Undergraduate 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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  • Business Law Practicum , JURI: 2216S , Credit Hours: 3
    Students will work with a licensed attorney to produce carefully researched, jurisdiction-specific, tailored informational guidance addressing common legal needs in the entrepreneurial and nonprofit community. A weekly seminar will provide an introductory overview of major topics in business law.

  • Capital Punishment , JURI: 3840E , Credit Hours: 3
    Legal and social issues surrounding capital punishment. Surveys legal issues in areas of criminal law and procedure, constitutional law and ethics which confront attorneys in capital cases. Encourages students to synthesize social and legal facets to objectively evaluate complex issues involved in capital punishment. Limited to rising juniors and seniors, except with the instructor’s permission.

  • Constitutional Criminal Procedure , JURI: 2300 , Credit Hours: 3
    A study of criminal process rights that apply during the interaction between law enforcement and individual suspects.  More specifically, the course will examine the relationship (and tension) that exists between the law enforcement investigative function and the constitutional guarantees that are designed to safeguard our individual liberties.

  • Foundations of American Law , JURI: 3233 , Credit Hours: 3
    An introduction to legal reasoning, fundamental law and policy argumentative tools, the various types of legal institutions, the administrative state, and the interpretation of statutes and the Constitution. Foundational study will lead to legally sophisticated analyses and discussion concerning recently argued or decided Supreme Court cases.

  • Introduction to Global Governance , JURI: 2400 , Credit Hours: 3
    In a globalizing world, the range of issues with cross-border implications only expands, from finance to trade, terrorism to food safety, climate change to sports. This upper-level, interdisciplinary course examines how and why different legal regimes have developed to govern these issues, when and why they succeed, and when and why they fail or generate backlash.

  • Law and Social Justice , JURI: 3200S , Credit Hours: 3
    Through readings, various media, and classroom discussions, students will learn about social justice in the legal context. Students will compose a reflective journal writing and a written project/class presentation proposing a creative social justice response to a real-world community need or issue identified by faculty and the students.

  • Legal Aspects of Entrepreneurship , JURI: 2600 , Credit Hours: 3
    This course will explore the law related to developing and launching a small business. We will discuss topics such as: selecting the structure of and forming a corporation; protecting a business’s copyrights, trademarks, patents, and/or trade secrets; and complying with employment and consumer protection laws and regulations. Ultimately, this course will provide you with enough background in these areas of the law to identify legal issues you may run across in starting a small business, to help you determine when you should contact an attorney, and to give you the ability to discuss your issues intelligently with legal counsel.

  • Mental Health Law , JURI: 3627 , Credit Hours: 3
    This course surveys the legal issues relating to mental health and illness, including competency, disability, confidentiality (HIPAA), duty to warn, civil commitment, criminal defenses, discrimination, and similar issues. The course will help students planning careers in the helping professions, including social work, therapy, psychology, education, and criminal justice.

  • Pirates, Spies & Speech: Exploring the Intersection of Law & Technology in the Information Age , JURI: 2500 , Credit Hours: 3
    The law has always had to adapt to deal with challenges created by new technologies. The first copyright law, for instance, can trace its origin to the proliferation of publishing enabled by the printing press. Today this issue is especially important because technology develops much more quickly than the law can respond. And since things like the World Wide Web, social media, smart phones, and wearables are so integral to modern life, this time between tech development and legal change can be lead to problems that the law cannot easily address. As such, this course will explore the intersection of law, policy, and the modern connective technologies that many of use daily. To this end, we will look at copyright, fair use, and the changing concept of IP ownership, particularly since the growth and fall of Napster; privacy and data security, particularly since Edward Snowden’s revelations; and how copyright and privacy collide with free speech, particularly considering cases like the fight between Terry “Hulk Hogan” Bollea and Gawker Media.

  • Practicum in Animal Welfare Skills , JURI: 3278S , Credit Hours: 4
    In the Practicum in Animal Welfare Skills (PAWS), students will work with law enforcement and animal welfare professionals to identify, investigate, and work to resolve animal welfare issues, including crimes and ordinance violations, in Athens-Clarke County. Students may draft county ordinances intended for adoption and will develop and teach a course to educate offenders about proper animal care and applicable laws. Preference for spring enrollment is given to students who successfully completed the fall semester. Permission only. Limited to rising Criminal Justice and SPIA seniors and Pre-Veterinary students.