Course Offerings

Degree Requirements

To be eligible for the award of the Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree, a student must:
  • Successfully complete all required courses;
  • Successfully complete at least 90 semester credit hours of course work;
  • Earn no more than 30 semester credit hours at any other law school;
  • Satisfy all the Upper-Level Writing Requirement;
  • Satisfy the Experiential Learning Requirement;
  • Earn a cumulative and semester grade point average 2.00 or higher;
  • Successfully complete at least 64 credit hours in courses that require attendance in regularly scheduled classroom sessions or direct faculty instruction; and
  • Be approved by the College of Law faculty.

 

Take a look at the Credit Hour Policy for more details about how the credit hours and courses work.

Required Courses

This course is designed to teach first semester law students the critical skills necessary to successfully manage their time, prepare for class, participate in class, and effectively practice for exams. Students will learn the critical reading, writing, and thinking skills essential to excelling in law school, passing the bar exam, and succeeding as future legal practitioners. In addition, students will be taught test-taking strategies and protocols and a methodology for the evaluation of their work through the deconstruction of their multiple choice and essay practice exam answers.

A study of the fundamentals of basic business associations with an emphasis on closely held businesses. Students will be introduced to agency concepts while exploring issues related to choice of entity. Various business forms will be examined such as general partnerships, limited liability partnerships, limited partnerships, limited liability companies, and privately held corporations. Corporate issues pertaining to corporations that are not publicly held will also be the focus. These include incorporation; financing for the small business; payment of dividends; roles of officers, directors, and shareholders; and management’s duty of care and loyalty.

An introduction to the organization of the federal and state courts, principles of jurisdiction, and procedural rules for civil cases. Topics include: pleadings, class actions, pretrial motions, discovery, venue, joinder of claims and parties, res judicata, collateral estoppels, summary judgment, non-jury and jury trials, claim and issue preclusion, binding effects of adjudication, and appellate review.
A concurrent program of academic instruction and skills training designed to more fully qualify the student for the practice of law. Students participate in civil and criminal settings provided by practicing attorneys. The classroom component teaches lawyering skills of interviewing, counseling, discovery, negotiation, advocacy, and Florida practice. Students must have taken, or take concurrently, Interviewing Counseling and Negotiation as well as Professional Responsibility. All practice is in accord with Florida Student practice rules. Alternatively, students may complete 20 hours of qualifying Pro Bono work. See Section XV “Clinical and Pro Bono Programs.”
The law of enforceable promises, including contract formation, interpretation, conditions, performance, assignment and delegation, third-party beneficiary contracts, breach, justifications and excuses for nonperformance, remedies, promissory estoppel and restitution. Emphasis is placed on classic contract doctrine, the sales of goods under Article 2 of the Uniform Commercial Code and other commercial legislation.
Historical and legal analysis of the basic constitutional framework of the American system of government with an emphasis on the sources and limits of federal and Supreme Court jurisdiction, allocation of powers between the federal government and states, separation of powers, congressional regulatory power under the commerce clause, and the guarantees of individual rights.
Introduction to the substantive criminal law from both statutory and common law sources. Coverage includes the purposes of criminal law, criminal responsibility, theories of punishment, crimes against person and property, and defense.
Comprehensive examination of the problems of proof and the rules of evidence. Special attention is given to the concept of relevance, hearsay and non-hearsay, character evidence, testimonial proof, impeachment and support, scientific and demonstrative evidence and privileges.
A two-semester course, both parts required for graduation. Emphasis on writing legal memoranda, legal documents, case briefing and analysis.
Consideration of the ethical problems in the practice of law, the legal constraints on the lawyer’s professional conduct, the role of the lawyer in the legal profession and the place of the profession in society, including a detailed analysis of the Code of Professional Responsibility.
A study of the acquisition, ownership, and transfer of property. Topics include an analysis of ownership concepts, rights of possession, future interests, concurrent interests, landlord and tenant issues, common law principles, gifts, estates in land, licenses, easements, restrictive covenants, contracts for the sale of land, conveyancing, mortgages, recording systems and land use regulation.
The history and development of the legal principles underlying non-contractual civil wrongs at common law and under modern statutes are studied together with an analysis of the responsibility in tort for wrongs to the person and property. Topics include: intentional acts, liability without fault, negligence, privacy rights and harm to reputation.

