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Comparative Legal Systems

LAW 513

This course is a survey of comparative law, or the study of different legal systems. After an introduction to the differences between civil and common law systems, and codification and religious legal systems, the course will cover specific country studies. The focus will be on the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia. Particular legal systems that may be covered include Islamic law, Cannon law and Jewish law, as well legal systems of countries such as Turkey, India, Pakistan and Israel. The course will focus on issues of human dignity under these various legal systems.

Comparative Legal Systems: Islamic Law Seminar

LAW 513B

This seminar is a survey of the historical development of Islamic jurisprudence and the interaction of Islamic law and the modern nation state, with a particular focus on personal laws and issues of secularism. The specific contexts surveyed will include the Ottoman Empire, contemporary Iran, Turkey, India, Pakistan and the United States. Among the topics the course will explore are issues of gender and sexuality in Islam, whether there is a coherent system of law derived from Islam, whether a modern state that is "Islamic" is possible and the relationship between Islam and secularism.

Comparative Rights of Publicity

LAW 719

This course examines various aspects of the rights of celebrities, including the origin of protection, the philosophy of protection, scope of protection (both pre and post-mortem), remedies, defenses, and limitations on those rights under state and federal law in the United States, and compares the treatment of those issues in the U.S. with the treatment of analogous rights and issues under the laws of other countries, treaties (such as the European Convention on Human Rights), and agreements such as the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy.

Competitive International Advocacy

LAW 608

In preparation for international moot court competitions, students will study the basic structure of international law, methods of effective international legal research and effective appellate advocacy in the context of international law. Enrollment will be dependent on approval by a faculty advisor and/or adjunct couches. Enrollment will be limited to competing students and the course will be offered only in instances when the school will field a team.

Competitive Trial Advocacy

LAW 583

Students prepare for and compete in inter-school trial advocacy competitions, which include making opening statements and closing arguments, witness examination, trial motions, introducing evidence, and arguing objections. The unique nature of competitive practice emphasizes the balance between preparation and improvisation, and between strategy and ethics, as well as the refinement of trial themes and utilization of courtroom technology and presentation techniques. Prerequisite: Previous or current enrollment in Trial Advocacy Honors Board (LAW 567). Unit assignment will be based on a further interview conducted by the TAHB faculty advisor and adjunct coaches.

Constitutional Law I

LAW 202

An examination of the sources and nature of constitutional law and of the judicial functions in constitutional cases; the scope of federal power, the separation of powers, and the federal system; protection of the rights of individuals, due process, equal protection issues; the Bill of Rights; contract impairment; eminent domain; and the privileges and immunities of citizens. Students must enroll with the same professor for Constitutional Law I and II.

Constitutional Law II

LAW 203

An examination of the sources and nature of constitutional law and of the judicial functions in constitutional cases; the scope of federal power, the separation of powers, and the federal system; protection of the rights of individuals, due process, equal protection issues; the Bill of Rights; contract impairment; eminent domain; and the privileges and immunities of citizens. Students must enroll with the same professor for Constitutional Law I and II.

Contemporary Problems in Family Law

LAW 359

Various topics, including the relationship among parents, children and the state, with emphasis on the procreation decision and certain child rearing decisions (e.g. medical decisions) will be covered. The course will also consider how the state defines the parent-child relationship, including the law governing unwed fathers, third parties like stepparents and grandparents, same-sex parents, and assisted reproduction (surrogacy, etc.).

Contemporary Topics in Child & Family Law Seminar: Comparative Perspectives

LAW 359A

This course will examine various topics in family law from a comparative perspective. Topics covered may include recognition of non-traditional family structures, parental rights, and laws regarding procreation and family formation including assisted reproductive technology and adoption.

Contracts

LAW 103

This course focuses on the formation, elements, and enforceability of private agreements; the Statute of Frauds; third-party beneficiary contracts; assignment of rights and delegation of duties; liability for breach of contract; the law of conditions and discharge; and defenses to contract action. **Prior to Fall 2014, this course was offered as Contracts I (LAW 103) and Contracts II (LAW 104).**

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