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LAW JD788 (A1)
Mr. Neal Winneg will be unable to teach Contract Drafting this fall. Mr. Joseph Hicks will teach the class at the scheduled time.
Criminal Motions & Advocacy
LAW JD768 (A1)
This three credit course has been added to the fall 2013 schedule. It will be taught by Mr. Vitali and will meet on Thursdays from 4:20 p.m. - 6:20 p.m. The course description is as follows:
Advocacy courses in law school tend to focus on the traditional Trial Advocacy model (opening statements, direct and cross examinations, and closing arguments) or post-trial Appellate Advocacy. The vast majority of cases, however, never reach trial. Criminal Motion Practice and Advocacy will look comprehensively at the pre-trial motions that comprise the bulk of criminal litigation. Students will have the opportunity to research, write, and argue their own pretrial motions against opposing counsel. The course will travel chronologically through the life of a criminal case, beginning at arraignment and focusing on the art of motions practice. In class excercises will include Motions to Dismiss based on the sufficiency of evidence, Motions to Suppress searches and seizures, Motions to Suppress Statements, and Motions to Suppress Identification. Students will also be invited to observe criminal lawyers argue Superior Court motions in the Suffolk County Superior Court. NOTES: This course does not satisfy the Upper-class Writing Requirement. This course satisfies the upper-class professional skills requirement. ENROLLMENT LIMIT: 18 students. GRADING NOTICE: This course does not offer the CR/NC/H option. PREREQUISITE: Criminal Procedure. ATTENDANCE REQUIREMENT: A student who fails to attend the first class or to obtain permission to be absent from either the instructor or the Registrar, will be administratively dropped from the class. Students who are on the wait list for a section are required to attend the first meeting to be considered for enrollment.
Historical Perspectives on Law (S)
LAW JD846 (A1)
This seminar has been canceled for the fall 2013 semester.
LAW 968 (A1)
This three credit course has been added to the fall 2013 schedule. It will be taught by Mr. McHaffey and will meet on Mondays and Wednesdays from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. The course description is as follows:
This class will cover the immigration laws of the United States, including the administrative and regulatory framework of the United States agencies charged with enforcing U.S. immigration laws. The topics covered by this course include the power of the Congress to regulate immigration; the effect of politics on immigration policy; nonimmigrant and immigrant visa classifications and visa processing; the law of asylum; the effect of criminal acts on immigration status; grounds of removal from the United States; relief from deportation, immigration court representation; and the law of naturalization and derived citizenship.
International Human Rights (S)
LAW JD991 (A1)
Professor Akram will be teaching this seminar during the fall 2013 semester. This class will now meet on Thursdays from 4:20 p.m. to 6:20 p.m.
International Intellectual Property (S)
This seminar has been canceled for the fall 2013 semester.
Introduction to Financial Restructuring (S)
The meeting dates for this seminar have changed. The first class will be meeting on Friday 9/6 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. After the first week this class will be held at the regularly scheduled time on Thursdays. The rest of the class dates are as follows: 10/3, 10/17, 10/31, 11/14 and 12/5.
Legal Writing for Civil Litigation (S)
LAW JD712 (A1)
This three credit seminar has been added to the fall 2013 schedule. It will be taught by Hayle Sugarman and will meet on Thursdays from 4:30 p.m. to 6:20 p.m. The course description is as follows:
This class is designed to give students a variety of legal writing experiences, all related to civil litigation. Students will draft a variety of documents, including discovery-related documents, pleadings, and motions. Students will complete multiple drafts of these documents, meet individually with the instructor to discuss the drafts, and engage in peer editing of their classmates' papers. Students will work with a single fact pattern throughout the semester, and will conduct extensive research as part of the course. In class, students will discuss litigation strategy, research skills and ethical and professional concerns. In addition, the class will also include in-class writing exercises designed to improve the students' writing skills. ENROLLMENT LIMIT: 14 students. NOTE: This class satisfies the upper-class professional skills requirement.
