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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  • Transnational Criminal Law , JURI: 4273 , Credit Hours: 3
    This course concerns crimes that, though ordinarily domestic, become “transnational” when some aspect crosses national borders. To be studied: extraterritorial jurisdiction; obligations of law enforcement officers operating overseas; substantive law of crimes like trafficking, public corruption, money laundering, and terrorism; and procedural matters like extradition, rendition, evidence gathering, and judgment-enforcement.

  • Trial Practice , JURI: 5040 , Credit Hours: 2
    A study of trial methodology, including jury voir dire, opening statements in jury and bench trials, introduction of proof and pre-trial as well as trial objections to evidence, and delivery of final arguments. Problems in civil and criminal litigation are analyzed, with emphasis upon demonstration of techniques by students in the course. Course is graded S/U.

  • Trusts and Estates , JURI: 4280, 4290 , Credit Hours: 3 each
    Substantive and procedural rules concerning holding and gratuitous disposition of wealth, including intestate succession, wills, will substitutes and inter vivos and testamentary trusts; substantive law of express and charitable trusts; remedies for wrongs relating to disposition of wealth; fiduciary powers, duties and liabilities; construction problems relating to future interests and powers of appointment.

  • UGA Law Semester at Oxford , JURI: ---- , Credit Hours: 13
    For more information visit the program page at: law.uga.edu/georgia-law-oxford The 15-week Georgia Law at Oxford program features 3 traditional courses on international civil procedure, comparative constitutional rights, and European Union law, and one 3-credit intensive research and writing project on a comparative or international law topic. Students receive 13 semester hours of credit toward their degree upon completion of the program. 

  • Unincorporated Business Associations , JURI: 4000 , Credit Hours: 2
    This course deals with the agency relationship and provides an introduction to partnership, limited liability partnerships, and limited liability companies. In addition to a final exam, students will engage in several exercises designed to provide future transactional lawyers with the basic skills to help clients structure their business relationships to achieve the client's business and financial goal

  • Urban Resilience , JURI: 5282 , Credit Hours: 2
    This course will survey many different topics: climate adaptation and resilience, energy and water efficiency, environmental justice, land management, urban agriculture, waste management/recycling, and transportation. Case studies will focus on cities and corporations that are doing innovative work and serving as global leaders in sustainability and resilience. Overarching themes we will explore across all content areas include legal constraints of city and corporate authority, governance, and the roles of various types of institutions in developing, advancing, and advocating for local policy change. This course is interdisciplinary, covering ideas in public policy, law, urban planning, and management of natural and energy resources.

  • Veterans Legal Clinic , JURI: 5977S, 5978S , Credit Hours: 4-6
    The Veterans Legal Clinic will offer students the chance to help veterans, to learn about veterans’ needs and experiences, and to learn about advocacy in administrative and judicial forums. The Veteran’s Clinic will represent veterans and their dependents in claims for VA and other governmental benefits. The Clinic will serve a 15 county region surrounding Athens. Students will interview and advise clients, advocate for them before the VA and other agencies, and engage in public outreach. Students will also work in collaboration with other related professionals, including psychologists, social workers, and other providers who work with veterans. A weekly seminar will teach the law related to the practice, will offer perspectives on the experience of veterans, and will include regular assessment of ongoing cases. Students can earn between 4 – 6 credits depending on the hours they work.

  • Visual Arts, Cultural Heritage, and the Law , JURI: 5575 , Credit Hours: 2
     This course explores contemporary legal, ethical, and policy issues involved in the acquisition, ownership, and disposition of works of art. It tackles diverse issues by examining the complex roles of multiple participants, including from the transactional perspective of an attorney representing an art collector.  The international movement of art in times of war and peace and the preservation and protection of art as a form of cultural heritage are important themes in the course.  There is no formal prerequisites for the course beyond the first year curriculum. The course includes several drafting assignments (often done in 2-3 person teams) and an in-class final.

  • Wage and Hour Law and Litigation , JURI: 5955 , Credit Hours: 2
    This course examines present trends in wage and hour litigation, the single dominant subject area in current labor and employment law practice. The course examines the history of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and also treats wage and hour law in the states, both statutory and common law. Because multi-plaintiff litigation under the FLSA proceeds on a collective, or opt-in, basis, the course will examine the differences between opt-in and Rule 23 opt-out class actions, including increasingly successful efforts to use the two approaches simultaneously in wage and hour claims.

  • Water Law , JURI: 4828 , Credit Hours: 3
    The allocation, management, and protection of water resources. Water law is more substantially developed in arid Western states, but is increasingly important in Eastern states that are facing water scarcity. Water law focuses on allocation, access, and use.

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