Jurisprudence (JUGL)


This course will explore the origins of the system; the American context in 1787; the impact on the college of political parties; the hidden defects and dangers in the system that manifested themselves; the workings of the system prior to the Civil War; the post-Civil War history and the rise of close elections and faithless presidential electors; and the engagement of lawyers in changing the system, resulting in passage of a popular vote constitutional amendment by the House of Representatives in 1969. <p> The course will analyze current proposals to reform the system, including the national popular vote plan; the impact of the media and polls in the functioning of the system; and the understanding of the Electoral College system by the American people. It will also discuss the intersection of the Electoral College with the presidential succession system. <p> The course will be taught by Professor John D. Feerick, who served as advisor to the 1966-67 American Bar Association Commission on Electing the President and provided the views of the ABA in testimony before Congress during the period 1967-79. He participated in the drafting of the 1969 proposed amendment, is the author of a major article on the subject for the Fordham Law Review, and has spoken widely on the subject before citizen and other groups. <p> Professor Feerick will be assisted by adjunct Professor John Rogan, who currently co-teaches a clinic on the presidential succession system and is a graduate of Fordham Law School, Class of 2014. There will be several guest speakers. <p> There will be a take home examination or, alternatively, a paper on some aspect of the system.

Attribute: LLM.


This course will focus on the relationship of race, gender, and class to different social change strategies and different roles for lawyers as well. We shall explore the role of lawyers in influencing contemporary public policy and the role of legal discourse in framing issues such as access to, the diversity of, and participation within higher education; the use of the criminal justice system as a major instrument of urban public policy; gay marriage issues of assimilation v structural reform; the role of gender within the larger society as well as within communities of color. We shall attempt to identify the ways in which the adversarial dynamics of our legal system influence policy choices between means and ends, the zero-sum nature of conflict, and the role of racial, ethnic, gender and economic hierarchy. We will use interdisciplinary readings, experiential learning and case studies to examine various discourse and social change frames for identifying, reframing and problem-solving concrete social justice issues to facilitate social change. Each student will have the opportunity to work with faculty and with other students to plan and help facilitate one of the class sessions. CLASS IS OPEN to no more than 35 students. THERE WILL BE NO EXAM BUT STUDENTS WILL HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO WORK WITH FACULTY AND WITH OTHER STUDENTS TO PLAN AND HELP FACILITATE AT LEAST ONE OF THE CLASS SESSIONS.


In view of the pro - democracy events sweeping the entire Arab World , this course will stress the legal aspects of revolution , authority , social justice , and human rights . This course explores the impact of Islam on the following areas: Islam and the other: Justice and Public Policy; Human Rights; Islam and Authority; Jihad; Terrorism; and International Law. A 20 page paper is required. Course grade calculated by paper grade, 80% and class participation, 20%. Attendence is mandatory.

Attributes: INLJ, JD, LAWI, LLM.

JUGL 0216. RACE, SEX, & LOVE. (2 to 3 Credits)

The U.S. Supreme Court rendered its landmark decision in Loving v. Virginia invalidating prohibitions on interracial marriage more than 40 years ago. But race still plays a significant role in the intimate lives of most Americans. Decisions regarding whom we date, marry, or with whom we enter into other long-term intimate commitments are very much colored by race and prevailing racial norms. This course will consider why this is so by exploring the role that state laws and practices regarding the family and intimate associations have played in the social construction of race and racial identity. We will also consider the influence of race and racial norms on our attitudes about sexual intimacy, gender roles, and commonly-held conceptions of and approaches to issues such as marriage, reproduction, and parenting. Students will be encouraged to explore a range of issues relating to race and intimate associations, including how structural issues affect our intimate choices; the role that state laws bearing on family and intimate relations have played in policing racial identity; and the utility of analogies drawn between race and gender-based restrictions on marriage in the current debate concerning the extension of marriage rights to same-sex couples.

Attribute: INLJ.


