Spring 2020 Schedule

(Updated: Thursday, May 28, 2020 2:31 PM)

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Date key: M-Monday, T-Tuesday, W-Wednesday, R-Thursday, F-Friday

1st Year/Section 1
Cr.Course Name / ProfessorCrse. / Sect. #Sect. IDDay/TimeLimitsRoomExam DetailsNotes
2 1L Advanced Topics and Skills / Bedikian, Mar.530U / 001 97P83ZT/2:00pm-3:40pm85 473 04-24-2020 12:00 PM
This first year required course will provide additional doctrinal depth to one of six rotating courses; Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law and the Regulatory State, Contracts, Criminal Law, Property, or Torts. Students’ mastery will be built in part through significant interactive exercises.
4 Constitutional Law and the Regulatory State / Lawrence, Mic.530S / 001 97P84YTR/10:15am-11:55am85 472 05-06-2020 12:00 PM
This course examines the constitutional, statutory, and administrative foundations of American government. The course has two separate, but interrelated goals: First, to introduce students to the structure of and principles behind the American constitutional order. Topics covered under this heading include the sources of federal regulatory authority, separation of powers, federalism, judicial review and theories of constitutional interpretation. Second, the course offers a basic understanding of the workings of the legislative and regulatory process, with special emphasis on the role of agencies, the policy tools at their disposal, and the scope of legislative and judicial oversight of administrative action. In this fashion this course seeks to highlight the intersection between constitutional and administrative law principles across American history and within contemporary debates.
3 Criminal Law / Candeub, Ada.500F / 001 97P85AMW/8:30am-9:45am85 474 04-28-2020 12:00 PM
(Formerly DCL 131) An examination of the criminal justice system, including emphasis on the role of defense counsel and prosecutor; the adversary system; ethical considerations; sources and aims of the criminal law and construction of criminal statutes; specific crimes against person, property and the state; inchoate crimes; defenses negating culpability; and the principles of responsibility and justification.
4 Property / Carter-Johnson, Jen.500G / 001 97P87AMW/2:00pm-3:40pm85 474 05-01-2020 12:00 PM
(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.
(1st year students must be enrolled in a Research and Writing Section)
Top, A = Alternate Year, E = Experiential Learning, P = permission required, S = professional skills course, U = satisfies ULWR

1st Year/Section 2
Cr.Course Name / ProfessorCrse. / Sect. #Sect. IDDay/TimeLimitsRoomExam DetailsNotes
2 1L Advanced Topics and Skills / Darden, Tif.530U / 002 97P832TR/8:30am-10:20am85 471 No Exam,
This first year required course will provide additional doctrinal depth to one of six rotating courses; Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law and the Regulatory State, Contracts, Criminal Law, Property, or Torts. Students’ mastery will be built in part through significant interactive exercises.
4 Constitutional Law and the Regulatory State / Chen, Jam.530S / 002 97P84ZMW/2:00pm-3:40pm85 472 05-06-2020 12:00 PM
This course examines the constitutional, statutory, and administrative foundations of American government. The course has two separate, but interrelated goals: First, to introduce students to the structure of and principles behind the American constitutional order. Topics covered under this heading include the sources of federal regulatory authority, separation of powers, federalism, judicial review and theories of constitutional interpretation. Second, the course offers a basic understanding of the workings of the legislative and regulatory process, with special emphasis on the role of agencies, the policy tools at their disposal, and the scope of legislative and judicial oversight of administrative action. In this fashion this course seeks to highlight the intersection between constitutional and administrative law principles across American history and within contemporary debates.
3 Criminal Law / O'Brien, Bar.500F / 002 97P85BTR/10:30am-11:45am85 473 04-28-2020 12:00 PM
(Formerly DCL 131) An examination of the criminal justice system, including emphasis on the role of defense counsel and prosecutor; the adversary system; ethical considerations; sources and aims of the criminal law and construction of criminal statutes; specific crimes against person, property and the state; inchoate crimes; defenses negating culpability; and the principles of responsibility and justification.
4 Property / Blankfein-Tabachnick, Dav.500G / 002 97P87BTR/2:00pm-3:40pm85 472 05-01-2020 12:00 PM
(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.
(1st year students must be enrolled in a Research and Writing Section)
Top, A = Alternate Year, E = Experiential Learning, P = permission required, S = professional skills course, U = satisfies ULWR

1st Year/Section 3
Cr.Course Name / ProfessorCrse. / Sect. #Sect. IDDay/TimeLimitsRoomExam DetailsNotes
2 1L Advanced Topics and Skills / Sant'Ambrogio, Mic.530U / 003 97P833TR/10:15am-11:55am85 474 No Exam,
This first year required course will provide additional doctrinal depth to one of six rotating courses; Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law and the Regulatory State, Contracts, Criminal Law, Property, or Torts. Students’ mastery will be built in part through significant interactive exercises.
4 Constitutional Law and the Regulatory State / Morag-Levine, Nog.530S / 003 97P842MW/10:15am-11:55am85 474 05-06-2020 12:00 PM
This course examines the constitutional, statutory, and administrative foundations of American government. The course has two separate, but interrelated goals: First, to introduce students to the structure of and principles behind the American constitutional order. Topics covered under this heading include the sources of federal regulatory authority, separation of powers, federalism, judicial review and theories of constitutional interpretation. Second, the course offers a basic understanding of the workings of the legislative and regulatory process, with special emphasis on the role of agencies, the policy tools at their disposal, and the scope of legislative and judicial oversight of administrative action. In this fashion this course seeks to highlight the intersection between constitutional and administrative law principles across American history and within contemporary debates.
3 Criminal Law / O'Brien, Bar.500F / 003 97P85CTR/8:45am-10:00am85 473 04-28-2020 12:00 PM
(Formerly DCL 131) An examination of the criminal justice system, including emphasis on the role of defense counsel and prosecutor; the adversary system; ethical considerations; sources and aims of the criminal law and construction of criminal statutes; specific crimes against person, property and the state; inchoate crimes; defenses negating culpability; and the principles of responsibility and justification.
4 Property / Favre, Dav.500G / 003 97P87CMWR/2:00pm-3:10pm85 473 05-01-2020 12:00 PM
(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.
(1st year students must be enrolled in a Research and Writing Section)
Top, A = Alternate Year, E = Experiential Learning, P = permission required, S = professional skills course, U = satisfies ULWR

1st Year Research and Writing
Cr.Course Name / ProfessorCrse. / Sect. #Sect. IDDay/TimeLimitsRoomExam DetailsNotes
2 Advocacy / Costello, Nan.530J / 004 97RBWPW/8:30am-10:10am18 345 02-21-2020 8:30 AM
(Formerly LAW500K) Students learn the art of persuasive argumentation by drafting a 30-page appellate brief on a topical legal issue, complying with appellate court rules and then presenting a simulated oral argument to members of the bench. During the semester, students also attend appellate arguments or trial court motion sessions and prepare brief synopses of cases heard.
Prerequisite(s): Research, Writing & Analysis Research, Writing and Analysis, OR Research, Writing and Analysis: Intellectual Property Perspective OR Research, Writing and Analysis: Social Justice OR Research, Writing and Analysis: Criminal Law
2 Advocacy / O'Regan, Dap.530J / 005 97RBWRW/8:30am-10:10am14 340 02-21-2020 8:30 AM
(Formerly LAW500K) Students learn the art of persuasive argumentation by drafting a 30-page appellate brief on a topical legal issue, complying with appellate court rules and then presenting a simulated oral argument to members of the bench. During the semester, students also attend appellate arguments or trial court motion sessions and prepare brief synopses of cases heard.
Prerequisite(s): Research, Writing & Analysis Research, Writing and Analysis, OR Research, Writing and Analysis: Intellectual Property Perspective OR Research, Writing and Analysis: Social Justice OR Research, Writing and Analysis: Criminal Law
2 Advocacy / Copland, Jen.530J / 006 97RBWSW/8:30am-10:10am18 335 02-21-2020 8:30 AM
(Formerly LAW500K) Students learn the art of persuasive argumentation by drafting a 30-page appellate brief on a topical legal issue, complying with appellate court rules and then presenting a simulated oral argument to members of the bench. During the semester, students also attend appellate arguments or trial court motion sessions and prepare brief synopses of cases heard.
Prerequisite(s): Research, Writing & Analysis Research, Writing and Analysis, OR Research, Writing and Analysis: Intellectual Property Perspective OR Research, Writing and Analysis: Social Justice OR Research, Writing and Analysis: Criminal Law
2 Advocacy / LaRose, Ste.530J / 007 97RBWTW/10:15am-11:55am18 340 02-21-2020 8:30 AM
(Formerly LAW500K) Students learn the art of persuasive argumentation by drafting a 30-page appellate brief on a topical legal issue, complying with appellate court rules and then presenting a simulated oral argument to members of the bench. During the semester, students also attend appellate arguments or trial court motion sessions and prepare brief synopses of cases heard.
Prerequisite(s): Research, Writing & Analysis Research, Writing and Analysis, OR Research, Writing and Analysis: Intellectual Property Perspective OR Research, Writing and Analysis: Social Justice OR Research, Writing and Analysis: Criminal Law
2 Advocacy / Costello, Nan.530J / 008 97RBWUW/4:00pm-5:40pm18 345 02-21-2020 11:30 AM
(Formerly LAW500K) Students learn the art of persuasive argumentation by drafting a 30-page appellate brief on a topical legal issue, complying with appellate court rules and then presenting a simulated oral argument to members of the bench. During the semester, students also attend appellate arguments or trial court motion sessions and prepare brief synopses of cases heard.
Prerequisite(s): Research, Writing & Analysis Research, Writing and Analysis, OR Research, Writing and Analysis: Intellectual Property Perspective OR Research, Writing and Analysis: Social Justice OR Research, Writing and Analysis: Criminal Law
2 Advocacy / O'Regan, Dap.530J / 009 97RBWVW/4:00pm-5:40pm14 340 02-21-2020 11:30 AM
(Formerly LAW500K) Students learn the art of persuasive argumentation by drafting a 30-page appellate brief on a topical legal issue, complying with appellate court rules and then presenting a simulated oral argument to members of the bench. During the semester, students also attend appellate arguments or trial court motion sessions and prepare brief synopses of cases heard.
