Penn State
Lewis Katz Building, University Park, PA
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  • Client Counseling — This course introduces students to the dynamics of a productive attorney-client relationship, the goals of interviewing and counseling, and structures and techniques that can be used to achieve those goals. The focus is on developing students' skills in interviewing and counseling. Instruction consists of assigned reading, problem-solving exercises, group discussion, and practice through simulations. Client Counseling is one of the core courses for the Certificate in Dispute Resolution and Advocacy.  Preference is given to students seeking the Certificate in Dispute Resolution and Advocacy.​
  • Evidence — This course presents evidence in trials under the Federal Rules of Evidence, at common law and in equity and with reference to administrative bodies. The reasoning from which rules arise in areas including relevancy, competency, privilege, examination of witnesses, writing, the hearsay rule and its exceptions, burden of proof, presumptions, judicial notice, and constitutional evidence problems is also addressed. ​
  • Family Law — This course studies legal problems pertaining to the organization, operation, and dissolution of the family. It is divided into three parts: marriage and annulment; support, termination of parental rights, adoption, and care of the child; and divorce, alimony, property distribution at divorce, and custody of children. ​
  • Juvenile Law — This course examines the legal position of the child in society and the extent to which the child may be legally controlled by parent(s) or state. Subject matters include the right of the child to control reproductive decision-making, child support and paternity issues, child pornography and minors' access to pornography, child abuse and neglect, foster care, termination of parental rights, adoption, medical treatment of juveniles, and medical experimentation on juveniles. The course also examines the delinquency jurisdiction of juvenile court, the constitutional protections afforded the child accused of criminal activity, adjudications of delinquency, punishment or placement of the child in the dispositional phase of juvenile proceedings, and treatment of the child as an adult offender. ​
  • Legal Problems of Indigents — This course is a survey of laws affecting the lives of the poor with emphasis on professionalism. The course seeks students with diverse backgrounds to interact in discussions on the theory of poverty law. Areas of focus include the welfare laws, workers' compensation, Social Security disability benefits, consumer law, child support, custody, and domestic abuse, and methods of representing large groups of the poor, such as class actions, implied rights of action, and injunctions.​
  • Negotiation/Mediation — This course combines the law and ethics of negotiation, mediation and settlement with economic and psychological bargaining theory and regular hands-on practice in representing clients in negotiation and mediation.  Bargaining theory (including distributive and integrative bargaining), relevant socio-psychological research, negotiation and mediation ethics, the law of settlement, and the basics of contract drafting are all introduced. Instruction consists of assigned reading, a series of simulations and exercises (including drafting a resulting contract), written negotiation planning and self-evaluation, feedback, and group discussion.  The course also may involve participation in a full-day Saturday program, and students should be prepared to experiment with various means to maximize their facility in using videoconferencing and other technologies to negotiate and represent clients in mediation.  The Negotiation/Mediation course is one of the core courses for the Certificate in Dispute Resolution and Advocacy. Enrollment is limited to 32 students; preference is given to students seeking the Certificate in Dispute Resolution and Advocacy.​
  • Wills, Trusts and Estates — This course examines the disposition of property at death by intestate succession and by will. The execution, revocation, construction, and contest of wills, as well as limits on the power to dispose of property by will, are studied. This course also examines the creation, purposes and termination of trusts, including informal trusts, and the interrelationship between trusts and wills.