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Elective Courses


Elective Courses

  • Advanced Business Organizations Seminar

    LAW 801, 3 credits
    An advanced course focusing on selected issues in the law and regulation of business organizations. The specific topics covered will vary from semester to semester. Prerequisites: Business Organizations [Limited Enrollment]

  • Advanced Legal Externship

    LAW 860A, 3 or 4 credits
    With the approval of the Attorney Practice Internship Program Director, a limited number of students, who have successfully completed Attorney Practice Internship or Judicial Internship, may take this course to continue work in their internship field placement or in a new field placement for an additional semester. Students will continue developing their legal skills and increasing their substantive and practical knowledge. Students engage in guided reflection through journals, attend individual meetings with the Director, and must satisfy the course writing requirements. Prerequisites: Attorney Practice Internship or Judicial Internship [Limited Enrollment]

  • Advanced Legal Research

    LAW 701, 2 credits
    This course is designed to encourage and offer opportunity for independent research of high calibre by the student. Credit is conditioned upon the completion of an acceptable research paper on some topic approved in writing prior to registration by the Faculty Coordinator for Advanced Legal Research and by the faculty member under whose supervision the paper is to be prepared. Subject to variation depending upon the faculty member, student, and topic, it is suggested that the paper format be that of a law review comment with footnotes; that it have a length of not less than 25 pages; and that the process of developing it include the scheduling of discussion and review of written scope notes, outlines, and drafts, as well as the final product. This course may not be taken during the summer session. However, this does not preclude a student's undertaking unsupervised research and background reading during the summer. This course is limited to two credits which may be awarded once during a law student's enrollment. Double credit will not be awarded for the same paper submitted in another course. A professor may supervise no more than five independent research papers during a semester.

  • Advanced Real Estate Taxation (GTP)

    LAW 978, 2 credits
    Analysis of the effect of income taxes on real estate transactions; a comparison of the various entities used for the ownership and development of real estate; real estate syndications, basis and basis adjustments; alternative financing techniques such as the sale-leaseback; depreciation, amortization and obsolescence; passive activity and at-risk rules; and REITS. This course is a combined J.D. and Graduate Tax Program offering. Prerequisites: Federal Income Tax and Fundamentals of Federal Income Taxation II [Open Enrollment]

  • Advanced Qualified Pension and Profit-Sharing Plans (GTP)

    LAW 986, 3 credits
    Building on the foundation provided by Qualified Pension and Profit-Sharing Plans, this in-depth examination of defined contribution and defined benefit plans includes current IRS positions; final, proposed and temporary regulations; and developing case law. Tax sheltered annuities are considered. Prerequisites: Federal Income Tax and Qualified Pension and Profit- Sharing Plans. This course is a combined J.D. and Graduate Tax Program offering. [Open Enrollment]

  • Advanced Topics in International and Comparative Law

    LAW 806A, 3 credits
    This advanced, upper-level research and writing seminar will consider contemporary issues in international law, including the history, theory, purposes, and progressive development of the law of humanity and the law of nations. Class discussions will cover such topics as the nature of international law, the sources of international law, the law of treaties, customary international law, states, international organizations, non-governmental organizations, international human rights law, state responsibility, jurisdiction, and the use of force. In addition to the weekly classroom meeting, students will take an active role in research and writing associated with the Center for International and Comparative Law. Each student will write a term paper on an advanced question in international or comparative law. Particular subject matter will depend upon the nature of international relations at any given time, including the overarching question of how best to achieve global justice through law. Prerequisites: International Law [Limited Enrollment]

  • Advanced Trial Advocacy

    LAW 840, 2 credits
    This course, an extension of the Trial Advocacy course, focuses on more subtle aspects of courtroom communication and persuasion, drawing upon skills and techniques from various other disciplines such as psychology, speech, communications, and theater. The course combines student work on exercises and problems that are critiqued by the teacher, lectures, and guest speakers. Prerequisites: Evidence and Trial Advocacy [Limited Enrollment]

  • American Legal History Seminar

    LAW 864, 3 credits
    An introduction to American legal history focusing on such topics as the drafting of the U.S. Constitution, the effect of changes in politics, economics, and technology on the evolution of constitutional law, the historical development of freedom of speech, the paradox of the law of slavery, the changing views of the relationship between religion and government, and the role of the Constitution in times of war. Topics covered will vary from semester to semester. [Limited Enrollment]

  • Animal Law Seminar

    LAW 870, 3 credits
    This course is an in-depth survey of the burgeoning and dynamic field of animal law. Animal welfare, pet trusts, veterinary malpractice, endangered species, First Amendment issues, divorce pet custody disputes, the animal cruelty/violence against humans link, and animal legal standing are but a few of the issues that will be discussed in this course, which also examines other animal law legal issues, including issues involving constitutional law, torts, contracts, wills and trusts. This course will encourage students, in the research papers they are required to write for the course, to creatively analyze existing legal doctrine as well as to craft and analyze new legal approaches evolving in the rapidly developing field of animal law. [Limited Enrollment]

  • Appellate Advocacy Workshop

    LAW 803, 3 credits
    Development of the art of appellate advocacy, including lectures and moot court practice; preparation of appellate briefs; presentation of oral arguments; visits to appellate courts for observation of oral arguments. Fulfills either upper-level advocacy or workshop upper-level writing requirement. [Limited Enrollment]

  • Appellate Practice Clinic

    LAW 800, 4 credits
    Students are assigned to the Appellate Division of the Public Defender's office. Under the supervision of one appellate attorney, each student works approximately twelve hours per week, preparing one entire appellate case. This includes meeting with the client, reading the record, determining the appellate issues, preparing the appellate brief, and arguing the appeal in the Court of Special Appeals of Maryland. In addition, students have a weekly classroom component, during which they are taught the fundamentals of criminal appellate advocacy. Prerequisites: First-year day courses, Evidence, Criminal Law, and Constitutional Criminal Procedure I [Admission by permission only.]

  • Attorney Practice Externship

    LAW 860, 3 or 4 credits
    Under the supervision of a practicing attorney and faculty supervisor, students learn about the lawyering process first hand by interning in the private or public sector and attending a classroom component. Students develop reflective learning and problem solving skills, increase their substantive legal knowledge, explore issues of professionalism and ethics, and gain a deeper understanding of the legal system and the practice of law. Students may register for a three or four credit internship and must have their field placement approved by the Director. This program has special rules with respect to who may register and what requirements must be satisfied to earn credits under this program. Recommended: Professional Responsibility [Admission by permission only.]

  • Banking Law Workshop

    LAW 856, 3 credits
    A study of banking regulations, bank holding companies, the formation of banks and branches, the failure of banks, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, commercial paper, electronic funds transfer, and other related banking law topics. Students will be required to prepare four written assignments: a legal memorandum, an administrative opinion, a lending agreement and a policy paper. The lending agreement will also include contract negotiations.

  • Bankruptcy and Creditor Remedies (formerly Debtor-Creditor Relations)

    LAW 715, 3 credits
    Bankruptcy, with emphasis on consumer bankruptcy issues; common law compositions; assignments for the benefit of creditors; fraudulent conveyances; receivers; supplementary proceedings; and the enforcement of judgments. Recommended: Contracts I & II, Property [Open Enrollment]

  • Bankruptcy Taxation (GTP)

    LAW 988, 2 credits
    An introduction to the basics of bankruptcy law and creditors' rights and analysis of tax issues that arise. This course is a combined J.D. and Graduate Tax Program offering. Prerequisite: Federal Income Tax [Open Enrollment]

  • Bench Trial Advocacy

    LAW 883, 2 credits
    This simulation skills course prepares students for advocacy before bench trial courts of limited jurisdictions in both criminal and civil settings. Oral and written advocacy will be explored. Ethical and practical considerations peculiar to Bench Trial practice will be examined. Role play and adversarial exercises will be the vehicle for skill development. Emphasis on the fast pace of bench trials and its effects on the quality of client representation will be a recurring theme. The need for brevity, flexibility, and understanding of summary proceedings will be emphasized. Prerequisite: Evidence and Professional Responsibility [Limited Enrollment]

  • Business Planning Workshop

    LAW 830, 3 credits
    Concepts and techniques for creating and operating a corporation and solving problems likely to arise in that context, including tax matters. Drafting problems will be assigned to students acting as a team. Topics are extensively treated in problem form. Prerequisite: Business Organizations and a tax course [Limited Enrollment]

  • Capital Punishment and the Constitution Seminar

    LAW 871, 3 credits
    This course examines Constitutional Law issues in the context of death penalty litigation with a focus on Due Process and 8th Amendment issues in sentencing and 6th Amendment jury selection issues. We will examine the core values of the criminal justice system with special emphasis on the roles of the prosecutor and defense counsel and the effect of mental illness on prosecutions and executions. The course will address the death penalty in an international context, and students will reflect on moral issues and actual innocence claims. The course will have a writing for publication component and meets the scholarly upper level writing requirement. Students will present work-in-progress to the class, will consult individually with the professor, and will produce a publishable-quality law review article at the end of the term and have the tools to submit their articles for publication. Prerequisite: Constitutional Law I, Criminal Law, Constitutional Criminal Procedure I (could be concurrent with approval) [Limited Enrollment]

  • Center for Families, Children and the Courts Student Fellows Program I

    LAW 888, 3 credits
    This course will provide students with an in-depth examination of the policies and theories surrounding court reform in family law, including unified family courts, therapeutic jurisprudence, and the ecology of human development. In addition to a weekly two-hour classroom component, students will take an active role in research and writing associated with the Center for Families, Children and the Courts' (CFCC's) projects. The research and writing will involve weekly one-hour meetings with either CFCC's Director or Senior Fellow and might include areas such as the creation and evaluation of unified family courts in specific jurisdictions, juvenile justice, truancy and truancy courts, high conflict custody programs, and addiction and substance abuse as they affect families in court. Particular subject-matter areas will depend upon the nature of CFCC's activities at any given time. Prerequisite: Family Law [Limited Enrollment]

