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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Secured Transactions - LAWS 6021
Explores the methodology and policies of Article 9 of the Uniform Commercial Code, dealing with financing transactions in personal property.

Securities Litigation and Enforcement - LAWS 7471
Covers the provisions of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and related federal statutes, concentrating on the arbitration of private securities claims; SEC enforcement actions; international securities regulation; securities manipulation and fraud; self-regulatory organizations; and regulation of attorneys and accountants practicing before the SEC.

Securities Regulation - LAWS 7401
Concerned with the various federal statutes regulating the issue of corporate securities and the cases and regulations that have arisen out of those statutes; stress on statutory interpretation.

Sem: National Security Law and US Foreign Policy - LAWS 8111

Seminar: 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.

Seminar: 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.

Seminar: Advanced Comparative Law - LAWS 8210
Examination of selected issues in comparative law. Past topics have included exploration of discrete issues in Jewish law.

Seminar: Advanced Corporate Law - LAWS 8251
Explores current issues in corporate and securities law, including developments in fiduciary duties of officers and directors, corporate governance, executive compensation, revisions to the model business corporation act, and state and federal litigation reform.

Seminar: Advanced Criminal Justice - LAWS 8315
Studies policy and practice issues rather than case law. Focuses primarily on how American criminal justice is dispensed in cases that do not reach trial, including police behavior, prosecutorial discretion, defense services, bail, plea bargaining, and sentencing.

Seminar: Advanced Criminal Procedure - LAWS 8335
Focuses on a particular topic in criminal procedure. Topics include the privilege against self-incrimination, juries and defense and prosecution ethics.

Seminar: Advanced Energy Law - LAWS 8722
Provides an opportunity for students to further develop their knowledge of the field and to engage in a substantial writing project. Examples of possible topics include hydraulic fracturing, regulation of air emissions from power plants, the smart grid, transmission siting and development, the ratemaking process, design and regulation of electricity markets, energy finance or comparative study of energy regulation.

Seminar: Advanced Information Privacy - LAWS 8361
Explores current issues in information privacy law and cybersecurity law at depth. Topics will change to reflect subjects that emerge each time that the seminar is offered. Some examples include: federal consumer protection law, federal sectoral privacy statutes, state privacy laws, cybersecurity regulation, and European and comparative data privacy law. Required prerequisite or corequisite: Information Privacy and Cybersecurity (LAWS 6361) or Telecommunications Law and Policy (LAWS 7241).

Seminar: 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.

Seminar: Advanced Problems in Water Resource Law - LAWS 8302
Explores the use of watersheds as geographic and political entities for addressing water-related issues and how laws and institutions facilitate or impede watershed-based problem solving.

Seminar: Advanced Topics in American Indian Law - LAWS 8725
Examines a variety of current issues related to American Indian Law. Topics will change to reflect the subjects that emerge at each time that the seminar is offered. Some examples of topics considered include legal protections for American Indian religion and culture, cultural property, Tribal law, gaming law, and Native American natural and cultural resources law. Department enforced corequisite: LAWS 7725.

Seminar: Advanced Topics In Family Law - LAWS 8235
Explores a variety of current issues related to family law; topics will change to reflect emerging issues and will draw from legal and social science scholarship as well as relevant statutes and cases. Possible topics include reproductive technology, children's rights, the role of religion in family law, and political theories of the family.

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.

Seminar: 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.

Seminar: 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.

Seminar: 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.

Seminar: Alternative Dispute Resolution Ethics - LAWS 8103
Explores the ethics of mediators and other alternative dispute resolvers and facilitators, of attorneys representing clients in alternative dispute resolution processes, and of judges serving in alternative roles. Issues include confidentiality, providing appropriate notice to those concerned, and avoidance of conflicts of interest.

Seminar: 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.

Seminar: 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.

Seminar: 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.

Seminar: 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.

Seminar: Citizenship and Equality - LAWS 8565
The concept of citizenship connects immigration with studies of race, international human rights, gender, sexuality, criminality and many others. It 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, philosophy, and history. No prerequisite in immigration law or social science background required.

Seminar: Civil Liberties Litigation - LAWS 8613
Studies issues unique to the prosecution and defense of civil liberties lawsuits. Discusses litigation strategies with reference to lawsuits currently pending in the federal courts.

Seminar: 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.

Seminar: 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.

Seminar: 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.

Seminar: 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.

Seminar: Comparative Labor Law - LAWS 8521
Explores the laws and economic transformations that affect labor relations on a global scale.

Seminar: 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.

Seminar: 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.

Seminar: 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.

Seminar: 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.

Seminar: 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.

Seminar: Constitutional Theory - LAWS 8015
Aims at thinking broadly about the challenges, and problems of constitutionalism in the U.S. What are the fundamental tensions that attend the constitutional enterprise?internally, externally? What relations does the Constitution have to democracy and liberalism? Readings will be taken from legal theory, social theory, philosophy and occasionally judicial opinions. Emphases will differ slightly each year as announced.

