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Advanced Legal Writing

Course Description:

This is a survey course that aims to familiarize students with a variety of legal documents and teach them strategies and skills applicable to all legal documents. Students do little or no original research, focusing instead on writing and revising documents such as a statute, jury instructions, a simple contract, a simple opinion letter, and …


Alternative Dispute Resolution in Employment

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This course offers skills and strategies for effective negotiation and mediation of employment disputes in non-union work environments. A summary of negotiation and mediation principles and best practices will be provided. Prior to negotiating and mediating settlements through interactive exercises involving employment discrimination, wrongful discharge and other workplace disputes, Statutory or common law background knowledge …


Appellate Advocacy

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In this course, students learn and practice the fundamentals of written and oral appellate advocacy. Students are given actual materials from a case pending before the United States Supreme Court. They then write three drafts of their own version of a brief for the case, learning procedural and substantive aspects of appellate practice. In addition …


Civil Law Clinic

Course Description:

Students take on a wide variety of civil matters pending in local, state, and federal courts under faculty supervision. Students work with clients, appear in court, negotiate with opposing counsel, draft motions, and try cases. The clinic’s cases represent a wide variety of areas of practice, from public interest and civil rights to consumer, personal …


Commercial Leasing

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The course will be a focused study of the various business and legal considerations which drive the leasing of a commercial real estate project. We will examine the material provisions of a variety of lease documents, including office, industrial, retail and ground leases. The students will be given ample opportunity throughout the semester to review, …


Criminal Defense Clinic

Course Description:

This clinic operates as a small law office specializing in criminal defense work. Under faculty supervision, each student represents several defendants charged with misdemeanors in the Franklin County Municipal Court. Students develop the fact gathering skills, practical knowledge, problem solving abilities, negotiation tactics, and ethical sensitivity necessary to advocate effectively for criminal defendants. In addition …


Criminal Prosecution Clinic

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Students represent the City of Delaware and the State of Ohio in criminal cases, prosecuting cases as diverse as domestic violence, sexual misconduct, drunk driving, and theft. Each student is responsible for his or her own cases and handles every aspect of the prosecution including witness interviews, motion practice, plea negotiations, evidentiary hearings, and bench …


Depositions

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We will cover the procedure and problems associated with taking a deposition. We will focus on how a deposition can most effectively be taken and how the information can be integrated with other discovery mechanisms. The goal is for each student to be able to handle the deposition process from the start of discovery to …


Disability Discrimination

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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 …


Dispute Resolution Processes: Theory & Practice

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Dispute Resolution Processes: Theory and Practice surveys the basic processes and variations with an emphasis on the lawyer as an advocate for clients. Skill building is practiced through simulation exercises. The course is especially appropriate for a student who wants to take only a single dispute resolution course. Other students use it as an introduction …


Dispute System Design Workshop

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This is a course to prepare you to design new forums for particular disputes and also to design, or modify, disputing systems for series of disputes. It will be like a legal clinic in the sense that you will have a client with a particular problem to solve. It will differ from most legal clinics …


Drafting Business Contracts

Course Description:

This course provides students with a practical, hands-on introduction to the skills, techniques, and strategies that transactional business lawyers use when drafting business contracts.


Entrepreneurial Business Law Clinic

Course Description:

The EBLC offers a mix of clinical work with start-up businesses and early-stage entrepreneurs, and an academic component about transactional and business law topics. Students practice preparedness to form a legal entity after interviewing the client, reviewing their business model, and in-class collaboration; then, preparedness to address the primary legal needs of new businesses, issues …


International Business Arbitration

Course Description:

International arbitration is the primary method of resolving disputes that arise out of international business transactions. The course examines the international arbitration process and the legal framework of private contract, national law, and international treaties in which it operates. The course is relevant to lawyers with either a transactional or a litigation practice in an …


International Dispute Resolution

Course Description:

Disputes that arise between states of the world often require the work of lawyers to avert a more serious breakdown in relations, or to protect the rights of individuals whose interests are involved in the dispute. Disputes can be over a minor matter capable of quick resolution, or they can be over a long-standing issue …


Issues in Arbitration

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This course is an introduction to the law and practice of arbitration. Arbitration is a binding method of dispute resolution. Parties typically agree to arbitrate disputes before they know what disputes are likely to arise between them. Arbitration has historically been used primarily in labor-management disputes and commercial disputes. More recently and quite controversially, arbitration …


Judicial Externship

Course Description:

Judicial externships provide excellent educational opportunities, including observation of the workings of courts from the inside, interaction with distinguished judges, and engagement in supervised research and writing.


