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.
Legal Method I - Faculty assigned at Orientation
For your mandatory Legal Methods class on Tuesday, August 14, at 10:30 a.m., please read Chapters 1, 2, and 20 in Legal Reasoning, Writing, and Other Lawyering Skills (3d ed. 2011) by Robin Wellford Slocum, as well as the very short materials under tab 4 of your Legal Methods Handbook. Lisa Quinn will be distributing the Legal Methods Handbooks on Monday, August 13, from 8:30 – 9:30 a.m. in the lobby on the second floor and later from the faculty secretaries’ office on that floor.
Many thanks, and see you soon –
The Legal Methods Department
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 to recover from Dodge 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? Second, the 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.
Welcome to Contracts! Just a few things:
1. The textbook that we will be using in this course is still on order from the publisher. I have arranged to expedite shipping and am told that it should arrive in the bookstore in advance of the first week of classes (fingers crossed!).
2. I have had several inquiries from students about whether they can purchase the 6th edition, rather than the 7th edition, of the textbook. I would highly recommend against this. Unfortunately, the authors have added/deleted cases, changed the order of materials, and changed all the page numbers. I think it would be very difficult to follow along in the old edition of the textbook.
3. The course syllabus will be posted electronically (and/or provided to you in hard copy) after the textbook arrives in the bookstore.
4. In your orientation packets, you should be receiving a Westlaw password. This password will enable you to logon to TWEN (the course website where the reading assignments and supplementary materials will be posted). Please ensure that you have received a Westlaw password in your packet.
5. There will be no readings for the first day of class.
Enjoy the rest of your summer. I look forward to meeting you all in a couple of weeks!
The first meeting for our Criminal law class is Thursday, August 16 at 9:00 AM in Room 262. The required text for the class is Kadish, Schulhofer, Steiker & Barkow, Criminal Law and its Processes (9th edition, 2012). Please note that this is a new edition of the book, and you should make sure that you have the correct edition, as there have been several changes from previous versions. This should be available in the bookstore by Tuesday, August 7. 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 – 83]*
• pp. 83 – 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 6. Please print out the syllabus and bring it with you to our first class, as I will be reviewing it then.
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