LL.M. Logistics & Transportation Curriculum

Logistics and Transportation – Core Curriculum

Each Credit Hour equals 700 minutes of instruction.

Customs Regulation, 2 credits

This course prepares students to assist importers in clearing each of their shipments by filing an entry with Customs. Students will learn how to determine the country of origin of imported merchandise, calculate the value of the merchandise, classify products according to the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the U.S., calculate duty payments, and make entries with Customs. In addition to learning the basics that are required for an entry of imported merchandise with Customs, students will also learn how to use the Customs Regulations (Title 19 of the C.F.R.) to their client's benefit with regard to the timing and amount of duty payments and how to mitigate an importer's damages in the event of a detention or seizure of imported merchandise.

Advanced Customs Regulation Studies, 2 credits

This course is an advanced preparatory course for students who are interested in a career in international trade and Customs compliance. In applying the basic principles that are learned in the Customs Regulation course, students immerse themselves in resolving complex Customs compliance matters that range among country of origin determinations, country of origin marking compliance, tariff classification assignments (navigating the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States), the valuation of imported merchandise, the applicability of free trade agreements, antidumping duties, countervailing duties, restricted goods (quotas and prohibited merchandise), and the protection of intellectual property rights at the border. This course includes practical assignments for students who are interested in non-legal Customs compliance careers and assignments that are designed to expose students to the requirements of the Customs Broker License Examination which is provided by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agency twice per year.

Government Contracts & Procurement, 3 credits

This course covers all subchapters of the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR), providing an intensive review of practical, technical, business, and contractual issues that the government deals with in establishing and managing a federal contract. Topics such as acquisition process, governmental acquisition plans, inspection, and termination are covered as are some of the basics necessary for contracts and acquisition personnel. The course is designed for contracting practitioners new to government contracting who want to enhance their skills and understanding of contracting acquisition management. The program emphasizes both theory and practice allowing students to learn the underlying principles and use of the current tools in the field. The course will also cover foreign government contracting, as well as domestic and international anti-corruption laws affecting procurement.

U.S. Immigration Law for Logistics and Transportation Industry, 2 credits

This course includes an overview of the admission of aliens, immigrants, and refugees to the United States; the handling of appropriate employment-based nonimmigrant visas (including E1/E2 Treaty Trade and Investor, H-1B, L-1A and L-1B, etc.); fees and penalties associated with employer-based immigration violations; I-9 compliance, grounds of inadmissibility for foreign nationals; cross-cultural communications; introduction to the agencies and systems involved in the immigration process; and the handling of stowaways. Exercises will include preparing visa and permanent residence applications for employees in the transportation industry, drafting advice letters, calculating potential fines and penalties, and dealing with seamen who have overstayed their visas and stowaways needing to be repatriated.

Employment & Labor Law for Logistics and Transportation Industry, 3 credits

Students will develop the skills to anticipate and to respond to legal disputes between employers and employees in the transportation and logistics industry. Students will study the laws governing the employment at will relationship and growing exceptions based on contract, tort and statutory principles. Topics will include the employment process, federal employment discrimination laws, the Family Medical Leave Act, trade secrets, and covenants not to compete. Students will learn to identify potential discriminatory employment practices. Students will also learn about workers' rights to organize unions under the National labor Relations Act as amended. Labor Law topics will include how unions become collective bargaining representatives, unfair labor practices, strikes, and grievance resolution, including relations between unions and their members. Written exercises may include drafting employment contracts, grievance procedures, non-discrimination policies, employee leave policies, discrimination charges, and responses to discrimination charges. Students may also develop strategies for negotiating collective bargaining agreements, resolving collective bargaining impasses, and making or responding to unfair labor practice charges before the National Labor Relations Board.

