Course Descriptions

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  • LAW 694
    (3 Credit Hours)

    Prerequisites: RCC*. The objective of this course is to examine social science research about the legal system and to identify ways in which lawyers can benefit from social science insights about the adjudicatory system. The five major topics of classroom focus will be: (1) a general discussion of strategies and techniques for achieving the goals of adjudication; (2) an exploration of the ways we go about selecting and preparing fact finders (most particularly the jury); (3) the ways the legal system attempts to inform fact finders (and whether these are a success or failure--with a particular focus on eyewitness testimony, attorney behavior and expert testimony); (4) the methods our system uses to control fact finders (the effectiveness of rules controlling judicial conduct, the admissibility of evidence, and legal instructions); and (5) the nature of jury deliberation and decision making.

  • LAW 565
    (2 or 3 Credit Hours)

    Prerequisites: RCC*. Through a focus on standard legal materials (cases, statutes and so on), selected archival materials and scholarly writings, this seminar seeks to examine the ways in which the law has both (a) reflected societal attitudes about race and (b) generated racial identities for society. In examining these two mutually constitutive poles, we will attempt to arrive at an understanding of the relationship between law and identity. The course will emphasize the historical construction of racialized identities—those of European-Americans, African-Americans, Asian-Americans, native Americans and others—by and within the law in such diverse contexts as slavery, immigration, the settlement of the United States and civil rights. Satisfies perspective elective requirement.

  • LAW 648
    (2 or 3 Credit Hours)

    Prerequisites: RCC*. This course covers both practice and procedure, emphasizing actual current practices in purchase, sale, tax treatment and financing of commercial, residential and government-owned real estate. We will study the relationships among and between the buyer, seller, financing institutions, title companies, brokers, and public authorities. We will focus on issues that impact the greater Cleveland real estate market including foreclosures, urban renewal, and government financial assistance.

  • LAW 638
    (3 Credit Hours)

    Prerequisites: RCC*. A vast body of contemporary law seeks to reduce or manage risks, including those that arise from pollution, food and drug products, the Internet, imported toys, and other endeavors. This course develops the legal knowledge and analytic skills needed by lawyers who represent business entities or public interests before administrative agencies and legislative bodies, including in efforts to revise regulatory structures and standards, or to deregulate for greater market control. Using case studies of particular regulatory programs designed to protect public health and safety, consumer welfare, market competition and other objectives, the course critically assesses particular agencies’ record and capacity for redressing their assigned problematic. Cutting-edge regulatory issues for class discussion include, for instance, cell phone radiation, Internet access and cost, polluted drinking water, drivers’ texting, climate change, and cyber-terrorism. The course considers the forces and analyses that underpin legislative decisions to regulate or deregulate an industry or product/service; the array of regulatory tools that legislation can authorize (including price controls, product output, credentials for licensure, qualitative or scientific standards); and the types of critiques that can facilitate regulatory law revision. Thus, the course provides an advanced, integrated analysis of regulatory systems and the legal rules they authorize. Satisfies the Administrative Law requirement.

    Requirements: A class presentation (either solo or in pairs) on a student-selected regulatory problem; and a final exam or paper option (that may suffice for upper division writing credit). The paper may be written on the same topic as the class presentation. Students electing the paper option may satisfy the Upper Level Writing requirement.

  • LAW 619
    (3 Credit Hours)

    Prerequisites: RCC*. Students will study monetary damages, restitution and equitable relief in the context of contract, property and torts with an examination of the goals behind remedial rules and whether our system is accomplishing these goals. The course provides insight into the integrated nature of our legal system across the different subject areas by focusing on the impact of the merger of law and equity and the many public policy implications underlying statutory and common law efforts to provide appropriate redress to an injured party.

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