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
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JD 861 (B1) 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 (B2) 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 two 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. *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 OPTION): 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
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 option take Pretrial Advocacy in the fall, while Students in the ERC fall option will take Pretrial Advocacy plus a "bootcamp" in Trial Advocacy. Please note that the HEFD and ERC section of Pre-Trial Advocacy will satisfy the Professional Responsibility 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 (B2)

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 option take Trial Advocacy in the spring. Students in the ERC spring option will take Trial Advocacy plus a "bootcamp" in Pretrial Advocacy.