International Business Transactions, 2 credits

This course analyzes basic international business transactions (IBT) and the effects of U.S. law, specific foreign law, and treaties on the conduct of the parties involved and their transactions. The course covers issues of commercial law, regulation of transactions, dispute resolution, and risk assessment. There are no prerequisites to this course, however, a general and basic understanding of the law and the importance of understanding the foreign and domestic economic, social, political, cultural, and legal environment is helpful. Students are expected to develop an understanding of the applicable rules, laws and treaties relevant to private international transactions and an awareness of the risks inherent in doing business in or with parties from other countries. In addition, the relationships between law and culture involved in international business transactions will be examined. Students will also learn about the special issues that arise when doing business with foreign governments, the law governing international sales and the shipment of goods, and international intellectual property protection. Written exercises may include drafting contracts, dispute resolution clauses, choice of law provisions and enforcing judgments or agreements reached. Students may also develop strategies for negotiating contracts, dispute resolution clauses, choice of law provisions and corporate social responsibility.

Transportation Insurance , 3 credits

This course will provide an overview of insurance law, with focus upon transportation insurance. Students will understand the role of hull and machinery insurance and protection and indemnity insurance in commercial transportation. Students will also will learn how to interpret ocean marine and inland cargo insurance policies. Topics will include how these insurance policies apportion liability for losses to marine cargo and inland cargo, the defenses available to insurers like the Uberrimae Fidei Rule, the role of traditional insurance markets and indemnity associations, and the interaction between state and federal law. Finally, students will learn about freight forwards, NVOCC liabilities insurance, officer and directors insurance and harbor workers insurance.

Admiralty & Maritime Law, 2 credits

This course surveys the principles of admiralty and maritime law of the United States, including its constitutional basis, admiralty and maritime jurisdiction, other federal jurisdiction of shipping matters, criminal law at sea, traditional and current maritime issues, (including contracts, insurance, carriage of goods, environmental developments, federal-state maritime issues, and maritime torts), government policies and regulation of shipping, and international and comparative maritime law issues. The course will examine the practices and procedures for arresting vessels after a collision or other maritime accident or incident to enforce maritime liens and mortgages. The course will also examine liability for cargo damage and salvage. Finally, the course will give students training in how to bring and defend against claims brought by seamen, longshoremen, and passengers who are injured aboard ships.

Administrative Law for Transportation Professionals, 3 credits

This course examines the delegation of power to agencies, the procedures followed by agencies, and judicial and other oversight of agencies. Students will learn the skills needed to deal with and work in federal agencies which regulate the transportation industry in connection with rulemaking, licensing, permitting, administrative searches, and criminal investigations. Students will also learn the skills needed to handle formal adjudications, trial-type hearings before an administrative law judge or a multi-member panel or commission, and judicial review of final agency actions taken by federal agencies in relation to the transportation industry. Students will learn the skills needed for practicing before the United States Department of Labor's Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs. Finally, the course will examine the fines and penalties that administrative agencies may order for violating regulations governing the Clean Water Act, the Clean Air Act, and waste regulations.

Trucking Liability & Regulatory Compliance, 2 credits

This course will examine how different administrative bodies regulate trucking operations in the United States. The main focus is on regulations promulgated by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (“FMCSA”) and their application to different participants within the trucking industry. Students will conduct an in-depth study of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations and be able to apply the regulations to trucking industry. This course will also examine the different types of claims and litigation that can arise in interstate trucking and/or the motor carrier industry and how the student can investigate, prosecute and defend these types of claims. The main focus will be on the different parties, causes of actions, defenses and damages that are typically asserted in trucking cases and how the industry can attempt to reconstruct these accidents to assist with evaluating claims and minimizing their exposure. Students will also study how the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations play a role in the prosecution and defense of these claims.

Aviation Liability & Regulatory Compliance, 2 credits

Aviation Liability and Regulatory Compliance looks at the commercial aviation industry to include commercial airline, air transport, the legal issues affecting airports, and the emerging transportation and commercial activities in space and in the field of unmanned aerial vehicles.

Environmental Compliance & Emerging Environmental Issues in Logistics and Transportation Industry, 2 credits

This course examines environmental regulation and compliance issues in navigable waters and coastal regions. This course will also examine a variety of substantive areas of international environmental law, including transboundary pollution issues, depletion of the stratospheric ozone layer, the treaty aspects of climate change, hazardous waste trade, international trade in endangered species, and overlap areas of trade and the environment. The course will also consider transnational and global environmental issues related to the logistics and transportation industry. Finally, the course will consider the operation of environmental treaties and their limitations, the problem of enforcement, and emerging substantive legal principles of global environmental law in relation to the logistics and transportation industry.


