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Online Dispute Resolution (2)
505J
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This course introduces students to the evolving field of online dispute resolution (ODR). Students will examine how technology can facilitate dispute resolution. Specific topics will include:
-The history and evolution of ODR
-The nature of online practices, interactions, and disputes
-Implications for dispute resolution across cultural and political boundaries
-ODR systems and applications
-The future of information technology in conflict avoidance and conflict management in online contexts.
-Analysis of online communications as compared to communications that are F2F (face to face)
-Throughout the course students will consider ethical and other professional and practical implications of ODR for parties, counsel, neutrals, and other participants.
There are no particular prerequisites for this course, and no prior knowledge or experience in technology or alternative dispute resolution (ADR) is assumed. Note that the course is not intended to serve as a substitute for a foundational ADR course. This is a hands-on, experiential, skills building course. Students will analyze various online dispute resolution platforms and resolve simulated disputes using such technologies.
Online content will be in the form of readings, audio lectures, powerpoints, threaded discussions, and participation in simulations or other ODR exercises.

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Partnership Taxation (2)
519
Concentration(s):Tax
(Formerly DCL 316)
Through the use of the problem-solving method, this course will focus on the tax issues associated with the formation, operation, termination and liquidation of partnerships, as well as the sale of partnership interests, related party transactions and classification problems.
EITHER Basic Income Tax A OR Basic Income Tax B, along with EITHER Business Enterprises OR Agency and Partnership, fulfills the prerequesite. Recommended but not required: Business Income Taxation or Corporate Income Taxation



Prerequisite(s): Basic Income Taxation A, Basic Income Taxation B

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Patent Application Preparation (2)
533J
Concentration(s):
(Formerly DCL 556)
This course provides a structure and methodology for preparing a universal patent application suitable for filing in patent offices throughout the world. The course provides: 1) application drafting tools for implementing the requirements of Sections 102, 103 and 112 of Title 35, USC; 2) procedures in drafting the application to avoid issues raised in many litigated patents; 3) steps to be taken before actually drafting the application including inventor interview and searching; and 4) actual drafting of a patent application. An engineering or equivalent degree is recommended, i.e., the technical background required to take the patent agents examination to practice before the US Patent Office. PREREQUISITES OR TAKEN CONCURRENTLY: Intellectual Property Law OR Patent Law OR approval of faculty program chair.
Prerequisite(s): Intellectual Property Law, Patent Law

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Patent Law (3)
533K
Concentration(s):
(Formerly DCL 564)
This course provides a general introduction to patent law, introducing students to the basic legal rules and policies that constitute this important field of intellectual property law. Subjects covered include claim interpretation and patentable subject matter. Students will then spend the majority of the course studying the specific requirements for a valid patent, including the utility, written description, enablement, novelty, and non-obviousness requirements. Patent litigation topics such as infringement, defenses and damages will be covered as time permits. The course will focus on the new America Invents Act (AIA) but will also incorporate older rules as many currently existing patents will be analyzed under pre-AIA standards for the foreseeable future. Although patent cases often involve complicated scientific discoveries or technologies, the essential legal principles or policies rarely depend on understanding the underlying science or technology. Accordingly, students with non-technical backgrounds are encouraged to take this course, particularly given that intellectual property assets, such as patents, are increasingly important to commercial clients the world over.
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Patent Litigation (2)
533R
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This course shall consider strategies and procedures pertaining to patent litigation in the U.S. federal courts. Details of the Patent Act and case law shall be analyzed with regard to discovery, motion practice, trial practice, infringement, invalidity and remedies. No technical degree is required. It is recommended students complete Civil Procedure I and II and Patent Law before enrolling in this course.
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Payment Systems (3)
501G
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This course examines negotiable instruments under Article 3, bank deposits and collections pursuant to Article 4, funds transfers under Article 4A, and letters of credit under Article 5 of the UCC. The course also will cover various federal regulations, including those providing rules on check clearing, electronic fund transfers, and improper credit card use. Students who have taken commercial Transactions (LAW 501C) may be ineligible to take this course, so approval from the professor must be obtained to enroll.
Prerequisite(s): Contracts, Contracts I, Contracts II

