Courses

  • LAW JD 985: Corporate Finance
    Graduate Prerequisites: CORPORATIONS
    This course covers the foundations of corporate finance. It starts with the concepts of time value of money, discounting, and present value. With that background it then considers the major financial decisions made by corporate managers. Topics include the valuation of financial assets and liabilities, criteria for making investment decisions, business valuation, relationships between risk and return, portfolio theory, market efficiency, capital structure choice, and cost of capital. GRADING NOTICE: Professor Sims' section will not offer the CR/NC/H option.
  • LAW JD 986: Lawyering Fellows
    This class is restricted to students who have applied and been accepted as Lawyering Fellows. Accepted students must register for both the fall and spring sections of the class.
  • LAW JD 988: Mergers and Acquisitions
    This course will cover the principal legal, tax and business issues of mergers and acquisitions. PREREQUISITE: Corporations or permission of instructor.
  • LAW JD 989: Jessup Moot Court: Problem Solving in International Law
    This course is restricted to students who applied and were accepted as participants for the Jessup Moot Court competition. A full description can be found here: https://www.bu.edu/law/current-students/jd-student-resources/legal-writing-appellate-advocacy-programs/appellate-advocacy-program-competitions/jessup-moot-court-competition/ NOTE: This class satisfies the upper-class Professional Skills requirement and counts toward the 6 credit Experiential Learning requirement.
  • LAW JD 990: Feminist Jurisprudence (S)
    This seminar examines the evolution of feminist jurisprudence (also called feminist legal theory) and its critique of the U.S. legal system and its norms. It takes up various debates within feminist jurisprudence and examines its application to many contemporary issues of law and public policy. The seminar provides an introduction to the various "generations" of feminist legal theory, as well as its relationship to other forms of legal theory. Students will learn about prominent strands of feminist legal theory, including liberal (or sameness), relational (or difference), radical (or dominance), Critical Race (or intersectional) and anti-essentialist, postmodern, and "Third Wave" feminism. We will consider the relationship between feminist jurisprudence and other forms of critical theory, such as Critical Race Theory, Queer Theory, and masculinities theory. The seminar will assess debates within feminist jurisprudence concerning how best to understand gender, the ideals of sex equality and equal citizenship, questions of sameness and difference between women and men, and over whether, in view of differences among women based on class, ethnicity, race, and sexual orientation and in view of other critiques of identity categories, it is desirable or possible to speak about "women" -- or "men" -- as meaningful categories. Topics covered vary, depending on student interest, but will likely include some of the following: legal regulation of sexuality, marriage, reproduction, and family; work/life conflict; employment discrimination (including sexual harassment); political leadership and representation; pornography; poverty and social welfare policy; violence against women; war and military service; international human rights; and the debate over multiculturalism and its impact on sex equality. Students may write a research paper or three shorter papers. Either of these writing options may satisfy the Upper-class Writing requirement. OFFERING PATTERN: This class is not offered every year. Students are advised to take this into account when planning their long-term schedule. **A student who fails to attend the initial meeting of a seminar (designated by an (S) in the title), or to obtain permission to be absent from either the instructor or the Registrar, may be administratively dropped from the seminar. Students who are on a wait list for a seminar are required to attend the first seminar meeting to be considered for enrollment.
  • LAW JD 991: International Human Rights (S)
    This is an introductory course to international human rights. The course will introduce students to the concepts of human rights, and the instruments that have codified and provided content to those concepts in the last sixty years. We will examine such questions as: Is there such a thing as human rights law? What standards, mechanisms, monitoring or enforcement machinery exists to make human rights concepts "legal"? Is there such a thing as universal consensus on human rights, or are the concepts relative from one region to the next? What, if any, constraints does human rights law place on the actions of sovereign states? How does the UN machinery operate in human rights law-making, monitoring and enforcement? What is the role of regional organizations, domestic courts and international entities in developing, promoting and implementing human rights norms? The course will take a contextualized approach using cases and current situations to address these questions primarily from a human rights perspective. LIMITED WRITING REQUIREMENT OPTION: A limited number of students may be permitted to satisfy the upper-class writing requirement. GRADING NOTICE: This course does not offer the CR/NC/H option. ** A student who fails to attend the initial meeting of a seminar, or to obtain permission to be absent from either the instructor or the Registrar, will be administratively dropped from the seminar. Students who wait list for a seminar are required to attend the first seminar meeting to be considered for enrollment.
