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You will find a broad and challenging curriculum at Georgia Law - nearly 170 courses are offered, although not all of the listed courses are taught each year. First-year students are just as likely to encounter a tenured or chaired faculty member in the classroom as they are a junior professor.  Distinguished visitors and adjuncts supplement the faculty and diversify the upper-level curriculum. Not all listed courses are offered each semester. Periodically, other courses are offered.  Unless otherwise noted, all law courses carry the prefix "JURI." 

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  • Contracts , JURI 4030 , Credit Hours: 4
    Contracts provides an introduction to the law of legally enforceable promises under Article 2 of the Uniform Commercial Code and the common law. Among other topics, the course considers offers and their acceptance; consideration, formalities, and promissory estoppel; the parole evidence rule and the statute of frauds; third-party enforcement; material breach of contract; and damages. Students are expected to be able to explain in writing how these and additional legal issues under the UCC and the common law apply to various complex factual scenarios.

  • 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: 1
    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 , Credit Hours: 4 - 6 , Prerequisite: JURI 4210 and JURI 4300
    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 Counsel Externship , JURI 5969E , Credit Hours: 4 - 6 , Prerequisite: JURI 4210 and JURI 4300
    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 , Prerequisite: 4210
    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. Securities Regulation helpful, but not required.

  • Corporate Litigation , JURI 5595 , Credit Hours: 1 , Prerequisite: JURI 4210
    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.

  • Corporate Sustainability , JURI 4850 , Credit Hours: 2 , Prerequisite: 4210
    This seminar examines legal structures aimed at promoting environmental, social, and economic sustainability of corporate activities, with particular emphasis placed on how publicly traded companies are governed and regulated in some of the world’s leading commercial and financial jurisdictions.  The seminar further considers the intersection of corporate law with other legal fields and disciplines that impact corporate sustainability.

  • Corporate Tax , JURI 4600 , Credit Hours: 3 , Prerequisite: JURI 5120
    This course covers the taxation of corporations and their shareholders.  Major topics include:  contributions of property to corporations, distributions and redemptions by corporations, and taxable and tax-free mergers and acquisitions.

  • Corporations , JURI 4210 , Credit Hours: 3
    People organize group effort, especially group effort for profit, in different ways. Different forms of business organization result. This course explores the governance structures and challenges that pervade different organizational forms, looking at varied business contexts—such as small, closely held businesses, and large, publicly traded companies—along the way. Vital questions include: What roles do corporate boards and shareholders play, respectively, in managing their company? How do shareholders hold board members responsible for purported misconduct? How do corporations interact with capital markets? What is the market for corporate control, and how does the law structure it? We consider these questions and more in this course.

  • Criminal Defense Practicum I , JURI 5170S , Credit Hours: 3
    This course offers students an eye-witness, hands-on experience with the criminal justice system from the perspective of a public defender office. Students work with the eighteen attorneys in the Western Judicial Circuit Public Defender Office in Athens (a five minute walk from the Law School). Students assist with the entire range of legal representation of indigent clientsinterviewing clients, interviewing witnesses, conducting other aspects of factual investigation, drafting motions, negotiating pleas, and assisting with trials, drafting appellate briefs. This course is a pre-requisite to Criminal Defense Practicum II, in which students, supervised by a licensed attorney, can represent clients in all manner of court proceedings including jury trials. There are no pre-requisites for this course. Also, on the first Saturday of the semester and other times by arrangement, new students enrolled in Criminal Defense Clinic I participate in an orientation session. Please make sure you are available on the first Saturday of the semester if you enroll in CDP I.  

  • Criminal Defense Practicum II , JURI 4500S , Credit Hours: 4-6 , Prerequisite: JURI 5170S
    This course is open only to students who have taken at least one semester of Criminal Defense Practicum I. Students in this course continue to work with individual attorneys in the Western Circuit Public Defender Office in Athens.  Placement in other PD offices in Georgia are available in the summer only. The Criminal Defense Practicum offers an immersion in the criminal justice system from the perspective of a public defender office. Attorneys in the PD office are full-time criminal defense lawyers and therefore are specialists. All of their work concentrates on criminal defense.  Students assist with all aspects of the representation, and under Georgia’s Student Practice Rule students handle preliminary hearings, bond hearings, pre-trial motion hearings such as motions to suppress, trials, pleas, sentencings and probation revocation hearings, and assist with all of the factual and legal investigation which is necessary to effective legal representation. There are no  pre-requisites other than Criminal Defense Clinic I, but Evidence and Criminal Procedure I are very strongly recommended, and a Trial Practice course or Mock Trial experience may be helpful. (4500 is the graded portion of the course, and 4501L is the pass/fail portion. Register for both when registering for this course.)   

