Fall 2020 Course List

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You may click on the name of each course for the course description and pre-requisites.

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ADVANCED CONTRACTS WORKSHOP61696213701WESTPERFORMANCE / PAPER600-740PMWVirtual22FalseF

This class will be a limited enrollment, 'practice skills' seminar designed to build upon the lessons learned in first-year Contracts and first-year Torts, and to apply those lessons to the world of transactional lawyering. Toward that end, the class will study real-world agreements entered into at the early stages of an M&A transaction and provide opportunities for students to comment upon, draft, and negotiate examples of some of those agreements in class, including LOIs, IOIs, Term Sheets, NDAs and side letters to name just a few. While geared toward the M&A world, contract drafting skills learned in this course will be applicable in any transactional practice. The goal of the course is to better equip students to draft transactional agreements, not only by giving students the opportunity to prepare initial drafts of such agreements, just as young associates in a law firm environment would, but also by examining the situations in which errors or lack of clarity in contract drafting gave rise to disputes requiring judicial determination. In other words, don't let the phrase 'practice skills' fool you into thinking we will not be reading cases too. Indeed, for every type of agreement we practice drafting or reviewing, there will be numerous current and classic cases to analyze in class to understand the 'contort' common law that forms the basis for interpreting and enforcing each contractual agreement we draft. To get the most out of this class attendance, preparation and participation will be critical, not only to your own learning experience but also to that of your classmates. Grades will be based on a combination of class performance/class room exercises, and either a short paper or a few short memos prepared about specific drafting issues.

Prerequisites: You cannot enroll in this course if you have already taken Advanced Contracts or Advanced Contracts Drafting.

ADVANCED CRIMINAL LAW: EIGHTH AMENDMENT LAW (EW)62356315002RYANPAPER (EW)1030AM-1210PMWVirtual32FalseF

Over the past few years, evolving punishment views, paired with advances in science and technology, have produced significant changes in Eighth Amendment law. Bail practices, how fines may be levied against criminal offenders, and what constitutes “cruel and unusual punishments” are all in question. In this Edited Writing seminar, we will study cases and commentaries on the Eighth Amendment, focusing on the meaning of the Amendment, the Court’s interpretation of it, and litigants’ responses to rapidly changing law and developing facts. We will focus on some narrow issues like the many recent botched executions, as well as broader issues such as past and current punishment practices, and the role of factors like race and science in Eighth Amendment decisions. Students will apply what they learn to authoring a novel paper on Eighth Amendment law. 

Prerequisites: Criminal Law; Int'l LLMs must gain approval prior to enrolling

ADVANCED CRIMINAL LAW: REFORMING THE CRIMINAL JURY (EW)62306315001OFFITPAPER (EW)200-400PMMVirtual32FalseF

Advanced Criminal Law: Reforming the Criminal Jury is an Edited Writing course that takes an empirical approach to the jury system in the criminal context. The seminar explores the advantages, limitations, and implications of giving ordinary citizens a powerful and direct voice in the criminal justice system. To this end, the course will include a practical introduction to the mechanics of jury selection through mock voir dire, attention to recent developments in jury selection jurisprudence, and discussion of recently reformed jury systems in other parts of the world that might account for the difficulty of implementing meaningful reform in Texas and elsewhere. 

Prerequisites: Criminal Law; Int'l LLMs must gain approval prior to enrolling

ADVANCED LEGAL RESEARCH (EL)62116341001WALKERPAPER130-245PMMW100F32FalseF

This seminar builds on the legal research materials and methods studied in the first-year legal research course and emphasizes effective research techniques. Research topics vary each semester but generally include judicial opinions, statutes, legislative history, court rules, administrative law, secondary sources, foreign and international law, and research databases used in law practice. Students must bring to class their own computer that is capable of connecting to the law school's wireless network.

ADVANCED LEGAL RESEARCH (EL)64126341002WOLFFPAPER900-1015AMTTH107F32FalseF

This seminar builds on the legal research materials and methods studied in the first-year legal research course and emphasizes effective research techniques. Research topics vary each semester but generally include judicial opinions, statutes, legislative history, court rules, administrative law, secondary sources, foreign and international law, and research databases used in law practice. Students must bring to class their own computer that is capable of connecting to the law school's wireless network.

ALTERNATIVE DISPUTE RESOLUTION61706311001SILVERBERGEXAM830-1100AMTVirtual32FalseF

An examination and analysis of materials and skills used in dispute resolution other than litigation. The theory and practice of negotiation, mediation, arbitration, and minitrials will be emphasized, with examples and problem simulations drawn from various fields of law.

ALTERNATIVE DISPUTE RESOLUTION61719211701MADRIDEXAM600-740PMWKarcher22FalseF

An examination and analysis of materials and skills used in dispute resolution other than litigation. The theory and practice of negotiation, mediation, arbitration, and minitrials will be emphasized, with examples and problem simulations drawn from various fields of law.

ANIMAL LAW61728262001BOBOSKYPAPER1030AM-1210PMM106F22FalseF

This course provides an introduction to the dynamic field of animal law. It is not an animal rights class, although the course explores the concepts of human and animal 'rights' in the development of the law. Students will review animal-related cases in such areas as constitutional law, criminal law, intellectual property, and international law. In addition, students will debate topical issues, hear expert speakers, analyze actual cases, and track the legislative process. The course will cover the laws affecting companion animals, farm animals, and wild animals at the local, state, and federal levels.

ANTITRUST62347388001ROGERSEXAM200-315PMTTHVirtual32FalseF

A survey of the federal antitrust laws as they relate to mergers, monopolization, and price discriminations, and horizontal and vertical restraints of trade, including price fixing, refusals to deal, territorial and product divisions, tie-ins, exclusive dealing, resale price maintenance, and customer restrictions. The course will also cover enforcement and the private treble damage remedy, including the concepts of antitrust standing and antitrust injury.

BLOCKCHAIN TECHNOLOGY, LAW & POLICY (EW)62567332001REYESPAPER (EW)200-315PMTTH207F32TRUEF

Blockchains—decentralized databases that are maintained by a distributed network of computers—present manifold challenges and opportunities, including unprecedented potential to disrupt financial systems, to support civic participation and democratize access to resources, and even to change what we understand “law” to be. As this set of technologies rapidly emerges, we must consider the extent to which we allow regulation and government intervention, balancing the maintenance of social norms against the need to let a nascent technology innovate. This course aims to help each of us unpack the various legal and regulatory levers potentially applicable to these technologies and to consider the design trade-offs inherent in adopting them as part of policy-making and governance.

BUSINESS ENTERPRISE (Bar)62296420701NORTONEXAM600-740PMTTHVirtual42FalseT

This is the basic business law course. The emphasis of the first portion of the course is on the closely held business. To be considered are the following: Agency: General principles of the law of agency. Partnerships (general and limited): Formation, control, liabilities, property, dissolution and disposition of business; internal and external relations of partners. Limited Liability Companies and Corporations: Formation, control, allocation concerns; duties, liabilities, and rights of management and shareholders or members; dispute resolution devices; and fundamentals of capitalization and financing (including basic securities financing and securities law concerns, particularly respecting the private exempt offering). The primary emphasis of the second portion of the course is on the widely owned business. In this portion, general corporate governance and capitalization problems (including preferred stock and debt securities structuring) are further explored, along with corporate distributions and repurchases and fundamental corporate changes. Analysis of mergers and acquisitions is emphasized. Depending on available time, emphasis also is placed on the impact of federal securities laws on the corporate governance structure, including discussion of ongoing public disclosure requirements, proxy regulations, and insider trading restrictions and liabilities. The course is transaction-oriented, whereby planning and problem-solving are stressed, and interdisciplinary use of basic taxation, accounting, and finance notions is made. Special attention is given to the modern statutory trends.

BUSINESS ENTERPRISE (Bar)62576420001CRESPIEXAM200-250PMTWTHFVirtual42FalseT

This is the basic business law course. The emphasis of the first portion of the course is on the closely held business. To be considered are the following: Agency: General principles of the law of agency. Partnerships (general and limited): Formation, control, liabilities, property, dissolution and disposition of business; internal and external relations of partners. Limited Liability Companies and Corporations: Formation, control, allocation concerns; duties, liabilities, and rights of management and shareholders or members; dispute resolution devices; and fundamentals of capitalization and financing (including basic securities financing and securities law concerns, particularly respecting the private exempt offering). The primary emphasis of the second portion of the course is on the widely owned business. In this portion, general corporate governance and capitalization problems (including preferred stock and debt securities structuring) are further explored, along with corporate distributions and repurchases and fundamental corporate changes. Analysis of mergers and acquisitions is emphasized. Depending on available time, emphasis also is placed on the impact of federal securities laws on the corporate governance structure, including discussion of ongoing public disclosure requirements, proxy regulations, and insider trading restrictions and liabilities. The course is transaction-oriented, whereby planning and problem-solving are stressed, and interdisciplinary use of basic taxation, accounting, and finance notions is made. Special attention is given to the modern statutory trends.

