LAWC - Law

Perspectives (College of Law)


LAWC - 9000 COMPARATIVE LAW
[3 hours] This course introduces students to he field of comparative law and to major legal systems of the world. By examining the structure and functioning of other legal systems, the student (a) is better prepared to engage in international legal practice (based on a better understanding of not only how the legal system works but also the training and expectations of foreign counsel); (b) can appreciate the strengths and weaknesses of the U.S. legal system by contrast to other models; and (c) can understand the complexities involved in international trade, treaties and actions when the various actors come from disparate legal traditions.


LAWC - 9030 CIVIL AND POLITICAL RIGHTS
[2 hours] A study of important problems of contemporary interest involving civil and political rights such as racial equality, right to vote, freedom of expression, right to privacy and freedom of association.


LAWC - 9050 COMPARATIVE CONSTITUTIONAL LAW

[2hours] The European Convention system for the protection of human rights, with emphasis and cases decided by the European Court of Human Rights. Results in these cases are contrasted with their likely outcome under the U.S. Constitution.


LAWC - 9060 LAW AND ECONOMICS v[2 hours] While economics is expressly concerned with the creation and distribution of wealth, the law has generally dealt with this concern only implicitly. This course explores the underlying economic assumptions that have shaped the common law (especially contracts, property, torts and crimes), and how economic reasoning can assist in trial and legislative advocacy. No particular knowledge of economics is required of students selecting the course.


LAWC - 9080 GENDER AND THE LAW
[2 hours] This course exposes students to the perspective of a group (women) that has been historically excluded from power. Students will study major strains of feminist jurisprudential theory, including cultural, liberal, radical, lesbian, and critical race feminism, and explore the possibilities for using feminist jurisprudence to achieve sex equality under the law. Particular attention is devoted to issues surrounding equality in the workplace, violence against women, pornography, and reproductive freedom.


LAWC - 9100 INTERNATIONAL LAW
[3 hours] The legal processes of the international community. The creation of international law, the activities of international organizations, the enforcement of international law in both national and international forums and through national and international sanctioning mechanisms, the limits of national jurisdiction, the responsibility of states for injury to the persons or property of aliens, and the rules governing international agreements are surveyed. Particular attention is given to the role of lawyers in foreign policy decision making.


LAWC - 9110 INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS
[3 hours] Depending upon the announcement of the professor, the course centers on peace and security problems in the United Nations or on the legal aspects of the activities of more specialized international organizations such as the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (World Bank), the International Labor Organization, the International Monetary Fund, the Council of Europe and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. Attention is given to decision-making processes within international organizations, the legal techniques used to give effect to those decisions and the impact of those decisions internally within the organization and externally upon governments, firms and individuals.


LAWC - 9200 JURISPRUDENCE
[3 hours] This course provides students with the conceptual and analytical tools necessary to recognize and to deal critically with philosophical issues as they arise in the law. Readings are chosen from a variety of sources, both historical and contemporary.


LAWC - 9300 LEGAL HISTORY, ENGLISH ROOTS OF AMERICAN LAW
[2 hours] The history of English law and its impact on American legal institutions, procedures and doctrines. Particular attention is given to the origin and developmentin response to changing social, economic and political conditionsof courts, the jury, civil and criminal procedure, real property and constitutional limitations.


LAWC - 9400 LEGAL HISTORY, AMERICAN FOUNDATIONS
[2 hours] An in-depth study in-of certain areas and time periods of American legal development. The emphasis is on the ways in which law influences society and the ways in which social changes influence the law.


LAWC - 9600 LAW AND LITERATURE
[2 hours] A study of the relationship between literacy development and criticism and the law. The class studies great works of literature and examines their meaning for the law in general and the lawyer in particular.


LAWC - 9700 BIOETHICS AND LAW
[3 hours] This is a perspectives course that addresses the evolving relationship between medicine, law, and ethics. Individual topics to be covered in this curse include the definition of death, decision-making about death and dying, access to health care, research involving human subjects and genetic engineering.


LAWC - 9800 RACE AND THE LAW
[2 hours] This course constitutes two centuries of Jurisprudence concerning race. The principal emphasis is upon Constitutional issues. Focal points include the accommodation of slavery, consideration of slave owner rights, reconstruction, segregation, desegregation and modern racial preference.

Last Updated: 1/3/12