Course Descriptions

The Colorado Law courses and seminars listed below have been taught in the last three academic years, however, they are not always offered every year.  Frequently, faculty develop new seminars to reflect current developments in the law and in their research interests; these seminars may be offered only periodically.  The listed courses are taught regularly. Go to "Calendars and Schedules" to find a list of the courses and seminars being offered in the current academic term.

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Access to Justice?: The Provision of Legal Services for Middle- and Low-Income People - LAWS 8785
This seminar will explore the scholarship that has developed around the provision of legal services--or the lack of legal services--for those who cannot afford market prices for attorneys. The seminar will also examine recent efforts to provide empirical support for the range of political claims that are made about access to the legal system.

Accounting Issues for Lawyers - LAWS 6281
Study of accounting and auditing problems in the form they are placed before the lawyer, including a succinct study of basic bookkeeping, in-depth legal analysis of the major current problems of financial accounting, and consideration of the conduct of the financial affairs of business.

Administrative Law - LAWS 7205
The law governing the administration of statutes by the executive agencies of the federal government. Topics include the relationships of the constitutional branches with the agencies, the availability and scope of judicial review of agency action, procedural due process rights of individuals, the nature of agency processes for rulemaking and adjudication, and laws requiring open meetings and records. There is a final examination; enrollment is limited only by the size of the room assigned. No prerequisites. The course is offered at least annually.

Adv Constitutional Law Equality and Privacy - LAWS 8005
Addresses "Equal Protection" rights under the Fourteenth Amendment and "privacy" rights to personal autonomy. Analyzes varied constitutional grounds for recognizing or rejecting abortion rights; limits on Congressional power to pass civil rights laws granting broader rights than the Fourteenth Amendment does; treatment of sexual orientation-related laws and government actions as "privacy" versus "equality" matters; and "benign"/"remedial" race- and sex-based government decisions such as affirmative action and same-sex schools.

Advanced Appellate Advocacy - LAWS 6213
Advanced study and practice of written and oral appellate advocacy. Builds on the foundation established in the required first-year course in appellate advocacy, but provides more extensive coverage, practice, and evaluation. Personalized instruction in brief writing, including detailed, one-on-one critique of their work. Include advanced techniques for organizing and writing a brief, and advanced instruction on the strategy and process of oral argument. Required to research, write, and rewrite an appellate brief, and conduct several oral arguments. Attend oral arguments of the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit and the Colorado Court of Appeals.

Advanced Clinical Practicum - LAWS 7019
Enables a clinical; student an optional 1-2 credit course to complete an ongoing clinic project that does not reach its natural conclusion during the regular term of the clinic. The practicum may be used in connection with any existing clinical course, but only with permission, and under the supervision of the clinical faculty member. A clinical student must complete a minimum of 50 hours of work per credit taken.

Advanced Constitutional Law, Theory and Practice of Free Speech in the United States - LAWS 8095
This seminar allows students to explore the impact of our national commitment to freedom of speech, press, and various forms of expression. The theoretical justifications for the protection of speech in service of truth, self-governance and self-realization are explored primarily through analysis of the market metaphor. Students will study the role of the press, and evaluate current methods of suppressing speech in a democratic state. Pre-requisite: Constitutional Law (required); First Amendment (useful).

Advanced Contracts: Commercial Transactions - LAWS 7121
Studies Article 2 and Article 2A of the Uniform Commercial Code, together with the U.N. Convention for the International Sale of Goods. Advanced contracts topics are explored in depth. Among other subjects, warranties, title, remedies, and risk of loss in the sale of goods will be studied. In addition to substantive doctrine, students will learn drafting skills. The grade for this course will not include a final exam; instead, students will draft a contract for the sale of goods.

Advanced Criminal Procedure - LAWS 8335
Each time this seminar is offered, it concentrates on a different of criminal procedure for intense analysis. In Fall 2004, this seminar will focus on topics in prosecution and defense ethics.

Advanced Deals Lab: Advanced Real Estate Transactions - LAWS 7004
Using documents from actual real estate transactions, this course will focus on the drafting and negotiation skills required for the successful practice of real estate transactions law. Students will negotiate and draft actual real estate transaction documents. Prerequisite: Real Estate Transactions

Advanced Environmental Law: Air Pollution - LAWS 7512
Provides an in-depth examination of efforts to regulate air pollution in the United States under the Clean Air Act. Covers key provisions of the Act, the basic approach of cooperative federalism, the role of science and risk assessment in establishing health-based standards, the implications of instrument choice and regulatory design on innovation and economic growth, the development of 'first generation' climate policies under the act, and new approaches to compliance and enforcement.

