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Comparative Legal Systems

LAW 513

This course introduces students to comparative law concepts within the context of our present age of globalization. Coverage comprises analysis and comparison of civil law and common law traditions from around the world. The class explores case and codified law, constitutions, governmental processes and legal perspectives. Key topics considered may include differing forms of democracy, the impacts of constitutional content, relationships between, and functioning of, the traditional branches of government, privacy, equality, freedom of expression and economic and social rights. Selected legal systems from nations within Europe, Asia, Africa and North America are emphasized.

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 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

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.

Conflict of Laws

LAW 514

A review of legal problems with multistate aspects; jurisdiction of courts; constitutional constraints, including due process requirements, and full faith and credit clauses; recognition and enforcement of judgments; and recent developments in choices in law issues.

Constitutional Convention

LAW 546

Although the Constitutional Convention of 1787 met under rules of secrecy, James Madison kept lengthy records of the debates and the voting that took place throughout the meeting. Over the years, his records became available to the public, and other partial records kept contemporaneously by other delegates were also located. These materials have been updated from time to time as new material emerges. We now have a good record of what the Convention considered and decided. During this course, we read these records and discuss how the Convention reached the results it reached. By considering that material, and the possibilities considered but rejected by the Convention, we can have a better understanding of how later Constitutional questions might have been handled, and how the drafters would have wanted them to be handled. Although some of this material may be familiar to you from what you learned in American History classes in high school and college, most of it will be unfamiliar, and there will be many surprises -- some (but not all) of them pleasant.

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.

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