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First-Year Curriculum

From your first day at KU Law, you’ll be engaged in both broad considerations of the role of law in society and specific training in legal research, writing and advocacy.

All first-year students take Lawyering Skills, a course that focuses on the skills and values of the legal profession. Faculty members with extensive experience meet with students in a traditional classroom setting and in small groups. By the end of your first year, you will have prepared a brief and argued a summary judgment motion.

You’ll also take one of your other required first-year courses in a small section of about 20 students. These classes provide an informal learning atmosphere and encourage in-depth discussions and critical analysis.

First-year courses include:

LAW 804 Civil Procedure
This course will examine all phases of the litigation process in civil actions. Specific subjects covered may include: pleadings; discovery; disposition of cases without trial; the right to jury trial; post-trial motions; appeals; the bases for jurisdiction over persons and property; notice; venue; subject matter jurisdiction; choice of federal or state law in diversity cases; joinder of claims and parties; and preclusive effects of judgments. Required course. LEC.
Fall 2018
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Hines, Laura
WThF 11:25-12:20 PM GRN 203 - LAWRENCE
Th 01:35-02:30 PM GRN 203 - LAWRENCE
4 17352
LEC Sward, Ellen
WThF 11:25-12:20 PM GRN 107 - LAWRENCE
W 10:20-11:15 AM GRN 107 - LAWRENCE
4 17356
LEC Sward, Ellen
WThF 01:35-02:30 PM GRN 107 - LAWRENCE
F 10:20-11:15 AM GRN 107 - LAWRENCE
4 24213
LEC Hines, Laura
WThF 10:20-11:15 AM GRN 108 - LAWRENCE
Th 09:15-10:10 AM GRN 108 - LAWRENCE
4 17355
LAW 806 Introduction to Constitutional Law
An introduction to the law of the United States Constitution, including the historical context and evolution of constitutional principles, methods of constitutional interpretation and analysis, and basic doctrine concerning the structure of government and the protection of individual rights. Doctrinal coverage includes separation of powers, federalism, equal protection, due process, and freedom of religion. Required course. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2018 semester.

LAW 808 Electronic Discovery II
In Electronic Discovery I, students explored the developing trends in the increasingly prevalent field of electronically stored information ("ESI") in the discovery phase of litigation. Electronic Discovery II is a course that offers students the opportunity to use and build on the concepts they learned in Electronic Discovery I and put their knowledge into practice. Prerequisite: Electronic Discovery I. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2018 semester.

LAW 809 Contracts
An introduction to contract law, including topics such as offer and acceptance, consideration, contracts enforceable without consideration, defenses to enforcement of contracts, terms of contracts and their interpretation, performance and breach of contracts, remedies for breach, third-party beneficiaries, and assignments. Required course. LEC.
Fall 2018
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Lucas, Quinton
MTuW 08:10-09:05 AM GRN 104 - LAWRENCE
Tu 10:20-11:15 AM GRN 104 - LAWRENCE
4 21228
LEC Ware, Stephen
TuThF 09:15-10:10 AM GRN 106 - LAWRENCE
F 10:20-11:15 AM GRN 106 - LAWRENCE
4 21229
LAW 810 Legislative Process
This course examines the role of the legal issues surrounding the legislative process. Topics covered include the representative character of the legislature, constitutional and internal rules governing legislative deliberation, and inputs into the legislative process, such as campaign spending and lobbying. The course incorporates a statutory drafting exercise that culminates in a simulated legislative hearing. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2018 semester.

LAW 811 Legislative Process-D.C. Program
This course examines the role of the legal issues surrounding the legislative process. Topics covered include the representative character of the legislature, constitutional and internal rules governing legislative deliberation, and inputs into the legislative process, such as campaign spending and lobbying. The course incorporates a professional writing requirement related students' filed placements in the program. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2018 semester.

