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Spring 2020 Timely Registration News

Updated 11/15/19 10:55 a.m. (most recent update(s) in red font)

Courses with Special Enrollment Criteria

  • Before you register for Independent Study (LWIND 996), you must obtain approval for an independent study project from a law faculty member who agrees to supervise your project.  When you have identified your supervising faculty member you are responsible for e-mailing the law school Registrar with the faculty member’s name.

  • Students interested in enrolling in the Individual Research and Writing Seminar (ULWR 996) must first complete the approval process outlined in the policy Required Upper Level Writing Seminar Course Policy. Once approved the law school Registrar will enroll you in the course.

  • National Security Law II (Leadership in Crisis Simulation) (EXPR 997) : THIS IS A FACULTY APPROVAL REQUIRED COURSE. Professor Houck will be approving student enrollment. Students interested in enrolling in this course must have successfully completed National Security Law I (Foundations); and 2) notify Professor Houck of your desire to take the course by email (jwh32@psu.edu) no later than Wednesday, November 21, 2019. Professor Houck will notify you via email if you are eligible to be enrolled on or about December 19, 2019.  Registration instructions will be included in Professor Houck’s email in December.

  • Business and Financial Concepts (BUSLW 989)with Professors’ Sharbaugh and Reilly:

    • Your Class Schedule on LionPATH will show “BY APPT” for this course.  The class days/times in 2020 are:

      • Friday, January 31, 3:00 PM–6:15 PM

      • Saturday, February 1, 9:00 AM-12:15 PM 

      • Friday, February 7, 3:00 PM-6:15 PM 

      • Saturday, February 8, 9:00 AM-1:00 PM

    • Attendance at each session, each day, is required.

    • This course will be graded credit/no credit. Grades will be assigned by your professors at the end of the semester, no earlier than May 14, 2020 and no later than Tuesday June 2, 2020.

    • Because this course begins after the last day of the drop/add period, it is important to note that the drop date/time for this course is Friday January 31, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. Students wishing to drop the course from January 18, 2020 through January 31, 2020 must email the law school registrar registrar@pennstatelaw.psu.edu. All special requests to late drop after January 31, 2020 are subject to approval by the Associate Dean under the Drop/Add rules. 

    • This course is open to Penn State Law 1L, 2L, 3L and LL.M. students.

    • Penn State Law 2L, 3L and LL.M. students will enroll via LionPath when their registration period begins.

    • Penn State Law 1L students must request enrollment via the 1L Enrollment Request for Business and Financial Concepts (BUSLW 989) web form.  1L enrollment requests must be submitted by the course drop/add deadline, Friday, January 31, 2020 at 11:59 p.m.  Important 1Ls!! If you are enrolled and decide not to take this course, the last day to notify the law school registrar is Friday January 31, 2020 at 11:59 p.m.  1L requests to drop should be sent to registrar@pennstatelaw.psu.edu

  • Introduction to Private Wealth Planning (BUSLW 997): with Professor Beckwith:

    • Your Class Schedule on LionPATH will show “BY APPT” for this course.  The class days/times in 2020 are:

      • Friday, January 17, 3:00 PM–6:15 PM

      • Saturday, January 18, 9:00 AM-12:15 PM 

      • Friday, January 24, 3:00 PM-6:15 PM 

      • Saturday, January 25, 9:00 AM-1:00 PM

    • Attendance at each session, each day, is required.

    • This course will be graded credit/no credit. Grades will be assigned by Professor Beckwith at the end of the semester, no earlier than May 14, 2020 and no later than Tuesday June 2, 2020.

    • Because this course begins the last day of the drop/add period, it is important to note that the drop date/time for this course is Friday January 17, 2020 at 11:59 p.m.  All special requests to late drop after this time are subject to approval by the Associate Dean under the Drop/Add rules.

    • This course is open to Penn State Law 2L, 3L and LL.M. students. Students will enroll via LionPath when their registration period begins.

    • Because a version of this course may be offered on-line in the future, choosing to enroll constitutes each student's consent to Penn State Law to using video recordings of each class, in whole or in part, for that purpose.

  • Litigating Cases in the Real World (BUSLW 997) with Professor Bendesky:​

    • Your Class Schedule on LionPATH will show “BY APPT” for this course.  The class days/times in 2020 are:​

      • Friday, March 27, 3:00 PM–6:15 PM

      • Saturday, March 28, 9:00 AM-12:15 PM

      • Friday, April 3, 3:00 PM-6:15 PM​ 

      • Saturday, April 4, 9:00 AM-12:15 PM

    • Attendance at each session, each day, is required.

