Course Descriptions, Debtor/Creditor Relations - Externship: Workplace Law

Debtor/Creditor Relations

LW 718; 3 hours. The focus of this course is on the problems incident to the disposition of the estate of a failing or insolvent debtor. It looks at problems relating to execution of judgments, fraudulent conveyances, compositions, assignments for the benefit of creditors, receivership, and problems arising under the Federal Bankruptcy Act.

Decedents' Estates and Trusts

LW 915; 3-4 hours. This course addresses: (1) the law governing transfers of property at death, including intestate succession, wills and will substitutes, and the administration of estates; and (2) the laws governing the creation, administration, and interpretation of trusts.

Directed Research

LW 763; 1-3 hours. In-depth legal research and writing. Offered only upon prearrangement with a faculty member to direct the project and then with the Dean. Projects for three hours credit will rarely be approved and only for student work that substantially exceeds that required for most projects. See Standards for Directed Research.

Directed Research: Advanced Topics in Workplace Law

LW 884; 1-2 hours. Students focus on an area of special interest by engaging in supervised research and writing to complete a project that expands their knowledge of workplace law. Students must propose a project for review and approval by the faculty supervisor and the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.

Directed Research: Veterans' Claims

LW 970; 2 hours. Students will assist the instructor in analyzing the denial of a veteran's disability claim by the Board of Veterans Appeals; reviewing the administrative record, including medical records; researching statutes, regulations, and case law; determining the viability of an appeal; preparing briefs in appropriate cases; and representing the veteran before the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims. In so doing, students will become familiar with a complex and integrated body of federal statutory law and regulation. They will learn how litigation with administrative agencies differs from other types of litigation and will acquaint themselves with administrative procedures. Credit, no-credit.
Prerequisite(s): Recommended: Administrative Law and Veterans Law.

Directed Study in Complex Litigation

LW 864; 2 hours. This course focuses on class actions and other complex multiple-party problems. The course also examines the federal statutes and rules designed to assist in the management and resolution of multi-district litigation, and the res judicata and collateral estoppel problems that arise in complex cases. Students will meet weekly in the chambers of an appellate court judge to discuss the readings and other assignments. Students will be required to conduct at least five interviews with attorneys and judges and to observe at least three appellate arguments and civil trials. Students are required to submit written summaries of each interview and to submit written observations of all arguments and trials. Enrollment is limited and students must apply to the judge for admission into the course.

Divorce Practice

LW 716; 2 hours. An advanced seminar course that explores the practical aspects of drafting prenuptial contracts, property settlement agreements and child custody arrangements.
Prerequisite(s): Family Law.

Domestic Violence

LW 890; 1-3 hours. The course includes recognizing the signs of abuse; the cycle of violence; readings on domestic violence, representing the victim of domestic violence, advising a victim in divorce; effects of domestic violence on children; "battered women's syndrome" in criminal cases; working with other professionals and representing the abuser.

Drafting Contracts and Conveyances

LW 946; 1 hour. This is an advanced course in contract law and property law that teaches drafting techniques and provides students with the opportunity to practice the skill of legal drafting in various transactional settings. Students will analyze, research, and write documents that respond to specific simulated client scenarios. At the conclusion of the course each student will have completed a portfolio of annotated documents, with supporting analysis, research, and commentary. Credit for the course will be based upon completion of the required portfolio of documents.
Prerequisite(s): Contracts and Property.


LW 984; 2 hours. Almost every civil case filed today will encounter issues relating to the discovery of electronically stored information ("ESI"). This course will help students understand what ESI is (e.g., e-mails, databases, metadata), what the key issues arising in cases involving ESI are, and the developing trends relating to the resolution of those issues. Students will also gain an understanding of how the federal rules affect ESI issues in litigation, applying relevant standards and tests developed from caselaw and other sources.
Prerequisite(s): Civil Procedure I.

Elder Law

LW 932; 2-3 hours. This course examines family issues of the elderly including divorce, abuse and neglect, grandparent issues, advance directives, Medicare and Medicaid, Social Security and retirement and ethical issues unique to elder law.

Election Law

LW 945; 2-3 hours. In this course, we will consider the shape and scope of electoral law in the United States, and how it affects our body politic. We will pay close attention to how our laws have granted and restricted the free exercise of "the franchise" by Americans, including but not limited to: voter enfranchisement, the mechanics of the electoral process, legislative districting, legislating through ballot initiatives, arid the financing of political campaigns.

Employee Benefits Law

LW 709; 2-3 hours. As Americans increasingly rely on employers to provide post-employment income security (retirement benefits) and other benefits such as health insurance (welfare benefits), employee benefit law remains a central feature of American employment law. This course provides a survey of the specialized employee benefit plans governed by the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) and the Tax Code. In addition, this course will explore the rules governing coverage, vesting, funding fiduciary standards, claims administration, remedies, and preemption of state law. While there will be some exploration of the tax benefits and consequences of these plans, no prior knowledge of taxation law is assumed or required. Variable credit, see course schedule.

Employment Discrimination

LW 786; 3 hours. This course focuses on the theory and practice of Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, sex, religion, national origin, and color. Sexual harassment law receives considerable attention. Coverage of process and procedure includes examination of the growing use of alternative dispute resolution to resolve discrimination claims. Other statutes such as the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act are studied, but because their basic structure is parallel to Title VII, they require less discussion.

Employment Law

LW 917; 2-3 hours. Federal and state laws touch the employment relationship from the moment an applicant enters a prospective employer's workplace until the relationship terminates. This course will introduce students to selected topics in employment law with a focus on common law and the federal statutory laws that modify the traditional employment relationship. Topics may include wrongful termination, the Fair Labor Standards Act, prevailing wage laws, and OSHA standards.

