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Sales and Leases (3)
501F
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This course examines the information and terms, as well as remedies for breach, of contracts for sales of goods, under Article 2 of the Uniform Commercial Code (UCC). The course also examines Article 2A's provisions on leases and provides an overview of the similarities and differences between Article 2 of the UCC and the United Nations Convention on the International Sale of Goods. Other topics that the course may cover include documents of title under Article 7 of the UCC, Magnuson Moss Warranty Act, or the Uniform Computer Information Transactions Act (UCITA). 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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Secured Transactions (2)
501E
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(Formerly DCL 240)
Covers the process of financing the sale of goods, the secured transaction under Article 9 of the Uniform Commercial Code, including creation, perfection, priority of security interests in personal property and default procedures.
Prerequisite(s): Contracts, Contracts II

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Secured Transactions and Practice (3)
501J
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Students may not elect this course after taking the two credit Secured Transaction course (501E). This course examines the intricacies of a secured transaction under Revised Article 9 of the Uniform Commercial Code. The basic course content is the same as that covered in Secured Transactions (501E) including the creation, perfection and priority of security interests in personal property. Additionally, this course will include a drafting exercise and a more in-depth examination of the secured party’s practice in the bankruptcy arena. Students will draft a security agreement and complete all necessary companion paperwork based upon the sale of a business. Prerequisites: Contracts II (500E) OR Contracts (530B)
Prerequisite(s): Contracts, Contracts II

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Securities Litigation Seminar (2)
524A
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The Securities Litigation Seminar explores securities law from the perspective of the litigation attorney. Beginning with litigation under the Securities Act, the Exchange Act and the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act, this class will analyze the field of securities litigation with an emphasis on complex litigation structures, procedural issues, multi-forum litigation, and professional responsibilities unique to the securities context. Additionally, this seminar will address the role of the attorney in litigation with the SEC in both civil and criminal contexts, developments in international securities litigation, and securities arbitration.
Prerequisite(s): Business Enterprises

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Securities Regulation I (3)
524B
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(Formerly DCL 428)
This course examines the registration requirements applicable to public offers of securities under the Securities Act of 1933 and the Michigan Blue Sky Law. Primary emphasis will be placed upon the various types of securities that are subject to registration and the exemptions from registration requirements. In addition, the course will explore, in further depth, the Securities and Exchange Act of 1934. Business Enterprises may be taken concurrently.


Prerequisite(s): Business Enterprises

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Seminar in Race, Law and American Culture: From Slavery to Post Civil Rights (3)
541S
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This course examines race history in the United States, with primary reference to the culture and the law affecting African-Americans from slavery to post-Civil Rights. The objective of the course is to provide insight of the evolution of legal doctrine relating to race, examining and critically analyzing continuities and discontinuities; and equip students with the ability to debate, as lawyers and public citizens, the contemporary issues in race relations, with reference to the history of all racial and ethnic minorities and the complications of increasing diversity in racial, ethnic, and cultural traditions in the U.S.
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Small Business and Nonprofit Law Clinic I (4)
630E
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(Formerly DCL 624)
Supervised clinical practice requires students to assume substantial responsibility for representing clients with various business and transactional matters. Clinical Residents will explore and begin to develop the fundamental legal skills and professional values involved in practicing law-particularly those in business and transactional law. They will develop an understanding of business logic and the importance of adding value to a transaction. Depending on case assignments, law students will gain experience interviewing and counseling clients, negotiating with other attorneys and parties, planning, negotiating and documenting transactions and dispute resolutions, conducting factual investigations and legal audits of businesses, and monitoring and advising compliance with federal, state and local statutes, rules and regulations. Pre-requisites: Business Enterprises. Also preferred, but not required: Accounting for Lawyers OR Corporate Finance. Competitive selection process.

