Office of the Law School Registrar
Course Directory

GENERAL UPPER-LEVEL COURSES
Spring 2003
 


updated 10/30/02

IP

= Courses which are part of the curriculum for the LL.M. in IP & Technology Law degree

E

= Courses which satisfy the ethics requirement


IP

Administrative Law

Ronald Levin

W74 530A SEC 01 (3 hours)        MON TUE THU 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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.

American Legal History

David Konig

W74 698B SEC 01            (3 hours)        MON TUE THU 2:00 - 3:00 PM

A survey of the development of law and legal institutions in American History, examining continuity and change in the English common law tradition under the impact of social, economic, and political forces. Coverage will be comprehensive, but will emphasize the way that the law has responded to those factors by redefining the status and rights of individuals and has conferred protections or limits on the institutions they created. Among the topics covered will be: property (in objects and in persons, including slavery), the family, crime and punishment (including the regulation of religion, sexuality, and reproduction), and the competition of various legal institutions to control the course of change. We will also examine how and why "law on the books" has differed from "law in action" in the American experience.

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Biotechnology and Biodiversity (Readings Course)

Chuck McManis

W74 544B SEC 01                             TUE THU 3:00 - 4:30 PM (3 hours)

This course will examine the interface between international intellectual property and environmental protection, and will focus in particular on the preservation and protection of genetic resources and inventions as well as the preservation and protection of traditional knowledge of indigenous communities concerning those resources and inventions.

Business Acquisitions

Joseph Lehrer

W74 540B SEC 01              (3 hours)               MON TUE 5:00 - 6:30 PM Enrollment limit: 50

This three credit hour course will be a highly practical approach to acquisitive business transactions. Emphasis will be placed on the role of the business attorney as a facilitator for the transaction, and the premise of the course is that the business attorney should enhance the value of the transaction for the business client. The Course emphasizes the multiple skills and disciplines utilized by the attorney engaged in an acquisition transaction. In that regard, we will analyze the financial, business, tax and legal issues involved in the negotiation, structuring and documentation of a business acquisition. The Course begins with an analysis of the motivations of the buyer and seller, with a brief explanation of the principles used in determining and structuring the purchase price for a business. The Course continues with an analysis of the various transaction structures used in business acquisitions and an in depth analysis of the negotiating process, legal issues and the documentation of the acquisitive transaction. The Course is best suited for a student who has an interest in business transactions as a future vocation, whether as a lawyer, financier or investment banker. Students will be expected to be prepared for and participate in class, and there will be a final exam. Pre/co-requisites: Corporations. It would be helpful, but not necessary, to have taken or be taking Corporate Taxation.

Children & the Law

Laura Rosenbury

W74 603C SEC 01             (3 hours)               WED FRI 9:30 - 11:00 AM

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 childrearing and child care, child abuse and neglect, children in poverty, child custody issues, family privacy, education issues, religion issues, teenage sexuality, child pornography, and family court and the juvenile justice system. Grades will be based on a take-home final examination.

Commercial Law

Daniel Keating

Course Canceled 
(replaced with section taught by Prof. Dunham, see below)

Commercial Law

Darrell Dunham

W74 702  SEC 01          (3 hours)                        WED  7:00-10:00 PM

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.

Constitutional Courts

Lee Epstein

W74-579B SEC 01              (3 hours)                       WED 3:00 - 5:00 PM Enrollment limit: 50

