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Note: All School of Law course numbers are preceded by the letter L in the myUDC (Banner) registration system.

Required Courses
1L Lab LAB
Civil Procedure I 102
Civil Procedure II 107
Constitutional Law I 201
Constitutional Law II 205
Contracts I 104
Contracts II 109
Criminal Law 103
Criminal Procedure 108
Evidence 202
Lab II LAB2
Lab III LAB3
Law & Justice 106/106A
Lawyering Process I 100
Lawyering Process II 110
Legal & Bar Success Foundations 342
Legal Research 100R
Moot Court 450
Professional Responsibility 203
Property I 204A
Property II 227A
Torts I 101A
Torts II 231A
Core Courses
Administrative Law 208
Business Organizations I 206
Business Organizations II 207
Commercial Law I / UCC I 210A
Conflict of Laws 219
Family Law 214/214A
Federal Courts 216
Federal Taxation / Taxation I 212
Remedies 217
Wills and Estates 209
Clinics
Community Development Law Clinic 906/956
Criminal Law Clinic 920/921
General Practice Clinic 940/941
Housing and Consumer Law Clinic 900/950
Immigration & Human Rights Clinic 910/912
Juvenile & Special Education Law Clinic 902/952
Legislation Clinic 905/955
Low Income Taxpayer Clinic 901/951
Whistleblower Protection Clinic 903A/953A
Independent, Extended & Elective Clinics 911-999
Elective Courses
Advanced Contracts (Federal Procurement) 404B
Advanced Criminal Procedure 233
Advanced Legal Research 406
Advanced Legal Writing 241
Alternative Dispute Resolution 235A
Asylum & Refugee Law: Trial Skills 647T
Civil Rights in the 21st Century Seminar 680
Criminal Justice, Social Justice, and Community Justice 243
Death Penalty & the Law 244/244A
Demonstration Law Seminar 461
Education Law 254
Employment Discrimination 245
Employment Discrimination (Turbo) 245T
Entertainment Law 232
Entertainment Law Seminar 232S
Externship 610/620
Forensic Evidence 222
Gender & Sexual Orientation Under the Law Seminar 258
Immigration Law 223
Immigration Law Seminar 223S
Immigration Law Seminar: Crimmigration 223A
Independent Study 500/500A
Intellectual Property Seminar 232C
International Business 229
International Human Rights 234A
International Law Seminar 224
Introduction to Critical Race Theory 646
Labor & Employment Law 225
Labor Law 225A
Legal Drafting 644
Legal Writing for Judicial Chambers 264
Mass Communications Law 242
Mock Trial Competition 452
Moot Court Competition 451/451A
Negotiations 642
Non-profit Law 239
Perspectives on Law & Literature: I 702
Perspectives on Social Justice Seminar 701T
Perspectives on Social Justice: Current Racial Controversies Viewed in Context 701E
Perspectives on Social Justice: DC and Puerto Rico Statehood 701D
Perspectives on Social Justice: Law and Economy 701B
Perspectives on Social Justice: Modern Day Slavery Seminar 701C
Perspectives on Social Justice: Supporting Underrepresented Service Members 701A
Race and the Law 251A
Race and the Law Seminar 251
Rights of Persons with Disabilities Seminar 252A
Service-Learning Practicum & Seminar 360
Social Security Disability Law 643
State & Local Government Law 236
Systems Change: Be a Changemaker 645
Trial Advocacy 300
Veterans Benefits Law 249/249A
Women and the Law Seminar 253S

Required Courses

See the Student Handbook for complete degree requirements.
100 Lawyering Process I (2 credits)
This course begins with an intensive look at the skills entering students need to learn faster and more effectively in the law school classroom. Students learn about the legal system, the lawyer's role in that system, case briefing, case and statutory analysis, case synthesis, class preparation and note taking. In addition, students complete several writing assignments that enable them to receive early critical feedback. The course provides an in-depth understanding of legal reasoning, research and writing.
100R Legal Research (1 credit)
This course introduces students to the basic principles and processes of legal research. Students learn how to locate and use secondary sources, statutory law, case law, and regulations using free and subscription-based online resources.
101A Torts I (3 credits)
This is a survey of basic tort law, including topics such as intentional torts, negligence, strict liability, and causation.
102 Civil Procedure I (3 credits)
This course is the first of a two courses that provide an introduction to the principles and rules governing the federal civil litigation process. After an overview of the civil justice system, the course focuses on jurisdictional issues addressing the proper court(s) in which an action may be filed.
103 Criminal Law (3 credits)
In this course, students are introduced to topics that include mens rea and actus reus, the elements of common law felonies and misdemeanors, and the principal defenses to criminal charges.
104 Contracts I (3 credits)
The required first semester Contracts I course covers key common law concepts including offer and acceptance, bargained for exchange, enforcement of promises on the theories of reliance and unjust enrichment, defenses to contract, conditions and terms, anticipatory repudiation and breach, and remedies. The course also introduces students to core competencies such as analyzing cases and applying narrow holdings to new facts.
106/106A Law & Justice (1 credit)
This intensive one-week course is offered prior to the start of first year classes. The course addresses issues of justice, poverty law, affirmative action and other critical issues. At the conclusion of the Law & Justice Course, students provide 40 hours of community service in group or individual projects, under the supervision of faculty advisors.
107 Civil Procedure II (3 credits)
This course builds upon the foundation of Civil Procedure I, focusing on the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure with particular attention to pleading, joinder, motions to dismiss and summary judgment, discovery, appeals, and the effect of prior judgments on litigation. Prerequisite: Civil Procedure I.
108 Criminal Procedure (3 credits)
This course introduces students to the individual rights created by the Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, and Eighth Amendments to the U. S. Constitution and to the enforcement of those rights by means of the exclusionary rule.
109 Contracts II (3 credits)
In the second semester, Contracts II introduces students to analysis of statutory law through intensive study and application of Article 2 of the Uniform Commercial Code, the primary law governing contracts for the sale of goods in the United States. The course also touches on Article 2A (Leases) and the Convention on the International Sale of Goods. Prerequisite: Contracts I.
110 Lawyering Process II (2 credits)
This course continues the development of the legal reasoning, research and writing skills introduced in Lawyering Process I. Frequent writing exercises emphasize the kinds of research and writing tasks lawyers must do every day, such as client letters, opinion letters, office memoranda, pleadings, motions, contracts and briefs. Students also are given opportunities to develop their advocacy skills through the argument of a simulated motion exercise and their bargaining skills through a simulated negotiation exercise. Prerequisite: Lawyering Process I.
201 Constitutional Law I (4 credits)
This course is designed to introduce students to the structure, text, history and application of the U.S. Constitution. The course covers the nature and scope of judicial review, legislative and executive power, and the Equal Protection Clauses of the Fourteenth Amendment.
202 Evidence (4 credits)
This course surveys key provisions of the Federal Rules of Evidence, including relevance, hearsay, impeachments, and authentication of documents. It also looks at common law privileges. The course emphasizes conveying to students a functional knowledge of the rules of evidence.
203 Professional Responsibility (2 credits)
This course examines the ethical problems implicit in the role of the legal profession in a democratic society governed by the rule of law. Topics include the lawyer-client relationship, duties to the court, conflicts of interest, confidentiality, delivery of legal services, and disciplinary rules and mechanisms.
204A Property I (3 credits)
This required course is an introduction to the law of property. Topics include the acquisition of property, possessory estates, future interests, co-ownership, and marital interests.
205 Constitutional Law II (4 credits)
In this course, students will examine the sources, history and applications of the major areas of constitutional law which involve our "rights and liberties." These areas of law include Equal Protection, Substantive Due Process and fundamental liberty interests, Procedural Due Process, and the First Amendment. The course uses a combination of methods, including a modified Socratic method, lectures, and class discussions; classes involve recitations by students of fact patterns, holdings, and implications of assigned case readings in give and take interchanges with the instructor.
227A Property II (3 credits)
This required course is an introduction to the law of property. Topics include leasehold estates, landlord tenant law, land transactions, recording systems, and the law of servitudes, zoning, and eminent domain. Prerequisite: Property I.
231A Torts II / Products Liability (3 credits)
Torts II continues the basic survey of liability for civil wrongs other than breach of contract. Students will study the reasons why and the circumstances under which courts will hold manufacturers and merchants liable for harms caused by products and services. The survey will also include study of such torts as misrepresentation, invasion of privacy, and civil rights violations. This area of law is tested on many bar examinations. Prerequisite: Torts I.
342 Legal and Bar Success Foundations (3 credits)
This is a comprehensive course for graduating students in their final semester of law school. The course is focused directly toward driving student achievement on the bar exam by working to build critical exam skills. The course will be delivered in a series of focused lessons which include a brief refresher on a subject followed by a skills workshop on that topic. Students will learn through practicing essays and multiple choice exam questions, and will receive detailed written feedback on their answers.
450 Moot Court (2 credits)
This course covers the appellate process and continues the development of legal research, analysis, and writing skills begun in the Lawyering Process courses. Students are provided with a case on appeal and prepare a written appellate brief for one side. At the end of the semester, they present an oral argument in that case. Prerequisites: Lawyering Process I and II, Legal Research.
LAB 1L Lab (0 credits)
1L Lab is a required non-credit, pass-fail course for first-semester 1L students. This course links the oral, written and legal analysis skills associated with the core competencies to the substantive law that is taught in first year courses. The lab sessions focus on skills needed for success in law school, including class preparation (reading and briefing cases and statutes, strategies for understanding legal terminology, note-taking and the importance of reflection; and exam preparation (synthesizing, preparing an outline and a problem-solving attack plan, and written communication skills such as responding to essay questions).
LAB2 Lab II
First-year students with a first semester grade point average (SGPA) below 2.5 must enroll in Lab II or another course designated by the Director of the Academic Success Program in the second semester.
LAB3 Lab III
Second-year students with a first year cumulative grade point average (CGPA) below 2.5 must enroll in Lab III or another course designated by the Director of the Academic Success Program in the fall semester of their second year.

