Ex. The Knight First Amendment Institute

Course Information

Course Number
L6299
Curriculum Level
Upperclass
Areas of Study
Constitutional Law
Type
Externship
Additional Attributes
Experiential Credit

Section 001 Information

Instructors

Section Description

The externship centers on the Knight Institute's strategic litigation efforts to define and defend First Amendment freedoms in the digital age. Students will work with Knight Institute attorneys to develop cutting-edge First Amendment challenges while examining and evaluating the role of the First Amendment in new digital societies. The externship consists of two components: a field placement component with a 15-hour weekly work commitment, and a seminar component requiring participation in a weekly seminar class followed by the Institute's weekly litigation meeting.

The field placement component requires that students participate fully in their work for the Knight Institute during their 15-hour/week commitment. Students will work on cases in development, cases in active litigation, and/or longer-term research in anticipation of future litigation. Students will participate in team meetings; conduct legal research and draft legal memoranda; review government records and policies; and/or draft blog posts or other public communications. Students will be evaluated on their effort, professionalism, willingness to learn, and quality of written and other work.

The seminar component requirements include: (1) class attendance and contribution to seminar discussions (30%); (2) two substantive research memoranda, or a series or memoranda collectively requiring roughly the same amount of research and writing (60%); and (3) externship field placement self-evaluation (10%).

School Year & Semester
Fall 2021
Location
OC No Room
Schedule
Class meets on
  • Wednesday
10:10 - 12:00 pm
Points
2
Method of Evaluation
Paper
J.D Writing Credit?
Minor (upon consultation)
Major (only upon consultation)
LLM Writing Project
(only upon consultation)

Learning Outcomes

Primary
  • How to work with a small team of attorneys in a strategic litigation organization
  • How to analyze the merits and strategic value of potential cases
  • How to conduct litigation-driven legal research and analysis
Secondary
  • How to identify possible plaintiffs and develop litigation prior to the filing of a complaint
  • How to present complex legal concepts to a lay audience, through blog posts or other public communications

Course Limitations

Instructor Pre-requisites
None
Instructor Co-Requisites
None
Recommended Courses
None
Other Limitations
None

Other Sections of Ex. The Knight First Amendment Institute

Section 001

School Year & Semester

Spring 2022

Instructors

Location

TBA TBA

Schedule

Class meets on
  • Wednesday

Points

2

Section 002

School Year & Semester

Fall 2021

Instructors

Points

3

Section 002

School Year & Semester

Spring 2022

Instructors

Points

3
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