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Graduate Studies Calendar 2020-2021 Courses of Instruction Course Descriptions L Law LAW
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For more information about these courses, see the Faculty of Law: law.ucalgary.ca.

Law 601       Advanced Criminal Law
An in-depth examination of case authorities, primarily through an examination of case authorities, certain concepts in criminal law the understanding of which is essential for a criminal practitioner Topics covered may include mens rea, sexual offences, assault, sentencing, conspiracy, driving offences, and identification.
Course Hours:
3 units; (3-0)
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Law 602       Advocacy
A development of core competencies through the practice of advocacy. Each student will apply legal knowledge, critical analysis, communication and resolution skills as well as ethical understanding, to trial fundamentals situated in real trial scenarios. Participants will choose to represent parties in either a civil or criminal trial.
Course Hours:
4 units; (3-0)
Notes:
This course is graded CR, D or F.       
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Law 605       Oil and Gas Contracts
Selected problems in oil and gas law including industry contracts (pooling, farmout, joint operating, purchase and sale and royalty agreements); fiduciary duties; and title review.
Course Hours:
3 units; (3-0)
Corequisite(s):
Prerequisite or Corequisite: Law 571.
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Law 606       Moot in French
Preparation for and participation in a French language moot.
Course Hours:
3 units; (3-0)
Prerequisite(s):
Consent of the Faculty.
Notes:
Taught in French.
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Law 607       Advanced Legal Research
This course builds on legal research instruction in the first year of the program and affords further opportunities to learn and practice research skills. The course provides instruction in research methodology, citation, print and electronic research/databases, covering case law, statute law, texts, periodicals and web-based materials.
Course Hours:
3 units; (3-0)
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Law 608       Common Law en Français
The acquisition of French legal terminology through the study of general principles in criminal law, advocacy, language rights and business law.
Course Hours:
3 units; (3-0)
Prerequisite(s):
Consent of the Faculty.
Notes:
Taught in French.
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Law 610       Internship in French
Participation in a French language clinical experience.
Course Hours:
3 units; (3-0)
Prerequisite(s):
Consent of the Faculty.
Notes:
Taught in French.
This course is graded CR, D or F.
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Law 612       Advanced Private Law
Advanced issues in private law (property, contract, tort, unjust enrichment and equity), including contemporary controversies over appropriate rights and remedies when different causes of action either converge or intersect.
Course Hours:
3 units; (3-0)
Corequisite(s):
Prerequisite or Corequisite: Law 402, 406 and 551.
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Law 613       Conflict of Laws
The doctrines and rules governing legal disputes cutting across provincial or national boundaries. Topics include jurisdiction, distinctions between substantive and procedural rules, the recognition and enforcement of foreign judgments, domicile, proof of foreign law, and the choice of law rules relating to private law (torts, contracts, property, succession and family law).

Course Hours:
3 units; (3-0)
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Law 614       Advanced Topics French Common Law

A deeper review of French legal terminology through contextual and experiential learning.  Topics include family law, jurisprudence, private international law, and appellate advocacy.


