College Syllabus Assignments

First-Day Assignments

The following assignments have been submitted by professors. Please check back if your assignments are not listed as faculty members are continuosly updating this list.


Autumn 2017 Semester Courses and Assignments

6050 - US Legal System and Legal Traditions (Caust-Ellenbogen)

You will find the syllabus for the course on Carmen in the "files" section. We will cover one line of the syllabus each class, although some assignments will carryover for more than one class.

6103 - Law 1 (Kelly)

Read chapters 1, 2, 3, 4 in Beazley Smith text. Skip Now You Try It (ch 3) and Labeling Excercise (ch 4).

Enroll in TWEN course: LAWI-Kelly (fall 2017), download (or print) syllabus and read it.

6103 - Law 1 (Sampson)

 For our first class, please review the syllabus avaiable on our class Carmen page, and read chapters 1-6 in our textbook Legal Writing for Legal Readers

6103 - Law 1 (Ralph)

Welcome to LAW I! For the first class, please complete the following: 

1.    Sign up for the course TWEN site. The course website password is: staredecisis

Here is a link to a PDF describing how to sign up for courses on TWEN:

2.    Read the course syllabus and make note of the important dates and the assignments for the first few weeks of class.  The syllabus is posted on the course website under “Syllabus” and copies are also available in envelopes outside my door, 333 Drinko.  

3.    Read Chapters 1-3 in Christine Coughlin, et al., A Lawyer Writes: A Practical Guide to Legal Analysis (2d ed. 2013) (ISBN 9781611633979).

4.    Read Chapters 1 & 2 in Amy E. Sloan, Researching the Law: Finding What You Need When You Need It (2d ed. 2017) (ISBN 9781454886495).


5.    Prepare the Law and Literature Assignment. It is posted on the course website under “Course Materials” / “First Day Assignments,” and copies are also available outside my door, 333 Drinko. You should read all the materials and be ready to discuss all the questions in the assignment. 

6103 - Law 1 (Azyndar)

The syllabus, which will list the first day assignment, will be available after noon on Wednesday, August 16. Please log into Carmen ( in order to access our course website. You will find the syllabus under the Files tab. Here is a link to instructions for accessing and using Carmen:

6103 - Law 1 (Mattson)

Enroll in the course page on TWEN. On TWEN, you’ll find the syllabus and a reading from Legal Writing for Legal Readers (LWLR) in the folder labeled “Class 1 – Aug. 24,” which is in the folder labeled “Course Materials.” Read both the syllabus and the excerpt from LWLR. Also, read chapters 1-3 and Appendix A, Effective Memo: Adverse Possession (pages 351–360), in A Lawyer Writes.

Please email me if you have any problems enrolling in the course page on TWEN: Thanks.

6103 - Law 1 (Cooper)

Welcome to the course! For the first class, please read Chapters 1-5 of Legal Writing for Legal Readers.

6103 - Law 1 (Sherowski)

 Welcome to LAW I! Here's what you need to do to get ready for the first day of class:

1. Sign up for the course on TWEN 

2. Read the syllabus (available on TWEN) and the assigned readings for the first class

3. Listen to the Prologue of Episode 473: "Loopholes" on This American Life (a link is available on the TWEN page under "Web Links"). The prologue is about 10 minutes long

4.  Bring a copy of the syllabus (hard copy or digital) to class 

That's it -- come to class ready to hit the ground running!

6103 - Law 1 (Ziegler)

Welcome to the course! Here's what you need to do for the first day of class: 1. Read Chapters 1-6 of Legal Writing for Legal Readers. 2. Enroll in the course page on TWEN (this will be Legal Analysis & Writing I, with me as admin). 3. Familiarize yourself with the syllabus, posted on the TWEN page.

