Advisory Curricular Information

Planning three years of law studies is not an easy task for beginning law students. While the first year of required courses provide vital building blocks for future curricular choices, the large number of legal topics and the many areas of modern law practice make planning one’s second and third year of legal studies difficult.

In order to assist students in this curricular planning, we have prepared the following advisory guide to our upper-level elective curriculum. It identifies courses that form a curricular concentration in four separate fields of law or legal practice. These concentrations serve as suggested curricular choices for students interested in those fields.

It is usually not possible or desirable to take all the courses offered in a particular curricular area. That’s why the guide identifies certain foundational, core, related and capstone/clinical/externship courses within each curricular concentration. These distinctions are designed to help you prioritize your curricular choices and suggest an order in which you might take those courses.

Foundational courses are those that you either must take as a required pre-requisite for upper-level courses in the concentration or courses that seem essential to the legal foundation of a particular area of law or legal practice. Core courses are upper-level courses that present some of the most important legal issues in a concentration field or different aspects of the practice of law in that field. Such courses are highly recommended to all students who wish to practice in the field. Related courses are those courses in the UDSL course inventory that have a close connection to the practice of law in the concentration field.

Except for pre-requisite course requirements, you need not take any particular course or group of courses within a concentration. Instead, most upper-level course choices, though informed by the faculty’s suggestions, are left entirely to you.

Civil Litigation Concentration

Foundational Courses    
Appellate Advocacy LAW 6220 2 credits
Civil Procedure (Required 1L Class) LAW 6101 4 credits
Evidence (Required 2L/3L Class) LAW 6820 3 credits
Trial Practice-Civil LAW 6880    3 credits
 
Core Courses
Advanced Civil Procedure LAW 6210 3 credits
Alternative Dispute Resolution for the Litigator LAW 6200  3 credits
Discovery Techniques LAW 6518 1 credit
Interviewing, Counseling & Negotiation LAW 6310 3 credits
Remedies LAW 6845 3 credits
 
Related Courses
Administrative Law LAW 6205 3 credits
Employment Discrimination LAW 6846 3 credits
Family Law LAW 6831 3 credits
Interstate Family Law Litigation LAW 6822 2 credits
Immigration Law: Process and Policies LAW 6851 2 credits
Law Practice Management LAW 6315 2 credits
Mock Trial Competition LAW 6871 2 credits
Moot Court: Interschool LAW 6872 2 credits
 
Capstone, Clinical & Externship Opportunities
Advanced Dispute Resolution LAW 6920 4 credits
Civil Rights & Liberties Litigation                             LAW 6921 4 credits
Complex Civil Litigation LAW 6923 4 credits
Externship LAW 6900 4 credits
Law Clinic Intern LAW 6950 4 credits
Patent Litigation LAW 6905 4 credits
Tort Litigation - Med. Malpractice LAW 6925 4 credits
 
Current Experimental Courses
The Jury    2 credits

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Criminal Law Concentration

Foundational Courses
Criminal Law (Required 1L Class) LAW 6107    3 credits
Criminal Procedure: Adjudication LAW 6216 3 credits
Criminal Procedure: Investigation    LAW 6112 3 credits
 
Core Courses
Appellate Advocacy LAW 6220 2 credits
Evidence (Required 2L/3L Class) LAW 6820   3 credits
Federal Criminal Law LAW 6215 3 credits
Trial Practice-Criminal LAW 6885 3 credits
 
Related Courses
Cybercrimes: Law & Procedure LAW 6975 2 credits
Cybersecurity Law & Nat’l. Security LAW 6894 2 credits
Interviewing, Counseling & Negotiation  LAW 6310 3 credits
Law Practice Management LAW 6315 2 credits
 
Capstone, Clinical & Externship Opportunities
Capstone: Criminal Advocacy    LAW 6922 4 credits 
Capstone: Cybercrimes LAW 6924 4 credits 
Externship LAW 6900 4 credits 
Law Clinic Intern LAW 6950 4 credits 
 
Current Experimental Courses
The Jury  2 credits
Social Media & Criminal Law LAW 6541 1 credits

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Intellectual Property & Emerging Technology Concentration

Foundational Course
Intellectual Property Law LAW 6832    3 credits
 
Core Courses 
Copyright Law LAW 6415 2 credits
Trademark/Unfair Competition Law LAW 6971    2 credits
Licensing Intellectual Property LAW 6420 2 credits
Patent Law LAW 6425 2 credits
 
