Course Information

 

for LAW Department


Introduction to Community Service (ASL0100)

Credits:0

Introduction to Community Service (ASL0100M)

Credits:0

Internship 01 Summer 2013 (INT01SU13)

Credits:1

Strategies for Legal Success I (LAW001)

Credits:1

(1 credit hour) helps students improve the essential skills needed to succeed in law school, including critical thinking, reading, and listening as well as effective case briefing, note taking, outlining, and exam writing. This course also promotes an understanding of the law of Agency that students will encounter in Torts, Contracts, Property, and Business Associations.

Strategies for Legal Success I MLS (LAW001M)

Credits:0

Strategies for Legal Success II (LAW002)

Credits:0

(1 credit hour) helps students improve the essential skills needed to succeed in law school, including critical thinking, reading, and listening as well as effective case briefing, note taking, outlining, and exam writing. This course also promotes an understanding of the law of Agency that students will encounter in Torts, Contracts, Property, and Business Associations.

Intro to Law/Strategies for Success (LAW003)

Credits:2

Introduction to ASL Legal Studies (LAW004)

Credits:2

Introduction to ASL Legal Studies II (LAW005)

Credits:2

Intro to Law (LAW0101)

Credits:0

Intro to Law & Torts (LAW0101A)

Credits:1

Intro to Law MLS (LAW0101M)

Credits:0

Contracts I (LAW0102)

Credits:3

(three credit hours) is a study of the enforceability of promises, the creation of contractual obligations, performance and breach, the impact of the contract on the legal relationships of nonparties, and the examination of contract doctrine in three settings: personal service, sales of goods, and construction contracts.

Contracts I MLS (LAW0102M)

Credits:3

Contracts II (LAW0103)

Credits:3

(three credit hours) is a continuation of Contracts I.

Property I (LAW0104)

Credits:3

(three credit hours) is an introduction to the law of personal property and real property, including estates and other interests in land, real property marketing and conveyancing, landlord and tenant problems, nuisance and zoning, and eminent domain and inverse condemnation.

Property I MLS (LAW0104M)

Credits:3

Property II (LAW0105)

Credits:3

(three credit hours) is a continuation of Property I.

Property II MLS (LAW0105M)

Credits:3

Contract Drafting (LAW0106)

Credits:2

General Elective

Criminal Law (LAW0107)

Credits:3

(three credit hours) is a inquiry into the sources and goals of the criminal law, limitations on the State's power to define criminal liability, general principles of liability and defenses, and the characteristics of particular crimes.

Criminal Law MLS (LAW0107M)

Credits:3

Torts (LAW0110)

Credits:4

Torts (LAW0110A)

Credits:3

Reviews the standards and principles governing legal liability for unintentional invasions of interests of personality and property, including such topics as assault, battery, negligence, strict liability, and products liability. May include a review of intentional tort topics that were covered in Introduction to Law.

Torts MLS (LAW0110M)

Credits:4

Civil Procedure I (LAW0112)

Credits:2

(two credit hours) is a general survey of court procedure using federal civil procedure as a model. The course covers the jurisdiction of courts (both personal and subject matter), venue, pleading, discovery, disposition without trial, joinder of claims and parties, effects of judgments.

Civil Procedure II (LAW0113)

Credits:3

(three credit hours) is a continuation of Civil Procedure I.

Legal Process I and Strategies (LAW0197)

Credits:4

Legal Process I and Strategies MLS (LAW0197M)

Credits:3

Legal Process I (LAW0198)

Credits:3

(three credit hours) explores the basic methods of legal analysis and legal research, and how to write clear and concise predictive legal analyses. Students are assigned a number of research and writing projects, which may include briefing cases and drafting office memoranda and client communications. Students also gain experience in editing and rewriting.

Legal Process I MLS (LAW0198M)

Credits:3

Legal Process II (LAW0199)

Credits:3

(three credit hours) is a continuation of Legal Process I in which students receive furhter detailed instruction in and extensive practice with combining research and writing by doing the research for problems and preparing extensive written memoranda or other legal documents in response to assigned problems. Persuasive writing and advocacy are introduced.

Legal Process II MLS (LAW0199M)

Credits:3

Advanced Legal Research (LAW0200)

Credits:1

Dispute Resolution (LAW0202)

Credits:2

(two credit hours) is designed to provide students with a working knowledge of dispute resolution theory and practice. The major dispute resolution processes are examined critically with discussion of their strengths and weaknesses. Particular emphasis is given to negotiation, mediation, arbitration, and ethics. Students participate in a variety of in and out of class exercises and complete at least six hours of observation in tradional court forums.

Alternative Dispute Resolution MLS (LAW0202M)

Credits:2

Externship (LAW0205)

Credits:2

Introduction to Externships (LAW0206)

Credits:1

Criminal Procedure (LAW0207)

Credits:3

(three credit hours) is a survey of federal procedures and constitutional safeguards applicable in the criminal justice system, focusing on police investigation and arrest. Particular emphasis is given to Fourth Amendment issues.

