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Law (LAW)

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LAW 099 Exchange Student Program (V) Designed for students accepted to participate in an exchange program while enrolled at William S. Richardson School of Law. Must obtain prior approval for the transfer credits. LAW majors only. CR/NC only.

LAW 501 Organizing for Social Change (V) Examines conditions that lead people to become active, self-governing agents. Covered are strategies and tactics of organizers, history of social change movements, anti-subordination theories of justice and organizing case studies. Repeatable up to four credits. (Once a year)

LAW 503 Historic Preservation Law (V) Introduction to the protection of cultural, archaeological, and historical resources with emphasis on key federal and state laws. (Once a year)

LAW 504 Lawyering Fundamentals I (V) Comprehensive program that teaches students the analytical and presentational skills necessary for excellent legal writing. Introduces students to legal problem solving and writing through the types of documents lawyers prepare in practice.

LAW 505 Lawyering Fundamentals II (V) A comprehensive program that teaches students the analytical and presentational skills necessary for excellent legal writing. Introduces skills and strategies for preparing written legal arguments and oral advocacy. Pre: 504.

LAW 507 Employment Discrimination (V) A study of the law of employment discrimination.

LAW 508 Negotiation and Alternative Dispute Resolution (V) Lawyers negotiate settlements in almost all their cases. This class presents a "hands-on," skill-building approach to the newest ideas, as well as centuries-old techniques, about the skill lawyers will use most often in their private practice- negotiation. The class also examines the rapidly developing field of alternative dispute resolution (ADR), including mediation, facilitation, arbitration, and court-annexed ADR. (Cross-listed as CEE 614)

LAW 509 Contracts I (V) Law of private agreements. Explores the evolution and application of common law doctrines, and, where applicable, relevant provisions of the Uniform Commercial Code. Examines the bases of promissory liability, contract formation, mutual assent, defenses to enforcement, excuses, remedies and damages, and the rights and interests of third parties. Attention will be paid throughout the course to the role of contracts in a market society and the conflicting interests of certainty, freedom of contract and fairness.

LAW 510 Contracts II (V) Continuation of 509. Pre: 509.

LAW 511 Professional Responsibility (V) Introductory consideration of selected topics relating to functions, structure, and responsibilities of the legal profession and its future role in society. CR/NC only.

LAW 512 Reparations and Reconciliation (V) Seminar addresses a legally and socially important contemporary issue-healing present-day wounds of historic injustice. Considers how to repair the continuing social damage of injustice. (Once a year)

LAW 513 Criminal Law (V) Examination of substantive rules, enforcement procedures, and rationales of criminal law in the U.S.

LAW 514 Children, Parents and the Law (V) Exploration of fundamental concepts of law relating to children, ethical issues, and the role of lawyers in assisting children, and how the child’s rights and obligations are balanced with those of parents and state. (Once a year)

LAW 515 Business Reorganization in Bankruptcy (V) Examination of the rights and remedies available to a failing business and its creditors when the business seeks to reorganize its business and financial affairs under chapter 11 of the federal bankruptcy code. The course is structured as a "practicum," which tracks a single business through restructuring and emphasizes the practical and strategic aspects of lawyering. Recommended: 562.

LAW 516 Civil Procedure I (V) Study of pre-trial, trial, and appellate procedures in the federal and Hawai‘i courts.

LAW 517 Civil Procedure II (V) Continuation of 516. Pre: 516.

LAW 518 Real Property I (V) Basic course in property ownership, development, regulation. Emphasis on theory.

LAW 519 Real Property II (V) Contract of sale, equitable conversion, deed. Pre: 518.

LAW 520 Advanced Legal Studies (V) Faculty members or visiting scholars present selected topics focusing upon subject areas in their area of specialty or expertise. (B) business law; (C) Constitutional law; (D) criminal law; (E) critical legal; (F) education law; (G) health law; (H) intellectual property law; (I) practice of law; (J) public interest law; (K) topic 10; (M) topic 11; (N) topic 12; (O) topic 13; (P) topic 14; (Q) topic 15; (R) topic 16; (S) topic 17; (T) topic 18; (V) topic 19; (W) topic 20. Alphas B-Q repeatable three times, up to 12 credits; alphas R-W repeatable three times, up to 16 credits.

LAW 521 Law, Aging and Medicine (V) Introduction to basic legal issues at the intersection of law, aging and medicine. Addresses various issues confronting elderly; issues confronting the general population including health care financing, decision-making, and bioethics.

LAW 522 Torts (V) Torts cover the statutory and common law of negligence, causation, defenses, damages, strict liability, intentional torts and tort policy and reform, with emphasis on national and Hawai‘i law.

