Second/Third Year Courses

 Second/Third Year

Course # Course Name and Description Credits Semester Faculty



The course will emphasize learning the skills of negotiation by simulations in which students will negotiate and watch their classmates negotiate. Class members will conduct three negotiations during the weekend – a simple sales contract, a retainer agreement between an attorney and a client, and a complex multi-party dispute. There will be class all day on Saturday, and a class session on Sunday afternoon. The first negotiation will commence immediately at the start of class, so prompt attendance is vital to credit in the course. Some negotiations will be videotaped for review in class. Students who attend all class sessions, participate in good faith in the simulations, and do the readings will receive a pass for the course.

1 Fall, Spring Kent Syverud


Legal Communications & Research III: Writing for Trial and Appellate Judges

This course introduces the writing process that judges and law clerks use to complete their work. By the end of the course, students should be comfortable drafting appellate court opinions, and drafting trial court orders.

2 Fall, Spring Aliza M. Milner


Legal Communications & Research III: Writing in Criminal Litigation

The course is designed to have students write the most common types of papers encountered in a simple federal criminal prosecution. Each student will start out as an Assistant United States Attorney investigating a crime that has come to the attention of the U.S. Attorneys Office. The course will develop from an initial agent interview, through the application for a wire intercept and search warrant, and then a charging instrument. The students will be assigned to represent the defendant. Each student will prepare a memorandum in support of a motion to suppress and will also draft proposed jury instructions and a defendants motion for a new trial. Each student will argue a motion against a student representing the other side.

2 Fall, Spring Kathleen M. O'Connor


Legal Communications & Research III: Research and Rhetoric

This course is designed for students who experienced difficulty during their first semester of the legal research and writing program. The course will focus on personalized instruction, tailored to the individual needs of each student. The course is designed to ensure that enrollees become proficient in the field of legal analysis and legal writing. The course will reintroduce students to fundamental legal analysis and legal writing skills, closely monitor student progress, and consistently reinforce course subject matter and materials.

2 Fall, Spring Richard S. Risman


Legal Communications & Research III: Transactional Drafting

The course provides students with an introduction to contract concepts, terminology and drafting. Over the course of the semester, students will revise and/or draft various contracts such as attorney retainer agreements, leases and service contracts. Students also negotiate and draft an agreement for the purchase/sale of a business. In addition, students conduct legal research and draft a predictive memo based on their research.

2 Fall, Spring Elizabeth A. August


Legal Communications & Research III: Writing in Pretrail Litigation

The course is designed to have students write the most common types of pleadings, discovery requests and responses and motion papers encountered in a simple federal court civil litigation. At the beginning of the semester, students will be presented with the most basic facts of the case, and will be divided into two-lawyer teams. Each team will represent either the plaintiff or the defendant. During the course of the semester, the teams will develop additional facts through client interviews and discovery. The course will culminate with the preparation of memos in support of and in opposition to summary judgment based on the facts developed in discovery. Each team will argue the motion against the opposing team. The course is intended to expose students to the types of writing and thinking they will have to engage in during a real litigation, as well as exposing them to non-writing litigation skills. Students will also learn how to work as a team with another lawyer and how to relate to opposing counsel.

2 Fall, Spring Andrew S. Greenberg


Constitutional Law II

A continuation of Constitutional Law I (LAW 602) for second-year law students. Must be taken fall semester of second year. Must be taken fall semester of second year. This course covers Individual Rights, that is, Due Process, Equal protection and the First Amendment, including freedom of speech, the press and of religion.

3 Fall, Spring Rakesh K. Anand, Keith J. Bybee, Gary T. Kelder, C. Cora True-Frost


National Security Law

The legal framework for the use of force abroad; incorporated international law as national security law; intelligence collection and covert operations; citizen access to national security information; government controls on national security information.

3 Fall William C. Banks, David M. Crane, Nathan A. Sales


Accounting for Lawyers

Principles of financial accounting applied to business entities, proprietorships, partnerships, and corporations; accounting for and tax implications of business organizations; and problems with estates and trusts. Irregular course offering.

2 Fall


Administrative Law

Nature and function of the administrative process; procedural constraints on administrative investigation, adjudication, and rule making; and judicial review of agency action.

3 Fall, Spring Andrew Kim, Nathan A. Sales


Pension & Employee Benefit Law

Tax and other consequences of various plans of deferred compensation for executives and other employees

2 Spring Sharon A. McAuliffe


Commercial Transactions

Commercial practices under the Uniform Commercial Code, particularly sales, commercial paper and bank collections, letters of credit, bulk transfers, and secured transactions; business background, planning, and counseling.

4 Fall, Spring Aviva Abramovsky, A. Joseph Warburton


Comparative Law

This course will provide a comprehensive introduction to the legal systems of the civil law, with a focus on continental Europe. Many characteristic features of the Civil Law -- the absence of a jury, the relative lack of reliance on judicial precedents, the emphasis on codification -- have their origin in ancient and medieval times. Our course will therefore trace a historical review of European legal history and the civil law, beginning with Roman law, proceeding through medieval times and the early modern era of the 18th and 19th centuries, to the modern period of international law. We will focus on the emergence of the three most influential modern systems, those of France, Germany, and Italy. We will examine the civil codes, the nature of continental adjudication, the

3 Spring Antonio Gidi


Conflict of Laws

Legal rules applicable to disputes with contacts to more than one state or country; the historical development of such rules; and their application in contract, tort, property, and other cases.

3 Spring Margaret M. Harding


Constitutional Criminal Procedure - Investigative

Constitutional and statutory requirements for investigative procedures in criminal cases. Topics include searches, seizures, lineups, confessions, and electronic surveillance.

3 Fall, Spring Lauryn P. Gouldin, Gary T. Kelder


Sexual Orientation & the Law

Legal issues as they affect the lives of lesbians, gays, and bisexuals in the United States. Constitutional law, employment law, family law, property law, criminal law, and estate planning are the areas of primary focus.

3 Fall Charles M. Sprock Jr.


Business Associations

This is a business organizations course covering both unincorporated businesses and corporations. The first half of the course pertains to small business forms: partnerships, LLCs, and close corporations. The balance covers public corporations, including regulation under securities laws.

4 Fall, Spring Robert H.A. Ashford, Christian C. Day, Gregory L. Germain


Wills and Trusts

Law governing interstate succession; execution and revocation of wills; inter vivos will substitutes; the creation, nature, and revocation of trusts; fiduciary administration.

3 Fall, Spring Kevin Noble Maillard, LaVonda N. Reed, Terry L. Turnipseed


Environmental Law

Pollution control and toxic substance regulation; the ends and means of environmental protection; the institutional responsibilities of legislatures, agencies, and courts. This course devotes substantial time to statutory interpretation and some time to covering administrative law, including agency rulemaking and judicial review of agency rulemaking.

3 Fall David M. Driesen


Estate & Gift Taxation

Taxation of transfers during life and death. Planning and alternative modes of disposition.

3 Fall Robert G. Nassau



Procedural and substantive rules of evidence, judicial notice, presumptions and burdens of proof, rules governing the receipt of oral and documentary evidence,impeachment, direct and cross-examination, competency, hearsay, privileges, and the best evidence rules.

4 Fall, Spring Sanjay K. Chhablani, Lauryn P. Gouldin, Gary T. Kelder, William C. Snyder


Family Law

State regulation of family relations; family autonomy; marital and nonmarital contracts; adoption. Issues in divorce, separation agreements, spousal and child support, property division, and child custody.

3 Fall, Spring Richard A. Ellison, Kevin Noble Maillard


Federal Courts

Essential functions of federal courts. Relationships between federal courts and the other branches of the federal government, the states, and the individual.

3 Spring Lisa Dolak


Federal Income Taxation I: Indivdual

A study of the structure and underlying principles of the U.S. Federal income tax system, including an introduction to tax planning. This course devotes substantial class time to the fundamentals of statutory interpretation, including: agency adjudications, judicial review of agency action, statutory interpretation techniques and methodologies and legislative history.

3 Fall Robert G. Nassau


Federal Income Taxation II - Taxation of Business Transactions

Income tax problems of the corporation and its shareholders, emphasizing corporate organization, distributions, redemptions, liquidations, reorganizations, collapsible corporations, and S corporations. Prerequisite is Federal Income Taxation I.

