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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  • Corporate Compliance: Controls and Breakdowns , JURI: 5643 , Credit Hours: 1
    This course examines the legal underpinnings and structural components of the compliance function in corporations.   It reviews the key compliance issues for public companies, banks, and accounting firms, among other organizations, and deconstructs past compliance failures.  The course also analyzes the role of attorneys working with, and as, compliance professionals.

  • Corporate Counsel Externship , JURI: 5968S, 5969E , Credit Hours: 4 - 6
    This course explores the practice of law from the perspective of an in-house counsel. Students will spend 1-2 days each week in a corporate legal department where they will have work assignments and experience firsthand the inner workings of a legal department. A 2-hour seminar each week will supplement the on-site work with discussions about relevant substantive topics and opportunities to build skills through drafting projects and simulations. In lieu of a final exam, students will prepare an appraisal with critical reflections about their externship and an oral presentation.

  • Corporate Finance , JURI: 4441 , Credit Hours: 3
    This course teaches concepts and methodologies used by corporations in major financing activities, as well as legal issues that may arise in those activities. Course materials are divided into four parts: equity financing, debt financing, valuation methodologies, and financial derivatives. For equity financing, discussions will focus on the IPO process, ADRs and GDRs, rights offerings and stock repurchases. For debt financing, discussions will focus on bond features and trading environment, bond issuance, valuation and risk management, convertible bonds, key provisions in an indenture and legal implications, characteristics of medium term notes and commercial paper programs. For valuation methodologies, discussions will focus on discounted cash flows, net present values, and dividend discount models. For financial derivatives, discussions will focus on options trading, pricing and risk management, the futures market and interest rate swaps. Securities Regulation helpful, but not required.

  • Corporate Litigation , JURI: 5595 , Credit Hours: 1
    This course explores the inner workings of expedited and summary litigation, problems in the organization and functioning of a corporation, and mergers and transfers of control. Students will be given the opportunity for hands on experience in litigating corporate cases through oral argument. This course will also include discussion of the scholarly theories of corporate law, statutory and judicial law relating to corporations, and Delaware's prominence in corporate law.

  • Corporate Responsibility , JURI: 4765 , Credit Hours: 1
    The great economist and Nobel Laureate Milton Friedman famously stated that a corporation has "one and only one social responsibility - to increase its profits." Is this true today? As evidenced by the passage of the landmark Dodd-Frank legislation in 2010, the conduct and performance of several of America's leading corporations in recent years have seriously undermined confidence in U.S. businesses and their leaders. This course will explore contemporary trends in corporate governance and will examine whether a responsible corporation can integrate relevant societal concerns, such as environmental matters, and actually strengthen long-term shareholder value and the sustainability of both the corporation and the society in which is exists.

  • Corporate Sustainability , JURI: 4850 , Credit Hours: 2
    This seminar examines legal structures aimed at promoting environmental, social, and economic sustainability of corporate activities, with particular emphasis placed on how publicly traded companies are governed and regulated in some of the world’s leading commercial and financial jurisdictions.  The seminar further considers the intersection of corporate law with other legal fields and disciplines that impact corporate sustainability.

  • Corporate Tax , JURI: 4600 , Credit Hours: 3
    This course covers the taxation of corporations and their shareholders.  Major topics include:  contributions of property to corporations, distributions and redemptions by corporations, and taxable and tax-free mergers and acquisitions.

  • Corporations , JURI: 4210 , Credit Hours: 3
    Examination of problems in the organization and functioning of a corporation, including such matters as disregard of the corporate entity, management and control, federal regulation of insider trading, proxy solicitation and shareholder voting, derivative actions, and special problems of the close corporation.

  • Criminal Defense Practicum I , JURI: 5170S , Credit Hours: 3
    This course offers students an eye-witness, hands-on experience with the criminal justice system from the perspective of a public defender office. Students work with the eighteen attorneys in the Western Judicial Circuit Public Defender Office in Athens (a five minute walk from the Law School). Students assist with the entire range of legal representation of indigent clientsinterviewing clients, interviewing witnesses, conducting other aspects of factual investigation, drafting motions, negotiating pleas, and assisting with trials, drafting appellate briefs. This course is a pre-requisite to Criminal Defense Practicum II, in which students, supervised by a licensed attorney, can represent clients in all manner of court proceedings including jury trials. There are no pre-requisites for this course. Also, on the first Saturday of the semester and other times by arrangement, new students enrolled in Criminal Defense Clinic I participate in an orientation session. Please make sure you are available on the first Saturday of the semester if you enroll in CDP I.  

  • Criminal Defense Practicum II , JURI: 4500S, 4501L , Credit Hours: 4-6
    This course is open only to students who have taken at least one semester of Criminal Defense Practicum I. Students in this course continue to work with individual attorneys in the Western Circuit Public Defender Office in Athens.  Placement in other PD offices in Georgia are available in the summer only. The Criminal Defense Practicum offers an immersion in the criminal justice system from the perspective of a public defender office. Attorneys in the PD office are full-time criminal defense lawyers and therefore are specialists. All of their work concentrates on criminal defense.  Students assist with all aspects of the representation, and under Georgia’s Student Practice Rule students handle preliminary hearings, bond hearings, pre-trial motion hearings such as motions to suppress, trials, pleas, sentencings and probation revocation hearings, and assist with all of the factual and legal investigation which is necessary to effective legal representation. There are no  pre-requisites other than Criminal Defense Clinic I, but Evidence and Criminal Procedure I are very strongly recommended, and a Trial Practice course or Mock Trial experience may be helpful. (4500 is the graded portion of the course, and 4501L is the pass/fail portion. Register for both when registering for this course.)   

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