LL.M. Curriculum

Required Courses:

  • Resort Hotel Casino Law  

    This course covers matters encountered by general counsel of gaming resorts, such as compliance committees, internal investigations, disciplinary actions, employment issues, entertainment contracts, innkeeper rights and responsibilities, land use approvals, casino credit and debt collection, and gaming patron disputes.

  • U.S. Gaming Law OR Comparative Gaming Law

    U.S. Gaming Law This course will provide basic information about federal gambling law, including laws concerning Native American casinos, interstate wagering, international wagering, transportation of wagering devices, sports wagering and online wagering. Comparative Gaming Law This course will compare gaming law and policy in major gaming jurisdictions with an emphasis on examining how companies can comply with regulations in multiple jurisdictions. The course will also explore the historical development of laws in other regions, analyze trends, and identify best practices.

  • Gaming Law Practice Skills

    This course is designed to provide a practical look and application of major gaming law skills. Students will have the opportunity to understand the attorney's role in representing client's best interest. Students will have the opportunity to understand the attorney's role in representing clients, how to prepare a gaming application, conducting an initial interview and opening statement, preparing a regulatory amendment, understanding disciplinary actions, and amendments to a compliance plan. Course will be taught through various moot court processes, and selected students will have the opportunity to propose an actual regulatory change suggested by either the Gaming Control Boar or the State Bar, Gaming Committee. Some of the major exercises will be conducted in collaboration with the Nevada Gaming Control Board.

  • Drafting Project OR Externship  

     

Elective Courses:

  • Gaming Technology Providers - Law and Policy 

    This course explores the intense regulatory environment in which the $13 billion gaming equipment industry operates, and its effects on relationships between manufacturers of slot machines and other casino equipment and regulators, casinos, and gamblers. Topics include comparative regulatory approaches applicable to companies operating in hundreds of state, tribal, and international jurisdictions; selected laws and regulations and their effects on technology and business; contracts between gaming manufacturers and their customers and vendors; the creation and uses of intellectual property in the gaming industry; employment law issues peculiar to gaming manufacturers; and the roles of in-house legal departments and outside law firms. The course will emphasize best practices for responding to practical problems faced by lawyers who represent, work for, and deal with gaming equipment manufacturers and other gaming industry players.

  • Technology, Innovation, and Gaming  

    This course will examine the impacts of technology innovations on land-based and online gaming environments. The course will also examine the many forms of online gaming (poker, casino games, lotteries, sports betting, bingo, and social games) and the particular legal and policy challenges that internet gaming raises including player protection, geolocation, financial controls, licensing, and data privacy.

  • Indian Gaming Law (1 unit)  

    This course is designed to cover the growing area of Indian Gaming Law. Revenues from 494 tribal gaming facilities exceed $32.4 billion dollars a year. This course will provide students with a background on the growth of tribal gaming in North America, the substance and application of the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act (IGRA), the powers of the National Indian Gaming Commission (NIGC), and issues of tribal sovereignty.

  • Comparative Gaming Law: Asia Study Tour (2 units)  

    This two-week study tour is designed to provide students with a unique and intensive experience exploring the gaming industry in Macau, Singapore, and Japan. Students will explore the different public policies and goals that lead to the creation of the gaming industries in each jurisdiction and the successes and failures of the implementation of these goals. Students will have the opportunity to take a deeper look at the integrated resorts debate in Japan, get a tour of the leading gaming technology provider in Japan, and visit with major casinos in Singapore and Macau. Tour participants will meet with casino executives, prominent gaming professionals, the Ministry of Tourism in Japan while having the opportunity to experience the local culture.

  • Sports Betting & Fantasy Sports (1 unit)  

    This course will examine the laws and cases addressing sports betting and daily fantasy sports contests in the U.S. With the recent overturn of the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992 (PASPA) in May 2018, sports betting has jumped into the forefront of gaming law. Students will learn the impact of these changes and address questions relating to federalism and institutional competence in sports betting.

  • Administrative Law  

    Examines the legal structure of federal and state government agencies; how they may be structured under the Constitution; how they issue and enforce regulations; and how they make decisions.

  • Patents, Trademarks, and Trade Secrets  

    This course covers patents, trademarks, unfair competition, false advertising, and trade secrets, plus a brief look at idea protection and noncompetition agreements. The goal of the course is to introduce you to the major concepts underlying (1) the federal patent laws which protect qualifying inventions, (2) state laws protecting ideas and information, and (3) state and federal laws protecting indications of the source of a product or service (i.e., trademarks).

  • Copyright  

    This course is designed to provide students with a solid grounding in U.S. copyright law, a profound understanding of the policies that have shaped U.S. copyright law, and an awareness of the international influences that have affected U.S. copyright law. Students will learn to analyze and solve challenging current issues in copyright law, including problems associated with the Internet.

  • International Intellectual Property  

    This course covers the principles, treaties and mechanisms that regulate intellectual property at the international level (particularly copyright, patents, trademarks and internet domain names) and surveys the differences in the intellectual property laws of various countries.

  • Entertainment Law  

    Surveys a wide range of legal issues pertinent to live and recorded entertainment, including intellectual property rights, contract formation and breach, regulatory schemes, labor issues, and First Amendment considerations. (Note that Copyright is a prerequisite.)

  • Employment Law  

    Principle subjects covered in the employment law course include: breach of employment contracts, wrongful discharge, workplace health and safety, employee testing, arbitration, post-employment restrictions and workplace privacy rights.

  • Labor Law  

    This course explores the employer-employee-union relationship, its historical and economic development and its modern statutory framework.

  • Employment Discrimination Law  

    This course examines the law of employment discrimination, focusing on Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Civil Rights Act of 1991, the Age Discrimination Employment Act of 1967 and other federal and state statutes, case law, and regulations protecting the civil rights of employees and job applicants.

  • International Business Transactions  

    Explores a wide range of legal problems involving international trade, licensing, and investment issues.

  • Federal Indian Law  

    Anthropological, historical, and legal study of the American Indians, including a focus on American Indian traditional law and values, federal policy and current legal issues.

An LLM candidate may petition the faculty advisor to take courses offered by other UNLV departments or law courses that are not included on the approved elected list.