3 Spring Robert G. Nassau


Veterans Law

This course examines the substantive, administrative, and procedural process of claims before the Department of Veterans Affairs. Students will learn how to write regulations, understand the notice and comment procedures for proposed regulations, and write informal and formal briefs to the agency and courts. Students will have the opportunity to advocate for a mock veteran, third party, and VA interests. The course will devote substantial class time in covering fundamentals of administrative law, including agency rulemaking process, agency adjudication, and judicial review.

3 Fall Yelena Duterte


Intellectual Property

Survey of the foundations of copyright, patent, unfair competition, and trade law. For students who wish to concentrate in intellectual property or who want a basic course as preparation for business planning or litigation practice. Co-requisite for Copyright--Literary and Artistic Works and for Copyright Protection of New Technologies. Patents course and Unfair Competition may be taken as co-requisites.

3 Fall Laura G. Lape


International Business Transactions

This course provides an introduction to the transactional, regulatory, and litigation aspects of international business involving at least one private party. Major areas of substantive coverage include international sales of goods (with special focus on the United Nations Convention on the International Sale of Goods), licensing of technology, foreign direct investment, contract and tort liability in the United States and abroad, and the law proscribing corruption in cross-border transactions. We will also cover subsidiary litigation and regulatory topics, such as choice-of-law analysis, international commercial arbitration, international civil litigation in U.S. courts (focusing on jurisdiction and other procedural threshold issues), U.S. regulation of foreign investment and export controls, and intellectual property protection

3 Spring


International Law

This course introduces students to the basic subjects, processes, and problems of contemporary public international law. We begin by exploring the sources of public international law; the traditional role of states in international law formation; and the burgeoning role of international organizations, nongovernmental organizations, and subnational municipalities in transnational legal processes. Our attention then turns to the relationship between international law and U.S. law, including the principles that govern (and impede) the application of international law in U.S. courts. Rather than attempt to canvass the myriad subfields that comprise contemporary public international law, we devote sustained attention to four subjects: principles of jurisdiction, state claims to natural resources, the law of war, and international human rights. With this foundation in place, the course concludes with an invitation to grapple with several perennial critiques of the international legal system.

3 Spring Tara Helfman


Federal Criminal Law

Examines substantive Federal criminal law, including the following topics: The Federal Role in Enforcement Against Crime, The Consequences of Jurisdictional Overlap, Fraud and Political Corruption, Mail Fraud, The Hobbs Act, Official Bribery and Gratuities, Drug Trafficking and Money Laundering, Currency Reporting Offenses, Group and Organizational Crime (including RICO), Anti-Terrorism Enforcement, The Criminal Civil Rights Statutes, The Federal False Statement Statutes, Obstruction of Justice, Sentencing Guidelines, and Forfeiture.

3 Fall William C. Snyder


The Law and Literature

The focus of this course/seminar will be the law, the legal process, and concepts of justice as they are treated in a number of works of fiction as well as by lawyers in the judicial opinions and other writings. The fictional readings will be short stories (Tolstoy, Faulkner, Glaspell, Hawthorne, Cather, de Maupassant, Vonnegut, etc.) and two novellas. In-depth consideration of the materials should demonstrate to the student a wide gamut of emotions, human relationships, and ambiguities with which case law frequently does not adequately deal. The materials raise issues of morality, natural law, divine law, mercy, the limits of advocacy, and ethics, all of which must deeply concern any lawyer who strives to fulfill the true object of his or her profession.

3 Fall Honorable Hugh C. Humphreys


Communications Law Seminar

Examination of the market structure and regulation of the communications industry as well as the relationship between the communications industry and the several branches of government. Topics include the authority of state and federal government to license spectrum and to regulate broadcast communications and cable, satellite, wireline and wireless services. Other topics may include broadcast fairness, political broadcasting and regulation of the Internet and emerging technologies

3 Fall LaVonda N. Reed


Entertainment Law

Will simulate actual entertainment law practice and will emphasize the process by which contracts are developed and entered into so as to make use of copyrighted properties. The student will be required to draw upon and further develop multiple legal skills, particularly substantive analysis, drafting, analysis of and otherwise dealing with "paper" from the other side, practical research, formulation of advice, and participation in various kinds of oral discussions.

3 Fall Laura G. Lape


New York Civil Practice

Civil practice law and rules and interpretive cases and other aspects of civil litigation in New York.

3 Fall, Spring Honorable Deborah H. Karalunas, Thomas E. Myers


Professional Responsibility

Relationship of the lawyer to the profession, community, client, and society. ABA Code of Professional Responsibility, ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct, and American Lawyer's Code of Conduct.

3 Fall, Spring Rakesh K. Anand, Robert H.A. Ashford, Mary Helen McNeal


Real Estate Transactions

Standard residential and commercial real estate transactions, including consideration of brokerage arrangements, contracts of sale, methods of financing, methods of title protection, mortgage markets, construction loans, and permanent financing.

3 Fall Robin Paul Malloy


Sports Law

This course will examine various areas of the law as they relate to sports (both professional sports and intercollegiate sports), including such areas as contract law, antitrust law, labor law, law regulating player agents, gender discrimination law, and personal injury law.

3 Fall


Religious Faith, Secular Nationalism and the Practice of Law

This course will explore the relationship between an individual’s religious beliefs and the practice of law, and will be centered around the important body of literature of the religious lawyering movement. Initially, the course will take up the fundamental question of whether one can be religious and be a lawyer. In this context, the course will explore the extent to which a secular disposition about law – for example, that law is America’s civil religion or an expression of American nationalism – precludes a space for faith in the practice of law. Subsequently, the course will examine how religious beliefs might be integrated into the practice of law, and what practicing as a religious lawyer might look like.

2 Spring Rakesh K. Anand


Securities Regulations

Securities Act of 1933: regulation of the distribution of securities, including the registration process, exempt securities, exempt transactions, enforcement, and liabilities; Securities Exchange Act of 1934: regulation of trading in securities and related market activities, including tender offers, proxy solicitations, market manipulation, disclosure requirements, insider trading, and express and implied civil liabilities.

3 Spring Margaret M. Harding


Antitrust Law

This is a survey of federal antitrust law and policy under the Sherman, Clayton, and FTC Acts. It takes an historic, layered approach, building on the four eras of antitrust enforcement: The Foundation Period (1890-1914); The Rule of Reason Period (1915-1939); The Per Se Rule and Focus on Market Structure (1940-1974); The Modern Era (1975—Present).

The course covers basic economic theory of the free-market; the Rule of Reason and per se offenses; price fixing, market division, and boycotts; trade association behavior; monopoly and attempts to monopolize; mergers and joint ventures; vertical restraints like resale price maintenance; exclusive dealing and tie-in agreements; selected exemptions from antitrust liability.

3 Fall Christian C. Day


Legal Interviewing

This course will combine the theory and practice of legal interviewing. The substantive and theoretical framework for legal interviewing will be examined and then applied in practice. Practical applications will include both simulations and at least two live interviews of real clients with real-time, real-life legal problems.

2 Fall Betsy C. Sterling


Trial Practice

Courtroom techniques and tactics drawing on substantive and procedural law and evidence courses. Students prepare and conduct trial exercises under direction of instructor.

3 Fall, Spring Stefano Cambareri, Gordon J. Cuffy, Hon. Patrick O'Sullivan, Donald J. Martin, Lee S. Michaels, Richard R. Southwick


Trademarks & Unfair Competition

A practical review of current intellectual property issues relating to trademarks, trade dress, false advertising, internet and the First Amendment, and rights of publicity. The course features mock courtroom presentations by experienced litigators and guest presentations by practitioners in the field.

3 Spring


Lawyering Skills: Basic

Lawyering Skills: Basic. The course covers the practical lawyering skills essential for the successful and effective representation of clients in various areas of the law, including criminal law, corporate, real property and zoning, estates and trusts, litigation, appellate practice, and other area of practice. When discussing those areas of law, special emphasis will be placed on client interviews, ethical issues, negotiation techniques, counseling skills, drafting documents, making presentations, persuasive writing, decision-making, and, most importantly; critical and strategic thinking. By doing so, the course should condense and weave together a broad range of experiences and exercises which the students may encounter in the actual practice of law

3 Spring


Lawyering Skills: Planning for the Non-Traditional Family

Lawyering Skills: Planning for the Non-Traditional Family. Drafting of legal instruments for individuals and their loved ones who do not fit the traditional nuclear family model. Topics would include domestic partnership agreements, estate planning instruments (e.g. wills, trusts, and corporate formations), tax planning, and second-parent adoptions.

