LAWW 400V. Entertainment Law (Irregular). 1-6 Hour.
Examines the legal principles and relationships of the entertainment industry, with a primary emphasis on the music industry; provides an introduction to the practice of entertainment law and the negotiation of entertainment contracts; highlights a variety of legal and practical issues that arise when representing clients in the entertainment industry.
LAWW 4013. Legal Research & Writing I (Fa). 3 Hours.
An introduction to the special problems posed by the legal analysis and the expression of the results of that process. The primary emphasis will be on basic legal analysis techniques, basic legal writing skills, and proper citation form. Students will complete a series of writing assignments.
LAWW 4024. Contracts (Irregular). 4 Hours.
Formation and enforcement by litigation and commercial arbitration of commercial and family agreements. Mutual assent or consideration; third-party beneficiaries; assignments; joint obligation; performance; anticipatory breach; discharge of contractual duties; and the Statute of Frauds.
LAWW 4054. Property (Irregular). 4 Hours.
This course deals with the creation and transfer of rights over property. The primary emphasis will be on entitlements in land. Subject to variations among professors, topics will include the rights of landowners to exclude others, estates in land, co-ownership, landlord-tenant law, real estate and personal property transactions, and servitudes.
LAWW 406V. Upper Level Writing (Sp, Su, Fa). 1-3 Hour.
Second year students must take at least one 2 or 3-hour course in upper level research and writing which has been certified by the faculty as an Upper Level Writing course. The course, which is constructed around a special topic or specific area of the law, focuses on writing or drafting. Writing component accounts for at least 2/3 of the final grade. Prerequisite: LAWW 4013 and LAWW 4113. May be repeated for up to 10 hours of degree credit.
LAWW 4074. Criminal Law (Irregular). 4 Hours.
Deals with the questions of what conduct society punishes through a criminal code and of the appropriate punishment for the forbidden conduct. In this context the course includes an analysis of the theories of punishment, the definitions of various crimes, the defenses available to one charged with criminal conduct, and the limitations placed by the Constitution on governmental power in the criminal law area. Throughout the course, special emphasis is placed on the legislature's role in creating statutes alongside the judiciary's corresponding role in interpreting those statutes.
LAWW 4104. Civil Procedure (Fa). 4 Hours.
Study of the process of civil litigation from preliminary matters such as court selection and jurisdiction, through joinder of parties and discovery techniques, to disposition of cases and finality of judgments. Some attempt is made to cover the antecedents of modern procedure; where appropriate, suggestions for reform are developed in class discussion. Emphasis is on the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure.
LAWW 4113. Legal Research & Writing II (Sp). 3 Hours.
An introduction to persuasive writing techniques and intermediate computer research. Student will write a full appellate brief and deliver an oral argument. Prerequisite: LAWW 4013.
LAWW 4132. Upper Level Writing: Gender-Based Violence & Human Rights Policies & Procedures (Irregular). 2 Hours.
The course explores various forms of gender-based violence in public and private spheres and the relationship between this violence and discourse on human rights in both the legal and policy arenas. Also considers additional solutions to the prevention of sexual violence including the economic empowerment of women, the education of girls, and others. Meets the Upper Level Writing Requirement.
LAWW 4144. Torts (Irregular). 4 Hours.
An introduction to basic principles of liability for harm to persons and property. The course analyzes various categories of tortious conduct, defenses and immunities, damages, and underlying principles and policies justifying liability.
LAWW 4153. Property II (Sp). 3 Hours.
Emphasis is on real property. Basic concepts are covered, including property rights in lost and found articles (general property concepts), types and historical origins of estates, and other interests in land. Property transfer techniques, such as gifts, leases (landlord and tenant), and the sale of land are also considered. Land transfer techniques, including the land sale contract, the deed, the recording system, and methods of real property title assurance are discussed. Certain aspects of land use controls are explored briefly.
LAWW 4173. Criminal Procedure I (Irregular). 3 Hours.
Generally this course focuses on: (1) criminal investigation practices, more precisely, contacts between the police and persons suspected or accused of crime, at the time of or shortly before and after arrest; (2) the federal constitutional rights of suspects in their contacts with the police or, stated another way, the federal constitutional restrictions (or lack of restrictions) on the police, based on the 4th, 5th, 6th, and 14th amendments; (3) the exclusionary rule, which limits the admissibility of evidence obtained by the police from suspects in violation of their federal constitutional rights; and (4) United States Supreme Court jurisprudence.
LAWW 4182. Upper Level Writing - Business Drafting (Irregular). 2 Hours.
ULW-Business Drafting is an advanced writing course that takes students through a number of writing assignments. It is geared at teaching students to produce prescriptive writing, as oppose to predicting how the law would apply or persuading a reader about how the law should apply. This class therefore requires students to use information that they have gained in other classes, notably Business Organizations, and use it in drafting appropriate documents ranging from organizational forms, to documents describing how a business is to be operated, to commercial contracts. Students will also work on professionally communicating with various constituents such as clients and other attorneys about the contents of and rationale behind drafting choices in these documents.Prerequisite: LAWW 4294.
LAWW 4203. Civil Procedure II (Sp). 3 Hours.
Study of the process of civil litigations from such preliminary matters as court selection and jurisdiction to appeal and collateral attack of final judgments. Some attempt is given to cover the antecedents of modern procedure; and where appropriate, suggestions for reform are developed in class discussion. Emphasis is on the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and on code pleading and common law procedure used in state court systems.
LAWW 4212. Upper Level Writing: Police Discretion (Irregular). 2 Hours.
This course will analyze the role of police discretion in the criminal justice system particularly in the context of traffic stops, interrogations, and suppression hearings. Although there are no prerequisites, students have ideally already taken Criminal Procedure and Criminal Procedure II.
LAWW 4233. Upper Level Writing: Crime and the Supreme Court (Irregular). 3 Hours.
This course critically examines criminal law and procedure cases currently pending before the Supreme Court. Students will construct hypothetical Supreme Court, argue selected cases, take a vote, and then produce an actual series of judicial opinions, and make an appellate argument. Prerequisite: LAWW 4013 and LAWW 4113.
LAWW 4294. Business Organizations (Irregular). 4 Hours.
This is an introductory, survey course focusing primarily on the law applicable to closely held businesses, including agency rules and the law applicable to general and limited partnerships, LLPs and LLLPs, limited liability companies, and corporations.
LAWW 4442. Law & Accounting (Irregular). 2 Hours.
Study of basic accounting principles and their importance to attorneys engaged in business related activities. Topics covered include the fundamental accounting equation, the nature of accrual accounting, understanding financial statements, and accounting for assets and liabilities. Also a review of basic principles associated with financial statement analysis and valuation principles. Intended for students with little or no business training, and may not be taken for credit by students who have previously earned 6 or more hours of undergraduate or graduate credit in accounting courses.
LAWW 445V. Mastering Legal Analysis (Irregular). 1-2 Hour.
In this course students will revisit and expand upon the core principles of legal analysis. This course will be based on an active-learning model with a focus on practicing legal analysis under time-pressured conditions. The professor will provide extensive individualized feedback on exercises. The materials for this course will largely be drawn from the written portions of the bar exam (both Arkansas and UBE).
LAWW 500V. Special Topics (Irregular). 1-18 Hour.
Included under this heading will be a variety of variable credit law courses taught by law faculty on topics that are not included elsewhere in the curriculum. May be repeated for up to 18 hours of degree credit.
