Advanced Course Curriculum

The following elective courses are grouped in topical areas. You should plan to select elective courses from several of these areas in order to obtain a broad legal education. We make reasonable efforts to offer all elective courses on a periodic basis, although we cannot guarantee that any course or seminar will be available to every student who wishes to take it. More precise information on the courses and seminars is in the Washington College of Law Catalog, which is mailed to candidates accepted for admission. Descriptions of specific course offerings, including any new course not listed here, will be made available by the registrar prior to the beginning of each semester.

Subject Areas

(click a subject to see list of courses)

Other

Administrative Law & Regulatory Policy

Courses

  • Administrative Law
  • American Indian Law
  • Antitrust Law
  • Asylum and Refugee Law
  • Communications Law (Common Carrier & Broadcast)
  • Copyright
  • Education Law
  • Employment Discrimination
  • Employment Rights Law
  • Environmental Law
  • Federal Regulatory Process (summer)
  • Food and Drug Law
  • Government Contracts
  • Health Law
  • Housing Discrimination
  • Immigration Law
  • International and Comparative Antitrust Law
  • International Telecommunications
  • Lobbying and the Legistlative Process
  • Patent Law
  • Private Workplace Law
  • Public Labor Law
  • Regulation of Energy
  • Role of the Federal Prosecutor
  • Separation of Powers: Foundations of the Modern Administrative State
  • Sex-Based Discrimination
  • U.S. Trademark Law

Seminars

  • Administrative Law and Regulations
  • Advanced Antitrust Law
  • Advanced Constitutional Law
  • Advanced Environmental Law: Liability and Torts
  • Advanced Issues in Immigration Policy and Litigation
  • Advanced Problems in Administrative Law and Regulatory Policy
  • Disability and the Law
  • Domestic Banking
  • Environmental Litigation
  • Law of Nonprofit Organizations
  • Law, Policy, and American Intelligence Activities
  • Legislation
  • Local Government Law
  • Presidential Power
  • Public Employment Law
  • Public Information Law and Policy
  • Research Seminar: Administrative Law
  • Research Seminar: American Indian Law
  • Telecommunications Law and Regulation
  • The Washington Lawyer

Clinic

  • Community and Economic Development Law Clinic

Field Component and Placement

  • Federal Regulatory Process Externship

Journal

Business and Commercial Law

(see also Taxation)

Courses

  • Advanced Corporate Law
  • Agency and Employer-Employee Relations
  • Antitrust Law
  • Aviation Law: International Aspects
  • Business Associations
  • Corporate Bankruptcy
  • Corporate Finance
  • Creditors' Rights and Bankruptcy
  • Domestic Banking
  • Economic Regulation of Business
  • Entertainment Law
  • Federal Corporate Tax
  • Insurance
  • International Banking
  • International Telecommunications
  • Investment and Trade Law of the Middle East
  • Law and Accounting
  • Law and Economics
  • Negotiable Instruments
  • Sales and Secured Transactions
  • Securities Regulation
  • Sports Law

Seminars

  • Advanced Antitrust Law
  • Advanced Problems in Securities Law
  • Advanced Torts
  • Banking Law and Regulation
  • Business Planning and Securities Regulations
  • Environmental Issues in Business Transactions
  • Financial Institutions
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Products Liability
  • Transnational Corporations
  • White-Collar Crime

Field Components

  • Commodities Regulation Field Component
  • Securities Regulation Field Component

Dual Degree Program

Constitutional Law

Courses

  • Administrative Law
  • Constitutional Rights and Liberties
  • Education Law
  • Employment Discrimination
  • Federal Courts
  • First Amendment
  • Housing Discrimination
  • Law in the Information Society
  • Law of the American Political Process
  • Legislation
  • Media Law
  • Sex-Based Discrimination
  • State Constitutional Law

Seminars

  • Advanced Constitutional Law
  • Civil Rights and Liberties
  • Death Penalty
  • Law and Disability
  • Law of Information Privacy
  • Local Government Law
  • Political Crime and Terrorism
  • Presidential Power
  • Remedies for Constitutional and Complex Cases
  • Sexual Orientation and the Law

Criminal Law

Courses

  • Appellate Advocacy
  • Criminal Procedure II
  • Criminal Trial Practice
  • Evidence
  • International Criminal Law
  • Remedies

Dual Degree Program

Seminars

  • Advanced Criminal Procedure
  • Advanced Evidence
  • Comparative Criminal Procedure
  • Juvenile Law
  • Political Crime and Terrorism
  • Sanctions, Sentencing, and Corrections
  • White-Collar Crime

Clinic

International Law

International Organizations, State Relations, and Human Rights

Courses

  • Admiralty
  • Asylum and Refugee Law
  • Comparative Law
  • Cultural Differences, Gender, and International Human Rights
  • Current Issues in International Organizations
  • Human Rights
  • International and Comparative Antitrust Law
  • International Copyright Law
  • International Criminal Law
  • International Environmental Law
  • International Humanitarian Law
  • International Law (Public)
  • International Organizations and Multinational Institutions
  • International Wildlife Law and Policy
  • Law of the European Union
  • National Security Law

Dual Degree Program

Clinic

Seminars

  • Advanced Human Rights
  • Advanced Issues in Immigration Law: Policy, Enforcement and Review.
  • Current Issues in International Organizations
  • Ethnic Identity and International Law
  • Gender and International Human Rights
  • Individual Rights and Immigration Adjudication
  • International Courts
  • International Environmental Dispute Resolution
  • International Institutions and Environmental Protection
  • International Project Finance
  • International Protection of Human Rights
  • Law of the Sea
  • Political Crime and Terrorism
  • Space Law and Satellite Communication
  • Temas Especiales en Derecho Internacional
  • Trade and the Environment

