Pennsylvania Criminal Law Practice

This course is a step-by-step analysis of the procedure, planning, tactics, and strategy in defending and prosecuting a criminal case in Pennsylvania from pre-arrest through appeal. Special emphasis is placed on all aspects of the procedure and law relating to the suppression of evidence.
BAR 916
Credit Only: N Anon Gr: Y
Credits: 2

Post-Conviction Process

This course examines the sentencing process, sentencing guidelines, community-based sanctions, the death penalty, probation and parole, appeals, federal habeas corpus, state post-conviction remedies and prisoner's rights.
CERT 928
Credit Only: N Anon Gr: Y
Credits: 3

Poverty Law

This course is an introduction to law relevant to assisting people in poverty including law addressing public benefits, housing, consumer issues, custody, domestic violence, and private rights of action. It will also address realities of existence for people in poverty and consider historical and policy perspectives. Finally, the course will focus on some practical skills, and students will participate in mock hearings and/or mock interviews.
ELECT 924
Credit Only: N Anon Gr: Y
Credits: 2

Professional Responsibility

This course focuses on the regulation of lawyers. Although we will study other law, the ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct will be the primary focus of the course. The class will be taught primarily through the hypotheticals found in the casebook. The class discussions will focus on what the ABA Model Rules require, state variations that are common, and other sources of law that regulate lawyers’ behavior. The class discussions will explore whether students agree with the policy choices reflected in ABA Model Rules, how the rules might apply in particular fact settings, the pressures that might cause a lawyer to ignore regulatory rules, and the steps that a lawyer might take to better serve his or her clients and to minimize the chance of a regulatory violation.
REQ 911
Credit Only: N Anon Gr: Y
Credits: 3

Property

The course examines the nature of property. While intellectual property and personal property are explored, the focus of the course is on real property—i.e., land. The course explores what real property ownership entails, estates and future interests, concurrent ownership, marital property, leasing property, selling property, private land use planning, public land use regulation, eminent domain, and regulatory takings.
REQ 912
Credit Only: N Anon Gr: Y
Credits: 4

Protection of Individual Rights under State Constitutions Seminar

This course analyses the theory and practice of arguing for and against greater protection of individual rights under state constitutions than is afforded by the floor of rights guaranteed by the United States Constitution. Students will apply each of the individual concepts covered in the course to a brief and oral argument before the state supreme court in a case of their choosing.
SEMNR 912
Credit Only: N Anon Gr: N
Credits: 2

Public Health Law

Public health issues are in the news every day. This course is a survey of the constitutional, statutory, administrative, and common law that govern the field of public health in the United States. We will explore the legal and policy aspects of addressing public health problems such as new disease epidemics, drug overdoses, mass shootings, drunk driving, hospital patient injuries, contaminated food and water, and others.
CERT 937
Credit Only: N Anon Gr: Y
Credits: 3

Race & Equal Protection of the Law

This co-curricular program will explore Slavery, its continuing impact on Black Americans, how our legal system perpetuates inequality, and our sworn duty as lawyers to ensure the equal protection of the laws. We will examine systemic racism in health care, housing, criminal justice, education, commercial law and in our democratic institutions. Participation in the monthly program will seek to not only impart information, but to awaken the critical consciousness of students and encourage them to be agents of positive societal change.

REQ 997
Credits: 1

Race, Racism, and American Law

This course explores the role law has played in both the subordination and promotion of the rights of people of color in America. Subjects for discussion will include: how law helped create the social construct of race, race and the American criminal justice system, affirmative action policies, and the quest for effective schools. This course examines critical race theory and social dominance theory which posits that due to the nation's racist past, racial inequality has been locked into American institutions. Students are required to research and write a paper on a professor approved topic that is at the intersection of race and law, and make a presentation to the class on their paper topic. Paper topics may be restricted to a particular era or subject such as slavery, civil rights, etc.
TBD
Credit Only: N Anon Gr: N
Credits: 2

