Curriculum

Clinic - Securities Arbitration

Credits: 3.00
Faculty: Joel Bernstein, Mark Arisohn

Prerequisites: The clinic is open to both 2L and 3L students. Corporations, Securities Regulation courses are recommended but not required.

Students are assigned to work with a team of lawyers at Labaton Sucharow (http://www.labaton.com0)to work on cases involving investors or customers who have or seek to lodge complaints against their brokers with the arbitration divisions of securities Self-Regulatory Organizations.

Students assist in the representation of individuals at several stages of a case: screening for merits, filing or amending pleadings, selecting arbitrators conducting discovery, developing evidence and case theory, engaging in settlement negotiations, and in some cases participating in mediation or arbitration proceedings that are comparable to a non-jury trial. In addition, students will meet with and counsel clients throughout the course of the case. At the required (bi-)weekly seminar taught by lawyers from the firm, students will concentrate on substantive law (relevant state and federal securities law) and procedures governing arbitration, and on lawyering skills, including interviewing, counseling, fact investigation and analysis, negotiation, and written and oral advocacy.

Grading and Method of Evaluation

The fieldwork and the seminar will be letter graded.

Seminar

Seminar credits: 1 (or possibly 2, TBD)

Enrollment notes

There is a two-semester commitment.