Externship (LAW0208)

Credits:3

Externship~ (LAW0209)

Credits:3

(three credit hours) allows students to aply the skills learned in the core curriculum. Students typically take this course during the summer following their first year of studies at the Law School. Students work for a total of approximately 225 unpaid hours in a judge's chambers, public law office, or public interest organization under the direct supervision of a licensed attorney. Each student is assigned to a full-time faculty coordinator and the faculty coordinators conduct an orientation and a debriefing session before and after the externships. Externship placements for students have included federal magistrate, district court, and circuit judges; state trial judges in Virginia, West Virginia, and Kentucky; U.S. Department of Justice; Virginia Attorney General's Office; Virginia, West Virginia and Kentucky Attorneys; Tennessee District Attorneys; Virginia Commonwealth Attorneys; West Virginia District Attorneys; North Carolina District Attorneys; Kentucky County Attorneys; Georgia District Attorney; South Carolina Solicitor's Office; and the Air Force Legal Office. Extern students' experiences typically include a combination of the following: observe court proceedings, research legal issues, perform factual investigations, draft pleadings and legal memoranda, draft judicial opinions, update law libraries, and assist with trial strategy and problem solving. As of 2010, this course replaces LAW0206.

Administrative Law (LAW0210)

Credits:3

(three credit hours) examines the role of the formal and informal adminstrative processes in our society, emphasizes the powers and procedures common to all administrative agencies and the relationships among the legislative, judicial, and executive branches in the development of public policy.

Criminal Procedure: Adjudicative Issues (LAW0212)

Credits:2

Litigation Certificate

Title Examination (LAW0217)

Credits:2

Estate Planning (LAW0218)

Credits:2

Practicum

Estates and Trusts (LAW0219)

Credits:4

(four credit hours) is study of the devolution of property by descent and wills, including a study of intestacy, and related problems of construction. In addition, the course covers a study of the formation and management of trusts, including the rights and responsibilities of settlors, rights and responsibilities of trustees, rights and responsibilities of beneficiaries, the doctrine of cy pres, and the concept of fiduciary duty.

Wills & Estates (LAW0220)

Credits:3

Constitutional Law I (LAW0221)

Credits:3

(three credit hours) is the study of the provisions in the United States Constitution governing our form of government and the powers of the federal judiciary, legislature, and executive. The course also reviews relations between the federal government and the states.

Constitutional Law II (LAW0222)

Credits:3

(three credit hours) is a study of the limitations on governmental power over individuals inherent in constitutional provisions relating to due process and equal protection and freedom of speech and religion. The course evaluates the restrictions on private action mandated or permitted by these constitutional provisions, and it reviews additional restrictions on governmental action in the takings clause.

Conflict of Laws (LAW0230)

Credits:3

is a study of the law relating to transactions with elements in more than one state or nation, jurisdiction of courts and enforcement of foreign judgements, choice of law problems, constitutional issues, and the theoretical basis of choice of law.

Natural Resources Law (LAW0235)

Credits:3

examines the specialized property rules governing estates in natural resources, the correlative rights of surface and mineral owners, and the rights to explore, mine and extract, develop, and transport natural resources, with primary emphasis on "hard" minerals. As a complement to exisitng courses in Administrative and Environmental Law, the course examines selected issues of natural resources regulation from the perspective of the regulated community.

Evidence (LAW0242)

Credits:4

(four credit hours) is an examination of the rules governing the admissibility of evidence in civil and criminal trials, with particular emphasis on the Federal Rules of Evidence. Topics covered include relevancy, the hearsay rule and its exceptions, examination, cross-examination, impeachment of witnesses, witness competency, opinion and scientific evidence, admissibility of writings, judicial notice, and burdens of proof and presumptions.

Business Associations (LAW0270)

Credits:4

(four credit hours) is a study of business corporations; the factors affecting the selection of the form of a business enterprise; the nature of corporate entities; and the promotion, organization, activities, financing, management, and dissolution of business corporations. In addition, the course covers the principles by which one party may act as agent for another and of business organizations including partnerships, limited partnerships, limited liability partnerships, and other unincorporated business forms.

Business Associations MLS (LAW0270M)

Credits:4

Drafting Essential Business Documents (LAW0271)

Credits:2

Agency/Partnership (LAW0272)

Credits:2

Business Organizations (LAW0273)

Credits:4

Entrepreneurship Law (LAW0274)

Credits:2

Economics for Lawyers (LAW0275)

Credits:3

Family Law (LAW0300)

Credits:3

(three credit hours) covers various subject areas in family law, and introduction on how to practice in the family law area. The main topics covered are marriage, divorce, division of property, spousal support, child custody and visitation, child support, adoption, and domestic violence.

Family Law Live Client Clinic (LAW0300LCC)

Credits:1

Family Law Live Client Clinic (LAW0300LCC)

Credits:1

Family Law Practice (LAW0301)

Credits:2

Debtor-Creditor Law (LAW0305)

Credits:3

offers a comprehensive study of the legal principles governing the relationship of debtos and creditors, with primary emphasis on federal bankruptcy law and focus on the rights of unsecured creditors. Traditional state remedies such as attachment, garnishment, execution, fradulent conveyance, and debtors' exemptions also covered.

Advanced Research & Law Firm Technology (LAW0308)

Credits:2

This course is a 2 credit hour elective.

Advanced Torts (LAW0311)

Credits:3

Will expand on the basic first-year Torts course and has three purposes: (1) brief review of basic torts and defenses; (2) more in-depth treatment of torts already dovered, such as products liability; and (3) coverage of torts not previosuly covered, such as toxic torts, defamation, invasion of privacy, misrepresentation, abuse of process, business torts, and civil rights torts.

