Courses Titled R - Z

RACE AND LAW (JURS-360) 2 credits
This course addresses law and its relationship to racial justice. Race is one of the fundamental axes of social injustice in the U.S. The legal system operates to create, reinforce and mask racial injustice. Yet law simultaneously provides practical tools to further social justice values. This course should help you develop a deeper grasp of the role law plays in constructing and sustaining "race" and "racism." By understanding this, you can hold our legal system more accountable to its stated constitutional values of due process of law and equal protection of the laws.

Of course, race is not the only category through which unjust power relations are formed. We cannot grasp the full extent of racism without analyzing how it intersects with other "isms" to create larger structures of social oppression; thus we will address other forms of social injustice, such as discrimination based on gender, class, sexual orientation, disability, etc. However, we will always return our focus to unlearning racism, which is so complex that it is a lifelong learning process.

By the end of the semester, you should have some basic information and tools that will allow you to
communicate more effectively with colleagues, clients and other justice system stakeholders who have different racial experiences than yours;
recognize issues of race that underlie our legal, political and social institutions;
analyze the racial content of seemingly race-neutral laws and actions; and
be better equipped to work towards achieving racial justice, in your capacities as lawyers as well as a citizens who want to make a difference.

Course evaluation will be based upon presentations and final papers.

No prerequisites.

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REAL ESTATE DRAFTING LAB (PROP-430) 2 credits
During the lab, students represent a hypothetical development company that is purchasing property in Seattle for a proposed multifamily development. Students prepare the numerous documents that a practicing lawyer would need to prepare in such a project. Students leave the class with a general understanding of project permitting and a familiarity with the real estate transactional process.

Recommended but not required: Real Estate Transactions (PROP-300). Restrictions: This course must be taken pass/fail. Students who have completed Drafting Lab: Real Estate Law (DRFT-300 with Real Estate Law as the subject) may not receive credit for this course.
This course counts towards the professional skills requirement.

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REAL ESTATE TRANSACTIONS (PROP-300) 3 credits
This course is an overview of basic legal issues arising from real estate transactions. It covers formation, execution, and enforcement of real estate purchase contracts and the legal issues in the making and enforcing of loans secured by real estate collateral, among other topics.

No prerequisites.
This is a bar-tested course.
Part of the Bar Success Prescribed Curriculum Bar-Tested Course List: Students subject to the Bar Success Prescribed Curriculum are required to take two courses off the Bar-Tested Course List.

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REENTRY CLINIC (ADVC-410) 4 credits
Former Title: Legal Financial Obligations Clinic
Formerly incarcerated citizens face unique challenges not only from their status, but barriers to housing and employment security, professional certifications and student loans, family reunification, and even voting rights. A particular collateral consequence of incarceration-legal financial obligations (LFOs)-is especially crippling, often consigning returning citizens to a lifetime of debt repayment, threat of (re)imprisonment, and/or supervision by the court system.

In the Reentry Clinic, you will represent formerly incarcerated clients seeking to mitigate or eliminate their outstanding legal financial obligations LFOs, and navigate other barriers to community reintegration. You will also engage in systemic reform efforts by conducting legal and policy research, community education, and community empowerment. In the classroom, we will focus on case rounds, skills development, and critical race, gender, and systemic issues impacting reentry barriers. In the end, in the Reentry Clinic, you will develop and strengthen a wide range of skills, including interviewing and client counseling, problem-solving, collaboration, developing factual and legal theories, case planning, witness preparation, negotiating with opposing parties, oral and written advocacy, systems analysis, and leadership development.

Pre- or co-requisite: Professional Responsibility (PROF-200).
This course counts towards the professional skills requirement.

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REGULATION OF HEALTHCARE QUALITY (HLTH-345) 3 credits
This course will provide an overview of healthcare regulation in the United States that is directly related to the provision of healthcare. The substantive areas that will be explored are the regulation of: physicians and other healthcare providers, hospitals and other healthcare institutions, drugs and healthcare products and human research. Both federal and state based regulations will be examined as well as the managing administrative agencies.

No prerequisites

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REMEDIES (REMD-300) 3 credits
Study of equity, unjust enrichment and restitutionary remedies, proof of damages in personal injury claims, and legal and equitable remedies for deception, duress, undue influence, hardship, unconscionability, mistakes, and breach of contract.

No prerequisites.
This is a bar tested course.

