Academics

Course Titles M - Q

MANAGING PRIVACY RISKS: LEGAL AND BUSINESS PERSPECTIVES (BUSN-377) 2 credits
The goal of this course is to enable students to intelligently counsel clients in managing privacy-related risks in business. The course is designed to both inform and sensitize students to common pitfalls, legal and reputational risks, and other concerns such that students will be better able to assist clients in recognizing and avoiding problems. In pursuit of these goals, students will learn when to ask questions, and how to interact with technologists and business management professionals - i.e., non-lawyers who are essential to these business conversations. This is a discussion-oriented course that will require students to contribute to the class sessions. Classes will be a combination of lecture and discussion. Each class will be centered on privacy focused case studies and situations where business, technology and legal goals meet and in some cases conflict. There is no textbook. Online resources are readily available.

No prerequisites

top

MEDIATION CLINIC (ALDR-410) 3 credits
The Mediation Clinic offers students the opportunity to delve deeply into the theory and practice of mediation by serving as co-mediator in employment discrimination cases. The class will be comprised of a classroom component and a casework component. In the classroom component, students will explore and develop the skills necessary to serve as mediators and will participate in a series of mock mediation sessions. In the casework component, students will observe, prepare for and co-mediate (with faculty support) actual employment discrimination cases. Students will also be required to engage in on-going debriefing sessions, to keep a journal of their observations and experiences, and to submit their journal to the instructor. The EEOC schedules its mediations for an 8-hour period. Any particular mediation may take less or more than this.

Prerequisites: One or more of the following: Mediation, Mediation Advocacy, and Collaborative Law (ALDR-302); A 40-hour mediation training provided by an organization approved by the Professor; Education, training, and work experience equivalent to either (1) or (2) as determined by the Professor. Restrictions: Students must meet the clinic's conflict of interest rules. Meeting notes: Students will be required to observe a mediation and to participate in a second mediation. Each of these mediations will be scheduled for a full day.This course fulfills the professional skills requirement.

top

MEDIATION SKILLS (ALDR-302) 3 credits
This course covers the practical skills and theoretical knowledge base that are fundamental to representing clients in mediation and to serving as mediators. Such topics include, for example, the components of the mediation process, intake, reframing and other active listening skills, negotiation dynamics, dealing with strong emotions, issues of culture and power, caucus, ethics, techniques for overcoming obstacles and achieving settlement, achieving durability of agreements and closure, and effective advocacy in mediation. Once students become strongly grounded in these fundamentals and skills, at the end of the semester we study how advocates might use many of these mediation and problem-solving skills in a creative new manner of representing clients in settlement negotiations called Collaborative Law. Once a week, the sections of the course meet together to discuss assignments and to observe and to critique skills demonstrations. Later in the week, each section meets in a Lab setting, which provides in-depth practice of mediation skills in a small, supportive environment. Students are graded on a final exam and class participation, which includes such things as class contributions and participation in simulated role plays and self-reflection. There are no prerequisites for the course, but Client Interviewing, Counseling, and Negotiations is a very helpful introduction to some of the skills taught. This course meets the law school's requirement of a professional skills development course. It is also a prerequisite for the Mediation Clinic.

No prerequisites. Note: Formerly titled: Mediation, Mediation Advocacy and Collaborative Law
This course fulfills the professional skills requirement.

top

MEDICAL LIABILITY (HLTH-420) 3 credits
The course will examine history, policy, and practice related to liability for medical error. In addition to the doctrines of informed consent and duty-to-treat, students will address many of the practical challenges involved in determining liability of individual providers and healthcare institutions. The course will also look at recent proposals, including some that have been enacted, for health-care-related tort reform.

