LAW 5001 Civil Procedure II
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

This course builds upon the foundation established in Civil Procedure I and exposes the student to the discovery process, the pretrial order and the trial of cases in civil matters, including jury selection and considerations bearing on non-jury trials; the scope and order of trial and the presentation of evidence; opening and closing arguments and instructions to the jury; and attacks on verdicts and judgements. The course concludes with a consideration of the fundamental principles of appellate review and the binding effect of decisions (res judicata, collateral estoppel, and the law of the case).

LAW 5010 Contracts I
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

A two-semester examination of the law of contractual obligations covering the formation and interpretation of contracts, legal limitations on the bargaining process, claims and defenses related to breach of contract, and remedies for breach.

LAW 5011 Contracts II
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

See LAW 5010.

LAW 5020 Criminal Law
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

An examination of the common law origins and modern day codification of the criminal law and defenses thereto.

LAW 5030 Legal Bibliography
Credit Hours 1.0
Description

Instruction in effective legal research skills through lecture and research exercises including the use of library materials, computerized legal research systems, LEXIS and WESTLAW.

LAW 5050 Property (4 hours)
Credit Hours 4.0
Description

An introductory investigation of the concepts underlying the Anglo-American system of property. The capacity of the system to accommodate public needs and private desires for allocation and use of land is studied through intensive examination of the acquisition of property rights, doctrine of estates, private restrictions on land use, and modern landlord-tenant relations.

LAW 5060 Torts (4 credit hours)
Credit Hours 4.0
Description

The study of non-contractual civil wrongs for which the law provides a remedy. The course covers negligence, intentional torts, and other theories of liability as prescribed by the instructor.

LAW 5061 Torts II
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

A comprehensive, two-semester course that considers the legal principles underlying the law of civil obligations. This semester we complete our study of negligence liability. The basic theories and policies underlying tort law are then applied to actions in products liability, nuisance, defamation, misrepresentation, and invasion of privacy.

LAW 5070 Lawyering: Foundations I
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Provides students with foundational skills training through multiple practice-focused assignments and exercises. Students will learn and practice skills in critical reading, problem-solving, legal analysis, and effective written and oral communication, while simultaneously receiving exposure to legal documents and instruments they will likely encounter in their legal careers. While this class focuses heavily on teaching legal writing, requiring students to draft several objective and persuasive documents, students will also participate in oral arguements, client/witness interviews and office meetings.

LAW 5071 Lawyering: Foundations II
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

A continuation of Lawyering: Foundations I.

LAW 6000 Constitutional Law I: Federalism
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

A study of the nature and distribution of federal power and of state-federal relationships, including judicial review, the Commerce Clause and state regulation of commerce, the Tenth Amendment, separation of powers, and the taxing, spending and appropriations powers.

LAW 6010 Evidence
Credit Hours 4.0
Description

Explores the rules for fact finding in the judicial process, with particular emphasis on the federal rules of evidence. Topics covered include judicial notice, real and demonstrative evidence, relevance, authentication, competence and examination of witnesses, impeachment, expert testimony, hearsay, privileges, and burdens of proof.

LAW 6020 Professional Responsibility
Credit Hours 2.0
Description

Examines the rules and problems unique to the practice of law. Concentration is on confidentiality, conflicts of interest, advertising, and solicitation, and the ethics of the adversary system. Particular emphasis is placed on the Code of Professional Responsibility and Model Rules of Professional Conduct.

LAW 6030 Litigation
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites LAW 6010
Description

LAW 6030 must be taken in the same academic year as LAW 6010, and after or concurrently with LAW 6020. This course provides students with an introduction to the lawyer skills required in representing a client from the initial interview, through discovery and pre-trial motions, to a jury trial. The course is taught by practicing trial lawyers and focuses on skills training. The course combines written assignments and in class performances. The course is graded pass/fail but at least two students in each section will earn a grade of “A” (a 90 or the student’s previous semester cumulative average, whichever is higher).

LAW 6050 Capital Defenders Clinic
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

A three-hour clinical course taught in partnership with Georgia Capital Defenders, a new state agency responsible for representing all indigent defendants statewide in capital cases at trial and on direct appeal. Students will assist in the representation of clients of Capital Defenders and will work on all aspects of the representation, including fact investigation, witness interviewing, legal research and drafting, and generally assisting in preparing cases for trial and sentencing hearings. Students will be supervised by the professor and attorneys in the office. Grading is on a pass/fail basis. Permission of the professor is required.

LAW 6051 Capital Defenders Clinic II
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

See Course Description for LAW 6050, Capital Defenders Clinic I

LAW 6060 Turner Environmental Law Clinic
Credit Hours 2.0 TO 3.0
Prerequisites All 1st-year full time courses including Torts and Civil Procedure
Description

Preferred but not required: LAW 7200. The Turner Clinic handles a wide variety of environmental legal matters brought to the clinic by environmental groups and citizens seeking legal advice. The exact content of matters handled by the clinic and student attorneys varies depending on client needs but it is likely to include initial case investigative work, legal research, work on proposed legislation or local ordinances, participation in local, state or federal administrative proceedings, and litigation conducted in conjunction with outside counsel. Students are required to work a minimum of 140 hours for three credits or 100 hours for two credits. Students must accumulate these total hours over a period of at least the 7 week GSU Summer term but may seek permission to work beyond 7 weeks as a way to reduce the weekly hourly committment. Students who are selected must discuss this scheduling issue with the director of the Clinic, Emory Professor Julie Mayfield.

LAW 6061 Barton Child Law and Policy Clinic (Emory School of Law)
Credit Hours 2.0 TO 3.0
Prerequisites Students must have taken or be concurrently enrolled in the 2-credit class Child Advocacy: the Law, the Policy & the Players, taught by Professors Karen Worthington and Mary Margaret Oliver at Emory University School of Law
Description

The Barton Clinic is an in-house legal policy clinic dedicated to providing research, training and support to the public, the child advocacy community, and the legislature of Georgia. Students work on issues before the state legislature, complete research for publication, participate in local and statewide advocacy events, and help inform the discussion on child welfare issues with their own ideas or projects. Four to seven law and other graduate students are selected each semester to participate in the clinic. Applications are accepted prior to pre-registration. Students submit a resume and statement of interest with the professor. Detailed information is available at the clinic website: http://www.childwelfare.net.

LAW 6070 Criminal Justice Clinic: Client Representation and Trial Practice I
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites Ability to be sworn in under the Third Year Practice Rule (will have completed 60 hours of the 90 required for law school graduation)
Description

This course may be taken by a limited number of third year students. Consent of the Professor is required. Application and information are available on the course web site at http://law.gsu.edu/ccunningham/CJC/ This clinic will be taught by Professor Cunningham in partnership with one or more organizations providing representation to indigent defendants. Students may represent indigent defendants in all aspects of their cases, including conducting all portions of court hearings and trials, under the direct supervision of the professor and co-operating attorneys. Students work in teams of two and typically assume primary responsibility for client representation. The clinic will require a minimum of 12 hours per week, including a weekly two hour class and regular office hours at least two days per week at the clinic office, which will be located off- campus. Students must have flexible schedules to accommodate the court schedules where students will be practicing. Personal transportation is required. Grading will be pass/fail.

LAW 6071 Criminal Justice Clinic: Client Representation and Trial Practice II
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites LAW 6070
Description

This course is a continuation of Criminal Justice Clinic: Client Representation and Trial Practice I. This course may be taken by a limited number of third year students. Consent of the instructor is required for enrollment. Grading will be pass/fail.

LAW 6080 FULTON COUNTY JAIL CRIMINAL PROCEDURE CLINIC I
Credit Hours 2.0 TO 3.0
Description

This clinic will target substantive and procedural problems occurring in the Fulton County Jail. The clinic will be supervised by a full-time professor of the College of Law, who will determine the specific area of focus in a given semester. Enrollment is limited to fifteen second and third year students. A classroom component of three class meetings is required, as are individual meetings with the professor. Written reports of inmate interviews, negotiations with the District Attorney’s office, and depositions of cases are also required. Students will work in teams. Students who are qualified under the third-year practice act may appear in court under the supervision of the professor. Grading is pass/fail. Permission of the professor is required to enroll.

LAW 6081 FULTON COUNTY JAIL CRIMINAL PROCEDURE CLINIC II
Credit Hours 2.0 TO 3.0
Description

[See Law 6080]. Grading is pass/fail. Permission of the professor is required to enroll.

LAW 6090 HeLP Legal Services Clinic I
Credit Hours 2.0 TO 3.0
Prerequisites 2.30 GPA
Description

The Clinic offers students the opportunity to develop basic lawyering skills, such as client interviewing, counseling and representation; negotiation; research and drafting; and case management. HeLP offices based at Children’s handle cases involving guardianship, Medicaid, housing, SSI, family law, education and employment issues. Students will interact directly with clients under the supervision of the Clinic’s Associate Directors. The HeLP Clinic is an interdisciplinary learning experience. Students will also work collaboratively with Residents and Medical Students from Morehouse School of Medicine and Emory University School of Medicine. HeLP Clinic students are also required to perform client intake in the Emergency Department of Childrens at Hughes Spalding as part of a clinic program called, ED Mondays, and to attend patient rounds with residents at Childrens at Hughes Spalding.

Weekly class sessions cover substantive and procedural law, as well as Clinic administrative procedures and lawyering skills. These sessions will also include more formal discussions of specific case issues. Additionally, students meet weekly with their assigned Supervisor to discuss and evaluate their assigned cases. Students are also required to be in the Clinic a minimum of seven hours per week exclusive of class time.

In order to work inside the hospital, students must be tested and confirm vaccinations for certain diseases. (For the clinic policy, go to http://law.gsu.edu/resources/students/HELP_InternAgreement.doc) Work in the Clinic will likely require travel to Children’s at Scottish Rite, Children’s at Egleston, and Children’s at Hughes Spalding. Students enrolled in the Clinic must attend a mandatory day-long Orientation session. Students will be notified of the date of the session upon registration.

LAW 6091 HeLP Legal Services Clinic II
Credit Hours 2.0 TO 3.0
Prerequisites 2.30 GPA and LAW 6090
Description

This is a continuation of HeLP Clinic I. Students will handle the more advanced aspects of the cases developed in HeLP Clinic I. Limited Enrollment.

LAW 7005 Accounting for Lawyers
Credit Hours 2.0 TO 3.0
Description

This course emphasizes the legal content of accounting problems which may face the lawyer. The focus of the course will be on financial statements, bookkeeping, and generally accepted accounting principles, including accountant liability.

LAW 7010 Administrative Law
Credit Hours 2.0 TO 3.0
Description

LAW 6000 is recommended but not required. An introduction to general administrative law and procedure. This course surveys the roles, functions, and processes of federal administrative agencies through an examination of the adjudicative, investigative and rule-making functions of federal agencies, the relationship of administrative agencies to other branches of government, and the right and scope of judicial review of agency actions.

LAW 7015 Administrative Law Seminar
Credit Hours 1.0 TO 2.0
Prerequisites LAW 6000
Description

Students who have completed LAW 7010 will be given priority in enrollment. Limited enrollment. This course is devoted to the exploration of problems which currently confront state and/or federal administrative agencies. In addition to their reading assignments and participation in class discussions, students will be required to complete a paper on an approved topic. The paper may be used to satisfy the writing requirement.

LAW 7020 Admiralty
Credit Hours 2.0 TO 3.0
Description

The study of federal admiralty and maritime jurisdiction (U.S. Constitution, Art. III, Sec.2) including the practice and procedure of federal courts in admiralty cases and state courts under the “saving to suitors” clause (28 U.S.C. sec 1333). The course surveys the substantive law applicable to admiralty and maritime matters including international law-treaties and conventions, conflict of laws rules, and federal laws dealing with the topics of maritime liens and ship mortgages, charter parties, carriage of goods, remedies for personal injury and wrongful death for injured seamen and maritime workers (including the Jones Act and Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act), collision, salvage, general average contribution, marine insurance, and limitation of shipowner’s liability. When possible, the class will tour the Georgia Ports Authority terminals in Savannah, Georgia, during the semester.

LAW 7025 Advanced Criminal Law and Procedure Seminar
Credit Hours 2.0 TO 3.0
Prerequisites LAW 7165
Description

A seminar on selected problems in crimina law and procedure. A paper is required.

LAW 7031 Advanced Criminal Litigation
Credit Hours 2.0 TO 3.0
Prerequisites LAW 6000 and LAW 6030
Description

Limited enrollment. A simulation course addressing the substantive knowledge and advocacy skills essential to the trial of a felony criminal case.

LAW 7036 Advanced Evidence
Credit Hours 2.0 TO 3.0
Prerequisites LAW 6010
Description

Limited enrollment. This course combines classroom demonstrations and exercises in the application of the rules of evidence with analysis and discussion of currently troublesome evidentiary issues.

LAW 7041 Advanced Income Taxation
Credit Hours 2.0 TO 3.0
Prerequisites LAW 7095
Description

Concentration on one or more areas of current interest in income taxation. Topics will vary from year-to-year. Format will vary and may be offered as a seminar.

LAW 7045 Advanced Issues in Trial Advocacy Seminar
Credit Hours 2.0 TO 3.0
Prerequisites LAW 6010 and LAW 6030
Description

Limited enrollment. Utilizing both traditional and more innovative methodologies and course readings, students will address selected advanced topics pertaining to the art and science of trial advocacy.

LAW 7050 Advanced Legal Research
Credit Hours 2.0 TO 3.0
Description

Limited enrollment. The course will concentrate on advanced legal research techniques using computer technology and book resources. Topics covered by the course include research in legislative histories, administrative law, tax, and labor. Project required.

LAW 7051 Advanced Legal Writing
Credit Hours 2.0 TO 3.0
Prerequisites all first-year full-time courses
Description

In this course, students build on the skills developed in Research, Writing and Advocacy I and II (LAW 5070 and LAW 5071), performing research and preparing a number of legal documents, both objective and persuasive. Particular emphasis on logical organization, clarity of expression, and overall effectiveness of written communication to achieve the writer’s goal.

LAW 7060 Alternative Methods of Dispute Resolution (ADR)
Credit Hours 2.0 TO 3.0
Description

Limited enrollment. The objective of this course is to educate students about the dispute resolution mechanisms that provide a viable alternative to litigation and the appropriate uses and limitations of each model. Specific topics include conciliation, negotiation, mediation, arbitration, mini-trials, summary jury trials, rent-a-judge, and the use of the ombudsman. Policy, practical and ethical issues raised by these alternatives are examined through the case law and the relevant statutes. Videotapes of simulated mediations and negotiations, as well as lectures by experienced guest ADR practitioners, are used to complement classroom instruction.

