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Administrative Law

Administrative Law

Course Description:

A study of the administrative law process, concentrating upon the functions and procedures of federal administrative agencies and judicial review of agency actions. Specific topics will include the creation of agencies; their investigative, legislative, and adjudicatory power; and the control of agency action by the executive, legislative, and the judicial branches. Given the pervasive nature …


American Legal History

Course Description:

This course explores the history of American law from 1607 to the present.  Among the most important topics examined in depth are: the reception of the English common law in the original thirteen colonies; constitutionalism and the American revolution; the Federalist era; the law’s role during the antebellum period in promoting industrialization and slavery; the …


Antitrust Law

Course Description:

This course will provide a comprehensive introduction to the federal antitrust laws dealing with restraints of trade, monopolization and mergers. We will examine the history of these laws and of their development in the courts; current doctrine and the legal and economic theories that underlie it; the analytical tools of the trade; and the sufficiency …


Banking Law

Course Description:

A course on the formation, regulation, and governance of banking and related financial institutions. The course will have a significant focus on current developments, including the implications of the Dodd Frank Act, lending discrimination, and the convergence of banking with the securities, insurance, and other financial services industries. The course will examine “cyberbanking”, including issues related …


Disability Discrimination

Course Description:

The seminar will emphasize the acquisition of knowledge of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) through traditional statutory and case law analysis. Students will complete a substantial written project on a topic covered by the ADA. Students can write a traditional seminar paper on a topic of their choice or work on a project to …


Election Law

Course Description:

The Supreme Court has long declared that the right to vote is fundamental, because it is preservative of all other rights. Yet for most of this country’s history, the voting rights of many Americans have been denied or diluted. This course will examine the right to vote in theory and practice, focusing especially on its …


Employment Law

Course Description:

This course focuses on federal and state regulation of the employment relationship, including constitutional, statutory, and common-law restrictions on employer activities. Subjects covered include negligent hiring and retention, invasion of privacy, wrongful discharge, unemployment insurance, employer’s duty to provide a safe workplace, and compensation for employees injured on the job. The course does not include …


Energy Law

Course Description:

One of the most critical challenges facing the United States and the global community is how to ensure access to safe, reliable and clean sources of energy. This class provides students with an introduction to energy law, regulation and policy in the United States. The course offers students a broad overview of the historical development …


Environmental Law

Course Description:

This course is a survey course of U.S. environmental law, covering topics including environmental assessment, clean air, clean water, waste management, and endangered species. Along the way, we will consider questions of how best to regulate, issues of federalism, the role of citizens in environmental protection and law, the values, science, and policy that influence …


Federal Courts

Course Description:

The federal courts play a critical role in allocating power among the branches of the federal government (separation of powers), as well as the allocation of power between the federal government and the states (federalism). The course will explore these complex relationships in detail. Topics include the extent of federal judicial power and the ability …


Federal Death Penalty Seminar

Course Description:

This course examines substantive and procedural issues in federal habeas corpus review of death penalty cases. Reviewing doctrine and practice, it tracks the development of the law to its modern form.


Federal Income Tax

Course Description:

The course provides an introduction to the basic principles of Federal Income Tax. The principal subject areas include: (1) characteristics of income (what is included in income); (2) allowable deductions and exemptions; (3) timing issues; (4) income splitting; (5) preferential tax provisions including capital gains; and (6) brief examination of other methods of taxation including …


Food and Drug Law Seminar

Course Description:

This seminar focuses on current issues concerning federal and state regulation of foods and drugs, including FDA structure and organization; the regulation of human drugs, medical devices, animal feed and drugs, nutraceuticals and alternative medical therapies; and state regulation of drugs, devices and food quality. Students will lead a discussion of a food, drug, cosmetic …


Health Law

Course Description:

Health reform has been a significant component of the public debate for years. While the United States maintains the highest per capita expenditures in the world, health outcomes and health system performance lag behind peer and non-peer nations. At the same time, the health care industry is one of the largest and fastest-growing sectors of …


