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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.  Unless otherwise noted, all law courses carry the prefix "JURI." 

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  • Refugee & Asylum Law , JURI 5894 , Credit Hours: 3
    The world’s refugees – persons forced to flee home countries – topped 15 million in 2014. This course will examine laws and policies governing forced migration. To be studied: international and U.S. legal systems and institutions; substantive, procedural, and evidentiary aspects of an asylum claim; causes; and trafficking and other refugee experiences.

  • Regulation of Information , JURI 4588 , Credit Hours: 3
    This is a study of the latest academic thinking and doctrinal development of the regulation of knowledge through information controls. From privacy to insider trading to state secrets, our law regulates information to prevent the harms arising from undesirable distributions of knowledge.

  • Regulation of the Human Body , JURI 4832 , Credit Hours: 2
    This seminar examines the ways in which we regulate the human body and its uses, treatment, and materials. As we study these regulations, we will also examine the underlying cultural assumptions embodied in the laws. The exact topics covered will vary by semester.

  • Regulation, Politics, and the Environment , JURI 5595 , Credit Hours: 1
    The seminar will explore the challenges of contemporary environmental regulation. It will start by examining the concept of regulation and its theoretical underpinnings. We will explore in this context some of the basic concepts of the economic and philosophical theory of regulation including public goods, externalities and coordination. We will then move to examine some of the basic instruments of modern regulation, distinguishing between command and control mechanisms, economic instruments, final demand instruments and liability rules. Drawing on this general introduction we will develop a typology of regulatory failures exploring some of the common explanations for these failures (e.g., regulatory capture, epistemic incompetence, scientific uncertainty). This theoretical discussion will be accompanied by examination of various case studies, including both national and global examples.

  • Remedies , JURI 4550 , Credit Hours: 3
    Remedies is a transubstantive course that crosses the traditional boundaries within private law, and between private and public law. The course requires students to reconsider from a new perspective the fundamental tort, property and contract law doctrines they learned in their first-year. In particular, they are asked to focus on the relief they are seeking for their clients and the alternative forms of relief that might be available. After all, remedies are the denominator common to every area of the law that imposes liability. The objective of this course is gain an understanding of the relationship between liability and remedy across many areas of the law, looking at both regularities and divergences.

  • Same Sex Marriage Seminar , JURI 5331 , Credit Hours: 2
    Where we are presently in the legal and social battles over same-sex marriage, how we got here, and where we will go from here.

  • Secured Transactions , JURI 4950 , Credit Hours: 3
    Basic commercial law course dealing with secured financing when the collateral consists of personal property, including goods, fixtures, intangibles, and intellectual property. Focus is on Article 9 of the Uniform Commercial Code. The course should help students to develop their skills in statutory analysis and in understanding and planning business transactions.

  • Securities Litigation and Enforcement , JURI 5430 , Credit Hours: 3 , Prerequisite: JURI 4210
    This course examines private, SEC, and criminal enforcement of the federal securities laws. Topics considered include fraud on the market, market manipulation, international reach of the fraud provisions, and securities arbitration, as well as developments under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act and the Sarbanes-Oxley Act. This course is altogether distinct from, and does not presuppose knowledge of, the course in securities regulation.

  • Securities Regulation , JURI 4960 , Credit Hours: 3 , Prerequisite: JURI 4210
    This overview of the federal securities laws focuses primarily on the Securities Act of 1933. Topics covered include the definition of a security, the registration of securities offerings with the Securities & Exchange Commission, exemptions from registration, secondary distributions, and civil liabilities.

  • Select Topics in Judicature , JURI 4581 , Credit Hours: 1
    Selected areas of judicial administration and judging that are too narrow for a full-semester course. Topics may include judicial case management, the judicial role in criminal and civil matters, the role of judges or courts in society and literature, comparative approaches to judging in different legal systems, etc.

