One of the requirements for graduation is that every law student must complete six hours of experiential course credits. The College of Law offers a large variety of clinic and externship opportunities, along with a number of classes that also qualify. In an effort to assist students in registering for the right class for their interests and goals, here are two course options along with information directly from their respective professors.
APPLIED LEGAL ANALYTICS LAB
Want to know if more appellate level cases are won by petitioners or respondents? Or if a particular judge tends to favor a specific policy argument more than others? Legal analytics can help answer these questions with the assistance of computers to break down documents into a series of searchable markers.
This course isn’t just for tech heads–don’t let terms like “legal analytics,” “text mining” and “data analysis” intimidate you. Professor Anne Tucker says students in all areas of law benefit from this class, because data analysis, interpretation, and visualization are influencing all fields of law. Through the collaborative course with the Robinson College of Business, J.D. students work alongside M.S.A. students and share expertise.
“Data-driven legal research is a powerful tool in a lawyers’ toolkit,” said Tucker. “[Last year], three students in the lab were hired after graduation to continue their work in legal analytics, and I think all feel that was made possible, in part, because of the lab.”
PARTNERSHIP AND LLC TAXATION LAB
The ability to draft the tax and economic provisions of partnership and LLC operating agreements is a highly desirable skill. Entrepreneurs need attorneys to guide them through deciding who will manage day-to-day operations or what happens when someone leaves?
The Partnership and LLC Taxation Lab, taught by professor Cass Brewer, teaches students how to translate substantive tax rules into written agreements that comply with tax rules, while accurately reflecting the parties’ business terms, by drafting the written documents/agreements from formation to liquidation of an LLC.
Caroline Mayson, says the course helped her prepare for post-graduation practice. “On more than one occasion in the lab, I would focus solely on the provision of the agreement that related to what we were learning in the partnership tax class, and I would invariably fail to consider how my changes would impact the agreement as a whole. After repeatedly making this mistake, I finally developed the habit of drawing out the mechanics of the entire deal every time I made a substantive change.”