COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

Updated October 2019

9200:500  Introduction to Law and American Legal System (3 credits)
The purpose of this course is to familiarize students with the American Legal System; legal reasoning; certain fundamental areas of law; and professional ethics and the role of the lawyer.

9200:501  M.S.L. Capstone Experience (3-4 credits)
The capstone project serves as a means of synthesizing the applying the student’s legal learning in his or her area of concentration. Projects typically involve the application of the law to a complex situation that the student might encounter in a real world legal environment.

9200:601  Civ.Pro.:Federal Jurisdiction (3 credits)
Explores various issues regarding litigating a case in the federal court system. Students will study the issues regarding the “jurisdiction” or “power” of federal courts to hear cases; litigation issues, including the appropriate “venue” for a case, what law should govern when federal courts hear state-law claims, and when it is permissible to join more than one “claim” or “party” in a single case.

9200:602  Civ.Pro: Federal Litigation (3 credits)
Students will study the process for moving a case through the federal course system. Students will also study claim and issue preclusion, which are used to prevent a party from relitigating issues that the party has previously litigated and lost, as well as some aspects of appellate procedure in the federal courts.

9200:603  Con. Law: Governmental Authority (3 credits)
Governmental authority and its distribution under the Constitution.

9200:604  Con.Law: Individual Rights (3 credits)
Individual Rights, privileges and immunities under the Constitution.

9200:607  Criminal Law (3 credits)
Nature and source of criminal liability studied in light of modern developments. The act, mental conditions requisite to criminal responsibility. Specific crimes and defenses thereto.

9200:608  Evidence (3 credits)
Covers basic evidence law with emphasis on the Federal Rules of Evidence and state rules patterned thereon.

9200:609  Fundamentals of Lawyering (0 credits)
Graduation Requirement. This course is a week-long pre-matriculation first-year lawyering skills course that teaches students the skills necessary to succeed in law school. Intentional Torts is used as the vehicle to introduce students to concepts including legal analysis, the Socratic Method, legal problem solving, and communicating like a lawyer.

9200:610  General Writing Requirement (0 credits)
Prereq: 9200:618, 9200:619 & 9200:620; co-requisite: 9200:618. Graduation Requirement. Students must follow the rules and guidelines as outlined in the “General Writing Requirement (GWR) Standards Requirement” available on the Law School Student Resources Brightspace.

9200:611  Contracts (4 credits)
Survey of basic Contracts and its function.

9200:612  Professional Responsibility (3 credits)
Legal profession as an institution. Responsibilities of lawyers. Duties and privileges. Professional qualifications.

9200:613  Pro Bono Requirement (0 credit)
To provide positive experiences to law students that will promote their future involvement as practitioners and provide independent educational value (direct knowledge) concerning the plight of persons of limited means and their access to justice.

9200:618  Advanced Legal Research (1 credit)
Prereq: 9200:618 & 9200:619. The purpose of this course is to further develop the legal research skills of law students beyond basic legal research to prepare them for the practice of law, by covering legal research materials in greater depth and by introducing students to specialized legal sources.

9200:619  LARW I (3 credits)
Introduction to basic skills in legal research, particularly case law, statutes, and secondary authority; development of skills in legal analysis and writing through expository writing (research memoranda) and persuasive writing and oral advocacy (motions and appellate briefing and argument).

9200:620  LARW II (3 credits)
Prereq: 9200:619. Introduction to basic skills in legal research, particularly case law, statutes, and secondary authority; development of skills in legal analysis and writing through expository writing (research memoranda) and persuasive writing and oral advocacy (motions and appellate briefing and argument).

9200:621  Accounting and Finance from the Lawyer’s Perspective (3 credits)
A study of the underlying assumptions and principles of financial information prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles and the evaluation of such information in terms of its significance to users of such information (May be taken for letter grade or credit/noncredit).

9200:622  Administration of Criminal Justice (3 credits)
Administration of criminal justice relating processes of criminal law to objectives of criminal correction. Effects of federal constitutional provisions on criminal procedures.

9200:623  Administrative Law (3 credits)
An examination of the role and operation of government agencies, including the procedures agencies are required to follow, public participation and hearing requirements, and the standards and mechanisms governing judicial review of agency decisions.

