Course Descriptions, Administrative Law - Business Associations
LW 780; 3 hours. This course examines procedures before administrative boards and tribunals as well as their powers and duties and the scope and availability of judicial review of their decisions.
Prerequisite(s): Constitutional Law I.
Admirality and Maritime Law
LW 735; 3 hours. Admiralty and maritime law is the complex body of federal statutory and common law governing most aspects of maritime commerce and activity. In the United States admiralty and maritime jurisdiction and the associated admiralty and maritime law relates not only to the sea but extends inland to all rivers, streams, lakes, and other navigable bodies of water. The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the unique jurisdictional issues and substantive elements of federal admiralty and maritime law such that they will be equipped to litigate a multitude of admiralty and maritime issues competently.
Prerequisite(s): Civil Procedure I.
LW 887; 2 hours. This course will cover all aspects of adoption law -- consents of parents; termination of rights; Indian Child Welfare Act; transracial and transcultural adoptions; the Hague Convention on Intercountry Cooperation in Respect to Adoption, access to information; the effects of adoption; and actions for wrongful adoption.
Prerequisite(s): Family Law (recommended prior or concurrent enrollment).
Advanced Intellectual Property Seminar
LW 954; 2 hours. This course focuses on "hot topics" in intellectual property (IP) law, tackling timely IP issues such as the challenges of online copyright enforcement in the Internet age, the patentability of living organisms and genes, and the interactions between trademark law and the ever-expanding Internet domain name system. The course affords opportunities for in-depth discussion about issues that are covered only briefly in the introductory IP course. Students explore specialized topics with the goal of understanding how shifting theoretical and philosophical perspectives on IP impact current debates in the field, and have the opportunity to expound upon particular subjects of interest through completion of a seminar paper and accompanying presentation.
Prerequisite(s): Introduction to Intellectual Property Law.
Advanced Legal Research
LW 800; 2 hours. A survey of legal and law-related research resources not introduced in the first year Legal Analysis, Research and Writing courses. The course emphasizes computer-assisted, Internet and interdisciplinary sources. Each student selects a legal specialty and prepares a written, selective guide (pathfinder) to the legal and law-related research sources for the chosen specialty.
Advanced Oil and Gas Law
LW 855; 3 hours. The oil and gas industry uses a number of unique contractual arrangements to explore for, develop, produce, and market oil and gas. This course goes beyond conveyances and oil and gas leases and examines the law governing farmout agreements, operating agreements, drilling contracts, production sales contracts, pooling agreements, unitization agreements, and agreements for the sale and exchange of producing properties. State oil and gas conservation issues and the law governing oil and gas development on federal public lands are also studied. Students will also study the intricate web of environmental laws that apply to the exploration, development, and production of oil and gas. This course provides students with an opportunity to improve their legal drafting skills through various drafting exercises.
Prerequisite(s): Oil and Gas Law.
Advanced Trial Advocacy
LW 724; 2 hours. This is an advanced litigation skills course. The primary focus is simulated trial experience. Other topics include the use of expert witnesses, innovative demonstrative evidence, the art of oral persuasion and communication science. Sections will be offered with either a criminal law or civil law focus.
Prerequisite(s): Evidence and Trial Advocacy.
LW 706; 3 hours. Agriculture Law is a survey of the law applicable to agricultural production and business. Agriculture Law deals not only with plants and animals but also with land use, environmental rules, and the use of food products. As American agriculture revolutionizes and modernizes farming processes, issues of intellectual property, trade, credit, and commercial transactions arise with greater frequency. The course will be divided into and emphasis placed upon, agriculture related contractual and property issues, agricultural environmental issues, crop and animal production and sales issues and issues related to passing the farm onto the next generation. Included in each of these areas are constitutional issues, statutory and regulatory framework and tort laws uniquely influencing farm agriculture and agribusiness. Students will be evaluated by means of unit exams or assignments.
Alternative Dispute Resolution
LW 753; 3 hours. A foundational course that introduces upper level students to a variety of non-judicial processes for resolving disputes, with emphasis on negotiation, mediation and arbitration. The course will explore these and other hybrid dispute resolution processes by analyzing state and federal statutes, emerging case law, court rules, and standards established by the American Bar Association, the American Arbitration Association, and other dispute resolution organizations. Students will compare private alternative dispute resolution systems to traditional adjudication and court annexed systems, and examine ethical problems, societal perspectives and practical limitations on these alternatives.
LW 782; 3 hours. The course examines the Sherman Antitrust Act and related federal legislation. It includes an examination of the legal restraints on monopolies, unfair competition, price-fixing agreements, and corporate mergers.
LW 767; 2 hours. A study of appellate procedure in Kansas and federal courts. Topics include perfecting the appeal, jurisdiction, preparation of a brief and oral argument, and principles of appellate review.
