Trafficking in human beings is now a crime in almost every country and has played a central role in recent years as a widespread threat to human rights. International legal instruments comprehensively set out States` obligations to provide remedies to victims of trafficking, but the rhetoric of treaties and protocols provides little concrete guidance to achieve their laudable goals. In this seminar, students will address the question of how to provide effective and appropriate remedies to victims of trafficking by comparing approaches and outcomes across countries, including the United States. Students will conduct in-depth research on specific countries and apply theoretical frameworks to evaluate different methods of implementation. International students are encouraged to benefit from their knowledge and experience of the legal systems of their home country. Grades are based on class participation, research papers and presentations. This course is designed to provide an overview of military law and make it relevant to the practice of civil and criminal law at the state and federal levels. We will review the United States Court Martial Manual (MCM) as well as portions of other relevant military and civilian publications. The MCM contains the rules of criminal procedure under which the military justice system operates, but also the rules of military evidence, the criminal articles on the basis of which a person can be charged, as well as many other relevant forms, guides and analyses. Students will be introduced to the history of military law, a comparative analysis of military law, the basic procedural and substantive functioning of the military law system, and learn why this course makes them a better lawyer. The final exam consists of a two-hour class exam, where part consists of written questions that require short answers, and part consists of multiple-choice, true and false questions. Students who enroll in this course must also register for the accompanying two-credit program seminar in Chicago, which is held weekly in Chicago. The seminar is designed to enhance the learning that takes place during the field placement by deepening students` thinking about the justice system, legal skills, professional identity, ethics, and their own professional development.
Students have reading assignments, regular short writing assignments, and responsibility for classroom presentations. Advanced Topics in Constitutional Law is a seminar open to third-year students who wish to deepen their understanding of the Constitution through careful study of Supreme Court opinions. Unlike other law school courses, students must read every word of every opinion, including agreements and disagreements. The cases are all recent and include many of the most important decisions involving the First, Second, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth and Eighth Amendments. Time permitting, some categories will include cases of separation of powers, federalism and matters of great public interest. Students must pass an intermediate exam (40 points), submit an assignment before the end of the semester (40 points) and actively discuss and discuss cases in class (20 points). Private law covers legal issues between private parties in which the state has only a limited presence. It traditionally focuses on contracts, torts and property.
This seminar aims to take advantage of students` familiarity with these subjects from the first year curriculum and to go beyond to bring them to the limits of thinking in private law. This is done through direct collaboration with scientists who present their work in progress. Students receive an introductory reading on the fundamental theories of private law and texts relevant to the contextualization of the work in progress. Students then read the articles in progress and submit questions and answers. The culmination of each work in progress is a colloquium with the author. This course will examine ethical, legal and public policy issues arising from various advances in biomedical sciences and biotechnology. Students are invited to reflect on how these developments affect law and public policy, as well as the questions that may arise in attempts to orient and regulate science according to ethical principles. Topics include human reproduction (including maternal/fetal conflict and assisted reproduction), stem cell research, human cloning, genetic testing and genetic modification, human research, neuroscience and neuroethics, end-of-life issues, and relevant issues affecting and affecting both intellectual property and constitutional law. No previous experience in science, medicine, philosophy or related disciplines is required or necessary. Final student grades are based on class attendance and a research paper. In today`s world of 24/7 news cycles, cell phone cameras, blogs and social media, the race to publish provocative and innovative content has led to high-profile cases where legal boundaries have been crossed to obtain a story, image or video. This course explores the fundamental principles of defamation, invasion of privacy, and accountability for offenses and crimes committed in the course of information-gathering activities, and how the principles of the First Amendment have evolved to address these issues in the modern age of electronic media.
Through lectures, class discussions, and written assignments, students not only gain a broad understanding of substantive law, but also understand the important policy implications for the public, journalists, and the themes of their stories. The seminar will also include interactive classroom exercises in which students research, present, and defend opposing views on current issues that come directly from headlines in real-life media cases, including media protection laws, anti-SLAPP laws, public vs. private individuals, mass defamation, facts versus opinions, pre-publication restrictions, media liability for crimes and crimes committed by third parties, and liability of Internet Service Providers (ISPs) and administrators of interactive online websites. The practicalities of representing clients in media affairs, including jurisdiction and choice of law, are also examined. This course starts the week before the start of the semester. The class meets from 9:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on the eight days of the intensive week. Students will learn testing techniques that they will apply in two exams. This course is designed for students whose primary professional interest is litigation. It is designed to help students become familiar with the techniques used to present evidence of disputed facts at trial before judges and jurors. In-person sessions in conjunction with a judge and jury trial for each student examine and analyze litigation skills and professional liability issues.
The course includes workshop sessions and learning by doing through simulated exercises in the courtroom. Students study litigation techniques through student participation, faculty reviews, lectures, and demonstrations by practicing lawyers. The different jurisdictional competencies of litigation are summarized in two full trials, one before a judge and the other before a jury. The class also meets one evening a week from 18:00 to 20:00 for about seven weeks. Attendance throughout the intensive week, tasting weekend and semester lessons is mandatory. NOTE: Due to the unique nature of the course, the deadline to drop out of the course is before the start of the semester. Enrolment is currently limited to 48 students. Students at the Tax Clinic represent low-income clients in controversies with the Internal Revenue Service and in litigation before the U.S. Tax Court and possibly other federal courts. The clinic is located in the Clinical Law Center at 725 Howard Street. Students play a “first chair role” by interviewing and advising clients, conducting factual investigations, identifying alternatives to dispute resolution, advocating on behalf of the client, and negotiating agreements with the IRS.
Students may also participate in public relations and education on taxpayer issues. The teaching part of the course covers tax procedures and relevant substantive law, as well as the basic legal skills necessary for effective taxpayer representation. Prerequisite: Federal Income Tax (70605). Additional or secondary requirement: Professional liability (70807 or 70808). Neither a clinical course nor a “writing” course, Law and the Entrepreneur is an advanced elective course designed to allow the lawyer to “dive deeper” into entrepreneurship and examine the socio-cultural, economic and legal aspects of start-ups. The course also provides an opportunity to discuss the role of entrepreneurial behaviour in economic growth, some comparative studies of economic and legal systems, and the extent to which these encourage or stifle entrepreneurial behaviour.