Core Courses

Students are required to choose at least three courses from the following Core courses. See Section 3.4.2 of the Student Handbook for details.
206 Business Organizations I (3 credits)
This course focuses primarily on the organization, operation, and dissolution of unincorporated business entities. It covers the basic legal and economic principles governing the law of agency-principal relationships, partnerships, limited partnerships, joint ventures and limited liability companies. NOT a prerequisite for Business Organizations II.
207 Business Organizations II (3 credits)
This course continues the study of business relationships begun in Business Organization I. It focuses on the basic legal and economic principles related to the organization, operation, and dissolution of corporations, with a significant emphasis on issues and problems of closely held corporations and federal corporate law issues. This area of law is tested on many bar examinations. Business Organizations I is not a prerequisite, but is recommended.
208 Administrative Law (3 credits)
This course examines the role of the administrative branch of government in the legal system. In particular, it explores the nature and scope of the power of administrative agencies and the restraints on administrative power imposed by the Constitution, statutes and the common law. Topics include the delegation of power to administrative agencies, administrative investigations, the right to be heard, formal and informal decision making processes and procedures, administrative adjudication and rule-making, and judicial review of administrative actions.
209 Wills and Estates (3 credits)
This course examines the rules governing intestate and testate distribution of property and the execution, alteration and revocation of wills. The course also covers the creation of both public and private trusts, rights of beneficiaries, and responsibilities of fiduciaries. Students also are exposed to the modern alternatives of the living trust and the living will. Prerequisite: Property I.
210A Commercial Law I / UCC I (4 credits)
This course presents an integrated study of the law governing modern commercial transactions under the Uniform Commercial Code, with emphasis on non-sales related UCC subjects. It covers a variety of topics, including Articles 3 and 4 (negotiable instruments) and Article 9 (Secured Transactions). This course does not cover the sales-related subjects examined in Contracts II. This area of law is tested on many bar examinations. Prerequisites: Contracts I and II.
212 Federal Taxation / Taxation I (3 credits)
Whether rich or poor, citizen or non-citizen, all persons are impacted by U.S. Federal Tax Laws. What you do for a living has tax consequences - earning a living as a corporate executive, a ride sharing driver, or restaurant server. What happens in your personal life has tax consequences - getting married or divorced, having children, incurring student debt for school, defaulting on debt, selling or buying property, and receiving gifts. The Federal Tax system is becoming increasingly complex and that makes it difficult to navigate the system for those who cannot afford accountants and tax lawyers, or who are poor or uneducated or for whom English is not a first language to navigate the system. In this course you will learn the basic concept of Federal tax law under the Internal Revenue Code as well as an individual taxpayer’s rights and obligations. You will also learn the skill of how to carefully read a statute and apply it. We may discuss the policy reasons for choices Congress and Courts have made in adopting certain tax rules. Upon successful completion of the course the student will be able to understand the workings of Federal Tax system, identify tax issues in underlying transactions, and advise clients or understand how to find answers to issues raised.
214/214A Family Law (2 or 3 credits)
This course examines relationships of adults and children from political, economic, and social welfare perspectives. Students will analyze a wide variety of subject areas with a view towards understanding the balance between state involvement and the individual's or family's rights to privacy in the areas of domestic relations. The course surveys developments in the law relating to marriage, divorce, child custody and support, alimony, division of property, and other issues affecting familial relationships. In addition, course materials address the relationships between children, adults and the state concerning domestic violence, child neglect and abuse, adoption, the foster care system, kinship care, reproductive rights, nontraditional family relationships, and new biomedical technologies. This area of law is tested on many bar examinations.
216 Federal Courts (3 credits)
This course addresses the constitutional and statutory provisions--as well as the jurisdictional doctrines and concepts--that shape and limit the role played by the federal courts in the American legal system. Subjects covered include the origins of federal judicial review, Congressional power to curtail federal jurisdiction, limitations on the ability of the federal courts to enjoin state court proceedings, and requirements for U.S. Supreme Court review of lower federal and state court judgments. This area of law is tested on many bar examinations.
217 Remedies (3 credits)
This course is organized as a case survey and study of various remedies available to those who have suffered wrongs for which others are held civilly liable. Students examine a range of topics: monetary remedies; the various means of measuring money damages; injunctive, declaratory remedies; and restitutionary claims and remedies. The course covers the availability of such remedies in a variety of tort, contract, and property contexts.
219 Conflict of Laws (3 credits)
Three main areas are covered in this course: 1) jurisdiction; 2) choice of law; and (3) enforcement of judgments. Jurisdiction addresses the authority of the forum court to issue binding decisions against or for out-of-state parties. Choice of law concerns determination of which state's or country's laws must apply in a multi-state or international dispute. Finally, enforcement of judgment deals with the effect of a judgment rendered in one jurisdiction beyond the boundaries of that jurisdiction. These subjects are tested on many bar examinations and are also of practical importance in civil litigation practice.