6103 - Law 1 (Settineri)

Welcome to Law I. For the first class: 1. Read Ch. Before the First, Ch. 1, Ch. 2, and Ch. 6, section A only. 2. Sign up for the course on TWEN. The password for the Monday section is “SCOTUS1.” The password for the Thursday section is “SCOTUS2.” 3. Read "Talking to Students" by Anne Enquist. A copy of that article is posted on the course website under “Assignments and Quizzes”/ “Homework Assignment No. 1.” 4. Answer the Student Questionnaire. The Questionnaire is posted on the course website under “Assignments and Quizzes”/ “Homework Assignment No. 1.” Bring a paper copy of your answers to the first class.

6103 - Law 1 (Enns)

Welcome to Moritz and to LAW I! I look forward to meeting each of you on Friday, Aug. 25, at 11:10 a.m. in Room 245.

For the first day of class, please do the following: 

1.      Read Chapter Before the First and Chapters 1-3 in Beazley and Smith, Legal Writing for Legal Readers (“LWLR”). Also take a look at the Table of Contents (TOC) for Chapter 13 for an overview of our goal.

2.      Sign up for the course website on Carmen at I am using this course system for the first time, while many of you will be familiar with it, so I will need help! Let me know by email at if you can’t sign up. The course may not go live until Friday, Aug. 18.   

3.      Read the course syllabus (found under Syllabus) and note the assignments for the first few weeks of class. Bring any questions you have about the syllabus to class.

4.     Answer the questions on the Self-Evaluation, found in the Aug. 25 Class Page. I have said that the assignment is due via Carmen, but if you prefer to turn in a hard copy during class, even a handwritten copy, that is fine. The assignment is due at the beginning of class.

5.      Let me know if you have questions about any of these items or if you cannot sign into Carmen.


6109 - Torts (Cole)

Read pp. 1-10; 39-42 in the casebook BEFORE the first class.

6109 - Torts (Colker)

 You have been automatically registered on Carmen/Canvas where you will find the syllabus and Powerpoint slides.  

For the first class, you should read pp. 1-15 from Prosser, Wade and Schwartz's Torts.  

6109 - Torts (Chamallas)

For the first day of class, please read pp.1-18 in the Franklin, Rabin casebook.

6115 - Civil Procedure 1 (Caust-Ellenbogen)

Download a copy of the syllabus, available on Carmen, under the "files" tab. For the first assignment, pages 1-25 of the Casebook are for you to read as background. The main topic of discussion will be the Fuentes case, available in the files tab on Carmen. When reading the case, think about what the underlying dispute is about and how it was attempted to be resolved. Who sued first and why? Where was suit brought? Who is Shevin, and why is he involved in the dispute? What is the ramifications of this case for other parties? We will cover these and other issues over the first two classes as a sort of overview of Civil Procedure. I look forward to a fun and informative semester.

6115 - Civil Procedure 1 (Greenbaum)

Civil Procedure I - A. Greenbaum - First Week Assignments CLASS 1: Introduction to Civil Procedure: Read Casebook 1-26 and Supplementary Materials Item 1 CLASSES 1-4: Traditional Bases of Territorial Jurisdiction: Read Casebook 75-86 and Supplementary Materials Items 2-5 You can access the supplementary materials when you get your WESTLAW number and sign on to the TWEN page for this course. The process will be explained to you on Wednesday of orientation.

6115 - Civil Procedure 1 (Deason)

Welcome to Civil Procedure I. Please sign up for the TWEN site when you receive your Westlaw password. The assignment for the first day of class is: Tuesday, August 22 – The Civil Procedure Course in Broader Perspective Handout is available on TWEN and hard copies will be outside my office door (Room 323) on Thursday.

6115 - Civil Procedure 1 (Tokaji)

Welcome to the Moritz College of Law! For our first class on Tuesday, please read pages 1-14 in our casebook, Yeazell & Schwartz, Civil Procedure (9th ed. 2016). Pay special attention to the opinion in Hawkins v. Master Farms, Inc. and the questions following it. What happened to Mr. Creal? Who are Hawkins and Baldwin, and why you think they filed their complaint in federal court instead of state court? Why did the court dismiss the complaint? You should also register for this course on Westlaw's TWEN service. Subsequent assignments will be posted on the "Assignments" page on TWEN, along with links to materials that don't appear in your casebook.