No prerequisites.

top

MENTAL HEALTH COURT CLINIC (MENT-400-A ) 3 credits
Students in the Mental Health Court Clinic will represent clients in one of the nation's first and most successful courts designed specifically to address the needs of mentally-ill individuals charged with crime. Participating in this pioneering approach to these difficult cases as part of the defense team run by the Association of Counsel for the Accused (a King County public defense firm), students will interview and counsel clients, participate in multi-disciplinary team meetings at the court, and advocate for clients in treatment reviews and competency hearings. Students with questions about the Mental Health Court Clinic may contact Professor Kurth at kurthr@seattleu.edu, russell.kurth@acapd.org, or 206-679-0941.

Restrictions: Must meet conflicts of interest rules. Must be Rule 9 eligible. Recommended but not required: Law, Policy & Mental Health (MENT-300); Client Counseling & Negotiation (ALDR-301). Meeting Notes: Students will need to have daytime availability to be present at court. Students must attend an all-day training session on a Friday early in the semester.
This course fulfills the professional skills requirement.

top

MERGERS AND ACQUISITIONS (BUSN-305) 3 credits
This course will begin with a brief overview of the financial techniques used by lawyers, investment bankers, and corporations to evaluate proposed acquisitions of capital assets. We will then consider the possible motivations for such acquisitions. No math is involved and no economics beyond the introductory college level course. The remainder of the course is a consideration of the legal (but non-tax) issues concerning corporate acquisition transactions in both friendly and hostile settings. Some of the doctrinal issues under state corporate law such as the equivalency problem (de facto mergers) and sale of control by a controlling shareholder will be familiar from the Business Entities course. Our consideration of those issues here will be more intense and better informed than in the basic course. Finally, we will examine the federal regulations governing tender offers and proxy contests. Throughout the course a recurrent emphasis is on the lawyer as planner and counselor rather than the lawyer as adversarial advocate.

Prerequisite: Business Entities (BUSN-300). Restriction: Students may not receive credit for both Mergers and Acquisitions: Law and Lawyering (BUSN-307) and Mergers and Acquisitions (BUSN-305). Title Change: former title was Corporate Acquisitions. 

top

MERGERS AND ACQUISITIONS (BUSN-305) 3 credits
This course covers mergers, acquisitions, and divestitures. A primary course objective is for each student to gain a well-rounded understanding of the legal framework and rules governing these transactions. Our focus, however, is broader. Throughout, we will examine the role that mergers and acquisitions play in the contemporary corporate world and the broader world. We will consider the use of these devices as a strategic tool to provide growth, enhance competitive position, transform a company or industry, and create shareholder value. We will also consider the impact of these transactions on constituencies other than shareholders, and on society in general. At the end of the course, each student should have not only a mastery of the legal rules governing mergers and acquisitions, but also an enhanced understanding of the nature of the modern corporation.

Prerequisites: Business Entities (BUSN-300) or The Modern Corporation (BUSN-150). Restriction: Students may not receive credit for both Mergers and Acquisitions: Law and Lawyering (BUSN-307) and Mergers and Acquisitions (BUSN-305).

top

MILITARY LAW (GOVT-325) 2 credits
Sixty years before the birth of Christ, Cicero famously remarked "inter armaenim silent leges," translated to "in a time of war the law falls silent..." In the recent case of Hamdan v Rumsfeld the U.S. Supreme Court rejected this ancient principle, recognizing instead that when military operations begin, law and justice are never silenced. This course will explore (and test) the current relationship between core principles of military justice and the enduring values of a democratic society, including the relationship between military law and civilian criminal law, and family law. We will also explore the unique relationship between military law, Conventions, and various treaties. This course is taught by Superior Court Judge Jack Nevin, also the retired Chief Judge the US Army Court of Criminal Appeals. It is of particular assistance to students who wish to practice in the areas of civilian criminal law, family law veterans rights issues and of course military law. Students in three of the last four classes have received either the Berger or Reutlinger Writing Awards. In one year both. Two other students have co-written published law review articles with Professor Nevin. A number of former students have been accepted to the JAG Corps. A fundamental understanding of military law is critical to virtually all practitioners in the greater Puget Sound area. This course provides that understanding

No prerequisites.

top

MODERATE MEANS PRACTICUM (LPRC-425) 3 credits
Students in this course will learn and apply interviewing, issue spotting, focused legal writing, and practice management skills while working with individuals seeking assistance with family law, consumer, or housing matters. The Moderate Means Program is a partnership between the three Washington law schools and the Washington State Bar Association to help serve the large group of individuals who are financially ineligible for government-funded free legal services but unable to afford to pay market rates for legal assistance. The first seven weeks of the Practicum will be devoted to training in substantive law, practical skills, legal ethics, and program procedural matters. In the second half of the semester, students will interview clients and prepare materials for referrals to attorneys available to take on the actual representation. Eight hours of office-hours a week will be required.

