Course Descriptions

Fall 2016 Class Descriptions

Labor Law (Richard A. Paul)
LWLP545

2 credit(s), Standard Letter Graded
Concentration(s): Employment and Labor Law (LLMG), Employment and Labor Law (JD)

This course offers an introduction to federal labor laws that effect organization, negotiation, collective bargaining relationships, and enforcement of negotiated labor agreements in the private sector. The course will examine National Labor Relations Board rules and procedures, federal court jurisdiction, labor arbitration, the rights of individual union members, and the increasing reach of NLRB rulings into non-unionized workforces. The course will also consider somewhat different issues of labor law and regulation in the public sector. This course will not consider other employment laws, employment litigation, or alternative dispute resolution procedures that are covered in other classes offered by the School of Law or the employee benefits class offered by the Graduate Tax Institute. This class requires no prerequisite course work.

Note: This course may be applied as part of the nine required credits for the Employment and Labor Law Concentration (JD).
Additional Information:Employment & Labor Law Concentration (JD)

Land Use Regulation (Tim Duane)
LWEV560

3 credit(s), Standard Letter Graded
Concentration(s): Environmental and Energy Law (MSLS), Environmental and Energy Law (LLMG), Environmental and Energy Law (LLMC), Environmental and Energy Law (JD)

Land Use Law is ubiquitous, affecting everything from local developments to large-scale federal infrastructure projects and public land and resource management. This course emphasizes the legal tools of land use planning and regulation under the Police Power that have been deployed by state and local governments. It also addresses Constitutional constraints on state and local regulation. Grades will be based on a midterm and final examination. 

Law Journal Editing and Research (R.J. Pinto)
LWWI542

1 credit(s), H/P/L/F Graded

This course is offered only to students who are editorial board members of Law Review, International Law Journal, and Journal of Climate and Energy Law. This course provides students with an understanding of editorial and publication processes through faculty supervised training. Topics include editing, editorial research, article selection, and other aspects of journal operations. The course is taught by a USD faculty member who meets regularly with students, provides them with specific and individualized feedback on their contributions, and provides guidance on journal operations. 

Students will be graded on the basis of class attendance and participation, and performance on class assignments and a final exam.  The final exam will be held on the last class date.

Legal & Constitutional Challenges in the Middle East (Iddo Porat)
LWIC563

2 credit(s), Standard Letter Graded
Concentration(s): LLM in International Law (LLMI), International Law (LLMC), International Law (JD), International Law (MSLS)

The Middle East is in turmoil. The course will focus on the ways in which legal systems in the Middle East face the challenges of the region with a special focus on constitutional law. Several challenges are common to the different legal systems in the Middle East. First is the tension between traditionalism and progress, which is reflected, amongst others, in the highly contentious relationship between state and religion in the countries of the region. Second is the issue of constitutional change, and constitutional revolution - the Arab Spring has witnessed the downfall of regimes and the rise of new ones, a process usually accompanied by constitutional conventions, and sometimes, as in Egypt, by multiple constitutional conventions. Iraq is another example of rapid constitutional change. Third are issues relating to security threats and the fight against terrorism. And fourth are issues of multiculturalism and ethnic and cultural diversity. Israel, shares all these challenges but in different ways owing to its own special place in the Middle East. A special emphasis will be given in the course to Israeli law and Israeli constitutional law. Beyond attending class and reading the class materials, each student will be required to conduct a short research on the constitutional system of a particular country in the Middle East, or on a particular aspect of a countries' constitutional system, and present it in class during in the second half of the course. The presentation should highlight the main constitutional characteristics of the chosen country (history, text, judiciary.) Your final grade will be based on a final exam and on class presentations.

Legal Analysis of Constiutional Law II (Allison Simkin)
LWGC564

1 credit(s), H/P/L/F Graded

This course is designed to provide intensive assistance in legal analysis and legal writing, focusing on the kind of analytical and writing skills necessary for success on law school and bar examinations. Students will receive group and one-on-one instruction in legal analysis and legal writing. The exercises and assignments will closely track the doctrinal subject matter covered in the substantive class which the course is paired, so concurrent enrollment in Constitutional Law II with Professor Ramsey is required.

This course is subject to limited enrollment. Please contact Law Student Affairs for more information.

