Fall 2003

o =Courses that satisfy the ethics requirement (See Table of Contents to find list of ethics courses)
=Courses that are part of the curriculum for the LL.M. in IP & Technology Law degree
These courses are also open to JD students, unless otherwise noted in course description.

IP Administrative Law
W74 530A SEC 01
(3 hours)
MON TUE THU 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Ronald Levin
Administrative Law is the "Civil Procedure" of the regulatory process. The course deals with laws governing administrative agencies at both the federal and state levels. We examine the procedural mechanisms that agencies use as they draft regulations, disburse welfare benefits, grant licenses, and pursue violators of regulatory statutes. We also study the procedural rights agencies must afford to private parties, and the ways in which administrative officials are supervised by Congress, the White House, and especially the courts. Although the course does not examine in detail the substantive laws administered by the NLRB, EPA, HHS, FCC, etc., it provides the background needed to understand the operations of these and other agencies. Regular attendance and preparation are expected, and sanctions may be imposed upon egregious offenders. Course grade will be based on a timed exam.

IP Antitrust
W74 611C sec 01
(3 hours)
MON TUE THU 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
John Drobak
Antitrust teaches the legal principles that are used in an attempt to make the market system work. The course will focus on monopoly and competition, the role that competition plays in society and the ways in which courts and agencies have applied the antitrust laws to further competitive goals. To put antitrust in perspective, the course will emphasize historical development, economic theories and enforcement trends. The substantive law taught in the course will cover horizontal restraints among competitors, vertical restraints between manufacturers and dealers, monopolization and mergers. Economic principles will be examined in the course under the assumption that the students have not studied economics prior to taking the course. Attendance and preparation are expected. There will be a three hour essay examination.

W74 645B sec 01
(3 hours)
MON TUE THU 7:40-9:00 AM
Hon. Barry Schermer
[Due to Judge Schermer's schedule, what appears to be extra meeting time (three 1 hr & 20 minute classes per week) is to make up for the one week per month that he will not hold class. Thus, in most weeks, class will meet on all three days. The exact weeks when the class will not meet are TBA.]
After a brief overview of state debtor-creditor law, this course will cover federal bankruptcy law. The majority of class time will be spent working through casebook problems that require an application of Bankruptcy Code provisions to particular fact situations. The course will begin with coverage of individual bankruptcies and then move on to the special issues associated with business bankruptcies. Attendance, participation and preparation will all be required. Some classes may be re-scheduled to be held at the same time on Tuesdays, Thursdays, or Fridays. There will be a three hour examination.

IP Biodiversity, Biotechnology & the Protection of Knowledge (Readings Course) W74 544B sec 01
(3 hours)
TUE THU 3:00-4:30 PM
Charles McManis
[This course satisfies the LL.M. in Intellectual Property & Technology Law seminar requirement.]
This course will examine the interface between international intellectual property and environmental protection, and will focus in particular on the impact of biotechnology on biological diversity, and the preservation, protection, and sustainable use of genetic resources and traditional knowledge of indigenous and local communities concerning such resources and their sustainable use. The assigned readings for the course will include papers from the conference of the same name that took place in April 2003, other writings by the conference participants, and additional background reading. Depending on the size of the class, all or part of the work requirement for the course may consist of one or more outside writing assignment and/or one or more presentation in class. A final examination may or may not be given, depending, once again, on the size of the class and the number of outside writing assignments and presentations assigned. The amount of reading for the course will be substantial, but no technical background is necessary. Regular class attendance and participation will be required.

Children & the Law
W74 603C sec 01
(3 hours)
TUE THU 4:30-6:00 PM
Laura Rosenbury
This course will examine the competing interests of children, parents and the state, and the law's attempts to mediate those interests. Topics to be covered include general approaches to childrearing and family privacy; parent-child conflict, including child abuse and neglect; juvenile misconduct and the juvenile justice system; and children's claims to autonomy with respect to speech, religion, medical care and sex. The course will not cover adoption, reproductive technologies, or custody and support issues arising from divorce, as those topics are covered in the course on family law. Grades will be based on a take-home final examination.

