The Catholic University of America
Practice Area Course Offerings

The upper-level curriculum offers a wide-ranging choice of classes that cover many different areas of interest and legal practice. To a degree, the curriculum may be tailored to an individual’s career aspirations. A student can choose upper level courses grouped by practice area, “course clusters” arranged by related subject matter, or they can elect to pursue subject-intensive coursework to graduate with recognized expertise in the areas of communications law, securities law, law and public policy, or comparative and international law. 

 

Instructional offerings change as the law moves in new directions, as faculty members are added, and as new intellectual interests develop among students and faculty. The following courses have been approved by the faculty as instructional offerings at the school. Some courses will be offered every year while others will be offered once every two or three years. A list of the course offerings available in a given semester and the professors who teach them will be posted prior to student registration. In all two-semester courses, the first semester course is a prerequisite to the second-semester course, unless the requirement is waived by the professor.

To assist students in planning and organizing their upper-level course programs, the faculty has divided the upper-level curriculum into 32 “course clusters.” Students who wish to concentrate in a particular area of the law will find the clusters helpful as a curriculum guide. Additional counseling and information on concentrations is available from the academic dean’s office and faculty advisers.

I. Administrative and Legislative Law

Administrative Law
Banking Law
Civil Rights Law
Employment Law
Environmental Law
Federal Courts
Federal Regulation of Food and Drugs
Government Contracts
Legislation: The Making of a Federal Statute
Practice and Procedure Before the NLRB
Legal Externship

II. Alternative Dispute Resolution

Alternative Dispute Resolution Techniques
International Commercial Arbitration
Interviewing, Counseling, and Negotiating Skills
Mediation and Arbitration Skills
Legal Externship
Vis Arbitration

III. Antitrust and Trade Regulation

Foundation Course: Antitrust
Comparative and International Trade
International Business Transactions
Regulated Industries (Legal Control of Business)
Telecommunications Law, Policy and Core Technologies
Trademark and Unfair Competition
Legal Externship

IV. Business Organizations

Corporations
Antitrust
Agency Law
Agency and Partnership
Banking Law
Bankruptcy
Corporate Finance Seminar
Partnership Taxation
Unincorporated Business Organizations
White Collar and Business Crimes
Legal Externship
See also “Securities Regulation” cluster

V. Civil Rights and Civil Liberties

Criminal Procedure — The Investigative Process
Civil Rights Law
Criminal Procedure: The Post-Investigative Process
Fair Employment Law
First Amendment Problems of the Media
Gender Law and Policy
Immigration Litigation Clinic
Immigration Law and Policy
Labor Law
National Security Law and Policy Seminar

VI. Clinical Skills and Lawyering Competencies

Client Representation
Columbus Community Legal Services:
Advocacy for the Elderly
Columbus Community Legal Services:
Consumer Protection Project
Columbus Community Legal Services:
Families and the Law Clinic
Columbus Community Legal Services:
The General Practice Clinic
Virginia Criminal Defense Clinic
Criminal Prosecution Clinic
Immigration Litigation Clinic
Innocence Project Clinic and Clemency Project
Becoming a Lawyer
Becoming a Communications Lawyer
Becoming an International Lawyer
Becoming a Public Policy Lawyer
Becoming a Securities Lawyer
Legal Externship: Supervised Fieldwork

Vis Arbitration

Ethics
Required Course: Professional Responsibility

Interviewing and Counseling
Interviewing, Counseling, and Negotiating Skills

Research and Writing
Advanced Legal Research and Writing
Intellectual Property Transactions
Legal Drafting Seminar
Law Journal Editing
Law Journal Writing
Public Policy Practicum
Directed Research
Courses with qualifying course papers

Alternative Dispute Resolution
See Alternative Dispute Resolution cluster

Trial Skills
Staple: Evidence
Advanced Trial Practice
Trial Practice
Trial Skills: A Criminal Case
Moot Court Trial National Teams

Appellate Advocacy
Appellate Advocacy
Moot Court Trial National Teams

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VII. Commercial and Consumer Law

Commercial Transactions
Remedies
Bankruptcy
Columbus Community Legal Services:
General Practice Clinic
Columbus Community Legal Services:
Consumer Protection Project
International Business Transactions
Land Transactions and Finance
Sales and Leases
Legal Externship

VIII. Communications Law and New Technologies

Advanced Torts
Copyright Law
Cyberlaw
First Amendment Problems of the Media
Intellectual Property Transactions
International Regulation of Telecommunications
Introduction to Intellectual Property
Becoming a Communications Lawyer
Patent Enforcement
Patent Law
Problems in Telecommunications Law and Policy
Regulating the Internet and New Technologies
Regulation of Wireless Telecommunications Services
Telecommunications Law, Policy and Core Technologies
Legal Externship
See also “Intellectual Property” cluster