This course fulfills the professional skills requirement.

top

MODERN PAYMENT SYSTEMS FROM BARTER TO BITCOIN (COMM-300) 2 credits
An examination of the legal nature of the payment and competing "paradigms" of payment systems suggested by both historical antecedents and new developments at the intersection of finance and technology, including a study of the Uniform Commercial Code, the Electronic Fund Transfer Act and the Uniform Law Commission's ongoing effort to draft a Uniform Regulation of Virtual Currency Act.

No prerequisites.

top

MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE MEDIATION PRACTICUM (PROP-410) 3 credits
The Mortgage Foreclosure Mediation Practicum will focus on pre-foreclosure mediation and home mortgage modifications and includes a 10-hour/week on-site internship at the Northwest Justice Project's Foreclosure Prevention Unit. Class sessions are front loaded and designed to familiarize you with Washington's foreclosure processes and laws involving pre-foreclosure mediation requirements under the Foreclosure Fairness Act, as well as the various federal programs established to assist homeowners seeking to prevent foreclosure. In this course, you will gain intimate understanding of net present value calculations used to assess the value of modifications and other state and federal laws and regulations as they regard mortgage lending. Around the second or third week of the semester, you will commence the practical portion of the class where you will work with an experienced attorney on-site at the Northwest Justice Project on representing homeowners in pre-foreclosure mediation. Students must have sufficient time in their schedule during normal business hours to accommodate the 10-hour commitment. During the internship portion of the class, you will engage in factual investigation, interviewing, counseling, and negotiation on behalf of distressed homeowners, and with lenders and beneficiaries. You will also be responsible for engaging in one community outreach event during the course of the semester.

NOTE:

  1. Your work will involve subsidized travel (via public transportation) to Seattle or possibly the Tacoma area, depending on your attorney-supervisor placement. 
  2. This class does NOT count towards externship or clinical hours.

Pre or co-requisite: Professional Responsibility (PROF-200)
This course fulfills the professional skills requirement.

top

MUNICIPAL LAW (GOVT-305) 2 credits
This course provides an in-depth analysis of the law of municipal corporations (cities, counties, special purpose districts) from the perspective of the corporation counsel, such as the city, district, or prosecuting attorney. Particular emphasis will be placed on the powers, authorities, and immunities of the municipal corporation or political subdivision, the legislative body, and various municipal officers. The course will also examine municipal functions and the provision of services such as zoning and development permit processing, public works contracting, code enforcement, licensing, public utility franchising, taxing, police and fire protection. Students should expect to develop an understanding of the interplay between municipal services and applicable laws, such as competitive bidding, open public meetings acts (sunshine laws), appearance of fairness, public disclosure acts, initiative and referendum, growth management, and the public duty doctrine. There will be special emphasis on the role of the corporation counsel in public meetings and hearings before the legislative body, planning commissions, hearing examiners, and other administrative bodies.

No prerequisites.

top

NATIONAL SECURITY LAW (GOVT-320) 3 credits
Students will critically review key national security and terrorism statutes and cases, including the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act and the U.S.A. P.A.T.R.I.O.T. Act. Guest lecturers will include present and former Homeland Security officials, first responders, military authorities, prosecutors, defense attorneys and immigrant community activists. Case studies will include the government's use of enemy combatant status, criminal sanctions, and administrative proceedings in aid of deportation, together with analysis of the statutory and Constitutional protections afforded to citizens, as well as to suspects, prisoners and foreign detainees. The class will undertake legal and policy analysis of the growing use by law enforcement of information sharing about private citizens and related privacy and Fourth Amendment considerations in domestic and international intelligence gathering. Students will be expected to participate in class discussions, participate in an in-class exercise and complete a research paper.