Jury Instructions

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Jury instructions are the set of legal rules that jurors should follow when the jury is deciding a civil or criminal case. Jury instructions are given to the jury by the judge, who usually reads them aloud to the jury. This course offers a step-by-step approach to the drafting of jury instructions.


Justice for Children Clinic

Course Description:

The course examines the substantive and procedural rights of children in a variety of legal contexts. As legal interns certified by the Ohio Supreme Court, students will each represent at least two juvenile clients. Cases may fall into any of the following areas of law: juvenile delinquency, abuse, neglect or dependency, appeals, immigration, or special …


Legal Negotiations and Settlements

Course Description:

Study of the theory, law, and practice of transactional and settlement negotiations. Selected topics include: relationship of bargaining concepts to democratic theory; adversarial versus problem-solving negotiating frameworks; distributive versus integration negotiating issues; comparison of bargaining dynamics and advocate strategies deployed in 2-party negotiations and multi-party negotiations; representing clients in a facilitated negotiation; and ethical dilemmas …


Legislation Clinic

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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 …


Lost in Translation: Can Your Client Hear You?

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In legal practice, particularly legal practice in a large company in-house legal department, issues rarely present themselves in neat packages, one a time. Instead, events and decisions often arise quickly. They present themselves as a tangled whole – many issues, complex interrelationships, and conflicting implications. They usually involve multiple legal issues. Often, they must be …


Mediation Clinic

Course Description:

The Mediation Clinic and Seminar provides opportunities to develop skills as a mediator, along with basic study of mediation law and policy issues. The course combines the features of a regular law school class, a clinic, and a seminar. For the clinical component, students will receive skills training through role plays and a videotape exercise, …


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 …


Patient Client Care

Course Description:

The course provides an opportunity for 12 students from each of the 6 professions – Allied Medicine, Education, Law, Medicine, Social Work, and Theology–to work together with faculty to develop the skills to design treatment plans for clients with complex problems presented in cases. Students and faculty work together to: (1) develop increased understanding of …


Pretrial Litigation

Course Description:

The course will cover case planning, interviewing and counseling, pleading, motion practice, informal and formal discovery, settlement discussions and, if time permits, interim relief and interlocutory appeals. Since students will have learned the basic legal doctrines in Civil Procedure, the focus will be on planning, analysis, and strategy. The class will be divided into law …


Public Interest and Government Externship

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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 …


Real Estate Development

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 to master in order to be successful. Disciplines …


Sentencing Law & Policy

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Decisions about the treatment of persons convicted of criminal offenses (ascribing punishment), and the rules and procedures used in reaching those decisions (the sentencing process), are crucial components of the landscape of criminal law. The theory, policy and practice of criminal punishment and sentencing have evolved considerably throughout American legal history, and this area of …


Special Education Advocacy

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The purpose of this course is to prepare students to be an advocate on behalf of children with disabilities. It is a highly practical course in which students are expected to be highly prepared for each class session and be actively involved in the simulations and other class work. Topics include: Initiating a Special Education …


The China Problem

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This course centers on problem solving and the skills and professional judgment required in transactional work. The background problem, entails advising a client on the risks and opportunities of forming a business or a joint venture in China. The course emphasizes the application of practice skills such as critical thinking, negotiations, and writing for a …


The Employment Litigation Problem

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This course centers on problem solving and the skills and professional judgment required in litigation work. This course will explore issues that confront lawyers throughout the litigation process. Students will address problems frequently associated with initial business intake, client expectations, and litigation strategy using a hypothetical suit alleging the theft of trade secrets. The simulation …


The Hospital Problem

Course Description:

Alliance State Hospital System is seeking to acquire a private practice network (Alliance Private Practice Network–APPN) of physicians to bring them onto their hospital staff. Physicians are currently affiliated with the Hospital but the majority of their compensation comes through the private practice. The proposed combination of APPN with the Hospital system requires consideration and …


Transactional Lawyering

Course Description:

Students will guide a fictitious company through a sophisticated transaction. As part of their representation, students will develop a procedural and substantive understanding of a transactional practice, and the roles transactional lawyers play. Students will be asked to draft several supporting documents, and ultimately turn negotiated business terms provided to them into a complex transaction …


Trial Practice

Course Description:

This course teaches basic trial practice necessary for presentation of elementary jury trials. Teaching combines student simulations of various aspects of a jury trial with lectures and videotapes. Each student will participate in presenting at least one complete trial during the course.