Registration

Registration for Spring 2015 is Nov. 11 for 3Ls and Nov. 12 for 2Ls. 1L students are manually registered in courses by the registrar and do not need to take special steps regarding registration.

If you have a hold on your account, you will be unable to register. Contact the business office to make arrangements to have the hold released.

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Course Schedule

Required Courses

  • You must take all required first-year and upper-level courses. In order to meet Graduation Requirements, you must complete 88 total credit hours, and complete the upper-level writing program, public service program and Mentor Externship program.
  • Professional Responsibility and Lawyering Skills III are required during your 2L year. If you do not take these classes in the fall of your 2L year, you must take them in the spring.
  • You must register for the Mentor Externship Program course (2L section LAW 930 or a 3L section LAW 933). The seminar counts as 1 credit for the year, calculated as 0 credits in the fall and 1 credit in the spring. You must sign up for the same section both terms.

Bar Courses & the Uniform Bar Exam

One consideration in selecting courses is whether a course covers material that will be tested on the bar examination. While each state governs admission to its own bar, there has been a movement among several states (including Minnesota) toward the Uniform Bar Exam (UBE). The UBE Memo contains important information on what the UBE might mean for you. The last page of the memo also lists courses that are covered on the UBE. 

The UBE will no longer test Credit and Payment Devices after July 2014.

The School of Law generally offers bar courses once each academic year – and typically twice if the course also is a required part of our curriculum. 

Non-UST Law Courses

Law school policies permit you to receive credits for courses outside UST Law, but limit the number of credits permitted. Read these policies carefully, and contact Registrar Jill Akervik or Associate Dean Joel Nichols with questions.

Course Load

  • You will take 12-16 credits full time each fall and spring semester, and up to 7 credits in the summer. Flexible scheduling options are available, including the possibility of taking up to 18 credits in a semester with special permission. Contact Associate Dean Nichols for more information. Also see Academic Policy III-A-2.
  • The required Mentor Externship course will count as 1 credit toward your course load each spring semester.

Wait Lists

You may add your name to a wait list for only two courses that have otherwise closed. If you place yourself on more, you will be removed from them. If a spot opens up in a course, Registrar Jill Akervik will contact you by email, and you will have 24 hours to respond before she offers the spot to the next person on the list. Waitlists are processed weekly.  

Course Cancellations

If, after completion of registration, enrollment in any course is so low that offering the course is not justified, the School of Law may cancel the course. You will be informed if a course you registered for has been cancelled, and you will be given the opportunity to enroll in any course for which enrollment limits have not been satisfied.

Adding & Dropping Courses

For information on adding and dropping courses, see Policy III-B-2. Note: The possibility of dropping clinic or externship courses is much more limited.

If you drop a course or withdraw from the university, your tuition refund will be calculated according to the following schedule (subject to federal regulations regarding Title IV federal financial aid):

Fall & Spring

  Summer   

Through the 14th calendar day of the term

100%

Through the 7th calendar day of the term

100%

From the 15th-21st calendar day of the term

 80%

From the 8th-14th calendar day of the term

75%

From the 22nd-28th calendar day of the term

 60%

From the 15th-21st calendar day of the term

50%

From the 29th-35th calendar day of the term

 40%

From the 22nd-28th calendar day of the term

25%

From the 36th-42nd calendar day of the term

20%

After the 29th day of the term

0%

After the 42nd day of the term

  0%

   

 

Spring 2015 News

Clinics, Externships & Practicum Courses

Learning by doing is an important part of our curriculum at St. Thomas. Experiential learning happens in a variety of formats in a number of classes (e.g., Client Interviewing and Counseling, Negotiation, Land Use Law, and others). In addition to such classes, however, there are three major categories of courses that provide specific avenues for experiential learning.