Remedies (LAW0314)

Credits:3

(three credit hours) is a study of the forms of legal and equitable remedies, the substantive law of restitution, and the problems of measuring damages and non-monetary forms of remedy. Various remedies are explored in both litigation and alternative dispute resolution contexts. The course provides limited service learning opportunites for students to work on actual client cases through a legal service provider.

Remedies MLS (LAW0314MLS)

Credits:3

Advanced Criminal Procedure (LAW0316)

Credits:2

Adv Criminal Procedure (LAW0317)

Credits:3

(3 credits) provides an overview of constitutional and other procedural issues inherent in the criminal process. Course coverage includes double jeopardy, entrapment, grand jury, confrontation clause, joinder and severence, and various jury issues. Capstone Elective

Post-Conviction Relief (LAW0318)

Credits:2

Employment Law (LAW0320)

Credits:2

(2 credits) will survey commonlaw, statutory, and constitutional regulation of the employment relationship in both private and public sectors, with primary attention to issues not covered in courses on collective bargaining. Topics will include employment discrimination and wrongful discharge law, and may include job applicant screening practices, restrictions on employee speech and conduct, employee privacy rights, statutory wages and hours protection, occupational safety and health reglation, family leave policies, employer-provided fringe benefits (e.g., health insurance and retirement benefits), workers compensation laws, plant closing law, and government-provided employee benefits (e.g., unemployment insurance and social security).

Coal Law (LAW0321)

Credits:4

Coal Law Live Client Clinic (LAW0321LCC)

Credits:1

Dis Practice Before the SSA (LAW0322)

Credits:2

(two credits) adresses the substative and procedural law and various practice skills applicable to representing clients with disability claims before the Social Security Administration.

Secured Transactions/UCC (LAW0323)

Credits:4

Secured Transactions (LAW0324)

Credits:3

(3 credits) studies credit transactions in which a loan is secured by an interest in personal property, as governed by Article 9 of the Uniform Commerical Code. With secured loans, the debtor and lender agree that if the debtor does not pay, the lender can take certain items of property (collateral) from the debtor. The course examines the mechanics of making secured loans, the rules that govern repossessing the collateral if the debtor does not pay, and what can happen to security interests if the debtor goes bankrupt. the course also examines the priority rules that rank compteing claims to the same collateral.

Natural Resources Seminar (LAW0325)

Credits:2

examines the specialized property rules governing estates in natural resources, the correlative rights of surface and mineral owners, and the rights to explore, mine and extract, develop, and transport natural resources, with primary emphasis on "hard" minerals. As a complement to exisitng courses in Administrative and Environmental Law, the course examines selected issues of natural resources regulation from the perspective of the regulated community.

Natural Resources Live Client Clinic (LAW0325LCC)

Credits:1

Natural Resources Law Live Client Clinic (LAW0325LCC)

Credits:1

Advanced Criminal Issues (LAW0327)

Credits:2

Seminar- Examines selected advanced criminal law and procedure issues that are not covered in introductory courses. Topics may include antiterrorism and criminal enforcement provisions, various federal white collar criminal law issues, current trend-setting Supreme Court cases, and other recent criminal law issues.

Natural Resources Law and Policy (LAW0328)

Credits:3

Bar Prep Studies (LAW0331)

Credits:3

Mental Health in the Criminal Justice System (LAW0333)

Credits:2

Public Health Law: Case Studies (LAW0334)

Credits:2

Public Health Law (LAW0335)

Credits:3

Healthcare Compliance (LAW0336)

Credits:3

General Elective

Federal Income Taxation (LAW0337)

Credits:3

gives a basic understanding of federal income taxation relating to individuals and teaches the use and interpretation of complex statues and regulations.

Solar Energy Contracts (LAW0338)

Credits:1

Appellate Advocacy Natural Resources (LAW0339)

Credits:3

Payment Systems (LAW0340)

Credits:3

is a study of the laws governing the mechanisms for the transfer of value from one party to another, including the law governing credit cards, letters of credit, and electronic funds transfer, with a primary focus on the law governing negotiable instruments. Also covered is the law governing the check-collection process and the bank-customer relationship. This is also a course in statutory construction, focusing on Articles 3 and 4 of the Uniform Commercial Code, as well as certain federal statutes.

Secured Transactions and Payment Systems (LAW0341)

Credits:4

Appellate Advocacy (LAW0342)

Credits:3

(three credit hours) provides advanced instruction in written and oral advocacy at the appellate level. Students will write an appellate brief and present oral arguments. Note: This course satisfies the Upper-Level Writing Skills requirement.

Appellate Advocacy (LAW0342-2)

Credits:1

For CSL Transfer students to meet App Ad requirement.

Juvenile Law (LAW0343)

Credits:2

Juvenile Law Live Client Clinic (LAW0343LCC)

Credits:1

Juvenile Law MLS (LAW0343M)

Credits:2

Mental Health Law (LAW0344)

Credits:4

(4 credits) Mental Health Law/Practicum will examine how the criminal justice system handles defendants and offenders with a mental disorder. Criminal defendants frequently present issues of mental defenses and mental health issues that are short of a mental defense. A broad understanding of the principles of mental health law is important for the criminal practitioner. The relationship between mental health providers and the criminal justice system will be the focus of this course. Issues likely to be explored will be adjudicative competency, the insanity defense, sentencing and the death penalty, sex offenders, juvenile offenders, the right to refuse treatment and the civil commitment process. Students will be required to draft legislation to address current concerns about the mental health system in Virginia and pleadings for criminal cases involving competency and the insanity defense.

