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31 courses found.
Number Course Title Credits Degree Requirements Semesters Taught Methods of Evaluation

101

Foundations of Law 1
  • JD 1L
  • Fall 18
  • Spring 20
  • Final Exam

This year-long, signature course exposes all first year students to foundational legal concepts, themes and issues in the study of law. This is a one credit course.

242W

Social Justice Lawyering, Writing Credit 1
  • JD SRWP
  • JD elective
  • IntlLLM/SJD/EXC elective
  • IntlLLM writing
  • PIPS elective
  • Fall 18
  • Fall 19
  • Fall 20
  • Fall 21
  • Research paper, 25+ pages

While enrolled in Law 242 Social Justice Lawyering, with prior professor approval, students may submit a 30-page research paper and earn an additional one credit for the course. This paper is in addition to all the other course requirements, including the written assignments, but may be related to your case study presentation.

The paper may be used to satisfy the upper level writing requirement, the LLM writing requirement, and/or the JD/LLM writing requirement. You must email Professor Gordon or McCoy by the end of the Registration Period and after enrolling in 242 Social Justice Lawyering if you would like to seek this additional credit; there are very limited spots, which will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.

244

The Business and Economics of Law Firms 1
  • JD elective
  • IntlLLM NY Bar
  • IntlLLM/SJD/EXC elective
  • IntlLLM Business Cert
  • Fall 18
  • Fall 19
  • Fall 20
  • Fall 21
  • Reflective Writing
  • Group project(s)
  • Practical exercises
  • Class participation

This course will provide students with an enhanced and vital understanding of law firms as business entities in a competitive and global market. Based on feedback from employers, interviews with hundreds of lawyers and published accounts from law firm leaders, it is clear that technical legal ability will be necessary but not sufficient to excel in the practice of law or any business endeavor in coming decades. The topics will be explored through the review and analysis of literature, statutes, and case studies, and will include a basic financial analysis of the operations of law firms. Assignments will be collaborative and will simulate the client advisory process allowing students to gain experience providing legal advice and business recommendations. Associate Dean and Senior Lecturing Fellow Bruce Elvin will lead and organize the seminar, with senior law and business leaders serving as guest lecturers many weeks.

318W

Comparative Constitutional Law, Writing 1
  • JD SRWP
  • LLM-ICL (JD) elective
  • Fall 19
  • Fall 20
  • Research paper, 25+ pages

Students enrolled in Law318 Comparative Constitutional Law may choose to write a 25-30 page research paper, in lieu of the 10-12 page paper, in order to satisfy the JD Substantial Research and Writing Project degree requirement.  Students choosing this option should enroll in Law 318W.

328P

International Debt Finance Add-on Credit 1
  • JD elective
  • IntlLLM/SJD/EXC elective
  • IntlLLM Business Cert
  • Spring 19
  • Spring 20
  • Spring 21
  • Add on credit

Students have the option to complete a mid-semester assignment in Law 328 International Debt Finance for an additional credit. *LAW 328P MUST be added no later than 7th week of class.*

This course does not satisfy the JD Upper-Level Writing Requirement.

347S

Healthcare Law & Policy, Course Plus 1
  • JD elective
  • IntlLLM/SJD/EXC elective
  • Spring 19
  • Reflective Writing
  • Class participation

This seminar is available to students currently enrolled in Law 347 or who have taken it in a previous semester.  It is designed to supplement Health Law and similar graduate-level health policy offerings and will explore contemporary issues in health law and policy.  Topics to be considered will include:  Medicaid reform, competition policy, individual insurance markets, payment reform, provider strategy, and employee benefits design.  Some sessions will be organized around guest presentations from policymakers, policy thought leaders, and prominent academics.

