What course options for professionals are available at ASL?

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Current Course Offerings

The following courses are currently being offered.  To register for any of the course, please complete this registration form and/or contact our Admissions Office at admissions@asl.edu or 1-800-895-7411.  Current ASL JD and Master's (MLS) students should not utilize this registration form.  Please contact the Registrar for registration and pricing information.  More detailed course descriptions can be found here.

May Intersession 2014

Law and Religion

Professor McKechnie May 12-15 9am-4pm, May 16 9am-Noon

This 2 cr. course examines the original meaning of the Free Exercise and Establishment Clauses as well as contemporary constitutional jurisprudence and conflicting schools of interpretation.  The course explores how government interacts with religious beliefs and conduct.  Emphasis will be placed on doctrine created by federal courts as they wrestle with contentious issues such as prayer in public schools, religious exemptions from neutral laws, governmental funding of religious education, and religious monuments on public land.     Law Office Practice Professor Howard May 12-15 9am-4pm, May 16 9am-Noon This 2 cr. course provides grounding in lawyering skills in several areas: legal drafting, interaction with clients, and the management of a small law office. The legal drafting component emphasizes the drafting of transactional documents, e.g., various types of contracts, rather than litigation documents. The course includes practice exercises simulating work with clients and the other parties on business transactions. Topics covered in the office management component include: structure of law firms; financial issues (including compensation, billing, fees, and trust accounts); business development (marketing and advertising); law practice tools; and personnel, office, and operational issues.    

Workers' Compensation

Professor Isaac May 12-15 9am-4pm, May 16 9am-Noon

This 2cr. course will explore federal and state laws applicable to workplace pre-injury safety and post-injury compensation.  Topic discussed will included but not be limited to the Federal Compensation Act, the Federal Employee Liability Act, the Black Lung Benefits Act, and the Occupational Health & Safety Act of 1970 (OSHA).     Regulation of Energy Markets and Utilities Professor TBD May 12-22 9am-Noon This 2 cr. course will familiarize and provide the students with insight to state and federal utility law and regulation.  The students will examine state and federal regulations as well as governmental power over electric, natural gas and oil markets. Students will explore and study administrative law issues, regulatory agencies, and the role of regulation.    

Online Summer Intersession June 2 - August 1, 2014   

Summer Intersession courses are taught online via our Sakai platform.  Students will participate in weekly assignments, lectures, quizzes, and/or discussions entirely online.  Enrolled students will receive a password to access the Sakai platform.   

The Law of Renewables

Professor Belleville

This 2 cr. course examines the laws and policies designed to promote renewable energy development. Students review existing renewable energy technologies and the practical limitations on their development, siting and integration into the U.S. electricity grid. Students then explore the dominant renewable energy laws, including subsidies and tax credits, renewable portfolio standards, feed-in tariffs and net metering.  While the primary focus is the regulation and development of renewable energy projects, students also explore the renewable energy policy arena and its implications, and the mechanics and issues associated with financing energy projects. Finally, the course also addresses legal, policy and economic and financing issues associated with the expansion and improvement of the transmission grid to support renewable energy development.  While the focus is on renewable energy development in the U.S., some comparative examples of renewable energy policies used in other countries will be considered.    

Arbitration

Professor Isaac

This 2 cr. course will delve more deeply into the world of arbitration than what students were exposed to in the ADR Survey course (the ADR Survey course is a prerequisite for taking this course), exposing students to the great breadth of the field of arbitration, including arbitration in the commercial, labor, employment, consumer, construction, insurance, sports, securities, health care, and international context. The course will consider the following topics: the origins of arbitration; how arbitration compares to other dispute resolution processes; binding versus non-binding arbitration; how arbitration fits in the system of justice; historical judicial attitudes about private binding arbitration; goals in drafting agreements to arbitrate; the use of third party administrators (like the American Arbitration Association); how agreements to arbitrate are enforced and challenged; the arbitrability of federal statutory claims; the pre-emption of state arbitration law; how arbitral awards are enforced and challenged; arbitral ethics; and building a career as an arbitrator. The course also requires students to write a court motion either in support of or in opposition of mandated arbitration of a dispute.

August Intersession 2014  

Mineral Title Search and Examination

Professors Howard and Baker

August 4-7 9am-4pm, August 8 9am-Noon

This 2 cr. course will familiarize and provide the students with an overview of the process of examining mineral titles and rendering legal opinions on title in the context of mineral production and development.  Students will gain hands-on experience by conducting mineral title examinations in regional courthouses as well as drafting title opinions. The course will focus on examining title to Appalachian mineral properties, including natural gas and coal. The course will include a hands-on title search component where students will research the title from public records, learn how to identify conveyances and exceptions, and how to construe a mineral severance deed.  The course will cover examining the title and identifying potential problems with the title, such as mortgages, easements, inadequate legal descriptions, improperly acknowledged documents, powers of attorney, foreclosures, bankruptcies, unpaid taxes, deed restrictions and reverters.  

Employee Benefits

Professor McKechnie and/or Kizer

August 4-7 9am-4pm, August 8 9am-Noon

This 2 cr. course will survey the rules affecting employee pension and profit sharing plans. By providing an overview of the framework of rules governing such plans, as articulated by the Department of Labor (DOL) and Internal Revenue Service (IRS), students will learn the basic issues that affect retirement plans and participants' rights under such plans. The course will discuss other types of employee benefit plans, such as health and welfare plans and executive compensation plans.  It will also include a brief discussion on ex-employee benefits, namely unemployment compensation.

General Information:

  • The courses are typically two or three credit hour courses.
  • The course might have quizzes, final exams, papers and projects assigned.  A non-ASL student does not need to complete any of these assignments unless the student would like for the course and credits obtained to be transferrable into the MLS program at a later date. 
  • The course might qualify towards the receipt of a Certificate.  If the course qualifies, for it to be eligble to count towards towards receipt of a Certificate:
          • The student must have attained a Bachelor's degree (which will be verified before receipt of the Certificate).
          • The student must have met the attendance and participation requirements for the course sufficient to receive a Passing grade (assessed on a Pass/Fail basis).
          • The student must have taken the requisite courses to meet the 12 credit hour requirement for the Certificate within four years of the date of enrollment into the first course towards the Certificate.