Administrative Law/Public Institutions and Law (Evening)

3 credits - Professor N. Gomez Velez

This course provides an overview of administrative law, the legal rules and procedures that govern administrative agencies. The course will cover the creation and functions of federal and state administrative agencies, their rulemaking, adjudicatory and policymaking functions, executive and legislative oversight and judicial review of agency action. This course satisfies CUNY Law School’s administrative law graduation requirement.

Public Institutions in Context Environment Law (Day)

3 credits – Professor S. Lamdan

This course offers an introduction and overview of administrative law, through the lens of environmental law. Students will gain an appreciation for the role that public institutions play in the modern regulatory state. After laying a solid foundation of administrative law and process, this course will focus on the major federal environmental regulatory regimes, detailing how the EPA uses rule-making and adjudicative processes to achieve environmental ends. Through detailed study of environmental regulatory schemes, students will attain proficiency with environmental regulation in the United States while also developing a textured understanding of the regulatory state more generally.

The course will draw on a combination of statutory/regulatory analysis and case studies alongside more traditional case-based materials. A consistent theme throughout this course will be how to use administrative procedures to achieve public interest environmental goals. Students will participate in the notice and comment phase of an actual rule-making procedure. This course satisfies the CUNY Law School’s administrative law graduation requirement.

Property: Law and the Market Economy III (Day)

4 credits – Professor R. Storrow

Property gives students a thorough grounding in all aspects of property law via an exploration of the conflict between private ownership and the public interest in two distinct jurisprudential arenas: (1) the concept of title and its role in defining interests in personal property, present and future estates in land, and lesser interests in land such as leaseholds and servitudes, and (2) the zoning powers of government and the constitutional law of eminent domain. The course also examines the public policy restraints on ownership embodied in nuisance law and proscriptions on housing discrimination. Finally, the course explores the legal relationships between buyers, sellers and lenders in real estate transactions. Class discussion will foreground the difficulty of balancing private interests in ownership with the public interest.

Property: Law and the Market Economy III (Evening)

4 credits – Professor B. Walker

This course is an overview course introducing the basic principles of real property law. We will begin the semester with a detailed discussion of the policy and doctrinal issues involved in property ownership, with particular reference to how people acquire title to property and how title changes. The course will further explore types of ownership interests in real property, including estates in land (like joint tenancy), trusts, and future interests. In addition to landlord- tenant law, we will study private agreements regarding land use (covenants and easements), and conclude with public land use planning (zoning) and constitutional aspects of property regulation (takings).

Lawyering Seminar III

4 credits – (Spring) (Day and Evening)

These seminars, similar in structure to the first-year Lawyering Seminars, provide a framework for studying the ways that lawyers work and think. Built around specific doctrinal areas and skills, they teach the fundamental lawyering skills of legal analysis, legal research and writing, fact investigation and presentation, and advocacy or mediation. Beyond that, the courses introduce students to qualitative skills such as: listening (to clients, adversaries, others), exercising judgment and reflecting on one's decisions, and engaging in the process of ethical reasoning.

While focusing students' attention on the development of their skills as lawyers through student work on simulated or real client problems, the courses are also designed to develop students’ critical awareness of the social, legal, ethical, and psychological content of their work. Students examine the philosophical, political and psychological premises of the lawyer's status and role, as expressed in the Code of Professional Responsibility.

The objective is to teach what has been thought of simply as "skills" training in a way that does not fragment skills from values, but combines the acquisition of skills with the beginning of an inquiry into professional role and responsibility that will be carried on throughout the three-year program. All seminars are offered for 4 credits and provide students with the opportunity for substantial legal writing experience.