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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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Introduction to Lawyering I and II (LAW5050,5051)

Fall semester, 3 credits; Spring semester, 3 credits. Skills.

The Introduction to Lawyering course is a six credit, full year, required course for all first year students.  It will introduce students to the fundamental skills employed by lawyers across various practice areas and will develop within students the habits of thoughtful, reflective, and ethical professional practice.  Students will learn the following core lawyering skills: writing, research, interviewing, fact analysis, client counseling, negotiation and oral advocacy. Through the use of simulations students will be required to step into the lawyer role, practice their skills, and make decisions that are challenging on intellectual, strategic, emotional and ethical levels.  Students will be taught how to approach legal problems by thoroughly planning, executing and then critically reflecting on the choices they make.  Faculty will provide opportunities for students to experiment with the development of their professional voices and roles, and will expose students to the deep satisfaction that can be found practicing law.  Lawyering sections will be small and students will often work collaboratively in teams on projects; thus providing a collegial intimate academic setting.

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Copyright (INDL8301)

3 credits. Lecture.

This course covers all phases of common law and statutory copyright including works subject to protection; securing protection; rights of copyright holder and succession to those rights by agreement and inheritance; international problems; and fair use and infringement questions.

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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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Administrative Law (PUBG7801)

3 credits. Lecture.

This course studies the theory of administrative actions; administrative process; agency organization; determination and promulgation of the administrative regulations; right to notice and hearing; enforcement; judicial review; standing; and the Administrative Procedure Act.

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