COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

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Name Cr. Description
9200:621 Accounting & Finance from a Lawyer's Perspective 3 Prerequisite: None. A study of the underlying assumptions and principles of financial information prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles and the evaluation of such information in terms of its significance to users of such information.  (May be taken for letter grade or credit/noncredit.)
9200:622 Administration of Criminal Justice 3 Prerequisite: None. Administration of criminal justice relating processes of criminal law to objectives of criminal correction.  Effects of federal constitutional provisions on criminal procedure.
9200:623 Administrative Law 3 Prerequisite: None.  An examination of the role and operation of government agencies, including the procedures agencies are required to follow, public participation and hearing requirements, and the standards and mechanisms governing judicial review of agency decisions.
9200:673 Advanced Legal Applications 3 This course is designed to enhance student ability to prepare for the bar exam, and to provide students with an understanding of the critical skills, techniques, and strategies necessary to pass the bar examination.  This course is a pre-preparatory course intended to supplement and compliment, not replace, commercial bar preparation courses.
9200:618 Advanced Legal Research * 1 Prerequisites: 619, 620 and completion of 28 credit hours.  The purpose of this course is to further develop the legal research skills of law students beyond basic legal research to prepare them for the practice of law, by covering legal research materials in greater depth and by introducing students to specialized legal sources.
9200:695 Advocacy Teams (FALL) 1 or 2 Prerequisites: None. Practice training in legal advocacy.  Each person enrolled for credit will be required, at a minimum, to do substantial research on the problem and participate in practice rounds for oral presentations.  The faculty advisor of the relevant team will decide whether the team will receive 1 or 2 credits, with final approval residing in the Director of Competitions.  Total credits for courses Advocacy Teams (694 and 695) not to exceed (4) credit hours.
9200:694 Advocacy Teams (SPRING) 1 or 2 Prerequisites: None. Practice training in legal advocacy.  Each person enrolled for credit will be required, at a minimum, to do substantial research on the problem and participate in practice rounds for oral presentations.  The faculty advisor of the relevant team will decide whether the team will receive 1 or 2 credits, with final approval residing in the Director of Competitions.  Total credits for courses Advocacy Teams (694 and 695) not to exceed (4) credit hours.
9200:642 Alternative Dispute Resolution 2 or 3 Prerequisite: None.  A survey of the alternatives to litigation available for solving disputes.  
9200:825 Antitrust Law 3 Prerequisite: None.  Fundamentals of antitrust; questions of evidence in price fixing and boycotts under the Sherman Act, resale restrictions and tie-ins, scope of antitrust law and certain exemptions.
9200:635 Bankruptcy Law 3 Recommended: 629.  Provisional remedies and enforcement of judgments.  Fraudulent coveyances.  General assignments for benefit of creditors.  Creditor's agreements.  Bankruptcy.
9200:626 Basic Business Associations 3 Prerequisite: None.  Vicarious liability.  Employment relationships and scope.  Authority and apparent authority.  Misrepresentation by an agent.  Undisclosed principal.  Ratification.  Elements of partnership and other unincorporated business associations.
9200:703 Bioethics 3 Prerequisite: None. This course examines the legal, ethical, and political aspects of current controversies in bioethics. (fka Health Law IV)
9200:691 Civil Litigation Clinic 2 to 3 Prerequisite: Successful completion of 28 credit hours and approval of Clinical coordinator. The Civil Litigation Clinic allows students to represent real clients who face the loss of housing. Student will learn negotiation, investigation and advocacy skills.
9200:601 Civil Procedure I * 3 Personal and subject matter jurisdiction; venue; ascertaining the applicable law; rulemaking; pleading; motions; joinder of claims and parties; discovery; pretrial; trial; judgments; appellate review; res judicata and collateral estoppel.
9200:602 Civil Procedure II * 3 Prerequisite: 601. Continuation of 601.  Personal and subject matter jurisdiction; venue; ascertaining the applicable law; rulemaking; pleading; motions; joinder of claims and parties; discovery; pretrial; trial; judgments; appellate review; res judicata and collateral estoppel.
