University of Pittsburgh
Term: Spring Term 2010-11
Catalog Number: 5038
Class Schedule:
  • Instructor: Oday Salim
    Type: Lecture
    Credits: 3.0 Credits
    Enrollment Limit: 20.
    Priority: Limited Enrollment - 3rd Year Priority

    Course Description from Course Catalog 5038

    Additional Info

    There will be guest lectures by energy law practitioners from the government, public interest groups, and private firms. Guest lecturers function to expose students to the real world practice of energy law.

    Grading

    Grades will be based on the following percentage breakdown:

    10%—Participation during class discussions and other in-class exercises
    20%—Group presentations
    20%—Midterm
    50%—Final exam

    For group presentations, student teams will make a formal presentation to the class on an unresolved issue in energy law that relates to one of the topics covered. Presentations must be descriptive, analytical, and must present persuasive arguments for resolution of the issue. Barring exceptional circumstances, the grade for the group will apply to each individual member of the group.

    The midterm will consist of (1) short questions that examine knowledge of important laws, cases and concepts, and (2) one fact pattern-based question that calls for a longer, more involved response. The midterm will address the material covered in the first eight weeks of the course.

    The final exam will consist of (1) short questions that examine knowledge of important laws, cases and concepts, and (2) two fact pattern-based questions that call for longer, more involved responses. The final exam will cover the material from the entire course.

    The short questions will test a student’s ability to recall important material from the course. The fact pattern-based questions will test a student’s ability to identify issues, to formulate persuasive arguments utilizing the appropriate conceptual material from the course, and to summon the appropriate facts to support their arguments.

    The short question portion of the exams will be closed book. The fact pattern-based question portion of the exams will be open book and open note. Both exams will be in-class exams.

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