Washington University School of Law is committed to providing its online students with real-world experiences designed to enhance classroom learning and integrate students into the university community.
@WashULaw students are encouraged to attend optional weekend immersions in St. Louis, Missouri. Immersions are held in both the Spring and Fall each year, and students may choose to attend one or both.
Students have the chance to bring their studies to life through a full itinerary of activities that explore the inner workings of the U.S. legal system and the historic city of St. Louis.
Sample Immersion Agenda
- 6:00-8:00pm: Welcome Reception
- 7:00am: Breakfast
- 8:30-11:30 am: Sample Offsite Programming: US Federal Court, Dred Scott Courthouse, Federal Prosecutors Office, Circuit Court Visit
- 12:00-12:50 pm: Lunch
- 1:00-5:00 pm: Class
- 5:00-6:00pm: Campus Tour
- 6:00pm: Dinner, Sightseeing
- 7:00am: Breakfast
- 9:00am-4:00pm: Class
- 4:00-5:30pm: Book store visit; Scheduled Career Advising Time (Optional)
- 6:00pm-8:00pm: Dinner
- 7:00am: Breakfast
- 9:00am-11:30am: Class
During the immersion, students may have the opportunity to:
- Meet in person with professors and classmates from across the globe
- Take a one-credit elective with on-campus JD students
- Observe live court hearings and meet with federal and state judges
- Network with law firms, organizations and businesses
- Tour legal landmarks in the city of St. Louis
The immersions coincide with the law school's on-campus weekend intensive courses, allowing students to connect in person with classmates and professors, and enhance their curriculum with a one credit elective course.
Sample Immersion Courses:
U.S. Antitrust Law from a Global Perspective
Professor: John Drobak
This course will provide an overview of U.S. antitrust law, as well as a comparison of U.S. antitrust law with the competition law of the EU. Topics to be covered include cartels, other types of “horizontal” agreements between competitors (like joint ventures), monopolies, “vertical” distribution agreements, mergers, the relationship between intellectual property law and antitrust law, and methods of enforcement. Basic economic principles will be taught as they arise in the cases. Grading will be based on a take-home examination and the quality of a student’s participation in the classroom discussions.
Intro to Compliance
Professor: Danielle D'Onfro
This course presents an introduction to corporate compliance and ethics programs in the United States. Looking at recent failures of compliance through the lenses of corporate decision making, investment decision making, and regulatory action, we will explore enforcement trends and the growth of compliance programs in the past 20 years. We will discuss the role of each element of a compliance program (policies and procedures, governance, training, auditing, communication, corrective action and culture) in protecting organizations and improving operations. In particular, we will discuss balancing the interests of the various stakeholders in the compliance process. This course will be interesting for those considering compliance positions as well as those interested in regulatory agency and corporate defense practice.
Contract Management and Negotiation
This highly practical course provides an overview of Latin American Negotiation and Contractual culture, training students to become globally oriented attorneys, prepared to represent multinational and international clients and businesses, as well as join international firms. Course objectives:
- Understand how applicable negotiation techniques may vary in different cultures and countries with diverse historic backgrounds, mainly concentrating in U.S. and Latin America.
- Through exercises in class, practice negotiation skills to be applied in negotiations involving Latin American parties.
- Practice the use and generation of options and communication as a tool to reach agreements across the Americas.
- Train students to control and manage frequent situations in negotiations with Latin American parties, generating skills to redirect diffuse discussions.
- Understand the strength of Confirmation Bias and positional bargaining in transnational negotiations, as well as techniques to mitigate them.
- Train students to face multi-party negotiations involving different cultures.
- Understand Contract Management across the Americas, explaining terms and conditions that commonly generate discussion in Trans-American contract negotiation.
- Develop the ability to anticipate possible conflict generating contractual provisions, in order to be able to mitigate risks during contract negotiation and execution.
- Explain the most common problems faced by contract managers when dealing with transnational contracts, preparing students to mitigate risks from the beginning of a contractual relationship.
- Generate understanding of negotiation as an Alternative Dispute Resolution process, with enormous value as an Alternative Dispute Prevention process.
Made in China
This is a 1 unit weekend course. Statistics are all over the place when it comes to what percentage of the world's consumer products are made in China. Perhaps in part it has to do with self-preservation of elected officials or perhaps it has to do with how the World Trade Organization and customs regulations recognize local content and final assembly. Regardless, no one can deny the impact China has had on manufacturing as well as the impact offshoring and outsourcing of production to China has had on the world economy. This course will provide an overview of the types of issues multinational companies face when manufacturing in China. Areas covered by this course include contracts, dispute resolution, labor, customs, regulatory and compliance.
The Interaction of Business, Government, and Public Policy in a Democratic Society
This 1 unit weekend course will expose the students to governmental relations in the federal system and will teach the students skills relating to lobbying, networking and business development for lawyers. We will discuss the influence of money in the political process and how it impacts the decision-making, along with the ethical implications. The objective of this course will be to prepare the students to work in a governmental relations firm, trade association, not-for-profit, corporations or law firm with an emphasis on government practice. The students will also develop an understanding of the relationship between business and government and will be better prepared to communicate and network with potential legal and business associates. I do not intend to lecture and thus, class will be very interactive, enabling controversial views to be exchanged in a "safe environment" with respect. We will discuss numerous topical articles and there may be a mock lobbying exercise depending on time.
— Michael Koby, Associate Dean, Washington University School of Law
Classmates Takahiro, Connie and Marcelo have their Contracts course together each Tuesday — logging in from Japan, China, and Brazil, respectively. They are seen here sporting their Washington University pride on campus during the 2014 immersion.
@WashULaw students and faculty gather for lunch at the Law Café after completing a tour of the Washington University in St. Louis campus.
@WashULaw students traveled from Sudan, Ghana, Dubai, China, and other countries across the globe to participate in the 2014 immersion. They are photographed here in front of the Law School’s Anheuser-Busch Hall.
Tamador Al Ibrahim from Sudan learns more about the legal history of the United States during a tour at the courthouse museum. Students also tour the Old St. Louis Courthouse, where the famous Dred Scott Case took place.
Marcelo Andrade from Brazil poses for a photograph after a day of live court observations at the U.S. District Court of Missouri.
A group photograph at the U.S. District Court of Missouri.
Washington University School of Law offers online graduate degrees in law for both lawyers and non-lawyers. To learn more about the programs or the @WashULaw student experience, request information today.