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List of Courses: Fall 2014

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QWCS640 Federal Income Tax Simulation [Details]

Description

This course is designed to provide two-person teams of students with the opportunity to engage in research and writing in the context of solving a tax problem which might arise in everyday tax practice. Each team will be required to prepare a detailed outline of tax issues raised by the problem, three drafts of a memorandum of law to a senior partner and two drafts of a client letter, explaining their analysis, conclusions and recommendations for client action. Students will also be required to keep detailed time sheets. Teams will meet with the instructor at regular, mutually agreed upon times. The course may utilize the tax problem which is the subject of the ABA Section of Taxation Law Student Tax Challenge competition, in which case teams may submit their work product to that competition by the deadline date set by that competition (before the second week of November). Prerequisite: Law 555, Income Tax I and Law 747, Income Tax II. Enrollment is by two-person teams of students and is limited to 8 teams. This course satisfies The Qualified Writing Requirement. This course satisfies 2 Writing and 1 Skills Unit. Limited to 16 students.

Sections

Section Credits Books Time/Location D/E Professor
01 3 View Th 2:30 PM-5:10 PM/Room BLC 331 Day William Metzger
QWC 781 Public Sector Labor Law [Details]

Description

This course will examine the regulation of labor/management relations in public employment, with emphasis on distinctions from the private sector model, It will cover such areas as the historical development of public sector labor unions, the right to join unions, the collective bargaining relationship, union security, mandatory subjects of bargaining, settlement of impasses, enforcement of the agreement and constitional rights of public employees. Prerequisite: LAW 708, Labor Law (Limited to 24 students)

Sections

Section Credits Books Time/Location D/E Professor
03 3 View Tu,Th 8:00 PM-9:15 PM/Room BLC C Eve Peter Adomeit
QWC 652 Appellate Advocacy [Details]

Description

In this course, students will participate as a group in the writing of the Commonwealth/appellee's brief in an actual criminal case pending in the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial or Appeals Court. Participants will read the trial transcript, review and research the issues on appeal, and prepare the appellate brief. There will be additional assignments. If time permits, participants will argue the case orally in mock "moot court" arguments. Students should have a strong interest in effective legal writing. Class attendance is mandatory. Enrollment limitied to 16 students. This course satisfies 2 Writing Units.

Sections

Section Credits Books Time/Location D/E Professor
03 2 View M 6:00 PM-7:50 PM/Room BLC 4 Eve Judy Kalman
LAWS945 Small Business Seminar [Details]

Description

In addition to the fieldwork, Small Business Clinic students attend a regularly scheduled weekly seminar meeting. Students are expected to attend two full days of a mandatory orientation prior to the start of the semester. The weekly seminar incorporates business and legal practitioners from the local area. Prerequisites: LAW 551. Business Organizations, Law 553, Evidence. Evidence may be taken concurrently with the Clinic. A student is required to be SJC Rule 3:03 eligible. A student must successfully complete 32 hours of law studies before enrollment in a clinic. A student may not simultaneously enroll in more than one clinic, more than one externship, or a clinic and an externship.

Sections

Section Credits Books Time/Location D/E Professor
03 2 View Tu 6:00 PM-7:50 PM/Room BLC 4 Eve Robert Statchen
LAWS944 Small Business Clinic [Details]

Description

The Small Business Clinic will provide selected students with the opportunity to handle legal matters for small business clients under the supervision of the professor. Students work on transactional legal matters that are typical in the start-up phase of a business. The goal of the clinic is to expose students to the methodology and mindset of business lawyering. Law students work with the entrepreneurs to identify the legal issues new businesses confront. Clinic students participate in weekly one-on-one meetings with the professor, meetings with clients (often in the evenings) and participation in walk-in legal assistance. The clinical component will involve client interviewing, assessment and intake, along with legal research, drafting, and counseling as the situation requires. In an effort to operate the clinic as close to an actual law firm as possible, students are required to maintain client billing records through use of the clinic's time/document management software. Client work will require a minimum of 16 hours of work per week and other course commitments will require an additional four to five hours per week. Students must also enroll in a two credit seminar concurrent with their semester of fieldwork. Prerequisites: LAW 551. Business Organizations, Law 553, Evidence. Evidence may be taken concurrently with the Clinic. A student is required to be SJC Rule 3:03 eligible. A student must successfully complete 32 hours of law studies before enrollment in a clinic. A student may not simultaneously enroll in more than one clinic, more than one externship, or a clinic and an externship.

Sections

Section Credits Books Time/Location D/E Professor
03 4 View TBA - TBA Robert Statchen
LAWS921 Criminal Law Seminar [Details]

Description

In addition to the fieldwork, there is a classroom component which operates as a combination seminar/simulation. This part of the course is quite intensive for the first three or four weeks of the semester as well as the week prior to the start of classes. Students must attend a two day orientation the week before classes begin; no exceptions will be made to this mandatory orientation. Following this initial training period, the class will meet at a designated time for a two-hour session on a weekly basis for the balance of the semester. Prerequisites: LAW 553, Evidence and LAW 706, Criminal Procedure Investigation. Enrollment is limited each semester to eight third-year full time and fourth-year part time students who have been selected through the clinic application process. No student may maintain outside legal employment while participating in this clinic. All students will be CORI/criminal records checked by the District Attorney's Office. A student is required to be SJC Rule 3:03 eligible. A student may not simultaneously enroll in more than one clinic, more than one externship, or a clinic and an externship. This satisfies 2 Skills Units.