Seminar: 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.

Seminar: 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.

Seminar: Criminal Law in Context:Legal and Social Images of Victims and Perpetrators - LAWS 8533
Contextualizes criminal law by engaging in an in depth study of the legal and social characterizations of victims and perpetrators in U.S. law, politics, and popular culture.

Seminar: 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.

Seminar: Critical Theory Cllqm - LAWS 8728
Surveys critical legal theory; introduces the discipline of analytical engagement with law review literature; feminist legal theory, and critical race theory. Offers a deeper understanding of the purposes behind legal reforms, the interaction between law on the books and law in action, how different groups experience the law in different ways, and difficult yet rewarding nature of working through seemingly intractable and emotionally charged race, sex, and class issues.

Seminar: Education and the Constitution - LAWS 8285
Teaches the substantive constitutional law governing public education. Students will teach constitutional materials to high school students in the local Denver Metro area high schools. Interested students must apply, and requires a commitment to a full-year curriculum. Encourages individual development as teachers, writers, and critical thinkers, and provides an opportunity to grow as colleagues and teammates.

For information on how to become a Marshall-Brennan Teaching Fellow please see this page.

Seminar: Environmental Decision Making - LAWS 8322
Explores the foundational issues that underlie agency decision making, including environmental ethics, cost benefit analysis, risk assessment, constitutional law and administrative law. Compares and contrasts National Environmental Policy Act and the National Historic Preservation Act and the Endangered Species Act.

Seminar: Environmental Philosophy and Law - LAWS 8222
Investigates the changing philosophical underpinnings of U.S. environmental law and policy and how philosophy and legal institutions interact.

Seminar: Equality and Sports - LAWS 8331
Examines equality law and theory as applied to sports. Focuses on sex/gender/identity but includes treatment of disability, race, and class. Compares and contrasts the formal regime of legal equality, primarily in the form of Title IX, with equality norms developed in the larger society and within sports organizations themselves. Considers how the meaning of equality shifts across contexts, such as whether sport is treated as a business, as pure competition, or as an opportunity/public accommodation.

Seminar: Fascism and the Liberal State - LAWS 8110
Explores fascist legal theory and its critiques of the liberal democratic state. Readings of major conservative, liberal, fascist, Nazi and Marxist theorists including Marx, Gentile, Fuller, Neumann, Schmitt, Agamben, Hayek and Mill. Understand from a variety of perspectives, the structure and character of the liberal democratic state, its strengths and weaknesses as well as it susceptibility of fascism.

Seminar: Food Law and Policy - LAWS 8545
Introduces students to the laws and regulations that govern our food supply. The focus is federal law provided by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, with additional readings, videos and speakers. Topics to be covered include legal definitions for food, rules on food labeling, standards for food safety, biotechnology, international trade, organic and environmental regulation, hunger, farmer's markets and obesity.

Seminar: Forced Labor - LAWS 8515
Reviews several regimes of compulsory labor that have been central to the American experience: Black chattel slavery in the antebellum South; debt peonage, criminal surety, and related institutions of agricultural servitude; convict leasing and other forms of compulsory inmate labor; "white slavery" and prostitution; and forced labor among immigrants. Emphasizes the complicated role that the law has played, and in some respects continues to play, in both supporting and undermining such institutions.

Seminar: Funding Climate Action - LAWS 8242
Explores the menu of legal and policy options that can be used to fund climate change mitigation, as well as adaptation to climate risks already underway. Robust climate action will require investment on an enormous scale and an increasingly tight timeline. How to fund these investments is one of the central questions of climate policy today.

Seminar: Gender and Criminal Justice - LAWS 8455
Gender plays a role in many aspects of the criminal justice system--from discretionary decisions about arrest and charging to sentencing and punishment. Some offense definitions traditionally were gendered, and today, facial neutrality may mask disparate outcomes based on gender. Moreover, perceptions about the intimacy of the home and the body create tensions between privacy and government regulation in the investigative activities of law enforcement. This two-credit seminar will explore the intersection of gender and criminal justice in such areas as police and prosecutorial discretion, the investigation and prevention of crimes, the definition of offenses and defenses, factors contributing to criminality, criminal sentencing and the experience of punishment, and the societal ramifications of incarcerating children's caregivers. Reading assignments--drawn from both classic and cutting-edge journal articles, as well as from books--will provide an overview, designed to spark ideas for legal research. The research and writing of a major paper on a relevant topic constitutes a vital aspect of the seminar.

Seminar: Gender Work and Family - LAWS 8135
This seminar will explore the intersections and conflicts between work and family in current U.S. law and society, and will do so with some focus on the role that gender identity and sex discrimination play in those conflicts. Readings examine and explain the current state of U.S. law -- in particular the Family Medical Leave Act and the Pregnancy Discrimination Act -- as well as the current social climate. We will consider a number of different perspectives on what problems are created by the work/family conflict and a range of proposed solutions to those problems. In addition to writing a paper, each student will be required to lead class for one meeting.

