You are strongly encouraged to review the Course Selection Guide and all course updates before finalizing your second- and third-year course selections. Pay close attention to the descriptions. Courses offered in more than one section may have separate descriptions that reflect the different emphasis of the instructors who are teaching the course.

2016-2017 course description and schedule information are also available via PDF.

  • “Prerequisite”
    Indicates that students must have taken and already completed the specified prerequisite course stated in order to elect the course.
  • “Corequisite”
    Indicates that the student must take the specified prerequisite course in order to elect the course, but may take the specified course concurrently.
  • “Limited”
    Indicates limited enrollment for this course. Students should pay careful attention to this notation when numbering their course preferences (all seminars have limited enrollment).
  • “Restriction”
    Indicates that the course may not be taken if the student has also taken or will take other specified courses.
  • “Notes”
    Will call your attention to classes that satisfy the Professional Skills requirement or do not offer the CR/NC/H grading option. Most seminars offer an opportunity to satisfy the Upper-class Writing Requirement, while most courses do not. Exceptions to the above will be noted in the course and/or seminar description.


  • (S) in the title field indicates a seminar.
  • (C) indicates a clinical program course to which you must apply and be accepted before registering.
  • (BK) indicates an LLM course in Banking and Financial Law.
    Registration for Banking courses is on a space available basis and is not available through WebReg. Exams for Banking courses are administered by the Graduate Program for Banking and Financial Law. Credit and grades are automatically counted toward the law school JD requirements and GPA. For more information or to register, visit their office in Room 1005, call 617-353-3023 or email banklaw@bu.edu.
  • (TX) indicates an LLM course in Taxation.
    Registration for Taxation courses is on a space available basis and is not available through WebReg. Exams for Taxation courses are administered by the Graduate Tax Program. Credit and grades are automatically counted toward the law school JD requirements and GPA. For more information or to register, visit their office in Room 1005, call 617-353-3105 or email gradtax@bu.edu.

Course Descriptions

Please click on any of the following courses and/or seminars to receive more detailed information, including descriptions and meeting times. Credit and grades in courses cross-listed for other schools and colleges (e.g. GSM, MET, SPH) do not count toward the law school GPA.

4 credits

This course will examine the nature and functions of federal administrative agencies and the legal controls on agency action. Agency action is situated and examined in its political and legal contexts. Topics include the status of administrative agencies in the constitutional framework of separation of powers including the non-delegation doctrine, the President's appointment and removal powers in light of the unitary executive, the constitutionality of the legislative and line-item vetoes, the constitutionality of agency adjudication, and the constitutional (and political) status of independent agencies; agency rulemaking and adjudication including the choice of procedural model and the procedural requirements of the rulemaking model; and the availability, timing and scope of judicial review of agency action including standing to seek judicial review and exceptions to the availability of judicial review. The course also examines different methods of policy analysis such as regulatory impact analysis and cost-benefit analysis. Additional topics include discriminatory enforcement, regulatory delay, judicial imposition of procedural constraints on agencies, the implication of private rights of action from regulatory statutes and the availability citizens' suits. Some attention may be paid to differences between state and federal separation of powers doctrines. GRADING NOTICE: This course will not offer the CR/NC/H option.

FALL 2016: LAW JD 801 A1 , Sep 7th to Dec 7th 2016
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Mon,Wed 10:40 am 12:40 pm 4 Colin S. Diver LAW 209

3 credits

Administrative Law II is designed for students who have had the first year required course in Administrative Law, or its equivalent. In addition to some review of Administrative Law basics, this course will go into depth on subjects not covered in the first year course including the availability of judicial review (standing, ripeness, mootness and reviewability), adjudication, freedom of information, open meetings requirements, pre-emption of state law, licensing and ratemaking procedure and government liability under the Federal Tort Claims Act. There will also be in depth coverage of some issues covered in the first year course such as statutory interpretation methodology in the administrative state, the place of administrative agencies in the government and standards of judicial review including Chevron and its alternatives. This course is not open to students who have taken Administrative Law as a second year student. Enrollment by students who have not had a previous course in Administrative Law is by permission of the instructor only.

FALL 2016: LAW JD 863 A1 , Sep 7th to Dec 7th 2016
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Mon,Wed 10:45 am 12:10 pm 3 Jack M. Beermann LAW 420

1 credits

Many practice areas, from environmental law to immigration law, are heavily regulatory. Learn about the structure of administrative law research, from enabling statutes to agency adjudication, in this class. The class will focus on developing your understanding of the structure of administrative agencies and using the various sources of administrative law. You will learn what information is available from government sources and what specialty publishers bring to the table with an emphasis on being cost effective in the workplace. Classes will combine instruction and hands-on exercises using the major print, electronic and web based resources in administrative law. NOTE: Students may not add this course after the first class has been held. Meeting dates January 26 to March 2, 2017.

SPRG 2017: LAW JD 763 A1 , Jan 26th to Mar 2nd 2017
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Thu 2:10 pm 4:10 pm 1 Steven Alexandre da Costa LAW 416

3 credits

Admiralty cases comprise a significant portion of the case load of federal courts near U.S. ports. Clerks for judges in those courts should have an understanding of admiralty law. In addition, lawyers who handle international transactions will likely encounter admiralty issues even if they do not specialize in admiralty law; the practice of admiralty is by nature international. Admiralty practitioners work with lawyers and clients from many nations and travel often to those nations. The course will examine admiralty jurisdiction of the federal and state courts as well as oft litigated choice of law and choice of forum issues. Our examination of the substantive areas of admiralty law will show how they fit together and affect one another. The substantive areas will include the international and domestic multimodal carriage of goods, charter parties (contracts to use an entire ship or part of a ship), salvage, towing, pilotage, collision, stranding, general average, and personal injury. We shall also examine ship mortgages and marine insurance. Marine insurance affects almost all aspects of admiralty law. We shall attempt to predict the effects of the Rotterdam Rules (a new treaty that the United States and other nations are in the process of ratifying) on various aspects of admiralty law, particularly the carriage of goods. This course is a pre-requisite to apply for membership in the three student team for the national Judge John R. Brown Admiralty Moot Court Competition, which will be held in March 2017 in New Orleans. Applicants for the Admiralty Moot Court Competition must first compete in the Stone Moot Court Competition. The course will also include instruction and an exercise in brief writing. OFFERING PATTERN: This class may not be offered every year. It will be offered this year if 5 or more students register for it. Students are advised to take this fact into account when planning their long term schedule. GRADING NOTICE: This class will not offer the CR/NC/H option.

3 credits

In this seminar, we will examine constitutional questions concerning (1) the acquisition and loss of citizenship status, and (2) the privilege or right of entry into the United States. Specific topics will include birthright citizenship, derivative citizenship, immigration, naturalization, expatriation, denationalization, denaturalization, and citizenship in the United States territories. Throughout, we will consider the extent to which constitutional guarantees of equal protection and due process apply in the fields of citizenship and immigration law. For example, is racial profiling permissible in the administration of our immigration laws? We will also examine how structural constitutional principles -- federalism and separation of powers -- shape American citizenship and immigration law. For example, did President Obama have the authority to issue the "Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals" Executive Order, or does the Constitution require congressional approval for such policies? What role may state (as opposed to federal) officials play in the enforcement of our immigration laws? Although our readings will primarily focus citizenship and immigration in the United States, we will also draw on comparative and international law materials. Options for satisfying the writing requirement include one longer paper or three medium-length papers. A limited number of students may be permitted to satisfy the upper-class writing requirement. ** 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.

SPRG 2017: LAW JD 714 A1 , Jan 17th to Apr 25th 2017
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Tue 4:20 pm 6:20 pm 3 Kristin Collins LAW 419

3 credits

Students will continue to represent human trafficking survivors in a variety of contexts. They will be expected to contribute ten hours per week to represent human trafficking survivors. The clinical work will be based at the Family Justice Center, which provides space to agencies providing social, legal and other services to human trafficking survivors.

SPRG 2017: LAW JD 818 A1 , Jan 17th to Apr 26th 2017
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ARR TBD TBD 3 Julie A. Dahlstrom

3 credits

The Advanced Human Trafficking Clinic gives students the opportunity to use their lawyering skills to represent human trafficking survivors and engage in systemic legal advocacy. The program includes a serious classroom component during which students will learn the theories of practice for use in the field and explore advanced topics. Advanced Human Trafficking includes 6 students taught by one clinical instructor. Half of the classes are devoted to activities and simulations in which you role play with the skills that are taught. Requirements include active class participation, simulations, journals, and a final brief. GRADING NOTICE: HTC does not offer the CR/NC/H option.

SPRG 2017: LAW JD 817 A1 , Jan 17th to Apr 25th 2017
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Tue 4:20 pm 6:20 pm 3 Julie A. Dahlstrom LAW 508

2 credits

In this class students will be exposed to how legal research functions in practice. The class will be structured like a legal workplace with students in the role of new attorneys completing research projects for senior attorneys. The research projects will be designed to highlight major legal research tools in both online and print formats. The projects will feature tasks such locating court documents, doing a legislative history, finding agency regulations and guidance, doing state specific research with practice series, researching an unfamiliar area of the law using secondary sources, as well as learning to use Lexis/Nexis, Westlaw and Bloomberg Law in a cost effective manner. Each class will have an assignment and these will include longer projects such as a client letter, a research memo for a supervisor, and a research log for a motion with the motion for the court. The last assignment will be an oral exam where the students must demonstrate their research skills to the instructor. The objective of the class is for students to become comfortable completing simple and complex research in a work setting. NOTE: This class satisfies the Upper-class Professional Skills requirement.

SPRG 2017: LAW JD 879 A1 , Jan 19th to Apr 20th 2017
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Thu 8:30 am 10:30 am 2 Stefanie B. Weigmann

3 credits

The purpose of this seminar is to provide students with the opportunity to improve their writing, editing and communication skills. Students will prepare a variety of practice related documents based on a single fact pattern. Some legal research will be necessary, but the emphasis will be on writing, not on research. Students will also have the opportunity to edit other students' papers, with the goal of improving their own writing skills. Actors will perform a scenario for the class, from which students will extract the pertinent facts. From this fact pattern, students will draft an inter-office memo, a letter or memo to a non-lawyer client, and a trial or appellate brief. Students will also engage in simulated client interviewing and counseling sessions, as well as a simulated meeting with a supervisor. Students will be graded on the basis of their written work, editing work on their classmate's papers and on their classroom performance. There will be no final exam. NOTES: This seminar does not satisfy the Upper-class Writing Requirement. This seminar satisfies the Upper-class Professional Skills Requirement. GRADING NOTICE: This class will not offer the CR/NC/H option. ENROLLMENT LIMIT: 16 students. ** 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.

FALL 2016: LAW JD 874 A1 , Sep 8th to Dec 8th 2016
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Thu 2:10 pm 4:10 pm 3 Robert VolkConstance A. Browne LAW 513

3 credits

This intensive seminar takes an integrated approach to civil and criminal procedure, evidence, and trial practice to teach the current trial techniques at work in our courts. Taught at the United States District Court itself, the course involves in-court observations, specific critique of actual trial presentations, and seminar discussion of all aspects of procedure, trial preparation, evidence, and trial practice. A term paper on some aspect of the trial process is required. While neither evidence nor trial practice is a formal prerequisite for this course, they are recommended. The goal of the seminar is to enhance the quality of judgment, exposition, and fact-law teaching a lawyer exercises on behalf of the client in the trial environment. The first class meeting will take place at the Law School - Date/Time TBA. 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. NOTE: This seminar satisfies the Upper-class Professional Skills requirement. ** 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.

FALL 2016: LAW JD 967 A1 , Sep 7th to Dec 7th 2016
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Wed 12:00 pm 2:00 pm 3 William G. Young LAW ARR

3 credits

The seminar will combine a focus on: 1) public policy issues related to the goals of creation of affordable housing in the context of community revitalization; and 2) real-world implementation strategies that have been successfully used to achieve these goals. Analyzing the roles of government agencies, non-profit organizations, neighborhood groups, and private businesses will be a key part of the seminar. In lieu of a traditional exam or term paper, students will engage in field research and investigation of real community projects as part of semester long case studies, where they will work with lawyers, government officials, developers and grass-roots advocates involved with the projects. The relative utility of traditional legal techniques (such as land use planning devices, zoning, easements, revolving trusts, leasehold covenants and financing) will be carefully analyzed; the policies and impact of federal, state and local laws, including federal and state affordable housing financing programs and the Community Preservation Act in Massachusetts, will be examined; and possible new approaches will be considered. By incorporating real-world projects into the seminar, it is hoped that the interface of law, economics, planning, design, and construction disciplines will enable the problems to be analyzed from a variety of perspectives reflecting a client's and a community's practical concerns. 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. CLINIC OPTION: A limited number of students may apply to enroll in the Affordable Housing Law Externship Program (JD934). See the Clinical Programs website for more information. ** 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.

FALL 2016: LAW JD 935 A1 , Sep 12th to Dec 5th 2016
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Mon 10:40 am 12:40 pm 3 Peter L. Freeman LAW 513

3 credits

Through the Affordable Housing Externship Program, students receive credit for an externship done in conjunction with the Affordable Housing and Community Development seminar (JD935), taught by Mr. Peter Freeman. Students receive 3 credits (C/NC) for performing 150 hours of fieldwork (about 12 hours per week), and 3 credits (graded) for the weekly seminar. The solutions to the ongoing problem and challenge of providing affordable housing and sustainable community development in our nation's cities and towns will occur only through the interdisciplinary efforts of lawyers, community groups, financial institutions, architects, engineers, planners and governmental agencies (at the local, state and federal levels). The Affordable Housing Externship Program provides opportunities for students to interface directly with the players mentioned above. "Learning the law" in this field is therefore enhanced immeasurably. The externship component offers the opportunity for students to experience how various laws, tools and programs come together in the real world to achieve the goal - project by project and case by case - of providing affordable housing and sustainable community development. Boston has a great wealth of public and non-profit housing and community development agencies, each providing a great experience for students. Students must submit an application for the Externship by April 15. Please contact Mr. Freeman for more information about specific placement possibilities.

FALL 2016: LAW JD 934 A1 , Sep 6th to Dec 8th 2016
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ARR TBD TBD 3 Peter L. Freeman

3 credits

The goal of this course is to improve your ability to resolve disputes and to productively engage in conflict. In this highly interactive class, students will examine a variety of dispute resolution processes, other than traditional court adjudication, including negotiation, mediation, arbitration, dispute system design and restorative justice. Over the course of the semester, students will engage in a series of exercises (i.e., role-plays) through which they can develop and hone their skills and approaches to dispute resolution. Discussion and short lectures will accompany the exercises, as appropriate. There will be short written assignments (2-3 pages), as well as a longer paper due at the end of the semester. No final exam. ENROLLMENT LIMIT: 18 students. NOTE: This course satisfies the Upper-class Professional Skills requirement. GRADING NOTICE: This class will not offer the CR/NC/H option. RESTRICTION: Students may not enroll in Alternative Dispute Resolution and Negotiation (JD921).

FALL 2016: LAW JD 881 A1 , Sep 8th to Dec 8th 2016
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Thu 4:20 pm 7:20 pm 3 Kenneth A. Reich LAW 410
SPRG 2017: LAW JD 881 B1 , Jan 17th to Apr 25th 2017
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Tue,Thu 2:15 pm 3:45 pm 3 Mark Bamford LAW 410

3 credits

This is a survey course of the laws and policies influencing American Indians in the United States today. We will review the tortured history of the relationship between American Indians and the United States government and discuss the complex legal and policy issues surrounding civil and criminal jurisdiction and environmental, land use and economic development issues on and off the Reservation. We will focus on the powers of the respective players in each of these fields, including local and state government, the federal government and tribal governments. OFFERING PATTERN: This class is not offered every year. Students are advised to take this into account when planning their long-term schedule.

3 credits

Selected topics in 19th- and 20th-century U.S. legal history. We will first explore the role of the legal profession in four public controversies: the authority of English common law after the American Revolution, slavery and racism, women's rights, and organized labor. We will then turn our attention to various methodologies for interpreting legal change: formalism, realism, law and economics, critical legal studies, and feminist jurisprudence. Readings (which will be plentiful) are drawn from primary sources (cases, speeches, and treatises) and secondary literature (articles and books). Students can either write a research paper or complete a take-home examination. Research papers may, but need not, fulfill the Writing Requirement.

SPRG 2017: LAW JD 804 A1 , Jan 17th to Apr 25th 2017
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Tue,Thu 11:00 am 12:25 pm 3 David J. Seipp LAW 203

4 credits

Antitrust law regulates the competition between business firms in unregulated markets (and in varying degrees in regulated markets, where it supplies a benchmark standard). Thus, all privately owned economic entities are subject to or affected by the antitrust laws (federal or state), ranging from the largest multinationals to self-employed individuals, e.g., lawyers. Antitrust law constrains business behavior that injures the competitive process, encompassing such topics as price fixing, boycotts, monopolization, mergers, price discrimination, distributorship limitations and similar trade restrictions. Antitrust analysis is increasingly economic in its orientation and therefore economic analysis will form a vital part of the course. Supplementary economic readings are suggested for students without previous economic background (and for others who may wish to refresh their knowledge).

SPRG 2017: LAW JD 838 A1 , Jan 17th to Apr 25th 2017
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Tue,Thu 10:40 am 12:40 pm 4 Keith N. Hylton LAW 101

3 credits

This class is restricted to third-year students who applied and were accepted as directors of the BU Law Moot Court programs (Esdaile, Stone and Albers). NOTE: This class satisfies the Upper-class Professional Skills requirement.

FALL 2016: LAW JD 901 A1 , Sep 6th to Dec 8th 2016
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ARR TBD TBD 3 Robert Volk

2 credits

This course provides an introduction to and overview of the banking and financial services industry under US law and where US laws intersect with international banking supervision structures and principles. The course focuses on US banking structures and regulations, with an emphasis on the public or regulatory policies behind the laws and regulations. Recent US legislation in the Dodd-Frank Act and recent international reform initiatives such as Basel III receive close scrutiny. The course addresses a range of safety and soundness rules, permissible activity issues, chartering and merger activity procedures and capital and liquidity requirements. The course also addresses administrative procedures including bank examination and supervision, the regulatory supervisory process and bank enforcement actions. Students are asked to do significant reading and to participate in classroom discussion about course subject matter and to be aware of current developments in the financial services industry. This is a required course for all students studying for the degree of Master of Laws in Banking and Financial Law.

FALL 2016: LAW BK 925 A1 , Sep 7th to Dec 7th 2016
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Wed 6:30 pm 8:30 pm 2 James E. Scott LAW 605

2 credits

This course examines bankruptcy and related state law from the point of view of secured and unsecured creditors. The course begins with survey of individual state law collection remedies and non-bankruptcy composition and liquidation schemes. The balance (and bulk) of the course focuses on the rights, obligations and procedures created by federal bankruptcy law. Topics addressed include: the automatic stay, the use and protection of collateral during the pendency of a bankruptcy case, the avoidance of pre- bankruptcy transfers as preferences and fraudulent transfers, the treatment of executory contracts and unexpired leases, debtor-in-possession financing, asset sales and the negotiation and confirmation of a plan of reorganization that is binding on all creditors. Finally, the course will discuss recent ¡§bankruptcy reform¡¨ legislation, which affects both corporate and consumer bankruptcies.

FALL 2016: LAW BK 933 A1 , Sep 6th to Dec 6th 2016
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Tue 6:30 pm 8:30 pm 2 Francis C. Morrissey LAW 605

4 credits

This course focuses on corporate reorganization and corporate finance. We will study the legal requirements for reorganization plans under Chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code, as well as the use of going concern sales outside of Chapter 11. We will study important doctrinal issues relating to reorganization of corporate groups, including substantive consolidation and equitable subordination. We will investigate avoidance actions in bankruptcy, including preferences and fraudulent conveyance, and the treatment of pre-bankruptcy contracts. Other topics include the financing of corporate debtors in bankruptcy and workouts and duties to creditors outside of bankruptcy. Finally, we will also introduce and ultimately master some basic tools of corporate finance--present value, expected value, and risk and diversification. GRADING NOTICE: This class will not offer the CR/NC/H option. PREREQUISITE/COREQUISITE: Corporations.

SPRG 2017: LAW JD 803 A1 , Jan 18th to Apr 26th 2017
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Mon,Wed 2:10 pm 4:10 pm 4 Frederick Tung LAW 413

3 credits

The subject of the course is the translation of medical technologies into new products and services for the healthcare system. The course begins with a rigorous study of intellectual property, licensing and the core aspects of planning, creating, funding and building new entrepreneurial ventures. Concepts and tools are presented for assessing new technologies and their potential to be the basis for a new entrepreneurial venture. Comparisons will be made of how technologies can be sourced and commercialized out of three very different environments: universities, national laboratories and corporate laboratories. Cross-disciplinary teams of students will be formed which will evaluate translational research projects currently being developed at Boston University and their potential for transformation into a start-up company to commercialize the technology, providing a unique linkage between the scientific research activities of the university and the professional schools. Each week there will be a case study which will discuss examples of both success and failure in technology commercialization. Some of these case studies examine Boston University life sciences spin-out companies, and the founders and CEO?s of these ventures will share their experiences with the class. NOTE: This course meets at the School of Management and will be treated as a non-law course on the law transcript. The course and grade will appear on the transcript, however the grade is not factored into the law g.p.a.

FALL 2016: LAW LA 997 A1 , Sep 12th to Dec 12th 2016
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Mon 6:00 pm 9:00 pm 3 Nijhawan HAR 406

0 credits

Introduction to Business Fundamentals is an online, self-paced, asynchronous program forming a required part of the JD curriculum. The curriculum consists of modules covering business basics, corporate finance and financial accounting, including the following subjects: capital markets; the basics of financial reporting; balance sheets; income statements and cash flow; business forms and organizations; financing organizations; discounting; and calculating risk, return and valuation. Assessment is based on multiple choice exams. Students may opt-out of the course if they score an 84% or better on the pre-course exam. A score of 70% or better on the post-course exam, following successful completion of the course, is necessary to meet the requirement. GRADING NOTICE: This course awards no credits and is graded P/F. It is a graduation requirement for JD students who will be graduating with the Class of 2017 or later. Students may enroll in the program for the fall, spring or summer semesters, but should complete the course by the conclusion of the fall semester of the 3L year.

FALL 2016: LAW JD 605 OL , Sep 6th to Jan 13th 2016
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ARR TBD TBD 0 David I. Walker
SPRG 2017: LAW JD 605 OL , Jan 17th to Apr 26th 2017
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ARR TBD TBD 0 David I. Walker

2 credits

This course introduces lawyers to the economics of financial markets and institutions. Emphasis is placed on the interaction of commercial banks, the Federal Reserve System, and monetary policy. Other topics include the characteristics of financial instruments (such as Treasury securities, corporate stocks and bonds, and secondary market mortgage-backed securities), how they are priced in the market, the factors determining the level and shape of the Treasury yield curve, and the relationship between commercial banking and the growth of the over-the-counter derivatives market. Course grades will be based on midterm and final examinations, and on written assignments.

FALL 2016: LAW BK 983 A1 , Sep 8th to Dec 8th 2016
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Thu 6:30 pm 8:30 pm 2 Mark K. W. Gim LAW 605

3 credits

The Civil Litigation Program gives students the opportunity to use their lawyering skills in all courtroom levels - from local trial and housing courts, to the state's Supreme Judicial Court, to the federal court. In fact, several landmark decisions by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court began as student-represented cases in the Civil Litigation Program. Students in the Civil Litigation Clinic choose from two options: *Housing, Employment, Family and Disability Clinic (HEFD) (full-year program) - The average HEFD clinic caseload over two semesters typically includes 4-5 cases in areas such as domestic relations, eviction defense, employment law and Social Security appeals. Other kinds of cases may also be assigned. *Employment Rights Clinic (ERC) (one semester program, fall or spring) - Students will represent clients in unemployment compensation cases, and a possibility of working on wage and hour disputes, discrimination/sexual harassment cases, and Family Medical Leave Act cases. PREREQUISITE/COREQUISITE (HEFD OPTION): If you have not already done so, you must take Evidence during the first semester to satisfy the student practice rule. If you have already taken Trial Advocacy, you will still need to take the clinical section. It is closely integrated with your field work. PREREQUISITE/COREQUISITE (ERC OPTION): Spring ERC students must take Evidence and Professional Responsibility concurrently with the Employment Rights Clinic, or students must have already taken these courses. Fall ERC students must take Evidence concurrently, or have already taken this course. NOTE: This clinic satisfies the upper-class professional skills requirement.

FALL 2016: LAW JD 861 A1 , Sep 6th to Dec 8th 2016
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ARR TBD TBD 3 Robert G. BurdickConstance A. Browne
FALL 2016: LAW JD 861 B1 , Sep 6th to Dec 8th 2016
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ARR TBD TBD 3 Robert G. BurdickConstance A. Browne
SPRG 2017: LAW JD 861 A1 , Jan 17th to Apr 26th 2017
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ARR TBD TBD 3 Robert G. BurdickConstance A. Browne
SPRG 2017: LAW JD 861 B2 , Jan 17th to Apr 26th 2017
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ARR TBD TBD 3 Robert G. BurdickConstance A. Browne

3 credits

The program also includes a serious classroom component during which you learn the theories of practice for use in the field. Pretrial Advocacy is taught in groups of roughly 14 students and two clinical professors per group. Half of the classes are devoted to activities and simulations in which you role play with the skills that are taught. Students in the HEFD option take Pretrial Advocacy in the fall, while Students in the ERC fall option will take Pretrial Advocacy plus a "bootcamp" in Trial Advocacy. Please note that ONLY the HEFD and ERC section of Pre-Trial Advocacy will satisfy the Professional Responsibility requirement. GRADING NOTICE: HEFD & ERC sections do not offer the CR/NC/H option.

FALL 2016: LAW JD 973 A1 , Sep 6th to Dec 6th 2016
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Tue 4:20 pm 7:20 pm 3 Robert G. BurdickConstance A. Browne LAW 418
FALL 2016: LAW JD 973 B1 , Sep 6th to Dec 6th 2016
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Tue 4:20 pm 7:20 pm 3 Robert G. BurdickConstance A. Browne LAW 416

3 credits

The program also includes a serious classroom component during which you learn the theories of practice for use in the field. Trial Advocacy is taught in groups of roughly 14 students and two clinical professors per group. Half of the classes are devoted to activities and simulations in which you role play with the skills that are taught. Students in the HEFD option take Trial Advocacy in the spring. Students in the ERC spring option will take Trial Advocacy plus a "bootcamp" in Pretrial Advocacy.

