Academics

Elective Courses

6760  ACCOUNTING FOR LAWYERS

This course surveys the elements of accounting, interpretation of financial statements and audit reports, and accounting problems likely to arise in a lawyer's practice.  This course is designed for students with little or no accounting background.

2 credits

6520  ADMINISTRATIVE LAW

Basic considerations relating to administrative agencies, including nondelegation doctrine, fact versus law distinction, agency rulemaking, adjudication, due process requirements, information gathering and judicial review.

3 credits

6934 ADMIRALTY AND MARITIME LAW 

Admiralty and Maritime law is one the oldest branches of law.  In every country in which maritime law exists, it is treated as a separate and distinct area of the law.  In general terms, maritime law concerns events and transactions that occur on navigable waters, whether oceans, gulf, or inland waterways. Although initially concerned with maritime commerce, the body of law has expanded to address contemporary issues such as those involving the environment and the wide-spread use of recreational vessels. This course  principally surveys the principles of admiralty and maritime law of the United States, and secondarily those of other nations, including such issues as constitutionality, admiralty and maritime jurisdiction, other federal or comparative jurisdiction of shipping matters, criminal law at sea, traditional and current maritime issues, (including contracts, insurance, carriage of goods, piracy, environmental developments, federal-state maritime issues, and maritime torts), government policies and regulation of shipping, and international and comparative maritime law issues.

3 credits

6932 ADVANCED TOPICS IN LAW A

The content of this course varies. It may include topics of current interest or not covered by other curricular offerings. The course may be repeated if there is no duplication of subject matter.

3 credits

6933 ADVANCED TOPICS IN LAW B

The content of this course varies. It may include topics of current interest or not covered by other curricular offerings. The course may be repeated if there is no duplication of subject matter.

3 credits

6935 ADVANCED TOPICS IN LAW C

The content of this course varies. It may include topics of current interest or not covered by other curricular offerings. The course may be repeated if there is no duplication of subject matter.

3 credits

6934 ADVANCED TOPICS IN LAW SEMINAR A 

The content of this seminar varies. It may include topics of current interest or not covered by other curricular offerings. The course may be repeated if there is no duplication of subject matter.

2 credits

6936 ADVANCED TOPICS IN LAW SEMINAR B 

The content of this seminar varies. It may include topics of current interest or not covered by other curricular offerings. The course may be repeated if there is no duplication of subject matter.

2 credits

6939 ADVANCED TOPICS IN LAW SEMINAR

The content of this seminar varies. It may include topics of current interest or not covered by other curricular offerings. The course may be repeated if there is no duplication of subject matter.

2 credits

6814  ADVANCED TOPICS IN RACE AND THE LAW SEMINAR

This seminar will provide a comparative as well as interdisciplinary approach to issues concerning race and the law.  We will address the racial and legal history of major racial groups in the U.S., including African Americans, Native Americans, Latinos, Asian Americans, and Whites.  In addition to these histories, the course includes the following topics:  competing definitions and understandings of race and racism; the legal system’s contribution to the construction of race; race, voting, and participation in democracy; developing notions of equality; segregation and education; and crime.

2 credits

6513  ADVANCED TOPICS IN LAW AND RELIGION SEMINAR

This seminar surveys the historical relationship and contemporary developments in the interaction between law and religion. Several religion-based legal systems may be introduced including, for example, Christianity, Islam, Judaism, and Hinduism. The seminar will introduce students to the comparative and complex problems in the interface of law and religion from divergent views such as freedom of religion, church/state relations, cultural relativism, as well as consider theological, historical, and sociological-related questions.

2 credits

6236  ADVANCED TOPICS IN WOMEN AND THE LAW SEMINAR

This seminar deals with the history and legal issues surrounding gender from a national and international perspective.  The seminar presupposes that there are political, cultural and legal implications that result from sex and gender.

