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Starting with the first-year curriculum, you’ll be immersed in critical analysis, oral advocacy, legal writing and advanced research. Simultaneously, you’ll gain critical understanding of the core subjects of American law. As the curriculum advances, so does the depth of knowledge and the integration with legal practice. Explore our catalog to learn more.

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Administrative Law - LAW 620S

This course studies the law governing administrative agencies in the task of carrying out governmental programs; interrelations of legislative, executive and judicial agencies in development of public policy; decision-making processes and internal procedures of administrative agencies, and legislative, executive, and judicial controls on them.
Credits: 3.00


Advanced Constitutional Law - LAW 604S

This course takes an in depth look at individual rights under the Constitution with a particular emphasis on the Due Process and Equal Protection Clauses.
Credits: 3.00 or 4.00


Advanced Evidence - LAW 637S

This course is supplemental to other trial advocacy courses focusing on theoretical understanding of problems which arise at trial and the practical use of evidentiary material.
Credits: 2.00 or 3.00
Pre-Requisite: LAW 634S - Evidence


Advanced Legal Research - LAW 880S

This course provides students a thorough grounding in the research skills needed by today's lawyers. Students will learn how to use advanced electronic and print resources and techniques to research case law, statutes, legislative histories, administrative law, and specialized law-related topics such as business and social science research. Grading is Credit/No Credit.
Credits: 1.00 or 2.00


Advanced Problems in Mental Health Law - LAW 810S

The goal of this seminar is to identify and challenge commonly accepted principles or precedents in mental health law. Student will be responsible for choosing, presenting, and leading a discussion on an issue of their choice.
Credits: 2.00


Advanced Torts - LAW 794S

This course will cover areas of tort law particularly relevant to business, including tortious interference with contract, commercial defamation, breach of fiduciary duty and fraud, and spoliation liability.
Credits: 2.00 or 3.00


Advanced Trial Advocacy: Civil - LAW 904S

This course is a continuation of Introduction to Trial Advocacy and is an advanced civil trial skills class which teaches students advanced trial skills; evidentiary issues; and case development. Students will perform exercises and develop case theories using mock civil cases. Grading is Credit/No Credit.
Credits: 2.00
Pre-Requisite: LAW 902S - Introduction to Trial Advocacy


Advanced Trial Advocacy: Criminal - LAW 906S

This course is a continuation of Introduction to Trial Advocacy and is an advanced criminal trial skills class which teaches students advanced trial skills; evidentiary issues; and case development. Students will perform exercises and develop case theories using mock criminal cases. The course will culminate with a criminal mock trial. Grading is Credit/No Credit.
Credits: 2.00
Pre-Requisite: LAW 902S - Introduction to Trial Advocacy


Advanced Trial Advocacy: Trials of the Century - LAW 908S

This course will teach students to understand, develop and perform advanced trial skills based on strategic themes and theories used throughout the trial process. Students will analyze actual trial transcripts and exhibits, and movie vignettes of advocates from famous "Trials of the Century." Grading is Credit/No Credit.
Credits: 2.00
Pre-Requisite: LAW 902S - Introduction to Trial Advocacy


Animal Law - LAW 626S

This course will encourage students to consider the philosophical and jurisprudential bases for the current status of animals in our legal system. The course will examine both the history of, and future trends regarding, that status. Students will read a diverse cross-section of legal theory and case law, which will explore the various moral, ethical, and public policy considerations that are implicated in the balance of the rights and needs of human beings and those of animals.
Credits: 2.00


Appellate Advocacy - LAW 910S

This course provides students with advanced training in appellate advocacy, including the study of the rhetoric of persuasion, the preparation of appellate briefs and effective oral advocacy, and will include an introduction to appellate procedure. This course is required for students serving on the moot court board.
Credits: 2.00


Appellate Litigation Clinic I - LAW 947S

This clinic provides intensive training in appellate advocacy by involving students in cases before the state appellate and federal courts. Students provide research; draft briefs; engage in oral arguments; and assist in case selection, the development of substantive legal positions, and the creation of appellate strategy. Students must enroll in both semesters of the clinic. A grade will be assigned at the end of the Spring semester
Credits: 5.00 or 6.00
Co-Requisite: LAW 656S - Justice Lawyering


Appellate Litigation Clinic II - LAW 948S

This is a continuation of LAW 947S. Students must enroll in both semesters of the clinic.
Credits: 6.00


Bankruptcy - LAW 710S

This course will examine both state law remedies and priorities and the federal Bankruptcy Code. Topics will include elements common to all bankruptcies, as well as Chapter 7 liquidations in the consumer context, and Chapter 8 and 13 wage-earner payout plans.
Credits: 4.00


Behavioral Science Applications to the Law - LAW 812S

This seminar is designed to inform law students and selected doctoral students in psychology about the usefulness of social science information in the practice and scholarship of law while at the same time indicating the problems and pitfalls of using such information particularly at the appellate level. Thus, this seminar explores the interplay and conflict between law and psychology and the many ways in which social science research can or should have an influence on legal decision making.
Credits: 2.00 or 3.00


Bioethics - LAW 783S

This class explores the legal and ethical issues surrounding the development of new biological technologies. Topics may include the research bioethics, assisted reproductive technology, genetics, issues surrounding death and dying, and organ transplantation.
Credits: 2.00 or 3.00