LAWW 5013. Professional Responsibility (Irregular). 3 Hours.
Role of the lawyer as counselor, advocate, and public servant; obligation to society of the individual lawyer and the profession as a whole; ethical problems of the profession; representation of the unpopular cause and the desirable client, lawyers' obligation to law reform; lawyer and the press; the lawyer in public service; the aspects of law office management.
LAWW 502V. Remedies (Irregular). 3-4 Hour.
Covers equity (jurisdiction and powers of courts of equity, injunctions, including adequacy of legal remedies, balancing of equities, interests protected, and defenses), damages (compensatory, exemplary, and nominal damages; direct and consequential damages; mitigation; special application in contract and tort actions) and restitution (relief afforded by the judicial process, to prevent unjust retention of benefits).
LAWW 5031. Basic Title Examination (Fa). 1 Hour.
Basic Title Examination is a course designed to teach students how to examine abstracts of title and other compilations of public real estate records to determine ownership and marketability of surface title. The course utilizes the theoretical understanding gained from traditional substantive law courses including Property and Decedents? Estates but teaches applied practical skills not usually taught in those courses.
LAWW 5041. Oil and Gas Title Examination (Fa). 1 Hour.
Oil and Gas Title Examination is a course designed to teach students who have successfully completed Basic Title Examination how to use abstracts of title and other compilations of public real estate records to determine ownership and marketability of minerals, including oil and gas, and oil and gas leasehold, royalty, overriding royalty and other similar interests. The course utilizes the theoretical understanding gained from traditional real property and oil and gas law courses, but teach practical skills not currently taught in the usual classroom setting. Pre- or Corequisite: LAWW 5031.
LAWW 5053. Energy Law (Irregular). 3 Hours.
Energy law governs the life cycle of energy resources, from resource development and generation of electricity to the end use in homes, businesses, and cars. In this growing area of practice, energy lawyers represent energy companies, public utilities, government agencies, and non-profit organizations. The course provides a survey of how different sources of energy - hydropower, oil and natural gas, coal, nuclear energy, and renewables - are regulated. Through this survey, we will consider important policy issues such as public utility regulation and the role of markets; the federal-state balance; and environmental impacts and the future of clean energy.
LAWW 5073. Domestic Relations (Irregular). 3 Hours.
Devoted primarily to the problems generated by family relationships. There is a large section on formation and dissolution of marriage. Substantial time is also given to paternity and legitimacy, obligations toward and of children, custody, adoption, guardianship, general property law as it is affected by family relationships, and divorce and custody in the federal system (focusing primarily on enforceability of decrees in one state by courts sitting in another state).
LAWW 5083. First Amendment (Irregular). 3 Hours.
An intensive examination of the legal issues arising under the First Amendment to the United States Constitution, with an emphasis on basic free speech doctrines and the dilemmas posed by interplay between the free exercise and establishment clauses. Prerequisite: LAWW 5114.
LAWW 510V. Law: Study Abroad (Irregular). 1-6 Hour.
Open to law students studying abroad in officially sanctioned programs.
LAWW 5114. Constitutional Law (Sp). 4 Hours.
An introduction to the basic principles of constitutional law and to current constitutional doctrines and problems. The primary focus will be on the structure of the federal system and on the rights of individuals under the Due Process and Equal Protection clauses of the Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments.
LAWW 5122. ABOTA Trial Practice Lecture Series (Sp). 2 Hours.
Lecture series by experienced and prominent Arkansas trial attorneys, lecturing on case evaluation, jury instructions, witness preparation, scheduling orders, courtroom civility, voir dire, opening statement, direct and cross-examination, objections, and closing arguments.
LAWW 5133. Real Estate Transactions (Irregular). 3 Hours.
Focuses on real estate transfer, real estate finance and real estate development. Issues relating to the sale of land and conveyances of real property, mortgages and the planning, financing, constructing and marketing of modern real estate developments are treated.
LAWW 5163. Administrative Law (Irregular). 3 Hours.
Course is constructed around Federal materials, but with some state references. Considers the origin and constitutional basis for the administrative process; executive and legislative controls with particular emphasis upon the judicial "control" of the administrative process (delegations, procedural and substantive due process, judicial assistance and enforcement and review of administrative decisions).
LAWW 5191. Deposition Practice (Irregular). 1 Hour.
The focus of this class is to teach how to take, defend and use depositions in civil cases. There will be extensive study of Rules 28-32 of the Arkansas and Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. Additionally, the State and Federal cases applicable to depositions will be discussed and reviewed. Discussion on the practicality of a deposition such as the timing, scheduling and expenses in depositions. Students will observe parts of several video depositions followed by a discussion.
LAWW 520V. Employment Discrimination (Irregular). 2-3 Hour.
The study of the significant cases and statutes that protect employees from discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, and disability, with emphasis on Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, and the Americans with Disabilities Act.
LAWW 5213. Business Lawyering Skills (Irregular). 3 Hours.
Synthesis of legal principles dealing with taxation and form of business organizations to provide guidance in choosing form and operating business entities. Certified skills course. Prerequisite: LAWW 4294.
LAWW 5252. International Commercial Arbitration (Irregular). 2 Hours.
This course will survey the history, purposes, and processes of international commercial arbitration.
LAWW 527V. Law and Economics (Irregular). 2-3 Hour.
Law and Economics examines legal and policy issues by critically analyzing whether legal rules provide the greatest good to the greatest number of people. The class offers an introduction to basic economic principles, while providing a useful review of many core law school and bar exam subjects.
LAWW 5293. Cyber Crime (Irregular). 3 Hours.
This course examines the law governing computer crime and the limits on law enforcement surveillance. We consider substantive crimes such as hacking, identity theft, economic espionage, and online threats before we examine the Fourth Amendment, the Wiretap Act, and other limits on law enforcement.
LAWW 5303. International and Domestic Sales and Leasing (Irregular). 3 Hours.
Study of Articles 2 and 2A of the Uniform Commercial Code and the United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods".
LAWW 5313. Payment Systems (Irregular). 3 Hours.
This course summarizes and explains the fundamental law applicable to a broad variety of current payment systems. Coverage includes issues of liability, transfer, holder in due course status, and check collection applicable to negotiable instruments (checks, notes, drafts) governed by UCC Articles 3 and 4, as well as letters of credit and documents of title governed by UCC Articles 5 and 7. The course further examines the rights, obligations, and federal protection applicable to credit and debit cards. Finally, it addresses recent legal developments in regard to a variety of electronic fund transfers, prepaid cards and digital currencies.
LAWW 5351. Arkansas Constitutional Law (Irregular). 1 Hour.
This course covers provisions of the Arkansas Constitution, including the Declaration of Rights, the separation of powers, the power of the executive and legislative branches, sovereign immunity, independent commissions, gambling and morality provisions, elections and term limits, taxation and exemptions, taxpayer lawsuits, and other topics.
LAWW 5363. Securities Regulation (Irregular). 3 Hours.
This course explores the federal regulation of securities, with emphasis on the Securities Act of 1933 and the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Topics examined include: the definition of a securities, public company disclosures, enforcement issues, antifraud rules, and insider trading liability, public offering mechanics, and exempt offerings. Prerequisite: LAWW 4294.
LAWW 5382. Employment Discrimination (Irregular). 2 Hours.
This course focuses on the study of the significant cases and statutes that protect employees from discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, and disability, with emphasis on Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, and the Americans with Disabilities Act. Final exam will be a take-home exam.
