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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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  • 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.   

  • Select Topics in Judicature: Special Challenges in Trying a High-Profile Criminal Case , JURI 4581 , Credit Hours: 1
    This 1-credit, pass/fail mini-course honors the late Chief Justice P. Harris Hines and features retired Cobb County Superior Court Judge James G. Bodiford who presided over three of the most infamous high-profile Georgia criminal cases in the last half century: State v. Brian Nichols (the Fulton County Courthouse shooter), State vs. Lynn Turner (convicted of killing her husband and boyfriend with antifreeze), and State v. Fred Tokars (the Atlanta attorney convicted of hiring a hitman to kill his wife). The course will be co-taught by retired UGA Law professor Alan A. Cook.

  • 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 International Law: NATO , JURI 5999 , Credit Hours: 1
    This course will examine a pivotal global security organization: the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, to which the United States and twenty-nine other countries belong. To be explored: NATO’s history, founding treaty, and other legal doctrines, including the law of armed conflict; missions in Europe and in countries like Afghanistan and Libya; and responses to emerging threats like pandemics and cyber conflicts. NATO will be considered within the global system of nation-states, international organizations, and nongovernment entities. Particular attention will be paid to the roles of lawyers in NATO and in national governments that work with NATO. The course will conclude with a role-playing crisis simulation. Grading will be based on demonstrated engagement with the readings and issues, as well as participation in class discussion and role-playing exercises.

  • Selected Topics in Jurisprudence , JURI 4230 , Credit Hours: 2
    Systems that rely heavily on decisional law challenge the judges who produce that decisional law to strike a viable balance between (a) continuity with the past and (b) adaptation to the present (and future). The doctrine of stare decisis (from the longer Latin expression “stare decisis et non quieta movere”) is, especially in its horizontal form, a key locus for striking that balance. This is especially so on the occasions when an apex court (such as the Supreme Court of the United States) considers overruling one of its prior decisions. “Stare decisis is,” after all, “ordinarily a wise rule of action. But it is not a universal, inexorable command.” Washington v. W.C. Dawson & Co., 264 U.S. 219, 238 (1924) (Brandeis, J., dissenting). In this seminar, the paper for which meets either upper-level writing requirement, we examine in depth both stare decisis and the larger common-law process surrounding it. We consider both private law and public law settings, raising statutory and constitutional questions. We also consider comparative materials, from both common-law and civil-law systems. Whatever your favorite area of law may be, in this seminar you can reflect more deeply on its stare-decisis-based internal structure by writing your paper in that subject-matter area.

  • 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.

  • State Constitutional Law (Spring 2020) , JURI 4581 , Credit Hours: 1
    This course will consider the role of state constitutions in the development of U.S. constitutional law. Particular attention will be paid to Judge Sutton’s book, 51 Imperfect Solutions: States and the Making of American Constitutional Law. Justices Blackwell, Nahmias, Peterson and Warren of the Georgia Supreme Court will lead sessions focused on the Georgia Constitution. Students will write short papers and make presentations based on their research. The course will be graded on a pass/fail basis.

  • 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 5966S (pass/fail portion).

  • Summer Externship , JURI 5966S , 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 5966S (pass/fail portion).

  • Supervised Research , JURI 5190 , Credit Hours: 2
    Supervised Research involves an in-depth written analysis of a legal issue under close faculty tutoring and supervision. It requires significant legal research, original thinking and analysis, and must produce final paper of a kind and quality similar to that found in law review articles.

  • Sustainable Business: Transactions and Strategy , JURI 5667 , Credit Hours: 2 , Prerequisite: JURI 4210
    This course will introduce students to the concept of environmental sustainability, the legal challenges facing businesses in attaining environmental sustainability, the incentives for business to achieve sustainable commerce, and possible means that governments may have to encourage or stimulate environmentally sustainable commerce.

  • Tax Crimes , JURI 5611 , Credit Hours: 2
    Criminal tax investigations and prosecutions; constitutional defenses to the compulsory production of evidence; attorney-client privilege, confidentiality and other defenses available to taxpayers and third parties.

  • Tax Seminar , JURI 5130 , Credit Hours: 2
    This course will cover federal individual income tax issues that lawyers often deal with in practice.  It will also cover tax policy issues that relate to incremental and fundament tax reform proposals that are under consideration at the time of the course. 

  • Technology Skills for Legal Practice , JURI 4086 , Credit Hours: 1
    A focused, hands-on exploration of the use of technology in the practice of law. The course will cover the impact of technology on law and practice and the specific technology understanding and skills required of the modern lawyer. Students will complete hands on projects using practice management, document assembly, presentation and office productivity software.

  • Telecommunications Law & Policy , JURI 5886 , Credit Hours: 3
    This course explores the rules and standards of U.S. telecommunications law. We examine the market structures and regulatory treatment of a number of related electronic communications technologies—from wireline and wireless telephony to t.v. to the Internet backbone—whose convergence and recombination continue to challenge frameworks first established decades ago. We focus most intently on the work of the Federal Communications Commission, the lead agency in the field, paying special attention to its implementation of the 1996 Telecommunications Act. We also consider the ways that antitrust, intellectual property, and free speech principles constrain telecommunications law and policy.