- Review course descriptions for the various Spring 2014 1L electives (below).
- Print out the Spring 2014 1L Elective Selection Form and complete it.
- Submit the Form to Room 5110A by Tuesday, November 26th.
Note: Property final exam will be held on May 3rd; Torts final exam will be held on May 15th.
CONSTITUTIONAL LAW I. (Four sections: Prof. Ann Althouse; Prof. Andy Coan; Prof. Asifa Quraishi-Landes; Prof. Cheryl Weston). 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. Final Exam date: May 9th.
CRIMINAL PROCEDURE. (Three sections: Prof. Keith Findley;
Prof. Ben Kempinen; Prof. Byron Lichstein). 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 a prerequisite for
participation in the Law School's criminal law-related clinics. Final
Exam date: May 13th.
BUSINESS ORGANIZATIONS I. (Two sections: Prof. Ken Davis; Prof. Lisa Alexander) This is an introductory course that covers basic issues relating to the law of principals and agents and surveys state laws governing the formation and operation of closely held business associations, including 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 counts toward the 60-credit rule for the Wisconsin Diploma Privilege. Final Exam date: May 11th.
CIVIL PROCEDURE II. (Two sections: Prof. Cheryl Weston; 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, removal, remittance and transfer, choice of law, joinder of claims and parties and the preclusive effect of findings and judgments on subsequent litigation. 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 with not only jurisdictional but constitutional dimensions. This is a fundamental course for all law students, both those who intend to be involved in the litigation process and those who intend to do transactional work, which can always end up in litigation. 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 will serve as an introduction to transnational law which will be defined as incorporating a range of substantive legal fields implicated in the regulation of cross-border activity as well as aspects of law that are directly effected by decisions and events that occur or have effects beyond national borders. The course will include a basic introduction to public international law, international economic law, human rights and humanitarian law as well as a more limited exposure to conflicts of law, comparative law and the use of foreign and international law in the domestic courts of the United States. Taking this course will achieve two important goals for first-year law students. First, this course will expose students to international legal issues and foreign legal concepts and problems that they are likely to face at some time in their future legal careers regardless of where they choose to practice. Given the increasing reliance on law in diverse fields, from trade to the environment, and the exponential increase in trans-border activity, as well as the increasing global practice of law, there are a surprising range of transnational legal questions that any well trained lawyer should have some awareness of. Second, this course will be a basic introduction for all students interested in pursing higher level courses in any aspect of international or global 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 12th.
LEGISLATION & REGULATION. (One section: Prof. Anuj Desai). This course satisfies the Legal Process graduation requirement and also counts toward the 60-credit rule for the Wisconsin Diploma Privilege. This course provides an introduction to the federal laws and governmental institutions that shape significant aspects of social and economic policy. The course addresses legislation, statutory interpretation, regulation and administrative agencies. Legislation and regulation play the dominant role in shaping law and governance in the modern American legal system. While numerous other law school courses involve statutes and regulations or legislatures and administrative agencies, this course considers the overarching questions about these laws and institutions: how statutes are enacted and agency regulations issued, what tools lawyers use to shape statutes and regulations, how judges interpret them, etc. The main goal of the course is practical. All lawyers, irrespective of the area of law—from securities law to criminal law, from environmental law to tax, from labor and employment law to contract drafting, from military law to bankruptcy, etc.—must understand statutes and regulation. This course is aimed at providing students with a deeper understanding of these forms of law and the institutions that make this law, and to help them better appreciate the role that lawyers play in the American legal system as it operates in practice. To think like a lawyer, and hence to represent or advise clients, requires an ability to do so in the context of the regulatory state. Final Exam date: May 5th.