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School of Law


In addition to required and concentration courses, law students in their second and third years will be able to choose from a variety of elective courses that interest them. The following list is not exhaustive and this dynamic set of electives is expected to change depending upon appropriate factors such as emerging trends and student interest. Elective courses may not be offered each year.

Accounting for Lawyers
An introduction to the basic concepts of financial accounting. Intended for students with little or no accounting background, the course is designed to equip these students with the fundamental skills necessary to read and critically review a corporation’s financial statements.

A study of admiralty jurisdiction including the relationship and competence of both state and federal courts in maritime matters. The course will review various subjects of maritime law including maritime liens, rights of injured seamen and other maritime workers, carriage of goods by sea, charter parties, salvage, general average, collision, limitation of liability, marine insurance, towage and pilotage.

Alternative Dispute Resolution
The study of various forms of ADR, including mediation and arbitration. The course will examine the appropriateness and effectiveness of various forms of ADR in particular situations and types of action. The focus of the course will be to prepare students to represent clients during the ADR process. Various federal and state ADR processes will be examined.

A study of unfair trade practices and antitrust law. The course will cover topics such as monopolies, price fixing and kickbacks. It will also examine various unfair trade practices and federal and state statutes prohibiting such practices.

Child Advocacy Law
A study of legal issues particularly relevant to children. Topics covered include parental custody and support, emancipation, termination of parental rights, adoption, abuse and neglect, delinquent and undisciplined children, and dealing with local government agencies, such as the Department of Social Services.

Conflict of Laws
A study of the law relating to transactions in which any operative fact occurs outside the state where legal proceedings are instituted, or which involve other significant extrastate elements. The course examines choice of law methods utilized by various courts to decide the applicable law in given cases and examines the logic and constitutionality of such methods. It also touches on issues related to recognition and enforcement of judgments, including the Full Faith and Credit Clause.

Contract Planning
This course reinforces the substantive law learned in the first-year Contracts course by allowing students to apply the law they have learned. Students will learn about contract negotiation, planning and drafting and will draw on these practical skills, as well as their substantive knowledge from Contracts, in representing clients in simulated contract exercises.

Education Law
A study of the legal problems of public and private educational institutions. The course will examine Constitutional provisions impacting the educational setting, as well as applicable federal and state statutes. Topics covered include academic freedom, students’ rights, teachers’ rights, and anti-discrimination statutes.

Elder Law
The study of legal issues particularly relevant to the elderly. Topics covered will include health care and related documents such as “living wills” and health care powers of attorney, as well as benefits such as Social Security, Medicaid and Medicare.

Employment/Labor Law
A study of state and federal employment law. Topics covered include common law claims such as breach of contract and wrongful discharge; wage and hour laws; anti-discrimination laws; and concerted labor activity and collective bargaining.

Entertainment and Sports Law
A study of the legal and business aspects of the entertainment and sports industries. In particular, the course will emphasize the aspects of contract and intellectual property law unique to this subject area.

Environmental Law
The study of state and federal environmental regulation. Relevant state and federal statutes, regulations and case decisions will be examined, with particular emphasis afforded federal statutes such as the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the Clean Water Act (CWA), and the Comprehensive Environmental Response and Liability Act (CERCLA).

Estate and Gift Taxation
A study of the tax consequences of transfers of property. Applicable federal and state statutes will be examined. The course will be primarily taught through hypothetical estate planning situations and problems highlighting the statutes and rules covered.

Estate and Gift Planning and Administration
A seminar focusing on the role of careful planning and drafting in the estate and gift transfer areas, with particular attention to the goal of minimizing estate and gift tax liability. The course will also cover the fundamentals of estate administration.

Health Law
This course will cover the major legal issues related to the health care system. Health care decision making through various legal documents, e.g., health care powers of attorney and “living wills,” will be addressed. In addition, issues related to representing medical personnel and hospitals, including defense of medical malpractice suits, will be discussed.

Introduction to Immigration Law (LAW 740)
This course will examine United States immigration and naturalization law. INS regulations addressing admission of aliens, deportation, and citizenship will be addressed.

Insurance Law
This course covers the basics of insurance law, including the nature of insurance, insurance contract formation and interpretation, and government regulation of the insurance industry. Various types of insurance, such as property, health, life, and disability, will be covered.

Intellectual Property
This course covers the basic principles of intellectual property law in the United States and internationally. The course provides an overview of the law governing the securing and exploitation of property and other rights in ideas, including protection by patents, copyrights, trademarks, state legislation, and the common law.

International Law (Public)
A study of the basic rules and principles governing the conduct of nation-states and international organizations and their relations with each other. Topics covered include traditional sources of international law such as treaties, international humanitarian law, and international jurisdiction.

Internet Law
This course examines the legal issues triggered by the emergence of the Internet. Topics covered include the regulation of Internet access and domain names; contract formation, execution and enforceability; personal jurisdiction and choice of law; trademark and copyright infringement; and privacy concerns.

An in-depth study of ideas about law and its instruments of enforcement. Various schools of jurisprudential thought will be considered, as the theory behind our laws and legal system and the role law plays in our culture are explored.

Legal History
A study of the development of legal institutions and the origins of Anglo-American law. Topics covered include the origins of the court system and the evolution of the roles of judges, attorneys and juries; the development of forms of action and the pleading system; and the development of various areas of law, such as contracts, property and torts.

Negotiation and Mediation (LAW 760)
This course examines and practices theories of effective action negotiating and mediating in both dispute resolving and transactional contexts. Making extensive use of short exercises and longer simulations, this course provides multiple opportunities to learn by and from doing. Regular course feedback is provided by peers and faculty, and if more than 12 students enroll, an adjunct will join the course to help provide individualized, video-based feedback regarding performances in longer simulations. Assessment consists of regular normative feedback regarding short reflective papers and anonymous, summative assessment of an end-of-term written assignment.

Products Liability
A study of the tort liability of suppliers of products, focusing primarily on manufacturers and retailers. The course will examine the likely causes of action and defenses in such actions and review pertinent state and federal statutes and regulations, particularly in the areas of tort reform.

This course examines the various remedies available to claimants in civil litigation. It will cover damages, including compensatory, punitive and statutory damages. Equitable remedies such as injunctions and accountings will also be covered. Restitutionary remedies will also be addressed.

Supervised Service-Learning, Research and Writing
This course requires students to perform sequential tasks in an integrated model of community contribution, research and intellectual advancement.

Workers Compensation
This course will cover the origins and basic principles of the workers compensation system. Topics covered will include coverages, benefits, jurisdiction, preparation for trial by applicant and defendant, analysis of findings and awards, reconsideration and judicial review.