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This course offers an introduction to the legal skills and knowledge needed to provide entrepreneurs and emerging start-ups with legal guidance. Using innovate legal tools and processes, the course simulates the legal guidance considerations necessary to launch an enterprise through simulated exercises with triple bottom line companies. The concentration on triple bottom line companies that impact environmental issues and social justice creates the opportunity to explore public benefit enterprise concepts that bring both mainstream and distinct legal concerns to light.
Corporations and Other Business Associations Provides a basic understanding of the different organizational forms for businesses, including corporations, limited liability companies and partnerships, general partnerships and sole proprietorships. The course also examines the law of agency, and surveys selected topics, such as basic accounting principles, business formation, financing, dissolution, and securities regulations.
Examines the nature of the arbitration process, rules governing hearings, the relationship between arbitration and the court system, the enforceability of agreements to arbitrate, and judicial review of arbitration award. This course also explores the controversial areas of arbitration such as requiring arbitration in employment and consumer contracts.
Examines areas of federal and state labor law which regulate the employment relationship and which provide minimum protection outside of collective bargaining. Major topics considered include wrongful discharge, post- employment liability, employee privacy, genetic and drug testing, and employee welfare and retirement benefits (ERISA).
Employment Law Practicum is a one credit simulation-based module designed to provide students with opportunities for transactional learning in addition to those already contained in Employment Law. It will also include a professional development component that focuses on the employment law practioner.
An introduction to federal income taxation. Topics include: the concept of income; exclusions from income; deductions and credits available to individual non- business taxpayers and business taxpayers; sales and other dispositions of property; capital gains and losses.
Covers primarily Article 2 of the Uniform Commercial Code governing the sale of goods, including formation and modification of contracts for sale, Article 2's statute of frauds, warranties, parole evidence, risk allocations when goods are stored or transported, breach, remedies for sellers and buyers, and contractual limitations on remedies. The course includes references to consumer rights as well as comparisons between the common law of contract and the Code's rules and concepts.
A study of federal law and the rules of the Securities and Exchange Commission concerning the registration, distribution and trading of securities, and legal and regulatory aspects of the securities industry. The course considers the responsibilities and liabilities of issuers of securities, its officers and directors, brokers, attorneys, and other participants in the distribution and trading processes, as well as issues regarding "insider" trading.
Focuses on how new technologies affect legal drafting, and surveys the historical background of law and technology; the logical basis for such legal documents as contracts, wills, statutes and regulations; and the theory of embedding law in code. The course also considers the secondary effects on law, lawyering and the legal profession likely to arise from the digitization of many legal tasks. In addition to the reading and class discussions, studentgs will create a demonstrative virtual law practice and undertake drafting projects.
Litigation often involves the collection, production, management and analysis of electronically store information (ESI). An enormous amount of data (Big Data) exists that may help make a case or predict the outcomes of approaches and legal rulings. This course considers the legal and operational issues associated with managing electronic information.
Legal practices are using practice management annd litigation software. Courts have also moved in the direction of e-filing and calendaring. Students will gain the theoretical and practical background to understand these changes and to positively impact their employer's responses to such change. Students will use matter management software, prepare e-filings and use technology to strengthen and present a closing argument.
Organizations and individuals face a multitude of complex threats to the confidentiality, availability and integrity of their information in today’s cyber environs. Against the backdrop of recent cyber warfare efforts, data breaches, FISA courts and Snowden revelations eLawyering: Cybersecurity provides in-depth examination of the law dealing with the security of information and data and its corresponding technology.