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SECURITIES REGULATION (BUSN-325) 3 credits
The first part of the course will focus on the federal regulation of the offering and sales of securities through private and public offerings. We will cover the Securities Act of 1933 and the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, together with recently adopted amendments and supplements to these laws and their practical effects (i.e. Sarbanes Oxley and JOBS Act). The second part of the course will focus on the federal provisions imposing civil and criminal liability for fraud in connection with the sale of securities, emphasizing a study of the materiality of the elements for recovery, and what is the appropriate measure of damages.

While this course will focus on the relevant statutory and case framework, it will also examine Securities Regulation from the perspective of a practitioner and business person. Issues that will be covered include regulatory issues when attempting to raise funds, practical and statutory considerations when disclosing negative information to the market, how a securities class action is settled, and the most important issue that is not discussed in any textbook.

Prerequisite: Business Entities (BUSN-300).

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SOLO AND SMALL FIRM BUSINESS PLANNING (LPRC-320) 2 credits
Students will explore the various considerations that go into successful business planning, while developing a business plan for their own solo or small law firm practice or law-related business. Class discussions, course material, and guest speakers will provide with a richer appreciation for the practical and ethical elements of developing a business within the legal profession, along with a better understanding of the broader entrepreneurial business planning process.

No prerequisites

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SOCIAL IMPACT ADVOCACY (ADVC-330) 3 credits
Despite a century or more of seemingly monumental legal reforms (such as Brown v. Board of Education outlawing school segregation along color lines) and social changes, everyday headlines make plain that the U.S. constitutional commitment to "Equal Justice Under Law" remains illusory for many persons, and for some entire groups. When examined from a systems analysis, current events reveal the "systemic" and interconnected nature of a variety of daunting and seemingly intractable legal and social issues and injustices, ranging from mass incarceration and the War on Drugs to homelessness, voter suppression, protest suppression, student debt, wealth and income disparities, climate change, worker precarity, inadequate school funding, immigrant justice, the preservation of U.S. colonies such as Puerto Rico, the continuance of neighborhood and school segregation, and many more modern topical controversies that reveal identity-based oppressions and underlying systems that serve elite interests. The pressing practical question for those seeking legal reform is: How can lawyers become more effective advocates of systemic reform to achieve equal justice in everyday life for all? Relatedly, how can law be used to remedy systemic injustice, when law is oftentimes constructed and operated as a complementary system to maintain systemic societal and material inequalities based on social identities?

To tackle these and similar questions, this three-credit course examines key systemic (or structural) reasons for persistent access to justice and equal justice gaps while building a set of critical knowledges, values, skills, and attitudes (CKVSAs) for effective social impact (or systemic) advocacy. Using contemporary topics of special relevance to students, the course will survey and discuss key issues, concepts, terms, and arguments relating to law and (unequal) justice as we work on individual and group projects linked to current community issues. Assigned readings provide a critical understanding of the complex yet crucial cross-connection among law practice, legal reform, systemic change, and social impact while the hands-on community research projects emphasize the individual and collaborative development of fact-finding and analytical practices.

Upon completion of this course, all students should possess a substantive, sophisticated, and self-critical understanding of the cross-disciplinary, multi-cultural, and inter-active skillsets needed for meaningful and resilient social change.

Method of Evaluation: Final course grades are based on the following areas of individual performance and summative assessment designed for ongoing feedback, group discussion, and progressive learning: (1) consistent professionalism and participation in classroom discussions and course activities, and (2) contributions to group projects, including presentations at the end of the semester. This comprehensive method of evaluation values and balances the learning process and the covered CKSVAs in all relevant respects-including basics like advance preparation and attention to detail, punctuality and timeliness, consistent attendance and thoughtful participation, personal initiative and self-direction, and overall professional conduct that sustains successful collaboration and teamwork-because each of these technical capacities is a valued competency, and an important metric, of successful professionalism in any modern law practice or social justice role.

No prerequisites.

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SPORTS LAW (SPRT-300) 2 credits
This course examines various legal issues impacting collegiate and professional sports. Students will analyze sports cases and materials that cover multiple disciplines, including contracts, torts, constitutional law, antitrust, labor and employment, and intellectual property. Students will participate in discussions, problem-solving exercises and drafting sessions, which explore areas such as player and coaching contracts and investigation of rules infractions and possible sanctions against universities. Students will participate in discussions and problem-solving exercises, which explore areas such as player and coaching contracts and investigation of rules infractions and possible sanctions against universities.

