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Benjamin Carpenter

Associate Professor
Degree
J.D., Mercer University, Walter F. George School of Law
B.A., University of Notre Dame
Office
MSL 425
Phone
612-205-6168
CV

Ben Carpenter is an Associate Professor of Law at the University of St. Thomas School of Law, where he has taught since 2010 and was named the law school’s Professor of the Year by the graduating class in 2014. Prior to teaching, Professor Carpenter was an associate at two international law firms for eight years, where he practiced in the Global Projects and Trusts, Estates & Taxation practice groups and served on the recruiting committee. From 2014-2017, Professor Carpenter took a three-year break from teaching to serve as managing director of a private capital management firm, and he presently sits on the board of a large privately owned trust company. He pulls from each of these experiences to inform discussions with students regarding career options and professional identity formation over the arc of one’s career. In the classroom, he has taught Lawyering Skills I and II, Federal Estate & Gift Taxation, Comparative Trusts & Estates, and Foundations of Justice II.

Professor Carpenter’s primary scholarship has addressed the effects of assisted reproductive technologies in estate planning and family law, and his work has been published in specialty journals at Cornell and Yale. His first article, which focused on the inheritance rights of children not just born, but conceived, after the death of a parent, was cited favorably by the Michigan Supreme Court and the Federal District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Professor Carpenter’s recent scholarship has also begun to explore the interplay (and sometimes tension) between law firms’ pro bono efforts and civil legal aid, and the role of agency and faith in one’s professional identity.

Fall 2022 Courses

Fall 2022 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
LAWS 620 - 07 Lawyering Skills I M - W - - - - 0855 - 1020 MSL 458

Days of Week:

M - W - - - -

Time of Day:

0855 - 1020

Location:

MSL 458

Course Registration Number:

43708 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

Instructor:

Benjamin C. Carpenter

This course introduces the analysis and writing skills essential for practicing lawyers. Students will learn to think logically and precisely about the law, and will learn how lawyers read, analyze, organize, write, and rewrite legal documents. These skills will help students analyze the law and write about specific fact situations in a way that meets legal readers’ expectations. This is a hands-on, practice-oriented course. Students will complete writing exercises, practice citation form, and edit their written work. Major written work will consist of at least two objective legal memoranda and a persuasive legal brief.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
LAWS 620 - 09 Lawyering Skills I M - W - - - - 1030 - 1155 MSL 458

Days of Week:

M - W - - - -

Time of Day:

1030 - 1155

Location:

MSL 458

Course Registration Number:

43710 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

Instructor:

Benjamin C. Carpenter

This course introduces the analysis and writing skills essential for practicing lawyers. Students will learn to think logically and precisely about the law, and will learn how lawyers read, analyze, organize, write, and rewrite legal documents. These skills will help students analyze the law and write about specific fact situations in a way that meets legal readers’ expectations. This is a hands-on, practice-oriented course. Students will complete writing exercises, practice citation form, and edit their written work. Major written work will consist of at least two objective legal memoranda and a persuasive legal brief.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
LAWS 920 - 01 Law Review - - - - - - - -

Days of Week:

- - - - - - -

Time of Day:

-

Location:

Course Registration Number:

43799 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

3 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Benjamin C. Carpenter

The University of St. Thomas Law Journal embodies the school's unique mission by publishing excellent legal scholarship that inspires ethical and moral decision-making with an emphasis on social justice. The Journal hosts a series of on campus symposia designed to advance the mission and explore the theme reflected in its Latin sub- title, translated "faith and justice." The semiannual symposia also supplies the bulk of the material for each issue. The format promotes meaningful exploration of an intriguing legal issue, and encourages substantial collaboration be- tween law review and faculty members. It's an arrangement designed to draw on the faculty's expertise, while keeping creative and editorial control in the students' hands. First year students are selected as journal members based on a write-on competition held immediately after the spring semester.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
LAWS 920 - 02 Law Review - - - - - - - -

Days of Week:

- - - - - - -

Time of Day:

-

Location:

Course Registration Number:

43800 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

2 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Benjamin C. Carpenter

The University of St. Thomas Law Journal embodies the school's unique mission by publishing excellent legal scholarship that inspires ethical and moral decision-making with an emphasis on social justice. The Journal hosts a series of on campus symposia designed to advance the mission and explore the theme reflected in its Latin sub- title, translated "faith and justice." The semiannual symposia also supplies the bulk of the material for each issue. The format promotes meaningful exploration of an intriguing legal issue, and encourages substantial collaboration be- tween law review and faculty members. It's an arrangement designed to draw on the faculty's expertise, while keeping creative and editorial control in the students' hands. First year students are selected as journal members based on a write-on competition held immediately after the spring semester.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
LAWS 920 - 03 Law Review - - - - - - - -

Days of Week:

- - - - - - -

Time of Day:

-

Location:

Course Registration Number:

43801 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

1 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Benjamin C. Carpenter

The University of St. Thomas Law Journal embodies the school's unique mission by publishing excellent legal scholarship that inspires ethical and moral decision-making with an emphasis on social justice. The Journal hosts a series of on campus symposia designed to advance the mission and explore the theme reflected in its Latin sub- title, translated "faith and justice." The semiannual symposia also supplies the bulk of the material for each issue. The format promotes meaningful exploration of an intriguing legal issue, and encourages substantial collaboration be- tween law review and faculty members. It's an arrangement designed to draw on the faculty's expertise, while keeping creative and editorial control in the students' hands. First year students are selected as journal members based on a write-on competition held immediately after the spring semester.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
LAWS 950 - 02 Supervised Resrch & Writing - - - - - - - -

Days of Week:

- - - - - - -

Time of Day:

-

Location:

Course Registration Number:

43684 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

Instructor:

Benjamin C. Carpenter

Under the supervision of a faculty member, a student may receive up to two hours of course credit for researching and writing a substantial paper on a topic of the student's own choosing. The student must receive the instructor's per- mission to enroll in this course and must meet periodically with the instructor for discussion, review and evaluation. Each faculty member may supervise the research of no more than five students each semester.

Schedule Details

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J-term 2023 Courses

J-term 2023 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location

Spring 2023 Courses

Spring 2023 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
LAWS 625 - 05 Lawyering Skills II - T - R - - - 1030 - 1125 MSL 244

Days of Week:

- T - R - - -

Time of Day:

1030 - 1125

Location:

MSL 244

Course Registration Number:

22787 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

Instructor:

Benjamin C. Carpenter

This course, which builds on Lawyering Skills I, consists of two parts: research and writing/oral advocacy. During the research part of the course, students will learn how to develop research strategies that use primary and secondary sources efficiently to meet clients’ needs in a cost-effective, ethical way. These skills will help students in future courses that require research, as well as in their careers as law clerks and lawyers. The writing/oral argument part of the course will build on the analysis, organization, and writing skills developed in Lawyering Skills I, with a focus on ethical advocacy. Students will research and draft a summary judgment brief and advocate for their client before a moot court.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
LAWS 950 - 04 Supervised Resrch & Writing - - - - - - - -

Days of Week:

- - - - - - -

Time of Day:

-

Location:

Course Registration Number:

22906 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

Instructor:

Benjamin C. Carpenter

Under the supervision of a faculty member, a student may receive up to two hours of course credit for researching and writing a substantial paper on a topic of the student's own choosing. The student must receive the instructor's per- mission to enroll in this course and must meet periodically with the instructor for discussion, review and evaluation. Each faculty member may supervise the research of no more than five students each semester.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)