LW 854; 2 hours. This course focuses on the adjudicatory dispute resolution process of arbitration. It provides an examination of the legal and practical contexts in which arbitration is used, with specific study of arbitration in the international and securities arenas. The course will consider arbitration systems in international compacts, treaties and conventions and in commercial and labor transactions. This course is designed for advanced law students and may be of particular interest to those with a concentration in business or international law.
Prerequisite(s): Alternative Dispute Resolution (recommended).
LW 924; 2 hours. This seminar examines various legal issues in the visual arts, including: artists' rights and copyright; government regulation and funding of art, museums, and artists; authentication of art and cultural property; disputes over the ownership of art; illicit international trade of art; the disposition of art in times of armed conflict and war with emphases on World War II and the Middle East; and First Amendment issues as they relate to museums and artists.
Barbados: Comparative and International Taxation Law
LW 846; 3 hours. This course will take a multi-country approach to examine the basic underpinnings of taxation law. Concepts such as the tax base, deductions, income attribution, timing, source and residence will be explored. Nonresidents who engage in domestic and international transactions from a U.S. perspective have special rules apply to them, and we will examine these. The tax systems in a number of common law and civil law jurisdictions, including the U.S, U.K., France, Canada, and others, will be explored to learn the basic tax concepts. Taxation concerns facing the EU will also be examined. Taxation issues will be explored from the perspective of both individuals and business organizations. The method of evaluation will be based on a final exam and class participation.
Barbados: Comparative Legal Systems-- Constitutional Law
LW 845; 3 hours. This course will examine the differences in the development of Constitutional Law in the United States and the different countries in the Commonwealth Caribbean. Although most of these legal systems descended from the same British Common Law tradition, their constitutional development has been different in many significant ways since colonial times. The course will focus on the ways that the different legal systems handle concepts such as judicial review of legislation, separation of powers between branches of government, reliance on international law, and the identification and protection of rights. Students will analyze and discuss the benefits and liabilities of the constitutional choices made by these legal systems. This course is taught by way of a daily lecture delivered by one of the faculty members, followed by discussion and exploration of the topic. Small group work will be included on most days. The course is evaluated by way of a written examination that will require application of the principles learned during the class.
Barbados: International Economic Relations
LW 844; 3 hours. This course will focus on international business and finance, from U.S., Caribbean and international perspectives. Students will be introduced to the basics of doing business across borders, and will be able to compare the rules used in the United States with those of the West Indies. The class will familiarize the students with the different actors in the global markets (institutions, regulators, corporations) and how they operate in different parts of the world. The class will also introduce students to several particular topics, drawing on the expertise of the two faculty members. Particular topics will include: corporate governance, financial markets, foreign investment and business transactions.
Barbados: Product Liability and Privacy Law
LW 843; 3 hours. The course will examine the doctrines of product liability and privacy in tort. Both product liability and privacy will cover important areas of tort law that are not currently covered in the first year torts course. Students will be exposed to a variety of liability regimes related to product defects that do not fit neatly into either negligence or strict liability but retain characteristics of both. Students will also be asked to justify unconventional remedies and causes of action by applying the broad policy goals of tort law to an extent not possible in a one semester torts course. The comparative aspect of the course will facilitate an analysis of the considerations that affected the varied development of the English common law in the Commonwealth and in the United States. The course grade will be based on the students' performance on the final examination, with the professors reserving the right to raise or lower a student's final grade by a 1/3 letter grade, based on the student's class participation.
Barbados: Topics in Comparative Law and Criminal Procedure
LW 842; 3 hours. This course applies a topical approach to comparative criminal law and procedure, focusing on underlying premises of the differing legal systems and the roles of attorneys and others in the criminal process in the investigation and trial of criminal cases. Topics may include investigation in general, search and seizure, other privacy invasions, plea bargaining, and legal presumptions and burdens, among others. The course examines the benefits and liabilities in the different legal systems and procedures applied to criminal cases in countries including Europe and the Commonwealth Caribbean. This course includes a daily lecture delivered by one of the faculty members, followed by discussion and exploration of the topic. Small group work or simulations will be included on most days. Course related field trips are anticipated. The course concludes with a written examination requiring application of the principles learned during the class.
Prerequisite(s): Criminal Law; Criminal Procedure.
Bioethics and the Law
LW 860; 3 hours. A seminar exploring the legal and ethical issues surrounding the rapid development of new biological technologies. Topics include: beginning of life issues such as contraception, abortion, and nontraditional methods of human reproduction; end of life issues such as pain management, advance health care directives and physician-assisted suicide; genetic issues such as cloning, genetic testing, gene therapy, and eugenics; and other issues such as organ transplantation, pharmacological regulation of behavior, and experimentation on human subjects.
LW 703; 4 hours. An analysis of the legal attributes of available business organization forms. Emphasis will be on partnerships, limited liability companies and corporations. The law of agency, as applied to each of these forms will also be emphasized. Rights, duties and liabilities of managers, owners, and agents will be examined. The course also focuses on formation issues, operational powers and fundamental changes in business forms such as dissolution, merger, or acquisition.