LAWW 5391. Effective Corporate Compliance Program (Irregular). 1 Hour.
This course will provide a high-level overview of the importance and structure of an effective compliance program within a business, with the purpose of mitigating legal risk. The Federal Sentencing Guidelines specify the elements of an effective compliance program, and federal agencies like the Office of Inspector General for the Department of Health and Human Services, as well as some state agencies (New York Office of Medicaid Inspector General) have interpreted these or implemented them through regulation. Students who choose to work for a corporation (even in the legal department) will need to be familiar with how that corporation implements the elements of an effective compliance program, so as to effectively defend or advise the corporation.
LAWW 5451. Environmental Torts (Irregular). 1 Hour.
The focus of this class is common law environmental torts resulting in property damage, including negligence, trespass, strict liability, and nuisance. Presented are the elements of those causes of action and a review of common environmental tort fact patterns. Also discussed are issues associated with environmental torts, such as imputed liability, and defenses. Review remedies for damage to property and individuals.
LAWW 547V. State and Local Government (Irregular). 2-3 Hour.
As citizens, much of our interaction with the law is local. Local governments determine the location of our nearest grocery store, how high (or low) property taxes will be, whether to maintain a public library, how late bars can serve alcohol, and even whether it is lawful to keep a pet python. Local government activity is significant, immediate, and pervasive. Despite the importance of local government law and institutions, most law school courses focus only on federal and state sources of law with little or no mention of local government. This course aims to address this void by providing a useful overview of core legal doctrines affecting the structure, authority, financing, and liabilities of local government in the United States. The course also covers the theoretical and empirical research underlying those doctrines, and is structured to provide a broad understanding of local government relevant to most United States jurisdictions.
LAWW 550V. Wills, Trusts, and Estates (Irregular). 1-4 Hour.
This is the study of the traditional areas of wills and trusts (intestate and testate succession). The trusts area includes both the private trust and the charitable trust. Taxation problems are not covered in depth but are instead reserved for the Federal Estate & Gift Taxation course.
LAWW 5513. Labor Law (Irregular). 3 Hours.
The right to organize; organization of labor unions; strikes; picketing; boycotts; collective bargaining; collective labor agreements and their enforcement; unfair labor practices by employers and by unions; the union member and his union; state labor relations legislation; the National Labor Relations Act and the Labor Management Relations Act. Not offered every year.
LAWW 5523. General Practice Capstone I (Fa). 3 Hours.
General Practice Capstone I is designed to provide students with practical information to help them transition from law school to a general practice. Experienced practitioners will present a series of workshops on discrete practice areas like criminal defense, family law, personal injury, depositions, estate planning and probate, legal ethics, and small business advisement. Includes access to practice checklists, pleadings, forms, and law practice aids.
LAWW 5533. General Practice Capstone II (Sp). 3 Hours.
General Practice Capstone II complements Capstone I, and moves the focus topically to practical lawyering in common administrative law areas. The spring workshop series focuses on administrative proceedings in criminal law (probation, parole, drug court, habeas corpus), in-house details on employment law (employee manuals and termination policies); termination and unemployment including Workers Compensation, Social Security Disability, Veterans Benefits, Nursing Home Administration, Medicare and Medicaid.
LAWW 5600. Law Research Assistant (Sp, Su, Fa). 0 Hours.
Law Research Assistant is a zero-credit course available to students who work with or under the supervision of a faculty member on a research project that contributes significantly to faculty research, course preparation or presentation, or other scholarly work for or under the direction of a faculty member. Except as otherwise approved by the supervising faculty member with the concurrence of the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, only students who have successfully completed or are currently registered for Law 5622 Essential Legal Research may enroll. Students who are working on research with or under the direction of a faculty member must have the written pre-approval of the supervising faculty to be registered and must obtain from the Law School Registrar and complete and submit to the Registrar the course request form.
LAWW 5613. Capital Punishment (Irregular). 3 Hours.
This course examines the death penalty in America. It considers whether we can ever justify imposing the death penalty and whether we can do so fairly. But we will focus on Supreme Court cases to understand how the death penalty works in practice.
LAWW 5622. Essential Legal Research (Sp, Fa). 2 Hours.
This course covers the strategies, techniques, books, and databases essential to perform cost-effective legal research necessary for the practice of law and to assist faculty members as research assistants.
LAWW 5643. International Criminal Law (Irregular). 3 Hours.
This course will survey important topics in international criminal law such as genocide, war crimes, and crimes against humanity. It will trace the use of international tribunals from the Nuremberg and Tokyo tribunals to the International Criminal Court to enforce these international criminal laws.
LAWW 5662. Mergers and Acquisitions (Irregular). 2 Hours.
This course examines the legal and business considerations involved in the purchase and sale of a business, including an in-depth look at various transactional structures and the implications for shareholder voting, appraisal rights, along with an extensive review of director duties at all stages of the deal.Pre- or Corequisite: LAWW 4294.
LAWW 5673. Nonprofit Corporations (Irregular). 3 Hours.
This course examines issues relating to the organization, operation, governance, and dissolution of various nonprofit entities, including charitable and public benefit corporations. Topics covered include the regulation of charitable contributions and their solicitation, obtaining and protecting tax-exempt status, and political and business activities of nonprofit organizations.
LAWW 5692. Rule of Law Colloquium (Irregular). 2 Hours.
Course is about inquiry and exploration. Course covers the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, the UK Bribery Act, and other anti-corruption initiatives. The context of why corruption exists and ways to address it, including through means other than legal prohibitions.
LAWW 5701. Baseball and the Law (Irregular). 1 Hour.
This course includes cases on the power of the commissioner; the taxes of a Dodger shortstop; antitrust law and Curt Flood; ownership of Barry Bond's home run ball #73; negligence at Wrigley Field; removal jurisdiction and Pete Rose; publicity rights to the Babe; criminal law and the Black Sox; trademark law.
LAWW 5771. Mergers and Acquisitions Drafting Lab (Irregular). 1 Hour.
This course exposes students to an array of documents used accomplish mergers and acquisitions of companies. Throughout the semester, students draft a series of agreements, which parallel the development of a typical acquisition, including confidentiality agreements, letters of intent, purchase agreements, and opinion letters. Pre- or Corequisite: LAWW 5662.
LAWW 5881. Arkansas Landlord Tenant Law (Irregular). 1 Hour.
The course will explore Arkansas landlord tenant law along with proposals for revision of the law. Topics covered will be the forcible entry and detainer statute, the security deposit statute, the failure to vacate statute, the residential landlord tenant act, and Arkansas's limitation on tort liability for landlords. Discussion on the federal laws governing HUD tenancies and the greater rights afforded in those tenancies. The course will discuss both theory and practice.
LAWW 599V. Debtor-Creditor Relations (Irregular). 3-4 Hour.
Study of Article 9 of the Uniform Commercial Code and of the remedies of unsecured creditors.
LAWW 602V. Independent Legal Research (Sp, Su, Fa). 1-3 Hour.
Independent legal research conducted under the supervision of faculty members. Ordinarily a student may not accumulate more than two semester hours of credit for Independent Legal Research. This cumulative maximum may be exceeded only by special permission of the dean, who in exceptional circumstances may approve a cumulative maximum credit of three semester hours of credit for Independent Legal Research.
LAWW 603V. Federal Courts (Irregular). 1-3 Hour.
