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LAWP981 AAJ Moot Court Junior Trial Team [Details]

Description

AAJ Moot Court Junior Trial Team. 2 credits spring / 2 skills units.

Sections

Section Credits Books Time/Location D/E Professor
05 2 View TBA - TBA Tina Cafaro
LAWP980 AAJ Moot Court Trial Team [Details]

Description

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

Sections

Section Credits Books Time/Location D/E Professor
05 2 View TBA - TBA Tina Cafaro
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 Th 9:30 AM-10:20 AM/Room BLC A Day Myra Orlen
02 0 View Th 10:30 AM-11:40 AM/Room BLC A Day Myra Orlen
03 0 View Th 8:30 PM-9:20 PM/Room BLC 3 Eve Myra Orlen
LAW 705 Administrative Law [Details]

Description

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

Sections

Section Credits Books Time/Location D/E Professor
03 3 View Tu,Th 8:00 PM-9:15 PM/Room BLC D Eve Arthur Wolf
LAW 799 Advanced Legal Analysis lI [Details]

Description

This Course builds on the skills and knowledge attained in Advanced Legal Analysis I. It explores topics not covers in Advanced Legal Analysis I, including Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law, Criminal Law/Procedure and Property. In addition to this work in new subject matter areas, the course provides continued development of the analytical and writing skills necessary for bar examination success. Enrollment is limited and by invitation only.

Sections

Section Credits Books Time/Location D/E Professor
02 2 View TBA - TBA Kandace Kukas
LAW 650 Advanced Topics in Evidence [Details]

Description

Advanced Topics in Evidence is Evidence II. It builds on the basic Evidence course in two ways. First, it explores in detail topics that are either not covered or are covered somewhat quickly in the introductory course: privileges, expert witnesses, burdens of proof and presumptions, and best evidence and authentication rules. Second, it deepens one's understanding of several basic topics - hearsay, impeachment and character evidence -- by examining their constitutional law underpinnings through a study of the Confrontation Clause of the Sixth Amendment and the Due Process Clause of the Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments. Prerequisite: :LAW 553 Evidence. This course satisfies 1 Skills Unit.

Sections

Section Credits Books Time/Location D/E Professor
02 3 View Tu,Th 2:30 PM-3:45 PM/Room BLC 4 Day Samuel Stonefield
LAW 604 Advanced Torts: Business Torts [Details]

Description

Business Torts loosely refers to causes of action for economic harm between businesses or individuals acting within a business context, other than for breach of contract. This course will survey a variety of such causes of action not covered in depth in the basic contracts and torts courses, but which form the core of many lawyers' civil litigation practices. Topics covered may include breach of?the implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing, misrepresentation, tortious interference with contract and economic advantage, investor litigation, trade secrets, employment torts, unfair competition, and violation of state unfair trade practices statutes. Throughout the course, an emphasis will be placed upon the practicalities of business-related civil litigation, including strategy, the economics of business litigation and "best practices" lawyering.?There is no casebook required for this course.? All case materials and readings are available electronically or as handouts.

Sections

Section Credits Books Time/Location D/E Professor
03 2 View M 8:00 PM-9:50 PM/Room BLC 4 Eve Michael Blanchard
LAW 685 Bankruptcy [Details]

Description

This timely course constitutes an intensive overview of federal bankruptcy law. The course begins with the Chapter 7 and 13 liquidation and reorganization provisions of the Bankruptcy Code available to consumer debtors and goes on to examine the Chapter 11 reorganization provisions of the Bankruptcy Code available to business entities. Students are exposed to the perspectives of both debtors and creditors in the bankruptcy process. Students may not enroll both in this course and in LAW 719 Debtor-Creditor Relations. It is strongly recommended that LAW 746 Secured Transactions be taken previously or concurrently.