380

Research Methods in International, Foreign and Comparative Law 1
  • JD elective
  • LLM-ICL (JD) required
  • IntlLLM/SJD/EXC elective
  • Spring 19
  • Spring 20
  • Spring 21
  • Fall 21
  • Spring 22
  • Practical exercises
  • In-class exercise
  • Class participation
  • Other

This one-credit legal research seminar introduces students to sources and strategies for researching international, foreign, and comparative law. We cover multiple research techniques while exploring freely available and subscription-based access to both primary and secondary sources. Topical coverage includes treaty law, international and regional organizations, international courts and tribunals, and foreign legal research. Assignments will reinforce practical research strategies and processes, and students will practice evaluating print and online sources in a changing information environment. This is a required spring course for students enrolled in the J.D./LL.M. in Comparative and International Law, and open to other students (2L, 3L, and LL.M) during the fall term. The class will meet for eight 90-minute sessions. Grades will be based on take-home exercises, class participation, and a final research project.

425

Pretrial Criminal Litigation 1
  • JD elective
  • JD experiential
  • IntlLLM/SJD/EXC elective
  • Fall 19
  • Fall 18
  • Fall 20
  • Fall 21
  • Oral presentation
  • Practical exercises
  • Class participation

This course will focus on the pretrial phase in criminal cases.  We will begin with a defendant’s initial appearance and conclude with a plea hearing.  Class discussions and readings will explore the pretrial practices of effective defense counsel, including conducting a defense investigation, working with experts, and managing clients.  The class will also emphasize oral advocacy skills, so students will be expected to appear as counsel during mock, in-class court hearings. It is anticipated that each class session will be divided into two components: (1) a short lecture/discussion period based on course readings and (2) skills practice.  Finally, this course will provide students with an opportunity to familiarize themselves with criminal case pleadings, including the drafting of at least one motion.  The course grade will be based on classroom participation, performance, and written work.  There is no final exam. 

465

Patent Claim Drafting and Foundations of Patent Strategy 1
  • JD elective
  • JD experiential
  • IntlLLM/SJD/EXC elective
  • IntllLLM IP Cert
  • Spring 19

Scope of patent protection is controlled by definitions of the invention known as patent claims. The role of intellectual property protection in the economy has caused attention to be given to the precision of claim drafting. Focus on skills used in patent claim writing across a variety of technical fields and developed through exercises, problems, and competitions. Discussions of client counseling and patent application drafting in conjunction with the skill-oriented sessions provide a background in the practical issues that control the approaches taken to claim writing, as well as a basis for discussion during particular problems. This course is especially useful for students interested in patent preparation, prosecution, and litigation, or corporate law involving intellectual property transaction.



Students are required to attend the first class in order to remain enrolled in it.

506

Introduction to Alternative Dispute Resolution 1
  • JD elective
  • JD experiential
  • IntlLLM/SJD/EXC elective
  • Fall 21
  • Reflective Writing
  • Practical exercises
  • Class participation

This survey course will provide you with a comprehensive overview of the various alternatives to traditional litigation that are used to resolve civil disputes, including negotiation, mediation, arbitration, collaborative law, and other innovative processes. It is designed primarily for students who wish to gain a basic understanding of the variety of dispute resolution processes available when representing a client. Each week, you will have the opportunity to explore the theoretical basis for and practical operation of different ADR processes through class discussion and in-class exercises. We will also discuss ADR and culture, ODR, drafting ADR clauses in contracts, and dispute resolution system design. Required coursework will include readings, participating in in-class exercises, preparing entries in a weekly conflict resolution journal, and an end-of-semester project. By the conclusion of the course, you should be able to assist a client in choosing the most appropriate ADR process in light of the advantages and disadvantages of each, and will better understand a third-party neutral’s role in facilitating or fashioning a just resolution of a dispute. 

517W

Advanced Contracts, Writing Credit 1
  • JD SRWP
  • JD elective
  • IntlLLM/SJD/EXC elective
  • IntlLLM Business Cert
  • Spring 19
  • Spring 20
  • Fall 20
  • Research paper, 25+ pages

While enrolled in LAW 517 Advanced Contracts, students may submit a significant research paper which would be eligible for satisfaction of the JD-ULWR.  LAW 517W must be added no later than the 7th week of class.

