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Course NameBasic Legal Skills
Course Number (LAW)801
Prerequisites
None
Course Description
Practical training in use of a law library, preparation of legal memoranda, brief-writing, oral advocacy in a moot court program, and other supervised instruction in basic skills. To be completed as directed in the curriculum schedule.
Credit Hours
Three hours.
Course TypeFirst-Year
Required Course?Yes
Core Course?No
Title(no title)
 
Course NameContracts I
Course Number (LAW)804
Prerequisites
None.
Course Description
Introduction to basic contract liability, including study of offer and acceptance, consideration, assignments, beneficiaries, joint and several obligations, performance and breach, statute of frauds, illegality, and discharge. This course will focus on common law contract principles as well as contract formation and selected performance rules under Article II of the Uniform Commercial Code.
Credit Hours
Three hours
Course TypeFirst-Year
Required Course?Yes
Core Course?No
Title(no title)
 
Course NameContracts II
Course Number (LAW)805
Prerequisites
All first year two-semester courses must be completed in sequence except for extraordinary circumstances approved by the Associate Dean for Student Life.
Course Description
Introduction to basic contract liability, including study of offer and acceptance, consideration, assignments, beneficiaries, joint and several obligations, performance and breach, statute of frauds, illegality, and discharge. This course will focus on common law contract principles as well as contract formation and selected performance rules under Article II of the Uniform Commercial Code.
Credit Hours
Three hours
Course TypeFirst-Year
Required Course?Yes
Core Course?No
Title(no title)
 
Course NameCivil Procedure I
Course Number (LAW)808
Prerequisites
None
Course Description
Introduction to the law of procedure, including pleading, discovery, motion practice, trials, post- trial and appellate proceedings, jurisdiction, venue, process, multiparty litigation, former adjudication, the law-equity distinction, and choices between state and federal law.
Credit Hours
Three hours
Course TypeFirst-Year
Required Course?Yes
Core Course?No
Title(no title)
 
Course NameCivil Procedure II
Course Number (LAW)809
Prerequisites
All first year two-semester courses must be completed in sequence except for extraordinary circumstances approved by the Associate Dean for Student Life.
Course Description
Introduction to the law of procedure, including pleading, discovery, motion practice, trials, post- trial and appellate proceedings, jurisdiction, venue, process, multiparty litigation, former adjudication, the law-equity distinction, and choices between state and federal law.
Credit Hours
Three hours.
Course TypeFirst-Year
Required Course?Yes
Core Course?No
Title(no title)
 
Course NameCriminal Law
Course Number (LAW)810
Prerequisites
None
Course Description
Introduction to the substantive law of crimes; includes offenses against the person, habitation and occupancy, and property, and other offenses; also questions of responsibility, defenses, and imputability.
Credit Hours
Three hours.
Course TypeFirst-Year
Required Course?Yes
Core Course?No
Title(no title)
 
Course NameIntroduction to Lawyering Skills and Professionalism
Course Number (LAW)816
Prerequisites
None.
Course Description
This required course will introduce students to a range of topics relating to professionalism in the legal workplace. Those topics may include professional culture, confidentiality, interacting with clients, interacting with supervising lawyers, conflicts of interest, use of the Internet, substance abuse, and cross-cultural competence. The course meets for three sessions in the spring of the first year. (This course was formerly titled Introduction to Lawyering Skills.)
Credit Hours
0 hours, Graduation Requirement
Course TypeFirst-Year
Required Course?Yes
Core Course?No
Title(no title)
 
Course NameAdvanced Criminal Law
Course Number (LAW)818
Prerequisites
All first year required courses, unless waived by the professor teaching the course and the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs.
Course Description
Introduction to general principles of federal criminal law, and study of selected federal criminal statutes, including one or more of the following areas: business crimes; white collar crimes; street crime. Study may also include some areas of federal criminal procedure, particularly the federal Sentencing Guidelines and the Victim Witness Protection Act.Ÿ
Credit Hours
Two or three hours; may be offered as a seminar.
Course TypeUpper-Class
Required Course?No
Core Course?No
Title(no title)
 
Course NameConstitutional Law I
Course Number (LAW)819
Prerequisites
All first year required courses, unless waived by the professor teaching the course and the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs.
Course Description
Study of the structure of governmental powers in the United States, as defined in its constitution as interpreted by its courts, including the distribution of powers between state and federal governments and, within the federal government, among its legislative, executive, and judicial branches.
Credit Hours
Three hours.
Course TypeUpper-Class
Required Course?Yes
Core Course?No
Title(no title)
 
Course NameConstitutional Law II
Course Number (LAW)820
Prerequisites
All first year required courses, unless waived by the professor teaching the course and the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs.
Course Description
Study of individual rights, emphasizing due process, equal protection, and the First Amendment.
Credit Hours
Three hours.
Course TypeUpper-Class
Required Course?Yes
Core Course?No
Title(no title)
 
Course NameCriminal Procedure I: Constitutional Issues
Course Number (LAW)821
Prerequisites
All first year required courses, unless waived by the professor teaching the course and the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs.
Course Description
Survey of the law of search and seizure, confessions and right to counsel.
Credit Hours
Three hours.
Course TypeUpper-Class
Required Course?No
Core Course?Yes
Title(no title)
 
