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Civil Procedure - Fall Semester (4 cr)
LAW 601
Procedural processes that guide the adjudication of civil actions in American courts. Allocation of judicial power between federal and state courts, focusing on the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. Fundamental policies underlying particular procedural rules.

Taught By:
Lisa A. Dolak, Antonio Gidi, Margaret M. Harding, Aliza M. Milner

Constitutional Law I - Spring Semester (3 cr)
LAW 602
This course covers (1) Judicial Review in all its aspects, including the Case and Controversy doctrine, and (2) Structure, that is, Federalism (Federal and State regulatory and taxing powers) and Separation of Powers/Checks and Balances among the branches of the federal government.

Taught By:
Keith J. Bybee, Tara Helfman, Deborah E. Moore

Contracts - Fall Semester (5 cr)
LAW 603
Legal protection afforded promissory agreements. Contract interpretation; contract formation, including offer and acceptance, mutual assent, and consideration. Parties affected by contracts and remedies for breach of contract.

Taught By:
Richard A. Ellison, Carrie E. Garrow, Gregory Germain, Tara Helfman, Robert J. Rabin, Steven Wechsler

Criminal Law - Spring Semester (3 cr)
LAW 604
Elements of various crimes and problems of statutory construction and interpretation. Substantive defenses, emphasizing the defense of insanity, as well as attempts and the specific crimes of conspiracy, theft, and homicide.

Taught By:
Rakesh K. Anand, Sanjay Chhablani, Lauryn Gouldin, C. Cora True-Frost

Property - Spring Semester (5 cr)
LAW 607
Problems concerning the possession of land and chattels. Methods of acquiring title to personal property, possessory and concurrent estates, and landlord and tenant problems. Historical introduction to real estate, including future interests, real covenants, and easements.

Taught By:
Jeremy A. Blumenthal, Laura G. Lape, LaVonda Reed, Terry L. Turnipseed

Torts - Fall Semester (5 cr)
LAW 608
Imposition of liability for personal wrongs as viewed by traditional tort law and current alternatives. Historical development and policy basis of liability for various types of injury-producing conduct, including intentional torts, negligence, and strict liability.

Taught By:
Peter Bell, Antonio Gidi, Andrew Kim, Nina A. Kohn

Legal Communications & Research I & II - Year Long (4 cr)
LAW 609
LCR I - Fall Semester: Introduction to basic lawyering skills, including analysis, citation, and court hierarchy. Application of these skills to complex factual situations in a mock law firm setting.

LCR II Spring Semester: Skills introduced this semester include legal research, oral argument, and the written presentation of legal arguments in persuasive form.

Taught By:
Elizabeth A. August, Elton Fukumoto, Ian Gallacher, Andrew S. Greenberg, Lynn Levey, Aliza M. Milner, Kathleen M. O'Connor, Deborah O'Malley, Lucille M. Rignanese, Richard S. Risman, Shannon P. Ryan

Legislation and Policy: Health Law (3 cr)
LAW 610
Law as it affects the professionals and institutions that deliver health care in the United States. Will primarily address four major concerns: quality of health care, cost of health care, equitable access to health care, and respect for the patient.

Taught By:
Peter Bell

Legislation and Policy: Indian Law (3 cr)
LAW 610
This course will cover selected topics in Indian Law as the context for the following course goals: develop an understanding of the legislative process; develop an understanding of the administrative process and the role of agencies in implementing policies affecting Indian Nations and peoples; and develop an understanding of the tools available in researching issues involving statutes, legislative history, and regulation.

Taught By:
Carrie E. Garrow

Legislation and Policy: Sentencing Law (3 cr)
LAW 610
This course will introduce students to the study of legislation with a focus on criminal sentencing law. It will examine the meaning of select sentencing statutes along with the public policy and history underlying them. It will also consider the dynamic balance between the legislature’s role in enacting sentencing laws and the court’s role in applying them. By the end of the course, students should understand the legal issues and policies specific to sentencing law, as well as the study of legislative history and the doctrines of interpretation that apply to all statutes, more generally.

Taught By:
Aliza M. Milner

Legislation and Policy: Special Education Law (3 cr)
LAW 610
Special Education, seeks to provide students with an understanding of the federal legislative process by examining laws that protect the rights of children with disabilities in school, specifically the Individuals with Disabilities in Education Act (IDEA). In this course, we will examine the rules of statutory construction, and how they apply to the language, scope, and coverage of the IDEA, as well as the IDEA's legislative history, and the role of courts in interpreting the IDEA.

Taught By:
Arlene S. Kanter

Legislation and Policy: Violence Against Women Act (3 cr)
LAW 610
When the United States Congress passed the Violence Against Women Act in 1994, it was a landmark piece of legislation that was the first comprehensive law to acknowledge the problem of domestic and sexual violence against women, and to devote resources to victim protection and assistance. This course will examine the act’s legislative history and the effects of implementation. Particular attention will be paid to how criminal justice practitioners in federal and state courts, including criminal and civil attorneys, law enforcement, and judges, work together to improve the systemic response to intimate partner violence. The policy implications and ongoing challenges will also be discussed.

Taught By:
Lynn Levey

Legislation and Policy: Land Use Planning and Zoning Law (3 cr)
LAW 610
The course on Land Use Planning and Zoning Law involves the study of the public regulation of private market land transactions. The focus is on regulating the use of land rather than who owns it or the form in which it is owned. Regulation of use is critical as it has direct implications for the value of property in the marketplace. For this reason land use regulation can become controversial as zoning and planning requirements shift value between properties, and thus, impact the value of a property owner’s investment. From a market perspective, one can understand land use planning and zoning as the domain of regulating and controlling externalities; that is, controlling for spillover effects that private parties are generally not able to coordinate on their own using private market mechanisms. In exploring the limits of private coordination of land uses, land use law establishes the legal foundation for permitting the government to tell individuals what they can and cannot do with their property. Moreover, land use regulations can have implications for free speech, religion, the rights of association, affordable housing, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the clean water act, the clean air act, and a variety of other important legal considerations. .

Course coverage includes examination of basic land use and zoning law. This includes basic zoning, density controls, variances, exceptions, special uses, exactions, inclusionary and exclusionary zoning, and takings law issues. Zoning is an administrative process and the course will cover the requirements for understanding an administrative proceeding in the specific practice area of zoning, and the standards applicable to the review of local government regulation when appealed to a court. The course serves as an applied course in administrative law and covers topics that every lawyer doing local government law, property development, real estate transactions, and zoning and planning will need to know.

Taught By:
Robin Paul Malloy