This course examines the structure of the American Legal System. Topics to be covered include: Foundations of the Legal System, including common law, the US Constitution, statutes and codification; Structures of American Law, including legislative, executive and judicial branches.
This course provides an introduction to contract, the American approach to the study of contract law, the doctrine of consideration, contract remedies, contract interpretation, offer and acceptance.
This course examines secured lending using personal property collateral, focusing in particular on the financing of accounts receivable, inventory, equipment, securities, and intellectual property. The Uniform Commercial Code will be the focus of study, with close attention given to the principles of Article 9 and its relationship to Articles 2, 2A, 3, 7 and 8. Examination will also be undertaken of the federalBankruptcy Code as it applies to secured transactions.
This course provides an introduction to the law that governs business associations. The class is designed to provide students with a foundation in the common law and state statutory systems that regulate business organizations as well as the important issues of policy that surround this regulation.
This course is an examination of some of the ethical problems encountered in practice, as well as a general introduction to the American civil and criminal procedure contexts in which those ethical problems are resolved.
This course is a general introduction to the legal problems of the administrative process. Topics of study in this section include the constitutional framework within which federal agencies operate, statutory and constitutional constrains on agency procedures, the role of administrative discretion, and the methods and scope of judicial review of agency decisions.
This course provides an introduction to the way that American society deals with injuries through the legal system. It focuses on established doctrines of tort liability, including intentional torts, negligence and strict liability, and theories currently at the judicialfrontier. Another major subject of concern is defenses based on the plaintiff's conduct. The course also seeks, in an introductory way, to set tort remedies in a broader perspective that includes compensation legislation and safety regulation.
This course familiarizes students with the principles and underlying policies of the U.S. taxing systemconcerning (1) income earned by U.S. citizens, resident aliens, and corporations from business and investment activities abroad and (2) income earned by nonresident alien individuals and foreign corporations from business and investment activities in the United States.
This course is an introduction to the law of real property. It explores the original acquisition of entitlements to property; different theories of justification for the institution and distribution of property; the Anglo-American system of estates in land; the law of trespass and nuisance; private and public mechanisms of land use control; landlord-tenant law; and public regulation of property, including housing discrimination and eminent domain.
This course focuses on the structure and organization of the federal and state judicial systems, jurisdiction over the person and subject matter, process and pleadings, parties, joinder of claims, pre-trial motion practice, discovery of evidence, division of functions between judge and jury, in-court procedures, postrial motions, and appellate review. The course is litigation practice-oriented and uses the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure as a model.
This course provides an introduction to the law that governs business associations. The course begins with the law of agency and fiduciary duties, which provides the backdrop for discussion of partnerships and then corporations.(Limited liability corporations, limited liability partnerships, and the closely held corporation fit somewhere in between.) After a discussion of partnerships, we will move on to the large, publicly traded corporation. The class is designed to provide students with a foundation in the common law and state statutory systems that regulate business organizations as well as the important issues of policy that surround this regulation. Although the course touches briefly on the federal regulation of securities exchanges, there will be no discussion of the federal regulation of securities. The course is particularly appropriate for students who intend to take related classes, such as securities regulation, corporate finance, corporate tax, and more specialized offerings.