6127 - Criminal Law (Akbar)

For the first day of class, read Bryan Stevenson's Just Mercy, and pp. 1-5 of the Dressler & Garvey case book (that's the big black & grey book!). 

6127 - Criminal Law (Federle)

 Welcome to Criminal Law! A syllabus will be distributed in class, but here are the first three assignments to get you started.


Monday, August 21: Please read pp. 31-51 in the casebook and be prepared to discuss.

Tuesday, August 22: Please read pp. 52-75 in the casebook and be prepared to discuss.

Wednesday, August 23: Please read pp. 93-114 in the casebook and be prepared to discuss.

6127 - Criminal Law (Berman)

In preparation for our first class on Monday, August 21, you should:

1. Obtain a copy of Kaplan, Weisberg and Binder, Criminal Law (8th ed. 2017)

2. Obtain a copy of the course description and the course syllabus, which will be made available in front of my office (Room 313) and on the course website (

3. Read the casebook's Introduction quickly and pages 21-27, 31-34, and 605-11 closely. Because the next set of readings provide theoretical background, can be read quickly, and should enhance your appreciation of our initial discussions, I encourage you also to SKIM the readings from pages 34‑76 in the text as soon as possible.

6127 - Criminal Law (Simmons)

Please note that the first day of our class is TUESDAY, August 22nd— I am out of town on Monday and so we will not be meeting on Monday, August 21st.

For the first class, please read pages 1-9 in the Dressler casebook. Also, you need to read the FACT SECTION ONLY of the following cases in the Robinson case studies book:

#1 (McCarty); #2 (Landis); #3 (Williams); #4 (Dudley); #5 (Rummel); #7 (Marrero); #8 (Billingslea); #9 (Ruschioni); #15 (Weaver); #16 (Green); #20 (Leidholm); and #22 (Yates).

After you have read the fact section for a case, you should answer the survey question(s) at the end of the section regarding how much punishment (if any) is appropriate. Do not concern yourself at this point with the applicable law; simply answer the questions based on what you believe to be appropriate.

All students are also required to register for the course on Westlaw's TWEN website. During orientation you will receive a Westlaw password, and you should use that password to log onto TWEN and register for Criminal Law---Simmons. The website is

We will be using the TWEN site right away for signups and assignments, so you should register on TWEN before the first class. The syllabus has already been posted to the site, and it is available on the Moritz registrar page.

7006 - Advanced Legal Writing (Ralph)

Welcome back! I am looking forward to working together this semester. For the first class, please complete the following:

1) Sign up for the course TWEN site. The password is: rhetorical

2) Read Chapters 1 & 3 in Mary Barnard Ray & Barbara J. Cox, Beyond the Basics: A Text for Advanced Legal Writing (3d ed. 2012).

3) Read the Preface; Lessons 1-2; and Appendix 1 in Joseph M. Williams & Joseph Bizup, Style: Lessons in Clarity and Grace (12th ed. 2017).

4) Review the course syllabus, posted on the course website under “Syllabus.” 

7106 - Legal Negotiations and Settlements (Stulberg)

1. Sign onto TWEN site. 2. Reading: Wiggins, Chapter 15 - focus on pages 565-576 3. On-call: students with last names beginning with letters M-Z 4. All students should report to Room 244 on Monday, August 21 at 4:20 p.m. General session takes place in that room. Tentative section assignments/room numbers announced at that time.

7124 - Intl Dispute Resolution (Quigley)

O'Connell, International Dispute Resolution (2d ed. 2012). Read pages 3 to 9.

7127 - Dispute System Design Workshop (Stulberg)

1. Please register for the TWEN-site for our course at: Course syllabus has been posted to that site. 2. Please read: Nolan-Haley, pages 1-16. Looking forward to meeting and working with you.