2 credits

6705  ADVANCED TORTS:  DIGNITARY AND ECONOMIC HARMS

This course provides an intensive examination of dignitary and economic torts.  Topics include defamation, privacy, tortious litigation, interference with family relationships, interference with economic interests, trade secrets and misrepresentation.  The course not only explores substantive law in depth but also engages students in critical analysis of the doctrinal law’s underlying policies and values and whether the doctrine adequately addresses problems presented by technological advancements and changing social norms.

3 credits

6367  ADVANCED TRIAL PRACTICE: CRIMINAL LITIGATION

This advanced trial practice seminar will provide instruction on advanced technique in criminal litigation.  Students will learn these techniques through a mixture of lecture, class discussion, and practical exercises.  Students will also have the opportunity to perform as a prosecuting or defense attorney in a criminal mock trial.

3 credits

6050  BANKRUPTCY AND DEBTOR-CREDITOR RIGHTS

The principal focus of this course is on the problems incident to the disposition of the estate of a failing or insolvent debtor. It looks at problems relating to execution of judgments, fraudulent conveyances, compositions, assignments for the benefit of creditors, receivership, and problems arising under the Federal Bankruptcy Act. The course also considers creditors' remedies that arise outside of the scope of the federal bankruptcy laws.

3 credits

6425  CONSTRUCTION LAW

This course will consider legal issues encountered in construction projects, beginning with the role of the construction lawyer and review of duties and liabilities of the construction team – architect, engineer, owner, contractor, construction manager. The course includes discussion of the bidding process (including bid protest and bid awards), the contracting process with emphasis on key contract provisions, contract performance issues, litigation liability and damage issues, and bonding issues.

2 credits

7040  CONSUMER LAW

This course examines the laws affecting the manufacture, marketing, and sale of consumer goods.  Time is spent on the regulation of information, conduct, prices, and enforcement mechanisms.

3 credits

6450  CONTRACT DRAFTING

This course explores the key practices of contract drafting and the connection between the business transaction and the contract.  Students will learn the skills of good drafting, such as understanding the business transaction, knowing how to use contract concepts to accurately reflect the parties’ deal, how to draft and recognize nuances in language that change the deal, and how to discern and resolve business issues.  The course also addresses the ethical issues in contract drafting.  Instruction includes drafting exercises and simulations.

3 credits

6572  COPYRIGHT LAW

Problems related to the protection of artistic and creative properties, including a study of the methods for securing and maintaining a copyright, the laws that govern the exploitation of the entitlement created by a copyright, and the problems and methods of protecting those rights.

3 credits

6117  CRIMINAL PROCEDURE: ARREST & INVESTIGATION

This course covers police practices such as arrests, search and seizure, wiretapping, eavesdropping, use of informers, entrapment, confessions, and line ups

3 credits

6110 CRIMINAL PROCEDURE: PRE-TRIAL

This course covers commencement of formal criminal proceedings; bail, the decision to prosecute, the grand jury, the preliminary hearing, venue, joinder and severance, and speedy trail.  Trial concerns such as guilty pleas, discovery, jury trial, prejudicial publicity, professional ethics, and double jeopardy are also considered.   

3 Credits

6112 CRIMINAL PROCEDURE SURVEY

Introduction to basic criminal procedure from arrest through judicial review, with an emphasis on the fourth, fifth, sixth and fourteenth amendments to the United States Constitution and their impact on the constitutional rights of the accused.

3 credits

6815 CRITICAL RACE THEORY SEMINAR

 

This seminar will explore the central tenets of critical race theory, the foundational and emerging scholarship of race scholars, and critical race perspectives in a variety of doctrinal contexts.  One of the course objectives is to demonstrate the application of critical race theory as a valuable lawyering, jurisprudential and lawmaking technique.  This course is also designed to sharpen students’ critical thinking, legal analysis and writing skills. 

 

2 credits

6105  DEATH PENALTY SEMINAR

This seminar examines the legal and constitutional issues surrounding the use of the death penalty in the U.S. and Florida.  It focuses on death penalty laws, 6th and 8th Amendment issues, the state of the death penalty under recent decisions of the United States Supreme Court, and the ethical duties of defenders and prosecutors in death penalty cases. 