In addition to class times, students enrolled in clinical programs must work a minimum of 12 hours at the clinic each week (in general, each student puts in an additional 12-15 hours weekly). 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): Accounting for Lawyers, Business Enterprises, Corporate Finance

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Small Business and Nonprofit Law Clinic II (4)
630J
Concentration(s):
(Formerly DCL 624A)

In addition to class times, students enrolled in clinical programs must work a minimum of 12 hours at the clinic each week (in general, each student puts in an additional 12-15 hours weekly). Please see the clinics' website for additional information.
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Special Topics in Comp Law: Comparative Constitutional Law (2)
549C
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This course covers special topics in law that may be taught in conjunction with MSU Law programs, visiting professors or other reasons.
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Sports Law (2)
609
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(Formerly DCL 351)
This course explores the legal structure of and problems surrounding amateur and professional sports leagues and associations. Included will be an examination of the role of the collective bargaining process, representation of the professional athlete, individual contracts and arbitration in professional sports, anti-trust law implications and common problem areas, including the particular place of tort and criminal law in professional and amateur sports.

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State and Local Government Law (2)
579N
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(Formerly DCL 354)
This course considers the organization of municipal corporations, their powers and the limitations on such powers. Also considered are property interests of governmental units, their liability for torts, and the acts of their officers and employees.

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State and Local Taxation (2)
572B
Concentration(s):Tax
(Formerly DCL 356)
This course involves the study of the requirements of uniformity and equality and certain other constitutional limitations on state and local taxes, ad valorem property taxes, commerce clause and import and export restrictions on state taxes, business taxes, due process clause restrictions on state taxes, exemptions from taxation and tax procedure. Specific coverage of Michigan income taxes of individuals and corporations and the Michigan inheritance tax is also included.

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State Constitutional Law (2)
579Z
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All lawyers take an oath to uphold the United States Constitution and the constitution of their state. While law students take one or more courses to study the former, rarely do they graduate with any exposure to state constitutional law. This fact is odd given our dual system of government with two sets of sovereigns. But it also leaves law students less prepared to represent their clients, especially since protections afforded under state constitutions are often more generous than their federal counterparts. This class will provide an overview of state constitutional law, across the fifty states and with attention to shared features. Specific issues will include: the interrelation of the state and federal constitutions; provisions protecting individual rights; school funding litigation; and the organization of state governments.
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Strategic International Transactions (3)
512G
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This course introduces students to an array of contemporary issues which can be encountered in cross border transactions, including acquisitions, joint ventures and foreign direct investment, project finance, international equity financing transactions, overseas activities of NGOs, etc. The course will discuss broad questions relating to international transactions generally, such as corruption, money laundering, currency risk, political upheavals, dispute resolution, etc. Students select a current international topic or question of particular interest to research and will make a formal presentation of their paper.
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Strategic Management and the Economics of the Legal Services Industry (1)
537K
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This course will appeal to students considering a strategy based role using an entrepreneurial path in legal practice. This course is directed primarily to students interested in gaining a working knowledge of the business strategy side of legal practice. Topics will include: introduction to competitive strategy, overview of economics of the legal services industry, competition within the existing industry, substitutes and complements, suppliers and potential entrants. Business strategy provides a starting point for soon to be new lawyers to tackle two issues facing the legal industry. First, new lawyers must understand business subjects like competitive strategy in order to navigate the career paths of tomorrow or to pursue entrepreneurial endeavors. Second, an introduction to business strategy provides new lawyers with the ability to better understand the point of view of their clients and the context required to become a trusted advisor.
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Street Law - Teaching Law to High School Students (3)
630K
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The class is a three-credit course and includes up to 12 law students who teach in pairs in various Lansing high school social studies classes. The substance of the course utilizes discussion of landmark Supreme Court cases in the context of hypothetical fact patterns that relate to the high school students' lives. The topics of the classes can include the American Legal System, Constitutional Law, and Criminal Law. The law student instructors use interactive teaching methodologies such as small group exercises, role plays, and simulations of legal proceedings that the student instructors practice in a weekly seminar at the law school. The course has two components: a 100-minute weekly seminar, and a field component in which the law students teach in one-hour increments. Law students are responsible for developing lesson plans and executing those plans once the plans are approved by both the Law School faculty member and the high school teacher. Students' grades are based in part on their performance during the training and seminar portions of the course and in part on their performance in the high school classrooms that are monitored by the law school faculty member.

