Summer Courses

(Course Name | Credit Hours)

CHILDREN & THE LAW – 9010

Persons under the age of eighteen make up just over a quarter of the United States population. The well-being of children depends, to a large extent, on their rights under the law. Perhaps the key theme in the law of children is that they do not act in the legal world in isolation; rather, they are part of a triangle that includes parents and the state. In this seminar course, students will examine issues related to the place of children in society and the implications of those issues for both law and policy. Students are required to complete a substantial seminar paper as part of the course requirements.

GENETICS & THE LAW – 8716

Genetics and the Law is an upper level elective course addressing fundamental genetic topics and relevant issues as they pertain to the law. As a writing seminar, this course will expose students to a wider range of genetic issues encountered in civil and criminal cases. The course will be broken into three segments:

FUNDAMENTAL GENETIC PRINCIPLES

Fundamental Genetic Principles imparts the basics of the science of genetics. The biology will be focused on those components most likely to be encountered in the legal profession.

CRIMINAL ISSUES & GENETICS

Students will apply the scientific knowledge acquired in Fundamental Genetic Principles to case law and statutes concerning criminal law and genetics. Topics such as rights and procedures for the collection of DNA samples; how genetics is presented in the criminal courtroom; and the role of genetics in the Innocence Project will be studied.

CIVIL ISSUES & GENETICS

Students will apply the scientific knowledge acquired in Fundamental Genetic Principles to case law and statutes concerning civil law and genetics. Topics such as laws regarding DNA paternity testing; genetic discrimination; and gene patenting will be studied.

HEALTHCARE LAW & POLICY (ONLINE) – 3370

This course will cover the law covering health care organizations and health policy. The course will cover health care topics such as regulation, liability, access, and fraud & abuse. There are no formal prerequisites to the course although a course in Business Associations is h3ly recommended.

INSURANCE LAW – 9060

The study of various types of insurance organizations, state supervision and control of the insurance business, the interests protected by insurance contracts, the selection and control of risks, and the adjustment of losses.

LEGAL WRITING &TECHNIQUE – 9522

Writing is integral to most aspects of state and federal civil law practice including communicating effectively with clients, asserting clients’ rights, and advocating for clients in litigation. This two-credit hour online writing course helps prepare students for the rigors of legal analysis and writing in general civil practice by providing a variety of writing experiences including opinion and demand letters, pleadings, motions, and trial briefs. Assignments will be based on a number of substantive issues of statutory and common law including property, contracts, torts and civil procedure. Writing assignments will involve initial drafts, instructor feedback, and final revisions. Research skills will be honed through review and practice. In addition to content analysis and structure, emphasis will be placed on the ethical and professional considerations involved with each assignment.

SUPREME COURT REVIEW (2)

Prerequisite: Constitutional Law I
The Supreme Court Term Review Seminar is a two-credit online seminar designed to examine the Supreme Court as an institution and review the most significant decisions from the Court’s most recent term. Students will explore and discuss (1) the history of the Supreme Court; (2) the judicial appointment process; (3) the litigation process; (4) the justices’ internal deliberative process; and (5) select cases decided during the Court’s most recent term.

WORKERS COMPENSATION – 8230

A study of the system of compensation provided by statute for injury to or death of employees arising out of and in the course of their employment, including statutory procedures for determination and review of compensation awards. Discussion also includes the interplay between workers’ compensation and the tort system of personal injury recovery.