Real Estate Transactions (LAW0345)

Credits:4

Practicum ( four credit hours) focuses on how commercial and residential real estate is conveyed. Lecture will discuss legal theories of title, transfer, and ownership issues. Students will prepare written projects that will require research of title records, statutes, and precedent. Projects will follow real property as it is conveyed, mortgaged, leased, and foreclosed. Condominium issues and mineral rights transfers will be addressed. Students will work with a local attorney to gain experience in current issues. Skills elements of this course include real estate title search; drafting of purchase and sales agreements, deeds, mortgages, UCC statements, closing settlement statements, and leases; drafting and review of easements, attachments, and other encumbrances; and drafting and scheduling of foreclosure sale.

Real Estate Transactions Live Client Clinic (LAW0345LCC)

Credits:1

Live Client Clinic component of Real Estate Transactions Seminar

Family Law Practice (LAW0346)

Credits:4

(four credit hours) will focus on substantive instruction and skills training in issues most prevalent to a family law practitoner. The course will cover selected subject areas in family law, such as annulment, divorce, spousal support, child support, property division upon dissolution of marriage, ante nuptial agreements, post nuptial agreements, child custody and visitation, abuse and neglect of children, adoption, juvenile delunquency, and the role of the guardian ad litem. Students will receive instruction in the preparation of pleadings, motions, court orders, and agreements. Students will also participate in simulated in-class exercises, including in-class simulated court hearings. (Note: A prior survey course in Family Law is recommended but not required.)

Family Law Practice Live Client Clinic (LAW0346LCC)

Credits:1

Trusts and Trust Administration (LAW0347)

Credits:2

Trusts & Trust Administration Live Client Clinic (LAW0347LCC)

Credits:1

Criminal Practice (LAW0348)

Credits:4

Practicum (four credit hours) includes both substantive instruction and skills training on pre- and post-trial criminal practice issues. Students will prepare written motions and participate in simulated in-class exercises involving indictment and charging decisions, client relations, bail and release, investigation, discovery, preliminary hearings, pre-trial motions, guilty pleas, sentencing, and probation. The course focuses on both defense and prosecution issues and students will have the opportunity to experience both sides of criminal practice through in-class exercises.

Criminal Practice Live Client Clinic (LAW0348LCC)

Credits:1

Estate Planning Practice (LAW0349)

Credits:4

Practicum (four credit hours) develops students' skills relating to the disposition of property during lifetime and at death. The first part of the course will examine federal estate and gift taxation. The second part of the course will focus on developing estate plans and drafting the instruments (e.g., wills, trusts, etc.) necessary to implement such plans so as to accomplish a client's non-tax objectives while minimizing estate taxes, gift taxes, and income taxes.

Estate Planning Practice Live Client Clinic (LAW0349LCC)

Credits:1

Family Law & Mediation (LAW0350)

Credits:4

Practicum - (four credit hours) is taught in two parts. the first seven weeks of class provides students with 40 hours of family mediation training. In addition to weekly classes, students will be required to attend at least one weekend of training on a Friday afternoon and a full day on Saturday and some evening training sessions. The training includes the following components of skills and knowledge: information gathering; communication skills; problem-solving skills; ethics; interaction and conflict management; family dynamics, including the dynamics of the divorce process; Virginia and U.S. laws and procedure regarding divorce (West virginia and Kentucky laws will be made available, depending upon enrollment); tax laws relevant to divorce; financial planning;child development;and domestic violence. The training will include at least 15 hours of role play and skill development exercises. The second half of the course covers various subject areas in family law, and introduction on ow to practice in the family law area. The main topics covered are marriage, divorce, division of property, spousal support, child custody and visitation, child support, adoption, and domestic violence. Class time is used for lecture, discussion, and debate regarding text materials and relevant statutes. This course will include a limited service learning opportunity for some students to work on client cases through a legal service provider.

Advanced Civil Procedure and Pre-trial Practice (LAW0351)

Credits:3

Real Estate Transactions (LAW0352)

Credits:2

Sustainable Energy Law (LAW0353)

Credits:4

Practicum - (four credit hours) will focus on the legal implications of burgeoning “green” policies and technologies in the development and delivery of energy. Specific topics covered will include the policies behind curbing greenhouse gases and especially carbon; international agreements with respect to carbon emissions and greenhouse gases, and the challenges posed by the legitimate concerns of developing and poorer nations; in-depth analysis of pending federal, state and local laws with respect to emission controls and renewable energy; the legal implications of a carbon capture and sequestration program; the legal implications of carbon cap and trade, and carbon taxation, programs; a review of legal issues unique to various renewable energy technologies such as wind, solar, geothermal, hydro, ocean and tidal and biofuels; and other legal issues pertinent to burgeoning “green” technologies, such as intellectual property obstacles to the spread of green technology, government subsidies and other encouragement for the development of green technologies, and land-use issues. This course contains a writing component, including but not limited to, position papers of various nations heading into continuing post-Kyoto negotiations; lease and/or land use agreements permitting the underground storage of carbon; regulations that will implement pending carbon control legislation; agreements for buying and selling carbon credits; plans for citing a green energy project; proposals for grants and/or funding of “green” projects; and research papers in a “green” energy area of interest. There are no prerequisites for this class although basic environmental law or natural resources law may be helpful.

