Course Descriptions

Fall 2011 Class Descriptions

Family Law Seminar (Paul Horton)

3 credit(s)
Concentration(s): Public Interest Law (JD)

Family Law Seminar will engage in a survey, within a seminar format, of constitutional and legislative doctrine related to traditional family-law topics. Participants will prepare and present on three short research memos (5-6 pages) on topics pertaining to the course. No exam will be given. Written-work credit is not available. All students, including students who have previously completed a Family Law survey course, are eligible to take this course. A copy of the course prospectus is available from Prof. Horton.

Federal Estate & Gift Taxation (Grayson M.P. McCouch)

3 credit(s)
Concentration(s): LLM in Taxation (LLMT)
Prerequisite(s): Tax I, Trusts & Estates: Wills & Trusts

This survey course provides an introduction to the federal estate, gift, and generation-skipping transfer taxes, with attention to the treatment of various types of inter vivos and testamentary dispositions. Students who enroll in this course should already have taken (or currently be taking) Trusts and Estates (Wills and Trusts) and/or Tax I (Federal Income Taxation).

Federal Tax Clinic (Richard Carpenter)

4 credit(s)
Requirement(s): Skills
Concentration(s): LLM in Taxation (LLMT)
Prerequisite(s): Tax I

This is a hands-on clinical course for students who wish to develop tax controversy skills. Students working under the supervision of the Tax Clinic supervising attorney will represent low income taxpayers in resolving their tax disputes with the IRS. Students will learn client interviewing skills, how to interact with IRS personnel, and how to effectively resolve a client’s federal tax dispute. Students must also be available to participate in Tax Clinic Outreach presentations at various community locations and times. The clinic is graded on a 4-tier Pass-Fail basis. Prerequisite: Tax I.

Federal Tax Procedure (Donna Crosby, Gordon L. Gidlund)

2 credit(s)
Concentration(s): LLM in Taxation (LLMT)
Prerequisite(s): Tax I, Tax II

A study of the administrative procedures with reference to the audit of tax returns; information-gathering; practice before the IRS; pre-litigation administrative procedures; U.S. Tax Court litigation and rules of practice; settlement procedures and trial strategies; tax refund litigation, including preparation of claims for refund, jurisdictional prerequisites, and strategies; preparation of ruling requests; offers in compromise; collection; penalties and interest; and criminal tax investigations. Prerequisites: Tax I and Tax II. Note: Tax LLM students may take Tax II concurrently. This is an advanced tax course with priority enrollment for LLM in Taxation students.

Finance & Accounting for Lawyers (Brian P. Brinig)

2 credit(s)
Concentration(s): LLM in Taxation (LLMT), Business and Corporate Law (LLMC), Business and Corporate Law (JD), LLM in Business and Corporate Law (LLMB)

Much of the practice of law relates to financial issues. This two-credit course deals with understanding and analyzing financial statements, basic business valuation techniques and their importance in litigation matters, economic damages calculations (both personal injury and business damages), and concepts of present value. Understanding these financial concepts is critical to lawyers who encounter them daily in their practices. The course is designed for the student who does not have a sophisticated background in accounting or finance.

Fundamentals of Bar Exam Writing (Linda McCloud)

1 credit(s)

The course covers the fundamentals of bar exam essay writing and performance test writing. The first class is an introduction to bar exam components and topics. The next several classes focus on the details of essay exam writing and performance test drafting. Students will receive substantial feedback on their written work, and participate in small group sessions, self and peer review, and professor-student conferencing. Grading is on the H/P/LP/F scale. Students may be withdrawn from the course and/or given a failing grade for missing more than one class, failing to turn in any written assignments on time, or failing to complete any practice examination. This class is only available to December graduates. Enrollment is by application only through the Office of JD Student Affairs.
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