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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.


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.


Boilerplate and Standard-Form Agreements Seminar

Course Description: This seminar examines how standard-form agreements interact with underlying legal norms, and whether, when, and how, should the law allow the forms to circumvent those underlying norms.


Business Associations

Experiential Course Requirement? No Seminar? No Professional Responsibility? No Prerequisites: None Course Description: This course provides an introduction to the laws governing business entities. We will examine the structure and characteristics of modern business organizations, particularly publicly traded and closely held business corporations. Significant emphasis is placed upon the nature of the corporate governance system …


Business Bankruptcy

Experiential Course Requirement? No Seminar? No Professional Responsibility? No Prerequisites: None Course Description: The course will focus on the business bankruptcy process, principally Chapter 11 reorganizations. Topics to be addressed include the basics of federal bankruptcy law, including the automatic stay, avoidance of fraudulent and preferential transfers, treatment of executory contracts, operation of a company …


Commercial Paper

Experiential Course Requirement? No Seminar? No Professional Responsibility? No Prerequisites: none Course Description: This course focuses on Articles 3 and 4 of the Uniform Commercial Code (UCC), which deals with promissory notes and checking accounts. Topics for promissory notes include negotiability, holder in due course, co-signer liability, and conversion.


Consumer Credit Seminar

Course Explorer: In this course, we will examine the various actors involved in the consumer credit process and what their legal obligations are under existing state and federal regulations. We will look at federal, state and local government efforts to combat predatory practices.


Contracts

Contracts is the body of law concerned with private agreements. The course focuses on when promises are given legal weight, how contracts are formed, when they are and are not enforced, what their terms mean, and what remedies are available when they are breached. In addition, students discuss contract negotiation and drafting, legal planning issues, …


Contracts II

Experiential Course Requirement? No Seminar? No Professional Responsibility? No Prerequisites: None Course Description: This course continues and complements Contracts I. The topics covered include pre-contractual obligation (including preliminary agreements), contract interpretation, gap-filling terms, duress, modification, performance and breach, conditions, mistake, impossibility, impracticability, frustration, and the public policy defense, among other topics.


Debtor & Creditor

Experiential Course Requirement? No Seminar? No Professional Responsibility? No Prerequisites: None Course Description: This course is about the rights and obligations of debtors and creditors when a debtor cannot or will not pay an obligation owned to the creditor. Students will learn what a debtor or creditor can do under state law (Ohio law emphasized), …


Doing Business in China

This seminar will examine how multinational companies (MNCs) do business on the ground in China. The course will examine how MNCs set up a wholly or partially owned subsidiary in China, such as a wholly foreign owned enterprise or a joint venture. We will also examine most of the major issues for MNCs that have …


Drafting Business Contracts

Course Description: This course will focus on the skills, techniques, and strategies that transactional business lawyers need to employ when drafting business contracts such as employment agreements, purchase and sale documents and joint venture contracts. The course will emphasize the practical over the theoretical and will give the students ample opportunity to hone their drafting …


International Business Arbitration

Experiential Course Requirement? No Seminar? No Professional Responsibility? No Prerequisites: None Course Description: 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 increasingly globalized world.


Issues in Arbitration

Experiential Course Requirement? No Seminar? No Professional Responsibility? No Prerequisites: None Course Description: This course explores the law, theory and practice of arbitration. Students will engage in arbitration simulations as both a representative and as an arbitrator. Evaluation will be based on in-class work, class participation, arbitrator opinions and exam.


Law and Economics

Course Description: This course examines these and similar questions by introducing the students to one of today’s most powerful schools of legal thought, Law and Economics. Law and Economics applies the basic tools of economic reasoning to legal doctrines and provides a set of tools for analyzing laws.


Legal Negotiations and Settlements

Experiential Course Requirement? Yes Seminar? No Professional Responsibility? No Prerequisites: None Course Description: This highly interactive course is designed to familiarize students with theories, skills and ethics involved in legal negotiation. Through simulations and role-play exercises, students will gain first-hand experience in applying negotiation techniques. This course will aim to provide students with tools to prepare for, conduct, and analyze …


Sales

Experiential Course Requirement? No Seminar? No Professional Responsibility? No Prerequisites: None Course Description: An exploration of domestic and international sale and lease transactions, including consideration of issues relating to scope, contract formation, risk of loss, warranties and other performance standards, excused performance, and remedies.


Secured Transactions

Experiential Course Requirement? No Seminar? No Professional Responsibility? No Prerequisites: None Course Description: This course deals with credit transactions in which the collateral is personal property. It focuses on Article 9 of the Uniform Commercial Code, but considers other parts of the U.C.C. as well pertinent parts of such statutes as the Bankruptcy Code and …


Small Business Finance

Experiential Course Requirement? No Seminar? No Professional Responsibility? No Prerequisites: Bus Assoc. Course Description: Uses a case study to integrate the many areas of law needed when handling the finances of a small business. We follow a business from start-up to equity investment, at each stage studying the commercial context, the contracts commonly used, and the practical and ethical consequences …