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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  • Negotiation Competition , JURI: 5044 , Credit Hours: 1
    Team members prepare for oral negotiations and practice negotiation techniques under the direction of a faculty advisor for regional and national competitions. A student selected to compete is eligible for credit in the semester in which the competition is held. The faculty advisor(s) will approve course registration and assign a grade.  Course is graded S/U.

  • Oxford Research Tutorial , JURI: ---- , Credit Hours: 3
    For more information about the Oxford program, visit the program webpage: http://law.uga.edu/georgia-law-oxford This course is modeled on the format of the justly renowned Oxford tutorial. Each tutor will meet periodically with a small number of students. Meetings will be devoted to planning or revising the students' individual research papers, to be completed by the end of the semester. Law students will participate in groups of three or four with their individual tutors (professors).

  • Partnership Taxation , JURI: 5090 , Credit Hours: 3
    Deals with impact of federal income tax on formation and operation of businesses conducted in partnership form. Special emphasis on tax ramifications of sale of partnership interest, death or retirement of partner, and dissolution of partnership.

  • Patent Law , JURI: 4920 , Credit Hours: 3
    This course addresses the basics of obtaining and enforcing U.S. patent protection for useful inventions. We consider how the patent laws foster innovation through the grant of exclusionary rights to inventors by undertaking a detailed examination of both the substantive requirements for patentability (utility, novelty, and nonobviousness) and the requirements defining an adequate disclosure of the invention (written description, enablement, and claim definiteness). We also explore the complementary implementation roles played by the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office, on the one hand, and the federal courts (especially the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit) on the other. NOTE: One cannot take the IP Survey (JURI 5050) after having taken any two of the following courses: Copyright Law (JURI 4430), Patent Law (JURI 4920), or Trademark Law (JURI 4930). If the IP Survey course is taken first, any or all three of the advanced intellectual property courses can be taken.

  • Patent Prosecution & Procedure , JURI: 4923 , Credit Hours: 2
    This drafting course studies how to write and prosecute a United States patent application. With numerous drafting exercises, including the drafting of claims and arguments in response to Office Actions from the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), the course both introduces students to common issues arising during patent prosecution and equips students with basic strategies to deal with those issues. The course also explores patent infringement analysis and opinion letter work in which patent lawyers routinely engage. It is not formal preparation for the USPTO patent bar.

  • Payment Systems , JURI: 4170 , Credit Hours: 3
    Articles 3 and 4 of the Uniform Commercial Code which deal with checks and promissory notes. Other payment systems, such as credit cards, debit cards, and electronic fund transfers also will be examined.

  • Political Leadership & The Law , JURI: 5596 , Credit Hours: 2
    How do our federal laws get made and interpreted? This course will examine the intersection of law and politics with a special focus on leadership, and how leadership qualities in the Executive and Legislative branches impact how federal laws ultimately affect the American public. With a special focus on national security, students will utilize current public policy issues and relevant Supreme Court cases to understand legislative process, identify separation of powers tensions, and, ultimately, the resolution of those tensions. Drawing on his 20 years of service in Congress, Senator Chambliss will address the issues of how Congress really works, the power of the Executive relative to duly passed legislation, the role of federal courts in resolving those tensions, and the role of Congress in the federal judiciary.  Class size is limited to 20 students. 

  • Poverty and Financial Law , JURI: 5465 , Credit Hours: 2
    This seminar will examine the history and current regulatory structure of financial services to the poor. It will examine the legal framework around the fringe banking sector, the credit union and savings and loan movements, postal banking, and other poverty-related financial initiatives.

  • Practicum in Animal Welfare Skills , JURI: 5278S, 5279S , Credit Hours: 4-6
    This is a practicum in which students will learn to identify, investigate, and prosecute animal welfare crimes and ordinance violations. In some semesters, it may include drafting ordinances and state laws, providing an analysis of laws presented for adoption by others, and other related tasks. In academic years in which Boot Camp in Animal Welfare Skills is taught, it must be taken in advance of this practicum or concurrently. Register for both 5278S (graded portion) and 5279S (pass/fail portion).

  • Pre-Trial Civil Litigation , JURI: 5453 , Credit Hours: 2
    The strategies of complex civil litigation, focusing on case development and analysis in the pre-trial period.

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