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LAW 749 Workers' Compensation [Details]

Description

Since as far back as Ancient Rome and Greece, society has compensated injured workers for work-related accidents. This course analyzes the history and the principles of the system for compensating employees for work-related injuries. This course will provide an understanding of the core concepts of Workers' Compensation law and the mechanics of litigating and defending claims for workers' compensation benefits.

Sections

Section Credits Books Time/Location D/E Professor
01 2 View Tu 1:00 PM-2:50 PM/Room BLC D Day Cheryl Jacques
LAW 670 Uniform Commercial Code Survey [Details]

Description

This course covers the commercial sale of goods, including the law of secured debt, from the perspective of lawyers who will be representing consumers, small businesses and charitable corporations. The course will focus primarily on the Uniform Commercial Code, Articles 2 and 9. This is an elective that is highly recommended as preparation for the bar exam. Survey course in commercial transactions under the Uniform Commercial Code. Focus is upon the Uniform Commercial Code as a codified body of law with emphasis given to statutory treatment of the law of sales, secured transactions and negotiable instruments.

Sections

Section Credits Books Time/Location D/E Professor
03 3 View M,W 8:00 PM-9:15 PM/Room BLC 4 Eve Craig Kaylor
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
01 3 View M,W 9:00 AM-10:15 AM/Room BLC D Day Arthur Gaudio
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 is a simulation course and satisfies 2 experiential learning credits.)

Sections

Section Credits Books Time/Location D/E Professor
01 2 View W 10:00 AM-11:50 AM/Room MTCT Day Paul Perachi
03 2 View Th 6:00 PM-7:50 PM/Room MTCT Eve Tina Page
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 1:00 PM-2:10 PM/Room BLC A,
M 1:00 PM-2:00 PM/Room BLC A
Day Barbara Noah
02 4 View M 1:00 PM-2:00 PM/Room BLC B,
Tu,Th 1:00 PM-2:10 PM/Room BLC B
Day Julie Steiner
03 4 View Th 6:00 PM-7:10 PM/Room BLC 3,
W 8:20 PM-9:20 PM/Room BLC 3,
M 7:00 PM-8:10 PM/Room BLC 3
Eve Erin Buzuvis
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. (This course satisfies 2 experiential learning credits.)

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 enrolled in LAWS944 must also concurrently enroll in LAWS 945, a two-credit seminar, 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. The clinic is open to students who have successfully completed 28 hours of law studies. A student may not simultaneously enroll in more than one clinic, more than one externship, or a clinic and an externship. (This course satisfies 4 experiential learning credits.)Or (2 skills units and 2 writing units.)

Sections

Section Credits Books Time/Location D/E Professor
03 4 View BA - TBA Robert Statchen
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, (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. (This course satisfies 3 writing units.)

Sections

Section Credits Books Time/Location D/E Professor
01 3 View M,W 10:30 AM-11:45 AM/Room BLC 1 Day Jennifer Levi
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 A Eve Henry Boroff
LAW 730 Real Estate Finance [Details]

Description

This course focuses on the law and practices that govern the financing of real estate transactions. The course examines in great detail the law of mortgages, including the creation and transfer of mortgage interests, lien priorities, foreclosure, and bankruptcy. Prerequisite: Law 511 Property

Sections

Section Credits Books Time/Location D/E Professor
01 3 View M,W 1:00 PM-2:15 PM/Room BLC D Day Arthur Gaudio
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 constitutional rights of public employees. (This course satisfies 3 writing units.)