Prerequisite(s): Research, Writing & Analysis Research, Writing and Analysis, OR Research, Writing and Analysis: Intellectual Property Perspective OR Research, Writing and Analysis: Social Justice OR Research, Writing and Analysis: Criminal Law
2 Advocacy / LaRose, Ste.530J / 010 97RBWWW/4:00pm-5:40pm18 324 02-21-2020 11:30 AM
(Formerly LAW500K) Students learn the art of persuasive argumentation by drafting a 30-page appellate brief on a topical legal issue, complying with appellate court rules and then presenting a simulated oral argument to members of the bench. During the semester, students also attend appellate arguments or trial court motion sessions and prepare brief synopses of cases heard.
Prerequisite(s): Research, Writing & Analysis Research, Writing and Analysis, OR Research, Writing and Analysis: Intellectual Property Perspective OR Research, Writing and Analysis: Social Justice OR Research, Writing and Analysis: Criminal Law
2 Advocacy / Lawrence, Dea.530J / 011 97RBWXF/9:00am-10:40am14 340 02-21-2020 11:30 AM
(Formerly LAW500K) Students learn the art of persuasive argumentation by drafting a 30-page appellate brief on a topical legal issue, complying with appellate court rules and then presenting a simulated oral argument to members of the bench. During the semester, students also attend appellate arguments or trial court motion sessions and prepare brief synopses of cases heard.
Prerequisite(s): Research, Writing & Analysis Research, Writing and Analysis, OR Research, Writing and Analysis: Intellectual Property Perspective OR Research, Writing and Analysis: Social Justice OR Research, Writing and Analysis: Criminal Law
2 Advocacy / Costello, Nan.530J / 012 97RBWYF/9:00am-10:40am18 325 02-21-2020 11:30 AM
(Formerly LAW500K) Students learn the art of persuasive argumentation by drafting a 30-page appellate brief on a topical legal issue, complying with appellate court rules and then presenting a simulated oral argument to members of the bench. During the semester, students also attend appellate arguments or trial court motion sessions and prepare brief synopses of cases heard.
Prerequisite(s): Research, Writing & Analysis Research, Writing and Analysis, OR Research, Writing and Analysis: Intellectual Property Perspective OR Research, Writing and Analysis: Social Justice OR Research, Writing and Analysis: Criminal Law
2 Advocacy / Stokstad, Pau.530J / 013 97RBWZF/9:00am-10:40am18 345 02-21-2020 11:30 AM
(Formerly LAW500K) Students learn the art of persuasive argumentation by drafting a 30-page appellate brief on a topical legal issue, complying with appellate court rules and then presenting a simulated oral argument to members of the bench. During the semester, students also attend appellate arguments or trial court motion sessions and prepare brief synopses of cases heard.
Prerequisite(s): Research, Writing & Analysis Research, Writing and Analysis, OR Research, Writing and Analysis: Intellectual Property Perspective OR Research, Writing and Analysis: Social Justice OR Research, Writing and Analysis: Criminal Law
2 Advocacy / Gentry, Kev.530J / 014 97RBW2F/11:00am-12:40pm14 325 02-21-2020 8:30 AM
(Formerly LAW500K) Students learn the art of persuasive argumentation by drafting a 30-page appellate brief on a topical legal issue, complying with appellate court rules and then presenting a simulated oral argument to members of the bench. During the semester, students also attend appellate arguments or trial court motion sessions and prepare brief synopses of cases heard.
Prerequisite(s): Research, Writing & Analysis Research, Writing and Analysis, OR Research, Writing and Analysis: Intellectual Property Perspective OR Research, Writing and Analysis: Social Justice OR Research, Writing and Analysis: Criminal Law
2 Advocacy / Stokstad, Pau.530J / 015 97RBW3F/11:00am-12:40pm18 345 02-21-2020 8:30 AM
(Formerly LAW500K) Students learn the art of persuasive argumentation by drafting a 30-page appellate brief on a topical legal issue, complying with appellate court rules and then presenting a simulated oral argument to members of the bench. During the semester, students also attend appellate arguments or trial court motion sessions and prepare brief synopses of cases heard.
Prerequisite(s): Research, Writing & Analysis Research, Writing and Analysis, OR Research, Writing and Analysis: Intellectual Property Perspective OR Research, Writing and Analysis: Social Justice OR Research, Writing and Analysis: Criminal Law
2 Advocacy / Gentry, Kev.530J / 016 97RBW4F/9:00am-10:40am14 344 02-21-2020 11:30 AM
(Formerly LAW500K) Students learn the art of persuasive argumentation by drafting a 30-page appellate brief on a topical legal issue, complying with appellate court rules and then presenting a simulated oral argument to members of the bench. During the semester, students also attend appellate arguments or trial court motion sessions and prepare brief synopses of cases heard.
Prerequisite(s): Research, Writing & Analysis Research, Writing and Analysis, OR Research, Writing and Analysis: Intellectual Property Perspective OR Research, Writing and Analysis: Social Justice OR Research, Writing and Analysis: Criminal Law
2 Advocacy / Spiliopoulos, Ela.530J / 017 97RBW5F/11:00am-12:40pm14 340 02-21-2020 8:30 AM
(Formerly LAW500K) Students learn the art of persuasive argumentation by drafting a 30-page appellate brief on a topical legal issue, complying with appellate court rules and then presenting a simulated oral argument to members of the bench. During the semester, students also attend appellate arguments or trial court motion sessions and prepare brief synopses of cases heard.
Prerequisite(s): Research, Writing & Analysis Research, Writing and Analysis, OR Research, Writing and Analysis: Intellectual Property Perspective OR Research, Writing and Analysis: Social Justice OR Research, Writing and Analysis: Criminal Law
2 Advocacy / Kirchner, Jes.530J / 018 97RBW6F/11:00am-12:40pm14 344 02-21-2020 8:30 AM
(Formerly LAW500K) Students learn the art of persuasive argumentation by drafting a 30-page appellate brief on a topical legal issue, complying with appellate court rules and then presenting a simulated oral argument to members of the bench. During the semester, students also attend appellate arguments or trial court motion sessions and prepare brief synopses of cases heard.
Prerequisite(s): Research, Writing & Analysis Research, Writing and Analysis, OR Research, Writing and Analysis: Intellectual Property Perspective OR Research, Writing and Analysis: Social Justice OR Research, Writing and Analysis: Criminal Law
Top, A = Alternate Year, E = Experiential Learning, P = permission required, S = professional skills course, U = satisfies ULWR

Upper Level Required
Cr.Course Name / ProfessorCrse. / Sect. #Sect. IDDay/TimeLimitsRoomExam DetailsNotes
3 Professional Responsibility / Fletcher, Mat.500Q / 001 97P868MW/8:30am-9:45am80 471 Final Paper, **
(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.
Footnote(s): Exam changed from in-class proctored exam on 4/29/20 at 1:30pm to final paper.
3 Professional Responsibility / Pucillo, Phi.500Q / 002 97P869MW/4:00pm-5:15pm80 471 04-27-2020 12:00 PM
(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.
Top, A = Alternate Year, E = Experiential Learning, P = permission required, S = professional skills course, U = satisfies ULWR

Electives
Cr.Course Name / ProfessorCrse. / Sect. #Sect. IDDay/TimeLimitsRoomExam DetailsNotes
2 Accounting for Lawyers / Lameti, Ric.502 / 301 97P834R/6:00pm-7:40pm40 345 04-24-2020 12:00 PM
(Formerly DCL 508) Accounting for Lawyers covers the basic topics in accounting that are relevant to a business lawyer's practice and to other practice areas as well. The class covers principles of double-entry bookkeeping and accrual accounting, GAAP and GAAS. The basic financial statements are studied and basic financial statement analysis is reviewed. More detailed analysis is made of revenue recognition and expense, contingencies and intangibles. Finally, drafting of legal documents using accounting concepts is explored. This course is designed for those students with little or no prior accounting training or experience.
3 Administrative Law / Kalt, Bri.532 / 001 97P835MW/4:00pm-5:15pm80 473 04-27-2020 12:00 PM
Formerly DCL 300) This course examines the place of administrative agencies in American government, and surveys the legal rules and principles governing agency regulation, adjudication, investigation, and enforcement; agency structure; and judicial review of agency action. Students who have taken Administrative Law: Food Safety and Labeling (810K) may not take this course
3 Advanced Civil Procedure / Wittner, Nic.530T / 001 97P836MW/2:00pm-3:15pm30 324 Take Home Exam, **
The course (a) augments the fundamentals of civil procedures taught in the Civil Procedure I class, covering recent legislation and Supreme Court jurisprudence involving subject matter and personal jurisdiction over domestic as well as international disputes and defendants; (b) explains procedures for discovery practice under the newly-amended Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, including the scope of discovery, discovery plans, and sanctions for failure to preserve electronic records; (c) reviews in greater depth the use of discovery methods, domestically and internationally; (d) describes the new judicial management requirements in federal courts under the new Rules (service of process, court scheduling orders) (e) examines choice of forum and choice of law, as well as conflict of laws (important for transactional lawyers as well as for litigators); (h) explains class action and multi-district litigation practice; and (e) discusses how to enforce judgments, domestically as well as against international defendants with overseas assets.
Footnote(s): Final Assessment changed from in-class proctored exam on 4/30/20 at 8:30am to take home exam.
2 Advanced Legal Research / Domann, Bre. & Thompson, Dar.586 / 001 97P937R/2:00pm-3:40pm20 325 No Exam, E
(Formerly DCL 509) The course will focus on the process and goals of legal research. Special emphasis will be placed on Internet research, but instruction will be based on function rather than format. Students will learn how to find information through the Web, on Lexis and Westlaw, and in paper. By contrasting form, speed, cost and accuracy, students will learn how to integrate these sources for the most comprehensive and economical research product. Equal emphasis will be placed on conceptual structure and practical application.
Prerequisite(s): Research, Writing & Analysis or RWA: IP or RWA: SJ or RWA: CL and Advocacy
2 Advanced Legal Research / Meland, Jan.586 / 002 97P838W/8:30am-10:10am20 325 No Exam, E
(Formerly DCL 509) The course will focus on the process and goals of legal research. Special emphasis will be placed on Internet research, but instruction will be based on function rather than format. Students will learn how to find information through the Web, on Lexis and Westlaw, and in paper. By contrasting form, speed, cost and accuracy, students will learn how to integrate these sources for the most comprehensive and economical research product. Equal emphasis will be placed on conceptual structure and practical application.
