Courses

All courses are seminars and are graded by a paper due August 15, 2014.

Whittier Law School Study Abroad Program - Bar-Ilan University

Regulation, Politics, and the Environment (LAW 161)

1 unit - Professor Oren Perez, Bar-Ilan University

The seminar will explore the challenges of contemporary environmental regulation. It will examine the concept of regulation and its theoretical underpinnings; some of the basic instruments of modern regulation; and regulatory failures. In addition to a theoretical discussion of contemporary environmental regulation, the course will include case studies.

Genocide and the Law (LAW 220)

1 unit - Dr. Ellen Kennedy, William Mitchell; Director, World Without Genocide

Using several major examples of genocide and mass conflict across the world, this course will examine the causes of these atrocities, the relationship between national and international policies and events, and the personal and global responsibility to take preventive action. The uniqueness and similarities of these atrocities will be discussed in an effort to understand decisions to eliminate innocent people; the legal structures that supported genocide; and post-genocide issues of justice, prosecution, reparations, and community-building. The course will also examine ad hoc tribunals established by the United Nations to adjudicate those accused of perpetrating genocide in former Yugoslavia, Rwanda, Cambodia, and other places; and the permanent institutions at regional and international levels, with special attention given to the International Criminal Court.

International and Comparative Criminal Law (LAW 538)

1 unit - Richard E. Redding, Vice Chancellor and Professor, Chapman University

This course will explore the procedural, substantive, and policy issues of criminal law systems around the world in comparison with that of the United States. Topics covered may include, among others, all or any of the following: definitions of crimes; policing; identity theft; terrorism; representation of the accused; criminal liability and defenses; immunities; corrections; theories of punishment and readaptation; death penalty; extradition; organized crime; treaties; money laundering; and international criminal tribunals. Professors may choose to compare a specific criminal legal system to that of the United States, or may take a general survey approach to the material.

Externship/Clinic: Learning from Practice (LAW 601)

1 unit - Professor Neil H. Cogan

An introduction to the theoretical structures involved in interviewing, counseling, negotiation, and trial skills. Students are given the opportunity to perform simulations of lawyering tasks and discuss their externship or Clinic experiences. Prerequisite: This course must be taken with a student’s initial externship (LAW 609 or 609J) or initial Clinic experience (LAW 617, 618, or 619). *Prior to Summer 2014, this course was titled Lawyering Skills.

Initial Externship (LAW 609)

1 unit - Professor Neil H. Cogan and Richard E. Redding, Vice Chancellor and Professor, Chapman University

A law-related field placement in which students perform and observe legal work under the supervision of an attorney. For more information about the Externship Program, refer to the Externship Program Policies and Procedures Handbook. Prerequisite: Externship/Clinic: Learning from Practice (LAW 601), or will take it concurrently.

Advanced Externship (LAW 610)

1 unit - Professor Neil H. Cogan and Richard E. Redding, Vice Chancellor and Professor, Chapman University

For students who have completed one semester of the Initial Externship, the Advanced Externship course is a law-related field placement in which students perform and observe legal work under the supervision of an attorney. For more information about the Externship Program, refer to the Externship Program Policies and Procedures Handbook. Prerequisite: Lawyering Skills LAW 601 and completion of an Initial Externship (LAW 609 or 609J).

Recent Issues in Intellectual Property Law (LAW 716)

1 unit - Professor Miriam Bitton, Bar Ilan University

An in-depth exploration of current developments, including recent case law and proposed statutory amendments, in selected areas of intellectual property law, such as patent, trademark, and/or copyright law. Prerequisite: At least one of the following courses: Copyright Law (LAW 701), Trademark Law (LAW 702), or Patent Law (LAW 703).

Freedom and Rights in Israel (LAW 725)

1 unit - Professor Neil H. Cogan, Whittier Law School

This course is about protections for civil and human rights in the State of Israel as understood through the laws of Israel's K'nesset, particularly the Basic Laws, and the decisions of the Israel Supreme Court sitting as the High Court of Justice. The coverage is, in large part, comparable to that in Constitutional Law courses taught in the United States. Topics covered include protections for freedom of speech and the rights to dignity and equality.

