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Spring 2020 Class Descriptions

REIT's (LWTE550)

Instructor(s): Shane Shelley

1 credit(s), Letter Graded
Concentration(s): Taxation (LLMC), LLM in Taxation (LLMT), Taxation (MSLS)
Prerequisite(s): Completed or concurrent enrollment in Tax I

In this course, we take an in-depth look at the U.S. federal income taxation of “real estate investment trusts” (“REITs”) and related real estate transactions, including: the history and purpose of REITs; the primary tax requirements applicable to REITs; the structure of common REIT transactions, including “UPREIT” formations, real estate contributions and M&A transactions; and the use of REITs by private investment funds. Classwork and course materials will incorporate a close review and analysis of multiple sources, including the Internal Revenue Code and related authorities, the SEC filings of publicly traded REITs and examples of contractual agreements related to REIT transactions. Grades will be based on an in-class, open-book final exam.

Religion & the Constitution (LWPP575)

Instructor(s): Steven Smith

3 credit(s)
Requirement(s): Writing

The First Amendment appears to single "religion" out for special constitutional status, but just what "religion" is and how and why it deserves special legal treatment are questions that have vexed citizens and courts from the nation's beginning. This seminar will consider these questions in their legal, historical, and theoretical dimensions. The seminar will favor class discussion of issues and materials, and students will be expected to prepare and present a paper on an issue of their choice related to the subject of the seminar.

Remedies (LWLP570)

Instructor(s): Gail Heriot

4 credit(s), Letter Graded
Concentration(s): Children's Rights (JD), 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).