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Perspectives on Law for King Scholars (1)
626A
Concentration(s):
(Formerly DCL 602)
This course is a one credit course open only to first year King Scholars. It will be taught in the second semester, when first year students have one less credit than the first, and is an attempt to add first year content of the King Scholars Program. The course will consist of one hour per week sessions in a book discussion format. The books assigned will provide perspectives on the law not regularly provided in the curriculum. For example, for Spring 2005 the book of Carl Bogus's "Why Lawsuits are Good for America" will be used. Books will change from year to year.
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Plea and Sentencing Clinic I (4)
630P
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Plea and Sentencing Clinic I provides a framework in which students will assist with representation of indigent prisoner clients who currently have cases in which they are represented by the State Appellate Defender's Office ("SADO"), and who have issues relating to their sentencing or guilty pleas. Under the supervision of an attorney from SADO, students will interview and counsel with clients, isolate client issues, undertake intensive research relating to the identified issues, prepare legal memoranda, as well as motions and briefs for presentation in Michigan circuit courts, and argue those matters before the circuit court. Students will receive instruction on a variety of matters pertinent to their work, including the structure and overview of the legal system relating to pleas and sentences, plea and sentencing guidelines, client interview techniques, issue spotting and brief writing, and appellate strategy. In participating in this clinic, students will explore and develop fundamental skills and values essential to the ethical and competent practice of law. In addition to class time, enrolled students must work a minimum of 16 hours at the clinic or at SADO's downtown Lansing location each week (in general, each student likely can expect to expend 16 to 20 hours weekly in addition to class time). Some travel time to clients' locations or to circuit courts may be required, depending upon the cases assigned to the student. Students are selected to participate through an application process. NOTE: Enrolled students must attend a mandatory two-day clinic "Boot Camp" that takes place on the Saturday and Sunday immediately before the first day of class. Please see the clinics' website for additional information.
Prerequisite(s): Advocacy, Criminal Law, Research, Writing and Advocacy I, Research, Writing and Advocacy II, Research, Writing & Analysis

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Plea and Sentencing Clinic II (4)
630Q
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Enrollment in this course is by invitation only. This Clinic provides an opportunity to continue client representation conducted in Plea and Sentencing Clinic I. It also provides for assignments of more complex cases, and an opportunity to assist with mentoring of Clinic I students. This course is by invitation only. In addition to identified class times, students enrolled in Plea and Sentencing Clinic II must work a minimum of 16 hours at the clinic or at the State Appellate Defender Office’s downtown Lansing location each week (in general, each student can expect to expend 16 to 20 hours of time weekly in addition to any class times). Some travel time to clients' locations or to circuit courts may be required, depending upon the cases assigned to the student. Please see the clinics' website for additional information.
Prerequisite(s): Plea and Sentencing Clinic I

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Political Systems and Human Rights in Central and Eastern Europe (1)
545J
Concentration(s):
This course will focus on the political systems and human rights in selected countries of Central and Eastern Europe having political systems far from democracy. Students will be introduced to the specifics of the political systems of chosen states. Selected comparative issues concerning human rights and their protection will also be introduced.
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Practice and Procedure Before the IRS (2)
572A
Concentration(s):
(Formerly DCL 464)
This class will present a comprehensive analysis of practice and procedure before the Internal Revenue Service. Specific topics of instruction will focus on the organization of the IRS and administrative and judicial practice before the IRS. The conduct and defense of audits will be studied, as well as the administration of the collection function and strategies on behalf of taxpayers. A practical exercise in the form of a protest will be completed as an introduction into the study and strategies before the IRS Appeals Division. A brief overview of the criminal investigation function of the IRS will be undertaken. Litigation before the U.S. Tax Court and other available forms will be studied in detail. In addition to the analysis of the applicable rules of practice and procedure, a review and analysis of key Tax Court pleadings such as the petition, stipulation of facts, brief and decision documents will be reviewed. The goal of the course is to prepare students to properly spot issues and advise clients with respect to all matters dealing with the IRS and administration of the U.S. Tax Code. In addition to the final exam, students will take a pro-active approach to the studies in this class by preparing a protest for an administrative appeal in a hypothetical tax situation and drafting an appropriate strategy to a hypothetical case study.