BUSINESS ENTERPRISE FOR LLMS (Bar)62016394001CAMPTAKE HOME1200-115PMTTH207F32FalseT

A survey of American business laws for international graduate students. Selected topics may be drawn, from year to year, from the laws of agency, partnership, corporation, securities, antitrust, bankruptcy, and business taxation, and are taught from the perspective of assisting non-U.S. trained lawyers to draw comparative and practical lessons and otherwise to enrich these students upon their return home. Course is normally taught in the fall semester. Enrollment is limited to international, non-U.S.-law-trained graduate students.

Prerequisites: International LLM Students Only

BUSINESS LAW BOOT CAMP (Only meets 8/21, 8/22, 8/28, 8/29, 9/11, 9/12, 9/18, 9/19)62587243001HINTONTAKE HOME500-730 / 130-530PMF/SKarcher22FALSEF

Introduces vocabulary, concepts, and skills needed to effectively understand how business works so students are able to communicate with and advise business clients (including as regulatory and litigation counsel). The course is not designed to go in-depth, but moves quickly over key business concepts and terminology. Students learn from expert SMU faculty (including from the Cox School of Business) and from industry experts, both lawyers and business professionals. A background in finance, accounting, or business is neither required nor expected

CHILD AD CLINIC (EL)62597660001SUMOSKIPERFORMANCE200-315PMTTH101F62FalseF

The course develops lawyering skills and analytic methods for developing those skills. Clinic students will represent abused and neglected children in actual cases. Topics will include interviewing, counseling, fact investigation and discovery, case planning, negotiation, drafting of pleadings, motions and memoranda, and pretrial and trial advocacy. Special emphasis will be placed on professional responsibility issues and strategic planning methods. Throughout the course, a combination of teaching methods will be employed, including one-on-one case supervision, classroom instruction, simulations, and videotaped exercises. This course also includes interdisciplinary lectures from various professionals in the child welfare field. Beginning in Spring 2014, Professional Responsibility will be a PRE-REQUISITE for Civil Clinic and Consumer Advocacy Project. Students considering enrolling in one of these Clinics in Spring 2014 should make sure they complete Professional Responsibility by the end of the Fall 2013 semester. Students interested in taking Civil Clinic or Consumer Advocacy Project should plan to take Professional Responsibility during the Summer 2013 or Fall 2013 semesters.

Prerequisites: Evidence may be taken concurrently, 50% of course requirements, Good academic standing, By selection only

CHILD AD CLINIC DEPUTY62826257001SUMOSKIPERFORMANCEARRARRARR22FalseF

Assisting in preparing and supervising clinic students in client representation, including fact investigations and analysis, legal research and writing, litigation training, and court appearances. Deputies are selected by the clinic instructors. Students may not enroll before being selected.

Prerequisites: Child Ad Clinic

CHILD AD CLINIC DEPUTY62836157001SUMOSKIPERFORMANCEARRARRARR12FalseF

Assisting in preparing and supervising clinic students in client representation, including fact investigations and analysis, legal research and writing, litigation training, and court appearances. Deputies are selected by the clinic instructors. Students may not enroll before being selected.

Prerequisites: Child Ad Clinic

CHILD AD CLINIC DEPUTY62846357001SUMOSKIPERFORMANCEARRARRARR32FalseF

Assisting in preparing and supervising clinic students in client representation, including fact investigations and analysis, legal research and writing, litigation training, and court appearances. Deputies are selected by the clinic instructors. Students may not enroll before being selected.

Prerequisites: Child Ad Clinic

CIVIL CLINIC DEPUTY62857157001SPECTORPERFORMANCEARRARRARR12FalseF

Assisting in preparing and supervising clinic students in client representation, including fact investigations and analysis, legal research and writing, litigation training, and court appearances. Deputies are selected by the clinic instructors. Students may not enroll before being selected.

Prerequisites: Civil Clinic

CIVIL CLINIC DEPUTY62867257001SPECTORPERFORMANCEARRARRARR22FalseF

Assisting in preparing and supervising clinic students in client representation, including fact investigations and analysis, legal research and writing, litigation training, and court appearances. Deputies are selected by the clinic instructors. Students may not enroll before being selected.

Prerequisites: Civil Clinic

CIVIL CLINIC DEPUTY62877357001SPECTORPERFORMANCEARRARRARR32FalseF

Assisting in preparing and supervising clinic students in client representation, including fact investigations and analysis, legal research and writing, litigation training, and court appearances. Deputies are selected by the clinic instructors. Students may not enroll before being selected.

Prerequisites: Civil Clinic

CIVIL LITIGATION: THE CURRENT STATUS OF JURY TRIAL PRACTICE (EW)62107301001DORSANEOPAPER (EW)200-340PMWVirtual32FALSEF

Examines the background and the current status of jury trial practice in Texas courts including the judge-jury relationship and judicial review of verdict and judgments. Topics also include the constitutional and statutory rights to jury trials in civil cases under Texas law; the impact of the adoption, amendment and interpretation of the Texas Rules of Court on jury trial rights and practices; and, the impact of formal alternative dispute resolution procedures on conventional trial practice in Texas courts.

CIVIL RIGHTS SEMINAR: CRITICAL RACE THEORY (EW)61997373001BUCKNER-INNISSPAPER (EW)1030AM-1210PMTHVirtual32FalseF

This seminar will rigorously examine the theoretical and case law analyses made by scholars of the critical race theory (‘CRT') movement, an evolving tradition of critical scholarship that originated with Critical Legal Studies (CLS) in the 1970s. Topics will include the emergence of critical race theory as an area of legal scholarship; the relationship between critical race theory, critical race feminism, critical white studies, Lat-Crit, Asian Crit, and Queer Theory. We will examine the collection of legal scholarship by authors such as Kimberly Crenshaw, Patricia Williams, Pedro Malavet, Richard Delgado, Natsu Saito, Aziza al Hibri, George Will and others who challenge both conservative and liberal political orthodoxies and colorblind jurisprudence; discriminatory intent and antidiscrimination jurisprudence; race and criminal justice; race and religion; race and educational policy; the intersection of racism and other sources of oppression; and the role of law as a means of eradicating racial inequality.

Prerequisites: Int'l LLMs must gain approval prior to enrolling

CIVIL/CONSUMER CLINIC (EL)62607559001SPECTORPERFORMANCE1030-1145AMMWVirtual52FalseF

The course develops lawyering skills and analytic methods for developing those skills. Clinic students will represent indigent clients in actual cases. Topics will include interviewing, counseling, fact investigation and discovery, case planning, negotiation, drafting of pleadings, motions and memoranda, and pretrial and trial advocacy. Special emphasis will be placed on professional responsibility issues and strategic planning methods. Throughout the course, a combination of teaching methods will be employed, including one-on-one case supervision, classroom instruction, simulations, and videotaped exercises.

Prerequisites: 50% of course requirements, good standing; Professional Responsibility must be taken prior to or concurrently

CLIMATE CHANGE LAW & POLICY (EW)62618340001GABAPAPER (EW)200-340PMTVirtual32FalseF

This edited writing seminar will address legal responses to global climate change.  The class will collectively consider issues relating to climate science, mitigation and adaptation options, and the economic and ethical implications of climate change. Students will prepare and present a paper relating to some legal aspect of domestic or international responses to climate change.

Prerequisites: Int'l LLMs must gain approval prior to enrolling

CONFLICT OF LAWS (Bar)62056330001COLANGELOEXAM900-1015AMTTHLaw Lib. 2E32FalseT

The study of conflict of laws analyzes transactions that have elements in more than one state. The course has three parts: the choice of the law applicable to the issues in the case; the enforcement of judgments rendered outside the forum state; and jurisdiction over the out-of-state party. The course focuses on relationships among American states, but also includes choices between state and national law (the Erie doctrine).

CONSTITUTIONAL LAW II (Bar)61978311001BLOOMEXAM300-415PMMWLaw Lib. 2E32FalseT

A study of individual rights including such areas as equal protection of the law and due process of law, with particular emphasis on issues of racial discrimination, gender discrimination, and the right to privacy. Depending on the Professor, this course may also include freedom of speech and freedom of religion.

Prerequisites: Con. Law I

CONSTITUTIONAL LAW II (Bar)62028311002CARPENTEREXAM1030-1145AMTTHVirtual32FalseT

A study of individual rights including such areas as equal protection of the law and due process of law, with particular emphasis on issues of racial discrimination, gender discrimination, and the right to privacy. Depending on the Professor, this course may also include freedom of speech and freedom of religion.