LAW 7061 Advanced Alternative Dispute Resolution
Credit Hours 2.0 TO 3.0
Prerequisites LAW 7060
Description

Limited enrollment. An advanced study of the mechanisms that provide alternatives to litigation, with a focus on the design and development of dispute resolution systems within organizations and within other contexts. The course will examine the field of dispute systems design within its historical and legal contexts with a focus on potential advantages and disadvantages of these types of systems. Students will also be provided with a practical framework to apply dispute systems design and other advanced ADR concepts in specific situations and will study employment dispute resolution programs, consumer dispute resolution programs, early case assessment, and other conflict management trends.

LAW 7062 Mediation: Law and Practice
Credit Hours 2.0 TO 3.0
Description

Recommended: LAW 7060. This course provides an in-depth exposure to the mediation process by focusing on both theory and skills. In addition to learning the theoretical and legal framework supporting institutionalized mediation, students will learn how to mediate and how to represent parties in mediations.

LAW 7063 American Constitutional History
Credit Hours 2.0 TO 3.0
Description

A study of the history of the United States Constitution and the role of the Supreme Court in constitutional adjudication.

LAW 7065 Antitrust Law
Credit Hours 2.0 TO 3.0
Description

A study of the implementation of federal trade regulation statutes focusing on the competitive tensions of the contemporary economy and the relationship between economic theory and antitrust policy.

LAW 7075 Appellate Advocacy I
Credit Hours 1.0
Description

Preparation and argument of an appellate brief in the GSU Moot Court Competition. This competition constitutes the first step in the selection process for Moot Court. S/U grade. A minimum grade of 73 in the RWA sequence, and a passing grade in Legal Bibliography are required for Moot Court Board candidacy.

LAW 7076 Appellate Advocacy II
Credit Hours 1.0
Prerequisites By invitation upon completion of LAW 7075
Description

These students are candidates-in-training for positions on the Moot Court Board and on competition teams. During the semester, certain students will represent the College of Law in the Georgia Intrastate Moot Court Competition and in the ABA National Appellate Advocacy Competition. By the completion of the semester, students will become members of the Moot Court Board and assume responsibility for running the GSU Moot Court program. S/U grade.

LAW 7078 Appellate Practice and Procedure
Credit Hours 2.0 TO 3.0
Description

Suggested: LAW 6010, LAW 7010, LAW 7165. The course will cover both federal appellate practice and procedure, as well as issues pertaining to the state law applicable to the Georgia Supreme Court and Court of Appeals. Procedurally, it will pick up with the entry of judgement in the trial court. The course will address specific rules of appellate procedure and their interpretation, but the emphasis will be on the systhesis of judicial authorities and statutory interpretation, strategic thinking and planning, and the application of theory in the practical settings faced by the practitioner.

LAW 7079 Arts and Entertainment Law
Credit Hours 2.0 TO 3.0
Description

A study of specific substantive areas of the law as they relate to the arts. Areas expected to be covered include, but are not limited to, copyrights, trademarks, rights of publicity, tax, contracts, agency, antitrust, and the continental doctrines of “droit moral” (moral rights) and “droit de suite” (resale royalties to the original artist or author). In addition, the recently enacted Visual Artists Rights Act of 1990 and the effect of the recent signing of the GATT Implementation Bill will also be discussed. There will either be an in-class or a take-home exam. Enrollment is limited only by the availability of the classroom space.

LAW 7089 Advanced Business Reorganization.Prerequisites:
Credit Hours 2.0 TO 3.0
Prerequisites LAW 7091, LAW 7095 and LAW 7395
Description
LAW 7091 Basic Bankruptcy
Credit Hours 2.0 TO 3.0
Description

An intensive study of the substantive and procedural bankruptcy issues confronting consumer or business debtors seeking financial liquidation under Chapter 7 and financial reorganization under Chapter 11 or 13 of the Bankruptcy Code. Among the issues to be considered are the extent of property exemptions, the requirements for liquidating non- exempt assets, the allocation of creditors’ claims between secured and unsecured positions and the comparative benefits of the Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 discharges.

LAW 7093 Bankruptcy and Tax Seminar
Credit Hours 2.0 TO 3.0
Prerequisites LAW 7090 and LAW 7095
Description

This seminar is devoted to exploration of the interface between bankruptcy and tax. The seminar will examine not only the often times conflicting policies embodied in both codes, but also substantive topics including the treatment and priority of tax claims and liens, the taxation of debtors and bankruptcy estates, the tax consequences of bankruptcy reorganizations, the carry over of tax attributes in bankruptcy, and bankruptcy court jurisdiction over tax matters. This course may satisfy the College of Law writing requirement.

LAW 7094 Bankruptcy Litigation
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites LAW 7091 or LAW 7176
Description

A collaborative course that brings students together with bankruptcy judges and attorneys. Partnered with a local bankruptcy practitioner, and working under the third year practice act, students will handle consumer bankruptcy cases from client intake through a Chapter 7 discharge and Chapter 13 plan confirmation. Students will participate in client counseling, creditor negotiations, bankruptcy court litigation, and other fundamental aspects of a bankruptcy case. The course consists of two components: the practical component and a classroom component. The classroom component will meet once each week throughout the semester. This course does NOT count against the maximum number of clinical hours that students may count toward graduation. Students must have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.30.

LAW 7095 Basic Federal Taxation I
Credit Hours 2.0 TO 3.0
Description

An introduction to federal income taxation, with emphasis on fundamental doctrines and major structural aspects of the Internal Revenue Code. Includes: definition of income, basic rules relating to the deduction of items, limitation on deductions, and introduction to capital gains and non- of taxation of entities such as corporations and introduction to taxation of estates and trusts. recognition transactions, and an introduction to tax accounting.

LAW 7096 Basic Federal Taxation II
Credit Hours 2.0 TO 3.0
Prerequisites LAW 7095
Description

A continuation of Basic Federal Taxation I, with emphasis on more sophisticated provisions of the Internal Revenue Code that apply to individuals. Includes: limitation on tax shelters, advanced tax accounting concepts, advanced capital gains and loss provisions, and an introduction to alternative tax entities such as corporations, partnerships, limited liability companies, estates and trusts.

LAW 7097 Bankruptcy Litigation II
Credit Hours 3.0
Description
LAW 7098 Biotechnology Law, Policy and Ethics
Credit Hours 2.0 TO 3.0
Description

(2-3 credits) This course provides an introduction to the legal, policy, and ethical issues surrounding biotechnologies. The course surveys a variety of federal and state laws and international treaties addressing biotechnology research, patenting, and applications. The course will examine the distinctive legal, policy, and ethical issues associated with biotechnologies in selected topic areas, which may include genetically modified foods, nanotechnology, xenotransplantation, patenting of genes/patenting of life, stem cell research, gene therapy, preimplantation genetic diagnosis, sex-selection reproductive technologies, germline genetic engineering of human beings, and human reproductive cloning.

LAW 7099 Bioethics and the Law
Credit Hours 2.0 TO 3.0
Description

This course exaimes contemporary interdisciplinary issues that arise at the intersection of law, medicine, and ethics. Its primary focus is on life and death. It provides an introduction to bioethics and addresses medical, legal, ethical, and policy isssues in genetics and biotechnology, human subjects research; human reproduction and decision making at the beginning of the life; dying and decision making at the end of life; and rationing health care. Interdisciplinary readings will draw from the legal medical and ethics literature.

LAW 7100 Agency and Partnership
Credit Hours 2.0 TO 3.0
Description

Basic problems of the law of agency, partnership (including limited partnerships), and unincorporated associations.

LAW 7101 Corporations
Credit Hours 2.0 TO 3.0
Description

A survey of the state and federal laws governing the formation and operation of corporations.

LAW 7103 Bankruptcy Reorganization
Credit Hours 2.0 TO 3.0
Prerequisites LAW 7090 A study of the crucial stages of business reorganization cases under Chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code
Description

The course covers topics such as: good faith filing, powers and duties of the parties in interest, protection from creditors, government actions against the debtor to protect the public, operation of the business, formulation and approval of the plan of reorganization.

LAW 7105 Business Planning
Credit Hours 2.0 TO 3.0
Prerequisites LAW 7101 and LAW 7095
Description

A planning course involving the application of the law of corporations and of federal taxation to planning business operations in partnership and corporate form. May be taught in seminar format.

LAW 7110 Business Taxation
Credit Hours 2.0 TO 3.0
Prerequisites LAW 7095
Description

An introduction to the income taxation of C corporations, S corporations and partnerships. In conjunction with this study, the tax status of limited liability companies will be covered. The course is intended to survey the three different tax regimes, and it will include a comparison of the advantage and disadvantage of each. NOTE: The maximum number of credit hours a student may earn for taking any combination of LAW 7110, LAW 7415 and LAW 7127 is 4.

LAW 7113 Capital Punishment Law
Credit Hours 2.0 TO 3.0
Description

This course will examine various legal and policy issues surrounding the death penalty, including racial discrimination, the right to effective counsel, limitations on executing the mentally retarded and juveniles, and the use of “victim impact” evidence. It will emphasize the relationship between Supreme Court doctrine and real-world practice in state courts in the South.

LAW 7114 Collaborative Divorce
Credit Hours 2.0 TO 3.0
Prerequisites LAW 7216 and LAW 6030
Description

LAW 6030 (Litigation) is necessary either before or simultaneously with Collaborative Divorce. LAW 7183 recommended, but not required. This course develops skills required to represent clients in collaborative family law matters. It takes students through an entire collaborative case, including client interview, meetings with lawyer and non-lawyer professionals, negotiation and problem-solving in a collaborative setting, drafting of contracts, agreements, and minutes of meetings, and finally to obtaining a Final Judgement and Decree of Divorce. The course includes guest instruction and demonstration from non-lawyer collaborative professionals, extensive discussion of collaborative practice concepts and issues, in-class participation in the collaborative case, and individual exploration of collaborative topics through a paper or other individual project.

LAW 7116 Constitutional Tort Litigation
Credit Hours 2.0 TO 3.0
Prerequisites LAW 6000
Description

An examination of major civil rights statutes, with focus on 42 U.S.C. 1983, the relationship between 1983 and the Fourteenth Amendment, the defenses and immunities of individuals and governmental entities, the relationship between state and federal courts in civil rights actions, and the remedies for violations of constitutional rights.

LAW 7117 Constitutional Law II: Individual Liberties
Credit Hours 2.0 TO 3.0
Prerequisites LAW 6000
Description

An examination of substantive due process, procedural due process, equal protection, state action and selected aspects of the Bill of Rights.

LAW 7121 Payment Systems
Credit Hours 2.0 TO 3.0
Description

(Formerly Commercial Paper and Payment Systems) The study of Articles 3 and 4 of the Uniform Commercial Code which govern the rights and liabilities of parties to promissory notes, checks, and other negotiable instruments and the law concerning the use of credit cards and electronic funds transfer.

LAW 7123 Commercial Leasing Seminar
Credit Hours 2.0 TO 3.0
Prerequisites LAW 5050, LAW 5051, LAW 7435
Description

In-depth coverage of selected issues related to the negotiation and drafting of long term office and retail leases. Among the topics to be explored are the rent obligation and method of calculating the rent, use clauses, financing issues, subordination, non-disturbance and attornment agreements, and defaults and remedies.

LAW 7125 Comparative Law
Credit Hours 2.0 TO 3.0
Description

This course introduces the student of the common law to the general principles, both procedural and substantive, of the civil law prevailing in continental Europe and Latin America. It provides an overview of the historical evolution of the civil law and the position of the code in foreign legal systems; an examination of the patterns of court systems which administer it; and a specific consideration of delictual and contractual obligations under the code. It also considers the treatment of foreign law in the United States courts.

LAW 7127 Corporate Taxation(2 credit hours)
Credit Hours 2.0
Prerequisites LAW 7095
Description

This course will cover the federal income taxation of C and S corporations from formation through distributions and concluding with liquidations. The tax implications to both shareholders and the entity will be examined. The course will cover transfers of property to a newly formed or preexisting corporation, normal distributions, redemptions, converting a C corporation to an S corporation, and the effect of liquidating distributions on both forms of corporations.
NOTE: The maximum number of credit hours a student may earn for taking any combination of LAW 7110, LAW 7415 and LAW 7127 is 4.

LAW 7130 Seminar on European Civil Litigation
Credit Hours 2.0 TO 3.0
Description

This seminar addresses the form and features of civil litigation in the context of central and eastern European national legal orders. The seminar also exposes the student to the general legal environment and structure of the legal profession in central and eastern European states. This seminar is conducted at predetermined venues in Europe, and it includes filed visits and site excursions to relevant courts and other judicial institutions on the European continent.

LAW 7131 Comparative Law Seminar
Credit Hours 2.0 TO 3.0
Description

This Seminar addresses the basic principles relevant to commercial arbitration as a dispute resolution device in international commerce within the context of different national legal orders, including a consideration of the history and origins of arbitration in the resolution of international trade and commercial disputes; the relation of international commercial arbitration and the national and international legal order; the arbitration agreement, with special emphasis on the arbitral clause as it relates to the scope of arbitrability; the arbitral process prior to award, inclusive of a review of the procedural rules of major international arbitral institutions; the authority of arbitrators in the arbitral process; special procedural issues in the conduct of international commercial arbitration such as pre-award attachment; provisional remedies; discovery; and judicial intervention in international commercial arbitration; and the arbitral award and its enforcement, with emphasis on national law and international agreements supporting the recognition and enforcement of international commercial arbitral agreements and awards, especially the United Nations Convention and national legislation adopted to implement it

(Taught in summer abroad program in Austria).

LAW 7136 Complex Litigation
Credit Hours 2.0 TO 3.0
Description

This course examines procedural issues in civil litigation that arise when the simple two-party, single claim model is transformed into multi-claim, multiparty litigation. Coverage will focus on joinder devices in complex cases with particular emphasis on the class action device and its jurisdictional and due process implications, the problems of duplicative state and federal litigation, judicial control of complex cases, the discovery process, the multi- district litigation procedures and the case management movement, and issues relating to preclusion in complex cases. The complex litigation course is designed to build upon the basic course in civil procedure and to be a comprehensive exploration of advanced procedural topics.

LAW 7137 Cyberlaw
Credit Hours 2.0 TO 3.0
Description

(2 or 3 credit hours)
The emergence and ongoing development of computers and cyberspace technologies present a host of challenging legal issues. This overview course will examine some of these issues and highlight the tensions that exist between individuals, corporations, and governments for control over and/or ownership of the global Internet and its content. The course will offer insight into such issues as governance of the Internet and jurisdiction over Internet speakers, free expression and censorship, privacy, hacking and security, and protection of intellectual property rights. No prior knowledge of Internet technology is needed or required, but a willingness to learn about the technology on which the Internet is built is essential.

LAW 7138 Computers and the Law Seminar
Credit Hours 2.0 TO 3.0
Description

A study of specific substantive areas of the law as they relate to both computer hardware and software. Areas covered include, but are not limited to, copyrights, trademarks, patents, misappropriation of trade secrets, antitrust, contracts, and “anti-hacking” laws. Class enrollment is limited to 15 students, with instructor approval. Ideally, the students should have some background in either copyright law or in computer science. A substantial paper evidencing sufficient research is required. There will also be an exercise in software licensing. There will be no final examination.

