Course Descriptions

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  • LAW 786
    (2 Credit Hours)

    Prerequisites: RCC*. This 2-credit seminar will focus upon the legal issues the elderly face when interacting with the health care system, including dying with dignity decisions, nursing home abuse and paying for health and long-term care. There are no upper level prerequisites for the course. The grade in the course will be determined by a paper and class presentation.

  • LAW 696
    (3 Credit Hours)

    Prerequisites: RCC*. Judicial, court-centered processes are neither the only nor, necessarily, the best methods of resolving disputes. This course surveys the range of dispute resolution processes that are alternatives to litigation and adjudication. These include detailed study of the primary dispute resolution processes -negotiation, mediation, and arbitration - as well as some of their hybrid variants. The course also examines noteworthy applications of these litigation alternatives, the context for which ranges from the personal to the global. The ethical issues surrounding effective client advocacy in non-litigation situations will be explored in depth. When coverage includes international dispute resolution systems will count as an elective in the International and Comparative Law concentration. Satisfies skills course requirement.

  • LAW 550
    (2 or 3 Credit Hours)

    Prerequisites: RCC*. Lectures and discussions exploring various topics in American legal history from colonial times to the twentieth century. Topics may include legal control of “deviants” (criminals, juvenile delinquents, paupers, political dissidents), the growth of legal institutions and the legal profession, developments in substantive private law, law and the economy, the problem of freedom of speech and press, the law of slavery, and the changing status of women and children. Other topics may be substituted or added from time to time. Satisfies perspective elective requirement.

  • LAW 570
    (3 Credit Hours)

    Prerequisites: RCC*. The ancient Athenians have been widely celebrated for their contributions to literature, philosophy and political thought. However, the genius of the Athenian people was also reflected in their legal innovations – which include the concepts of trial-by jury and judicial review. This course will provide students with a basic understanding of the structure and procedures of the Athenian legal system. Topics covered in the course include the Athenian constitution, the Athenian jury system, the resolution of commercial disputes, adultery, the torture of witnesses, and the sentencing of criminals. From their readings, students will gain an understanding of a legal system that struggled with many of the same issues that face modern society and which often provided thoughtful and creative solutions. In lieu of a final exam, students will write a 10-page research paper regarding an aspect of Athenian law. Students may choose to fulfill their Upper Level Writing Requirement with this course by writing a 20-page research paper. The course will satisfy the perspective elective requirement.

  • LAW 715
    (2 Credit Hours)

    Prerequisites: RCC*. Animal Law focuses on the legal, social and biological nature of nonhuman animals, including companion animals, wildlife, and animals raised for food and research. The course will consider such topics as:
      1.  Areas of national concern and statutory interpretation such as the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Endangered Species Act, federal cruelty laws, the Animal Welfare Act, the Marine Mammal Protection Act and the Humane Slaughter Act;
      2.  State and federal constitutional issues, e.g., exemptions from laws involving the use of animals, “hunter harassment” laws, federal constitutional standing issues involving animal interests, and state constitutional provisions regarding the protection of natural resources; and
      3.   Local and state law concerns, including common law property as applied to animals, state cruelty laws, agricultural treatment of animals and protection of livestock, municipal regulations of pets, and the changing status of animals in society.
    Students will write a paper in the course and make a presentation to the class. Satisfies upper level writing requirement.

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