Local Government Law
LAW JD800 (A1)
This two credit course has been added to the fall 2013 schedule. It will be taught by Mr. DiAdamo and will meet on Tuesdays from 4:20 p.m. to 6:20 p.m. The course description is as follows:
A study of the law governing the powers and duties of local governments, mainly municipal corporations such as cities and towns. We look at the sources of municipal powers, the limits on those powers, the relationship between municipalities and the state including the relationship between state and local law, and the formation and expansion of municipalities. An important subject of study involves looking at various models of the relationship between the municipality and the state including home rule. We will also look at some issues in municipal finance and zoning power. The purpose of this introductory course is to provide a solid basis for a more general understanding of the myriad issues that arise under the Local Government Law rubric.
Non-profit Organizations (S)
LAW JD844 (A1)
Corporations, previously listed as a prerequisite, is now a corequisite for this seminar.
Tort Policy (S)
This seminar has been canceled for the fall 2013 semester.
Transaction Simulation 1: Sale of a Family Business and Related Real Estate
LAW JD772 (A1)
This three-credit course has been added to the fall 2013 schedule. It will be taught by Mr. Blankstein and Mr. Goldman and will meet on Wednesdays from 2:10 p.m. - 4:10 p.m. The course description is as follows:
"This course is one of the "capstone" semester-long transaction simulations offered as part of the School’s Transactional Law Program. The simulated transaction involves the consolidation of ownership of a family-owned company in a manner and through agreements that address the differing expectations and interests of the company’s two shareholders: (i) the company’s chief executive and majority owner seeking to obtain sole ownership of the business, and (ii) his sister, a minority shareholder not active in the business, seekinga risk-free separation from the business and an assured pay-out over time. The company, whose main office is in Massachusetts, operates a chain of drugstores in three New England states and New York. The company leases all the store sites from limited liability companies which own the properties and which are themselves owned by the chief executive and his sister in approximately the same proportions as their ownership of the company .
The course is intended to expose students to the principal tasks undertaken by both junior and more senior attorneys in this type of transaction, and in doing so to build skills students will need as they enter transactional practice. The class will be divided into teams representing one of the participants in the transaction. Students will perform the key analytical, drafting and other legal tasks required to effectively represent their respective clients during various stages of the transaction from inception through closing, including the following:
- through review of client emails and through client interviews, understanding the clients’ key business objectives,
- determining an appropriate transaction structure and types of agreement(s) to implement the same,
- preparing and negotiating a letter of intent reflecting the material terms of the transaction,
- preparing a due diligence checklist, conducting relevant due diligence and preparing a due diligence report to the client,
- reviewing and negotiating key provisions of a definitive stock purchase agreement for the transaction,
- reviewing and negotiating key provisions of a lease and related real estate documentation to implement the real property aspects of the transaction,
- preparing board and stockholder approvals, and
- preparing a closing agenda and closing documents, and completing the closing.
The course grade will be based on periodic drafting and other written assignments (both in-class and homework), contributions to team efforts, and class participation. CLASS SIZE: Limited to 12 students. PREREQUISITES: Corporations and Contract Drafting NOTES: This seminar does not satisfy the Upper-Class Writing Requirement. This seminar satisfies the Upper-Class Professional Skills Requirement. RESTRICTION: Students may only take one transaction simulation course during their time at BU Law. GRADING NOTICE: This class will not offer the CR/NC/H option. ATTENDANCE REQUIREMENT: A student who fails to attend the first class or to obtain permission to be absent from either the instructor or the Registrar, will be administratively dropped from the class. Students who are on the wait are required to attend the first meeting to be considered for enrollment.."