Prerequisites:  Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Evidence

2 credits

6718  DOMESTIC VIOLENCE WORKSHOP

Domestic violence is a societal problem of epidemic proportions. This course will explore domestic violence issues in various areas of the law. Students will produce a domestic violence manual for a particular community, conduct a presentation on domestic violence before a group or organization, and write a paper on a selected domestic violence topic. The course will provide students with the opportunity to prepare memoranda, motions, and protection orders.  Students will observe domestic violence hearings.  Relevant Florida Statutes will be used in the course.

3 credits

6583  EDUCATION LAW

This course covers legal issues that arise in institutions of learning on the elementary, secondary, and higher education levels.  Public and private issues examined include:  affirmative action, freedom of speech, student dismissals, tenure, institutional closing, religion in the schools, and business planning.

3 credits

6717  ELDER LAW

This course covers topics such as health care powers of attorney, living wills, Medicare, Medicaid, long-term care insurance, housing alternatives, guardianships, custodial trusts, social security benefits, retirement plans, incapacity, and elder abuse.

3 credits

6820  ELECTRONIC DISCOVERY SEMINAR 

This seminar will provide an in-depth treatment of both the legal and technical aspects of electronic discovery – the preservation, collection, review, production and use of electronically stored information in civil and criminal litigation (and investigations).  Coverage includes selected aspects of the quickly developing body of e-discovery case law, federal and state e-discovery rules, and the technology issues impacting electronic discovery.  This seminar will provide the student with a detailed grounding in the law and application of electronic discovery principles to civil and criminal litigation.  Demonstrations using live technology will occur when helpful to providing a learning “laboratory” for the students.

2 credits

6549  EMPLOYMENT DISCRIMINATION

Course explores barriers to workplace equality and laws designed to remedy discrimination in the workplace, including 14th Amendment, Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act, Age Discrimination in Employment Act, Equal Pay Act and others.

3 credits

6545  EMPLOYMENT LAW

This course focuses on the major state and federal employment laws affecting individual employees.  Coverage includes the legal regulation of the hiring and firing process, testing and privacy issues, wage and hour laws, discrimination, occupational health and safety, workers’ compensation, unemployment insurance, covenants not to compete, and related topics.

3 credits

6575  ENTERTAINMENT LAW

Entertainment law surveys the many legal doctrines that shape the entertainment industry and explores how those various doctrines interact.  Topics include free speech, defamation, invasion of privacy, publicity rights, copyright, contractual relations in the entertainment industry, and performer organizations.  The course also explores practical aspects of entertainment law, such as client counseling and litigation strategy, and theoretical questions raised by the interplay of federal law, state law, and the rules of private organizations.

3 credits

6490 ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE: DOMESTIC & INTERNATIONAL

The purpose of this course is to examine, question and discuss pressing domestic and international environmental problems and their direct intersection with race, class, ethnicity and gender. Specifically, the course will address the history and evolution of the environmental justice movement and examine the legal and policy tools used to advance environmental justice.  Topics to be covered include, among others, the intersection between race and the environment with a particular emphasis on African-Americans and other minority groups, the developing world and the use of civil rights and human rights law to address environmental justice concerns. The course will also consider environmental justice case studies in Florida.

3 credits

6470  ENVIRONMENTAL LAW

This course surveys the wide variety of topics that together comprise Environmental Law.  Relying on concepts drawn from risk management, economics, ecology, and political theory, this course addresses both common law and statutory responses to conventional and toxic pollution and other adverse impacts on the physical environment, as well as conservation issues of species and habitat and resource management more generally.  The course also considers administrative structures that govern much of the field and how federalism affects the law and the environment in the United States.  The issues of climate change and control of global warming are woven into several phases of the coverage. 