LAW 523 Law and Psychology (V) Approaches psychology as a problem solving tool that can facilitate legal analysis. Covers a variety of areas including jury decision-making, research methodology, social cognition, culture, and behavioral economics, among others. (Once a year)

LAW 524 Advanced Torts and Insurance Law (V) Advanced study of several areas of tort law and an introduction to insurance law and policy. This course is of considerable importance to students interested in civil litigation and personal injury law. Recent important developments in Hawai‘i tort and insurance law will be included.

LAW 525 Legislation and Statutory Interpretation (V) The interrelationship between the legislative and judicial branches of government is explored through a review of Federal and Hawai‘i law-making processes, direct democracy, legislative drafting, and theories of the legislative process and statutory interpretation.

LAW 526 Group Directed Study (V) Designed for maximum flexibility, this course allows a professor to work with a small number of students on a reading/discussion project of mutual interest. Repeatable up to 15 credits. Pre: consent.

LAW 527 Federal Indian Law (V) Examines Federal Indian Law, including fundamental concepts and the historical evolution of legal doctrines. Considers the implications of Native Hawaiian sovereignty within the framework of Federal Indian Law. (Once a year)

LAW 529 Peacemaking (V) Introduction for lawyers to peace studies and analysis of contemporary armed conflict, pacifism, just war doctrine, historical causes by war, theories of the way to peace and conditions for lasting peace. (Once a year)

LAW 530 Second-Year Seminar (V) Seminar required for spring semester of all second-year law students. Substantial paper required. Topics announced in previous fall semester. Placement by lottery.

LAW 531 Business Associations (V) After a brief survey of agency, partnerships, and other forms of business organization, the course will cover the fundamentals of corporations, and securities regulation, including disregarding the corporate entity, management and control of closely held corporations, merger, liability under the federal securities laws, takeovers, public registration, exemptions, and derivative suits.

LAW 532 Health Law (V) Introduction to medical jurisprudence, medical malpractice, informed consent, health care decisions, medical ethics, the health care industry, managed care, financing health care, and the role of government in health care.

LAW 533 Constitutional Law I (V) Introduction to judicial function in constitutional cases, jurisdiction of the U.S. Supreme Court, and discretionary barriers to judicial review.

LAW 534 Constitutional Law II (V) Advanced course in constitutional law with special emphasis on rights secured by the First, Fifth, and Fourteenth Amendments to the Constitution of the U.S. Pre: 533.

LAW 535 Intellectual Property (V) A study of the law relating to property rights resulting from intellectual effort, including patents, copyright, trademarks, and trade secrets.

LAW 536 Current Civil Rights Issues (V) Uses the current U.S. Supreme Court docket to engage in an in-depth study of vital contemporary and statutory rights claims in the area of civil rights and civil liberties law. Pre: 533. (Once a year)

LAW 537 Constitutional Law: Critical Race Perspectives (V) Seminar considers the impact of racism on American law and ways that individuals trained as lawyers might combat racism in our culture and within the institutions in which we live and work. Pre: 533. (Once a year)

LAW 538 Conflict of Laws (V) Problems respecting the law applicable in transactions or to relationships with elements in more than one state.

LAW 539 Equitable Remedies (V) Examines both practice aspects and theoretical underpinnings of equitable remedies. Frequently, compensatory damages cannot adequately protect clients or provide them with the relief they need. Topics include temporary restraining orders, preliminary and permanent injunctions, restitution and unjust enrichment, specific performance, and equitable defenses such as unclean hands, laches, and estoppel. Practice issues concerning appeal, jury trials, and the relationship of equity to law are also explored. Repeatable unlimited times.

LAW 540 Contract Drafting (V) Hands-on workshop class in drafting contracts, agreement, and similar documents for commercial/business purposes. LAW majors only. Pre: 509 and 510.

LAW 541 Criminal Procedure (V) Issues of free press and fair trial, illegal search and seizure, arrest and confession, speedy trial, double jeopardy are covered through student interactions as defense or prosecution attorneys and as judges.

LAW 542 Advanced Civil Procedure (V) Addresses various aspects of complex litigation and recent criticism of the civil litigation system itself. Theoretical in emphasis.

LAW 543 Evidence (V) "Objection, your Honor!" This course examines the rules of evidence that govern trials in both federal and Hawai‘i courts and will focus on such topics as hearsay, witness examination, impeachment, physical and demonstrative evidence, expert testimony, writings, relevance, judicial notice, and presumptions.

LAW 544 Race, Culture, and Law (V) U.S. cases and legal theory emphasizing law in the social construction of racial categories, shifts in race-based anti-discrimination law, and the interaction of culture and law in judicial decision-making.