Since the early 1990's, members of the law & society community have been investigating the role constitutional courts play in their systems of government. That this topic engages social scientists is not surprising. After all, we, as citizens, are bombarded with press reports of constitutional courts generating major policies. And, we, as social and political observers, acknowledge the expansion of judicial power (what some call the "judicialization of politics") throughout the world. That the legal community also is beginning to take an interest in courts abroad is as understandable as it is undeniable. It is understandable, as lawyers and judges believe they have much to learn from their counterparts elsewhere. It is undeniable, as a mere glance at the legal literature would attest. The past decade witnessed the emergence of important law journals and the publication of influential case books, scholarly volumes, and essays all devoted to courts and law abroad. What these developments suggest: The time is ripe to offer a course on comparative constitutional courts. My goals for the class are as follows: (1) Introduce students to the "state of the art", such as it is at this early date, in studies of comparative courts. We accomplish this via readings and weekly discussions. (2) Touch upon a series of specialized topics, major nodes of controversy in the field. These include: Recruitment, Training, and Practices of the Bar; Judicial Independence; Agenda-Control in High and Constitutional Courts; Relationships Among Courts, Executives, and Legislatures in Parliamentary Democracies; Legal Culture, Political Culture, and Rights; and The Roles and Impact of Lawyers and Constitutions in Enforcing Rights. (3) Help students develop theoretical and empirical skills, as well as substantive knowledge, by having them amass data or other information on the critical features of courts and the legal system, especially the constitutional or high court, in a state of their choice. This on-going research should lead to a final paper and serve as an impetus to their contributions to our weekly collective deliberations. Pertaining to matters of format, I begin each session with an introductory lecture on the topic of the day; we then move to a discussion of the assigned readings. As to grades, I base them on the quality of class participation and on a final paper.

Constitutional Law II

Barbara Flagg

W74 609C SEC 01             (4 hours)                 TUE THU 4:30 - 6:30 PM

This course will examine judicial interpretations of the Fourteenth Amendment. Topics to be covered include equal protection, substantive due process (the right of privacy), and equal protection fundamental interest analysis. The course also emphasizes the acquisition of analytic skills. It will be taught entirely through the analysis of complex constitutional problems. Students will work on a series of four problems (for a period of approximately three weeks per problem), preparing a written brief, bench memo, or judicial opinion for each problem. Students will work in groups of three to four individuals, and each group will meet weekly with the instructor to discuss their progress on the assigned problem. The class will meet as a whole every third week, as work on a particular problem draws to a close. These class discussions may cover evaluation of some working drafts produced by class members, as well as the issues, background cases, and underlying constitutional norms implicated by the assigned problems. The final grade will be based on the four collaborative written assignments, participation, and self evaluation. There will be no final exam. Students who enroll in this class should be prepared to work at a steady pace throughout the semester.

Constitutional Law II

D. Bruce La Pierre

W74 609 SEC 01           (3 hours)          MON TUE THU 12:00 - 1:00 PM

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.

Constitutional Law III

D. Bruce La Pierre

W74 610A SEC 01            (3 hours)                  TUE THU 3:00 - 4:30 PM

The First Amendment: The Free Speech and Free Press Clauses. The course will consider First Amendment history and theory. Specific topics will include subversive advocacy, fighting words, libel, hate speech, sexually explicit expression, commercial speech, compelled speech, campaign finance regulation, and freedom of the press. Pre-corequisite: Constitutional Law I (can be waived for LL.M. international students). Completion of Constitutional Law II (or contemporaneous enrollment) is recommended but not required.

IP

Copyright and Related Rights

Charles McManis

W74 643A SEC 01    (3 hours)           MON TUE THU 10:00 - 11:00 AM

This course will focus on federal copyright law and related bodies of state, foreign, and international law governing the protection of literary and artistic works, including technical works such as computer software, architectural works, and databases, as well as more traditional literary and artistic works. The course materials will include cases, statutes, international agreements, and hypothetical problems. Regular class attendance and preparation are expected. The grade will be based on a timed final exam, which will include both objective (i.e. multiple choice and true/false) questions and an essay question.

Corporate and White Collar Crime

Kathleen Brickey

W74 642 SEC 01            (3 hours)      MON TUE THU 10:00 - 11:00 AM

White collar crime is one of the fastest growing areas of specialization in the legal profession today. 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 twenty years. This course examines some of the principal statutes that are used to prosecute corporate and white collar crime. Theories of liability we will consider include traditional white collar offenses like mail and wire fraud, insider trading, perjury, obstruction of justice and bribery. They also include more recent entries into the field such as RICO, money laundering, and laws enacted to combat government contract fraud. The course will also provide an introductory look at the Federal Sentencing Guidelines. Regular class attendance and preparation are required.

