Registration for spring semester 2014 will begin on Tuesday, Nov. 12, at 8 a.m. for current 3L students and Wednesday, Nov. 13, at 8 a.m. for current 2L students. Current 1L students are manually registered in courses by the registrar and do not need to take special steps regarding registration.
Please check that you do not have a hold on your account. A registration hold will block you from registration. If you find you have a hold, please contact the business office to make arrangements to have the hold released.
Biographical information on faculty may be found at the following links:
Most information concerning the instructor for a course may be found in Classfinder. Classfinder is unable, however, to show co-teachers in courses. The following classes have co-teachers.
Click on the titles below for important information by category.
Advanced Evidence (Adjunct Prof. Lenny Castro), 2 credits – This course examines advanced subjects in evidence that were not examined (or not examined in depth) in the basic Evidence course but are important to the modern civil and criminal trial practice. The course will include the application of rules and caselaw in the admission and exclusion of evidence. Demonstrations and exercises of trial practice procedures will be conducted. Students will engage in discussion and analysis of currently complicated and controversial evidentiary issues. Emphasis will be on topics suitable to both civil and criminal cases. Some of the topics included will be digital/electronic evidence, physical and biological scientific evidence (DNA, accident reconstruction, and trace evidence), advanced character evidence, and the use expert witnesses. Prerequisite: Evidence. More information: Spring 2014 Advanced Evidence Syllabus
Advanced Family Law (Adjunct Prof. Andrea Niemi and others), 2 credits – This class is an interactive course in which students explore and experience techniques for creating a family law practice that is focused on the family and its sustained health through times of transformation and change. The course has been designed by the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (MN Chapter). Using simulated cases, students will work with actual court forms and documents used by practicing attorneys and experts. Numerous instructors and professionals dealing with family law matters will assist in the course, teaching students practical methods of handling the emotional and practice challenges encountered by family law attorneys. Prerequisite: Family Law
Broker-Dealer Regulation (Adjunct Profs. Joe Fleming and David Rosedahl) – This class explores the nature and regulation of the securities industry, focusing on the secondary securities trading markets and wealth management processes and compliance structures around those processes. It explicitly builds upon the legal and regulatory concepts explored in the Securities Regulation class (which is strongly recommended prior to this class, though not a required prerequisite). Whereas Securities Regulation focused primarily on the capital raising process governed by the Securities Act of 1933, this class will focus on the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and Investment Advisers Act of 1940 and state securities laws. In this class, students will learn how broker-dealers (“BD”) and market-places “make markets” in securities and how such entities are regulated. While focusing upon BDs, the class will also distinguish how Registered Investment Advisers (“RIAs”) similarly provide wealth management and other financial services, and the differences in regulation of BDs and RIAs by the SEC, self-regulatory organizations and state regulators. The class will also introduce two core compliance concepts, self-regulation vs. government regulation. For BDs, the focus will be on the self-regulatory rules of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA). For RIAs, the focus will be on SEC enforcement of the Investment Advisers Act of 1940 rules and by state regulators enforcing similar state statutes. With the convergence of the broker-dealer and investment advisory businesses, an understanding of each regulatory model is crucial. Finally, the class will also discuss current industry issues, including the applicability of fiduciary standards applicable to BDs and whether investment advisers should be subject to a self-regulatory regime. More information: Spring 2014 Broker-Dealer Regulation Syllabus
Clinic: Religious Liberty Appellate (Prof. Tom Berg), 3 credits – This clinical course will give a small number of students (1 or 2) each semester the opportunity to write appellate briefs, primarily amicus curiae briefs, in cases involving religious liberty, rights of conscience more generally, and perhaps some pro-life issues. The primary clients will be one or two organizations that file briefs regularly in appellate cases, most notably the Center for Law and Religious Freedom. Each student should expect to draft at least one appellate brief and, depending on workload, other written work product. Through readings as well as practice, students will learn basic principles of religious liberty, conscience protection, and appellate writing, with particular attention to the distinctive strategic issues in drafting amicus briefs. Enrollment limited to 3L students and by permission of the instructor.
