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First-Year Curriculum

From your first day at KU Law, you’ll be engaged in both broad considerations of the role of law in society and specific training in legal research, writing and advocacy.

All first-year students take Lawyering Skills, a course that focuses on the skills and values of the legal profession. Faculty members with extensive experience meet with students in a traditional classroom setting and in small groups. By the end of your first year, you will have prepared a brief and argued a summary judgment motion.

You’ll also take one of your other required first-year courses in a small section of about 20 students. These classes provide an informal learning atmosphere and encourage in-depth discussions and critical analysis.

First-year courses include:

LAW 804 Civil Procedure
This course will examine all phases of the litigation process in civil actions. Specific subjects covered may include: pleadings; discovery; disposition of cases without trial; the right to jury trial; post-trial motions; appeals; the bases for jurisdiction over persons and property; notice; venue; subject matter jurisdiction; choice of federal or state law in diversity cases; joinder of claims and parties; and preclusive effects of judgments. Required course. LEC.
Fall 2017
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Hines, Laura
WThF 11:25-12:20 PM GRN 203 - LAWRENCE
F 09:15-10:10 AM GRN 203 - LAWRENCE
4 17974
LEC Sward, Ellen
WThF 11:25-12:20 PM GRN 107 - LAWRENCE
W 10:20-11:15 AM GRN 107 - LAWRENCE
4 17978
LEC Sward, Ellen
WThF 01:35-02:30 PM GRN 107 - LAWRENCE
F 10:20-11:15 AM GRN 107 - LAWRENCE
4 26463
LEC Hines, Laura
WThF 10:20-11:15 AM GRN 108 - LAWRENCE
Th 09:15-10:10 AM GRN 108 - LAWRENCE
4 17977
LAW 806 Introduction to Constitutional Law
An introduction to the law of the United States Constitution, including the historical context and evolution of constitutional principles, methods of constitutional interpretation and analysis, and basic doctrine concerning the structure of government and the protection of individual rights. Doctrinal coverage includes separation of powers, federalism, equal protection, due process, and freedom of religion. Required course. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2017 semester.

LAW 809 Contracts
An introduction to contract law, including topics such as offer and acceptance, consideration, contracts enforceable without consideration, defenses to enforcement of contracts, terms of contracts and their interpretation, performance and breach of contracts, remedies for breach, third-party beneficiaries, and assignments. Required course. LEC.
Fall 2017
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Drahozal, Christopher
MTuW 08:10-09:05 AM GRN 104 - LAWRENCE
M 11:25-12:20 PM GRN 104 - LAWRENCE
4 26464
LEC Lucas, Quinton
MTuW 08:10-09:05 AM GRN 108 - LAWRENCE
Tu 09:15-10:10 AM GRN 108 - LAWRENCE
4 22364
LEC Peck, John
MTuTh 10:20-11:15 AM GRN 107 - LAWRENCE
Th 02:40-03:35 PM GRN 107 - LAWRENCE
4 22365
LAW 814 Criminal Law
An introduction to substantive criminal law, including theories of punishment, basic stages of the criminal process, culpability, defenses, parties to crime, conspiracy, attempts, sentencing, homicide, and other selected offenses. Required course. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2017 semester.

LAW 820 Lawyering Skills I
This course introduces students to legal systems and the skills of lawyers. It includes instruction and discussion on legal traditions, legal institutions and legal methods. It focuses on developing students' skills in legal reasoning, writing and research. Students will complete numerous research and writing assignments, culminating in an open memorandum. Required course. LEC.
Fall 2017
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Keller, Pamela
TuTh 09:15-10:10 AM GRN 203 - LAWRENCE
2 17979
LEC Rosenberg, Joyce
Tu 10:20-11:15 AM GRN 108 - LAWRENCE
Th 10:20-11:15 AM GRN 203 - LAWRENCE
2 16148
LEC Rosenberg, Joyce
TuTh 11:25-12:20 PM GRN 201 - LAWRENCE
2 16149
LEC
TuTh 10:20-11:15 AM GRN 201 - LAWRENCE
2 16767
LEC Six, Betsy
TuTh 10:20-11:15 AM GRN 104 - LAWRENCE
2 25256
LAW 821 Lawyering Skills II
In this course, students build on the research and writing skills they developed in the first semester and practice additional skills such as client interviewing, negotiation and mediation. Students learn about the expectations and demands of lawyers and the legal profession through instruction on bar admission, professionalism, and ethical advocacy, and by working on assignments in a simulated lawsuit. Student work culminates in an advocacy brief and subsequent oral argument. Required course. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2017 semester.

LAW 822 Comprehensive Civil Mediation
This course provides an opportunity for upper-level students to develop the skills needed to represent clients ordered to mediate civil disputes and/or serve as a mediator in civil disputes. The course takes an in-depth look at conflict resolution techniques, neutrality, drafting agreements and mediation statements, communication skills, ethics, attorney/mediator preparation, confidentiality, privilege and the law governing mediation. Students will be required to read, draft, conduct limited research, attend a mediation, and participate in role play exercises to simulate all stages of mediation. No prerequisites, although students may find it helpful to have taken LAW 860, Alternative Dispute Resolution. Students are prohibited from taking LAW 823 if they have taken LAW 822. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2017 semester.

