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Course Offerings

You will find a broad and challenging curriculum at Georgia Law - nearly 170 courses are offered, although not all of the listed courses are taught each year. First-year students are just as likely to encounter a tenured or chaired faculty member in the classroom as they are a junior professor.  Distinguished visitors and adjuncts supplement the faculty and diversify the upper-level curriculum. Not all listed courses are offered each semester. Periodically, other courses are offered. Descriptions of these other courses will be posted on official bulletin boards. Unless otherwise noted, all law courses carry the prefix "JURI." 

  • Accounting and Finance for Lawyers , JURI 4384 , Credit Hours: 3
    This class is designed for law students who have little or no prior experience with accounting or finance course work, and it is intended to provide a general understanding of the basic accounting and finance information needed to make economic decisions about businesses. The course has three parts, with part 1 providing an introduction to accounting and the fundamentals of a general set of financial statements including the balance sheet, income statement, and cash flow statement, as well as the process followed to create financial statements and basics of financial statement analysis. Part 2 will cover the principles of finance and valuation including the cost of using money, assessing risk and return, valuation basics, and economics of the firm. Part 3 will cover financial instruments (debt, equity, and derivatives), capital markets, and corporate transactions. The class is not designed to make you an expert accountant or finance professional, but it should enable you to 1) make intelligent use of accounting and financial information, and 2) raise appropriate questions about the accounting and financial information developed by the experts in your company.

  • Administrative Law , JURI 4320 , Credit Hours: 3
    Focuses on law controlling federal and state administrative action. Along with constitutional restraints, student is asked to consider statutory and judicially formulated rules for the administrative process. Control over administrative discretion and enforced accountability are major themes. Attention is devoted to federal and state Administrative Procedure Acts.

  • ADR / Alternative Dispute Resolution , JURI 5735 , Credit Hours: 2
    This course introduces the law and practices of negotiation, mediation, and arbitration through in-class discussions and role-playing exercises that simulate the work of lawyers in these contexts. Each student will be graded on class participation in the role-playing exercises and on a paper submitted at the end of the semester.

  • Advanced Corporations , JURI 5590 , Credit Hours: 1 , Prerequisite: JURI 4210
    Part one of the course explores the question of who should make corporate law. Specifically, we will discuss scholarly theories addressing whether the states or the federal government would best regulate corporate matters, and explaining Delaware's prominence in corporate law. Part two examines Delaware statutory and judicial corporate law. We will discuss the inner workings of expedited and summary litigation, problems in the organization and functioning of a corporation (focusing on management and control), and mergers and transfers of control (including hostile acquisitions, tender offers, going private transactions, and defensive tactics). Part three provides hands on experience in litigating corporate cases. Students will participate in two oral arguments as advocates and judges. Grades in this course will be based on a take home written exam that focuses on the course materials and class lectures. Class attendance and participation are required.

  • Advanced Evidence Seminar , JURI 5980 , Credit Hours: 2 , Prerequisite: JURI 4250
    Advanced study and writing work on evidence and litigation topics, including subjects like hearsay, experts, final arguments, and motions for a new trial. Involves study and discussion of problem areas and research, writing, and preparation as well as defense of a major paper on a specific litigation problem. Potential paper topics include matters like husband/wife privilege, expert witness standards in federal and Georgia practice, and the limits of closing argument. At the election of the student, the paper can be prepared in a manner which will fulfill the Advanced Writing Requirement of the law school.

  • Advanced Legal Research , JURI 4085 , Credit Hours: 2
    This course will build upon research skills acquired in first year Legal Research and Writing classes by offering students an advanced exploration of legal research tools. The course will cover primary and secondary legal sources, advanced searching skills, topical research, internet resources and non-law resources.

  • Advanced Trial Practice , JURI 5700 , Credit Hours: 2 , Prerequisite: JURI 4250 , Co-requisite: JURI 4250
    Trials of advanced or multi-party cases, such as adverse possession, commercial litigation, conspiracy and product liability actions; some expanded problems in evidence and trial procedure. Drafting projects include pre- trial documents, motions in limine and post-trial motions.

  • Advanced Writing Seminar: Appellate Practice , JURI 4160 , Credit Hours: 3
    Provides advance instruction in legal research and legal writing. The course, for second or third year students, focuses on training and experience in the practical skills of researching and writing a state court and a federal court brief. Each student also presents oral argument for each brief. The class material covers state and federal appellate procedure as well as guidance on legal writing style, grammar, organization, editing, and citation form.