No prerequisites.

top

NATURAL RESOURCES LAW (ENVL-365) 3 credits
This course covers selected topics in natural resources law and policy. Topics will include, among others, management of protected public lands (national parks, forests, and refuges), wildlife and biodiversity, and marine resources. Students will examine common law and constitutional underpinnings of natural resource law, several major federal natural resources statutes, and controversial questions concerning the scope of endangered species protection, the intersection of science and law, and conflicts between public and private interests in land and resource management. There are no prerequisites for the course.

No prerequisites.

top

NEGOTIATIONS (ALDR- 303) 3 credits
Negotiation skills are foundational to virtually every lawyer's practice, regardless of specialty; whether or not you are prepared, you will negotiate. This course will address theory and practice, providing the students with foundational skills and experience, as well as the conceptual framework to continue to build their skills through the negotiation experience they accumulate over the course of their careers. Theory and skills will be based on the classic and excellent texts Getting to Yes by R. Fisher and W. Ury of the Harvard Negotiation Project, and Bargaining for Advantage by G. R. Shell of the Wharton Executive Negotiation Workshop. Students will develop practical negotiation skills through simulated negotiation exercises covering a wide variety of complexity and practice areas, ranging from cooperative partnership-formation scenarios to competitive litigation or purchase/sale situations. The course design will include one two-hour session discussing the readings and preparing for the week's simulation, and a second two-hour session devoted to the week's simulated negotiation exercise, obtaining in-depth training from an experienced negotiator. Students will have the opportunity to self-critique, with the aid of some videotaped exercises, in this smaller, supportive environment. Grades will be based on class participation, professionalism, and effort and skill in simulations. There will also be brief written exercises related to the simulations, and brief quizzes on the applicable Rules of Professional Conduct. No exams.

No prerequisites. Students who have taken ALDR-301 in Fall 2015 may take the course for two credits; the negotiation exercises will be different and will progress to a more advanced level, but they will be excused from the readings done in the prior class and the related class time.

top

NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS, TRUST LAW, AND PHILANTHROPY (ESTA-320) 2 credits
This course surveys the nonprofit sector and its impact on society. Students will gain an understanding of the organizational, operational, fiduciary, constitutional, wealth management, philanthropic, and other operational and policy considerations that affect the sector. Particular attention will be given to §501(c)(3) "Charitable" organizations and §501(c)(4) "Social Welfare" organizations. Topics covered often include (but are not limited to): a historical and policy-based examination of the nonprofit sector and philanthropic motivations; the formation, operation, and dissolution of nonprofit entities; corporate governance of nonprofit entities, including issues of compensation, liability, and fiduciary responsibility; the political activities and restrictions imposed upon nonprofit organizations; the interaction of trust law and corporate standards of fiduciary responsibility; donor-charity dealings in crafting, managing, and modifying long-term charitable gifts; the enforcement of donor restrictions; and current trends affecting the nonprofit sector.

This course will be of particular relevance to those students who wish to represent nonprofit entities or their donors, students who may work for or interact with nonprofits or the various governmental agencies that regulate such organizations and their activities, and those students who wish to become involved in nonprofit and charitable endeavors as directors, trustees, or volunteers.

Recommended but not required: Business Entities (BUSN-300) and Trusts and Estates (ESTA-300).

top

NOT FOR PROFIT ORGANIZATION CLINIC (TAXL-400) 2 credits
Students in this Clinic will have the opportunity to put their interest in and knowledge of business and tax law into practice. Working in teams of two, students will work with individuals and community groups interested in creating a non-profit organization. Students will counsel their clients on the most appropriate entity for their purposes and prepare and file the documents necessary to create the organization, such as articles of incorporation, bylaws and state and federal tax documents. Students will also advise their clients about the various state laws and regulations with which the clients will need to comply. Students will receive the additional knowledge and skills necessary to do this legal representation in a classroom component. Beginning the third week of the semester, students must also maintain office hours in the Clinic offices twice a week for two hours each session. Office hours will be established based on the schedules of each student team. 