Advanced Evidence: Forensic Science and the Criminal Courts - LAWS 7333
Explores the admissibility of forensic science opinion and expert testimony, its use as evidence at a trial, and the challenges that such evidence may pose for the courts and the entire criminal justice system in the future.

Advanced Legal Negotiation - LAWS 7709
Deepens students' understanding of the economic, psychological, cultural, and critical literatures related to legal negotiation and bargaining, provides students an advanced set of negotiation experiences and simulations that introduce new dynamics and problems not dealt with in the core course, and deepens students' self-understanding and ability to learn from experience. Must have advanced instructor approval. Prerequisite: Legal Negotiation

Advanced Legal Research - LAWS 6856
This course offers an in-depth look at research resources and methods. Topics covered will include sources from the judicial, legislative, and executive branches of federal and state government; research in topical areas such as environmental law, taxation, and international law; and extensive coverage of secondary and non-law resources. Both print and electronic sources will be covered. Students will have several assignments and a final project.

Advanced Legal Research and Analysis - LAWS 6886
Develops students' ability to think critically about and solve current legal problems. Evaluates the benefits and detriments of both print and on-line legal resources, and how to create an efficient research plan. Formulates and applies research strategies to real-world legal problems, and uses legal analysis to refine and improve research results. Note: Students who have taken LAWS 6856 Advanced Legal Research course may not enroll in this course.

Advanced Legal Research and Writing for Practice - LAWS 6896
This course builds on the fundamental legal research and writing skills covered during the first year of law school, and requires students to develop and practice these skills in real-world ways. Every assignment will have a realistic purpose and audience, giving students the opportunity to complete work similar to that of summer associates or new attorneys. The assignments will primarily require objective analysis, but will include at least one persuasive piece of writing. Each assignment integrates the legal writing and research goals of the course, including the final project of the semester, an actual legal memo for Colorado Legal Services. Students will receive individual feedback on every assignment. The course is co-taught by a legal writing professor and a law librarian, with approximately 2/3 of the course devoted to writing, and 1/3 to research.

Advanced Legal Writing: Constructing Legal Arguments - LAWS 6226
To create a persuasive written argument, a lawyer must (1) develop his or her ideas, (2) organize them for the reader, (3) write a first draft, (4) rest or cool (to acquire the detachment necessary for effective editing), and (5) revise. This course is designed to improve skills at each of these stages, so that students can learn to produce persuasive arguments efficiently. Assignments will include an appellate brief, a memorandum, and several shorter exercises. Students will receive individual feedback on their work.

Advanced Natural Resources Law - LAWS 8112
Studies historical, literary, and scientific materials and analyzes current problems of natural resources law. Requires additional field trip expenses for students. Any three natural resources/environmental courses. Foundations is strongly recommended and Indian Law can count as one of the three courses. Prerequisites can be taken concurrently with the seminar.

Advanced Oil & Gas Law - LAWS 7302
Topics include the history of oil and gas conservation and its regulation, proration and allowable regulation, compulsory pooling and unitization, permitting and environment regulation, and the interplay between federal, state, and local regulation. Prerequisite: Oil & Gas Law.

Advanced Topics in American Indian Law - LAWS 8725
The subject of the seminar in Spring 2015 will be modern legal problems related to American Indian religions. Discussions will involve international and comparative law as well as American legal systems. There are no pre-requisite or co-requisite courses for the seminar.

Advanced Topics in Federalism - LAWS 8025
Explores the development of "Our Federalism", the relationship betwen federal and state governments, from the founding period of the US Supreme Court's recent New Federalism jurisprudence. Studies historical material, commentary, and case law, and addresses how federalism is defined; the alues that federalism serve; the role of federalism in our interconnected, global society; the Supreme Court's boundaries of federalism; the direction of New Federalism.

Advanced Topics in Health Law and Policy - LAWS 8775
Addresses advanced legal issues in representing physicians, long-term care institutions, hospitals, and other healthproviders. Issues range from economic policy, distributive justice, and bioethical questions to antitrust and regulatory issues. Recommended prereq., LAWS 7425. To be taught at Health Sciences Center.

Advanced Torts - LAWS 7475
Studies selected tort actions and theories. Topics covered may include "dignitary torts" (e.g., defamation, privacy, etc.), business torts, and product liability.

Advanced Torts - LAWS 8425
Explores how dignitary interests have influenced the development of and have been incorporated into law, using the common law of torts and the constitutional rights of life and linerty as a general (but not exclusive) focal point of discussion.

Advanced Trial Advocacy - LAWS 7159
An advanced course covering trial practice elements. Open only to students who have taken Trial Advocacy.