7200 - Business Associations (Rose)

 Please read Chapter 1.  The syllabus will be available on Carmen in early August.

7204 - Business Basics for Lawyers (Oesterle)

Syllabus will be posted on TWEN.

7209 - Accounting & Finance for Lawyers (Starker)

No first day assignment.

7210 - Business Bankruptcy (Hoffman Jr.)

For the first class on Thursday, August 24, please read the following: (1) Elizabeth Warren, Jay Lawrence Westbrook, Katherine Porter, John A.E. Pottow, The Law of Debtors and Creditors: Text, Cases, and Problems (Wolters Kluwer, 7th edition 2014), pp. 4–15 (beginning with the "A. The Structure of Debtor-Creditor Law,") 345–355 ("Liquidating Businesses in Chapter 7 Bankruptcy")(up to but not including Problem Set 15), 359–368 ("Reorganizing Businesses") (up to "C. The Scope of the DIP's Control"); and (2) Bankruptcy Code §§ 103, 109(a), (b) and (d), 301 and 303(a) (located in Bankruptcy Code, Rules and Official Forms (West 2016 Law School Edition). For those students who have not taken the debtor-creditor class, I also would recommend that you skim pp. 5–21, 29–42 and 71–77 of Bankruptcy Basics, a publication of the Administrative Office of the United States Courts, which will be emailed from the registrar. For those students who have taken a bankruptcy course, reviewing Bankruptcy Basics will provide a good refresher.

7214 - Contracts II (Rub)

 Welcome back everyone. 

I hope that most of you received an email from me regarding our first week of classes and what I would like you to do in preparation. If you did not receive it, please sign up for the course's TWEN website. There, under "Course Materials" you can find the plan for the first week, the syllabus, and the reading materials. 


I am very much looking forward to see you in our first meeting, on August 21. 

7218 - Small Business Finance (Garvin)

Welcome back! For our first class, please prepare pages 1-9 of our course packet, which is available either outside my office door or on the course TWEN site (which you should join promptly). For our second class, read pages 9-14 of the course packet.

7230 - Intl Business Transactions (Chow)

Please read cover pp. 1-12 and be prepared to discuss problems 1-1, 1-2, 1-3, 1-4.

7310 - Transactional Practice (Starker)

If possible, read Chapters 1 & 2 from Working with Contracts before the first class. Also, please make sure you can log on to Bloomberg Law. I know many students don't use Bloomberg in their first year.

7409 - Criminal Procedure: Adjudication (Michaels)

 1.  Welcome back!  Also, welcome to Criminal Procedure:  Adjudication.  Thank you for your willingness to join the class despite the uncivilized time slot.

2.  Please sign up for the class on TWEN.  Under "Syllabus" on TWEN you will find the course Syllabus, AND under "Course Materials" you will find the Statutory Supplement.

3.  For the first class on August 24, consult the syllabus and complete the reading for Topic A, Introduction and for Topic B. 1, The Ethics of Criminal Defense.  At 27 pages of reading, this is one of the longest assignments of the semester, but it is mostly engaging stuff.  We will have a guest for part of the first class, and he calls on people and tends to be provocative, so be prepared!

7603 - Family Law (Spindelman)

Welcome to Family Law! The required texts for the course are: (1) The unabridged version of JUDITH AREEN, MARC SPINDELMAN, & PHILOMILA TSOUKALA, CASES AND MATERIALS ON FAMILY LAW (6th ed. 2012), and (2) MARC SPINDELMAN & PHILOMILA TSOUKALA, 2017 SUPPLEMENT TO JUDITH AREEN, MARC SPINDELMAN, & PHILOMILA TSOUKALA, CASES AND MATERIALS ON FAMILY LAW (2017). For our first class, please read CB pp. 49–59, 60–72, 79–87. I’m looking forward to seeing you soon! All best, M.S.