3 Spring Charles M. Sprock Jr.


Mergers & Acquisitions

This course is for students with a strong interest in capital markets, public corporations, and modern corporate practice. Topics covered include source of gains in business combinations, duties and risks of sellers, buyers' risks in acquisitions, and securities laws.

3 Spring Robert H.A. Ashford, Christian C. Day


Computer Crimes

This course is organized around three questions: 1) what conduct involving a computer is prohibited by criminal law? 2) What legal rules govern the collection of digital evidence in criminal investigations? 3) What powers do state, national, and foreign governments have to investigate and prosecute computer crimes? More specifically, topics will include computer hacking, computer viruses, encryption, online undercover operations, the Fourth Amendment in cyberspace, the law of Internet surveillance, laws governing access to e-mail, forum-shopping, jurisdiction, national security, and federal & state relations and international cooperation in the enforcement of computer crime laws. Special attention will be paid to cyber terrorism. No advanced knowledge of computers and the Internet is required or assumed.

3 Spring William C. Snyder


Patent Prosecution

This course is designed primarily for students who plan to practice in the area of Patent Law before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) which permits only registered patent attorneys and agents to represent clients in the prosecution of patent applications. The course will cover the process of procuring a patent from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. The course will also enhance students' understanding of the legal standards for patentability (building upon the principles explored in Patents and Trade Secrets), will familiarize students with the PTO's elaborate rules of practice in patent cases, and will provide students with practice applying these standards and rules to facts and situations encountered in basic patent prosecution practice. Patents and Trade Secrets is a prerequisite to this course.

3 Spring David L. Nocilly


Appellate Advocacy Skills

Development of skills used in the appellate process, including postjudgment practice, creation of the record, finding error, brief writing, and oral argument structure, emphasizing written skills. Required for second-year students seeking Moot Court Board membership.

3 Fall Audra A. Albright, Gabrielle Mardany, James P. Maxwell


Employment Discrimination Law

Discrimination in employment on the basis of race, sex, age, and disability. Consideration of constitutional, statutory, and other remedies.

3 Fall


Disability Law

This course introduces students to federal laws prohibiting discrimination against people with disabilities, focusing primarily on the American Disabilities Amendments Act (ADAA). The goal of this course is to provide students with a legal, conceptual, and practical understanding of the legal rights of people with disabilities, forms of discrimination that occur on the basis of disability, and the protections against such discrimination that currently exist under federal law. Because the focus of this course is on a federal statute and its implementing regulations, we will devote substantial class time to discussions about statutory interpretation, including the various canons and approaches to statutory interpretation, judicial review of agency action, the role of agency decision making and the rulemaking process, and the role of legislative history in judicial decision-making.

3 Fall Arlene S. Kanter


Bankruptcy Law: Creditors Rights and Debtor Protection

This course will cover state law remedies (how to collect a judgment), the rights of secured and unsecured creditors under state law and in bankruptcy, and the protections available to individuals and businesses in bankruptcy. The course will devote substantive class time to covering the fundamentals of statutory interpretation, including statutory interpretation techniques and methodologies, canons of statutory interpretation, and the role of legislative history in statutory interpretation.

4 Spring Gregory L. Germain


Patents and Trade Secrets

This course examines the U.S. patent system and focuses on issues of patentability, validity, and infringement. The protection and enforcement of trade secrets are also covered.

3 Fall Lisa Dolak


Copyright-Literary & Artistic Works

Advanced copyright course. In-depth exploration of a number of copyright-law areas in music, fine arts, and film and issues on the boundaries of copyright law. Includes fair use, work for hire in both industry and academia, compensation for ideas, moral rights, right of publicity, the impact of new technologies on research, data bases and fact-based works, infringement on unpublished works, and international copyright protection.

3 Spring Laura G. Lape


Advanced Trial Practice

Advanced training in direct and cross-examination, witness interviewing and preparation, negotiation techniques, voir dire and jury preparation, final arguments, discovery, pretrial and trial motions, pretrial conferences, jury trial techniques, and posttrial procedure.

2 John G. Duncan, Domenic F. Trunfio


Compliance Law

This course examines the rules and standards that govern the burgeoning subject of compliance and risk management. It will examine questions of governance: boards of directors, executives and third party vendors. It will examine the compliance function, organized by the nature of the enforcer: managers, regulators, prosecutors, whistleblowers, gatekeeper and plaintiffs; attorneys. It will also examine particular areas of law: information security, off-label drugs, foreign corrupt practices, money laundering, sexual harassment, etc.

3 Fall, Spring Patrick J. Rao


Alternative Dispute Resolutions

An introduction to the spectrum of processes other than courtroom litigation that are available for resolving disputes. This includes such "pure" processes as negotiation, mediation, and arbitration, and such "hybrid" processes as the Mini-Trial and the Summary Jury Trial.

3 Spring Margaret M. Harding


Internet Law

A survey of legal issues relating to computers and computer networks, including electronic commerce, the protection and enforcement of proprietary rights in software and electronic works, privacy and security, and content regulation. This course also explores the evidentiary use of computer records and other emerging issues in computer law.

3 Fall George R. McGuire


Elder Law

This course will address ethical issues related to the competency assessment of elder clients. Income maintenance, including Social Security, Supplemental Security Income, and other public and private pensions as well as Medicare and Medicaid will be considered. Guardianship, long-term care, and estate planning will be considered as well. Additional topics may include employment discrimination, housing, health care decision making, and elder abuse.

3 Fall Nina A. Kohn


International Human Rights Seminar

After introducing human rights law in the context of a case study on the death penalty, this course examines international human rights law from both a practical and theoretical perspective. The course is designed to provide students with an informed and critical perspective on international instruments, intergovernmental organizations, and domestic legal arrangements articulating and implementing human rights. Topics will include the historic origins of modern human rights law; the content of and connections between civil, political, social, and economic rights; relationships between human rights law, international criminal law, and the law of armed conflict; transnational strategies associated with implementation and enforcement of human rights law; the importance of soft law; and international responses to mass atrocities.

3 Fall C. Cora True-Frost


Adoption Law

Legal theories involved in adoption law, the attorney's role in adoption practice, and the various legal documents involved.

3 Fall Kevin Noble Maillard


Law and Popular Culture

Law is everywhere around us, and the most unlikely of places are the best subjects to examine. Even in contexts outside the obviously legal, law manifests, constantly updating itself. If traditional legal education and other formal legal representations represent the “high culture” of law, what is deemed popular culture—that which is modern, material, and local--unabashedly represents the “low.” This class examines the dissemination of legal information to the masses and the concomitant effect of the masses upon the law. By examining film, literature, art, and music, students will learn the dialectical influences of law and humanity, and how this is translated into various media.

3 Fall Kevin Noble Maillard


Employment Law

Employment Law is an area that every person will experience—as an employee and as an employer. Employment Law is a survey course picking up a variety of statutory and common law foci. On the statutory side, Fair Labor Standards Act, Occupational Safety and Health, Employee Retirement and Security Act (non-pension or tax aspects) are some areas of inclusion. It will also focus on the development of employment at will and the exceptions to that—including the effect of employee handbooks, express contracts, public policy—and tort claims specifically applied in the employment context. From hiring to termination, employment law has a major impact on our society. This course will require engagement in the material and bring the ever evolving developments to the classroom.

The course does no focus on labor law or employment discrimination as covered in other courses. Employment Law can be taken in addition to those courses or as a standalone course. It may touch on specific pieces of those courses but only to illuminate or explain other employment issues.

The course will be limited to the number of students who can fit around a seminar table. Students will be given a number of short written assignments which will critiqued but not graded. Students will also be asked to work in teams for some simulation assignments (for example, testifying before a congressional committee). There will be a final exam in the course.

3 Fall Hannah R. Arterian


Advanced Torts

This course will explore the substantive laws of products liability, medical malpractice, workplace injuries, defamation and invasions of privacy; through use of case studies will develop action plans, draft pleadings, and other mechanisms used in tort litigation.

3 Fall Honorable John Cherundolo


Real Estate Law for Business

This course is designed for students interested in the legal environment of real estate transactions. It is open to graduate level and professional students who are not in the J.D. program, and who do not possess a J.D. from a U.S. law school. The class meets simultaneously with the Real Estate Transactions class that is open to JD students (Law # 747). While both courses cover the same material; the focus of assignments and the grading rubric are different. For students in Real Estate Law for Business there is no presumption of knowledge regarding the foundations in property and contract law. The assignments and grading focus on acquiring a working knowledge of the legal environment in which real estate development takes place. In contrast, the real estate transactions class is an advanced law course that presumes knowledge of common law property and contracts as covered in detail in the first year of law school. Real Estate Law for Business will not have a final examination, and grading will be based on several paper assignments and a term project. (Registration note: all JD students will be registered for Real Estate Transactions #747; all non-JD students will be registered for Real Estate Business Law #786.)