Sections

Section Credits Books Time/Location D/E Professor
01 3 View Tu,Th 1:00 PM-2:15 PM/Room BLC 331 Day Peter Adomeit
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
03 2 View Th 6:00 PM-7:50 PM/Room BLC A Eve Kevin O'Regan
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 Tu 8:00 PM-9:50 PM/Room BLC 1 Eve Alex Grant
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 employees 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 M 8:00 PM-9:50 PM/Room BLC D Eve Philmore Colburn
LAWS987 Negotiation Moot Court Team [Details]

Description

Selected students participate in the ABA Negotiation Competition which simulates legal negotiations in which law students, acting as lawyers, negotiate a series of legal and factual problems against another team of students. The simulations consist of a common set of facts known by all participants and confidential information known only to the participants representing a particular side. All of the simulations deal with the same general area of the law, but the negotiation situation varies with each round and level of the competition. Negotiation Moot Court Team. 3 credits fall / 3 experiential learning credits.

Sections

Section Credits Books Time/Location D/E Professor
30 3 View BA - TBA Rene Reich-Graefe
LAWS986 National Moot Court Team [Details]

Description

Selected students participate in the National Moot Court Competition. This competition allows students to develop appellate advocacy skills through intellectual rigor, legal research, and persuasive argument. Student competitors will prepare a brief and argue a case, generally concerning statutory or constitutional issues, in the United States Supreme Court. National Moot Court Team. 2 credits fall / 2 experiental learning credits and 1 credit spring / 1 experiential learning credit.

Sections

Section Credits Books Time/Location D/E Professor
14 2 View BA - TBA Harris Freeman
LAWS728 Mediation [Details]

Description

This course will provide training in both the theory and methodology of divorce and family mediation and essential mediation skills. The class is interactive, and students will have the opportunity, in almost every class to practice mediation skills. A basic understanding of Massachusetts divorce law and/or entry level family law course is strongly recommended. Some states, by statute or rule of court, set standards for court-based mediators. Massachusetts requires basic mediation training and professional practice under the supervision of a community-based mediation program before practitioners may serve as court-based mediators. This is a basic mediation course that qualifies successful students for an internship or practicum in a community dispute resolution program for supervised practice and for advanced mediation training. Mediators develop their skills through a lifetime of practice. This is the first step. Enrollment limited to 18 students. (This is a simulation course and satisfies 3 experiential learning credits.)

Sections

Section Credits Books Time/Location D/E Professor
02 3 View Th 5:00 PM-7:50 PM/Room BLC 4 Eve Oran Kaufman
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 limited to 24 students. (This is a simulation course and satisfies 2 experiential learning credits.)

Sections

Section Credits Books Time/Location D/E Professor
03 2 View Th 8:00 PM-9:50 PM/Room BLC 1 Eve Andrew Markowski
LAWS910 Legal Services: Skills Seminar [Details]

Description

This seminar is a prerequisite for selected students participating in the Legal Services 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. (This course satisfies 2 experiential learning credits.)

Sections

Section Credits Books Time/Location D/E Professor
01 2 View Tu 4:00 PM-5:50 PM/Room BLC F Day Gordon Shaw
LAWS917 Legal Services Clinic Seminar [Details]

Description

In addition to the fieldwork, Legal Services 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: LAWS910 Legal Service Skills and LAW 553 Evidence (Evidence may be taken concurrently). (This course and satisfies 1 experiential learning credit.)

Sections

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

Description

Selected 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 are expected to commit 16 hours per week to the fieldwork at CLA. Students enrolled in LAWS 916 must also concurrently enroll in LAWS 917, a one-credit seminar, with their semester of fieldwork. Prerequisites: Successful completion of LAWS 910 Legal Service Skills Seminar and LAW 553 Evidence. Evidence may be taken concurrently with the Clinic. A student is required to be SJC Rule 3:03 eligible. The clinic is open to students who have successfully completed 28 hours of law studies. A student may not simultaneously enroll in more than one clinic, more than one externship, or a clinic and an externship. (This course satisfies 4 experiential learning credits.)Or (3 skills units and 1 writing unit)

Sections

Section Credits Books Time/Location D/E Professor
01 4 View BA - TBA Gordon Shaw
LAW 675 Legal Aspects of Entrepreneurship [Details]