LAW 545 Licensing Intellectual Property (V) Theory and practice of the law relating to the transfer of rights in information and other intangibles are examined together with end user license agreements and the structure and negotiation of upstream licensing mechanisms. Repeatable up to three credits. Pre: 535 or departmental approval. (Once a year)

LAW 546 (Alpha) Intercession-J Term (V) January term provides students the opportunity to explore contemporary legal topics with national and international experts. (B) alternative dispute resolution; (C) rule of law; (D) law practice; (E) diversity; (F) access to justice; (G) public law; (H) legal theory; (I) legal practice; (J) rights. Repeatable five times. (Once a year)

LAW 547 Gender and Law (V) Examines the ways in which international law and domestic legal systems address the rights of women, gender roles, and gender identity. Uses comparative approach with an emphasis on case studies from the Asia-Pacific region. (Cross-listed as WS 647)

LAW 548 Immigration Law (V) Introduction to U.S. Immigration and Nationality Law: a brief overview of historical development of immigration law; analysis of exclusion and deportation grounds and remedies; the study of both immigrant and nonimmigrant visa applications and petitions. Current law on asylum and refugee applications and U.S. citizenship and naturalization requirements.

LAW 549 Admiralty Law (V) Introduction to U.S. maritime law and admiralty jurisdiction emphasizing development of rules of maritime law and rights of seamen and maritime workers.

LAW 550 Corporate and Partnership Taxation (V) Examines tax aspects of formation, operation, reorganization, and liquidation of partnerships and corporations.

LAW 552 Trusts and Estates (V) Deals primarily with the disposition of family wealth including: the making of wills; the creation, enforcement, administration, and termination of trusts; and intestate succession, including probate.

LAW 554 Secured Transactions (V) Introduction to Uniform Commercial Code, particularly Article 9–reducing risk of nonpayment by obtaining an interest in borrowers’ property.

LAW 555 (Alpha) Externship (V) Legal work for judges and attorney supervisors in public agencies, private law firms, and the legislature. (H) Hawai‘i; (P) outside Hawai‘i. Repeatable three times for (H). CR/NC only. Pre: consent.

LAW 557 Negotiable Instruments, Payment Systems and Credit Instruments (V) A study of the Uniform Commercial Code provisions that deal with commercial paper (Article 3), bank collections and deposits (Article 4), funds transfers (Article 4A) and letters of credit (Article 5), as well as material on alternative payment systems, including credit cards, electronic fund transfers and related federal law.

LAW 558 Corporate Finance (V) Provides an understanding of the basic financial concepts and tools for lawyers with transactional practices, preferred stock, common stock and convertible securities. Pre: 531 (or concurrent) or consent.

LAW 559 Labor Law I (V) Regulation of union-management relations under state and federal laws.

LAW 560 High Growth Entrepreneurship (V) An interdisciplinary (JD-MBA) course examining legal, business, and technology issues related to building high growth companies. Student teams develop company feasibility reports and skills necessary to advise or build high growth businesses. Recommended: 531. Law students only. (Once a year) (Cross-listed as ME 680)

LAW 561 Administrative Law (V) Procedure and remedies for resolving controversies between citizens and government officials exercising administrative power.

LAW 562 Debtors’ and Creditors’ Rights (V) Bankruptcy laws and rules, laws of liens, receiverships.

LAW 563 Trial Practice (V) Examination of sequential stages of pre-trial and trial practice in a problem setting. Topics include investigation, pleadings, motions, discovery, voir dire examination, opening statements, direct and cross examination, closing argument, selected evidentiary problems, post-trial motions, and appellate practice. Students engage in simulated exercises, and their work is critiqued. CR/NC only. Pre: 543 or consent.

LAW 564 Pre-Trial Litigation (V) Theory and practice of civil pre-trial litigation with focus on pleading, discovery, and pre-trial motions. CR/NC only.

LAW 565 Securities Regulation (V) An introduction to American securities regulation and focuses on the registration and reporting process required of public companies as well as securities litigation. Repeatable three times. Recommended: 531.

LAW 566 Non-Profit Organizations (V) Examines the meaning, scope, and role of non-profit organizations in contemporary society, and focuses on selected non-tax laws and primary tax issues relevant to non-profits. Law students only. Recommended: 531 and 567. (Once a year)

LAW 567 Federal Income Taxation (V) Surveys the entire federal income tax system, with emphasis on those areas of greatest importance to non-tax lawyers. Students are expected to develop proficiency in the use of the Internal Revenue Code and Treasury Regulations.