Prerequisites: Con. Law I

CONSTRUCTION LAW61736214001DOYLEEXAM330-510PMTWalsh22FalseF

This course will address the legal aspects of the construction process. Particular emphasis will be devoted to discussion of the provisions of standard form contracts, and to the liability issues that arise out of the relationships between design professionals, contractors, and owners. Within this framework, the following will be covered: bidding; types of contracts; pricing variations; the rights and obligations of parties involved in the process; construction documents; bonds; insurance; changes; scheduling; delays; unforeseen circumstances; risk allocation of defective work; payments; and remedies for breach.

CONTRACTS I (SEC 1) (Bar)62886367001CRESPIEXAM900-950AMTTHFVirtual31FalseT

History and development of the common law of contract; principles controlling the formation, performance, and termination of contracts, including the basic doctrines of offer and acceptance, consideration, conditions, material breach, damages, and statute of frauds; statutory variances from the common law with particular attention to Uniform Commercial Code sections.

CONTRACTS I (SEC 2) (Bar)62896367002ROGERSEXAM130-245PMMWVirtual31FalseT

History and development of the common law of contract; principles controlling the formation, performance, and termination of contracts, including the basic doctrines of offer and acceptance, consideration, conditions, material breach, damages, and statute of frauds; statutory variances from the common law with particular attention to Uniform Commercial Code sections.

CONTRACTS I (SEC 3) (Bar)62906367003TAYLOREXAM900-1015AMTTHKarcher31FalseT

History and development of the common law of contract; principles controlling the formation, performance, and termination of contracts, including the basic doctrines of offer and acceptance, consideration, conditions, material breach, damages, and statute of frauds; statutory variances from the common law with particular attention to Uniform Commercial Code sections.

CORPORATE & TRANSACTIONAL LEGAL RESEARCH62176352001GALLINAPROJECTS430-545PMMW107F32FalseF

Corporate & Transactional Legal Research is a specialized legal research class designed for students who are interested in practicing corporate and transactional law. Students will develop advanced proficiency in case law and statutory research, regulatory materials, secondary sources, and other fundamental research concepts utilized in a corporate law practice. The course will focus on locating and evaluating primary and secondary sources that can be used to research issues involving business transactions, securities offerings, corporate governance, and a number of related topics. Assignments and in-class exercises will simulate activities frequently performed by transactional attorneys.

CORPORATE TAX62277336001MAZUREXAM1030-1145AMTTHWalsh32FalseF

The formation of corporations, corporate capital structure, earnings and profits, dividends, distributions, redemptions, partial liquidations and complete liquidations, and Subchapter S corporations.

Prerequisites: Income Tax

CREDITORS' RIGHTS61756333701HALE / COLWELLEXAM600-715PMMWLaw Lib. 2E32FalseF

An introduction to federal and state law governing the debtor-creditor relationship: enforcement of judgments; attachment, garnishment, and sequestration; fraudulent conveyances; and bankruptcy as affecting secured and unsecured creditors under the Bankruptcy Code.

CRIMINAL PLEA NEGOTIATIONS (EL)61766359701WADEPAPERS / PRESENTATIONS600-830PMTH201F32FalseF

Explains the history and rise of plea negotiations within the American judicial system. Analyzes the two major theories of punishment, the Utilitarian Theory and the Retributive Theory. Students evaluate what they believe about the basis and possible purposes of punishment. Describes the roles and legal and ethical duties of a prosecutor and defense attorney. Explores the various levels and types of offenses contained within the Texas Penal Code. Students then use that knowledge to effectively negotiate a plea agreement as both a prosecutor and a defense attorney on both the misdemeanor level and felony level of case prosecution, specifically focusing on Texas law. Prerequisite: LAW 8341.

Prerequisites: Criminal Law

CRIMES AGAINST WOMEN CLINIC (EL)62627642001NANASIPERFORMANCE900-1100AMT106F62FalseF

Students enrolled in the Hunter Legal Center provide representation to survivors of gender-based harms, including domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking. Student attorneys participate in a range of lawyering activities: client screening, individual client representation (in matters such as obtaining orders of protection, family law, humanitarian immigration claims, and postconviction relief), and representation of institutional clients seeking long-term solutions to the problem of violence against women. Work on actual cases, in combination with faculty supervision sessions and the clinic seminar, allows students to hone a wide range of lawyering skills, both practical and analytical.

Prerequisites: Professional Resp. must be taken prior to or concurrently; 50% of course requirements; Evidence & Family Law are recommended; Good academic standing; By selection only

CRIMES AGAINST WOMEN CLINIC DEPUTY62916109001NANASIPERFORMANCEARRARRARR12FalseF

Includes assisting in preparing and supervising clinic students in client representation. Deputies are selected by the clinic instructors. Students may not enroll before being selected.

Prerequisites: Crimes Against Women Clinic

CRIMES AGAINST WOMEN CLINIC DEPUTY62926246001NANASIPERFORMANCEARRARRARR22FalseF

Includes assisting in preparing and supervising clinic students in client representation. Deputies are selected by the clinic instructors. Students may not enroll before being selected.

Prerequisites: Crimes Against Women Clinic

CRIMES AGAINST WOMEN CLINIC DEPUTY62936350001NANASIPERFORMANCEARRARRARR32FalseF

Includes assisting in preparing and supervising clinic students in client representation. Deputies are selected by the clinic instructors. Students may not enroll before being selected.

Prerequisites: Crimes Against Women Clinic

CRIMINAL CLINIC (EL)62637641001JENKSPERFORMANCE330-445PMTTH204F62FalseF

A practice-based period of study involving representation of indigent clients in Dallas County criminal courts. Classroom instruction and skills training are integrated with actual case work.

Prerequisites: Professional Resp. may be taken concurrently; 50% of course requirements; Good academic standing, By selection only; Evidence is recommended

CRIMINAL CLINIC DEPUTY62948157001JENKSPERFORMANCEARRARRARR12FalseF

Assisting in preparing and supervising clinic students in client representation, including fact investigations and analysis, legal research and writing, litigation training, and court appearances. Deputies are selected by the clinic instructors. Students may not enroll before being selected.

Prerequisites: Criminal Clinic

CRIMINAL CLINIC DEPUTY62958257001JENKSPERFORMANCEARRARRARR22FalseF

Assisting in preparing and supervising clinic students in client representation, including fact investigations and analysis, legal research and writing, litigation training, and court appearances. Deputies are selected by the clinic instructors. Students may not enroll before being selected.

Prerequisites: Criminal Clinic

CRIMINAL CLINIC DEPUTY62967358001JENKSPERFORMANCEARRARRARR32FalseF

Assisting in preparing and supervising clinic students in client representation, including fact investigations and analysis, legal research and writing, litigation training, and court appearances. Deputies are selected by the clinic instructors. Students may not enroll before being selected.

Prerequisites: Criminal Clinic

CRIMINAL LAW (SEC 1) (Bar)62978341001RUBENEXAM900-1015AMMWKarcher31FalseT

Origins and sources of the criminal law; general principles of criminal law, including actus reus, mens rea, and causation. The elements of some specific crimes, such as homicide and/or theft offenses, may be covered; some conditions of exculpation, such as justification and insanity, may also be considered.

CRIMINAL LAW (SEC 2) (Bar)62988341002METZGEREXAM130-245PMTTHKarcher31FalseT

Origins and sources of the criminal law; general principles of criminal law, including actus reus, mens rea, and causation. The elements of some specific crimes, such as homicide and/or theft offenses, may be covered; some conditions of exculpation, such as justification and insanity, may also be considered.

CRIMINAL LAW (SEC 3) (Bar)62998341003JENKSEXAM1030-1145AMTTHKarcher31FalseT

Origins and sources of the criminal law; general principles of criminal law, including actus reus, mens rea, and causation. The elements of some specific crimes, such as homicide and/or theft offenses, may be covered; some conditions of exculpation, such as justification and insanity, may also be considered.

DALLAS, SYSTEMIC RACISM, & THE LAW (Only meets 9/9-11/11)69747106701COLLINSPAPER500-550PMWVirtual12TRUEF

This course is a one credit, pass/fail, team-taught seminar that is intended to introduce our students to the ways systemic racism permeates so many of our institutions, particularly in the city in which you are studying law.  Whenever possible, the course will use Dallas as a concrete lens to examine these different issues.

EMPLOYMENT LAW: ADDRESSING SOCIAL CHANGE IN THE WORKPLACE61787209001SYEDTAKE HOME830-1010AMMWalsh22FALSEF

Examines different strategies lawyers use to effectuate social change in the workplace. Students learn strategies that are used in challenging and advancing employment law, including advocating for or against legislation; individual and class litigation; and changes to private company work policies. Specific strategies used in combating historical workplace discrimination (e.g. race, gender, sexual orientation) are put in a social context. In addition to studying strategies used in the past, this course critically assesses contemporary workplace issues and how best to address them. Topics will include sexual harassment and the “me too” movement, salary and criminal history questions, employee drug testing in light of the changing landscape of marijuana laws, family leave, organized labor, and more.