Immigration Law

Course Description:

This course will examine the law and policy concerning persons who want to come to the United States on a temporary or permanent basis and persons who are in the United States and want to stay. Also to be examined are the laws concerning obtaining and retaining lawful status, including citizenship. The approach to the …


Insurance Law

Course Description:

Insurance law is of great importance to all lawyers, whether they litigate or do office practice. This 3-hour course covers many insurance issues, including liability, coverage, exclusions, duties of good faith, and duty to defend. These issues will be discussed in the context of liability, property and personal insurance.The grade is determined by the final exam. There …


Labor Law

Course Description:

Federal regulation of labor-management relations in private sector, focusing upon employee organizational and representational rights; selection of bargaining representative; collective bargaining process; contract administration and enforcement; and the union’s duty of fair representation.


Law and the Presidency

Course Description:

This course examines the law as it shapes the interactions of the President with both Congress and the judiciary. It examines the law surrounding the allocation of authority to the various branches of the national government, the so-called “separation of powers,” and the system of checks and balances that results. A dominant theme will be …


Legislation Clinic

Course Description:

In recent years, state legislatures have found themselves confronting many of our most complex public policy issues, in part because of efforts to downsize national government and revitalize principles of federalism. Law students can help Ohio legislators to analyze potential legislative issues, examine how other states have sought to address them, and develop statutory (or …


Money & Politics Seminar

Course Description:

The influence of money on the political process has been the subject of enormous controversy in recent years, most notably surrounding the Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission (2010).  This course addresses the role of money in politics, including the subjects of bribery, campaign finance, and lobbying.  We will address the …


National Security Law

Course Description:

This course examines the legal (international, constitutional, statutory, and administrative), process, policy, political, and personality aspects of the government’s national security efforts, as conducted by lawyers and policymakers. It explores horizontal federal interactions and vertical interactions international, federal, state, and local coordination). The course’s classroom portion has six modules: (1)conceptual and constitutional framing; (2) national …


Nonprofit Organizations

Course Description:

This course will examine the major aspects of governance and tax law issues affecting the nonprofit sector. The emphasis will be on the lawyer’s role in forming, securing recognition of tax exemption for, and counseling nonprofit entities, such as charitable organizations, foundations, museums, hospitals, universities, and advocacy groups. A broad range of basic legal rules, …


Public Interest and Government Externship

Course Description:

This course will provide academic credit to students who conduct substantive legal work at government and non-profit placements, attend a class designed for externs, and fulfill specified academic requirements.  The goals of this program are twofold:  to provide students with practical experience and to provide assistance to governmental entities and non-profit organizations which further the …


Public Utilities Seminar

Course Description:

The course examines the regulation and deregulation of utilities including: competition, trading, consolidations, effects on public service obligations, and municipal power and cooperatives.


Regulatory Compliance

Course Description:

This course explores the theory, law and practice of regulatory compliance. Students will become familiar with the foundations of regulatory compliance, including legal underpinnings, ethics, and behavioral economics. Drawing on the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and Federal Reserve rules, the course will explore the structure underlying compliance programs in both theoretical and practical applications, with a …


Securities Regulation

Course Description:

The course covers the sale of securities–from crowdfunding to private offerings to large, initial public offerings–under the Securities Act of 1933 and the JOBS Act, as well as the regulation of the securities trading markets and public company reporting by the Exchange Act of 1934, the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, and the Dodd-Frank Act. We will also …


State & Local Government

Course Description:

State and Local Government Law addresses major issues facing state and local governments in a time of rapid change: (1) the distribution of power between federal, state, and local governments; (2) the forms, structure, powers, financing, and liability of local governments; (3) the relationship between local governments; and (4) the relationship of state and local governments, public employees, …


Tax Policy Seminar

Course Description:

This course draws upon philosophy, economic theory, and political science to explore fundamental questions about the distribution of wealth in society. Using these constructs, the class will compare existing and proposed systems of taxation from both the United States and abroad, and it will highlight the tension inherent in the underlying goals and the effects …