Sections

Section Credits Books Time/Location D/E Professor
03 3 View Tu,Th 8:00 PM-9:15 PM/Room BLC C Eve Henry Boroff
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
03 3 View M 6:00 PM-7:15 PM/Room BLC A,
W 7:30 PM-8:45 PM/Room BLC A
Eve Sudha Setty
QWCS724 Business Succession Planning [Details]

Description

This course will consider that issues that owners of closely held businesses face in the operation and disposition of their business interests. The course will consider the operational and transfer problems for unrelated business owners as well as the operational and transfer problems for family owned businesses. Areas of study will include buy/sell agreements, life insurance, and alternative methods of succession. Note: This course was formerly called Business & Estate Planning/Closely-Held Business Entities. Limited to 24 Students. This course satisfies 3 Skills or 3 Writing Units.

Sections

Section Credits Books Time/Location D/E Professor
02 3 View M,W 1:00 PM-2:15 PM/Room BLC C Day Frederick Royal
LAW 737 Civil Rights: Sec 1983 [Details]

Description

This course will examine the use and limits of federal civil rights litigation as a tool for social and institutional reform. The focus will be on recent litigation brought under the authority of the civil rights legislation passed by Congress after the Civil War, specifically 42 U.S.C. Section 1983. Among topics that may be included are: (1) the definition of civil rights deserving of judicial protection; (2) local government liability for civil rights violations; (3) the scope of public officials' immunity from suit; (4) remedies for violations of civil rights; and (5) attorney's fees. Enrollment is limited to 20 students. (1 skills unit and 1 writing 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 Erin Buzuvis
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
01 4 View Tu,Th 1:00 PM-2:10 PM/Room BLC A,
F 10:45 AM-11:45 AM/Room BLC A
Day Taylor Flynn
02 4 View M,W 1:00 PM-2:10 PM/Room BLC B,
F 10:45 AM-11:45 AM/Room BLC B
Day 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.

Sections

Section Credits Books Time/Location D/E Professor
01 4 View F 9:30 AM-10:30 AM/Room BLC A,
M,W 1:00 PM-2:10 PM/Room BLC A
Day Sudha Setty
02 4 View Tu,Th 1:00 PM-2:10 PM/Room BLC B,
F 9:30 AM-10:30 AM/Room BLC B
Day Matthew Charity
03 4 View W 7:00 PM-8:10 PM/Room BLC 3,
M 8:20 PM-9:20 PM/Room BLC 3,
Th 7:20 PM-8:30 PM/Room BLC 3
Eve Jennifer Levi
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
03 2 View M 6:00 PM-7:50 PM/Room BLC D Eve Philmore Colburn
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
03 4 View W 8:20 PM-9:20 PM/Room BLC 3,
M 7:00 PM-8:10 PM/Room BLC 3,
Th 6:00 PM-7:10 PM/Room BLC 3
Eve Anne Goldstein
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
02 4 View TBA - 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
02 2 View W 9:00 AM-10:50 AM/Room MT CT Day Tina Cafaro
LAWS617 Criminal Pre-Trial Practice [Details]

Description

This course is aimed at developing student written and oral advocacy skills in the pre-trial phase of criminal litigation. The course will concentrate on the pre-trial stages of a hypothetical criminal case. The course will allow students to work on this case from the pre-trial conference up to jury selection. Students will brief and argue typical evidentiary and discovery motions arising prior to trial. The course will also address pre-trial strategies and preparation, including motions in limine and jury instructions. At the end of the term students will present oral arguments on motions to suppress statements, identification and evidence. The course will require at least 4 hours of preparation per session. Class attendance is mandatory. Enrollment is limited to 16 students. This course satisfies 2 Skills Units.

Sections

Section Credits Books Time/Location D/E Professor
03 2 View M 6:00 PM-7:50 PM/Room BLC 4 Eve Charles Groce
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. and 2 Writing Units.

