Courses Offered in Venice

Venice 2018 Courses

Comparative Professional Responsibility (3 credits) taught by Professor John Korzen:

This course compares the rules of professional conduct and other ethical responsibilities of American lawyers with those in Italy and other countries. There are many similarities between the ethical rules governing American lawyers and their counterparts in other countries, but also significant differences. (For example, attorneys in Italy were not allowed to advertise on television until fairly recently—imagine a world without lawyers advertising on TV.) In addition to discussion and comparison of the ethical rules, the course will also make use of skits and movie clips to delve into the “gray areas” of attorney conduct. Assessment will be primarily based on a final, self-scheduled exam after your return from Venice and secondarily on short group assignments. The course satisfies the Professional Responsibility requirement and will help students prepare for the MPRE. This course will be offered for a grade.

The Civil Law (2 credits) taught by Professor John Korzen:

This course will examine the history of the Civil Law tradition, key aspects of Civil Law countries’ legal systems, and ways the legal systems in Civil Law countries differ from those in Common Law countries. This course will also compare and contrast modern legal systems in Civil Law countries throughout the world. Assessment will be primarily based on a paper and presentation on a Civil Law country’s legal system or other topic of your choice and secondarily on class participation. Trips to Ravenna, Padua, and other towns in Italy, and visits by guest speakers, will be incorporated into both this course and Comparative Professional Responsibility. This course will be offered on an honors pass/fail basis.

Wake Forest Law Students: Please note that The Civil Law will be offered for Honors Pass/Fail and will count toward the pass/fail allowance given to JD students per the rules in the Student Handbook.

Non-Wake Forest students should confirm that credit for these courses is accepted in their home law school. Grades for non-Wake Forest students will be only on a Pass/Fail basis (with a “C” being the minimum grade to earn a passing grade.)