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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 spring semester only with Prof. Buzuvis)

Sections

Section Credits Books Time/Location D/E Professor
01 3 View M,W 10:30 AM-11:45 AM/Room BLC 2 Day Arthur Wolf
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 Appeals Court. Participants will read the trial transcript, review and research the issues on appeal, and prepare the appellate brief. If time permits, participants will argue the case orally in a mock argument. The instructor will file a brief in the Appeals Court based on the students work in the class, during the Courts's Spring Term. 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 Tu 6:00 PM-7:50 PM/Room BLC 3 Eve Judy Kalman
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
LAW 799 Bar Preparation Course [Details]

Description

Designed as a supplement to the commercial bar preparation course which every student should take upon graduation, this course will provide you with knowledge and strategies that will help you to pass the bar exam. The course will introduce you to the bar exam, review some of the 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. There will be written homework assignments - of either multiple choice questions or essay questions - that will be submitted, graded, and returned online before most classes. These assignments will then form the basis for class discussion and review. The course will focus on selected topics within three of the "big six" MBE subjects (tentatively, those subjects will be Contracts, Evidence and Torts). Students will be assigned BARBRI outlines as the written material for the course and the BARBRI AMP program as required on-line learning materials. The course is pass-fail, with the pass/fail determination based on 1) participation/ attendance (if a student misses more than 3 classes, or more than 1 homework assignment, s/he will fail the course) and 2) performance (if a student's performance falls below a certain level of competence that will be explained in the syllabus, s/he will fail the course). Students will receive feedback throughout the course. (Fall 2 credits) If a student fails as a result of performance, s/he will receive a grade of incomplete and will be required to take four additional classes in late January and February as remediation. If the failing student attends and does the work for all four additional classes, s/he will receive a grade of pass. The January-February remediation classes will also be open to students who took the Fall course and passed. (Spring 3 credits) If a student fails as a result of performance, s/he will receive a grade of incomplete and will be required to take four additional classes held during and immediately after the exam period. If the failing student attends and does the work for all four additional classes, s/he will receive a grade of pass. The January-February remediation classes will also be open to students who took the Fall course and passed. For Spring Bar Preparation class will be Limited enrollment to 12. You must receive Permission from Professor to enroll in this course . If interested in registering for this course please email the registration@law.wne.edu with the Subject Line Bar Preparation Class.

Sections

Section Credits Books Time/Location D/E Professor
01 2 View Th 4:00 PM-5:50 PM/Room BLC B Day TBA
03 2 View Th 6:00 PM-7:50 PM/Room BLC B Eve TBA
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 2:30 PM-3:45 PM/Room BLC B Day Sudha Setty
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 6 View Tu,Th 1:00 PM-2:00 PM/Room BLC A Day Taylor Flynn
02 6 View Tu,Th 1:00 PM-2:00 PM/Room BLC B Day Bruce Miller
03 6 View Th 6:00 PM-7:15 PM/Room BLC 3,
W 7:00 PM-8:15 PM/Room BLC 3
Eve Peter Adomeit
LAW 715 Conflict of Laws [Details]

Description

This course deals with the legal ramifications of disputes involving connections with two or more states. When such disputes reach the courts, what law should be applied and how should the determination be made? The course explores choice of law questions and the various methods and theories courts and scholars have proposed and adopted to answer them. The contrasting points of view regarding choice of law are analyzed in terms of which policies best promote the goals of individual states, as well as harmony and efficiency in the federal system. This course may also deal, briefly, with constitutional questions concerning choice of law, judicial jurisdiction, and recognition of judgments.

Sections

Section Credits Books Time/Location D/E Professor
01 3 View M,W 1:00 PM-2:15 PM/Room BLC D Day Taylor Flynn
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 D,
Th 6:00 PM-7:50 PM/Room BLC D
Eve Bruce Miller
LAW 503 Contracts [Details]

Description

This course introduces students to the law governing legally enforceable agreements with a focus on the rights and duties of contracting parties. In focusing on how promissory relationships are created by the parties, the course emphasizes how these relationships are interpreted, limited, discharged, breached, and enforced. The course also addresses the ethical and equitable considerations affecting the contracting parties. (Required Course)

Sections

Section Credits Books Time/Location D/E Professor
01 6 View Tu,Th 11:00 AM-12:00 PM/Room BLC A Day Amy Cohen
02 6 View Tu,Th 11:00 AM-12:00 PM/Room BLC B Day Sudha Setty
03 6 View Th 7:30 PM-8:45 PM/Room BLC 3,
M 7:00 PM-8:15 PM/Room BLC 3
Eve Matthew Charity
LAW 739 Copyright Law [Details]

Description

This course will focus on the legal protection given the creators of literary, artistic, musical, and related works. The course emphasis will be on copyright law's attempt to balance the rights of creators with the public's interest in access to creative works.