9200:625  Torts (4 credits)
Survey of basic tort law and its function; allocating cost of unintentionally caused harm by negligence of strict liability; intentional wrongs; dignitary wrongs

9200:626  Business Associations (4 credits – beginning Fall 2019)
This course introduces the fundamental legal principles underlying all business operations (including agency relationships, partnerships, limited liability companies and corporations) with a focus on the regulation of the conflicts of interest inherent in any business structure that are necessary to facilitate the continuing existence of the business.

9200:627  Payment Systems (3 credits)
The Law of Negotiable Instruments and Bank Collections under Article 3 and 4 of the Uniform Commercial Code, the law of sales under Article 2, and UCITA.

9200:628  Seminar in Pretrial Advocacy (3 credits)
Prereq: 9200:601 & 9200:602. A practical course designed to simulate all of the necessary steps leading to trial, beginning with the client interview and up to and including the final pretrial statement.

9200:629  Secured Transactions (3 credits)
Prereq: Students must have completed at least 14 credit hours of law school coursework. The Law of Secured Transactions under Article 9 of the Uniform Commercial Code. Including an examination of the impact of the federal bankruptcy law and the Federal Tax Lien Act on Article 9 security interests.

9200:629  Secured Transactions (3 credits) Summer 2019 Offering
The course is 100% online and will be offered through Brightspace.  The course is comprised of five modules on Brightspace, and each module will contain around 10 videos.  In Brightspace, each video is a session, and for each session, Brightspace will give you access to the video for that session, the powerpoint slides presented during the video, supplemental materials I have drafted including graphic organizers and outlines, and a quiz relating to the materials covered in that session.

Each video is from 20 to 40 minutes in time.  The videos are recordings of my current classes in Secured Transactions.  Halfway through each video, you will be required to answer some review questions before proceeding forward.  And at the end of each video, you will have to complete a quiz.  Completion of the quiz is necessary to proceed forward to the next video, but you will be given three chances to get the correct answers.  Your grade for the quizzes will be based on an average of the correct answers, if you choose to take the quiz more than once. 

Your grade for the course will be comprised of the points you score on the quizzes, the review questions in the video, and your final exam.  Your final exam will count for 80% of your grade and the quizzes and review questions together will count for 20% of your grade.

The course will have a discussion board.   The exam will be administered online on the last day of class.

9200:630  Judicial Role: Conduct & Ethics (2-3 credits)
This is a reading and discussion course covering the topic of the common law system. Topics will likely include methods of selection, standards and mechanisms for regulating conduct, tenure and performance review issues, and more generally the role that the judge is called upon to play.

9200:631  Conflict of Law (3 credits)
Jurisdictional conflicts of laws and their resolution; personal jurisdiction and forum choice; problems of horizontal choice of law; recognition and enforcement of judgments.

9200:632  Education Law (3 credits)
Study of how the law and the public education system interact.

9200:633  Corporations (3 credits)
An introduction to the law relating to the typical American enterprise. Principal emphasis is on financing, control, management and regulation of corporations, both publically owned and closely held.

9200:634  Law and Psychiatry (2-3 credits)
Exploration of intersections between psychiatry and mental illness and legal rules and procedures.

9200:635  Bankruptcy Law (3 credits)
Prereq: 9200:629 recommended. Provisional remedies and enforcement of judgments. Fraudulent conveyances. General assignments for benefit of creditors. Creditor’s agreements. Bankruptcy.   

9200:636  Human Resources Lawyer (3 credits)
This course offers a unique, in-depth review of interesting and challenging areas within employment and labor laws that affect the expanding field of human resources.

9200:637  Employment Discrimination (3 credits)
Legal developments, primarily federal, affecting discrimination in employment.

9200:638  Family Law (3 credits)
Major areas of family law; theories that have influenced its development. Functions performed by various agencies which seek to effect a non-judicial settlement of domestic problems. Adoption.

9200:639  Estate & Gift Taxation (3 credits)
A survey of federal estate and gift taxation; relation between federal income tax and federal taxes on gratuitous transfers; the place of federal taxes in estate planning.

9200:640  Individual Taxation (3 credits)
Survey of federal income tax laws applicable to individuals.

9200:641  Corporate Taxation I (3 credits)
Prereq.: 9200:640. Survey of federal income tax laws applicable to corporations.

9200:642  Alternative Dispute Resolution (2-3 credits)
A survey of the alternatives to litigation available for resolving disputes.