SPRG 2017: LAW JD 974 A1 , Jan 17th to Apr 25th 2017
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Tue 4:20 pm 6:20 pm 3 Robert G. BurdickConstance A. Browne LAW 418
SPRG 2017: LAW JD 974 B1 , Jan 17th to Apr 25th 2017
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Tue 4:20 pm 6:20 pm 3 Robert G. BurdickConstance A. Browne LAW 416

4 credits

This course is about civil and criminal enforcement of constitutional rights and other federal rights against government officials. The primary focus is on civil rights litigation in federal courts against state officials under the civil rights statutes passed in the wake of the civil war, including 42 U.S.C. § §1983, 1981, 1982 and 1985 on the civil side and 18, U.S.C. §§ 242 and 249 on the criminal side. The criminal segment of the course will be taught by an Assistant United States Attorney in charge of the Public Corruption and Special Prosecutions Unit and the Civil Rights Enforcement Team in the District of Massachusetts. Criminal issues include prosecutions of police officers for violating the civil rights of arrestees and hate crimes. On the civil side, we will examine the rights that give rise to civil rights action and, to a lesser extent, the scope of those rights. The kinds of cases include police brutality, unlawful searches and seizures and discrimination in government jobs. The issues that arise include many statutory questions, such as identification of proper parties to 1983 actions, and judge-make defenses, such as official and state immunities from damages actions and injunctive suits. We will also look at federalism and eleventh amendment limitations on congressional power and federal court remedial power in 1983 actions, although coverage of these issues will not be as thorough as in Federal Courts. The standards for holding local governments liable for damages will also be examined. Our major foray into the substance of constitutional rights will be with regard to the role of state remedies and defendant's state of mind for fourteenth amendment procedural due process violations. We will also look at substantive constitutional rights such as police brutality, medical care for prisoners and detainees, high speed police chases and other similar areas. There will also be some coverage of remedies against federal officials directly under the constitution and remedies against private individuals for civil rights violations. OFFERING PATTERN: This class is not offered every year. Students are advised to take this into account when planning their long-term schedule.

FALL 2016: LAW JD 877 A1 , Sep 7th to Dec 7th 2016
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Mon,Wed 4:20 pm 6:20 pm 4 Jack M. Beermann LAW 204

2 credits

The purpose of this seminar is to provide students with the opportunity to develop client counseling skills needed to deal with a wide variety of clients and their various legal problems. The focus of the seminar is on the way in which students are able to guide, listen, and counsel a client. Students will learn the model of client-centered lawyering and will also explore topics such as cross-cultural lawyering. This seminar is designed for students to learn by engaging in mock client counseling interviews. Accordingly, much of the time will be filled with practice interviews and discussion of strategies for how to navigate client interviews and meetings. ENROLLMENT LIMIT: 12 students. ** 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.

SPRG 2017: LAW JD 862 A1 , Jan 17th to Apr 25th 2017
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Tue 2:10 pm 4:10 pm 2 Catherine Mondell LAW 513

3 credits

Climate change is the most important environmental issue of this century. It has generated major law and policy over the last several years, both in the United States and internationally, and presents significant legal and policy issues that remain unresolved. This seminar will examine the legal tools currently available to address climate change and possibilities for future action, as well as related policy challenges. The seminar first will consider the international context and review the history of climate change efforts on a global scale, including the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, the Kyoto Protocol, and the 2015 Paris Agreement. It will then focus on currently available U.S. authorities, including the Clean Air Act and executive branch powers. Because there is no statute that addresses climate change head-on, the seminar will consider the challenges presented when a major policy concern is advanced in the absence of a firm statutory foundation. Climate change also raises important issues of human rights, environmental justice, and international and intergenerational equity, which will be examined. Finally, the seminar will look to the future and pose questions concerning expectations for international cooperation, possible additional tools in current U.S. law, prospects for climate change legislation, and voluntary and market-based opportunities. There are no prerequisites. The grade will be based on class participation and papers. NOTE: This seminar does not satisfy the Upper Class Writing Requirement. GRADING NOTICE: This class will 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.

FALL 2016: LAW JD 796 A1 , Sep 7th to Dec 7th 2016
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Wed 4:20 pm 6:20 pm 3 Pamela A. Hill LAW 419

2 credits

This course studies the legal problems involved in negotiating and documenting various types of commercial lending transactions ranging from short-term unsecured loans to secured and long-term financings. The process is followed from the initial identification of a lending opportunity to pre- commitment correspondence and commitment letters, through to the key documents required at closing. The major aspects of a loan agreement, including definitional provisions, representations and warranties, lending provisions, pricing, affirmative and negative covenants, and events of defaults are studied in detail in an effort to insure that each student understands the mechanics of a commercial loan agreement. Security interests in real estate and personal property are addressed. Loan syndications and the loan markets are examined. Issues relating to guaranties and subordination agreements are considered. Overviews of Chapter 11 bankruptcy and lender liability are provided. Provisions of the Bank Holding Company Act relating to financing transactions, legal lending limits, margin requirements, and usury are considered. A lecture and discussion format is employed. Reading assignments include relevant court decisions, articles, and actual transaction documents.

FALL 2016: LAW BK 991 A1 , Sep 6th to Dec 6th 2016
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Tue 2:10 pm 4:10 pm 2 Richard Daingerfield LAW 605

2 credits

This course considers different solutions adopted by nine industrialized countries (Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Japan, the Netherlands, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and the United States) to common problems in income tax design. It responds to the need for a broader understanding of the way that tax matters are handled in different countries as business transactions become increasingly global. The course presents a policy-focused overview of variant tax treatments in individual, business (corporate and partnership) and cross-border transactions. The intent is not to develop an expertise in any one, or any group of tax systems, but rather to provide a comparative knowledge base upon which a further, in-depth inquiry can be based.

Online section not open to JD students.

FALL 2016: LAW TX 957 A1 , Sep 9th to Dec 2nd 2016
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Fri 12:00 pm 2:00 pm 2 Richard T. Ainsworth LAW 209
FALL 2016: LAW TX 957 OL , Sep 9th to Dec 2nd 2016
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Fri 12:00 pm 2:00 pm 2 Richard T. Ainsworth

3 credits

This seminar is an introduction to comparative law's themes and methods. Accordingly, the seminar is organized in two parts. The readings selected for the first part present theoretical articulations and practical applications of the main methodological approaches relied upon by comparative lawyers. Participants will become acquainted with the "mechanics", as well as the broader implications, of the various ways of comparing: functionalism, structuralism, culturalism, postmodern neo-culturalism and critical comparative law. The materials discussed in the second part explore how these different methodologies play out in recent and heated comparative law debates. Participants will be asked to reflect over the common law-civil law dichotomy and its implications for the debate over the European Civil Code as well as for projects of harmonization, such as the World Bank's "Legal Origins" study; the circulation of legal rules and institutions and the export of constitutional models in Eastern Europe and Iraq; the ambiguous relation between US and European legal cultures and the debate over different ideas of "privacy"; the "West" and the "Orient" in family law reform. ** 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.

FALL 2016: LAW JD 951 A1 , Sep 8th to Dec 8th 2016
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Thu 4:20 pm 6:20 pm 3 Anna di Robilant LAW 417

3 credits

On February 20, 2003 a heavy metal band set off pyrotechnics inside a crowded Rhode Island nightclub, igniting foam insulation on the walls. The ensuing fire and panic killed 100 persons and injured hundreds more, spawning civil litigation that lasted seven years. This interactive seminar, conducted by a BU Law alumnus who was a lead attorney representing plaintiffs in that litigation, explores the legal and ethical issues faced by attorneys in that case. While the factual context of this seminar is tort-based, emphasized skills will be useful for all future litigators. John Barylick's book, KILLER SHOW: The Station Nightclub Fire, America's Deadliest Rock Concert, is the seminar's main text and a jumping-off point for explorations of: legal ethics, civil procedure, plaintiff selection, defendant selection and liability theories, formal and informal discovery methods, mediation and formulation of a damages distribution plan. Audiovisuals include materials from the Station Fire case and mediations. Additional readings include sections of the ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct, the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, Title 28 of the United States Code, law review articles and pleadings from the case. There will be a few short (2-3 page) assignments and in-class role-playing exercises, including depositions and mediation. There will be a final written assignment, rather than a final exam. ENROLLMENT LIMIT: 20 students. NOTE: This seminar does not satisfy the Upper-class Writing Requirement. This course satisfies the Upper-class Professional Skills requirement. GRADING NOTICE: This class will 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.

FALL 2016: LAW JD 976 A1 , Sep 8th to Dec 8th 2016
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Thu 10:40 am 12:40 pm 3 Mr. Barylick LAW 416

4 credits

This course covers U.S. laws governing global trade and finance. We will examine the compliance obligations of multinational enterprises pursuant to U.S. export controls, sanctions, AML and terrorist-financing laws. Key focuses of the course will be the extraterritorial scope of U.S. laws, and techniques for mitigating legal risk in transnational business operations. Students will learn how to: 1. Identify and assess legal risk in transnational trade and financial operations; 2. Build compliance programs that effectively mitigate such risk; and, 3. Manage interactions between multinational enterprises and U.S. enforcement agencies.

SPRG 2017: LAW JD 918 A1 , Jan 17th to Apr 25th 2017
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Tue,Thu 6:30 pm 8:30 pm 4 Babak Boghraty LAW 413

3 credits

This course deals with compliance mechanisms within large financial organizations. Compliance includes observing the law and following internal rules within the institution. The purpose of the Course is to offer a fundamental preparation to the lawyer in a large financial institution's Legal Department or a separate Compliance Department. This Course covers the following: * The history of compliance within United States and global financial services companies; * The interaction between business processes and compliance processes; and, in some respects, the law and its enforcement within organizations; * The profession of compliance: The roles of the Chief Ethics & Compliance Officer, The Auditor; the Legal Officer and the interaction among them * Defining best practice, business process, risk assessment and controls and their interactions within the global financial service company; * A broad outline of regulations applicable to global financial services companies; the respective roles of corporate governance functions, such as: finance, internal audit, independent auditors, legal, compliance, and ethics departments, and risk management, and international issues. * Asset management: an overview of the regulation of broker dealers, insurance, and banking. * Interacting with regulators, and investigations * Business ethics and culture in large organizations. The reading materials for the Course are prepared by Professor Lee D. Augsburger (Chief Compliance Officer of Prudential Insurance Company) and Professor Tamar Frankel. Students will complete a take-home examination of approximately 7 hours. Grades will be adjusted for class preparation and participation. 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 waitlist for a seminar are required to attend the first seminar meeting to be considered for enrollment.

SPRG 2017: LAW JD 769 A1 , Jan 18th to Apr 26th 2017
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Mon,Wed 2:10 pm 3:35 pm 3 Tamar Frankel LAW 204

2 credits

The course is a survey of the key areas of compliance. The course will examine implementing and maintaining a compliance program. Topic areas to be covered include: U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act; the Office of Foreign Assets Control; Bank Secrecy Act; Privacy; Investigations; Whistleblower Rates; Information Reporting/Disclosure; Insider Trading Policies; Code of Ethics; Audit; Conflict of Interest; Management Reporting; Internal Reporting/E- Discovery/Record Retention.

FALL 2016: LAW BK 931 A1 , Sep 8th to Dec 8th 2016
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Thu 4:20 pm 6:20 pm 2 Stephen Cesso LAW 605

3 credits

This seminar will examine how the constitution is implicated in U.S. foreign affairs. We shall begin by reviewing the main theories of foreign affairs: idealism, realism, multilateralism, bilateralism and more. Then and throughout the seminar we shall attempt to understand how these theories are manifested in American constitutional law. We shall ask how the structure and substance of the constitution of the United States affect the national decision making process concerning foreign policy. We shall address matters of international business, war and peace, federalism, human rights, freedom of expression and more. The respective powers of the executive and legislative branches, the power of the senate vs. the president and the Senate vs. the House of Representatives will be examined. We shall emphasize judicial opinions, but also look at other materials. ** 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.**

SPRG 2017: LAW JD 917 A1 , Jan 19th to Apr 20th 2017
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Thu 2:10 pm 4:10 pm 3 Pnina Lahav LAW 417

2 credits

This course will introduce students to the key concepts of construction law. The course takes students from pre-construction through project execution, and addresses the issues and conflicts that frequently arise during the construction process. Although portions of the course will address issues of contract law and dispute resolution, the course focuses on issues that are particular and unique to construction. GRADING NOTICE: This course does not offer the CR/NC/H option.

FALL 2016: LAW JD 716 A1 , Sep 8th to Dec 8th 2016
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Thu 6:30 pm 8:30 pm 2 Kenneth E. Rubinstein LAW 418

2 credits

This class presents an overview of the laws relating to traditional and innovative consumer financial products and services, including the impact of the new consumer protection provisions of the Dodd-Frank banking law on creditors and consumers. The course focuses on federal consumer financial laws governing installment, revolving, and real estate lending, credit and debit cards; and ATM networks, point of sale payment systems, home banking, stored value and prepaid cards; and other deposit and loan products and services. The course examines the design of retail financial products and considers operational issues, the regulatory framework, and consumer protection laws including The Consumer Financial Protection Act, Truth in Lending, Equal Credit Opportunity, Community Reinvestment Acts, and federal and state laws governing fair credit reporting, trade practices, usury, electronic funds transfers, and funds availability.

SPRG 2017: LAW BK 995 A1 , Jan 23rd to Apr 24th 2017
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Mon 4:20 pm 6:20 pm 2 Craig W. Kaylor LAW 605

3 credits

This course is the foundational skills course within the Transactional Law Program. It teaches students basic principles and skills of drafting and analyzing commercial and transaction agreements, with a focus on recognizing, and addressing through contractual provisions, key business issues in transactions. Although the course will be of particular interest to students interested in a corporate or transactional law practice, since most practicing attorneys will need to work with contracts at some point in their career, the concepts and skills which the course conveys are applicable to virtually all practice areas and specialties. While the course utilizes lectures to introduce various contract concepts and techniques essential for drafting and reviewing commercial and transaction agreements, it requires that students complete in-class exercises and extensive homework assignments as a means of building basic drafting skills and a solid understanding of the structure and operation of contractual provisions in a business transaction. Grades will be based on the graded assignments, good faith completion of ungraded assignments, and class participation. ENROLLMENT LIMIT: 12 students. NOTE: This class satisfies the Upper-class Professional Skills requirement. 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 list for a section are required to attend the first meeting to be considered for enrollment.

FALL 2016: LAW JD 788 A1 , Sep 12th to Dec 5th 2016
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Mon 4:20 pm 6:20 pm 3 Jonathan Guest LAW 508
FALL 2016: LAW JD 788 B1 , Sep 12th to Dec 5th 2016
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Mon 4:20 pm 6:20 pm 3 Emmy Hessler LAW 519
FALL 2016: LAW JD 788 C1 , Sep 6th to Dec 6th 2016
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Tue 4:20 pm 6:20 pm 3 Neal S. Winneg LAW 519
FALL 2016: LAW JD 788 D1 , Sep 7th to Dec 7th 2016
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Wed 4:20 pm 6:20 pm 3 Thomas P. Harrison LAW 519
FALL 2016: LAW JD 788 E1 , Sep 7th to Dec 7th 2016
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Wed 6:30 pm 8:30 pm 3 Carla Moynihan LAW 518
FALL 2016: LAW JD 788 F1 , Sep 8th to Dec 8th 2016
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Thu 4:20 pm 6:20 pm 3 Young M. Park LAW 519
SPRG 2017: LAW JD 788 A1 , Jan 23rd to Apr 24th 2017
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Mon 4:20 pm 6:20 pm 3 Jonathan Guest LAW 419
SPRG 2017: LAW JD 788 B2 , Jan 17th to Apr 25th 2017
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Tue 6:30 pm 8:30 pm 3 Mr. Cohan LAW 518
SPRG 2017: LAW JD 788 C2 , Jan 18th to Apr 26th 2017
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Wed 4:20 pm 6:20 pm 3 Carla Moynihan LAW 419
SPRG 2017: LAW JD 788 D2 , Jan 19th to Apr 20th 2017
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Thu 6:30 pm 8:30 pm 3 Robert M. Schlein LAW 519

4 credits

Copyright is one of the major legal regimes governing art, software, information, and entertainment, and its rules deeply affect how the internet operates. This course is a policy and skills-oriented study of federal copyright law. Much of copyright policy can be clarified by using some basic tools from economics and philosophy; these analytic tools will be taught during the course, and no prior knowledge is required. As for skills, the course focuses on two: how to tackle and master a complex set of interrelated statutory provisions, and how to articulate legal principles orally in a way that would be comprehensible to an untutored judge. Rather than having a predominant lecture format, the course puts student analysis at its center. The course will cover the exclusive rights granted to creators of "original works of authorship", the authorial subject-matters eligible for federal copyright, the nature of an infringement action, and defenses such as fair use. In addition, students will be expected to master at least one detailed, statute-governed topic such as duration (how long do rights over a given work of authorship remain in private hands before becoming free for all to copy) or the inalienable right of termination (how authors can retrieve their copyrights despite having signed contracts indicating that they have sold all rights). The course also examines some state rights, such as the 'right of publicity' and 'quasi-property rights against the misappropriation of data', for purposes of exploring how these state doctrines interact with, or are pre-empted by, federal copyright law. GRADING NOTICE: This class will not offer the CR/NC/H option.

FALL 2016: LAW JD 952 A1 , Sep 6th to Dec 8th 2016
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Tue,Thu 11:00 am 12:15 pm 4 Wendy J. Gordon LAW 410
Fri 10:30 am 11:45 am 4 Wendy J. Gordon LAW 410

3 credits

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's section will not offer the CR/NC/H option.

FALL 2016: LAW JD 985 A1 , Sep 7th to Dec 7th 2016
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Mon,Wed 2:10 pm 3:40 pm 3 Kathryn Griner LAW 413
SPRG 2017: LAW JD 985 B1 , Jan 18th to Apr 26th 2017
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Mon,Wed 9:00 am 10:30 am 3 Theodore S. Sims LAW 211

3 credits

This seminar will address corporate governance issues from an historical as well as current perspective. In addressing the legal framework of corporate governance for the modern U.S. corporation, we will consider the implications for corporate governance posed by different players, including investors, independent directors, corporate management, employees and other stakeholders. Throughout our discussions, we will seek to take into account the roles played by courts, legislatures, and regulatory bodies, as well as the challenges and responsibilities of lawyers who advise their clients in various settings. In addition to discussion of legal academic writings, cases and relevant laws, we will engage in a number of role-playing exercises in class. For example, students may be called upon to play various roles in a simulated annual meeting of shareholders involving a campaign to withhold votes to elect a company's board chairman or to play the role of legal advisers to independent directors of a company's board who are called upon to negotiate the compensation of the company's chief executive officer. There is no exam in this course. Each student will be required to write one short paper (up to 5 pages) that will cover a topic for a given class and will be responsible for leading (or co-leading with one or more other students) the discussion on that topic for a substantial portion of that class. In this regard, the student or students responsible for leading the discussion in a given class will also be asked to identify and post an additional reading for that class. Each student will also be required to write a longer paper of publishable quality due at the end of the semester. The professor will consult with each student at the outset, when a research topic is chosen, and during other stages of the research and writing process. GRADING NOTICE: This class will not offer the CR/NC/H option. PREREQUISITE: Corporations. RECOMMENDED: Securities Regulation (either prior to or concurrent with this course.) 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. ** 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 waitlist for a seminar are required to attend the first seminar meeting to be considered for enrollment.

3 credits

This course focuses on the legal structure and attributes of business corporations. Topics include pre-incorporation transactions, formation of corporations, capital structure and financing of corporations, mergers and sales of assets. The course will place particular emphasis upon the powers, rights and duties allocated among boards of directors, officers and shareholders, as well as the respective roles played by state corporate law (in particular, Delaware law), federal law, and the courts.

SPRG 2017: LAW BK 943 A1 , Jan 18th to Apr 26th 2017
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Mon,Wed 10:00 am 11:30 am 3 Sharon James LAW 413

4 credits

Course about the legal structure and characteristics of business corporations. Topics include the promotion and formation of corporations; the distribution of power between management and shareholders; the limitations on management powers imposed by state law fiduciary duties and federal securities laws; shareholder derivative suits; capital structure and financing of corporations; and fundamental changes in corporate structure, such as mergers and sales of assets. The course serves as a PREREQUISITE to advanced courses. GRADING NOTICE: The CR/NC/H option is not offered in Professor Walker's section.

FALL 2016: LAW JD 816 A1 , Sep 6th to Dec 8th 2016
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Tue,Thu 2:10 pm 4:10 pm 4 Stephen G. Marks LAW 103
FALL 2016: LAW JD 816 W1 , Sep 7th to Dec 7th 2016
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Mon,Wed 8:30 am 10:30 am 4 David I. Walker LAW 103
SPRG 2017: LAW JD 816 M1 , Jan 18th to Apr 26th 2017
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Mon,Wed 10:40 am 12:40 pm 4 Stephen G. Marks LAW 103

3 credits

Using an eclectic collection of primary and secondary source materials, this seminar conducts an in-depth historical examination of the American constitutional founding in 1787. Anyone interested in what the Constitution meant when it was created is encouraged to enroll. Initial sessions set the scene with discussions of the eighteenth-century imperial constitutional framework, constitutional controversies during the imperial struggle in the 1760s, and the creation of the American state constitutions during the Revolution. In the seminar's core sessions, we explore the crisis of the Critical Period, the Constitution's drafting history, and the central issues debated during the ratification contest. Finally, the seminar examines the first federal administrative state established under the Constitution, as well as some of the constitutional controversies that arose in the immediate post-ratification years. At various points throughout we reflect on how the historical perspectives revealed in the readings and discussions bear on modern-day interpretive issues and methodologies. Grades will be based on seminar participation and a research paper. 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. ** 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.

SPRG 2017: LAW JD 993 A1 , Jan 23rd to Apr 24th 2017
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Mon 10:40 am 12:40 pm 3 Aaron Knapp LAW 417

3 credits

This course will examine the roots of civil policing in the United States, with an emphasis on the last sixty (60) years of Federal and State Court decisions that address a range of issues such a stop and frisk, search and seizure, and use of force. We will examine the efforts of courts and legislation to balance the need for order with the recognition of individual and civil rights. What roles do local community policing and theories like "broken windows" play in the delivery and perception of criminal justice? How much do Federal priorities and funding drive law enforcement initiatives? What roles do gender and race play among all the actors: victims, defendants, and police institutions? The course will examine remedies available for police misconduct, especially excessive use of force, including Internal Affairs, Civilian Review Boards and Sec. 1983 law suits. Most classes will include a guest with experience on the issue and/or co-teacher. Each class will require a short written and/or oral argument presentation as well as discussion. There will be a final project with an oral and written component. Attendance and participation will factor into the final grade. ENROLLMENT LIMIT: 18 students. 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. **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.

SPRG 2017: LAW JD 829 A1 , Jan 23rd to Apr 24th 2017
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Mon 4:20 pm 6:20 pm 3 Martha Coakley LAW 418

3 credits

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 exercises 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. NOTES: 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.

FALL 2016: LAW JD 768 A1 , Sep 6th to Dec 6th 2016
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Tue 6:30 pm 9:00 pm 3 Michael Vitali LAW 512

4 credits

This course examines basic issues in criminal procedure that cut across the investigative and adjudicative stages. We will consider how the Constitution shapes the criminal justice system in the courtroom in areas such as the concepts of the presumption of innocence and proof beyond a reasonable doubt, the right to counsel, grand jury requests for the production of evidence, plea bargaining and the application of the Exclusionary Rule seeking to suppress evidence the police obtained in violation of the Constitution. We will also study the limits the Constitution places on the power of the police in the areas of interrogation, searches, seizures of property and stop and arrest, paying particular attention to the issue of racial profiling. RESTRICTION: Students may not enroll in this section and Criminal Procedure (JD821). Students who previously enrolled in Criminal Procedure: Adjudicatory (JD820) are also restricted from registering.

SPRG 2017: LAW JD 819 A1 , Jan 18th to Apr 26th 2017
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Mon,Wed 2:10 pm 4:10 pm 4 David Rossman LAW 414

4 credits

This course covers search and seizure, the privilege against self-incrimination, confessions and the rights to counsel during custodial police interrogation. In general the course will examine the constitutional law in cases arising out of the conflict between police practices and the Bill of Rights. RESTRICTION: Students may not enroll in this section and Criminal Procedure (JD819).

FALL 2016: LAW JD 821 A1 , Sep 6th to Dec 8th 2016
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Tue,Thu 9:15 am 10:30 am 4 Tracey Maclin LAW 413
Fri 9:00 am 10:15 am 4 Tracey Maclin LAW 413

3 credits

THIS CLASS IS RESTRICTED to 2L students who have applied to and been accepted to start the Criminal Clinic in Spring 2017. Trial Advocacy is a three credit course which will meet once a week for two hours. It will focus on courtroom skills in the context of criminal trial litigation. NOTE: The Criminal Clinical Program satisfies the upper-class professional skills requirement.

SPRG 2017: LAW JD 981 A1 , Jan 17th to Apr 25th 2017
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Tue 2:10 pm 4:10 pm 3 David RossmanBrian A. Wilson LAW 702
Fri 10:30 am 1:30 pm 3 David RossmanBrian A. Wilson LAW 702

5 credits

THIS CLASS IS RESTRICTED to students who have applied to and been accepted into the Criminal Clinical Program. The Fall section is restricted to 3Ls who will begin the program in Fall 2016. The Spring 2017 section is restricted to 2L students who will begin the program in Spring 2017. (Fall/3L section) Criminal Trial Practice I will meet in the first semester for two hours each week at the law school and will require students to be available one morning a week to be in court, from Monday through Thursday. The classroom component of this course will provide students an introduction to Massachusetts criminal procedure and basic instruction in lawyering skills such as case planning and investigation. Students in the program will be assigned to cases handled by senior members of the Prosecutor and Defender programs and will be expected to conduct tasks out of court such as legal research, fact investigation, witness interviews and preparation. One morning a week, these students will be in court observing and second seating the cases they have helped to prepare. After the completion of this course, students will be assigned to the Prosecutor or Defender component of the clinic and must register for the appropriate section in the following semester. (Spring/2L Section) Criminal Trial Practice I will meet in the second semester for three hours each week at the law school and will require students to be available one morning a week to be in court, from Monday through Thursday. The classroom component of this course will provide students an introduction to Massachusetts criminal procedure and basic instruction in lawyering skills such as case planning and investigation. Students in the program will be assigned to cases handled by senior members of the Prosecutor and Defender programs and will be expected to conduct tasks out of court such as legal research, fact investigation, witness interviews and preparation. One morning a week, these students will be in court observing and second seating the cases they have helped to prepare. NOTE: The Criminal Clinical Program satisfies the upper-class professional skills requirement.

FALL 2016: LAW JD 982 A1 , Sep 6th to Dec 6th 2016
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Tue 4:20 pm 6:20 pm 5 David RossmanBrian A. Wilson LAW 702
SPRG 2017: LAW JD 982 A1 , Jan 17th to Apr 25th 2017
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Tue 2:10 pm 4:10 pm 5 David RossmanBrian A. Wilson LAW 702
Fri 10:30 am 1:30 pm 5 David RossmanBrian A. Wilson LAW 702

8 credits

THIS CLASS IS RESTRICTED to 3L students who started the Criminal Clinic in Spring 2015. Criminal Trial Practice II will consider advanced issues in criminal practice, such as motions to suppress and sentencing advocacy. In conjunction with their class work, these students will be assigned to either the Prosecutor or Defender component of the clinic. Each student will be expected to devote at least two mornings a week to their work in court. NOTE: The Criminal Clinical Program satisfies the upper-class professional skills requirement.