9200:603 Constitutional Law I * 3 Prerequisite: None.  Governmental authority and its distribution under the Constitution with an introduction to individual rights and liberties.
9200:604 Constitutional Law II * 3 Prerequisite: 603.  Continuation of 603, rights, privileges and immunities under the Constitution.
9200:611 Contracts* 4 Survey of basic Contracts and its function.
9200:803 Copyright Law 3 A study of the law and policy protecting intellectual property through copyright, and enforcing and licensing copyrights.
9200:641 Corporate Taxation I 3 Prerequisite:  640.  Survey of federal income tax law applicable to corporations.
9200:633 Corporations 3 Prerequisite:  None.  An introduction to the law relating to the typical American enterprise.  Principal emphasis is on financing, control,  management and regulation of corporations, both publicly owned and closely held.
9200:607 Criminal Law * 3 Prerequisite:  None.  Nature and source of criminal liability studied in light of modern developments.  The act.  Mental conditions requisite to criminal responsibility.  Specific crimes and defenses thereto.
9200:814 Current Policy Issues Affecting Intellectual Property 2 to 3 Prerequisite: None. Study of current policy issues affecting intellectual property law and practice.
9200:682 Elder Law 3 This course gives students an introduction to the many areas of law that come into play in representing older clients. Examination of common ethical and professionalism issues. Topics include age discrimination, health care, housing, property management and elder abuse
9200:655 Election Law 3 Prerequisite: 604. Examines the legal environment for political campaigns. Topics include historical background, legal foundation, voting rights, filing requirements, campaign finance and political advertising.
9200:637 Employment Discrimination 3 Prerequisite: None.  Legal developments, primarily federal, affecting discrimination in employment.
9200:675 Entrepreneuership Prerequisite: None. This interdisciplinary course offered with the College of Business Administration is an exceptional opportunity for ALL law students to acquire the skills that will improve your employment prospects after graduation and your abilities to serve entrepreneurial clients and venture capital supported firms.
9200:661 Environmental Law 3 Prerequisite:  None.  An examination of major federal environmental statutes and pollution control programs, common law remedies for environmental damage, and policy issues involved in decisions concerning the environment.
9200:639 Estate & Gift Taxation 3 Prerequisite: None.  A survey of federal estate and gift taxation; relation between federal income tax and federal taxes on gratuitous transfers; the place of federal taxes in estate planning.
9200:608 Evidence * 3 Prerequisite:  None.  Covers basic evidence law with emphasis on the Federal Rules of Evidence and state rules patterned thereon.
9200:687 Expert Evidence 3 Course designed to give the student extensive practice in solving difficult evidence problems involving the use of experts.
9200:696 Externship Program 2 to 3 Prerequisite: Successful completion of 28 credit hours and approval of Clinical coordinator. The Externship Program involves real world experience and networking through placement of students in supervised settings with judges, governmental agencies, nonprofits and other institutions.
9200:697 Externship Program II 2 to 3 Continuation of 696
9200:638 Family Law 3 Prerequisite: None Major areas of family law; theories that have influenced its development. Functions performed by various agencies which seek to effect a non-judicial settlement of domestic problems. Adoption.
9200:680 Family Law Practicum 2 Prerequisite: 638, 647, 682 or domestic violence course. Teaches lawyering skills in the context of family law. The focus is on developing lawyering skills for practice including negotiating and drafting agreements, interviewing, and counseling clients, interdisciplinary work with experts, financial investigation and analysis, law office management, drafting pleadings and memoranda, and mediating disputes.
9200:643 Federal Jurisdiction & Procedure 3 Prerequisite: 601 & 602.  Congress, the federal courts and the Constitution; appellate and collateral review; federal question, diversity and admiralty cases; sovereign immunity, abstention and enjoining state actions; choice of law; federal common law.
9200:800 Fundamentals of Intellectual Property 3 Prerequisite: None. An introduction to the policies underlying the protection of intellectual property, common law protection under state law, and major fields of intellectual property protection (patent, copyright, trademark, and trade secrets).