527W

Access to Medicines Writing Credit 1
  • JD SRWP
  • JD elective
  • IntllLLM IP Cert
  • IntlLLM/SJD/EXC elective
    • Add on credit

    While enrolled in Law 527 Access to Medicines: Intellectual Property and Global Public Health, students have the option to take an additional 1 credit if they wish to write a 45 page paper. *LAW 527W MUST be added no later than 7th week of class.*

    553

    Empirical Research Methods in Law 1
    • JD elective
    • IntlLLM/SJD/EXC elective
    • Fall 18
    • Final Exam, option
    • Research and/or analytical paper(s), 10-15 pages, option
    • In-class exercise

    There are three major objectives for this course: (1) to provide you with a substantive understanding of empirical methods and an opportunity to learn the principals of these methods with hands-on experience with easy-to-use statistical software (e.g., Excel and Stata); (2) to develop skills to choose and work with experts, and the ability to develop and refute quantitative evidence; and (3) to develop the necessary skills for critical thinking and evaluation of empirical work in academic studies and expert witness reports.

    The course will be divided into three major components. The first section of the course will introduce a broad range of topics in methodology, from study design and hypothesis testing to descriptive statistics and multivariate regression techniques in the context of legal issues faced by practicing attorneys. The second section will include a series of lectures by judges and empirical scholars with a wealth of experience working with and as expert witnesses. The final section of the course will utilize this new knowledge and training to critically evaluate empirical scholarship and expert reports. Together, these course components will provide you with a comprehensive background in empirical methods and will prepare you for sophisticated and critical consumption of statistical analyses. The course also will equip those of you who are interested in pursuing academia with a foundation in quantitative research to produce empirical scholarship.

    Participation during class is strongly encouraged, and computers are allowed in the classroom. Course grades will be based on class participation (10%), hands-on exercises (10%), and a discussion paper (80%).  For the paper, you will be asked to evaluate an Expert Report and discuss the strengths and weaknesses of the study based on the research methods covered in this course. You have the option to take an in-class exam as a substitute for the paper.

     

    572

    Enterprise Law in Japan and the United States 1
    • JD elective
    • LLM-ICL (JD) elective
    • IntlLLM/SJD/EXC elective
    • LLMWriting option with additional credit
    • IntlLLM writing, option
    • IntlLLM Business Cert
    • Spring 20
    • Research and/or analytical paper(s), 10-15 pages
    • Class participation

    This is a seminar course focusing on a comparative analysis of business systems in Japan and the United States. We will discuss the basic question: how does law matter to business practice? 

    To answer this question, we need to take into consideration two complementarities. First, the legal system in a given country consists of a variety of legal subject areas, including corporate law, securities regulation, labor law, bankruptcy law, and tax law, among others. These areas of law do not operate in isolation but rather in complement to affect the business practices in a country. Second, the law operates in conjunction with economic markets and social norms. 

    We will consider the firm as a forum for incentive bargaining among four major participants: management, employees, creditors, and shareholders. How do the complementary effects of various laws, markets and norms affect the incentives of each participant? How has this affected the accepted business practices in a country, and in turn, the broader business system? 

    Students will be exposed to classical readings in business law theory, as well as more recent scholarship that applies those classical theories to case studies of modern US and Japanese firms. Through the readings and participation in class discussions, students will learn to think critically about the dynamic interplay of legal systems, economic markets, and social norms and their combined effects on business systems.