    • This course is open to Penn State Law 2L, 3L and LL.M. students. Students may  enroll via LionPath.

    • Grades will be assigned by Professor Bendesky at the end of the semester, no earlier than May 14, 2020 and no later than Tuesday June 2, 2020.

    • Because this course begins the last day of the drop/add period, it is important to note that the drop date/time for this course is Friday March 27, 2020 at 11:59 p.m.  All special requests to late drop after this date/time are subject to approval by the Associate Dean under the Drop/Add rules.

Course Updates

  • Civil Pre-Trial Practice and Advocacy (EXPR 976): Professor Vollmer has updated the course description: Disposition before trial occurs in the vast majority of civil lawsuits (e.g., 98% of federal cases), which makes pre-trial advocacy the dominant part of legal practice at most law firms and agencies. This experiential learning course will engage students with a robust client fact pattern, including analysis of client documents and procedural and substantive law. Students will learn how to draft pre-trial advocacy pleadings, discovery, disclosures, and motions, culminating with learning how to draft a motion for summary judgment. Students will learn how to take depositions and negotiate a settlement. By simulating an actual complex civil litigation case, this “in-context” course will provide students with insight into the process of preparing a case for trial through the pretrial conference and improving the client’s position for a pre-trial disposition. This course satisfies the experiential learning requirement.

  • Comparative Corporate Law (BUSLW 997): Professor Ventoruzzo will teach this 1-credit course in February.  The course will run on the following Wednesdays and Fridays 9:45 -11:00: February 5, 7, 12, 14, 19, 21 and 26.  The last day to drop this course will be February 7, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. All special requests to late drop after this time are subject to approval by the Associate Dean under the Drop/Add rules.  Final grading will occur between February 27, 2020 and June 2, 2020.  Please contact Professor Ventoruzzo directly (marco.ventoruzzo@unibocconi.it) for course content details or questions.

  • Litigation and Corporate Transactions (BUSLW 997): Professor Walter  will teach this 1-credit course over five days in March/April. The course will run on the following Monday evenings 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.: March 16, 23, 30 and April 6 and 13.  The last day to drop this course will be March 18, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. All special requests to late drop after this time are subject to approval by the Associate Dean under the Drop/Add rules.  Final grading will occur between April 14, 2020 and June 2, 2020.  Please contact Professor Walter directly NWalter@wlrk.com for course content details or questions. Students may now register for this course on LionPath. 

  • The following courses will be taught via distance education, and therefore, the credits for J.D. students, will be applied against the 15-credit maximum allowed for distance education by the American Bar Association (ABA). See your Student Academic Handbook for more details on Distance Education.

    • International Financial Law Seminar (ULWR 948): Professor Tridimas

    • Federal Regulatory and Legislative Practice Seminar (ULWR 914): Professor Brand (Penn State Law LL.M. candidates may not enroll)

  • The following courses do not yet have faculty assigned in LionPath:

    • Representing the Professional Athlete (EXPR 954): Adjunct Professor Bob Boland

    • The Modern In-House Counsel (EXPR 947): Adjunct Professor Richard Laws, Executive Vice President, Chief Counsel and Corporate Secretary, Northwest Bank

    • Introduction to Private Wealth Planning (BUSLW 997): Adjunct Professor Edward Beckwith

Specialized Fields of Study Concentration Pilot Program

The Penn State Law faculty has approved this program for current third-year J.D. students and current LL.M. students graduating Spring 2020.  Students may earn Concentration recognition in the Penn State Law Specialized Fields of Study.  J.D. students must earn a minimum of 12 credits and LL.M. students a minimum of 9 credits.  A minimum grade of ‘C’ is required for each course being used toward a Concentration.  Upon verification of completion, students will receive a document of recognition. Students may earn multiple Concentrations.  Deadline for Spring 2020 Application is January 31, 2020.

Courses for each Concentration and forms for application and completion are available on each of the Specialized Fields of Study pages.

LionPATH Wait List

The law school uses the University's Wait List in LionPATH.  You are encouraged, before you register, to learn more about the LionPATH Wait List. The information is located under Enrollment. A procedure runs hourly to monitor the Wait List. As a courtesy to your classmates, please remove your name from a course wait list if you are no longer interested in the course. 

Important Note: You will not be registered in a class from the waitlist if any of the following apply to you:

1) You have an active registration hold.

2) Course controls prevent your registration in the course.

3) There is a time/date conflict with a course already on your registration.

4) The addition of the course will cause the 17 credit registration limit to be exceeded. 

To avoid # 3 and #4, the course that is being Wait Listed must be added using the course swap feature in LionPATH at the time the Wait Listed registration is being added.  See the LionPATH Wait List help for more information.