Clinics

Students, please see Clinic Guidelines for each clinic's prerequisites, conflict of interest and student practice rules.
900/950 Housing and Consumer Law Clinic (7 credits) (ALWR Opportunity*)
This clinic introduces students to civil and administrative litigation in the housing and consumer areas. Students act as counsel in administrative forums. Advanced students may appear in court. Students must be eligible for court certification.
901/951 Low Income Taxpayer Clinic (7 credits) (ALWR Opportunity*)
The Low Income Taxpayer Clinic (LITC) provides students with hands-on experience representing taxpayers in disputes with the IRS regarding federal income tax liability before the IRS and U.S. Tax Court. Students represent low-income D.C. residents who are referred to the clinic by the IRS and non-profit and other advocacy organizations because the clients have no right to court-appointed attorneys and cannot afford to hire private counsel. The tax controversies include such matters as those in which the IRS challenges either the client's tax return or the failure of the client to file a return. The most common controversies involve a taxpayer who has claimed a right to the Earned Income Tax Credit or a low-income spouse whom the IRS is pursuing based upon the failure of the other spouse to pay taxes. The classroom work will include coverage of relevant tax doctrine. LITC faculty will provide doctrinal material and address the practical aspects of tax controversy cases in order to prepare students to interview and counsel clients and to represent them effectively in these cases. Participation as a student in the LITC will be good preparation for a poverty law practice, a general law practice, or future work in tax law.
902/952 Juvenile & Special Education Law Clinic (7 credits) (ALWR Opportunity*)
Students in the Juvenile & Special Education Law Clinic represent children and parents or guardians primarily in delinquency and special education cases, supplementing traditional delinquency representation with advocacy to address the special education needs of its clients. Clinic students handle all aspects of advocacy and representation, including drafting documents, developing and implementing case plans, negotiating, and handling administrative hearings and courtroom representation.
903A/953A Whistleblower Protection Clinic (7 credits) (ALWR Opportunity*)
The Whistleblower Protection Clinic (formerly called the Government Accountability Project Clinic) introduces students to the law and skills required to provide representation to government and private employees who are threatened with retaliation for speaking out against fraud, waste, mismanagement, abuse of authority, environmental dangers, and public health and safety problems. The clinic involves students in work on administrative hearings, appeals, congressional testimony, media involvement, investigations, development of record, and legal research on track record of whistleblower laws.
905/955 Legislation Clinic (7 credits) (ALWR Opportunity*)
The Legislation Clinic trains students to be effective legislative lawyers, who are skilled in working with text, law, policy, and politics to help achieve legislative or regulatory reform and develop thoughtful public policy. The Clinic’s seminar focuses on relevant substantive law, processes (such as how legislation is enacted and regulations are promulgated on the local and federal levels), ethics (such as system reform obligations, lobbying restrictions, and working with groups), and skills (such as client counseling, oral advocacy, legislative research, and drafting policy materials like talking points, bills, or white papers). The field experience complements the seminar component by providing students the opportunity to represent the community and community-based non-profit organizations under faculty supervision on employment, gender, and other social justice policy projects.
906/956 Community Development Law Clinic (7 credits) (ALWR Opportunity*)
The Community Development Law Clinic (CDLC) focuses on transactional (or non-litigation based) advocacy skills. The clinic's clients are organizations involved in affordable housing development, small business development and community services, such as childcare. In their field work, students will serve in the capacity of corporate counsel to the clients, advising and assisting them in a wide range of concerns, which may include choice of entity, organizational structure, tax status, fiduciary duty of corporate officers and directors, regulatory compliance, government programs, financing and contractual relations. The clinic emphasizes transactional-based lawyering skills, including problem solving, client interviewing and counseling, negotiation, legal research and legal drafting. Trial practice skills are not addressed in this clinic. The clinic will also cover substantive law and policy related to the subject matter presented by the cases.

In the small business component of the clinic, students represent small D.C. business enterprises in need of free legal services. Students advise clients on business structures, prepare articles of incorporation, bylaws, advise clients regarding basic tax law, zoning, licensing requirements; and mediate business disputes.
910/912 Immigration & Human Rights Clinic (7 credits) (ALWR Opportunity*)
Participants in the Immigration and Human Rights Clinic will learn about the specialized area of immigration law and other areas of law (such as employment law and civil rights law) that frequently concern representation of noncitizens and immigrants’ rights more generally. Students will represent clients under the supervision of the clinic director and the graduate student instructor. In addition to attending the required twice-weekly seminar, students will meet individually with their supervising attorney and participate in case rounds.

Students may have the opportunity to represent clients at interviews with immigration officials and/or to litigate in Immigration Court, the Board of Immigration Appeals, state court, United States District Court or the United States Court of Appeals, depending on the type of case assigned and the scope of representation. Assignments may include applications for Cancellation of Removal; challenges to indefinite detention, via either administrative review petitions or the filing of writs of habeas corpus; bond hearings for detained noncitizens (Joseph hearings); appeals of removal orders for detained noncitizens by the Immigration Court to the Board of Immigration Appeals and/or the Circuit Courts of Appeals; representation of low-wage immigrant workers with employment related issues, such as failure to receive minimum wage and unemployment compensation denials; and creating and conducting "Know Your Rights” presentations for noncitizen residents of the District of Columbia.
920/921 Criminal Law Clinic (7 credits) (ALWR Opportunity*)
The Criminal Law Clinic is a one-semester clinic in which students participate alongside students from other D.C. law schools in the Criminal Defense Clinic at Rising for Justice, which shares a building with UDC Law. Students in the Criminal Defense Clinic represent defendants in misdemeanor cases in the District of Columbia Superior Court and juveniles charged with all but the most serious offenses.

Under the guidance and supervision of experienced trial attorneys, students are responsible for all aspects of client representation such as conducting fact investigation and legal research, writing and arguing motions, engaging in pretrial discovery, trying cases, negotiating plea agreements and assisting clients with probation revocations, where applicable. Through reading assignments, mock hearings, reflection, and actual representation, students learn how to develop a case theory and the skills needed for outstanding representation.
940/941 General Practice Clinic (7 credits) (ALWR Opportunity*)
The General Practice Clinic is a one-semester clinic in which student attorneys represent low-income clients in such areas as family law, health, public benefits, and wills. Student attorneys use a range of legal skills on behalf of clients in settings that may include administrative tribunals and trial and appellate courts in the District of Columbia. Student attorneys represent low-income clients in two-person or three-person teams.

All students attend a seminar, which covers topics such as client-centered representation, interviewing, theory of the client, fact investigation, counseling, and negotiation. Student attorneys will share developments and issues in their cases with other students during case rounds.
911-999 Independent, Extended & Elective Clinics (1-7 credits) (ALWR Opportunity*)
Independent, Extended & Elective Clinics for one or more credits may be arranged based upon completion of an Elective/Extended Clinic Form and approval by the clinic supervisor and Associate Dean for Experiential & Clinical Programs. Elective Clinics are in addition to the mandatory Clinics I and II and do not satisfy UDC Law's two-clinic requirement. Students should refer to the Student Handbook, e.g. Section 3.5.2, regarding enrollment in additional/non-required clinic credits.

