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Spring 2018 Class Descriptions

Tax I (LWAA590)

Instructor(s): Miranda Perry Fleischer

4 credit(s), Letter Graded
Concentration(s): Taxation

Tax I provides students with an understanding of the basic principles of federal income tax, including gross income, deductions, tax accounting, capital transactions, and income shifting. Required for upper-class students.

Taxation of Property Transactions (LWTE575)

Instructor(s): Phillip Jelsma

2 credit(s), Letter Graded
Concentration(s): Taxation, LLM in Taxation
Prerequisite(s): Tax I (LLM students may take this concurrently)

This course examines practical planning opportunities involving closed sales, open sales, deferred payment reporting, installment sales elections, imputed interest, cost recovery reporting, two-way and three-way real estate exchanges, all-inclusive trust deeds, subordinated financing, midpoint refinancing, and negative basis. Considerable emphasis is placed on understanding interest concepts such as mortgage annual constant percentages, lump sum and annuity present value analysis, and real rate of return (after inflation) analysis.

Trademark Law (LWIP580)

Instructor(s): Abraham Bell

3 credit(s), Letter Graded
Concentration(s): Intellectual Property Law, Intellectual Property

This course provides an overview of trademark and unfair competition law. We will discuss the purpose of these laws, the requirements for trademark protection, and the scope and enforcement of trademark rights. Specifically, we will cover the concepts of distinctiveness, functionality, and use of a trademark; the procedural and substantive aspects of trademark registration; geographic limits on trademark rights; trademark infringement, dilution, cybersquatting, counterfeiting, false advertising, false endorsement, and the right of publicity; and defenses and remedies in trademark actions. 

Transfer Pricing (LWTE584)

Instructor(s): David Bowen

2 credit(s), Letter Graded
Concentration(s): Taxation, LLM in Taxation

The course involves a thorough study of the fundamental and practical concepts of “transfer pricing,” from U.S. and international perspectives. Transfer pricing is one of the most significant tax issues for multinational enterprises with international operations. It attracts the scrutiny of tax authorities worldwide and continues to draw attention of multiple countries’ tax legislatures. The course first analyzes the fundamental methods by which income and other items are affected – often with major financial impact - through MNE “controlled” transactions. The basic analytical framework involve critical analysis of U.S. Code provisions, Treasury Regulations, other administrative materials and important judicial decisions. These U.S. provisions are compared to other comprehensive, consensus-type guidelines, such as the recent OECD Guidelines. Practical strategies are discussed in terms of proactive strategies for resolving and avoiding cross-border disputes involving transfer pricing. Topics include allocations and apportionments of income, deductions, credits and allowances; the “arm’s length” standard and its alternatives; BEPS (base erosion and profit shifting); economic double taxation; Treaty mechanisms such as MAP (mutual agreement procedures); TIPs (taxpayer-initiated adjustments) and compensating adjustments; general legal principles and apportionment methods, including the judicial doctrines of assignment of income, the economic substance doctrine, fruit-tree, and other matters; methods to determine “true” taxable income in “controlled” transactions involving tangible and intangible property, services, and intercompany financing; relevant U.S. customs rules; tax penalties and relevant forms, including country-by-country reporting; tax planning and compliance efforts; and relevant comparisons of international transfer pricing rules within particular contexts. Grades will be based on a written exam which includes true false questions, multiple choice, and a hand-graded essay,

Note: This course is open to LLM and JD levels.

Trial Advocacy (LWLP550)

Instructor(s): Linda Lane

3 credit(s), H/P/L/F Graded
Requirement(s): Experiential
Concentration(s): Criminal Law, Criminal Litigation, Civil Litigation

This is an upper class course focused on the skills of case analysis and oral presentation of those cases to judges and juries on civil or criminal trials. The course also includes developing skills used in the discovery phase of civil cases, especially depositions. The course is specifically designed to expand the skills introduced to the student in Legal Research & Writing. The course methodology combines lectures, demonstrations and individual student performances in small groups with extensive critique and feedback by small group instructors who are experienced practitioners. The course culminates in a mock trial. The course is graded on a 4-tier Pass/Fail basis. 

Note: Students may only elect this course or Practicum--Civil to count toward the Civil Litigation Concentration (JD).
Additional Information: Civil Litigation Concentration

Trusts & Estates (LWTE555)

Instructor(s): Dennis Lilly

3 credit(s), Letter Graded

This survey course provides an introduction to non-tax aspects of estate planning and the law of gratuitous transfers, including inter vivos gifts, intestate succession, wills, will substitutes, trusts, fiduciary administration, and future interests.