Elective Curriculum
The Lawyer As ...

While our required curriculum provides a firm foundation for practice-readiness, you have ample room to choose electives in your second and third year of law school. To help inform your selection, we have organized our elective curriculum around the substantive ways that lawyers use their training—what we call “The Lawyer As ...” 

The Lawyer as Business Advisor>

Contracts

Business Entities I: Unincorporated Business Entities

Business Entities II: Corporations

International Business Transactions

Business Planning for Small Business Enterprises

Entrepreneurship Law: Company Creation

Entrepreneurship Law: Operational Issues

Federal Securities Regulation

Nonprofit Organizations

Accounting for Lawyers

Lawyering and Ethics for the Business Attorney Seminar

White-Collar Crime

Sales

Secured Transactions

Consumer Protection

Bankruptcy

Banking Regulation

Payment Systems

Construction Law

Internships

  • Office of Attorney General Antitrust Section
  • Office of General Counsel
    • Department of Banking & Securities
    • Department of State

Semester-in-Washington, D.C. Program ( Securities and Exchange Commission; U.S. Department of the Treasury; U.S. Department of Commerce; U.S. Agency for Economic Development)

Semester-in-Harrisburg Program (PA Department of Labor and Industry; PA Department of Banking)

The Lawyer as Civil Rights Advocate>

Trial Advocacy (Advocacy I)

Civil Liberties Litigation

Constitutional Law I

Constitutional Law II

First Amendment — Free Speech

Law and Individuals with Disabilities

Employment Discrimination

Election Law

International Human Rights

Protection of Individual Rights Under State Constitutions Seminar

Race, Racism, and American Law Seminar

Immigration Law

National Security Law

Poverty Law

Criminal Procedure

Advanced Criminal Procedure

Post-Conviction Process

Federal Courts

Nonprofit Organizations

Administrative Law

Regulatory and Legislative Practice Seminar

In-House Clinics

  • Community Law Clinic — handling cases in family, disability, housing, and public benefits law
  • Children’s Advocacy Clinic

Internships

  • MidPenn Legal Services (Carlisle and Harrisburg)
  • Community Justice Project
  • Federal Judicial Placements

Semester-in-Washington, D.C. Program (U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission; Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR); Human Rights Watch)

Semester-in-Harrisburg Program (YWCA Domestic Violence Legal Center; Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission)

International Justice Internship

The Lawyer as Conflict Resolver>

General Dispute Resolution

  • Negotiation/Mediation
  • Client Counseling
  • Arbitration: Domestic and International
  • Congressional Investigations Seminar
  • Dispute System Design Seminar

General Civil Litigation in the United States

  • Civil Procedure
  • Trial Advocacy (Advocacy I)
  • Advanced Trial Advocacy (Advocacy II)
  • Federal Courts
  • Pennsylvania Practice
  • Evidence
  • Electronic Evidence Seminar
  • Remedies

General Criminal Litigation in the United States

  • Criminal Procedure
  • Advanced Criminal Procedure
  • Federal Criminal Practice
  • Pennsylvania Criminal Law Practice
  • Post-Conviction Process

Substantive Law-Specific Procedure in the United States

  • Administrative Law
  • Bankruptcy
  • Torts
  • Regulatory and Legislative Practice Seminar

In-House Clinics

  • Children’s Advocacy Clinic
  • Community Law Clinic

Courses that include some negotiation:

  • Entrepreneuership Law: Company Creation
  • Entrepreneuership Law: Operational Issues

Semester-in-Washington, D.C. (National Labor Relations Board; U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission; AFL-CIO)

Judicial Internships

The Lawyer as Consumer Advocate>

Contracts

Sales

Secured Transactions

Bankruptcy

Payment Systems

Banking Regulation

Communications Law

Construction Law

Energy Law and Policy

Nonprofit Organizations

Congressional Investigations Seminar

Internships

  • Office of Attorney General Bureau of Consumer Protection
  • Public Utility Commission

Semester-in-Washington, D.C. Program (Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia, Federal Trade Commission, AARP Legal Council for the Elderly)