Recommended but not required: Antitrust Law (ANTI-300).

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STATE AND LOCAL TAXATION (TAXL-355) 2 credits
This course will cover the fundamentals of state and local taxation in the United States, including a survey of the substantive law and policy implications of the taxes commonly imposed by state and local governments throughout the United States (i.e., net income-based taxes, ad valorem property taxes, sales and use taxes, and gross receipts taxes and excise taxes). The course will also explore the principal federal limitations on the states' taxing power, including the restraints imposed by the so-called "dormant" or "negative" Commerce Clause of the United States Constitution, as well as the limitations arising under the Due Process, Equal Protection, and Import-Export Clauses, and the affirmative limitations on state taxation imposed by Congress (e.g.., Public Law 86-272 and the Internet Tax Freedom Act). The course will also examine some of the more common limitations on state and local taxation arising under state law (e.g., the uniformity requirement under Washington's Constitution). Finally, the course will introduce the basics of state and local tax practice and procedure. Although the course will generally be national in scope, Washington's unique system of taxation-especially the state's business and occupation tax-will be examined in detail.

Prerequisite: Individual Income Tax (TAXL-300).

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STREET LAW (STRL-300) 3 credits
Second and third year law students are eligible to teach a practical law class to high school seniors and earn credits at the same time. Law students increase their knowledge of the law and improve lawyering skills of communication and critical thinking while contributing to the education of young persons. Street Law challenges law students, requiring them to integrate legal knowledge and skills with new methods of confronting community legal problems. Law students' own legal education is enriched by new perspectives and skills and students also gain tremendous satisfaction from the contributions to the high school students.

Law students teach in teams or solo, two hours per week between 7:45 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. at one of four Seattle high schools, one Redmond high school or two Puyallup high schools. The assigned times are made early in the semester. Weekly seminars prepare law students regardless of past teaching experience to conduct successful classes. Some high schools allow for afternoon classes and some have morning times. It is best to have two one-hour available slots available, plus travel time, for the same time twice per week. The culminating experience is a mock trial in which law students coach the high school students to serve as prosecution/plaintiff and defense teams to compete in a mock trial in local courthouses in front of real judges and attorney evaluators.

No prerequisites.
This course counts towards the professional skills requirement.

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TAXATION OF LLCS AND PARTNERSHIPS (TAXL-307) 2 credits
This course examines the federal income taxation of LLCS and partnerships including formation, distributions, and terminations. Students interested in general practice, business transactional practice, or business litigation should take both this course and Taxation of Corporations to gain a comprehensive overview of the taxation of the prevalent forms of business enterprise.

Prerequisite: Individual Income Tax (TAXL-300). Recommended: Business Entities (BUSN-300).

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TAXATION OF NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS (TAXL-325) 2 credits
This course examines federal and state laws affecting non-profit organizations. We will explore the life a non-profit from developing the mission or purpose, forming the non-profit, applying for tax exempt status, engaging in typical transactions (such as joint ventures and fiscal sponsorships), and dissolving the nonprofit entity. Students will gain practical experience drafting Articles of Incorporation, bylaws, governance policies, and other documents. This practical based approach will serve as a framework to explore the tax treatment of public and private charities exempt under I.R.C. § 501(c)(3), as well as business leagues, social clubs, and other types of tax-exempt organizations. In addition, this course will cover the requirements for federal tax exempt status, restrictions on lobbying and political campaign activities, and the unrelated business income tax.

Pre or co-requisite: Individual Income Tax (TAXL-300).

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TECHWASHED: LAW, TECHNOLOGY, AND ETHICS IN THE AGE OF SURVEILLANCE AND AUTOMATED DECISIONMAKING (INTP-394, Former Title: Law, Technology, & Ethics in the Age of Business Innovation) 2 credits
This course examines how game-changing surveillance and automated decision-making technologies impact legal, policy, and ethical frameworks in a variety of substantive fields. Vendors are inventing and implementing new technologies faster than ever, but those technologies are often built in a "black box" without community impacts or values in mind. And on the public side, government entities often adopt automated systems without adequate public input or oversight. These tools may also contain biases that challenge our very notions of fairness. Through a review of the relevant areas of law and policy as well as case studies and expert guest speakers, students will develop a grounded understanding of the ethical, policy, and legal choices related to fairness, accountability, and transparency in this space. This class will be a seminar incorporating significant amounts of legal and policy writing.

