Law School Courses | Winter Session 2016   

Multiple law course choices during winter intersession.


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Winter Intersession: Broad Choices, In-Depth Learning

Seton Hall Law’s Winter Intersession, which runs during the first two weeks of January, gives students an opportunity to undertake an intense exploration of a focused area of the law.  “Winter Intersession has been extremely well-received,” said Mark C. Alexander, Associate Dean for Academics. “Classes are fast-paced and intensive, and they energize the Law School.”

As important, “Students can explore more unconventional topics, from The Deep Web, to Crisis Negotiation, to Transnational Law,” Dean Alexander noted. “For many students, the winter session enables them to take a fresh look at an unusual legal subject that they could not otherwise study.”

In 2016, Seton Hall Law offered an array of winter session courses, including the following.

The First Amendment – Selected Topics

This week-long abridged version of the First Amendment course, taught during a full semester, covered such topics as incitement to violence, fighting words, profanity, libel, hate speech, obscenity, commercial speech, and content-based regulations of speech.

"When I entered law school, I believed the First Amendment was the most important part of the Constitution, and Professor Healy’s class underscored my belief,” said Brendan Johnson ’17, a wintersession student. “The course was intensive, but Professor Healy taught it in such a manner that I was able to absorb and digest the material. Ultimately, I learned just how pervasive and important First Amendment issues are."
Brendan Johnson ’17

Professor Thomas Healy, a former journalist who covered the Supreme Court for The Baltimore Sun, is a renowned First Amendment scholar. His acclaimed book, The Great Dissent: How Oliver Wendell Holmes Changed His Mind – and Changed the History of Free Speech in America won the 2014 Robert F. Kennedy Book Award; it was selected as a New York Times Book Review editor's choice and was named one of the 15 best non-fiction books of 2013 by the Christian Science Monitor. He is at work on a new book, for which he was awarded a 2015 Guggenheim Fellowship.

Crisis Negotiation

This week-long “experiential role-play course,” offers a unique approach to conflict resolution skills training. Taught in collaboration with the Federal Bureau of Investigation Crisis Negotiation Unit, the class draws on the skills employed by law enforcement crisis negotiators during hostage and barricade situations. Students learn how to translate such techniques to representing clients in both the courtroom and the boardroom.

Professor David M. White directs the Conflict Management Program, part of Seton Hall Law’s Legal Practice Curriculum. Under his tutelage, students handle real-world cases in the Southern District of New York Representation in Mediation Practicum and the Investor Advocacy Project programs, recovering nearly $2-million in settlements for employment discrimination cases and fraudulent investment practices.

The Deep Web

In this week-long advanced legal research course, students learn to conduct research on the “deep web,” the portion of the web that is not indexed and therefore invisible to traditional search engines, and which is believed to contain exponentially more information than is available by “googling.”

"The notion of the ‘deep web’ was new to many of us in the class. There is no better way of learning than by doing, and we did just that,” said Alyra Liriano ’17. “In a week, I acquired practical skills that I can apply outside the classroom and, most importantly, in the area of privacy and data security, where I hope to practice."
Alyra Liriano ’17

Professor Mark Denbeaux directs the Seton Hall Law Center for Policy & Research, in which students apply intensive research techniques to analyze a wide variety of policies and practices affecting law and public policy.

Transnational Law

This innovative course introduces students to the international legal system – from treaties to business disputes, foreign investments, and enforcement of international laws in national courts, all in the context of current international disputes.

Professor Margaret Lewis writes extensively on the criminal justice system reforms in China, and in October 2015, she participated in the U.S.-China Legal Experts Dialogue at the invitation of the U.S. State Department. In 2014, she also co-authored the book, Challenge to China: How Taiwan Abolished its Version of Re-Education Through Labor.

Internet Law and Governance Foundations

Combining classroom lectures and online learning, this course addresses the balance between "liberty" and "security" in cyberspace, including jurisdiction, enforcement, democratic control, speech, and commerce.

Professor David Opderbeck has studied, written and lectured on cybersecurity. He regularly convenes government agency representatives, law enforcement officials, industry professionals, and academicians to explore the latest legal developments in cybercrime and cyberterrorism, and balancing protection and enforcement with civil liberties.

Wintersession for 2016 also offered courses exploring the challenges of exonerating the convicted innocent; interviewing and counseling skills; persuasion and advocacy; and family law.

"I appreciated having the opportunity to take a one-of-a-kind course,” Liriano concluded. “And for evening students like me, the winter session also helps me reduce my course load during the semester so I can focus on higher-credited courses and seek externship opportunities."
Alyra Liriano ’17

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