Prerequisite: Individual Income Taxation (TAXL-300). Pre or co-requisite: Taxation of Charitable Organizations (TAXL-325); or Nonprofit Organizations, Trust Law, and Philanthropy (ESTA-320); or a two-part, four-hour workshop (will be offered for enrolled students early in the semester). Restriction: Must meet conflicts of interest rules.
This course fulfills the professional skills requirement.

top

OCCUPATION, LAW AND POLITICS (JURS-327) 2 credits
Occupation has been defined as "effective control of a power (be it one or more states or an international organization, such as the United Nations) over a territory to which that power has no sovereign title, without the violation of the sovereign territory." This course will explore the legal, political, and moral underpinnings and consequences of occupation. We have witnessed a marked increase in military and other occupation: Iraq and Afghanistan by the U.S., and the West Bank and Gaza by Israel, for instance. The course will examine how international law defines and regulates occupation. What is occupation? On what grounds does modern jurisprudence authorize and constrain occupation? What is the difference between a legal occupation and an illegal occupation? How does occupation, regulated by and through law, differ from colonialism? Readings will focus on several case studies to explore the legal, political and moral implications of occupation, including Puerto Rico, South Africa, Palestine, and Iraq.

No prerequisites.

top

ONLINE ADVANCED LEGAL RESEARCH (LRES-360) 2 credits
Online Advanced Legal Research is an online version of Advanced Legal Research (Legal Research Methods). Building on the research fundamentals acquired in Legal Writing I, this course will enhance the student's research skills through instruction on resource selection, research strategies and search techniques. Emphasis will be placed on gaining familiarity and competence with the materials most commonly used by attorneys in day to day practice. We will work with print sources, on-line databases, and free sources of law on the Internet. Cost-effective and efficient research will be stressed.
Because this course is offered completely online with no regularly scheduled class meeting times, students taking this course must be comfortable learning and using new technology platforms. It is recommended, but not required, that students be able to access a physical law library to use certain print materials. Students should expect to spend an average 6 to 10 hours per week working on the course. In addition to readings, students must turn in research assignments each week. During weeks 4 and 8 (of the 8 week course), students will work on exams. These are sets of complex research questions requiring students to conduct research and demonstrate mastery of the skills taught in the previous weeks. 

Prerequisite: Legal Writing II (WRIT-200). Restrictions: Course must be taken pass/fail. Students may not receive credit for more than one of the following courses: Advanced Electronic Legal Research (LRES-350); Advanced Legal Research (LRES-300); and Online Advanced Legal Research (LRES-360).

top

OPEN GOVERNMENT LAW (GOVT-330) 3 credits
This course will examine state and federal laws designed to facilitate public access to government decision-making and information. Beginning in the middle of the 20th century and flourishing in the post-Watergate era, the "Sunshine Laws" - named after Louis Brandeis's comment that "sunlight is the best of disinfectants" - have become critical tools for citizens, reporters, and litigants, and are a growing duty of (and burden on) government agencies. They carry implications for personal privacy, national security, and public corruption. Students will learn the theory behind these statutes and the nuts and bolts of their application. This is a particularly vibrant area of practice in Washington, and the course will pay considerable attention to the state's laws.

No prerequisites.

top

PATENT LAW (INTP-305) 4 credits
This is an introductory course in patent law. It is designed to provide would-be patent lawyers and non-patent lawyers alike with an understanding of the fundamentals of the United States patent law and the work of the United States Patent Office. Topics will include patentable subject matter, the requirements for patentability (utility, novelty, nonobviousness, and enablement), conduct requirements in the U.S. Patent Office, reissue and reexamination of patents in the Patent Office, patent infringement analyses, and remedies for patent infringement, patent licensing and misuse considerations. The cases and materials have been selected so as to focus, where possible, on technologically simple inventions. No technical background is necessary.