ENVIRONMENTAL LAW62146344001GABATAKE HOME1030-1145AMMWVirtual32FalseF

A survey that presents an introduction to basic elements of federal environmental law. The course includes analysis of environmental regulatory policy, statutory control of air, water, and hazardous waste pollution, and allocation of the costs of cleaning environmental contamination.

Prerequisites: Administrative Law & Land Use are recommended

EVIDENCE (Bar)62188455001GREGORYEXAM300-410 / 330-440PMMW/THVirtual42FalseT

Principles governing the admission and exclusion of evidence, including functions of judge and jury, examination and competency of witnesses, demonstrative evidence, the hearsay rule and its exceptions, burdens of proof and presumptions, privileges, and judicial notice.

EVIDENCE (Bar)62228455002JENKSEXAM830-1010AMMWLaw Lib. 2E42FalseT

Principles governing the admission and exclusion of evidence, including functions of judge and jury, examination and competency of witnesses, demonstrative evidence, the hearsay rule and its exceptions, burdens of proof and presumptions, privileges, and judicial notice.

EVIDENCE (Bar)68838455003OFFITEXAM830-1010AMMWVirtual42FalseT

Principles governing the admission and exclusion of evidence, including functions of judge and jury, examination and competency of witnesses, demonstrative evidence, the hearsay rule and its exceptions, burdens of proof and presumptions, privileges, and judicial notice.

FAMILY LAW (Bar)62426347001LEATHERBERRYEXAM900-1015AMMWProthro Hall 12132FalseT

The legal problems of the family including marriage, annulment, divorce, legitimacy, custody, support of family members, adoption, and related matters. This course does not include Texas matrimonial property law. If the student plans to take instruction in both courses, this course should be taken first.

FAMILY LAW CLINIC (EL)62647643001BRANTLEYPERFORMANCE1030-1145AMMW302F62FalseF

Under the supervision of an experienced clinical faculty member, student attorneys in the VanSickle Family Law Clinic represent and provide counsel to low-income clients in matters of family law such as divorce, child custody, possession and access, paternity, modifications, enforcement actions, child and spousal support, and adoption. Through client representation and the clinic seminar, student attorneys have the opportunity to engage in the performance of fundamental lawyering skills necessary for competent representation and zealous advocacy. These skills include but are not limited to, interviewing and counseling clients, negotiating, fact development and analysis, strategic case planning, conflict resolution and decision making, motion and trial practice, drafting legal pleadings and ancillary documents, organization and management of legal work, cultural competency, collaboration and self-evaluation. Student attorneys also collaborate with community-based organizations to provide limited consulting to pro se litigants at organized community legal clinics located in a low-income, culturally diverse area of Dallas. Family Law is a pre-requisite. Evidence may be taken concurrently.

Prerequisites: Professional Responsibility may be taken concurrently; 50% completion of law courses; good academic standing

FAMILY LAW CLINIC DEPUTY63006111001BRANTLEYPERFORMANCEARRARRARR12FalseF

Includes assisting in preparing and supervising clinic students in client representation. Deputies are selected by the clinic instructors. Students may not enroll before being selected.

Prerequisites: Family Law Clinic

FAMILY LAW CLINIC DEPUTY63016247001BRANTLEYPERFORMANCEARRARRARR22FalseF

Includes assisting in preparing and supervising clinic students in client representation. Deputies are selected by the clinic instructors. Students may not enroll before being selected.

Prerequisites: Family Law Clinic

FAMILY LAW CLINIC DEPUTY63026351001BRANTLEYPERFORMANCEARRARRARR32FalseF

Includes assisting in preparing and supervising clinic students in client representation. Deputies are selected by the clinic instructors. Students may not enroll before being selected.

Prerequisites: Family Law Clinic

FEDERAL COURTS62266349001MARTINEZEXAM200-315PMTTHVirtual32FalseF

Congressional control of the distribution of judicial power among federal and state courts; practice and procedure in the federal district courts including choice of law, federal question and diversity jurisdiction, and state-federal conflicts.

FEDERAL JUDICIAL EXTERNSHIP (EL) (Including a 2 hour externship)61798137001FISH / DUREUSPAPER / PERFORMANCE300-415PMWVirtual32FalseF

This externship provides opportunities for students to work in the chambers of the U.S. District Court judges, U.S. Magistrate judges, and U.S. Bankruptcy Judges in the Northern District of Texas, Dallas and Fort Worth Divisions. From time to time, students may also have the opportunity to work with federal judges in the Eastern District of Texas, Plano Division and the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. Students will be paired with an individual judge, and will work approximately 10-15 hours per week under that judge's supervision for one semester for a total of at least 120 hours. The Federal Judicial Externship also includes a Judicial Externship that will meet for at least fourteen 50-minute hours. Students successfully completing the externship and class will receive three hours credit (based on 2 credits for the externship itself and 1 for the classroom component). The students' primary activities will be research, drafting bench memos, drafting opinions, and observing conferences, motion hearings, and evidentiary hearings. Students will occasionally have the opportunity to prepare short articles for publication. The teacher of the classroom component will also serve as Faculty Supervisor for the externships, while the judges will serve as Field Supervisors.

Prerequisites: Students are only eligible for this course if they have not previously received credit for an externship.

FEDERAL TAX PROCEDURE I61807207701GAIR / COFFINTAKE HOME600-740PMT101F22FalseF

Preparation and trial of tax cases in the federal courts; representation of a taxpayer before the Internal Revenue Service; administrative powers and procedures of the Internal Revenue Service; criminal violations of the Internal Revenue Code; accumulations of supporting evidence for a tax plan.

Prerequisites: All first year courses, Income Tax

FEDERAL TAXPAYERS CLINIC (EL)62657443001MITCHELLPERFORMANCE130-245PMMW302F42FalseF

Clinical instruction in federal tax practice emphasizing the representation of taxpayers before the Internal Revenue Service and the Tax Court. Classroom instruction in interviewing techniques and counseling is integrated with interviewing prospective clients and with the ultimate representation of taxpayers before the Internal Revenue Service and before the Tax Court.

Prerequisites: All first year courses, Income Taxation, 50% of course requirements, good standing

FEDERAL TAXPAYERS CLINIC DEPUTY63036299001MITCHELLPERFORMANCEARRARRARR22FalseF

Assisting in preparing and supervising clinic students in client representation, including fact investigations and analysis, legal research and writing, litigation training, and court appearances. Deputies are selected by the clinic instructors. Students may not enroll before being selected.

Prerequisites: Federal Tax Clinic

FEDERAL TAXPAYERS CLINIC DEPUTY63046399001MITCHELLPERFORMANCEARRARRARR32FalseF

Assisting in preparing and supervising clinic students in client representation, including fact investigations and analysis, legal research and writing, litigation training, and court appearances. Deputies are selected by the clinic instructors. Students may not enroll before being selected.

Prerequisites: Federal Tax Clinic

FIRST AMENDMENT AND FREEDOM OF SPEECH (EW)61987333001BLOOMPAPER (EW)1030-1120AMMWF107F32FalseF

An examination of constitutional issues and interpretation under the First Amendment focusing on freedom of speech and press, as well as establishment and free exercise of religion.

Prerequisites: Con. Law II is recommended

FIRST AMENDMENT CLINIC (EL)62667404001LEATHERBURYPROJECTS330-530PMT106F42TRUEF

The First Amendment Clinic (the “Clinic”) will provide assistance to clients defending and advancing the rights of free press, free speech, petition, and assembly. The seminar component will integrate substantive law, theory, core lawyering skills, and legal ethics to provide law students real world law practice experience. Under faculty supervision, student attorneys may handle the following types of cases and matters, among others: Defamation defense/Representation of witnesses in defamation cases, Texas Citizens Participation Act proceedings (anti-SLAPP), Motions to obtain access to civil and criminal court records, Challenges to gag orders and protective orders in criminal and civil cases, Motions to open courtrooms/motions to photograph, broadcast, or stream court proceedings, Issues related to the right to photograph police officers and other government officials in public, Motions to quash subpoenas directed to journalists, Pre-publication review of news articles, Individual or group free speech, right to petition, and right of assembly Claims, Amicus briefs on First Amendment issues, Texas Public Information Act requests/Freedom of Information Act requests Student attorneys are expected to take the lead in all aspects of their casework and to be professionally responsible for the services they provide on behalf of their clients. Through client representation and the clinic seminar, student attorneys will have the opportunity to practice fundamental lawyering skills necessary to provide competent, ethical, and zealous representation. These skills will include, but will not be limited to, interviewing and counseling clients, negotiating and interacting with opposing counsel, developing and analyzing facts and legal theories, developing and planning case strategy, and drafting and arguing legal pleadings and motions. The students will develop these skills in an atmosphere that promotes collaboration, self-evaluation, and self-reflection.