Course NameCriminal Procedure II: Judicial Process
Course Number (LAW)822
Prerequisites
Criminal Procedure I is not a prerequisite. All first year required courses, unless waived by the professor teaching the course and the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs.
Course Description
Study of procedures in criminal cases in the pre-trial, trial, and post-trial stages; includes bail, grand jury, preliminary hearing, joinder and severance, speedy trial, pretrial publicity, juries, double jeopardy, discovery, habeas corpus, and appeals. Criminal Procedure: Constitutional Issues is not a prerequisite.
Credit Hours
Three hours.
Course TypeUpper-Class
Required Course?No
Core Course?Yes
Title(no title)
 
Course NameEvidence
Course Number (LAW)823
Prerequisites
All first year required courses, unless waived by the professor teaching the course and the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs.
Course Description
Study of rules governing proof of alleged facts and admission of evidence in civil and criminal cases; includes treatment of presumptions, judicial notice, admissions, relevance, hearsay,
opinions, real evidence and the best-evidence rule.
Credit Hours
Four hours.
Course TypeUpper-Class
Required Course?No
Core Course?Yes
Title(no title)
 
Course NameComparative Constitutional Law
Course Number (LAW)824
Prerequisites
All first year required courses, unless waived by the professor teaching the course and the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs. Constitutional Law I is recommended.
Course Description
A comparison of various aspects of the United States Constitution with the constitutions of one or more other nations. The course will cover issues such as the status of a constitution as enforceable law, the structure and nature of government, federalism, separation of powers and the roles of various branches of government, and individual rights. The course may deal with constitutional issues generally by sampling a wide range of constitutions, or focus extensively on the constitutions of one or two other nations.
Credit Hours
Two or three hours; may be offered as a seminar.
Course TypeUpper-Class
Required Course?No
Core Course?No
Title(no title)
 
Course NameInsurance
Course Number (LAW)825
Prerequisites
All first year required courses, unless waived by the professor teaching the course and the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs.
Course Description
Application of contract rules to insurance contracts; involves study of insurable interests, formation of the contract, concealment, representations and warranties, waiver and estoppel, rights under the contract, and its construction.
Credit Hours
Three hours.
Course TypeUpper-Class
Required Course?No
Core Course?No
Title(no title)
 
Course NameDomestic Relations
Course Number (LAW)826
Prerequisites
All first year required courses, unless waived by the professor teaching the course and the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs.
Course Description
Examination of the interaction of legal rules and social factors concerning family life; involves marriage, the husband and wife relationship, divorce and annulment, and problems related to children, such as legitimacy, adoption, custody, neglect, and compulsory education.
Credit Hours
Three hours.
Course TypeUpper-Class
Required Course?No
Core Course?Yes
Title(no title)
 
Course NameBusiness Organizations
Course Number (LAW)828
Prerequisites
All first year required courses, unless waived by the professor teaching the course and the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs.
Course Description
Introduction to legal and ethical rules governing doing business in the corporate form; includes attention to a corporation's formation, financing, structure, and government; liabilities of corporate officers and directors, and share-holder derivative suits; transactions in corporate securities; changes in corporate structure and control; and special needs of close corporations.
Credit Hours
Four hours.
Course TypeUpper-Class
Required Course?No
Core Course?Yes
Title(no title)
 
Course NameBankruptcy Law
Course Number (LAW)835
Prerequisites
All first year required courses, unless waived by the professor teaching the course and the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs. Secured Transactions is strongly suggested.
Course Description
Study of problems arising under the federal Bankruptcy Code; includes preferences, fraudulent conveyances, proof and allowance of claims, composition, and discharge. (This course was formerly titled Debtor-Creditor Law.)
Credit Hours
Three hours.
Course TypeUpper-Class
Required Course?No
Core Course?No
Title(no title)
 
Course NameFederal Jurisdiction
Course Number (LAW)837
Prerequisites
All first year required courses, unless waived by the professor teaching the course and the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs; Constitutional Law I recommended.
Course Description
Study of problems relating to use of the federal courts; includes justiciability, state-federal conflicts, diversity and federal question jurisdiction, amount in controversy, removal, venue, choice of law, and federal appellate practice.
Credit Hours
Three hours.
Course TypeUpper-Class
Required Course?No
Core Course?No
Title(no title)
 
Course NameEnergy Law
Course Number (LAW)841
Prerequisites
All first year required courses, unless waived by the professor teaching the course and the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs.
Course Description
Examination of legal problems related to utilization of coal, shale, nuclear, and solar energy sources (avoiding duplication with Coal, Oil and Gas Law); includes background of the energy crisis, identification of legal areas most relevant to energy development, and contributions of the law of energy planning.
Credit Hours
Two to three hours; may be offered as a seminar.
Course TypeUpper-Class
Required Course?No
Core Course?No
Title(no title)
 
Course NameDomestic Violence
Course Number (LAW)842
Prerequisites
All first year required courses, unless waived by the professor teaching the course and the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs.
Course Description
A study of the history, causes and effects, and treatment of domestic violence, and the responses of the legal system: tort suits, civil and criminal actions, roles of the courts and police. Violence between domestic partners will be examined cross-culturally and attention will be given to its effects upon children.
Credit Hours
Two hours; may be offered as a seminar.
Course TypeUpper-Class
Required Course?No
Core Course?No
Title(no title)
 
Course NameAdmiralty
Course Number (LAW)846
Prerequisites
All first year required courses, unless waived by the professor teaching the course and the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs.
Course Description
Study of the law of the sea and shipping; includes maritime jurisdiction, contracts, torts (personal injury, death, longshoremen's compensation, and collision), limitation of liability, cargo and freight, general average, and salvage, with emphasis on inland waters and western rivers practice.
Credit Hours
Two or three hours; may be offered as a seminar.
Course TypeUpper-Class
Required Course?No
Core Course?No
Title(no title)
 