  • Center for Families, Children and the Courts Student Fellows Program II

    LAW 890, 1-2 credits
    This course is a continuation of the CFCC Student Fellows Program and, as such, is open only to students who have successfully completed the first semester and by permission of the instructor. The course will allow those students to see their projects through to completion; they will not participate in a seminar. Credits will vary from 1 to 2 credits per student, depending upon the extent the students wish to be involved and the amount of additional time approved by faculty. Prerequisite: Family Law, Center for Families, Children and the Courts' Student Fellows Program I [Limited Enrollment]

  • Child & the Family

    LAW 707, 3 credits
    Advanced course which deals with the legal, philosophical and sociological aspects of the child in his/her relationship to the family and the State with regard to civil and equitable issues. Joint obligations and responsibilities among and between members of the family; custody and adoption; right to obtain and refuse medical treatment; rights to education; intra-familial obligations and remedies; treatment of children in the education process; paternity. This course will offer an in-depth analysis of the issues and trends in the law and the impact upon society of these trends. [Open Enrollment]

  • Children & the Constitution Seminar

    LAW 849, 2 credits
    This course will explore the challenges and dilemmas encountered when the legal system addresses issues directly and indirectly affecting children. What does it mean to be a “person” under the Constitution and a minor that is a person under a legal disability. The course will include a simulation exercise. Students will be required to write a minimum 25-page paper and make a presentation on the topic of their paper. [Limited Enrollment]

  • Civil Advocacy Clinic I

    LAW 800, 6 credits
    Students enrolled in Civil Clinic I represent indigent clients before courts and administrative agencies in diverse civil matters. Civil Clinic students have represented clients on consumer, contract, landlord/tenant, special education, and government benefits matters, and interested students have assisted elderly clients in drafting powers of attorney and advance directives. Under the supervision of a faculty member, students are responsible for all aspects of representing clients, including interviewing clients and witnesses, engaging in fact investigation and discovery, drafting pleadings and motions, negotiating with adversaries, and conducting hearings and trials. Students are expected to devote approximately 20 hours per week to clinic activity. Prerequisite: First-year day courses, Evidence and Professional Responsibility Recommended: Trial Advocacy [Admission by permission only]

  • Civil Advocacy Clinic II

    LAW 800B, 1-4 credits
    With the approval of the Civil Clinic faculty, a limited number of students, who have successfully completed Civil Clinic I, may take this course to continue work in the Civil Clinic for one or two additional semesters (for one to four additional credits during one or two semesters). The total number of credits earned in a semester by all students enrolled in Civil Clinic II may not exceed eight (8) credits. Prerequisite: Civil Advocacy Clinic I [Admission by permission only]

  • Civil Liberties Seminar

    LAW 853, 3 credits
    An overview of the law surrounding individual rights guaranteed by the Constitution, with particular emphasis on First Amendment freedoms. Landmark cases are examined together with those currently in litigation, from both philosophical and practical perspectives. The seminar also discusses various ethical and practical problems in representing unpopular clients and controversial causes. Prerequisite: Constitutional Law I [Limited Enrollment]

  • Coastal Law Seminar

    LAW 866, 3 credits
    This course examines governmental, private and public property rights in land bordering rivers, the ocean, and other coastal areas. In addition, the course examines federal, state, and local government regulation of the use and development of land (including submerged lands) and natural resources in coastal areas. The course coverage includes governmental programs to protect wetlands, the Chesapeake Bay, and marine species of wildlife, fish, and shellfish. [Limited Enrollment]

  • Commercial Real Estate Workshop

    LAW 880, 3 credits
    Planning, drafting, and negotiating real estate projects involving commercial acquisitions, development, financing, leasing and environmental and land use implications. Pre- or Co-requisite: Property; Business Organizations; Federal Income Tax [Limited Enrollment]

  • Community Development Clinic I

    LAW 800C, 6 credits
    Students represent non-profit community associations to assist in improving the quality of life in their low-income neighborhoods. The representation primarily involves transactional work. Under the supervision of a faculty member, students interview clients, investigate legal problems, perform legal research and drafting, counsel corporate organization's boards and advocate for clients before various governmental and private agencies. Cases and projects include corporate structuring, obtaining non-profit tax exempt status, property acquisition, contract drafting, community education, legislative advocacy, and litigation such as drug nuisance abatement, zoning and receivership actions. The course has a weekly seminar and team meetings in addition to case work. Prerequisite: First-year day courses, Professional Responsibility, Business Organizations, and demonstrated interest in community development and non-profit organizations. [Admission by permission only]

  • Community Development Clinic II

    LAW 800P, 1-4 credits
    With the approval of the Community Development Clinic faculty, a limited number of students, who have successfully completed Community Development Clinic I, may take this course to continue work in the Community Development Clinic for one additional semester (for one to four additional credits). The total number of credits earned in a semester by all students enrolled in Community Development Clinic II may not exceed eight (8) credits. Prerequisite: Community Development Clinic I [Admission by permission only]

  • Comparative Refugee & Asylum Law

    LAW 593, 2 credits
    This course explores the international and national legal regimes for the protection of refugees and asylees. Topics include the history of the U.N. Convention on the Status of Refugees, the implementation of the convention through the U.S Refugee Act of 1980 and subsequent related legislation, political and judicial efforts to define the extent of the protections afforded under international and domestic law, current proposals to amend the laws, and the practice of asylum law in the United States. To the extent time permits, we will consider U.S. asylum law in comparison to selected other nations' asylum regimes. [Open Enrollment]

  • Conflict of Laws

    LAW 710, 3 credits
    Problems arising from events or occurrences as to the applicability of the law of different states or nations, jurisdiction as to the subject matter and the parties, full faith and credit to laws and judicial proceedings of other states, determining choice of law and its application to specific legal areas. [Open Enrollment]

  • Consolidated Corporations (GTP)

    LAW 968, 2 credits
    Analysis of the techniques used by multiple, related corporations to report income and losses. Detailed examination of the consolidated income tax regulations and consideration of other problems encountered by affiliated groups of corporations. This course is a combined J.D. and Graduate Tax Program offering. Prerequisite: Federal Income Tax and Corporate Taxation [Open Enrollment]

  • Construction Law

    LAW 745, 3 credits
    Construction Law is the body of the law associated with the building and design of individual homes, shopping centers, residential communities, public roadways, skyscrapers, and other "improvements". This course provides a general overview of the construction process and "construction contract documents", exploring typical legal disputes which arise among developers, contractors, subcontractors, architects and engineers. The course will examine the statutory and common law liabilities which attach once the construction process has been completed, with an emphasis on the rights and remedies of those who purchase defectively constructed or designed homes and buildings. [Open Enrollment]

  • Consumer Law

    LAW 712, 3 credits
    Regulation of consumer sales practices and contracts; regulation of consumer collection practices; regulation of the consumer credit industry, including truth-in-lending statutes and holder-in-due course doctrine. [Open Enrollment]

  • Contemporary Legal Issues: Perspectives on Sexual Orientation and the Law Seminar

    LAW 804, 3 credits
    A seminar focusing on the historical and current legal treatment of gay men, lesbians, bisexuals, transgendered individuals, and heterosexuals in the areas of, inter alia, family law, military law, sodomy law, employment law, and constitutional law; and the interplay between changing societal norms and the development of legislation and the common law. [Limited Enrollment]

  • Copyright & the Arts

    LAW 713, 3 credits
    The study of the extent of authors', composers', and artists' rights to prevent the exploitation of their works by others (primarily copyright but also express and implied contract and the doctrine of "moral rights") and the extent of individuals' rights not to be personally exploited or maligned in others' writings (invasion of privacy, defamation, and the right of publicity). [Open Enrollment]

  • Corporate Reorganizations (GTP)

    LAW 969, 3 credits
    Analysis of the tax treatment of corporations and shareholders in corporate acquisitions, divisions, re-incorporations, and re-capitalizations, including a discussion of Section 338. Review of the net operating loss carryover and collapsible corporation rules. This course is a combined J.D. and Graduate Tax Program offering. Prerequisite: Federal Income Tax and Corporate Taxation [Open Enrollment]

  • Corporate Taxation (GTP))

    LAW 951, 3 credits
    Federal income taxation of corporations and their shareholders with emphasis on the formation of the corporation, capital structure, operational alternatives, distributions, partial and complete liquidations, personal holding companies, and the accumulated earnings tax. Formation, operation, and liquidation of S-corporations are also covered. This course is a combined J.D. And Graduate Tax Program offering. Prerequisite: Federal Income Tax [Open Enrollment]

  • Criminal Practice Clinic

    LAW 800D, 6 credits
    Participating students are assigned to either a state's attorney's or a public defender's office. Under the direction of a member of the professional staff at the assigned agency, they prepare and try a variety of criminal cases, including allegations of juvenile delinquency misdemeanors and felonies in the district and circuit courts of Maryland. There is a graded academic component (2 credits), in which students study criminal law and procedure, address ethical issues and develop the skills needed to handle their cases effectively. Prerequisite: First-year day courses, Evidence, Professional Responsibility, Criminal Law, and Constitutional Criminal Procedure I. Pre- or Co-requisite: Trial Advocacy [Admission by permission only]

  • Current & Future State Tax Policy Issues: An Advanced Seminar (GTP)

    LAW 991, 2 credits
    This advanced state and local tax seminar consists of discussions of articles written by leading state tax theoreticians and practitioners regarding the present condition and likely future of state taxation in the 21 st century. Each student will be expected to moderate at least one group discussion during the semester. The grade will be based on class participation and the completion of one publishable paper on a state tax policy topic of the student's choice, subject to the instructor's approval. Prerequisite: State and Local Taxation [Limited Enrollment]

  • Current Issues in Sports Law

    LAW 843B, 2 credits
    This course will select a primary topic in sports law that has significant current importance. In doing so, it will review the doctrinal underpinnings for the current topic, relevant policy debates and explore whether there should be revision of the law. Topics may include gender equality, regulation of Olympic sports, regulation of intercollegiate sports, collective bargaining and antitrust law in professional sports, drug testing in sports and legal recognition of emerging sports. [Limited Enrollment]

