FACT-WRITING & PERSUASIVE LEGAL DOCUMENTS
(ADVOCACY AND LEGAL SKILLS - 7080)
This course provides advanced instruction on how to deliver the client's story to a court in complaints, affidavits, and statements of the case. Students will learn narrative structure theory, and will work with case files and records to develop the storylines necessary to support legal claims and defenses. Grades will be based on classroom writing exercises, and first drafts and rewrites of three legal documents.
(FAMILY LAW - 1000)
This course explores the nature of marriage and the family as legal institutions. Beginning with the establishment of a family unit through either ceremonial or common-law marriage, the course considers the legal relationship among various members of the family, and examines the problems arising on disruption of the family unit through separation, annulment, or divorce. Grades are based upon a final examination.
FAMILY VIOLENCE & SEXUAL ASSAULT
(CRIMINAL LAW - 1030)
This course will survey the legal issues involved with domestic violence, child abuse and sexual assault cases. The course will focus on such issues as the battered women's syndrome, child abuse prosecutions, shaken baby syndrome, date rape and forcible rape. The course will be taught through lectures, videotapes, guest speakers and interactive mock trial of an actual child abuse rape case. Grades are based upon class participation, a mock-trial exercise and a final examination.
(STATE AND FEDERAL PRACTICE - 1070)
This course focuses on the federal judicial system, concentrating on the bases, scope, and limitations of jurisdiction in the United States District Courts, the United States Courts of Appeal, and the United States Supreme Court. The course deals with the distribution of power among the federal courts and the other branches of the federal government and between the federal government and the states. The course will also examine the substantive law to be applied in federal courts and conflicts arising between state and federal courts. A portion of the course deals with some of the same concepts and topics dealt with in Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law and Conflicts of Law, but approaches them from the perspective of the federal judicial system. Grades are based upon a final examination. Pre-requisite: CIVIL PROCEDURE
FIRST AMENDMENT: FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION (CONSTITUTIONAL LAW - 2060)
This course provides an overview of the subset of First Amendment Law pertaining to principles of freedom of expression. Topics may include: the history and theory of free expression, categories of unprotected speech, limits on government regulation of expression and expressive conduct, freedom of the press, freedom of expressive association, regulation of political campaigns, and regulation of communications media. Grades will be based on a final examination. Prerequisite: CONSTITUTIONAL LAW
FIRST AMENDMENT: RELIGION CLAUSES
(CONSTITUTIONAL LAW - 1070)
This seminar explores the interaction of law and religion in American society. It traces the history of American religious liberty and explores the continuing evolution of the Supreme Court's Establishment and Free Exercise Clause jurisprudence. Among the topics discussed are: state financial assistance to religion; restrictions on religious speech; religious displays on public property; religion in the public schools; the autonomy of religious communities; and state accommodation of religious practices. Grades l shall be based on a substantial research paper, an in-class presentation, and class participation. Students who take this course may not also take Law and Religion Seminar: Comparative and International Perspectives (Constitutional Law - 1090). Prerequisite: CONSTITUTIONAL LAW
FOUNDATIONS OF AMERICAN LAW & ANALYSIS
(LEGAL METHOD - 2050)
This course introduces methods and ideas that are fundamental components of the American legal system, placed within the context of the American political and business and commercial systems. The course specifically emphasizes case law analysis, statutory interpretation, and written and oral communication skills. This class is graded Pass/Fail. A passing grade requires regular attendance and satisfactory completion of a series of analytical writing assignments.