IX. Criminal Law and Criminal Justice

Evidence
Criminal Procedure — The Investigative Process
Advanced Trial Practice
Criminal Procedure: The Post-Investigative Process
Criminal Prosecution Clinic
Federal Criminal Litigation
Virginia Criminal Defense Clinic
Health Care Fraud and Abuse
Innocence Project Clinic
International Criminal Law
The Role of the Federal Prosecutor
Trial Practice
Trial Skills: A Criminal Case
White Collar and Business Crimes
Legal Externship

X. Constitutional Law

Advanced Torts
Civil Rights Law
Criminal Procedure: The Investigative Process
Federal Courts
First Amendment Problems of the Media
Legal Externship
See also “Civil Rights and Civil Liberties” cluster

XI. Entertainment, Art, and Sports Law

Agency Law
Entertainment Law
Copyright Law
First Amendment Problems of the Media
Introduction to Intellectual Property
Becoming a Communications Lawyer
Regulating the Internet and New Technologies
Professional Sports and the Law
Legal Externship
See also "Intellectual Property", and "Communications
Law and New Technologies" clusters

XII. Environmental Law

Administrative Law
Environmental Law
Energy Law
Land Use
Maritime Law
White Collar and Business Crimes
Legal Externship

XIII. Family Law

Family Law
Remedies
Trusts and Estates
Columbus Community Legal Services:
Advocacy for Elderly
Columbus Community Legal Services:
Families and the Law Clinic
Columbus Community Legal Services:
General Practice Clinic
Gender Law and Policy
Health Law
Juvenile Law
Legal Externship

XIV. Financial Institutions and Regulation

Administrative Law
Banking Law
Becoming a Securities Lawyer
SEC Student Observer Program
Securities Regulation: Enforcement
Securities Regulation: Private Equity and Hedge Funds
Securities Regulation: Trading
Securities Regulation: Investment Company
and Investment Advisor Act
Legal Externship

XV. General Practice

Professional Responsibility
Administrative Law
Agency Law
Commercial Transactions
Conflict of Laws
Corporations
Criminal Procedure — The Investigative Process
Evidence
Family Law
Federal Income Taxation
Remedies
Trusts and Estates
Advanced Federal Civil Procedure
Advanced Legal Research and Writing
Advanced Trial Practice
Columbus Community Legal Services:
Advocacy for the Elderly or
Columbus Community Legal Services:
Consumer Protection Project or
Columbus Community Legal Services:
Families and the Law Clinic or
Columbus Community Legal Services:
The General Practice Clinic
Employment Law
Interviewing, Counseling, and Negotiating Skills
Legal Drafting Seminar
Becoming a Lawyer
Legal Externship: Supervised Fieldwork
Mediation and Arbitration Skills
Sales and Leases
Trial Practice
Trial Skills: A Criminal Case
Unincorporated Business Organizations
Virginia Bar Preparation and Procedure


XVI. Health Law/Law and Medicine

Administrative Law
Health Law
Federal Regulation of Food and Drugs
Health Care Fraud and Abuse
Law, Science, and Medicine (Bioethics)
Legal Externship

XVII. Immigration/Human Rights

Immigration Law and Policy
Immigration Litigation Clinic
International Human Rights Law
Legal Externship

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XVIII. Intellectual Property Law

Advanced Patent Law
Advanced Issues in Copyright and Trademark
Art Law
Copyright Law
Cyberlaw
Entertainment Law
Intellectual Property Transactions
International Intellectual Property Law
Introduction to Intellectual Property
Patent Enforcement
Patent Law
Patent Prosecution
Trademarks and Unfair Competition
Legal Externship
See also “Communications Law and
New Technologies” clusters

XIX. International and Comparative Law

Conflict of Laws
Comparative and International Trade
Comparative Law
International Business Transactions
International Commercial Arbitration
International Criminal Law
International Human Rights Law
International Intellectual Property Law
International Regulation of Telecommunications
Law of the European Union
Legal Issues of the Middle East Peace Process
National Security Law and Policy Seminar
Public International Law
Legal Externship
Vis Arbitration

XX. Labor and Employment Law

Agency Law
Labor Law
Fair Employment Law
Employment Law
ERISA: Pensions (Tax Policy)
ERISA: The Labor Management Perspective
Gender Law and Policy
ImmigrationLaw and Policy
Immigration Litigation Clinic
Practice and Procedure Before the NLRB
White Collar and Business Crimes
Legal Externship