Course NameAdvanced Trial Practice
Course Number (LAW)850
Prerequisites
All first year required courses, unless waived by the professor teaching the course and the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs; Trial Practice.
Course Description
A trial practice course involving sophisticated problems designed to develop a high level of litigation skill. Topics that may be covered include: discovery in complex litigation, tactics in multi-party litigation, trials in specialized areas, expert witnesses and specialized types of evidence. A final trial is required with each student working individually rather than on a team. Enrollment is limited.
Credit Hours
Two or three hours.
Course TypeUpper-Class
Required Course?No
Core Course?No
Title(no title)
 
Course NameDecedents' Estates and Trusts
Course Number (LAW)853
Prerequisites
All first year required courses, unless waived by the professor teaching the course and the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs.
Course Description
Study of wills, trusts, future interests and fiduciary administration; includes pertinent common and statutory laws and considerations relevant to planning and drafting testamentary and trust documents and to the probate and contests of wills; and a study of the powers and duties of personal representatives, trustees and other fiduciaries in the management of trusts and estates.
Credit Hours
Four hours.
Course TypeUpper-Class
Required Course?No
Core Course?Yes
Title(no title)
 
Course NameAdministrative Law
Course Number (LAW)862
Prerequisites
All first year required courses, unless waived by the professor teaching the course and the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs.
Course Description
Study of the administrative process, including an examination of the law concerning the powers and procedures of administrative agencies and the law governing judicial review of administrative action.
Credit Hours
Two or three hours.
Course TypeUpper-Class
Required Course?No
Core Course?Yes
Title(no title)
 
Course NameAccounting and Finance for Lawyers
Course Number (LAW)864
Prerequisites
Not more than three (3) hours of accounting since high school, without permission of instructor; all first year required courses, unless waived by the professor teaching the course and the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs.
Course Description
This course is intended for students with little or no background in accounting. Topics include principles of basic bookkeeping, accounting theory, the creation, use and interpretation of financial statements, the purposes of independent audits, the liability of auditors and management for published financial statements, legal regulation of the practice of public accounting and the special role of the SEC in financial reporting. Finance topics include valuation principles and techniques, finance theory and valuation issues in litigation.
Credit Hours
Two hours; may be offered as a seminar. Enrollment is limited to students with three or less credit hours in accounting since high school.
Course TypeUpper-Class
Required Course?No
Core Course?No
Title(no title)
 
Course NameFederal Income Taxation of Individuals
Course Number (LAW)865
Prerequisites
All first year required courses, unless waived by the professor teaching the course and the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs.
Course Description
Introduction to federal income taxation. It includes an examination of the legitimate purpose of taxation; items included in and excluded from gross income; personal and business deductions;
depreciation; capital gains, inventory problems, non-recognition and recapture provisions; and basic methods of accounting. Previously called Basic Federal Income Taxation.
Credit Hours
Four hours.
Course TypeUpper-Class
Required Course?No
Core Course?Yes
Title(no title)
 
Course NameBill of Rights Teaching Practicum
Course Number (LAW)866
Prerequisites
All first year required courses, unless waived by the professor teaching the course and the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs; Constitutional Law I and Constitutional Law II.
Course Description
Students are assigned to teach in a local high school a semester (2 credits) or a half-semester (1 credit) long program. The course includes a mandatory classroom component in which students
will be trained in both the substantive material to be taught and in principles of pedagogy to prepare them to deal with classroom situations once they begin their teaching assignment. The curriculum focuses on constitutional issues of particular interest to young people, and is designed to raise awareness of the Bill of Rights. The half-semester, one-credit option will be offered only on an as-available basis, and with the consent of the instructor. Enrollment may be limited, and students must be approved by the supervising law faculty member.
Official course name: "We the People" Bill of Rights Teaching Practicum.
Credit Hours
One or two hours. Credit hours awarded upon completion of the course in the spring semester. Pass-Fail grading upon completion of all credit hours (0 credit hours CR grading at the end of the first semester).
Course TypeUpper-Class
Required Course?No
Core Course?No
Title(no title)
 
Course NameEstate and Gift Taxation
Course Number (LAW)869
Prerequisites
All first year required courses, unless waived by the professor teaching the course and the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs.
Course Description
Study of law concerning federal estate and gift taxes, including determination of net gifts subject to tax, gross estate, permissible deductions, exemptions and credits, and impact of estate and gift taxes on estate planning.
Credit Hours
Two hours.
Course TypeUpper-Class
Required Course?No
Core Course?No
Title(no title)
 
Course NameEstate Planning
Course Number (LAW)870
Prerequisites
All first year required courses, unless waived by the professor teaching the course and the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs; Estate and Gift Taxation or Basic Income Tax.
Course Description
Consideration of methods for transferring property during lifetime or at death, with emphasis on tax features.
Credit Hours
Two hours; may be offered as a seminar.
Course TypeUpper-Class
Required Course?No
Core Course?No
Title(no title)
 
Course NameCorporate Taxation
Course Number (LAW)873
Prerequisites
All first year required courses, unless waived by the professor teaching the course and the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs; Basic Federal Income Taxation.
Course Description
Study of federal taxation of corporations, including tax incidents of organization, operation, distributions, redemptions, liquidations, divisions, and reorganizations; survival of corporate tax attributes; affiliated corporations; foreign corporations and foreign-source income; and subchapter S corporations.
Credit Hours
Three or four hours.
Course TypeUpper-Class
Required Course?No
Core Course?No
Title(no title)
 