Elective Courses

Elective courses may not be offered each year. See Section 3.4.2 of the Student Handbook for more information.
222 Forensic Evidence (3 credits) (RALWR Opportunity*)
The objective of the course is to go beyond the rudimentary rules covered in the required survey course on the law of evidence in order to provide students with a more intensive focus on science and the legal process and to give them more in-depth knowledge of the scientific methodologies that have become a regular feature of current-day civil and criminal litigation, as well as the evidentiary principles that govern the use of scientific technologies in the courtroom. Click here for a detailed course description (in .pdf).
223 Immigration Law (3 credits)
This course covers basic immigration law through the casebook method. Interwoven with the casebook approach is a substantial amount of lecturing devoted to the practical aspects of practicing immigration law. Historical perspectives relating to policies and legislation are provided. Depending on the semester, students enrolled in Immigration Law may have the option of enrolling in an additional one-credit practicum.
223A Immigration Law Seminar: Crimmigration (2 credits)
This seminar traces the convergence of our civil immigration and criminal legal systems; provides students with substantive legal knowledge of the immigration consequences of criminal convictions; teaches basic skills to represent noncitizens facing criminal charges and/or immigration removal proceedings; and situates this area of law within greater social justice movements. The seminar has periodic assignments and a three-hour final exam at the end of the semester.
223S Immigration Law Seminar (2 credits) (RALWR Opportunity*)
This seminar provides a survey of immigration law to encourage critical thinking about what our immigration policies should be. Topics are presented primarily from a practitioner's perspective to provide a concrete understanding of the immigration process. These issues concern not only whom we should welcome but whom we should expel and the procedures by which the government seeks to remove them. Students will complete this seminar with an understanding of nonimmigrant visas, family-based and employment-based immigration benefits, and naturalization. Additional focus will be placed on humanitarian immigration programs such as asylum, the U.S. Refugee Program, and trafficking-related benefits. The syllabus and discussions may be adjusted to respond to current events, such as legislative developments regarding immigration reform, and the expressed interests of the students. The readings, exercises, and discussions are also designed to provide background and to generate ideas for the writing of an original paper. This paper will provide the student with an opportunity to undertake research, engage in critical legal thinking, analysis, and drafting. The completion of a paper, which can be certified for the Research and Legal Analysis Writing Requirement (RALWR), is a goal of the seminar.
224 International Law Seminar (2 credits) (RALWR Opportunity*)
This course will examine the nature and sources of international law, the law of treaties, the role of international law in municipal law, international dispute settlement, the status of individuals and states in international law, and the role of the United Nations and international organizations.
225 Labor & Employment Law (3 credits)
This course covers the theoretical and practical components of how the workplace is regulated in the United States. It focuses on statutory and judicial language that covers aspects of the employment relationship. Topics include: employment-at-will labor standards such as wage payment, overtime, family and medical leave, and accommodations; privacy; duty of loyalty; termination of employment and related issues like restrictive covenants, unemployment insurance, and reductions in force; occupational safety and health; retaliation; and mandatory arbitration.
225A Labor Law (3 credits)
Drawing from contemporary workplace issues, social policy, and technology, the course will focus on employer, employee, and union rights and obligations under the National Labor Relations Act (“NLRA”), the sole federal statue governing federal labor law and labor-management relations. Focusing on legal theory, practice, and procedure under the NLRA, this course will attend to employee protected concerted activity; union activity; union representation elections; unfair labor practices; labor-management relations, employee relations, and employee-union relations; government regulation of collective bargaining; and the negotiation and administration of the collective agreements.

At the end of this course, participants should: Understand the basic history and principles underlying the NLRA and related federal statutes; understand the differences between labor law and employment law; identify labor law issues in complex and diverse factual settings; understand and apply labor law concepts; understand the preemptive power of the NLRA over state labor laws and causes of action; understand the function, jurisdiction, and branches of the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”); understand the rights and obligations of employers and labor unions under the NLRA; understand employee freedom of choice, rights to engage in protected concerted activity, and right to form, join, or assist labor organizations (unions); and demonstrate an understanding of how to apply knowledge of labor law necessary for effective client advice and counsel.
229 International Business (3 credits)
This course focuses on the study of investor state arbitration, as the preferred method of business dispute resolution between foreign investors and sovereign states. We will pay attention throughout the semester to the universe of international claims that arise under the aegis of so-called bilateral investment treaties (BITs) and multilateral free trade agreements such as the Convention on the Settlement of Investment Disputes between States and Nationals of Other States (known as the 1965 Washington Convention), the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and the Dominican Republic-Central America Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA-DR), and in particular to the bundle of rights and obligations that arise under these international instruments. Students shall be exposed to both the procedural and substantive aspects of the investor state arbitral process. From a policy perspective, moreover, this course shall also introduce the student to the complex geopolitical dynamics enveloping both “capital-exporting” and “capital-importing” countries. Students interested in public international law, international project finance transactions and business law in general will find this course of particular relevance to their studies.
232  Entertainment Law (3 credits)
The class will focus on legal and business issues faced by individuals and organizations working in art and entertainment and creative industries. The class is for law students who wish to learn about the fundamentals of an art and entertainment legal practice and the legal issues and areas that arise in such a practice. From copyright and trademark to film and publishing agreements, the class will address complex legal questions influencing our information economy, and more practical matters of law that impact every creative industry entrepreneur and artist.
232C  Intellectual Property Seminar (2 credits) (RALWR Opportunity*)
This survey course will present an introduction to the four types of intellectual property: copyrights, patents, trademarks, and trade secrets. The course will provide an understanding of the fundamental principles of the bodies of lP Law, their underlying policies, and their real-life applications. Technological advancements and public policy considerations that impact intellectual property law will also be discussed. The course will also examine the substantive and procedural elements of infringement actions and their defenses.
232S  Entertainment Law Seminar (2 credits) (RALWR Opportunity*)
This course will focus on legal and business issues faced by individuals and organizations working in art and entertainment fields and creative industries. The class will address complex legal issues influencing the information economy, providing an overview of copyright, trademark, contract, First Amendment, and tort issues that affect artists and arts organizations. Prerequisites: Contracts I and II. Enrollment is limited to twenty students. Students may work with the professor to write a seminar paper that will satisfy the Research and Legal Analysis Writing Requirement (RALWR).
233 Advanced Criminal Procedure (2 credits)
This course follows the procedures of a criminal case from arrest to appeal. Particular emphasis is given to grand jury, joinder and severance, refinements of double jeopardy, and jury deliberation. Strongly recommended for third-year students only. This area of law is tested on many bar examinations. Prerequisites: Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure.
234A International Human Rights (2 credits) (RALWR Opportunity*)
This course will examine the nature and sources of international human rights law; its interrelation to international law; the law of treaties; international conventions and covenants; and the role of the United Nations and international organizations in the protection of human rights. The syllabus and discussions may be adjusted to reflect current events shaping international human rights such as the detention of foreign nationals or death penalty issues. The culminating exercise of this course will provide the student with the opportunity to conduct research, legal analysis, critical thinking, and the drafting of a paper, which can be certified for the Research and Legal Analysis Writing Requirement (RALWR).
235A Alternative Dispute Resolution (3 credits)
This course will introduce and critically examine the theoretical and historical underpinnings of the major dispute resolution alternatives to conventional litigation and adjudication, with primary concentration on negotiation, mediation, and arbitration. Through the use of written and experiential exercises, simulations, and role-plays, students will be exposed to the skills and practices employed in the implementation of these processes. Issues of ethics, law and policy that are implicated and involved in the choice and implementation of these alternative processes also will be examined.
236 State & Local Government Law (3 credits plus optional 1 credit practicum)
The course explores state and local government with an emphasis on the unique history and basis of the District of Columbia’s constitutional status, and the District’s still evolving path to Home Rule. We will compare the role of states like Virginia and Maryland to the District’s various roles as a federal agency, federal territory, a state-, county-, and city-level government, and as a social laboratory for Congress. We will focus on debate concerning the lack of voting representation in Congress for the residents of the District and for those federal territories, and the related civil rights issues, international law issues, and implications for democracy. We will meet with the lawyers who filed the pending federal case and amicus briefs seeking voting representation in the House of Representatives and the Senate for the District of Columbia. We will also examine attempts to achieve District statehood including the Tennessee plan, the 2016 advisory referendum on the state of New Columbia, the 2016 constitutional convention, and the status of the 2019 Washington DC Admission Act introduced by Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, which would make the District the 51st state, and the constitutionality of such efforts. We will review progress made in 2019 toward budget and legislative autonomy; whether and to what extent there should be federal control over local law enforcement issues; ethics and electoral reform in the District and another state and local jurisdictions and the role of state and local governments in enforcing criminal laws and in protecting consumers. We will meet with DC attorney general Karl Racine and with other DC officials. Consistent class attendance and preparation is required. Students enrolled in State and Local Government for three credits have the option of enrolling in an additional one-credit practicum. The optional practicum component provides an opportunity for students to work in DC Government or public interest organizations on emerging public policy questions involving DC Democracy or the work of the 2019 DC Taskforce on Jails and Justice chaired by Professor Broderick.
239 Non-profit Law (2 credits plus optional 1 credit practicum)
Non-profit Law is a survey of the law governing non-profit, tax exempt organizations and is also an introduction to the practice of non-profit law. From the doctrinal perspective, the course will focus on federal and state statutory law and regulations and case law that govern tax exempt organizations. In addition, the course will examine the role of the regulatory agencies, particularly the IRS, and the practical and strategic considerations for the lawyers that represent such organizations. The course also incorporates a consideration of the societal role of the non-profit sector and the policy implications for contemporary society. Students should leave this course with a comprehensive theoretical and practical vision of non-profit and tax-exempt organizations law and the role such organizations play in communities across this nation. Depending on the semester, students enrolled in Non-profit Law for two credits may have the option of enrolling in an additional one-credit practicum.
241 Advanced Legal Writing (2 credits) (RALWR Opportunity*)
This course will reinforce and deepen students' understanding of the research, writing and analysis "basics" gleaned from Lawyering Process and Moot Court, and it will require students to exercise critical thinking skills by engaging in substantial depth of analysis, reflection and revision through a series of discrete, rigorous writings.