Energy Regulation

LW 803; 2 hours. Students learn public utility regulation by examining state and federal price and non-price controls on the production, transmission, and sale of natural gas and electricity. Also examined are domestic and international laws designed to promote and regulate various forms of energy, to include oil, natural gas, coal, nuclear, water, wind, solar, and emerging alternatives. Laws designed to promote energy conservation, and to encourage the use of renewable forms of energy, are also studied.

Entrepreneurial Law

LW 910; 3 hours. Students will examine the concept of entrepreneurship and the legal challenges and risks inherent in launching and maintaining an entrepreneurial venture. Through video lectures, reading assignments, online discussions, recorded guest presentations, group activities, and quizzes, the course will explore various phases of the entrepreneurial process. Course topics include business planning, choosing an appropriate business entity, creating a proper governance structure, obtaining financing, structuring contracts, protecting intellectual property, and conducting business through e-commerce. Students will follow a case study, through which they will work individually and in groups to understand relevant business and legal considerations and to master substantive law and practical skills necessary for effective representation of entrepreneurs.
Prerequisite(s): Business Associations and Professional Responsibility.

Environmental Law

LW 744; 3 hours. A survey course in environmental regulation. The primary focus is on the structure and enforcement of major federal anti-pollution schemes such as the Clean Water Act and Clean Air Act. Because these laws are implemented by the Environmental Protection Agency, considerable time is spent understanding basic administrative law, including the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). Statutes regulating solid and hazardous waste, the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) and the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA) are also covered, but students desiring in-depth examination of these acts should consider also enrolling in Hazardous Waste Regulation.
Prerequisite(s): Administrative Law (recommended).

Environmental Regulation of the Oil and Gas Industry

LW 967; 1 hour. All phases of oil and gas development are regulated under various state and federal environmental statutes. The state and federal environmental laws that apply to the exploration, production, and marketing phases of the oil and gas industry are studied in a chronological context as operations progress from land acquisition to abandonment. Students will learn to apply the environmental laws to specific activities using a basic compliance model. Credit, no-credit.

Estate Planning and Taxation

LW 749; 4 hours. In this course, students will learn the planning techniques, ethical and professional considerations, legal issues, tax consequences, and practice considerations associated with trust and estate planning and administration. Subjects include planning and drafting techniques focused on meeting client goals, minimizing federal taxation, maximizing asset protection for clients and the beneficiaries of their estates and trusts, maximizing the availability of governmental resources, and minimizing the risk of family disharmony in the administration of trusts and estates. This course will also focus on estate planning for a client’s mental disability through "advance directives," including financial powers of attorney, health care powers of attorney, living wills, and do not resuscitate directives ("DNRs").
Prerequisite(s): Taxation of Individual Income; Decedents' Estates and Trusts.

Estate and Business Planning for Farmers and Ranchers

LW 873; 1 hour. This course examines the unique estate and business planning rules, both tax and non-tax, applicable to persons and entities engaged in agricultural activities. The planning and business structuring issues associated with qualifying an agricultural estate for a special use valuation election will be analyzed as will the events that can cause post-death recapture of any estate tax saved.


LW 757; 4 hours. The presentation of proof before judicial and quasi-judicial tribunals gives rise to questions regarding the admissibility of evidence. These questions are studied in the context of examination of witnesses, competency, privilege, relevancy, the hearsay rule, judicial notice, and the presentation of scientific and demonstrative evidence.

Evolution of a Business Transaction

LW 937; 1 hour. This course will be devoted to an in-depth analysis of the transactions involved in the purchase of a business entity. Students will examine the documents, legal issues, and business concerns involved in the purchase of a business, beginning with the execution of a letter of intent and ending with the closing checklist. Students will work with actual sale and financing documents from such transactions, with a particular focus on the perspectives of the buyers.
Prerequisite(s): Business Associations.

Externship I

LW 921; 2 hours. The School of Law has created opportunities for students to obtain a meaningful educational experience outside of the classroom through externships with federal courts, state courts, government agencies, and other governmental and non-governmental organizations. During each enrollment period students will receive a list of the available externships and the specific requirements the student must be willing to meet to be considered for a particular externship. Some externship opportunities may require the student to apply for an available position, and be selected. Although the specific requirements for credit can vary among externship opportunities, all externships require certification of a minimum amount of student time on qualifying externship activities, regular attendance and participation in the classroom component of the course, satisfactory evaluations from the sponsor, and completion of all written work and evaluations. Grading is based on Credit/No Credit, and Credit requires a minimum performance of 'C' level (2.0) work.
Prerequisite(s): A student may not participate before completion of at least one academic year of study. If required by the sponsor or the work expected of the student extern, certification as a Legal Intern under the Kansas Supreme Court Student Practice Rule must be obtained. Additionally, some placements may have other requirements. See Externship Program for more information.

Externship II

LW 922; 2 hours. This course allows a student, who has completed Externship I for 2 credits, to do one more externship course with a different sponsor. The same conditions, guidelines, and grading policy for Externship I apply, except that Externship II does not require participation in a classroom component. See Externship Program for more information.
Prerequisite(s): Completion of Externship I. If required by the sponsor or the work expected of the student extern, certification as a Legal Intern under the Kansas Supreme Court Student Practice Rule must be obtained. Additionally, some placements may have other requirements.

Externship: Workplace Law

LW 881; 2 hours. Students work at a federal or state workplace law related agency or in another appropriate placement addressing primarily workplace law issues. Placement in certain positions may be competitive. All externships require certification of a minimum amount of student time on qualifying externship activities, regular attendance and participation in the classroom component of the course (to be held currently with the general Externship I class), satisfactory evaluations from the sponsor, and completion of all written work and evaluations.