Offerings

Key:
+ subject to prerequisites, co-requisites, exclusions, or professor permission
1L first year required course
a extends over more than one quarter
c/l cross listed
e first-year elective
l Lecturer-taught seminar/simulation class
m seminar
p meets the professional responsibility/ethics requirement
r papers may meet substantial research paper (SRP) graduation requirement
s meets the professional skills requirement
u simulation class
w may meet writing project (WP) graduation requirement
x offering available for bidding
(#) the number of Law School credit hours earned for successful completion
  • Municipal and State Insolvency

    LAWS 73706 - 01 (2) +, m, x
    This seminar focuses on the legal issues that arise when a state or municipal government becomes financially distressed, with particular emphasis on the evolution of Chapter 9 of the Bankruptcy Code from the 1930s until the present day. Students are required to write a series of short papers. Taking bankruptcy law before or concurrently with this course is useful, but not required.
    Winter 2016
    Douglas G. Baird
  • National Security Issues and the Development of Legal Practice Skills

    LAWS 70703 - 01 (3) +, l, m, s, x
    This seminar will address current national security issues including presidential power, indefinite incarceration, assassination, electronic surveillance, and cyberwarfare. More than the typical seminar, this class will also focus on helping students develop a range of skills required for successful law practice. Students will form teams of 2-4 persons. Each team will present its analysis of a topic to the class and help facilitate class discussion of the topic. Each team will also submit a short memo on its selected topic. Constitutional Law I or the equivalent is recommended but not required (and can be taken concurrently).
    Spring 2016
    Robert A. Helman
  • Non-Profit Entities

    LAWS 91101 - 01 (2) m, x
    This seminar will analyze the rationale for non-profits, the justifications for tax exemption, and the differences between non-profit and for-profit firms. The seminar will focus on the diverse array of legal rules regulating non-profits including special tax treatment, fiduciary duties, and various constitutional issues ranging from free speech rights in solicitation to the right of non-profits to discriminate.
    Spring 2016
    Daniel R. Fischel
  • Opera as Idea and as Performance

    LAWS 96304 - 01 (3) c/l, x
    Is opera an archaic and exotic pageant for fanciers of overweight canaries or a relevant art form of great subtlety and complexity that has the power to be revelatory? In this course of eight sessions, jointly taught by Professor Martha Nussbaum and Anthony Freud, General Director of Lyric Opera of Chicago, we explore the multi-disciplinary nature of this elusive and much-maligned art form, with its four-hundred-year-old European roots, discussing both historic and philosophical contexts and the practicalities of interpretation and production in a very un-European, twenty-first-century city. Anchoring each session around a different opera, we will be joined by a variety of guest experts, including a director, conductor, designer, and singer, to enable us to explore different perspectives. The tentative list of operas to be discussed includes Monteverdi's The Coronation of Poppea, Mozart's Don Giovanni, Beethoven’s Fidelio, Verdi's Don Carlos and Otello, Puccini’s Tosca, Wagner's Lohengrin, Strauss's Elektra, and Britten's Bill Budd. Students do not need to be able to read music, but antecedent familiarity with opera would be extremely helpful.
    Spring 2016
    Martha Nussbaum, Anthony Freud
  • Partnership Taxation

    LAWS 44301 - 01 (3) +, s, x
    A review of the principals of partnership taxation, with an emphasis on the tax consequences of the formation, operation and dissolution of partnerships. Matters discussed include the treatment of leverage, capital accounts, disguised sales, mixing bowls, anti-abuse rules and other aspects of partnership taxation. Introductory Income Tax is a prerequisite. Meetings will be held at the offices of Baker & McKenzie, 300 E. Randolph, in the Loop. Dinner is provided. The grade is based on a final take-home examination.
    Spring 2016
    Richard Lipton, Todd Golub
  • Patent Law

