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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  • Disability and Education Law , JURI: 4989 , Credit Hours: 3
    This is a three hour credit course in which graduate education and law students will learn a wide and diverse spectrum of special education and disability law and its application, including but not limited to, a comparison of the IDEA and Section 504; the school district’s child find requirements; eligibility requirements under the IDEA and Section 504, procedural requirements for conducting school and independent educational evaluations; legal requirements for developing and implementing an Individualized Educational Program (IEP); related services for students with disabilities; what constitutes a free appropriate public education; discipline of students with disabilities; best practices for developing a functional behavioral assessment and behavior intervention plan; overrepresentation of minorities in special education; racial disparity in administering school discipline; School-to-Prison Pipeline; determining the least restrictive environment for students with disabilities; alternative dispute resolution and due process complaint procedures; disability discrimination in public schools; confidentiality of student records, surveys and evaluations under the FERPA and PPRA, and an overview of significant United States Supreme Court cases in special education law.

  • Dispute Resolution & Systems Design , JURI: 5730 , Credit Hours: 3
    In a world of settlement, this course prepares students to effectively represent clients through an understanding of the design and strategic election between ADR processes, and development of best practices as counsel in each process. Both private processes (arbitration, negotiation, mediation) and public tribunals (domestic and international) are studied.

  • Dispute Resolution in the 21st Century , JURI: 5733E , Credit Hours: 2
    Students explore the modern ADR movement and its applications in law, government, business, community and other spheres. Surveys the history of dispute resolution, various DR processes and the work of practitioners who utilize them. Processes covered include mediation, arbitration, facilitation, case evaluation, restorative justice, mini-trials, online dispute resolution and others.

  • Document Drafting: Contracts , JURI: 5850 , Credit Hours: 3
    An introduction to drafting, analyzing, and revising contracts. You cannot take this course if you are currently taking or have taken Legal Drafting for Transactional Practice. Students who have taken JURI 5456, Contract Drafting for Startups and New Ventures, are not eligible to take this class.

  • Document Drafting: Litigation , JURI: 5455 , Credit Hours: 3
    This course will provide an introduction to and overview of the litigation process leading up to trial, with an emphasis on the written work product that attorneys must generate during the course of litigation, including pleadings, discovery, and selected procedural and substantive motions.

  • Document Drafting: Special Topics in Estate Planning , JURI: 4565 , Credit Hours: 3
    This course will teach the fundamentals of document drafting by focusing on selected topics in estate planning. Among other things, the course will require students to produce successive drafts of documents and provisions that incorporate feedback from the professor.

  • Document Drafting: Survey , JURI: 4851 , Credit Hours: 3
    An overview of drafting non-litigation documents. Develops the skills required to draft statutes, wills, and contracts. The course also focuses on gathering information to provide a factual basis for the preparation of such documents and drafting such documents within the existing legal framework.

  • Document Drafting—Compromise and Settlement , JURI: 5457 , Credit Hours: 2
    This course focuses on moving disputing parties from an agreement in principle to an enforceable settlement document. Students learn the elements that make agreements complete and binding, the drafting skills that make them clear, and common issues that undermine enforceability. Students discuss contested agreements and complete written assignments.

  • Economic Opportunity Clinic , JURI: 5961S, 5962S , Credit Hours: 3 (1.5 hours graded and 1.5 hours pass/fail)
    Opportunities for the poor to advance economically are impeded or enhance in a variety of micro and macro ways - the way the poor are excluded from mainstream financial products to the accessibility of public transportation, to name a few. The Economic Opportunity Clinic provides support to organizations that are working to remove impediments and facilitate access to economic opportunity for the poor.  Students will work on a variety of projects -including policy, advocacy, white papers, and community engagement - a that cross legal disciplines and draw on expertise well outside the law.  Students should be comfortable with ambiguity and working on projects that may change as they progress. Lawyers are often called on to fix problems that do not fit neatly into a particular legal field because lawyers can be good problem solvers.  The Economic Opportunity Clinic will explicitly explore the process that lawyers use to solve problems within and outside legal contexts.  Students will leave with confidence that they can solve problems in non-profits, business, management and other areas of professional and personal life. Register for both 5961S (graded portion) and 5962S (pass/fail portion). Learn how to apply on the clinic webpage.

  • Education Law , JURI: 5781 , Credit Hours: 3
    This course covers numerous legal and policy questions related to the American educational system. Relevant sources of law include the U.S. Constitution and state and federal statutes and administrative materials. Topics include school funding, school choice, student and teacher speech rights, policy debates, and others. The course will be conducted with an emphasis on developing practical lawyering skills.

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