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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 …


Advanced Constitutional Law: Theories and Interpretation

Experiential Course Requirement? No Seminar? No Professional Responsibility? No Prerequisites: None Course Description: Constitutional theory, with emphasis on competing views of judicial review and the judicial function; the methodologies and processes of constitutional decision making; and criteria for judicial justification.


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.


Civil Rights Seminar

Course Description: This course will survey the history of civil rights laws and issues with a strong focus on race and ethnicity. It will also look at other categories such as gender and age. The development of civil rights law will be explored by studying a number of legal doctrines such as housing, public accommodation, …


Constitutional Interpretations Seminar

The Supreme Court’s 1954 decision in Brown v. Board of Education was a watershed moment in constitutional interpretation, and this course examines major approaches to reading the U.S. Constitution developed in its wake. Course readings—mainly drawn from law review articles and books—will offer students an opportunity to learn how to engage and analyze various forms …


Constitutional Law

Course Description: This course explores “state constitutional law.” It will not specifically teach Ohio constitutional law, though some illustrations of the various principles may come from Ohio law. Instead, the subject is a general examination of state constitutional law and its proper role in the fabric of American law. Thus we will inquire into how …


Constitutional Litigation

Course Description: Constitutional Litigation is a course in advanced and applied constitutional law. It focuses on one of the central ways in which constitutional claims are litigated: in lawsuits against public officials and local governments.


Criminal Procedure: Adjudication

Experiential Course Requirement? No Seminar? No Professional Responsibility? No Prerequisites: None Course Description: This course studies the process of the criminal justice system from after the time of arrest through trial and verdict. Topics covered will include the right to counsel, the charging process, pretrial detention, discovery, pleas, trials, and double jeopardy.


Criminal Procedure: Investigation

Experiential Course Requirement? No Seminar? No Professional Responsibility? No Prerequisites: none Course Description: This course focuses on the legality of police investigative conduct under the Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Amendments to the United States Constitution. The course explores in-depth the Fourth Amendment’s prohibition against unreasonable searches and seizures.


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 …


First Amendment

Course Description: This course explores American constitutional law regarding freedom of speech, freedom of association, and freedom of the press. It focuses on the leading First Amendment cases that give expression the most extensive protection found anywhere in the world.


Foreign Relations Law

Course Description: This course will examine the constitutional, statutory, and international law basis for the conduct of foreign relations and foreign policy by the United States. It will examine how those legal powers and restraints interact with international law and practice. Among the topics considered will be treaties and international agreements, the war power, and …


Fourteenth Amendment Seminar

Course Description: This advanced course in constitutional law will examine current, recurrent, and lasting topics of interest under the Fourteenth Amendment. The course will consider the extent to which the Fourteenth Amendment restructured the relationship between the federal and state governments.


Law and Religion

Experiential Course Requirement? No Seminar? No Professional Responsibility? No Prerequisites: None Course Description: This course will examine First Amendment issues raised by both the Free Exercise and the Establishment Clause. In addition, it will explore other intersections of law and religion, including the effect of religion on law and of law on religion.


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 …


Money & Politics Seminar

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 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 …


Prisons, Police, and Borders Seminar

Experiential Course Requirement? No Seminar? Yes Professional Responsibility? No Prerequisites: None Course Description: The course will consider the historical, psycho-social, and legal foundations of prison, police, and borders, and the possibilities for reforms and alternatives.


Progressive Era and its Contemporary Relevance Seminar

Experiential Course Requirement? No Seminar? Yes Professional Responsibility? No Prerequisites: None Course Description: In this course we will examine the historical development of modern products liability law, the impact that product liability law has had with regard to consumer safety, patterns of litigation, and the call for tort reform. The course will focus upon the four primary theories of recovery …


Section 1983: Police Misconduct and Prison Violations Seminar

Course Description: This course considers the origins, uses, and limits of section 1983 litigation in the contexts of police misconduct and prison violations.


Sex, Sexuality and the Law

Experiential Course Requirement? No Seminar? No Professional Responsibility? No Prerequisites: None Course Description: This course will survey the various legal issues facing gay men, lesbians and bisexuals. The topics include: regulation of sexuality and gender; liberty-equality debate; theories of sexuality, gender and the law; the workplace; families; parenting; education; and the military.


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


State Constitutional Law Seminar

The course is about “state constitutional law.” It will not specifically teach Ohio constitutional law, though some illustrations of the various principles may come from Ohio law. Instead, the subject is a general examination of state constitutional law and its proper role in the fabric of American law. Thus we will inquire into how state …


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.


The U.S. Supreme Court Seminar

Course Description: This seminar will focus on the U.S. Supreme Court as an institution and demonstrate the ways in which its formal and informal norms and structure shape the nature and content of the law the Court makes.


U.S. Supreme Court Decision-making Seminar

Course Description: This seminar deals primarily with the process of constitutional litigation as seen from the perspective of the U.S. Supreme Court. It includes a historical analysis of Article III and, more specifically, a consideration of the Court’s evolution over its almost 200 years of existence, with detailed attention to the way in which the courts …