FOOD AND DRUG LAW62078346001CORTEZEXAM1030-1145AMMWVirtual32FalseF

This course examines how the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulates food, drugs, medical devices, and biotechnology. The FDA is the oldest consumer protection agency in the United States, and it regulates a significant portion of the U.S. economy. This course will address the history and scope of the FDA's authority, and how the agency has evolved to deal with modern developments in the biosciences, as well as emerging public health and safety issues, such as bioterrorism and advances in genetic research. Students will learn theories and study examples of risk regulation, statutory interpretation, inter-agency cooperation, public participation, and agency policymaking. We will also focus on the FDA's relationships with Congress, the executive branch, and the industries it regulates.

FORMING & OPERATING CLOSELY HELD BUSINESSES61818203701BAUCUMTAKE HOME / PROJECTS600-740PMTVirtual22FalseF

This is a 'how to' course. It is a skills course that will focus on forming and representing small businesses and non-profit organizations. The course will cover advice regarding selection of a client, understanding the client=s goals, what choice of entity to recommend to the client, entity creation by drafting various documents such as certificates of formation for profit and nonprofit corporations and limited liability companies, bylaws, non-competition agreements, non-disclosure agreements, employment agreements, and other documents that relate to a small business. Throughout the course students will be asked to draft various documents.

Prerequisites: Business Enterprise

FRANCHISING AND DISTRIBUTION LAW (EL)61846275701VERNONEXAM600-740PMTVirtual22FalseF

There is a growing recognition and respect for franchising and product distribution domestically and around the world. Franchising had its start in the U.S. around the time of the Civil War, but in the last ten years franchising's growth has been explosive. It no longer concerns only restaurants and lodging, but has expanded to areas such as telecom and automotive. This course will provide an overview of the law of franchising and product distribution, both domestically and internationally.

Prerequisites: Contracts I & II; (Business Enterprise & either Intellectual Property or Trademark & Business Torts are recommended)

GENDER LAW62677361001GROSSMANEXAM900-1015AMTTHVirtual32FALSEF

Explores the topic of gender equality as reflected in constitutional law and in various bodies of federal and state statutory law. Using different theories of equality, it covers such matters as modern equal protection jurisprudence; sex discrimination in employment and education; reproductive rights; domestic violence; sex work; and women in the legal profession.

GOVERNMENT & PUBLIC INTEREST EXTERN PROGRAM (EL) (INCLUDES A 2-3 HR EXTERNSHIP)62006117701BURSTEINPAPER / PRESENTATION600-650PMW106F3-42FalseF

The Government and Public Interest Externship Program is an academic program that combines a weekly public sector law class with hands-on fieldwork in nonprofit and government legal departments. Students who pass both the class and externship components receive one credit for the classroom component and 2-3 hours credit for their field work (depending on the hours worked at the placement).

HISTORY OF ANGLO-AMERICAN LEGAL INSTITUTIONS (EW)62398308001TATEPAPER (EW)200-340PMMVirtual32FalseF

An examination of the development of the Anglo-American system of civil and criminal justice from the medieval period to the present day. Topics of special interest may include the origins and evolution of the common-law jury; the emergence of rules of procedure and evidence; and the changing roles played by judges and attorneys.

Prerequisites: Int'l LLMs must gain approval prior to enrolling

INCOME TAXATION62206460001HANNAEXAM830-1010AMMWVirtual42FalseF

Introduction to the federal income tax system; analysis of Internal Revenue Code, Treasury Regulations, rulings, and case law; consideration of income, deductions, credits, assignment of income, and accounting periods and methods.

Prerequisites: Property I & II are recommended

INNOCENCE CLINIC (EL)62687401001YOUNGPERFORMANCE430-530PMT107F42FalseF

Investigation and Litigation of Actual Innocence claims by persons convicted of serious crimes involves unique and highly challenging legal issues. Students involved in the clinic will assist in a wide range of post-conviction case investigation including any or all of the following: locating and reviewing original trial records; searching for any identifying remaining evidence, if any; analyzing cases for viability; submission of evidence for additional testing; interviewing potential witnesses; communicating with clients, including at least one face-to-face meeting either in the county jail or the assigned prison unit; interacting with assigned personnel from the District Attorney's Office; identifying and communicating with potential experts; drafting briefs, motions and proposed Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law.

Prerequisites: Evidence may be taken concurrently, 50% of course requirements, Good academic standing, By selection only

INNOCENCE CLINIC DEPUTY63056118001YOUNGPERFORMANCEARRARRARR12FalseF

Includes assisting in preparing and supervising clinic students in client representation. Deputies are selected by the clinic instructors. Students may not enroll before being selected. Prerequisite: Actual Innocence Clinic, Law 6230 or 7401

Prerequisites: Innocence Clinic

INNOCENCE CLINIC DEPUTY63066260001YOUNGPERFORMANCEARRARRARR22FalseF

Includes assisting in preparing and supervising clinic students in client representation. Deputies are selected by the clinic instructors. Students may not enroll before being selected. Prerequisite: Actual Innocence Clinic, Law 6230 or 7401

Prerequisites: Innocence Clinic

INSURANCE61866254701MARTINEXAM600-740PMM207F22FalseF

Principles governing: the nature of insurance law; the principle of indemnity, including insurable interest, measure of recovery, and multiple claims for indemnity (subrogation and other insurance); persons and interests protected; risks transferred, including nature of loss and its causes, warranties, representations, and concealment; limits and duration of coverage; rights at variance with policy provisions; claims processes; and insurance institutions.

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY62336356001ROBINSONEXAM1030-1145AMMWLaw Lib. 2E32FalseF

An overview of intellectual property law for both students with a general interest in the area and students who are pursuing specialized fields with IP. Beginning with an analysis of the competing theories underlying IP law, it goes on to outline the basic principles of patent copyright, trademark, and trade secret protection, as well as current issues in software protection, biotechnology, and competition policy. Students who have already completed two or more of the following courses may NOT take IP: Copyright, Patent, Trademark & Business Torts.

INTERNATIONAL AND FOREIGN LEGAL RESEARCH (EL)62238312001KIMBROUGHPROJECTS900-1015AMMW107F32FalseF

This course will teach research methods to find and evaluate international and foreign legal materials using both electronic and print resources. Its principal purpose is to provide the basic knowledge and skills needed to conduct competent international and foreign legal research. It also has the secondary, but important, goal of expanding on and reinforcing the basic legal research skills that students had earlier gained from the first-year legal research and writing course. In this course, you will become skilled in researching various international and foreign legal sources through practical application in assignments and in-class exercises. In short, this is a course on international and foreign legal research sources and techniques. Students taking this course will need to bring their own laptop computers.

INTERNATIONAL ECONOMIC LAW & DEVELOPMENT (Exam)62698319001NORTONEXAM1030-1145AMMWVirtual32FalseF

This is a foundation course that enhances the understanding of financial, monetary, trade and investment law and regulation and related economic development theories/policies in their current global setting, particularly as they directly impact 80% of the world population-that is, that of the Developing World. Against the constantly changing background of economic policy-making, this course examines economic and legal interaction among industrialized state, developing countries, international (e.g., UN economic functions, IMF and World Bank Group) and regional economic institutions (e.g., in Latin America and Africa) and private actors (e.g., multinational corporations, international commercial financial institutions and non-government organizations. The primary aim of the course is to provide an overview of the legal and institutional foundations of the new evolving global international economic order. The course pays particular attention to the issues of sustainable economic development, stable financial systems, and alleviation of poverty in developing/emerging countries. It may cover issues such as the basic legal principles/doctrines governing international economic organizations, official development assistance, the UN Millennium Goals, the Washington Consensus v. the Monterrey Consensus, the WTO Doha Agenda for developing countries, South-South and North-South regional economic integration efforts, sovereign debt reduction and rescheduling, privatization development programs, development of appropriate economic legal and judicial infrastructures for development, and post-conflict economic reconstruction. This course should be of particular importance for domestic and international students seeking an international legal practice with private firms, international and regional bodies and domestic government and private bodies dealing with the international arena.