Sustainable Energy Law Elective (LAW0353E)

Credits:1

Sust. Energy & Real Est. Trans LCC (LAW0353LCC)

Credits:1

Law Office Management (LAW0354)

Credits:4

Practicum - (four credit hours) provides grounding in lawyering skills in several areas: legal drafting, interaction with clients, and the management of a small law office. The legal drafting component emphasizes the drafting of transactional documents, e.g., various types of contracts rather than litigation documents. The course includes practice exercises simulating work with clients and the other parties on business deals. Topics covered in the office management component inlcude: structure of law firms; financial issues (including compensation, billing, fees and trust accounts); business development (marketing and advertising); law practice tools; and personnel, office, and operational issues.

Solo Law Practice (LAW0355)

Credits:2

Real Estate Transactions (LAW0356)

Credits:3

Trial Advocacy (LAW0358)

Credits:4

Practicum - (four credit hours) is an intensive course in the analysis, skills, and techniques of trials. The course includes simulated exercises on all aspects of in-court trial practice including opening statements, development of witness testimony on direct and cross examination, use of illustrative aids and exhibits in evidence, impeachment, expert testimony, and summations. Each participant will take part in at least one full simulated criminal or civil trial. {[(This semesters course will focus on the prosecution and defense of criminal trials.) This sentences included as of Spring 2002.] This sentence removed for Fall 2003.}

Trial Advocacy Live Client Clinic (LAW0358LCC)

Credits:1

Prof Responsibility (LAW0360)

Credits:3

(three credit hours) is the instruction in the history, structure, goals, duties, values, and responsibilities of the legal profession, including instruction in the Model Rules of Professional Conduct. The course focuses on a lawyer's responsibilities and duties to clients, the legal profession, courts, and the public.

Employment Law & Practice (LAW0362)

Credits:4

(four credit hours) surveys common law, statutory, and constitutional regulation of the employment relationship. Topics covered will include employment at will, employment contracts, employment discrimination under both Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Americans With Disibilities Act, and various federal wage and hour statutes. If time permits, the course may cover OSHA regulations governing safety in the workplace. The course does not include any coverage of law pertaining to unionization of workers. This course will also contain a writing component, including but not limited to short research papers based on the law of the state where a student will be taking the bar, interviewing clients and drafting an employment contract, interviewing clients in preparation for filing both an EEOC complaint, and drafting the complaints and other pleadings associated with a multiple-count Title VII complaint. Successful completion of this course satisfies the Upper-Level Writing Skills requirement.

Special Topics in Commercial Law (LAW0363)

Credits:3

Pretrial Practice (LAW0365)

Credits:4

Practicum - focuses on the evaluation and preparation of civil lawsuit from the time a client first makes contact with a lawyer's office to the beginning of trial. Specific topics covered will include; client interviewing and counseling; factual investigation; locating and interviewing witness; identifying causes of action and defenses; case evaluation; selecting the forum; pleadings preparation; the conduct of formal discovery; pretrial motions; settlement proposals and alternative dispute resolution; locating and working with experts; witness preparation; and preparing the trial notebook. Relevant ethical and professional considerations will be addressed throughout the course. Students will work on realistic civil case requiring them to apply the knowledge and skills being learned in both document preparation and in-class exercises.

Pre-trial Practice Live Client Clinic (LAW0365LCC)

Credits:1

Pretrial Civil Litigation (LAW0366)

Credits:4

focuses on the evaluation and preparation of civil lawsuit from the time a client first makes contact with a lawyer's office to the beginning of trial. Specific topics covered will include; client interviewing and counseling; factual investigation; locating and interviewing witness; identifying causes of action and defenses; case evaluation; selecting the forum; pleadings preparation; the conduct of formal discovery; pretrial motions; settlement proposals and alternative dispute resolution; locating and working with experts; witness preparation; and preparing the trial notebook. Relevant ethical and professional considerations will be addressed throughout the course. Students will work on realistic civil case requiring them to apply the knowledge and skills being learned in both document preparation and in-class exercises.

Int'l Business Transactions (LAW0367)

Credits:3

(three credit hours) is a combination of legal and business analysis. It explores real life practical issues in the domestic and international business world and legal practice. It is intended to prepare students to represent business clients in a variety of transactions having international elements whether in the U.S. or abroad. Students who complete this class will be able to confidently assist future clients from the strategic decision making and risk assessment, to the due diligence and the signing, closing and implementation of a business deal having an international element. Students will gain an understanding of research skills necessary to evaluate cross-border business risk and to the unique needs of doing business in foreign countries. As a future attorney, business or government leader, students will also have the chance to evaluate social and economic problems/opportunities in an increasingly globalized world. The course will be especially valuable for students who intend to join a domestic or international corporate practice. The instructor also will provide internship/job searching tips in this arena.

The Law of Governance, Risk Managements, and Compliance (LAW0369)

Credits:2

The Law of Governance, Risk Managements, and Compliance MLS (LAW0369M)

Credits:2

Small Business Entities (LAW0370)

Credits:4

involves a study of the issues involved in forming a small business. Coverage is likely to include considerations involved in the choice of the most favorable form of business entity for your client; drafting of basic organizational documents, such as articles of incorporation, general and limited partnership agreements, bylaws, resolutions, minutes, contracts, etc.; and issues that arise in representing a client in the sales or purchase of a small business, including corporate, tax, labor, and contract law concerns.