  • Cyberspace Law Seminar

    LAW 875, 3 credits
    This seminar covers a wide range of legal issues as they pertain to the Internet and computer-assisted communications generally. These issues include protecting intellectual property rights, imposing tort liability on service providers, preserving freedom of speech in electronic media, establishing global jurisdiction and venue principles, protecting privacy and/or anonymity, and otherwise regulating the new media. Recommended: One of the Core Courses of the Intellectual Property Area of Concentration, or Communications Law. [Limited Enrollment]

  • Disability Law Clinic

    LAW 800E, 3 credits
    This clinic is offered in conjunction with the Law & Disabilities Seminar course. The course will focus primarily on mental health law, teaching students substantive mental health law, interviewing, counseling and negotiating skills, the trial skills of case theory and case development and advocacy skills, in an administrative hearing context. The course will culminate with each student representing patients in involuntary commitment hearings at Sheppard Pratt Psychiatric Hospital in Towson, Maryland. Pre- or Co-requisites: First year day courses, Evidence, Professional Responsibility, and Law & Disabilities Seminar. [Admission by permission only]

  • Discovery Practice & Procedure

    LAW 778, 3 credits
    In state and federal courts the vast majority of civil cases (95% or more) do not go to trial, but are resolved by settlement or dispositive motion. In either event, more often than not, discovery is the most important factor in the resolution of the case, and thus has become a critical area of study and practice for civil litigators. This course will examine discovery practice under the state and federal rules of civil procedure. Topics will include the scope of discovery, application of ethical rules to discovery, forms of discovery (e.g. interrogatories, requests for production of documents, depositions), electronic discovery, best practices, discovery sanctions, and proposals for reform. Prerequisite: Civil Procedure I [Open Enrollment]

  • Dispute Resolution Workshop

    LAW 839, 3 credits
    A practical examination and application of extra-judicial alternatives to traditional methods for resolving disputes. Students spend six hours per week engaged in real-life supervised mediations at the Consumer Protection Division of the Maryland Attorney General's Office. There they conduct telephone mediations, produce a variety of written documents, and maintain comprehensive journals of their cases. A classroom component (one hour per week, on UB campus) analyzes mediation techniques, evaluates simulated disputes, and addresses particular cases being handled by the student at the CPD. [Limited Enrollment]

  • Elder Law

    LAW 739, 3 credits
    An important subset of estate planning involves an area of law that has been dubbed “elder law.” Families confront a myriad of financial challenges when a loved one needs long term care. Students will be taken through case studies and a group project to expose them to the planning options that exist when advising families on protecting their life’s savings from the costs of care.

    This course covers select laws and pertinent cases dealing with Medicaid, Medicare, guardianship, Social Security programs, investments, trusts, insurances, and taxation of income, gifts and estates. Legal documents typically indicated for elder law matters are also reviewed. [Open Enrollment]

  • Election Law Seminar

    LAW 899, 3 credits
    This course will examine federal constitutional and statutory law governing the American electoral/political process. The course will include discussions regarding constitutional and statutory constraints on apportionment and districting-one person/one vote, political and racial gerrymandering, the role of the Voting Rights Act and restrictions on the residency requirements and discrimination on the basis of race and language. Discussions will include both historical and contemporary voting issues. Prerequisite: Constitutional Law I [Limited Enrollment]

  • Electronic Evidence and Discovery Workshop

    LAW 872, 3 credits
    As the "computer age" progresses, more and more information is electronically exchanged and stored. Courts have only recently begun to adapt discovery and evidentiary rules to the challenges of vast amounts of electronically stored information (ESI) and these challenges continue to grow as technology changes. This course will bring students to the cutting edge on several fronts: how to manage ESI before litigation is anticipated; how that changes once litigation is anticipated; the exchange of ESI during discovery; how to avoid waiver of privileges; and how to use ESI in deposition and trial. Students will analyze the leading cases, and existing and pending rules and prepare several drafting assignments, including motions and supporting memoranda. Prerequisite: Civil Procedure I and Evidence [Limited Enrollment]

  • Employment Discrimination Law

    LAW 718, 3 credits
    Analysis of the prohibitions against discrimination in employment in the federal and state constitutions, the Post-Civil War Civil Rights Acts, the Equal Pay Act, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, and their interpretation by the courts. Primary emphasis is on gender-based and racial discrimination prohibited by Title VII. [Open Enrollment]

  • Employment Law

    LAW 737, 3 credits
    Analysis of statutory and common law principles arising in the workplace: the employer's obligations and the employees' rights. Topics covered include wrongful discharge and other employment torts, employment contracts, drug testing, occupational safety and health, individual employee rights, and wage and hour laws. The course briefly covers anti-discrimination laws and labor laws, but is not a substitute for either Employment Discrimination Law or Labor Law. [Open Enrollment]

  • Entertainment Law Workshop

    LAW 881, 3 credits
    An intensive workshop course that provides an introduction to entertainment law and practical analysis, negotiation and drafting of contracts commonly used in the entertainment industry, with attention to emerging issues related to new technologies (such as internet distribution and satellite radio). The course will cover the nature, creation and ownership of intellectual property rights, the formation of different types of business entities, and common contractual relationships. Students will draft applicable documents, including basic copyright and trademark applications, entity formation documents and contracts. Prerequisite: Contracts I & II Co- or Prerequisite: Business Organizations and Copyright & the Arts [Limited Enrollment]

  • Environmental Law

    LAW 719, 3 credits
    Legal processes for the management of natural resources and the control of pollution and other adverse influences on the environment; federal statutes and administrative devices affecting the environment; legal control of air and water pollution, noise, pesticides and environmental toxicants; land use planning and growth control; public lands management; energy conservation and regulation; wildlife protection; solid waste management; and private law remedies affecting the foregoing. Emphasis is on federal statutes and regulations. [Open Enrollment]

  • Environmental & Toxic Torts Seminar

    LAW 808, 3 credits
    A study of the tort and property law theories that are used to provide remedies to private parties suffering injuries to person and property as a result of exposure to toxic substances. Includes analysis of nuisance (public and private), trespass, products liability causes of action, strict liability for ultrahazardous and abnormally dangerous activities, warranties, negligence, workers compensation and insurance coverage, and the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act. Focuses on the causation, damages, and statutes of limitations issues prevalent in such cases. Recommended: Torts [Limited Enrollment]

  • Estate & Gift Taxation

    LAW 971, 3 credits
    Basic principles of federal estate and gift taxation, including valuation, inter vivos transfers, disclaimers, determination of the taxable estate, transfers with retained interests or powers, joint interests, life insurance proceeds, property subject to powers of appointment, the marital deduction, credits, and the generation-skipping transfer tax. The day section of this course is a J.D. offering. The evening section of this course is a combined J.D. and Graduate Tax Program offering. Prerequisite: Property and Federal Income Tax Co- or Prerequisite: Trusts & Estates [Open Enrollment]

  • Estate Planning Workshop

    LAW 972, 3 credits
    JD in the day division, GTP in the evening division.
    Methods of disposing of estates by will, life insurance, inter vivos arrangements and consideration of resulting tax and administrative problems.  The course also focuses on gathering and analyzing facts in the planning and drafting of trusts, wills, and related documents.  Prerequisites: Property, Federal Income Tax, Estate and Gift Taxation, Trusts & Estates.  The evening section of this course is a combined JD and Graduate Tax Program Offering.  The day section o fthis course is a J.D. offering and is a drafting option.  [Open Enrollment] [Limited Enrollment for J.D.]

  • European Union Law Seminar

    LAW 811, 3 credits
    An examination of the development and legal structure of the European community with emphasis on law-making by directives, regulations, and Court of Justice decisions.  Topics include the litigation process in the European community; regulating the free movement of goods, services, labor, and capital; internal community policies on harmonization of national laws; business competition law; external trade practices and relations with non-European community nations; and the future direction and aspirations of the member states of the European Community   [Open Enrollment]

  • Evidence Law Reform Seminar

    LAW 868, 3 credits
    Detailed examination of both theoretical and practical questions concerning the law of evidence, such as the attorney-client privilege; the effect of presumptions and rules concerning the validity of inferences; the Fifth Amendment's application to documentary evidence; and the presentation of statistical and probability witnesses. Each student will function as an attorney or judge in numerous presentations of various evidentiary issues at both trial and appellate court levels. Each student is to prepare and present a paper proposing evidence law reform on a subject of his or her choice. The presentation of the paper will be in an advocacy situation, such as an appellate argument or appearance before a trial court, legislative committee, or rules committee. Prerequisite: Evidence [Limited Enrollment]

  • Executive Compensation (GTP)

    LAW 975, 2 credits
    Methods of providing tax-free and tax-deferred compensation to employees, including Section 83 tax planning, stock option tax planning, incentive compensation arrangements, and methods of funding non-qualified plans. This course is a combined J.D. and Graduate Tax Program offering. Prerequisite: Federal Income Tax [Open Enrollment]

  • Families, Law, and Literature

    LAW 827A, 2 credits
    The relationship between law and literature is founded on the notion that an understanding of stories—how they are constructed and told—is beneficial to lawyers in their representation of clients. Clients’ stories lie at the heart of a legal case and effective lawyering involves using these narratives to the client’s best advantage. The most recent versions of law and literature courses include the teaching of close reading and reflective writing skills—tools utilized in narrative studies. These methods have the potential to enrich and enliven the attorney-client relationship with empathetic understanding, promote ethical decision making, develop in the student a professional voice and identity, and advance strategies for legal advocacy. The process of close reading and reflective writing enlarges the imagination and expands possibilities of perception both with respect to oneself and to others. In doing so, it creates for law students a way to think about themselves in relation to their clients and their clients’ predicaments in fresh ways. This course will involve the study of narrative accounts of children and families (novels, memoirs and essays) using close reading and reflective writing methods to facilitate the examination of these texts as they relate to lawyering. In addition to class discussions of the assigned reading materials, students will practice in class reflective writing involving exercises based upon the reading material. Grades will depend upon the extent and quality of class participation, a brief midterm paper, and a final paper. Prerequisite: Family Law [Limited Enrollment]