INTERNATIONAL ECONOMIC LAW & DEVELOPMENT (GW)(JDs Only)63327319001NORTONPAPER (GW)1030-1145AMMWVirtual32FalseF

This is a foundation course that enhances the understanding of financial, monetary, trade and investment law and regulation and related economic development theories/policies in their current global setting, particularly as they directly impact 80% of the world population-that is, that of the Developing World. Against the constantly changing background of economic policy-making, this course examines economic and legal interaction among industrialized state, developing countries, international (e.g., UN economic functions, IMF and World Bank Group) and regional economic institutions (e.g., in Latin America and Africa) and private actors (e.g., multinational corporations, international commercial financial institutions and non-government organizations. The primary aim of the course is to provide an overview of the legal and institutional foundations of the new evolving global international economic order. The course pays particular attention to the issues of sustainable economic development, stable financial systems, and alleviation of poverty in developing/emerging countries. It may cover issues such as the basic legal principles/doctrines governing international economic organizations, official development assistance, the UN Millennium Goals, the Washington Consensus v. the Monterrey Consensus, the WTO Doha Agenda for developing countries, South-South and North-South regional economic integration efforts, sovereign debt reduction and rescheduling, privatization development programs, development of appropriate economic legal and judicial infrastructures for development, and post-conflict economic reconstruction. This course should be of particular importance for domestic and international students seeking an international legal practice with private firms, international and regional bodies and domestic government and private bodies dealing with the international arena.

INTERNATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL LAW61886276701BIRHANUTAKE HOME600-740PMMVirtual22FalseF

A study of the transnational concerning environmental protection and the application of such laws to issues facing governments and businesses worldwide. Includes study of major international agreements addressing environmental issues utilizing a problem-oriented approach.

INTERNATIONAL INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY61746226001CARSTENSEXAM330-510PMTH106F22FalseF

When intangible property crosses imagined borders, it becomes subject to competing cultural concerns, economic interests, and protective regimes. This seminar focuses upon the international regulation of intellectual property and the resolution of disputes through institutions such as the World Intellectual Property Organization and the World Trade Organization, multinational and regional treaty agreements, and national responses. Policy issues include the perspectives of developing and industrialized countries, problems generated by emerging biotechnologies and the growth of cyberspace, and future trends in harmonization of IP protection.

INTERNATIONAL LAW REVIEW63076130001NORTONPAPERARRARRARR12FalseF

Law review experience involving preparation of comments on topics of current interest, notes on cases of significance, and editorial work incident to publication of The International Lawyer and NAFTA: Law and Business Review of the Americas. Students must be selected for participation before they may register. [Available only for J.D. students.]

Prerequisites: By selection

INTERNATIONAL LAW REVIEW (GW)63088230001NORTONPAPER (GW)ARRARRARR22FalseF

Law review experience involving preparation of comments on topics of current interest, notes on cases of significance, and editorial work incident to publication of The International Lawyer and NAFTA: Law and Business Review of the Americas. Students must be selected for participation before they may register. [Available only for J.D. students.]

Prerequisites: By selection

INTERNATIONAL LAW REVIEW (GW)63098330001NORTONPAPER (GW)ARRARRARR32FalseF

Law review experience involving preparation of comments on topics of current interest, notes on cases of significance, and editorial work incident to publication of The International Lawyer and NAFTA: Law and Business Review of the Americas. Students must be selected for participation before they may register. [Available only for J.D. students.]

Prerequisites: By selection

INTERNATIONAL OIL & GAS NEGOTIATIONS61876231701SULLIVANPERFORMANCE600-740PMTHHillcrest22FalseF

This course is intended to provide students with practical exposure to transactional law and transactional negotiations in an international oil and gas context, through a combination of lectures and discussions on negotiation topics, as well as hands on practical negotiation experience through participation in a series of seven (7) simulated negotiations where the student role-plays a lawyer representing a client on one side of an acquisition of oil and gas exploration rights in a foreign country.

INTERNATIONAL TAX I62197216001HANNAEXAM830-1010AMTHillcrest22FalseF

A basic course for U.S. and international students focusing on foreign citizens, residents, and business entities conducting business or investment in the United States -- so-called inbound transactions.

Prerequisites: All first year courses, Income Taxation

ISSUES IN INT'L & DOMESTIC OIL & GAS LAW (EW)62246342001LOWEPAPER (EW)130-400PMFVirtual32FALSEF

This Edited Writing course will focus on legal issues that arise in the oil and gas industry in exploring, developing, and marketing petroleum.  Specific topics will include issues that arise from so-called “granting instruments” [leases, concessions, production-sharing agreements, and service contracts], “intra-industry contracts” [such as confidentiality agreements, study and bid contracts, assignments and farmouts, operating agreements, purchase and sale agreements, and contracts for the sale of production], as well as from the transfer of mineral rights and royalty rights. Students will choose a topic from a list prepared by the instructor or negotiate a topic with the instructor, prepare an outline and short bibliography, prepare a draft and review it with the instructor, and ultimately complete a minimum 30-page high-quality paper.

JURISPRUDENCE (EW)62257329001MARTINEZPAPER (EW)1030-1120AMTTHVirtual32FalseF

A survey of major theories of legal philosophy.

Prerequisites: Int'l LLMs must gain approval prior to enrolling

LABOR LAW62216360001HAYDENEXAM200-315PMTTHVirtual32FalseF

This course provides a detailed study of the National Labor Relations Act and its interpretation by the National Labor Relations Board and federal courts. The course covers the rights and duties of individuals and institutions in the labor-relations context, as well as concerted activity, including strikes, boycotts, and picketing.

LAND USE62126363001FORRESTER-ROGERSEXAM200-315PMTTHVirtual32FalseF

Planning; zoning; subdivision; takings; zoning and discrimination; and administrative process in public land use planning.

LAW & MEDICINE: MEDICAL MALPRACTICE61897233001VAN WEYEXAM300-440PMWHillcrest22FalseF

An examination of the legal and economic aspects of medical malpractice, including elements of the prima facie case, defenses, and problems of proof. From time to time, the course also focuses on the potential liability of the individual practitioner and of health care institutions; tort reform legislation; the structure of insurance markets; negligent nondisclosure risks and treatment alternatives; forensic medicine and the use of medical and scientific evidence in the courtroom; and legal and ethical aspects of the professional-patient relationship.

LAW AND SOCIAL SCIENCE (EW)62707338001BAVLIPAPER (EW)1030AM-1210PMTHillcrest32TRUEF

Law and Social Science introduces students to the role of social science in law and legal policy, and, after introducing basic concepts, examines a range of applications in major areas of the law, such as torts, property, and criminal law. The course explores how courts and lawmakers use statistics and the social sciences to improve adjudications and to analyze and improve the law.

LAWYERING & ETHICS FOR THE BUSINESS ATTORNEY (GW)62368270001STEINBERGPAPER (GW)330-510PMTHillcrest22FalseF

This course will examine the role of the corporate lawyer in the counseling and litigation settings. Subjects addressed will include the role of the lawyer in the close corporation, client fraud dilemmas, conflicts of interest, internal corporate investigations, litigating with the SEC, the role of inside counsel, business relationships with clients, and related party transactions.

Prerequisites: All first year courses, Business Enterprise may be taken concurrently, Professional Responsibility & Securities Regulation are recommended

LEGISLATION & REGULATION (SEC 1)63106365001HAYDENEXAM1030-1145AMTTHVirtual31FalseF

Examines the lawmaking function of legislatures and agencies, as well as their interaction with the courts. Drawing on examples from a variety of substantive areas, the course covers the legislative process, statutory interpretation, administrative processes, various forms of agency action, and judicial review of agency decisions.

LEGISLATION & REGULATION (SEC 2)63116365002KAHNEXAM1030-1145AMWFVirtual31FalseF

Examines the lawmaking function of legislatures and agencies, as well as their interaction with the courts. Drawing on examples from a variety of substantive areas, the course covers the legislative process, statutory interpretation, administrative processes, various forms of agency action, and judicial review of agency decisions.

LEGISLATION & REGULATION (SEC 3)63126365003CORTEZEXAM900-1015AMMWVirtual31FalseF

Examines the lawmaking function of legislatures and agencies, as well as their interaction with the courts. Drawing on examples from a variety of substantive areas, the course covers the legislative process, statutory interpretation, administrative processes, various forms of agency action, and judicial review of agency decisions.

LR&W FOR INT'L LLM STUDENTS62036364001CASHENPAPER330-445PMMW100F32FalseF

Successful completion of this course will provide foreign-trained law students with an introduction to general principles of U.S. legal research, common law legal analysis, and objective writing, which will be geared to enable students to (a) recognize and distinguish primary and secondary levels of authority, (b) locate, read and understand rules of law available in constitutions, judicial opinions, and statutes, (c) update different types of legal authority, including the process of Shepardizing (d) recognize and use acceptable citation forms for legal authority and (e) complete legal research/writing assignments to explain the law pertaining to a legal question.

Prerequisites: International LLM Students Only

LRWA 1 (SEC 01)66418375001WALLSPERFORMANCE300-415 / 130-245PMW/FVirtual31FalseF

The primary objective of the course is to synthesize legal doctrine, lawyering skills, and professional responsibility for the first-year student. Meeting in small groups and using simulated exercises, students engage in client counseling, interviewing, negotiating, drafting, and advocating. Grades are based on the evaluation of written and oral performances throughout the semester.