Prerequisite(s): Research, Writing & Analysis or RWA: IP or RWA: SJ or RWA: CL and Advocacy
2 Advanced Legal Research / Hanna, Hil.586 / 730 97P839Online13 No Exam, E **
(Formerly DCL 509) The course will focus on the process and goals of legal research. Special emphasis will be placed on Internet research, but instruction will be based on function rather than format. Students will learn how to find information through the Web, on Lexis and Westlaw, and in paper. By contrasting form, speed, cost and accuracy, students will learn how to integrate these sources for the most comprehensive and economical research product. Equal emphasis will be placed on conceptual structure and practical application.
Footnote(s): This section for students with out-of-state externships.
Prerequisite(s): Research, Writing & Analysis or RWA: IP or RWA: SJ or RWA: CL and Advocacy
3 Advertising Law-Food Focus / Ekonomon, Ada.810T / 731 97RUD9Online0 Take Home Exam,
This course covers the regulation of advertising consumer products in the United States with a focus on the advertising of food products. Topics may include the general rules governing advertising, the various types of claims, including claims associated with food and FDA regulated claims, understanding claims vs. puffery, comparative advertising, evaluating the required substantiation required to support various types of claims, environmental marketing claims (“green” claims), the use of endorsements and testimonials, issues in advertising in social media, the right of publicity (use of one’s name and likeness in advertising activities), the regulation of consumer contests and sweepstakes, intellectual property issues in advertising, and some miscellaneous topics such as ambush marketing and native advertising.
Prerequisite(s): This course intended for students in the Global Food Law program
2 Agricultural Law / Deacon, Bra.566N / 301 97P84EW/6:00pm-7:40pm30 345 Final Paper,
Students will learn about the regulatory framework of the food and agriculture sector at the federal, state, and local levels and how the application of this framework impacts all citizens. This includes the production, processing, and distribution of food, fiber, and other products that make up a large portion of the economies of the nation and the State of Michigan. Students will learn about the origins and impacts of these regulatory components and how evolving trends and public opinion are changing the food and agriculture sector
3 American Legal History Seminar / Ten Brink, Cha.636 / 001 97P84FT/4:00pm-6:30pm20 341 Final Paper, U
(Formerly DCL 552) This seminar will analyze the tension between the rights of the individual and the role of government in society as the central theme in the development of the American legal system. Rather than a strict chronological review, the course will consist of a series of studies of the development of legal and political institutions and their effect on the citizenry. Classes will be discussion-based and will rely on extensive reading of original sources. Students should gain an understanding of how the evolution of legal rules reflects institutional change, and should learn to see law as a dynamic process rather than a collection of static concepts. Fulfills ULWR
Prerequisite(s): Constitutional Law I or Constitutional Law and the Regulatory State
3 Artificial Intelligence & Law / Reyes, Car.537R / 001 97P84HTR/10:30am-11:45am17 340 Final Paper, U **
Artificial Intelligence is experiencing a “golden age” of rapid development. As the use of AI increases, people and computers are knowingly and unknowingly interacting in new ways. Lawyers are confronting computer issues in every practice area. Smart contracts. Autonomous vehicles. Creation and ownership of property. Robot policing and warfare. Interconnected products. Autonomous devices. AI requires updated and new regulations, new ways of practicing, and an understanding of how laws and code interact as a new regulatory system within society. This class will look at how computers are affecting the law and what lawyers should know to provide legal services in this hybrid world.
Footnote(s): This class is cross enrolled with students from MSU graduate and honors programs.
3 Bankruptcy / Lawton, Ann.506A / 001 97P84JTR/10:30am-11:45am40 346 TBD
This course is designed to provide students with an understanding of bankruptcy law, the bankruptcy code, and the creditor/debtor relationship.Students who have taken Consumer Bankruptcy 506E or Chapter 11 Reorganization 506F may not take this course.
3 Basic Will Drafting / Behan, Mic.540A / 301 97P84KMW/6:00pm-7:15pm 20 340 Final Paper, E
(Formerly DCL 391) This course is designed to familiarize students with the interviewing function and the drafting of wills and other basic estate planning vehicles for clients whose estates are not subject to federal estate tax. An evaluation of usable forms and discussion of when and how to use them intelligently will be a focus of the course. A client interview and drafting exercises, including an entire basic estate plan, are contemplated.
Prerequisite(s): Decedents' Estates and Trusts
4 Business Enterprises / Reyes, Car.500M / 002 97P84NMTW/2:00pm-3:10pm See notes for important course information80 471 04-30-2020 12:00 PMProject, **
This course deals with issues relating to common forms of business organization, including corporations, limited liability companies and closely held corporations. The four credit version of Business Enterprises also includes an introduction to mergers and acquisitions.
Footnote(s): In addition to the final exam, students are expected to complete a series of corporate document exercises and short memos.
3 Business Enterprises / Min, Gee.500M / 001 97P84MMW/4:00pm-5:15pm80 474 04-27-2020 12:00 PM
This course deals with issues relating to common forms of business organization, including corporations, limited liability companies and closely held corporations. The four credit version of Business Enterprises also includes an introduction to mergers and acquisitions.
3 Capital Punishment / Grosso, Cat.579Y / 001 97P84PMW/10:30am-11:45am40 346 Project, Take Home Exam, U
A focus on federal constitutional law, primarily the 8th Amendment and its regulation of capital punishment. The federal constitutional law largely regulates state criminal law. Using the 8th Amendment and state criminal laws, the course will consider how death eligibility is defined and administered. It will explore the limits imposed by the Constitution and by various state and federal statutes. The course also will consider larger questions including, Why have the death penalty? Is the system working? Is it necessary? Is it fair? What changes should be made? As part of this inquiry we will consider the role of race in capital punishment, the impact of wrongful convictions, and recent moves to abolish or limit capital punishment in several jurisdictions. The course also examines the law of federal habeas corpus in the context of the death penalty. This section engages in a close reading of a complicated set of statutes, as well as the Supreme Court decisions construing those statutes.
2 Capstone Intellectual Property and Communications Law Seminar / Candeub, Ada.535E / 001 97P84RArranged0 Final Paper, P U **
This course uses presentations by leading scholars of their works-in-progress in the area of IP and communications law. Students will be responsible for reading the papers, writing a critique, preparing questions and participating in the seminar.. This course is highly recommended for all students who wish to write a ULWR or law review note in intellectual property, information, or communications law in a subsequent semester.
Footnote(s): Must have taken Capstone IP in fall 19.
2 Commercial Transactions Survey / Lawton, Ann.501M / 001 97P878W/8:30am-10:10am45 346 TBD
This course is designed, in particular, for third-year students who have not taken Sales and Leases (or the combined Sales and Secured class) and who want a review, for purposes of the bar exam, of Contracts law. The course will cover the Uniform Commercial Code rules on contract formation, the Statute of Frauds, the parol evidence rule, excuse, anticipatory repudiation, and damages. These UCC rules will be compared and contrasted with common law rules learned in first-year Contracts. The course is an excellent one for students preparing for the bar exam, because it provides a comprehensive examination and review of concepts tested on both the MBE and often by state-law essay questions. The class is not open to students who already have taken Sales and Leases, or the 4-credit hour Sales and Secured Transactions class.
Prerequisite(s): Contracts. Students who have taken Sales and Leases or 4-cr. Sales and Secured Transactions may not take this course.
4 Constitutional Law II / Bitensky, Sus.500N / 001 97P843TR/2:00pm-3:40pm80 474 04-28-2020 12:00 PM
(Formerly DCL 172) A study of procedural and substantive due process of law, equal protection of the laws and the Bill of Rights, including freedom of expression.
4 Constitutional Law II / Kuykendall, Mae.500N / 301 97P844TR/6:00pm-7:40pm80 472 04-24-2020 12:00 PM
(Formerly DCL 172) A study of procedural and substantive due process of law, equal protection of the laws and the Bill of Rights, including freedom of expression.
2 Contract Drafting / Lawrence, Dea.594A / 001 97P845R/10:15am-11:55am20 325 No Exam, E
The specific purpose of this class is to use contract principles that the student has learned in the first year as a vehicle to develop the student's abilities as a planner and counselor. It will involve the study of some of the common pitfalls encountered in contract drafting and called upon to perform specific exercises in which the student will use her/his basic knowledge of contracts to draft various documents. In the course of the drafting, the student will be required to predict what may happen, provide for that contingency and attempt to protect the client.
Prerequisite(s): Contracts
2 Contract Drafting / VanAntwerp, Mel.594A / 002 97P846T/8:30am-10:10am20 325 No Exam, E
The specific purpose of this class is to use contract principles that the student has learned in the first year as a vehicle to develop the student's abilities as a planner and counselor. It will involve the study of some of the common pitfalls encountered in contract drafting and called upon to perform specific exercises in which the student will use her/his basic knowledge of contracts to draft various documents. In the course of the drafting, the student will be required to predict what may happen, provide for that contingency and attempt to protect the client.
Prerequisite(s): Contracts
3 Copyright Law / Pager, Sea.533B / 001 97P847MW/10:30am-11:45am40 345 Take Home Exam,
(Formerly DCL 375) According to Article 1, Section 8, Clause 8 of the U.S. Constitution, Congress has the power to promote the "progress of science and useful arts, by securing for limited times to authors and inventors the exclusive right to their respective writings and discoveries." Congress has adopted copyright statutes to protect forms of expression, which include computer software. This course will explore the history of copyright protection, with a particular emphasis on entertainment litigation.
3 Corporate Finance / Spoon, Ell.508B / 001 97P848MW/10:30am-11:45am35 473 05-05-2020 12:00 PM **
(Formerly DCL 380) In Corporate Finance the principles of accounting and valuation and the basic financial environment of closely held companies and public companies will be examined. Building on this foundation, the fundamental issues surrounding common stock, preferred stock and debt will be analyzed. Finally, all these fundamentals will be applied in examining financial issues with mergers and acquisitions and tender offers and in understanding how "deals" are done. Students who have not taken Business Enterprises are permitted to enroll in this course if they are simultaneously enrolled in Business Enterprises.
Footnote(s): This class is cross enrolled with students from MSU graduate and honors programs.
