LAW 5000 Civil Procedure I
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

An introduction to the basic concepts of the law of civil procedure as a foundation for advanced study in both civil procedure and other areas of substantive law. It provides the student with an overview of procedure in a civil action and examines in detail the traditional bases of in personam, in rem, and quasi in rem jurisdiction of state and federal courts; the constitutional mandate of due process as it relates to notice of actions and the opportunity to be heard in them; federal question and diversity jurisdiction in the federal courts; venue of actions; modern systems of pleading and their historical antecedents, including the complaint, the answer, challenges to the pleadings, amendments, and the joinder of claims and parties.

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

Second semester continuation of Contracts I.

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
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
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 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

Continuation of Lawyering: Foundations I.

LAW 6000 Constitutional Law I
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 3.0
Description

This course focuses on the development of professional identity, ethical decision making, and the role of lawyers in society, and covers confidentiality, conflicts of interest, and the interpretation of the rules of professional conduct. As prescribed by the instructor, the course may also include discussion of other topics such as bar admission, attorney discipline, malpractice, ineffective assistance of counsel in criminal cases, judicial ethics, fees, advertising, solicitation and the ethics of the adversary system. LAW 6020 must be taken before or concurrently with LAW 6030.

LAW 6021 Transition to Practice
Credit Hours 6.0
Description

This limited enrollment course provides an accelerated transition to the practice of law for students in the midpoint of their law school experience by teaching fundamental knowledge, skills and values needed to begin a legal career in a wide variety of settings. Students will learn how to handle a case from initial client meeting through conclusion of representation, first with a simulated case using online case management software and in-class role plays, and then by representing actual domestic violence victims to obtain orders of protection from in Superior Court. Students will also learn about managing a law firm through both instruction and fieldwork with a private attorney working in an area of interest to them. Students will become competent in interpreting and applying the Georgia Rules of Professional Conduct in real-life situations and will understand the attorney discipline system in Georgia as well as basic common law principles arising from malpractice and attorney disqualification decisions. Significant differences between the Georgia and ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct will be covered. The course satisfies the Professional Responsibility requirement.

LAW 6022 The Client Relationship
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

In this course, students will learn how to develop effective and ethical relationships with clients, become competent in recognizing moral dilemmas in real life situations encountered by lawyers, and begin to acquire the professional judgment necessary to resolve the kind of complex problems that arise in legal practice. Students will become skilled in interpreting and applying the Georgia Rules of Professional Conduct and will understand the attorney discipline system in Georgia as well as basic common law principles arising from malpractice and attorney disqualification decisions. Significant differences between the Georgia and ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct will be covered. Students will regularly perform lawyering exercises that develop client relationship skills and ethical decision making. They will write one or more papers that apply what they have learned to analyze videotaped lawyer-client meetings and propose what they would have done in the situation. There will also be short quizzes and/or a final examination. This course satisfies the Professional Responsibility requirement. Enrollment limited to 48.

LAW 6030 Lawyering: Advocacy
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 6040 Landlord-Tenant Mediation Clinic I
Credit Hours 1.0 OR 3.0
Description

This is a full academic year, two-semester clinic. Students must enroll in both the fall and spring semesters. Second- and third-year students may apply. Please see http://law.gsu.edu/landlord-tenant-mediation-clinic/
for information.

LAW 6041 Landlord-Tenant Mediation Clinic II
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Continuation of LTMC I. Students must take both I and II.

LAW 6050 Capital Defenders Clinic I
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 6090 HeLP Legal Services Clinic I
Credit Hours 4.0
Requirements 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 4.0
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 6092 Prerequisite: 2.3 GPA
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

The Olmstead Disability Rights Clinic is a year-long off-site clinic taught in partnership with the Atlanta Legal Aid Societys Disability Integration Project. The clinic focuses on advocacy arising out of the United States Supreme Courts Olmstead decision. Classroom meetings and materials will cover four main areas: (1) advocacy and litigation skills; (2) substantive law relating to the rights of people with disabilities; (3) current Georgia issues and (4) case rounds to discuss the cases and issues students work on in their client advocacy. Students will represent individual clients in Olmstead related advocacy and perform community education. Grading is pass/fail.

LAW 6093 Olmstead Disability Rights Clinic II (3)
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites LAW 6092 and 2.3 GPA
Description

This clinic is a continuation of Olstead Disability Rights Clinic I. Grading is pass/fail.

LAW 7005 Accounting for Lawyers
Credit Hours 2.0 - 3.0
Description

This course is designed to develop a robust knowledge of the interplay of accounting, finance, and the markets in the practice of trial and transactional law. The student will apply that knowledge in a series of case studies requiring one to prepare and deconstruct financial statements, draft and interpret contracts, prepare and critique business valuations, and build and challenge liability and damages models. Instructors permission to enroll is required for students who hold graduate degrees in accounting or finance, or are MBAs, CPAs, CFAs or the equivalent.