Business Law Legal Research - LAW 870S

This course covers business law-related resources, in both print and electronic format, including primary and secondary sources; company information and demographics; SEC and tax information and documents; and current awareness tools.  Students will learn how to locate, use and evaluate these resources. Grading is Credit/No Credit.
Credits: 1.00
Pre-Requisite: LAW 565S - Legal Methods I, LAW 566S - Legal Methods II


Business Organizations - LAW 700S

This class studies the legal attributes of corporations, partnerships, and the limited liability of companies. It examines the rights, duties and liabilities of managers, owners, and agents. It also focuses on formation issues, operational powers and fundamental changes in business forms such as dissolution, merger, or acquisition.
Credits: 4.00


Children and the Law - LAW 643S

This course examines the relationship between children, family and the state.
Credits: 2.00 or 3.00


Civil Litigation Field Clinic I - LAW 943S

This clinical program places students in a civil practice setting. Students will learn varied litigation skills in the context of direct representation of clients. Students must enroll in both semesters of the clinic. A grade will be assigned at the end of the Spring semester.
Credits: 5.00 or 6.00
Co-Requisite: LAW 656S - Justice Lawyering


Civil Litigation Field Clinic II - LAW 944S

This course is a continuation of LAW 943S. Students must enroll in both semesters of the clinic.
Credits: 6.00
Pre-Requisite: LAW 656S - Justice Lawyering, LAW 943S - Civil Litigation Field Clinic I


Civil Litigation Remedies - LAW 628S

This course will help students gain an understanding of the law and policies relating to equitable remedies (specific performance and injunctions), damages at common law (compensatory and punitive damages), and restitution.
Credits: 2.00 or 3.00


Civil Procedure - LAW 554S

This course examines the civil litigation process with an emphasis on the federal courts. Topics include remedies, pleadings, pre-trial motion practice, discovery, motions for summary judgment, trial procedure, appellate review, and issue and claim preclusion.
Credits: 4.00


Civil Rights Law - LAW 606S

This course explores the principles of civil rights law and practice. It will also review both the history and current development of this area of law.
Credits: 2.00 or 3.00


Class Actions and Other Complex Litigation - LAW 630S

This course is an overview of class action theory and practice. Special attention will be given to class certification, notice, and settlement. The course will also address other issues in complex litigation.
Credits: 3.00


Comparative Constitutional Law - LAW 822S

This course covers topics arising from the comparative study of constitutional systems. Focusing on constitutional structure and law in a variety of countries, the course will address comparative approaches to issues as judicial review, judicial appointment, separation of powers, federalism, and fundamental rights. The course will also explore fundamental, underlying questions about the nature of constitutions and constitutionalism, processes of constitution design, political constraints on constitutional rights and constitutional courts, and constitutional culture.
Credits: 3.00


Conflict of Laws - LAW 632S

The course focuses on cases involving multi-jurisdictional elements. Three primary areas are covered: choice of the law approaches; enforcement in a forum of judgments rendered in another state; and jurisdiction over an out-of-state party. Both relationships among American states and issues involving state and federal law are addressed.
Credits: 3.00


Constitutional Law - LAW 560S

This course examines the basic issues in federal constitutional law. Topics include the role of the courts in interpretation of the Constitution, the scope of legislative and executive powers, the limitation of the powers of state and local governments, and an introduction to concepts of equal protection.
Credits: 5.00


Constitutional Law II - LAW 600S

This course covers issues in substantive and procedural due process and equal protection under the law. It also introduces issues related to personal rights, as embodied by the First Amendment.
Credits: 3.00


Contract Drafting - LAW 884S

This course focuses on the issues and principles of drafting transactional (non-litigation) documents, such as contracts, wills and legislation. Students will complete a number of drafting assignments in and out of class. This course will include the use of form books with particular emphasis on customization of documents to a particular client's needs.
Credits: 2.00


Contract Theory Seminar - LAW 832S

This course is designed to get students thinking more creatively and deeply about the ideas animating contract law and policy. While the first-year Contracts course is about mastering the technical aspects and doctrines of contract law, this course is about taking those skills to another level. The overarching course goal is to consider and discuss the ideas which undergird and give life to contract law. The course will cover the basics of contract theory, surveying some different ideas about “the grand unifying theme of contract,” examining the strengths and weaknesses of these different ideas and theories of particular doctrines in contract law (this could include consideration, promissory estoppel, efficient breach, and/or special problems of form contracts).
Credits: 2.00 or 3.00


Contracts - LAW 552S

This course examines the enforcement of promises and bargains. Topics include contract formation, the doctrine of consideration, formalities including the Statute of Frauds and the parol evidence rule, performance and breach, defenses, remedies.
Credits: 4.00


Co-op - LAW 931S

The Co-op is a field placement in a corporation, law firm, judicial office, public interest organization, or government agency. Students must attend a pre-placement orientation and will work 20-25 hours per week and satisfy or exceed the supervisor's expectations. Enrollment is by permission only. Grading is Credit/No Credit.
Credits: 7.00
Co-Requisite: LAW 654S - Lawyering Practice Seminar


