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Course Title: Access to Justice in Civil Matters
Course Number: 1026
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description
This seminar will explore the extent to which the American legal system provides access to civil justice for people of low and moderate means. It considers traditional models of legal practice and their availability to people of low and middle incomes; innovative forms of legal assistance; and special barriers experienced by specific groups, such as non-English speakers. The focus will be on justice gaps and on current efforts and proposals for addressing them. Particular attention will be paid to statutes, regulations, and court decisions that, in one way or another, shape or help to ameliorate access to justice gaps.
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Prerequisite: Law 404 (Constitutional Law)
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Course Title: Accounting for Lawyers
Course Number: 0570
Credit Hours: 2
Course Description
The course is designed to simplify the accounting process and instill confidence in students that they can handle situations where accounting and finances come into play. The course will explain the accounting process from original entry to the production of financial statements; it will critically examine evolving accounting standards and procedures; students will learn to analyze financial statements; the importance of the time value of money, and the various liabilities that will be of importance to them; and accounting problems. Finally, students will learn about accounting systems and the importance of internal control. The course is designed for students who have no previous study of accounting but who plan to engage in commercial, corporate, tax, or any legal practice where finances are an issue.
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Course Title: Accounting for Lawyers
Course Number: 570
Credit Hours: 2
Course Description
The course is designed to simplify the accounting process and instill confidence in students that they can handle situations where accounting and finances come into play. The course will explain the accounting process from original entry to the production of financial statements; it will critically examine evolving accounting standards and procedures; students will learn to analyze financial statements; the importance of the time value of money, and the various liabilities that will be of importance to them; and accounting problems. Finally, students will learn about accounting systems and the importance of internal control. The course is designed for students who have no previous study of accounting but who plan to engage in commercial, corporate, tax, or any legal practice where finances are an issue.
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Course Title: Administrative Law
Course Number: 0400
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description
A study of the process of lawmaking and law application by the executive departments and agencies of government and their control by the legislature and the courts. The primary emphasis is on the frequently competing goals of effective government, administrative discretion and fairness to affected parties. A part of the course is designed to give students insights into the allocation of law and policy making among executive, legislative and judicial branches. Another part focuses on administrative procedure and the various constitutional, statutory and common law underpinnings of such procedures.
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Course Title: Administrative Law
Course Number: 400
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description
A study of the process of lawmaking and law application by the executive departments and agencies of government and their control by the legislature and the courts. The primary emphasis is on the frequently competing goals of effective government, administrative discretion and fairness to affected parties. A part of the course is designed to give students insights into the allocation of law and policy making among executive, legislative and judicial branches. Another part focuses on administrative procedure and the various constitutional, statutory and common law underpinnings of such procedures.
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Course Title: Advanced Clinical Intensive: Community Lawyering Temple Legal Aid Office
Course Number: 0795
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description
Taken along with or after having completed Law 785 (or Law 765), students have a more comprehensive clinical experience by doing an additional project or more in-depth client work to supplement the clinical work of Law 785. Projects are picked before the end of the first week of the semester. Projects can include any of the following: 1. Writing portfolio: Students draft several types of documents that are usual in law practices, which are likely to include different types of legal briefs and memos, a will, power of attorney, advance directive and other documents that are appropriate to client work. In appropriate cases, students will present these works to other students; 2. Legal intake/site development: Students staff intake at a site at which the office already has an intake arrangement or develop their own intake site with the instructor’s help. Students then work with clients there to determine their legal issues and advise or represent them. Students write a paper describing an aspect of their work, such as the value of different legal service delivery systems or an aspect of legal practice that they are encountering regularly; 3. Student developed projects: Students with particular interests can develop their own project with the instructor, if the instructor feels that it is likely to be productive. This could include students who have previously taken Law 765 expanding on representation in a certain type of case or students developing an expertise in a certain area of law related to the office’s work but not handled by the office. Note: This is a letter graded clinical. This clinical can be combined in one semester with Law 785 Community Lawyering: Temple Legal Aid Office to allow for a total of 6 credit hours, or it can be taken in a semester subsequent to taking Law 785 (or Law 765). Certification is not required under Rules 321 and 322 of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court but students may be able to take on special assignments if they are certified.
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Prerequisite or Co-requisite: Law 785 (or Law 765) Community Lawyering: Temple Legal Aid Office
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NOTE: Students may not register for Law 795 if they have taken Law 775.
Meets Graduation Requirements:
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Note: This is a letter graded clinical. This clinical can be combined in one semester with Law 785 Community Lawyering: Temple Legal Aid Office to allow for a total of 6 credit hours, or it can be taken in a semester subsequent to taking Law 785 (or Law 7
Course Title: Advanced Clinical Intensive: Community Lawyering Temple Legal Aid Office
Course Number: 795
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description
Taken along with or after having completed Law 785 (or Law 765), students have a more comprehensive clinical experience by doing an additional project or more in-depth client work to supplement the clinical work of Law 785. Projects are picked before the end of the first week of the semester. Projects can include any of the following: 1. Writing portfolio: Students draft several types of documents that are usual in law practices, which are likely to include different types of legal briefs and memos, a will, power of attorney, advance directive and other documents that are appropriate to client work. In appropriate cases, students will present these works to other students; 2. Legal intake/site development: Students staff intake at a site at which the office already has an intake arrangement or develop their own intake site with the instructor’s help. Students then work with clients there to determine their legal issues and advise or represent them. Students write a paper describing an aspect of their work, such as the value of different legal service delivery systems or an aspect of legal practice that they are encountering regularly; 3. Student developed projects: Students with particular interests can develop their own project with the instructor, if the instructor feels that it is likely to be productive. This could include students who have previously taken Law 765 expanding on representation in a certain type of case or students developing an expertise in a certain area of law related to the office’s work but not handled by the office.

Note: This is a letter graded clinical. This clinical can be combined in one semester with Law 785 Community Lawyering: Temple Legal Aid Office to allow for a total of 6 credit hours, or it can be taken in a semester subsequent to taking Law 785 (or Law 765).

Certification is not required under Rules 321 and 322 of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court but students may be able to take on special assignments if they are certified.
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Prerequisite or Co-requisite: Law 785 (or Law 765) Community Lawyering: Temple Legal Aid Office
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NOTE: Students may not register for Law 795 if they have taken Law 775.
Meets Graduation Requirements:
Skills
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Note: This is a letter graded clinical. This clinical can be combined in one semester with Law 785 Community Lawyering: Temple Legal Aid Office to allow for a total of 6 credit hours, or it can be taken in a semester subsequent to taking Law 785 (or Law 765).

Time Requirements: 8-10 hours per week. Classroom Component: There is no classroom component beyond what is taken or was taken in Law 785.
Course Title: Advanced Clinical Intensive: Justice Lab
Course Number: 794
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description
After taking the core Justice Lab clinic and seminar courses, some small number of students may wish to enroll in Advanced Justice Lab to continue their client advocacy and gain more in depth or complementary lawyering skills. In this advanced clinic option, students will continue their advocacy work for the same client as in the previous semester by pursuing further advocacy on the same or related issues. For example, if students generated a policy report and proposed regulations in the first semester, students may pursue advocacy with the regulatory agency to implement the change appropriately in the second semester.
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Prerequisites: Law 784 (Justice Lab Clinic) and Law 5052 (Justice Lab Seminar)
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Meets Graduation Requirements:
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Students interested in enrolling in this Internal Clinic should contact rscipio@temple.edu.
