Reminder: Succeeding in Law School by Herbert N. Ramy is required reading for all entering first-year students and must be read prior to Orientation.
PLEASE NOTE: Due to the 1L Forum with Justice Kagan, our first Criminal Law class has been moved to later in the day on August 20. It will be held Tuesday August 20, from 3:30 to 4:45 pm in Room 285. After that we will return to our normal schedule of Tuesday, Thursday, 9:00 to 10:15 am.
The required text for the class is Kadish, Schulhofer, Steiker & Barkow, Criminal Law and its Processes (9th edition, 2012), which is available in the bookstore. For our first class meeting, please read and be prepared to discuss:
- [Background: pp. 1 – 12 (through Note 6) and flow chart on p. 13; pp. 31 – 36 (through (d)); pp. 75 – 82]*
- pp. 82 – 96 (up until the Note on Criticisms . . . )
*Background readings are still required reading for which you are responsible, but we will not be discussing them in detail in class.
The full syllabus will be available on Bridges by early in the week of August 5. Please print out the syllabus and bring it with you to our first class, as I will be reviewing it then.
The casebook is Problems in Contract Law by Knapp, Crystal & Prince (7th ed.).
For the first week of class, please read pages 1 to 17 (do not read Problem 1-1), and pages 31 to 43.
Please consider the following definition of Contract from Section 1 of the Restatement (2d) of Contracts: “A contract is a promise or a set of promises for the breach of which the law gives a remedy, or the performance of which the law in some way recognizes as a duty.”
Please consider the following two sentences:
- Your attendance in class shall be recorded.
- Your attendance in class may be recorded.
The first class will be longer than usual: we will watch A Civil Action, a terrific movie about the tumultuous life of a Torts lawyer that raises a number of issues that we will tackle during the year; we will begin plowing through our casebook in the second class session. The movie will be shown in the Appellate Courtroom (283).
For our first meeting, please read pages 1-12 in the Yeazell casebook.
Please consider the Peters v. Dodge hypothetical on page 2.
Ask yourself whether the law, as you understand it, would permit Peters to sue Dodge seeking monetary compensation for injuries Peters sustained in the accident.
Next consider where Peters could sue Dodge. This question has at least two dimensions.
First, courts sit in states. Which state or states would have personal jurisdiction over Dodge in a suit brought by Peters?
Second, the subject matter jurisdiction of state and federal courts is not coextensive. Would a federal district court have subject matter jurisdiction over a Peters v. Dodge lawsuit? Be sure, in connection with this last question, to consider the Hawkins case, Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 12(b)(1), and section 1332 of title 28 of the United States Code.
On behalf of the Legal Methods professors, I welcome you to the Roger Williams University School of Law! Your first Legal Methods class will be on Friday, August 16, 2013, at 10:30 a.m. For that class, please read the following:
Robin Wellford Slocum, Legal Reasoning, Writing, and Other Lawyering Skills (3d ed.2011) (“Slocum”), Chapters 1, 2, & 3. Slocum is your course text for the upcoming year.
In The Legal Methods Handbook (“Handbook”) for fall 2013, read the Course Policies (Tab 2); Briefing Cases (Tab 3); State v. Haley (Tab 3); the American Court Systems & Hierarchy of Binding/Persuasive Primary Authority (Tab 4).*
*You will receive your Legal Methods Handbook at the beginning of your first Legal Methods class, on Friday, August 18th. The handouts indicated are attached above and will be available on Bridges.
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