School of Law

203 Hulston Hall
Columbia, MO 65211-4190
phone: 573-882-6042
fax: 573-882-4984
web: http://law.missouri.edu

Welcome to the University of Missouri School of Law’s online catalog for the 2014-2015 academic year.

Information in this searchable, interactive catalog is current as of May 2014. The next catalog will be made available in May 2015. In the interim, changes to the law school curriculum will be made on our website.

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The University of Missouri School of Law offers a collegial environment, reinforced by a small student body and a low faculty-student ratio. The intimacy of this setting, coupled with reasonable cost, consistently high bar passage rates, a network of alumni around the globe and access to top scholars in the legal world, make the School of Law one of the best values in the nation.

Administration

  • Gary Myers, Dean and Earl F. Nelson Professor of Law
  • Christina Wells, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
  • Rigel C. Oliveri, Associate Dean for Faculty Research and Development
  • Elisabeth E. Key, Assistant Dean for Career Development and Student Services
  • Robert G. Bailey, Assistant Dean
  • Randy J. Diamond, Director of Library and Technology Resources and Professor of Legal Research
  • Rafael Gely, Director of the Center for the Study of Dispute Resolution and James E. Campbell Missouri Endowed Professor of Law
  • Alisha L. Rychnovsky, Manager of Business and Fiscal Operations
  • Mark Langworthy, Senior Director of Development
  • Casey Baker, Director of External Relations
  • Michelle L. Heck, Director of Admissions and Financial Aid

Mission Statement

The MU School of Law aspires to be the school of choice for outstanding students, both from Missouri and other states. As a national leader in the field of dispute resolution, we seek to complement a strong traditional curriculum with an orientation toward lawyering as a problem-solving endeavor. We strive to foster a diverse faculty of nationally recognized scholars who are committed to effective teaching, and to attract a student body with diverse experiences and views. We also strive to offer an intellectually rigorous and collegial environment for the study of law. Furthermore, we seek to graduate well-rounded lawyers who are sensitive to ethical issues, prepared to serve clients, and ready to be leaders in promoting justice.

Academics

Known worldwide for its Center for the Study of Dispute Resolution, the School of Law's curriculum combines both traditional law school classes with an appreciation of the many dispute resolution techniques in which lawyers engage and includes a certificate program in the rapidly developing area of dispute resolution.

Mizzou Law students are required to complete 89 hours of law school classes in order to graduate. Following the prescribed first year, students are required to take Constitutional Law, Evidence, Criminal Procedure and Professional Responsibility. Several clinical and externship programs are available to upper level students, along with skills training in trial practice, negotiation, interviewing and counseling. The curriculum couples courses traditionally tested on the bar examination so that the law school can continue its long tradition of success on bar examinations nationwide, with cross disciplinary dual degree and certificate programs in several other areas. As a result, the law school’s curriculum is appealing not only to those who want to engage in the traditional practice of law, but also to those who want to use their law degree as a stepping stone into other disciplines.

Full Time Faculty  D. E. Abrams, R. G. Bailey, R. de R. Barondes, M. Berry, F. O. Bowman III, M. M. Beck, M. A. Cecil, C. N. Conklin, D. D. Crouch, M. R. Daily, K. D. Dean, B. M. Desnoyer, R. L. Dessem, R. Diamond, M. Dragich, A. K. Drake, D. M. English, C. H. Esbeck, R. W. Freyermuth, R. Gely, E. M. Hawley, J. D. Hawley, C. Henson, K. Johnson, P. Ladehoff, T. Lambert, J. Lande, I. Lee, J. Levin, E. Lietzan, P. J. Litton, M. A. Middleton, S. D. Mitchell, G. Myers, R. C. Oliveri, P. G. Peters Jr., R. C. Reuben, S. I. Strong, B. Trachtenberg,  R. Uphoff, C. E. Wells
Adjunct Faculty  M. Carney, C. J. Dykhouse, R. C. Geary, D. Hall, N. Jones, J. R. Layton, V. Leftwich, H. Lowenstein, D. McAfee, J. McManus, L. L. McMullen, S. Neill, D. D. Noce, L. O'Sullivan, W. R. Phillips, S. J. Read, J. Simmon, S. R. Stigall, G. Stratmann, D. Townsend, J. T. Woods
Professor Emeritus  P. N. Davis, W. B. Fisch, D. A. Fischer, E. H. Hunvald Jr., D. A. Whitman

The catalog also has a cumulative listing of all faculty at the University of Missouri that includes information on the faculty member's highest degree attained.

Detailed faculty profiles for the School of Law faculty is also available at http://law.missouri.edu/faculty/directory/.

Below is a listing of policies that only apply to students in the School of Law.  Be sure to also check the listing of the University's Academic Policies for policies that apply to all students.

The policies and procedures of the MU School of Law are revised on a regular basis. Provisions regarding such policies and procedures contained on our website are subject to change without notice. If you have questions or note errors or omissions, please contact the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. All statements concerning requirements, prerequisites, conditions or other matters are for informational purposes only, and are subject to change without notice. They are not to be regarded as offers to contract.

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LAW 5010: Civil Procedure I

Fundamental and recurrent problems in civil actions in federal and state courts; remedies; pleading; discovery; trials; jurisdiction; appeals; joinder; preclusion.

Credit Hour: 1-3


LAW 5015: Civil Procedure II

Continuation of LAW 5010.

Credit Hour: 1-3


LAW 5020: Contracts I

Contract formation, insufficient and defective agreement, bases of promissory liability (including consideration and promissory estoppel), resolution, and abuse of bargaining process, Statutes of frauds, parole evidence rule and principles of interpretation, contract performance and risk allocation, remedies for breach.

Credit Hour: 1-3


LAW 5025: Contracts II

A continuation of LAW 5020

Credit Hour: 1-3


LAW 5035: Criminal Law

The purposes of criminal law; nature of criminal responsibility; characteristics of particular crimes.

Credit Hour: 1-4


LAW 5050: Property

Classification of real and personal property; rights to found goods; bailments; possession and adverse possession; estates in land and future interests; concurrent ownership; Landlord and tenant; easements, profits and licenses; convenants running with land and equitable servitudes; contracts for the sale of land; conveyancing.

Credit Hour: 1-5


LAW 5070: Torts

Principles and practices governing recovery of damages for injuries to person or property. Defamation invasion of privacy dignitary wrongs, products liability, fraud liability insurance, immunities and a survey of various "no fault" proposals.

Credit Hour: 1-5


LAW 5080: Legal Research and Writing

An introduction to the basics of legal research (using print materials), legal citation and legal writing. Each student writes two objective office memoranda, and a client letter.

Credit Hour: 1-2


LAW 5085: Advocacy and Research

An introduction to Computer Assisted Legal Research, written advocacy, oral advocacy, and the Missouri rules of appellate procedure. Each student writes a trial court motion and brief and then argues that motion. Each student also writes an appellate brief and presents an oral argument in the First Year Moot Court Competition directed by the Board of Advocates (BOA).

Credit Hour: 1-3


LAW 5090: Legal Reasoning

A limited enrollment course designed to assist first-year students to better understand the legal system, prepare for examinations and improve their legal analysis and reasoning skills. Graded on S/U basis only.

Credit Hour: 1-2


LAW 5095: Lawyering: Problem Solving and Dispute Resolution

This course is designed to provide students in introduction to critical lawyering skills; to give students an overview of the alternative processes that a lawyer can employ to resolve a client's problem; and to offer students an understanding of the lawyer's role as a problem solver. It includes an introduction to Interviewing, Counseling, Negotiation, Mediation, Arbitration, mixed dispute resolution processes and ways to choose or build dispute resolution process.

Credit Hour: 1-2


LAW 5220: Constitutional Law

Study of theories of judicial review and justicibility; sources of federal legislative power, commerce, taxing, spending, treaty, presidential, military powers; power of states to regulate and tax interstate commerce; preemption; state actions doctorine; due process, equal protection, First Amendment rights.

Credit Hour: 1-4


LAW 5240: Criminal Procedure

Constitutional and other limitations placed upon law enforcement officers and prosecutors.

Credit Hour: 1-3


LAW 5260: Evidence

The basic law of evidence; use in trials, relevancy, circumstantial proof and real proof; use of witnesses, methods of examination; presumptions and burden of proof; functions of judge and jury.

Credit Hour: 1-4


LAW 5280: Professional Responsibility

Responsibilities of lawyer to client, courts and the public. Topics include: organization of the legal profession, fees, conflicts of interest, the confidential relationship, advertising and solicitation, unauthorized practice and courtroom behavior.

Credit Hour: 1-3


LAW 5310: Administrative Law

(same as PUB_AF 8864). Administrative Law is concerned with the process government agencies used to make decisions. As such it develops the requirements for establishing rules and policies. It also covers the means by which regulations and statutory provisions are enforced by agencies, and the means for securing judicial review of rules and enforcement actions.

Credit Hour: 1-3


LAW 5311: Adoption, Assisted Reproductive Techniques and Guardianship

This course covers history of adoption, procedure in modern instate and interstate adoptions, inter country adoption, who may adopt, confidentiality in adoption, post adoption disputes, procedure under the Indian Child Welfare Act and the Interstate Compact for Placement of Children, ARTs (assisted reproductive techniques), guardianship, and payment of money in adoption and collaborative reproduction.

Credit Hour: 1-3


LAW 5313: Collateral Consequences of Sentencing

This class will examine the collateral consequences of sentencing. In three-parts, the course will examine sentencing the consequences associated with sentencing (i.e. deprivations and disabilities that an offender encounters), and the process of restoration and reentry for offenders following their sentences. Given the scope of offenses and sentences, the courses will focus exclusively on felonies and the consequences from such convictions. Part I will provide students with a brief overview of sentencing history and its reform. Part II will focus on the plethora of deprivations and disabilities that offenders encounter upon being sentenced for a felony. And finally, Part III will discuss the various methods and processes for an ex-offender to regain their rights.

Credit Hour: 1-3


LAW 5320: Advanced Legal Research

Skill training in advanced research techniques and resources used in law practice. Designed to help students become critical legal information consumers with emphasis on developing effective, cost-efficient research strategies. Topics include advanced litigation research, legislative and regulatory history, audience research, research in transactional practices areas, and research in other practices areas including legal ethics, public interest law, and international law. In-depth practice with Lexis, Westlaw and free Internet sources, including appropriate and effective use of social networking tools to extend research.

