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Religion & State: Comparative Perspectives

LAW 936

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.

Remedies

LAW 407

An explanation of the availability and limitations of equitable and legal remedies, focusing on injunctions, declaratory judgments, specific performance, reformation, rescission, restitution, enforcement of decrees, and the problems in the merger of law and equities.

Reproductive Technology Seminar

LAW 356

This course will explore the medical and ethical world and of assisted reproductive technologies. The course begins with a discussion of human reproduction and concepts of personhood, including government intervention in reproductive making. The main focus of the course will be charting the developments of reproductive technologies such as in vitro fertilization, postmortem reproduction, and human cloning. These technologies give rise to a host of issues, including selective reduction of a multiple pregnancy, preimplantation genetic diagnosis, cryopreservation of human eggs and embryos, and the sale of human gametes. In addition, recent developments in the field of human embryonic stem cell research will be discussed. The course will provide a multidisciplinary framework for understanding these intriguing technologies.

Securities Regulation

LAW 548

A review of the law of securities regulation, developed through the Securities Act of 1933, the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, state "blue sky" laws, and the judicial interpretation and rule-making of the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Sex Discrimination

LAW 568

An investigation of how American Law treats women differently than men, and whether or not it should. Topics covered may include employment discrimination law, especially Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act; sexual harassment; the role of women in the profession; conflicts between work and family; marriage, divorce, child custody, abortion and new reproductive technologies; and domestic violence, rape, and pornography.

Social Media Law

LAW 734

This course will discuss the laws governing social media providers and users and the legal issues raised by common uses of social media platforms in the U.S. and globally, with a focus on intellectual property law and practice. Topics will include specific statutory provisions and treaties as well as relevant applications of legal doctrine in areas such as trademark, copyright, contract, privacy, defamation, rights of publicity, First Amendment, contract, and employment law.

Spanish for Lawyers I

LAW 382

An introduction to Spanish language for lawyers, designed for law students who anticipate working with Spanish speaking clients. The goal is to help students develop basic skills in reading, understanding and writing in Spanish. The course focuses on language acquisition sufficient for interacting with Spanish speakers. The teaching methods will include exercises to simulate client interviews, client intakes, and conversations to solicit basic personal information. This course will be taught in both English and Spanish. Prerequisites: None. Some previous knowledge of Spanish is preferred.

Special Education Law

LAW 519

An examination of legal issues relating to the provision of educational resources and related services to children with disabilities. Statutory, regulatory, and judicial principles applicable to the following areas are examined: who is protected under IDEA (the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act); what constitutes discrimination in identification and evaluation for special education eligibility; what constitutes appropriate placement; what are the legal requirements for integration of children with disabilities into the regular classroom; which related services, such as health services, must be provided to children with disabilities in the education context; and what due process procedures are mandated under the IDEA section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), to protect children with disabilities in the educational setting.

Sports Law

LAW 549

This course examines a wide range of legal issues and relationships in the sports industry, including player negotiations and contracts, leases, licensing, leagues, franchising, and intellectual property issues in sports law.

Street Law

LAW 616

An interactive "teaching law" course in which students earn credit teaching law to high school students under the direction of a faculty member. Students review the law, explore methods of teaching law to non-lawyers, and learn how to provide a non-adversarial view of the law. Students engage in a critical examination of legal problems of particular concern to teenagers to better enable them to understand fundamental principles of authority, fairness, justice and individual responsibility that underlie the American legal system.

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