Course Title: Advanced Clinical Intensive: Social Justice Lawyering
Course Number: 782
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description
After having completed the Social Justice Lawyering Clinic and Seminar, students will have the opportunity to engage in a more in-depth clinical experience. They will work on a project that addresses systemic issues in team-based collaboration with community-based organizations. In addition, each student will: (1) provide leadership for a team of students; (2) produce a written portfolio with at least three different forms of non-traditional legal writing; and (3) write a paper that critically examines their role working as a student lawyer within a social justice movement. Students are also expected to participate in a weekly team meeting with their faculty supervisor. There is no classroom component beyond what was taken in LAW 5034. Each semester, this course will focus on a particular social justice issue.
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Prerequisites: Law 781 (Social Justice Lawyering Clinic) and Law 5034 (Social Justice Lawyering Seminar)
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Meets Graduation Requirements:
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Students interested in enrolling in this Internal Clinic should contact rscipio@temple.edu.
Course Title: Advanced Clinical Intensive: Social Justice Lawyering Clinic
Course Number: 0782
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description
After having completed the Social Justice Lawyering Clinic and Seminar, students will have the opportunity to engage in a more in-depth clinical experience. They will work on a project that addresses systemic issues in team-based collaboration with community-based organizations. In addition, each student will: (1) provide leadership for a team of students; (2) produce a written portfolio with at least three different forms of non-traditional legal writing; and (3) write a paper that critically examines their role working as a student lawyer within a social justice movement. Students are also expected to participate in a weekly team meeting with their faculty supervisor. There is no classroom component beyond what was taken in LAW 5034. Each semester, this course will focus on a particular social justice issue.
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Prerequisites: Law 781 (Social Justice Lawyering Clinic) and Law 5034 (Social Justice Lawyering Seminar)
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Meets Graduation Requirements:
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Students interested in enrolling should contact rscipio@temple.edu by Oct. 30
Course Title: Advanced Clinical Intensive: Temple Legal Aid Civil Practice for Clients with Health Care Issues
Course Number: 0775
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description
Course Description: Taken along with or after having completed Law 765, students have a more comprehensive clinical experience by doing an additional project or more in-depth client work to supplement the clinical work of Law 765. Projects are picked before the end of the first week of the semester. Projects can include any of the following: 1. Writing portfolio: Students draft several types of documents that are usual in law practices, which are likely to include different types of legal briefs and memos, a will, power of attorney, advance directive and other documents that are appropriate to client work. In appropriate cases , students will present these works to other students; 2. Legal intake/site development: Students staff intake at a site at which the office already has an intake arrangement or develop their own intake site with the instructor’s help. Students then work with clients there to determine their legal issues and advise or represent them. Students write a paper describing an aspect of their work, such as the value of different legal service delivery systems or an aspect of legal practice that they are encountering regularly; 3. Student developed projects: Students with particular interests can develop their own project with the instructor, if the instructor feels that it is likely to be productive. This could include students who have previously taken Law 765 expanding on representation in a certain type of case or students developing an expertise in a certain area of law related to the office’s work but not handled by the office. Note: This is a letter graded clinical. This clinical can be combined in one semester with Law 765 Temple Legal Aid Office: Civil Practice for Clients with Health Care Issues to allow for a total of 6 credit hours. Certification under Rules 321 and 322 of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court is required. Time Requirements: 8-10 hours per week. Classroom Component: There is no classroom component beyond what is taken or was taken in Law 765.
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Prerequisite or Co-requisite: Law 765 Temple Legal Aid Office: Civil Practice for Clients with Health Care Issues
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This clinical is listed for information purposes - registration for clinical courses is handled through a separate process from regular course Registration.
Course Title: Advanced Contracts: UCC and Interpretation
Course Number: 0417
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description
This course focuses on sophisticated commercial problems and cases, usually based on Article 2 (the Sales article) of the Uniform Commercial Code and occasionally on the Convention on the International Sales of Goods. A primary emphasis is on methods for interpreting contract provisions and the underlying statutory provisions, usually during the performance phase of contracts. The problems confronted in the course are somewhat broader than those arising in the Sales course. In addition, they often arise in transactional and counseling settings and the material lends itself to considering the role of lawyers in these situations, as distinguished from their roles as litigators. Both this and the Sales course are the easiest transition from the Contracts course in first year. Article 2 of the UCC is a subject covered by the bar exam.
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Course Title: Advanced Employment Discrimination
Course Number: 1037
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description
Employment discrimination law is an ever-changing field that is often the focus of Supreme Court attention and popular media. This seminar will focus on the primary employment discrimination statutes - Title VII, the Americans with Disabililties Act (ADA), and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) - the origins of these statutes, the protections they provide, and the intriguing issues that are currently being debated in the field. The course will begin by considering the various statutes, the role that regulations play in their interpretation, and the theories supporting anti-discrimination law generally. We will then examine a series of emerging questions that have received attention from the courts and practitioners in recent years. In addition, the course will ask several overarching questions including: (1) What is the role of discrimination law in our society? (2) What is the most effective way to combat inequality? and (3) What is the proper role of goverment and the courts in this process? Throughout the course, we will use case studies and practical exercises that help to elucidate these questions in the context of real-world examples.
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Course Title: Advanced Family Law Litigation Clinic: Temple Legal Aid Office
Course Number: 776
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description
Students who have successfully completed both the Temple Legal Aid Office: Family Law Litigation clinical and seminar may enroll in the Temple Legal Aid Office: Advanced Family Law Litigation clinical to continue to hone their family law practice skills. Students will be asked to handle more complex matters in court and/or a higher volume of cases over the course of the semester. Students will continue to work in the Temple Legal Aid Office to provide direct legal representation to low-income litigants in child custody, child and spousal support, paternity and adoption cases. Student attorneys will have the opportunity to handle all aspects of client’s cases, including intake interviews, case selection based on merit, development of a case plan, drafting of pleadings, counseling of clients, negotiation with opposing counsel or parties, development of trial strategy, trial preparation and court appearances. Students will be provided with a series of readings which will be discussed along with cases during weekly supervision sessions with the Clinical Professor.

This is a letter graded clinical. Students will be evaluated based on criteria such as: case and/or project handling responsibility; oral and written advocacy; professional and ethical obligations; initiative and critical reflection; and relationship with supervisor and relationship with teammates and collaborators. The evaluation process will be explained at the beginning of the course and a midpoint evaluation will provide students with substantial feedback on their progress.

Note: Certification under Rules 321 and 322 of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court is required.
Pre-requisites:
Law 704 Temple Legal Aid Office: Family Law Litigation and Law 5036 Temple Legal Aid Office: Family Law Litigation Seminar
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Meets Graduation Requirements:
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Time Requirements: A minimum of 10-12 hours per week that may be scheduled Monday-Thursday 9 am-5 pm. Additional hours as required for trial preparation and hearings.
Course Title: Advanced Legal Research
Course Number: 5044
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description
This course is designed to strengthen student research and legal analysis skills through a detailed and comprehensive examination of key legal research resources, with a particular focus on advanced legal research methods and strategies. It teaches students to better evaluate and select sources, develop and implement appropriate research strategies, and conduct effective and efficient research on a range of complex legal topics. Each class combines lecture, discussion, and hands-on research exercises to reinforce new skills. In addition to traditional legal research, the course explores research in interdisciplinary and non-legal research resources, which are essential to modern day legal practice. The course covers a variety of electronic resources, and the course grade is based upon class participation, out-of-class assignments, and a final exam.