Enrollment in this course is by permission only. The credit/no credit option cannot be elected.
Prerequisite(s): Constitutional Law I, Constitutional Law II, Criminal Law

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Survey of Intellectual Property in Agriculture (3)
810N
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This course is a survey of the intellectual property concepts that are important in the Agriculture Industry. Beginning with an introduction to intellectual property generally, the class will focus on utility patents, plant patents, and Plant Variety Act certificates, including international perspectives. Trade secrets and trademarks will also be discussed. Once students are grounded in the applicable intellectual property law, the class will turn its focus to the impact that intellectual property rights have on access to food products and food safety. No scientific or other class pre-requisites are required.
Prerequisite(s): This course is restricted to students in the Global Food Law Program.

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Tax Clinic I (4)
630C
Concentration(s):
(Formerly DCL 476)
Students enrolled in Tax Clinic I become “client ready” by representing clients with respect to a broad range of federal, state, and local tax controversies. Students advocate for their clients by working through a variety of administrative determinations, as well as by routinely participating in collection due process and Appeals hearings before the Internal Revenue Service and informal conferences before the Michigan Department of Treasury. In addition, they litigate cases in the United States Tax Court, the Michigan Tax Tribunal, the United States District Courts, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, and Michigan appellate courts. Students also counsel ESL taxpayers about their rights and responsibilities under the Internal Revenue Code, and engage in numerous outreaches designed to educate the public about tax issues and requirements. All work takes place under the guidance and close supervision of experienced clinical faculty. Class sessions focus not only on substantive tax issues, but also on professional development, ethical considerations, policy matters, and client and case management. Students must work a minimum of 196 hours – in addition to class time – during the semester, and are expected to participate in a one-day orientation scheduled before the beginning of the semester.
Prerequisite(s): For students admitted before Fall 2011, Research, Writing & Advocacy I and II; for students admitted in Fall 2011 and later, Research, Writing & Analysis and Advocacy.

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Tax Clinic II (4)
630D
Concentration(s):
(Formerly DCL 515)
Tax Clinic II is a continuing opportunity to students who have successfully completed coursework in Tax Clinic I to enable them to further refine their skills in counseling and representing clients, to take on more complex assignments, and to assist in mentoring Tax Clinic I students. Students must work a minimum of 196 hours during the semester.
Prerequisite(s): Tax Clinic I

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Tax Policy Seminar (2)
572D
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(Formerly DCl 517)
This seminar covers a range of tax policy issues arising from Federal Taxation. The specific issues studied will vary but, in general, will focus on progressivity and redistribution. Topics likely to be covered include: the use of the income tax as a fiscal policy tool; the concept of income; imputed income; progressive versus flat tax rates; taxation of families; income versus consumption taxation; tax expenditures, exclusions, and deductions; taxation of business and investment income; capital gains and losses; and transfer or wealth taxes. A paper will be required. The topic will be determined after consultation with the instructor. This seminar is open to students who have taken or are enrolled in Basic Income Taxation (A or B). Others who are interested may enroll with the permission of the instructor.
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Technology Enhanced Trial Advocacy (0)
623G
Concentration(s):Trail Practice Institute
In lieu of tuition, a fee that is not covered by an MSU Law scholarship is assessed for this course. Contact the Trial Practice Institute office at 517-432-6969 to obtain the fee amount. This lab provides hands on training in the efficient uses of courtroom technology and the presentation of electronic evidence. The primary objective of the lab is to provide students with the knowledge and skills to efficiently use electronic evidence in pre-trial and trial litigation. Students enrolled in the Trail Practice Institute are given priority enrollment.
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Topics in Comparative Constitutional Law: Free Expression (2)
549D
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This course may be taught in either a lecture or seminar format. When taught as a lecture course it is case based. A number of topics in free expression are examined to see how they are differently treated in various democratic states. When taught as a seminar, there will be readings that will be discussed as a class in the first half of the course. Students will also research a topic involving free expression and its treatment in selected countries. In the second half of the course, papers the students develop will be presented to the class.
Prerequisite(s): Advocacy, Constitutional Law I, Research, Writing and Advocacy I, Research, Writing and Advocacy II, Research, Writing & Analysis

