Undergraduate Courses in Law

New Offering for Spring 2021: Climate Change and the Law

The School of Law and the School of Natural Resources have teamed up to offer “Climate Change and the Law,” a new undergraduate course that will debut in the spring 2021 semester.

This new course will examine domestic U.S. and international law related to climate change. In addition to lecture and class discussion, it will have guest speakers, student presentations, and case studies. Topics will include:

  • International climate change negotiations
  • The UN Framework Convention on Climate Change
  • 2015 Paris Accord
  • Climate science
  • Climate economics and carbon markets
  • U.S. environmental laws related to climate change
  • Renewable energy
  • Climate justice and human rights

No prerequisites. Open to undergraduate students in all majors.

The course is numbered LAW 2001 and Environmental Science (ENV SC) 2001.

The professor will be Robin Rotman, a faculty member at the School of Natural Resources with a courtesy appointment at the School of Law. Professor Rotman served as assistant general counsel of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources and as an attorney in private practice in Washington, D.C. She attended law school at Yale and studied at Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar.

Other Undergraduate Courses Offered by the School of Law

LAW 1100 — Cases and Controversies in American Law (Offered Fall 2020)
Discover the American legal system through the case method used at law schools across the United States. Students will learn legal principles and will then apply their knowledge to new sets of facts, practicing the skills lawyers use when serving clients. Topics include constitutional law, contracts, criminal law, property, and torts.

LAW 3800 — Logical Reasoning and Legal Analysis (Offered Summer 2020 and Fall 2020)
This course provides students with the basic concepts necessary to improve their scores on the Law School Admission Test (LSAT), thereby improving their proficiency in key skills such as reading comprehension, analytical reasoning, and logical reasoning.

Anticipated Undergraduate Course Offerings

LAW 2010 — Law of the Internet
Society has moved online – so have our legal disputes. Most of us have tapped “I agree” without reading the fine print; streamed copyrighted works without paying a license fee; and crept someone via google and social media. Most of us have also been digitally hacked, phished, and spied upon; our personal data has been collected by private and governmental entities, and we have repeatedly heard these buzzwords of network neutrality and bitcoin. This is a survey course in the law of the internet — civics of the internet. We cover regulation of the internet and big media companies such as Facebook and Google; privacy law from various angles; liability for various nefarious activities (including actions taken by AI rather than humans); and yes, what happens when you click “I agree.” Although we discuss computer technology, this is not a high-tech class. You will not need any technical expertise beyond knowing about email, the worldwide web, and texting. This course has no prerequisites.

LAW 4940 — Internships in Law
This course is designed to help students learn how the law affects working environments of all kinds, from businesses to government agencies to non-profit organizations. Students will arrange an internship with an organization of their choice and will obtain work experience in a professional setting. Students will then complete assignments related to how various sources of law (such as state and federal statutes, state and federal regulations, and state and federal court opinions) affect that organization. Graded on S/U basis only. Prerequisites: Students must have completed at least 55 credit hours before taking this course. Students must have an overall GPA of at least 2.00. Offered online. Internships may be in Columbia or elsewhere.

Contact Professor Ben Trachtenberg, Director of Undergraduate Studies in the School of Law.