  • Family Law Clinic I

    LAW 800F, 6 credits
    Students represent low income clients seeking child custody, support, divorce and protection from domestic violence. Under the supervision of a faculty member, students will be responsible for interviewing clients, experts and potential witnesses, and for negotiating with opposing parties or counsel, as well as for preparation of pleadings and court appearances. Students practice primarily in the local district and circuit courts but may also have the opportunity to assist in appellate litigation. Students are expected to devote approximately 20 hours per week to clinic activity and will receive a grade. Prerequisites: First-year day courses, Evidence, and Professional Responsibility Recommended: Family Law; Trial Advocacy; Interviewing, Negotiating & Counseling [Admission by permission only]

  • Family Law Clinic II

    LAW 800G, 1-4 credits
    A limited number of students who have completed Family Law Clinic I may take this course to continue work in the Family Law Clinic, with the approval of Family Law Clinic faculty, for one or two additional semesters (for one to four credits during one or two semesters). Responsibilities during this semester(s) include advanced casework, limited participation in the Family Law Clinic seminar in the form of role playing and co-teaching, involvement in ongoing family law reform projects, and supervision of Family Law Clinic I students. The total number of credits earned in a semester by all students enrolled in Family Law Clinic II may not exceed eight credits. Prerequisite: Family Law Clinic I [Admission by permission only]

  • Family Law Workshop

    LAW 827, 3 credits
    This course will focus on all aspects of domestic relations client representation and dispute resolution. Through a combination of lecture, simulations and written assignments, students will obtain significant drafting, interviewing, counseling, negotiating and litigation experience. In addition, emphasis will be placed on case planning skills. The course will focus on selected family topics including marital property, custody and visitation, and spousal and child support. Although this course does not involve live client representation, there is substantial overlap with the seminar component of the Family Law Clinic. This course is, therefore, not intended for students enrolled or planning to take the Family Law Clinic. Prerequisite: Family Law [Limited Enrollment]

  • Federal Criminal Practice

    LAW 721, 3 credits
    This course is intended to provide the student with an understanding of the federal criminal laws and the procedures followed in the federal courts. The course will include a survey of the Federal Criminal Code, as well as statutes and regulations otherwise codified. Emphasis will be placed on those statutes being used most often at this time in major conspiracy, organized crime and corruption cases. The course will also track individual cases through the federal criminal system through indictment, motions, trial and appeal. Readings will include primary and secondary sources. Prerequisites: Constitutional Criminal Procedure I, Criminal Law [Open Enrollment]

  • Fellows: Center for International and Comparative Law

    LAW 522, 2 credits
    The CICL Student Fellows Program will provide students with an in-depth examination of the policies and theories of international and comparative law, and of the political and economic institutions that support the international legal order. In addition to a weekly one-and-a-half-hour classroom component, students will take an active role in research and writing will involve weekly meetings with either the CICL Director or a Senior Fellow and will consider fundamental issues in International and Comparative Law. Particular subject-matter areas will depend on the nature of the CICL activities at any given time, but will include issues such as human rights, democracy, intellectual property, and international business transactions. Students will also participate in editing both the Center's publication, Ius Gentium, and the American Society of International Law's publication, International Legal Theory. Students will participate in the Center's research projects, including those pursued in cooperation with sister institutions overseas. Students will be required to prepare at least two research reports a semester. Up to 8 students may participate with permission of Center Director. Prerequisites: International Law [Limited Enrollment]

  • Fiction Writing for Law Students

    LAW 818A, 3 credits
    This class is designed for students who wish to develop story-telling skills and explore and reflect on their thoughts about the law and their new career. Students will study the basics of fiction writing--plot, characterization, narrative, dialogue and theme--through seven graded exercises, then produce a completed short story which must go through two full drafts. In addition, the class will read three novels with legal themes, ranging from Kafka's THE TRIAL to Grisham's THE FIRM. The only subject-matter requirement for assignments is that the short story relate in some way to the law or legal themes. Past short stories have explored trial strategy and preparation, legal ethics at the individual and corporate levels, crime, the lives of lawyers and law students, sexual abuse and assault and many other themes. The course is writing intensive.

  • Foreign Taxation (GTP)

    LAW 974, 3 credits
    Analysis of the federal income tax provisions applying to U.S. inbound and outbound transactions and investments. Course covers U.S. resident status, source-of-income rules, graduated tax on effectively connected income, withholding tax on FDAP income, branch profits tax, FIRPTA, tax treaties, foreign tax credit, foreign earned income exclusion, Subpart F, and transfer pricing. This course is a combined J.D. And Graduate Tax Program offering. Prerequisite: Federal Income Tax [Open Enrollment]

  • Forensic Evidence

    LAW 892, 2 credits
    This course gives students an understanding of forensic evidence topics such as pathology, crime scene investigation, detection of bodily fluids, firearms and tool marks, trace evidence detection and analysis, toxicology, arson investigation, personal identification (including fingerprints, serology, DNA, odontology, and osteology), and questioned documents. Students will be introduced to the use of the on-line Index Medicus, PubMed, as well as the repositories of texts and journal articles in medical school libraries, and will conduct research in them. The effective use and cross-examination of expert witnesses in the respective areas of expertise will also be addressed. Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to determine when the forensic sciences might be of value in their cases, and should be fully prepared to conduct their own research in forensic evidence topics. Prerequisite: Evidence [Limited Enrollment]

  • Fundamentals of Federal Income Tax I (GTP)

    LAW 953, 3 credits
    Basic concepts in federal income taxation, including gross income, exclusions, adjusted gross income, deductions, exemptions, credits, assignment of income, identification of the taxpayer, tax rates, depreciation, and the alternative minimum tax. This course is a combined J.D. and Graduate Tax Program offering. [Open Enrollment]

  • Fundamentals of Federal Income Tax II (GTP)

    LAW 957, 3 credits
    Continuation of basic tax concepts including cash and accrual methods, original issue discount and imputed interests, below market loans, installment sales, like kind exchanges, involuntary conversions, the at-risk rules, and the passive loss rules. This course is a combined J.D. and Graduate Tax Program offering. Prerequisite: Federal Income Tax [Open Enrollment]

  • Gender & the Law Seminar

    LAW 859, 3 credits
    Critical examination of historical and modern treatment of gender under the law. Focus will include federal and state constitutional theory of gender equality; federal statutory restrictions on discrimination in employment and education; selected topics in family and criminal law. Prerequisite: Constitutional Law I [Limited Enrollment]

  • Government Contracting Seminar

    LAW 858, 3 credits
    Acquisition of services and properties; solicitation of bids and proposals to furnish the Federal and Maryland State governments with property, services and construction; award, administration and termination of such contracts; and effectuating Government socioeconomic programs (non-discrimination, small business, minority, etc.) through Federal and Maryland State contracting. [Limited Enrollment]

  • Health Care Law

    LAW 725, 3 credits
    A study of the national crisis in health care and some leading proposals for reform. Topics include issues of health care need, cost and quality control, Medicare and Medicaid, access to health care, the business roles of health institutions, health care contracts and claims, right to treatment, and federal health plans vs. private health coverage. [Open Enrollment]

  • Historic Preservation Law

    LAW 874, 3 credits
    Historic Preservation Law introduces students to fundamental legal concepts related to historic preservation. The course covers federal statutes, constitutional issues, local ordinance and preservation commission issues, financial incentives, and conservation easement drafting. The course will draw from the expertise of nationally and internationally recognized historic preservation professionals and offer perspectives from leading developers, contractors, and architects in Maryland, as well as leading experts in the economics of historic preservation. Students will also have the unique opportunity to see how land use law is applied in Baltimore to further preservation and sustainability goals through Preservation Green Lab, a National Trust-sponsored project in Baltimore that works with local official, developers, and community groups in Baltimore to rehabilitate vacant and blighted property. Property Law is recommended as a prerequisite. Constitutional Law, Environmental Law and Land Use would be helpful, but are not required. Prerequisite: Law 607 Property [Limited Enrollment]

  • Immigrant Rights Clinic I

    LAW 800K, 6 credits
    Students enrolled in the Immigrant Rights Clinic represent low-income immigrants seeking various forms of relief from removal, including asylum; protection for victims of human trafficking; protection for battered immigrants; protection for victims of certain types of crimes; protection for abused, abandoned, or neglected immigrant children; and cancellation of removal. Under the supervision of faculty members, students are responsible for all aspects of representing their clients, including interviewing and counseling clients, preparing witnesses, engaging in fact investigation, conducting legal research, drafting litigation documents (such as affidavits and briefs), and oral advocacy. Ideally, each team of students will represent a client at an immigration interview or hearing at the end of the semester. Students may also engage in advocacy efforts involving issues faced by immigrant communities. Students will attend a weekly seminar focused on substantive law and legal skills and are expected to devote approximately 20 hours per week to clinic activity. Prerequisites: First-year day courses, Evidence Co-requisite: Professional Responsibility Recommended: Trial Advocacy; Immigration Law; International Human Rights Seminar [Admission by permission only.]

  • Immigrant Rights Clinic II

    LAW 800L, 1-4 credits
    With the approval of the Immigrant Rights Clinic faculty, a limited number of students, who have successfully completed Immigrant Rights Clinic I, may take this course to continue work in the Immigrant Rights Clinic for one or two additional semesters (for one to four additional credits during one or two semesters). The total number of credits earned in a semester by all students enrolled in Immigrant Rights Clinic II may not exceed eight (8) credits. Prerequisite: Immigrant Rights Clinic I [Admission by permission only.]