Corporations

Joel Seligman

W74 538L SEC 01          (3 hours)                  MON WED 1:30 - 3:00 PM

This course covers the structure and characteristics of modern business associations including publicly held and closely held business corporations; the organization of business associations; the distribution of corporate power between management and shareholders with emphasis on the fiduciary duties of directors and officers; and the effects of federal securities law on business associations, particularly the securities fraud rules such as Rule 10b-5 and the proxy (or voting) rules. There will be a final exam.

Employment Law

Neil Bernstein

W74-W74-613 SEC 01  (3 credit hours)  MON TUE THU 2:00 - 3:00 PM

(Prof. Bernstein is teaching Employment Law instead of Employment Discrimination.)

This course will cover the law of the employment relationship in the non-unionized workplace. We will begin with the traditional employment at will doctrine and will then examine various common law doctrines, based on both contract and tort principles, which have eroded the presumption of at-will employment. We will also cover issues such as testing, surveillance and other privacy and dignitary concerns in the workplace. In the latter half of the semester we will examine the various statutory schemes which regulated the employment relationship, such as laws relating to minimum wage and maximum hours, unemployment insurance, workers' compensation and health and safety. This course will not cover laws dealing with union-management relations, nor any of the various statutes prohibiting employment discrimination. The final grade is based upon a multiple choice examination supplemented by a bonus for regular attendance and preparation.

Employment Discrimination (CANCELLED)

Neil Bernstein

W74 590 SEC 01              (3 hours)         MON TUE THU 2:00 - 3:00 PM

(Prof. Bernstein will teach Employment Law instead of Employment Discrimination in Spring 2003; Employment Discrimination will be taught in Fall 2002 by Prof. Henry Chambers.)

E

Ethics of Lawyering in Government (D.C. Clinic)

Kathleen Clark

W74 722A SEC 01            (3 hours)          MON mornings, FRI afternoons
Open only to students enrolled in Congressional & Administrative Law Clinic

This course is a part of the ethics curriculum. This course is taught in Washington D.C. in conjunction with our Congressional and Administrative Law Clinic. It will cover the ethics of policy making, ethics regulations that are applicable to all government officials, the law governing lawyer conduct, and the professional and other rules specific to government lawyers and lobbyists. Students will be expected to participate in class discussions, complete several written assignments about the ethical issues they encounter in their work places, and make presentations to the entire class.

Evidence

Nina Tarr

W74 547J SEC 01             (3 hours)                 TUE THU 12:30 - 2:00 PM

Study of the principles and rules that regulate the process of proving facts at trial, including both the Federal Rules of Evidence (the primary focus of the course) and their common law counterparts. Topics covered include relevancy and its limits, various policy-and/or efficiency-based limitations on the receipt of evidence, the rule against hearsay and the more important hearsay exceptions, rules governing the impeachment of witnesses, and expert testimony.

Family Law

 Susan Appleton

W74 548 SEC 01 (4 hours)   MON TUE THU FRI 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

This course examines legal and related non-legal materials on the law of family and quasi-family relationships. Specific topics include the law of reproductive rights, marriage, marital property regimes, divorce, child custody, non-marital cohabitation, non-traditional families, parental authority over children, illegitimacy, support duties, child abuse and neglect, and adoption and other ways of adding children to one’s family, as well as broad theoretical issues such as family privacy, constitutional protection of the family, alternative concepts of "family", and feminist legal perspectives. The assignments include multi-disciplinary materials as well as non-legal readings illustrating the ways in which Family Law affects real families and their members. Regular class attendance and participation are required. Students missing an excessive number of classes will be required to withdraw from the course. Taking Constitutional Law II before or concurrently with Family Law is recommended, but not required.

Federal Income Tax 

Nancy Staudt

W74 549J SEC 01          (4 hours)                     TUE THU 4:30 - 6:30 PM

An introduction to the basic principles of the federal personal income tax. Topics treated will include federal tax procedure, the definition of gross income, and exclusions and deductions from gross income. The course is designed to equip students to handle common personal income tax problems likely to arise in general practice. The course emphasizes a critical examination of the provisions of the Internal Revenue code and the Treasury Regulations so that students may become proficient in the use of these basic tax tools. The teaching methods and materials used in the course are intended to encourage independent thought and critical analysis of the law and policy of federal income taxation.