Real Estate Negotiation and Drafting

This course covers transactional drafting techniques for any commercial matter, and negotiation exercises useful in all legal settings. It then addresses the structure and law of real estate transactions, including agreements of sale, title and survey matters, leasing, financing, easements, and development rights. The course assignments are a series of written exercises involving the review, analysis, and drafting of documents all relating to a fictional proposed mixed-use real estate development project that will be followed throughout the semester. The class is often divided into small groups to practice negotiation skills.
EXPSK 911
Credit Only: N Anon Gr: N
Credits: 3

Regulatory and Legislative Practice Seminar

This seminar examines the unique aspects of federal and state regulatory and legislative practice. The course will focus on those areas of federal and state legal practice in which criminal and administrative law, regulatory regimes, (including lobbying regulations, ethics-in-government rules and criminal code provisions restricting gifts to officials), litigation and exercise of governmental powers and the public relations and media aspects of these areas intersect to create special problems and challenges for attorneys in the government and private sectors. The context in which these cases are managed will also involve an examination of the principles of governmental separation of powers set out in the federal and state Constitutions, how they work in practice and the role they play in developing legal strategies for representing clients before the government. Some of the “case studies” presented during the course will involve actual cases from federal and state practice and will be used to explicate the above principles.
SEMNR 914
Credit Only: N Anon Gr: N
Credits: 2

Remedies

This course focuses on the theory and application of legal and equitable relief. Substantive areas include injunctions, specific performance, damages, unjust enrichment, and declaratory relief, along with affirmative defenses to these causes of action.
BAR 918
Credit Only: N Anon Gr: Y
Credits: 3

Russian Law Seminar

This seminar is concerned with the development of the law, legal system, and legal institutions of what is popularly known as Russia but also correctly and officially known as the Russian Federation within the boundaries presently occupied and, historically, within the boundaries of the Russian Empire. By “law” we mean formal legislation, customary rules, relevant international legal rules, legal doctrine, and anything else regarded by the Russian State or by Russian jurists as comprising part of the “law.” For our purposes “legal institutions” encompasses all law enforcement agencies or any other agencies of the State or empowered by the state which are concerned with the law in any manner whatsoever, including educational institutions.
SEMNR 902
Credit Only: N Anon Gr: N
Credits: 2

Sales

Article Two of the Uniform Commercial Code is an integrated body of statutory law that prescribes the rights and obligations of parties involved in transactions in goods. This course emphasizes the special techniques of statutory construction utilized in interpreting a code as opposed to an isolated statute. The course topics are: code methodology (including the history and jurisprudence of Article Two), contract formation and interpretation, performance obligations, breach and remedies.
BAR 919
Credit Only: N Anon Gr: Y
Credits: 3

Secured Transactions

This course deals with the creation, enforcement, and priorities of personal property security interests under Article 9 of the Uniform Commercial Code and related statutes. It addresses: (a) encumbrances on consumer, commercial, and industrial goods, (b) inventory and receivables financing for manufacturers, distributors, and dealers, and (c) personal property agricultural financing. Relevant provisions of other Articles of the UCC and other state and federal statutes are integrated into the course as required.
BAR 920
Credit Only: N Anon Gr: Y
Credits: 3

Semester-in-Harrisburg Program

The Semester-in-Harrisburg Program allows students to spend a semester in the Pennsylvania state capital earning academic credit for approximately 24 hours per week of supervised legal work at an approved state government agency, the state legislature, or a nonprofit group that focuses on state government affairs. The program is recommended for students who are interested in pursuing a career in state government or a particular regulatory area, such as banking regulation, environmental law, or securities regulation. The program provides advanced study in state government law and serves as a capstone experience for students interested in a state governmental practice.
EXPIN 904
Credit Only: Y Anon Gr: N
Credits: 9

Semester-in-Washington, D.C.

The Semester-in-Washington, D.C. Program allows students to spend a semester in Washington, D.C. earning academic credit for approximately 32 hours per week of supervised legal work at an approved federal government agency, nonprofit organization or public interest group during the third year of law school. The program provides advanced study in federal law and serves as a capstone experience for students interested in federal practice.