Description

This course provides law students with legal practical tools relating to entrepreneurship, including theory, resources and templates for various agreements that they can refer to in their legal careers. The course is structured to link key learning objectives to one or more real life based hypothetical fact patterns of business experiences in order to emphasize the practicality and applications of the learning objectives. The course includes traditional analysis and briefing of case law and statutes. The course also includes interactive team activities such as a mock negotiation of licensing and settlement agreements and drafting of agreements relating thereto. The course covers an introduction to business entities; legal aspects of marketing; ownership of ideas, technology and intellectual property; trade secrets; licensing agreements, proposals in response to Requests for Quotations (RFQ); distributorship agreements and litigated case studies.

Sections

Section Credits Books Time/Location D/E Professor
03 2 View Th 8:00 PM-9:50 PM/Room BLC C Eve John Multcher
LAW 507 Lawyering Skills I [Details]

Description

Lawyering Skills I 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. 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; 2 credits)

Sections

Section Credits Books Time/Location D/E Professor
10 2 View M,W 9:30 AM-10:20 AM/Room BLC 3 Day Beth Cohen
11 2 View M,W 9:30 AM-10:20 AM/Room BLC 4 Day Jeanne Kaiser
15 2 View M,W 2:10 PM-3:00 PM/Room BLC 1 Day Myra Orlen
16 2 View M,W 2:10 PM-3:00 PM/Room BLC 4 Day Jeanne Kaiser
17 2 View M,W 6:00 PM-6:50 PM/Room BLC 3 Eve Harris Freeman
18 2 View M,W 2:10 PM-3:00 PM/Room BLC 3 Day Harris Freeman
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 receive 2 writing units in the fall and 1 writing unit in the spring.)

Sections

Section Credits Books Time/Location D/E Professor
02 2 View Tu 5:00 PM-6:00 PM/Room BLC 1 Eve Erin Buzuvis
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 Tu 5:00 PM-6:00 PM/Room BLC 1 Eve Erin Buzuvis
LAWS809 Law Practice Externship Seminar [Details]

Description

This course is the seminar component that accompanies the first 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 Learning Agenda. (This course satisfies 1 experiential learning credit.)

Sections

Section Credits Books Time/Location D/E Professor
10 1 View M 4:00 PM-5:50 PM/Room BLC 3 Day Beth Cohen
LAWS808 Law Practice Externship [Details]

Description

Students work 12-15 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. Students may not receive compensation for work done in an Externship. 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 during law school. Students enrolled in their first externship must also concurrently enroll in a one-credit seminar, with their semester of fieldwork. Prerequisites: An externship is open to students who have successfully completed 28 hours of law studies. A student may not simultaneously enroll in more than one clinic, more than one externship, or a clinic and an externship. (This course satisfies 3 experiential learning credits.)

Sections

Section Credits Books Time/Location D/E Professor
10 3 View - TBA Beth Cohen
LAW 632 Law Office Management [Details]

Description

This course will introduce students to the operation and management of solo practice, 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 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 W 6:00 PM-7:50 PM/Room BLC D Eve James Donnelly
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
03 3 View Tu,Th 6:30 PM-7:45 PM/Room BLC 3 Eve Peter Adomeit
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 Tu 6:00 PM-7:50 PM/Room BLC B Eve Scott Chapman
LAWS806 Judicial Externship Seminar [Details]

Description

This course is the seminar component that accompanies the first 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 Learning Agenda. (This course satisfies 1 experiential learning credit.)

Sections

Section Credits Books Time/Location D/E Professor
21 1 View M 4:00 PM-5:50 PM/Room BLC 4 Day Jeanne Kaiser
LAWS807 Judicial Externship [Details]

Description

Students work 12-15 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 during law school. Students enrolled in their first externship must also concurrently enroll in a one-credit seminar, with their semester of fieldwork. Prerequisites: An externship is open to students who have successfully completed 28 hours of law studies. A student may not simultaneously enroll in more than one clinic, more than one externship, or a clinic and an externship. (This course satisfies 3 experiential learning credits.)

