Course Descriptions

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  • LAW 813
    (1 Credit Hour; may be elected twice)

    Prerequisites: RCC*; approval of Journal of Law and Health Editorial Board. Course credit for participation as a member of the Board of Editors of the Journal of Law and Health. Students may not work on or receive academic credit for participation on the Journal and the Law Review during the same semester. Graded on a pass-fail basis. May be elected twice.

  • LAW 814
    (1 Credit Hour)

    Prerequisites: RCC*; approval of the Journal of Law and Health Editorial Board. Service as editor-in-chief of the Journal of Law and Health for two semesters entitles a student to one Pass/Fail credit in addition to that earned in LAW 813. Journal of Law and Health students may not work on or receive academic credit for participation on the Journal and the Law Review during the same semester.

  • LAW 561
    (3 Credit Hours)

    Prerequisites: RCC*. No background in Jewish Studies or Hebrew Language is required for this course. The Torah (Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy), as interpreted and codified by Jewish scholars over the centuries, provides the foundation for laws and a legal system that permits this ancient source to present viable solutions to twenty-first century issues including abortion, homosexuality, cloning and end-of-life decisions as well as selected core curriculum subjects. This course compares Judaic law to modern American law with a focus on both differences and how Judaic law solutions parallel or preceded American law. In lieu of a written examination, each student submits a paper on a topic selected by the student with the approval of the professor. Satisfactory completion of the course will satisfy the upper level writing and perspective elective requirements.

  • LAW 815
    (Fall or Spring: 6 Credit Hours (24 hours/week); Summer: 3 Credit Hours (24 hours/week) or 5 Credit Hours (40 hours/week))

    Prerequisites: RCC; completion of at least 29 semester hours of credit; cumulative GPA of at least 2.50; permission of course adviser. Students may work for a federal district court judge or magistrate, a federal appellate court judge, or a state appellate court judge. Students may only participate in one judicial externship experience during their law school career. Externs are integrated into the work of the chambers: writing bench memos, drafting opinions, researching issues during trials, observing settlement conferences and mediations. Students also have the opportunity to observe proceedings in the courthouse which may include trials, sentencing hearings or oral arguments. We also have externships with specialized courts, including The U.S. Department of Justice Immigration Court and The Office of Medicare Hearings and Appeals. Satisfies skills and experiential skills course requirements.

  • LAW 554
    (2 or 3 Credit Hours)

    Prerequisites: RCC*. A survey of historical and modern Western attempts to define the essence of law. Course topics may include both the secular and non-secular natural law traditions, including representative writings from the ancient, classical and modern eras, and the various theses of legal positivism, including English utilitarianism, analytical jurisprudence, legal science, sociological jurisprudence and American Legal Realism, post-Realism, critical legal studies, and modern rights theory. The course does not presuppose a background in philosophy. Satisfies perspective elective requirement.

  • LAW 559
    (2 or 3 Credit Hours)

    Prerequisites: RCC*. The course will focus on the notion of justice as seen in writings of significant philosophers. Ideas of writers such as Plato, Aristotle, St. Thomas Aquinas, Bentham, Hobbes, Locke, Mill, Nozick, and Rawls, among others, will be studied. Contemporary applications of the various theories of justice will be explored. The course is designed for students without a significant background in philosophy. Satisfies perspective elective requirement. Optional paper satisfies upper level writing requirement.

  • LAW 522
    (2 Credit Hours)

    Prerequisite: RCC; This course explores the roots of structural racism, examines some of its various manifestations in the U.S. legal system, and examines proposals to eradicate it. This interdisciplinary course includes lectures from and discussions with over 20 faculty from the College of Law and CSU faculty from Black Studies, Criminology, History, Communications, Health Sciences, Nursing, and Urban Studies. We will examine the historical and contemporary treatment of race in American law and society. Through interdisciplinary study and guest lecturers, the class will explore a variety of topics through a racial and equal justice lens: systemic racism and classism, segregation, implicit bias, diversity, equity, and inclusion, the history of slavery, police reform, search and seizure, voting rights, hate crimes, employment discrimination, workplace diversity, health equity and disparities, housing, protests, human rights, gender inequity, and LGBT rights. Each of these topics underscores the relationship between race, politics, public policy, and the law and how this relationship can either perpetuate racism or fight racism in America and impact daily life. We will explore access to justice, structural obstacles, and unique challenges that underrepresented groups face and the developments and innovative approaches legal professionals, lawyers, and litigants have taken to pursue equal justice.

  • LAW 736
    (3 Credit Hours)

    Prerequisites: RCC*. Inquiry into the theory and practice of the juvenile justice system, including its historical development and current proposals for reform. Topics include the rationale of a separate system for children, the different bases of the juvenile court’s jurisdiction (delinquency, neglect, and abuse, status offenses), procedural issues in juvenile hearings, medical and reproductive rights of children (including abortion bypass, treatment of children, confidential relationships with professionals, sex change operations at birth, special needs). The complex interrelationship between the rights of children, parents, and the state is explored. Emphasis on constitutional issues.

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