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Basic Legal Skills801
None
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.
Three hours.
Course Type: First-Year
Required Course?: Yes
Core Course?: No
Contracts I804
None.
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.
Three hours
Course Type: First-Year
Required Course?: Yes
Core Course?: No
Contracts II805
All first year two-semester courses must be completed in sequence except for extraordinary circumstances approved by the Associate Dean for Student Life.
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.
Three hours
Course Type: First-Year
Required Course?: Yes
Core Course?: No
Civil Procedure I808
None
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.
Three hours
Course Type: First-Year
Required Course?: Yes
Core Course?: No
Civil Procedure II809
All first year two-semester courses must be completed in sequence except for extraordinary circumstances approved by the Associate Dean for Student Life.
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.
Three hours.
Course Type: First-Year
Required Course?: Yes
Core Course?: No
Criminal Law810
None
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.
Three hours.
Course Type: First-Year
Required Course?: Yes
Core Course?: No
Introduction to Lawyering Skills and Professionalism816
None.
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.)
0 hours, Graduation Requirement
Course Type: First-Year
Required Course?: Yes
Core Course?: No
Advanced Criminal Law818
All first year required courses, unless waived by the professor teaching the course and the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs.
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
Two or three hours; may be offered as a seminar.
Course Type: Upper-Class
Required Course?: No
Core Course?: No
Constitutional Law I819
All first year required courses, unless waived by the professor teaching the course and the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs.
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.
Three hours.
Course Type: Upper-Class
Required Course?: Yes
Core Course?: No
Constitutional Law II820
All first year required courses, unless waived by the professor teaching the course and the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs.
Study of individual rights, emphasizing due process, equal protection, and the First Amendment.
Three hours.
Course Type: Upper-Class
Required Course?: Yes
Core Course?: No
Criminal Procedure I: Constitutional Issues821
All first year required courses, unless waived by the professor teaching the course and the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs.
Survey of the law of search and seizure, confessions and right to counsel.
Three hours.
Course Type: Upper-Class
Required Course?: No
Core Course?: Yes
Criminal Procedure II: Judicial Process822
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.
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.
Three hours.
Course Type: Upper-Class
Required Course?: No
Core Course?: Yes
Evidence823
All first year required courses, unless waived by the professor teaching the course and the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs.
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.
Four hours.
Course Type: Upper-Class
Required Course?: No
Core Course?: Yes
Comparative Constitutional Law824
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.
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.
Two or three hours; may be offered as a seminar.
Course Type: Upper-Class
Required Course?: No
Core Course?: No
Insurance825
All first year required courses, unless waived by the professor teaching the course and the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs.
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.
Three hours.
Course Type: Upper-Class
Required Course?: No
Core Course?: No
Domestic Relations826
All first year required courses, unless waived by the professor teaching the course and the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs.
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.
Three hours.
Course Type: Upper-Class
Required Course?: No
Core Course?: Yes
Business Organizations828
All first year required courses, unless waived by the professor teaching the course and the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs.
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.
Four hours.
Course Type: Upper-Class
Required Course?: No
Core Course?: Yes
Bankruptcy Law835
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.
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.)
Three hours.
Course Type: Upper-Class
Required Course?: No
Core Course?: No
Federal Jurisdiction837
All first year required courses, unless waived by the professor teaching the course and the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs; Constitutional Law I recommended.
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.
Three hours.
Course Type: Upper-Class
Required Course?: No
Core Course?: No
Energy Law841
All first year required courses, unless waived by the professor teaching the course and the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs.
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.
Two to three hours; may be offered as a seminar.
Course Type: Upper-Class
Required Course?: No
Core Course?: No
Domestic Violence842
All first year required courses, unless waived by the professor teaching the course and the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs.
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.
Two hours; may be offered as a seminar.
Course Type: Upper-Class
Required Course?: No
Core Course?: No
Admiralty846
All first year required courses, unless waived by the professor teaching the course and the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs.