Seminar: Gender, Law, and Public Policy - LAWS 8765
Introduces students to various schools of feminist theory and examines the relationship between feminist theories and concrete problems in such areas as constitutional law, education law, employment discrimination, family law, and criminal law.

Seminar: Habeas Corpus: The Great Writ of Liberty - LAWS 8013
This seminar is devoted to understanding how the writ of habeas corpus may be used to challenge executive detentions, i.e., detentions by the executive branch which do not result from a judicial process (e.g., a criminal conviction). We will be exploring this issue through some selected readings and through case studies. In addition, you will write a seminar paper on some aspect of the writ (e.g., the scope of review, political question doctrine, standing). My intention is to collect, edit, and integrate the written work done throughout the semester into a piece suitable for publication. Depending on how work goes, all students will share in the authorship of any published work.

Seminar: Higher Education and the Law - LAWS 8755
Examines the goals, governance, norms, and ideals of American institutions of higher education, and how those policies are shaped by the legal system. Examines the legal relationship between institutions of higher education and its various constituents: faculty, presidents, governing boards, students, alumni, and staff. Spans several traditional doctrinal categories, including contract, torts, employment law, constitutional law, intellectual property, tax, and antitrust.

Seminar: Humanizing Contracts - LAWS 8011
Service Learning. Examines contract theory and policy, while roviding community-based service. Students analyze and discuss readings exploring doctrinal and theoretical bases of contract law, and see "contracts in action" through participating in a service project. Requires a final paper linking theory and doctrine with service experiences. Note: this is a year-long seminar (2 credits per semester); students must enroll in both semesters but receive only one grade at the end of the year. Students participate in a service project that may include off-campus and weekend participation.

Seminar: Innovation, Network Theory, Social Entrepreneurship - LAWS 8301
Covers topics related to the legal and public policy implications of innvoation, entrepreneurship, and social networks including normative ideals of entrepreneurship, the concept of regional advantage, whether startups should be subsidized and the design of such subsidies, the role of universities in commercializing ideas, impact of the tax code on entrepreneurship, the role of corporate social responsbiility in startups, and more.

Seminar: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Law and Social Change - LAWS 8505
Introduces legal institutions engaged in social change, from courts, to Congress, to bureaucracies and organizations. Posits tension between tasks of dispute resolution and public policy development and institutional adaptations. Considers the role of public opinion and the classics of legal formalism to more critical accounts. Considers postmodern theory and empirical legal scholarship. Presents alternatives to court-centered approaches to change, including community lawyering and organizing, law and social movements, and legislation.

Seminar: International Adjudication - LAWS 8300
Focuses on writing briefs and memoranda of law suitable for practice before tribunals such as the International Courts of Justice. Emphasis will be on students writing, legal analysis, and presentationof oral arguments. Instruction identifies how to research and analyze international materials, such as treaties, covenants, and international customary law.

Seminar: International Crime and Punishment - LAWS 8310
Addresses issues in international criminal law in three parts: 1) basic contents of international law, 2) international criminal tribunals that enforce international criminal law, 3) national efforts to bring international criminal prosecutions. Recommended prereqs: LAWS 6400 (International Law) or LAWS 7440 (International Human Rights).

Seminar: International Human Rights - LAWS 8440
Exposes students to a variety of human rights issues and the responses by international institutions. In the Fall the seminar will meet for several sessions in a colloquium format, featuring guest speakers from around the world. In the Spring seminar students will complete a paper that satisfies the law school's seminar writing requirement.

Seminar: Jurisprudence - LAWS 8128
This seminar addresses a number of fundamental questions, such as: What is law? What should it be? How is it generated? Our readings consist mostly of articles from leading modern/postmodern schools of thought including legal formalism, legal realism, interpretive theory, law and economics, feminist jurisprudence, critical legal studies, law and literature, and legal aesthetics.

Seminar: Law and Democratic Governance - LAWS 8205
Explores cutting-edge debates in election law. Studies different perspectives on the current controversies in the field, in addition to select opportunities to engage scholars directly about their work. Develops students' understanding of the law of democracy, exposing students to some of the best scholarship, and improving students' ability to evaluate and critique legal scholarship.

Seminar: Law and Economic Development - LAWS 8450
Explores past and present debates over the role of the legal order in economic development. Studies the relationships among economic ideas, legal ideas and the development policies pursued at the national and international level in successive historical periods, beginning in the Seventeenth Century to the present. Focuses on the potential for an alliance of various traditions from economics, law and other disciplines to understand development.

Seminar: Law and Economics - LAWS 8318
Introduces the uses and limitations of microeconomic theory for understanding and resolving legal problems. Emphasizes concepts prominent in the law and economics literature such as cost, transaction costs, utility, and rational self interest.