3 credits

6473  ENVIRONMENTAL PRACTICE WORKSHOP

This workshop-type course relies primarily on simulations and problems that explore a variety of environmental law subject areas.  The sampling is surprisingly broad, including matters that touch on all media (air, water, land) and all aspects of practice (ethical representation, client counseling, client defense, investigation, governmental enforcement and charging decisions, penalty calculation, and many more).

3 credits

6620  ESTATE AND GIFT TAXATION

This course provides students with a study of the federal estate and gift tax structure and its impact on the transfer of property and of income taxation of trusts and estates.  The redistribution of wealth through taxation is also studied.  Taxation of income of trusts and estate also includes annuities, property distributions, and income in respect of decedent.  This course primarily involves a study of the unified system of federal gift and estate transfer taxes imposed by Chapters 11 and 12 of the Internal Revenue Code.  With respect to the gift tax, the student will explore the transfers that are subject to tax as well as the annual exclusion and gifts to minors.  With respect to the estate tax, the student will explore the transfers (both during life and at death) that are included in a decedent’s “gross estate,” as well as certain of the deductions that are available to reduce the size of the gross estate (and, ultimately, the estate tax owed).

3 credits

6450  ESTATE PLANNING

Estate planning focuses on the process by which individuals make comprehensive arrangements for their property and personal needs which remain in effect during disability and after death.  Topics covered in this course include disability planning for property and health care needs, planning for the physical aspects of death, the use of non-probate techniques, the preparation and execution of wills, trusts, and other documents, and the fundamentals of federal gift and estate taxation.

Prerequisites:  Estates and Trusts; Federal Income Tax.

3 credits

6430  ESTATES AND TRUSTS

The course deals primarily with the disposition of family wealth, including the passage of property from deceased to living persons for both intestate and testate succession; the rules governing the execution, revocation, and probate of wills; will substitutions, principles governing the modern trust, fiduciary powers, duties and liabilities.

3 credits

6710  FAMILY LAW

The law governing the definition, formation, maintenance and dissolution of the family.  Topics include adoption, alimony, annulment, child custody, divorce, emancipation of minors, intra-family torts, legitimacy, marriage, paternity, pre-marital agreements, property division, tax implications of divorce, and procedure and jurisdiction in various types of causes of action in domestic relations.  Attention is given to common law, state law , and recent constitutional doctrine.

3 credits

6600  FEDERAL INCOME TAXATION

The purpose of this course is to give the student an overview of the federal income tax system (particularly as it deals with individuals).  The emphasis will be on the proper way to read and interpret the tax code.

3 credits

6966 FLORIDA BAR LAW & SKILLS

This course will provide training in bar exam essay-writing skills through a survey of substantive material covering topics frequently tested on the Florida Bar examination, including Florida Constitutional Law, Wills and Trusts, and Family Law. Students will learn techniques that improve issue spotting and issue resolution as it pertains to answering examination questions posed in the essay format. Students will write a substantial number of essay examination answers, receive feedback on those answers, and learn self-critiques techniques.

4 credits

6503  FLORIDA CONSTITUTIONAL LAW

An analysis of selected provisions of the Florida Constitution, with emphasis on recent decisions of the Florida Supreme Court and an analysis of current proposals for constitutional change.

2 credits

6303  FLORIDA PRACTICE 

A study of the unique aspects of Florida Law, including Florida Rules of Civil Procedure, the preparation of pleadings and materials for trial, the court system, legislative procedures, and the significance of Florida’s integrated bar with an emphasis on professional responsibility.  The course examines jurisdiction and process.  The Rules of Florida Civil Procedure are reviewed in depth.

2 credits

6720  HEALTH CARE LAW

This course explores all the major topics in the health care field such as treatment, relationship, liability, professional licensure, right to die, reproductive rights, health care insurance, and regulation of health care facilities and transactions.

3 credits

6264  IMMIGRATION LAW

This course is designed to provide students with a general knowledge of immigration law, including a basic understanding of admission of aliens under the non-immigrant and immigrant categories, removal, naturalization, and the law of refugee and political asylum. Detailed statutory and regulatory analysis of the applicable immigration laws as well as analyzing the impact of immigration in other areas, including criminal law, family unification, human rights, politics, and discrimination.  

