Course Details

Creating Change as a Lawyer

"In this course, we will explore the role of law and lawyers in movements and making change happen. Students in this class will be engaged in experiential and class-based learning. There will be two principal assignments for students. The first is that students will work for an approximate total of 30 hours in the semester with a community-based or change-oriented organization. The second is that students will complete a final project with the same (or a new) organization. The professor can help you find an organization that would specifically interest you, or you can pick an organization that is already in need of help. In the past, for the 30 hours and/or the final project, students have helped organizations by: strategizing with community members and different stakeholders on how to identify and resolve particular issues, crafting the message of a campaign, doing issue and legal research, reviewing and analyzing pending legislation, attending legislative sessions, writing press releases or different types of articles, surveying and interviewing community members and different stakeholders, preparing a short report on pertinent issues, creating fact sheets and manuals, planning events, and conducting ""know your rights"" presentations for a particular community. The final project will produce a product that an organization will find useful in their efforts. You will have assigned readings relating to course topics every week, such as: organizing and different theories of change, the tools and strategies of lawyers working for change, the history of lawyers working with different movements and communities, and how race, class, and power affect particular movements and your work. We will have discussions based on the assigned readings and your experiences at your organization. We will try to visit relevant locations together, if possible. Guest speakers will join us throughout the semester to supplement the readings, and, in the past, they have included communications experts, organizers, and lawyers working for change. You may have to keep a journal describing your experiences at your organization and your thoughts on guest speakers, readings, and class discussions generally. Each student will complete a 2-draft paper with the option of doing a third draft with approval from the professor. This course automatically meets the 2 draft writing requirement. Students who would like to complete the 3 draft requirement and earn one additional credit hour in this course will need to submit a request for approval via the Writing Requirement form on the Registration and Records Registration page to obtain professor permission. The professor may limit the number of 3 drafts allowed in this course. Students may submit this request during open enrollment:January 4,2016-February 5, 2016"

Catalog Number: LITARB 683


Course History

Spring 2016
Title: Creating Change as a Lawyer
Faculty: Llorente, Monica
Section: 1     Credits: 3.0
Capacity: 15     Actual: 12

Fall 2014
Title: Community Lawyering
Faculty: Llorente, Monica
Section: 1     Credits: 3.0
Capacity: 15     Actual: 9