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First-Year Week One Simulations

Key Dates - Week One 2018

Key steps to take as you think about Week One:
  • Step 1: Log in and watch this introductory video to learn more about first-year simulation courses and other Week One programming this January. Closed captioning available upon request (email lawexp@georgetown.edu)
  • Step 2: Use our updated checklist to guide you through the lottery, waitlist, and enrollment processes for first-year simulation courses.
  • Step 3: Review and follow our lottery instructions.
Key dates:
  • Monday, Sept. 18 (3:30-4:15 pm) - Q&A: Come talk to Law Center administrators to get your Week One questions answered (McDonough 201).  
  • Monday, Sept. 18 (9:00 am) - Monday, Sept. 25 (3:00 pm) - First lottery: The first lottery for first-year simulation courses opens on Monday, Sept. 18 (9:00 am).  It is not first-come, first-served.  Just be sure to enter by Monday, Sept. 25 (3:00 pm) to be included in the lottery.  Follow our lottery instructions linked above.
  • NEW: Wednesday, Sept. 27 (3:00 pm) - Preferences due: Students who signed up for the first lottery will be sent a form on Tuesday.  Complete this form by the 27th to indicate your top four choices.   Students will be manually enrolled in a course based on these preferences by Tuesday, October 3.
  • Tuesday, Oct. 16 & Nov. 19 (3:00 pm) Waitlist lotteries: We will run two waitlist lotteries to assign unclaimed seats; Follow the linked instructions (above) to sign up for waitlists.
  • NEW: Tuesday, Nov. 28th (3:00 pm) - Last chance lottery form due:  Students who want a shot at any remaining open seats can submit a form by this deadline (an email with the form will be distributed on Monday).  Winners will be informed by COB Tuesday and will have until Wednesday, Nov. 29th at 3:00 pm to claim that seat by email.
  • Friday, Dec. 1 (3:00 pm) - Deadline to drop: Last opportunity to drop a first-year simulation course.  After that point, permission from the course professor and Assistant Dean for Experiential Learning is required

Overview

Georgetown Law offers its first-year students the opportunity to take elective simulation courses during the week before the Spring semester (“Week One”), on a seat available basis.  In these Week One courses, students engage in scenarios that have been developed by Georgetown Law faculty to mirror situations that lawyers face in the real world, allowing students to practice critical legal skills such as conflict resolution, trial skills, interviewing, client counseling, legislative drafting, advocacy, strategic planning, problem solving, teambuilding, presentation skills, professionalism, and emotional intelligence.  Simulation courses are structured to permit for mistakes and provide opportunities for immediate feedback and reflection, giving students the supportive space to hone these legal skills before they need to rely on them in practice. For first-year students, the Week One courses are not only an introduction to experiential learning and the Law Center’s experiential education programming (http://www.law.georgetown.edu/go/lawexp), but a first-hand view into lawyering competencies and law in practice.  

Week One 2018 will take place from Monday, January 8 through Thursday, January 11, 2018.  Week One courses are optional, 1-credit courses, are graded pass/fail, and count toward the 6 credits of experiential coursework required of students matriculating as first-year students in Fall 2016 or later.  Attendance at all class sessions is mandatory.  Our current offerings are described below and in the online Curriculum Guide.  

A lottery will be conducted in the Fall semester for interested students.  More information will be posted on this site and emailed to students closer to the time of the lottery.

Are you an upperclass student and interested in serving as a teaching fellow for a first-year Week One simulations course? Check out our Week One Teaching Fellows course description for more information. Teaching fellows earn 1 credit, pass/fail toward the spring semester. Applications are due June 8, 2017.

Course Descriptions

Please see below and the online Curriculum Guide for the 2018 first-year simulation course offerings.