XXI. Land Use and Real Estate Transactions

Remedies
Foundation Course: Land Use
Environmental Law
Legal Externship

XXII. Law and Public Policy

Criminal Procedure
Administrative Law
Family Law
Advanced Topics in Environmental Law
Bankruptcy
Becoming a Public Policy Lawyer
Civil Rights Law
Employment Law
Environmental Law
Fair Employment Law
Federal Courts
Federal Regulation of Food and Drugs
First Amendment Problems of the Media
Gender Law and Policy
Government Contracts
Health Law
ImmigrationLaw and Policy
Immigration Litigation Clinic
International Human Rights Law
Becoming a Public Policy Lawyer
Legal Externship: Supervised Fieldwork
Legislation: The Making of a Federal Statute
National Security Law and Policy
Public Policy Practicum

See also "Clinical Skills and Lawyering Competencies",
and "Administrative and Legislative Law" clusters

XXIII. Legal Profession/Professional Responsibility

Professional Responsibility
Agency Law
Remedies
Advanced Issues in Corporate Law
Columbus Community Legal Services:
Advocacy for the Elderly
Columbus Community Legal Services:
Consumer Protection Project
Columbus Community Legal Services:
Families and the Law Clinic
Columbus Community Legal Services:
The General Practice Clinic
Complex Litigation Seminar
Criminal Prosecution Clinic
Becoming a Lawyer
Legal Externship: Supervised Fieldwork
Mediation and Arbitration Skills
Public Policy Practicum
The Role of the Federal Prosecutor

XXIV. Litigation: Practice and Procedure

Professional Responsibility
Conflict of Laws
Criminal Procedure — The Investigative Process
Evidence
Family Law
Remedies
Advanced Federal Civil Procedure
Advanced Trial Practice
Appellate Advocacy
Columbus Community Legal Services:
Advocacy for the Elderly
Columbus Community Legal Services:
Consumer Protection Project
Columbus Community Legal Services:
Families and the Law Clinic
Columbus Community Legal Services:
The General Practice Clinic
Complex Litigation Seminar
Criminal Procedure: The Post-Investigative Process
Virginia Criminal Defense Clinic
Criminal Prosecution Clinic
Federal Courts
Federal Criminal Litigation
Interviewing, Counseling, and Negotiating Skills
Moot Court Trial National Teams
The Role of the Federal Prosecutor
Trial Practice
Trial Skills: A Criminal Case
Virginia Bar Preparation and Procedure
Legal Externship

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XXV. Not-for-Profit Organizations

Legal Externship
 

XXVI. Perspectives on Law and Legal Systems

Comparative Law
Comparative Law

Islamic Law
Middle East Peace Process

Catholic Church

Jurisprudence
Jurisprudence

Legal History
Comparative European Legal History: Roman Law
and the Ius commune
History of Canon Law
History of Early American Law
History of Modern American Law

Literary Perspectives
Law and Literature
Sources of Christian Jurisprudence

XXVII. Public Interest/ Public Service Law

Administrative Law
Becoming a Lawyer
Criminal Procedure
Directed Research
Evidence
Remedies
Supervised Fieldwork

XXVIII. Religion and the Law

Comparative European Legal History:
Roman Law and the Ius commune

Islamic Law
Jurisprudence: A History of the Idea of Law
Jurisprudential Problems in Contemporary
American Law

Legal Externship

XXIX. Securities Regulation

Corporations
Corporate Finance Seminar
SEC Student Observer Program
Securities Market Regulation Seminar
Securities Regulation: Derivatives
Securities Regulation: Enforcement Procedures
and Issues
Securities Regulation: Investment Company and
Investment Advisors Act
Securities Regulation: Issuance
Securities Regulation: Trading
Securities Regulation: Securitization of Assets —
A Transactional Approach
Securities Regulation: Private Equity and Hedge Funds
Unincorporated Business Organizations
Legal Externship

XXX. Tax Law and Policy

Federal Income Taxation
ERISA: The Labor Management Perspective
ERISA: Pensions (Tax Policy)
Federal Taxation of Wealth Transfers
Partnership Taxation
Legal Externship

XXXI. Torts Liability

Agency
Conflict of Laws
Evidence
Remedies
Foundation Course: Advanced Torts
Advanced Federal Civil Procedure
Complex Litigation Seminar
Environmental Law
Federal Regulation of Food and Drugs
Health Law
Legal Externship

XXXII. Trusts and Estates

Trusts and Estates
Family Law
Remedies
Columbus Community Legal Services:
Advocacy for the Elderly
ERISA: Pensions (Taxation)
ERISA: Pensions (Tax Policy)
Federal Taxation of Wealth Transfers
Legal Externship 

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