854 Clinical Program: Consumer Law - §002, Summer 2013 10-Week Session

Categories: Law Practice Skills Consumer Law Public Interest Law

Instructor(s) Orr, Sarah

This course is open only to students enrolled in the Consumer Law Clinic, by instructor's consent.

Summer Learning Objectives:

1a. Students will be able to identify, understand, and apply substantive and procedural consumer protection laws including state and federal statutes and regulations.

2a. Students will be able to gather and analyze examine facts, distinguish the legal and non-legal issues, research the issues and prioritize the issues in a verbal report or written memo.

2b. Students will be able to predict (i.e., hypothesize and visualize) how clients will handle various options and how opposing parties will respond to those actions.

2c. Students will be able to evaluate the various options available to clients, estimate the pros and cons, explain these to the client, and recommend a course(s) of action.

3a. Students will be able to create their own personal definition of what it means to be a legal professional, incorporating the rules of professional conduct and their personal values.

4a. Students will be able to competently conduct an initial client interview.

Fall Learning Objectives

1a. Students will be able to identify, understand, and apply substantive and procedural consumer protection laws, including state and federal statutes and regulations.

2a. Students will be able to gather and analyze examine facts, distinguish the legal and non-legal issues, research the issues and prioritize the issues in a verbal report or written memo.

2b. Students will be able to predict (i.e., hypothesize and visualize) how clients will handle various options and how opposing parties will respond to those actions.

2c. Students will be able to evaluate the various options available to clients, estimate the pros and cons, explain these to the client, and recommend a course(s) of action.

3a. Students will be able to develop and refine their own personal definition of what it means to be a legal professional, incorporating the rules of professional conduct and their personal values.

4a. Students will be able to competently and ethically interview and counsel clients.


Formative Assessment:

In classroom discussions and in response to drafts of written assignments I will give feedback regarding the students’ efforts towards achieving the above learning outcomes. (direct assessment)

I will ask clients and opposing counsel about their assessment of the students’ work. (indirect assessment)

Summative Assessment:

At the end of the term, the student will conduct a self-evaluation and I will conduct a review of his or her portfolio of work including written work product, and participation in the work of the clinic and individual progress over time.

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