LAW 7006 Access to Justice: Law Reform I
Credit Hours 2.0 OR 3.0
Description

This course is the first component of a year-long course. Students who enroll in Access to Justice: Law Reform I must also enroll in Access to Justice: Law Reform II (LAW 7007) in the succeeding semester. During the first semester of the course, students will learn about the workings of the civil and criminal justice systems as they operate in Fulton and/or Dekalb County, focusing on the experience of low-income individuals. They will identify a specific access to justice problem and work in teams to research and produce a thorough description of the problem. Enrollment is limited and students must obtain the permission of the instructor(s) prior to registering for this course.

LAW 7007 Access to Justice: Law Reform II
Credit Hours 2.0 OR 3.0
Description

This course is the second component of a year-long course. Students enrolling in Access to Justice: Law Reform II must also enroll in Access to Justice: Law Reform I (LAW 7006) in the preceding semester. During the second semester, students will engage in further research of the access to justice problem they identified in part I of the course and propose a solution to the problem. Enrollment is limited and students must obtain the permission of the instructor(s) prior to registering for this course.

LAW 7010 Administrative Law
Credit Hours 2.0 - 3.0
Prerequisites LAW 6000 is recommended but not required.
Description

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 - 3.0
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 - 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 Wrongful Convictions
Credit Hours 2.0 - 3.0
Description

This course provides an opportunity to study systemic errors in the criminal justice system that lead to the conviction of innocent people. Topics include: (1) the factors that contribute to wrongful convictions including eyewitness misidentification, false confessions, ineffective assistance of counsel, jailhouse informants, police and prosecutorial misconduct, junk science, and forensic fraud, (2) potential reforms that could be implemented to guard against the conviction of the innocent, (3) legal and philosophical problems related to the concept of innocence, and (4) legal doctrine and case law addressing claims of innocence and regulating access to post-conviction relief.

LAW 7031 Advanced Criminal Litigation
Credit Hours 2.0 - 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 - 3.0
Prerequisites LAW 6010
Description

Limited to 14 students. 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 - 3.0
Description

LAW 7095. 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 - 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 7049 Advanced Strategies in Legal Argument
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

In this course, students will learn to identify, understand, and replicate advanced strategies in legal argument, including advanced strategies for drafting statements of fact, presenting law, and making legal arguments. This course will sharpen the way students think, write, and speak about law on behalf of their clients.

LAW 7050 Advanced Legal Research
Credit Hours 2.0 - 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 - 3.0
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 7052 Lawyering: Practice-Ready Writing
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites LAW 6030
Description

This course is a third-year simulation-based advanced writing course, focusing on communication for law practice. The course follows a law firm model in which students handle multiple mock transactional and litigation cases from initial client intake through resolution, drafting applicable documents throughout the representation. The course will reinforce foundational professional skills as students “practice” being a lawyer. Limited to 12 students.

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

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 - 3.0
Description

LAW 7060. 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 - 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 - 3.0
Description

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

LAW 7064 Animal Law
Credit Hours 2.0 OR 3.0
Description

This course considers the developing area of animal law and the broad spectrum of statutory, administrative, and case law that animal law encompasses. The course will focus the ways animal law intersects with other, well-established areas of law. Selected topics include the study of standing and justiciability issues, difficulties associated with defining the term animal, torts committed both by and against animals, animals in sports and entertainment, and federal statutes, such as the Endangered Species Act and the Animal Welfare Act.

LAW 7065 Antitrust Law
Credit Hours 2.0 - 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

Minimum grade of C+ in the RWA sequence, and a passing grade in Legal Bibliography are required for Moot Court Board candidacy. 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.

LAW 7076 Appellate Advocacy II
Credit Hours 1.0
Description

By invitation upon completion of LAW 7075. 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 Georgia Appellate Practice
Credit Hours 2.0 - 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 - 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 Bankruptcy Reorganization
Credit Hours 2.0 - 3.0
Prerequisites LAW 7091, LAW 7095 and LAW 7395
Description
LAW 7091 Basic Bankruptcy
Credit Hours 2.0 - 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 - 3.0
Description

Prequisite: LAW 7090 and LAW 7095. 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 Assistance and Pratice Program I
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites LAW 7091 or LAW 7176, and a cumulative GPA of 2.30
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.

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

LAW 7095. 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 Assistance and Pratice Program II
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites LAW 7094
Description

Continuation of Bankruptcy Assistance and Pratice Program I.

LAW 7098 Biotechnology Law, Policy and Ethics
Credit Hours 2.0 - 3.0
Description

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 - 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 Unincorporated Business Associations
Credit Hours 2.0 - 3.0
Description

An introduction to the statutory framework and common planning problems for closely held businesses like partnerships, limited liability companies, limited partnerships and other non-corporate business entities. In hands-on simulations, students work with opposing counsel and co-counsel teams to negotiate and draft complex agreements throughout the semester.

LAW 7101 Corporations
Credit Hours 2.0 - 3.0
Description

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

LAW 7102 Transaction Assistance and Practice Program
Credit Hours 2.0 OR 3.0
Prerequisites Completion of or concurrent registration in Corporations (Law 7101)
Description

This course focuses on common legal issues facing businesses and nonprofits in the context of transactional and corporate law. Students will develop the necessary skills to determine and assess a real clients business needs in a given situation and effectively address those needs in a written legal document. Under the supervision of local practitioners, students will handle transactional and corporate legal challenges being faced by a local nonprofit. 2 or 3 credits. 2.3 minimum GPA.