  • CLINICS The School of Law continues to expand its clinical offerings and is now home to 11 unique clnics, with “advanced” options in many of the clinics. As a clinical student, you perform real lawyering tasks on projects for clients, working alongside experienced practitioners. Selection of spots in clinics generally happens before the course registration period. 
  • EXTERNSHIPS You can receive academic credit for your work in a real-world business/corporate setting, a judicial setting, or a public service environment (public defender’s office, nonprofit organization, or others) through the School of Law's externship programs.
  • MENTOR EXTERNSHIP The required Mentor Externship course counts as 1 credit toward our course load each spring semester.
  • PRACTICUM COURSES These classes are limited-enrollment classes in which you can delve more deeply into a particular area of law by working as a lawyer on a simulated problem under close faculty supervision. These courses help you to develop practical skills by combining doctrinal knowledge and real-world legal work. Practicum courses offer opportunities for extensive feedback and mentoring.  
    • Energy Law Practicum (Adjunct Prof. Steve Tyacke)
    • Catholic Social Thought and International Law (Prof. Teresa Collett)

Courses with Special Enrollment Procedures

Course Contact Instructions                   
Catholic Social Thought and International Law Prof. Teresa Collett  
Crime and Punishment Prof. Hank Shea This is a short course.
Interscholastic Moot Court, Negotiation, and Mock Trial
Teams 
Prof. Mark Osler Membership determined separately.
Legal Analysis Review  Scott Swanson  Contact ‌Scott Swanson for enrollment instructions.
Mediation Prof. Mariana Hernandez Crespo Two sections will be offered. Click here for details.
Topics: Investigations Prof. Hank Shea Held January through February only.

Upper-Level Writing Requirement

You can satisfy the upper-level writing requirement in two ways:

First, some courses entail papers that either satisfy the requirement or may be expanded to satisfy the requirement. For Spring 2015, these courses are

  • Comparative Constitutional Law (Prof. Mitchell Gordon)
  • History of Marriage Law (Prof. Charles Reid)
  • Topics: Hate Speech (Prof. Rob Kahn)

Second, you are encouraged to undertake your supervised research paper as an independent project with a professor. Here is a list of professors and subject areas. Many professors are comfortable in several areas; consider the courses a professor teaches as a starting point for topic areas. You can enroll in a supervised research course for one or two credits, or if you do not need the credits, you can simply write the paper under the faculty member’s supervision without receiving course credit. You may not register for a supervised research section with a particular professor unless you have that professor’s permission. Submit this form to Registrar Jill Akervik.  

New Courses

Topics: Advanced Family Law (Adjunct Prof. Marty Swaden and others), 2 credits — This class is an interactive course in which students explore and experience techniques for creating a family law practice that is focused on the family and its sustained health through times of transformation and change. The course has been designed by the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (MN Chapter). Using simulated cases, students will work with actual court forms and documents used by practicing attorneys and experts. Numerous instructors and professionals dealing with family law matters will assist in the course, teaching students practical methods of handling the emotional and practice challenges encountered by family law attorneys. Prerequisite: Family Law

Topics: Introduction to Financial Markets (Prof. Steve Adams), 2 credits — This class will introduce students to the ideas, methods and institutions that make up the American financial markets. It will examine the practices and operation of various markets, including those for corporate stock, debt, currency, options, futures and commodities as well as private investment funds and investment banking. It will also consider issues such as risk, crises and regulation. Experienced professionals will share their insights into financial markets.

Topics: Client Interviewing and Counseling (Prof. Jerry Organ), 1 credit — This is a one credit version of the Client Interviewing course. It will meet in a blended learning format, with only 4-5 in person meetings over the first part of the semester. It will culminate in hands-on practice interviewing of [role-playing] clients.

Topics: International and Comparative Intellectual Property (Prof. Tom Berg), 3 credits — This course will give students analytical skills, practical knowledge, and background context concerning transnational issues involving patent, copyright, and trademark—laws that are becoming increasingly central to business activity, and thus increasingly important for both specialist and general lawyers to understand. The course objectives are to give students: (1) an overview of fundamental concepts of intellectual property (IP) through comparison of how selected issues are handled by the US and other jurisdictions (the EU, other nations, etc.); (2) an overview of the international and regional trade agreements, IP agreements, and other sources of law that govern IP in the international context and that affect US laws; (3) a basic understanding of how American owners of IP secure protection of their rights in foreign nations, and how foreign owners secure their rights in the US; and (4) an introduction to moral and social-policy questions raised by IP in the global setting, with special emphasis on problems of development (including religious and other moral perspectives on those problems). There is no prerequisite for the course, since it will provide grounding in basic IP concepts; nor is scientific or technical knowledge required. Grades will be based in part on periodic writing assignments during the semester, and in part on a final exam.