Focus is on essential aspects of federal court procedure, the scope and limits of federal judicial power, and the underlying principles of federalism and separation of powers. Topics will include federal court jurisdiction, the power of Congress to limit that jurisdiction, Supreme Court review of state court judgments, and abstention and justiciability doctrines.
LAWW 6063. Advanced Evidence (Irregular). 3 Hours.
Deals with the use of expert witnesses, forensic sciences and scientific evidence, organization of proof, burden of proof, presumptions, and the law of privileges.
LAWW 607V. Conflict of Laws (Irregular). 2-3 Hour.
Study of the legal principles involved in problems which have connections with two or more states requiring a choice-of-law, choice-of-law in federal courts, and jurisdiction in multi-state situations.
LAWW 6093. Basic Evidence (Irregular). 3 Hours.
Study of the rules of evidence under which trials are conducted; the methods by which items of evidence and admitted or excluded; relevancy, real evidence, testimonial proof, and hearsay and its exceptions.
LAWW 611V. Interschool Competition Team (Sp, Fa). 1-2 Hour.
Interschool Competition Team provides an avenue for outstanding student advocates to register their completion of a rigorous interschool competition for purposes of academic credit. Students may register for this credit after satisfying the standards for approval of non-graded credit for Interschool Competition Credit, as outlined in the University of Arkansas School of Law Board of Advocates Bylaws and relevant Bylaw and Academic Standards provisions, as promulgated by the Faculty.
LAWW 6133. Antitrust Law (Irregular). 3 Hours.
Federal anti-trust laws and their relationship to concentrations of economic power in the contexts of monopoly mergers, price fixing, economic boycotts and discrimination, re-sale price maintenance, dealer franchises, and exclusive dealing. Comparative analysis of free enterprise market and government regulated industries. Recommended for second- and third-year students interested in business practice or government service, as well as social welfare, or students with an interest in the subject.
LAWW 6143. Oil and Gas (Irregular). 3 Hours.
Study of the law of oil and gas with emphasis on the interests that may be created in oil and gas, the rights of the landowner, provisions in the oil and gas lease, the rights of assignees, and legislation dealing with production and conservation.
LAWW 614V. Board of Advocates Credit (Sp, Su, Fa). 1-4 Hour.
Members of the Board of Advocates may receive ungraded academic credit, to be awarded in the spring semester of the member's third year in law school, upon completion of duties for the fall and spring semesters.
LAWW 615V. Elder Law (Irregular). 1-2 Hour.
Course covers the unique legal issues of the elderly including physical and mental characteristics of the elderly and how to adequately represent their needs; unique housing issues that progress from help at home to nursing home placement and how to pay for services with Medicaid and VA benefits; Medicaid and VA rules and planning for benefits; and the need for specific documents dealing with their impending incapacity, eventual death and passing with dignity.
LAWW 616V. Law Review Credit (Sp, Su, Fa). 1-4 Hour.
LAWW 6173. Introduction to Intellectual Property Law (Irregular). 3 Hours.
This is an overview course covering the basics of intellectual property law (IP law). Thus, this course focuses on the protection of proprietary rights in inventions, writings, creative expression, software, trade secrets, trade designations, and other intangible intellectual products by federal patent, copyright, trademark and unfair competition law, and by state trade secrecy and unfair competition law. The course aims to give students entering a general business or civil litigation practice an overview of the various intellectual property doctrines. The course is designed both for those who are interested in pursuing IP as a career, and those who are looking only for a basic knowledge of the subject. There are no prerequisites, and a scientific background is not required. J.D. students and non-law students are welcomed.
LAWW 6182. Advanced Torts: Dignitary and Economic Harm (Irregular). 2 Hours.
Course will cover defamation, the rights of privacy (including information privacy) and publicity, harm to family relationships, malicious prosecution and interference with common law civil rights.
LAWW 618V. Journal of Food Law & Policy Credit (Sp). 1-5 Hour.
Students receive credit for completion of duties on the Law School's publication of The Journal of Food Law & Policy.
LAWW 6192. Workers' Compensation (Irregular). 2 Hours.
Study of state legislation providing remedies for workers injured in the course of their employment. Not offered every year.
LAWW 6193. Workplace Legislation (Irregular). 3 Hours.
An in-depth look at workplace statutes and the interpretive regulations along with significant and recent case law. Emphasis on wage and hour law, the Family Medical Leave Act, Occupational Safety and Health law and Arkansas Unemployment Compensation law.
LAWW 6203. Trial Advocacy (Sp, Fa). 3 Hours.
An introduction to actual trial work and trial techniques through simulated exercises and the conduct of a mock trial. This course will satisfy the skills requirement. Pre- or Corequisite: LAWW 6093.
LAWW 6213. Product Liability (Irregular). 3 Hours.
An intensive study of the area including a review of the theories of liability; the concepts of product and defect; potential defendants; defenses; problems of proof and causation.
LAWW 6223. Oil & Gas Regulation and Agreements (Irregular). 3 Hours.
Oil and gas exploration and production is an important component of the economy of Arkansas and neighboring states. Out of necessity, this industry is highly regulated in every jurisdiction, but the manner of regulation varies widely from state to state. This course examines the rationale for such regulation, while comparing the regulatory approach of three neighboring states, Arkansas, Texas and Oklahoma which are typical examples of varying types of regulation. This course is designed to complement, rather than duplicate the basic Oil and Gas course, and will normally use the same casebook. A primary goal of this course is to learn how this regulation both shapes and constrains the ways that oil and gas industry operates. We also examine forms of agreement commonly used in oil and gas transactions to help students understand the functions of those, as well as their typical provisions. The course should be helpful to anyone whose practice may involve representing those who interact with the oil and gas industry, such as landowners, as well as those students considering an oil and gas related career. The guiding approach to the class is to provide the student with familiarity and understanding of the law that is involved in the real-world drilling, completing, and selling production from oil and gas operations, including today's unconventional plays, such as the Fayetteville Shale Play in Central Arkansas.
LAWW 6233. Federal Income Tax of Individuals (Irregular). 3 Hours.
Fundamentals of the federal income taxation of individuals. Topics covered include gross income, deductions, assignments of income, basis, taxation of property transactions, and tax accounting.
LAWW 6243. Federal Estate and Gift Taxation (Irregular). 3 Hours.
Fundamentals of the federal estate and gift transfer tax system. Topics covered include the determination of gifts for tax purposes, amounts included in decedents' gross estates, valuation, deductions and credits.
LAWW 6253. Federal Income Taxation of Business Entities (Irregular). 3 Hours.
Focus on tax issues in business formation, operation, distributions, and liquidations. Prerequisite: LAWW 6233.
LAWW 6262. Estate Planning (Irregular). 2 Hours.
Study of the role of lawyers (including ethical considerations) in fact gathering and analysis of data; testamentary and nonprobate transfers; planning for incapacity; Medicaid, income tax, and transfer tax considerations in small and large estates; gift techniques; planning for the surviving spouse; revocable and irrevocable trusts; life insurance; disposition of business interests; and post-mortem tax planning. Students are strongly encouraged to take either Wills, Trust and Estates or Federal Estate and Gift Taxation prior to taking the course.
LAWW 6292. Advanced Corporations (Irregular). 2 Hours.
Classical corporations law. Formation of corporations, duties and powers of corporate management, corporate control, shareholder rights, shares, dividends, derivative suits, fundamental changes and dissolution. Prerequisite: LAWW 4294.
LAWW 631V. Interschool Competition Team (Sp, Fa). 1-2 Hour.
