2014 January Intersession - Course Directory and Registration

SESSION DATES

Monday, January 6, through Friday, January 10, 2014

(see class times in the course descriptions below)

  • CREDIT:  All are 1 unit courses. The 1 unit counts toward a student's total spring semester units for purposes of full-time status (but does not count toward the spring semester units for purposes of determining if a law student is over the limit of 17 units).
  • ELIGIBILITY TO ENROLL:  Upper-level law students are eligible to take these courses, including 2L, 3L, LLM, JSD, and MJS students.  Washington University graduate-level students and upper-level juniors and seniors are eligible (with permission from their departments). First-year JDs are not eligible to take these courses and are required to take Negotiation and attend career services programming during the intersession week.  Students may take only one of these courses during the January Intersession. 
  • TUITION: There is no additional charge beyond the spring semester tuition for full-time Washington University law students in degree programs or for visiting law students who are paying full-time tuition. Full-time non-law Washington University graduate students may not have to pay extra for a law school intersession course, but should confirm this with their department. For those who must pay tuition, the cost is $2,015. 
  • PRE-REQUISITES: Read course descriptions carefully and take note of any pre-requisites, recommended courses, or other course eligibility requirements.
  • EXAMS:  Most courses require a take-home exam that will be available via MyLaw on the afternoon of Friday, Jan. 10, 2014, and will be due by 8:00am on Tuesday, Jan 14, 2014 (read course descriptions for specifics about each course). MyLaw is web-based, so students are not required to be in St. Louis when taking an intersession exam.
  • PRE-REGISTRATION:  Begins Monday, October 28 (12:00 noon), and ends on Monday, November 3. Interested students should click on the link found below under 'PRE-REGISTRATION FORM". This online form may be used by all interested students - WU Law, SLU Law, non-law students, etc.
    • All students must indicate at least SEVEN choices when submitting the online form;
    • Students will be notified of the course they are placed in prior to the start of online registration for the regular Spring 2014 semester (likely by Monday, Nov. 11). Although students cannot be guaranteed that they will get into a particular course, there should be no problem placing everyone into one of the courses. Priority will be based on seniority (those graduating in May 2014 will have priority over others graduating later). There is no advantage to pre-registering quickly, just as long as you register by the November 3rd deadline. If a student is placed in a course that is not their first choice, they will automatically be placed on the waitlist(s) for their preferred course(s)
  • AFTER PRE-REGISTRATION PERIOD: After November 3rd, interested students should contact Colleen Erker, Assistant Dean for Academic Services & Registrar, at erker@wustl.edu
  • DROP DEADLINE:  The drop deadline for these courses is Monday, December 2, 2013.  
  • NON-LAW STUDENTS:  Non-law graduate-level students are welcome to take these courses and should follow the same registration instructions as law students. Some upper-level undergraduate students (juniors and seniors) may be eligible to take these courses and should follow the same instructions as graduate-level students. Non-law students must additionally complete an approval form, click here to view. (which involves obtaining their departmental approval - either in the form of a signature on the form or via an email from their department/advisor stapled to the form); however, non-law students can assume professor approval unless there is a pre-requisite they have not satisifed. Freshmen and sophomores are not eligible to take law school courses.   

PRE-REGISTRATION FORM

Click here to submit your pre-registration form, beginning Monday, October 28, 2013, at 12:00 noon. 
 [Deadline to submit: Monday, November 3, 2013. After this date, interested students should contact Colleen Erker at erker@wustl.edu.]

