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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  • Whistleblower Litigation Seminar , JURI: 5644 , Credit Hours: 2
    This seminar focuses on the major Federal whistleblower statute -- the civil False Claims Act (FCA) -- which in recent years has resulted in billions of dollars of recoveries for the U.S. Government and various states, and huge rewards for the private whistleblowers instigating these cases. The FCA creates a unique partnership among private plaintiffs, their counsel, and Government lawyers, and is spawning an ever expanding number of Federal and state investigations. We will examine the evolution of the FCA from the Civil War era through its modern amendments, and the key substantive and strategic issues in pursuing and defending FCA cases today. The course will also briefly review the new whistleblower reward program at the Securities and Exchange Commission and the recently enhanced program at the Internal Revenue Service. This class is limited to 20 students.

  • White Collar Prosecution , JURI: 5661 , Credit Hours: 2
    This course is designed to give students an introduction to economic and political crimes associated under the label of “white collar crime” in Georgia, including conspiracy, theft, fraud, racketeer influenced and corrupt organizations (RICO), money laundering, computer and cyber-crimes, perjury and false statements, securities fraud, fraud upon financial institutions, and parallel non-criminal procedures associated with white collar crimes.  This course will also provide students a practical and substantive understanding of various investigative tools and techniques, as well as prosecutorial and defensive strategies, utilized in Georgia inthese types of cases.

  • Wilderness Law and Policy , JURI: 5275 , Credit Hours: 3
    This course will provide an in-depth look at the federal lands managed under the Wilderness Act of 1964 and subsequent enactments, as well as the regulations that the federal land management agencies employ in governing these lands. In addition, systems of state, private and international wilderness protection will be discussed.

  • Wildlife Law , JURI: 5276 , Credit Hours: 2
    An examination of the Federal and state legal framework dealing with wildlife. The course reviews wildlife law and policy from a variety of perspectives, including those recognizing sustainable use as a valuable conservation tool, as well as regulated hunting as a component of conservation and sound wildlife management. Selected topics include the North American Wildlife Conservation Model, the Public Trust Doctrine, the right to hunt and fish, the Federal preemption of state laws, the state role on Federal lands, the Federal protection of species, and the Federal protection of wildlife habitat. The course will include not only legal education, but practical application of the law.

  • Workers' Compensation , JURI: 5060 , Credit Hours: 3
    Analyzes law governing workplace accidents and diseases and its relationship to orthodox tort doctrine. Among topics studied are substantive limitations on coverage, administrative process in handling claims, and various approaches toward computing compensation awards.

  • Writing for Judicial Clerkships , JURI: 4088 , Credit Hours: 2
    This course introduces students to the workings of judicial chambers and provides experience in writing the types of documents commonly required of judicial clerks, such as jury instructions, trial court opinions, appellate court opinions, and bench memoranda.

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