Curriculum

Protection Order Litigation

B564 is taught by S. Lahn

Students in this experiential course will help clients of the law schools Protective Order Project (POP) seek relief from the courts. This casework will enable students to examine, through first-hand experience, the civil legal system&039;s response to sexual assault, stalking, and domestic and relationship violence.

This work will also provide an opportunity to develop and refine professional skillstransferable to almost any practice settingthrough interviewing clients; drafting pleadings and motions; investigating facts; conducting discovery; preparing witnesses and exhibits for hearing; and (for students eligible to serve as legal interns under Ind. Adm. & Disc. R. 2.1(1)(a)) conducting direct and cross-examination and argument in court.

The class will meet as a whole once a week (currently scheduled on Tuesdays at 2:20-3:15 p.m., but that time may be changed if necessary to fit class members schedules). Students will spend an average of 5-6 hours per week on course activities outside of class meetings, including work on active cases; readings and other class preparation; and reflective essay-writing. There is no final exam; grading will be based on an evaluation of (i) the students case work and class participation over the course of the semester and (ii) an end-of-term portfolio of each students written work.

The course is open to any second- or third-year student; enrollment is limited and by permission of the instructor. Previous experience with either POP or another organization or course focused on domestic violence or sexual assault will be helpful. For a full course description, please feel free to contact Prof. Lahn.