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Legal Profession and Ethics

Business of Law

Course Description:

Dramatic changes have rocked the legal market in recent years. Outsourcing, global competition, contract lawyers, do-it-yourself websites, and telecommuting are just some of the forces affecting law practice. Clients are pushing lawyers to lower costs, organizations find it more difficult to train lawyers, and the competition for jobs has increased. Yet a vast number of …


Civil Law Clinic

Course Description:

Students take on a wide variety of civil matters pending in local, state, and federal courts under faculty supervision. Students work with clients, appear in court, negotiate with opposing counsel, draft motions, and try cases. The clinic’s cases represent a wide variety of areas of practice, from public interest and civil rights to consumer, personal …


Criminal Defense Clinic

Course Description:

This clinic operates as a small law office specializing in criminal defense work. Under faculty supervision, each student represents several defendants charged with misdemeanors in the Franklin County Municipal Court. Students develop the fact gathering skills, practical knowledge, problem solving abilities, negotiation tactics, and ethical sensitivity necessary to advocate effectively for criminal defendants. In addition …


Criminal Prosecution Clinic

Course Description:

Students represent the City of Delaware and the State of Ohio in criminal cases, prosecuting cases as diverse as domestic violence, sexual misconduct, drunk driving, and theft. Each student is responsible for his or her own cases and handles every aspect of the prosecution including witness interviews, motion practice, plea negotiations, evidentiary hearings, and bench …


Entrepreneurial Business Law Clinic

Course Description:

The EBLC offers a mix of clinical work with start-up businesses and early-stage entrepreneurs, and an academic component about transactional and business law topics. Students practice preparedness to form a legal entity after interviewing the client, reviewing their business model, and in-class collaboration; then, preparedness to address the primary legal needs of new businesses, issues …


Ethical Issues

Course Description:

This course brings together students and faculty from several professional schools and colleges – Allied Medicine, Education, Law, Medicine, Social Work, and Theology – to discuss ethical issues that concern all of the involved professions. A case study method is used. Areas of recent study: (a) privacy and confidentiality, including privileged communication between professionals and …


Ethics and ADR Seminar

Course Description:

This course offers both a survey in professional responsibility and in-depth application of the law governing lawyers to alternative dispute resolution (ADR).  Grading is based on a pass/fail exam over the basic provisions of the Model Rules of Professional Conduct and a substantial research paper involving a legal ethical issue as applied to the ADR …


Ethics of Washington Lawyering

Course Description:

The course will focus on the core institutions of Washington lawyering, including Congress, the White House, Department of Justice, federal agencies, and the courts. It will cover ethical requirements and issuess of lawyering on a variety of topics, such as congressional oversight and lawmaking, nominations, setting law and legal policy for the Executive Branch, the Administrative …


Justice for Children Clinic

Course Description:

The course examines the substantive and procedural rights of children in a variety of legal contexts. As legal interns certified by the Ohio Supreme Court, students will each represent at least two juvenile clients. Cases may fall into any of the following areas of law: juvenile delinquency, abuse, neglect or dependency, appeals, immigration, or special …


Law, Lawyers, and Social Movements Seminar

Course Description:

This course will examine the relationship between law, lawyers, and social movements, and, in so doing, consider the relationship between law, social structures, and social change.  It will examine how legal strategies for social change work to secure rights for marginalized groups, and about the converse: how organizing with the law as a reference point can …


Patient Client Care

Course Description:

The course provides an opportunity for 12 students from each of the 6 professions – Allied Medicine, Education, Law, Medicine, Social Work, and Theology–to work together with faculty to develop the skills to design treatment plans for clients with complex problems presented in cases. Students and faculty work together to: (1) develop increased understanding of …


Professional Responsibility

Course Description:

Lawyers are regulated by moral, professional and legal constraints in discharging their responsibilities as representatives of clients, officers of the legal system, and public citizens having special responsibilities for the quality of justice.  This is a survey course in professional responsibility, with emphasis on the law governing lawyers.  Using cases and hypotheticals, the course explores …