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Courses Offered in Spring 2020

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Advanced Legal Research in Business Law

[1 credit] Matt Morrison

Limited enrollment. 

Prerequisite: Lawyering.

Degree Requirements: Experiential Learning

This course will introduce students to online sources for finding corporate business information. Sessions will cover materials generated by the business entity such as annual reports and filings with state and federal agencies, materials produced by third parties, market and industry information, and business news. The focus will be on learning to use business databases, research strategy, and the evaluation of resources.

International Finance, Banking, and Arbitration Law Research

[1 Credit] Dan Blackaby

Letter Grade Only. Limited Enrollment

Prerequisites: Lawyering; Business Research recommended.

Degree Requirements: Experiential Learning

This course will explore research methods in the fields of International Finance, Banking and Arbitration by examining the organizational and documentary structures of the regulatory and corporate bodies that operate in this arena, and the documentary evidence available to researchers. Students discover and contextualize the corporate and transactional structures used, as well as examine the dispute resolution methodology used.

Foreign, Comparative, and International Legal Research

[2 Credit] Jacob Sayward, Sabrina Sondhi

 Letter Grade

Prerequisites: Lawyering

Degree Requirements: Experiential Learning

The practice of law continues to become ever more dependent upon a clear understanding of the global context in which it occurs. This course provides an overview of sources, methods, and strategies for researching foreign, comparative, and international law. Topics to be covered in this course include the research of public international law, private international law and transnational legal practice, foreign and comparative law, the United Nations, the European Union, and international courts. While there may be some assigned readings, available via the course website (there is no required textbook to purchase), more of students’ out-of-class time will be focused on completion of assignments. Class time will be a mix of lecture and guided completion of in-class exercises. Foreign language ability is not required.

Law Practice Technology

[1 credit]  Dan Blackaby, Jacob Sayward, Sabrina Sondhi

Limited enrollment. 

Degree Requirements: Experiential Learning 

Rapidly evolving technologies are undoubtedly transforming the traditional law practice.  The purpose of this course is to explore and investigate the use and impact of current technologies in the practice of law.  The focus will be smaller to mid-sized law firms but there will also be some discussion on large practice groups. Tools for client management, electronic discovery, and document management will be analyzed.  Ethical issues relating to proper use of technology and data management will be discussed. Electronic communications and social networking tools will also be explored.

Research and Analysis in Law Practice

[2 credits] Nina Scholtz

Limited enrollment.

Prerequisite: Lawyering  required for JD students. LL.M. students who have already taken, or are concurrently enrolled in, Principles of American Legal Writing may take this course

Degree Requirements: Experiential Learning.

Build upon the research skills honed in Lawyering to explore advanced strategies for conducting legal research. This course provides an overview of the resources, methods, and strategies necessary to conduct efficient and effective online legal research for upper-level courses and employment. Students will learn when and how to use subscription and open access databases for researching legal information. Students can expect to complete a series of research assignments and a final research project.