LAW 7103 Bankruptcy Reorganization
Credit Hours 2.0 - 3.0
Prerequisites LAW 7091
Description

A study of the crucial stages of business reorganization cases under Chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code. 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 - 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 - 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 7111 Corporate Taxation
Credit Hours 2.0 - 3.0
Prerequisites LAW 7110
Description

An advanced study of the taxation of C corporations, including redemptions, liquidations or reorganizations.

LAW 7113 Capital Punishment Law
Credit Hours 2.0 - 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 7113A Capital Punishment Law
Credit Hours 2.0 OR 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 defendants with intellectual disabilities 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. 2.000 to 3.000 Credit Hours.

LAW 7113B Capital Punishment: Prosecution/Defense
Credit Hours 2.0 OR 3.0
Description

This course will examine the constitutional responsibilities of prosecutors and defense attorneys in criminal cases and the extent to which there is an adversary system in those cases. It will include subjects such as investigation of crimes, charging decisions, prosecutorial discretion, plea bargaining, and the disclosure of evidence favorable to the accused by prosecutors. It will also explore the defense of people accused of crimes who cannot afford to retain lawyers, including methods of providing lawyers for the accused constitutional standards for the competence of counsel and the adequacy of resources for investigation and expert witnesses. 

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

LAW 6030 (Lawyering: Advocacy) 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 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 - 3.0
Description

Prequisite: LAW 6000. 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 - 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 - 3.0
Prerequisites LAW 5050 and 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 - 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 7130 Seminar on European Civil Litigation
Credit Hours 2.0 - 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 - 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 - 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 - 3.0
Description

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 - 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 - 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 the First Amendment
Credit Hours 2.0 - 3.0
Description

Prequisite: LAW 6000. 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 - 3.0
Prerequisites LAW 6000
Description

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

LAW 7153 Design and Construction Law
Credit Hours 2.0 - 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 - 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 - 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 - 3.0
Prerequisites LAW 7101 or LAW 7470
Description

This course is designed to familiarize law students with the foundations and recent developments in the theory and application of corporate finance, with special attention to the important role that lawyers play in structuring corporate finance transactions. We will explore several topics, including: (i) how to value stocks, bonds, and projects, (ii) an introduction to academic finance theory (i.e., portfolio theory, the capital-asset pricing model, efficient capital markets hypothesis, behavioral finance) and its role in legal decisions, (iii) an introduction to financial accounting, (iv) the mechanics of capital structure, (v) capital budgeting and how to calculate a firms cost of capital, (vi) the rights of debtholders, (vii) the rights of preferred and common stockholders, and (if time permits) (viii) the causes and consequences of corporate mergers and acquisitions. We will also become familiar with certain standard terms of corporate contracts such as indentures, loan agreements, asset purchase agreements, and merger agreements. This course is intended to either follow, or be taken concurrently with, the Corporations course.

LAW 7163 Advanced Corporate Law
Credit Hours 2.0 - 3.0
Description

LAW 7101. 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 - 3.0
Description

LAW 7101. 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 Procedure: Investigations
Credit Hours 2.0 - 3.0
Description

Formerly Criminal Procedure I. 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 Procedure: Adjudication
Credit Hours 2.0 - 3.0
Description

Formerly Criminal Procedure II. 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
Requirements Applicants must have a cumulative gpa of at least 2.30 at the time of enrollment
Description

LAW 7165 and LAW 7167. 2.30 GPA or better required. 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.

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 7172 Philosophy of Criminal Law
Credit Hours 2.0 OR 3.0
Description

This course explores some of the basic philosophical problems underlying criminal law. Some of the topics we will consider include the preconditions for criminal responsibility and punishment, why we punish, and which conditions might excuse punishment even when a person causes or intends harm.

LAW 7173 Criminal Law in the Supreme Court
Credit Hours 2.0 OR 3.0
Description

Participants in this course will study criminal law and procedure cases that are currently pending before the Supreme Court. In so doing, students will review a broad array of relevant materials, including certiorari petitions, briefs, relevant legal precedents, and oral argument transcripts. This course requires significant reading and active weekly participation by all students.

LAW 7174 Criminal Regulation of Vice (2 or 3 hrs)
Credit Hours 2.0 - 3.0
Prerequisites LAW 5020 and LAW 7165 (concurrent enrollment in LAW 7165 permissible)
Description

In the United States, federal and state governments have used criminal law to regulate drugs, alcohol, commercial sex, and gambling. This advanced criminal law/procedure seminar will focus on these and other so-called vice crimes. The course will explore the legal, political, and theoretical aspects of criminalizing vice. Topics may include the historical and contemporary debates about morality and harm that have surrounded vices criminalization; the implications of vice enforcement for police authority and civil rights; and vice enforcements disparate racial consequences.

LAW 7176 Security Interests and Liens
Credit Hours 2.0 - 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 7178 Different and Unusual Forms of Intellectual Property
Credit Hours 2.0 OR 3.0
Description

This course will introduce students to the following federal and state IP regimes: trade secrets, right of publicity, design patents, plant patents, plant variety protection, vessel hull design protection, semiconductor chip protection, and FDA-administered regulatory competitive shelters. Through introduction to these regimes, students will become acquainted with the industries driving and benefitting from these regimes and will appreciate the respective advantages and disadvantages of specialized vs. general intellectual property protections. No prior experience in intellectual property is required.

