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Course List

As of 10/23/2016 5:54:01 AM

This listing provides links to descriptions of currently scheduled and/or recently offered courses. Please refer to the Office of Student Records homepage for further details on current offerings. To select a course description, click on the appropriate link below:

First Year Required

​Most of the work for the first year is required. There are several reasons for this. One reason is that there are some basic principles which any serious and thoughtful student would choose to study early in his or her career. The study of this fairly traditional material has become one of the experiences shared by almost all lawyers. Also, knowledge of all the materials to which the student is exposed makes it somewhat easier for first-year instructors to plan a program which minimizes overlapping presentations. By restricting elections in the first year, the School is able to keep the first-year students together in groups of about 75-80. The logistics of scheduling large groups is much more manageable under restricted elections than it would be in an environment in which elections varied widely.

The required curriculum is presented to four sections of students. One section begins in early summer; the other three sections begin in early fall. Courses include:

510   Civil Procedure
520   Contracts
530   Criminal Law
540   Intro to Constitutional Law
598   Legal Pract:Writing & Analysis
590   Legal Practice I
591   Legal Practice II
592   Legal Practice Skills
593   Legal Practice Skills I
594   Legal Practice Skills II
580   Torts

First Year Elective

To complete the first-year program, students who began their studies in the fall term must choose a three- or four-credit elective. (Students who began in the summer are unlimited in their choice of electives.) In the recent past, that group has included the following courses:

808   Adv Topics in Statutory Interp
870   Changing Families/Changing Law
680   Constitutionalism in S Africa
611   Corporate Compliance:Pol&Pract
723   Corporate Lawyer: Law & Ethics
640   Critical Race Theory
651   Economic Analysis of Law
828   Economic Inequality & the Law
803   Energy Law: Reg of Electricity
657   Enterprise Organization
791   Environmental Crimes
669   Evidence
675   Federal Antitrust
863   Forensic Science and the Law
516   Formation of the Common Law
451   Global Constitutionalism
684   Health Law
687   Immigration and Nationality
602   Int'l Investment Law
678   International Finance
692   International Law Fundamentals
567   Investment Banking
820   IP Law: Future of Publishing
700   Japanese Law
693   Jurisdiction and Choice Of Law
777   Law and Development
778   Law and Development Research
861   Law and Economics Workshop
731   Legal Ethics & Prof Resp
475   Legal Repres of Children
569   Legislation and Regulation
797   Model Rules and Beyond
508   Modern Amer Legal History
871   Police and Surveillance Reform
855   Probability, Profiles & Proof
560   Property
514   Race Law Stories
859   Religious Liberty
745   Sex Equality
404   SexualOrien/GenderID & the Law
878   State Supreme Court Practice
425   Topics in Criminal Law Theory
490   Topics in Education Law
755   Trusts and Estates I
974   Unemployment Insurance Clnc I

Upper Class

After the first year, the curriculum is almost entirely elective. However, all students must take at least one offering that satisfies each the upper-level writing requirement, the professional responsibility requirement. the International or Comparative Law Course Distribution Requirement, and the Statutory or Regulatory Course Distribution Requirement. Students must also complete two credits in experiential courses (see Clinic, Practice Simulation, and Externship classes listed in the sections below).

