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Penn State
Lewis Katz Building, University Park, PA
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Law-Firm and Legal Careers

Course Abbreviation: 
EXPR 997
Credit Only: N Anon Gr: N

This course will cover numerous topics related to the structure and operation of law firms and other organizations that provide legal services to clients.  The course will emphasize US law firms, but many of the topics will relate to other legal-service organizations as well.  The topics will include, among others, choice of entity; profitability and finances; pricing and, in particular, alternative fee arrangements; human resources, such as compensation, partnership vs. employee status, and promotion; practice development; and client relationships, such as conflicts of interest, terms of engagement and use of outside counsel guidelines.  The course will include numerous exercises, such as a class presentation with PowerPoint slides, short client communications on various topics and team negotiation of a case study.  The course will expose students to new technology tools being introduced in practice and require students by the end of the course to demonstrate basic proficiency with the tools covered by the “Legal Tech Assessment” (Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel and PDF manipulation). This course satisfies the experiential learning requirement.

Tom Sharbaugh