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Required Courses

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Constitutional Law (LAW6015)

Day: First year, Spring semester, 5 credits. Lecture.

The course treats government authority under the United States Constitution. It begins with an analysis of the scope of judicial review and the development of theories of constitutional adjudication. It then treats the commerce clause and other sources of federal authority, and considers limitations on state and federal regulation of economic and property interests. It explores federalism issues of the relationship between the federal government and the states and issues of the allocation of power among the three branches of the federal government. The course also surveys the protection of the rights of the individual against state and federal government action under the United States Constitution, including freedom of speech and expression, association, religion and the right of privacy. Protections under the equal protection clause and the right to due process are explored.

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Legal Research and Writing I & II (LAW6003/6004)

Fall semester, 2 credits; Spring semester, 1 credit. Lecture.

This is a full year course with a final grade given after the completion of the Spring Semester.

It introduces students to the techniques of legal research and writing. The Fall semester focuses on the basics of manual and computer-assisted legal research and objective writing. Students will do research exercises independent of legal writing, legal writing exercises independent of legal research, and combined research and writing exercises. The Spring semester focuses on persuasive writing, including briefs, and on the development of more sophisticated research skills.

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Property I & II (LAW6010/6011)

Evening: First year, Spring semester, 2 credits; Second year, Fall semester, 3 credits. Lecture.

This course undertakes a basic survey of the concepts of possession and ownership of land, chattels and other forms of property. It includes the history, legal status and modes of transfer of real and personal property; estates in land -- an introduction to future interests; forms of ownership and title; the transfer of interests in land including landlord/tenant; condemnation; restrictive covenants; and equitable servitude.

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Property (LAW6016)

Day: First year, Spring Semester, 5 credits. Lecture.

This course undertakes a basic survey of the concepts of possession and ownership of land, chattels and other forms of property. It includes the history, legal status and modes of transfer of real and personal property; estates in land -- an introduction to future interests; forms of ownership and title; the transfer of interests in land including landlord/tenant; condemnation; restrictive covenants; and equitable servitude.

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Civil Procedure I & II (LAW6001/6002)

First year, Fall semester, 2 credits; Spring semester, 3 credits. Lecture.

This course dissects the anatomy of a civil case from complaint through pre-trial proceedings, trial and appeal. It therefore studies the organization and jurisdiction of federal and state courts, including emphasis on personal and subject matter jurisdiction. The focus is on the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, exploring issues of pleading, pretrial discovery and motion practice.

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