Interschool Competition Team provides an avenue for outstanding student advocates to register their completion of a rigorous interschool competition for purposes of academic credit. Students may register for this credit after satisfying the standards for approval of non-graded credit for Interschool Competition Credit, as outlined in the University of Arkansas School of Law Board of Advocates Bylaws and relevant Bylaw and Academic Standards provisions, as promulgated by the Faculty.
LAWW 6323. Poverty Law: Theory and Practice (Irregular). 3 Hours.
Considers the implications of statutory and constitutional provisions that relate to several substantive areas of poverty law practice including public benefits, employment, consumer, health and family law. Prerequisite: LAWW 5114.
LAWW 633V. Intellectual Property (Irregular). 2-3 Hour.
This course involves an introductory survey of topics in intellectual property, including copyright, trademark, patent, and unfair competition issues. If time permits, the course may also cover certain aspects of e-commerce.
LAWW 6343. Conflict Resolution (Irregular). 3 Hours.
Explores methods utilized in the legal profession for resolving disputes. Students develop skills by participating in simulation exercises designed to identify and apply processes. Class readings/discussion on theory and practice will be followed by student simulations. Designed for second and third year law students.
LAWW 635V. Arkansas Law Notes Credit (Irregular). 1-4 Hour.
Arkansas Law Notes is published online as a student-run law journal by the University of Arkansas School of Law to members of the bar and the law school community at arkansaslawnotes.com. The publication features articles and current research, including student works. Law Notes is a tradition of the School of Law, dedicated to providing timely and insightful research on a variety of subjects to members of the bar. Law Notes is produced under the guidance of Professors Lonnie Beard, Uche Ewelukwa, and Brian Gallini. A mark of "CR" will be given.
LAWW 6364. Legal Clinic: Immigration (Irregular). 4 Hours.
Immigration Clinic will provide opportunities for students preparing for a career in immigration law or general practice by developing skills that are critical in legal practice through an experiential learning model. Working under the supervision of a clinical faculty member, students will represent sectors of the immigrant population for graded credit. Criminal Procedure and Professional Responsibility are prerequisites, as well as the completion of at least forty-eight credit hours prior to enrollment. Prerequisite: LAWW 5013.
LAWW 6374. Legal Clinic: Federal Practice (Sp, Fa). 4 Hours.
Students receive clinical legal experiences in federal courts and before federal administrative agencies. Although the particular experiences vary, Chapter 7 (no asset) bankruptcies and farm foreclosures are often emphasized.
LAWW 6393. Legal Clinic: Transactional (Irregular). 3 Hours.
Rule 15 certification requires completion of 48 hours, including all first year classes and Professional Responsibility. Students receive clinical legal experience counseling and representing non-profit organizations serving Northwest Arkansas in a wide range of non-litigation business law matters. Services include startup, incorporation, obtaining federal and state tax exemptions, change of business form, purchase and lease of real and personal property, employment and labor law issues, and general contract negotiation, drafting and execution. In addition, students prepare and participate as presenters in a workshop on matters of general interest to non-profit organizations. Legal Clinic Faculty supervise and review the student attorney's work, and provide personal feedback to the individual student attorneys. Prerequisite: LAWW 5013.
LAWW 6403. Land Use (Irregular). 3 Hours.
Covers public land use controls such as zoning, subdivision regulations, and eminent domain (including private property rights, takings, and inverse condemnation). Heavy emphasis is placed on planning at state and local levels.
LAWW 6413. Legal Clinic: Advanced Criminal Practice (Irregular). 3 Hours.
The Advanced Criminal Practice Clinic is a 3-credit course offered after a student has successfully completed Criminal Practice Clinic. Students who wish to continue work on existing cases or work on more complicated criminal matters, may apply to enroll in the Advanced Criminal Practice Clinic. Professor approval is required for enrollment. Prerequisite: LAWW 6424.
LAWW 6424. Legal Clinic: Criminal Practice Clinic (Irregular). 4 Hours.
The Criminal Practice Clinic represents clients charged with misdemeanor and simple felony charges primarily in Washington County. Under close faculty supervision, students develop their ability to effectively and ethically practice law while providing much-needed legal assistance. In addition to client representation, and court appearances, students participate in a weekly seminar. Qualification for Rule XV practice. Prerequisite: LAWW 6093, LAWW 4173, and LAWW 5013.
LAWW 6453. American Legal History (Irregular). 3 Hours.
An examination of major themes in American legal history, with an emphasis on the origins and meaning of the United States Constitution. Various topics will be explored in the light of the original understandings, developments over time, and current interpretations by the courts and the body politic.
LAWW 646V. Student Coordinating Attorney (Sp, Fa). 1-3 Hour.
The School of Law recognizes the educational value of placements under the supervision of licensed, experienced attorneys, and offers students the possibility of public service learning opportunity serving as a student coordinating attorney for 2-3 credits of ungraded credit if approved by the designated Faculty Supervisor. This option shall be available only to a student with a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 who has successfully completed 30 hours of Law School classes including Professional Responsibility, and who has obtained and submitted at least one recommendation from a faculty member who has had that student in at least one class in the past 12 months. A student coordinating attorney is a pro-bono position involving exposure to real world situations, involving some aspect of public service, where a lawyer's expertise and insights will be called for and can be observed. Placement is restricted to the courses offered in the all of the clinics offered at the law school. This position covers an entire semester (15 weeks during the spring and fall, and 10-12 weeks during the summer). For a two-credit student coordinating attorney position, the average work load must be no less than 8 hours per week in the fall and spring, or 10 hours per week in the summer. For a three-credit student coordinating attorney position, the average work load would be no less than 12 hours per week in the fall and spring, or 15 hours per week in the summer. Application required and must be completed in writing and delivered to the Faculty Supervisor no later than October 15 of the preceding semester for a spring semester student coordinating attorney position, no later than March 15 for a summer or fall semester student coordinating attorney position.
LAWW 648V. Special Topics (Skills) (Sp, Su, Fa). 1-3 Hour.
Special Topics (Skills) is a course where "class names" allow for a menu of course titles that provide substantial instruction in professional skills related to the responsibilities which lawyers are called upon to meet such as trial and appellate advocacy, alternative methods of dispute resolution, counseling, interviewing, negotiating, problem solving, factual investigation, organization and management of legal work, drafting, and analytical processes for applying those skills in ethical fashion. May be repeated for up to 15 hours of degree credit.
LAWW 6493. Law and Psychology (Irregular). 3 Hours.
This course covers key aspects of the relationship between law and psychology. Examples include: the regulatory effect on clinical practice of statutes, administrative regulations, and court decisions; and the influence of psychological expertise on legal decision-making through expert testimony in trial courts and amici briefs in appellate courts, testimony before legislative and administrative bodies, publication of research results, and provision of clinical services to correctional populations and public service occupations.
LAWW 650V. International Externship (Irregular). 1-5 Hour.
International Externships are experiences available in the summer to students having completed 30 hours toward the JD degree. Students work variable hours and weeks, in law offices, non-profit/ public interest/government agencies dealing with international matters. By participating in/observing various tasks, students are exposed to international legal practice and issues of professional responsibility in an international context. There is a Field and an Academic Component to this course. May be repeated for up to 10 hours of degree credit.
LAWW 6513. Immigration Law and Policy (Irregular). 3 Hours.
Study of immigration and nationality, including exclusion and deportation; political asylum and refugee status; visa allocation and distribution; labor certification; and naturalization and citizenship. It is recommended that Administrative Law be taken first.
