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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  • Business Reorganization in Bankruptcy , JURI: 4225 , Credit Hours: 2
    This course examines corporate reorganizations under Chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code, exploring key decisions made by businesses before filing, first day motions and orders, and intermediate steps that arise in a case, examining business ethical issues and negotiating strategy and elements necessary for conformation of consensual and non-consensual plans. JURI 4360 or JUIR 4950 are recommended before taking this course

  • Capital Assistance Project , JURI: 5310S , Credit Hours: 2
    Students work with attorneys at agencies which defend individuals charged with capital offenses. In the classroom component, students will discuss work experiences, examine current issues in capital punishment, and evaluate special problems which confront the attorney defending a capital case.

  • Capital Punishment , JURI: 5840 , Credit Hours: 3
    An in-depth examination of the legal and social issues surrounding capital punishment. Surveys a variety of legal issues in areas of criminal law and procedure, constitutional law and ethics which confront attorneys in capital cases. The course will encourage students to synthesize the social and legal facets to objectively evaluate the complex issues involved in capital punishment.

  • Child Endangerment and Sexual Exploitation Clinic (CEASE) , JURI: 5761S, 4762S , Credit Hours: 3-6
    This clinic trains students to represent victims of child sexual assault or exploitation in tort suits filed against their abusers.  The clinic also meets for a two-hour seminar each week during which students will be trained on litigation skills, laws governing child sexual abuse cases, and legislation making these lawsuits possible.

  • Child Welfare Mock Trial Simulation Course , JURI: 5048 , Credit Hours: 1
    In this course, students will learn about the child welfare legal system, trauma-informed lawyering, and interdisciplinary collaboration through intensive classroom instruction and participation in a mock trial. The mock trial will be part of the Wilbanks Child Endangerment and Sexual Exploitation Clinic Conference. Law students will work with Masters students from the School of Social Work as well as guest lecturers, including judges, attorneys, and licensed social workers. Topics in the course include development of case theory, effective advocacy skills, appropriate professional conduct, and trial preparation, all through a trauma-informed lens. Students will present direct and cross examinations of lay and expert witnesses, opening statements, and closing arguments, and will introduce evidentiary exhibits with appropriate foundation. This course is pass/fail.

  • Children and International Law , JURI: 4745 , Credit Hours: 2
    Many aspects of international law concern issues related to children. The 1989 Convention on the Rights of the Child contains a catalog of ways that countries have pledged to protect children. Other treaties deal with specific topics; for instance, intercountry adoption, cross-border abduction, child labor, trafficking in children, and recruitment and use of child soldiers. The obligations set forth in those treaties are implemented both in national legislation and through global institutions including the United Nations, the International Labour Organization, and the International Criminal Court. This seminar will explore these developments at the intersection of family, labor, criminal justice, and international law. Grading will be based on students' research papers, which can satisfy the Advanced Writing Requirement.

  • Children in the Legal System , JURI: 4750 , Credit Hours: 3
    This course will focus on the legal status, rights, and disabilities of children in the American legal system. Initial emphasis will be on the condition of children in America, the development of the juvenile and family courts, and the development of children's constitutional rights in the home, in school, and in public. Significant attention will then be given to issues concerning child welfare, medical treatment, and juvenile delinquency. Other subjects that may be covered include status-based offenses and the representation of children. Grading will be based heavily on class participation in addition to a final examination.

  • Christian Perspective on Legal Thought , JURI: 4235 , Credit Hours: 2
    This course will focus on perspectives on law and government found within various Christian theological traditions. Attention will be devoted to ancient and modern writers from Catholic and Orthodox backgrounds, as well as Protestant writers from the Lutheran, Calvinist/Reformed, Anabaptist, Baptist and Anglican traditions. Students will write a paper capable of satisfying the law school's writing requirement and will present the results of their research to the class.

  • Civil Externship I , JURI: 5970S, 5971L , Credit Hours: 2 - 6
    The objective of this course, in which various governmental and private organizations will provide placements for student externships, is to engage students in three primary learning experiences: direct exposure to the skills and methods of legal practice; focused application of legal concepts to real conflicts; and reflective appraisal of their own abilities, values, and professional goals. In addition to the field work provided by the externships, a clinic seminar will provide a jurisprudential context in which to consider and organize the learning gained in the field. Register for both 5970S or 5963S (graded portion) and 5971L or 5964S (pass/fail portion).

  • Civil Externship II , JURI: 5963S, 5964S , Credit Hours: 2 - 6
    The objective of this course, in which various governmental and private organizations will provide placements for student externships, is to engage students in three primary learning experiences: direct exposure to the skills and methods of legal practice; focused application of legal concepts to real conflicts; and reflective appraisal of their own abilities, values, and professional goals. In addition to the field work provided by the externships, a clinic seminar will provide a jurisprudential context in which to consider and organize the learning gained in the field. Register for both 5970S or 5963S (graded portion) and 5971L or 5964S (pass/fail portion).

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