    LAWS 78001 - 01 (3)
    This is a basic course in patent law, in which the class is introduced to the governing statutes, core concepts, and influential court decisions. No technical expertise is necessary whatsoever, and students from all backgrounds are encouraged to enroll. Patent cases often involve complicated technologies, but the key to understanding the relevant legal issue almost never turns on an understanding of the patented technology itself. Student grades are based on an in-class final examination. Students from all backgrounds -- technical or not -- are encouraged to enroll.
    Spring 2016
    Jonathan Masur
  • Patent Litigation

    LAWS 78004 - 01 (3) +, l, m, s, x
    This seminar is a hands-on introduction to patent litigation. Using a hypothetical case, Students will explore the practical application of key patent law and litigation concepts. Students will follow the litigation over the course of the term as counsel for plaintiff or defendant. Students will be asked to produce written work (e.g., pleadings, motion papers, deposition outlines, etc.) and to orally argue motions. Potential topics include motions to dismiss or transfer, discovery disputes, claim construction, expert discovery, summary judgment, and appeals. In addition to oral argument, class will discuss practical and legal topics pertaining to patent litigation, typically to assist in preparation of the next week's assignment. Prerequisite: Patent Law.
    Spring 2016
    Steven Cherny
  • Poverty and Housing Law Clinic

    LAWS 90512 - 01 (3 to 4) a, s
    This clinic, conducted over two sequential quarters, exposes students to the practice of poverty law work by giving them the opportunity to work on housing cases at LAF, which provides free legal services to indigent clients in civil matters. Students will spend twelve hours per week in LAF’s Housing Practice Group, and may be asked to attend administrative grievance hearings, represent defendants in eviction actions, prevent landlords from performing lockouts or refusing to make necessary repairs, and participate in ongoing federal litigation. All students will be expected to interview clients, prepare written discovery, and draft motions. In addition to working at LAF, students will attend a weekly two-hour class at which they will learn about poverty law, subsidized housing programs, eviction actions, housing discrimination, the intersection between domestic violence and housing, using the bankruptcy code to preserve subsidized tenancies, challenging barred lists and "no trespass" policies, jury trial practice, and the extensive and often misunderstood connection between criminal law and subsidized housing. Enrollment is limited to twelve students. The seminar is taught by Lawrence Wood (Director, LAF’s Housing Practice Group). Each student's grade is based on his or her class participation (30%) and work at LAF (70%).
    Winter 2016
    Lawrence Wood
  • Poverty and Housing Law Clinic

    LAWS 90512 - 01 (3 to 4) a, s
    This clinic, conducted over two sequential quarters, exposes students to the practice of poverty law work by giving them the opportunity to work on housing cases at LAF, which provides free legal services to indigent clients in civil matters. Students will spend twelve hours per week in LAF’s Housing Practice Group, and may be asked to attend administrative grievance hearings, represent defendants in eviction actions, prevent landlords from performing lockouts or refusing to make necessary repairs, and participate in ongoing federal litigation. All students will be expected to interview clients, prepare written discovery, and draft motions. In addition to working at LAF, students will attend a weekly two-hour class at which they will learn about poverty law, subsidized housing programs, eviction actions, housing discrimination, the intersection between domestic violence and housing, using the bankruptcy code to preserve subsidized tenancies, challenging barred lists and "no trespass" policies, jury trial practice, and the extensive and often misunderstood connection between criminal law and subsidized housing. Enrollment is limited to twelve students. The seminar is taught by Lawrence Wood (Director, LAF’s Housing Practice Group). Each student's grade is based on his or her class participation (30%) and work at LAF (70%).
    Spring 2016
    Lawrence Wood
  • Poverty Law

    LAWS 57402 - 01 (2 to 3) l, m, w, x
    In Poverty Law, we will explore the role that lawyers can play in challenging the distribution of wealth in American society. We will focus primarily on the patchwork of government programs we call the “safety net”—such as programs providing cash (welfare), food assistance, and Medicaid. We will deepen our understanding, as lawyers and as citizens, of how such programs, a frequent source of discussion in current media, function in reality. In the process, we will enjoy many opportunities to explore whether and how program structures reflect or reinforce prevailing cultural attitudes and assumptions about program participants—including attitudes and assumptions based on gender and race. We will also debate, from practical, political, legal and ethical perspectives, what government can or should do, when administering safety net programs, to address what policy makers identify as behavioral causes of American poverty.
    Spring 2016
    Miriam Hallbauer
  • Power, Status, and Negotiation