LAWW 6523. Employment Law (Irregular). 3 Hours.
An overview of the law governing various aspects of the employment relationship, both statutory and common law. Covers the establishment and parameters of employment, the security of the worker, employer's rights, and terminations.
LAWW 654V. Public Interest Externship (Sp, Su, Fa). 1-3 Hour.
Public Interest Externships are experiences available to students having completed 30 hours toward the JD degree. Students work part-time -- 12 hours/week over 14 weeks (variable in summer) -- serving an underprivileged population in traditional and non-traditional public service and public interest sectors. By participating in/observing various tasks, students develop legal and professional skills appropriate to various areas and types of law. There is a Field and an Academic Component to this course. May be repeated for up to 12 hours of degree credit.
LAWW 6553. Arbitration Skills (Irregular). 3 Hours.
This course explores the practical as well as the legal problems presented by the use of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) to resolve disputes, with an emphasis on employment. While other areas of ADR will be touched upon, such as mediation and peer-review, the primary focus of the course will be on arbitration as the means to resolve problems in the workplace and commercial context generally. The course provides instruction and practice (through a variety of simulations) assessing all aspects of arbitration, including when/whether to arbitrate, selecting the arbitrator, conducting an arbitration, and post-hearing issues. Students will become familiar with the most common techniques and strategies that lawyers use in employment arbitration, and should be better prepared to represent your client's interests in that proceeding.
LAWW 6562. Legal Clinic: Advanced Immigration (Sp, Fa). 2 Hours.
tThe Advanced Immigration Law Clinic allows students to obtain an additional 2 credits of experience. Only students who have completed the Immigration Law Clinic may take the Advanced course in a subsequent semester. The Clinic provides opportunities for students preparing for a career in immigration law by developing skills that are critical in legal practice through an experiential learning model. The Clinic allows for continuity in cases, as well as opportunities to handle more advanced and diverse cases. The Clinic is offered to 2-3 students per semester. Each will receive 2 credits. Students are expected to work approximately 4 hours per credit hour, per week, including work done for class preparation, group work, individual meetings, and representation. Students are chosen through an application process including a brief statement on interest in Immigration Law and goals for study in the Advanced Clinic. Prerequisite: LAWW 6364.
LAWW 660V. Government Externship (Sp, Fa). 1-3 Hour.
Government Externships are experiences available to students having completed 30 hours toward the JD degree. Students work part-time -- 12 hours/week over 14 weeks (variable in summer) -- alongside government attorneys, exposing students to legal issues and practice in government agencies. By participating in/observing various tasks, students develop legal and professional skills appropriate to government work. There is a Field and an Academic Component to this course. May be repeated for up to 12 hours of degree credit.
LAWW 6613. Bankruptcy (Irregular). 3 Hours.
Study of insolvency law, with particular emphasis on federal bankruptcy law.
LAWW 6633. Criminal Procedure II (Irregular). 3 Hours.
This course focuses on prosecuting crime. Principal topics include: the prosecutor's decision to charge, the role of defense counsel, initial appearance, bail and pretrial release, grand juries and preliminary hearings, discovery, guilty pleas and plea bargaining, speedy trial, double jeopardy, trials and pretrial motions, sentencing and post-conviction remedies.
LAWW 6702. Copyright Law (Sp, Su, Fa). 2 Hours.
The nature of the rights, acquisition and enforcement, and property and contract interests in copyrights.
LAWW 671V. Judicial Externship (Sp, Su, Fa). 1-3 Hour.
Judicial Externships are experiences available to students having completed 30 hours toward the JD degree. Students work part-time - 12 hours/week over 14 weeks (variable in summer) - in judicial chambers, exposing students to the court system and the adjudication of cases from the judge's perspective. By observing proceedings/engaging in research/judicial writing, students develop legal and professional skills appropriate to litigation. There is a Field and an Academic Component to this course. May be repeated for up to 12 hours of degree credit.
LAWW 673V. Criminal Defense Externship (Irregular). 1-3 Hour.
Criminal Defense Externships are experiences available to students having completed 30 hours toward the JD degree. Students work part-time -- 12 hours/week over 14 weeks (variable in summer) -- alongside Public Defenders, exposing students to criminal law and strategy from the defense perspective. By participating in/observing various tasks, students develop legal and professional skills appropriate to criminal defense world. There is a Field and an Academic Component to this course. May be repeated for up to 12 hours of degree credit.
LAWW 676V. Capstone Externship (Irregular). 1-12 Hour.
Capstone Externships are experiences available to students having completed 60 hours toward the JD degree. These full-time externships place students alongside working attorneys in any one of the externships below -- 35-40 hours/week over 15 weeks (10-12 weeks in summer) -- exposing students to greater responsibility and more in-depth projects. There is a Field and an Academic Component to this course. May be repeated for up to 12 hours of degree credit.
LAWW 6814. Corporate Counsel Externship (Irregular). 4 Hours.
Externs work with a supervising attorney in a corporate counsel's office. In Fall and Spring semesters each extern works 16 hours per week (average minimum), and in Summer the extern shall work at least 20 hours per week during the 12-week term; keeps a journal, and meets at least 3 times with the faculty supervisor. Prerequisite: LAWW 4294 and LAWW 5013 and approval of the faculty supervisor.
LAWW 681V. Legislative Externship (Irregular). 2-3 Hour.
Legislative Externships are experiences available to students having completed 48 hours toward the JD degree. Students work part-time - 8 or 12 hours/week over 14 weeks (variable in summer) - in legislative offices, exposing students to the legislative role and process. By observing/participating in various tasks, students develop legal and professional skills appropriate to the legislative branch. There is a Field and an Academic Component to this course. May be repeated for up to 12 hours of degree credit.
LAWW 6822. Patent Law (Irregular). 2 Hours.
Study of the patent system of the United States, including conditions for a valid patent, procedures of the patent office, and litigation relating to patents. Not offered every year.
LAWW 683V. Criminal Prosecution Externship (Irregular). 1-3 Hour.
Criminal Prosecution Externships are experiences available to students having completed 30 hours toward the JD degree. Students work part-time -- 12 hours/week over 14 weeks (variable in summer) -- alongside prosecutors, exposing students to criminal law and strategy from the prosecutorial perspective. By participating in/observing various tasks, students develop legal and professional skills appropriate to criminal prosecution. There is a Field and an Academic Component to this course. May be repeated for up to 12 hours of degree credit.
LAWW 6843. Legal Clinic: Advanced Civil Litigation and Advocacy Clinic (Irregular). 3 Hours.
The advanced clinic is a 3-credit course offered after a student has successfully completed the Civil Litigation and Advocacy Clinic. Students who wish to continue work on existing cases or work on more complex clinic matters, may apply to enroll.Prerequisite: LAWW 6924.
LAWW 686V. Corporate Counsel Externships (Irregular). 1-4 Hour.
Corporate Counsel Externships are experiences available to students having completed 30 hours toward the JD degree. Students work part-time -- 16 hours/week over 14 weeks (variable in summer) -- alongside attorneys in traditional legal departments/non-traditional business-compliance areas, exposing students to legal issues facing these attorneys daily. By observing/participating in various tasks, students develop legal and professional skills appropriate to corporations. There is a Field and an Academic component to this course. May be repeated for up to 12 hours of degree credit.
LAWW 6873. Legal Clinic: Advanced Transactional Clinic (Irregular). 3 Hours.
