Office of the Law School Registrar
Course Directory

Spring 2001

Registration: Students interested in taking a seminar should complete a preregistration form and return it to the Registrar's office by Thursday, April 13, 2000 (or after pre-registration, submit a note to the Registrar's Office). Enrollment confirmation notices will be distributed to students who get into a seminar. Students who do not receive an enrollment confirmation should assume that their names are on the appropriate waitlist(s) and will be notified if a spot becomes available. 
Limitations on withdrawal from seminars: Students wishing to drop a seminar after the seminar has had its first meeting must obtain permission from the instructor to withdraw from the seminar. Note that it may be difficult to obtain instructor permission to withdraw from any oversubscribed seminar after the time has passed during which the instructor will permit another student to enroll. 
The research and writing requirement: All students are required to receive credit in one Seminar. (Supervised Research does not fulfill the research and writing requirement.) Students are encouraged to read the course descriptions carefully for details about the seminar, such as the structure (in terms of how often it meets as a group or in individual sessions with the faculty member) and other requirements.

  Kimberly Norwood
W76-707S sec 01 (3 hrs)  
MON 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. (This seminar may not meet as a group on a regular basis.) 
Enrollment limit: 16
In this seminar students will explore a variety of legal issues pertaining to civil litigation including primarily procedural and advocacy-related topics that arise in the civil litigation process. A list of possible topics will be provided although, with consultation with the Professor, students will have great autonomy in choosing their topics. Once a topic has been chosen, students will be expected to turn in an outline, a preliminary draft, and a final draft of the seminar paper. There will be a few classes towards the end of the semester when the group will come together as a whole to listen to the topics worked on by others in the group during the semester.

  Arti Rai
W76-710S sec 01 (3 hrs)  
FRI 7:30 - 9:30 a.m. 
Enrollment limit: 16
This seminar will examine the legal and economic structure of the biotechnology industry, specifically that portion of the industry that is involved in the development of pharmaceuticals. Topics of examination will include: the role of basic research, the legal and economic relationships between universities and industry, the structure of the patent system, and the regulatory process for drug approval. The writing requirement for the seminar will be a paper of at least 30 pages. Student paper topics will be discussed in seminar meetings; in addition, the instructor will provide feedback on an outline and rough draft of each student paper.  It is highly recommended that students enrolled in this seminar be concurrently enrolled in Patent & Trade Secret Law or have other course work or background in patent law. Those who don't will be at a marked disadvantage.

Clark Cunningham
W76-709S sec 01 (3 hrs)  
WED 7:30 - 9:30 a.m.
Enrollment limit: 16
This course seminar will compare two countries whose constitutional law has striking similarities: the United States and the world's largest democracy, India. A central theme will be judicial power: during the past twenty years the U.S. Supreme Court has been curtailing judicial activism, while at the same time India's Supreme Court has been dramatically expanding its role in enforcing fundamental human rights. We will specifically look at the right to liberty and due process and compare how the two countries have approached the issue of affirmative action. (Affirmative action for the former untouchables and other low castes is explicitly permitted by the Indian constitution.) The seminar will meet weekly for at least the first half of the semester with assigned readings from both U.S. and Indian materials. A final paper (minimum 25 pages) is required with a mandatory first draft that will be returned with comments. Students will be expected to do independent research for the final paper; all materials relating to the Indian legal system are in English. Individual instructor-student conferences on paper topic selection and the first draft may take place at the initiative of either student or instructor. Failure to prepare and attend class regularly may result in required withdrawal from the course. The course grade will be based on the first draft, final paper, class presentations and class participation.


Sanford Neuman / Guy Schmitz
W77-715B sec 01 (3 hrs)  
MON and FRI 8:00A.M. - 9:30A.M.
This class/seminar is designed to provide an analysis of the application of the federal income tax corporate provisions, other than the reorganization provisions, to corporations, providing an advanced analysis of many of the topics first discussed in the basic corporate/business tax course. This course covers a corporation from inception (choice of either Subchapter C or Subchapter S; tax consequences of transferring assets to a corporation) through a corporation's life (taxation of distributions, personal holding companies, accumulated earnings tax) to the corporation's liquidation (and the tax consequences of such liquidation).