Prerequisites: One or more of the following: Internet Law & Digital Commerce (INTP-330, former title: Cyberspace Law in the Modern Era & Beyond); Foundations of Privacy Law (INTP-321);  Managing Privacy (BUSN-377, former title: Managing Privacy Risks); or instructor permission.

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TRADEMARK LAW (INTP-315) 2 credits
This course focuses on the day-to-day realities of trademark practice, including the origin, nature, and extent of trademark rights; what constitutes "use" of a trademark for purposes of ownership, enforcement, and liability; the protectability of nontraditional trademarks such as colors and configurations; client counseling and resolving trademark disputes; protecting and enforcing trademark rights; and the limitations on trademark protection. Along the way, the course addresses such related areas of law as federal and common law of unfair competition and deceptive advertising, trade dress, rights of publicity, Internet domain names, and uses of trademarks in Web advertising.

No prerequisites.

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TRADEMARK LAW CLINIC (INTP-415) 3 credits
Students represent clients who are seeking federal protection for their trademark. Students will advise clients on the selection and adoption of trademarks and work with them to file a federal trademark application with the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Students will be responsible for preparing a trademark clearance search, filing a federal trademark application, responding to any inquiry or refusal from the US Trademark Office, filing maintenance documents, and the preparation of any other documents or filings necessary in the course of prosecuting and maintaining a federal trademark application or registration. Student teams must maintain office hours in the Clinic offices for a total of three hours per week. Office hours must be scheduled on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2 to 7 pm or Wednesdays from Noon to 8PM. The days and times for office hours will be determined based on each student team's schedule. Students will be required to attend a clinic class two days per week.

Prerequisite: Intellectual Property (INTP-300) as a prerequisite or Trademark Law (INTP-315) as a pre or co-requisite. Restriction: Students must meet the Law Clinic's conflict of interest rules.
This course counts towards the professional skills requirement.

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TRANSACTIONAL LAW: MAKING THE DEAL (BUSN-384) 3 credits
Students will acquire experience and training in transactional lawyering by engaging in problem-based learning and interacting with practicing deal lawyers. Students will analyze and discuss key points of negotiating, structuring, and documenting complex transactions. Special emphasis will be placed on problem solving, decision making, and embracing the professional role of the deal lawyer. Grades will be based on participation (preparation, answers and volunteer comments, etc.), professionalism (attendance, being on time, collaboration, etc.), effort and skill; there will be no final exam.

No prerequisites

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TRANSITIONING TO PRACTICE: A CRASH COURSE ON THE ESSENTIALS (LPRC-305) 1 credit
Washington Supreme Court Justice Mary Yu and local practitioner Stephanie Jensen will provide an overview of some essential tools and tips for your transition from being a student to a practicing attorney. This seminar style class will address an array of topics to help you start your career off on the right track, including: reading and using local, state, and federal court rules; succeeding at briefing and oral argument (at both the trial and appellate levels); navigating discovery and technology; engaging in all aspects of trial practice from preparation to jury selection and putting on your case; excelling at the business of law, from client development to case organization; and the "softer" skills of managing employer expectations, career development, and professionalism.

Class meeting dates for Spring 2020*:
Friday, February 7, 2020, 4 - 7 pm, King County Courthouse;
Saturday, February 8, 2020, 9 am - 2:30 pm, Sullivan Hall, Room 110;
Sunday, February 9, 2020, 9 am - 2 pm Sullivan Hall Room 110.

*Due to the limited number of sessions, attendance at each class is mandatory absent approval by Justice Yu and Ms. Jensen.

Restrictions: Must be graduating in Spring or the following Summer or Fall. This course must be taken pass/fail.

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TRANSNATIONAL BUSINESS TRANSACTIONS (BUSN-500) 3 credits
This course is aimed at examining the impelling need to harmonize rules governing transnational transactions, to unify diverging domestic legislations and to create a very uniform law on international commerce. It seeks to discuss first why harmonize, what to harmonize and how to harmonize; to trace, afterwards, the harmonizing path over last decades; and finally to highlight the areas where harmonization has been sought with a highest intensity and perseverance in order to understand why sometimes international efforts have succeeded and sometimes have failed instead. The most prominent international instruments will be analyzed in depth seeking for common features and diverging characteristics. The course will entail the completion of several practical exercises (as they will be specified in the final program), consisting of the analysis of international instruments, the drafting of contracts ruling transnational transactions and the problem solving in commercial situations. Finally, the course will explore key international organizations. Field trips may include a visit to the International Organization of Securities Commissions.

