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An introduction to accounting and basic business principles for attorneys, including reading annual reports and financial statements, researching the financial structure of corporations and non-profits, and exploring relevant issues such as socially responsible investing.
This course is a basic one-semester introduction to federal antitrust law. It will explore basic concepts in competition theory. Specific topics will include cartels, monopolization, price-fixing, exclusive dealing rules, vertical restraints, and mergers.
Explores the interface of environmental laws and federal bankruptcy statutes, as well as the tension between the goals of bankruptcy and the goals of environmental law, in particular CERCLA. Topics covered include the rights and obligations of debtors and creditors under the Bankruptcy Code, the discharge of environmental debts in bankruptcy, and the abandonment of contaminated property by the bankruptcy trustee.
Classes offered under this designation explore special areas of interest, including newly developing areas of law, or specialties of visiting faculty and fellows. Students should consult registration information specific information on classes presented under this title.
Survey of the law relating to payment systems, with a major focus on the checking system and Articles 3 and 4 of the Uniform Commercial Code and applicable federal regulations. Significant time is also devoted to laws and rules relating to electronic funds transfers, credit cards, debit cards, notes, letters of credit and similar payment devices. Also included are discussions of suretyship law and various credit enhancement devices.
This course is a comprehensive introduction to copyright law. The course will examine the historical foundations of copyright and related intellectual property law, U.S. treaty obligations, policies and case law that shape not only the traditional areas of copyright law, but also the often controversial relationship between copyright and technology in the digital age.
Explores legal and financial issues relating to the capital structure and financing of corporations, including various types of securities and the rights and legal relationships among the holders of such securities; and business and legal considerations with respect to dividends and distributions to shareholders. This course also considers the planning, structure and implementation in connection with mergers and acquisitions, and the role of the business lawyer in corporate transactions.
The course includes an introduction to basic accounting principles, the study of agency law principles, and the law of privately held organizations (partnerships and LLC's) and corporations. Topics covered will include discussion of issues relating to the choice of business form, and issues concerning business formation, business management, financing, and dissolution.
Provides a basic understanding of the different organizational forms for businesses, including corporations, limited liability companies and partnerships, general partnerships and sole proprietorships. The course also examines the law of agency, and surveys selected topics, such as basic accounting principles, business formation, financing, dissolution, and securities regulation.
An exploration of consumer bankruptcy law under Chapters 7, 12, and 13 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code and how the law impacts the rights of borrowers and lenders. The course covers the creation of consumer lender-borrower relationships, including promissory notes, security agreements, and mortgages; rights of borrowers under the Truth in Lending Act, RESPA, and other consumer protection laws; creditor remedies; and exemption statutes under state and federal law.
Focuses on how new technologies affect legal drafting, and surveys the historical background of law and technology; the logical basis for such legal documents as contracts, wills, statutes and regulations; and the theory of embedding law in code. The course also considers the secondary effects on law, lawyering and the legal profession likely to arise from the digitization of many legal tasks. In addition to the reading and class discussions, students will learn basic programming techniques and will undertake drafting projects.
Covers the theories of legal document and advice automation as well as the practical side of implementing such systems. Areas of focus for the course include: document automation, expert systems, logical construction and XML contracting.
Litigation often involves the collection, production, management and analysis of electronically store information (ESI). An enormous amount of data (Big Data) exists that may help make a case or predict the outcomes of approaches and legal rulings. This course considers the legal and operational issues associated with managing electronic information.
Legal practices are using practice management and litigation software. Courts have also moved in the direction of efiling and calendaring. Students will gain the theoretical and practical background to understand these changes and to positively impact their employer’s responses to such change. Students will use matter management software, prepare e-filings and use technology to strengthen and present a closing argument.
Dscusses the issues and opportunities presented by a virtual law practice while teaching students the skills and tools necessary to set-up a virtual law office. Students will set-up a mock virtual law office as part of the course.