Seminar: Law and Economics of the Information Age - LAWS 8341
Examines basic regulatory and legal challenges of our information economy and digital age. Emphasis will be placed on the "networked" information industries, the proper role of "unbundling" policies to advance competition, and how intellectual property and antitrust rules should be developed. Prerequisite: LAWS 7241 (Telecommunications Law and Policy), LAWS 7201 (Antitrust), or LAWS 7301 (Copyright).

Seminar: Law and Economics of Utility Regulation - LAWS 8351
Discusses economics of regulation and matters ranging from neoclassical economic analysis to public choice theory to new institutional economics. Discusses several regulatory domains, including antitrust law, telecommunications regulation, and energy regulation. Highlights both economic and non-economic goals, including universal service, sustainability (e.g., renewal energy), and architecture (e.g., free speech concerns with regard to telecommunications networks). Requires prerequisite course of LAWS 6301 or 7201 or 7241

Seminar: Law and Literature - LAWS 8458
This seminar offers an opportunity to study various works of literature with an eye to investigating the following questions, among others, How do the techniques of literary writing resemble and differ from those of legal writing?

Seminar: Law and Politics Colloquium: Race in America - LAWS 8645
This co-taught colloquium will expose students to highly prominent scholars conducting research on current topics at the intersection of race, social science, and the law, including racial profiling, hate crime, and affirmative action (among others). Each week will include an introduction to the landscape of that week's topic and a colloquium with that week's invited speaker. Students will complete a final paper satisfying the CU Law seminar writing requirement on a relevant topic of their choosing. This cross-listed class does not require that students possess any prior background in social science techniques or legal doctrine.

Seminar: Law of Politics - LAWS 8648
Examines the legal framework that governs the political process, including such topics as the political question doctrine, the "right to vote," the 2000 presidential election controversy, term limits, bicameralism and presentment, campaign finance, direct democracy, and the interpretation of the legislative product (i.e. statutes).

Seminar: Lawyers and Leadership - LAWS 8003
Analyzes challenges and responsibilities of serving in leadership roles, with particular emphasis on utilizing law as a vehicle to change organizations and societies. Topics include characteristics, models, styles, and theories of leadership, charisma, civil and human rights, conflict management, decision-making, diversity, ethical responsibilities, forms of influence and persuasion, innovation, mindfulness, organizational dynamics, positive organizational scholarship, and scandal. Materials will include cutting-edge research, case histories, exercises, problems, simulations, and video clips from popular culture and media.

Seminar: Media, Popular Culture, and Law - LAWS 8055
Examines how the institutions, practices, and the very identity of law are in part affected by the media through which law is apprehended and communicated. Hence the general question posed in this seminar: To what extent and how are the forms and methods of the new media having an effect on the perception, role and identity of law?

Seminar: Mineral Development - LAWS 8122
Deals with legal and policy issues surrounding mineral development and its environmental impacts. Emphasizes the problems associated with hard rock minerals and coal development, with some treatment of oil and gas leasing and development issues. Focuses on western public lands with some discussion of international and private lands issues.

Seminar: Modern Legal Theory: Core Ideas - LAWS 8538
Explores key ideas that have shaped American law and legal thought, such as Holmes; bad man, the Coase Theorem, the "hunch" theory of law, and others. Focuses on researching and writing many short papers.

Seminar: Oil & International Relations - LAWS 8320
This seminar will address the extent to which the international community of nations is oil dependent. It will assess the impact, and the geo-political dangers to international relations arising from the expanding demand for scarce oil from developing as well as developed economies.

Seminar: Policy and Climate Change In The Mont Blanc Region - LAWS 8252
Explore the Mont Blanc region including the history and culture, along with the political and economic forces that have shaped it. Attention to the environmental and land use issues and climate change impact. Consideration of the opportunities and obstacles for regional political leaders in adapting to changes in the regional climate. Review techniques to monitor and understand baseline conditions and how climate change may be impacting those conditions. Field work on site required.

Seminar: Poverty and Inequality in Comparative Perspective - LAWS 8060
Investigates the nature, causes, consequences and major responses to persistent poverty and inequality in the United States and several other countries. Students are expected to write short response papers for each assignment as well as a substantial research paper on a topic selected in discussion with the instructor.

Seminar: Power, Ethics, and Professionalism - LAWS 8608
Examines critically the possibility and character of ethical reasoning within the legal profession in light of its institutional structures. Explores descriptive/normative accounts of the profession's structure, "professionalism," and individual conscience. Put simply, the seminar explores whether it is possible to be a good lawyer and ethical person.

Seminar: Problems in Constitutional Law - 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).

Seminar: Public Health Law and Ethics - LAWS 8405
Explores rules of law pertaining to the American public health care system and the ethical issues raised by the government's effort to protect the health of the American people.