No prerequisites.
This course is part of the Summer in Madrid Program.

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TRANSNATIONAL LITIGATION AND ARBITRATION (INTL-330) 3 credits
The unprecedented rise in the sheer volume of the cross border movement of persons (natural as well as juridical), and goods and services has made international lawyering more important and more complicated than ever. It is not difficult to imagine the volume and variety of disputes that these levels of intercourse and interdependence naturally produce. These disputes are supposed to be revolved in an environment of independent and remarkably diverse legal systems and traditions. As national legal systems are ordinarily designed to address municipal legal problems, their adoption to the transnational setting presents unique and complicated legal problems. The principal objective of this course is to introduce students to the procedural issues associated with these transnational disputes and the mechanisms of their resolution by focusing on representational challenges.

The scope of the coverage is limited to the two most important mechanisms of dispute resolution: court litigation, and international arbitration. The first half of the course covers jurisdiction in transnational context, recognition and enforcement of court judgments and arbitral awards. The Second half focuses on practical experience. Students will be assigned to simulated cases and will write briefs and argue cases in class. The details will be explained in class.

No prerequisites.

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TRIBAL ADMINISTRATION LAW (INDL-345) 2 credits
This course will provide an overview of the integration and application of strategic and operational management principles in tribal governments. Topics will include the development of goals, strategies, and approaches to implementation. The course will focus on tribal strategic plans and issues specific to tribes, such as the federal-tribal relationship, tribal constitutions, and tribal ordinances and regulations. This course will provide an overview of organizational management theories with an emphasis on tribal governments. It will focus on the various types of tribal governments, the role of tribal managers, tribal management functions, communications processes, and management information systems design and development. It will also explore different models of delivering services on reservations.

No prerequisites.

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TRIBAL GOVERNMENTAL GAMING (INDL-330) 2 credits
This seminar will review the legal, political and social forces that led to the enactment of the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act (IGRA) and examine the implementation of the Act. The course covers all of the major issues involved in IGRA, including: management contracts; the powers of the National Indian Gaming Commission; the classification of various gaming activities; tribal authority over gaming; the role of the states in the regulation of Indian gaming; and the determination of where Indian gaming facilities may be located. Requirements for the course include informed class participation and the preparation of a research paper. The Federal Indian Law course is not a prerequisite, but it will be helpful in understanding the concepts involved in IGRA and the issues that have arisen in the implementation of the Act.

No prerequisites.

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TRIBES AND TAXES (INDL-337) 2 credits
This course will examine the leading Native American tax cases. The class will address the policy, legal, and regulatory framework surrounding Tribal taxation, federal taxation of members and tribes, special federal rules, fishing rights, Indian Tax Status Act, tribal bonds, rapid depreciation rules, Indian jobs credit, and special rules for gaming; state taxation of tribes, members, and non-members and tribal taxation. Topics include the problem of multiple taxation, federal Indian liquor laws, and fuel and tobacco taxes.

No prerequisites.

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TRUSTS AND ESTATES (ESTA-300) 3 credits
This course, which stands on its own as a survey course and also serves as an introduction to Estate Planning, covers the law of wills, trusts, and intestate succession. It includes execution and revocation of wills; creation, modification, and termination of trusts; problems of construction; restrictions on testation and transfers in trust; and future interests. The course covers some aspects of fiduciary administration, but not taxation.

No prerequisites.
This is a bar-tested course.
Bar Success Prescribed Curriculum Requirement: Students subject to the Bar Success Prescribed Curriculum are required to take either Trusts & Estates (ESTA-300) with the T&E Enhanced Analytical Skills Lab (ESTA-301) or Trusts, Estates & Enhanced Analytical Skills (ESTA-250). Full-time students must fulfill this requirement during the fall of their 2L year. Part-time students must fulfill this requirement during the fall of their 3L year.