This course targets to define the Islamic jurisprudence “Shari’a” in different life’s aspects (from family law, to criminal, inheritance, contracts, trading…etc). It will highlight from one hand, the Islamic legal system through its main source the Qur’an, and from the other hand it will underline how Shari’a law mixes with civil law in contemporary legal system of Muslim countries through a comparative approach between three legal systems of three different Muslim countries: Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Morocco. <p> Course aims: This course will enable students to:<br> Know about the Islamic jurisprudence<br> <br>Understand the connections and disconnections between Shari’a and civic law <br>Emphasize their knowledge about Shari’a’s contribution to advance the legal system theories and practices<br> Make comparison between the Islamic law and their own legal system<br> Participate on the actual debate on Shari’a<br> Class Format: the Course sessions combine a mixture of interactive lecturing, class discussions and watching videos of key topics. <p> Evaluation and Grading:<b> Participation 25% Final Exam* 75% *The Final Exam will be a presentation of a research paper on one of the course’s topics.

Attribute: LLM.

JUGL 0227. ELECTION LAW. (2 Credits)

We will address the basic issues of Election Law, including: the two-party system as the foundation of American politics, the constitutional rights of political parties and their members, the rights of minor parties and independent bodies, ballot access issues, voting rights and representative democracy, and election administration. We will also focus on issues relating to the nomination and election of the President of the United States, including: the electoral college, eligibility requirements, impeachment of the President, and succession and disability issues. A paper will be required, and class participation will be factored into the student's grade.

Attributes: INLJ, PIE.


The course will explore various critical legal theories. These theories have sought to expose the presence of a straight, white, male subject position at the core of Western legal reasoning. As such, the course considers characterizations of the law as objective and impartial with a healthy dose of skepticism. The first half of the semester will involve an introduction to Feminist Legal Theory, Critical Race Theory, and critical legal studies (including elements of Queer Theory and Literary Theory, as they apply to the law). In the second half of the semester, we will revisit some of the foundational cases and major concepts in the core subjects (for our purposes Contracts, Torts, Property, Constitutional Law, and Criminal Law) and view them through a lens informed by the critical theories. Beyond introducing these theories, the seminar will offer an alternative/revisionist reading of some of the fundamental cases and concepts that students learned in their first year, and will explore reasons why mainstreaming the insights of the “Crits” has proven such a challenging undertaking. <p> Course Requirements: Students will be expected to submit several short reaction papers during the semester and a final 12-15 page term paper.

Attribute: INLJ.

JUGL 0275. CANON LAW. (2 Credits)

This seminar will offer law school students a preliminary insight into the structure and internal law of the Roman Catholic Church. It will involve a study of the entire Code of Canon Law of the Latin-rite Church with some references to the Code of Law that governs the Eastern-rite Churches (e.g., the Greek, Maronite, Ruthenian and Ukrainian Catholic Churches). The seminar will begin with a basic history of the Church¿s development of ecclesiastical law. The Code of Canon Law will be studied in detail, with topics grouped into the following categories: General norms that govern Church law, including those affecting juridic persons (similar to civil corporations) The status and role of physical persons in the Church, their rights and duties, and an overview of the Church¿s fundamental hierarchical structure The Church¿s educational mission and structures The sacraments, particularly marriage Property and finances, including norms for alienation of property and for trusts and estates Procedural law, especially that governing marriage annulments Sanctions: the penal law governing delicts (Church crimes) and their punishment .

Attributes: INLJ, JD, LLM.


This course will examine the growing body of law¿both domestic and transnational¿concerning the regulation of reproductive healthcare, including contraception, abortion, and assisted reproductive technologies. It will explore the limitations imposed on governments¿ ability to regulate reproductive healthcare by the U.S. Constitution, foreign constitutions, and international human rights treaties, as well as positive obligations imposed by those instruments to ensure access to services. Special attention will be given to comparative analysis of rationales for the protection of reproductive rights.Students will complete several short reaction papers during the semester and there will be a takehome final exam.

Attributes: INLJ, JD, LAWJ, LLM.

