Course Descriptions

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  • LAW 864
    (2 Credit Hours)

    Prerequisites: RCC*, Trial Advocacy Competition (LAW 863), and Evidence (LAW 661). The course is designed to promote professionalism in the litigation arena in both the preparation and trying of cases. The structure of the course is the same as Trial Advocacy Competition (LAW 863): students must try out for membership on the team in the fall, and then prepare for and participate in mock trial competitions. The substance of the course is different: in this advanced trial advocacy course students will build on the prior year’s experiences and gain a deeper understanding of trial variety of legal issues. First, the spring competition alternates year to year between criminal and civil matters and involves different claims, defenses and evidentiary matters. Second, in addition to the fully preparing for the competitions, students in this advanced course will prepare for examining experts, prepare for and present a mock voir dire, and serve as mentors for new students in the Trial Advocacy Competition course.

    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 contributes 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.

  • LAW 882
    (Criminal Division—Fall; Civil Division—Spring) (Fall or Spring: 4 Credit Hours (16/hours/week); Summer: 5 credit hours (40 hours/week))

    This placement is in the Cleveland office of United States Attorney. Students work in the Civil Division during spring semester and the Criminal Division during fall semester. Students will be introduced to the range of activities and types of cases, including appeals, handled by the division in which they are placed. For more information about this externship and the prerequisites, see

  • LAW 652
    (2 or 3 Credit Hours)

    Prerequisites: RCC*. The course on white collar crime is divided into three major sections. First, it considers overarching principles of corporate criminal liability, personal liability in an organizational setting, appropriate sanctions for white collar crimes, and the grand jury process. Second, it examines a number of “generic” offenses, that cut across substantive areas, including conspiracy, mail fraud, wire fraud, false statements, perjury, and obstruction of justice. Finally, the course explores more particularized types of white collar offenses such as bribery of public officials, RICO, tax fraud, computer crime, and criminal antitrust violations. The course typically features three or four guest speakers from the local community who either prosecute or defend white collar crime cases.

  • LAW 631
    (2 or 3 Credit Hours)

    Prerequisites: RCC*. The materials insistently question the role of law in the creation and destruction of social and economic conditions that disadvantage women. "Feminist jurisprudence" or "feminist theory" is presented more as an array of alternative approaches to doctrinal issues than as a separate body of thought. Topics covered include "Women and Work," "Women and the Family," and "Women and Their Bodies." Satisfies perspective elective requirement.

  • LAW 651
    (2 or 3 Credit Hours)

    Prerequisites: RCC*. When injuries to employees occur at the workplace, often tort suits against the employer are excluded from the range of available remedial options.  Instead, the worker is confined to the statutorily prescribed administrative remedy of workers’ compensation.  This course explores the injured employee’s remedies at common law and under the Federal Employers’ Liability Act (FELA) and provides and in-depth study of substantive and procedural problems arising under Workers’ Compensation statutes with particular emphasis on Ohio’s distinctive law.  Beginning Fall 2008, satisfies Administrative Law requirement.

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