Students who have successfully completed the Transactional Clinic in the fall or spring semester may enroll for 3 hours of graded credit in the Advanced Transactional Clinic in any subsequent semester. Students will be assigned a normal client load during both semesters. In the summer students may enroll in Transactional Clinic and Advanced Transactional Clinic during the same term. Students will be assigned to provide legal representation to qualified nonprofit organizations under the supervision of a faculty member. Students will have the opportunity interview and counsel nonprofit entities and perform a number of transactional legal services for corporate clients including: drafting bylaws, preparing and filing articles of incorporation, completing and submitting applications for tax exempt status with state and federal tax agencies; and preparing and filing articles of dissolution. Admission to Advanced Clinic in connection with any of the eligible clinic courses is limited and by approval of the faculty member. Prerequisite: Qualification for Rule XV practice.
LAWW 6913. Environmental Law (Irregular). 3 Hours.
Devoted primarily to the legal problems related to the environment. Included is consideration of environmental impact in public and private decision making.
LAWW 6924. Legal Clinic: Civil Litigation and Advocacy Clinic (Sp, Fa). 4 Hours.
Students will represent low-income clients seeking to enforce their rights in civil matters. Under close faculty supervision, students will develop and refine their ability to effectively and ethically practice law. Students will handle all aspects of client representation, including interviewing and counseling, fact investigation and discovery, negotiation, and court appearances. Students will also participate in a weekly seminar and may have the opportunity to engage in other forms of advocacy. Cumulative GPA of 2.00, successful completion of 48 semester hours, including Civil Procedure I and II, Criminal Procedure, Evidence, and Professional Responsibility, and qualifying for Rule XV practice. Prerequisite: LAWW 4173, LAWW 5013 and LAWW 6093.
LAWW 6943. Public International Law (Irregular). 3 Hours.
Principles of international law involving relations among government. The function of international tribunals and organizations.
LAWW 697V. Legal Clinic: Advanced Federal Practice (Sp, Fa). 2-3 Hour.
Legal Clinic: Advanced Federal Practice provides opportunities for students preparing for a career in consumer bankruptcy law by developing skills that are critical in legal practice through an experiential learning model. The Advanced Federal Practice Clinic will allow for continuity in cases, as well as opportunities to handle more advanced and diverse cases. Offered to 2-3 students each semester, students enrolled in this course must have taken Federal Practice Clinic, gaining basic knowledge of bankruptcy law and procedure. Students are expected to work approximately 4 hours per credit hour, per week, including work done for class preparation, group work, individual meetings, and representation. Students are chosen through the application process. Prerequisite: LAWW 6374.
LAWW 7012. Juvenile Justice Seminar (Irregular). 2 Hours.
Examines procedural and substantive law in the context of the distinctive goals, structure, and procedure of the Juvenile Court. Special attention is given to alternative ways of dealing with two categories of juveniles, i.e., status offenders who are within the jurisdiction of the court although not accused of criminal conduct, and youthful offenders who commit serious crimes.
LAWW 7031. Regulation of Livestock Marketing and Sales (Sp). 1 Hour.
Study of the regulation of livestock and poultry sales under the Packers and Stockyards Act, with a particular focus on production contracting, mandatory price reporting, industry concentration, and antitrust issues.
LAWW 7042. Federal Regulation of Food Labeling (Fa). 2 Hours.
Study of the federal laws regarding the labeling of food, considering both FDA and USDA regulation. The course includes the study of nutrition labeling, health claims, advertising issues, and efforts to curb the obesity epidemic through educational labeling.
LAWW 706V. Sports Law (Irregular). 2-3 Hour.
The major topics covered include significant contract issues, tort liability involving participants, institutions, physicians and equipment manufacturers, criminal liability, drug testing, constitutional and related issues dealing with sports associations and Title 9 and gender equity issues. Other relevant topics may also be covered if possible.
LAWW 7071. Agricultural Cooperatives and Local Food Systems (Irregular). 1 Hour.
Introduction to the legal structure of a cooperative and examination of the recent use of the cooperative model in encouraging local and regional food systems.
LAWW 7073. Mediation in Practice (Irregular). 3 Hours.
This three-credit course will train students to mediate disputes assigned to the Northwest Arkansas Dependency-Neglect/Families In Need of Services Mediation Project by the juvenile court. In the first five weeks of the semester, students will be introduced to basic mediation theory, procedures, and ethical constraints; communication techniques; juvenile law; and operation of the child welfare system in Arkansas. This training will include lectures, discussion, and simulation exercises. In the remaining weeks of the semester, students will receive additional information and simulation practice, and they will also observe and participate in the mediation of actual cases assigned to the Project.
LAWW 708V. Selected Issues in Agricultural and Food Law (Sp). 1-3 Hour.
Specialized study of one or more current issues in agricultural and food law, regulation, and policy.
LAWW 709V. Agricultural Bankruptcy (Even years, Sp). 1-2 Hour.
Examination of bankruptcy law as applied to agricultural operations, including Chapter 12 - Family Farmer Reorganization. No prior knowledge of bankruptcy is required.
LAWW 710V. Agricultural Biotechnology (Irregular). 1-2 Hour.
Study of the regulation of agricultural biotechnology, including the approval process for new technologies, the patenting of new products and technologies, and the restrictions associated with their use.
LAWW 7111. Introduction to Agricultural Taxation (Irregular). 1 Hour.
Overview of federal income tax law as applied to agricultural operations.
LAWW 713V. Agricultural Water Law (Sp). 1-2 Hour.
Study of the basic legal principles applicable to water rights through consideration of water rights for agricultural use.
LAWW 714V. The Right to Food (Irregular). 1-3 Hour.
Is the right to adequate food recognized as a human right under international law? Should the right to adequate food be recognized as a human rights? How is the human right to adequate food defined & implemented? What are the core elements of the right to adequate food? What is the scope of this right? What are the present and future threats to the right to food? How are individuals & communities whose right to food are compromised fighting back? This course introduces the principle & concept of the human right to adequate food and its practical application and implications.
LAWW 7211. Energy Policy and Agriculture (Irregular). 1 Hour.
Survey of the legal dimensions of various energy issues occurring on agricultural lands and in rural areas, including wind power, solar power, ethanol production, power line transmission, and fracking.
LAWW 7231. Specialized Legal Research and Writing (Fa). 1 Hour.
Legal writing skill development, including training in plain-English legal writing, electronic research training, and publication strategies.
LAWW 7243. Health Law (Irregular). 3 Hours.
An examination of the role of the law in determining access to and regulation of the quality of services provided by the health care industry.
LAWW 726V. Farmed Animal Welfare Law and Policy (Irregular). 1-2 Hour.
Examination of the legal issues involved in determining welfare standards for animals raised for food. In addition to introducing federal animal welfare and humane slaughter laws, state referenda, state law standards, and so-called "ag gag" laws are studied.
LAWW 727V. Food Safety Litigation (Fa). 1-2 Hour.
Examination of food borne illness litigation with an initial introduction to food product liability followed by the study of actual cases brought against food manufactures.
LAWW 7312. Agricultural Perspectives (Sp). 2 Hours.
Agriculture has a rich and varied history, and today's issues are often best understood in the context of this history. This course examines a wide range of social and economic issues, considering their origin and how history is reflected in today's policies. The course includes a series of documentaries.
LAWW 7321. Agricultural Policy and the Federal Budget (Fa). 1 Hour.
Study of the impact of the Office of Management and Budget and the cost scoring system on federal agricultural policy making in Washington, D.C. Current farm policy issues are discussed within the context of budgetary constraints and pressures.