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Topics in Comparative Copyright (1)
535J
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This course will expose students, from a comparative perspective, different national treatments of copyright law. Beginning with an examination of various justifications for copyright protection, the court sees how countries share and differ over the purposes and function of copyright law within their jurisdictions. Specific areas of difference to be examined in depth include Resale Rights, Moral Rights, and Database Protection.
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Topics in Comparative Law: European Union and Eastern European Trade and Business (1)
549E
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The course will focus on the internal market of the European Union and the Eastern European countries’ adjustments to the new rules. Selected comparative issues will be presented based on the practices of different states as well as solutions used in the world trade mechanisms and in the US. Students will be introduced to the specifics of the internal market of the European Union including its trade and customs policies. Five major freedoms of the internal market will be discussed based on cases and real-life problems: free movement of workers (including citizenship of the EU), free movement of goods, free movement of services, free movement of payment and investments, as well as the freedom of establishment.
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Topics in Conflict of Laws: Choice of Law (3)
550A
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Students who have taken Conflict of Laws (Law 550) may not take this course. Students who take this course may not take Conflict of Laws. The theory of the course is to provide students a learning environment that is mid-way between law school and the real world of law practice. Thus, instead of the usual law school discussion class led by the professor, roughly half the classes are hands-on litigation exercises run by the class members. Instead of the usual final exam, students are doing memos and a longer writing assignment closer to the actual writing lawyers do on the job. Students may find assignments longer than they are used to in other courses. This course includes two components. The first component is an intensive exploration of the doctrine and policy considerations relevant to choice-of-law determinations. The second component is comprised of simulated appellate litigation – in short, moot court exercises conducted by the students in class. The purpose of the doctrine/policy half of the course is to prepare students for the moot court problems (and ultimately, for the practice of law). The simulated litigation portion of the course will be composed of moot court exercises in which students will be required to participate in oral argument and/or judicial decision making, to do primary legal research to write an opinion in a problem of the student’s choice and a series of bench memoranda in which students propose results for some of the problems that students would recommend to a judge deciding those cases.
Prerequisite(s): Civil Procedure I (LAW 530A)

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Topics in Constitutional Law (0)
579U
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Special topics in constitutional law that may be taught in conjunction with MSU law program
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Topics in Constitutional Law: Fourteenth Amendment Equality Seminar (2)
579U
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This seminar focuses on the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment. Students will review Supreme Court cases, study legal scholarship, and critique social science literature exploring the implications of equality law. We will discuss definitions of equality, approaches to reaching equality goals, doctrinal shifts, and proposed policy revisions. Students should gain a framework for critically analyzing the equality arguments asserted on behalf of groups in varying social contexts, e.g., gender in employment settings, wealth discrimination, and race in education. It is recommended, but not required, that students take Constitutional Law II prior to enrolling in this course.


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Topics in Constitutional Law: Judicial Biographies (2)
579U
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This course will be an examination of the form, sources, and purpose of judicial biographies and other primary materials about judges, with particular reference to the U.S. Supreme Court. Students will study inside stories of the Supreme Court or other courts, archival materials from judges’ papers, and historical interpretations of the dynamics among judges within court and by judges with political actors.
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Topics in Constitutional Law: U.S. Foreign Relations Law (2)
579U
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The course is designed to introduce students to the law of foreign relations in the United States. In general terms, it examines the impact of the constitutional distribution of powers on the conduct of U.S. foreign relations law. In particular, it addresses the influence of separation of powers doctrines on the conduct of foreign relations, the status of international law in the U.S. legal system, the role of the courts in adjudicating issues affecting foreign relations, and the controversy over distribution of war powers between the President and Congress.