Credit Hour: 1-2


LAW 5321: Advanced Legal Writing

This course is designed to help students to think purposefully about the process of writing and to practice writing and editing in a disciplined way. Students will do exercises involving rhetorical techniques, grammar, punctuation, and word usage. Students also will rewrite of portions of appellate briefs or judicial opinions to emphasize a particular technique, or critique briefs or opinions to do so.

Credit Hour: 1-3


LAW 5323: Advanced Torts: Dignitary and Economic Torts

The Advanced Torts: Dignitary and Economic Torts class will examine dignitary and economic torts covering but not limited to such topics as: defamation, invasion of privacy, tortious interference, misrepresentation and injurious falsehood. Unlike tortious conduct that results in an individual suffering physical harm or contact, the claims that arise from these torts represent one of two kinds of non-physical injury - independent dignitary that are similar to or include emotional harms or independent economic or commercial harms. The purpose of the course is to provide students with an opportunity to explore tortious conduct and remedies available that are omitted typically from the First Year Torts course.

Credit Hour: 1-3


LAW 5325: Advanced Trial Practice

This course will expand student knowledge of opening statements, direct/cross examination witnesses, jury instruction, closing arguments and will focus significantly on the examination/cross examination of expert witnesses. Grading is based on student participation in examination of witness and semester-ending written trial brief. Prerequisites: Evidence; Trial Practice

Credit Hour: 1-3


LAW 5327: Advertising and Marketing Law

This course will cover the regulation of false and misleading advertising under the Lanham Act, the FTC Act and state consumer protection laws. Students will examine advertising and analyze what claims are being made and whether those claims are false or misleading under applicable law. Students will examine the procedures available for competitors, the government and consumers to challenge false or misleading advertising and the remedies available through those procedures.

Credit Hour: 1-3


LAW 5330: Advocacy, Family Violence and Public Policy

Interdisciplinary presentations examine both the state of family violence in America and the cross disciplinary issues in effective intervention, including legal procedures. The seminar is open to 2nd or 3rd year law students and other professional graduate students with permission of the faculty. (Not available to students on probation, except for students classified as 3L students).

Credit Hour: 1-2


LAW 5332: Advocacy and Government Agencies

This course will begin with a brief review of the structure of government: what the various programmatic tools (such as different type of regulation and the delivery of services) are, when they are use, how they work, and why. It will look at how to advocate you cause before agencies, such as informal contacts, formal submittals, and the role of scientific and economic information. We will review the increasing use of the web and what it means for interacting with agencies. It will look at how agencies are managed and the reviews inside the government to ensure"quality" decisions. It will look at the ethical requirements on government employees and their effects on advocacy. It will also look at restrictions on the outside, with a brief review of the law of lobbying. A good portion of the class will be practical advocacy before agencies and how to challenge agency actin in court. We will also talk about the role of the President (or governor) and Congress (or the legislature) in achieving your goal before an agency. A general familiarity with Administrative Law is critical.

Credit Hour: 1-3
Prerequisites: LAW 5310


LAW 5335: Agricultural Law

Economic and legal aspects of agricultural problems will be analyzed, along with the implications of alternative proposals. The agricultural issues to be covered include statutory restrictions on farmland ownership.

Credit Hour: 1-3


LAW 5337: American Legal History to 1876

This is a revision of Legal History. The course covers such topics as the impact of the English common law heritage; the development of law in the American colonies; slavery, race and gender in nineteenth century America. The course ends with the conclusion of the Civil War. The course will explore the effects of historical events on the development of law, but the course does not presume prior study of American history.

Credit Hour: 1-3


LAW 5338: American Legal History from 1876

Historical study of the development of American law since the Civil War. The course will cover such topics as the Civil War amendments to the Constitution; Reconstruction and its aftermath; legal change during the rise of industrialism; race and gender in late 19th century and 20th century America; law in the Progressive Era; the growth of civil liberties and civil rights in the Supreme Court; the law during war and the Depression; jurisprudential trends; and the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s. The course will explore the effects of historical events on the development of law, but the course does not presume prior study of American history.

Credit Hour: 1-3


LAW 5340: Antitrust Law

Introduces antitrust and economic analysis and the role of competition, with emphasis on price fixing, horizontal and vertical restraints of trade, monopoly and merger problems.

Credit Hour: 1-3


LAW 5345: Appellate Advocacy

Enhances skills training for the preservation and presentation of matters on appeal. In addition, an introductory examination of extraordinary remedies (as a complement to appeal) and other unique actions filed in the Supreme Court of Missouri.

Credit Hour: 1-3


LAW 5350: Arbitration

Law, policy and practices relating to arbitration process as it is utilized in commercial and international sectors. Topics include modern arbitration statutes (e.g., the Federal Arbitration Act), enforceability of agreements to arbitrate, public policy defenses against enforcement of arbitration agreements, arbitrators and administering institutions, components of the arbitral process, arbitral remedies and awards, and the arbitration award in the courts.

Credit Hour: 1-3


LAW 5360: Banking Law

This course will review the current banking structure in the United States. The course will focus on the regulatory framework in which banks operate, including types of charters, permitted activities, capital structure and reporting requirements. The course will integrate changes enacted in regulatory reforms mandated by the Dodd-Frank Regulatory Reform Act of 2010, as will as new capital requirements that may be imposed by international agreements (Basel III).

Credit Hour: 1-3


LAW 5365: Bankruptcy

Focuses on rights of both secured and unsecured creditors under state and federal law. State law covers collective actions and such individual actions as execution, attachment, garnishment, and the law of fraudulent conveyances. Federal law concentrates on liquidation proceedings under Chapter 7 of the Bankruptcy Code and reorganizations for wage earners under Chapter 13 of the Code. Includes, as time permits, an introduction to the business reorganization provisions of Chapter 11.

Credit Hour: 1-3


LAW 5370: Basic Business Principles for Lawyers

This course is designed for students who want to understand the language and practices of business regardless of whether they contemplate being a business lawyer or not. All lawyers, regardless of their specialty, regularly encounter the language and concepts of business. The purpose of the class is to provide law students with little or no business knowledge or background with the information they need to practice law effectively in a business environment. This class is intended to educate students to be comfortable with business concepts regardless of their prior background. So liberal arts undergraduates should feel comfortable taking this class.

Credit Hour: 1-3


LAW 5375: Basic Federal Income Taxation

Federal income tax problems of individuals taxpayers; nature of income; when and to whom income is taxable; exclusion from tax base; deduction; tax effects of exchange or other disposition of capital assets. This course is designed to introduce students to the income tax considerations that arise in a variety of legal contexts and will benefit even those students not planning to pursue a career in tax.

Credit Hour: 1-4


LAW 5380: Bioethics Seminar

An examination of some of the legal and ethical issues presented by modern medical science, such as the redefining of death, the withholding or refusal of life-sustaining medical treatment, reproductive technology (which raises issues such as paternity, custody, safety and access), organ transfer, genetic counseling and the public health issues raised by the AIDS epidemic. (Not available to students on probation, except for students classified as 3L students).

Credit Hour: 1-3


LAW 5385: BOA Competition

This is a late summer moot court competition directed by the Board of Advocates. The competition is open to 2Ls and 3Ls, but only 2Ls can advance to the final rounds. Students receive an assignment in the spring, submit their written appellate briefs at the end of July, and participate in oral arguments at the beginning of fall semester. The top six 2L competitors present their final arguments in Jefferson City before Missouri Supreme Court judges. These finalists are invited to represent the law school during the following academic year as members of our regional teams for the National Moot Court Competition. Regional team members must enroll in Moot Court I and Moot Court II. Graded on S/U basis only.

Credit Hour: 1
Prerequisites: LAW 5085


LAW 5395: Business Organizations

The law school's foundation course in business law; recommended for students in all areas of interest. Course coverage includes the study of agency, partnership, limited partnerships, limited liability partnerships, limited liability companies, and corporations. This course is a prerequisite for several advanced electives in business law.

Credit Hour: 1-4


LAW 5410: Children and the Law

This course covers the status, rights and obligations of children in contemporary American law; civil proceedings and criminal prosecutions alleging child abuse or neglect; foster care; termination of parental rights; juvenile protective legislation; and delinquency. Emphasis is placed on juvenile justice doctrine, policy and practice issues and the historical and contemporary operation of juvenile and family courts.

Credit Hour: 1-3


LAW 5415: Constitutional and Civil Rights Litigation

Advanced analysis of protection of civil liberties that derive from the United States Constitution and federal statutes. The statutes which will be covered most extensively include the Reconstruction Era laws now codified at 42 U.S.C. section 1981, 1983 and 1985, Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Titles IX of the Educational Amends. of 1972, and Titles II and VI of the Civil Rights Acts of 1964.

Credit Hour: 1-3


LAW 5420: Client Interviewing and Counseling

This course covers the nature and conduct of counseling process including basic interviewing techniques, psychological factors affecting the interview process, facilitating and structuring the interview, clarification of statements and ascertaining legal issues, and dealing with client resistance and hostility. Graded on S/U basis only.

Credit Hour: 1-3


LAW 5425: Clinical Skills

Skills training for students enrolled in the criminal clinic. Lectures and simulations designed to facilitate student skills in case preparation and presentation and client representation: ethical concerns, fact investigation, interviewing and counseling, drafting legal documents, direct and cross exam, making and responding to objections. (Not available to students on probation).

Credit Hour: 1-4


LAW 5430: Commercial Real Estate Leasing

Seminar course that involves the study of selected topics involved in the negotiation, drafting, and Interpretation of commercial real estate leases. These topics will include (among others): rental provisions, defining the premises, use of the premises, condition of the premises, assignments and subleases, maintenance and repairs, casualty, insurance, default/remedies, and collateral lease documentation. The course focuses upon the various parties involved in the process of commercial real estate leasing, their respective interests, and the dynamics of the negotiation and drafting process in which these parties memorialize their respective interests in the lease document. There is heavy focus upon the careful reading, review, negotiation and revision of the lease document. Grading is based upon a series of exercises involving document review, negotiation, and drafting, and includes both individual and group work.

Credit Hour: 1-3


LAW 5435: Comparative Law

This course examines differences and similarities between the major legal systems of the world, focusing on distant areas of substantive and procedural law to demonstrate diverse methods of addressing similar legal issues. The course includes a discussion of the historical distinctions between the common and civil law traditions but also moves the analysis forward to address more recent legal innovations and the recognition of new groupings of legal systems. Students will leave the class with a solid understanding of (1) how U.S. legal principles compare to approaches used elsewhere and (2) the uses and benefits of the comparative approach. Principles taught in this course will be equally applicable to those who anticipate practicing domestic U.S. law as well as those who expect to develop an international practice. No foreign language skills are necessary for this course.