Course NameConflict of Laws
Course Number (LAW)884
Prerequisites
All first year required courses, unless waived by the professor teaching the course and the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs.
Course Description
Study of legal problems connected with factual situations including more than one sovereign state; includes choice of law, jurisdiction, and recognition of judgments of other states, with emphasis on the way problems are handled in our federal system and under one constitution.
Credit Hours
Three hours.
Course TypeUpper-Class
Required Course?No
Core Course?Yes
Title(no title)
 
Course NameEuropean Union Law
Course Number (LAW)885
Prerequisites
All first year required courses, unless waived by the professor teaching the course and the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs.
Course Description
Focuses on the evolution of supra-national rules in the European Union, including the EU influence on the regulation policies of non-EU countries.
Credit Hours
Two or three hours; may be offered as a seminar.
Course TypeUpper-Class
Required Course?No
Core Course?No
Title(no title)
 
Course NameInternational Law
Course Number (LAW)886
Prerequisites
All first year required courses, unless waived by the professor teaching the course and the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs.
Course Description
Study of the international legal system; with emphasis on the principles of international law and activities of the United Nations and other international organizations encountered by the practicing lawyer.
Credit Hours
Two or three hours; may be offered as a seminar.
Course TypeUpper-Class
Required Course?No
Core Course?No
Title(no title)
 
Course NameInternational Business Transactions
Course Number (LAW)887
Prerequisites
All first year required courses, unless waived by the professor teaching the course and the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs.
Course Description
Investigation of problems which arise from doing business abroad.
Credit Hours
Two or three hours; may be offered as a seminar.
Course TypeUpper-Class
Required Course?No
Core Course?No
Title(no title)
 
Course NameInternational Study
Course Number (LAW)888
Prerequisites
All first year required courses, unless waived by the professor teaching the course and the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs.
Course Description
International law study at an approved foreign law school. Students enrolling in this course may receive up to 12 hours credit for classes taken at a foreign school with which the University has a formal exchange arrangement. Prior to enrolling, students must obtain approval of the Dean, and the American Bar Association and a faculty advisor. Credit will be awarded by the designated faculty advisor, based upon appropriate documentation from the student and host school.
Credit Hours
1-12 hours.
Course TypeUpper-Class
Required Course?No
Core Course?No
Title(no title)
 
Course NameContemporary Problems in International Law
Course Number (LAW)889
Prerequisites
All first year required courses, unless waived by the professor teaching the course and the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs.
Course Description
In-depth study of current trends and changing areas in international law.
Credit Hours
One to three hours; may be offered as a seminar.
Course TypeUpper-Class
Required Course?No
Core Course?No
Title(no title)
 
Course NameDispute Resolution
Course Number (LAW)892
Prerequisites
All first year required courses, unless waived by the professor teaching the course and the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs.
Course Description
A comparative analysis of various dispute resolution methods, including litigation, negotiation, mediation, arbitration, and administrative processes. Taught through lecture, discussion and simulation.
Credit Hours
Two or three hours; may be offered as a seminar.
Course TypeUpper-Class
Required Course?No
Core Course?No
Title(no title)
 
Course NameIntellectual Property Licensing and Transfer
Course Number (LAW)894
Prerequisites
All first year required courses, unless waived by the professor teaching the course and the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs; Intellectual Property Law or International Intellectual Property Law.
Course Description
This course deals with domestic and foreign licensing and franchise arrangements involving patents, copyrights, trade secrets, and trademarks. In addition to reviewing the law governing licenses and franchises, the course will introduce certain related issues, such as antitrust, bankruptcy, misuse concerns, and negotiation of license and franchise agreements. Students also will participate in drafting some of the more important clauses used in licensing and franchise agreements, including valuation and royalty determinations and confidentiality agreements.
Credit Hours
Two or three hours; may be offered as a seminar.
Course TypeUpper-Class
Required Course?No
Core Course?No
Title(no title)
 
Course NameCyber Law
Course Number (LAW)895
Prerequisites
All first year required courses, unless waived by the professor teaching the course and the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs.
Course Description
An examination of some of the legal problems arising out of the impact of computers and the Internet on society, including discussion of privacy concerns, computer crime, intellectual property in computer hardware, software, and business methods, problems arising from the non- localized nature of the Internet, liability for defective software, and computer records as evidence. (This course was formerly titled Intellectual Property Issues in the Digital Age.)
Credit Hours
Two or three hours; may be offered as a seminar.
Course TypeUpper-Class
Required Course?No
Core Course?No
Title(no title)
 
Course NameEntertainment Law
Course Number (LAW)896
Prerequisites
All first year required courses, unless waived by the professor teaching the course and the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs.
Course Description
An examination of the areas of law and business customs affecting the entertainment industry, including: constitutional law, trademark, copyright, contracts, agency, and personal rights. The course will address issues in celebrity, film, television, music, media and publishing. The course may feature traditional case/policy lecture and discussion and/or hands-on simulation exercises. It may address the overall entertainment sector, or may focus on one or more of the following branches: motion pictures, live theater, television, music, and/or print publishing.
Credit Hours
Two or three hours; may be offered as a seminar.
Course TypeUpper-Class
Required Course?No
Core Course?No
Title(no title)
 
