We offer these pathways as one form of guidance for students in choosing courses. The pathways demonstrate sequences within and connections across the curriculum. It is not necessary for students to pursue a single pathway in depth, but many will find it worthwhile to do so.

Business and Corporate Law

Business law is a vast field, including corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, accounting, finance, licensing, securities regulation, taxation, contract negotiation and drafting, bankruptcy, intellectual property and employment law.
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Commercial Law

Commercial Law encompasses a range of topics, including commercial finance, merchandizing, trade, and sales transactions, and business bankruptcy and financial restructuring. 
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Constitutional Law

Constitutional Law is the study of the structures of government, individual rights, and governmental responsibilities laid out in the United States Constitution, in state constitutions, and in the many court decisions interpreting those documents.
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Criminal Law

Criminal practice involves the investigation, prosecution, defense, and resolution of allegations that an individual (or entity) has violated a criminal law.
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Environmental, Land Use, and Natural Resources Law

The courses in this area introduce students to the statutory and administrative regimes governing issues related to the development and exploitation of natural resources, the protection of the environment, and the policies around land use.
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Family Law

Family law practice addresses some of the most basic and emotionally significant issues in society.
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Health Law

Health law involves everything from the doctor-patient relationship, the structure and regulation of providers, the determination of liability for injuries, and the intellectual property and bioethical issues surrounding the development of new treatments. 
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Intellectual Property, Innovation, and Technology

Intellectual property law addresses the regulation of knowledge and knowledge-embedded products and services.
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Labor & Employment Law

Many lawyers build their careers working on issues related to relations and activities within the workplace.
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Law & Social Inequality

Courses in this area allow students to explore the range of legal issues that arise for people living in or threatened with poverty or other forms of social disadvantage.
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The courses in this segment of the curriculum prepare students with the knowledge of advanced procedure and the skills to execute a litigation strategy in pursuit of clients’ objectives.
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Real Estate Law

Studying in this area, students learn about the sale, leasing, and financing of real estate, and the value-adding role of lawyers in such transactions and, when necessary, disputes.
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Tax Law

An understanding of the law of taxation is essential for students practicing in small and medium-sized firms, many of which assist clients with tax issues in a range of business and estate-planning contexts. 
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Brooke D. Coleman
Vice Dean for Academic Affairs and Fredric C. Tausend Professor of Law
Sullivan Hall 210I