Agricultural Law (LAW0371)

Credits:2

Current Topics in Constitutional Law (LAW0372)

Credits:2

Current Issues in Constitutional Law (LAW0373)

Credits:2

Seminar

Advanced Contract Law (LAW0375)

Credits:4

Immigration Law (LAW0376)

Credits:2

Provides an overview to the field of immigration law in the United States. A Basic understanding of immigration law can be important for a number of other fields, including corporation law, labor and employment law, tax law, criminal law, family law, and public policy. The course will achieve the following skills: Solving practical immigration problems (including mastery of technical detail (interpretation of statutes and regulations), good planning, and ethical considerations); gaining a solid understanding to shape the direction of law and public policy in the immigration and citizenship field; examining the interaction of National Security Laws with U.S. immigration law (by looking at the impact of the events of September 11, 2001 (and subsequeent U.S. reactions) on U.S. immigration law); and dealing with novel cases regarding immigration and citizenship issues. Working through complex immigration problems utilizes many of the skills required to pass any bar exam.

Arbitration, DR System Design (LAW0382)

Credits:2

Seminar- Will expose students to the great breadth of the field of arbitration, including arbitration in the commercial, labor, employment, consumer, construction, insurance, sports, securities, health care, and international context. The course will consider the following topics: the origins of arbitration; how arbitration compares to other dispute resolution processes; binding versus non-binding arbitration; how arbitration campares to other dispute resolution processes; binding versus non-binding arbitration; how arbitration fits in the system of justice; historical judicial attitudes about private binding arbitration; goals in drafting agreements to arbitrate; the of third party administrators (like the American Arbitration Association); how agreements to arbitrate are enforced and challenged (including international agreements to arbitrate); the arbitrability of federal statuory claims; hte pre-emption of state arbitration law; how arbitral awards are enforced and challenged; and arbitral ethics. The course also requires students to independently research and write a 20 page seminar paper.

Intensive Negotiations Workshop (LAW0383)

Credits:2

ADR in Criminal Cases (LAW0384)

Credits:2

Alternative Dispute Resolution in Criminal Cases recognizes that the vast majority of criminal cases in the United States never go to trial but are instead resolved through an alternative form of dispute resolution. In this seminar, students will critically examine these processes, both as forms of dispute resolution and for their greater policy implications. This seminar will focus on more traditional forms of ADR in criminal cases such as negotiation of settlements through plea bargaining. In addition, this seminar will examine restorative justice, a victim/community-centered approach to crime and its impact. Restorative justice is increasingly used in criminal cases in the United States through a variety of different techniques including victim/offender conferencing, victim/family conferencing, and victim impact panels. This seminar will also examine truth and reconciliation commissions as a form of alternative dispute resolution in societies torn apart by war or by regimes that engaged in serious and long term violations of human rights.

State & Local Government (LAW0385)

Credits:4

(four credit hours) will address issues often encountered by attorneys who represent state and local governments and by attorneys who represent clients before such bodies. Course coverage includes state and local government structure, authority, and responsibilities as well as legal issues affecting local government units, including constitutional law, contracts, franchising and business regulation, employment law, land use and zoning, employment law, ethics, and others. Course participant will draft local ordinances, contracts, and other documents typically encountered in a local government practice. Successful completion of this course satisfies the Upper-Level Writing Skills requirement.

State & Local Government (LAW0386)

Credits:2

Insurance Law Practice (LAW0387)

Credits:4

Practicum- will focus on substantive instruction and writing skills training in issues most relevant to an insurance law practice. The course will include study of selected subject areas in insurance law, including automobile, fire and casualty (homeowners), liability, health, and disabilities. Among other topics covered will be the formation and operation of the insurance contract, coverage, coverage and exclusions, insurable interests, the claims process, subrogations, and vehicles to determine coverage issues such as declaratory judgement actions.

Insurance Law (LAW0389)

Credits:3

(two credit hours) will survey the fundamental legal principles governing selected kinds of insurance, including automobile, fire and property (homeowners), liability, life, health, and disability. Among the topics examined will be the formation and operation of the insurance contract, coverage and exclusions, insurable interest, the claims process, and subrogation.

Insurance Law (LAW0390)

Credits:2

General Elective

Environmental Law, 3 cr (LAW0395)

Credits:3

Seminar - (two credit hours) examines selected topics in the law governing the protection of air, water and land from pollution. The first nine sessions cover brief overviews of the Clean Water Act, the Clean Air Act, Resource Conservation and Recovery Act and the "Superfund" law; competing conceptual approaches to environmental regulation; the political and bureaucratic aspects of environmental regulation as a model of regulation generally; emerging notions of environmental justice; the role of citizen enforcement; and environmental issues facing the mining industry. The last five sessions are devoted to presentation and discussion of student research papers. [(Reading materials include some of the classic selections from the literature of economics, political science and philosophy that underlie current legal debates in environmental law, as well as the more familiar components of judicial decisions, administrative materials, and case law.

Intellectual Property (LAW0396)

Credits:2

is intended for students interested in a general overview of intellectual property. It covers the basics in patent, copyright, trademark, and trade secret law. Special emphasis will be placed on the strains placed on existing intellectual property laws by the Internet and increasing digitization of media; technical knowledge of computers and the Internet is not a prerequisite for taking the course, however. If time allows, international aspects if intellectual property law also will be considered. The seminar format of the course will require preparation of a major research paper.