7807 - National Security Law (Rudesill)

There are readings you should do before the first class, focused mainly on the nature of threats to U.S. national security.  For the first day (1) read the "Early Edition" news round-up the day of class on; (2) read the Constitution with an eye to spotting national security authorities and processes; (3) watch this video: ; (4) read Baker (assigned course text), Intro and Chapter 1; (5) *skim* the annual Worldwide Threat Assessment of the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) for 2017 (see if you can find it on google -- as of March 2017 it was not out yet).  Also reflect on what national security means and what values to you it should protect and reflect.  I may assign other short readings before class.  It is going to be a busy, exciting, fun -- and also short -- term.  See you this fall.  DSR  

7809 - Patent Law (Choi)

The syllabus has been posted to Carmen. Please let me know if you have trouble accessing it.

The assignment for the first class is as follows:


7814 - International IP (Chow)

Read pp. 1-23 in the Chow and Lee casebook ending before Section B on Territoriality.

7815 - Intro to Intellectual Property (Choi)

The syllabus has been posted to Carmen. Please let me know if you have trouble accessing it.

The assignment for the first class is as follows:


8103 - Labor Law (Hébert)

Syllabus is available on TWEN. Assignments: Aug. 21 Casebook xxxi-xxxv, CB 1-10, 35-48 Aug. 22 CB 48-58, 64-78 Aug. 23 CB 79-98 Aug. 24 CB 99-117

8189.03 - Criminal Prosecution Clinic (Merritt/Conway)

Prosecution Clinic Team, We look forward to working with you in the clinic this fall. We have already created a mailbox for each of you in the clinic suite, and we have placed copies of the clinic syllabus and Part I of our Clinic Handbook in those boxes. For your convenience, we have also created a course website on Carmen. (Many law classes are migrating from TWEN to Carmen this year, because TWEN has stopped supporting some of its features.)

You will find the assignment for the first class on the syllabus, as well as on Carmen. Most of the readings for this class are in the Clinic Handbook, as well as on Carmen. If you have not used Carmen, we will show that system to you on the first day of class.

We already have five cases ready for you to work on--including one that is very likely to go to trial on September 14--and we will pick up another two dozen cases shortly. It should be an exciting, rewarding semester; we look forward to sharing it with you. See you soon, and don't hesitate to contact us if we can answer any questions before Tuesday, Debby & Olwyn

8189.05 - Legislation Clinic (Huefner/Enns)

Assignment Information

Welcome to the Legislation Clinic! Please pick up course materials, consisting of a three spiral-bound volumes of readings, and read Section 1 in the Procedures Manual (Legislation Clinic Basic Procedures). Also, please read Chapters 1 and 2 of the Legislative Service Commission’s Guidebook for Ohio Legislators, found here:

We look forward to seeing you on Monday, August 21, at 3:55 in room 455.


8189.07 - Mediation Clinic (Cole/Froehlich)

Read Goldberg, Sander, Rogers and Cole (GSRC) pp. 121-29. Log-on to Carmen and complete the Ohio Supreme Court Mediation Module “An Introduction to the Fundamentals of Mediation”.

8200 - Evidence (Simmons)

Please note that the first day of our class will be TUESDAY, August 22nd.   We will NOT meet on Monday, August 21st.

For the first day, please read the textbook's Foreward, Study Guide, and Chapters 1 &3

8215 - Remedies (Garvin)

Welcome back! For our first class, please read pages xxiii, xxv, and 1-18 of our casebook and the corresponding pages of the 2017 supplement. For our second class, please read pages 18-35 of our casebook and the corresponding pages of the 2017 supplement.

8306 - Administrative Law (Shane)

 For the first day of class, please do the following:

  1. Read pages 1-40 of the Mashaw, Merrill & Shane text.
  2. Pick up the supplementary reading materials from the Copy Center. The volume contains a copy of the syllabus and reading schedule for the semester. Please be sure to read the syllabus and course requirements.
  3. Register for the course on our TWEN site.