This course will examine federal and state laws prohibiting discrimination on the basis of race, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, and sexual identity. In particular, the course will examine in detail Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Rehabilitation Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act and state laws prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and identity.
This course will examine areas of federal and state labor law which regulate the employment relationship and which provide minimum protection outside of collective bargaining. Major topics considered include wrongful discharge, post-employment liability, employee privacy, genetic and drug testing, employee welfare and retirement benefits (ERISA), and a brief overview of employment discrimination law.
Among topics that would be considered are comparative legal conceptions of athletes and their relationship to employment and labor laws in different countries. Core areas of law in this course would include antitrust, labor, employment, contract, immigration, environmental/energy, disability, anti-discrimination, intellectual property and sports broadcasting.
Focuses on how new technologies affect legal drafting, and surveys the historical background of law and technology; the logical basis for such legal documents as contracts, wills, statutes and regulations; and the theory of embedding law in code. The course also considers the secondary effects on law, lawyering and the legal profession likely to arise from the digitization of many legal tasks. In addition to the reading and class discussions, students will create a demonstrative virtual law practice and undertake drafting projects.
An overview of management subjects facing nonprofit organizations, including resource development, leadership and governance, staffing, planning and policy, resource management and reporting, communications, and stewardship.
Covers various legal issues affecting professional sports industries and the relationship between leagues, teams, players and affected third-parties. Topics include related issues in antitrust, labor, contracts, torts, property, environmental/energy, criminal, immigration, disability, anti-discrimination, regulation of private associations, regulation of athlete agents and their ethical duties, intellectual property and sports broadcasting. Pursuit of employment in sports law is also covered.
Prepares students for the practice of transactional corporate law by providing them with a foundation on the law and processes related to corporate transactions, acquisitions, and divestitures of businesses. Students draft documents, negotiate business issues, and organize the legal affairs for growing businesses.
Covers primarily Article 2 of the Uniform Commercial Code governing the sale of goods, including formation and modification of contracts for sale, Article 2's statute of frauds, warranties, parole evidence, risk allocations when goods are stored or transported, breach, remedies for sellers and buyers, and contractual limitations on remedies. The course includes references to consumer rights as well as comparisons between the common law of contract and the Code's rules and concepts. A JD bar class.
This course is an examination of the structure of the law of security interests in personal property from both practical and economic perspectives. It examines the interests of all parties in secured transactions, particularly as a way of financing business. The focus of the course is on statutory analysis and problem-solving.
A study of federal law and the rules of the Securities and Exchange Commission concerning the registration, distribution and trading of securities, and legal and regulatory aspects of the securities industry. The responsibilities, including liabilities, of issuers of securities and its officers and directors, brokers, attorneys and other participants in the distribution and trading processes, and issues regarding "insider" trading, are considered. Brief study is also made of the regulation of broker-dealers, investment advisors and investment companies.
Explores which legal rules can best further enterprises that are designed to engage in profit-making activities for the purpose of promoting social goals. Will examine ways to define social enterprises; and ask whether traditional for-profit or non profit business forms can accommodate these dual mission companies or whether a new hybrid business form is needed.
This course will introduce students to the foundations of sports law. Sports law reflects how various legal disciplines, including torts, antitrust, labor, agency, criminal, contract, immigration, and anti-discrimination laws, impact professional and amateur sports actors, such as leagues, conferences, teams, and players. This course will provide students with both practical and theoretical approaches to legal issues that arise in sports, including in the NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, PGA, NCAA, and tennis.
Provides students with a solid foundation in trademark, rights of publicity, advertising, and other state and federal law relating to the protection of commercial goodwill. Students will also be introduced to the practical aspects of interacting with the US Trademark Office and its administrative body - The Trademark Trial and Appeals Board.
An examination of legal issues arising in youth sports, high school sports, and college sports. The course addresses the role of sport as a cultural phenomenon in the United States and its relationship to law, politics, and economics. Cases studied will implicate tort, contract, constitutional, antitrust, and intellectual property law.