LAW 7140 Conflict of Laws
Credit Hours 2.0 TO 3.0
Description

The study of issues in choice of law including techniques for ascertaining applicable law from among competing state laws when a legal transaction (e.g., contract, tort, U.C.C., descendents’ estate divorce, child custody) has a nexus with two or more states or foreign countries. The course includes consideration of federal constitutional issues of due process, full faith and credit as they affect the application of state laws, conflicts between federal and state law, and federal court practice and procedure in conflict of laws. Applicable international law, treaties, and conventions are also treated.

LAW 7145 Constitutional Law: Survey of First Amendment
Credit Hours 2.0 TO 3.0
Prerequisites LAW 6000
Description

A study of the federal constitutional protection afforded expression and religion by the First Amendment of the United States Constitution.

LAW 7151 Constitutional Law Seminar
Credit Hours 2.0 TO 3.0
Prerequisites Law 6000 A seminar on selected problems in constitutional law
Description

A paper is required.

LAW 7153 Construction Law
Credit Hours 2.0 TO 3.0
Description

A study of the legal problems common to the construction industry focusing on the structure and negotiation of construction contracts, claims procedures, arbitration and litigation.

LAW 7155 Consumer Protection
Credit Hours 2.0 TO 3.0
Description

An examination of consumer rights and remedies related to advertising, deceptive trade practices, debt collection, consumer credit and truth-in-lending.

LAW 7158 Copyrights
Credit Hours 2.0 TO 3.0
Description

Analysis of federal copyright law as it pertains to works of art, motion pictures, music, literature, and computers. In addition to case law, both the Copyright Acts of 1909 and 1976 will be covered, as well as recent legislative developments.

LAW 7161 Corporate Finance
Credit Hours 2.0 TO 3.0
Prerequisites LAW 7101 or LAW 7470
Description

Enterprise and securities evaluation, capital structure and senior securities, dividends, mergers, and disclosure requirements.

LAW 7163 Advanced Corporate Law
Credit Hours 2.0 TO 3.0
Prerequisites LAW 7101
Description

This course will provide an opportunity for in-depth study of one or more areas of corporate law, for example: theories and consequences of the corporate form and limited liability; the rights of various claimants such as bondholders, preferred shareholders and holders of common stock; corporate finance (including capital structure, leverage, and valuation); the duties of loyalty and care and the business judgment rule; “other constituency” statutes; other corporate agents, including attorneys, accountants, and investment bankers; proxy regulations; and struggles for control.

LAW 7164 Seminar on Corporate Governance
Credit Hours 2.0 TO 3.0
Prerequisites LAW 7101
Description

This seminar will provide an opportunity for students to explore issues of corporate governance, examining how publicly held corporations are organized internally and regulated externally. Topics could include: the composition of the board, and the functions and powers of directors and officers in publicly held corporations; the composition and functions of board committees, such as the audit committee; the scope of the duty of care and the business judgement rule problems of reliance on others, etc.; the role of directors and shareholders in transactions in control and tender offers; and derivative actions. The particular focus of the seminar may vary; accordingly, academic credits awarded will range from two to three semester hours depending upon the scope and depth of the research subject selected by the instructor. A written research paper will be required, which will satisfy the writing requirement.

LAW 7165 Criminal Proc: Investigations
Credit Hours 2.0 TO 3.0
Description

This course covers the constitutional regulation of the police in the area of criminal investigations, focusing particularly on the Fourth and Fifth Amendments. Among other things, the course will cover the exclusionary rule, search and seizure, the meaning of probable cause, the arrest power, the privilege against self-incrimination and police interrogation. It may also cover the right to counsel during police interrogations.

LAW 7167 Criminal Proc: Adjudication
Credit Hours 2.0 TO 3.0
Description

This course covers the adjudication of criminal cases after a defendant has been arrested, including the charging decision, setting of bail, the grand  jury, discovery, guilty pleas and plea bargaining, right to trial by jury and jury selection, effective assistance of counsel, sentencing, and double jeopardy. It may also cover appellate and collateral review.

LAW 7169 Criminal Appellate Practicum
Credit Hours 4.0
Description

This course provides students with an introduction to the theory and practice of criminal law at the appellate level. Students will work in teams to prepare legal briefs in active cases in the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, the Supreme Court of Georgia, and the United States Supreme Court. At the same time, students will study the broad fundamentals of appellate law and also develop in-depth understanding of the specific issues relevant to their case work to achieve a refined understanding of appellate practice in the state and/or federal courts. Limited enrollment. Admission only by application and permission of professor. Applicants must have a cumulative gpa of at least 2.30 at the time of enrollment.

LAW 7170 Criminal Justice: Fieldwork and Law Reform
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Open to a limited number of second and third year students. Consent of instructor required. Students must submit an application and be available for a possible interview. Students will learn about the criminal justice system as it actually operates in metropolitan Atlanta and develop a law reform proposal about a specific aspect of that system. The course will use a wide variety of teaching methods including assigned readings drawn from both the legal scholarship and social science research, classroom lectures and discussions, and group fieldwork at locations such as police stations, jails and courthouses. Each student will select some aspect of the criminal justice system for independent research out of which will develop a written project proposing improvement or reform. The project must demonstrate mastery of applicable substantive criminal law and procedure and application of that knowledge to data gathered through the student’s own fieldwork. Examples of fieldwork would be carefully documented court-watching, analysis of data collected from public records, and interviews of relevant participants in the criminal justice system.

LAW 7176 Security Interests and Liens
Credit Hours 2.0 TO 3.0
Description

This course explores the rights, liabilities, and remedies of debtors and various creditors. Among the creditors studied are general creditors, judgment creditors, governmental creditors, statutory creditors, and secured creditors under Article 9 of the Uniform Commercial Code.

LAW 7180 Discrimination on the Basis of Handicap
Credit Hours 2.0 TO 3.0
Description

An examination of legal approaches to discrimination on the basis of handicap. Topics may include autonomy, education, institutionalization, deinstitutionalization, housing, employment, accessibility, and health care.

LAW 7183 Domestic Litigation
Credit Hours 2.0 TO 3.0
Prerequisites LAW 7216
Description

Through reading and simulations, this course will comprise a start-to-finish examination of a domestic relations case, including the client interview, pleadings, discovery, negotiations and settlement, child custody matters, mediation, and trial. The course will also involve contact with personnel from the Neighborhood Justice Center or other similar agency.

LAW 7184 Domestic Violence Law
Credit Hours 2.0 TO 3.0
Description

This course is an introduction to the legal, social, and policy issues involving domestic violence. The course will examine federal and state laws addressing domestic violence, as well as explore the social, psychological, and cultural issues that are involved in domestic violence and that affect the legal representation of parties in domestic violence cases.

LAW 7186 Education Law
Credit Hours 2.0 TO 3.0
Description

A study of the role that law plays in shaping basic education in the United States. The course will examine the interrelationship of law and education policy, the part played by the courts in school governance, and the role of the federal government in the educational system.

LAW 7190 An in-depth study of selected topics in education law
Credit Hours 2.0 TO 3.0
Description

Students will explore legal issues through assigned readings, class discussion, collaborative exercises, class presentations, and individual written papers. Topics may include issues related to early childhood, K-12, and higher education. The course may be used to satisfy the writing requirement.

LAW 7191 Employee Benefits
Credit Hours 2.0 TO 3.0
Prerequisites LAW 7095
Description

Survey of the taxation and other legal principles applicable to the basic forms of retirement plan arrangements, including qualified and non-qualified plans, defined benefit and defined contribution plans, individual retirement arrangements, and multi-employer plans. When taught in the three-hour format, course will include a study of employee welfare benefit plans, including medical benefit plans and cafeteria plans.

LAW 7193 General Employment Law
Credit Hours 2.0 TO 3.0
Description

Examines the expanding body of state and federal law as it affects the modern employment relationship and the conflict between traditional employer prerogatives and individual employee rights. This course will not duplicate the coverage in labor law or employment discrimination. Each of these courses is freestanding and may be taken without the others.

LAW 7195 Employment Discrimination Law
Credit Hours 2.0 TO 3.0
Description

A study of the major federal laws barring discrimination in employment, with emphasis on Title VII of the Civil Rights Act and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act. The course will examine the procedures, methods of proof and defenses in discrimination cases, and address special problems in the areas of affirmative action, testing, gender discrimination, and remedies.

LAW 7197 The Law of Electronic Commerce
Credit Hours 2.0 TO 3.0
Prerequisites All 1st Year Full-Time Courses
Description

This course explores the legal issues involved in conducting electronic commerce. Topics include the following: Setting up a web site from which to conduct business, obtaining a domain name, determining liability for content, and complying with legal requirements of privacy and security. Students learn the law which regulates electronic transactions including sale of goods, licenses of software and information, and electronic payments. The course also examines issues which arise when disputes occur, such as jurisdiction, choice of law, and alternative dispute resolution of on-line disputes.

LAW 7199 The Law of Democracy
Credit Hours 2.0 TO 3.0
Description

This course explores the law regulating our political process, the principles that shape our political institutions and the relationship between democratic procedures and contemporary politics. With a primary focus on constitutional and federal law, the course examines topics such as individual rights of access to participation in the political process, the role of associations such as political parties and the regulation of party primaries, as well as topics such as redistricting, political and racial gerrymandering, voting rights, campaign finance, the use of direct democracy, and alternative voting systems.

LAW 7200 Environmental Law
Credit Hours 2.0 TO 3.0
Description

A survey of legal principles and policies relating to the development, protection, and enhancement of the physical environment. Attention will be given to the judicial review of agency decision making, pollution control, hazardous waste and resource management, energy development and allocation, and conservation.

LAW 7201 International Environmental Law
Credit Hours 2.0 TO 3.0
Description

This course is concerned with the international legal response to environmental problems. The course covers comparative environmental law, major multinational treaties (and their enforcement regimes) addressing global environmental problems, and the issues concerning the “conflict” between international trade and international and domestic environmental and natural resource protection.

LAW 7202 Environmental Justice
Credit Hours 2.0 TO 3.0
Description

This course will examine the problems, and current and potential legal responses to, the disproportionate distribution of environmental harms in our society. It may be taught as a seminar.

LAW 7203 Natural Resources Law
Credit Hours 2.0 TO 3.0
Description

This course will provide an overview of present and future law and policy issues relating to the utilization of natural resources. Both federal and state materials will be utilized. Particular attention will be focused on law and policy issues relating to (1) mineral resources, (2) timber resources, (3) public lands and waters, (4) coastal zone management, and (5) public outdoor recreation.

LAW 7204 Urban Environmental Law Seminar (2-3) Prerequisites:
Credit Hours 2.0 TO 3.0
Prerequisites One of the following courses: LAW 5051, LAW 7200 or LAW 7203
Description

This seminar will examine the range of environmental issues facing urban areas, exloring the extent to which it is appropriate to legislate and regulate solutions for urban environmental problems differently than for non-urban (rural, agricultural. e.g.) areas. To this end, the seminar not only will study topics like improving air quality and providing clean water in urban areas, but also the inter- relation of such goals with transportation and growth management, and urban and public health planning. Additional topics will include lead poisoning, indoor air pollution, brownfield reclamation, environmental justice and emergency preparedness for environmental contamination. Federal and state statutes and regulations will be evaluated throughout the seminar, as will local ordinances. To the greatest extent possible, the seminar will evaluate the Atlanta metropolitan area as a case study for the topics covered.

LAW 7205 Estate and Gift Taxation
Credit Hours 2.0 TO 3.0
Description

Survey of estate and gift taxation with primary emphasis on federal tax law in these areas.

LAW 7206 Comparative Environmental Law: Urban Issues
Credit Hours 2.0 TO 3.0
Description

Examines Brazilian  legal and regulatory responses to issues such as urbanization and it’s threat to the biodiversity of the Atlantic Rainforest, water and wastewater management in a less developed country, the use of international and legal instruments to improve urban air quality, ecosystem conservation, and environmental education. Brazilian experience and efforts will be compared to U.S. and other legal responses where relevant.

LAW 7207 Environmental Health Law & Policy: Comparative Perspectives
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Examines a range of legal and policy responses to questions of environmental health law and policy in Rio de Janeiro. In conjunction with graduate students in public health, students are asked to consider appropriate legal, regulatory and policy responses to a range of environmental health challenges, from the effects of pesticides on consumers to efforts to control communicable and insect-born disease. Because this course is offered abroad, students are also asked to consider the appropriate role of foreign lawyers and policymakers in formulating appropriate responses to the environmental health challenges studied.

LAW 7208 Cross-Cultural Communication in International Dispute Resolution
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Taught in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Surveys the impact that culture has on international dispute resolution processes. This course will explore cultural differences in social customs, business practices, religious and ethical values, and language in the context of various dispute resolution processes through classroom discussions, simulations and role plays. Students will develop and enhance their skills in critical thinking, listening and cross-cultural communications and will have the opportunity to learn about and observe the use of these skills with lawyers and other professionals in Rio.

LAW 7209 Creative Conflict Prevention and Community Improvement
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Taught in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Will study creative responses to community conflict in Rio and other Brazilian communities and will examine their impact on law and society. The course will offer students the opportunity to examine and discuss the dispute resolution design process with professionals and to visit Brazilian community programs to observe first-hand active conflict prevention programs.

LAW 7210 Estate Planning Seminar
Credit Hours 2.0 TO 3.0
Prerequisites LAW 7510
Description

In-depth coverage of selected topics related to the planning of estates, including planning for intrafamily transfers, use of the marital deduction, charitable giving, retirement plan benefits, life insurance, owners of closely held businesses, estate- freezing techniques, postmortem planning, and international estate planning. Student writing project is designed to satisfy the legal writing requirement.

LAW 7216 Family Law
Credit Hours 2.0 TO 3.0
Prerequisites LAW 5011 and LAW 5051
Description

Recommended: All full-time required first-year courses. A study of the law relating to the creation, functioning, and dissolution of the family as a unit, with a focus on marriage, family obligations, divorce, annulment, child custody, and property division. Other topics may include adoption, legitimacy, and procreation.

LAW 7220 Family Law Seminar
Credit Hours 2.0 TO 3.0
Prerequisites LAW 7216
Description

A seminar on selected problems in family law. A paper is required.

LAW 7225 Federal Courts
Credit Hours 2.0 TO 3.0
Description

The study of the federal constitutional and statutory provisions establishing and regulating federal courts. Topics treated include the “case and controversy” requirement, federal subject matter jurisdiction and its regulation by Congress, original and removal jurisdiction, the law applied in federal courts in civil actions, and the rules of procedure followed in federal courts.

LAW 7229 Georgia Appellate Practice
Credit Hours 2.0 TO 3.0
Description

This course educates students regarding the procedural requirements and core competencies involved in effective appellate advocacy before the Georgia Court of Appeals and the Georgia Supreme Court, and enables students to apply these skills by gradually engaging in a simulated appeal over the course of the semester using a record prepared by the instructor from an actual appeal in the Georgia Supreme Court.