Sections

Section Credits Books Time/Location D/E Professor
01 3 View Tu,Th 1:00 PM-2:15 AM/Room BLC 3 Day Amy Cohen
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.

Sections

Section Credits Books Time/Location D/E Professor
01 3 View Tu,Th 10:30 AM-11:45 AM/Room BLC C Day Arthur Leavens
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 3 View M,W,F 10:30 AM-11:20 AM/Room BLC A Day Arthur Leavens
02 3 View M,W,F 10:30 AM-11:20 AM/Room BLC B Day Giovanna Shay
03 3 View Th 8:00 PM-9:15 PM/Room BLC D,
M 7:00 PM-8:15 PM/Room BLC D
Eve Bridgette Baldwin
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 BA - TBA Tina Cafaro
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 2:30 PM-4:20 PM/Room Mt Ct Day Tina Cafaro
LAW 796 Criminal Procedure: Adjudication [Details]

Description

This course examines the constitutional basis of criminally accused persons' post-arrest rights, in the context of, e.g.: bail and pretrial release, discovery, the right to counsel, guilty pleas, burdens and standards of proof, selection and composition of the jury, confrontation, effective assistance of counsel, jury instructions, double jeopardy, and other rights incident to criminal trials, appeals, and collateral review. Completion of LAW 706 Criminal Procedure: Investigation is NOT a prerequisite to enrollment in this course. This course satisfies 1 Skills Unit.

Sections

Section Credits Books Time/Location D/E Professor
01 3 View Tu,Th 1:00 PM-2:15 PM/Room BLC 4 Day Anne Goldstein
LAW 776 Cybercrime Digital Evidence [Details]

Description

This course is designed to be an introduction to Cyber Crime and Digital Evidence. In this course, the students will explore how our current age of information and technology offers new challenges to the existing framework of not only criminal law but also criminal procedure, particularly within the investigative arm of the Fourth Amendment. We will discuss the use of digital evidence in criminal cases and offer a broader framework of digital evidence within the context of the Fourth Amendment. Key questions include: How has the age of information and technology spawned new types of crimes? What new techniques and practices are required to identify cybercriminal activity? How are law enforcement agencies responding to the dangers that cybercrimes create? This course will explore a range of central issues from deciphering the existence of a person's reasonable expectation of privacy in cyberspace to how law enforcement techniques are shifting from traditional mechanisms of crime control to new regulatory rules, including the use of technology. This course satisfies 1 Writing and 2 Skills Units.

Sections

Section Credits Books Time/Location D/E Professor
01 3 View M,W 1:00 PM-2:15 PM/Room BLC F Day Bridgette Baldwin
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 8:00 PM-9:50 PM/Room BLC C Eve Katie Winseck
LAW 674 Employment Discrimination [Details]

Description

This course concerns discrimination in the workplace, with emphasis on different theories of discrimination and the application of those theories in a variety of settings. The primary focus is on the text and interpretation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended in 1991. Other areas studied may include the Age Discrimination Act of 1967, the Equal Pay Act of 1963, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

Sections

Section Credits Books Time/Location D/E Professor
01 3 View Tu,Th 2:30 PM-3:45 PM/Room BLC C Day Erin Buzuvis
QWC 794 Employment Law [Details]