3 Fall Robin Paul Malloy


Children and the Law

Parent-child, child-state relationships. Education, health, welfare, child abuse, juvenile delinquency, and representation of children will be covered in this course.

3 Fall Kevin Noble Maillard


Immigration Law

This course offers an introduction to the laws, practices, and policies governing the ability of non-United States citizens to enter and remain in the United States either temporarily or permanently. The topics of study include the rights of non-U.S. citizens, the bases upon which the United States admits non-U.S. citizens either temporarily or permanently and the procedures for admission, the bases upon which non-U.S. citizens may be removed from the U.S. and the procedures for removal, the principles and policies behind the current and past system of immigration law, the complex and intricate statutory and regulatory framework governing immigration, and the roles and powers of the different branches of government in the development and implementation of immigration law and policy. The material in this course will implicate and develop your understanding of other areas of law, including administrative law, international law, and constitutional law.

3 Spring Andrew Kim


Counterterrorism and the Law

This course will concern U.S. and international law responses to terrorism. The course will include a brief overview and history of terrorism. Topics will include legal definitions of terrorism, investigation and intelligence collection in the U.S. and abroad, apprehension of terrorists across borders, immigration and border controls, prosecution of terrorists, sanctions against terrorism and its supporters (including reprisal, assassination, asset freeze and forfeiture), crisis and consequence management in the event of terrorist attacks (including martial law and detention, domestic use of the military, catastrophic emergency measures, hostage and rescue operations), and law reform issues.

3 Spring William C. Snyder


Regulatory Law & Policy

An advanced exploration of regulatory decision making, focusing on the reasons for and methods used in implementing regulation; how policy and politics impact on regulatory decisions and relate to the legal authority of agencies; case studies of regulatory programs, their successes, and failures. Course requirements include one or more research papers that will meet the College of Law writing requirement. Administrative Law or Public Administration and Law are prerequisites for this course. This one-semester course is a J.D./M.P.A. program requirement.

3 Spring C. Cora True-Frost


Canadian Law

The course is intended to provide students with an overview of the law and legal systems of Canada. It will explore Canada’s historical development, legal structure, and place within the common law world. Covering topics such as Federalism, Responsible Government, the Charter of Rights, Family Law, Conflicts of Law, Criminal Law and Procedure, First Nations, Hate Speech, and Business Law, the course will concentrate on both the similarities and differences with U.S. law and the probable reasons for the differences. Some attention will be devoted to the law of Quebec and the duality of its legal system. At least one week will be spent on conducting legal research in Canadian Law, but the course is not a research course.

3 Spring


Constitutional Criminal Procedures - Adjudicative

Constitutional and statutory requirements for adjudicative procedures in criminal cases. Topics include accusatory instruments, bail, discovery, guilty pleas, double jeopardy, speedy trial, fair trial, jury trial, assistance of counsel, and confrontation.

3 Fall, Spring Todd A. Berger, Sanjay K. Chhablani


Foundational Skills - Attorney Licensing

The course will provide an understanding of the bar review and bar exam process as well as the skills necessary to be successful in the licensing process . A significant portion of the course will be spent discussing how to approach and do well on practice bar exam questions, including essays, performance tests and multiple choice questions. Time will be spent discussing how to learn from bar review outlines and lectures, and how to conduct a self-assessment to understand personal study habits and adjustments which must be made prior to the review of bar-tested subjects. The course will also cover specific topics and skills to help students understand how to manage their attitude, stress, and study time.

2 Fall, Spring Richard S. Risman


Law Practice Management

Law Practice Management comprehensively examines all aspects of the formation, management, development and growth of a law firm. The course will focus primarily on solo practitioners and small partnerships. The course will explore forms of partnership, licensing requirements, insurance, human resources and employment practices, accounting and finance, IT, marketing and business development, and dissolution.

3 Fall, Spring Michael Bottar


Legal Interviewing and Counseling

Legal Interviewing and Counseling is a practical skills course that will introduce students to the theory and practice of legal interviewing and counseling. The class will include interviewing clients to identify and obtain relevant facts and evaluate the information obtained; attorney-client communication skills; identifying client's legal needs and objectives; assisting clients in evaluating options, weighing consequences, and decision making. Classes will include interactive discussion, and interviewing and counseling simulations.

3 Fall Betsy C. Sterling


Advanced Disability Law & Policy

This is a one semester applied learning course. The goal of this course is to expose students to disability law and policy as applied to real situations. Each student will work on a project that has originated from a request from a "real client" or client organizations, such as the National Council on Disability, the World Bank, Mental Disability Rights International, or other organizations that work with and for people with disabilities.

3 Spring Arlene S. Kanter


General Counsel

This applied learning course is designed to expose students to a number of areas of practice that are common for house counsel. Students will work individually and in teams and undertake simulations in litigation management, agreement negotiation and drafting, employment problems, and intellectual property practice. Students will learn how lawyers handle complex problems in such diverse areas and may conduct research, draft agreements and file memoranda, conduct interviews, and negotiate to resolve the issues found in practical exercises that will be the backbone of the course.

3 Spring Patrick J. Rao


Legal Counseling

Legal Counseling will introduce students to the skills necessary to provide counseling to clients. Classes will involve a combination of interactive discussion and counseling simulation exercises. The class will cover identifying clients' legal needs and objectives, and then assisting clients in evaluating options, weighing consequences, and decision-making.

2 Spring Betsy C. Sterling


Rule of Law in Post Conflict Reconstruction

This course addresses the legal challenges faced by the international community in reconstructing societies following armed conflict or other crises. The course is divided into two sections. Part one focuses on a number of core issues, including defining and identifying the rule of law; the relationship between the law and reconstruction; the question of transitional justice and international criminal law; international human rights; protecting vulnerable populations; and regulating the security sector. In the second part, the focus moves to case studies

3 Spring


Technology Transactions Law

This course provides students with an in-depth understanding of the technical, business, and legal factors involved in bringing new technologies to market. Fall semester covers basic intellectual property law, securities and debt finance related to intellectual property, monetizing intellectual property, employment law pertaining to ownership of intellectual property, covenants not to compete, licensing basics, antitrust restraint of trade and monopolization. Spring semester covers design patent, design copyright, trade dress, trade secrets, licensing negotiation, antitrust treatment of mergers, and patent assertion entities. At the conclusion of each semester, students will have a broad knowledge of technology innovation law and practice.

3 Fall, Spring Shubha Ghosh


Technology Commercialization Research Center

This applied learning course allows students interested in the areas of intellectual property and business law to apply their knowledge to actual new technology projects. In this year-long course, students work in teams consulting with companies, entrepreneurs or universities that are seeking to commercialize new technologies. The finished product includes a report and presentation that cover such things as: analyzing the technology, investigating intellectual property protection, examining the market landscape, identifying any regulatory concerns, and exploring opportunities for funding or licensing.

3 Fall, Spring Dean Bell, M. Jack Rudnick


Commercial Real Estate Practice

This applied learning course will build on the fundamentals of the Real Estate Transactions I course, and will focus on the development of a regional shopping mall which will provide a framework for the course outline. The course will not only provide ways to convey many of the concepts found in this type of real estate, but will also provide the basis to explore the relationship between the real estate concepts and the business framework of which they become a part. Case law will be utilized to supplement certain interpretations of Real Property Law. Real Estate Transactions I is a prerequisite for this course.

2 Spring Marc A. Malfitano


Military Law and Procedure

Military Law and Procedure is an overview of the military justice system and its procedural application in today's Armed Forces of the United States. Students will read, discuss, and practice how the Uniform Code of Military Justice and its procedural applications ensure proper discipline within the ranks of today's armed forces. The course will trace the history of discipline within those armed forces, the development of the rule of law in the military, the practice aspects of advocating before a courts-martial, as well as understand the non-judicial and administrative aspects of discipline in the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marines. Additionally, the students will study the application of the UCMJ on the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as the new challenges faced by commanders and their legal advisers in the battlefields of tomorrow.

2 Spring David M. Crane


Family Law Mediation

This Course will focus on alternative dispute resolution in the family law area. Students will study mediation and collaborative law through written materials and mock exercises. The ethical issues involved in these forms of ADR will also be addressed.