Economics of Private Law (Visiting Prof. Barbara Luppi), 2 credits – The course applies the standard tools of economic analysis for the study of private law and legal institutions, with a special focus on property, torts and contracts. The course aims to develop a coherent framework for an economic explanation of legal rules, that can be easily extended to the analysis of other areas of the law, such as public law and antitrust law. After a brief review of the methodology of law and economics, the course discusses some of the basic concepts of economic analysis: (a) Coase theorem; (b) models of market failure; and (c) uncertainty and risk-aversion. In the second part of the course, the economic tools are applied in order to study private law and legal institutions with a special focus on: (a) emergence of law; (b) selected topics in property, contract, tort and family law and (c) the efficiency of common law and models of legal evolution. NOTE: Class ends early in the semester; last class meeting is March 14. More information: Spring 2014 Economics of Private Law Syllabus
Energy Law Practicum (Adjunct Prof. Steve Tyacke), 3 credits – This course will provide students with a working knowledge of the fundamental principles of energy law, covering federal and state authorities relating to electricity, oil and natural gas. Exercises and assignments will focus on the development of energy law, in-depth case studies, and the administrative hearing process. The course is designed to prepare students to enter legal practice with a working knowledge of the key energy legal authorities and the economic and social policy concerns that affect this field. Prerequisite or Corequisite: Administrative Law
Federal Estate and Gift Tax (Prof. Ben Carpenter), 2 credits – This course covers the basic concepts of the federal estate, gift, and generation-skipping transfer tax laws. We will focus primarily on the issues that estate planning lawyers deal with on a regular basis. First, and most importantly, the class will provide a solid understanding of the basic principles governing this field by exploring Chapters 11 (estate tax), 12 (gift tax), and 13 (GST tax) of the Internal Revenue Code. We will also address the interaction between the Code, Treasury Regulations, Revenue Rulings, Private Letter Rulings, and case law. Second, this class will address how these concepts apply to real-life situations. Thus, we will also the various techniques attorneys use to implement the Code provisions, such as Irrevocable Gifting Trusts, Credit Shelter Trusts, Life Insurance Trusts, and Qualified Terminable Interest Property Trusts (Marital Trusts), and we will walk through forms 706 (estate tax return) and 709 (gift tax return). Third, this class introduces some fundamentals of tax research. Overall, this class will provide you a basic understanding of, and appreciation for, the tax-related issues that you need to understand as a beginning estate planning lawyer. Prerequisite or Co-requisite: Estate Planning
Law and the Catholic Intellectual Tradition (Prof. Dan Griffith), 3 credits – This is an interdisciplinary course that seeks to explore the intersection of Catholic thought and the nature, development, and purpose of law. One need not be Catholic to take this course! For two millennia, Catholic thinkers have explored important and fundamental ideas that touch on the nature of the human person and the societies in which we live. The understanding and development of law has benefitted greatly from its conversation with the Catholic intellectual tradition and this relationship can still bear fruit today both for the law and for lawyers. This course will explore ideas and concepts through the Catholic lens, including: the nature of the human person; scripture and law; natural law and positive law; the development of law; jurisprudence; law and justice; and Catholic social teaching and law. Throughout the course, we will read case law that takes up perspectives relevant to the course materials and we will apply what we are learning to contemporary issues in law and policy. This will be a paper course with a take-home final. Students are welcome to write their paper in satisfaction of the upper-level writing requirement. All students and views are welcome! Students will be asked to express their views in a manner respectful of their fellow students. NOTE: No prerequisites, but students may not enroll in this course if they have previously taken Prof. Griffith’s 2012-13 course titled “Catholic Law, Thought, and Public Policy.”
State and Local Tax (Adjunct Prof. Mark Sellner), 2 credits – This course covers the multistate taxation of individuals and businesses, to provide students a foundation for practicing as state and local tax lawyers, or to identify state and local tax issues as part of a broader client relationship. The growth of state and local taxation in fiscal terms, coupled with the legal controversies that such growth has spawned, has created a strong demand for lawyers with expertise in state and local taxation. As more and more business taxpayers discover that their state and local tax issues and liabilities equal or exceed their federal tax issues and liabilities in dollar terms, they are increasingly looking for legal advice and assistance in state and local tax planning and controversy work. Both law firms and accounting firms have responded to this demand by forming and expanding state and local tax groups, staffed with lawyers who can provide state and local tax consulting services. Furthermore, state and local government lawyers often are involved in the formulation of state and local tax policy, the enactment of related legislation, the drafting of statutes and regulations, and the administration and enforcement of state and local tax laws. This course focuses first on the constitutional underpinnings of state and local taxation, including jurisdictional limitations, interstate and foreign commerce limitations, and uniformity and equality limitations. Second, the major state and local taxes are explored, including personal and corporate income taxes, sales taxes, and property taxes. Case studies highlight specific state tax statutes, comparing Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa and North Dakota state and local tax laws with significant New York, Illinois and California counterparts. More information: Spring 2014 State and Local Tax Syllabus
Compliance is a growing area for lawyers and other professionals. UST has traditionally offered a number of courses that involve components of compliance – and will offer several of those again this spring (including Administrative Law, Employment Law, Environmental Law, and Pensions and Employee Benefits). In addition to these, we are in the process of re-working some existing courses or creating new courses that specifically train students in areas of compliance. For example, in 2014-15 we will be offering courses in Compliance Programming, Operation, and Design; Food and Drug Law and Compliance; and more. For Spring 2014, we are offering the following courses with specific compliance objectives:
White Collar Crime and Compliance – Prof. Hank Shea has been reworking this course to have a more specific focus on compliance aspects of criminal law. NOTE: Class meets on Thursdays and Fridays; the week of class meetings is not March 6-7 and it runs until the end of the term. A revised course description was passed by the curriculum committee as follows: This course will expose each student to key types of white collar offenses within the context of a focus on ethics and compliance, all through learning how to investigate, prosecute, and defend white collar cases, as well as how to prevent or minimize such cases in any organization. Guest speakers will participate on a regular basis. A critical component of the course will be experiential learning.