Prerequisite(s): Business Enterprises
3 Corporate Income Taxation / Wease, Jos.508C / 001 97P849TR/10:30am-11:45am24 345 05-04-2020 12:00 PM
(Formerly DCL 465) The course will focus on federal income taxation of corporations and shareholders, the tax consequences of choice of entity, the formation and liquidations of corporations, the taxation of corporations and shareholders, and the tax aspects of S corporations. EITHER Basic Income Tax A OR Basic Income Tax B fulfills the prerequisite. If the system will not let you register with either of these prerequisites, please contact the Registrar's Office.
Prerequisite(s): Basic Income Taxation
3 Criminal Procedure: Investigation / Grosso, Cat.616B / 001 97P85DMW/8:30am-9:45am80 472 04-29-2020 12:00 PM
(Formerly Criminal Procedure I)This course provides students with an introduction to federal constitutional limits on police investigation under the Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth Amendments. This includes the governance of search and interrogation, and the right to counsel. Students can take Criminal Procedure: Investigation and Criminal Procedure: Adjudication in any order or at the same time. Students who have taken Criminal Procedure I are ineligible to enroll in this course.
2 Criminal Trial Advocacy - PreTrial / Kaplan, Ste.617A / 301 97P85ET/6:00pm-7:40pm30 345 04-24-2020 12:00 PME
(Formerly Criminal Trial I: Pre-Trial) This practical course is designed to familiarize the student with the criminal justice process. The course consists of lectures and exercises covering criminal case initiation, the initial appearance, indictments, plea negotiations, pretrial discovery and pretrial motions leading up to up to a trial. Special emphasis will be placed on criminal procedure. Because this course duplicates the content of courses in the Geoffrey Fieger Trial Practice Institute program, students in the FTPI may not receive academic credit for this course. The Criminal Trial Advocacy classes are not sequential and may be taken in any order.
Prerequisite(s): Criminal Law
2 Criminal Trial Advocacy Post-Conviction Remedies / Scullion, Mar.617C / 001 97P85FT/4:00pm-5:40pm24 325 No Exam, E
(Formerly Criminal Trial Advocacy III Post-Conviction Remedies) This course focuses on the representation issues raised during the critical stage of sentencing. The following topics are covered: duties/function of counsel, statutes, types of sentencing, indeterminate sentencing, length, sentencing plan, credit for time served, concurrent/consecutive, PSIs, considerations, habitual offender, altering sentences, probation, violations, restitution, alternatives, plea bargaining, guilty pleas, Proposal B, good time); sentencing guidelines demonstration; post-conviction motions; criminal appeals; parole; habeas corpus, state and federal; prisoners' rights; and sentencing reform/capital punishment. Criminal Trial Advocacy classes are not sequential and may be taken in any order.
2 Delivering Legal Services: New Legal Landscape / Kennedy, Den.537Q / 001 97P85GM/4:00pm-5:40pm45 345 Final Paper,
This course is an introduction to modern legal services delivery. It exposes students to legal data collection and metrics, legal operations, and legal project leadership. We continue with legal supply chain management, pricing legal services, and legal services technologies. Throughout the semester we cover two key areas. We (1) discuss current and emerging legal services ideas (such as how to charge less but earn higher profits from your services), and (2) work on developing legal services skills. This course uses the lean thinking philosophy, the fastest growing method of legal services management. However, no prior experience in lean is required; you will learn what you need in class. Lean thinking includes process mapping and process improvement. We also complete exercises in agile project management and design thinking. Students pursuing traditional legal careers in legal aid, not-for-profit, corporate, government, criminal prosecution or defense, or law firms, will find this course very useful. Students interested in nontraditional legal services careers, such as legal consulting, legal marketing, legal technology, and legal operations, will find it essential. The ideas and skills covered in this course give students an advantage in marketing themselves and in their future careers. This course is a foundation for other courses in the LegalRnD Program, but is not a prerequisite.
3 Domestic Violence / Thronson, Ver.541B / 001 97P85HTR/8:45am-10:00am60 474 05-01-2020 12:00 PM
(Formerly DCL 427) A historical background of Domestic Violence. Focus will be placed on understanding the nature of domestic violence, the prevention of domestic violence, and the survivor and batterer behavior.
3 Equity / Ten Brink, Cha.579F / 001 97P85JTR/8:45am-10:00am20 335 05-01-2020 12:00 PM
(Formerly DCL 333) Considered are the history and development of equity, equity jurisdiction, remedies available in equity and contempt powers.
Prerequisite(s): Students who have taken Remedies may not take this class.
3 European Union Law / Reifenberg, Jr., Joh.548C / 001 97P85MTR/10:30am-11:45am30 324 Final Paper, U
(Formerly DCL 447) This course provides an introduction to the legal institutions of the European Economic Community. The subjects covered include the Treaty of Rome and other relevant legal instruments, the major institutions and characteristics of community law, internal community policies, external trade policies, competition law and the future of the community. A student may not take both this and Constitutional Law of the European Union.
3 Evidence / Pucillo, Phi.500P / 001 97P85NMW/10:30am-11:45am80 471 05-06-2020 12:00 PM
(Formerly DCL 220) A study of the means and methods of proof or disproof of a proposition as either permitted, required or prohibited under the Anglo-American system of jurisprudence. The rules respecting problems of remoteness and prejudice of evidence, circumstantial proof, the employment of writings, their authentication and proof of their contents. A study in depth of hearsay evidence and its status in the evidence. A thorough inquiry into the so-called "evidential preferences" of our legal system and the deficiencies of hearsay evidence as related to these preferences.
2 Gaming Law / Fletcher, Eze.635F / 001 97P85TM/2:00pm-3:40pm20 341 04-30-2020 12:00 PM
(Formerly titled Advanced Topics in Indian Law: Indian Gaming Law) This course will introduce students to the unique legal issues that govern Indian gaming activities. Indian Gaming has been the largest economic development tool available to Indian tribal governments over the past 30 years. Today, the Indian gaming industry generates more than $25 billion per year, nationwide. Students in this class will learn about the federal and tribal regulatory structures that govern tribal gaming, the interplay of federal, state, tribal, and local laws in this regulatory structure, the process by which tribes and states negotiate gaming compacts, and the nuanced classification of tribal gaming activities.
2 Health Care Fraud and Abuse / Gulick, P. .558J / 001 97P85VR/4:00pm-5:40pm20 344 05-05-2020 12:00 PM
(Formerly DCL 594) The course will cover federal and state laws that impose criminal and civil penalties on health care providers for a variety of activities, ranging from payment for referrals to the submissions of false claims. The course would cover the federal and state illegal remuneration statutes, the federal civil monetary penalty and exclusion laws, the federal anti-referral (Stark) law, and the federal false claims laws as they apply to the health care industry.
2 Housing Law and the Public Interest / Gilmore, Bri.603B / 001 97P85WT/2:00pm-3:40pm20 335 Final Paper, U
This is an introductory course that focuses on the significant laws, cases and policies formulated in the 21st century to address housing issues in the United States. The focus is on laws that were a response to economic, racial, and immigration issues and laws and policies designed to provide more access and opportunity to obtain safe, fair, and affordable housing. The course will examine legal and policy areas relating to housing and the problem of providing housing to the population in an effort to bring the issue of a society providing housing for its citizens full circle.
2 Immigration Consequences of Crime / Kloet, Joa.541T / 301 97P85YW/6:00pm-7:40pm20 335 Final Paper,
This course will examine the immigration consequences of criminal activity through analysis of statutes, regulations, case law, and official federal agency publications. Students will gain the knowledge needed to identify, analyze, and provide advice and counsel with regard to substantive and procedural immigration and naturalization issues that arise from criminal law matters.
3 Information Privacy and Security Law / Candeub, Ada.535P / 001 97P854MW/2:00pm-3:15pm40 345 04-30-2020 12:00 PM
Examines the regulation of information flow with particular attention to statutory and compliance issues. Topics include the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, Fair Credit Reporting Act, Stored Communications Act, and the Banking Secrecy Act. The course is designed to prepare students to take the privacy certification examinations offered by the International Association of Privacy Professionals. Note: Students who have taken Cyber Law (533C) are not permitted to enroll in this course.
2 Insurance Law / Bowden, Dre.514 / 301 97P855T/6:00pm-7:40pm20 335 04-24-2020 12:00 PM
Insurance Law addresses (i) the history and function of a variety of types of insurance (including property, life, annuities, directors and officers, and errors and omissions) (ii) issues regarding contract formation (including critical and common elements of an insurance contract), (iii) state, federal and international insurance regulation (focusing on regulation under Michigan law), (iv) reinsurance and other forms of risk transfer, (v) the insurance claims process, and (vi) defense and settlement of insurance claims. If time permits, the course may also address actuarial assumptions, predictive modeling, risk management, and sales and marketing of insurance products.
3 International Business Transactions / Barnhizer, Dan.512B / 730 97P856Online15 Take Home Exam,
This course is an introduction to international business transactions. We will explore the following general topics: agreements for the international trading of goods, financing the international sale of goods, establishing and operating a foreign investment, the resolution of international business disputes and enforcement of dispute settlement awards.
3 International Environmental Law / Favre, Dav.548E / 001 97P86AMW/4:00pm-5:15pm20 341 Final Paper, U
(Formerly DCL 417) This course introduces the student to the use of bilateral and multilateral treaties and other international mechanisms for dealing with international environmental problems such as ozone in the upper atmosphere, the greenhouse effect, destruction of forest and trade in endangered species. Normally, a paper is required.
2 International Human Rights / Bitensky, Sus.548F / 001 97P86CR/4:00pm-5:40pm38 346 05-05-2020 12:00 PM
(Formerlty DCL 418) This course explores human rights and the international legal order, background, concepts and the future. It will also consider major international agreements and their relation to local law, and remedies for the implementation of human rights.
2 International Sale of Goods / Reifenberg, Jr., Joh.548G / 001 97P86ETR/4:00pm-4:50pm30 324 Take Home Exam,
(Formerly DCL 478) A study of international sales law under the United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods (CISG). Similarities and contrasts with sales law under Article 2 of the Uniform Commercial Code will be investigated. Also addressed are the UNIDROIT Principles of International Commercial Contracts.