Seminar: Race, Racism, and American Law - LAWS 8075
Focuses on issues of race reform law, in particular the group of issues dealing with Black Americans. (Students of all hues and persuasions are welcome.) The class has an interpretive or critical dimension, rather than a litigation-oriented one. The idea will be to gain an understanding of how race reform law works and how attitudes and historical forces have shaped that body of law.

Seminar: Reforming Criminal Trials - LAWS 8325
Starts from the premise that reform of our criminal trial system to make it less complicated, less expensive, and more reliable should be considered. Examines trial systems in other countries and U.S. changes over recent decades. Student papers should make and defend proposals for reform.

Seminar: Regulation and Innovation - LAWS 8605
Explores two related questions: first, what role does regulation play in encouraging (or inhibiting) innovation? Second, what kinds of innovation approaches to regulation itself are being employed or might be employed and how might these strategies improve the environment for private innovation?

Seminar: Rhetoric and the Art of Persuasion - LAWS 8808
This seminar will explore recent work in rhetoric to identify the principles and techniques of effective persuasion in law. We will examine the ways in which cognition, language, imagery, metaphor, narrative, and scene-setting shape the ways in which lawyers and judges strive to persuade each other. The readings are largely theoretical, but they have been explicitly selected for their practical usefulness and relevance to lawyering.

Seminar: Securities Litigation and Enforcement - LAWS 8401
Designed for students interested in studying topics related to securities litigation. Covers civil liability under the Securities Act of 1933, proxy fraud, class actions (with special emphasis on the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act and the Securities Litigation Uniform Standards Act), market manipulation, SEC enforcement actions, enforcement issues involving attorneys and accountants, criminal enforcement, international securities fraud, and securities arbitration.

Seminar: Sentencing Law and Policy - LAWS 8355
Studies sentencing law against the backdrop of criminal justice policy and concerns of public policy. Covers theories of punishment, the merits of indeterminate sentencing, sentencing guidelines, and nonincarcerative sanctions. Confronts problems of race, class, and other disparities in criminal sentencing.

Seminar: Separation of Powers - LAWS 8395
The law governing the relationships of the three constitutional branches of the federal government. Topics include judicial control of the presidency, congressional control of federal jurisdiction, budgeting and spending processes, the President's veto power, impeachment, officers' immunities from liability, executive privilege, congressional and executive supervision of the agencies, foreign policy powers, and war powers.

Seminar: Sexuality, Gender Identity, and Law Seminar - LAWS 8665
Examines the regulation of sexuality and gender identity in local, state, and federal law. Explores how sexuality and gender identity shape, and are shaped by, an array of laws and policies, which may include family law, military regulations, tax law, employment law, trusts and estates, obscenity law, and criminal law.

Seminar: Special Problems in Conflict Resolution and Management - LAWS 8409
Develops a comprehensive description of dispute; creates a conflict assessment of the stakeholders in and dynamics of dispute; assess obstacles to and opportunities for mediation; recommend strategy for addressing and managing the dispute. While there are no prerequisites, Mediation and/or Legal Negotiation are encouraged/helpful.

Seminar: Special Topics in Constitutional Law - LAWS 8120
Offers students the opportunity for in-depth discussion and study on an important topic of constitutional law. Topics may vary from year to year.

Seminar: Special Topics in Intellectual Property - LAWS 8036
Applies copyright doctrine to the digital music contexts. Topics may include but are not limited to radio, compulsory licensing, performance rights, sampling, user generated content, term extension, termination rights, "open-access" and the public domain, emerging technologies and infringement, social implications of copyright legislation, digital fair use and the first sale doctrine and moral rights for users and artists.

Seminar: Special Topics in International Law - LAWS 8400
Provides in-depth coverage of particular issues in international law and exposes students to intellectual concepts in the field. Students write seminar length papers and develop critical thinking through writing and research.

Seminar: Special Topics In Law And Feminism - LAWS 8795
Provides an introduction to core concepts of human rights, women's rights, and feminism. Examination of particular fields of law through feminist lenses, issues of gender and human rights, and feminist legal approaches in other countries or in comparative/cross-cultural perspective.

Seminar: Speech, Religion, and Equality: Constitutional Values in Tension - 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.

Seminar: Tax Law, Economics and Policy - LAWS 8407
Explores current issues in tax policy. Topics may include equity, effciency, and distributive justice; choice of tax base, including consumption taxes; social policy in the Internal Revenue Code; corporate taxation and tax incidence; and the tax legislative process, legal transitions, and tax reform. This two-credit seminar does satisfy the graduation requirement. Pre-/co-requisite: Income Taxation (LAWS 6007).

Seminar: The Law of Pandemics - LAWS 8426
Develops student understanding of the numerous ways in which the law must reckon with, regulate, and regulate around, pandemics. Shows how, while public health law primarily engages with pandemic to stop its spread, secondary legal regimes must also take pandemics into account in order to ensure the operation of law. This includes the laws of contract, tort, property, finance, welfare, and the like. Situates reading and format within ongoing pandemics to the degree appropriate.