Sections

Section Credits Books Time/Location D/E Professor
01 2 View W 9:00 AM-10:50 AM/Room MTCT Day Tina Cafaro
LAWS920 Criminal Law Clinic [Details]

Description

Students in the Criminal Clinic work as student assistant district attorneys within the Hampden County District Attorney's Office. By court rule, students in the Clinic are authorized to practice in any District Court case, which includes a mix of both misdemeanors and felonies. Typical of the offenses litigated by students in the District Court are possession and/or distribution of controlled substances, domestic violence offenses including assault and battery, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, and violation of a restraining order, larceny, assault and battery on a police officer, and driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. During the course of the semester, a student attorney will appear in three different sessions of the District Court: the arraignment session (in which students represent the Commonwealth in bail hearings), the motion session (in which students prepare and litigate oppositions to motions to suppress and motions to dismiss) and, ultimately, the trial session (in which a student prepare and litigate jury and jury-waived trials.) This clinic allows students to gain substantial exposure over the course of the semester to the entire process of litigating a criminal case. In addition to the fieldwork as a student attorney within the Hampden County District Attorney's Office, there is a classroom component which operates as a combination seminar/simulation. This part of the course is quite intensive for the first three or four weeks of the semester as well as the week prior to the start of classes. Students must attend a two day orientation the week before classes begin, no exceptions will be made to this mandatory orientation. Following this initial training period, the class will meet at the designated time for a two-hour session on a weekly basis for the balance of the semester. Prerequisites: LAW 553, Evidence and LAW 706, Criminal Procedure Investigation. Enrollment is limited each semester to eight third-year full time and fourth-year part time students who have been selected through the clinic application process. No student may maintain outside legal employment while participating in this clinic. All students will be CORI/criminal records checked by the District Attorney's Office. A student is required to be SJC Rule 3:03 eligible. A student must successfully complete 32 hours of law studies before enrollment in a clinic. A student may not simultaneously enroll in more than one clinic, more than one externship, or a clinic and an externship. This satisfies 3 Skills and 1 Writing Unit.

Sections

Section Credits Books Time/Location D/E Professor
01 4 View TBA -/Room MTCT TBA Tina Cafaro
LAWS917 Legal Services Clinic Concurrent Seminar [Details]

Description

In addition to the fieldwork, Legal Services Clinic students and Legal Services Housing Clinic students attend a regularly scheduled seminar meeting. This concurrent seminar will serve as a forum for reflection on the fieldwork, case review, and other topics. Prerequisites: Successful completion of Laws 910 Legal Service Skills and Law 553 Evidence (Evidence may be taken concurrently). A student is required to be SJC Rule 3:03 eligible. A student may not simultaneously enroll in more than one clinic, more than one externship, or a clinic and an externship. (2 Skills Units)

Sections

Section Credits Books Time/Location D/E Professor
01 1 View Tu 2:30 PM-3:20 PM/Room BLC F Day TBA
LAWS916 Legal Services Clinic [Details]

Description

Students work in the office of Community Legal Aid (CLA), a local non-profit organization charged with providing free civil legal services to low-income and elderly persons. Under the supervision of CLA attorneys, students assume primary professional responsibility for actual cases, including client interviews, counseling, case development, negotiation, and representation of clients in court and administrative proceedings. Students work at CLA for 16 hours a week and earn four credits for the fieldwork. Students enrolled in LAWS 916 must also concurrently enroll in LAWS 917, a one-credit seminar concurrent with their semester of fieldwork. Prerequisites: Successful completion of LAWS 910 Legal Service Skills Seminar and 553 Evidence (Evidence may be taken concurrently). A student is required to be SJC Rule 3:03 eligible. A student may not simultaneously enroll in more than one clinic, more than one externship, or a clinic and an externship. (3 Skills units and 1 Writing Unit)

Sections

Section Credits Books Time/Location D/E Professor
01 4 View TBA - TBA TBA
LAWS913 International Human Rights Seminar [Details]

Description

In addition to the fieldwork, International Human Rights Clinic students attend a regularly scheduled seminar meeting which will include guest speakers and simulated exercises. Prerequisites: The clinic is open to students who have successfully completed 32 hours of law studies and who have been selected through the clinic application process. A student may not simultaneously enroll in more than one clinic, more than one externship, or a clinic and an externship.This course satisfies the Skills Requirement. This satisfies 1 Skills Unit.

Sections

Section Credits Books Time/Location D/E Professor
01 2 View Tu 9:00 AM-10:50 AM/Room BLC E Day Lauren Carasik
LAWS912 International Human Rights Clinic [Details]

Description

Students work collaboratively on projects with domestic and international nongovernmental organizations, grass-roots organizations, solidarity networks, attorneys, stakeholders, and other institutions engaging in human rights work, to advance political, economic, social and cultural human rights across borders. Students are expected to commit at least 16 hours per week to the fieldwork. Students must also enroll in a two credit seminar concurrent with their semester of fieldwork. Prerequisites: The clinic is open to students who have successfully completed 32 hours of law studies and who have been selected through the clinic application process. A student may not simultaneously enroll in more than one clinic, more than one externship, or a clinic and an externship. This satisfies 2 Skills and 2 Writing Units.

Sections

Section Credits Books Time/Location D/E Professor
01 4 View TBA -/Room BLC F TBA Lauren Carasik
LAWS910 Legal Services Skills [Details]

Description

This seminar is a prerequisite for students participating in the Legal Services Clinic and Legal Services Housing Clinic. Students enroll in this course the semester preceding their clinic placement. The course focuses on substantive law and issues related to poverty law practice, and developing basic lawyering skills, including professionalism and ethics, client interviewing, counseling, case planning, fact investigation, oral advocacy, negotiation and litigation skills. (2 Skills Units)

Sections

Section Credits Books Time/Location D/E Professor
01 2 View Tu 4:00 PM-5:50 PM/Room BLC F Day TBA
LAWS681 Trial Methods [Details]

Description

This course utilizes a clinical approach to trial advocacy. Emphasis is given to the two complementary abilities necessary for effective trial advocacy - preparation and execution. Students will learn effective methods for analyzing and preparing a case for trial. In addition, students will practice the technical skills necessary to present their side of a case persuasively during a trial, including tactics and strategy in the courtroom, opening statements and closing arguments, examination of witnesses, admission and exclusion of evidence, questions of burden of proof, and preservation of rights on appeal. Prerequisite: LAW 553, Evidence. Enrollment limited to 20 students per section. This course satisfies 2 Skills Units.