All students must complete the Upper-Level Writing Requirement as a part of a two (2) credit seminar, an approved advanced course, an approved two (2) credit independent research paper, or through a note written by a FAMU Law Review member accepted for publication in a co-curricular law school journal as certified by the Law Review faculty advisor for the FAMU College of Law. A Florida A&M University College of Law full-time faculty member must supervise independent research projects and all research papers. Adjunct faculty members are not eligible to supervise independent research projects or research papers to satisfy this requirement.

Advanced writing courses that satisfy this requirement fall in the following categories: Transactional Legal Drafting, Litigation-Oriented Legal Drafting, Legislative Drafting, Appellate Legal Drafting. The faculty certification must be approved in the semester the grade is recorded for courses satisfying the UPPER LEVEL WRITING REQUIREMENT. No separate certification is necessary.

Drafting courses may satisfy either the experiential learning requirement or the Upper-Level Writing Requirement but not both. Courses approved for satisfaction of the Upper-Level Writing Requirement must earn a grade of B- or above and must meet the minimum writing standards listed below:

  • Minimum Content for Transactional Legal Drafting or Litigation-Oriented Legal Drafting to satisfy the Upper-Level Writing Requirement:
    • Length of writings—in combination the final versions of work product must exceed 25 pages in length (the number of writing projects may vary, e.g., a litigation drafting course might have five or more instruments, while an appellate drafting course might have one to three).
    • A significant portion of the writing must be reviewed by the instructor and reworked by the student in one or more revised drafts.
    • The written instruments must be of the nature that a lawyer practicing in the field would prepare.
  • Minimum Content for Research Papers to Satisfy the Upper-Level Writing Requirement

In order to satisfy the requirement for a research paper, the research paper must be a minimum of 25 pages in length including footnotes; earn a grade of B- or above; and the paper must meet all of the standards listed below, as certified by the faculty supervisor of the paper in the semester the paper is completed:

  • Significant analytical paper;
  • Reflects substantial legal research;
  • Contains original thought;
  • Displays proper writing style;and
  • Uses correct citationform.

The Upper-Level Writing Requirement may not be satisfied at any other institution under any circumstances.

Every student must complete one or more experiential courses totaling at least six credit hours. Every experiential course must integrate doctrine, theory, skills, and legal ethics, and engage students in performance of one or more of the professional skills identified in the learning outcomes; develop the concepts underlying the professional skills being taught; provide multiple opportunities for performance; and provide opportunities for self-evaluation.

The experiential education requirement may be satisfied by enrollment in a simulation course, a legal clinic, or a field placement.

 


 

Elective Courses

Basic considerations relating to administrative agencies, including nondelegation doctrine, fact versus law distinction, agency rulemaking, adjudication, due process requirements, information gathering and judicial review.

3 credits

Admiralty and Maritime law is one the oldest branches of law. In every country in which maritime law exists, it is treated as a separate and distinct area of the law. In general terms, maritime law concerns events and transactions that occur on navigable waters, whether oceans, gulf, or inland waterways. Although initially concerned with maritime commerce, the body of law has expanded to address contemporary issues such as those involving the environment and the wide-spread use of recreational vessels. This course principally surveys the principles of admiralty and maritime law of the United States, and secondarily those of other nations, including such issues as constitutionality, admiralty and maritime jurisdiction, other federal or comparative jurisdiction of shipping matters, criminal law at sea, traditional and current maritime issues, (including contracts, insurance, carriage of goods, piracy, environmental developments, federal-state maritime issues, and maritime torts), government policies and regulation of shipping, and international and comparative maritime law issues.

3 credits

The content of this course varies. It may include topics of current interest or not covered by other curricular offerings. The course may be repeated if there is no duplication of subject matter.

3 credits

The content of this course varies. It may include topics of current interest or not covered by other curricular offerings. The course may be repeated if there is no duplication of subject matter.

3 credits

The content of this course varies. It may include topics of current interest or not covered by other curricular offerings. The course may be repeated if there is no duplication of subject matter.

3 credits

The content of this seminar varies. It may include topics of current interest or not covered by other curricular offerings. The course may be repeated if there is no duplication of subject matter.

