During the firm visits, Fellows work on a sample case specific to that type of law for approximately two hours.
Fellows do not need any prior legal knowledge or experience.
After meeting with the firm’s lawyers for an hour, the Fellows then break into teams to work on a case in the type of law that the firm practices. Please see below a sample case on Corporate Law.
Case Studies during Firm Meetings follow this structure:
Introduction to the field (Corporate, Environmental, Human Rights…)
Brief description of case by firm attorneys and partners.
Fellows work on case with Legal Advisor.
Fellows discuss with partners and attorneys the results of their analysis.
In many cases, there will not be a right/wrong answer. The primary purpose of these types of exercises is to initiate discussion and debate using the Socratic method in a structured manner about a specific legal topic. The topics chosen show a common daily task of the field the presenting lawyers are involved in.
Sample Case: Breach of Contract Liability?
Note: This is a simplified version in order to provide some context of what working on a case will look like. In reality, case descriptions and questions are more extensive and have a greater degree of difficulty. Nonetheless, Fellows are at all times assisted by their Legal Advisor and the materials provided in the Casebook. REMEMBER, FELLOWS DO NOT NEED ANY PRIOR LEGAL EXPERIENCE.
Sam opens a CAR dealership and employs Laura to manage it. Sam wishes to avoid publicity and so decides to name the dealership “Laura’s Toyota.” Sam then instructs Laura that during the week of December 8, Laura may sell only PINK CARS and not blue CARS. Without Sam’s knowledge, however, Laura signs a contract with John, a customer, agreeing to sell him a blue CAR. Sam tells Laura not to perform the contract. John learns of Sam’s existence and sues Sam for breach of contract.
Are Sam and Laura operating in a Partnership? Why?
Is Laura acting as Sam’s agent? Why?
Will Sam be liable? Why or why not?
What other implications does this case have?
CONCEPTS TO CONSIDER:
Theory of the scope of the agency.
Actual Authority vs Inherent Authority
Agency by Estoppel
Unusual / unnecessary business practices