Special Courses for Graduate Law Students
6690–91 Thesis (2–2) Thornton, Wilcox
Students must register for two consecutive semesters and cannot register for both courses in one semester. In addition to identifying a member of the full-time faculty to serve as thesis adviser, students are required to attend scheduled class sessions, which cover issues such as topic selection, specialized research, and the process of organizing and writing the thesis.
6694 Fundamental Issues in U.S. Law (2 or 3) Karamanian
Required for graduate students who do not hold a law degree from a U.S. aca demic institution, this course consists of 2 credit hours of instruction in fundamental topics in U.S. law (e.g., constitutional law, torts, contracts, civil procedure, conflicts of law) and 1 credit hour of instruction in research techniques and legal writing. The director of the International and Comparative Law program may waive the 1-credit portion of the course for students who have been determined to have the requisite research and writing skills; such students will earn 2 credits for this course. (Examination)
6695 Legal Practicum (0) Karamanian
Students independently arrange paid positions with outside organizations in order to obtain in-depth practical experience. The placement should provide on-the-job practical training for career preparation or advancement. Prior approval must be obtained from the associate dean for international and comparative legal studies. No academic credit is given for this course.
6696 Graduate Independent Legal Writing (1 or 2) Staff
Preparation of a research paper under the supervision of a member of the faculty who will determine, prior to registration, whether the work required for the topic justifies 1 or 2 credit hours. Limited to graduate students with at least a B average who have had a seminar or comparable course in the field of proposed research. Students are responsible for obtaining an adviser from the full- or part-time faculty who is willing to sponsor their research. Approval by the faculty supervisor is required prior to registration; if the faculty supervisor is a member of the part-time faculty, approval is also required from the senior associate dean for academic affairs or associate dean for academic affairs. Work must be completed within the semester. Students may repeat this course once for credit with the approval of the dean of students, but students may not take more than a total of 2 credits in this course under supervision of part-time faculty members. (Research paper)
6697 Graduate Clinical Studies (1, 2, 3, or 4) Staff
Limited to LL.M. candidates. Practical experience in the student’s area of specialization or interest. The student may work with a government agency, congressional committee, court, or other such entity performing tasks normally assigned to an attorney. Course approval must be obtained from the student’s faculty adviser and/or the dean. Students enrolled in either the Environmental Law or Government Contracts program should refer to Law 6468 and Law 6510. A maximum of 4 credit hours may be applied toward graduation. Five hours of work per week are required for each credit. This course is graded on a CR/NC basis.
6698 Dissertation Research (0)
Candidates for the Doctor of Juridical Science degree must register for this course in four consecutive semesters (excluding the summer session), beginning with the semester of matriculation. No academic credit is given for this course.