LAW 568 Family Law (V) Legal forms of–and responses to–formation, maintenance, and dissolution of the family. Marriage, annulment, divorce, alimony, separation agreements, child custody and adoption, parentage.

LAW 569 Sales (V) In-depth study of Uniform Commercial Code, Article 2–domestic sales of goods, including warranties, manner, time and place of performance, buyers’ and sellers’ remedies for breach of contract, limitations of freedom of contract.

LAW 570 Literature, Law, Race, and Culture (V) Law and literature both inhabit the realm of interpretation, rhetoric, ethics, and epistemology. Will read and analyze literary texts to explore, law, race, and power.

LAW 571 Federal Courts (V) An examination of the jurisdiction and law-making powers of the federal courts, standing issues, appellate jurisdiction of the Supreme Court, federal-question and diversity-of-citizenship jurisdiction of the federal district courts, immunities from suit in the federal courts possessed by governmental entities and officers, intervention by federal courts in state proceedings, and choice of law in the federal courts. Particular emphasis on relevant Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. Pre: 533 (or concurrent).

LAW 572 International Protection of Human Rights (V) The growing body of international human rights laws, including procedural law and role of non-governmental organizations.

LAW 573 Jurisprudence (V) Relationships between the concepts of law and morality with views of legal and moral philosophers.

LAW 574 State and Local Government Law and Finance (V) City, town, county, district governments: administrative organization; regulatory powers; police power; local governmental taxation; relationship between local, state, and federal government.

LAW 576 Directed Study and Research (V) Individual research and writing under the direction of faculty.

LAW 580 Land Use Management and Control (V) Survey course of public land use management. (Cross-listed as PLAN 680)

LAW 583 Real Estate Development and Financing (V) Federal and state laws in the practice of real estate development and financing law. Condominium, securities, subdivision, consumer protection, and mortgage areas.

LAW 584 Civil Rights (V) Focuses on the civil rights of Americans and introduces alternative remedies and procedures for securing these rights.

LAW 586 Hawai‘i Legislative Process and Drafting Workshop (V) Workshop to learn policy development, procedure, legislative drafting, and legislative research skills applicable to Hawai‘i State Legislative process.

LAW 589 Labor and Employment Law (V) Employment law, statutory rights affecting the employment relation, and alternative contract provisions to secure the parties’ intentions. Focus on the practical application of labor and employment law. Materials relating to the unionized employment relationship. Emphasis on the labor arbitration process and possibly, to issues regarding internal union affairs.

LAW 590 (Alpha) Workshops and Clinics (V) (B) Prosecution Clinic; (C) Defense Clinic; (D) Elder Law Clinic; (E) Environmental Law Clinic; (G) Estate Planning Workshop; (I) Native Hawaiian Rights Clinic; (J) Family Law Clinic; (K) Entrepreneurship and Small Business Clinic; (M) Mediation Clinic; (N) Lawyering Skills Workshop; (P) Mediation Workshop; (Q) Immigration Clinic; (R) Child Welfare Clinic; (S) Hawai‘i Innocence Project I; (T) Hawai‘i Innocence Project II; (U) Medical Legal Partnership; (W) Advanced Elder Law Clinic (3). Repeatable one time for (K), (I), and (J); repeatable two times for (W). LAW majors only for (R), (S), (T), (U), and (W). CR/NC only for (N) and (W). Pre: 543 for (C); 561 or LWEV 582 for (E); 568 or consent for (J); 548 for (Q); 590D for (W). (Once a year for (K)) (Alt. years for (U))

LAW 591 Government Contracts Law (V) A primer on statutory, regulatory, and decisional laws that shape the government procurement process; covers contract relationships between private party contractors and federal, state, and local governments; examines the federal acquisition process, bids and proposals, and contract award controversies before judicial and administrative tribunals; reviews socioeconomic contracting provisions and programs and Qui Tam litigation.

LAW 593 Integrity and Ethics in the Real World (3) Interactive course addressing important topical ethical issues in areas including the corporate, entertainment, medical, legal, political, education, and sports worlds. Renowned knowledgeable guests will discuss critical issues in their respective fields through panel conversations. LAW majors only. (Summer only)

LAW 595 Internet Law and Policy (V) Explores the development and use of new technologies in the global economy, social culture, copyright law, cyberspace, e-commerce, privacy, security, trademarks, domain names, tort liability, criminal activity, speech, and social and ethical issues.

LAW 599 (Alpha) Independent Study (V) Designed for law students participating in an international exchange program, visiting student program, or independent study while enrolled at UH Mânoa. Student must obtain departmental approval prior to registering. CR/NC only.

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