FALL 2016: LAW JD 913 A1 , Sep 9th to Dec 2nd 2016
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Fri 10:30 am 12:30 pm 8 David RossmanBrian A. Wilson LAW ARR

8 credits

THIS CLASS IS RESTRICTED to 3L students who have applied to and been accepted into the Criminal Clinical Program and who will begin the program in Fall 2016. This course will meet in the second semester for those students who have completed Criminal Trial Practice I. Students in the Defender Program will be assigned to represent indigent defendants charged with criminal offenses in either the Boston Municipal Court or the Boston Juvenile Court. In both locations, the students will act as defense counsel under the supervision of a clinical professor. The work in court will provide students with exposure to lawyering experiences such as investigation, interviewing, counseling and trial advocacy. Primary emphasis is on the development of trial skills, and students will spend the first part of the semester acting as defense counsel in misdemeanor cases of increasing complexity. Later in the semester, representation in felony cases is possible, as well as exposure to a number of other aspects of the criminal justice system. At all times, of course, case assignments are based upon an individual assessment of a student's progress and demonstrated competence. Students in the Defender Program must be available to be in court two days a week, from Monday through Thursday. NOTE: The Criminal Clinical Program satisfies the upper-class professional skills requirement.

SPRG 2017: LAW JD 898 A1 , Jan 19th to Apr 20th 2017
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Thu 4:20 pm 6:20 pm 8 Wendy KaplanDavid Rossman LAW 702

Var credits

THIS CLASS IS RESTRICTED to 3L students who have applied to and been accepted into the Criminal Clinical Program and who will begin the program in Fall 2016. This course will meet in the second semester for those students who have completed Criminal Trial Practice I. Students in the Prosecutor Program will act as prosecutors in the Quincy District Court, for the Norfolk County District Attorney's office. The students will have responsibility for all aspects of the cases they are assigned, under the supervision of the clinical professor. Students will be exposed to a wide variety of experiences, including investigation, interviewing and trial advocacy. Students will spend the first part of the semester representing the Commonwealth in misdemeanor cases of increasing complexity. Later in the semester, representation in felony cases is possible, as well as having an opportunity to appear before a six-person jury session. At all times, of course, case assignments are based upon an individual assessment of a student's progress and demonstrated competence. Students in the Prosecutor Program must be available to be in court two days a week, Monday through Thursday. NOTE: The Criminal Clinical Program satisfies the upper-class professional skills requirement.

FALL 2016: LAW JD 899 A1 , Sep 9th to Dec 2nd 2016
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Fri 10:30 am 12:30 pm Var David Rossman LAW 702
FALL 2016: LAW JD 899 B1 , Sep 9th to Dec 2nd 2016
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Fri 10:30 am 12:30 pm Var David Rossman LAW ARR
SPRG 2017: LAW JD 899 A1 , Jan 19th to Apr 20th 2017
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Thu 4:20 pm 6:20 pm Var Brian A. WilsonDavid Rossman LAW 702
SPRG 2017: LAW JD 899 B1 , Jan 19th to Apr 20th 2017
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Thu 4:20 pm 6:20 pm Var Brian A. WilsonDavid Rossman LAW 702

3 credits

THIS CLASS IS RESTRICTED to 3L students who started the Criminal Clinic in Spring 2016. The course will focus on ethical issues that arise in the context of criminal trial litigation. NOTE: This component satisfies the School of Law's Professional Responsibility requirement. GRADING NOTICE: This course does not offer the CR/NC/H option.

FALL 2016: LAW JD 923 A1 , Sep 7th to Dec 7th 2016
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Wed 5:00 pm 7:00 pm 3 Stuart Hurowitz LAW 420

3 credits

This seminar explores the utility of Critical Race Theory to the study of law. Specifically, this seminar analyzes the centrality of the law in constructing and maintaining -- as well as dismantling -- racism, racial inequalities, and race itself. The latter part of the seminar will consist of a sustained analysis of Critical Race Theory as it speaks to issues of gender and reproduction. Students will write a research paper; with the permission of the instructor, this paper may satisfy the upper-class writing requirement. GRADING NOTICE: This class will 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.

FALL 2016: LAW JD 731 A1 , Sep 12th to Dec 5th 2016
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Mon 2:10 pm 4:10 pm 3 Khiara M. Bridges LAW 416

3 credits

This seminar will involve an in-depth examination of discovery practice under the federal rules of civil procedure. The topics to be covered are set out below. Grades will be derived from a final paper, mini-quizzes and assignments, and classroom participation. There is no required text. 1. History and purpose of discovery. 2. Discovery abuse. 3. Rule 26. The scope of discovery and the major limitations on the scope of discovery. 4. Rule 26. The conference of the parties and planning for discovery. The impact of the local rules on discovery. 5. Rule 26. Self-executing disclosures and expert discovery. 6. e-discovery. 7. Written discovery. Rules 33, 34, and 36 (interrogatories, document requests, and requests for admission). 8. Deposition discovery. Rules 30-32. Rule 45 subpoenas. 9. Rule 37. Failure to cooperate in discovery. Sanctions. 10. Rule 37. Discovery motion practice. 11. Effective discovery. NOTES: This seminar does not satisfy the Upper-class Writing Requirement. This seminar satisfies the upper-class professional skills requirement. RESTRICTION: Students who completed E-discovery (JD 795) may not enroll. 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.

SPRG 2017: LAW JD 747 A1 , Jan 17th to Apr 25th 2017
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Tue 10:40 am 12:40 pm 3 Stephen M. Donweber LAW 513

3 credits

This course will examine issues and opportunities in life sciences including the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, medical devices sectors and the life sciences service industry supporting these sectors, through the eyes of the CEO. The course will investigate who manages these companies and what are the strategies that are used to build successful enterprises. This course will introduce students to individuals and institutions at every stage of the development cycle from idea generation and start-up fundraising to manufacturing and global expansion. We will specifically look at key elements of strategy and the execution of that strategy by examining companies that have either succeeded or failed, by discussing the pros and cons of different approaches and teasing out the lessons one can derive from leaders in the field and case studies examining their approaches.

REMINDER: This is a GSM course. Students cannot register through WebReg. Students who register for the class and want law credit must add the course to their law transcript by completing an add form at the Law Registrar's Office before the end of the add/drop period for that semester.

FALL 2016: GSM HM 717 F1 , Sep 8th to Dec 8th 2016
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Thu 6:00 pm 9:00 pm 3 Philip HAR 224

3 credits

This seminar considers the legal and policy framework of K-12 public education. During the first two-thirds of the meetings, we will study the historical development of public education; school desegregation and resegregation; school finance; federalism, localism, and accountability efforts; achievement gap and equity reforms such as school choice, charters, and vouchers; single-sex public education and other identity-based public schooling; commitments to students with disabilities; and bullying. For the final third of the course, students will work in pairs to develop a topic for further research, evaluation, and problem-solving, and present their work in person and in writing to the class. Students will leave this course with a foundation in substantive education law and policy, and develop and practice the following skills: oral communication, written communication, law and policy analysis, and collaboration. This is a reading and writing intensive course. NOTES: 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.

SPRG 2017: LAW JD 777 A1 , Jan 17th to Apr 25th 2017
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Tue 10:40 am 12:40 pm 3 Katharine B. Silbaugh LAW 417

3 credits

The purpose of this seminar is to teach students how to take and defend effective and ethical depositions. The course involves both a simulated deposition component and a professional responsibility component. The seminar also satisfies the professional responsibility requirement. Simulated Deposition Course Component: Students will be divided into firms representing either the Plaintiff or the Defendants in a gender discrimination and defamation case brought by an attorney who has been denied partnership. The students will prepare and perform depositions of lay and expert witnesses and gather experience with obtaining and developing facts, preserving testimony, and the uses of depositions. Professional Responsibility Course Component: The simulated context offers the opportunity to explore several professional responsibility issues that arise naturally in deposition practice. These issues emerge largely because of the dual professional roles of an attorney: zealous representative and officer of the court. Some of the more timely issues involve proper witness preparation, improper witness coaching, inadvertent waiver of privilege, and abusive tactics. Writing and Performance Requirements: Each week students will write a short one or two page comment on the professional responsibility issues raised in class. At the end of the course, students will perform a videotaped deposition rather than take a final written exam. NOTE: This seminar satisfies the Upper-class Professional Skills requirement. LIMITED WRITING REQUIREMENT: A limited number of students may elect to use this course to fulfill the upper-class writing requirement. ENROLLMENT LIMIT: 16 students. GRADING NOTICE: This seminar 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.

SPRG 2017: LAW JD 958 A1 , Jan 23rd to Apr 24th 2017
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Mon 2:10 pm 4:10 pm 3 Constance A. Browne LAW 513

2 credits

Understanding the differences between Medicare and Medicaid. Exploring the operation of a Durable Power of Attorney and a Health Care Proxy in connection with the admission of a loved one to a nursing home. A walk through the Federal and corresponding Massachusetts Medicaid Regulations as they relate to: understanding what is a countable and non countable asset for Medicaid eligibility purposes: exploring the five year look back period versus the period of ineligibility resulting from disqualifying transfers along with related exceptions to these rules; discuss real estate as a countable and non countable asset including the different treatment of a primary residence, vacation home and rental properties along with ways to convert these countable assets to non countable assets; last minute planning techniques with annuities and personal care contracts; understanding the drafting and operation of Medicaid Irrevocable Trusts including a complete analysis of the Income, Gift and Estate Tax consequences of using these trusts from Grantor Trust rules to step up in basis, use of life estates along with real life fact patterns that explain the planning opportunities and related pitfalls to be avoided.

FALL 2016: LAW TX 977 A1 , Sep 8th to Dec 8th 2016
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Thu 4:20 pm 6:20 pm 2 Todd E. Lutsky LAW 209
FALL 2016: LAW TX 977 OL , Sep 8th to Dec 8th 2016
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ARR TBD TBD 2 Todd E. Lutsky

4 credits

The course focuses on race, sex, age, and disability employment discrimination prohibitions. Affirmative action, religious discrimination, constitutional protections of public sector workers, anti retaliation and whistleblower laws, and common law protection against arbitrary dismissals are also covered. Important procedural issues, including arbitration, are highlighted.

SPRG 2017: LAW JD 834 A1 , Jan 17th to Apr 25th 2017
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Tue,Thu 10:40 am 12:40 pm 4 Maria O’Brien Hylton LAW 413

3 credits

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. 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.

FALL 2016: LAW JD 832 A1 , Sep 12th to Dec 5th 2016
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Mon 2:10 pm 4:10 pm 3 Alan L. Feld LAW 417

3 credits

This course will cover the history of the common law in England from the late twelfth century to the time of the American Revolution. We will study the development of the legal profession, its doctrines, and its techniques in five areas: procedure, criminal law, property, contract, and tort. The readings emphasize primary sources, and students will give presentations in teams on historical documents handed out in class. Students can either write a research paper or complete a take-home examination. Research papers may, but need not fulfill the Writing Requirement. OFFERING PATTERN: This class not offered every year. Students are advised to take this into account when planning their long-term schedule.

FALL 2016: LAW JD 942 A1 , Sep 6th to Dec 8th 2016
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Tue,Thu 11:00 am 12:25 pm 3 David J. Seipp LAW 203

3 credits

This seminar will focus on the varied legal doctrines that influence both the business and practice of Entertainment Law. Some of the primary topics include issues involving publicity rights and the use and control of image, celebrity and promotion issues, defamation and free speech, invasion of privacy, copyright including infringement and dispute and other general contractual relations surrounding the entertainment field. The course will also explore the practical aspects of entertainment law such as complicated litigation issues involving jurisdictional and venue concerns, client counseling and negotiations and other ethical concerns raised in the course of representation of your client. This course will not focus on sports entertainment or any other specific labor-related organizations. There will be no final exam. Grades will be based upon papers 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. ENROLLMENT LIMIT: 18 students. 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.

FALL 2016: LAW JD 905 A1 , Sep 8th to Dec 8th 2016
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Thu 4:20 pm 6:20 pm 3 Jerrold G. Neeff LAW 418

3 credits

The Entrepreneurship & IP Clinic provides the opportunity for students to enhance their knowledge and understanding of these areas and build important practice skills through the representation of clients. Under direct faculty supervision, students work on a variety of matters typically encountered by entrepreneurs in launching new business ventures, such as choice of entity, capital structure, equity allocation and compensation, financing and employment arrangements. This entails, among other lawyering tasks, interviewing potential clients and preparing documents typically required to establish and conduct a new business, including organizational documents, founders' and shareholders' agreements, employment and consulting agreements, confidentiality agreements and financing-related documents. Students also undertake IP projects, such as advising clients on options for IP protection, conducting trademark searches and applications, applying for copyright registrations, and conducting copyright clearances and fair use opinions. The clinic does not provide patent prosecution or related advice, but clinic students will likely facilitate relationships between clinic clients and a network of volunteer patent lawyers, and will participate in meetings with those lawyers. PREREQUISITE/COREQUISITE: If you have not already done so, you must take corporations during the first semester of the clinic. Students are also strongly encouraged to take Contract Drafting and some intellectual property coursework (the IP survey course and/or other subject-matter-specific courses). NOTE: This clinic satisfies the upper-class professional skills requirement. Priority is given to 3Ls. 2Ls will be considered only as space allows. Acceptance is competitive.

FALL 2016: LAW JD 724 A1 , Sep 6th to Dec 8th 2016
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ARR TBD TBD 3 Gerard P. O’Connor
SPRG 2017: LAW JD 724 A1 , Jan 17th to Apr 26th 2017
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ARR TBD TBD 3 Gerard P. O’Connor

3 credits

The Clinic also includes a classroom component which is integrated with the client work and examines lawyering skills related to corporate, transactional and IP practice, including interviewing, strategic planning, counseling, negotiation and drafting; discusses professional roles and ethical issues; and explores substantive law topics, including choice of entity, equity structure and compensation, financing options, immigration and tax considerations confronting start-ups, and intellectual property.

FALL 2016: LAW JD 914 A1 , Sep 7th to Dec 7th 2016
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Wed 2:10 pm 4:10 pm 3 Gerard P. O’Connor LAW 702

3 credits

The Clinic also includes a classroom component which is integrated with the client work and examines lawyering skills related to corporate, transactional and IP practice, including interviewing, strategic planning, counseling, negotiation and drafting; discusses professional roles and ethical issues; and explores substantive law topics, including choice of entity, equity structure and compensation, financing options, immigration and tax considerations confronting start-ups, and intellectual property.

SPRG 2017: LAW JD 915 A1 , Jan 18th to Apr 26th 2017
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Wed 2:10 pm 4:10 pm 3 Gerard P. O’Connor LAW 702

4 credits

This is an introductory survey course in environmental law. Topics include clean air, clean water, hazardous waste regulation and cleanup, and the protection of endangered species. Administrative Law is recommended but not required as a prerequisite.

FALL 2016: LAW JD 833 A1 , Sep 6th to Dec 7th 2016
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Tue,Wed 12:50 pm 2:00 pm 4 Jay D. Wexler LAW 416
Fri 12:00 pm 1:20 pm 4 Jay D. Wexler LAW 416

Var credits

Through the Environmental Law Practicum, J.D. students receive credit for completing environmental law-related legal projects for a Boston-based environmental law organization. Projects will vary in scope and content based on student interest and the needs of the partnering organization. Students will work on environmental law projects on behalf of the Conservation Law Foundation and Alternatives for Community and Environment. Project topics will include clean energy, clean water, and environmental justice, which concerns the intersection of civil rights, fundamental fairness, and environmental policy. Students may also have the opportunity to work on litigation-related matters. Throughout the semester, students will work both under the supervision of an attorney at the partner organization and under the supervision of Professor Pam Hill. Practicum students must attend six class meetings with Professor Hill. Depending on the nature of the project and as determined at the outset of the semester, students will receive either 1 or 2 graded credits. Each credit requires students to spend a minimum fifty hours on practicum work during the semester. This class is restricted to students who have applied to and been accepted into the Practicum. NOTE: This class satisfies the Upper-class Professional Skills requirement.

FALL 2016: LAW JD 766 A1 , Sep 6th to Dec 8th 2016
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ARR TBD TBD Var
FALL 2016: LAW JD 766 B1 , Sep 6th to Dec 8th 2016
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ARR TBD TBD Var Arr
SPRG 2017: LAW JD 766 A1 , Jan 17th to Apr 26th 2017
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ARR TBD TBD Var Pamela A. Hill
SPRG 2017: LAW JD 766 B1 , Jan 17th to Apr 26th 2017
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ARR TBD TBD Var Pamela A. Hill

2 credits

Regulation of pension and profit sharing plans by the Internal Revenue Code and Employee Retirement Income Security Act, with particular attention to rules applicable to tax-qualified pension and profit-sharing plans, including rules governing the structure of benefits and taxation of contributions and distributions.

FALL 2016: LAW TX 905 A1 , Sep 6th to Dec 6th 2016
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Tue 4:20 pm 6:20 pm 2 Russell A. Gaudreau LAW 209
FALL 2016: LAW TX 905 OL , Sep 6th to Dec 6th 2016
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ARR TBD TBD 2 Russell A. Gaudreau

2 credits

Principle issues of estate and gift taxation. Topics include the definition of taxable gifts and exclusions and deductions; determination of the taxable estate of a decedent including problems with lifetime transfers; valuation issues; deductions from the taxable estate with special emphasis on property passing to a spouse; and transfers with retained interests. Reference is made throughout to planning issues relating to estate and gift taxation and is designed to give both a requisite background for those intending additional study of estate planning and a comfortable familiarity with the subject for those going on to other tax fields.

FALL 2016: LAW TX 904 A1 , Sep 7th to Dec 7th 2016
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Wed 4:20 pm 6:20 pm 2 Harry S. Miller LAW 209
FALL 2016: LAW TX 904 OL , Sep 7th to Dec 7th 2016
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ARR TBD TBD 2 Harry S. Miller
SPRG 2017: LAW TX 904 A1 , Jan 18th to Apr 26th 2017
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Wed 4:20 pm 6:20 pm 2 Harry S. Miller LAW 413
SPRG 2017: LAW TX 904 OL , Jan 17th to May 2nd 2017
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ARR TBD TBD 2 Harry S. Miller ROOM

2 credits

This course will examine in depth the theoretical and practical aspects of a variety of estate planning strategies currently being used in the real world. The primary focus of the course will be on federal income, estate, gift, and generation skipping transfer tax issues which arise in the estate planning context, although other planning issues, including professional ethics, will also be considered. The course will use case studies of specific tax driven planning strategies, including grantor trusts, marital deduction trusts, post-mortem planning, and planning for incapacity. Prerequisite or corequisite: Federal Income Taxation I and Estate and Gift Tax

FALL 2016: LAW TX 935 A1 , Sep 7th to Dec 7th 2016
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Tue 6:30 pm 8:30 pm 2 Melissa LangaRuth Mattson LAW 413
FALL 2016: LAW TX 935 OL , Sep 6th to Dec 12th 2016
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ARR TBD TBD 2 Melissa LangaRuth Mattson
SPRG 2017: LAW TX 935 OL , Jan 17th to Apr 26th 2017
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ARR TBD TBD 2 Anne Gibson ROOM

4 credits

This course reviews the nature and scope of moral dilemmas and problematic decision making in public health, medicine, and health care. After a survey of ethical theory, the course focuses on a broad range of ethical concerns raised by the theory and practice of public health and medicine: the nature of health, disease and illness, health promotion and disease prevention; rights, access, and the limits of health care; the physician-patient relationship; truthtelling and confidentiality. Through a series of case studies, the course examines specific topics: the bioethics movement and its critiques; human experimentation; the role of institutional review boards; the concept and exercise of informed, voluntary consent; abortion, reproduction, genetic counseling and screening; euthanasia, death and dying; ethics committees; and international and cross-cultural perspectives.

REMINDER: This is a SPH course. Students cannot register through WebReg. Students who register for the class and want law credit must add the course to their law transcript by completing an add form at the Law Registrar's Office before the end of the add/drop period for that semester.

FALL 2016: SPH LW 725 A1 , Sep 8th to Dec 15th 2016
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Thu 8:00 am 11:00 am 4 Grodin L212

3 credits

The course begins with the legal history of European integration and with an analysis of the institutional foundations of the European Union. Then classes focus on trade within Europe. Students learn about free trade and its many constraints in the Old Continent. This part of the course includes a unit on Competition Law. The course emphasizes the impact of trade and legal harmonization upon culture, human rights and social policies. The study of external relations of the Union follows, with particular attention to US-EU relations. This seminar is open to law students, graduate students in International Relations and advanced IR majors. As it originates in the Law School, it will follow the Law School's calendar and time schedule.

SPRG 2017: LAW JD 880 A1 , Jan 18th to Apr 26th 2017
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Mon,Wed 2:30 pm 3:55 pm 3 Daniela Caruso LAW 203

4 credits

Practical and theoretical aspects of the rules of evidence. The purpose and policies underlying the evidentiary rules are stressed throughout in order to make the rules meaningful, predictable, and functional both for students interested in trial practice and for students who anticipate engaging in a more diversified practice. In addition to covering the substantive rules of evidence, the course demonstrates the significance of evidence as a tactical device at the trial and as a vital skill for the office lawyer. GRADING NOTICE: Judge Lowy's section will not offer the CR/NC/H option.

FALL 2016: LAW JD 831 A1 , Sep 7th to Dec 7th 2016
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Mon,Wed 10:40 am 12:40 pm 4 Gary S. Lawson LAW 103
FALL 2016: LAW JD 831 P1 , Sep 6th to Dec 8th 2016
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Tue,Thu 10:40 am 12:40 pm 4 Gary S. Lawson LAW 103
SPRG 2017: LAW JD 831 D1 , Jan 18th to Apr 26th 2017
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Mon,Wed 10:40 am 12:40 pm 4 Stephen M. Donweber LAW 605
SPRG 2017: LAW JD 831 L1 , Jan 18th to Apr 26th 2017
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Mon,Wed 5:00 pm 7:00 pm 4 Rosanna Cavallaro LAW 414

2 credits

This course examines the formation, organization, operation and tax aspects of tax-exempt entities including charitable organizations, private foundations and various other tax-exempt entities such as healthcare organizations, social clubs, business leagues, trade associations, fraternal organizations and arts organizations. The course will analyze the following topics: the rationale for federal tax-exempt status; general considerations in organizing tax-exempt entities, including selection of appropriate form and methods of obtaining and maintaining tax-exempt status; distinctions between non-profit and tax exempt status; income taxation of exempt organizations; structuring relationships with nonprofit affiliates and for profit business organizations; liability and responsibility of agents, officers and directors; prohibited transactions; the taxation of unrelated business taxable income; private benefit/private inurement; intermediate sanctions; fundraising; political activities; and considerations in acquisitions, mergers and liquidations of exempt organizations. Pre or Co-Requisite: Federal Income Tax I

FALL 2016: LAW TX 926 A1 , Sep 12th to Dec 5th 2016
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Mon 6:30 pm 8:30 pm 2 Jeremiah W. Doyle LAW 209
FALL 2016: LAW TX 926 OL , Sep 6th to Dec 12th 2016
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ARR TBD TBD 2 Jeremiah W. Doyle

Var credits

This survey course will provide an introduction to the legal regulation of the family. The course will focus on the legal regulation and response to both adult and adult-child relationships. Topics covered will include: cohabitation; marriage; civil union; divorce and dissolution of relationships; the financial consequences of divorce including property division and alimony; premarital agreements; the laws governing non-marital relationships; family mediation; child custody, visitation, and parenting plans; child support; paternity; assisted reproductive technologies; and adoption. The course will also cover the interaction between families and the state in related areas of law including employment law and education law. There will be a final examination as well as in-class drafting and negotiation exercises.

SPRG 2017: LAW JD 814 S1 , Jan 18th to Apr 26th 2017
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Mon,Wed 11:00 am 12:25 pm 3 Katharine B. Silbaugh LAW 101

3 credits

This seminar will focus on the specific application of the federal rules of civil procedure to pretrial civil practice. Each pretrial phase of a case (from the complaint to the answer to motions to dismiss to discovery to summary judgment) will be unpacked with reference to the applicable civil rules. The idea is to reach the same level of detail in analysis and close reading of the rules as that required of a new litigation associate. This will involve considerations of computation of time, deadlines, pleading rules, Rule 12, Rule 16, Rule 26, the local rules of civil procedure, and the like. The class will proceed with students drafting and discussing the various documents relevant to pretrial procedure. From a prewritten factual scenario, students will draft complaints, answer their colleagues' complaints, move to dismiss their colleagues' complaints, draft discovery documents, move for summary judgment, etc. Grades will be derived from classroom discussion and written product. NOTES: This seminar does not satisfy the Upper-class Writing Requirement. This seminar satisfies the Upper-class Professional Skills 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.

FALL 2016: LAW JD 785 A1 , Sep 7th to Dec 7th 2016
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Wed 10:40 am 12:40 pm 3 Stephen M. Donweber LAW 418

4 credits

A basic survey course, covering the federal courts and their conduct of litigation concerning business regulation, environmental protection, and civil rights. This course picks up where the first year course in Civil Procedure leaves off and complements other courses on modern regulation and legal institutions: e.g., Administrative Law, Environmental Law, Labor Law, Conflict of Laws, and Constitutional Law. Topics include the prerequisites for gaining access to the federal district courts and the United States Supreme Court, the relationship between the federal courts and state courts, and "abstention" doctrines governing the exercise of federal judicial power. Especially recommended for students who plan to practice with firms that represent clients subject to federal regulation, to pursue careers with federal or state agencies and departments, or to handle constitutional, civil rights, or other public interest litigation.

FALL 2016: LAW JD 836 A1 , Sep 6th to Dec 8th 2016
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Tue,Thu 11:00 am 12:15 pm 4 Larry Yackle LAW 204
Fri 10:30 am 11:45 am 4 Larry Yackle LAW 204

3 credits

This seminar explores federal court jurisdiction to entertain petitions for the writ of habeas corpus. Some attention will be given to habeas corpus as a means of challenging actions taken by the Federal Government in connection with national security and immigration. More attention will be given to habeas as the means by which state and federal prisoners attack criminal convictions and death sentences. The seminar should be of interest to students interested in the institutional role of federal courts in the United States, the relationship between federal courts and state courts, and the procedural mechanisms for adjudicating federal constitutional issues in criminal cases. Students who plan to practice criminal law, to handle capital litigation, or to clerk for federal judges will find the seminar especially valuable. ** 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.

FALL 2016: LAW JD 830 A1 , Sep 12th to Dec 5th 2016
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Mon 2:10 pm 4:10 pm 3 Larry Yackle LAW 419

2 credits

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.

FALL 2016: LAW TX 901 A1 , Sep 6th to Dec 6th 2016
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Tue 6:30 pm 8:30 pm 2 Charles W. Maurer LAW 101
FALL 2016: LAW TX 901 OL , Sep 6th to Dec 6th 2016
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ARR TBD TBD 2 Charles W. Maurer
SPRG 2017: LAW TX 901 A1 , Jan 19th to Apr 20th 2017
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Thu 6:30 pm 8:30 pm 2 Paul Colleran LAW 211
SPRG 2017: LAW TX 901 OL , Jan 19th to Apr 20th 2017
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ARR TBD TBD 2 Paul Colleran ROOM

2 credits

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.

