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Race, Racism & American Law

LAW 542

This course examines the historical foundations and current development of the concepts of race, racism, discrimination, and multiculturalism in American law, comparing the experiences of various minority groups, including African-Americans, Native Americans, Latinos, and Asian-Americans, and the intersections among race, class, and sex discrimination. It explores the role of law, especially U.S. constitutional law, in generating and resolving problems of racial equality and liberty related to such topics as education, employment, family relationships, criminal law, and freedom of speech.

Real Property

LAW 109

This course explores the legal analysis of real property interests; freehold estates and future interests; the landlord and tenant relationship; concurrent land ownership; adverse possession; methods of transferring title to land; recording statutes; easements and profits; covenants running with the land; equitable servitudes; and lateral and subjacent support. **Prior to Fall 2014, this course was offered as Real Property I (LAW 109) and Real Property II (LAW 110).**

Recent Issues in Intellectual Property Law

LAW 716

An in-depth exploration of current developments, including recent case law and proposed statutory amendments, in selected areas of intellectual property law, such as patent, trademark, and/or copyright law. Prerequisite: At least one of the following courses: Copyright Law (LAW 701), Trademark Law (LAW 702), or Patent Law (LAW 703).

Regulation, Politics, and the Environment

LAW 161

The seminar will explore the challenges of contemporary environmental regulation. It will examine the concept of regulation and its theoretical underpinnings; some of the basic instruments of modern regulation; and regulatory failures. In addition to a theoretical discussion of contemporary environmental regulation, the course will include case studies.

Religion & State: Comparative Perspectives

LAW 936

This course examines the relationship between the state and religion in various legal systems. Particular emphasis will be placed on the role of religion and religious institutions in the legal system and legal structures of the State of Israel. The course will examine how Israel, created as a state for the Jewish people, has handled the tensions between maintaining Israel as a state with a Jewish identity and at the same time a liberal democracy. As we will see, over the past several years once latent disagreements over matters of religion and state have become a major source of political and cultural tensions in Israeli society. The first part of the course will be dedicated to conceptual analysis and presentation of various models for the legal role of religion in various national legal systems, including models found in states based upon Christianity and Islam. In the second part, we will take a closer look at several specific religious disputes arising in Israeli law, including rights of citizenship, family law disputes, and Sabbath and dietary law observance. The course will conclude with a comparison between the arrangements made in Israel and in the United States as to the legal status of religion.


LAW 407

An explanation of the availability and limitations of equitable and legal remedies, focusing on injunctions, declaratory judgments, specific performance, reformation, rescission, restitution, enforcement of decrees, and the problems in the merger of law and equities.

Reproductive Technology Seminar

LAW 356

This course will explore the medical and ethical world and of assisted reproductive technologies. The course begins with a discussion of human reproduction and concepts of personhood, including government intervention in reproductive making. The main focus of the course will be charting the developments of reproductive technologies such as in vitro fertilization, postmortem reproduction, and human cloning. These technologies give rise to a host of issues, including selective reduction of a multiple pregnancy, preimplantation genetic diagnosis, cryopreservation of human eggs and embryos, and the sale of human gametes. In addition, recent developments in the field of human embryonic stem cell research will be discussed. The course will provide a multidisciplinary framework for understanding these intriguing technologies.