Advanced Water Law - LAWS 7312
Builds on the study of basic water law principles for those interested in practicing in this field. Explores in more detail the highly developed legal and administrative system of water law in Colorado and other states, including the use of special courts to adjudicate the existence of water rights and approve changes of use. Prereq: LAWS 6302 (Water Resources)

Affordable Housing - LAWS 8705
This seminar will explore the law and policy of affordable housing. We will begin with an overview of the housing market and failures in that market and then turn to the primary public-policy tools that have developed in response. We will then examine in detail several cutting-edge topics in housing, including the subprime mortgage crisis, on-going challenges for ensuring Fair Housing, the intersection of affordable housing and planning, and sustainability. The seminar will conclude with student presentations on seminar papers.

Agency, Partnership and the LLC - LAWS 6201
Surveys agency law, whose principles are important in many other areas of law. Studies the legal organizations commonly used by small businesses: partnerships and limited liability companies (LLCs).

Alternative Dispute Resolution - LAWS 7429
Examines a variety of dispute resolution processes, such as mediation, arbitration, mini-trials, and court-annexed settlement procedures, as alternatives to traditional court adjudication. In some ways this is a foundation for other ADR courses offered.

American Indian Law Clinic - LAWS 7309
Emphasizes the practice of federal and tribal Indian law. Students will represent individuals and Indian tribes in matters involving: the Indian Child Welfare Act, enforcement of federal and tribal rights, and code development. Focuses on select current Indian law topics and development of lawyering skills. Satisfies Practice Requirement. Required prerequisite or corequisite: American Indian Law.

American Indian Law I - LAWS 7725
Investigation of the federal statutory, decisional, and constitutional law that bears upon American Indians, tribal governments, and Indian reservation transactions.

American Indian Law II - LAWS 7735
This course will investigate the legal history and current legal status of Alaska Natives and Native Hawaiians. It will also address other current topics such as tribal water rights, tribal fishing and hunting rights, tribal justice systems, religious freedom, and tribal natural resource and environmental management. Prerequisite: LAWS 7725.

Antidiscrimination and First Amendment - LAWS 8035
Addresses past and continuing debates involving potential tensions between antidiscrimination principles and free speech, free exercise, and establishment clause values. Examines constitutional protections under the First Amendment and the equal protection clause, together with an array of existing and proposed federal and state antidiscrimination laws regulating employment, housing, and public accommodations, among other areas.

Antitrust - LAWS 7201
A study of American competition policy: collaborations among competitors, including agreements on price and boycotts, definition of agreement, monopolization, vertical restraints, such as resale price maintenance and territorial confinement of dealers.

Appellate Advocacy Clinic - LAWS 7029
This Clinic enables students to work directly on Appellant briefs in cases where appeals from serious felony convictions are pending before the Colorado Court of Appeals or Colorado Supreme Court. In addition to instruction by the Clinical Professor, students will have an opportunity to work with an attorney appointed to the case by the Alternate Defense Counsel of Colorado. Instruction in oral advocacy will also be a component of this course. Enrollment is limited to 8.

Appellate Advocacy Competition - LAWS 7529
Participation in an intermural appellate advocacy competition, in which a brief must be filed and reviewed, critiqued, and deemed credit-worthy by a member of the faculty. (Law School Rule 3-2-9 [b] should be consulted prior to enrollment.)

Arbitration - LAWS 7751
Discusses the nature of arbitration, enforcement of arbitration agreements and awards, complexities of multi-party arbitrations, fairness and efficiency of the arbitral process, and other issues related to arbitration's prevalence in contexts ranging from corporate to consumer and employment disputes.

Bankruptcy - LAWS 7021
Explores the role of debt, credit, and debt forgiveness in American capitalist society. The course begins with an overview of the state court collection procedures, and then teaches the main provisions of the three primary chapters of the Bankruptcy Code dealing with personal and corporate bankruptcies (Chapters 7, 11, and 13).

Barristers Council - LAWS 7116

Bioethics and Law - LAWS 7415
Provides an interdisciplinary study of law and bioethics. Students will read legal cases and clinical bioethics material to understand how the law has attempted to unify the goals of the two disciplines.

Bioethics and Law - LAWS 8415
Focuses on legal, moral, and economic analyses of problems posed or soon to be posed by advances in biomedical technologies.

Business Law Colloquium - LAWS 8101
Business law scholars from CU and around the country present research papers at this weekly colloquium. Topics may include contracts, corporate law, securities regulation, tax, intellectual property, venture capital and private equity, and the legal profession. No prior knowledge of law and economics is expected, although some knowledge of business organizations will be useful.

Business Plan Preparation - MBAX 6170
Completion of a sophisticated business plan within task groups from concept through all the elements of a professionally written business plan. Provides students high interaction with businesses and entrepreneurs. Prereq., MBAC 6020 and MBAX 6100, or instructor consent. PREREQ MBAC 6020 & MBAX 6100 OR INSTRUCTOR CONSENT.

