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Course Offerings

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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  • Selected Topics in International Criminal Law , JURI 5595 , Credit Hours: 1
    The course will examine key issues and dilemmas relating to International Criminal Law (ICL). It will begin by surveying both ICL’s development in recent times as well as its substantive law. It will then explore unique aspects of ICL, including: the collective nature of the crimes, the difficulty of investigating such crimes, and the difficulty to enforce ICL. Various doctrines exclusive to ICL will be examined in order to demonstrate how ICL’s norms have been shaped by its exceptional features. The course will conclude by refuting the myth that ICL was ‘born’ at Nuremberg, by uncovering ICL’s centuries-long forgotten history and establishing its current relevancy.

  • Selected Topics in Jurisprudence , JURI 4230 , Credit Hours: 2
    Systems that rely heavily on decisional law challenge the judges who produce that decisional law to strike a viable balance between (a) continuity with the past and (b) adaptation to the present (and future). The doctrine of stare decisis (from the longer Latin expression “stare decisis et non quieta movere”) is, especially in its horizontal form, a key locus for striking that balance. This is especially so on the occasions when an apex court (such as the Supreme Court of the United States) considers overruling one of its prior decisions. “Stare decisis is,” after all, “ordinarily a wise rule of action. But it is not a universal, inexorable command.” Washington v. W.C. Dawson & Co., 264 U.S. 219, 238 (1924) (Brandeis, J., dissenting). In this seminar, the paper for which meets either upper-level writing requirement, we examine in depth both stare decisis and the larger common-law process surrounding it. We consider both private law and public law settings, raising statutory and constitutional questions. We also consider comparative materials, from both common-law and civil-law systems. Whatever your favorite area of law may be, in this seminar you can reflect more deeply on its stare-decisis-based internal structure by writing your paper in that subject-matter area.

  • Sentencing , JURI 4256 , Credit Hours: 2
    This course will introduce students to the evolving field of U.S. Sentencing Law. The United States has the highest documented incarceration rate in the world. At the moment, there are over 7.3 million people in the U.S. on probation, in jail or prison, or on parole. This equals 3.2% of U.S. adult residents (equivalent to 1 out of every 31 people in the U.S.). Further, 2.3 million U.S. adult residents are incarcerated (which equals 1% of U.S. adult residents). This class will broadly examine the principles and practices of sentencing. While federal sentencing law has received the most attention in recent years, particularly since the creation of the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, it is impossible to understand the current dynamics or the likely future trends of federal sentencing without also looking more broadly. As such, along with federal sentencing, this course will examine state sentencing systems and alternatives to sentencing in both the federal and state systems. Furthermore, as incarceration is the central tenet of American sentencing law, this course will introduce students to the U.S. prison system.

  • Sentencing Seminar , JURI 4255 , Credit Hours: 1
    An examination of the overarching goals of sentencing in the criminal justice system, policy considerations driving sentencing, constitutional and statutory limitations on sentencing schemes, and the basics of sentencing practice in state and federal courts in this country.

  • Sexual Orientation and Gender Law , JURI 4822 , Credit Hours: 2
    This course will examine the evolving constitutional and legal rights of the LGBTQ community.  We will begin by exploring the historical evolution of the constitutional rights of gays and lesbians, examining doctrines of privacy and equality as they have evolved to protect LGBTQ individuals.  The course will explore ongoing legal battles over religious freedom and nondiscrimination laws, the rights of transgender and gender-nonconforming people, employment discrimination, and family law questions (including parentage, adoption, divorce, and alternatives to marriage).  We will examine these issues critically, including by addressing concerns over federalism, free exercise, the democratic process, and the proper role of the courts.  Throughout the course, students will explore key due process and equal protection concepts and learn how to frame and develop constitutional arguments.  

  • Sociology of Law , JURI 4820 , Credit Hours: 3
    Characterized by a scientific rather than normative emphasis, legal sociology focuses on empirical patterns of legal behavior, such as initiation and winning of law suits, origins and content of rules, and the development of legal institutions. Most literature has addressed case-level variation and the course will reflect this. But instead of analyzing cases in terms of the applicable rules and policies, lectures and readings will invoke the social characteristics of participants (e.g., social ties, status, marginality, reputation and organizational affiliations) to predict and explain case outcomes. Sociological techniques by which social differentials in cases (discrimination) might be minimized will also be studied. Modern American materials will be emphasized.