Students will prepare writings such as letters to clients (or opposing attorneys or third parties), office memoranda, and court memoranda. The evaluation of these writings will focus upon principles of organization, analysis and style. The syllabus of the course may also incorporate significant amounts of drafting, including documents such as statutes and regulations, contracts, interrogatories, and wills. The class size will be limited to provide opportunities for individualized attention, meaningful oral and written feedback on assignments, and heightened peer interaction.

Some assignments will be rewritten, and some will be submitted in various forms, (such as outline, summary, first draft, and final draft). Students may also be required to submit research journals, although the journals will not necessarily be graded. The course will employ individual in-class exercises, collaborative group work, and role-playing. The rhetorical situation will also be emphasized, with students focusing on the audience, purpose, and tone appropriate to the different types of legal writing. Enrollment is limited to 15 students; preference given to third-year students. Prerequisites: Lawyering Process I and II, Legal Research, and Moot Court.
242 Mass Communications Law (2 credits) (RALWR Opportunity*)
This seminar course commences with an overview of the philosophical and constitutional foundations of free expression and examines areas such as defamation, privacy, various newsgathering and related torts, access to government information, and the role of media in a democratic society. Enrollment is limited.
243 Criminal Justice, Social Justice, and Community Justice (2 credits) (RALWR Opportunity*)
This seminar examines recent developments in criminal justice policy and practice. Seminar students will research and discuss issues such as restorative justice, specialty courts, victims’ rights, immigration enforcement, jury nullification, juvenile justice, community policing, indigent defense, "innocence projects,” the collateral consequences of incarceration, the role of prosecutors and defense lawyers, and other subjects that explore the impact of criminal justice policies on society. The course explores both the role of legal institutions in incorporating a vision of social justice, as well as examines the lawyer’s role as a social justice advocate within the criminal justice system. The goal is that by the end of the class each student should have an understanding of the developing issues in criminal practice as well as a solid grounding in the interaction between criminal law and public policy. Enrollment is limited. The seminar provides the opportunity to conduct research, legal analysis, critical thinking and reflection, and the writing of a paper that can be certified for the Research and Legal Analysis Writing Requirement (RALWR).
244/244A Death Penalty & the Law (2 or 3 credits) (RALWR Opportunity*)
The course will examine the administration of capital punishment in the United States and the systemic problems that lead to wrongful convictions. The course will also examine policy reforms to prevent wrongful convictions creating a more fair and accurate criminal justice system.
245 Employment Discrimination (3 credits)
This course covers the theoretical and practical components of workplace antidiscrimination protections. It focuses on federal laws that prevent employers from taking adverse actions against applicants and employees on the basis of membership in a statutorily defined group (including race, color, religion, sex, national origin, citizenship status, disability, age, and military status), or from implementing a facially neutral policy that has a disparate impact on a statutorily defined group.
245T Employment Discrimination (Turbo) (1 credit)
Claims of employment discrimination have exponentially increased in recent years. Civil rights statutes, however, only offer limited protections to applicants, employees, or employers. This turbo course will introduce students to the reasons behind this new reality, including a discussion about the promises and challenges of federal civil rights laws that address workplace discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, and military status. It will offer a high-level overview of the available statutory coverage, rights, remedies, and enforcement processes as well as the realities of practicing in this space.
249/249A Veterans Benefits Law (2 or 3 credits)
This course is an introduction to veterans law and benefits. The course will familiarize students with the source of law authorizing the hiring, compensation, prosecution and defense of the civil and criminal rights of individuals serving in the defense and protection of the nation. This includes but is not limited to the study of the Military Code of Justice (UCMJ), the Uniformed Services Employment and Re-employment Act (USERRA), Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA), Military Family Law, The Tricare Program and Servicemembers Group Life Insurance (SGLI), Veterans Benefits Programing administered through the Veteran’s Administration and designated state programs. Students will acquire familiarity with the range of legal service needs associated with this client group. The course will also document historical influences and innovation contributing to increased claims. Finally, the course will provide an opportunity to explore lawyer employment and service opportunities associated with this community.
251 Race and the Law Seminar (2 credits) (RALWR Opportunity*)
This course analyzes the socio-legal construction of race in America. In addition, this course explores how race relates to the issues of: 1) equal protection: 2) education; 3) freedom of expression; and 4) crime. Finally, this course analyzes different responses to racism, including legal challenges and nonviolent resistance.
251A Race and the Law (3 credits)
This course examines the political, economic and social history of racism and its impact on American law. Although the scope encompasses traditional areas (e.g. Reconstruction and Civil Rights), there is a substantial emphasis on modern and emerging paradigms including, but not limited to, the Prison Industrial Complex, Critical Race Theory and a Hip-Hop Theory of Justice. Depending on the semester, students enrolled in Race and the Law may have the option of enrolling in an additional one-credit practicum.
252A Rights of Persons with Disabilities Seminar (2 credits)
The Summer 2019 seminar, Rights of Persons with Disabilities: Deprivation of Life and Liberty of People Living with Mental Illness in D.C., will be a practice-driven course designed to emphasize to law students the importance of attorney competence in mental health issues, specifically in the District. Mental health issues will arise frequently during students' careers as attorneys, and it is therefore best practice to understand mental illness, how to represent mentally ill clients, and how clients' mental illness may intersect with various areas of the law. The goal of the course is for students to empathize with people living with mental illness, to understand the role that the law plays in the deprivation of life and liberty of people living with mental illness, to recognize the power behind having effective, competent counsel, and to begin developing the skills and knowledge necessary to be a best practices attorney.
253S Women and the Law Seminar (2 credits) (RALWR Opportunity*)
This course examines the relationship between sex and the law through multiple theoretical frameworks. It will survey the most significant legal and policy issues relating to gender such as employment, family, reproductive rights, sexual violence, sexual identity, and social justice. Students will be encouraged to examine scholarly disagreements about how the law should regulate women’s lives, and to create their own critical framework for analysis. Enrollment is limited to 15 students.
254 Education Law (3 credits)
This course focuses on the laws that govern America’s primary and secondary schools (K-12) and higher education institutions (e.g., colleges and universities) and the interrelationship between these laws. Topics include campus safety issues and related efforts to protect freedom of expression and student privacy in that context, parameters of the right to equal educational opportunity and related efforts to increase equal access to education for all students, and rights of educators in the interrelated areas of labor relations, tenure, dismissal, and academic freedom.
258 Gender and Sexual Orientation Under the Law Seminar (2 credits) (RALWR Opportunity for 1 additional credit*)
This course covers constitutional, statutory, and judicial concepts of privacy, equality, and expression as applied to classifications based on sex, gender, sexuality, sexual orientation, and/or gender identity at work, school, and home. Topics may include criminal and civil laws governing sex-based discrimination, gender-based violence, family formations, reproductive rights, suffrage, trafficking, prostitution, sodomy, military exclusions, and other systems.
264 Legal Writing for Judicial Chambers (2 credits)
Legal Writing for Judicial Chambers is a capstone legal writing course designed to teach students the skills necessary for effective judicial clerkships. Through a series of writing assignments, students will deepen their legal analysis skills and learn the techniques of judicial writing. Although the course may be of particular interest to students who plan to serve as judicial clerks following law school graduation, the course should appeal to any student who is interested in learning about how judges decide cases and about the attributes of effective written opinions. Furthermore, the writing and editing skills students develop through their work in this course should be helpful in all kinds of legal writing. By the end of the course, students should improve in the areas of legal research, legal analysis, and writing.