JUGL 0293. HOW JUDGES DECIDE. (2 Credits)

This class will explore fundamental questions about judging through conversations with and interviews of judges, lawyers and journalists. Whether a case is a civil or criminal matter, one which will be decided by a jury or a judge, the question of how judges decide any of the myriad of issues they confront is critical. The subject is not often explored beyond the simplistic formulation that judges research the law, apply the facts and then reach a conclusion. But this description ignores all of the essential inputs about just what guides a judge in figuring out the law, and finding the facts and applying one to the other. How does a judge’s personal background influence the decision making process? What choices does a judge have when trying to decide how to interpret a statute? Does popular opinion influence how judges decide cases? Should it? <p> Rather than try to understand these and related questions solely from what academics and critics of the system have said, this class will explore these issues and ideas by talking to judges, and lawyers who appear before them. Federal and state court Judges will participate in class and will be interviewed by us and you about cases the judges have selected. They are largely cases which could have “gone either way”. You will be required to interview judges in class about the assigned readings, and each of you will have an opportunity to be the “lead” questioner during the semester. The goal is to try to get some understanding of the judge’s values, his or her assessment of the equities and personalities in the case, and any other psychological or human factors that went into their decision-making. <p> The final exam shall consist of a paper addressing an issue from class which you found interesting and worthy of more developed analysis and study. <p> Materials: Blindfolds Off: Judges on How They Decide, by Joel Cohen https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00OL0R1YS/ref=dp-kindle-redirect?_encoding=UTF8&btkr=1 <br> September 6 – Attorneys Steven Molo, Esq.; Gerald Lefcourt, Esq. <br> September 13 -- Hon. Rolando Acosta; Hon. John M. Leventhal <br> September 20 – Hon. John E. Jones III; Hon. David Wecht <br> September 27 – Hon. Brian Cogan <br> October 4 – Hon. Angela Mazzarelli; Hon. Rosalyn Richter <br> October 11 – Hon. Denny Chin <br> October 18 -- Hon. Vincent Briccetti <br> October 25 – Hon. Jed S. Rakoff; David Lat, Esq. <br> November 1 – Hon. Michael Garcia <br> November 8 – Hon. Nancy Gertner (Ret.) <br> November 15 – Hon. William Kuntz <br> November 29 – Hon. Paul Crotty .

Attribute: LIDR.


In collaboration with the Feerick Social Justice Center, this is a three credit course in which students will have the opportunity to work as part of a pastoral project that involves facilitating the transitions that have resulted from the archdiocese of New York’s closing of approximately 32 parishes. In weekly classes at the law school, students will study legal problem-solving skills that combine elements of negotiation, mediation, systems design, consensus building, fact-finding and facilitation. This course also has a casework component which involves empirical research on individual parishes which have been merged. Students will be required to attend specific facilitation meetings at various parishes. Research materials will be available to students at the Archdiocese offices at 1011 First Avenue, New York, New York. The research will involve the fact finding, brief writing, mediation and consensus building regarding the parish closings. <p> Students will be assigned to a pastoral facilitation team of 4-5 members consisting of a conflict management specialist, one religious sister or brother, a pastor and one layperson. Students will travel to local parishes with their team, observe the facilitation meetings with groups who are concerned about the closing of parishes, take notes of the process, and otherwise generally assist the team in the facilitation process. With references to Canon Law, students will participate in sensitive problem solving for individuals involved in the Cardinal’s decisions and the implications. Students will be evaluated on the quality of their class participation, research reports and participation in facilitation meetings.


This seminar will expose students to the foundations of feminist legal theory, the divergent strands within it, and related theories of sexuality. We will examine how feminist theorists have considered sex, gender, and sexuality in understanding and critiquing our legal system and its norms. The seminar will examine the epistemological underpinnings of the law, which result in the privileging of certain legal concepts and forms of reasoning, and how, consequently, these underlying normative premises make the law appear objective and neutral. We will look at how feminist legal theory has contended with issues related to race, class, sexual orientation, nationality, gender, and culture. We will study how social power shapes the way we know and how this leads to the continued marginalization of certain groups in the political arena. Methodologically, the seminar will focus on foundational texts and use them to engage with contemporary issues in law and society.