751   Accounting for Lawyers
601   Administrative Law
504   Antitrust and IP
748   Art Law
637   Bankruptcy
616   Bloodfeuds
660   Boundaries of Citizenship
596   Business Basics for Lawyers
548   Business Economics for Lawyers
646   Chinese Constitutionalism
597   Civ Rights & Const Litigation
666   Climate Change and the Law
661   Climate Change/Sustainability
623   Commercial Transactions
756   Comparative Hum Rgts Law
716   Complex Litigation
500   Computer Crimes
586   Conflict of Laws
719   Const'l Theory & Prac in China
538   Constitutional Equality
680   Constitutionalism in S Africa
722   Consumption Taxes
633   Copyright
611   Corporate Compliance:Pol&Pract
527   Corporate Criminality
635   Corporate Finance
723   Corporate Lawyer: Law & Ethics
750   Corporate Reorganization
749   Corporate Taxation
649   Corruption
641   Crim Just: Invest&Police Prac
643   Crim Pro:Bail to Post Con Rev
645   Criminal Procedure Survey
578   Critical Issues in Law&Develop
640   Critical Race Theory
790   Early Amer Legal History
651   Economic Analysis of Law
638   Electronic&Class Action Discov
710   Employee Benefits & Exec Comp
653   Employment Discrimination
609   Employment Law
656   English Medieval Family Law
657   Enterprise Organization
658   Entertainment Law
791   Environmental Crimes
679   Environmental Law and Policy
507   Equal Prot: Race, Rights, Rem.
665   Estate and Gift Tax
769   Ethics/Thriving in Law Pract
603   European Union Colloquium
664   European Union Law
669   Evidence
673   Family Law
781   FDA Law
675   Federal Antitrust
677   Federal Courts
686   Federal Indian Law
535   Finance for Lawyers
709   Financial Regulation
681   First Amendment
763   Foreign Affairs
516   Formation of the Common Law
683   Fourteenth Amendment
639   Fourth Amdt & Technology
788   Habeas Corpus
684   Health Law
684   Health Law and Policy
737   Higher Education Law
780   Human Rights: Themes and Var
687   Immigration and Nationality
787   Impact of Hum Rts on Int Law
702   Insurance Law and Policy
502   Int'l Corp Governance
682   Int'l Environment Law & Policy
767   Int'l Environmental Finance
602   Int'l Investment Law
690   Int'l Trade & Tax Law
766   International Arbitration
576   International Bankruptcy
678   International Finance
682   International IP
692   International Law Fundamentals
694   International Litigation
724   International Refugee Law
691   International Tax
695   International Trade Law
631   Intro Con Law & Am Legal Pro
541   Intro to Constitutional Law 1
542   Intro to Constitutional Law 2
644   Intro to Inc Tax of Business
697   Intro to US Tax Law
567   Investment Banking
700   Japanese Law
693   Jurisdiction and Choice Of Law
782   Jurisprudence
699   Labor Law
735   Land Use Planning and Control
777   Law and Development
778   Law and Development Research
711   Law of the Internet
731   Legal Ethics & Prof Resp
569   Legislation and Regulation
549   Management & Orgs for Lawyers
546   Marketing for Lawyers
707   Mass Media Law
705   Mergers and Acquisitions
797   Model Rules and Beyond
508   Modern Amer Legal History
544   Narrative Skills and the Law
575   Natural Resources Law
547   Operations for Lawyers
726   Partnership Tax
727   Patent Law
568   Patent Law II
721   Persuasion and the Law
779   Prisons and the Law
742   Prisons and the Law Colloq
772   Prof. of English Legal System
560   Property
514   Race Law Stories
776   Real Estate Finance Law
784   Right and Wrong
696   Rsrch and Analysis in Amer Law
674   Rules of Play
515   Sales and Secured Financing
652   Secured Transactions
743   Securities Regulation
799   Senior Judge Seminar
794   Senior Judge Seminar II
745   Sex Equality
792   Sports Law
746   Tax of Financial Instruments
747   Taxation of Individual Income
739   Title IX and Higher Education
760   Trademarks and Unfair Comp
595   Transactional Contracts
606   Transnational Law
755   Trusts and Estates I
519   UN & Other Int'l Orgs
744   Use of Force in Int'l Law
793   Voting Rights / Election Law
761   Water Law
634   Water Wars/Great Lakes


​The distinctive feature common to all seminars is the small number of students ordinarily enrolled. Most seminars require substantial student writing. Some are of an intensely practical, semi-clinical nature; others are topical, involving close study of matters of contemporary interest. All seminars reflect the personal academic interests of faculty members. The list of seminars offered each year is highly fluid, as faculty members are free to present topics reflecting their current research interests. About 20 seminars are offered in both the fall and winter terms. A list follows of recently offered seminars.

808   Adv Topics in Statutory Interp
874   Advanced Copyright Law Topics
804   Advanced Corporate Law
840   Advanced Environ Law
809   Anatomy of a Deal
854   Anti-corruption Law & Practice
870   Changing Families/Changing Law
806   Chinese Corporation
412   Collat Conseq of Crim Conv
848   Colloquium on Int Refugee Law
462   Comparative Asylum Law
852   Counter-terr Strat&Int'l Law
443   Critical Issues in Law and Dev
471   Disability Law
828   Economic Inequality & the Law
410   Energy Law & Clean Power Plan
803   Energy Law: Reg of Electricity
805   Environmental Justice
426   Evolution of Gender Crimes
818   Faking It
454   Financial Reform
863   Forensic Science and the Law
467   Fund of Real Estate Trans
451   Global Constitutionalism
894   Good Life/Government
866   Health Reform &Related Controv
464   Human Dignity
846   Impact Litigation
857   Income Tax Treaties
481   Innocent Defendants
831   Int'l Commercial Transactions
827   Intellectual Property Workshop
485   International Law & Security
440   International Law Workshop
811   International Project Finance
419   Investor Litigation
477   Investor Protection
820   IP Law: Future of Publishing
861   Law and Economics Workshop
435   Law Firm Careers/Evolv Prof
877   Law in Slavery and Freedom
865   Law of American Federalism
838   Law of Armed Conflict
810   Law, Protest & Social Change
869   Legal Chall for an Aging Popul
851   Legal History Workshop
475   Legal Repres of Children
887   Literature for Lawyers
871   Police and Surveillance Reform
478   Policing and Public Safety
855   Probability, Profiles & Proof
834   Problems in Const'l Theory
474   Problems in Media Law
876   Public Control of Land Use
843   Refugee Law Reform
845   Refugee Rights Workshop
859   Religious Liberty
469   Reproductive Justice
856   Righting Wrongs
889   Roman Law
875   Sel Topics on 4th Amend Law
800   Seminar Supplement
404   SexualOrien/GenderID & the Law
878   State Supreme Court Practice
860   Student Scholarship Workshop
813   Supreme Court Litigation
425   Topics in Criminal Law Theory
490   Topics in Education Law
824   Use of Force in Int'l Law