2 credits

The content of this seminar varies. It may include topics of current interest or not covered by other curricular offerings. The course may be repeated if there is no duplication of subject matter.

2 credits

The content of this seminar varies. It may include topics of current interest or not covered by other curricular offerings. The course may be repeated if there is no duplication of subject matter.

2 credits

This seminar will provide a comparative as well as interdisciplinary approach to issues concerning race and the law. We will address the racial and legal history of major racial groups in the U.S., including African Americans, Native Americans, Latinos, Asian Americans, and Whites. In addition to these histories, the course includes the following topics: competing definitions and understandings of race and racism; the legal system’s contribution to the construction of race; race, voting, and participation in democracy; developing notions of equality; segregation and education; and crime.

2 credits

This seminar surveys the historical relationship and contemporary developments in the interaction between law and religion. Several religion-based legal systems may be introduced including, for example, Christianity, Islam, Judaism, and Hinduism. The seminar will introduce students to the comparative and complex problems in the interface of law and religion from divergent views such as freedom of religion, church/state relations, cultural relativism, as well as consider theological, historical, and sociological-related questions.

2 credits

This seminar deals with the history and legal issues surrounding gender from a national and international perspective. The seminar presupposes that there are political, cultural and legal implications that result from sex and gender.

2 credits

This course provides an intensive examination of dignitary and economic torts. Topics include defamation, privacy, tortious litigation, interference with family relationships, interference with economic interests, trade secrets and misrepresentation. The course not only explores substantive law in depth but also engages students in critical analysis of the doctrinal law’s underlying policies and values and whether the doctrine adequately addresses problems presented by technological advancements and changing social norms.

2 credits

This advanced trial practice seminar will provide instruction on advanced technique in criminal litigation. Students will learn these techniques through a mixture of lecture, class discussion, and practical exercises. Students will also have the opportunity to perform as a prosecuting or defense attorney in a criminal mock trial.

3 credits

The principal focus of this course is on the problems incident to the disposition of the estate of a failing or insolvent debtor. It looks at problems relating to execution of judgments, fraudulent conveyances, compositions, assignments for the benefit of creditors, receivership, and problems arising under the Federal Bankruptcy Act. The course also considers creditors’ remedies that arise outside of the scope of the federal bankruptcy laws.

3 credits

This course examines the laws affecting the manufacture, marketing, and sale of consumer goods. Time is spent on the regulation of information, conduct, prices, and enforcement mechanisms.

3 credits

This course explores the key practices of contract drafting and the connection between the business transaction and the contract. Students will learn the skills of good drafting, such as understanding the business transaction, knowing how to use contract concepts to accurately reflect the parties’ deal, how to draft and recognize nuances in language that change the deal, and how to discern and resolve business issues. The course also addresses the ethical issues in contract drafting. Instruction includes drafting exercises and simulations.

3 credits

Problems related to the protection of artistic and creative properties, including a study of the methods for securing and maintaining a copyright, the laws that govern the exploitation of the entitlement created by a copyright, and the problems and methods of protecting those rights.

3 credits

This course covers police practice such as arrests, search and seizure, wiretapping, eavesdropping, use of informants, entrapment, confessions, and line ups. Credit for this course precludes credit for Criminal Procedure Survey (Law 6112). Students who have completed Criminal Procedure Survey (Law 6112) may not elect this course.

3 credits

This course covers commencement of formal criminal proceedings; bail, the decision to prosecute, the grand jury, the preliminary hearing, venue, joinder and severance, and speedy trail. Trial concerns such as guilty pleas, discovery, jury trial, prejudicial publicity, professional ethics, and double jeopardy are also considered.

3 credits

Introduction to basic criminal procedure from arrest through judicial review, with an emphasis on the fourth, fifth, sixth and fourteenth amendments to the United States Constitution and their impact on the constitutional rights of the accused.

3 credits

This seminar examines the legal and constitutional issues surrounding the use of the death penalty in the U.S. and Florida. It focuses on death penalty laws, 6th and 8th Amendment issues, the state of the death penalty under recent decisions of the United States Supreme Court, and the ethical duties of defenders and prosecutors in death penalty cases.