Broker Dealer Regulation – Adjunct Professors Joe Fleming and David Rosedahl will be offering this course in the business area. The course description is listed above.
Learning by doing is an important part of our curriculum at St. Thomas. Experiential learning happens in a variety of formats in a number of classes (e.g., Client Interviewing and Counseling, Negotiation, Land Use Law, and others). In addition to such classes, however, there are three major categories of courses that provide specific avenues for experiential learning.
The Policy Manual explains the upper-level writing requirement. See Policy III-B-4. There are two ways you can satisfy the requirement:
First, some courses entail papers that either satisfy the requirement or may be expanded to satisfy the requirement. For Spring 2014, these courses are
Second, students are encouraged to undertake their supervised research paper as an independent project with a professor. Here is a list of professors and subject areas. Many professors are comfortable in several areas; consider the courses a professor teaches as a starting point for topic areas. But in any case, feel free to approach the professor to ask about the topic and she or he may likely be able to help. You can enroll in a supervised research course for one or two credits, or if you do not need the credits, you can simply write the paper under the faculty member’s supervision without receiving course credit. You may not register for a supervised research section with a particular professor unless you have that professor’s permission. Submit this form to Jill Akervik.
Elective courses are offered yearly or in alternate years according to student demand, faculty availability, and other factors. We cannot guarantee that any course will be offered in a given year. For your planning, however, note that the following courses are particularly unlikely to be offered in 2014-15. You should consider taking a course on this list in Spring 2014 if you are particularly interested in it.
Spring 2014 Courses
The following courses merit further explanation or have registration procedures:
Clinic: Religious Liberty Appellate – This is a new clinic. The meeting time of the course will be worked out between Prof. Berg and those students are that selected. Students should submit a paragraph of interest and background directly to Prof. Berg not later than November 7. You will not be able to register for this course online.
Crime and Punishment – This class will be jointly offered to students at the University of Arizona, who will be connected via video and audio feed. Prof. Hank Shea will be in Arizona teaching the course but interacting with the two-way feed to students here. One or two guest speakers will be present at the Minneapolis campus each day of class. Students who are interested should submit 2-3 sentences directly to Prof. Hank Shea not later than November 7. He will aim to process the requests by November 11. Preference may be given to 3Ls. You will not be able to register for this course online.
Equal Justice Applied Research – This is a course offered on the UST campus this year that is a shared course among all four local schools. Students will register for it as a UST course, however, and not a “consortium” course. This is a self-registration course. Meetings dates and additional information is available here: Spring 2014 Equal Justice Applied Research.
Great Books Seminar – This is a January term course, taught at the Gainey Center in Owatonna. Participants stay on site during the week to make the most of the Aspen learning experience. This is a self-registration course. See this link for information. Costs for this course include: Tuition (3 credits); Lodging and meals - $1,000.00; Books/materials, overhead costs, etc. - $400.00. A non-refundable $400.00 deposit is due (using the Murphy system) by November 21, 2013. Cancellations after December 10 may still result in student being billed the room and board fees. Royalty fees and facility contracts require these policies.
International Law and Catholic Social Thought – This course includes a one-week service learning component at the 58th Session on the Status of Women United Nations Headquarters in New York on March 16-22. For this course, UST partners with The Permanent Observer Mission of the Holy See to the United Nations, and with the Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute (C-FAM). The course has additional fees associated with traveling to New York for the week. Students who are interested must complete the application form (2014 International Law and Catholic Social Thought Student Application) and submit it to Professor Collett not later than November 7. Each applicant will be interviewed for 15-20 minutes prior to making selections. The interviews will be via telephone on Saturday and Sunday, November 9-10. Students should sign up in person for an interview time with Bethany Fletcher (4th floor). Students will be notified about enrollment on Monday, November 11. You will not be able to register for this course online.