LAW 823 Comprehensive Family Mediation
This course provides an opportunity for upper-level students to develop the skills needed to represent clients in mediation during divorce proceedings. Students will also learn how to serve as a mediator for divorcing parties splitting assets and/or developing a parenting plan. The course takes an in-depth look at conflict resolution techniques, child development, family systems, psychological aspects of divorce, domestic violence screening, issues specific to qualified domestic orders and military divorces, communication skills, ethics, attorney/mediator preparation, confidentiality, privilege, and the law governing mediation. Students will be required to read, draft, conduct limited research and participate in role play exercises to simulate all stages of mediation. No prerequisites, although students may find it helpful to have taken LAW 860, Alternative Dispute Resolution. Students are prohibited from taking LAW 822 if they have taken LAW 823. LEC.
Fall 2017
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Morse, Adina
MW 11:25-12:20 PM GRN 310 - LAWRENCE
2 26498
LAW 824 Global Challenges in Law, Agriculture, Development, and Ecology
This course aims to complement the more foundational courses in public international law, international business law, and comparative law by examining a cluster of particularly important "global challenges." These involve (i) the rule (and role) of law in international relations, (ii) the economic, environmental, and social aspects of modern agriculture, (iii) the quest and prospects for human development, and (iv) the existential threats posed to the ecosphere through climate change, soil degradation, water conflicts, and species extinctions. The course provides also a "paper option": students enrolling in a third credit hour through Independent Research (LAW 924) can, upon satisfactory completion of a research project related to the subject-matter of this course, satisfy the upper-class scholarly-writing requirement. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2017 semester.

LAW 825 Sixth Semester in Washington D.C
This field placement will be worth three, six, or nine credit hours. Students will work in a public policy or public interest placement, earning one credit hour for each 42.5 hours of work. Students will also be required to complete written work. This written work is comprised of a goal-setting memo, weekly journal entries, and a final reflection paper. Students are also required to participate in monthly full-day programming sessions. These programming sessions will include meetings with practitioners to learn about practice in D.C. and substantive areas of law that are commonly practiced there. There will be no co- or prerequisites for this field placement. Finally, students are expected to take advantage of a mentoring program and planned opportunities to meet KU Law alumni set up by the KU Law School. FLD.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2017 semester.

LAW 826 Property
An introduction to personal property law and to real property law, which includes adverse possession, estates in land, cotenancies, landlord-tenant law, easements, and real covenants, and which may include other private and public land use controls, eminent domain, and conveyancing. Required course. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2017 semester.

LAW 827 International Law and Literature
This course covers both law "as" literature and law "in" literature, plus legal rhetoric. In Part One, treaties are studied as a form of literature using literary criticism methods, comparing and contrasting those methods with standard legal interpretation tools. In Part Two, classic works of fiction and poetry, such as those by William Shakespeare (England), Albert Camus (France), E.M. Forster (England), Seamus Heaney (Ireland), Franz Kafka (Czechoslovakia), and Rabindranath Tagore (India), are read closely to spot enduring legal themes common across all countries, including justice and morality, obedience and rebellion, wealth and poverty, and fairness and prejudice. In Part Three, renowned historical speeches are analyzed to see how they manifest Aristotle's five principles of Rhetoric, with illustrations from Winston Churchill (England), John F. Kennedy (United States), and Martin Luther King (United States). LEC.
Fall 2017
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Bhala, Raj
MTu 01:25-02:50 PM GRN 127 - LAWRENCE
3 26493
LAW 828 Deals
This simulation and professional writing course will serve as an optional lab component for students who are concurrently enrolled in LAW 947 Mergers and Acquisitions, or have previously completed it. This course introduces students to the ethical, structural and technical aspects of negotiating and drafting the documents that bring a business transaction to life. By following a complex business transaction from start to finish, students will gain experience grappling with the type of tasks and issues common to a deals practice in a way that bridges the gap between law school and practice. The course will also help students prioritize their clients' business objectives and understand how deal lawyers create value, manage risk, and work toward optimal outcomes for their clients. The course will be co-taught by law school faculty and experience transactional attorneys. Prerequisite: Contract Drafting and either Business Organizations or Business Associations I and II. Corequisite: Mergers and Acquisitions. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2017 semester.

LAW 829 International Business Law Drafting
This one-credit-hour course focuses primarily on the preparation of operational documents relating to international business transactions - for example, transnational sales contracts, letters of credit, explanatory memoranda to business clients planning cross-border transactions, international joint venture agreements, etc. - rather than on the drafting of documents that are litigation-oriented or academic in character. The course is available to students who are (or have) enrolled in the International Commerce and Investment course and who wish to engage in an intense set of "companion" legal-drafting exercises. Prerequisite: LAW 945. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2017 semester.

LAW 830 Representing Asylum Seekers
This course, focused on the United States asylum law and procedure, offers practical training in representing asylum seekers. It complements, but is independent of, LAW 923 (Immigration Law) and Law 978 (Refugee and Asylum Law). Using client simulations, students will explore the statutory case law framework of U.S. asylum law and related remedies, become familiar with the asylum process, and develop interviewing, oral advocacy, and legal writing skills necessary for effective advocacy of this vulnerable population. Blended Instruction. No prior knowledge of immigration or asylum law assumed. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2017 semester.

LAW 831 Torts I
Fall semester. Development of liability based upon fault. Intentional torts, including battery, assault, false imprisonment, intentional infliction of mental distress, trespass to land and chattels, conversion, and privileges. Negligence, including standard of care, causation, limitation of duty, defenses, and comparative negligence. Survival and wrongful death. Strict liability. Damages. Required course. LEC.
Fall 2017
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC McAllister, Stephen
MTuW 09:15-10:10 AM GRN 104 - LAWRENCE
M 10:20-11:15 AM GRN 104 - LAWRENCE
4 21131
LEC Kautsch, Mike
MTuW 01:35-02:30 PM GRN 203 - LAWRENCE
W 02:40-03:35 PM GRN 203 - LAWRENCE
4 21132

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