Sections

Section Credits Books Time/Location D/E Professor
02 3 View M,W 1:00 PM-2:15 PM/Room BLC D Day Bridgette Baldwin
LAW 644 Domestic Violence [Details]

Description

This course combines a scholarly and practice-oriented approach to understanding the legal response to domestic violence. Throughout the course, we will focus on the social context of battering, including how the experience of abuse is shaped by gender, race, cultural identity, immigration status, sexual orientation, and disabilities. We will cover the various legal remedies in both civil and criminal contexts and examine their efficacy. These include the role of protective orders in both civil and criminal courts. We will also discuss domestic violence in relation to divorce, child custody, support, visitation, and the child protection matters. Gender violence as a human rights violation, sexual assault law, and the role of the domestic violence movement are also introduced. The focus of this course is to examine current challenges and shortcomings in the legal response to domestic violence, and then consider proposals for alternative strategies for systemic change.

Sections

Section Credits Books Time/Location D/E Professor
03 2 View W 8:00 PM-9:50 PM/Room BLC 4 Eve Beth Lux
LAW 664 Elder Law [Details]

Description

This course will focus on the legal problems associated with the elderly and the aging. Areas of instruction will include social, psychological, legal, and financial aspects of planning for the elderly. Topics of special concern will include Medicaid benfits, nursing home institutionalization, estate planning, and social security benefits. Other topics to be discussed will include abuse of the elderly, insurance issues, tax issues, health care proxies and guardianship issues, and creating and maintaining an elder law practice.

Sections

Section Credits Books Time/Location D/E Professor
03 2 View M 6:00 PM-7:50 PM/Room BLC C Eve Elizabeth Lovejoy
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
02 3 View Tu,Th 2:30 PM-3:45 PM/Room BLC 3 Day Erin Buzuvis
LAW 959 End of Life Issues [Details]

Description

This course explores topics in end of life law in more depth and builds on concepts learned in Bioethics & Law. There is no prerequisite. Topics include right to refuse treatment, informed consent, surrogate decision-making, physician aid in dying, withdrawal of life-supportive therapies, and end of life care dispute resolution. The course begins with coverage of key legal and ethical concepts in end of life law and will also emphasize the complex interplay between law, ethics, and the provision of medical care. Activities for the course include mock Ethics Committee meetings, client interviewing and counseling, completion of advance care planning documents, student-led discussion, and a substantial original research paper on a topic approved by the instructor. Limited 16 Students. This satisfies 1 Skills and 1 Writing Unit.

Sections

Section Credits Books Time/Location D/E Professor
02 2 View Th 4:00 PM-5:50 PM/Room BLC C Day Barbara Noah
LAW 721 Environmental Law [Details]

Description

This course is an intensive study of the major pollution control programs in the United States, including the Clean Water Act, the Clean Air Act, the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act and Superfund. In addition to the general characteristics shared by each, the course will consider several recurring issues of the administrative state, namely the interpertation of complex and programmatic statues, the nature of administrative authority, and litigation strategies within statutory regimes generally.

Sections

Section Credits Books Time/Location D/E Professor
02 3 View M,W 10:30 AM-11:45 AM/Room BLC 3 Day Julie Steiner
LAW 722 Estate & Gift Tax [Details]

Description

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

Sections

Section Credits Books Time/Location D/E Professor
03 3 View Tu,Th 6:30 PM-7:45 PM/Room BLC C Eve William Metzger
QWCS723 Estate Planning [Details]

Description

This course is the study of the inter vivos and testamentary disposition of accumulated wealth. Students draft simple and complex estate plans. Emphasis is given also to the tax and non-tax considerations that influence the transfer and future management of wealth. Prerequisites: LAW 722 Estate and Gift Tax and LAW 748 Trusts & Estates. Enrollment limited to 16 students. This course satisfies 3 Skills or 3 Writing Units.

Sections

Section Credits Books Time/Location D/E Professor
02 4 View M,W 10:00 AM-11:50 AM/Room BLC 2 Day William Baker
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
03 3 View W 6:00 PM-7:15 PM/Room BLC A,
Th 7:30 PM-8:45 PM/Room BLC A
Eve Samuel Stonefield
LAW 658 Fair Housing Law [Details]

Description

Housing discrimination and segregation are at the root of much of the inequality in our current society, from education to jobs and health care. This course will examine the historical structures that have allowed discriminatory housing practices to exist, as well as the laws that have been implemented to address housing discrimination on both a state and federal level. We will address all of the protected categories, including race, color, national origin, sex, religion, familial status, disability, marital status, age, veteran status, receipt of public assistance, ancestry, sexual orientation, and gender identity and expression. The course will discuss both the theoretical and practical aspects of prosecuting or defending a housing discrimination complaint from the point of view of tenants, housing providers and municipalities. This will include discussions of administrative and judicial forums, establishing a prima facie case and gathering evidence of housing discrimination. This course satisfies 2 Skills Units.

