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Advanced Course Related Experience (ACRE) (1-3 cr.) D/N 803 This course allows students to earn academic credit for experiential learning done in conjunction with a classroom course that they have taken, or are taking, for credit. Students work in conjunction with full-time faculty members to design and execute proposals for learning how law and theory learned in the classroom operates outside the classroom. Some projects may present opportunities for collaboration between faculty teaching clinical and classroom courses. ACRE also may be used to provide opportunities for students to assist faculty with pro bono representation of community groups or clients. The ACRE proposal must be approved by the faculty member teaching the classroom course to which the experiential learning opportunity relates, and accepted by the ACRE Administrator. The project must be described at the time of registration on a form approved by the ACRE Administrator (ACRE Registration Form). Credits are awarded commensurate with hours worked (60 per credit hour) unless a different basis is established beforehand by the supervising faculty member and accepted by the ACRE Administrator. Three credits will only be available in the summer term. Non-graded (S/F) credit is awarded by the supervising faculty member upon satisfactory completion of assigned project.

Advanced Field Research (AFR) (1-4 cr.) D603 Students work outside the classroom under the supervision of a faculty member to conduct factual investigations, interviews, and/or legal research aimed at 1) identifying or advancing potential solutions to a legal or public policy problem or 2) examining the relevance of legal doctrine to a legal or public policy problem. The course emphasizes the deployment of doctrinal learning through experiential projects in the same way that many public interest lawyers respond to policy problems through their work. Projects may include the development of policy papers, draft legislation or regulations, comments on proposed rules, or the production of seminars, workshops, and symposia that convene relevant decision-makers and stakeholders. Prerequisites: Prior approval of supervising faculty member; completion of registration form (available from Registrar). Skills and Writing: Depending on the nature of the project and outcomes, this course may be used to fulfill the Law SchoolÂ’s skills and/or writing requirements. Supervising faculty members will make a preliminary assessment regarding a projectÂ’s potential at the time of registration. A final determination will be made upon project completion and must be confirmed by faculty certification that the requirement(s) have been met.

Center for Victim and Human Rights Externship (2 or 3 cr.) D802 The Center for Victim and Human Rights provides direct legal services to victims of crime and of human rights abuses and conducts policy research coupled with educational outreach to governmental and nongovernmental organizations. This placement will provide students with opportunities to develop key analytical and research skills and to learn about the legal challenges facing the Center. (Application(s): Spring 2015)

Chinese Law Summer Program (2 cr. or 5 cr.) D726 The program focuses on the legal aspects of China's emerging market economy and the new opportunities for foreign trade and investment in China. In addition, students are introduced to the Chinese legal system, including its dispute resolution mechanisms and lawyering system. The program examines the formal structure of the Chinese political system by providing instruction in China's constitutional law. Law-related field trips extend the classroom beyond the campus to legal institutions in the city of Beijing, such as the People's National Congress, the People's Supreme Court and an international arbitration forum. Instruction is given by distinguished faculty of Renmin (People's) University of China School of Law and by a member of the Indiana University law faculty who acts as resident professor. In addition to the lectures and law-related field trips, the program also offers cultural excursions in and around Beijing, including visits to the Great Wall of China, Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, and the Summer Palace.

Comparative Competition Law (3 cr. ) D/N 742 After introducing the economic rationale for antitrust or competition law and enforcement, the course analyses the rules and their interpretation in the U.S. and E.U. with regard to the three major pillars of antitrust law: cartels/collusion, abuse of dominant position/monopolization, and merger control. Some discussion of the laws of other countries will be added for illustrative purposes or in response to student interest. Prerequisites: None.

Comparative Law (2 or 3 cr.) D/N 821 focuses on select features of civil and common law systems. It provides an overview of the history, legal structures, and legal reasoning of several systems, including countries in North America, South America, Africa, Europe, and Asia, with comparisons to legal institutions and cultures of the United Kingdom and the United States.

Eli Lilly and Company In-House Tax Counsel Externship (2 or 3 cr.) D802 This externship placement provides students with the experience and insight derived from working in the in-house tax department of a business corporation. Externs will be expected to (i) research tax issues confronting the corporation and report on that research either orally or in writing, (ii) prepare and update reports supporting positions taken by the corporation on its income tax return, (iii) draft contracts and other legal documents, and (iv) otherwise assist in legal work typically performed by a tax counsel. P: Federal Income Taxation (DN648) or prior tax-related work experience. (Application(s): Spring 2015)

European Union Law-Doing Business in and with the Internal Market (2 or 3 cr.) D/N 770 is divided into three parts. The first part introduces the pros and cons of economic integration and the specific European model of market integration. The second part provides detailed analysis of the free movement of goods, employed people, services, capital, and the freedom of establishment in the internal market. The third part examines specific rules for U.S. and other third country businesses, in particular the customs and trade law of the EU.

European Union Law-Foundations (2 or 3 cr.) D/N 769 analyzes in detail the legal system of the European Union and its interaction with Member State law and policy. There will be an emphasis on decision making, supremacy, direct effect, breaches of European law, legal remedies, the protection of human rights and procedural guarantees, as well as the challenges of widening, deepening, and enlarging the European Union.

