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Administrative Law

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. Specific topics will include the creation of agencies; their investigative, legislative, and adjudicatory power; and the control of agency action by the executive, legislative, and the judicial branches. Given the pervasive nature …


Children & the Law

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. Special attention is given to the jurisprudential, constitutional, legal, and social foundations for the construction …


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 Rights Seminar

Course Description:

This seminar surveys the history of civil rights laws and issues in part by exploring the development of constitutional doctrines such as anti-discrimination, color blindness, and anti-subordination.


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 …


Consumer Credit Seminar

Course Description:

This course examines issues associated with consumer credit, including statutory and judicial regulation, with particular emphasis on the problems of the poor consumer.


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 …


Disability Discrimination

Course Description:

The seminar will emphasize the acquisition of knowledge of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) through traditional statutory and case law analysis. Students will complete a substantial written project on a topic covered by the ADA. Students can write a traditional seminar paper on a topic of their choice or work on a project to …


Election Law

Course Description:

The Supreme Court has long declared that the right to vote is fundamental, because it is preservative of all other rights. Yet for most of this country’s history, the voting rights of many Americans have been denied or diluted. This course will examine the right to vote in theory and practice, focusing especially on its …


Employment Discrimination Law

Course Description:

A study of federal law prohibiting discrimination in employment on the basis of race, gender, sexual orientation,  national origin, religion, age, and disability.  We will focus on Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Reconstruction Era Civil Rights Act, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of …


Environmental Law

Course Description:

This course is a survey course of U.S. environmental law, covering topics including environmental assessment, clean air, clean water, waste management, and endangered species. Along the way, we will consider questions of how best to regulate, issues of federalism, the role of citizens in environmental protection and law, the values, science, and policy that influence …


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 …


Gender and the Law

Course Description:

This course explores the legal significance of gender in a wide variety of contexts, including employment, criminal and civil law, and laws governing family and sexuality. It is a survey course covering major state and federal cases and including some discussion of gender in comparative and international contexts. We will examine such topics as rape, …


Immigration Law

Course Description:

This 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 retaining lawful status, including citizenship. The approach to the …


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, 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 will examine 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 point can …


Lawyers as Leaders

Course Description:

For generations, lawyers and people with legal training have used their skills to reach positions of influence in all spheres of public and private life. Combining readings on leadership theory, simulation exercises, and relying extensively on case studies featuring lawyers who have become successful leaders, this course develops a descriptive and normative picture of successful …


Legislation Clinic

Course Description:

In recent years, state legislatures have found themselves confronting many of our most complex public policy issues, in part because of efforts to downsize national government and revitalize principles of federalism. Law students can help Ohio legislators to analyze potential legislative issues, examine how other states have sought to address them, and develop statutory (or …


Nonprofit Organizations

Course Description:

This course will examine the major aspects of governance and tax law issues affecting the nonprofit sector. The emphasis will be on the lawyer’s role in forming, securing recognition of tax exemption for, and counseling nonprofit entities, such as charitable organizations, foundations, museums, hospitals, universities, and advocacy groups. A broad range of basic legal rules, …


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 …


Sexual Orientation and the Law

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.  Students will be expected to contribute actively to the class discussion.  Twenty percent of the grade will …


Sexual Violence Seminar

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.” How should these injuries be defined, and what efforts should (or must) the State undertake to regulate or eliminate them? Should sex-based harms be regulated by the State at all? If not …


Special Education Advocacy

Course Description:

The purpose of this course is to prepare students to be an advocate on behalf of children with disabilities. It is a highly practical course in which students are expected to be highly prepared for each class session and be actively involved in the simulations and other class work. Topics include: Initiating a Special Education …


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.