Business Planning - LAWS 7211
Focuses on the development and use of concepts derived from a number of legal areas in the context of business planning and counseling. Topics such as formation of business entities, sale of a business, recapitalization, division, reorganization and dissolution are considered. Prerequisites: Income Taxation and either Agency, Partnership and the LLC or Corporations.

Business Transactions - LAWS 7601
Course provides a practical understanding of how to apply the law in both transactional and litigation settings. Gives an interdisciplinary look at how various areas of the law are brought together in common factual settings, focusing on technology transactions.

Capital Punishment in America - LAWS 6528
Surveys the history and current status of capital punishment in the United States, with a critical examination of arguments both for and against the death penalty.

Charitable Giving - LAWS 7007
Addresses the tax rules concerning charitable giving, including the theory and policy of charitable deductions, qualified donees, quid pro quos and return benefits, valuation and substantiation rules, limits on otherwise allowable charitable deductions, charitable trusts and planned giving vehicles. Prerequisite: Income Tax

Child Abuse and the Law - LAWS 8115
This seminar explores various topics relating to child abuse. Although by no means comprehensive, the seminar will permit students to explore certain issues in depth and write a paper on a topic of particular interest. We will read a variety of texts and watch a documentary on one family's struggle with the child welfare system. No one point of view is emphasized and students are encouraged to think critically about the current child welfare system and the various proposals to reform it.

Cities, Suburbs and Law - LAWS 8104
Explores dynamics that play out in the relationship between cities, suburbs, exurbs and other patterns of urban development. Explores the nature of local power, relations between local jurisdictions, and metropolitan and regional approaches to governance. Includes fiscal disparities, ethnic and racial segregation, sprawl and growth controls, affordable housing, transportation, and the urban/rural divide.

Citizenship - LAWS 8565
The concept of citizenship connects studies of race and immigration and has been receiving growing attention in many scholarly disciplines. This seminar will examine the notion of citizenship in recent scholarship spanning law, political science, sociology, and history. No prerequisites required (although students will find that this seminar complements courses related to immigration and race and the law, among others).

Civil Liberties Litigation - LAWS 8613
In-depth case studies of issues and litigation strategies relevant to the prosecution and defense of civil liberties cases. Focus is on significant historical and contemporary lawsuits.

Civil Practice Clinic I - LAWS 6009
Emphasizes procedural and practical remedies and defenses available in civil litigation. In conjunction with this course, students will be assigned civil cases related to the course material. Develops working knowledge of courtroom skills.

Civil Practice Clinic II - LAWS 6019
A continuation of Legal Aid Civil Practice I. Emphasizes procedural and practical remedies and defenses available in civil litigation. In conjunction with this course, students will be assigned civil cases related to the course material. Develops working knowledge of courtroom skills. Prerequisite or corequisite: Evidence LAWS 6353-3.

Civil Procedure - LAWS 5303
Studies modern practice in civil suits, including rules governing pleading, joinder of parties, discovery, jurisdiction of courts over the subject matter and parties, right to jury trial, appeals, and res judicata and collateral estoppel, with emphasis on the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and their Colorado counterpart.

Civil Procedure - LAWS 5313
Studies modern practice in civil suits, including rules governing pleading, joinder of parties, discovery, jurisdiction of courts over the subject matter and parties, right to jury trial, appeals, and res judicata and collateral estoppel, with emphasis on the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and their Colorado counterpart.

Civil Rights Legislation - LAWS 7025
Presents a comprehensive study of federal civil rights statutes briefly reviewed in other courses (e.g., Constitutional Law or Federal Courts). Studies federal civil rights statutes, their judicial application, and their interrelationships as a discretely significant body of law of increasing theoretical interest and practical importance.

Class and Law - LAWS 8535
Explores issues relating social class to such areas as labor relations, law enforcement, controls on radical movements, and the distribution of wealth and power. Considers problems defining social class.

Climate Change Law and Policy - LAWS 6712
Examines the science of climate change and the broader role of science in public policymaking. Reviews the changing legal landscape to abate greenhouse gas emissions, and key issues in policy design. Reviews the Supreme Court's April 2nd, 2007 decision in Massachusetts v. EPA, overturning EPA's refusal to regulate greenhouse gas pollution from motor vehicle tailpipes, and the aftermath in the courts, Executive Branch and Congress.

Climate Justice - LAWS 6702
This course introduces the field of climate justice and seeks to identify legal and policy tools for advancing fair outcomes in climate change decision-making. Climate justice is concerned with the intersection of race and/or indigeneity, poverty, and climate change. This course will examine climate impacts globally and identify the strengths and weaknesses of international and domestic legal and policy frameworks regarding the most vulnerable.