  • Select Topics in Judicature: Executive Branch Lawyering , JURI 4581 , Credit Hours: 1
    This course, to be co-taught by Judge David Barron of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit and Professor Diane Marie Amann, will explore the role of Executive Branch lawyers. It will focus on the question of detaining presumed terrorists, particularly at the U.S. military base at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. Readings will include Executive pronouncements, statutes, judicial decisions, policy reports, and legal commentaries. Students will consider not only legal and ethical issues, but also the interactions among lawyers in U.S. agencies, other governments, and nongovernmental entities. Grading of this pass-fail course will be based on demonstrated engagement with the readings and issues, as well as participation in class discussion and role-playing exercises.

  • Select Topics in Judicature: Opinion Testimony and Scientific Evidence , JURI 4581 , Credit Hours: 1
    The most common and the most difficult evidentiary problem that lawyers have in federal court is dealing with expert witness testimony. The learning curve is steep, and you don't want to learn at your client's expense. I'm going to flatten the curve in this mini-course, and show you both the pitfalls and the path to success.

  • Select Topics in Judicature: Persuading the Judge and Jury , JURI 4581 , Credit Hours: 1
    Sprring 2018: This course will give students the opportunity to discuss and to practice parts of a trial such as jury selection, opening and closing statements, witness examinations, appellate briefs, and appellate arguments with Judge Bernice Donald.  Judge Donald has been: a judge on Tennessee’s General Sessions Criminal Court; a United States Bankruptcy Judge for the Western District of Tennessee; and a United States District Court Judge for the Western District of Tennessee.  She currently is a judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.  She will share her trial and appellate insights and give feedback as you perform related exercises.   

  • Selected Topics in International Criminal Law , JURI 5595 , Credit Hours: 1
    The course will examine key issues and dilemmas relating to International Criminal Law (ICL). It will begin by surveying both ICL’s development in recent times as well as its substantive law. It will then explore unique aspects of ICL, including: the collective nature of the crimes, the difficulty of investigating such crimes, and the difficulty to enforce ICL. Various doctrines exclusive to ICL will be examined in order to demonstrate how ICL’s norms have been shaped by its exceptional features. The course will conclude by refuting the myth that ICL was ‘born’ at Nuremberg, by uncovering ICL’s centuries-long forgotten history and establishing its current relevancy.

  • Selected Topics in Jurisprudence , JURI 4230 , Credit Hours: 2
    Selected topics in legal theory and the philosophy of law. This course involves more detailed studies of particular theoretical approaches and/or more particular applications to practice areas than do general survey courses, such as JURI 4199 (Modern American Legal Theory) and JURI 4870 (American Legal History). Those courses are not prerequisites or co-requisites but might, depending on topics covered, provide a good background to enhance appreciation of this course.

  • Sentencing , JURI 4256 , Credit Hours: 2
    This course will introduce students to the evolving field of U.S. Sentencing Law. The United States has the highest documented incarceration rate in the world. At the moment, there are over 7.3 million people in the U.S. on probation, in jail or prison, or on parole. This equals 3.2% of U.S. adult residents (equivalent to 1 out of every 31 people in the U.S.). Further, 2.3 million U.S. adult residents are incarcerated (which equals 1% of U.S. adult residents). This class will broadly examine the principles and practices of sentencing. While federal sentencing law has received the most attention in recent years, particularly since the creation of the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, it is impossible to understand the current dynamics or the likely future trends of federal sentencing without also looking more broadly. As such, along with federal sentencing, this course will examine state sentencing systems and alternatives to sentencing in both the federal and state systems. Furthermore, as incarceration is the central tenet of American sentencing law, this course will introduce students to the U.S. prison system.

  • Sentencing Seminar , JURI 4255 , Credit Hours: 1
    An examination of the overarching goals of sentencing in the criminal justice system, policy considerations driving sentencing, constitutional and statutory limitations on sentencing schemes, and the basics of sentencing practice in state and federal courts in this country.

  • Sexual Orientation and Gender Law , JURI 4822 , Credit Hours: 2
    This course will examine the evolving constitutional and legal rights of the LGBTQ community.  We will begin by exploring the historical evolution of the constitutional rights of gays and lesbians, examining doctrines of privacy and equality as they have evolved to protect LGBTQ individuals.  The course will explore ongoing legal battles over religious freedom and nondiscrimination laws, the rights of transgender and gender-nonconforming people, employment discrimination, and family law questions (including parentage, adoption, divorce, and alternatives to marriage).  We will examine these issues critically, including by addressing concerns over federalism, free exercise, the democratic process, and the proper role of the courts.  Throughout the course, students will explore key due process and equal protection concepts and learn how to frame and develop constitutional arguments.  

