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What a Difference Two Weeks Makes: Winter Intersession at Seton Hall Law

Seton_Hall_Law_ClassroomFrom International Law to practical advocacy skills to environmental law issues in the Gulf of Mexico, Seton Hall Law’s expanded academic programs enable professors to teach innovative winter courses at the Law School and around the world.

Over the two-week intersession period, students have the opportunity to gain additional legal skills, deepen their understanding of timely legal issues, and for several courses, conduct their studies in unique settings. Here are Seton Hall Law’s Winter Intersession courses for 2012:


Negotiation Skills and IP Issues in Sports Law: This class combines topical discussions of intellectual property (IP) in professional and amateur sports and negotiation skills in sports-related issues. Students explore such IP-related concepts as idea submission and protection, copyright issues in broadcasting sports events, First Amendment, trademark and branding ownership rights, defamation, invasion of privacy, use of likenesses in video games and virtual worlds, merchandising, marketing and licensing of IP rights within various entertainment industries, including agency regulations in sports and agency customs in entertainment.

Persuasion and Advocacy: In this hands-on course, students learn the art of persuasion in the context of the courtroom. Exercises and simulations focus on the integration of storytelling and thematic development into the basic skills of direct examination, cross-examination, opening statements and closing arguments.

Professional Responsibility: This law school staple examines the ethical rules governing lawyers and how they apply to an array of situations that commonly arise in legal practice, taught through lectures, simulation exercises, and demonstrations and discussions of ethical problems

Race, Ethnicity & the Law: This course is the latest offering among the advanced writing seminars. The course will confront difficult questions such as: is race legally and/or socially constructed? How should a person's race/ethnicity be defined? Is assimilation a desirable goal? This seminar explores the range of distinctions that may be used to classify entire groups, especially those that fall outside the conventional “black/white” parameters.

Special Problems of Representing the Convicted Innocent: This course introduces students to the special legal and practical problems involved in developing and litigating a post-conviction case of factual innocence. Professor Lesley Risinger, who teaches the course, led the process that won the exoneration of Fernando Bermudez, who was wrongfully convicted of murder in 1991.

Transnational Law: This course provides students with an introduction to international law, including the sources of law in different legal systems, how international treaties are interpreted, and how decisions are made. Topics include the role of states in the international legal system, international actors and the law-making process, international law in national courts and hierarchy, business disputes, the role of the individual in international law and the impact on state sovereignty.


Chamonix-Geneva Study Abroad: International Human Rights Law Students travel to the Swiss Alps for a course on International Human Rights Law. A significant component of the course involves visits to international human rights organizations in Geneva, including the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, the Human Rights Council, and the World Health Organization’s Department of Ethics, Equity, Trade and Human Rights.

new-orleans-8 copy_edited-2New Orleans Winter Session - BP Oil Spill Program: For the second year students will travel to New Orleans to study the effects of the 2010 BP oil spill. The program combines lectures and guest speakers in the classroom with afternoon trips to facilitate understanding of the south Louisiana onshore and near shore geology and ecosystems, the nature and extent of offshore oil installations and onshore energy facilities, the impacts of the spill on ecosystems, fishing, and tourism and the nature and extent of efforts to manage the cleanup.

Zanzibar Study Abroad: Modern Day Slavery and Human Trafficking Students who take this intersession course, the only ABA-accredited course of its kind in Zanzibar, expand their knowledge of this important and rapidly developing area of international law. The beautiful island of Zanzibar offers students a rich and exciting academic and cultural environment while also offering the opportunity to explore the island’s extraordinary history. The course includes classroom lectures and discussions , including guest lecturers from the International Criminal Court in Arusha, Tanzania, as well as renowned human rights leaders.

Through these programs, Seton Hall Law offers greater opportunities for students to learn law – and put it into and practice. Best wishes for a Happy Holiday season!