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Capstone Courses

Capstone Courses are designed to provide third-year students with an avenue to draw upon the critical analysis and skills training they have received in law school and to further develop the problem solving orientation and skills crucial in law practice. As "capstones," these classes are designed to ensure close interaction with practicing lawyers who are leaders in their fields with a wealth of professional judgment. They are limited enrollment courses and require students to take an active role through simulations, exercises, and individual feedback.

The China Problem centers on the problem solving, skills and professional judgment required in transactional work. The course emphasizes application of practice skills such as critical thinking, negotiations, and writing for a senior partner and for a client. The problem entails advising a client on the risks and opportunities of forming a business or a joint venture in China. The class is taught by Robert Miller—the former corporate general counsel/global legal for The Procter & Gamble Company, where he oversaw P&G's international ventures—currently of counsel at Jones Day.

The Employment Problem course centers on problem solving and the skills and professional judgment required in litigation work. Students address problems frequently associated with initial business intake, client expectations, and litigation strategy using a hypothetical suit alleging the theft of trade secrets. The simulation requires students to experience practice problems including fee arrangements, litigation costs, ethical issues and client relations. The course is taught by James Davidson, who is the Deputy Managing Partner at Ice Miller, LLP and Coordinator of the Employment Litigation Practice Area.

In the Hospital Problem, a hospital system is seeking to acquire a private physician network. There are four segments to the course: advice to the corporations on the business deal; advice to the hospital and the private practice regarding unionization and labor issues; executive employment agreements for the practice plan leaders who will transition to the hospital and a final analysis of any issues not previously addressed as well as an assessment of the key strategies, techniques and qualities required for an attorney to ethically and successfully advise a client. This course is taught by Kimberly Shumate, Associate General Counsel for The Ohio State University.

New capstone courses are added each year. For example, in 2012, the Disaster Problem will focus on issues facing a national insurance company in the hours and days immediately following a major national disaster.