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Number Name Credit Type Offering

LAW6001

Civil Procedure I

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.

 



2/3

Lecture

in-class

LAW6002

Civil Procedure II

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.



2/3

Lecture

in-class

LAW6015

Constitutional Law

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.



5

Lecture

in-class

LAW6012

Constitutional Law I

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.



2

Lecture

in-class

LAW6013

Constitutional Law II

The course 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.



2

Lecture

in-class

LAW6005

Contracts

The course considers the law governing consensual relationships. It analyzes the requisites of a legally-enforceable contract, including the offer-acceptance process, consideration, and requirements relating to the capacity of parties and to formalities of contract formation. Invalidating factors such as fraud, duress, mistake, and impossibility are explored. Issues of remedies are examined. Throughout the course, relevant provisions of Article 2 of the Uniform Commercial Code regulating the sale of goods are studied.



5

Lecture

in-class

LAW6006

Contracts I

The course considers the law governing consensual relationships. It analyzes the requisites of a legally-enforceable contract, including the offer-acceptance process, consideration, and requirements relating to the capacity of parties and to formalities of contract formation. Invalidating factors such as fraud, duress, mistake, and impossibility are explored. Issues of remedies are examined. Throughout the course, relevant provisions of Article 2 of the Uniform Commercial Code regulating the sale of goods are studied.



3

Lecture

in-class

LAW6007

Contracts II

The course considers the law governing consensual relationships. It analyzes the requisites of a legally-enforceable contract, including the offer-acceptance process, consideration, and requirements relating to the capacity of parties and to formalities of contract formation. Invalidating factors such as fraud, duress, mistake, and impossibility are explored. Issues of remedies are examined. Throughout the course, relevant provisions of Article 2 of the Uniform Commercial Code regulating the sale of goods are studied.



3

Lecture

in-class

LAW6014

Criminal Law

This course introduces students to the state's role in the control of deviant behavior through law. It explores theories of responsibility, punishment and reform. It considers general principles of substantive criminal law including: intent; justification and excuse; defenses; elements of particular crimes; attempt; conspiracy; and responsibility for the acts of others.



3

Lecture

in-class

LAW5050

Introduction to Lawyering I

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.



3

Skills

in-class

LAW5051

Introduction to Lawyering II

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.



3

Skills

in-class

LAW6016

Property

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.



5

Lecture

in-class

LAW6010

Property I

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.



2

Lecture

in-class

LAW6011

Property II

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.



2

Lecture

in-class

LAW6008

Torts I

This course examines the law governing compensation for civil wrongs not arising from agreement and judicial remedies for such wrongs. It includes intentional torts and privilege defenses; negligence-elements and defenses; and strict liability, including ultra-hazardous activities, and product liability. Special emphasis is given to legal theories of causation, standards of care and issues of proof.



4

Lecture

in-class