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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  • Criminal Justice Reform , JURI: 4277 , Credit Hours: 2
    This course will explore contemporary criminal justice reform efforts, with an emphasis on the role of race in criminal justice policy and practice. Likely areas of focus include policing, bail and sentencing. Each student will complete a final research project evaluating or proposing a specific reform initiative.

  • Criminal Law Drafting , JURI: 4278 , Credit Hours: 2
    The fundamentals of document drafting in the context criminal law. Students will prepare documents that arise in a criminal law setting including charging documents, notices, motions, bench briefs, and orders. Students will examine the function of these documents within the criminal justice system, including applicable statutory and case law. This course will require students to produce various graded documents of increasing complexity. Students will receive feedback from the professor on all graded assignments.

  • Criminal Procedure I , JURI: 4460 , Credit Hours: 3
    A study of criminal process rights that apply during the interaction between law enforcement and individual suspects.  The emphasis is on the privilege against self-incrimination, the right to be free from unreasonable search and seizure, due process, the right to counsel and other rights that are implicated during the investigation, stop, arrest and interrogation stages of a law enforcement  investigation, typically prior to formal prosecution. 

  • Criminal Procedure II , JURI: 4470 , Credit Hours: 3
    A study of criminal process beginning with bringing of formal charges and concluding with adjudication of the guilt or innocence of the accused. Emphasis on prosecutorial discretion; preliminary hearing and grand jury procedures; joinder and severance; plea bargaining; criminal discovery; right to speedy trial, assistance of counsel, confrontation, and trial by jury; double jeopardy; and sentencing. Criminal Procedure I is not a prerequisite.

  • Cybercrime , JURI: 5584 , Credit Hours: 3
    Technological innovation alters the commission, definition, and conception of crime. In some cases, computers, social media, and the internet have made existing criminal activity harder to detect or easier to commit. In other cases, they have created new forms of criminal activity that challenge longstanding views about the permissibility and punishment of human behavior. This course will address topics such as digital privacy, free speech, terrorism, cybersecurity, nonconsensual pornography, stalking, harassment, doxxing, and identity theft. It will examine questions of constitutional law, federal and state laws regulating online activity, and proposed legislation to criminalize different forms of digital abuse. The primary evaluative mechanism for this course will be an examination.

  • Cybersecurity , JURI: 5595 , Credit Hours: 1
    My company has been hacked! What do we do? The FBI informed us our information is being sold on the dark web. How do we respond? Is our company ready for a significant cybersecurity incident? This seminar will focus on cybersecurity incident response by thrusting students into a mock cybersecurity incident and challenging students to consider and provide advice on risk management and legal compliance issues.  Students will discuss and strategize about interactions with forensic investigators, law enforcement, regulators, public relations, insurance carriers, and other potential stakeholders, and how to prepare to defend a company in the wake of a significant cybersecurity incident.

  • D.C. Externship Clinic , JURI: 5973S, 5974S , Credit Hours: 10 (5 hours graded and 5 hours pass/fail)
    This course is a ten-credit course: two credits in a weekly two-hour seminar and eight credits earned at an assigned full-time placement.

  • D.C. Law in Practice , JURI: 5972 , Credit Hours: 3
    Countries around the world are drafting or re-drafting their constitutions. This class considers what should be in those constitutions, and how countries might consider drafting those constitutions. Reading will include constitutional text, cases and commentaries from the United States and from abroad. Requirements for the course include reading, a reaction paper, a short research paper, and several constitution-drafting exercises.

  • Deals , JURI: 5085 , Credit Hours: 4
    This course examines complex corporate transactions and contracts – that is, “deals.”  The first component presents a framework for evaluating alternative transaction structures, including transaction costs, information economics, risk sharing and incentives, property rights, and finance.  Students then apply these concepts to “live” deals negotiated by alumni in transactional legal practice.  Corporations is a prerequisite for the course. Securities Regulation is helpful, but not required.

  • Design and Construction Law , JURI: 5530 , Credit Hours: 2
    This course examines the legal framework of the design and construction process. The course focuses on application of tort and contract law to contract formation and performance issues, and will examine legal remedies available to construction project participants. Course will have a final exam.