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Topics in Constitutional Law: Comparative Citizenship (1)
579U
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After providing an overview of the ways in which individuals become citizens in a formal sense, this course will explore what citizenship means in a substantive sense and how those meanings have been created and changed through constitutional provisions, legislation, and judicial interpretation in various democracies.
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Topics in Criminal Law: The Criminal Jury Today (2)
618
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The jury plays a central part in U.S. civil and criminal law. How it functions affects the system both directly in individual jury trials and indirectly by influencing incentives to settle cases out of court. This seminar will examine the functions and performance of the contemporary civil and criminal jury system. The course emphasizes empirical research assessing jury selection and how the jury carries out its legally defined role. The course examines its contemporary and historical legal position. By studying juries function and behave, students will gain insight into both how to communicate with jurors and how to approach policy issues that arise with respect to the proper role of the jury. This is a reading-intensive seminar in which student participation in discussion forms a central component in the evaluation of students.
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Topics in Cyberlaw from an International Perspective (1)
535K
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This course will cover international aspects of cyber law, including problems in international jurisdiction, the Conventional on Cybercrime, the role of ICAAN in internet regulation, and the WIPO Internet Domain Name resolution process. In addition, we will cover several issues in international e-commerce, such as international recognition of valid e-signatures. Students will examine how the unique features of the internet affect both international and national regulatory regimes.
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Topics in European Private Law and Intellectual Property Law (2)
535M
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This course is intended to provide students with the basic knowledge and general understanding of fundamental concepts in European private law and particularly in European intellectual property law. Where appropriate the course includes comparisons to the US law. In addition, the course aims at identifying specific issues in the field of IP which emerged in the course of Croatian preparation for the accession to the European Union.
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Topics in Family Law (2)
541R
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This course covers special topics in law that may be taught in conjunction with MSU law programs, visiting professors or for other reasons.
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Topics in Family Law: Comparative Family Law (2)
541R
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This course examines family structures and the changing nature of “family” in the U.S. and throughout the world, with a particular emphasis on a comparison of U.S. and Shari’a law. Having considered the various types of legally recognized family relationships – such as spousal relationships and parent-child relationships – we will further examine the rights and responsibilities of parties within those relationships. Finally, we will consider the dissolution of family relationships and corresponding issues such as division of property, spousal support, child support, and child custody.
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Topics in Intellectual Property (0)

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This course covers special topics in law that may be taught in conjunction with MSU law programs, visiting professors or for other reasons.
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Topics in International IP (1)
535G
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This course will examine how international legal regimes affect international property rights on a global basis. The course will cover the major IP regimes: copyright, patent, and trademark. The course will pay special attention to the TRIPS Agreement, how it affects national IP regulation and how it works as an international treaty mechanism. Other topics will include exhaustion of trademarks, different national approaches to the protection of data, and geographical indicators.
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Topics in International Law (0)
548Z
Concentration(s):
Special topics in international law that may be taught in conjunction with MSU law program
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Topics In Professional Responsibility (2)
500U
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This course covers special topics in law that may be taught in conjunction with MSU law programs, visiting professors or for other reasons.
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Topics in Professional Responsibility: Comparative Professional Codes of Conduct (2)
500U
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This course is a problem-based comparative examination of legal ethics and the rules governing professional conduct of lawyers practicing in the DIFC (Dubai International Financial Centre) compared to those practicing in the United States. Specifically, the course will focus analysis on the rules governing conflicts of interest and confidentiality and their underlying conceptual differences.
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Topics in Professional Responsibility: Comparative Professional Codes of Conduct (2)
500U
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This course is a problem-based comparative examination of legal ethics and the rules governing professional conduct of lawyers practicing in the DIFC (Dubai International Financial Centre) compared to those practicing in the United States. Specifically, the course will focus analysis on the rules governing conflicts of interest and confidentiality and their underlying conceptual differences.
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Topics in Professional Responsibility: The First Amendment and Regulation of Lawyers' Speech (2)
500U
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The First Amendment protection afforded to the speech of lawyers is a critically important aspect of professional responsibility and legal ethics. This seminar provides an opportunity for students to conduct an intensive study of Supreme Court cases, lower court decisions, legal scholarship, and other materials addressing the regulation of attorney speech. The topics to be explored in this seminar include attorney licensing requirements, regulation of professional advice, advertising/solicitation restrictions, legal blogs/websites, criticism of the judiciary, civility rules, courtroom decorum, pre-trial publicity/statements to the media, mandatory reporting/whistle-blowing, confidentiality duties, and judicial speech. It is recommended, but not required, that students take Constitutional Law II prior to enrolling in this seminar.