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TRUSTS AND ESTATES ENHANCED ANALYTICAL SKILLS LAB (ESTA-301) 1 Credit
Students taking the Trusts and Estates Enhanced Analytical Skills Lab will refine the academic skills necessary for success in law school, on the bar exam, and in law practice. Specifically, students will develop skills in the following areas: critical reading, critical thinking, legal synthesis, legal argument and responding to bar-exam like essay and multiple-choice questions. The lab will draw upon the substantive material covered in Trusts and Estates, thus, Trusts and Estates is a co-requisite for the lab course. Graded assessments will include a midterm and final exam.

Co-requisite: Trusts & Estates (ESTA-300-A).
Bar Success Prescribed Curriculum Requirement: Students subject to the Bar Success Prescribed Curriculum are required to take either Trusts & Estates (ESTA-300) with the T&E Enhanced Analytical Skills Lab (ESTA-301) or Trusts, Estates & Enhanced Analytical Skills (ESTA-250). Full-time students must fulfill this requirement during the fall of their 2L year. Part-time students must fulfill this requirement during the fall of their 3L year.

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TRUSTS, ESTATES AND ENHANCED ANALYTICAL SKILLS (ESTA-250) 4 credits
This course, which stands on its own as a survey course and also serves as an introduction to Estate Planning, covers the law of wills, trusts, and intestate succession. It includes execution and revocation of wills; creation, modification, and termination of trusts; problems of construction; restrictions on testation and transfers in trust; and future interests. The course covers some aspects of fiduciary administration, but not taxation. In addition, this class includes a lab, in which students will hone their analytical skills through weekly writing assignments focused on synthesizing the materials that were addressed in class.

No prerequisites.
This is a bar-tested course.
Bar Success Prescribed Curriculum Requirement: Students subject to the Bar Success Prescribed Curriculum are required to take either Trusts & Estates (ESTA-300) with the T&E Enhanced Analytical Skills Lab (ESTA-301) or Trusts, Estates & Enhanced Analytical Skills (ESTA-250). Full-time students must fulfill this requirement during the fall of their 2L year. Part-time students must fulfill this requirement during the fall of their 3L year.

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UCC SALES (COMM-350) 3 credits
The course covers the law governing the sales of tangible personal property. The course deals with contracts for the sale of goods, involving issues that generally are not dealt with in first year contracts. The course covers shipment of the goods when the parties are at a distance and the risk of loss should the goods be damaged or destroyed prior to acceptance by the buyer. Of central importance is the seller's obligations with respect to the quality of and title to the goods. Discussed under this topic are the creation and content of express and implied warranties; the manner in which they may be modified or disclaimed; and the contractual alterations the parties can make to the remedies provided by the law. The course also treats the buyer's right to reject or revoke acceptance of non-conforming goods; the buyer's and seller's remedies in the event of breach; and the right of the buyer or seller to reclaim goods from an insolvent seller or buyer. Although the central source of law for this portion of the course is Article 2 of the Uniform Commercial Code, the course also will consider the interface between the Code and products liability law.

No prerequisites.
This is a bar-tested course.
Part of the Bar Success Prescribed Curriculum Bar-Tested Course List: Students subject to the Bar Success Prescribed Curriculum are required to take two courses off the Bar-Tested Course List.

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UCC SECURED TRANSACTIONS (COMM-355) 3 credits
The course covers the law pertaining to security interests in personal property. The course addresses the manner in which parties can create interests in personal property to secure the payment of a debt and the consequences of creating such an interest. Discussed are the manner of creating and perfecting security interests; priorities among secured parties; priorities between secured creditors and unsecured creditors and purchasers; and the remedies that exist in the event of default or improper seizure of the secured property. The course also considers the scope of Article 9 of the Uniform Commercial Code, which governs secured transactions, attending to such issues as leases that are intended for security and consignments of goods. In addition to treating these issues under Article 9, the course considers the effects of the Bankruptcy Act upon security interests when the debtor is in bankruptcy proceedings with emphasis upon such issues as voidable and preferential transfers.

No prerequisites.
This is a bar-tested course.
Part of the Bar Success Prescribed Curriculum Bar-Tested Course List: Students subject to the Bar Success Prescribed Curriculum are required to take two courses off the Bar-Tested Course List.

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VOTING RIGHTS AND ELECTION LAW (CNLW-380) 3 credits
This course will explore the fundamental law of democracy in the United States. Topics include the right to vote, gerrymandering, the Voting Rights Act, election administration, ballot propositions, political parties, and campaign finance.

Prerequisite: Constitutional Law (CNLW-200) or instructor approval based on prior related study.

