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College of Law

(Department of Blawg Review #122)

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Blawg Review is the blog carnival for everyone interested in law. A blog carnival is a traveling post about a topic or theme. For example, there's Carnival of the Capitalists, concerning business and economics, while Grand Rounds is about medicine and healthcare, and Blawg Review has topics discussed by lawyers, law students and law professors.

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301 Practical Skills Training for Lawyers

Prof. Smith offers a brief historical overview of the role of law school in providing practical skills training for law students, and invites discussion about a law firm in Atlanta which has elimiated billable hours for first-year associates. [sic] Prerequisit: Any clinical course, internship or externship.

383 Law Student Voices

Orientation Class. Get the real low-down on the law student experience as you hear stories and gain practical advice from current law students around the country. Each week's seminar features a collection of discussion topics from current law students. Take home final exam.

390 Bad Legal Arguments

What is the weakest legal arguement you've ever heard? In the course of a legal career, you'll hear quite a few. This survey course takes a look at the weakest of the weak, so you can avoid these pitfalls in your career.


410 Electronic Discovery Trends

The electronic age and the paperless office have created an entirely new field of technical expertise relating to the issues of electronic discovery. Prof. Kennedy takes a look at some of the newest trends in this growing field, including the trend of "Technology Counsel". Required course for Ligigation Certificate.

437 Sentencing in the 9th Cir.

Criminal sentencing guidelines are a hot topic. Prof. Berman offers an indepth look into the sentencing practices of the Ninth Circuit, and asks the question: can sentences within the sentencing guidelines be unreasonable? Prerequisits: Criminal procedure.

467 Ethics and the Solo Practitioner

Solo practitioners face many challenges associates at larger firms don't face. This practical course for the aspiring solo takes a look at disciplinary actions taken against solo practitioners and examines potential bias against the lone wolf in the legal profession. Pass/fail option available.

487 Reports, Blogs and the Law

In this current events survey course, Prof. PJ examines recent civil lawsuits filed by reporters against technology giant HP over recent investigation tactics employed by the HP board of directors against members of the press. This course will examine the issues presented in the case, and also offer commentary on those these issue effect bloggers in the every increasing "citizens journalism" movement.

500 Lemley on Online Safe Harbors

Online Liability. Many students may not consider the ramifications of their actions online in a Facebook, MySpace, blog driven Internet. But what are the liabilieis faced by people who publish online and what are the potential safe-harbors taht can protect them? Prof. Goldman takes a look at Prof. Lemly's latest paper on Online Safe Harbors.

525 Blogs and Law School Rankings

Law school rankings are a touchy subject. While often decrying the ranking system, law schools around the U.S. still participate in the U.S. News and World Report ranking surveys, year after year. This course takes a look at the most recent trend in ranking gamesmanship: blogs. Can blogging law professors really have an impact on their school's rank? Should blogging have an impact? Can the technique backfire and cause a slip in ratings?

505 Carbon Offsets, Contract, and Complicity

Carbon offsets are often hearalded as a great way to help reduce greenhouse gas emmissions to help control global climate change. But how are carbon offsets sold and managed? Take a look at two models: the CarbonFund and the Chicago Climate Exchange and the various regulatory issues facing the management of carbon offsets Prerequisits:Environmental law


535 Billing: Methods and Ethics

The billable-hour is a very hot topic of discussion these days. With vocal advocates both for and against the billable-hour, Prof. Giacalone presents a diverse selection of voices on billing practices. Is the billable-hour right for you and your practice? How do you establish ethical guidelines for your billing, and what method suites your practice model best? Counts towards 3L Seminar Requirement.

545 Alternative Appellate Fees

The fee debate permiates every aspect of legal practice, from transactional to trial lawyers and even appellate practice. Prof. Smith takes a look at appellate practice billing and examines alternative fee approaches in the appellate world.

535 Stategy: What Does It Mean?

Many strategy courses simply parrot trie-and-true strategies without really examining their origins. Prof. MacEwen takes a look at strategy itself, in the abstract. What is it that makes a good strategy and how are those strategies formulated. A valuable skill, regardless of your intended practice area or even profession.

Ready, Set, Trial!

It is often said that trials are not won in the courtroom: they are won in preparation for the trial. Prof. Greenfield takes a look at what trial preparation really means and why it is so critical. Course counts towards 1 Cr. Hr. of practicum.

900 Law Review Seminar

This Law Review Seminar is a 10-week forum, taught each week by a different faculty member, each offering a range of differnt topic of discussion relating to law reviews. Explore the good, bad and the ugly aspects of student edited journals, their impact on students, faculty, and the state of legal scholarship. Counts towards 3L Seminar Requirement.

910 Law Review Pitfalls

Does bad grammar make you [sic]? This is the course for you.

x86 Evening Division

Many law schools provide evening or weekend programs to provide legal educations to non-traditional students. But as other programs (such as business school) begin offering alternative programs like Executive MBAs and intensive seminars, what are law schools doing to increase the services they offer to the non-traditional student? This survey course offers a unique opportunity to examine alternative approaches from faculty and student perspectives.