LAW 7180 Disability Discrimination
Credit Hours 2.0 - 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 - 3.0
Description

LAW 7216. 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 - 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 - 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 7187 Business Torts
Credit Hours 2.0 OR 3.0
Description

This course surveys economic tort claims and other remedies that may be available for commercial disputes, including bad faith breach of contract, conversion, tortious interference with contracts and prospective business relationships, misrepresentation and fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, unfair and deceptive trade practices, Civil RICO and conspiracy.

LAW 7190 Seminar in Education Law
Credit Hours 2.0 - 3.0
Description

An in-depth study of selected topics in education law. 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 - 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 7192 Eminent Domain and Taking Seminar
Credit Hours 2.0
Description

This course will examine Eminent Domain and Regulatory Taking issues. The seminar will focus on state and federal legislation, and governmental practices, within the framework of both constitutional authority and constitutional restraint. Substantive and procedural aspects of taking law will be explored through the study of judicial applications in a variety of specific areas, such as environmental regulations, exactions on development, and zoning restrictions.

LAW 7193 General Employment Law
Credit Hours 2.0 - 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 - 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 - 3.0
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 - 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 - 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 - 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 Selected Topics in Environmental Litigation
Credit Hours 2.0 - 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 and Water Law
Credit Hours 2.0 - 3.0
Description

This course will provide an overview of present and future law and policy issues relating to the utilization of natural resources, particularly the water resource. Both federal and state materials will be utilized. We will focus our attention on law and policy issues relating to (1) mineral resources, (2) timber resources, (3) public lands (4) coastal zone management, (5) public outdoor recreation, (6) endangered species, and (7) water resources.

LAW 7204 Urban Environmental Law Seminar
Credit Hours 2.0 - 3.0
Prerequisites LAW 5050, LAW 7200 or LAW 7203
Description

This seminar will examine the range of environmental issues facing urban areas, exploring 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 - 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 - 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

Examinines a range of legal and policy reponses 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 - 3.0
Description

Prerequisite. LAW 7510. 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 - 3.0
Prerequisites LAW 5011 and LAW 5050
Description

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 - 3.0
Prerequisites LAW 7216
Description

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

LAW 7222 Federal Tax Policy Seminar
Credit Hours 2.0 OR 3.0
Description

LAW 7095
This seminar examines the legal, economic, and political considerations relevant to formulating federal tax policy. Specific topics will vary from year to year but may include the nature of the income tax, tax expenditures, using tax rules to achieve nonrevenue objectives, equity and efficiency issues, alternative tax regimes, wealth transfer taxes, taxation of international income, fundamental tax reform, tax compliance and enforcement, and current tax policy legislative initiatives. Grades will be based on participation in weekly class discussions and preparation of a substantial (25+-page) paper on an approved federal tax policy topic. The paper produced in this course will satisfy the College of Laws Upper Level Legal Writing Requirement. Enrollment limited to 16. Pre- or co-requisite: Basic Federal Taxation I (2-3 credits).

LAW 7225 Federal Courts
Credit Hours 2.0 - 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 7230 Georgia Legal Research
Credit Hours 1.0 OR 2.0
Description

LAW 5030. Limited enrollment. The course will concentrate on using online and print resources to identify and utilize Georgia legal materials. The course will build on skills acquired from Legal Bibliography and employ advanced research techniques. Topics covered in the course will include cases, statutes, regulations, secondary sources, practice materials, and current awareness tools.

LAW 7232 Fiduciary Administration
Credit Hours 2.0 - 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 - 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 - 3.0
Description

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

LAW 7238 Hazardous Waste
Credit Hours 2.0 - 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
Credit Hours 2.0 - 3.0
Description

Formerly Health Law: Liability. 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 - 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 - 3.0
Description

An in-depth study of current legal issues confronting the health care profession and involving delivery of health care in our society. 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 Advanced Land Use Law Seminar
Credit Hours 2.0 - 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 seminar. The consideration of statutes, cases and programs will be used as the unifying theme of the seminar. 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 - 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 - 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 - 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 and 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 - 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
Credit Hours 2.0 - 3.0
Description

Formerly Public Interest and Social Welfare Law. 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 7254 Seminar on Public Health Law in Historical Context: Vaccination, Quarantine, and the War on STDs
Credit Hours 2.0 OR 3.0
Prerequisites LAW 7243, LAW 7244, or LAW 7253, or with the written permission of the instructor
Description

This seminar will focus on themes that have appeared in the history of public health law and research, as analyzed in several key publications. It will give students a general introduction to how the unique powers associated with public health law, such as the potential use of coercion in the application of medical interventions on both an individual and population basis, have developed. It will also engage students in an exploration of the role of the government, the scientific establishment, and individual scientists/investigators who were involved in two now discredited research programs carried out by the US Public Health Service. The seminar will culminate in student research projects that will generate a paper and a class presentation. The paper will fulfill the upper level writing requirement.

