This course will cover foundational concepts in municipal land use and planning law. The course begins with zoning fundamentals, including zoning enabling acts, ordinances, variances, incentive zoning, transferable development rights and accessory uses and covers common federal, state and municipal litigation issues. The course will also cover takings, New Urbanism and smart growth; historic preservation; and aesthetic regulation. Students may not take both this course and LAW 624 Land Use Controls. This course satisfies 2 writing units.
This course offers an in-depth analysis of legal research methods and sources, covering print and electronic formats. Classes will include a combination of lectures, discussions, online training, and research exercises based on real-life scenarios. Emphasis is placed on analyzing research choices, evaluating the content and organization of resources, and understanding their appropriate use. If you want to sharpen your knowledge of statutes, regulations, legislative history, and how to start (and end) researching, this course is for you. No Prerequisites. (This course satisfies 2 skills units or 2 Experiential Learning Credits) (Enrollment limited to 20 students)
This course will examine selected issues in the relationship between family and law. The focus will be on understanding foundational family law concepts including who is a parent and how emerging alternative family structures influence legal analysis and doctrine. Th eclass will study contemporary federal and state cases with an emphasis on understanding the life of a case, from start (pre-filing) to finish (to full resolution) and not just the ultimate decision. The Family Law course is not a prerequisite and students may enroll in both courses.
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. Completion of LAW 796 Criminal Procedure: Adjudication is not a prerequisite to enrollment in this course.
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)