Advocacy and Ethics in Practice

Professor Sheldon Krantz

Through role plays set int he context of interaction with clients, fact-finding, negotiation, litigation, and transactional work, this Week One simulation course will teach first-year students how ethics issues arise in practice and how lawyers may run afoul of rules that govern professional responsibility.  During the course's four days, students will be involved in one or more of the following matters:

  • A court sanctions hearing relating to allegations of abuse in civil discovery;
  • A disciplinary hearing considering conflict of interest claims against in-house counsel because of her alleged representation of both a university and its president during a criminal investigation;
  • A simulation of interaction with clients and negotiations relating to the sale of a helicopter;
  • A simulation of an internal law firm investigation of alleged associate and partner abuse in billing.

In each of these situations, students, working in teams and in various roles, will be assigned responsibility for meeting with clients, fact-finding--reviewing documents and interviewing prospective witnesses--researching pertinent ethics rules, engaging in negotiations, and making arguments either in a court or disciplinary hearing setting. Through these role-playing assignments, students will learn how to analyze rules of professional conduct, engage in fact-finding, and serve as advocates in various settings.  Upperclass teaching fellows will serve as clients, potential witnesses, and decision-makers in the disciplinary setting.

Note: this course does NOT meet the J.D. Professional Responsibility graduation requirement.


Course CRN:
CR 
Faculty 
January 8-11, 2018 from:  
Room No. 
CRN #: 33691

 1
Krantz, Sheldon
1:30 - 5:30 pm
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Communications Skills Boot Camp

Professor Jay Sullivan and Ethan Cadoff

As new lawyers enter the workforce, often they are not just new to the law, but new to the world of business. As the market for legal services becomes increasingly more competitive, each of us needs to distinguish ourselves not just regarding the services we provide, but in the way we provide them. Successful service providers constantly interact with colleagues and clients. Therefore, superior communication skills become essential. The Communication Skills Boot Camp is a Week One simulation course designed to help law students rethink how they share information. Students will learn to put the needs of their listeners first, both when preparing for and during the conversation, and will refine their delivery skills. Through group exercises, customized role plays, and instructor coaching, students will learn a range of communication skills, including how to: focus on the needs of others; share information with confidence and credibility; understand personal communication styles; develop a clear message and deliver it with presence; ask better questions and listen for key insights; handle questions and emotional reactions effectively; guide a problem-solving discussion; lead an effective brainstorming discussion; and implement effective habits of innovative professionals. 

 Course CRN:
CR 
Faculty 
January 8-11, 2018 from:
Room No. 
 CRN #: 31427

 1
Sullivan, Jay
Cadoff, Ethan
 9:00am - 1:00pm 
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Congressional Hearing Simulation: Updating the Fair Labor Standards Act for Today's Economy

Professors Indivar Dutta-Gupta and Laura Tatum

President Franklin D. Roosevelt called the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) of 1938 "the most far-reaching, far-sighted program for the benefit of workers ever adopted in this or any other country." The historic FLSA established the minimum wage, created a standard workweek, and outlawed child labor. Almost eighty years later, many argue that the law is too rigid for today's 21st century workplace and gig economy. Others content that the law must be strengthened to better protect workers, many of whom face job insecurity; wage theft; or lack of health, retirement, and unemployment benefits. Most agree that the law needs to be updated -- but how?

In this dynamic and realistic Week One simulation, students will prepare for and conduct a Congressional hearing on updating the FLSA. Working in teams, students will gain experience in the key components of preparing for and conducting a hearing including writing, delivering, and responding to opening statements, testimony, and questions. Students will play the roles of witnesses including Department of Labor leadership, business leaders, workers advocates, and others, as well as Democratic and Republican Congressional staff. Members of Congress will be played by outside experts. Upperclass teaching fellows will help guide student preparation for the hearing and may also serve as Members of Congress in the simulation.

