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Course Offerings

You will find a broad and challenging curriculum at Georgia Law - nearly 170 courses are offered, although not all of the listed courses are taught each year. First-year students are just as likely to encounter a tenured or chaired faculty member in the classroom as they are a junior professor.  Distinguished visitors and adjuncts supplement the faculty and diversify the upper-level curriculum. Not all listed courses are offered each semester. Periodically, other courses are offered.  Unless otherwise noted, all law courses carry the prefix "JURI." 

CURRENT STUDENTS: For the upcoming academic year, awlays visit the Class Schedules & Registration webpage for requirement lists and guidelines including 2L Writing, Advanced Writing, Capstone, and Practical Skills requirements.

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  • Economic Opportunity Clinic , JURI 5962S , Credit Hours: 3 (1.5 hours graded and 1.5 hours pass/fail)
    Opportunities for the poor to advance economically are impeded or enhance in a variety of micro and macro ways - the way the poor are excluded from mainstream financial products to the accessibility of public transportation, to name a few. The Economic Opportunity Clinic provides support to organizations that are working to remove impediments and facilitate access to economic opportunity for the poor.  Students will work on a variety of projects -including policy, advocacy, white papers, and community engagement - a that cross legal disciplines and draw on expertise well outside the law.  Students should be comfortable with ambiguity and working on projects that may change as they progress. Lawyers are often called on to fix problems that do not fit neatly into a particular legal field because lawyers can be good problem solvers.  The Economic Opportunity Clinic will explicitly explore the process that lawyers use to solve problems within and outside legal contexts.  Students will leave with confidence that they can solve problems in non-profits, business, management and other areas of professional and personal life. Register for both 5961S (graded portion) and 5962S (pass/fail portion). Learn how to apply on the clinic webpage.

  • Education Law , JURI 5781 , Credit Hours: 3
    This course covers numerous legal and policy questions related to the American educational system. Relevant sources of law include the U.S. Constitution and state and federal statutes and administrative materials. Topics include school funding, school choice, student and teacher speech rights, policy debates, and others. The course will be conducted with an emphasis on developing practical lawyering skills.

  • Elder Law , JURI 5720 , Credit Hours: 3
    Aspects of federal and state elderly programs and problems; special risk populations; significance of older population growth; representation of elderly clients; guardianship; lifetime estate management; testamentary estate disposition; living wills and "right to die" debate; health and long-term care; housing, transportation and employment policies; public assistance.

  • Election Law , JURI 4825 , Credit Hours: 3
    Examination of the law regulating our political process, and consideration of how those regulatory choices shape substantive policy outcomes. The course covers campaign finance regulation, redistricting, voting rights, and the regulation of political party primaries

  • Election Law Reform: Selected Issues , JURI 4834 , Credit Hours: 2 , Prerequisite: JURI 4825 (may be waived with permission of professor)
    This seminar will look in depth at various proposals to reform or change the way we run elections. Legislative districting (“gerrymandering”) will go covered at length, as will the Voting Rights Act and issues involving voter registration and photo identification laws.

  • Electronic Discovery , JURI 5595 , Credit Hours: 1
    E-Discovery has taken over the discovery process in civil litigation as most information created today is in electronic form.   Every medium to large litigation matter in the country involves some e-discovery issue and therefore understanding e-discovery is critical whether you want to be a plaintiff or defense attorney or in house counsel. This course will  provide an understanding of the legal and practical aspects of e-discovery.  It will cover all stages of the e-discovery process from when the duty to preserve electronically stored information (ESI) is triggered and a producing party must take reasonable steps to preserve ESI, to collection of ESI in response to requests for production, to review and production of relevant ESI to the opponent.   The course will also focus on spoliation and proportionality and how producing parties struggle to balance complying with their preservation obligations with keeping costs down.   Additionally, the course will cover how lawyers prepare for and handle Fed. R. Civ. Pro. 26(f) (and state equivalents) conferences and best practices for negotiating  ESI protocols involving search terms, predictive coding and other e-discovery technology.