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Topics in Property Law: Eminent Domain Seminar (2)
533W
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This seminar focuses on eminent domain and condemnation issues.

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Topics in Tort Law (0)
525B
Concentration(s):
Special topics in tort law that may be taught in conjunction with MSU law program.
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Torts I (4)
500R
Concentration(s):
(Formerly DCl 141)
The study of the protection that the law affords against interference by others with one's person, property or intangible interest. It is broadly divisible into three areas of liability: intentional interference, negligence and strict liability. Specific tort actions and defenses are analyzed. Each is examined in the context of underlying social and economic factors that provide the framework in which law develops and social conflict is managed.
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Trade Secrets (2)
535N
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Trade secret law is the black sheep of United States IP laws because it originates in state common law, not federal statutory law. Highly influenced by the uniform statute and restatement movements, trade secret law has become somewhat consistent across the fifty states, becoming a coherent and important body of law. Trade secrets are arguably the most widespread of IP protections and can cover subject matter that patent and copyright cannot such as formulas, recipes, and customer lists. This course is intended to provide students with a thorough background in the central principles of trade secret law.
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Trademark Law and Unfair Competition Law (2)
533N
Concentration(s):
(Formerly DCL 461)
This course addresses current issues and developments such as the constitutional foundations and limitations of trademark protection, domain names and cybersquatting.
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Transnational Legal Research (2)
548Q
Concentration(s):Int'l & Comparative Law
(Formerly DCL 445)
This course is designed to develop the student's skills in legal research, writing and advocacy concerning legal problems transcending national borders. Class work is split into lecture and library sessions concentrating on legal bibliography and the legal process of transnational problems. The course also will include an intensive writing and advocacy exercise. Performance in the course will provide the basis for invitation to membership on the Jessup Team or the Niagara Team.

