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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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  • Prosecution III , JURI 5165S , Credit Hours: 3 - 6 , Prerequisite: JURI 5160S (Prosecution II)
    Spring Semester. This course teaches the procedural steps involved in the prosecution of a criminal case following a defendant’s not-guilty plea.  Students will learn about jury trials and jury selection. Students will also learn about the search warrant requirement and its “well-recognized exceptions,” identification of suspects, Confrontation Clause, and Right to Counsel.

  • Prosecution III , JURI 5166S , Credit Hours: 3 - 6 , Prerequisite: JURI 5160S (Prosecution II)
    Spring Semester. This course teaches the procedural steps involved in the prosecution of a criminal case following a defendant’s not-guilty plea.  Students will learn about jury trials and jury selection. Students will also learn about the search warrant requirement and its “well-recognized exceptions,” identification of suspects, Confrontation Clause, and Right to Counsel.

  • Public Health Law , JURI 5622 , Credit Hours: 3
    This course offers an overview of Public Health Law. The course begins by defining public health law with historic, contemporary and international comparative law-policy perspectives, discusses the government entities most involved in public health domestically and internationally, and then surveys a range of applications. Coverage encompasses reproductive health, vaccination, biodefense, integration of genomics (study of gene function) and population genetics into public health policy and practice, and international public health.

  • Public Interest Practicum , JURI 5690S , Credit Hours: 3
    Designed to teach students to discover what peoples' needs are, to be able as lawyers to summon community's resources for meeting those needs, and to determine what lawyers can do to insure the community's services are in place and functioning. Students will be required to work with both service institutions and individuals who are the clients of those institutions. They will be assigned to cases and graded on their success in solving the problems raised.

  • Public International Law , JURI 4640 , Credit Hours: 3
    This introductory course will examine the doctrine, theory, and evolution of International Law. Once focused narrowly on relations between nation-states, the field now encompasses myriad legal norms and mechanisms regulating the global activities not only of states, but also of human beings, corporations, and intergovernmental and nongovernmental organizations.

  • 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.

  • Real Estate Development , JURI 5490 , Credit Hours: 3 , Prerequisite: JURI 4090 and JURI 4780
    Commercial real estate acquisition; development and financing of subdivisions, condominiums, planned developments, and income property; negotiation of financing provisions for income property, including nonrecourse clauses, guaranties, environmental indemnities, and opinions of borrower's counsel; ground leasing and sale-leaseback transactions.

  • Real Estate Transactions , JURI 4780 , Credit Hours: 3 , Prerequisite: JURI 4090
    Residential and commercial real estate transactions, including contracts of sale, brokerage arrangements, deeds of conveyance, the recording system, and methods of title assurance; financing of real estate acquisition, including installment land contracts, mortgages, and other financing methods.

  • Refugee & Asylum Law , JURI 5894 , Credit Hours: 2
    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.

  • Regulating Digital Abuse , JURI 5589 , Credit Hours: 2
    Digital abuse is on the rise. People are increasingly using networked technologies to engage in harassment, stalking, privacy invasions, and surveillance. The law will often adapt to deal with harmful technologies, and one of the pressing challenges of our time is deciding whether and how to regulate digital abuse. This seminar will consider responses to the harms enabled by networked technologies, exploring issues related to civil rights, consumer protection, cybercrime, free speech, privacy, and private self-governance.

  • Regulation of Information , JURI 4588 , Credit Hours: 3
    This is a study of the latest academic thinking and doctrinal development of the regulation of knowledge through information controls. From privacy to insider trading to state secrets, our law regulates information to prevent the harms arising from undesirable distributions of knowledge.

  • Regulation of the Human Body , JURI 4832 , Credit Hours: 2
    This seminar examines the ways in which we regulate the human body and its uses, treatment, and materials. As we study these regulations, we will also examine the underlying cultural assumptions embodied in the laws. The exact topics covered will vary by semester.

  • Regulation, Politics, and the Environment , JURI 5595 , Credit Hours: 1
    The seminar will explore the challenges of contemporary environmental regulation. It will start by examining the concept of regulation and its theoretical underpinnings. We will explore in this context some of the basic concepts of the economic and philosophical theory of regulation including public goods, externalities and coordination. We will then move to examine some of the basic instruments of modern regulation, distinguishing between command and control mechanisms, economic instruments, final demand instruments and liability rules. Drawing on this general introduction we will develop a typology of regulatory failures exploring some of the common explanations for these failures (e.g., regulatory capture, epistemic incompetence, scientific uncertainty). This theoretical discussion will be accompanied by examination of various case studies, including both national and global examples.

  • Remedies , JURI 4550 , Credit Hours: 3
    Remedies is a transubstantive course that crosses the traditional boundaries within private law, and between private and public law. The course requires students to reconsider from a new perspective the fundamental tort, property and contract law doctrines they learned in their first-year. In particular, they are asked to focus on the relief they are seeking for their clients and the alternative forms of relief that might be available. After all, remedies are the denominator common to every area of the law that imposes liability. The objective of this course is gain an understanding of the relationship between liability and remedy across many areas of the law, looking at both regularities and divergences.