9200:643  Federal Courts (3 credits)
Prereq.: 9200:601 & 9200:602. Congress, the federal courts and the Constitution; appellate and collateral review; federal question, diversity and admiralty cases; sovereign immunity, abstention and enjoining state actions; choice of law; federal common law.

9200:644  Supreme Court Seminar (3 credits)
Prereq:9200:602. This course is designed to explore the powers of the Supreme Courts.

9200:645  Property (4 credits)
Survey of basic elements under Anglo-American law for the ownership, and control of the use of property.

9200:646  Health Law (3 credits)
This course concentrates on the relationship between the physician and the patient and how this relationship impacts quality, costs and access to healthcare.

9200:647  Juvenile Law (3 credits)
Study of laws relating to juveniles (neglect, dependency and delinquency).

9200:648  Insurance Law (3 credits)
Legal principles of insurance of person and property, including insurable interest, measure of recovery, subrogation, rights of assignees and beneficiaries, warranty, concealment, representation and fraud. Adjustment of claims. Regulation.

9200:649  International Law (3 credits)
Nature and breadth of international law, its sources and subjects; and its relation to municipal law, to individuals and to international organizations.

9200:650  Labor Law & Collective Bargaining (3 credits)
Representation procedures. Unfair labor practices of labor and management, strikes, picketing, boycotts, lockouts. Jurisdictional disputes. Law and practice of labor arbitration and collective bargaining, including a study of the grievance arbitration process pursuant to collective bargaining agreements.

9200:651  Employment Law (3 credits)
Developments in employment law; legislation, regulations, judicial decisions, and changes in the social and economic structure of the workplace.

9200:652  Land Use Planning (3 credits)
Prereq.: 9200:645. Assumptions, doctrines and implications of planning law; zoning; legal and administrative problems involved in allocating and developing land located in metropolitan areas.

9200:653  Experiential Learning (1-3 credits)
This course provides an experiential learning experience. (Course umbrella)

9200:654  Feminist and Race Theory (3 credits)
Exploration of contemporary feminist legal theory and critical race theory. The common theme in all of the readings is: “What is equality and inequality?” Students will explore what equality might mean, how it can be achieved, why the country has failed to achieve it so far, why inequality exists, how it impacts people and what legal and non-legal solutions it might involve.

9200:655  Election Law (3 credits)
Prereq.: 9200:604. Examines the legal environment for political campaigns. Topics include historical background, legal foundation, voting rights, filing requirements, campaign finance and political advertising.

9200:656  Law Review Staff (1-2 credits)
Completion of first year and invitation predicated upon scholarship or demonstrated writing skills.  Preparation of note: analysis and criticism of recent cases; citation checking and critical review ("spacing") of notes or articles of others.  Students must take this course for at least 2 credit hours and may take the course for up to 4 credit hours.  Students may elect to take the course for 0, 1, or 2 credits in the fall and for 0, 1 or 2 credits in the spring semester, subject to the requirement that student must take a minimum of 2 credit hours for the academic year.  If this course is taken in the fall semester, it may be repeated in the following spring semester, but may not be repeated after that.  Student will receive an IP for fall semester work.  Credits for the fall semester will be awarded following successful completion of fall and spring semester work.

9200:657  Law Review Senior Staff (1-2 credits)
Critical review and evaluation of notes and comments prepared by Law Review Assistant Editors.  May be repeated.  Students earn a maximum of 2 credit hours in an academic year.  Students must take the course for 2 credit hours for the academic year unless they receive permission from a Law Review advisor to take the course for 1 credit hour or 0 credit hours for the academic year.  Students may elect to take the 2 credit hours for the course in either the fall or spring semester or may elect to take 1 credit hour in both the fall and spring semesters.  Students will receive an IP for fall semester work.  Credits for the fall semester will be awarded following successful completion of fall and spring semester work.

9200:658  Law Review Editorial Board (1-2 credits)
Performance of significant and appropriate editorial duties.  May not be repeated.  Students may take the Law Review Editorial Board course in the fall semester for 1, 1, or 2 credit hours.  Students must take the course for 2 credit hours in the spring semester unless they receive permission from a Law Review advisor to take the course for 1 credit or 0 credits.

9200:659  Negotiations (1-3 credits)
Prereq.: 9200:602. The lawyer's role as negotiator in planning negotiations and determination of strategies to effect objects, weighing legal, economic, behavioristic, ethical and social factors that condition outcomes.

9200:660  Special Education Law (3 credits)
This course examines federal and state law that governs the provision of special education services to eligible children.