    574

    Lying and The Law of Questioning 1
    • JD SRWP with add-on credit
    • JD elective
    • IntlLLM/SJD/EXC elective
    • IntlLLM writing, option
    • Spring 19
    • Spring 20
    • Reflective Writing
    • Class participation

    This seminar will address the way in which legal institutions define and detect dishonesty. We will first discuss what is sometimes called “post-truth” discourse and the seeming suspension of fact-finding and truth-seeking in public life. The criminal justice system is both a natural habitat for dishonesty and the place where achieving accuracy is most important. Accordingly, we will use the context of investigations and trials to explore some larger themes about establishing factual baselines despite intense conflict. Topics will include liability for dishonest statements in investigations and testimony, interrogation practices, the problem of false confessions, incentivized witnesses, character and credibility, cross examination, storytelling at trial, and lie detection in the laboratory, courtroom, and popular culture. Readings will be posted on line and will include excerpts from law review articles and scholarly books, works of social science, investigative reporting, documentary footage, editorial commentary, and popular culture. The one-credit class will meet roughly every other Wednesday during the spring semester. There will be short writing assignments, and students will receive feedback on both written expression and class participation. Students who plan significant research projects on related topics may register for a second credit.

    574W

    Lying and The Law of Questioning, Writing Credit 1
    • JD SRWP
    • JD elective
    • IntlLLM/SJD/EXC elective
    • IntlLLM writing, option
    • Spring 20
    • Spring 19
    • Add on credit

    While enrolled in Law 574 Lying and the Law of Questioning, students who plan significant research projects on related topics may register for a second credit in order to satisfy the JD Writing Requirement. *LAW 574W must be added no later than 7th week of class.*

    579W

    Mass Torts Writing Credit 1
    • JD SRWP
    • JD elective
      • Add on credit

      While enrolled in Law 579 Mass Torts, students have the option to take an additional 1 credit if they wish to expand the required 15 page paper to 30 pages in order to satisfy the JD Writing Requirement. *LAW 579W MUST be added no later than 7th week of class.*

      591

      Development Finance 1
      • JD elective
      • LLM-ICL (JD) elective
      • IntlLLM/SJD/EXC elective
      • IntlLLM Environ Cert
      • IntlLLM Business Cert
      • Fall 18
      • Fall 19
      • Fall 20
      • Fall 21
      • Reflective Writing
      • Research and/or analytical paper(s), 10-15 pages
      • Class participation

      The Course will provide an overview of development challenges in Low and Middle-Income Countries - exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic - and the shared global responsibility under the UN Agenda 2030 to reconcile economic, social, and ecological objectives. It will focus on the roles of and partnerships between actors of development finance, such as government agencies, multilateral development banks, foundations, NGOs, and impact investors; and it will familiarize students with development finance instruments, such as budget aid, grants, loans, and blended finance mechanisms. The Course will also address critical views on aid effectiveness as well as domestic and foreign policies in developed countries that are in conflict with development assistance.

      Requirements for one credit:

      - Two 3-page essays: the first to be submitted on or before October 13, 2021 (15% of final grade); the second to be submitted on or before October 26, 2021 (15% of final grade);

      - One 10-page paper to be submitted on or before December 10, 2021 (40% of final grade);

      - Active participation in class discussions (30% of final grade);

      - There will be no final exam.

      Requirements for a second credit (optional):

      - Online presentation to professor of approx. 25 minutes

      - Topic in the field of Development Finance proposed by student

      - Time of presentation between November 1st and 26th, 2021 (date to be determined by student and professor)

      - Written outline and bibliography of presentation to be submitted to professor no later than three days prior to presentation

      - Grading: pass/fail

      605

      Race and the Law Speakers Series 1
      • JD elective
      • IntlLLM/SJD/EXC elective
      • PIPS elective
      • Spring 21
      • Spring 22
      • Reflective Writing
      • Class participation

      In this speakers series, leading experts and commentators will offer thoughts on pressing questions shaping race relations, including: 1) what would an anti-racist society look like; (2) what should and can be done about the carceral state; and (3) how do we address challenges inherent in concepts like allyship, representation, and intersectionality. Evaluation will consist of class attendance and participation and reflection papers. Participation from a diverse group of students is encouraged. Credit/No credit

