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Administrative Law

Administrative Law

Experiential Course Requirement? No Seminar? No Professional Responsibility? No Prerequisites: None 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. Administrative law provides a framework to understand the basic administrative process and its control by the three branches of …


American Legal History

Experiential Course Requirement? No Seminar? No Professional Responsibility? No Prerequisites: None Course Description: The history of American law from its colonial antecedents until the twentieth century, emphasizing the relationship between law and the changing social, political, and economic conditions.


Antitrust Law

Course Description: This course examines the statutory prohibitions upon cartel behavior and upon monopolization and attempts to monopolize, as well as the intersection of economics and the law with respect to how market power is identified and defined. The course also examines various business practices that allegedly either restrain trade or increase market power.


Banking Law

Experiential Course Requirement? No Seminar? No Professional Responsibility? No Prerequisites: none Course Description: A course on the formation, regulation, and governance of banking and related financial institutions. The course will examine “cyber banking,” including issues related to electronic cash, Internet commerce, the privacy of customer information, and the future of the payment system.


Disability Discrimination

Course Description: The course explores legal and policy issues related to the Americans with Disabilities Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, and Fair Housing Act Amendments, employing traditional statutory and case law analysis. Course emphasizes education law including both K-12 and higher education. Students will complete a practical exercise …


Election Law

Experiential Course Requirement? No Seminar? No Professional Responsibility? No Prerequisites: Constitutional Law Course Description: This course covers four major areas: (1) legislative districting; (2) nominating candidates; (2) campaign practices, including campaign financing; and (4) the casting and counting of ballots. Taking these topics in this order permits us to follow the “life cycle” of a …


Employment Law

Experiential Course Requirement? No Seminar? No Professional Responsibility? No Prerequisites: None 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, and unemployment insurance, among other topics.


Energy Law

Course Description: The course offers students a broad overview of the historical development of energy law and the regulation of energy markets and energy infrastructure development as well as more focused discussions of specific sources of energy and the implications of recent developments in energy law in response to increasing calls for cleaner and more …


Environmental Law

Experiential Course Requirement? No Seminar? No Professional Responsibility? No Prerequisites: None 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. We will also consider questions of how best to regulate, issues of federalism, the role of citizens in …


Environmental Law Practicum

Course Description: This course uses a simulation-based curriculum to give students a sense of what environmental law practice is really like and teach them the skills required to practice successfully in this area.


Federal Courts

Experiential Course Requirement? No Seminar? No Professional Responsibility? No Prerequisites: none Course Description: This course examines the scope of and limitations upon the federal judicial power under Article III of the Constitution. It is organized around three themes: (1) Separation of Powers, (2) Federalism, and (3) Enforcement of Federal Rights. Specific topics covered include standing and justiciability, jurisdiction-stripping, among other …


Federal Death Penalty Seminar

Course Explorer: This seminar examines many of the substantive and procedural issues that arise in federal habeas corpus cases. It begins with an understanding of the history and purpose of the Writ and focuses on the broader doctrinal concepts that define the modern scope of habeas review. The course will allow students to study and …


Federal Income Tax

Experiential Course Requirement? No Seminar? No Professional Responsibility? No Prerequisites: None Course Description: The course provides an introduction to the basic principles of the federal income tax. The principal subject areas include: (1) characteristics of income; (2) allowable deductions and exemptions; (3) timing issues; (4) income splitting; (5) preferential tax provisions including capital gains; and (6) brief examination of …


Health Law

Course Description: This course will focuses on selected issues in healthcare and clinical research; professional relationships in healthcare, the obligation to provide care, medical malpractice, healthcare privacy, end-of-life and other ethical issues, the business structure and regulation of the health care industry, healthcare fraud, abuse and antitrust, and the regulation of clinical research.


Immigration Law

Experiential Course Requirement? No Seminar? No Professional Responsibility? No Prerequisites: None Course Description: The 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 …


Insurance Law

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

Experiential Course Requirement? No Seminar? No Professional Responsibility? No Prerequisites: Not open to students with credit for 8103.01 Course Description: This course will explore 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

Experiential Course Requirement? No Seminar? No Professional Responsibility? No Prerequisites: None 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 …


Legislation Clinic

Experiential Course Requirement? Yes Seminar? No Professional Responsibility? No Prerequisites: None Course Description: This clinic helps law students to appreciate the importance of legislative lawyering as they develop their own skills in this arena. By observing and participating with others working in areas such as policy analysis, information-sharing in a partisan context, and negotiation among multiple parties, law students …


National Security Law and Process

Experiential Course Requirement? No Seminar? No Professional Responsibility? No Prerequisites: None Course Description: This course explores the legal, process, policy, political, and personality aspects of national security efforts, as conducted by lawyers and policymakers; horizontal federal institutional interactions; vertical interactions among levels of government; and issues including cyber, drones, and intelligence. Simulation participation, two short papers, and short oral and …


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.


Oil and Gas Law

Experiential Course Requirement? No Seminar? No Professional Responsibility? No Prerequisites: None Course Description: This course studies the law governing oil and gas ownership and development. It will include a study of related property interests in oil and gas, basic leasing concepts and regulatory principles.


Public Interest and Government Externship

Experiential Course Requirement? Yes Seminar? No Professional Responsibility? No Prerequisites: None Course Description: Conduct substantive legal work at government and non-profit placements, attend a class designed for externs, and fulfill specific academic requirements.


Public Utilities Seminar

Course Description: This course explores issues concerning the regulation and deregulation of utilities including: retail and wholesale competition, electricity and gas trading, consolidations and alliances, effects on public service obligations, and municipal power and cooperatives.


Real Estate Development

Experiential Course Requirement? Yes Seminar? No Professional Responsibility? No Prerequisites: none Course Description: The course will take a practical, “hands on” approach to the multi-faceted area of real estate development law. Case studies based on actual, “real world” projects will serve as the backdrop for our examination of the myriad of legal disciplines that a real estate development lawyer needs …


Regulatory Compliance

Experiential Course Requirement? No Seminar? No Professional Responsibility? No Prerequisites: None Course Description: This course will analyze the legal, ethical and policy foundations of regulatory compliance: the effort to translate statutory requirements into compliant corporate and individual behavior.


Securities Regulation

Experiential Course Requirement? No Seminar? No Professional Responsibility? No Prerequisites: Any Business Association course or waiver from professor Course Description: The course covers the regulation of distributions of securities by issuers and their affiliates under the Federal Securities Act of 1933 and the regulation of the securities trading markets by the Securities & Exchange Act of 1934.


State & Local Government Law

Experiential Course Requirement? No Seminar? No Professional Responsibility? No Prerequisites: None Course Description: This course addresses major issues facing state and local governments and prepares students to practice law and influence policy at the state and local level


Surveillance and Secrecy Seminar

Course Description: This seminar explores two of the most challenging law/policy issues of our time: surveillance (national security and criminal) and government secrecy.


Tax Policy

Experiential Course Requirement? No Seminar? Yes Professional Responsibility? No Prerequisites: None 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 …