Intellectual Property (LAW0397)

Credits:3

Public International Law (LAW0399)

Credits:2

Seminar - (two credit hours) will serve as an introduction to general principles of public international law, generally including: the definition and sources of international law; mechanisms for international dispute resolution; conflict of laws;the doctrine of svoereign immunity; international human rights; the law of sea, air, and outer space; environmental law; research tools for international law; and the use of armed force. These topics will be explored through the study of cases, conventions, and relevant articles and texts, with some lecture by the instructor and significant class participation.

Information Privacy Law (LAW0400)

Credits:2

Seminar

National Security Law (LAW0401)

Credits:3

Virginia Bar Studies (LAW0402)

Credits:1

Virginia Law Foundations (LAW0403)

Credits:2

Issues in Social Disability & Federal Black Lung (LAW0404)

Credits:2

Issues in Social Disability & Federal Black Lung Live Client Clinic (LAW0404LCC)

Credits:1

Social Security & Workers' Compensation (LAW0405)

Credits:2

First Amendment (LAW0406)

Credits:3

(3 Credit Hours) deals with the complex and ever-evolving jurisprudence regarding the First Amendment to the United States Constitution. Primary emphasis will be on the many facets of freedom of expression, but freedom of religion will also be covered. Classes will trace the long history of First Amendment interpretation in the United States Supreme Court to eliminate the cutting edge state of the law as it now stands. Focus will be on modern variations in First Amendment law generated by such phenomena as the Internet, mass media communications, the war on terror, and other revolutionary developments in society and technology. Topics will include national security restrictions on free speech, obscenity-pornogaphy, defamation, hate speech laws, and flag burning, among many others. [Capstone]

Supreme Court Survey of Energy Law Cases (LAW0407)

Credits:2

ADR in the Criminal Justice System (LAW0408)

Credits:2

Social Security Disability (LAW0409)

Credits:2

Labor Law (LAW0410)

Credits:2

examines the law governing relations between employers and union-represented employes, including representation issues, unfair labor practices, and collective bargaining.

Employment Discrimination & Dispute Management (LAW0415)

Credits:2

Corporate Governance (LAW0421)

Credits:2

(two credit hours) focuses on research, discussion, and understanding of the more important and currently litigated issues involving business entities, primarily corporations. Course coverage may include unreasonable compensation, director and officer liability, Sarbanes-Oxley liability, insider trading, and short swing profits liability under the Securities Act of 1934.

Virginia Civil Procedure (LAW0430)

Credits:3

covers the subject of procedure from the point of view of practice in the Virginia state courts, with heaviest emphasis on civil procedure. Expected topics include self-help, subject matter jurisdiction, active jurisdiction, service of process, venue, parties, pleading, discovery, pre-trial motions, motions at trial, post-verdict motions, judgements, costs, and appeals.

Virginia Criminal Law & Procedure (LAW0431)

Credits:2

Capstone Elective

Appellate Advocacy Criminal Law (LAW0432)

Credits:3

Current Issues in Oil & Gas Industry (LAW0433)

Credits:2

Natural Resources Certificate Course

Oil and Gas Law (LAW0434)

Credits:3

Coal and Mineral Law (LAW0435)

Credits:4

Coal, Oil, and Gas (LAW0436)

Credits:3

Water Law (LAW0437)

Credits:2

Water Law Live Client Clinic (LAW0437LCC)

Credits:1

The Law of Coalbed Methane (LAW0438)

Credits:1

Doing and Undoing Environmental Regulations (LAW0439)

Credits:2

General Elective

Environmental Crimes and Torts (LAW0440)

Credits:2

Certified Civil Mediation (LAW0441)

Credits:4

(Four credit hours) will help students progress towards the entry-level mediator certification required by the Supreme Court of Virginia for persons who want the court to list them as court-referred mediators. The course will provide students with the first element of the certification requirements by providing at least 20 hours of professional mediation skills training. For students who will practice outside Virginia, they may receive reciporcal recognition of this class as the basic mediation training required in other states. Mediation requires a diverse set of skills that consider the legal context of the dispute, the interst and psychological needs of the parties, the emotions fueling the dispute, the parties' need for apology and forgiveness, and the techniques for helping parties reach reconcilation. Good mediators are skillful at listening, questioning, paraphrasing, and reframing. This course will give students the ability to develop these skills through redaings, demonstrations, and roleplay exercises.

Certified Civil Mediation Live Client Clinic (LAW0441LCC)

Credits:1

Advanced Negotiation (LAW0442)

Credits:4

Advanced Negotiations (four credit hours) offers students the opportunity to develop further the skills learned in Dispute Resolution. It will focus on simulations and negotiation exercises intended to give students more first-hand experience in applying interest-based negotiation techniques. The course examines the skills, constraints, and dynamics of negotiation. Students will also learn a theoretical framework for understanding negotiation practice in a variety of contexts through readings from the fields of law, psychology, business, and communication. Prior successful completion of Dispute Resolution is a prerequisite for this course. [Practicum]

Client Intervw'g & Counseling (LAW0443)

Credits:4

Client Interviewing and Counseling (four credit hours) will introduce students to fundamental lawyering skills involved in the critical process of client interviewing and counseling. This course will cover basic interviewing techniques; psychological factors affecting the interviewing process; facilitating and structuring the interview; clarification of statements and ascertaining legal issues; dealing with client resistance and hostility; efforts towards resolution; and the nature and conduct of the counseling process. It will also introduce students to an emerging approach to client representation called Collaborative Law. Students will read materials on communication, psychology, and law. Interactive role-plays and simulations will help students to put the concepts from the reading material into direct practice and application. [Practicum]

Client Interviewing & Counseling and Negotiation (LAW0444)

Credits:4

Negotiations in the Criminal Justice System (LAW0445)

Credits:2

Disability Law (LAW0458)

Credits:2

covers a study of federal and state legislation governing compensation of disabled persons and victims of work-related accidents and diseases, with particular emphasis workers' compensation, its development, practice, and theory. Introduction to and sampling of cases involving Social Security disability claims, as well as introduction to compensation for Black Lung.