 Course CRN:
 CR
Faculty 
 January 8-11, 2018 from:
 Room No.
 CRN #: 33612
 1
Dutta-Gupta, Indivar 
Tatum, Laura
 1:30 - 5:30 pm
 TBA in Curriculum Guide

 

Extradition Simulation: International Law, Human Rights, and Effective Advocacy 

Professors Jane Aiken and David Koplow

This Week One simulation features an attempt by the United States to secure the extradition of two suspected terrorists who have been indicted in federal court for participating in terrorist acts on U.S. soil. In the initial indictments, the United States seeks the death penalty, a punishment which is likely to make it difficult for the countries in which the defendants now reside - France and Russia - to extradite under the international human rights treaty to which their nations are parties. Even life without parole may create extradition difficulties. Students will be assigned the role of counsel for one of the defendants or one of the governments and will be asked to evaluate whether the European Convention on Human Rights bars extradition in the circumstances of the cases. Throughout the four-day simulation, students work in small teams to interview the defendants, develop their arguments, and hone their oral advocacy skills in preparation for a mock oral argument before the European Court of Human Rights (played by practicing lawyers from Georgetown Law's alumni network). Through this rich fact pattern, students will not only learn to read and interpret international and foreign law texts and gain an understanding of the international human rights landscape, but they will have the opportuntity to engage in essential lawyering skills, including fact development and analysis, interviewing, problem solving, and oral advocacy skills. 

There are two sections of this course:

 Course CRN:
CR.  
Faculty 
January 8-11, 2018 from:
Room No. 
 CRN #: 10600

Aiken, Jane 
6:00pm - 10:00pm
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 CRN #: 10601

Koplow, David
January 8-10 from (Koplow only):
1:30pm - 5:30pm

January 11 from (Koplow only):
1:30pm - 6:30pm 
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Internal Investigation Simulation: Evaluating Corporate Corruption  

Professors Erin Carroll, Michael Cedrone, and Susan McMahon

This Week One simulation involves an internal investigation by a French company that is in deal talks with a publicly-traded U.S. corporation. During its investigation, the French company uncovers evidence of bribe-like payments made as part of its operations in Africa. The French company is concerned that these payments may trigger liability under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), a U.S. statute with a wide extraterritorial reach. Fearing criminal penalties and negative press, which in turn could threaten the viability of the potential deal, the French company has engaged outside counsel to evaluate the potential risks associated with these payments and to consider ways to mitigate those risks. Working as the outside counsel, students will interview key witnesses and assess the risks posed to their clients under the provisions of the FCPA. Students will then present their findings and recommendations to their client's general counsel, played by practicing lawyers from Georgetown Law's alumni network. By participating in this highly dynamic and realistic course, students will not only learn about statutory interpretation and the role of the FCPA in corporate transactions, but they will have the opportunity to engage in essential lawyering skills, including fact development and analysis, interviewing, counseling, teambuilding, project management, problem solving, and presentation skills. 

There are three sections of this course: 


 Course CRN:
CR.  
Faculty 
January 8-11, 2018 from:
Room No.
CRN #: 10602

Cedrone, Michael 
9:00am - 1:00pm 
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CRN #: 30495

Carroll, Erin
1:30pm - 5:30pm 
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CRN #: 22155

McMahon, Susan
6:00pm - 10:00pm
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Internet Defamation Simulation: Alternative Dispute Resolution in a Transnational Dispute

Professor Julie L. Ross

This Week One simulation course is designed to introduce you to some of the issues that arise in transnational disputes and the skills employed by lawyers representing clients in the context of an international dispute proceeding.  The course uses a single problem involving an article on a California news website alleging that a French plaintiff used his wine export business to launder money for organized crime figures in Russia and Italy.  The French plaintiff has alleged that he was defamed by the article, and the parties, which also include a U.S.-based web hosting service, have agreed to resolve the dispute through an internal arbitration proceeding.