Credit Hour: 1-3


LAW 5440: Complex Litigation

Will examine principles and practical techniques relevant to complex civil cases. Building on civil procedure, the course will focus on litigation involving multiple parties and/or multiple jurisdictions. Each student will be required to complete several drafting assignments. Course may be repeated for credit. Prerequisites: Civil Procedure

Credit Hour: 1-3


LAW 5445: Conflict of Laws

Study of how disputes, and transactions are affected by having contacts with more than one jurisdiction. The three principal areas of study are: Where can suit be brought? What law will be applied? What will be the effect of any judgment?

Credit Hour: 1-3


LAW 5450: Conflict and Conflict Management

This course is designed to give lawyers a better understanding of the meaning and dynamics of conflict, so that they may better understanding their client's situations, as well as the mechanisms that may be most appropriate to the resolution of any particular dispute. Course draws its theoretical teachings from a variety of disciplines beyond law: psychology, sociology, anthropology and economics.

Credit Hour: 1-3


LAW 5451: Constitutional Faith

Justice Hugo Black famously described his commitment to the Constitution as a constitutional faith. The civil religion of the Constitution may well be the countrys most widely held faith. This seminar explores the many meanings - and the dilemmas - of Americans constitutional faith. We will begin by considering the Constitutions status as a sacred text, one that performs the same sort of public functions in American life that the Bible performed for western democracies in earlier centuries: binding together the populace and giving citizens a shared sense of meaning. From there we will turn to a series of interlocking questions that the Constitution's sacred status poses: What, precisely, is the Constitution? Is it the text - or tradition- or something else? Who has authority to interpret the Constitution (whatever it is)? Does it deserve veneration - or is it in fact flawed or inefficient or even immoral? Finally, how should one read the Constitution we have? Students will ultimately be asked to decide whether "constitutional faith" is really worth embracing. We will explore these questions together in a discussion-based format, drawing on readings from the fields of law, political science, and religion. There are not prerequisites for this seminar. Class attendance and participation is mandatory, and will account for 30 percent of the final grade. The remaining 70 percent will be based on a seminar paper, at least twenty pages in length, on a topic of the student's choosing (with instructor approval). This class will satisfy the writing requirement.

Credit Hour: 1-3


LAW 5452: Constitutional Litigation

This course will focus on federal constitutional adjudication from the viewpoint of the litigator and the law clerk with a view towards (among other things) preparing students for federal and state clerkships. Students will consider specific substantive questions of constitutional law currently pending before the Supreme Court. They will each argue two cases taken from the Supreme Court docket; participate in oral arguments as guest judges; write one petition for certiorari from an Eighth Circuit case; and draft a Supreme Court brief. Students will have an opportunity to argue at the Missouri Supreme Court before sitting Supreme Court Judges.

Credit Hour: 1-3
Prerequisites: LAW 5220


LAW 5454: Contract Drafting

Course teaches students the principles of drafting commercial agreements. Although the course will be of particular interest to students pursuing a corporate or commercial law career, the concepts are applicable to any transactional practice. Students will learn how transactional lawyers translate business deals into contract provisions, as well as techniques for minimizing ambiguity and drafting with clarity. Through a combination of lecture, hands-on drafting exercises and extensive homework assignments, students will learn about different types of contracts, other documents used in commercial transactions, and the drafting problems that contracts and other documents present. Course will also focus on how a drafter can add value to a deal by finding, analyzing and resolving business issues. Grades will be based on the graded assignments, good faith completion of the ungraded assignments, and class participation.

Credit Hour: 1-3


LAW 5455: Copyright Law

Nature of copyright law; common law misappropriate; scope of common law copyrights; Copyright Revision Act of 1976 as amended; formalities of registration (fixation, copyright notice): copyrightable subject matter; originality; exclusive rights of copyright owner; scope of copyright protection; substantial similarity and infringement; fair use; joint and composite works; duration, renewal, termination, transfer; remedies; artists moral rights; federal preemption; international protection; copyrightability of computer software; copyright issues on the internet.

Credit Hour: 1-3


LAW 5456: Contracts in the Courts

In this course, students will analyze filings of pending cases presenting issues of the law of contracts (and, to a lesser extent should the need arise, other doctrine related to voluntary business transactions). We will examine the analyses presented in the briefing. Students will analyze the briefing and provide their independent analyses. These analyses will contribute to a public web site collecting commentary on pending cases, designed to be a resource for those interested in pending issues in these subject areas.

Credit Hour: 1-3


LAW 5460: Corporate Finance

Legal principles of corporate finance, including: considerations of capital structure; characteristics of various types of corporate securities; mechanics of securities issuance; principles of contract interpretation applied to securities; application of basic principles of fiduciary obligations in issuers having outstanding multiple classes of securities and in transactions affecting finance; distributions in respect of securities; as time permits, basic principles of valuation for legal purposes. This class is not duplicative of a class in the economics of corporate finance; and prior study of the economics of corporate finance is not a prerequisite.

Credit Hour: 1-3
Prerequisites: LAW 5395 or professor's consent. Students cannot enroll concurrently in Corporate Finance and Deal Skills. Students who have completed Deal Skills are precluded from enrolling in Corporate Finance. However, students are allowed to enroll in Deal Skills even if they have already taken Corporate Finance


LAW 5465: Corporate Taxation

This course will provide an in-depth study of the federal income taxation of corporations and their shareholders, including the tax aspects of forming and capitalizing a corporation, corporate distributions, redemptions, and taxable and tax-free corporate liquidations. This course will be taught using the problem methods of instruction.

Credit Hour: 1-3
Prerequisites or Corequisites: Must have taken or be currently enrolled in LAW 5325
Prerequisites: LAW 5375


LAW 5470: Criminal Clinic

The Criminal Clinic is available during both the Fall and Winter semesters. It can only be taken once. Enrollment is limited to 8 students per semester. Students must also enroll in Clinical Skills and Criminal Clinic Writing Project and have completed, or be enrolled in, Professional Responsibility. (Not available to students on probation).

Credit Hour: 1-5
Prerequisites: Students must have prior permission of Professor Johnson to enroll


LAW 5475: Criminal Clinic Writing Project

This is the Writing Section accompanying course LAW 5470.

Credit Hour: 1-2


LAW 5477: Criminal Justice Administration

This course will examine the justice system's processing of formal criminal cases from the point at which a defendant is formally charged forward. In other words, it will be a "procedure" course reviewing the processing and adjudication of criminal cases. Topics might include the defendant's rights under the Sixth Amendment (including jury trial, speedy trial, confrontation clause, and compulsory process rights), Eighth Amendment issues (including bail and cruel and unusual punishment), criminal discovery (including the prosecutor's Brady obligation to provide exculpatory evidence to defendants and notice requirements for alibi and insanity defenses), expert witnesses, pretrial and trial publicity, plea bargaining, sentencing (under discretionary, guidelines, and minimum mandatory systems), criminal appeals, and post-conviction relief (habeas corpus, pardons, and commutations). The course may also review advanced topics in the substantive criminal law, including such issues as fraud, other white collar crimes, conspiracy, and the expanding federal presence in investigation, prosecution, and incarceration. In other words, this will be both an advanced criminal procedure course (similar to "bail to jail" courses at other law schools) and an advanced criminal law course.

Credit Hour: 1-3
Recommended: successful completion both Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure before taking this course


LAW 5480: Criminal Litigation Skills

This skills course concentrates on the pretrial process in the criminal justice system. Topics include attorney-client decision making, interviewing, counseling, plea bargaining and voir dire.

Credit Hour: 1-3


LAW 5485: Cross-Cultural Dispute Resolution

The course will focus on the impact culture can have on the private ordering of disputes. Culture affects communication, perceptions regarding conflict and methods for resolution. As the world becomes more interrelated and Missouri and the U.S. more diverse, lawyers need to be prepared to resolve problems across cultural lines. 20-25% of the grade will come from timely attendance and class participation.

Credit Hour: 1-3


LAW 5496: Deal Skills Class

Introduces students to business and legal issues common to commercial transactions. Class will emphasize the thought process involved in, and required by, the practice of transactional law, skills as interviewing, counseling and communicating with your client, understanding business issues and drafting contract provisions to reflect those issues, negotiation deals and managing a transaction closing. Simulation exercise, in-class role-play and lectures, out-of-class due diligence, negotiation and other exercises.

Credit Hour: 1-3
Prerequisites: Business Organization. Students cannot enroll concurrently in Corporate Finance and Deal Skills. Students who have completed Deal Skills are precluded from enrolling in Corporate Finance. However, students are allowed to enroll in Deal Skills even if they have already taken Corporate Finance


LAW 5497: Death Penalty Law

The primary focus of this course will be on the Supreme Court's capital punishment jurisprudence over the past 35 years, with particular attention to how it has shaped state statutory schemes and legal argumentation in capital sentencing trials.

Credit Hour: 1-3


LAW 5520: Drafting of Legal Instruments

Problems frequently encountered in general office practice (land transfers, mortgages, leases, contracts, wills, business organizations, etc.), with drafting of the related instruments. Use and adaptation of legal forms. Graded on S/U basis only.

Credit Hour: 1-2


LAW 5525: Education Law

This course examines the application of discrete doctrines from criminal law, constitutional law, juvenile law, employment law, and disability law to the legal problems facing American schools. Students will explore the ways in which the objectives of these discrete legal doctrines either promote or interfere with our educational policies. Substantive areas of concentration include state regulation of education; freedom of speech, association and religion; equal educational opportunity; employment of teachers; and discipline of students.

Credit Hour: 1-3


LAW 5526: Education Reform Law

This class will explore the many legal and policy issues raised by efforts to reform American K-12 education. We will look at legislative proposals such as No Child Left Behind, Race to the Top, alternative teacher certification rules, penalties for failure to improve the performance of subgroups, authorization of charter schools and vouchers, expanded access to state-funded pre-K, fairer funding formulas, and expanding racial and economic integration through school attendance policies.