3 credits

6905  INDEPENDENT RESEARCH

Approved research and writing supervised by a member of the full-time faculty.

1-2 credits

6570  INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LAW

This is a survey course that introduces students to patent, copyright, trademark, trade secret, right of publicity and unfair competition law.  The course is designed to give students entering a general business or civil litigation practice a thorough overview of the various intellectual property doctrines.

3 credits

6719  INTERNATIONAL AND COMPARATIVE FAMILY LAW 

This course explores issues in family law from an international and comparative perspective.  It examines the legal relationship between children, families, the state and the international law system with special emphasis on the U.N. Convention of the Rights of the Child; Hague Convention on the Recognition of Divorces and Legal Separations; Hague Convention on Parental Child Abduction; selected regional conventions including the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights and the European Convention on the Adoption of Children; and other treaties that regulate the relationship between the state and family life.  The course will also comparatively examine the municipal or domestic family law of states in, for example, Africa, Asia, the Americas, and Europe on such issues as marriage, divorce, child custody, adoption, and alternative families.

3 credits

6261  INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS TRANSACTIONS

This course examines the legal framework of the international sales transactions, including the commercial terms of the sales agreement, shipping contracts, insurance, financing arrangements, and customs documentation.  Students will also examine the foreign direct investment transaction, international franchise and distribution agreements, and contracts for the transfer of technology.

3 credits

6268   INTERNATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL LAW

This course will address several leading topics in international environmental law and policy, including climate change, ozone depletion, international trade and the environment, biodiversity, and the law of the sea.  The course will examine sources of international environmental law and the role of international institutions in developing and implementing environmental agreements.  The course also will address extraterritorial application of domestic law.

3 credits

6263  INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS

This course introduces students to the concept of established and evolving legal issues regarding human rights.  The philosophical, political, and legal basis of defining human rights in various parts of the world will be addressed.  The central theory of this course is that common international norms form basic international understanding of human treatment.  Contemporary issues impacting regional and global areas will be discussed.

3 credits

6987  INTERNATIONAL LAW – INTERNSHIP

The International Law Internship provides students with the opportunity to earn internship credit for internationally focused legal and policy field placement work conducted overseas or within the United States, but outside of the State of Florida.  The Internship will provide students with firsthand experience in government, international organizations, public interest law firms, nonprofit organizations, and other areas of interest relevant to legal education.

3-6 credits

6988  INTERNATIONAL LAW – STUDY ABROAD I

International Study Abroad I is a generic study abroad course designed for students that participate in and successfully complete course work in ABA-approved international study abroad programs. 

Prerequisite:  Successful completion of first year of law school and minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA.

This course is graded pass/fail.

3 credits

6989  INTERNATIONAL LAW – STUDY ABROAD II

International Study Abroad II is a generic study abroad course designed for students that participate in and successfully completed International Study Abroad I course work in ABA-approved international study abroad programs. 

Prerequisite:  Successful completion of International Study Abroad I and minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5.

This course is graded pass/fail.

3 credits

6907 INTERNATIONAL LAW STUDY ABROAD III

International Study Abroad III is a generic study abroad course designed for students that participate in and successfully completed International Study Abroad I course work in ABA-approved international study abroad programs

Prerequisite: Successful completion of International Study Abroad I and minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5. This course is graded pass/fail.

3 credits

6908 INTERNATIONAL LAW STUDY ABROAD IV

International Study Abroad IV is a generic study abroad course designed for students that participate in and successfully completed International Study Abroad I course work in ABA-approved international study abroad programs.

Prerequisite: Successful completion of International Study Abroad I and minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5. This course is graded pass/fail.

3 credits

6388  INTERVIEWING, COUNSELING AND NEGOTIATION

This course studies theories and skills involved in interviewing, counseling and negotiating.  Student performances in role plays and simulations will be a primary means of instruction.