  • Immigration Law

    LAW 726, 3 credits
    An introduction to the laws dealing with aliens, i.e., non-immigrants, immigrants, undocumented persons, and refugees. Includes: an examination of the constitutional and statutory provisions and the underlying policies; procedures dealing with specific immigration issues; acquisition and loss of American citizenship; and proposals to reform the present law. [Open Enrollment]

  • Income Taxation of Estates and Trusts (GTP)

    LAW 973, 3 credits
    Federal income taxation of decedents' estates, simple and complex trusts, charitable trusts and grantor trusts. Course covers the preparation of fiduciary income tax returns with emphasis on unique tax issues such as: income in respect of a decendent, distributable net income and fiduciary accounting. This course is a combined J.D. And Graduate Tax Program offering. Prerequisite: Federal Income Tax [Open Enrollment]

  • Innocence Project Clinic I

    LAW 8OON, 6 credits
    Under the supervision of two experienced criminal defense attorneys, students will review records, interview clients and witnesses, conduct legal research, devise investigative strategies, draft pleadings and argue motions in cases involving claims of wrongful conviction. Students will develop an understanding of the post-conviction process and the various scientific issues that have emerged that impact on the reliability of eyewitness identification, forensic evidence and police interrogation methods. Prerequisites: Evidence, Constitutional Criminal Procedure I Co- or Prerequisite: Professional Responsibility [Limited Enrollment]

  • Innocence Project Clinic II

    LAW 800T, 1-4 credits
    With the approval of the Innocence Project Clinic faculty, a limited number of students, who have successfully completed Innocence Project Clinic I, may take this course to continue work in the Innocence Project Clinic for one additional semester (for one to four additional credits). The total number of credits earned in a semester by all students enrolled in Innocence Project Clinic II may not exceed eight (8) credits. Prerequisites: Innocence Project Clinic I [Limited Enrollment]

  • Insurance

    LAW 727, 2 credits
    A study of contracts of insurance, including life, health, property, accident, and liability; interpretation of insurance contracts; conditions precedent; representations; warranties; terms; conditions; coverages; insurable interests; rights of beneficiaries; exemptions; excess liabilities; waiver and estoppel; subrogation; controls on the insurance industry; procedural and evidentiary aspects, including pleadings, declaratory judgments, interpleaders, and joint tortfeasor releases. [Open Enrollment]

  • Intellectual Property Survey

    LAW 766, 3 credits
    Survey of general principles of copyright, patent, and trademark law.  Covers issues of subject matter, scope of protection, and remedies under each of the federal statutes and related state theories of protection, including rights in books, music, art, drama, inventions, computer programs, and other trade products. [Open Enrollment]

  • IP (Intellectual Property) Current Developments

    LAW 845, 2 or 3 credits (Decided by professor and announced when course is on the schedule)
    This course will select a primary topic of advanced IP law that has major current importance. It will review the latest developments on this topic and examine the need for law revision. A part of this course is to use the Internet extensively, with some of the classes occurring in web-based chat sessions, allowing experts to participate in the discussion. Topics and evaluation methods will be included in course schedules. Primary topics taught to date have been: Trademark Workshop (3 credits) and Patent Prosecution (3 credits) Prerequisites: Either Patent, Trademark & Technology Law or Copyright & the Arts. [Limited Enrollment]

  • International Intellectual Property

    LAW 703, 3 credits
    Due to many forces, the global economy is more integrated than ever before, and intellectual property (IP) rights play an increasingly important role in global markets. As a result, with growing frequency lawyers must be prepared to advise clients on IP issues spanning multiple countries. This course will begin to prepare students for such work by examining the development of international treaties related to various types of IP, including copyrights, patents, trademarks, and trade secrets. These treaties also provide a foundation for considering the national IP laws of various jurisdictions. Policy issues related the creation of new IP, economic development, distributive justice, and globalization will also be covered. [Open enrollment]

  • International Business Transactions

    LAW 728, 3 credits
    An introductory course considering the legal issues arising out of private transactions across national borders.  The class discusses several or all of the following subjects: the international trade of goods; technology transfer; foreign direct investment; and dispute resolution in international transactions (including jurisdiction, arbitration, choice of law, extraterritorial jurisdiction and discovery, and the enforcement of international judgments and arbitral awards. [Open Enrollment]

  • International Criminal Law: Courts, Crimes & Defenses

    LAW 874, 3 credits
    International Criminal Law is concerned with defining and punishing behavior that the international community deems to violate fundamental human values. Some of these crimes include Genocide, War Crimes, Crimes against Humanity, and Torture. This course will explore the history and development of International Criminal Law, the courts and tribunals charged with interpreting it, the elements of international crimes, and potential defenses. The course will touch upon contemporary and controversial topics, such as US reluctance to join the International Criminal Court, trafficking in persons, and terrorism. Recommended: Criminal Law [Open Enrollment]

  • International Environmental Law Seminar

    LAW 873, 3 credits
    The challenges facing our environment are daunting, and they are not limited by national boundaries. This course will develop students' knowledge of international environmental law's history, actors, law-making processes, and contemporary debates, as well as include several illustrative case studies of environmental problems, such as trans-boundary air pollution, climate change, ozone depletion and whaling. This course aims to sharpen students' critical readin& negotiation, analytical thinking, scholarly writing, and oral presentation skills. Students will participate in a negotiation simulation on a contemporary international environmental law topic and write a research paper that fulfills the upper level writing requirement.  [Limited Enrollment]

  • Interviewing, Negotiating & Counseling

    LAW 813, 3 credits
    Focus on the theory and techniques of interviewing, counseling, and negotiation, that are necessary for effective representation of clients. Such topics as question formulation, witness interviewing, structuring the counseling session, case evaluation, development of bargaining range and negotiation tactics will be covered. The teaching medium will be simulation. Students will act as attorneys weekly in mock cases and critique the videotaped performances of their classmates. [Limited Enrollment]

  • Introduction to Taxation of Financial Products (GTP)

    LAW 992, 3 credits
    Study of the taxation of basic financial building blocks (equity, debt, options, notional principal contracts and forward contracts) and their various combinations. Financial equivalencies among traditional and derivative instruments that are taxed under widely varying tax regimes. Use of financial instruments to change the timing, character and source of income. Gaps in existing law, possible future tax regimes and emerging financial products. Prerequisite: Fundamentals of Federal Income Taxation I or Federal Income Tax; Fundamentals of Federal Income Taxation II is recommended [Open Enrollment]

  • Issues in Law Enforcement Seminar

    LAW 877, 3 credits
    The frame of reference for study in this course is the professional life of a law enforcement officer, addressing the following topics: law enforcement officers' privilege against compelled self-incrimination, administrative disciplinary procedures for law enforcement officers, use of deadly force by law enforcement officers, civil rights litigation by and against law enforcement officers, police pursuit, collective bargaining for law enforcement officers and their bargaining units, and workers' compensation for law enforcement officers. Prerequisite: Criminal Law [Limited Enrollment]

  • Judicial Externship

    LAW 836, 3 or 4 credits
    Under the supervision of a supervising judge and a faculty supervisor, students learn about the lawyering and judicial processes first hand by interning at the court and attending a classroom component. Students develop reflective learning and problem solving skills, increase their substantive legal knowledge, explore issues of professionalism and ethics, and gain a deeper understanding of the legal system, judicial decision making, and the practice of law. Students may register for a three or four credit internship and must have their field placement approved by the Director. This program has special rules with respect to who may register and what requirements must be satisfied to earn credits under this program.Recommended: Professional Responsibility [Admission by permission only]

  • Jurisprudence Seminar

    LAW 814, 3 credits
    Students discuss the main currents of legal philosophy through the ages, as well as selected topics in contemporary jurisprudence. [Limited Enrollment]

  • Juvenile Justice

    LAW 730, 3 credits
    A practice-oriented examination of the historical and philosophical basis for a separate juvenile justice process; jurisdiction and substantive law; the legal status of children in the juvenile justice process; the role of the Supreme Court in the juvenile justice process; juvenile delinquency issues and procedures; child abuse and neglect. Primary emphasis will be on Maryland Law, especially the Juvenile Causes Act. [Open Enrollment]

  • Labor Law

    LAW 731, 3 credits
    Legal rules governing labor-management relations embodied in the National Labor Relations Act, including the principle of exclusivity, protection for the right to organize, limitations on the substance of union demands and on the use of strikes and picketing, rules governing the use of economic pressures during bargaining, the scope and meaning of the duty to bargain, and remedies for failure to bargain. [Open Enrollment]

  • Land Use

    LAW 732, 3 credits
    Reviews policy decisions and legal techniques relating to the control and development of land. Topics include nuisance, zoning, eminent domain, regulatory takings, subdivision controls, and urban/regional planning and growth issues. Prerequisite: Property [Open Enrollment]

  • Law & Disabilities Seminar

    LAW 861, 3 credits
    The course will study legal issues as they relate to persons with disabilities. The primary focus will include federal special education law, public and private employment discrimination, architectural accessibility, decision-making rights in the community (competency, consent to medical treatment, sterilization of the disabled, civil commitment of the mentally ill and guardianship), and legal issues as they effect persons with AIDS. Prerequisite: Constitutional Law I [Limited Enrollment]

  • Law & Education

    LAW 734, 3 credits
    This course will analyze constitutional, statutory, regulatory and common law influences on the governance, financing and management of educational enterprises, with emphasis on "public" schools, higher education institutions, related regulatory agencies and coordinating commissions Prerequisite: Constitutional Law I [Open Enrollment]

  • Law & Human Rights

    LAW 776, 3 credits
    This survey course examines the law, theory, and practice of human rights with a special focus on international human rights. Topics will include the history of human rights and its codification after World War II; the role of customary international law in protecting human rights; the basic international and regional human rights instruments; connections and tensions between civil, political, social and economic rights; the status of human rights law in the United States and the relationship between the United States and the global human rights regime; and theories of cultural relativism and other academic critiques of the human rights movement. Prerequisite: Constitutional Law II [Open Enrollment]

