Course Descriptions

Summer 2013 Class Descriptions

Immigration Clinic I & II ( Staff)
LWVL530

1-4 credit(s)
Requirement: Skills
Concentration(s): Public Interest Law (JD)

Students gain practical experience through interviewing, counseling, and representing clients with immigration-related problems. Students complete forms and draft documents on behalf of clients. Students also attend and/or participate at hearings at Immigration Court. Weekly meetings are held with the clinic supervisor to discuss immigration law, practical application and casework. The clinic is graded on a 4-tier Pass-Fail basis. No Prerequisites.

Intellectual Property & Business (Ted Sichelman, Marcel Saucet)
LWIP572

3 credit(s)
Requirement: Writing
Concentration(s): Intellectual Property (LLMC), Intellectual Property (JD), Intellectual Property Law (LLMG)
Recommended Class(es): IP Survey or any course in patent law

The best intellectual property and tech-focused corporate lawyers have a thorough understanding of the ways clients use and are affected by IP in their daily business. This seminar will provide an introduction to how patents, copyrights, trademarks, and trade secrets (1) are used by IP owners to further their business strategies and (2) affect non-IP owners, who must often license IP rights at substantial cost. Specific topics include: the role of trademarks in promoting product “branding”; the use of patents in commercializing inventions; the effects of trade secrecy on R & D investment and employee mobility; IP and the emerging field of “microinnovation”; the effects of copyright on Internet business models; the use of IP by startup companies; private markets for buying, selling, and licensing IP rights; the role of patents in biotech deals; copyrights in the entertainment industry; and trademarks and “luxury” goods. The course will be co-taught by a law professor (Sichelman) and a business school professor (Saucet). The majority of the course will consist of lectures and classroom discussions. The only assignment is a paper, which students will present at the end of the course. Prerequisites: None. Either a course in intellectual property law or some work experience at a technology company is recommended, but not required.

International Art Law-Florence (Paula Abrams)
LWYF537

2 credit(s)
Concentration(s): Study Abroad (JD)

This course examines the legal and ethical principles concerning the international trade in visual arts, from antiquities to modern works. Topics include: illicit trafficking of art during war (World War II, Iraq and Afghanistan), questions of authenticity (fakes, questionable provenance), disputes over title (stolen and expropriated works, national patrimony laws), import and export controls, international covenants and principles of protection, and the treatment of indigenous cultural heritage. Rights and obligations of the artist, including free expression, publicity and privacy, and moral and re-sale rights, are examined. The course includes several case studies illustrating the conflicts between the interests of private purchasers, government, museums, and art dealers. The final exam will be held on 6/21/2013. (Program dates May 27-June 22, 2013)

Note: Class meets M,T,W,TH & F - 9:00-10:20am

International Business Internship-Barcelona (Julie O'Sullivan)
LWYB597

2 credit(s)
Requirement: Skills
Concentration(s): Study Abroad (JD)

Students participate in practicing law related to international business transactions, including contract, financial, commercial, tax, European Union Law, labor, securities, etc. After being prepared to function in the legal environment, each student will work for a law firm in Barcelona. The experience depends on the work in the office assigned. Students may participate in client interviews, negotiating sessions, meeting with government representatives, strategy sessions, and arbitration or litigation. The student may gather facts, and may draft, review, or translate contracts, opinion letters, trial or arbitration documents, and the like. Seminars integrate the work experience. These internships are open to students who have completed at least two full years of law school and require Spanish language skills. Students interested in these opportunities are encouraged to complete their applications by February 1, 2013; applicants will be contacted with information on the separate internship application process. No Exam (Graded HP, P, LP, F) MTWThF 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. (Program dates - May 27-June 21, 2013)

International Business Internship-London (Closed) (Walter Heiser)
LWYL593

3 credit(s)
Requirement: Skills
Concentration(s): Study Abroad (JD)

