Course Descriptions

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  • LAW 629
    (3 Credit Hours)

    Prerequisites: RCC*. The basic course on private-sector collective bargaining under the National Labor Relations Act. Topics include issues arising in union organizing campaigns, NLRB election procedure, the duty to bargain, and strikers and replacements. Satisfies administrative law requirement.

  • LAW 608
    (3 Credit Hours; 4 Credit Hours for JD/MUPDD)

    Prerequisites: RCC*. Topics include the nature and purpose of planning and zoning; comparison with other systems of land use control; constitutional bases and limitations; zoning legislation and regulations; urban redevelopment; eminent domain and takings. The course provides an option to satisfy the upper level writing requirement.

  • LAW 605
    (2 or 3 Credit Hours)

    Prerequisites: RCC*. Subjects examined include medical education; medical licensing; establishing and terminating the doctor-patient relationship; medical records (access and confidentiality); health care as a regulated industry; legal obligations of hospitals; the legal bases of public health policies (e.g., quarantine, vaccination); liability of health care professionals to patients (contract, intentional torts, negligence, lack of informed consent); defenses; damages; insurance; expert witnesses; special problems of medical proof; psychiatric malpractice; special problems in medical treatment of minors; drugs and the law (e.g., malpractice in prescribing, dispensing, product liability); special problems raised by modern medical technology (e.g., in birth, death and dying, transplants, human experimentation).

  • LAW 755
    (3 Credit Hours)

    Prerequisites: RCC*. The seminar will explore the uneasy relationships between republicanism, private power, and the “rule of law.” Students will read passages from a political philosopher/economist, a case/treaty provision/statute/or regulation, and a current example of the underlying issue, all of which will form the basis for a discussion of the issues raised in context and will explore how the works of some of the most influential moral and political philosophers (ranging from Aristotle and Marx to Ayn Rand) reveal the basic policies and competing ideologies that influence our legal institutions. By seeing the issues fought over for thousands of years—replay themselves in the common law, constitutional law, trade treaties, labor law, corporate law, tax law, and spending allocations, the students would have a more integrated, informed view of the political economy. Students will complete a substantial research paper for the course. Satisfies the upper level writing requirement.

  • LAW 569
    (3 Credit Hours)

    Prerequisites: RCC*. The class covers a variety of topics in legal literature and film. We will look at examples of law in both literature and film in order to consider a number of questions about the relationship between law and justice, the creation of rule regimes, and the role of courts and trials in a social system. Other issues which may arise in the course of these discussions are race/class/gender and the law, legal ethics, legal education, the adversarial system, the relationship between law and popular culture. Satisfies the perspective elective requirement.

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