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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  • 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.

  • Elder Law , JURI: 5720 , Credit Hours: 3
    Aspects of federal and state elderly programs and problems; special risk populations; significance of older population growth; representation of elderly clients; guardianship; lifetime estate management; testamentary estate disposition; living wills and "right to die" debate; health and long-term care; housing, transportation and employment policies; public assistance.

  • Election Law , JURI: 4825 , Credit Hours: 3
    Examination of the law regulating our political process, and consideration of how those regulatory choices shape substantive policy outcomes. The course covers campaign finance regulation, redistricting, voting rights, and the regulation of political party primaries

  • Election Law Reform: Selected Issues , JURI: 4834 , Credit Hours: 2
    This seminar will look in depth at various proposals to reform or change the way we run elections. Legislative districting (“gerrymandering”) will go covered at length, as will the Voting Rights Act and issues involving voter registration and photo identification laws.

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