Prerequisites: Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Evidence

2 credits

Domestic violence is a societal problem of epidemic proportions. This course will explore domestic violence issues in various areas of the law. Students will produce a domestic violence manual for a particular community, conduct a presentation on domestic violence before a group or organization, and write a paper on a selected domestic violence topic. The course will provide students with the opportunity to prepare memoranda, motions, and protection orders. Students will observe domestic violence hearings. Relevant Florida Statutes will be used in the course.

3 credits

This course covers legal issues that arise in institutions of learning on the elementary, secondary, and higher education levels. Public and private issues examined include: affirmative action, freedom of speech, student dismissals, tenure, institutional closing, religion in the schools, and business planning.

3 credits

This seminar will provide an in-depth treatment of both the legal and technical aspects of electronic discovery – the preservation, collection, review, production and use of electronically stored information in civil and criminal litigation (and investigations). Coverage includes selected aspects of the quickly developing body of e-discovery case law, federal and state e-discovery rules, and the technology issues impacting electronic discovery. This seminar will provide the student with a detailed grounding in the law and application of electronic discovery principles to civil and criminal litigation. Demonstrations using live technology will occur when helpful to providing a learning “laboratory” for the students.

2 credits

This course focuses on the major state and federal employment laws affecting individual employees. Coverage includes the legal regulation of the hiring and firing process, testing and privacy issues, wage and hour laws, discrimination, occupational health and safety, workers’ compensation, unemployment insurance, covenants not to compete, and related topics.

3 credits

Entertainment law surveys the many legal doctrines that shape the entertainment industry and explores how those various doctrines interact. Topics include free speech, defamation, invasion of privacy, publicity rights, copyright, contractual relations in the entertainment industry, and performer organizations. The course also explores practical aspects of entertainment law, such as client counseling and litigation strategy, and theoretical questions raised by the interplay of federal law, state law, and the rules of private organizations.

3 credits

This course surveys the wide variety of topics that together comprise Environmental Law. Relying on concepts drawn from risk management, economics, ecology, and political theory, this course addresses both common law and statutory responses to conventional and toxic pollution and other adverse impacts on the physical environment, as well as conservation issues of species and habitat and resource management more generally. The course also considers administrative structures that govern much of the field and how federalism affects the law and the environment in the United States. The issues of climate change and control of global warming are woven into several phases of the coverage.

3 credits

This workshop-type course relies primarily on simulations and problems that explore a variety of environmental law subject areas. The sampling is surprisingly broad, including matters that touch on all media (air, water, land) and all aspects of practice (ethical representation, client counseling, client defense, investigation, governmental enforcement and charging decisions, penalty calculation, and many more).

3 credits

This course provides students with 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 is also studied. Taxation of income of trusts and estate also includes annuities, property distributions, and income in respect of decedent. This course primarily involves a study of the unified system of federal gift and estate transfer taxes imposed by Chapters 11 and 12 of the Internal Revenue Code. With respect to the gift tax, the student will explore the transfers that are subject to tax as well as the annual exclusion and gifts to minors. With respect to the estate tax, the student will explore the transfers (both during life and at death) that are included in a decedent’s “gross estate,” as well as certain of the deductions that are available to reduce the size of the gross estate (and, ultimately, the estate tax owed).

3 credits

Estate planning focuses on the process by which individuals make comprehensive arrangements for their property and personal needs which remain in effect during disability and after death. Topics covered in this course include disability planning for property and health care needs, planning for the physical aspects of death, the use of non-probate techniques, the preparation and execution of wills, trusts, and other documents, and the fundamentals of federal gift and estate taxation.

Prerequisites: Estates and Trusts; Federal Income Tax.

3 credits

The course deals primarily with the disposition of family wealth, including the passage of property from deceased to living persons for both intestate and testate succession; the rules governing the execution, revocation, and probate of wills; will substitutions, principles governing the modern trust, fiduciary powers, duties and liabilities.

3 credits

The law governing the definition, formation, maintenance and dissolution of the family. Topics include adoption, alimony, annulment, child custody, divorce, emancipation of minors, intra-family torts, legitimacy, marriage, paternity, pre-marital agreements, property division, tax implications of divorce, and procedure and jurisdiction in various types of causes of action in domestic relations. Attention is given to common law, state law , and recent constitutional doctrine.

