Course Descriptions

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  • LAW 624
    (3 Credit Hours)

    Prerequisites: RCC*. A survey of the fundamentals of bankruptcy law, including the “Automatic stay” of creditor collection activity, the creation of the debtor’s bankruptcy “estate,” the treatment of “executory contracts,” the trustee’s “avoiding” powers, the nature of “claims” against the debtor’s estate, the individual debtor’s right to a “discharge,” “exemptions,” the powers and jurisdiction of the bankruptcy court, and the processes of “liquidation,” “adjustment” of debts of an individual debtor, and “reorganization” of a business.

  • LAW 602
    (3 Credit Hours)

    Prerequisites: RCC*. This course will cover legal and ethical values and doctrines in the context of current issues in health science decision-making including, e.g., a) death and dying; b) informed consent and other aspects of the doctor patient relationship; c) artificial reproduction (e.g., artificial insemination, surrogate motherhood, in vitro fertilization, embryonic transfer); d) organ transplants; e) research and experimentation on human subjects. Beginning Fall 2008, satisfies perspective requirement.

  • LAW 637
    (2 Credit Hours)

    Prerequisites: RCC and Bankruptcy (LAW 624); Secured Transactions (LAW 603) is recommended but is not a prerequisite. A survey of bankruptcy and other laws that affect the business decisions to put a business into a Chapter 11 Reorganization and the decisions necessary after the company has filed its Chapter 11 proceedings, including the decisions to file bankruptcy, the DIP financing, jurisdiction and venue, obtaining credit, treatment of executory contracts, review of operating issues, management decisions ethics, claims issues, sale of assets, drafting the disclosure statement, confirmation of the reorganization plan, and post confirmation issues.

  • LAW 679
    (3 Credit Hours)

    Prerequisites: RCC*. This course examines the theory, jurisprudence, and practice of the modern death penalty system in the United States. It focuses on constitutional and statutory issues surrounding death sentences, including: limitations on imposing the death penalty based on factors such as the type of crime, and the role and age of the defendant; pretrial and trial issues such as prosecutorial discretion in charging, jury selection, psychiatric experts, aggravating and mitigating circumstances; right to counsel at trial and on post-conviction review; processes available for judicial and executive review of death sentences; and, limits on carrying out the death penalty such as a defendant’s competency to be executed.

  • LAW 803
    (3 or 4 Credit Hours)

    Prerequisites: RCC. The Civil Litigation Clinic is designed to provide students with real-client experience across a wide variety of cases. It provides students with the opportunity to apply the skills they acquired in their law school classes to actual cases or controversies. Supervised by clinical professors, the students may represent clients in administrative hearings, trial courts, appellate procedures and more. Students may appear before state and federal tribunals. They may engage in issues relating to consumer protection, landlord-tenant, employment law, and asylum. They may represent directly parties to the dispute, or file Amicus briefs to assist courts on principled matters.

    In addition to the case work, the Clinic includes a weekly seminar component, providing instruction in trial and representation skills, and requiring the students to present their cases to their peers and to give and receive constructive criticism - much like in real life.

    Permission of the instructor(s) is required.

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