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List of Courses: Fall2018

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LAW 964 Corp Finance for Closely Held Business [Details]
LAW 964 Description

This course provides an overview of the legal problems involved in the formation and operation of closely held businesses. For purposes of this course the term closely-held business will mean any business whose ownership interests are not publicly traded. The course will focus on both the unincorporated and incorporated business. Primary emphasis will be given to the limited liability company, the limited liability partnership and closely-held corporations. Topics will include the mechanics of entity formation; management and control of the closely held business; financial rights and liabilities of the entity's owners; fiduciary duties among the entity's owners; the transferability of entity ownership; and exit rights during dissociation and dissolution. Prerequisite: LAW 551 Business Organization.

Sections
Section. Credits. Books. Time/Location D/E Professor.
01 2 View M 2:45 PM-4:55 PM/Room. BLC C Day Rene Reich-Graefe
LAW 962 Comparative Corporate Law [Details]
LAW 962 Description

All modern industrialized countries have developed a business entity similar to the device we call a corporation. The legal systems in those countries must to deal with the challenges that corporation-like entities present. For example, in the rich nexus of interests that surround a collective enterprise like a corporation, the interests of management may conflict with the interests of owners; majority owners may have different interests than those of minority shareholders; and others, be they the state, employees, creditors, or society at large, may have interests that conflict with the corporation's goals. Our legal system and the others studied in this course have devised strategies to address these problems, but the specific approach employed in a given country is a function of many factors, including the country's legal tradition, the initial endowment and distribution of wealth in the country, pre-existing legal structures, and cultural attitudes generally. In this course, we will first confront the challenge of engaging in comparative law in general, and then we will undertake a comparative study of the legal strategies employed in the US, UK, France, Germany, Italy, Brazil, and Japan to address legal problems that arise in the most important categories of corporate actions and decisions. The course is designed around the current edition of the book The Anatomy of Corporate Law, which is written by a group of distinguished legal scholars from around the world and provides a conceptual framework for understanding corporate law that will be of value even to lawyers who never practice outside US borders. The final will be a take-home exam. Business Organizations is a pre-requisite.

Sections
Section. Credits. Books. Time/Location D/E Professor.
01 3 View Tu,Th 11 AM-12:30 PM/Room. BLC F Day Eric Gouvin
LAW 960 Labor & Employment [Details]
LAW 960 Description

This course is an introduction to the seminal federal and state laws establishing the rights of employees and the legal responsibilities of employers. The course begins with the socio-legal context for the development of workplace rights during the industrial revolution and quickly moves to an in-depth discussion of the National Labor Relations Act and exemplary state laws governing the right to form labor unions and engage in collective bargaining in the private and public sectors. Next, the course introduces wage and hour law protections of the Fair Labor Standards Act, the fundamental principles of employment discrimination in Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, and key common law principles and state laws governing workers' compensation and unemployment. Special attention is paid to marginalized workers and new forms of employment in the 21st century workplace, i.e., the "gig economy", immigrant workers' rights, efforts to protect workers from factory closings and job loss; free speech rights and privacy in the workplace, and; the challenge of workplace law keeping pace with major shifts that have restructured employment and labor markets. This course satisfies 3 writing units.

Sections
Section. Credits. Books. Time/Location D/E Professor.
20 3 View M,W 10:15 AM-11:45 AM/Room. BLC B Day Harris Freeman
LAW 954 Law Review Board [Details]
LAW 954 Description

Students who are Board members of Law Review are required to attend the mandatory weekly Law Review staff meeting for both the fall and spring semesters. Board members of the Law Review receive between 2 and 6 credits per year, depending on their position on the Law Review. The Associate Dean must approve departures from these semester credit allocations.

Sections
Section. Credits. Books. Time/Location D/E Professor.
01 1 View M 5 PM-6 PM/Room. BLC 2 Eve Harris Freeman
LAW 950 Law Review Staff [Details]
LAW 950 Description

Students who are staff members of Law Review are required to attend the mandatory weekly Law Review staff meeting for both the fall and spring semesters. Staff members of Law Review receive 2 credits in the fall and 1 credit in the spring for the successful completion of their Law Review Staff year. Law Review staff will receive 2 writing units in the fall and 1 writing unit in the spring.)

Sections
Section. Credits. Books. Time/Location D/E Professor.
20 2 View M 5 PM-6 PM/Room. BLC 2 Eve Harris Freeman
LAW 946 Law Review Board [Details]
LAW 946 Description

Students who are Board members of Law Review are required to attend the mandatory weekly Law Review staff meeting for both the fall and spring semesters. Board members of the Law Review receive between 2 and 6 credits per year, depending on their position on the Law Review. The Associate Dean must approve departures from these semester credit allocations.

Sections
Section. Credits. Books. Time/Location D/E Professor.
03 3 View M 5 PM-6 PM/Room. BLC 3 Eve Harris Freeman
LAW 945 Law Review Board [Details]
LAW 945 Description

Students who are Board members of Law Review are required to attend the mandatory weekly Law Review staff meeting for both the fall and spring semesters. Board members of the Law Review receive between 2 and 6 credits per year, depending on their position on the Law Review. The Associate Dean must approve departures from these semester credit allocations.

