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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Accounting Issues for Lawyers - LAWS 6281
Studies 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.

Advanced Appellate Advocacy - LAWS 6213
Advanced study and practice of written and oral appellate advocacy. Builds on the first-year advocacy course, but provides more advanced techniques for brief writing, and preparing for and conducting oral argument. Students are required to write an appellate brief and participate in several oral arguments, and receive detailed, one-on-one critiques of work product.

Advanced Applied Compliance - LAWS 9221
Enables students to discover what is takes to transform a company's compliance program beyond a "paper program." The class will explore the elements of a strong, effective and mature Compliance program. Taught by an experienced compliance professional with the support of several expert guests, the class will investigate how the best Compliance programs augment compliance policies with processes, controls and continuous monitoring.

Advanced Clinical Practicum - LAWS 7019
Enables a clinical student an optional 1-3 credits to complete advanced legal work in the Clinical Education Program. A student may participate in an advanced clinical practicum in connection with any existing clinical offering that the student already has successfully completed. A student must have the permission of the appropriate clinical faculty member, and must complete all of the advanced legal work under that faculty member's supervision. For each credit taken, a clinical student must complete a minimum of 50 hours of legal work, all of which shall be graded pass/graded. A clinical student may complete 1-3 credits of work over the course of no more than two semesters. A clinical student may earn no more than 3 credits total over the student's law school career.

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 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. Prerequisite: Legal Negotiation

Advanced Legal Research - LAWS 6856
Moves students from the brief introduction to legal research offered in the first year legal writing class to the problem-centered research students will perform in practice. Offers an in-depth look at research resources and methods. Primary and secondary sources from the judicial, legislative, and executive branches of federal and state government will be covered, both print and online.

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 - LAWS 6226
Builds on skills learned in the first-year legal writing course to improve written legal analysis. Students will complete multiple written assignments and will receive individual feedback on their work. Sections vary significantly depending on the professor; please check the Legal Writing page of the Colorado Law website to read each professor's course description.

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 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 Transactional Drafting - LAWS 7071
Provides students with the opportunity to further develop skills gained in LAWS 7051 and put them to use in simulations and business contexts across various areas of practice. Students will be asked to draft industry specific contract provisions, revise existing contracts, counsel and negotiate on behalf of clients and work through ethical dilemmas encountered by transactional attorneys.

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)

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.

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.

Analytical Strategies - LAWS 7350
Develops analytical, writing and problem-solving skills necessary to pass the bar exam and succeed in practice. Designed for third-year law students in their final semester. Students will improve their techniques for analyzing, organizing and writing responses to essay and performance test questions through frequent written exercises and individual feedback on those exercises.

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 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.)

Appellate Advocacy Practicum - 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.

Applied Evidence - LAWS 6383
Provides the opportunity to improve the legal writing and analytical skills by practicing written analysis based on the law of Evidence. Professors Griffin and Bloom designed materials specifically for this course, which is designed to be taken concurrently with Professor Bloom's Evidence class. Student receive individual feedback on every exercise and assignment.

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 Law and Literature - LAWS 7428
Interdisciplinary study of law, medicine, and bioethics. Addresses such issues as confidentiality in medical treatment, rejecting life-sustaining treatment, death and dying, reproductive law and genetic technology, human experimentation, and access to health care.

Business and Human Rights - LAWS 7421
Examines the role of international human rights law in regulating or influencing businesses enterprises, along with relevant policy considerations.

Business Associations - LAWS 7621
Covers the law of agency, partnerships, limited liability companies and corporations. It includes principles of agency, formation and operation of business entities, fiduciary duties of the actors in business entities, and the relevant federal and state laws related to those entities.

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. Prerequisite: Income Taxation (LAWS 6007).

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.

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 - 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.

Civil Tax Controversies - LAWS 6177
Explore critical rules that drive the administration of our tax system, as well as policy and strategic considerations in the application of these rules. This course would address return filing, statutes of limitations, and civil penalties; audit, deficiency assessments, and administrative appeals; litigation in U.S. Tax Court and U.S. District Court; and ethical considerations. This course would be relevant not only to students interested in litigation, but also to students with a transactional focus.

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.

