Indiana Tech Law School offers the following courses:
Law 9300, Administrative Law (3)
This course will expose students to the function and use of administrative agencies, the application of the Administrative Procedure Act, consideration of policy and economics, the role of the judiciary and the scope of judicial review, and the allocation of decision-making powers.
Law 9607, Advanced Legal Research (2)
The purpose of this course is to offer students an opportunity to strengthen legal research skills. Students will survey and compare an extensive range of legal resources, including traditional print sources, electronic materials and the internet. The course will review primary and secondary sources and will cover legislative history, practice materials, and specialized areas which support the concentrations set forth by the curriculum.
Law 9200, Mediation/Alternative Dispute Resolution (3) second year preferred
This course explores negotiation, mediation, and arbitration as ways of resolving legal conflicts outside the litigation process. It focuses on the role of the attorney who counsels clients about ADR and who represents clients in some ADR process. Students study the theory behind each process, and the law and ethical standards governing each.
This course is a pre-requisite for working in the Mediation Center Clinic. There is no exam in this course; students will complete projects. This is not anonymously graded.
Law 9401, Bankruptcy (3) Prerequisite/co-requisite= Commercial Law
The rights, duties, and remedies of debtors, creditors, and trustees under the U.S. Bankruptcy Code are examined. The main focus is on Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 consumer bankruptcies. Depending on the instructor, the course may also cover creditors’ rights and remedies outside of bankruptcy court and the use of alternative dispute resolution inside and outside of bankruptcy.
Law 9409, Business Organizations (4)
This is the basic introductory and survey course in the business and transactional law area. Business Organizations considers issues relating to the selection of business form (partnership, limited partnership, corporation, and limited liability company), as well as the formation, financing, operation, and control of business organizations. Primary emphasis is placed on conducting business in the corporate form. The course examines both closely-held corporations and publicly- held corporations. Issues of state and federal law are discussed in connection with the publicly-held corporation including the registration of new issues of securities, proxy regulation, and the maintenance and prosecution of derivative litigation. The subject of Corporate Governance will be examined as will issues of agency law and mergers and acquisitions law. *Second year requirement
Law 9000, Civil Procedure (4)
Civil Procedure examines the foundational topics of jurisdiction, personal and subject matter, including venue, forum non conveniens, forum transfer and the application of state law in federal courts (Erie). The course also tracks a lawsuit from filing through verdict, including the study of pleadings and motions, discovery and pretrial litigation, summary judgment, trial and post-verdict motions, and finality. This course also includes an introduction to procedural due process rights. *First year required course
Law 9203, Client Interviewing and Counseling (2) Counts toward six-credit experiential learning requirement
This course will focus on developing in students an understanding of interviewing and counseling as lawyer functions and of the skills and problems associated with these functions. In particular, concern would be with (a) interpersonal and psychological aspects and problems in interviewing and counseling processes, (b) interviewing as a fact-gathering tool, (c) counseling and the lawyer’s role in the decision making process and as advisor, and (d) ethical problems raised in the interviewing and counseling settings. As part of this course, students will engage in simulated client interviews.
Law 9407, Commercial Law (4)
This course will introduce students to the creation, transfer and enforcement of negotiable instruments (e.g., checks and promissory notes) and the creation, priority and enforcement of security interests in personal property as governed by Articles 3, 4 & 9 of the Uniform Commercial Code and interpreted by case law. *Second year requirement
Law 9001, Contracts (4)
This course studies the formation, enforcement, interpretation and remedies for breach of contract by exploring various principles under the common law and changes imposed by the Uniform Commercial Code. Sample topics include the requirements for formation of a contract (such as offer and acceptance), justifications for enforcing promises (such as consideration or detrimental reliance), and justifications for denying or limiting enforcement (such as unconscionability or mistake, the Statute of Frauds, and the parole evidence rule). *First year required course
Law 9004, Constitutional Law I (5)
This class will examine the respective roles of the executive, legislative and judicial branches, with an emphasis on the role of the judiciary in the development of constitutional law. The course will also examine the relationship between state and federal power, and the limits of federal and state power with respect to the protection of individual civil liberties. Finally, the course will examine the evolution of equal protection and substantive due process law under the Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments. *Second year required course
Law 9613, Constitutional Law II (1st Amendment) (3)
This course will address First Amendment freedoms, including the Free Exercise and Establishment Clauses of the Constitution, as well as freedom of expression, freedom of the press, and freedom of association, with subject matter including such topics as school prayer and other religious speech and expression, obscenity and other graphic or offensive speech, and political protests. The course will also explore how these theoretical issues translate into real practice, in the form of actions against the government for violations of constitutional rights (including actions to enjoin or accord other relief for suppression of protected expression, as well as in defamation actions, which may raise First Amendment defenses).