3 Spring Daniel G. Cantone


Nat’l Security/Terrorism Center

The National Security and Counterterrorism Research Center serves as a working research laboratory for law and other graduate students interested in national security and counterterrorism issues. Students will work in teams on research projects assigned by the director. Typically, the projects will involve assessments of legal and law-related issues of concern to federal, state, and local government officials in responding to national security and terrorism threats. Other projects may examine private sector security concerns.

3 Spring William C. Banks


Corporate Financing Transactions

This course teaches corporate finance by guiding students through all aspects and phases of a syndicated commercial loan transaction. Students will examine the design, negotiation, finance, and implementation of a real-world deal, from both a law and business perspective. In addition to teaching the substantive law and principles of finance, the course also teaches essential deal skills and provides students with practical insights (from an experienced senior lawyer) that will enable them to be effective transactional lawyers and bankers. This course is cross-listed with the Whitman School of Management and will contain a combination of JD and MBA students.

2 Spring A. Joseph Warburton


Advanced Criminal Evidence

The course will cover Federal and New York rules of evidence, and constitutional rules pertaining to the rights to confront and present a defense, in connection with a range of issues typically arising in criminal cases. Weekly assignments will be designed to simulate work that would be performed in a prosecutor's or defender's office. They will include motions in liminie and supporting memoranda, inter-office trial preparation memoranda, and both trial court and appellate advocacy of evidentiary issues. The course is a limited enrollment course and the grade will be based exclusively on written and oral advocacy.

3 Fall


Refugee and Asylum Law Seminar

The 1951 Refugee Convention relating to the Status of Refugees is over 60 years old. The number of people forcibly uprooted by conflict and persecution stands at over 40 million and is unlikely to diminish. Against this background, international debates continue regarding the nature of the protection that refugees should be granted, the role of the international community, and the obligations of receiving countries towards refugees. This course aims to introduce students, through comparative legal studies, to how the 1951 Refugee Convention has developed. The module covers the international legal framework for refugee protection, its main challenges and shortcomings, by referring to how international, regional, and national courts interpret and implement refugee and asylum law. Main areas of discussion will include international criteria for the attainment, exclusion and withdrawal of refugee status, the development of the non-refoulement principle, and the changing role of UNHCR, as well as how the EU, the AU and OAS employ the term 'refugee' while also noting how states react to those decisions.

3 Fall


Cyber Security Law & Policy

The 2009 White House Cyberspace Policy Review states: The United States needs to conduct a national dialogue on cybersecurity to ensure an integrated approach toward the Nation's need for security and the national commitment to privacy rights and civil liberties guaranteed by the Constitution and law. This three-credit, one-semester seminar intends to be part of that dialog. Some cyber security law already exists. Other laws of long standing present issues of applicability or adaptability to the cyber realm. Many proposals remain in Congressional committees, such as bills that would mandate security measures for all entities receiving federal money, establish a federal certification for technicians serving computer networks of entities receiving federal money, and provide the President with authority to "pull the plug" on national Internet connectivity in times of emergency. This course is premised on the belief that much policy and law to implement it will be made in the next few years to institute a national policy to protect U.S. interests in cyberspace. The seminar uses an interdisciplinary approach, but no special background or prerequisites are required.

3 Fall William C. Snyder


Social Deviance & the Law

Deviant behavior characterizes a course of action that violates recognized social norms. First, formal social norms govern human behavior through legal institutions. Conversely, informal social norms gather energy through no concrete regulatory structure, but through social approbation. This course focuses on both types of norms. Students will explore informal norms as an alternative way of thinking about power and governance outside the provenance of law. They will develop critical thinking skills about the authority of manners and society as equally forceful, or perhaps even more so, than formalized law. This interdisciplinary course brings together law, literature, philosophy, and film. Topics covered will be: Manners, Propriety, Violence, Sexuality, Blue laws, and Intercultural competence.

3 Fall Kevin Noble Maillard


Women in the Law

This course examines the historical and contemporary treatment of women under the Constitution, statutes, and common law. Students will examine how the legal system has constructed and applied notions of gender and gender equality. It will introduce students to significant contemporary legal scholarship on the status of women in modern America, and will explore how gender affects legal relationships and status. Feminist jurisprudence, or feminist theory, will be applied to doctrinal legal issues. Satisfies the upper-level writing requirement.

3 Fall Kelly K. Curtis


Class Actions: Complex Litigation

Class action is the most controversial procedural device. After studying the technical issues (prerequisites, certification, notice, opt out, settlement, res judicata) and its specific applications (consumer, antitrust, security, discrimination, mass tort) in concrete cases (tobacco, asbestos, Wal-Mart), you will be able to better understand the political and social implications behind class actions. Although class actions may bring social change and right injustices, it may also be improperly used to harass and blackmail defendants into settling non-meritorious claims. The course also deals with non-class aggregation, like joinder, impleader, interpleader, intervention, consolidation, transfers, and bankruptcy. It is also an excellent opportunity to review civil procedure concepts.

3 Spring Antonio Gidi


Binary Economics and Property Rights

One of the most important duties of lawyers is to help people identify and secure their essential rights and responsibilities. Serving clients effectively requires that lawyers ask the right questions. When addressing economic rights, here are nine important questions: (1) Why does wealth tend to concentrate in market economies even in times of great prosperity? (2) Why does the great promise of the industrial revolution (abundance and leisure) remain unfulfilled for most people? (3) Why does every generation of students graduate deeper in debt? (4) What is behind the adage, it takes money to make money? (5) How can more economic opportunity become more broadly distributed? (6) What are the growth and distributive consequences of the fact that most capital is acquired with the earnings of capital? (7) Is there a practical, efficient way to enable all people to acquire capital with the earnings of capital, without taking anything from existing owners? (8) What is the relationship between the distribution of capital ownership and the functioning of a democracy? (9) What role can lawyers play in pursuing these and related questions to better serve their clients, themselves, and society? This seminar will explore these and related questions. The seminar will not require an above average mathematical aptitude or prior exposure to economics, but rather only an open mind and a willingness to approach economic issues from a foundation grounded in professional responsibility. Students will read assigned material, do additional reading of their own choosing, make an in-class presentation (optional), and write a paper that will satisfy the writing requirement for graduation.

3 Spring Robert H.A. Ashford


Law, Politics, and the Media

The American judicial system today operates in a complex environment of legal principle, political pressure, and media coverage. The separate elements of this complex environment are typically studied by different groups of individuals working from different perspectives. Law faculty tend to focus on legal principle; political scientists examine the influence of politics; and scholars of public communication assess the media. The goal of this course is to introduce students to the court system and its environment as a single, integrated subject of study. To this end, the course is taught by a team of faculty instructors drawn from law, journalism, and political science. Academic discussions are complemented by lectures from sitting judges, practicing lawyers, and working journalists. Topics to be covered in the course include: conventional understandings of judicial independence; contemporary public opinion of the courts; the ethics of good judging and good journalism; the politics of judicial elections and judicial appointments; the possibilities for judicial reform; the politics of judicial budgets; the media, tort reform, and the litigation crisis; trials of the century; the media treatment of wrongful convictions and cold cases; and the relationship between press coverage, the courts, and national security.

3 Spring Keith J. Bybee, Lisa Dolak


Law of Armed Conflict

Mankind has attempted to regulate the horror of war for centuries. This seminar will review those attempts, focusing on the modern era. Particular attention will be paid to recent challenges related to the war on terror and the ramifications for future enforcement of these key principles. Any student interested in practicing national security law or going into international criminal justice must have a clear understanding of the law of armed conflict. This seminar will assist in that understanding. The student will have the opportunity to be involved in several practical exercises that will reinforce their learning and write a paper on various cutting edge issues, of their choosing, related to the law of armed conflict.

3 Spring David M. Crane


History of the Regulation of Trade and Business

This experimental course will explore the legal and moral principles of business and trade regulation over 5,000 years. Students will learn about ancient regulation of prices, for which violators were executed; usury laws; licensing and other concepts as they evolved into our current system. Understanding the history of regulation will help lawyers, business owners and executives navigate regulatory regimes.

3 Spring


Introduction to American Legal Thought

This course will explore a variety of contemporary schools of legal thought, with an emphasis on their understanding of the nature of law and, where applicable, the appropriate objectives of law and law reform. The course will begin with an overview of the historical roots of today's thinking, exploring Langdell's orthodoxy, Oliver Wendell Holmes reaction thereto, and the highly influential legal realists. The course will then turn to its more central focus: the legal process school and the contemporary progeny of legal realism (e.g., law and economics, critical legal studies, law and feminism). The course will also expose students to a powerful new alternative to these popular schools of thought, namely the cultural study of law.