2 Introduction to Islamic Law / Khalil, Moh.545F / 001 97P86FW/4:00pm-5:40pm20 344 Oral Exam, **
The study of Islamic legal philosophy and the historical evolution of Islamic legal and jurisprudential systems that will include origins, nature, sources, and interpretive methodologies of classical Islamic law, and the main institution for upholding this law, the madhhab, or school of law, examining its development from the formative to the post-formative periods and highlighting important controversies generated along the way; Early encounter of Islamic law with modernity; and Exploration of several contemporary topics that have served as catalysts for new tensions and alternative approaches and interpretive theories.
Footnote(s): Final assessment changed from in-class proctored exam on 4-27-20 at 1:30pm to oral exam.
3 Jurisprudence / Fletcher, Mat.579J / 001 97P86GMW/10:30am-11:45am20 325 Final Paper, U
(Formerly DCL 385) This course surveys several views of law and the legal process. It also examines the judicial decision-making process and the social, political and moral contexts that influence and are influenced by judicial decision.
3 Juvenile Law / Darden, Tif.541K / 001 97P86HTR/2:00pm-3:15pm20 341 Final Paper, U **
(Formerly DCL 378) A survey of the law related to juvenile courts in the areas of delinquency and child neglect, including jurisdiction and waivers thereof, arrest, pre-trial, and trial procedure and disposition.
Footnote(s): This class is cross enrolled with students from MSU graduate and honors programs.
3 King Scholars Jurisprudence / Fletcher, Mat.626C / 001 97P86KMW/10:30am-11:45am10 325 Final Paper, U
(Formerly DCL 359) Prerequisite: King Scholar A course in jurisprudence available to King Scholars as part of the King Scholarship Program. Students entering with a King Scholarship must enroll for the King Scholars Jurisprudence class during their third semester at the Law College. Matriculating students receiving a King Scholarship must enroll for the King Scholars Jurisprudence class in their next regular semester.
2 King Scholars Seminar / Fletcher, Mat.626D / 001 97P86JArranged10 Final Paper,
(Formerly DCL 404) Students who have a King Scholarship must enroll for the King Scholars Senior Paper course in their last regular semester at the Law College.
Prerequisite(s): King Scholars Jurisprudence
3 Land Use Planning / Ten Brink, Cha.566B / 001 97P86MMW/4:00pm-5:15pm40 325 04-27-2020 12:00 PM
(Formerly DCL 401) THIS COURSE MAY BE OFFERED AS EITHER 2 OR 3 CREDITS. Explores the principal methods of local government control of land use, with special emphasis on the theory and practice of zoning and eminent domain. Analyzes judicial response, through the use of nuisance and "takings" doctrines, to local land use planning efforts.
Prerequisite(s): Property
3 Law and Economics / Mercuro, Nic.515 / 301 97P86NMW/6:00pm-7:15pm See notes for additional exam information20 346 Final Paper, **
Law & Economics or as sometimes named The Economic Analysis of Law or the New Law and Economics consists of the application of economic theory – primarily microeconomics and the basic concepts of welfare economics – to examine the formation, structure, processes, and economic impact of law and legal institutions. The purpose of this course is: (A) to provide a brief review of i) microeconomic theory and ii) the history of law, sufficient to (B) undertake a survey of the dominant schools of thought that comprise the field of Law & Economics. The various schools of thought that compete in this marketplace of ideas, include i) the Chicago approach to law and economics, ii) public choice theory, iii) social norms and law and economics, and iv) the new institutional economics. The goal is to have students understand the jurisprudential niche occupied by the several schools of thought that comprise the field of Law & Economics in present-day legal scholarship ... to come to appreciate the history of the people, the places, the ideas, and the resources that established prestigious Law & Economics Programs and Centers at the nation’s elite law schools ... always with a focus on their impact on the nation’s political economy. Each of these schools of thought places a significant emphasis on the interrelations between law and economy. The schools of thought presented are both competing and complementary perspectives on, or approaches to, the study of the development and the reformulation of law. Each is devoted to its own examination of the interrelations of legal and economic processes and thus, the nation’s political economy. As such, the materials covered in the course are of fundamental importance not only for those working in the fields of economics and law, but also to those in the contiguous disciplines of political science, philosophy, psychology, and sociology.
Footnote(s): There will be three non-comprehensive exams - two taken during the semester and the third taken during final exams. Final assessment changed from in-class proctored exam on 5-4-20 to a paper.
Prerequisite(s): After taking this course, students may not take Analytical Methods for Lawyers - Microeconomics (509A), nor may they be taken concurrently.
2 Law and Interpretation / Ravitch, Fra.579R / 001 97P86PM/4:00pm-5:40pm13 340 Take Home Exam, **
This course will explore the ways in which judges and other legal actors interpret the law. Anyone who has studied law for even a short period of time quickly becomes aware that there are a variety of legal and jurisprudential tools that judges can use in interpreting the law. In this course we will explore the various tools judges use in interpreting cases, as well as a number of the theoretical schools that influence or help us understand judicial decision-making. We will do this by analyzing cases and by studying the various tools/theories relevant to legal interpretation. The course will cover legal interpretation in the contexts of constitutional, statutory, and common law. The hope is to look underneath the cases and try to understand how great legal minds (judges, lawyers, and scholars) can look at the same or similar facts and law, yet reach significantly varied interpretative results.
Footnote(s): This class is cross enrolled with students from MSU graduate and honors programs.
3 Law and Religion / Ravitch, Fra.579K / 001 97P86RMW/2:00pm-3:15pm30 325 04-30-2020 12:00 PM **
(Formerly DCL 530) This course will focus on church/state law -- the legal doctrines that have arisen in cases under the Establishment Clause and Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment. The course will explore the role of law in various religious traditions and the role of religion in law and public discourse. Topics addressed include school prayer, government aid to religious institutions (including school vouchers and charitable choice), government endorsement of religious symbols, the role of public forum doctrine in religion cases, freedom of religious expression, and the freedom to practice one's religion.
Footnote(s): This class is cross enrolled with students from MSU graduate and honors programs.
0 Law Externship Seminar / Thompson, Cou.625D / 732 97RUHYOnline0 No Exam, P
Classroom component for students enrolled in an externship.
0 Law Externship Seminar / Wease, Chr.625D / 731 97RUHZOnline0 No Exam, P
Classroom component for students enrolled in an externship.
0 Law Externship Seminar / Wease, Chr.625D / 730 97RUHXOnline0 No Exam, P
Classroom component for students enrolled in an externship.
0 Law Externship Seminar / Thompson, Cou.625D / 301 97RUHWArranged0 No Exam, P
Classroom component for students enrolled in an externship.
2 Legal Issues with Energy Development and Wildlife / Frampton, Car.565C / 001 97P86TM/8:00am-9:40am17 340 Final Paper, **
This course will explore emerging issues in energy law and policy that relate to fish and wildlife. The class is responsible for publishing The Wildlife Law Call, a newsletter on current case law and articles pertinent to energy development and wildlife issues. Students are graded on their individual contribution to this publication.
Footnote(s): This class is cross enrolled with students from MSU graduate and honors programs.
3 Legislation / Staszewski, Gle.579P / 001 97P86UMW/8:45am-10:00am30 324 04-29-2020 12:00 PM
(Formerly DCL 329) This course starts with the premise that understanding the legislative process is important for sophisticated legal analysis in an age of legislation. The course therefore studies different theories of the legislative process, as well as the accompanying doctrines and theories of statutory interpretation. It also examines structures of representative democracy and deliberative decision making, including the principle of "one person, one vote," reapportionment of legislative districts, term limits, the line-item veto, and regulations of campaign finance. Finally, the course considers the use of direct democracy as an alternative to republican government and examines the role of administrative agencies in the implementation and interpretation of statutes. By the end of the semester, students will have a greater understanding of the various public law institutions in the United States, their relationships to one another, and how this knowledge can be used to construct persuasive arguments regarding the application of positive law to particular legal problems.
3 Mortgage Finance / Spoon, Ell.517A / 001 97P86VMW/2:00pm-3:15pm35 346 04-30-2020 12:00 PM **
(Formerly Mortgage Banking Law) 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.
Footnote(s): This class is cross enrolled with students from MSU graduate and honors programs.
2 Negotiation / Raheem, Ant.591C / 001 97P86XR/2:00pm-3:40pm16 335 No Exam, E
(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.
2 Negotiation / Basta, Jos.591C / 002 97P86YT/10:15am-11:55am16 335 Take Home Exam, E
(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.
2 No-Fault Insurance Law / Sinas, Geo. & Sinas, Ste. & Waldman, Bry.595 / 301 97P86ZW/6:00pm-7:40pm30 324 05-04-2020 12:00 PM
(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.
2 Patent Litigation / Dishman, Tod. & Mettes, Lin.533R / 001 97P862M/4:00pm-5:40pm20 344 No Exam,
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.
3 Payment Systems / Alsup, Con.501G / 001 97P863TR/2:00pm-3:15pm30 324 04-28-2020 12:00 PM
“This course, which is a subject tested on Bar Exams, deals with negotiable instruments pursuant to Article 3 of the UCC along with bank deposits and collections under Article 4, electronic funds transfers under Article 4A and letters of credit under Article 5, all being matters with which attorneys are regularly concerned. Included in the curricula are the related federal regulations, clearing house rules and permissible credit card transactions. The course alerts the student to the proper use, care and pitfalls attendant to negotiable instruments and will include teaching professional and practical aspects of recognizing them, how they are created and how they must be handled so as to avoid losses and liabilities. There is no prerequisite course.”
3 Products Liability / Wittner, Nic.522 / 001 97P867MW/10:30am-11:45am25 324 Take Home Exam, **
(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.
Footnote(s): The final assessment for this class was changed from an in-class proctored exam on 5/5/20 at 8:30am to a take-home exam. This class is cross enrolled with students from MSU graduate and honors programs.
2 Racial Justice - Legal and Societal Dimensions of Truth & Reconciliation / Lawrence, Mic.541W / 001 97P87DT/4:00pm-5:40pm23 346 Final Paper, U **
This class is designed for two cohorts of students (JD students and MSU graduate/undergraduate Honors students) to learn about the concept of racial justice in America, and to explore processes of truth and reconciliation that can help bring about the goals of racial healing and transformation. Students will analyze materials from a number of perspectives, including the legal issues involved in truth and reconciliation, as well as the societal ramifications of such efforts.
Footnote(s): This class is cross enrolled with students from MSU graduate and honors programs.
