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  • Client Counseling — This course introduces students to the dynamics of a productive attorney-client relationship, the goals of interviewing and counseling, and structures and techniques that can be used to achieve those goals. The focus is on developing students' skills in interviewing and counseling. Instruction consists of assigned reading, problem-solving exercises, group discussion, and practice through simulations. Client Counseling is one of the core courses for the Certificate in Dispute Resolution and Advocacy.  Preference is given to students seeking the Certificate in Dispute Resolution and Advocacy.
  • Evidence — This course presents evidence in trials under the Federal Rules of Evidence, at common law and in equity and with reference to administrative bodies. The reasoning from which rules arise in areas including relevancy, competency, privilege, examination of witnesses, writing, the hearsay rule and its exceptions, burden of proof, presumptions, judicial notice, and constitutional evidence problems is also addressed. 
  • Education Law Seminar — This course covers the basic premises of compulsory education; issues concerning exclusion of students; school control of student behavior and curriculum; teacher employment problems; and issues of funding, minority rights, and school liability. 
  • Family Law — This course studies legal problems pertaining to the organization, operation, and dissolution of the family. It is divided into three parts: marriage and annulment; support, termination of parental rights, adoption, and care of the child; and divorce, alimony, property distribution at divorce, and custody of children. 
  • Juvenile Law — This course examines the legal position of the child in society and the extent to which the child may be legally controlled by parent(s) or state. Subject matters include the right of the child to control reproductive decision-making, child support and paternity issues, child pornography and minors' access to pornography, child abuse and neglect, foster care, termination of parental rights, adoption, medical treatment of juveniles, and medical experimentation on juveniles. The course also examines the delinquency jurisdiction of juvenile court, the constitutional protections afforded the child accused of criminal activity, adjudications of delinquency, punishment or placement of the child in the dispositional phase of juvenile proceedings, and treatment of the child as an adult offender. 
  • Legal Problems of Indigents — This course is a survey of laws affecting the lives of the poor with emphasis on professionalism. The course seeks students with diverse backgrounds to interact in discussions on the theory of poverty law. Areas of focus include the welfare laws, workers' compensation, Social Security disability benefits, consumer law, child support, custody, and domestic abuse, and methods of representing large groups of the poor, such as class actions, implied rights of action, and injunctions. 
     
  • Professional Responsibility — Through the use of hypothetical situations, this course attempts to generate student sensitivity to ethical problems faced by lawyers in various kinds of practice. The ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct and the older Code of Professional Responsibility are the basic tools, but discussion centers as well on case law, ABA opinions and standards, statutes, and the dictates of conscience. Discipline and professional malpractice are also treated.
  • Writing and Editing for Lawyers — The goal of this course is to improve the legal reading, writing, and editing skills of students. The course will reinforce rules of grammar, punctuation, sentence structure, usage, voice, tone, style, and organization. The emphasis will be on the application of these rules in the context of legal writing. Students will learn how to craft sentences that are accurate, brief, clear, precise, and sometimes persuasive.