Students will be assigned roles and will work in teams, representing one of the three parties to the dispute.  They will begin the week by conducting client interviews to ascertain the facts from their client's perspective.  After debriefing on the client interview process, students will prepare for a simulated international arbitration hearing in which each student will argue whether French or United States (or some other) law should govern the dispute.  Upperclass teaching fellows, in the role of abitrators for the dispute, will render a decision on the choice of law issue, and students will then prepare for and represent their clients in a mediation session to try to settle the case on the merits.  The assigned readings and classroom sessions during the week are designed to prepare students to engage in the simulated client interview, arbitration hearing, and mediation session.  The materials and classes will introduce the theory and doctrine governing components of defamation law in several jurisdictions, limitations on liability for Internet Service Providers under U.S. and French law, choice of law theory and methodology, and techniques for preparing for arguments, interviewing clients, and conducting mediation session.

 Course CRN:
CR 
Faculty 
January 8-11, 2018 from:
Room No. 
 CRN #: 33517

Ross, Julie L.
1:30pm - 5:30pm
 TBA in Curriculum Guide


Privacy, Civil Liberties and Face Recognition: Legislating Privacy Protections for 21st Century Tracking Technology

Professor Alvaro Bedoya

For decades, American law enforcement has tracked our technology - our phones, our cars, and our computers. The latest generation of law enforcement technology tracks our bodies. And unlike fingerprint technology - the legacy biometric of law enforcement - the latest generation of biometric technology can be captured remotely and in secret. At the center of that drive is face recognition technology. Recently the FBI revealed that it had access to a network of 411 million photos, roughly a third of which are drawn from state driver's license photo databases. Meanwhile, private companies are not sitting on the sidelines. Instead, major brick-and-mortar retailers like Walmart are deploying face recognition technology to identify shoplifters, "complainers," and "known litigious individuals" the moment they set foot inside a store. At the same time, enterprising app developers are bringing this ability to identify anyone with the touch of a button to the hands of private citizens. Despite the advanced deployment, the Supreme Court has yet to recognize a right to privacy in public - and only two of fifty states regulate commercial use of face recognition. If there was ever a time to pass legislation to regulate face recognition, it is now. This Week One simulation will teach students the nuts and bolts of privacy advocacy - not just in the courtroom, but in Congress and in state legislatures around the country. Students will learn about how face recognition technology works and how it is being deployed by both law enforcement and commercial actors. Then, they will debate the evolving Fourth Amendment doctrine around tracking in public and develop familiarity with the law and the technology, the core challenge of the course will begin - students will draft legislation to regulate either law enforcement or commercial use of face recognition, prepare the accompanying pitch documents, and pitch their legislative proposals to a panel of congressional staffers (themselves predominantly played by students), who will question and challenge their proposals. In addition to teaching students the law and technology surround face recognition, students will learn legislative drafting, strategy, and presentation skills. They will also work collaboratively in teams to complete a time-consuming and complex challenge. 


Course CRN:
CR. 
Faculty 
January 8-11, 2018 from:
Room No. 
CRN #: 10604

Bedoya, Alvaro 
9:00am - 1:00pm
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Questioning Witnesses In and Out of Court

Professor Michael F. Williams. Jonathan Brightbill, and Jonathan Rusch

This Week One simulation will introduce students to a critical dimension of lawyering: the law, practice, and ethics of questioning witnesses effectively in a non-adversarial and adversarial situations. Through lectures, simulation exercises (i.e., mock depositions, grand jury proceedings, and trials), and oral and written feedback, students gain exposure to the forensic techniques needed to effectively question witness in both informal and formal settings, a skill set whose value in the practice of law is not limited to litigation. This course is an excellent introduction to the type of materials covered in upperlevel elective courses such as Trial Practice and Civil Litigation Practice. The course does not require students to have taken Evidence, but will introduce students to selected key evidentiary issues that they need to understand in order to construct lines of questions and individual questions to elicit responsive answers (or to object successfully to opposing counsel's questions). For class each evening, students will have limited assigned readings before class (which may include fact patterns and mock documents for the next day's exercises), and handle questions in mini-problems involving witness questioning in both civil and criminal practice. The scenarios are expected to include situations such as: (1) informal interviews of corporate employees and other individuals by outside counsel conducting internal investigations of alleged wrongdoing, such as consumer fraud, economic sanctions violations, foreign bribery, organized crime, and SEC disclosure violations; (2) informal and formal interviews of government employees, government-contractor officers and employees, and other individuals by counsel for a Congressional committee investigating alleged fraud against the government; (3) formal non-adversarial questioning of witnesses in civil and criminal depositions, and in federal grand jury proceedings; and (4) formal adversarial questioning of witnesses in civil and criminal trials. Students can expect to be conducting witness questioning each evening of class and to enhance their and their classmates' learning through a highly participatory and supportive environment. 