Commercial Law
W74 702D sec 01
(3 hours)
MON TUE THU 9:00-10:00 AM
Daniel Keating
This course is designed to familiarize students with some aspects of the law relating to payments and secured transactions. The majority of class time will be spent working through casebook problems that require an application of Uniform Commercial Code provisions to particular fact situations. Articles 3, 4, and 9 of the Uniform Commercial Code will be the principal focus of the course, with the three hours allocated approximately half to Articles 3 and 4, which govern payments, and approximately half to Article 9, which governs secured transactions. Attendance, participation and preparation will all be required. There will be a three-hour examination.

Comparative Law: Europe, Latin America, & East Asia
W74 535D sec 01
(4 hours)
MON TUE THU 8:50-10:00 AM
John Haley
An introduction to the principal legal systems of continental Europe, Latin America, and East Asia with particular emphasis on the histricial development of the Civil Law Tradtion. This four credit hour course covers the origins of the ius commune in Europe and the reception of Western law in non-Western societies, as well as the basic contrasts between civil and common-law jurisdictions and among civil law jurisdictions. Students have the opportunity to select a particular country of interest and examine its legal system in greater detail.

Conflict of Laws
W74 536 sec 01
(3 hours)
WED FRI 9:30-11:00 AM
Susan Appleton
This course examines the legal problems that arise from occurrences transcending state or national boundaries: choice of applicable law, constitutional limitations thereon, jurisdiction of courts, recognition of foreign judgments and an analysis of these problems in the specific context of divorce and selected international settings. The course will emphasize conflicts among the American states. Conflict of Laws provides an excellent review of a number of substantive courses as well as Civil Procedure because the cases examined in Conflict of Laws cover a variety of different substantive topics including, for example, torts, contracts, property, insurance, and family law. Much of the analysis in the course is necessarily policy-oriented, and few black-letter rules exist. Although many state bar examinations include Conflict of Laws, I suggest you not enroll in this course if your only interest in the subject is preparing for such examinations. The exposure to Conflicts necessary to pass those tests is generally provided in the standard bar review courses. On the other hand, every practicing attorney regularly confronts conflicts issues. The material this course covers, therefore, has considerable practical value, and I recommend Conflicts for anyone intending to practice law. Regular class attendance and participation are required. NOTE: As of now, this course is not scheduled to be offered in 2004-2005, so interested students should plan to take it during Fall, 2003.

Constitutional Law II (see Individual Rights & the Constitution, Fall 2003 and Spring 2004)

Constitutional Law III (see Religion & the Constitution, Fall 2003; Speech, Press & the Constitution, Spring 2004)

Corporate and White Collar Crime
W74 642 sec 01
(3 hours)
MON TUE THU 10:00-11:00 AM
Kathleen Brickey
White collar crime is one of the fastest growing areas of specialization in the legal profession. The collapse of the savings and loan industry, rampant fraud in the nation’s financial markets, and systemic corruption in the health care industry contributed to a dramatic increase in federal white collar crime prosecutions over the past two decades. The recent financial accounting scandals at Enron, WorldCom, and other publicly held companies have greatly intensified regulatory scrutiny of corporate officers and employees and led to a heightened level of criminal enforcement against them. The focus of this course is on the principal federal statutes used to prosecute corporate and white collar crime. Although the primary emphasis will be on traditional white collar offenses like mail and wire fraud, insider trading, perjury, obstruction of justice, and bribery, students will study more recent entries into the field such as RICO, money laundering, and laws enacted to combat government contract fraud as well. The course will also consider the impact of the criminal provisions in the newly enacted corporate governance reform bill, the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002. And, time permitting, the course will provide an introductory look at the Federal Sentencing Guidelines. Regular class attendance and preparation are required.

W74 538N sec 01
(3 hours)
WED FRI 9:30-11:00 AM
Troy Paredes
This course is a survey of the law of business associations, emphasizing issues and problems relating to control, management and financing. The course will cover publicly and closely held corporations, the organization of business associations, the distribution of power and control between management and shareholders, with focus on the fiduciary duties of directors and officers, corporate control transactions (mergers, acquisitions, tender offers, etc.), and the effects of federal securities laws. Because the key problem for corporate law is one of agency relations - how to align management's incentives with shareholders' interests - the course will also consider how legal rules, markets, and institutional arrangements mitigate, or magnify, the agency problem. There will be a final examination.