2 Fall


Affordable Care Act Seminar

The passage of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare, as the legislation is popularly known) in 2010 represents the single most significant domestic social policy legislation since the Social Security Act of 1935. Controversial when first proposed, passed with the barest of margins and over enormous public resistance, the ACA law promised to materialize as a popular reform of one of the largest segments of the American economy. Instead, the law triggered non-stop agitation in every terrain of the health care world. Patients, doctors, hospital, insurers, employers and state Medicaid programs have each had to deal with continuing turbulence and uncertainty that appears to only grow worse. This seminar, open to law students and graduate students interested in health, economics, or social welfare policy, explores four aspects of the law. The first is the long history of advocacy for the federal government to declare health care a right and to provide public funding for all medical and hospital attention. The second will be a study of the contents of the ACA, attempting to understand how the legislation was conceived, written and passed. The third will be a study of the implementation of the law including the experience of the failed roll-out using the Internet. Finally, legal decisions arising from the law will be examined.

2 Fall Carl Schramm


Jessup Mini-Course Seminar

The Jessup mini-course is designed to prepare student for effective participation in the Jessup International Moot Court Competition. Classes will focus on general principles of international law, research skills, and discrete international law topics arising from the Philip C. Jessup International Law Competition problem set. All class participants must be members of the SUCOL Jessup International Moot Court Team ass advocates, memorialist or alternate. Arguing members and the memorialist receive two (2) total credits for this class. Alternates receive one (1) credit for the course.

1-2 Fall Kathleen M. O'Connor


Property Law in the 21st Century: Advanced Topics in Property Law

This seminar will examine current important issues in property law and theory, topics to which students may have been introduced during their first year, but that warrant investigation in further detail. The course will first review different notions of what property actually is, using historical and modern analyses both from political theory and from law. We will then consider the extent to which property concepts can be usefully employed to resolve an array of current social issues, such as the enforcement of surrogacy (parenting) contracts, the sale or other control of body parts, the fate of human embryos, eminent domain and takings, an individual's control of personal information, employment rights, and environmental rights. Students will be exposed to and discuss the relevant law, where it exists, but will also pursue in more depth the conceptual and policy-based arguments that shape and underlie the public debates currently underway. A final paper will be required, designed to meet the college's writing requirement.

3 Fall


Advanced Issues in Copyright Law

This seminar will focus on advanced copyright issues, using music as the prism to enter the field. We will confront issues including substantial similarity, damages, termination of transfer, and many others. Every student will present during the mini-course. An exercise will also assign every student a role in forming a rock band with three colleagues.

1 Fall David Nimmer


Business Valuation Law

An understanding of the principles of valuation is essential to a wide array of legal practice areas ranging from corporate law to marital dissolution. This course will focus on the concepts and methodologies employed to evaluate privately held and publicly traded enterprises. The fundamental and market-based business valuation theories and techniques will be examined, including the capitalization of earnings method, the dividend discount model, the discounted cash flow method, the capital asset pricing model, and the efficient capital market hypothesis. Additional topics will include the applicability of minority and marketability discounts and the exclusivity of appraisal rights. Students will have the opportunity to analyze business valuation problems and discuss the implications of the various business valuation models. Pre or co requisite: Corporations.

3 Spring


Public Health Law

This course deals with the law which empowers, tailors and limits federal, state and local governmental efforts to enhance and protect the health of the general population. It will make use of case studies of government educational and regulatory efforts in several areas of historic and very current controversy to examine issues which commonly arise with that law.

3 Spring Peter A. Bell


Estate Planning

This course will explore estate planning from two perspectives. First, it will deal with the substantive aspects of estate and gift tax and property law (including joint interests, life insurance and retirement plan proceeds) which must be considered in developing an estate plan. Wills, trusts and other planning techniques will be considered in detail. Second, the practical aspects of dealing with estate planning clients will be considered in depth, including how to explain difficult technical matters to the client, how to present documents to clients in an understandable format, and issues of ethics and professionalism. Short drafting and writing exercises as well as a substantial paper, consisting of a package of client memoranda and documents, will be required.

3 Fall Terry L. Turnipseed


Natural Resources Law

This course examines the law governing the use and conservation of natural resources, primarily (but not exclusively) on federally owned land. Natural Resources Law addresses wilderness preservation, forestry, mineral extraction, protection of wildlife, environment impact analysis, and water allocation.

3 Spring


Banking Law

Federal and state laws and regulations affecting banks in the United States.

3 Fall


Property and Tax from Ancient Athens to America Seminar

This is an experimental course on the ancient roots of modern law. Students will learn how the ancients developed concepts of private property and tax, adjudicated disputes, and developed concepts that influence the law today. Understanding the development of legal theory will help lawyers, business owners and executives understand the theory underneath the practical application of the law, giving them insights into the principles.

3 Fall


Smart Grid:Sec. Prov. & Ecn.

This highly interdisciplinary, team-taught course covers the fundamental engineering, economic, and legal principles underlying the smart grid. It focuses on building the skills needed to design and test the protocols, policies, and specifications for enabling technologies that will guarantee the security and integrity of the smart grid while preserving personal privacy and providing maximum market flexibility with minimal need for new regulation. Students who complete the course will be able to integrate four perspectives—technology, security, economics, and law—allowing them to lead the development of the next generation electric grid.

3 Spring Keli Perrin


Foreign Relations

This seminar examines history, doctrine, and policy involving U.S. engagements with foreign governments, organizations, and individuals. Our focus will be the complex development and negotiation of the diverse legal orders, subjects, and spheres of action implicated in contemporary foreign relations. By canvassing and critiquing foreign relations history, law, and policy, students will acquire the basic knowledge and skills required for analysis and argument within the field.

3 Fall


International Criminal/Civil Practice and Procedure

International Criminal/Civil Practice and Procedure prepares a student for the real world of practicing before international criminal courts and federal district courts related to human rights violations, as well as seeking redress before other world judicial bodies to include the International Court of Justice and the various regional human rights courts. This seminar will be an intensive study of case studies taking the student from initial allegations of war crimes or crimes against humanity, developing an investigative plan, drafting of indictments, preparing pre-trial motions, preparing for trial, and trial practice. Ancillary considerations related to civil suits before regional human rights courts and US federal district courts will be studied as well. The student's written work product and presentations will form the basis of the grade at the end of the course.

2 Spring David M. Crane


Race and the Law

Race and the Law is a 3-credit graduate law discussion class critically examining the ways laws and courts address issues of race and construct race relations in the United States. Primary readings are historical and modern legal cases, the U.S. constitution, relevant U.S. statutes, and interdisciplinary scholarship on race and law. This course studies the history of treatment of African-Americans, Native peoples, Latinos, Asians and White people in American law before we look at particular topic areas and contemporary legal analyses. Topics may include equality doctrine, education and segregation, civil rights (e.g., housing, employment, public accommodations, and legal responses to civil rights organizing), criminal laws, policing and profiling, and prisons, sexuality and family, immigration, and existing and potential legal remedies. Weekly reading assignments, periodic online exercises, and active, engaged class discussions of assigned materials are critical components of the course. Students are required to write a 10-12 page analytical paper on one of the topics covered in the course and based on course materials and readings. Students may also be required to facilitate a class discussion on reading assignments and create a research bibliography. This law school course is open to non-law graduate students on a limited basis. Non-law students are required to get permission of the professor before enrolling in this law school class.

3 Spring Paula C. Johnson


Vietnam: A Disability Lens

This course offers a comparative look at the laws, policies and practices vis-à-vis disability in Vietnam and the United States, coupled with an on-the-ground, close-up look in Vietnam. The course will introduce the students to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, Vietnam's law on disability enacted in 2010, and federal laws specific to disability, namely the Americans with Disabilities Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.