Sales (Advanced Sales and Consumer Protection) (LAW0461)

Credits:3

covers an examination of the law governing contracts for the Sale of Goods under Article 2 of the Uniform Commercial Code. This course deals with such matters as the formation, interpretation, and performance of sales contracts; sellers' warranties; risk of loss; and buyers' and sellers' remedies for breach. The course also focuses upon problems of statutory interpretation and policy under Article 2.

Environmental Dispute Resolution (Law0470)

Credits:4

Cyberlaw (LAW0480)

Credits:2

Seminar (two credit hours) will explore legal issues created by the emergence of global digital networks, such as the Internet, and by the creation of digital technologies that make it easier for individuals to access, store, copy, manipulate, and transmit information. The issues discussed will include the applicability of traditional personal jurisdiction approaches to persons acting online, the role of privacy rights in the online world, the effect of the Internet and the digital medium on copyright laws, and the problem of cybersquatting.

Wills Clinic (LAW0490)

Credits:1

Mineral Title Examination (LAW0499)

Credits:1

Law of Renewables (LAW0500)

Credits:2

The Law of Renewables (LAW0500)

Credits:2

Gerrard, Michael B., The Law of Clean Energy, ((American Bar Association, 4/16/2012) ISBN-10: 1614380082 IS ISBN-13: 978-1614380085 Amazon: $73.8

The Law of Renewables (LAW0500M)

Credits:2

Workers' Compensation (LAW0501)

Credits:2

Law Office Management (LAW0502)

Credits:2

Oil and Gas Law (LAW0503)

Credits:2

Competitive Summer Internship (LAW0504)

Credits:3

Workers' Compensation (LAW0504)

Credits:3

General Elective

Kentucky Practice Internship (LAW0505)

Credits:1

Kentucky 3rd year practice internship allows enrolled ASL students to practice on a 3rd year limited practice certificate in the Kentucky court system under the supervision of a Kentucky attorney.

Law and Religion (LAW0506)

Credits:2

Law Office Practice (LAW0507)

Credits:2

Regulation of Energy Markets and Utilities (LAW0508)

Credits:2

Arbitration (LAW0509)

Credits:2

Intro to Natural Resources Law (LAW0510)

Credits:2

Intro to Natural Resources Law (LAW0510)

Credits:2

Mineral Title Search & Examination (LAW0511)

Credits:2

Mineral Title Search & Examination (LAW0511M)

Credits:2

Employee Benefits (LAW0512)

Credits:2

Practice Before the Fed. Energy Reg. Comm. (LAW0514)

Credits:2

Wills Clinic (LAW0515)

Credits:1

Environmental Science for Lawyers (LAW0517)

Credits:2

Legal Memory for Students and Lawyers (LAW0518)

Credits:2

General Elective

Lawyerpreneur (LAW0520)

Credits:2

Environmental Dispute Resolution (LAW0521)

Credits:2

Independent Study, 1 (LAW0699)

Credits:1

Independent Study (Law0700)

Credits:2

Independent Study (law0700)

Credits:2

To be added.

Independent Study, 2 (LAW0700)

Credits:2

(1 - 3 hours) - Assigned reading, conferences, research, and writing in specialized or advanced areas of the law. Proposals for Independent Study must be approved by the supervising professor and the Curriculum Committee.

Independent Study Seminar (LAW0701)

Credits:2

Independent Study Seminar MLS (LAW0701MLS)

Credits:2

Independent Study (LAW0702)

Credits:1

Independent Study (3 hour) (LAW0703)

Credits:3

Independent Study (4 hrs) (LAW0704)

Credits:4

Teaching Assistant (LAW0705)

Credits:1

Research Assistant (LAW0706)

Credits:1

Natural Resources Law Journal (LAW0820)

Credits:2

Natural Resources Law Journal counts as a 2 hour seminar credit.

Unspecified Elective, St Practice (LAW303S)

Credits:3

State Practice Elective

Unspecified Capstone Elective (LAW304)

Credits:1

E-Discovery (LAW368)

Credits:3

(GE)

Energy, Economics, and the Environment (LAW433)

Credits:3

(GE)

Moot Court Ind Study (LAW710)

Credits:2

(two credit hours) requires a student to compete in an interscholastic Moot Court competition and to independently prepare at least one brief. Successful completion of the course is determined by the Moot Court Program's Faculty Advisor. This course is graded on a pass/fail basis. Successful completion of the course will substitute for the Seminar requirement or a 2-credit upper level elective course, at the student's option.

Moot Court Ind Study Electv (LAW710E)

Credits:2

Moot Court (LAW711)

Credits:1

Required course #1 (TEST001)

Credits:3

Required course #2 (TEST002)

Credits:2