LAW 7232 Fiduciary Administration
Credit Hours 2.0 TO 3.0
Description

This course covers the powers, duties, and liabilities of executors, administrators, and trustees, and other select issues related to the administration of trusts and estates.

LAW 7234 Food and Drug Law
Credit Hours 2.0 TO 3.0
Description

This course is an introduction to the regulation of food, drugs and medical devices, and cosmetics in the United States. The course will focus primarily on the body of law and regulations that have developed under the implementation, enforcement, and interpretation of the Federal Food Drug and Cosmetic Act of 1938 by the US Food and Drug Administration and the courts. It will also examine ethical and public policy issues presented by government efforts to ensure the safety and efficacy of drugs and medical devices and the safety and purity of foods and cosmetics. The course will explore the impact the food and drug laws have on public health both domestically and internationally.

LAW 7236 Georgia Practice and Procedure
Credit Hours 2.0 TO 3.0
Description

Jurisdiction and practice in the Georgia courts, including coverage of the Georgia Civil Practice Act.

LAW 7238 Law of Hazardous Waste
Credit Hours 2.0 TO 3.0
Description

This class will explore the laws and regulations governing hazardous waste storage, transport, disposal, and cleanup. Although the main laws of hazardous waste are touched on briefly in the environmental law class, this course seeks to explore the laws and regulations in a more in-depth manner (particularly the liability and damage provisions which are somewhat unique in environmental law), look at their connections with other areas of practice, and discuss some of the real life situations that will face an attorney in practice.

LAW 7239 Health Law: Quality and Access (formerly Health Law: Liability)
Credit Hours 2.0 TO 3.0
Description

This course examines laws affecting the relationships among patient, health care providers and practitioners, and health care payers. Emphasis is placed on tort liability, contractual and other professional arrangements, and bioethics. Topics include medical malpractice, informed consent, hospital privileges, managed care, and various contemporary issues in bioethics, such as medical decision making at the beginning and end of life.

LAW 7240 Health Law: Financing and Delivery
Credit Hours 2.0 TO 3.0
Description

Formerly Health Law: Regulation.
This course examines laws affecting the delivery and financing of health care. Emphasis is placed on federal and state regulation of the health care industry. Topics include access to health care, corporate law and antitrust regulation of health care providers and payers, and criminal and civil enforcement actions for fraud and abuse in government health care programs.

LAW 7241 Seminar in Health Law
Credit Hours 2.0 TO 3.0
Prerequisites An in-depth study of current legal issues confronting the health care profession and involving delivery of health care in our society
Description

Students will explore a variety of topics through assigned readings, class discussion, and individual written papers, which may be used to satisfy the writing requirement.

LAW 7242 Growth Management Law Seminar
Credit Hours 2.0 TO 3.0
Description

This seminar will stress the key planning legal techniques for managing the growth of urban areas. State and regional comprehensive land use and transportation planning, impact analysis, and infrastructure finance through developer funding requirements. The consequences of urban sprawl and its avoidance through land use regulations and compensation programs will be used as the unifying theme of the course. The consideration of statutes, cases and programs will be used as the unifying theme of the course. The consideration of statutes, cases, and programs from throughout the United States will be directed toward Georgia specific problems.

LAW 7243 HIV/AIDS and the Law
Credit Hours 2.0 TO 3.0
Description

This course examines the social, legal, political, and ethical controversies surrounding the HIV/AIDS pandemic. The class will consider the impact of the epidemic on the individual, public health, and society through the laws and policies that have been adopted since the beginning of the epidemic. The course will cover both domestic and international policies regarding HIV/AIDS.

LAW 7244 Public Health Law
Credit Hours 2.0 TO 3.0
Description

This course provides an introduction to legal issues in public health practice. It addresses the legal authorities for intervention in public health practice, and surveys a variety of federal, state, and local laws and policies affecting public health. Law’s role in preventing disease, injury, and disability is explored through particular topic areas such as reproductive health, environmental hazards, workable health, sexually transmitted diseases, tobacco-related illness, vaccine-preventable diseases, and injury control.

LAW 7245 Immigration Law and Practice
Credit Hours 2.0 TO 3.0
Description

A study of the immigration, nationality, and naturalization laws of the United States. Among the topics to be discussed are: the immigrant selection system, the issuance of nonimmigrant and immigrant visas, grounds of excludability of aliens and of waiver of excludability, grounds for deportation, change of status within the United States, administrative procedures, administrative appeals, judicial review, nationality by birth and by naturalization, revocation, and naturalization and expatriation. appeals, reviewing proposed administrative decisions, and researching in preparation and support of writing appellate briefs and memoranda to the Board of Immigration Appeals in Washington, D.C. Where permissible, third-year students may present selected cases under the supervision of a staff attorney.

LAW 7247 Health Legislation/Advocacy I
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

This course is the first of a two-semester sequence. It examines the process by which proposed legislation becomes enacted into law at the state level, including drafting, legislative organization and procedure, ethics and lobbying, and the appropriations process. It will focus on health-related legislation, policy and advocacy. Students will have the opportunity to work with a community partner (such as a non-profit health advocacy group, health related government agency, or non-profit health-related enterprise) on a written project that relates to upcoming proposed health-related legislation in the Georgia General Assembly, that proposes new legislation, or that involves other legislation-related health policy or advocacy issues. Students who enroll in LAW 7247 must also enroll in LAW 7248 in the succeeding semester.

LAW 7248 Health Legislation and Advocacy II
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

This course is a continuation of Health Legislation and Advocacy I. Under the instructor’s supervision, students will work with their community partners to track proposed health related legislation or policy, provide legal research for use during the General Assembly’s session, prepare testimony, briefings, or other assistance during the session, and work with the relevant legislative committees and other ‘players’ in the legislative process.

LAW 7249 Genetics and the Law
Credit Hours 2.0 TO 3.0
Description

This course explores legal and policy issues that arise in the context of the new biotechnologies that incorporate genetic analysis. Topics include the history of genetic research in the U.S., the Human Genome Project, genetic privacy, DNA as a forensic tool, and the role of genetics in new biotechnologies related to reproduction, medical treatment and research, genetic engineering, and pharmacogenetics.

LAW 7251 Law and Social Welfare (formerly Public Interest and Social Welfare Law)
Credit Hours 2.0 TO 3.0
Description

This course is an introduction to the laws and policies that address social welfare and poverty in American society. The course will explore state and federal laws addressing social welfare, including welfare reform, benefit programs, Medicaid, Medicare, food stamps, consumer fraud, problems of the uninsured, and access to appropriate education, affordable housing, and safe environments. The course will also include an examination of the nature of poverty, socio-economic inequalities in U.S. society, and the challenges faced by those who provide legal representation to economically disadvantaged and other vulnerable populations.

LAW 7252 Human Rights and Children
Credit Hours 2.0 OR 3.0
Description

This course explores the status of the child under international law, the rights of the child under international and regional human rights conventions, and mechanisms available for enforcing such rights. The course begins with an overview of these issues. The course will then focus on selected issues, including trafficking of children, commercial sexual exploitation of children, child labor, children in armed conflict, juvenile justice, and rights to health care and education. In examining each of these specific issues, we will explore the relevant human rights law, efforts to enforce such law, and shortcomings in the existing legal regimes. Case studies will be drawn from a number of countries. In addition, special attention will be given to the U.S. approach to child rights generally and to the specific topic issues explored in the course.

LAW 7253 Human Subjects Research
Credit Hours 2.0 OR 3.0
Description

This course examines legal and ethical considerations in research with human subjects. We will explore in detail the ethical and regulatory framework that governs human subjects research in the U.S., including the historical basis that led to the adoption of the regulations, how that history shaped the current regulations, and how new technologies, such as genetic technologies and stem cell research, challenge the regulatory framework.

LAW 7255 International and Comparative Health Law
Credit Hours 2.0 OR 3.0
Description

This course explores the developing field of international health law. The course will examine the legal, ethical, and political issues that arise in the context of addressing current challenges to global health, and look at the role played by governments, the private sector, and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) in meeting the health needs of the world’s population. The course will focus on contemporary legal responses to issues such as global disparities in health; public health emergencies; pharmaceuticals and the balancing of trade and public health considerations; health and human rights; and infectious diseases.

LAW 7256 Independent Research
Credit Hours 1.0 TO 3.0
Description

(No more than two credit hours will be counted toward graduation requirements.) Students may in their senior year undertake a project which involves investigation, research, and scholarship and culminates in a research paper of publishable quality, as determined by their supervising faculty member. Independent research may satisfy the writing requirement, but only if taken for two credit hours.

LAW 7260 Institutional Reform Litigation Seminar
Credit Hours 2.0 TO 3.0
Description

An examination of litigation seeking reform of major social institutions (including school systems, prisons, and mental institutions), with particular focus on the use of the structural injunction during the remedial phase of such litigation. Considered also will be alternatives to use of the courts to achieve the same social end.

LAW 7266 Insurance Law
Credit Hours 2.0 TO 3.0
Description

From a perspective of the history and development of the principles governing insurance contracts and the state regulation of the business of insurance, this course will consider the issues associated with the fundamental principles of insurance law, insurable interest, formation and structure of insurance policies, insurance contract interpretation, insurance agency, duties of insurers and policyholders, an analysis of policies and related issues arising from property insurance, liability insurance, automobile insurance, life insurance and disability insurance and a study of the principles of insurance bad faith.

LAW 7270 Intellectual Property Law
Credit Hours 2.0 TO 3.0
Description

A study of the federal copyright, patent, and trademark statutes.

LAW 7271 Advanced Intellectual Property Seminar
Credit Hours 2.0 TO 3.0
Prerequisites LAW 7270 or LAW 7158 or LAW 7417 or LAW 7478
Description

Over the past 20 years the Supreme Court has decided many cases in Copyright, Trademark, and Patent Law. As Intellectual Property issues have become more important to society and to the economy, the pace and number of Supreme Court cases has increased. In this seminar, students will examine selected Supreme Court cases, and other relevant developments and then write a substantial research paper. The course may include presentations of the works-in-progress.

LAW 7272 Licensing of Intellectual Property
Credit Hours 1.0 TO 3.0
Prerequisites Any one or more of the following courses: LAW 7158, LAW 7270, LAW 7417, LAW 7416, or LAW 7478
Description

This course will involve analysis of cases involving litigation over licenses, including the licensing of electronic rights. It will include comparative examination of licenses and licensing agreements and practical experience in drafting and negotiating license agreements. Students who successfully complete this course may also apply to their required hours to graduate from the College of Law up to 3 credit hours for successfully completing (i.e., achieving a grade of B- or greater) the graduate level Entrepreneurship and Enterprise course (MGS 8500) at the Robinson College of Business. LAW 7272 and MGS 8500 need not be taken in the same academic year or in any particular order.

LAW 7273 International Law
Credit Hours 2.0 TO 3.0
Description

This course surveys the basic principles of law governing, primarily, the legal interrelationships of sovereign states within the context of the global legal order. Considered are the origins and sources of public international law; participation in the international legal order; the legal implications of the doctrine of sovereignty over land, sea, and air; jurisdictional aspects of international law; international obligations; the resolution of international disputes; and the law of international cooperation.

LAW 7274 International Criminal Law
Credit Hours 2.0 TO 3.0
Prerequisites jurisdiction in international criminal law, specific applications (e. g., Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, Money Laundering, Terrorism), procedural issues (e.g., mutual assistance, extradition), and international courts
Description

At the discretion of the instructor, International Criminal Law may be offerred as a seminar with a research paper required.

LAW 7275 International Business Transactions
Credit Hours 2.0 TO 3.0
Description

A systematic approach to legal problems arising in transactions that involve entities operating in two or more nations. As well as examining international trade accords and relevant commercial law, this course surveys United States law, practice and procedure relating to the import and export of goods and transnational flow of services.

LAW 7276 Seminar in European Comm. Arbitration
Credit Hours 2.0 TO 3.0
Description

This seminar is intended to serve as an introduction to the basic legal  concepts, doctrines and principles that are relevant to the current status of international commercial arbitration as a dispute resolution mechanism alternative to litigation in national court systems. Course objectives include familiarizing the student with the basic features of the modern system of international commercial arbitration and examining the transnational framework of international commercial arbitration, including its regulation in selected foreign legal orders. (Taught in summer abroad program in Austria).

LAW 7277 International Human Rights
Credit Hours 2.0 TO 3.0
Description

An introduction to international human rights law and institutions. This course deals with the development of the international protection of human rights and focuses on the work of the United Nations, the Council of Europe, and the role of nongovernmental international human rights organizations and the human rights policy of the United States.

LAW 7278 International Human Rights Seminar: Immigration
Credit Hours 2.0 TO 3.0
Prerequisites Public international law or international human rights is helpful but not required
Description

A seminar on selected problems in international human rights law. A paper is required.

LAW 7280 International Moot Court
Credit Hours 1.0
Description

This course is open to those students chosen to represent GSU College of Law in the annual Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition.

LAW 7281 International Human Rights: Practical Applications SeminarPrerequisites:
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites At least two classes relating to international law and/or human rights, one of which must be LAW 7273 or LAW 7277.
Requirements Admission only by application and permission of professor. Applicants must have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.30 at the time of enrollment.
Description

The objective of this course is to give students an opportunity to integrate their knowledge about international human rights law with the fundamentals of civil and criminal procedure, constitutional law, evidence, and professional responsibility in a real-world context. Each year the course will focus on a contemporary human rights issue and, to the extent possible, the students will assess the situation and develop a work product as if they were representing the “client” at issue. Limited enrollment. 

LAW 7282 International Human Rights: Practical Applications Seminar
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites At least 2 classes relating to international law and/or human rights, one of which must be Law 7273 or 7277
Description

The objective of this course is to give students an opportunity to integrate their knowledge about international human rights law with the fundamentals of civil and criminal procedure, constitutional law, evidence, and professional responsibility in a real-world context. Each year the course will focus on a contemporary human rights issue and, to the extent possible, the students will assess the situation and develop a work product as if they were representing the “client” at issue. Limited enrollment. Admission only by application and permission of professor. Applicants must have a cumulative gpa of at least 2.30 at the time of enrollment.

LAW 7283 International Human Rights Seminar: Self-Determination of Indigenous Peoples
Credit Hours 2.0 TO 3.0
Description

Please contact Professor Saito for details at nsaito@gsu.edu.

LAW 7285 International Trade Seminar
Credit Hours 2.0 TO 3.0
Description

This seminar is intended for students who have developed an understanding of the international legal process through prior course work or who, by virtue of unique personal experience, are capable of dealing with advanced issues of international law in the field of economic and business regulation. The focus of the seminar will vary, but possible topics might include the United Nations Code of Conduct on Transnational Corporations, the Organization for Economic Enterprises, the United Nations Commission on Trade and Development Code of Conduct on Restrictive Business Practices and its Code on Transfer of Technology, and the International Labor Organization Tripartite Declaration on Multinational Enterprises and Social Policy.

