Electives 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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  • Legal Analytics and Innovation , JURI: 5595 , Credit Hours: 1
    Artificial Intelligence (AI) and data science are reshaping every aspect of how we live and work.  Initially slow to adopt data-driven technologies, the legal industry is on the verge of a legal analytics revolution, in which many tasks previously performed by lawyers will be automated and attorneys will augment their legal judgment with data—helping clients make better decisions faster and more cheaply.  In this interactive short course, students will assume the roles of corporate general counsel, law firm managing partners, and legal tech startup CEOs to develop data strategies for their organizations, evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of legal analytics software currently on the market, and redesign attorney workflows using analytics to maximize return on investment (ROI).  This course will demystify concepts like AI, data science, and machine learning while empowering students with a working knowledge of legal analytics that will deliver immediate value to their future employers.  No prior experience in technology, data analytics, or mathematics is needed.

  • Accounting and Finance for Lawyers , JURI: 4384 , Credit Hours: 2
    This class is designed for law students who have little or no prior experience with accounting or finance course work, and it is intended to provide a general understanding of the basic accounting and finance information needed to make economic decisions about businesses. The course has three parts, with part 1 providing an introduction to accounting and the fundamentals of a general set of financial statements including the balance sheet, income statement, and cash flow statement, as well as the process followed to create financial statements and basics of financial statement analysis. Part 2 will cover the principles of finance and valuation including the cost of using money, assessing risk and return, valuation basics, and economics of the firm. Part 3 will cover financial instruments (debt, equity, and derivatives), capital markets, and corporate transactions. The class is not designed to make you an expert accountant or finance professional, but it should enable you to 1) make intelligent use of accounting and financial information, and 2) raise appropriate questions about the accounting and financial information developed by the experts in your company. Students who take this course may not take Business Basics, and vice versa.

  • Administrative Law , JURI: 4320 , Credit Hours: 3
    Focuses on law controlling federal and state administrative action. Along with constitutional restraints, student is asked to consider statutory and judicially formulated rules for the administrative process. Control over administrative discretion and enforced accountability are major themes. Attention is devoted to federal and state Administrative Procedure Acts.

  • Advanced Corporations , JURI: 5590 , Credit Hours: 1
    Part one of the course explores the question of who should make corporate law. Specifically, we will discuss scholarly theories addressing whether the states or the federal government would best regulate corporate matters, and explaining Delaware's prominence in corporate law. Part two examines Delaware statutory and judicial corporate law. We will discuss the inner workings of expedited and summary litigation, problems in the organization and functioning of a corporation (focusing on management and control), and mergers and transfers of control (including hostile acquisitions, tender offers, going private transactions, and defensive tactics). Part three provides hands on experience in litigating corporate cases. Students will participate in two oral arguments as advocates and judges. Grades in this course will be based on a take home written exam that focuses on the course materials and class lectures. Class attendance and participation are required.

  • Advanced Evidence Seminar , JURI: 5980 , Credit Hours: 2
    Advanced study and writing work on evidence and litigation topics, including subjects like hearsay, experts, final arguments, and motions for a new trial. Involves study and discussion of problem areas and research, writing, and preparation as well as defense of a major paper on a specific litigation problem. Potential paper topics include matters like husband/wife privilege, expert witness standards in federal and Georgia practice, and the limits of closing argument. At the election of the student, the paper can be prepared in a manner which will fulfill the Advanced Writing Requirement of the law school.

  • Advanced Legal Research , JURI: 4085 , Credit Hours: 2
    This course will build upon research skills acquired in first year Legal Research and Writing classes by offering students an advanced exploration of legal research tools. The course will cover primary and secondary legal sources, advanced searching skills, topical research, internet resources and non-law resources.

  • Advanced Legal Writing Seminar , JURI: 4160 , Credit Hours: 3
    Provides advanced instruction in legal research and legal writing. The course will focus both on training and experience in the practical skills of researching and writing as well as explicitly exploring the purposes for writing a particular document and being sure to effectively reach the intended audience.  The class material will cover general writing principles, guidance on legal writing style, grammar, organization, editing, and citation form. This course will consist of extensive practice, feedback, peer review, and review of excerpts from actual briefs and other documents.

  • Advanced Topics in Corporate Litigation , JURI: 4581 , Credit Hours: 1
    This course examines advanced topics in Delaware corporate law, focusing on the functioning of a corporation and transfers of control. Students will be given the opportunity for hands on experience in litigating corporate cases through oral argument.  This course will be pass/fail, based on class participation and a short opinion paper that focuses on class lectures and the materials examined in connection with the litigation practice exercise.

  • Advanced Trial Practice , JURI: 5700 , Credit Hours: 2
    Trials of advanced or multi-party cases, such as adverse possession, commercial litigation, conspiracy and product liability actions; some expanded problems in evidence and trial procedure. Drafting projects include pre- trial documents, motions in limine and post-trial motions.

  • Alternative Dispute Resolution Survey , JURI: 5735 , Credit Hours: 3
    This is a survey course of dispute resolution processes that do not directly involve litigation – primarily negotiation, mediation and arbitration. Classes provide an overview of the advantages and disadvantages of each process and an opportunity for student participation in each process.