Credit Hour: 1-3


LAW 5530: Elder Law

This course address legal issues impacting older individuals, including discussion of government benefits (Social Security, Medicaid, Medicare, Supplemental Security Income), long-term care (types, contract issues, civil rights, and financial planning), guardianship and conservatorship, planning for incapacity, and health care decisions at the end of life. The course emphasizes planning techniques for the average client. Grade will be based on a short paper and take-home exam. The course may be taken for writing credit.

Credit Hour: 1-3


LAW 5532: Election Law

Election Law has become more important in recent years. This course will introduce students to the many theoretical and practical constitutional, statutory, common law, and policy issues that accompany the franchise, including: legislative districting, voting rights, campaign finance, political parties, interest groups, direct democracy, and alternative democratic structures. The course will emphasize federal law, but will also address Missouri state law as appropriate.

Credit Hour: 1-3


LAW 5534: Electronic Discovery

This course provides an in-depth treatment of the legal, technical, and cost management issues involving electronically stored information ("ESI") in civil litigation. Covers the 2006 FRCP ESI amendments (Rules 26 meet and confer, 34, production, and 37 sanctions), FRE 502 (privilege review and production), state e-discovery rules, the rapidly developing ESI case law, and emerging best practices from the Sedona Conference Cooperation Proclamation, the Electronic Discovery Reference Model, and other E-discovery authorities. Practice drafting litigation holds, preservation orders, and related e-discovery documents regularly used in civil litigation. Grading is based on student projects and a final examination.

Credit Hour: 1-3


LAW 5537: Emotional Intelligence in Law

Success in law requires more than substantive legal knowledge. It also requires self-awareness, or "emotional intelligence,' by the lawyer in order to be able to operate effectively in a complex and nuanced legal environment. This course is designed to help students develop their emotional intelligence by cultivating such personal and social competencies as personal and social awareness, understanding of motivation, empathy and social skills.

Credit Hour: 1-3


LAW 5540: Employment Discrimination

This course examines the laws which prohibit discriminatory practices in employment. Title VII is the primary focus, but coverage is also given to the Equal Pay Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act. Additionally, the course addresses the administrative process available for dealing with employment discrimination complains, the prima facie case requirement and burden shifting analysis fused in civil rights cases, and affirmative action requirements.

Credit Hour: 1-3


LAW 5543: Employment Law

Employment Law focuses on the legal relationship between employers and employees in the non-unionized workplace. The course will survey a variety of issues regarding the establishment, maintenance and termination of the employment relationship. For example, the course will cover the common law aspects of that relationship, particularly contracts and torts. It will examine statutory modifications of the common law in areas such as wage and hours, pensions, whistle-blower protection, unemployment insurance, workers compensation, and health and safety.

Credit Hour: 1-3


LAW 5545: Environmental Law

Federal and state regulation of the environment, including the economic and philosophical foundations of environmental regulation, the common law roots of environmental regulation, and substantive coverage of a number of environmental statues, such as the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act, National Environmental Policy Act, and Endangered Species Act.

Credit Hour: 1-3
Prerequisites or Corequisites: Estates and Trusts; Basic Federal Income Taxation ( Estate Planning report suggests this course as corequisite. Tax Group report suggests this course as prerequisite)


LAW 5555: Estate Planning and Taxation

This is a tax-oriented planning course, including discussion of federal estate and gift tax, income taxation of estates and trusts, and techniques for transferring property of a minimal tax cost both during life and at death. Grade will be based on the preparation of one or more projects.

Credit Hour: 1-4
Prerequisites: LAW 5560 and LAW 5375


LAW 5560: Estates and Trusts

Wills: probate process and will contests, intestate succession; restrictions on testation; execution, revival of wills; integration, incorporation by reference, events of independent significance; will substitutes; will construction; family protection.. Trusts: elements and creations; modification and termination; beneficial interests; charitable trusts; trust construction; powers of appointment; trust administration and fiduciary duties.

Credit Hour: 1-4


LAW 5565: European Union Law

Introduction to the law of the European Union. Emphasis will be on the "constitution" of the Union: treaty structure, institutions including the European Court of Justice and its jurisdiction, relationship of EU law and institutions to those of Member States, and the role of the EU in external relations. Substantive topics include the four freedoms (free movement of goods, persons, services and capital among the Member States), competition policy, and harmonization of laws; others may include environmental protection social policy, gender equality and monetary union.

Credit Hour: 1-3


LAW 5570: Externship

The Externship offers students an opportunity to develop the skills necessary to bridge the gap between law school and law practice. Through the Externship, students prepare for "effective and responsible participation in the legal profession" (ABA std. 301) by applying the core concepts learned in law school courses to the challenges presented in the actual, in-office practice of law. Details concerning the requirements and structure of the course are available at the Externship webpage. Students cannot take more than 6 hours of Externship credits. Credits earned in the Landlord/Tenant Practicum count toward that 6-hour Externship limit.

Credit Hour: 1-3


LAW 5572: Fair Housing

The goals of this course are (1) to provide students with a conceptual framework for understanding the different forms that housing discrimination can take and how such discrimination affects our society, and (2) equip students with practical tools for analyzing and litigating fair housing cases. The course will focus primarily on the Federal Fair Housing Act of 1968, and the Fair Housing Amendments Act of 1988. We will examine the Fair Housing Act, its legislative history, early case law, and the development of the basic doctrine. We will progress to the "modern" era of fair housing law, after the Fair Housing Amendments Act added disability and familial status as protected classes. We will explore the ways in which the concept of what constitutes "housing discrimination" has expanded, and how the law has developed accordingly. For example, we will discuss sexual harassment in housing, and the requirements that new multifamily housing be built so that it is accessible to persons with disabilities. In addition, the course will cover more systematic ways in which housing discrimination can manifest itself, such as through municipal land use and zoning decisions, and the mortgage lending practices of financial institutions (including discriminatory refusals to lend, relining, and predatory lending). In addition to these doctrinal issues, the course will cover the private and public enforcement mechanisms of the Act; theories of liability (including disparate treatment, disparate impact, and failure to reasonably accommodate); damages; and issues of proof (including the uses of statistical and testing evidence).

Credit Hour: 1-3


LAW 5575: Family Law

After surveying the variety of family arrangements in contemporary America and central issues concerning the practice of domestic relations law, this course covers marriage; dissolution; distribution of martial property; alimony; child custody' visitation and support; post-dissolution disputes over custody and child-rearing; non-marital families and non-marital children; private agreements n family law; and alternative dispute resolution in collaboration with other professions in client representations, and ethical and policy issues.

Credit Hour: 1-3


LAW 5577: Family Law Dispute Resolution

This course involves students performing simulations of litigation and non-litigation dispute resolution procedures used in family law cases. The course begins with discussion of family dynamics (including issues such as child development and domestic violence), the family court system, and distinctive professional challenges for family lawyers. Exercises involve procedures such as interviewing clients, screening for domestic violence, working with other lawyers, engaging child custody evaluators and parenting coordinators, conducting and defending depositions, preparing for and conducting negotiation and mediation, arguing contested motions in court hearings, and drafting settlement agreements and court orders.

Credit Hour: 1-3
Prerequisites: LAW 5575


LAW 5580: Family Violence Clinic: Individual and Social Justice

Rule 13 certified law students represent needy abused women and children in 13 rural Missouri counties. Students obtain orders of protection in adult abuse courts, and students appear in protective custody cases in juvenile courts. Weekly debriefings may include interprofessional graduate students. Law students must complete LAW 5330 before or during their clinical experience.

Credit Hour: 1-4


LAW 5582: Federal Tax Practice and Procedure

This course will focus on the administrative and judicial procedures for resolving federal tax controversies. Covered topics will include: Organization of the Internal Revenue Service; administrative procedures when handling tax examinations and appeals; statutes of limitations; summonses and privileges; the criminal referral and investigation process; Tax Court litigation; tax refund litigation; civil tax penalties; ethical responsibilities for tax practitioners; and federal tax collection procedures.

Credit Hour: 1-3
Prerequisites: LAW 5375 Basic Federal Income Tax preferred but not required


LAW 5584: Fiduciary Administration

This course will cover key issues that arise in the administration of decedent's estates and trusts, including the necessity for probate, rights of creditors, the fiduciary obligations of trustees and personal representatives, investments, and accountings and distribution. Depending on class size, grading will be based either on an exam, a practice-oriented project, or both.

Credit Hour: 1-3


LAW 5585: Federal Courts

The role of federal courts and their relationship to state courts. Topics covered: justiciability; federal question and diversity jurisdiction, sovereign immunity; abstention; and habeas corpus.

Credit Hour: 1-3


LAW 5589: The Fourteenth Amendment

This course will build on Constitutional Law I by focusing on the constitutional revolution achieved by the Fourteenth Amendment. The course will begin by exploring the passage of the Amendment and its early interpretation, before turning to focus on the development of modern due process and equal protection law. Topics to be covered include incorporation, substantive due process and the right to privacy, race and gender equality, fundamental rights, and state action doctrine. Students will also be introduced to Section 5 questions regarding the scope of Congress ability to enforce the Amendment.

Credit Hour: 1-3


LAW 5590: Freedom of Speech and Association

A study of the rights of speech and association under the First Amendment of the United States Constitution. Major Supreme Court decisions regarding freedom of speech, including content-based and content-neutral restrictions of speech, regulation of commercial speech, regulation of obscenity and pornography, regulation of speech in public and private fora, libel and privacy law, forced association with persons or ideas, and subsidization of speech.

Credit Hour: 1-3


LAW 5591: Food Law and Policy

This course examines the laws that govern food safety and food labeling and considers how well this network works to protect American consumers. It also considers current issues affecting the global food system. Representative topics include recent food safety problems such as tainted meat and salmonella contamination of eggs; food labeling issues such as the use of the term "grass fed" in meat labeling and the use of GMO seed; organic standards; government efforts to address the obesity problem; urban food deserts; animal welfare concerns; the regulation of pet food, and the like. Specific topics addressed each semester will depend on current events and recent legal developments. Students will be graded on the basis of research paper and class participation.

Credit Hour: 1-3


LAW 5592: Firearms Law

This class will examine the historical development and modern context of the regulation of firearms. Although emphasizing domestic law, some international and comparative perspectives will be examined. The class may be taken for writing credit.

Credit Hour: 1-3
Prerequisites: LAW 5220 Constitutional Law


LAW 5595: Gender and the Law

A study of the treatment of gender by the legal system. Topics will include a survey of writings by influential feminist legal scholars, historians and social scientists; a comparison of different theoretical frameworks; and an overview of substantive law and the latest legal developments involving gender. The primary aim of the course is to study various feminist theories to discern how gender is viewed by today's lawmakers and courts.

