Course Descriptions

Fall 2011 Class Descriptions

Race & the Law (Junichi P. Semitsu)

3 credit(s)

This course will provide an overview of the complex interconnections between race and law in the United States. The class will begin with a broad overview of the legal construction of race, the color-blind approach to equality, and the scholarly movement known as Critical Race Theory (“CRT”). Both CRT and color-blind philosophies will be taught as essential perspectives, although students are encouraged to arrive at their own conclusions. The course will then shift focus to the role of law in causing and remedying racial inequality. After a brief historical survey of the nexus between law and racial subjugation, the course will explore the development, application, effectiveness, and fate of race-conscious remedies designed to ameliorate patterns and effects of discrimination. The course will conclude with a focus on specific contemporary issues related to race and the law in the areas of (1) affirmative action in the 21st century, (2) workplace discrimination, (3) language rights, (4) racial profiling, (5) free speech, (6) race & adoption, and (7) racial disparities in criminal sentencing. Topics may change in light of new developments. While the primary focus will be on race from a multiracial and multiethnic perspective, the intersections of race with gender, class, and sexuality, as well as the relationship between specific ethnic groups, will be explored. As the success of this class is entirely dependent on thorough preparation of assigned readings and thoughtful contribution to open class discussions, attendance and willingness to participate in discussions is both essential and mandatory. Students’ grades will be based on a final exam and class participation.

Real Estate Transactions (Duane Horning)

2 credit(s)

This course covers the practical aspects of real property transactions, both residential and commercial. Topics include purchase & sale transactions, escrows, title insurance, options, deeds and title issues, leases, basic financing transactions, brokers and agents, and applicable documents. The course builds on the broader conceptual concepts covered in the Property course, and examines the application of those concepts used by practitioners in advising their clients in transactions.

Remedies (Michael B. Kelly)

4 credit(s)
Concentration(s): Civil Litigation (JD), Public Interest Law (JD)

Legal and equitable remedies under statutes and the common law are examined and compared. The course focuses on methods of evaluating alternative remedies and arguing for or against their creation or use in a given case. The course objective is to enable the student not only to identify all available remedies but also to choose the preferred remedy from among them. The principal subjects covered are equity, restitution and damages.
Note: This is a required course for the Civil Litigation Concentration (JD). This course may be applied as one of the three required courses for the Public Interest Law Concentration (JD).

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