Colorado Legal Research - LAWS 6866
Surveys resources and methods to effectively research Colorado law. Covers primary and secondary resources including Colorado statutes, cases and digests, regulations, and constitution and practice materials. Covers how to research Colorado municipal law and other Colorado topics.

Colorado Workers Compensation Theory and Practice - LAWS 6541
Introduces the legal theories that underlie the no-fault compensation system, its historical evolution, policy conundrums, and ethical quandaries. Teaches the application of the procedural rules most frequently utilized in administrative setting. Studies the Workers' Compensation Act, the Workers' Compensation Rules of Procedure, and the Office of Administrative Courts Rules of Procedure.

Comparative Constitutional Law - LAWS 8045
Examines legal structures and concepts typically found in constitutions, including judicial review, distinction between legislative and executive authority, federalism and the principle of subsidiarity, the relationship between church and state, free speech and press, and social welfare rights. Examines differences between constitutional law and other domestic law, role of comparative constitutional law in domestic constitutional law adjudication. Emphasizes American and Swedish perspectives.

Comparative Constitutional Law: US, UK, and Australia - LAWS 8211
Takes a comparative law approach to the constitutional law of the United States, the United Kingdom, and Australia. The seminar?s intellectual purpose is to understand all three nations more deeply (especially our own) by seeing what they do similarly, what they do differently, what the advantages and disadvantages of each nation?s approach appear to be, and whether any lessons learned in one place could profitably be transferred to another.

Comparative Criminal Procedure - LAWS 7345
Takes an in-depth look at some of the basic features of modern criminal justice systems that share the civil law tradition with the hope that such study will provide a vehicle for a deeper understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of the American system of criminal justice. Prerequisite: Criminal Procedure, LAWS 6045-3.

Comparative Employment Law - LAWS 6531
In today's globalized world, lawyers are increasingly likely to encounter issues involving foreign employment. The course will provide substantive knowledge about foreign employment law and its relation to American law. It will also provide a comparative framework to assess the relative merits of the American approach to employment law.

Comparative Family Law - LAWS 7145

Comparative Family Law - LAWS 8105
Examines and critiques law, legal institutions and traditions of the country of focus and the US as they affect children, families, and work. Prepares students for collaborative work and leadership in a global environment. Enhances research and writing skills, including field and international research. Contributes to host country through scholarship and service. Increases cultural competence through active engagement with peers and with social justice issues in another country. Includes required field study component and wervice learning project over spring break.

Comparative Law - LAWS 6210
Considers methods and purposes of comparative law. Covers history and development of legal systems around the world, focusing on a particular topic (for example, succession laws or legal education) in different years.

Comparative Public Health Law and Ethics - LAWS 8430
Compares public health law systems to those in other countries. Studies the goals, legal structures, and services provided, together with such issues of coercion as quarantines, monitoring, mandates & prohibitions, and forcing pharmaceutical companies to make available inexpensive generic drugs.

Complex Civil Litigation - LAWS 7303
An advanced course in civil procedure in modern complex multiparty suits, including extended examination of class actions in such settings as employment discrimination and mass torts, and a study of problems in discovery, joinder, res judicata, collateral estoppel, and judicial management in such suits.

Computer Crime - LAWS 6321
Explores the legal issues that judges, legislators, prosecutors, and defense attorneys are confronting as they respond to the recent explosion in computer-related crime. Includes the Fourth Amendment in cyberspace, the law of electronic surveillance, computer hacking and other computer crimes, encryption, online economic espionage, cyberterrorism, First Amendment in cyberspace, federal/state relations in the enforcement of computer crime laws, and civil liberties online.

Computer Crime - LAWS 8311
Explores legal issues that judges, legislators, prosecutors, and defense attorneys confront with recent explosion in computer related crime. Includes Fourth Amendment in cyberspace, law of electronic surveillance, computer hacking and other computer crimes, encryption, online economic espionage, cyberterrorism, First Amendment in cyberspace, federal and state relations in enforcement of computer crime laws, and civil liberties online.

Computers and the Law - LAWS 8321
Explores a range of topics surrounding the juxtaposition of computers and law. Most are aware of the impact that law has on computers through the myriad of regulations that govern computers and related technologies. Less well known is the impact that computer technology is having on governance and on the practice of law. Explores both sides of this dynamic interplay between law impacting computing, and computing impacting law.

Conflict of Laws - LAWS 6108
Addresses the conflicts that arise when the significant facts of a case are connected with more than one jurisdiction, whether that jurisdiction belongs to a state, the federal government, or a foreign government. The subject is studied in its theoretical and historical context, with special emphasis on the international aspects of extraterritorial jurisdiction.