Law 9612, Consumer Protection (3)
This course will explore the theoretical and historical underpinnings of consumer protection law as it has developed over the past century and as it operates (or fails to operate) today. The course will examine constitutional issues governing consumer law. It will provide an introduction to the substantive law of predatory lending, debt collection, and product warranties. It will explore the application of consumer law to emerging technologies.
Law 9002, Criminal Law (3)
Criminal Law examines the general principles of substantive criminal law, with particular emphasis placed on homicide, inchoate crimes (e.g., attempts and conspiracy), and defenses (e.g., insanity). The laws of multiple jurisdictions will be explored as well as the Model Penal Code. The course will present and address difficult questions concerning the relationship of the individual to the state, the goals of the criminal law, and how the criminal justice system is applied to all citizens. *First year required course
Law 9212, Criminal Procedure (4)
This course examines the manner in which, and the extent to which, the U.S. Constitution – particularly the Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, and Fourteenth Amendments – imposes constraints on the investigation and adjudication of crime. Topics include bail and preventative detention, the right to the effective assistance of counsel, prosecutorial discretion and plea bargaining, the right to trial by jury, appeals from criminal convictions, double jeopardy, the federal remedy of habeas corpus, theories of constitutional interpretation, the incorporation of the Bill of Rights, search and seizure, interrogation, and the right to counsel. The primary focus will be on the federal constitutional constraints applicable to the criminal justice system. Broader questions concerning the criminal justice system, such as the proper goals of the system and the extent to which poverty and race distort the system’s intended operation will also be addressed. Although not required for graduation, this course is recommended for students interested in advanced study and/or practice in the criminal law field. While not a formal prerequisite, the course is highly recommended for students interested in enrolling in any advanced criminal law and criminal procedure courses. *Third year required course
Law 9619, Employment Law (3)
This course provides an introduction to the growing body of law that governs the employment relationship. Topics to be covered include: the hiring and firing of employees; the employment-at-will doctrine; the erosion of the employment-at-will doctrine; covenants not to compete; the protection of trade secrets; the employee’s duty of loyalty; the use of lie-detectors, drug testing, and HIV-testing in hiring and discharge decisions; Workers Compensation; the Occupational Safety and Health Act; and the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA). There are no prerequisites.
Law 9302, Entertainment Law (3)
This is a foundational course for the pursuit of a transactional or corporate law career in the entertainment industry. The study includes the law of contracts, copyright, trademark, first amendment and agency representation issues all in the context of entertainment industry norms. Each area of law described will be examined in the contexts of the motion picture industry, the music industry and the television industry.
Law 9201, Evidence (4)
This course surveys the rules and underlying theories governing the admission, exclusion, and sufficiency of evidence in court proceeding, emphasizing the Federal Rules of Evidence. Specific topics include witness competency, relevance, credibility, hearsay, confrontation clause issues, privileges, expert witnesses, and real and demonstrative evidence. Rules concerning trial structure, examination of witnesses, and substitutes for evidence will also be discussed. *Third Year required course
Law 9101, Experiential Legal Writing I (3)
Experiential Legal Writing I begins the process of training law students how to be effective legal thinkers, writers, editors, and advocates. This course focuses on the fundamental skills that are required to develop outstanding analytical reasoning and writing skills. Skills covered include but are not limited to the following:
- Logical and syllogistic reasoning;
- Legal reasoning and analysis (e.g., case analysis and synthesis, reasoning by analogy, induction, deduction, and syllogistic reasoning, fallacies, distinguishing and reconciling precedent, policy-based analysis, and applying the relevant law to the facts);
- Basic and advanced writing techniques;
- Predictive writing;
- Client interviewing and correspondence; and
- Legal research and citation (in books and online sources such as Westlaw and Lexis).
