Course Descriptions

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  • LAW 826
    (2 to 5 Credit Hours)

    Prerequisites: RCC*; approval of clinical faculty. The Urban Development Law Clinic offers students the opportunity to practice law under the supervision of a staff attorney. The Clinic’s clients are neighborhood and community-based nonprofit corporations producing and managing affordable housing, initiating economic development and enhancing the quality of life in urban neighborhoods. The Clinic operates as a small firm or practice group providing a variety of legal services to clients. The work students undertake in the Clinic is primarily transactional, consisting of: legal research to address specific issues and problems raised by clients; drafting leases, contracts, and other documents and forms; designing and conducting training programs for clients; and general counseling and advising of clients regarding legal, corporate and business matters. The goal of the Clinic is two-fold: to serve the real needs of the urban community while enabling students to acquire legal skills and experience under supervision of experienced staff attorneys and the clinic’s director. Satisfies the skills course requirement. Previously called Urban Development Law Clinic.

  • LAW 634
    (3 Credit Hours)

    Prerequisites: RCC. Transition to Practice will focus on teaching students the fundamental skills that all lawyers need to be successful: problem-solving, interviewing, counseling and negotiating. The course uses a combination of inter-related classroom work, simulations, and research, as well as reading and writing assignments to build these critical skills. The grade will be based on observed simulations, written assignments/work products, class participation, assessments and evaluations, and a capstone assignment.

    Permission of the instructor(s) is required. The course is designed to prepare students for participation in a clinic or externship so preference will be given to second year students.

  • LAW 620
    (3 Credit Hours)

    Prerequisites: RCC*. This course will consider how one goes about litigating transnational cases. Such litigation may involve a transnational claim structure and may involve public or private litigation. Some aspects of U.S. substantive law having extraterritorial effect will be considered (for example, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act). Procedural subjects to be studied include jurisdiction, effectuation of service on parties overseas, problems of conducting pre-trial discovery outside the United States and enforcement of foreign judgments. Offered infrequently.

  • LAW 663
    (2 or 3 Credit Hours)

    Prerequisites: RCC*; Evidence (LAW 661). The course will analyze the trial process from selection of the jury through final argument and jury instructions. Students will participate in frequent exercises involving portions of the trial process and will meet in both large and small group classes. Satisfies the skills course requirement.

  • LAW 863
    (2 Credit Hours)

    Prerequisites: RCC*; Evidence (LAW 661) recommended. The course is designed to promote professionalism in the litigation arena in both the preparation and trying of cases. The course consists of preparing for and participating in mock trial competitions. The preparation consists of approximately sixteen supervised weekend classes per semester. The trial competitions consist of a one-day cross-town competition in the Fall and a three-day regional competition in the Spring. During these competitions, each class member will argue their case against students from law schools throughout the country. The course is open to all second, third, and fourth year law students. Up to eight students are selected for the competition team each year.

    A try-out competition is held each Fall to select a team that will be together for the entire year. In order to be selected, students must give an opening statement or closing argument based on a hypothetical case in front of a panel of attorneys and former trial team members. The team meets throughout the Fall and Spring semesters, although credit will not be allocated until the Spring semester.

    The American Association for Justice organizes the Spring trial competition. Each year the AAJ drafts a fictional legal case, complete with witness depositions, exhibits, and jury instructions. Using the Federal Rules of Evidence and the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, teams develop arguments and create their own case theory based on the assigned case. In competition, students from one member school represent one side and compete against students from another school who represent the opposing side. Teams represent both plaintiff and defendant in successive rounds. Scoring is based on how well the students articulate their arguments and develop their case theory. The competitions are judged by actual sitting judges as well as lawyers from the community.

    The team is supervised and taught by attorneys from the Reminger law firm. The course is graded pass/fail. Each student’s final grade is determined based upon their individual performance during practices and at the trial competition. Each student’s effort, preparation, and completion of class assignments contribute toward their final grade. The course requires a greater time commitment than the usual two credit course but the students will gain considerable competencies as trial advocates. Satisfies the skills course requirement.

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