July 2013 Term - Course Offerings
Cybercrime - Professor David Thaw
This course examines legal and policy aspects of computer and electronic crimes and related issues. The primary focus will be on modern "cybercrime,'' including the legal frameworks, prosecutorial tools/discretion, and other measures available for deterring, investigating, prosecuting and punishing criminal acts which leverage, target, or otherwise involve modern information systems. Topics will include hacking, electronic surveillance, the Fourth Amendment and technology, digital forensics, cyberbullying, identity theft, electronic espionage, cyberterrorism, digital copyright and related issues, privacy, and the era of 'forced disclosure.' Click for complete course details.
Entertainment Law - Professor Dennis Greene
This course explores some of the legal, business and policy issues which lawyers encounter in the music, film, television, and sports industries. Topics include, but are not limited to, intellectual property issues in the entertainment industry; conflict of interest and other legal ethics issues; contractual rights and relations among entertainment industry workers, including agency and management agreements; analysis of the economic structure of the entertainment industry; film and television financing, production and distribution arrangements and agreements; a survey of the unions and guilds having jurisdiction over personnel in the entertainment industry, including the Writers Guild of America, Screen Actors Guild, American Federation of Radio and Television Artists, American Federation of Musicians, and Actors' Equity. Students will participate in a simulated negotiation relating to the entertainment industry. Click for complete course details.
Statistical Reasoning in the Law - Professor Mark R. Myers
Probability and statistics play an increasingly important role in litigation in such diverse areas as employment discrimination, antitrust, intellectual property, medical treatment, tort and criminal law. The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the variety of ways that probability and statistics are used to construct legal arguments, and to focus on the strengths and weaknesses of the resultant reasoning. At the conclusion of the course, students will have the opportunity to conduct the examination of an expert witness statistician in a mock trial exercise designed to utilize the inference methods developed in the readings, lectures and assignments. No college-level course in mathematics or economics is presumed or required. Click for complete course details.