This course is both intellectually challenging and practical. In addition to learning this unique style of writing, students interested in working in judges’ chambers may have real-world questions about judicial clerkships. For this reason, the course includes guest lectures from law clerks and judges about clerking for a judge and judges’ expectations for law clerks generally.
300 Trial Advocacy (4 credits)
This hands-on course covers problem analysis and strategy as well as courtroom presentation. Students practice basic trial tasks of opening statement, direct examination, cross examination, offers of exhibits, objections, and closing argument in two mock trials and in weekly in-court sessions. They also practice use of tools such as refreshing recollection and impeachment by different methods. Enrollment is limited; preference is given to third-year students. Prerequisite: Evidence.
360 Service-Learning Practicum & Seminar (3 credits)
The Service-Learning Practicum & Seminar is a 3-credit course which consists of a seminar and a Spring Break service trip. During and after the service trip, students will reflect on their experiences through journaling or making a video (either individually or as a team project). Students will also produce work products during the service week, and together they will present a “Report-Back” event to the student body and faculty. The locations of our service-learning trips might change from year to year, but they will be in areas where long-term social justice problems need addressing, whether from a recent disaster, man-made or natural, or due to a history of poverty and civil rights abuses. UDC Law’s Service-Learning program has become well-known nationally for our “legal justice peace corps.” Working together, we engage in experiences that enrich learning by integrating meaningful community and humanitarian service with instruction and reflection. In the Seminar sessions, we discuss different models of social justice lawyering, professional ethics, the role of lawyers in assisting people and communities in crisis, as well as legal topics we will be working on during the trips.

For details about this year's course, please see Spring 2020 Service-Learning Course and Trips (PDF)

Enrollment is limited. Students wishing to take this course should register for it as soon as possible once registration opens.
404B Advanced Contracts (Federal Procurement) (2 credits)
This advanced contract law course builds on the foundation of the first year course of contracts and introduces the practical side of federal government contracting. Students will be introduced to the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) which is the principal set of rules in the Federal Acquisition System. The course will cover the acquisition process from the legal side, and instructors will bring their real-world perspective to help students identify legal issues related to acquisition planning, contract formation, and contract administration. Prerequisites: Contracts I and II.
406 Advanced Legal Research (2 credits)
This course is intended to develop mastery of the essential, professional skill of legal research. This course covers advanced research methodology and techniques. Students will gain hands-on, guided legal research experience using a range of online resources. Upon completion of this course, students should be able to apply learned skills to conduct comprehensive, efficient legal research on a wide range of topics.
451/451A Moot Court Competition (1-2 credits)
The Moot Court Competition class prepares students for moot court competitions and appellate practice more generally. The class augments the written and oral advocacy skills students acquire in Lawyering Process and Moot Court courses. During the Fall Semester, students focus on various facets of written appellate advocacy, including drafting their respective moot court competition briefs. During the Spring Semester, students will focus on oral appellate advocacy, and prepare oral arguments for their moot court competitions. By the end of the course, students will have further developed the skills and confidence required to practice law at the appellate level. All students are required to participate in an external moot court competition to earn credit for the course.
452 Mock Trial Competition (1 credit)
The Mock Trial Competition course prepares students for mock trial competitions and strengthens litigation skills through applying legal reasoning and argument in the context of trial advocacy. The course is an experiential practice class in which students will participate in trial skill exercises, mock trial simulations, and, ultimately, participate in an external mock trial competition. During the Fall semester, students will focus on learning and strengthening courtroom advocacy skills and will begin the process of preparing for an external mock trial competition. During the Spring semester, students will continue to prepare for a mock trial competition and then compete in at least one mock trial competition. In order to earn credit for the course, students are required to compete in an external mock trial competition, maintain and submit trial preparation materials, and assist with the training of their teammates through feedback and mooting sessions.
461 Demonstration Law Seminar (2 credits plus optional 1 credit practicum)
The First Amendment provides that “Congress shall make no law … abridging … the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” But like all other constitutional rights, the right to demonstrate is not absolute. This course will examine the who, what, when, where, why, and how of demonstrations, including public forum analysis, regulations of time, place and manner, rights of counter-demonstrators, permit systems, civil disobedience, demonstrations on private property, and more. Students enrolled in Demonstration Law for two credits have the option of enrolling in an additional one-credit practicum. The optional practicum component provides an opportunity for students to work with DC government or public interest organizations in the District of Columbia that are engaged in protecting or preserving the rights of demonstrators.
500/500A Independent Study (1-2 credits) (RALWR Opportunity*)
Students may register for Independent Study by submitting an Independent Study Registration Form and a detailed proposal for approval to the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs. The proposal must describe the work that will be done, the material that will be studied, the means of evaluation, and the name of the faculty member who has agreed to supervise and evaluate the work and award the grade. A student may earn a maximum of four credits in independent study over the course of the Juris Doctor program and may register for a maximum of two credits in any one semester. See Section 3.6 of the Student Handbook for more information.
 610/620 Externship (4 or 8 credits)
The goals of the externship program are to provide law students with expanded opportunities for 1) Developing and improving their legal skills; 2) Bridging the gap between legal studies and legal careers; 3) Exploring career areas of particular interest to them; and 4) Engaging in critical reflection, professional responsibility issues, and legal analysis.