9200:661  Environmental Law (3 credits)
An examination of major federal environmental statutes and pollution control programs, common law remedies for environmental damage, and polic issues involved in decisions concerning the environment.

9200:662  Law Firm Administration Seminar (2-3 credits)
Prereq.: 9200:626. This seminar will provide students with a comprehensive view of all the areas a solo and small firm practitioner will need to plan for as they are deciding whether or not to "hang out their shingle."

9200:663  Legislative Process (3 credits)
Legislative process in the context of legislative organization, policy formulation, drafting, statutory construction, constitutional limitations on subject matter and form and judicial interpretation; illustrative drafting problems.

9200:664  Local Government Law (3 credits)
Nature of municipal corporations.  Creation, annexation, and dissolution. Home rule. Police powers. Financing. Federal-state-local relationships. Staffing. Contractual and delictual liability.

9200:665  Problem Solving Workshop (1-3 credits)
This course introduces law students to the context in which legal problems arise and are solved.  Working with case simulations in which the full facts are not available, legal issues are not clearly or narrowly identified, and client goals are not always expressly stated, students working in teams will produce written work product under deadline.  This course will help students understand how legal knowledge and skills are applied to help clients, and will introduce them to the professional skills required to do so effectively.  Required course for all students.

9200:667  Substantial Skills (1-3 credits)
May be repeated.  Skills-centered courses that involve faculty assessment and grading based upon skills performances, offering students the opportunity to satisfy the skills requirement.

9200:667  Drafting for Estates (3 credits)
Prereq.: 9200:685 recommended. A “how-to” course emphasizing practical applications over legal theory.  Students will learn the fundamentals of drafting documents used for basic estate planning where no federal tax implications are involved.  Taught by lecture and honed through regular writing assignments and a written project in lieu of a final. Course can satisfy the Legal Drafting Requirement

9200:668  Remedies (3 credits)
Equitable remedies, unjust enrichment and restitution; remedies for injuries to tangible property, and economic, dignitary and personal interests including wrongful death.  Disaffirmance and remedies for deception, duress, undue influence, hardship, unconscionability, mistake, break of contract and nominally unenforceable transactions.

9200:669  UCC Sales (2-3 credits)
Prereq.: 9200:611. A survey of the Law of Sales in the Uniform Commercial Code, including formation, execution and remedies, with emphasis on the acquisition of skills for solving problems in this area.

9200:670  Prosecution Function (3 credits)
Bring an understanding of the prosecution side of the justice system.  An effort is made to discuss the dual and sometimes conflicting role of the prosecutor as chief law enforcement officer and chief dispenser of justice.

9200:671  Securities Regulation (3 credits)
Prereq.: 9200:633. State and federal law and rules of the Securities and Exchange Commission in issuance and trading of securities; legal and self-regulatory aspects of the securities industry.

9200:672  Seminar in Business Planning (3 credits)
Prereq.: 9200:633 or permission. Advanced course using the problem approach in planning business transactions in light of applicable corporate, tax and securities law considerations.

9200:673  Advanced Legal Applications (3 credits)
This course is designed to enhance student ability to prepare for the bar exam, and to provide students with an understanding of the critical skills, techniques and strategies necessary to pass the bar examination.  This course is a pre-preparatory course intended to supplement and compliment, not replace, commercial bar preparation courses.

9200:674  International Business Transactions (3 credits)
This course provides a general overview of international business transactions involving private entities operating in a global setting, and particularly focuses on international sales transactions.

9200:675  Entrepreneurship (3 credits)
This interdisciplinary course offered with the College of Business Administration is an exceptional opportunity for ALL law students to acquire the skills that will improve both your employment prospects after graduation and your abilities to serve entrepreneurial clients and venture capital supported firms.

9200:676  Legislation and Regulation (2 credits)
This course presents an overview of the legislative process, judicial statutory interpretation approaches and administrative agency roles.

9200:677  Real Estate Law (3 credits)
An in-depth study of the legal regimes affecting real estate transactions.

9200:678  Seminar in Jurisprudence (3 credits)
Examination and evaluation of principal theories of legal philosophy.  Theories are frequently considered in connection with concrete problems and are evaluated in light of various goal values.

9200:679  Sexual Orientation & the Law (2-3 credits)
Sexual Orientation and the Law addresses legal issues that affect gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered and intersexual people.  This course will range from the theoretical to the practical.  A continuous theme will be seeing how representing someone in a particular context helps bring together diverse areas of law and ways of thinking in pursuit of creative problem-solving.