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.
Two or three hours; may be offered as a seminar.
Course Type: Upper-Class
Required Course?: No
Core Course?: No
Advanced Trial Practice850
All first year required courses, unless waived by the professor teaching the course and the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs; Trial Practice.
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.
Two or three hours.
Course Type: Upper-Class
Required Course?: No
Core Course?: No
Decedents' Estates and Trusts853
All first year required courses, unless waived by the professor teaching the course and the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs.
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.
Four hours.
Course Type: Upper-Class
Required Course?: No
Core Course?: Yes
Administrative Law862
All first year required courses, unless waived by the professor teaching the course and the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs.
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.
Two or three hours.
Course Type: Upper-Class
Required Course?: No
Core Course?: Yes
Accounting and Finance for Lawyers864
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.
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.
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 Type: Upper-Class
Required Course?: No
Core Course?: No
Federal Income Taxation of Individuals865
All first year required courses, unless waived by the professor teaching the course and the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs.
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.
Four hours.
Course Type: Upper-Class
Required Course?: No
Core Course?: Yes
Bill of Rights Teaching Practicum866
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.
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.
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 Type: Upper-Class
Required Course?: No
Core Course?: No
Estate and Gift Taxation869
All first year required courses, unless waived by the professor teaching the course and the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs.
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.
Two hours.
Course Type: Upper-Class
Required Course?: No
Core Course?: No
Estate Planning870
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.
Consideration of methods for transferring property during lifetime or at death, with emphasis on tax features.
Two hours; may be offered as a seminar.
Course Type: Upper-Class
Required Course?: No
Core Course?: No
Corporate Taxation873
All first year required courses, unless waived by the professor teaching the course and the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs; Basic Federal Income Taxation.
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.
Three or four hours.
Course Type: Upper-Class
Required Course?: No
Core Course?: No
Conflict of Laws884
All first year required courses, unless waived by the professor teaching the course and the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs.
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.
Three hours.
Course Type: Upper-Class
Required Course?: No
Core Course?: Yes
European Union Law885
All first year required courses, unless waived by the professor teaching the course and the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs.
Focuses on the evolution of supra-national rules in the European Union, including the EU influence on the regulation policies of non-EU countries.
Two or three hours; may be offered as a seminar.
Course Type: Upper-Class
Required Course?: No
Core Course?: No
International Law886
All first year required courses, unless waived by the professor teaching the course and the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs.
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.
Two or three hours; may be offered as a seminar.
Course Type: Upper-Class
Required Course?: No
Core Course?: No
International Business Transactions887
All first year required courses, unless waived by the professor teaching the course and the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs.
Investigation of problems which arise from doing business abroad.
Two or three hours; may be offered as a seminar.
Course Type: Upper-Class
Required Course?: No
Core Course?: No
International Study888
All first year required courses, unless waived by the professor teaching the course and the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs.
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.
1-12 hours.
Course Type: Upper-Class
Required Course?: No
Core Course?: No
Contemporary Problems in International Law889
All first year required courses, unless waived by the professor teaching the course and the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs.
In-depth study of current trends and changing areas in international law.
One to three hours; may be offered as a seminar.
Course Type: Upper-Class
Required Course?: No
Core Course?: No
Dispute Resolution892
All first year required courses, unless waived by the professor teaching the course and the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs.
A comparative analysis of various dispute resolution methods, including litigation, negotiation, mediation, arbitration, and administrative processes. Taught through lecture, discussion and simulation.
Two or three hours; may be offered as a seminar.
Course Type: Upper-Class
Required Course?: No
Core Course?: No
Intellectual Property Licensing and Transfer894
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.
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.
Two or three hours; may be offered as a seminar.
Course Type: Upper-Class
Required Course?: No
Core Course?: No
Cyber Law895
All first year required courses, unless waived by the professor teaching the course and the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs.
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.)
Two or three hours; may be offered as a seminar.
