Course Descriptions, Administrative Law - Business Associations

Administrative Law

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.

Admiralty 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 Evidence: Expert Witnesses

LW 737; 1 hour. In recent years, the use of expert witnesses has proliferated as both civil and criminal litigation have become more complex and technical. This course introduces students to hiring, deposing, and obtaining trial testimony from an expert in a real case. During class, students will prepare a witness to give a deposition, practice voir dire, and prepare a cross examination of an opposing expert. Students will also learn the applicable FRE, FRCP, and case law.
Prerequisite(s): Evidence.

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 Natural Resources Law

LW 774; 2-3 hours. Advanced Natural Resources Law explores legal and policy matters not covered in Oil and Gas, Water Law, Federal Indian Law, and Public Lands Law. These include: the environmental regulation of oil and gas and of water rights; "cross-resource" issues such as the water-energy nexus and water-dependent ecosystems; inter-jurisdictional resources issues (interstate, state-federal, and state-tribal); takings issues in oil and gas development and in water law; and property rights and regulation in renewable energy (hydropower, wind, and solar). Students may opt to take the course for three-hour credit, which requires the completion of a research or readings paper. Doing so satisfies the writing requirement for the Natural Resources Law Certificate as well as the upper-level writing requirement.
Prerequisite(s): Oil and Gas Law and Water Law (can be taken concurrently; may be waived by professor). Prior completion recommended: Environmental Law.

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.

Agricultural Law

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.

Appellate Practice

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).

Art Law

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.

Artificial Intelligence & Law

LW 792; 2 hours. This is a survey and perspectives course about the legal, social, and governance implications of artificial intelligence. Coverage will include subject areas ranging from constitutional rights, criminal justice, public administration, education, torts, privacy, national security, energy and environment, healthcare, finance, intellectual property, agriculture, transportation, employment, and labor. Coverage will also include jurisprudential themes, such as "soft" versus "hard" law, risk-based regulation, behavioral economics, rule of law, personal autonomy, government legitimacy, and the socio-legal challenges associated with disruptive technological innovation. No previous coursework is required. A science or technology background is not necessary to take the course. Interest in AI's intrigue and social implications is all that is needed.

Barbados: Alternative Dispute Resolution

LW 848; 3 hours. This course will provide a unique blend of doctrine and skills, including the theory and practice of international alternative dispute resolution. Topics will include client interviewing, client counseling, negotiation, mediation, arbitration and hybrid dispute resolution processes. In addition to learning the theory and law of alternative dispute resolutions, students will engage in simulated exercises that will highlight the distinctions between the various alternative dispute resolution techniques. Special attention will be paid to alternative dispute resolution within an international/Caribbean context.

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 Constitutional Law

LW 845; 3 hours. The objectives of this class are to analyze and compare the constitutions of the United States and the nations that make up the Commonwealth Caribbean, as well as representative constitutions from other countries, to discuss “best practices” in constitutional law, and to examine the way that each of these constitutions address these practices. Specific areas of concentration include constitutional formation, the role of the judiciary and judicial process, the separation of powers, the protection of rights, equal protection of the laws, and criminal punishment.

Barbados: Comparative Legal Systems-- Labor and Employment Law

LW 849; 3 hours. This course explores fundamental workplace rights, protections, and duties from a comparative law approach. Students will review American and Caribbean approaches to Employment Law subjects such as the nature of the employment relationship, the rights and duties of the parties, and termination of employment and Labor Law subjects such as freedom of association, certification and recognition of labor unions, and collective bargaining.

Barbados: Comparative Trade Law

LW 844; 3 hours. This course provides a comparative legal perspective on international trade and finance law. The course introduces students to the trade and finance law regimes of the United States and of the Commonwealth Caribbean, as well as representative legal regimes from other parts of the world. In as far as these regimes are based on international agreements or model laws (WTO agreements and UNCITRAL Model Laws), the course examines commonalities and differences in how these agreements are interpreted and implemented in the United States, the Commonwealth Caribbean, and other representative jurisdictions. The course also introduces students to dispute settlement in the areas of international trade and finance law. (No prior courses in Trade Law are required.)

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.

Business Associations

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.