Course Descriptions

Required Courses


A non-graded class designed to provide students with basic skills necessary to help students maximize their law school experience. Course content includes, but is not limited to, instruction in case briefing, preparing course outlines, study skills, and legal writing. Instruction will be provided in effective test-taking techniques. Effective fall 2009, this course is worth one credit.

LAW  1150  CIVIL PROCEDURE (4 credits)

A survey of the procedural law applicable to civil lawsuits in the United States, with particular emphasis on the federal courts. Topics covered include personal and subject matter jurisdiction, the Erie doctrine, pleading, discovery, motions, trials, post-trial motions, and issue and claim preclusion.

LAW  1195  CONSTITUTIONAL LAW I (4 credits)

An introduction to legal analysis, constitutional history, theory and case law. This course explores the federal system, including such doctrines as judicial review; implied powers; state powers and the commerce clause; federal powers and the commerce clause; separation of powers, due process state action and equal protection.

LAW  1181  CONTRACTS (4 credits)

An examination of the principles that govern the formation of legally enforceable agreements and promises. Emphasis is placed on offer and acceptance, consideration and its substitutes, and the Statute of Frauds, breach of contract, assignments, and discharge. (Formerly Contracts I and Contracts II)

LAW  1200  CRIMINAL LAW (4 credits)

An examination of substantive criminal law. The course will analyze common law concepts as well as statutory revisions.

LAW  2190  EVIDENCE (4 credits)

An examination of the principal rules of evidence applicable in the federal and Florida courts.


A study of the ethical considerations involved in the lawyer-client relationship. The Rules of Professional Conduct and Codes of Judicial Conduct will be examined. This course satisfies the professional responsibility requirement.

LAW  1251  REAL PROPERTY (4 credits)

An introduction to estates in land, future interests, and landlord and tenant relationships, real estate issues, restrictive convenants, and easements. (Formerly Real Property I and Real Property II)

LAW  1270  RESEARCH AND WRITING I (4 credits)

A closely supervised program in legal bibliography and legal problem solving designed to introduce research techniques and writing skills.

LAW  1275  RESEARCH AND WRITING II (3 credits)

A closely supervised program in legal problem solving designed to develop research techniques, writing skills, and training in appellate advocacy. Pre-requisite: Research and Writing I.

LAW  1290  TORTS (4 credits)

A study of civil liability for accidental and intentional tangible harms to property and physical and/or emotional injuries to persons. The course places heavy emphasis on the law of negligence by examining the elements of negligence and available defenses. This course also will give some treatment to certain intentional torts, strict liability and vicarious liability.

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Seminars usually fulfill the writing requirement and skills courses are usually graded S/U.

Certain elective courses are offered regularly (r) (at least once in 3 semesters) while others are offered occasionally (o).

Most elective courses are three credits. Please check the course schedule for a final determination.


A study of accounting principles and practices, with special emphasis upon the role of the attorney in accounting matters as they relate to business and tax planning. This course is only available to students who have taken no more than 7 credits of accounting courses, whether in law school, or as part of undergraduate or post graduate studies. (o)


A study of the law concerning the powers & procedures of governmental agencies which affect the rights of private parties. This course satisfies the Administrative Law Requirement. (r)


The focus of the course will be on federal and state administrative laws, regulations and procedures dealing with the health care system. This course satisfies the Administrative Law Requirement. (r)


An examination of the leading principles and procedural aspects of admiralty jurisdiction and the maritime law of the United States. (o)


This seminar will focus primarily on domestic adoption law and policy and the foster care system within the United States. The course may cover international adoption law and policy to a much lesser extent. There will be a final paper and an in-class presentation required in lieu of a final exam. Family Law is a recommended pre-requisite but not required. (meets writing requirement)


An identification and application of the tactics and techniques utilized by Americas leading trial lawyers. Course materials reflect issues and explanations derived from significant trial experiences submitted by litigators from each of the fifty states. Demonstrations and presentations are enhanced by computer and video technology. Pre-requisites: Torts and Evidence. (r)


This course will focus on recent developments in tort law, with reference to decisions of the Supreme Court of Canada, and comparative discussion of other jurisdictions, including the United States and the United Kingdom. Topics will include: the dute of care, liability of public authorities, punitive damage awards, recovery for economic loss, and the relationship between tort and contract law.


This course builds upon the basic Contracts course to explore a series of agreements between sophisticated parties in detail in order to develop the ability to read, understand, and draft contracts effectively. Actual non-disclosure and confidentiality agreements, employment agreements, services agreements, agreements for the sale of goods, lending agreements, and agreements for merger and acquisition will be examined in their entirety, and the issues addressed will be further developed through practical exercises. Pre-requisite: Contracts


This is an advanced course in the concepts and topics first introduced to students in their first-year Contracts course. This course will cover in-depth some of the difficult topics that were introduced in Contracts (e.g. parol evidence, conditions). It will also include topics that were probably not covered in the Contracts course but are important in practice (e.g. third party issues; letters of intent). Students will study some of these topics from diverse theoretical perspectives (e.g. economic, relational, and critical approaches). They will also study some topics through skill-based methods particularly suited to study of contract topics (e.g. drafting, negotiation). Pre-requisite: Contracts


A study of recent developments and trends in Corporation Law. (meets writing requirement) Pre-requisites: Business Entities or Corporations. (o)


This course will permit students to engage in scholarship and to explore the "cutting edge" evidentiary issues involved in criminal prosecutions. Constitutional search and seizure, self-incrimination, confrontation, due process and right to counsel issues, as they impact upon the admissibility of evidence or the development of evidentiary matters at trial will be examined. A research paper and an oral presentation are required. (meets writing requirement) Pre-requisitie: Evidence (o)


This course will focus on trial techniques either not covered in the basic trial practice course, or that involve more advanced techniques. Students actively participate in simulated criminal trial problems covering a broad range of topics. Procedures and techniques used in both federal and state courts are included. While trial techniques are the primary focus, suppression hearings, motions, and other pre-trial procedures that substantially impact on the criminal trial are included. Pre-requisites: Evidence and Trial Advocacy. (r)


Students will receive advanced training in critical thinking and legal analysis. Using a problem solving approach that integrates law from substantive courses, the course will focus on enhancing critical thinking skills that enable students to appreciate the structure and function of law. The course will also seek to strengthen students' performance of written legal analysis. Instructional methods will include lecture, collaborative working groups, and individual assignments. The course will provide multiple opportunities for instructor feedback on group and individual assignments.


A study of the problems of employment discrimination on the basis of race, sex, age, religion, handicap, and other criteria. (meets writing requirement) Pre-requisite: Employment Discrimination is preferred, but not required.(o)


This seminar explores current hot-topics in the international law arena. Therefore,the specific focus may vary each semester according to developments in the various international fields. This course requires an in-depth research paper on one of the topics included in the syllabus. (meets writing requirement)


Students will receive extensive training in formal logic systems and their counterparts in the less-than-entirely-logical universe of persuasive writing. The course will be taught in lecture format with a heavy emphasis on Socratic method, interaction with students, and critiques of students written work product. Other instructional methods will include small-group exercises and collaborative work that will require the students to cooperate and consult one another. (r)


This course will review the basics and then exhaustively explore topics such as legislative history and interpretation, administrative rules and regulations, looseleaf services and other materials in special subject areas such as taxation, labor law and bankruptcy. On-line computer research will be contrasted with the print sources. Emphasis will be placed on the use of the Florida materials. Legal citation systems will be reviewed. (r)


This course will focus on research strategies and resources specific to tax. Online fee and free tax resources will be introduced as well as traditional print materials. Research strategies will be emphasized with a tax specific focus.


This course surveys documents of legal practice and the skills needed to write them. Students will engage in problem-solving via legal analysis and writing, receive hands-on drafting experiences, and gain greater sophistication and power as legal writers. Some sections will emphasize contract drafting while others will survey a wider ranger of practice documents. Specific emphasis will be announced in advance of the semester. Examples: Advanced Legal Writing: Contract Drafting; Advanced Legal Writing: Writing for Practice Survey; Advanced Legal Writing: Non-Litigation Drafting (r)


A study of recent developments and trends in tort law. (meets writing requirement)


A study of the methods of cross-examination and impeachment of lay and expert witnesses. Proper methods of making and meeting evidentiary objections are stressed. Students prepare, conduct, and critique examinations. Materials for the course include cases, writings on the subject, and videotaped demonstrations. Classes are conducted by discussion and by simulation. Students will be required to research and write a paper to include the complete cross-examination of an expert witness in a matter of some complexity. This course will not satisfy the writing requirement. Pre-requisite: Trial Advocacy. (r)


A short course (one month long) that will look at the trial issues that effect the appellate process. The course will combine lectures with short simulation exercises to train students how to create a record that will withstand appellate review. This course will also look at evaluation of a case for appeal, standards of review and how to create a record of trial court rulings that will permit the appellate court to review those orders, rather then merely affirm them as being within the discretion of the trial court. Pre-requisite: Trial Advocacy


This course will provide a general introduction to the area of agency law as it relates to commercial enterprises and activities and to laws governing the major forms of unincorporated business organizations including partnerships and limited liability companies.


An examination of issues and themes of American law from the 18th century to the present with a focus on the development of some areas of classical substantive law, such as Torts and Contracts as well as other areas of substantive law, such as Slavery and Labor. The meaning of American law in the context of American democracy will also be considered. The course will emphasize the relationship between law and society, with attention to how law shapes society and how society shapes law. (r)


This course examines materials relevant to understanding the legal status of animals. It will cover a number of topics related to animal law, including various issues that arise under the laws of property, contracts, and torts. It will also incorporate criminal and constitutional law issues and will consider the evolution of the law's understanding and treatment of animals by examining selected federal and state laws. (meets writing requirement)


A study of the antitrust laws of the United States as they relate to agreements between competitors, monopolization, mergers and restrictive trade practices. (o)


A study of the appellate process in federal and Florida courts which examines the appellate court as an institution, its history, structure, function, jurisdiction and operating procedures which gives practical experience in appellate litigation skills. The student will be expected to complete several writing assignments which will form the basis of the grade. This course satisfies the Skills Requirement. (r)


This course covers arbitration and related forms of Alternative Dispute Resolution. Students will study the legal framework including, but not limited to the relevant Florida and federal statutes; the Florida Rules of Court on Arbitration; other Florida and federal court rules (including local rules); and the relevant rules on ethics and professional responsibility. The course will involve students in a variety of practical exercises. This course satisfies the Skills Requirement. (r)


A survey of the rights and remedies of debtors and creditors during bankruptcy proceedings. This course satisfies the Code Requirement. (r)


Student interns are assigned to work with bankruptcy judges in the Middle District of Florida during the semester. Each student is required to work closely with the judge(s) and law clerks performing research and writing assignments with respect to current cases before the court. Students also have the opportunity to attend and observe the courtroom performances of counsel (i.e., motion hearings, mediations, arbitrations, and trials), especially regarding those cases with respect to which they have been assigned work. Student participants are selected based upon demonstrated academic performance and interest in bankruptcy practice. Four credit hours are provided for participation in the fall semester. This is a pass/fail graded course. Pre-requisite: Bankruptcy or Bankruptcy Seminar. (o)


This seminar will provide in-depth coverage of various issues in Chapter 11 business reorganizations, such as considerations in filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, obtaining financing within the bankruptcy, use of pre-petition and post-petition assets, appointment of professionals in the bankruptcy, and filing of and voting on plans of reorganization. (meets writing requirement) Pre-Requisite: Bankruptcy


This course focuses on how the law has affected end-of-life medical decisions. The case law on end-of-life decision-making issues will be reviewed and students will be assigned a number of selected readings. (meets writing requirement) (r)


This four credit hour survey course would give students an overview of the state law relating to business entities. It would emphasize the law governing partnerships, limited liability companies and corporations. (Note: Students may not take this course with Agency & Unincorporated Organizations or Corporations)


An exploration of the evolving notion of professionalism in the context of the role of the lawyer. The foundation of the course will be both ethical reasoning and awareness (beyond the Standards of Professional Responsibility) as well as philosophy of law. (o)


This course covers a broad range of issues touching upon children, including but not limited to: dependency; termination of parental rights; adoption; and disabled childrens rights to government services (under Title II of the ADA) and in education (under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act); the IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act) and related state and federal laws. (o)


This course will probe the entire depth and breadth of the legal system of the People's Republic of China. (meets writing requirement)


This class is intended to give students real-world experience in the neutral mediator role and to help them pursue Circuit Civil Mediator certification. After completing a Florida Supreme Court-approved Circuit Civil Mediator training (five days/40 hours), students will observe, and occasionally conduct, actual circuit mediations. Students will keep a journal of their experiences, which they must submit to the Professor. Class will meet regularly to discuss the mediations and mediator ethics. Students must attend a mandatory training session (see semester registration materials for dates and details). This course satisfies the Skills Requirement. Pre-requisites: Professional Responsibility and Negotiation & Mediation


This one-credit weekend course will explore the constitutional and civil rights that the Supreme Court will address in the Defense of Marriage and California Marriage cases. The class will focus on the Fourteenth Amendment due process and equal protection issues presented in the Second Circuit DOMA case and Ninth Circuit Marriage cases. Students will interact in small groups, discussing the district and circuit court opinions and amici briefs filed before the Supreme Court, in order to present to the class divergent views and interpretations of the issues before the Supreme Court. As a concluding assignment, students will draft an opinion as written by a Supreme Court Justice in either the DOMA or Marriage case.