  • American Legal History , JURI 4870 , Credit Hours: 3
    This course will examine the role that law and legal institutions have played in American history from Reconstruction until the 1980s. We will examine the Civil War Amendments and federalism, laissez-faire formalism and economic regulation, the growth of legal liberalism, and the rights revolution.

  • Anatomy of an M&A Deal , JURI 4215 , Credit Hours: 3 , Prerequisite: JURI 4210
    Provides overview of typical asset sale transaction and the attorney's role. Students will acquire an understanding of the transaction process and related legal and business issues. Students will review, draft, and negotiate typical transaction documents. Evaluation will be based primarily on drafting projects in lieu of a final exam.

  • Antitrust Law , JURI 4340 , Credit Hours: 3
    When can producers cooperate, and when must they compete? Is the NFL—or NCAA—a beneficial collaboration, a consumer-harming cartel, or a hybrid of both? Antitrust law, born in the shadow of the Second Industrial Revolution’s titanic steel and oil companies, provides answers to questions such as these. The course explores the evolution of this common-law-like statutory regime, in which courts strike a dynamic balance among disparate policies, including consumer protection, allocative efficiency, and the innovation-spurring rewards of monopoly. Using major cases and enforcement-agency pronouncements, we make reasoned assessments of the probable legality of assorted business practices in varied sectors, from sports leagues to software firms, and from mining to medical care. A few basics of economic reasoning routinely appear in the cases and commentaries, so we devote some attention to them; but have no fear, it’s straightforward stuff.

  • Appellate Advocacy , JURI 4150 , Credit Hours: 2
    This course is designed to help students become successful appellate advocates. Students will be presented with a hypothetical appellate problem from which they will prepare a brief and oral argument. Each student must select (or be assigned), a teammate for the brief writing and oral argument components of the course. The briefs will be entered in the Talmadge Best Brief Competition and students are required to participate in the first two rounds of the Talmadge Moot Court Competition. Students will also be required to compete for a position on the interscholastic Moot Court Team. Grades will be based on evaluations of the following items: (1) appellate brief, (2) videotaped argument, (3) competition argument, and (4) writing exercise(s). Limited to 2L students.

  • Appellate Litigation Clinic (Summer Semester) , JURI 4157 , Credit Hours: 2
    This course picks up where the Appellate Litigation Clinic II leaves off in the spring semester. Students will draft petitions for certiorari in cases where the Circuit Courts of Appeals have denied our clients relief, prepare clemency petitions to the Office of the United States Pardon Attorney when appropriate, and write merits briefs to the Circuit Courts of Appeals and Board of Immigration Appeals for any cases still pending at the appellate court level during the summer term. Overall, the course will teach students the intricacies of appellate practice, including how to write persuasively, how to communicate with clients, and how to learn and follow the applicable procedural rules.

  • Appellate Litigation Clinic I & II , JURI 4155, 4156 , Credit Hours: 3 each
    This clinic is designed to train students to be appellate litigators. It is a year-long clinic. Credit for the first semester generally requires participation in the second semester. It is open only to third year law students. Students will get three credits for each semester, and the class will meet for one two-hour seminar per week. The first semester will be pass/fail, and the second semester will have the traditional grading system. The clinic will essentially operate as a small firm and will accept clients with cases before both federal circuit courts of appeals and the Board of Immigration Appeals. Students will work in teams of two or three to review the record of the case, identify the issues that should be raised in the appeal, draft the briefs (both opening brief and reply brief), and do the oral argument if permitted and if oral argument is scheduled. This clinic will require a significant time commitment, particularly around the time that briefs are due and oral arguments are scheduled. Briefing schedules for the different teams will vary. The subject matter of the cases before the Courts of Appeals will vary. Obviously, the cases before the Board of Immigration Appeals will be immigration cases (primarily appeals of deportation orders). Enrollment in the clinic is by application only.

  • Banking Regulation , JURI 5470 , Credit Hours: 3
    This course will survey the evolution of banking regulation, as well as recent developments that have intensified scrutiny on banks. The primary focus will be on Federal regulation of banks in regard to both traditional and non-traditional banking activities as well as the potential conflicts between state and Federal law. Desired course outcomes: 1) learn the complex laws under which banks operate and why banks have traditionally been regulated much more heavily than other industries; 2) understand how those regulations are structured, how compliance is monitored, and how to recognize potential regulatory issues that arise in banking environment; 3) appreciate the ethical responsibilities that banks have to customers and the communities that they serve.