FALL 2016: LAW TX 902 A1 , Sep 7th to Dec 7th 2016
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Wed 6:30 pm 8:30 pm 2 Charles A. Wry LAW 101
FALL 2016: LAW TX 902 OL , Sep 7th to Dec 7th 2016
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ARR TBD TBD 2 Charles A. Wry
SPRG 2017: LAW TX 902 A1 , Jan 23rd to Apr 24th 2017
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Mon 6:30 pm 8:30 pm 2 Thomas Hammond LAW 101
SPRG 2017: LAW TX 902 OL , Jan 23rd to Apr 24th 2017
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ARR TBD TBD 2 Thomas Hammond ROOM

2 credits

Understanding financial statements and reports. The objective of the course is that students will be able to read and understand the four financial statements and the 10-k annual report. Emphasis is placed on understanding the nature and meaning of the reports, as well as the relationship to the underlying transactions. Other topics include: basic accounting principles, US GAAP versus IFRS, financial statement analysis, the relationship of the financial statement information to covenant documents, and accounting gamesmanship. RESTRICTION: Not open to students who have had more than one three-hour college course, or its equivalent, in accounting.

FALL 2016: LAW JD 872 A1 , Sep 12th to Dec 5th 2016
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Mon 4:20 pm 6:20 pm 2 Raymond Wilson LAW 103

1 credits

This course seeks to give students real world experience in the practice of financial services law by immersing them in the day-to-day operations of a law firm, financial services organization, financial nonprofit entity or regulatory agency. Students are expected to work under the supervision of a professional, approved by a Financial Services Law Internship faculty member, who will ensure that the students have a meaningful, relevant and rigorous experience. It is expected that the Internship will involve a minimum of ten hours workplace experience per week. The Graduate Banking Program will exercise its best efforts to arrange relevant internships with entities involved in providing financial services. The Graduate Banking Program will also review and incorporate in the Internship course, appropriate internship opportunities arranged by the student which meet course requirements. Participation is subject to availability of positions and a matching of student interests, prior course work and language skills with the needs of the internship providers.

FALL 2016: LAW BK 903 A1 , Sep 6th to Dec 8th 2016
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ARR TBD TBD 1 Carolina Trujillo
SPRG 2017: LAW BK 903 A1 , Jan 17th to Apr 26th 2017
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ARR TBD TBD 1 Carolina Trujillo

3 credits

This seminar examines the Food and Drug Administration as an administrative agency combining law and science to regulate activities affecting public health and safety. Topics include testing and approval of pharmaceuticals and medical devices; food safety and nutritional policy; biologics and biotechnology regulation; cosmetic regulation; pricing of and reimbursement for drugs and devices; global aspects of pharmaceutical regulation, US and foreign patent issues, and FDA practice and procedure; jurisdiction and enforcement. A writing project involving research on food and drug issues will be required. RECOMMENDED COURSES: Intellectual Property, Administrative Law & Health Law. ** 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.

FALL 2016: LAW JD 802 A1 , Sep 7th to Dec 7th 2016
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Wed 2:10 pm 4:10 pm 3 Frances H. Miller LAW 513

Var credits

The Government Lawyering Externship is a one-semester clinical program. Students are required to apply and be accepted to the program before they may register. Accepted students must register for the ungraded fieldwork component and the graded seminar. Through the Government Lawyering Externship Program (GLEP), students work at a state or federal agency. Upon acceptance to the Government Lawyering Externship Program program, the Office of Clinical Programs works with students to identify suitable field placements depending on each student's individual interests and career goals. The range of opportunities in the government is extensive and there are great options out there for every student. COREQUISITE: Government Lawyering Seminar (JD 729)

FALL 2016: LAW JD 728 A2 , Sep 6th to Dec 8th 2016
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FALL 2016: LAW JD 728 A3 , Sep 6th to Dec 8th 2016
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ARR TBD TBD Var TBA
FALL 2016: LAW JD 728 A4 , Sep 6th to Dec 8th 2016
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ARR TBD TBD Var TBA
FALL 2016: LAW JD 728 A5 , Sep 6th to Dec 8th 2016
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ARR TBD TBD Var TBA
FALL 2016: LAW JD 728 A6 , Sep 6th to Dec 8th 2016
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FALL 2016: LAW JD 728 A7 , Sep 6th to Dec 8th 2016
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2 credits

The Government Lawyering Externship is a one-semester clinical program. Students are required to apply and be accepted to the program before they may register. Accepted students register for the ungraded fieldwork component and this graded seminar. The two hour weekly seminar will explore topics including determining who the "client" is for purposes of the attorney-client relationship, the interaction with other government agencies, ethical and moral considerations unique to government attorneys, and the impact of politics on the work of a government lawyer. Students will write weekly journals about their externship experience and will also write a final research paper. COREQUISITE: Government Lawyering Externship: Fieldwork (JD 728)

3 credits

This course will compare the legal and regulatory frameworks for the four major types of financial institutions in the United States: banks, broker-dealers, investment companies and insurance companies. The course will identify the essential economic activities of each type of financial institution and, in so doing, provide the context within which students can understand the fundamental purposes that underlie the legal rules that govern in each area. This study will draw comparisons and contrasts among the different regulatory approaches that apply. The course will explore the different forms of regulation that govern financial institutions, including disclosure rules, prohibitions or restrictions aimed at potential conflicts of interest, limitations on activities, capital requirements, limits on risk taking, price regulation and corporate governance requirements. Attendance at the Graduate Program in Banking and Financial Law's three-day program, "Financial Services Basics," is highly recommended. The program will meet on August 30 to September 1, 2016. Admission is free but registration by 8/1/2016 is required. GRADING NOTICE: This class does not offer the CR/NC/H option.

FALL 2016: LAW JD 864 A1 , Sep 6th to Dec 8th 2016
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Tue,Thu 2:30 pm 3:55 pm 3 James E. Scott LAW 209

2 credits

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), better known as health care reform, is the most important and controversial piece of federal social legislation of this generation. It is also basically an insurance regulatory statute. PPACA establishes a new and complex set of rules governing the operation of the health insurance industry, provides consumers with important rights with respect to access to medical care and imposes obligations with respect to health insurance on both businesses and individuals. The course will look at PPACA and the issues that surrounded its enactment--issues which continue to fuel debate over whether it should modified or repealed. This will be done as part of an examination of the regulatory rules that govern all of insurance industry?s products (annuities, auto, home owners? product liability, life insurance, etc). The course also takes a look at the insurance industry?s structure and financial performance and at the competitive interactions between the insurance, banking and securities industries. The impact on the industry of the financial crisis of 2008 and the resulting Dodd-Frank reform legislation will be reviewed.

FALL 2016: LAW BK 990 A1 , Sep 6th to Dec 6th 2016
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Tue 4:20 pm 6:20 pm 2 Raymond A. Guenter LAW 605

4 credits

This course is appropriate for graduate, 4+1, and undergraduate students and is taught at the Medical Campus. Health is closely linked to the realization of human rights. Preventable illness, infant mortality, and premature death, for example, are closely tied to societal discrimination and violation of human rights. This course explores the relationship between human rights and health by examining relevant international declarations in historical context, exploring the meaning of "human rights" and "health," and analyzing specific case studies that illuminate the problems, prospects, and potential methods of promoting health by promoting human rights on the national and international levels.

REMINDER: This is a SPH course. Students cannot register through WebReg. Students who register for the class and want law credit must add the course to their law transcript by completing an add form at the Law Registrar's Office before the end of the add/drop period for that semester.

SPRG 2017: SPH LW 740 A1 , Jan 24th to May 9th 2017
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Tue 2:00 pm 5:00 pm 4 George J. AnnasGrodin L311

3 credits

This seminar will use a practical, case-study approach to some of the issues arising in the complex world of health care enforcement and compliance. With emphasis on the procedural mechanisms of the False Claims Act and the substantive law of the Anti-Kickback Act, the Stark I and II laws, the Food Drug and Cosmetic Act, and the government's remedial authorities, the seminar will explore how prosecutors, defense attorneys, whistleblowers, and compliance officials inside health care companies approach their work and advise their clients. The seminar will explore the relationships between regulated industries (e.g., pharmaceutical companies, hospitals, doctors, medical device companies) and government insurance programs (e.g., Medicaid and Medicare), why these relationships generate billions of dollars every year in fraud, and how the interested constituencies are approaching these issues. 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. ENROLLMENT LIMIT: 12 students. 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.

FALL 2016: LAW JD 726 A1 , Sep 6th to Dec 6th 2016
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Tue 2:10 pm 4:10 pm 3 Robert M. Thomas LAW 419

3 credits

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.

SPRG 2017: LAW JD 998 A1 , Jan 23rd to Apr 24th 2017
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Mon 4:20 pm 6:20 pm 3 Diane McCarthyMichael Lampert LAW 417

4 credits

This course teaches the substantive and procedural laws relating to the US health care sector, including public and private insurance, the structure and regulation of health care providers, tax-exempt health care institutions, health care fraud and abuse, competition in health care markets, duties to patients, regulation of the beginning and end of life, and health privacy. We focus on both federal and state law (and the federalism issues raised thereby). Texts include case law, statutes, regulations, other administrative guidance, and peer-reviewed literature from medicine and the social sciences.

FALL 2016: LAW JD 856 A1 , Sep 7th to Dec 7th 2016
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Mon,Wed 8:30 am 10:30 am 4 Kevin Outterson LAW 101

1 credits

The Health Law Externship is a one semester clinical program where students work for credit at a non-profit health care organization. Students are required to apply and be accepted to the program before they may register. An integral part of the externship is a one hour weekly seminar examining various health law issues as well as the challenges of working in a non profit environment. The first meeting will orient you to the program; subsequent meetings will discuss the assigned readings in light of your experiences in the externship. The seminar requires students to write a paper and make a class presentation. In addition, each student keeps a weekly journal chronicling their educational experience and reactions to the practice of law observed at the field placements. COREQUISITE: Health Law Externship Program: Fieldwork (JD 762). NOTE: The Health Law Externship does not satisfy the professional responsibility requirement.

SPRG 2017: LAW JD 764 A1 , Jan 18th to Apr 26th 2017
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Wed 5:30 pm 6:30 pm 1 Ben Moulton LAW 518

Var credits

The Health Law Externship is a one semester clinical program where students work for credit at a non-profit health care organization. Students are required to apply and be accepted to the program before they may register. Through the program, students gain hands-on legal experience under the supervision of practitioners who are experts in the health law field. The Health Law Externship is offered in the fall to 3Ls only (or 2Ls with a prior health law background may be considered with permission of Mr. Moulton). The spring semester is open to 2Ls and 3Ls alike, but preference will be given to 3Ls who have not taken the Civil Litigation Program or the Legal Externship Program. Upon acceptance to the program, Mr. Ben Moulton works with students to identify suitable field placements depending on each student's individual interests and career goals. Once possible placement organizations are identified, students are responsible for applying to those organizations. Before the semester begins, students work with their placement supervisors to determine how many hours they will work during the semester. The schedule must be approved by Mr. Moulton. Students must adhere to this schedule throughout the semester. Students receive variable credits for the fieldwork component, determined as follows: * 3 credits = 150 hours total: * 4 credits = 200 hours total; and * 5 credits = 250 hours total. PREREQUISITE: Health Law (JD 856 in the Law School or LW 751 at the School of Public Health). COREQUISITE: Health Law Externship: Seminar (JD 764). NOTES: Participation in the Health Law Externship may count toward the Concentration in Health Law.

SPRG 2017: LAW JD 762 A1 , Jan 17th to Apr 26th 2017
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3 credits

This is an applied consulting project course. Students enrolled in this course will be divided into teams of four students during the first class; the assignment of teams is largely dependent upon having a shared interest in one of the number of prospective consulting projects. Each team will select from a pre-designated list of business development-strategy-marketing consulting projects. Projects in the past have ranged from developing an international pricing strategy for the introduction of a new product by Genzyme to providing a marketing plan for a web-based entrepreneurial venture to developing a strategy for the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute to maintain the loyalty of their referring physicians. Client companies/organizations have requested these projects, are paying the school for the privilege of having an MBA team, and are covering all expenses associated with the projects. In return, they anticipate receiving a consulting report from the student team at the end of the semester. The deliverables for this assignment are the consulting report as well as a 30-minute in-class presentation followed by a ten-minute question-and-answer period. The team will also be expected by the client to make a presentation to the client's management. These projects constitute a way for students to apply what they are learning in the MBA program to a real health sector management situation; an opportunity to gain experience and broaden their familiarity with health sector organizations with which they have had little or no direct experience; a way for local, regional, and national health sector organizations to benefit from their expertise and hard work in solving a management problem; and a continuing linkage of the Boston University MBA and Health Sector Management Programs to the health sector community.

REMINDER: This is a GSM course. Students cannot register through WebReg. Students who register for the class and want law credit must add the course to their law transcript by completing an add form at the Law Registrar's Office before the end of the add/drop period for that semester.

FALL 2016: GSM HM 840 F1 , Sep 6th to Dec 6th 2016
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Tue 6:00 pm 9:00 pm 3 Clarke HAR 210

2 credits

Assets being managed by hedge funds have grown significantly during the past 10 years. As a result, managers of hedge funds have been the focus of increased scrutiny by investors, the press and regulatory authorities. This course will cover the regulations (and exemptions) applicable to hedge funds and their managers, including under the Securities Act of 1933, the Investment Company Act and the Investment Advisers Act. We will focus on the formation and operation of U.S. and offshore hedge funds, including structure, disclosure, risks and economic and liquidity terms. This will include a detailed review of hedge fund offering documents. We will discuss the many issues being considered by hedge fund managers and regulators, including valuation, conflicts of interest, insider trading and compliance.

SPRG 2017: LAW BK 934 A1 , Jan 17th to Apr 25th 2017
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Tue 4:20 pm 6:10 pm 2 Richard A. Goldman LAW 605

3 credits

This workshop-format seminar examines the interplay of law, constitutions, and culture from an historical perspective. The heart of the seminar is student engagement with works-in-progress by leading scholars in the history, theory, and culture of law, broadly understood. The first three class sessions will be devoted to developing the intellectual tools necessary for reading and engaging with such papers. Starting in week 4 of the semester, the class format will alternate between workshop sessions and more traditional seminar sessions. During the five workshop sessions, an invited scholar will present a current scholarly work-in-progress for discussion. Students will read the speaker's paper in advance and prepare discussion questions for the seminar. During the other sessions, the class will meet as a normal seminar, during which we will discuss readings related to the workshop papers and legal history more generally. The written work for the seminar will consist of a series of brief, critical essays in response to a student-selected subset of the workshop papers. NOTE: This course is open to law students and to graduate students from other departments. A background in history is not a prerequisite. Graduate students from outside the law school may be able to receive 4 credits for this course. Please consult the professor regarding this 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.

SPRG 2017: LAW JD 846 A1 , Jan 19th to Apr 20th 2017
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Thu 4:20 pm 6:20 pm 3 Anna di Robilant LAW 410

3 credits

This seminar will focus upon the substantive law of homicide, as well as the practical aspects of actual homicide investigations and trials: crime scene interpretation; DNA analysis; autopsies and related forensic evidence; expert testimony, particularly in the area of psychiatry and criminal responsibility; jury considerations; ethical concerns; and the role of the media. Students will have the opportunity to study actual murder cases, visit local crime laboratories and courtrooms, and learn prosecution, defense, and judicial perspectives on various contemporary issues arising in murder investigations and trials. NOTE: This seminar satisfies the Upper-class Professional Skills requirement. 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. 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, or to obtain permission to be absent from either the instructor or the Registrar, will be administratively dropped from the seminar. Students who waitlist for a seminar are required to attend the first seminar meeting to be considered for enrollment.

SPRG 2017: LAW JD 950 A1 , Jan 17th to Apr 25th 2017
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Tue 4:20 pm 6:20 pm 3 David Meier LAW 417

3 credits

The Human Trafficking Clinic offers a unique opportunity for students to work on legal cases of human trafficking, a widespread and serious human rights violation. Clinic students provide a variety of legal services, including direct representation of non-citizens trafficked into the United States, advocacy for trafficking survivors, and community education and training. In particular, Clinic students directly represent trafficking survivors to apply for a T-visa, a special form of immigration relief for trafficking survivors and/or in removal (deportation) proceedings before the Boston Immigration Court. Students also will collaborate with a variety of stakeholders, including survivors of human trafficking, law enforcement, government officials, and non-governmental organizations, to identify solutions to combat human trafficking. Through their clinical experience, students will increase their knowledge of trafficking law and learn fundamentals of lawyering, while providing a valuable service to survivors who would otherwise be unrepresented. The Human Trafficking Course examines international, federal, and state mechanisms to combat human trafficking. The course also evaluates comparative models for criminal prosecution and protection of survivors. The course will explore serious enforcement challenges in a variety of contexts, including victim compensation, employment rights, immigration relief, and criminal prosecution. Moreover, the class will receive training in client counseling techniques, focusing on the unique challenges when working with vulnerable communities, such as trafficking survivors. CO-REQUISITE: Students must also register for JD 707.

FALL 2016: LAW JD 708 A1 , Sep 6th to Dec 8th 2016
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ARR TBD TBD 3 Julie A. Dahlstrom

3 credits

This seminar is required for students accepted to the Human Trafficking Clinic (JD708). The course will examine international, federal, and state mechanisms to combat human trafficking. The course will also evaluate comparative models for criminal prosecution and protection of survivors. The course will explore serious enforcement challenges in a variety of contexts, including victim compensation, employment rights, immigration relief, and criminal prosecution. Moreover, the class will receive training in client counseling techniques, focusing on the unique challenges when working with vulnerable communities, such as trafficking survivors. PREREQUISITE/COREQUISITE: Immigration Law (JD968) and Evidence (JD831).

FALL 2016: LAW JD 707 A1 , Sep 6th to Dec 6th 2016
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Tue 2:10 pm 4:10 pm 3 Julie A. Dahlstrom LAW 520

3 credits

Recent census data informs us that there are approximately 40 million immigrants living in the United States. About 11 million of these immigrants are undocumented or otherwise in the country illegally. The rest of the country remains divided on their feelings regarding the immigrant population, with about half believing that immigrants "strengthen the country because of their hard work and talent, while 41% [believe them to be] a burden because they take jobs, health care and housing." (Information in this paragraph obtained from Most Illegal Immigrants Should Be Allowed to Stay, but Citizenship is More Divisive (Pew Research Ctr., Washington, D.C.), Mar. 28, 2013.) This course will investigate the life of an immigrant in American society from a legal perspective. Students will learn how immigrants, both documented and undocumented, interact with various sections of the American system. The goal is to assess various ways in which an individual's immigration status affects access to important rights and benefits accorded to citizens and analyze the legal rationale for existing limitations. We will examine these issues through the use of law review articles, court cases, existing and proposed legislation, newspaper articles, empirical studies, and governmental and private organizational position papers. Topics may include an investigation of an immigrant's access and limitations in primary and secondary education, public benefits, the court system, employment, voting, as well as modes of immigration policing by both federal immigration authorities and state police. ENROLLMENT LIMIT: 16 students. 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 (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.

FALL 2016: LAW JD 948 A1 , Sep 12th to Dec 5th 2016
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Mon 2:10 pm 4:10 pm 3 Karen Pita Loor LAW 513

3 credits

Advanced Advocacy and Trial Theory In Advanced Advocacy and Trial Theory, students will further develop their Oral advocacy skills in class by participating in multiple mock hearings and portions of simulated trials. They will also learn about custody determinations and "crimmigration," the intersection of immigration and criminal law. Courses will focus on developing students' competencies in the following topics: Witness preparation, including working with lay and expert witnesses; Vicarious trauma (effects and prevention); Factual investigation; Cross-cultural lawyering and implicit bias; Legal advocacy and brief writing; Basic negotiation; Developing Professional roles and identities; and Law and organizing.

SPRG 2017: LAW JD 888 A1 , Jan 18th to Apr 26th 2017
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Wed 2:10 pm 4:10 pm 3 Sarah R. Sherman-Stokes LAW 519

3 credits

In the seminar portions of the Immigrants' Rights Clinic, the traditional law school classroom is flipped. Students take a leadership role in the weekly seminar through performing simulations, presenting case rounds issues, and participating in facilitated discussion. In additional to an "immigration law bootcamp" class focused on asylum law and representing migrant children, students will develop competencies with classes covering the following topics: Client interviewing and counseling; Oral advocacy, including preparing opening and closing statements, conducing direct examinations and cross examinations, evidentiary foundations, responding to and making objections; Case planning; Legal research; Language access and working with interpreters; Legal storytelling and developing a theory of the case; Affidavit writing; and Professional responsibility.

FALL 2016: LAW JD 882 A1 , Sep 7th to Dec 7th 2016
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Wed 2:10 pm 4:10 pm 3 Hlass LAW 519

3 credits

In the Immigrants' Rights Clinic, students litigate cases on behalf of migrant clients, involving human rights abuses, child welfare, and release from detention. Students, working in pairs, assume the primary responsibility for multiple clients' complex cases, from start to finish. Students conduct client interviews, track down witnesses, speak with experts, develop documentary and testimonial evidence, write legal briefs, and ultimately conduct full hearings in court--in Boston's Immigration Court, as well as the Family and Probate Court. Students may also participate in "Know-Your-Rights" visits at local jails/detention centers. IRC professors prepare students for their cases through a weekly seminar class that integrates casework; weekly supervision meetings; and a mock hearing in the days before the real trial. Students will primarily work in clinic space at the BU Tower, and also have the opportunity to work at office space downtown at Greater Boston Legal Services. PRE-REQUISITE/CO-REQUISITE : If you have not already done so, you must take Evidence during the first semester to satisfy the student practice rule. NOTE: This clinic satisfies the upper-class professional skills requirement, and will be counted towards the International as well as Litigation and Dispute Resolution Concentrations.

FALL 2016: LAW JD 859 A1 , Sep 6th to Dec 8th 2016
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ARR TBD TBD 3 Hlass
SPRG 2017: LAW JD 859 A1 , Jan 17th to Apr 26th 2017
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ARR TBD TBD 3 Sarah R. Sherman-Stokes

3 credits

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. GRADING NOTICE: This course does not offer the CR/NC/H option.

FALL 2016: LAW JD 968 A1 , Sep 7th to Dec 7th 2016
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Mon,Wed 4:30 pm 6:00 pm 3 Sarah R. Sherman-Stokes LAW 413

Var credits

This is a clinical progam. Students must apply and be accepted before registering for this course. Through the Independent Proposal Externship, students may receive credit for an externship done in conjunction with an independent study project. This option is available to students only if there are no spots available in one of our other externship offerings. The Fieldwork Students receive 3-5 variable credits for the fieldwork, determined as follows: 3 credits = 150 hours total (about 12 hrs/wk); 4 credits = 200 hours total (about 15-16 hrs/wk); 5 credits = 250 hours total (about 20 hrs/wk). Qualifying internships may be at a non-profit, government, or in-house counsel placement. An internship may be at a law firm, but only if the student works solely on pro bono assignments. For all placements, the student must be supervised by an attorney, and must work on projects typically handled by an attorney. COREQUISITE: INDEPENDENT PROPOSAL EXTERNSHIP: PAPER (LAW JD 710)

FALL 2016: LAW JD 709 A1 , Sep 6th to Dec 8th 2016
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ARR TBD TBD Var Staff
SPRG 2017: LAW JD 709 A1 , Jan 17th to Apr 26th 2017
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ARR TBD TBD Var Staff

2 credits

This is a clinical program. Students must apply and be accepted before registering for this course. Students work under the guidance of a faculty member and earn two credits for writing a paper and submitting journals. The paper must be 15-20 pages in length. There are seven journals due (4-6 pages each). Students may satisfy the upperclass writing requirement through the paper, under agreement of the sponsoring faculty member. COREQUISITE: INDEPENDENT PROPOSAL EXTERNSHIP (LAW JD 709).

FALL 2016: LAW JD 710 A1 , Sep 6th to Dec 8th 2016
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ARR TBD TBD 2 Stephen G. Marks
SPRG 2017: LAW JD 710 A1 , Jan 17th to Apr 26th 2017
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ARR TBD TBD 2 Brian A. Wilson

1 credits

We live and work seamlessly in an age of constant technological and informational advances, yet from new data-centric business models to innovative uses of public data, courts are increasingly confronted with complex privacy issues that have far reaching social and legal implications. This course examines the rights and obligations of governmental entities, corporate businesses, and individual consumers with respect to information use and information privacy. This course explores state, federal, and international rules and regulations that apply to generating, collecting, using, and disclosing personal information. This course offers students practical exercises in such things as drafting consumer privacy notices and disclosures, negotiating contract provisions concerning the commercial transfer and use of personal information, and in-class meetings with tech executives to analyze and propose solutions to information use and privacy challenges. GRADING NOTICE: This course does not offer the CR/NC/H option. This course meets September 12 through October 24.

FALL 2016: LAW JD 956 A1 , Sep 12th to Oct 24th 2016
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Mon 10:40 am 12:50 pm 1 Lydia A. Jones LAW 417

3 credits

Students must apply and be accepted to the International Human Rights Clinic before they register for this course. This course will build on the first-semester clinic instruction (International Human Rights and clinic group rounds), focusing on developing skills directly tied to students' ongoing fieldwork. Classes will cover: interviewing and counseling institutional (non-governmental organizations) clients; designing and implementing human rights field research; ethical pitfalls and professional 'best practices' in human rights collaborations with international networks; advocacy within the UN machinery; advocacy within selected regional human rights mechanisms; and in-depth research workshops using comparative and foreign human rights research problems. The classes will be a combination of readings and discussion; simulations; student presentations; short papers and case rounds to discuss project work; and group and individual feedback on project development.

SPRG 2017: LAW JD 843 A1 , Jan 18th to Apr 26th 2017
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Wed 2:10 pm 4:10 pm 3 Susan M. Akram LAW 518

Var credits

This course explores how the law deals with the products of creative activity. The range of subject matter is large, embracing things as different as mechanical inventions and melodies; baubles and boat designs; catalogues, computers and cartoons. Among the areas of potential coverage are federal copyright law, federal trademark law, state law theories of unfair competition, trade secret law, patent law, state rights of publicity, and misappropriation. Also considered will be whether federal law should preempt the efforts of state judges and legislatures to regulate intellectual products.

FALL 2016: LAW JD 857 A1 , Sep 7th to Dec 7th 2016
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Mon,Wed 8:30 am 10:30 am 4 Michael J. Meurer LAW 414
SPRG 2017: LAW JD 857 G1 , Jan 18th to Apr 26th 2017
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Mon,Wed 2:15 pm 3:40 pm 3 Paul R. Gugliuzza LAW 103

3 credits

This seminar will explore the ways in which the Internet has challenged both the theory and the law of intellectual property. Rather than broadly surveying the landscape, we will closely examine a cluster of topics that have especially challenged courts, legislatures, and theorists. Particular topics will be determined prior to the start of class, but might include: copyright law's treatment of intermediaries (such as YouTube, file sharing services, and online service providers); the obligations of auction sites and other online services to police trademark infringement by their users; the scope of fair use protection for user-generated content; and patent protection for Internet-related technologies and business methods. Grades will be based on a combination of written exercises (required each week) and oral presentations (required once for each student). Student participation is required, and will be taken into account in the grade for the course. In lieu of the short papers, it is possible to write a paper that satisfies the Upper-class Writing Requirement. PREREQUISITE: All students must have completed a core Intellectual Property course (Intellectual Property, Patent Law, Copyright Law, or Trademark Law). GRADING NOTICE: This class will 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.

