The Catholic University of America

Education Law Practice: A Simulated Lawyering Experience

Simulation Courses 

Credits 3, 4 or 5

fall semester

This course uses a variety of instructional formats to examine legal and policy problems in the nation's systems of public and private education. Primary emphasis is on higher education. Students are organized into 2 or 3 "law offices" that represent various individual and institutional "clients." The clients' problems involve matters such as discipline of emotionally disabled students, denial of faculty tenure, university regulation of hate speech or of protest activities, state legislative regulation of sexual harassment on campus, and the revision of university affirmative action plans for admissions or financial aid. These problems and the assigned and the assigned background readings emphasize special applications to education of contract law, administrative law, constitutional law, and civil rights law. Simulations, role-playing exercises, and writing assignments that accompany the problems help students develop lawyering competencies such as interviewing, counseling, negotiation, mediation, research and writing, and problem-solving. Students may enroll for 3, 4, or 5 credits; the required simulation assignments and writing assignments will increase as the credit load increases. Fulfills upperclass writing requirement. Enrollment is limited.