COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

There are no prerequisites for any course.  The maximum number of students for any course is 32.

Alternative Dispute Resolution
(5520) 3 Hours—Professor Donald T. Bogan
This
course focuses on negotiation theory and skills in the context of exploring various alternate dispute resolution processes. It includes both student performance exercises and the study of substantive legal issues affecting dispute resolution, including questions arising from contracts to mediate or arbitrate disputes within the United States, and internationally. The class also will examine professional responsibility issues that commonly confront practicing lawyers.

Corporations
(5433) 3 Hours—Professor Steven J. Clevland
This course provides an introduction to corporate law. Brief coverage is given to factors bearing on the choice of organization, the process of corporate formation, and corporate capital structure. Close examination is given to the governance structure of the corporation and the fiduciary obligations of directors and officers. The course also addresses forces that serve to discipline directors and officers, such as voting rights and the market for corporate control.  Brief coverage is given to comparing the corporate law of the United States against that of England, Germany, and Japan.

International Trade
(6100) 3 Hours—Professor Thomas Krebs
This course is concerned with the law of International Trade. Broadly defined, it covers transactions in which goods are transported (by ship) from one country to another. In particular, we are going to look at three transactions: 1. The shipping transaction: this involves two relationships, namely between the seller and the carrier, and between the carrier and the buyer; 2. The sales transaction: this is concerned with the relationship between the seller and the buyer; 3. The financing transaction: again, two relationships are involved: buyer/bank and seller/bank. The course will be taught by way of lectures and interactive seminars.

Legislation & Regulation
(6100) 3 HoursProfessor Joshua S. Sellers
Modern legal practice is dominated by statutes and the interpretation of statutes by administrative agencies. This course explores the role of legislatures and agencies as lawmaking enterprises. We will explore three central topics: (1) The legislative process, including, the various ways a bill may work its way through a legislative body, the bill drafting process, and the federal budget process; (2) Statutory interpretation, including, theories and canons of statutory interpretation, and the use of legislative history; and (3) Agency processes and judgments, including, agency rulemaking and adjudication.  Attention will also be given to the ways in which the British Parliament both resembles and differs from Congress.