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS


Chapter 11 Strategies for the Business Lawyer - W74-645F

Professor: Jill Nicholson
Drop deadline:  Mon, Dec. 2, 2013.  Course Description:  This course will provide the foundation for understanding chapter 11 bankruptcy cases from inception to conclusion.  Class discussion will be based on a hypothetical problem modeled after current bankruptcy cases, and students will have the opportunity to learn chapter 11 strategies from the perspective of various parties in interest, including secured and unsecured creditors, equity holders, and the corporate debtor. This class will cover the essential elements of corporate bankruptcies ranging from the automatic stay, property of the estate, fraudulent transfers, and preferences through contested plan confirmation and post-confirmation liquidating trusts.  Bankruptcy is not a prerequisite. Attendance is mandatory. Grading will be modified pass/fail (HP-3.94, P, LP-2.98, F-2.50), and will be based on a take-home written examination (and class attendance, preparation, and participation may be taken into consideration). The take-home final will be uploaded via the MyLaw take-home exam site, which will be available Fri., Jan. 10, and will remain open until the examination is due, by 8:00 am on Tues., Jan. 14.  1 unit. 
Class times:  MTuWThF:  1:00p-3:30p (January 6-10, 2014)  

Electronic Evidence in the Age of Cloud Computing - W74-551E

Professors: Hon. Audrey Fleissig and John F. Cowling
Drop deadline:  Mon, Dec. 2, 2013.  Course Description:  Students who have completed Evidence are eligible to take this class. Computers and electronic devices have changed the way we communicate, and electronically stored information (“ESI”) is quickly changing the cost and dynamics of litigation. In this course we will review the basics of computer files, storage and retrieval, and computer forensics, and will examine what some of this ESI looks like. We will then explore E-discovery, including the E-discovery rules, triggers and preservation, proportionality and cooperation, spoliation and sanctions. Finally, we will focus on the evidentiary aspects of ESI, including privilege and FRE Rule 502, and how rules such as authentication, relevance, prejudice, best evidence and hearsay apply in the electronic world. Attendance is mandatory and will be taken each day. Grading will be modified pass/fail (HP-3.94, P, LP-2.98, F-2.50), and will be based on a take-home written examination (and class attendance, preparation, and participation may be taken into consideration). The take-home final will be uploaded via the MyLaw take-home exam site, which will be available Fri., Jan. 10, and will remain open until the examination is due, by 8:00 am on Tues., Jan. 14. 1 unit. 

Class times:  MTuWThF:  9:00a-11:30a (January 6-10, 2014) 

European Union Environmental Law - W74-705D

Professor: Nicola Lugaresi
Drop deadline:  Mon, Dec. 2, 2013.  Course Description:  This course will start from the origins and development of European Union environmental law, interpreted through the relevant provisions of the EU Treaties (and of the Charter of Fundamental Rights). The analysis of the legal grounds for EU environmental policy and of the environmental general principles will follow, providing the general framework. Cases from the Court of Justice of the EU will help in understanding paths, expectations and problems, considering the complex relationship between the Union and the Member States. Issues as harmonization, implementation, free movement of goods and competition will be analyzed under the environmental lens. The relationship between the environmental policy and other policies (with special attention to the internal market and competition) will also be considered. Case law, again, will help in the understanding of the issues involved and the legal mechanisms adopted. Materials and references will be provided to be read before classes. Students will be encouraged to participate in class discussions. Attendance is mandatory. Grading will be modified pass/fail (HP-3.94, P, LP-2.98, F-2.50), and will be based on a take-home written examination (and class attendance, preparation, and participation may be taken into consideration). The take-home final will be uploaded via the MyLaw take-home exam site, which will be available Fri., Jan. 10, and will remain open until the examination is due, by 8:00 am on Tues., Jan. 14.  1 unit.  

Class times:  MTuWThF:  9:00a-11:30a (January 6-10, 2014) 

International Financial Law - W74-570F

Professor: Wei Wang
Drop deadline:  Mon, Dec. 2, 2013.  Course Description:  This course contains two parts. Part I is public law of international finance, including the principle and practice of international financial regulation by international organizations (IMF, World Bank, WTO) and domestic financial regulators (CBRC of China as an example). Part II is private law of international finance, including the principle and practice of international financial transactions (e.g., syndicated loan, securitization). This course is related to international investment law (e.g., how to supervise/regulate a foreign-funded bank in a state), international trade law. Students enrolling in this course should have had general knowledge on public international law and private international law (or law of conflict). Additionally, the course will also discuss the new development of the dispute settlement of international finance.  Students will be asked to read some new cases (such as China-Certain Measures Affecting Electronic Payment Services, or Citibank NA and Anor v QVT Financial LP), and some old cases (such as Foley v. Hill). Attendance is mandatory. Grading will be modified pass/fail (HP-3.94, P, LP-2.98, F-2.50), and will be based on a take-home written examination (and class attendance, preparation, and participation may be taken into consideration). The take-home final will be uploaded via the MyLaw take-home exam site, which will be available Fri., Jan. 10, and will remain open until the examination is due, by 8:00 am on Tues., Jan. 14.  1 unit.   