  • Employment Advice and Counseling , JURI 5459 , Credit Hours: 2
    This course introduces students to the fundamentals of offering day-to-day advice and counseling on employment law issues.  Students gain experience in writing the types of documents commonly required in this context, such as employment agreements, employment policies, advice memorandum, and other related documents.

  • Employment Discrimination , JURI 4990 , Credit Hours: 2
    Examines law regulating distinctions in the employment relationship. The emphasis is on federal statutory law regulating race, sex, religion, national origin, age and disability discrimination in employment.

  • Employment Law , JURI 5650 , Credit Hours: 3
    Examines legal regulation of the employment relationship, focusing on the erosion of the employment-at-will doctrine through various tort and contract theories, law of employee mobility including non-competes and trade secrets, protection of employee privacy and speech interests, entitlement to overtime under the Fair labor Standards Act, and the regulation of health and pension benefits under ERISA. Excludes the union/management issues covered in Labor Law and statutory discrimination issues covered in Employment Discrimination.

  • Entertainment Law , JURI 5570 , Credit Hours: 2
    Students will learn about the fundamental elements of entertainment law, including: (a) basics of copyright, trademark, and right of publicity law; (b) how intellectual property rights are transferred and acquired; and, (c) how relationships within the entertainment industry are structured.

  • Environmental Dispute Resolution , JURI 5870 , Credit Hours: 2
    Conflict management, anatomy of negotiation, planning and conduct of negotiations, and resolving multiparty environmental disputes.

  • Environmental Law , JURI 5280 , Credit Hours: 3
    State, Federal, and International legal response to problems of air pollution, water pollution, solid waste, pesticides, noise, and radiation. Emphasis on public regulation, but some consideration given to private remedies.

  • Environmental Law Drafting , JURI 5281 , Credit Hours: 2
    This course will use a case study approach to cover the types and purposes of writing found in an environmental law practice.  Students will study and draft a number of the typical documents used in environmental rulemaking, public comments and rulemaking responses, transactional agreements, and environmental litigation.   Students will be working from the perspectives of the variety of stakeholders found in environmental law - including property owners, industry, and the general public. 

  • Environmental Law Practicum , JURI 5289S , Credit Hours: 3
    Advanced research in legal control of environmental problems identified by watershed stakeholders/clients, with primary attention given to water and biodiversity issues.  There are no prerequisites, but Environmental Law or Natural Resource Law is recommended.

  • Estate and Gift Taxation , JURI 4590 , Credit Hours: 3 , Prerequisite: Either JURI 4280 or JURI 5120 AND JURI 4090
    Focuses on federal tax law and policy affecting the transfer of wealth, including the gift tax, the estate tax, and the generation skipping transfer tax. Statutes, regulations and interpretative materials and their application to hypothetical problems are addressed to lay a foundation for the study of estate planning.

  • Estate Planning , JURI 4560 , Credit Hours: 2 , Prerequisite: JURI 4280 and JURI 4590
    Planning effective and tax-efficient transfers of property interests based on client type, intended beneficiary, type of transfer, and asset type. Attention is given to preparation of estate plans and drafting of appropriate instruments. Focus on restrictions imposed by client goals, economic environment, and the law of trusts, wills, and federal taxation.

  • Ethics in Litigation , JURI 5440 , Credit Hours: 2 , Prerequisite: Prerequisite JURI 4300 or 4300E
    This course examines the various ethical issues that can arise in the context of civil litigation, with particular emphasis on the pretrial phase of the process. Specific areas of coverage include: dealing with prospective clients; pre-filing investigation; ethics in pleading and motion practice; discovery ethics; witness interviews and preparation; negotiation and settlement; ethical challenges presented by technology; and ethical duties as “officers of the court.”  Final grades will be based on the following: (1) leading at least one class session; (2) performance on a take-home final examination; and (3) class participation.  Law and Ethics of Lawyering is a prerequisite for this course.  Computer use is prohibited during class – Students will not be permitted to utilize laptop computers or any other electronic or wireless device during class for any purpose, including taking notes.