Attribute: CEED.


This course examines the ability of firms and people to select the law that will apply to their dealings and forum where their cases will be adjudicated; competition by states, countries and private parties to supply law and adjudication; and the legal and theoretical implications of this competition. Specific topics covered include corporate and securities laws, commercial transactions, arbitration, consumer and electronic commerce transactions, trusts, real property, and marriage and family law.

Attribute: LLM.


JUGL 0320. LAW OF DEMOCRACY. (4 Credits)

This course examines the laws that govern our democratic process, including campaign finance reform, voting rights, redistricting, ballot access, election administration, campaign advertising and the role of SuperPACs. The course is a blend of constitutional law, legal history and legal theory. We will focus attention on the different legal theories and the empirical assumptions used by lawyers and judges in key Law of Democracy cases. Because of the centrality of constitutional law, we conduct a series of mock Supreme Court arguments around the key cases. There is a take home exam, but students who wish to do so may write a 30 page research paper. Four-credit courses that meet for 150 minutes per week require three additional hours of class preparation per week on the part of the student in lieu of an additional hour of formal instruction.

Attributes: INLJ, LAWJ, LLM.


This seminar will explore the legal aspects, both practical and policy-oriented, of gaming (including gambling) in the United States from the varied perspectives of game developers and operators, game players and the public interest. In some respects, a gaming business encounters the same issues facing any enterprise, but in other respects unique or at least highly specialized legal issues are confronted by this multi-billion-dollar industry. A major focus of the course will be intellectual property rights in characters and images, logos, programming and "look and feel" which present copyright, trademark and patent issues. We also will explore contract and licensing issues in some depth as they relate to distribution and monetization. Additional topics will include: data privacy, terms of use, government regulation, free speech issues, Indian gaming law and liability issues. A paper on an approved topic will be required.

Attributes: IPIE, JD, LAWT, LLM.

JUGL 0347. JEWISH LAW: SOURC, PRIN, JUSRI. (2 to 3 Credits)

The five legal sources of Jewish law (Halakhah), namely, interpretation, codification, custom, precedent and reason provide the framework for the course. Amongst the major topics are: the tension between the lexical meaning of a text and its legal significance; the definition and significance of the categories of Biblical Law (Deorayta) and Rabbinic Law (Derabbanan); Rabbinic legislation running counter to Biblical law; important legislative landmarks in Jewish family law; the "chained wife" (Agunah); the use of reason as a justificatory principle; questions of life and death, and the balancing of competing claims to life in tragic choice situations.

Attributes: CEED, ICE, INLJ, LLM.


This introductory course surveys important schools of thought in the philosophy of law from the beginning of the Twentieth Century up to the present day. Key questions in the first part of the course include: What is law? What, if any, is the connection between law and morality? In hard cases brought before top courts, are there right answers? The second part of the course engages philosophically grounded debates about civil disobedience, sexual orientation, and civil rights. Class will be a combination of lecture and discussion. There will be a final examination.

Attributes: CEED, JD, LLM.

JUGL 0358. JURISPRUDENCE. (2 to 3 Credits)

The first part of this seminar is a survey of several major theories and approaches to jurisprudence in the 20th century, theories such as those of H.L.A. Hart, Lon Fuller, John Rawls, and Ronald Dworkin, plus other related topics. We will then turn to some contemporary issues that bear on jurisprudence in a broader sense: Dworkin's recent attempt to resolve conflicts over human rights and terrorism, religion and the state, and redistributive justice, based on principles of human dignity; and Cass Sunstein's warnings about the dangers of "radical judges" and the legal theories they and other judges follow, comparing and contrasting Fundamentalism (originalism), Perfectionism, Minimalism, and Majoritarianism as competing models for court decisions. Other short readings may be assigned. Take-home exam.

