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 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 will cover the fundamentals of land use currently in place in the United States. The course covers zoning, large-track development, smart growth development and environmental impact review. Students may not take both this course and LAW 624 Land Use Controls. The course is based upon two writing assignments and a final examination. This course satisfies 2 writing units. (This course will meet in -class as scheduled on Monday and Wednesday. The Thursday class session will meet remotely/online via distance learning - details to be sent upon course registration.)
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)
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.