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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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  • Mass Tort Seminar , JURI 5790 , Credit Hours: 3
    This seminar focuses on the legal problems and issues associated with the unique, growing phenomenon of mass torts, e.g., the B.P. Oil Spill, the 9/11 litigation, tobacco, Agent Orange, Dalkon Shield, breast implants, asbestos personal injury litigation, etc. We will examine such issues as consolidation of state and federal litigation in one forum, judicial determination of who should appropriately manage the litigation for both plaintiffs and defendants, how courts determine legal causation, strategic and ethical considerations for plaintiffs and defendants, strategies for litigation funding, alternatives to judicial resolution, and issues associated with Congressional intervention. This class will explore the overriding question of whether the courts can dispense individual justice in cases involving thousands of litigants. Course requirements will include writing a substantial research paper as well as actively participating in class discussion.

  • Media Law , JURI 5576 , Credit Hours: 3
    Examines a variety of legal issues affecting the news media. After an introductory examination of traditional constitutional issues arising out of the First Amendment and a philosophical look at the justifications for free speech protection, the course explores how these traditional principles are balanced against competing interests not only in constitutional law but also in common law and statutory regulations. Issues dealt with include prior restraint, defamation, privacy, access to court proceedings, access to government meetings and documents, the reporter’s privilege, and intellectual property issues affecting the press. In addition this course addresses issues specific to electronic media, although it focuses on the communicative, as opposed to the administrative or regulatory aspects of this emerging area of law.

  • Mediation Practicum I , JURI 5975 , Credit Hours: 3
    The course consists of in-class, simulation-based training, including interactive training on the mediation process, the role and competencies of the mediator, ethical and regulatory rules governing mediation and a series of specific topics of mediation practice. It also includes an introduction to small claims court and to the primary legal issues that students will encounter in practice. This course is designed to satisfy the requirements of the Georgia Office of Dispute Resolution ("GODR") for the training of court-certified mediators.

  • Mediation Practicum II , JURI 5976S , Credit Hours: 3 , Prerequisite: JURI 5975 (Mediation Practicum I)
    This clinical course includes four primary components: 1) solo mediation of selected cases in the Clarke County Magistrate Court, 2) weekly two-hour class sessions which will combine in-depth assessments of completed cases and integrated discussions of readings in mediation theory and practice, 3) advanced readings on mediation and dispute resolution theory, and 4) regular periodic reflective writing in the form of two journals and a learning appraisal. Students will meet individually with the clinical supervisor for individual feedback and evaluation.

  • Medical Malpractice , JURI 5590 , Credit Hours: 1
    A nuts and bolts approach to medical malpractice law and litigation in Georgia. Taught by practicing attorneys, plaintiff and defense perspectives are offered. While the focus is on substantive law, the procedural aspects of such cases are also covered.

  • Mental Health Law , JURI 3627 , Credit Hours: 3
    This course surveys the legal issues relating to mental health and illness, including competency, disability, confidentiality (HIPAA), duty to warn, civil commitment, criminal defenses, discrimination, and similar issues. The course will help students planning careers in the helping professions, including social work, therapy, psychology, education, and criminal justice.

  • Military Law , JURI 4390 , Credit Hours: 2
    The course will focus on the system of military justice in the United States, and its sources of authority under the U.S. Constitution, the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ), and the Manual for Courts-Martial (MCM). The course will also address the history of military justice in the United States and particularly the UCMJ since its enactment in 1951; the complementary relationship between military discipline and the UCMJ; scope of military jurisdiction; the different types of crimes established in the UCMJ; military trial practice and procedure , including a comparison between the evidentiary and procedural rules under the UCMJ/MCM and the civilian federal courts; the appellate courts established under the UCMJ; the role of the military lawyer and the organization and role of the several Judge Advocate General departments within DoD; the role of the military commander under the UCMJ; significant military cases reaching the U.S. Supreme Court and other federal courts; discussion of the use of military commissions in the Global War on Terror and a comparative analysis of military justice systems of other nations.

  • Mock Trial Competition , JURI 5047 , Credit Hours: 2
    Student teams prepare civil or criminal jury trials under the supervision of a faculty advisor by preparing and presenting pretrial evidentiary motions, opening statements, direct and cross examinations of witnesses, and closing arguments. A student must be selected as a competing advocate who will attend a competition in the semester in which the student registers.

  • Modern American Legal Theory , JURI 4199 , Credit Hours: 3
    This is a study in the theories that animate modern legal scholarship and practice. The course surveys classic articles and book excerpts and reviews to provide a basic understanding of the dominant theoretical movements and their development.

  • Modern American Legal Theory (online course) , JURI 4199E , Credit Hours: 3
    This is an online course studying in the theories that animate modern legal scholarship and practice. The course surveys classic articles and book excerpts and reviews to provide a basic understanding of the   dominant theoretical movements and their development.

  • Moot Court Competition , JURI 5042 , Credit Hours: 2
    Student teams prepare appellate briefs and bench briefs and practice oral arguments under the supervision of a faculty advisor for regional, national, and international competitions.  A student must be selected as a competing advocate who will attend a competition in the semester in which the student registers. This course is graded S/U.

  • Moot Court Competition: International Moot Court , JURI 5042 , Credit Hours: 2
    Preparation, handling of international law moot court case and representation of hypothetical states before international legal tribunal. Topics covered impart knowledge of international legal reasoning, novel research and effective oral advocacy. Enrollment extended by permission. This course is graded S/U.