Communications For Compliance Professionals - LAWS 9226
Develops the tools students will need to thrive in the law school's MSL program. Deepens students' understanding of the United States legal system and develops their ability to communicate effectively and appropriately in writing and orally to their intended audience, and research, organize and explain their ideas clearly, using appropriate writing conventions.

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
Examines and critiques law, legal institutions and traditions of the country of focus and the US as they affect children, families, and work. 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 service 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.

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.

Compliance - LAWS 6221
How does a corporation establish and manage expectations for the conduct of its work force? What does a corporation need to do to keep itself out of the headlines for scandals, and how should it respond to problems when they arise? This course will explore these topics. It will cover the requirements for corporate compliance programs and the key components of them, including the role of the audit committee, internal audit, and ethics and compliance. It will also look closely at a few different compliance regimes, including Sarbanes Oxley, the privacy and security components of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), the evolution of other data privacy standards like 'Do Not Track,' and the anti-corruption standards of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and the UK Bribery Act.

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.

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.

Constitutional History - LAWS 6248
Explores the history of constitutional law in America. The course will set the discussion of important cases in the context of social, economic, legal and other developments in America and stress the ways in which interpretation of our Constitution has not been the sole province of the Supreme Court but has also been performed by Congress, the executive, the states and the people.

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

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.

Consumer Protection Laws and Policies - LAWS 6031
Focuses on deceptive trade practices and consumer rights. Reviews the law of deception/misrepresentation at common law, and federal and state laws regarding unfair acts and practices. Covers credit practices, environmental and health claims, and telecommunications and privacy. Discusses remedies, including governmental enforcement actions, and individual and class actions.

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.

Contract Theory - LAWS 7111
Explores various contract theories and principles emanating from classical and neoclassical law, legal realism, law and economics, critical legal studies, law and society, relational theory, and others. Considers and critiques these theories as applied to particular contracting cultures, especially as applied to construction contracts.

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
Examines the federal income taxation of "subchapter C" corporations and their shareholders. Topics may include choice of entity, operations, distributions, redemptions, formations, liquidations, taxable asset and stock acquisitions, and tax-free reorganizations (that is, mergers and acquisitions). 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.

Corporate Transactions in Latin America - LAWS 6601
Introduces students to an overview of Latin American commercial and civil law systems, looking closely at Napoleanic and Chilean law. Explores the choice legal structures available for Latin American corporations; contract law that regulates business transactions in Latin America; and exploration of the way in which Latin American countries have joined international business trade agreements that pertain to Latin American nations such as the Vienna Convention and Gatt.

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.

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-graded, 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.

Creditors' Remedies and Debtors' Protections - LAWS 7011
Examines typical state rights and procedures for the enforcement of claims and federal and state law limitations providing protection to debtors in the process. Includes prejudgment remedies, statutory and equitable remedies, fraudulent conveyance principles, and exemptions and other judicial protections afforded debtors.

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.

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 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.

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.

Cybersecurity - LAWS 7361
Introduces students to the laws that regulate the basic technologies of the Internet and the management of information in the digital age. It examines the most significant statutes, regulations, and common law principles that comprise this emerging legal framework, including the Federal Wiretap Act, the HIPAA Privacy Rule, and the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.

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.

Disability Rights - LAWS 6555
Explores the theories of disability, including whether disability is the product of society/social construction or medicine. The course will then explore some of the major federal protections for disability, including the Americans with Disabilities Act, which prohibits discrimination in employment and public accommodations, and the Individuals with Disabilities in Education Act.

Dispute Resolution Digital Age - LAWS 7461
Explores the need for expanded and equalized access to remedies in consumer cases, and how the internet opens doors to online dispute resolution (?ODR?) systems that utilize cost-effective negotiation, mediation, and arbitration processes for resolving complaints. ODR has its drawbacks, but it can be especially effective and satisfying for low dollar claims such as those in most consumer contexts because of its efficiencies. ODR also has potential to ease power imbalances that have hindered market regulation. Accordingly, this course will look at the various systems currently used by major companies such as eBay, as well as the rules and treaty developments in global markets. We also will do ODR simulation exercises, led by Colin Rule, who has been a leader in creating ODR systems. The class also will include deep consideration of both the potential and drawbacks of ODR systems. All ODR processes are not beneficial, and thus we will also discuss development of best practices and question policy directions.

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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