  • Sociology of Law , JURI 4820 , Credit Hours: 3
    Characterized by a scientific rather than normative emphasis, legal sociology focuses on empirical patterns of legal behavior, such as initiation and winning of law suits, origins and content of rules, and the development of legal institutions. Most literature has addressed case-level variation and the course will reflect this. But instead of analyzing cases in terms of the applicable rules and policies, lectures and readings will invoke the social characteristics of participants (e.g., social ties, status, marginality, reputation and organizational affiliations) to predict and explain case outcomes. Sociological techniques by which social differentials in cases (discrimination) might be minimized will also be studied. Modern American materials will be emphasized.

  • Solo & Small Firm Practice , JURI 4625 , Credit Hours: 2
    This course teaches the skills and prioritized steps necessary to thrive either as a solo practitioner or a young associate in a small firm. It will focus on efficient, daily tasks that cover all eight departments of a law firm essential for success. Students will learn how to pick the right practice area, create a blueprint for growth, which reports to monitor and how to read them, how to originate client work by increasing the value of client service, how to know the return on investment for all marketing verticals offered to law firms and how to delegate to technology through workflows and automation. Students will study how to profitably build their own virtual law firm, combining theory, pragmatic implementation and real life examples from small firm owners.    

  • Sports Law , JURI 5550 , Credit Hours: 2
    This course will concentrate on the regulation and oversight of intercollegiate athletics in the United States by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). Coverage will include the history of the organization, the differences between the divisions, Title IX compliance, the NCAA's legislative processes, initial eligibility requirements, graduate success rate and academic progress rate standards , the reporting and investigation of alleged violations, the processes for the adjudication of infractions, and the NCAA's penalty structure. In the Fall 2016 semester, this course will have a traditional exam. In the Spring 2017 semester, students will make presentations and may use their papers to satisfy the upper-level writing requirement. Sports Law Syllabus for Spring 2017

  • State and Local Government , JURI 4900 , Credit Hours: 2
    This course explores common principles of state and local government with a strategic focus on key aspects of Georgia law.  The course will combine practical advice with some theory.  Issues addressed include organizational structures of local governments, authority granted to them by the U.S. and Georgia Constitution, and various ways they exercise (or attempt to exercise) their power.  The class may explore these concepts generally and in the context of specific subject areas including but not limited to annexation, home rule, immunity, incorporation, intergovernmental agreements, employment, service delivery strategies, regulatory authority, taxation, and zoning.  This course will introduce students to varied forms of writing and research associated with a professional practice in this area and reflect on professional roles and responsibilities.

  • State and Local Taxation , JURI 5000 , Credit Hours: 2
    A study of principles and problems of state and local taxation in our federal system. Examines ad valorem property taxes, corporate and personal income taxes, sales and use taxes, and other state and local taxes imposed on business. Federal constitutional limitations on state tax power explored in detail and considerable attention is devoted to problems of dividing income of multi-jurisdictional corporations among the states.

  • State and Local Taxation Seminar , JURI 5010 , Credit Hours: 2 , Prerequisite: JURI 5000 (or equivalent experience)
    An in-depth study of selected problems in the field of state and local taxation.

  • Summer Externship , JURI 5965E , Credit Hours: 2 - 4
    The Summer Externship supports students working in governmental, judicial and private non-profit placements through a focused program of reading, reflection and professional development. Students gain direct exposure to the skills and methods of legal practice, focused application of legal concepts to real conflicts, and reflective appraisal of their own skills and abilities. each student engages in an ongoing conversation with the clinic supervisor through journals and interviews; together with readings, this contact expands and deepens the practical and jurisprudential learning gains in the field. Register for both 5965E (graded portion) and 5966L (pass/fail portion).

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