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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 2018 Courses

Fall 2018 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
LAWS 620 - 04 Lawyering Skills I - T - R - - - 0900 - 1025 MSL 238

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- T - R - - -

Time of Day:

0900 - 1025

Location:

MSL 238

Course Registration Number:

43326 (View in ClassFinder)

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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.

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J-Term 2019 Courses

J-Term 2019 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location

Spring 2019 Courses

Spring 2019 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
LAWS 625 - 04 Lawyering Skills II - T - R - - - 1030 - 1155 MSL 238

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- T - R - - -

Time of Day:

1030 - 1155

Location:

MSL 238

Course Registration Number:

22766 (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.

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LAWS 641 - 01 Serving Clients Well F2 M T W R F - - 0900 - 1145 MSL 446

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M T W R F - -

Time of Day:

0900 - 1145

Location:

MSL 446

Course Registration Number:

22759 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

Instructor:

Benjamin C. Carpenter

Lawyers are viewed as problem-solvers, and as leaders in society, and this class introduces a framework of ethical leadership and helps set a trajectory for continued growth. This course highlights skills and traits needed for attorneys to thrive, and provides avenues to consider how to act in alignment with one’s values. Given the mission of St. Thomas Law School, the class places a special emphasis on relationships. The class also will facilitate opportunities to discuss problem-solving and cross-cultural competency. Prerequisite: LAWS 640

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