Note: In this course, students will perform one client interview, draft three predictive memorandums, and one client letter. *First year required course
Law 9102, Experiential Legal Writing II (3)
Persuasive writing and reasoning are two of the most important skills that lawyers must possess, and requires you to master the art of narrative storytelling. Many of the techniques used by fiction writers to craft a powerful story, such as plot, theme, character development, and pace, apply with equal force to persuasive legal writing. In Lawyering Skills II, you will learn and practice applying these skills, and begin to develop your persuasive writing ability in preparation for your required, upper-level experiential legal writing courses. The skills taught in this course include, but are not limited to:
- Narrative Storytelling (drafting a compelling factual and legal narrative that tells the court why you should win);
- Winning at the beginning: drafting a powerful Introduction (and opening sentence);
- Developing your theme;
- Distinguishing relevant from irrelevant facts, and using the relevant facts to craft a persuasive narrative;
- Presenting the law in a compelling manner;
- Avoiding artificial attempts to persuade;
- Writing for your audience—and the standard of review;
- Confronting unfavorable facts and law, and telling the Court why you should win anyway;
- Drafting a strong legal analysis section;
- The art of responding to counter-arguments, and the importance of making strategic concessions;
- Applying persuasive writing techniques based on the context and document you are drafting;
- Knowing when to preempt your adversary’s argument, or save a response for the reply brief;
- When policy arguments matter—and when they don’t; and
- The ten rules that every legal writer must follow.
By the end of this course, students gain experience drafting the most common litigation documents, and have the opportunity to perform a simulated oral argument before a panel of judges. Note: In this course, students will draft a motion to dismiss, answer, first set of interrogatories and document requests, motion to compel discovery, and motion for summary judgment.*First year required course
Law 9103, Experiential Legal Writing III (2)
In Experiential Legal Writing III, students will draft a real-world document including an appellate brief based on the cross-curricular hypothetical that they did in the first year. This will complete the first-year cross-curricular assignment. In addition to the litigation documents mentioned above, students will have drafted a retention agreement in Contracts. *Second year required course
Law 9104, Experiential Legal Writing IV (2)
This course focuses on transactional drafting and requires students to draft and redraft several transactional documents that address a variety of complex legal issues in different jurisdictions, in real-world contexts, and in areas of the law that are tested on the bar examination and relevant to law practice. In addition, the drafting assignments will be given under real-world conditions similar to those that confront most first-year law associates when they begin law practice.
Topics in Experiential Legal Writing IV include the following:
- Familiarity with and an understanding of common transactional documents;
- Transactional drafting techniques;
- Drafting and redrafting various transactional documents;
- Developing negotiation skills in a variety of contexts;
This course continues the process of developing competent legal writers who are self-sufficient learners and effective problem solvers.*Second year required course
Law 9105, Experiential Legal Writing V (2)
This course will focus on rewriting and revision, a skill often neglected by law students but essential to ensuring a competent written product. The course will provide in-depth instruction in line and copy editing, grammar, and style. Students will complete short writing assignments and redraft and revise their work based on the professors’ assessment and feedback. In addition, students will be provided with already-drafted litigation and transactional documents and be required to perform line and copy edits.*Third year required course
Law 9106, Experiential Legal Writing VI (2)
This course will focus on narrative storytelling, and on applying literary techniques to enhance persuasion. Assignments will likely include drafting an “Introduction” and “Statement of Facts” section for a motion to dismiss and appellate brief. *Third year required course
Law 9211, Externship (Judicial) (3 or 6) Prerequisites=Law 9201, Counts toward six-credit experiential education requirement
The judicial externship will provide the second or third year law student with the opportunity to work with a judge in a capacity similar to that of a judicial law clerk. Students will have the opportunity to conduct legal research and write bench memoranda as well as draft orders or judicial opinions. Externs will have multiple opportunities to observe trials and hearings, settlement conferences, and other court proceedings. Students will also learn about the administrative functions of the court and meet with various court personnel to learn about the different services provided by court personnel. Students taking this course will also be expected to participate in a classroom component and fulfill a writing requirement. The number of credits depend upon the number of hours worked each week. Students who extern ten (10) hours per week will receive three (3) credits upon successful completion of the course. Students who extern for twenty (20) hours per week will receive six (6) credits upon successful completion of the course.
