Course Descriptions

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  • LAW 563
    (3 Credit Hours)

    Prerequisites: RCC*. Persons with nontraditional sexual orientations face a variety of challenges that their heterosexual friends and family members do not. These include different legal standards being applied to them in employment, marriage, custody, adoption, property rights, health benefits, tax issues, and other situations. This course will explore the historic roots of sexual orientation discrimination and examine the success and failure of legislative and judicial efforts to overcome this discrimination. The role of the social sciences (including anthropology, sociology and psychology) and of popular culture (books, plays, movies, television, etc.) in both creating and breaking down barriers based on sexual orientation will also be explored. Students will be required to research and write a 10-15 page paper and may be required to take a final exam. This paper will NOT satisfy the upper level writing requirement. Satisfies perspective elective requirement.

  • LAW 585
    (3 Credit Hours)

    Prerequisites: RCC*. Lawyers, judges, and legislators increasingly draw upon social science data purporting to reveal information about human behavior. The course considers some social science data and seeks to help the law student understand, employ, and challenge the data of this "science." Satisfies perspective elective requirement.

  • LAW 787
    (3 Credit Hours)

    Prerequisites: RCC*. This seminar will provide a survey of the international and domestic laws that govern outer space activity. Students will be introduced to the existing space law treaties that address the use of force in space, liability for damage caused by space objects, jurisdiction, the rescue and return of astronauts, remote sensing, property rights, and other matters. Attention will also be given to national space laws, as well as to the regulatory aspects of space activity, such as the allotment of orbital slots and export controls on space technology. The class will also explore the evolution of private industry in space and the effect that the shift from public to private activity has had on the law of outer space. The course is a seminar and students will be required to write an original research paper. Students may also choose to satisfy the Upper Level Writing requirement by engaging in a lengthier research project. Note: the course meets for 2 class hours per week; students will enroll for 3 credits hours to reflect the work on the required paper.

  • LAW 654
    (3 Credit Hours)

    Prerequisites: RCC. Special education programming at the local level in the United States is affected significantly by the actions of the federal and state governments. This course provides students with an understanding of the complex network of interrelated federal and state statutory provisions, attendant regulations, and administrative and judicial decisions concerning special education. Instructional topics include the legal basis of education, the importance of the U.S.Constitution, free appropriate education, related services, extended school year, student records discipline, competency testing, discrimination, physical education and athletics, and special education malpractice.

  • LAW 819
    (3 Credit Hours)

    Prerequisites: Participation in the Sports & Entertainment Law Summer Academy and permission of the Academy faculty. Externship placement in a sports or entertainment industry setting arranged through the Sports & Entertainment Law Summer Academy.

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