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  • LAW 791
    (2 Credit Hours)

    Prerequisites: RCC*. This course is intended to help students make the transition from instrumental to critical writing. The seminar will guide students through the drafting of some common legal documents as well as a long scholarly paper. Students will build on the first year foundation of legal research skills by exploring many other research sources. The course is designed to provide specific guidance, strategies and techniques for each stage of the writing process, from citation to inspiration. The seminar will deal with editing, proofreading, and, ultimately, advice on achieving publication of the scholarly work. Satisfies third semester of legal writing requirement.

  • LAW 630
    (3 Credit Hours)

    Prerequisites: RCC. The course will consider a broad range of school-related issues, including rights of parents, the role of school boards, tort liability under various state statutes and regulations (including bullying and hazing), employment rights under various state laws, religious and free expression rights for students and employees, privacy rights in schools, school district guidelines for diversity and affirmative action, and constitutional and statutory procedural rights.

  • LAW 660
    (3 Credit Hours)

    Prerequisites: RCC* and Evidence (LAW 661) (may be taken concurrently). This course concentrates on issues dealing with the introduction of expert testimony with particular focus on testimony involving scientific and technical matters. These are among the most interesting and complex evidentiary issues confronting courts today. Experts testify in a wide variety of criminal and civil cases. Their testimony is crucial to determinations of malpractice, competence, identification, valuation of goods and property, causation and to psychological evaluations. During the semester, a number of experts in various fields will address the class, commenting on their area of expertise and discussing cases in which they have given testimony.

  • LAW 603
    (2 or 3 Credit Hours)

    Prerequisites:  RCC*.  The course surveys Article 9 of the Uniform Commercial Code (UCC) dealing with the use of personal property as collateral security.  In addition, the parts of the bankruptcy code which affect the enforcement of security agreements in bankruptcy are addressed, as are the sections in UCC Article 8 which deal with security interests in investment securities, and UCC Article 2 dealing with consignments.  Problem solving and legal analysis and reasoning are involved.

  • LAW 655
    (2 or 3 Credit Hours)

    Prerequisites: RCC*. Strongly recommended: Corporations (LAW 692). This course offers a consideration of the state and federal regulation of securities and transactions involving securities, with emphasis upon the creation of a "security," distributions of securities in the formation of capital, trading in securities, and rights associated with being the holder of a security. Careful attention is also given to specialized liabilities associated with transactions involving securities as a matter of both state and federal law. Satisfies administrative law requirement.

  • 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.

  • LAW 656
    (3 Credit Hours)

    Prerequisites: RCC*. The course will explore the legal evolution of America’s three major sports leagues (Major League Baseball, the National Football League, and the National Basketball Association). The course will devote approximately equal time to each of these three major leagues, and compare/contrast the similarities and differences among them from an historical legal perspective. Specifically, the course will evaluate the evolution of the three leagues, and examine how Supreme court and other courts’ landmark decisions have affected the path of their progress.

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