Health and Human Rights Clinic (3 cr.) D/N 808 In this clinic, students in the Health and Human Rights Clinic engage in domestic human rights advocacy and litigation addressing the social determinants of health. Students directly represent, under faculty supervision, low-income clients from the community, especially workers who have been wrongfully denied their earned wages or are appealing a challenge to their access to unemployment benefits. On issues including workers' rights, students engage in advocacy in the form of appellate briefs, investigations and reports, and public education. These cases and these projects, and companion international projects pursued in partnership with global justice advocates, also provide a platform for the review of issues in international human rights law and comparative law. Students must submit an application to be considered for this clinic. (Application: DOC | PDF)

Immigration Clinic (2 or 3 cr.) D/N 808 Students represent both detained and non-detained clients in immigration matters before federal administrative agencies under the supervision of the professor/counsel. Typical cases involve claims of asylum, family-based immigration petitions (including domestic violence) and crime victim visas. Students may enroll in the clinic for two consecutive semesters. P: Course is open to upper level J.D. students and LL.M. students. Completion of or enrollment in Immigration Law (unless waived by the instructor) and Professional Responsibility is required. Students must receive instructor approval prior to registration. (Application: DOC | PDF)

International and Comparative Family Law (2 or 3 cr.) D/N 604 analyzes traditional family law topics from both an international law perspective and a comparative law perspective spanning several legal systems, including common law, civil law, and religious law. Family law topics covered may include marriage, divorce, child support, child abduction, and adoption. The course may be taught as a seminar.

International Business Transactions (3 cr.) D/N 783 analyzes the most common issues related to international sales and other business transactions, in particular the choice of law, drafting of the main contract, methods of financing problems related to shipping, passing of property and risk, insurance, as well as related issues, such as licensing and technology transfer.

International Commercial Arbitration (2 or 3 cr.) D/N 784 provides a thorough introduction to this modern method of choice for disputes arising from international commercial transactions, including the specifics of the arbitration agreement, selection of arbitrators, presentation of cases, and the effect, limits, and enforcement of arbitration awards.

International Criminal Law (2 or 3 cr.) D/N 713 covers the application of domestic and international law to questions of jurisdiction over international criminal activities, granting of amnesty to persons responsible for international crimes, international cooperation in criminal matters, substantive international law as contained in multilateral treaties concerning war crimes and terrorism, and the permanent International Criminal Court.

International Environmental Law (2 or 3 cr.) D/N 754 examines how international law and legal institutions are responding to transboundary and global environmental challenges. Students review prominent issues such as climate change, water scarcity, deforestation, biodiversity loss, ozone depletion, mineral extraction, and marine resource threats, in the context of international development and transboundary trade. Students then analyze selected issues in depth, looking at the science and law of specific environmental challenges as well as the political, economic, and cultural context within which solutions must be formulated.

International Human Rights Law (3 cr.) D/N 813 considers selected problems in international human rights law, including problems related to U.S. law and practice. The course focuses on the growing role of human rights in international relations, emphasizing the United Nations system for the promotion and protection of human rights as well as the regional systems in Africa, the Americas, and Europe.

International Human Rights Law Internship (4 cr.) D802 Interns spend 10 to 12 weeks, usually during the summer, working at International Human Rights law organizations at a variety of locations in Europe, Asia, Australia, Africa, or North, South, and Central America. Students work approximately 40 hours per week on a wide range of assignments, depending on the nature of the host organization.

Possible host organizations include intergovernmental organizations such as the United Nations (Geneva, Switzerland; Arusha, Tanzania; or New York); governmental organizations (such as the Australian Human Rights and Equal Opportunities Commission in Sydney or the Equal Opportunities Commission in Hong Kong); and private human rights organizations (such as local advocacy groups in Asia, Central America, Europe, Australia, India, or Africa). Opportunities are also available for students to work for organizations other than those listed, depending on the background and interests of the students. internships are arranged based upon a match between the students' interests and desires, and the needs of organizations.

Projects of recent interns have included reviewing claims made to the United Nations that human rights have been violated in numerous countries around the globe; drafting official U.N. appeals to offending countries to cease violations; drafting manuals advising human rights workers in India of their internationally recognized rights upon arrest; assessing human rights claims of Aborigines in Australia; studying the application of international human rights principles to the operation of health facilities during the apartheid period in South Africa; and assessing the application of international human rights law in post-British Hong Kong.

Students complete written exercises during their internships, participate in briefing sessions before departing for their internship, and file an internship report upon completion of the internship. Preference is given to students with demonstrated interest in public interest law and/or international law. The International Human Rights Law course is not required prior to an internship. However, students who extern before taking the course are required to take it following their internships.

International Intellectual Property Law (2 or 3 cr.) D/N 634 examines the international context of the development of copyright, patent, and trademark law, with an emphasis on multinational treaties, developments in the European Union and other jurisdictions, and enforcement of international claims. Prerequisite: completion of any other law school course on intellectual property law or permission of the instructor.