Sections

Section Credits Books Time/Location D/E Professor
21 3 View - TBA Jeanne Kaiser
LAWS983 Jessup International MTCT Team [Details]

Description

Selected students participate in the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition. Student competitors argue a hypothetical case on issues of international law as if before the International Court of Justice. The hypothetical case usually involves topical issues in international law. Student competitors prepare oral and written pleadings arguing both the applicant and respondent positions of the case. Jessup International Moot Court Team. 2 credits fall / 2 experiental learning credits and 1 credit spring / 1 experiential learning credit.

Sections

Section Credits Books Time/Location D/E Professor
07 2 View BA - TBA 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 M,W 9:00 AM-12:30 PM/Room BLC A Day Julie Steiner
03 1 View M,W 6:00 PM-9:30 PM/Room BLC 3 Eve Julie Steiner
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 10:30 AM-11:45 AM/Room BLC C Day William Metzger
03 3 View M 6:00 PM-8:40 PM/Room BLC B Eve William Metzger
LAW 651 Immigration Law [Details]

Description

This course will explore the American immigration system from constitutional, statutory, and policy perspectives. Topics considered include the source and scope of congressional power to regulate immigration, standards and procedures for entry, exclusion, and deportation, illegal migration, and the acquisition and loss of American citizenship.

Sections

Section Credits Books Time/Location D/E Professor
01 3 View M,W 4:00 PM-5:15 PM/Room BLC C Day Arthur Wolf
LAW 671 Higher Education Law [Details]

Description

Colleges and universities are unique communities of faculty, students, and staff that teach, learn, work, and, often, live together. The law of higher education engages policies and legal principles of general application as well as those specifically tailored to this special environment. This course will examine legal issues that surface at colleges and universities, laws and policies applicable to these legal issues, and legal counsel's considerations in addressing them. Areas to be covered include governance and sources of law; academic freedom and faculty rights; student rights and responsibilities; Title IX; nondiscrimination and affirmative action; intellectual property considerations; and athletics and the student athlete.

Sections

Section Credits Books Time/Location D/E Professor
01 2 View M 10:00 AM-11:50 AM/Room BLC 2 Day Paul Murphy
QWCS797 Federal Litigation PreTrial Phase [Details]

Description

This course is aimed at refining students' written and oral advocacy skills in the pretrial phase of litigation. 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 judgment 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 is a simulation course and satisfies 3 experiential learning credits or 3 writing units.)

Sections

Section Credits Books Time/Location D/E Professor
01 3 View W 2:30 PM-5:20 PM/Room MTCT Day Mark Mastroianni
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. Enrollment limited to 16 students. (This is a simulation course and satisfies 3 experiential learning credits or 3 writing units.)

Sections

Section Credits Books Time/Location D/E Professor
01 3 View BA - TBA Frederick Royal
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 obligatons 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.

Sections

Section Credits Books Time/Location D/E Professor
01 3 View M,W 2:30 PM-3:45 PM/Room BLC C Day Taylor Flynn
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 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 C Day Bridgette Baldwin
03 3 View M,W 6:00 PM-7:15 PM/Room BLC A Eve Anne Goldstein
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 course satisfies 1 skills unit.)

Sections

Section Credits Books Time/Location D/E Professor
03 3 View Tu,Th 6:30 PM-7:45 PM/Room BLC D Eve Frederick Royal
QWCS794 Employment Law [Details]

