Course Descriptions

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  • LAW 502
    ((6 Credit Hours through 2004-2005; 2 Semesters) (5 Credit Hours beginning 2005-2006; 2 Semesters))

    The course considers injuries to and interference with persons or property, including intentional wrongs such as assault, battery and false imprisonment, and unintentional wrongs grounded in negligence or strict liability. The course also treats such concepts as causation, duty, contributory and comparative negligence, and assumption of risk. Other wrongs, such as products liability, defamation and nuisance may be covered. The course may also include the following: workings of the legal process; immunities; insurance; damages; the social, economic and political implications of decisional and statutory law; and topics of current interest. A grade is entered on the student’s transcript for each semester of the course. Required for graduation. Offered through 2011-12 academic year.

  • LAW 653
    (2 Credit Hours)

    Prerequisites: RCC; Copyright, Patent & Trademark Law, LAW 658, recommended but not required. This course will cover the constitutional, statutory, and common law attributes of trademark law; the rights and remedies that trademark law provides for producers; the protection that trademark law provides for competitors and consumers; and the intersection of American trademark law with other forms of intellectual property protection, with the First Amendment, and with international law. Students are expected to master the substantive law of trademark, but the major goal of the course is to teach students how to use the law to advance their clients' interests in commercial symbols by requiring students to use their professional judgment in a counseling context. Grading will be based on three short open research memos.

  • LAW 826
    (2 to 5 Credit Hours)

    Prerequisites: RCC*; approval of clinical faculty. The Urban Development Law Clinic offers students the opportunity to practice law under the supervision of a staff attorney. The Clinic’s clients are neighborhood and community-based nonprofit corporations producing and managing affordable housing, initiating economic development and enhancing the quality of life in urban neighborhoods. The Clinic operates as a small firm or practice group providing a variety of legal services to clients. The work students undertake in the Clinic is primarily transactional, consisting of: legal research to address specific issues and problems raised by clients; drafting leases, contracts, and other documents and forms; designing and conducting training programs for clients; and general counseling and advising of clients regarding legal, corporate and business matters. The goal of the Clinic is two-fold: to serve the real needs of the urban community while enabling students to acquire legal skills and experience under supervision of experienced staff attorneys and the clinic’s director. Satisfies the skills course requirement. Previously called Urban Development Law Clinic.

  • LAW 634
    (3 Credit Hours)

    Prerequisites: RCC. Transition to Practice will focus on teaching students the fundamental skills that all lawyers need to be successful: problem-solving, interviewing, counseling and negotiating. The course uses a combination of inter-related classroom work, simulations, and research, as well as reading and writing assignments to build these critical skills. The grade will be based on observed simulations, written assignments/work products, class participation, assessments and evaluations, and a capstone assignment.

    Permission of the instructor(s) is required. The course is designed to prepare students for participation in a clinic or externship so preference will be given to second year students.

  • LAW 620
    (3 Credit Hours)

    Prerequisites: RCC*. This course will consider how one goes about litigating transnational cases. Such litigation may involve a transnational claim structure and may involve public or private litigation. Some aspects of U.S. substantive law having extraterritorial effect will be considered (for example, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act). Procedural subjects to be studied include jurisdiction, effectuation of service on parties overseas, problems of conducting pre-trial discovery outside the United States and enforcement of foreign judgments. Offered infrequently.

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