Conflict of Laws - LAWS 8650
This seminar addresses the conflicts that arise when the significant facts of a case are connected with more than one jurisdiction, whether that jurisdiction belongs to a state, the federal government, or a foreign government. The subject is studied in its theoretical and historical context, with special emphasis on the international aspects of extraterritorial jurisdiction.

Constitutional Foundations: Core Ideas - LAWS 8508
This seminar will focus on core ideas in U.S. Constitutional Law such as means/ends analysis, institutional competence, rights definitions, juridical techniques for limiting governmental powers and more. The seminar will draw from a multitude of different sources--historical writings, contemporaneous press accounts, learned treatises, oral arguments, law review articles, and key judicial opinions such as McCullough v. Maryland, Lochner v. New York, Brown v. Board of Education. Students will be expected to become experts on a discrete chosen topic.

Constitutional Law - LAWS 6005
Study of constitutional structure: judicial review, federalism, separation of powers; and constitutional rights of due process and equal protection.

Constitutional Theory - LAWS 8015
Examines the role of the courts and the other branches of government in defining and enforcing constitutional values. Relevant readings are from philosophy, social sciences, and legal scholarship, as well as cases.

Construction Law - LAWS 6114
Focuses on the basic principles and practices of construction law. Provides an overview of construction industry participants and players (engineers, contractors, insurers, etc.) and discusses and analyzes the various obligations and liabilities of these parties. Covers construction and design contracting, construction claims, professional negligence, construction insurance and suretyship, and ADR in construction. Provides transactional-practice oriented exercises.

Consumers and the Law - LAWS 8021
This is a service learning seminar that seeks to provide a journey through theory and practice in contract and consumer law. It aims to expand your understanding and analysis of contracts beyond the basic concepts you learn in your first-year Contracts course. Through class readings and discussion, we explore norms, goals, and functions of consumer law and also observe the law "in action" through a class blog and outreach with the Boulder County Department of Housing and Human Services ("BCDHHS"), who assists people throughout Boulder County with an array of financial, housing and other consumer issues.

Contract Drafting - LAWS 7061
Begins with value creation by transactional lawyers, and emphasizes the opportunity for lawyers to reduce information and agency costs, and mitigate strategic behavior by using tools such as disclosure, representation and warranties, incentive compensation and earnouts. Shifts to negotiation and drafting, focusing on basic drafting principles and strategies to advance one's clients' interests. Introduces the basic framework of contracts (recitals, reps, and warranties, capitalized terms, definitions, indemnifications and escrow.

Contracts - LAWS 5121
Covers basic principles of contract liability; offer and acceptance; consideration; statute of frauds; contract remedies; the parol evidence rule; performance of contracts; conditions; effect of changed circumstances; and other issues related to contract formation and enforcement.

Copyright - LAWS 7301
An examination of state and federal laws relating to the protection of works of authorship ranging from traditional works to computer programs. The 1976 Copyright Act as well as relevant earlier Acts are studied in detail. Some attention is given to state laws, such as interference with contractual relations, the right of publicity, moral right, protection of ideas, and misappropriation of trade values, that supplement federal copyright.

Corporate Finance - LAWS 7261
Examines a variety of important legal issues related to the funding and financing corporations including creditor protection laws, the Trust Indenture Act of 1939, fiduciary duties, bond indenture provisions, securities laws, and rights of equity holders. Covers efficient capitalization structures, corporate valuation techniques, capital markets and the efficient market theory, and cost of capital concept. Prereq., LAWS 6211 or 6251.

Corporate Taxation - LAWS 6157
Studies basic federal income taxation of C corporations. Coverage includes formation, operation, distributions, sale of interests, liquidations, personal holding company tax, and accumulated earnings tax. If time permits, may include a brief overview of principles of tax-deferred reorganizations, utilization of net operating losses, and consolidated income tax returns. Prerequisite: Income Taxation, LAWS 6007.

Corporate Transactions in Health Law - LAWS 7565
This course introduces key corporate and regulatory issues impacting the delivery of health care. The course focus will be transactional, with students first gaining an understanding of basic corporate law and regulatory principles, and then learning to integrate core federal and state laws into choice and use of corporate structures and operational strategies. As the health care industry undergoes tremendous consolidation and reorganization in response to the changing market and environment ushered in by the Affordable Care Act, the course will examine health care transactions from both the hospital?s and the physician?s perspective.

Corporations - LAWS 6211
Covers formation of corporations and their management; relations among shareholders, officers, and directors; the impact of federal legislation on directors' duties; and the special problems of closed corporations.