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NOTE: Students may not take Law 5044 (Advanced Legal Research) if they have taken Law 5045 (Pennsylvania Legal Research)
Meets Graduation Requirements:
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Course Title: Advanced Legal Writing: Effective Motion Practice in Civil Litigation
Course Number: 1015
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description
Utilizing one fact pattern, students will learn the purpose of - and how to effectively draft - significant motions as a case is prepared for trial. This writing seminar is designed to provide an in-depth understanding of the primary pre-trial motions used during the course of civil litigation, including: 1) motions to dismiss/preliminary objections, 2) discovery motions, 3) motions in limine, and 4) Frye/Daubert motions challenging expert testimony. Both Pennsylvania Rules of Civil Procedure and local procedural rules governing motions practice will be examined. Emphasis will be placed on the purpose behind the various motions as well as how to effectively draft those motions for use in civil litigation.
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Course Title: Advanced Trial Advocacy (Civil)
Course Number: 0569
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description
This course provides an intensive examination of the theory and practice concerning the examination of witnesses and the boundaries of "Relevant Evidence" with the primary focus on selected topics of impeachment and rehabilitation. The course is designed to provide an in-depth understanding of the trial process system from the perspective of the courtroom lawyer, an ability to perform certain trial skills within the ambit of witness examination and an analysis of trial tactics and techniques as well as trial rules and procedures. Articles VI and IV of the Federal Rules of Evidence are studied in-depth and explored in their application to the courtroom experience.
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Prerequisite: Law 402 (Civil Procedure); Law 540 (Evidence); Law 558 (Introduction to Trial Advocacy) or Law 460 and 461 (Trial Advocacy I and II)
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Meets Graduation Requirements:
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Course Title: Advanced Trial Advocacy (Civil)
Course Number: 569
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description
This course provides an intensive examination of the theory and practice concerning the examination of witnesses and the boundaries of "Relevant Evidence" with the primary focus on selected topics of impeachment and rehabilitation. The course is designed to provide an in-depth understanding of the trial process system from the perspective of the courtroom lawyer, an ability to perform certain trial skills within the ambit of witness examination and an analysis of trial tactics and techniques as well as trial rules and procedures. Articles VI and IV of the Federal Rules of Evidence are studied in-depth and explored in their application to the courtroom experience.
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Prerequisite: Law 540 (Evidence); Law 558 (Introduction to Trial Advocacy) or Law 460 and 461 (Trial Advocacy I and II)
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Meets Graduation Requirements:
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Course Title: Advanced Trial Advocacy (Criminal)
Course Number: 565
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description
This course is designed to provide an in-depth understanding of the criminal trial process from initiation of charge through verdict. Intensive examination of case theory as it relates to all phases of the trial will be stressed. In addition to trying two complete jury trials, students will perform at preliminary hearings and motions to suppress. Special emphasis will be placed on the examination and cross examination of experts.
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Prerequisite: Law 410 (Criminal Law I); Law 532 (Criminal Procedure I); Law 540 (Evidence); Law 558 (Introduction to Trial Advocacy) or Law 460 and 461 (Trial Advocacy I and II)
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Course Title: Advanced Trial Advocacy (Criminal)
Course Number: 0565
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description
This course is designed to provide an in-depth understanding of the criminal trial process from initiation of charge through verdict. Intensive examination of case theory as it relates to all phases of the trial will be stressed. In addition to trying two complete jury trials, students will perform at preliminary hearings and motions to suppress. Special emphasis will be placed on the examination and cross examination of experts.
Pre-requisites:
Prerequisite: Law 410 (Criminal Law I); Law 532 (Criminal Procedure I)
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Law 540 (Evidence); Law 558 (Introduction to Trial Advocacy) or Law 460 and 461(Trial Advocacy I and II)
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Meets Graduation Requirements:
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Course Title: Advanced Trial Advocacy (Speech Making)
Course Number: 0669
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description
This performance based course will explore the art of speechmaking by focusing on the elements of what constitutes clear and persuasive speech in a legal context. It will consider the use of speechmaking in a variety of contexts that arise in legal practice (e.g., with individual clients and client boards, in negotiations and settlements, before judges, arbitrators, and mediators). Particular attention will be paid to the use of speeches in litigation. Principles of persuasion will be identified and analyzed in how they advance the three purposes of a speech: to entertain; to inform; and to persuade. Students will focus on preparing, organizing, drafting, using exhibits, quoting witnesses, explaining burdens of proof, incorporating judicial instructions, calling opponents on mistakes and misstatements, avoiding impermissible arguments and actual speech delivery.
Pre-requisites:
Prerequisites: Law 540 (Evidence) and Law 558 (Introduction to Trial Advocacy) or Law 460 and 461 (Trial Advocacy I and II).
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Meets Graduation Requirements:
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Course Title: Advanced Trial Advocacy (Speech Making)
Course Number: 669
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description
This performance based course will explore the art of speechmaking by focusing on the elements of what constitutes clear and persuasive speech in a legal context. It will consider the use of speechmaking in a variety of contexts that arise in legal practice (e.g., with individual clients and client boards, in negotiations and settlements, before judges, arbitrators, and mediators). Particular attention will be paid to the use of speeches in litigation. Principles of persuasion will be identified and analyzed in how they advance the three purposes of a speech: to entertain; to inform; and to persuade. Students will focus on preparing, organizing, drafting, using exhibits, quoting witnesses, explaining burdens of proof, incorporating judicial instructions, calling opponents on mistakes and misstatements, avoiding impermissible arguments and actual speech delivery.
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Prerequisites: Law 540 (Evidence) and Law 558 (Introduction to Trial Advocacy) or Law 460 and 461 (Trial Advocacy I and II).
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Meets Graduation Requirements:
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Course Title: Advanced Trial Advocacy: Technology in Trial and Litigation
Course Number: 5032
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description
This course will teach students to use technology to present their message persuasively; to organize and prepare cases; and to control the message both verbally and visually. It will introduce students to various current and emerging technologies used in courtrooms throughout the country. Students will also explore the world of the short attention span and develop advanced trial presentation skills. At the same time the course will keep students connected to the basic underpinnings of trial advocacy, including mastery of the rules of evidence, admission of exhibits, impeachment, and theory driven speeches.
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Prerequisites: Law 540 (Evidence) and Law 558 (Introduction to Trial Advocacy) or Law 460 and 461 (Trial Advocacy I and II).
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Meets Graduation Requirements:
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Course Title: Advanced Trial and Litigation Strategy
Course Number: 0863
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description
This writing seminar provides an intensive examination of the theory and practice concerning the examination of witnesses and the boundaries of "Relevant Evidence: with the primary focus on selected topics of impeachment and rehabilitation. The seminar is designed to provide an in-depth understanding of the trial process system from the perspective of the courtroom lawyer, an ability to perform certain trial skills within the ambit of witness examination and an analysis of both trial tactics and techniques as well as trial rules and procedures. Articles VI and IV of the Federal Rules of Evidence are studied in-depth and explored in their application to the courtroom experience.
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Prerequisite: Law 540 (Evidence); Law 558 (Introduction to Trial Advocacy) or Law 460/461 (Trial Advocacy I and II)
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Meets Graduation Requirements:
Serial + Skills
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Course Title: Advising the Multinational Company on Global Legal Issues
Course Number: 0494
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Course Description
This interactive and participatory course is intended to provide a survey of the types of issues confronting lawyers, and particularly in-house lawyers, who advise multinational corporations on a worldwide basis. The areas to be discussed include topics that will cross corporate law, tax law, labor and employment law, employee benefits, litigation and corporate compliance. Real life examples will be used to illustrate the complicated nature yet importance of this type of practice. Further, in addition to the more substantive legal topics to be covered, the course will also be interspersed with practice tips, jurisdictional practice highlights and ethical considerations for the multinational practitioner. The success of the course depends highly on each class member coming to class prepared, and more important, on each class member participating in our discussions. Because of this, class participation will account for 30% of the final grade. The remaining 70% of a student’s grade will be based on a final paper and presentation (weighted equally). Note: This course does not satisfy the graduation writing requirement.