Topics: Private Fund Regulation (Prof. Wulf Kaal), 3 credits — Students will study the practical arrangements and corresponding legal and regulatory regimes that govern the operation of private investment funds. These privately offered funds include hedge funds, private equity funds, and other managed funds that are exempt from the Investment Company Act of 1940. Private funds control trillions dollars of investment assets around the world and have become part of the mainstream of investment management. The growth of these funds and the expansion of the applicable regulatory framework have given rise to a great demand for legal and compliance advice and corresponding employment opportunities.

Because private funds operate internationally and are subject to different legal systems, the course will look both at the US regulatory structures the relevant legal framework in the European Union. Students will also learn the practical implications of managing private funds as well as the regulatory and compliance framework applicable to such funds. This course will use a study of statutes, regulations, SEC Forms and corresponding rules, European Directives and corresponding implementation rules, fund documentation, and other relevant materials to familiarize students with the array of legal and compliance issues in private investment fund management. This course will draw on the practical fund management experience of the professors as well as other private fund professionals in the greater Minneapolis community.

Topics: Investigations (Prof. Hank Shea and Adjunct Prof. Matt Forsgren), 2 credits — Conducting and supervising investigations have become growing responsibilities of many types of attorneys. The purpose of this joint course is to engage in a practical focus on the development of knowledge-based skills and practices that will benefit future lawyers in the acquisition and analysis of relevant facts to address and solve legal issues and problems. This experiential course will provide an opportunity for students to learn about criminal, civil, and internal investigations from a practical, hands-on perspective. Through individual and group exercises, each students will play multiple roles of government lawyer, defense attorney, and in-house counsel; Evaluations will be conducted by both live and via video tape review by the course professors and by guest speakers.

Topics: Hate Speech (Prof. Rob Kahn), 2 credits — This course looks at how societies manage speech that is ethnically or racially divisive. It rests on a series of questions: What is hate speech? Who uses it? Why do they use it? What can a society faced with hate speech do in response? Should such speech be criminalized? Are there other ways to use the law? Or other non-legal ways to restrict such speech (such as encouraging self-censorship)? Finally, should the answers to these questions be the same (because people are the same everywhere) or should they vary depending on the culture, social structure, history and legal system of the societies in question? To answer these questions, the course looks at social theory about hate speech (including the Frankfurt school), current debates over the legitimacy of hate speech laws (including arguments of Robert Post, Danish Cartoon publisher Flemming Rose and novelist Salman Rushdie) and examples of hate speech regulation (and self-censorship) drawn from Europe, Canada, Latin America, South Asia and the United States.

Topics: Food and Drug Law (Adjunct Prof. Robert Klepinski), 3 credits — This course will survey FDA regulation of the many products it controls, including pharmaceuticals, medical devices, foods, dietary supplements, biologics, and cosmetics. The course will emphasize the voluntary compliance policies that form the core of FDA enforcement. The course introduces students to the historical events that caused Congress to regulate certain products, and how the different times resulted in various regulatory schemes from them. The course will deal with the statutory framework for FDA regulation and the case law that shaped it, but will concentrate on the manner in which FDA has chosen to regulate, how companies have adopted to it, and how legal advisors may guide companies through the regulations and policies.

January Short Courses

The following course offerings are planned for the two weeks before the regular start of the term. It will not be possible for a student to take more than one of these classes. New students in Clinic orientation will have commitments on Thursday and Friday, Jan. 15-16. More information to come to you directly from clinic.

  • Client Interviewing and Counseling (2 credits), Prof. Uyen Campbell — Meets from Tues., Jan. 6 to Tues., Jan. 13, for six class periods from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
  • Crime and Punishment (2 credits), Prof. Hank Shea — Meets January 5-9 for five class days, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Great Books Seminar (3 credits) — Offered off-site in a residential format in collaboration with the Opus College of Business. Meets from January 5-9 in a full-day format; additional fee applies for housing/food.
  • Topics: Advanced Family Law (2 credits), Prof. Marty Swaden — Meets from January 12-16 for five class days, from noon to 5:30 p.m.
  • Topics: Introduction to Financial Markets (2 credits), Prof. Steve Adams — Meets from Jan. 5-16, for 10 class days, from 2-4:30 p.m.