      609

      Readings: Introduction to Cyber Law and Policy 1
      • JD elective
      • IntlLLM/SJD/EXC elective
      • IntllLLM IP Cert
      • Fall 18
      • Fall 19
      • Fall 20
      • Reflective Writing
      • Class participation

      This course will provide a brief introduction to the dynamic and rapidly evolving field of cyber law.  The course will be team-taught by multiple instructors over the course of ten weeks, and will consist of three major components:  (1) an overview of today’s threat landscape and the legal frameworks governing approaches to private sector data breaches, cybercrime by state and non-state actors, and cyberwarfare; (2) an exploration of key domestic and international data privacy laws, and the legal and policy issues surrounding the government’s collection of domestic and foreign data; and (3) the impact of emerging technologies on approaches to privacy and cybersecurity, with the financial sector as a case study.  The course will provide students with a foundation for addressing some of the most pressing legal and policy issues facing today’s lawyers, and will also serve as a gateway to more advanced cyber-related courses offered at Duke Law.

      611

      Readings 1
      • JD elective
      • LLM-ICL (JD) elective
      • IntlLLM/SJD/EXC elective
      • PIPS elective
      • Fall 18
      • Spring 19
      • Fall 19
      • Spring 20
      • Fall 20
      • Spring 21
      • Fall 21
      • Reflective Writing
      • Class participation

      This discussion course focuses on readings that explore connections between the law, the practice of law, the legal system, and issues of current societal importance or interest. Each section of the course is expected to have a different specific focus and different readings.

      Readings courses focused on public interest may count towards the Public Interest and Public Service Certificate.

      Review specific section descriptions to see if they can be used towards a specific degree or certificate requirement.

      612AB

      JD-LLM Readings: Current Issues in International and Comparative Law 1
      • LLM-ICL (JD) required
      • Fall 18
      • Spring 19
      • Reflective Writing
      • Class participation

      This one-credit year-long readings class will explore current issues in international and comparative law. Drawing on the expertise of Duke Law School’s international and comparative law faculty, the course will examine topics such as international law and populism, human rights and economic inequalities, and the future of multilateral institutions. This evening class will meet off campus six times throughout the year and will be offered on a credit/no-credit basis. It is open to JD.LLM students only. Response papers will be required. This class will be taught by Profs. Curt Bradley, Brewster, Helfer, Huckerby, Michaels, and Reichman.

      618

      Readings: Introduction to Health Law & Policy – What’s a Needle? and Other Foundational Questions 1
      • JD elective
      • IntlLLM/SJD/EXC elective
      • Fall 18
      • Reflective Writing
      • Class participation

      This course offers a very broad yet brief introduction to the diverse and growing field of health law.  Team taught by six different instructors, this course designed both as a general overview to “everything you wanted to know about health law but were afraid to ask” as well as a gateway to Duke’s other offerings in health law and health policy.

      619

      Readings: Commercial Law and Society in Historical Perspective 1
      • JD elective
      • IntlLLM/SJD/EXC elective
      • Spring 20

      Fraud, mortgage crises, banking regulation, tax evasion – these are bywords of our time but, of course, such concepts and concerns have a long history. Many of the foundations of modern law regarding property and obligation were laid in English courts in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries –a period of remarkable commercial expansion, imperial overreach, and stock market plunges. How did developments in legal procedure and doctrine shape the course of socio-economic change in the modern age? And what kinds of impacts did commercialization and colonization have on English law in an era of expanding empire?

      Readings will explore such questions through study of the development of the Anglo-American law of contract, mortgage, bankruptcy and trust.  Readings will also include works on the history of colonialism, labor law, welfare, and slavery. In examining some exemplary cases and works of historical analysis, we will consider the different social, political, economic and cultural contexts within which seminal legal changes occurred.