Description

This course provides a foundational survey of key state and federal laws that protect employee rights and employer interests in the workplace. After beginning with a discussion of the various legal paradigms implicit in workplace regulation, the course is organized around five themes: (1) The Rise and Questionable Fall of At-Will Employment; (2) Job Security, Employee Mobility & Workplace Freedom; (3) Wage and Hour Legislation; (4) The Laws Governing Workplace Accidents and Safety, and; (5) Private Dispute Resolution and Arbitration in the Workplace. These themes are addressed in the context of a globalized labor market, a critical assessment of the safety net that is supposed to protect the low-wage workforce, non-standard work arrangements, and the impact of web-based communications in the workplace. For questionable pedagogical reasons, the teaching of "employment law" has traditionally been separated from the study of "labor law." and from "employment discrimination law." Consequently, by design, the course does not cover in great depth the National Labor Relations Act, public sector labor law, or the laws protecting workers from status-based discrimination (e.g. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act or the Americans with Disabilities Act). However, the course does introduce these laws and the basic legal rules governing the right to form unions and collectively bargain as well as the protections afforded to employees because of discrimination based on race, gender, disability, sexual orientation, etc. The readings are inevitably somewhat eclectic and the structure of this course attempts to grapple with what are truly academic distinctions separating one area of workplace law from another because employers and employees routinely grapple with workplace disputes that arise under a complex web of interrelated and sometimes conflicting legal rules. This is a Qualified Writing Course with multiple assignments, some of which will require re-writes. Assignments may include the drafting of advocacy briefs and other filings required during workplace dispute litigation as well as academic essays requiring a synthesis and critical assessment of certain workplace law topics and cases being studied. This course satisfies 3 Writing Units.

Sections

Section Credits Books Time/Location D/E Professor
03 3 View M,W 8:00 PM-9:15 PM/Room BLC 4 Eve Harris Freeman
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. Note: This class will be offered online and the computer lab will be booked for this time slot in BLC 329.

Sections

Section Credits Books Time/Location D/E Professor
01 3 View Tu,Th 10:30 AM-11:45 AM/Room BLC 329 Day Frederick Royal
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 M,W 1:00 PM-2:15 PM/Room BLC C Day Samuel Stonefield
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
03 3 View M,W 6:30 PM-7:45 PM/Room BLC B Eve Jennifer Levi
LAW 608 Health Law: The Phys.-Patient Rel. [Details]

Description

This course concentrates on the relationship between the physician and patient. It begins with the state?s regulation of health care professionals through licensure and discipline. The course then examines the professional-patient relationship, including duties to treat, confidentiality, and informed consent and. Finally, the course will explore the framework for malpractice suits against health care professionals and the doctrinal and evidentiary dimensions of such litigation. Coverage in this course overlaps with that in LAW 669, Medical Malpractice; students who have completed LAW 669, Medical Malpractice are ineligible to enroll in this course

Sections

Section Credits Books Time/Location D/E Professor
01 3 View Tu,Th 2:30 PM-3:45 PM/Room BLC D Day Barbara Noah
LAWS914 Housing Clinic [Details]

Description

Students in the Housing Clinic represent tenants with complaints against landlords in the Western Massachusetts Housing Court. The Housing Clinic is currently cooperating with the Massachusetts Justice Project(MJP). Through MJP, students will acquire clients who have cases pending in the summary process (eviction) session of the Hampden County session of the Western Massachusetts Housing Court. Under the supervision of the Clinic's Supervising Attorney, students will represent tenants in the prosecution and litigation of their cases. Students will handle all phases of the case, including case evaluation, client interviewing, negotiation of possible settlement, legal research and factual development of the claims, and representation of the litigants in court proceedings. If the case does not settle, trials are before a single justice of the Housing Court. Trial may include direct testimony of the witnesses, cross-examination, opening statements and closing arguments and introduction of evidence. Students are also required to participate in a pro see limited assistance clinic on Friday afternoons. 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 have successfully completed Law 553, Evidence. Evidence may be taken concurrently with the Clinic. 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 BA -/Room Clinic TBA TBA
LAWS915 Housing Clinic Seminar [Details]

Description

In addition to the fieldwork, there will be regularly scheduled seminar meetings and training sessions in which Housing Clinic students will engage in discussions and simulation exercises to develop the professional skills and perspectives which are essential to such a litigation practice. Students enrolling in this Clinic must be willing to return to school in advance of the official start of the semester to participate in a mandatory orientation. This course continues to be intensive during the first several weeks of the semester. Thereafter, the class will meet regularly for the balance of the semester. 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. Students must have successfully completed Law 553, Evidence. Evidence may be taken concurrently with the Clinic. 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 4:00 PM-5:50 PM/Room Clinic Day TBA
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 Tu,Th 1:00 PM-2:15 PM/Room BLC C Day William Metzger
03 3 View M,W 6:30 PM-7:45 PM/Room BLC A Eve William Metzger
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 BA - TBA Lauren Carasik
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 W 9:00 AM-10:50 AM/Room BLC E Day Lauren Carasik
LAW 762 International Law [Details]

