Course Descriptions

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  • LAW 792
    (2 or 3 Credit Hours)

    Prerequisites: RCC*. The primary emphasis of this course is advanced legal writing and research within the litigation context. The course structure and substantive material will parallel the litigation process from the receipt of a complaint in a factually and legally complex civil case through the motion for summary judgment. Students will gain a refined understanding of the organizational, analytical, creative and critical research and writing experience beginning with the initial exposure to the legal causes of action and culminating with the dispositive motion and response thereto. Course may be offered with a particular substantive focus (e.g., Family Law). Course requirements are fulfilled by research and writing assignments and class participation. There will be no final examination. Satisfies third semester of legal writing and skills course requirements.

  • LAW 504
    ((5 Credit Hours through 2004-2005; 2 Semesters) (6 Credit Hours beginning 2005-2006; 2 Semesters))

    A two-semester course with instructional components directed at writing, research and advocacy skills. Students will concentrate on writing and case analysis and will be introduced to basic bibliographic materials and research techniques. Legal research and writing exercises are designed to introduce basic legal writing forms. Beginning Fall 2009, a grade is entered on the student’s transcript for each semester of the course. Required for graduation.

  • LAW 515
    (4 Credit Hours)

    Most of what we today term "law" is made, not in common law courts, but by legislatures (e.g., Congress) enacting legislation, and regulatory agencies (e.g., the Environmental Protection Agency) adopting regulations and standards to implement that legislation. Legislation and the Regulatory State introduces students to the institutions and procedures used by the modern administrative state to make law. It examines how Congress and agencies work together to make law, and then examines how the agencies and the courts work together to apply them. The course also examines the justifications for modern regulation, the structure of the modern administrative state, the incentives that influence the behavior of the various actors, and the legal rules that help to structure the relationships among Congress, the agencies, and the courts, including the role of courts in interpreting statues and reviewing administrative actions when they are challenged by parties affected by those regulations. Required for graduation.

  • LAW 645
    (2 or 3 Credit Hours)

    Prerequisites:  RCC*. This course will explore such topics as the relationship between state government
    and local governments, home rule powers, open meeting and open records laws, ethical considerations,
    tort liability and public finance. There is no casebook for this course unless students are otherwise notified. 
    Students will instead read Ohio Supreme Court cases illustrative of the issues.

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