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Course Title: Advocacy in Transactional Lawyering
Course Number: 0477
Credit Hours: 2
Course Description
This course offers advocacy techniques for those who anticipate practice in a non-litigation setting. Students work with the basic principles of advocacy that apply in various situations likely to be encountered in transactional and hybrid practice settings. Elements include theory and psychology of persuasion; rhetoric and argument devices, and communication skills. The course offers some exposure to the basics of questioning techniques and short arguments on the premise that non-litigators will need to appear in administrative settings (hearings and group presentations). The negotiation process is analyzed, with emphasis on advocacy techniques that can be employed along the way. There are readings, lectures, learning-by doing exercises, and review of videotapes. Grading is based on an accumulation of performance results and written submissions. The lawyering situations to be addressed in this course include: advising the client, and persuading why a particular course of action is in the client's best interests; negotiation - planning and use of techniques in the stages of the process; supporting a work product - making the oral presentation of an assignment; building cooperation in work groups - using brainstorming and other leadership techniques; marketing - basic theory/psychology of "selling", using practice anecdotes to understand storytelling technique; essentials of advocacy at administrative hearings; crossover - common characteristics of effective written and oral advocacy.
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NOTE: Students may not register for both Law 477 and the Integrated Trial Advocacy Program
Meets Graduation Requirements:
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Course Title: Alternative Dispute Resolution
Course Number: 0623
Credit Hours: 2
Course Description
Discontent with the ability of American civil courts to handle many types of disputes in a just, speedy and economical way has led to considerable efforts across the nation to create alternatives. This subject, now commonly called "Alternative Dispute Resolution" ("ADR"), has generated many disputing mechanisms in the past decade. A huge literature now exists.This course covers the main alternatives: competitive negotiation; principled negotiation ("Getting to 'Yes'"); mediation; and arbitration. In addition, a segment of the course explores ways in which courts are using ADR and in which states are creating ADR units to mediate public-impact disputes. The pedagogy includes overview lectures, readings (an excellent textbook exists), role plays (all students participate once), videos, and several guest speakers.
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Prerequisite: Law 402 (Civil Procedure I)
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NOTE: Students may not register for both Law 623 and Law 655
Meets Graduation Requirements:
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Course Title: American Red Cross: Southeastern Pennsylvania Disaster Relief
Course Number: 0742
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description
Course Description: This clinical is available only to evening students during priority registration. Day students may not submit requests via the priority registration system. Day students should communicate their interest to be waitlisted via clinical@temple.edu. Third and fourth year evening division students will learn about disaster law and spend the semester gaining real world experience at the American Red Cross of Southeastern Pennsylvania. By engaging in this work, students will consider the preexisting social inequalities that exist in society and the resulting vulnerabilities that exist in the face of disasters. During the semester, students will participate in four components of this clinical course. In the classroom component, students will learn the major laws, policies and programs governing disaster response, recovery, compensation and preparedness. In the intake component, students will create a legal needs assessment form, respond to disasters, and interview disaster survivors (in partnership with a Red Cross House social worker) in order to identify the most common legal issues that disaster survivors face. The core legal needs will likely involve public benefits, landlord-tenant issues and estate planning. In the research component, students will research the law that surrounds these issues, develop training manuals for handling these cases, and create material explaining the law that is suitable for internal and public dissemination. In the practice component, students will provide direct legal services to disaster survivors and local residents that will address one of the core legal issues – estate planning. Students will create a Temple Law School/SEPA Red Cross Estate Planning Day of Service which will occur at the end of the semester. Course Prerequisites: No courses are required. Time Requirements: The goal of this course is to provide an opportunity for evening division students to learn about the major laws, policies and programs that govern disaster response and recovery by engaging in real work at the American Red Cross of Southeastern Pennsylvania. The classroom component is front-loaded and will be held over the weekend (Saturday and Sunday) prior to the start of each fall and spring semester and select weekend days. For the practice component of this course, students will be required to complete 8 hours a week throughout the semester in the evening or on weekends. The SEPA Red Cross will change the work schedules of the Red Cross House social work staff to allow for flexibility in evening division student schedules.
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This clinical is listed for information purposes - registration for clinical courses is handled through a separate process from regular course Registration.
Course Title: Anatomy for Litigators
Course Number: 0999
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description
This course explores the medical/legal issues related to personal injury claims. In addition to discussing human anatomy from a litigator’s perspective, the course will examine issues related to theories of liability and defense, expert testimony, diagnostic tests, medical records, and HIPAA.
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Prerequisite: Law 414 (Legal Research and Writing I and II)
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Meets Graduation Requirements:
Serial
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Course Title: Anatomy for Litigators
Course Number: 999
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description
This is a hybrid writing intensive course class which offers some of the classes in on online environment and other classes will be in a traditional classroom setting. The course is designed to help students better understand medical/legal issues. It will deal with the nuts and bolts attorneys need to know in understanding medicine. Students will receive an overview of human anatomy while being exposed to how the systems of the body work individually and collectively as a unit. There will be opportunity to engage in several unusual field trips, including: visit to the dissection lab.
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Meets Graduation Requirements:
Serial
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Some class meetings will be taught online M 4-5:50 pm, other class meetings will be taught in a traditional classroom setting M 4-5:50 pm. The setting will change from week to week depending upon the topic and speakers.
Course Title: Animal Law
Course Number: 0661
Credit Hours: 2
Course Description
This course will examine the moral, ethical and public policy considerations involved in balancing the interests of animals and humans. Topics include the treatment of animals as property, including animal custody in divorce; state anti-cruelty laws; the federal Animal Welfare Act; the use of animals in research; veterinary malpractice; tort liability for animal-inflicted injury; consumer fraud litigation against animal-related industries; and animal rights advocacy in the age of ecoterrorism legislation.
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Course Title: Antitrust
Course Number: 0504
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description
Antitrust law sets the ground rules for competition. Recent economic and political developments have led the federal government to rethink its role in regulating the competitive structure and performance of American industries in a global context. This course provides an introduction to the legal doctrines, public policies, and intellectual theories that inform the practice and administration of federal antitrust law. We will examine cartels and competitor collaborations, monopolization, vertical restraints and mergers, as well as antitrust law’s role in promoting innovation. In addition to case materials, course readings address related economic, social and political issues. Special attention is paid to the economic underpinnings of antitrust laws, though no prior knowledge of economics is assumed.
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Meets Graduation Requirements:
1L Elective
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Course Title: Antitrust
Course Number: 504
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description
The relevant federal statutes which regulate the competitive process and their interpretation by the courts are considered. Classroom discussion also covers the policy rationale for such regulation and economic conditions are examined.
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Course Title: Appellate Advocacy
Course Number: 835
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description
This writing seminar will provide an intensive study of the appellate process, brief writing, and oral argument. Topics will include theories of persuasion, argument development, and strategic considerations in brief writing and oral argument. Students will research, brief, and argue a case on appeal. NOTE: This Section 21 of Appellate Advocacy is for students participating in Moot Court and is shown for informational purposes only.
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NOTE: Students may not register for both Law 479 and Law 835.
Meets Graduation Requirements:
Research or Skills
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This Section 21 of Appellate Advocacy is only for students participating in Moot Court and listed for information purposes - registration for this course is handled through a separate process from regular course Registration.
