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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  • Constitutional Theory , JURI: 4196 , Credit Hours: 3
    This course will investigate the history and theory surrounding the creation and ratification of the American Constitution. Attention will focus on the work of Madison, Hamilton, and other leading thinkers at the time of the founding. Areas of study will include the Constitutional Convention, the ratification process, and the activities of anti-federalist critics of the Constitution. Readings will be drawn from both original and secondary materials, with special emphasis placed on The Federalist Papers. Student responsibilities will include regular attendance at, thoughtful preparation for and active participation in class sessions. The major determinant of the student's grade will be work done in connection with a written project concerning the founding period, to be approved by the professor and presented to the class in the final weeks of the semester. The paper will be designed to satisfy the law school’s writing requirement.

  • Consumer Law , JURI: 4177 , Credit Hours: 3
    This course considers numerous legal issues concerning consumers’ commercial transactions, including the following key topics: disclosure of information to consumers, consumer credit, predatory-lending prohibitions, consumer-credit reporting, privacy related to consumer transactions (both online and offline), consumer-product warranties, debt collection, and dispute-resolution methods.

  • Contemporary Issues in Business Law , JURI: 4365 , Credit Hours: 2
    This seminar examines contemporary issues that are prevalent in the regulation of business organizations and activities. At the beginning of the semester, each student registered for the class will select a research topic from a menu of choices provided by the course instructor. The student will then meet with the course instructor to discuss research plans and schedule a time for an in-class presentation of the topic. Each student is required to submit a presentation outline before his or her presentation, and a final paper on the chosen topic at the end of the semester.

  • Contract Drafting for Startups and New Ventures , JURI: 5456 , Credit Hours: 2
    The fundamentals of contract drafting applied to the context of fast growth technology startups and other new business ventures. Students will be introduced to multiple concepts including: interviewing clients, avoiding ambiguity, considering legal consequences, understanding core contract concepts, and reviewing and revising based on negotiations. This course will require students to produce successive drafts of documents that incorporate feedback from the professor.

  • Copyright Law , JURI: 4430 , Credit Hours: 2
    Focus is upon various methods to protect literary, musical, and artistic work under law of copyright. Copyright is a statutory subject based upon Copyright Act of 1909 and its amendments and Copyright Act of 1976. The course deals with what can be copyrighted, infringement actions, rights enjoyed by the copyright proprietor, jurisdiction and various remedies. Students in the class of 2013 and later are encouraged to take the IP Survey course before taking this course. 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.

  • Corporate Compliance: Controls and Breakdowns , JURI: 5643 , Credit Hours: 2
    This course examines the legal underpinnings and structural components of the compliance function in corporations.   It reviews the key compliance issues for public companies, banks, and accounting firms, among other organizations, and deconstructs past compliance failures.  The course also analyzes the role of attorneys working with, and as, compliance professionals.

  • Corporate Counsel Externship , JURI: 5968S, 5969E , Credit Hours: 4 - 6
    This course explores the practice of law from the perspective of an in-house counsel. Students will spend 1-2 days each week in a corporate legal department where they will have work assignments and experience firsthand the inner workings of a legal department. A 2-hour seminar each week will supplement the on-site work with discussions about relevant substantive topics and opportunities to build skills through drafting projects and simulations. In lieu of a final exam, students will prepare an appraisal with critical reflections about their externship and an oral presentation.

  • Corporate Finance , JURI: 4441 , Credit Hours: 3
    This course teaches concepts and methodologies used by corporations in major financing activities, as well as legal issues that may arise in those activities. Course materials are divided into four parts: equity financing, debt financing, valuation methodologies, and financial derivatives. For equity financing, discussions will focus on the IPO process, ADRs and GDRs, rights offerings and stock repurchases. For debt financing, discussions will focus on bond features and trading environment, bond issuance, valuation and risk management, convertible bonds, key provisions in an indenture and legal implications, characteristics of medium term notes and commercial paper programs. For valuation methodologies, discussions will focus on discounted cash flows, net present values, and dividend discount models. For financial derivatives, discussions will focus on options trading, pricing and risk management, the futures market and interest rate swaps.

  • Corporate Litigation , JURI: 5595 , Credit Hours: 1
    This course explores the inner workings of expedited and summary litigation, problems in the organization and functioning of a corporation, and mergers and transfers of control. Students will be given the opportunity for hands on experience in litigating corporate cases through oral argument. This course will also include discussion of the scholarly theories of corporate law, statutory and judicial law relating to corporations, and Delaware's prominence in corporate law.

  • Corporate Responsibility , JURI: 4765 , Credit Hours: 1
    The great economist and Nobel Laureate Milton Friedman famously stated that a corporation has "one and only one social responsibility - to increase its profits." Is this true today? As evidenced by the passage of the landmark Dodd-Frank legislation in 2010, the conduct and performance of several of America's leading corporations in recent years have seriously undermined confidence in U.S. businesses and their leaders. This course will explore contemporary trends in corporate governance and will examine whether a responsible corporation can integrate relevant societal concerns, such as environmental matters, and actually strengthen long-term shareholder value and the sustainability of both the corporation and the society in which is exists.

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