  • Bankruptcy , JURI 4360 , Credit Hours: 3
    This survey course is intended not only for aspiring bankruptcy lawyers, but to allow future litigators and corporate lawyers to become familiar with both consumer and corporate bankruptcy. Students develop competency in both liquidation and reorganization of corporations, as well as the competing elections available to consumers in bankruptcy.

  • Bioethics , JURI 5585 , Credit Hours: 3
    Examines legal, ethical, and social problems generated by advances in health, medicine and biotechnology. Some of the issues covered include human cloning and stem cell research, gene-based therapies, death and dying, reproductive technologies, experimentation with human subjects, and societal limits on scientific developments.

  • Business Crimes , JURI 5660 , Credit Hours: 2
    This course will cover corporate and individual responsibility for violations of the principal federal statutes regularly used by the government in corporate and white collar crime cases. A variety of offenses will be covered, including conspiracy, mail and securities fraud, obstruction of justice, false statements, bribery and environmental crimes. The course will also cover organizational compliance programs as a means of preventing violations of the law and mitigating organizational legal liability.

  • Business Ethics Seminar , JURI 5665 , Credit Hours: 2 , Prerequisite: JURI 4210
    Corporate scandals make the headlines, but businesses face ethical challenges everyday, even in situations that are legally compliant. This course will examine ethical issues confronted by businesses in a variety of contexts, from legal activities to those on the "slippery slope" to outright corruption. Students will consider different approaches to ethical decision-making and the lawyer's role in advising business clients. This is a year-long course open to 3L students only.

  • Business Law Clinic , JURI 4216, 4217 , Credit Hours: 4 (2 hrs graded, 2 hrs pass/fail) , Prerequisite: JURI 4300 plus (either JURI 4000 or JURI 4210) plus any upper-level drafting course
    The Business Law Clinic offers students an opportunity to develop essential lawyering skills in a professional, interactive, live-client environment. Supervised students will represent entrepreneurs, small business owners and not for profit organizations that cannot otherwise afford legal services. Services provided will relate to such matters as entity formation, corporate governance, employment and contracts. Students will learn how to interview, counsel, draft and negotiate, and will develop problem-solving, analytical and editorial skills in the context of client projects and reality-grounded class work. In addition to allowing students to learn transactional lawyering skills, the Business Law Clinic will provide clients with quality pro bono legal services, in keeping with the University of Georgia School of Law’s commitment to serving the community. Class size will be limited to eight students. The course consists of a seminar and 8-10 hours per week of supervised client projects. Consistent with Law School policy on clinical courses, two credits will be graded and two credits will be pass/fail.

  • Business Negotiations , JURI 4211 , Credit Hours: 2
    This course will focus on negotiations theory, strategy, skills, and style in the context of business transactions as well as business disputes. Students will participate in simulated negotiations and will prepare written assignments and a comprehensive appraisal in lieu of a final exam.

  • Business Reorganization in Bankruptcy , JURI 4225 , Credit Hours: 2 , Prerequisite: JURI 4360 or JURI 4950
    This course examines corporate reorganizations under Chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code, exploring key decisions made by businesses before filing, first day motions and orders, and intermediate steps that arise in a case, examining business ethical issues and negotiating strategy and elements necessary for conformation of consensual and non-consensual plans.

  • Capital Assistance Project , JURI 5310 , Credit Hours: 2
    Students work with attorneys at agencies which defend individuals charged with capital offenses. In the classroom component, students will discuss work experiences, examine current issues in capital punishment, and evaluate special problems which confront the attorney defending a capital case.

  • Capital Punishment , JURI 5840 , Credit Hours: 3
    An in-depth examination of the legal and social issues surrounding capital punishment. Surveys a variety of legal issues in areas of criminal law and procedure, constitutional law and ethics which confront attorneys in capital cases. The course will encourage students to synthesize the social and legal facets to objectively evaluate the complex issues involved in capital punishment.

  • Children and International Law , JURI 4745 , Credit Hours: 2
    Many aspects of international law concern issues related to children. The 1989 Convention on the Rights of the Child contains a catalog of ways that countries have pledged to protect children. Other treaties deal with specific topics; for instance, intercountry adoption, cross-border abduction, child labor, trafficking in children, and recruitment and use of child soldiers. The obligations set forth in those treaties are implemented both in national legislation and through global institutions including the United Nations, the International Labour Organization, and the International Criminal Court. This seminar will explore these developments at the intersection of family, labor, criminal justice, and international law. Grading will be based on students' research papers, which can satisfy the Advanced Writing Requirement.

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