Seminar: The Law of the Colorado River - LAWS 8312
Addresses the many areas of law and policy that affect management of the Colorado River and the communities that depend on it. The seminar will also include material and presentations from experts in other disciplines, including conservation biology, climate science, anthropology, geology, and hydrology. The centerpiece of the class will be a two-week raft trip through the Grand Canyon.

Seminar: The Rhetoric of Law - LAWS 8138
Considers how Anglo-American law operates rhetorically, how it persuades, builds character, offers proof, approximates the truth, establishes legitimacy, and makes things happen. It will also explore the ethics of rhetoric and note the relationship of rhetoric to other bodies of legal scholarship (e.g., law and literature, legal pragmatism, law and culture). It will hone student advocacy skills, prepare students to anticipate and defend against the rhetorical stratagems of different legal actors, and enrich students' sense of professional identity.

Seminar: Theory of Punishment - LAWS 8548
Explores the various justifications that philosophers have developed to explain why we have the right to punish. Examines the historical evolution of our punishment system and focuses on the death penalty as a critical contemporary issue in the debate about the proper role of punishment in our society.

Seminar: US National Security & Foreign Relations in a Time of Change - LAWS 8611
Explores the legal frameworks influencing the development of national security policy and U.S. foreign policy. Students will be introduced to applicable U.S. Foreign Relations Law, U.S. National Security Law and International Law and will engage in analysis about current policy approaches to emerging national security threats. There are no pre-requisites for this course.

Seminar: Wal-Mart - LAWS 8511
Examines issues raised by Wal-Mart's size, power and business model. The issues that we will consider bring numerous areas of law into play, including employment and labor law, social welfare legislation, class actions, antitrust, zoning, international labor and human rights regulation, and international trade. The course will show how different areas of the law are integrated in practice.

Seminar: Women in Law and Literature - LAWS 8428
Considers both legal and literary depictions of women and their legal and extralegal situations. Topics may include women as mothers, women as sexual beings, women's silence, women's violence and women as criminals, women at work, and women as the "other" in law and literature.

Sexuality and the Law - LAWS 7505
This course will be a survey of the main topics that fall under the rubric of "sexuality and the law," with hopes that we can identify persistent themes and issues. We will discuss the federal and state constitutional rights of sexual minorities (GLBTI peoples), the status of same sex marriage under statutory law (federal and state DOMA's) and federal and state constitutional law, the centrality of gendered heterosexuality to family law, other legal regulation of sexual conduct, and the legal system's abilities/inabilities to deal with the breakdown of dichotomous sexualities (the challenges presented by transgender and intersex groups).

Special Topics - LAWS 6708
Course topics vary. See topic titles and descriptions each semester.

Specialized Legal Research: Selected Topics - LAWS 6836
Builds upon first-year legal research problem-solving skills by exploring tools and methods used to research specific areas of law (e.g., Intellectual Property Legal Research, Foreign & International Legal Research).

Sports Law - LAWS 7331
Covers the application of rules from agency, antitrust, contracts, constitutional law (including sex discrimination), labor law, property, torts, unincorporated associations, and other subjects to those persons involved in the production and delivery of athletic competition to consumers. Explores the development of the application of these rules to a sports setting and related economic issues.

Standards and Standardization Wars - LAWS 7371
This course will look at the standardization process and the products that result from "standards wars" and analyze the business, legal and practical implications of achieving market dominance.

State and Local Taxation - LAWS 7507
Examines the operation of the income, property and sales tax used to finance our state and local governments. Includes requirements of equal protection and due process. Covers jurisdiction to tax allocation of the tax base among different state and local governments.

Statutory Interpretation - LAWS 6128
Examines theories of legislation and of the relation between legislatures and courts, with emphasis upon problems of statutory interpretation and other issues in the judicial use or misuse of statutes.

Supreme Court Decision Making - LAWS 7013
Students will deliberate over several important cases as Justices of the Supreme Court. Class will be divided into three "courts" with the first hour spent in deliberation and the second hour in discussion of the deliberative process as well as the substantive issues.

Survey of Business Enterprise Taxation - LAWS 6117
Makes a comparative survey of federal income taxation of C corporations, S corporations, and partnerships/lomited liability companies, the principal entity choices for conducting business in the United States. Includes formation, operations, distributions, sales of interests, and liquidation. Suitable for students seeking introductory background for business or real estate practice, without the detail require for a tax specialist. Prerequisite: Income Taxation (LAWS 6007).

Sustainable Comm Dev Clinic - LAWS 6209
Provide legal and policy advice, guidance and representation related to sustainable development with a focus on fostering social enterprise, healthy communities and poverty reduction.

Tax Policy - LAWS 7407
Explores current issues in tax policy. Topics may include the tax legislative process, consumption taxes, taxes and distributive justice, the tax exemption for nonprofits, carbon taxes, corporate taxes and integration, and taxes and entrepreneurship. No prerequisite required, although Federal Income Tax will be helpful.