  • Solo & Small Firm Practice , JURI 4625 , Credit Hours: 2
    This course teaches the skills and prioritized steps necessary to thrive either as a solo practitioner or a young associate in a small firm. It will focus on efficient, daily tasks that cover all eight departments of a law firm essential for success. Students will learn how to pick the right practice area, create a blueprint for growth, which reports to monitor and how to read them, how to originate client work by increasing the value of client service, how to know the return on investment for all marketing verticals offered to law firms and how to delegate to technology through workflows and automation. Students will study how to profitably build their own virtual law firm, combining theory, pragmatic implementation and real life examples from small firm owners.    

  • Sports Law , JURI 5550 , Credit Hours: 2
    This course will concentrate on the regulation and oversight of intercollegiate athletics in the United States by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). Coverage will include the history of the organization, the differences between the divisions, Title IX compliance, the NCAA's legislative processes, initial eligibility requirements, graduate success rate and academic progress rate standards , the reporting and investigation of alleged violations, the processes for the adjudication of infractions, and the NCAA's penalty structure. In the Fall 2016 semester, this course will have a traditional exam. In the Spring 2017 semester, students will make presentations and may use their papers to satisfy the upper-level writing requirement. Sports Law Syllabus for Spring 2017

  • State and Local Government , JURI 4900 , Credit Hours: 2
    This course explores common principles of state and local government with a strategic focus on key aspects of Georgia law.  The course will combine practical advice with some theory.  Issues addressed include organizational structures of local governments, authority granted to them by the U.S. and Georgia Constitution, and various ways they exercise (or attempt to exercise) their power.  The class may explore these concepts generally and in the context of specific subject areas including but not limited to annexation, home rule, immunity, incorporation, intergovernmental agreements, employment, service delivery strategies, regulatory authority, taxation, and zoning.  This course will introduce students to varied forms of writing and research associated with a professional practice in this area and reflect on professional roles and responsibilities.

  • State and Local Taxation , JURI 5000 , Credit Hours: 2
    A study of principles and problems of state and local taxation in our federal system. Examines ad valorem property taxes, corporate and personal income taxes, sales and use taxes, and other state and local taxes imposed on business. Federal constitutional limitations on state tax power explored in detail and considerable attention is devoted to problems of dividing income of multi-jurisdictional corporations among the states.

  • State and Local Taxation Seminar , JURI 5010 , Credit Hours: 2 , Prerequisite: JURI 5000 (or equivalent experience)
    An in-depth study of selected problems in the field of state and local taxation.

  • State Constitutional Law (Spring 2020) , JURI 4581 , Credit Hours: 1
    This course will consider the role of state constitutions in the development of U.S. constitutional law. Particular attention will be paid to Judge Sutton’s book, 51 Imperfect Solutions: States and the Making of American Constitutional Law. Justices Blackwell, Nahmias, Peterson and Warren of the Georgia Supreme Court will lead sessions focused on the Georgia Constitution. Students will write short papers and make presentations based on their research. The course will be graded on a pass/fail basis.

  • Summer Externship , JURI 5965E , Credit Hours: 2 - 4
    The Summer Externship supports students working in governmental, judicial and private non-profit placements through a focused program of reading, reflection and professional development. Students gain direct exposure to the skills and methods of legal practice, focused application of legal concepts to real conflicts, and reflective appraisal of their own skills and abilities. each student engages in an ongoing conversation with the clinic supervisor through journals and interviews; together with readings, this contact expands and deepens the practical and jurisprudential learning gains in the field. Register for both 5965E (graded portion) and 5966S (pass/fail portion).

  • Summer Externship , JURI 5966S , Credit Hours: 2 - 4
    The Summer Externship supports students working in governmental, judicial and private non-profit placements through a focused program of reading, reflection and professional development. Students gain direct exposure to the skills and methods of legal practice, focused application of legal concepts to real conflicts, and reflective appraisal of their own skills and abilities. each student engages in an ongoing conversation with the clinic supervisor through journals and interviews; together with readings, this contact expands and deepens the practical and jurisprudential learning gains in the field. Register for both 5965E (graded portion) and 5966S (pass/fail portion).