Sections

Section Credits Books Time/Location D/E Professor
03 2 View Tu 6:00 PM-7:50 PM/Room MTCT Eve Paul Perachi
LAWS673 Appellate Moot Court [Details]

Description

The Appellate Moot Court course will serve as the means to gain selection to one of the school-sponsored intramural appellate moot court teams. Students in the course will receive intensive instruction in appellate brief-writing, working with a teammate, and appellate oral argument. Students will have the opportunity to meet with faculty about their writing and to receive extensive feedback on their oral argument skills. The class will culminate with a moot court competition and the selection of the law school's Moot Court Board. For more information about selection to Appellate Moot Court teams, see Note on Appellate Moot Court at http://www1.law.wne.edu/academics/index.cfm?selection=doc.8116. This satisfies 1 Skills and 1 Writing Units.

Sections

Section Credits Books Time/Location D/E Professor
29 2 View Th 4:00 PM-5:50 PM/Room BLC 4 Day Jeanne Kaiser
LAWP988 Williams Institute Moot Court Team [Details]

Description

Williams Institue (Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Law) Moot Court Team. 2 credits fall / 2 skills units and 1 credit spring 1 skills unit.

Sections

Section Credits Books Time/Location D/E Professor
29 2 View TBA - TBA Myra Orlen
LAWP987 Negotiation Moot Court Team [Details]

Description

Negotiation Moot Court Team. 3 credits fall / 3 skills units.

Sections

Section Credits Books Time/Location D/E Professor
30 3 View TBA - TBA Rene Reich-Graefe
LAWP986 National Moot Court Team [Details]

Description

National Moot Court Team. 2 credits fall / 2 skills units and 1 credit spring / 1 skills unit.

Sections

Section Credits Books Time/Location D/E Professor
14 2 View TBA - TBA Harris Freeman
LAWP985 National Environmental Moot Court Team [Details]

Description

National Environmental Moot Court Team. 2 credits fall / 2 skills units and 1 credit spring /1 skills unit.

Sections

Section Credits Books Time/Location D/E Professor
35 2 View TBA - TBA Julie Steiner
LAWP983 Jessup International Moot Court Team [Details]

Description

Jessup International Moot Court Team. 2 credits fall / 2 skills units and 1 credit spring / 1 skills unit.

Sections

Section Credits Books Time/Location D/E Professor
07 2 View TBA - TBA Matthew Charity, Robert Statchen
LAWP982 Frederick Douglas Moot Court Team [Details]

Description

Frederick Douglas Moot Court Team. 3 credits fall and 3 skills units.

Sections

Section Credits Books Time/Location D/E Professor
03 3 View TBA - TBA Jeanne Kaiser
LAWP980 AAJ Moot Court Trial Team [Details]

Description

AAJ Moot Court Trial Team. 1 credit fall /1 skills unit and 2 credits spring / 2 skills units.

Sections

Section Credits Books Time/Location D/E Professor
05 1 View TBA - TBA Tina Cafaro
LAWP910 Law Practice Externship Seminar [Details]

Description

This course is the seminar component that accompanies a law practice externship, public interest, government service, or private sector externship placement that a student has been selected for through the externship application process. Seminar assignments and readings are designed to complement the individual work experience by providing structured reflection on many aspects of the roles of courts, judges and lawyers in society. Students are also required to maintain weekly time sheets and journals and complete a research assignment. A student enrolling in their first externship must concurrently enroll in the applicable one credit externship seminar. Please see the Law Practice Externship description for additional requirements. An Externship Seminar Enrollment form must be completed for enrollment in the Law Practice Seminar. Students receive 3 credits for the field placement and 1 credit for seminar participation

Sections

Section Credits Books Time/Location D/E Professor
10 1 View M 4:00 PM-4:50 PM/Room BLC 4 Day Beth Cohen
LAWP909 Law Practice Externship [Details]

Description

Students work 12 hours a week for a total of 168 semester hours engaging in a variety of legal work under the supervision of an attorney in a public interest, government service, or private sector externship placement. Externships develop students' lawyering skills through participation in activities such as legal research and writing, client interviewing and counseling, factual investigation, development and implementation of case theory and strategy, negotiation, mediation, litigation and other forms of advocacy. Students may take no more than three externships for a maximum of nine academic credits during law school. The externship placements must be substantively different. A student must successfully complete 32 hours of law studies before enrollment in an externship. A student may not simultaneously enroll in more than one clinic, more than one externship, or a clinic and an externship. There will be a mandatory orientation meeting prior to the start of the semester for all students participating in their first externship. This satisfies 3 Skills Units.

Sections

Section Credits Books Time/Location D/E Professor
10 3 View TBA - TBA Beth Cohen
LAWP907 Judicial Externship [Details]

Description

Students work 12 hours a week for a total of 168 semester hours engaging in a variety of legal work under the supervision of a judge. Students may not receive compensation for work done in an Externship. Externships include varied levels of research, writing, and observation depending on the student's placement. Students may take no more than three externships for a maximum of nine academic credits during law school. The externship placements must be substantively different. A student must successfully complete 32 hours of law studies before enrollment in an externship. A student may not simultaneously enroll in more than one clinic, more than one externship, or a clinic and an externship. There will be a mandatory orientation meeting prior to the start of the semester for all students participating in their first externship. This satisfies 3 Skills Units.

Sections

Section Credits Books Time/Location D/E Professor
21 3 View TBA -/Room BLC 3 TBA Jeanne Kaiser
LAWP906 Judicial Externship Seminar [Details]

Description

This course is the seminar component that accompanies a judicial externship placement that a student has been selected for through the externship application process. Seminar assignments and readings are designed to complement the individual work experience by providing structured reflection on many aspects of the roles of courts, judges and lawyers in society. Students are also required to maintain weekly time sheets and journals and complete a research assignment. A student enrolling in a first externship must concurrently enroll in the applicable one credit externship seminar. For additional requirements, please see Judicial Externship description. An Externship Seminar Enrollment form must be completed for enrollment. Students receive 3 credits for the externship and 1 credit for seminar participation.

