Electives Courses

Qualifying course offerings can change from semester to semester. For a complete list for the current academic year, check the student handbook or contact the Law School Registrar.

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  • Federal Income Tax , JURI: 5120 , Credit Hours: 3
    Introduction to policy and practice of federal income taxation of individuals, including determination of gross income, allowance of deductions and credits, sales and dispositions of property, capital gains and losses, and problems of attribution of income.

  • Food & Drug Law , JURI: 5635 , Credit Hours: 2
    This course provides an overview of laws and regulations governing development, manufacturing, and commercial distribution of drugs, biologic, medical device products, and animal health products and how they relate to the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and medical device industry. This includes domestic regulatory requirements and various regulatory agencies and their jurisdiction.

  • Foreign Affairs and National Security Law , JURI: 4425 , Credit Hours: 3
    Examines how U.S. law both constrains and is constrained by U.S. foreign relations and the foreign policy-making process. The course considers issues relating to separation of powers, federalism, individual rights, and the influence of international norms on US constitutional development.

  • Foundations of U.S. Privacy Law and Practice , JURI: 5589 , Credit Hours: 1
    This seminar surveys the legal concepts surrounding privacy in the U.S. private sector, with particular emphasis placed on offering students a real-world view concerning the practice of privacy law at the corporate level.

  • Franchise Law , JURI: 4940 , Credit Hours: 2
    This course will introduce students to the franchise business model, with emphasis on the practical aspects of franchising.  The topics it will cover include the franchise regulatory system in the U.S., including laws governing franchise sales and disclosures and franchise relationship issues; and tangential areas, which will include a brief look at trademark and other intellectual property subjects, antitrust, commercial contract issues,  alternative forms of dispute resolution (mediation and arbitration), and common law contract and tort issues, as well as international franchising.  The course will also include opportunities to address hypothetical situations based on actual events and will emphasize policy considerations relating to franchise activities.

  • From Contraband to Commodity: Regulating the New Marijuana Markets , JURI: 5586 , Credit Hours: 2
    Even a few years ago, marijuana was uniformly made contraband by both federal and state law. The legal status of marijuana is now in flux, among and between state and federal governments. This course explores regulation of these new marijuana markets, using economic analysis and other regulatory law-and-policy tools.

  • Game Theory and the Law , JURI: 5595 , Credit Hours: 1
    The course will present the basic models of game theory and their legal applications, with special emphasis on interactive learning through participating in games (both online and in-class) and discussion of the dynamics of decision-making present within each game. Towards this purpose, students will be asked to register to a course-specific website through which "problem sets" will be posted – games requiring students to input their choices and providing class statistics and results to be discussed in the following lesson. Participation in games should facilitate learning – both in pushing students to tackle strategic questions within each game, and in requiring thought as to legal situations in which similar dynamics arise.  Course material will focus on non-cooperative game theory (where each actor is presumed to be a self-utility-maximizing individual or firm), though some models of cooperative game theory will be presented as well (formation of coalitions among members). Application to legal issues will be discussed, both based on scholarly writings and on students' input as to real-life situations where similar strategic interactions arise (relying both on case law and non-legal everyday experience). No prior knowledge of game theory or economics is presumed, and all technical know-how necessary for understanding, presenting, and solving game structures will be included in the course itself. The focus of this course is onunderstanding and being able to apply game theory's insights to everyday and legal decision-making, rather than theoretical knowledge alone.

  • Georgia Election Law , JURI: 5590 , Credit Hours: 1
    This course examines the relationships between law, elections, and government focusing on Georgia law. It will cover laws and regulations governing political candidates, their campaigns, state campaign finance, public officials, ethics in government, and the regulation of the political process. Regulation of lobbyists will be examined, as will independent committees and political action committees. Additionally, the course will look at the process of Georgia judicial campaigns and appointments, and the regulation of public officials once in office.

  • Georgia History for Lawyers , JURI: 4871 , Credit Hours: 3
    A survey of the people, places, and events that form the history of the State of Georgia from prehistoric times to the present, including the ways in which history has intersected with Georgia and U.S. Law. Students will be expected to produce a paper examining in depth an issue of legal importance in Georgia History.

  • Georgia Legal Research , JURI: 4089 , Credit Hours: 1
    A hands-on exploration of Georgia legal research resources. The course will cover primary and secondary sources, advanced searching skills, topical research and cost saving strategies. Students will complete research for simulated client matters: preparing civil and criminal cases for trial, completing a business transaction and representing a client in an administrative hearing.