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Trial Practice Institute - Trial I (3)
623D
Concentration(s):
(Formerly DCL 534)
Must be in the Trial Practice Institutue program.
Because certain non-TPI courses duplicate the content of this course, students may not also receive academic credit for the following courses: Applied Evidence, Civil Trial Advocacy I, Civil Trial Advocacy II, Client Counseling and Interviewing, Criminal Trial Advocacy I - Pre-Trial, Criminal Trial Advocacy II - Trial II.
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Trial Practice Institute-Pretrial II (2)
623C
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(Formerly DCL 513)
Must be in the Trial Practice Institute program. Pretrial II focuses on the fundamental approaches of persuasion, elements of advocacy and methods of effective presentation. The class is divided into four teams of four people which are then assigned depositions of witnesses in a problem with fact, lay and expert witnesses. At the conclusion of the deposition phase of the problem, motions in limine are prepared and argued by each team. Additionally, a facilitative mediation brief is prepared by all teams and argued. At the conclusion of the class, opening statements are prepared and presented by each one of the teams. The students will be prepared at the end of the course for the elements of the Trial I course that will commence in the second year of the program. Must be in the Trial Practice Institute program.
Because certain non-TPI courses duplicate the content of this course, students may not also receive academic credit for the following courses: Applied Evidence, Civil Trial Advocacy I, Civil Trial Advocacy II, Client Counseling and Interviewing, Criminal Trial Advocacy I - Pre-Trial, Criminal Trial Advocacy II - Trial II.
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Trial Practice Institute-Trial II (3)
623E
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(Formerly DCL 542 and DCL 565, Formerly Trial Practice Institute-Trial IIA and Trial Practice Institute-Trial IIB )
Must be in the Trial Practice Institute program. This course caps the trial training program at Michigan State University-DCL College of Law. The purpose of the course is to provide graduating seniors with the opportunity to use the skills and education they have received to handle a complete criminal case, from their initial interview with the client (or making the charging decision based upon a law enforcement investigation and request for warrant). This program is unique in that the defendant, law enforcement witnesses, civilian witnesses, and expert witnesses will be students from the Michigan State University, Department of Theatre. The expert witnesses will be students from the Michigan State University Medical School. The objective for all students involved is to have hands on experience related to their particular college and curriculum at Michigan State University. Law students will have an opportunity to take a criminal case from start to finish, investigating the facts of the case, preparing for all aspects of the case through the development of the theory of the case, interviewing witnesses, conducting the preliminary examination, motion practice and culminating with the trial itself. The goal is to provide an opportunity to put into practice what students have learned over their law school career at MSU College of Law. Must be in the Trial Practice Institute program.
Because certain non-TPI courses duplicate the content of this course, students may not also receive academic credit for the following courses: Applied Evidence, Civil Trial Advocacy I, Civil Trial Advocacy II, Client Counseling and Interviewing, Criminal Trial Advocacy I - Pre-Trial, Criminal Trial Advocacy II - Trial II.
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Trial Practice Institute: Pre-Trial I (3)
623B
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(Formerly DCL 506)
Must be in the Trial Practice Institute program.
Because certain non-TPI courses duplicate the content of this course, students may not also receive academic credit for the following courses: Applied Evidence, Civil Trial Advocacy I, Civil Trial Advocacy II, Client Counseling and Interviewing, Criminal Trial Advocacy I - Pre-Trial, Criminal Trial Advocacy II - Trial II.
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Trial Practice Institute: Theatrical Skills - Advocacy as a Performing Art (1)
623A
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(Formerly DCL 533)
A 7 week workshop designed to enhance a students' advocacy skills through application of actor training techniques by increasing student awareness of the ability to communicate effectively with both voice and body. The course consists of one 1 hour 50 minute session per week for 7 weeks in which students will participate in various acting exercises and improvisations emphasizing effective use of body language and physical expressiveness, developing spontaneity in presenting prepared material, exploring the rhetorical hooks and vocal nuances essential to persuasive speaking and strengthening storytelling skills. At the end of the workshop, students will present a public speech by a current or historical speaker as if it was an opening or closing argument to a jury. Must be in the Trial Practice Institute program.
Because certain non-TPI courses duplicate the content of this course, students may not also receive academic credit for the following courses: Applied Evidence, Civil Trial Advocacy I, Civil Trial Advocacy II, Client Counseling and Interviewing, Criminal Trial Advocacy I - Pre-Trial, Criminal Trial Advocacy II - Trial II.
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Trial Practice Institute: Trial Practicum (0)
623J
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This course will provide the foundation for trial work to all TPI students, but is designed for TPI students who do not have advocacy experience through the Moot Court & Trial Advocacy Board (Board). The course includes instruction on the component parts of a trial, such as opening statement, direct examination, cross examination, and closing argument. It also explores introducing exhibits, impeachment, the mechanics of refreshing recollection, and the recorded recollection hearsay exception. It will also provide students with an opportunity to refine these skills on their feet.
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Trial Practice Institute: Expert and Scientific Evidence (2)
623F
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(Formerly DCL 543)
This course will present students with a discussion of the nature of forensic science and scientific evidence. Topics include: forensic science, scientific evidence, admissibility of scientific evidence, quality assurance and control. There will also be lectures on certain areas of forensic science that are often the subject of litigation. These include DNA, inferential statistics, traffic accident reconstruction, forensic engineering, forensic pathology, paternity testing and drunk driving. The course meets for 4 hours per week for 7 weeks. Must be in the Trial Practice Institute program.
Because certain non-TPI courses duplicate the content of this course, students may not also receive academic credit for the following courses: Applied Evidence, Civil Trial Advocacy I, Civil Trial Advocacy II, Client Counseling and Interviewing, Criminal Trial Advocacy I - Pre-Trial, Criminal Trial Advocacy II - Trial II.
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