LAW 7288 International and Foreign Legal Research
Credit Hours 2.0
Description

This course will provide an overview of international and foreign legal research. Students will receive a solid grounding in the practical skills and knowledge required for research in these areas. Foreign legal systems, international treaties, intergovernmental organizations and other related topics will be addressed. Theoretical principles — such as developing cost-and time-efficient research strategies — will also be covered. Electronic resources will be the primary focus of the class, though students will learn about, use and evaluate print resources as well. Students will be evaluated based on legal research assignments, in-class presentations and a take-home exam which tests their understanding of research tools and ability to perform foreign and international legal research tasks.

LAW 7289 International Law and U.S. Foreign Relations (2)
Credit Hours 2.0 TO 3.0
Description

This course examines the intersection between international law, U.S. law, and U.S. foreign policy. It centers on case studies, including Guantanamo Bay and the torture memos, the U.S. posture towards the International Criminal Court, and the invasion of Iraq, alongside the international news of the day. By working through such controversies, students will be exposed to competing international and domestic interpretations of sovereignty, the use of force, the role of the Security Council, the authority of the International Court of Justice, and even the nature of international law itself. Discussions of foreign policy will be grounded in core provisions of international law and U.S. law. International Law and U.S. Foreign Relations.

LAW 7291 Interviewing and Counseling
Credit Hours 2.0 TO 3.0
Description

This course is designed to help students understand and develop skills in interviewing and counseling methods and techniques. Students will learn through reading, discussion, extensive role-playing, and self-reflection. Students will also learn to develop strategies for addressing moral and ethical issues which can arise when interviewing and counseling clients in different legal contexts. Enrollment may be limited. 2 to 3 Credit Hours.

LAW 7293 Seminar On Judicial Power
Credit Hours 2.0 TO 3.0
Description

This seminar will explore the subject of judicial power by comparing the United States with other democracies in the world, in particular the world’s largest democracy, India. Topics may include judicial activism, especially in regard to the presidential election and impeachment, access to justice, the right to liberty and due process, and affirmative action. The seminar will meet weekly for part of the semester with assigned readings from both U.S. and non-American materials. A final paper (minimum 25 pages) is required. Students are expected to do independent research for the final paper. (Note: all materials relating to the Indian legal system are in English.) Individual instructor- student conferences on paper topic selection may take place at the initiative of either student or instructor. Failure to prepare for and attend class regularly may result in required withdrawal from the course. The course grade will be based on the final paper, class presentations and class participation.

LAW 7295 Jurisprudence
Credit Hours 2.0 TO 3.0
Description

This course explores selected topics related to the role of law in American society. Particular attention will be given to such issues as the law’s authority to compel obedience; the relationship of law and morality; and the meaning of the concept of justice.

LAW 7296 Selected Topics in Jurisprudence
Credit Hours 2.0 TO 3.0
Description

This course is designed to teach selected topics in jurisprudence.

LAW 7300 Juvenile Justice
Credit Hours 2.0 TO 3.0
Description

A study of the juvenile justice system from investigation and detention to adjudication and disposition. The theoretical and practical distinctions between delinquency and criminality are considered. Topics covered include status offenses, diversion, and dispositional alternatives.

LAW 7306 Juvenile Law
Credit Hours 2.0 TO 3.0
Description

Recommended: All full-time required first-year courses. A course which considers the parent-child relationship, the power of the state to intervene in the lives of parents and children and problems relating to dependency, neglect, delinquency and status offenses.

LAW 7315 Labor Law
Credit Hours 2.0 TO 3.0
Description

A study of the law regulating the rights and activities of employers, employees, and labor unions, in the workplace. The National Labor Relations Act is examined in detail with respect to the administrative role of the National Labor Relations Board; union organizing and representation elections; collective bargaining; and the regulation of strikes, picketing, boycotts, and other concerted labor practices.

LAW 7320 Land Use Law
Credit Hours 2.0 TO 3.0
Prerequisites LAW 5051
Description

The principal methods of public control of land use, including judicial control through doctrines such as nuisance, and legislative control through the power of eminent domain, taxation and the police powers. Special emphasis is given to the theory and practice of zoning.

LAW 7325 Land Use Drafting Seminar
Credit Hours 2.0 TO 3.0
Prerequisites LAW 7320 and LAW 7375
Description

After introductory classes on the role and methodology of legislative drafters for local government, students draft model ordinances for selected problems and present analyses of those ordinances. Each student prepares two drafting exercises: a comprehensive regulation in the role of government attorney and suggested amendments to another student’s regulation in the role of attorney for an interest group.

LAW 7328 Law and Business of Immigration
Credit Hours 2.0 OR 3.0
Prerequisites One of more of the following is recommended, but not required, as prerequisites: Immigration Law and Practice LAW 7245, Workers Compensation LAW 7521, General Employment Law LAW 7193, Employment Discrimination Law LAW 7195, or Employee Benefits LAW 7191
Description

This course examines the intersection of immigration, labor, and employment issues from law and business perspectives. Using both legal analysis and business school-type case studies, the course introduces major areas of labor and employment law and explores the rights of immigrant workers under each area of law. The course also covers business immigration, including visas available to skilled and unskilled foreign workers and employers’ obligations to verify workers’ immigration status. Finally, the course examines international labor supply and demand issues from the perspectives of workers and employers. The course is interdisciplinary and highly participatory, and will expose students both to doctrinal legal questions and to the realities pf employing, and representing, immigrant workers.

LAW 7330 Law and the Elderly
Credit Hours 2.0 TO 3.0
Description

A study of legal problems that are common to elderly clients, including Social Security, SSI, Medicare, nursing home law, pensions, and age discrimination. This course may also consider issues relating to guardianships, conservatorships, housing problems, voluntary euthanasia, and abuse of the elderly.

LAW 7331 Law and Health Equity
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

(2 or 3) This course is an introduction to understanding socioeconomic causes of chronic and mental health illnesses in low-income and minority communities, and will emphasize the need for legal  solutions to such diseases. In this course, the students will analyze the applicability of current laws, policies and regulations in creating safe and healthy neighborhoods for vulnerable populations. Students will work with Neighborhood Planning Units (“NPUs”) as community partners in order to assess the impact of and provide recommendations for the mitigation of health disparities in underserved communities in the Atlanta area.

LAW 7333 Law and the Internet
Credit Hours 2.0 TO 3.0
Description

This course will introduce students to use of the Internet as a resource for legal research; to legal issues arising on the Internet (e.g., privacy, censorship, security, e-mail fraud); and to ways to make substantive legal information available to others on the Internet.

LAW 7335 Law and Literature
Credit Hours 2.0 TO 3.0
Description

Literature can provide a humanistic perspective for understanding law, affording insights into the nature of law and social justice. This course will examine the interplay of law and literature primarily through texts about crime and punishment. Each class will explore one or more interrelated themes, including the tension between law and equity, authority and legitimacy, retribution and redemption, civic duty, revenge and betrayal. Readings will include works by Sophocles, Shakespeare, Melville, Conrad, Camus, Fugard, Traver, Glaspell and others. Students will be required to write three short papers during the semester and one substantial final work which, if satisfactory, may be used to fulfill the upper level writing requirement.

LAW 7336 Fundamentals of Law Practice
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Students will learn practice skills and ethical decision making through simulating the work of a small, general practice law firm. The course grade will be based on written work, performance in simulation exercises, class participation, and performance in simulation exercises and actual client representation. Enrollment is limited and consent of the instructor is required.

LAW 7339 Managing Corporate Integrity
Credit Hours 2.0 TO 3.0
Description

This course introduces management and law students to the fundamental issues and current best practices in managing legal/ethical compliance and corporate social responsibility. Topics and cases will cover both domestic and international business issues. Special attention is given to preparing law and management students to understand and manage the demands on U.S. and international corporations making complex business decisions on the face of increasing expectations for transparency and accountability. Structured around real-world cases that simulate the challenges of today’s domestic and global markets, the course equips students to manage and integrate the differing perspectives of lawyers and managers. The course uses focused readings in law and management, interactive case-studies, simulations, and class discussions that include presentations by corporate executives. Prior study of Corporations and Professional Responsibility recommended, but not required.

LAW 7341 Law and Mental Health (formerly Law and Psychiatry)
Credit Hours 2.0 TO 3.0
Description

An examination of the interrelationship of law and psychiatry and the role of psychiatric experts in the legal process. The course will address civil aspects of mental health law such as commitment of the mentally ill, competency, testamentary capacity, and the law of psychic damages; and, criminal aspects of forensic psychiatry including criminal responsibility, competency to stand trail, juristic psychology, dangerousness determinations, and coerced behavioral change.

LAW 7349 Law and Religion
Credit Hours 2.0 OR 3.0
Description

(2 or 3 credit hours)
This course will present an exploration of the historical formation and current judicial interpretations of the establishment and free exercise clauses of the First Amendment, as well as the theories of church and state, and religion and law, that support and contest these interpretations. The course will also compare and contrast the prevailing models of these protections in Europe and the United States, as well as explore intersections of law and religion, including the effect of religion on law and of law on religion, the degree to which law should accommodate religious beliefs and practices, the concept of legal pluralism, and the secularization of the American legal system.

LAW 7350 Law Review
Credit Hours 1.0
Description

(One hour per semester for a maximum of five hours.) For upper-level students who serve on the editorial board or as candidates for the Georgia State University Law Review. (By invitation only.).

LAW 7355 Law, Science and Technologies Seminar
Credit Hours 2.0 TO 3.0
Description

Limited enrollment. This seminar will examine various technological developments in areas such as medicine, agriculture, energy, and information technology and explore the legal frameworks pertaining to these technologies while highlighting the legal challenges. Students will be required to complete a paper on an approved topic.

LAW 7357 The Law of Social Enterprise
Credit Hours 2.0 TO 3.0
Description

This course will cover the existing and developing law of “social enterprise.” Although there is no universally accepted legal definition of “social enterprise,” the term generally refers to using market-based approaches (such as selling products or services) to solve complex social problems, instead of using more traditional, and primary charitable, methods to solve such problems. The principal focus of the course will be upon federal and state laws that are uniquely applicable when an organization engages in social enterprise. For example, the course will consider laws limiting the conduct of commercial activities by nonprofit organizations as well as laws requiring for-profit organizations to maximize shareholder wealth, even when doing so is arguably detrimental to employees, the environment, the community or other stakeholders. Successful completion of at least one of the following courses is a prerequisite, although it may be taken concurrently with this course: Corporations, Unincorporated Business Associations, Business Tax, or Nonprofit Organizations.

LAW 7363 History of the Common Law in England and America
Credit Hours 2.0 TO 3.0
Description

This course examines the origins, development and characteristics of core Anglo-American legal concepts and institutions. Using primary source materials (cases, statutes, codes, ordinances) and occasional narrative overviews for context, the course explores how and why fundamental Anglo-American legal concepts (e.g., trespass) and legal institutions (e.g., jury) have changed over time due to complex social, economic, and religious factors. The course will help students situate Anglo-American legal doctrines and institutions within their historical context and illuminate how modern American legal practice and jurisprudence has been shaped by the past. The course is interdisciplinary and highly participatory, and will expose students to the realities of internal and external legal change.

LAW 7364 Seminar in Georgia Legal History
Credit Hours 2.0 TO 3.0
Description

This seminar introduces the student to basic principles of historical methodology and historiography and to selected legal aspects of primary names in Georgia history drawn from sources in the colonial and revolutionary period; the western and expansion of the State and the growth of sectionalism, the War of 1861-1865 and Reconstruction; the embrace of New South ideologies; and the emergence of modern Georgia in the twentieth century. Resources in the seminar encompass a special emphasis on the use of primary and secondary materials traditionally associated with historical inquiry as well as with resources customarily employed in legal research.

LAW 7365 Legal History
Credit Hours 2.0 TO 3.0
Description

A study of the origins, development and characteristics of American legal institutions and the basic themes in American law which have shaped practice and jurisprudence.

LAW 7375 Legislation
Credit Hours 2.0 TO 3.0
Description

An examination of the legislative process and statutory interpretation, including examination of how legislation is enacted; constitutional limitations upon legislative enactments; amendment, revision and repeal; the interrelationship between courts and legislatures; and the interpretive process and the principles and techniques which guide courts in that process.

LAW 7380 Legislative Drafting and Interpretation Seminar
Credit Hours 2.0 TO 3.0
Prerequisites LAW 7375
Description

The principal focus of this course is on the development of skills in (1) the drafting of statutes and/or ordinances, (2) advocacy in the legislative process, and (3) advocacy in the interpretation of statutes and ordinances. Weekly problems in interpretation and/or drafting will be assigned and discussed in a seminar setting.

LAW 7385 State and Local Government Law
Credit Hours 2.0 TO 3.0
Description

Formerly Local Government Law. This course examines the relationship between local, state, and federal governments. It inludes a study of the sources and limits of local government authority in the context of constitutional and statutory law. Among the topics considered are delegation of state authority, government spending and financing, conflicts and preemption, the use of special purpose government entities, and annexation and incorporation.

LAW 7386 Advanced Local Government Law
Credit Hours 2.0 TO 3.0
Description

Recommended: LAW 7385 or LAW 7320. This course will provide an opportunity for in-depth study of one or more Local Government Law issues that may include, but are not limited to: public finance, taxation, bond issuance, and revenues; state and local government structures, including municipal incorporation, annexation, regionalism, consolidation, dissolution, and federation; exercise of local government powers, including land use powers; home rule and preemption; intergovernmental conflicts and cooperation; transfer of functions and delegation of governmental power; and privitization of public services and outsourcing. This course may be taught in seminar format.

LAW 7390 Mass Communications Law
Credit Hours 2.0 TO 3.0
Description

Topics to be covered may include broadcast and cable rules and regulations, free press and fair trial, libel, privacy and the press, journalist’s privilege, the law of news gathering, and access and reply to the press.

LAW 7395 Mergers and Acquisitions
Credit Hours 2.0 TO 3.0
Description

The law relating to transactions by means of which two or more corporations combine with but one corporate entity surviving, or in which one business entity obtains another by purchase, exchange, or the like.

LAW 7397 International Perspectives on Urban Policy
Credit Hours 2.0 TO 3.0
Description

Formerly “Comparative Metro Growth Management. Law.”
A course taught by a visiting foreign or international law professor specializing in land use, planning, and environmental law, on the comparative legal aspects of metropolitan growth management and control as it affects the human, built and physical environments.

LAW 7405 Moot Court Board I
Credit Hours 1.0
Prerequisites LAW 7075 and LAW 7076
Description

(One hour per semester for a maximum of two hours.) After having successfully completed Legal Bibliography and RWA, prospective Board members with overall GPA’s of 2.7 or higher are invited to participate in the group. Successful completion shall be deemed to be a grade of Satisfactory in Legal Bibliography and either an overall average of 2.7 or higher in RWA or a 3.0 or higher in the second semester of RWA. (For full details, consult bylaws of Moot Court.) Members will either be a part of Competition Teams or serve as Case Counsels who develop Appellate Advocacy problems. Academic credit is awarded to members.