Co-op Intensive - LAW 933S

The Co-op is a field placement in a corporation, law firm, judicial office, public interest organization, or government agency. Students must attend a pre-placement orientation and will work 35-40 hours per week and satisfy the supervisor's expectations. Grading is Credit/No Credit.
Credits: 10.00
Co-Requisite: LAW 654S - Lawyering Practice Seminar


Copyright - LAW 760S

This course surveys the law of copyright. Topics to be discussed include the subject matter of copyright; ownership and transfer of copyrights; the rights afforded to copyright owners; duration of copyright rights; infringement; and remedies. Related areas of law such as author's moral rights, unfair competition, and contractual protection of ideas may also be addressed.
Credits: 3.00


Criminal Law - LAW 558S

This course examines the principles that underlie liability for criminal conduct. Topics include the definition of crimes and the principles of punishment, the required acts and mental states necessary for liability, and defenses to and justifications for conduct. Specific crimes will be discussed including conspiracy and intentional murder and manslaughter.
Credits: 4.00


Criminal Law Legal Research - LAW 877S

This course covers basic criminal law research resources, in both print and electronic formats. Main topics include the following: primary and secondary resources of criminal law and procedure; interdisciplinary research; criminal law reports and statistics; and current awareness resources. This class covers both federal and state criminal law resources. Grading is Credit/No Credit.
Credits: 1.00
Pre-Requisite: LAW 565S - Legal Methods I, LAW 566S - Legal Methods II


Criminal Litigation Field Clinic I - LAW 941S

This clinical program places students in a criminal practice setting. Students will represent criminal defendants in all phases of pre-trial and trial activity. Students must enroll in both semesters of the clinic. A grade will be assigned at the end of the Spring semester.
Credits: 5.00 or 6.00
Co-Requisite: LAW 656S - Justice Lawyering


Criminal Litigation Field Clinic II - LAW 942S

This course is a continuation of LAW 941S. Students must enroll in both semesters of the clinic.
Credits: 5.00 or 6.00
Pre-Requisite: LAW 656S - Justice Lawyering, LAW 941S - Criminal Litigation Field Clinic I


Criminal Procedure: Investigations - LAW 670S

This course considers the Fourth Amendment's protection against unreasonable search and seizure, the Fifth Amendment's right to Due Process and against compulsory self-incriminations, and the Sixth Amendment's right to counsel, all with particular emphasis on the application of these constitutional provisions within the context of criminal investigation.
Credits: 3.00


Criminal Procedure: Prosecution and Adjudication - LAW 671S

This course will study the basic rules of criminal procedure, beginning with the institution of formal proceedings. It will emphasize prosecutorial discretion, preliminary hearings, the grand jury, criminal discovery, guilty pleas and plea bargaining, jury selection, pretrial publicity, double jeopardy, the right to counsel, and pretrial release and sentencing.
Credits: 3.00


Death Penalty Law - LAW 681S

This course will focus on the substantive and procedural issues presented in cases where prosecutors seek the death penalty. It will also consider the legal issues arising in collateral challenges to death sentences, particularly through the Federal habeas corpus process.
Credits: 2.00


Drexel Law Review - LAW 920S

Students must enter the law review writing competition and be selected as a member of the law review staff. Students will receive credit for their work in preparing each issue of the Drexel University Law Review. Enrollment by permission of the faculty supervisor(s) only. Grading is Credit/No Credit.
Credits: Variable


Education Law - LAW 640S

This course will cover constitutional and statutory law and policy issues relating to public schools, including rights of parents, teachers and students, school discipline, religion, speech, discrimination, and disability rights.
Credits: 2.00 or 3.00


Employee Benefits Law - LAW 733S

This course considers the legal, economic, and social welfare aspects of benefits -principally health and retirement benefits -provided through an individual’s ties to the employment market. The course will consider mandatory benefit regimes in which all employers and employees must participate, such as Social Security and Medicare; and voluntary benefit programs, which employers may choose to adopt or not adopt for their employees. The course straddles a number of legal fields, including labor law, fiduciary law, tax law, and financial law.
Credits: 3.00


Employment Discrimination - LAW 622S

This course studies the federal and state statutes and case law that prohibit employment discrimination on the basis of race, color, gender, religion, national origin, age, disability, and sexual orientation. This course covers substantially different material than Employment Law and students may productively take both courses.
Credits: 3.00


Employment Law - LAW 722S

The purpose of this course is to help students gain a better understanding of the laws that govern the employment relationship, from hiring to firing. Students will review and discuss statutes and case law concerning restrictive covenants, Title VII, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, harassment, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, and the Fair Labor Standards Act. Real life situations will be evaluated and students will work on a hypothetical case brought before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
Credits: 3.00


Enterprise Tax - LAW 702S

This course will survey the differing federal income tax treatments of the various forms of business and investment activities, including both corporations and partnerships.
Credits: 4.00
Pre-Requisite: LAW 701S - Federal Income Tax


Entertainment Law - LAW 728S

The course will provide an overview of legal issues arising in the entertainment industry. Topics include acquisition of rights, talent agreements, project financing and structures, and distributor and licensing agreements. The course will also survey contracts, business organizations, securities, labor, copyright, trademark and rights of privacy/publicity law impacting the entertainment industry.
Credits: Variable


