Course Offerings

First-year curriculum is standard throughout American law schools. Upper-class students can choose from courses listed in this Course Offerings section.

Not all courses are available each semester. Please plan accordingly. For assistance planning your courses, please contact the Office of Student Affairs.  

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AAJ Trial Competition Law 418

  • Credits: 1 hour first time competing; 0 hours second time competing. Maximum of 1 hour.

American Association for Justice trial competition.

Accounting for Lawyers Law 220

  • Credits: 3 letter-graded hours

Introduce students to various aspects of accounting concepts and issues including the accounting equation, accounting cycle, the basic financial statements, basic financial statement analysis, basic accounting standards, common professional accounting practices, and other accounting issues. Identify typical accounting-law interactions attorneys face when advising business clients. Provides insights on how accountants and attorneys work together and how their relationships with business clients differ.

Administrative Law Law 255

  • Credits: 3 letter-graded hours

Legal principles governing state and federal agencies. Particular emphasis is placed on the federal Administrative Procedure Act and judicial control of the administrative agencies.

Admiralty Law 210

  • Credits: 2 letter-graded hours

Admiralty jurisdiction of federal and state courts and substantive admiralty law. Students will examine whether a claim is governed by admiralty law, and what remedies and procedures admiralty law provides in personal injury and death of maritime workers, carriage of cargo, maritime liens, collision, salvage, limitation of liability and oil pollution.

Advanced Clinic Law 634

  • Prerequisites: Legal Research & Writing I and II; Civil Practice Clinic
  • Credits: 2-4 letter-graded hours
  • Instructors: Warren Binford; Susan Cook; Don McCann; Gwynne Skinner

Business Law (01), Child and Family Advocacy (04), Law and Government (06), Sustainability Law (08), Human Rights and Immigration (09) (See 618 for descriptions)

Advanced Legal Research Law 242

  • Prerequisites: Legal Research & Writing I and II
  • Credits: 2 letter-graded hours
  • Offerings: Spring; Taught in alternate years

Advanced Legal Research is a two-credit course designed to allow students to expand their legal research knowledge and skills. Students will have opportunities to compare the strengths and weaknesses of legal research sources and methods. Through in-class workshops, students will explore research sources and develop effective search techniques. Written assignments will require students to research legal issues, compiling relevant sources and synthesizing them into client and office communications. The emphasis will be on real-world, practice-oriented skills, to help prepare students for their careers in law. The course will cover the following topics: Secondary sources; state and federal statutes, state and federal legislative history; federal and state case law research; case citators; query formulation techniques; Oregon BarBooks (CLEs); trial practice materials; free legal research; specialty online resources: RIA, BNA and CCH; federal and state administrative law; and foreign and international law. To the extent practicable, assignment topics will reflect students individual interests. In working with state materials, emphasis will be on Oregon and other states in the region. Updated 10/2014.

Advanced Legal Writing Law 243

  • Credits: 3 letter-graded hours

Advanced Legal Writing is an upper division seminar course designed to prepare students to produce the professional writing demanded of a lawyer in any occupational niche. The course will reinforce five core legal writing principles emphasized in the Legal Research and Writing courses: analysis, organization, objectivity, clarity, and legal judgment. The focus will be on two types of legal writing: (1) advisory or predictive legal writing (advice based on legal judgment as to how the jurisdiction's courts would likely rule), and (2) advocacy or persuasive legal writing, typically used in briefing and negotiation. The course will also cover the distinctive aspects of statutory and rule drafting. Grading is based on overall performance, including two major graded writing assignments, each consisting of a draft and a revision based on professor comments on the draft, with weight given to seminar participation and completion of a number of ungraded written exercises prepared during seminar sessions. This course will satisfy the Professional Skills Writing Requirement. Seminar capacity is capped at 15 students.

Advanced Negotiation Law 635

  • Credits: 3 hours

Prerequisite: Negotiation I; Mediation & Mediation Advocacy

Advanced Topics in Conflict and Dispute Resolution Law 361

  • Credits: 2 letter-graded hours
  • Offerings: Fall

This research seminar offers students exposure to various perspectives on and approaches to conflict and dispute resolution. These may include approaches from economics, psychology, anthropology, sociology, and political science as well as from law. They may also involve perspectives from comparative and international law. A research paper is required.

Advanced Torts Law 251

  • Prerequisites: Torts
  • Credits: 2 letter-graded hours

The course conducts in-depth examinations of products liability, intentional infliction of emotional distress, defamation, privacy, and economic torts both individually and within the context of the broader tort legal system. (Posted 10/2013.)

Alternative Dispute Resolution Law 113

  • Credits: 3 letter-graded hours
  • Offerings: Spring
  • Instructors: James Edmonds

This course is a survey of the major mechanisms of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR). The class will focus on arbitration, mediation and negotiation through relevant legal framework and practical skills. Litigators, transactional lawyers, and public practice lawyers will find this course useful in understanding the effective use of alternatives to resolve disputes outside of trial. Less than 5% of all filed civil cases are resolved through courtroom adjudication. Clients expect lawyers to have a broad range of knowledge regarding ADR. Effective client representation demands that lawyers use creative methods to resolve disputes that do not rely solely on expensive and time consuming litigation. This course will give students numerous opportunities to draft relevant documents to satisfy professional writing requirements and to participate in role playing scenarios to simulate practice situations.

American Law & Legal Research Law 453

  • Credits: 2 hours

(German Students only) This course is designed for German exchange students from Bucerius Law School and for other foreign students who already know something about their own legal system. It introduces American legal culture, legal educations, sources of law, statutory and case analysis, and the principal public and private law subjects encountered in an American law school.

Anglo-American Legal History Law 340

  • Credits: 3 letter-graded hours
  • Offerings: Spring; Taught in alternate years

Most American law and legal institutions have deep historical roots. Whether one becomes a practicing lawyer, legislator or government policy maker, she will want to understand how and why the legal system grew in order to be able to defend the status quo or to propose how and why it should be changed. This course is an introduction to characteristic features of the common law. Depending on the course book selected, topics may include popular sovereignty, republicanism, federalism, judicial law making, slavery, women and the family, labor law, legal science, trial by jury, civil and criminal procedure, legal education, or the legal professions.

Animal Law Law 263

  • Credits: 2 letter-graded hours

An exploration and discussion of the treatment of animals under state, federal, and constitutional law. The course will address the historical status of animals in the law; legislative efforts and citizen initiatives to strengthen animal protection laws; the application of federal laws concerning captive, wild and farm animals; and comparative animal protection laws; the limitations on state laws addressing anti-cruelty, hunting, trapping, and animal fighting; the emerging areas of veterinary malpractice and other animal-related torts; the use of consumer protection statutes to address animal welfare concerns; the effect of free speech, religious expression, and other Constitutional principles on animal protection statutes; legal constraints on animal advocacy such as libel and defamation; and the movement to obtain legal recognition of the rights of animals.

Antitrust Law Law 314

  • Credits: 3 letter-graded hours

Antitrust policy under Sherman, Clayton and Federal Trade Commission Acts. Collaboration in pricing and market-sharing agreements; trade association activities; resale price maintenance; dealer franchises; exclusive dealing; monopolization; mergers and other integrations.

Appellate Theory & Process Law 390

  • Credits: 2 letter-graded hours
  • Offerings: Taught in alternate years

Through an examination of the history, theory, and the process of federal and state appellate courts, this seminar provides a theoretical and legal background into matters that are critical to appellate processes. We will read about and discuss the source, nature and application of rules particularly important to the appellate process including precedent and stare decisis; standards of review; preservation of issues; harmless and plain error; interlocutory review; and high court discretionary review.

Applied Legal Analysis Fall Law 279

  • Prerequisites: None
  • Credits: 3 letter-graded hours
  • Offerings: Fall
  • Instructors: Hillary Steinbrook

Most class sessions will be devoted to discussing exercises from the workbook Legal Analysis, many of which consist of two parts: a fact pattern presented in the text, and a list of citations to legal sources (court opinions, statutory sections, regulations) that serve as the “closed universe” for analysis of the fact pattern. Students must read each fact pattern several times and consult the legal sources listed at the end of each exercise; students also are encouraged to brief the cases they collect to enhance classroom participation and facilitate writing responses to assigned exercises. During several weeks, students will take part in a small group study session with the instructor in lieu of one of the weekly class meetings. The instructor will offer feedback on students’ comprehension of the material, contributions to the group, and progress towards building an effective outline of course materials to use when studying for the final exam.

Applied Legal Analysis Spring Law 119

  • Prerequisites: None
  • Credits: 3 letter-graded hours
  • Offerings: Spring
  • Instructors: Hillary Steinbrook

Most class sessions will be devoted to discussing exercises from the workbook Legal Analysis, many of which consist of two parts: a fact pattern presented in the text, and a list of citations to legal sources (court opinions, statutory sections, regulations) that serve as the “closed universe” for analysis of the fact pattern. Students must read each fact pattern several times and consult the legal sources listed at the end of each exercise; students also are encouraged to brief the cases they collect to enhance classroom participation and facilitate writing responses to assigned exercises. During several weeks, students will take part in a small group study session with the instructor in lieu of one of the weekly class meetings. The instructor will offer feedback on students’ comprehension of the material, contributions to the group, and progress towards building an effective outline of course materials to use when studying for the final exam.

Arbitration: Theory & Practice Law 239

  • Credits: 3 letter-graded hours

This course covers a variety of aspects of commercial and labor arbitration, includes agreements to arbitrate, judicial review of arbitration decisions and the enforceability of arbitration awards, analysis of both the federal and state arbitration acts, and review of federal and state court decisions relating to arbitration. The course will mostly emphasize doctrinal study and court decisions, but will also devote some time to practical skill-building.

Aviation Law Law 274

  • Credits: 2 letter-graded hours
  • Offerings: Taught in alternate years

This course is intended as an introduction to aviation law. The course will cover the basic legal framework of aviation law including the regulation of aircraft, airmen, domestic and foreign air carriers, and airports. The course will also cover the legal protections provided to passengers and aircraft crash investigations and litigation. Finally, the course will discuss the future of aviation including NextGen and unmanned aerial systems. Students will write a research paper and make an in-class presentation to satisfy the requirements of the course. Updated 10/2014.

Biomedical Research Law 394

  • Credits: 2 letter-graded hours

Introduction into how the legal system and biomedicine work in the context of advertising and medical diagnosis. Students will be introduced to some medical and science issues. We will examine how federal law regulates clinical research, paying special attention to Institutional Review Boards, informed consent and confidentiality laws; criticisms of the current scheme, focusing on conflicts of interest. The second half of the course will discuss questions surrounding genetic research, including the meaning of genetic information, legal status of human tissue, how genetic information may lead to discrimination and how the law should regulate genetic information.

Business Entities Tax Law 360

  • Prerequisites: Business Organizations & Federal Income Tax or instructor's consent.
  • Credits: 4 letter-graded hours

This course will focus on the issues facing the owner of a business at three stages during its life: creation, operation and liquidation. The course will emphasize choice of entity issues, comparing and contrasting the various forms of business enterprise. It will also cover the basics of both partnership taxation (which is also the treatment of LLCs and LLPs) and corporations (including S Corporations).

Business Law Clinic Law 618-01

  • Prerequisites: Legal Research & Writing I and II
  • Credits: 2-4 letter-graded hours
  • Instructors: Warren Binford

Students will work on transactional matters involving nonprofit entities and emerging for profits. Legal matters often include entity formation, governance, contract drafting, intellectual property advice, helping the organization acquire 501(c) status, drafting bylaws and articles of incorporation, and providing other legal advice on a continuing basis. Updated 10/2016.

Business Lawyering Law 379

  • Credits: 3 letter-graded hours

The course applies problem-solving across the range of traditional marketing business decisions: defining product/service offerings, distribution decisions, developing and implementing communication strategies and pricing decisions. The course focuses on a series of case studies, each integrating a specific business fact pattern with related substantive legal materials. Students prepare a client memorandum for each case, offering advice on the appropriate business and legal responses to the particular situation. The course is designed so that, although helpful, Business Lawyering - Policy and Process is not a prerequisite.

Business Negotiations Law 3016

  • Credits: 2 letter-graded hours
  • Offerings: Spring
  • Instructors: Aaron Simowitz

The goal of this seminar will be to apply substantive legal knowledge you already have to crafting an outstanding brief and argument. We will proceed through each step of reviewing, briefing, and arguing a complex business dispute. Students will work in pairs. We will discuss the substantive issues presented in each simulation in-depth, explore the dynamics of briefing a dispute in the context of a law office environment, and focus on crafting both a brief and an argument. Simulations will be drawn from current, pending business disputes and will be selected based on the courses taken and interests of the registered students. Possible subjects include regulation of securities transactions, commercial arbitral award enforcement, the commercial exception to sovereign immunity, bank liability for processing illegal transactions, and determination of secured status in bankruptcy proceedings.

Business Organizations Law 202

  • Credits: 3 letter-graded hours
  • Offerings: Fall and Spring

Fundamentals of the various types of business organizations including general and limited partnerships, limited liability companies and partnerships, and corporations. Particular emphasis on closely held corporations and the rights, responsibilities and liabilities of business associates, including agency and fiduciary relationships.

Business Planning Law 367

  • Prerequisites: Business Organizations, Federal Income Tax
  • Credits: 2 letter-graded hours

The course is designed to help students understand and address the core legal and tax considerations confronting business owners from startup and funding, to operations, conversions and transitions, through liquidation and dissolution. Topics include corporate, partnership, and LLC taxation issues; choice of entity planning; entity conversions and transitions; profit distribution planning and diversification; and business exit planning.

Business Reorganizations Law 3015

  • Prerequisites: None
  • Credits: 2 letter-graded hours
  • Offerings: Spring
  • Instructors: Cecilia Lee

This course on corporate restructuring will be an in-depth study of Chapter 11 law and practice, with a heavy emphasis on the practical aspect of Chapter 11. The course will consist of one two-hour class each week, with lectures and a significant amount of student participation and role-playing. The coursework will include five written assignments of drafting letters, pleadings and a complaint. There will not be a traditional final examination at the end of the course. Readings will be assigned from published cases and secondary sources rather than an assigned textbook.

Capital Punishment Law 3009

  • Prerequisites: Criminal Law; Criminal Procedure I (or concurrently)
  • Credits: 2 letter-graded hours
  • Offerings: Spring; taught in alternate years

This seminar will cover the history and law of the modern (post-1970) death penalty in the United States. We will examine the roles played by different actors in the criminal justice system in death penalty cases, including prosecutors, judges, jurors and defense lawyers. We also will explore the topics of aggravating and mitigating factors, future dangerousness, categorical exemptions, race and gender bias, habeas and ineffective assistance of counsel, competence and volunteers (or waiver of appeals). Grades will be based on class participation and a final paper. Updated 07/2013.

Child and Family Advocacy Clinic Law 618-04

  • Prerequisites: Legal Research & Writing I and II
  • Credits: 2-4 letter-graded hours
  • Instructors: Warren Binford; Don McCann

Students will work on cases and advocacy involving children and families. Students may also have the opportunity to provide education advocacy for children with special needs and to assist with impact litigation intended to advance the protection of children. Students may interview clients; research and draft pleadings, motions, and briefs; conduct investigations and discovery; negotiate with opposing counsel; and appear in court or administrative proceedings. Updated 10/2016.

Civil Procedure Law 101

  • Credits: 4 letter-graded hours
  • Offerings: Fall

Introduction to the rules controlling the litigation of civil cases. Topics may include: survey of remedies, the distinction between legal and equitable remedies for purposes of right to jury; provisional remedies; Erie doctrine; jurisdiction, with emphasis on "long arm" jurisdiction; venue and process; claim and issue preclusion; parties to civil litigation, including necessary parties, third-party practice and class actions; pleading, discovery and motion practice under federal and state rules systems.

Civil Rights Litigation Law 231

  • Prerequisites: Constitutional Law I and II
  • Credits: 3 letter-graded hours
  • Offerings: spring

Race, racism and American law. Included are construction and application of the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments to the United States Constitution, the original civil rights statutes, and modern civil rights legislation. Emphasis on the law's successes and failures in addressing discrimination in housing, education, voting, public accommodations and interracial sex and marriage.

Civil Trial Practice Law 321

  • Prerequisites: Evidence
  • Credits: 3 letter-graded hours
  • Instructors: Rod M. Jones

This course will provide practical training and tips for conducting a Civil Trial. The approach will include interactive discussions of topics such as trial strategy and trial themes, how to prepare for an upcoming trial, how to introduce evidence/exhibits and how to make and respond to common trial motions and trial objections. Students will have the opportunity to prepare for and conduct Opening Statements, Closing Argument, and Direct and Cross-Exam of expert and lay witness.

Grades will be based on class attendance, class participation and the quality of written and oral presentations. There will be no final exam for this course.

Comparative Law Law 118/320

  • Credits: 3 letter-graded hours

A general introduction to the nature of law and legal institutions outside the United States and to the comparative method of studying law. The principal focus is on the civil law tradition in Europe, Latin America, and East Asia and on selected countries characteristic legal structures and processes. The importance of indigenous law traditions in Latin American and Asia may also be reviewed, as well as the American lawyers practical problems in pleading and proving foreign law.

Conflict of Laws Law 313

  • Credits: 3 letter-graded hours
  • Instructors: David Clark; Symeon Symeonides

This course will teach you how to detect and handle legal disputes that implicate the laws of more than one state or country, thus potentially presenting conflicts of laws. The course allocates more time on intra-U.S. or interstate conflicts, which are the most frequent, but also covers international conflicts between U.S. state or federal laws and foreign laws. It covers the criteria for choosing the state or country whose law will govern the merits of the dispute (choice of law) and the requirements for recognizing and enforcing a judgment in another state or country. Updated 10/2016.

Constitutional Law I Law 111

  • Credits: 3 letter-graded hours
  • Offerings: Spring

Construction and application of the United States Constitution; allocation of powers between the federal government and the states; allocation of powers among federal executive, Congress, and courts; due process.

Constitutional Law II Law 252

  • Credits: 3 letter-graded hours
  • Offerings: Fall and Spring

Study of the following issues arising under the United States Constitution: freedom of expression and association; religion clauses (free exercise of religion; bar on establishment of religion); equal protection clause (suspect and semi-suspect classifications; fundamental rights); state action doctrine; and congressional enforcement of civil rights.

Consumer Law Law 264

  • Credits: 2 letter-graded hours

This seminar will survey the laws applicable to the advertising and marketing. Expected topics include the advertising/editorial content distinction, false advertising law, deception, business torts, brand protection, and privacy. Students will write a research paper and make an in-class presentation to satisfy the requirements of the course. Updated 07/2014.

Contract Drafting Law 633

  • Prerequisites: Legal Research & Writing I and II
  • Credits: 3 hours

This course is intended to give the third year law student hands-on experience in drafting several forms of commonly used contracts, including contracts for personal services, goods and the sale or lease of real property, as well as ancillary documents, such as letters of intent. Using examples of typical business transactions, the student will learn how to identify and translate elements of such transactions into clear and unambiguous contract terms and conditions. The class will examine the use of standard or boilerplate clauses in contracts, drafting rules and the impact of Article 2 of the Uniform Commercial Code on contract drafting. Students will examine and discuss a range of issues confronted by the transactional attorney during the drafting process, including client expectations, control of drafting, role of the attorney in contract negotiations, and ethical challenges that arise during the drafting process. Students will be paired into teams to provide a realistic environment for negotiating and drafting various kinds of contracts.

Contracts I Law 103

  • Credits: 3 letter-graded hours
  • Offerings: Fall

Formation of informal and formal contracts; nature and duration of offer; acceptance; mutual assent; general principles of consideration; parol evidence; interpretation; constructive conditions and conditions precedent and subsequent; breach of contract; remedies for breach of contract; impossibility of performance; third party beneficiary; assignment; Statute of Frauds; discharge; accord and satisfaction; novation; illegal contracts. The development of contract law as a cultural institution reflective of general social and political trends. Consideration of the link between the humanities and extant contract law.

Contracts II Law 104

  • Prerequisites: Contracts I
  • Credits: 3 letter-graded hours
  • Offerings: Spring

Formation of informal and formal contracts; nature and duration of offer; acceptance; mutual assent; general principles of consideration; parol evidence; interpretation; constructive conditions and conditions precedent and subsequent; breach of contract; remedies for breach of contract; impossibility of performance; third party beneficiary; assignment; Statute of Frauds; discharge; accord and satisfaction; novation; illegal contracts. The development of contract law as a cultural institution reflective of general social and political trends. Consideration of the link between the humanities and extant contract law.

Copyright Law 260

  • Credits: 3 letter-graded hours

This a comprehensive introduction to U.S. copyright law, and begins with an analysis of copyright?s underlying policies and theoretical framework. It then examines the substantive and formal requirements for copyright protection, the exclusive rights (reproduction, adaptation, etc.) accorded to authors and copyright proprietors, the fair use defense, issues involving copyright ownership, renewal, duration, transfer and termination of transfers, moral rights, possible Constitutional limitations to copyright holder rights, contributory and vicarious liability (focusing on music file trading and peer-to-peer services like Napster, Kazaa and Grokster), and the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA).

Corporate Finance Law 203

  • Prerequisites: Business Organizations & Introduction to Business Law or instructor's consent
  • Credits: 3 letter-graded hours

Capital structure and financing. Issuance of stock and payment of dividends. Provisions of the federal Securities and Exchange Act of 1934 on insider trading, fraud, and "tender offers" (take-over bids) of public-issue corporations.

Corporate Tax Law 236

  • Prerequisites: Previous course primarily devoted to taxation - strongly recommended
  • Credits: 3 letter-graded hours

This course deals with the federal tax consequences to corporations and their shareholders as a result of the most significant events for tax purposes — formation of the corporation, routine business operations, including the use of subsidiaries, issuing stock, payment of dividends on (and redemptions of) stock, mergers and other acquisitions, and termination. The course will contrast the tax consequences of choosing corporate form with those of operating a venture as an LLC or partnership.

Criminal Law Law 114

  • Credits: 3 letter-graded hours
  • Offerings: Fall

An overview of approaches among the states to the substantive criminal law, crimes and defenses. Includes historic common law distinctions, modern statutory modifications and the Model Penal Code.

Criminal Procedure I Law 334

  • Credits: 3 letter-graded hours
  • Offerings: Fall

Criminal process from crime to trial. Emphasis upon recent constitutional law cases and current problems: arrest; search and seizure; police questioning; identification; initial appearance; preliminary hearing and release decision; complaint; indictment and information; discovery and disclosure; free press and fair trial; exclusionary rule applications; and plea negotiation.

Criminal Procedure II: Prosecution, Defense & Adjudication Law 391

  • Credits: 3 letter-graded hours
  • Offerings: Spring

This course starts where Criminal Procedure: Police Practices ends by looking at the prosecution and adjudication of criminal cases. Topics include the right to counsel, pretrial release and detention, charging, double jeopardy, pleas and plea bargains, confrontation of witnesses, sentencing, appeals and post conviction remedies.

D – F

Deals Law 3020

  • Prerequisites: Business Organizations
  • Credits: 3 letter-graded hours
  • Offerings: Fall
  • Instructors: Karen Sandrik

This 3-hour course is designed to help prepare students for transactional law practice by providing further exposure to the role of professionals in creating value for the client. The first half of this course will focus on students acquiring the necessary background to understand barriers to transacting, as well as learning to recognize and work through common issues across a variety of transactions. In the second half of the course, students will participate in simulated deals and workshops that allow them to engage with parts of deals in, for example, the technology, financial, and real estate industries. The professor aims to bring in attorneys and other business people during the second half of the class to help facilitate and guide students in these simulations and workshops.

Debtor and Creditor Law 303

  • Credits: 3 letter-graded hours
  • Offerings: Spring

Emphasis on bankruptcy under the Bankruptcy Reform Act of 1978, including liquidation and debtor rehabilitation. Other matters affecting debtor-creditor relations, including judgment liens, executions, attachments, garnishments, fraudulent conveyances and exemptions. Suggested pre-requisite: Secured Transactions.

Deposition Skills Training Law 398

  • Credits: 3 letter-graded hours

This course provides students with hands-on training on how to conduct and defend depositions in a simulated setting. Students learn to build a strong framework for basic deposition techniques as well as how to handle expert witness depositions. They will draft documents related to depositions, including notices, subpoenas, motions, affidavits, and proposed orders. The course will use a simulated case file and will include direct instruction, videotaped performance, team practice, and structured feedback.

Disability Law Law 233

  • Credits: 2 letter-graded hours

This course examines the ways in which modern disability laws are changing the cultural and physical landscape of our society. We will explore issues such as: disability discrimination and reasonable accommodation in the workplace, the obligation of government and private businesses to become accessible, and the requirements of housing providers to accommodate renters with disabilities. This class is team-taught by two attorneys: one who investigates civil rights complaints and another who represents plaintiffs in disability cases. In order to maximize our efforts to bring the real world into the classroom, we will also have several attorney guest speakers.

Don Turner Criminal Trial Competition Law 426

  • Credits: 1 hour first time competing; 0 hours second time competing. Maximum of 1 hour.

Elder Law Law 352

  • Prerequisites: Trusts & Estates
  • Credits: 2 letter-graded hours

Estate planning for the elderly client. Topics covered include an introduction to the aging population and the aging process, delivery of services to the elderly, ethical issues, income maintenance programs (Social Security, Disability and Supplemental Security Income), health care entitlement programs (Medicare and Medicaid), nursing homes and other residential alternatives, guardianships and conservatorships, planning techniques for long-term health care, and health care decision-making. Writing component includes reports on field activities, interview with a "client" and drafting an advice letter, and drafting of guardianship and conservatorship pleadings. Class meets once a week on "flex time" schedule, not exceeding 3 hours for any one session.

Election Law Law 266

  • Credits: 3 letter-graded hours
  • Offerings: Spring

This course is devoted to surveying the constitutional and statutory provisions regulating the conduct of democratic elections in the United States. Issues to be discussed include the right to vote, ballot access restrictions, the regulation of political parties, reapportionment and redistricting; partisan gerrymandering, campaign financing, the Voting Rights Act, and special issues arising in the context of direct democracy (i.e., ballot initiatives and referenda).

Employee Benefits Law 273

  • Prerequisites: Business Organizations
  • Credits: 3 letter-graded hours
  • Offerings: Spring

This course is intended to provide students with a more detailed look at common types of employee benefit plans and the rules that govern them. This first part of the course focuses on qualified pension plans, both defined benefit plans and defined contribution plans such as 401(k) plans, which have gained popularity in recent years. The second part of the course turns to deferred compensation plans that do not meet the requirements of ERISA (nonqualified plans), to equity compensation, and to other types of health and welfare benefit plans commonly sponsored by employers. Updated 10/2014.

Employment Discrimination Law 339

  • Credits: 3 letter-graded hours

This course focuses on workplace claims involving employment discrimination and harassment. State and federal laws prohibiting discrimination based on race, sex, religion, national origin, age, sexual orientation, and disability are explored. Topics include disparate treatment, disparate impact, harassment, bona fide occupational qualifications, and the business necessity defense. Updated 04/2014.

Employment Law Law 225

  • Credits: 3 letter-graded hours

This course provides an in-depth examination of legal claims that arise in the workplace (except those related to employment discrimination). Topics include employment at will, judicial exceptions to the at will doctrine, hiring, privacy rights, and non-competition agreements. Federal overtime and minimum wage protections are explored as well. Finally the course considers mandatory arbitration as a means for resolving employment disputes. Updated 04/2014.

Endangered Species Act Law 277

  • Prerequisites: None
  • Credits: 2 letter-graded hours
  • Instructors: Scott Beckstead

This course will explore the Endangered Species Act, the nation’s most groundbreaking and controversial wildlife protection law. Beginning with an overview of the political and biological landscape that gave rise to the ESA, students will read and discuss the key provisions of the ESA and the most important cases that have interpreted and applied those provisions. Students will learn what events will trigger the listing of a species under the ESA; what constitutes “critical habitat” and how it is designated; how the ESA is enforced; and what steps an agency must take to ensure recovery of a designated species and its habitat.

Energy & Climate Law Law 387

  • Credits: 3 letter-graded hours

Traditional energy law includes private law, price regulation, and other regulatory laws that govern extraction, storage, transportation, and refining of energy minerals (coal, oil, gas, uranium), electrical power generation and distribution, natural gas production and distribution, hydroelectric and nuclear licensing and energy use in industrial and transportation sectors. The class will cover those subjects; however this is not your grandmothers energy law class. The present and future of energy law is changing rapidly, perhaps faster than any other area of law. Energy lawyers cannot simply rely on well-defined bodies of law regarding oil and gas leases, unitization agreements, state public utility regulation, surface coal reclamation, rights-of-way over federal land, and FERC hydroelectric licenses to answer client questions, make convincing legal arguments, and assist their clients in deals. They must understand complex institutional relationships, be able to deal in a fluid legal and policy environment,and have the ability to fluently articulate client interests in terms of public policy goals and regulatory rationales such as economic efficiency, sustainability, supply security, universal affordable access, recapturing unearned monopoly profits, and maintaining ecosystem services. Finally, to avoid themselves becoming fossilized organic matter, energy lawyers must understand the forces driving energy law in the 21st century; rapid scientific and technological advances; geopolitical power shifts and terrorism; the global carbon cycle, global warming, effects of regional climate change, and adaptation; the peak oil debate and other aspects of resource supply dynamics; liberalization and deregulation of energy markets; globalization and multinational corporate behavior; corporate social responsibility, shifting investor expectations and global financier demands; international commitments to alleviate extreme poverty and increasingly dynamic economic growth in India, China, and other major energy markets. The class is designed to prepare those who are consider a practice related to energy law, environmental law or natural resources law as well as providing essential background on critical energy issues for all lawyers.

Entrepreneurship and the Law Law 271

  • Prerequisites: Business Organizations
  • Credits: 2 letter-graded hours
  • Offerings: Spring; Taught in alternate years.

The course will provide students with an introduction and overview of serving as legal counsel for entrepreneurs, start-ups and investors in today's fast paced economy. We will explore a number of basic issues including entity structuring, building the management team, raising outside capital, valuation, execution of the business plan and preparing/completing an exit. Students will have the opportunity to learn from seasoned attorneys, entrepreneurs and investors. Updated 10/2014.

Environmental Law & Policy Law 223

  • Credits: 3 letter-graded hours

This is an experimental class designed to teach you environmental law and policy in context. You will be involved in a series of simulations to expose you to the institutions, law, and policies that create our environmental regulatory systems. The simulations will provide both professional writing experiences and opportunities to engage in oral advocacy in litigation, transactional, and policy contexts. Assessment: simulation problems. No exam.

Evidence Law 213

  • Credits: 4 letter-graded hours
  • Offerings: Fall and Spring

Judicial notice; real and demonstrative evidence; direct and circumstantial evidence; witnesses; authentication; hearsay; burden of proof; presumption; relevance; privileges.

Externship Law 478

  • Prerequisites: Dependent upon placement
  • Credits: 3 or 6 hours

Externship is a course providing field learning opportunities in government, nonprofit and corporate practices, where you work for academic credit, not pay. The goal of the program is to provide learning about fundamental skills and values of the lawyer within the context of actual legal practice and under the tutelage of experienced lawyers. Updated 06/2014.

Family Law Law 208

  • Credits: 3 letter-graded hours

Survey of laws governing marriage and divorce. Includes jurisdiction; consequences; economic relations; alimony, support and separation agreements; status of the child; juvenile court proceedings as they affect child custody and the parent-child relationship.

Federal Courts Law 207

  • Credits: 3 letter-graded hours
  • Offerings: Taught in alternate years

The role of federal courts within the judicial system. Includes federal question and diversity jurisdiction; process and venue; removal of cases from state courts; conflict of federal and state jurisdiction; use of state law in federal courts.

Federal Estate and Gift Tax Law 308

  • Prerequisites: Trusts and Estates
  • Credits: 2 letter-graded hours

Federal tax treatment of the transfer of property by lifetime gift or at death. A series of problems apply the tax laws to specific fact situations. Includes comprehensive review problem requiring preparation of tax returns for hypothetical client. Introduces basic principles of estate planning for taxable estates.

Federal Income Tax Law 215

  • Credits: 3 letter-graded hours
  • Offerings: Spring

This course addresses the federal income taxation of individuals, including the determination of gross income, allowable deductions and the character of gain or loss. Nonrecognition and other common transactions are covered.

First Amendment Law 381

  • Credits: 2 letter-graded hours

First Amendment is a topical seminar in First Amendment law (speech and religion). Students are expected to have a basic understand of First Amendment doctrine and analysis. Using that knowledge as a foundation, the seminar will focus on theory and application of First Amendment principles on particular issues (e.g.: hate speech). Class evaluation will be based on a book/article review (3-5 pages), a final paper (25 +/- pages), a class presentation of the draft paper during the final week of the semester, an oral and written critique of a classmate's paper (2-3 pages), and class participation. Updated 3/2016.

Full-Time Externship Law 480

  • Prerequisites: Dependent upon placement
  • Credits: Summer, 9 hours; Regular Fall/Spring term, 13 hours Regular Fall/Spring term; Optional 1-2 letter-graded hours available if writing a paper.
  • Instructors: Terry Wright

The full-time externship course provides in-depth, field learning opportunities in judicial, government, nonprofit, and in some cases, private settings with firms or in-house counsel, under the tutelage of lawyers and judges. You work for academic credit, not pay. There is a class component associated with the course. The goals of the program are to learn the day-to-day skills that are necessary for the practice of law, to turn theory of law into practical lawyering skills, to instill the rules of professionalism by observing the practices of lawyers and judges, and to increase substantive knowledge in various legal areas. An externship improves lawyering skills, knowledge and self-confidence. Enrollment will generally be limited, based on available resources, to less than 10 students per semester or summer term, and is limited to applicants who meet established requirements. See the Director of Career & Professional Development for more details. Updated 06/2014.

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German Law and Legal Institutions Law 378

  • Credits: Up to 10 hours

Program in International and Comparative Business Law at Bucerius Law School in Hamburg, Germany.

Global Competition Law Law 3017

  • Prerequisites: None
  • Credits: 2 letter-graded hours
  • Offerings: Spring
  • Instructors: Larry Fullerton

This seminar will examine the development of competition laws in leading jurisdictions around the world; major differences in those laws; the local historical, cultural and economic reasons for those differences; and policy options for mitigating resulting cross-border conflicts. Students will submit a proposed “discussion topic” for each class based on the readings, and write a research paper due at the end of the semester. While there is no formal prerequisite for this course, students will find the material more accessible if they have had some previous exposure to microeconomics or competition law, as for example in the basic course on Antitrust Law.

Global Sustainability Law 386

  • Credits: 2 letter-graded hours
  • Offerings: Spring

This course examines the philosophy and practice of sustainability and follows the subsequent development of this approach in resolving post industrial problems. After a brief introduction to ecological ethics and thinking, we begin with its origins in the public international law of environmental protection. Through the analytical lenses of risk analysis, economics, land use law and social sciences, we examine how sustainability can engage and resolve complex, post industrial problems through law and the work of lawyers. Throughout the course, we consider how law can engage solutions, and the role of lawyers in implementing sustainable approaches through law and other social forums.

Healthcare Law: The Affordable Care Act Law 268

  • Prerequisites: Health Care Law & Policy recommended
  • Credits: 2 letter-graded hours

This class will focus on the development of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 and the Reconciliation Act of 2010, and the impact this legislation has upon delivery and reimbursement models in heal care. Updated 10/2013.

Health Care Law & Policy Law 248

  • Credits: 2 letter-graded hours

The course considers selected topics related to health care in the United States, with particular focus on issues relating to the financing of health care services and access to such services.

Health Care Transactions Law 3014

  • Prerequisites: None, but Health Care Law & Policy and Healthcare Law: The Affordable Care Act are recommended.
  • Credits: 2 letter-graded hours
  • Offerings: Fall
  • Instructors: Michael Skindrud

Transactions between stakeholders in the health care sector are undertaken frequently, particularly in this time of industry consolidation. Examples include: joint ventures between hospitals, physicians and other providers; hospital acquisition of physician practices; agreements between insurers and providers; and affiliations among hospital systems. These transactions take place in a heavily regulated environment. In this course, students will take a deep dive into the substantive laws that govern these transactions, including the physician's self-referral law (Stark Law), the Anti-Kickback Law, the Federal False Claims Act, the Civil Monetary Penalty Law, the laws regulating tax exempt organizations (most hospitals are tax exempt), and the antitrust laws regulating market consolidation. Students will be given assignments from clients wanting these transactions, will identify applicable laws, will counsel their clients on what can be done within the law, and then will create terms sheets and agreements that accomplish the client's goals. These assignments will be the focus of both individual and team oriented projects, class discussion, and written memos to the client, all providing a practical and real world environment for learning.

Human Rights Law 373

  • Credits: 3 letter-graded hours

This course is a survey of international human rights norms and their implementation. The course will include consideration of the historical and ideological origins of the human rights movement, issues of universality versus cultural relativism, and alternative ideological conceptions. The course will survey the basic international and regional human rights agreements and instruments and their enforcement mechanisms. It will consider the status of second and third generation rights, group rights, and collective rights. The course will also examine remedies for human rights violations and the substantive elaboration of selected specific human rights. Updated 11/2014.

Immigration Clinic Law 618-09

  • Prerequisites: Legal Research & Writing I and II
  • Credits: 2-4 letter-graded hours
  • Instructors: Gwynne Skinner

Students will have the opportunity to work on human rights cases and projects, and represent clients in asylum and other immigration cases, including assisting them in obtaining T, U, and VAWA visas. Students may have the opportunity to participate in federal litigation, international litigation, and human rights fact-finding and report writing. Students may also have the opportunity to collaborate with local, regional, and national human rights NGOs. Updated 10/2016.

Immigration Law Law 350

  • Credits: 3 letter-graded hours
  • Offerings: Spring

The administrative structure and substantive legal doctrine of immigration law, including the bases for permanent resident alien and non-immigration status; exclusion and deportation, and the international law of immigration; constitutional constraints on the Immigration and Naturalization Service and other governmental agencies; the rights of undocumented aliens, refugees and asylees; and employment rights of aliens.

Independent Research Law 470

  • Credits: 1-2 hours

This course involves the preparation of a paper or thesis on a topic selected by the student which is not fully covered by the regular curriculum, under the supervision of a full-time faculty member. One credit hour requires 52 hours of work, including any meetings with the supervising full-time faculty member. Two credit hours requires 104 hours of work, including any meetings with the supervising full-time faculty member.

Insurance Law Law 218

  • Prerequisites: Contracts I and II
  • Credits: 2 letter-graded hours

This course offers a general introduction to insurance law. We will first explore the mechanics of risk transference through the insurance policy.  We will also assess how the interests of public policy, consumer protection, and the freedom to contract have shaped insurance policy interpretation and enforceability.  The bulk of the class will be spent on analyzing law and policy in the main types of insurance policies, including property, liability, life, and auto insurance. Claims management procedures are a key component to the course, and we will spend time developing an understanding of the duties imposed upon the insured and the insurer, and the penalties for the breach of those duties. 

International Business Transactions Law 318

  • Credits: 3 letter-graded hours

Public and private aspects of international trade, licensing, and investment. Topics include international documentary transactions; letters of credit; exchange controls; NAFTA and the WTO; tariffs; trade barriers and preferences; duties; import and export controls, trade with non-market economies, ethical issues and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act; international enforcement of intellectual property rights; foreign investment; double taxation; the European Union; repatriation of overseas profits; and expropriation.

International Criminal Law Law 265

  • Credits: 2 letter-graded hours
  • Offerings: Spring
  • Instructors: Caroline Davidson

This course will examine the subject of international criminal law, which sits at the intersection of international human rights law, international humanitarian law (the law of war) and public international law. We will study the development of international norms of genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes; the jurisdiction and procedure of international tribunals, including the International Criminal Court (ICC), the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR), and the hybrid tribunals, such as those in Sierra Leone, Cambodia, Bosnia, East Timor and Kosovo; and domestic applications of international criminal law and related jurisdictional issues. We will evaluate the benefits and drawbacks of different responses to violations of the laws of war and mass atrocity. We also will explore the distinction between rules governing when to go to war and those governing how it should be fought; the protections afforded by the 1949 Geneva Conventions and the 1977 Protocols to combatants and noncombatants, including civilians and POWs. Finally, we will discuss the implications of international criminal and humanitarian law for current events, including the crisis in Syria and the “war on terror.” The class will culminate in a research paper of at least 20 pages in length. Updated 10/2016.

International Law and Dispute Resolution Law 117/316

  • Credits: 3 letter-graded hours
  • Offerings: Spring

This course offers a survey of public international law and dispute resolution. Topics covered include the origins, nature, development, sources, and subjects of international law; recognition of states and governments; treaty interpretations; state and government succession; extradition; human rights; laws of armed conflict; the control of terrorism; the law of the sea; and international cultural heritage law.

International Law Moot Court Law 415

International Law Moot Court Competition Law 416

  • Credits: 1 hour first time competing; 0 hours second time competing. Maximum of 1 hour.

International Litigation and Arbitration Law 372

  • Credits: 2 letter-graded hours

The course is designed to provide students with a practical understanding of the institutions, processes, rules, and policies that shape litigation and arbitration arising out of transnational disputes.

Internet and Social Media Law 276

  • Prerequisites: None
  • Credits: 2 letter-graded hours
  • Instructors: Andrew Gilden

As individuals, companies, and state actors exchange vast amounts of information via social media platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Pinterest, and Twitter, the law has struggled to mediate competing social, economic, and regulatory interests. This course will examine a series of legal issues raised by (1) the flow of personal information through social media, (2) the emergence of business models premised on such information flows, and (3) expanded opportunities for law enforcement and government surveillance. It will also examine strategic and ethical issues surrounding lawyers' use of evidence derived from social media. Topics covered may include consumer privacy, online harassment, advertising and securities law regulations, copyright and user-generated content, electronic discovery, and the free speech interests of businesses, employees, and students. Each class session will focus on a particular facet of an emerging body of social media law, and students will read and discuss related case law, scholarship, and policy proposals. Grading will be based upon class participation, two short response essays, and a final paper.

Introduction to American Law Law 150

  • Prerequisites: LLM, MLS, & MBA Students Only
  • Credits: 3 hours

Introduction to American Law is a course designed for LL.M, MBA and Master of Legal Studies Program students. The course provides an overview of various areas of American law, of the U.S. legal profession, and of the U.S. judicial process. It serves as an introduction to legal and ethical principles driving the U.S. legal system in the context of jurisprudence of American law and legal culture. Through close reading and critical discussion of cases and materials, the course will introduce students to effective use of legal resources and legal reasoning in the U.S. legal system. The course will also focus on introducing the students to reading and understand cases and statutes, doing legal research, and applying existing law to the issue at hand. Lastly, the course will include a section on professional ethics and culture of the law, including, settlement expectations of different dispute resolution mechanisms in the United States. Updated 04/2014.

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Juvenile Law Law 325

  • Credits: 2 letter-graded hours

Legal rights and status of children. Rights regarding economic activity, family, school, health care and sexuality. Analysis of key bases for juvenile court jurisdiction: abuse/neglect; status offenses; and crimes. Due process rights in police, court and agency procedures. Issues raised by placement in foster care, juvenile detention facilities, adult jails, and state training schools. Additional rights of special population children: poor, handicapped, migrant, Native American.

Labor Law Law 205

  • Credits: 3 letter-graded hours
  • Offerings: Taught in alternate years

Role of federal law in labor relations; historical development of labor law; union organization and recognition; duty to bargain collectively; strikes, picketing, and boycotts; administration and enforcement of the collective bargaining agreement.

Land Use Planning Law 222

  • Credits: 3 letter-graded hours
  • Offerings: Spring

Overview of the traditional techniques of land use control including zoning, subdivision controls, planned unit developments and growth management controls. Consideration of the comprehensive plan as a limitation on administrative and political discretion in the decision-making process. Examination of the Due Process and Takings Clause jurisprudence of the Supreme Court with respect to land use regulation.

Latin American Law and Legal Institutions Law 365

  • Prerequisites: Spanish proficiency
  • Credits: Up to 10 hours

Semester program in Quito, Ecuador at the Pontifical Catholic University of Ecuador. Fundamentals of the civil code, Ecuadorian procedural and substantive law, and Latin American legal institutions. Limit of two students. Requires approval of each participant by the Dean and the American Bar Association.

Latinos and the Law Law 269

  • Credits: 3 letter-graded hours

This is an advanced course that facilitates an understanding of how law and public policy affect the economic livelihood and rights of the Latino community, particularly with respect to immigration, language, and racial and ethnic discrimination in a variety of contexts, including employment, housing, hate crimes, education, public benefits, and the criminal justice system. This course also examines concepts of equality and discrimination as interpreted in other countries from the perspective of comparative law. Finally, the course will give the students some exposure to Spanish translation of fundamental legal terminology. Updated 04/2014.

Law and Government Practicum Law 476

  • Credits: 2 hours

Students are required to engage in a significant research and writing project of an external placement in law and government.

Legal Analysis for the Bar Law 640

  • Prerequisites: Be a 3L in one's last semester.
  • Credits: 3 or 4 letter-graded hours
  • Instructors: Amy Meyers; Susan Smith; Karen Wilkinson

Legal Analysis for the Bar Exam focuses on improving the analytical skills students need to perform well on the bar examination. Students will learn and practice strategies and techniques used in answering questions posed in all three bar exam components (MBE, MEE, and MPT). Students will work through MEE and MPT questions from previous bar examinations and receive feedback on those exercises. Students will also practice sample MBE questions and learn how to autopsy answer choices.  Additionally, students will participate in self-diagnostic, peer review, reflection, and other formative exercises to improve their skills and identify areas of strengths and weaknesses. The course will use law from three subjects that are routinely tested on multiple portions of the bar exam (Federal Civil Procedure, Evidence, and Torts) and help students develop strategies to review their knowledge in those and other tested topics. The course will also address strategies for preparing for the bar exam, including planning, memorization, self-care, and other practical skills.  Please note that this course is intended to serve as a suitable first step to prepare for any state's bar examination. However, the course is intended to supplement, not replace, a full commercial bar review and preparation course. The course is offered as a three-credit or four-credit option. Updated 10/2016.

Legal Research & Analysis Law 151

  • Prerequisites: LLM, MLS, & MBA Students Only
  • Credits: 2 hours
  • Offerings: Spring

Legal Research & Analysis is a course designed for LL.M, MBA and Master of Legal Studies students. The course offers an introduction to legal analysis, research and writing. While legal research sources and techniques are a central component of the course, it is recognized that legal research must be studied in the context of the legal analysis and writing process. Therefore, students study and perform exercises in problem analysis, weight of authority, issue formulation, case law analysis, statutory interpretation, forms of legal reasoning and citation form. Students will conduct legal research based on a factual scenario, analyze the law and report the results of that research and analysis in writing. Updated 10/2014.

Legal Research & Writing I Law 105

  • Credits: 2 letter-graded hours
  • Offerings: Fall

Fundamentals of legal analysis, research and writing, including analyzing and reasoning using statutes, court rules and judicial opinions, and communicating the legal analysis clearly and effectively to others in writing and in oral argument.

Legal Research & Writing II Law 106

  • Prerequisites: Legal Research & Writing I
  • Credits: 2 letter-graded hours
  • Offerings: Spring

Fundamentals of legal analysis, research and writing, including analyzing and reasoning using statutes, court rules and judicial opinions, and communicating the legal analysis clearly and effectively to others in writing and in oral argument.

Legislation and Regulation Law 116

  • Credits: 3 letter-graded hours
  • Offerings: Spring

Students begin their legal education by learning common law doctrines and methods of judicial reasoning. But in the modern era, most lawyers will deal with statutes and administrative rules more than the common law. In addition, many upper-level law school courses will address substantive areas of law that are governed by statutes and regulations. This course will introduce students to the legislative process, the role of agencies, the justifications for regulation, and the theories and tools that judges use in interpreting text.

M – O

Mediation & Mediation Advocacy Law 619

  • Prerequisites: Negotiation I
  • Credits: 3 hours

This course covers the mediation process from the perspective of the mediator and from the perspective of the attorney or disputant using this form of dispute resolution. Critical issues of neutrality, confidentiality, and qualifications are included as well as specific skills and techniques used by the mediator. In addition, the course covers how to use mediation effectively. The course work is covered using text, class discussion and activities, short papers and role playing.

Medical Malpractice Law 270

  • Credits: 2 letter-graded hours
  • Offerings: Spring; Taught in alternate years

Some 75,000 hospital patients die each year because of negligence. Just in the past month, a hospital in Texas mistakenly discharged a patient who subsequently developed Ebola. Many hundreds of people were placed on movement restricts and two health care workers who cared for the patient subsequently contracted the disease. Why do mistakes like this occur and what are we doing to prevent medical errors? The healthcare industry has become perhaps the most regulated in the United States. As clinicians, hospitals, medical device manufacturers, pharmaceutical companies and other players respond to this regulatory environment, the health law field has become a dynamic and complex area. And it is one evidencing a marked growth in legal employment. Indeed, health law has become such a specialized area that some state bars have developed board certification programs in healthcare. This class is unified around two main themes: (1) legal mechanisms to assure medical quality and (2) legal mechanisms to protect and promote patient autonomy. Among the many areas we will examine some of the most interesting include: - why medical malpractice occurs; - what the health care industry is doing to improve patient safety; - how licensure and credentialing process failures can lead to significant patient injuries; - the elements of a malpractice claim and corresponding defenses; - why apology and early offers to pay are bringing about huge changes in our compensation system; - the discovery, trial and settlement processes; - how liability insurance works; - the impact of litigation on clinicians. Updated 10/2014.

Mergers and Acquisitions Law 349

  • Prerequisites: Business Organizations, Corporate Finance
  • Credits: 2 letter-graded hours

The course introduces students to the structure, negotiation, and documentation of corporate mergers and acquisitions. Topics covered include basic acquisition structures, fiduciary duties of directors and officers, deal flow and the role of counsel in a transaction, successor liability, due diligence, shareholder appraisal rights, takeover defense mechanisms, risk allocation, and negotiation and documentation of the transaction. The final paper is a client memorandum addressed to a director of the target company from an actual deal that the student selects from the SEC's database of public company deals. This 2-credit course does not emphasize tax or securities aspects of corporate mergers and acquisitions. Updated 10/2014.

Moot Court Board Law 430

  • Credits: 0 hours credit.

Organization and supervision of the oral arguments for spring semester Legal Research and Writing, and other Moot Court competitions. 0 hours credit.

Moot Court Board Law 431

  • Credits: 1 hours credit.

Organization and supervision of the oral arguments for spring semester Legal Research and Writing, and other Moot Court competitions. 0 hours credit.

Moot Court Board Law 432

  • Credits: 2 hours credit.

Organization and supervision of the oral arguments for spring semester Legal Research and Writing, and other Moot Court competitions. 0 hours credit.

Moot Court Board Law 433

  • Credits: 3 hours credit.

Organization and supervision of the oral arguments for spring semester Legal Research and Writing, and other Moot Court competitions. 0 hours credit.

National Appellate Competition Law 404

  • Credits: 1 hour first time competing; 0 hours second time competing. Maximum of 1 hour.

Native American Law Law 237

  • Credits: 3 letter-graded hours

Statutory, judicial, and administrative material concerning American Indian tribes and individuals. Included are the historical development of Federal Indian policy; treaties; the trust relationship; tribal sovereignty; civil and criminal jurisdiction; natural resources of tribes; hunting and fishing rights; tribal self-government.

Negotiation Law 278

  • Prerequisites: None
  • Credits: 3 letter-graded hours
  • Instructors: Aaron Simowitz

The goal of this course will be to explore the theory and practice of transactional advocacy in the context of business negotiation. You will simulate a complex multi-part transaction, beginning with reviewing the legal and non-legal background, anticipating issues, and considering possible solutions. You will then meet with your client, meet with attorneys representing the other party, and attempt to reach an agreement that will meet with your client’s approval. You will then memorialize your agreement (and perhaps engage in further negotiation that the drafting process frequently entails). 

Negotiation Competition Law 422

  • Credits: 0 hours competing.

Open Appellate Competition Law 425

  • Credits: 1 hour first time competing; 0 hours second time competing. Maximum of 1 hour.

Oregon Criminal Procedure & Practice Law 396

  • Credits: 2 letter-graded hours

Advanced study of Oregon criminal procedure and practice. Emphasis on recognizing and litigating, from trial through appeal, criminal/constitutional procedure issues including self-incrimination, right to counsel, search and seizure, and speedy trial. In this course students will study selected cases and articles, prepare written motions and responses and present oral argument on the motions and responses. Grade is based on class participation and quality of written and oral motion practice.

Oregon Family Law Practice Law 395

  • Credits: 2 letter-graded hours
  • Offerings: Spring

This course will offer students an opportunity to put into practice what they learned in the basic family law course. The course will operate much like a practical skills course, but will focus on Oregon family law, and will include substantial preparation of written work. Students will participate in motions regarding their cases, custody evaluations, mediation and a trial of contested issues. In addition, students will learn how property is divided; child support is determined; what factors are significant in a custody evaluation and how a qualified domestic relations order is created.

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Patent Law and Policy Law 354

  • Credits: 3 letter-graded hours

The students will learn the fundamentals of U.S. patent law, patent practice, and the governing policy concerns. The course will concentrate on the practical rather than the theoretical, without being of interest solely to technically trained future patent practitioners. The professor will teach by lecture and demonstration with significant student classroom participation. A science or engineering background is preferable but not required.

Payment Systems Law 338

  • Credits: 3 letter-graded hours
  • Offerings: Spring

Payment Systems involves study of the variety of ways that we pay for goods and services other than cash - and the law, policy, and institutions that govern them. It deals with both older payment systems - credit and debit cards, direct deposits into automatic debits from checking accounts, checks, wire transfers - as well as evolving new payment systems such as E-money, real time payments, and Bitcoins. It also touches upon credit enhancement devices such as letters of credit and liquidity systems such as negotiable instruments. Although there remains a remnant of UCC Articles 3-5, the field is increasingly dominated by federal law and private standards. Payment Systems is generally not tested on bar exams; students should take this course only because they ae interested in representing consumers, banks, or business, or because they are curious about how law adapts to rapidly emerging new technologies. Assessment: CALI exercises, written problems and short objective final exam.

Pre-Trial Civil Litigation Law 374

  • Credits: 3 letter-graded hours

A study of the planning, investigation, pleading and discovery lawyers engage in prior to trial and the skills, tactics and strategies necessary to effectively prepare to try a case. Course includes practice drafting pretrial motions, memoranda and declarations and creating a trial notebook.

Privacy Law Law 275

  • Credits: 2 letter-graded hours

Does the government need a warrant to read your emails? What are the limits of employers surveilling you at work? Do you have a privacy interest in your face as facial recognition technology advances by the day? Do you have legal recourse against an angry ex posting intimate photos of you on the internet? This seminar explores the legal doctrines of privacy and confidentiality used to protect personal individual privacy as new technologies and new practices emerge. The course will examine the philosophical roots of the concepts of privacy law, and trace developments in U.S. law as to how expectations of privacy and confidentiality are translated into legal frameworks. This course spends a considerable amount of time studying the scope and implications of statutes that attempt to create privacy protections with respect to electronic personal information. Your grade will be determined by class participation and presentation of a final project.

Professional Responsibility Law 206

  • Credits: 2 letter-graded hours
  • Offerings: Fall and Spring

Consideration of the ethical problems in the practice of law, the legal constraints on the lawyer's professional conduct, the role of the lawyer in the legal profession and the place of the profession in society.

Property Law 108

  • Credits: 4 letter-graded hours
  • Offerings: Fall

Law of possession; acquisition of title; estates and future interests in land; adverse possession; easements; servitude and covenants; landlord and tenant.

Public Health Law Law 397

  • Prerequisites: It is highly recommended that one take Administrative Law (Law 255) and State & Local Government (Law 304) prior to this course. First Amendment (Law 381) is recommended as well.
  • Credits: 2 letter-graded hours
  • Instructors: Paul Diller

This seminar will focus on the authority of local governments to regulate for the public health. From smoking bans to proposed limits on large sodas, cities and counties are often at the vanguard of public health regulatory efforts. This class will examine the legal issues, both doctrinal and normative, that arise when government takes aggressive regulatory action in this regard. Some familiarity with local government law is encouraged, but not required. The course will also examine the commercial speech doctrine under the First Amendment. Updated 03/2014.

Race and the Law Law 3002

  • Credits: 2 letter-graded hours

This seminar will explore the historical and contemporary treatment of race in the United States by both the courts and the legislature. The seminar will employ an interdisciplinary approach to examining the social and political forces that have and continue to contribute to the development of legal doctrine in the areas of education, employment, interracial sex and marriage, and public accommodations, among other things. Throughout, the seminar will explore the definition of race, the intersection of race and gender, the interplay of race and class, the juxtaposition of various ethnic groups, and the utility of a biracial dichotomy in a multiracial and multiethnic society. Most of the seminar will focus on particular racial and ethnic groups in the U.S. society (e.g. African-, Asian-, Caucasian-, Native-, and Mexican Americans).

Real Estate Transactions Law 214

  • Credits: 3 letter-graded hours

Contracts for sale of land, including remedies for breach. Security devices, including mortgages, trust deeds and land sale contracts. Real estate development, including subdivisions and condominiums.

Remedies Law 204

  • Credits: 3 letter-graded hours

This course examines the choices available to litigants who seek judicial remedies. Focus is on private remedies, including specific remedies (injunctions, specific performance, writs), declaratory judgments, and money judgments (tort and contract damages and restitution). Subtext of course reveals the interplay between specific and substitutionary relief.

Sales Law 246

  • Credits: 2 letter-graded hours

The law concerning sales of goods. Focus is on Article 2 of the Uniform Commercial Code and related commercial and consumer law. Topics include formation, interpretation, and enforcement of sales contracts; risk of loss; rejection and revocation of acceptance of goods; breach of warranty in commercial and consumer cases; buyers' and sellers' remedies; and issues concerning delivery of good title. Minor coverage is also given to Articles 2A (lease of goods), 5 (letters of credit), 7 (documents of title).

School Law Law 333

  • Credits: 3 letter-graded hours

This course is designed with an emphasis on the role of the school law attorney and covers federal and state constitutional law, statutory law, and state and local rules and regulations as applied in the school and education setting. Though there is some discussion of higher education, private schools, and home schooling, the course focuses primarily on government regulation of public elementary and secondary education and the various individual and institutional rights and responsibilities. This includes students' rights regarding privacy, search and seizure, free speech, and access to education; teachers' rights and responsibilities, particularly with respect to employment and discipline, the duty to supervise, and academic freedom; the responsibilities and powers of the state and local school districts, including torts, zoning, and eminent domain; the intersection of state, federal, and local rights and control of education; race, gender, and disability discrimination; law and religion in the school setting; and the unique position of the school, a governmental entity often operating from a quasi-in loco parentis position to hundreds of students. Updated 03/2014.

Secured Transactions Law 337

  • Credits: 3 letter-graded hours
  • Offerings: Fall

The law concerning secured transactions in personal property and fixtures (Article 9 of the Uniform Commercial Code). Topics include the scope of UCC Article 9, creation and perfection of security interests, priorities of claimants to collateral, and default and enforcement procedures. Emphasis is placed on the study of the interrelationship of UCC Article 9 and bankruptcy law.

Securities Regulation Law 309

  • Prerequisites: Business Organizations
  • Credits: 3 letter-graded hours

This course examines the regulation of securities offerings and trading under the Securities Act of 1933 and the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. It explores offerings and the registration process under the Securities Act, along with reporting requirements under the Exchange Act. The course will also cover fraud, insider trading, and civil liabilities under both Acts. Finally, the course will touch upon selected recent developments in securities regulation. Updated 11/2013.

Selected Problems in International Law Law 359

  • Credits: 2 letter-graded hours

This course will examine a range of current issues at the intersections of the environmental and cultural heritage, human rights, international economics and sovereignty. The class will also consider international legal aspects of any late-breaking events that merit attention.

Selected Topics in Constitutional Law & Legal History Law 385

  • Credits: 3 letter-graded hours
  • Offerings: Fall

The Presidency and the Constitution. This seminar considers the President’s Article II powers and how the power of the presidency has developed in relation to other aspects of the Constitution.  While the majority of topics will be contemporary, some classes will consider the historical origins of presidential authority. This is a discussion oriented class. Class evaluation will be based on a book/article review (3-5 pages), a final paper (20 +/- pages), a class presentation of your paper and a critique of a classmate’s paper.  It qualifies for the third year writing requirement. Updated 03/23/2017.

Selected Topics in Labor & Employment Law Law 399

  • Credits: 2 letter-graded hours
  • Offerings: Taught in alternate years

This seminar provides an opportunity for intensive study of the law of the workplace. While addressing the legal doctrine governing key components of the relationships between employers and employees, the seminar emphasizes the role current legal regimes play in structuring workplaces and workplace behavior. The topics addressed include the social and economic significance of work, the decline of unionism, the rise of the individual rights model versus the collective, and the incentives for hiring and workplace governance created by various antidiscrimination statutes, wage protections and employment entitlements.

Sentencing Reform & Policy Law 389

  • Prerequisites: Criminal Law & Criminal Procedure I
  • Credits: 2 letter-graded hours
  • Offerings: Spring

This seminar explores the modern sentencing reform movement. Topics include the origins and critiques of the traditional sentencing system, the philosophical and policy bases for limiting judicial discretion in sentencing laws, sentencing guidelines and commissions, alternatives to incarceration, organizational sentencing, capital punishment, and the impact of race and gender on sentencing. The seminar compares federal and state approaches to these questions and also examines sentencing in other countries. In discussing the issues, we assess competing models of sentencing and current debates about the proper goals of policing, justice, incarceration, rehabilitation, deterrence and retribution.

Setting Up A Law Practice Law 637

  • Credits: 2 hours
  • Offerings: Spring

This course is an introduction to the building of a successful law practice. It will focus on the practical skills and considerations necessary in the establishment of a law practice, including staffing, marketing, advertising and client development, client relations, trust accounting, file management, client billing and the development of a detailed business plan.

Sexuality & Discrimination Law 388

  • Credits: 2 letter-graded hours

This course will explore the contemporary legal, social, medical, and psychological issues of sexuality, both from a domestic legal perspective as well as from international vantage points. The focus of the course will be on discrimination based on sexual orientation, considering contexts of employment, family law, education, housing, and immigration. There will also be an exploration of the civil rights of people with AIDS, and the discrimination that attends it in the same contexts as well as in the availability of insurance and medical and dental treatment. Finally, the course will look at the phenomenon of discrimination with respect to pregnancy and related issues. A substantial writing project will be required, and evaluation will be partially based on contribution to class discussion.

Spaulding Trial Competition Law 409

  • Credits: 1 hour first time competing; 0 hours second time competing. Maximum of 1 hour.

Sports Law Law 224

  • Credits: 3 letter-graded hours

This course covers three general and distinctive themes of international and domestic sports law: 1) the fundamentals of sports institutions, dispute resolution including the Court of Arbitration for Sport, and organizational models; 2) protection of competition and athletes, including issues of doping, gambling, technology, eligibility for competition, anti-discrimination law and policy, and protection of young athletes; and 3) commercial issues, including anti-trust aspects, media rights, intellectual property rights, image rights, event scholarship and players' agents. Updated 03/2014.

State and Local Government Law Law 304

  • Credits: 3 letter-graded hours

Considers the sources of local government power, the legal relations between local governments and other governmental entities, and local governments' relations with individuals.

State and Local Tax Law 217

  • Prerequisites: Previous course primarily devoted to taxation - recommended
  • Credits: 3 letter-graded hours

Principal legal issues arising out of state and municipal taxation in the Pacific Northwest, contiguous states and Alaska: taxes on personal and business income, property, sales, resources and estates.

