Course Descriptions

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  • LAW 890
    (1 or 3 Credit Hours)

    Prerequisites: Admission to the LL.M. program and completion of 20 credit hours of course work (or commencement of student’s seventh semester in the program, whichever occurs first). Three credits elected upon commencement of work on the LL.M. thesis; and one additional credit elected each fall or spring until thesis is completed. Must be elected the fall or spring semester immediately following completion of 20 credit hours of course work in the LL.M. program or during the student’s seventh semester in the LL.M. program, whichever occurs first. With approval of the student’s graduate adviser, a student may enroll earlier, concurrently with completion of the required course work. Graded on a Pass / Fail basis upon completion of the thesis and its acceptance or rejection by the Graduate Studies Committee. Grading note: A grade of “T” shall be entered each semester for LAW 890 while work on the LL.M. thesis is in progress. Upon acceptance or rejection of the thesis by the Graduate Studies Committee, a grade of AP” or AF” shall be entered for those credits, but such grades shall not be included in the computation of the candidate’s final G.P.A.

  • LAW 673
    (2 or 3 Credit Hours)

    Prerequisites: RCC*. Mediation is a process in which an impartial third party--a mediator--facilitates the resolution of a dispute by promoting voluntary agreement by the parties. This course focuses on mediation advocacy, including the role of the advocate, as well as the skills needed by an advocate to achieve a satisfactory mediation outcome. Students will practice the skills needed by the mediation advocate--negotiating, persuading, framing alternatives on behalf of a client in neutral language, navigating perceived deadlocks, and drafting competent mediation agreements. Throughout the course, issues of confidentiality and ethics will be explored through a variety of legal settings, such as family law, labor law, commercial law, environmental law and community disputes. Satisfies the skills course requirement.

  • LAW 664
    (2 or 3 Credit Hours)

    Prerequisites: RCC*. Evidence (LAW 661) and Trial Advocacy (LAW 663) recommended but not required for the 3-credit version of the course. Focusing specifically on medical malpractice, this course offers students the opportunity to delve deeply into the substantive law, litigation practices, and policy implications of medical negligence and related litigation. Malpractice cases involve unique pleading requirements, pretrial procedures, standard of care issues, causation challenges, expert witness burdens, jury selection considerations, discovery practices and investigational techniques. The course also examines Ohio and federal statutes relating to medical liability, immunity from suit, privacy rights, testimonial privileges, limitations on actions, damage caps and tort reform. When offered as a 3-credit course, approximately one-half of the course will consist of practical litigation skill exercise, including motion practice, witness examinations, opening statements, and summations specific to medical malpractice. The 3-credit version of the course will satisfy the Skills requirement.

  • LAW 693
    (2 or 3 Credit Hours)

    Prerequisites: RCC*; Corporations (Law 692). This course will discuss the major legal issues and strategic considerations raised by corporate mergers, takeovers and acquisitions. Topics will include securities law compliance, state corporate law issues, antitrust implications, tax incentives and accounting treatment.

  • LAW 806
    (3 Credit Hours)

    Prerequisites: RCC*; open only to students selected to participate in interscholastic moot court competitions following first year or upper level tryout. Students will register for Moot Court I in their first year of interscholastic competition and Moot Court II in their second year of competition. With the exception of interscholastic competitions whose rules mandate that participants be members of specific student organizations, absent permission of the Dean and the Faculty Advisor to Moot Court, no student may participate in interscholastic moot court competitions unless the student is registered in this course or is invited to do so by the Moot Court Board of Governors as a result of achievement in an intramural competition. Satisfies upper level writing requirement and the skills course requirement.

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