9200:610 General Writing Requirement* 0 The General Writing Requirement is a 1 credit hour course required for graduation. This course may be repeated. Students must follow the rules and guidelines as outlined in the "General Writing Requirement ("GWR") Standards Requirements" available in the Dean's Office.
9200:702 Government Provisions of Healthcare 2 Prerequisites: None. This course focuses on government programs that provide or finance health care including the federal Medicare program, the state and federal Medicaid program and the State of Children's Health Insurance Program. (fka Health Law III)
9200:701 Health Care Organization and Finance 3 Prerequisite: None. The focus on this course is on healthcare organizations (hospitals, nursing homes, hospice care facilities, insurers and managed care organizations) and finance. (fka Health Law II)
9200:704 Health Law Externship 3 Prerequisite: 646. Through the Akron Law's Externship, students will develop practical lawyering skills through live-client and real-life practice experiences in non-profit health care offices.
9200:646 Health Law  3 Prerequisite: None. This course concentrates on the relationship between the physician and the patient and how this relationship impacts, quality, costs and access to healthcare. (fka Health Law I)
9200:636 Human Resources Lawyer 3 Prerequisite: None. This course offers a unique, in-depth review of interesting and challenging areas within employment and labor laws that affect the expanding field of human resources.
9200:699 Immigration Law 1 to 3 Prerequisite: None. The study of the law and processes governing immigration, naturalization, and deportation.
9200:698 Individual Studies & Research 2 to 3 Prerequisite: Permission of Associate Dean. With permission of the Associate Dean, special problem, projects or research may be taken for credit under the supervision of a member of the faculty. the paper for this course must have a minimum length of thirty (30) pages if taken for two (2) credits or a minimum length of forty-five (45) pages if taken for three (3) credits; unless the instructor approves an alternative form appropriate to the project. Expect under rare and compelling circumstances, this course may not be taken to write a research paper on a subject on which the school offers a course which provides the student an opportunity to pursue that area of study. (May be repeated for a total of six credits).
9200:640 Individual Taxation 3 Prerequisite: None. Survey of federal income tax laws applicable to individuals.
9200:648 Insurance Law 3 Prerequisite: None. Legal principles of insurance of person and property, including insurable interest, measure of recovery, subrogation, rights of assignees and beneficiaries, warranty, concealment, representation and fraud. Adjustment of claims. Regulation.
9200:850 Intellectual Property Thesis 6 Prerequisite: None. This course involves research and writing a "law review" quality paper on a legal or policy issues relating to intellectual property law. Topics must be approved by a faculty advisor in advance.
9200:674 International Business Transactions 3 Prerequisite: None. This course provides a general overview of international business transactions involving private entities operating in a global setting, and particularly focuses on international sales transactions.
9200:806 International Intellectual Property Law 3 Prerequisite: 800. A study of the major conventions governing the protection of intellectual property internationally and of current policy issues in the field.
9200:649 International Law 3 Prerequisite: None. Nature and breadth of international law; its sources and subjects; and its relation to municipal law, to individuals and to international organizations.
9200:816 International Patent Law 1 to 3 Prerequisite: 800 or 801. Study of major treaties and agreements affecting the international practice of patent law.
9200:824 International Patent Prosecution 1 to 3 Prerequisite: 800, 801 & 816. To explore strategy, tactics and procedures for the examination of patent applications beyond the United States.
9200:631 Interstate Practice: Conflict of Laws 3 Prerequisite: None. Problems of application of private law in jural relations containing one or more foreign law elements. Jurisdicition and enforcement of foreign judgments.
9200:630 Judicial Role: Conduct & Ethic 2 to 3 Prerequisite: None. This is a reading and discussion course covering the topic of the common law system. Topics will likely include methods of selection, standards and mechanisms for regulating conduct, tenure and performance review issues, and more generally the role that the judge is called upon to play.
9200:647 Juvenile Law 3 Prerequisite: None. Study of laws relating to juveniles (neglect, dependency, and delinquency).
9200:650 Labor Law & Collective Bargaining