Sections

Section Credits Books Time/Location D/E Professor
03 2 View W 6:00 PM-7:50 PM/Room BLC 4 Eve TBA
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 Tu,Th 6:30 PM-7:45 PM/Room BLC 2 Eve Taylor Flynn
LAW 622 Federal Criminal Law [Details]

Description

This course will examine the ways in which federal criminal law has sometimes allowed for greater change and experimentation within the realm of criminal law, including innovations in criminal law stemming from the federal system (e.g., sentencing guidelines, RICO statues, extension of certain civil rights). The course will both study the scope of federal criminal jurisdiction, and discuss the merits of federalizing white-collar crime and organized crime, including crimes relating to terrorist organizations. The purpose of the course is to give students both a more technical understanding of federal criminal law and to review larger issues of federal criminal law in greater depth.

Sections

Section Credits Books Time/Location D/E Professor
02 2 View Tu 4:00 PM-5:50 PM/Room BLC C Day Matthew Charity
LAW 747 Income Tax II [Details]

Description

A continuation of the study of the law as it relates to the federal taxation of the income of individuals. This course explores the tax concepts of realization and recognition of income, the character of gains and losses from the disposition of property, and tax accounting methods. The course also explores the role of debt in property transactions and may include a discussion of assignment of income principles. Prerequisite: Law 555 Income Tax I.

Sections

Section Credits Books Time/Location D/E Professor
02 3 View Tu,Th 10:30 AM-11:45 AM/Room BLC C Day William Metzger
LAW 958 International Criminal Law [Details]

Description

This course will explore the recognition and prosecution of international crimes (war crimes, aggression, genocide, crimes against humanity, torture, and terrorism) by international and national courts. We will study the development of the law of these crimes, with a focus on the elements of crimes, but also considering issues of jurisdiction, modes of liability, and defenses. The goal of the course will be to understand the law and its development, as well as changes and growth in the application of the law in the courts that pursue these cases

Sections

Section Credits Books Time/Location D/E Professor
02 3 View M,W 4:00 PM-5:15 PM/Room BLC 2 Day Bridgette Baldwin
QWC 792 International Human Rights [Details]

Description

International Human Rights is a simulation course that offers students the opportunity to develop their lawyering skills (such as research, analysis, writing, and oral presentation) as well as to learn substantive law. Using "hypothetical" cases (based on real events) that are pending in domestic or international courts, the course examines recent advances in international human rights. Topics explored may include international guarantees against genocide, abduction, gender discrimination, arbitrary arrest and detention, supression of speech, and mistreatment of racial, religious, and linguistic minority groups. Students play the roles of American and international lawyers involved in human rights disputes. They develop strategy, analyze legal materials, prepare briefs, and present oral arguments on behalf of their clients (states, organizations, and individuals) before domestic and international courts. The final grade for the course is based entirely on the oral and written work. Enrollment is limited to 24 students. This course satisfies 3 Writing Units

Sections

Section Credits Books Time/Location D/E Professor
02 3 View Tu,Th 1:00 PM-2:15 PM/Room BLC C Day Arthur Wolf
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
02 4 View TBA - 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
02 2 View Tu 9:00 AM-10:50 AM/Room BLC E Day Lauren Carasik
LAW 502 Intro to the Legal Profession [Details]

Description

Introduction to the Legal Profession is a one-credit graded course required in the first year for all entering students, offered prior to the beginning of the second term. This skills course is designed to introduce students to aspects of professional practice through a simulated experience involving legal problem-solving in the context of a lawyer-client relationship. The goals of the course include helping students develop an understanding of the importance of professionalism, legal ethics, and competency in the workplace and to provide opportunities for students to engage in hands-on lawyering skills.

