Course Descriptions for Fall 2016

Last update: June 8, 2016

Fall 2016 courses run from August 29 to December 3.

Civil Procedure

Professor:
Tina H. Saunders, Director and Associate Professor of Instruction in Law, Temple University Beasley School of Law
Credit Hours:
3 credits
Day & Time:
Thursdays, 6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Room:
Mita 403

Civil Procedure concerns the rules and principles governing civil actions in state and federal court. This course will address the fundamental issues of court jurisdiction over the parties and the subject matter of a dispute; and the related issues of venue, conflict of laws, and the applicable body of law applied to disputes. Additional issues which will be covered include: notice and pleading requirements, joinder of additional parties/claims, obtaining evidence by discovery, and the preclusive effect of decisions. The course will focus primarily on the federal courts and the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure.

Note: This subject is tested on many U.S. Bar Examinations.

Corporations

Professor:
Julie Miller, Corporate Attorney
Credit Hours:
3 credits
Day & Time:
Mondays, 6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Room:
Mita 402

This course will focus on the legal, practical, and policy aspects of doing business as a corporation. After first examining the nature of the corporation and its role in society, it will then distinguish that form from other forms of business entities. We will discuss the choice of organizational form, the incorporation process, the financial structure of the corporation, the allocation of responsibility for management and control of the organization (the roles, powers, rights, and responsibilities of directors, officers, and shareholders), fiduciary duties, and organic changes.

Note: This subject is tested on many U.S. Bar Examinations.

International Intellectual Property Law

Professor:
Sterlon Mason, Associate, Lerner David Intellectual Property Law Tokyo Office
Credit Hours:
3 credits
Day & Time:
Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Room:
Mita 403

This course will cover in an international context, broad outlines of the major branches of intellectual property law: patents, copyrights, and trademarks, and will also touch on other intellectual property rights such as industrial designs and trade secrets. The course will specifically consider the following topics: obtaining patent and trademark rights in the U.S. and other typical examination countries, the variety of works protectable by copyright (including digital works), and exploitation of intellectual property rights including licensing and enforcement (with a focus on litigation). Other topics may be addressed as time permits.

Legal Research and Writing

Professor:
Catherine L. Pugh, Civil Rights Attorney
Credit Hours:
3 credits
Day & Time:
Tuesdays, 6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Room:
Mita 403

This course explores legal research, writing, and advocacy. After being introduced to the U.S. legal system and basic research techniques (including on-line data bases such as LexisNexis), students work on assigned problems to develop their writing and analytical skills. The program aims to develop basic legal research and writing skills in an informal, hands-on seminar atmosphere.

Note: This course is required of all LL.M. in U.S. Law Candidates.