Course Descriptions

Spring 2012 Class Descriptions

Native American Law (James R. McCurdy)
LWPP567

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

A comprehensive survey considering the unique body of law affecting Native Americans, American Indian property interests, and those doing business in Indian country. Topics covered include the competing claims to jurisdiction by state, federal, and tribal governments, including PL 280 jurisdiction and taxation; treaties and the abrogation thereof; the Indian Civil Rights Act; the Indian Child Welfare Act; Indian Gaming Regulatory Act; probate matters; water rights; and natural resources and environmental law.

Negotiation (Gregg Relyea)
LWLP560

3 credit(s)
Requirement: Skills
Concentration(s): Civil Litigation (JD)

Effective negotiation skills are essential to the successful practice of law. Most legal disputes are resolved through direct negotiation. This course will teach students effective communication techniques and negotiation strategies in a workshop style setting. The course will introduce students to different types of bargaining, different approaches to bargaining, specialized communication techniques used by effective negotiators, and techniques for overcoming negotiating impasses. Negotiation practices will be taught using both lecture and experiential methods (interactive exercise, role play exercises). This course will be practical in its orientation, with an emphasis on prevailing negotiation techniques and strategies customarily used by practicing lawyers. Due to the participatory nature of the course, enrollment will be limited. Grades will be based on a written final examination, homework assignments, and class participation. The course is graded on a 4-tier Pass/Fail basis. Note: Students may only elect this course or Alternative Dispute Resolution to count towards the Civil Litigation Concentration (JD).
Note: Students may only elect this course or Alternative Dispute Resolution to count towards the Civil Litigation Concentration (JD).

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