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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  • Learning from Wrongful Convictions , JURI: 2350E , Credit Hours: 3
    Learning from Wrongful Convictions will explore some of the main factors that have led to wrongful convictions across the United States.  Using actual cases in which the accused has been exonerated, students will develop an understanding of how forensic science, social science, police officers, prosecutors, and defense attorneys have all contributed to various cases of wrongful convictions.  Students will then examine what the criminal justice system can do to prevent wrongful convictions in the future and present a paper detailing a proposed solution to one of the issues discussed.  Learning will come from readings, class discussions and guest speakers.

  • 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.

  • Life Cycle of a Corporation , JURI: 2080 , Credit Hours: 3
    Life Cycle of a Corporation covers the legal transactions involved in each stage of business evolution – from a founder leaving a current employer and the birth of a new company, through raising venture capital and growing the business, culminating in an initial public offering (IPO), acquisition or other exit strategy.

  • 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.

  • Modern Constitutional History , JURI: 2105 , Credit Hours: 3
    This course will examine the role of the law and lawyers in American history from Reconstruction until the end of the 20th century.  We will examine the Civil War Amendments and federalism, laissez-faire formalism and economic regulation, the growth of legal liberalism, and the conservative reaction.  Our primary purpose is to better understand the role lawyers have played in shaping social, political, and economic change.   The class will use a combination of teaching methods.  Approximately 80% of our class time will be lecture.  The other 20% will be organized as a seminar, emphasizing intensive reading, discussion, and critique of texts.  Consequently, a primary requirement of this course is a careful reading of the assigned texts and a willingness to participate actively in class discussions.

  • 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.

  • The Constitution and Political Parties , JURI: 2100 , Credit Hours: 3
    This course will help students understand the relationship between the Constitution and one of our most important political institutions: political parties.  The Founding Fathers were opposed to political parties and designed the Constitution expecting they would not exist.  Parties nevertheless rapidly emerged and have been continually shaped by a changing constitutional structure.  Simultaneously, parties themselves have made indelible impacts on both the constitutional text and constitutional interpretation.

  • The Death Penalty in America , JURI: 2360 , Credit Hours: 3
    This course examines legal, social, and political issues surrounding the death penalty. History, race, mental health, geographical disparities are a few of the issues to be addressed. Capital punishment also affects individuals, perpetrators and victims, whose lives are forever altered. Individual cases illustrate issues raised by the death penalty.

  • The Death Penalty: Interdisciplinary Perspective , JURI: 3845 , Credit Hours: 3
    This course will examine social and political issues as well as legal issues surrounding the death penalty in the United States. The history of the death penalty and its impact on current administration of the penalty will be analyzed. Race and the death penalty, mental health, prosecutorial discretion, and geographical disparities in administration of the penalty are only a few of the issues that will be addressed. However, capital punishment is not simply an abstraction, it also involves individuals, perpetrators and victims’ survivors, whose lives have been forever altered. The course will utilize audio-visual materials to examine individual cases and to further illustrate some of the many issues raised by the death penalty. Among other things these case studies will show that discussion of the death penalty in the abstract is easier than application of the death penalty to individual cases.

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