This board is composed of members selected by annual competition. Students develop their skills to compete in various competitions, testing client skills, such as negotiations, mediation and client counseling. The board assists in competition preparation and hosing of competitions, as well as actually competing in various competitions. S/U grade only. (r)


The first half of this course examines the potential role of the legal community in confronting climate change from an institutional perspective, examining the role of treaties, national legislation, sub-national responses and the role of the judiciary. The second half of the course will focus on renewable energy and other alternatives to fossil fuels. Prerequisites: None, but Environmental Law would be helpful.


This is a survey course covering the Uniform Commercial Code as a whole, as well as its relationship to other commercial law. This course will address key elements of Articles 1,2,3,4,5,and 9, and will also address other materials as time permits. The course is intended to give students a broad exposure to commercial law, but in significantly less depth than individual courses in Sales, Leases & Licenses; Payment Systems; and Secured Transactions. This course may not be taken by a student who has taken ALL THREE of the following: Sales, Leases & Licenses; Payment Systems; and Secured Transactions. This course satisfies the Code Requirement. (r)


In-depth investigation of selected areas and problems in commercial transactions affected by the Uniform Commercial Code and federal law, including the jurisprudential foundations of the Code and recent commercial law developments in the courts and legislatures. (meets writing requirement) Pre-requisite - one of the following courses: Commercial Transactions, Sales and Leases, Payment Systems or Secured Transactions. Pre-requisite may be waived for students with a strong demonstrated background in business or finance.


This course focuses on understanding the roles and responsibilities of group and self leadership. It facilitates the development of multiple approaches to inspiring, influencing, and guiding others. Students will learn how to recognize the impact of one's actions and behaviors on others. Students will identify, discuss and demonstrate effective communication skills appropriate to diverse leadership situations and will access resources for their own leadership development.


This course introduces students to cases and materials from many jurisdictions to show both diversity and similarity of business and the law. The course will also familiarize the students with international organizations along with treaties and conventions. The goal of this seminar is to expose students to the way many firms doing business between different jurisdictions of the world are governed and regulated. (meets writing requirement)(r)


This course is intended to provide an introduction to Latin American Company Law. It will address the most basic differences between the Civil Law applicable in this region to the Law of Corporations and other Business Associations as compared to their Common Law counterparts. Basic issues related to bankruptcy, antitrust regulation and shareholder rights will also be explored.


This is a two credit course comparing criminal justice systems and the impact their form has on the presentation of evidence, development of procedural law, and supporting theories of jurisprudential philosophy. It will be team taught by myself and the Lord Advocate of Scotland. I will teach the first two weeks that cover the development of common law systems from a criminal perspective, leading into discussion about our own criminal justice system in the U.S. and the theories of jurisprudence that support it. Particular attention will be paid to the impact a system's jurisprudential philosophy has on the development of its procedures. The next two weeks would be taught by the Lord Advocate (with my assistance). She will focus on the Scottish legal system. It is a hybrid system that contains elements of both common and civil law. She will discuss how this system has created a different approach to criminal justice, with corresponding differences in the processes followed by the Scottish court system. She will end her discussion with the topic of devolution, showing how the unique Scottish Legal system is being used by the Scottish Nationalists to secure some degree of independence from Great Britain. Pre-Requisites: All first-year requirements


This seminar explores the legal history, culture and procedures of the major legal traditions of the world, including comparisons and contrasts of the United States with those of England, European and Latin American Civil Law countries, the Islamic world, China, Japan, Cuba, and other countries as time and students interest indicate. (meets writing requirement)(o)


The course provides an overview of crimes of international concern best known as treaty crimes. Transnational Criminal Law (TCL) relates to the crimes excluded from the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court and offenses that violate jus cogens norms. Treaty crimes emerged from nations' initiative to combat international criminal activity, enabling groups of states to respond rapidly to new forms of criminality. TCL does not create individual penal responsibility under international law; this is an indirect system of interstate obligations generating national penal laws. The students will learn TCL in a comparative manner. We will study the relationship between rules of more than one system, we will see how one system or one of its rules derives from another system or convention, perhaps with modifications, and how one system could exert influence on another. A comparative approach allows us to see how rules are adopted, whether according to societal needs, policies and goals, or simply by borrowing and adapting rules that otherwise ignore a nation's reality. This approach will also allow the students to see the effectiveness or lack thereof of implemented rules and question policies and approaches taken by different nations.


This course is an examination of the unique procedural issues that arise in complex civil litigation. Students will begin with a brief foray into the theoretical underpinnings of the civil procedural rules used in American courts today. They will then expand from this theoretical background to explore complexity encountered by lawyers and litigants at four distinct stages: identification of parties and claims; pretrial discovery and case management; trial and remedy. Particular emphasis will be placed on the practical aspects of the modern class action device, including certification of classes and settlement. Pre-requisite: Civil Procedure. (o)


A study of interstate, mulitstate, and international jurisdictional and choice of law considerations and recognition and enforcement of foreign judgments. (r)


This Constitutional Law elective provides a further opportunity to examine the First Amendment, and the Thirteenth, Fourteenth and Fifteenth Amendments in the major civil rights cases of the mid-20th Century, as well as the political and cultural influences on the evolution of Civil Rights, leading to the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. The course is intended to give students a proper foundation for understanding the history of the clash of states' rights and the guarantees of national citizenship, and a proper background for a contemporary law practice that includes social and economic civil rights issues. Special note regarding summer course offering: During summer sessions, this course is taken in conjunction with the Constitutional Law and Civil Rights Travel Course (Law 3219). Students enrolled in the combined courses will receive a total of 6 semester hours credit.


A one week travel course which further explores Constitutional law and the campaign for civil rights from 1955-1965 through the visitation of the museums, institutes, centers, universities, and historic places identified with civil rights law and The Civil Rights Movement. The travel course includes lectures, seminar presentations, meetings, and interviews with actual veterans of the Civil Rights Movement, civil rights activists and lawyers, and is conducted in Nashville, TN and Birmingham, Montgomery and Selma, AL. Students keep a journal in lieu of completing an examination or paper. The course is graded S/U and students receive 3 semester hours credit. Pre-requisite: Constitutional Law and the Civil Rights Course (3216), or a comparable preparation approved by the professor.


This course explores the structure and development of the First Amendment freedoms of speech, expression, association, and the clauses regarding regligious freedom.


An in-depth discussion and analysis of selected topics relating to the United States Constitution. (meets writing requirement) (o)


A study of the federal courts with attention given to selected problems such as jurisdiction, justiciability, standing, and abstention. Actions under 42 U.S.C. section 1983 will receive special emphasis. (r)


A survey of construction law and practice, emphasizing contract, tort, and warrant concepts. The course will review leading case authorities, contract forms, parties to the construction process, and practice issues. (o)


This course is a study of current state and federal law as it applies to the protection of the consumer in the marketplace. This course satisfies the Administrative Law requirement.


This course provides an overview of the development and nature of copyright law. Topics include the origins of copyrights law, the statutory and commn law evolution, prosecution and maintenance of a portfolio, litigation strategies and issues, and discussion of current topics of interest in the field.


An examination of the legal, financial, and managerial theory of modern corporate financial structures. (o)


This course explores the question of how and whether corporations can be good citizens. This course will give students a range of perspectives on modern issues surrounding corporate governance, including new innovations created by the recent Congressional financial regulatory reform laws known as Dodd-Frank and Sarbanes-Oxley, as well as classic agency problems. This course will deal with risk management, profit maximization, ethical dilemmas, as well as how corporations may exercise the ability to spend corporate money in politics post-Citizens United. This course will be divided into four principle areas of study: (1) corporate management, who has responsibility for day to day operation of the corporation; (2) the board of directors, who has responsibility of oversight; (3) investors, who owns the corporations; and (4) stakeholders such as employees and community residents, who may be heavily impacted by corporate choices. Prerequisites: Business Entities or Corporations


Tax considerations in corporate formations, distributions, redemptions and liquidations. The course will cover both the taxation of SubChapter C and SubChapter S corporations. Prerequisite: Federal Income Taxation I. (r)


A general introduction to the laws governing U.S. corporations. The major focus will be a survey of state and federal laws pertaining to the structuring and operation of business corporations, both closely held and publicly traded. Emphasis will be put on fundamental areas with which all practitioners should have some familiarity including state statutory provisions and selected securities laws.


Study of the substantive and procedural law pertaining to the convicted criminal offender, including an examination of federal and state decisions affecting correctional personnel and the penal process.


This seminar will concentrate on four areas: sentencing, jail and prison administration, prisoner's rights, and post-conviction remedies. We will begin by discussing possible paper topics and the professor will help students in choosing their topics. Then, while work on papers begins, we will discuss some major cases, statutes, and court rules. Xeroxed copies of which will be provided. The last part of the course will consist of presentation of paper topics by each student. (satisfies writing requirement)


This course is a criminal procedure class with emphasis on pretrial, trial, and post-trial proceedings. Among other things, this course will cover bail, the preliminary hearing, the grand jury, joinder and severance, pretrial motions, discovery, speedy trial, plea negotiations, trial rights, double jeopardy, sentencing, post-conviction remedies, habeas corpus, and appeals.


An examination of the leading constitutional cases on criminal justice with special emphasis on the fourth, fifth and sixth amendments to the United States Constitution and on the nature and application of due process in relation to the criminal procedure structure. (r) (NOTE: This course is a pre-requisite for the Public Defender Clinic and the Prosecution Clinic.)


The standard rationales behind punishing competent, adult offenders who act of their own free will break down when faced, for example, with the insane, the very young, or the provoked. The class is a hybrid book club and writing workshop, focusing on those situations in which criminal responsibility is less than clear cut. The professor leads the discussion for the first half of the term, provide a theoretical foundation application to some specific, controversial contexts; in the second half, students lead the discussion in which they have chosen to write (euthanasia, brainwashing, addition, etc.). This course satisfies the Writing Requirement.


This course will examine Criminal Law and Procedure in the Caribbean. Professor Judith Scully of the Stetson faculty will assist in the course and provide a comparative U.S.-Caribbean perspective. The following topics will be addressed: 1) Arrests and Detention, 2) Bail, 3) Initiating Proceedings, 4) Committal Proceedings, 5) Trial both at the Inferior and Supreme Court, 6) Jury Selection, Deliberations, and Verdict, 7) Sentencing, and 8) Appeals.


A recurring seminar on health law topics that would be taught jointly by a Stetson Law Faculty member and a USF Medical Faculty member with the class comprised of both medical and law students. Topics covered in this course will vary from time to time, reflecting in part the interest of participating faculty. Illustrative topics likely to be covered regularly include: Medial malpractice - an inter-displinary approach; Current Issues in Pharmaceutical Liability; and The Rights of the Modern Patient.


The Internet has changed the way we work and live, presenting us with a wide variety of legal issues that can be characterized as "Cyberlaw." This seminar will focus on who regulates the Internet; speech and the Internet; copyright and trademarks and the Internet; privacy and the Internet; jurisdiction and the Internet; and network acess, ownership and the private ordering of the Internet. (meets writing requirement)


This course is a survey of capital punishment law with emphasis on Florida. (meets writing requirement)(o)


This course will focus on selected tort subjects which are not covered in depth in the first-year curriculum. Topics examined will include defamation, the rights of privacy and publicity, interference with common law civil rights, and harm to family relationships. The course may also consider the economic torts, including tortious interference, conspiracy, and restraint of trade. This course may be offered as a class or a seminar; if offered as a seminar it satisfies the Writing Requirement.