Sections
Section. Credits. Books. Time/Location D/E Professor.
02 2 View M 5 PM-6 PM/Room. BLC 2 Eve Harris Freeman
LAW 944 Small Business Clinic and Seminar [Details]
LAW 944 Description

The Small Business Clinic provides students with the opportunity to handle legal matters for small business clients under the supervision of the professor. Students work on transactional legal matters that are typical in the start-up phase of a business including entity formation, trademark, contract drafting, employment law and regulatory compliance. The goal of the clinic is to expose students to the methodology and mindset of business lawyering. Law students work with the entrepreneurs to identify the legal issues new businesses confront. Clinic students participate in weekly one-on-one meetings with the professor, meetings with clients (often in the evenings) and participation in walk-in legal assistance. The clinical component will involve client interviewing, assessment and intake, along with legal research, drafting, and counseling as the situation requires. In an effort to operate the clinic as close to an actual law firm as possible, students are required to maintain client billing records through use of the clinic?s time/document management software. Students are also required to attend a regularly scheduled weekly seminar meeting. Finally, students are expected to attend two full days of a mandatory orientation prior to the start of the semester. Prerequisites: LAW 551 Business Organizations. The clinic is open to students who have successfully completed 28 hours of law studies. This clinic/externship is a Restricted Withdrawal Course. See Academic Standard Section 204 and the Clinic and Externship materials for the applicable time restrictions and policies A student may not simultaneously enroll in more than one clinic, more than one externship, or a clinic and an externship. (This course satisfies 6 experiential learning credits.)

Sections
Section. Credits. Books. Time/Location D/E Professor.
30 6 View Tu 6 PM-8:10 PM Eve Robert Statchen
LAW 920 Criminal Law Prosecution Clinic & Seminar [Details]
LAW 920 Description

Selected students in the Criminal Prosecution Clinic work as student assistant district attorneys within the Hampden County District Attorney's Office. By court rule, students in the Clinic are authorized to practice in any District Court case, which includes a mix of both misdemeanors and felonies. During the course of the semester, a student attorney will appear in three different sessions of the District Court: the arraignment session (in which students represent the Commonwealth in bail hearings), the motion session (in which students prepare and litigate oppositions to motions to suppress and motions to dismiss) and, ultimately, the trial session (in which a student prepare and litigate jury and jury-waived trials). This clinic allows students to gain substantial exposure over the course of the semester to the entire process of litigating a criminal case. In addition to the fieldwork, there is a classroom component which operates as a combination seminar/simulation. This part of the course is quite intensive for the first three or four weeks of the semester as well as the week prior to the start of classes. Students must attend a two day orientation the week before classes begin; no exceptions will be made to this mandatory orientation. Following this initial training period, the class will meet at a designated time for a two-hour session on a weekly basis for the balance of the semester. Prerequisites: LAW 553 Evidence and LAW 706 Criminal Procedure Investigation. Enrollment is limited to third-year full time and forth-year part time students who have been selected through the clinic application process. No student may maintain outside legal employment while participating in this clinic. All students will be CORI/criminal records checked by the District Attorney's Office. A student is required to be SJC Rule 3:03 eligible. This clinic/externship is a Restricted Withdrawal Course. See Academic Standard Section 204 and the Clinic and Externship materials for the applicable time restrictions and policies. A student may not simultaneously enroll in more than one clinic, more than one externship, or a clinic and an externship. (This course satisfies 6 experiential learning credits)

Sections
Section. Credits. Books. Time/Location D/E Professor.
30 6 View Tu 8:45 AM-10:45 AM Day Tina Cafaro
LAW 912 Judicial Externship and Seminar [Details]
LAW 912 Description

Selected students engage in a variety of legal work under the supervision of a judge attorney in an approved externship placement.. Students may not receive compensation for work done in an Externship. Externships include varied levels of research, writing, and observation depending on the student's placement. Students may take no more than three externships during law school. Students enrolled in their first externship must also attend a weekly seminar. Prerequisites: An externship is open to students who have successfully completed 28 hours of law studies. This externship is a Restricted Withdrawal Course. See Academic Standard Section 204 and the Clinic and Externship materials for the applicable time restrictions and policies. A student may not simultaneously enroll in more than one clinic, more than one externship, or a clinic and an externship. (This course satisfies 4 experiential learning credits.)

Sections
Section. Credits. Books. Time/Location D/E Professor.
30 4 View M 4 PM-5 PM Day Beth Cohen
LAW 910 Legal Service & Immigration Skills Seminar [Details]
LAW 910 Description

This seminar is a prerequisite for students selected to participate in the Legal Services Clinic and the Immigration Clinic. Students enroll in this course the semester preceding their clinic placement. The course focuses on substantive law and issues related to poverty law practice, and developing basic lawyering skills, including professionalism and ethics, client interviewing, counseling, case planning, fact investigation, oral advocacy, negotiation and litigation skills. (This course satisfies 2 experiential learning credits.)

