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Graduate Degree Programs

Core Courses (CORE)

CORE 900 Civil Procedure (4) Civil Procedure concerns the rules and principles that govern the litigation of a civil case. The course addresses systemic issues related to how and where a lawsuit is filed including: personal and subject matter jurisdiction; venue; the notice required once a lawsuit has been filed; and which substantive law-- state or federal--should apply in federal court. The course also familiarizes the student with the stages of a lawsuit including: pleading; structuring the lawsuit; discovery; termination of a lawsuit without trial; trial; and actions that may be taken after a jury verdict or bench trial. Although reference is made to state laws, the course concentrates on the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure.
Effective: Summer 1999
 

CORE 902 Elements of Law (3) Elements of Law orients students to legal research and reasoning through caselaw, statutory interpretation, and legal history, processes, and institutions. The course covers topics across many substantive areas of law, and addresses legal methodology as it arises in the legal profession.
Effective: Summer 2011
 

CORE 903 Constitutional Law I (3) This course examines the roles of the executive, legislative, and judicial branches in determining limits of national and state powers and protection of the individual and civil rights provided in the United States Constitution.
Effective: Fall 2009
 

CORE 905 Contracts (4) Contracts is concerned with the formation of contracts. The traditional offer and acceptance are analyzed in light of problems presented by modern bargaining techniques. Voidability of contracts formed by fraud, mistake, illegality, and unconscionable advantage is also stressed. The performance of contracts and the parol evidence rule are discussed.
Effective: Summer 1999
 

CORE 907 Criminal Procedure (3) Criminal Procedure explores part of the interface between the criminal justice system and the United States Constitution. It introduces students to constitutional analysis by examining key provisions of the Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, and Fourteenth Amendments as they apply to police investigation and interrogation as well as the circumstances under which indigent defendants are guaranteed the assistance of counsel.
Effective: Fall 2013
 

CORE 910 Criminal Law (3) This course deals with what is called substantive criminal law, i.e. crimes. Numerous crimes such as homicide, theft, and conspiracy are examined, and defenses such as self-defense and insanity are scrutinized. A primary focus of the course is the utilization and interpretation of criminal statutes.
Effective: Fall 2006
 

CORE 912 Legal Analysis, Research and Writing I (2) The Legal Analysis, Research & Writing (LARW) course is designed to teach each student to think, write, and speak like a lawyer. Students must learn to solve clients problems by using effective research techniques, accurate and in-depth legal analysis, and clear and concise written and oral communication. These skills will improve only with practice. Therefore, the LARW course uses a problem-solving approach through which students will represent a fictional client and provide those clients with legal advice. Through this approach, students will learn essential skills of successful lawyers, including researching legal authorities, applying the law to a client's situation, and communicating that analysis in writing and verbally.
Effective: Summer 2011
 

CORE 914 Legal Analysis, Research and Writing II (2) LARW II continues to build on the skills learned in LARW I. Students continue to analyze clients' problems using various sources of legal authority, to use additional research sources, and to further refine their writing style. However, LARW II focuses on persuasive writing, so students will learn to draft documents that are submitted to a court called "briefs" or "memoranda of law." Students also will learn to present an oral argument to a court. LARW II continues to implement the problem-solving approach to teach persuasive writing, and students continue to receive individualized feedback throughout the course.
Effective: Summer 2011
Prerequisite: CORE 912  

CORE 920 Property (4) This course introduces the basic concepts and principles in the law of property. Topics include: acquisition and allocation of property rights; restrictions on owners' rights to use, limit access to, and sell or dispose of their property; and the relationships among multiple owners of rights in the same property. The emphasis is on real property, although the course also addresses intellectual property and other types of personal property.
Effective: Summer 1999
 

CORE 925 Torts (4) Tort law seeks to remedy civil wrongs that result in harm to person or property. The class will focus on basic concepts such as the international torts, negligence, strict liability, and products liability.
Effective: Summer 1999
 

CORE 934 Professional Responsibility (3) Through the use of hypothetical situations, this course attempts to generate student sensitivity to ethical problems faced by lawyers in various kinds of practice. The ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct and the older Code of Professional Responsibility are the basic tools, but discussion centers as well on case law, ABA opinions and standards, statutes, and the dictates of conscience. Discipline and professional malpractice are also treated.
Effective: Fall 2011
 

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