Legal Analysis of Corporations ( Staff)
LWGC568

1 credit(s), H/P/L/F Graded

This course is designed to provide intensive assistance in legal analysis and legal writing, focusing on the kind of analytical and writing skills necessary for success on law school and bar examinations. Students will receive group and one-on-one instruction in legal analysis and legal writing. The exercises and assignments will closely track the doctrinal subject matter covered in the substantive class which the course is paired, so concurrent enrollment in Corporations with Professor Dallas is required.

This course is subject to limited enrollment. Please contact Law Student Affairs for more information.

Legal Analysis of Criminal Procedure (Judson E. Campbell)
LWGC566

1 credit(s), H/P/L/F Graded

This course is designed to provide intensive assistance in legal analysis and legal writing, focusing on the kind of analytical and writing skills necessary for success on law school and bar examinations. Students will receive group and one-on-one instruction in legal analysis and legal writing. The exercises and assignments will closely track the doctrinal subject matter covered in the substantive class which the course is paired, so concurrent enrollment in Criminal Procedure I with Professor Huffman is required.

This course is subject to limited enrollment. Please contact Law Student Affairs for more information.

Legal Analysis of Criminal Procedure ( Staff)
LWGC566

1 credit(s), H/P/L/F Graded

This course is designed to provide intensive assistance in legal analysis and legal writing, focusing on the kind of analytical and writing skills necessary for success on law school and bar examinations. Students will receive group and one-on-one instruction in legal analysis and legal writing. The exercises and assignments will closely track the doctrinal subject matter covered in the substantive class which the course is paired, so concurrent enrollment in Criminal Procedure I with Professor Dripps is required.

This course is subject to limited enrollment. Please contact Law Student Affairs for more information.

Legal Writing & Research I (Staff)
LWAA545

2 credit(s), Standard Letter Graded

Legal Writing and Research (LWR) I is the first part of a two-semester program introducing students to the tools lawyers use to analyze, research, and frame legal positions and communicate them in predictive office memoranda. Students practice and actively learn legal writing and research skills by creating multiple drafts of office memoranda and conducting both print and computer-assisted legal research. The course is offered in small sections with very low student-faculty ratios so that faculty may provide individualized and frequent feedback on student work. Required for first-year students.

Legal Writing & Research, LLMC ( Staff)
LWGC560

2 credit(s), H/P/L/F Graded

This course, which is offered only to students in the LLM in Comparative Law program, focuses on providing students with: (1) a broad overview of the structure of the U.S. legal system; (2) techniques for successful research , writing and practice of law in the U.S. courts; (3) an introduction to the objective analytical skills that promote success in coursework and in the profession; (4) an introduction to persuasive writing techniques; and (5) techniques for success in class and examinations. The course has a very low student-faculty ratio and faculty carefully review each student’s research and writing assignments. Students are provided opportunities to meet with their professor and revise their written work.

Legislative Advocacy & the Law (Orde Kittrie)
LWPP566

3 credit(s), Standard Letter Graded

This course is designed to teach students legislative lawyering and advocacy skills. These skills include identifying and assessing issues susceptible to being addressed by legislation; analyzing and selecting legislative options for addressing such issues; drafting statutory and other legislative materials; and developing a coalition-building and media strategy for advocating adoption of the proposed legislative solution. Readings and guest speakers will focus on advanced and problem-focused discussion of such topics as Congressional powers, legislative process (including the functions of legislative committees), relevant ethics issues (including the regulation of lobbying), Presidential vetoes and signing statements, statutory interpretation, as well as case studies in successful legislative advocacy campaigns.
Students will be required to draft a set of written materials which will include a final paper containing analysis of a problem susceptible to being addressed by legislation, discussion of potential legislative options for addressing it, selection of a preferred option, and strategies for advocacy (including coalition-building and media). Students may also be require to draft and submit some or all of the following: proposed statutory language; draft legislative history (report language, colloquies, Congressional Record statements); talking points; fact sheets; and testimony. The final grade will consist of the following components: 1) written assignments - 80%, 2) class participation – 20% (to include assigned class presentations). Classes start on Tuesday, September 6 and end December 9, 2016.

This class is required for students attending the Washington D.C. Externship Program.

 


Note: This class is restricted to students admitted to the Washington DC Externship Program

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