LAWI - Law

Elective Courses (College of Law)


LAWI - 9010 ACCOUNTING FOR LAWYERS
[3 hours] An introduction for students without prior accounting experience to the terms and concepts necessary to an understanding of the financial affairs of a client and to the variety of legal contexts in which the lawyer is likely to encounter accounting problems.


LAWI - 9050 ADMIRALTY
[2 hours] An analysis of admiralty jurisdiction and selected topics in the maritime law including remedies available to injured seamen and longshoremen, collision and allision, carriage of goods, maritime liens, insurance and principles of liability.


LAWI - 9060 ADVANCED SALES
[2 hours] Sales of goods under Article 2 of the Uniform Commercial Code. There are no prerequisites for this course.


LAWI - 9070 ANTITRUST LAW
[3 hours] A study of the Sherman Act, Clayton Act, Federal Trade Commission Act, and related statutes. This course surveys the body of law prohibiting restraints of trade, monopolization and other devices interfering with the competitive business environment.


LAWI - 9080 FIRST AMENDMENT
[2 hours] A study of the Supreme Court's interpretation of the first amendment clauses concerning freedom of speech and of the press, and of the amendment's religion clauses.


LAWI - 9090 ARBITRATION
[2 hours] Arbitration under the common law and under federal and state arbitration statutes. Course covers a range of selected topics and includes a comparison of arbitration with other methods of dispute settlement.


LAWI - 9140 BUSINESS PLANNING
[3 hours] The course considers problems and transactions of business enterprises in a practical fashion. Projects requiring planning, drafting and negotiating, principally on behalf of smaller and closely held businesses, are an integral part of the course. Agreements and arrangements common to such businesses are examined in depth, including buy-sell, close corporation, bank loan and franchising agreements.


LAWI - 9160 COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE DEVELOPMENT
[2 hours] The legal problems related to private financing and development of land. Emphasis is on the structuring of real estate transactions, tax considerations and problems of developers, lenders and other participants.


LAWI - 9170 CONFLICT OF LAWS
[3 hours] The problems encountered when a transaction or occurrence has a significant relationship to two or more states or countries. The jurisdiction of courts, the effect to be given to out-of-state judgments and the rules of decision in multi-state cases are some of the problems studied. Both traditional rules and theories and modern developments are analyzed.


LAWI - 9180 COMMUNICATION LAW
[3 hours] Examines areas of difficulty in the operation of a system of free expression with an emphasis on the theoretical justification for the First Amendment. Regulation of the print and electronic media, with emphasis on FCC authority, is also considered.


LAWI - 9210 COPYRIGHT LAW
[2 hours] The creation, protection and transfer of artistic, musical and literary property with primary emphasis on statutory copyright law. The survey course, Patent, Trademark and Copyright Law, is strongly recommended but not required as a prerequisite for Copyright Law.


LAWI - 9230 CORPORATE FINANCE
[3 hours] An advanced exploration of the legal and financial problems encountered in financing corporations, with emphasis on the corporate capital structure, including the rights of holders of various equity and debt securities; the valuation of businesses, as well as corporate equity and debt securities; and mergers and acquisitions, including tender offers. Corporations is a prerequisite.


LAWI - 9250 CORPORATE TAXATION
[3 hours] A detailed study of the federal income taxation of corporations and shareholders. Emphasis is on identification of the unique tax problems relating to the creation, operation, distribution, liquidation and reorganization of corporations. The taxation of partnerships and Subchapter's corporations also is examined. Federal Income Taxation is a prerequisite.


LAWI - 9270 CREDITOR/DEBTOR LAW
[3 hours] The collective processes available to creditors under state law and the constitutional protections available to debtors, as well as the rights of debtors, under both state and federal law. Most of the course is devoted to federal bankruptcy law. There are no formal prerequisites, but completion or concomitant enrollment in Secured Transactions is recommended.


LAWI - 9280 CRIMINAL PROCEDURE-ADJUDICATIONS
[3 hours] A study of the criminal processes from arrest through sentencing and appeal. Topics covered include bail, preliminary hearing, grand jury, plea bargaining and guilty pleas, discovery, fair trial-free press, jury trial, sentencing and double jeopardy. It is recommended, but not required, that Criminal Procedure-Investigations and Evidence be taken prior to taking Criminal Procedure-Adjudications.


LAWI - 9300 EMPLOYMENT DISCRIMINATION
[2 or 3 hours] A study of cases arising under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Equal Pay Act, and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act.


LAWI - 9310 EMPLOYMENT LAW
[2 or 3 hours] A study of the employment relation with a focus on the rights of non-union employees. Coverage includes employee privacy issues (drug testing, polygraphs, medical screening, references), selected sex and race discrimination issues, minimum wage and hour regulation, occupational safety and health law, an overview of workers' compensation, and wrongful discharge law.


LAWI - 9330 ENVIRONMENTAL LAW
[3 hours] This course introduces students to U.S. environmental law by examining common law environmental standards, major federal statutes and the policy goals underlying such statutes. Statutes to be examined include the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act, the resource Conservation and Recovery Act, The Endangered Species Act and the National Environmental Policy Act. Modern environmental law is only 25 years old, and the course will consider the effects of these statutes on business behavior and their success, or failure, in cleaning up the environment. By contrasting different environmental statutes, students will obtain an understanding of not only the current environmental framework but also the differing approaches that may be employed to protect/develop the environment.


LAWI - 9360 ESTATE AND GIFT TAX
[3 hours] A study of the federal estate and gift tax structure and its impact on the transfer of property and of income taxation of trusts and estates. The redistribution of wealth through taxation, whether or not stated as a goal, is also studied.


