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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 …


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.


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 …


Ethics of Washington Lawyering

Course Description: The course will cover the black-letter law of the usual professional responsibility course, such as confidentiality and conflicts of interest, and students are thus prepared for the MPRE examination. The emphasis, however, will be on topics that arise often in Washington, such as “confidentiality and the role of leaks”, “conflicts of interest in …


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 …


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.


Legislation

This course examines legislative lawmaking processes, including the importance of congressional committees and the role of lobbying, and also the approaches taken by federal courts and agencies when interpreting statutes. The inclusion of the Legislation course in the first-year curriculum reflects how important legislative lawmaking has become to the American common law tradition. The course …


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 …


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 …


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 …


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.


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


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 …


The Rule of Law in the Age of Legal Change

Experiential Course Requirement? No Seminar? Yes Professional Responsibility? No Prerequisites: None Course Description: This course will introduce students to “the rule of law” as part of a larger introduction to some of the major legal and policy changes being made by the Trump Administration.


Transitional Justice Seminar

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.


Washington D.C. Summer Program

Course Description: Students will take a 2-credit course on The Ethics of Washington Lawyering, as well as a 3-credit externship seminar. In previous years, students have worked in major federal agencies and nonprofit groups that are often national leaders in their fields.


What’s International Law For? Purposes and Values of the International Legal Order Seminar

Experiential Course Requirement? No Seminar? Yes Professional Responsibility? No Prerequisites: None Course Description: This seminar examines the overarching policy purposes animating and guiding the international legal order.