Entrepreneurial Law Clinic - LAW 924S

Students in the Entrepreneurial Law Clinic serve as "staff attorneys" in Drexel University’s "Start-Up Law Clinic." Students are expected to devote an average of 20 hours per week over the semester to the work of the Clinic. The Clinic will offer business and intellectual property law counseling to entrepreneurial start-ups based in the Greater Philadelphia area. These services will range from entity formation, founders’ agreements, and employment law counseling to trademark and patent registrations and general intellectual property protection counseling. The Clinic will be a transactional law practice servicing a select number of entrepreneurial clients. The Clinic will operate in collaboration with a panel of advisors who come from the leading emerging growth lawyers in Philadelphia.
Credits: 6.00
Pre-Requisite: LAW 713S - Transactional Lawyering
Co-Requisite: LAW 653S - Entrepreneurial Law Clinic Seminar


Entrepreneurial Law Clinic Seminar - LAW 653S

The Clinic Seminar will meet once a week, allowing participants in the Innovation Law Clinic to discuss various issues they encounter in their work in a seminar setting. There will be guest speakers and other opportunities to explore areas of law and law practice encountered in the Clinic.
Credits: 1.00
Pre-Requisite: LAW 713S - Transactional Lawyering
Co-Requisite: LAW 924S - Entrepreneurial Law Clinic


Environmental Law - LAW 624S

This course surveys the federal and state statutes and regulatory programs which attempt to limit water pollution, air pollution, environmental degradation, species extinction, hazardous waste, and chemical regulation problems.
Credits: 3.00


Evidence - LAW 634S

This course studies the law governing proof of disputed factual matters in criminal and civil trials, including issues of relevancy, competency, hearsay, and other exclusionary rules, and the privilege of witnesses.
Credits: 3.00 or 4.00


Family Law - LAW 644S

This course will examine the legal and policy issues relating to the family. Topics will include marriage, including barriers to marriage and the legal relationships between spouses; parents and children; divorce and its incidents, including child support and custody, and jurisdictional issues.
Credits: 3.00


Federal Courts - LAW 621S

This course considers the constitutional, statutory, and judicial rules that determine whether a case is tried in state or federal court.
Credits: 3.00


Federal Income Tax - LAW 701S

This course is intended to give students an understanding of the fundamental legal and policy concepts underlying the federal individual income tax. The course will focus on the statutory framework of U.S. tax laws, particular judicial authorities, and selected Treasury Department regulations and rulings.
Credits: 4.00


First Amendment - LAW 602S

This course examines speech and religion clauses of the First Amendment. It considers the philosophical and historical foundation of free expression; analytical problems in First Amendment jurisprudence; and the relationships between free exercise of religion and the separation of church and state.
Credits: 3.00


Foreign and International Legal Research - LAW 873S

This class will give students a working knowledge of research methods, in traditional print sources and in electronic formats, for conducting research in the laws of foreign countries and international law. Grading is Credit/No Credit.
Credits: 1.00
Pre-Requisite: LAW 565S - Legal Methods I, LAW 566S - Legal Methods II


Foundations of Legal Analysis - LAW 838S

The course will focus on legal analysis and writing, and fundamental principles of the law, including the state and federal court systems, statutory law and interpretation, agency determinations, common law, case synthesis, policy concerns, and primary and secondary legal sources. The course will be taught using a hands-on, experiential approach largely driven by written classroom exercises and written assignments submitted for evaluation and feedback by faculty.
Credits: 2.00


Health Care Finance - LAW 784S

This class will consider basic economic concepts related to health care finance and private insurance. Topics will include managed care organizations and provider owned networks, as well as the effect of major federal payment programs and the impact of ERISA health care delivery systems.
Credits: 2.00


Health Care Fraud & Abuse - LAW 674S

This course examines the major federal and state legislation for providers who seek reimbursement under governmentally funded health care programs including the Medicare and Medicaid Anti-Kickback statute, the False Claims Act, and the Stark I and Stark II legislation and regulations.
Credits: 2.00 or 3.00


Health Law I: Regulating Quality - LAW 780S

This course examines all aspects of medical errors and quality in health care, including malpractice suits, licensing, staff privileging of doctors, and current regulatory approaches. It will also look at issues of patient rights and autonomy, including informed consent, medical information, clinical research, and issues in death and dying.
Credits: 3.00


Health Law II: Regulating Cost and Access - LAW 781S

This course examines the history of the American health care system and will consider the tensions between costs and access to care. Topics will include the federal Medicare and Medicaid systems, cost controls through health insurance and federal regulation, antitrust issues, ERISA, EMTALA, and other federal regulatory regimes.
Credits: 3.00


Health Law Legal Research - LAW 872S

The goal of this course is to provide students with the tools necessary to perform effective legal research in all areas of health care law. Students will learn how to use electronic and print resources and techniques to research health law statutes, legislative history, case law, regulations, and literature, as well as medical and health sciences information. Classes will consist of overviews and explanations of research tools and sources, after which students will have assignments to practice the use of those resources. Grading is Credit/No Credit.
Credits: 1.00
Pre-Requisite: LAW 565S - Legal Methods I, LAW 566S - Legal Methods II


Health Policy Colloquium - LAW 782S

This course will use case studies to examine regulatory choices in health care. The course will first examine the tools available to regulators in the U.S. health care system, from command and control regulation to market-enhancing devices such as the use of information to inform patients. The course will then consider regulatory strategies that a regulator might consider to handle several case studies: patient injury reduction in outpatient clinical/surgical settings; cost control of diagnostic imaging; in vitro fertilization and other reproduction enhancement developments; and malpractice tort reform, including insurance reform.
Credits: 2.00