Course Type: Upper-Class
Required Course?: No
Core Course?: No
Entertainment Law896
All first year required courses, unless waived by the professor teaching the course and the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs.
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.
Two or three hours; may be offered as a seminar.
Course Type: Upper-Class
Required Course?: No
Core Course?: No
International Intellectual Property Law897
All first year required courses, unless waived by the professor teaching the course and the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs.
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.
Two or three hours; may be offered as a seminar.
Course Type: Upper-Class
Required Course?: No
Core Course?: No
Arbitration Practice and Procedure908
All first year required courses, unless waived by the professor teaching the course and the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs.
An analysis of law applicable to labor arbitration, including participation in a mock arbitration proceeding as an advocate and arbitrator.
Two or three hours; may be offered as a seminar.
Course Type: Upper-Class
Required Course?: No
Core Course?: No
Advanced Issues in Labor and Employment Law911
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).
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
Two or three; may be offered as a seminar.w
Course Type: Upper-Class
Required Course?: No
Core Course?: No
Employment Law912
All first year required courses, unless waived by the professor teaching the course and the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs.
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).
Two or three hours; may be offered as a seminar.
Course Type: Upper-Class
Required Course?: No
Core Course?: No
Employment Discrimination914
All first year required courses, unless waived by the professor teaching the course and the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs.
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.
Two or three hours; may be offered as a seminar.
Course Type: Upper-Class
Required Course?: No
Core Course?: No
Antitrust Law915
All first year required courses, unless waived by the professor teaching the course and the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs.
Study of federal legislation and decisions thereunder, designed to protect competition; includes consideration of economic policy.
Three hours.E
Course Type: Upper-Class
Required Course?: No
Core Course?: No
Elder Law923
All first year required courses, unless waived by the professor teaching the course and the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs.
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.
Two or three hours; may be offered as a seminar.
Course Type: Upper-Class
Required Course?: No
Core Course?: No
Jurisprudence926
All first year required courses, unless waived by the professor teaching the course and the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs.
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.
Three hours.
Course Type: Upper-Class
Required Course?: No
Core Course?: No
Civil Rights and Liberties927
All first year required courses, unless waived by the professor teaching the course and the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs.
An examination of both constitutional and statutory materials dealing with selected civil rights and liberties.
Two or three hours; may be offered as a seminar.
Course Type: Upper-Class
Required Course?: No
Core Course?: No
Intellectual Property and Competition928
All first year required courses, unless waived by the professor teaching the course and the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs.
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.)
Two or three hours; may be offered as a seminar.
Course Type: Upper-Class
Required Course?: No
Core Course?: No
Climate Change and the Law930
All first year required courses, unless waived by the professor teaching the course and the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs.
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.
Two or three hours; may be offered as a seminar.
Course Type: Upper-Class
Required Course?: No
Core Course?: No
Environmental Law931
All first year required courses, unless waived by the professor teaching the course and the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs.
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.
Two or three hours; may be offered as a seminar.
Course Type: Upper-Class
Required Course?: No
Core Course?: No
Independent Study933
See rules in Student Handbook.
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.
One or Two hours.
Course Type: Upper-Class
Required Course?: No
Core Course?: No
Extramural Advocacy Competitions934
All first year required courses, unless waived by the professor teaching the course and the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs.
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.
One or two hours. Pass-Fail.
Course Type: Upper-Class
Required Course?: No
Core Course?: No
Journal Membership935
None.
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 Type: Upper-Class
Required Course?: No
Core Course?: No
Journal Publication936
None.
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 Type: Upper-Class
Required Course?: No
Core Course?: No
Journal Editorial937
None.
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 Type: Upper-Class
Required Course?: No
Core Course?: No
Journal Editor-In-Chief938
None.
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 Type: Upper-Class
Required Course?: No
Core Course?: No
First Amendment Law939
All first year required courses, unless waived by the professor teaching the course and the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs; Constitutional Law II.
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.
Two hours; may be offered as a seminar.