      Requirements include class participation and completion of short response papers. 1 credit (graded on a credit/no credit basis). No exam or final paper, however students may, if they wish, receive 2 credits upon successful completion of an additional 15-page paper. Variable Credit.

      619W

      Readings: Commercial Law and Society in Historical Perspective, Add-On Credit 1
      • JD elective
      • IntlLLM/SJD/EXC elective
      • Spring 20
      • Research and/or analytical paper(s), 10-15 pages
      • Add on credit

      Students have the option to complete an additional 15-page paper in Law 619 Readings: Commercial Law and Society in Historical Perspective for an additional credit. *LAW 619W MUST be added no later than 7th week of class.*

      621S

      Externship Seminar 1
      • JD elective
      • IntlLLM/SJD/EXC elective
      • Fall 18
      • Spring 19
      • Fall 19
      • Spring 20
      • Fall 20
      • Spring 21
      • Fall 21
      • Spring 22
      • Reflective Writing
      • Class participation
      • Other

      Experiential education is an essential part of Duke Law School’s innovative curriculum.  The Externship Program is designed to allow a student to receive academic credit for gaining legal experience beyond what is available in the classroom and clinic settings by working under the supervision of a licensed attorney in a governmental, corporate, judicial, or non-profit law office.  In addition to the hours spent working in the externship placement, first-time externs take this one-credit companion class.  This class course applies the innovation principles of design thinking to the problem of designing your life and vocation in and beyond law school.  We'll approach questions such as, “Once I have my law degree, how do I get a life?” “How do I synthesize what I like to do and what I’m good at?” and “What do I want out of life and work after school?”

      Topics we’ll cover include the integration of work and worldview, the realities of engaging the workplace and what can hold you back from realizing your full potential, how to promote your own happiness, and how to set long- and short-term goals for getting the most out of your externship and beyond. This is an experiential course that includes readings, videos, seminar-style discussions, personal written reflections, and individual mentoring/coaching.

      Credit for work in the externship placement (621) will be awarded on a Credit/No Credit basis, while the companion class (621S) is graded in accordance with the Duke Law grading policy for High-Pass / Pass / Low-Pass / Fail classes. 

      This seminar is REQUIRED for all first-time, part-time Externships.

      727

      Current Issues in Constitutional Interpretation 1
      • JD elective
      • Spring 21
      • Research and/or analytical paper(s), 10-15 pages

      This seminar will examine important constitutional issues that have arisen in recent Supreme Court cases and will use those cases as a vehicle for considering broader questions of constitutional interpretation and Supreme Court practice, such as theories of interpretation and the role of stare decisis. Among the issues that may be studied are the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms, the Sixth Amendment rights to counsel and trial by jury, the Eighth Amendment right to be free of cruel and unusual punishment, and the right to petition for a writ of habeas corpus.

      Enrollment for Current Issues in Constitutional Interpretation is limited to 15 students.  Only third-year students are eligible to apply for enrollment, as it is anticipated that students in their final year of law school will be best prepared to engage fully in the course.

      760

      Practitioner's Guide to Employment Law 1
      • JD elective
      • JD experiential
      • IntlLLM/SJD/EXC elective
      • PIPS elective
      • Spring 19
      • Spring 20
      • Spring 21
      • Fall 21
      • Reflective Writing
      • Practical exercises
      • Class participation

      This a practitioner’s skills course. 

      It is designed to introduce students to practitioner skills against a backdrop of some of the main employment law issues that arise on a frequent basis in the American workplace.

      Using a variety of approaches to instruction including mock exercises, outside speakers, writing exercises (such as drafting communications to government agencies or corporate clients), and drawing from current developments in the law, the student will become familiar with basic concepts underlying employment law and, equally importantly, the practice skills involved in delivering legal advice and counsel about the issues presented.

      While the focus will be on representing an employer, students will explore issues from the perspective of the employee and compliance enforcers.  Through this course, students will attain practical familiarity with providing legal advice which can be applied in any business context. 