Immigration Law - LAW 820S

This course covers issues in immigration law including inadmissibility and deportability, relief from removal, asylum and refugee status, citizenship, nonimmigrant and immigrant visas, and administrative and judicial review.
Credits: 3.00


Improvisation for Lawyers - LAW 890S

In this intensive course, students will hone their legal performance skills by studying improvisational theater techniques. The course will involve extensive hands-on performance. Grading is Credit/No Credit.
Credits: 1.00


Independent Study - LAW 899S

This course will allow students to engage in independent legal research and writing under the supervision of a full-time faculty member. Students may not enroll in this course without written permission by the supervising faculty member.
Credits: 1.00 to 6.00


Insurance Law - LAW 796S

This course will survey the basic types of individual and corporate insurance policies, legal principles of insurance law, and the role insurance plays in society. Topics may include insurance industry regulation, policy structure, risk management and interpretation, insurance marketing, insurance intermediaries, claims, and potential insurer defenses.
Credits: 2.00 or 3.00


Intellectual Property Legal Research - LAW 871S

The goal of this course is to provide students with grounding in the materials essential to performing introductory intellectual project research, enabling them to complete complex IP research assignments, whether for coursework or practice. Classes will contain an overview of research tools, explanations on how to use them effectively and assignments demonstrate their proper use. This course will augment current and future IP course offerings. Grading is Credit/No Credit.
Credits: 1.00
Pre-Requisite: LAW 565S - Legal Methods I, LAW 566S - Legal Methods II


International Business Transactions - LAW 828S

This course examines the legal framework of private international business transactions including: sales of goods and services, foreign investment, technology transfer and government regulation.
Credits: 3.00


Internet Law - LAW 768S

This course addresses a variety of legal issues that relate to the Internet. Areas covered include intellectual property, electronic privacy, constitutional rights, and commercial law issues.
Credits: 2.00


Intro to Interviewing, Negotiation & Counseling - LAW 568S

This course develops the practical lawyering skills of interviewing and counseling. Students will also be introduced to negotiation theory and practice.
Credits: 1.00


Introduction to Trial Advocacy - LAW 902S

This course will teach students to perform trial skills based on strategic themes and theories. The students will conduct direct and cross-examination of lay, party and expert witnesses, opening and closing statements, make objections and introduce exhibits. The course will culminate with each student performing in a mock trial. Grading is Credit/No Credit.
Credits: 3.00
Pre-Requisite: LAW 634S - Evidence
Co-Requisite: LAW 634S - Evidence


Jurisprudence - LAW 834S

This course addresses essential questions about the nature of law, and its role in society. What is law? What is its source of legitimacy? How does it function? Readings will consider major texts in Western jurisprudential philosophy.
Credits: 3.00


Justice Lawyering - LAW 656S

This course, which is a co-requisite of the field clinics, is a critical look at law and social justice. In that context, students will develop individual research and writing projects inspired by their clinical experience.
Credits: 1.00
Co-Requisite: LAW 941S - Criminal Litigation Field Clinic I, LAW 943S - Civil Litigation Field Clinic I, LAW 945S - Public Health and Environmental Law Field Clinic I


Juvenile Justice Law - LAW 678S

This course will conduct an in-depth study of juvenile justice jurisprudence, doctrine, and policy in the United States. It will consider particular constitutional issues as they relate to children in the juvenile justice system. It will also consider the major differences between the criminal justice and the juvenile justice systems.
Credits: 3.00


Labor Law - LAW 658S

This course focuses on the laws governing collective bargaining by unions and employees, and the laws regulating the relationship between individuals and their unions.
Credits: 3.00


Land Use Law - LAW 746S

This course studies the principal methods of public control of private land use. It will consider issues relating to nuisance, eminent domain, taxation and zoning.
Credits: 2.00


Law and Mind Sciences - LAW 842S

Much of law and legal theory is based on commonsense assumptions about human behavior: criminals are evil; contracting parties act freely and with full knowledge; and workplace discrimination results from conscious prejudice. This seminar will explore evidence from social psychology, social cognition, cognitive neuroscience, and related fields that challenges these and similar conceptions.
Credits: 2.00


Law and Social Movements - LAW 844S

This course studies the various ways in which law succeeds – or fails – to bring about changes in the allocation of rights to groups and individuals. The class will focus on particular legal and social change movements, considering the effectiveness of strategies such as litigation and law reform.
Credits: 3.00


Law of Medical Malpractice - LAW 788S

This course covers medical liability issues arising from the treatment relationship between health care providers and their patients. Topics include the history of the medical malpractice tort, its evolution as a "crisis," informed consent, the framework for a medical malpractice lawsuit, and an analysis of proposals for medical malpractice reforms.
Credits: 2.00 or 3.00


Lawyering Practice Seminar - LAW 654S

This seminar focuses on learning from experiences, both in the co-op and in later professional practice. Students will study the roles being played by lawyers and the institutions where lawyers work. They will discuss their fieldwork experiences, make formal class presentations, and listen to practicing attorneys. Enrollment is by permission only.
Credits: 2.00
Co-Requisite: LAW 931S - Co-op, LAW 933S - Co-op Intensive, LAW 934S - Summer Co-op