Sections
Section. Credits. Books. Time/Location D/E Professor.
30 2 View Tu 4 PM-6 PM/Room. BLC E Day Gordon Shaw
LAW 907 Faculty Supervised Externship [Details]
LAW 907 Description

Selected students engage in a variety of legal work under the supervision of a judge or attorney in an approved externship placement. Students must secure a full-time faculty member to be an advisor prior to enrolling for the externship. Students may not receive compensation for work done in an Externship. Students may take no more than three externships during law school. Students must meet regularly with their faculty supervisor. Prerequisites: Student must have completed one externship placement and concurrent externship seminar. An externship is open to students who have successfully completed 28 hours of law studies. This externship is a Restricted Withdrawal Course. See Academic Standard Section 204 and the Clinic and Externship materials for the applicable time restrictions and policies. A student may not simultaneously enroll in more than one clinic, more than one externship, or a clinic and an externship. (This course satisfies 3 experiential learning credits.)

Sections
Section. Credits. Books. Time/Location D/E Professor.
30 3 View BA - TBA TBA
LAW 814 Law Practice Externship and Seminar [Details]
LAW 814 Description

Selected students engage in a variety of legal work under the supervision of an attorney in an approved public interest, government service, or private sector externship placement. Students may not receive compensation for work done in an Externship. Externships develop students' lawyering skills through participation in activities such as legal research and writing, client interviewing and counseling, factual investigation, development and implementation of case theory and strategy, negotiation, mediation, litigation and other forms of advocacy. Students may take no more than three externships during law school. Students enrolled in their first externship must also attend a weekly seminar. Prerequisites: An externship is open to students who have successfully completed 28 hours of law studies. This externship is a Restricted Withdrawal Course. See Academic Standard Section 204 and the Clinic and Externship materials for the applicable time restrictions and policies. A student may not simultaneously enroll in more than one clinic, more than one externship, or a clinic and an externship. (This course satisfies 4 experiential learning credits.)

Sections
Section. Credits. Books. Time/Location D/E Professor.
30 4 View M 4 PM-5 PM Day Beth Cohen
LAW 797 Federal Litigation PreTrial Phase [Details]
LAW 797 Description

This course is aimed at refining students' written and oral advocacy skills in the pretrial phase of litigaton. In weekly exercises, students will brief and argue typical motions arising prior to trial. The course will also address pretrial strategy, both in preparing pleadings, planning discovery and drafting motions. At the end of the term, students will draft a larger memorandum and present a more extensive oral argument on a motion for summary judgement or to dismiss. The course will require at least four to six hours of preparation for each session. Class attendance is mandatory. Enrollment limited to 16 students. This is a simulation course and satisfies 3 writing units or 3 Experiential Learning Credits. (Section 30 satisfies 3 Experiential Learning Credits and Section 20 satisfies 3 writing units.)

Sections
Section. Credits. Books. Time/Location D/E Professor.
20 3 View W 2:45 PM-5:55 PM/Room. MTCT Day Mark Mastroianni
30 3 View W 2:45 PM-5:55 PM/Room. MTCT Day Mark Mastroianni
LAW 796 Crim. Procedure Adjudication [Details]
LAW 796 Description

This course examines the constitutional basis of criminally accused persons' post-arrest rights, in the context of, e.g.: bail and pretrial release, discovery, the right to counsel, guilty pleas, burdens and standards of proof, selection and composition of the jury, confrontation, effective assistance of counsel, jury instructions, double jeopardy, and other rights incident to criminal trials, appeals, and collateral review. Students taking this course may not enroll in LAW 784 Criminal Procedure: Survey.

Sections
Section. Credits. Books. Time/Location D/E Professor.
03 3 View W 6 PM-9:15 PM/Room. BLC 3 Eve Anne Goldstein
LAW 788 Child, Family & State [Details]
LAW 788 Description

This class will focus on what happens when the state becomes involved in family life due to allegations of child abuse and neglect. Central to the class will be the balance between the right of the family to be free of state intervention in child-rearing decisions with the right of the child to be free of neglect and abuse. Writing assignments and class simulations will relate to an individual child protection case that we will track from inception to resolution. Additional topics may include: definitions of child abuse and neglect; special issues in child sexual abuse; and medical neglect, including cases involving parents withhold medical treatment because of their religious beliefs. The course will also cover the potential paths for state intervention, including short and long term foster care, termination of parental rights and adoption. This course section 20 satisfies 2 writing units and course section 30 will satisfy 2 experiential learning credits.