Course NameInternational Intellectual Property Law
Course Number (LAW)897
Prerequisites
All first year required courses, unless waived by the professor teaching the course and the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs.
Course Description
An overview of the basic intellectual property rights recognized throughout the world (patents, copyrights, trademarks, design protection, confidential information protection, and utility
models), together with a study of the treaty scheme dealing with these rights. Course will cover the Paris Convention, Berne Convention, Madrid Agreement and Protocol, Hague Agreement on
Industrial Design, and WTO. In addition, the course will cover various other issues relating to intellectual property in their international sphere, such as differing perceptions of morality, fair
competition, and freedom-of-speech concerns. Students who have taken a course dealing with United States Intellectual Property Law (including Law 967) may take this course.
Credit Hours
Two or three hours; may be offered as a seminar.
Course TypeUpper-Class
Required Course?No
Core Course?No
Title(no title)
 
Course NameArbitration Practice and Procedure
Course Number (LAW)908
Prerequisites
All first year required courses, unless waived by the professor teaching the course and the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs.
Course Description
An analysis of law applicable to labor arbitration, including participation in a mock arbitration proceeding as an advocate and arbitrator.
Credit Hours
Two or three hours; may be offered as a seminar.
Course TypeUpper-Class
Required Course?No
Core Course?No
Title(no title)
 
Course NameAdvanced Issues in Labor and Employment Law
Course Number (LAW)911
Prerequisites
All first year required courses, unless waived by the professor teaching the course and the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs; Labor Law (910) or Employment Law (912).
Course Description
This course will cover advanced issues in labor and employment law. The course may deal with the following: 1) issues of democracy and self-governance in the workplace, 2) workplace privacy issues, 3) the role of international law in resolving employment and labor disputes, 4) the intersection between labor and employment laws, 5) the rise of alternative dispute resolution, and 6) alternative visions for a more meaningful system to resolve labor and employment disputes. Other topics may include the following: 1) the intersection between labor and employment and environmental issues, 2) regulation of workplace bullying, 3) envisioning the rights of the disabled as civil rights, 4) issues of transgendered people in the workplace, 5) lifestyle discrimination, 6) accommodating work family balance in the workplace, 7) employment issues raised by downsizing or bankruptcy, 8) the significance of certain rules of professional responsibility in an employment practice, and 9) assessing recently passed federal or state employment legislation and pending legislation.G
Credit Hours
Two or three; may be offered as a seminar.w
Course TypeUpper-Class
Required Course?No
Core Course?No
Title(no title)
 
Course NameEmployment Law
Course Number (LAW)912
Prerequisites
All first year required courses, unless waived by the professor teaching the course and the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs.
Course Description
Examines the foundations of employment law and the evolution of modern employment law; the employment relationship (hiring, discrimination); terms and conditions of employment (wages and hours, benefits, conditions of employment; safety and health, disability and illness); termination of employment (discharge, leaving a job, unemployment, retirement).
Credit Hours
Two or three hours; may be offered as a seminar.
Course TypeUpper-Class
Required Course?No
Core Course?No
Title(no title)
 
Course NameEmployment Discrimination
Course Number (LAW)914
Prerequisites
All first year required courses, unless waived by the professor teaching the course and the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs.
Course Description
General problems from the standpoint of the practitioner in employment discrimination, including in-depth study of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, administrative and judicial practice remedies for discrimination and affirmative action.
Credit Hours
Two or three hours; may be offered as a seminar.
Course TypeUpper-Class
Required Course?No
Core Course?No
Title(no title)
 
Course NameAntitrust Law
Course Number (LAW)915
Prerequisites
All first year required courses, unless waived by the professor teaching the course and the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs.
Course Description
Study of federal legislation and decisions thereunder, designed to protect competition; includes consideration of economic policy.
Credit Hours
Three hours.E
Course TypeUpper-Class
Required Course?No
Core Course?No
Title(no title)
 
Course NameElder Law
Course Number (LAW)923
Prerequisites
All first year required courses, unless waived by the professor teaching the course and the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs.
Course Description
An examination of the extent to which the legal system has been responsive to the needs of the elderly, including the study of problems of employment, mandatory retirement, social security, health care, housing, nursing homes, financial planning, protective services, and the right to die.
Credit Hours
Two or three hours; may be offered as a seminar.
Course TypeUpper-Class
Required Course?No
Core Course?No
Title(no title)
 
Course NameJurisprudence
Course Number (LAW)926
Prerequisites
All first year required courses, unless waived by the professor teaching the course and the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs.
Course Description
Inquiry about the nature of law and its relation to moral principles and to social facts and institutions; examines different ways of thinking about law (natural law, legal positivism, and legal realism) and how they affect how judges and lawyers think about what they do.
Credit Hours
Three hours.
Course TypeUpper-Class
Required Course?No
Core Course?No
Title(no title)
 
Course NameCivil Rights and Liberties
Course Number (LAW)927
Prerequisites
All first year required courses, unless waived by the professor teaching the course and the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs.
Course Description
An examination of both constitutional and statutory materials dealing with selected civil rights and liberties.
Credit Hours
Two or three hours; may be offered as a seminar.
Course TypeUpper-Class
Required Course?No
Core Course?No
Title(no title)
 
Course NameIntellectual Property and Competition
Course Number (LAW)928
Prerequisites
All first year required courses, unless waived by the professor teaching the course and the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs.
Course Description
A study of the law of unfair competition, false advertising, misappropriation, interference with business relationships, trade secrets and similar rights, plus an overview of patent, copyright, and trademark law. (This course was formerly titled Legal Regulation of Competition.)
Credit Hours
Two or three hours; may be offered as a seminar.
Course TypeUpper-Class
Required Course?No
Core Course?No
Title(no title)
 