This course will focus on selected tort subjects which are not covered in depth in the first-year curriculum. Topics examined will include defamation, the rights of privacy and publicity, interference with common law civil rights, and harm to family relationships. The course may also consider the economic torts, including tortious interference, conspiracy, and restraint of trade. This course may be offered as a class or a seminar; if offered as a seminar it satisfies the Writing Requirement.


This one-credit hour course will give students an in-depth understanding of ten of the most important Delaware corporation law cases. Taught by the Honorable Andrew G.T.Moore, former Justice of the Delaware Supreme Court, and Professor Clark Furlow, each class will be devoted to one case. Students will learn why the case is important, how it changed or solidified a particular area of the law, and where it fits in the overall body of Delaware corporation law. There will be a one-hour exam at the end of the course.


This course is designed to teach students the what, the how and the why of depositions practice. It will include fundamental review and discussion of the relevant rules of professional responsibility, civil procedure and discovery. Students will then perform case analysis on a file in preparation for taking and defending depositions. Students will then perform in a skills based setting with immediate critique the fundamental skills associated with both defending and taking a deposition. This will include immediate feedback on preparation, beginning the deposition, creating lines of inquiry, alternative lines of inquiry, and wrapping up the deposition. Pre-requisites: Professional Responsibilty, Evidence, and Trial Advocacy


All lawyers will interact with expert witnesses - many of these interactions will be through depositions and many of these experts will be doctors. This course will review both the Federal and Florida Rules of Civil Procedure, Evidence and Professional Responsibility related to expert witnesses and will provide students with effective, practical tools for deposing such witnesses. This course will focus on medical experts and students will be provided with actual medical records and expert reports. Students will evaluate these background materials and will gain experience preparing, conducting and evaluating medical expert depositions. Stetson University College of Law's grading policy for elective, pass-fail courses will apply to this course. Student evaluations will be based on preparation and class participation. Pre-requisite: Evidence. Professional Responsibility is strongly suggested.

LAW  3291  DIRECTED RESEARCH (1-2 credits)

Research leading to the writing of a series of short papers, reflecting substantial effort, on various aspects of a single legal subject. Upon approval of the research, the student must register for credit with the Registrar's Office at the beginning of the semester in which the research is to be undertaken. This course does NOT satisfy the writing requirement. S/U grade only.


Disability Law takes a civil rights approach to studying laws relating to individuals with disabilities. To that end, the course examines American law that protects individuals with disabilities in the areas of employment, public accommodations (i.e., privately operated facilities open to the public), governmental services and programs, education (K-12), higher education, and housing. Students will study the Americans with Disabilities Act, Rehabilitation Act, Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, Family and Medical Leave Act, and Fair Housing Act.


This is a seminar course where we will conduct an in-depth study of domestic or family violence from a legal perspective. Students will gain the knowledge and the skills necessary to prepare for and represent victims in domestic-violence-related court proceedings. Topics to include: historical and social policies; interdisciplinary study of the dynamics and psychology of family violence; practical applications of knowledge through role plays, hypothetic problems/cases, and written assignments. (meets writing requirement) Prerequisites: Family Law preferred, but not required.


In this 3-credit course, we will examine current legal problems of elementary/secondary education in both public and private schools. Primary emphasis will be on public elementary/secondary education. Topics to be discussed include the state's constitutional power over education, the authority of state and local school boards through which the state provides and regulates education, compulsory education, state regulation of private schools, home schooling, school voucher programs, curriculum control, hiring and terminating teachers, disciplining students, student and teacher freedom of expression, religious activities in public schools, desegration, sexual harassment of students, students with disabilities, allocation of educational resources among school districts, and the federal government's role in education. As we study these topics, we will also consider broader themes such as "local control" of education, the prerogatives of parents, the relationships between law and policy, the varying conceptions of equal educational opportunity, and the competence of courts to resolve education problems.


This internship will give students a practice education in dealing with various consumer scams targeting elderly individuals. Students will be supervised by Associate Dean Bauer. Two students will be assigned to work with Elder Consumer Protection Fellow Slade Dukes. The students will research and respond to requests for "technical assistance" about consumer scams and exploitations. Students, based on their research, will refer the victims to the various state agencies that have jurisdiction over the scams and exploitations. Interns will work out of the Center for Excellence in Elder Law. Pre-Requisites: None, but Consumer Protection or Law & Aging recommended.


This course covers the drafting issues and the law for some of the more frequently drafted docurments in an elder law practice. In addition to reviewing the applicable laws and drafting techniques, the students will also be required to draft the various documents.


Students will be placed with several of the agencies in the Tampa Bay area, including the State Attorney Generals office, the State Long-Term Care Ombudsman, the Guardianship Hearing Master (Hillsborough or Pinellas) and the State Attorneys office. In addition to the hours at the assigned placements, students produce 25 pages of research and maintain journals.


This one credit course would focus on the various types of litigation involved in an elder law practice including administrative advocacy and as well as jury and non-jury cases. The course will apply substantive law to the skills of advocacy. Dispute resolution mechanisms will also be covered along with the special issues that may be encountered in elder law litigation when clients have diminished capacity, health problems, etc. Prerequisites: None, although Introduction to Law & Aging would be helpful.


This course is designed to cover the issues faced by elder law attorneys in setting up their practices. The course would cover issues in determining office space and location, purchasing vs. leasing equipment, negotiating contracts, time management software and billing, the ADA and accommodations for clients, hiring and firing staff, working with care managers and others as independent contractors, etc.


This seminar exposes students to a variety of legal topics that impact the elderly. (meets writing requirement)(o)


This course wille explore various aspects of election law including redistricting, voter registration, the Voting Rights Act, campaign finance and recounts. Earlier Supreme Course avoided election law challenges fearing entanglement with the political thicket. But modern courts increasingly entertain all manner of suits about how elections work. (This course satisfies the writing requirement.) Prerequisite: Constitutional Law I


This seminar will examine whether the law is keeping pace with the rapid growth of computer networks and the Internet, using Electronic Commerce as its organizing focus looking at the issues from the perspective of a merchant interested in pursing electronic commerce, rather than the point of view a government seeking to control impact of computer technology. The seminar will examine topics such as the formation, terms, and enforceability of electronic contracts; security, privacy, and taxation of online transactions; commoditization of information; emerging legal exposures for online operations; and basic problem of determining what law applies to these issues. (meets writing requirement)(r)


This course explores how the availability of information in electronic format transforms the civil litigation process, and considers critical issues which arise in data management in the litigation process. The course examines developing case law and addresses the practical issues arising in the preservation, collection, searching, processing, and production of electronic data. The course includes an introduction to technology, tools, and software utilized in electronic discovery and data management.


A study of the law of employee benefits (including pensions and health, disability and life insurance benefits), reviewing substantive law, the relationship between the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) and other substantive areas, and the practice and procedure of employee benefits litigation. The course will explore fast-changing areas such as ERISA preemption, recent developments in health and disability benefits litigation, discrimination, the problems of contingent workers, and special ethical issues arising in employee benefits practice. (r)


This course covers employee benefits claims from mandatory pre-suit procedures and the entire course of litigation and will provide the opportunity for both oral advocacy and writing development. The main grade in the course is the preparation of a 20-25 page motion and oral argument against opposing counsel who prepared a cross-motion on the same issues.


This course examines federal statutes prohibiting discrimination in employment on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, religion, or disability. The course focuses on the policy, theory and analytical framework of Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, The Age Discrimination in Employment Act, and The Americans With Disabilities Act, and the role of the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, including principles of judicial deference. This course satisfies the Administrative Law Requirement. (r)


This course surveys the law regulating the fundamentals of the employee-employer relationship and examines a variety of public policy questions relating to employment standards regulation. The subjects covered may include the common-law doctrine of at-will employment and the development of contract and tort exceptions to that doctrine; statutory efforts to protect employees from wrongful discharge; the law of work-related invasions of privacy (e.g., drug-testing, genetic screening, polygraphs, etc.); legal protection of employees from abusive treatment (e.g., sexual harassment and other forms of outrageous conduct); the legal duties owed by employees to their employers (loyalty, non-disclosure of trade secrets, covenants not to compete, etc.); the regulation of employment compensation (e.g., Fair Labor Standards Act, prevailing wage laws); and the regulation of workplace health and safety (e.g., Occupational Safety and Health Act). This course may also cover the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act and the Family Medical Leave Act. This course does not cover questions of unionization (covered in Labor Law) and provides only a superficial overview of employment discrimination law (covered comprehensively in Employment Discrimination). (r)


This seminar reviews the development of the issue of the right to die and reviews how courts, legislatures, Congress, health care providers and regulators have responded to this issue. The legal, societal, regulatory, religious, and ethical issues will be discussed. (meets writing requirement) (o)


This course provides a concentrated review of the areas of law most often involved in entertainment litigation, including: artistic control, credit and attributions, compensation, scope of rights, warranties and indemnities. This course includes an overview of the structure of the U.S. entertainment industry as well as an examination of a variety of industry agreements. (r)


A successful environmental professional should possess the ability to advocate, counsel, investigate, persuade, research, and educate. This course will develop those skills through various writing and oral advocacy projects. Students will produce a Freedom of Information Act request, a public comment letter or media release, a memo or brief in a citizen suit and will illustrate various advocacy strategies and facets of environmental advocacy. Different research and writing skills will be emphasized through exploring these diverse types of advocacy. Prerequisites: None. However, Environmental Law, Wetlands Seminar, Natural Resources Law Seminar, or Administrative Law would be helpful.


This course will examine legal issues arising from hazardous conditions in real property, including liability for contaminated soil and groundwater; the duty to report contamination; Florida's petroleum and dry cleaning programs; use of Brownfields incentives in the redevelopment of property; asbestos and lead regulations; control and disposal of hazardous wastes; risk allocation by contract or insurance; due diligence investigations; and enforcement issues.


An introduction to the common law and statutory basis for protection of natural resources and abatement of pollution. This course satisfies the Administrative Law Requirement. (r)


Students work on environmental and land use issues under the direct supervision of government attorneys. Placements include the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Hillsborough County Environmental Protection Commission, and The Ocean Conservancy.(r)


This course teaches the art of regulatory practice through a series of problems and simulation exercises. Students learn how to find and use the sources of law used by environmental lawyers, including statutes, regulations, guidance and policy. In the exercises, students will take on the various roles environmental lawyers play, engaging in compliance counseling, enforcement, litigation, and rule-making. In addition, they will be able to delve more deeply into the substance of environmental law.


A survey of federal and state regulations for control of water quality and the prevention of water pollution. This course will examine current problems of ground water contamination, industrial permitting and citizen group enforcement. This course satisfies the Administrative Law Requirement. Pre-requisite: Environmental Law or Administrative Law. (o)


Students are placed in the Tampa Regional Office of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, a fedeal agency created by Congress to enforce Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, and the Americans with Disabilities Act. Students are assigned actual cases, beginning with client intake and proceeding through investigation, including interaction with the employer, witnesses, etc., review of documents, and determination of cause/no cause. (r)


A course emphasizing the income, estate, and gift tax consequences of various dispositive schemes, the settlement of life insurance proceeds and employee death benefits, and the disposition of business benefits, with a survey of the donative arrangements for the disposition of property, including inter vivos transfers and wills. Pre-requisite: Trusts & Estates or Survey of Florida Probate


This distance learning class will address the unique ethical issues faced by attorneys practicing in the area of Criminal Law. Issues faced by both prosecuting attorneys and criminal defense attorneys will be covered. Topics will include, among others, the prosecutor's duty to act as a minister of justice, perjury, confidentiality, use of the media, and the prosecutor's duty to respect the defendant's attorney/client privilege. Pre-requisites: Criminal Law and Professional Responsibility


Competition Law (called "Antitrust Law" in the United States) is the law that protects business competition from restraints such as price fixing, monopolies, market allocations, and boycotts. Globalization has required a harmonization of competition laws between various nations and is critical internationally for consumer welfare and well-functioning economies. The course will examine European Union antitrust law as it relates to transactional conduct. This course will also address recent development in international antitrust cooperation and with moves toward the development of a transnational antitrust regime. Antitrust Law course is helpful, but not required.


Students will study the EU legal regime as it regulates the free movement of goods and services, workers, persons, and capital. Special emphasis will be placed on doing business in the EU from the perspective of the United States businesses and law firms. This course meets the LL.M. degree requirement. (o)


This course will focus on the constitutional/administrative law of the European Union (EU). Students will study the history of the EU, the treaties underpinning the EU, the institutional structure of the EU, the Law-making procedures of the EU, enforcement of and challenges to the law of the EU, and the protection of human rights under EU law. (o)


This course is designed to teach the law and practical skills related to the use of expert witnesses in the courtroom. The class would include the law governing the admissibility of expert witness testimony, case analysis to determine the necessity and desirability of an expert for a specific matter, the practical aspects of locating, interviewing, and hiring the expert and the ethical preparation and ultimate presentation of the expert's testimony. The course would cover both the use of experts in civil and criminal cases.


