The Lawyer As...

Interview

While our required curriculum provides a firm foundation for profession-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

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

Bankruptcy

Banking Regulation

Payment Systems

Construction Law

Externships

  • 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

Advocacy I

Civil Liberties Litigation

Constitutional Law I

Constitutional Law II

First Amendment

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

Immigration Law

National Security Law

Poverty Law

Criminal Procedure

Advanced Criminal Procedure

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

Externships

  • 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 Externship

The Lawyer As Conflict Resolver

General Dispute Resolution

  • Negotiation/Mediation
  • Client Counseling
  • Congressional Investigations Seminar

General Civil Litigation in the United States

  • Civil Procedure
  • Advocacy I
  • Advocacy II
  • Federal Courts
  • Evidence
  • Electronic Evidence Seminar
  • Remedies

General Criminal Litigation in the United States

  • Criminal Procedure
  • Advanced Criminal Procedure
  • Federal Criminal Practice

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:

  • Entrepreneurship Law: Company Creation
  • Entrepreneurship Law: Operational Issues

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

Judicial Externships

The Lawyer As Consumer Advocate

Contracts

Sales

Secured Transactions

Bankruptcy

Payment Systems

Banking Regulation

Construction Law

Energy Law and Policy

Nonprofit Organizations

Congressional Investigations Seminar

Externships

  • 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)

Externships

  • 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
  • Penn State Health
The Lawyer As Entrepreneur, Manager and Leader

Professional Responsibility

Accounting for Lawyers

Entrepreneurship Law: Company Creation

Entrepreneurship Law: Operational Issues

Client Counseling

Negotiation/Mediation

Advocacy I

Advocacy II

Lawyering and Ethics for the Business Attorney Seminar

Regulatory and Legislative Practice Seminar

Nonprofit Organizations

Externships

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

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

The Lawyer As Environmental and Energy 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

Externships

  • 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 I and II

Elder Law Capacity I and II

Elder Law Comparative I and II

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

Externships

  • 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

Externships

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

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)

The Lawyer As Intellectual Property Advisor

Contracts

Introduction to Intellectual Property Law

Copyrights

Patents

Trademarks

Internet Law

Communications Law

Sports Law

Entertainment Law

Pharmaceutical Biotechnology & Law

Externships

  • Federal Judicial Clerkships
The Lawyer As International Advisor and Advocate

International Law

International Human Rights

Comparative International Taxation

National Security Law

Energy Law and Policy

Immigration Law

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 Externship

The Lawyer in Medicine, Health Care, and Biotechnology

Torts

Law and Medicine

Health Care Law and Policy

Nonprofit Organizations

Administrative Law

Elder Law Finance I and II

Elder Law Capacity I and II

Elder Law Comparative I and II

Law and Individuals with Disabilities

Employee Benefits Law

Wills, Trusts, and Estates

Estate Planning

Poverty Law

Pharmaceutical Biotechnology & Law

In-House Clinics

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

Externships

  • Penn State Health
  • 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

Federal Criminal Practice

National Security Law

International Criminal Law

Advocacy I

Advocacy II

Congressional Investigations Seminar

Externships

  • Judicial Externships (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 Externship

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

First Amendment

Protection of Individual Rights Under State Constitutions Seminar

Juvenile Law

Law and Individuals with Disabilities

Poverty Law

Nonprofit Organizations

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

Externships

  • International Justice Externship
  • 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

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)

Externships

  • 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/Writer

Legal Analysis & Writing I: Objective

Legal Analysis & Writing II: Persuasive

Practice-Oriented Research Tips and Training Certificate Program

Judicial Externships

The Lawyer As Tax Advisor

Basic Federal Income Tax

Advanced Federal Income Tax

Corporate and Partnership Tax

Comparative International Taxation

Estate Planning

Entrepreneurship Law: Company Creation

Entrepreneurship Law: Operational Issues 

State and Local Taxation

Externships

  • 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 Analysis & Writing I: Objective

Legal Analysis & Writing II: Persuasive

Evidence

Electronic Evidence Seminar

Remedies

Client Counseling

Advocacy I

Advocacy II

Appellate Advocacy

Negotiation/Mediation

Federal Courts 

Conflict of Laws

Criminal Law

  • Federal Criminal Practice
  • International Criminal Law
  • Criminal Procedure
  • Advanced Criminal Procedure
  • White-Collar Crime

Torts

Externships

  • Judicial Externships (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 Externship
  • 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

Elder Law Finance I and II

Elder Law Capacity I and II

Elder Law Comparative I and II

Estate Planning

Negotiation/Mediation

State and Local Taxation

State and Local Governmental Law

Entrepreneurship Law: Company Creation

Entrepreneurship Law: Operational Issues 

Environmental Law

Insurance Law

Agricultural Law

Secured Transactions

Construction Law

Bankruptcy

Basic Federal Income Tax

Advanced Federal Income Taxation

Taxation of Business Entities

Externships

  • Office of Attorney General, Charitable Trusts Division