There are two sections of this course: 

Course CRN: 
CR.  
Faculty 
January 8-11, 2018 from:  
Room No. 
CRN #: 31627

1 
Williams, Michael F.
Brightbill, Jonathan D.
 9:00am - 1:00pm

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CRN #: 31393

 1
 
Rusch, Jonathan 
 
6:00pm - 10:00pm
 
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Social Intelligence in the Practice of Law: Dealing Effectively with Clients, Colleagues, and Opposing Counsel

Professor Jane Juliano and Amy Wind

This Week One simulation will introduce students to the essential concepts and competencies of social intelligence implicated in all forms of a law practice, including law firms, government agencies, corporations, non-profits and a solo practice. Students will learn about emotional intelligence and research that illustrates how basic brain function and other factors, such as strong emotion, influence how a person makes decisions. Using a combination of lecture, discussion, videos, skills exercises and simulations of common legal practice scenarios, this course will emphasize concrete, practical tools to increase students' effectiveness in managing themselves and their interactions with others. The course will equip students with an improved ability to effectively communicate with others and make them feel heard; present information in the most persuasive light; recognize and address their own internal biases; and deal with highly emotional or extremely difficult individuals. This course also will present positive strategies for dealing with common interpersonal relationships in the legal workplace: lawyer-client, lawyer-opposing counsel, and lawyer-co-counsel. Students completing this course will have developed a solid grasp on how to address the wide variety of interpersonal dynamics that commonly arise in the legal arena. 


Course CRN:
CR. 
Faculty 
January 8-11, 2018 from: 
Room No.
CRN #: 31392

Juliano, Jane
Wind, Amy
9:00am - 1:00pm 
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World Health Assembly Simulation: Negotiation Regarding Climate Change Impacts on Health 

Professors Vicki Arroyo, Oscar Cabrera, Rebecca Reingold, and Sara Hoverter

This Week One simulation will introduce students to the science and impacts of climate change, including effects on health such as heat stress, vector-borne disease, and food security. It will provide students an opportunity to develop positions, advocate, conduct a simulated negotiation, and receive feedback to improve skills. The negotiations will take place as part of the World Health Organization's World Health Assembly. Students will represent countries and important civil society institutions in negotiating and crafting an international agreement pertaining to climate change and global health. They will have the opportunity to conduct research for their assigned country or organization, interview experts, develop strategy, negotiate, receive and incorporate feedback, and draft resolutions, treaties, or other legislative language. Our approach will allow students to go through not merely an academic negotiation exercise but to develop language that might be useful in the real world context of the World health Assembly. 


Course CRN: 
CR.  
Faculty 
January 8-11, 2018 from:
Room No. 
CRN #: 31384

 1
Arroyo, Vicki 
Cabrera, Oscar
Reingold, Rebecca
Hoverter, Sara
 1:30pm - 5:30pm 
 TBA in Curriculum Guide


Information Sessions 

On Monday, September 18th from 3:30-4:15 pm, Law Center administrators will be on hand to answer any related Week One question you may have (on courses, on other extracurricular programming taking place during Week One, and on the process of signing up for the lottery, etc.). Location: McDonough 201

Lottery Instructions

Check our Key Dates section and the lottery instructions for more information on how to sign up.

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