Sections
Section. Credits. Books. Time/Location D/E Professor.
20 2 View Th 6 PM-8:10 PM/Room. BLC C Eve Jeanne Kaiser
30 2 View Th 6 PM-8:10 PM/Room. BLC C Eve Jeanne Kaiser
LAW 778 International Business Transactions [Details]
LAW 778 Description

This survey course will consider some of the major private and public law issues involved in international trade and investment. The emphasis of the course will be on the private, transactional aspects of International Business Transactions. In particular, we will examine typical legal arrangements for (i) the international financing and sale of goods (including extensive coverage of the United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International sales of Goods - CISG), (ii) the non-establishment forms of foreign investment employed by market participants in order to generate business internationally (including licensing of intellectual property rights, international distributorship contracts, transfer of technology agreement, etc.), and (iii) the foreign direct investment of capital through the establishment of business operations abroad (both within the European Union and China). We will also discuss selected issues crucial to the avoidance and resolution of international business disputes. The pedagogical approach will involve the discussion of problems and the study of judicial and quasi-judicial decisions, regulations, statutes, and international agreements. Although Public International Trade Law is not the emphasis of this course, an overview of the structure and operation of both international and regional trade organizations, including the World Trade Organization (WTO) and The North America Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), will also be provided.

Sections
Section. Credits. Books. Time/Location D/E Professor.
01 3 View M,W 10:15 AM-11:45 AM/Room. BLC C Day Rene Reich-Graefe
LAW 769 Negotiation,Mediation & Arbitration [Details]
LAW 769 Description

This course will focus on negotiation and other methods of dispute resolution, with emphasis on negotiated settlement, mediation and arbitration. Negotiation theory and alternative tactics and strategies will be examined, with focus on practical skills by way of example and simulated exercises. Various methods of alternative dispute resolution will be discussed in the context of different areas of legal practice and substantive law. Students will participate in both a simulated negotiation and a simulated mediation. In addition, the course will cover the arbitration process from both a substantive law and practical skills standpoint. Students will have an elective opportunity to write an Arbitrator's Decision and Award as their final paper, based upon the evidentiary submissions in an actual case. Enrollment is limited to 20 students. Students who have taken LAW 609 Negotiation: Strategies & Practice may not enroll in this course. (This is a simulation course and satisfies 2 experiential learning credits.)

Sections
Section. Credits. Books. Time/Location D/E Professor.
30 2 View Th 10 AM-12:10 PM/Room. BLC 2 Day Nancy Sykes
LAW 762 International Law [Details]
LAW 762 Description

This course provides an overview of public international law with a focus on the framework and development of international law. We will examine how the doctrines, institutions and methodologies of international law have developed in recent years, with attention to the application of those doctrines and methodologies to legal aspects of current international controversies. We will also discuss the structure, goals, processes and institutions of international law, with detailed consideration of issues such as the sources of international law, the recognition and responsibility of states, and the role of organizations, corporations, and individuals in the application of international law. (This course satisfies 3 Writing Units.)

Sections
Section. Credits. Books. Time/Location D/E Professor.
20 3 View Tu,Th 9:15 AM-10:45 AM/Room. BLC F Day Matthew Charity
LAW 744 Sales [Details]
LAW 744 Description

This is an advanced contract law course, focusing on transactions in the sale of movable goods. While we will focus on state laws following Article 2 of the Uniform Commercial Code, we will also address differences in contracts governed by the United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods. Classroom discussion will focus on problem and case analysis, as well as statutory interpretation. If you have taken UCC Survey you may not take this course.

Sections
Section. Credits. Books. Time/Location D/E Professor.
01 3 View Tu,Th 2 PM-3:30 PM/Room. BLC B Day Matthew Charity
LAW 728 Mediation [Details]
LAW 728 Description

This course will provide training in both the theory and methodology of divorce and family mediation and essential mediation skills. The class is interactive, and students will have the opportunity, in almost every class to practice mediation skills. A basic understanding of Massachusetts divorce law and/or entry level family law course is strongly recommended. Some states, by statute or rule of court, set standards for court-based mediators. Massachusetts requires basic mediation training and professional practice under the supervision of a community-based mediation program before practitioners may serve as court-based mediators. This is a basic mediation course that qualifies successful students for an internship or practicum in a community dispute resolution program for supervised practice and for advanced mediation training. Mediators develop their skills through a lifetime of practice. This is the first step. Enrollment limited to 18 students. (This is a simulation course and satisfies 3 experiential learning credits.)

Sections
Section. Credits. Books. Time/Location D/E Professor.
30 3 View W 5 PM-8:15 PM/Room. BLC C Eve Devlin Farmer
LAW 727 Juvenile Justice [Details]
LAW 727 Description

This course concentrates on juvenile delinquency proceedings from pretrial procedure through trial and the occasional transfers of juvenile offenders to the adult criminal system. Developments in the area of due process for young people (United States Supreme Court cases) and effective client advocacy are stressed. Prerequisite: Law 505 Criminal Law.

Sections
Section. Credits. Books. Time/Location D/E Professor.
03 2 View Tu 8:20 PM-10:30 PM/Room. BLC A Eve Scott Chapman
LAW 709 Legislation [Details]
LAW 709 Description

The Legislation simulates the modern legislative process, federal and state, with the goal of teaching students the skills necessary through it. Students study and propose revisions to the United States Code and the Massachusetts General Laws. They research and draft bills for the Congress and the Massachusetts Legislature (officially the "Great and General Court"). Students examine substantive areas of law and public policy for possible revisions. They draft legislation, develop commentary, and present their proposals for public review through simulated committee hearings. Here they learn legislative advocacy skills by serving as witnesses and members. Students also study the general skill of statutory interpretation, which can be applied to all substative areas of the law. In the past, Legislation students have submitted their proposals to members of the Legislature, who have, in some instances,introduced them as bills. A few have become public law. Enrollment limited to 24 students. (This course satisfies 3 writing units.)

