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Water Law and Policy Seminar

LAW 390

In the Old West, it was said that “whiskey is for drinking and water is for fighting over.” For the practicing attorney today, understanding water rights is crucial in real estate development, land use planning, environmental regulation, and international law. The course covers the surface water doctrines of prior appropriation and riparianism, groundwater, interstate allocation, ecosystem protection, and cross-border allocation.

White Collar Crime

LAW 553

An overview of substantive areas in economic crime and fraud, such as antitrust, consumer protection, and investment fraud; and an introduction to the principal investigation and prosecution techniques used in undercover investigations, search warrants, and the grand jury.

Wills and Trusts

LAW 408

A study of the methods of disposing of a donor's wealth during lifetime and at death, with emphasis on the use of wills and trusts.

Wills & Trusts Practicum

LAW 232

This course is intended to complement and build upon the material covered in Wills & Trusts (LAW 408). Through simulations, students will learn skills relevant to the practice of the law of gratuitous transfers, including client communication, document drafting, and oral and written argument. Exercises may include conducting a will execution ceremony, interviewing clients, drafting a will, preparing a client memorandum, completing beneficiary designations (e.g., on bank accounts, life insurance policies, IRAs, etc.), and engaging in a "probate project" that demonstrates an application of the rules of ademption, lapse, changes in stock shares, disclaimers, and other interpretive rules. Prerequisite: Wills & Trusts (LAW 408), or will take it concurrently.

Women and the Law

LAW 559

This course is based on the relationship between three ideas: 1) oppression of women is cross-cultural; 2) the particular forms that this oppression takes is influenced by the culture in which women live; and 3) that law is a reflection of culture and thus creates and supports systems of oppression. The methodology of this course will work a balance between the extremes of ignoring the conditions of women's lives and challenging these conditions from a position of cultural superiority.