9200:680  Family Law Practicum (2 credits)
Prereq.: 9200:638, 9200:647, 9200:682 or domestic violence course. Teaches lawyering skills in the context of family law.  The focus is on developing lawyering skills for practice including negotiating and drafting agreements, interviewing, and counseling clients, interdisciplinary work with experts, financial investigation and analysis, law office management, drafting pleadings and memoranda, and mediating disputes.

9200:681  Summer Trial Academy (3 credits)
Prereq.: 9200:608. The Summer Trial Academy is a specialized intensive course spanning two weeks that enlists leading trial attorneys and judges from around the region to instruct, guide, and direct you in the art and practice of trial advocacy.  The course culminates in a full-day jury trial before a real judge in the judge's courtroom.

9200:682  Elder Law (3 credits)
This course gives students an introduction to the many areas of law that come into play in representing older clients.  Examination of common ethical and professionalism issues.  Topics include age discrimination, health care, housing, property management and elder abuse.

9200:683  SEED Clinic (2-3 credits)
Prereq.: 9200:626, 9200:633, successful completion of 28 credit hours. The SEED Clinic affords students the opportunity to obtain hands-on, practical, entrepreneurial, experience in transactions involving business and nonprofit clients.

9200:684  Seminar in Selected Legal Problems (1-3 credits) (umbrella course)
Analysis of special or current legal problems offering opportunities for legal research, effective integration of legal and relevant non-legal materials, and expository legal writing. (May be repeated)

9200:685  Wills Trusts & Estates (4 credits)
Prereq.: 9200: 645. Intestate succession; execution, revocation and revalidation of wills; creation and termination of trusts; gifts to charity; will substitutes; future interests; powers of appointment; class gifts.

9200:687  Expert Evidence (3 credits)
Prereq.: 9200:608. Course designed to give the student extensive practice in solving difficult evidence problems involving the use of experts.

9200:688  Legal Drafting (1-2 credits)
Prereq.: 9200:619 & 9200:620. Refinement of skills in written legal analysis through performance of drafting assignments in a specific legal context.  The exact drafting context (e.g. litigation, transactional, judicial, contract, writing for legal practice, etc.) varies based on instructor.  Required course for all students.

9200:689  Appellate Advocacy (1 credit)
Prereq.: 9200:688. Development of skills in written legal analysis through performance of drafting assignments, including preparation of a written exposition on a proposed solution to a drafting problem.

9200:690  Trial Advocacy I (3 credits)
Prereq.: 9200:608 – can be taken as a co-requisite. Fundamental techniques of trial preparation, direct examination, cross examination, introduction of exhibits, objections, opening statements and closing arguments.

9200:691  Civil Litigation Clinic (2-3 credits)
Prereq.: Successful completion of 28 credit hours and approval of Clinical Coordinator. The Civil Litigation Clinic allows students to represent real clients who face the loss of housing.  Students will learn negotiation, investigation and advocacy skills.

9200:692  Trial Advocacy II (3 credits)
Prereq.: 9200:690. Preparation and actual trial of two civil cases and two criminal cases; jury selection; ethical and political considerations of trial advocacy.

9200:693  Probate Practice (2 credits)
Prereq.: 9200:685. Intestate and testamentary administration, including the probating of a will, presentment of claims, the inventory, settlement and distribution and will contests.  The Ohio Probate Code will be the model.

9200:694  Trial Team (1-2 credits)
Practical training in trial advocacy skills. To earn credit students will research evidentiary and procedural issues; prepare opening statements and closing arguments; prepare direct and cross-examinations of lay and expert witnesses; attend practice sessions and competitions. Students must take Trial Team for credit unless that requirement is waived by the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs or the Assistant Dean for Student Affairs. Student must complete and document 42.5 hours of work for each hour of credit.

9200:695  Moot Court (1-2 credits)
Prereq.: 9200:716. Practical training in written and oral appellate advocacy. To earn credit students will research a legal issue and draft an appellate brief; attend practice sessions and competitions. Students must take Moot Court for credit unless that requirement is waived by the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs or the Assistant Dean for Student Affairs. Student must complete and document 42.5 hours of work for each hour of credit.

