Course Descriptions

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  • LAW 802
    (2-5 Credit Hours)

    Prerequisites: RCC*; approval of the Clinic faculty; Employment Discrimination Law (LAW 639) or Employment Law (LAW 684) recommended (may be taken concurrently). Students, supervised by Clinic faculty, provide representation to real clients with employment cases in federal sand state courts and administrative agencies. Students participate at all stages of representation from client interviewing through settlement, trial and appeal. A weekly seminar is devoted to in-depth discussion of the cases (including case evaluation, strategy, legal, factual and ethical issues); and instruction in litigation and lawyering skills, using assigned readings, written assignments and simulations. Through both casework and the seminars, students learn such representation skills as: interviewing clients and witnesses, investigating facts, counseling, drafting pleadings, planning and conducting discovery, negotiation, motion practice, brief writing and oral argument. Normally, students enroll over the course of two semesters, registering for 3-5 credit hours each semester. With permission of Clinic faculty, may be taken for a third semester for additional credit hours. Satisfies project and/or advanced course requirement of Employment and Labor Law Concentration. Satisfies skills course requirement.

  • LAW 636
    (2 or 3 Credit Hours)

    Prerequisites: RCC*. Entertainment Law surveys the issues affecting performers, practitioners, and producers in the music, motion picture, television, theatre, print, and multimedia industries. Special attention will be given to those areas most predominant in the Cleveland metropolitan area. Issues such as copyright, licensing, contract, compensation, and impact of unions on the industry will be addressed.

  • LAW 808
    (2-4 Credit Hours)

    Prerequisites: RCC*; Environmental Law (LAW 671); permission of the instructor. The Clinic provides students with the opportunity to learn environmental law through practical experience including litigation support as well as participating in drafting legislation and reports on environmental needs and solutions in the greater Cleveland area and the midwest. Students provide legal support on environmental issues to citizens, environmental organizations, legislators and government officials. This includes investigation, counseling, research, drafting of legal documents, reviewing and drafting legislation, and negotiating. The Clinic is normally elected for four (4) credit hours but may, with permission of the instructor, be taken for 2 or 3 credits. Satisfies skills course requirement.

  • LAW 671
    (3 Credit Hours)

    Prerequisites: RCC*. This course will address both the substantive and procedural aspects of environmental law and regulation. It will include discussion of the common law grounding of environmental law, as well as analysis of several federal environmental laws, and their state counterparts. It will address the interactions of federal, state, and local law and regulation as they pertain to environmental compliance and enforcement , and will attempt to apply those laws in a practical way to case studies. Coverage may include aspects of the National Environmental Policy Act, the Clean Air Act, the Federal Water Pollution Control Act, the Resources Conservation and Recovery Act, Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act, and other pertinent federal, state, and local laws. Satisfies administrative law requirement.

  • LAW 711
    (2 or 3 Credit Hours)

    Prerequisites: RCC*; Environmental Law (LAW 671). The Environmental Law Seminar presents an opportunity to study current issues in environmental law in a directed manner. The seminar topic will vary according to current events. In a given semester, for example, it may cover “toxic torts,” “climate change” or “international environmental law.” Interested students should consult the New and Revised Courses information for the semester in which the course is offered for information on the focus of the course in that semester. Offered infrequently.

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