Course Title: Appellate Advocacy
Course Number: 0479
Credit Hours: 2
Course Description
The purpose of this course is to provide guidance to students concerning how to handle an appeal in the federal and state courts on a practical level. Toward that end, the class will attend two or three sessions of oral arguments at the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, the Superior Court of Pennsylvania and/or the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania. We will meet with judges of those courts who will hopefully attend our classes and provide illumination as to what we have observed in court. Experienced appellate advocates will appear as guest lecturers to provide us with the benefit of their experience and to share their knowledge and skills with the class. The guest lecturers for Fall 2010 will be Judge Ted McKee, Judge Susan Gantman, Judge Renee Cohn Jubelerir, AUSA appeals chief Robert Zausmer and Federal PD appeals chief David McColgin. The instructor will provide the latest updates in appellate law and practice on a weekly basis. The class will use Judge Ruggiero Aldisert’s leading text in this field, “Winning on Appeal”, and there will be supplemental readings pertinent to this topic. There will be no written examination; however, the class will be provided with a transcript of a real trial and will be required to submit an appellate brief and thereafter to argue the case as if they were before an appellate court. Students will be judged on classroom participation, the written brief and those oral arguments.
Pre-requisites:
Prerequisites: Law 402 (Civil Procedure I); Law 414 (Legal Research & Writing I & II).
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Course Equivalents:
NOTE: Students may not register for both Law 479 and Law 835.
Meets Graduation Requirements:
Skills
Notes:
Course Title: Appellate Advocacy
Course Number: 0835
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description
This writing seminar will provide an intensive study of the appellate process, brief writing, and oral argument. Topics will include theories of persuasion, argument development, and strategic considerations in brief writing and oral argument. Students will research, brief, and argue a case on appeal.
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Course Equivalents:
NOTE: Students may not register for both Law 479 and Law 835.
Meets Graduation Requirements:
Research + Skills
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Course Title: Asian Law
Course Number: 0989
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description
This writing seminar will focus on both the comparative and international role of law in several Asian societies, including China, Japan, Taiwan and the Korean peninsula. We will compare the ways in which the different societies handle similar problems, and we will also consider the extent to which they are developing a kind of regional international law. Additionally, we will consider the degree to which convergence of cultures, economies and politics in East Asia is helping to promote convergence of law.
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Meets Graduation Requirements:
Either Res or Ser
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Course Title: Banking & Financial Regulation
Course Number: 0829
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description
The infrastructure of banking and financial regulation was born in Philadelphia more than 200 years ago amidst a heated debate about whether the United States should even have a nationalized system of banking instead of one governed and regulated by local state interests.  Since then, as our economy and money-moving institutions have grown much more complex, so has our system of regulating them.  But is that system working?  And if so, for whom?  How can the system be efficient, profitable, innovative, and also help serve consumers? Through a variety of methods, this class will provide students with the tools to understand a) how we arrived at our current system of banking and financial regulation and b) where banking, financial regulation, financial market innovation and consumer financial protection will intersect in the years to come.  The class places special emphasis on the 2008 Financial Crisis, Dodd-Frank, and its implementation. There are no prerequisites, except that you a) be generally interested in business law, corporations, administrative law, consumer protection, or commercial litigation and b) have an interest in developing a rich understanding of the increasingly complex interaction between state and federal regulations (designed to promote efficiency, growth and fairness), consumers of financial products and services, and our nation's complex web of money moving institutions (banks, credit card companies, investment banks, credit unions, insurance companies, brokerage houses, pay-day loan shops, etc.).
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NOTE: Students may not register for both Law 506 and Law 829.
Meets Graduation Requirements:
Serial
Notes:
This course is offered as a "hybrid" course. Most students take it as an exam course. A limited number of students may take it as a writing seminar. Request course number 506 to take this course as an exam course. Request course number 829 to take thi
Course Title: Banking & Financial Regulation
Course Number: 0506
Credit Hours: 2
Course Description
The infrastructure of banking and financial regulation was born in Philadelphia more than 200 years ago amidst a heated debate about whether the United States should even have a nationalized system of banking instead of one governed and regulated by local state interests.  Since then, as our economy and money-moving institutions have grown much more complex, so has our system of regulating them.  But is that system working?  And if so, for whom?  How can the system be efficient, profitable, innovative, and also help serve consumers? Through a variety of methods, this class will provide students with the tools to understand a) how we arrived at our current system of banking and financial regulation and b) where banking, financial regulation, financial market innovation and consumer financial protection will intersect in the years to come.  The class places special emphasis on the 2008 Financial Crisis, Dodd-Frank, and its implementation. There are no prerequisites, except that you a) be generally interested in business law, corporations, administrative law, consumer protection, or commercial litigation and b) have an interest in developing a rich understanding of the increasingly complex interaction between state and federal regulations (designed to promote efficiency, growth and fairness), consumers of financial products and services, and our nation's complex web of money moving institutions (banks, credit card companies, investment banks, credit unions, insurance companies, brokerage houses, pay-day loan shops, etc.).
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NOTE: Students may not register for both Law 506 and Law 829.
Meets Graduation Requirements:
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Course Title: Banking & Financial Regulation
Course Number: 506
Credit Hours: 2
Course Description
The infrastructure of banking and financial regulation was born in Philadelphia more than 200 years ago amidst a heated debate about whether the United States should even have a nationalized system of banking instead of one governed and regulated by local state interests.  Since then, as our economy and money-moving institutions have grown much more complex, so has our system of regulating them.  But is that system working?  And if so, for whom?  How can the system be efficient, profitable, innovative, and also help serve consumers?

Through a variety of methods, this class will provide students with the tools to understand a) how we arrived at our current system of banking and financial regulation and b) where banking, financial regulation, financial market innovation and consumer financial protection will intersect in the years to come.  The class places special emphasis on the 2008 Financial Crisis, Dodd-Frank, and its implementation.

There are no prerequisites, except that you a) be generally interested in business law, corporations, administrative law, consumer protection, or commercial litigation and b) have an interest in developing a rich understanding of the increasingly complex interaction between state and federal regulations (designed to promote efficiency, growth and fairness), consumers of financial products and services, and our nation's complex web of money moving institutions (banks, credit card companies, investment banks, credit unions, insurance companies, brokerage houses, pay-day loan shops, etc.).
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NOTE: Students may not register for both Law 506 and Law 829.
Meets Graduation Requirements:
Notes:
This course is offered as a "hybrid" course. Most students take it as an exam course. A limited number of students may take it as a writing seminar. Request course number 506 to take this course as an exam course. Request course number 829 to take this course as a writing seminar.
Course Title: Banking & Financial Regulation
Course Number: 829
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description
The infrastructure of banking and financial regulation was born in Philadelphia more than 200 years ago amidst a heated debate about whether the United States should even have a nationalized system of banking instead of one governed and regulated by local state interests.  Since then, as our economy and money-moving institutions have grown much more complex, so has our system of regulating them.  But is that system working?  And if so, for whom?  How can the system be efficient, profitable, innovative, and also help serve consumers?

Through a variety of methods, this class will provide students with the tools to understand a) how we arrived at our current system of banking and financial regulation and b) where banking, financial regulation, financial market innovation and consumer financial protection will intersect in the years to come.  The class places special emphasis on the 2008 Financial Crisis, Dodd-Frank, and its implementation.