2 credits

6140  JUVENILE LAW

This course explores the special procedural and substantive law applicable to children, with particular emphasis given to specialized juvenile courts.

2 credits

6540  LABOR LAW

This course focuses on the law governing and policy issues surrounding the major facets of union-management relations in the private sector under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA).  These include union organizing, collective bargaining, contract enforcement, picketing and the economic weapons of both sides, including strikes.  The course also covers the procedural mechanisms by which rights under the NLRA are enforced and remedies for NLRA violations.

3 credits

6460  LAND USE PLANNING
 
This course is a study of the evolution of land use law, including common law, constitutional, and statutory foundations of land use planning. The inherent conflict between private property rights and government control will be examined, as well as the relationship between land owner, neighbor, government, and community.  More recent issues, such as urban sprawl and its impact on the environment will be given special attention, as well as Florida-specific land use issues.
 
2 credits

6586  LAW AND FILM SEMINAR

This course will examine how the law and lawyers have been depicted in film and television over the years; other media may be included.  Students will be required to view two movies and selected television programs each week and prepare a written comparison of the role of the law and lawyers as they are depicted by the authors and actors.  Topics that will be examined include the use of the rules of evidence, courtroom etiquette, ethics, gender, ethnicity, and a comparison of the victims and types of legal issues covered by the shows.

2 credits

6938  LAW AND POLITICS OF AFRICA SEMINAR

This course examines the domestic and international law and politics of Sub-Saharan Africa from the pre-colonial era through the colonization period and post-colonial independence and post Cold War eras.  The course will introduce students to: (1) the historical and contemporary socio-political and legal development of African state systems, institutions and peoples; (2) the unique relationship between African states and those outside of Africa; (3) the extent to which Africa forms an integral part of the international system, and contributes to the progressive development of international law.

2 credits

6751  LAW OFFICE MANAGEMENT

An introduction to management of a law practice.  This course will develop concepts related to four areas – business management, practice management, client management and life management. In the area of business management, students will be exposed to business start-up considerations, including choice of entity, financing, bookkeeping and trust accounting. In the area of practice management, the students will cover administrative and substantive systems, including conflicts of interest, docket management, form files and employee management. In client management, the students will be exposed to issues related to client acceptance, declination, disengagement, client satisfaction and malpractice to name a few. Quality management rounds out the course with quality-of-life issues such as succession planning, contingency arrangements, substance abuse and maintaining a balance in life. 

2 credits

6950  LAW REVIEW

6790   LEGAL BIBLIOGRAPHY

This course is designed to sharpen students' legal research skills and increase students' mastery of the process and strategies involved in developing effective legal research skills. The course will address United States primary and secondary sources and international law materials. Multiple formats will be covered, which will include both online and print resources.

2 credits

6523  LEGISLATION

This course will give students an introduction to the legislative process, to legislative interpretation, and to contemporary debates of law and policy that surround the legislative branch.

2 credits

5312  MEDIATION THEORY AND PRACTICE

This course presents a summary overview of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) processes, focusing on the facilitative model of mediation.  The fundamentals of the facilitative mediation model are explored to gain an understanding of the primary causes for conflict, the fuel that keeps conflict going, and the methods to resolve conflict through the use of collaborative problem solving and principled negotiation.  It is a skills development course that emphasizes the importance of the mediator’s empowerment of the parties to help them resolve their dispute through more effective communication.  Because of a strong emphasis on the nuances of communication, the skills developed in more precise and effective communication are generally very helpful in human interaction.

Students will gain an understanding of the mediation process and through participation in role plays will be able to experience the significance of the empowerment of the parties in the resolution of their own disputes.

3 credits

6951  MOOT COURT

Inter-school competition.

1 credit

6304  MULTISTATE BAR LAW AND SKILLS

This course will familiarize students with the bar exam process generally, bar exam essay writing skills, and MBE multiple-choice skills through a survey of multistate substantive material. The six multistate subjects are Federal Constitutional Law, Contracts, Criminal Law and Procedure, Torts, Property and Evidence.

