For summer 2014, UConn Law is introducing online summer course offerings. Online courses meet at regularly scheduled class times live through videoconferencing on Blackboard Collaborative (which is like Skype, but with more features). Students will join from law schools across the country, and everyone will be able to see and hear each other (students can turn off their webcams when they are not speaking). There is also a streaming chat message board for asking questions.
Between online classes, students can interact with professors and classmates through discussion forums hosted on eLearning site Desire2Learn. This summer, UConn students have the option of enrolling in Administrative Law and Legal Profession online. Unfortunately, due to ABA standards mandating attendance this means that students cannot simply watch the course at their convenience without logging in at the appropriate time.
Administrative Law will be offered during the Summer Session II, and will taught by Professor Kristin Hickman of University of Minnesota Law School. Since enrollment is not anticipated to rise above 18 UConn JD students, there will be no mandatory curve.
Legal Profession will be offered in Summer Session I, and taught by Professor John Dzienkowski of University of Texas School of Law. As a required course, UConn Law students in Legal Profession will be subject to the B median.
For Fall 2014, UConn Law is offering several new courses as well as revamping some old ones. Some new courses include: Securities and Exchange Commission Enforcement: Overview and Current Initiatives, Consumer Bankruptcy Seminar, International Trade Compliance, Copyright in the Digital Age, Basic Quantitative Methods, and Life Insurance. Two revamped courses are: Law and Lobbying, and Philosophy of Human Rights.
“It is interesting to note that three of the [new] courses being offered in the fall are courses that offer practical, practice-ready skills,” said Registrar Lisa Darr Rodino. These are Technology and Law Practice, Tax Research, and Practice Ready Research.
Rodino was able to provide course descriptions on several of these new courses. A few of them are highlighted below:
Securities and Exchange Commission Enforcement: Provides an overview of the SEC enforcement program and its current enforcement initiatives as well as background on the SEC’s structure mandate, and statutory and regulatory scheme. There is no prerequisite required.
Technology and Law Practice: Introduces students to the various uses of technology in the practice of law. Students will be exposed to innovative technologies and platforms used in law practice in order to increase access to justice, capture legal expertise, interface with clients, manage litigation and transactional processes, and increase the efficiency and quality of legal services. Students are not required to have any technological or coding expertise.
Law and Lobbying: Will address the constitutional basis for and history of paid lobbying; the legal and ethical restrictions and considerations a lawyer-lobbyist needs to consider; the role of money and politics in lobbying; and practical elements of how to be an effective lawyer-lobbyist. It will be taught by adjunct professors who have extensive experience as both lawyer-lobbyists and partisan and non-partisan staff, and they will cover both the Federal and State levels, with emphasis on the latter. As a bonus, students will be provided the reading rather than having to purchase a textbook.
Fall course enrollment opens for rising 3Ls on April 7, and for rising 2Ls on April 8. The course listing above is tentative and may be subject to change. Aside from new courses, it may be useful to note that student reviews of courses are available through course reserve in the Law Library.
[Due to a printing error, this article did not appear in full in the print edition.]