3 credits

The purpose of this course is to give the student an overview of the federal income tax system (particularly as it deals with individuals). The emphasis will be on the proper way to read and interpret the tax code.

3 credits

This course will provide training in bar exam essay-writing skills through a survey of substantive material covering topics frequently tested on the Florida Bar examination, including Florida Constitutional Law, Wills and Trusts, and Family Law. Students will learn techniques that improve issue spotting and issue resolution as it pertains to answering examination questions posed in the essay format. Students will write a substantial number of essay examination answers, receive feedback on those answers, and learn self-critiques techniques.

4 credits

An analysis of selected provisions of the Florida Constitution, with emphasis on recent decisions of the Florida Supreme Court and an analysis of current proposals for constitutional change.

2 credits

A study of the unique aspects of Florida Law, including Florida Rules of Civil Procedure, the preparation of pleadings and materials for trial, the court system, legislative procedures, and the significance of Florida’s integrated bar with an emphasis on professional responsibility. The course examines jurisdiction and process. The Rules of Florida Civil Procedure are reviewed in depth.

3 credits

This course explores all the major topics in the health care field such as treatment, relationship, liability, professional licensure, right to die, reproductive rights, health care insurance, and regulation of health care facilities and transactions.

3 credits

This course is designed to provide students with a general knowledge of immigration law, including a basic understanding of admission of aliens under the non-immigrant and immigrant categories, removal, naturalization, and the law of refugee and political asylum. Detailed statutory and regulatory analysis of the applicable immigration laws as well as analyzing the impact of immigration in other areas, including criminal law, family unification, human rights, politics, and discrimination.

3 credits

Approved research and writing supervised by a member of the full-time faculty.

1-2 credits

This is a survey course that introduces students to patent, copyright, trademark, trade secret, right of publicity and unfair competition law. The course is designed to give students entering a general business or civil litigation practice a thorough overview of the various intellectual property doctrines.

3 credits

This course examines the legal framework of the international sales transactions, including the commercial terms of the sales agreement, shipping contracts, insurance, financing arrangements, and customs documentation. Students will also examine the foreign direct investment transaction, international franchise and distribution agreements, and contracts for the transfer of technology.

3 credits

This course introduces students to the concept of established and evolving legal issues regarding human rights. The philosophical, political, and legal basis of defining human rights in various parts of the world will be addressed. The central theory of this course is that common international norms form basic international understanding of human treatment. Contemporary issues impacting regional and global areas will be discussed.

3 credits

The International Law Internship provides students with the opportunity to earn internship credit for internationally focused legal and policy field placement work conducted overseas or within the United States, but outside of the State of Florida. The Internship will provide students with firsthand experience in government, international organizations, public interest law firms, nonprofit organizations, and other areas of interest relevant to legal education.

3-6 credits

International Study Abroad I is a generic study abroad course designed for students that participate in and successfully complete course work in ABA-approved international study abroad programs.

Prerequisite: Successful completion of first year of law school and minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA.

This course is graded pass/fail.

3 credits

International Study Abroad II is a generic study abroad course designed for students that participate in and successfully completed International Study Abroad I course work in ABA-approved international study abroad programs.

Prerequisite: Successful completion of International Study Abroad I and minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5.

This course is graded pass/fail.

3 credits

International Study Abroad III is a generic study abroad course designed for students that participate in and successfully completed International Study Abroad I course work in ABA-approved international study abroad programs

Prerequisite: Successful completion of International Study Abroad I and minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5.

This course is graded pass/fail.

3 credits

International Study Abroad IV is a generic study abroad course designed for students that participate in and successfully completed International Study Abroad I course work in ABA-approved international study abroad programs.

Prerequisite: Successful completion of International Study Abroad I and minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5.

This course is graded pass/fail.

3 credits

The course deals primarily with the disposition of family wealth, including the passage of property from deceased to living persons for both intestate and testate succession; the rules governing the execution, revocation, and probate of wills; will substitutions, principles governing the modern trust, fiduciary powers, duties and liabilities.

3 credits

This course explores the special procedural and substantive law applicable to children, with particular emphasis given to specialized juvenile courts.