  • Criminal Defense Practicum II , JURI 4501L , Credit Hours: 4-6 , Prerequisite: JURI 5170S
    This course is open only to students who have taken at least one semester of Criminal Defense Practicum I. Students in this course continue to work with individual attorneys in the Western Circuit Public Defender Office in Athens.  Placement in other PD offices in Georgia are available in the summer only. The Criminal Defense Practicum offers an immersion in the criminal justice system from the perspective of a public defender office. Attorneys in the PD office are full-time criminal defense lawyers and therefore are specialists. All of their work concentrates on criminal defense.  Students assist with all aspects of the representation, and under Georgia’s Student Practice Rule students handle preliminary hearings, bond hearings, pre-trial motion hearings such as motions to suppress, trials, pleas, sentencings and probation revocation hearings, and assist with all of the factual and legal investigation which is necessary to effective legal representation. There are no  pre-requisites other than Criminal Defense Clinic I, but Evidence and Criminal Procedure I are very strongly recommended, and a Trial Practice course or Mock Trial experience may be helpful. (4500 is the graded portion of the course, and 4501L is the pass/fail portion. Register for both when registering for this course.)   

  • Criminal Justice Reform , JURI 4277 , Credit Hours: 2
    This course will explore contemporary criminal justice reform efforts, with an emphasis on the role of race in criminal justice policy and practice. Likely areas of focus include policing, bail and sentencing. Each student will complete a final research project evaluating or proposing a specific reform initiative.

  • Criminal Law , JURI 4050 , Credit Hours: 3
    The historical development of criminal law as well as the analysis of the necessary elements of crimes and the consideration of the principal classes of crimes.

  • Criminal Law Drafting , JURI 4278 , Credit Hours: 2
    The fundamentals of document drafting in the context criminal law. Students will prepare documents that arise in a criminal law setting including charging documents, notices, motions, bench briefs, and orders. Students will examine the function of these documents within the criminal justice system, including applicable statutory and case law. This course will require students to produce various graded documents of increasing complexity. Students will receive feedback from the professor on all graded assignments.

  • Criminal Legal System Through Crime Books , JURI 3355 , Credit Hours: 3
    Books about crime often grab the public’s attention, but how much truth do they convey? This course will explore the stories that both crime novels and true crime books tell and the reality of the criminal legal system behind those stories.

  • Criminal Litigation , JURI 5595 , Credit Hours: 1
    This course focuses on all aspects of criminal litigation beginning in the immediate period following arrest up to trial from the perspective of both the prosecution and the defense.  Coursework will involve preparing for and conducting committal hearings, bond hearings, and various motions and other hearings commonly encountered in criminal litigation practice.  There will also be class components touching on building relationships with clients/victims and strategy in plea negotiations.  The course is taught by former prosecutors, defense attorneys, and two sitting Superior Court Judges for the Western Judicial Circuit and will be based upon a mock criminal case created from actual cases litigated by the instructors.  This course is pass/fail and will be graded on class attendance, preparedness, and participation.  The course will meet bi-weekly for two hours for a total of 7 class sessions over the course of the semester.

  • Criminal Procedure I , JURI 4460 , Credit Hours: 3
    A study of criminal process rights that apply during the interaction between law enforcement and individual suspects.  The emphasis is on the privilege against self-incrimination, the right to be free from unreasonable search and seizure, due process, the right to counsel and other rights that are implicated during the investigation, stop, arrest and interrogation stages of a law enforcement  investigation, typically prior to formal prosecution. 

  • Criminal Procedure II , JURI 4470 , Credit Hours: 3
    A study of criminal process beginning with bringing of formal charges and concluding with adjudication of the guilt or innocence of the accused. Emphasis on prosecutorial discretion; preliminary hearing and grand jury procedures; joinder and severance; plea bargaining; criminal discovery; right to speedy trial, assistance of counsel, confrontation, and trial by jury; double jeopardy; and sentencing. Criminal Procedure I is not a prerequisite.

  • Cybercrime , JURI 5584 , Credit Hours: 3
    Technological innovation alters the commission, definition, and conception of crime. In some cases, computers, social media, and the internet have made existing criminal activity harder to detect or easier to commit. In other cases, they have created new forms of criminal activity that challenge longstanding views about the permissibility and punishment of human behavior. This course will address topics such as digital privacy, free speech, terrorism, cybersecurity, nonconsensual pornography, stalking, harassment, doxxing, and identity theft. It will examine questions of constitutional law, federal and state laws regulating online activity, and proposed legislation to criminalize different forms of digital abuse. 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 , 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. Externship Clinic , JURI 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.

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