Corporations - LAWS 6251
Covers formation of corporations and their management; relations among shareholders, officers, and directors; the impact of federal legislation on directors' duties; and the special problems of closed corporations.

Counseling Families in Business - LAWS 8701
Explores the legal aspects of owning, managing, and participating in a successful family business system, including corporate structure, legal issues, succession planning and estate management, internal capital markets in private enterprise, ownership issues in private businesses, how lawyers can assist with family governance, planning for and managing family philanthropy, gender issues in family business, and conflict resolution.

Courtroom Observation Civil - LAWS 5323
This course, available to first year students only, is an elective course, not required. It will require students to spend fifteen hours observing actual civil proceedings in a courtroom or courtrooms, to attend a two-hour class meeting every other week, and to prepare and submit a journal recording his or her observations. Figuring out how to gain access to appropriate proceedings is part of the student's work, although the professor is available for advice and guidance if needed. The professor will also read and evaluate the students' journals; encourage sharing and reflection on their experiences; suggest further research when useful to address perplexities or confusion encountered during their observations; and provide information designed to clarify and enrich their observations. The course is pass-fail, and the size of a section is limited to 20.

Courtroom Observation Criminal - LAWS 5513
This course, available to first year students only, is an elective course, not required. It will require students to spend fifteen hours observing actual criminal proceedings in a courtroom or courtrooms, to attend a two-hour class meeting every other week, and to prepare and submit a journal recording his or her observations. Figuring out how to gain access to appropriate proceedings is part of the student's work, although the professor is available for advice and guidance if needed. The professor will also read and evaluate the students? journals; encourage sharing and reflection on their experiences; suggest further research when useful to address perplexities or confusion encountered during their observations; and provide information designed to clarify and enrich their observations. The course is pass-fail, and the size of a section is limited to 20.

Courtroom Observation International - LAWS 5803
This course, available to first year students only, is an elective course, not required. It will require students to spend fifteen hours observing proceedings before an international tribunal or tribunals, to attend a two-hour class meeting every other week, and to prepare and submit a journal recording his or her observations. The proceedings observed will be available streaming online, and the professor will provide guidance and information about how to gain access to them. The professor will also read and evaluate the students' journals; encourage sharing and reflection on their experiences; suggest further research when useful to address perplexities or confusion encountered during their observations; and provide information designed to clarify and enrich their observations. The course is pass-fail, and the size of a section is limited to 20.

Creative Writing For Lawyers - LAWS 6458
Requires substantial writing and reading. Begins with participants bringing to class a piece of creative writing consisting of three to five thousand words. Each session consists of one hour of discussion and critique of an assigned writing exercise that everyone has prepared for the class, and one hour of workshop critique of each participant?s longer work, in turn.

Criminal and Immigration Defense Clinic - LAWS 6029
Thorough grounding in problems of criminal defense. Students will defend indigent misdemeanants in Boulder courts. Develops working knowledge of courtroom skills.

Criminal Defense Clinic - LAWS 6079
Thorough grounding in problems of criminal defense. Students will defend indigent misdemeanants. Develops working knowledge of courtroom skills, advocacy, and evidence presentation. Concludes with full mock trial.

Criminal Defense Clinic II - LAWS 6039
Thorough grounding in problems of criminal defense. Students will defend indigent misdemeanants in Boulder courts. Develops working knowledge of courtroom skills. Prerequisite or corequisite: Evidence, LAWS 6353-3.

Criminal Justice Policy and Practice - LAWS 7315
Focuses on policy and practice issues rather than case law. Examines how American criminal justice is (and has been) dispensed in the vast majority of cases that never reach trial. Devotes attention to systemic issues rather than case-specific problems. Studies policy behavior, prosecutorial charging and bargaining discretion, the provision of defense services, bail and preventive detention, plea negotiation, and sentencing--aspects of the criminal process that affect huge volumes of cases and require thought in global terms.

Criminal Law - LAWS 5503
Statutory and common law of crimes and defenses, the procedures by which the law makes judgments as to criminality of conduct, the purposes of the criminal law, and the constitutional limits upon it.

Criminal Law in Context:Legal and Social Images of Victims and Perpetrators - LAWS 8533
Addresses sentencing process and schemes, direct appeals, probation modification and revocation, parole revocation, pardon and commutation processes, post-conviction litigation and appeal in both state and federal court, federal review of state convictions through habeas and/or the AEDPA, and ethical issues that arise in post-conviction proceedings.

Criminal Procedure: Adjudicative Process - LAWS 7045
Criminal Procedure at the University of Colorado School of Law is taught in two parts. This second part, "The Adjudicative Phase," focuses primarily on criminal procedure at and after trial. It examines such topics as bail, prosecutorial discretion, discovery, plea-bargains, speedy trial, jury trial, right to counsel at trial, double jeopardy, and appeal.

