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Cannabiz: Exploring the “Legalized” Cannabis Industry

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Course Description: This course will be an exploration of the risks inherent in entrepreneurial businesses, and the ways in which entrepreneurs embrace the possibility of failure to pursue opportunity.


Children & the Law

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Experiential Course Requirement? No Seminar? No Professional Responsibility? No Prerequisites: None Course Description: This course examines the substantive and procedural rights of children and the competing interests of their parents and the state in a variety of legal contexts, which include delinquency, status offense, abuse and neglect, and termination of parental rights proceedings.


Computer Crime and Surveillance Seminar

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Experiential Course Requirement? No Seminar? No Professional Responsibility? No Prerequisites: None   Course Description: This course explores the legal and policy issues that judges, legislators, prosecutors and defense counsel confront in response to computer-related crime and computer-related surveillance. In particular, it considers how conduct in cyberspace challenges traditional approaches to the investigation, prosecution and defense of …


Criminal Defense Clinic

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Experiential Course Requirement? Yes Seminar? No Professional Responsibility? No Prerequisites: Ohio Legal Intern Certificate; Evidence 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 fact gathering skills, practical knowledge, problem …


Criminal Law

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Criminal Law covers the moral and penological principles underlying the definition of crime, such as the requirements of actus reus and mens rea, and general doctrines such as mistakes of fact and law, and causation. The course also considers inchoate offenses, such as criminal attempts and conspiracy, as well as doctrines of complicity. The course …


Criminal Law Defenses

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Course Description: This seminar explores the moral underpinnings of, and controversies regarding, criminal law defenses. During the first half of the semester, through substantial assigned reading materials (all articles, no cases), the focus is on the nature of criminal law defenses generally, and the theoretical but all-important concepts of “justification” and “excuse” more specifically.


Criminal Procedure: Adjudication

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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

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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.


Criminal Prosecution Clinic

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Experiential Course Requirement? Yes Seminar? No Professional Responsibility? No Prerequisites: Ohio Legal Intern Certificate; Evidence Course Description: 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 …


Drug Crimes

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Course Description: Drug Crimes examines the policy and legal doctrine of drug criminalization, including coverage of the major drug offenses (possession, possession with intent to distribute, manufacture, and more).


Evidence

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Experiential Course Requirement? No Seminar? No Professional Responsibility? No Prerequisites: None Course Description: This course surveys the law of evidence. Students develop a facility with major evidentiary rules and concepts, based on a study of the Federal Rules of Evidence. Concepts covered include relevance, the use of character and scientific evidence, the definition and use of hearsay, the use of …


Federal Death Penalty Seminar

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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 …


Forensic Mental Health

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Experiential Course Requirement? No Seminar? No Professional Responsibility? No Prerequisites: None Course Description: This course discusses the civil and criminal aspects of mental health case law including involuntary civil commitment, competence to stand trial, and sanity at the time of the act.


International Criminal Law Seminar

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Experiential Course Requirement? No Seminar? Yes Professional Responsibility? No Prerequisites: None Course Description: This seminar covers international law as it affects the prosecution of crime. Specific topics include international extradition of suspects (and other forms of inter- governmental cooperation with regard to crime), international standards for due process in criminal cases.


Justice for Children Clinic

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Experiential Course Requirement? Yes Seminar? No Professional Responsibility? No Prerequisites: Ohio Legal Intern Certificate 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 …


Law and Social Science

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Course Description: This course introduces students to the use of social science evidence by legal practitioners and courts at all levels. Such evidence is used, for example, in cases involving issues of trademark infringement, obscenity, discrimination, identification of criminal offenders, potential jury prejudice, eyewitness reliability, sexual assault, self-defense, dangerousness, and the fashioning of remedies.


Marijuana Law, Policy & Reform Seminar

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Experiential Course Requirement? No Seminar? Yes Professional Responsibility? No Prerequisites: None Course Description: This seminar will examine the social and historical backdrop of intoxicant prohibition, and assess the legal reforms and political debates now surrounding the control and regulation of marijuana use.


Prisons, Police, and Borders Seminar

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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.


Race and Crime Seminar

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This seminar examines questions relating to the myriad ways in which race intersects with the law and with the criminal justice system.


Section 1983: Police Misconduct and Prison Violations Seminar

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


Sentencing Law & Policy

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Experiential Course Requirement? No Seminar? No Professional Responsibility? No Prerequisites: None Course Description: This course will review traditional theoretical justifications for punishments and examine in depth society’s always-developing approach to the sentencing of criminal offenders.


Sexual Violence Seminar

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Course Description: This seminar examines various theories of sexuality—both cross-sex and same-sex—and how they relate to notions of “sexual violence,” “sexual injury,” and “sexual harm.” This seminar should be of interest to anyone interested in gender and sexual equality, the law governing rape (including marital rape), sexual harassment, child sex abuse, marriage, or domestic violence.


Transitional Justice Seminar

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Experiential Course Requirement? No Seminar? Yes Professional Responsibility? No Prerequisites: None Course Description: This seminar will explore the diverse range of transitional justice mechanisms in post-conflict societies and compare and analyze them in view of various demands for justice.


Trial Practice

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Experiential Course Requirement? Yes Seminar? No Professional Responsibility? No Prerequisites: Evidence Course Description: In this course, students learn basic trial techniques. Students participate in simulated trial problems and proceedings conducted under the supervision of a seasoned trial practice instructor. They learn to present opening arguments, conduct direct and cross-examination, introduce exhibits, and deliver persuasive closing arguments.


War Crimes Law Seminar

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Course Description: This seminar explores the lack of “rule of law” and its role in the conflicts in the Balkans, focusing on the history and studying both international and domestic trials.


White Collar Crime

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Experiential Course Requirement? No Seminar? No Professional Responsibility? No Prerequisites: Criminal Law Course Description: This course focuses on the investigation, prosecution and defense of white-collar crimes. Sophisticated criminal offenses often use power, influence or trust for the purpose of illegal gain or advantage. Offenses covered in this class include; fraud, corruption, money laundering, tax, obstruction of justice and other …