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Matrimonial Practice (3)
541M
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(Formerly DCL 532)
This course provides the practical knowledge and skills necessary to develop expertise in handling matrimonial matters from initial client contact through each step of the proceedings, including Motion Practice and Temporary Orders, Discovery, Custody, Equitable Distribution, Support, Negotiations/Settlement, Mediation, and Settlement Drafting.
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Media Law (2)
533G
Concentration(s):
(Formerly DCL 301)
This class will focus on free press/free speech issues and the mass media. Subjects will include the 1st Amendment rights of reporters in print, broadcast and online journalism, as well as news gatherers' privilege, obscenity issues, and freedom of information and open meetings laws. Students will examine defamation claims involving media defendants, copyright issues facing journalists, as well privacy torts such as false light and appropriation claims. The class will also study the ethical and professional considerations of journalists.
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Media Law – Online (2)
533G
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The online Media Law course will include recorded lectures punctuated by several videos, recorded music, visual images and news clips to illustrate legal concepts such as defamation, copyright infringement, intrusion into privacy, false light, right to publicity, and other causes of action covered by the course. The online class will include recorded talks by special presenters. A taped panel discussion featuring journalists, bloggers and First Amendment attorneys would also be included.
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Mediation Advocacy and Civil Facilitative Mediator Training (3)
587E
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This course meets the civil facilitative mediator training requirement as required by Michigan Court Rule and the Michigan State Court Administrative Office (SCAO). With this training, and the completion of additional requirements, students will be able to apply for inclusion on court mediation rosters. The course includes a variety of graded assignments, including drafting an agreement to mediate (with adequate confidentiality provisions), a post-mediation agreement (with mediation clause), and a mediation representation plan. By balancing theory with practice and paying particular attention to mediation ethics, students completing this course will be prepared to both mediate civil cases and effectively advocate for clients in mediation. Students who have taken Mediation Advocacy and Domestic Relations Mediator Training may not take this course.
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Mediation Advocacy and Domestic Relations Mediator Training (3)
587F
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This course meets the domestic relations mediator training requirement as required by Michigan Court Rule and the Michigan State court Administrative Office (SCAO). With this training, and the completion of additional requirements, students will be able to apply for inclusion on court mediation rosters. The course includes a variety of graded assignments, including drafting an agreement to mediate (with adequate confidentiality provisions), a post-mediation agreement (with mediation clause), and a mediation representation plan. By balancing theory with practice and paying particular attention to mediation ethics, students completing this course will be prepared to both mediate domestic relations cases and effectively advocate for clients in mediation. Students who have taken Mediation Advocacy and Civil Facilitative Mediator Training may not take this course.
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Medical Malpractice Litigation (2)
558R
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Introduction to national and state concepts as well as substantive and procedural issues in medical malpractice cases. This includes proving the standard of care, informed consent, scientific evidence, expert witnesses, damages claims including caps, and defense topics.
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Medical-Legal Problems (2)
558F
Concentration(s):
(Formerly DCL 306)
A study of the relationship between law and medicine including medical-legal problems that arise from staff privileges of physicians, rules governing Medicare, HEW regulations and joint problems arising out of the medical management of patients.

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Mergers and Acquisitions (3)
516
Concentration(s):
(Formerly DCL 505)
Overview of issues relating to business combinations. The course includes a transactional perspective on mergers and acquisitions, with some consideration of the social and economic significance of business combinations. Attention will be paid to relevant statutes, negotiation, acquisition documents, valuation methodologies, and characteristic problems in negotiated acquisitions, in addition to careful examination of takeover defenses and Delaware case law. Simulations and drafting exercises may be a component.
Prerequisite(s): Business Enterprises

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Michigan Civil Procedure (2)
593A
Concentration(s):
(Formerly DCL 438)
This course is a survey of Michigan civil procedure at the trial and appellate levels. The purpose of the course is to acquaint students who intend to practice in Michigan with the nuances of state procedural law. Focus will be placed on the differences between the Michigan court rules and the federal rules of civil procedure. Also, the subject matter jurisdiction of the various courts within the state system, as well as Michigan's long-arm statute, will be examined.

Prerequisite(s): Civil Procedure I, Civil Procedure II

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Michigan Legal Analysis and Writing (1)
600A
Concentration(s):
The course format focuses on teaching analysis and writing skills for answering the Michigan Bar Examination essay questions. Students will be exposed to the skills necessary to organize and present answers to maximize points awarded by the examiners. Students will do simulation questions with answers graded by former Michigan bar exam graders. Additionally, random student answers will be critiqued with the entire class to identify strengths and weaknesses. Attendance and participation in all sessions is required to obtain credit for the course. Only graduating third year students are eligible to enroll in this course.
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Michigan Statutory Personal Injury Practice (1)
600C
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The course will examine the key statutory provisions necessary to analyze Michigan personal injury cases including: no-fault, automobile negligence, owner's liability, dram shop, wrongful death, governmental immunity, and workers' compensation, and the major cases interpreting the statutory provisions. Only graduating third year students are eligible to enroll in this course. The course is not available to students who have previously taken Torts II.
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Military Justice (2)
545G
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This course studies the procedures, practices, laws, regulations, rules, and roles of judge advocates and military courts in the federal criminal justice system. These practices are increasingly relevant to those outside of the military because they have been expanded to certain civilians serving abroad; adopted as a model for trying detainees in places like Guantanamo Bay, Cuba; and are being exported as a guide for the military justice systems of emerging democracies around the world.
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Moot Court Board (0)
627C
Concentration(s):
(Formerly DCL 702)

Prerequisites: RWA I and II, see scholarship policy

Board members and candidates participate in and supervise intramural and inter-school competitions. Board membership is by invitation and carries one credit hour per semester. Students who have completed 29 credit hours are eligible to become candidates for the board. Candidates receive one semester hour of credit for participation in Moot Court Competition. Two semesters of credit as a candidate must be completed to qualify for invitation to the board.