Religion & State: Comparative Perspectives (LAW 936)

1 unit - Professor Gidon Sapir, Bar-Ilan University

This course examines the relationship between the state and religion in various legal systems. Particular emphasis will be placed on the role of religion and religious institutions in the legal system and legal structures of the State of Israel. The course will examine how Israel, created as a state for the Jewish people, has handled the tensions between maintaining Israel as a state with a Jewish identity and at the same time a liberal democracy. As we will see, over the past several years once latent disagreements over matters of religion and state have become a major source of political and cultural tensions in Israeli society. The first part of the course will be dedicated to conceptual analysis and presentation of various models for the legal role of religion in various national legal systems, including models found in states based upon Christianity and Islam. In the second part, we will take a closer look at several specific religious disputes arising in Israeli law, including rights of citizenship, family law disputes, and Sabbath and dietary law observance. The course will conclude with a comparison between the arrangements made in Israel and in the United States as to the legal status of religion.

Sunday
July 6
Monday
July 7
Tuesday
July 8
Wednesday
July 9
Thursday
July 10
Friday
July 11
Saturday
July 12

9:30 - 11:30
Genocide and the Law

12:30 - 2:30
Regulation, Politics and the Environment

OR

12:30 - 2:30
Externship / Clinic: Learning from Practice

9:30 - 11:30
12:30-2:30

International and Comparative Criminal Law

9:30 - 11:30
Genocide and the Law

12:30 - 2:30
Regulation, Politics and the Environment

OR

12:30 - 2:30
Externship / Clinic: Learning from Practice

9:30 - 11:30
Genocide and the Law

12:30 - 2:30
Regulation, Politics and the Environment

OR

12:30 - 2:30
Externship / Clinic: Learning from Practice

Externship 609 (Cogan and Redding) - Scheduled with Field Supervisor

Sunday
July 13
Monday
July 14
Tuesday
July 15
Wednesday
July 16
Thursday
July 17
Friday
July 18
Saturday
July 19

9:30 - 11:30
Genocide and the Law

12:30 - 2:30
Regulation, Politics and the Environment

OR

12:30 - 2:30
Externship / Clinic: Learning from Practice

9:30 - 11:30
12:30-2:30

International and Comparative Criminal Law

9:30 - 11:30
Genocide and the Law

12:30 - 2:30
Regulation, Politics and the Environment

OR

12:30 - 2:30
Externship / Clinic: Learning from Practice

9:30 - 11:30
12:30-2:30

International and Comparative Criminal Law

9:30 - 11:30
Genocide and the Law

12:30 - 2:30
Regulation, Politics and the Environment

OR

12:30 - 2:30
Externship / Clinic: Learning from Practice

Externship 609 (Cogan and Redding) - Scheduled with Field Supervisor

Sunday
July 20
Monday
July 21
Tuesday
July 22
Wednesday
July 23
Thursday
July 24
Friday
July 25
Saturday
July 26

9:30 - 11:30
Freedom & Rights in Israel

12:30 - 2:30
Recent Issues in Intellectual Property Law

9:30 - 11:30
12:30-2:30

Religion and State: Comparative Perspective

9:30 - 11:30
Freedom & Rights in Israel

12:30 - 2:30
Recent Issues in Intellectual Property Law

9:30 - 11:30
Freedom & Rights in Israel

12:30 - 2:30
Recent Issues in Intellectual Property Law

Externship 610 (Cogan and Redding) - Scheduled with Field Supervisor

Sunday
July 27
Monday
July 28
Tuesday
July 29
Wednesday
July 30
Thursday
July 31
Friday
Aug. 1
Saturday
Aug. 2

9:30 - 11:30
Freedom & Rights in Israel

12:30 - 2:30
Recent Issues in Intellectual Property Law

9:30 - 11:30
12:30-2:30

Religion and State: Comparative Perspective

9:30 - 11:30
Freedom & Rights in Israel

12:30 - 2:30
Recent Issues in Intellectual Property Law

9:30 - 11:30
12:30-2:30

Religion and State: Comparative Perspective

9:30 - 11:30
Freedom & Rights in Israel

12:30 - 2:30
Recent Issues in Intellectual Property Law

Externship 610 (Cogan and Redding) - Scheduled with Field Supervisor

“I love the topics and subject matters chosen for class. They were exactly what I expected to learn in Israel.”

— Student - Israel Study Abroad Program,

WLS Study Abroad Program - Israel
WLS Study Abroad Program - Israel
WLS Study Abroad Program - Israel
WLS Study Abroad Program - Israel
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