In the field placement component of the program, students spend a minimum of 200 hours (4 credits) or 400 hours (8 credits) at the externship site. Eligible placements can be with members of the judiciary, governmental agencies, or non-profit legal organizations. Students may not receive a salary, stipend, or other form of compensation from the externship site.

In the contemporaneous tutorial component, students examine the broader social, political, economic, and policy-related ramifications of the work they are doing in the field as well as a variety of issues connected with the practice of law, including the role of lawyers in shaping public policy, the practice of public interest law, and the diversity of legal careers. Students in the tutorial are graded on the basis of class participation and attendance, written assignments such as journals of action and legal memoranda, and class presentations.

Externship is graded on a Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory basis. Enrollment is limited. This course may not be taken concurrently with Clinic. Prerequisite: Successful completion of three semesters of law school for full-time students or six semesters of law school for part-time students.
642 Negotiations (1 credit)
This course takes a twofold approach to creating better negotiators: first, a knowledge-based approach that offers students conceptual tools and frameworks to identify, monitor and evaluate different negotiating situations; second, a practice-based approach that will enhance the students negotiating skills by introducing concrete negotiating tactics and by offering them opportunities to practice these tactics within a constructive learning environment. Through role-play exercises, students will explore, test, and refine their negotiating skills and style.
643 Social Security Disability Law (1 credit)
This litigation seminar is designed for those students seeking to explore the world of litigation, starting with non-adversarial hearings. It will discuss relevant Social Security Rulings, regulations, and court decisions as a framework for determining the representative’s role in the administrative hearing process. Students will be provided the opportunity, through class discussion and simulations, to prepare and present testimony. The focus of the testimony is the impact of various medical impairments on the level of the claimant’s daily functioning. The following will be emphasized: non-exertional limitations such as pain, and restrictions caused by mental impairments. The methodology employed in the class consists of lecture, student participation in vignettes, buzz-groups, and a simulated Social Security Disability Hearing. The final grade is based upon hearing preparation, a prehearing brief, and performance in a simulated hearing.
644 Legal Drafting (2 credits)
Legal Drafting is a turbo course that is scheduled in an intensive format over two full weekends, which is a particularly effective way to master the complex skills required for drafting. Whatever type of law a student eventually practices, drafted documents will be at the heart of their legal practice. Litigators will sue to overturn or uphold a contract, and will draft settlement agreements, which are particularly risky types of contracts; corporate attorneys will spend their lives drafting deals and corporate regulatory documents; government attorneys will draft regulations and statutes; employment attorneys will draft employee handbooks and employment contracts. Indeed, there is no attorney who does not need to have mastered legal drafting, which is entirely different from the legal writing and analytical skills used for litigation documents.

This course focuses on two parallel skills — (1) mastering the drafting principles that are common to all documents, both transactional and other types, and (2) learning how to draft various transactional documents. Procedurally, each written assignment will be preceded by an in-class role-play where each student will represent one party to the negotiation. The role-plays constitute the negotiations that would occur in the real world of document drafting; each student-attorney will then draft a document that memorializes their negotiated deal. Students will draft documents that cover a range of transactional drafting forms, as well as sub-documents that are components of or precursors to the major documents, specifically: a contract, complex boilerplate clauses for the initial contract, a settlement agreement, and an LLC Operating Agreement. Prerequisite: Contracts I & II.
645 Systems Change: Be a Changemaker (1 credit)
Many students graduating from the School of Law will have the opportunity in their careers to be change agents designing intervention strategies that go far beyond individual representation. As professionals, these graduates will need tools to understand what system change entails. They will need frameworks to orient their actions, and experiential learning to make them more effective as change agents, to become skilled at adaptive and innovative change to meet those challenges. Three interconnected elements of change will form the core framework of this turbo course of systems change for change makers: the first is a Strong Purpose statement by which you will set and deepen your commitments; the second is the Strategic Possibilities from which you will establish and continually modify your plans of action; and the third element is the Significant Players with whom you will connect, partner, and interact to leverage resources and opportunities for change. With those as the three core elements, we will emphasize tools and tactics that will include story-telling, systems mapping, co-production as a set of base principles, and TimeBanking as a way to value what all can bring. Since power and influence shape our society so profoundly, we will consider power and its different faces – and which of those faces you will want to engage. Finally, we consider personal qualities and skills that you will call on as the means for effective action.
646 Introduction to Critical Race Theory (1 credit)
This course is an introductory survey of critical race theory, which is an interdisciplinary field dedicated to critiquing the law and legal systems. Critical race theory is distinguishable from conventional liberal thought about race, in particular, by its “deep dissatisfaction” with the traditional dialogue surrounding civil rights laws. It is here that we will spend most of our time together.

Some critical race scholars would argue that the current law surrounding civil rights, first initiated in the 1960’s and 1970’s, relied on a “social compact around racial justice and racial power.” And that America agreed to embrace racial justice as long as racial power would continue to be treated as rare and aberrational rather than systemic. Liberal race reforms then acted to legitimize the basic myths of American meritocracy. And it is this flaw, some critical race theorists argue, that continues to haunt the country even in the face of our civil rights laws. This counter-narrative is not easy to accept when we have all been taught the opposite as a society throughout our cultural and legal history. The oppressed and the oppressor, the traditional liberal and the conservative are all taught racism is rare and our laws are fair. This is precisely why social justice oriented law students are well served by having even a basic understanding of critical race theory. The hope is that through this introduction students will reset their frame regarding what can and should be done under the law to bring about change.