Credit Hour: 1-3


LAW 5615: Health Care Law: The Doctor-Patient Relationship

An examination of the law governing the interactions between patients and their health care providers (doctors, hospitals and managed care organizations). The course will focus on rules governing the duty to treat, confidentiality, informed consent, medical malpractice liability, institutional vicarious liability, managed care liability, ERISA preemption and medical malpractice reform. As time permits, the class may also cover selected elements of public health law.

Credit Hour: 1-3


LAW 5616: Health Care Organization and Finance Law

This upper-level health law course focuses on the regulation, structure and financing of the U.S. health care system. Regulatory and structural issues include the legal organization of health care institutions, accreditation, medical staff disputes, managed care, fraud and abuse, tax exemption, health care transactions, and antitrust. Access and financing issues include private health insurance and Medicare and Medicaid. The Affordable Care Act and its effect on these various issues will be addressed.

Credit Hour: 1-3


LAW 5620: Immigration Law

A study of the development of U.S. immigration and refugee law and policy, with emphasis on current immigration problems and issues. Recent changes in the immigration laws, and future trends in dealing with increasing immigrant pressure.

Credit Hour: 2-3


LAW 5630: Individual Employment Rights

This course explores the legal environment in which non-unionized employees and their employers operate.

Credit Hour: 1-3


LAW 5632: Innocence Project Clinic

This is a joint clinic among the MU and UMKC law schools, the MU School of Journalism and a non-profit group and is called The Midwestern Innocence Project. Law students will work under the supervision of the Clinic Director, a practicing lawyer, on cases of possible actual innocence from six states.

Credit Hour: 1-4
Prerequisites: Wrongful Convictions. Graded on S/U basis only


LAW 5635: Insurance Law

A basic course in the fundamentals of insurance law. Topics covered include defining insurance; risk and the nature of the insurance relationship; insurable interest; indemnity; fortuity; subrogation; coordination of benefits; interpretation; rights a variance with policy provisions; contract formation; warranties, misrepresentation and concealment; condition; agents and brokers; introduction to regulation; introduction to insurance coverage.

Credit Hour: 1-3


LAW 5640: Intellectual Property

This course is an introduction to the four broad areas of intellectual property. Students will learn about intellectual property, contract, and tort knowledge gained fro the first year curriculum. The course will cover trademarks, trade secrets, patent law, and copyright law. Thus, the course will cover how one obtains the special property rights called the copyright, patent, trademark contract. Further, the course will cover how these intellectual property property rights are protected from the tortious act of infringement, as well as any defense to infringement it is important to note that this introductory class cannot be used to satisfy any of the requirements for the Intellectual Property certificate; nor is this introductory course substitute for the more in-depth coverage offered by Patent Law and Policy, Copyright Law or Trademark Law. Rather, it is designed to allow students to explore basic intellectual property issues and to meet any prerequisites for Cyberspace Law, Software Law and International Intellectual Property. Students may find that taking this introductory course complements the rest of the intellectual property curriculum. Class participation and preparations is required, as is class attendance. An exam and several small written projects will be required.

Credit Hour: 1-3


LAW 5641: Intellectual Property Licensing

Controversies about the laws surrounding management, use, and licensing of intellectual property frequently dominate the headlines. This course focuses on the realm of intellectual property licensing. Through theoretical discussions and practical exercises, we will examine the many facets of the licensing process, from determination of ownership to decisions on enforcement.

Credit Hour: 1-3


LAW 5652: International Commercial Arbitration

This course offers a study of arbitration as a dispute resolution process for international trade and business disputes. The course reviews ad hoc and institutional arbitration, the authority of arbitral panels, enforcement of agreement to arbitrate, challenging arbitrators, procedure and choice of law in arbitral proceedings, the enforcement of international arbitral awards. Special attention will be given to the international convention on the recognition and enforcement of international arbitral agreements and awards (New York Convention) and the UNCITRAL (U.N. Commission of International Trade Law) arbitral rules and model law. The course focuses on commercial arbitration as an international practice and not on arbitration under any particular national system. Students will participate in a hypothetical arbitration matter, beginning from the development of the claim to preliminary proceedings, the arbitration hearing, and ending with the arbitrators' award.

Credit Hour: 2-3


LAW 5660: International Human Rights

The purpose of this course is not enable students to develop a basic understanding of the concept of international human rights law and the role played by international and regional organizations, states and private actors in defining and enforcing human rights. Beginning with the historical origins of human rights, the course will examine the international regional human rights instruments and institutions that form the sources of human rights law (the UN system, including the Charter and treaties, European, African and Inter-American human rights regimes). It will also examine the role of non-governmental organization, the International Criminal Court and International humanitarian law (the law of war), and the interaction between US civil rights law and International human right. Throughout the course, students will be introduced to important critical themes of human rights, including: the distinctions between public and private acts, evolving theories of statehood, sovereignty immunity, cultural relativism, and the western tradition of individual rights, and the relationship between rights and duties. Issues examined will include: political participation and democratization, religious freedom, the use of torture, corporate liability, woman's rights, the right and status of refugees, genocide and war crimes.

Credit Hour: 1-3


LAW 5665: International Law

Introduction to the international legal system, with emphasis on relations between nation-states or international entities. Topics include statehood and recognition, legislative and judicial jurisdiction, human rights and the status of the individual, treaties and international organizations.

Credit Hour: 1-3


LAW 5670: International Moot Court I

The structure and jurisdiction of the International Court of Justice and the techniques and resources for research in international law. Purpose of the course is to prepare students for the Jessup International Moot Court Competition. Students are not precluded from taking International Law by taking this course. Graded on S/U basis only.

Credit Hour: 1


LAW 5675: International Taxation

A study of the federal income taxation of international transactions. This course will explore both how the United States taxes income earned by U.S. citizens living overseas ("outbound transactions") as well as how taxes are imposed by the United States on income derived by foreign persons from U.S. sources ("inbound transactions").

Credit Hour: 1-3
Prerequisites: Basic Federal Income Taxation and prior or concurrent enrollment in Advanced Topics in Taxation


LAW 5677: Internet Law and Practice

This course will focus on preparing to advise business client dealing with electronic commerce an internet law issues. There is no technological background requirement or prerequisite to take the class. We will explore a variety of themes including the control over the internet by both government and private actors; how online activities differ from their off-line counterparts; and how the laws should react to new forms of interaction and social structures found online. Specific doctrinal topics include problems of digital authorship and publication including rights of anonymity, copyrights, trademarks, defamation and other torts; sales and licensing of products; marketing, advertising and data-mining, including privacy issues; jurisdiction over online actors; and cyber-squatting. Grades will be based on the final exam and an optional short paper.

Credit Hour: 1-3


LAW 5680: Journal of Dispute Resolution

Credit for work as prescribed by the faculty for members of the Journal of Dispute Resolution. Graded on S/U basis only.

Credit Hour: 1-3


LAW 5690: Jurisprudence

The major part of the course will cover classic jurisprudential questions about the nature of law - what law is-and related questions regarding judicial decision-making: Under what conditions is a rule a law within a legal system? Are there moral principles that are part of the law even though a legislature has not enacted them? How do judges actually interpret statues and constitutional clauses? How should they interpret them and are there definitive right answers to disputes about what the law is? Is it possible to refrain from "legislating from the bent." or does judicial decision-making necessarily involve making new law based on moral and political judgments? In the second part of the course, we will begin thinking about the proper function or aim of some core areas of substantive law. For example, questions might include: Does the criminal law aim to exact retributive justice, to achieve deterrence, or both? Is it legitimate for the legislature to use law to enforce morality of the community's moral belief? Does tort law aim to achieve corrective justice? Does corrective justices require reparations to groups for long past injuries? Reading will include Hart, Fuller, Dworkin, Raz, Ely, Holmes, Scalia, Feinberg, and others.

Credit Hour: 1-3


LAW 5691: Jury Instructions

Theoretical and practical aspects of jury instructions (including general and special verdicts) at trial are presented from the perspectives of the judge, counsel, the jury, and the court of appeals. The course will involve the students in researching and drafting instructions, using pattern instructions, observing or participating in a simulated jury instruction conference, and writing an appellate court opinion that describes what the student has learned during the course.

Credit Hour: 1-3


LAW 5695: Labor Law

The regulation of relations between employers and labor unions at common law and under federal and state legislation; primary emphasis on the National Labor Relations Act, as amended.

Credit Hour: 1-3


LAW 5697: Landlord Tenant Law and Practice

This course primarily focuses on litigation under the Missouri Landlord Tenant statute and under federal administrative regulations governing public entities which provide housing and housing subsidies to low-income people including the processes for litigating against such entities. The course will address pro per pleading, relevant evidentiary issues, and requisite settlement skills/strategies. This course is available to all 2L's and 3L's and is required for all students enrolled in an externship where placement is at Mid Missouri Legal Services for the purpose of Landlord Tenant representation. This course will teach the theory and practice points required to litigate public and private landlord tenant disputes in Missouri. It is a required companion course to the Landlord Tenant placement at Mid Missouri Legal Services Corporation. Together the Mid Missouri Legal Services Placement and seminar will prepare Rule 13 certified law students in the classroom and in the field to represent indigent clients in landlord tenant disputes under the supervision of licensed attorneys. This course and its Legal Services placement advance the law school goal of educating students to integrate the lawyering theory, skills and values required to solve authentic client problems.

Credit Hour: 1-3


LAW 5698: Landlord/Tenant Practicum

The Landlord-Tenant Practicum serves indigent individuals in Mid Missouri. A Mid Missouri Legal Services Corporation staff attorney supervises Rule 13 certified law students representing tenants including but not limited to those who are being evicted and/or who wish to sue their landlords for habitability or security deposit non-return. Students may also represent tenants who reside in public or subsidized housing in administrative actions brought by or against a Housing Authority. The practicum is graded and enrollment is limited. Credits earned in the Landlord/Tenant Practicum count toward that 6 hour Externship limit. Prerequisites or Corequisites: Landlord/Tenant Law and Practice

Credit Hour: 1-3


LAW 5700: Land Use Controls

This course focuses on laws governing the use and development of land. The course examines legal rules and policy considerations related to zoning, subdivision controls, building codes, historic preservation, aesthetic regulation, growth management, eminent domain, nuisance law, regional land use conflicts, development exactions, and environmental land use restrictions.