A study of the problems, policies and law related to marriage, divorce and child custody. (r)


Students work on family law-related matters under the direct supervision of attorney, judges, and/or magistrates in either Hillsborough or Pinellas County. Placements include the Community Law Program, Bay Area Legal Services, and the 13th Judicial Circuit court. There are up to 10 placements available. Students will work a minimum of 8 hours per week on site and produce at least 25 pages of work product over the semester. This is a 3-credit pass/fail course. Pre-requisites: Family Law, Research and Writing II, and Professional Responsibility.


A survey of the trial of a family law case including basic Florida Family Law; preparation of pleadings and trial of a family dispute. Prerequisites: Evidence and Trial Advocacy. Family Law is preferred, but not required.


This course will explore the kinds of conflicts faced by families of all types. Intra-family conflict in many of its forms will be discussed (emotional, social, in addition to legal). Both theoretical and practical aspects will be considered. Through both readings and practical application, the class will take an interdisciplinary approach to resolving family conflicts through mediation. Students will be involved in a variety of practical exercises and participate through a variety of roles (as lawyers, clients, and mediators/neutrals). This is a graded course. Family Law is recommended as a pre-requisite, but not required. This course satisfies the Skills Requirement.


An examiniaton of the legal principles and social policies governing the family. (meets writing requirement) Pre-requisite: Family Law


The Federal Agency Externship program provides students with the opportunity to work with practicing lawyers as legal externs in government agencies while earning academic credit. This program enhances the educational experience of students through the exposure to the actual practice of law in a federal agency. Students will gain experience in different substantive areas of law through legal research, writing, interviewing, counseling, and investigative skills. Students will also deal with issues of professional responsibility in a real practice setting. Pre-requisite: Professional Responsibility


This course will teach students how to identify and strategize pretrial issues and situations presented in federal civil litigation. Students will learn a road map for a sophisticated motions practice, as well as the theory behind pre-trial practice. Students will also learn how choices made during the pre-trial process affect the outcome of a case, including whether the case ever reaches trial. This course satisfies the Skills Requirement. Pre-requisite: Evidence


This course focuses on the federal judicial system, its powers under the Constitition and its relationship to other decision-makers, including Congress and state courts. Some of the topics that will be surveyed are justicability of "cases or controversies," the power of Congress to control federal court jurisdiction, federal question jurisdiction, sovereign immunity, abstention doctrines and the scope and limitations on Supreme Court review of various decisions. (o)


This seminar examines the sources and limitations upon federal criminal law, and surveys substantive federal provisions with particular focus on RICO, mail fraud, drug enforcement, money laundering, and false statements. The course will also include current issues in federal criminal law such as federal/state allocation of jurisdiction, the Posse Comitatus Act, and the extraterritorial application of United States criminal laws. (meets writing requirement)(o)


Students work under the direct supervision of government attorneys from the U.S. Department of Justice and the Department of Veterans' Affairs as well as under the supervision of one or more full-time faculty members. Students gain experience in document drafting, preparation of pleadings and motions with legal memoranda, preparation of agency litigation reports, review of hearing transcripts, fact witness and expert witness interviews, affidavit preparation, and case strategy decision-making. S/U grade only. (r)


An introduction to the basic principles underlying the federal income tax system. It examines the basic concepts underlying the income taxation of individuals. Areas covered include: tax theory; terminology and concepts; sources of tax law; characteristics of income; realization, recognition and characterization concepts; and personal deductions, exemptions and credits compared to business deductions and outlays. This course satisfies the Code Requirement. (r)


An in-depth examination of capital transactions analyzing the concepts of capital gains and losses and the consequences of such characterization. Business or investment depreciation, recapture, installment sales, at-risk rules, and non-recognition provisions also are discussed. Pre-requisite: Federal Income Taxation I. (r)


Students intern (clerk) with a member of the Federal judiciary in the United States District Court or United States Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District of Florida. Each student is assigned to work with a federal judge, a federal judge-magistrate, or a bankruptcy judge. Students perform numerous research and writing assignments under the auspices of the particular judges to whom they are assigned. Students also are provided an unique opportunity to attend judicial proceedings (e.g., jury selections, hearings, sentencings, trials, mediations, and arbitrations), and to obtain first-hand insight into the internal operations of a federal court. Student participants are selected based upon relevant academic and work qualifications.(r)


This course examines the application of the National Labor Relations Act, as amended, including the jurisdiction and procedure of the National Labor Relations Board, to the nonunion, private-sector workplace, including the broad protection of concerted activities for mutual aid or protection, the protection afforded employee postings on social media sites, the per se illegality of overbroad rules in employee handbooks, the ban on employer-sponsored employee participation programs, rights of the targets and traps for the unwary in conducting investigations of misconduct, and preemption of certain state-law wrongful discharge actions. The course also examines the minimum wage, overtime compensation and child labor provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act as well as the notice requirements of the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act.


An in-depth study of practice and procedures of the Internal Revenue Service and the federal courts having jurisdiction in tax controversies. The course covers such topics as statutes of limitation, tax court jurisdiction, penalty provisions and deficiency procedures. This course satisfies the Administrative Law Requirement. (o)


This course examines the federal system of taxation of gratuitous transfers, including the Estate Tax, the Gift Tax, Taxation of Generation-Skipping Transfers and Income Taxation of Estates and Trusts. This course satisfies the Code Requirement.


A survey of feminist legal theory, drawing from the experiences of women and from critical perspectives developed within other disciplines, resulting in analysis of the relationship between law and gender and developing new understandings of the limits of and opportunities for legal reform. (meets writing requirement)(o)


The purpose of this course is to better prepare students to represent individuals and families by teaching them basic real world financial skills. The course will include discussion on credit and debit cards; banking, including checking, savings, loans and mortgages; credit score, credit reports and identity theft; basic bankruptcy; and retirement and insurance.


A study of the powers and procedures of Florida administrative agencies, including administrative investigation, rule-making and adjudication, and judicial control of administrative action. Major differences between Florida and federal administrative law will be explored, and some comparison made with the administrative law of other states. This course satisfies the Administrative Law Requirement. (r)


Students are placed with three-judge appellate panels in the Sixth Judicial Circuit (Pasco and Pinellas Counties). Under the direction of a Circuit appellate judge, students draft memoranda and orders, conduct research, and may attend appellate panel meetings. Students will review and make recommendatioins on civil or criminal cases invoking the appellate jurisdiction of the Circuit Court, including: appeals from County Court, petitions to review administrative action, and all other petitions seeking extraordinary writs necessary to the complete exercise of the Circuit Court's appellate jurisdiction. Priority in assignment of interns is given to the civil appellate panels. This internship also provides opportunities to view the types of court proceedings and administrative actions that are brought before the panels. The internship is open to second and third year students who have completed Research and Writing I and II; other students may permitted on special request. This internship is valuable for anyone who is interested in doing appellate work upon graduation.


Students are placed with Circuit Court Judges in Pinellas and Hillsborough Counties and with the State Attorneys Office for the 13th Judicial Circuit in Hillsborough County. Students draft memoranda and orders as well as observe court proceedings. (r)


The examination and application of the Florida Rules of Civil and Appellate Procedure. (r)


A study of principles and operation of state constitutions with emphasis on the Florida Constitution. (r)


This seminar will examine a number of current state issues involving the Florida Constitution. The course will begin with an overview of basic state constitutional law concepts. Students will then identify research topics. Students will be provided the opportunity to research the issues in detail, and to prepare a paper of publishable quality on their topic. Each student will present, and defend, his/her paper to the class. This course satisfies the Writing Requirement


A course devoted exclusively to the procedural rules and tactics attendant to the pleading and trial of a criminal case, with emphasis on existing Florida law. Criminal Procedure I is not a pre-requisite. (r)


Students selected to participate in this internship program will work full time in the Office of the General Counsel of the Florida Department of State in Tallahassee. Under the direction of the General Counsel and/or the Deputy General Counsel, students will participate in all facets of the General Counsel's work, with a principal emphasis on the Department's role concerning elections in the State of Florida. There would be one or two internship positions available during any given semester.


This course provides the student with an introduction to Florida Rules of Court. Though the focus is on the civil and criminal procedure, it also provides a survey of probate court rules. This course will be co-taught by professors who are experts in the various subject areas.


Creating a familiarity with and appreciation for the legal challenges inherent to transactions involving Florida real property is the objective of this course. It will be presented at an intermediate level of complexity for law and practice to students who have fulfilled the first year's curriculum, and who intend to advance to property related courses of advanced complex-subject matter. [This course is strongly recommended as a prerequisite to courses that explore mortgage foreclosure, for example] The course will provide an overview that melds the law of Property, Contract, and Tort to survey such subjects as sales agent commission disputes, contractual terms-expressed and implied, financing provisions, restrictions and conditions upon title, assurance of title, document preparation for closing, and contentious interests of other parties.


This course will explore the necessity and usage of a title search and a survey; as well as the importance of visiting the property, conducting legal research and educating the court about the issues involved in real property litigation such as Partition, Zoning Presentation, Boundary Litigation, Quieting Title, Real Property Tax Adjustment, Slander of Title, Establishing Ways of Necessity in Easements, Removal of Restrictive Covenants, and Ejectment. (o)


This course will build upon the basic Torts course, by presenting students with an opportunity to study Florida common law and statutory provisions in the major topic areas covered in the basic first year course, as well as selected advanced Torts law topics, and areas where Florida law is uniquely important in the subject area of Torts.


This class emphasizes the important role of food law and policy in the current food system, dominated by a few multinational corporations. It is often argued that individual food choice is the ultimate exercise of personal responsibility in our society. This course challenges that conventional wisdom - recognizing that a complex web of agricultural and food laws influences that ends up on our plates, and ultimately affects the health of individuals and communities. These policies, and the regulatory mechanisms supporting them, play a vital role in determining the health, economic, social, and environmental outcomes for our nation. Examining these outcomes in terms of a series of legal and policy issues, this course will facilitate discussion on a host of topics: food safety, obesity, nutrition, sustainability, food deserts, labeling, marketing, trade, biotechnology, organic, private standards, urban agriculture, hunger, right-to-food, animal welfare, local food programs, and farmers' markets. Pre-requisite: Torts (meets writing requirement)


This seminar explores today's issues involving the U.S. Constitution's First Amendment Free Speech Clause. Topics may include, among others, philosophical origins of free expression, pornography and obscenity, hate speech, free expression of lawyers, compelled speech, symbolic speech, protest and democracy, and national security. Students will complete a paper. (meets writing requirement if paper is of publishable quality, as determined by the faculty advisor)


A study of selected current topics in law and medicine. (meets writing requirement)(r)


This course examines the law applicable to public and private health care coverage, including private insurance, health maintenance organizations, self-funded plans, and government-sponsored plans such as Medicare and Medicaid. The course will cover federal and state laws governing these types of coverage, including ERISA and state insurance regulation. (r)


This survey course examines the issues and the law applicable to public and private health care and presents an overview of the issues encountered in a health law practice.


An overview of policies and issues in public and private health, economic and financial issues, costs of health care on the government and private enterprise, and delivery issues. (r)


Students will further the cause of homeless advocacy by assisting the efforts of public interest organizations engaged in work on behalf of the homeless. Typical duties will include: interviewing clients, conducting research; preparing legal memoranda; drafting and reviewing public records request and responses; assisting in all aspects of discovery such as document analysis, organization and indexing depositions; and assisting in the preparation of legal documents and pleadings. Poverty Law and Interviewing & Counseling are preferred, but not required. Pre-Requisite: Professional Responsibility

LAW  3535  HONORS COLLOQUIUM (no credit)

The Honors Colloquium is designed for students accepted into Stetsons Honors Program based on academic performance in the first and second semesters. The Colloquium will explore various topics concerning the history and theory of law. Conducted in a seminar format, various professors will lead students in discussion of the assigned topics. (r)


Human trafficking is an appalling and growing transnational crime. Even if it is not a new trend, it has spread to every region in the world and become a great part of the illicit global economy. The course will address human trafficking as a crime and a human rights violation. We will look at the Traffick Victim Protection Act (TVPA) and its amendments as well as the protocol. The course is to provide the student with a comprehensive understanding of human trafficking. This course satisfies the Skills Requirement.