Criminal Justice Administration II (CJAII)
W74 580A sec 01
(3 hours)
MON TUE THU 12:00-1:00 PM
Katherine Goldwasser
Study of the law governing the processing of a criminal case once formal charges are brought, with heavy emphasis on federal constitutional issues. Topics to be examined include bail, prosecutorial charging discretion, discovery, double jeopardy, guilty pleas, and the accused's trial-related (jury, confrontation, and compulsory process) rights. Criminal Justice Admin. I is not a prerequisite for this course.

Critical Jurisprudence: Intro to Critical Legal Studies, Feminist Jurisprudence & Critical Race Theory
W74 649B sec 01
(3 hours)
TUE THU 3:00-4:30 PM
Barbara Flagg
(Formerly called Nontraditional Perspectives.) This course is an introduction to three significant, emerging strands of non-mainstream legal analysis. The class will examine selected common law and constitutional doctrines and policies as analyzed, criticized, and/or reconstructed by legal scholars for whom issues of class, gender, and race are central. Covered topics will include, for example, a critical deconstruction of contract doctrines such as duress and unconscionability; a feminist analysis of the law of rape; and a black scholar's critique of anti-discrimination law. The emphasis will be on normative, rather than descriptive, analyses of existing law. The course will address nontraditional approaches to legal theory, primarily in the context of specific legal rules or policies. The assigned readings will be selected law review articles; assignments will be substantial. Attendance and participation are required. Grades will be based on three 5 page written assignments, each corresponding to one of the three segments of the course and due 1-2 weeks after completion of that segment. In addition, high quality class participation may enhance one's final grade. There will be no final examination.

Environmental Law
W74 614B sec 01
(3 hours)
WED 12:00-1:30 PM and FRI 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Maxine Lipeles
This course surveys environmental law, focusing on the five principal federal environmental laws -- the Clean Water Act, Clean Air Act, Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (popularly referred to as "Superfund"), and National Environmental Policy Act. Different approaches to environmental regulation will be considered and evaluated. Regular attendance and preparation are expected. Grade is based on a written examination.

Estate & Gift Taxation
W74 629G sec 01
(2 hours)
MON TUE 2:00-3:00 PM
Nancy Staudt
This two credit hour course involves an intensive study of the federal wealth transfer tax system, including the estate tax, the gift tax, and the generation-skipping transfer tax. The relationship between these three donative transfer taxes, and between the transfer taxes and the income tax, will be emphasized. The policy underpinnings of wealth transfer taxation, and the reasons for the recent erosion in its political support, will be explored. In particular, we will examine the recent changes in the law and the implications of the (potential) complete repeal of tax for estate tax planning purposes. The course will be taught from a casebook and a statutory pamphlet, by a combination of the case and problem methods. Neither Trusts & Estates nor Federal Income Taxation is a prerequisite for this course; essential background information will be provided as needed. Attendance and participation are required and sanctions will be imposed on serious offenders. The course grade will be based predominately on a final examination, which may be a take-home exam.

(3 hours)
W74 547B sec 01 - MON TUE THU 10:00-11:00 AM
W74 547B sec 02 - MON TUE THU 1:00-2:00 PM
Richard Kuhns
Analytical study of the principles and rules governing the proof of facts in civil and criminal trials. In addition to examining the Federal Rules of Evidence and their common law counterparts, the course will address broad issues such as what it means to "prove" or to "know" something, the allocation of decision making between judge and jury, the objectives of adjudication, and the relationship between those objectives and rules of evidence.

Federal Income Tax
W74 549G sec 01
(4 hours)
MON TUE THU 8:50-10:00 AM
Peter Wiedenbeck
This four credit hour course is a survey of the federal income taxation of individuals, with consideration of the nature of income, when and to whom income is taxable, exclusions from the tax base, deductions, credits and the tax consequences of property ownership and disposition. The instructor emphasizes tax policy and statutory interpretation. The course will be taught from a casebook and a statutory pamphlet, by a combination of the case and problem methods. Students will work extensively with the Internal Revenue Code. Attendance and preparation are required and sanctions will be imposed on serious offenders. The course grade will be based predominately on a timed final examination. Additional course information is posted on the web at http://law.wustl.edu/Academics/Faculty/Wiedenbeck

Health Law & Regulation
W74 554B sec 01
(3 hours)
WED FRI 9:30-11:00 AM
Ted Ruger
This course will provide an introduction to the legal and policy framework relating to the provision and financing of health care in the United States. Topics to be covered include medical malpractice law, federal and state regulation of health care providers, insurers, and drug companies, and the public provision of health care. Special focus will be given to the issues presented by the rise of "corporate" medicine (e.g., HMOs), the growing importance of prescription drugs and the role the Federal Food and Drug Administration plays in regulating drug companies, and recent proposals and legislative efforts to increase access to health care for all Americans. The final grade will be based on a final exam; however, if total enrollment in the course does not exceed fifty students, students will have the option to write a paper in the area of health law that will constitute 40% of the course grade.