4 credits

6507  NATIONAL SECURITY LAW SEMINAR

This course examines the legal framework for national security decisions.  Students will analyze the delicate balance of liberty and security that must exist to preserve a democratic society.  Particular areas examined include:  constitutional separation of powers and shared responsibility for national security; the legality and scope of war and other uses of armed force short of war; access to and protection of sensitive information; intelligence collection and clandestine activities; and the formulation of national security policy and law.

Prerequisites:  Constitutional Law

2 credits

6616  PARTNERSHIP TAXATION

This course addresses taxation of partnerships and tax consequences of partnership formation, termination, distributions of money or property to partners, and consequences of sale or exchange of a partnership interest or of the death of a partner.

3 credits

6031   PAYMENT SYSTEMS

This course will survey the uses of different payment mechanisms (negotiable and nonnegotiable instruments, credit cards and electronic funds transfer and wire transfer systems) in both credit and cash transactions. The course will consider allocation of risks for fraud, countermands, defenses on the underlying contract, mistake, timeliness and unauthorized payments. In each case the allocation of risks in connection with different payment mechanisms will be considered, along with whether these allocations should be the same or different for each mechanism. The course will focus on Articles 3 and 4 of the Uniform Commercial Code and consider letters of credit under U.C.C. Article 5 and international payment regimes as well. The impact of federal legislation on the state payments law (U.C.C. Articles 3, 43 and 4A) may also be treated.

3 credits

6361  PRETRIAL PRACTICE WORKSHOP

This course covers every aspect of pretrial preparation of a civil or criminal case.  The focus of the course focus varies by semester. When the course covers civil pretrial practice, students proceed from initial client interview through formulating client representational strategy, developing a theory of the case, drafting pleadings, fact investigation, discovery and disclosure (depositions, issues, requests for production), motion practice, settlement conferences and negotiations, and final pre-trial preparation.   When the course covers criminal pretrial practice, students proceed from initial client interview through formulating client representational strategy, developing a theory of the case, drafting motions, fact investigation, discovery and disclosure (depositions), Motions to Suppress, Arthur Hearings, Richardson Hearings and Motions in Limine. 

This course also covers professionalism issues that arise in pretrial practice. 

Prerequisite:  Evidence.

3 credits

6420  REAL ESTATE LAW

This course examines the lawyer in each phase of the cycle of creating value in real property, with an emphasis on commercial real estate. The course follows a transactional approach, beginning with the land acquisition. Next, the course focuses on how these transactions are financed. In examining financing, we will also look at what happens when projects fail and the role commercial real estate leasing plays in the land transaction. Also, we will examine the use of different forms of enterprise in real estate transactions, the tax consequences of owning and dealing in real estate, and the environmental issues involved in a real estate practice. Students will be urged to consider materials and problems from a transactional point of view as planners designing the facts of a transaction and anticipating possible events and risks in advance, rather than as litigators analyzing rights and liabilities based on a pre-existing set of facts.

3 credits

6320  REMEDIES

Surveys the history and development of basic remedies for civil wrongs.  Topics covered include contempt, damages, declaratory judgments, election of remedies, equity jurisdiction, injunctions, modern equity practice, present value adjustment, proof requirements, rescission, reformation and restitution.

3 credits

6010  SALES

Sales is an advanced course in contracts that builds upon the basic first-year offerings and focuses on the planning and regulation of sales transactions under Article 2 of the Uniform Commercial Code. The course also covers international sales governed by the U.N. Convention on Contracts for the International Sales of Goods (CISG). Major topics include electronic commercial transactions; the methodology and scope of the UCC and CISG; allocating the risk of loss; warranties; breach; excuse for non-performance; warranty disclaimers and remedy limitations; rejection, revocation, and cure; anticipatory repudiation and the right to demand adequate assurances; and techniques of statutory analysis.