Legal History - LAW 836S

This course surveys Anglo-American legal history from the origins of the common law through the 20th century. The course will focus on the development of both legal institutions and substantive law.
Credits: 2.00 or 3.00


Legal Methods I - LAW 565S

This course provides instruction in the fundamentals of predictive writing and legal research, including LEXIS and Westlaw training.
Credits: 3.00


Legal Methods II - LAW 566S

This course continues Legal Methods I. Students will learn additional legal research skills and will be introduced to persuasive writing techniques
Credits: 3.00


Literature and the Law Seminar - LAW 840S

This seminar will explore the role of law, legal institutions, and legal actors in literature. It will also consider the ways in which literature, and literary theory, can be used in practice.
Credits: 2.00


Litigation Drafting - LAW 882S

This course explores technical and strategic issues in the drafting of litigation documents such as complaints, answers, written discovery, motions, affidavits, discovery schedules, pretrial orders, jury instructions, releases and correspondence. Students will complete a number of drafting assignments in and out of class.
Credits: 2.00


Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Seminar - LAW 608S

This is the required companion course for students participating in the Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project. It is designed to prepare law students to teach constitutional law in local high schools and to supervise these high school students as they compete in regional and national constitutional moot court competitions. Grading is Credit/No Credit.
Credits: 1.00 or 2.00


Mediation and Arbitration - LAW 646S

This course explores the theory, practice and law of mediation and arbitration, with an emphasis on the roles lawyers play in these processes. The course will include simulated mediations and arbitrations to foster a deeper understanding of the material and to develop lawyering skills in resolving disputes without litigation.
Credits: 2.00 or 3.00


Mental Health Law - LAW 793S

This course will focus on providing students with an understanding of some of the most important issues for which the mental health professions and behavioral science research can provide information that is relevant to courts and attorneys.
Credits: 2.00 or 3.00


Moot Court Board - LAW 894S

Students will be selected by the faculty supervisors to serve on the moot court board. Students will develop an intra-scholastic moot court competition and will be eligible to compete in interscholastic competitions. Students must take Appellate Advocacy before or during the semester of their external competition. Enrollment by permission of the faculty supervisor(s) only. Grading is Credit/No Credit.
Credits: Variable


Nonprofit Organizations - LAW 724S

This course will provide an overview of the legal environment of nonprofit organizations. Emphasis will be upon examining the law as it affects various aspects of nonprofits including incorporation, governance, fundraising and solicitation, employment, political activities, and tax status. Students will learn how the law regulates and structures nonprofit entities.
Credits: 2.00 or 3.00


Patent Litigation and Strategy - LAW 763S

This course provides an introduction to patent infringement litigation in the federal courts and will focus on the special aspects of patent litigation arising from its technical nature.
Credits: 2.00
Pre-Requisite: LAW 761S - Patents


Patent Prosecution - LAW 762S

This course focuses on drafting patents, strategy and tactics before the United States Patent and Trademark Office, and standards for patentability in the context of business effectiveness and ethical requirements.
Credits: 2.00
Pre-Requisite: LAW 761S - Patents


Patents - LAW 761S

This course provides an introduction to patent law, focusing upon the requirements of patentability (patentable subject matter, utility, novelty and non-obviousness), infringement, and defenses to infringement. Other topics include the economics of information and innovation competition, claims drafting, licensing, patent misuse and antitrust violations.
Credits: 3.00


Payment Systems - LAW 708S

This course introduces the student to the law of negotiable instruments, primarily checks and promissory notes. The course focuses on Articles 3 (Negotiable Instruments) and 4 (Bank Deposits and Collections) of the Uniform Commercial Code.
Credits: 3.00


Pennsylvania Innocence Project Practicum - LAW 923S

This is a practicum in which students work on behalf of individuals claiming they were wrongly convicted of a crime and seeking exoneration. Each student will be assigned cases under the supervision of an attorney. In the course of investigating factual claims and researching legal issues, students will review criminal files, interact with investigators, contact other attorneys, interview the client and witnesses, gather documentation, and prepare legal documents and memoranda. Students will also learn the law relevant to both innocence claims and legal issues in their cases. Grading is Credit/No Credit.
Credits: 3.00


Pennsylvania Legal Research - LAW 874S

In this course, students will become familiar with Pennsylvania primary resources (including cases, statutes, regulations, court rules, etc.) and Pennsylvania secondary legal resources (including practice guides, treatises, and CLE materials.) The class will cover all available resources, including print resources, free electronic resources, and subscription database resources. Grading is Credit/No Credit.
Credits: 1.00
Pre-Requisite: LAW 565S - Legal Methods I, LAW 566S - Legal Methods II


Pennsylvania Practice - LAW 652S

This course explores unique issues related to civil litigation in Pennsylvania.
Credits: 2.00 or 3.00


Pretrial Advocacy - LAW 900S

This course is designed for students with an interest in litigation. Students will learn the major steps in the pretrial litigation process including theory development, client interviewing, informal fact investigation, pleading, discovery, depositions, pretrial motions, jury selection, and the settlement process.
Credits: 2.00