A study of immigration law topics to include: employment and family-based benefits; exclusion and deportation; political asylum and refugees; permanent residence; U.S. citizenship; special considerations pertaining to foreign investors; and current policy and legislative issues. (o)


This skills course would prepare students to litigate in immigration court as well as in Federal courts for immigration related actions. The course would cover all facets of deportation proceedings in immigration court, appellate advocacy before the Board of Immigration Appeals in Washington, D.C., and the proper procedure and advocacy required in the Federal courts for immigration matters, both at the district as well as the appellate level. This course satisfies the Skills Requirement. Pre-requisites: None, although trial advocacy and/or appellate practice is highly recommeded.


Students will work with in-house counsel for a minimum of 8 hours per week and attend a bi-weekly one-hour class. Each student will be required to produce a 30-page minimum work product. Work may include drafting of corporate and litigation documents; attending meetings, negotiations, or courtroom proceedings; and researching regulations, cases, or statutes. Pre-requisites: Corporations or Business Associations and one commercial course. (o)


This program will serve as a mechanism through which students may obtain credit for performing legal work and educational activities that fall outside the scope of preexisting clinic and internship programs. Students will be required to participate in an orientation course during the first week of the semester and subsequently meet at least twice with the overseeing professor. The orientations and meetings are flexible, and may be accomplished using technology. Students will perform legal work such as research and writing, reviewing documents, conducting investigations, drafting documents, and observing legal proceedings. Additionally, students will submit guided reflections and work product assignments, and actively participate in all academic activities assigned by the overseeing professor. Pre-requisites: All first-year courses.


By individual arrangement with a faculty member, a student may enroll in one semester of legal research leading to the writing of a single paper of publishable quality reflecting substantial effort. Upon approval of the project, the student must register for credit in the project with the Registrar's Office at the beginning of the semester in which the project is to be undertaken. This course satisfies the writing requirement. Students enrolled in this course must attend the Scholarly Writing Series or certify that he or she has watched the videotaped version of the Series.


An introduction to the nature of insurance, the organization and state supervision of insurance companies, and development of the concepts of insurable interests as related to property and liability insurance as well as to insurance of the person. (r)


An introduction to copyright, trademark, patent, trade secret, unfair competition, entertainment, right of publicity, franchise, and computer law. (r)


Students work under the direct supervision of intellectual property attorneys from the University of South Floridas Department of Patents and Licensing as well as under the supervision of one or more full-time faculty members. Students gain experience in researching various types of intellectual property for protectability, drafting different types of licensing agreements which vary based on the underlying sub-IP area, drafting opinion letters and submitting different types of applications to governmental bodies responsible for IP regulation and administration, on regional, national and international levels. (r)


This seminar explores how international environmental and economic law affects animal interests and advocacy. Examples of topics to be examined include how animals are impacted by the Convention on Biological Diversity, the Convention on Trade in Endangered Species, the International Regulation of Whaling Convention, and the World Trade Organization Agreements, along with regional measures such as the European Union's various animal welfare directives and regulations. (This course satisfies the writing requirement.)


Surveys the international monetary system. Included are a systematic and global overview of the functions and values of money; exchange rates, currency practices and exchange restrictions; techniques for hedging of foreign exchange risks, including the use of forward exchange contracts and currency futures, options and swaps; domestic and international banking; international trade finance; international capital markets and loan documentation; and payment, clearing and settlement systems. (r)


This course will consider selected problems in international trade, surveying some of the many issues encountered in private international transactions and emphasizing the options available to counsel engaged in the preventive practice of law. As such, the primary focus will be on recognizing and anticipating potential problems, and choosing the most appropriate form or structure for the business from among a range of equally viable or legally correct approaches, in order to manage the increased risk inherent in international transactions. Three major areas will be explored (1) the sale of goods across national borders, primarily through letter of credit transactions, (2) establishing foreign means of production or distribution through licensing or franchising operations, and (3) direct investment in foreign means of production or distribution onshore in another country. (r)


An exploration of crimes, such as terrorism, drug trafficking and related offenses, counterfeiting and transnational crimes and certain human rights offenses. Special emphasis will be placed on individual and state responsibilities; jurisdictional considerations; issues on obtaining persons abroad; and international cooperation efforts. (o)


This human rights seminar will analyze the international instruments that address distribution of resources (food, water, land, money, power), in both "developing" and "democratic" countries. Students will learn how treaties operate to address problems of poverty across the globe, and how international and regional instruments are operating toward limiting the world's poverty. (meets writing requirement)


This course is an introduction to international legal principles and the application of those principles to specific global environmental problems. The course will focus on environmental concerns such as transboundary acid rain; stratospheric ozone depletion; nuclear accidents; ocean dumping; hazardous waste exports; decertification; endangered species protection; preservation of the rain forests; the effect of trade policies such as GATT; population control, environmental warfare; global climate change; and the management of Antarctica. (o)


A survey of the major international treaties and agreements, and relevant U.S. law and enforcement mechanisms regarding intellectual property rights in the context of international business transactions. (r)


This course will familiarize students with the variety of issues faced by business parties when embarking upon a joint venture when one of the business parties is a non-U.S. entity or when the joint venture entity plans to do business in a non-U.S. jurisdiction. (o)


This course provides an introduction to the system of norms, rules, institutions and procedures that regulates interaction among states, and between states and individuals. Three fundamental areas will be explored (1) the source and nature of international legal rules, (2) the associated international legal processes, and (3) the relationship of these international rules and processes to individuals, organizations, and states. (r)


An examination of the emerging rights and duties of the individual in the law of nations. This course meets the LL.M. degree requirement. (meets writing requirement)(r)


A study of the various modes of dispute resolution involving international transactions or foreign parties. This course will cover jurisdictional issues in U.S. and foreign courts, the various international arbitration programs, forum selection, provisional remedies, international discovery procedures, enforcement of foreign court judgments and arbitration awards. (r)


This course covers the CISG and related law applicable to the international sale of goods, as well as, international law governing arbitration of private disputes. The course will use as an integral part of the learning experience, the Problem for the Annual Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot. Students will analyze the Problem (learning the substantive law along the way), research the legal issues, and draft a collaborative brief in support of one of the parties in the Problem. Students must take this course and must qualfy for selection to the Moot Court Board in order to participate fully in the Vis competition in Vienna during the spring; however, any student interested in the subject matter is eligible to take the course. This course meets the Code Requirement. (Note: Students may not take both this course and the International Sales and Law Arbitration in Spanish course.)


This course covers the CISG and related law applicable to the international sale of goods, as well as, international law governing arbitration of private disputes. The course will be taught in Spanish. The course will use as an integral part of the learning experience, the Problem for the Annual Moot Madrid, an International Arbitration and Commercial Law competition held in Madrid Spain. Students will analyze the Problem (learning the substantive law along the way), research the legal issues, and draft a collaborative brief in support of one of the parties in the Problem. Students must take this course and must qualify for selection to the Moot Court Board in order to participate fully in the Moot Madrid competition in Madrid during the summer; however, any student interested in the subject matter is eligible to take the course. This course satisfies the Skills Requirement. Students must take a Spanish Language Prificiency Examination prior to registration. For information about the Examination, please contact Professor Jeff Minneti at (Note: Students may not take both this course and the International Sales Law and Arbitration course.)


This course will explore national security in the context of global security, foreign relations and diplomacy. It will examine international security issues, not only from the U.S. perspective but also from the perspective of other nation states as well. Legal, military and political issues will be discussed in the context of the Vietnam War, the Korean Conflict, the Persian Gulf War and the Balkan conflict, among others. (r)


An introduction to U.S. taxation of foreign persons and entities investing and engaging in business in the United States, as well as U.S. taxation of domestic persons and entities investing and engaging in business abroad. Particular attention is focused on the source rules, the foreign tax credit, and income tax treaties. (o)


This course addresses whether the goals of international trade law and environmental law can be reconciled in an increasingly interdependent world. It examines international trade agreements and organizations, such as the World Trade Organization and NAFTA, that establish rules for the efficient allocation of resources among nations by eliminating discriminatory trade practices alongside the increasing use of trade restrictions and bans to protect the environment and manage resources as a basic part of both domestic and international environment law and policy. A number of specific disputes where trade law and domestic environmental law have come into conflict will be studied, including the Shrimp/Turtle and Tuna/Dolphin cases, the European ban on meat products containing growth hormones, and emerging disputes over ecolabeling of products and bans on genetically modified food products. (Note: Students may not take both this course and the International Trade Regulation course) This course satisfies the Administrative Law Requirement.


This course will address some of the issues associated with the governmental regulation of international trade, through a problem-oriented approach. At least two regulatory systems will be considered in almost every problem, one being the regulatory regime embodied in the domestic law of the country of import or export, and the other being the system of international agreements (such as WTO/GATT and NAFTA) that are intended to limit the actions which may be taken by individual governments. The impact of "globalization" within this framework will also be considered. Three major areas will be explored (1)tariffs and non-tariff barriers to trade,(2) domestic responses to import competition, and (3) trade regulation and international economic relations. These are topics which potentially concern any business dealing internationally, from global multinational corporations to small start-up ventures desiring to expand abroad. (Note: Students may not take both this course and the International Trade and the Environment course.) This course satisfies the Administrative Law Requirement.


This course will focus on the most commonly used lawyering skills - client counseling and interviewing. Both theoretical and practical aspects will be considered. This course satisfies the Skills Requirement. Pre-requisite or co-requisite: Professional Responsibility. (r)


Interviewing and Counseling in Spanish will expose students to the legal vocabulary and conversation skills needed to interact with Spanish-speaking clients in a law-office setting. In addition, the course will focus on cross-cultural lawyering skills. Students will become familiar with Spanish-speaking client cultural norms and expectations and the effect the norms and expectations have on the lawyer-client relationship. This course satisfies the Skills Requirement. Pre-requisite or Co-requisite: Professional Responsibility. Students must also take a Spanish Language Proficiency Examination prior to registration. For information about the Examination, please contact Professor Jeff Minneti at

LAW  3115  INTRODUCTION TO AGING AND THE LAW (formerly: Aging and the Law)

This course is a survey of the variety of issues of law and ethics that face elderly people and their families. This course serves as the introductory course for those students interested in elder law.


This course examines the history, methods, institutions and basic principles of the world's oldest, most widely distributed, and most influential legal tradition. It provides common law trained students a useful foundation on basic civil law concepts.


Lawyers, in their practices, often need to read, interpret and understand medical histories and records. However, lawyers are rarely trained to do so, nor do they understand how medical records are created and entries made. This course will introduce the law student to the Physical Examination. The student will experience, first hand, under the supervision of a physician, how physical examination is gathered and entered into medical records.


Credit is given for participation in the publication of the Journal of International Aging Law and Policy. Student editors may earn up to one hour of credit per semester. S/U grade only. (meets writing requirement) (r)


This course examines the decision-making process of judges in an appellate environment, with emphasis on issues such as the standard of review at the appellate level, the role of stare decisis,and the use of concurrent and dissenting opinions. The course will be graded through a series of short assignments, and is graded on a Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory basis.


An introduction to legal theory and the broad knowledge necessary in the professional use of case law and legislation. The course examines the system of political, economic, moral, and psychological ideas that lies at the root of modern jurisprudence and focuses on the origin, nature, function, and development of the law. (o)


Same as LAW 3605, but limited to students in Stetson's Honors Program. This course does NOT satisfy the writing requirement. (r)


Students will discuss research and write on selected legal problems from various jurisprudential perspectives, including those of natural law, positivism, sociological jurisprudence, and legal realism. (meets writing requirement)(o)


This course will examine the jurisprudence, social, and historical underpinnings of the juvenile justice system in the United States. The history of the system, the criminal laws, and procedures that govern current juvenile law, and societal responses to treatment of juvenile offenders will be analyzed. Guest speakers will lecture on practices and contemporary issues arising in the juvenile justice system. The course will also have a practical/skills component where students will have the opportunity to develop their litigation skills relating to the juvenile justice system in Florida. Pre-requisite: Criminal Law


This course will encompass the study of substantive juvenile law, juvenile procedure, the role of the Department of Juvenile Justice, and the mental health issues of the accused juvenile. The course will prepare law students for the representation of the juvenile defendant, specifically as to the rights of the juvenile, the role of the attorney and the problems and issues that our juvenile propulation faces within the criminal justice arena. In addition, the course will enhance the knowledge of the criminal justice system by focusing on the issues of the child who is prosecuted as an adult.