Description

This course provides an overview of 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. The structure, goals, processes and institutions of international law will be discussed, 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 M,W 2:30 PM-3:45 PM/Room BLC 3 Day Matthew Charity
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
14 3 View BA - TBA Harris Freeman
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
14 1 View W 4:00 PM-5:50PM/Room BLC 3 Day Harris Freeman
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 Th 6:00 PM-7:50 PM/Room BLC C Eve Scott Chapman
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 M,W 10:30 AM-11:45 AM/Room BLC 3 Day Peter Adomeit
LAW 696 Landlord & Tenant [Details]

Description

This course focuses on the landlord-tenant relationship in the residental 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. Prerequisite LAW 511 Property.

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
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
14 3 View BA - TBA Harris Freeman
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
14 1 View W 4:00 PM-5:50PM/Room BLC 3 Day Harris Freeman
LAW 954 Law Review [Details]

Description

Students who are members of Law Review are required to attend the mandatory weekly Law Review staff meeting for both the fall and spring semesters. Members of the Junior Staff receive 2 credits in the fall and 1 credit in the spring for the successful completion of their Junior Staff year. Senior 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 1 View M 5:00 PM-6:00 AM/Room BLC A Eve Giovanna Shay
02 2 View M 5:00 PM-6:00 PM/Room BLC A Eve Giovanna Shay
03 3 View M 5:00 PM-6:00 PM/Room BLC A Eve Giovanna Shay
LAW 507 Legal Research & Writing [Details]

Description

Legal Research and Writing is a required first-year course 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. This full-year course culminates in an oral argument in a simulated court setting during which each student argues a motion based on a brief written by the student. (Required Course)

Sections

Section Credits Books Time/Location D/E Professor
10 4 View M,W 9:30 AM-10:20 AM/Room BLC 1 Day Beth Cohen
11 4 View M,W 9:30 AM-10:20 AM/Room BLC 4 Day Jeanne Kaiser
12 4 View M,W 2:00 PM-2:50 PM/Room BLC 1 Day Jocelyn Cuffee
14 4 View M,W 2:00 PM-2:50 PM/Room BLC 2 Day Patricia Newcombe
15 4 View M,W 6:00 PM-6:50 PM/Room BLC 4 Eve Myra Orlen
16 4 View M,W 2:00 PM-2:50 PM/Room BLC 4 Day Jeanne Kaiser
03 4 View M,W 6:00 PM-6:50 PM/Room BLC 2 Eve Jocelyn Cuffee
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 the program's 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 must also enroll in a one 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. In the semester prior to the fieldwork, students must enroll in a two credit skills seminar that uses simulations, reading and discussion to develop the lawyering skills necessary for client representation. Law 553, Evidence is also a required. Evidence may be taken concurrently with the Clinic. 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 3 Skills and 1 Writing Units.

Sections

Section Credits Books Time/Location D/E Professor
01 4 View BA - TBA Hisham Abouelleil
LAWS917 Legal Services Clinic Seminar [Details]

Description

In addition to the fieldwork, Legal Services Clinic students attend a regularly scheduled seminar meeting. 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. In the semester prior to the fieldwork, students must enroll in a two credit skills seminar that uses simulations, reading and discussion to develop the lawyering skills necessary for client representation. Law 553, Evidence is also a required. Evidence may be taken concurrently with the Clinic. 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 course satisfies the Skills Requirement. This course will be held at the Community Legal Aid in Springfield, MA.

Sections

Section Credits Books Time/Location D/E Professor
01 1 View W 2:30 PM-3:20 PM Day Hisham Abouelleil
LAWS910 Legal Services: Skills Seminar [Details]

Description

Students participating in the Legal Services clinic must complete a two credit lawyering skills seminar the semester prior to their semester of field placement. The class 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.

Sections

Section Credits Books Time/Location D/E Professor
01 2 View Th 9:00 AM-10:50 AM/Room BLC E Day Hisham Abouelleil
LAWS655 Legislative Advoc & Lobbying [Details]

Description

This course examines lobbying and legislative advocacy. With legislatures central to our system of government, whether at the Federal or State level, attorneys need to be familiar with government relations, practices, and legislative processes. Topics may include the constitutional basis for and history of paid lobbying; the regulation of lobbying as a profession, including the legal and ethical restrictions; the role of money and politics in lobbying; and practical elements of how to be an effective lobbyist. Enrollment is limited to 24 students. This satisfies 2 Skills Units.