LAWW 740V. Federal Farm Programs and Crop Insurance (Fa). 1-2 Hour.
Survey of the complex network of federal farm programs and federal crop insurance programs that are available to U.S. producers.
LAWW 741V. Food, Farming and Sustainability (Fa). 1-3 Hour.
Survey of the complex legal topics that make up the body of agricultural and food law focusing on current issues of significance.
LAWW 742V. Global Food Security (Irregular). 1-2 Hour.
Survey of the role of law and policy in affecting problems of global food security in the face of increasing population, changing diets, environmental pressures, and climate change.
LAWW 744V. Selected Issues in International Food and Agriculture (Sp). 1-3 Hour.
Specialized study of one or more selected legal/policy issues related to international agriculture and food systems.
LAWW 7511. Introduction to the Law of Food and Agriculture (Fa). 1 Hour.
Orientation course that provides an overview of the legal and policy issues presented by the production of food and fiber, including a discussion of structural changes in agriculture, sustainability issues, and trends in consumer interest.
LAWW 760V. Bankruptcy - Business Reorganizations (Irregular). 2-3 Hour.
Examines the rules and tactics governing the reorganization of a struggling business or farm under Chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code. Students will reorganize a hypothetical failing business as a part of the course.
LAWW 7612. Advanced Consumer Bankruptcy (Irregular). 2 Hours.
Study of recent developments in the law of bankruptcy as it applies to consumer and non-consumer transactions.
LAWW 762V. Legal Issues: Indigenous Food and Agriculture (Irregular). 1-2 Hour.
Overview of the legal, historic, social, and economic issues important to sustainable food and agriculture development in Indian Country. It features in-depth discussion of historic and emerging issues including land use challenges, tribal food and agriculture code development, and barriers to effective agriculture development.
LAWW 763V. Regulated Markets in Agriculture (Sp). 1-2 Hour.
Study of the economic regulation of specific sectors of the agricultural industry focusing on perishable agricultural commodities (fruits and vegetables), and dairy products. Included is the study of formal and informal administrative review.
LAWW 764V. Practicum in Agricultural & Food Law (Sp, Su, Fa). 1-4 Hour.
This experiential course provides LL.M. candidates with an opportunity to work with agencies, advocacy organizations, businesses, and others engaged in agricultural & food law practice and policy throughout the country. Work can be performed on-site or via distance. Prerequisite: Only available to students admitted to the LL.M. Program.
LAWW 765V. Intellectual Property Issues in the Food & Agricultural Sector (Irregular). 1-3 Hour.
This course offers an overview of the key IP issues in food and agriculture. The focus is on five types of IP - Trademarks, Trade Secrets, Geographical Indicators (GIs), Copyrights, and Patents. The course will introduce students to IP law (domestic, regional and global) and will look at the expansion of IPRs in food and agriculture.
LAWW 7662. American Indian Law (Irregular). 2 Hours.
Study of the domestic federal law of the United States as it applies to Native Americans and their tribes. The general concept of tribal self-determination is the unifying theme of the course. Particular topics include tribal sovereignty and government; American Indian civil rights; administration of justice on and off the reservation; American Indian land claims; land, hunting, and fishing rights; water rights; American Indian health, education, and welfare; Bureau of Indian Affairs; state taxation; individual and tribal treaty rights; federal Indian policy; and zoning and environmental controls.
LAWW 770V. Advanced Writing in Agricultural and Food Law (Sp). 1-4 Hour.
Research in a specialized area of agricultural or food law and development of a paper that demonstrates rigorous legal analysis and quality legal writing.
LAWW 771V. Independent Research in Agricultural and Food Law (Sp, Su, Fa). 1-2 Hour.
Independent research in agricultural and food law conducted under the supervision of a faculty member.
LAWW 7721. Administrative Process and Practice in Agricultural and Food Law (Fa). 1 Hour.
Study of administrative law and practice in the specialized areas of agricultural and food law. Relevant regulatory agencies are introduced. Rulemaking, adjudication, and judicial review are covered.
LAWW 7741. Urban Agriculture: Law and Policy (Irregular). 1 Hour.
Study of the legal issues raised by the rising interest in urban agricultural activities. Topics of study include land use and zoning issues, farmers market issues, and legal issues associated with community sponsored agriculture.
LAWW 776V. Agricultural Finance and Credit (Irregular). 1-3 Hour.
Study of the legal issues surrounding the financing of agricultural operations, including credit availability, agricultural security issues under the Uniform Commercial Code, and debt restructuring opportunities. Special focus is on lending options offered by the Farm Service Agency and the Farm Credit System.
LAWW 7773. Water Law (Irregular). 3 Hours.
Study of real property principles governing ownership rights in water and the federal and state statues controlling the use of water.
LAWW 778V. Agricultural Labor Law (Sp). 1-2 Hour.
Study of the legal, social, and economic issues that arise from the extensive use of migrant labor in U.S. agricultural operations. Topics include agricultural exemptions from labor laws, the Migrant & Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection Act, and agriculture's reliance on undocumented alien workers.
LAWW 781V. Local-Regional Food Systems and the Law (Irregular). 1-2 Hour.
This course examines recent efforts to re-establish local and regional food systems and explores the attendant legal and policy issues.
LAWW 782V. Food Justice: Law and Policy (Odd years, Fa). 1-2 Hour.
Survey of the legal and policy issues raised by the food justice movement. Topics covered include food insecurity and poverty, public health concerns such as obesity, the economics of healthy eating, food deserts, and food waste. Each will be considered in light of the legal and governmental policy issues raised.
LAWW 785V. Federal Nutrition Law and Policy (Irregular). 1-2 Hour.
Study of federal nutrition policy, including the development of the federal nutrition standards, the framework for the food assistance programs, the federal school lunch program, and the government's efforts to encourage healthy eating. Prerequisite: LAWW 786V.
LAWW 786V. Food Law and Policy (Irregular). 1-3 Hour.
An introduction to the network of laws that govern our food system. An overview of regulation by both the Food & Drug Administration and the USDA is provided. Policy considerations are discussed in light of current issues.
LAWW 7872. Federal Regulation of Food Safety (Fa). 2 Hours.
Study of the federal laws that regulate food safety, considering the FDA authority under the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act, as expanded by the Food Safety Modernization Act and USDA authority to regulate meat and poultry safety. Current issues and concerns are addressed.
LAWW 7932. Environmental Regulation of Agriculture (Sp). 2 Hours.
This course examines the major federal environmental statutes applicable to agricultural operations with attention to current cases and controversies under those laws. It also explores the regulatory authority and enforcement practices of the EPA and other agencies.
LAWW 794V. Business, Human Rights, & Corporate Social Responsibility (Irregular). 1-3 Hour.
Business has helped lift people around the world out of poverty. However, businesses can have a serious impact on human rights. This is true for businesses in the food and agricultural sector. Around the globe companies in all sectors are contributing to human rights abuses. With globalization, the proliferation of multinational corporations, and increase in the scale and volume of foreign direct investment, the situation appears to be getting worse. The course explores the business-human rights nexus with a particular focus on the food and agricultural sector and on case studies from around the world.
LAWW 796V. Agriculture and the Environment (Fa). 1-3 Hour.
Agriculture is increasingly criticized for its impact on the environment. This course examines the tensions between the desire to produce food and fiber efficiently and concern for sustainability and the protection of natural resources.