Wayne State University

Co-curricular courses

International Legal Research
LEX 7414 Cr. 1
Prereq: consent of instructor
Fundamentals of research in public international law. In connection with Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition, students review structure of international legal institutions, nature of the materials they produce, and the unique way these materials are indexed and cataloged. Focus on how these materials can best be used in legal advocacy; emphasis on effective writing and oral argument.
Notes: No scheduled meeting times. Must be elected and completed in both the fall and winter terms to receive credit.

The Journal of Law in Society
LEX 8731 Cr. 1 (2 req.)
Members contribute to the publication of this law journal and the annual symposium.
Notes: No scheduled meeting times. Must be elected and completed in both the fall and winter terms to receive credit.

Mock Trial
LEX 8721 Cr. 1 (2 req.)
Prereq.: Open only to members
Co-req.: Mock Trial Workshop (LEX 7604); Evidence (LEX 7266) is highly recommended but not required
Members participate in skills training and intra-school, regional and national trial advocacy competitions.

Mock Trial Workshop
LEX 7604 Cr. 2
Corequisite: Mock Trial (LEX 8721) and Evidence (LEX 7266)
Mock Trial Workshop is paired with Mock Trial, the co-curricular student operated intramural trial program. The Workshop prepares students to participate in the intramural trial competition by introducing them to basic evidence concepts (e.g. relevance, reliability, impeachment, hearsay, authentication) and developing basic trial advocacy skills encompassing: development of case theories and themes; development of the evidentiary record (narration and story telling); and development of opening statements and closing arguments. The course consists of a three-day workshop offered in August, prior to the commencement of upperlevel classes, and two additional class days scheduled in early and late October respectively. The teaching/learning modalities used in the class meetings include lecture, problem solving, group discussion and simulations. The simulation work incorporating role-plays is the primary learning tool. Each of the class sessions runs for eight hours. The course is graded on an Honors-Pass-Low Pass-No Credit basis.

Moot Court
LEX 8711 Cr. 1 (2 req.)
Prereq.: Open only to Moot Court members

The program is designed to train students in written and oral appellate advocacy and to prepare students to represent the school in inter-school moot court competitions. The moot court process allows law students to develop oral and written advocacy skills, to compete with students from law schools across the nation, and to meet practitioners and jurists in their chosen field of law. Students are selected for admission to the program by the members of the Moot Court Board, who evaluate applicant's briefs and oral argument skills. During students' first year in the program, they take a 3-credit Appellate Advocacy course (LEX 7536), and in the Winter semester they earn 1 credit for participating in a competition. In subsequent semesters, students may be selected to compete in the fall or spring semester and will be eligible to earn one credit per semester.
Notes: No scheduled meeting times. Students are selected for admission to Moot Court by the members of the Moot Court Board.

Transactional Law Competition
LEX 8741 Cr. 1
This course is a practical skills course focused on improving transactional lawyering skills, including drafting agreements, revising agreements, advising clients, and negotiating with transactional attorneys, while exploring important legal/business issues relevant to mergers and acquisitions. During the fall semester, students will participate in an in-house transactional law competition, and during the winter semester, students will participate in the National Transactional LawMeet Competition.
Notes: No scheduled meeting times. Limit 30 students. During the fall semester, students will participate in an in-house transactional law competition. During the Winter semester, a select number of students will receive approval to register for an additional credit and will participate in the National Transactional LawMeet Competition.

Wayne Law Review
LEX 8701 Cr. 1 (2 req.)
Prereq.: Open only to Law Review members
Notes: No scheduled meeting times. Must be elected and completed in both the fall and winter terms to receive credit.

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