No prerequisites. 

top

PATENT LITIGATION LAB (INTP-306) 1 credit
This course will examine the typical events in the life of a patent infringement lawsuit from the initial awareness of an infringing product through trial. Students will learn how to analyze patents and patent prosecution histories to evaluate whether a product infringes a patent. They will learn how to prepare or will draft for themselves a cease and desist letter, noninfringement or invalidity opinion letter, complaints, answers, motions to transfer, protective orders, motions for preliminary injunctions, expert reports for technical, legal, and damages experts, and jury instructions. The course will also discuss trial exhibits and witnesses in a patent infringement trial.

Recommended but not required: Patent Law (INTP-305). Restriction: This course must be taken pass/fail.
This course fulfills the professional skills requirement.

top

PATENT OFFICE LITIGATION (INTP-500) 1 credit
The passage in 2011 of the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (AIA) has shifted the forum of many patent challenges from U.S. district courts to the USPTO. The AIA created new litigation-like review proceedings, including Post-Grant Review, Inter Partes Review, and the transitional program for Covered Business Method patents. This intensive mini-term course will cover practical aspects of how patent office litigation proceedings are used on their own and in conjunction with district court litigation to achieve client aims. The course will involve lecture with frequent opportunities for student discussion and consideration of how to counsel clients on available patent office litigation options and limitations.

No prerequisites.

top

PATENT PROSECUTION LAB (INTP-308) 1 credit
In this course, students will examine the events commonly associated in preparing and prosecuting a patent application. During the course, students will conduct a patentability search, prepare a patentability opinion letter, and draft a patent application. They will also analyze and prepare responses to patent office actions rejecting the application. Students will either learn how to prepare or will draft for themselves additional documents that are typically encountered in a patent application process, such as declarations, assignments, information disclosure statements, preliminary amendments, and terminal disclaimers.

Recommended but not required: Patent Law (INTP-305). Restriction: This course must be taken pass/fail.
This course fulfills the professional skills requirement.

top

PENSIONS AND EMPLOYEE BENEFITS (3 credits) TAXL-320
This course covers the rules for the formation, maintenance, funding and tax treatment of plans providing retirement benefits (including qualified pension and nonqualified deferred compensation plans), and of "welfare benefit plans" providing current employee benefits, including health and cafeteria plans. We will consider both qualification requirements and fiduciary duties. Our primary focus will be on the tax and labor titles of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA).

Prerequisite: Individual Income Tax (TAXL-300).

top

PLEA AND SENTENCING (CRIM-318) 2 credits
This course will examine the plea and sentencing process.

Any understanding of how the American criminal justice system actually works must begin with the fact that about 90% of all cases across the country are resolved by the defendant pleading guilty. The plea bargaining process that leads to those guilty pleas is under more scrutiny than ever given recent United State Supreme Court decisions. The roles of the prosecuting attorney and of the defense counsel will be discussed in this context.

In the late 20th century, American sentencing policy was characterized by a shift toward determinate sentencing and mandatory minimum penalties. In recent years, concerns about racial disparity and over-incarceration have led to a re-examination of - and some moves away from - these policies. Currently, many jurisdictions are also experimenting with treatment courts designed to address the special challenges posed by defendants with chemical dependency and other features of mental illness. We will look at how these collaborative courts are transforming a system designed on an adversarial model.