There are no prerequisites, except that you a) be generally interested in business law, corporations, administrative law, consumer protection, or commercial litigation and b) have an interest in developing a rich understanding of the increasingly complex interaction between state and federal regulations (designed to promote efficiency, growth and fairness), consumers of financial products and services, and our nation's complex web of money moving institutions (banks, credit card companies, investment banks, credit unions, insurance companies, brokerage houses, pay-day loan shops, etc.).
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Course Equivalents:
NOTE: Students may not register for both Law 506 and Law 829.
Meets Graduation Requirements:
Serial
Notes:
This course is offered as a "hybrid" course. Most students take it as an exam course. A limited number of students may take it as a writing seminar. Request course number 506 to take this course as an exam course. Request course number 829 to take this course as a writing seminar.
Course Title: Bankruptcy
Course Number: 530
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description
Our basic Bankruptcy course is designed to give you a good grounding in the Bankruptcy Code and the associated law governing the enforcement of civil judgments. The course focuses on personal (or consumer) bankruptcy as well as business bankruptcy. It deals with the structure of the Bankruptcy Code, the costs and benefits the process represents to those who become involved with it either as debtors or as creditors, and the strategic choices individuals and corporations must make in deciding whether to engage with this system.
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Course Title: Bankruptcy
Course Number: 0530
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description
Our basic Bankruptcy course is designed to give you a good grounding in the Bankruptcy Code and the associated law governing the enforcement of civil judgments. The course focuses on personal (or consumer) bankruptcy as well as business bankruptcy. It deals with the structure of the Bankruptcy Code, the costs and benefits the process represents to those who become involved with it either as debtors or as creditors, and the strategic choices individuals and corporations must make in deciding whether to engage with this system.
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Course Title: Bankruptcy Litigation Clinic: Consumer Bankruptcy Assistance Project
Course Number: 753
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description
Working in partnership with the Consumer Bankruptcy Assistance Project (CBAP), this clinic will provide students with the opportunity to learn, through direct representation of clients, Chapter 7 bankruptcy law and practice within the context of an impoverished client bases. Students will interview clients and provide debt counseling and budget review. In cases where debt counseling will not provide a client with the opportunity to stabilize their finances, the student, supervised by the clinical supervising attorney will represent the client in a pro bono Chapter 7 bankruptcy in order to discharge a client’s unsecured debts. Through CBAP’s Fresh Start Clinic, clients gain access to the U.S. Bankruptcy Court system and experience the powerful legal tool that bankruptcy offers. Students will become sensitized to the reality of living in poverty in Philadelphia. Clients come to CAP, as a last resort, after having tried to resolve their financial difficulty on their own. Most of the clients file for Chapter 7 bankruptcy as the result of an unanticipated catastrophic life event such as a funeral, injury on the job, loss of employment, interrupted spousal or child support, illness, or loss of a car that greatly restricts employment options. As with all clinical courses, students will participate in both a classroom and practice component. The classroom component will provide students with an understanding of the complicated procedural and substantive legal issues involved in counseling and representing clients seeking bankruptcy relief. The classroom component also will provide an ongoing forum for students to explore the economic, psychological, cultural and socio-economic ramifications of bankruptcy as well as the ethical implications of consumer bankruptcy practice. The practice component will emphasize all aspects of representing bankruptcy clients from intake to final disposition.
Note: This clinical is a two-semester commitment. Only students who have Law 540 Evidence (Grade of C or better) and Law 460 Trial Advocacy I or Law 558 Introduction to Trial Advocacy (ITA) will be permitted to represent clients in court.
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Meets Graduation Requirements:
Skills
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This clinical is a two-semester commitment. Register in section F21. You will be automatically registered in S21 in the Spring.

Time Requirements:
The classroom component will take place on Wednesday mornings at 11 am at the offices of the Consumer Bankruptcy Assistance Project in Center City Philadelphia. Note that it is essential for students to be available for the entire day on the first Wednesday on which the clinical takes place for orientation - a crash course in what students will most need to know to start working immediately. Students should expect to work approximately 8-10 hours a week in addition to the classroom component. This will vary week to week depending upon the caseload. Over the course of each semester, this means that each student should log a total of 112-140 hours of practice or work time, not including the classroom component.
Course Title: Business Basics
Course Number: 0439
Credit Hours: 1
Course Description
Description currently not available
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Classes will meet for the first 7 weeks of the semester
Course Title: Business Basics for Lawyers
Course Number: 439
Credit Hours: 1
Course Description
This course introduces basic business, economic and finance concepts and issues. The course aims to provide students with the basic concepts necessary for such foundational courses as corporations, unincorporated business entities, taxation, antitrust, securities, bankruptcy and real estate transactions. The materials discussed should also prove useful in courses such as family law: economics of divorce, estate planning and planning for the family that owns and operates a business. The course will cover debt and equity, interest rates, presents value, real estate, accounting and financial reporting, corporate securities, trading in stocks and bonds and related topics.
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Classes will meet for the first 7 weeks of the semester
Course Title: Business Immigration Law
Course Number: 654
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description
There is little doubt that much of the US economy is (and always has been) powered by foreign workers. Although the demand for certain types of workers may vary, we as a nation require foreign nationals to fill important gaps in our economy. This course will examine the different ways US employers can hire foreign national workers, as well as the options for foreign employers investing in or trading with the United States both on a temporary and permanent basis. The class also covers some of the ways in which particularly well-qualified foreign citizens can enter the United States without a sponsoring employer. We will also review some of the obligations the hiring of non-citizen workers places on employers, and the unique legal considerations in recruiting, hiring, and promoting foreign nationals. In addition, this class will provide practical examples and opportunities to hone communication skills with both clients (foreign nationals and employers) as well as the government, which is an important expertise to master regardless of whether or not you plan to practice in the field of immigration law.
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Course Title: Business Immigration Law
Course Number: 0654
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description
There is little doubt that much of the US economy is (and always has been) powered by foreign workers. Although the demand for certain types of workers may vary, we as a nation require foreign nationals to fill important gaps in our economy. This course will examine the different ways US employers can hire foreign national workers, as well as the options for foreign employers investing in or trading with the United States both on a temporary and permanent basis. The class also covers some of the ways in which particularly well-qualified foreign citizens can enter the United States without a sponsoring employer. We will also review some of the obligations the hiring of non-citizen workers places on employers, and the unique legal considerations in recruiting, hiring, and promoting foreign nationals. In addition, this class will provide practical examples and opportunities to hone communication skills with both clients (foreign nationals and employers) as well as the government, which is an important expertise to master regardless of whether or not you plan to practice in the field of immigration law.
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Meets Graduation Requirements:
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Course Title: Business Intellectual Property
Course Number: 0476
Credit Hours: 2
Course Description
This objective of this course is to address various intellectual property issues businesses may face when developing and selling products. Intellectual property is one of the most expensive capital outlays for many organizations today and this course will focus on business-to-business transactions and how IP issues affect different organizations.
Pre-requisites:
Prerequisite: Law 547 (Introduction to Intellectual Property)
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Meets Graduation Requirements:
Notes:
Recommended: Law 552/940 (Patents - exam course/writing seminar)
Course Title: Business Intellectual Property
Course Number: 476
Credit Hours: 2
Course Description
This objective of this course is to address various intellectual property issues businesses may face when developing and selling products. Intellectual property is one of the most expensive capital outlays for many organizations today and this course will focus on business-to-business transactions and how IP issues affect different organizations.