EXPIN 903
Credit Only: Y Anon Gr: N
Credits: 10

Sports and Entertainment Law

This course explores how various areas of the law impact the sports and entertainment industry. The "law" that is used by most sports lawyers is principally the application of settled principles of other legal fields to the sports industry: contract law, labor law, tax law, products liability law, intellectual property law, etc. The course then focuses on important areas that provide the foundational principles that drive the outcome of most legal disputes arising in the sports and entertainment industry. The course also examines on certain areas of the law such as antitrust, labor, and constitutional law, that have specific and unique applications to sports and entertainment.
ELECT 926
Credit Only: N Anon Gr: N
Credits: 3

State and Local Government Law

This course survey important issues in governmental organization and management. Emphasis is placed on intergovernmental relations, the legislative process, personnel issues, financing, and contracting. The course will conclude with a consideration of recent trends toward metropolitan regionalism.
CERT 930
Credit Only: N Anon Gr: Y
Credits: 3

State and Local Taxation

Beginning with historical and constitutional aspects, students will analyze in detail recent developments in state and local taxation and their impact on client representation. Attention will be concentrated on corporate, sales and use and other business taxes, death duties, and property taxes and exemptions.
ELECT 927
Credit Only: N Anon Gr: N
Credits: 2

Strategic Legal Research

This course emphasizes the development of effective legal research strategies that take into account choice of format (e.g., the relative advantages and disadvantages of print and electronic sources), cost/benefit analysis of format choice, evolving approaches by law firms and private practitioners to billable research hours, use of computerized tools to organize research results, and presentation of research results to case supervisors. Course content will be presented in a hybrid format consisting of two hours per week of in-class meetings with the remaining credit to be completed by coursework outside scheduled class time through online and written assignments.

EXPSK 907
Credit Only: N Anon Gr: N
Credits: 3

Tax Policy Seminar

This seminar examines fundamental issues in tax policy, focusing on trends and current legislative proposals.
SEMNR 915
Credit Only: N Anon Gr: N
Credits: 2

Taxation of Business Entities

This course covers the taxation of common business structures including corporations, partnerships, and limited liability companies. It covers the tax aspects of the organization, operation, and dissolution of business entities and the consequences to their owners. The course explores from the perspective of business planning the distinction between separate double taxation of corporations and their shareholders, and the single tax pass through tax regime applicable to partnerships, limited liability companies, and Subchapter S corporations.
CERT 931
Credit Only: N Anon Gr: Y
Credits: 3

Torts

Tort law seeks to remedy civil wrongs that result in harm to people or their property. The course will focus on the elements and proof of intentional, negligence, and strict liability causes of action, along with affirmative defenses.
REQ 913
Credit Only: N Anon Gr: Y
Credits: 4

Trademarks

This course examines numerous theoretical justifications for trademarks—i.e., words, names, symbols, or devices that identify and distinguish goods and indicate the source of the goods. The course also explores what can be trademarked, infringement standards, federal registration, trademark dilution, defenses to infringement, and remedies.
CERT 932
Credit Only: N Anon Gr: Y
Credits: 2

White-Collar Crime

This course provides an introductory overview of the investigation, prosecution, and defense of white-collar criminal cases. The objectives of the course are to introduce the principal white-collar offenses, to provide an understanding of the legal process through which white-collar crimes are investigated and prosecuted, and to impart a familiarity and comfort level with the special "rules of the game" that apply to lawyers (both prosecutors and defense counsel) in white-collar criminal cases.
CERT 933
CERT 933
Credits: 3

Wills, Trusts, and Estates

This course examines the disposition of property at death by intestate succession and by will. The execution, revocation, construction, and contest of wills, as well as limits on the power to dispose of property by will, are studied. This course also examines the creation, purposes and termination of trusts, including informal trusts, and the interrelationship between trusts and wills.
BAR 921
Credit Only: N Anon Gr: Y
Credits: 3

Workers' Compensation Law

This course will explore the history and development of, public policy considerations for, and state and federal systems for delivery of medical and wage benefits to injured workers.
ELECT 929
Credit Only: N Anon Gr: Y
Credits: 2