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  • Administrative Law — The administrative process, rules and rule making, inspections and investigations, administrative hearings, rules of evidence, presumptions, burden of proof, formal and informal actions, orders, the right to, methods of obtaining, and scope of judicial review are examined.
  • Client Counseling — This course introduces students to the dynamics of a productive attorney-client relationship, the goals of interviewing and counseling, and structures and techniques that can be used to achieve those goals. The focus is on developing students' skills in interviewing and counseling. Instruction consists of assigned reading, problem-solving exercises, group discussion, and practice through simulations. Client Counseling is one of the core courses for the Certificate in Dispute Resolution and Advocacy. Preference is given to students seeking the Certificate in Dispute Resolution and Advocacy.
  • Education Law Seminar — This course covers the basic premises of compulsory education; issues concerning exclusion of students; school control of student behavior and curriculum; teacher employment problems; and issues of funding, minority rights, and school liability.
  • Evidence — This course presents evidence in trials under the Federal Rules of Evidence, at common law and in equity and with reference to administrative bodies. The reasoning from which rules arise in areas including relevancy, competency, privilege, examination of witnesses, writing, the hearsay rule and its exceptions, burden of proof, presumptions, judicial notice, and constitutional evidence problems is also addressed.  
  • Family Law — This course studies legal problems pertaining to the organization, operation, and dissolution of the family. It includes material on privacy, alternative families, marriage and annulment, child and spousal support, termination of parental rights, adoption and care of the child, divorce, alimony, property distribution at divorce, and custody of children.
  • Law and Individuals with Disabilities Seminar — Major issues and concepts in law and social policy regarding individuals with handicaps are introduced. Topics include: income maintenance programs, special education, federal and state anti-discrimination laws, accessibility, special health issues, institutionalization and de-institutionalization. 
  • Legal Problems of Indigents — This course is a survey of laws affecting the lives of the poor with emphasis on professionalism. The course seeks students with diverse backgrounds to interact in discussions on the theory of poverty law. Areas of focus include the welfare laws, workers' compensation, Social Security disability benefits, consumer law, child support, custody, and domestic abuse, and methods of representing large groups of the poor, such as class actions, implied rights of action, and injunctions.
  • Negotiation/Mediation — This course combines the law and ethics of negotiation, mediation and settlement with economic and psychological bargaining theory and regular hands-on practice in representing clients in negotiation and mediation.  Bargaining theory (including distributive and integrative bargaining), relevant socio-psychological research, negotiation and mediation ethics, the law of settlement, and the basics of contract drafting are all introduced. Instruction consists of assigned reading, a series of simulations and exercises (including drafting a resulting contract), written negotiation planning and self-evaluation, feedback, and group discussion.  The course also may involve participation in a full-day Saturday program, and students should be prepared to experiment with various means to maximize their facility in using videoconferencing and other technologies to negotiate and represent clients in mediation.  The Negotiation/Mediation course is one of the core courses for the Certificate in Dispute Resolution and Advocacy. Enrollment is limited to 32 students; preference is given to students seeking the Certificate in Dispute Resolution and Advocacy.
  • Professional Responsibility — Through the use of hypothetical situations, this course attempts to generate student sensitivity to ethical problems faced by lawyers in various kinds of practice. The ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct and the older Code of Professional Responsibility are the basic tools, but discussion centers as well on case law, ABA opinions and standards, statutes, and the dictates of conscience. Discipline and professional malpractice are also treated.
  • Wills, Trusts and Estates — This course examines the disposition of property at death by intestate succession and by will. The execution, revocation, construction, and contest of wills, as well as limits on the power to dispose of property by will, are studied. This course also examines the creation, purposes and termination of trusts, including informal trusts, and the interrelationship between trusts and wills.
  • Writing and Editing for Lawyers — The goal of this course is to improve the legal reading, writing, and editing skills of students. The course will reinforce rules of grammar, punctuation, sentence structure, usage, voice, tone, style, and organization. The emphasis will be on the application of these rules in the context of legal writing. Students will learn how to craft sentences that are accurate, brief, clear, precise, and sometimes persuasive.