Description

This course surveys key federal and state laws that protect employee rights and employer interests in the workplace. Beginning with a discussion of the various legal paradigms that justify workplace regulation, the course presents the law utilizing five themes: (1) The Rise and Questionable Fall of At-Will Employment; (2) Job Security, Employee Mobility, Privacy & Free Speech; (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 with special emphasis on the safety net that is supposed to protect an increasingly diverse workforce, low-wage workers, non-standard work arrangements, immigrant workers and the impact of social media and web-based communications in the workplace. The course also provides an introduction to the National Labor Relations Act, public sector labor law, and the laws protecting workers from status-based discrimination (e.g. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act), introducing the basic legal rules governing the right to form unions and collectively bargain as well as the remedies for discrimination based on race, gender, disability, sexual orientation, etc. The readings are wide-ranging as the course attempts to present the complex web of interrelated and sometimes conflicting legal rules governing employment. This course has a series of take-home exam/written assignments based on hypothetical workplace disputes. Assignments may include advocacy briefs, and the drafting of other pleadings that may arise in the context of workplace dispute litigation as well as essays requiring a synthesis and critical assessment of certain workplace law topics and cases being studied. Enrollment limited to 24 students. (This is a simulation course and satisfies 3 experiential learning credits or 3 writing units.)

Sections

Section Credits Books Time/Location D/E Professor
01 3 View M,W 10:30 AM-11:45 AM/Room BLC 4 Day Harris Freeman
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 W 6:00 PM-7:50 PM/Room BLC 4 Eve Katie Winseck
LAW 664 Elder Law [Details]

Description

This course will follow the course of a typical elder law representation. Initially, the course introduces students to the social, emotional, family, and financial contexts of aging. Thereafter, the course prepares students to identify the client, define the representation, plan for incapacity, anticipate nursing home care and eligibility for benefits, and design an appropriate estate plan. Topics of special focus will include: ethical issues specific to the practice of elder law, client capacity, health care proxies and guardianship, powers of attorney and conservatorship, nursing home institutionalization, planning for Medicaid eligibility, and estate planning. Other topics to be discussed will include estate, gift, and income tax issues, Medicare coverage for long-term care, Veteran's benefits for long-term care, and creating and maintaining an elder law practice.

Sections

Section Credits Books Time/Location D/E Professor
03 2 View Tu 8:00 PM-9:50 PM/Room BLC D Eve Elizabeth Lovejoy
LAW 784 Criminal Procedure Survey [Details]

Description

In this course, we will explore the constitutional rules that control the behavior of police officers when they investigate crime and prosecute criminal defendants. Specifically, this course will survey the impact of the Fourth, Fifth, Sixth and Eighth Amendments on police investigations and also analyze the ways in which constitutional guarantees of due process, equal protection, and trial by jury impact criminal prosecutions. To this end, this course will provide an overview of criminal procedure issues arising during police investigation, arrest, prosecution, trial and post-conviction NOTE: Students who take this course may NOT also take either Criminal Adjudication or Criminal Investigation. Although this course will touch on some of the topics in Criminal Procedure: Investigation and Criminal Procedure: Adjudication, not all of these subject areas will be reviewed. For this reason, this course is intended for students who do not intend to practice Criminal Law, but want an introduction to criminal procedure. Students planning to practice criminal law or who have a significant interest in the field should consider taking both the Criminal Procedure: Investigation and Criminal Procedure: Adjudication courses, which together provide a more in-depth study of criminal procedure law.

Sections

Section Credits Books Time/Location D/E Professor
01 3 View M,W 1:00 PM-2:15 PM/Room BLC C Day Mary Hiser
LAWS921 Criminal Law Prosecution 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. (This course satisfies 2 experiential learning credits.)

Sections

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

Description

Selected students in the Criminal Prosecution 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. Students enrolled in LAWS920 must also concurrently enroll in LAWS 921, a two-credit seminar, with their semester of fieldwork. Prerequisites: LAW 553 Evidence and LAW 706 Criminal Procedure Investigation. Enrollment is limited to selected third-year full time and forth-year part time students. 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 course satisfies 4 experiential learning credits.)Or(3 skills units and 1 writing unit)