Sections

Section Credits Books Time/Location D/E Professor
03 2 View Tu 6:00 PM-7:50 PM/Room BLC 1 Eve Andrew Markowski
QWCS797 Litigation in the Pretrial Phase [Details]

Description

This course is aimed at refining students' written and oral advocacy skills in the pretrial phase of litigaton. In weekly exercises, students will brief and argue typical motions arising prior to trial. The course will also address pretrial strategy, both in preparing pleadings, planning discovery and drafting motions. At the end of the term, students will draft a larger memorandum and present a more extensive oral argument on a motion for summary judgement or to dismiss. The course will require at least four to six hours of preparation for each session. Class attendance is mandatory. Enrollment limited to 16 students. This course satisfies 3 Writing Units or 3 Skills Units.

Sections

Section Credits Books Time/Location D/E Professor
03 3 View W 5:20 PM-7:50 PM/Room Mt Ct Eve Kenneth Neiman
LAW 763 Mass Practice and 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 Tu 8:00 PM-9:50 PM/Room BLC 4 Eve Thomas Estes
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 654 Patent Law [Details]

Description

This course introduces the basic concepts of patent law - a system involving a government grant of limited proprietary rights in inventions in exchange for full disclosure of the invention. Areas to be examined include requirements for patentability, procedures for obtaining patents, interrelationships with trade secrets, rights to employee inventions, patent assignments and licensing, and a brief overview of patent litigation. Students should have an Engineering degree or a strong scientific educational background.

Sections

Section Credits Books Time/Location D/E Professor
03 2 View Th 6:00 PM-7:50 PM/Room BLC 1 Eve Philmore Colburn
LAW 702 Products Liability [Details]

Description

This course presents an analysis and discussion of the American law of products liability. The focus of the course is on the major theories of liability with respect to injuries caused by the use of defective consumer products. We will cover the requirements of each of the major causes of action in product litigation, together with appropriate defenses and damages related to those causes of action.

Sections

Section Credits Books Time/Location D/E Professor
03 2 View Th 8:00 PM-9:50 PM/Room BLC 1 Eve Alex Grant
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 2:30 PM-3:45 PM/Room BLC A Day Giovanna Shay
03 2 View Tu 6:00 PM-7:50 PM/Room BLC D Eve Charles Dolan
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 issues in landlord and tenant law, evidence of ownership or right to possession, methods of title assurance, commercial and noncommercial transfers of interests in property, the rescission, modification, interpretation and performance of transfer agreements and documents, and private controls on the use of property. This course may also explore conflicts between private ownership of property and community needs, the nature and purposes of types of shared ownership of property, and public controls on the use of property. (Required Course)

Sections

Section Credits Books Time/Location D/E Professor
01 5 View M,W 1:00 PM-1:50 PM/Room BLC A Day James Gordon
02 5 View M,W 1:00 PM-1:50 PM/Room BLC B Day William Baker
03 5 View M,W 6:00 PM-6:50 PM/Room BLC D Eve James Gordon
LAW 761 Remedies: Injunctions [Details]

Description

This course focuses exclusively on the equitable remedy of injunction. Since the King's Chancellor first devised it, the injunction has been both the scourge and the savior of litigants. The course will explore its use in modern litigation, covering a range of subjects including antitrust, discrimination, environmental protection, and institutional reform (schools, prisons, etc.). This course will also examine the procedural and substantive prerequisites for securing injunctive relief. In addition to the permanent injunction, we will discuss the availability of the temporary restraining order and the preliminary injunction, so crucial, for example, in corporate takeover battles and spousal abuse cases. The scope of the injunctive decree is also a critical issue. Finally, the enforcement mechanisms, such as contempt, and the question of who is bound by the injunction will also be addressed. Students who have taken LAW 731 Remedies may NOT take this class.