2 credits

This course focuses on the law governing and policy issues surrounding the major facets of union-management relations in the private sector under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). These include union organizing, collective bargaining, contract enforcement, picketing and the economic weapons of both sides, including strikes. The course also covers the procedural mechanisms by which rights under the NLRA are enforced and remedies for NLRA violations.

3 credits

This course is a study of the evolution of land use law, including common law, constitutional, and statutory foundations of land use planning. The inherent conflict between private property rights and government control will be examined, as well as the relationship between land owner, neighbor, government, and community. More recent issues, such as urban sprawl and its impact on the environment will be given special attention, as well as Florida-specific land use issues.

2 credits

This course will examine how the law and lawyers have been depicted in film and television over the years; other media may be included. Students will be required to view two movies and selected television programs each week and prepare a written comparison of the role of the law and lawyers as they are depicted by the authors and actors. Topics that will be examined include the use of the rules of evidence, courtroom etiquette, ethics, gender, ethnicity, and a comparison of the victims and types of legal issues covered by the shows.

2 credits

This course examines the domestic and international law and politics of Sub-Saharan Africa from the pre-colonial era through the colonization period and post-colonial independence and post Cold War eras. The course will introduce students to: (1) the historical and contemporary socio-political and legal development of African state systems, institutions and peoples; (2) the unique relationship between African states and those outside of Africa; (3) the extent to which Africa forms an integral part of the international system, and contributes to the progressive development of international law.

2 credits

An introduction to management of a law practice. This course will develop concepts related to four areas – business management, practice management, client management and life management. In the area of business management, students will be exposed to business start-up considerations, including choice of entity, financing, bookkeeping and trust accounting. In the area of practice management, the students will cover administrative and substantive systems, including conflicts of interest, docket management, form files and employee management. In client management, the students will be exposed to issues related to client acceptance, declination, disengagement, client satisfaction and malpractice to name a few. Quality management rounds out the course with quality-of-life issues such as succession planning, contingency arrangements, substance abuse and maintaining a balance in life.

2 credits

 

This course is designed to sharpen students’ legal research skills and increase students’ mastery of the process and strategies involved in developing effective legal research skills. The course will address United States primary and secondary sources and international law materials. Multiple formats will be covered, which will include both online and print resources.

2 credits

This course will give students an introduction to the legislative process, to legislative interpretation, and to contemporary debates of law and policy that surround the legislative branch.

2 credits

This course presents a summary overview of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) processes, focusing on the facilitative model of mediation. The fundamentals of the facilitative mediation model are explored to gain an understanding of the primary causes for conflict, the fuel that keeps conflict going, and the methods to resolve conflict through the use of collaborative problem solving and principled negotiation. It is a skills development course that emphasizes the importance of the mediator’s empowerment of the parties to help them resolve their dispute through more effective communication. Because of a strong emphasis on the nuances of communication, the skills developed in more precise and effective communication are generally very helpful in human interaction.

Students will gain an understanding of the mediation process and through participation in role plays will be able to experience the significance of the empowerment of the parties in the resolution of their own disputes.

3 credits

Inter-school competition.

1 credit

This course will familiarize students with the bar exam process generally, bar exam essay writing skills, and MBE multiple-choice skills through a survey of multistate substantive material. The six multistate subjects are Federal Constitutional Law, Contracts, Criminal Law and Procedure, Torts, Property and Evidence.

4 credits

This course examines the legal framework for national security decisions. Students will analyze the delicate balance of liberty and security that must exist to preserve a democratic society. Particular areas examined include: constitutional separation of powers and shared responsibility for national security; the legality and scope of war and other uses of armed force short of war; access to and protection of sensitive information; intelligence collection and clandestine activities; and the formulation of national security policy and law.

Prerequisites: Constitutional Law

2 credits

This course addresses taxation of partnerships and tax consequences of partnership formation, termination, distributions of money or property to partners, and consequences of sale or exchange of a partnership interest or of the death of a partner.

3 credits

This course will survey the uses of different payment mechanisms (negotiable and nonnegotiable instruments, credit cards and electronic funds transfer and wire transfer systems) in both credit and cash transactions. The course will consider allocation of risks for fraud, countermands, defenses on the underlying contract, mistake, timeliness and unauthorized payments. In each case the allocation of risks in connection with different payment mechanisms will be considered, along with whether these allocations should be the same or different for each mechanism. The course will focus on Articles 3 and 4 of the Uniform Commercial Code and consider letters of credit under U.C.C. Article 5 and international payment regimes as well. The impact of federal legislation on the state payments law (U.C.C. Articles 3, 43 and 4A) may also be treated.