Taxation of Natural Resources - LAWS 7307
Considers the federal income tax aspects applicable to the exploration for, the development of, and the operation of natural resources, as well as the financing thereof. Also considers oil and gas, hard minerals, timber, and water.

Tech Policy Advocacy - LAWS 7801
Provides an intensive, one-week look at the substance, strategy, tactics, and import of technology policy advocacy. Each year, we will study one particular theme or conflict and examine it in-depth. The point of studying one particular episode is to learn lessons about the practice of technology policy advocacy that apply beyond this one historical moment. This class is meant to combine traditional doctrinal approaches with an experiential focus.

Technical & Engineering Knowledge in Litigation - LAWS 7343
Teaches law students and engineering students to work with each other in varied legal disputes implicating technical matters (acccidents, trade secrets, pollution, etc.), covering expert witness law and practice, use of empirical methods in litigation, and more broadly the roles of lawyers and of engineers in such disputes. Experiential learning-based assignments may include initial investigations, witness testimony, and legal writings that include engineers' expert witness reports and lawyers' complaints and motions.

Technology Law and Policy Clinic - LAWS 7809
Features technology law advocacy before administrative, legislative, and judicial bodies in the public interest. LAWS 7809 and TLEN 5250 are the same course.

Technology of Privacy - LAWS 6331
Explores the escalating debates by policymakers, scholars, advocates, and industry representatives about the growing spread of tracking and surveillance in society. Debates are being spurred by the pace of changes to technology and particularly of changes to Internet and mobile technology. Practicioners in information privacy law or technology policy must understand the past, present, and likely future of the technology of privacy.

Telecommunications Law and Policy - LAWS 7241
Examines laws governing telecommunications industries, including federal and state regulation and international aspects. Includes telephone; cable; satellite, cellular, and other wireless systems; and the Internet.

The Practice of Labor and Employment Law - LAWS 6501
The course focuses on aspects of the practice of employment law, rather than the examination of legal doctrines. The instructors are both members of the Labor and Employment Department at Sherman & Howard L.L.C. Focusing on examples from their practice, the course discusses typical issues presented in advising and litigating on behalf of employers and employees. Each topic includes special attention to ethical issues.

The Prosecutor's Role in the Criminal Justice System - LAWS 6315
Designed to familiarize law students with the professional and ethical duties of the prosecutor in the criminal justice system, with the goal of encouraging students to think about the role that prosecutors play. While the focus of the materials and presentations will center on the Colorado criminal justice system, the concepts and principles addressed translate to all state systems and the federal system. National trends and legislative policy decisions related to criminal law, and their potential impact on public safety and prosecution efforts will also be discussed.

The Regulation of Marijuana - LAWS 7718
is based on state and federal law regulating marijuana in Colorado. Topics include medical and recreational legalization, state and local regulation and taxation of marijuana commerce, and practical issues for marijuana businesses.

Topics in Compliance - LAWS 9222
Learn how to assess allegations of wrongdoing and recognize situations in which internal investigations are appropriate. Students will lean how to develop an investigation plan and will be introduced to the primary steps in an investigation including the following: initiating an investigation, locating and gathering evidence, conducting interviews, analyzing evidence, articulating conclusions and drafting investigative reports.

Torts - LAWS 5425
Study of the nonconsensual allocation of losses for civil wrongs, focusing primarily on the concepts of negligence and strict liability.

Toxics and Hazardous Waste - LAWS 7402
Examines the EPA's federal hazardous waste statutes, including the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act of 1976 (RCRA), and the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act of 1980 (CERCLA). Analyzes the RCRA "cradle-to-grave" hazardous waste program, and addresses the evolving CERCLA liability scheme and cleanup process.

Trademark and Unfair Competition Law - LAWS 7341
Examines the subject matter of trademark protection, the interaction of trademark and unfair competition law with other intellectual property doctrines, the requirements for acquiring and retaining federal trademark rights, false advertising and other misrepresentations, the right of publicity and related claims, remedies for infringement, and international aspects of trademark protection.

Transactional Drafting - LAWS 7051
This course will teach the principles of contemporary commercial drafting and introduce documents used in a variety of transactions. The skills gained will be applicable to any transactional practice and will also be useful to litigators. On finishing the course, students will know the business purpose of each contract concept, how to translate the business deal into contract concepts, how to draft each of a contract's parts with clarity and without ambiguity, how to add value to a deal, how to work through the drafting process, and how to review and comment on a contract.

Trial Advocacy - LAWS 6109
Focuses on voir dire, opening statement, direct examination of witnesses, and cross examination. Uses pass/grading.

Trial Competition - LAWS 7509
Student teams further develop trial and advocacy skills in a competitive mock-trial format involving two or more rounds of trials. Preparation of trial briefs and drafting other court pleadings and documents is required. Credit is limited to the top two teams (six students). Student finalists may continue involvement in regional and national competitions.

