Course Descriptions

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  • LAW 701
    (3 Credit Hours)

    Prerequisites: Student should be scheduled to graduate within the current academic year. The class is designed to achieve three goals: provide students with detailed information about the structure and content of the Ohio Bar Exam; inform students of strategies and tactics for studying and preparing for and taking the bar examination; and help students develop and strengthen their test taking skills through the use of regular practice examinations and detailed feedback. The course is structured so that, by the end, participants will have written multiple bar essay questions, MBE questions, and MPT problems. The course is both substantive and skills related, concentrating on two of the six double-tested subjects – Torts and Property. Graded on a pass/fail basis.

  • LAW 667
    (2 or 3 Credit Hours)

    Prerequisites: RCC*. This course consists of an in-depth study of the Ohio Rules of Civil Procedure. A comparison of Ohio and Federal Rules with particular emphasis on Ohio rules relating to venue and process, summons, methods of service, local and out-of-state service, discovery, pleadings, motions.

  • LAW 833
    (3 Credit Hours)

    The Ohio Legislative Process, a once a week seminar will be taught by former Speaker of the House of Representatives, William Batchelder, and by Professor David F. Forte. The case example we shall study will be the Medicaid Expansion required to be adopted by the states under the Affordable Care Act. We shall study the Supreme Court case of NFIB v. Sibellius, in which the Supreme Court struck down the compulsory aspect of the Medicaid Expansion, but left it as a voluntary option. We shall then look at the legislation passed by the Ohio General Assembly rejecting the Medicaid Option, the line item veto by Governor Kasich, the role of the state Controlling Board, which accepted the option, and the Ohio Supreme Court case upholding the action of the Controlling Board. Throughout the course, there will be guest lecturers on the Ohio Constitution, the drafting procedure, the committee structure, lobbying, the role of the press, and of independent think tanks, as well as other subjects. Students will prepare a term paper on another significant piece of legislation or constitutional reform in Ohio. The paper will qualify for Upper Level Writing Requirement.

  • LAW 784
    (2 Credit Hours)

    Prerequisites: RCC*. This course will focus on the home-rule powers of Ohio municipalities. The first several weeks of the course will be given over to a discussion of photocopied materials consisting of Ohio cases. The last few weeks will be used for the presentation of student papers. Grading will be based primarily upon the quality of each student’s paper on some topic of Ohio municipal law. The course satisfies the upper level writing requirement.

  • LAW 662
    (3 Credit Hours)

    Prerequisites: RCC. Oil and Gas Law provides students with a survey of the law governing interests in oil and gas, including classification of property interests; conservation and administrative regulation of drilling and production; an examination of the oil and gas lease; conveyance; and pooling and utilization. The rights and responsibilities of the parties to the transaction and other affected persons during the various stages of the development process will also be examined. In the course of the semester, students will be exposed to documents and instruments that are integral to oil and gas transactions with attention given to their practical application. Grading will be based on class participation and a final examination.

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