Private Equity and Venture Capital Law - LAW 712S

This course examines the legal and financial aspects of venture capital and private equity transactions. Subjects include venture capital financing, leveraged buyout transactions, management equity incentive structures, and related tax topics. Students will also be introduced to the venture capital and private equity fund industry.
Credits: 3.00 or 4.00
Pre-Requisite: LAW 700S - Business Organizations


Products Liability - LAW 786S

This course focuses on the theories and scope of liability arising from the distribution and sale of harm-producing products. Topics include the concept of defectiveness, design problems, duty to warn and problems with causation.
Credits: 3.00


Professional Responsibility - LAW 830S

This course will examine the ethical duties of lawyers toward clients, courts, and society. The course emphasizes the Model Rules of Professional Conduct, the Model Code of Professional Responsibility, and relevant case law. Topics covered include confidentiality, conflicts of interest, competence, fee arrangements, and the unauthorized practice of law.
Credits: 3.00


Property - LAW 556S

This course examines the basic elements of the law of real and personal property. Topics include ownership and possession of property, gifts, the rights of bona fide purchasers, adverse possession, estates and future interests in real property, and co-ownership and concurrent interests.
Credits: 4.00


Public Health and Environmental Law Field Clinic I - LAW 945S

This clinical program places students in a public interest practice setting. Students will be trained in varied advocacy, legal and technical skills working directly with clients. Students will learn to evaluate potential cases and work with community members to understand their desired outcome. Students must enroll in both semesters of the clinic. A grade will be assigned at the end of the Spring semester.
Credits: 5.00 or 6.00
Co-Requisite: LAW 656S - Justice Lawyering


Public International Law - LAW 824S

This course will examine the nature and sources of international law; international organizations, including the United Nations and the International Court of Justice; and the developing law of human rights. Other topics include the role of international law in the United States courts; the law relating to the use of military force; and international trade law.
Credits: 3.00


Race and the Law - LAW 833S

This course considers the role of race in American law and examines the role of law in constructing notions of race.
Credits: 2.00 or 3.00


Real Estate Transactions - LAW 742S

This upper-level property course studies the legal aspects of residential and commercial real estate sales, development and finance.
Credits: 2.00


Refugee and Asylum Law - LAW 826S

This course explores the treatment of foreign refugees and political asylees, with particular emphasis on relevant statutes, regulations and treaties.
Credits: 2.00 or 3.00


Regulating Patient Safety - LAW 791S

This seminar will look at the problem of medical errors in American health care, the emerging Patient Safety movement, and regulatory strategies for reducing errors and improving quality in hospitals, drug delivery systems, and physician office practices.
Credits: 2.00 or 3.00


Reproductive Rights Law - LAW 610S

Reproductive rights have been a central and sometimes divisive topic in our country’s recent history. This seminar will explore the legal regulation of human reproduction through caselaw and a variety of theoretical frameworks. It will consider constitutional, bioethical, moral, religious, and social issues around birth control, abortion, cloning, and embryonic selection.
Credits: 2.00


Sales - LAW 711S

This course reviews contract formation issues from the perspective of Uniform Commercial Code Article 2 and focuses on significant commercial contractual issues such as formation, performance (delivery and payment), title to goods, third party rights, warranty, and remedies.
Credits: 3.00


Secured Transactions - LAW 706S

This course provides an introduction to the law governing contractually created interest on personal property used to secure payment or performance of obligations. Students will study the creation, perfection, priority, and enforcement of security interests in personal property under Article 9 of the Uniform Commercial Code.
Credits: 3.00


Securities Regulation - LAW 714S

This course examines securities market regulation, including registration, exemption, and remedies under the Securities Act of 1933; reporting and accounting standards under the 1934 Act; the proxy system; and the regulation of broker-dealers, specialists, and self-regulatory organizations.
Credits: 3.00


Sentencing Law - LAW 672S

This course examines theories of sentencing, sentencing regimes, use of guidelines, and constitutional limits on sentencing.
Credits: 2.00 or 3.00


Sex, Gender, and the Law - LAW 611S

This course will explore the law and theory of sex and gender. Looking to a wide variety of legal doctrines and theorists, students will gain an understanding of how the law was developed, where it is going, and what it should be. The course will also address other identity characteristics and how they intersect with sex and gender.
Credits: 2.00 or 3.00


Sexual Orientation and the Law - LAW 612S

This course will focus on the interaction between sexual orientation and the law. Students will study how the transformation of social attitudes around sexual orientation plays out in various doctrinal areas.
Credits: 2.00 or 3.00


Special Education Law - LAW 642S

This class considers the law governing education of students with disabilities, with a particular focus on the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Students will study the evaluation and planning process, procedural due process provisions, and substantive issues such as use of least restrictive environment and school discipline, and remedies under the law.
Credits: 2.00


Sports Law - LAW 726S

This course will involve application of various legal doctrines (including contracts, labor, antitrust, tax, torts, remedies, arbitration and constitutional law) to a broad range of sports-related activities.
Credits: 2.00 or 3.00


Starting and Managing a Law Practice - LAW 892S

This course is designed to equip students with the knowledge, skills, and resources required to establish or manage a law firm. Topics will include marketing, office management, case management, and ethical considerations. Grading is Credit/No Credit.
Credits: 2.00