Credit Hour: 1-3


LAW 5720: Law and Literature

Examination of the relationship between law and literature, falling into two main areas: law-in-literature (law, legal institutions and lawyers as depicted in literary works) and law-as-literature (legal documents as literary texts subject to literary techniques of textual analysis and criticism), with emphasis on the former. Readings will include literary and legal texts.

Credit Hour: 1-3


LAW 5721: Law Practice Management and Technology

Managing a successful law practice requires time and project management skills, as well as knowledge about the business of practicing law. This course explores the practical and ethical challenges that confront the solo or small firm lawyer. Students will be introduced to a range of resources for the solo and small firm lawyer, and gain practical experience in preparing a business plan, client welcome package, and policies and procedure manual. Material presented in relevant to both the litigation and the transactional lawyer.

Credit Hour: 1-3
Prerequisites: Professional Responsibility


LAW 5723: The Law and Practice of Criminal Sentencing

This simulation-based course examines the substantive law and practical operation of state and federal criminal sentencing systems and seeks to provide students with entry-level competence as advocates in the sentencing phase of criminal cases. Students will participate in a series of simulated sentencing proceedings in state and federal court, acting as counsel for the government or the defendant, or as the sentencing judge. Criminal Procedure and Criminal Justice Administration are recommended, but not required.

Credit Hour: 1-4


LAW 5725: Law and Social Sciences

The course takes a social science approach to our understanding of the law, legal developments and legal institutions. Among the topics to be discussed are: historical, theoretical, and political science study of the law, courts, and the judicial process; the policy-making role and impact of the courts; the dynamics and determinants of judicial decision-making; and historical accounts of the development of private law.

Credit Hour: 1-3


LAW 5726: Law and Society

Law is a common and yet distinct element of daily life in modern societies, and not only shapes society but is also shaped by society. The creation, interpretation, and enforcement of laws occur in the context of historical changes, societal norms, and the subjective concerns and whims of those charged with its creation. Utilizing an interdisciplinary perspective, the course will explore the nature of law as a set of social systems, central actors in the system, legal reasoning, and the relationship of the legal form and reasoning to social change. By the end of the course, students should be able to evaluate the law and legal institutions, especially in relation to equality, justice, and fairness, and understand how law is involved in the processes of social control, social conflict, and social change.

Credit Hour: 1-3


LAW 5727: The Law of Tax Exempt Organizations

This course will briefly address theories and rationale for exempt organizations and examine in some depth the Internal Revenue Services' tests for tax-exemption and the major types of 501(c)(3) organizations and related contribution deductions, as well as a collection of other 501(c) associations. Attention will be paid to state law regarding formation and operation of Missouri Nonprofit corporations and the IRS application process for recognition of tax-exemption in addition to nonprofit corporate governance matters. Focus will be on Internal Revenue Code provisions, Treasury Regulations, IRS interpretive rulings and case law.

Credit Hour: 1-3
Prerequisites: Basic Federal Income Taxation; Business Organizations helpful


LAW 5728: The Law of War

According to Colonel Wang Ziangsui of the Chinese People's Liberation Army, developing countries should recognize that "the first rule of unrestricted warfare is that there are no rules, with nothing forbidden." Is this true, or can there be Jus in Bello (Justice in War)? In the first phase of this course, we will examine the philosophy of regulating the law of war, the history of attempts to regulate warfare, and the United States' current posture on the law of war. In the second phase, we will examine laws governing the use of force during conflict (military necessity, proportionality, unnecessary suffering, and the targeting of civilians). We will conclude with a study of the laws governing post-submission opponents( the Geneva Conventions) and issues such as detention, lawful ruses, and unlawful perfidy.

Credit Hour: 1-3


LAW 5730: Law Review

Credit for work as prescribed by the faculty for members of the Missouri Law Review. Graded on S/U basis only.

Credit Hour: 1-3


LAW 5745: Legislation

Study of how statues are drafted, adopted, and interpreted. The principal focus of the course is on the interpretation of statues by courts.

Credit Hour: 1-3


LAW 5746: Legislative Practicum

This course provides students with the opportunity to work with individual lawyer legislators, or lawyer staff, at the Missouri General Assembly. The students will assist members of the General Assembly by drafting legislation, preparing materials for hearing, conducting research and analysis to respond to broad public policy issues as well as constituent concerns. On occasion students may be assigned to legislative committees, legislative staff support services, or to groups lobbying for legislation. Students will be expected to meet periodically with the professor and to maintain a journal of their activities. Graded on S/U basis only.

Credit Hour: 1-3
Prerequisites: Professional Responsibility


LAW 5748: Life Skills for Lawyers

Readings and discussions will focus on how members of the class want to live their lives as a lawyer. Students will be asked to examine their law school experience and visualized their place in the legal profession. Various problems faced by lawyers (e.g. the pressure to produce billable hours and dealing with clients) will be discussed. Some of the positive aspects of being a lawyer will be identified. The emphasis will be on what the problems and opportunities mean to you personally and the importance of taking responsibility for your own personal and professional life. (not available to students on probation, except for students classified as 3L students).

Credit Hour: 1-3


LAW 5750: Local Government Law

(same as PUB_AF 8866). Structure and powers of local government units; state-local relations, including "home rule"; local government finance, including taxation and indebtedness; incorporation and annexation; eminent domain; tort liability; land use controls; labor relations.

Credit Hour: 1-3


LAW 5760: Media Law

Primary focus will be on practice - what an attorney needs to know in order to represent media clients effectively or, conversely, in order to sue or gag the media. Areas of study include: Access, Damage Control, Prior Restraint, Privacy Protection, Broadcast Rules, Advertising and other issues.

Credit Hour: 1-3


LAW 5765: Mediation

A study of the process in which a neutral third party assists others in resolving a dispute or planning a transaction. The course addresses the mediation movement as regards public policy, politics, professional responsibility, malpractice, and negotiation. Students develop mediation and negotiation skills through readings, demonstrations, experimental exercises, and preparation of a case study.

Credit Hour: 1-3


LAW 5770: Mediation Clinic

(same as LAW 6970). Students develop and refine mediation skills by observing and participating in simulated and real mediation cases.

Credit Hour: 1-2
Prerequisites: LAW 5765 (or concurrent enrollment), or completion of an approved training. Limited to J.D. or LL.M. students in Designated semesters. Graded on S/U basis only


LAW 5772: Medical Malpractice Reform

The course will cover the policy debate surrounding medical malpractice adjudication, including a brief review of malpractice law, a serious examination of the evidence of malpractice law's strengths and weaknesses, and an evaluation of the major legislative reform proposals (past and present).

Credit Hour: 1-2


LAW 5775: Journal of Environmental and Sustainability Law (JESL)

Credit for work as prescribed by the faculty for members of the Missouri Environmental Law and Policy Review. Graded on S/U basis only.

Credit Hour: 1-3


LAW 5780: Mental Disability and the Law

Forensic psychiatry and forensic psychology are burgeoning fields. The news media frequently reports sordid details of heinous crimes that the general public believe could only have been perpetrated by a madman and simultaneously, calls are made to bring these individuals to justice. Social sentiments, and thus public policy initiatives, are becoming increasingly conservative and restrictive in the management of individuals who have a mental disorders and have become entangled in the criminal justice system. This course will explore the impact and interaction of mental disability and the law with a special focus on issues related to the criminal context. Topics will include: mental disorders: comparison and contrasts between clinical and legal definitions; functional implications of mental disorders; legal and clinical issues in the process of criminal forensic evaluations; competence to stand trial; insanity and related defenses; disposition of insanity acquittees; clinical predictions of dangerousness and sexually dangerous persons; competence to be executed; involuntary hospitalization; involuntary treatment; right to treatment; right to refuse treatment; Americans with Disabilities Act; confidentially; rights of criminally committed persons; sexual predator legislation; and therapeutic jurisprudence.

Credit Hour: 1-2


LAW 5793: Missouri Administrative Law

The Missouri Administrative Law class will examine the philosophical underpinning for the creation of the Administrative Hearing Commission (AHC) and the practical realities of prosecuting and defending cases in the venue as a primer for practicing administrative law in Missouri. The course covers such topics as: the history of the AHC, statutory policy considerations, state administrative rule making process and implications, evidence, burden of proof, particular aspects of professional licensing, Department of Natural Resources permitting issues, personnel and discrimination claims, tax cases, judicial review, and attorney fees. The purpose of the course is to provide students with an opportunity to explore the rich variances in Missouri administrative law and to be knowledgeable and confident when faced with an issue in a state administrative venue.

Credit Hour: 1-3


LAW 5795: Modern Payment System

A study of the mechanisms by which credit is extended and payment is made in our society, including coverage of negotiable and quasi-negotiable instruments, letters of credit, bank card systems, and electronic funds transfer systems.

Credit Hour: 1-3


LAW 5800: Moot Court I

Required only for those students participating in the National Moot Court or ABA Moot Court Competitions. Graded on S/U basis only.

Credit Hour: 1-3


LAW 5805: Moot Court II

Required only for those students participating in the National Moot Court or ABA Moot Court Competitions. Graded on S/U basis only.

Credit Hour: 1-2


LAW 5808: Natural Resources Law

Water Law--diffused surface water, groundwater, riparian rights, prior appropriation, permit systems, recreational rights, public trust doctrine, interstate allocation, federal project and regulatory powers; Mining, oil and Gas Law--severance and classification of mineral interests, mineral leases and royalties, implied covenants, regulation of oil and gas production, pooling and unitization, surface owner rights, surface reclamation.

Credit Hour: 1-3


LAW 5810: Negotiation

Negotiation is an essential skill for most lawyers, regardless of practice area. Lawyers must negotiate with their counterparts, clients, partners, staff, courts, and many others in the course of representing a client. This course provides an in-depth understanding of the different models of negotiation, and practical skill development for meeting the many challenges that negotiation presents.

Credit Hour: 1-3


LAW 5815: Partnership Taxation

This course will study the federal income tax treatment of partnerships and other entities treated as partnerships, including limited liability companies. The course will examine partnership formations, contributions to and distributions from partnerships, partnership operations, including special allocations of income and losses among partners, transfers of partnership interests, and partnership dissolutions. This course will be taught using the problem method of instruction.

