Course Descriptions

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  • LAW 504
    ((5 Credit Hours through 2004-2005; 2 Semesters) (6 Credit Hours beginning 2005-2006; 2 Semesters))

    A two-semester course with instructional components directed at writing, research and advocacy skills. Students will concentrate on writing and case analysis and will be introduced to basic bibliographic materials and research techniques. Legal research and writing exercises are designed to introduce basic legal writing forms. Beginning Fall 2009, a grade is entered on the student’s transcript for each semester of the course. Required for graduation.

  • LAW 515
    (4 Credit Hours)

    Most of what we today term "law" is made, not in common law courts, but by legislatures (e.g., Congress) enacting legislation, and regulatory agencies (e.g., the Environmental Protection Agency) adopting regulations and standards to implement that legislation. Legislation and the Regulatory State introduces students to the institutions and procedures used by the modern administrative state to make law. It examines how Congress and agencies work together to make law, and then examines how the agencies and the courts work together to apply them. The course also examines the justifications for modern regulation, the structure of the modern administrative state, the incentives that influence the behavior of the various actors, and the legal rules that help to structure the relationships among Congress, the agencies, and the courts, including the role of courts in interpreting statues and reviewing administrative actions when they are challenged by parties affected by those regulations. Required for graduation.

  • LAW 645
    (2 or 3 Credit Hours)

    Prerequisites:  RCC*. This course will explore such topics as the relationship between state government
    and local governments, home rule powers, open meeting and open records laws, ethical considerations,
    tort liability and public finance. There is no casebook for this course unless students are otherwise notified. 
    Students will instead read Ohio Supreme Court cases illustrative of the issues.

  • LAW 890
    (1 or 3 Credit Hours)

    Prerequisites: Admission to the LL.M. program and completion of 20 credit hours of course work (or commencement of student’s seventh semester in the program, whichever occurs first). Three credits elected upon commencement of work on the LL.M. thesis; and one additional credit elected each fall or spring until thesis is completed. Must be elected the fall or spring semester immediately following completion of 20 credit hours of course work in the LL.M. program or during the student’s seventh semester in the LL.M. program, whichever occurs first. With approval of the student’s graduate adviser, a student may enroll earlier, concurrently with completion of the required course work. Graded on a Pass / Fail basis upon completion of the thesis and its acceptance or rejection by the Graduate Studies Committee. Grading note: A grade of “T” shall be entered each semester for LAW 890 while work on the LL.M. thesis is in progress. Upon acceptance or rejection of the thesis by the Graduate Studies Committee, a grade of AP” or AF” shall be entered for those credits, but such grades shall not be included in the computation of the candidate’s final G.P.A.

  • LAW 673
    (2 or 3 Credit Hours)

    Prerequisites: RCC*. Mediation is a process in which an impartial third party--a mediator--facilitates the resolution of a dispute by promoting voluntary agreement by the parties. This course focuses on mediation advocacy, including the role of the advocate, as well as the skills needed by an advocate to achieve a satisfactory mediation outcome. Students will practice the skills needed by the mediation advocate--negotiating, persuading, framing alternatives on behalf of a client in neutral language, navigating perceived deadlocks, and drafting competent mediation agreements. Throughout the course, issues of confidentiality and ethics will be explored through a variety of legal settings, such as family law, labor law, commercial law, environmental law and community disputes. Satisfies the skills course requirement.

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