Course Hours:
3 units; (3-0)
Prerequisite(s):
Consent of the Faculty.
Notes:
Taught in French.
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Law 615       Advanced Civil Procedure
The strategic use of the Alberta Rules of Court in civil proceedings with reference to related legislation and ethical requirements. Topics include commencement of proceedings, interlocutory and ex parte applications, discovery of persons and records, trial preparation, and the roles of the court.
Course Hours:
3 units; (3-0)
Corequisite(s):
Prerequisite or Corequisite: Law 505.
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Law 616       Public Interest Theory
The seminar component of the Public Interest Law Clinic examines public interest lawyering with coverage of legal principles and process. Topics include defining the public interest, the role of morality and ethics of public interest lawyers, how structures in the legal system shape opportunities for strategic litigation, and varying perspectives on justice, democracy, and the rule of law. 
Course Hours:
3 units; (3-0)
Corequisite(s):
Law 620.
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Law 617       Alternative Energy Law: Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency
The renewable energy and energy efficiency sectors. Topics include federalism, wind, small hydro, solar, biomass etc., energy conservation and demand side management, and access to energy infrastructure.
Course Hours:
3 units; (3-0)
Corequisite(s):
Prerequisite or Corequisite: Law 503.
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Law 618       Corporate Finance Law
Legal aspects of corporate finance transactions, including applicable regulatory frameworks. Topics may include equity and debt financing, secured transactions, assess and/or share purchase and sale agreements, and takeover bids.
Course Hours:
3 units; (3-0)
Corequisite(s):
Prerequisite or Corequisite: Law 509.
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Law 619       Estate Planning
Personal dispositions of property, both inter vivos and on death, to achieve estate and succession planning objectives. Topics include trusts, corporations, wills, life insurance, buy-sell arrangements, income splitting, estate freezing, and tax deferral plans.
Course Hours:
3 units; (3-0)
Corequisite(s):
Prerequisite or Corequisite: Law 527, 533 and 598.
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Law 620       Public Interest Practice
The practice component of the Public Interest Law Clinic offers experiential learning through supervised provision of legal services to clients dealing with public interest litigation and law reform matters. Lawyering skills developed include interviewing, legal research, advocacy, and file management.
Course Hours:
3 units; (3-0)
Corequisite(s):
Law 616.
Notes:
This course is graded CR, D, or F.
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Law 621       Corporate Governance and Litigation
The principal concepts in corporate governance and their evolution in Canada; the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 and the related rules of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and the New York Stock Exchange; the securities regulatory response of Canada to the adoption of Sarbanes-Oxley in the United States; and other current topics in corporate governance.
Course Hours:
3 units; (3-0)
Corequisite(s):
Prerequisite or Corequisite: Law 505 and 509.
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Law 622       Law of the Sea
An examination of the key legal norms, actors, and institutions that govern international relations concerning maritime affairs, focusing on the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea.
Course Hours:
3 units; (3-0)
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Law 623       Environmental Impact Assessment Law
Environmental impact assessment (EIA) law and practice in Canada. Topics include the role of EIA in the regulatory process and as a planning tool, federalism, triggers, equivalency, harmonization, joint assessment, implementation of assessment decisions, adaptive management, strategic environmental assessment, the role of traditional knowledge, and public participation.
Course Hours:
3 units; (3-0)
Corequisite(s):
Prerequisite or Corequisite: Law 503.
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Law 624       Environmental Law and Ethics
The ethical underpinning of environmental law, with a consideration of various views, including the land ethic, deep and shallow ecology, instrumental and utilitarian approaches, and inherent value.
Course Hours:
3 units; (3-0)
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Law 625       Intellectual Property Transactions
Intellectual property transactions and strategies in a variety of industries in energy, information technology, and life sciences. Topics include open source IP, IP governance, management and best practices, valuation, ownership, improvements, co-ownership and collaboration, patent pools and standard setting organizations, software licensing and IT transactions, licensing, infringement management, and warranties.
Course Hours:
3 units; (3-0)
Corequisite(s):
Prerequisite or Corequisite: Law 543.
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Law 626       International Development Law
The role of law in promoting social and economic growth, with a focus on the rule of law as an instrument of development and the dialogue between the developed and less developed worlds through international agreements. Topics include the rules of international trade and finance, intellectual property, the environment and natural resources, and the war on terrorism.
Course Hours:
3 units; (3-0)
Corequisite(s):
Prerequisite or Corequisite: One of Law 549, 597 or 563.
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Law 627       International Environmental Law
The customary and treaty law rules applicable to global and transboundary environmental issues. Topics include air pollution, climate change, international wildlife law and trade, the international chemicals agreements liability regimes, and shared resources.
Course Hours:
3 units; (3-0)
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Law 628       International Investment Law
Investor protection in customary law and treaties, in particular NAFTA Chapter 11, bilateral investment treaties (BITs), and the Energy Charter; the main disciplines, including national treatment, most favoured nation treatment, fair and equitable treatment, and the rules pertaining to expropriation; soft law norms pertaining to investment; and relevant domestic law, including the Investment Canada Act.

 


Course Hours:
3 units; (3-0)
Corequisite(s):
Prerequisite or Corequisite: Law 549 or 597.
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Law 630       International Petroleum Transactions
International business transactions in the context of the petroleum industry, including the various forms of state agreements; confidentiality agreements; study and bidding agreements; international joint operating agreements; agency agreements; and participation agreements; with attention to the key legal, business and ethical issues raised in negotiations.
Course Hours:
3 units; (3-0)
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Law 631       International Tax Law
The tax implications of both inbound and outbound investment and implications for structuring affiliates, with consideration of international tax treaties and foreign tax credit mechanisms.
Course Hours:
3 units; (3-0)
Corequisite(s):
Prerequisite or Corequisite: Law 527.
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Law 632       Entrepreneurial Law
The legal and economic aspects of building a new venture, and the norms around legal and contractual structures in Canada and the United States. The focus is on advising an entrepreneur client in a start-up. Topics include creating the corporate structure, raising capital, hiring new employees, protecting intellectual property, founder-proofing the venture, and getting to acquisition or other liquidity event.
Course Hours:
3 units; (3-0)
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Law 634       Law of Species and Spaces
The principal federal and provincial laws governing the management of biological diversity, including protected area legislation and endangered species legislation. Explores the constitutional and common law fundamentals of wildlife law as well as contemporary disputes about species protection, ecosystem-level land management, and game ranch operations.
Course Hours:
3 units; (3-0)
Corequisite(s):
Prerequisite or Corequisite: Law 503.
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Law 636       Municipal Law

