Bar Members Share Knowledge, Experience in Intersession Courses
Posted on January 28, 2013
Several years ago, the University of Arkansas School of Law began offering condensed courses for the school’s Agricultural & Food Law LL.M. students. The short courses permitted the School of Law to bring in experts on a wide array of topics who could teach for a week but not a full semester. The courses proved so popular that intersession classes — offered between regular semesters and summer sessions — were soon created for the JD program students as well.
“For the most part, intersession courses offer students a chance to earn an extra credit hour and to gain valuable knowledge and experience from skilled attorneys already practicing in the field,” said Carl Circo, Senior Associate Dean of Academic Affairs.
While there are no set guidelines on topics for intersession courses, Circo says the law school generally tries to offer courses that will enhance the program’s advanced special topics or permit students to further their skills.
Nearly 100 students participated in January’s intersession courses in Environmental Torts, Deposition Practice and Doing Business in China. Both the Torts and the Deposition course were taught by local members of the Bar Association: Ross Noland of the McMath Woods PA Law Firm taught Environmental Torts, and Don R. Elliott of the Elliott & Smith Law Firm led the Deposition Practice Course. The course on Doing Business in China reflected a rare opportunity for law school students as it was taught by Kihua Zhang, a practicing attorney in Guangzhou, China.
Past intersession classes have included Arkansas Landlord and Tenant Law, Commercial Litigation, Presentation of Evidence, Civil Litigation Discover and Domestic Relations Drafting.
“The courses are very popular with our students, and it’s a great way to connect local and regional members of the Bar Association with our work in the classroom,” said Circo.
The School of Law is planning for additional intersession courses after the Spring 2013 and Summer 2013 semesters.