Attributes: CEED, INLJ, PIF.


This class will discuss the ways in which the law is used to address the intersection between gender and violence. We will cover a broad area that includes intimate partner violence, sexual harassment, sexual assault, and stalking. The course will open with a discussion of the current legal framework to respond to intimate partner violence and sexual assault, then move through evolving conversations on related topics such as the #MeToo movement, sexual harassment, and revenge porn. This class will emphasize critical thinking, with a particular focus on analyzing whether civil and/or criminal legal systems are the most appropriate or effective tools to address what are often very intimate harms.

Attributes: INLJ, LLM, PIF.


This 3 credit course examines the notion of mediation and explores the language of mediation and conflict resolution through introducing four alternative movements in law: Alternative Dispute Resolution, Restorative Justice, Therapeutic Jurisprudence and Transitional Justice. The six principles which are considered as foundational for alternative movements are: an emphasis on process; an emphasis on constructive conflict intervention; deconstruction and hybridization; a search for an underlying hidden layer; acknowledgement of emotions and relationship; community work and bottom up development. In particular, the course deals with therapeutic lawyering, problem solving courts, victim offender mediation, therapeutic judging and truth and reconciliation committees. A paper is required in lieu of an exam. Students have the option of receiving one extra credit and doing a paper to satisfy the writing requirement. <br>Tuesday & Thursday 9:45 a.m. --12:30 p.m.<br> 7 week condensed course—Sept 1- Oct. 18<br> Visiting professor Michal Alberstein <br>Head of the conflict management & negotiation program <br>Bar-Ilan University, Israel .

Attributes: LAWJ, LLM.

JUGL 0371. LAW & LITERATURE. (2 Credits)

Is law an objective science, or is it also a form of art, the relationship between the imagination and the written word? This course will examine how law is presented in literature, the way in which law itself can be, and is, literature and finally, how narrative and storytelling combine to allow for a better understanding of the experience of litigants by framing the client's case in narrative terms. The course will also consider the way legal issues are presented in art, the role, power and moral responsabilities of lawyers to tell story of clients, and judges in emphasizing with the circumstances of the litigants, the compexities of the human condition and how such considerations are often left out of judicial opinions but yet form the very heart of literature, the way law and literature can relate to building compassion, forgiveness and a greater capacity to listen to other voices, ideas and cultures.

Attributes: JD, LLM.


This two credit seminar offers an historical and contemporary account of Catholic perspectives on conflict resolution, war and peace. It examines the evolution of the just war theory from St. Augustine until the present time with particular emphasis on papal documents. Other topics for the course include: the role of the Holy See in international relations and in transitional justice regimes; Catholic peacemaking and peace building traditions; U.S. Catholic approaches to war and peace; the doctrine of humanitarian intervention; Catholic international mediation efforts; and, Catholic non-violence theory.

Attributes: CEED, LLM.

JUGL 0601. EDUCATION LAW. (3 Credits)

This course surveys the law governing K-12 schools in the United States. Topics covered will be determined to some extent by student interest, but we will cover at least to some extent school governance, basic school finance, the regulation of student and faculty speech, the regulation of religious expression, the education of children with disabilities, the regulation of private schools, homeschooling, and school choice.Students must write some combination of weekly response papers and a final paper. The course may be used to fulfill the JD writing requirement.

Attributes: INLJ, LLM, PIE.


This course is a skills based course in special education law from pre-K-12+ schools in the United States. Students will learn to apply federal special education laws to actual students’ cases. Students will represent either a student or a school district in a due process proceeding as part of a mock administrative hearing. Topics covered will be the education of children with disabilities along the continuum of appropriate programs for students with disabilities, spanning a student's least restrictive environment to residential facilities. Remedies for failing to offer a “free appropriate public education” will be explored, including related services, tuition reimbursement for private schools, and compensatory education awards. Students must submit written assignments most weeks, and will prepare opening statements, examinations of witnesses and a closing argument (post-hearing brief), applying the case law learned to the fact scenario presented.