Criminal Procedure: Investigative Phase - LAWS 6045
Criminal Procedure at the University of Colorado School of Law is taught in two parts. This first part, "The Investigative Process," focuses primarily on the constitutional limitations applicable to police investigative techniques such as arrest, search, seizure, electronic surveillance, interrogation, and lineup identification.

Criminal/Immigration Advocacy for the Spanish-Speaking Client - LAWS 6105
This course will address the legal procedures, pleadings and client advocacy matters involved in the representation of Spanish-speaking clients who have been arrested for criminal offenses and have also been issued a detainer by Immigration and Customs Enforcement for possible immigration removal proceedings. The class will begin with a basic overview of criminal defense concepts in the context of Spanish-speaking clients, and finish with an overview of how criminal defense attorneys must now be prepared to competently counsel their clients who are facing removal proceedings in the federal immigration system. We will also discuss cultural issues in the representation of Spanish-speaking clients, as well as aspects of poverty, class and race and their intersection with our legal justice system.

Critical Law and Economics - LAWS 8412
Explores some of the more successful and enduring critiques of Chicago Law and Economics. Starts with an introduction to economic analysis, including basic analytic tools like rational actor theory, supply and demand, efficiency notions, and cost concepts. Later classes will explore more advanced works in the area.

Crme Victim Rght Cnsel & Advoc - LAWS 6513
Involves highly experiential and participatory form of learning related to the rights and needs of victims of crime. Legal and constitutional aspects of crime victims' rights and advocacy are considered. Includes a training component by Moving to End Sexual Assault, a Boulder based organization. After training by MESA, students will complete 120 hors of volunteer service on the MESA hotline as well as attend various meetings.

Cultural Property Law - LAWS 6602
Concerns domestic and international regulation of property that expresses group identity and experience. Organized around traditional categories of property (real, personal, and intellectual), the course covers historic preservation, archaeological resources, art and museum law, with attention to indigenous peoples' advocacy on burial sites, traditional lands, ceremonies, music, symbols, ethnobotany, genetic information, and language.

Deals - LAWS 7101
Explores the business lawyer's role in creating value by helping clients identify, assess, and manage business risks through efficient contract design while achieving the optimal legal, tax or regulatory treatment for the deal. Includes case studies of actual transactions.

Deals Lab - LAWS 6271
Provides an umbrella for several advanced business law sections, each of which provides an intensive intellectual experience for law students by requiring them to connect deep concepts and knowledge from basic business courses to complex transactional environments. Students are required to solve client problems and negotiate transactions in the face of intricate and conflicting legal regimes that sprawl across doctrinal fields. Examples of specific offerings include Advanced Venture Capital; Advanced Securities Offerings; Advanced Securities Regulation (Investment Funds, Intermediaries, and Markets); and Advanced Mergers & Acquisitions. Because these are advanced courses, students must first take the relevant introductory substantive course (e.g., Venture Capital or Mergers & Acquisitions or Securities Regulation).

Deposition Skills - LAWS 6119
Provides valuable skills to assume active roles in the deposition process. Explores why and when to take depositions; drafting and objecting to deposition notices for individual deponents, non-party witnesses, and corporate designees; drafting successful outlines, proper questions and objections; using exhibits; furthering case theory, making and using stipulations; using depositions in pretrial motions and at trial.

Domestic Violence - LAWS 7513
Explores the law, policy, history and theory of domestic violence. Students will approach legal aspects of the problems from a variety of perspectives, which may include criminal justice, family law, civil rights law, tort and/or international human rights. The course examines the limits of legal methods and remedies for holding batterers accountable and keeping victims safe. Students will also study such topics as the dynamics of abusive relationships; the history of the criminal justice system's response to domestic violence; the defenses available to battered persons who kill their abusers; the legal paradigm of the sympathetic victim; psychological and feminist theories about abusive relationships; civil rights and tort liability for batters and third parties; and the intersection of domestic violence with international human rights. The goal of the course is to provide practical information about the challenges involved in legal advocacy for battered persons, as well as theoretical, ethical and historical approaches to the problem of domestic violence.

Drug Product Liability - LAWS 6415
Explores product liability lawsuits and litigation. Explores law of product liability and the tools necessary to successfully litigate these cases. Considers the theory and practice of lawsuits now and after the Supreme Courts landmark decision in Wyeth v. Levine (2009). Focuses on similarities and differences between the special context of FDA regulation. Considers the legal principles governing such lawsuits such as inadequate warning, the Learned Intermediary Doctrine and medical causation.

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