Journal

International Law

Transnational Investment, Trade, Banking, and Development

Courses

  • Advanced Issues in International Business Transactions: Transnational Reach of Economic Regulation
  • Aviation Law: International Aspects
  • Domestic Banking
  • International and Comparative Antitrust Law
  • International and Comparative Copyright Law
  • International Banking
  • International Business Taxation
  • International Business Transactions
  • International Financial Law & Development Finance
  • International Law (Public)
  • International Telecommunications
  • Introduction to International Trade
  • Investment and Trade Laws of the Middle East
  • Judicial Assistance in Transnational Litigation
  • Law of the European Union

Seminars

  • Advanced Issues in International Trade
  • Banking Law and Regulation
  • International Commercial Arbitration
  • International Contract Law
  • International Financial Institutions
  • Legal Aspects of Foreign Direct Investment
  • Legal Issues of Transnational Corporations
  • Trade and the Environment
  • Transnational Corporations

Journal

Jurisprudence and Legal History

Courses

  • Comparative Law
  • Conflict of Laws
  • Jurisprudence
  • Law and Economics
  • U.S. Legal History I
  • U.S. Legal History II

Seminars

  • Law and Literature
  • Modern Legal Theory

Labor Law

Courses

  • Sex-Based Discrimination
  • Employment Discrimination
  • Employment Rights Law
  • Health Law
  • Public Labor Law
  • Private Workplace Law
  • Regulation of Workplace Risks

Seminars

  • Disability and the Law
  • Pension Law
  • Public Employment Law

Litigation and the Lawyering Process

Courses

  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Civil Trial Practice
  • Criminal Trial Practice
  • Evidence
  • Expert Scientific Evidence
  • Federal Courts
  • Judicial Assistance in Transnational Litigation
  • Lawyer Bargaining
  • Lawyers and Clients: Interviewing and Counseling
  • Pretrial Litigation
  • Role of the Federal Prosecutor

Seminars

  • Advanced Civil Procedure: Complex Litigation
  • Advanced Evidence
  • Environmental Litigation
  • The Washington Lawyer

Clinics

Property

Real Estate

Courses

  • Oil and Gas Law
  • American Indian Law
  • Regulation of Energy
  • Land Transfer and Finance
  • Land Use Regulation
  • Natural Resources

Seminars

  • Real Estate Planning

Property

Land Use and Environmental Law

Courses

  • Advanced Environmental Law: Liability and Torts
  • Environmental Law
  • International Environmental Law
  • International Wildlife Law and Policy

Seminars

  • Advanced Civil Procedure: Complex Litigation
  • Environmental Issues in Business Transactions
  • Environmental Litigation
  • Federal Public Lands and Natural Resource Law
  • International Environmental Dispute Resolution
  • International Institutions and Environmental Protection
  • Research Seminar: International Environmental Law

Property

Intellectual Property

Courses

  • Advanced Copyright
  • Communications Law
  • Entertainment Law
  • International and Comparative Copyright
  • International Telecommunications
  • Law in the Information Society
  • Law of Professional Sports
  • Patent Law
  • U.S. Trademark Law

Seminars

  • Computer Law and Drafting
  • Law in Cyberspace
  • Law of Information Privacy
  • Telecommunications Law and Regulation

Property

Wills and Estates

Courses

  • Law and Accounting
  • Federal Estate and Gift Tax
  • Planning and Drafting of Wills and Trusts
  • Federal Personal Income Tax
  • Wills, Trusts, and Estates

Public Interest Law

Courses

  • Administrative Law
  • Advanced Issues in Immigration Policy and Litigation
  • American Indian Law
  • Community Development and Advocacy
  • Consumer Protection
  • Education Law
  • Employment Discrimination
  • Family Law
  • Federal Courts
  • Food and Drug Law
  • Health Law
  • Immigration Law
  • Individual Rights and Immigration Adjudication
  • Juvenile Law: Children's Legal Rights
  • Law of the American Political Process
  • Public Interest Practice
  • Sex-Based Discrimination

Journal

Seminars

  • Advanced Family Law Theory and Policy
  • Asian Pacific Americans and the Law
  • Disability and the Law
  • Health Law Issues: Federal Programs and
  • Education Law Health Reform Managed Care
  • Law and Poverty
  • Law of Nonprofit Organizations
  • Law, Policy, and American Intelligence Activities
  • Medical Liability
  • Presidential Power
  • Sexual Orientation and the Law

Clinics

Taxation

Courses

  • Federal Corporate Income Tax
  • Federal Estate and Gift Tax
  • Federal Personal Income Tax
  • International Business Taxation
  • Partnership Tax
  • Taxation in Real Estate Transactions

Seminars

  • Advanced Tax Policy and Problems
  • Pension Law
  • Research Seminar: Tax and Developing Countries

Clinic

Clinical Programs

Externships and Independent Study

Externships

  • Externships with Government Agencies and Nonprofit Entities
  • Independent Study Research Projects with Faculty Members
  • Advanced Tort Law
  • Interschool Moot Court Competitions (independent study project)

Dual Degree Program

Clinic

Externship Seminars

  • Administrative Law
  • Advanced Tort Law
  • Environmental Law
  • Examining the Lawyer's Role
  • Feminism in Theory and Practice
  • International Human Rights and Public International Law
  • Issues of Sexual Orientation
  • Law and Narration
  • Lawyering Identity and the Role of Law
  • Lawyering in the Public Interest and Government
  • The Legal Workspace
  • Ligitating Reparations for African Americans
  • Local Government Law
  • Public Information Law and Policy

Journals