Class times:  MTuWThF:  9:00a-11:30a  (January 6-10, 2014) 

International Trade Law - W74-554D

Professor: Dr. Alan Davidson
Drop deadline:  Mon, Dec. 2, 2013.  Course Description:  This course is provides an introduction to and examination of the law, practice and regulation of International Trade Law. The course seeks to develop students' knowledge and awareness of law, practice and regulation in international trade. This course deals with the different types of arrangement for undertaking international business, such as open account, licensing agreements, franchise agreements and distributorship agreements. Participants will consider a range of legal issues arising from the regulation of international trade, including legal and commercial strategies developed to minimise risk, and the relevant trade instruments and international regimes. Topics include: Private International law; Financing of international exports; International sale of goods; Incoterms 2010; Carriage of goods by sea; and International commercial arbitration.  Attendance is mandatory. Grading will be modified pass/fail (HP-3.94, P, LP-2.98, F-2.50), and will be based on a take-home written examination (and class attendance, preparation, and participation may be taken into consideration). The take-home final will be uploaded via the MyLaw take-home exam site, which will be available Fri., Jan. 10, and will remain open until the examination is due, by 8:00 am on Tues., Jan. 14.  1 unit.  

Class times:  MTuWThF:  9:00a-11:30a  (January 6-10, 2014) 

Introduction to Law Firm Practice - W74-561E

Professor: Michael Downey
Drop deadline:  Mon, Dec. 2, 2013.  Course Description:  Most law school graduates enter private practice. This course attempts to prepare them for some of the daily challenges they will encounter in such a setting by teaching them how law firms are structured, how they generate revenue and compensate lawyers, and how they develop business. It will also discuss issues such as what law firms value, how lawyers bill time, and how to deal with co-workers and clients. Teaching methods will include role play and other creative techniques. Grading will be modified pass/fail (HP94,P, LP78, F70) and based primarily upon a reflective journal, as well as upon class participation. Grading for this course will be modified pass/fail (HP-3.94, P, LP-2.98, F-2.50), and will not be anonymous. The journal will be uploaded via the MyLaw take-home exam site, which will be available Fri., Jan. 10, and will remain open until the journal is due, by 8:00 a.m. on Tues., Jan. 14. 1 unit. 

Class times:  MTuWThF:  9:00a-11:30a (January 6-10, 2014) 

The Lawyer’s Role in Urban Revitalization: St. Louis as a Case Study - W74-551G

Professor: Ryan Rippel
Drop deadline:  Mon, Dec. 2, 2013.  Course Description: The problems of a struggling city are shaped by – and arguably can be addressed through – local government law, the structures of municipal institutions, private sector interests, and the practicalities of politics. This course will use local government law to examine some of the institutional and public policy challenges facing St. Louis and examine potential pathways to growth for the city. Each session will couple local government law doctrines with a particular “public problem” faced by St. Louis: inner city decline vs. suburban growth, economic development in a fragmented landscape, issues of inequity, and regional governance. It will put students in the position of serving as legal and policy advisers and, ultimately, decision makers with the goal of challenging students to think strategically about the trade-offs decision-makers face. To this end, a final, 5-7 page writing assignment will require students to analyze one specific public problem from the larger subset of course themes and apply local government law doctrines covered in class in developing possible solutions. Attendance is mandatory. Grading will be based on class participation and the final memo. In addition, students will be expected to hold time for two afternoon site visits in St. Louis: Tuesday, January 7 from 1-4pm and Thursday, January 9 from 1-4pm. These site visits will be in addition to regular class time. More details will be forthcoming to enrolled students. The final memo will be uploaded via the MyLaw take-home exam site, which will be available Friday, January 10, and will remain open until the memo is due, by 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday, January 14. Grading for this course will be modified pass/fail (HP-3.94, P, LP-2.98, F-2.50).  1 unit. 