State and Local Government Law - LAW 638S

This course examines state and local governments, their role in setting public policy, and the interrelationship between them. Areas to be explored may include forms and structures of state and local governments, selection of public services, taxing and spending powers, home rule, zoning law, and general powers and immunities.
Credits: 2.00 or 3.00


Student-Faculty Colloquium - LAW 799S

This course will allow students and faculty to engage in scholarly discussion on select topics in law.
Credits: 1.00 to 6.00


Summer Co-op - LAW 934S

The Co-op is a field placement in a corporation, law firm, judicial office, public interest organization, or government agency. Students must attend a pre-placement orientation and will work 35-40 hours per week and satisfy the supervisor's expectations. Grading is Credit/No Credit.
Credits: 7.00
Co-Requisite: LAW 654S - Lawyering Practice Seminar


Supreme Court Seminar - LAW 614S

This seminar will introduce students to the history and function of the United States Supreme Court. Students will study several active cases, draft simulated Supreme Court opinions, and practice oral argument. Where possible, students will actually attend one day of Supreme Court argument.
Credits: 3.00


Tax Law Legal Research - LAW 876S

The goal of this course is to introduce students to the concepts of tax research and the sources of tax authority. The learning outcomes for this class include giving students familiarity with statutory interpretation and legislative history, regulations, administrative decisions and letter rulings, case law, and secondary sources on tax law. There will also be discussion of the authoritative weight of various types of tax materials. The course focuses on Federal tax law, but includes an overview of state tax research—with an emphasis on Pennsylvania law—as well as international tax research. Grading is Credit/No Credit.
Credits: 1.00
Pre-Requisite: LAW 565S - Legal Methods I, LAW 566S - Legal Methods II


Torts - LAW 550S

This course examines the general theories of civil liability for injuries to persons or property. Topics include liability for intentional misconduct, an introduction to the law of negligence, and a strict liability as well as defenses to claims of tort liability.
Credits: 4.00


Toxic Torts - LAW 790S

This course will consist of an in-depth study of mass tort litigation of all kinds, at both the state and federal level, focusing primarily on the manufacture and distribution of defective and toxic products and pharmaceuticals. Class actions will be studied as a remedial tool.
Credits: 2.00


Trademarks and Unfair Competition - LAW 764S

This course analyzes the law of unfair commercial practices. It covers trademarks, service marks, trade names, trade dress, infringement, interference with contractual relationships, appropriation of intellectual property created by another, defamation, disparagement, false advertising, unfair methods of competition, unfair or deceptive acts or practices, and remedies.
Credits: 3.00


Transactional Lawyering - LAW 713S

This hands-on skills course places students in the role of dealmakers. Students must anticipate legal problems and create agreements that avoid those pitfalls.
Credits: 4.00


Trial Team - LAW 918S

Enrollment by permission of the faculty supervisor(s) only. Grading is Credit/No Credit.
Credits: Variable
Pre-Requisite: LAW 634S - Evidence, LAW 900S - Pretrial Advocacy, LAW 902S - Introduction to Trial Advocacy


Trusts and Estates - LAW 740S

This course will survey the law of gratuitous transfers and inheritance. The class will cover the creation, execution, alteration and interpretation of wills as well as the creation, revocation and interpretation of trusts and trust instruments of various types.
Credits: 3.00 or 4.00


White Collar Crime - LAW 676S

This class will present an overview of white collar criminal litigation. The course will emphasize federal law and focus on liability for corporation and corporate executives, fraud, obstruction of justice, and related matters.
Credits: 3.00


Writing Strategies for the Bar Exam - LAW 886S

This course will prepare students for the written portions of the bar exam – essays and performance test questions. Students will develop their exam-writing skills by taking practice questions under exam conditions and receiving critiques of their answers. Students will also review several areas of substantive law commonly tested on bar exams. Grading is Credit/No Credit. NOTE: The course is not intended as a substitute for a commercial bar review course. Students sitting for bar exams that do not have a performance test will take additional essay practice tests instead of practice performance tests.
Credits: 2.00


Special Topics Courses

Some additional courses that have been offered as Special Topics include:

  • 1L Elective: Business Basics for Lawyering
  • 1L Elective: Contract Theory
  • 1L Elective: Introduction to International Human Rights Law
  • 1L Elective: Regulating Health Care: Theory and Practice
  • Admiralty Law
  • Advanced Contract Drafting & Negotiation
  • Bioethics, Babies, & Babymaking
  • Business Torts
  • Communicating for Success
  • Community Lawyering Clinic I
  • Community Lawyering Practice II
  • Crime and Community
  • Criminal & Civil Rights Litigation Strategies
  • Cybersecurity & the Law
  • E-Discovery & Digital Evidence
  • Elder Law
  • European Union Law
  • Executive Compensation Law
  • Expert Witnesses
  • Federal Criminal Law
  • Health Care Reform Seminar
  • Hip Hop and the Law
  • Immigration Litigation
  • International Human Rights Advocacy
  • International Intellectual Property Law
  • International Law
  • Law, Feminism, & Gender
  • Lawyering Practice Seminar II
  • Legal Decision Technology
  • Media Law
  • National Security Law
  • Pennsylvania Family Law Practice
  • Poverty Law
  • Problem Solving with Clients
  • Tax Law Legal Research
  • Topics in Estate Planning
  • Transition to Practice