3

Prerequisite: None. Representation procedures. Unfair labor practices of labor and management, strikes, picketing, boycotts, lockouts. Jurisdictional disputes. Law and practice of labor arbitration and collective bargaining, including a study of the grievance arbitration process pursuant to collective bargaining agreements.
9200:652 Land Use Planning

3

Prerequisite: 645. Assumptions, doctrines and implications of planning law; zoning; legal and administrative problems involved in allocating and developing land located in metropolitan areas.
9200:619 LARW I*

3

Prerequisite: None. Introduction to basic skills in legal research, particularly case law, statutes, and secondary authority; development of skills in legal analysis and writing through expository writing (research memoranda) and persuasive writing and oral advocacy (motions and appellate briefing and argument).
9200:620 LARW II*

2

Prerequisite: 619. Introduction to the basic skills in legal research, particularly case law, statutes and secondary authority; development of skills in legal analysis and writing through expository writing (research memoranda) and persuasive writing and oral advocacy (motions and appellate briefing and argument).
9200:634 Law and Psychiatry

2 to 3

Prerequisite: None. Exploration of intersections between psychiatry and mental illness and legal rules and procedures.
9200:662 Law Firm Administration Seminar

2 to 3

This seminar will provide students with a comprehensive view of all of the areas a solo and small firm practitioner will need to plan for as they are deciding whether or not to "hand out their shingle."
9200:658 Law Review Editorial Board

0 to 4

Prerequisite: 656 Performance of significant and appropriate editorial duties. May not be repeated. Students may take the Law Review Editorial Board course in the fall semester for 1, or 2 credit hours. Students must take the course for 2 credit hours in the spring semester unless they receive permission from a Law Review advisor to take the course for 0 credit or 1 credit.
9200:657 Law Review Senior Staff

0 to 2

Prerequisite: 656. Critical review and evaluation of notes and comments prepared by Law Review Assistant Editors. May be repeated. Students earn a maximum of 2 credit hours in an academic year. Students must take the course for 2 credit hours for the academic year unless they receive permission from a Law Review advisor to take the course for 1 credit hour or 0 credit hours for the academic year. Students may elect to take the 2 credit hours for the course in either the fall or spring semester or may elect to take 1 credit hour in both fall and spring semesters. Students will receive an IP for fall semester work. Credits for the fall semester will be awarded following successful completion of fall and spring semester work.
9200:656 Law Review Staff

0 to 4

Completion of first year and invitation predicated upon scholarship or demonstrated writing skills. Preparation of note: analysis and criticism of recent cases; citation checking and critical review ("spacing") of notes or articles of others. Students must take this course for at least 2 credit hours and may take the course for up to 4 credit hours. Students may elect to take the course for 0, 1 or 2 credits in the fall and for 0, 1 or 2 credits in the spring semester, subject to the requirement that the student must take a minimum of 2 credit hours for the academic year. If this course is taken in the fall semester, it may be repeated in the following spring semester, but may not be repeated after that. Student will receive and IP for fall semester work. Credits for the fall semester will be awarded following successful completion of fall and spring semester work.
9200:688 Legal Drafting*

2

Prerequisite:619 & 620. Refinement of skills in written legal analysis through performance of drafting assignments in a specific legal context. The exact drafting context (e.g. litigation, transactional, judicial, etc.) varies based on instructor. Required course for all students.
9200:624 Legal Reasoning

0

This course addresses how to become an active learner, self-correct, undertake all aspects of legal analysis and discussion, prepare for and take exams, and prepare a course study outline. (fka Contracts Law/Writing Lab)
9200:676 Legislation and Regulation*

2

This course presents an overview of the legislative process, judical statutory interpretation approach and administrative agency roles.
9200:663 Legislative Process

3

Prerequisite: None. Legislative process in the context of legislative organization, policy formulation, drafting, statutory construction, constitutional limitations on subject matter and form and judicial interpretation; illustrative drafting problems.
9200:805 Licensing Intellectual Property

