Course Descriptions

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  • LAW 734
    (2 or 3 Credit Hours)

    Prerequisites: RCC*. Origin, social background, and constitutional foundations of the immigration and naturalization laws; the concept and nature of citizenship and limits to the state’s right to discriminate between citizens and aliens; rights and liabilities of aliens; variations of alien status; criteria for entry, exclusion, deportation, naturalization; adjustment of status and other discretionary relief; administrative procedure, judicial review, and other recurring problems in the representation of aliens. Satisfies administrative law requirement.

  • LAW 805
    (Fall or Spring: 4 Credit Hours (16 hours/week) or 6 Credit Hours (24 hours/ week); Summer: 3 Credit Hours (24 hours/week) or 5 Credit Hours (40 hours))

    The Independent Externship allows a student to propose externing in an office where we previously have not had an externship. The student is responsible for the following: (1) finding a placement in a government, public interest, nonprofit or for-profit legal environment (but not a law firm engaged in the private practice of law). Generally, students are not permitted to arrange an externship with a judge with whom we do not have an existing relationship. There have been some exceptions made for this rule, for instance where a student wants to extern with a judge outside the greater Northeastern Ohio area; (2) arranging for an attorney at the site to supervise directly his or her work; and (3) submitting a written proposal for the externship to the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.

    The decision as to whether a proposed placement meets the goals, objectives and requirements of a Cleveland-Marshall externship shall be within the discretion of the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. Procedures for obtaining approval of an Independent Externship are outlined in section II.B. of the Externship Policies and Procedures, online at:

  • LAW 860
    (1, 2 or 3 Credit Hours)

    Prerequisites: RCC*; approval of Academic Dean. Independent study in a specialized area of the law, under the supervision of a faculty member; may be taken for 1, 2 or 3 credit hours, depending upon the nature of the research study involved, but in no event will more than three credit hours be applied toward the J.D. or LL.M. degree. Approval to register given upon a showing that a legitimate independent research study project has been approved by a faculty member, that the faculty member believes the amount of study time and effort likely to be involved in the project is commensurate with the number of contemplated credit hours, and that the faculty member will provide adequate supervision during the course of the project to justify the award of academic credit. It is the responsibility of any student seeking to enroll in Independent Legal Research to submit a written statement, signed by the supervising faculty member, indicating compliance with the criteria set forth above. Completion of an appropriate 2 or 3 credit hour project will satisfy the Upper Level Writing requirement. Faculty may exercise the discretion to award credit but to withhold upper level writing certification for a project.

  • LAW 804
    (1 Credit Hours)

    Prerequisites: RCC*; Advanced Brief Writing (LAW 615); permission of the Dean and the Faculty Advisor to Moot Court. Credit for participation in interscholastic moot court competition outside of the College's Moot Court Program. May be elected a maximum of two times. Graded Pass/Fail.

  • LAW 797
    (3 Credit Hours)

    Prerequisites: RCC*; Copyright, Patent & Trademark Law, L658, or permission of the instructor. This class will examine proprietary rights in information technology (i.e., computer hardware and software, databases, multimedia, networks, the Internet, etc.) and related content. An introductory course in intellectual property is encouraged, absent which students should demonstrate other appropriate background in the subject area (e.g., meaningful IT-related educational or vocational experience).

    Substantive topics to be covered will include treatment of proprietary rights in Information Technology and related content through various forms of intellectual property law (trade secret, patent, copyright, trademark and trade dress) and newly-evolving issues presented by Information Technology (e.g., linking, framing, cybersquatting); growth of e-commerce and other Internet activities and the evolution of governing legal regimes; and liability, jurisdiction and sovereignty in cyberspace.

    Students will be expected to do substantial reading and some independent research in order to contribute to class discussion and complete assignments. At the Instructor’s discretion, there may be an option to complete a research and writing project in lieu of a final exam. Offered infrequently.

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