LAW 7406 Moot Court Board II
Credit Hours 1.0
Prerequisites LAW 7075 and LAW 7076
Description

(One hour per semester for a maximum of two hours.) See LAW 7405.

LAW 7407 Moot Court III
Credit Hours 1.0
Prerequisites 2.70 GPA and LAW 7075 and LAW 7076
Description

(One hour per semester for a maximum of two hours.) After having successfully completed Legal Bibliography and RWA, prospective Board members with overall grade-point averages of 2.7 or higher are invited to participate in the group. Successful completion shall be deemed to be a grade of Satisfactory in Legal Bibliography and either an overall average of 2.7 or higher in RWA or a 3.0 or higher in the second semester of RWA. (For full details, consult bylaws of Moot Court). Members will either be a part of Competition Teams or serve as Case Counsels who develop Appellate Advocacy problems. Academic credit is awarded to members.

LAW 7408 Moot Court IV
Credit Hours 1.0
Prerequisites 2.70 GPA and LAW 7075 and LAW 7076
Description

(One hour per semester for a maximum of two hours.) After having successfully completed Legal Bibliography and RWA, prospective Board members with overall grade-point averages of 2.7 or higher are invited to participate in the group. Successful completion shall be deemed to be a grade of Satisfactory in Legal Bibliography and either an overall average of 2.7 or higher in RWA or a 3.0 or higher in the second semester of RWA. (For full details, consult bylaws of Moot Court). Members will either be a part of Competition Teams or serve as Case Counsels who develop Appellate Advocacy problems. Academic credit is awarded to members.

LAW 7410 Multistate Taxation
Credit Hours 2.0 TO 3.0
Prerequisites LAW 7095
Description

An examination of state and local taxation, including requirements of uniformity and equality, ad valorem property taxes, sales and use taxes, due process restrictions, exemption and immunity from taxation, and tax procedures.

LAW 7411 Nonprofit Organizations: Law and Taxation
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites LAW 7095 (may be taken concurrently)
Description

This course will cover the corporate governance and tax issues that affect nonprofit organizations. The major topics discussed will include organization, state regulation, tax exemption, and restrictions on lobbying and political activity. The course will also examine private foundations, unrelated business income taxation, and charitable deduction rules. Approximately one-third to one-half of the course will focus upon state-law applicable to nonprofits (using the Georgia Code as a statutory model) while the remaining portion of the course will focus upon the taxation of nonprofits. Basic Federal Taxation is a pre-requisite, although it may be taken concurrently.

LAW 7413 National Security Law
Credit Hours 2.0 TO 3.0
Prerequisites LAW 6000
Description

This seminar explores the constitutional architecture for the American national security enterprise and the role played by the three branches of government. Topics of study include the use of armed force to maintain the security of the nation and its consistency with statutory and constitutional constraints. Recent topics include anti-terrorism, anticipatory self-defense and preemptive war; targeted killing and the use of drones; intelligence gathering authority for the CIA, FBI and NSA and its constraint by the Fourth Amendment; the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance court system; data mining; detention of terrorists and military combatants; preventive detention; detention of material witnesses; extraordinary rendition, material support crimes; and trial by military commissions. Students are evaluated on the basis of an assigned paper or project. Papers may satisfy the writing.

LAW 7414 Negotiation
Credit Hours 2.0 TO 3.0
Description

Students may not enroll in this course if they have taken or are taking LAW 7060 – Alternative Dispute Resolution. This course provides the fundamentals of negotiation. It offers both a theoretical understanding of the negotiation process and practical skills of an effective negotiator. The course combines readings, simulated role plays and exercises, and written assignments.

LAW 7415 Partnership Taxation
Credit Hours 2.0 TO 3.0
Prerequisites LAW 7095
Description

This course will cover the federal income taxation of partnerships (including limited liabilty companies) from formation through distributions to liquidations. The tax implications to both the partners (or members) and the entity will be examined. The course will cover transfers of property to a newly formed or preexisting partnership or limited liability company; normal distributions; “inside” and “outside” basis adjustments; sales of partnership or membership interests; partnership and limited liability company liquidations and partner and member withdrawals.
NOTE: The maximum number of credit hours a student may earn for taking any combination of LAW 7110, LAW 7415 and LAW 7127 is 4.

LAW 7416 Patent Drafting and Prosecution
Credit Hours 1.0 TO 3.0
Prerequisites Intellectual Property
Description

This course focuses on preparation of patent applications and prosecution before the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Topics include types of patent applications, inventor interviews, analysis of prior art, preparation of the patent specification, claim drafting, inventorship/ownership determination, amendment practice, and argument practice, with coverage of U.S. law and regulations governing patent prosecution practice. A technical background is helpful, but not required, to take this course.

LAW 7417 Patent Law
Credit Hours 2.0 TO 3.0
Description

An introduction to patentability, patent infringement, and patent and trademark licensing.

LAW 7419 Advanced Issues in Civil Pre-Trial Litigation
Credit Hours 2.0 TO 3.0
Description

Prerequisies: Recommended LAW 6010, LAW 6020, and LAW 6030. Limited enrollment. Through classroom simulations, short legal research and writing projects, and other exercises and reading, this class addresses selected advanced topics in pre-trial civil litigation practice.

LAW 7421 Georgia Products Liability Seminar
Credit Hours 2.0 TO 3.0
Description

This course will examine Georgia laws relating to the legal responsibility of product suppliers for harms caused by product defects and misrepresentations. Appropriate parties, causes of actions, and varieties of defects will be among the topics discussed.

LAW 7423 Probate Procedure & Practice
Credit Hours 2.0 TO 3.0
Prerequisites LAW 7510
Description

This course will cover substantive Georgia law pertaining to the Georgia probate court system, including the following areas: subject matter jurisdiction; personal jurisdiction; venue principles; and process and service of process. In addition, the course will contain a skills component that is designed to familiarize students with the most common types of proceedings they will handle in probate courts, including the administration of intestate estates, probate of wills, will contests, year’s support proceedings, guardianships of minors, and guardianships of incapacitated adults.

LAW 7425 Public International Law
Credit Hours 2.0 TO 3.0
Description

This course surveys the basic principles of law governing, primarily, the legal interrelationships of sovereign states within the context of the global legal order. Considered are the origins and sources of public international law; participation in the international legal order; the legal implications of the doctrine of sovereignty over land, sea, and air; jurisdictional aspects of international law; international obligations; the resolution of international disputes; and the law of international cooperation.

LAW 7433 Race and Ethnicity and the Law
Credit Hours 2.0 TO 3.0
Prerequisites none, although Constitutional Law is helpful
Description

Race has played a central role in American law from the Constitutional Convention through the civil rights movement to debates on affirmative action. This course will look at the evolution of “race” as a legal construct and its relation to ethnicity in our legal system. Examining cases, statutes, and analysis from diverse viewpoints, the course will consider the concept of a “colorblind” legal system in light of these historical developments.

LAW 7435 Real Estate Transactions
Credit Hours 2.0 TO 3.0
Prerequisites LAW 5051
Description

This is the basic course in conveyancing. The simple transfer of residential real estate is studied: listing agreements, contracts for sale, financing, closing, recording, and warranty obligations.

LAW 7437 Advanced Real Estate Transactions
Credit Hours 2.0 TO 3.0
Prerequisites LAW 7435
Description

This second-level elective in real estate integrates material from taxation, property law, and other related subjects in the context of major development projects. Typical large commercial developments such as shopping centers or office complexes are studied from acquisition, through construction to final financing arrangements.

LAW 7441 Regulated Industries
Credit Hours 2.0 TO 3.0
Description

Governmental regulation of the selected industries not subject to the legal controls applicable to the economy at large: conventional public utilities such as gas, electric, telephone, and pipeline; domestic ground and air transportation; and mass communications. Aspects of these industries to be covered will include control of entry, determination of rates, and regulation of services and practices.

LAW 7445 Remedies
Credit Hours 2.0 TO 3.0
Description

This course is concerned with the equitable and legal remedies which are available to protect property interests, personal interests, and business interests. In addition to its emphasis on protectable real and personal property interests, the course will also include: (1) examination of public policy considerations relative to urban housing problems, the control of nuisance, and the resolution of ownership controversies and attempts by contracting parties to alter damage rules; (2) remedies in employer-employee disputes; and (3) a miscellany of tortious interest protection including defamation, product disparagement, injury to feelings, and physical injury and death. Damage remedies, restitutionary remedies, and specific performance and injunctive relief will be the focus of the course.

LAW 7451 Sales
Credit Hours 2.0 TO 3.0
Prerequisites LAW 5011
Description

The study of commercial sales transactions with emphasis on Article 2 of the Uniform Commercial Code.

LAW 7453 Forensic Evidence
Credit Hours 2.0 TO 3.0
Prerequisites LAW 6010
Description

This course will examine selected topics in the forensic sciences devoted to the investigation and trial of both civil and criminal cases. Primary attention will be given to the investigation and trial of criminal cases. The course topics will consist of both legal and scientific aspects of the investigative and trial processes. Legal analyses will focus primarily on issues of criminal and civil discovery and the debate over the legal requirements for an area of forensic science to be utilized at trial.

LAW 7454 Forensic Medicine
Credit Hours 2.0 OR 3.0
Prerequisites Completion of all first-year courses
Description

This is an interdisciplinary course exploring the interaction between the practices of law and medicine. The course highlights the challenges and advantages of using forensic medicine in legal proceedings and how it affects the fields of health and law. It addresses subjects such as toxic causation, disease epidemiology, vaccination litigation, paternalistic medicine, medical malpractice, fraud and abuse, government/regime sponsored experiments, mental health problems, and issues associated with the beginning and end of life. In class, students will be able to identify controversy and common ground and work on problem-solving techniques in cases that both reply upon and sometimes criticize forensic medicine. The course will improve understanding about how law and medicine interact to create public policy and impact public perception. Students will write a final paper for the course that examines a specific area of forensic medicine and how the legal system has, continues to, and, in the future, will shape that practice.

LAW 7460 Securities Regulation
Credit Hours 2.0 TO 3.0
Prerequisites LAW 7101
Description

The Securities Act of 1933 as well as portions of the Securities and Exchange Act of 1934. Requirements for registration under the 1933 Act as well as the exemptions there from. Rule 10(b) (5) liability as well as liability under Sections 11 and 12 of the 1933 Act.

LAW 7468 Sentencing
Credit Hours 2.0 TO 3.0
Description

This class will broadly examine the purposes, principles and practices of criminal sentencing in the United States. While federal sentencing law has received the most attention in recent years, particularly since the creation of the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, it is impossible to understand the current dynamics or the likely future trends of federal sentencing without also taking state practices into account. As such, this course will examine sentencing law and incarceration practices in both the federal and state systems. This course will also assess a variety of alternative sanctions, including the death penalty, probation, and various other judicial and administrative sanctions, as well as some of the collateral consequences that accompany criminal conviction.

LAW 7471 Sexual Identity and the Law
Credit Hours 2.0 TO 3.0
Description

This course focuses on issues pertaining to sexual identity and the law. The course will examine topics such as employment issues, military service, domestic relations, and criminal laws as they relate to sexual identity. At the discretion of the instructor, Sexual Identity and the Law may be offered as a seminar with a research paper required.

LAW 7472 Supreme Court Seminar
Credit Hours 2.0 TO 3.0
Description

This seminar takes an institutional look at the Supreme Court, exploring in detail the different facets of the Court’s procedures and operations. The course examines the nomination process; the process by which the court shapes and controls its docket; the process of deciding cases on the merits; and other institutional issues, including the role of the solicitor general, the role of the amici curiae briefs, and the relationship of the Court to the press and the public, etc.

LAW 7473 Sports Law
Credit Hours 2.0 TO 3.0
Description

Selected legal problems of athletes, teams, leagues, and associations will be examined, along with antitrust and other regulatory concerns faced by sports as a commercial industry.

LAW 7478 Trademarks and Unfair Competition
Credit Hours 2.0 TO 3.0
Description

Analysis of common law and federal trademark law, including the acquisition, maintenance, and enforcement of rights, as well as the remedies available for infringement. Unfair competition law doctrines such as “passing off” and “false designation of origin” will also be covered. The course will also include recent developments in false advertising and an overview of the right of publicity, including the use of “sound-a-likes” and “look-a-likes.”.

LAW 7482 Theories of Justice Seminar
Credit Hours 2.0 OR 3.0
Description

This course addresses a fundamental question at the heart of our society and judicial system — “What is justice?” Students will critically examine the framework John Rawls proposed in A Theory of Justice (1971) and later writings. Alternative libertarian, utilitarian, communitarian, and egalitarian, theories will be considered as well.

LAW 7485 Transnational Litigation Seminar
Credit Hours 1.0 TO 3.0
Description

This seminar concentrates on advanced research and writing in the area of cross-border civil litigation, including the study of special jurisdictional problems; the service of process and other judicial documents; the taking of evidence abroad; the enforcement of judgements in foreign states; and special alternative dispute resolution devices available in the arena of international commercial and investment disputes.

LAW 7487 Trial Advocacy I
Credit Hours 1.0
Description

Students enrolled in these courses will represent the College of Law on teams competing in mock trial competitions, including the Georgia Bar Association Competition, the National Trial Competition, the Atlanta Trial Lawyers Association Competition, the National Association for Criminal Defense Lawyers Competition and other competitions. Enrollment will be limited. S/U grade.

LAW 7488 Trial Advocacy II
Credit Hours 1.0
Description

See LAW 7487.

LAW 7494 Urban Fellows Program
Credit Hours 1.0 TO 3.0
Description

For upper-level students who are selected to serve as Urban Fellows of the Center for the Comparative Study of Metropolitan Growth.

LAW 7496 United States Taxation of International Transactions
Credit Hours 2.0 TO 3.0
Prerequisites LAW 7095 and LAW 7110 or consent of instructor
Description

Examines the income tax provisions of the United States Internal Revenue Code which affect international transactions and activities, including import, export, and performance of services.

LAW 7500 Water Rights
Credit Hours 2.0 TO 3.0
Prerequisites LAW 5051
Description

Limited enrollment. This seminar will focus on the issues of law and policy arising in allocation of water resources. After introductory sessions dealing with basic legal principles involved in acquiring, maintaining, transferring, and adjudicating property rights in water, students will present in-class analyses of current topics in water resource allocation. Each student presentation will form the basis of a research paper to be completed within five weeks of the final class. Students are urged to begin consultation with the instructor to identify topic areas during the semester before the course offering.

LAW 7506 White Collar Crime
Credit Hours 2.0 TO 3.0
Description

A study of the prosecution and defense of persons for nonviolent crime for financial gain typically committed by means of deception and in the course and under color of legitimate economic activity.