The legal position of local governments, including cities and regional governments. Topics include the powers of Municipal Councils and Districts, the duties and responsibilities of elected and appointed municipal officials, conflicts of interest, elections, the regulation and licensing of businesses, proprietary and contractual powers, tort and the public body, subdivision, land use planning, and the role of the courts.


Course Hours:
3 units; (3-0)
Corequisite(s):
Prerequisite or Corequisite: Law 503.
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Law 637       Energy Law
An overview of energy regulation, focusing on competition and pricing. Topics include the theory and process of energy regulation, regulatory jurisdiction, judicial review of energy regulation, regulation of natural gas and electricity prices, market restructuring, and deregulation. The course will familiarize students with the legal issues that arise when the legislature and regulators respond to market failures, and/or protect the public interest, in the provision of natural gas and electricity services.

Course Hours:
3 units; (3-0)
Corequisite(s):
Prerequisite or Corequisite: Law 503.
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Law 638       Climate Change Law
An exploration of the international and domestic legal and policy framework relating to climate change. Students will learn how to address developing legal challenges associated with integrating climate change considerations into other areas of law.
Course Hours:
3 units; (3-0)
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Law 640       Energy Transportation and Infrastructure
An exploration of transportation law and the governance of networked infrastructure from the perspective of the energy industry. Topics include the legal and policy aspects arising from the transportation of energy commodities, and the construction and regulation of infrastructure.
Course Hours:
3 units; (3-0)
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Law 641       Oil and Gas and Mining Taxation
The resource regime rules of the Income Tax Act as applied to the oil and gas and mining sectors. Topics include: operations subject to the resource regime; the treatment of property costs and common industry expenditures (i.e. applicable "tax pools" and their characteristics): resource industry "subsidies" (e.g. flow-through share financing, investment tax credits); the avoidance provisions (e.g. the successor rules); and the treatment of foreign operations of a Canadian resident taxpayer.
Course Hours:
3 units; (3-0)
Corequisite(s):
Prerequisite or Corequisite: Law 697.
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Law 642       Law and Development
An examination of the relationship between law and development, and the critical question of how law furthers or hinders development objectives. Such objectives include economic growth and wealth creation, but also human rights, equality, and the environment.
Course Hours:
3 units; (3-0)
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Law 644       National Security Law Lab
The laws and policies governing national security operations and institutions in Canada. Emphasis is on anti-terrorism laws, espionage, cyber, and emergency response mandates and authorities.
Course Hours:
3 units; (3-0)
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Law 645       Pollution Control and Waste Management Law
The provincial and federal pollution control regimes for air and water pollution and for the handling, storage, treatment, and disposal of hazardous and non-hazardous wastes. Topics include federalism; regulatory and non-regulatory approaches to pollution from “point” and “non-point” sources; cumulative pollutant loads; the “precautionary” and “polluter pays” principles; and liability for contaminated sites.
Course Hours:
3 units; (3-0)
Corequisite(s):
Prerequisite or Corequisite: Law 503 and 531.
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Law 646       Bennett Jones Health Law Moot
The development of advocacy and other lawyering skills in the context of health law in Canada.
Course Hours:
3 units; (3-0)
Prerequisite(s):
Consent of the Faculty.
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Law 647       Regulatory Theory and the Law
The main theories that explain or justify government regulation, including correction for market failure, political economy or public choice, and deliberative democracy. The relationship between those theories and the development and implementation of regulatory legislation, regulation, and public policy.
Course Hours:
3 units; (3-0)
Corequisite(s):
Prerequisite or Corequisite: Law 503.
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Law 648       Securities Law
The regulation of capital market participants; the issuance of, and trades in, securities of companies, with an emphasis on Alberta and the National Instruments enacted by the Canadian securities regulator; the theory of securities regulation; as well as enforcement and compliance.
Course Hours:
3 units; (3-0)
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Law 650       Business Skills for Lawyers
The non-legal skills required by lawyers working in-house or with business clients.  Topics may include reading and analyzing financial statements; understanding cash flow models; business valuation; negotiation; capital markets; crisis management; project management.