Individual Rights & the Constitution (formerly Con Law II)
W74 609F sec 01
(3 hours)
MON TUE THU 12:00-1:00 PM
Bruce La Pierre
This course addresses judicial interpretation and enforcement of the Civil War Amendments. Topics include substantive and procedural due process, equal protection, "state action," and Congress' power to enforce, interpret and expand the protection of these amendments. There will be a timed final exam. (Students who have taken Con Law II are not eligible to take this course.)

W74 552 sec 01
(3 hours)
MON TUE THU 1:00-2:00 PM
Neil Bernstein
Study of the principles that distinguish "insurance law" from conventional contract law, state regulation of the business of insurance and the basic tenets of property, life, health and liability insurance. Three-hour multiple choice examination.

IP International Law
W74 553A sec 01
(3 hours)
TUE THU 3:00-4:30 PM
Peter Mutharika
An introduction to rules that govern relations among states as well as relations between states and other entities. A critical examination of the theories that underlie these rules and the institutions within which such rules have evolved will be made. Particular attention will be given to the relevance of such rules and institutions to contemporary international problems. Attendance and preparation are required. There will be a regular open book examination at the end of the course.

Labor Law
W74 557B sec 01
(3 hours)
MON TUE THU 10:00-11:00 AM
Neil Bernstein
An examination of the principal provisions of the National Labor Relations Act: Structure of the National Labor Relations Board, Organizing, Concerted Activities, Recognition, Picketing, Bargaining and Enforcement of Collective Bargaining Agreements. Three hour multiple choice examination.

Є Lawyers and Justice: Ethics in Public Lawyering
W74-562A sec 01
(3 hours)
WED 12:00-1:30 PM and FRI 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Tomiko Brown-Nagin
[This course is part of the ethics curriculum; it is considered a survey course. Students may not take more than one survey course for credit toward their degree. Other survey courses offered in 2002-2003 and/or this academic year are: Legal Profession, Legal Ethics in Film, Practical Ethics for Civil Litigation, and Litigation Ethics]

This course focuses on the legal and ethical responsibilities of two categories of lawyers: those involved in "impact" or class-action litigation who affirmatively seek to alter social and/or economic relations through law; and those who indirectly affect the public’s interest by virtue of their clients’ involvement in regulated industries. The course uses readings employing a socio-historical methodology to explore fundamental questions in public lawyering such as: Who is the client in class-action litigation? Whose conception of justice controls or should control decision making in public lawyering? How should inadequate representation be defined in the public law context? How should conflicts of interest between lawyers and clients and among clients be resolved in impact litigation? What normative judgments about public lawyering are embodied in the model professional rules governing lawyer conduct? Do the model rules provide equally effective guidance for lawyers practicing in the public and private law contexts? Under what circumstances should a lawyer serving a private client consider the public impact of her legal advocacy? How might values not specifically mandated in the rules, such as corporate social responsibility, figure into a practitioner’s conception of just lawyering? Students enrolled in this course are expected not only to master the formal rules governing the lawyer/client relationship, but also to think critically about law and morality. Take-home examination.

Є Legal Profession
W74 563K sec 01
(3 hours)
WED 3:00 - 6:00 PM
[This course is part of the ethics curriculum; it is considered a survey course. Students may not take more than one survey course for credit toward their degree. Other survey courses offered in 2002-2003 and/or this academic year are: Lawyers & Justice, Legal Ethics in Film, Practical Ethics for Civil Litigation, and Litigation Ethics]

A study of the law and institutions which govern the lawyer in our society, with emphasis on the various roles of the lawyer in the legislative, judicial administrative and private legal processes. We will examine the rules which govern lawyers' behavior: the ABA Model Rules, case law, the Constitution, etc. with particular focus on whose interests are protected by the rules. We will also watch clips from television shows and movies which involve lawyers' ethics. The class will discuss practical problems about how lawyers can avoid potential legal ethics pitfalls. The grade will be based on two components: (1) a paper which will be based on an analysis of the legal ethics issues in a novel to be assigned; and (2) a multiple choice final.