Sections

Section Credits Books Time/Location D/E Professor
21 1 View M 4:00 PM-4:50 PM/Room BLC 3 Day Jeanne Kaiser
LAWP 984 Mediation Moot Court Team [Details]

Description

In this course, students will prepare to compete in the ABA Mediation Competition to be held in late winter 2015. Students will learn principles of mediation and practice mediating past mediation competition problems. Students should be prepared to be active participants in mock mediation sessions which will be held weekly. Students will also observe and critique each other as part of the learning experience. This is primarily a practical course although there will be some required reading. Limited to 12 students. 2 credits fall /2 skills units and 1 credit spring /1 skills unit.

Sections

Section Credits Books Time/Location D/E Professor
11 2 View Th 4:00 PM-5:50 PM/Room BLC 2 Day Danielle Barshank
LAW 954 Law Review Board [Details]

Description

Students who are Board members of Law Review are required to attend the mandatory weekly Law Review staff meeting for both the fall and spring semesters. Board members of the Law Review receive between 2 and 6 credits per year, depending on their position on the Law Review. The Associate Dean must approve departures from these semester credit allocations.

Sections

Section Credits Books Time/Location D/E Professor
01 View M 5:00 PM-6:00 PM/Room BLC 4 Eve Barbara Noah
LAW 950 Law Review Staff [Details]

Description

Students who are Staff members of Law Review are required to attend the mandatory weekly Law Review staff meeting for both the fall and spring semesters. Staff members of Law Review receive 2 credits in the fall and 1 credit in the spring for the successful completion of their Law Review Staff year. Law Review staff will recieve 2 writing units in the fall and 1 writing unit in the spring.)

Sections

Section Credits Books Time/Location D/E Professor
01 View M 5:00 PM-6:00 PM/Room BLC 4 Eve Barbara Noah
LAW 798 Connecticut Practice & Procedure [Details]

Description

This course provides students with a practical understanding of Connecticut practice and procedure as it relates to criminal and civil litigation. The course will emphasize the practices and procedures that are most relevant to the daily practice of law and the most common issues that litigants face in Connecticut courts. Students will develop a useful understanding of how the practice of law is grounded in the Connecticut Procedural Rules as well as relevant statutory and case law authority.

Sections

Section Credits Books Time/Location D/E Professor
03 2 View Tu 8:00 PM-9:50 PM/Room BLC 3 Eve Joseph Burns
LAW 794 Employment Law [Details]

Description

This course offers students an overview of the important legal issues that are raised in the context of the employment relationship. We will discuss employment as a contractual agreement, including tort and statutory protections, such as wrongful discharge, wage and hour laws (FLSA), leave (e.g., FMLA), safety (OSHA and workers comp), unemployment insurance, discrimination (Title VII; ADA; ADEA), privacy and freedom of speech, and intellectual property issues such as R&D ownership, trade secrets and non-competition clauses. Throughout the course, student will be able to deepen their study of contract law, torts, and statutory and regulatory processes through the context of the law of the workplace. This course satisfies 2 Skills Units.

Sections

Section Credits Books Time/Location D/E Professor
03 2 View M 8:00 PM-9:50 PM/Room BLC 4 Eve Arnold Lizana
LAW 778 Intl Bus Transactions [Details]

Description

This survey course will consider some of the major private and public law issues involved in international trade and investment. The emphasis of the course will be on the private, transactional aspects of International Business Transactions. In particular, we will examine typical legal arrangements for (i) the international financing and sale of goods (including extensive coverage of the United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International sales of Goods - CISG), (ii) the non-establishment forms of foreign investment employed by market participants in order to generate business internationally (including licensing of intellectual property rights, international distributorship contracts, transfer of technology agreement, etc.), and (iii) the foreign direct investment of capital through the establishment of business operations abroad (both within the European Union and China). We will also discuss selected issues crucial to the avoidance and resolution of international business disputes. The pedagogical approach will involve the discussion of problems and the study of judicial and quasi-judicial decisions, regulations, statutes, and international agreements. Although Public International Trade Law is not the emphasis of this course, an overview of the structure and operation of both international and regional trade organizations, including the World Trade Organization (WTO) and The North America Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), will also be provided.

Sections

Section Credits Books Time/Location D/E Professor
03 3 View Tu,Th 6:30 PM-7:45 PM/Room BLC D Eve Rene Reich-Graefe
LAW 772 Non-Profit Law [Details]

Description

This class will focus on the unique legal status of non-profit organizations. Particular attention will be given to the different types of non-profit entities (including universities, hospitals, and religious organizations) and their organization, governance and regulation by both the federal government and the states. Specific topics will include the scope of non-profit activities; choice of organizational form; the powers and fiduciary duties of non-profit directors/trustees and officers; standing to sue non-profits, charitable immunity and limitations on the liability of non-profits; qualifications for federal tax-exempt status and related tax issues; forms of charitable giving and the regulation of fundraising; the investment and use of charitable giving and the other issues unique to non-profits.

Sections

Section Credits Books Time/Location D/E Professor
03 2 View Th 8:00 PM-9:50 PM/Room BLC B Eve Justin Dion
LAW 763 Mass Practice & Procedure [Details]

Description

This course provides students with a practical understanding of Massachusetts practice and procedure as it relates to criminal litigation. Students will learn practice and procedure from arraignment to post-conviction relief. The course will emphasize the practices and procedures that are most relevant to the daily practice of law and the most common issues that litigants face in Massachusetts courts. Students will develop a useful understanding of how the practice of law is grounded in the Massachusetts Rules of Criminal Procedure as well as relevant statutory and case law authority.

