Course Descriptions

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  • LAW 772
    (2 or 3 Credit Hours)

    Prerequisites: RCC*; Corporations, LAW 692, or permission of the instructor. This research seminar will allow you to explore a topic in corporate law in more depth than is possible in the basic Corporations course. The course will provide an opportunity to step back and consider the theoretical and policy aspects of basic business law doctrine. Though the readings and preliminary discussions will focus on governance issues, the range of potential topics for your research and writing is very broad. Grades will be based on class participation (including a class presentation) and a final paper. The paper can be used to satisfy the Upper Level Writing Requirement and/or the project requirement for the Business Law concentration.

  • LAW 692
    (4 Credit Hours)

    Prerequisites: RCC*. The course concentrates on the following aspects of the modern business corporation: formation; financing; state and federal regulations respecting the issuance of securities and insider trading; governance of the corporation; powers and duties of directors and officers; rights and remedies of shareholders and creditors; dividends and other distributions; and corporate law suits and derivative actions. It also assesses the public policy and social responsibility implications of large scale business enterprises.

  • LAW 644
    (3 Credit Hours)

    Prerequisites: RCC. Creditor-Debtor Rights Law (formerly Consumer Law) will examine debtor-creditor rights under the Ohio Consumer Sales Practices Act, the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, and case law dealing with consumer issues. The course will offer students the opportunity to study and discuss debtor-creditor rights under Ohio and federal law from the filing of the lawsuit to executing upon the judgment. The course will include observing consumer cases in court and role playing the cases in class. The students will also draft consumer pleadings. The course will examine legal theories and apply them to the practice of law from the creditor's and debtor's perspective. The skills exercises occupy 10 to 20% of the class time. Grading will be based on class participation and a final exam.

  • LAW 626
    (2 Credit Hours)

    Prerequisites: RCC*. This course will explore the evolution of sentencing systems in the United States since 1787, culminating in the determinate systems adopted in recent years by the State of Ohio and the U.S. Congress and Federal Sentencing Commission. These will be contrasted with the indeterminate systems that were previously employed. The uncertainty created by the Supreme Court’s recent decision in Blakely v Washington will be a significant topic of discussion. Particular attention will be devoted to the allocation of power and discretion, the role of plea bargaining, the role of appellate review, the impact of mandatory minimum sentences, and issues of race. Offered infrequently.

  • LAW 506
    (3 Credit Hours; 1 Semester)

    General concepts of the criminal law; the purposes of punishment; general principles of criminal responsibility; other topics may include attempts; parties; conspiracy; specific crimes against the person, against the habitation, and against property; and, defenses available to the accused. Required for graduation.

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