Brooklyn Law School is pleased to announce the addition of 19 new courses to its curriculum for the 2010-2011 academic year. The Law School emphasizes the value of an ever-evolving curriculum that recognizes, and meets, the challenges of practicing law in the 21st century. By offering a wide variety of classes across many subject areas, from practice-oriented workshops to advanced seminars, the Law School aims to increase experiential learning and promote analytically rigorous in-depth study.
“I’m proud of the strong curriculum offered at the Law School,” said Michael Cahill, the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs. “These additions enrich an already diverse curriculum and provide new and unique educational opportunities. Students’ excitement for these classes is evident, as many of the new classes are full or even waitlisted.”
Cahill applauded the collaborative effort of President Joan G. Wexler and former Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Lawrence Solan in developing these courses. The range of subject areas and teaching methods reflects the breadth and depth of expertise of both new and established members of the Law School’s faculty.
Some highlights from the new course offerings include:
Food Law Seminar
Professor Marsha Garrison covers the areas of the law that govern food production, distribution, and consumption, as well as the range of regulatory issues including food inspection, labeling, genetic modification, and initiatives designed to alter food consumption patterns. She also compares the U.S. and EU approaches to food law and surveys the role of international agencies (such as the WHO, Codex, and the WTO) in the application of food laws.
Health Law Practice Workshop
Professor Ari Markenson provides students with a learning experience rooted in practical skills used by health lawyers. Markenson will guide students as they evaluate case studies and complete research and writing assignments that involve both regulatory and transactional legal issues affecting the health-care sector. Students will complete the course by submitting a scholarly paper or article for publication in a legal journal or health-care publication.
Human Rights & Intellectual Property Seminar
Professor Samuel Murumba addresses the complexities that have arisen over the last two decades at the intersection of human rights law and intellectual property law. He advocates the need for careful attention by lawyers, legislators, and policy makers in this fast-evolving practice area.
Investment Management Regulation
Professor Roberta Karmel covers the law of investment management regulation relating to pooled investment funds such as investment companies and hedge funds. The focus of the course will be on relevant portions of the Investment Advisers Act of 1940 and the Investment Company Act of 1940 subjecting funds to SEC regulation, and the general regulation of mutual funds and similar vehicles.
Real Estate Practice Workshop: Getting the Deal Done
Professor Leonard Wasserman promotes professional competency in the craft of shaping and reshaping "boilerplate" clauses to satisfy risk allocation expectations of clients. He will focus on how to understand the jurisprudence of "boilerplate" clauses and engage students in drafting and negotiation exercises designed to modify boilerplate clauses to line up with the facts of an illustrative deal and achieve a client’s expectations.
Seminar: Topics in Federal Courts
Professor Frederic Bloom will teach this course, which focuses on matters of federal judging and jurisdiction. Anticipated topics include the allocation of judicial power between state and federal judiciaries, the notion of judicial parity, the concepts of judicial independence and accountability, the rise of managerial judging, and the process of judicial decision making from both judicial and non-judicial perspectives. Readings will include centuries-old judicial opinions and cutting-edge legal scholarship.
The 2010-2011 new courses are:
- Constitutional Interpretation and Individual Rights Seminar
- Drafting Technology Agreements
- Food Law Seminar
- Health Care Rights
- Health Law Practice Workshop
- Human Rights and Intellectual Property Seminar
- Idea of Law in Western Civilization
- Introduction to Intellectual Property
- Investment Management Regulation
- Juvenile Justice
- The Law Firm
- Patent Prosecution
- Personal Injury & Malpractice Law
- Public Interest Lawyering: Theory and Practice
- Real Estate Practice Workshop: Getting the Deal Done
- Seminar: Topics in Federal Courts
- The Supreme Court and American Political Development Seminar
- Taxation of Real Estate Transactions
- When Justice Fails Seminar
All course descriptions can be found at www.brooklaw.edu/academics