Course Descriptions

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  • LAW 752
    (2 Credit Hours)

    Prerequisites: RCC*. The subject matter of the course will be the practical legal issues that arise when counseling the musical artist. The class will follow the artist from the early days as a "baby band" to when the artist becomes "classic" or "heritage." The course will focus on practical aspects of counseling the burgeoning artist including song/sound recording creation, sample clearances, band partnership agreements, the producer agreement, band management, shopping for a label, negotiation the label agreement, getting an agent, applying for copyrights and trademarks, and going on tour. In addition, the course will focus on the "classic" or "heritage" artist, which involves termination of transfer, the artist as a brand, film scoring opportunities, synch licensing and master use licensing, other licensing opportunities, a documentary film about the artist's career and selling the publishing catalog.

  • LAW 753
    (2 or 3 Credit Hours)

    Prerequisites: RCC*. This course will begin with an overview of the sports marketing industry and then proceed to discuss some of the more important legal doctrines relating to that industry, involving intellectual property law, labor law and contract law. In that context, the course will explore the skills necessary to conduct a series of “hypothetical” sports-related contract negotiations. The students will then participate in group-based contract-drafting exercises with an emphasis on client representation. Contracts to be drafted include a “product endorsement agreement,” and a “name, image and likeness” lithograph poster agreement. Simulated depositions and “oral arguments” will also be conducted. Next, in the context of a mock litigation, students will assume a “contract breach” of the agreements they have drafted. In turn, they will draft document requests, deposition questions and legal briefs in support of the contractual positions taken during the contract drafting exercise. Class participation and successful completion of weekly assignments will count for a significant portion of the student’s final grade.

  • 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.

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