International Law (3 cr.) D/N 818 introduces basic concepts and principles such as sources of public international law, the law of treaties and international agreements, states and recognition, state liability and human rights, and jurisdiction and immunities from jurisdiction. The course also covers act of state doctrine, law of the sea, and resolution of transnational disputes through national and international courts, arbitration tribunals, the United Nations, and diplomatic exchanges. Course topics include terrorism and hostage-taking, U.S. executive-legislative conflict in the conduct of foreign relations, suits by and against foreign states, worldwide improvement of civil and political rights, extraction of seabed resources, and prohibition of the use of force in international relations.

International Tax (2 or 3 cr.) D/N 674 This course introduces the fundamental U.S. income tax issues arising when (1) U.S. persons or entities earn income outside of the U.S. or (2) foreign persons or entities earn income inside the U.S. Depending upon the number of credit hours, specific topics may include the rules for classifying income as U.S. or foreign-source income, transfer pricing, income deferral and controlled corporations, double taxation and the foreign tax credit, foreign currency transactions, and the role of tax treaties. Although the course will not study non-U.S. tax systems in detail, it will highlight significant differences between the U.S. approach to cross-border transactions and those adopted by other taxing authorities. P: Income Taxation (DN 648) or permission of instructor.

International Trade Law (2 cr.) D/N 857 addresses theory and practice of international business law issues likely to be encountered by attorneys representing clients engaged in international operations. Topics include foreign investment by U.S. companies, foreign investment in the U.S., international joint ventures, licenses, exporting of goods, international marketing, U.S. trade controls, customs, antidumping, and international antitrust.

Islamic Law (2 cr.) D/N 700 The course will provide an introduction to the basic tenets of Islamic law in various legal contexts, including constitutional law, civil law (contracts law, torts, and employment law), banking regulations, commercial transactions, insurance law, international law, family law, succession and wills, as well as criminal law. In so doing, it will highlight the fundamental principles of these branches of Islamic law and highlight the basic differences between the Western perspective and the Islamic approach.

Law and Society of China (1 or 2 cr.) D/N 719 This course provides an introductory overview of China and its legal system. The course examines contextual "law and society" topics that may include the Chinese legal profession, economy, business environment, political system, culture, history and rule of law tradition. Substantive legal topics that may be covered include China's constitutional, foreign investment, administrative, property, contract and arbitration laws. Students who have received a degree from a Chinese law school since 2006 are not eligible to take the course for credit.

Seminar in Comparative National Security Law (2 cr.) D/N 895 This course examines anti-terrorism laws in their political, social and historical context. The course readings will be interdisciplinary in nature and will include background materials on the origins and causes of terrorism, global terrorism networks, and terrorism case studies. The course will investigate the relationship between socio-political factors and the content of anti-terrorism legislation in a number of countries. Students will be asked to weigh the effectiveness of current legislation in preventing and punishing terrorism, as well as how that legislation affects human and civil rights. The specific topics covered will include legal aspects of intelligence gathering, border security, detention and interrogation, and the use of military tribunals vs. ordinary courts. The course readings will be drawn from a variety of disciplines and political perspectives.

Seminar in Illicit International Markets (2 cr.) D/N 755 will examine the international trade in goods, products, and services (for example, trafficking in human beings, drugs, and money laundering) which have been deemed illicit by societies. We will discuss international coordination of response to such markets -- the choice of eradication, regulation, or suppression methodologies, i.e., legal responses to such markets. In particular, our focus will be the impact of laws, regulations, and other suppression attempts on the specific market and on those societies most affected (with attendant implications for human rights and criminal law), and on whether the regulatory goals have been achieved. The human rights and civil society impact of criminalization will also be examined. Other markets suitable for study include art and national patrimony, and human body parts.

Seminar in International Legal Transactions (2 cr.) D/N 820 Selected problems in international law and international legal transactions are addressed. The focus is on issues representing a convergence of public and private international law, with critical analysis of international law principles and practice. This is a problem-solving course, in which students are expected to participate actively. Problems in the course may cover a range of private and public international law topics, including international trade, treaty compliance, the United Nations system, environmental concerns, use of force, international investment, and mechanisms for dispute settlement.

Supervised Research (1 to 4 cr.) D/N 661 requires the student to write an in-depth and comprehensive research paper on a current legal problem. Generally, 5000-7000 words exclusive of footnotes or endnotes, as determined by the supervising faculty member, are required for each hour of credit. P: Permission of instructor.

World Trade Organization (WTO) Law (3 cr.) D/N 650 begins with analysis of why nations trade and the effects of free trade vs. protectionism, typical import and export rules and procedures, and various forms of trade barriers. The main focus is on establishment of GATT and WTO rules and their impact on modern trade in goods and services. The course finishes with an outlook on twenty-first century hot spots in international trade, such as intellectual property rights, environmental protection, human rights and labor standards, and the perspectives of developing countries.