Sections

Section Credits Books Time/Location D/E Professor
02 1 View M,Tu,W, 1:00 PM-4:15 PM/Room BLC A Day Eric Gouvin
03 1 View M,Tu,W, 6:00 PM-9:15 PM/Room BLC 3 Eve Eric Gouvin
LAWP983 Jessup International Moot Court Team [Details]

Description

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

Sections

Section Credits Books Time/Location D/E Professor
07 1 View TBA - TBA Matthew Charity, Robert Statchen
LAWP907 Judicial Externship [Details]

Description

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

Sections

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

Description

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

Sections

Section Credits Books Time/Location D/E Professor
21 1 View M 4:00 PM-4:50 PM/Room BLC 3 Day Jeanne Kaiser
LAW 642 Law and Social Change [Details]

Description

This seminar offers an investigation of issues faced by lawyers representing low-income clients and serving under-represented, disenfranchised groups. Cases, theoretical readings and historical texts are interwoven with several ends in mind: first, to provide a glimpse into the range of public interest work lawyers are engaged in and the intellectual foundations that guide these efforts; second, to consider the contexts in which the tools of public interest advocacy are more or less effective, with particular emphasis on the relationship of public interest lawyering to social movements of disenfranchised groups in American society. Third, to expose students to ethical issues and career development challenges that arise for public interest practitioners. The course grade will be based on students completing a variety of short written exercises, class participation and a major research paper. There will be no final exam. Enrollment limited to 20 students. This course satisfies 2 Writing Units

Sections

Section Credits Books Time/Location D/E Professor
03 2 View M 8:00 PM-9:50 PM/Room BLC D Eve Harris Freeman
LAW 636 Law Office Simulation [Details]

Description

This course is designed for motivated students with an interest in developing their own firm at graduation or in the future. The course is designed to introduce students to business principles, the Business Model Canvas, and business planning and implementation. Students will use these principles in conjunction with real world research to develop a business model and modified business plan for the formation of a new law firm. Topics to be covered will be ethical requirements, unauthorized practice of law considerations, market research, marketing, staffing, office space requirements, office technology and systems, and financial management (including budgeting, revenue, and expenses). Periodic projects will be assigned during the course which will be used for grading. There will not be a final examination. Law 632 Law Office Management is a recommended but not a prequisite. (this course satisfies 2 skills units)

Sections

Section Credits Books Time/Location D/E Professor
03 2 View W 6:00 PM-7:50 PM/Room BLC C Eve Michael Agen
LAWP909 Law Practice Externship [Details]

Description

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

Sections

Section Credits Books Time/Location D/E Professor
10 3 View TBA - TBA Beth Cohen
LAWP910 Law Practice Externship Seminar [Details]

Description

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

Sections

Section Credits Books Time/Location D/E Professor
10 1 View M 4:00 PM-4:50 PM/Room BLC 4 Day Beth Cohen
LAW 954 Law Review Board [Details]

Description

Students who are members of Law Review Board 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
04 View M 5:00 PM-6:00 PM/Room BLC 4 Eve Barbara Noah
LAW 950 Law Review Staff [Details]

Description

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

Sections

Section Credits Books Time/Location D/E Professor
01 View M 5:00 PM-6:00 PM/Room BLC 4 Eve Barbara Noah
LAW 508 Lawyering Skills II [Details]

Description

Lawyering Skills II is a required first-year courses designed to introduce students to the essential problem-solving and communication skills of the legal profession. The legal research and writing faculty work closely with students in smaller classroom settings to introduce techniques of legal analysis, the basic sources and processes of legal research, and the principles of legal writing and oral advocacy. Through a series of assignments of increasing complexity, students learn how to analyze legal problems, research legal issues, frame legal arguments, and gain experience in drafting the major forms of predictive and persuasive legal writing. During the second semester, in Lawyering Skills II, students will focus on the role of lawyer as an advocate by focusing on persuasive writing and drafting. In this context, students will assume the role and professional obligations of a lawyer by drafting legal arguments and documents on behalf of clients. Students will write a trial brief and argue a dispositive motion in a trial court simulation. Students will continue to receive individualized feedback throughout the semester. (required course; graded; two-credits) (prerequisite: successful completion of Lawyering Skills I)