2 Regulating Environmental Risk / Morag-Levine, Nog.566Q / 001 97P87EM/2:00pm-3:40pm17 344 Final Paper, U **
This course examines regulatory responses to environmental and other risks to human life and health. It aims to familiarize students with the particular challenges regulators face in responding to such risks, and the spectrum of regulatory choices available to them. Topics to be covered include: Judicial v. administrative regulation of risk, risk assessment and risk management, direct and indirect regulation, cost-benefit analysis, the precautionary principle, and environmental justice. The course will analyze the range of policy, political, and legal-cultural factors behind current American approaches to the regulation of environmental risk. 
Footnote(s): This class is cross enrolled with students from MSU graduate and honors programs.
3 Sales and Leases / Lawton, Ann.501F / 001 97P87GTR/8:30am-9:45am70 472 TBD
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). The class is not open to students who already have taken Commercial Transactions Survey (LAW 501M), or the 4-credit hour Sales and Secured Transactions class.
Prerequisite(s): Contracts. Students who have taken Commercial Transactions Survey or 4-cr. Sales and Secured Transactions may not take this class.
2 Sports Law / Schneider, Deb.609 / 301 97P87HW/6:00pm-7:40pm20 325 Final Paper,
(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. 
2 Topics in Constitutional Law: Judicial Biographies / Kuykendall, Mae.579U / 001 97P87KW/4:00pm-5:40pm20 335 Final Paper, U
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.
2 Topics in Constitutional Law: Presidential Powers / Staszewski, Gle.579U / 002 97P87MW/2:00pm-3:40pm20 341 Final Paper, U
This course examines the scope and limits of presidential power in the United States. It considers leading theories of presidential power, including unitary executive theory, and covers related topics such as executive orders, presidential pardons, diplomatic appointments and foreign affairs, White House control of the regulatory state, special counsel investigations, executive privilege, and impeachment.
2 Torts II / Kalt, Bri.525 / 001 97P87NMW/11:00am-11:50am80 472 05-05-2020 12:00 PM
This course surveys specialized torts such as nuisance, defamation, privacy, civil rights, misuse of legal procedure, misrepresentation, interference with advantageous relationships, torts in the age of statutes, and alternative compensation systems.
Prerequisite(s): Torts
2 Trademark Law and Unfair Competition Law / Murshak, Mik.533N / 301 97P87PT/6:00pm-7:40pm20 346 Take Home Exam,
(Formerly DCL 461) This course addresses current issues and developments such as the constitutional foundations and limitations of trademark protection, domain names and cybersquatting.
3 Trial Practice Institute – Scientific Evidence & Legal Technology / Lanning, Bar. & Schulz, Dev.623N / 301 97P9CAR/6:00pm-8:30pm32 346 No Exam,
Scientific Evidence & Legal Technology reviews the maximization of technology in the delivery of legal services. This course requires students to develop a competence in the use of experts during litigation, the e-discovery process, and new legal delivery methods.
Prerequisite(s): 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.
2 Trial Practice Institute – Trial Presentation / McNally, Ver. & Swartzle, Bro.623M / 301 97P9B8R/6:00pm-7:40pm32 428 No Exam,
This course reviews the efficient use of courtroom technology and the presentation of electronic evidence, effective verbal and nonverbal communication skills, and proper courtroom etiquette and decorum during the various stages of litigation.
Prerequisite(s): 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.
2 Trial Practice Institute-Pretrial II / McNally, Ver.623C / 001 97P87ST/10:15am-11:55am16 428 E **
(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.
Footnote(s): Trials scheduled for 4/17/20-4/19/20 Tentative
2 Trial Practice Institute-Pretrial II / Sherman, Ann.623C / 301 97P87RM/6:00pm-7:40pm16 428 E **
(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.
Footnote(s): Trials Scheduled for 4/17/20-4/19-20 Tentative
3 Trial Practice Institute-Trial II / Abouzeid, Had.623E / 301 97P87UW/6:00pm-8:30pm16 428 E **
(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.
Footnote(s): Trials scheduled for 4/17/20-4/19/20 Tentative
3 Trial Practice Institute-Trial II / Burakoff, Pau.623E / 001 97P87TT/2:00pm-4:45pm No class week of 2/25 or 3/1016 428 E **
(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.
Footnote(s): Trials scheduled for 4/17/20-4/19/20 Tentative
3 Trusts and Estates / Blankfein-Tabachnick, Dav.501D / 001 97P87VTR/10:30am-11:45am80 471 05-04-2020 12:00 PM
(Formerly Decedents' Estates and Trusts) A study of the pattern of practices for transmitting wealth in view of death. The course surveys probate jurisdiction and administration; intestate succession; limitations on testamentary power; execution requirements for wills; revocation, revalidation and revival of wills; incorporation by reference; contest of wills and related remedies. Also covered are the private express trust, inter vivos and testamentary, including functions, prohibited trust purposes and requisites for creation; informal and incomplete trusts, including resulting, constructive and savings bank trusts; termination of trusts; gifts to charity, including historical backgrounds, nature of charitable purposes and cy pres; powers and duties of the fiduciary; and remedies of beneficiaries in case of breach of duty.
3 Workers' Compensation / Bruce-Erickson, Car.610 / 001 97P87WTR/4:00pm-5:15pm40 345 05-05-2020 12:00 PM
This course approaches workers’ compensation from a national perspective, exposing students to the varied laws across the country while focusing on the common principles of this area of law in all states. With its “no fault” status, workers’ disability compensation is a unique type of law which impacts businesses and most workers in the United States. The Michigan Workers’ Disability Compensation Act is used as the model law for the class and several important Michigan cases are included as additional course materials.
Top, A = Alternate Year, E = Experiential Learning, P = permission required, S = professional skills course, U = satisfies ULWR

Miscellaneous
Cr.Course Name / ProfessorCrse. / Sect. #Sect. IDDay/TimeLimitsRoomExam DetailsNotes
2 Appellate Competition / Copland, Jen.627Q / 002 97P9SFArranged0 No Exam, E P
This is a performance and presentation-based course that serves as the intensive training component for the law school’s Appellate Competition Team. The course covers the mechanics of appellate practice with a focus on preparation for interscholastic or bar association advocacy competitions. Topics in the course include development of case theory, effective advocacy skills, and appropriate professional conduct. Students must complete at least 24 credits to be eligible for invitation to participate.
Prerequisite(s): Research, Writing and Analysis, and Advocacy Permission Only
2 Appellate Competition / Carter-Johnson, Jen.627Q / 014 97P9SUArranged0 No Exam, E P
This is a performance and presentation-based course that serves as the intensive training component for the law school’s Appellate Competition Team. The course covers the mechanics of appellate practice with a focus on preparation for interscholastic or bar association advocacy competitions. Topics in the course include development of case theory, effective advocacy skills, and appropriate professional conduct. Students must complete at least 24 credits to be eligible for invitation to participate.
Prerequisite(s): Research, Writing and Analysis, and Advocacy Permission Only
Var Appellate Competition / Carter-Johnson, Jen.627Q / 013 97P9STArranged0 No Exam, E P
This is a performance and presentation-based course that serves as the intensive training component for the law school’s Appellate Competition Team. The course covers the mechanics of appellate practice with a focus on preparation for interscholastic or bar association advocacy competitions. Topics in the course include development of case theory, effective advocacy skills, and appropriate professional conduct. Students must complete at least 24 credits to be eligible for invitation to participate.
Prerequisite(s): Research, Writing and Analysis, and Advocacy Permission Only
2 Appellate Competition / Carter-Johnson, Jen.627Q / 012 97P9SSArranged0 No Exam, E P
This is a performance and presentation-based course that serves as the intensive training component for the law school’s Appellate Competition Team. The course covers the mechanics of appellate practice with a focus on preparation for interscholastic or bar association advocacy competitions. Topics in the course include development of case theory, effective advocacy skills, and appropriate professional conduct. Students must complete at least 24 credits to be eligible for invitation to participate.
Prerequisite(s): Research, Writing and Analysis, and Advocacy Permission Only
Var Appellate Competition / Fort, Kat.627Q / 011 97P9SRArranged0 No Exam, E P
This is a performance and presentation-based course that serves as the intensive training component for the law school’s Appellate Competition Team. The course covers the mechanics of appellate practice with a focus on preparation for interscholastic or bar association advocacy competitions. Topics in the course include development of case theory, effective advocacy skills, and appropriate professional conduct. Students must complete at least 24 credits to be eligible for invitation to participate.
Prerequisite(s): Research, Writing and Analysis, and Advocacy Permission Only
Var Appellate Competition / Costello, Nan.627Q / 010 97P9SPArranged0 No Exam, E P
This is a performance and presentation-based course that serves as the intensive training component for the law school’s Appellate Competition Team. The course covers the mechanics of appellate practice with a focus on preparation for interscholastic or bar association advocacy competitions. Topics in the course include development of case theory, effective advocacy skills, and appropriate professional conduct. Students must complete at least 24 credits to be eligible for invitation to participate.
Prerequisite(s): Research, Writing and Analysis, and Advocacy Permission Only
Var Appellate Competition / Spiliopoulos, Ela.627Q / 009 97P9SNArranged0 No Exam, E P
This is a performance and presentation-based course that serves as the intensive training component for the law school’s Appellate Competition Team. The course covers the mechanics of appellate practice with a focus on preparation for interscholastic or bar association advocacy competitions. Topics in the course include development of case theory, effective advocacy skills, and appropriate professional conduct. Students must complete at least 24 credits to be eligible for invitation to participate.
Prerequisite(s): Research, Writing and Analysis, and Advocacy Permission Only
2 Appellate Competition / Copland, Jen.627Q / 008 97P9SMArranged0 No Exam, E P
This is a performance and presentation-based course that serves as the intensive training component for the law school’s Appellate Competition Team. The course covers the mechanics of appellate practice with a focus on preparation for interscholastic or bar association advocacy competitions. Topics in the course include development of case theory, effective advocacy skills, and appropriate professional conduct. Students must complete at least 24 credits to be eligible for invitation to participate.
Prerequisite(s): Research, Writing and Analysis, and Advocacy Permission Only
Var Appellate Competition / Copland, Jen.627Q / 007 97P9SKArranged0 No Exam, E P
This is a performance and presentation-based course that serves as the intensive training component for the law school’s Appellate Competition Team. The course covers the mechanics of appellate practice with a focus on preparation for interscholastic or bar association advocacy competitions. Topics in the course include development of case theory, effective advocacy skills, and appropriate professional conduct. Students must complete at least 24 credits to be eligible for invitation to participate.