    LAWS 46703 - 01 (3) s, u, x
    This class introduces participants to social exchange theory and its application to negotiations. We first work to understand how structures of networks and resource dependence influence outcomes of negotiated and reciprocal exchange. To do this, we study four components of social exchange theory: resources, power, brokerage, and status. We evaluate questions like, when are actors more likely to resort to coercive power? When are they more likely to resort to reward power? Which is more effective? How does status impact power and exchange outcomes? We then study how negotiation processes may be informed by structure in influencing outcomes of exchange. Here we evaluate when and how actors influence outcomes in their negotiations using information about network structures and resource dependence models. We spend some time understanding process based research from negotiation theory, psychology, and social psychology, and work towards integrating our understanding of structure, process, and outcomes of exchange. Students participate in five negotiation exercises in and out of class, and complete written assignments based on these exercises and the reading materials.
    Winter 2016
    Zev Eigen
  • Pre-Trial Advocacy

    LAWS 67403 - 01 (2) +, l, s, u, x
    This class focuses on fundamental pretrial litigation strategies and skills, including creation and evaluation of legal and factual theories, motion practice, interviewing clients, discovery planning, depositions, and pretrial preparation. The class employs a variety of learning methodologies, including lectures, small group discussions, simulated exercises, and oral arguments. Students taking Pre-Trial Advocacy are also eligible to enroll in the Intensive Trial Practice Workshop. Because of the overlap in topics, students are ineligible for Pre-Trial Advocacy if they have taken or are currently enrolled in any of the following litigation clinics: Criminal and Juvenile Justice Project Clinic; Civil Rights Clinic: Police Accountability; Mental Health Litigation Clinic; Complex Mental Health Litigation Clinic; Exoneration Project Clinic; Employment Discrimination Clinic; Abrams Environmental Law Clinic; and Federal Criminal Justice Clinic. The student's grade is based on class participation and written work product. Evidence is a prerequisite (may be taken concurrently).
    Spring 2016
    Erin Kelly
  • Private Equity in Asia

    LAWS 71407 - 01 (3) l, m, w, x
    Private equity is expanding rapidly into new regions around the world. Asia, where profound economic change is taking place in countries such as China, India, Indonesia, and Viet Nam, offers attractive opportunities for Western firms seeking to apply their proven investment models. Leading global firms like Carlyle, KKR, and Bain Capital are bullish on Asia and expect their Asian operations to excel in both rate of growth and rate of return – and eventually rival their U.S. and European operations. Such expansion is not without risk, however, and success in Asia requires private equity firms to develop new skills such as partnering with state-owned enterprises, accepting minority investment stakes, dealing with ambiguous legal frameworks, fending off fraud and corruption, and correcting weak corporate governance. Additionally, competition from indigenous firms is threatening to change the landscape - domestic funds are sprouting up in large numbers and increasingly attracting many of the best deals. This seminar will address current developments in private equity across major countries in Asia. We will examine the rise of the industry in the region, the role of private equity in economic development, and the nature of recent Asian private equity deals. Using case examples, we will evaluate deal opportunities and simulate investment decisions in eight different countries. Grading will be determined by class participation during the discussion of cases and readings – and by performance across three short papers. The first paper will examine private equity in the macro-context of economic transformation; the second will focus on the evaluation of a recent deal; and the third will address the terms in a prospective deal negotiation.
    Autumn 2015
    Tom Manning
  • Private Equity Transactions: Issues and Documentation

    LAWS 71402 - 01 (3) +, l, m, s, x
    This seminar will examine from a practical perspective the issues and documentation arising in a typical private equity acquisition transaction. The seminar will follow this type of transaction through its various stages and provide students in-depth and practical experience with common deal issues and drafting contractual provisions to address those issues. The goal of the seminar is to help prepare students for the practical aspects of being a deal lawyer. Course work will include reading acquisition contracts, cases and legal commentators and weekly written assignments (contract drafting and issue analysis). Grades will be based on class participation and the written assignments. Corporations and Contracts are prerequisites.
    Winter 2016
    Mark Fennell, Stephen Ritchie
  • Privatization in Criminal Law

