Protective Order Litigation

B564 is taught by S. Lahn

Working with the Law School s pro-bono Protective Order Project ( POP ), this experiential course uses a combination of classroom and case work to examine the civil legal system& 039;s response to sexual assault, stalking, and domestic and relationship violence. The course also provides a first-hand opportunity to develop professional skills such as client-interviewing; fact investigation; drafting pleadings and motions; conducting discovery; and preparing a case for hearing. Students who have completed one-half of their credits toward graduation are eligible under Ind. Admin. & Discpl. R. 2.1(a) to serve as certified legal interns and represent clients in court.

The course is open to all second- or third-year students. (Students who have not previously completed POP volunteer training will need to do so before starting active course work.)

This spring, two sessions of the course are being offered: students may take either both sessions or just the second session by itself. During the four-week on-line January session (1 credit), we will meet Mondays and Wednesdays at 3:30-5:20 p.m. (Some adjustment of that meeting time may be possible if it fits everyone s schedule.) During the 11-week February April session (2 credits), we will meet Tuesdays 5:25-7:15 p.m., initially on line, but if conditions improve and all class members agree, then we may transition to in-person classes as the semester goes along.

There is no final exam; grading will be based on an evaluation of case work, class participation, an in-class presentation, and reflective essays. For permission to enroll, or any questions, please contact Prof. Lahn, slahn@indiana.edu or 855-0905.