Course Descriptions

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  • LAW 671
    (3 Credit Hours)

    Prerequisites: RCC*. This course will address both the substantive and procedural aspects of environmental law and regulation. It will include discussion of the common law grounding of environmental law, as well as analysis of several federal environmental laws, and their state counterparts. It will address the interactions of federal, state, and local law and regulation as they pertain to environmental compliance and enforcement , and will attempt to apply those laws in a practical way to case studies. Coverage may include aspects of the National Environmental Policy Act, the Clean Air Act, the Federal Water Pollution Control Act, the Resources Conservation and Recovery Act, Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act, and other pertinent federal, state, and local laws. Satisfies administrative law requirement.

  • LAW 711
    (2 or 3 Credit Hours)

    Prerequisites: RCC*; Environmental Law (LAW 671). The Environmental Law Seminar presents an opportunity to study current issues in environmental law in a directed manner. The seminar topic will vary according to current events. In a given semester, for example, it may cover “toxic torts,” “climate change” or “international environmental law.” Interested students should consult the New and Revised Courses information for the semester in which the course is offered for information on the focus of the course in that semester. Offered infrequently.

  • LAW 609
    (4 Credit Hours)

    Prerequisites: RCC*. This course will include analysis and discussion of the law of wills, testate and intestate succession, testamentary capacity; the execution, revocation, and republication of wills; construction of wills, lapsed legacies, ademption and satisfaction of bequests; incorporation by reference and independent legal significance. Other topics include planning and creation of a trust; obligations of trustee to beneficiaries and third persons; rights and remedies of beneficiaries; resulting and constructive trusts; termination and modification of trusts; and problems in the administration of trusts, charitable trusts and cy pres.

  • LAW 661
    (4 Credit Hours)

    Prerequisites: RCC*. This course introduces students to the rules that determine what information can be introduced by lawyers in trials. It is based on the Federal Rules of Evidence. The course covers basic evidentiary issues including relevance and prejudice, hearsay and hearsay exceptions, character evidence, and privileges. Other matters covered may include inferences, burden of proof, judicial notice, and expert testimony. Required for graduation.

  • LAW 886
    (4 to 8 Credit Hours; 1 or 2 Semesters)

    Prerequisites: RCC*, Evidence LAW 661 (may be taken concurrently); completion of 45 semester credit hours; permission of the instructor. The Housing Advocates, Inc., operates a Fair Housing Law Clinic in cooperation with Cleveland-Marshall College of Law. Students in the clinic will work on fair housing cases referred from a number of fair housing organizations in Cuyahoga, Summit, Lake, Portage, Stark and Columbiana counties. The cases will be in both state and federal courts. Under Ohio Supreme Court Rule II students who have earned 60 semester credit hours will be eligible to participate in state court proceedings as Legal Interns. Under U.S. District Court Local Rule 83.6, students who have completed 45 semester credit hours will be eligible to participate in federal court proceedings as Legal Interns with permission of the Judge. Satisfies skills course requirement.

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