Credit Hour: 1-3
Prerequisites: Basic Federal Income Taxation


LAW 5820: Patent Law and Policy

This course will provide comprehensive coverage of the U.S. Patent Laws for those interested in obtaining general information about patents, as well as for those interested in practicing before the Patent and Trademark Office. The course will trace an invention through the application, examination, reconsideration, re-examination and litigation processes. If time permits, there may also be coverage of international treaties that affect U.S. Patent Laws as well as some comparison of U.S. Patent Laws and the Patent Laws of select countries. There are no course prerequisites and a technical background is not required because the course primarily focuses on the Patent Act, its requirements and its jurisprudence. Thus, students need only be familiar with applying statutes and cases to a fact pattern. In lieu of an examination or a paper, up to six written projects, between 3-10 pages each (approx. 40 pages overall), will be due at the semester, giving students an intensive writing experience. The professor will review drafts of some of these projects during the semester and all of the projects will be discussed in class. These projects will allow students to help solve a clients hypothetical patent problem as we work through the Patent Act and its jurisprudence. Students may also have the opportunity to engage in client interviewing and counseling in order to complete the projects. There are no prerequisites and a technical background is not required.

Credit Hour: 1-3


LAW 5830: Pretrial Litigation

Focus on the study of the legal principles, techniques, strategies and skills which pertain to civil pretrial practice, including: Professional and Ethical Considerations, Case Selection Case Investigation, Development of a case theory, Pleading, Discovery, Pretrial Conference, Motion Practice, Settlement Processes and Alternative Dispute Resolution.

Credit Hour: 1-3


LAW 5835: Products Liability

A study of civil liability for personal injury, property damage, and economic loss caused by defective products. The study includes actions for negligence, strict liability, misrepresentation and the effect of state and federal legislation on those actions.

Credit Hour: 1-3


LAW 5840: Public Policy Dispute Resolution

Public Policy disputes", such as those that occur in the energy, environmental, education, and health industries, are complex and challenging to manage. This course will explore the intersections of the executive, legislative, and judicial branches of both state and federal government and legal strategies for shaping public policy, whether through litigation, legislation, regulation, alternative dispute resolution or a combination of processes. We will look at two case studies and at least one current issue.

Credit Hour: 1-3


LAW 5845: Publicly Held Corporation

This course focuses on legal issues most relevant to large public corporations. Recommended for students interested in pursuing a career in corporate law or for students desiring study in corporate law beyond the Business Organizations course.

Credit Hours: 3


LAW 5855: Real Estate Transactions and Finance

Real estate mortgages and financing substitutes--theory and practice; receivers; redemption; foreclosure; priorities; the Missouri Deed of Trust; subdivision development; leasehold mortgages; shopping centers; government intervention in the mortgage market.

Credit Hours: 4


LAW 5856: Real Estate Finance

This course examines legal and transactional issues relating to the financing of real estate. The course covers mortgage documentation; the use of mortgagee prior to foreclosure; transfers of mortgaged property; transfers of mortgages and securitization; payment and discharge of mortgages; default and impact of bankruptcy on real estate transactions. The grade will be based upon a final examination.

Credit Hour: 1-3


LAW 5857: Real Estate Finance Skills Project

Students will participate in a weekly seminar class focused on the review, negotiation and drafting of mortgages, deeds of trust, assignments of rents and leases, and other collateral loan documentation (including commercial leases). The grade for the course will be based upon student performance on drafting and practice skills assignments. Projects may include the review, negotiation and drafting of a mortgage, deed of trust, or installment land contract; the review of a loan policy of title insurance; review and evaluation of commercial leases. Student projects will include both individual and group work.

Credit Hour: 1-3
Corequisites: Concurrent registration in Real Estate Finance is required


LAW 5858: Real Estate Transactions

This course examines issues relating to the transfer of real estate and the practice of transactional real estate law. The course covers conveyance documentation, the recording system, title and survey review, title insurance, purchase and sale transactions, basis entity structure and tax considerations, environmental review, commercial leasing, valuation of real estate, and project cash flow. The grade will be based on a final examination.

Credit Hour: 1-3


LAW 5859: Real Estate transaction Skills Project

Students will participate in a weekly seminar class focused on contract drafting, negotiation, due diligence, and client management in the contest of a transactional real estate practice. The grade for the course will be based upon student performance on drafting and practice skills assignments. Projects may include the negotiation and drafting of a purchase contract; the negotiation and modification of a commitment for title insurance; survey review; review and evaluation of lease; lease drafting and negotiation. Student projects will include both individual and group work.

Credit Hour: 1
Corequisites: Concurrent registration in Real Estate Transaction is required


LAW 5861: Regulation of Drugs and Medical Devices

This course examines the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) interpretation and implementation of the federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FDCA) and the Public Health Service Act (PHSA). FDA regulates food, drugs, animal drugs and feed, cosmetics, medical devices, tobacco products, and biological products (broadly speaking "food and drugs"). The course considers not only the substantive regulations and policies applicable to food and drugs, but also issues of administrative law (agency practice and procedure, as well as judicial review), enforcement authority (powers and priorities), the agency's place within our federal system, and the place of food and drug law in the larger legal environment. The scope of the class will vary from semester to semester, usually covering at least drugs and devices.

Credit Hour: 1-3


LAW 5865: Religious Liberty and Church-State Relations

A study of the protection of religious liberty and the structuring of church-state relations under the U.S. Constitution and selected federal statutes. Examination of how religious freedom developed and analysis of Supreme Court cases decided under the establishment, free exercise, and free speech clauses of the First Amendment.

Credit Hour: 1-3


LAW 5870: Remedies

Survey of damages, history of equity; coverage of various equitable remedies and their adequacy, practicability, defenses, procedural problems, enforcement of decrees, merger of law and equity, contempt.

Credit Hour: 1-3


LAW 5875: Research in Law

Independent Research with a faculty member is available during the Summer, Fall and Spring Semesters. Any student enrolling for Research credit must designate at the time of enrollment the professor who will supervise the research project. Credit is earned at the rate of 20 pages per credit hour. No more than three hours of Research may be taken or counted toward the law degree. Enrollment in LAW 5875 may, but need not, be structured so as to satisfy the upper-level writing requirement. Enrollment in LAW 5875 Research satisfies the Law School's writing requirement only if the project culminates in an individually authored paper of at least 20 pages, based on independent research, through a process that involves an initial draft, critique by the supervising faculty members, and rewrite.

Credit Hour: 1-3


LAW 5880: Sales and Leases of Goods

The law governing the sale and leasing of goods, primarily focusing on Articles 2 and 2A of the Uniform Commercial Code and related federal warranty legislation.

Credit Hour: 1-3


LAW 5885: Secured Transactions

The course focuses on the rights of secured creditors and debtors under Article 9 of the Uniform Commercial Code, and includes coverage of creditors with special rights (such as taxing authorities and artisans), documentary exchanges under Article 7, and bulk sales under Article 6.

Credit Hour: 1-3


LAW 5890: Securities Regulation

Financing of business through the sale of securities. Emphasis on federal securities acts, with some consideration of state statutes. Consideration of the registration process, exemptions from registration, the special antifraud rules, liabilities and criminal penalties; reporting, insider trading, and proxy solicitation problems.

Credit Hour: 1-3


LAW 5895: Selected Seminar Topics

Seminars are offered on communication law, (graded S/U), criminal law, criminal justice administration, environmental law, law and medicine, law and the aged, taxation, legal history, urban problems and other selected topics. Some sections of may be graded on S/U basis only.

Credit Hour: 1-3


LAW 5905: Sports Law

Substantive areas of concentration include sports litigation, labor law, NCAA regulations, legal relationships in professional sports, anti-trust aspects of sports activities, and collective bargaining.

Credit Hour: 1-3


LAW 5910: State Constitutional Law

Since the departure of Chief Justice Warren, the U.S. Supreme Court and other federal courts have taken a less expansive view of the rights granted by the U.S. Constitution. Congress has also taken steps to turn over both funds and authority to states. Both developments have increased the importance of state constitutional law. The course would be taught in three parts: (1) History of state constitutions; their relationship to the U.S. Constitution and the major differences among them; (2) Individual rights; instances in which state constitutional provisions that are facially similar or identical to the Bill of Rights in the U.S. Constitution, have been interpreted by state courts to extend beyond the federal rights, and instances where state constitutions guarantee individual rights that are different from or in addition to those in the U.S. Constitution; and (3) Governmental obligations and authority; Constitutional provisions allocating governmental authority, such as limitations on legislative authority, the authority of the people to act through referendum or initiative and the relative authority of independent constitutional and officers.

Credit Hour: 1-2


LAW 5913: State Securities Law and Regulation

This course is concerned with securities law and regulation for the Missouri attorney. With an emphasis on state "blue sky" law, topics covered will include securities regulations, registrations, exemptions, and regulatory enforcement actions. Topics will also include investment professional registration and compliance; broker-dealer and investment adviser regulation and compliance; an overview of causes of action in FINRA arbitrations; and an introduction to hedge funds.

Credit Hour: 1-3


LAW 5914: Tax Planning

This course will examine the application of corporate and partnership tax planning principles to accomplish common business objectives. Students will interview hypothetical clients, prepare written planning documents, present their tax plans to the class, and analyze associated substantive tax and business issues in a seminar format. The grade in this course will be based on written planning documents, a class presentation, and class participation. There will be no final exam.

Credit Hour: 1-3
Prerequisites: LAW 5375 Basic Federal Income Taxation, LAW 5395 Business Organizations (concurrent enrollment will be allowed)
Recommended: Students are strongly encouraged to have taken or be concurrently enrolled in LAW 5465 Corporate Taxation or LAW 5815 Partnership Taxation


LAW 5915: Tax Research

This course provides students with an in-depth exploration of methods and sources for researching tax issues. The course provides students an opportunity to gain experience in using tax research tools. While primarily applicable to tax research, the knowledge gained by students will be helpful in future practice, regardless of practice area. Grades will be based on written assignments to be completed throughout the semester and one final project.

Credit Hour: 1-2


LAW 5916: Taxation Property Transactions

This course will examine tax laws and policies fundamental to real estate investment. Topics include deprecation and recapture, cash and accrual methods of accounting, installments sales, non-recognition transactions, including like-kind exchanges bad involuntary conversions, and discharge of indebtedness issues arising out of real estate transactions. this course is designed to provide a detailed analysis of complex tax provisions necessary for advanced tax planning and will be taught using the problem method of instructions.

Credit Hour: 1-3
Prerequisites: Basic Income Taxation


LAW 5917: Topics in Law

Various topics in law are explored in depth. Topics change each semester.