Students participate in the practice of business law or litigation with a London solicitor, barrister or corporate counsel. Each student's experience depends on the placement's practice. The student may observe client interviews, negotiating sessions, meetings with government representatives, strategy sessions with the firm, and court trials. (S)he may gather facts, and may draft and review contracts, opinion letters, or trial or arbitration documents. Seminars, simulated exercises and a paper integrate the work experience. A limited number of internships are available. Students interested in these opportunities are encouraged to complete their applications by February 1, 2013; applicants will be contacted with information on the separate internship application process. No Exam (Graded HP, P, LP, F). MTWThF various hours, but often until after 6:00 p.m. Program dates: July 1-August 3, 2013

Note: Course is full. No longer accepting applications.

International Business Internship-Paris (Closed) (Michael Devitt)
LWYP597

3 credit(s)
Requirement: Skills
Concentration(s): Study Abroad (JD)

Students participate in practicing law related to international business transactions, including contract, financial, commercial, tax, European Union Law, labor, securities, etc. After being prepared to function in the legal environment, each student will work for a law firm in Paris. The experience depends on the work in the office in which (s)he is placed. (S)he may participate in client interviews, negotiating sessions, meetings with government representatives, strategy sessions, and arbitration or litigation. The student may gather facts, and may draft, review, or translate contracts, opinion letters, trial or arbitration documents, and the like. Seminars integrate the work experience. Internships with international organizations are possible. A limited number of internships are available. Students interested in these opportunities are encouraged to complete their applications by February 1, 2013; applicants will be contacted with information on the separate internship application process. Some internships are open to students who have completed their first-year of law school and have no language requirements. Other internships may require either advanced pre-requisite courses or basic French language skills. Graded HP, P, LP, F). No exam (3 cr) MTWThF 9 a.m. - 6:00p.m. (Program dates - July 1-August 3, 2013)

Note: Course is full. No longer accepting applications.

International Business Transactions-London (John Matheson)
LWYL539

3 credit(s)
Concentration(s): Business and Corporate Law (JD), International Law (JD), Study Abroad (JD), LLM in Business and Corporate Law (LLMB), Business and Corporate Law (LLMC), International Law (LLMC), LLM in International Law (LLMI)

We study the important legal aspects of private transactions that involve parties, goods, services or capital crossing national borders, which are today encountered even in modestly-sized businesses that are largely local. The course starts with an introduction to the conduct of business in the international community, including the actors involved and the general forms of international business. We will then study three primary methods of doing business internationally: (1) International Trading of Goods, including sales agreements and letters of credit; (2) Transfers of Technology, primarily involving licensing and franchising of intellectual property; and (3) Direct Investment in Foreign Countries, including the choice of business form, operational issues and termination of foreign investments. The course then addresses selected issues that arise in the resolution of international business disputes, including choice of law and forum, jurisdiction and enforcement of foreign judgments. The final exam will be held on 8/2/2013. (Program dates: July 1-August 3, 2013)

Note: Class meets M,T,W,TH & F - 9:00-10:35am

International Business Transactions-Paris (Amelia Boss, Roger Clark)
LWYP539

3 credit(s)
Concentration(s): Study Abroad (JD)

This course examines national and international laws applied to typical cross-border transactions, such as the sale of goods, distributorship agreements, licensing of technology, franchising, construction agreements and joint ventures, including international dispute resolution. The final exam will be held on 8/3/2013. (Program dates: July 1-August 3, 2013.)