HEALTH CARE LAW        (3 hours)              Thomas "Timothy" Greaney

W74  707D  SEC 01          MON  12:00-1:30 PM & WED 4:00-5:30 PM

This course will survey the financing, legal liability, and regulation of the health care sector.  It will focus on the various legal regimes that impact the business aspects of health care practice (such as tax exemption, antitrust, and fraud and abuse laws) and the principal mechanisms for financing health care, including Medicare, Medicaid and managed care, paying particular attention to the impact of those programs on access to care and quality. Other topics covered will include medical ethics, malpractice law, and proposals for reform of the health care system.

Insurance

Neil Bernstein

W74 552 SEC 01      (3 hours)     MON TUE THU 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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.

Japanese Law

John Haley

W74 511E SEC 01      (4 hours)            MON TUE THU 8:50 - 10:00 AM

Introduction to the basic institutions and processes of the Japanese legal system. The course will trace the historical development and traditional role of law, the reception of Western law, and the cultural and structural factors that influence the function of law and legal institutions. The course will also deal with aspects of Japanese law that relate to trade and investment issues. Thus a brief look at the basic codes, including company law, and the major regulatory regimes (antitrust, securities, labor and environmental law) is included. A paper in lieu of a final examination may be required, depending upon enrollment and instructor preference.

Land Use Law

Daniel Mandelker

W74 615 SEC 01              (3 hours)                   TUE THU 3:00 - 4:30 PM

The course in Land use Law considers the land we live in, how we use and preserve it, and how we build our cities and towns. We begin by reviewing the land use planning process and what it means, and then consider the takings cases that set limits on land use regulation. Zoning is next, including the decision making process for zoning, and we then consider a series of special topics including land subdivision, growth management, urban design and historic preservation. The emphasis throughout is on how the system works and on how to provide effective regulatory programs. There is a web site for the course, which is accessed in class, and which provides supplementary visual, statutory and regulatory materials. Class participation and attendance are required subject to excuse. There is an open-book examination.

E

Law and Social Work

Jane Aiken (Law) & 
Melissa Jonson-Reid (Social Work)

W74 548J SEC 01                  (3 hours)                       TUE 12:00-2:00 PM (Crosslisted with Social Work, S65-5035)               and  FRI 8:00-9:00 AM
Enrollment limit: 24

This course is part of the ethics curriculum. This is considered the core course for the law and social work joint degree candidates; it is a crosslisted course. JD/MSW students will be given preference in selection for the class*. Lawyers and social workers together possess the finest combination of skills for creative problem solving. There are barriers to using these skills collaboratively, however. These barriers include "cultural" ignorance and misunderstandings between the disciplines and lack of explicit training in communication and collaboration skills that may enhance understanding of social problems that require social work and legal skills. This course will attempt to highlight the differences and similarities between the disciplines and offer the students simulated opportunities to work together. Such work should help the students gain insight into these paradigmatic challenges and develop strategies for making the best use of appropriate skills. The first five weeks of the course will focus on exploring the language, knowledge and skills inherent in legal and social work training. The classes will also examine the professed goals, and professional ethics of the law and of social work. We will discuss the ways in which each discipline approaches, relationships with their clients and how each profession is regulated. The final part of the course will provide the students with simulated exercises dealing with common problems encountered by both social workers and lawyers. The students will be assigned to act as a lawyer or a social worker in each of the problems. In preparation for each class, we will give them legal or social work material relevant to the problem (depending on their role.) We will look at ways in which the two paradigms of law and social work overlapped and ways in which they diverged, with particular attention to the areas covered in the first part of the class. Our goal is to maximize problem solving approaches for both law and social work students. Students will participate in a service learning project in the St. Louis area. These projects will offer opportunities to explore the intersection of law and social work at a practical level and to prepare a collaborative project of use to their community. Students will be graded on the simulations and a final project based on their service learning experience. *JD/MSW students must express their interest in enrolling in writing to the Registrar’s Office before online registration begins in November 2002, so that any slots unfilled by joint degree students can be filled by non-joint degree law and social work students.

