FUNDAMENTALS OF PUBLIC INTEREST LAWYERING
(LAWI-4081) - 3 UNITS
This is a three-unit course designed to give students a practical understanding of some of the various issues public interest lawyers confront in their practices.
The class will introduce the students to a broad range of issues and will cover a number of topics relating to public interest law practice, including:
-Defining public interest law and discovering its historical development;
-Examining motivations to practice public interest law;
-Discussing where public interest lawyers practice and the many different roles public interest lawyers play in advocacy;
-Introducing the range, challenges, and realities of public interest legal practice;
-Exploring the tools and strategies public interest lawyers use, including litigation, policy advocacy, media advocacy, and community engagement;
-Understanding the public interest lawyer-client relationship and working with various communities of clients;
-Reviewing the ethics of public interest lawyering;
-Developing a public interest lens through which to view the law school experience; and
-Educating future public interest lawyers.