3 credits

This course covers every aspect of pretrial preparation of a civil or criminal case. The focus of the course focus varies by semester. When the course covers civil pretrial practice, students proceed from initial client interview through formulating client representational strategy, developing a theory of the case, drafting pleadings, fact investigation, discovery and disclosure (depositions, issues, requests for production), motion practice, settlement conferences and negotiations, and final pre-trial preparation. When the course covers criminal pretrial practice, students proceed from initial client interview through formulating client representational strategy, developing a theory of the case, drafting motions, fact investigation, discovery and disclosure (depositions), Motions to Suppress, Arthur Hearings, Richardson Hearings and Motions in Limine.

This course also covers professionalism issues that arise in pretrial practice.

Prerequisite: Evidence.

3 credits

Surveys the history and development of basic remedies for civil wrongs. Topics covered include contempt, damages, declaratory judgments, election of remedies, equity jurisdiction, injunctions, modern equity practice, present value adjustment, proof requirements, rescission, reformation and restitution.

3 credits

Sales is an advanced course in contracts that builds upon the basic first-year offerings and focuses on the planning and regulation of sales transactions under Article 2 of the Uniform Commercial Code. The course also covers international sales governed by the U.N. Convention on Contracts for the International Sales of Goods (CISG). Major topics include electronic commercial transactions; the methodology and scope of the UCC and CISG; allocating the risk of loss; warranties; breach; excuse for non-performance; warranty disclaimers and remedy limitations; rejection, revocation, and cure; anticipatory repudiation and the right to demand adequate assurances; and techniques of statutory analysis.

2 credits

The goal of this course is to acquaint the student with the arsenal that benefits and protects both the debtor and the creditor. Specifically, the student will be introduced to the legal system and rules governing the relationship between the debtor and the creditor (in those instances where the creditor has or has attempted to acquire an interest in the debtor’s property as a means of ensuring satisfaction of the underlying obligation) and between that creditor and all of the debtor’s other creditors including, on frequent occasion, a bankruptcy trustee. Students will also be introduced to the concepts of secured financing transactions using the problem approach.

3 credits

A study of state and federal laws relating to the business of sporting competitions as entertainment, including matters such as the creation of a free market for players’ services, the relationships of franchise owners to the league commissioner, player/agent relationships and contract negotiation. There is also some study of the NCAA regulation of collegiate athletics.

2 credits

This course will examine the law, theory and practice of international, regional and sub-regional courts and other justice mechanisms such as truth and reconciliation commissions in South Africa, Sierra Leone, Liberia, El Salvador and Colombia, among others. It will examine the structure and practice of international courts and justice mechanisms, particularly the International Court of Justice as well as introduce a variety of other international tribunals including the International Criminal Court and the International tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda, African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights, European Court of Justice, World Trade Organization dispute settlement regime, World Bank Inspection Panel, and the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea.

3 credits

Problems related to the protection of commercial marks and products, including a study of the methods for securing and maintaining protection, the laws that govern exploitation of the marks and products, and problems and methods of protecting those rights.

2 credits

Although normally thought of in terms of its creative and artistic values, staging a play or musical also involves numerous legal relationships and obligations. Accordingly this course surveys the law governing the theater industry. Among the subjects we will examine are the authorship rights of playwrights; the financial rights of investors; the employment rights of actors and actresses; and the attendance rights of audiences. Although our main concern will be Broadway and Off-Broadway productions, we also will spend time considering the legal rights and duties of amateur theater groups.

2 credits

A series of classes and simulations devoted to the study of trial techniques, followed by the preparation and trial of a mock trial.

Prerequisite: Evidence.

3 credits

Inter-school competition.

1 credit

This course examines gender issues in a variety of areas of law, including contracts, torts, criminal law, and property. Emphasis will be on domestic violence, rape, comparable worth, sexual harassment, stereotypes, economic consequences of divorce and child custody, biological reproduction, prostitution, and pornography.

3 credits

 

 

Contact Information

Markita Cooper

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs