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422 - Advanced Administrative Law (2 hours)
This seminar will consider various issues related to the legitimacy of pubic administration, including how legitimacy is impacted by its constitutional status, political oversight, public participation, and other elements of legitimacy. The seminar will also consider how legitimacy might differ in countries other than the United States. Students will be graded on their class participation (10%), blogs covering the different assignments (15%), and a two-draft paper (65%). The paper will satisfy the ULWR.

642 - Animal Law (2 hours)
A survey of legal, ethical, and policy issues regarding non-human animals. Topics include anti-cruelty laws; medical and scientific research; liability for injuries to, or caused by, animals; hunting laws; and standing for animals. Students will write a paper in this course. Offered on a periodic basis.

417 - Art and Cultural Property Law (3 hours)*
The class will survey current issues in the law of art and cultural property including: defining art and cultural property; an artist’s rights in a work of art; the international trade of art and measures to limit that trade; the fate of art works in wartime; repatriation of art and antiquities; the role, structure and duties of museums; and other topics. In addition to regularly scheduled classes, students will also visit Reynolda House and other museums and galleries. Students will be evaluated based on quizzes, shorter papers written in response to readings, transactional drafting exercise(s), and a final exam, and have the option of completing a research paper to satisfy the Upper Level Writing Requirement. Pre-requisite for LLM students: civil procedure (for choice of law issues).
* This course may be offered for 2 hours during some years.

594 - Bioethics (2 hours)
Students will act as a court or administrative agency and write opinions addressing emerging legal issues created by society's advancement in medicine and technology, including genetics, medical experimentation and research, reproductive rights and end of life decisions.

657 - Biotechnology Law and Policy (2 hours)
Biotechnology is a major growth industry and both large and boutique law firms are establishing biotech or “life sciences” practice groups. This course surveys a range of legal topics in this field, such as: FDA regulation of drugs and devices, regulation of medical research, products liability, insurance coverage of pharmaceuticals, intellectual property, and genetics. Offered on a periodic basis.

662 - Broker-Dealer Regulation (2 hours)
The purpose of this course is to survey the framework and processes by which broker dealers, who are central participants in the American securities industry, are regulated. As recent events in the financial world so dramatically illustrate, effective and consistent regulation affects the global economy, helping to determine whether people enjoy any financial stability in their everyday lives.

541 - Business Drafting ULWR (2 hours)
This course focuses on legal drafting in the business setting. Students will be required to draft and evaluate typical documents including corporate documents, loan and purchase contracts, partnership agreements, and employment agreements.

626 - Church, Law, and Ethics (2 hours)
A study of the most important rules of contracts, torts, and statutory law that bind the Church as a business and social enterprise. This course is cross-listed with the Divinity School, where it carries the course number THS 622.

643 - Civil Rights Remedies (2 hours)*
Civil Rights Remedies examines ways to redress ongoing racial disparities. We will specifically analyze school segregation, voting rights, housing discrimination, affirmative action, immigration, reparations, and incarceration rates. Readings will include edited Supreme Court opinions, but most of the readings will be excerpts from books and articles. Grades are based on class participation and a paper (there is a long-paper option for those wishing to satisfy the upper level writing requirement;students can otherwise choose the option of a short paper and a group project.
* This course may be offered for 3 hours during some years.

590 - Comparative Constitutional Law (3 hours)
This course will explore questions central to public law issues in the United States and across the world. It will consider the purposes for which constitutions are established, and the processes of constitution-making and constitutional change.

403 - Conflict of Laws (3 hours)
A study of the choice of law rules applicable where at least one of the operative facts in a case is connected with some state or country other than the one in which suit is brought.

586 - Copyrights (2 hours)*
This course focuses on the basics of copyright law, including: the subject matter of copyright; how copyright is secured and maintained; the scope of protection; and the duration, renewal and transfer of rights. It also explores enforcement of copyright, the impact of new technologies, and issues relating to access and use of copyrightable subject matter.
* This course may be offered for 3 hours during some years.

500 - Criminal Procedure: Selected Topics (2 hours)*
A detailed study of one or more selected aspects of criminal procedure. The topics covered in recent years have included sentencing law, police accountability, and the jurisprudence of the death penalty. 3 hour section will satisfy the Upper Level Writing Requirement.
* This course may be offered for 3 hours during some years.

434 - Critical Race Theory (2 hours)
This seminar explores the centrality of race as a foundational feature of American law. The study is cross-racial, comparative, and proactive, analyzing the converging and diverging experiences of indigenous peoples: Latinas/Latinos, African Americans, and Asian Pacific Americans, as well as different strategies for social justice.

565 - Dispute Resolution (3 hours)
A study of traditional and alternative methods of resolving disputes; use of techniques such as arbitration and mediation will be studied. Negotiation theory and tactics will also be explored. Students who have taken Mediation in the past or who are currently enrolled in or who plan to take Mediation may not register for Dispute Resolution.

448 - Diversity and Discrimination (3 hours)*
From eugenics to sex stereotyping, this writing and skills seminar explores diversity and discrimination through film, media, case law, and law review articles. Topics of coverage include intra-racial use of racial slurs, implicit bias, sex discrimination, sexual harassment, appearance policies, discrimination in coeducation, sex stereotypes, stereotype threat, coping strategies, transgender issues, eugenics, genetic discrimination, accessibility issues, the impact of social media, and other hot topic issues. Students will learn the doctrine and then utilize what they know in a series of short writing exercises and skill simulations. For example, students will learn about the Americans with Disabilities Act and then apply what they know to conduct a mock accessibility audit to determine whether a person with a disability would have full and equal enjoyment of the facility. At the conclusion of the course, students will draft a paper exploring the overarching question of what equality means.
* This course may be offered for 2 hours during some years.

650 - Election Law and Democracy (2 hours)*
This course will focus on selected topics related to the legal structure of the political process in the United States. Topics covered will typically include the right to participate in the political process, reapportionment, redistricting, racial and political gerrymandering, the role of political parties, money and politics, legal issues in election administration, and remedies for defective elections. Offered on a periodic basis. 3 hour section will satisfy the Upper Level Writing Requirement.
* This course may be offered for 3 hours during some years.

562 - Employment Discrimination: Selected Topics (1 hour)*
This course examines significant unresolved issues arising from federal and state anti-discrimination statutes. There will be some class meetings with assigned readings, but the major work will be a research paper. Offered every year at 1 and 2 hours. The 2 hour section will satisfy the Upper Level Writing Requirement.
* This course may be offered for 2 hours during some years.

414 - Energy Law (2 hours)*
This course looks at the law and policy related to US energy sources and uses -- integrating legal, historical, technical, economic and environmental analysis. The readings come primarily from various online materials, including a student-created wikibook. Grading: (1) class participation [10%]; (2) open-book midterm quizzes [30%]; (3) a 7-10 page paper and in-class presentation on an energy law topic of student's choice [60%].
* This course may be offered for 3 hours during some years.

512 - Environmental Law (3 hours)
A selective survey of Federal approaches to public health and environmental regulation, including study of at least one of the Clean Air Act and the Clean Water Act.

572 - European Union Law (2 hours)
A survey of the significant laws and policies of the European Community, including the legal and institutional framework, the internal market, competition and environmental laws and an overview of external relations and commercial policy.

588 - Freedom of Speech, Press and Petition: Selected Topics (2 hours)*
This seminar course will address state and federal constitutional decisions in the First Amendment areas of speech, press and petition. 3 hour section will satisfy the Upper Level Writing Requirement.
* This course may be offered for 3 hours during some years.

439 - Funeral and Cemetery Law (3 hours)
The course focuses on the $20 billion funeral and cemetery industry. Students with interests in estate planning and elder law may be especially drawn to the course, which covers the rights of disposal of bodies, the treatment of remains, regulation of funeral directors and embalmers, consumer protection issues, grave relocation, and other topics. Students will have the option of a long paper that satisfies the upper level writing requirement.

647 - Gender and the Law (2 hours)
This course will examine how the law affects women’s lives in a number of different contexts. The class will consider a number of different areas, including but not limited to employment, education, family responsibilities, violence against women, and other issues affecting women’s bodies, including pornography and prostitution. The class will also review a number of feminist legal theories and issues relating to the intersection of gender with race and class. Offered on a periodic basis.

623 - Great Jurists Seminar (3 hours)
Students in this seminar will survey the jurisprudence of several famous judges and Justices, cutting across many subject matter lines and historical eras.

525 - Health Care Law and Policy (2 hours)
This course introduces students to the structure, financing and regulation of the health care system and proposals for its reform. Legal topics include Medicare, medical staff disputes, health care antitrust, HMOs and insurance regulation.

558 - Immigration Law: Selected Topics (2 hours)*
This seminar will cover topics of current interest in immigration law. Past topics have included the intersection between immigration law and criminal law. Offered on a periodic basis. 3 hour section will satisfy the Upper Level Writing Requirement.
* This course may be offered for 3 hours during some years.

577 - International Business Transactions (2 hours)*
A study of a wide range of international transactions, including marketing of goods and services; license or transfer of technology; joint ventures; finance and governmental regulation. Various multi-lateral initiatives, such as the Vienna Convention on contracts for the sale of goods, will be discussed.
* This course may be offered for 3 hours during some years.

592 - International Human Rights (2 hours)*
The course will examine the international law of human rights from a moral as well as from a legal perspective.
* This course may be offered for 3 hours during some years.

501 - International Law (3 hours)
An examination of the nature of international law, sources and evidence of international law and agreements, and international dispute resolution, including the use of force.

502 - Jurisprudence (3 hours)
Seminar discussion of some of the problems concerning the nature and sources of law, schools of jurisprudence, and the nature of judicial process with application to cases and other materials.

411 - Law, Business, and the American Economy (2 hours)
This course examines the mortgage foreclosure crisis and other recent phenomena that highlight the interplay of financing, law, and the American Economy. Limited enrollment encourages active class participation in an ever-changing field.

519 - Law, Literature, and Culture (3 hours)*
The course asks students to reflect on justice by examining ethical and moral issues faced by lawyers in literature and film. Study of classic works in law and literature curriculum as well as of less often studied works and several films will give students new tools of analysis and moral perspective. These tools will be brought to bear on the study of some legal opinions that will be read as narratives in a specific context.
* This course may be offered for 2 hours during some years.

535 - Legal History- American (3 hours)*
A study of how the law has reflected and shaped American culture. The course includes English origins of ideas of individual rights and limited government, controversies that shaped the American Revolution, the development of torts in the 19th century, and how the controversy over slavery shaped the Fourteenth Amendment.
* This course may be offered for 2 hours during some years.

561 - Mergers and Acquisitions ULWR (2 hours)
An in-depth analysis of federal and state regulation of corporate takeovers to include acquisition techniques, legal protection afforded shareholders and others, federal tender offer and disclosure rules, state corporate fiduciary law and anti-takeover statutes. Prerequisite: Business Organizations.

566 - National Security Law (2 hours)
A study of separation of powers; the legislative process; military jurisdiction; and civil court review of military actions.

581 - Native American Law (2 hours)*
This course deals with legal protections for tribal sovereignty, the enforcement of the trust responsibility, the protection of land and natural resources, federal recognition, gaming and financing of tribal projects. This field of law supports a vibrant legal practice for attorneys in a complex regulatory environment.
* This course may be offered for 3 hours during some years.

582 - Non-Profit Organization Law (2 hours)
This course deals with the legal aspects of non-profit organizations ranging from small unincorporated fraternal and political groups to large charitable organizations, churches, museums, libraries, and hospitals.

545 - Patent Law (2 hours)
A study of the policy and constitutional underpinnings of the U.S. Patent System including consideration of economic justifications; exploration of basic requirements of patentability including patentable subject matter, novelty and non-obviousness; overview of U.S. Patent Office procedures; exploration of patent infringement standards and procedures including claim construction, determination of liability, defenses and remedies; consideration of the role of patents in business transaction and licensing.

447 - Perspectives on Law Enforcement: Policing and Prosecutorial Accountability (3 hours)*
This course surveys legal doctrines and institutions that have the potential to promote lawful and effective work on the part of police officers and prosecutors. Topics include federal "pattern and practice" litigation, internal management strategies, claims for monetary damages, and civilian review boards.
* This course may be offered for 2 hours during some years.