Sections
Section. Credits. Books. Time/Location D/E Professor.
20 3 View M,W 2:45 PM-4:15 PM Day Arthur Wolf
LAW 706 Crim Pro:Investigation [Details]
LAW 706 Description

This course examines the constitutional limits on police investigations. The course focuses primarily on the development of federal constitutional law (4th, 5th, and 6th amendments) in the United States Supreme Court as a way to balance society's need for effective law enforcement against the rights of individuals to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures, coercive interrogations, and unfair pretrial identification procedures. Students taking this course may not enroll in LAW 784 Criminal Procedure: Survey. This course satisfies 3 writing units .

Sections
Section. Credits. Books. Time/Location D/E Professor.
20 3 View M,W 1 PM-2:30 PM/Room. BLC C Day Bridgette Baldwin
LAW 705 Administrative Law [Details]
LAW 705 Description

This course examines the system through which a vast array of governmental power is exercised in the United States: the administrative process. Its focus will be the ways in which private interests are arranged, rearranged, and/or protected in that system against the background of the public interest. The course will address agency powers to gather and utilize information, promulgate regulations, and adjudicate rights and remedies under applicable statutes and regulations. Judicial review of adverse agency action will also be explored.

Sections
Section. Credits. Books. Time/Location D/E Professor.
01 3 View Tu,Th 11 AM-12:30 PM/Room. BLC C Day Erin Buzuvis
LAW 702 Products Liability [Details]
LAW 702 Description

This course presents an analysis and discussion of the American law of products liability. The focus of the course is on the major theories of liability with respect to injuries caused by the use of defective consumer products. We will cover the requirements of each of the major causes of action in product litigation, together with appropriate defenses and damages related to those causes of action.

Sections
Section. Credits. Books. Time/Location D/E Professor.
03 2 View M 8:20 PM-10:30 PM/Room. BLC 2 Eve Alex Grant
LAW 696 Landlord & Tenant [Details]
LAW 696 Description

This course focuses on the landlord-tenant relationship in the residental rental market with emphasis on recent court decisions and various selected state laws that have attempted to lessen the problems of substandard or inadequate rental housing, housing discrimination, problems of lead paint poisoning, and related issues. Eviction proceedings, discrimination litigation and consumer remedies are covered in detail. Prerequisite: LAW 511 Property.

Sections
Section. Credits. Books. Time/Location D/E Professor.
03 2 View W 8:20 PM-10:30 PM/Room. BLC C Eve James Donnelly
LAW 695 Academic Success Workshop [Details]
LAW 695 Description

Academic Success Program skills workshops are open to all interested students. The workshops cover essential law school skills such as note-taking, briefing cases, outlining, and exam-taking techniques. All students are encouraged to attend.

Sections
Section. Credits. Books. Time/Location D/E Professor.
01 0 View Tu 11 AM-12 PM/Room. BLC B Day Myra Orlen
02 0 View W 9:15 AM-10:15 AM/Room. BLC B Day Myra Orlen
03 0 View Th 5 PM-5:50 PM/Room. BLC B Eve Patricia Newcombe
LAW 694 Conveyancing [Details]
LAW 694 Description

This course concerns the legal aspects of the purchase and sale of real estate, beginning with the real estate broker and concluding with the closing process. The course covers in detail the purchase and sale agreement and remedies for the breach of the agreement; title examination and title insurance; property description and deed drafting; RESPA forms and regulation and closing adjustments; the closing process; and ethical considerations in representation of parties in real estate transactions.

Sections
Section. Credits. Books. Time/Location D/E Professor.
03 2 View Th 8:20 PM-10:30 PM/Room. BLC C Eve Jeffrey Knickerbocker
LAW 690 Sexual Orien, Gen ID & Law [Details]
LAW 690 Description

This course is an examination of the legal and policy issues surrounding state and private attempts to regulate and/or discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity and expression. Topics covered in the course include (1) the due process right to privacy, (2) equal protection analysis, (3) family law issues including current cases challenging marriage exclusion (4) employment discrimination, with particular emphasis on possibilities to pursue non-discrimination law by transgender people (5) sexual orientation and gender expression as gender discrimination, among other relevant contemporary topics.

Sections
Section. Credits. Books. Time/Location D/E Professor.
01 3 View M,W 1 PM-2:30 PM/Room. BLC 2 Day Jennifer Levi
LAW 688 Bioethics [Details]
LAW 688 Description

This is a survey course that will cover a variety of bioethics topics through the lenses of law, ethics, medicine, and public policy. Topics may include reproductive technologies and rights, medical decision-making, end of life care, distributive justice topics, and research on human subjects.