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Moot Court Competition (Class) (2)
627A
Concentration(s):
(Formerly DCL 700)
An intramural Moot Court Competition open to all students after their first year. Students who wish to continue in the Moot Court Program must elect Moot Court Competition (Class) during their third semester. The class is a prerequisite for inter-school competition and staff positions.

Prerequisite(s): Advocacy, Research, Writing and Advocacy I, Research, Writing and Advocacy II, Research, Writing & Analysis

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Moot Court Competition Seminar (2)
627K
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The intent of this Seminar is to prepare students for participation in an appellate advocacy competition and to provide an avenue for admission to the Moot Court Board for students who are unable to take the fall Moot Court Competition class. It is open to 2L transfer students who were unable to take the fall semester Advocacy course and who are interested in applying for a position on the Moot Court Board (it can be taken concurrently with Advocacy).
Prerequisite(s): Research, Writing and Analysis or RWA: IP Perspective or RWA: Criminal Law Perspective

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Mortgage Banking Law (2)
517A
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This course will explore in depth the various legal issues in the mortgage banking industry, a trillion dollar industry at the heart of the U.S. economy. The focus will be primarily on the residential mortgage segment, as that is the larger and more familiar part of the industry. (Formerly DCL 466)
The course will examine the "life" of a residential mortgage loan, including its origination between a consumer and a mortgage lender, on the one hand, and its metamorphosis into part of the international capital market, on the other. More particularly, the course will involve analysis of the uniform note and mortgage; examination of non-conventional types of residential finance; survey of applicable federal laws and regulations (including Truth-in-Lending, Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act, Equal Credit Opportunity Act, etc.); review of agreements used in the origination and sale of residential mortgage loans; and consideration of the mechanics of securitization of mortgage loans. This will be an interdisciplinary course where students will be able to use concepts of real estate law, consumer law, commercial transactions and securities law.

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Mortgages (2)
593C
Concentration(s):
(Formerly DCL 406)
This course considers various aspects of the law of suretyship and real property security, including land mortgages, land contracts, right to rents and profits before and after foreclosure sale, redemption, subordination agreements, circuity problems under contradictory systems of priorities pursuant to state and federal law, and security interests in fixtures under Article 9 of the Uniform Commercial Code and the land law. This course may be offered for 2 or 3 credits.

Prerequisite(s): Property

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National Security Law (3)
545A
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This course offers a broad overview of national security law. The first few weeks focus on the constitutional framework, especially the separation of national security powers. A brief discussion on the use of force follows, including issues of authorization and preemption. The remainder of the course will focus on terrorism. Several sessions will examine the statutory and constitutional basis for detecting and preventing terrorism at home, and the challenges that have followed. The class will then consider the detention, interrogation, and trying of terrorist suspects. And the semester concludes with attention to legal issues that arise in planning for and responding to a terrorist attack.
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Natural Resources Law (2)
566C
Concentration(s):Env. & Nat. Resource Law
(Formerly DCL 463)
This course will explore the legal regimes under which public natural resources are allocated and managed. In addition, this course will consider the laws governing federal public lands, which constitute one-third of the nation. Special attention will be given to the costs and benefits of resources development and conservation, and to the philosophical, historical and constitutional underpinnings of natural resources law and policy. Resources studied will include forests, minerals, oil and gas, rangeland, recreation, water, wilderness and wildlife.

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Negotiation (2)
591C
Concentration(s):
(Formerly DCL 520)
This course introduces principles of negotiation. Students will be required to engage in multiple mock negotiations, with frequent feedback from the instructor.
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Negotiation Advocacy (2)
591F
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Students for this course will be selected from the MSU Law Intra-school Negotiation Competition to form two teams to compete in the ABA Law Student Division Negotiation Competition. Selection is based on skill, potential to be excellent teammates, to work hard, and to represent Michigan State University College of Law. The course allows students to develop their negotiation advocacy skills in an intensive, skills-based format. Preparing for the ABA Regional Negotiation Competition, students will develop skills in the areas of problem analysis, negotiation preparation, communications skills and strategies, and reflection and improvement. Through competition, students experience what it is to be a professional, competent, and ethical advocate in a negotiation. Students advancing to the national ABA negotiation competition will be expected to compete and prepare accordingly.
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Negotiation for Foreign Educated Lawyers (3)
805A
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This course will provide an overview of fundamental concepts in negotiation theory and provide an opportunity to apply the theory in role plays and simulation exercises.
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Niagara International Law Competition (2)
627F
Concentration(s):Int'l & Comparative Law
An international Moot Court competition based upon a Canadian-U.S. legal conflict. The competition is held annually in the spring semester. Participation is by invitation only on the basis of performance in the Transnational Legal Research course.

Prerequisite(s): Advocacy, Research, Writing and Advocacy I, Research, Writing and Advocacy II, Research, Writing & Analysis

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NNALSA Moot Court Competition (2)
627J
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The National Native American Law Students Association (NNALSA) Moot Court Competition is a national competition which focuses its appellate moot court problem on an area of federal Indian law. This class will prepare students for the competition. Students selected to compete will be required to complete an appellate brief and meet for oral argument practice and discussion of the problem.
Prerequisite(s): RWA

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No-Fault Insurance Law (2)
595
Concentration(s):
(Formerly DCL 319)
This course will provide an in-depth look at Michigan's version of the no-fault concept. Statutory and case precedent dealing with such issues as coverage, first-party benefits and limits on recovery will be explored. Also, the policy behind and practical application of the no-fault "threshold" will be studied.

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