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Advanced Legal Writing

Experiential Course Requirement? Yes Seminar? No Professional Responsibility? No Prerequisites: Completion of first-year law Course Description: In this course, students write and revise a variety of legal documents, as well as complete a short project and presentation.


Appellate Advocacy

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.


Business Litigation

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 …


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 …


Commercial Leasing

The course will be a focused study of the various business and legal considerations which drive the leasing of a commercial real estate project. We will examine the material provisions of a variety of lease documents, including office, industrial, retail and ground leases. The students will be given ample opportunity throughout the semester to review, …


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 …


Depositions

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.


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 …


Dispute Resolution in Employment

Course Description: This course offers skills and strategies for effective resolution of employment disputes in non-union work environments, with a focus on avoiding litigation. Students will discuss statutory and common law relevant to the workplace and apply that background in interactive exercises involving employment discrimination, wrongful discharge and other workplace disputes.


Dispute Resolution Processes: Theory & Practice

Experiential Course Requirement? No Seminar? No Professional Responsibility? No Prerequisites: none Course Description: This course surveys the basic processes and variations with an emphasis on the lawyer as an advocate for clients. Skill building is practiced through simulation exercises. The course is especially appropriate for a student who wants to take only a single dispute …


Dispute System Design Workshop

Experiential Course Requirement? Yes Seminar? No Professional Responsibility? No Prerequisites: Another course in dispute resolution, taken prior to this class or during the same semester that you take this class Course Description: This is a course to prepare you to design new forums for particular disputes and also to design, or modify, disputing systems for series …


Drafting Business Contracts

Course Description: This course will focus on the skills, techniques, and strategies that transactional business lawyers need to employ when drafting business contracts such as employment agreements, purchase and sale documents and joint venture contracts. The course will emphasize the practical over the theoretical and will give the students ample opportunity to hone their drafting …


Entrepreneurial Business Law Clinic

Course Description: Students enrolled in the EBLC assist young companies – not ready or able to hire attorneys – on a pro bono basis and offers legal service on matters such as business formation and governance, regulation of Internet commerce, employment contracts, due diligence, valuation and finance, licensing, and intellectual property issues.


Environmental Law Practicum

Course Description: This course uses a simulation-based curriculum to give students a sense of what environmental law practice is really like and teach them the skills required to practice successfully in this area.


Governance in Action: Advising a Board in Times of Stress

Experiential Course Requirement? Yes Seminar? No Professional Responsibility? No Prerequisites: None Course Description: Examination of the complex and intertwined governance, securities laws and practical business issues presented when advising a board of directors in a transactional setting based on a hypothetical. This course is part of the Distinguished Practitioners in Residence program.


Health Care Agreements and Transactions Seminar

Experiential Course Requirement? Yes Seminar? Yes Professional Responsibility? No Prerequisites: Prior Health Law course is recommended Course Description: This course will examine the unique health care regulatory and industry features of common health care agreements and transactions.


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.


International Dispute Resolution

Experiential Course Requirement? No Seminar? No Professional Responsibility? No Prerequisites: Not open to students with credit for 7118 or 761L. Course Description: This course surveys the dispute settlement mechanisms available for resolving disputes between nation states. It is organized around the classic categories of the field: negotiation, mediation, fact-finding, conciliation, arbitration, and adjudication. Special emphasis is on adjudication. Commercial …


Issues in Arbitration

Experiential Course Requirement? No Seminar? No Professional Responsibility? No Prerequisites: None Course Description: This course explores the law, theory and practice of arbitration. Students will engage in arbitration simulations as both a representative and as an arbitrator. Evaluation will be based on in-class work, class participation, arbitrator opinions and exam.


Judicial Externship

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.


Jury Instructions

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 …


Labor Law, Labor Arbitration and Collective Bargaining Negotiation

Course Description: This course will cover substantive labor law issues as well as the modern practice of labor law, including negotiating a collective bargaining agreement and arbitrating grievances.


