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 813(1 Credit Hour; 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))
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.
For more information about a judicial externship, contact Nancy Erhardt at (216) 687-6871 or.
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 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.