LRWA 1 (SEC 02)66428375002STOBAUGHPERFORMANCE300-415 / 130-245PMW/FVirtual31FalseF

The primary objective of the course is to synthesize legal doctrine, lawyering skills, and professional responsibility for the first-year student. Meeting in small groups and using simulated exercises, students engage in client counseling, interviewing, negotiating, drafting, and advocating. Grades are based on the evaluation of written and oral performances throughout the semester.

LRWA 1 (SEC 03)66438375003HEARDPERFORMANCE300-415 / 130-245PMW/FVirtual31FalseF

The primary objective of the course is to synthesize legal doctrine, lawyering skills, and professional responsibility for the first-year student. Meeting in small groups and using simulated exercises, students engage in client counseling, interviewing, negotiating, drafting, and advocating. Grades are based on the evaluation of written and oral performances throughout the semester.

LRWA 1 (SEC 04)66448375004HUBBARDPERFORMANCE300-415 / 130-245PMW/FVirtual31FalseF

The primary objective of the course is to synthesize legal doctrine, lawyering skills, and professional responsibility for the first-year student. Meeting in small groups and using simulated exercises, students engage in client counseling, interviewing, negotiating, drafting, and advocating. Grades are based on the evaluation of written and oral performances throughout the semester.

LRWA 1 (SEC 05)66458375005DUREUSPERFORMANCE900-1015AMWFVirtual31FalseF

The primary objective of the course is to synthesize legal doctrine, lawyering skills, and professional responsibility for the first-year student. Meeting in small groups and using simulated exercises, students engage in client counseling, interviewing, negotiating, drafting, and advocating. Grades are based on the evaluation of written and oral performances throughout the semester.

LRWA 1 (SEC 06)66468375006HUBBARDPERFORMANCE900-1015AMWFVirtual31FalseF

The primary objective of the course is to synthesize legal doctrine, lawyering skills, and professional responsibility for the first-year student. Meeting in small groups and using simulated exercises, students engage in client counseling, interviewing, negotiating, drafting, and advocating. Grades are based on the evaluation of written and oral performances throughout the semester.

LRWA 1 (SEC 07)66478375007HEARDPERFORMANCE900-1015AMWFVirtual31FalseF

The primary objective of the course is to synthesize legal doctrine, lawyering skills, and professional responsibility for the first-year student. Meeting in small groups and using simulated exercises, students engage in client counseling, interviewing, negotiating, drafting, and advocating. Grades are based on the evaluation of written and oral performances throughout the semester.

LRWA 1 (SEC 08)66488375008CROSSPERFORMANCE1030-1145AMWFVirtual31FalseF

The primary objective of the course is to synthesize legal doctrine, lawyering skills, and professional responsibility for the first-year student. Meeting in small groups and using simulated exercises, students engage in client counseling, interviewing, negotiating, drafting, and advocating. Grades are based on the evaluation of written and oral performances throughout the semester.

LRWA 1 (SEC 09)66498375009WALLSPERFORMANCE1030-1145AMWFVirtual31FalseF

The primary objective of the course is to synthesize legal doctrine, lawyering skills, and professional responsibility for the first-year student. Meeting in small groups and using simulated exercises, students engage in client counseling, interviewing, negotiating, drafting, and advocating. Grades are based on the evaluation of written and oral performances throughout the semester.

LRWA 1 (SEC 10)66508375010STOBAUGHPERFORMANCE1030-1145AMWFVirtual31FalseF

The primary objective of the course is to synthesize legal doctrine, lawyering skills, and professional responsibility for the first-year student. Meeting in small groups and using simulated exercises, students engage in client counseling, interviewing, negotiating, drafting, and advocating. Grades are based on the evaluation of written and oral performances throughout the semester.

LRWA 1 (SEC 11)66518375011DUREUSPERFORMANCE1030-1145AMWFVirtual31FalseF

The primary objective of the course is to synthesize legal doctrine, lawyering skills, and professional responsibility for the first-year student. Meeting in small groups and using simulated exercises, students engage in client counseling, interviewing, negotiating, drafting, and advocating. Grades are based on the evaluation of written and oral performances throughout the semester.

MOCK TRIAL COMPETITION63136183001WALLSPERFORMANCEARRARRARR12FalseF

Participation as a member of a mock trial team representing the School of Law in one of several inter-school competitions in which the School of Law participates each year. One hour for each competition up to a maximum of two hours can be earned. However, students must be selected for participation on a competition team by the faculty coach before they can register for credit.

Prerequisites: Approval form must be signed and submitted to Registrar's Office

MOOT COURT BOARD63146177001CROSSPERFORMANCEARRARRARR12FalseF

Satisfactory work as a member of the Moot Court Board. Maximum of one hour credit.

Prerequisites: Approval form must be signed and submitted to Registrar's Office

MOOT COURT COMPETITION63156180001WALLSPERFORMANCEARRARRARR12FalseF

Participation as a member of an appellate advocacy team representing the School of Law in one of several inter-school competitions in which the School of Law participates each year. One hour for each competition up to a maximum of two hours can be earned. However, students must be selected for participation on a competition team by the faculty coach before they can register for credit.

Prerequisites: Approval form must be signed and submitted to Registrar's Office

MPT BAR PREP COURSE62717242001BIRDSONGIN CLASS EXAM300-440PMFVirtual22TRUEF

The overall goal of this Multistate Performance Test (MPT) course is to teach students how to identify, annotate, and extract relevant information from each type of MPT document: the task memo; cases and statutes, and other authority in the “library,”; and the client/case file. The class also teaches students how to explain the law and effectively compare that law to the facts given, in a clear and well-organized response. With practice, students are able to write substantially above passing answers with confidence. During the course, students are provided with multiple opportunities for hands-on practice including focused drills and activities to increase their skill and comfort level. Finally, students write several complete MPTs under timed conditions that are submitted for grading and feedback. This course is limited to students in their last year before graduation.

Prerequisites: 3Ls and LLMs only

OIL & GAS62066378001COLEMANTAKE HOME (with exam date)130-245PMMWVirtual32FalseF

Ownership in oil and gas; correlative rights and duties in a common reservoir; instruments conveying mineral interests; partition; pooling and unitization. Special emphasis on the rights and duties of the oil and gas lessee and lessor in leasing transactions.

PATENT CLINIC (EL)62726337001BATESPERFORMANCE420-550PMM302F32FalseF

Students provide pro bono legal services to individual and small-business clients seeking to protect their inventions using the patent system. This work may involve counseling clients regarding patent-related matters, conducting inventor interviews, conducting patentability searches, preparing patentability opinions, drafting and filing patent applications, and drafting and filing responses to office actions received from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Prerequisites: Completion of Patent Law or significant Patent related experience; Patent Prosecution is encouraged; Students must be in good academic standing and have completed 50% of all course requirements

PATENT CLINIC DEPUTY63166245001BATESPERFORMANCEARRARRARR22FalseF

Includes assisting in preparing and supervising clinic students in client representation. Deputies are selected by the clinic instructors. Students may not enroll before being selected.

Prerequisites: Patent Clinic

PATENT LAW62416383001TAYLOREXAM130-245PMMW207F32FalseF

An introduction to patent law. Analyzes the goals and costs of the patent law system. Studies substantive and procedural aspects of obtaining patents from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and enforcing patents through licensing and litigation. Covers patentability, validity, enforceability, claim construction, infringement, and remedies. Does not require a technical background as a prerequisite for the course.

PERSPECTIVES OF THE AMERICAN LEGAL SYSTEM (Int'l LLMs Only)62047293001CASHENTAKE HOME130-310PMMWalsh22FalseF

This course (which is integrated with an optional legal writing, research, and exam-taking tutorial component) is required for and designed to provide international graduate students with an introduction to the U.S. legal system. The primary emphasis of the course is to examine the nature of the U.S. judicial system, the common law system of case law development, and the trial and appellate processes (in part through a study of selected tort cases). The interrelationship of law and U.S. society is explored. The course further attempts to develop basic U.S. legal writing, research, and exam-taking skills through the optional tutorial component. The course is taught in the fall semester. Enrollment is limited to international, non-U.S.-law-trained graduate students. All international, non-U.S.-law trained graduate students must take at least the first one-credit-hour component of this course.

Prerequisites: International LLM Students Only

PRE-TRIAL PRACTICE & ADVOCACY (EL)61906331001ZAMBRANOPROJECTS900-1130AMFVirtual32FalseF

Covers pretrial civil litigation procedure, practice, and strategy. Emphasizes participating, developing advocacy skills in the pretrial process, and obtaining a working knowledge of procedural rules governing the pretrial process. A skills course that focuses on the practical application of the civil rules, decision-making, and judgment.