Sections

Section Credits Books Time/Location D/E Professor
10 2 View M,W 9:30 AM-10:20 AM/Room BLC 1 Day Beth Cohen
11 2 View M,W 9:30 AM-10:20 AM/Room BLC 4 Day Jeanne Kaiser
12 2 View M,W 2:20 PM-3:10 PM/Room BLC 2 Day Jocelyn Cuffee
15 2 View M,W 6:00 PM-6:50 PM/Room BLC 1 Eve Myra Orlen
16 2 View M,W 2:20 PM-3:10 PM/Room BLC 4 Day Jeanne Kaiser
17 2 View M,W 9:30 AM-10:20 AM/Room BLC 3 Day Harris Freeman
18 2 View M,W 2:20 PM-3:10 PM/Room BLC 3 Day Harris Freeman
03 2 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
02 4 View TBA - TBA TBA
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.

Sections

Section Credits Books Time/Location D/E Professor
02 1 View Tu 2:30 PM-3:20 PM/Room BLC F Day TBA
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. This satisfies 2 Skills Units.

Sections

Section Credits Books Time/Location D/E Professor
02 2 View Tu 4:00 PM-5:50 PM/Room BLC F Day TBA
LAW 678 Legal Writing & Analysis in Prac [Details]

Description

This limited-enrollment, two-credit course is designed to provide in-depth training in legal reasoning for law school exams, the bar exam, and legal practice. This course is intended to benefit students who wish to improve their legal analysis skills; improve their exam performance; and prepare for bar-related performance exams. The course will encourage students to learn how to apply substantive law in the context of performance tests. This course addresses how to prepare for and take essay and performance exams; prepare a course study outline; synthesize and formulate a rule of law from one or more legal authorities; place a rule in a rule-structure; analyze application of the rule to a set of facts; and organize legal discussion of that analysis. Students will receive guidance and feedback on all written work from the professor about ways to improve their legal reasoning skills. The final grade is based on two performance exams and other small projects, assignments, and quizzes. (Limit to 16) (this course satisfies 2 writing units)

Sections

Section Credits Books Time/Location D/E Professor
02 2 View Th 4:00 PM-5:50 PM/Room BLC D Day Myra Orlen
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 course satisfies 3 Skills Units.

Sections

Section Credits Books Time/Location D/E Professor
02 3 View Th 5:20 PM-7:50 PM/Room BLC 4 Eve Oran Kaufman
LAWP 984 Mediation Moot Court Team [Details]

Description

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

Sections

Section Credits Books Time/Location D/E Professor
11 1 View TBA - TBA Danielle Barshank
LAW 704 Medical Liability Quality [Details]

Description

This course concentrates on the relationship between the physician and patient. It begins with the definition of illness, the nature of health care, quality of health and its measurement and the problems of medical error including its origin and strategies for reducing its incidence. In addition, the state's regulation of health care professionals through licensure and discipline is examined. The professional-patient relationship is then analyzed starting with formation and progressing to confidentiality, informed consent and the duty to provide care. Finally, the framework for malpractice suits against health care professionals and the doctrinal and evidentiary dimensions of such litigation are explored. 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
02 3 View Tu,Th 10:30 AM-11:45 AM/Room BLC D Day Barbara Noah
LAW 752 Municipal Law [Details]

Description

This course focuses on the many forms of local American governments and the sources and limitations of local governmental power. From the standpoint of both historical context and contemporary practice, students will examine the relationship of local municipalities to (1) state and federal governments, (2) other local governmental entities, and (3) constituents. Students will study specific topics such as the powers and mechanisms for local governments to raise revenue and expend funds, enact and enforce local laws, regulate land use and development, and provide services to citizens. Throughout the course, participants will consider the municipal attorney role as an advisor to elected and appointed officials, and the potential conflicts of interest that such lawyers face.

