2017-2018 Catalog 
    Feb 24, 2019  
2017-2018 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Course Descriptions


Elective Seminars

The law school makes all reasonable efforts to offer the following electives on a periodic basis but cannot guarantee that each course or seminar will be available to all students who wish to take it during their law school careers. More precise information on the courses and seminars that will be offered in a given semester, including those not listed here, is available from the registrar during the preregistration and general registration periods.

   •  LAW - 823 Mutual Fund and Investment Adviser Regulation
   •  LAW - 824 Natural Resources: Mineral Rights
   •  LAW - 827 Sexuality and the Law
   •  LAW - 828 Space Law and Satellite Communication Seminar
   •  LAW - 829 Trade and the Environment Seminar
   •  LAW - 834 Public Health Law and Policy Seminar
   •  LAW - 836 Computer Crime Seminar
   •  LAW - 838 American Courts: Structure, People, Processes, Politics
   •  LAW - 850 International Criminal Law
   •  LAW - 852 Law of Nonprofit Organizations
   •  LAW - 857 Banking & Financial Institutions: U.S. Regulation
   •  LAW - 860 Criminal Defense: Theory and Practice
   •  LAW - 876 Case Studies in Ethical Challenges for Government Attorneys
   •  LAW - 881 Advanced Problems in Administrative Law and Regulatory Policy
   •  LAW - 882 The Role of the Federal Prosecutor
   •  LAW - 892 The Washington Lawyer
   •  LAW - 893 Public Interest Practice
   •  LAW - 896 Law and the Visual Arts Seminar
   •  LAW - 915 Legal Ethics for Trial Lawyers
   •  LAW - 924 Advanced Copyright Law and Policy
   •  LAW - 962 Intellectual Property, Human Rights, and Development
   •  LAW - 963 International and Comparative Patent Law
   •  LAW - 978 Women and Conflict
   •  LAW - 982 Application of International Arbitration Fundamentals
   •  LAW - 983 Presidential Strategies on Rights
   •  LAW - 985 Housing Law
   •  LAW - 989 International Protection of Vulnerable Groups
   •  LAW - 990 International Business Negotiations Seminar
   •  LAW - 997 Strategic Litigation in International Human Rights Law

Clinical Program

All clinics have their own seminar components for which students must register separately and which will be reported separately on their transcripts. Applications for enrollment in all clinics are due at the approximate time of preregistration during the preceding spring semester. Further information about the enrollment process is distributed to all students each spring.

   •  LAW - 751 DC Law Students in Court Clinic
   •  LAW - 752 Civil Advocacy Clinic
   •  LAW - 753 Women and the Law Clinic
   •  LAW - 755 International Human Rights Clinic
   •  LAW - 756 The Lawyering Process
   •  LAW - 757 The Lawyering Process
   •  LAW - 758 Glushko-Samuelson Intellectual Property Law Clinic
   •  LAW - 759 Immigrant Justice Clinic
   •  LAW - 761 Criminal Justice Clinic
   •  LAW - 762 Janet R. Spragens Federal Tax Clinic
   •  LAW - 764 Disability Rights Law Clinic
   •  LAW - 768 Community and Economic Development Law Clinic

Field Components

Students must enroll for credit in all field components and in any course or seminar which the faculty member supervising the field component feels the student must take as a condition of participating in the field component. Audits are not permitted in either the field component or in any required course or seminar associated with the field component.

   •  LAW - 712B Human Rights Litigation Fieldwork

Externship Program

The law school’s Supervised Externship Program allows students to learn about the legal profession through law-related fieldwork and, at the same time, to develop their reflective learning skills under close faculty supervision. Students are placed in government agencies, nonprofit organizations, courts, and law firms engaged in pro bono activities, where they work under the supervision of practicing attorneys. In tandem with the field placement, students meet weekly in a seminar led by a faculty member. The seminar draws on the placement work and assists students in reflecting on the work of the lawyer and on their own professional goals. Students also meet frequently in small groups or individually with the faculty member to discuss the progress of the externship. In some cases, students may participate in independent tutorial externships, which must be arranged with and supervised by a faculty sponsor.

   •  LAW - 769 Externship Seminar

Externship Component

Externship seminars are open to students in a wide variety of field placements and, rather than emphasizing a particular area of law, focus on the lawyering experience, the legal profession, and the workings of legal institutions. Instructors choose various general themes for their own seminars, but within each seminar some specific topics are likely to include the nature of law practice in different settings (including private firms, public interest organizations, and government agencies), the varieties of lawyer-client relationships in these settings, and the dynamics and politics of the workplace. Other topics that may be covered include images of lawyers in fiction and popular culture, theories of bureaucracy in relation to the lawyering process, legal ethics in theory and practice, issues of gender, race, and difference in the legal profession, and the profession’s history. Finally, in all the seminars students have the opportunity to explore their own professional development through discussions of critique and self-evaluation, the transition from school to work, and career goals and career planning. Concurrent registration for field placement, LAW-899, is required.

   •  LAW - 754 Externship (Individual Faculty Supervision)
   •  LAW - 803E Moot Court Executive Board
   •  LAW - 899 Externship Field Placement

Research, Independent Study, and Journals

   •  LAW - 765 International Law Review I
   •  LAW - 765 International Law Review I
   •  LAW - 766 International Law Review II
   •  LAW - 767 International Law Review III
   •  LAW - 770 Administrative Law Review I
   •  LAW - 771 Administrative Law Review II
   •  LAW - 772 Administrative Law Review III
   •  LAW - 796 American University Law Review I
   •  LAW - 797 American University Law Review II (Senior Editors)
   •  LAW - 798 American University Law Review III (Editorial Board)
   •  LAW - 799 Independent Study Program
   •  LAW - 800 American University Journal of Gender, Social Policy, and the Law I
   •  LAW - 801 American University Journal of Gender, Social Policy, and the Law II
   •  LAW - 802 American University Journal of Gender, Social Policy, and the Law III (Managing Board)
   •  LAW - 803 Moot Court Honor Society
   •  LAW - 803A Moot Court Executive Board
   •  LAW - 803B Moot Court Executive Board
   •  LAW - 803C Moot Court Executive Board
   •  LAW - 803D Moot Court Executive Board
   •  LAW - 803F Moot Court Executive Board
   •  LAW - 871A Moot Court Competitions
   •  LAW - 871B Moot Court Competitions
   •  LAW - 871C Moot Court Competition
   •  LAW - 871D Moot Court Competition
   •  LAW - 871E Moot Court Competition
   •  LAW - 871F Moot Court Competition
   •  LAW - 871G Moot Court Competition
   •  LAW - 917 American University Business Law Review I
   •  LAW - 918 American University Business Law Review II
   •  LAW - 919 American University Business Law Review III
   •  LAW - 995A Mock Trial Honor Society
   •  LAW - 995B Mock Trial Competition
   •  LAW - 995C Mock Trial Competition
   •  LAW - 995D Mock Trial Competition
   •  LAW - 995F Mock Trial Competition
   •  LAW - 995G Mock Trial Competition
   •  LAW - 996 Mock Trial Executive Board
   •  LAW - 996A Mock Trial Executive Board
   •  LAW - 996C Mock Trial Executive Board
   •  LAW - 996D Mock Trial Executive Board
   •  LAW - 996F Mock Trial Executive Board

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