Boston University School of Law

Civil Litigation Program

JD861 Civil Litigation Program (C)

JD 861 (A1) Civil Litigation Program (C)
HEFD
ARR 3 credits
Fall
Burdick, et al
JD 861 (B1) Civil Litigation Program (C)
IRC
ARR 3 credits
Fall

Diamond/Hlass/Stokes

JD 861 (C1) Civil Litigation Program (C)
Employment Rights
ARR 3 credits
Fall
Burdick, et al
JD 861 (A1) Civil Litigation Program (C)
HEFD
ARR 3 credits
Spring
Burdick, et al
JD 861 (B1) Civil Litigation Program (C)
IRC
ARR 3 credits
Spring
Diamond/Hlass/Stokes
JD 861 (C2) Civil Litigation Program (C)
Employment Rights
ARR 3 credits
Spring
Burdick, et al

 

 

The Civil Litigation Program gives students the opportunity to use their lawyering skills in all courtroom levels - from local trial and housing courts, to the state's Supreme Judicial Court, to the federal court. In fact, several landmark decisions by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court began as student-represented cases in the Civil Litigation Program. Students in the Civil Litigation Clinic choose from three options: *Housing, Employment, Family and Disability Clinic (HEFD) (full-year program) - The average HEFD clinic caseload over two semesters typically includes 4-5 cases in areas such as domestic relations, eviction defense, employment law and Social Security appeals. Other kinds of cases may also be assigned. *Immigration Rights Clinic (IRC) (full-year program) - The average IRC clinic caseload over two semesters typically includes two asylum or humanitarian/refugee related cases, and a significant research project. *Employment Rights Clinic (ERC) (one semester program, fall or spring) - Students will represent clients in unemployment compensation cases, and a possibility of working on wage and hour disputes, discrimination/sexual harassment cases, and Family Medical Leave Act cases. PREREQUISITE/COREQUISITE (HEFD & IRC OPTIONS): If you have not already done so, you must take Evidence during the first semester to satisfy the student practice rule. If you have already taken Trial Advocacy, you will still need to take the clinical section. It is closely integrated with your field work. PREREQUISITE/COREQUISITE (ERC OPTION): Spring ERC students must take Evidence and Professional Responsibility concurrently with the Employment Rights Clinic, or students must have already taken these courses. Fall ERC students must take Evidence concurrently, or have already taken this course. NOTE: This clinic satisfies the upper-class professional skills requirement.

 

JD973 Civil Litigation Program/Pretrial Advocacy

JD 973 (A1) Pretrial Advocacy
HEFD
T 4:20-7:20

3 credits
Fall

Burdick, et al

JD 973 (B1) Pretrial Advocacy
IRC
T 4:20-7:20 3 credits
Fall
Diamond/Hlass/Stokes
JD 973 (C1) Pretrial Advocacy
Employment Rights
T 4:20-7:20 3 credits
Fall
Burdick, et al

 

 

The program also includes a serious classroom component during which you learn the theories of practice for use in the field. Pretrial Advocacy is taught in groups of roughly 14 students and two clinical professors per group. Half of the classes are devoted to activities and simulations in which you role play with the skills that are taught. Students in the HEFD (section A1) and IRC (section B1) options take Pretrial Advocacy in the fall. Students in the ERC fall option (section C1) will take Pretrial Advocacy plus a "bootcamp" in Trial Advocacy. Please note that only the HEFD and ERC section of Pre-Trial Advocacy will satisfy the Professional Responsibility requirement. The IRC section will not satisfy the requirement. GRADING NOTICE: HEFD & ERC sections do not offer the CR/NC/H option.

 

JD974 Civil Litigation Program/Trial Advocacy

JD 974 (A1) Trial Advocacy
HEFD
T 4:20-6:20 3 credits
Spring

Burdick, et al

JD 974 (B1) Trial Advocacy
IRC
T 4:20-6:20 3 credits
Spring
Diamond/Hlass/Stokes

JD 974 (C2)

Trial Advocacy
Employment Rights

T 4:20-6:20

3 credits
Spring

Burdick, et al

 

 

The program also includes a serious classroom component during which you learn the theories of practice for use in the field. Trial Advocacy is taught in groups of roughly 14 students and two clinical professors per group. Half of the classes are devoted to activities and simulations in which you role play with the skills that are taught. Students in the HEFD (section A1) and IRC (section B1) options take Trial Advocacy in the spring. Students in the ERC spring option (section C2) will take Trial Advocacy plus a "bootcamp" in Pretrial Advocacy.