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LEGAL PROFESSION 

Nina Tarr

W74 563K SEC 01      (3 hours)                      MON FRI 12:00 - 1:30 PM 

This course is part of the ethics curriculum. This course will explore the legal, moral and other responsibilities of the practicing attorney in the adversarial system. Among the topics the course will cover are: attorney competency, confidentiality and privilege, conflicts of interest, attorney responsibility in civil and criminal proceedings, the role of government attorneys, attorney marketing/solicitation, and the attorney’s duty to improve the availability of legal services and the administration of justice. Class attendance and participation are expected.

IP

Patent Law

F. Scott Kieff

W74 623E SEC 01                     (3 hours)          WED FRI 12:00-1:30 PM

This course is designed to make Patent Law accessible to students of all backgrounds, from Liberal arts to hard sciences. The course will first unpack the major normative theories of intellectual property, generally, and of Patents in particular. Then it will address the core legal rules of Patent Law - beginning with the broad and accessible notions of patent law’s disclosure requirements; continuing with the requirements of novelty, non-obviousness, and utility; and ending with the more technical issues relating to statutory subject matter. The course will next examine the scope of the patent grant including infringement and remedies. Finally, the course will explore appellate practice before the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and the complex choice of law and preemption problems that are presented by this unified Forum for patent appeals. At this Juncture the course will analyze the dynamic interaction among the law of patents, trade secrets, unfair competition, antitrust, and other substantive and procedural issues of state and federal law. Throughout the course there will be a heavy emphasis on normative analysis and it’s application to current and potential alternative positive law regimes. Class participation will be considered in determining the final grade. There will be a final examination.

Pensions and Tax-Favored Savings

 Peter Wiedenbeck

W74 599C SEC 01         (3 hours)      MON TUE THU 10:00 - 11:00 AM

This course is an introduction to the law governing pension and other employee benefit plans. The tax treatment of contributions to, earnings of, and distributions from qualified (i.e., tax-subsidized) and non-qualified deferred compensation arrangements will be compared. The rules governing the terms and operation of qualified deferred compensation plans are studied intensively, including workforce coverage, allocation of contributions and benefits, funding, fiduciary responsibility, vesting, timing and forms of distributions. The economics of deferred compensation and the dual policies of protecting employee reliance interests and properly targeting the retirement savings tax subsidy are emphasized. The course will be taught from a casebook and a statutory pamphlet. Students will work extensively with Subchapter D and related provisions of the Internal Revenue Code (including the regulations pertaining thereto), and the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA). Attendance and preparation 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.

Remedies

Leonard Gross

W74 567H SEC 01                (3 hours)                      WED 4:00 - 7:00 PM

This course covers the available remedies for various civil causes of action and the theories underlying such remedies. We discuss whether some theories justify application or withholding of certain remedies irrespective of the name of the cause of action. Topics include value judgments in choosing certain remedies; damages; equitable remedies, and restitution. Students are limited to three absences unless special circumstances exist. If students exceed the limit, they are given a research assignment. No student may sign the attendance sheet unless he or she is prepared for class. Grade will be determined solely by 3-hour essay final.

Securities Regulation

Troy Paredes

W74 569D SEC 01                  (3 hours)          WED FRI 9:30 - 11:00 AM

This course will cover the issuance and trading of securities. The first half of the course will focus on the capital formation process (i.e., the issuance of securities) under the Securities Act of 1933, focusing on the various rules and regulations governing capital formation as well as the transactional aspects of a securities issuance. The second part of the course looks at securities trading. The course will also consider some of the more-recent developments in the area of securities litigation. This is a statutory course that emphasizes the wording of the law, the rules and regulations promulgated by the Securities and Exchange Commission, and court interpretations of both. The course will pay particular attention to the various statutory provisions and rules and regulations and the SEC's effort to develop a coherent regulatory system. There will be a final examination. Pre/Co-requisite: Corporations.