Sections
Section. Credits. Books. Time/Location D/E Professor.
01 3 View M,W 4 PM-5:30 PM/Room. BLC 1 Day Barbara Noah
LAW 681 Trial Methods [Details]
LAW 681 Description

This course utilizes a clinical approach to trial advocacy. Emphasis is given to the two complementary abilities necessary for effective trial advocacy - preparation and execution. Students will learn effective methods for analyzing and preparing a case for trial. In addition, students will practice the technical skills necessary to present their side of a case persuasively during a trial, including tactics and strategy in the courtroom, opening statements and closing arguments, examination of witnesses, admission and exclusion of evidence, questions of burden of proof, and preservation of rights on appeal. Prerequisite: LAW 553, Evidence. Enrollment limited to 20 students per section. (This is a simulation course and satisfies 2 experiential learning credits.)

Sections
Section. Credits. Books. Time/Location D/E Professor.
30 2 View M 6 PM-8:10 PM/Room. MTCT Eve TBA
LAW 674 Employment Discrimination [Details]
LAW 674 Description

This course concerns discrimination in the workplace, with emphasis on different theories of discrimination and the application of those theories in a variety of settings. The primary focus is on the text and interpretation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended in 1991. Other areas studied may include the Age Discrimination Act of 1967, the Equal Pay Act of 1963, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

Sections
Section. Credits. Books. Time/Location D/E Professor.
01 3 View Tu,Th 2 PM-3:30 PM/Room. BLC C Day Erin Buzuvis
LAW 643 Family Law [Details]
LAW 643 Description

This course examines the relationship between family and law. Topics addressed include legal definitions of "family" taking into consideration both the marital and non-marital family; rights and obligatons among family members; the federal and state government's role in family life as well as the constitutional limits on government involvement; dissolution of family including issues of property distribution, alimony/support, and the implications of children; jurisdiction; and the role of the attorney in family formation and disputes.

Sections
Section. Credits. Books. Time/Location D/E Professor.
03 3 View M 6 PM-9:15 PM/Room. BLC C Eve Jennifer Levi
LAW 640 Federal Income Tax Simulation [Details]
LAW 640 Description

This course is designed to provide two-person teams of students with the opportunity to engage in research and writing in the context of solving a tax problem which might arise in everyday tax practice. Each team will be required to prepare a detailed outline of tax issues raised by the problem, three drafts of a memorandum of law to a senior partner and two drafts of a client letter, explaining their analysis, conclusions and recommendations for client action. Students will also be required to keep detailed time sheets. Teams will meet with the instructor at regular, mutually agreed upon times. The course may utilize the tax problem which is the subject of the ABA Section of Taxation Law Student Tax Challenge competition, in which case teams may submit their work product to that competition by the deadline date set by that competition (before the second week of November). Prerequisite: Law 555, Income Tax I and Law 747, Income Tax II. Enrollment is by two-person teams of students and is limited to 8 teams. Enrollment limited to 16 students. (This is a simulation course and satisfies 3 experiential learning credits or 3 writing units.)

Sections
Section. Credits. Books. Time/Location D/E Professor.
20 3 View BA - TBA Frederick Royal
30 3 View BA - TBA Frederick Royal
LAW 639 Special Education Law [Details]
LAW 639 Description

This course will provide an overview of the legal rights of public school students identified with special education needs and the responsibilities of school districts to meet those needs. Issues to be addressed will include: eligibility and evaluation of students, team meetings, individualized educational plans, placements, discipline, transition services, and due process hearings. Legal principles governing special education will be explored through cases decided by the courts and the Massachusetts Bureau of Special Education Appeals. Rights and responsibilities under the anti-discrimination law known as Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 will also be addressed. The course material will be presented through class discussions and student presentations. Students will be introduced to the special education litigation process and will be assigned roles representing parents or school districts.

Sections
Section. Credits. Books. Time/Location D/E Professor.
01 2 View Tu 3:45 PM-5:55 PM/Room. BLC 1 Day Claire Thompson
LAW 632 Law Office Management [Details]
LAW 632 Description

This course will introduce students to the operation and management of solo practice, law firms, and corporate legal departments. Practices and techniques that assist in the ethical, professional, and profitable representation of clients while reducing stress and crisis situations will be presented through presentations, readings, and guest lecturers. Topics to be covered include: business planning; time management, accounting and billing; client recruitment and relations; technology and office systems; stress management and personal support; ethical responsibilities and professionalism.

Sections
Section. Credits. Books. Time/Location D/E Professor.
03 2 View Tu 6 PM-8:10 PM/Room. BLC 2 Eve Michael Agen
LAW 616 Employee Benefits Law [Details]
LAW 616 Description

The field of employee benefits law is dynamic. The security of employee pension plans has become a national issue in light of Enron, WorldCom, and other corporate scandals. This course will cover major cases that have been brought for denial of benefits in the area of pension plans (such as 401K plans) and welfare benefit plans (such as employer group health plans). The focus of the course will be on the procedural and substantive law of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), a major federal law regulating employee benefit plans. The course will examine the administration and operation of pension plans and welfare benefit plans. The course will also explore litigation involving the fiduciary duties of disclosure and prudent investment of plan assets. ERISA preemption of state law relating to employee benefit plans will be explored. Also, the remedies of employees seeking to enforce their rights to benefits under ERISA will be considered. The application of other federal laws relating to employee benefits, such as the Internal Revenue Code (with respect to qualified plans), the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), and the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (as amended), will be discussed.