State Constitutional Law Law 355

  • Prerequisites: Constitutional Law I
  • Credits: 2 letter-graded hours

State constitutions differ from the United States Constitution and among themselves. The course examines these differences, and how courts and lawyers deal with provisions that do and others that do not parallel federal provisions.

Statutory Interpretation Law 216

  • Credits: 3 letter-graded hours
  • Offerings: Spring

Discovery and use of statutes and legislative materials, including federal, state and municipal legislation in representation and litigation before legislative bodies and the courts; interpretation of legislation; insight into the legislative process and its effect.

Supreme Court Praktikum Law 475

  • Credits: 2 hours

(German Students only) This Praktikum or internship is designed for German exchange students from Bucerius Law School to meet an eligibility requirement to take the German first state examination for jurists. Coordinated in cooperation with the Oregon Supreme Court, students observe, participate in, and write documents associated with proceedings in civil, criminal, and administrative cases at first instance, appellate, and Supreme Court levels. The Praktikum covers equivalent of four or six weeks and may begin prior to other fall semester courses.

Sustainable Natural Resources Law Law 348

  • Credits: 3 letter-graded hours

This course introduces you at a sophisticated level to natural resources law and policy. We first develop an overall framework for understanding the vast array of natural resources subfields -- explicitly considering the substantive goals of the law, the means that may be chosen to implement the substantive goals, how we allocate the power to choose those goals and means, and the processes used to make such decisions. Our framework includes a consideration of the role of law, policy, economics and technical expertise. Next we explore how environmental and natural resources law and policy approaches the problem of nature conservation, sometimes referred to as protecting biodiversity. Then, we examine how environmental and natural resources law structures management of economic resources (e.g. water, fisheries, mineral resources) as well as significant legal doctrines that affect both biodiversity conservation and economic resource utilization (e.g. the public trust doctrine and constitutional takings doctrine).

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Tax-Exempt Organizations Law 267

  • Prerequisites: Federal Income Tax recommended
  • Credits: 3 letter-graded hours

This course will focus primarily on the federal law requirements for an organization to qualify for and maintain tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)(3). The course will begin by looking at the formation of a nonprofit organization and application for tax-exempt status, then move into common operational issues such as lobbying and political activity, private benefit and private inurement and the unrelated business income tax (UBIT). Updated 10/2014.

Technology Transfer & Commercialization Law 3008

  • Prerequisites: Intellectual Property (or instructor consent)
  • Credits: 2 letter-graded hours
  • Offerings: Spring

Technology Transfer and Commercialization is a 2-hour writing seminar in which students will examine the national and global influence of intellectual property, including patents, trade secrets, copyrights, trademarks, publicity rights, and Internet law. In particular, students will study how technology is transferred in both the national and global market, and how technology is introduced respectively in those markets.

Torts Law 109

  • Credits: 4 letter-graded hours
  • Offerings: Fall

This course examines the civil remedies available to compensate people who have been injured. The course focuses on actions for physical injury, and includes intentional torts, negligence, strict liability, products liability, damages, and wrongful death.

Trademarks Law 258

  • Credits: 2 letter-graded hours

The course provides in-depth treatment of trademark and unfair competition law. Coverage includes adoption, registration and enforcement of marks, considering the common law and statutory basis for obtaining trademark rights (with emphasis on the federal Lanham Act, including the Trademark Law Revision Act of 1998 and the Federal Trademark Dilution Act of 1995); categories of marks (the scale of distinctiveness - descriptive, arbitrary, fanciful, geographical, etc.); important aspects of Patent and Trademark Office practice (advantages of federal registration, and how to proceed in opposition, cancellation and concurrent use proceedings); avoiding loss of rights (including abandonment and naked licensing); and infringement (the various tests for likelihood of confusion an applicable defenses and remedies). Also studied are jurisdictional problems and their resolution, key treaties for international protection (particularly the European Community Trademark System and the Madrid Protocol), recent Supreme Court cases, Internet domain name issues and unfair competition and related Federal Trade Commission actions.

Trial Practice Law 613

  • Prerequisites: Evidence
  • Credits: 3 hours

Preparation of civil and criminal cases; voir dire; direct and cross-examination; opening and closing statements. Each student argues several cases before professors and members of bench and bar of Oregon and Washington.

Trusts & Estates Law 234

  • Credits: 3 letter-graded hours
  • Offerings: Fall and Spring

Basic estate planning and administration concepts. Emphasis on lifetime transfers, wills and will substitutes, trusts, drafting and construction of estate planning documents, and planning for minor and disabled family members, for old age, and for illness and death.

Trusts and Estates Clinic Law 618-03

  • Prerequisites: Legal Research & Writing I and II; Trusts & Estates
  • Credits: 2-4 letter-graded hours
  • Instructors: Warren Binford; Susan Cook

Students will assist clients in estate planning matters. This may include, among other tasks, consulting with and advising clients on estate matters, and drafting wills, revocable trusts, special needs trusts, powers of attorney and Advanced Directives.

U.S. Supreme Court Law 382

  • Prerequisites: Constitutional Law I
  • Credits: 2 letter-graded hours
  • Offerings: Spring

This seminar focuses on the structure and processes of governmental decision-making, particularly in executive and administrative agencies. The course examines cases currently pending before the U.S. Supreme Court touching upon administrative structure and process. In addition, the course examines the constitutional and statutory provisions requiring both transparency and accountability in agency decision-making. For example, to what extent must agency policy deliberations be made public? Is confidentiality desirable? Under what circumstances? To illuminate divergent approaches to these questions, the course also examines statutes and decisions regarding state administrative law. Updated 04/2012.

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War Crimes & the Law of War Law 3001

  • Prerequisites: International Law & Dispute Resolution
  • Credits: 2 letter-graded hours

This course will examine international criminal and humanitarian law and enforcement mechanisms. Areas to be explored are: the development of international norms of genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes; the jurisdiction and procedure of international tribunals, including the International Criminal Court (ICC), the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR), and the hybrid tribunals, such as those in Sierra Leone, Cambodia, Bosnia, East Timor and Kosovo; and domestic applications of international criminal law and related jurisdictional issues. We will discuss the effectiveness of different mechanisms as response to mass atrocity.

Water Law Law 356

  • Credits: 3 letter-graded hours

This course emphasizes basic water law for the lawyer-practitioner, focused on quantitative water law, including state allocation and regulation of water, public interest in water use, and the public trust doctrine. Course content will mesh with other natural resource, property and administrative law courses, providing a practical background of how water rights relate to property ownership, land use planning, real estate transactions, and natural resource regulation.

Wildlife Law Law 375

  • Credits: 2 letter-graded hours

This seminar course in roundtable discussion format explores how different subject areas of law fit together to resolve some of the most intriguing problems that arise in natural resource law. Wildlife Law will cover: common law underpinnings of protection of wildlife; who 'owns' wildlife as property (private vs. public); how to manage our remaining natural resources held in common, such as fisheries; wolf management; conservation, including game and habitat protection; perceived conflicts with animal law principles; intersection with water law and other regulatory systems; constitutional and administrative law aspects; biodiversity in the law, with special emphasis on the federal Endangered Species Act and its Oregon counterpart; and inter-sovereign relations (state, federal, tribal, international). One written paper on an assigned topic will be required in lieu of a final exam. Updated 11/2013.

Willamette Journal of International Law and Dispute Resolution Law 420

  • Prerequisites: International Law & Dispute Resolution or Negotiation I
  • Credits: 0 hours first semester; 1 hour second semester. Maximum 2 hours

Advanced research, writing and editing of scholarly legal articles concerning international law and international dispute resolution. Cooperative work with students, professors, lawyers and other authors.

Willamette Law Online Law 460

  • Credits: 1 hour (Editors only)

Willamette Law Online (WLO) functions as a student-run notification service, alerting users to legal decisions and trends, and is neither intended to be a comprehensive resource of case law nor a substitute for in-depth legal research. WLO is committed to providing timely, informative, and accurate case summaries from the courts that shape the law in the Pacific Northwest.

Willamette Law Review Law 401

  • Credits: 2 hours

Advanced research, writing, and editing of scholarly legal articles. Cooperative work with students, professors, lawyers, and other authors. (Membership primarily by written competition.)

Will and Trust Drafting Law 366

  • Prerequisites: Trusts & Estates
  • Credits: 2 letter-graded hours
  • Offerings: Spring

This course builds the skills needed to draft estate planning documents for clients who require primarily non-tax planning. The semester begins with required computer exercises covering grammar and document organization, which allow each student to tailor lessons to areas needing improvement. Students then apply these basic skills to draft both portions of and entire estate planning documents, such as wills, trusts for minors, durable powers of attorney, advance medical directives, revocable living trusts, and client letters. On some exercises, students will critique each other's drafts. Students also will receive ample feedback from the professor about their performance, together with specific suggestions for improvement. Class meets once a week for two hours and satisfies the practical skills writing requirement.

Workers' Compensation Law 209

  • Credits: 2 letter-graded hours

This course will examine how workers' compensation laws apply to workers in Oregon and other states. Subjects include the basic features of the workers' compensation system, exclusive remedy, employment status, defining compensability, benefits available, and litigation practice and tips. The course will include guest speakers consisting of attorneys who current practice in the system, state regulators, and judicial officers.