Public Interest 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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  • Race and Law , JURI: 4821 , Credit Hours: 1
    This course takes a Critical Race Theory perspective on legislative and judicial treatment of racial issues in the United States. The reading emphasizes the historical treatment of racial minorities, starting with Native Americans and the beginnings of racially defined slavery and continuing through the post civil war constitutional amendments, legally enforced racial segregation, the civil rights movement, and the post-civil rights jurisprudence of the modern era. The classroom approach is a mixture of lecture and discussion.

  • Refugee & Asylum Law , JURI: 5894 , Credit Hours: 3
    The world’s refugees – persons forced to flee home countries – topped 15 million in 2014. This course will examine laws and policies governing forced migration. To be studied: international and U.S. legal systems and institutions; substantive, procedural, and evidentiary aspects of an asylum claim; causes; and trafficking and other refugee experiences.

  • Urban Resilience , JURI: 5282 , Credit Hours: 2
    This course will survey many different topics:  adaptation and resilience, climate and energy, water supply and reuse, and land management and transportation.  Case studies will focus on U.S. cities that are part of the 100 Resilient Cities network, a program pioneered by The Rockefeller Foundation, with an emphasis on Atlanta, Georgia.  Overarching themes we will explore across all content areas include legal constraints of city authority, governance, and the roles of various types of institutions in developing, advancing, and advocating for local policy change.  This course is interdisciplinary, covering ideas in public policy, law, urban planning, and management of natural and energy resources.

  • Veterans Legal Clinic , JURI: 5977S, 5978S , Credit Hours: 4-6
    The Veterans Legal Clinic will offer students the chance to help veterans, to learn about veterans’ needs and experiences, and to learn about advocacy in administrative and judicial forums. The Veteran’s Clinic will represent veterans and their dependents in claims for VA and other governmental benefits. The Clinic will serve a 15 county region surrounding Athens. Students will interview and advise clients, advocate for them before the VA and other agencies, and engage in public outreach. Students will also work in collaboration with other related professionals, including psychologists, social workers, and other providers who work with veterans. A weekly seminar will teach the law related to the practice, will offer perspectives on the experience of veterans, and will include regular assessment of ongoing cases. Students can earn between 4 – 6 credits depending on the hours they work.

  • 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.

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