LAW 812 Public Sector Labor Law
A study of federal and state regulation of union-employer relationships in the public sector. Subjects include public employee organizational rights, public sector union security arrangements, the duty of public employers to bargain and the subjects upon which bargaining is required or permitted, limitations on public employees' right to strike and public sector impasse and dispute resolution procedures, including interest arbitration. Prerequisite: LAW 939, or concurrent enrollment acceptable. LEC.
Fall 2018
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Delaney, Michael
Th 04:50-05:45 PM GRN 107 - LAWRENCE
1 24571
LAW 813 Prosecutorial Ethics
This course is designed to focus on the special role of the prosecutor in the criminal justice system, and to provide an in depth look at the unique ethical and professional issues that government lawyers face in criminal cases. It uses the problem approach to the subject, and the readings and other supplements are organized around a set of hypothetical situations encountered by prosecutors at various stages of prosecution. LEC.
Fall 2018
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Valdez, Suzanne
W 01:35-02:30 PM GRN 108 - LAWRENCE
1 24570
LAW 814 Criminal Law
An introduction to substantive criminal law, including theories of punishment, basic stages of the criminal process, culpability, defenses, parties to crime, conspiracy, attempts, sentencing, homicide, and other selected offenses. Required course. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2018 semester.

LAW 815 International Aspects of Homeland Security
In this course students will read and discuss materials that provide a basic introduction to the legal, governmental, and policy issues that confront those with responsibility for ensuring the safety of American interests abroad and in the American homeland from both human caused and naturally occurring problems originating abroad. In the class we will read and discuss materials dealing with the legal, governmental, and policy aspects of this subject such as treaties, international organizations, customary international law, the law of armed conflict, and other relevant materials. We will discuss such problems as internationally originated cyber-attacks, international environmental problems and disasters, epidemics and quarantine laws, etc. Students will be required to take both a midterm and a final examination. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2018 semester.

LAW 816 Domestic Aspects of Homeland Security
In this course students will read and discuss materials that provide a basic introduction to the legal, governmental, and policy issues that confront those with responsibility for ensuring the safety of the American homeland. We will be covering American statutes, case law, Presidential executive orders, and other legal sources that regulate issues such as cyber-security, management of natural disasters, failures in utility networks and other vital domestic infrastructure, etc. Students will be required to take both a midterm and final examination. LEC.
Fall 2018
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Hoeflich, Michael
W 05:00-09:20 PM HOTELCONF1 - KUEC LEAV
3 24789
LAW 817 Homeland Security Practicum
This course will be taught during the full academic year. The class is divided into three parts: Fall: One credit hour in which students will read materials on a specific potential threat to homeland security. Students will be expected to discuss the reading materials at each class meeting and will prepare a short memorandum at the end of the first semester on their reading. Spring: Two credit hour part in which students will divide into teams that will work together for the rest of the academic year. Each tem will be expected to create a long-term strategy both to mitigate potential dangers from the threat assigned for the year and to formulate a short-term action plan to be utilized in the event that the threat materializes. Students will be evaluated on the long-term and short-term planning documents they prepare. Final Simulation: Final three credit hour part consists of a five day intensive real time simulation in which each team will be required to deal with an emerging threat as though they were, in fact, an emergency management team dealing with a real threat. Each team will be monitored by a real world professional emergency manager. The actual simulation will last for two full days. A second two day period will consist of analysis and evaluation of each team's actions by the monitors and the simulation leaders. The final day will be for each individual to prepare a comprehensive analysis of her actions and the actions of her team with suggestions for improvement. FLD.
Fall 2018
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
FLD Hoeflich, Michael
07:30-10:00 PM ONLNE KUEC - KUEC LEAV
1-3 24791
LAW 818 Constitutional Limits on Intelligence Gathering
This course examines the intersection between the Constitution and the pressing demand for information regarding threats to national security. Topics covered include a general overview of separation of powers and rule of law constraints on military action, limits on both physical and digital searches and seizures, and constraints on interrogation. Students will learn basic rules regarding these topics and apply them through a series of case studies. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2018 semester.