Course NameClimate Change and the Law
Course Number (LAW)930
Prerequisites
All first year required courses, unless waived by the professor teaching the course and the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs.
Course Description
An examination of the legal and policy issues arising from global climate change. After introducing students to the science and economics of climate change, the course will engage students in questions relating to distributional justice, valuation, risk, uncertainty, and adaptation. The students will examine policy approaches at the state, federal and international levels, as well as efforts by nongovernmental organizations to incentivize individual behavioral shifts.
Credit Hours
Two or three hours; may be offered as a seminar.
Course TypeUpper-Class
Required Course?No
Core Course?No
Title(no title)
 
Course NameEnvironmental Law
Course Number (LAW)931
Prerequisites
All first year required courses, unless waived by the professor teaching the course and the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs.
Course Description
This course provides a broad overview of the principles and structure of legal protections for the natural and human environment, and then focuses on specific environmental statutory and regulatory systems. While students will get some basic exposure to the system of environmental
protection in the U.S., the scope of environmental law is too broad to cover all the major statutes and doctrines. Topics covered in any particular offering of this course may include endangered species and wildlife, waters and watersheds, water quality and pollution, wetlands, forests, grassland ecosystems, environmental impact analysis, air pollution, hazardous and toxic substances, waste management, risk assessment, and environmental justice.
Credit Hours
Two or three hours; may be offered as a seminar.
Course TypeUpper-Class
Required Course?No
Core Course?No
Title(no title)
 
Course NameIndependent Study
Course Number (LAW)933
Prerequisites
See rules in Student Handbook.
Course Description
Supervised research and preparation of a publishable written work. Open only to students with the permission of the Associate Dean and the instructor. In seeking the permission of the Associate Dean the student must provide a detailed outline of the proposed research project with a schedule of projected deadlines and a projection of the length of the paper; the faculty member who will supervise the project must approve the outline.
Credit Hours
One or Two hours.
Course TypeUpper-Class
Required Course?No
Core Course?No
Title(no title)
 
Course NameExtramural Advocacy Competitions
Course Number (LAW)934
Prerequisites
All first year required courses, unless waived by the professor teaching the course and the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs.
Course Description
Students participate in extramural advocacy competitions that the faculty has approved as means for earning academic credit. Such competitions must involve both written and oral advocacy. So
much as competition rules permit, students must perform under substantial, continuous supervision and instruction by an advisor, a full-time law faculty member who shall evaluate
each student's written and oral performance, and determine the number of credits each student has earned. Students may earn up to two hours credit for participation in an extra-mural
advocacy competition. Students who participate in more than one competition may earn up to four hours credit. In no case may the total number of hours earned in internships and extramural
advocacy competitions exceed eight.
Credit Hours
One or two hours. Pass-Fail.
Course TypeUpper-Class
Required Course?No
Core Course?No
Title(no title)
 
Course NameJournal Membership
Course Number (LAW)935
Prerequisites
None.
Course Description
Credit Hours
One to two hours. Pass-Fail. To be awarded academic credit, the student’s work must be sufficient quality to merit a grade of “C” or better, as certified by the student’s faculty advisor for the course.
Course TypeUpper-Class
Required Course?No
Core Course?No
Title(no title)
 
Course NameJournal Publication
Course Number (LAW)936
Prerequisites
None.
Course Description
Credit Hours
One hour. Pass-Fail. To be awarded academic credit, the student’s work must be sufficient quality to merit a grade of “C” or better, as certified by the student’s faculty advisor for the course.
Course TypeUpper-Class
Required Course?No
Core Course?No
Title(no title)
 
Course NameJournal Editorial
Course Number (LAW)937
Prerequisites
None.
Course Description
Credit Hours
One to three hours, with a maximum of three credit hours. Pass-Fail. To be awarded academic credit, the student’s work must be sufficient quality to merit a grade of “C” or better, as certified by the student’s faculty advisor for the course.
Course TypeUpper-Class
Required Course?No
Core Course?No
Title(no title)
 
Course NameJournal Editor-In-Chief
Course Number (LAW)938
Prerequisites
None.
Course Description
Credit Hours
One hour. Pass-Fail. To be awarded academic credit, the student’s work must be sufficient quality to merit a grade of “C” or better, as certified by the student’s faculty advisor for the course.
Course TypeUpper-Class
Required Course?No
Core Course?No
Title(no title)
 
Course NameFirst Amendment Law
Course Number (LAW)939
Prerequisites
All first year required courses, unless waived by the professor teaching the course and the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs; Constitutional Law II.
Course Description
A detailed study of the basic problems presented by the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The study will include a review of the religion, speech and assembly clauses as
well as specific current issues.
Credit Hours
Two hours; may be offered as a seminar.
Course TypeUpper-Class
Required Course?No
Core Course?No
Title(no title)
 
Course NameJournal Senior Editor
Course Number (LAW)940
Prerequisites
None.
Course Description
Credit Hours
One hour. Pass-Fail. To be awarded academic credit, the student’s work must be sufficient quality to merit a grade of “C” or better, as certified by the student’s faculty advisor for the course.
Course TypeUpper-Class
Required Course?No
Core Course?No
Title(no title)
 
Course NameBusiness Planning
Course Number (LAW)941
Prerequisites
All first year required courses, unless waived by the professor teaching the course and the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs; Basic Federal Income Tax and Business Organizations.
Course Description
Exercises in seeking ways of handling a series of hypothetical business interests; calls for application of corporate, securities regulations, tax, and financial consideration to specific transactions involving formation and expansion of enterprises, raising new money and distributing assets, and changes in ownership and control.
Credit Hours
Two hours; may be offered as a seminar.
Course TypeUpper-Class
Required Course?No
Core Course?No
Title(no title)
 
