Course Descriptions for Summer 2018

Last update: March 22, 2018

This tentative course schedule is subject to change.

Civil Procedure

Professor:
Tina Saunders, Director and Associate Professor of Instruction in Law, Temple University Beasley School of Law
Credit Hours:
3 credits
Day & Time:
Thursdays, 18:30-21:30
Room:
504

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.

Notes: This subject is heavily tested U.S. Bar Examinations.

Criminal Procedure I

Professor:
Catherine L. Pugh, Civil Rights Attorney
Credit Hours:
3 credits
Day & Time:
Tuesdays, 18:30-21:30
Room:
504

This criminal procedure course deals with the constitutional rules governing police conduct prior to the institution of formal court proceedings. It will focus primarily on the federal constitutional rights and restrictions imposed by the Fourth, Fifth, Sixth and Fourteenth Amendments. Searches and seizures, police interrogation, identification procedures, and the exclusion of evidence obtained in violation of these provisions account for a substantial portion of the course. It will also cover some additional matters, including some aspects of the formal court-connected proceedings and the basic principles of habeas corpus.

Notes: This subject is heavily tested U.S. Bar Examinations.

Global Workplace: Comparative Employment and Labor Law, Writing Seminar

Professor:
Maurice L. Rabb, Vice President and Attorney, Vantage Point
Credit Hours:
3 credits
Day & Time:
Mondays, 18:30-20:30
Room:
403

This course will initially explore whether globalization is broadly affecting international and comparative employment issues. It will then focus on comparing selected aspects of employment law in the U.S. and Japan. Among the topics we may cover will be contract of employment and employment at-will, discrimination, the global workplace and the social safety net (unemployment benefits, safety and health, worker’s compensation, work-family life balance) and workplace privacy.

Notes: This course satisfies the advanced writing requirement for all LL.M. Candidates.

International Intellectual Property Licensing

Professor:
Sterlon Mason, Attorney, Lerner David Intellectual Property Law Tokyo Office
Credit Hours:
3 credits
Day & Time:
Wednesdays, 18:30-21:30
Room:
402

This course will cover the broad outlines of the four major branches of intellectual property law — patent, copyright, trademark, and trade secret law — and will consider the following topics: obtaining rights by registration in the U.S. and other typical examination countries; exploiting intellectual property rights with a focus on technology transfer including compulsory licensing, foreign ownership requirements in ventures and antitrust considerations; protecting rights with a focus on the difficulties of protecting intellectual property rights by litigation and by policing property rights, and on preventing international distribution, international trade piracy, and gray market goods; and other topics as time permits.

Legal Research and Writing

Professor:
Kyle Reykalin
Credit Hours:
3 credits
Day & Time:
Mondays, 18:30-21:30
Room:
504

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.

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

Guided Research

Professor:
Tina Saunders, Director and Associate Professor of Instruction in Law, Temple University Beasley School of Law
Credit Hours:
2 or 3 credits
Day & Time:
-

This independent research offers students an opportunity to (1) satisfy the mandated writing requirement, (2) develop research, writing and analytical abilities through producing a single substantive research paper and (3) work with a faculty member in an area of the teacher's interest or expertise. Students have a Faculty member agree to supervise them and must submit a signed Approval form to the Registrar to request participation.

Notes: This course satisfies the advanced writing requirement for all LL.M. Candidates.