  • Law & Literature

    LAW 821, 3 credits
    This course will be devoted to trying to answer the question, “How does literature look at lawyers?” The goal is to further the understanding of various roles ascribed to lawyers in literature and the reasons therefore and to appreciate the role that literature plays in anchoring the perception of lawyers in our society. Towards that end, reading fiction and nonfiction tomes, viewing a few movies along the way and developing ten short papers discussing the theme will be the focus. The readings are organized in an historical progression through the classical to modern periods. A warning: the amount of weekly reading for this course will be substantial but should be enjoyable. [Limited Enrollment]

  • Law & Psychiatry

    LAW 736, 3 credits
    Review of the relationship of law and psychiatry, including: the role of the attorney in the mental health process; key constitutional issues on commitment (voluntary and forced); right to receive or refuse treatment; criminal competence; responsibility and commitment procedures; due process; right to be different; malpractice; insanity defense; and current problems and future trends. [Open Enrollment]

  • Law & Religion Seminar

    LAW 838, 3 credits
    A review of First Amendment and other constitutional limitations on government favoritism (establishment) of religion and government infringement on the free exercise of religion, including religious speech. An examination of current controversies between “church and state”. A survey of the role in major religions, including Christianity (both Catholic and Protestant), Judaism, Islam and others. [Limited Enrollment]

  • Law & Social Reform Seminar

    LAW 862, 3 credits
    Conflicts with and access to the legal system, particularly for the poor and traditionally disenfranchised. Particular attention is paid to the solution of current and controversial problems through litigation and legislation. The course will be taught focusing on one or more particular substantive areas of the law to examine legal approaches to social reform. Topics will vary depending upon the professor teaching. Recommended: Constitutional Law I [Limited Enrollment]

  • Law Firm Management

    LAW 815, 2 credits
    Provides practical information for the new lawyer to better understand the business aspects of the practice of law. Course topics include basic systems necessary for operation of a small or medium law firm, as well as personnel, marketing and client retention matters. [Limited Enrollment]

  • Legal Research Workshop

    LAW 837, 2 credits
    This workshop offers an in-depth look at research methods and resources. Topics include: designing a research strategy; research in judicial, legislative and executive materials, both federal and state; extensive coverage of secondary and non-legal resources. Students will produce a comprehensive research memorandum. Prerequisites: Introduction to Lawyering Skills and Introduction to Advocacy [Limited Enrollment]

  • Legislation

    LAW 748, 3 credits
    Approximately two-thirds of the course covers the following: methods of interpretation, application, and arrangement of federal and state statutes; legislative procedure and organization; legislative investigation; and ethics and lobbying in the legislature. About one-third of the course consists of a study of principles and techniques of code revision and of practical problems in legislative drafting. [Open Enrollment]

  • Legislation Workshop

    LAW 886, 3 credits
    A workshop course about laws and rules focused, in a practical, client-oriented way, upon techniques of interpretation and drafting. Specific attention is given to: an overview of the Congressional enactment process; short exercises interpreting existing provisions of federal and state civil laws and drafting new ones; and, a practical project such as drafting a proposed bill. [Limited Enrollment]

  • Litigation Process

    LAW 817, 3 credits
    This is an introduction to the roles lawyers play in litigation. Investigation, counseling, drafting, negotiation, and written and oral advocacy will be explored. The course will take students through the stages of a lawsuit, from initial client interview through pleading, discovery, and pretrial into trial, in such a way as to emphasize the dynamic role an attorney has in developing and implementing a theory of the case and in exploring the relationship between law and fact. The medium of instruction will be primarily simulation of a real case in which the students will be required to perform as attorneys for one or another party. Prerequisites: First-year day courses. [Limited Enrollment; Max. 12 students]

  • Local Economic Development Seminar

    LAW 833, 3 credits
    This seminar will study the legal, social and political issues that arise in connection with efforts by governments, businesses, and non-governmental organizations to foster local economic development. Discussions and readings will focus on three sorts of topics:

    1. theoretical efforts to define and explain how to accomplish desirable local and urban economic development;
    2. practical issues that arise in structuring enterprises in the local economic development context, with special reference to public authorities and community development corporations;
    3. distinctive social, political and legal issues that arise in efforts to channel economic growth in ways that further various social goals, for example, the urban development process, the Community Reinvestment Act, Empowerment Zones and minority enterprise development.
    Recommended: Local Government Law Workshop [Limited Enrollment]
  • Maritime Law

    LAW 750, 3 credits
    A survey of the maritime industry and the history of admiralty and maritime law; maritime tort and contract jurisdiction; in rem and in personam actions; marine insurance; cargo; charter parties; arbitration; maritime liens and ship mortgages; salvage; collision; personal injury (Jones Act and Longshoremen's Act); indemnity and contribution; limitation of shipowner's liability; practice and procedure; maritime arrest and attachment; towage and portage; pollution liability; and the involvement of the United States in maritime law and the maritime industry. Prerequisites: First-year day courses. [Open Enrollment]

  • Maryland Administrative Law

    LAW 746, 3 credits
    This course studies the administrative process at the state level in Maryland. It will focus on the Maryland Administrative Procedure Act, and will include discussion of delegation of powers to Maryland agencies, rulemaking, adjudication, and judicial review. There are no prerequisites. It can be taken with or separate from the course Administrative Law which focuses on the administrative process at the federal level. [Open Enrollment]

  • Maryland Criminal Practice

    LAW 772, 3 credits
    This class is designed for students who intend to practice in the trial courts of Maryland. The course will expose the students to the procedures utilized in both the District and Circuit Courts when dealing with Criminal cases. The course will prepare the students for the issues they will confront in a very practical way when representing a client charged with a crime whether petty or serious before the Maryland Trial Courts. Prerequisite: Criminal Law [Open Enrollment]

  • Media Law Seminar

    LAW 851, 3 credits
    Media Law Seminar combines aspects of traditional courses in mass media law and telecommunications law, as well as newer cyberspace law courses, to provide students with a broad overview of the law governing 21st Century communications media: print, broadcast, cable, telephone and internet. Students will submit a 25-page paper that satisfies an upper-level scholarly writing requirement. [Limited Enrollment]

  • Mediating Family Disputes: Theory and Practice Seminar

    LAW 809, 3 credits
    Using a combination of lecture, discussion, demonstration, and simulation, this course offers students an opportunity to gain knowledge of the theory and practice of mediation. While the course primarily uses mediation of family disputes as a vehicle for teaching mediation, it also provides skills and theoretical grounding for mediating and representing clients in many areas of the law. More specifically, the course enables students to explore how mediation is actually conducted in family law and other contexts, critical judgment as to when mediation may or may not be appropriate in individual cases, familiarity with legislation involving mediation, special issues facing mediators in mediation involving family dynamics, the role lawyers can or should play when representing clients before, during, and after mediation, and ethical considerations in the practice of family and other types of mediation. This is a seminar course, which fulfills the scholarly writing requirement. Students wishing to take this course as a non-seminar should register for LAW 809A. Prerequisites - Recommended: Family Law, Mediation Skills [Limited Enrollment; Max. 16 students]

  • Mediation Clinic for Families I

    LAW 800H, 3 credits
    The goal of this Clinic is to employ experiential learning in order to ground students in the theory and practice of mediation. Under the supervision of a faculty member, students gain experience as mediators and as attorneys representing clients in mediation. The course is suitable both for students interested in pursuing family law and other students who wish to gain substantial experience in mediation. Cases handled by students include mediation in which families face child access issues, foreclosure, truancy, reentry into the community from the criminal justice and juvenile detention system, and a mix of other types of mediation. Clinic students may also engage in law reform projects relating to mediation and assess the suitability for mediation of family and non-family matters. Students are expected to devote an average of 10 hours per week to Clinic activities. By participating in the Clinic, students become qualified to conduct child access mediations in most Circuit Courts in Maryland. In addition to the pre- and co-requisites listed below, it is strongly recommended that students take Mediation Skills prior to enrolling in the Clinic. Prerequisite - Required: Family Law Recommended: Mediation Skills Co- or Prerequisite: Mediating Family Disputes: Theory and Practice Seminar [Admission by permission only]

  • Mediation Clinic for Families II

    LAW 800M, 1-4 credits
    With the approval of the Mediation Clinic for Families faculty, a limited number of students who have successfully completed Mediation Clinic I may take this course to continue work in the Mediation Clinic for Families for one or two additional semesters (for one to four additional credits during one or two semesters). The total number of credits earned in a semester by all students enrolled in Mediation for Families Clinic II may not exceed eight (8) credits. Prerequisite: Mediation Clinic for Families I [Admission by permission only]

  • Mediation Skills

    LAW 832, 3 credits
    Mediation is the process of resolving conflict that is used by courts as well as parties as an alternative to litigation. In this process a trained, neutral third-party facilitates the resolution of a dispute between two or more parties. The mediator assists the parties in developing and implementing creative options for resolving a conflict in a non-adversarial arena. This course is designed to train students to become mediators and to meet the minimum standards set by the Court of Appeals for mediation of court-referred cases. This will be achieved through a thorough discussion of the theories of conciliation processes, mediation, negotiation, and professional ethics. These theories are then tested in simulations to allow the students to develop mediation skills and explore the effectuation of these theories. Co- or Prerequisite: Professional Responsibility Recommended: Interviewing, Negotiating & Counseling; Alternative Dispute Resolution Seminar [Limited Enrollment; Max. 16 students]

  • Medical Malpractice Litigation

    LAW 747, 3 credits
    This course will cover both the substantive and procedural aspects of medical malpractice litigation from the perspectives of both plaintiffs and defendants in medical malpractice litigation. Course coverage will include problems in discovery and evidentiary issues in medical malpractice litigation, as well as problems that arise in medical malpractice trials. The course also will cover problems in the use of medical evidence and medical expert testimony at trial. [Open Enrollment]

  • Military Law Seminar

    LAW 863, 3 credits
    An examination of significant aspects of civil-military relations, including: the powers of the President and the Congress with respect to the armed forces; the jurisdiction of military tribunals; military criminal law and procedure; regulation of armed conflict; host-guest relationships; the use of the armed forces in domestic emergencies; claims against the United States; and military administrative law. [Limited Enrollment]

  • MSBA - UB Business Law Clerkship Fellow

    LAW 888A, 2 credits
    The MSBA-UB Business Law Clerkship Program is designed to give select students the opportunity to work with the MSBA Business Law Section Executive Council under the supervision of the UB Law faculty member who serves on the Executive Council as the University Liaison.

