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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  • Visual Arts, Cultural Heritage, and the Law , JURI: 5575 , Credit Hours: 2
     This course explores contemporary legal, ethical, and policy issues involved in the acquisition, ownership, and disposition of works of art. It tackles diverse issues by examining the complex roles of multiple participants, including from the transactional perspective of an attorney representing an art collector.  The international movement of art in times of war and peace and the preservation and protection of art as a form of cultural heritage are important themes in the course.  There is no formal prerequisites for the course beyond the first year curriculum. The course includes several drafting assignments (often done in 2-3 person teams) and an in-class final.

  • Wage and Hour Law and Litigation , JURI: 5955 , Credit Hours: 2
    This course examines present trends in wage and hour litigation, the single dominant subject area in current labor and employment law practice. The course examines the history of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and also treats wage and hour law in the states, both statutory and common law. Because multi-plaintiff litigation under the FLSA proceeds on a collective, or opt-in, basis, the course will examine the differences between opt-in and Rule 23 opt-out class actions, including increasingly successful efforts to use the two approaches simultaneously in wage and hour claims.

  • Water Law , JURI: 4828 , Credit Hours: 3
    The allocation, management, and protection of water resources. Water law is more substantially developed in arid Western states, but is increasingly important in Eastern states that are facing water scarcity. Water law focuses on allocation, access, and use.

  • Whistleblower Litigation Seminar , JURI: 5644 , Credit Hours: 2
    This seminar focuses on the major Federal whistleblower statute -- the civil False Claims Act (FCA) -- which in recent years has resulted in billions of dollars of recoveries for the U.S. Government and various states, and huge rewards for the private whistleblowers instigating these cases. The FCA creates a unique partnership among private plaintiffs, their counsel, and Government lawyers, and is spawning an ever expanding number of Federal and state investigations. We will examine the evolution of the FCA from the Civil War era through its modern amendments, and the key substantive and strategic issues in pursuing and defending FCA cases today. The course will also briefly review the new whistleblower reward program at the Securities and Exchange Commission and the recently enhanced program at the Internal Revenue Service. This class is limited to 20 students.

  • White Collar Prosecution , JURI: 5661 , Credit Hours: 2
    This course is designed to give students an introduction to economic and political crimes associated under the label of “white collar crime” in Georgia, including conspiracy, theft, fraud, racketeer influenced and corrupt organizations (RICO), money laundering, computer and cyber-crimes, perjury and false statements, securities fraud, fraud upon financial institutions, and parallel non-criminal procedures associated with white collar crimes.  This course will also provide students a practical and substantive understanding of various investigative tools and techniques, as well as prosecutorial and defensive strategies, utilized in Georgia inthese types of cases.

  • Wilderness Law and Policy , JURI: 5275 , Credit Hours: 3
    This course will provide an in-depth look at the federal lands managed under the Wilderness Act of 1964 and subsequent enactments, as well as the regulations that the federal land management agencies employ in governing these lands. In addition, systems of state, private and international wilderness protection will be discussed.

  • Wildlife Law , JURI: 5276 , Credit Hours: 2
    Overview of how the legal system deals with wildlife issues.   Federal law is considered, with the primary focus on the 50-state law level as the state fish and wildlife agencies have primary responsibility for managing wildlife.   It will review wildlife related laws from a variety of perspectives, including sustainable use, regulated hunting and sound wildlife management.  

  • Workers' Compensation , JURI: 5060 , Credit Hours: 3
    Analyzes law governing workplace accidents and diseases and its relationship to orthodox tort doctrine. Among topics studied are substantive limitations on coverage, administrative process in handling claims, and various approaches toward computing compensation awards.

  • Writing for Judicial Clerkships , JURI: 4088 , Credit Hours: 2
    This course introduces students to the workings of judicial chambers and provides experience in writing the types of documents commonly required of judicial clerks, such as jury instructions, trial court opinions, appellate court opinions, and bench memoranda.

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