Sections

Section Credits Books Time/Location D/E Professor
03 2 View W 8:00 PM-9:50 PM/Room BLC B Eve Thomas Estes
LAW 762 International Law [Details]

Description

This course provides an overview of public international law with a focus on the framework and development of international law. We will examine how the doctrines, institutions and methodologies of international law have developed in recent years, with attention to the application of those doctrines and methodologies to legal aspects of current international controversies. We will also discuss the structure, goals, processes and institutions of international law, with detailed consideration of issues such as the sources of international law, the recognition and responsibility of states, and the role of organizations, corporations, and individuals in the application of international law. This course satisfies 1 Writing Unit.

Sections

Section Credits Books Time/Location D/E Professor
01 3 View Tu,Th 1:00 PM-2:15 PM/Room BLC F Day Matthew Charity
LAW 760 Trademark Law [Details]

Description

This course surveys the legal rules and policies governing how producers of goods and services use trademarks, logos, product designs, and other devices to identify the source of their goods and services in order to protect their good will and prevent confusion in the marketplace. The course focuses primarily on the federal trademark statute and its recent amendments, as applied in both the traditional and electronic marketplaces. This course satisfies 1 Skills unit.

Sections

Section Credits Books Time/Location D/E Professor
03 2 View Th 6:00 PM-7:50 PM/Room BLC 4 Eve Steven Coyle, George Pelletier
LAW 748 Trusts & Estates [Details]

Description

This course is a study of the inter-vivos and testamentary gratuitous transfer of property, including intestate succession, wills, and trusts. Also discussed are the duties and liability of the fiduciary, the use of charitable donations, and the raising of constructive and resulting trusts. Prerequisite: Law 511 Property.

Sections

Section Credits Books Time/Location D/E Professor
03 3 View M,W 8:00 PM-9:15 PM/Room BLC A Eve Arthur Gaudio
LAW 746 Secured Transactions [Details]

Description

Secured Transactions is an intensive study of consensual security interests in personal property under Article 9 of the Uniform Commercial Code. The course also involves a cursory examination of relevant provisions of the Bankruptcy Code, and side-glances at other Articles of the UCC.

Sections

Section Credits Books Time/Location D/E Professor
03 3 View Tu,Th 8:00 PM-9:15 PM/Room BLC A Eve Henry Boroff
LAW 744 Sales [Details]

Description

This is an advanced contract law course, focusing on transactions in the sale of movable goods. While we will focus on state laws following Article 2 of the Uniform Commercial Code, we will also address differences in contracts governed by the United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods. Classroom discussion will focus on problem and case analysis, as well as statutory interpretation.

Sections

Section Credits Books Time/Location D/E Professor
03 3 View Tu,Th 6:30 PM-7:45 PM/Room BLC A Eve Matthew Charity
LAW 730 Real Estate Finance [Details]

Description

This course focuses on the law and practices that govern the financing of real estate transactions, from single-family residences and residential sub-divisions, to multi-family apartment buildings and commercial real estate. The course examines in great detail the law of mortgages, including the creation and transfer of mortgage interests, lien priorities and foreclosure with a limited discussion of bankruptcy. Prerequisite: Law 511 Property. This satisfies 1 Skills Unit.

Sections

Section Credits Books Time/Location D/E Professor
01 3 View M,W 9:00 AM-10:15 AM/Room BLC D Day Arthur Gaudio
LAW 727 Juvenile Justice [Details]

Description

This course concentrates on juvenile delinquency proceedings from pretrial procedure through trial and the occasional transfers of juvenile offenders to the adult criminal system. Developments in the area of due process for young people (United States Supreme Court cases) and effective client advocacy are stressed. Prerequisite: Law 505 Criminal Law.

Sections

Section Credits Books Time/Location D/E Professor
03 2 View M 6:00 PM-7:50 PM/Room BLC C Eve Scott Chapman
LAW 724 Federal Courts & Jurisdiction [Details]

Description

This course focuses on the role of the federal courts under the American system of dual (national and state) sovereignty and divided national governmental power among the branches. More specifically, we will study: (a) the constitutional allocation of power and responsibility to enforce federal rights between federal and state courts; (b) the power of Congress to control jurisdiction over federal claims; (c) the sovereign immunity of state governments; (d) Article III limitations of federal judicial power; and (e) the conditions under which federal courts abstain from deciding cases within their jurisdiction.

Sections

Section Credits Books Time/Location D/E Professor
01 3 View M,W 2:30 PM-3:45 PM/Room BLC 1 Day Bruce Miller
LAW 722 Estate & Gift Tax [Details]

Description

This course is a study of the fundamental principles of federal taxation on property transfers at death and during the life of the transferor, including those transfers in contemplation of death, and those with life estates retained and retention of power to control. Consideration is also given to the martial deduction, the tax effects on various types of property transfers, and the generation-skipping tax. Prerequisite: Law 511 Property. This satisfies 1 Skills Unit.

Sections

Section Credits Books Time/Location D/E Professor
01 3 View Tu,Th 10:30 AM-11:45 AM/Room BLC D Day Frederick Royal
LAW 720 Constitutional History [Details]

Description

This course traces the institutional growth of the Supreme Court from its early tentative beginnings to its present strength while examining the Court's role in the historical development of the United States from the Founding to the Constitutional Revolution of 1937. Students will study selected decisions of the Court in their political, economic, and social context with emphasis on the changing character of the Court, the impact of great justices, and the influence of extra-legal elements in constitutional decision making. The class will address, among other topics, the Court's role in promoting economic development, slavery and race and the Constitution, civil liberties during wartime, and the limits of judicial power. Students will do significant reading in secondary materials in addition to reading the cases considered.

Sections

Section Credits Books Time/Location D/E Professor
01 2 View Th 4:00 PM-5:50 PM/Room BLC C Day James Gordon
LAW 716 First Amendment Rights [Details]

Description

This course is a basic introduction to the free speech guarantee of the First Amendment. Among the topics to be studied are the special problems of particular kinds of speech, including advocacy of violence as a political solution, libel, obscenity, profanity, hate speech, commercial speech, and symbolic speech such as flag burning. The course will also examine techniques employed by the government to censor speech, such as prior restraints and time, place, and manner regulations, as well as rights of access to public property such as streets and parks to engage in expressive activities.