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 - 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 7257 Health Fraud & Abuse
Credit Hours 2.0 OR 3.0
Description

This course will focus on real world experience of prosecuting and defending healthcare fraud cases. It will cover the key statutes and regulations, including the False Claims Act, Stark law, Anti-Kickback Statute and more; nuts and bolts of a healthcare fraud investigation; as well as insight into client counseling and professional responsibility concerns in the fraud and compliance space. The course will provide students with opportunities to hone litigation drafting and oral argument skills while applying the substance of the course.

LAW 7258 Legal Preparedness for Public Health Emergencies
Credit Hours 2.0 - 3.0
Description

This course focuses on laws and policies related to preparedness for and response to public health emergencies. Students will be introduced to the different types of public health emergencies, including contagious disease outbreak, natural disasters, and bioterrorism; explore the authority and limitations of federal/state/local government to respond, as well as decision-making structure and processes; and examine the legal and ethical issues that arise during emergencies such as allocation of scarce resources; credentialing of health care workers and other volunteers across state lines; liability of emergency response; and consideration of special populations such as Native Americans, children, elderly, and persons with special needs. Students will participate in several case studies or hypothetical table-top exercises, commonly used in emergency response to test policies and plans.

LAW 7259 Great Cases in Bioethics
Credit Hours 2.0 OR 3.0
Description

The field of Bioethics has developed over the past thirty years as a product of several shifts in American cultural conciousness, particularly in the role of doctors as they relate to patients. An ongoing conversation about the impact of law in shaping medical practice also influenced the current complexion of Bioethics as an area of study. A number of legal cases stand as signposts for critical moments in the history of Bioethics. They mark the changing public perception of the intersection of science, medicine, personal values and law. This seminar explores approximately one dozen of those cases, in areas such as reproduction, medical confidentiality, withdrawal and witholding of treatment, and definitions of death. Students should be prepared to participate in class discussion, complete a major class presentation as well as a seminar paper on a topic of their choice.

LAW 7260 Special Topics in Bioethics
Credit Hours 2.0 - 3.0
Description

LAW 6030. Examines issues in Bioethics.

LAW 7261 Glob Per On Children & The Law
Credit Hours 2.0
Description

This course explores how law and policy can advance childrens rights and well-being globally. It provides
students an opportunity to learn about childrens rights law and policy and to examine how that law and policy operates in practice in selected countries. It typically is offered in conjunction with a one-week study abroad program that is part of the course.

LAW 7266 Insurance Law
Credit Hours 2.0 - 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 7268 International Intellectual Property
Credit Hours 2.0 OR 3.0
Description

Intellectual property lawyers face a variety of issues that transcend national borders. This course introduces the principles, treaties and institutions that regulate intellectual property rights at the international level, and surveys major cross-border issues in intellectual property with a focus on copyright, patents and trademarks.

LAW 7269 Licensing of Intellectual Property
Credit Hours 2.0
Description

This course will focus on patent, trademark and copyright licensing. Emphasis will be placed on preparing the student to counsel clients on intellectual property licensing matters and to be able to prepare and negotiate license agreements. Various types of license agreements will be used and reviewed during the course. Specific areas covered in the course include: introduction to intellectual property; developing strategies for intellectual property licensing; licensing negotiations; detailed review of key license agreement provisions and their interplay; unique considerations for licenses of different types of intellectual property; and drafting of various license agreements based on model agreements.

LAW 7270 Intellectual Property Survey
Credit Hours 2.0 - 3.0
Description

This course will introduce students to the concepts of intellectual property through the three basic federal intellectual property regimes established under trademark, copyright and patent laws. With respect to each of these frameworks, the course will cover how to obtain, protect and enforce ones intellectual property rights, and the limits of and exceptions to such rights. No prior knowledge or background is necessary.

LAW 7271 Advanced Intellectual Property Law Seminar
Credit Hours 2.0 - 3.0
Description

LAW 7270 or LAW 7158 or LAW 7417 or LAW 7478. 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 7273 International Law
Credit Hours 2.0 - 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 - 3.0
Description

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. 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 - 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 International Commercial Arbitration
Credit Hours 2.0 - 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.

LAW 7277 International Human Rights
Credit Hours 2.0 - 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 - 3.0
Description

A seminar on selected problems in international human rights law. A paper is required. Public International Law or International Human Rights is helpful but not 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 Seminar
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 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 7282 International Human Rights: Practical Applications Seminar
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

At least 2 classes relating to international law and/or human rights, one of which must be LAW 7273 or LAW 7277. 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 - 3.0
Description

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

LAW 7285 International Trade Seminar
Credit Hours 2.0 - 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
Credit Hours 2.0 - 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 - 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.

LAW 7293 Seminar On Judicial Power
Credit Hours 2.0 - 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 - 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 Seminar in the Philosophy of Law
Credit Hours 2.0 - 3.0
Description

This course is designed to teach selected topics in jurisprudence.