Prerequisite(s): Research, Writing and Analysis, and Advocacy Permission Only
2 Appellate Competition / Copland, Jen.627Q / 006 97P9SJArranged0 No Exam, E P
This is a performance and presentation-based course that serves as the intensive training component for the law school’s Appellate Competition Team. The course covers the mechanics of appellate practice with a focus on preparation for interscholastic or bar association advocacy competitions. Topics in the course include development of case theory, effective advocacy skills, and appropriate professional conduct. Students must complete at least 24 credits to be eligible for invitation to participate.
Prerequisite(s): Research, Writing and Analysis, and Advocacy Permission Only
Var Appellate Competition / Copland, Jen.627Q / 005 97P9SHArranged0 No Exam, E P
This is a performance and presentation-based course that serves as the intensive training component for the law school’s Appellate Competition Team. The course covers the mechanics of appellate practice with a focus on preparation for interscholastic or bar association advocacy competitions. Topics in the course include development of case theory, effective advocacy skills, and appropriate professional conduct. Students must complete at least 24 credits to be eligible for invitation to participate.
Prerequisite(s): Research, Writing and Analysis, and Advocacy Permission Only
2 Appellate Competition / Copland, Jen.627Q / 004 97P9SGArranged0 No Exam, E P
This is a performance and presentation-based course that serves as the intensive training component for the law school’s Appellate Competition Team. The course covers the mechanics of appellate practice with a focus on preparation for interscholastic or bar association advocacy competitions. Topics in the course include development of case theory, effective advocacy skills, and appropriate professional conduct. Students must complete at least 24 credits to be eligible for invitation to participate.
Prerequisite(s): Research, Writing and Analysis, and Advocacy Permission Only
2 Appellate Competition / Copland, Jen.627Q / 003 97P9SEArranged0 No Exam, E P
This is a performance and presentation-based course that serves as the intensive training component for the law school’s Appellate Competition Team. The course covers the mechanics of appellate practice with a focus on preparation for interscholastic or bar association advocacy competitions. Topics in the course include development of case theory, effective advocacy skills, and appropriate professional conduct. Students must complete at least 24 credits to be eligible for invitation to participate.
Prerequisite(s): Research, Writing and Analysis, and Advocacy Permission Only
2 Appellate Competition / Copland, Jen.627Q / 001 97P9SDARR0 No Exam, E P
This is a performance and presentation-based course that serves as the intensive training component for the law school’s Appellate Competition Team. The course covers the mechanics of appellate practice with a focus on preparation for interscholastic or bar association advocacy competitions. Topics in the course include development of case theory, effective advocacy skills, and appropriate professional conduct. Students must complete at least 24 credits to be eligible for invitation to participate.
Prerequisite(s): Research, Writing and Analysis, and Advocacy Permission Only
Var Trial Competition / McNally, Ver.627R / 001 97RUB8Arranged0 No Exam, E P
This is a performance and presentation-based course that serves as the intensive training component for the law school’s Mock Trial Team. The course covers the mechanics of trial practice with a focus on preparation for interscholastic or bar association competitions. Topics in the course include development of case theory, effective advocacy skills, and appropriate professional conduct. Students must complete at least 24 credits to be eligible for invitation to participate.
Prerequisite(s): Research, Writing and Analysis, and Advocacy Permission Only
Var Trial Competition / McNally, Ver.627R / 002 97RUB9Arranged0 No Exam, E P
This is a performance and presentation-based course that serves as the intensive training component for the law school’s Mock Trial Team. The course covers the mechanics of trial practice with a focus on preparation for interscholastic or bar association competitions. Topics in the course include development of case theory, effective advocacy skills, and appropriate professional conduct. Students must complete at least 24 credits to be eligible for invitation to participate.
Prerequisite(s): Research, Writing and Analysis, and Advocacy Permission Only
Var Trial Competition / McNally, Ver.627R / 003 97RUCAArranged0 No Exam, E P
This is a performance and presentation-based course that serves as the intensive training component for the law school’s Mock Trial Team. The course covers the mechanics of trial practice with a focus on preparation for interscholastic or bar association competitions. Topics in the course include development of case theory, effective advocacy skills, and appropriate professional conduct. Students must complete at least 24 credits to be eligible for invitation to participate.
Prerequisite(s): Research, Writing and Analysis, and Advocacy Permission Only
Var Trial Competition / McNally, Ver.627R / 004 97RUCBArranged0 No Exam, E P
This is a performance and presentation-based course that serves as the intensive training component for the law school’s Mock Trial Team. The course covers the mechanics of trial practice with a focus on preparation for interscholastic or bar association competitions. Topics in the course include development of case theory, effective advocacy skills, and appropriate professional conduct. Students must complete at least 24 credits to be eligible for invitation to participate.
Prerequisite(s): Research, Writing and Analysis, and Advocacy Permission Only
Top, A = Alternate Year, E = Experiential Learning, P = permission required, S = professional skills course, U = satisfies ULWR

Clinics
Cr.Course Name / ProfessorCrse. / Sect. #Sect. IDDay/TimeLimitsRoomExam DetailsNotes
6 Animal Welfare Clinic I / Nasser, Car.631R / 001 97P84GTR/10:15am-11:55am0 341 No Exam, E P
Students will work on animal human legal issues in a variety of contexts including private and public law disputes, government administrative action and policy development. Through direct client representation and systemic advocacy, student will engage in activities such as litigation, regulatory comments, policy and legislative drafting, and creation of educational materials.
3 Animal Welfare Clinic II / Nasser, Car.631S / 001 97RAT4Arranged0 No Exam, E P
Continuation of Animal Welfare Clinic I.
4 Chance at Childhood Clinic I / Kozakiewicz, Jos.631F / 001 97P84VW/9:00am-11:30am0 341 No Exam, E P
The Clinic provides a setting for law and social work students to gain experience in child advocacy. The Clinic provides a forum for advocating for children, both in individual cases and through seeking to affect public policy and practice within the state of Michigan. Student teams will serve in a variety of roles to effectively advocate for children.
Prerequisite(s): Research, Writing and Analysis,or Research, Writing and Analysis: Intellectual Property Perspective,or Research, Writing and Analysis: Criminal Law Perspective,or Research, Writing and Analysis: Social Justice Perspective and Advocacy
Var Chance at Childhood Clinic II / Kozakiewicz, Jos.631G / 001 97RCM3Arranged0 No Exam, E P
A continuation of Chance at Childhood Clinic I.
Prerequisite(s): Chance at Childhood Clinic I
4 Civil Rights Clinic I / Manville, Dan.630X / 001 97P84WTR/4:00pm-5:40pm0 335 No Exam, E P
Students will receive a versatile and well-rounded education in the intricacies of civil rights law and hone client management, case management, negotiation, and trial skills. Students will use their knowledge and skills to litigate civil rights cases in federal District Court (WD, MI) for their clients, prisoners who are incarcerated in Michigan and have asserted claims about the conditions of their confinement. Under the supervision of clinic faculty, students will represent their clients at all stages of these cases, including case development and strategy, discovery, motion practice, and trial. In addition to class times, students enrolled in this clinical program must work a minimum of 14 hours at the clinic each week NOTE: (1) Enrollment is by application only (please see student announcements for the application deadline). Preference will be given to students who commit to participate in the clinic for two semesters. (2) Enrolled students may be required to 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): All student clinicians enrolled in Civil Rights Clinic I must have successfully completed RWA and Advocacy. In addition, they must have successfully completed the first year (six credits) of the Law Colleges TPI program or must have successfully completed at least six credits in Evidence, Civil Trial Advocacy I, Civil Rights Seminar, Complex Civil Litigation, or Constitutional Law II.
Var Civil Rights Clinic II / Manville, Dan.630Z / 001 97P9FHArranged0 No Exam, E P
This is a continuing opportunity to students who have successfully completed coursework in Civil Rights Clinic I to enable them to further refine their skills in counseling clients, managing a caseload, and litigating civil rights cases on their clients’ behalf in federal District Court. Typically, students who are enrolled in Civil Rights Clinic II assume a more in-depth role in their clients’ litigation. As in Civil Rights Clinic I, students further their experience under the supervision of clinic faculty and enhance their knowledge of civil rights law and trial practice. In addition to class times, students enrolled in clinical programs must work a minimum of 14 hours at the clinic each week (in general, each student puts in an additional 12 to15 hours weekly). NOTE: (1) Enrollment in Civil Rights Clinic II is by invitation only. (2) Enrolled students may be required to 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): Civil Rights Clinic I
4 Housing Law Clinic I / Gilmore, Bri.630V / 001 97P85XMW/10:15am-11:55am0 344 No Exam, E P
(Formerly Rental Housing Clinic I - LAW 630A) Housing Law Clinic I is a comprehensive housing clinic that will cover a variety of housing areas for students. Students will have the opportunity to master the basics of local landlord-tenant law, and to focus on how the clinic can best serve the community in the housing area based upon the overall needs of the community and the problems facing consumers with respect to their housing choices. Other areas of clinic development and student advocacy will entail, but will not be limited to, foreclosures, fair housing, affordable housing, home ownership, and homelessness. Students can be expected to be assigned actual clients with housing problems and will, with supervision, act as legal counsel for these clients in a variety of settings. This will include advocacy in local housing courts and judicial tribunals in the state of Michigan. However, students will be mainly trained to be advocates, in and out of a judicial setting, with the overall goal to provide the student with a more expansive and well-rounded experience regarding housing law in a legal education setting. Students also will have the opportunity to consider other areas of housing advocacy where they might be able to have an impact on the lives of consumers, and will be supervised and supported in pursuing these goals on behalf of consumers. Enrollment in Housing Law Clinic I is by application only. Details about the application process will be provided to students in advance of each semester's enrollment period. 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 works between 12-15 hours weekly in addition to instructional time). NOTE: Enrolled students must attend a mandatory orientation session that will likely take place on the Saturday and Sunday immediately before the first day of class. Please see the clinics' website for additional information.