Class times:  MTuWThF:  9:00a-11:30a and TuTh: 1:00p-4:00p  (January 6-10, 2014) 

Managing National Security - W74-691D

Professor: Hon. James Baker
Drop deadline:  Mon, Dec. 2, 2013.  Course Description:  Enrollment limit: 14.  This course is about the substance, process, and practice of national security law. The course introduces students to the structure and process of national security decision-making. It also introduces students to the instruments of national security policy, with focus on the intelligence and military tools. Special attention is paid to the relationship between law and policy and the role of the lawyer in effecting both. During the final session, students will participate in a mock National Security Council meeting followed by a debriefing to identify relevant law and discuss what was realistic as well as artificial about the exercise. Attendance is mandatory. Grading is not anonymous and is based on participation in one national security scenario, including: (1) Preparation of pocket talking points the Attorney General might use for the meeting you are attending.  (5+/-pages/blind graded) (50%); and (2) Oral participation in a scenario playing the role of a National Security Principal at an NSC meeting (50%).  Grading for this course will be modified pass/fail (HP-3.94, P, LP-2.98, F-2.50).  1 unit. 

Class times:  MTuWTh: 9:00a-11:30a and Th: 1:00p-3:30p (January 6-9, 2014). This class does not meet on Fri, Jan. 10. 

Managing Risks in International Transactions - W74-625E

Professor: Robert Zafft
Drop deadline:  Mon, Dec. 2, 2013.  Course Description:  An Anglo-American business lawyer should do more than advise clients on the law.  Within the framework of the law and professional ethics, s/he should help clients achieve their business goals.  This course will review the theory and practice in which international business transactions take place, exploring the ways in which the parties, their advisors, and intermediaries identify, mitigate and allocate transaction risk.  Major topics include: (i) Professional Responsibility, Agency and Governance Issues -- the parties and advisors to transactions; (ii) Negotiation risks -- the deal process; (iii) Commercial terms and risk shifting; (iv) Execution risks; and (v) Enforcement risks.  The course materials will be a mix of norms (Bar Association rules, 1980 Vienna Convention, FCPA), case law and deal documents. Grading will be modified pass/fail (HP-3.94, P, LP-2.98, F-2.50).  Attendance is mandatory. Class attendance, preparation, and participation are expected and may be taken into consideration in the final grade. There will be a take-home exam administered via MyLaw. The exam will be available on the afternoon of Friday, Jan. 10, and will due by 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 14.  1 unit.  

Class times:  MTuWThF:  9:00a-11:30a (January 6-10, 2014) 

Private Equity Transactions - W74-566C

Professors: Michael Paley and Brian Wolfe
Drop deadline:  Mon, Dec. 2, 2013.  Course Description: This course will examine from a practical perspective the issues and documentation arising in a typical private equity acquisition transaction, using a mixture of lectures, cases and guest speakers. The course will begin with a basic introduction to the private equity industry, including the roles of the various business and legal participants, and will then focus on the structure, negotiation and documentation of a private equity investment transaction. Overall, the course is intended as a survey/introductory course, rather than an in-depth analysis of any particular area of law or type of document. Time will be set aside for discussions about current events and careers in the private equity industry. Grading will be modified pass/fail (HP-3.94, P, LP-2.98, F-2.50).  Attendance is mandatory. Class attendance, preparation, and participation are expected and may be taken into consideration in the final grade. There will be a take-home exam administered via MyLaw. The exam will be available on the afternoon of Fri., Jan. 10, and will due by 8:00 a.m. on Tues., Jan. 14.  1 unit.  

Class times:  MTuWThF:  9:00a-11:30a (January 6-10, 2014)