LAW 7510 Wills, Trusts and Estates I
Credit Hours 2.0 TO 3.0
Description

Basic survey of the legal framework surrounding the transfer of property through intestate succession, wills, and trusts. Includes coverage of powers of appointment and an introductory overview of wealth transfer taxation.

LAW 7511 Wills, Trusts and Estates II
Credit Hours 2.0 TO 3.0
Prerequisites issues relating to the transfer of property through wills and trusts (including coverage of future interests and the rule against perpetuities) and coverage of fiduciary administration and the probate process
Description
LAW 7515 Women and the Law
Credit Hours 2.0 TO 3.0
Description

A survey of legal issues relating to women, including criminal law, gender discrimination, family law, special statutory programs, and constitutional law.

LAW 7521 Workers Compensation
Credit Hours 2.0 TO 3.0
Prerequisites LAW 5061
Description

An examination of common features of state workers’ compensation statutes including concepts of accident, course of employment, injuries arising out of employment, and causation as well as related problems.

LAW 7599 The Future of Legal Education: Comparative Perspectives
Credit Hours 1.0 TO 2.0
Prerequisites Limited enrollment - Consent of the instructor required.
Description

This is a one-time course linked to the College of Law’s 25th Anniversary International Conference on the Future of Legal Education to be held in Spring 2008. Students will earn about the history and structure of American legal education and then evaluate reform proposals by studying innovative law schools in the United States and other countries. A central text will be the 2007 Report of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching: Educating Lawyers: Preparation for the Profession of Law.Students may apply for an additional 1-2 credit hours of Independent Research in order to write a proposed chapter for the book to be published from the proceedings of the 2008 Conference. A limited number of travel grants will be available for Independent Research students to visit law schools overseas that are the subject of their proposed book chapter and to work with their potential co-authors on the faculty of those schools. The course will be taught in two segments: Summer 2007 and Fall 2007. The Summer segment will prepare students to present Independent Research proposals. Approved IR students will then been couraged to conduct their fieldwork before Fall 2007 and present their findings in the Fall segment. Students who donot conduct fieldwork will complete their papers using conventional research resources. The course grade will be based on the draft paper submitted at the end of the Summer segment, the final paper submitted at the end of the Fall segment, and on class participation.

LAW 7600 Tax Law Clinic Tax Court I
Credit Hours 2.0 TO 3.0
Prerequisites LAW 7095 This clinic will permit students to assist individual clients to prepare their cases for presentation before the Small Claims Division of U.S. Tax Court and before the administrative appeals offices of the Internal Revenue Service
Description

Under appropriate supervision, students will provide advice in a wide range of matters arising under the Internal Revenue Code. They will interview clients, research legal issues, analyze facts, prepare protests and petitions. This course may be taken by a limited number of students, and students seeking to enroll must have an overall GPA of 2.30.

LAW 7601 Tax Law Clinic Tax Court II
Credit Hours 2.0 TO 3.0
Prerequisites LAW 7095 and LAW 7600
Description

This is a continuation of Tax Law Clinic Tax Court I. Students will handle the more advanced aspects of the cases developed in Tax Court I. Their activities will include actual presentation of taxpayer positions before the I.R.S. and arguing cases before the U.S. Tax Court. This course may be taken by a limited number of students, and students seeking to enroll must have a minimum GPA of 2.30.

LAW 7602 Investor Advocacy Clinic II
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites 2.30 GPA and successful completion of all first year courses
Description

Students in the Investor Advocacy Clinic will focus on the representation of small investors with claims against their brokers in FINRA mediation and arbitration. Under appropriate supervision, students will gain experience and knowledge in investigating potential claims, interviewing and counseling clients, preparing case documents, negotiating settlements and participating in the FINRA mediation and/or securities arbitration process. Students will also engage in community education and outreach to benefit potential investors. Participating students will have the opportunity, through live client representation, simulations. and community outreach, to develop valuable lawyering skills and gain exposure to subtantive business law issues as well as alternative dispute resolution methods. Enrollment is limited and students must obtain the permission of the instructor prior to registering for this course. Students who have completed the first semester of their second year (full time) or third year (part time) may apply to participate in the clinic. It is strongly recommended that students take Corporations and/or Securities Regulation prior to or concurrently with enrollment in the Investor Advocacy Clinic.

LAW 7603 Investor Advocacy Clinic II
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites 2.30 GPA and LAW 7602
Description

This is a continuation of Investor Advocacy Clinic I. Students will handle the more advanced aspects of the issues covered in Investor Advocacy Clinic I. Enrollment is limited and students must obtain the permission of the instructor prior to registering for this course.

LAW 7614 Urban Economic and Environmental Sustainability: Law, Policy & Culture
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

(3 hours)
This course will complement LAW 7656 in the program but focus more deeply on the resolution of environmental and social conflicts in an urban context. Like most of Latin America, Brazil is a heavily urbanized nation, but also one rich in natural resources. The resulting pressures and tensions are enormous. This course will, through the use of case studies and daylong field visits, permit students to grapple with the role of law and policy in resolving conflicts that raise a variety of questions, from industrial development policies, to struggles over race and class and gender equality — and all against the backdrop of questions involving sound management of the built and physical environment. As with the first course, this session will also draw heavily upon local expertise and knowledge — students will learn about these issues from some of Rio de Janeiro’s leading professionals and experts.

LAW 7617 Law and Society in Brazil
Credit Hours 1.0
Description

1 credit hour.
Please see the web site for the Center for the Comparative Study of Metropolitan Growth at http://law.gsu.edu/metrogrowth/4866.html.

LAW 7618 Law and Economic Regulation: Comparative Perspectives
Credit Hours 1.0
Description

1 credit hour.
Please see the web site for the Center for the Comparative
Study of Metropolitan Growth at
http://law.gsu.edu/metrogrowth/4866.html.

LAW 7619 Dispute Resolution for International Transactions
Credit Hours 1.0
Description

1 credit hour.
Please see the web site for the Center for the Comparative
Study of Metropolitan Growth at
http://law.gsu.edu/metrogrowth/4866.html.

LAW 7620 A Comparative Examination of Selected Labor and Employment Law Issues
Credit Hours 1.0
Description

1 credit hour.
Please see the web site for the Center for the Comparative
Study of Metropolitan Growth at
http://law.gsu.edu/metrogrowth/4866.html.

LAW 7621 International Transactions: Drafting Considerations
Credit Hours 1.0
Description

1 credit hour.
Please see the web site for the Center for the Comparative
Study of Metropolitan Growth at
http://law.gsu.edu/metrogrowth/4866.html.

LAW 7630 Doing Business and Environmental Protection – Comparative Perspectives on the Regulatory State in the U.S. and Argentina
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

This course will examine the regulatory and administrative state in a comparative law context, using U.S. and Argentine administrative law as they affect business regulation and environmental regulation. Co-taught by U.S. and Argentine faculty members, the materials present U.S. and Argentine as well as comparative analysis of both. The course will be divided into three principal sections. First, it will introduce students to the constitutional bases for executive regulation in both legal systems. Second, the course will examine different regulatory responses to environmental protection law and regulation in the U.S. and Argentina.Third and finally, the course will ask students to considerthe consequences of those legal and regulatory strategiesfor the regulation of business, with a focus on transnational business between the U.S. and Argentina. The foundational U.S. administrative law statute (the Administrative Procedure Act) will be compared to comparable Argentine laws.

LAW 7650 Coastal Law
Credit Hours 2.0 TO 3.0
Description

This course examines the competing interests in coastal zones, the problems of public and private ownership rights, and the conflicts of legal jurisdiction. Shifts in federal policy, as well as varying policy considerations, are explored in depth. Specific state and federal statutes are reviewed, along with international and regional treaties. When taught abroad, the course will also include a significant comparative law aspect.

LAW 7651 Social Equality and the Law
Credit Hours 1.0 TO 3.0
Description

This course will examine the legal response to (in)equality in the United States and Brazil with a comparative consideration of the treatment of racial, ethnic, and economic status in both nations. Topics for comparison will include constitutional and statutory status protections, affirmative action efforts and also the cultural limits of legal enforcement.

LAW 7652 Public Health Law & Politics: Perspectives
Credit Hours 2.0 TO 3.0
Description

This course will examine legal concerns relating to global public health regulation, including intellectual property, national security and inter-governmental cooperation challenges. As a comparative and international law course, it will first consider efforts to strengthen the global legal structure for regulation of public health. It will then examine regional law and regulation of public health in the Americas, and in particular cross-border health issues. Finally, it will compare U.S. and other national challenges in public health regulation.

LAW 7653 Comparative Concepts of Criminal Justice
Credit Hours 2.0 TO 3.0
Description

This course will examine how Brazil and the United States conceive of criminal justice.

LAW 7654 Ecosystem Management Law
Credit Hours 2.0 TO 3.0
Prerequisites Recommended prior courses: Law 7200 (Environmental Law) and/or Law 7320 (Land Use Law)
Description

Beginning in the 1970’s, the nation federalized environmental protection with a series of major pieces of legislation. Each of these laws focused on the clean up of a single environmental medium, mandating cleaner air, water, soils, etc. Increasingly, however, diverse interests from real estate financing companies to local government officials have called for an integrated approach that combines land use planning techniques and environmental law and regulation. Ecosystem Management Law will explore these laws, regulations, and techniques for environmental management. The course is thus recommended for those students who wish to position themselves for careers in real estate, land use, and environmental law.

LAW 7655 Comparative Ecosystem Management Law
Credit Hours 1.0 TO 3.0
Description

This course, which can only be taken immediately before or after a student enrolls in LAW 7654 (Ecosystem Management Law) will be a one-week, intensive comparative law course held between the Fall and Spring semesters. The course will require students to research and write a short research paper related to the comparative legal themes explored in the course.

LAW 7656 Law, Environmental Sustainability and Development
Credit Hours 2.0 TO 3.0
Description

(3 hours)
The first part of this course is an intensive, week-long field course in the city of Nova Friburgo, located in Rio de Janeiro state approximately two hours from Rio de Janeiro’s international airport. During this week, students will both hear from and visit with different stakeholders competing for the resources of the extensive Tres Picos State Park, which abuts the city, and go on field trips related to their lectures and conversations. The speakers will be lawyers, government officials, engineers, biologists, farmers and environmental activists, among others. In this way, students will have a better grasp of the magnitude of the challenges facing park administrators and local governments as they work responsibly to manage natural resources taking into account the environmental, social, economic and political consequences of their decisions and activities.
The second half of the course, which will take place in Rio de Janeiro, will be skills-based and will introduce students to negotiation and mediation techniques in the context of resolving questions like those disputes among stakeholders studied in the first week.

LAW 7657 Comparative Family Law
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

This course will explore and critically examine the intersection of law, family and society. Using various principles of jurisprudence, sociological theory, and empirical research, as well as guest speakers and site visits, to compare and contrast Brazilian and U.S. models of family formation and family dissolution. In addition, this course will examine how race, gender and class mediate relational power in whose family life is defined, regulated, and protected under the law versus whose family is created outside the shadow of the law. Topics include marriage, divorce, parent’s and children’s rights, “third party”rights, domestic violence, adoption, and reproductive technology.

LAW 7658 International & Comparative Health Law
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

This course explores the developing field of international health law. The course will examine the legal, ethical and political issues that arise in the context of addressing current challenges to global health, and look at the role played by governments, the private sector, and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) in meeting the health needs of the world’s population. The course will focus on contemporary legal responses to issues such as global disparities in health; public health emergences; pharmaceuticals and the balancing of trade and public health considerations; health and human rights; and infectious diseases.

LAW 7659 Comparative Corporate Law: Governance/Transactions/Practice
Credit Hours 2.0 TO 3.0
Description

Compares and contrasts the systems for regulating internal governance and corporate finance in various countries, with a primary emphasis on the United States and Brazil.

LAW 7660 Comparative Environmental Law: Urban Issues.
Credit Hours 2.0 TO 3.0
Description

Examines Brazilian legal and regulatory responses to issues such as urbanization and its threat to biodiversity of the Atlantic Rainforest, water and wastewater management in a less-developed country, the use of international and national legal instruments to improve urban air quality, ecosystem conservation, and environmental education. Brazilian experience and efforts will be compared to U.S.and other legal responses where relevant

LAW 7661 Comparative Mergers & Acquisitions
Credit Hours 2.0 OR 3.0
Description

This course compares and contrasts the systems for regulating negotiated and hostile business combinations-mergers, stock purchases (including tender offers), asset transfers, and other available transactions in various countries. Emphasis will be placed on underlying policies and the ramifications of those policies on corporate constituencies in and outside the core corporate governance structure (i.e., “other constituencies” as well as directors, officers, and shareholders). Course work will include both legal drafting and expository writing.

LAW 7662 Conflict Prevention and Community Improvement
Credit Hours 2.0 TO 3.0
Description

This course will study creative responses to community conflict in Rio and other Brazilian communities and will examine their impact on law and society. The course will offer students an opportunity to examine and discuss the dispute resolution design process with professionals and to visit Brazilian community programs to observe first-hand active conflict prevention programs. Students will consider the Brazilian models in the context of the institutionalization of dispute resolution/conflict prevention in both legal and extra-legal settings in developed and less developed communities internationally.

LAW 7663 Comparative Legal Institutions & Institutional Legitimacy
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

This course will examine, compare and contrast the Brazilian and United States legal systems, focusing in particular on the role of courts and the judiciary. Topics will include the method of judicial selection, retention, and training; and the major social, legal, and political challenges that each country’s courts currently face. In addition to acomparative overview of the U.S. and Brazilian civil and criminal justice systems and the Brazilian judiciary, the course will address how the U.S. and Brazilian systems have responded, in the civil and criminal arenas, to two specific challenges — access to justice and decisional delay (as prompted by caseload volume) — and how those challenges have impacted the overall objective of accomplishing and maintaining institutional legitimacy. The course will, finally, consider how differences in culture and society affect different outcomes.

LAW 7664 International & Comparative Equality Law Seminar
Credit Hours 2.0 TO 3.0
Description

This course examines equality law from a wide range of countries in both the developed and developing world, with a focus on questions of gender equality. The course will first present international women’s rights law and crucial debates in that field. Then the course will present comparative perspectives on these same issues, exploring specific issues of gender in various countries throughout the world, including: a) the role gender plays in national legal and political institutions, b) how various governments’ responses to gender inequality vary and overlap, and c) what role legal structures play in facilitating (or obstructing) equality movements.

LAW 7665 Comparative Legal Institutions
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

This course will examine, compare and contrast the Brazilian and United States legal systems, focusing in particular on the role of courts and the judiciary. Topics will include the method of judicial selection, retention, and training; and the major social, legal, and political challenges that each country’s courts currently face.