Law 9610, Externship (Government) (3 or 6) Counts toward six-credit experiential education requirement
Students serve as student law clerks attorneys who work in government legal offices that are approved by the professor. Student clerks observe office functions, court proceedings (where appropriate), do research and writing, and take part in all or most activities in office.
Law 9611, Externship (Non-Profit) (3 or 6), Counts toward six-credit experiential education requirement.
Students serve as student law clerks attorneys who work in non-profit legal settings that are approved by the professor. Student clerks observe office functions, court proceedings (where appropriate), do research and writing, and take part in all or most activities in office.
Law 9615, Family Law (3)
This is an introduction to the law pertaining to the formation, operation, and dissolution of the family. Course includes the study of laws regulating marital and non-marital relationships (including same-sex marriages, civil unions, and cohabitation); laws and public policies governing dissolution of marriage, spousal support, and property division; child custody, support and visitation; and contemporary directions in the reform of family law.
Law 9204, Federal Criminal Law (Formerly White Collar Crime) (3)
This course introduces students to the law of white collar crime—offenses committed by individuals, institutions, and corporations, which cause economic or social harm to broad classes of victims. It focuses on conspiracy, mail and wire fraud, securities fraud, bribery, perjury, extortion money laundering, and RICO violations, as well as procedural aspects of prosecuting white collar offenses, sentencing and forfeiture issues.
Law 9405, Federal Income Tax (3)
This course, considers the federal income taxation of individuals. Topics include increases in wealth that are taxed and that are not; expenses that can be deducted and those that cannot. Emphasis is placed on income tax problems faced by general practitioners, such as taxation of settlements and damage awards, deductibility of attorney fees, tax consequences of sales and exchanges, and tax aspects of divorce. *Third year required course
Law 9205, Federal Judicial Intern Practicum (Formerly Law Clerk Clinic) (2)
The Indiana Tech Federal Judicial Intern Practicum provides a limited number of invited second and third year law students the unique opportunity to serve as interns to a Federal Judge with the guidance of the faculty with federal judicial clerkship experience. By assisting federal judges in resolving actual cases pending in federal courts across the country, the Federal Judicial Intern Practicum provides a unique experiential learning opportunity that is national in scope while providing a valuable service to the judiciary. Through multiple experiential assignments identical to those performed by judicial law clerks, students will draft bench memoranda, write Orders resolving motions currently pending before the courts, and assist in trial preparation. Students will interact directly with the Federal District Court Judge and will receive detailed feedback on their work from the Judge, the professor, and their peers.
