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Legal Practicum: Western Resources Legal Center (WRLC) Advanced

The Advanced WRLC Legal Practicum is a 2-credit, Credit/No Credit course offered to qualified and interested WRLC students during semesters where caseload and legal work allow. Only students that have completed the WRLC Legal Practicum and have the professor’s approval may apply to take this course.

Advanced WRLC students assist in teaching the WRLC Legal Practicum and are responsible for making at least one presentation to that class. Given the student participation with teaching the Legal Practicum, there is a small component of lecture time. The primary focus of this course, however, is the opportunity to work on advanced legal projects. Students work under the direct supervision of WRLC and are required to attend strategy meetings with co-counsel and/or the supervising attorney.

The specific work assigned often depends on individual student interest, skill set, and experience level. To date, students have worked on an amicus brief before the United States Supreme Court, an appeal to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, motions for summary judgment and supporting memoranda, and various other court pleadings and legal memos. The Advanced WRLC Legal Practicum is offered only when WRLC’s caseload offers advanced learning opportunities and the student is able to meet WRLC’s heightened requirements.

It may be possible to fulfill a WIE requirement with prior approval from the professor.

A student must have permission to register for this course. To do so, submit a letter of interest to Executive Director, Caroline Lobdell either by email to clobdell@wrlegal.org, with the subject line “Application: WRLC Advanced,” or in hard copy form to 5100 SW Macadam, Suite 350, Portland OR 97239. Your letter should indicate which semester you are applying for, or if you are flexible. Class size is limited to one or two students, depending on the complexity of the legal work involved and WRLC’s case load.

NOTE: The below course description applies to the 2014-2015 academic year.

2014-2015

The Internship: Advanced Western Resources Legal Center Seminar is a two-credit pass/no pass internship seminar offered to qualified and interested WRLC students during semesters where caseload and legal work allow. Only students that have completed the Internship: WRLC Seminar and have the professor’s approval may apply to take this course.

Advanced WRLC Internship students assist in teaching the Internship: WRLC Seminar and are responsible for making presentations to the Internship: WRLC class. Given the student participation with teaching the Internship Seminar, there is a component of lecture time. The primary focus of this course, however, is the opportunity to work on advanced legal projects. Students work under the direct supervision of WRLC and are required to attend strategy meetings with co-counsel and/or the supervising attorney.

The specific work assigned often depends on individual student interest, skill set, and level. To date, students have worked on an amicus brief before the United States Supreme Court, a Ninth Circuit Court Appeal, motions for summary judgment and supporting memorandum, and various other court pleadings and legal memorandums. The advanced WRLC internship is offered only when WRLC’s caseload offers advanced learning opportunities and the student is able to meet WRLC heightened requirements.

A student must have permission to register for this course. To do so, submit a letter of interest to Executive Director, Caroline Lobdell either by email to clobdell@wrlegal.org or in hard copy form to 5100 SW Macadam, Suite 350, Portland OR 97239. Your letter should indicate which semester you are applying for, or if you are flexible.

Class size is limited to one or two students, depending on the complexity of the legal work involved and WRLC’s case load.