Note: Class meets M,T,W,TH & F - 10:45-12:20pm

International Contracts-Barcelona (Michael B. Kelly)
LWYB541

2 credit(s)
Concentration(s): LLM in Business and Corporate Law (LLMB), Study Abroad (JD), International Law (JD), Business and Corporate Law (JD), Business and Corporate Law (LLMC), International Law (LLMC), LLM in International Law (LLMI)

This course examines the legal aspects of contracts for the international sale of goods. Topics may include contract formation; choice of forum and choice of law; warranties; risk of loss; excuse; letters of credit; and the settlement of international business disputes, including the enforcement of foreign judgments and arbitral awards. Emphasis will be placed on the UN Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods. The final exam will be held on 6/20/13. (Program dates: May 27-June 21, 2013)

Note: Class meets M,T,W,TH & F - 11:10 - 12:40pm

International Criminal Law-Barcelona (Julie O'Sullivan)
LWYB544

2 credit(s)
Concentration(s): Study Abroad (JD)

International criminal law includes both the application of a nation's criminal law to conduct committed abroad, and the body of law governing international crimes (such as genocide). We will touch on the former, but focus primarily on the latter. The course has four aims: (1) to introduce students to (or refresh them regarding) basic international law concepts (i.e., customary and conventional law, theories of transnational jurisdiction, the role of international law in domestic courts); (2) likewise, to introduce students to basic concepts of criminal liability and study their applicability in the international context (e.g., the purposes of punishment, the principle of legality, mens rea, command and accomplice liability, defenses); (3) to examine the law governing international crimes against human rights – for example, genocide, crimes against humanity, torture – and the international tribunals that apply it (e.g., Nuremberg, former Yugoslavia, Rwanda, and the International Criminal Court); and (4) to consider whether criminal prosecution is the best way to address the aftermath of war and atrocity, or whether alternative means such as Truth and Reconciliation Commissions may be a better way to promote both justice and peace at least in some contexts. Final Exam: 6/21/13 (Program dates: May 27-June 21, 2013)

Note: Class meets M,T,W,TH & F - 9:30-11:00am

International Entertainment Law-London (Lionel Sobel)
LWYL548

3 credit(s)
Concentration(s): Study Abroad (JD)

This course examines international legal issues arising in movie, TV, music, publishing, other entertainment businesses, such as acquiring foreign rights, using talent abroad, and distributing worldwide (conventional and via the Internet), including those that arise in counseling, contract or treaty negotiations, and transnational litigation. The final exam will be held on 8/2/2013. (Program dates: July 1-August 3, 2013)

Note: Class meets M,T,W,TH & F - 9:00-10:35am

International Environmental Law-Barcelona (Chris Wold)
LWYB549

2 credit(s)
Concentration(s): Environmental and Energy Law (JD), Study Abroad (JD), Environmental and Energy Law (LLMG)

This course examines the principles, treaties, and institutions governing international environmental relations. The course begins with a review of the fundamental underpinnings of environmental and international law, including the precautionary principle, polluter pays principle, and state responsibility for environmental harm. The course next examines issues of the global commons, such as ozone depletion and climate change and explores international treaties to protect biological diversity, including the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species and the Convention on Biological Diversity. It also examines major pollution issues, such as hazardous waste trade, and the relationship of the World Trade Organization to environmental protection. Throughout these discussions, we examine development issues, the polarization of issues as developed versus developing country issues, and the role of nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) in the development and enforcement of international environmental law. The final exam will be held on 6/20/2013. (Program dates: May 27-June 21, 2013)

Note: Class meets M,T,W,TH & F - 11:10 - 12:40pm

International Intellectual Property-Florence (Doris Long)
LWYF551

2 credit(s)
Concentration(s): Intellectual Property (JD), Study Abroad (JD), Intellectual Property (LLMC), Intellectual Property Law (LLMG)

This course examines international protection of patents, copyrights, and trademarks; geographical indications and trade secrets for inventors, authors, artists, and businesses under domestic, EU, and international law, as influenced by culture and the internet; emerging areas of IP protection, including domain names, cartoon and story characters, biota and traditional knowledge; and special enforcement problems in developing countries. The final exam will be held on 6/22/13. (Program dates: May 27-June 22, 2013)

Note: Class meets M,T,W,TH & F - 10:30-11:50am

International Internet and Intellectual Property Law - Paris (Hon. M. Margaret McKeown, Hon. Michael Hawkins)
LWYP550