Law 9701, Foundations of Legal Analysis I (1)
This course will introduce 1L students to the processes involved in the practice and study of the law. In FLA-I, students will learn case reading, case briefing, test-taking strategies, time management, stress-management, legal ethics, and how to mine fact patterns for the key elements. Offered in the Fall Semester of the 1L year. *First year required course
Law 9702, Foundations of Legal Analysis II (1)
This course will introduce 1L students to deeper legal analysis moving from simple fact patterns in clear legal environments to more complex fact patterns in complicated legal environments. The emphasis will be on group and individual legal analysis that will serve the students well throughout their law school years. FLA-2 will use scenarios that span criminal, civil, and administrative law. Offered in the Spring Semester of the 1L year. *First year required course (students with a cumulative grade point average of 3.25 or above after the first semester may waive out of this course)
Law 9703, Foundations of Legal Analysis III (1)
Likely taught by vendors, this course will prepare students for the MBE multiple choice exam. Students will learn multiple choice test-taking strategies, and assessments will identify each student’s doctrinal and test-taking weaknesses in great detail and in time to allow correction and improvement. The course will cover all topics tested on the MBE exam. Offered in the Fall Semester of the 2L year and revisited in the Fall Semester of the 3L year as Foundations of Legal Analysis V. *Second year required course (students with a cumulative grade point average of 3.25 or above after the first year may waive out of this course)
Law 9704, Foundations of Legal Analysis IV (1)
Taught by law school faculty and/or staff, this course will prepare students for the essay and Multistate Practice Test (“MPT”). The course will serve as a refresher for key doctrinal concepts in all the bar-tested topics, and will teach students how to approach an essay exam, and how to plan and write a winning essay answer. The course will also prepare students to except at the MPT in a wide assortment of legal and factual contexts. Offered in the Spring Semester of the 2L year. *Second year required course
Law 9705, Foundations of Legal Analysis V (2)
Likely taught by law school faculty and/or staff, this course will prepare students for the MBE multiple choice exam by revisiting the topics and approaches addressed in Foundations of Legal Analysis III. Students will learn multiple choice test-taking strategies, and assessments will identify each student’s doctrinal and test-taking weaknesses in great detail and in time to allow correction and improvement. The course will cover all topics tested on the MBE exam. Offered in the Fall Semester of the 3L year. *Third year required course
Law 9706, Foundations of Legal Analysis VI (3)
Taught by the Assistant Dean for Student Achievement and Assessment, likely assisted by vendors, this course will consolidate everything learned in the first two Bar Preparation courses by focusing on a series of simulated Bar Examinations. Detailed assessments after each practice exam will help students identify their weaknesses and individual assistance and computer-based self-guided learning options will help students fill the gaps. Offered in the Spring Semester of the 3L year. *Third year required course
Law 9216, Fourteenth Amendment (2) Prerequisite=Law 9004, Constitutional Law I
This course involves an in-depth analysis of the history, evolution, and current application of the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution. The Fourteenth Amendment provides that no State shall “deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law … nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.” Class discussion and assignments will focus on the United States Supreme Court’s interpretation of these words. Particular emphasis will be placed on the origins and contemporary relevance of substantive due process, and the Court’s Equal Protection jurisprudence. Students will read and discuss a number of landmark cases, including: (1) Plessy v. Ferguson; (2) Brown v. Board of Education; (3) Griswold v. Connecticut; (4) Roe v. Wade; (5) Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania v. Casey; (6) Lawrence v. Texas; and (7) United States v. Windsor (and its companion case, Hollingsworth v. Perry).
Law 9618, Health Law (3)
This course will examine the regulatory environment that surrounds the United States health care delivery and financing systems. It will explore the three main policy tensions of health law: increasing access, reducing cost, and improving quality. With the increasing intersection between health care delivery and law, this course is designed to provide students with the practical knowledge to identify legal issues and to understand the legal and ethical ramifications of strategic decisions faced by healthcare attorneys and their clients. Specific topics will include professional self-regulation and common law rules surrounding the doctor-patient relationship, the regulation of health care quality through medical malpractice torts and statutes, the extensive statutory regulation of both private and public health insurance, and modern health care reform including the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The course is also designed to familiarize students with the emerging health policy issues that courts are likely to confront. Evaluation will be based on exam and class participation.
Law 9501, Immigration Law (3)
This is a concentration of the federal legislation concerning the immigration and naturalization of aliens in the United States. The constitutional status, the separation of powers and federalism relationships to immigration law and policies are also examined including the international and domestic law governing the treatment of refugees.
Law 9620, Indiana Constitutional Law (2)
A study of state constitutional law with a focus on the Indiana Constitution in the comparative context of the U.S. Constitution, and other state constitutions. Special attention will be given to the increasing importance of state bills of rights as providing guarantees of individual rights that are separate and additional to those provided by the U.S. Constitution; the distribution and separation of powers among the separate branches; public education and state institutions; finance and debt; and the processes for amending the state constitution.
Law 9202, Indiana Practice & Procedure (2) Second or Third year only
This class will acquaint the student with civil and criminal procedure at the state trial court level. Using Indiana as the model, the course traces civil and criminal cases from service of process and the charging of crimes all the way to trial and includes discussion of venue, pleadings, discovery and dispositive motions. The course also deals with other important aspects of civil and criminal practice including statutes of limitations, settlements, and plea bargains.