Challenging Government Misconduct in the Immigration Context (S)
LAW JD730 (A1)
This seminar has been added to the spring 2014 schedule. It will be taught by Professor Elizabeth Badger and will meet on Wednesdays from 4:20 p.m. to 6:20 p.m. The course description is as follows:
This seminar will examine how government conduct in immigration procedure and enforcement affects the rights of noncitizens and what tools and remedies may be used in litigating the legality of such actions. The course will start by looking at habeas corpus as a means to seek judicial review of violations of constitutional and statutory rights and how creative lawyering might overcome the increasing limitations Congress has placed on habeas review over the years. Students will work in teams on real immigration habeas cases brought in federal district court. The course will then examine other types of actions, including mandamus, the Administrative Procedure Act, the Federal Tort Claims Act, Bivens, 1983, and motions to suppress evidence, actions which may be used in both immigration as well as other areas of the law. We will consider where current litigation in these areas may be heading and the effects of litigation outside the courtroom. The grade is based on collaborative work done on the habeas petitions, a hypothetical complaint and memo done over the remaining portion of the semester, and class participation. LIMITED WRITING REQUIREMENT OPTION: A limited number of students may be permitted to satisfy the upper-class writing requirement with the approval of the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. GRADING NOTICE: This class will not offer the CR/NC/H option.
Compliance in Financial Services Companies (S)
LAW JD769 (A1)
This class was inititially listed as a course, but will now be conducted as a seminar. It will now meet on Thusdays from 2:10 p.m. - 4:10 p.m. This seminar will be 3 credits. An updated course description can be found here
Conflict of Laws
LAW JD792 (A1)
This 3 credit course has been added to the spring 2014 schedule. The class will be taught by Professor Louise Ellen Teitz and will meet on Monday and Wednesday from 4:30 to 6:00. The course description is as follows:
This course covers choice of law, jurisdiction, and judgments—topics tested on the Bar exams of over half the states (including New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Illinois, and California). It explores the legal consequences of transactions touching on more than one state or nation, using subjects that range from contracts to torts to family law to internet and ecommerce, looking at the appropriate forum for the actions and the appropriate law that applies to such matters. Disputes between parties from different states or countries and disputes having contacts with multiple jurisdictions raise a host of challenging legal questions, including: (1) which jurisdiction’s law will govern the dispute; (2) whether and in what circumstances a judgment rendered in one state or country will be recognized and enforced in other jurisdictions; and (3) how courts should make these determinations. The course includes a comparative component, looking at European regulations.
Constitution & Foreign Affairs (S)
LAW JD917 (A1)
Mr. Ariel Soiffer has agreed to teach the spring 2014 Constitution & Foreign Affairs seminar. The class will continue to meet on Tuesdays, however we have shifted the start time from 4:20 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.. The course description is as follows:
This seminar will examine the constitutional dimensions of foreign affairs. We shall begin by reviewing the main theories of foreign affairs. Then and throughout the course we shall attempt to understand how these theories are manifested in American constitutional law. We shall ask how the constitution of the United States structures the national decision making process concerning foreign policy, and place special emphasis on matters of war and peace. The respective powers of the executive and legislative branches, the power of the senate vs. the president and the senate vs. the entire Congress will be examined. We shall emphasize judicial opinions, but also look at other materials. Examples to be included: the nomination process of ambassadors in the context of the power of senators to filibuster and the constitutionality of filibustering; the power of the president to structure relations with other countries such as China in the context of the treaty power; the matter of economic sanctions. NOTE: Students will NOT be able to fulfill the Upper-class writing requirement through this seminar.
The Color Line (S)
LAW JD878 (A1)
This seminar has been canceled for the spring 2014 semester.
The Economics of Intellectual Property Law (S)
LAW JD900 (A1)
This seminar has been added to the spring 2014 schedule. It will be taught by Professor Keith Hylton and will meet on Mondays from 2:10 to 4:10.
This seminar will explore the economics of intellectual property law. There are no prerequisites. The readings for the seminar will consist of Cass and Hylton, Laws of Creation (2013), and several cases and articles. The seminar will emphasize understanding the policy justifications for the major doctrines in intellectual property. The topics studies will include patent law, copyright law, trademark law, trade secret law, and the intersection of antitrust and intellectual property. GRADING NOTICE: This class will not offer the CR/NC/H option.