  • Motion Drafting and Practice , JURI 5458 , Credit Hours: 3
    The written Motion is a litigator’s basic tool for seeking and obtaining Court rulings in a variety of contexts during the course of litigation.  This course provides an overview of, and practice in applying, the legal principles applicable to drafting Motions.

  • Multidistrict Litigation: Law, Practice, and Strategy , JURI 5597 , Credit Hours: 1
    This course dissects the legal problems and issues associated with aggregate litigation in federal multidistrict litigation by examining various court decisions, decisions by the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation, scholarly articles, empirical data, and litigation filings. It likewise considers strategic and ethical considerations.

  • Natural Resources , JURI 4910 , Credit Hours: 3
    The law governing the acquisition and use of natural resources, with particular regard to natural resources on publicly owned lands.

  • Negotiation Competition , JURI 5044 , Credit Hours: 1
    Team members prepare for oral negotiations and practice negotiation techniques under the direction of a faculty advisor for regional and national competitions. A student selected to compete is eligible for credit in the semester in which the competition is held. The faculty advisor(s) will approve course registration and assign a grade.  Course is graded S/U.

  • Oxford Research Tutorial , JURI ---- , Credit Hours: 3 , Prerequisite: only students enrolled in the Oxford Program
    For more information about the Oxford program, visit the program webpage: This course is modeled on the format of the justly renowned Oxford tutorial. Each tutor will meet periodically with a small number of students. Meetings will be devoted to planning or revising the students' individual research papers, to be completed by the end of the semester. Law students will participate in groups of three or four with their individual tutors (professors).

  • Partnership Taxation , JURI 5090 , Credit Hours: 3 , Prerequisite: JURI 5120
    Deals with impact of federal income tax on formation and operation of businesses conducted in partnership form. Special emphasis on tax ramifications of sale of partnership interest, death or retirement of partner, and dissolution of partnership.

  • Patent Law , JURI 4920 , Credit Hours: 3
    This course addresses the basics of obtaining and enforcing U.S. patent protection for useful inventions. We consider how the patent laws foster innovation through the grant of exclusionary rights to inventors by undertaking a detailed examination of both the substantive requirements for patentability (utility, novelty, and nonobviousness) and the requirements defining an adequate disclosure of the invention (written description, enablement, and claim definiteness). We also explore the complementary implementation roles played by the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office, on the one hand, and the federal courts (especially the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit) on the other. 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.

  • Patent Prosecution & Procedure , JURI 4923 , Credit Hours: 2 , Prerequisite: JURI 4920 or JURI 5050 , Co-requisite: JURI 4920 or JURI 5050
    This drafting course studies how to write and prosecute a United States patent application. With numerous drafting exercises, including the drafting of claims and arguments in response to Office Actions from the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), the course both introduces students to common issues arising during patent prosecution and equips students with basic strategies to deal with those issues. The course also explores patent infringement analysis and opinion letter work in which patent lawyers routinely engage. It is not formal preparation for the USPTO patent bar.

  • Payment Systems , JURI 4170 , Credit Hours: 3
    Articles 3 and 4 of the Uniform Commercial Code which deal with checks and promissory notes. Other payment systems, such as credit cards, debit cards, and electronic fund transfers also will be examined.

  • Pirates, Spies & Speech: Exploring the Intersection of Law & Technology in the Information Age , JURI 2500 , Credit Hours: 3
    The law has always had to adapt to deal with challenges created by new technologies. The first copyright law, for instance, can trace its origin to the proliferation of publishing enabled by the printing press. Today this issue is especially important because technology develops much more quickly than the law can respond. And since things like the World Wide Web, social media, smart phones, and wearables are so integral to modern life, this time between tech development and legal change can be lead to problems that the law cannot easily address. As such, this course will explore the intersection of law, policy, and the modern connective technologies that many of use daily. To this end, we will look at copyright, fair use, and the changing concept of IP ownership, particularly since the growth and fall of Napster; privacy and data security, particularly since Edward Snowden’s revelations; and how copyright and privacy collide with free speech, particularly considering cases like the fight between Terry “Hulk Hogan” Bollea and Gawker Media.

  • Political Leadership & The Law , JURI 5596 , Credit Hours: 2 , Prerequisite: Constitutional Law
    How do our federal laws get made and interpreted? This course will examine the intersection of law and politics with a special focus on leadership, and how leadership qualities in the Executive and Legislative branches impact how federal laws ultimately affect the American public. With a special focus on national security, students will utilize current public policy issues and relevant Supreme Court cases to understand legislative process, identify separation of powers tensions, and, ultimately, the resolution of those tensions. Drawing on his 20 years of service in Congress, Senator Chambliss will address the issues of how Congress really works, the power of the Executive relative to duly passed legislation, the role of federal courts in resolving those tensions, and the role of Congress in the federal judiciary.  Class size is limited to 20 students. 

  • Poverty and Financial Law , JURI 5465 , Credit Hours: 2
    This seminar will examine the history and current regulatory structure of financial services to the poor. It will examine the legal framework around the fringe banking sector, the credit union and savings and loan movements, postal banking, and other poverty-related financial initiatives.

  • Practicum in Animal Welfare Skills , JURI 3278S , Credit Hours: 4
    In the Practicum in Animal Welfare Skills (PAWS), students will work with law enforcement and animal welfare professionals to identify, investigate, and work to resolve animal welfare issues, including crimes and ordinance violations, in Athens-Clarke County. Students may draft county ordinances intended for adoption and will develop and teach a course to educate offenders about proper animal care and applicable laws. Preference for spring enrollment is given to students who successfully completed the fall semester. Permission only. Limited to rising Criminal Justice and SPIA seniors and Pre-Veterinary students.