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Winter 2021 Course

Advocacy: Beyond the Courtroom

Note: This course is restricted to first-year J.D. students only.

The drop deadline for 1L January Experiential Term (JET) classes is December 4, 2020. Students may not drop a course if they do not have an offer to enroll in a different JET course.

1L JET courses are intensive learning courses. Class attendance is required in each course every day of the term, beginning Tuesday, January 5th. Students should plan accordingly and should not take on other work commitments during the term.

Exam Type: No Exam

Taught by two practicing attorneys, this course allows students to develop their oral, written, and strategic advocacy skills for clients and for causes. Through interactive exercises and team-based work, students will learn how to advance a client’s interest in a variety of different contexts, including in impact litigation, in deals, in legislatures, in the nonprofit world, and in the public eye. Students will explore writing opinion pieces, negotiating one-on-one and in a group setting, analyzing grassroots campaigns, and advocating for a client in a criminal context, among other hands-on skill-building exercises. In addition to course readings and writing assignments, students will work in teams to research, prepare and draft an advocacy plan in lieu of a final exam.

Note: There may be days throughout the winter term that require attendance beyond the scheduled times. Please refer to the course syllabus and page for more information.