A study of the law governing disputes between employers and employees, with special emphasis on the federal statutes. Union organization, employer responses, and collective bargaining are the focal points of the course. This course satisfies the Administrative Law Requirement. (r)


An internship program available to qualified students allowing active participation in the functions of either the Tampa National Labor Relations Board regional office (fall & spring semesters for 3-credit hours) or the office of the Public Employees Relations Commission in Tallahassee (full-time summer session for 5-credit hours). The internship program will permit the participating student to study first-hand the role of the agency by participation in the investigation, preparation, and observation of hearings conducted by the agency. Pre-requisite: Labor Law (r)


A survey of the laws governing land use and community development. The course covers the government's creation of community plans, the rules of zoning, and the power of eminent domain, as well the constitutional right of property owners against uncompensated takings. In addition, the course addresses social issues of community development, including suburban sprawl, urban revitalization, social segregation, aesthetics, and the effects of development on the environment. This course satisfies the Administrative Law Requirement. (r)


This course explores the rapidly expanding relationship between the law and sexual orientation, gender and nonconformity. It examines various legal principles that have been and might be used to limit the ability of government and other institutions to disadvantage people because of their sexual orientation. The course looks at issues such as equal protection, privacy, and due process, and explores how courts have used these doctrines in consideration of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals and transgender individuals in critical aspects of their lives, such as employment, housing, and family relationships. Thus, the course addresses issues that will likely arise in virtually all law practices. (meets writing requirement)


The primary focus of this course is on the use of psychological and sociological expertise in the judicial processes. The course examines such topics as the use of statistical evidence to establish discrimination; the use of psychological techniques such as profiling to predict future criminal behavior; the use of psychological syndrome evidence to determine whether, e.g. the behavior of the criminally accused is attributable to the battered spouse syndrome or post-traumatic stress disorder. No background in the social sciences is required. (o)


An overview of the basic economic concepts that have wide applicability in the law. Economic and financial principles related to legal issues in several areas are developed (e.g., personal injury, antitrust, and regulation). The assessment of economic damages and the use of economic experts in litigation are emphasized. No background in economics or finance is required. (o)


Same as LAW 3650; however, this course satisfies the writing requirement. (o)


This course provides an overview of postsecondary education law, including common law decisions,federal and state statues and regulations affecting the administration of institutions of higher educaiton.


This course will review the evolution of the laws treatment of religion in the U.S. It will examine this evolution primarily through constitutional analysis of the establishment clause and the free exercise clause. But it will also attempt to better understand what constitutes religion as used both popularly and in the law, as well as to consider whether unstated evaluations of religion, its truth, and its social consequences have shaped modern treatment of religion in law.


A survey of government regulation of the banking and financial services industry under federal law as administered by the various federal agencies, as well as, regulation of the state law. The principal focus is on the structure of the industry, the changes to the industry, and the regulation of the industry (Reform, Recovery and Enforcement Act of 1989 (FIRREA) and the changing responsibilities of directors and officers of banks and bank holding companies). This course is designed to provide a working knowledge of the various regulations governing banks and the supervisory process for the banking of regulatory lawyers. (o)


This course traces the evolution of humanitarian law and teh creation of tribunals to enforce humanitarian law. The course is designed to afford an appreciation of how international law, a state-centric legal system, addresses the individual as subjects of international criminal law. The course will likewise examine how legal principles, including the substantive and procedural elements of international crimes are deliberated upon by the international judiciary.


This course is offered to present the practical aspects of organizing a law practice. The course will provide insight into the management of a law firm, in both theory and practice, and provide the student with the rationale behind the procedures and systems they will be asked to adhere to as a professional. (r)

LAW  3692  LAW REVIEW EDITOR (1-2 credits)

Same as Law Review (3691).

LAW  3691  LAW REVIEW (1-2 credits)

Credit is given for participation in the publication of the Stetson Law Review. Staff members and associate editors may earn up to 1 semester hour of credit per semester; voting members of the Editorial Board may earn up to 2 semester hours of credit per semester. This course satisfies the writing requirement. S/U grade only. (r)

LAW  3693  LAW REVIEW WRITING CREDIT (1-2 credits)

Credit awarded for completing the graduation writing requirement. (r)


The seminar is largely made up of student presentations, assisted by me, on the topics they have chosen to write about. The topics include the legal and philosophical background of the American Revolution, Greek and Roman sources, the Bible in history and law, schools of jurisprudence, how judges approach their work, the intellectual history of the Civil War and its aftermath, the civil rights movement, law and literature, the impact of the New Deal, modern legal philosophies, feminism, the rise of the internet and other topics designed by the student. The students will write a paper on their topics they have chosen. This course satisfies the Writing Requirement.


This seminar considers legal, ethical, and jurisprudential aspects of literature and film, with a particular focus on crime and the social response to crime. There is an extensive list of written works and films from which paper topics will be chosen. (meets writing requirement)(r)


This course explores the rapidly expanding relationship between the law and sexual orientation, gender and nonconformity. It examines various legal principles that have been and might be used to limit the ability of government and other institutions to disadvantage people because of their sexual orientation and/or gender itentity. The course looks at issues such as equal protection, privacy, and due process, and explores how courts have used these doctrines in consideration of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals and transgender individuals in critical aspects of their lives, such as employment, housing, and family relationships. Thus, the course addresses issues that will likely arise in virtually all law practices. (Note: Students may not take both this course and the Law & Sexual Orientation Seminar course)


When you read an opinion, a dissent, a regulation, or a statute, do you wonder if you see all there is to see in those words? And when you write about the law, do you ever wonder if youve said all there is to say? This seminar introduces students to rhetorical theory--theory that can help reveal what's just below the surface in legal texts--and shows students how to apply that theory to the law. Students who enjoy studying language, persuasion, interpretation, or social and cultural issues or who want to do some "out of the box" legal thinking will enjoy this class. No experience with rhetorical theory is required! (meets writing requirement)


This course is an introduction to the law of legislation, including the mechanics of the legislative process, statutory interpretation (including approaches based on text, intent, and purpose), representational theories, and the regulation of lobbying and campaign finance. The course will also include exercises in drafting legislation.


A basic course dealing with the organization and power of units of local government, with emphasis on municipal corporations and counties. (o)


This course explores constitutional, legislative and judicial actions that affect freedom of speech and of the press. The case book and class discussions will address court decisions and other government actions that impact upon speakers generally and the news media in particular. Topics will include some or all of the following: prior restraint, libel, invasion of privacy, news gathering, and regulation of commercial and political speech. (o)


New and evolving newsgathering techniques, such as hidden cameras, unauthorized taping, internet research, and inside informants, cause the courts to constantly reevaluate the balance between press rights and the right of individuals to their privacy. This distance learning course will explore this balance by introducing students to media law topics including: prior restraints, reporter shield laws, court access, record access, invasion of privacy and defamation. Students will study a media law topic in-depth for a final paper in this course. (meets writing requirement)


This course is designed to give students hands-on experience in mediation. Students will be assigned to experienced mediators who will serve as their mentors in "live" cases. Students must attend a mandatory training session (see semester registration materials for dates and details). This course satisfies the Skills Requirement. Pre-requisites: Professional Responsiblity and Negotiation & Mediation. (r)


A course devoted to the interrelationships of Law and Medicine. Illustrations include: examination of the medical expert, neuropsychological testing and head trauma, video documentary and disability of evaluation, and the use of economist, psychiatrist, and rehabilitation specialist and the projection of future damages. Visiting lecturers participate, many of whom are past presidents of national and state trial associations.(r)


A study of the laws and regulations regarding mental health law, as well as, informed consent, privacy and insurance issues. (meets writing requirement)(o)


An introduction to the military justice system, its practices and procedure, with emphasis on constitutional restraints and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. (o)

LAW  3740  MOCK TRIAL BOARD (2 credits)

Students develop their skills to compete in inter-law school trial competitions sponsored annually by various bar and trial lawyer organizations. The Board also administers the Mock Trial Competition at Stetson. Selection to the Board is based in part on intramural competition and part on evaluation by faculty advisors. S/U grade only. (r)


The Stetson Moot Court Board is composed of members of teams that compete in interscholastic moot court competitions. Board members are selected by competition. S/U grade only. (r)


This course will provide students with an opportunity to engage in an intensive, substantive review of subjects and rules tested on the Multistate Bar Examination (MBE). It also will introduce students to test-taking skills and strategies relevant to the MBE. Students will be required to watch weekly lectures, engage with the professor and other students, complete regular practice tests, and answer weekly hypotethicals. This class will allow students to gauge their particular strengths and weaknesses in each subject, deepen their understanding of core concepts in public and private law, and develop effective study techniques for the MBE. The course is designed as an introduction to bar preparation and is not a substitute for commercial bar preparation courses. Satisfactory performance in this course does not guarantee that a student will pass the bar examination. Students will take a final examination on campus. The course will be limited to students in their final year of study. S/U Grade Only.


Students will perform duties for various municipal offices such as code enforcement, housing, and property management. Typical duties will include: conducting research into property ownership, compliance status, and the interrelation of municipal codes with state and federal law; attaching liens; and performing comparative studies on housing development patterns. Many duties can be performed remotely. Consequently, this program may be well-suited for part-time students.


This class offers an introduction to the institutional and substantive legal aspects of NAFTA and other trader regimes in the Americas by exploring controversies arising from NAFTA such as environmental and labor law. The course focuses on the impact of trade surveying the obligations assumed by the NAFTA parties and their impact on public and private trade law. In addition, it will also discuss and introduce other regional arrangements in the hemisphere such as the MERCOSUR.


This seminar offers an introduction to the various topics of natural resources law: wildlife and animal projection, forests, oceans and fisheries, mining, and national parks. Students read provocative essays on these issues at the same time they prepare their seminar paper, which may address any issue in natural resources or environmental law. There are no upper-level prerequisites. (meets writing requirement)


This course covers negotiation and mediation, and related forms of Alternative Dispute Resolution. Students will study the legal framework including, but not limited to the relevant Florida and federal court rules (including local rules); and the relevant rules on ethics and professional responsibility. The course will involve students in a variety of practical exercises. This course satisfies the Skills Requirement. (r)


This course is designed to teach students the skills and components of drafting transactional legal documents. The course will teach students the rudimentary skills of transactional drafting, including such skills as identifying the objectives or purposes of any given document, drafting to accomplish those objectives or purposes, and negotiating and collaborating to arrive at a final document acceptable to all parties involved in the transaction. Students will learn about the basic components, organization, and language of non-litigation documents through analyzing, revising, and drafting contracts. Because students will draft all or part of a transactional document for their final project, there will be no final exam in this course.


Consideration of the role of the nonprofit corporation vis-a-vis the business corporation as well as fiduciary relationships and regulatory issues. The seminar will include a workshop on the organization of a nonprofit corporation and obtaining tax exempt status. (meets writing requirement)(o)


This course is designed to prepare students interested in practicing property law, environmental law or related legal fields. This course will explore public and private conflicts involving coastal development and conservation, federalism issues, tragedy of the common drivers for coastal development and resource exploitation, ecosystem service and carbon sequestration potential of coastal lands, management of natural resources (such as fisheries and biodiversity), international ocean law, and alternative energy options in the coastal zone.


This course will explore the factors to consider in choosing a form of business enterprise for small businesses including: corporate law, taxation law (state and federal), estate planning and regulatory concerns. Students will be required to develop a planning model and document a corporation, S corporation, partnership and limited liability company. Pre-requisite: Corporations or Business Entities (may be taken simultaneously)


This course will consider the partnership and LLC as taxable entities under Subchapter K of the Internal Revenue Code. It will cover the tax consequences pertaining to the formation, operation, and termination of a partnership or LLC. In particular, the course will study recognition and nonrecognition upon formation, captial accounts, allocation of partnership tax items amongst the partners, rules pertaining to inside and outside basis, division of liabilities amongst partners, anti-abuse provisions pertaining to partnership and LLC taxation, and partnership reorganizations.


This class is a 3-credit elective class intended to provide a general introduction to patent law, both in theory and in practice. There are no prerequisites. In particular, you should not feel that you need any specialized scientific or technical knowledge, or any economic training, to be able to learn patent law or to do well in the class. The purpose of the course is to introduce you to the basic principles of patent law and how patents are used. To do so, we will discuss a little history, philosophy, economics, and technological innovations; a lot of domestic statutory provisions, cases and regulations; and a few international treaties. Although we will cover a wide range of topics, the readings, while substantial, are planned to provide familiarity with the issues without overwhelming you with the details. We will also reinforce our understanding of many of the legal doctrines and concepts by performing some practical exercises which will be graded. We will also seek to develop your legal skills through your exercises and through your class participation.