Sections

Section Credits Books Time/Location D/E Professor
01 4 View BA - TBA Tina Cafaro
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 A,
Tu,Th 10:30 AM-11:40 AM/Room BLC A
Day Bridgette Baldwin
02 4 View F 10:45 AM-11:45 AM/Room BLC B,
Tu,Th 10:30 AM-11:40 AM/Room BLC B
Day Anne Goldstein
QWC 605 Corporate Social Responsibility [Details]

Description

As an advanced corporate law seminar, this course will introduce students to corporate social responsiblity (CSR) as an amalgam of legal and economic strategies used nationally and internationally in order to influence, regulate and police corporate decision-making and behavior. The purpose of this course is to explore both historical and contemporary normative trends of CSR challenging large-scale business enterprises and the various prescriptive jurisdictions in which they operate in areas of corporate legal theory, corporate(self-)governance, securities regulation, transaction cost economics amd corporate risk management. (This course satisfies 3 writing units.)

Sections

Section Credits Books Time/Location D/E Professor
01 3 View Tu,Th 1:00 PM-2:15 PM/Room BLC 3 Day Rene Reich-Graefe
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: 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 Arthur Gaudio
LAWS678 Contract Drafting [Details]

Description

This course will teach students real-world, practical contract drafting skills through the drafting and editing of select documents used in common business transactions. Students will gain a thorough understanding of techniques used to promote concise drafting and methods to translate business ideas into contract concepts. The class will be highly interactive. (This is a simulation course and satisfies 2 experiential learning credits.)

Sections

Section Credits Books Time/Location D/E Professor
03 2 View Tu 8:00 PM-9:50 PM/Room BLC C Eve Brendan Witherell
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 M,W 7:30 PM-9:20 PM/Room BLC C Eve Bruce Miller
LAW 660 Closely Held Businesses [Details]

Description

As part of the advanced curriculum in the law of business organizations, this course provides an in-depth analysis of the myriad legal problems involved in the formation and operation of closely held businesses, i.e.,those businesses whose ownership interests are not publicly traded. We will consider unincorporated business entities - including the general partnership, the limited partnership(LP), the limited liability partnership(LLP), and the limited company(LLC) - as well as the incorporated closely held business in form of the close corporation. The main issues discussed for each form of business organization are the mechanics of entity formation; management and control of the closely held business; financial rights and liabilities of the entities owners; fiduciary duties among the entities owners; the transferability of entity ownership; and exit rights during dissociation and dissolution. Prerequisite: Law 551 Business Organizations.

Sections

Section Credits Books Time/Location D/E Professor
01 3 View Tu,Th 9:00 AM-10:15 AM/Room BLC D Day Rene Reich-Graefe
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 F 9:30 AM-10:30 AM/Room BLC A,
M,W 10:30 AM-11:40 AM/Room BLC A
Day Taylor Flynn
02 4 View F 9:30 AM-10:30 AM/Room BLC B,
M,W 10:30 AM-11:40 AM/Room BLC B
Day Bruce Miller
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 Arthur Wolf
LAWS714 Business Planning [Details]

Description

The course focuses on the legal issues arising in connection with the start-up and operation of closely-held business enterprises and the role of the lawyer as an advisor to these entities and their owners. Numerous case studies are used to expose the student to a broad range of structural planning issues and the practical and analytical challenges of the planning process. There is a heavy emphasis on planning traps and creative planning strategies. Different types of closely held businesses are analyzed, compared, and contrasted in case studies that raise important issues in co-ownership planning, enterprise funding, choice of entity planning, multiple entity planning, owner compensation, life insurance planning, structuring profit and capital interests, profit distribution planning and diversification, exit and business transition planning, employee relations and benefits, and retirement planning. Numerous drafting considerations and implementation mechanics also are reviewed. The course is designed to broaden the student's substantive knowledge on a broad range of issues and to help the student develop three essential planning skills: (1) the ability to identify and address business objectives, not just legal issues, (2) the ability to evaluate and apply specific strategic options, and (3) the ability to effectively communicate with non-lawyers. Prerequisite: LAW551, Business Organizations, although LAW 747, Income Tax I is NOT a prerequisite, students should be prepared to learn some tax matters during this course. Limited to 24 students. (This is a simulation course and satisfies 2 experiential learning credits.)

