Legal Methods is a year-long course that provides students with instruction, practice, and individualized feedback designed to enhance student academic performance. Students will be required to complete multiple in-class exercises and tests for evaluation and credit. The course will focus on developing techniques to improve academic success strategies, legal reasoning, and examination preparation and execution. Enrollment Criteria: Legal Methods will be a graduation requirement for students with a CPGA below 2.92 at the end of their second semester in law school. Students who demonstrate a sufficiently high level of writing and test-taking skills by the end of the fall semester will be able to grade out of the requirement to continue on in the spring semester.
This course will teach and reinforce interrelated concepts essential to success in law school and legal practice, including critical thinking; logical reasoning; self-evaluation; mindfulness; and emotional intelligence.
A lecture and simulation course covering the principles and skills used in mediation. The course also offers a comparative overview of the field of alternative dispute resolution, and in particular the practical differences between using arbitration or mediation in resolving disputes. Simulations and other exercises are conducted to develop practice skills and to explore the public policy and legal issues that arise.
An examination of the legal issues involved in real estate sales and financing; subdivision financing and development; planned unit development, condominiums, cooperatives, and income-producing (rental) properties; and tax considerations.
Student teams research and prepare appellate briefs and practice oral arguments, under the direction of a faculty advisor or faculty coach and/or provide other services for general Moot Court Honors Board (MCHB) activities. Enrollment is based on membership on the MCHB and subject to the approval of the MCHB and faculty advisor(s).
The course will consider business and legal issues in the acquisition of rights and services involved in developing and producing a motion picture based on real events, using legal decisions, contracts, and collective bargaining excerpts.
This course will introduce students to the fundamentals of drafting effective patent applications. Students will acquire an understanding of patent concepts, patentability requirements, different patent types and parts of a patent application, drafting a patent application, and the technical and legal strategies for prosecuting the application before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Options for obtaining worldwide patent protection, patent litigation, and the related licensing and transactional matters may be also covered in less detail.
This course explores the major topics of U.S. patent law, seeking a solid general education in patent law concepts and procedures from a practical and policy perspective. Topics covered include patentable subject matter, requirements for patent validity, patent infringement, and damages.
This course will provide students with additional practical training in Performance Testing, an exam style based on simulated experiential learning. It will also develop students’ ability to see themselves as ethical, skilled, and professional practicing lawyers.
You are no doubt by now familiar with the way some law school classes ask you to think about the essential concept at the course’s core: What is a contract? What is a tort? What is Property? This course will ask the same kind of questions, but about something that the law and law school make essentially invisible, poverty. What is poverty? Who are the poor? Why might it be problematic even to use the term the poor? The course explores how poverty is constructed, maintained, and addressed, including the role played by gender and race, and the role of the Law in all of this. The course also contains recurring Constitutional Law concepts such as procedural due process, the unconstitutional conditions doctrine, and the negative Constitution in Poverty Law.
Preview Day for Prospective Students - January 21, 2017
January 21, 2017 10:00am-2:00pm
The Post-Election Landscape: Surveying the Road Ahead
January 23, 2017 5:00pm-7:00pm
Israel Study Abroad Information Session
January 24, 2017 12:00pm-1:00pm
Q&A with Humberto R. Gray
Q&A with Deb Forman
Family Law / Children's Rights