2 credits

6336  SCIENTIFIC EVIDENCE WORKSHOP

Introduction to the scientific issues facing lawyers.  Topics include:  scientific evidence, crime labs, forensic pathology-autopsy, deposition and motions, experts, fingerprints, digital image enhancement, depositions, document examination, witnesses, toxicology, laboratory management and accreditation.

3 credits

6051  SECURED TRANSACTIONS

The goal of this course is to acquaint the student with the arsenal that benefits and protects both the debtor and the creditor.  Specifically, the student will be introduced to the legal system and rules governing the relationship between the debtor and the creditor (in those instances where the creditor has or has attempted to acquire an interest in the debtor’s property as a means of ensuring satisfaction of the underlying obligation) and between that creditor and all of the debtor’s other creditors including, on frequent occasion, a bankruptcy trustee.  Students will also be introduced to the concepts of secured financing transactions using the problem approach.

3 credits

6560  SECURITIES REGULATION

This course exposes students to a study of the federal and state securities laws and the industry they govern.  Emphasis will be on the regulation of the distribution process and trading in securities.  Subjects dealt with include the functions of the Securities and Exchange Commission, registration and disclosure requirements and related civil liabilities, “blue sky” laws, proxy solicitations and reporting requirements, broker-dealer regulation, the self-regulatory functions of the exchanges, and the regulation of investment companies.

Prerequisite:  Business Organizations

3 credits

6581  SPORTS LAW

A study of state and federal laws relating to the business of sporting competitions as entertainment, including matters such as the creation of a free market for players' services, the relationships of franchise owners to the league commissioner, player/agent relationships and contract negotiation. There is also some study of the NCAA regulation of collegiate athletics.

2 credits

6660  TAX POLICY

Few tax lawyers have formal training in tax policy even though a good foundation in tax policy helps in the understanding of the tax laws. Tax policy involves generally two broad questions: (1) does this particular tax law make sense? and (2) is congressional intent being followed? This course will begin by looking at the rationale behind some of the basic tax concepts such as gross income and the various deductions provided by the Code. We will also look at whether some of the current Code sections can be improved. This course is highly recommended to the student specializing in tax.

2 credits

6587  THEATER LAW SEMINAR

Although normally thought of in terms of its creative and artistic values, staging a play or musical also involves numerous legal relationships and obligations.  Accordingly this course surveys the law governing the theater industry.  Among the subjects we will examine are the authorship rights of playwrights; the financial rights of investors; the employment rights of actors and actresses; and the attendance rights of audiences.  Although our main concern will be Broadway and Off-Broadway productions, we also will spend time considering the legal rights and duties of amateur theater groups.

2 credits

6288  THEORY AND PRACTICE OF INTERNATIONAL COURTS AND TRIBUNALS

This course will examine the law, theory and practice of international, regional and sub-regional courts and other justice mechanisms such as truth and reconciliation commissions in South Africa, Sierra Leone, Liberia, El Salvador and Colombia, among others. It will examine the structure and practice of international courts and justice mechanisms, particularly the International Court of Justice as well as introduce a variety of other international tribunals including the International Criminal Court and the International tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda, African Court on Human and Peoples' Rights, European Court of Justice, World Trade Organization dispute settlement regime, World Bank Inspection Panel, and the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea.

3 credits

6576  TRADEMARK LAW SEMINAR

Problems related to the protection of commercial marks and products, including a study of the methods for securing and maintaining protection, the laws that govern exploitation of the marks and products, and problems and methods of protecting those rights.

2 credits

6363  TRIAL PRACTICE

A series of classes and simulations devoted to the study of trial techniques, followed by the preparation and trial of a mock trial.  

Prerequisite:  Evidence.

3 credits

6366  TRIAL TEAM

Inter-school competition.

1 credit

6235  WOMEN AND THE LAW

This course examines gender issues in a variety of areas of law, including contracts, torts, criminal law, and property.  Emphasis will be on domestic violence, rape, comparable worth, sexual harassment, stereotypes, economic consequences of divorce and child custody, biological reproduction, prostitution, and pornography.

3 credits