Professor Schnably’s Courses
 

 

Human Rights Clinic
Thursday, May 22, 2014, 10:00-11:30 am
 

Overview of International Human Rights Law   Readings

 

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Constitutional Law I(C) (Law 017C) (Spring 2014)
 

Final Grades & Exam Review:    The final grades are available through CaneLink. This was the distribution:

Letter
Grade
Value Number
4.00   9
A-3.70 10
B+3.30 10
3.00 12
B-2.70 11
C+2.30   5
2.00   7
C-1.70   4
1.00   0
0.00   0
Total 68
Average3.000

As you may know, there is a required distribution of grades in first-year substantive courses (other than Spring semester electives). See page 17 of the Student Handook and Honor Code, 2013-2014, which sets out the School’s academic policies:

“Students in first-year courses are graded in accordance with the following grade distribution.
  1. The combined total number of “A,” “A-” and “B+” grades awarded in each course shall equal or exceed 20 percent of the number of students graded in that course; and
  2. The combined total number of grades of B or higher awarded in each course shall equal or exceed 45 percent of the number of students graded in that course.

    The sum of “C-,” “D,” and “F” grades in first-year courses shall not be less than 5 percent nor more than 15 percent of the number of students graded in that course, (subject to waiver for a particular course in unusual circumstances by vote of the Faculty or by the Dean prior to the submission of grades).”

In a class of 68 students, the Handbook would require that there be at least 14 “A,” “A-,” and “B+” grades, and at least 31 “A,” “A-,” “B+,” and “B” grades, and between 4 and 10 grades of “C-” or lower. This required distribution did not affect the grades I gave. I would have given the same grades in the absence of the required distribution.  

Review of Exam Answers. Under the Law School Handbook, pp. 18-19, students have a right to review their exam answers in case of essay exams. If you want to review them on your own, please contact my assistant, Ms. Andrea Garcia. No appointment is needed simply to review your answers. Ms. Garcia will send you a copy of the exam, sample answers (once they are ready -- see below), and your answers. Keep in mind that I do not write comments on answers, and keep scores on separate sheets.

Feedback on Exams. I will be happy to give you feedback on what you might do on future exams to improve your performance. If you want to schedule a meeting, please e-mail Ms. Garcia and let her know, and she will schedule an appointment. Before your appointment, you should re-read the exam, your answers, and the sample answers, and I will re-read your answers before we meet.

Note: I am currently having some sample answers prepared. Once that is complete, I will set some general times over the summer when I am available to meet with you. I will have times in the fall as well if you prefer that. You can email Ms. Garcia anytime to let her know you would like her to contact you about an appointment (please specify summer or fall). If you are enrolled in a summer course with an exam and would like feedback before that course ends, please let her know the exam date in your email so she can make sure to schedule you before your exam.

Policy on Grade Changes. As you may know, under the Law School Handbook (p. 19), a faculty member cannot change a final grade in a exam course unless there is a mechanical error (such as an error in addition of points) that would affect the grade:

“A final grade submitted to the Registrar cannot be changed by a faculty member, or anyone else, to reflect a re-evaluation of the student’s examination answers or other work. If, however, an arithmetic or transmitting error is discovered, the error will be corrected. No change of grade takes effect without the approval of the Vice Dean. Requests to have such errors corrected must be made by the instructor, and the Vice Dean’s decision communicated to the Registrar before the end of the semester immediately following the semester or summer session in which the error was made.

“There are no grade appeals and no reevaluation exists.”

Course Description:   An introduction to constitutional interpretation and to the structural provisions of the constitution.
Semester:   Spring 2014
Credits:   4
Meeting Times:   Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 11:00 am - 12:20 pm
Meeting Room:   Room E352
Office Hours:   Please check the Office Hours page for Exam Period Office Hours and the Optional Review Session. You may also contact me by e-mail to request an appointment.
Ground Rules:   You must read the Ground Rules before the first class. After reading the Ground Rules, please click here to send an acknowledgment that you have read the Ground Rules. Each person in the class must do so by 4:00 p.m. Wednesday, January 15.
Dean’s Fellow:   Samantha Moussa
E-mail: moussasamantha@gmail.com
Sessions: The schedule for Dean’s Fellow Study Groups is available through the Dean’s Fellow Study Groups page.
Casebook / Other Materials:   See the Syllabus.
Assignments:   See the Syllabus.
Final Exam:   The exam will be open-book. You may have any written materials with you that you wish. Past exams and an optional practice exam are available through the Syllabus.

 

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Property (Law 014)
 
Course Description:   Property is a fascinating subject that will help you learn basic legal concepts and methods of analysis. The wide variety of topics covered makes it especially interesting. Parts of it are conceptual and theoretical. Other parts relate to everyday problems like landlord-tenant law or the sale of property. You’ll learn a range of skills -- reading cases, applying statutes, and solving problems.
Semester:   TBA
Credits:   4
Meeting Times:   TBA
Meeting Room:   TBA
Office Hours:   Please check the Office Hours page. You may also contact me by e-mail to request an appointment.
Ground Rules:   TBA
Dean’s Fellow:   TBA
Casebook / Other Materials:   TBA
Assignments:   TBA
Practice Exam:   TBA
Final Exam:   TBA
Final Grade:   TBA

 

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International Human Rights Law (Law 311A)
 

Course Description:   This course will examine international human rights agreements, international and regional human rights courts and tribunals, and international human rights organizations and bodies, both governmental and non-governmental. It will also cover issues relating to the nature of human rights (e.g., civil and political rights, economic and social rights, individual and collective rights). In addition, it will examine the role of international human rights law in domestic law.
Semester:   Fall 2014
Credits:   3
Meeting Times:   Monday and Wednesday, 11:00 am to 12:20 pm
Meeting Room:   F408
Office Hours:   Please check the Office Hours page. You may also contact me by e-mail to request an appointment.
Ground Rules:   TBA
Casebook / Other Materials:   TBA
Assignments:   TBA
Practice Exam:   TBA
Final Exam:   TBA
Final Grade:   TBA

 

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