    The Clerkship Fellows program gives strong UB Business Law students an opportunity not only to interact with leading members of the Maryland Business Law community but also to be integrally involved in the development and promotion of Business Law policy by the Maryland State Bar Association.

    The Clerkship Fellows work on projects deemed by the Executive Council to be of significant value to Maryland Business Law community as a whole and which require significant research and writing of extensive memoranda. Projects typically culminate in the Fellows drafting and recommending statutory proposals with accompanying memoranda to the Business Law Executive Council, which will then consider them for legislative proposals to the Maryland General Assembly.

    Over the course of the year, the Fellows meet at least monthly with the faculty advisor and together meet several times with members of the Executive Council for discussion and feedback as to the course of the project. Prerequisite: Business Organizations Recommended: Intention to elect the Business Law Concentration Note: Enrolling in the program is a 2 semester commitment (commencing either Fall or Spring) with the student registering for 1 credit per semester. A final grade will be assigned for each semester at the conclusion of the 2nd semester. [Admission by permission only]

  • National Security Law

    LAW 773, 3 credits
    This course examines the legal framework for national security decision making illustrated by case law and the Constitution. The course will study extensively the powers of the President with regard to war, peace, the economy and civil liberties, and Congress's powers including oversight of the executive branch. Special focus will be made on preemptive war, and operations other than war including covert actions. Other topics will include the challenge of fighting non-state actors such as Al-Qaeda on the battlefield as well as the courtroom, interrogation operations, recent criminal counterterrorism statutes, preventive detention, CIP, FISA and the IRTPA. Prerequisite: Constitutional Law I [Open Enrollment]

  • Non-Fiction Writing for Law Students

    LAW 818B, 3 credits
    This writing-intensive course prepares students for the task, vital to law practice, of communicating to the public about legal and public issues. Participants will engage in writing nearly every session, and will learn the basics of writing and editing opinion articles, interviews, and essays for publication. Written work will include one op-ed article, one book review, one interview, and one full-length essay. Students will also learn to maintain a blog and will be responsible for multiple posts on a blog set up for the course. Prerequisite: First Year Courses [Limited Enrollment]

  • Opportunity Analysis

    LAW 542, 3 credits
    This course is the first stage of the Business School graduate Lab to Market program, where the technology is evaluated and a preliminary plan is developed using data from companies in the area of technology. The law student provides legal support and participates fully in developing technology transfer business plans on a team basis, with graduate business students and Publication Design graduate students, on technology from research laboratories. [Open Enrollment]

  • Partnership Taxation (GTP)

    LAW 952, 3 credits
    Problems encountered in the formation, operation, and liquidation of a partnership including the acquisition of partnership interests, compensation of the service partner, the treatment of partnership distributions, and problems associated with the disposition of partnership interests or property by sale. This course is a combined J.D. and Graduate Tax Program offering. Prerequisite: Federal Income Tax [Open Enrollment]

  • Patent, Copyright, & Trademark Law Seminar

    LAW 867, 3 credits
    Advanced study concerning current problems in patent, trademark, trade secret, and copyright law. The course includes an analysis of the interrelationship of these areas, and the effectiveness of controls that are designed to prevent misuses of these rights. Each student is to prepare and present a paper concerning at least one of these four areas of intellectual property law. Prerequisite: Copyright & the Arts, or Patents [Limited Enrollment]

  • Patents

    LAW 761, 3 credits
    This course covers the basic principles of U.S. patent law.  The course will examine issues that arise in the acquisition and assertion of patent rights, including patent validity requirements, the elements of a claim of patent infringement, affirmative defenses to such a claim, and remedies for infringement. [Open Enrollment]

  • Planning for Families & Seniors Workshop

    LAW 819, 3 credits
    Planning for long-term family security: providing support for minors and other dependents; preparing for retirement; and coping with old age, disability, and death. The course will focus on families with modest assets (those not subject to estate tax). Topics will include the uses of trusts and trust alternatives; inter vivos transfers; wills; life insurance; employee benefits and social security; guardianships and durable powers of attorney; health care decision-making; housing for the elderly (retirement communities, nursing homes, and in-community care); and ethical issues inherent in serving families. Students will work in small groups to create a plan for a hypothetical family and to draft the necessary instruments for that family. In addition, each student will prepare a short position paper on one of the covered topics. Prerequisite: Trusts & Estates [Limited Enrollment]

  • Products Liability

    LAW 755, 3 credits
    Private litigation involving defective products based upon negligence, warranty, and strict liability in tort; government regulation of dangerous and defective products. Prerequisite: First year courses. [Open Enrollment]

  • Professional Sports Workshop

    LAW 843A, 2 credits
    The focus of the course will be on representing the professional athlete and will include coverage of the law regulating agents, agent's duties and responsibilities as regulated by professional sports players' associations, the standard player contract, specialty clauses, player marketing contracts and contract negotiation. [Limited Enrollment]

  • Qualified Pension & Profit-Sharing Plans (GTP)

    LAW 977, 3 credits
    An introduction to pension and profit-sharing law with particular emphasis on Title 2 (IRS) of ERISA. Course is geared toward understanding all of the pension and profit-sharing rules that must be met for plan qualification, with emphasis on qualified plan planning for both incorporated and unincorporated forms of business.This course is a combined J.D. and Graduate Tax Program offering. Prerequisite: Federal Income Tax [Open Enrollment]

  • Race & the Law Seminar

    LAW 823, 3 credits
    The course will examine the use of the law to eradicate and perpetuate racial injustice in the United States from the inception of slavery through the 1954 Supreme Court decision in Brown v. Board of Education to the present. The major institutions studied will include the courts and legislatures both at the state and federal levels, with particular emphasis placed on the role of these institutions in the preclusion and allowance of political, social and economic opportunities for racial and ethnic minorities. [Limited Enrollment]

  • Real Estate Finance

    LAW 753, 3 credits
    Real estate financing including mortgages, mortgage substitutes, rights and duties of mortgagor and mortgagee, foreclosure, priorities and selected other topics. Prerequisite: Contracts I & II; Property [Limited Enrollment]

  • Recent Supreme Court Decisions Seminar

    LAW 869, 3 credits
    This seminar focuses on cases pending or recently decided by the United States Supreme Court. It examines current issues in constitutional law, constitutional and other types of Supreme Court litigation, and the Supreme Court as an institution in the legal system and society.Prerequisite: Constitutional Law I [Limited Enrollment]

  • Remedies

    LAW 720, 3 credits
    The study of the principal remedies available to litigants in private and public law litigation, including damages, injunctions, and restitution. The course will address compensatory and punitive damages; preventive relief, including injunctions and declaratory judgments; preventing unjust enrichment through restitution; ancillary remedies, such as contempt, levy and execution, attachment, garnishment, receivership, and attorneys' fees; and remedial defenses. Discussion will be given to the modern public law structural injunction, fluid class recoveries, and the tort reform movement. The modes of instruction will include case and problem methods. [Open Enrollment]

  • Residential Real Estate Workshops

    LAW 898A, 3 credits
    Using a combination of lecture, discussion, demonstration, simulations, drafting and written assignments, students will obtain significant experience analyzing, evaluating, and drafting in discrete areas of residential real estate practice like contract formation, foreclosure, challenges to real property tax assessments and redeeming ground rents. Topics will change from year to year with the focus on linking the practical aspects of residential real estate practice with theoretical concerns, existing case law, public policy and professional responsibility. Prerequisites: Contracts I, Contracts II, Property [Limited Enrollment]

  • Rights of Crime Victims Seminar

    LAW 882, 3 credits
    The legal arena for crime victims and their legal rights is expanding rapidly. These issues are barely ever covered in other courses. This area of the law is important to anyone who becomes a prosecutor, a criminal defense attorney, or a civil tort litigator. Topics include: constitutional and statutory rights; enforcement of rights after sentencing; domestic violence, battered spouse syndrome, and children's rights; institutions and procedures; civil causes of action; and privacy. Prerequisite: Criminal Law [Limited Enrollment]

  • Roots of Our Law Seminar: English Law in Historical Context, 1066-1776

    LAW 816A, 3 credits
    The course's major aim will be to explore the development of English law as a reflection of continuity and change in English government, and thus examine the evolution of law as part of a political system. For example, we shall touch upon the legal institutions arising under the Angevins, especially the roles of Edward II and Magna Carta 1215. In a similar vein, we shall explore legal reforms in succeeding reigns, looking at how political dynamics influenced the development of the law. Particular emphasis will be placed upon periods of great change (e.g. Henry VIII's use of law to consolidate power and to facilitate its exercise, the reforms of the Restoration, and the 1689 Glorious Revolution with its Bill of Rights). The course will conclude with a look at Georgian law and politics leading up to the American Revolution. Prerequisite: None [Limited Enrollment]

  • S-Corporations (GTP)

    LAW 984, 1 credit
    Federal income taxation of S-corporations and their shareholders with emphasis on the creation of the S-corporation, capital structure, operational alternatives, distributions, and liquidations. This course is a combined J.D. and Graduate Tax Program offering. Prerequisite: Federal Income Tax [Open Enrollment]

  • Securities and Exchange Commission Externship

    LAW 887, 5 to 6 credits
    The S.E.C. Internship Program provides an opportunity for students to learn about the functions of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Students are assigned to one of four S.E.C. Divisions (Corporation Finance, Enforcement, Investment Management, or Market Regulation) and they will be engaged in activities such as investigating industry and issuer practices, litigating civil enforcement actions, and drafting proposed statutes and rules. Students also attend a weekly seminar at the commission. This program has special rules with respect to who may register and what requirements must be satisfied to earn credits. Prerequisite: Business Organizations Recommended: Securities Regulations [Admission by permission only. For application information, contact the Law Career Development Office]