507 - Poverty Law (2 hours)
This course will broadly study American poverty, poverty programs and constitutional, federal, state and municipal laws that directly affect the poor. Students will survey wealth disparities in the U.S. through demographic data relating to income, educational attainment, housing, access to medical care and voting.

578 - Race and the Law (2 hours)
This seminar will examine the relationship between race and law in America. It will explore the role that the law has played throughout American history in areas such as slavery, the administration of justice, public accommodations, voting rights, the Civil Rights movement, and interracial marriage. Prerequisites: Constitutional Law I.

632 - Real Estate Transactions Seminar (3 hours)
This course will survey the legal and business issues relating to the acquisition, development, leasing, and disposition of commercial real estate, with a focus on the issues arising in the development and ownership of large commercial developments such as shopping centers and office buildings. About half the semester will be spent on commercial real estate purchase agreements and the other half on a commercial lease. The course includes a skills component and students will participate in negotiating and drafting a real estate contract (purchase agreement or lease) for a hypothetical client. Property 111 is a prerequisite.

641 - Regulatory Law and Policy (3 hours)
This course examines legal, political, and policy aspects of government regulation with an emphasis on the public policy arguments that lawyers use when they appear before legislatures and regulatory agencies. Offered on a periodic basis.

682 - Securities Litigation (2 hours)
Securities litigation is the body of law governing private lawsuits and governmental enforcement actions in the context of investments like stocks and bonds (“securities”). This course has a backward-looking focus on three types of illegal conduct. First, substantial attention is given to fraud, such as when big companies like Enron lie to their investors. Second, we explore insider trading. Is it illegal to get rich from a hot stock tip? Finally, we consider market manipulation, or the intentional creation of an artificial stock price.

413 - Selected Topics in Social Science (2 hours)*
The course explores implicit (automatic/unconscious) racial attitudes and the law, focusing on the role of social sciences reasearch in the law and how lawyers should use this research.
* This course may be offered for 3 hours during some years.

651 - Sexual Identity and the Law (2 hours)
This course explores a wide variety of issues related to sexual identity and sexual orientation. With the law as the starting point, the overarching questions that define the place of the gay individual in American society will be examined. We will consider, among other topics, the regulation of sexuality, sexual orientation, gender roles, the workplace, the intersection of law and religion, same-sex relationships, and gay parenting. Much of the legal doctrine considered in this course will be constitutional in nature, including studies of the right to privacy, the First Amendment, and equal protection.

510 - State and Local Government (2 hours)
A study of the law of state and local government, legislative and municipal process, bill drafting and interest groups. Guest speakers include state and local legislators, mayors and elected officials. Study of the role of the lawyer in public process and representation.

443 - Sustainable Corporations (2 hours)
This course considers the sustainability of the modern US corporation – that is, whether the corporation is capable of meeting current social needs while enabling future generations to meet their needs. The course looks at the corporation’s current design: its externalization of social costs, the short-termism of corporate decision-making, and the “group think” culture of corporate leadership. It then considers some current responses to these non-sustainable attributes: environmental liabilities, the voluntary CSR movement, and institutional shareholder activism. The course concludes by considering paradigm shifts: revamped disclosure, new business forms, and reconceptualizations of corporate leadership. Students prepare a paper, presented in class at the end of the term, on a “corporate sustainability” topic of their choice.

542 - Taxation: International Tax (3 hours)
A study of United States taxation of United States citizens and corporations earning income abroad and United States taxation of foreign corporations and citizens earning income in the United States. Prerequisite: Taxation: Federal Income Taxation.

544 - Taxation: Policy (2 hours)
A study of the social and economic consequences of current and proposed tax legislation. Prerequisite: Taxation: Federal Income Taxation.

520 - Washington Judicial Externship (6 hours)
This course places students in the chambers of federal judges in Washington, D.C. for an 8-week clerkship with judges on the United States Court of Appeal for the Federal circuit, the United States Court of Federal Claims, or the Office of the Special Masters of the Court of Federal Claims. Students also meet weekly for classwork. For the field experience, students earn 3 hours of pass/fail credit; for the classroom component, 3 hours of graded credit. Students apply for the program in early Spring.