Prerequisite(s): Research, Writing and Advocacy I, Research, Writing and Advocacy II,Research, Writing and Analysis, Advocacy
4 Housing Law Clinic II / Gilmore, Bri.630W / 001 97P9FNArranged0 No Exam, E P
(Formerly Rental Housing Clinic II - LAW 630B) Housing Law Clinic II provides an opportunity for students, upon approval of the supervising faculty, to continue work Housing Law Clinic. The selected students will be expected to provide support and work more independently than students enrolled in Housing Law Clinic I. Expectations are high and ongoing projects and cases that these students are engaged in will be a core responsibility.
Prerequisite(s): Housing Law Clinic I, Rental Housing Clinic I
6 Immigration Law Clinic I / Thronson, Ver.630R / 001 97P852F/10:00am-12:00pm0 335 No Exam, E P
Students engage with immigrant communities through direct client representation and systemic advocacy. The Immigration Law Clinic provides opportunities for students to experience the practice of law in a well-supervised and academically rigorous program that both prepares them for the practice of law and enables them to critically assess social justice issues. In addition to client representation and advocacy, students participate in a clinic seminar. Students are required to work an average of 20 hours per week. Enrollment is by application only (please see student announcements for details of application process).
Prerequisite(s): Research, Writing and Advocacy I, Research, Writing and Advocacy II or Research, Writing & Analysis, Advocacy
Var Immigration Law Clinic II / Thronson, Ver.630S / 001 97P9FPArranged0 No Exam, E P
A supplement to Immigration Law Clinic I, open to students who have successfully completed Immigration Law Clinic I, and who have been invited to participate for a second semester. Students work on a clinic-based project developed in consultation with the professor. Credits for this course will be accorded on a sliding scale of one to three credits. Prerequisite(s): Immigration Law Clinic I
Prerequisite(s): Immigration Law Clinic I
4 Indian Law Clinic I / Fort, Kat.631J / 001 97P853MW/8:30am-10:10am0 344 No Exam, E P
This course provides students with the opportunity to work the environment of a small law firm dedicated to the practice of indigenous law. Students in the Clinic conduct legal research and write briefs for appellate cases, research legal matters for tribes, and develop policy papers for tribal governments and organizations.
Prerequisite(s): Research, Writing and Analysis Advocacy
Var Indian Law Clinic II / Fort, Kat.631K / 001 97R5G4Arranged0 No Exam, E P
A continuation of Indian Law Clinic I.
Prerequisite(s): Indian Law Clinic I or Indigenous Law and Policy Center I
6 Tax Clinic I / Wease, Jos.630C / 001 97P87JMW/10:15am-11:55am0 335 No Exam, E P
(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 orientati1n 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.
4 Tax Clinic II / Wease, Chr.630D / 001 97RAT5R/2:00pm-3:45pm0 344 No Exam, E P
(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
Top, A = Alternate Year, E = Experiential Learning, P = permission required, S = professional skills course, U = satisfies ULWR

Journals
Cr.Course Name / ProfessorCrse. / Sect. #Sect. IDDay/TimeLimitsRoomExam DetailsNotes
Var International Law Review / Lawrence, Mic.629A / 001 97P86DArranged0 Final Paper, P U
(Formerly Journal of International Law) Participation by writing competition upon satisfactory completion by day students of two full semesters and by evening students of three full semesters. Two credits of ungraded credit earned upon completion of a student article, a comment, required production work and participation in the organization of the International Law Symposium and the International Achievement Award Dinner.
Prerequisite(s): Advocacy, Research, Writing and Advocacy I, Research, Writing and Advocacy II, Research, Writing & Analysis
Var Law Review / Blankfein-Tabachnick, Dav.628 / 001 97P86SArranged0 Final Paper, P U
Participation is by invitation or writing competition upon satisfactory completion by full-time students of two full semesters and by part-time students of three full semesters. Four semester hours of ungraded credit earned upon successful completion of a casenote, a comment and all required production work.
Prerequisite(s): Credits completed and GPA
Top, A = Alternate Year, E = Experiential Learning, P = permission required, S = professional skills course, U = satisfies ULWR

Global Food Law - LL.M./M.J.

The following classes are open to students in the Global Food Law Program or with approval of the college. Enrollment requests should be sent to foodlaw@law.msu.edu.

Cr.Course Name / ProfessorCrse. / Sect. #Sect. IDDay/TimeLimitsRoomExam DetailsNotes
3 Administrative Law: Food Safety and Labeling / Candeub, Ada.810K / 730 97RBRSOnline GFL students only20 Take Home Exam,
Administrative law is the body of constitutional, statutory, and common law principles that both constrain and seek to legitimize the exercise of powers by governmental agencies. The history of food safety and labeling regulations in the United States begins in the late 1800s and continues through present day, culminating recently in the 2011 enactment of the Food Safety Modernization Act, which creates a new system of federal oversight of domestically produced and imported food products. This course introduces students to the essential elements of administrative law and follows the basic structure of an administrative law course, but diverges from the traditional study by using cases and problems that are specific to food safety and food labeling issues in the United States. The primary goal of the class is to provide students with knowledge of the fundamental administrative law principles applied in matters involving the regulation of food and food products, and the ability to apply these principles to problems similar to those encountered in actual practice. To the extent possible, this class will be taught from a practice-oriented approach, requiring students to engage in problem-solving exercises online.Students who have taken Administrative Law (532) may not take this course.
3 Advertising Law-Food Focus / Ekonomon, Ada.810T / 730 97P84AOnline20 Take Home Exam,
This course covers the regulation of advertising consumer products in the United States with a focus on the advertising of food products. Topics may include the general rules governing advertising, the various types of claims, including claims associated with food and FDA regulated claims, understanding claims vs. puffery, comparative advertising, evaluating the required substantiation required to support various types of claims, environmental marketing claims (“green” claims), the use of endorsements and testimonials, issues in advertising in social media, the right of publicity (use of one’s name and likeness in advertising activities), the regulation of consumer contests and sweepstakes, intellectual property issues in advertising, and some miscellaneous topics such as ambush marketing and native advertising.
Prerequisite(s): This course intended for students in the Global Food Law program
3 Food Regulation in Canada / Card-Abela, Mel.810C / 730 97P85POnline15 No Exam,
This course is designed for anyone who must understand the legal and regulatory complexities of the flow of food and agricultural products as they make their way from the farm gate to the grocery store shelves in Canada. This course will examine federal statutes and regulations including the Canada Agricultural Products Act, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency Act, the Consumer Packaging and Labeling Act, the Fish Inspection Act and the Meat Inspection Act.
Prerequisite(s): This course is restricted to students in the Global Food Law Program.
3 Food Regulation in the U.S. / Fortin, Nea.810A / 730 97P85ROnline15 Take Home Exam,
An online course designed for anyone who must understand the legal and regulatory complexities of the regulation of food products in the United States including issues such as food and food safety regulation, regulatory compliance, HACCP, the regulation of genetic modifications, food additive regulation, food labeling, dietary supplements, the protection of the food supply, and the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act.
Prerequisite(s): This course is restricted to students in the Global Food Law Program.
2 Foundations of Law and Legal Research / Domann, Bre.807A / 730 97P85SOnline GFL students only20 Take Home Exam,
This online course provides an introduction to the American legal system with a special focus on the research and writing needs of international scholars and non-lawyers (focus on American jurisprudence and Global Food Law).
Prerequisite(s): This course is restricted to students in the Global Food Law Program.
3 Halal Food: An Introduction to Islamic Laws and Ethics / Moghul, Uma.545K / 730 97P85UOnline20 Take Home Exam,
Current and expected growth in halal foods has necessitated that scientists, legal practitioners and other professionals, and thought leaders active in global food markets be conversant with Islamic dietary laws and ethics. This course will introduce students to the religious foundations of Islamic dietary laws, ethics and customs relating to food generally, and as they particularly relate to consumption and to commercial food production. We will study certain discreet topics as well, such as alcohol and gelatin, and the interaction of national laws with Islamic ethics, and the process of halal certification. The study of many topics will include consideration of kosher laws and practices.
Prerequisite(s): Intended for students in the Global Food Law Program only
3 International Business Transactions / Barnhizer, Dan.512B / 731 97P857Online15 Take Home Exam, **
This course is an introduction to international business transactions. We will explore the following general topics: agreements for the international trading of goods, financing the international sale of goods, establishing and operating a foreign investment, the resolution of international business disputes and enforcement of dispute settlement awards.
Footnote(s): This section is for GFL students only.
3 International Food Laws and Regulations / Fortin, Nea.810D / 730 97P86BOnline15 Take Home Exam,
The objective of this online course is to provide the student with an overview of the systems of food regulation practiced in different regions of the world including some of the cultural and social-economic factors which influence the regulation of food products in the specific region including issues such as genetic modification, importation, exportation, food additives, and regulatory compliance.
Prerequisite(s): This course is restricted to students in the Global Food Law Program.
3 International Food Standards — WHO and FAO / Hegarty, P. .810F / 730 97P84XOnline15 Take Home Exam,
(Previously titled Codex Alimentarius)This course is to familiarize students with the history, development and workings of the Codex Alimentarius Commission in formulating and harmonizing food standards and ensuring their global implementation. This course will focus both on the content of the Codex Alimentarius and on legal application of the Codex Alimentarius.
Prerequisite(s): This course is restricted to students in the Global Food Law Program.
3 Regulatory Leadership in Food Law / Card-Abela, Mel.810U / 730 98P87XOnline20 Take Home Exam,
In the modern regulatory state, the attorney or regulatory affairs manager is looked to for counsel on more than just the meaning of black letter law, but also for guidance and leadership in dealing with agencies, particularly in adverse or high-stakes situations. This course will provide students with an introduction to regulatory affairs through the regulation of food. Among other concepts, this course will cover: the nature of the regulatory process; the role of regulatory affairs; the practical application of regulatory affairs; tools and strategies concerning regulatory affairs; the nature of assessing and communicating risk; quality controls and management; compliance; and judicial review of agency decisions.
Prerequisite(s): This course is restricted to students in the Global Food Law Program.
3 Wine, Beer, & Spirits Laws and Regulations / Card-Abela, Mel.810Y / 730 97P87FOnline20 Take Home Exam,
The course emphasizes federal laws, specifically regulation by the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau. Among other concepts, this course will cover: industry’s primary regulators, the classification of beverages, the regulation of labeling and advertising, three-tier distribution system, excise taxes, and liability.
Prerequisite(s): This course is intended for students in the Global Food Law Program.
Top, A = Alternate Year, E = Experiential Learning, P = permission required, S = professional skills course, U = satisfies ULWR