Sections

Section Credits Books Time/Location D/E Professor
03 2 View W 8:00 PM-9:50 PM/Room BLC 2 Eve Elizabeth Rodriguez-Ross
LAWP985 National Environmental Moot Court Team [Details]

Description

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

Sections

Section Credits Books Time/Location D/E Professor
35 1 View TBA - TBA Julie Steiner
LAWP986 National Moot Court Team [Details]

Description

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

Sections

Section Credits Books Time/Location D/E Professor
14 1 View TBA - TBA Harris Freeman
LAW 770 New York Practice and Procedure [Details]

Description

This course is designed to introduce the New York Court System and its procedure, pursuant to the Civil Practice Law & Rules (CPLR). The concept of jurisdiction in the state will be examined in detail as well as the commencement of a civil action and its interplay with jurisdictional principles, within, and outside New York's boundaries. A variety of issues will then be reviewed, such as service, defects of same, defenses to, and appearances. Important emphasis will be placed on limitations of time in actions, such as intentional torts, and medical malpractice, taking into account laches, tolls, extensions, and interposing other claims.

Sections

Section Credits Books Time/Location D/E Professor
03 2 View M 8:00 PM-9:50 PM/Room BLC 2 Eve Mark Powers, Kevin O'Brien
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 W 6:00 PM-7:50 PM/Room BLC B Eve Kevin O'Regan
LAW 511 Property [Details]

Description

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

Sections

Section Credits Books Time/Location D/E Professor
01 4 View W 9:00 AM-10:00 AM/Room BLC A,
M,Tu 9:00 AM-10:10 AM/Room BLC A
Day Arthur Gaudio
02 4 View W 10:30 AM-11:30 AM/Room BLC B,
M,Tu 10:30 AM-11:40 AM/Room BLC B
Day Arthur Gaudio
03 5 View Th 6:00 PM-7:15 PM/Room BLC A,
M 7:30 PM-8:45 PM/Room BLC A
Eve James Gordon
LAWS657 Real Estate Development [Details]

Description

This course will focus on real estate development using a shopping center and a subdivision/condominium as paradigms. In the course, we will take the development project from the acquisition of land, through financing and construction, and finish with the leasing or transfer of the units. Students will be assigned to law firms of two students each and over the course of the semester each firm will negotiate with another firm three separate aspects of the development process. The firms will draft all the documents appropriate to those transactions and make short presentations on them in class. Students will prepare brief memos journaling their experience. Course grade will be based on the document drafting, journal memos, and presentations. Enrollment limited to 16 students, but the number of students must be divisible by four in order to enable firm assignments and negotiating partners; i.e. number of students may only be 4, 8, 12 or 16. Students may not drop this course after the first class. Prerequisite for this class is LAW 730 Real Estate Finance. This course satisfies 3 Skills Units

Sections

Section Credits Books Time/Location D/E Professor
02 3 View M,W 1:00 PM-2:15 PM/Room BLC E Day Arthur Gaudio
LAWS947 Real Property Practice Practicum [Details]

Description

In the Real Estate Practicum, students are placed with real estate practice with real estate practitioners and are required to commit 10 hours per week (two sessions of 5 hours). Placements are done as a member of a two-person team. One member of the team is initially placed with a real estate attorney specializing in residential real estate, the other with an attorney at a title insurance company. Each team member works for six weeks with one attorney or the other and then switches right before spring break. In both placements, students work on a variety of title, closing, contract and related problems and will observe the operation of a law office and the interaction with clients, staff and other real estate professionals (brokers, lenders, appraisers, surveyors). As indicated on the List of Pairings, two team placements are in Springfield; two are in Connecticut (Windsor Locks and Hartford); one is split between Springfield and Hartford. Students must also enroll in a two credit seminar concurrent with their semester of fieldwork. As prerequisites for the course, students must have taken 2 or more of the following 6 courses: Land Finance and Transfer, Conveyancing, Real Estate Transactions, Taxation of Property, Land Use and Landlord-Tenant. The more prerequisites you have taken, the better, Professor Statchen strongly urges students to take (and will give preference in selection to students who have taken or will take) Land Finance and Transfer or Conveyancing. Enrollment is limited to 10 students in the spring semester only who have been selected through the clinic application process. 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 2 Skills Units.