Sections

Section Credits Books Time/Location D/E Professor
03 2 View Th 8:00 PM-9:50 PM/Room BLC 2 Eve Arthur Wolf
LAW 744 Sales [Details]

Description

In this course students will study contract law in commercial settings governed primarily by Article 2 of the Uniform Commercial Code. Classroom discussion will focus on problem and case analysis and statutory interpretation, as well as practical problems in drafting, negotiating and enforcing agreements.

Sections

Section Credits Books Time/Location D/E Professor
01 3 View Tu,Th 10:30 AM-11:45 AM/Room BLC 4 Day Rene Reich-Graefe
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 M,W 8:00 PM-9:15 PM/Room BLC B Eve Henry Boroff
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 (addressing current challenges to the military's exclusionary policy s well as some states' per se ban on adoptions by gay men and lesbians), (3) the right of free expression and association (e.g., the challenge to the Boy Scouts' ban on gay members as well as on-going challenges to university non-discrimination policies by the religious right), (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, and (7) family law issues affecting gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people such as the rights to marry, to child custody and visitation, to adopt and to provide foster care.

Sections

Section Credits Books Time/Location D/E Professor
01 2 View M 2:30 PM-4:20 PM/Room BLC C Day Jennifer Levi
QWC 690 Sexual Orientation and the 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 (addressing current challenges to the military's exclusionary policy s well as some states' per se ban on adoptions by gay men and lesbians), (3) the right of free expression and association (e.g., the challenge to the Boy Scouts' ban on gay members as well as on-going challenges to university non-discrimination policies by the religious right), (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, and (7) family law issues affecting gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people such as the rights to marry, to child custody and visitation, to adopt and to provide foster care.

Sections

Section Credits Books Time/Location D/E Professor
01 2 View M 2:30 PM-4:20 PM/Room BLC C Day Jennifer Levi
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. This course satisfies the Skills Requirement.

Sections

Section Credits Books Time/Location D/E Professor
03 4 View BA - TBA Robert Statchen
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 2 Eve Robert Statchen
LAW 957 Sustainability Law [Details]

Description

This course examines environmental law through a sustainability lens. Students will examine legal, voluntary and flexible market approaches to achieve sustainability goals. Students will also consider the roles different actors play in formulating sustainability law and policy, including, inter alia, scientists/engineers, legislators, judges, regulators, property owners, businesses, attorneys and citizens. Note that students do NOT need to have taken environmental law in order to take this course. This course satisfies the Qualified Writing Requirement.(optional). This course satisfies 2 Writing and 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 Julie Steiner
QWC 957 Sustainability Law [Details]

Description

This course examines environmental law through a sustainability lens. Students will examine legal, voluntary and flexible market approaches to achieve sustainability goals. Students will also consider the roles different actors play in formulating sustainability law and policy, including, inter alia, scientists/engineers, legislators, judges, regulators, property owners, businesses, attorneys and citizens. Note that students do NOT need to have taken environmental law in order to take this course. This course satisfies the Qualified Writing Requirement.(optional). This course satisfies 2 Writing and 1 Skills unit.

Sections

Section Credits Books Time/Location D/E Professor
01 3 View W 10:30 AM-11:45 AM/Room BLC 3,
M,W 10:30 AM-11:45 AM/Room BLC C
Day Julie Steiner
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 Tu,Th 9:30 AM-10:45 AM/Room BLC A,
F 9:30 AM-10:20 AM/Room BLC A
Day Erin Buzuvis
02 4 View Tu,Th 9:30 AM-10:45 AM/Room BLC B,
F 9:30 AM-10:20 AM/Room BLC B
Day Barbara Noah
03 4 View M,W 8:30 PM-9:20 PM/Room BLC 3 Eve Julie Steiner
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 Mt Ct Eve Paul Perachi
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 6:30 PM-7:45 PM/Room BLC C Eve William Baker
LAW 611 White Collar Crime [Details]

Description

This course offers an overview of the law of business (white collar) crime. Topics include: individual and corporate responsibility for malfeasance; complicity; conspiracy; mail fraud; public corruption; RICO; securities fraud; perjury and false statements; obstruction of justice; the 5th amendment protections for business speech and documents. Completion of, or concurrent enrollment in, LAW 551 Business Organizations and LAW 505 Criminal Law are prerequisites to enrollment in this course. This course satisfies 1 Unit of Skills.

Sections

Section Credits Books Time/Location D/E Professor
01 3 View Tu,Th 9:00 AM-10:15 AM/Room BLC 3 Day Anne Goldstein

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