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Problem-solving Approaches to Conflict Resolution (2)
505C
Concentration(s):
(Formerly DCL 553)
(Formerly ADR Survey)
This interactive course will cover the following topics: critical perspectives of ADR, negotiations (strategies, positioning for influence, and truthfulness), mediation (structuring enforceable agreements to mediate, confidentiality, mediator liability, and professional responsibility issues in mediation), third party evaluation and fact-finding, settlement perspectives, including the use of class actions, arbitration (preemption, enforceability of agreements to arbitrate, defenses to arbitration, due process, remedies and judicial review, judicial immunity), and alternative dispute resolution in state and federal courts. Teaching modalities will include lecture, simulations, video and exercises, along with selected book readings.
Prerequisite(s): Civil Procedure I

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Problem-solving in Contracts (1)
600E
Concentration(s):
Using a problem format, the course will review major contract topics including: contract formation, consideration, defenses, third party beneficiaries, assignment & delegation, parol evidence, breach and remedies. The course is recommended to students who want to improve their mastery of material covered in the first-year Contracts course. Only graduating third year students are eligible to enroll in this course.
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Problem-solving in Property (1)
600D
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Using a problem format, the course will review major property topics including: estates, easements, covenants, adverse possession, conveyances, recording statutes, and mortgages. The course is recommended to students who want to improve their mastery of material covered in the first-year Property course. Only graduating third year students are eligible to enroll in this course.
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Products Liability (2)
522
Concentration(s):
(Formerly DCL 514)
This course will focus on the fundamentals of product liability law practical skills. It examines cutting edge issues that product liability trial lawyers deal with every day in litigation including automotive, pharmaceutical, medical device, consumer products, and toxic tort cases, with an emphasis on automotive design defect litigation that forms a major part of the law. Real-life, current major cases in litigation will be used so that students will be exposed to how product liability litigation is managed. Students will analyze federal legislation and recent case law, including U.S. Supreme Court decisions, learn about regulatory agencies such as NHTSA, FDA and the CPSC, and consider how regulatory agency rules and regulations have a substantial impact on product development and litigation. Students will develop expertise in important topics including expert witness testimony; complex demonstrative exhibits like accident reconstruction, biomechanics, and crash testing; federal preemption; and punitive damages. The course will also cover what companies must do to promote product safety and avoid potential civil and criminal liability. This course provides the perspective of a professor experienced in international product liability law who managed high-exposure litigation and advised clients about liability prevention during product development. The course will equip students with the skills needed to prosecute or defend product liability litigation and also to counsel manufactures to avoid help litigation. The class uses an interactive discussion and is highlighted by distinguished guest speakers and the use of high-technology classroom capabilities, including video-conferences with actual expert witnesses.
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Professional Responsibility (3)
500Q
Concentration(s):
(Formerly DCL 260)
A course designed to acquaint the law student with many of the obligations owed by the lawyer, both individually and as a member of the legal profession, to the society in which he/she lives. In addition to a discussion of ethical problems involved in the practice of law, an overview of all phases of the profession will be undertaken, including disciplinary proceedings, the functions of Bar organizations and unauthorized practice. Students who have already taken Lawyer Regulation and Ethics in a Technology-Driven World may not take this course.
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Property (4)
500G
Concentration(s):
(Formerly DCL 113)
This is a survey course of the fundamentals of property law. Possessory interests of real and personal property including findings, bailments and adverse possession are discussed and analyzed. Topics also include future interests, concurrent ownership, lease holds, transfers of land and land use controls.
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Public International Law (3)
548N
Concentration(s):Int'l & Comparative Law
(Formerly DCL 341)
This course involves the study of the international legal system, sources and organizations. It also examines the relationship of individuals and states in international law and transnational legal and economic problems.

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