Course NameAdvanced Constitutional Law
Course Number (LAW)943
Prerequisites
All first year required courses, unless waived by the professor teaching the course and the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs; Constitutional Law I and II.áD
Course Description
A detailed study of selected issues in Constitutional Law. Topics may vary.
Credit Hours
Two hours; may be offered as a seminar.
Course TypeUpper-Class
Required Course?No
Core Course?No
Title(no title)
 
Course NameIntroduction to Health Law
Course Number (LAW)946
Prerequisites
All first year required courses, unless waived by the professor teaching the course and the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs.
Course Description
This course provides an introduction to many fundamental health law issues such as those relating to access to and the quality of health care; private and public financing systems; antitrust in the healthcare field; privacy; and long-term care. The content of the course may vary from year to year, depending on which more specialized courses may be available to students. It is recommended that students with special interest in health law take this course as a pre- or co-requisite to more specialized health law courses.
Credit Hours
Two or three hours; may be offered as a seminar.
Course TypeUpper-Class
Required Course?No
Core Course?No
Title(no title)
 
Course NameJudicial Externship
Course Number (LAW)948
Prerequisites
60 hours, including first year curriculum; plus Evidence.
Course Description
Selected students will be afforded an opportunity to observe the legal system from the perspective of the judge.
Credit Hours
Two hours. Pass-Fail.
Course TypeUpper-Class
Required Course?No
Core Course?No
Title(no title)
 
Course NameCriminal Justice Externship I
Course Number (LAW)951
Prerequisites
60 hours, including first year curriculum; plus Evidence and Criminal Procedure: Constitutional Issues. Strongly suggested are Constitutional Law I & II and Criminal Procedure: Judicial Process.
Course Description
Students in this externship may be assigned to one of the following agencies: Public Defender, Jefferson County Attorney, or Commonwealth Attorney. Students are assigned to cases coming into those offices and prepare and try them under the supervision of an attorney in the agency and a member of the Brandeis School of Law faculty.
Credit Hours
Two to four credits. Pass-Fail.
Course TypeUpper-Class
Required Course?No
Core Course?No
Title(no title)
 
Course NameCriminal Justice Externship II
Course Number (LAW)952
Prerequisites
60 hours, including first year curriculum; plus Evidence and Criminal Procedure: Constitutional Issues. Strongly suggested are Constitutional Law I & II and Criminal Procedure: Judicial Process.
Course Description
Criminal Justice Externship I is NOT a prerequisite for Criminal Justice Externship II.
Students in this externship may be assigned to one of the following agencies: Public Defender, Jefferson County Attorney, or Commonwealth Attorney. Students are assigned to cases coming into those offices and prepare and try them under the supervision of an attorney in the agency and a member of the Brandeis School of Law faculty.
Credit Hours
Two to four credits. Pass-Fail.
Course TypeUpper-Class
Required Course?No
Core Course?No
Title(no title)
 
Course NameGenetics and the Law
Course Number (LAW)959
Prerequisites
All first year required courses, unless waived by the professor teaching the course and the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs.
Course Description
This course examines the new developments in genetics that are taking place as a result of the Human Genome Project, the large scale effort to map and sequence all of the human genes. This
course explores the many legal issues in genetics, including reproduction, access to healthcare, discrimination, forensics and gene therapy.
Credit Hours
Two or three hours; may be offered as a seminar.
Course Type: Upper-Class
Course TypeUpper-Class
Required Course?No
Core Course?No
Title(no title)
 
Course NameImmigration Law Externship
Course Number (LAW)961
Prerequisites
60  hours,  including first  year  curriculum; plus  Constitutional Law  I  &  II. Immigration Law is strongly advised, but not required.
Course Description
Students will be assigned to cases under the supervision of a practicing immigration law attorney and a member of the Brandeis School of Law faculty. Students will participate in immigration matters relating to refugees such as lawful permanent resident petitions, citizenship petitions, and applications for employment authorization, as well as immigration matters for other noncitizens including all aspects of deportation defense and applications for asylum. Students may have the opportunity to represent clients before an immigration adjudication officer or before an immigration judge. Students must be certified under the Student Practice Rules of the Kentucky Supreme Court.
Credit Hours
Two hours. Pass-Fail.
Course TypeUpper-Class
Required Course?No
Core Course?No
Title(no title)
 
Course NameClinic I
Course Number (LAW)965
Prerequisites
All first year required courses, unless waived by the professor teaching the course and the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs; Evidence, Professional Responsibility (may take concurrently), and compliance with student practice rules.
Course Description
Structured educational experience in which students represent real clients who are victims of domestic violence, have eviction cases, or have other legal needs as determined by the Clinic Director. Students will gain and apply practical lawyering skills. This course requires 16 hours per week in clinic work, and has a classroom component. Must be certified under the Kentucky Student Practice Rule. Students must apply to the Clinic Director to participate.
Credit Hours
Four hours. Graded.
Course TypeUpper-Class
Required Course?No
Core Course?No
Title(no title)
 
Course NameClinic II
Course Number (LAW)966
Prerequisites
Clinic I and all first year required courses, unless waived by the professor teaching the course and the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs.
Course Description
A continuation of Clinic I, involving structured and supervised legal representation of real clients begun in Clinic I. This course requires 8 hours per week in clinic work. Students must apply to the Clinic Director to participate.
Credit Hours
Two hours. Graded.
Course TypeUpper-Class
Required Course?No
Core Course?No
Title(no title)
 