  • Evidence , JURI 4250 , Credit Hours: 3
    Covers rules governing admission and exclusion of testimony, documents, exhibits, expert proof and experiments in criminal and civil cases. Also concerned with mechanics of proof, proper form of objections, order of proof, and burden of proof in criminal and civil trials. The subjects of hearsay, relevancy, character evidence and the law of witness impeachment and cross-examination are explored in detail.

  • Family Justice Clinic , JURI 5140S , Credit Hours: 4 - 6
    Superior Court civil litigation clinic representing lower income victims of domestic abuse in obtaining protective orders. Students work as lay advocates and student practitioners to provide direct service to clients including screening and referral, interviewing, counseling, pleading and case preparation, negotiation, and advocacy at final hearings under the Student Practice Act. Class discussion centers on readings in texts and statutes relating to family violence, as well as on theory and practice of lawyering in a litigation/negotiation context. (See description of JURI 4500S for clinic grading policy.) Register for both 5140S (graded portion) and 5141L (pass/fail portion).

  • Family Justice Clinic , JURI 5141L , Credit Hours: 4 - 6
    Superior Court civil litigation clinic representing lower income victims of domestic abuse in obtaining protective orders. Students work as lay advocates and student practitioners to provide direct service to clients including screening and referral, interviewing, counseling, pleading and case preparation, negotiation, and advocacy at final hearings under the Student Practice Act. Class discussion centers on readings in texts and statutes relating to family violence, as well as on theory and practice of lawyering in a litigation/negotiation context. (See description of JURI 4500S for clinic grading policy.) Register for both 5140S (graded portion) and 5141L (pass/fail portion).

  • Family Law , JURI 5330 , Credit Hours: 3
    Significant aspects of family law, including marriage, divorce, separation, custody, and non-traditional families.

  • Federal Courts , JURI 4570 , Credit Hours: 3
    This course will focus on the structure, jurisdiction, and powers of federal courts. Coverage will include: development of the federal court system; selection of judges; the judicial power under Article III; justiciability and the case-or-controversy requirement (standing, ripeness, mootness, political questions); the Erie doctrine; federal common law; challenges to jurisdiction; federal question jurisdiction; diversity jurisdiction; venue and transfer; special problems of removal jurisdiction.

  • Federal Income Tax , JURI 5120 , Credit Hours: 3
    Introduction to policy and practice of federal income taxation of individuals, including determination of gross income, allowance of deductions and credits, sales and dispositions of property, capital gains and losses, and problems of attribution of income.

  • Fiduciary Law: Emerging Issues and New Directions , JURI 5595 , Credit Hours: 1
    This one-credit, pass-fail course will examine cutting-edge topics in fiduciary law. The first six hours of instruction will focus on the fiduciary law governing trusts and trustees and will be taught by Professor Thomas Gallanis, the Allan D. Vestal Chair in Law at the University of Iowa and the Verner F. Chaffin Visiting Chair in Fiduciary Law at UGA.   Among the topics covered will be: (1) the trustee’s duty of prudent investment, the measure of the trustee’s liability for breach of that duty, and the rise of the “directed” trust; (2) the trustee’s duty of impartiality between beneficiaries of income and beneficiaries of principal, the trustee’s power to adjust between income and principal, and the use of unitrusts as an alternative to traditional income-and-principal trusts; (3) the widespread use of discretionary trusts, and the range of a trustee’s discretion; and (4) the emerging phenomenon of trust “decanting.”  Recent uniform acts will be studied, including the Uniform Trust Decanting Act (2015), the Uniform Directed Trust Act (2017), and the Uniform Fiduciary Income and Principal Act (2018)

  • Food & Drug Law , JURI 5635 , Credit Hours: 2
    This course provides an overview of laws and regulations governing development, manufacturing, and commercial distribution of drugs, biologic, medical device products, and animal health products and how they relate to the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and medical device industry. This includes domestic regulatory requirements and various regulatory agencies and their jurisdiction.

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