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Prerequisite: Law 547 (Introduction to Intellectual Property)
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Meets Graduation Requirements:
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Course Title: Business Law
Course Number: 0702
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description
Course Description: This clinical program offers students the unique opportunity to provide general legal representation to small and start-up business owners in Pennsylvania area through the Small Business Development Center, a department in Temple's School of Business and Management. Students are expected to deal with a full range of small business legal problems which may include choice of business entity and entity formation, contracts, corporations, leases, franchise agreements, regulatory matters, intellectual property and environmental compliance, among others. Students deal directly with clients. Students must be comfortable communicating by e-mail. Time is spent on legal research, drafting, client meetings, and classroom seminars on various issues of business law and practice. Every student must produce a written work-product for assigned clients to obtain credit. Time Requirements: Full day Fridays (10 am-1 pm and 2-5 pm) Students must also have time other than Friday available to meet with clients and work independently on client issues. Students are expected to work approximately 8-10 hours a week in addition to the classroom component. Over the course of the semester, this means that each student should log a total of 112-140 hours of practice or work time, not including the classroom component.
Pre-requisites:
Prerequisites: Law 508 Corporations, Law 600 Taxation
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Meets Graduation Requirements:
Skills
Notes:
This clinical is listed for information purposes - registration for clinical courses is handled through a separate process from regular course Registration.
Course Title: Business Law Clinic
Course Number: 702
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description
This clinical program offers students the unique opportunity to provide general legal representation to small and start-up business owners in Pennsylvania area through the Small Business Development Center, a department in Temple's School of Business and Management. Students are expected to deal with a full range of small business legal problems which may include choice of business entity and entity formation, contracts, corporations, leases, franchise agreements, regulatory matters, intellectual property and environmental compliance, among others. Students deal directly with clients. Students must be comfortable communicating by e-mail. Time is spent on legal research, drafting, client meetings, and classroom seminars on various issues of business law and practice. Every student must produce a written work-product for assigned clients to obtain credit.
Pre-requisites:
Prerequisites: Law 508 Corporations, Law 600 Taxation
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Course Equivalents:
Meets Graduation Requirements:
Skills
Notes:
Time Requirements: Full day Wednesdays (10 am-1 pm and 2-4 pm) Students must also have time other than Wednesday available to meet with clients and work independently on client issues. Students are expected to work approximately 8-10 hours a week in addition to the classroom component. Over the course of the semester, this means that each student should log a total of 112-140 hours of practice or work time, not including the classroom component.
Course Title: Business Mergers and Acquisitions
Course Number: 451
Credit Hours: 2
Course Description
The course will prepare students seeking employment as business lawyers by exploring fundamental legal issues arising in mergers and acquisitions. It will include a review of basic state code provisions relating to mergers and acquisitions using provisions of the Delaware General Corporation Law ("DGCL"). The course will examine provisions of the DGCL authorizing mergers and acquisitions, evaluate instances when stockholder approval is required and assess issues arising in different deal structures and the various consequences of each, including tax issues relating to asset and stock deals and successor liability issues. Once students have a solid understanding of how deals are consummated under state law and the structural issues associated with various deal forms, the class will scrutinize certain drafting and negotiating issues arising in preliminary and final acquisition agreements and will analyze basic closing documents and study the role of business lawyers in acquisition transactions. The course also will cover fiduciary duties of board members relating to acquisitions including a board's power to thwart unwanted takeover attempts as well as a response to competing bidders.
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Prerequisite: Law 508 (Corporations)
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Meets Graduation Requirements:
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Course Title: Business Mergers and Acquisitions
Course Number: 0451
Credit Hours: 2
Course Description
The course will prepare students seeking employment as business lawyers by exploring fundamental legal issues arising in mergers and acquisitions. It will include a review of basic state code provisions relating to mergers and acquisitions using provisions of the Delaware General Corporation Law ("DGCL"). The course will examine provisions of the DGCL authorizing mergers and acquisitions, evaluate instances when stockholder approval is required and assess issues arising in different deal structures and the various consequences of each, including tax issues relating to asset and stock deals and successor liability issues. Once students have a solid understanding of how deals are consummated under state law and the structural issues associated with various deal forms, the class will scrutinize certain drafting and negotiating issues arising in preliminary and final acquisition agreements and will analyze basic closing documents and study the role of business lawyers in acquisition transactions. The course also will cover fiduciary duties of board members relating to acquisitions including a board's power to thwart unwanted takeover attempts as well as a response to competing bidders.
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Prerequisite: Law 508 (Corporations)
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Meets Graduation Requirements:
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Course Title: Business Planning for International Transactions
Course Number: J651
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Course Description
This course covers issues that arise when business organizations plan international structures. It will address such questions as selection of entity, financial and ownership structures, steps in the formation of different entities, the rights and duties of different stakeholders, tax issues related to the foregoing and related issues.
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Meets Graduation Requirements:
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Course Title: Chinese Law
Course Number: 1024
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description
This seminar provides students with an understanding of the Chinese legal system.
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Meets Graduation Requirements:
Either Res or Ser
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Course Title: Citizenship from a Constitutional Perspective
Course Number: 1019
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description
This seminar examines how political communities accept, reject, and expel individual members as citizens, and how citizenship law defines and reflects national identity. The course considers how American citizenship is acquired at birth, and what requirements are imposed on naturalizing aliens. It also considers in what circumstances the government can deprive an individual of citizenship; the special problems of dual nationality; historical racial and gender aspects of citizenship; the special context of terrorism; and the constitutional status of aliens and the extent to which they can be legally disadvantaged, as for instance with respect to welfare and other public benefits eligibility. The course also considers the meaning of territorial, Native American, and state citizenship, and uses comparative and international perspectives to inform the study of U.S. citizenship law. This seminar is not an immigration survey course, and will only tangentially address issues related to immigration law and practice, i.e., law relating to the admission of non‑citizens to the territory of the United States.
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Prerequisite: Law 404 (Constitutional Law)
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Meets Graduation Requirements:
Serial
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Course Title: Citizenship, Immigration and Refugee Law
Course Number: 0550
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description
The course provides a detailed overview of the laws which enable aliens to enter, reside in and ultimately become citizens of the United States. Among the topics discussed are: U.S. immigration policy and the limits of legislative and executive regulation of aliens, racial and geographic quotas, types of visas, arrest, detention, grounds of excludability of aliens and of waiver of excludability, political asylum and refugee admission, processing of relative and employer petitions, change of status within the U.S., administrative procedures and appeals, nationality by birth and by naturalization, revocation and expatriation.
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Course Title: Citizenship, Immigration, and Refugee Law
Course Number: 550
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description
The course provides a detailed overview of the laws which enable aliens to enter, reside in and ultimately become citizens of the United States. Among the topics discussed are: U.S. immigration policy and the limits of legislative and executive regulation of aliens, racial and geographic quotas, types of visas, arrest, detention, grounds of excludability of aliens and of waiver of excludability, political asylum and refugee admission, processing of relative and employer petitions, change of status within the U.S., administrative procedures and appeals, nationality by birth and by naturalization, revocation and expatriation.
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Course Title: City Solicitor: Claims Litigation
Course Number: 0735
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description
Course Description: Students serve as lawyers in the Claims Division of the City Solicitor's Office and are assigned cases involving a variety of tort actions filed against the City. Students are exposed to all aspects of the litigation process, including the initial responsive pleading, written discovery, deposition, pre-trial motions, municipal court and arbitration hearings. All work is supervised by an attorney. Because of the nature and scheduling of cases during the semester, students may be required to attend litigation proceedings on a day other than Wednesday. Every effort is made to accommodate a student's schedule. Attendance throughout the semester at a Wednesday lecture series is required. Note: Certification under Rules 321 and 322 of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court is required. Time Requirements: Full day Wednesdays. Students should also have a morning or afternoon other than Wednesday available to act as counsel in litigation proceedings. Students should expect to work 8-10 hours per week in addition to the one-hour classroom component. Over the course of the semester, this means that each student should log a total of 112-140 hours of practice or work time, not including the classroom component.