Course NameIntellectual Property Law
Course Number (LAW)967
Prerequisites
All first year required courses, unless waived by the professor teaching the course and the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs.
Course Description
An overview of the law of patent, copyright, and trademark law, and trade secret together with a brief discussion of patent law. The course will also include a discussion of the relationship between federal and state-based intellectual property law. The primary focus will be United States law. Students who have taken International Intellectual Property Law (Law 897) may only take this course with the consent of the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and the Instructor.
Credit Hours
Two or Three hours, may be offered as a seminar.
Course TypeUpper-Class
Required Course?No
Core Course?No
Title(no title)
 
Course NameCopyright Law
Course Number (LAW)970
Prerequisites
All first year required courses, unless waived by the professor teaching the course and the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs.
Course Description
A course on the fundamentals of copyright law, covering such topics of its constitutional, statutory and common law origins in the context of literary, artistic, musical and related properties. Covers copyrightable materials, the present copyright protection, its relation to Unfair Competition, and various legal problems caused by the distribution of copyrighted materials, "fair use" and technological advancements and innovations.
Credit Hours
Two or three hours; may be offered as a seminar.
Course TypeUpper-Class
Required Course?No
Core Course?No
Title(no title)
 
Course NameIndustrial Design Protection
Course Number (LAW)972
Prerequisites
All first year required courses, unless waived by the professor teaching the course and the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs; Intellectual Property Law or International Intellectual Property Law.
Course Description
Study of the law governing protection of product designs in the United States, including the viability of protection under the design patent, copyright, and trademark laws, as well as state law.
Credit Hours
One  or two hours; may be offered as a seminar.
Course TypeUpper-Class
Required Course?No
Core Course?No
Title(no title)
 
Course NameArtists' and Performers' Rights
Course Number (LAW)974
Prerequisites
Intellectual Property Law
Course Description
Study of the rights afforded to authors and performers in addition to the copyright, such as the right of attribution, integrity, and fixation of live performance. Includes coverage of the "moral rights" of artists under the Visual Artists Rights Act, equivalent rights under other federal laws and state law, emerging rights to tape and broadcast, as well as the historical evolution of these additional rights.
Credit Hours
One hour; may be offered as a seminar.
Course TypeUpper-Class
Required Course?No
Core Course?No
Title(no title)
 
Course NameDisability Law
Course Number (LAW)978
Prerequisites
All first year required courses, unless waived by the professor teaching the course and the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs.
Course Description
An examination of the range of the law's treatment of individuals with disabilities. The course will address discrimination law issues (focusing primarily on the provisions and interpretations of the Americans with Disabilities Act); public and private benefits issues (including Social Security, the Family and Medical Leave Act, and employer-sponsored disability plans); and some criminal law issues (including transmission of communicable diseases and the treatment of mental and emotional disabilities in prosecutions). Two or three hours; may be offered as a seminar.
Credit Hours
Two or three hours; may be offered as a seminar.
Course TypeUpper-Class
Required Course?No
Core Course?No
Title(no title)
 
Course NameDrafting
Course Number (LAW)986
Prerequisites
All first year required courses, unless waived by the professor teaching the course and the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs.
Course Description
This course will provide a practical experience in drafting legal documents beyond that already acquired in other doctrinal courses. Students will learn general principles of good drafting and will draft a variety of legal documents. These documents may include some of the following: various litigation materials such as complaints, answers, interrogatories and jury instructions; wills and related documents; basic contracts; statutes; and administrative regulations.
A student may not take this course if he or she has received credit for or is enrolled in the Transactional Drafting Seminar or another offering of Drafting.
Credit Hours
Two or three hours; may be offered as a seminar.
Course TypeUpper-Class
Required Course?No
Core Course?No
Title(no title)
 
Course NameAdvanced Legal Research
Course Number (LAW)987
Prerequisites
All first year required courses, unless waived by the professor teaching the course and the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs.
Course Description
An in-depth study of methodologies and materials to be used in resolving complex legal problems. Coverage will include advanced computerized legal research in legal and non-legal databases as well as specific legal topics, which may include tax, bankruptcy, administrative or international law.
Credit Hours
Two hours; may be offered as a seminar.
Course TypeUpper-Class
Required Course?No
Core Course?No
Title(no title)
 
Course NameImmigration Law
Course Number (LAW)992
Prerequisites
All first year required courses, unless waived by the professor teaching the course and the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs.
Course Description
An examination of the sources and limits of federal authority over immigration, as well as the govern-mental processes addressing admission, deportation, temporary and permanent residency, citizenship and asylum.
Credit Hours
Two or three hours; may be offered as a seminar.
Course TypeUpper-Class
Required Course?No
Core Course?No
Title(no title)
 
Course NameEntrepreneurship II
Course Number (LAW)999
Prerequisites
Registration for this class is by prior approval of the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and the law school faculty Advisor. All first year required courses, unless waived by the professor teaching the course and the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs.
Course Description
This course provides knowledge, skills and awareness regarding the process of entrepreneurial endeavors. Emphasis on fundamental knowledge areas: search and discovery, market research, new venture teams and strategy, networking, issue selling and negotiating that are generally expected of an entrepreneur/intrapreneur and/or small business owner. Legal issues to be covered include intellectual property, formation of legal entities, legal issues related to employees, and contracting issues including non-compete agreements, employment contracts, non-disclosure agreements, and letters of intent. Law Students seeking credit for the course must earn a grade of “C” or better from the course instructor, and satisfactorily complete additional work as specified by the law school faculty advisor for the course.
Credit Hours
Three
Course TypeUpper-Class
Required Course?No
Core Course?No
Title(no title)