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WASHINGTON CONSTITUTIONAL LAW: PRACTICE AND PERSPECTIVES (CNLW-317) 3 credits
This course will cover issues that arise under the Washington State Constitution in legal practice. At the end of this court, students should able to:

  • Recognize that a client faces an issue under the State Constitution.
  • Design and execute research plans to make and assess arguments as to the appropriateness, under the state constitution, of various actual or proposed actions of state or local government entities.
  • Advise clients (public and private) as to availability of rights, remedies, or limitations on action under the state constitution. 

Students will also have the chance to engage with important figures whose work in Olympia will shed light on the challenges and opportunities for lawyering in this arena.

No prerequisites.
This course is part of the Semester in Olympia curriculum.

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WASHINGTON STATE ADMINISTRATIVE AND REGULATORY LAW AND POLICY (ADMN-360) 3 credits
A course designed to expose students to the particular laws, regulations, procedures, and institutions of Washington State's administrative and regulatory bodies. This course will provide a thorough training in the basic structures and substantive and procedural law in these areas, and will also introduce students to some of the most important contemporary players, interests, and issues through problems, guest speakers, and field trips.

No prerequisites.
This course is part of the Semester in Olympia curriculum.

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WASHINGTON STATE CONSTITUTIONAL LAW SEMINAR (CNLW-315) 2 credits
This course will combine theoretical and practical analysis of the Washington State Constitution. The course will be relevant to students who intend to practice in Washington, particularly those whose practices will involve state government, judicial decision-making, lawmaking, or politics. Theoretical aspects of the course will examine the structure, content, role, and interpretation of state constitutions. The practical component will survey and analyze the state constitutional provisions and rulings of interest to Washington practitioners. The course will be structured around the three overlapping aspects of the Washington State Constitution: the personal constitution (individual rights), the political constitution (allocation of political power), and the working constitution (functions of and limitations on state government).

Prerequisite: Constitutional Law I (CNLW-200).

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WATER LAW (ENVL-350) 3 credits
The development of water resources and the growth of the law in the context of scarcity and competition between instream resources and the demands of population growth is the focus of this course. Materials and discussion will emphasize the fundamental principles of ownership and rights to use water, primarily concentrating on western water law and the prior appropriation doctrine. Students will study a range of issues and topics including irrigation rights and municipal use, tribal and federal reserved water rights, the public trust doctrine, and the politics of water law. State water rights in the context of federal laws such as the Clean Water Act and the Endangered Species Act will be covered as well.

No prerequisites.

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WORKERS' RIGHTS CLINIC (EMPL-420) 6 credits
The Worker's Right Clinic is offered through a partnership with Seattle University School of Law and the Fair Work Center. Students in the Worker's Rights Clinic will help low wage workers understand and enforce their workplace rights. Though the clinic will offer services to all workers, special emphasis will be placed on understanding and enforcing Seattle's minimum wage, paid sick and safe leave and ban-the-box protections. Students will engage in three major areas of client work: (1) initial interviews with workers to help with issue identification and legal information; (2) periodic community clinics, providing counseling and brief advice to workers; and (3) representation of workers in employment claims through an administrative or judicial processes. Students may also work on policy advocacy and impact litigation. While students are engaged in this representation, students will also study foundational employment doctrine, reinforce their skill development, and examine the causes and consequences of income inequality in the United States.

Recommended but not required: Employment Law (EMPL-300) or Labor Law (EMPL-350). Restriction: Students must meet the Law Clinic's conflict of interest rules.
This course counts towards the professional skills requirement.

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YOUTH ADVOCACY CLINIC (ADVC-310) 6 credits
Students in the clinic represent clients in a variety of matters. Our client list includes: (1) individuals charged as juvenile offenders; (2) unaccompanied immigrant minors seeking Special Immigrant Juvenile Status; (3) individuals seeking relief from the obligation to register as juvenile sex offenders. The seminar component of the clinic offers a sequence of simulations of the necessary lawyering skills, including a simulated Motion Hearing before an actual judge (on a Saturday, usually at the end of the sixth week of the term).

Prerequisite: Evidence (EVID-200). Pre or co-requisite: Professional Responsibility (PROF-200). Restrictions: Must be Rule 9 eligible. Students must meet the Law Clinic's conflict of interest rules.
This course counts towards the professional skills requirement.

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