JD Program Notes Spring 2013


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    • All Seminars are limited to 15 students.
    • Appellate Advocacy Practicum is limited to 18 students.
    • Foster Youth Advocacy is limited to 8 students.
    • General Practice is limited to 20 students.
    • Legal Drafting Practicum is limited to 26 students (1 section available).
    • Litigation Clinic is limited to 25 students.
    • Mediation Clinic only meets once for an initial orientation session and is limited to 7 students.
    • Mediation, Negotiation, Dispute Resolution and Divorce Mediation are limited to 30 students.
    • Trial Advocacy is limited to 16 students.
    •  Any other class with low enrollment may be cancelled. 



    Considered a second-year day and third-year evening course; registration priority will be given to those students.  Students entering their third-year day and fourth-year evening will be permitted to register for Business Associations only after the second-year day and third-year evening students have registered. 


     Is an intensive course that meets one weekend in January, Saturday and Sunday.  Attendance at every class for the full duration of class is mandatory. Class preparation is required for each day. A research pathfinder paper will be due in March. The last day to drop Electronic Legal Research section one and receive a refund is the Wednesday before class meets (January 02, 2013) and the last day to add is the Friday before class meets (January 04, 2013). 


     Students wishing to continue enrollment in Foster Youth Advocacy from the previous semester may do so by coming to the Office of Records and Registration and completing an add/drop from. Continuation of Foster Youth Advocacy may be variable credit 1 or 2 and must be approved by the faculty member prior to registration.   


    Significant research paper or an independent research project under the guidance of a member of the full-time faculty. A student may not register for independent research until the student provides a written proposal, tentative outline, and tentative hypothesis accepted by a full-time faculty member.   A student may not register for more than one independent research project in a semester, or for more than six total hours of independent research credit, without the approval of the Associate Dean. Independent Research may be used to satisfy the Upper-class Writing Requirement. 

    JURY INSTRUCTIONS (Law 921) Professor Judge (1 credit): 

    This skill-based course will introduce students to the theoretical considerations involved in drafting jury instructions, as well as provide them with hands-on training in the research and writing of instructions.  Students will learn a step-by-step approach to the drafting of instructions for use prior to trial, during trial and at the end of trial.  Students will also learn how to prepare jury interrogatories and additional findings, how to prepare verdict forms, how to participate in a charging conference and preserve perceived error, and how to address jury questions and the issue of inconsistent verdicts.   Throughout the course there will be continuing discussion on the role of counsel as an advocate and an officer of the Court, including ethical considerations and balancing advocacy with presenting correct statements of the law. The last day to drop Jury Instruction section one and receive a refund is the first Sunday after class begins (January 13, 2013) and the last day to add is before class begins (January 08, 2013).  

    LEGAL DRAFTING COURSES (LAW 633): can only be taken in final year of law school 

    LEGAL DRAFTING: Civil Litigation - This section of legal drafting focuses on the practice of law in civil courts.  Students will draft a Complaint, an Answer, and a Discovery Motion based on a case file developed throughout the semester.   


    All students who take litigation clinic may register for 2 or 3 credit hours. If you wish to register for more than 3 hours, you must get permission from Professor Danny Bank or Professor Lori McCaughan.  Bring your Change of Registration form signed by the Professor to the Office of Records & Registration and the office will make the change. The Litigation Clinic requires a valid Ohio Intern's License (see instructions below).  Students admitted fall 2006 or after must have completed 60 credit hours (received grades) in order to be eligible for a valid Ohio Intern’s License.  PLEASE NOTE: Clinic will meet for the first regularly scheduled class. Beginning the next day, for seven (7) consecutive days, the class will meet from 7:30 am to 9:00 am (excluding weekends and holidays). These classes are mandatory. Thereafter, Clinic will meet approximately seven (7) additional times at the regularly scheduled day and time. 


    A clinical experience for students who have already completed the Mediation course as a prerequisite.  Students will complete some classroom work, but they will spend the majority of time mediating disputes in a variety of settings. Students will conduct and/or observe pre-scheduled mediation sessions at the Franklin County Municipal Court, the City Prosecutor’s Office, and The Supreme Court of Ohio. Mediations may be scheduled during the day or evening hours and may require attendance at different locations. The classroom work involves general skills training in the techniques needed to conduct mediation.    Additional training and classroom work will focus on subject areas that will assist the student in performing his/her role as a mediator.  There is no regular class time set for this course.  Classroom sessions will be scheduled based on student availability.    NOTE:  Each student will have a different “mediation” schedule that she/he will specifically coordinate with the professor.   This schedule can be a set time for the entire semester, or it change from week to week as the professor and student determine.  The professor and student have flexibility in determining this schedule.  After completing the Mediation Clinic for 3 credit hours, students may petition to take an additional semester of Mediation Clinic for 1, 2 or 3 credits hours. 


    Students enrolling in Moot Court will be registered by the Office of Records and Registration once permission has been given by the Moot Court Advisor.  


    If you began in 2006 or later, you need to have EARNED 60 credit hours.  There are NO exceptions for this requirement. Application forms are located at the Office of Records and Registration. 


    Where multiple sections of courses are offered, day students must register for the day sections and evening students must register for the evening sections during the advanced registration period. This does not include seminars. After the advanced registration period, “open registration” begins and day students may register for available spots in the evening sections and vice versa.

      • Spring open registration courses include: Appellate Advocacy Practicum, Business Associations II, Estates and Trusts and Payment Systems. 



    Effective Spring 2013 - Students are no longer required to have completed 50 credit hours of law school credit in order to enroll in the Professional Responsibility (690) course.  


    If you are planning to take one of the courses below, please make sure you affirmatively choose the number of credit hours you plan to take.  Each default to a specific number (listed below).  If you do not change it to a different number, you will be registered for the default number.

    • General Litigation Clinic – 2 credits is the default. If you wish to register for 3, you must manually change the credit hours.
    • Independent Research – 1 credit is the default.  If you wish to register for 2 or 3, you must manually change the credit hours.