General Legal Interest Courses

Qualifying course offerings can change from semester to semester. For a complete list for the current academic year, check the student handbook or contact the Law School Registrar.


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  • Administrative Law , JURI: 4320 , Credit Hours: 3
    Focuses on law controlling federal and state administrative action. Along with constitutional restraints, student is asked to consider statutory and judicially formulated rules for the administrative process. Control over administrative discretion and enforced accountability are major themes. Attention is devoted to federal and state Administrative Procedure Acts.

  • American Legal History , JURI: 4870 , Credit Hours: 3
    This course will examine the role that law and legal institutions have played in American history from Reconstruction until the 1980s. We will examine the Civil War Amendments and federalism, laissez-faire formalism and economic regulation, the growth of legal liberalism, and the rights revolution.

  • Christian Perspective on Legal Thought , JURI: 4235 , Credit Hours: 2
    This course will focus on perspectives on law and government found within various Christian theological traditions. Attention will be devoted to ancient and modern writers from Catholic and Orthodox backgrounds, as well as Protestant writers from the Lutheran, Calvinist/Reformed, Anabaptist, Baptist and Anglican traditions. Students will write a paper capable of satisfying the law school's writing requirement and will present the results of their research to the class.

  • Foundations of U.S. Privacy Law and Practice , JURI: 5589 , Credit Hours: 1
    This seminar surveys the legal concepts surrounding privacy in the U.S. private sector, with particular emphasis placed on offering students a real-world view concerning the practice of privacy law at the corporate level.

  • Independent Project , JURI: 5510 , Credit Hours: 1 - 2
    Independent projects provide student with flexible opportunity to independently explore legal issues or questions sometimes not found in any course or seminar and without following format of a formal research paper. Projects must involve significant legal, social, or empirical research or experience.

  • Law & Medicine , JURI: 5623 , Credit Hours: 3
    Focuses on the relationship between health care providers and patients. Topics include: the treatment relationship, professional liability, licensing, access to care (including EMTALA), quality of care, privacy and confidentiality (including HIPAA), and informed consent.

  • Law & Science Seminar , JURI: 5579 , Credit Hours: 2
    Emerging technologies present an intrinsic challenge as new discoveries frequently extend the beyond the reality anticipated by existing laws and regulations. The use of science in the courtroom or legislation (e.g., climate change) is often problematic as parties put forth competing claims as to what the law should regard as valid scientific evidence. Further, sometimes scientists view the law as a prior restraint to research and development (e.g, trial of Galileo, "Scopes monkey trial," ban on human cloning) and in other instances they may view it as driving innovation (patent laws, academic technology transfer policies). In summary, this seminar will examine the complicated relationship between law and science on both applied and philosophical grounds. Students are required to write and present a research paper relevant to this seminar as well as actively participate in classroom discussion.

  • Law and Religion , JURI: 4833 , Credit Hours: 3
    The bulk of this course will focus on the history and judicial construction of the Establishment and Free Exercise Clauses of the First Amendment. The course will also include a section exploring how several religious traditions approach the relationship between religion and law.

  • Legal Malpractice , JURI: 5760 , Credit Hours: 2
    This course explores legal malpractice law, policy and problems.  In addition to studying civil liability claims, the course will cover approaches to managing risks and avoiding malpractice lawsuits. The course will also deal with malpractice insurance and defenses to claims for legal malpractice. The material covered by this course is designed to benefit all new lawyers, regardless of firm size or practice area, and should be particularly useful for those students who may be joining smaller firms or who plan eventually to start their own practice.  The Law and Ethics of Lawyering is not a formal prerequisite, though students may find it provides a foundation for some class concepts.

  • Major Works in Legal Theory (formerly Classics in Legal Theory) , JURI: 5595 , Credit Hours: 1 (year long course, meeting once per month)
    This course introduces students to books that have made a difference in various fields of law—books that change the way experts, scholars, or the general public think about an important legal topic.  Students will read and discuss seven books over the course of the school year. The list changes each year, but past works include Alexander’s “The New Jim Crow,” Hart’s “A Concept of Law,” Nussbaum’s “Hiding from Humantiy,” Walzer’s “Just and Unjust Wars,” and West’s “Re-Imagining Justice.” This is the course known among some graduates as “Law School Book Club.”  The goal of the course is to give interested students an opportunity to think more deeply about complex legal, political, philosophical and historical ideas, and to discuss those ideas with a variety of professors. The course spans both semesters and is pass/fail.

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