Course Hours:
3 units; (3-0)
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Law 652       Willms & Shier Environmental Law Moot
The development of advocacy and other lawyering skills in the context of environmental law.
Course Hours:
3 units; (3-0)
Prerequisite(s):
Consent of the Faculty.
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Law 653       Directed Research
A supervised research project involving the in-depth examination of a legal problem or area of concern not normally covered in a substantive or procedural course and which provides the basis for an article, research paper, brief, memorial, draft legislation, etc. Admission to this course depends on the availability of supervising faculty.
Course Hours:
3 units; (0-3)
Prerequisite(s):
Consent of the Faculty.
MAY BE REPEATED FOR CREDIT
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Law 654       Bowman National Tax Moot
The development of advocacy and other lawyering skills in the context of Canadian tax law.
Course Hours:
3 units; (3-0)
Prerequisite(s):
Consent of the Faculty.
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Law 656       Mergers and Acquisitions
Key legal and financial concepts for mergers and acquisitions. Topics may include structuring transactions, the required legal documentation, securities legislation, director and officer responsibilities, negotiations, financing, defensive tactics, due diligence, employment and other issues.
Course Hours:
3 units; (3-0)
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Law 663       Dispute Resolution Clinical
Interest-based, consensus-building dispute resolution processes to enhance understanding of dispute resolution theory, which will be applied through placements drawing on the mentorship of lawyers and dispute resolution practitioners engaged in court-annexed or private mediation, facilitation, collaborative law, and other processes.
Course Hours:
3 units; (3-0)
Corequisite(s):
Prerequisite or Corequisite: Law 508.
Notes:
This course is graded CR, D or F.
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Law 667       Advanced Public Law
Selected issues in constitutional law at the advanced level. Topics may include constitutional amendment, comparative approaches to rights, comparative federalism, the role of international law in constitutional interpretation, the legitimacy of judicial review, evidentiary issues in constitutional litigation, the role of social movements, and strategic litigation in securing constitutional rights.
Course Hours:
3 units; (3-0)
Prerequisite(s):
Law 400.
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Law 673       Jessup Moot
Preparation for and participation in the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition.
Course Hours:
3 units; (3-0)
Prerequisite(s):
Consent of the Faculty.
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Law 674       Business Venture Clinic
A clinical seminar where students work with startup companies and entrepreneurs. Students may prepare memos and drafts of business agreements. Students receive feedback on their written work from practicing lawyers.

Course Hours:
3 units; (3-0)
Notes:
This course is graded CR, D or F.
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Law 677       Canadian Corporate/Securities Law Moot
The development of appellate advocacy and other lawyering skills in the context of corporate and securities law in Canada.
Course Hours:
3 units; (3-0)
Prerequisite(s):
Consent of the Faculty.
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Law 678       The Gale Cup Moot
The development of appellate advocacy and other lawyering skills in the context of preparation for and participation in the national Gale Cup Moot.
Course Hours:
3 units; (3-0)
Prerequisite(s):
Consent of the Faculty.
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Law 683       Advanced Family Law
Selected topics in family law, including matrimonial property; division of pensions; international family law; and the law relating to children, including regulatory aspects (e.g. child welfare).
Course Hours:
3 units; (3-0)
Corequisite(s):
Prerequisite or Corequisite: Law 515.
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Law 685       Business Clinical

The skills employed by a corporate solicitor in the context of one or more transactions. Skills covered may include drafting, negotiating, research, advocacy, and transaction management, in simulated or real transactions.


Course Hours:
3 units; (3-0)
Corequisite(s):
Prerequisite or Corequisite: Law 509.
Notes:
This course is graded CR, D or F.
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Law 686       SLA Clinical Theory
Student Legal Assistance. Learn elements of good lawyering, forming your professional identity, ethical and practical issues in serving disadvantaged people in a variety of areas of law.
Course Hours:
3 units; (3-0)
Corequisite(s):
Law 688.
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Law 687       Criminal Justice Clinical
A clinical seminar in elements of criminal law covering topical, practical, and ethical issues in the practice of criminal law. Three short placements with Crown and defence lawyers and a provincial court judge.