Semester-in-Harrisburg Program (PA Office of the Attorney General, PA Department of Banking)

The Lawyer as Employment Advisor>

Employment Law

Labor Law

Employment Discrimination

Employee Benefits Law

Law and Individuals with Disabilities

Semester-in-Washington, D.C. Program (National Labor Relations Board; U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission; AFL-CIO)

Semester-in-Harrisburg Program (PA Department of Labor and Industry)

Internships

  • Office of General Counsel
    • Department of State
    • Department of Health
    • PA Department of Transportation
  • Office of General Counsel, Department of Public Welfare
  • State Civil Service Commission
  • Hershey Medical Center

The Lawyer as Environmental Advocate>

Environmental Law

Administrative Law

State and Local Governmental Law

Agricultural Law

Law of the Sea

Energy Law and Policy

Nonprofit Organizations

Congressional Investigations Seminar

Internships

  • Office of General Counsel Department of Environmental Protection
  • Office of General Counsel Department of Conservation and Natural Resources

Semester-in-Washington, D.C. Program (Environmental Protection Agency; U.S. Department of Justice; Food and Water Watch; U.S. Department of Agriculture)

Semester-in-Harrisburg Program (PA Department of Environmental Protection; Environmental Hearing Board)

The Lawyer as Family Advisor>

Family Law

Education Law

Wills, Trusts, and Estates

Estate Planning

Gender and Sexuality Law

Elder Law Financing: LTC Insurance

Elder Law Capacity: Advance Directives

Elder Law Comparative: Filial Support Laws

Juvenile Law

Law of Individuals with Disabilities

Poverty Law

Immigration Law

Bankruptcy

Basic Federal Income Taxation

Advanced Federal Income Taxation

In-House Clinics

  • Community Law Clinic 
  • Children’s Advocacy Clinic

Internships

  • Office of Attorney General, Department of Public Welfare
  • Office of Attorney General, Department of Education
  • Pennsylvania School Board Association
  • MidPenn Legal Services
  • Court of Common Pleas Judicial Placements

Semester-in-Washington, D.C. Program (AARP Legal Council for the Elderly; National Senior Citizens Law Center)

Semester-in-Harrisburg Program (YWCA Domestic Violence Legal Center)

The Lawyer as Government Advisor>

Constitutional Law I

Civil Liberties Litigation

Administrative Law

Congressional Investigations Seminar

Regulatory and Legislative Practice Seminar

Election Law

Education Law

Energy Law and Policy

National Security Law

Protection of Individual Rights Under State Constitutions Seminar

Semester-in-Washington, D.C. Program (U.S. Department of Justice; Federal Communications Commission; Federal Aviation Administration; Environmental Protection Agency)

Semester-in-Harrisburg Program (Governor’s Office of General Counsel)

Internships

  • Legislative Reference Bureau
  • Judicial Conduct Board
  • State Civil Service Commission
  • Office of General Counsel

The Lawyer as Intellectual Property Advisor>

Contracts

Introduction to Intellectual Property Law

Copyrights

Patents

Trademarks

Internet Law

Communications Law

Sports and Entertainment Law

Internships

  • Federal Judicial Clerkships

The Lawyer as International Advisor and Advocate>

International Human Rights

Cross-Border Legal Practice Seminar

Comparative International Taxation

National Security Law

Energy Law and Policy

Immigration Law

Arbitration: Domestic and International

International Criminal Law

Congressional Investigations Seminar

Semester-in-Washington, D.C. Program (U.S. Agency for International Development; Human Rights Watch; U.S. Department of the Treasury, Office of Foreign Asset Control; U.S.-China Economic Review and Security Commission)

International Justice Internship

The Lawyer as Manager and Leader>

Professional Responsibility

Cross-Border Legal Practice Seminar

Accounting for Lawyers

Entrepreneuership Law: Company Creation

Entrepreneuership Law: Operational Issues

Law Practice Management

Problem Solving I: The Lawyer and Client

Client Counseling

Negotiation/Mediation

Trial Advocacy (Advocacy I)