  • LAW JD 995: Telecommunications Law & Policy
    The Telecommunications Law and Policy course will survey the legal regime in the United States for regulating the provision of telecommunications services via over-the-air broadcast, cable, satellite, telephony, and the Internet. The primary legal framework will be the Communications Act of 1934, as amended from time to time by Congress, administered by the Federal Communications Commission, and interpreted by the federal courts. Starting from the 1934 Act's separate regimes for regulating the broadcast and telephone industries, the course will trace the regulatory evolution responding to the rapid technological changes in the provision of electronic communications that have caused distinctions among industries and services to blur or even disappear. Topics to be explored will include: legal standards and procedures for allocating radio spectrum and licensing of broadcasters, expansion of broadcast regulation to cover cable and satellite technologies; rate and entry regulation of telephone service as a "natural monopoly," followed by gradual deregulation as the industry evolved to a competitive structure; legal efforts to limit undue concentration of the media through both structural (cross-ownership) regulations and antitrust principles; and regulation of structure and service-provision features of the Internet, with special attention to the contemporary "net neutrality" debate. Time permitting, some attention may also be given to topics in direct regulation of telecommunications content, including policies for promoting "public interest" content and for restricting indecent or violent content. The course instruction will assume a background in Administrative Law and a basic understanding of the First Amendment Free Speech Clause. It will not require any background in intellectual property nor cover (except perhaps in passing) any topics in intellectual property law. PREREQUISITE: Administrative Law.
  • LAW JD 997: Intro to Analytic Methods for Lawyers
    The course will offer a careful introduction to some of the tools used in the analysis of problems encountered in the social sciences, principally economics and finance, but also in fields as diverse as political science, sociology, and public health. The topics principally covered will consist of discounting (that is, the computation of present and future values); an elementary introduction to probability and statistics, sufficient to acquaint the student with the determination and significance of the expected value, variance, and standard deviation of a discrete probability distribution or the outcomes of an experiment; and some of the principal tools used to analyze decisions made under conditions of uncertainty, including statistical decision theory and expected utility (in connection with which the course will include a formal introduction to "risk tolerance", and what it means to be risk-loving, risk-neutral, or risk-averse). The course will include applications of these tools to the study of legal issues.
  • LAW JD 998: Health Care Transactions (S)
    Partners, associates and general counsel from leading firms will discuss the deals they were personally involved in. After an introduction to joint venture theory and the regulatory context of health care, everyone in the class examines 2 transactions: a physician recruiting agreement and an ambulatory surgery center JV. The remainder of the course will involve 5 -- 6 complex health care transactions, using actual documents from recent deals. The transactions run the gamut from hospital M&A to biotech licenses. For the transaction you select, you will work in teams to analyze the deal, and will present your conclusions to the lawyers who closed it. Your final project will be a negotiation or drafting assignment drawn from class materials. PREREQUISITES: The course does not have pre-requisites, but Corporations and Health Care are suggested; if you select the biotech transactions, IP and FDA are suggested. NOTES: This seminar satisfies the Upper-class Professional Skills requirement. This seminar does not satisfy the Upper-class Writing Requirement. GRADING NOTICE: This course does not offer the CR/NC/H option. **A student who fails to attend the initial meeting of a seminar (designated by an (S) in the title), or to obtain permission to be absent from either the instructor or the Registrar, may be administratively dropped from the seminar. Students who are on a wait list for a seminar are required to attend the first seminar meeting to be considered for enrollment.
  • LAW JD 999: Deals (S)
    The premise of the course is that there is a generic set of economic challenges common to all complex business transactions, and that there are systematic approaches to the design of contractual responses to each of those problems. The economic structure of these challenges and responses provides a framework through which to analyze transactions. In this course, we first learn a conceptual framework for thinking about economic problems in contracting and we then "test" the framework by analyzing real transactions, with the aid of attorneys that worked on them. PREREQUISITE: Corporations. RECOMMENDED COURSES: Bankruptcy; Securities Regulation; Mergers & Acquisitions; any upper class business law classes are helpful. NOTES: This class does not satisfy the upper-class writing requirement. GRADING NOTICE: This class does not offer the CR/NC/H option. ** A student who fails to attend the initial meeting of a seminar (designated by an (S) in the title), or to obtain permission to be absent from either the instructor or the Registrar, may be administratively dropped from the seminar. Students who are on a wait list for a seminar are required to attend the first seminar meeting to be considered for enrollment.