  • Securities Regulation

    LAW 757, 3 credits
    Problem-solving under the Federal Securities Act of 1933, the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, and state securities laws including: disclosure responsibilities of issuers of securities; registration requirements imposed by the securities laws and the exemptions therefrom; preparing a private offering; broker-dealer and underwriter responsibilities; anti-fraud provisions including their scope and effect upon litigation; and the expanding concept of "securities" as construed by the courts. Prerequisite: Business Organizations [Open Enrollment]

  • Sentencing & Plea Bargaining Seminar

    LAW 876, 3 credits
    This course covers contemporaneous issues related to sentencing and plea bargaining. Taught in a discussion format, the course focuses on problems within the subject areas and means of addressing those problems. Prerequisite: Criminal Law [Limited Enrollment]

  • Special Topics (Aberdeen Faculty)

    LAW 590, 1 credit
    This course will explore a particular topic of Scottish, U.K., and/or E.U. law, with comparisons to the treatment of this area under U.S. law. Alternatively, the topic may involve an area of international law. The course will be taught by a member of the University of Aberdeen law faculty. [Limited Enrollment]

    Fall 2010 Special Topics in International Criminal Law
    This four week course will examine crimes against international law and issues surrounding the prosecution of such crimes. Where appropriate, comparisons will be drawn between the responses and attitudes of the United States and the United Kingdom in this area. Students will be required to participate in hypothetical litigation which will draw on the material covered by the seminar discussions. At the beginning of the course students will be divided into groups and given evidentiary materials and sample pleadings, asked at various stages to submit appropriate pleadings, and will participate in a mock trial at the end of the course. Issues to be covered in the course will include the development and sources of international criminal law; the crimes of aggression, war crimes, genocide and crimes against humanity, and torture; immunities and defenses to prosecution; the International Criminal Court; and issues of jurisdiction and criminal procedure.

  • Special Topics (Haifa Faculty)

    LAW 590A, 1 credit
    This course will explore a particular topic of Israeli law, with comparisons to the treatment of this area under U.S. law. Alternatively, the topic may involve an area of international law. This course will be taught by a member of the Haifa University Faculty of Law. [Open Enrollment]

  • Special Topics in Applied Feminism

    LAW 888B, 2 credits
    This course will provide students with an opportunity to apply the tenets of feminist legal theory to a variety of legal topics. The course will be team taught and is designed to introduce some of the core concepts of feminist legal theory and examine how that theory applies both to areas of the law traditionally associated with feminism and to those areas in which the application of feminist legal theory might seem unusual. The course will enable students to develop critical thinking skills that will allow them to apply feminist legal theory to new legal problems, generating creative, theory-based solutions. Graded Pass/Fail. [Limited Enrollment]

  • Sports Law

    LAW 763, 3 credits
    This course provides a student an overview of the business and legal issues within the areas of professional and amateur sports. Specifically, but not limited to, the following: professional clubs, professional leagues, sports marketing contracts, negotiation techniques, television, sponsorship, insurance, and athletic associations. All such issues covered shall have a relationship to basic principles of law: contract, antitrust, tort, corporate, and other areas. [Open Enrollment]

  • State & Local Taxation (GTP)

    LAW 979, 3 credits
    This course will explore federal constitutional and statutory limitations on state authority to tax a multistate business. Specific topics will include the Commerce Clause, sales and use tax nexus, and PL 86-272 limitations on state income taxation. In addition, the course will cover apportionment of income derived from a multistate business and combined versus separate entity reporting. Maryland state and local taxation also will be examined briefly. This course is a combined J.D. and Graduate Tax Program offering. Prerequisite: Federal Income Tax [Open Enrollment]

  • Supreme Court Seminar

    LAW 878, 3 credits
    Students act both as appellate advocates, arguing cases currently pending in the Supreme Court, and as Supreme Court justices, adjudicating those cases. In their roles as Supreme Court justices, students conduct case conferences and draft bench memoranda and judicial opinions. The course is designed both to develop skills and to examine in depth current issues in constitutional law, Supreme Court decision-making in constitutional and other types of litigation, and the Supreme Court as an institution in the legal system and society. Prerequisite: Constitutional Law I [Limited Enrollment]

  • Tax Exempt Organizations (GTP)

    LAW 983, 2 credits
    Analysis of provisions relating to the qualification for exemption from federal income tax, with emphasis on section 501 (c)(3) organizations, private foundations, and the treatment of unrelated business income. This course is a combined J.D. and Graduate Tax Program offering. Prerequisite: Federal Income Tax [Open Enrollment]

  • Tax Policy Seminar

    LAW 831, 3 credits
    Intensive study of selected issues with emphasis on the federal income tax. Students will consider problem areas from the standpoint of tax policy and will examine these issues from a legal, economic, social and administrability viewpoint. Prerequisite: Any federal tax course or permission of the instructor. [Limited Enrollment]

  • Tax Practice & Procedure (GTP)

    LAW 955, 3 credits
    Aspects of practice before the Internal Revenue Service, including ruling requests, handling of audits, assessment of deficiencies and penalties, closing agreements, tax liens, statutes of limitations, claims for refunds, appeals, conferences and practice before the U.S. Tax Court, U.S. district courts, U.S. Court of Federal Claims, and appellate courts. Also includes analysis of the problems encountered in parallel civil and criminal proceedings, problems involving government investigatory powers and taxpayer rights and privileges. This course is a combined J.D. and Graduate Tax Program offering. Prerequisite: Federal Income Tax. [Open Enrollment]

  • Tax Research & Writing (GTP)

    LAW 956, 3 credits
    Research and writing projects on federal tax subjects with analysis and instruction in tax research techniques, materials, and methodology. Students prepare legal memoranda. [Limited Enrollment]

  • Trademarks & Unfair Competition

    LAW 767, 3 credits
    This course covers the basic principles of the laws of trademark and unfair competition. The course will cover the acquisition of trademark rights, the elements of claim of trademark infringement, affirmative defenses to such a claim, and remedies for infringement. [Open Enrollment]

  • Transactional Skills Workshop

    LAW 842, 3 credits
    This course teaches students the principles of drafting commercial agreements by studying the documents necessary to structure a corporate transaction and applying the relevant law. Students will learn how transactional lawyers translate a business deal into contract provisions, as well as techniques for minimizing ambiguity and drafting with clarity. Students will have the opportunity to analyze the documents that comprise a corporate transaction from the letter of intent to closing documents such as the legal opinion. The course is taught through a combination of lecture and hands-on drafting exercises. Final grades will be based on class participation and the preparation of model documents reflecting a hypothetical corporate transaction. Prerequisite: Business Organizations Recommended: Recommended: [Limited Enrollment; Max 12 students]

  • Trial Advocacy

    LAW 825, 2 credits
    This course is devoted primarily to exercises by students in direct and cross-examination of witnesses and to opening and closing statements in both civil and criminal cases. The exercises are critiqued with respect to both substance and courtroom demeanor. At the conclusion of the course, students, acting in teams, take part in full trials. Prerequisite: Evidence [Limited Enrollment; Max 12 students]

  • Welfare Benefit Plans (GTP)

    LAW 985, 2 credits
    Welfare benefit plans are employee-sponsored plans that provide employees with benefits other than pension and retirement plans and deferred compensation. Welfare benefit plans include life insurance, health insurance, disability insurance, vacation pay, severance pay, educational reimbursement, group legal services, and dependent assistance care plans. Course focuses on federal income tax requirements for various welfare benefit plans, including fringe benefits and health care continuation coverage under COBRA. Examination of the income tax consequences to employers who sponsor, and employees who participate in, welfare benefits. Discussion of the various mechanisms for offering welfare benefit plans, such as cafeteria plans under section 125 and VEBAs under section 501(c) (9). This course is a combined J.D. and Graduate Tax Program offering. Prerequisite: Federal Income Tax [Open Enrollment]

  • Wetlands Law Seminar

    LAW 846, 3 credits
    This course will provide a survey of federal wetlands regulation under Section 404 of the Clean Water Act and related state law (such as the Maryland Non-Tidal Wetlands Protection Act). The course will introduce the student to the basis of federal jurisdiction over wetlands, the fundamentals of the wetlands regulatory process, relationship to other laws such as the Endangered Species Act, property rights issues such as takings, enforcement, and the role of mitigation and wetlands preservation. The course will also focus on Maryland tidal and non-tidal wetlands regulation and the interface between the federal and state programs. Scientific and policy issues also will be covered, including the debate over the wetlands delineation manual and the latest developments in wetlands functional assessment. Finally, the course will examine the current Congressional debate over re-authorization of the Clean Water Act and the Clinton Administration's action plan on wetlands. [Limited Enrollment]

  • Workers Compensation

    LAW 759, 2 credits
    An examination of the legal principles governing the compensation of employees or their dependents for injuries or loss of life arising out of employment or occurring during the course of employment; alternatives to statutory compensation schemes; causation and other factors affecting claims status to sue; and related problems. [Open Enrollment]

  • Veterans Advocacy Clinic

    LAW 800V, 3 credits
    Students enrolled in the Veterans Advocacy Clinic will represent indigent veterans before courts and administrative agencies in diverse civil and veterans benefits matters. Students may also engage in community education, legislative projects, and other systemic efforts at law reform. Under the supervision of a faculty member, students are responsible for all aspects of representing clients, including interviewing clients and witnesses, counseling clients, engaging in fact investigation and discovery, drafting pleadings and motions, negotiating with adversaries, and conducting hearings and trials. Students are expected to devote approximately 20 hours per week to clinic activity. Prerequisite: First-year day courses, Evidence, Co-requisite: Professional Responsibility. Recommended: Trial Advocacy [ Admission by permission only]