SPRG 2017: LAW JD 791 A1 , Jan 19th to Apr 20th 2017
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Thu 10:40 am 12:40 pm 3 Stacey Dogan LAW 417

1 credits

Intellectual property is a multi-faceted area of practice where it is especially important to be able to keep up with current developments. Students will become familiar with practitioners' tools as well as learning the role of legislative history, sources for securing intellectual property rights and patent and trademark searching. Legal information and technologies are constantly changing, and firms are constantly licensing new databases. Become familiar with the specialized tools used by lawyers in intellectual property practices. Classes will combine instruction and hands-on exercises using major print, electronic, and web based resources for intellectual property law research. NOTE: This seminar satisfies the Upper-class Professional Skills requirement. NOTE: Students may not add this course after the first class has been held. This course meets January 25 through March 1.

SPRG 2017: LAW JD 733 A1 , Jan 25th to Mar 1st 2017
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Wed 10:40 am 1:00 pm 1 Jenna Fegreus

2 credits

This course, open to LLM in American Law and LLM in Intellectual Property Law students, will help participants appreciate and understand how the Internet or "Cloud" has introduced into everyday life an ever-expanding and evolving range of proprietary claims on digital information and its communication. We will cover the role of traditional industrial property (patents and trademarks) and of authors' rights (copyrights), as well as of internationally expanding rights in "confidential" information (trade secrets) -- which are amplified by the primacy of online "contracts" and licensing. We will also explore the extended range of quasi-proprietary interests such as privacy, publicity and "freedom of speech" and regulating factors such as consumer protection, e-commerce, competition and telecommunications policies (standards, Internet governance, Net Neutrality). While the subject matter will be examined in systemic appreciation from the perspective of U.S. and international transactions and enforcement, foreign-trained students will be encouraged to share insights on the national laws of their home countries. Grades will be based on a take-home final examination with a reasonable choice of covered subject matter, along with consideration of class participation. PREREQUISITE: None, as the course is directed to systemic understanding, but exposure to any of the mentioned subject matter would be helpful.

SPRG 2017: LAW JD 978 A1 , Jan 23rd to Apr 24th 2017
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Mon 6:30 pm 8:30 pm 2 Stephen Y. Chow LAW 413

3 credits

This seminar will intensely examine a small number of topics from the frontier of intellectual property law ("IP"). I will invite several intellectual property scholars to present their works-in-progress. Students will be required to read the works in advance, and will be assigned additional reading as appropriate. The scholars will present their scholarly articles, and students will respond with questions, comments and critiques. The seminar's goals are treble: for students to deepen their substantive knowledge of IP law, for students to increase their abilities to participate in, and potentially publish their own work in, scholarly debate, and for scholars in the midst of the publication process to improve their papers through the input of the workshop group. Students must have taken or be currently enrolled in a course in IP, Copyright, Patent, or Trademark. Students who have not taken such a course (or who are not enrolled currently in such a course) must obtain the permission of the instructor. Preference for entry will be given to JD students pursuing an "IP Concentration", students pursuing an LLM in American Law degree with an IP concentration, and to LLM students pursuing a master's degree in IP. The seminar is also open to other JD and LLM students, and to students outside the law school. Overall enrollment is tentatively capped at 18; students beyond that number can be admitted with the permission of the instructor. Students have the option of writing many short response papers, or of writing a single in-depth paper in IP. The latter option can fulfill the JD 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.

SPRG 2017: LAW JD 776 A1 , Jan 18th to Apr 26th 2017
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Wed 4:20 pm 6:20 pm 3 Michael J. Meurer LAW 410

2 credits

To understand international law, it is necessary to develop expertise in working with the diverse sources of this area of law. Students will learn to navigate the international system and locate the relevant primary sources of law, including treaties, decisions of international tribunals, documents of international organizations and other sources of state practice. The course will explore the United Nations, the European Union and the WTO, among other organizations; topics will include international trade, human rights and "private" international law. In addition, students will be introduced to strategies for researching the law of foreign jurisdictions. Students will gain hands-on experience in answering legal research questions in the area of international and comparative law. Classes will combine instruction and hands-on exercises using major print sources, subscription databases, and web-based resources for international legal research. Students will be evaluated on several grounds, including class participation, regular assignments, quizzes and a final project. NOTE: This seminar satisfies the Upper-class Professional Skills requirement.

FALL 2016: LAW JD 748 A1 , Sep 7th to Dec 7th 2016
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Wed 2:10 pm 4:10 pm 2 Steven Alexandre da Costa LAW 419

3 credits

This seminar will provide an overview of the private dimensions of negotiating and drafting international business agreements, and specifically on the contractual aspects. Students will gain hands on experience in structuring, drafting and analyzing various international business agreements and documents including global joint venture agreements and privatization provisions, sales, distribution and franchise agreements, international development agreements, share purchase agreements, letters of intent and technology licensing agreements. The design of the class will assist students in identifying critical legal issues and techniques likely to affect the outcome of international business negotiations including protecting against political, economic and legal risks. Emphasis will be placed on the important differences between international and domestic agreements from the American law perspective. Grades will be based on class participation and a final research paper. At the option of the student a final examination can be taken in lieu of a research paper. NOTE: This seminar satisfies the Upper-class Professional Skills requirement. 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 (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.

FALL 2016: LAW JD 959 A1 , Sep 6th to Dec 6th 2016
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Tue 2:10 pm 4:10 pm 3 Virginia Greiman LAW 418

3 credits

Legal dimensions of resolution of cross-border economic disputes through binding arbitration. Treaty framework for determining validity of arbitration agreement and for recognition and enforcement of arbitral awards, in particular 1958 New York (UN) Convention and 1965 Washington (World Bank) Convention. Comparative approach, including reference to French, English, Swiss, and United States approaches to arbitration law, as well as the United States ( UNCITRAL) Model Act. Investor-State proceedings pursuant to free trade agreements and bilateral investment treaties. Influence of major arbitration rules, including ICC, LCIA, AAA and ICSID. Exploration of special issues arising from intellectual property arbitration and expropriation claims, including Act of State and sovereign immunity. Introduction to debate on "delocalized" arbitration, the role of the arbitral seat and the enforceability of awards annulled at the place of proceedings. Arbitral awards as a contribution to lex mercatoria and the "soft law" of dispute resolution. Comparison of business arbitration with issues related to consumer, employment and class action proceedings in the United States. 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.

FALL 2016: LAW JD 980 A1 , Sep 12th to Dec 5th 2016
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Mon 2:10 pm 4:10 pm 3 William W. Park LAW 418

3 credits

This course is designed to give students a broad overview of the law--domestic, foreign, and international--governing international business transactions. With the significant growth in international commerce and trade, and the forces of economic and social globalization, lawyers will increasingly confront international legal issues during their professional careers. This course will focus on the legal problems encountered in business ventures that cross national borders. Topics include formation of contracts, choice of law, financing the international sale of goods through letters of credit, regulation of international trade, the organizations and operations of the institutions of the World Trade Organization, foreign investment, international dispute settlement, and international transfer of intellectual property. RECOMMENDED COURSES: International Law. GRADING NOTICE: This course does not offer the CR/NC/H option.

SPRG 2017: LAW JD 842 A1 , Jan 17th to Apr 25th 2017
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Tue,Thu 2:10 pm 3:35 pm 3 Rebecca Ingber LAW 101

3 credits

This seminar will explore the crimes for which individuals incur direct criminal liability under contemporary international law, as well as selected major issues in transnational cooperation and arrangements for the prosecution of crimes that transcend national borders. In particular, it will consider (i) what crimes qualify as international in this sense, general principles of international criminal jurisdiction, and the historical evolution of the field from its genesis after World War I to Nuremburg to the permanent International Criminal Court established in 2002; (ii) the statutory and tribunal jurisprudence defining the nature and scope of liability for core international crimes, viz., genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes; (iii) modern debates over other, often controversial, international crimes, including aggression and terrorism; (iv) the minimal requirements and forms of individual criminal responsibility for international crimes; and (v) selected defenses and immunities. Prior knowledge of or coursework in international law would be helpful but is not a pre- or co-requisitie. A limited number of students may, with the instructor's permission, fulfill the upper-class writing requirement through this seminar. ** 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.

SPRG 2017: LAW JD 996 A1 , Jan 19th to Apr 20th 2017
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Thu 4:20 pm 6:20 pm 3 Robert D. Sloane LAW 513

3 credits

Capital-intensive public and private development projects throughout the world, including large-scale infrastructure, transportation, energy, agriculture, technology and environmental projects depend upon project financing as the primary funding mechanism. Understanding and resolving the political, legal and financial risks associated with the planning and implementation of these projects, and often in emerging and unstable economies, is the critical first step in developing project finance opportunities. The seminar will combine theory and practice and focus on the negotiation and structure of actual project finance and concession agreements and transactions and the minimization of exposures and risks associated with these transactions. Each step of the project finance process will be analyzed, including the rationale and sources for the project finance, the legal framework for the project finance, the organizational and governance structure, risk allocation and mitigation and dispute resolution. An interdisciplinary analysis from the legal, finance and public perspective will be used to assess the views that investors, lenders, designers, contractors, governmental participants, citizens and other stakeholders bring to an infrastructure project. Several of the world's largest and most complex civil engineering and infrastructure mega projects including the English Chunnel, the Chad Cameroon Pipeline, the Dabhol Power Project and Boston's Central Artery Tunnel Project will serve as models for analysis of project finance and risk. A final research paper will be required in lieu of an examination. NOTE: This seminar satisfies the Upper-class Professional Skills requirement. 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 (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.

SPRG 2017: LAW JD 936 A1 , Jan 17th to Apr 25th 2017
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Tue 2:10 pm 4:10 pm 3 Virginia Greiman LAW 417

3 credits

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.

FALL 2016: LAW JD 991 A1 , Sep 8th to Dec 8th 2016
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Thu 2:10 pm 4:10 pm 3 Susan M. Akram LAW 419

3 credits

The International Human Rights Clinic is part of BU Law's expanded practicum of offerings in international human rights that includes the Semester-in-Practice Program in Geneva and international pro bono project trips. The Clinic develops and expands on human rights projects including: representing international NGO's in advocacy in the UN Human Rights Council, the treaty bodies, the regional human rights organs (in the American, African, and European human rights systems); filing briefs and amicus briefs on international human rights law issues in US domestic courts; participating in universal jurisdiction claims in the US and other courts. The International Human Rights Clinic is a two semester commitment. Students earn 3 credits per semester for completing the clinic fieldwork. Fieldwork includes some combination of the following: amicus briefs on human rights issues; handling appeals in refugee and international human rights cases; working on research, investigation and advocacy on international human rights issues, partnering with domestic and international non-governmental organizations on the Guantanamo cases, habeas cases, Alien Tort Claims Act and other cases; working on research, advocacy and drafting submissions to the various treaty bodies at the UN and the Human Rights Council in Geneva; Working in partnership with the Boston Center for Refugee Health and Human Rights (BCRHHR), focusing the health and human rights aspect of humanitarian cases. In addition to the fieldwork, students must take 2 seminar courses: International Human Rights (fall; 3 credits); and International Human Rights Advocacy (spring; 3 credits). The clinic fieldwork is supervised by Professor Susan Akram. Professor Akram also teaches the two required seminar classes.

FALL 2016: LAW JD 975 A1 , Sep 6th to Dec 8th 2016
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Wed 4:20 pm 6:20 pm 3 Susan M. Akram LAW 518
SPRG 2017: LAW JD 975 A1 , Jan 17th to Apr 26th 2017
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ARR TBD TBD 3 Susan M. Akram

4 credits

This course will offer a basic survey of contemporary international law. It will teach students the minimum that every lawyer should know about the major issues of public international law and policy that influence current events and modern legal practice. It will also provide a foundation for those interested in further study of particular topics covered. We will consider both the historical "law of nations" and post-World War II developments, which have shifted the fulcrum of the system from an exclusive focus on the rights and duties of states inter se to a broader focus on all the diverse participants in the contemporary international legal process: not only states but intergovernmental and nongovernmental organizations, insurgents, multinational business enterprises, terrorist and criminal associations, and individuals. Specific topics will include: (i) the history, nature, sources and efficacy of international law; (ii) the establishment, transformation and termination of states and other actors, including international institutions and, in particular, the United Nations; (iii) the domestic incorporation of international law, with a focus on key concepts of U.S. foreign relations law; (iv) the allocation among states of jurisdiction to prescribe and apply law, as well as jurisdictional immunities; (v) human rights, the laws of war, and international criminal law; (vi) the allocation of control over and regulation of the resources of the planet, including the law of the sea, territory, the environment, and the global economy; and (vii) the use of force. The role of power in the international legal system will be candidly acknowledged--and the problems and opportunities it presents explored. Current international events will be woven into the curriculum as appropriate. Examination. GRADING NOTICE: This course does not offer the CR/NC/H option.

FALL 2016: LAW JD 927 A1 , Sep 6th to Dec 8th 2016
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Tue,Thu 2:10 pm 4:10 pm 4 Rebecca Ingber LAW 413

3 credits

This seminar surveys the origins and development of the WTO, with emphasis on the WTO legal process and its interaction with US trade agencies. It covers the underlying philosophy of free trade and introduces the major legal disciplines under the WTO. It also deals with the social and political implications of free trade, and with some of the controversies concerning the future evolution of the WTO.

SPRG 2017: LAW JD 858 A1 , Jan 17th to Apr 25th 2017
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Tue 10:40 am 12:40 pm 3 Daniela Caruso LAW 416

2 credits

Income tax considerations relating to transfers of assets and liabilities to a corporation (during incorporation and otherwise), non-liquidating distributions, stock redemptions, related party stock purchases and corporate liquidations. Includes an overview of the treatment of a corporate shareholder versus other shareholders. Prerequisite or corequisite: Federal Income Taxation I and II

FALL 2016: LAW TX 933 A1 , Sep 7th to Dec 7th 2016
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Wed 4:20 pm 6:20 pm 2 Wayne E. SmithWayne E. Smith LAW 101
FALL 2016: LAW TX 933 OL , Sep 6th to Dec 12th 2016
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ARR TBD TBD 2 Wayne E. Smith
SPRG 2017: LAW TX 933 A1 , Jan 17th to Apr 25th 2017
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Tue 4:20 pm 6:20 pm 2 Douglas S. Stransky LAW 101
SPRG 2017: LAW TX 933 OL , Jan 17th to Apr 25th 2017
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ARR TBD TBD 2 Stransky ROOM

4 credits

The income tax is a pervasive feature of life in the United States and lawyers encounter tax issues in virtually every field of practice. This course introduces students to the fundamental principles of the federal income tax, and its impact on a wide range of matters, including employment, tort claims, divorce, retirement, and especially business activities and investments of all types. Topics include: the concept of income, determination of gross income, allowance of deductions and the determination of taxable income, identification of the taxpayer, taxable periods and timing, the determination of gain or loss (including realization and recognition) from dealings in property, the concept of income tax basis, and the process of change in the tax law. GRADING NOTICE: This course does not offer the CR/NC/H option.

FALL 2016: LAW JD 889 A1 , Sep 6th to Dec 8th 2016
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Tue,Thu 10:40 am 12:40 pm 4 Alan L. Feld LAW 101
FALL 2016: LAW JD 889 S1 , Sep 6th to Dec 8th 2016
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Tue,Thu 9:00 am 10:30 am 4 Theodore S. Sims LAW 414
Fri 9:00 am 10:15 am 4 Theodore S. Sims LAW 414
SPRG 2017: LAW JD 889 W1 , Jan 17th to Apr 25th 2017
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Tue,Thu 9:00 am 10:30 am 4 David I. Walker LAW 103
Fri 9:00 am 10:20 am 4 David I. Walker LAW 103

1 credits

This seminar is designed to provide students with an introductory and practical understanding of certain fundamental aspects of corporate financial restructuring. The seminar focuses on the representation of distressed companies, major creditors, and investors in high-stakes restructuring matters, with an emphasis on (i) comparing out-of-court and in-court restructuring alternatives for distressed companies and their stakeholders; (ii) benefits and risks associated with the commencement and administration of a case under chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code; (iii) the typical timeline, major players, and milestones associated with the chapter 11 process; (iv) strategies for effective restructuring negotiations; and (v) "hot topic" controversies in recent chapter 11 cases. Course materials will consist of recent court decisions and pleadings from noteworthy chapter 11 cases, and select articles concerning significant developments in restructuring law and practice. In addition to class participation, grading will be based upon one term paper of approximately 12 -- 15 pages in length. NOTE: This seminar does not satisfy the Upper-class Writing Requirement. Meeting dates September 8 to October 13, 2016. **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.

FALL 2016: LAW JD 770 A1 , Sep 8th to Oct 13th 2016
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Thu 2:10 pm 4:10 pm 1 Zachary H. SmithMark P. Kronfeld LAW 418

2 credits

This course focuses on the structure, documentation and negotiation of a typical project finance transaction. The class will explore legal, financial, and policy problems involved in investing in domestic and cross- border power and infrastructure projects. We will focus on strategies and techniques of structuring and financing such investments, and will touch upon the legal and regulatory environment for investment, and in the context of foreign investment, the role of political risk management and the implications of treaties, conventions, and other relevant law. Selected domestic and cross-border investment transactions, both actual and hypothetical, will be used to illustrate recurring issues. This course may contain a graded group drafting component where students draft and negotiate a loan agreement.

SPRG 2017: LAW BK 957 A1 , Jan 18th to Apr 26th 2017
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Wed 2:00 pm 4:00 pm 2 Kathleen M. Phelps LAW 416

3 credits

This course covers the core legal concepts underlying compliance -- the new paradigm in corporate accountability -- and its impact on transnational business operations. We will examine the Federal Sentencing Guidelines for Organizations; the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and the Sarbanes Oxley Act, as well as guidance issued by the Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission. You'll learn how to: * Identify an enterprise's compliance obligations; * Assess the legal risks associated with those obligations; * Build a compliance and ethics program that effectively mitigates legal risk; and, * Generate value through compliance and ethics.

FALL 2016: LAW JD 778 A1 , Sep 7th to Dec 7th 2016
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Mon,Wed 2:15 pm 3:45 pm 3 Babak Boghraty LAW 209

2 credits

This course focuses principally on three areas: (1) the use of case law as a primary source of American law, including analysis of cases, reasoning from prior cases, the evolution of case law, and the case method of teaching; (2) the structure of the American legal system and selected elements of Constitutional law, such as allocation of powers among the three branches of government, the relationship between federal and state courts, due process of law, equal protection, and other key concepts; and (3) a brief introduction to particular private law subjects such as contracts, intellectual property, criminal procedure and torts. The goal is to provide insight into the methods used by American lawyers in dealing with legal questions and an introduction to the structural and substantive legal framework within which American lawyers operate. This course is no longer a required course for students who did not obtain their first law degree at a law school in the United States. However, foreign-educated students planning to sit for a bar examination in the United States, especially the New York State Bar Examination, must take this course, which is only offered in the fall semester.

FALL 2016: LAW BK 912 A1 , Sep 8th to Dec 8th 2016
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Thu 10:10 am 12:00 pm 2 William Straus LAW 418

3 credits

This seminar will explore issues which the students encounter in the cases which they litigate. The seminar will discuss the role of the parties in the criminal justice system and institutional problems that play a recurring role.

FALL 2016: LAW JD 920 A1 , Sep 8th to Dec 8th 2016
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Thu 4:20 pm 6:20 pm 3 David Rossman LAW 702

3 credits

This seminar explores the professional role of judges, both state and federal, in our American legal system. It invites analysis of the distinctive features of our judiciary, its multiple roles in legal determinations under stare decisis, in statutory interpretation, in fact finding (both at trial and in other contexts), in the many interactions with the direct democracy of the American jury, in administration and case management, and in contacts with the legislative and executive branches. 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. ** 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.

SPRG 2017: LAW JD 908 A1 , Jan 18th to Apr 26th 2017
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Wed 2:10 pm 4:10 pm 3 William G. Young LAW 513

Var credits

The Judicial Externship is a one-semester clinical program. Students are required to apply and be accepted to the program before they may register. Through the Judicial Externship Program, you may work part-time for credit for a judge in the state or federal court system. As a judicial intern, you will work on assignments typically handled during a post-graduate clerkship. You will spend 16-20 hrs./wk. at your field placement, earning 4-5 ungraded credits. COREQUISITE: Judicial Externship: Judicial Process Seminar (JD 736).

FALL 2016: LAW JD 735 A1 , Sep 6th to Dec 8th 2016
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FALL 2016: LAW JD 735 A2 , Sep 6th to Dec 8th 2016
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FALL 2016: LAW JD 735 A3 , Sep 6th to Dec 8th 2016
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FALL 2016: LAW JD 735 A4 , Sep 6th to Dec 8th 2016
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FALL 2016: LAW JD 735 A5 , Sep 6th to Dec 8th 2016
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FALL 2016: LAW JD 735 A6 , Sep 6th to Dec 8th 2016
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SPRG 2017: LAW JD 735 B1 , Jan 17th to Apr 26th 2017
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3 credits

The Judicial Externship is a one-semester clinical program. Students are required to apply and be accepted to the program before they may register. In this seminar, which is the class component for the Judicial Externship Program, we will discuss several issues related to the roles of the judge and judicial intern. We will discuss issues of confidentiality and ethical considerations applicable to judges and to interns and law clerks. We also will explore the differences between trial and appellate courts, which set the parameters within which judges make decisions. Students will receive advanced instruction in legal research and writing applicable to their placements. We will discuss examples of effective and ineffective lawyering that interns observe in their placements. We also will focus on the legal and philosophical foundations of judicial decision-making, and how those influence decisions. Finally, we will discuss specialty courts, and processes that judges use to help parties resolve disputes, such as mediation and settlement. Students will be required to write regular journals and a 15 page final paper. Students may be required to do a class presentation. There will be no final exam but students will be evaluated on their final paper, journals, class participation, and class presentation. COREQUISITE: Judicial Externship/Fieldwork (JD 735). GRADING NOTICE: This class does not offer the CR/NC/H option.

FALL 2016: LAW JD 736 A1 , Sep 7th to Dec 7th 2016
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Wed 5:30 pm 7:30 pm 3 Sean J. Kealy LAW 417
SPRG 2017: LAW JD 736 B1 , Jan 17th to Apr 25th 2017
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Tue 5:30 pm 7:30 pm 3 Selena Fitanides LAW 519

2 credits

This course will focus on writing styles and formats unique to the judicial process, such as the bench memo and appellate majority and dissenting opinion. Classes will provide a general overview of the opinion writing function with emphasis on topics such as opinion structure, judicial writing style, the relationship between style and substance, the use of narrative and rhetorical techniques, and ethical considerations in opinion writing. Through a series of writing assignments and in-class exercises, students will learn to how to diagnose and revise difficult and unclear writing, acquire techniques for writing more economically, precisely and unambiguously, and hone their skills in structuring and organizing, analyzing, and writing persuasively. In analyzing judicial opinions and writing from the perspective of a judge rather than an advocate, students will gain a deeper understanding of the judicial process and will become better critical readers and users of judicial opinions. ENROLLMENT LIMIT: 14 students. NOTES: This seminar satisfies the Upper-class Professional Skills requirement. This seminar does not satisfy the Upper-class Writing Requirement. ** 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.

SPRG 2017: LAW JD 711 A1 , Jan 19th to Apr 20th 2017
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Thu 4:20 pm 6:20 pm 2 Leslie F. Su LAW 419

3 credits

The American juvenile justice system was established over one hundred years ago to address the problem of young offenders. This course examines the historical, social and legal foundations for our current system. We will examine the issue of "rights" as applied to children and look at the effects of ideology and politics on the current juvenile justice system. How have assumptions of childhood and responsibility changed? Has the juvenile court been "criminalized" with the introduction of due process rights for children? Under what circumstances are children treated as adult offenders? Selected issues for inquiry include: police interrogation of juveniles; school safety and zero tolerance policies; adjudicative competency; anti-youth crime policies; conditions of incarceration; and changes brought about by elimination of mandatory juvenile life without parole. We will examine these issues through use of court cases, law review articles, governmental and private organizational position papers, and legislative history. Using the Massachusetts model, one of the early and often emulated juvenile systems, we will examine the changes in the prosecution and incarceration of juveniles over the past century. As we consider the overarching issue of whether it makes sense to maintain a separate justice system for juveniles, we will compare our system to those of other nations. We will visit the Boston Juvenile Court to observe a delinquency session and speak with court personnel. Students are expected to attend each class prepared to discuss the assigned readings. Course requirements include a 15-20 page final paper, a class presentation based on the paper topic or related class readings, and several assigned reading response papers over the course of the semester. A limited number of students will be permitted to fulfill the upper-class writing certification requirement. This is a graded course. NOTE: This seminar satisfies the Upper-class Professional Skills 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.

FALL 2016: LAW JD 824 A1 , Sep 8th to Dec 8th 2016
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Thu 10:40 am 12:40 pm 3 Wendy Kaplan LAW 702

3 credits

The Law and Economics Seminar is a research workshop. The first three class sessions will focus on selected basic topics in law and economics, including methodology commonly used in law and economics scholarship. In the following class sessions, outside speakers (typically faculty members from other institutions) will present their current work in the field. The specific topics considered will vary depending on the interests of the speakers, but the general focus will be the application of economic concepts and tools to legal and regulatory issues. Students are responsible for preparing short weekly memoranda that respond to the presented papers. NOTES: This seminar does not 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.

FALL 2016: LAW JD 940 A1 , Sep 7th to Dec 7th 2016
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Wed 4:20 pm 6:20 pm 3 Kathryn Zeiler LAW 410

3 credits

This seminar will examine the burgeoning field of law surrounding the use, sale, and production of cannabis. Possible topics include federal versus state power to regulate cannabis, the substantive criminal laws regarding cannabis, and a variety of other issues such as banking, tax, and environmental laws that impact the cannabis industry in the United States. 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.

SPRG 2017: LAW JD 969 A1 , Jan 19th to Apr 20th 2017
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Thu 2:10 pm 4:10 pm 3 Jay D. Wexler LAW 420

3 credits

This seminar will consider the legal treatment of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered citizens. In particular, the seminar will cover evolving family structures, privacy rights, the military, employment discrimination, and the tension between protecting the rights of victims of discrimination and those who discriminate. Students will write a research paper or an appellate brief and will prepare an oral presentation. Students may satisfy the upperclass writing requirement with their paper. OFFERING PATTERN: This class will not be offered in 2017/2018. 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, 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.

