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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  • Estate Planning , JURI: 4560 , Credit Hours: 2
    Planning effective and tax-efficient transfers of property interests based on client type, intended beneficiary, type of transfer, and asset type. Attention is given to preparation of estate plans and drafting of appropriate instruments. Focus on restrictions imposed by client goals, economic environment, and the law of trusts, wills, and federal taxation.

  • Ethics in Litigation , JURI: 5440 , Credit Hours: 2
    This course examines the various ethical issues that can arise in the context of civil litigation, with particular emphasis on the pretrial phase of the process. Specific areas of coverage include: dealing with prospective clients; pre-filing investigation; ethics in pleading and motion practice; discovery ethics; witness interviews and preparation; negotiation and settlement; ethical challenges presented by technology; and ethical duties as “officers of the court.”  Final grades will be based on the following: (1) leading at least one class session; (2) performance on a take-home final examination; and (3) class participation.  Law and Ethics of Lawyering is a prerequisite for this course.  Computer use is prohibited during class – Students will not be permitted to utilize laptop computers or any other electronic or wireless device during class for any purpose, including taking notes.

  • Evidence , JURI: 4250 , Credit Hours: 3
    Covers rules governing admission and exclusion of testimony, documents, exhibits, expert proof and experiments in criminal and civil cases. Also concerned with mechanics of proof, proper form of objections, order of proof, and burden of proof in criminal and civil trials. The subjects of hearsay, relevancy, character evidence and the law of witness impeachment and cross-examination are explored in detail.

  • Family Law , JURI: 5330 , Credit Hours: 3
    Significant aspects of family law, including marriage, divorce, separation, custody, and non-traditional families.

  • Federal Courts , JURI: 4570 , Credit Hours: 3
    This course will focus on the structure, jurisdiction, and powers of federal courts. Coverage will include: development of the federal court system; selection of judges; the judicial power under Article III; justiciability and the case-or-controversy requirement (standing, ripeness, mootness, political questions); the Erie doctrine; federal common law; challenges to jurisdiction; federal question jurisdiction; diversity jurisdiction; venue and transfer; special problems of removal jurisdiction.

  • Federal Income Tax , JURI: 5120 , Credit Hours: 3
    Introduction to policy and practice of federal income taxation of individuals, including determination of gross income, allowance of deductions and credits, sales and dispositions of property, capital gains and losses, and problems of attribution of income.

  • Fiduciary Law: Emerging Issues and New Directions , JURI: 5595 , Credit Hours: 1
    This one-credit, pass-fail course will examine cutting-edge topics in fiduciary law. The first six hours of instruction will focus on the fiduciary law governing trusts and trustees and will be taught by Professor Thomas Gallanis, the Allan D. Vestal Chair in Law at the University of Iowa and the Verner F. Chaffin Visiting Chair in Fiduciary Law at UGA.   Among the topics covered will be: (1) the trustee’s duty of prudent investment, the measure of the trustee’s liability for breach of that duty, and the rise of the “directed” trust; (2) the trustee’s duty of impartiality between beneficiaries of income and beneficiaries of principal, the trustee’s power to adjust between income and principal, and the use of unitrusts as an alternative to traditional income-and-principal trusts; (3) the widespread use of discretionary trusts, and the range of a trustee’s discretion; and (4) the emerging phenomenon of trust “decanting.”  Recent uniform acts will be studied, including the Uniform Trust Decanting Act (2015), the Uniform Directed Trust Act (2017), and the Uniform Fiduciary Income and Principal Act (2018)

  • Food & Drug Law , JURI: 5635 , Credit Hours: 2
    This course provides an overview of laws and regulations governing development, manufacturing, and commercial distribution of drugs, biologic, medical device products, and animal health products and how they relate to the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and medical device industry. This includes domestic regulatory requirements and various regulatory agencies and their jurisdiction.

  • Foreign Affairs and National Security Law , JURI: 4425 , Credit Hours: 3
    Examines how U.S. law both constrains and is constrained by U.S. foreign relations and the foreign policy-making process. The course considers issues relating to separation of powers, federalism, individual rights, and the influence of international norms on US constitutional development.

  • Franchise Law , JURI: 4940 , Credit Hours: 2
    This course will introduce students to the franchise business model, with emphasis on the practical aspects of franchising.  The topics it will cover include the franchise regulatory system in the U.S., including laws governing franchise sales and disclosures and franchise relationship issues; and tangential areas, which will include a brief look at trademark and other intellectual property subjects, antitrust, commercial contract issues,  alternative forms of dispute resolution (mediation and arbitration), and common law contract and tort issues, as well as international franchising.  The course will also include opportunities to address hypothetical situations based on actual events and will emphasize policy considerations relating to franchise activities.

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