LAW 7670 Doing Business and Environmental Protection: Comparative
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Perspectives on the Regulatory State in the U.S. and Argentina.This course will examine the regulatory and administrative state in a comparative law context, using U.S. and Argentine administrative law as they affect business regulation and environmental regulation. Co-taught by U.S. and Argentine faculty members, the materials present U.S. and Argentine law as well as comparative analyses of both. The course will be divided into three principle sections. First, it will introduce students to the constitutional bases forexecutive regulation in both legal systems. Second, the course will examine different regulatory responses to environmental protection law and regulation in the U.S. andArgentina. Third and finally, the course will ask students to consider the consequences of those legal and regulatory strategies for the regulation of business, with a focus on transnational business between the U.S. and Argentina. The foundational U.S. administrative law statue (the Administrative Procedure Act) will be compared to comparable Argentine laws.

LAW 7671 Comparative Business Law
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

This course offers a comparative survey of various topics of business law of the United States and Argentina. Co-taught by both U.S. and Argentine business law faculty,the materials present U.S. and Argentine law as well ascomparative analyses of both. The principal topics addressed will be the legal structure of business entities, issues related to the limited liability of corporate entities, fiduciary duties and liabilities of corporate officials, and government regulation. Because it is a comparative law course, the topics will be addressed from the perspective of both U.S. and Argentine law. Additionally, the course will address related areas of commercial law, principally the rules concerning negotiable instruments and secured transactions. To that end, Articles 3 and 9 of the U.S. Uniform Commercial Code will be compared to the counterpart Argentine statutes and commercial code.

LAW 7700 Business Succession Planning Capstone
Credit Hours 6.0
Prerequisites LAW 7510, and either LAW 7127 or LAW 7110
Description

LAW 7110 may be taken concurrently.
This course will integrate and apply the knowledge gathered from Wills, Trusts, and Estates; Basic Taxation; and Professional Responsibility to a real-life business succession fact pattern. The course will bridge the gap between academic studies and the practice of law. Students will engage in significant experiential learning exercises in which writing and oral skills are developed.

LAW 8001 Externship course for Spring semester
Credit Hours 3.0
Description
LAW 8005 Externship course for Summer semester
Credit Hours 3.0
Description
LAW 8006 Summer Patent Law Program
Credit Hours 4.0
Description

This program will require students to work at the USPTO in Alexandria, Virginia. Students will be required to complete weekly assignments and an Atlanta patent lawyer will facilitate a one-hour weekly seminar. The class will be graded on an S/U scale and students will earn 4 credit hours upon successful completion of the program.This program will count toward total Externship hours allowed. Students who have taken two semesters of externships are not eligible to receive course credit.

LAW 8007 United States Trustee-Bankruptcy Externship-3 semester hours
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites Security Clearance is required
Description

The United States Trustee Program acts in the public interest to promote the efficiency and to protect and preserve the integrity of the bankruptcy system. Studentswill work a minimum of 10 hours a week at the Office of theUnited States Trustee. Students will be provided with the opportunity to develop practical lawyering skills by participating in a broad range of activities. Please visit the externship webpage for a more detailed description of this externship.

LAW 8008 Externship course for Fall semester
Credit Hours 3.0
Description
LAW 8064 Justice Robert Benham, Supreme Court of Georgia-Judicial Externship
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites Strong research and writing skills .Second and third year students may apply.
Description

Students will research and write on issues appearing in cases pending before the Supreme Court, as well as analyze the briefs submitted by parties to appeals. Students are encouraged to attend the Court’s oral argument sessions during their externships.

LAW 8116 Tax Law Externship – Estate and Gift Tax Internal Revenue Service
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites LAW 7510, LAW 7205, and third-year student
Description

Three semester hours, one-semester requirement. Students work in the Estate and Gift Tax Division of the Atlanta district. The division’s primary responsibility is to examine federal estate, gift, and generation-skipping tax returns filed by taxpayers in the states of Georgia and Alabama. Student responsibilities will include assisting estate tax attorneys by conducting legal research, participating in field investigations, interviewing of taxpayers and potential witnesses, and analyzing financial records. A considerable amount of the time spent by an extern will be outside of an office setting.

LAW 8121 Georgia Center for Law in the Public Interest-Environmental Law Externship
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites Administrative Law or Environmental Law. Prefer third year students, but second year students are also strongly encouraged to apply.
Requirements A writing sample and three references should accompany resume.
Description

3 semester hours. The Georgia Center for Law in the Public Interest is a non-profit public interest law center that promotes the development of effective laws and public policy primarily through the use of litigation, but also through legislative initiatives, rule making, educational programs, publication of studies and individual advocacy projects.The Georgia Center currently focuses on the following: Georgia Clean Air Project, Georgia Watershed Assistance Program, Georgia Governmental Accountability Project. Extern’s assigments may include assisting with preparation and attending trials, hearings and oral arguments, legal research, preparation of memorandums, drafting pleadings and briefs, factual investigation, document review, attending settlement negotiations, public hearings and other meetings

LAW 8132 Georgia Department of Community Health- Health Law Legislative and Litigation Externship
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

3 semester hours.One semester requirement although students should considerdoing this as a full year externship beginning in the Fallin order to get full exposure to the legislative and policy building process. Preferred Classes: Health Law, Administrative Law,Legislation, and Legislative Drafting. This externship is designed to expose students interested inthe health law field to the areas of health policy, planning, regulation, litigation, and legislative drafting, analysis, and monitoring. During the legislative session, students will be at the Capitol assisting with the legislative process on various health law issues. When the GeorgiaGeneral Assembly is adjourned, students will research and analyze legislation and policy issues and assist in the development of legislative proposals. Students will also assist the Legal Services Section with legal research and drafting of briefs and memoranda of law in support ofmotions in administrative appeals involving various health law matters.

LAW 8151 Justice P. Harris, Supreme Court of Georgia-Judicial Externship
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites Top 50% of class and superior writing andresearch skills
Description

A writing sample must accompany resume.Prefer 3rd year students but 2nd year students may alsoapply.Students work for Justice Hines performing research,analysis and writing. Students will have the opportunity tostudy the briefs in cases filed in the Court and to observeoral argument.

LAW 8154 Georgia Advocacy Office-Disability Law Externship
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

3 semester hours-Preferred: Constitutional Law. Students work a minimum of 10 hours per week under thedirection and supervision of attorneys of the GeorgiaAdvocacy Office, a non-profit organization receiving federalfunds to opertae programs to secure the rights of persons with disabilities. Assignments include legal research,preparation of legal memoranda and court documents, inter-viewing of witnesses, correspondence with public officialsand case preparation.Visit the externship site for more info.

LAW 8158 Judicial Externship-Fulton County State Court (Judge Penny Brown Reynolds)
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites 2nd or 3rd year law student
Description

(3) semester hours, one semester requirement. Preferred, but not required: Law Review, Moot Court Honor Society member, or extensive legal writing experience, i.e., recognition of writing skills by RWA, Moot Court, STLA or other competition setting. Students work a minimum of 10 hours per week for Judge Brown Reynolds, doing legal research, preparing opinions, and participating in other aspects of the work of a judicial law clerk, including briefing Judge Brown Reynolds on various legal issues and observing numerous civil trials and motion hearings.* All students who have not previously taken an externship must attend a classroom component at the law school. Consent of the Lawyer Skills Externship Program faculty required for enrollment. *According to the State Bar of Georgia rule 8-104(D)(1) “Any member admitted to practice after January 1, 1988, may not appear as sole or lead counsel in the Superior or State Courts of Georgia in any contested civil case or in the trial of a criminal case until after such member has obtained nine (9) litigation experiences and has filed an affidavit with the State Bar of Georgia demonstrating compliance with this Rule”. During this externship students will have the opportunity to substantially complete the requirements of Rule 8-104(D)(1) prior to graduation.

LAW 8160 Criminal Defense Externship–Georgia Innocence Project
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

(3) hours per semester, one semester requirement. Students will work at the Georgia Innocence Project under the supervision of the Executive Director. The Georgia Innocence Project is a non-profit organization. The project reviews post-conviction cases, using new DNA technology and other scientific methods, to determine if inmates in Georgia have been wrongly convicted. This position offers students interested in criminal law- both prosecution and defense- the opportunity to be involved in the determination of cases viable for consideration by the Georgia Innocence Project. Students will review inmate correspondence to determine if the project can be of assistance. After cases are determined to be suitable for further review, each student will be assigned a specific number of cases to follow. During this stage, each student will be paired with an established criminal defense attorney. Students will follow and participate in each stage of the post-conviction process, allowing an opportunity for a hands – on learning experience. The student interns will be responsible for reading inmate mail, sending out informational packets to be completed by all inmates, reviewing information provided by inmates, conducting cases investigation, contacting state officials, and monitoring the progress of their individual caseload. All students who have not previously taken an externship must attend a classroom component at the law school. Consent of the Lawyer Skills Externship Program faculty required for enrollment. Applicants must be: organized, confident, able to follow direction, detail oriented, assertive, able to work independently and with a team, responsible, comfortable investigating a criminal case, able to conduct complex research, and committed to public interest work. Students will be responsible for setting a firm schedule with the staff. The office is located in Midtown Atlanta and is easily accessible by MARTA. This is a unique opportunity to be a part of the Innocence movement in Georgia. For more information on the Georgia Innocence Project, visit our website at www.georgiainnocenceproject.org.

LAW 8161 Technology Law Externship – Georgia Technology Authority
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites At least one of the following courses: Computer Law; Computers and the Law Seminar; Law and the Internet; Law of Electronic Commerce
Description

A brief writing sample should accompany resume. Three semester hours, one semester requirement. The Georgia Technology Authority’s (GTA) purpose is to set the direction for the state’s use of techonology and expand online access to government information and services. GTA’s consolidated purchasing power allows the state to obtain greater value for it’s technology expeditures. GTA’s specific responsibilities are to develop a statewide technology plan and policies for state agencies; coordinate the purchase of technology resources, set technology and security standards; promote business transactions with state government over the Internet; operate the state’s data center; and oversee the state’s telecommunications network. This externship is designed to expose students interested in technology law issues to practical experience in the areas of software licensing, technology outsourcing, information security and privacy. Students will assist the Office of the CIO and/or the Office of General Counsel with legal research and drafting of policies, standards, briefs and memoranda on emerging legal issues and trends affecting the state’s information technology resources. All students who have not previously taken an externship must attend a classroom component at the law school. Consent of the Lawyer Skills Externship Program faculty required for enrollment.

LAW 8162 U.S. DHHS -Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (AGENCY FOR TOXIC SUBSTANCE AND DISEASE REGISTRY)
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites 2nd or 3rd Year law student preferred
Requirements **IMPORTANT** - At the time of application please submit a) a one paragraph statement ( Approximately 50 - 75 words) of why you want to take this internship and b) a brief writing sample on a topic of your choice.
Description

(3) semester hours, one semester requirement.  Background in science, public health, or healthcare field helpful. Students work for The Office of the General Counsel for the Department of Health and Human Services, CDC/ATSDR. This agency is responsible for providing legal services to the CDC and ATSDR and deals with a wide variety of legal issues, including legal and public policy issues related to AIDS, vaccine liability and compensation, hazardous wastes and environmental health, occupational safety and health, biotechnology, and toxic torts. The extern’s work in the program division will be involved in the day to day activities arising out of these and other issues. While the work will involve some legal research, it will consist primarily of responding to legal and policy issues raised by CDC and ATSDR officials which usually require immediate analysis and response. Externs will be assigned to the litigation division and will work on all phases of litigation, primarily cases involving employment law. All students who have not previously taken an externship must attend a classroom component at the law school. Consent of the Lawyer Skills Externship Program faculty required for enrollment.

LAW 8164 Judicial Externship-Court of Appeals (Judge A. Harris Adams)
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites second or third year student in the top 25% of class with strong writing skills
Requirements A brief writing sample is required at the time of application
Description

A brief writing sample is required at the time of application. (3) Three semester hours, one semester requirement. Students work of 10 for Judge Adams performing legal research, analysis, and writing. Most students will have an opportunity to attend oral argument and all will gain an understanding of the Georgia appellate process. All students who have not previously taken an externship must attend a classroom component at the law school. Consent of the Lawyer Skills Externship Program faculty is required for enrollment.

LAW 8165 Judicial Externship– U.S. District Court (Judge Jack T. Camp)
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites Top 25% of class and strong writing skills
Description

(3) semester hours, one semester requirement. A writing sample must accompany resume. Prefer third year student, but second year students are encouraged to apply. The extern will gain exposure and experience in all matters that are handled by the law clerks which consist of: Perform legal research; preparation of preliminary drafts of orders on substantively dispositive motions, such as motions to dismiss and motions for summary judgment; assist the Judge with discovery matters; evidentiary rulings; jury impanelment issues and jury charges. May also assist the Judge with quick research issues that arise during trial. The extern will also have the opportunity to observe criminal and civil trials and hearings. Consent of the Lawyer Skills Externship Program faculty required for enrollment. *PLEASE NOTE THIS REQUIREMENT: JUDGE CAMP’S OFFICE ALTERNATE LOCATION BETWEEN TWO DIFFERENT SITES EVERY OTHER MONTH. THE LOCATION OF BOTH OFFICES ARE: ATLANTA AND NEWNAN. THE STUDENT EXTERN MUST BE ABLE TO WORK IN BOTH THE ATLANTA OFFICE AND THE NEWNAN OFFICE FOR THE SEMESTER.

LAW 8166 Consumer Law Externship — The Federal Trade Commission
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

(3) hours per semester, one semester requirement. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) works to ensure that the nation’s markets are vigorous, efficient and free of restrictions that harm consumers. To ensure the smooth operation of our free market system, the FTC enforces federal consumer protection laws that prevent fraud, deception and unfair business practices. The Commission also enforces federal antitrust laws that prohibit anticompetitive mergers and other business practices that restrict competition and harm consumers. Additionally, the Commission conducts economic research and analysis to support its law enforcement efforts and to contribute to the policy deliberations of the Congress, the Executive Branch, other independent agencies, and state and local governments. Most of the regional FTC offices, including Atlanta, concentrate in the consumer protection mission of the agency. We investigate, primarily, false advertising, consumer fraud of various types, credit issues, Do Not Call List violations, and privacy/identify theft issues. Law student externs will work directly with FTC staff attorneys in their investigations and cases. The students will be treated as though they are junior attorneys on these matters. The types of work that students can expect are varied, and in any given semester, could include research and writing, document analysis, website research, interviewing consumers, drafting pleadings, drafting consumer affidavits, tracking down industry information, etc. During the semester, staff attorneys will give a half dozen seminars on substantive areas covered by the Commission. All students who have not previously taken an externship must attend a classroom component at the law school. Consent of the Lawyer Skills Externship Program faculty required for enrollment.

LAW 8167 City of Atlanta-Urban Law Externship
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

The Law Department welcomes all second and third yearapplicants but would prefer those who have demonstratedtheir interest in municipal law through relevant coursework. A student extern will be expected to function in the same general capacity as a first year associate and will begiven the option to experience municipal law in a rotation system among the practice groups or specialize with one of the four practice groups: Aviation; Government Counsel, Development & Infrastructure; Litigation/Employment; and Commercial Transactions.