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Litigation and the Judicial Process

Appellate Advocacy

Course Description:

In this course, students learn and practice the fundamentals of written and oral appellate advocacy. Students are given actual materials from a case pending before the United States Supreme Court. They then write three drafts of their own version of a brief for the case, learning procedural and substantive aspects of appellate practice. In addition …


Appellate Practice

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.


Civil Law Clinic

Course Description:

Students take on a wide variety of civil matters pending in local, state, and federal courts under faculty supervision. Students work with clients, appear in court, negotiate with opposing counsel, draft motions, and try cases. The clinic’s cases represent a wide variety of areas of practice, from public interest and civil rights to consumer, personal …


Civil Procedure I

Course Description:

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

Course Description:

Civil Procedure II focuses on litigation from the perspective of the litigator. It addresses the litigation process from filing the initial complaint through appeal, with the exception of the actual conduct of trial itself. Using the federal courts as a model, this course critically examines how the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure attempt to secure …


Conflict of Laws

Course Description:

Courts are often required to adjudicate cases that involve multi-state elements. For example, a contract may be made between an entity from New York and one from California to be performed in Ohio. A tort might occur involving citizens from different states, possibly in a third state. The course in conflict of laws explores 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.  The bulk of the course looks at litigation under 42 U.S.C. § 1983.  We will consider topics such as what it means …


Criminal Defense Clinic

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 the fact gathering skills, practical knowledge, problem solving abilities, negotiation tactics, and ethical sensitivity necessary to advocate effectively for criminal defendants. In addition …


Criminal Prosecution Clinic

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 handles every aspect of the prosecution including witness interviews, motion practice, plea negotiations, evidentiary hearings, and bench …


Depositions

Course Description:

We 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. The goal is for each student to be able to handle the deposition process from the start of discovery to …


Evidence

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 real and demonstrative evidence, the proper method of …


Evidence in Trial Practice Seminar

Course Description:

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 …


Federal Courts

Course Description:

The federal courts play a critical role in allocating power among the branches of the federal government (separation of powers), as well as the allocation of power between the federal government and the states (federalism). The course will explore these complex relationships in detail. Topics include the extent of federal judicial power and the ability …


International Business Arbitration

Course Description:

International arbitration is the primary method of resolving disputes that arise out of international business transactions. 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 …


Judicial Externship

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.


Jury Instructions

Course Description:

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

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 of law: juvenile delinquency, abuse, neglect or dependency, appeals, immigration, or special …


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.  Despite its now …


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 techniques, the …


Pretrial Litigation

Course Description:

The course will cover case planning, interviewing and counseling, pleading, motion practice, informal and formal discovery, settlement discussions and, if time permits, interim relief and interlocutory appeals. Since students will have learned the basic legal doctrines in Civil Procedure, the focus will be on planning, analysis, and strategy. The class will be divided into law …


Products Liability

Course Description:

In the modern world, people accomplish both individual and collective objectives through the products of technology. Our modes of transportation, narrowly tailored medical treatment, manufacturing, entertainment, nourishment, and the control and maintenance of our individual and collective surroundings all involve the use of products that have the potential for great benefit and, on occasion, great …


Public Interest and Government Externship

Course Description:

This course will provide academic credit to students who conduct substantive legal work at government and non-profit placements, attend a class designed for externs, and fulfill specified academic requirements.  The goals of this program are twofold:  to provide students with practical experience and to provide assistance to governmental entities and non-profit organizations which further the …


Remedies

Course Description:

Most people who consult a lawyer do so because they’re worried about remedies — either the remedies due them or the remedies they will have to provide. In spite of that, many substantive courses leave aside or skimp on remedies. In this course, we redress the imbalance, showing additionally how remedies can bring different areas …


Supreme Court Litigation 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 exercise …


The Employment Litigation Problem

Course Description:

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 Supreme Court Seminar

Course Description:

This seminar will focus on the US 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. Topics will include the development of the Court as an institution–changes in jurisdiction, structure, and function–from 1790 to the …


Trial Practice

Course Description:

This course teaches basic trial practice necessary for presentation of elementary jury trials. Teaching combines student simulations of various aspects of a jury trial with lectures and videotapes. Each student will participate in presenting at least one complete trial during the course.