Program Notes - Summer 2013 and Fall 2013


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    • Full time day students are permitted to take no more than eight (8) credit hours in the regular period and eight (8) credit hours in the intensive period. 
    • Part time students are permitted to take no more than six (6) credit hours in the regular period and six (6) credit hours in the intensive period. 
    • All students MUST take at least 4 credit hours to be eligible for Financial Aid. 



    • Full time day students must enroll in at least 12 and no more than 16 credit hours. 
    • Part time day students and evening students must enroll in at least eight (8) and no more than 11 credit hours. 



    SUMMER, 2013 

    •  May 27th – There will be no classes on Monday, May 27th, 2013 in observance of Memorial Day. 
    •  July 4th - There will be no classes on Wednesday, July 3rd and Thursday, July 4th, 2013 in observance of Independence Day.  

    FALL, 2013 

    • September 2nd: There will be no classes on Monday, September 2nd, 2013 in observance of Labor Day. 
    • November 28th – 29th: There will be no classes Thursday, November 28 & Friday, November 29, 2013 in observance of Thanksgiving.   



     It is highly recommended for students taking a summer intensive course to not work during the course due to the high demand placed on students academically.


    • May be added up until the Wednesday before the class meets.
    • To receive a full refund must be dropped online (web advisor) by 11:59 p.m. on the first day of scheduled class meeting.
    • Drops after midnight of the first day of scheduled class meeting will result in no refund and a withdraw “W” on the transcript; during the scheduled week of class.
    • Failure to drop or withdraw by the conclusion of the course will result in no refund and a failing grade of “E” on the transcript.


    Twelve intensive courses will be offered this summer:

    • Business Negotiations (2 crs)
    • Dispute Resolution (2cr)
    • Divorce Mediation (3cr)
    • General Arbitration (2cr)
    • Health Care and Dispute Resolution (2cr)
    • Interdisciplinary Child Welfare (2cr)
    • Judging and the Nature of Justice (2cr)
    • Labor and Employment Arbitration (2cr)
    • Mediating Workplace Disputes (2cr)
    • Mediation (2cr)
    • Negotiation (2cr)
    • Oil & Gas Law (2cr)


    • Mediation, Negotiation, Dispute Resolution and Divorce Mediation are limited to 30 students.
    • Appellate Advocacy is limited to 18 students.
    • Legal Drafting Practicum is limited to 26 students.
    • Mediation Clinic only meets once for an initial orientation session and is limited to 7 students.
    • Any other class with low enrollment may be cancelled.  



    • All Seminars are limited to 15 students.
    • Appellate Advocacy is limited to 18 students.
    • General Practice is limited to 20 students.
    • Legal Drafting Practicum is limited to 26 students.
    • Litigation Clinic is limited to 25 students.
    • Mediation Clinic only meets once for an initial orientation session and is limited to 7 students.
    • Mediation, Negotiation, and Dispute Resolution are limited to 30 students.
    • Trial Advocacy is limited to 16 students.
    • Any other class with low enrollment may be cancelled. 


    ADOPTION LAW (On-line Offering): Adoption Law will be taught in an online format.  We will be using two forms of online learning:  synchronized & non-synchronized. 

    • Synchronized online learning most closely mirrors the traditional classroom setting.  During synchronized sessions the participants (both professor and students) are participating from their own computers from any location.  However, they are all logged in at the same time.  This allows the students to talk to each other and to the professor.  For the majority of these sessions, I plan to use a screen-sharing platform.  The student will log on to a website and enter a code to join the class session.  At that point, the students will view my computer screen and will follow along with me as I present the material.  They will hear my voice and be able to chime in with their comments or questions by use of the internet (with a headset and VoIP) OR by calling into a group phone (landline or cell phone) conference line.  Students will also be able to send me or any other person an instant message during the session.  I will also use group video conferencing to conduct small group exercises.  To get an idea of what the synchronized sessions might look like, feel free to view the video tutorial on  (Click on the “About” tab at the top of the screen and the “Tour time” link). 
    •  Non-synchronized online learning allows students to complete projects on their own and according to their own timeline (but by a set due date).  During a non-synchronized class session, students watch pre-recorded lessons when they have time.  They then complete an assignment or exercise on their own and post to a class blog or webpage.  For an example of non-synchronized class participation, feel free to view this video demonstrating VoiceThread. 