Certain aspects of being a lawyer, particularly those which require interpersonal and performance skills as well as understanding of certain legal institutions, are appropriately taught in a clinical setting. In such programs, students can learn not only from discussing and analyzing theories of practice, but also by working with lawyer role models and by supervised involvement in actual cases. The Law School provides a variety of clinical opportunities for its students.

980   Advanced Clinical Law
910   Child Advocacy Clinic
911   Child Advocacy Clinic Seminar
929   Child Welfare Appellate Clinic
964   Civil Mediation Clinic
965   Civil Mediation Clinic Field
955   Comm & Econ Develop Clinic
956   Comm & Econ Develop Clinic Sem
927   Crim Appellate Practice
928   Criminal Appel Pract Field
993   Entrepreneurship Clinic
994   Entrepreneurship Clinic Sem
930   Environmental Law Clinic
972   Federal Appel Litig Clnc I
973   Federal Appel Litig Clnc II
921   General Clinic: Civil-Crim Sem
920   General Clinic: Civil-Criminal
951   Human Trafficking Clinic
954   Human Trafficking Clinic Sem
907   Int'l Transactions Clinic
906   Int'l Transactions Clinic
952   Juvenile Justice Clinic
953   Juvenile Justice Clinic Sem
933   Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic
934   Low-Income Taxpayer Clnc Field
976   Michigan Innocence Clinic
977   Michigan Innocence Clinic Sem
958   Pediatric Advoc Clinic
959   Pediatric Advoc Clinic Sem
966   Transactional Lab & Clinic
974   Unemployment Insurance Clnc I
975   Unemployment Insurance Clnc II
978   Veterans Legal Clinic
979   Veterans Legal Clinic Seminar

Practice Simulation

608   Advanced Legal Research
612   Alt Dispute Resolution
617   Anatomy of a Commercial Trial
730   Appellate Advoc:Skills & Pract
728   Bankruptcy Practicum
655   Business Dev for Associates
448   Business Planning
479   Collective Bargain&Arbitration
736   Consumer Class Actions
676   Contracting in Complex Transac
720   Corporate Crim Practicum
486   Couns & Advocacy in Antitrust
733   Detroit Litigation Advoc Wksh
411   Entrepreneurial Bus Practicum
405   Envir Admin Law Practicum
628   Environmental ADR
402   Ethics Colloquium
428   Evidence Practicum
714   Exploiting Autonomous Veh Data
417   Fair Housing Practicum
415   Family Law Litigation
429   Federal Prosecution & Defense
430   Fund of Appellate Practice
494   In-House Counsel
729   Innovation Platform
619   Int'l Cartel Enforcement
470   Intellectual Property Practice
465   International Litigation
734   Intro to Problem Solving
489   IP & Innovation Strategy
732   Joint Ventures Practicum
703   Legal Issues/Autonomous Veh
495   Negot Entrepreneurial Issues
712   Negotiation
457   Nuts /Bolts of Estate Planning
444   Patent Litigation
499   Private Equity
807   Public Interest Litigation
498   Real Estate Entrepreneurship
725   Securities Reg Practicum
432   Tax Plan for Real Estate Trans
437   Tax Planning for Business
433   Transactional Drafting
753   Trial Practice
764   Workplace Law & Policy Advoc

Study Abroad, Externship, Research

949   Externship Paper
940   Full-time Externship
941   Full-time Externship Paper
941   Full-time Externship Seminar
947   Geneva Externship
948   Geneva Externship Seminar
943   India Externship
942   Law Practicum Research
990   Part-time Externship
991   Part-time Externship Seminar
998   PublicSect K-12Educ Ext Pract
997   PublicSect K-12Educ Ext Sem
995   PublicSect K-12Educ Externship
900   Research
992   Research: Special Projects
945   Semester Study Abroad
946   Semester Study Abroad Paper
970   SJD Research
938   South Africa Externship
939   South Africa Externship Sem