9200:696  Externship Program (2-3 credits)
Prereq.: Successful completion of 28 credit hours and approval of Externship Coordinator. The Externship Program involves real word experience and networking through placement of students in supervised settings with judges, governmental agencies, nonprofits and other institutions.

9200:698  Individual Studies & Research (2-3 credits)
Prereq.: Permission of Associate Dean. With permission of Associate Dean, special problems, projects or research may be taken for credit under the supervision of a member of the faculty. The paper for this course must have a minimum length of thirty (30) pages if taken for two (2) credits or a minimum length of forty-five (45) pages if taken for three (3) credits; unless the instructor approves an alternative form appropriate at to the project.  this course may be used to satisfy the General Writing Requirement.  Except under rare and compelling circumstances, this course may not be taken to write a research paper on a subject on which the school offers a coruse which provides the student an opportunity to pursue that area of study. (May be repeated for a total of six credits)

9200:699  Immigration Law (1-3 credits)
The study of the law and processes governing immigration, naturalization, and deportation.

9200:700  Public Health Law (2-3 credits)
This course examines the many ways in which the law impacts the public health, including the control and prevention of HIV/AIDS and other communicable diseases, tobacco regulations, rights to have and refuse medical care, reproductive health, and lawsuits against tobacco and gun companies.  The course emphasizes constitutional law, but also touches on criminal law, tort law and intellectual property law.

9200:701  Healthcare Organization and Finance (3 credits)
The focus on this course is on healthcare organizations (hospitals, nursing homes, hospice care facilities, insurers and managed care organizations) and finance.

9200:702  Government Provisions of Healthcare (2 credits)
This course focuses on government programs that provide or finance health care including the federal Medicare program, the state and federal Medicaid program and the State of Children's Health Insurance Program.

9200:703  Bioethics (3 credits)
This course examines the legal, ethical, and political aspects of current controversies in bioethics.

9200:706  Domestic Relations Practicum (1-3 credits)
Prereq.: 9200:638, 9200:647. This practicum provides students with a State of Ohio legal intern certificate the opportunity to handle family law matters in the Portage County Domestic Relations Court.

9200:707  Health Law & Policy Clinic (1-3 credits)
In this clinic students work as part of the medical-legal partnership team to assist clients with poverty law issues and impact health.

9200:708  Honors Seminar (1-3 credits)
This course provides broad exposure to the field and study of law by presenting key topics from an array of subject areas.

9200:709  Reentry Clinic (2 credits)
The Reentry Clinic introduces students to the practice of law by assisting clients whose convictions operate as an impediment to employment, housing and other benefits.

9200:712  Technology in Law (3 credits)
This course is designed to introduce students to the kinds of technology, information knowledge and technology skills essential to law practice.

9200:713  Asylum & Refugee Law (3 credits)
This course introduces students to the concept of forced migration, the complex legal framework for the protection of uprooted peoples, and focuses in on U.S. asylum law.

9200:714  Introduction to Immigration Advocacy (2 credits)
In this course students learn about ICE detention, the reasons for the apprehension and detention of non-citizens, and the eligibility criteria for various forms of relief from removal.

9200:715  Immigration & Human Rights Clinic (2 – 3 credits)
This clinic introduces students to the practice of immigration removal defense with a focus on asylum as a form for individuals seeking protection from persecution in their home countries.

9200:716  Appellate Practice & Procedure (2 credits)
Prereq.: 9200:619 & 9200:620. This course will provide students with instruction in appellate practice and procedure and skills training in written and oral advocacy in the appellate context.  Students will learn fundamental principles of appellate practice and procedure, including standards of review, preservation of issues for appeal, and creation of the appellate record.

9200:717  Mergers & Acquisitions (2-3 credits)
This course studies how one business entity gains control of another.  Mergers and acquisitions ("M&A") involve myriad legal issues, including corporate governance, securities regulation, tax and accounting, employment law, successor liability, creditor rights and antitrust.

9200:719  21st Century Litigation (2-3 credits)
Prereq.: 9200:601 & 9200:602. This is a course in advanced civil procedure. The course addresses issues that are relevant to litigation in both federal and state courts.

9200:720  International Arbitration (3 credits)
This course introduces students to the law and practice of international arbitration as an alternative to litigation, private and binding method of resolving international commercial and investment disputes.

9200:721  Immigration Appellate Advocacy Clinic (2 – 3 credits)
This appellate clinic is focused on written advocacy, students represent a detailed non-citizen whose case is on appeal before the United States Board of Immigration Appeals.

