Course Descriptions

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  • LAW 778
    (2 Credit Hours; 1 semester)

    Prerequisites: RCC*. This course is designed to serve as a transition from law school to law practice. The course focuses on drafting of numerous non-analytic documents used in law practice such as wills, contracts, and pleadings. The course provides the student with process for drafting, and the requisite skill to master the process. Concurrently, the course considers the audience and goals of each specific document. The course brings the student back to and reinforces the principles of good writing. Lastly, the course will help develop the lawyerly skill of fact–gathering, which is a prerequisite to effective legal drafting of any type of document. The course is intrinsically designed to serve as excellent preparation for the Bar Exam section on performance, which focuses on document drafting-the Multistate Performance Exam-MPT. Satisfactory completion of the course will satisfy the third semester of legal writing requirement and the skills course requirement.

  • LAW 798
    (2 Credit Hours)

    Prerequisites: RCC*. Sections of this course will focus on a variety of areas including, but not limited to, the arts, business transactions, family law, and intellectual property. Writing assignments will be varied. Students should consult the New and Revised Courses information for the term in which the course is offered for information on the focus of the course for that term. Satisfactory completion of this course will satisfy the third semester of legal writing requirement and the skills course requirement.

  • LAW 556
    (2 or 3 Credit Hours)

    The course examines the making of law through the development of the common law and legislative and administrative processes.

  • LAW 643
    (2 or 3 Credit Hours)

    Prerequisites:  RCC*.  This course focuses on issues of legal ethics and professionalism that arise in the practice of law.  Instructors use either the American Bar Association’s Model Rules of Professional Conduct or the Ohio Rules of Professional Conduct as a starting point for discussing these issues.  Specific topics covered vary by professor but generally include competency, confidentiality and attorney-client privilege, conflicts of interest, fees, advertising and solicitation of clients, communicating with clients, ethical constraints in civil and criminal litigation, the attorney disciplinary system, and potential civil and criminal liability.  Professionalism issues cover conduct that may not be required or prohibited by the Rules of Professional Conduct but are directly related to the values and traditions of a learned profession.  Required for graduation. 

    Note: Students frequently take Legal Profession before taking the MPRE.  The course is not, however, designed to fully prepare students for the MPRE exam.  Additional information about the MPRE, including Study Guides and a practice exam, is available on the National Conference of Bar Examiners’ website, http://www.ncbex.org/multistate-tests/mpre/

  • LAW 622
    (2 Credit Hours)

    Prerequisites: RCC*. This course will examine legal and policy perspectives on how to deter, prevent and respond to acts of terrorism both domestically and abroad. Students will study and explore both black letter law (e.g., the Patriot Act and the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act) as well as policy debates (e.g., balancing national security against personal liberties) connected with the problem of terrorism. Topics will include: (1) defining terrorism and identifying who commits acts of terrorism; (2) the Patriot Act and other American legal responses to September 11; (3) the efficacy of international laws and treaties on the “war on terror”; (4) interrogation and torture techniques; (5) detainees, tribunals and the problem of where t o hold and try terrorists; (6) wiretapping, surveillance and prevention measures and privacy interests; (7) challenges related to criminal prosecution of terrorists in the United States courts; and (8) compensation to victims of terrorism.

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