An examination of the law regarding systems for payment and treatment of money in commercial transactions. The course will address Articles 3 (negotiable financial instruments), 4 (bank deposits and collections), 4A (electronic funds transfers), and 5 (letters of credit). Articles 6,7,& 8 may also be addressed if time permits. Students will discuss federal statutes and regulations governing credit cards, debit cards, and other aspects of payments law. This course satisfies the Code Requirement.


This course will address several of the major threads within the topic of philosophy of law: first, the nature of law and authority; second, responsibility in the law; and third, justice and fairness in the law.


The writing process contains four stages: prewriting, drafting, revising, and polishing. This two-day workshop will focus on the fourth and final stage of the writing process: polishing, which includes editing and proofreading. Because written documents make an impression on the reader, the "polishing" of a document is extremely important. With that said, the polishing stage is the stage that most professional legal writers skip. If the stage is not skipped, the professional legal writers delegate the polishing of their documents to their assistants or paralegals. This workshop will help each student or developing legal writer to identify the "areas of opportunity" in his or her documents and learn to "polish" his or her own works. Pre-requisites: Research & Writing I and Research & Writing II


This course expands the existing course in Appellate Practice by integrating post-trial proceedings. Appellate lawyers increasingly appear in post-trial proceedings to assist trial counsel in either challenging or defending verdicts. Among the tasks appellate lawyers perform are (1) arguing the sufficiency of record evidence to support verdicts on liability and damages and (2) arguing the impact of alleged error at trial on verdicts. The expanded course would commence with a lawyers post-trial work and place students in the procedural position appellate lawyers often occupy before appeal commences. This course satisfies the Skills Requirement.


This course will begin with historical and theoretical perspectives on poverty, poor relief, and government benefits. It will then cover a variety of public benefits laws and regulations, such as Social Security, Welfare (TANF), Food Stamps, Unemployment, Housing and Medicaid/Medicare. These programs will be considered from both the perspective of administrative law and more broadly as anti-poverty measures. In addition, the course may address some non-administrative law issues related to poverty, such as legal assistance, private housing, consumer law, and constitutional issues. This course satisfies the Administrative Law Requirement.


A survey of and active student participation in activities relating to the evaluation, preparation, and development of a civil case for trial. This course satisfies the Skills Requirement. Pre-requisite: Civil Procedure and Evidence. (r)


Interns will work either part-time or full-time for a private law firm for approximately seven weeks during the Summer 2010 term. When applying for the internship, students will indicate whether they prefer to work part-time (about 20 hours per week, during the normal business day) or full-time (about 40 hours per week, during the normal business day); specific schedules will be set before placements are confirmed. Students will receive between 4 and 8 credit hours, depending on the number of hours worked. Students also will be asked whether they prefer to work in a transactional or litigation department. Eligible students must have completed at least 30 credit hours before starting the internship and must have successfully completed Professional Responsibility. Some firms may note a preference that interns have completed other coursework (e.g., Corporations for a transactional practice) or possess other skills or credentials. Under the American Bar Association Internship Guidelines, students may not receive monetary compensation for their work in the firm. In addition, students may not work for a court or another law firm during the Summer 2010 term. Most placements will be in Tampa. Interns will be responsible for their own transportation and internship-related expenses. Each intern will be assigned an attorney field supervisor within the firm who will provide the student with adequate supervision and meaningful learning opportunities, which might include conducting legal research, preparing legal documents, attending legal proceedings and/or meetings, interacting with other attorneys in the firm, and completing other work the field supervisor considers significant. The field supervisor's assessment of the intern's performance will be heavily considered in assigning a course grade. Although work will vary from firm-to-firm, we anticipate that each intern will complete at least one significant piece of legal writing during the internship, based on the work assigned by the student's field supervisor. Interns will also be required to maintain a daily or weekly journal. This written work will also be evaluated by the faculty supervisor. Interns will be required to participate in an orientation at the start of the summer session (which may be held over a weekend), and will be required to meet at least two times with a faculty supervisor. The internship will be assessed on the S/U scale.


This course focuses generally, but not exclusively, on generically dangerous products. The first portion of the course analyzes legal theories including negligence, warranty and strict liability with an emphasis on failure to warn and defective design. The second part of the course analyzes current legal issues including federal preemption of state product liability actions and punitive damages, practical matters relating to preparing and trying a products liability case, and procedural issues. (o)


This course will explore the public finance function within state and local governments, with a particular emphasis on public finance in the State of Florida. Students will be exposed to the basic principles that uphold the system of tax-exempt bond financing of public(and certain non-public) projects in the United States, covering federal tax and federal securities law aspects of public finance, as well as, state law concepts of public purpose, community redevelopment and bond validations. The seminar will include practical applications of a bond financing, and attempt to familiarize students with basic public finance concepts. (meets writing requirement)


This seminar focuses on historical and current issues regarding race and Amercian law. It offers students the opportunity to advance their research and writing skills; and it will provide students with an opportunity to discuss race related government policies, regulations and constitutional issues. (meets writing requirement)


A study of modern mortgage law including: mortgage substitutes; rights and duties of the parties prior to foreclosure; transfer by mortgagor and mortgagee; foreclosure; special priority situations; and subrogation, contribution and marshaling. (o) Pre-requisite: Real Property


A survey of the more common conflicts that arise in a real property context. The focus in each area of litigation will be three-pronged: philosophical, fundamental principles and elements of each cause of action, and tactical "courtroom" skills. Topics will include both governmental challenges to private property (land use regulations, environmental and zoning restrictions, eminent domain) as well as private disputes (quieting title, slander of title, boundary disputes, ejectment, landlord-tenant conflicts, adverse possession and prescriptive easements, and foreclosure actions).


An examination of current legal problems in real estate development, with emphasis on condominiums and co-operatives. (meets writing requirement) (o)


A general examination of traditional legal and equitable remedies in a variety of contexts, of declaratory relief, and of current remedies developments in the public law area. (r)


The alternatives available as a result of new reproductive technologies create challenges to kinship and family law. Additionally, the need for physicians in these reproductive techniques requires analysis of the associated contracts and informed consent involved in these settings. The central goals of this course include developing the ability to analyze the legal implications of advances in reproductive technology and to evaluate appropriate ways to advise all parties involved in utilizing these technologies. Pre-Requisite: Completed first year courses. Family Law is suggested, but not required.


An examination of the law of commercial transfers of goods and other personal property rights under domestic, international, and e-commerce law. This course will address Articles 2 (sales) and 2A (leases) of the Uniform Commercial Code, the United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods, and vaious sources of law applicable to e-commerce transactions, including licenses.This course satisfies the Code Requirement. (r)


This course explores the law regarding the admissibility of scientific evidence and the tactics and strategy involved in the use of expert witnesses at trial. Students will conduct pretrial interviews of expert witnesses, depose an expert witness, draft and argue a motion in limine, and conduct direct and cross examinations of expert witnesses in a trial setting. Pre-requisites: Evidence and Trial Advocacy.


An examination of the law of security interests in personal property, focusing primarily on Article 9 of the Uniform Commercial Code. Consideration is given to the creation, validity, priorities, and enforcement of security interests, and the relationship of Article 9 to bankruptcy law. This course satisfies the Code Requirement. (r)


A survey of federal and state regulation of securities from initial registration and issuance to public trading. The course focuses on the nature and extent of investor protection and the duties and liabilities of corporate officers and directors, the issuer, and others. This course satisfies the Administrative Law Requirement. (o)


This course examines the theories of sentencing, sentencing regimes, use of guidelines and mandatory minimum sentences at the federal and state levels, and constitutional limitations on sentencing. (o)


This seminar will examine the theoretical and historical foundations of our tripartite constitutional government, as well as the current "law" of the separation of powers under the Constitution. The latter will be explored by focusing on several of the more controversial and high-profile separation of powers issues to confront our federal government, including issues currently before the Court such as the scope of the President's power to make recess appointments. See Noel Canning v. NLRB, 705 F.3d 490 (D.C. Cir. 2013), cert. granted, 570 U.S. ____ (June 24, 2013) (No. 12-1281). Pre-requisite: Constitutional Law I (meets writing requirement)


This one credit course will review the ten most common areas of law in an elder law practice, providing an overview of Elder Law for those who do not plan to practice Elder Law but who will likely have clients who are elderly.


The first part of the course will survey the structure of the sports industries and examine the application of contract, labor, and anti-trust law to the relationships between the professional athlete, employers, and governing organizations. The second part of the course will address general entertainment law and attendant topics in copyright and contract law. (r)


A comparison of Florida tax structures with those of other states. The course deals with the problems arising from immunities and exemptions from taxation and with classification, assessment, levy, and collection of taxes on tangible and intangible property. (o)


Students are placed with the District Court of Appeal for the Second District, in Lakeland, Florida. Students intern in Court one day per week, and do research and drafting a second day away from the Court. Students draft memoranda and orders and conduct other research on behalf of the District judges and their staff. This internship is valuable for anyone who is interested in doing appellate work upon graduation. (r)


Students work under the direct supervision of state government agency attorneys from various State agencies, as well as, under the supervision of one or more full-time faculty members. Students gain experience in document drafting, preparation of pleadings and motions, legal memorandum, and appellate briefs. S/U grade only.


This program accepts a limited number of students with strong academic records to intern with the Florida Supreme Court each semester. Selection of students is based upon class standing (typically the top 25% of the class). Students who receive an offer to intern with the highest court of another state may also request through the Associate Dean of Academics to receive credit within this internship program; such a request must be granted before the student begins the internship program and the student must participate in all required components of the internship program to receive credit. Students seeking to intern with the Florida Supreme Court must apply through Stetsons application process to receive internship credit. Under the direction of particular Court justices and/or their staff, students will review and make recommendations to the Court on matters such as: petitions for discretionary review, attorney discipline matters, extraordinary writs, and other issues in cases pending before the Court. Students must have completed their required course-work, other than area requirements, to participate in the program. Students will receive 7 credits in a summer term or 12 credits in a fall/spring term. S/U grade only.


This course examines the process of selecting cases for Supreme Court review in the context of a single discipline. Students review appellate cases likely to be presented on the docket, and upon accepting cases for review, write the briefs, argue the cases, and write the judicial opinions for the case. This course satisfies the Skills Requirement. Pre-requisite or Co-requisite: White Collar Crime


This course will expose students to an array of Florida Bar tested topics, focusing on aspects of the topics that distinguish Florida law from general common law. In addition, the course will provide skill instruction in areas such as effectively assimilating the law and responding to Florida Bar essay and multiple-choice questions. The potential list of topics includes: Florida Civil Procedure; Florida Criminal Procedure; Florida Constitutional Law; Florida Dependency; Florida Evidence; Florida Juvenile Delinquency; Florida Payment Systems; Florida Professional Conduct; Florida Professionalism; Florida Real Property; and Florida Torts. Selection of topics for inclusion in the course will be driven by student need and available teaching resources. Enrollment preference will be given to students in their final semester of law study.


This course examines the Florida law pertaining to the transfer of property upon the death of the owner, including intestacy, wills, trusts, and estate administration. Note: Students who have taken or audited Trust and Estates are not eligible to take this course.


Seminar examines tax policy considerations including the historical context of the income tax system, the implications of a progressive tax rate structure, and the role of the taxes in advancing social policy. The seminar will also explore efforts at achieving reform and simplification, current tax policy proposals, and the administration and enforcement of the income tax system, along with professional ethics of tax practice. Students are expected to write a research paper that explores an area of particular interest and will include an oral presentation of the research paper. (meets writing requirement)


This course will involve an intense consideration of the tax rules that govern charities and other nonprofit organizations. It will take students through the rules pertaining to formation, operation, and dissolution of public charities and private foundations. Students will study the charitable contribution deduction in detail. Particular attention will be given to tax rules that seek to prevent charities from engaging in activities that are considered non-charitable, such as commercial activity and political intervention. Finally, students will understand how tax rules respond to the vast amounts of financial wealth untouched by the taxing system.