3 credit(s)
Concentration(s): Study Abroad (JD)

A survey of international intellectual property through the lens of the Internet, this course deals with the intersection of traditional intellectual property law and the Internet, an inherently borderless medium. The survey includes emerging copyright and trademark issues in the U.S. and other jurisdictions (especially the European Union), and key international treaties, such as the Madrid Protocol and the Paris Convention, along with the WTO’s Trade Related Intellectual Property Standards. The course considers such topics as the regulation of the Internet, personal jurisdiction challenges in an Internet world, speech and content regulation under different legal systems adhering to radically different notions of what is appropriate, the liability of Internet Service Providers, privacy protection, criminal law, social networking in the international context, and special problems in trademark, trade secret and copyright law, such as third party liability, internet domain names, famous names, parody, counterfeit goods, and dispute resolution. Final exam: 8/2/2013 (Program dates: July 1-August 3, 2013)

Note: Class meets M,T,W,TH & F - 9:00-10:35am

International Litigation-London (Linda Silberman)
LWYL552

3 credit(s)
Concentration(s): Study Abroad (JD)

This course covers the litigation of international disputes including: judicial jurisdiction and service of process, forum-selection clauses, including arbitration agreements, problems of parallel litigation, taking evidence abroad, litigation against foreign governments, forum non conveniens, extraterritorial application of public law, and recognition of foreign judgments and arbitral awards. The final exam will be held on 8/3/2013. (Program dates: July 1-August 3, 2013)

Note: Class meets M,T,W,TH & F - 10:45-12:20pm

International Negotiations-Florence (Allen C. Snyder)
LWYF554

2 credit(s)
Requirement: Skills
Concentration(s): International Law (JD), Study Abroad (JD), International Law (LLMC), LLM in International Law (LLMI)

Skills and theory of both competitive and cooperative international negotiating will be learned through simulation and experience. Final exam: 6/21/13 (Program dates: May 27-June 22, 2013)

Note: Class meets M,T,W,TH & F - 9:00-10:20am

International Negotiations-Paris (Charles B. Wiggins)
LWYP554

3 credit(s)
Requirement: Skills
Concentration(s): Study Abroad (JD)

This skills course covers the theory, dynamics, and constraints inherent in the negotiation process, especially in the international and cross cultural context. Special attention will be given to planning, strategic choice, skills development, and post analysis of performance. Different types of international deal making and disputes will be examined, followed by relevant, simulated role playing in a cross cultural context. When do "culture" and being "international " really count and when do they get in the way of being a truly effective negotiator? What is the role and the impact, if any, of emotions in negotiation specifically and then in the international context? What factors trigger culturally based negotiation thinking? In a globally developing world, what can and should we make of cultural scripts? Are they really as valid as they were in the past? Final Exam: 8/2/2013 (Program dates: July 1-August 3, 2013)

Note: Class meets M,T,W,TH & F - 9:00-10:35am

International Sports Law-London (James R. McCurdy)
LWYL556

3 credit(s)
Concentration(s): International Law (JD), Study Abroad (JD), International Law (LLMC), LLM in International Law (LLMI)

We begin with the law of the Olympics, including trademark and other intellectual property issues. The course examines the workings of the Court for the Arbitration of Sport and the World Anti-Doping Agency and Code. Analysis of the U. S. and EU antitrust/competition laws focuses on broadcasting, player movement in the labor market, and league/federation structure and governance. The global nature of international sports is emphasized in scrutiny of U. S. and world-wide models of sports leagues, including team ownership, relocation, and stadium/arena development. The course explores the law of player agent practice in the flat world context, comparing systems of control as well as actual practice phenomena. The final exam will be held on 8/3/2013. (Program dates: July 1-August 3, 2013)
Note: Class meets M,T,W,TH & F - 10:45-12:20pm

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