Trial Practice - LAWS 6179
Students apply the rules and doctrine of evidence in simulated trial settings. Must be taken with the corresponding section of Evidence. Enrollment is limited to 24. Satisfies the trial practice requirement and counts two hours toward the 14-hour maximum of clinical hours counted toward graduation. This is a graded course--not pass/grade.

U.S. Races and Justice Systems - LAWS 7375
Examines the unique but related legal, social, and economic problems and accomplishments of those persons in this country whose ancestry originated in Africa, Asia, Latin America, North America, and explores the developing literature on whites and whiteness.

Undrstnd Global Fin Crisis - LAWS 6338
Explores the causes and consequences of the global financial crisis. Analyzes financial instruments and institutions at the heart of the crisis -- including asset-backed securities, credit derivatives, government-sponsored entities, credit rating agencies, hedge funds, and financial conglomerates -- and places them in the context of a larger "shadow banking system". Examines the building blocks of financial reform.

Venture Capital and Private Equity - LAWS 7271
Provides overview of the legal and financial principles to represent privately held companies, their founders and managers, and their investors. Emphasizes transaction structuring rather than judicial opinions. Includes the organization and financing of start-ups, structuring buyout transactions, exit strategies, legal organization of investment funds and other financial intermediaries. Discusses the relevant regulatory landscape, including securities law, bankruptcy, ERISA, and tax law.

Wage Law and Litigation - LAWS 7531
Teaches federal and state wage statutes, common-law claims for unpaid wages (e.g., fraud, contract/quasi-contract, etc.), and complex statutes outside employment law (racketeering, antitrust, etc.) that creative wage litigators sometimes use. Coverage of the limits of wage law scope may include non-employee contractors (both traditional and gig economy workers), undocumented workers, students, volunteers, and/or prisoners. Teaches litigation practice and strategy, including class/collective action practice, plus experiential learning assignments that may include deposition-taking/client-interviewing, claim-strategizing, damages-calculating, and/or motion-writing.

Water Resources - LAWS 6302
Analysis of regional and national water problems, including the legal methods by which surface and ground water supplies are allocated, managed, and protected.

White Collar Crime - LAWS 6035
Examines distinctions between white collar crime and other types of criminal activity and the needs for and arguments against white collar laws and law enforcement. Studies securities fraud, mail and wire fraud, insider trading, money laundering, false statements, conspiracy and criminal forfeiture statutes. Includes use of the grand jury, privileges applicable in the corporate setting, immunity, discovery and the impact of parallel civil proceedings. Examines effect of government policy on corporations and their counsel, pre-trial and trial strategy, jury selection, and victim notification and restitution options.

White Collar Crime Practicum - LAWS 6060
Addresses the non-trial portion of white collar criminal law. Drawing examples and problems from wire fraud, securities fraud, healthcare, and computer fraud contexts, explores a white collar case's major investigative and charging phases, corporate and organizational issues, as well as pleas and punishment.

Wildlife and the Law - LAWS 6502
Examines the law that protects wildlife, its habitat, and biodiversity. Explores human-caused threats including habitat destruction, illegal trade, and climate change. Focuses on statutes, case law, environmental ethics, and current controversies to highlight legal, scientific, and political strategies for protecting biodiversity. Particular emphasis is placed on the U.S. Endangered Species Act.

Wills and Trusts - LAWS 6104
Intestate succession; family protection; execution of wills; revocation and revival; will contracts and will substitutes; creation of trusts; modification and termination; charitable trusts; fiduciary administration, including probate and contest of wills; construction problems in estate distribution.

Writing for Employment Lawyers - LAWS 6561
Exposes students to a wide range of client counseling and writing problems in the employment context. Examples include drafting demand letters, responses to EEOC charges, portions of employee handbooks, settlement agreements, document requests and interrogatories, and letters to opposing counsel. Prerequisite or Corequisite: Employment Law OR Employment Discrimination.

Writing In Context - LAWS 6228
Provides the opportunity to improve legal writing and analytical skills in a particular field of law. This course will be offered in conjunction with a doctrinal course, and the writing assignments will be based on the law taught in the doctrinal course. Students enrolled in this course will need to be concurrently enrolled in the doctrinal course.

Writing in the Regulatory State - LAWS 6207
Focuses on developing the research, writing, and analytical skills necessary to operate within any highly-regulated field. Weekly research and writing assignments will focus on exposing students to the kinds of authority typical in the regulatory context: legislation, legislative history, administrative regulations, agency opinions, cases, and advanced secondary sources. Student writing assignments will include drafting opinion letters, pleadings and motions, contracts, and policies and procedures.

Wrongful Conviction - LAWS 7079
Focuses on the issues and remedies in cases of people who have been convicted, whose traditional appellate remedies have been exhausted, and who continue to claim actual innocence. Preference will be given to those who have taken or are taking more criminal procedure courses.

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