Sections

Section Credits Books Time/Location D/E Professor
02 2 View TBA - TBA Robert Statchen
LAWS946 Real Property Practice Seminar [Details]

Description

In addition to the field placement, students attend a regularly scheduled seminar meeting. The first two weeks of the semester involve hands-on training, homework and simulations in title examination and residential real estate closings. Thereafter, the seminar will have required readings and discussions structured and led by the faculty member and frequently featuring presentations by experts in different aspects of real estate transactions. As prerequisites for the course, students must have taken 2 or more of the following 6 courses: Land Finance and Transfer, Conveyancing, Real Estate Transactions, Taxation of Property, Land Use and Landlord-Tenant. The more prerequisites you have taken, the better, and Professor Statchen strongly urge students to take (and will give preference in selection to students who have taken or will take) Land Finance and Transfer or Conveyancing. Enrollment is limited to 10 students in the spring semester only who have been selected through the clinic application process. 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 2 Skills Unit.

Sections

Section Credits Books Time/Location D/E Professor
02 2 View W 4:00 PM-5:50 PM/Room BLC 4 Day Robert Statchen
LAWS944 Small Business Clinic [Details]

Description

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

Sections

Section Credits Books Time/Location D/E Professor
03 4 View TBA - 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 4 Eve Robert Statchen
QWCS768 Toxic Torts [Details]

Description

This course will examine how the pre-trial stages of a complex environmental toxic tort case unfold. The course will develop students' written and oral advocacy skills by requiring them to research and draft two client-focused briefs, two judicial bench memoranda, and to engage in simulated oral argument. This course will use actual cases to illuminate key phases of the litigation process including pleadings, managment of complex document discovery, and the intricacies pre-trial advocacy and advanced application of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. The interplay between environmental statutory regulation and the common law will be explored, as will the unique challenges presented by trial management and the settlement of toxic tort litigation. Enrollment limited to 16 students. This course requires an even number of students and is a Restricted Withdrawal class which means that a student enrolled in the class may not withdraw subsequent to the second class of the semester (see Academic Standards Part the end of summer school registration, before the schedules are finalized, there will be a lottery if there is an odd number below the 16-person limit. a student who is randomly dropped from the course will have the option to find a partner and re-enroll in the course. This course satisfies 2 Writing and 1 Skills Unit.

Sections

Section Credits Books Time/Location D/E Professor
02 3 View M,W 2:30 PM-3:45 PM/Room BLC C Day Julie Steiner
LAWS777 Transactional Lawyering Seminar [Details]

Description

This course emphasizes the thought process and legal skills involved in the practice of transactional law. In this simulation course students will be broken up into "law firms" and will provide legal counsel to a party in a business transaction. One half of the class will represent one side of the transaction and the other half will represent the other side. Using a simulated transaction as the reference point, students will acquire an understanding of the lawyer's role in business transactions and will develop an appreciation of the business and legal issues that arise in transactional practice. As part of the simulation students will be required to interview a client, draft deal documents, and negotiate some deal points. This course satisfies 2 Skills Units

Sections

Section Credits Books Time/Location D/E Professor
03 2 View M 8:00 PM-9:50 PM/Room BLC C Eve V. Van Johnson
LAWS681 Trial Methods [Details]

Description

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

Sections

Section Credits Books Time/Location D/E Professor
03 2 View Tu 6:00 PM-7:50 PM/Room MTCT Eve Charles Belsky
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
02 3 View Tu,Th 1:00 PM-2:15 PM/Room BLC D Day James Gordon
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
02 3 View M,W 2:30 PM-3:45 PM/Room BLC D Day Anne Goldstein
LAWP988 Williams Institute Moot Court Team [Details]

Description

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

Sections

Section Credits Books Time/Location D/E Professor
29 1 View TBA - TBA Myra Orlen

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