Sections

Section Credits Books Time/Location D/E Professor
01 3 View Tu,Th 4:00 PM-5:15 PM/Room BLC 3 Day Taylor Flynn
LAW 708 Labor Law [Details]

Description

This course traces the development of American Labor Law, from its early beginnings at the dawn of the industrial revolution, through the great depression of the 1930s, the post-war years, and the modern era. It considers how workers have joined together to improve their material well-being, and how society regulates the inevitable conflict between workers and management. The course studies the National Labor Relations Act and its interpretation by the courts and the National Labor Relations Board. Areas covered include the right to join unions, to engage in collective bargaining, and the procedures to resolve labor disputes, jurisdictional disputes, board procedures, representation, elections, unfair labor practices, strikes and job actions, picketing, lockouts, secondary boycotts, arbitration of disputes, and union organizing.

Sections

Section Credits Books Time/Location D/E Professor
01 3 View Tu,Th 2:30 PM-3:45 PM/Room BLC 3 Day Peter Adomeit
LAW 706 Crim. Proc:Investigation [Details]

Description

This course examines the constitutional limits on police investigations. The course focuses primarily on the development of federal constitutional law (4th, 5th, and 6th amendments) in the United States Supreme Court as a way to balance society's need for effective law enforcement against the rights of individuals to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures, coercive interrogations, and unfair pretrial identification procedures. Completion of LAW 796 Criminal Procedure: Adjudication is not a prerequisite to enrollment in this course. Enrollment in evening LAW 706-03 (Baldwin) satisfies 1 Skills and 2 Writing Units.

Sections

Section Credits Books Time/Location D/E Professor
01 3 View Tu,Th 10:30 AM-11:45 AM/Room BLC 4 Day Arthur Leavens
03 3 View M,W 8:00 PM-9:15 PM/Room BLC C Eve Bridgette Baldwin
LAW 705 Administrative Law [Details]

Description

This course examines the system through which a vast array of governmental power is exercised in the United States: the administrative process. Its focus will be the ways in which private interests are arranged, rearranged, and/or protected in that system against the background of the public interest. The course will address agency powers to gather and utilize information, promulgate regulations, and adjudicate rights and remedies under applicable statutes and regulations. Judicial review of adverse agency action will also be explored. This course satisfies 1 Skills Unit (for the fall semester only with Prof. Buzuvis)

Sections

Section Credits Books Time/Location D/E Professor
01 3 View M,W 2:30 PM-3:45 PM/Room BLC D Day Erin Buzuvis
LAW 696 Landlord & Tenant [Details]

Description

This course focuses on the landlord-tenant relationship in the residential rental market with emphasis on recent court decisions and various selected state laws that have attempted to lessen the problems of substandard or inadequate rental housing, housing discrimination, problems of lead paint poisoning, and related issues. Eviction proceedings, discrimination litigation and consumer remedies are covered in detail. Enrollment is limited to 45 students.

Sections

Section Credits Books Time/Location D/E Professor
03 2 View Tu 6:00 PM-7:50 PM/Room BLC C Eve James Donnelly
LAW 695 Academic Success Workshop [Details]

Description

Academic Success Program skills workshops are open to all interested students. The workshops cover essential law school skills such as note-taking, briefing cases, outlining, and exam-taking techniques. All students are encouraged to attend.

Sections

Section Credits Books Time/Location D/E Professor
01 0 View Tu 9:30 AM-10:20 AM/Room BLC B Day Myra Orlen
02 0 View Th 9:30 AM-10:20 AM/Room BLC 3 Day Myra Orlen
03 0 View Th 8:30 PM-9:20 PM/Room BLC 3 Eve Myra Orlen
LAW 694 Conveyancing [Details]

Description

This course concerns the legal aspects of the purchase and sale of real estate, beginning with the real estate broker and concluding with the closing process. The course covers in detail the purchase and sale agreement and remedies for the breach of the agreement; title examination and title insurance; property description and deed drafting; RESPA forms and regulation and closing adjustments; the closing process; and ethical considerations in representation of parties in real estate transactions. Enrollment limited to 45 students. Prerequisite is Law 511 Property.

Sections

Section Credits Books Time/Location D/E Professor
01 2 View Tu 4:00 PM-5:50 PM/Room BLC C Day Arthur Gaudio
LAW 690 Sexual Orient., Gender Ident. & Law [Details]

Description

This course is an examination of the legal and policy issues surrounding state and private attempts to regulate and/or discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity and expression. Topics covered in the course include (1) the due process right to privacy, (2) equal protection analysis, (3) family law issues including current cases challenging marriage exclusion (4) employment discrimination, with particular emphasis on possibilities to pursue non-discrimination law by transgender people (5) sexual orientation and gender expression as gender discrimination, among other relevant contemporary topics.

Sections

Section Credits Books Time/Location D/E Professor
01 3 View M 2:30 PM-5:10 PM/Room BLC C Day Jennifer Levi
LAW 688 Bioethics [Details]

Description

This is a survey course that will cover a variety of bioethics topics through the lenses of law, ethics, medicine, and public policy. Topics may include reproductive technologies and rights, medical decision-making, end of life care, distributive justice topics, and research on human subjects. 1 Skills and 1 Writing Units

Sections

Section Credits Books Time/Location D/E Professor
01 3 View M,W 1:00 PM-2:15 PM/Room BLC C Day Barbara Noah
LAW 643 Family Law [Details]

Description

This course examines the relationship between family and law. Topics addressed include legal definitions of "family" taking into consideration both the marital and non-marital family; rights and obligations among family members; the federal and state government's role in family life as well as the constitutional limits on government involvement; dissolution of family including issues of property distribution, alimony/support, and the implications of children; jurisdiction; and the role of the attorney in family formation and disputes. This course satisfies 1 Skills Unit.