Sections
Section. Credits. Books. Time/Location D/E Professor.
03 2 View Tu 6 PM-8:10 PM/Room. BLC 3 Eve Donna-Rae Kenneally
LAW 605 Corporate Social Responsibility [Details]
LAW 605 Description

As an advanced corporate law seminar, this course will introduce students to corporate social responsibility (CSR) as an amalgam of legal and economic strategies used nationally and internationally in order to influence, regulate and police corporate decision-making and behavior. The purpose of this course is to explore both historical and contemporary normative trends of CSR challenging large-scale business enterprises and the various prescriptive jurisdictions in which they operate in areas of corporate legal theory, corporate (self-)governance, securities regulation, transaction cost economics and corporate risk management. Prerequisite: LAW 551 Business Organization.

Sections
Section. Credits. Books. Time/Location D/E Professor.
01 2 View W 2:45 PM-4:55 PM/Room. BLC B Day Rene Reich-Graefe
LAW 601 Electronic Discovery [Details]
LAW 601 Description

This course is an introduction to the legal and practical issues related to electronic discovery and the use of electronic evidence in legal proceedings. Attorneys engaged in litigation must ensure compliance with the rules and regulations governing the preservation and production of electronically stored information. Lawyers and clients nationwide are struggling with the practical challenges of electronic discovery and the law is continuously evolving. Students will gain an in-depth understanding of the legal rules governing ediscovery and develop practical knowledge and key analytical skills that can be used in practice.

Sections
Section. Credits. Books. Time/Location D/E Professor.
03 2 View W 6 PM-8:10 PM/Room. BLC 2 Eve Katie Winseck
LAW 599 Advanced Legal Analysis l [Details]
LAW 599 Description

This required course will introduce you to the bar exam, review material tested on the bar exam, and teach you important skills in reading, analyzing, and answering bar exam questions. The course uses a learn-by-doing approach. Written homework assignments include multiple choice questions and essay questions. These will be submitted, graded, and returned online before most classes and will then form the basis for class discussion and review. Students will also be assigned online video review. The course will refresh your recollection of selected topics within three of MBE subjects, Contracts, Evidence and Torts. Students will learn how the bar examiners test these topics and will learn how to study and to apply their knowledge to bar exam questions.

Sections
Section. Credits. Books. Time/Location D/E Professor.
01 2 View Tu 3:45 PM-5:55 PM/Room. BLC A Day Justin Dion
03 2 View Th 6 PM-8:10 PM/Room. BLC C Eve Justin Dion
LAW 575 Professional Responsibility [Details]
LAW 575 Description

This course examines the ethics of lawyering and the various roles of the lawyer. We will discuss the nature and scope of the attorney's responsibilities and obligations to clients, society, the administration of justice, the profession, and the self. It covers legal and ethical standards and aspirations relevant to regulating the conduct of lawyers and the development of professional ethics. (Required Course)

Sections
Section. Credits. Books. Time/Location D/E Professor.
03 2 View Tu 6 PM-8:10 PM/Room. BLC B Eve Kevin O'Regan
LAW 555 Income Tax I [Details]
LAW 555 Description

A study of the codified law as it relates to the federal taxation of the income of individuals. This course emphasizes the concepts of gross income, taxable income, and deductions. Special emphasis is given to the federal tax policy considerations inherent in resolving tax issues. A survey of selected topics such as the tax consequences of divorce and administrative practice before the Internal Revenue Service and the Tax Court may be included in the course. (Required Course)

Sections
Section. Credits. Books. Time/Location D/E Professor.
02 3 View M,W 1 PM-2:30 PM/Room. BLC A Day Frederick Royal
03 3 View Th 6 PM-9:15 PM/Room. BLC A Eve Frederick Royal
LAW 553 Evidence [Details]
LAW 553 Description

This course is an introduction to the basic rules of evidence governing the proof of facts in criminal and civil trials, with a focus on the Federal Rules of Evidence. Topics covered may include the role of the judge and jury; relevance; hearsay and its exceptions; character evidence; and the competency, examination and impeachment of witnesses. Classroom method focuses on discussion of selected problems and cases and aims at providing all students with a common grounding in the basic rules of evidence. (Required Course)

Sections
Section. Credits. Books. Time/Location D/E Professor.
03 3 View M 6 PM-9:15 PM/Room. BLC 3 Eve Bridgette Baldwin
LAW 551 Business Organizations [Details]
LAW 551 Description

This course focuses on the fundamental conceptual framework of business organizations law including the formation and conduct of business in the partnership, corporate, and limited liability company forms. It provides an introduction to the terminology of business organizations and finance, and transmits some sense of what a business lawyer does. It also engages in questions of ethics, justice, professional responsibility and critical analysis of numerous aspects of business law. (Required Course)

Sections
Section. Credits. Books. Time/Location D/E Professor.
03 3 View W 6 PM-9:15 PM/Room. BLC B Eve Eric Gouvin
LAW 513 Torts [Details]
LAW 513 Description