    For this course, 10 classes will be taught in a synchronized online format.  For the majority of the synchronized sessions, we will be meeting as an entire class during the time set for Adoption Law on the course schedule.  The remaining synchronized sessions will be small-group meetings and will take place on a day and time agreed to by the group members and professor.   The remaining 4 classes will be taught in a non-synchronized online format.  Students must complete non-synchronized assignments and exercises by a date set in the class syllabus.  The designation of which weeks will be taught in a synchronized or non-synchronized format will be set out in the syllabus at the start of the term.  

     To participate in this class, students must have access to (and be comfortable using):  

    •  a computer (PC or Mac are acceptable) or mobile device such as an Ipad with an internet connection;  
    •  and   
      • (1) a headset (or internal microphone and speaker) and VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol)   
      •  OR (2) phone connection (landline or cell phone) 

    It is preferred, though not required, that participants have a webcam for use in small group projects. 

     APPELATE ADVOCACY: Registration priority is given to student Moot Court Fellows. Please contact Professor Lazaroff prior to advanced registration to ensure early registration with the Office of Records and Registration. 

     BUSINESS ASSOCIATIONS: Considered a second year day and third year evening course; registration priority will be given to those students.  Students entering their third year day and fourth year evening will be permitted to register for Business Associations only after the second year day and third year evening students have registered.

     INDEPENDENT RESEARCH PROJECT: Significant research paper or an independent research project under the guidance of a member of the full-time Faculty. A student may not register for independent research until the student provides a written proposal, tentative outline, and tentative hypothesis accepted by a full time faculty member.   A student may not register for more than one independent research project in a semester, or for more than six total hours of independent research credit, without the approval of the Associate Dean. Independent Research may be used to satisfy the Upper-class Writing Requirement.


    • Law Review I Credits:  Eligible students must take credits for Law Review I (up to two credits) before the beginning of the following fall semester, or waive them. This allows students to take Law Review credits in the spring or summer of the year.  Students may register for the credits in the spring and upon successful completion of Law Review I, student will receive an “S” for the spring semester.  If students take the credits in the summer, upon successful completion of Law Review I, student will receive a “Y” for the spring semester, and an “S” for the summer semester on your transcript.
    • Please check with Professor Beattie prior to your choice of Law Review registration and credits for each semester.
      • Fall Registration and Credits:  Eligible students may register for Law Review I or II in the fall semester, but only for zero credits.  If student registers in the fall semester, and upon successful progress, will receive a “Y” on official transcript for the fall.
      • Spring Registration and Credits:  Eligible students may register for Law Review I or II in the spring semester, and may take up to two credits.  The awarding of credits will depend upon successful completion of Law Review I or II, respectfully. Students will receive an “S” on transcript for the spring semester and will have completed the upper level writing requirement for Law Review I. 

     LEGAL DRAFTING COURSES (LAW 633): can only be taken in final year of law school 

    • LEGAL DRAFTING: Civil Litigation: This section of legal drafting focuses on the practice of law in civil courts.  Students will draft a Complaint, an Answer, and a Discovery Motion based on a case file developed throughout the semester.
    • LEGAL DRAFTING: Criminal Law: Students in this section draft documents commonly used in prosecuting or representing criminal defendants.  These documents include a Bill of Particulars, a Motion to Suppress Evidence, an Indictment, and a Negotiated Guilty Plea. 
      • SUMMER 2013: Criminal Law (Professor Molina) : This course will focus on legal drafting within the context of white collar criminal defense and prosecutorial practice. The course will address several of the procedural and strategic issues that prosecutors and defense attorneys confront in handling white collar matters including internal investigations, discovery and pre-trial motion practice, and plea negotiations. Students in turn will draft a prosecution/client letter, discovery requests/responses, and deferred prosecution agreement.   
    • LEGAL DRAFTING: Transactional: In the Transactional Drafting course, students negotiate the terms of a contract, and draft the resulting contract based on the terms agreed upon.  Emphasis is placed on the role of the contract drafter and the precision required in drafting contracts and leases.