Stephen Legomsky
W76-690S sec 01 (3 hrs)  
MON 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. (This seminar may not meet as a group on a regular basis.) 
Enrollment limit: 16
In this writing seminar, each student will explore in depth, in a scholarly paper comparable in scope and quality to a law review note, a legal problem related to the course title. The general subject matter encompasses all of immigration law (see course description for that subject) plus all other areas of the law that implicate aliens' rights and obligations; issues concerning the citizenship laws of the United States or other nations; and issues raised by either conventional or customary international human rights law. Examples of paper topics include aliens' eligibility for welfare benefits, entry into selected professions, government employment, voting and other political activity, land ownership, access to the courts, to public schools, and to other public services, and aliens' susceptibility to conscription. The instructor will provide a list of specific suggestions for papers, but students will be free to write on other suitable topics within the subject matter of the course after receiving approval from the instructor. Each paper will progress from topic selection to a detailed writing outline, to at least two drafts. We shall meet formally as a group at the start of the semester and later on as the need arises. Individual conferences also will be mandatory. Apart from the required meetings, students will consult with the instructor throughout the semester. There are no pre or co-requisites.


Dorsey Ellis
W76-702S sec 01 (3 hrs)  
MON 3:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Enrollment limit: 16
Explores the international reach of American antitrust laws, the application of antitrust principles by the European Union and other nations, and institutions that facilitate or impede cooperation among nations in enforcing competition law principles. This is a course seminar that will meet for one two-hour session for a minimum of ten weeks (which may not be consecutive) during the semester. Students must write and present to the seminar a substantial (20-30 pages) research paper on a subject approved by the instructor that falls within the scope of the seminar. A minimum of one draft and a rewrite will be required. The instructor will provide written and/or oral comments on the draft. The purposes of the paper requirement are to assist students in improving their writing skills, to expand their familiarity with research sources and methods, and to acquaint them with a body of law relating to the subject matter of the seminar. Grades will be based primarily upon the papers, but class participation will be taken into account. There will be an attendance policy. (For more detailed information see the website for the seminar, <>).

Peter Mutharika
W76-612S sec 01 (3 hrs)  
MON 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. (This seminar may not meet as a group on a regular basis.) 
Enrollment limit: 16
Introduction to current legal relationships between foreign investors and entities (both governmental and nongovernmental) in the investee estate and examination of the legal factors that influence an investment decision and how investment agreements are structured. Among the topics to be considered are U.S. and foreign investment laws and regulations, investment restrictions and incentives, currency controls, licensing, joint business ventures, expropriation and compensation, settlement of investment disputes, transnational corporations, and codes of conduct. Students will be required to write a paper of publishable quality. There will be one group meeting at the beginning of the semester. After that, I will hold individual conferences at various intervals to discuss topic selection, abstract and outline, and partial draft.

Leila Sadat
W76-708S sec 01               COURSE CANCELED

David Becker
W76-607S sec. 01

(3 hrs)
See website (below) for details on meetings.
Enrollment limit: 16
This seminar is devoted to supervised research and writing within the general area of Landlord-Tenant Law. A major writing project is required. The principal component of this project is a seminar paper of publishable quality. Additionally, several memoranda and conferences are required prior to and towards preparation of this paper. The final component to the seminar is a revision of the paper made in light of the instructor's comments. This seminar has no prerequisite other than the first year course on Property. Topic selections are made by the student with approval of the instructor. There are no required classes. Instruction is conducted by individual conference. Although this is listed as a spring semester seminar, a meeting of those enrolled in the seminar will be held during the fall semester. Additionally, topic selection and significant research will be required before the spring semester commences. For a fuller treatment of the statement of policies, deadlines & assignments, see the Spring 2001 course information website (

Kathleen Clark
W78-627S sec 01

(3 hrs)

WED 3:00 - 5:00 (This seminar may not meet as a group on a regular basis)
Enrollment limit: 16

This course is a part of the Ethics Curriculum. Students in this course will write a research paper of publishable quality in the field of legal ethics and will work in teams as ethics counselors to one or more of the law school's legal clinics, doing research and writing memoranda and other documents for the use of the clinics. Students will meet individually with the instructor to discuss the progress of their research, and will need to turn in a research proposal, an outline, a preliminary draft as well as the final paper. There are no prerequisites for this course.

Daniel Keating / Lloyd Palans / Hon. Barry Schermer
W76-646S sec 01               (3 hrs)
MON 3:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Enrollment limit: 24
This course will be taught jointly by Professor Keating, United States Bankruptcy Judge Barry Schermer and Lloyd Palans of Bryan Cave. The primary focus of the class will be reorganizations under Chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code. Using a single hypothetical reorganization as a backdrop, the instructors will take students through the various stages of a Chapter 11 case, from the initial filing with the bankruptcy court to confirmation of a plan of reorganization. The class will meet once each week during the semester for two hours each session. The pedagogical objectives of the class include improving the students' persuasive writing, their knowledge of Chapter 11 bankruptcy law, and their ability to think on their feet. Students' grades will be determined by their performance on two 8-page written assignments (both of which will require a re-write by the students after receiving written feedback from the instructors) and by their participation in class discussion. Attendance and preparation are both required. Students who have not taken the basic Bankruptcy course may enroll, but they will be at a marked disadvantage to those students who have.