This is a course concerning civil liability for harm inflicted on another. Topics studied may include negligent, reckless and intentional acts that inflict harm; defenses to claims of liability; the liability of owners or occupiers of land; and strict liability. (Required Course)

Sections
Section. Credits. Books. Time/Location D/E Professor.
01 4 View Tu,Th 9:30 AM-10:50 AM/Room. BLC A,
W 1 PM-2:20 PM/Room. BLC B
Day Julie Steiner
03 4 View Th 6 PM-7:50 PM/Room. BLC 3,
M 7:10 PM-9:40 PM/Room. BLC B
Eve Barbara Noah
LAW 509 Civil Procedure [Details]
LAW 509 Description

The object of this course is to introduce students to the civil litigation process, including the attendant jurisdictional questions, court organization, and pleadings and rules of practice in state and federal courts. In addition, an analysis of the litigation process is undertaken, with emphasis on discovery, pretrial procedures, trial, judgment, and appellate review of the decision. (Required Course)

Sections
Section. Credits. Books. Time/Location D/E Professor.
01 4 View Th 11 AM-12:20 PM/Room. BLC B,
M 1 PM-2:20 PM/Room. BLC B,
Tu 2 PM-3:20 PM/Room. BLC A
Day Bruce Miller
03 4 View W 7:10 PM-9:40 PM/Room. BLC 3,
Th 8 PM-9:50 PM/Room. BLC A
Eve Arthur Wolf
LAW 507 Lawyering Skills I [Details]
LAW 507 Description

Lawyering Skills I is a required first-year course designed to introduce students to the essential problem-solving and communication skills of the legal profession. The legal research and writing faculty work closely with students in smaller classroom settings to introduce techniques of legal analysis, the basic sources and processes of legal research, and the principles of legal writing and oral advocacy. Through a series of assignments of increasing complexity, students learn how to analyze legal problems, research legal issues, frame legal arguments, and gain experience in drafting the major forms of predictive and persuasive legal writing. During the first semester, in Lawyering Skills I, students will be placed in the role of lawyer as advisor and counselor by focusing on predictive, advisory writing while learning other lawyering skills such as fact gathering and analysis, interviewing, and client counseling. Students will write legal memoranda, conduct interviews, draft professional emails and letters, and conduct office meetings, all in the context of completing practice based assignments. Students will receive individualized feedback throughout the semester. (required course; graded; 2 credits)

Sections
Section. Credits. Books. Time/Location D/E Professor.
10 2 View M,W 9:15 AM-10:15 AM/Room. BLC 1 Day Beth Cohen
11 2 View M,W 9:15 AM-10:15 AM/Room. BLC 3 Day Jeanne Kaiser
15 2 View M,W 2:30 PM-3:30 PM Day Myra Orlen
16 2 View M,W 2:30 PM-3:30 PM/Room. BLC 3 Day Jeanne Kaiser
17 2 View M,W 2:30 PM-3:30 PM/Room. BLC 1 Day Harris Freeman
03 2 View M,W 6 PM-7 PM/Room. BLC 1 Eve Harris Freeman
LAW 505 Criminal Law [Less Details]
LAW 505 Description

This course deals with the competing interests and policies that come into action when the individual clashes with society. The course also explores the underlying philosophical premises of various penal rules. The theories and purposes of punishment, the relationship between law and morality, definitions of criminal intent, principles of necessity, justification and excuse, and inchoate crime and group criminality may also be studied. (Required Course)

Sections
Section. Credits. Books. Time/Location D/E Professor.
01 4 View M,W 10:30 AM-11:50 AM/Room. BLC A,
Th 2 PM-3:20 PM/Room. BLC A
Day Anne Goldstein
LAW 500 Introduction to the Law [Details]
LAW 500 Description

Introduction to the Law is a one-credit course required in the first year for all entering students, offered prior to the beginning of the first term, and graded on a pass-fall basis. This class introduces students to the study of law. It is designed to give students the knowledge and skills that will enable them to get the most out of their other first-year courses. The goals of the course include introducing students to the purposes and pedagogy of law school, providing techniques and strategies for learning the law, and providing information on background concepts. Students will gain an understanding of the American legal system, explore the function of case law and how it relates to other sources of the law, and learn to actively engage in case analysis. The class is graded pass/fail. (Required course) This course meets four days only and will run Monday, August 20th - Thursday August 23rd. The day section will meet 9:00AM - 12:30PM and the evening section will meet 6:00PM - 9:30PM.

Sections
Section. Credits. Books. Time/Location D/E Professor.
01 1 View M 9:30 AM-1 PM/Room. BLC A,
Tu 9 AM-12:30 PM/Room. BLC A,
W,Th 9 AM-12:15 PM/Room. BLC A
Day Julie Steiner
03 1 View M 6:15 PM-9:45 PM/Room. BLC A,
Tu 6 PM-9:30 PM/Room. BLC A,
W,Th 6 PM-9:15 PM/Room. BLC A
Eve Julie Steiner