1 Spring Michael A. Schwartz


The Law and Practice of Electronic Discovery

The advent of the digital age has changed the way lawyers exchange information in litigation. Whether it be on computers, cell phones, tablets, data management portals, or social media, the key documents and information necessary to litigate are stored electronically, posing never before seen challenges for today’s lawyer. Whether advising a client of litigation holds and data retention policies, propounding or responding to discovery demands, preparing for and taking depositions, or engaging in motion practice on evidentiary issues, understanding technology is paramount to the modern day litigator. In this course you will be that lawyer. Employed as an associate at a fictional law firm, you will be responsible for managing all aspects of electronic discovery in two cases, from the initial client interviews, through and including depositions and trial preparation. Taught by a lawyer with experience as an associate and partner at large law firms in New York City and Boston, boutique practices, a federal clerkship, and as in-house counsel, this course offers a great opportunity to learn both the law, and the requisite skills to be a successful lawyer in the digital age.

3 Fall


Central Challenges in National Security

Using a series of case study modules that jump off the front page, the course examines critically the hardest U.S. national security law and policy challenges of the decades ahead. The case studies range from decisions to intervene and what laws apply if we do intervene in humanitarian crises, insurrections, or civil wars, and what laws should govern when we are involved; dealing with the Arab Spring; dealing with Iran and North Korea related to nuclear weapons; anticipating and controlling new technologies in warfare and surveillance; managing civil/military relations in protecting the homeland; countering the cyber threats to our infrastructure and cyber attacks waged by nation states, such as China and Russia; managing public health as a national security issue; resource depletion and global warming as a national security issue. Students will learn to integrate legal and policy analyses, and will gain lessons in how policy is made and implemented with significant legal guidance. Students will present analyses of case studies to the class, and will write briefing memoranda concerning some of the case study modules.

3 Fall William C. Banks


Advanced Litigation Skills

Trial work is a relatively modest fraction of a litigator's life. Yet most law schools routinely offer trial advocacy courses, and largely ignore the other practical forms and occasions for litigation advocacy. This is a one-semester program where aspiring litigators would confront the more typical litigation problems that would combine and hone their training in legal writing and written advocacy, civil and criminal procedure, and privilege and other issues arising in the course of discovery, motion practice, negotiation and oral advocacy. This experiential course would accomplish this through a series of classroom simulations and written homework assignments that required the students to address a series of typical litigation problems.

3 Fall


International Human Rights and Comparative Disability Law Seminar

This course introduces students to recent developments in international human rights and comparative disability law, including an analysis of the UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities (CRPD). The CRPD was entered into force in 2008 as the first treaty to protect the rights of people with disabilities under international law. This course is for law students and other graduate students who are interested in disability rights and international human rights law, generally. The course uses disability as a case study for the study of the development of international human rights protections for certain groups; the adoption, monitoring, and implementation of UN treaties; the role of regional human rights tribunals in enforcing human rights protections for people with disabilities; and the relationship between international human rights laws and domestic disability-related laws in selected countries.

3 Fall Arlene S. Kanter


Climate Change: Science, Perception, and Policy

Climate change (global warming) is rapidly becoming one of the most pressing issues of the twenty-first century. This course introduces students to the challenges posed by climate change through a unique multi-disciplinary exploration of the scientific, economic, policy, communicative, and even philosophical dimensions of the issue. The course will cover topics such as the current state of scientific knowledge about climate change, the role of the media in shaping public opinion on the issue, competing discourses of climate change, risk and uncertainty in decision-making, costs and benefits of different types of policies, the Kyoto protocol and other policy initiatives, actions being taken to address the issue, and the ethical dimensions of the choices facing humanity. Faculty from SU and ESF in law, economics/public administration, earth science, and environmental studies will co-teach this course and bring to students a unique dialog that crosses traditional disciplinary boundaries. Moreover, emphasis will be placed on drawing out the general lessons obtained from a multi-disciplinary approach to climate change: many of the insights will be applicable to other complex, highly technical environmental problems. This course is intended to bring together students from a diverse range of backgrounds and does not have specific prerequisites.

3 Fall David M. Driesen


Capital Punishment Seminar

The death penalty is society’s ultimate legal sanction, meant to be reserved for the worst of the worst. Given the finality and enormity of the government’s deliberate taking of a human life, the United States Supreme Court has developed a complex jurisprudence regulating the imposition of the death sentence. In this seminar, we will study this constitutional framework for the modern death penalty. In addition, we will engage in a critical study of the institution of capital punishment, discussing topics such as the impact of capital crimes on victims’ families, the theoretical rationales for capital punishment, the historical development of the death penalty, capital punishment in global law and practice, the impact of mental illness, race and poverty on how the death penalty is administered, and the sentencing of innocent persons to death.

2 Fall Sanjay K. Chhablani


Atrocity Law and Policy: Practicing before International Criminal Tribunals

International criminal law is a new discipline within the legal profession. Over the past 12 years, the discipline has developed at an exponential rate. Cutting edge rulings and decisions are setting the cornerstones in international criminal law for years to come. It is a rare opportunity for teachers, students, practitioners, and policy makers to be present at the beginnings of a new area of the law. Rarer still is the opportunity for students to be able to take a seminar from one of the senior international practitioners in the field, using his work as the basis for this seminar. Drawing upon unique experiences in West Africa, a great deal of the new ideas and fresh thinking began with our work as the Chief Prosecutor of the international war crimes tribunal in Sierra Leone, called the Special Court for Sierra Leone. The seminar will use, as a case study, the entire creative process in West Africa of establishing the Office of the Prosecutor of the Special Court for Sierra Leone; from planning, preparation, and executing the many tasks necessary to prosecute war criminals in a forgotten and tragic land. Using real world and contemporary cases, vignettes, and scenarios this 2 credit hour seminar will give students a rare opportunity, to study and do research with the practitioner who created the entire prosecutorial plan to prosecute those who bore the greatest responsibility for war crimes and crimes against humanity that resulted in the murder, rape, maiming, and mutilation of over 1.2 million human beings.

2 Fall David M. Crane


Washington Lawyer Seminar

Client problems brought to a good D.C. attorney are almost always solved through a combination of legislative pressure, executive branch pressure, and perhaps ultimately litigation against either another party and/or an agency of the executive branch. Very often the best solutions to these problems are forged behind the scenes, the opposite of the way lawyers in other jurisdictions often serve their clients interests. This seminar will feature influential and successful D.C. attorneys and distinguished guest lecturers to discuss one or more client problems brought to them and how they went about a solution. Each week, students will go through a real case study problem set that the guest lecturer encountered in his or her practice, whether in government, a nonprofit, a corporation, or a law firm. After establishing a fact pattern, students will discuss the various options for solving the legal problem. Finally, students will hear from the guest lecturer how he or she actually attacked the legal problem, and the outcome if known. Students will also discuss projects that they have been working on along with any issues that may have arisen.

2 Fall, Spring Terry L. Turnipseed


Syracuse Law in D.C. Program Placement

The Syracuse Law Semester in D.C. Program will provide an elite professional and educational experience in a job market in which many of our students aspire to pursue careers. This externship experience provides students with an incredible opportunity to be exposed to the legal market of D.C., one that is unlike many others. With placements ranging from the Federal Bureau of Investigations, the U.S. Department of Justice, NASA, Securities Exchange Commission, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Senate and House offices, the D.C. Public Defender Service, the United Nations High Commission for Refugees, and a host of other non-profit, federal military, federal government, hill, political party, judicial and law firm placements, the options are premier and vast. Currently, there are over 65 placements for students to choose from. Students will be expected to work a minimum of 35 hours per week in their placement, with attendance at the weekly seminar and post-seminar networking events. The networking events allow students to build a professional network of contacts in the D.C. market.

12 Fall, Spring Terry L. Turnipseed


Criminal Defense Law Clinic

Student attorneys represent clients charged with misdemeanors and violations in Syracuse City Court. They engage in extensive fact investigation, interviewing, client counseling, and plea negotiations, and appear regularly in local courts. They also assist clients with civil matters related to the pending criminal charges.

6 Fall, Spring Todd A. Berger, Jason D. Hoge


Bankruptcy Clinic

The pro bono bankruptcy clinic consists of a clinic open to second and third year students, and a pro bono volunteer program open to first year students. The upper division clinic students will representing an indigent client in filing a bankruptcy case, and will be in charge of the team supervising the first year student volunteers. The clinic students will be responsible for obtaining from the clients all of the information required by the Bankruptcy Code for filing a bankruptcy case, organizing that information, drafting the petition and schedules, and representing the client at the official meeting of creditors. Students will also address any legal issues that arise in the case. The class component will involve formal training basic consumer bankruptcy law and practice, and an open discussion of issues that arise in the cases.

