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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  • Cybercrime , JURI: 5584 , Credit Hours: 3
    This course will explore how changes in technology challenge the law’s traditional approaches to combating criminal activity, enforcing criminal law, and balancing the rights of the public against the demands of justice. Topics will include electronic surveillance, the Fourth Amendment and technology, cybersecurity, hacking, cyberbullying, criminal copyright law, personal and data privacy, jurisdiction, and civil liberties online. No technical background is necessary. The primary evaluative mechanism for this course will be an examination.

  • Cybersecurity , JURI: 5595 , Credit Hours: 1
    My company has been hacked! What do we do? The FBI informed us our information is being sold on the dark web. How do we respond? Is our company ready for a significant cybersecurity incident? This seminar will focus on cybersecurity incident response by thrusting students into a mock cybersecurity incident and challenging students to consider and provide advice on risk management and legal compliance issues.  Students will discuss and strategize about interactions with forensic investigators, law enforcement, regulators, public relations, insurance carriers, and other potential stakeholders, and how to prepare to defend a company in the wake of a significant cybersecurity incident.

  • D.C. Externship Clinic , JURI: 5973S, 5974S , Credit Hours: 10 (5 hours graded and 5 hours pass/fail)
    This course is a ten-credit course: two credits in a weekly two-hour seminar and eight credits earned at an assigned full-time placement.

  • D.C. Law in Practice , JURI: 5972 , Credit Hours: 3
    Countries around the world are drafting or re-drafting their constitutions. This class considers what should be in those constitutions, and how countries might consider drafting those constitutions. Reading will include constitutional text, cases and commentaries from the United States and from abroad. Requirements for the course include reading, a reaction paper, a short research paper, and several constitution-drafting exercises.

  • Deals , JURI: 5085 , Credit Hours: 4
    This course examines complex corporate transactions and contracts – that is, “deals.”  The first component presents a framework for evaluating alternative transaction structures, including transaction costs, information economics, risk sharing and incentives, property rights, and finance.  Students then apply these concepts to “live” deals negotiated by alumni in transactional legal practice.  Corporations is a prerequisite for the course. Securities Regulation is helpful, but not required.

  • Design and Construction Law , JURI: 5530 , Credit Hours: 2
    This course examines the legal framework of the design and construction process. The course focuses on application of tort and contract law to contract formation and performance issues, and will examine legal remedies available to construction project participants. Course will have a final exam.

  • Dispute Resolution & Systems Design , JURI: 5730 , Credit Hours: 3
    In a world of settlement, this course prepares students to effectively represent clients through an understanding of the design and strategic election between ADR processes, and development of best practices as counsel in each process. Both private processes (arbitration, negotiation, mediation) and public tribunals (domestic and international) are studied.

  • Document Drafting: Contracts , JURI: 5850 , Credit Hours: 3
    An introduction to drafting, analyzing, and revising contracts. You cannot take this course if you are currently taking or have taken Legal Drafting for Transactional Practice. Students who have taken JURI 5456, Contract Drafting for Startups and New Ventures, are not eligible to take this class.

  • Document Drafting: Litigation , JURI: 5455 , Credit Hours: 3
    This course will provide an introduction to and overview of the litigation process leading up to trial, with an emphasis on the written work product that attorneys must generate during the course of litigation, including pleadings, discovery, and selected procedural and substantive motions.

  • Document Drafting: Special Topics in Estate Planning , JURI: 4565 , Credit Hours: 3
    This course will teach the fundamentals of document drafting by focusing on selected topics in estate planning. Among other things, the course will require students to produce successive drafts of documents and provisions that incorporate feedback from the professor.

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