Course Descriptions

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  • LAW 642
    (3 Credit Hours)

    Prerequisites: RCC*; Copyright, Patent & Trademark (LAW 658) (recommended but not required). This course explores the U.S. patent system, including the regulatory framework that governs the procurement and maintenance of patents. The course will also consider various aspects of the burgeoning practice of patent law before federal courts and administrative agencies, such as enforcing patents and seeking available remedies from infringers. The course will also cover some of the distinctions that exist among patent, trademark, copyright, and trade secrets protection. There are no upper level prerequisites for this course and a technical undergraduate degree is not required.

  • LAW 668
    (3 Credit Hours)

    Prerequisites: RCC*; Evidence (LAW 661). This course will cover the role of an attorney in representing clients from initial interview up to the time of trial. Topics covered will include interviewing clients and witnesses, fact development, scene investigation, obtaining tangible evidence, interrogatories, depositions and negotiations. Ethical concerns will be discussed in the context of pretrial practice as they confront the students in the preparation of their cases.

  • LAW 765
    (3 Credit Hours)

    This course examines the legal, policy, and operational management issues related to individual privacy and data protection. Primarily focusing on U.S. law, it includes as a contrast a depth exposure to the new EU General Data Protection Regulation that imposes a much more robust privacy regulatory regime. The EU's privacy regime exerts significant influence on foreign governments and multinational business organizations. We not only examine the privacy protections provided by U.S. statutory law and regulations (less attention is accorded to constitutional and tort law), but also study the ways technology can be used to protect individual and corporate privacy. The course will accentuate technology-related privacy concerns and risk mitigation strategies, in, for example: mobile phones; behavioral advertising (including tools to prevent targeted advertising and online tracking); social networks and online services (including dating and genealogy sites); encrypted communication systems; medical 'big data'; commercial drones; facial recognition and other biometrics; and geographic locational tracking. The course coverage enables students to take the exam to earn the initial certification as a Privacy Professional (CIPP/US).

  • LAW 514
    (4 Credit Hours)

    Property Law involves the study of the creation and allocation of rights to resources in varied forms. These resources include real property (land and things permanently attached to land such as houses or other structures). Property law also addresses rights to tangible personal property (such as books or furniture) and intangible personal property (such as author or investor's rights to control use of his creation, or shares in a company.) The major goal of the course is to familiarize students with the foundations and norms of both historic Property Law formulations and contemporary Property Law concepts. Required for graduation.

  • LAW 558
    (2 or 3 Credit Hours)

    Prerequisites: RCC*. This course examines the relationship between law and psychiatry, including commitment procedures, the attorney’s role in commitment hearings, delivery of legal services to patients confined to mental institutions and the substantive rights of such patients. Satisfies perspective elective requirement. A paper option may be made available in this course.

  • LAW 694
    (3 Credit Hours)

    Prerequisites: RCC*. The objective of this course is to examine social science research about the legal system and to identify ways in which lawyers can benefit from social science insights about the adjudicatory system. The five major topics of classroom focus will be: (1) a general discussion of strategies and techniques for achieving the goals of adjudication; (2) an exploration of the ways we go about selecting and preparing fact finders (most particularly the jury); (3) the ways the legal system attempts to inform fact finders (and whether these are a success or failure--with a particular focus on eyewitness testimony, attorney behavior and expert testimony); (4) the methods our system uses to control fact finders (the effectiveness of rules controlling judicial conduct, the admissibility of evidence, and legal instructions); and (5) the nature of jury deliberation and decision making.

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