LAW 7300 Juvenile Justice
Credit Hours 2.0 - 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 - 3.0
Description

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 - 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 7319 Wildlife Law
Credit Hours 2.0
Description

An examination of the Federal and state legal framework dealing with wildlife. It reviews wildlife law from a variety of perspectives, including those recognizing sustainable use as a valid conservation tool and regulated hunting as a component of conservation and sound wildlife management. Selected topics include the North American Wildlife Conservation Model, the Public Trust Doctrine, the right to hunt and fish, the Federal preemption of state law, the state role in Federal lands, the Federal protection of species, and the Federal protection of wildlife habitat.

LAW 7320 Land Use Law
Credit Hours 2.0 - 3.0
Prerequisites LAW 5050
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 - 3.0
Description

LAW 7320 and LAW 7375. 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
Description

Recommended but not required as prerequisites: LAW 7245, LAW 7521, LAW 7193, LAW 7195, or LAW 7191. 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 - 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

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 - 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 - 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 4.0
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 - 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
Credit Hours 2.0 - 3.0
Description

Formerly Law and Psychiatry. 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

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 and Emerging Technologies
Credit Hours 2.0 - 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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - 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 Seminar
Credit Hours 2.0 - 3.0
Description

LAW 7375. 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 - 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 - 3.0
Description

LAW 7385 or LAW 7320 recommended but not required. 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 - 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 - 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 Law and Policy
Credit Hours 2.0 - 3.0
Description

This course is taught by visiting foreign or international law professors 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. This course is 2 credit hours with the option of an additional credit hour for writing a paper. The paper may be either independent research on a topic of your choice, or a paper written in conjunction with participation in a week-long Study Abroad offering (over Spring Break) focused on urban law and policy issues.

LAW 7405 Moot Court Board I
Credit Hours 1.0
Description

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
Description

LAW 7405.

LAW 7407 Moot Court III
Credit Hours 1.0
Description
LAW 7408 Moot Court IV
Credit Hours 1.0
Description
LAW 7410 Multistate Taxation
Credit Hours 2.0 - 3.0
Description

LAW 7095. 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
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites LAW 7095 (may be taken concurrently)
Description

This course covers the major legal and tax issues affecting nonprofit organizations, especially IRC 501(c)(3) exempt organizations. Topics to be discussed include permitted purposes, formation, operation, organization, governance, state regulation, tax exemption, and restrictions on lobbying and political activity. In addition, the course will examine special rules concerning churches, private foundations, unrelated business income taxation, charitable fundraising, and charitable contributions. Approximately one-third to one-half of the course will focus upon state-law issues (using the Georgia Nonprofit Corporation Code as a statutory model), while the remaining portion of the course will focus upon the unique rules relating to the federal income taxation of nonprofits.

LAW 7412 Military Law
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites LAW 5000
Description

LAW 5020, LAW 7010 and LAW 7216 are recommended, but not required. This course introduces the student to legal issues for servicemembers and their families. The course introduces the student to the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ) and criminal prosecution within the military. The course also introduces the student to administrative processes and hearings within the military. Additionally, this course covers the legal issues faced by servicemembers outside of the military: the impact of criminal convictions in state courts, military family law issues, the servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA), and Veterans Administration benefits and appeals.

LAW 7413 National Security Law
Credit Hours 2.0 - 3.0
Description

LAW 6000. 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 - 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 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 - 3.0
Prerequisites LAW 7270 and/or LAW 7417
Description

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 - 3.0
Description

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

LAW 7419 Civil Pre-Trial Litigation
Credit Hours 2.0 - 3.0
Description

Pre-req: LAW 6030 and prior approval of the instructor.This capstone class involves aspects of tort law, procedural law, contract interpretation, statutory interpretation, and litigation skills such as mediation, depositions, negotiation, drafting and client counseling. It also exposes students to some of the business decisions that occur over the course of civil litigation. The class will be conducted primarily through simulation exercises. Limited enrollment.

LAW 7420 Products Liability
Credit Hours 2.0 - 3.0
Description

This course will examine 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 7421 Georgia Products Liability Seminar
Credit Hours 2.0 - 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 and Practice
Credit Hours 2.0 - 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 - 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, Ethnicity and the Law
Credit Hours 2.0 - 3.0
Description

LAW 6000 recommended but not required. 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 7434 Racial Justice Seminar
Credit Hours 2.0 OR 3.0
Description

This seminar will use a contemporary or historic case study of racialized injustice as a lens through which students will examine the legal and social context in which such harms occur and the availability of remedies offered by statutory, constitutional, and international human rights law. It will include experiential learning opportunities. For example, depending upon the topic addressed, students will interview people affected by the issue, explore options for redress, and prepare materials that will or could be utilized to implement remedial measures. Writing credit will be an option.