Logistics and Transportation – Special Topics

Each Credit Hour equals 700 minutes of instruction.

Marine Chartering, 1 credit

This course teaches students how to create effective charter arrangements to facilitate the transportation of goods. Topics will include marine charters, and the ways in which charters apportion liability for vessel owners, charterers, carriers, shippers, cargo and harm to third parties. Skills exercises may include drafting and interpreting charter agreements, developing strategies for negotiating charter agreement terms, and identifying potential risks and benefits of certain charter arrangements.

Railroad Litigation and Regulation , 1 credit

In this course, students will develop knowledge and skills to deal with the regulatory regimes affecting the rail industry, as well as rail carrier liability to third-parties. Topics include the Surface Transportation Board, the Federal Railroad Administration, the Carmack Amendment (governing loss or damage to freight), the Federal Employer’s Liability Act, the Railway Labor Act, and the legal regimes surrounding passenger and commuter services. Skills exercises may include researching claims and defenses regarding rail carrier liability for injuries to passengers and loss of freight, litigation between rail carriers and their customers, and identifying and resolving potential labor disputes between rail carriers and their employees. Students will be exposed to current public policy issues in the rail industry, and policy advocacy skills exercises may be included.

Public Private Partnerships in Transportation, 1 credit

This course will examine how governments are partnering with for-profit and non-profit organizations, shaping public policy, redefining traditional methods of public administration, and solving some of the word’s most intractable problems at the same time. This course will explore the different types of P3 structures, the pros and cons for each P3 structure, the roles and responsibilities between the public and private sectors, and the best practices in the procurement and delivery of P3 projects. Topics include federal and state laws; international consortiums that develop road and bridge facilities, railroad corridors, ports, airports, and other transportation infrastructure; procurement documents and concession agreements; financing solutions; and risk identification. Skills exercises will include performing legal research, drafting agreements, developing negotiation strategies, identifying project risks and financing solutions, and drafting memoranda.

Automated Vehicles, 1 credit

This course addresses some of those issues, primarily focusing on the regulation of industries which utilize AV technology, the legal aspects of creating and financing AV infrastructure, and the substantial changes which AV technology will have on liability for logistics and transportation accidents. Students will develop skills in drafting regulations (e.g. truck convoying, controlling multiple AV trucks using a single driver), drafting contract clauses (e.g. to construct highways which include managed or express lanes for AV), drafting litigation documents (e.g. arising out of an accident caused by malfunctioning AV technology), analyzing claims against governmental entities (e.g. arising under Federal Tort Claims Act, state waivers of sovereign immunity, and the Discretionary Function Doctrine), and analyzing privacy issues and the government’s ability to monitor and control AV.

Cargo Security Management, 1 credit

This course is designed to address the multi-billion dollar annual loss globally due to cargo theft. Topics include: asset protection in the transportation industry, analysis of freight system vulnerability, development of an effective cargo security plan, review of industry standards, and best practices in the industry.

Port Security, 1 credit

This course will survey the critical importance of ports to trade, their vulnerability to disruption and attack, and defensive measures to mitigate risk focusing on international cooperation and legislation. Special emphasis will be placed on defensive measures to protect ports from disruption or asymmetric attack, international cooperation, and national legislation.

Global Logistics Management, 1 credit

This course provides an understanding of leading-edge logistics management, as well as principles and techniques available to achieve optimum operational efficiencies. Topics include: development of logistics, logistical economic significance, the importance of logistics management in transportation operations, application of supply chain management concepts, role of information systems, elements and management of global logistics, distinctions and characteristics of international versus domestic logistics, global transportation options, traffic management, global transportation decision-making, management of inventory costs, measurement and control of integrated logistics systems, and development of effective world-wide logistics strategies.

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