LAWI - 9350 ESTATE PLANNING

[2hours] This course focuses on the practical aspects of will and trust drafting. Emphasis is placed on the application of estate planning and wealth preservation techniques to commonly encountered estate planning problems. Trust and Estates is recommended and Estate and Gift Tax is a pre-requisite.


LAWI - 9380 FEDERAL JURISDICTION
[3 hours] An intensive examination of federal courts jurisdiction and procedure. Topics surveyed include the limitations on federal jurisdiction, the law applied by federal courts in civil actions, the original and removal jurisdiction of federal courts and the rules of procedure followed by federal courts.


LAWI - 9460 INSURANCE LAW
[3 hours] A study of property, liability and life insurance, and the insurer-insured relationship from a legal vantage point. Numerous concepts are examined during the course, including insurable interest, concealment and misrepresentation, the duty of good faith and fair dealing, scope of coverage, policy interpretation, change of beneficiary, duty to defend, bad faith refusal to settle, measures of recovery, multiple interests coverage, subrogation and other insurance clauses.


LAWI - 9480 INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS PROBLEMS
[3 hours] This course introduces students to the issues, problems and legal norms applicable to International Business Transactions. The course will examine various problems that occur in international business as a means of discerning that pitfalls for the unwary, as well as the matters that must be considered to protect one's client. The course will begin with an examination of the issues arising in a basic international sale and will progress through increasingly complex types of business interaction, including distributorships, franchising, licensing, joint ventures and incorporating abroad. Throughout the course, there will be an emphasis on both the U.S., foreign and international laws and standards that may affect the transaction. The course will culminate in a contract negotiation. Students will have to meet with their partners to negotiate a deal and to draft a contract embodying the terms of the deal.


LAWI - 9490 JUVENILE LAW
[2 hours] The role of the state in the lives of neglected, abused and delinquent children. The course includes consideration of the history and theory of the juvenile court system and the role of the attorney in representing juveniles.


LAWI - 9510 LABOR LAW
[3 hours] Labor relations law in the United States with principal focus upon the structure of federal regulatory statutes. Topics include the evolution of the law's attitude toward organized labor, the organization and representation of workers by labor organizations, the treatment of unfair labor practices of employers and unions by the National Labor Relations Board, and collective bargaining agreements, their application and enforcement.


LAWI - 9560 LAND TRANSACTIONS
[3 hours] Negotiating, structuring, performing, and closing the real estate transaction, remedies, methods of title assurance, the condominium and other forms of ownership. Course includes exercises in drafting, negotiating and closing a contract for the sale of land.


LAWI - 9580 LAND USE LAW
[2 hours] The objectives and techniques of governmental influence and control over land use and development, primarily within metropolitan areas. Among the topics considered are zoning, subdivision regulation and urban renewal and planning.


LAWI - 9660 LEGAL DRAFTING
[2 hours] This course develops the theory and practice of clear, well organized, readable legal drafting using a problem approach. In some semesters the course will focus on a particular area, such as wills and trusts or legislation.


LAWI - 9680 LOCAL GOVERNMENT LAW AND TAXATION
[3 hours] The administration of municipalities and their dealings with other local governmental units. The powers and problems of urban governmental units, federalism, corporate powers and police powers are surveyed as is the area of state and local taxes.


LAWI - 9710 PATENT LAW
[2 hours] A survey of the legal protection of inventions. This course covers the requirements for obtaining and enforcing a patent and the rights of a patentee with respect to licensing, assignment and patent misuse.


LAWI - 9720 PATENT, TRADEMARK AND COPYRIGHT LAW
[3 hours] A survey of the law of intellectual property, covering the fundamentals of patent, trademark and copyright protection. Course content includes the ownership, infringement of trade symbols and designs and the protection of artistic literary and musical property under the law of copyright.


LAWI - 9730 PENSION AND EMPLOYEE BENEFITS
[2 hours] A substantive examination of the law regarding employment benefits, with a special focus on the tax implications of various benefit alternatives. The class also examines other aspects of federal statutory regulation of the area, including ERISA.


LAWI - 9750 PRODUCTS LIABILITY
[2 hours] Essential elements of common law and statutory theories of recovery pertinent to product liability claims for both personal injury and economic loss. Some attention given to the integration of substantive law and the rules of procedure controlling the litigation of product liability claims.


LAWI - 9770 REGULATED INDUSTRIES
[2 hours] A study of governmental economic regulation in such fields as transportation, electric power and communications with an emphasis on control of entry, rate making and antitrust consideration.


LAWI - 9780 REMEDIES
[3 hours] The remedial aspects of a legal case, as distinct from its substantive or procedural concerns. Consideration is given to the availability and nature of various legal and equitable remedies in cases of personal injury, property disputes and broken promises.


LAWI - 9800 SECURITIES REGULATION
[3 hours] An introduction to the fundamentals of the federal securities laws, with emphasis on the regulation of the issuance of securities under the Securities Act of 1933, the regulation of proxy solicitations under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and the antifraud provisions of both the 1933 Act and the 1934 Act (including insider trading). Related aspects of state blue sky laws is also covered. Corporations is a prerequisite.


LAWI - 9860 SPORTS LAW
[2 hours] A substantive examination of concepts and cases from legal disciplines which affect professional sports including antitrust law, labor law, contracts, tax and civil procedure. Course includes exercises in negotiating, drafting and tax planning.


LAWI - 9900 TRADEMARK/UNFAIR COMPETITION LAW
[2 hours] A survey of business torts covering such topics as trademark infringement, trade secret misappropriation, product disparagement, right to publicity and false advertising. This course will also study the regulation of advertising by the Federal Trade Commission.


LAWI - 9940 WHITE COLLAR CRIME
[2 hours] Focuses on the special nature of white collar crime including special concerns when a corporation is the defendant and parallel civil-criminal proceedings. A number fraud, mail fraud, bribery, etc.

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