W74 601 sec 01
(3 hours)
MON TUE THU 2:00-3:00 PM
Ronald Levin
In most law school courses, judge-made law is the center of attention. In real-world settings, however, lawyers frequently find themselves spending more time working with statutes than with case law. In order to equip students to survive in our so-called "age of statutes," this course attempts to shed light on legislation and the processes that give rise to it. The first half of the course will examine legal rules that govern the legislature, including such topics as lobbying regulation, campaign finance regulation, bribery statutes, ethics rules, open meetings laws, the line-item veto, and judicial review of legislative decision making procedure. The second half of the semester will be a more straightforward doctrinal unit, examining the ways in which legislation is implemented in the courts. The primary focus will be on principles of statutory construction. Students will acquire a working knowledge of the uses and abuses of canons of construction, legislative history materials, and other tools that lawyers and judges employ as they try to make sense of legislation. Regular attendance and preparation will be expected, and sanctions may be imposed on egregious offenders. The course grade will be based on a timed exam.

Є Litigation Ethics
W74 561A sec 01
(2 hours)
TUE 6:00-8:00 PM
Enrollment Limit: 50
Miriam Miquelon
[This course is part of the ethics curriculum; it is considered a survey course. Students may not take more than one survey course for credit toward their degree. Other survey courses offered in 2002-2003 and this academic year are: Legal Profession, Legal Ethics in Film, Practical Ethics for Civil Litigation and Lawyers & Justice]

This two credit hour course will emphasize the practical application of ethics principles to common real-world practice scenarios. Designed to be a primer on ethical conduct in the courtroom, the course will examine topics in both the civil and criminal spheres of practice. The final exam will be a paper approximately 7-10 pages in length. Regular attendance and preparation will be required. NOTE: Meaningful discussion of the application of ethical principles in the context of various practice paradigms is impossible without a thorough understanding of the substantive and procedural law in which the paradigms manifest themselves. Accordingly, there will be some emphasis on synthesizing legal principles learned from prior course work, especially in criminal law, tort law, and the procedure courses. The goal is to integrate the application of ethics guidelines to legal principles in a way that in effect presents the guidelines as a "gloss" on the legal principles.

Products Liability
W74 624D sec 01
(3 hours)
MON TUE THU 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Dan Ellis
This course explores the liability of manufacturers, distributors, and sellers of products for injuries arising out of alleged defects in the products’ design or manufacture, or inadequate instructions or warnings concerning their use. The course also considers the liability of manufacturers, etc., for such injuries where the products were manufactured or sold or the injuries occurred outside the United States. Particular attention will be directed to the Restatement (3d) of the Law of Torts: Products Liability (1997); to the implementation of the 1985 European Communities Directive on the Approximation of Member States’ Laws Concerning Liability for Defective Products; and to the laws of selected other industrialized nations. Class attendance will be required and participation expected. There will be an exam scheduled during the regular examination period.

Race Relations Law
W74 608A sec 01
(3 hours)
TUE THU 4:30-6:00 PM
Christopher Bracey
This course explores the intersection of race relations and legal institutions in the United States. It focuses both on the transhistorical continuity of certain understandings of race, and on the evolution of others. In the first half of the course, we consider the theoretical and doctrinal principles that underlie historical issues such as Indian Nation sovereignty, slavery and Reconstruction, and the civil rights era. In addition, we will consider early "legal" definitions of race in American law, and explore the role of race in citizenship, naturalization, and immigration law and policy. For the remainder of the course, we explore competing conceptual models of the American racial legal order, and examine current jurisprudence on racial issues that arise within the context of employment, education, housing, intimate association, the distribution of electoral power, and/or the administration of criminal justice.

Religion & the Constitution
W74 724C sec 01
(2 hours)
FRI 1:00-3:00 PM
Ted Ruger
This two credit hour course will examine the law, history, and theory of the two religion clauses of the First Amendment: the Establishment Clause and the Free Exercise Clause. Readings will include legal opinions, scholarly articles, and primary historical sources. Grades will be based on a final exam, a short paper, and regular class participation and attendance.[Subject to faculty approval. Assume course is approved unless you receive notification by email to the contrary by Noon on Wednesday, March 26 2003.]