Advanced Trial Advocacy (Advocacy II)

Dispute System Design Seminar

Lawyering and Ethics for the Business Attorney Seminar

Strategic Legal Research

Writing Workshop

Writing and Editing for Lawyers

Regulatory and Legislative Practice Seminar

Nonprofit Organizations

Semester-in-Washington, D.C. Program (American Bar Association; U.S. Agency for International Development; AFL-CIO)

Internships

  • PA School Board Associations
  • Judicial Placements
  • Judicial Conduct Board

The Lawyer in Medicine, Health Care, and Biotechnology>

Torts

Law and Medicine

Health Care Law and Policy

Nonprofit Organizations

Administrative Law

Elder Law

Law and Aging Policy Seminar

Law and Individuals with Disabilities

Employee Benefits Law

Wills, Trusts, and Estates

Estate Planning

Poverty Law

In-House Clinics

  • Children’s Advocacy Clinic
  • Medical-Legal Partnership Clinic

Internships

  • Hershey Medical Center
  • Office of Attorney General, Antitrust Section
  • Office of General Counsel, Department of Health
  • Department of State

The Lawyer as Prosecutor and Defender>

Criminal Law

Criminal Procedure

Advanced Criminal Procedure

Juvenile Law

White-Collar Crime

Post-Conviction Process

Death Penalty Seminar

Pennsylvania Criminal Law Practice

Federal Criminal Practice

National Security Law

International Criminal Law

Trial Advocacy (Advocacy I)

Advanced Trial Advocacy (Advocacy II)

Congressional Investigations Seminar

Internships

  • Judicial Internships (United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, Department of Justice, Executive Office of Immigration Review, United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania Supreme Court, Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court, Court of Common Pleas of Cumberland and Dauphin County)
  • United States Attorney’s Office
  • Federal Public Defender Office
  • Office of Attorney General (Antitrust Section, Health Care Section, Bureau of Consumer Protection, Tax Litigation)
  • District Attorney’s Office (Adams, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, and York County)
  • Public Defender’s Office (Adams, Cumberland, and Dauphin County)

International Justice Internship

Semester-in-Washington Program (Public Defender Service of the District of Columbia; Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia; U.S. Attorney’s Office of the District of Columbia; U.S. Department of Justice)

Semester-in-Harrisburg Program (U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania; Office of the Federal Public Defender, Middle District of Pennsylvania)

The Lawyer as Public Interest Advocate>

Immigration Law

Constitutional Law II

Gender and Sexuality Law

Race, Racism, and American Law Seminar

First Amendment — Free Speech

Protection of Individual Rights Under State Constitutions Seminar

Juvenile Law

Law and Individuals with Disabilities

Poverty Law

Federal Indian Law Seminar

Nonprofit Organizations

Post-Conviction Process

Death Penalty Seminar

International Human Rights

Education Law

Employment Discrimination

Election Law

Congressional Investigations Seminar

In-House Clinics

  • Children’s Advocacy Clinic
  • Community Law Clinic — handling cases in family, disability, housing, and public benefits law
  • Legislation and Government Clinic

Internships

  • International Justice Internship
  • Office of General Counsel
    • Department of Education
    • Department of Public Welfare
    • Department of Banking & Securities
  • Department of Community & Economic Development
  • Office of Attorney General, Bureau of Consumer Protection
  • Legal Services
  • Community Justice Project

Public Interest Placements in Semester-in-Washington D.C. Program (American Bar Association; National Lawyers Guild; Council on American-Islamic Relations; National Partnership for Women and Families; National Senior Citizen’s Law Center)

Public Interest Placements in Semester-in-Harrisburg Program (YWCA Domestic Violence Legal Center; PA Office of Consumer Advocate)

The Lawyer as Regulatory Advisor>

Constitutional Law I

Administrative Law

Regulatory and Legislative Practice Seminar

Environmental Law

Banking Regulation

Communications Law

Election Law

Energy Law and Policy

Congressional Investigations Seminar

Semester-in-Washington, D.C. Program (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; Federal Trade Commission; Securities and Exchange Commission; Federal Communications Commission)