SPRG 2017: LAW JD 957 A1 , Jan 19th to Apr 20th 2017
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Thu 2:10 pm 4:10 pm 3 Robert Volk LAW 513

3 credits

This seminar will survey a range of legal issues presented by sports in America. There are no pre-requisites. However, students should be prepared to learn and apply basic principles of antitrust law and labor law. Intellectual property law, constitutional law, administrative law, anti-discrimination law, contract law and tort law also will be applied. Topics will include the regulation of the professional sports labor market. The course also will treat the regulation of agent representation of athletes, the regulation of sports franchises and sports leagues, and the regulation of intercollegiate sports, with special attention to the NCAA. Grades will be based on client-directed writing and on oral class participation, including an advocacy presentation. Some students may satisfy the Upperclass Writing Requirement. There is no examination. GRADING NOTICE: This course does not offer the CR/NC/H option. OFFERING PATTERN: This class 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, 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.

FALL 2016: LAW JD 886 A1 , Sep 7th to Dec 7th 2016
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Wed 2:10 pm 4:10 pm 3 Michael C. Harper LAW 418

3 credits

Does law continue to operate in times of war? This seminar will examine the knotty legal questions underlying current wartime debates, with a primary focus on modern conflicts facing the United States in the post-9/11 era. A complex architecture of international and domestic law governs states and state actors during wartime. Evolving threats, new technologies, and domestic politics have tested these legal frameworks, and the domestic and international laws of war continue to adapt to challenges to their relevance and viability. Topics for discussion may include, among others: Guantanamo detention, targeted killing and drones, interrogation and torture, humanitarian intervention in conflicts like those in Libya and Syria, and the scope of the U.S. President's constitutional and statutory authority to wage war. LIMITED WRITING REQUIREMENT OPTION: A limited number of students may be permitted to satisfy the upper-class writing requirement with this seminar. RECOMMENDED COURSES: International Law. GRADING NOTICE: This seminar 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.

SPRG 2017: LAW JD 797 A1 , Jan 18th to Apr 26th 2017
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Wed 4:20 pm 6:20 pm 3 Rebecca Ingber LAW 513

3 credits

Understanding the laws governing consumer transactions is relevant not only to our daily lives but also to many careers in the law. Why do consumer laws matter for societal issues such as racial and income inequality? How can government agencies best promote compliance while minimizing burden to businesses? How should leaders of consumer corporations navigate a heavier regulatory era? This seminar will examine consumer laws from three main perspectives: the businesses that must comply with regulations; the agencies--such as the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the Federal Trade Commission--that write or enforce rules; and the consumers who purchase over $10 trillion in goods and services annually. NOTE: This seminar does not satisfy the Upper-class Writing Requirement. GRADING NOTICE: This course will 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.

SPRG 2017: LAW JD 904 A1 , Jan 18th to Apr 26th 2017
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Wed 8:30 am 10:30 am 3 Professor Van Loo LAW 513

Var credits

The Legal Externship Program is a one semester clinical program where students work for credit at a public interest, for profit company, judicial or government organization. Through the program, students gain hands-on legal experience under the supervision of practitioners who are experts in their fields. Students receive variable credits (pass/fail) for the fieldwork component of the externship, determined as follows: 3 credits = 150 hours total; 4 credits = 200 hours total; and 5 credits = 250 hours total. The student's schedule and hours are determined in consulation with the placement supervisors. Some placements require 250 hours. The fieldwork begins the first week of classes and students work through the last week of classes. Students may not begin the fieldwork before the semester begins. Upon acceptance, the Clinical Programs Office works with students to identify suitable field placements depending on each student's individual interests and career goals. Once possible placement organizations are identified, students are responsible for applying to those organizations. Although there are no formal prequisites, some classes are highly recommended. For any litigation-based placement, you should have taken Evidence. For any criminal placement, in particular the criminal division of the US Attorney's Office, you should have taken Criminal Procedure. Additionally, you should take any other substantive law class that will help you understand the law related to your placement. For example, if you want to work at an environmental placement, you should take an environmental law class. COREQUISITE: Legal Externship Program: Legal Ethics (JD 925).

FALL 2016: LAW JD 924 A1 , Sep 6th to Dec 8th 2016
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FALL 2016: LAW JD 924 A2 , Sep 6th to Dec 8th 2016
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FALL 2016: LAW JD 924 A3 , Sep 6th to Dec 8th 2016
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FALL 2016: LAW JD 924 A4 , Sep 6th to Dec 8th 2016
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FALL 2016: LAW JD 924 A5 , Sep 6th to Dec 8th 2016
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FALL 2016: LAW JD 924 A6 , Sep 6th to Dec 8th 2016
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FALL 2016: LAW JD 924 A7 , Sep 6th to Dec 8th 2016
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SPRG 2017: LAW JD 924 B1 , Jan 17th to Apr 26th 2017
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3 credits

The Legal Externship is a one-semester clinical program. Students are required to apply and be accepted to the program before they may register. The weekly seminar is required of all Legal Externship participants. An integral part of the externship, this two hour weekly seminar examines legal practice and the ethics of lawyering. The seminar requires students to write a paper and make a class presentation. In addition, each student keeps a weekly journal chronicling their educational experience and reactions to the practice of law observed at the field placements. NOTE: The seminar satisfies the Law School's professional responsibility requirement. COREQUISITE: Legal Externship Program: Fieldwork (JD 924). GRADING NOTICE: This class does not offer the CR/NC/H option.

FALL 2016: LAW JD 925 A1 , Sep 7th to Dec 7th 2016
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Wed 4:20 pm 6:20 pm 3 Peggy MaiselAdrienne N. Smith LAW 513
SPRG 2017: LAW JD 925 B1 , Jan 18th to Apr 26th 2017
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Wed 4:20 pm 6:20 pm 3 Peggy MaiselAdrienne N. Smith LAW 417

2 credits

This class is restricted to students who have applied and been accepted as Writing Fellows for the First Year Writing Program. Accepted students must register for both the fall and spring sections of the class.

FALL 2016: LAW JD 986 A1 , Sep 9th to Dec 2nd 2016
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Fri 1:30 pm 2:30 pm 2 Robert Volk LAW 513
SPRG 2017: LAW JD 986 B1 , Jan 20th to Apr 21st 2017
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Fri 1:30 pm 2:30 pm 2 Robert Volk LAW 513

3 credits

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. NOTES: This seminar satisfies the Upper-class Professional Skills requirement. This seminar does not satisfy the Upper-class Writing Requirement. GRADING NOTICE: This seminar 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.

FALL 2016: LAW JD 712 A1 , Sep 12th to Dec 5th 2016
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Mon 6:30 pm 8:30 pm 3 Mr. Valente LAW 513

Var credits

Legislative Externship is a one-semester clinical program. Students are required to apply and be accepted to the program before they register. Accepted students will work with a Senator or Representative in the Massachusetts Legislature for 3-9 ungraded credits. The program matches second-year and third-year students with Senators and Representatives at the Massachusetts State House. Interns may draft legislation; evaluate testimony; participate in planning meetings with legislators and staff; research questions of law and fact for proposed legislation; observe legislative strategy sessions and negotiations; attend floor debates and committee meetings. COREQUISITE: Legislative Externship: Seminar (JD 938). NOTE: This program satisfies the upper-class professional skills requirement.

SPRG 2017: LAW JD 937 A1 , Jan 17th to Apr 26th 2017
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SPRG 2017: LAW JD 937 B1 , Jan 17th to Apr 26th 2017
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SPRG 2017: LAW JD 937 C1 , Jan 17th to Apr 26th 2017
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SPRG 2017: LAW JD 937 D1 , Jan 17th to Apr 26th 2017
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3 credits

The Legislative Externship option is a one-semester clinical program. Students are required to apply and be accepted to the program before they register. The American Legislative Practice seminar will cover subjects that affect the legislative process including: constitutional interpretation by legislatures, theories of representation, legislative organization and rules, lobbying, legislative oversight powers, and legislature-executive agency relationships. The seminar component counts for three graded credits. COREQUISITE: Legislative Externship (JD937).

SPRG 2017: LAW JD 938 A1 , Jan 18th to Apr 26th 2017
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Mon,Wed 2:10 pm 4:10 pm 3 Sean J. Kealy LAW 420

6 credits

NOTE: Restricted to students who apply and are accepted into the program. The Legislative Policy & Drafting Clinic is a one-semester clinical program (six graded credits), offered in the fall and spring. The in-class seminar will cover subjects that affect the legislative process including: constitutional interpretation by legislatures, theories of representation, legislative organization and rules, lobbying, legislative oversight powers, and legislature-executive agency relationships. The clinic gives students the opportunity to develop and apply a variety of legal skills to the legislative process. Clinic participants work on several projects during the semester that highlight different aspects of the legislative process, allowing students to relate and test the theories discussed in class to real life situations.

FALL 2016: LAW JD 786 A1 , Sep 7th to Dec 7th 2016
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Mon,Wed 2:10 pm 4:10 pm 6 Sean J. Kealy LAW 508
FALL 2016: LAW JD 786 A2 , Sep 7th to Dec 7th 2016
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Mon,Wed 2:10 pm 4:10 pm 6 Sean J. Kealy LAW 508
FALL 2016: LAW JD 786 A3 , Sep 7th to Dec 7th 2016
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Mon,Wed 2:10 pm 4:10 pm 6 Sean J. Kealy LAW 508
FALL 2016: LAW JD 786 A4 , Sep 7th to Dec 7th 2016
Days Start End Credits Instructors Bldg Room
Mon,Wed 2:10 pm 4:10 pm 6 Sean J. Kealy LAW 508
SPRG 2017: LAW JD 786 B1 , Jan 18th to Apr 26th 2017
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Mon,Wed 2:10 pm 4:10 pm 6 Sean J. Kealy LAW 508

Var credits

This course provides the student with a perspective on the origins of the financial crisis of 2007-2009, the response to that crisis, and the financial reform responses to the crisis be they legislative, regulatory of market-driven. The course has three parts: the Buildup, the Eye-of-the Storm, and the Response. In the first part, the causes of this and other financial crises are explored including the housing bubble, the development of the "shadow" financial system, new financial instruments, regulatory gaps and deregulation, monetary policies, compensation practices, accounting deficiencies, governance breakdowns, and more. In the second part, policy responses to the crisis are detailed such as: central bank liquidity facilities, government investment programs such as TARP, fiscal stimulus, stress-testing, enforcement actions and the lack thereof, and global coordination of responses. Finally, the course will take an analytical view of the reforms prompted by the crisis. These include various systemic risk measures, guidance from the G-20 and Bank Stability Board, Basel III, the treatment of home/host country issues, and the current state-of-play of the regulation of the derivatives marketplace. A discussion format is employed to the extent feasible, and problems and illustrations are used to focus and encourage class participation.

SPRG 2017: LAW BK 971 A1 , Jan 17th to Apr 25th 2017
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Tue 2:00 pm 4:00 pm Var Cornelius K. Hurley LAW 419

2 credits

Local governments are considered the closest and most responsive form of government to the people. They are designed to create cities and towns that reflect the ideal of the residents' view of the ideal community. When all local government entities are taken into consideration, there are approximately 89,000 local government units in the country - including counties, municipalities, townships, special districts and school districts. Where do they get their powers? What are the limits? What should be the limits? This course provides 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. Where possible, this course will focus on the intersection of local government law and important current events both locally and nationally. OFFERING PATTERN: This class is not offered every year. Students are advised to take this into account when planning their long-term schedule.

FALL 2016: LAW JD 800 A1 , Sep 12th to Dec 5th 2016
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Mon 4:20 pm 6:20 pm 2 Robert A. DiAdamo LAW 203

3 credits

Mediation is part of the legal landscape in almost every substantive area and legal setting. This course will cover the theory and practice of mediation, the use of mediation to resolve disputes in various different legal contexts, and the development of practical mediation skills. We will examine the mediation process from the role of the mediator through the attorney representing a party in mediation. We will also address direct negotiation, the decision to mediate, mediator selection, preparation for mediation, and ethical issues involved in negotiation. The course will provide skill building through several interactive role-plays, in which students will have opportunities to act as a mediator, a party in mediation, and counsel to a party in mediation. The role play mediations and other exercises will survey many of the areas in which mediation is being used, including business and commercial; court-connected, federal-state agency (environmental and others); construction, employment/workplace; family/ divorce; school, community, and international. Due to the interactive nature of the class, students will be expected to attend all scheduled classes and to participate actively. Active participation includes in-class discussions, mediation role-plays, assigned reading, and writing a weekly mediator's journal. NOTES: This seminar does not satisfy the Upper-class Writing Requirement. This seminar satisfies the upper-class professional skills requirement. ** 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 waitlist for a seminar are required to attend the first seminar meeting to be considered for enrollment.

SPRG 2017: LAW JD 826 A1 , Jan 18th to Apr 26th 2017
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Wed 10:40 am 1:40 pm 3 Bette Roth LAW 418

4 credits

Subjects discussed include an overview of clinical psychiatry, institutionalization, deinstitutionalization, the insanity defense, incompetence to stand trial, the right to treatment and the right to refuse treatment, involuntary commitment, dangerousness, the meaning of mental illness, the use of invasive treatments, psychotherapy, privacy, and professional ethics. Legal cases make up most of the course material.

REMINDER: This is a SPH course. Students cannot register through WebReg. Students who register for the class and want law credit must add the course to their law transcript by completing an add form at the Law Registrar's Office before the end of the add/drop period for that semester.

SPRG 2017: SPH LW 854 A1 , Jan 25th to May 10th 2017
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Wed 2:00 pm 5:00 pm 4 GrodinGeorge J. Annas L212

2 credits

This course deals with key issues that arise in bank mergers and acquisitions. Business and transactional topics include: merger and acquisition strategies, deal structure and pricing, hostile takeovers and defenses, duties of directors, disclosure obligations, due diligence, mergers of equals, social issues, tax considerations, and accounting issues. Regulatory topics include: federal and state approval processes, regulatory considerations in the structuring of transactions, antitrust considerations, interstate banking issues, the Community Reinvestment Act, thrift and other nonbank acquisitions, Glass-Steagall and Bank Holding Company Act issues, and cross-industry transactions.

SPRG 2017: LAW BK 988 A1 , Jan 18th to Apr 26th 2017
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Wed 6:30 pm 8:30 pm 2 Kevin J. Handly LAW 605

3 credits

This course will cover the principal legal, tax and business issues of mergers and acquisitions. PREREQUISITE: Corporations or permission of instructor.

SPRG 2017: LAW JD 988 A1 , Jan 18th to Apr 26th 2017
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Mon,Wed 9:00 am 10:25 am 3 Stephen G. Marks LAW 103

2 credits

This course provides an introduction to the field of microfinance, particularly its rapid evolution and role in economic development. Students will learn key concepts including the study of lending methodologies, products available to micro-entrepreneurs and the legal challenges, public policy considerations, and risks faced by investors, technical experts and financial providers. This course will also examine financial practices in the developing world such as payment and remittance systems, which allow foreign nationals to transfer funds internationally within and outside traditional banking systems.

SPRG 2017: LAW BK 935 A1 , Jan 23rd to Apr 24th 2017
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Mon 6:20 pm 8:10 pm 2 Kevin M. Saunders LAW 605

3 credits

Investment companies have become an important part of the financial system. This course is designed to familiarize students with the special laws governing investment companies: their creation, structure, corporate governance, operations (including the distribution of shares and the management of the portfolios), dissolution and, time permitting, taxation. In particular, the course will focus on the Investment Company Act of 1940 and on the practice in this area before the Securities and Exchange Commission.

SPRG 2017: LAW JD 852 A1 , Jan 18th to Apr 26th 2017
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Mon,Wed 11:00 am 12:25 pm 3 Tamar Frankel LAW 203

3 credits

This course will introduce the framework of constitutional, statutory, and international law that both authorizes and constrains the conduct of U.S. national security policy. After studying the constitutional allocation of foreign affairs powers among the branches of government and the foundations of the national security apparatus in the United States, the course will turn to selected topics of contemporary relevance, including but not limited to counter-terrorism policy. Specific topics will include the role of international law in the U.S. legal system; intelligence methods, data gathering, and surveillance; covert action; domestic and international law governing recourse to force and the conduct of hostilities; the detention, interrogation, and trial, before courts and military commissions, of unprivileged belligerents and other terrorism suspects; debates over extraordinary rendition and torture; and the protection of individual liberties and civil rights in wartime.

SPRG 2017: LAW JD 890 A1 , Jan 17th to Apr 25th 2017
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Tue 4:20 pm 6:20 pm 3 Robert D. Sloane LAW 513

3 credits

This seminar introduces students to the principal business and legal issues found in and raised by mergers and acquisitions transactions and highlights the significant role that lawyers play in structuring, managing and effecting these complex transactions. The seminar will begin with an overview of how and why mergers and acquisitions take place. The course will then cover the mergers and acquisitions process, including deal-making strategies the corporate law affords, and will proceed through all aspects of the life of an M&A deal from inception to closing (and beyond). The seminar will cover how M&A lawyers negotiate and document the inherent risk allocations of business combinations. We will examine deal terms and structures, risk defining and shifting devices, and the role of the lawyer in managing the process. We will also highlight the due diligence process, stockholder relationships, fiduciary duties and securities laws considerations, and liquidity considerations. Theoretical readings will be balanced against practical articles and commentary, recent court decisions and model deal documents. The assigned reading will include materials from real deals and transaction documents. Students are encouraged to analyze and discuss the real-world problems faced by parties, legal counselors and courts called upon to judge such transactions. The seminar will be highlighted by guest lectures by experts in international M&A and Delaware jurisprudence. Students will be required to participate in mock negotiations/discussions. In addition, there will be a short final exam. Grades will be based on class participation and written materials (70%), which may include required email submissions prior to class and mock negotiations/discussions during class, and a final exam (30%). PREREQUISITE: Corporations. (May be waived with an instructor's permission.) NOTES: This seminar does not satisfy the Upper-class Writing Requirement. This seminar satisfies the Upper-class Professional Skills requirement. **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.

SPRG 2017: LAW JD 919 A1 , Jan 18th to Apr 26th 2017
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Wed 6:30 pm 8:30 pm 3 Wendell C. TaylorMichael J. LaCascia LAW 418

3 credits

The goal of this course is to improve your effectiveness as a negotiator. In this highly interactive class, students will examine negotiation from a variety of perspectives and learn specific negotiation strategies and tactics. Over the course of the semester, students will engage in a series of negotiation exercises (i.e., role plays) through which they can develop and hone their negotiation skills and approaches. Discussion and short lectures will accompany the role-plays, as appropriate. There will be short written assignments (2-3 pages), as well as a longer paper due at the end of the semester. No final exam. NOTE: This course satisfies the Upper-class Professional Skills requirement. GRADING NOTICE: This seminar does not offer the CR/NC/H option. RESTRICTION: Students may not enroll in Negotiation and Alternative Dispute Resolution (JD881).

FALL 2016: LAW JD 921 A1 , Sep 6th to Dec 8th 2016
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Tue,Thu 2:15 pm 3:45 pm 3 Mark Bamford LAW 410

2 credits

Presents an overview of subchapter K and the federal income tax treatment of partnerships and other entities, such as limited liability companies;. Topics include tax classification of a partnership versus a corporation or trust; considerations in choice of entity;basic partnership accounting and capital accounts, partnership formation and acquisition of partnership interests for property or services; determination of basis;basic rules allocations of income and loss ; taxation of normal partnership operations; distributions of cash and property; transactions between partners and partnership, including sales of partnership interests. Prerequisite or corequisite: Federal Income Taxation I and II, Introduction to Corporate Tax

FALL 2016: LAW TX 930 A1 , Sep 6th to Dec 6th 2016
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Tue 4:20 pm 6:20 pm 2 David H. HalpertTravis L.L. Blais LAW 101
FALL 2016: LAW TX 930 OL , Sep 6th to Dec 12th 2016
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ARR TBD TBD 2 David H. HalpertTravis L.L. Blais
SPRG 2017: LAW TX 930 A1 , Jan 19th to Apr 20th 2017
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Thu 6:30 pm 8:30 pm 2 Robert M. Finkel LAW 212
SPRG 2017: LAW TX 930 OL , Jan 17th to Apr 26th 2017
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ARR TBD TBD 2 Robert M. Finkel ROOM

3 credits

The basic questions in patent law are: why should society permit the grant of an exclusive property right in information relating to an invention? Who should be given the right? What is the scope of the right? How should the right be enforced? What disclosure duties should be placed on the patent holder? We will concentrate on these legal issues without getting mired in discussions of the technical details of particular inventions. Students without a technical background are welcome and encouraged to enroll.

SPRG 2017: LAW JD 870 A1 , Jan 18th to Apr 26th 2017
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Mon,Wed 9:00 am 10:25 am 3 Michael J. Meurer LAW 101

3 credits

This seminar will examine all aspects of U.S. patent litigation, beginning with pre-filing considerations such as standing, jurisdiction, and choice of law, and ending with the appeal. Particular attention will be given to pleadings, claim construction, discovery, and motion practice, as well as the methods of proving invalidity, unenforceability, and infringement. The course will also consider trial preparation techniques, trial practice, the role of technical experts, and the remedies available in patent cases. Students will be evaluated based primarily on two writing projects. The first project will require students to draft a litigation-related document (such as a claim construction brief or summary judgment motion) in a simulated patent case. The second project will be an academic research paper on a patent litigation-related issue to be chosen by the student. In-class presentations and class participation will also be taken into account in calculating each student's grade. No scientific or technical background is required to enroll in this seminar, and there are no formal prerequisites. However, prior or concurrent exposure to civil procedure and to patent law (such as through the Patent Law course or the Intellectual Property course) will be helpful. LIMITED WRITING REQUIREMENT OPTION: A limited number of students may be permitted to satisfy the upper-class writing requirement with this class.

FALL 2016: LAW JD 964 A1 , Sep 8th to Dec 8th 2016
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Thu 2:10 pm 4:10 pm 3 Paul R. Gugliuzza LAW 417

2 credits

Pooled investment funds, such as pension plans and mutual funds, are an important part of the global financial services industry. This course is designed as a survey of pooled funds and seeks to introduce students to the common regulatory themes that are found across pooled fund types, and to identify the unique approaches to regulation applicable to the various pooled fund types studied. The course undertakes an analysis of the legal, regulatory and fiduciary standards that apply to trustees, managers, advisers, and sponsors of collective investment vehicles. The course focuses on the concept of fiduciary duty as the basis of all trusted relationships, and examines selected problems of investor and beneficiary protection in the fields of private and public pension plans and mutual funds. It studies in detail two U.S. federal statutes as examples of legal techniques used to mitigate those risks--ERISA and the Investment Company Act of 1940 (including fiduciary duties, the role of the fund board and management fees). The class then studies pooled investment funds and investment trusts in the E.U., the U.K. and other countries, focusing on the perceived risks and protective measures reflected in their legal and regulatory systems. Not offered fall 2013.

SPRG 2017: LAW BK 950 A1 , Jan 17th to Apr 25th 2017
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Tue 6:30 pm 8:30 pm 2 Fross LAW 605

3 credits

Modern information technology and new information-intensive businesses and social practices have moved privacy concerns into the spotlight. And though privacy law has existed as a legal practice area for a generation or more, laws and practice in the area are increasingly complex and evolving rapidly. This course examines law and policy issues concerning personal information and privacy. Law enforcement, national security, and other public law topics will be considered, but the main focus will be civil law and the use of personally identifying information by businesses. We will consider privacy-related statutes and regulations; a variety of recent controversies drawing from Constitutional law, contract, and tort law; established privacy regimes in the EU and elsewhere; and emerging laws that have implications for the use and protection of personal information globally. 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 seminar 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.

SPRG 2017: LAW JD 822 A1 , Jan 23rd to Apr 24th 2017
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Mon 4:20 pm 6:20 pm 3 Kenneth P. Mortensen LAW 420

3 credits

This seminar introduces students to the business and legal issues prevalent in private equity and venture capital deals and highlights the significant role that lawyers play in effecting these transactions. The seminar will begin with an overview of the private equity and venture capital industries, an introduction to investment transactions and will proceed through all aspects of the life of an investment from inception to exit. It will address how investment funds are formed and the legal and financial considerations present when those funds invest in private companies. We will examine deal terms and structures, pricing and corporate finance issues, and the management of deal risk. It will also highlight the due diligence process, stockholder relationships, fiduciary duties and securities laws considerations, and liquidity events. Theoretical readings will be balanced against practical articles and commentary, recent court decisions and model deal documents. The seminar will be highlighted by guest lectures by private equity and venture capital investment professionals. Grades will be based on a final exam, short pre-class exercises and class participation. PREREQUISITE: Corporations (May be waived with an instructor's permission.) NOTES: This seminar does not satisfy the Upper-class Writing Requirement. This seminar satisfies the Upper-class Professional Skills 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.

SPRG 2017: LAW JD 931 A1 , Jan 23rd to Apr 24th 2017
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Mon 6:30 pm 8:30 pm 3 Michael J. KendallWilliam D. Collins LAW 418

10 credits

Please contact the Clinical Programs Office for information.

2 credits

Please contact the Clinical Programs Office for information.

2 credits

This course will provide an overview of a lawyer's professional and ethical obligations under United States law. It will examine the American Bar Association's Model Rules of Professional Conduct, the ABA Model Code of Professional Responsibility and the Restatement (Third) of the Law Governing Lawyers as they apply to the practicing lawyer. The course explores ethical issues, and tensions and dilemmas that arise in the practice of law, particularly in the representation of financial institutions. Students will have the chance to examine these issues through discussions of current events affecting the financial services industry.

FALL 2016: LAW BK 941 A1 , Sep 12th to Dec 5th 2016
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Mon 6:30 pm 8:30 pm 2 Kevin J. Handly LAW 605

3 credits

This course offers an approach to the lawyer's responsibilities to clients, the profession, and the public. Topics addressed will be problems of disclosure, conflict of interest, advertising, adversary tactics, competence, attorney fees, and fiduciary duties. NOTE: This course satisfies the upper-class professional responsibility requirement. GRADING NOTICE: This course does not offer the CR/NC/H option.

FALL 2016: LAW JD 984 A1 , Sep 7th to Dec 7th 2016
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Mon,Wed 2:15 pm 3:40 pm 3 Stephen M. Donweber LAW 103
FALL 2016: LAW JD 984 H1 , Sep 6th to Dec 8th 2016
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Tue,Thu 10:40 am 12:05 pm 3 Maria O’Brien Hylton LAW 209
SPRG 2017: LAW JD 984 P1 , Jan 17th to Apr 25th 2017
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Tue,Thu 10:45 am 12:10 pm 3 Mark Pettit LAW 414

3 credits

The course examines the concepts and applied techniques for cost effective management of both long-term development programs and projects. Project management principles and methodology are provided with special focus on planning, controlling, and coordinating individual and group efforts. Key topics of focus include overview of modern project management, organization strategy and project selection, defining a project and developing a project plan and scheduling resources, project risk analysis, work breakdown structures, and project networks. MS Project will be introduced in this course to provide hands-on practical skills with the above topics. Mastery of key tools and concepts introduced in this course provides a significant competitive advantage in the marketplace. NOTE: This course meets at the School of Management and will be treated as a non-law course on the law transcript. The course and grade will appear on the transcript, however the grade is not factored into the law g.p.a.