Course Hours:
3 units; (3-0)
Corequisite(s):
Prerequisite or Corequisite: Law 511.
Notes:
This course is graded CR, D or F.
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Law 688       SLA Clinical Practice
Student Legal Assistance. Advanced experiential learning in a clinical setting. Learn to effectively represent disadvantaged clients while developing interviewing, counselling, practice management and courtroom advocacy skills.
Course Hours:
3 units; (3-0)
Corequisite(s):
Law 686.
Notes:
This course is graded CR, D or F.     
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Law 689       Family Law Clinical Seminar
A clinical seminar in elements of family law practice. The clinical experience may be obtained through simulated exercises, supervised handling of files and/or placements. Topics include Chambers advocacy, marital dispute consultations and drafting of a settlement.
Course Hours:
3 units; (3-0)
Corequisite(s):
Prerequisite or Corequisite: Law 515.
Notes:
This course is graded CR, D or F.
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Law 690       Western Canada MacIntyre Cup Trial Competition
The development of trial advocacy and other lawyering skills in the context of preparation for and participation in the Western Canada Trial Competition. Credit for this competition does not preclude credit for the Sopinka Cup.
Course Hours:
3 units; (3-0)
Prerequisite(s):
Consent of the Faculty.
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Law 691       Natural Resources, Energy and Environmental Law Clinical
A clinical seminar involving placements in any one of the following practice areas: energy law, resources law, water law, and environmental law.
Course Hours:
3 units; (3-0)
Corequisite(s):
Prerequisite or Corequisite: One of Law 531, 571, 573, 583 or 637.
Notes:
This course is graded CR, D or F.
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Law 692       Selected Topics I
A variety of subject areas, either doctrinal or theoretical.
Course Hours:
2 units; (2-0)
MAY BE REPEATED FOR CREDIT
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Law 693       Selected Topics II
A variety of subject areas, either doctrinal or theoretical.
Course Hours:
3 units; (3-0)
MAY BE REPEATED FOR CREDIT
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Law 694       Selected Topics III
A variety of subject areas, either doctrinal or theoretical.
Course Hours:
4 units; (4-0)
MAY BE REPEATED FOR CREDIT
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Law 695       External Competitions
The development of advocacy and other lawyering skills in the context of preparation for and participation in an external competition not otherwise the subject of a course. A written component is generally required.
Course Hours:
3 units; (3-0)
Prerequisite(s):
Consent of the Faculty.
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Law 696       Clinical Studies
Participation in a clinical experience not otherwise the subject of a clinical course.
Course Hours:
3 units; (3-0)
Prerequisite(s):
Consent of the Faculty.
Notes:
This course is Graded CR, D or F.
MAY BE REPEATED FOR CREDIT
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Law 697       Corporate Tax
The provisions of the Income Tax Act applicable to corporations and their shareholders. Topics include the classification of corporations for tax purposes, the taxation of corporate income, the taxation of corporate distributions, and the taxation of various types of corporate reorganizations.
Course Hours:
3 units; (3-0)
Corequisite(s):
Prerequisite or Corequisite: Law 509 and 527.
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Law 698       Immigration and Refugee Law
Basic principles, policies, and procedures governing immigration and refugee law. Topics include refugee law and status; selection and admission of immigrants; inadmissible and removable classes; exemptions and minister's permits; and appeals and judicial review in the federal court, including Charter issues.

Course Hours:
3 units; (3-0)
Corequisite(s):
Prerequisite or Corequisite: Law 503.
Also known as:
(formerly Law 539)
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Law 699       Labour Law
The law governing unionized workplaces in Canada. Topics include freedom of association, the status of participants, union organization and certification, unfair labour practices, collective bargaining, the collective agreement and arbitration, industrial conflict, the duty of fair representation, and interaction between the labour law regime and the common-law of employment.
Course Hours:
3 units; (3-0)
Corequisite(s):
Prerequisite or Corequisite: Law 503.
Also known as:
(formerly Law 517)
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Law 703       Graduate Seminar in Legal Research and Methodology
Preparation for developing, researching and writing a thesis or major research paper. The distinctive nature of legal scholarship and its professional context will be explored. Students will be introduced to specific research techniques and to the challenges of comparative and cross-cultural work.
Course Hours:
3 units; (3-0)
Prerequisite(s):
Admission to the LLM program or consent of the Graduate Director.
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Law 705       Graduate Seminar in Legal Theory
An exploration of schools of legal theory, with the goal of helping students situate their graduate research within one or more of those approaches to legal scholarship. The seminar is structured around a series of readings describing different theoretical approaches and applying these approaches to areas of research.
Course Hours:
3 units; (0-3)
Prerequisite(s):
Admission to the LLM program or consent of the Graduate Director.
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Law 706       Major Research Paper
Reflects extensive research on a topic in law and proposes a solution to a problem or presents a critical evaluation of an issue in this area of law. Students enrolled in the specialization in Natural Resources, Energy and Environmental Law must complete their major papers in this area.
Course Hours:
5 units; (0-5)
Prerequisite(s):
Admission to the LLM program or consent of the Graduate Director.
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