LAW 820 Lawyering Skills I
This course introduces students to legal systems and the skills of lawyers. It includes instruction and discussion on legal traditions, legal institutions and legal methods. It focuses on developing students' skills in legal reasoning, writing and research. Students will complete numerous research and writing assignments, culminating in an open memorandum. Required course. LEC.
Fall 2018
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Keller, Pamela
TuTh 11:25-12:20 PM GRN 310 - LAWRENCE
2 17357
LEC Rosenberg, Joyce
TuTh 01:35-02:30 PM GRN 310 - LAWRENCE
2 15665
LEC
TuTh 10:20-11:15 AM GRN 310 - LAWRENCE
2 15666
LEC
TuTh 02:40-03:35 PM GRN 310 - LAWRENCE
2 16236
LEC Six, Betsy
TuTh 10:20-11:15 AM GRN 203 - LAWRENCE
2 23298
LAW 821 Lawyering Skills II
In this course, students build on the research and writing skills they developed in the first semester and practice additional skills such as client interviewing, negotiation and mediation. Students learn about the expectations and demands of lawyers and the legal profession through instruction on bar admission, professionalism, and ethical advocacy, and by working on assignments in a simulated lawsuit. Student work culminates in an advocacy brief and subsequent oral argument. Required course. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2018 semester.

LAW 822 Comprehensive Civil Mediation
This course provides an opportunity for upper-level students to develop the skills needed to represent clients ordered to mediate civil disputes and/or serve as a mediator in civil disputes. The course takes an in-depth look at conflict resolution techniques, neutrality, drafting agreements and mediation statements, communication skills, ethics, attorney/mediator preparation, confidentiality, privilege and the law governing mediation. Students will be required to read, draft, conduct limited research, attend a mediation, and participate in role play exercises to simulate all stages of mediation. No prerequisites, although students may find it helpful to have taken LAW 860, Alternative Dispute Resolution. Students are prohibited from taking LAW 823 if they have taken LAW 822. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2018 semester.

LAW 823 Comprehensive Family Mediation
This course provides an opportunity for upper-level students to develop the skills needed to represent clients in mediation during divorce proceedings. Students will also learn how to serve as a mediator for divorcing parties splitting assets and/or developing a parenting plan. The course takes an in-depth look at conflict resolution techniques, child development, family systems, psychological aspects of divorce, domestic violence screening, issues specific to qualified domestic orders and military divorces, communication skills, ethics, attorney/mediator preparation, confidentiality, privilege, and the law governing mediation. Students will be required to read, draft, conduct limited research and participate in role play exercises to simulate all stages of mediation. No prerequisites, although students may find it helpful to have taken LAW 860, Alternative Dispute Resolution. Students are prohibited from taking LAW 822 if they have taken LAW 823. LEC.
Fall 2018
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Morse, Adina
Th 01:35-03:35 PM GRN 108 - LAWRENCE
2 24244
LAW 824 Global Challenges in Law, Agriculture, Development, and Ecology
This course aims to complement the more foundational courses in public international law, international business law, and comparative law by examining a cluster of particularly important "global challenges." These involve (i) the rule (and role) of law in international relations, (ii) the economic, environmental, and social aspects of modern agriculture, (iii) the quest and prospects for human development, and (iv) the existential threats posed to the ecosphere through climate change, soil degradation, water conflicts, and species extinctions. The course provides also a "paper option": students enrolling in a third credit hour through Independent Research (LAW 924) can, upon satisfactory completion of a research project related to the subject-matter of this course, satisfy the upper-class scholarly-writing requirement. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2018 semester.

LAW 825 Sixth Semester in Washington D.C. Field Placement
This field placement will be worth three, six, or nine credit hours. Students will work in a public policy or public interest placement, earning one credit hour for each 42.5 hours of work. Students will also be required to complete written work. This written work is comprised of a goal-setting memo, weekly journal entries, and a final reflection paper. Students are also required to participate in monthly full-day programming sessions. These programming sessions will include meetings with practitioners to learn about practice in D.C. and substantive areas of law that are commonly practiced there. There will be no co- or prerequisites for this field placement. Finally, students are expected to take advantage of a mentoring program and planned opportunities to meet KU Law alumni set up by the KU Law School. FLD.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2018 semester.