     LITIGATION CLINIC: All students who take litigation clinic may register for 2 or 3 credit hours. If you wish to register for more than 3 hours, you must get permission from Professor Danny Bank or Professor Lori McCaughan.  Bring your Change of Registration form signed by the Professor to the Office of Records & Registration and the office will make the change. The Litigation Clinic requires a valid Ohio Intern's License (see instructions below).  Students admitted fall 2006 or after must have completed 60 credit hours in order to be eligible for a valid Ohio Intern’s License.  PLEASE NOTE: Clinic will meet for the first regularly scheduled class. Beginning the next day, for seven (7) consecutive days, the class will meet from 7:30 am to 9:00 am (excluding weekends and holidays). These classes are mandatory. Thereafter, Clinic will meet approximately seven (7) additional times at the regularly scheduled day and time. For spring registration: those students having previously enrolled in clinic have priority over those who have not. Please contact Director Danny Bank prior to advanced registration to ensure early registration with the Office of Records and Registration.  

     MEDIATION CLINIC (3 credits): A clinical experience for students who have already completed the Mediation course as a prerequisite.  Students will complete "some" classroom work, but they will spend the majority of time mediating disputes in a variety of settings. Students will conduct and/or observe pre-scheduled mediation sessions at the Franklin County Municipal Court, the City Prosecutor’s Office, and The Supreme Court of Ohio. Mediations may be scheduled during the day time or evening hours and may require attendance at different locations. The classroom work involving general skills training in the techniques needed to conduct a mediation.    Additional training and classroom work will focus on subject areas that will assist the student in performing his/her role as a mediator.  There is "no" regular class time set for this course.  “Classroom” sessions will be scheduled based on student availability.    NOTE:  Each student will have a different “mediation” schedule that she/he will specifically coordinate with the professor.   This schedule can be a set time for the entire semester, or it changes from week to week as the professor and student determine.  There is a lot of flexibility in determining this schedule.  After completing the Mediation Clinic for 3 credit hours, students may petition to take an additional semester of Mediation Clinic for 1, 2 or 3 credits hours.

    OHIO INTERNS’ LICENSE: If you began in 2006 or later, you need to have EARNED GRADES for 60 credit hours prior to applying for the license. There are NO exceptions for this requirement.


    • Law 651 A: Constitutional Law II (Beattie):  The small section will primarily focus on critical reading and case analysis, critical writing and examination strategies, employing the constitutional doctrines for fundamental rights, equal protection, and freedom of expression.  
    • Law 661 A: Civil Procedure: Jurisdiction (Upchurch):  We will focus on reading and outlining evolving constitutional doctrines and conducting comparative case analysis on exams. 
    • Law 680 A FPIT (Wood):    The modern practice of law requires students to be comfortable analyzing complex and sophisticated statutory interpretation problems. The small section of FPIT will use the Internal Revenue Code, Treasury Regulations, and judicial opinions to develop and enhance statutory construction skills and enable students to use those skills in analyzing difficult questions involving federal and state statutes. 

    VARIABLE CREDIT COURSES: If you are planning to take one of the courses below, please make sure you affirmatively choose the number of credit hours you plan to take.  Each default to a specific number (listed below).  If you do not change it to a different number, you will be registered for the default number.

    • Law Review – 0 credits is the default.  If you wish to register for 0, 1 or 2, you must manually change the credit hours. 
    • General Litigation Clinic - 2 credits is the default. If you wish to register for 3 you must manually change the credit hours.


    • Students enrolling in Moot Court will be registered by the Office of Records and Registration once permission has been given by the Moot Court Advisor.  
    • Where multiple sections of courses are offered, day students must register for the day sections and evening students must register for the evening sections during the advanced registration period. This does not include seminars. After the advanced registration period, “open registration” begins and day students may register for available spots in the evening sections and vice versa.
      • If a student discovers a conflict with a course in their designated section, please come to the Office of records and registration, prior to the assigned date of advanced registration to be placed in the corresponding program section.