Course Descriptions for Spring 2018 1L Electives

Elective Selection Form Due Monday, November 27th.

  1. Review course descriptions for the various Spring 2018 1L electives (below).
  2. Print out the Spring 2018 1L Elective Selection Form and complete it.
  3. Submit the Form to Room 5110A by Monday, November 27th.

Note: Property final exam will be held on May 5th; Torts* final exam will be held on May 10th.

(*For those students taking Torts in Fall 2017, their Civil Procedure I exam will be May 10th)

(Two sections: Prof. Cecelia Klingele; Prof. Keith Findley). This course satisfies the Criminal Procedure requirement for the Wisconsin Diploma Privilege, as well as the 60-credit rule. The course is an introductory survey of the criminal justice process with emphasis on appropriate controls on the discretion of system actors (a) trial judge - sentencing, (b) police - arrest or cite, (c) prosecution - the charging decision, and (d) allocation of decision-making authority between defendant and defense counsel. Students examine how human discretion rather than statutes or rules dominate the various systems which comprise the criminal justice process. The course is strongly recommended for participation in the Law School's criminal law-related clinics. Final Exam dates:  May 7 (Klingele); May 8 (Findley).  
CONSTITUTIONAL LAW I. (Two sections: Prof. Asifa Quraishi-Landes; Prof. David Schwartz).  This course satisfies the Constitutional Law I requirement for the Wisconsin Diploma Privilege, as well as the 60-credit rule. The course covers the basic structure of government in the United States, with emphasis on the federal government. Includes the role of the federal courts and the doctrine of judicial review; the rise of federal power, as reflected particularly in shifting definitions of "interstate commerce," the doctrine of separation of powers, with emphasis on current issues of legislative and executive branch authority; and judicial and other limitations on the exercise of authority by the states. Take-home final exam. 

BUSINESS ORGANIZATIONS I. (One section: Prof. John Ohnesorge). This course counts toward the 60-credit rule for the Wisconsin Diploma Privilege. This is an introductory course that begins with law of principal-agent relationships, the most basic business form, then surveys state laws governing the formation and operation of closely-held business associations such as general partnerships, limited partnerships, limited liability partnerships, limited liability companies, and closely-held corporations. The course deals with choice of business entity, forming and financing business enterprises, and management rights within such enterprises.  This course is strongly recommended for all students, not just those who plan to practice business law. Final Exam date: May 7th.

INTERNATIONAL LAW. (One section: Prof. Alexandra Huneeus). This course satisfies the Legal Process graduation requirement and also counts toward the 60-credit rule for the Wisconsin Diploma Privilege. The course provides an introduction to public international law. We begin with an introduction to the international legal system, which differs from our national legal system in intriguing ways. As we learn the primary rules and institutions that govern this unique legal system, we ask the fundamental questions: Where does international law come from? Whom does it govern? How is it enforced? How is it different from domestic law? Once we master the basics, we turn, in Unit II, to the question of how this international system interacts with our more familiar national legal system. While our main focus will be on foreign affairs law of the United States, we will also look at other countries’ foreign affairs law. In Unit III, we turn to specific substantive areas of international law, focusing on current topics, such as the international response to the crisis in Syria (humanitarian law and international criminal law). While students will have the opportunity in their second year to take some advanced courses, even if they have not taken this first introductory course, this course will be the basic entry point for the full range of transnational and international law courses offered in the second and third years. The course is also the first step in the International Law Concentration. Final Exam date: May 9th.

CIVIL PROCEDURE II. (One section: Prof. Linda Greene). This course satisfies the Jurisdiction of Courts requirement for the Wisconsin Diploma Privilege, as well as the 60-credit rule. Civil Procedure II covers personal jurisdiction, federal subject matter jurisdiction, venue and motions to transfer, the Erie Doctrine, the rules of joinder, and the preclusive effect of judgments. The course covers the interpretation of several key federal statutes (e.g., §§ 1331, 1332, 1367, 1404) and a number of important United States Supreme Court cases concerning matters of judicial federalism and due process. It is a fundamental course for all law students who intend to litigate or to participate in transactions that might lead to litigation. Civil Procedure I required. Final Exam date: May 8th.

CONTRACTS II (One section: Prof. Steph Tai). This course counts toward the 60-credit rule for the Wisconsin Diploma Privilege. Contracts II deals with cutting-edge legal problems in commercial contracts. In particular, we will focus on ways in which contracts are used to create private systems of governance. As such, we will examine the legal structures created by franchise agreements, terms of service, and end-user license agreements. We will focus not only on appellate opinions, but also on the institutional structures created through these contracts. Contracts I required. No Final Exam: Paper.

ADMINISTRATIVE LAW  (One section: Prof. John Ohnesorge). This course meets the Legal Process graduation requirement and counts toward the 60-credit rule for the Wisconsin Diploma Privilege. Administrative Law focuses on the place of Federal administrative agencies and the administrative process in society; emphasizing agencies' powers and procedures, and the relationships among the legislative, judicial, and executive branches of government in the development and implementation of public policy. Final exam date: May 9th.

COMPARATIVE LAW  (One section: Prof. Kathryn Hendley).  This course meets the Legal Process graduation requirement and counts toward the 90-credit rule for the Wisconsin Diploma Privilege. As we look around the world, law exists in every country. But law does not work in the same way in every country. In this course, we will be exploring how law differs as we move across geographic boundaries. Our exploration will include a number of different legal traditions. Not just our own common law system, but also civil law, Islamic law, and Far Eastern law. We will ask how societal expectations of law change depending on its historical legal tradition and whether globalization is having the effect of blurring these distinctions. We will explore the basic legal institutions – such as constitutions, courts, judges, juries, regulations, lawyers – in a variety of contexts. We will ask how the role of lawyers shifts depending on the institutional and cultural contexts. Our focus will be less on the details of the substantive law of any single country and more on the underlying institutional infrastructure. The course is also required for the International Law Concentration. Take-home final exam.

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