materials and will not begin until the second class.
The syllabus is available in the following format(s):