9200:800  Fundamentals of Intellectual Property (3 credits)
An introduction to the policies underlying the protection of intellectual property, common law protection under state law, and major fields of intellectual property protection (patent, copyright, trademark, and trade secrets).

9200:801  Patent Law & Policy (3 credits)
A study of the law and process of patent protection and enforceability and the policies that underlie patent protection.

9200:802  Trademark Law (3 credits)
A study of the law and process of protecting trademarks and trade secrets, and the policies underlying the system.

9200:803  Copyright Law (3 credits)
A study of the law and policy protecting intellectual property through copyright, and enforcing and licensing copyrights.

9200:804  Trade Secrets (2-3 credits)
A study of protecting intellectual property through common law mechanisms, and on helping clients choose a method of protection suited to their needs and the property.

9200:805  Licensing Intellectual Property (1-3 credits)
Methods of exploiting intellectual property by licensing others to use it; contractual necessities, rights and obligations to protect ownership.

9200:806  International Intellectual Property (3 credits)
Prereq.: 9200:800. A study of the major conventions governing the protection of intellectual property internationally and of current policy issues in the field.

9200:807  Patent Prosecution (3 credits)
The process of researching, preparing and prosecuting valid and enforceable applications to obtain U.S. patents.

9200:810  Cyberlaw (3 credits)
Exploration of legal issues raised by the internet, broadcase regulation, and competition policy.

9200:811  Intellectual Property Practicum (3 credits)
Intellectual Property Law Practicum provides a supplement to Fundamentals of Intellectual Property and other IP law classes by allowing students the opportunity to draft writing assignments focused on IP law practice situations.

9200:816  International Patent Law (1-3 credits)
Prereq.: 9200:800, 9200:801. Study of major treaties and agreements affecting the international practice of patent law.

9200:824  International Patent Prosecution (1-3 credits)
Prereq.: 9200:800, 9200:801, 9200:816. To explore strategy, tactics and procedure for the examination of patent applications beyond the United States.

9200:827  Patent Office Litigation (3 credits)
Prereq.: 9200:800, 9200:801, 9200:807. This course covers the law, procedure, and practice skills relating to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”) post-grant proceedings—known as inter partes review, covered business method review, and post-grant review.  These proceedings were created by the 2011 America Invents Act (“AIA”), and are quasi-litigation matters brought before Patent Trial and Appeal Board (“PTAB”).

9200:844  Seminar in First Amendment Law (3 credits)
Prereq.: 9200:604.  An in-depth examination of selected issues concerning the speech, press and religion clauses of the First Amendment.

9200:881  Sports Law (3 credits)
The law affecting sports and players, including contract and liability issues, as well as administrative aspects.

9200:884  Seminar in Selected Legal Problems (1-3 credits) (Umbrella course) Analysis of special or current legal problems offering opportunities for legal research, effective integration of legal and relevant non-legal materials, and expository legal writing. (May be repeated)

9200:896  Trademark Clinic (2 credits)
Prereq.: 9200:800. Conducted within a pilot program of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.  Application of intellectual property practical legal skills in interviewing, researching, investigating, counseling and drafting in the area of trademark and copyright issues.  The clinic has a public interest component in that the clients served have limited economic resources.

9200:905  International Negotiations (Study Abroad) (1-3 credits)
This course takes both a practical and theoretical approach to negotiating in an international business context.  This means that you will have the opportunity to listen to lectures and participate in active class discussion as well as take part in several supervised mock negotiation exercises.

9200:906  Global Issues in Torts Law (Study Abroad) (1-3 credits)
The course gives an overview of essential global issues in the field of Tort Law.

9200:907  International Contracting Strategies (Study Abroad) (1-3 credits)
This course is a hands-on transactional course dealing with the legal aspects of conducting business globally.  It focuses on the development of practical skills in structuring, drafting, and negotiating international business agreements and transactions.

9200:908  International Commercial Arbitration (Study Abroad) (1-3 credits)
The course is an overview of international arbitration, which has become a preeminent method of resolving disputes in international commerce and investment.  The focus of this course will be on international commercial arbitration - that is, arbitration between companies, usually in cross-border transactions.

9200:909  Cross-Border Practice (Study Abroad) (1-3 credits)
This course will combine aspects of international negotiation practice and cross-border civil litigation to give students a grounding in the doctrine, practice, and ethics essential for the toolkit of any international lawyer.