Pre-requisites:
Prerequisites: Law 540 Evidence (Grade of C or better), Law 460 Trial Advocacy I or Law 558 Introduction to Trial Advocacy
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Course Equivalents:
Meets Graduation Requirements:
Skills
Notes:
This clinical is listed for information purposes - registration for clinical courses is handled through a separate process from regular course Registration.
Course Title: Civil Pre-Trial Practice
Course Number: 5035
Credit Hours: 2
Course Description
This course takes students through the complete civil litigation pre-trial process. It begins with the investigation of a case pre-suit: What is permitted? What is not? What is cost effective? Pennsylvania actually provides pre-complaint discovery. Should we engage in such formal discovery? Why or why not? The next topic is pleading, followed by discovery (interrogatories, requests for production, requests for admission, and depositions), followed by motions for summary judgment, pre-trial memoranda, and pre-trial settlement conferences.
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Prerequisites: Law 517 (Civil Procedure II) and Law 540 (Evidence)
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Meets Graduation Requirements:
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Course Title: Civil Procedure I
Course Number: J402
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Course Description
This course will primarily focus on federal courts and will include issues of jurisdiction, venue, forum non convenience and choice of applicable law (the "Erie doctrine"). Res judicata and collateral estoppel concepts with their preclusive effects as the result of prior litigation will also be introduced along with joinder and class actions.
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Course Title: Civil Procedure I
Course Number: 402
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description
Commencement of an action, pleading, pre-trial techniques of discovery, the trial, judgments and jurisdiction, res judicata, collateral estoppel, bar and merger and other collateral attacks are considered in a federal setting with appropriate emphasis on historical antecedents.
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Meets Graduation Requirements:
Mandatory
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Course Title: Civil Procedure I
Course Number: 0402
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description
Commencement of an action, pleading, pre-trial techniques of discovery, the trial, judgments and jurisdiction, res judicata, collateral estoppel, bar and merger and other collateral attacks are considered in a federal setting with appropriate emphasis on historical antecedents.
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Meets Graduation Requirements:
Mandatory
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Course Title: Civil Procedure II
Course Number: 0517
Credit Hours: 2
Course Description
The litigation process from the pleading stage through appellate review is thoroughly studied. Areas covered in detail include: pleading, complex multi-party litigation (class actions, necessary parties, inter-pleader, intervention, multi-district litigation); discovery practice; pre-trial conference; trial and post-trial procedures; fundamentals of appellate review, securing and enforcing judgments; and problems of judicial administration.
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Prerequisite: Law 460 (Trial Advocacy I); Law 540 (Evidence - Integrated)
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Co-requisite: Law 461 (Trial Advocacy II)
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Course Title: Civil Procedure II
Course Number: 0974
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Course Description
The litigation process from the pleading stage through trial is thoroughly studied in this writing seminar. Areas covered in detail include: pleading, preliminary injunctions, motion practice, multi-party litigation, class actions, discovery practice and post-trial motions.
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NOTE: Students may not register for both Law 517 and Law 974
Meets Graduation Requirements:
Skills
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Course Title: Civil Procedure II ITAP
Course Number: 517
Credit Hours: 2
Course Description
This section of Civil Procedure II is part of the Integrated Trial Advocacy Program (ITAP), a two semester, ten credit course package. Civil Procedure II will permit students to focus on discovery and motions practice with both written and oral advocacy components--as complimentary to trial practice. Through the use of a single file in which a female professor brings an action against her University and individual administrators for discrimination in the denial of her tenure with pendant defamation claims, students will be called up to draft and argue a range of pre-trial discovery and procedural motions, such as emotions for a preliminary injunction, dismissal for failure to state a claim for which relief can be granted, dismissal for lack of subject matter jurisdiction, for compelling discovery and for a protective order, for summary judgment, and for sanctions pursuant to Rule 11 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. The course will also cover: pleading, complex multi-party litigation (class actions, necessary parties, inter-pleader, intervention, multi-district litigation); discovery practice; pre-trial conference; trial and post-trial procedures; fundamentals of appellate review, securing and enforcing judgments; and problems of judicial administration.
Pre-requisites:
Prerequisite: Law 460 (Trial Advocacy I); Law 540 (Evidence - Integrated)
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Co-requisite: Law 461 (Trial Advocacy II)
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Meets Graduation Requirements:
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This section of Civil Procedure II is part of the Integrated Trial Advocacy Program (ITAP), a two semester, ten credit course package. This course is shown here for information purposes only. Students do not request this Civil Procedure II section during Fall or Spring, rather, during Registration for Fall 2014, students select the Trial Advocacy I sections that are associated with it. Please see the notes for each Trial Advocacy I section for further information. NOTE: the Friday meeting of this section occurs only during the first 2 weeks of the semester.
Course Title: Climate Change Law and Policy
Course Number: 1007
Credit Hours: 3
Course Description
Global climate change is threatening to cause severe, widespread and possibly catastrophic changes to our planet. This seminar will consider the implications of climate change for domestic and international law and policy. International negotiations are scheduled to take place in Copenhagen in December 2009, climate change legislation is pending in Congress, and the EPA is poised to begin regulation of greenhouse gases under existing law. How should such legislation be designed in order to accomplish the radical restructuring of the U.S. economy that will be necessary in order shift energy production away from our current heavy reliance on fossil fuels? Should it employ a carbon tax, a cap-and-trade system, or some other regulatory mechanism? How should the costs of transitioning to the new “green economy” be allocated? Should the poor receive subsidies to offset rising energy costs? How might an international agreement to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions be structured to be both politically feasible and fair? Should such an agreement impose costly emissions reduction obligations on developing nations that are already struggling economically, when the problem has been primarily caused by those in the developed world? Who should pay the costs of adapting to those adverse effects of climate change that have already become inevitable—effects that are likely to fall most heavily on the developing world? In the absence of a unified regulatory approach at either the federal (U.S.) or international level, how have advocates already begun to use existing legal structures to try to force action on climate change? We will address these and other questions in the seminar with the help of readings drawn primarily from books and scholarly articles. Students will write a series of short papers over the course of the semester based on the readings and will take an active role in facilitating class discussions.
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Serial
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Environmental Law is recommended but not required.
Course Title: Collective Bargaining
Course Number: 0431
Credit Hours: 2
Course Description
This course examines collective bargaining: the duty to bargain in good faith and enter into and enforce collective bargaining agreements through the courts.
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Course Title: Commercial Arbitration Law and Procedure
Course Number: 5020
Credit Hours: 2
Course Description
Arbitration is the outsourcing of the judiciary, where parties empower an arbitrator to adjudicate their disagreement. Questions relating to civil procedure, contract law, and constitutional law all arise in the context of arbitration. Subject matter jurisdiction, federal preemption of state law, standards of appeal, the division of authority between court and arbitrator, the extent of Congress' power to legislate, class action practice, pleading standards, and the interplay between state and federal law-all of these arise where the arbitral forum and the court system interact. The study of arbitration law under the Federal Arbitration Act, 9 U.S.C. §§ 1-16, requires application of different areas of law in real-world litigation contexts. This course examines the provisions of the FAA, the case law extant governing its provisions, and application of that body of law to the arbitration-related questions commonly presented to courts in litigation.
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Course Title: Commercial Bankruptcy Practice and Procedures
Course Number: 482