Course Descriptions

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  • LAW 644
    (3 Credit Hours)

    Prerequisites: RCC. Creditor-Debtor Rights Law (formerly Consumer Law) will examine debtor-creditor rights under the Ohio Consumer Sales Practices Act, the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, and case law dealing with consumer issues. The course will offer students the opportunity to study and discuss debtor-creditor rights under Ohio and federal law from the filing of the lawsuit to executing upon the judgment. The course will include observing consumer cases in court and role playing the cases in class. The students will also draft consumer pleadings. The course will examine legal theories and apply them to the practice of law from the creditor's and debtor's perspective. The skills exercises occupy 10 to 20% of the class time. Grading will be based on class participation and a final exam.

  • LAW 626
    (2 Credit Hours)

    Prerequisites: RCC*. This course will explore the evolution of sentencing systems in the United States since 1787, culminating in the determinate systems adopted in recent years by the State of Ohio and the U.S. Congress and Federal Sentencing Commission. These will be contrasted with the indeterminate systems that were previously employed. The uncertainty created by the Supreme Court’s recent decision in Blakely v Washington will be a significant topic of discussion. Particular attention will be devoted to the allocation of power and discretion, the role of plea bargaining, the role of appellate review, the impact of mandatory minimum sentences, and issues of race. Offered infrequently.

  • LAW 506
    (3 Credit Hours; 1 Semester)

    General concepts of the criminal law; the purposes of punishment; general principles of criminal responsibility; other topics may include attempts; parties; conspiracy; specific crimes against the person, against the habitation, and against property; and, defenses available to the accused. Required for graduation.

  • LAW 621
    (3 Credit Hours)

    Prerequisites: RCC*. This course focuses for the most part on police investigation techniques, such as searches, interrogations, undercover activities, electronic eavesdropping, and lineups. Closely studied will be constitutional limitations on these practices, flowing from the 4th, 5th, 6th and 14th Amendments. Other topics covered may include the right to counsel, the entrapment defense, bail, and/or plea bargaining.

  • LAW 678
    (3 Credit Hours)

    Prerequisites: RCC*; Criminal Procedure I, LAW 621, is recommended but not required. This course focuses on the criminal trial process from the charging decision through trial and sentencing including: case theory and role of counsel; grand jury proceedings; pretrial release and detention; discovery and other pretrial motions; plea bargaining and guilty pleas; jury selection and deliberation, sentencing procedures and guidelines. Particular emphasis is given to the protections provided by the U.S. Constitution in criminal proceedings. State and federal rules of criminal procedure may be studied.

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