Attributes: JD, LAW, PIE.


This seminar will use a conceptually based comparative law approach to explore the major legislative and juridical approaches of Islamic, Jewish and Canon (Catholic) Law toward the issues of (i) war and violence, (ii) social welfare and economic development, and (iii) the environment. The course will begin with an introductory unit examining the norms, structures and history of each legal system. Students will be introduced to legal, ethical and religious concepts that typify, unite and distinguish the three systems and will also become familiar with key historical developments of each. <p> The course will then explore the rich troves of legal rules and approaches of each system in the important areas of the law of war, social welfare and the environment. Each system has a well-developed approach and body of rules regarding these spheres. At the end of this course, students will be able to articulate and compare the approaches each legal system takes and offer examples of how those views have entered into, shaped or have been rejected by American or International Law. <p> Students will have the option to write a paper or complete a take home exam.

Attributes: INLJ, LLM.


This seminar will provide an overview of the "special victims" offenses of domestic violence (DV) and sex crimes. In the first half of the course, students will be exposed to the evolution of domestic violence law and the many difficult issues involved in the prevention, identification, and prosecution of domestic violence crimes, such as orders of protection, successfully building cases against offenders with reluctant witnesses, and providing services to victims. In the second half of the course, we will focus on sex-based offenses, exploring legal developments and issues faced by sex crimes prosecutors and others, such as how to work with sexual assault victims, the role of forensics and DNA, evidentiary issues including rape shield laws, expert witnesses, and Title IX issues at educational institutions.

Attributes: INLJ, LLM.


Often we can't believe what we hear or trust what we buy. This seminar will consider an important reason for these problems, conflicts of interest. A conflict of interest is present when a person can derive personal benefit from a decision that the person is responsible for making based on other criteria. The law addresses conflicts in many areas and in several ways. Professional regulation, anti-corruption law, securities regulation, antitrust law, and evidence law all address conflicts either explicitly or implicitly. And some conflicts rules ban the relationships that create conflicts, some seek to constrain the decision-making process, and some require only disclosure of the conflict. Surprisingly, however, there is very little systematic analysis of conflicts. In this seminar we will discuss conflicts generally and seek to determine whether the relevant legal rules are appropriate in light of the nature and seriousness of various types of conflicts. We will also consider problems like fake news that are not currently regulated but to which conflicts principles might fruitfully be applied.


This seminar will examine how the law has dealt with, applied to, and been enforced on issues relating to sexual orientation and gender identity, and how sexual orientation and gender identity influence the application of legal rules to individuals in our society. The seminar will address the role of the law in shaping the social meaning of sexuality and identity, and how legal rights, protections, and deprivations have evolved based on identities as heterosexual, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender in a number of contexts including employment, education, marriage, sexual expression, family relationships and the military. Throughout the course, we will examine the extent to which assumptions about morality, gender, and race have shaped the law’s approach, and the ways in which the movement for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender rights is different from and similar to other rights movements. The course will emphasize constitutional doctrines, including equal protection, due process/privacy, and freedom of speech and association. Our primary text will be Sexuality, Gender and the Law by William N. Eskridge, Jr. and Nan D. Hunter.

Attributes: INLJ, PIE.


This course will explore the debates in economic and political theory about the appropriate kinds of market structure that support or undermine democracy. We will read Brandeis, Robert Bork, Shumpeter, and other key theorists of market structure and democracy, and then apply these different theories to modern day structural questions, such as net neutrality, merger rules for cable companies, laws governing electrical utilities, and laws governing separation of functions within banking. It is primarily a theory course, not a practice course, and the student needs no background in antitrust, banking, or telecom. Students must stay abreast of the reading assignments and actively participate in class discussions. Informed discussions and dialogue between and among the students and instructor is the center of the course. Classes will proceed on the assumption that everyone has done the readings and has opinions and perspectives worth sharing. Students will be required to write a term paper of 5,000-8,000 words.

Attributes: LLM, PIF.