  • Supervised Research , JURI 5190 , Credit Hours: 2
    Supervised Research involves an in-depth written analysis of a legal issue under close faculty tutoring and supervision. It requires significant legal research, original thinking and analysis, and must produce final paper of a kind and quality similar to that found in law review articles.

  • Sustainable Business: Transactions and Strategy , JURI 5667 , Credit Hours: 2 , Prerequisite: JURI 4210
    This course will introduce students to the concept of environmental sustainability, the legal challenges facing businesses in attaining environmental sustainability, the incentives for business to achieve sustainable commerce, and possible means that governments may have to encourage or stimulate environmentally sustainable commerce.

  • Tax Crimes , JURI 5611 , Credit Hours: 2
    Criminal tax investigations and prosecutions; constitutional defenses to the compulsory production of evidence; attorney-client privilege, confidentiality and other defenses available to taxpayers and third parties.

  • Tax Seminar , JURI 5130 , Credit Hours: 2
    This course will cover federal individual income tax issues that lawyers often deal with in practice.  It will also cover tax policy issues that relate to incremental and fundament tax reform proposals that are under consideration at the time of the course. 

  • Technology Skills for Legal Practice , JURI 4086 , Credit Hours: 1
    A focused, hands-on exploration of the use of technology in the practice of law. The course will cover the impact of technology on law and practice and the specific technology understanding and skills required of the modern lawyer. Students will complete hands on projects using practice management, document assembly, presentation and office productivity software.

  • Telecommunications Law & Policy , JURI 5886 , Credit Hours: 3
    This course explores the rules and standards of U.S. telecommunications law. We examine the market structures and regulatory treatment of a number of related electronic communications technologies—from wireline and wireless telephony to t.v. to the Internet backbone—whose convergence and recombination continue to challenge frameworks first established decades ago. We focus most intently on the work of the Federal Communications Commission, the lead agency in the field, paying special attention to its implementation of the 1996 Telecommunications Act. We also consider the ways that antitrust, intellectual property, and free speech principles constrain telecommunications law and policy.

  • The Constitution and Political Parties , JURI 2100 , Credit Hours: 3
    This course will help students understand the relationship between the Constitution and one of our most important political institutions: political parties.  The Founding Fathers were opposed to political parties and designed the Constitution expecting they would not exist.  Parties nevertheless rapidly emerged and have been continually shaped by a changing constitutional structure.  Simultaneously, parties themselves have made indelible impacts on both the constitutional text and constitutional interpretation.

  • The Death Penalty: Interdisciplinary Perspective , JURI 3845 , Credit Hours: 3
    This course will examine social and political issues as well as legal issues surrounding the death penalty in the United States. The history of the death penalty and its impact on current administration of the penalty will be analyzed. Race and the death penalty, mental health, prosecutorial discretion, and geographical disparities in administration of the penalty are only a few of the issues that will be addressed. However, capital punishment is not simply an abstraction, it also involves individuals, perpetrators and victims’ survivors, whose lives have been forever altered. The course will utilize audio-visual materials to examine individual cases and to further illustrate some of the many issues raised by the death penalty. Among other things these case studies will show that discussion of the death penalty in the abstract is easier than application of the death penalty to individual cases.

  • The Federalist Papers , JURI 4573 , Credit Hours: 2 , Prerequisite: JURI 4180
    This course focuses on the framing and ratification of the United States Constitution and the role of The Federalist Papers in that process. This class will NOT satisfy the writing requirement.

  • The History of the Common Law , JURI 4876 , Credit Hours: 4
    This course surveys the development of the common law, courts, and legal profession in England and the US, with emphasis on the ways that common law and legal practice have diverged in these countries. The course concludes by comparing how both countries structure and regulate the practice of law today.

  • The Law and Ethics of Lawyering (formerly Legal Profession) , JURI 4300 , Credit Hours: 3
    This course deals with the ethical and legal principles that govern the legal profession. Topics covered include, among others, the attorney-client relationship, the duty of confidentiality, the attorney-client privilege, conflicts of interest, ethics in advocacy, ethical issues in representing organizational clients, admission to practice, and advertising and solicitation. Particular emphasis is given to the Model Rules of Professional Conduct and the Restatement of the Law Governing Lawyers.