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Litigation and the Judicial Process
Experiential Course Requirement? No Seminar? No Professional Responsibility? No Prerequisites: LAW I and II Course Description: This course explores procedural and substantive aspects of appellate practice. Additionally, students prepare a brief and present an oral argument on the basis of assigned resource materials and original research.
Appellate Practice IV
Course Description: This class prepares students on competitive moot court teams by providing brief-writing and oral argument instruction. The course includes practice arguments following which the instructors and class members critique the performance of teams as they prepare for regional and national competition. The class meets both semesters for a total of one credit.
Course Description: This course is specifically designed for law students with a strong inclination to become litigators and handle cases involving business disputes. The focus of the course will be on the liability of fiduciaries who serve as trustee for a trust engaged in the purchase or sale of company stock. Fiduciaries are subject to …
Business Torts and Unfair Competition
The first year course in Tort Law introduced the role of tort doctrines, such as intentional interference with protected legal interests, negligent breach of duty, strict liability and nuisance in the context of individuals suffering injury to their person or property as a proximate result of this tortious activity. In Business Torts and Unfair Competition …
Civil Law Clinic
Experiential Course Requirement? Yes Seminar? No Professional Responsibility? No Prerequisites: Ohio Legal Intern Certificate; Evidence Course Description: Students work with clients, appear in court, negotiate with opposing counsel, draft motions, and try cases in local, state, and federal courts under faculty supervision. The clinic works in diverse areas of practice, from public interest and civil …
Civil Procedure I
Civil Procedure I introduces students to the civil litigation process in federal and state courts. This course focuses on the kinds of disputes courts have the power to decide, the law and strategy involved in selecting a particular forum, the impact forum choice may have on the parties, who is bound by the court’s judgment, …
Civil Procedure II
Experiential Course Requirement? No Seminar? No Professional Responsibility? No Prerequisites: None Course Description: Using the federal courts as a model, this course critically examines how the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure attempt to secure the just, speedy, and inexpensive determination of civil actions, as well as movements for their reform. Topics include: pleading, joinder of …
Conflict of Laws
Course Description: The course in conflict of laws explores how courts handle such cases in a variety of contexts. Topics include choice of law (which state’s laws are to be applied to an issue in a case); constitutional constraints on choice of law; and recognition of judgments rendered in other states. Although the course will …
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 Defense Clinic
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 Prosecution Clinic
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 …
Course Explorer: The course 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.
E-Discovery Law and Practice
Experiential Course Requirement? No Seminar? No Professional Responsibility? No Prerequisites: None Course Description: This course presents an overview of e-discovery law, as well as an examination of its practical implications for modern commercial litigation and other contemporary practices areas.
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 …
Evidence in Trial Practice Seminar
This seminar examines a host of evidentiary issues that challenge trial courts and litigants in the course of a trial. By exploring these issues in a seminar setting students will gain a deeper understanding of the rules of evidence, their underlying policy objectives and their implications, than is possible in the more basic course on …
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 …
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.
Experiential Course Requirement? Yes Seminar? No Professional Responsibility? No Prerequisites: None 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.
Course Descriptions: 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
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
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.
Law, Lawyers, and Social Movements Seminar
Course Description: This course will examine the relationship between law, lawyers, and social movements, and, in so doing, consider the relationship between law, social structures, and social change. It examines how legal strategies for social change work to secure rights for marginalized groups, and about the converse: how organizing with the law as a reference …
Lawyers and the Media
Course Description: The course will address the legal and ethical issues involved in dealing with the media and making public statements about litigation and legal issues, including the First Amendment, public records law, and the professional responsibility implications of social media use and media relations amidst litigation. Other issues that will be addressed are journalistic …
Experiential Course Requirement? Yes Seminar? No Professional Responsibility? No Prerequisites: Completion of first-year law Course Description: In this course, students learn the law, theory, and practice of the important proceedings that occur prior to the trial of civil cases. They develop, draft, and respond to interrogatories, requests for documents, and pretrial motions. In addition, they learn to conduct and defend …
Experiential Course Requirement? No Seminar? No 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 …
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.
Experiential Course Requirement? No Seminar? No Professional Responsibility? No Prerequisites: None Course Description: The study of the general principles of remedies, integrating public-law and private- law forms of relief. Topics include compensation, punitive damages, damages in civil rights cases, injunctive relief for constitutional violations, specific performance, governmental immunity, declaratory judgment, restitution, and fee-shifting.
The Employment Litigation Problem
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 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.
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.
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 …