Legal Negotiations and Settlements

Experiential Course Requirement? Yes Seminar? No Professional Responsibility? No Prerequisites: None Course Description: This highly interactive course is designed to familiarize students with theories, skills and ethics involved in legal negotiation. Through simulations and role-play exercises, students will gain first-hand experience in applying negotiation techniques. This course will aim to provide students with tools to prepare for, conduct, and analyze …


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 …


Lost in Translation: Can Your Client Hear You?

Experiential Course Requirement? No Seminar? No Professional Responsibility? No Prerequisites: Third Year students only Course Description: This “capstone” course will focus on issues facing a national insurance company in the hours and days immediately following a major national disaster. This course is also known as “Lost in Translation: Can your client hear you now?”


Mediation Clinic

Experiential Course Requirement? Yes Seminar? Yes Professional Responsibility? No Prerequisites: None Course Description: This course provides opportunities to develop skills as a mediator, along with basic study of mediation law and policy issues. The course combines the features of a regular law school class, a clinic, and a seminar (satisfying either the seminar requirement or the experiential course requirement, but …


National Security Law and Process

Experiential Course Requirement? No Seminar? No Professional Responsibility? No Prerequisites: None Course Description: This course explores the legal, process, policy, political, and personality aspects of national security efforts, as conducted by lawyers and policymakers; horizontal federal institutional interactions; vertical interactions among levels of government; and issues including cyber, drones, and intelligence. Simulation participation, two short papers, and short oral and …


Patient Client Care

Experiential Course Requirement? No Seminar? No Professional Responsibility? No Prerequisites: None Course Description: The course provides an opportunity for 12 students from each of the 6 professions – Allied Medicine, Education, Law, Medicine, Social Work, and Theology–to work together with faculty to develop the skills to design treatment plans for clients with complex problems presented in cases. Students and …


Pretrial Litigation

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 …


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.


Real Estate Development

Experiential Course Requirement? Yes Seminar? No Professional Responsibility? No Prerequisites: none Course Description: The course will take a practical, “hands on” approach to the multi-faceted area of real estate development law. Case studies based on actual, “real world” projects will serve as the backdrop for our examination of the myriad of legal disciplines that a real estate development lawyer needs …


Resolving Community Civil Rights Disputes

Experiential Course Requirement? No Seminar? No Professional Responsibility? No Prerequisites: None Course Description: The course focuses on conflicts that divide a community and involve public policy issues such as civil rights, racial justice and economic inequality through simulations and discussion. This course is part of the Distinguished Practitioners in Residence program.


Sentencing Law & Policy

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.


Special Education Advocacy

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 …


The China Connection

Experiential Course Requirement? No Seminar? No Professional Responsibility? No Prerequisites: Third Year students only; Business Associations is a prerequisite Course Description: This “capstone” course centers on problem solving and the skills and professional judgment required in transactional work. The course will emphasize application of practice skills such as critical thinking, negotiations, and writing for a …


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 Hospital Problem

Experiential Course Requirement? No Seminar? No Professional Responsibility? No Prerequisites: Priority given to third year students Course Description: This “capstone” course will explore four segments related to hospital systems: advice to the corporations on the business deal; advice to the hospital and the private practice regarding unionization and labor issues; executive employment agreements for the practice plan leaders who …


The Lawyer in the Community

Course Description: This course is about the lawyer’s relationship to the larger community in which s/he works and lives. It surveys traditional and nontraditional lawyering tools for serving communities and their needs.


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.


Transactional Practice

Experiential Course Requirement? No Seminar? No Professional Responsibility? No Prerequisites: This course will be open only to 2L students and will satisfy the Appellate Advocacy writing requirement in Faculty Rule 5.06. Course Description: Students will explore the procedural and substantive aspects of transactional practice; conduct original research and write a formal report (in multiple drafts); provide a formal oral …


Trial Practice

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.