LAW 7435 Real Estate Transactions
Credit Hours 2.0 - 3.0
Prerequisites LAW 5050
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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - 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
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 - 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 therefrom. 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 - 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 - 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 Society and the Supreme Court Seminar
Credit Hours 2.0 - 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 - 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 - 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 2.0 - 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 - 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 7495 Refugee and Asylum Law
Credit Hours 2.0 OR 3.0
Description

This course explores the international and domestic legal regimes for the protection of refugees and asylees. Topics include the history of the U.N. Convention on the Status of Refugees, the implementation of that convention through the U.S. Refugee Act of 1980 and subsequent related legislation, political and judicial efforts to define the extent of the protections afforded under international and domestic law, current proposals to amend the laws, and the practice of asylum law in the United States. The central goal of this course is to prepare you to represent an asylum seeker in the United States, while giving you a strong foundation in the laws that protect refugees and asylum-seekers. To this end, the course aims to: (1) give you a substantive basis in the law and the tools you need to answer questions of law that arise in your future practice; (2) orient you in the relevant procedures and highlight the skills you will need in order to meaningfully engage with clients seeking asylum; and (3) introduce you to issues in law and policy that your generation of lawyers must struggle with, and hopefully resolve. This class emphasizes learning by doing, so you should not only be prepared to participate actively in class discussion, but poised to engage in group exercises and the representation of a simulated client created for this class, which will occupy much of the second half of the course.

LAW 7496 United States Taxation of International Transactions
Credit Hours 2.0 - 3.0
Description

LAW 7095 and LAW 7110 or consent of instructor. 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 - 3.0
Prerequisites LAW 5050
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 - 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 - 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 7515 Women and the Law
Credit Hours 2.0 - 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 - 3.0
Prerequisites LAW 5060
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 - 2.0
Description

Limited enrollment. Consent of the instructor required. This is a one-time course linked to the College of Law’s 25th Anniversary International Conference on the Future of 25th Anniversary International Conference on the Future of Legal Education to be held in Spring 2008.

LAW 7600 Tax Law Clinic: Tax Court I
Credit Hours 4.0
Prerequisites LAW 7095
Description

LAW 7095 (Basic Federal Taxation) is necessary either before or simultaneously with Tax Clinic-Tax Court I. 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. 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 4.0
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 I
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites 2.30 GPA, successful completion of all first year courses, prior completion of Law 7801 Business Arbitration Practicum or concurrent enrollment in Law 7801 Business Arbitration Practicum
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 and community outreach, to develop valuable lawyering skills and gain exposure to substantive 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.

LAW 7603 Investor Advocacy Clinic II Prerequisites: 2.30 GPA and LAW 7602
Credit Hours 4.0
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 7605 Partnership & LLC Taxation Lab
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

An attorney’s principal role for clients entering into a partnership or limited liability company agreement is to draft the parties’ business deal into the agreement in compliance with tax rules. Accordingly, this skills-based course will teach students how to translate substantive tax rules learned in Partnership & LLC Taxation into a written partnership or limited liability company agreement that complies with the tax rules and accurately reflects the parties’ business terms. Understanding and drafting provisions governing so-called “waterfalls,” capital accounts, allocations, and distributions in partnership and limited liability company agreements will be the primary subject of this course. Other common provisions of partnership and limited liability company agreements will be studied as well.

LAW 7610 Comparative Law of Employment Discrimination
Credit Hours 2.0
Description

Please see http://law.gsu.edu/metrogrowth/4866.html for information and details.

LAW 7611 Comparative Legal and Policy Responses to Climiate Change
Credit Hours 1.0
Description

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LAW 7612 Selected Problems in Comparative Constitutional Law
Credit Hours 2.0
Description

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LAW 7613 Environmental Diplomacy and International Business Transactions
Credit Hours 1.0
Description

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

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LAW 7615 Multi-National Enterprises: Environmental Policy, Planning and Practice
Credit Hours 1.0
Description

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LAW 7616 Safety, Health, and Environmental Considerations in International Trade
Credit Hours 2.0
Description

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LAW 7617 Law and Society in Brazil
Credit Hours 1.0
Description

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

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LAW 7619 Dispute Resolution for International Transactions
Credit Hours 1.0
Description

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

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LAW 7621 International Transactions: Drafting Considerations
Credit Hours 1.0
Description

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LAW 7630 Doing Business and Environmental Protection – Comparative Perspectives on the Regulatory State in the U.S. and Argentina
Credit Hours 3.0
Description
LAW 7631 Contract Drafting and Risk Analysis
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Business transactions require well-crafted contracts that properly reflect and clarify the parties’ intentions and anticipate various outcomes to the transaction, including counter-party risk assessment and risk transfer. Lawyers and businesspeople together must think these things through. This course will focus on anticipating and providing for contingencies, securing value in and licensing intellectual property, examining choices and options for the deal, obtaining collateral to secure the performance; consider appropriate contract forms; and address risk, liability indemnity and insurance to protect and accomplish the business purpose Students will draft and assess contracts (both actual and fictional) for goods, services, secured transactions, real estate, construction, and international contracts to illustrate the application and range of contract and risk practice.

LAW 7632 The Role of In-House Counsel
Credit Hours 2.0
Description

LAW 6020. An introduction to the in-house practice of law and the different practical and ethical issues faced by in-house attorneys. The course will focus on the role of the in-house legal function in a corporation; the structure and management of corporate legal departments; the relationships between the legal department, corporate management and the board of directors; attorney-client privilege, internal investigations, and advising and counseling internal business clients; retaining and managing outside counsel; corporate compliance and enterprise risk management; and professional responsibility and ethics issues for in-house attorneys.

