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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.

Spanish for Lawyers II

LAW 383

This is an advanced course focusing on legal vocabulary to enhance students to develop the necessary skills to read, understand, translate and write in Spanish, in a lawyer-like fashion. The course focuses on advanced language acquisition (legal concepts, interpretations and vocabulary), sufficient to interact with Spanish speakers; reading and comprehension techniques of legal concepts; drafting legal documents; simultaneous interpretations of legal concepts and proper application of Spanish legal vocabulary to the different areas of the Law. Spanish for Lawyers I is not a prerequisite for Spanish for Lawyers II. However, it is strongly recommended that students that enroll in this course have basic/intermediate proficiency in Spanish.

Spanish Law & the LGBT Community

LAW 392

This course explores Spanish efforts to eradicate discrimination and violence against the LGBT community from a comparative perspective. The course will explore legal instruments that address violence on the basis of gender and sexual orientation and other rules specifically addressed at the LGBT community. The course will discuss strategies to protect the LGBT community from violence and discrimination and how those strategies have been and are being utilized.

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.

Sports Law Transactions

LAW 415

This course emphasizes the various business transactions that comprise the sports world. Specifically, several leagues, their constituents, and their operations will be examined. The course will look at collective bargaining agreements, league rules, and related contracts to evaluate how they shape the relationship between leagues, owners, and players. By doing so, we see the intersection of basic contract, labor, intellectual property, and antitrust law from a transactional perspective.

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.

Tax Policy Seminar

LAW 371

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.

Terrorism and the Law

LAW 381

This course examines the responses to terrorism by the United States and the international community. Topics covered may include: terrorism prosecutions in Title III courts; various federal criminal statutes and investigative techniques utilized for prosecuting terrorists, including Title III electronic surveillance, criminal search and seizure warrants, and federal criminal grand jury practice; national security investigative techniques authorized by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act; procedures for utilizing classified information in criminal terrorism prosecutions; and United States counterterrorism policy post 9/11.

Topics in American Law

LAW 108

This course surveys various topics in American Law, including criminal law, evidence, family law, and constitutional law. It is designed to help students who are not familiar with the American legal system gain a working understanding of major fields of substantive law, particularly those that are relatively unique to the American system. Prerequisites: This course is one of two required courses for LL.M. students. Open to LL.M. students only.

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