Courses with Different Meeting Dates

Topics: Client Interviewing and Counseling (Prof. Jerry Organ) – Meets Tuesdays, Jan. 20, Feb. 3, Feb. 17 and March 3. Client interviews take place March 4-6 and March 16-20. View the Client Interviewing and Counseling Spring 2015 Syllabus.

Investigations (Prof. Hank Shea and Adjunct Prof. Matt Forsgren) – Meets in January and February only.

Mergers and Acquisition (Prof. Steve Adams) – Ends by April 10.

Compliance Concentration

The School of Law will for the first time offer a concentration in Organizational Ethics & Compliance to the class of 2015. To fulfill the concentration, you must take 12 or more credits of compliance courses, including 3 required courses and 1 or more elective courses. The concentration will be noted on your transcript, and you can tell future employers of your concentration in law school toward this skill set.

Required courses and electives can be found here. View the full schedule of 2014-15 Compliance Courses.

J.D./LL.M. Dual Degree

Any St. Thomas student (current 1L or 2L, or future student) can work toward completing the J.D. and LL.M. in a total of seven semesters rather than the eight it would typically take to earn both degrees. This means you can complete both degrees in as few as 100 total credit hours. You can finish the 88 credits required to earn the J.D. and take the bar exam in the summer, and then return and complete the LL.M. in just one more semester.

Required courses and electives can be found here.

Limited Offerings

Elective courses are offered yearly or in alternate years according to student demand, faculty availability, and other factors. We cannot guarantee that any course will be offered in a given year, but the following courses are particularly unlikely to be offered in 2015-16. You should consider taking a course on this list in Spring 2015 if you are particularly interested in it.

 

  • Comparative Constitutional Law (Prof. Mitchell Gordon)
  • Domestic Violence (Adjunct Profs. Rachel Sibley and James Street)
  • History of Marriage Law (Prof. Charles Reid)
  • International Human Rights (Prof. Robert Delahunty)
  • Jurisprudence (Prof. Charles Reid)
  • Topics: Food and Drug Law (Adjunct Prof. Robert Klepinski)
  • Topics: Hate Speech (Prof. Rob Kahn)
  • Topics: International and Comparative Intellectual Property (Prof. Tom Berg)
  • Topics: Private Fund Regulation (Prof. Wulf Kaal)

 

Co-Teachers & Instructors Not Listed

Most information concerning the instructor for a course can be found in Classfinder, however the system does not indicate when a course includes a co-teacher. The following Spring 2015 courses include co-teachers:

  • Bankruptcy Clinic — Steve Silton, Tom Wallrich, Joel Nesset, and Nadia Hasan
  • Community Justice Project — Nekima Levy-Pounds and Artika Tyner
  • Compliance Programming – Kathleen Edmond and Andrew Gunter
  • Consumer Bankruptcy Clinic — Steve Silton, Tom Wallrich, Joel Nesset, and Nadia Hasan
  • Domestic Violence – Rachel Sibley and James Street
  • Environmental Law – Katie Roek and Dan Schleck
  • Estate Planning and Administration – Matt Shea and Jason Schuller
  • Executive Perspectives on Compliance — Neil Hamilton and Ron James
  • Immigration Clinic — Virgil Wiebe and Megan Galasso
  • Immigration Law – Virgil Wiebe and Kathy Moccio
  • Investigations – Hank Shea and Matt Forsgren
  • Lawyering Skills III (Thursday) — Paige Nelson and Scott Flaherty
  • Misdemeanor Clinic — Scott Swanson and Shawn Webb

In rare cases Classfinder will list the instructor for a course simply as "STAFF." The following Spring 2015 courses will be taught as follows:

  • Business Associations – TBD
  • Compliance Programming — Kathleen Edmond and Andrew Gunter
  • Lawyering Skills III (Thursday) — Paige Nelson and Scott Flaherty
  • Negotiations (Thursday) – Tom Hamlin
  • Poverty Law I – Genevieve Gaboriault
  • Topics: Advanced Family Law – Marty Swaden
  • Topics: Food and Drug Law – Robert Klepinski