Law 9500, International Law (3)
This course provides a general introduction to international law and to the principal current concerns in this field. It will examine the principal doctrinal approaches, the main methodologies used to identify the law, and the institutional arrangements that have evolved. In particular, consideration is given to the sources of international law with particular emphasis on the role of custom and treaty law, the key actors in relation to the international legal process, and the notion of state responsibility for breaches. Specific topics will normally include: the use of force, human rights; the act of state doctrine; international dispute resolution; the relationship between international and domestic courts with particular reference to the U.S., the role of judicial remedies and the place of the International Court of Justice and other principal international tribunals; and the role of international organizations including the United Nations.
Law 9303, Intellectual Property (4)
This survey course covers the basics of United States intellectual property law, including patents, copyrights, trademarks, and trade secrets. The course addresses the policies underlying the protection of intellectual property and compares the different ways organizations and individuals can use intellectual property to protect their interests. This course is intended both for students who want an introduction to intellectual property and for those who intend to pursue a career in intellectual property law.
Law 9605, Juvenile Law (3)
This course presents some of the legal aspects in juvenile law from the delinquency of minors to the protection of minor children. The basic doctrines and theories pertaining to these components, that comprise the bulk of modern Juvenile Law and practice, will be explored for three main categories for juveniles: delinquency adjudicated children, abused or neglected children, and children in need of services.
Law 9609, Landlord Tenant Law (2)
An examination of the law governing commercial and residential leases, including the creation of leaseholds, assignments and subleases, eviction, rent control, discrimination in the selection of tenants, and the respective rights and obligations of landlords and tenants.
Law 9402, Law Practice Management (2)
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 firms. The course will explore forms of ownership, licensing requirements, insurance, human resources and employment practices, accounting and finance, IT, marketing and business development, and dissolution. The course is limited to second and third-year students only and there will be no final exam. Students will be evaluated based on projects and/or demonstration of lawyering skills.
Law 9616, Law Review Practicum (1)
The Indiana Tech Law Review is a non-ideological scholarly journal that publishes timely, original, and cutting-edge scholarship. The Law Review is dedicated to publishing empirically-driven, interdisciplinary articles and essays that propose solutions to complex legal problems and contribute meaningfully to legal, social, and public policy discourse. Membership on the Law Review is open second and third-year law students on the basis of grades or writing ability. Membership spans four semesters and students are awarded one credit for each semester of participation. Assignments include selecting and editing articles for publication, and drafting a case note.
Law 9617, Mediation Clinic (2) Prerequisite Law 9200, Alternative Dispute Resolution
The Mediation Clinic includes both a classroom and clinic component. In the classroom, students will examine the general principles of family law and application of those concepts in the context of mediation. In particular, students will learn tools to help them resolve custody, parenting time, child support, and other related issues. The clinical component involves a progression of exercises ultimately aimed to help students conduct mediations independently. The exercises will allow the students to see the benefits and limitations of mediation and other dispute-resolution techniques, and will assist students in understanding how feelings, background values, and personal style affect performance in a professional role. Upon obtaining the requisite skills, students will conduct mediations for parties with disputes pending in the Allen Circuit Court, IV-D Division.
Law 9213, Moot Court Team (1 credit per semester) Counts toward six-credit experiential learning requirement.
Moot court involves students in mock appellate arguments and brief writing. Participation requires substantive legal knowledge, but also requires legal research, analysis, and writing skills, and the ability to present findings orally in an appellate court context. Participation in an extramural moot court competition against other law schools moot court teams in the pinnacle of the moot court achievement. Classroom time will be intermittent, but the two months leading up to a competition will require a great deal of each student’s time. Students in this course will participate in inter-scholastic appellate argument tournaments. They will also organize and run the Law School’s competition to assist the faculty in selecting future Moot Court Team members. These activities will enhance their appellate advocacy, organizational, and leadership skills. To compete on a team, the students will have to research and write an appellate brief on a complex topic. The written work, by competition rules, must be the students’ original work and must meet all requirements listed for upper-level intensive legal writing requirement, including without limitation, length, faculty supervision, producing multiple drafts, and publication quality. The students will be evaluated on the basis of their participation in appellate moot court competitions as well as their organization and execution of the Law School’s intra-school competition. Students will be invited to enroll in the course based on their ranking in an open tryout. A cumulative GPA of 2.5 is required to be a member of the Moot Court Team. May be repeated up to three times for credit.
