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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  • Environmental Law , JURI: 5280 , Credit Hours: 3
    State, Federal, and International legal response to problems of air pollution, water pollution, solid waste, pesticides, noise, and radiation. Emphasis on public regulation, but some consideration given to private remedies.

  • Environmental Law Drafting , JURI: 5281 , Credit Hours: 2
    This course will use a case study approach to cover the types and purposes of writing found in an environmental law practice.  Students will study and draft a number of the typical documents used in environmental rulemaking, public comments and rulemaking responses, transactional agreements, and environmental litigation.   Students will be working from the perspectives of the variety of stakeholders found in environmental law - including property owners, industry, and the general public. 

  • Environmental Law Practicum , JURI: 5289S , Credit Hours: 3
    Advanced research in legal control of environmental problems identified by watershed stakeholders/clients, with primary attention given to water and biodiversity issues. 

  • Estate and Gift Taxation , JURI: 4590 , Credit Hours: 3
    Focuses on federal tax law and policy affecting the transfer of wealth, including the gift tax, the estate tax, and the generation skipping transfer tax. Statutes, regulations and interpretative materials and their application to hypothetical problems are addressed to lay a foundation for the study of estate planning.

  • Estate Planning , JURI: 4560 , Credit Hours: 2
    Planning effective and tax-efficient transfers of property interests based on client type, intended beneficiary, type of transfer, and asset type. Attention is given to preparation of estate plans and drafting of appropriate instruments. Focus on restrictions imposed by client goals, economic environment, and the law of trusts, wills, and federal taxation.

  • Ethics in Litigation , JURI: 5440 , Credit Hours: 2
    This course examines the various ethical issues that can arise in the context of civil litigation, with particular emphasis on the pretrial phase of the process. Specific areas of coverage include: dealing with prospective clients; pre-filing investigation; ethics in pleading and motion practice; discovery ethics; witness interviews and preparation; negotiation and settlement; ethical challenges presented by technology; and ethical duties as “officers of the court.”  Final grades will be based on the following: (1) leading at least one class session; (2) performance on a take-home final examination; and (3) class participation.  Law and Ethics of Lawyering is a prerequisite for this course.  Computer use is prohibited during class – Students will not be permitted to utilize laptop computers or any other electronic or wireless device during class for any purpose, including taking notes.

  • Evidence , JURI: 4250 , Credit Hours: 3
    Covers rules governing admission and exclusion of testimony, documents, exhibits, expert proof and experiments in criminal and civil cases. Also concerned with mechanics of proof, proper form of objections, order of proof, and burden of proof in criminal and civil trials. The subjects of hearsay, relevancy, character evidence and the law of witness impeachment and cross-examination are explored in detail.

  • Family Justice Clinic , JURI: 5140S, 5141L , Credit Hours: 4 - 6
    Superior Court civil litigation clinic representing lower income victims of domestic abuse in obtaining protective orders. Students work as lay advocates and student practitioners to provide direct service to clients including screening and referral, interviewing, counseling, pleading and case preparation, negotiation, and advocacy at final hearings under the Student Practice Act. Class discussion centers on readings in texts and statutes relating to family violence, as well as on theory and practice of lawyering in a litigation/negotiation context. (See description of JURI 4500S for clinic grading policy.) Register for both 5140S (graded portion) and 5141L (pass/fail portion).

  • Family Law , JURI: 5330 , Credit Hours: 3
    Significant aspects of family law, including marriage, divorce, separation, custody, and non-traditional families.

  • Federal Courts , JURI: 4570 , Credit Hours: 3
    This course will focus on the structure, jurisdiction, and powers of federal courts. Coverage will include: development of the federal court system; selection of judges; the judicial power under Article III; justiciability and the case-or-controversy requirement (standing, ripeness, mootness, political questions); the Erie doctrine; federal common law; challenges to jurisdiction; federal question jurisdiction; diversity jurisdiction; venue and transfer; special problems of removal jurisdiction.

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