No prerequisites.

top

Prerequisite: Criminal Procedure Investigative (CRIM-305).

top

POLICING, PROTEST AND NEWSGATHERING (SPECIAL TOPICS IN MEDIA LAW AND POLICY) (JURS-353) 3 credits
This Special Topics module of Media Law and Policy will engage in a balanced exploration of First Amendment freedom of speech, the press, and assembly doctrines; privacy and other tort doctrines, the freedom of information, and media law in the context of news broadcast and reporting. This course will do so by using current events in Ferguson, New York City, Cleveland, North Charleston, and other communities to give life to constitutional, statutory, common, and regulatory laws. Fundamental principles will be applied to analyze rights of protest (e.g., speech and assembly as applied to the #BlackLivesMatter movement and counter-movements), the legal dimensions of police body camera use and dash cameras (e.g., Freedom of Information Act), news reporting (e.g., comparative regulation of broadcast, print, and internet news; news torts such as invasion of privacy and infliction of emotional distress), and raced and gendered images in news and news storytelling. This course will also incorporate reading material that applies communication and social science principles to social media to gauge its influence on individual opinion and behavior regarding these current events (e.g., the "cascade effect" of news stories, rumors as contagion, and ideological segregation). Final grades will be based upon the quality of discussion preparation, class participation, one class presentation, and a final work product or research paper.

No prerequisites.

top

POVERTY LAW (POVL-300) 3 credits
This course aims to create a critical dialogue about the role of law in structuring wealth inequality and remedying such inequality. The interdisciplinary course materials that we will be using throughout the semester have been selected to help students engage in critical analysis about the roles of capitalism, white supremacy, patriarchy, and ableism in structuring law, as well as law's role in structuring those systemic conditions. The course will explore:
• specific questions and histories concerning public benefits, disaster relief, housing, imprisonment, immigration, and other legal issues facing low-income populations;
• how societal, governmental, and justice system responses to inequality have resulted in the "silo-ing" of both problems as well as responses to them, resulting in "blindness" to intersecting forms of bias and oppression that compounds unfairness and suffering;
• how we might conceptualize different ways the law and justice system can ally itself with community-based social movements and governance frameworks aimed at redistributing wealth and life chances instead of perpetuating the unfairness and oppressive conditions perpetuated by the status quo.

No prerequisites.

top

PREDATORY LENDING CLINIC (ADVC-410) 3 credits
The Predatory Lending Clinic will focus on consumer protection and mortgage foreclosures. Students will represent clients in predatory lending matters relating to home mortgages, mortgage modifications, and unfair practices related to mortgage modification and debt relief. Students will have the chance to engage factual investigation, counseling, negotiation, and mediation. Students will also engage in community projects, educating laypersons on topics related to debt collection, and mortgage lending laws and regulations. If you enroll, you must attend the classroom component (which will be 75 minutes twice per week) and maintain office hours in the Law Clinic.

Pre or co-requisite: Professional Responsibility (PROF-200). Restrictions: must meet the Law Clinic's conflict of interest rules.
This course fulfills the professional skills requirement.

top

PRODUCTS LIABILITY (TORT-300) 3 credits
Products liability law combines the two great common subjects: tort, with its focus on personal injury and vulnerability, and contract, with its basic assumptions about marketplace bargaining and risk allocation. Product liability law has blossomed in only three decades, making it a rich and provocative source for exploring competing legal institutions, law and politics, and law and culture. This course analyzes consumer remedies and theories of recovery in the products area, focusing on the legal effects of buying and using, as well as producing, advertising, and selling consumer products. With its emphasis on problems and on practice concerns, this course is ideal for those who contemplate a civil litigation practice.

No prerequisites.

top

PROFESSIONAL RESPONSIBILITY (PROF-200) 3 credits
Legal ethics, including lawyer-client relations, lawyer-public relations, and lawyer's responsibility to the legal profession and the courts. Detailed coverage of the ABA Code of Professional Responsibility, cases and materials on professional responsibility, and important Washington law.

No prerequisites.
This is a required course.
This is a bar tested course.

top

PROPERTY II: THE LAW OF PERSONAL PROPERTY (PROP-325) 2 credits
The course will provide a critical introduction to the law of personal property. It will cover the principal rules as well as the fundamental principles and policies that support them. Readings will include leading and significant cases as well as influential essays. Topics will include the law of finders, salvage and sunken treasure, accession, confusion, gifts, bailments, liens, pledges, fixtures, emblements, joint bank accounts, wild animals as well as the personal actions at common law.