  • LAW LE 650: Legal English I
    This course will assist students in developing the English language communication skills necessary to succeed in BU Law's LLM programs and international legal practice. Part II of this course continues in the Spring Semester. Learning outcomes will be to acquire effective reading strategies, to enhance vocabulary skills, to practice listening, to write persuasively using appropriate grammar and revise work based on instructor feedback, and to develop oral fluency and accuracy and hone pronunciation. Students will work on expanding general English skills using course materials that incorporate legal content and deal with law-related issues, but are not legal sources per se.
  • LAW LE 651: Academic Skills for U.S. Law Studies I
    This course will cover the study skills and strategies needed to succeed in an English-language law program in the United States. The focus will be on strengthening study skills and listening and speaking effectively. Students will work on listening strategies that will help them to handle lectures and discussions from various disciplines, including taking coherent notes and writing summaries of and responses to complex questions about the listenings. Students will also work on speaking strategies that will allow them to participate fully in academic life at law school, including interacting with classmates and professors, participating in class discussions, and giving effective oral presentations.
  • LAW LE 652: Introduction to U.S. Legal Culture
    This course will provide a foundational understanding of general American legal concepts, history, culture, and profession, including professional responsibility. Students will engage in reading and classroom discussion of assigned materials (consisting of cases, articles, fiction, excerpts, etc) that will be supplemented by field trips to state and federal courts and other relevant venues.
  • LAW LE 653: Legal English II
    Building upon Legal English I, this course further enhances student Legal English communication skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Students continue to sharpen these skills with greater emphasis on legal materials and related substantive vocabulary.
  • LAW LE 654: Legal Writing
    This course description is currently under construction.
  • LAW LE 655: Persuasive Legal Advocacy
    Designed as a complement to the Legal Writing class, this course will develop students' persuasive advocacy skills through hands-on practice in oral and written communication, including effective presentation, listening, and writing skills. Through simulations and role plays, it will train students in the art of effective advocacy. We will focus on three major projects: (1) a law partnership negotiation, contract and presentation; (2) client counseling and written communications; and (3) a full-scale mock trial.
  • LAW LE 656: Topics in American Law
    This course engages students around current legal topics to further develop their listening and writing skills. Topics include civil liberties, unlawful search and seizure, the right to privacy, gender discrimination, and prisoner's rights.
  • LAW LE 657: Academic Skills for U.S. Law Studies II
    This course will teach foreign students skills for success inside and outside the law school classroom. The course will be divided into modules focusing on preparing for class, participating in class, studying for exams, and taking advantage of opportunities outside the classroom. Each class session will build on the terms and concepts covered during previous sessions. Briefing cases and summarizing materials in one's own words will be of central importance to the course. As effective communication is an essential skill for success in law school, students will be expected to complete frequent, short written assignments and participate actively in class discussion.
  • LAW TX 901: Federal Income Taxation I
    This course presents a general introduction to the fundamentals of federal income tax, emphasizing issues common to individual taxpayers (but not including the federal income tax aspects of the acquisition, ownership, and disposition of property, which are the subject of Federal Income Taxation II). Topics include an overview of the federal tax system; gross income, inclusions, and exclusions; identity of the proper taxpayer; concepts and categories of deductions; and basic timing principles.
  • LAW TX 902: Federal Income Taxation II
    Federal income tax aspects of the acquisition, ownership, and disposition of property. Topics include: 1.Realization and recognition, 2.Basis and amount realized, 3.The effects of debt (including its cancellation), 4.Depreciation and amortization, 5.At risk, not for profit, and passive activity loss deductibility limitations, 6.Capital gains and losses, related party transactions, quasi-capital assets and depreciation recapture, and 7.Deferred payment transactions (original issue discount and installment sales). Prerequisite or corequisite: Federal Income Taxation I.