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Comparative Legal Systems: Law and Sexuality

LAW 513C

This course is a survey of how different legal systems, secular and religious, construct and regulate various aspects of human sexuality. Among the topics we may discuss are marriage as a socio-legal institution, minority sexualities, sex work and pornography in different countries including the U.S., India, Turkey, Brazil and Israel.

Comparative Legal Systems: Religion & Sexuality

LAW 513D

This course is a survey of how different legal systems, secular and religious, construct and regulate various aspects of adult consensual human sexuality. The course will focus on how various religious traditions have influenced legal and social understanding of sexuality. Among the topics we will discuss are marriage as a socio-legal institution, minority sexualities and sex work in different legal systems including those of India, Turkey, Brazil, Nigeria and Israel, covering Islamic, Canon, Judaic and Hindu legal traditions.

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 Intellectual Property Advocacy

LAW 627

Students will participate in interscholastic intellectual property moot court or ADR competition in compliance with the rules and regulations of such competitions. Credit will be offered only for one semester even if work spans more than one semester. Enrollment will be dependent on approval by a faculty advisor and/or coaches and requires successful participation in an audition or selection process overseen by faculty members. Enrollment will be limited to competing students and the course will be offered only in instances when the school will field a team. Prerequisite: At least one of the core courses - Copyright Law (LAW 701), Trademark Law (LAW 702), or Patent Law (LAW 703).

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.

Concepts of Liberty & Equality in Discrimination

LAW 976

This course will explore basic problems of equality and liberty faced by the LGBT community. The course will cover various forms of discrimination, including housing and employment discrimination. The course will focus on how various constitutional concepts have been used to challenge various forms of discrimination against the LGBT community.

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.).

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