No prerequisites.

top

PROSECUTION CLERKSHIP (CRIM-450) 6 credits
The Prosecution Clerkship has four principal components. First, students will learn the basic operations, policies, and ethical responsibilities of the KCPAO. Second, they will be placed in one of the office's specific practice groups (e.g., domestic violence, sexual assault, or economic crimes), where they will assist deputy prosecutors with case preparation, including writing briefs, interviewing witnesses, and evaluating possible charges, with the ultimate goal of playing a meaningful role in one or more trials during the semester. Third, students will regularly participate in arraignments, bail hearings, change of plea hearings, probation review hearings, or other court calendars to practice courtroom skills and to appreciate the typical progression of a case through the criminal justice system. Fourth, in the seminar component, students will reflect on their individual experiences, share their questions and concerns, and learn about the broader issues facing the criminal justice system, including prosecutorial discretion, discovery obligations, mass incarceration, racial disparities, and ethics.

Prerequisite: Evidence (EVID-200). Pre or co-requisite: Professional Responsibility (PROF-200). Restrictions: Must be Rule 9 eligible. Students must meet the KCPO's conflict of interest rules. Must successfully complete a background check (includes fingerprinting).
This course fulfills the professional skills requirement.
This course counts towards the clinical/externship credit cap.

top

PUBLIC BENEFITS LAW (POVL-310) 3 credits
This course surveys the major state and federal public benefit programs for including cash, medical, and food assistance for low-income persons. The primary focus is on needs-based programs including Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, General Assistance, Food Stamps, Medicaid, and Supplemental Security Income (SSI). The course will also cover insurance-based programs that low-income persons rely upon including Social Security and Unemployment Insurance. The course will emphasize the basic parameter of the major programs as well as new developments and emerging proposals for reform.

No prerequisites.

top

PUBLIC HEALTH LAW (HLTH-375) 2 credits
Public Health Law will be a review of the legal and public policy issues that arise in dealing with contagious diseases, environmental dangers, and high-risk behavior.

Prerequisites: Constitutional Law (CNLW-200). Recommended but not required: Health Law I (HLTH-305).

top

PUBLIC INTERNATIONAL LAW (INTL-300) 3 credits
The central focus of this course is development of lawyering skills while learning international law. Students work in teams of two-each to work on problems that mirror real-life international problems. The lawyering skills development focus is on team-work, brief-writing, oral advocacy and problem solving. The course provides a basic introduction to the concepts, sources, institutions, and procedures of international law. We will explore how international law is formed, how it is interpreted, and how it is enforced. As case-studies, the course will draw on contemporary international disputes in the areas of human rights, armed conflict, nuclear proliferation, globalization, environment, refugees and economic development. 2/3rd of the grade will be based on class-participation and work done as member of a team. 1/3rd of the grade will be based on a take-home exam at the end of the semester.

No prerequisites.

top

PUBLIC LEGAL DECISIONS (PROF-360) 2 credits
This seminar will use a case-study method to analyze several controversial decisions by public figure lawyers (e.g., the decision to not seek the death penalty in the Green River Killer case). Analysis of caselaw, statutory provisions, and pertinent ethical rules will be supplemented by meetings with lawyer-leaders involved in the decisions. Some meetings may take place outside of scheduled class times and at locations other than the Law School in order to maximize student contact with the leaders. Students will be expected to participate in seminar discussions and in meetings with guests exploring the controversial decisions which are the subject of the case studies. Each seminar student will prepare a research paper examining a student-identified controversial public legal decision in the United States or around the world.

No prerequisites.

top

QUANTITATIVE METHODS FOR LAWYERS (JURS-322) 3 credits
This course will introduce students to common methods of statistical analysis encountered in a legal context. The goal is not to produce "lawyer-statisticians," but to develop in students an understanding of the processes, assumptions, and limitations of quantitative methods. Topics include basic research methodology, the logic of statistical inference, establishing causality, forecasting, and prediction. This course assumes students have only a basic background in mathematics.

No prerequisites.

top