Credit Hour: 1-5


LAW 5918: Tax Policy

This seminar examines issues of federal tax policy and theory made critically important by the budget deficit and projected shortfalls. We will discuss the major features of the U.S. tax system, identify significant problems, and analyze current reform proposals. Topics will include income distribution, tax treatment of the family, corporate tax reform, capital gains taxation, the alternative minimum tax, the estate tax, taxation of health benefits, consumption or value-added taxes, and tax expenditures.

Credit Hour: 1-3


LAW 5919: Title Insurance Practice

This course will examine the application of corporate and partnership tax planning principles to accomplish common business objectives. Students will interview hypothetical clients, prepare written planning documents, present their tax plans to the class, and analyze associated substantive tax and business issues in a seminar format. The grade in this course will be based on written planning documents, a class presentation, and class participation. There will be no final exam. Title Insurance is integral to the real estate market in the United States. Students will be exposed to the development and need for title insurance. They will learn what is necessary to become a title insurance producer and how to run a practice that incorporates both title insurance issuance and how to work within an agency and an underwriter.

Credit Hour: 1-3


LAW 5920: Trademark Law

Nature of trademark law; common law and statutory trademarks and trade-names; Lanham Act of 1946; distinctiveness; types of marks; qualification of marks for registration (use in commerce, intent-to-use certification, secondary meaning, abandonment); registration procedures; exclusive rights of trademark owner; scope of protection; concurrent use; infringement (including "gray market" use); international protection; remedies; state trademark acts; related common law doctrines; trademark usage on the Internet; domain name issues.

Credit Hour: 1-3


LAW 5925: Trial Practice

Techniques of pleading, discovery, jury selection, opening statements, direct/cross examination of witnesses, preparing jury instructions, closing arguments. Each student participates in classroom problems selected from various phases of litigation, and in one complete trial. Some sections of this course may be offered as a graded section or graded on S/U basis only.

Credit Hour: 1-4


LAW 5927: Veterans Clinic

In this clinical program, students will help veterans in need and/or their dependents secure disability related benefits after an initial denial from the Regional VA office. This work will be done at the board of Veterans' Appeals level or before the Court of Appeals for Veterans' Claims, both located in Washington D.C. The BVA and CAVC are federal tribunals, specially created to handle veterans' claims. Students will have the opportunity to work with the client, in a law firm type atmosphere, and prepare and argue appeals relating to benefits denials.

Credit Hour: 1-4
Prerequisites or Corequisites: Professional Responsibility


LAW 5930: Voir Dire

This course is designed to provide the students with hands-on experience in selecting a jury. Students will act as lawyers, jurors and one student presiding as judge in the concluding 2-1/2 hour courtroom simulation where a jury is selected after making challenges for cause and end exercising preemptory strikes. An actual case involving a badly injured young plaintiff and a large corporate defendant--where liability is questionable--will be the basis for this exercise. The course will outline the purpose of voir dire and the law pertaining to jury selection. Students will learn active listening skills and how to interpret non-verbal behavior. Examples from prominent, practicing lawyers will be presented. The ultimate purpose of the course is to bring recognition that jury selection is an art--not a science-- and should be tailored to the facts of the case and the witnesses the attorney expects to present. Graded on S/U basis only.

Credit Hour: 1-2


LAW 5940: White Collar Crime

Study of what are generally considered to be business or organizational crimes. General topics to be explored may include: mail and wire fraud, conspiracy, securities fraud, tax fraud, government contracting fraud (with particular emphasis on the False Claims Act), the Hobbs Act and the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Acts.

Credit Hour: 1-3


LAW 5946: Wrongful Convictions

This course offers students an insider's look into the operation of the criminal justice system. It should be of particular interest to any student interested in working in a prosecutor's office, public defender's office or for a firm doing defense work. It is a prerequisite for any student wishing to enroll in the Innocence Project clinic. The course is designed to help students gain insight into features of the criminal justice system that have a tendency to produce wrongful convictions. In addition to examining the causes of wrongful convictions, the course will consider systemic reforms that might minimize convicting the innocent. We will also work with the Midwestern Innocence Project on cases of possible actual innocence. Finally, the class will also focus on recurring ethical issues that confront prosecutors and criminal defense lawyers.

Credit Hour: 1-4


LAW 6500: London Program

Students enrolled in classes in London. Credit will count toward graduation requirements. Zero billing hours.

Credit Hour: 1-16


LAW 6516: Art and the Law - London Program

The goal of this course is to integrate three fields of knowledge - law, philosophy of aesthetics, and art history. The course will focus on how and why, for functional and other reasons, lawyers answer questions involving issues of art in a very different manner from the way in which philosophers and art historians answer the same questions. The course will concentrate on those areas of law implicated by a society's interest in acquiring and enjoying fine arts. Topics to be covered include, among others, The Law's Answer to the Question "What is Art?"; Artistic Freedom and its Limitations Art and the First Amendment; Rights of the Artist Santutory and Other Protections of Creative Works, including Copyright, the Visual Artists'' Rights Act of 1990, and the Moral Right of Artists; Forgery - What's So Special About an Original?; Cultural Artifacts in the International Community The Elgin Marbles; and Stolen Art - Recovering Art Looted by the Nazis. Students will study and compare British Law relating to the fine arts.

Credit Hours: 3


LAW 6710: Comparative Dispute Resolution

South Africa Program

Credit Hour: 1-2


LAW 6720: Comparative Constitutional Law

South Africa Program

Credit Hour: 1-2


LAW 6730: Comparative Criminal Justice

South Africa Program

Credit Hour: 1-2


LAW 6905: LLM Arbitration Seminar

(same as LAW 6805). This course would cover law, policy, and practices relating to the arbitration in the U.S. under modern arbitration statutes as well as arbitration of international commercial disputes under international conventions and arbitral rules.

Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisites: instructor's consent


LAW 6910: Advanced Dispute Resolution Practice

(same as LAW 6810). This course is designed to give students experience in the practice of dispute resolution skills, primarily focusing on mediation. In simulated cases of a wide variety of types of mediated negotiations, students will act as mediators, parties, and legal representatives. Graded on S/U basis only.

Credit Hours: 2
Prerequisites: Open to LL.M. students. In extraordinary situations, J.D. students may enroll with the consent of the instructor


LAW 6915: Advanced Survey of Dispute Resolution

Study of dispute resolution processes to understand the theoretical and practical underpinnings of adjudicative (e.g., litigation and arbitration), evaluative (e.g., neutral evaluation and summary jury trials) and facilitative (e.g., negotiation and mediation) process. Emphasis on assistance to clients in choice of appropriate methods for preventing or resolving disputes and on ethical and professional responsibilities of advocates and neutrals in various processes.

Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisites: instructor's consent


LAW 6920: LL.M. Externship

Student will be placed (or secure placement) with attorney, professional mediator or arbitrator, or dispute resolution agency (government-based or private) for an externship ranging three to nine weeks. Students will observe and, to the extent possible, participate in dispute resolution activities of mentor. Journal entries form basis for credit. Externship placements will be local, national or internation. Graded on a S/U basis only.

Credit Hour: 1-99
Prerequisites: LL.M. students only


LAW 6925: LL.M. Independent Study

Substantial research project on selected topic of choice.

Credit Hour: 1-3
Prerequisites: LL.M. students only


LAW 6930: LL.M. Major Research Project

(same as LAW 6830). Development and presentation of substantial research paper on current topic in dispute resolution. Supervision of this work by appropriate faculty will be determined according to the topic selected.

Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisites: instructor's consent


LAW 6935: Dispute System Design

(same as LAW 6835). Analysis of system design principles and the management of multi-party complex disputes. Course will include overview of statutes, regulations, court rules and general policy considerations for the development of systematic approaches to the resolution of disputes as well as the consultation process inherent in system design work. An underlying theme for this course will be issues of program quality. Students will review scholarly work evaluating the ADR field and study basic research/evaluation methodologies.

Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisites: instructor's consent


LAW 6940: Negotiation and Mediation Perspectives and Skills

Interactive training program that focuses on the role of the mediator in facilitating settlement. Topics include: theories of competitive and problem solving orientations to negotiation; strengths/weaknesses of mediation as a dispute resolution process; and overview of mediator tasks and responsibilities, such as framing issues, understanding party interest, generating options, and reaching agreement. This course is required for LL.M. students without mediation background and will be delivered in an intensive format during August before regularly scheduled courses begin. Graded on S/U basis only.

Credit Hour: 1
Prerequisites: instructor's consent


LAW 6945: Non-Binding Methods of Dispute Resolution

(same as LAW 6845). Negotiation and mediation of disputes, focusing on the theory, strategy, and skills, and public policy issues involved in using non-binding methods of dispute resolution. The course addresses the role of attorneys in unassisted and mediated negotiation as well as the role of mediators. The course considers the professional responsibility of advocates negotiating for clients and of mediators.

Credit Hour: 3-4
Prerequisites: instructor's consent


LAW 6950: Practicum on Dispute Resolution Training and Education

Structured training experience through participation in the first-year curriculum project; service as judges in J.D. student competitions, such as negotiation and client counseling; and assignments to appropriate upper division courses to assist with development of dispute resolution modules. Credit is earned for work over the entire academic year. Graded on a S/U basis only.

Credit Hour: 1-2
Prerequisites: LL.M. students only


LAW 6955: Topics

Special and emerging topics in dispute resolution. Subject, content and credit varies, depending on available faculty and student interest.

Credit Hour: 1-99
Prerequisites: instructor's consent


LAW 6960: Understanding Conflict

(same as LAW 6860). Study of the origins, nature, and functions of conflict, using perspectives from a variety of disciplines and from literature and religion. The course will include special attention to the idea of conflict as opportunity and will draw on contemplative practices, of the kind that have been developed in many religious traditions, to aid in understanding the relationship between inner and outer conflict. It will focus persistently on the connections between one's assumptions about conflict and one's attitudes and practices about dispute resolution and lawyering. Prerequisitse: instructor's consent.

Credit Hours: 3


LAW 6970: Mediation Clinic

(same as LAW 5770). Students develop and refine mediation skills by observing and participating in simulated and real mediation cases. Limited to J.D. or LL.M. students in Designated semesters. Graded on S/U basis only.

Credit Hour: 1-2
Prerequisites or Corequisites: LAW 5765 (or concurrent enrollment), or completion of an approved training