LAW 7650 Coastal Law
Credit Hours 2.0 - 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 - 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 & Policy: Global & Comparative Perspectives
Credit Hours 2.0 - 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 - 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 - 3.0
Description

Recommended prior courses: LAW 7200 (Environmental Law) and/or LAW 7320 (Land Use Law) 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 - 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 - 3.0
Description

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

Please see http://law.gsu.edu/metrogrowth/4866.html for information and details.

LAW 7659 Comparative Corporate Law: Governance/Transactions/Practice
Credit Hours 2.0 - 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 7661 Comparative Mergers and Acquisitions Law
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 - 3.0
Description

Please see http://law.gsu.edu/metrogrowth/4866.html for information and details.

LAW 7664 International and Comparative Equality Law Seminar
Credit Hours 2.0 - 3.0
Description

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LAW 7665 Comparative Legal Institutions and Institutional Legitimacy
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

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LAW 7700 Business Succession Planning Capstone
Credit Hours 4.0
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 7800 Health Care Transactions and Regulatory Practicum
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites LAW 7240
Description

This advanced health law course brings students together with practicing health law attorneys to learn and apply substantive laws and practical skills to handle a range of model health care transactions. Students will work in teams of associates under the supervision of the professor and one or more adjunct professors to engage in health care contract drafting, review, negotiations, regulatory analysis, legal memoranda, and professional advisement. The model health care transactions will involve fictitious clients and include hospital-physician agreements and health care joint ventures and/or acquisitions. Students will be evaluated on the basis of the completion of transactional projects, written work, and oral communication. Students will also receive ungraded feedback and opportunity to refine and improve final, graded work products. This course will count toward the Health Law Certificate lawyering skills requirement.

LAW 7801 Business Arbitration Practicum
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

This course brings together skills and substantive law in an experiential course where students engage in all aspects of a business arbitration proceeding. Students will learn the practice and procedure of business arbitration through a simulated arbitration proceeding. They will represent a claimant in initiating an arbitration from client intake and interviewing through filing a proceeding. Students will also work as defense counsel, interviewing and counseling their clients and answering a proceeding. Students will prepare for and complete a negotiation for either a claimant or a respondent and prepare for an arbitration hearing. Throughout the course, students will engage in best practices for case management and maintain a client file through electronic case management software. Students will receive substantial feedback on their work, including drafts. Participating students will develop valuable lawyering skills, case management procedures and gain experience in alternative dispute resolution methods.

LAW 8000 Externship Seminar
Credit Hours 1.0
Description

First-time externship students must enroll in this seminar IN ADDITION to the 3 credit S/U externship course. The one-hour seminar is graded.

LAW 8001 Externship – Spring semester
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

This course is the Externship component for the spring semester. Please see the Externship faculty for details.

LAW 8005 Externship – Summer semester
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

This course is the Externship component for the summer semester. Please see the Externship faculty for details.

LAW 8006 Summer I.P. Program In D.C.
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 8008 Externship – Fall semester
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

This course is the Externship component for the fall semester. Please see the Externship faculty for details.

LAW 9000 Introduction to U.S. Law
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

This course introduces LL.M. students whose first law degree was awarded by a law school in a foreign country to the concepts of law fundamental to, and the legal institutions operating within, the United States legal system. The course will include an overview of the U.S. legal system including the functions and procedures of civil and criminal courts. It also includes a survey of substantive legal topics that form a core of knowledge essential to the practice of law in the United States. This course is required for LL.M. students with a foreign law degree.

LAW 9001 Legal Writing and Analysis for LL.M. Students
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Open to LL.M. students only. This course is designed to introduce foreign-trained lawyers to the basic principles of American legal analysis, writing and research. Assignments include multiple practice-focused assignments and drafting exercises. Students receive extensive guidance for their written work.

LAW 9002 Professional Responsibility – LL.M
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

This course focuses on the development of professional identity, ethical decision making, and the role of lawyers in society, and covers confidentiality, conflicts of interest, and the interpretation of the rules of professional conduct for LL.M students. As prescribed by the instructor, the course may also include discussion of other topics such as bar admission, attorney discipline, malpractice, ineffective assistance of counsel in criminal cases, judicial ethics, fees, advertising, solicitation and the ethics of the adversary system.

LAW 9003 Evidence – LL.M Limited to LL.M students
Credit Hours 3.0
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 9004 Lawyering Skills for LL.M. Students
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Generally limited to foreign-trained lawyers in the LL.M. program. Other LL.M. students may enroll with written permission of the professor. The objective of this course is to educate foreign-trained lawyers in the LL.M. program about the dispute resolution mechanisms that provide viable alternatives to litigation and the appropriate uses of each method. Focusing mostly on American methods of dispute resolution, the course also covers international methods and venues for comparative purposes. Through readings, simulations and role plays, students will learn the theories and skills necessary for effective problem solving and advocacy in negotiation, mediation and arbitration. Political, practical and ethical issues raised by these alternatives are embedded in readings, class presentations and discussions, as well as in role plays.

LAW 9005 Thesis Research – LLM
Credit Hours 1.0 - 6.0
Description
LAW 9006 LLM Research Methods in Law
Credit Hours 2.0
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 9010 LLM Constitutional Law II: Individual Liberties
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

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

LAW 9010 LLM Constitutional Law II: Individual Liberties
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

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