The course seeks to go about facilitating this introduction between student and critical race theory in three primary ways. First, the course will introduce students to the tenets and terminology of CRT. Second, the course will help students examine how those tenets might operate on our laws. Third, the course will offer students multiple opportunities to practice drafting narratives and counter-narratives informed by and in light of the CRT tenets.
647T Asylum & Refugee Law: Trial Skills (1 credit) (Summer 2019 Turbo)
This is a 1 credit (16 hour) course. It is to be conducted over four days on two consecutive weekends. It is a hybrid of a trial skills class, relevant to theories of relief from removal from this country. It will include discussion and analysis of current law governing the removal from United States of foreign-born individuals by utilizing a dozen precedential reported cases which set forth the prima facie elements of relief from removal. In the course, we will review eligibility requirements of these protections against removal using these same cases. Students will, throughout the course, also utilize a National Institute of Trial Advocacy (NITA) type based method of developing testimonial evidence from historical case law that illustrates the prima facie elements for the forms of relief.

This is not a policy or research course. The skills students will learn in this class are persuasion and advocacy skills which can be used in any courtroom, arbitration, negotiation or public speaking setting. Students will learn how to do basic opening statements, conduct direct and cross examinations of a fact witness and an expert witness, and will learn how to do a closing statement. There is no final examination or paper.
680 Civil Rights in the 21st Century Seminar (2 credits) (RALWR Opportunity*)
Share the foresight of a renowned civil rights leader. Weekly two-hour seminars address the most pressing social issues of today-and tomorrow. Topics include: racial profiling, racism and the death penalty, voting rights, equal protection of gays and lesbians, immigrant detention/asylum, and rights of children and people with disabilities.
701A Perspectives on Social Justice: Supporting Underrepresented Service Members (1 credit)
In 1919, Charles Hamilton Houston returned from Europe convinced that his purpose was to fight for those who could not fight for themselves. His experience as a black service member fueled his fervor for social justice and his dedication to eliminate racial discrimination in American life. This course will consider the disability benefit servicing of racial minorities and women who have served in our military. Using both a historical and a present-day perspective, the course will explore the role of the legal system in meeting the disability benefit needs of the veteran community.
701B Perspectives on Social Justice: Law and the Economy (2 credits)
Perspectives on Social Justice: Law and the Economy is a seminar designed for students who are interested in economic policy and wealth inequality. Drawing from the work of economic and legal scholars, the course examines the inter-relation between imbalances in the economy and regulatory law. The class will examine the laws and accompanying policies that impact finance, capital development, household wealth, wages and taxation, with an eye to identifying aspects of the legal system that contribute to wealth inequality. As well, the class will consider legal measures that have the capacity to address economic inequality and ameliorate its detrimental effects. A primary goal of the course is to initiate and encourage informed conversation that centers on the role of the legal profession in effecting just and critical changes in the legal framework.
701C Perspectives on Social Justice: Modern Day Slavery Seminar (2 credits)
This 2-credit seminar surveys the most significant legal and policy issues relating to modern slavery and human trafficking. We will examine and compare the international and U.S. legal frameworks that regulate forced labor and debt bondage; forced sexual exploitation of adults and commercial sexual exploitation of children; and forced marriage. We will evaluate various policy approaches to end modern slavery and human trafficking world-wide, focusing specifically on how these problems manifest in the United States. Students will be encouraged to examine scholarly disagreements about how the law should regulate modern slavery and human trafficking, and to create their own critical framework for analysis.
701D Perspectives on Social Justice: DC and Puerto Rico Statehood (2 credits)
This seminar will offer law students an unprecedented view of DC and Puerto Rico statehood from a perspective grounded on comparative constitutionalism. Often overlooked from the pedagogical canon typically embraced by the American legal academy, American law students are seldom exposed to the constitutional underpinnings of statehood: (a) What is Congress’ constitutional role in the statehood process? (b) Can Congress impose on the territories conditions for granting statehood? (c) If so what type of conditions (i.e. economic, fiscal, cultural, linguistic)? (d) What is the equal footing doctrine? (e) Does the Constitution place any limits on Congress’ authority to grant or deny statehood? More specifically, the complex (and ancient) constitutional relationship among Congress, the District and the territories is, for the most part, completely foreign to the typical American law student.

This seminar will exclusively address the DC and Puerto Rico case studies. While dissimilar in many seminal ways (histories, demographics, geography and constitutional status), both jurisdictions offer invaluable platforms for exploring the metes and bounds of statehood today. While facing similar odds and challenges (having both confronted the fiscal cliff and the dire face of a fiscal control board), DC and Puerto Rico are currently engaged in a frantic debate regarding the desirability of achieving statehood. Students enrolled in this seminar will draft legal briefs and actively participate in a moot court exercise with some of the most renowned legal practitioners in the field.
701E Perspectives on Social Justice: Current Racial Controversies Viewed in Context (1 credit)
This course will explore contemporary issues in civil rights law and policy. The class will focus on several substantive areas including voting, employment, higher education, criminal justice, and the role of the United States Commission on Civil Rights. In each area the course will examine current legal doctrine or context and accompanying critiques. The class will also explore the evolution of civil rights struggles throughout the 20th and 21st centuries. Students will also have the option to attend a briefing before United States Commission on Civil Rights.
701T Perspectives on Social Justice Seminar (1 credit)
In 1987, reflecting on the Bicentennial of the United States Constitution, Thurgood Marshall wrote that the government devised in Philadelphia was “defective from the start, requiring several amendments, a civil war, and momentous social transformation to attain the system of constitutional government, and its respect for individual freedoms and human rights, that we hold as fundamental today.” The transformative work Justice Marshall referred to might broadly be categorized as called “social justice lawyering.” Social justice lawyering has been said to give meaning under the law to the ideals of individual and collective well-being, by improving upon human dignity and correcting for imbalances of power and wealth. The modern political era marks an exciting, yet challenging, time to engage in social justice lawyering. As new social movements, like #BlackLivesMatter, arise and historical ones, like the women’s movement, become re-energized, they will look to lawyers to work both on behalf of and alongside subordinated people to achieve social change. The current iteration of this course examines the historical, structural, doctrinal and political aspects of social justice lawyering presently with a particular lens on the first year of the Trump administration and the social justice issues that have either arisen or come more sharply into focus during that time.
702 Perspectives on Law & Literature: I: Race, Class, and Power in America (1 credit)
The law and literature movement seeks to critique the notion of the law as an isolated body of value and meaning, and instead places the law within its larger cultural, philosophical, political, and social context. Through its unique ability to provide critical insight into the human condition, literature enables us reflect on the “nature of law” within our legal system. Both fiction and non-fiction alike can illuminate how our social institutions and legal norms promote, or in some cases hinder, social justice within a democratic society. Additionally, scholars have argued that literary discourse can facilitate improved legal understanding; our interpretations of literary works help us better understand our cultural environment and, consequently, bolster our interpretations of the law.

This interdisciplinary turbo seminar course introduces law students to the varied connections between the law and literature. It will not explore all of the themes of the law and literature movement. Rather, this course will specifically focus on examining legal inquiries related to race, class, and power, as depicted in selected works of literature. Students in this turbo seminar course will carefully read and discuss selected non-fiction essays (James Baldwin; Ta-Nehisi Coates), and one novel (Jesmyn Ward).

 

* See Section 1.5 of the Student Handbook for information on the Research and Legal Analysis Writing Requirement (RALWR) and Applied Legal Writing Requirement (ALWR).

 

more Calendar

12/5/2019 » 12/18/2019
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12/24/2019 » 1/1/2020
University Closed (Winter Break)

1/8/2020
LLSA Brown Bag Series: Dinner with Judge Lopez

2/1/2020
Muslim Law Symposium

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