    LAWS 99005 - 01 (2) m, x
    A fundamental policy choice in criminal law is the degree to which enforcement institutions are made public or private. This seminar will examine the historic creation of public institutions of criminal investigation, prosecution, and punishment, including the move away from using bounties and rewards to motivate enforcement agents, and recent trends back towards privatization. We will discuss whether such changes are desirable or undesirable, how best to motivate individuals actors in criminal enforcement, the problem of private lobbying against criminal justice reform, and what might be the optimal mix of private and public institutions. Reading topics will include private police, private prosecution, bail bondsmen and bounty hunters, private probation services, shaming sanctions, and private prisons. Students will write a series of reaction memos. The grade will be based on class participation and the memos.
    Spring 2016
    Richard H. McAdams
  • Professional Responsibility

    LAWS 41016 - 01 (3) p, x
    This course will focus on the rules governing the legal profession and practical applications of the rules. Course materials will include the ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct and a textbook; we may also read supplemental materials from time to time. Grades will be based on an in-class final exam and a class participation component. This course will fulfill the professional responsibility requirement.
    Winter 2016
    Martha Pacold
  • Project and Infrastructure Development and Finance

    LAWS 42512 - 01 (3) +, c/l, l, m, w, x
    This seminar is focused on the development and project financing of infrastructure facilities. These transactions feature a wide variety of commercial agreements and financial instruments, legal and financial structuring, and a significant role for lawyers. Public private partnership structures will be examined. Representative transactions, principally in the energy, transportation and public infrastructure sectors, will be selected for analysis and discussion. Infrastructure projects such as these provide a convenient vehicle for discussion of contractual provisions, structuring parameters, financial analysis, and legal practice issues common to a broad range of business and financial transactions. The classes will be discussion oriented; grades will be based on 3-4 short papers, an analytical paper of 10- 13 pages based on a case study and class participation. There are no pre-requisites, although basic corporation law is recommended. The readings will be taken from textbooks, professional journals, and actual commercial and financial contracts. A speaker from the financial community with a wide range of experience is expected. WP requirements may be satisfied with an additional research paper. Enrollment is limited to 25 students.
    Autumn 2015
    Martin Jacobson
  • Property

    LAWS 30411 - 01 (3) 1L, a
    This course, offered over two sequential quarters, provides an introduction to the legal relationships that arise out of or constitute ownership of property. Subjects covered may include, but are not limited to, such areas as the initial acquisition of rights in real and personal property, the nature of ownership of natural resources, the various types of concurrent and successive interests in land, and restraints on alienation. The course will also deal with the law relating to easements and covenants, landlord and tenant, and conveyancing. The student's grade is based on a single final examination at the conclusion of the Spring quarter.
    Winter 2016
    R. H. Helmholz
  • Property

    LAWS 30411 - 01 (3) 1L, a
    This course, offered over two sequential quarters, provides an introduction to the legal relationships that arise out of or constitute ownership of property. Subjects covered may include, but are not limited to, such areas as the initial acquisition of rights in real and personal property, the nature of ownership of natural resources, the various types of concurrent and successive interests in land, and restraints on alienation. The course will also deal with the law relating to easements and covenants, landlord and tenant, and conveyancing. The student's grade is based on a single final examination at the conclusion of the Spring quarter.
    Spring 2016
    R. H. Helmholz
  • Property

    LAWS 30411 - 02 (3) 1L, a
    This course, offered over two sequential quarters, provides an introduction to the legal relationships that arise out of or constitute ownership of property. Subjects covered may include, but are not limited to, such areas as the initial acquisition of rights in real and personal property, the nature of ownership of natural resources, the various types of concurrent and successive interests in land, and restraints on alienation. The course will also deal with the law relating to easements and covenants, landlord and tenant, intellectual property, and takings . The student's grade is based on an in-class examination.
    Winter 2016
    Lior Strahilevitz