Energy Law & Policy (S)
LAW JD832 (A1)
This seminar has been added to the spring 2014 schedule. It will be taught by Mr. Kenneth Reich and will meet on Thursdays from 4:20 p.m. to 6:20 p.m. The course description is as follows:
Energy law and policy are integral to the U.S. economy and have major impacts on the environment. This seminar will provide an overview of energy law and policy, primarily the U.S., with an emphasis on the sources and regulation of electric energy as well as the relative environmental consequences of different energy choices. We will pay particular attention to emerging alternative energy sources, e.g. wind, solar, biomass, as well as new technologies, e.g. horizontal fracking for the development of natural gas and energy storage. The seminar will involve the detailed study of several real life electric energy projects in order that students may gain a focused understanding of key federal energy and environmental laws, regulations and policies and learn how lawyers in the public, private and non-profit sector apply the law to a complex and changing set of facts. Students will have the opportunity to enhance their research, writing and oral presentation skills and receive detailed feedback. There are no prerequisites to the course other than a curious mind and interest in the subject matter. NOTE: This seminar does not satisfy the Upper-class Writing Requirement. GRADING NOTICE: This course does not offer the CR/NC/H option.
Environmental Justice (S)
This seminar has been canceled for the spring 2014 semester
European Union Law
LAW JD880 (A1)
Professor Caruso is unable to teach the course in the originally scheduled time block. The class has been rescheduled to meet on Monday/Wednesday from 2:30 p.m. to 3:55 p.m.
LAW JD839 (A1)
Time of this course has been changed to M/W 11:15 a.m. to 12:40 p.m. It was 10:40-12:05 on M/W.
Human Rights Lawyering (S)
LAW JD875 (A1)
This seminar will be held during the spring 2013 semester, after prevously being canceled. The class time has been changed to Thursdays from 2:10 p.m. to 4:10 p.m.
Immigration Detention Clinic
LAW JD869 (A1)
This clinic has been canceled for the spring 2014 semester.
International Business Transactions
Professor Faulhaber will be unable to teach this spring course as planned. It will be taught by Professor Louise Ellen Teitz and will meet on M/W from 11:00am-12:25pm. The course description is as follows:
This course will focus on some major legal problems encountered in commercial and financial business ventures that cross national borders. Topics include formation of contracts, choice of law and conflict of laws, international sale of goods, the organization and operations of institutions such as the World Trade Organization and regional institutions such as the European Union, and international dispute resolution.
International Intellectual Property
This class has been added to the spring 2014 shedule. It will be taught by Ms. Kathryn Piffat and will meet on Tuesdays from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m
International Tax (S)
This seminar has been canceled for the spring 2014 semester
Judicial Writing (S)
LAW JD711 (A1)
This two credit seminar has been added to the spring 2014 schedule. It will no longer be taught by Mr. Gundavaram. The course will still run at its originally scheduled time, Thursdays from 4:30 p.m. to 6:20 p.m, with Tracy Fink as the new instructor. The course description is as follows:
Designed for students who would like to clerk upon graduation or who have ambitions to sit on the bench, this class will focus on documents that law clerks and judges are called upon to draft, including bench briefs and appellate and trial court decisions. Students will complete multiple drafts of these documents, meet individually with the instructor to discuss the drafts, and engage in peer editing of their classmates' papers. Students will work with a single fact pattern throughout the semester, and will conduct extensive research as part of the course. In class, students will discuss the role of judges and their opinions in the legal systems, as well as the relationship between a judge and law clerk. The class will also include in-class writing exercises designed to improve the students' writing skills. ENROLLMENT LIMIT: 14 students. NOTES: This seminar satisfies the Upper-class Professional Skills requirement. This seminar does not satisfy the Upper-class Writing Requirement.
Legal Externship Program
LAW JD925 (C1)
Ms. Kathleen Luz will teach the second section (C1) of the Legal Externship program. The class component will meet on Tuesdays from 4:20 p.m. to 6:20 p.m.
LAW JD822 (A1)
This seminar will now be taught by Kenneth Mortensen. The meeting time has not changed. The class will be held on Mondays from 4:20 p.m. to 6:20 p.m.
LAW JD894 (S1)
Judge Sanders will no longer be able to teach this course. It will now be taught by Assistant US Attorney John McNeil. The meeting time remains the same.