3 credits

Former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Robert Jackson once noted, "The prosecutor has more control over life, liberty, and reputation than any other person in America." This seminar examines the unique role and power of prosecutors in the United States and their responsibility to ensure "that guilt shall not escape or innocence suffer." We will study the ways in which a prosecutor exercises discretion -- in deciding what charges to bring (or whether to bring them at all), in conducting trials, in recommending punishment -- and the ethical and practical considerations that affect those determinations. What duty does the prosecutor owe to the victim? To the police? To the public at large? How might their interests conflict with prosecutors' objectives and impact their decisions? A major focus of this course will be the prosecutor's obligations to the accused and the various ways in which they are breached. We will examine the potential consequences of prosecutorial misconduct, the instances in which it may or may not be remedied, and to what extent it can be deterred. Students will engage in mock disciplinary hearings, playing the role of bar counsel in bringing allegations of misconduct or defending prosecutors against such claims. Throughout the semester we'll refer to the ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct, Model Code of Professional Responsibility, and other rules that govern the conduct of all lawyers while scrutinizing others that bind prosecutors but not defense attorneys. Other topics to be covered include the relationship between the prosecutor and the grand jury, conflicts of interest, selective prosecution, trial misconduct, prosecutorial immunity, mandatory minimum sentences, the use of confidential informants and cooperating witnesses, discovery of exculpatory evidence, post-conviction obligations and wrongful convictions. Our study will draw heavily from historical events such as the Duke Lacrosse rape allegations, the Clinton/Lewinsky and other political scandals, and the prosecutions of O.J. Simpson and other celebrities, as well as more recent events such as the Boston Marathon bombing, the Dookhan drug lab scandal, and the deaths of Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, Freddie Gray, Eric Garner and Tamir Rice. NOTE: This seminar does not satisfy the Upperclass Writing Requirement. This seminar satisfies the Professional Responsibility requirement. While there are no required prerequisites for taking this course, students should be prepared that some basic principles of Criminal Procedure, Evidence, and Trial Advocacy will necessarily be a focus of some of our discussions. 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.

FALL 2016: LAW JD 806 A1 , Sep 7th to Dec 7th 2016
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Wed 2:10 pm 4:10 pm 3 Brian A. Wilson LAW 417

3 credits

Traditional public health is rapidly transforming itself from state programs to prevent disease in populations (e.g., vaccinations and newborn screening) to federal and international efforts to more broadly promote the "right to health." This problem-oriented seminar enables students to answer questions about health risks as such questions typically arise in practice -- in all their complexity and without preassigned doctrinal labels. It covers contemporary examples of the seven deadly sins -- anger, gluttony, lust, sloth -- plus drugs, alcohol, tobacco, firearms, biobanks, epidemics, bioweapons, and surveillance. The seminar offers a systematic framework for identifying and controlling health risks, drawing on theories of risk perception, cognitive reasoning, and empirical evidence. Students analyze and compare the applicability and effectiveness of different legal strategies to control risks, such as criminal and civil prohibitions, mandatory product standards, tort liability, mandatory data collection, biometric testing, conditions of employment, marketing restrictions, quarantine, and taxation. Emphasis is on the different scope of laws (state, federal and international) regulating personal behavior and laws regulating products and commercial activities. A writing project to develop a legal strategy to address a contemporary risk to health is required. This seminar is open to law students, SPH graduate students and advanced public health majors. As it originates in the Law School, it will follow the Law School's calendar and time schedule. GRADING NOTICE: This course does not offer the CR/NC/H option. LIMITED WRITING REQUIREMENT OPTION: A limited number of students may be permitted to satisfy the upper-class writing requirement in this seminar. **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.

SPRG 2017: LAW JD 926 A1 , Jan 19th to Apr 20th 2017
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Thu 8:30 am 10:30 am 3 George J. Annas LAW 418

3 credits

Biotechnology and Pharmaceuticals are two of the fastest growing industries in the U.S., and the legal issues that arise in connection with representing them are complex and evolving. This seminar will focus on the transactional, intellectual property, and regulatory legal issues that challenge lawyers working with clients in these industries. We will begin with an overview of these industries, including a basic review of the sciences underpinning them (intended for non-scientists). We will then delve into complex legal issues such as licensing, collaborations, and consortium building; academic-industry interactions; the drug and biologic regulatory approval process; issues arising in clinical trials; and legal issues arising in the manufacture and distribution of life sciences products. If time permits, we will also examine the medical device industry and the ways in which that industry differs from the biopharmaceutical industry. In lieu of an exam, students will prepare a 25 page, journal-worthy article addressing a legal topic of the student's selection. PREREQUISITE: No scientific background will be required, but students will benefit from prior or contemporaneous coursework in intellectual property. 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. NOTE: This seminar satisfies the upper-class professional skills requirement. GRADING NOTICE: This course does not offer the CR/NC/H option. 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.

SPRG 2017: LAW JD 907 A1 , Jan 18th to Apr 26th 2017
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Wed 6:30 pm 8:30 pm 3 Luba Greenwood LAW 416

3 credits

Many commercial and consumer financing transactions involve the creation of security interests in the borrower's personal property that are akin to mortgages of real property. (Indeed, much economic activity involves the grant of a UCC Article 9 security interest, and the system depends on Article 9 to provide much of the law against which modern commerce takes place.) In a secured transaction, in the event of the borrower's default, the lender can foreclose on the collateral subject to the security interest to help liquidate the debt. While simple to describe, secured transactions and the rules that govern them can be complex. This course covers the basic secured transaction governed by Article 9 of the UCC. Topics covered will include creation and perfection of security interests, priority contests, and default. There are no PREREQUISITES for this course. It is an excellent precursor to a course in Bankruptcy as well as to sitting for the bar exam. GRADING NOTICE: This course does not offer the CR/NC/H option.

FALL 2016: LAW JD 805 A1 , Sep 7th to Dec 7th 2016
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Mon,Wed 11:00 am 12:25 pm 3 Maureen A. O’Rourke LAW 414

2 credits

A survey and analysis of key problems arising under the Securities Act of 1933, the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, and the rules promulgated thereunder. These problems include the form and content of registration statements under the 1933 Act, liabilities of persons designated in Section 11 and 12 of the 1933 Act, the form and content of a typical Balance Sheet and Profit and Loss Statement, processing a registration statement, exemptions under the 1933 Act, the underwriter's liability, the control person's "distribution;" regulation of securities exchanges and broker- dealers, manipulation, stabilization, and "Hot Issues;" tender offers; and civil liabilities under rule 10b-5, section 14(a), and Section 16(b) of the 1934 Act.

FALL 2016: LAW BK 955 A1 , Sep 7th to Dec 7th 2016
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Wed 4:20 pm 6:20 pm 2 H. Norman Knickle LAW 605

4 credits

This course offers an introduction to federal securities regulation under the Securities Act of 1933 and the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. We will examine how the securities laws shape the process by which companies raise capital through IPOs, public offerings, and private placements. We will also focus on the mandatory disclosure regime for publicly traded companies and the related topics of securities fraud, insider trading, market manipulation, and shareholder voting. We will study core concepts such as the definition of a security and materiality. Finally, we will spend significant time examining the role of the SEC and private shareholder litigation in policing the securities laws. PREREQUISITE/COREQUISITE: Corporations is a corequisite. GRADING NOTICE: This course does not offer the CR/NC/H option.

FALL 2016: LAW JD 883 A1 , Sep 6th to Dec 8th 2016
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Tue,Thu 10:40 am 12:40 pm 4 David H. Webber LAW 605

2 credits

Securitization and structured finance together constitute one of the most dynamic segments of the financial markets. Securitization involves the creation and issuance of securities backed by one or more assets which generate cash flows sufficient to fund the securities. Structured finance includes securitization as well as transactions in which securities are not issued, but which involve the often complex structuring of cash flows to achieve a desired tax, accounting or financial objective. These transactions often cut across many areas of legal specialization, including bank and thrift regulation, securities regulation, taxation, bankruptcy and insolvency, fiduciary law, real estate law and environmental law. This course examines a series of actual transactions to explore the sometimes contradictory ways that these various legal constructs impinge upon the structuring transactions. Examples include single-family mortgage pools, trade receivable securitizations and commercial mortgage securitizations. This course also explores some of the more cutting-edge securitizations of exotic asset classes such as legal fees, intellectual property and renewable energy assets.

SPRG 2017: LAW BK 987 A1 , Jan 17th to Apr 26th 2017
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Thu 4:20 pm 6:10 pm 2 Steven B. LevineRonald S. Borod LAW 605

10 credits

The Semester in Practice is a one-semester clinical program. Students are required to apply and be accepted to the program before they may register. Through the Semester-in-Practice Program, a limited number of students may spend a semester working full-time for credit (10 ungraded credits) at an externship placement outside of Boston. The Program is designed for students who want an intensive hands-on experience - at an opportunity not otherwise available in Boston - furthering specific career and academic goals. Acceptance to the Program is competitive. In addition to securing an externship at a placement organization, students must complete a separate BU Law application available through the Clinical Programs Office. Through the Government Lawyering option, students may spend a semester working at a government office in Washington. Examples include opportunities with the staff of a Congressional committee or subcommittee, in the legal office of an administrative agency, or with a federal board/commission. COREQUISITE: Semester-in-Practice: Government Lawyering Paper (JD 746).

FALL 2016: LAW JD 745 A1 , Sep 6th to Dec 8th 2016
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SPRG 2017: LAW JD 745 A1 , Jan 17th to Apr 26th 2017
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ARR TBD TBD 10 Sean J. Kealy

Var credits

The Semester in Practice is a one-semester clinical program. Students are required to apply and be accepted to the program before they may register. Accepted students will register for 2 graded credits for completing readings, writing a research paper, and for submitting weekly journals. COREQUISITE: Semester-in-Practice: Government Lawyering - Washington, D.C. (JD 745).

FALL 2016: LAW JD 746 A1 , Sep 6th to Dec 8th 2016
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ARR TBD TBD Var Sean J. Kealy
SPRG 2017: LAW JD 746 A1 , Jan 17th to Apr 26th 2017
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ARR TBD TBD Var Sean J. Kealy

10 credits

The Semester in Practice is a one-semester clinical program. Students are required to apply and be accepted to the program before they may register. Through the Semester-in-Practice Program, a limited number of students may spend a semester working full-time for credit (10 ungraded credits) at an externship placement outside of Boston. The Program is designed for students who want an intensive hands-on experience - at an opportunity not otherwise available in Boston - furthering specific career and academic goals. Acceptance to the Program is competitive. In addition to securing an externship at a placement organization, students must complete a separate BU Law application available through the Clinical Programs Office. Through the Human Rights option, students may spend a semester working in Geneva for a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) committed to the protection of human rights. COREQUISITE: Semester-in-Practice: Human Rights Paper (JD 742).

SPRG 2017: LAW JD 741 A1 , Jan 17th to Apr 26th 2017
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ARR TBD TBD 10 Susan M. Akram

2 credits

The Semester in Practice is a one-semester clinical program. Students are required to apply and be accepted to the program before they may register. Accepted students will register for 2 graded credits for completing readings, writing a research paper, and for submitting weekly journals. COREQUISITE: Semester-in-Practice: Human Rights Externship - Geneva (JD 741).

SPRG 2017: LAW JD 742 A1 , Jan 17th to Apr 26th 2017
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ARR TBD TBD 2 Susan M. Akram

Var credits

The Semester in Practice is a one-semester clinical program. Students are required to apply and be accepted to the program before they may register. Accepted students will register for 2 graded credits for completing readings, writing a research paper, and for submitting weekly journals. COREQUISITE: Semester-in-Practice: Independent Proposal (JD 739).

FALL 2016: LAW JD 740 A1 , Sep 6th to Dec 8th 2016
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ARR TBD TBD Var Naomi M. Mann
SPRG 2017: LAW JD 740 A1 , Jan 17th to Apr 26th 2017
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ARR TBD TBD Var Daniela Caruso

10 credits

The Semester in Practice is a one-semester clinical program. Students are required to apply and be accepted to the program before they may register. Through the Semester-in-Practice Program, a limited number of students may spend a semester working full-time for credit (10 ungraded credits) at an externship placement outside of Boston. The Program is designed for students who want an intensive hands-on experience - at an opportunity not otherwise available in Boston - furthering specific career and academic goals. Acceptance to the Program is competitive. In addition to securing an externship at a placement organization, students must complete a separate BU Law application available through the Clinical Programs Office. Under this option, students may develop their own proposal for a full-time externship outside of Boston. COREQUISITE: Semester-in-Practice: Independent Paper (JD 740).

FALL 2016: LAW JD 739 A1 , Sep 6th to Dec 8th 2016
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ARR TBD TBD 10 TBA
SPRG 2017: LAW JD 739 A1 , Jan 17th to Apr 26th 2017
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ARR TBD TBD 10 TBA

2 credits

This course provides an opportunity for students to conduct in-depth research and to improve their writing skills on current structural and/for regulatory issues in the financial services area. This class meets weekly to discuss financial services developments on topics and to review the topic proposal and outlines of class participants. Each student prepares a paper on a topic chosen in consultation with the instructor, and then leads a class discussion of the financial services issues addresses by the paper he or she prepares. Students edit one another's drafts and participate in critiques during class sessions. A text and other materials are used in discussions of effective legal writing. The seminar may satisfy a concentration requirement depending on the subject of the paper. It is open to a limited number of second-semester students with permission of the instructor.

SPRG 2017: LAW BK 960 A1 , Jan 17th to Apr 25th 2017
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Tue 12:10 pm 2:00 pm 2 John A. Beccia LAW 508

3 credits

Over the last few decades, the public has become increasingly concerned about sexual crimes. In addition to harsher punishments, several civil, collateral consequences have become common such as indefinite commitment and registration. This class will explore how sexual offenses are dealt with in the criminal justice system and the underlying reasoning for the heightened attention, including morality, statistical data, and psychological/scientific evidence. We will discuss the limitations, if any, that govern collateral consequences such as indefinite civil commitment and registration (e.g. Constitutional restrictions, scientific uncertainty). The class aims to challenge preconceived notions of sex crimes and sex offenders through case law, guest speakers, academic literature, and real life scenarios. NOTE: 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.

FALL 2016: LAW JD 947 A1 , Sep 7th to Dec 7th 2016
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Wed 6:30 pm 8:30 pm 3 Eric Tennen LAW 419

3 credits

This course focuses on the process of identifying and obtaining the necessary resources to launch an entrepreneurial venture through the development of a business plan. A well-written business plan will communicate the business concept in a way that attracts the various resource providers necessary for the venture's success. Students will individually develop a business concept and prepare and present a professional business plan.

REMINDER: This is a GSM course. Students cannot register through WebReg. Students who register for the class and want law credit must add the course to their law transcript by completing an add form at the Law Registrar's Office before the end of the add/drop period for that semester.

FALL 2016: GSM SI 852 A1 , Sep 6th to Dec 8th 2016
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Tue,Thu 2:00 pm 3:30 pm 3 Mashiter HAR 310
FALL 2016: GSM SI 852 F1 , Sep 8th to Dec 8th 2016
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Thu 6:00 pm 9:00 pm 3 Horwitz HAR 408
SPRG 2017: GSM SI 852 F1 , Jan 23rd to May 1st 2017
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Mon 6:30 pm 9:30 pm 3 TBA

2 credits

The course will expose students to the basic workings of the major state and local taxes, including personal income taxes, sales and use taxes, property taxes, and corporate taxes. We will also explore the special issues arising from the multi-jurisdictional nature of the state and local tax apparatus, and the principal aspects of federal statutory and constitutional law affecting state taxation. We will consider the application of basic state tax concepts to current issues facing state tax administrators and practitioners, including tax advantaged business structures, and some of the legislative responses to such issues. Prerequisite or corequisite: Federal Income Taxation I.

FALL 2016: LAW TX 928 A1 , Sep 7th to Dec 7th 2016
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Wed 6:30 pm 8:30 pm 2 Matthew D. Schnall LAW 209
FALL 2016: LAW TX 928 OL , Sep 7th to Dec 7th 2016
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ARR TBD TBD 2 Matthew D. Schnall

3 credits

Strategic intelligence -- the collection, analysis, and use of intelligence information to formulate and implement national military and diplomatic strategy -- plays a vital role in U.S. public policy. This course will explore the legal authorities, as well as the legal and policy restraints, on the role of strategic intelligence in our democratic society. Topics may include the historical development of constitutional and statutory law regarding government surveillance, and the emerging challenges of cybersecurity. The course will also explore the role of dissent in a democratic society and the balance between free expression and national security, including the investigation and prosecution of espionage cases and the use of the Classified Information Procedures Act. The course will also examine the intelligence oversight roles of the Executive and Legislative branches, including the use of presidential and congressional commissions and other efforts to ensure compliance. NOTE: This seminar does not satisfy the Upper-class Writing Requirement. **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.

Var credits

Upper-class students may pursue a special research interest under the guidance of a full time faculty member, and earn one or two semester credits for a Supervised Research and Writing project (also known as an Independent Study). The study must involve a substantial investment of time and effort, and result in significant written work that reflects a high standard of legal scholarship. The student's final grade will be based solely upon written work submitted, and will be included in the student's average. NOTE: Students must register for Supervised Research and Writing directly with the Registrar's Office. You may not register via the Student Link.

SPRG 2017: LAW JD 841 A1 , Jan 17th to Apr 26th 2017
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ARR TBD TBD Var Karen Pita Loor

3 credits

This course will focus on criminal procedure and criminal law cases that are currently on the docket of the Supreme Court. Each week, the class will read a substantial amount of materials in preparation for one case, including its lower court opinion, the briefs from each party, two sets of amicus briefs, and a Supreme Court opinion drafted by a member of the class. Students will also be expected to read the most significant Supreme Court precedents involving each case. Prior to each class session, each student will be responsible for writing a 3-5 page memo critiquing the readings of the week. Students will also be responsible for drafting one 20-25 page Supreme Court opinion to be distributed to and discussed by the class. Criminal Procedure is not a prerequisite for this course. ** 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.

SPRG 2017: LAW JD 903 A1 , Jan 19th to Apr 20th 2017
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Thu 4:20 pm 6:20 pm 3 Tracey Maclin LAW 417

2 credits

Examination of a broad range of subjects related to accounting methods and periods. Topics include principles of income recognition, prepaid income, claim of right, cash equivalency, and constructive receipt, special methods involving long-term contracts, depreciation, timing of deductions, estimated expenses, prepaid expense, expense versus capitalization, and conformity between tax and financial accounting. Prerequisite or corequisite: Federal Income Taxation I.

FALL 2016: LAW TX 913 A1 , Sep 12th to Dec 5th 2016
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Tue 6:30 pm 8:30 pm 2 Phillip G. RoshakChristina Rice LAW 209
FALL 2016: LAW TX 913 OL , Sep 6th to Dec 12th 2016
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ARR TBD TBD 2 Phillip G. RoshakChristina Rice

2 credits

This course examines the convergence of technology solutions, in support of taxation, from two different angles: corporations and government. The course will also compare and contrast these movements in America with other countries, as US-headquartered companies expanding abroad face new realities, unfamiliar tax structures and increasingly complex regulatory environments; and legal and tax professionals must be prepared for these challenges. Rather than focus on technology per se, analyzing computer programming language and codes, the bias of this course is the real-life business perspective of technology when applied to taxation and fiscal policy. This course gives students exclusive access to tax software actually used by multinational corporations to determine indirect taxes in the US and nearly 200 other countries and foreign tax jurisdictions. This access will allow students to simulate domestic/international transactions and analyze their tax implications while becoming familiar with the mechanics of an Enterprise-class tax automation solution.

FALL 2016: LAW TX 968 A1 , Sep 12th to Dec 5th 2016
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Mon 6:30 pm 8:30 pm 2 Camilo Martinez LAW 101
FALL 2016: LAW TX 968 OL , Sep 2nd to Dec 5th 2016
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ARR TBD TBD 2 Camilo Martinez

2 credits

Tax aspects of international business transactions, both "inbound" and "outbound", with particular attention to fiscal jurisdiction, the foreign tax credit, allocation of income among affiliated companies, treaties, anti-abuse measures aimed at tax haven operations, information reporting and foreign investment in U.S. securities and real estate. Prerequisite or corequisite: Federal Income Taxation I.

FALL 2016: LAW TX 906 A1 , Sep 12th to Dec 5th 2016
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Mon 4:20 pm 6:20 pm 2 William W. Park LAW 212
FALL 2016: LAW TX 906 OL , Sep 6th to Dec 12th 2016
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ARR TBD TBD 2 William W. Park

2 credits

Tax aspects of international business transactions, both "inbound" and "outbound", with particular attention to fiscal jurisdiction, the foreign tax credit, allocation of income among affiliated companies, treaties, anti-abuse measures aimed at tax haven operations, information reporting and foreign investment in U.S. securities and real estate. PREREQUISITE/COREQUISITE: INTRODUCTION TO FEDERAL INCOME TAXATION is a recommended prerequisite, but required at least as a corequisite. RESTRICTION: Students may not enroll in the International Tax seminar (JD918) and this course. NOTE: This course (and the final exam) is administered through the Graduate Tax Program (Room 1670). This section is for pre-registration purposes only. Students will be transferred to the Tax section (TX906) of the course during the summer.

FALL 2016: LAW JD 781 A1 , Sep 12th to Dec 5th 2016
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Mon 4:20 pm 6:20 pm 2 William W. Park

2 credits

The principal objective of this course is to study the fundamental federal tax provisions governing the dissolution of a marriage. The course will cover the common tax issues arising as the result of a marital dissolution including alimony, child support, property settlements, filing status, deductible of expenses, allocation of tax carryforwards, liability for tax deficiencies and estate and gift tax issues. The course will concentrate on the tax rules relating to alimony and property settlement. To the extent time is available at the end of the course, we will discuss the exposure of trust assets to creditor's (ex-spouse's) claims. Recommended: Federal Income Tax I

FALL 2016: LAW TX 980 A1 , Sep 12th to Dec 5th 2016
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Mon 4:20 pm 6:20 pm 2 Jeremiah W. Doyle LAW 209
FALL 2016: LAW TX 980 OL , Sep 6th to Dec 8th 2016
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ARR TBD TBD 2 Jeremiah W. Doyle

1 credits

Tax law research is among the most complicated areas of the law to research. Statutes, regulations and agency issuances interact to create a thickly layered set of legal precedents. This class will explore the resources a tax professional would use to perform his or her research from legislative history to private letter rulings. Students will become familiar with the research platforms outside of Lexis and Westlaw that are commonly used in practice. Students will get practice in using many of the most heavily used practice materials. Classes will combine instruction and hands-on exercises using the major print and electronic resources available for tax law research. Students will be required to complete an assignment for each class. NOTE: This seminar satisfies the upper-class professional skills requirement. NOTE: Students may not add this course after the first class has been held. This course meets October 26 through December 7, 2016.

FALL 2016: LAW JD 732 A1 , Oct 26th to Dec 7th 2016
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Wed 10:40 am 1:00 pm 1 Stefanie B. Weigmann LAW ARR

3 credits

This seminar will examine criteria used to make administrative and legislative choices in taxation: equity, efficiency, administrability and simplicity. As a particular focus, we will study some of the connections between a tax system and spending programs. PREREQUISITE: Introduction to Federal Income Taxation. LIMITED WRITING OPTION: A limited number of students will be able to satisfy the writing requirement with a paper. ** 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 waitlist for a seminar are required to attend the first seminar meeting to be considered for enrollment.

SPRG 2017: LAW JD 799 A1 , Jan 23rd to Apr 24th 2017
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Mon 2:10 pm 4:10 pm 3 Theodore S. Sims LAW 417

2 credits

Structure of the U.S. tax system; administration of the Internal Revenue Code by the Internal Revenue Service; ethics of tax practice and the regulation of tax practitioners; study of the administrative processing of tax returns; handling of audits, statutes of limitations, assessment of deficiencies and penalties, claims for refund, hearings before the Appeals Office, closing agreement, tax liens, tax collection procedures and civil and criminal aspects of tax fraud. Introduction to aspects of litigation in the Federal District Court, U.S. Court of Federal Claims, and U.S. Tax Court.

FALL 2016: LAW TX 907 A1 , Sep 8th to Dec 8th 2016
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Thu 6:30 pm 8:30 pm 2 Sean McMahon LAW 101
FALL 2016: LAW TX 907 OL , Sep 6th to Dec 12th 2016
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ARR TBD TBD 2 Sean McMahon
SPRG 2017: LAW TX 907 A1 , Jan 23rd to Apr 24th 2017
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Mon 4:20 pm 6:20 pm 2 Mark J. DeFrancisco LAW 103
SPRG 2017: LAW TX 907 OL , Jan 23rd to Apr 23rd 2017
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ARR TBD TBD 2 Mark J. DeFrancisco ROOM

3 credits

Federal income tax considerations have major implications for planning in the corporate area. This course focuses on income tax issues in transactions between corporations and shareholders, including distributions, exchanges, reorganizations and capital contributions. PREREQUISITE: Introduction to Federal Income Taxation. GRADING NOTICE: This course does not offer the CR/NC/H option.

SPRG 2017: LAW JD 887 A1 , Jan 18th to Apr 26th 2017
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Mon,Wed 10:45 am 12:15 pm 3 Alan L. Feld LAW 209

2 credits

An in-depth study of the "nuts and bolts" of the taxation of financial products. The course, which is designed to provide a hands-on knowledge-base for current and aspiring financial-services tax professionals, will have three main components. It will begin with a comprehensive examination of the taxation of debt instruments, with an intensive review of original issue discount and related rules. Next, it will turn to the taxation of derivatives, including options, forwards, futures, swaps and variable annuities. It will conclude with a review of the federal government's response to perceived abuses involving financial instruments, covering areas including constructive sales, constructive ownership transactions and the tax shelter regulations. Some use of a financial calculator or spreadsheets will be required. The course is intended to complement TX 917 Taxation of Financial Products: Policy and Theory and may be taken either prior or subsequent to that class or on a stand-alone basis. Prerequisite or corequisite: Federal Income Taxation I and II

Online section not open to JD students.

FALL 2016: LAW TX 949 A1 , Sep 8th to Dec 8th 2016
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Thu 4:20 pm 6:20 pm 2 Stephen D. FisherTBA LAW 413
FALL 2016: LAW TX 949 OL , Sep 8th to Dec 8th 2016
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ARR TBD TBD 2 Stephen D. FisherTBA

2 credits

Intellectual property- from sophisticated aerospace technology to computer software and web applications to music and video rights- is one of the most important, challenging, and sophisticated areas of modern commerce. However, because the IP revolution has occurred in only the last 25 years, many of the traditional principles of income taxation are not easily applied to IP assets. This course will explore the tax aspects of creating intellectual property, buying intellectual property, exploiting IP through leases and licenses, and strategies for selling valuable IP rights with the best tax results. The course will also explore important international tax issues, including the so called "migration" of IP offshore, cost-sharing arrangements, and other mechanisms that seek to "locate" IP and the associated tax liabilities in tax-favorable jurisdictions. The course will teach the tax differences between copyrighting and patenting a software program, the right and wrong ways to license and sell a trademark, and the mechanisms for turning a "license" into a "sale" and thereby converting ordinary income into capitol gains.