Course Type: Upper-Class
Required Course?: No
Core Course?: No
Journal Senior Editor940
None.
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 Type: Upper-Class
Required Course?: No
Core Course?: No
Business Planning941
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.
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.
Two hours; may be offered as a seminar.
Course Type: Upper-Class
Required Course?: No
Core Course?: No
Advanced Constitutional Law943
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
A detailed study of selected issues in Constitutional Law. Topics may vary.
Two hours; may be offered as a seminar.
Course Type: Upper-Class
Required Course?: No
Core Course?: No
Introduction to Health Law946
All first year required courses, unless waived by the professor teaching the course and the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs.
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.
Two or three hours; may be offered as a seminar.
Course Type: Upper-Class
Required Course?: No
Core Course?: No
Judicial Externship948
60 hours, including first year curriculum; plus Evidence.
Selected students will be afforded an opportunity to observe the legal system from the perspective of the judge.
Two hours. Pass-Fail.
Course Type: Upper-Class
Required Course?: No
Core Course?: No
Criminal Justice Externship I951
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.
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.
Two to four credits. Pass-Fail.
Course Type: Upper-Class
Required Course?: No
Core Course?: No
Criminal Justice Externship II952
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.
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.
Two to four credits. Pass-Fail.
Course Type: Upper-Class
Required Course?: No
Core Course?: No
Genetics and the Law959
All first year required courses, unless waived by the professor teaching the course and the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs.
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.
Two or three hours; may be offered as a seminar.
Course Type: Upper-Class
Course Type: Upper-Class
Required Course?: No
Core Course?: No
Immigration Law Externship961
60  hours,  including first  year  curriculum; plus  Constitutional Law  I  &  II. Immigration Law is strongly advised, but not required.
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.
Two hours. Pass-Fail.
Course Type: Upper-Class
Required Course?: No
Core Course?: No
Clinic I965
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.
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.
Four hours. Graded.
Course Type: Upper-Class
Required Course?: No
Core Course?: No
Clinic II966
Clinic I and all first year required courses, unless waived by the professor teaching the course and the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs.
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.
Two hours. Graded.
Course Type: Upper-Class
Required Course?: No
Core Course?: No
Intellectual Property Law967
All first year required courses, unless waived by the professor teaching the course and the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs.
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.
Two or Three hours, may be offered as a seminar.
Course Type: Upper-Class
Required Course?: No
Core Course?: No
Copyright Law970
All first year required courses, unless waived by the professor teaching the course and the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs.
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.
Two or three hours; may be offered as a seminar.
Course Type: Upper-Class
Required Course?: No
Core Course?: No
Industrial Design Protection972
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.
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.
One  or two hours; may be offered as a seminar.
Course Type: Upper-Class
Required Course?: No
Core Course?: No
Artists' and Performers' Rights974
Intellectual Property Law
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.
One hour; may be offered as a seminar.
Course Type: Upper-Class
Required Course?: No
Core Course?: No
Disability Law978
All first year required courses, unless waived by the professor teaching the course and the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs.
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.
Two or three hours; may be offered as a seminar.
Course Type: Upper-Class
Required Course?: No
Core Course?: No
Drafting986
All first year required courses, unless waived by the professor teaching the course and the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs.
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.
Two or three hours; may be offered as a seminar.
Course Type: Upper-Class
Required Course?: No
Core Course?: No
Advanced Legal Research987
All first year required courses, unless waived by the professor teaching the course and the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs.
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.
Two hours; may be offered as a seminar.
Course Type: Upper-Class
Required Course?: No
Core Course?: No
Immigration Law992
All first year required courses, unless waived by the professor teaching the course and the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs.
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.
Two or three hours; may be offered as a seminar.
Course Type: Upper-Class
Required Course?: No
Core Course?: No
Entrepreneurship II999
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.
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.
Three
Course Type: Upper-Class
Required Course?: No
Core Course?: No
 
 
 

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