1 to 3

Prerequisite: None. Methods of exploiting intellectual property by licensing others to use it; contractual necessities, rights and obligations to protect ownership.
9200:898 LL.M. Individual Studies and Research

3

With permission of the LL.M. candidates' intellectual property faculty advisor, and reserved for rare and compelling situations that justify altering the normal allocation of credits to Thesis, Internship/Externship and classroom coursework, special problems, projects or research may be taken for credit under the supervision of a supervising faculty member. The paper for this course must have a minimum length of 45 pages; unless the instructor approves an alternative form appropriate to the project. Except under rare and compelling circumstances, this course may not be taken to write a research paper on a subject on which the school offers a course which provides the student an opportunity to pursue that area of study.
9200:659 Negotiations

1 to 3

Prerequisite: 602. The lawyer's role as negotiator in planning negotiations and determination of strategies to effect objects, weighing legal, economic, behavoiristic, ethical and social factors that condition outcomes.
9200:826 Patent Claim Construction

3

Prerequisite: None. Presentation of the rules, evidence and procedures for interpreting the claims of a patent. Covers the principles of construing claims, consideration of the judge-made rules regarding interpretation of claim language standing alone in the context of the specification of the patent and in the context of prosecution history.
9200:801 Patent Law & Policy

3

Prerequisite: None. A study of the law and process of patent protection and enforceability and the policies that underlie patent protection.
9200:807 Patent Prosecution

3

Prerequisite: None. The process of researching, preparing and prosecuting valid and enforceable applications to obtain U.S. Patents.
9200:627 Payment Systems

3

Prerequisite: None. The Law of Negotiable Instruments and Bank Collections under Article 3 and 4 of the Uniform Commercial Code, the law of sales under Article 2, and UCITA.
9200:613 Pro Bono Service Requirement*

0

To provide positive experiences to law students that will promote their future involvement as practitioners and provide independent educational value (direct knowledge) concerning the plight of persons or limited means and their access to justice.
9200:693 Probate Practice

2

Prerequisite: 685 & 686. Intestate and testamentary administration, including the probating of a will, presentment of claims, the inventory, settlement and distribution and will contests. The Ohio Probate Code will be the model.
9200:665 Problem Solving Workshop

1 to 3

This course introduces law students to the context in which legal problems arise and are solved. Working with case simulations in which the full facts are not available, legal issues are not clearly or narrowly identified, and client goals are not always expressly stated, students working in teams will produce written work product under deadline. This course will help students understand how legal knowledge and skills are applied to help clients, and will introduce them to the professional skills required to do so effectively. 
9200:612 Professional Responsibility*

3

Legal profession as an institution. Responsibilities of lawyers. Duties and privileges. Professional qualifications.
9200:645 Property*

4

Survey of basic elements under Anglo-American law for the ownership, and control of the use of property.
9200:670 Prosecution Function

3

Bring an understanding of the prosecution side of the justice system. An effort is made to discuss the dual and sometimes conflicting role of the prosecutor as chief law enforcement officer and chief dispenser of justice.
9200:700 Public Health Law

2 to 3

Prerequisites: None. This course examines the many way sin which the law impacts the public health, including the control and prevention of HIV/AIDS and other communicable diseases, tobacco regulations, rights to have and refuse medical care, reproductive health, and lawsuits against tobacco and gun companies. The course emphasizes constitutional law, but also touches on criminal law, tort law and intellectual property law.
9200:677 Real Estate Law

3

An in-depth study of the legal regimes affecting real estate transactions.
9200:668 Remedies

3

Equitable remedies, unjust enrichment and restitution; remedies for injuries to tangible property, and economic, dignitary and personal interests including wrongful death. Disaffirmance and remedies for deception, duress, undue influence, hardship, unconscionability, mistake, break of contract and nominally unenforceable transactions.
9200:629 Secured Transactions

3

Prerequisite: Student must complete at least 14 credit hours. The Law of Secured Transactions under Article 9 of the Uniform Commercial Code. Includes an examination of the impact of the federal bankruptcy law and the Federal Tax Lien Act on Article 9 security interests.
9200:671 Securities Regulation