Law 9003, Professionalism (0)
Law students will learn the core values of the legal profession, including the character and fitness requirements for admission to the bar, the basic tenets of professional ethics, and preparation necessary for a career in the legal field. Law students will draft a Declaration of Professional Commitment, shadow an attorney and learn about law as a career. Enrollment is restricted to the Law School. *First year required course
Law 9008, Professional Responsibility (2)
This course covers topics relating to the ethical responsibility of lawyers. Topics include confidentiality, communication between attorney and client, conflicts of interest, attorney fees, ethics in advocacy, and attorney advertising and solicitation. The course also covers attorney-client privilege, malpractice, attorney liability to third parties, judicial ethics, and admission to the bar. *Second Year Requirement
Law 9006, Property (4)
This course examines the legal doctrines governing real and personal property. The topics addressed include the law of gifts, adverse possession, land transfers, recording, covenants, easements, estates, landlord-tenant, and the rights and liability accruing from possession or ownership of land. *First year required course
Law 9604, Remedies (3)
This course considers the question of what plaintiffs are entitled to when they win a case and why. We will study legal and equitable civil remedies including compensatory and punitive damages, restitution, reformation, rescission, unjust enrichment, specific performance and injunctive relief. The remedy is what most clients want and often serves as the source of the attorney’s compensation. Remedies are a course that deals in practicality and draws on many parts of the curriculum to test theories of what the law is all about.
Law 9207, Sentencing Law (3)
This class will examine the principles of sentencing. Along with federal sentencing, this course will examine state sentencing systems and alternatives to sentencing.
Law 9608, Sexuality and the Law Seminar (2)
This seminar will address sexuality related issues in the context of constitutional law and civil rights, focusing particularly on the courts’ treatment of LGBT (lesbian, gay, bi and transgender) individuals in the context of employment, school bullying, marriage and family protections, and the criminalization of consensual adult sexual conduct. The seminar will explore the interplay among gender, sexuality, and sexual orientation, and how the courts have examined these issues. The course will emphasize both employment discrimination statutes and constitutional doctrines, including relevant First and Fourteenth Amendment doctrines related to equal protection, substantive due process liberty and privacy protections, freedom of speech/expression in a school setting, and intimate association.
Law 9007, Torts (4)
This course will introduce doctrines and theories that comprise the bulk of modern American torts law and practice. This course will examine the legal principles of civil wrongs for which the law recognizes a legal remedy on behalf of a private individual. Specifically, it will also illustrate for students how the law allows for the distribution of losses for physical harms incident to more or less legitimate activity. Three questions will be answered from this course; 1) what conduct counts as tortuous or wrongful, 2) did the conduct because the kind of harm the law will recognize, and 3) what defenses can be raised against liability if the defendant has committed a tort? It is designed as a one semester course using the casebook method of study, along with innovative teaching and learning opportunities. *First year required course
Law 9206, Trial Advocacy (3), Counts toward six-credit experiential learning requirement
This course provides students with an examination of problems of advocacy in civil and criminal cases, tactics and procedures at the trial level, primarily consisting of student exercises and demonstrations.
Law 9220 United States Supreme Court Amicus Project (2)
The United States Supreme Court Amicus Project gives qualified students the opportunity to research and draft amicus briefs at the merits stage in current cases pending before the United States Supreme Court and to perform a mock oral argument. The Amicus Project will file briefs in cases implicating civil and constitutional liberties, including, but not limited to, due process, equal protection, privacy, free speech, and the protection against cruel and unusual punishment.
Law 9403, Wills, Trusts and Estates (3)
This course deals with problems arising in the administration of estates, including who inherits property when a decedent leaves no will; the formal requisites of wills; will substitutes; the nature, creation and termination of trusts; charitable trusts, and fiduciary administration. *Second year required course