Mediation – There are two sections of this class; one on Tuesday and one on Wednesday. Because this course is intentionally team-based, selection for the class is by application. Students who are interested must complete the application form (Spring 2014 Mediation Application) and submit to Bethany Fletcher no later than Wednesday, November 6. Prof. Hernandez Crespo will also be interviewing each student for 10-15 minutes prior to making selections. The interviews will be Friday and Saturday, November 8-9 and students should sign up in person with Bethany Fletcher (4th floor). Students will be notified about enrollment on Monday, November 11. You will not be able to register for this course online.
White Collar Crime and Compliance – This class will be jointly offered to students at the University of Arizona, who will be connected via video and audio feed. Prof. Hank Shea will be in Minneapolis for some of the class sessions and in Arizona (via two-way video/audio feed) for the other sessions. This class is compressed and meets starting March 6. Students who are interested should submit 2-3 sentences directly to Prof. Hank Shea not later than November 7. He will aim to process the requests by November 11. Preference may be given to 3Ls. You will not be able to register for this course online.
|Clinics||Kathy Mann Arnott||Enrollment for spring 2014 already determined|
|Business Externship||Assistant Dean Lisa Brabbit and Adjunct Prof. Michael Blaes||Spring 2014 Business Law Externship|
|Interscholastic Moot Court, Negotiation, and Mock Trial
|Prof. Mark Osler||Membership determined separately|
|Judicial Externship||Assistant Dean Lisa Brabbit and Adjunct Prof. Judge Pamela Alexander||Spring 2014 Judicial Externship |
|Law Journal||Professor Robert Delahunty||Membership determined separately|
|Legal Analysis Review||Scott Swanson||Contact Scott Swanson|
|Public Interest Externship||Assistant Dean Lisa Brabbit and Adjunct Prof. Sara Sommarstrom||Spring 2014 Public Interest Externship|
Law school policies permit you to receive credits for courses outside UST Law, but limit the number of credits permitted. Read these policies carefully, and contact Jill Akervik or Dean Nichols with questions.
Please pay attention to prerequisites (marked with X in Class Finder). You will not be permitted to register for a course without having completed the prerequisite(s). NOTE that required upper-level courses (Business Associations, Evidence, Professional Responsibility, and Lawyering Skills III) are prerequisites for a number of elective courses and externships.
To help you in course planning for your legal-practice interest, and to link you to UST Law faculty and other resources for particular subject areas and practice areas, visit the pages on the website in the “Academics” section. The pages are in the areas of:
Please don't neglect courses that may sound “dry,” but are essential to legal practice. For example, read Professor Gene Hennig’s explanation of why his Secured Transactions course is so important. Another example is our new Energy Law Practicum, which allows students to work with one of the most experienced energy law attorneys in the region on the type of projects that are in demand in a rapidly growing regulatory field.
To prevent overcrowding of wait lists, each student will be allowed to add his or her name on a wait list for only two courses that have otherwise closed; if you place yourself on more, you will be removed from them. If a spot opens up in a course, Jill Akervik will contact you by e-mail and you will have 24 hours to respond before she offers the spot to the next person on the list. (You cannot move yourself from a waitlist into a course.) Waitlists will be processed weekly.
For information on Adding and Dropping courses, see Policy III-B-2. Note: The possibility of dropping clinic or externship courses is much more limited.
If you drop a course or withdraw from the university, your tuition refund will be calculated according to the following schedule (subject to federal regulations regarding Title IV federal financial aid):
Through the 14th calendar day of the term
From the 15th-21st calendar day of the term
From the 22nd-28th calendar day of the term
From the 29th-35th calendar day of the term
From the 36th-42nd calendar day of the term
After the 42nd day of the term
One consideration in selecting courses, for many students, is whether a course is a “bar” course – that is, whether a course covers material that will be tested on the bar examination. While each state governs admission to its own bar, there has been a movement among several states (including Minnesota) toward the Uniform Bar Exam (UBE). The UBE Memo contains important information on what the UBE might mean for you. The last page of the memo also lists courses that are covered on the UBE. For your planning purposes, note that we will offer “bar” courses generally once each academic year -- and typically twice if the course is also a required part of our curriculum. For example, Evidence was offered in both Fall 2013 and Spring 2014; Secured Transactions will be offered in Spring 2014 only.
Contact Chad Nosbusch with all questions about financial aid.
During any semester in which you are enrolled as a full-time student, you may not engage in employment for more than 20 hours per week. See Policy III-D-2. Do not arrange your schedule with the expectation of working more than that number. This limitation is required by the American Bar Association, and we expect that you will abide by the limit. It is also enforced through course attendance policies, under which there are grading penalties for excessive absences.
If, after completion of registration, enrollment in any course is so low that offering the course is not justified, we may cancel the course. We will inform each of the students who had registered for the course that it has been cancelled and will offer them an opportunity to enroll in any course for which enrollment limits have not been satisfied.