Leah J. Donaldson

Leah J. DonaldsonAdjunct Professor of Law

Courses Taught

LAW.640Interviewing & Counseling

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Course Description

This skills course develops the craft of the lawyer in client interviewing and counseling. The course provides a theoretical framework for and experience with simulated interviewing and counseling in the legal setting. Skills are introduced and honed through lecture, demonstrations, discussion, role playing, simulations, practical exercises and critiques.

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Elective

Course Credits

2.0

Course Degree

Juris DoctorMaster of Studies in Law

Faculty Associated

Leah J. Donaldson

LSM.856MASS Torts Vs. Tort Reform

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This course will meet for six weeks.

Course Description

A mass tort is a civil action in which multiple plaintiffs are injured in a similar fashion by a defective product, hazardous substance or disaster. This course will review a selection of mass tort lawsuits, including tobacco, medical devices, environmental and occupational diseases. The class will take an in-depth look at the issues raised by complex mass tort lawsuits: issues of substantive tort law, civil procedure, litigation strategy, lawyer-client relationships, the economics of settlement, ethics, the judicial role, and societal impacts. The course will be taught by Donald Migliori.

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Seminar

Course Credits

1.0

Course Degree

Juris Doctor

Faculty Associated

Leah J. Donaldson

LSM.856 (Honors Course)September 11 Litigation

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HONORS COURSE

This course will meet for six weeks.

Course Description

This course will focus on materials selected by Adjunct Professor Don Migliori, whose law firm has worked on cases involving the September 11th attacks on the United States.
HONORS COURSE

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Seminar

Course Credits

1.0

Course Degree

Juris Doctor

Faculty Associated

Leah J. Donaldson
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Course Types

We have classified RWU Law classes under the following headers. One of the following course types will be attached to each course which will allow students to narrow down their search while looking for classes.

Core Course

Students in the first and second year are required to take classes covering the following aspects of the law—contracts, torts, property, criminal law, civil procedure, and constitutional law, evidence, and professional responsibility.  Along with these aspects, the core curriculum will develop legal reasoning skills.

Elective

After finishing the core curriculum the remaining coursework toward the degree is completed through upper level elective courses.  Students can choose courses that peak their interests or courses that go along with the track they are following.

Seminar

Seminars are classes where teachers and small groups of students focus on a specific topic and the students complete a substantial research paper.

Clinics/Externships

Inhouse Clinics and Clinical Externships legal education is law school training in which students participate in client representation under the supervision of a practicing attorney or law professor.  RWU Law's Clinical Programs offer unique and effective learning opportunities and the opportunity for practical experience while still in law school.