Sections

Section Credits Books Time/Location D/E Professor
01 3 View M,W 10:30 AM-11:45 AM/Room BLC C Day Jennifer Levi
LAW 632 Law Office Management [Details]

Description

This course will introduce students to the operation and management of solo practices, law firms, and corporate legal departments. Practices and techniques that assist in the ethical, professional, and profitable representation of clients while reducing stress and crisis situations will be presented through presentations, readings, and guest lecturers. Topics to be covered include: business planning; time management, accounting and billing; client recruitment and relations; technology and office systems; stress management and personal support; ethical responsibilities and professionalism.

Sections

Section Credits Books Time/Location D/E Professor
03 2 View Th 6:00 PM-7:50 PM/Room BLC B Eve Michael Agen
LAW 601 Electronic Discovery [Details]

Description

This course is an introduction to the legal and practical issues related to electronic discovery and the use of electronic evidence in legal proceedings. Attorneys engaged in litigation must ensure compliance with the rules and regulations governing the preservation and production of electronically stored information. Lawyers and clients nationwide are struggling with the practical challenges of electronic discovery and the law is continuously evolving. Students will gain an in-depth understanding of the legal rules governing ediscovery and develop practical knowledge and key analytical skills that can be used in practice.

Sections

Section Credits Books Time/Location D/E Professor
03 2 View Tu 6:00 PM-7:50 PM/Room BLC 3 Eve Katie Winseck
LAW 599 Advanced Legal Analysis l [Details]

Description

This required course will introduce you to the bar exam, review material tested on the bar exam, and teach you important skills in reading, analyzing, and answering bar exam questions. The course uses a learn-by-doing approach. Written homework assignments include multiple choice questions and essay questions. These will be submitted, graded, and returned online before most classes and will then form the basis for class discussion and review. Student will also be assigned online video review. The course will refresh your recollection of selected topics within three of MBE subjects, Contracts, Evidence and Torts. Students will learn how the bar examiners test these topics and will learn how to study and to apply their knowledge to bar exam questions. The course is pass-fail, with the pass/fail determination based on 1) participation/ attendance and 2) performance. Students will receive feedback throughout the course. If a student fails as a result of performance, the student will receive a grade of incomplete and will be required to take the spring ALA 2 Course. Students will be given an initial assessment in August.

Sections

Section Credits Books Time/Location D/E Professor
01 2 View W 4:00 PM-5:50 PM/Room BLC B Day Kandace Kukas
03 2 View W 6:00 PM-7:50 PM/Room BLC B Eve Kandace Kukas
LAW 575 Professional Responsibility [Details]

Description

This course examines the ethics of lawyering and the various roles of the lawyer. We will discuss the nature and scope of the attorney's responsibilities and obligations to clients, society, the administration of justice, the profession, and the self. It covers legal and ethical standards and aspirations relevant to regulating the conduct of lawyers and the development of professional ethics. (Required Course)

Sections

Section Credits Books Time/Location D/E Professor
01 3 View M,W 1:00 PM-2:15 PM/Room BLC D Day James Gordon
LAW 555 Income Tax I [Details]

Description

A study of the codified law as it relates to the federal taxation of the income of individuals. This course emphasizes the concepts of gross income, taxable income, and deductions. Special emphasis is given to the federal tax policy considerations inherent in resolving tax issues. A survey of selected topics such as the tax consequences of divorce and administrative practice before the Internal Revenue Service and the Tax Court may be included in the course. (Required Course)

Sections

Section Credits Books Time/Location D/E Professor
01 3 View M,W 10:30 AM-11:45 AM/Room BLC D Day William Metzger
03 3 View M,W 6:30 PM-7:45 PM/Room BLC A Eve William Metzger
LAW 553 Evidence [Details]

Description

This course is an introduction to the basic rules of evidence governing the proof of facts in criminal and civil trials, with a focus on the Federal Rules of Evidence. Topics covered may include the role of the judge and jury; relevance; hearsay and its exceptions; character evidence; and the competency, examination and impeachment of witnesses. Classroom method focuses on discussion of selected problems and cases and aims at providing a foundation for advanced courses in evidence (such as Advanced Topics in Evidence and the Scientific Evidence seminar, trial advocacy, and criminal procedure), while providing all students with a common grounding in the basic rules of evidence. (Required Course)

Sections

Section Credits Books Time/Location D/E Professor
01 3 View Tu,Th 2:30 PM-3:45 PM/Room BLC B Day Anne Goldstein
LAW 551 Business Organizations [Details]

Description

This course focuses on the fundamental conceptual framework of business organizations law including the formation and conduct of business in the partnership, corporate, and limited liability company forms. It provides an introduction to the terminology of business organizations and finance, and transmits some sense of what a business lawyer does. It also engages in questions of ethics, justice, professional responsibility and critical analysis of numerous aspects of business law. (Required Course)

Sections

Section Credits Books Time/Location D/E Professor
01 3 View Tu,Th 1:00 PM-2:15 PM/Room BLC D Day Rene Reich-Graefe
LAW 513 Torts [Details]

Description

This is a course concerning civil liability for harm inflicted on another. Topics studied may include negligent, reckless and intentional acts that inflict harm; defenses to claims of liability; the liability of owners or occupiers of land; and strict liability. (Required Course)

Sections

Section Credits Books Time/Location D/E Professor
01 4 View F 9:30 AM-10:30 AM/Room BLC B,
M,W 10:30 AM-11:40 AM/Room BLC B
Day Julie Steiner
02 4 View M,W 10:30 AM-11:40 AM/Room BLC A,
F 9:30 AM-10:30 AM/Room BLC A
Day Erin Buzuvis
03 4 View M 7:00 PM-8:10 PM/Room BLC 3,
Th 6:00 PM-7:10 PM/Room BLC 3,
W 8:20 PM-9:20 PM/Room BLC 3
Eve Barbara Noah
LAW 511 Property [Details]