Sections

Section Credits Books Time/Location D/E Professor
01 2 View Th 10:25 AM-12:15 PM/Room BLC 3 Day Robert Statchen
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 C Day Sudha Setty
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.

Sections

Section Credits Books Time/Location D/E Professor
01 3 View Tu,Th 9:00 AM-10:15 AM/Room BLC C Day Barbara Noah
QWC 673 Appellate Moot Court [Details]

Description

The Appellate Moot Court course has a twofold purpose. First, it provides upper level instruction in brief writing and oral argument. Second, it serves 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. (This course satisfies 2 Writing Units.)

Sections

Section Credits Books Time/Location D/E Professor
29 2 View Th 4:00 PM-5:50 PM/Room BLC 3 Day Jeanne Kaiser
QWC 733 Alternative Reproductive Technology [Details]

Description

Just days after the turn of the last century, Justice O'Connor commented in a family law case that, "The demographic changes of the past century make it difficult to speak of an average American family. The composition of family varies greatly from household to household." Among these demographic changes and family composition are families formed by access to alternative reproductive technologies ("ART"). While some states have attempted to update laws to reflect the reality of the growing number of families created and shaped by access to ART, many more have exclusively had their legal regimes shaped by common law developments and a mosaic of regulatory and non-regulatory public policy. This course will focus on the broad range of topics with which individuals and their families intersect when accessing ART. Topics included, among others, will be: surrogacy; use, ownership and control of frozen embryos, second-parent adoption for non-genetic (sometimes same-sex) parents, insurance coverage, regulation of donor insemination; relevant provisions of uniform laws; and, role and enforcement of contracts in this area. The course will include a practice component as well as coverage of doctrine. A basic family law course is a prerequisite for this class. Enrollment is limited to 24 students. (This course satisfies 2 writing units.)

Sections

Section Credits Books Time/Location D/E Professor
01 2 View M 4:00 PM-5:50 PM/Room BLC 1 Day Jennifer Levi
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. Students 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 Th 2:30 PM-4:20 PM/Room BLC B Day Kandace Kukas
03 2 View M 6:00 PM-7:50 PM/Room BLC D Eve Kandace Kukas
QWCS671 Advanced Lawyering Skills [Details]

Description

This course will further develop and refine the research, analysis, citation, and writing skills introduced in the first-year Lawyering Skills course. With close supervision and guidance, students will be expected to develop their own research strategies using a wide range of research materials. The writing component of the course will consist of drafting an appellate brief and interrogatories. We will also examine, critique, and revise examples of typical written documents in law practice. The students will also present an oral argument based on the appellate briefs. The course will include peer assessment, self-editing, small group and individual conferences, and class presentations. Enrollment is limited to 16 students. (This is a simulation course and satisfies 3 experiential learning credits or 3 writing units.)

Sections

Section Credits Books Time/Location D/E Professor
01 3 View Tu,Th 10:30 AM-11:45 AM/Room BLC D Day Patricia Newcombe
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.

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 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 Tu 2:20 PM-3:10 PM/Room BLC A Day Myra Orlen
03 0 View Th 8:30 PM-9:20 PM/Room BLC 4 Eve Myra Orlen
LAWS980 AAJ Moot Court Trial Team [Details]

Description

Selected students participate in the national AAJ Student Trial Advocacy Competition. The competition comprises trials built around a fictitious fact scenario including pleadings, affidavits, exhibits, and other materials. Students perform opening and closing statements, direct and cross examinations, and portray witnesses. AAJ Moot Court Trial Team. 1 credit fall / 1 experiential learning credit and 2 credits spring / 2 experiential learning credits.

Sections

Section Credits Books Time/Location D/E Professor
05 1 View BA - TBA Tina Cafaro

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