3

Prerequisite: 633. State and federal law and rules of the Securities and Exchange Commission in issuance and trading of securities; legal and self-regulatory aspects of the securities industry.
9200:683 SEED Clinic

2 to 3

Prerequisite: 626 & 633, successful completion of 28 credit hours. The SEED Clinic affords students the opportunity to obtain hands-on, practical, entrepreneurial, experience in transactions involving business and nonprofit clients.
9200:654 Sem: Feminist and Race Theory

3

Exploration of contemporary feminist legal theory and critical race theory. The common theme in all of the readings is: "What is equality and inequality?" Students will explore what equality might mean, how it can be achieved, why the country has failed to achieve it so far, why inequality exists, how it impacts people and what legal and non-legal solutions it might involve.
9200:672 Seminar in Business Planning

3

Prerequisite: 633 or permission. Advanced course using the problem approach in planning business transactions in light of applicable corporate, tax and securities law considerations.
9200:844 Seminar in First Amendment Law

3

Prerequisite: 604. An in-depth examination of selected issues concerning the speech, press and religion clauses of the First Amendment.
9200:678 Seminar in Jurisprudence

3

Examination and evaluation of principal theories of legal philosophy. Theories are frequently considered in connection with concrete problems and are evaluated in light of various goal values.
9200:628 Seminar in Pretrial Advocacy

3

Prerequisites: 601 & 602. A practical course designed to simulate all of the necessary steps leading to trial, beginning with the client interview and up to and including the final pretrial statement.
9200:684 Seminar in Selected Legal Problems

1 to 3

Analysis of special or current legal problems offering opportunities for legal research, effective integration of legal and relevant nonlegal materials, and expository legal writing. (May be repeated)
9200:884 Seminar in Selected Legal Problems

1 to 3

Analysis of special or current legal problems offering opportunities for legal research, effective integration of legal and relevant nonlegal materials, and expository legal writing. (May be repeated)
9200:881 Sports Law

3

The law affecting sports and players, including contract and liability issues, as well as administrative aspects.
9200:667 Substantial Skills

1 to 3

May be repeated. Skills-centered courses that involve faculty assessment and grading based upon skills performances, offering students the opportunity to satisfy the skills requirement.
9200:681 Summer Trial Academy

3

Prerequisite: 608. Cannot be taken if already completed Trial Advocacy I or II. The Summer Trial Academy is a specialized intensive course spanning two weeks that enlists leading attorneys and judges from around the region to instruct, guide, and direct you in the art and practice of trial advocacy. The course culminates in a full-day jury trial before a real judge in the judge's courtroom.
9200:625 Torts

4

Survey of basic tort law and its function; allocating cost of unintentionally caused harm by negligence of strict liability; intentional wrongs; dignitary wrongs.
9200:896 Trademark Clinic

2

Prerequisite: 800, 802 and successful completion of 28 credit hours or permission of instructor. Conducted within a pilot program of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Application of intellectual property practical legal skills in interviewing, researching, investigating, counseling and drafting in the area of trademark and copyright issues. The clinic has a public interest component in that the clients served have limited economic resources.
9200:802 Trademark Law

3

A study of the law and process of protecting trademarks, and the policies underlying the system.
9200:804 Trade Secrets

2 to 3

A study of the law and policy of protecting trade secrets.
9200:690 Trial Advocacy I

3

Prerequisite: 608. Fundamental techniques of trial preparation, direct examination, cross examination, introduction of exhibits, objections, opening statements and closing arguments.
9200:692 Trial Advocacy II

3

Prerequisite:690. Preparation and actual trial of two civil cases and two criminal cases; jury selection; ethical and political consideration of trial advocacy.
9200:685 Wills, Trusts & Estates I

3

Intestate succession; execution, revocation and revalidation of wills; creation and termination of trusts; gifts to charity; will substitutes; future interests; powers of appointment; class gifts.
9200:686 Wills, Trusts & Estates II

3

Prerequisite: 685. Continuation of 685.