SEXUALITY & THE LAW                                                 Patricia Cain

W74-602A  SEC 01             (2 hours)                     WED  1:30 - 4:00 PM

This course will focus on cases that have been litigated (and continue to be litigated) on behalf of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered persons in the United States. Although you will learn substantive law from the cases and other readings, the course itself focuses on broader questions: (1) litigation strategy, (2) how to use test cases, (3) what the LGBT civil rights movement might learn from other civil rights movements that have relied on litigation. Thus, this is a course not only about substantive law, but also about the legal history and social context of the current LGBT movement.  Students in the course are expected to assume the role of public interest lawyers in dealing with the course materials. With respect to specific cases or litigation efforts, students should ask strategic questions such as: (1) how can the holdings in specific cases be expanded or restricted in future litigation; (2) how much harm to the civil rights movement is caused by losses in individual cases; (3) does the educational value of certain cases support bringing them even if they are likely to lose; (4) how will those who oppose LGBT rights use LGBT losses against the movement. The course will be graded on the basis of a final exam and a special group project. Each will count 50% toward your final grade. For the special project each student will work on a hypothetical (or perhaps real) test case as part of a group that you should view as a public interest law firm. You may either form your own group of 3 to 4 "lawyers" or ask to be assigned to a group. The point of this project is to engage your imagination about the possibilities of future litigation based on what you have learned in this course. The final class meetings will be devoted to a discussion of these test cases. Your "law firm" will present your case, the legal theories, etc, and ask everyone else in the class to comment on your proposal. After the presentation, each of you should reduce your firm’s proposal to a written "memo to file" that describes the facts of the case, the legal theories, and the pros and cons of bringing the case. This memo should be approximately 5-7 pages long, double-spaced. (Although this is a 2 credit hour course, it is scheduled for class meetings of 2 ½ hours to eliminate the need for make-up classes in case of some cancellations.)

Trusts and Estates 

Frances Foster

W74 575H SEC 01           (3 hours)     MON TUE THU 9:00 - 10:00 AM Enrollment limit: 70

This course will examine the basic legal doctrines and rules applicable to transfer of decedents' wealth by intestate succession, will, and trust. It will focus on the following topics: Society’s Control of Inheritance; Intestate Succession; Will Execution, Attestation, Revocation, and Construction; Restrictions on Testation: Family Protection; Trusts: Varieties (emphasizing private express and charitable trusts), Creation, Modification, and Termination; 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. Regular attendance and preparation will be required. Grades will be based on a three-hour open book final examination.

Transnational Litigation

John Haley

W74 574D SEC 01          (3 hours)         MON TUE WED 2:00 - 3:00 PM

An introduction to the procedural issues that arise in the legal resolution of disputes in international transactions. The law of various countries will be covered (especially Germany and France); however, disputes involving United States and Japanese law are the major focus. The course covers international jurisdiction, service of process abroad, taking evidence abroad, applicable laws and treaties, comparison of trial procedures, enforcement of foreign judgments and use of arbitration. The course will also introduce students to principal international conventions including the Brussels Convention (for intra EU litigation), the Hague conventions, and enforcement of judgments, and an ALI-proposed Code of International Civil Procedure.

UCC:  Article 2

Michael M. Greenfield

W74 521B SEC 01          (3 hours)         MON TUE THU  9:00-10:00 AM

The primary objectives of this course are (a) mastery of the law governing the sale or lease of goods and (b) development of the skills of statutory analysis. The course builds on the doctrines of the first-year Contracts course and explores the legislative alteration of the common law rules studied there, as well as matters beyond the scope of that course. Article 2 is part of a code that creates a construct for the regulation of commercial activity. A major focus of the course is learning how to operate in that construct. The emphasis will be on domestic law, but there will be some coverage of international sales transactions governed by the U.N. Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods. Class sessions will focus on solving the assigned problems, rather than analyzing judicial opinions. Attendance and preparation are both required. Anyone who is absent or unprepared more than 9 times is subject to exclusion from the course. There will be a final exam and perhaps also interim exams or written assignments