FALL 2016: LAW TX 955 A1 , Sep 8th to Dec 8th 2016
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Thu 4:20 pm 6:20 pm 2 Joseph B. Darby LAW 101
FALL 2016: LAW TX 955 OL , Sep 8th to Dec 8th 2016
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ARR TBD TBD 2 Joseph B. Darby

2 credits

This course undertakes a detailed examination of Federal Income Taxation of S Corporations using a contextual approach so that students will be able to identify opportunities and pitfalls in the use of S Corporations. This will be accomplished through a combination of reading the Internal Revenue Code, regulations and other authorities relating to Federal Income Taxation of S Corporations. Use of S corporations in a multinational setting will also be considered. The course will emphasize, teach, expect, and measure the internalization of professional responsibilities in tax practice to clients using actual judicial decisions as well as hypothetical case studies. The inherit tension resulting from duties to clients and duties to the tax system is explored. We will also explore the various settings in which choice of entity for business operations will be a consideration and the utility of such choices for tax and non-tax purposes. Students will practice analytical and writing skills through written assignments. Since a contextual approach is used, it is expected that students will acquire knowledge of substantive tax law in addition to an understanding of ethical and legal responsibilities in federal tax practice.

FALL 2016: LAW TX 984 A1 , Sep 7th to Dec 7th 2016
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Wed 6:30 pm 8:30 pm 2 David B. CastenTBA LAW 204
FALL 2016: LAW TX 984 OL , Sep 7th to Dec 7th 2016
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ARR TBD TBD 2 David B. CastenTBA

3 credits

The Technology & Cyberlaw Clinic provides counseling and guidance to assist MIT student innovators in navigating laws and regulations, and in responding to cease-and-desist letters and notice-and-takedown orders based on: telecommunications, privacy, data security, intellectual property, computer crime, and related laws. Depending on capacity, the clinic may also provide MIT students with limited litigation and dispute resolution-related assistance, and may engage in legislative reform efforts and other policy work of interest to MIT innovators. PRE-/CO-REQUISITE: If students have not done so already, students must take a course in intellectual property, either an IP survey course or other core IP course such as patent, copyright, or trademark. NOTE: This clinic satisfies the upper-class professional skills requirement. Priority is given to 3Ls. 2Ls will be considered only as space allows. Acceptance is competitive.

FALL 2016: LAW JD 725 A1 , Sep 6th to Dec 8th 2016
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ARR TBD TBD 3 Andrew Sellars
SPRG 2017: LAW JD 725 A1 , Jan 17th to Apr 26th 2017
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ARR TBD TBD 3 Andrew Sellars

3 credits

The Clinic also includes an academic component that introduces students to lawyering skills (including interviewing, counseling, negotiation, drafting, etc.) that will help them in counseling client innovators. From a substantive legal perspective, the course will likely involve an in-depth study of statutes, case law, and scholarly articles addressing law and technology issues. The course will also discuss legal reform efforts in the law/technology area.

FALL 2016: LAW JD 866 A1 , Sep 7th to Dec 7th 2016
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Wed 2:10 pm 4:10 pm 3 Andrew Sellars LAW 520

3 credits

The Clinic also includes an academic component that introduces students to lawyering skills (including interviewing, counseling, negotiation, drafting, etc.) that will help them in counseling client innovators. From a substantive legal perspective, the course will likely involve an in-depth study of statutes, case law, and scholarly articles addressing law and technology issues. The course will also discuss legal reform efforts in the law/technology area.

SPRG 2017: LAW JD 869 A1 , Jan 18th to Apr 26th 2017
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Wed 2:10 pm 4:10 pm 3 Andrew Sellars LAW 520

3 credits

This seminar examines the role of race and ethnicity in American law and social practice from the early colonial period to the present and in the light of that history it considers the possibility of reparations for those affected by slavery and discrimination. It will focus on the experiences of Native Americans, African Americans, Asian Americans, Latino Americans, and some immigrant groups, and will address such issues as whether anyone could have a valid moral claim to reparations, who could be morally liable to support reparations, what forms reparations might reasonably take, and how any justifiable reparations might reasonably be funded. Readings will include Lyons, The Color Line, and other historical and legal materials. A day or two prior to each class meeting, seminar members will submit three to five questions that are suitable for discussion. A term paper is required: a topic must be proposed (which the instructor can aid a seminar member develop) and must be approved; a complete and polished draft of the term paper will be submitted, for comments and suggestions, and a version of the paper that has been revised in light of comments received will be submitted for grading. LIMITED WRITING REQUIREMENT OPTION: A limited number of students may be permitted to satisfy the upper-class writing requirement with this class. LAW ENROLLMENT LIMIT: 10 students. ** 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.

SPRG 2017: LAW JD 878 A1 , Jan 18th to Apr 26th 2017
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Wed 2:10 pm 4:10 pm 3 David B. Lyons LAW 508

3 credits

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. ENROLLMENT LIMIT: 14 students. GRADING NOTICE: This class will 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.

FALL 2016: LAW JD 900 A1 , Sep 6th to Dec 6th 2016
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Tue 2:10 pm 4:10 pm 3 Keith N. Hylton LAW 417

3 credits

Transitional justice institutions are legal and quasi-legal mechanisms through which states and societies attempt to address past wrongs, such as criminal trials and truth commissions. Transitional justice scholarship studies these responses to collective violence and asks how these responses affect collective memory and democratization. Since the 1990s we witness important innovations, with victim testimonies given a central role, didactic goals such as clarifying history and shaping collective memory recognized as official goals of the legal process, and the development of a human right to truth. These innovations are understood as offering an alternative to the legalist approach of criminal law -- one that espouses ideals of "restorative justice." This seminar critically examines this claim with a careful study of the building blocks of transitional justice. It argues that they can be traced back to Holocaust trials, and in particular to the Eichmann trial that took place in 1961 in Jerusalem. The course charts the contribution of Holocaust trials to transitional justice practice and debates, focusing on the new role of victims in transitional justice processes, the centrality of truth-seeking, and the new relations between law and history. Finally, the seminar examines the feminist critique of international law launched in the 1990s around the ad-hoc tribunals of former Yugoslavia and Rwanda and how the development of a gender sensitive jurisprudence conjoined with the rise of the witness in Holocaust trials to offer a new Justice formed around victims and testimonies. ENROLLMENT LIMIT: 15 students. NOTES: This seminar does not satisfy the Upper-class Writing Requirement. ** 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.

FALL 2016: LAW JD 727 A1 , Sep 6th to Dec 6th 2016
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Tue 10:40 am 12:40 pm 3 Professor Bilsky LAW 417

3 credits

This seminar will examine current hot button issues and controversies in environmental law with an emphasis on their legal and policy implications. Examples may include greenhouse gas emissions from power plants and other fossil fuel sources/users; NIMBY fights over the location of pipelines and wind farms; and the respective environmental impacts of wind, solar, biomass and other alternative energy sources, coal, oil, nuclear or natural gas powered-energy. Through stakeholder analysis, role playing and decision making exercises involving actual cases, students will gain a focused understanding of key federal environmental laws, regulations and policies and learn how practicing lawyers apply the law to a complex set of facts where there are no black and white answers. The course will be conducted in seminar format which means that active participation in discussion and in class exercises will count for a major part of the final grade. Several written projects, collaborations and presentations will be required throughout the semester. Experience in Administrative Law is preferred but not required. NOTE: 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.

SPRG 2017: LAW JD 779 A1 , Jan 17th to Apr 25th 2017
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Tue 4:20 pm 6:20 pm 3 Kenneth A. Reich LAW 203

2 credits

This course will examine the theory, practice, and interrelationship of trade secret law and the law of restrictive covenants, including laws governing the use and enforceability of noncompetition agreements. We will explore what a trade secret is, what it is not, how it differs from other types of intellectual property, and how something secret can constitute protectable property. We will investigate how trade secrets can be misappropriated, including misappropriation through one's memory; whether and in what circumstances trade secrets will be protected, including through the use of noncompetition agreements, nondisclosure agreements, and other restrictive covenants; the other purposes served by those agreements; and the strengths and weaknesses of the various laws governing the protection of trade secrets and the use of restrictive covenants. Depending on class interest and time, we may discuss related issues such as the current debate over the use of noncompete agreements and their putative effects on innovation. NOTE: This course satisfies the upper-class professional skills requirement. GRADING NOTICE: This course does not offer the CR/NC/H option. OFFERING PATTERN: This class is not offered every year. Students are advised to take this into account when planning their long-term schedule.

SPRG 2017: LAW JD 793 A1 , Jan 17th to Apr 25th 2017
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Tue 6:30 pm 8:30 pm 2 Russell Beck LAW 418

3 credits

This course will examine the precepts of trademark and unfair competition law. We will investigate issues of ownership, protectability, misappropriation, and infringement in the context of words, symbols, slogans, product design and trade dress. The course also will handle related issues, depending on class interest, such as: trademark's common law roots, false and comparative advertising, parody, the right of publicity, the First Amendment, a comparison of how copyright and trademark treat 'functional' designs, and the challenge of applying trademark laws in the Internet context. In addition to a 3-hour final exam, all students will be required to complete a short memorandum dealing with trademark clearance and registration issues. GRADING NOTICE: This course does not offer the CR/NC/H option.

FALL 2016: LAW JD 780 A1 , Sep 7th to Dec 7th 2016
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Mon,Wed 10:45 am 12:10 pm 3 Stacey Dogan LAW 101

3 credits

This course is one of the semester-long transaction simulations offered as part of the School's Transactional Law Program and satisfies the Transaction Simulation requirement of the Transactional Practice Concentration. The simulated transaction involves the sale of an urban site in Cambridge, MA comprised of buildings currently or previously occupied by commercial tenants which is to be re-developed into a high-end mixed-use multi-family and retail building. The course is intended to expose students to various transactional, regulatory and other issues faced, and lawyering tasks undertaken, by both junior and more senior attorneys in this type of transaction, and to enable students, in performing these tasks, to develop important practice skills in the area of commercial real estate. The class will be divided into teams at various stages of the transaction, with each team representing the buyer or the seller, regarding the acquisition of the property, or the local developer or capital partner regarding forming the venture that will acquire this property. 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. Throughout the semester students will be able to interact with a variety of real estate developers and experts. The course grade will be based on periodic drafting, negotiating and other written assignments (both in-class and homework), contributions to team efforts, and individual class participation. CLASS SIZE: Limited to 12 students. NOTES: This course does not satisfy the Upper-Class Writing Requirement. This course satisfies the Upper-Class Professional Skills Requirement. 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 list are required to attend the first meeting to be considered for enrollment.

SPRG 2017: LAW JD 774 A1 , Jan 18th to Apr 26th 2017
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Wed 4:20 pm 6:20 pm 3 Lawrence Uchill LAW 418

3 credits

This course is one of the semester-long transaction simulations offered as part of the School's Transactional Law Program and satisfies the Transaction Simulation Requirement of the Transactional Practice Concentration. The simulated transaction is the auction and sale of a privately-held company in the single-cup coffee brewing industry. The course exposes students to the primary tasks undertaken by both junior and more senior attorneys in a private company auction and sale, and in doing so builds skills students will need as they enter transactional practice. Students will perform analytical, drafting and other legal tasks during each stage of the transaction from inception through closing, including revising and negotiating final terms of a merger agreement for the proposed transaction and preparing the related disclosure schedules. Much of the course work will be done in teams representing the company being sold or a potential purchaser of that company. The course grade will be based on drafting assignments, contributions to team efforts such as in-class presentations and negotiation sessions, and individual class participation. CLASS SIZE: Limited to 12 students. PREREQUISITE: Contract Drafting. PREREQUISITE or COREQUISITE: Corporations. NOTES: This course does not satisfy the Upper-Class Writing Requirement. This course satisfies the Upper-Class Professional Skills Requirement. GRADING NOTICE: This course does 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 list are required to attend the first meeting to be considered for enrollment.

SPRG 2017: LAW JD 773 A1 , Jan 18th to Apr 26th 2017
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Wed 2:10 pm 4:10 pm 3 Kent A. CoitAlan MacEwan LAW 418

3 credits

This course is one of the semester-long transaction simulations offered as part of the School's Transactional Law Program. The simulated transaction is the formation and initial financing of a privately-held company in the software industry. The transaction will expose students to the principal issues in counseling entrepreneurs as to their emerging businesses, including key elements such as entity creation, duties of management and control among owners, equity compensation, intellectual property protection, capital raising through preferred stock financing, and financing-related contracts based on industry-standard models. Through in-class discussions and graded homework assignments, students will simulate the work of practicing attorneys (both junior and senior) who counsel start-ups and their founders on a day-to-day basis. The course grade will be based on three drafting homework assignments, contributions in class, and a group project focused on a self-selected current topic. CLASS SIZE: Limited to 12 students. PREREQUISITE: Corporations. NOTES: This course does not satisfy the Upper-Class Writing Requirement. This course satisfies the Upper-Class Professional Skills Requirement and the Transaction Simulation requirement of the Transactional Practice Concentration. GRADING NOTICE: This course does 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 list are required to attend the first meeting to be considered for enrollment.

SPRG 2017: LAW JD 789 A1 , Jan 19th to Apr 20th 2017
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Thu 6:30 pm 8:30 pm 3 Victoria ElmanDaniel P. White LAW 203

3 credits

This course is one of the semester-long transaction simulations offered as part of the School's Transactional Law Program and satisfies the Transactional Simulation requirement of the Transactional Practice Concentration. The simulated transaction involves two companies, one a large U.S.-based pharmaceutical company, and the other an African company majority owned by the government. The two companies are interested in working together to produce and commercialize a plant-based product which may be effective in treating, and possibly even preventing, arthritis. The pharmaceutical company has developed and patented a process to extract the active ingredient from the plant which is available in ample supply from the African company. The form of their collaboration could be a joint venture, a licensing agreement or a long term supply contract. For much of the course, the class will be divided into two teams, with each team representing one of the parties to the potential transaction. Negotiations between the two teams will take place through written exchanges and real-time negotiation. The course provides students with an opportunity to gain insight into the dynamics of negotiating and structuring business transactions, to learn about the role that lawyers, law and business play in these negotiations, and to develop experience in drafting communications and actual negotiations. Students will also learn about the legal and business issues that may arise in joint ventures, supply agreements and licensing agreements, particularly in an international transaction. CLASS SIZE: Limited to 12 students (6 JD and 6 LLM). PREREQUISITE OR COREQUISITE: Corporations. NOTES: This course does not satisfy the Upper-class Writing Requirement. This course satisfies the Upper-Class Professional Skills Requirement. GRADING NOTICE: This course does not offer the CR/NC/H option. ATTENDANCE REQUIREMENT: A student who fails to attend the first class and does not 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 the class are required to attend the first meeting to be considered for enrollment.

SPRG 2017: LAW JD 783 A1 , Jan 17th to Apr 25th 2017
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Tue 4:20 pm 6:20 pm 3 Stephen J. DoyleClaudia J. Gilman LAW 204

3 credits

This course is one of the semester-long transaction simulations offered as part of the School's Transactional Law Program and satisfies the Transaction Simulation requirement of the Transactional Practice Concentration. The simulated transaction involves the consolidation of ownership of a family-owned retail drugstore 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, including interests in real estate used in the business and (ii) his sister, a minority shareholder not active in the business, seeking a risk-free separation from the business and an assured pay-out. The course will consider the respective rights and obligations of these two shareholders as majority and minority owners in a closely held business. The course will also address issues involved in commercial real estate leasing and financing, including negotiating a commercial lease, mortgage and mortgage note from the perspective of each party. The course is intended to expose students to the principal tasks undertaken, and issues faced, 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, with each team 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. The course grade will be based on periodic drafting and other written assignments (individual and the individual's portion of team or group assignments), individual contributions to other team or group efforts, and individual class participation (including oral reports). CLASS SIZE: Limited to 12 students. NOTES: This course does not satisfy the Upper-Class Writing Requirement. This course satisfies the Upper-Class Professional Skills Requirement. 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 list are required to attend the first meeting to be considered for enrollment.

FALL 2016: LAW JD 772 A1 , Sep 7th to Dec 7th 2016
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Wed 2:10 pm 4:10 pm 3 Richard BlanksteinRichard H. Goldman LAW 416

2 credits

This course examines legal issues arising in debt financing provided by financial institutions in international markets. The structure of transnational loan agreements, guarantees, letters of credit, participation and loan sales transactions, and basic instruments and documents common to trade financing are examined. The nature of the documentation and techniques used in such transactions, as well as regulatory patterns, legal problems and international law reform efforts, are studied. The course also covers issues related to the syndication of debt financing transactions, governing law, and creditor remedies. Not offered 2016-2017.

3 credits

This course introduces the student to the structure of the trial process and the skills used by trial lawyers. The topics covered range from opening statements to closing arguments, including conducting direct and cross examination of witnesses, making and meeting objections, introducing documents and discovery into evidence, and using hypothetical questions with expert witnesses. Students must perform simulated exercises and will try one or more civil or criminal cases before a jury. Visit the web for more information on the instructors. PREREQUISITE: EVIDENCE. Students taking TRIAL ADVOCACY in the second semester of their third year may take EVIDENCE as a COREQUISITE. Students who have taken part in a clinic may not subsequently enroll in Trial Advocacy. GRADING NOTICE: This course does not offer the CR/NC/H option. NOTE: This class satisfies the Upper-class Professional Skills requirement. ** A student who fails either to attend the initial meeting of a section of Trial Advocacy, or to obtain permission to be absent from either the instructor or the registrar, WILL BE administratively dropped from the section. Students who are on a wait list for a section are required to attend the first section meeting to be considered for enrollment.

FALL 2016: LAW JD 894 A1 , Sep 12th to Dec 5th 2016
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Mon 4:30 pm 7:20 pm 3 Jack Lu LAW 512
SPRG 2017: LAW JD 894 A2 , Jan 18th to Apr 26th 2017
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Wed 4:30 pm 7:20 pm 3 F. Dennis Saylor LAW 512
SPRG 2017: LAW JD 894 W1 , Jan 17th to Apr 25th 2017
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Tue 5:00 pm 7:50 pm 3 Fred Wyshak LAW 512

3 credits

The purpose of this course is to enable students to further develop the skills acquired during the basic trial advocacy course and to introduce them to issues that are not generally addressed at the basic level. Those issues will include motions in limine, impaneling a jury, trial notebooks, effective use of experts, trial technology, preserving the record for appellate purposes and further developing direct and cross-examinations skills. This will be accomplished by using the entire case file used by counsel in a 1992 murder trial, Commonwealth v Fuller in Essex County, MA. The class will be divided into two teams: a prosecution team and a defense team. The case is evenly weighted so no team will have a built-in advantage. Each team will work together to address the issues facing that team. There will be plenty of opportunity for individual in-class demonstrations of various trial skills, including writing and arguing motions in limine, direct and cross examinations of an expert, etc. The students will learn that much of trial advocacy involves "brainstorming" the issues with one's peers, particularly during the early stages of a case. Accordingly, the course will be frontloaded with group discussion of the various issues facing the trial lawyer before the first juror is impaneled. The final exam of this course will be a mock trial of a case, one that is much more compact than the Fuller case. This trial will provide an excellent opportunity for the students to demonstrate the complete range of their trial skills. GRADING NOTICE: This course does not offer the CR/NC/H option NOTE: This class satisfies the Upper-class Professional Skills requirement. *** A student who fails either to attend the initial meeting of Trial Advocacy (Advanced), or to obtain permission to be absent from either the instructor or the registrar, will be administratively dropped from the section. Students who are on a wait list for a section are required to attend the first section meeting to be considered for enrollment.

SPRG 2017: LAW JD 945 A1 , Jan 19th to Apr 20th 2017
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Thu 4:30 pm 7:20 pm 3 Elizabeth M. Fahey LAW 512

4 credits

Professor Seipp's Section: This course explores the basic law surrounding the disposition of property at death: (1) overview of the estate planning process and the policy considerations regarding inheritance law; (2) the process by which property is distributed in the absence of a will (intestacy); (3) the law of wills, examining formal requirements for the execution of a valid will, revocation, challenges to a will, and construction; (4) will substitutes and planning for incapacity; (5) the law of trusts, including revocable and pour-over trusts, creditor and beneficiary rights, and spendthrift trusts; (6) powers of appointment, perpetuities, and brief coverage of charitable trusts. This course does not address in detail tax-motivated estate planning. Professor Hurwitz's Section: This course explores the basic law surrounding the disposition of property at death: (1) overview of the estate planning process and the policy considerations regarding inheritance law; (2) the process by which property is distributed in the absence of a will (intestacy); (3) the law of wills, examining challenges to a will, formal requirements for the execution of a valid will, revocation, and construction; (4) will substitutes and planning for incapacity; (5) the law of trusts, including revocable and pour-over trusts, and creditor and beneficiary rights; (6) brief coverage of powers of appointment, perpetuities, spendthrift, and charitable trusts. This course does not address in detail tax-motivated estate planning.

FALL 2016: LAW JD 871 A1 , Sep 6th to Dec 8th 2016
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Tue,Thu 2:10 pm 4:10 pm 4 David J. Seipp LAW 414
SPRG 2017: LAW JD 871 H1 , Jan 17th to Apr 25th 2017
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Tue,Thu 10:40 am 12:40 pm 4 Ilana Hurwitz LAW 103

3 credits

Secured Transactions explores the "how-to's" of asset-based lending and, particularly, the way in which a lender or seller of commercial goods on credit protects its rights in the debtor's collateral under Article 9 of the Uniform Commercial Code and the U.S. Bankruptcy Code. The subject matter is approached from the perspective of practice skills in representing a lender and a commercial debtor. Students are responsible for case and problem recitation, as well as problem solving in a team environment.

SPRG 2017: LAW BK 972 A1 , Jan 19th to Apr 21st 2017
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Thu 2:00 pm 4:00 pm 3 Karol K. Sparks LAW 605
Fri 12:00 pm 3:00 pm 3 Karol K. Sparks LAW 605

3 credits

The past several years have witnessed a number of high-profile white collar criminal prosecutions, including Arthur Andersen, Bernard Madoff, Jeffrey Skilling (Enron), and Ronald Blagojevich (former Illinois governor) to name a few. Developments continue, including the Supreme Court's reversal this year of former Virginia Governor Robert McConnell's bribery conviction and the upcoming Boston trial of the operators of New England Compounding Company. The purpose of this Course is to teach present-day "white collar crime" practice, including the elements of principal federal statutes and the special procedures followed by prosecutors. The course will review the theoretical bases of modern "white collar crime" prosecution, the major statutes in a prosecutor's "tool-box" (mail and wire fraud, securities fraud, health care fraud, bribery and extortion, obstruction of justice, RICO, and perjury) and procedural aspects of white collar crime (such as, grand jury process and sentencing). Students will learn significant and interesting recent cases and the prosecutorial and defensive techniques employed in white collar crime cases. Upon successful completion of the course, students will be familiar with the statutes, procedures, and methods of issue analysis employed by prosecutors and private lawyers in "white collar crime" practice. OFFERING PATTERN: This class not offered every year. Students are advised to take this into account when planning their long-term schedule.

SPRG 2017: LAW JD 854 A1 , Jan 18th to Apr 26th 2017
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Mon,Wed 9:00 am 10:30 am 3 Mark Josephs LAW 204

1 credits

Students enrolled in selected upper-class courses have the option of enrolling in one-credit Writing Supplements to these courses. Designed for students who are interested in practicing in the areas covered by the course, these one-credit supplements are taught by experienced attorneys who practice in these areas. In collaboration with the professor teaching the substantive course, the practitioner instructs students in drafting documents related to the substantive coursework. For example, a writing supplement to a family law class could include separation agreements, custody agreements or restraining orders. Writing sections consist of one introductory meeting and a number of follow up meetings (specific dates TBD) to discuss drafts in progress. Because enrollment is limited, you will receive substantial feedback and individualized instruction. NOTE: This class satisfies the upper-class professional skills requirement. NOTE: Fall 2016 Section A1 - Supplement to Trusts, Wills & Estates.

FALL 2016: LAW JD 706 A1 , Sep 8th to Dec 8th 2016
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Thu 6:30 pm 7:30 pm 1 Ingrid K. Houghton LAW 508

3 credits

The past two decades have witnessed an unprecedented surge in the freeing from our nations jails and prisons of innocent people who were wrongfully convicted. Many have served lengthy sentences and some have spent years on death row awaiting execution for crimes they did not commit. This course will examine the broad range of factors that contribute to the wrongful conviction of the innocent and, in doing so, will shed light on broader questions about the functioning of the US criminal justice system. We will explore the role played by faulty eyewitness-identification procedures; coercive and deceptive police interrogation procedures; the mishandling of confidential informants, cooperating witnesses, and jailhouse snitches; junk science, disorganized crime labs, and incompetent and corrupt experts; police and prosecutorial failures to preserve & disclose exculpatory evidence; and incompetent defense counsel and underfunded criminal-defense-delivery systems. We will also examine the role of racial and ethnic bias, profiling, and tunnel vision, before considering how wrongful convictions affect the debate over the death penalty. We will look the use of postconviction procedures such as appeals, new-trial motions, and habeas corpus petitions, to free the wrongfully convicted. Finally, we will explore some of the reforms that have been proposed and some of the critiques -- from both the left and the right -- of the innocence movement, with its reliance on DNA technologies, and its narrow focus on the "wrong-man" notion of the "factually innocent." Films, case studies, and guest speakers will help ground our discussion in concrete examples. 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. ENROLLMENT LIMIT: 15 students. OFFERING PATTERN: This class is frequently offered in alternating years. 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.

SPRG 2017: LAW JD 837 A1 , Jan 17th to Apr 25th 2017
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Tue 6:30 pm 9:30 pm 3 Michael R. SchneiderRadha Natarajan LAW 417

1 credits

Participants will engage in screening applications from prisoners claiming innocence who have requested help from the New England Innocence Project. This may involve reading prisoner questionnaires, pleadings and court opinions in the case, legal research and analysis of the requirements for obtaining a new trial, review of attorney files, and search for forensic evidence in the case. Clinic students must attend biweekly meetings as determined necessary by Professor Cormier, and spend at least five hours a week on Clinic tasks, under supervision, for the full academic year. If investigation of the prisoner's case finishes at the end of the Fall Semester, or part-way through the Spring Semester, the Clinic work will end at that time. Most often, however, Clinic obligations continue throughout the academic year. Students will receive one pass/fail credit for each full semester of work. If, however, work on the prisoner's case is not finished by December, credit for the Fall will be deferred until the work is completed. Hours spent on Clinic work in the Spring semester that do not receive credit may be counted toward satisfaction of the School's Pro Bono Pledge. Participants will be expected to attend an evening orientation program, conducted in late September at the New England Innocence Project. NOTES: The clinic will meet from 6:30-9:30 on a weekday to be determined by the needs of the enrolled students. This Clinic satisfies the upper-class professional skills requirement. Enrolling in this Clinic will not disadvantage participants who wish to enroll in other law school clinics, either contemporaneously or subsequently.

FALL 2016: LAW JD 828 A1 , Sep 6th to Dec 8th 2016
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ARR TBD TBD 1 Philip G. Cormier
SPRG 2017: LAW JD 828 A1 , Jan 17th to Apr 26th 2017
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ARR TBD TBD 1 Philip G. Cormier