This course is designed to introduce the student to the use of a variety of demonstrative aids and in the initiation, maintenance and completion of technology litigation. Discussion will also focus on information design, helping the student to develop criteria for determining when technology will assist in the effective presentation of content and when it will hamper effective communication. Pre-requisite: Evidence and Trial Advocacy. (r)


The course considers the nature of law, with particular reference to developing countries, and then examines various theories and concepts of development. It then examines the theorectical relationships between law and development. The course addresses the role of law in development through a series of cases on such crucial issues as judicial reform, the rule of law in development through a series of cases on such crucial issues as judicial reform, the rule of law and good governance, constitutionalism, and corruption. (meets writing requirement)


This course will explore so-called "textualism," the two theories of originalism (Framers' intent and public meaning), common law constitutionalism, the notion of the Constitution as a "living document," and the role of tradition. It will also examine suggestions that the Constitution is really (a) a treaty, or (b) a civil law document. In order to evaluate the various theroies, the course will also consider the differences between positive and negative liberty; between liberties, rights and powers; and between citizens, people and peoples. (meets writing requirement)


A study of selected topics in tort law, including advanced examination of Tort claims beyond workers compensation; premises liability; vicarious liability of employers and parents; alcohol-related tort-accident claims; negligent infliction of emotional distress; and strict liability for abnormally dangerous activities. Students conduct individual research and writing projects on the subject of case studies and class discussion is devoted to a critical evaluation of the case studies from the perspective of a tort law practice group. The research and writing exercises are in lieu of a final examination or term paper. This course satisfies the Skills Requirement. Pre-requisites: Research & Writing I, Research & Writing II, and Torts


A review of the historical development and nature of trademark law including creation and maintenance of trademark rights, registration, infringement, and litigation issues. The fundamentals of unfair competition also are addressed including common law theories, trade secrets law, and some aspects of pricing regulation. (o)


The systematic development of and active student participation in the techniques involved in the trial of cases. This course satisfies the Skills Requirement. Pre-requisite: Evidence. (r)


This course includes law of intestacy, execution and revocation of wills, planning inter vivos and testamentary trust arrangements, both private and charitable, and the administration of trusts and estates. Note: Students who have taken or audited Survey of Florida Probate Law are not eligible to take this course.(r)


An examination of the Unified Family Court (UFC) mandated by the Florida Supreme Court. Speakers and field trips for hearings and conferences with judges, attorneys, psychologists, and court personnel will give students first-hand understanding of the objectives and workings of the UFC and an opportunity to write a paper on the subject. (meets writing requirement) Pre-requisite: Family Law


The United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims Internship accepts a limited number of students each semester with strong academic records to intern with the Court in Washington, D.C. The Court was created under Article I of the Constitution to review matters related to the denial of veterans' benefits. Students selected to participate in the program will be assigned to work in the chambers of one of the Court's seven judges. Intern duties will include assisting with the research and writing of opinions and preparation for oral arguments. Students selected for the internship will receive seven (7) credits for the summer semester and twelve (12) credits for the fall or spring semesters. Students in the program will be considered "resident" at the College of Law. Students will be required to provide for their own housing and living expenses in the Washington area. Students selected for the program will usually be in the top 25% of their class. Administrative Law is recommended, but not required to participate in the internship.


This internship will allow a student to work fulltime in the chambers of a United States District Judge or a United States Magistrate Judge in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. The student will assist the judge in preparing opinions and orders. The student will also have the opportunity to observe proceedings in court.


This course examines the concepts and rules for protecting public and private property interests in and to water resources. The foundations for abating water pollution through private and public actions are introduced. This course satisfies the Administrative Law Requirement. (r)


This seminar will examine the origins and development of Western legal thought from its earliest foundation in Mesopotamia and the Near East through Greece, Rome, Constantinople, Bologna, and its eventual spread throughout Europe and, subsequently, many parts of the world. During this journey, we will learn not only about the law as it existed in each of these societies, but will consider the idea of law, paying careful attention to its historical and ideological development. This course satisfies the Writing Requirement.


This interdisciplinary seminar examines wetland issues from both the scientific and legal perspective. The scientific portion of the seminar will introduce students to different types of wetlands, their functions and values, and delineation issues. The legal and policy portion of the seminar will focus on the history of wetland regulation, the permit process, mitigation banking, enforcement, and regulatory takings. (meets writing requirement)


A study of the prosecution and defense of persons for nonviolent crime for financial gain typically committed by means of deception and in the course and under color of legitimate economic activity.


This course will explore the regulation of worker safety in the United States, focusing on the governing statutes and regulations, the development of legal doctrine, and underlying theories of effective regulation. We will examine, from various theoretical perspectives, each of three component parts of the worker safety regulatory system: (1) the labor market's ability to allocate safety risks and wages; (2) state workers' compensation laws as a replacement for tort liability; and (3) the effectiveness of the Occupational Safety and Health Act and regulations, including an analysis of the scientific risk assessment techniques involved in setting OSHA exposure regulations.


A study of the different facets of workers' compensation, including an examination of the state law and how to handle a workers' compensation case. (o)

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This clinic will be based at the Office of the Public Defender at the 6th Circuit of Florida, which is the only office in the State of Florida that is funded for the Crossover Program. This program allows the office to represent children in dependency cases as well as in their delinquency cases. Our clinic would afford Stetson certified legal interns to appear in front of the judges to try cases, and also advocate for the children in their dependency matters. This opportunity would allow our students to understand the special dynamic of the attorney-client relationship where the client is a juvenile, and provide them with a holistic understanding of the juvenile justice system. Steve Nelson, Senior Assistant in the Public Defender's Juvenile Division is a Board Certified Criminal Trial Attorney will serve as the Adjunct and teach the classroom component in addition to supervising students. As with our clinics, students would receive five credits, and be required to dedicate 200 hours. (meets skills requirement) Prerequistes: Professioanl Responsibility, Evidence, Criminal Procedure, Trial Advocacy. Family Law is preferred, but is not a required prerequisite.

LAW   4500   CIVIL POVERTY CLINIC (5 credits)

Students are introduced to the actual practice of law, representing low income individuals primarily in the areas of domestic relations, child custody, landlord-tenant, consumer credit, collection matters and government entitlement matters. (r) This clinic satisfies the Skills Requirement.

LAW   4520   ELDER LAW CLINIC (5 credits)

The clinic student, under the Florida Integration Rule, will represent age 60 and older clients who meet income eligibility guidelines. The student will be responsible for all phases of client representation, including interview, investigation, drafting pleadings/documents, negotiations, administrative hearings and trials. This clinic satisfies the Skills Requirement. (r)


This clinic will be based at the Federal Defender's Office for the Middle District of Florida. This clinic would afford Stetson certified legal interns an opportunity to actively participate in the criminal justice system and perform the functions of an Assistant Federal Defender through all facets of case management, inlcude representing clients during trials in federal court cases arising from MacDill Air Force Base or Veteran's Administration property. Students will have the opportunity to represent clients charged with federal criminal charges at detention hearings and first apearances in the district court. Students will assist with other motion hearings. Students will further devlop core competencies in advocacy skills and substantive knowledge required to serve as a Federal Assistant Defenders through a combination of experiential learning and classroom instruction. The classroom component will consist of a two day orientation at the beginning of the semester and weekly classes throughout the semester focusing on the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure and their practical application to the cases the students are working with; applicable state law; sentencing guidelines, including hypothetical problems; U.S. District Court Rules; and the Local Rules for Middle District Florida. An Assitant Federal Defender, who supervises Stetson students, will serve as the Adjunct and teach the classroom component in addition to supervising students. As with our other clinics, students would receive five credits, and be required to dedicate 200 hours. (meets skills requirement) Prerequisites: Professional Responsibility, Evidence, Criminal Procedure, and Trial Advocacy


The Innocence Initiative Clinic will afford participating students the opportunity to work closely with supervising attorneys on investigating the cases of individuals who assert that they have been wrongfully convicted. The cases that the students work on are provided by the Innocence Project of Florida in Tallahassee. By conducting investigations, students will complete a variety of tasks including working with investigators, interviewing witnesses, reading trial and appellate transcripts, and conducting legal research on a variety of issues related to post-conviction matters. This clinic will include a classroom component that will focus on the causes of wrongful convictions, as well as a variety of legal issues that may arise in drafting Motions for Post-Conviction Relief. In addition, each student will be responsible for making a presentation to the Education Division of Stetson's Innocence Initiative about some aspect of wrongful convictions. As with other clinics, students would receive five credits, and be required to dedicate 200 hours a semester to this endeavor. The course would be offered fall, spring, and summer sessions. (meets skills requirement) Prerequisites: Professional Responsibility, Criminal Procedure; 20 hours of pro bono work in the Innocence Initiative. Evidence is recommended, but not required.

LAW   4548   LOCAL GOVERNMENT CLINIC (5 credits)

Students are exposed to governmental law practice and will have the opportunity to work on a variety of governmental law issues, including municipal liability, zoning, ordinances, etc. Students will research, write memoranda, pleadings and attend council, board or commission hearings. This clinic satisfies the Skills Requirement. (r)


This Clinic will be based at Gulfcoast Legal Services where a Low Income Taxpayers Clinic, funded by the Internal Revenue Services, has been in operation since 2006. It will offer students opportunities to gain practical lawyering skills while representing low to moderate income taxpayers before the Internal Revenue Service. Working under the supervision of experienced attorneys, the clinic's students will assist in all aspects of delivering dispute resolution services to low and moderate income taxpayers against the IRS. On behalf of the law and moderate taxpayers, students engage in interviewing, counseling, research, drafting, and negotiation, and litigation of Federal Tax controversies. As with our other clinics, students would receive five credits, and be required to dedicate 200 "practice" hours per semester. An accompanying seminar would include instruction in basic tax law, discussion of current IRS opinions, regulations, and other administrative or judicial releases that are pertinent to the representation of low to moderate tax clients, analysis of students' cases regarding substantive and procedural strategies, and the instruction in basic lawyering skills. (meets skills requirement) Prerequisites: Professional Responsibility, and Evidence. Preferred Courses: Federal Income Taxation I; Interviewing & Counseling; Negotiation & Mediation; Interviewing, Counseling & Negotiation

LAW   4550   PROSECUTION CLINIC (5 credits)

A clinic permitting students to participate actively in the investigation, preparation and trial of criminal cases in the State Attorney's Office. This clinic satisfies the Skills Requirement. Prerequisites: Evidence, Trial Advocacy, and Criminal Procedure.(r)

LAW   4560   PUBLIC DEFENDER CLINIC (5 credits)

A clinic permitting students to assist the Public Defender's Office actively in the investigation, preparation and defense of criminal cases. This clinic satisfies the Skills Requirement. Prerequisites: Evidence,Trial Advocacy, and Criminal Procedure. (r)


The clinic will be exclusively focused on U.S. Supreme Court matters, and in its initial phase it will be limited to the writing of amici briefs in white collar criminal defense matters. Studetsn in this Clinic will handle amici briefs in two types of criminal defense cases: 1) Petitions for Certiorari to the U.S. Supreme Court, and 2) Cases Accepted on Certiorari by the Supreme Court. The source of the matters handled by the Clinic would be obtained by reaching out to organizations such as the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL), the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (FACDL), and Federal Defender Offices. Because this clinic is designed, in part, to offer an opportunity to part-time students, it will offer students four credits and require 160 hours per semester. Students will be required to participate in both the practice and classroom components. Pre-requisite: Completion of first year coures, including Criminal Law and Constitutional Law I (meets skills requirement)


This clinic will be based at the Office of the State Attorney for the 13th Circuit of Florida. This clinic would afford Stetson certified legal interns the opportunity to actively participate in the criminal justice system and peform the functions of a prosecutor through all facets of prosecution, including filing charges, performing investigations, responding to discovery, and conducting jury and non-jury trials. Students will further develop core competencies in advocacy skills and substantive knowledge required to serve as assistant state attorneys through a combination of experiential learning and classroom instruction. An Assistant State Attorney, who currently supervises Stetson Prosecution Clinic students, will serve as the Adjunct and teach the classroom component in addition to supervising students. As with our other clincs, studens would receive five credits, and be required to dedicate 200 hours. (meets skills requirement) Prerequisites: Professional Responsibility, Evidence, Criminal Procedure, and Trial Advocacy

LAW   4570   VETERAN'S ADVOCACY CLINIC (formerly Veteran's Rights Clinic)

This clinic will teach students how to serve the needs of veterans as they navigate the process of applying for disability benefits and appealing decisions by the Veterans Administration. Students will assist veterans as they file claims, appeal decisions at the local level, and in some cases provide assistance all the way up to the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims in Washington, D.C. Specific tasks may include conducting intake interviews, selecting clients, conducting case and legal analysis, performing fact investigations, preparing claims, and drafting briefs. The clinic also includes a moot court exercise to simulate arguing before the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims. (meets skills requirement) This course is open to students who have successfully completed all first-year courses and Professional Responsibility. The successful completion of Administrative Law is preferred, but not required.