1 Fall Gregory L. Germain


Law in London: Clinical Internship

Students will spend the first week of the seven week program attending lectures by authorities in English law.  This introduction to the English Legal System will prepare the students for their internships by providing an overview of the fundamental tenets of English law, with an emphasis on English legal institutions, court structure, the legal profession, and adjudicative procedure in both civil and criminal cases. Classes during this first week will meet for a minimum of 15 hours and will be supplemented by visits to one of the Inns of Court and the Houses of Parliament and by a guided tour of Legal London.  Following this first week of classes, students will undertake six-week internships with barristers, solicitors, public agencies or other legal organizations, under the supervision of Syracuse University College of Law faculty.  Internships are full-time jobs, and students are expected to work the normal hours at their placements..  During this six-week period these internship experiences are augmented by once-a-week, two-hour evening seminars conducted by the program faculty and cooperating English practitioners.

6 Summer Christian C. Day, Aviva Abramovsky


Elder Law Clinic

This clinical course will focus on representation of the elderly in a variety of substantive areas, with initial focus on administrative proceedings regarding public benefits, especially Medicaid. Students will have substantial opportunities to interview and counsel clients, conduct fact investigation, grapple with thorny ethical issues unique to elderly clients, and advocate for clients in a variety of settings, including in administrative proceedings. Students will have primary responsibility for their cases, under the guidance of the faculty member. There may be opportunities for collaboration with medical staff from the SUNY Upstate Geriatric Clinic and other professionals working with the elderly.

6 Fall, Spring Mary Helen McNeal


Low Income Taxpayer Clinic

The Low Income Taxpayer Clinic offers legal assistance to low income taxpayers who have controversies with the I.R.S. The controversies may include collection, examination, appeals or Tax Court matters. Student attorneys will also be involved in community outreach and education regarding income tax matters.

3 Fall, Spring Robert G. Nassau



The Externship Program provides students with the opportunity to work with lawyers. The Program consists of a two credit seminar that meets once a week which discusses lawyering as a profession and a 2 or 3 credit externship placement where students work under the supervision of a lawyer in offices throughout Upstate NY.

2 Fall, Spring Ann E. Pfeiffer


Externship Placement

This is a 2 or 3 credit externship placement where students work under the supervision of a lawyer in offices throughout Upstate NY.

2-3 Fall, Spring Ann E. Pfeiffer


Securities Arbitration Clinic

Provides legal assistance to small investors who have lost some or all of their investments as a result of improper conduct on the part of stockbrokers, investment advisors, securities firms, and mutual funds. Students enrolled in the SAC provide representation to eligible investors who are required to use the arbitration process for the resolution of their disputes.

6 Fall, Spring Gary J. Pieples


Disability Rights Clinic

The Disability Rights Clinic is dedicated to providing representation to individuals and groups in our community who are unable to secure representation elsewhere. One reason DRC clients are unable to find other lawyers to represent them is due to their lack of financial resources. In our community, as elsewhere, the vast majority of lawyers provide legal assistance only to those who can afford to pay for their services. And in recent years, federal funding, the major source of funding for legal services for people with low or no incomes, has been reduced dramatically. A second reason DRC clients are unable to find lawyers elsewhere relates to the types of cases they may have which may involve controversial issues or conflicts of interest for other lawyers. DRC student attorneys practice in federal and state courts, and before administrative agencies in a broad range of civil rights matters, including race, gender, age and disability discrimination, sexual harassment, prisoners rights, immigration, accessibility under the Americans with Disabilities Act, and employment matters.

6 Fall, Spring Michael A. Schwartz


Social and Economic Justice in South Africa

The week-long visit to South Africa will study the constitutional, economic, and social history of South Africa as it has moved from apartheid to a multi-racial republic. Students will visit the Constitutional Court; government agencies including the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration; several townships and municipalities; and a historically Black and historically White University. The students will meet with Constitutional Court justices, government officials, and University faculty involved in social and economic justice issues and learn about the entrenched systemic poverty, racism, and injustice that is the legacy of apartheid, and the efforts including legislation, policies, and programs to reverse the effects of apartheid. Students will earn one credit. The grading will be based upon an 8-10 page paper researched before, during, and after the trip to South Africa. Papers may involve topics guided by the Constitutional Court justices regarding topics presently before the Court, or topics chosen by the students involving issues of community economic development law, constitutional law, and comparative law. There will be two one-hour class sessions scheduled before the trip and two one-hour class sessions scheduled after the trip. Applications for this course must be completed and approved before registration.

1 Spring Deborah Kenn


Veterans Legal Clinic

The Veterans Legal Clinic offers legal assistance to veterans on discharge upgrade cases and benefits claims before the Department of Veterans Affairs. Students will have substantial opportunities to interview and counsel clients, conduct fact investigation, and advocate for veterans in a variety of settings. Students will assist veterans in navigating the process of applying for disability benefits, appealing decisions at the local level, and providing assistance all the way up to the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims in Washington, D.C. Students will have primary responsibility on their cases, under the guidance of a faculty member. In addition to case work, students will learn about military culture and the military discharge process. Students will understand the intricacies of VA administrative law process, including the impact of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Traumatic Brain Injury on these cases. Students will also focus on the policies behind the regulations set forth by the VA and how those intersect with the statutes set out by Congress.

6 Fall, Spring Yelena Duterte


Pro Bono Scholars Seminar

The Pro Bono Scholar seminar is a forum that facilitates discussions related to lawyering as a profession and where issues particular to the student’s placement experience are addressed. It is a forum to discuss the role of lawyers in our justice system; the responsibilities lawyers have in obtaining access to this system and the practical implications of upholding the ethical standards demanded by the profession. Students will discuss the stresses particular to this profession, and explore the emotional commitment the profession demands.

2 Spring Terry L. Turnipseed, Ann E. Pfeiffer


Pro Bono Scholars Program Externship

Students in their final year of law school to devote their last semester of study to performing pro bono service for the poor through an approved externship, legal services provider, law firm or corporation. Placements are available in Central New York and Washington, DC. Only students selected by the Pro Bono Scholars Program committee and approved the New York Court of Appeals may register for the course. Students accepted for the Program will spend 12 weeks working fulltime in a placement beginning in March. Students will also have a seminar component, Pro Bono Scholars Seminar, for which they will earn two credits.

10 Spring Terry L. Turnipseed, Ann E. Pfeiffer


Journal of International Law and Commerce

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1-3 Fall, Spring


Law Review

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1-3 Fall, Spring Robin Paul Malloy


Moot Court

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1-2 Fall, Spring


Community Development Law Clinic

The Community Development Law Clinic is one of only a handful of law school clinics nationwide which provide students the opportunity to represent not-for-profit housing and community organizations involved in affordable housing development and community economic development for people with low incomes. The Community Development Law Clinic was founded in 1988 with a grant from the United States Department of Education Clinical Legal Experience Program. Since 1989, Associate Professor Deborah Kenn has directed the Community Development Law Clinic, which upon the conclusion of the United States Department of Education grant in 1992, has been funded in full by the College of Law.

6 Fall, Spring Deborah Kenn, Jessica R. Murray


Journal of Science and Technology Law

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1-2 Fall, Spring Lisa Dolak


Childrens Rights and Family Law Clinic

This combined clinical offering is designed for students interested in developing legal skills in the area of children's rights and in handling various civil cases. Students will assist in cases pertaining to education, school disciplinary hearings, suspension hearings, children's access to public education and public housing. Students will also represent clients in court and in negotiations to enforce child and spousal support and on divorce and custody cases. Representation of the clients includes interviewing witnesses, gathering evidence, negotiation settlements, appearing in court, and conducting hearings and trials. During the seminar, students will discuss the fundamentals of interviewing, counseling, negotiation, and written and oral advocacy as well as the substantive areas of family and public interest law, public assistance, and social security.

6 Fall, Spring Suzette M. Melendez


Advanced Legal Research

Advanced Legal Research expands upon the foundation of research skills acquired in the first year. The course addresses effective research methods and strategies, examines the structural and theoretical underpinnings of traditional and automated research systems, and explores specialized areas of research (such as legislative history, administrative law, and non-legal resources). Students will have ample opportunities to refine research techniques through hands-on practice sessions in the law library.

3 Fall Christine M. Demetros


NIABA Journal

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1-2 Fall, Spring Robin Paul Malloy


Foreign, International, and Comparative Law Research

The purpose of this course is to offer students a working knowledge of legal bibliography and research methods, both in traditional print sources and in electronic formats, for conducting research in the laws of foreign countries, international law, and comparative law.

3 Spring


Impunity Watch

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2 Fall, Spring David M. Crane