Securities Regulation
W74 569C sec 01
(3 hours)
MON TUE 1:30-3:00 PM
Joel Seligman
The primary focus of this course will be the regulation of capital formation under the Securities Act of 1933. Also included will be a comparison of anti-fraud provisions in various federal statutes, as they reflect the federal regulation of corporate transactions. This is a statutory course that emphasizes the wording of the law, the regulations promulgated by the Securities and Exchange Commission, and court interpretations of both. Case law is less important than in most traditional law school courses. An additional focus is the inter-relationship of the two primary federal securities statutes and the SEC's attempt to integrate securities regulation into a coherent regulatory system. A set of problems will be the focus of a significant part of class discussion. Regular attendance and participation are expected. Course grade will be determined by a timed exam with objective and essay components. Pre or Co-requisite: Corporations.

Social Scientific Research For Lawyers
W74 551A sec 01
(3 hours)
WED 3:00-5:00 PM
Enrollment Limit: 32
Lee Epstein
The purpose of this course is to provide law students with the ability to conduct and evaluate empirical social science research. By "empirical social science research" I mean scholarship that is based on a five-stage model: (1) asking questions, (2) invoking theory and hypothesizing, (3) developing measures, (4) collecting and analyzing data, and (5) reaching conclusions. Underlying this model is the following notion: Empirical research does stop with institutions or theories; it attempts to determine whether observations from the real world coincide with those institutions or theories.

State and Local Government
W74 617 sec 01
(3 hours)
TUE THU 3:00-4:30 PM
Daniel Mandelker
The purpose of this course is to provide an understanding of the role and function of state and local governments in a federal system. Lawyers in private practice frequently must consider state and local government law issues as well as lawyers who work for government agencies. For example, it is estimated that one out of every eight tort suits is brought against a local government. Topics covered include annexation and incorporation; government structure and powers; taxation and finance; tort, section 1983 and antitrust liability; special legislation and delegation of legislative power; and the role of the chief executive and the courts in policy making. A final chapter covers suits against local government through use of the extraordinary writs. There is a web site for the course, which is accessed in class, and which contains supplementary materials. Class participation and attendance are required subject to excuse. One unexcused absence is permitted. There is an twenty-four hour, take-home, open book examination

IP Theory of Property Rights
W74 699A sec 01
(3 hours)
TUE THU 1:00-2:30 PM
Enrollment limit: ~ 25 law students & 25 economics students
John Drobak / Douglass North
This course is cross-listed in the Economics Department. This law and economics course focuses on how the law affects the course of economic growth. It is jointly taught by Professor John Drobak of the law faculty and Professor Douglass C. North of the economics faculty. The enrollment is made up of both law and economics students. The course will begin with two weeks of introduction to economic theory and history. That will be followed by study of the law and economics of Ronald Coase's pathbreaking article "The Problem of Social Cost." The course will then examine the historical development of the law merchant and its incorporation into modern commercial law. The course will also examine the law and economics of the limits imposed on government regulation by the takings clause of the fifth amendment, followed by the study of the law and economics of rent control. Other subjects studied in the course will include some or all of the following: slavery and labor contracts, cognition and contract law, airline deregulation, telecommunication regulation and environmental law. There will be an hour and a half mid-term exam, an hour and a half final examination, and an 8-12 page term paper. Attendance and preparation are expected. Some classes will be taught primarily by lecture, but most classes will entail typical classroom discussion. There is no economic prerequisite for law students, although it would be helpful for law students to have taken one course in price theory or micro-economics. If law students have not, it will require some additional work to understand some of the economic instruction in the course.

Trusts & Estates
W74 575N sec 01
(3 hours)
MON TUE THU 10:00 - 11:00 AM
Laura Rosenbury
This course will examine the basic legal doctrines and rules applicable to transfer of decedents' wealth by intestate succession, will, and trust. Topics to be addressed include the state's control of inheritance; intestate succession; will execution, revocation, and construction; family protection and the protection of non-traditional families and relationships; private express and charitable trusts; and fiduciary administration. The course will not cover future interests, estate planning, or estate and gift taxation since separate, specialized classes and seminars are offered on each of these important topics. Grades will be based on a three-hour open book final examination.

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