Description

Starting with the historical evolution of the concepts involved in real and personal property, this course will study the rights and duties of owners and possessors of property, priority of possession or property, and present and future interests in property. This course will also consider the nature and purposes of types of shared ownership of property, issues in landlord and tenant law, and conflicts between private ownership of property and community needs. (Required Course)

Sections

Section Credits Books Time/Location D/E Professor
03 5 View M,W 6:00 PM-6:50 PM/Room BLC D Eve James Gordon
LAW 509 Civil Procedure [Details]

Description

The object of this course is to introduce students to the civil litigation process, including the attendant jurisdictional questions, court organization, and pleadings and rules of practice in state and federal courts. In addition, an analysis of the litigation process is undertaken, with emphasis on discovery, pretrial procedures, trial, judgment, and appellate review of the decision. (Required Course)

Sections

Section Credits Books Time/Location D/E Professor
01 4 View M 1:00 PM-2:00 PM/Room BLC B,
Tu,Th 1:00 PM-2:10 PM/Room BLC B
Day Arthur Wolf
02 4 View Tu,Th 1:00 PM-2:10 PM/Room BLC A,
M 1:00 PM-2:00 PM/Room BLC A
Day Taylor Flynn
03 4 View Th 7:20 PM-8:30 PM/Room BLC 3,
W 7:00 PM-8:10 PM/Room BLC 3,
M 8:20 PM-9:20 PM/Room BLC 3
Eve Bruce Miller
LAW 507 Lawyering Skills I [Details]

Description

Lawyering Skills I & II are required first-year courses designed to introduce students to the essential problem-solving and communication skills of the legal profession. The legal research and writing faculty work closely with students in smaller classroom settings to introduce techniques of legal analysis, the basic sources and processes of legal research, and the principles of legal writing and oral advocacy. Through a series of assignments of increasing complexity, students learn how to analyze legal problems, research legal issues, frame legal arguments, and gain experience in drafting the major forms of predictive and persuasive legal writing. During the first semester, in Lawyering Skills I, students will be placed in the role of lawyer as advisor and counselor by focusing on predictive, advisory writing while learning other lawyering skills such as fact gathering and analysis, interviewing, and client counseling. Students will write legal memoranda, conduct interviews, draft professional emails and letters, and conduct office meetings, all in the context of completing practice based assignments. Students will receive individualized feedback throughout the semester. (required course; graded; two-credits)

Sections

Section Credits Books Time/Location D/E Professor
10 2 View M,W 9:30 AM-10:20 AM/Room BLC 1 Day Beth Cohen
11 2 View M,W 9:30 AM-10:20 AM/Room BLC 4 Day Jeanne Kaiser
12 2 View W 1:00 PM-1:50 PM/Room BLC 2,
M 2:10 PM-3:00 PM/Room BLC 2
Day Myra Orlen
15 2 View M,W 6:00 PM-6:50 PM/Room BLC 1 Eve Myra Orlen
16 2 View W 1:00 PM-1:50 PM/Room BLC 4,
M 2:10 PM-3:00 PM/Room BLC 4
Day Jeanne Kaiser
17 2 View M,W 9:30 AM-10:20 AM/Room BLC 3 Day Harris Freeman
18 2 View W 1:00 PM-1:50 PM/Room BLC 3,
M 2:10 PM-3:00 PM/Room BLC 3
Day Harris Freeman
03 2 View M,W 6:00 PM-6:50 PM/Room BLC 3 Eve Jeanne Kaiser
LAW 505 Criminal Law [Details]

Description

This course deals with the competing interests and policies that come into action when the individual clashes with society. The course also explores the underlying philosophical premises of various penal rules. The theories and purposes of punishment, the relationship between law and morality, definitions of criminal intent, principles of necessity, justification and excuse, and inchoate crime and group criminality may also be studied. (Required Course)

Sections

Section Credits Books Time/Location D/E Professor
01 4 View F 10:45 AM-11:45 AM/Room BLC B,
Tu,Th 10:30 AM-11:40 AM/Room BLC B
Day Bridgette Baldwin
02 4 View Tu,Th 10:30 AM-11:40 AM/Room BLC A,
F 10:45 AM-11:45 AM/Room BLC A
Day Anne Goldstein
03 3 View Th 8:00 PM-9:15 PM/Room BLC D,
M 7:00 PM-8:15 PM/Room BLC D
Eve Arthur Leavens
LAW 501 Constitutional Law [Details]

Description

This course is a study of the allocation of governmental authority and the limitations on that authority as defined by the Constitution of the United States. The course will deal with the problems of defining the scope of federal power, the relationship between the federal government and the states, the scope of state authority, and the rights of individuals with an emphasis on those rights guaranteed by the Due Process and Equal Protection Clauses of the Constitution. (Required Course)

Sections

Section Credits Books Time/Location D/E Professor
03 4 View W 7:00 PM-8:50 PM/Room BLC C,
Th 6:00 PM-7:50 PM/Room BLC C
Eve Arthur Wolf
LAW 500 Introduction to the Law [Details]

Description

Introduction to the Law is a one-credit course required in the first year for all entering students, offered prior to the beginning of the first term, and graded on a pass-fall basis. This class introduces students to the study of law. It is designed to give students the knowledge and skills that will enable them to get the most out of their other first-year courses. The goals of the course include introducing students to the purposes and pedagogy of law school, providing techniques and strategies for learning the law, and providing information on background concepts. Students will gain an understanding of the American legal system, explore the function of case law and how it relates to other sources of the law, and learn to actively engage in case analysis.

Sections

Section Credits Books Time/Location D/E Professor
01 1 View W,Th 9:00 AM-12:15 PM/Room BLC B,
M,Tu 9:00 AM-12:15 PM/Room BLC B
Day Julie Steiner
03 1 View M,Tu 6:00 PM-9:15 PM/Room BLC B,
W,Th 6:00 PM-9:15 PM/Room BLC B
Eve Julie Steiner

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