Related Courses
Antitrust Law LAW 6405  3 credits
Conflict Management & ADR LAW 6410 3 credits
Cyberspace Law LAW 6835 2 credits
Entertainment Law LAW 6841 3 credits
International IP Law LAW 6972 2 credits
Law of Video Gaming LAW 6534 1 credits
Moot Court: IP Interschool LAW 6874 2 credits
Trade Secret Law LAW 6535 2 credits
Transactional Drafting LAW 6910 2 credits
 
Capstone, Clinical & Externship Opportunities
Commercialization of Intellectual Property LAW 6941 4 credits
Dot.com Law: The On-line Business Entity LAW 6943 4 credits
Externship LAW 6900 4 credits
Law Clinic Intern: Intellectual Property LAW 6950 4 credits
Patent Litigation LAW 6905 4 credits
Patent Practice & Procedure LAW 6940 4 credits
Trademark Prosecution & Practice LAW 6926 4 credits

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Business Practice Concentration

Foundational Courses
Business Organizations LAW 6801    3 credits
Individual Income Tax LAW 6305 3 credits
 
Core Courses
Fed. Taxation of Business LAW 6875 3 credits
Securities Regulation LAW 6890 3 credits
Transactional Drafting LAW 6910 2 credits
 
Related Courses
Administrative Law LAW 6205 3 credits
Antitrust Law LAW 6405 3 credits
Creditors’ Rights LAW 6830 3 credits
Electronic Commerce LAW 6836 2 credits
Employment Law LAW 6840 3 credits
Employment Discrimination LAW 6846 3 credits
Environmental Law LAW 6833 3 credits
Health Care Law LAW 6842 3 credits
Intellectual Property Law LAW 6832 3 credits
Int’l Business Transactions LAW 6977 2 credits
Natural Resource Law LAW 6426 3 credits
Trademark/Unfair Competition Law LAW 6971 2 credits
Trade Secret Law LAW 6535 2 credits
UCC: Sales/Personal Property Leases LAW 6899 2 credits
UCC: Payment Systems LAW 6898 3 credits
UCC: Secured Transactions LAW 6897 3 credits
Wills & Trusts LAW 6809 3 credits
 
Capstone, Clinical & Externship Opportunities
Advanced Commercial Transactions LAW 6930 4 credits
Business Planning for Small Business LAW 6931 4 credits
Commercial Real Estate Transactions LAW 6932 4 credits
Dot.com Law:  The On-Line Business Enterprise   LAW 6943  4 credits
Estate & Tax Planning LAW 6933 4 credits
Externship LAW 6900 4 credits
Law Clinic Intern: Intellectual Property LAW 6950 4 credits
 
Current Experimental Courses
Corporate Compliance & Ethics Programs LAW 6821 3 credits
Contracting with the Federal Government  LAW 6540 1 credits

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Designing Your Own Curricular Concentration

It is unlikely that UDSL’s four basic curricular concentrations will match the interests or career goals of all students. But UDSL’s flexible, elective upper-level curriculum permits you to design your own curricular concentration focusing on other areas of legal practice. You may plan your future course choices on your own or in consultation with a faculty member.

For example, if you wish to practice in the area of law not covered by one of the four general concentrations, you might design your own upper-level curriculum combining classes dealing with the substantive law in the area with courses that explore the lawyering skills frequently encountered in that field. A student interested in practicing Family Law, for example, might design an upper-level curriculum that looked like this:

Foundational Courses
Children & the Law  2 credits
Family Law    LAW 6831    3 credits
 
Core Courses
Adoption and Assisted Reproduction 2 credits
Interstate Family Law Litigation LAW 6822 2 credits
 
Related Courses
Alternative Dispute Resolution for the Litigator LAW 6200 3 credits
Individual Income Tax LAW 6305 3 credits
Interviewing, Counseling & Negotiation LAW 6310 3 credits
Law Practice Management LAW 6315 2 credits
Trial Practice-Civil LAW 6880 3 credits
Transactional Drafting LAW 6910 2 credits
 
Capstone, Clinical & Externship Opportunities
Capstone: Family Law    LAW 6934 3 or 4 credits
Externship  LAW 6900 4 credits
Law Clinic Intern LAW 6950 4 credits 

An upper-level student who wishes to generalize rather than focus on a specific field of law might construct a curricular concentration that is built upon the bar examination requirements of the state in which she/he expects to practice after graduation. Such a student would find it profitable to consult the bar examination rules of the state or states in which they might later practice to see what subject areas are tested on the bar exams of those states. The list of topics tested on Ohio’s bar examination can be found on the Ohio Supreme Court's website.

More information on the topics tested by other states is available from the National Conference of Bar examiners.

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