  • Representing the State and Its Authorities , JURI 5595 , Credit Hours: 1
    The course will examine how state agencies and authorities are created and what powers are conferred on them. We will also examine the pitfalls of litigating against state authorities and what immunities are available to them. The relationship between the state and other states and private entities will also be covered in the context of negotiations, agreements, and compacts.  

  • Same Sex Marriage Seminar , JURI 5331 , Credit Hours: 2
    Where we are presently in the legal and social battles over same-sex marriage, how we got here, and where we will go from here.

  • Secured Transactions , JURI 4950 , Credit Hours: 3
    Basic commercial law course dealing with secured financing when the collateral consists of personal property, including goods, fixtures, intangibles, and intellectual property. Focus is on Article 9 of the Uniform Commercial Code. The course should help students to develop their skills in statutory analysis and in understanding and planning business transactions.

  • Securities Enforcement , JURI 5595 , Credit Hours: 1
    This course will examine the enforcement of the federal securities laws and related white-collar crimes from the perspectives of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission staff, the Department of Justice, and defense counsel.  An important focus of the course will be discussing the relevant statutes, regulations, case law, and other legal principles, and applying them to practical situations that arise in government investigations.  The required weekly reading will consist of securities enforcement cases, statutes, regulations, and other relevant documents.  Given the highly evolving subject matter, many classes will include a short discussion of recent developments.  As events occur during the semester, we may supplement or replace the reading materials to account for current events and changes in the law.  Additionally, at points throughout the semester, we will have ‘practical’ classes that will involve workshops in which students will be expected to demonstrate their understanding of the course material in simulated real-world settings.

  • Securities Litigation and Enforcement , JURI 5430 , Credit Hours: 3 , Prerequisite: JURI 4210
    This course examines private, SEC, and criminal enforcement of the federal securities laws. Topics considered include fraud on the market, market manipulation, international reach of the fraud provisions, and securities arbitration, as well as developments under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act and the Sarbanes-Oxley Act. This course is altogether distinct from, and does not presuppose knowledge of, the course in securities regulation.

  • Securities Regulation , JURI 4960 , Credit Hours: 3 , Prerequisite: JURI 4210
    This overview of the federal securities laws focuses primarily on the Securities Act of 1933. Topics covered include the definition of a security, the registration of securities offerings with the Securities & Exchange Commission, exemptions from registration, secondary distributions, and civil liabilities.

  • Select Topics in Judicature , JURI 4581 , Credit Hours: 1
    Selected areas of judicial administration and judging that are too narrow for a full-semester course. Topics may include judicial case management, the judicial role in criminal and civil matters, the role of judges or courts in society and literature, comparative approaches to judging in different legal systems, etc.

  • Select Topics in Judicature: Executive Branch Lawyering , JURI 4581 , Credit Hours: 1
    This course, to be co-taught by Judge David Barron of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit and Professor Diane Marie Amann, will explore the role of Executive Branch lawyers. It will focus on the question of detaining presumed terrorists, particularly at the U.S. military base at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. Readings will include Executive pronouncements, statutes, judicial decisions, policy reports, and legal commentaries. Students will consider not only legal and ethical issues, but also the interactions among lawyers in U.S. agencies, other governments, and nongovernmental entities. Grading of this pass-fail course will be based on demonstrated engagement with the readings and issues, as well as participation in class discussion and role-playing exercises.

  • Select Topics in Judicature: Opinion Testimony and Scientific Evidence , JURI 4581 , Credit Hours: 1
    The most common and the most difficult evidentiary problem that lawyers have in federal court is dealing with expert witness testimony. The learning curve is steep, and you don't want to learn at your client's expense. I'm going to flatten the curve in this mini-course, and show you both the pitfalls and the path to success.

  • Select Topics in Judicature: Persuading the Judge and Jury , JURI 4581 , Credit Hours: 1
    Sprring 2018: This course will give students the opportunity to discuss and to practice parts of a trial such as jury selection, opening and closing statements, witness examinations, appellate briefs, and appellate arguments with Judge Bernice Donald.  Judge Donald has been: a judge on Tennessee’s General Sessions Criminal Court; a United States Bankruptcy Judge for the Western District of Tennessee; and a United States District Court Judge for the Western District of Tennessee.  She currently is a judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.  She will share her trial and appellate insights and give feedback as you perform related exercises.   

  • Select Topics in Judicature: Special Challenges in Trying a High-Profile Criminal Case , JURI 4581 , Credit Hours: 1
    This 1-credit, pass/fail mini-course honors the late Chief Justice P. Harris Hines and features retired Cobb County Superior Court Judge James G. Bodiford who presided over three of the most infamous high-profile Georgia criminal cases in the last half century: State v. Brian Nichols (the Fulton County Courthouse shooter), State vs. Lynn Turner (convicted of killing her husband and boyfriend with antifreeze), and State v. Fred Tokars (the Atlanta attorney convicted of hiring a hitman to kill his wife). The course will be co-taught by retired UGA Law professor Alan A. Cook.