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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  • 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.

  • The Federalist Papers , JURI: 4573 , Credit Hours: 2
    This course focuses on the framing and ratification of the United States Constitution and the role of The Federalist Papers in that process. This class will NOT satisfy the writing requirement.

  • The History of the Common Law , JURI: 4876 , Credit Hours: 4
    This course surveys the development of the common law, courts, and legal profession in England and the US, with emphasis on the ways that common law and legal practice have diverged in these countries. The course concludes by comparing how both countries structure and regulate the practice of law today.

  • The Law of American Health Care , JURI: 5626 , Credit Hours: 3
    Examination of the United States health care delivery system as a regulated industry. A survey of a variety of legal issues affecting health care providers and their interactions with commercial insurers, government health care programs, and state and federal regulators.

  • The Law of Newsgathering , JURI: 5590 , Credit Hours: 1
    The competing values of personal privacy and government transparency are proving increasingly difficult to balance in an era of online publishing, archiving and searchability. This course will survey recent developments in the law of news-gatherers' access to information and public spaces, where that right of access collides with evolving notions of privacy, and how courts and legislatures are reconciling the two. This is a graded course.

  • The Law of Social Media , JURI: 5590 , Credit Hours: 1 (Summer 2014)
    The course will broadly look across substantive areas of the law at the way courts are treating social media, including: -Copyright and fair use as to material gathered from, and published on, social networking sites -The legal effect of "terms of service" of websites -The evidentiary admissibility of material gathered from social networking pages and the evidentiary problems this raises -The ability of employers and schools to regulate what employees and students publish on social media. Offered summer 2014.

  • The Press and the Constitution Seminar , JURI: 4197 , Credit Hours: 2
    This seminar will take an in-depth look at the constitutional rights of the "press." Our primary focus will be on the proper interpretation of the First Amendment's guarantee that "Congress shall make no law ... abridging the freedom ... of the press." Topics of discussion will include the history of the Press Clause, the relationship between the Speech Clause and the Press Clause, the definition of the "press" under the Constitution, and the various rights and protections available to the press. Course requirements will include class participation, a presentation, and the completion of a research paper.

  • The Supreme Court: Current Term , JURI: 4585 , Credit Hours: 3
    The Supreme Court of the United States is a unique institution with its own history, personalities and appellate practice. This course examines the Court including an in-depth look at the current nine justices. Students then argue cases from the Court's current docket and write an opinion in a case.

  • Timing in Federal Tax , JURI: 5640 , Credit Hours: 2
    Timing issues of income tax law: when an item of income should be included and a deduction taken. Includes integrity of the taxable year, tax accounting methods, inventory, depreciation, installment sales provisions, net operating losses, tax benefit rule, claim of right doctrine, and equity compensation.

  • Topics in Legal History , JURI: 4875 , Credit Hours: 2
    Examination of the role of law and legal institutions in shaping politics, society, culture, and economics in American History. 

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