LAW 826 Property
An introduction to personal property law and to real property law, which includes adverse possession, estates in land, cotenancies, landlord-tenant law, easements, and real covenants, and which may include other private and public land use controls, eminent domain, and conveyancing. Required course. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2018 semester.

LAW 827 International Law and Literature
This course covers both law "as" literature and law "in" literature, plus legal rhetoric. In Part One, treaties are studied as a form of literature using literary criticism methods, comparing and contrasting those methods with standard legal interpretation tools. In Part Two, classic works of fiction and poetry, such as those by William Shakespeare (England), Albert Camus (France), E.M. Forster (England), Seamus Heaney (Ireland), Franz Kafka (Czechoslovakia), and Rabindranath Tagore (India), are read closely to spot enduring legal themes common across all countries, including justice and morality, obedience and rebellion, wealth and poverty, and fairness and prejudice. In Part Three, renowned historical speeches are analyzed to see how they manifest Aristotle's five principles of Rhetoric, with illustrations from Winston Churchill (England), John F. Kennedy (United States), and Martin Luther King (United States). LEC.
Fall 2018
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Bhala, Raj
MTu 01:25-02:50 PM GRN 127 - LAWRENCE
3 24239
LAW 828 Deals
This simulation and professional writing course will serve as an optional lab component for students who are concurrently enrolled in LAW 947 Mergers and Acquisitions, or have previously completed it. This course introduces students to the ethical, structural and technical aspects of negotiating and drafting the documents that bring a business transaction to life. By following a complex business transaction from start to finish, students will gain experience grappling with the type of tasks and issues common to a deals practice in a way that bridges the gap between law school and practice. The course will also help students prioritize their clients' business objectives and understand how deal lawyers create value, manage risk, and work toward optimal outcomes for their clients. The course will be co-taught by law school faculty and experience transactional attorneys. Prerequisite: Contract Drafting and either Business Organizations or Business Associations I and II. Corequisite: Mergers and Acquisitions. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2018 semester.

LAW 829 International Business Law Drafting
This one-credit-hour course focuses primarily on the preparation of operational documents relating to international business transactions - for example, transnational sales contracts, letters of credit, explanatory memoranda to business clients planning cross-border transactions, international joint venture agreements, etc. - rather than on the drafting of documents that are litigation-oriented or academic in character. The course is available to students who are (or have) enrolled in the International Commerce and Investment course and who wish to engage in an intense set of "companion" legal-drafting exercises. Prerequisite: LAW 945. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2018 semester.

LAW 830 Representing Asylum Seekers
This course, focused on the United States asylum law and procedure, offers practical training in representing asylum seekers. It complements, but is independent of, LAW 923 (Immigration Law) and Law 978 (Refugee and Asylum Law). Using client simulations, students will explore the statutory case law framework of U.S. asylum law and related remedies, become familiar with the asylum process, and develop interviewing, oral advocacy, and legal writing skills necessary for effective advocacy of this vulnerable population. Blended Instruction. No prior knowledge of immigration or asylum law assumed. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2018 semester.

LAW 831 Torts I
Fall semester. Development of liability based upon fault. Intentional torts, including battery, assault, false imprisonment, intentional infliction of mental distress, trespass to land and chattels, conversion, and privileges. Negligence, including standard of care, causation, limitation of duty, defenses, and comparative negligence. Survival and wrongful death. Strict liability. Damages. Required course. LEC.
Fall 2018
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Stacy, Thomas
MTuW 09:15-10:10 AM GRN 104 - LAWRENCE
M 10:20-11:15 AM GRN 104 - LAWRENCE
4 20167
LEC
MTuW 01:35-02:30 PM GRN 203 - LAWRENCE
W 09:15-10:10 AM GRN 201 - LAWRENCE
4 20168
LEC
MTuW 02:40-03:35 PM GRN 203 - LAWRENCE
W 10:20-11:15 AM GRN 203 - LAWRENCE
4 29415

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