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.
This course exposes students to the theoretical and policy considerations that surround the United States tax system. Students will examine the social and political pressures that shape our current Federal Tax regime. Topics to be covered may include: the uncertain future of the Estate Tax or “Death Tax” and the role it plays in American society; the role of deductions and exclusions in achieving nonrevenue objectives; charitable giving and non-profit entities; progressive versus flat tax rates; the existence of tax abuse and how to control it; and the concept of income. A background in accounting or tax law is not required.
This course surveys civil liability and breach of duties imposed by law, including intentional wrongs to persons and property; negligence and vicarious, strict, and products liability: defamation, and other civil wrongs. **Prior to Fall 2014, this course was offered as Torts I (LAW 111) and Torts II (LAW 112).**
An examination of common law and statutory limitations on unfair and deceptive competition outside the scope of antitrust laws. Topics include trademark law (including trademark dilution), misappropriation of trade values and trade secrets, regulation of false and deceptive advertising, unfair competition, and interference with contracts and trade relations.
This course teaches the basics of drafting trademark applications and supporting documents, and the prosecution of trademarks before the Patent and Trademark Office. Prerequisite: Trademark Law (LAW 702).
Students prepare for internal and external mock trial competitions and work on activities related to the Trial Advocacy Honors Board (TAHB), including participation as witnesses, lawyers, or judges during practice rounds for external mock trial competitions; coaching incoming students auditioning for membership onto the TAHB; coordinating the Board’s participation in external competitions; or otherwise participating in the management or administration the Board’s activities. Enrollment is based on membership on the TAHB and subject to the approval of the TAHB and faculty advisor(s).
An introduction to the Uniform Commercial Code, focusing primarily on sales, titles, bulk transfers, and commercial paper.
**Note: To satisfy the Business Concentration requirement, students must complete the 3-unit LAW 401 class.**
In the Old West, it was said that “whiskey is for drinking and water is for fighting over.” For the practicing attorney today, understanding water rights is crucial in real estate development, land use planning, environmental regulation, and international law. The course covers the surface water doctrines of prior appropriation and riparianism, groundwater, interstate allocation, ecosystem protection, and cross-border allocation.
An overview of substantive areas in economic crime and fraud, such as antitrust, consumer protection, and investment fraud; and an introduction to the principal investigation and prosecution techniques used in undercover investigations, search warrants, and the grand jury.
A study of the methods of disposing of a donor's wealth during lifetime and at death, with emphasis on the use of wills and trusts.