      775

      Corporate Ethics 1
      • JD elective
      • IntlLLM/SJD/EXC elective
      • IntlLLM Business Cert
      • Fall 18
      • Fall 19
      • Fall 20
      • Fall 21
      • In-class exercise
      • Class participation

      This course is a one-credit seminar taught in two-hour blocks that focuses on the important role played by the corporate ethics office and its relationship with senior management and the board of directors of a corporation to ensure an ethical corporate culture. As we have learned through a series of corporate scandals starting with Enron and continuing through the events that contributed to the financial crisis of 2008, a review of today’s headlines would suggest that work remains to be done in many organizations to maintain an ethical corporate culture. This course will explore some of the critical factors behind the corporate scandals of the past, changes in the regulatory environment that address various aspects of those scandals, and the structure and scope of responsibility of today’s corporate ethics office as necessary to address these challenges. The course is designed to be highly interactive, and a number of in-class exercises will be assigned to assist students in becoming familiar with some of the dynamics faced by the corporate ethics office. The course will not have an exam.

      779

      Well-Being and the Practice of Law 1
      • JD elective
      • IntlLLM/SJD/EXC elective
      • Spring 19
      • Spring 20
      • Spring 21
      • Spring 22

      Optimistic, happy people outperform their counterparts on almost every measure of job success with the notable exception of one group: lawyers. Psychological research suggests that on the whole pessimists perform better in both law school and private practice. Since research also shows that pessimism can be a predictor of depression and/or lower levels of life satisfaction, this raises a question among academics who study well-being: what do we do about the lawyers? Or is the research insufficient to make such sweeping claims?

      This class will examine why the "pursuit of happiness," a phrase written by a lawyer, has proved futile for many members of the legal profession and those aspiring to its ranks.There is considerable data (that predates the current economic crisis) indicating that lawyers and law students suffer from greater rates of depression and anxiety than other professions, along with accompanying social maladies such as substance abuse. There is also considerable evidence of high career dissatisfaction among lawyers, and many others are leaving the profession or performing well below their capability. This seems unfathomable given the high levels of education, affluence, and respect lawyers enjoy (or will enjoy), factors which predict happiness and job satisfaction in other areas of life.
      This class will present the research to date on lawyers and happiness. We will examine the scientific data and academic literature on lawyer maladies, while examining holes in the collective wisdom and why the majority of lawyers are quite content. While acknowledging the very real problems of the profession, we will address the question many lawyers and law professors legitimately ask – so what: who said lawyers are supposed to be happy? We will then review simple actions law schools, bar associations, law firms, and individuals can take to improve the collective health of the profession, as well as the productivity and engagement of its individual practitioners. In the course of so doing, will learn the basic well-being measurement tools and practice interventions shown to increase individual happiness. This is a serious course grounded in the latest science; while there will be fairly intensive reading and writing requirements, they will be within the bounds of a one-credit hour course, and should add to the overall well-being of each student.

      825

      Practice and Strategic Development of International Transactions: Investment in Latin America 1
      • IntlLLM Business Cert
      • IntlLLM/SJD/EXC elective
      • Wintersession

      This course explores the fundamental issues, strategic considerations, and principles inherent in transnational business transactions in Latin America and the role of the international attorney in structuring and implementing such transactions. Class time is devoted to a case study of a merger and acquisition transaction involving the purchase of a Brazilian entity by a US multinational corporation. The process of constructing an "international deal" is analyzed step by step, exploring all phases of the venture. Focus is given to recognizing and anticipating potential areas of conflict and evaluating the appropriate and legally viable measures available to address these issues.

      Course Credits

      Semester

      JD Course of Study

      JD/LLM in International & Comparative Law

      JD/LLM in Law & Entrepreneurship

      International LLM - 1 year

      Certificate in Public interest and Public Service Law

      Areas of Study & Practice