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Benjamin Carpenter

Senior Distinguished Fellow
Degree
J.D., Mercer University, Walter F. George School of Law
B.A., University of Notre Dame
Office
MSL 424
Phone
(651) 962-4921

Fall 2017 Courses

Fall 2017 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
LAWS 620 - 04 Lawyering Skills I - T - R - - - 0900 - 1025 MSL 242
CRN: 43293 Instructor: Benjamin C. Carpenter This course will introduce students to the fundamentals of legal problem solving through legal analysis, legal research and legal writing methods. Students will learn methods of legal analysis, including fact analysis and rule-based reasoning, using common law and statutory sources. Students will learn legal research in primary and secondary sources, in both traditional and electronic formats, emphasizing efficient research strategies. Finally, students will learn to structure, write and edit a formal memorandum of law. Instruction in lawyering skills will be integrated to focus on the problem-solving process and to help students begin to develop independent professional judgment.

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J-Term 2018 Courses

J-Term 2018 Courses
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Spring 2018 Courses

Spring 2018 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
LAWS 625 - 04 Lawyering Skills II - T - R - - - 1030 - 1155 MSL 334
CRN: 22770 2 Credit Hours Instructor: Benjamin C. Carpenter This course will refine students' legal problem-solving skills using legal analysis, legal research, and legal writing strategies and will introduce students to additional lawyering skills. Students will advance from objective to persuasive legal writing projects set in an advocacy context and will draft typical litigation documents, such as plead- ings, pre-trial motions, and trial briefs. Students will consider various dynamics of the lawyer/client relationship, conduct a client interview, and prepare a client opinion letter. Finally, the course will explore alternative methods of dispute resolution.

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