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LAW 6021E 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 6030E Lawyering: Advocacy
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

LAW 6010. LAW 6030E 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 6040E Landlord/Tenant Mediation Clinic I
Credit Hours 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 6041E Landlord/Tenant Mediation Clinic II
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

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

LAW 6050E 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 6051E Capital Defenders Clinic II
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

See Course Description for LAW 6050E, Capital Defenders Clinic I.

LAW 6090E HeLP Legal Services Clinic I
Credit Hours 4.0
Description

2.30 GPA. 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 6091E HeLP Legal Services Clinic II
Credit Hours 4.0
Description

2.30 GPA and LAW 6090E. 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 6092E Olmstead Disability Rights Clinic I (3)
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites Prerequisite: 2.3 GPA
Description

The Olmstead Disability Rights Clinic is a year-long off-site clinic taught in partnership with the Atlanta Legal Aid Society’s Disability Integration Project. The clinic focuses on advocacy arising out of the United States Supreme Court’s 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 6093E Olmstead Disability Rights Clinic II (3)
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites LAW 6092E and 2.3 GPA
Description

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

LAW 7036E Advanced Evidence
Credit Hours 2.0 TO 3.0
Description

LAW 6010.
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 7052E Lawyering: Practice-Ready Writing LAW
Credit Hours 3.0
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 7060E Alternative Dispute Resolution for Advocates
Credit Hours 2.0 TO 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 7094E Bankruptcy Assistance and Pratice Program I
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

LAW 7091 or LAW 7176, and a cumulative GPA of 2.30.
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 7100E Unincorporated Business Associations
Credit Hours 2.0 TO 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 7102E Transactional Assistance and Practice Program
Credit Hours 2.0 OR 3.0
Prerequisites 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 client’s 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 7247E 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 7248E 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 7284 Advocacy in International Commercial Arbitration
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

A doctrinal and skills course training students as advocates in international commercial arbitration. The course will begin with an introductory description of the world’s principal arbitral institutions and a discussion of the main treaties, statutory materials and “soft law” (including ethical codes) which regulate international commercial arbitration and dispute resolution. Next, the course will look quickly the United Nations Convention on
Contracts for the International Sale of Goods (“CISG”) and similar compilations. These introductory sessions will be followed by intensive research and writing exercises and oral
presentations by students pertaining to hypothetical arbitrations arising under the CISG.

LAW 7291E Interviewing and Counseling
Credit Hours 2.0 TO 3.0
Description

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

LAW 7336E 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 7414E Negotiation
Credit Hours 2.0 TO 3.0
Description

Students may not enroll in this course if they have taken or are taking LAW 7060E – 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 7419E Civil Pre-Trial Litigation
Credit Hours 2.0 TO 3.0
Prerequisites LAW 6030E and prior approval of the instructor.
Description

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 7600E Tax Clinic I
Credit Hours 4.0
Prerequisites LAW 7095
Description

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 7601E Tax Clinic II
Credit Hours 4.0
Prerequisites LAW 7095 and LAW 7600E
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 7602E Investor Advocacy Clinic I
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites 2.30 GPA, successful completion of all first year courses, prior completion of Law 7801E Business Arbitration Practicum or concurrent enrollment in Law 7801E 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 7603E Investor Advocacy Clinic II
Credit Hours 4.0
Prerequisites 2.30 GPA and LAW 7602E
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 7605E Partnership and LLC Taxation Lab
Credit Hours 2.0 TO 3.0
Prerequisites LAW 7095
Corequisites LAW 7415
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 arrangement. Understanding and drafting partnership and limited liability company provisions governing so-called “waterfalls,” capital accounts, allocations, and distributions will be the primary subject of this course. Other common provisions of partnership and limited liability company agreements will be examined as well.

LAW 7675E Legal Analytics
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

This highly experiential, interdisciplinary course introduces students to the emerging field of legal analytics, which employs computational and statistical modeling, analysis, and visualization of legal data to accomplish both descriptive and predictive goals. For analytics students, the course provides an introduction to the U.S. legal system and legal reasoning, the types of legal materials that analytics projects might analyze, and the problems and questions present in the law. For law students, the course offers an introduction to basic computer coding, as well as to the theory and applications of text mining, natural language processing, machine learning and other methods for managing and analyzing unstructured data such as that found in legal documents. Working in teams, students will learn and deploy analytics skills to extract information from large numbers of legal documents, identify patterns, and attempt to predict future outcomes. No prerequisites or previous experience required.

LAW 7676E Legal Analytics Lab
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

This “lab” course is 3 credit hours and introduces students to legal analytics in an applied setting. Legal analytics” refers to the software-enabled analysis and visualization of various kinds of legal data to accomplish both descriptive and predictive goals. Broadly speaking the data methodologies automate data collection practices, provide informative data to contextualize current legal questions (i.e., how often do judges rule for defendants in FLSA claims) and make predictions about future outcomes (i.e., FLSA claims with x are more likely to survive a motion for summary judgment). In partnership with GSU’s new Legal Analytics Lab, law students will work in teams with MSA (masters in data science) students supervised by Law, Business, Data Science and other relevant faculty. Interdisciplinary student teams will explore the application of data science techniques to a client’s legal questions and problems on a 12-14 week project called a “sprint”. Students’ introduction to applied legal analytics will be supported by introductory readings, reaction papers, and a research project on a legal analytics topic of the student’s choice. No prerequisites or previous experience required, but preference will be given for students co-enrolled in or who have previously taken Legal Analytics. Interested students should apply to participate in the lab consistent with the experiential fair deadlines and/or by contacting the faculty listed in the course schedule.

LAW 7800E 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 7801E Business Arbitration Practicum
Credit Hours 2.0
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 8000E 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 8001E 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 8005E 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 8006E 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 8008E 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.