8312 - Election Law (Foley)

Please sign up for this course on TWEN.  On the Assignment page, you will find a copy of the syllabus for the first part of the course.  Before our first class, please read the syllabus and the first assigment in our casebook (as indicated in the syllabus itself).  I'm very much looking forward to this semester!

8403 - Ethical Issues (Laughlin Jr.)

The class will meet in Room 136 Atwell Hall in the medical school complex. The first class will be August 29 at 5:25pm. There's no assignment for the first class. Everything will be distributed and explained at first class.

8406 - Professional Responsibility (Coughlan/Kettlewell)

No first day assignment

8709 - Wills Trusts & Estates (Segelken)

These are the assignments for the first day of class: 8/21 Read Pages 1-29 in the text. Please come prepared to discuss the problem of the "dead hand." 8/23 Read pages 29-33, 40-62 in the text. Text: Wills, Trusts, and Estates, 10th edition by Sitkoff/Dukeminier (2017).

8817 - The Rule of Law in the Age of Legal Change (Spindelman)

Hi, everyone! Welcome to the Rule of Law in the Age of Legal Change! Please sign up for the TWEN site for the course. Readings for the semester will be posted there. For our first meeting, please read the materials found under "Unit 1: An Introduction.” I’m looking forward to seeing you soon!! All the best, M.S.

8896.11 - Sem: International Criminal Law (Quigley)

Syllabus for the seminar and the readings for the first meeting (August 25) are posted on Twen.

8896.38 - Sem: Marijuana Law, Policy & Reform (Berman)

In preparation for our first class on Thursday, August 24, you should:

1. Bookmark the blog Marijuana Law, Policy & Reform, which appears at

2. Pick up a copy of the Course Description and the Pre-Class Questionnaire (available from outside my office, Room 313). Complete the questionnaire.

3. Consider keeping clear the period from 3pm to 4:30pm on Fridays Sept 1, 8 and 15 for (optional) movie-watching class sessions to view the PBS documentary "Prohibition" and then to celebrate the 21st Amendment at a local establishment. If you cannot be available those times, stream it ASAP.

8896.52 - Sem: US Sup Ct Dec (Sutton)

Aug. 21: Introduction/Theories of Judicial Review Stevens, The Bill of Rights: A Century of Progress, 59 U. Chi. L. Rev. 13 (1992) Scalia, A Matter of Interpretation, 3B14, 37B63

8896.58 - Sem: Progressive Era & Its Contemporary Relevance (Foley)

 Please sign up for this course on CARMEN.  There you will find a copy of the syllabus as well as the readings for the first two sessions of the seminar.  Before our first session, please read the syllabus and the two readings listed for that session: the excerpt from the Keller book, Affairs of State, and the Johnson piece on "The Possibility of Politics".  These will give us a good intro and overview for the semester.  During our first session, we will discuss subsequent readings, paper topics, and other organizational details.  We will also get started in exploring the issues!  I very much look forward to this seminar and to our discussions!  Please let me know if you have any questions about any of this.

8896.60 - Sem: Transitional Justice (Fernandez)

Please read the materials assigned for Week 1 in the reading packet.

8896.62 - Sem: Prisons, Police, and Borders (Akbar)

Pick up the course reader from the Registrar's office, and read the first set of materials: Tanya Maria Golash-Boza, Deported: Immigrant Policing, Disposable Labor, and Global Capitalism 1-21, 138-64 (2015). Black Alliance for Just Immigration, The State of Black Immigrants: Part II: Black Immigrants in the Mass Criminalization System (2016). Syllabi for Padilla v. Kentucky (SCOTUS 2010); Carachuri-Rosendo v. Holder (SCOTUS 2010); and Esquivel-Quintana v. Lynch (SCOTUS 2017), please skim. U.S. Sentencing Commission, Quick Facts on Illegal Reentry Offenses (2014), please skim.

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