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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  • Electronic Discovery , JURI: 5595 , Credit Hours: 1
    E-Discovery has taken over the discovery process in civil litigation as most information created today is in electronic form.   Every medium to large litigation matter in the country involves some e-discovery issue and therefore understanding e-discovery is critical whether you want to be a plaintiff or defense attorney or in house counsel. This course will  provide an understanding of the legal and practical aspects of e-discovery.  It will cover all stages of the e-discovery process from when the duty to preserve electronically stored information (ESI) is triggered and a producing party must take reasonable steps to preserve ESI, to collection of ESI in response to requests for production, to review and production of relevant ESI to the opponent.   The course will also focus on spoliation and proportionality and how producing parties struggle to balance complying with their preservation obligations with keeping costs down.   Additionally, the course will cover how lawyers prepare for and handle Fed. R. Civ. Pro. 26(f) (and state equivalents) conferences and best practices for negotiating  ESI protocols involving search terms, predictive coding and other e-discovery technology.

  • Employment Advice and Counseling , JURI: 5459 , Credit Hours: 2
    This course introduces students to the fundamentals of offering day-to-day advice and counseling on employment law issues.  Students gain experience in writing the types of documents commonly required in this context, such as employment agreements, employment policies, advice memorandum, and other related documents.

  • Employment Discrimination , JURI: 4990 , Credit Hours: 2
    Examines law regulating distinctions in the employment relationship. The emphasis is on federal statutory law regulating race, sex, religion, national origin, age and disability discrimination in employment.

  • Employment Law , JURI: 5650 , Credit Hours: 3
    Examines legal regulation of the employment relationship, focusing on the erosion of the employment-at-will doctrine through various tort and contract theories, law of employee mobility including non-competes and trade secrets, protection of employee privacy and speech interests, entitlement to overtime under the Fair labor Standards Act, and the regulation of health and pension benefits under ERISA. Excludes the union/management issues covered in Labor Law and statutory discrimination issues covered in Employment Discrimination.

  • Entertainment Law , JURI: 5570 , Credit Hours: 2
    Students will learn about the fundamental elements of entertainment law, including: (a) basics of copyright, trademark, and right of publicity law; (b) how intellectual property rights are transferred and acquired; and, (c) how relationships within the entertainment industry are structured.

  • Environmental Dispute Resolution , JURI: 5870 , Credit Hours: 2
    Conflict management, anatomy of negotiation, planning and conduct of negotiations, and resolving multiparty environmental disputes.

  • Environmental Law , JURI: 5280 , Credit Hours: 3
    State, Federal, and International legal response to problems of air pollution, water pollution, solid waste, pesticides, noise, and radiation. Emphasis on public regulation, but some consideration given to private remedies.

  • Environmental Law Drafting , JURI: 5281 , Credit Hours: 2
    This course will use a case study approach to cover the types and purposes of writing found in an environmental law practice.  Students will study and draft a number of the typical documents used in environmental rulemaking, public comments and rulemaking responses, transactional agreements, and environmental litigation.   Students will be working from the perspectives of the variety of stakeholders found in environmental law - including property owners, industry, and the general public. 

  • Environmental Law Practicum , JURI: 5289S , Credit Hours: 3
    Advanced research in legal control of environmental problems identified by watershed stakeholders/clients, with primary attention given to water and biodiversity issues.  There are no prerequisites, but Environmental Law or Natural Resource Law is recommended.

  • Estate and Gift Taxation , JURI: 4590 , Credit Hours: 3
    Focuses on federal tax law and policy affecting the transfer of wealth, including the gift tax, the estate tax, and the generation skipping transfer tax. Statutes, regulations and interpretative materials and their application to hypothetical problems are addressed to lay a foundation for the study of estate planning.