Semester-in-Harrisburg Program (PA Department of Environmental Protection; PA Department of Banking)

Internships

  • Office of Attorney General, Antitrust Section
  • Office of Attorney General, Charitable Trusts Section
  • Office of General Counsel
  • Department of Banking
  • Gaming Control Board
  • Liquor Control Board
  • Public Utility Commission
  • State Civil Service Commission

The Lawyer as Researcher>

Problem Solving I: The Lawyer and Client

Problem Solving II: The Lawyer as Writer

Problem Solving III: The Lawyer as Persuader

Strategic Legal Research

Practice-Oriented Research Tips and Training Certificate Program

Judicial Internships

The Lawyer as Tax Advisor>

Basic Federal Income Tax

Advanced Federal Income Tax

Corporate and Partnership Tax

Comparative International Taxation

Estate Planning

Entrepreneuership Law: Company Creation

Entrepreneuership Law: Operational Issues 

State and Local Taxation

Internships

  • Office of Attorney General, Tax Litigation Division

Semester-in-Washington, D.C. Program (Internal Revenue Service; U.S. Department of Justice, Tax Division)

Semester-in-Harrisburg Program (Office of Attorney General, Tax Litigation)

The Lawyer as Trial Advocate>

Civil Liberties Litigation

Civil Procedure

Legal Argument and Factual Persuasion

Problem Solving I: The Lawyer and Client

Problem Solving II: The Lawyer as Writer

Problem Solving III: The Lawyer as Persuader

Evidence

  • Evidence
  • Electronic Evidence Seminar

Remedies

Client Counseling

Trial Advocacy (Advocacy I)

Advanced Trial Advocacy (Advocacy II)

Advanced Appellate Advocacy

Negotiation/Mediation

Dispute System Design Seminar

Arbitration: Domestic and International

Federal Courts 

Conflict of Laws

Insurance Law

Pennsylvania Practice

Criminal Law

  • Pennsylvania Criminal Law Practice
  • Federal Criminal Practice
  • International Criminal Law
  • Post-Conviction Process
  • Criminal Procedure
  • Advanced Criminal Procedure
  • White-Collar Crime

Torts

Internships

  • Judicial Internships (United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, Department of Justice, Executive Office of Immigration Review, United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania Supreme Court, Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court, Court of Common Pleas of Cumberland and Dauphin County)
  • United States Attorney’s Office
  • Federal Public Defender Office
  • International Justice Internship
  • District Attorney’s Office (Adams, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin and York County)
  • Public Defender’s Office (Adams, Cumberland and Dauphin County)
  • MidPenn Legal Services (Carlisle and Harrisburg)
  • Community Justice Project (Harrisburg)
  • Office of Attorney General: Tax Litigation Section, Health Care Section, Bureau of Consumer Protection
  • Office of General Counsel
    • Department of Environmental Protection 
    • Department of State
    • Department of Transportation 
    • Department of Public Welfare
  • Independent Boards and Commissions 
    • Gaming Control Board
    • Liquor Control Board
    • Public Utility Commission
    • State Civil Service Commission)
  • Mid Penn Legal Services
  • Community Justice Project

The Lawyer as Wealth Management Advisor>

Property

Wills, Trusts, and Estates

Real Estate Negotiation and Drafting

Elder Law

Law and Aging Policy Seminar

Estate Planning

Negotiation/Mediation

State and Local Taxation

State and Local Governmental Law

Entrepreneuership Law: Company Creation

Entrepreneuership Law: Operational Issues 

Environmental Law

Insurance Law

Agricultural Law

Secured Transactions

Construction Law

Bankruptcy

Basic Federal Income Tax

Advanced Federal Income Taxation

Corporate and Partnership Tax

Internships

  • Office of Attorney General, Charitable Trusts Division

The Lawyer as Writer>

Problem Solving I: The Lawyer and Client

Problem Solving II: The Lawyer as Writer

Problem Solving III: The Lawyer as Persuader

Writing and Editing

Writing Workshop

Transactional Writing and Drafting

Judicial Internships