Prerequisites: Civil Procecure I & II

PRINCIPLES OF ACCOUNTING & FINANCE FOR LAWYERS61916267001SHUFFTAKE HOME & PAPER330-510PMTVirtual22FalseF

Introduces key accounting and financial principles needed to effectively counsel and represent clients. Students learn to read, understand, and discuss basic accounting statements and basic financial asset valuation principles and methodologies. Also, basic financial instruments and their normal use in major capital markets.

PROFESSIONAL RESPONSIBILITY62747350001HELLMANEXAM1030-1145AMTTHVirtual32FalseF

An analysis of principles and rules governing the conduct of lawyers. Topics include the client-lawyer relationship, competence, confidentiality, loyalty, the roles of lawyers as counselors and advocates, public service, advertising, admission to practice, and professional discipline.

PROFESSIONAL RESPONSIBILITY62757350002HELLMANEXAM330-445PMTTHVirtual32FalseF

An analysis of principles and rules governing the conduct of lawyers. Topics include the client-lawyer relationship, competence, confidentiality, loyalty, the roles of lawyers as counselors and advocates, public service, advertising, admission to practice, and professional discipline.

PUBLIC HEALTH LAW & ETHICS (EW)62766319001MAYO / GREENPAPER (EW)300-440PMW207F32FALSEF

Explores the legal structure, legitimacy, design, and implementation of policies that aim to promote public health and reduce the social burden of disease and injury. Highlights the challenge posed by public health's population-based perspective to traditional individual-centered, autonomy-driven perspectives in constitutional law and contemporary U.S. public policy. Illustrative topics (which may vary from year to year) include responses to public health emergencies such as pandemics, mandatory immunization for children, and tensions between public health reporting requirements and the privacy of health information.

REAL ESTATE TRANSACTIONS (Bar)62137326001FORRESTER-ROGERSEXAM900-1015AMTTHVirtual32FalseT

Transfer, finance, and development of real property; the real estate sales contract; the duties and remedies of sellers, purchasers, and brokers; conveyancing; title protection, including recording laws, the mechanics of title search, clearing titles, and title insurance; real estate finance, including mortgages and federal programs; condominiums, cooperatives, and shopping centers. Some emphasis on Texas law.

REFLECTIONS OF GLOBAL PRIVACY IN BLACK MIRROR61927226701KOPLOWTAKE HOME600-740PMTWalsh22FALSEF

Uses viewings and discussion of the Netflix series Black Mirror as an entry point for comparison of current global privacy law and how the legal, technological, and ethical choices of today shape our future. Students develop conceptual and practical understandings of privacy law.

SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY LAW REVIEW63179115001RYANPAPERARRARRARR12FalseF

Law Review experience involving preparation of comments on topics of current interest, notes on cases of significance, and editorial work incidental to the publication of the SMU Science and Technology Law Review. Students must be selected for participation before they may enroll. Available to J.D. students only.

Prerequisites: By selection

SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY LAW REVIEW (GW)63189215001RYANPAPER (GW)ARRARRARR22FalseF

Law Review experience involving preparation of comments on topics of current interest, notes on cases of significance, and editorial work incidental to the publication of the SMU Science and Technology Law Review. Students must be selected for participation before they may enroll. Available to J.D. students only.

Prerequisites: By selection

SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY LAW REVIEW (GW)63199315001RYANPAPER (GW)ARRARRARR32FalseF

Law Review experience involving preparation of comments on topics of current interest, notes on cases of significance, and editorial work incidental to the publication of the SMU Science and Technology Law Review. Students must be selected for participation before they may enroll. Available to J.D. students only.

Prerequisites: By selection

SECURED TRANSACTIONS (Bar)62317325001REYESEXAM900-1015AMTTHWalsh32FalseT

An introductory survey of the law governing security interests in personal property, with particular emphasis on Article 9 of the Uniform Commercial Code and the Bankruptcy Code.

Prerequisites: Property I & II

SECURITIES REGULATION62387375001STEINBERGEXAM300-415PMMWKarcher32FalseF

A study of the securities laws (primarily federal but also state, especially Texas) and of the activities and industry they govern. The principal emphasis is on the regulation of issuance, sale, resale, and purchase of securities, and on the disclosure requirements generated by the registration, reporting, proxy, tender, and antifraud provisions. Other important subjects are civil liability (express and implied), government enforcement, exemptions from registration (especially private placements), insider trading, and the meaning of 'security.' Also treated are the functions of the SEC and of state securities administrators. Broker-dealer and market regulation may be covered if time permits.

Prerequisites: All first year courses, Business Enterprise may be taken concurrently, (Business Planning, Corporate Finance, Law and Accounting are recommended)

SELECTED TOPICS IN GENDER LAW: REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS (EW)62776362001GROSSMANPAPER (EW)330-510PMTVirtual32FALSEF

Edited writing seminar that covers selected topics in gender law. Topics may vary by term and may include women and violence, reproductive rights, workplace equality, intersectionality, educational equity, and women in the justice system. *Fall 2017 Semester: The focus will be on reproductive rights issues, including, but not limited to, fertility, contraception, abortion, pregnancy, and maternal & infant health.

SMALL BUSINESS & TRADEMARK CLINIC (EL)62786338001WALTERPERFORMANCE830-950AMT302F32FalseF

The Small Business Clinic provides free legal services to new and existing small businesses and non-profit organizations who cannot afford to pay legal fees, while providing our students with training and experience in how to be a transactional lawyer. Student lawyers advise clients in the start-up of their business and assist in preparing necessary legal documents. The student lawyers will also form and give advice to non-profit organizations. Student lawyers will learn how to deal with clients involving transactional business law. Students in the Small Business Clinic will experience the transactional practice of law with real clients who have real issues in the business world. The Trademark Clinic is part of the Small Business Clinic and a member of the USPTO Law School Clinic program. Student lawyers gain specific experience in advising clients about basic trademark matters as well as drafting, filing and handling trademark applications with the USPTO. If you are accepted for the Small Business Clinic, you will also handle trademark matters. Business Enterprise is a pre-requisite. Students must be in good academic standing and have completed 50 percent of all course requirements.

Prerequisites: Business Enterprise; Forming & Operating Closely Held Businesses is recommended; Must be in good academic standing & have completed 50% of all course requirements

SMALL BUSINESS CLINIC DEPUTY63206112001WALTERPERFORMANCEARRARRARR12FalseF

Assisting in preparing and supervising clinic students in client representation, including fact investigations and analysis, legal research and writing, litigation training, and court appearances. Deputies are selected by the clinic instructors. Students may not enroll before being selected.

Prerequisites: Small Business & Trademark Clinic

SMALL BUSINESS CLINIC DEPUTY63218223001WALTERPERFORMANCEARRARRARR22FalseF

Assisting in preparing and supervising clinic students in client representation, including fact investigations and analysis, legal research and writing, litigation training, and court appearances. Deputies are selected by the clinic instructors. Students may not enroll before being selected.

Prerequisites: Small Business & Trademark Clinic

SMU LAW REVIEW63226100001MAYOPAPERARRARRARR12FalseF

Preparation of comments on topics of current interest, notes on cases of significance, and editorial work incident to publication of the SMU Law Review and the Journal of Air Law and Commerce. Students must be selected for participation before they may register.

Prerequisites: By selection

SMU LAW REVIEW (GW)63236200001MAYOPAPER (GW)ARRARRARR22FalseF

Preparation of comments on topics of current interest, notes on cases of significance, and editorial work incident to publication of the SMU Law Review and the Journal of Air Law and Commerce. Students must be selected for participation before they may register.

Prerequisites: By selection

SMU LAW REVIEW (GW)63246300001MAYOPAPER (GW)ARRARRARR32FalseF

Preparation of comments on topics of current interest, notes on cases of significance, and editorial work incident to publication of the SMU Law Review and the Journal of Air Law and Commerce. Students must be selected for participation before they may register.

Prerequisites: By selection

TAX ACCOUNTING62287227001MAZUREXAM1030AM-1210PMM100F22FalseF

Timing of income and deductions for federal income tax purposes, including accounting periods, the cash receipts and disbursements and accrual methods, installment sales, interest income and deductions, time value of money provisions, depreciation, and recapture.

Prerequisites: Income Tax

TECHNOLOGY, INNOVATION, & LAW - DESIGNING LEGAL APPS62326361001ROBINSONPROJECT1030AM-1210PMT101F32FalseF

Exposes students to the varied uses of computer technologies in the practice of law. Familiarizes students with various innovative software platforms that are being adopted in law practice to enhance access to justice, capture legal expertise, interface with clients, manage litigation and transactional processes, and increase the efficiency and quality of legal services. Introduces students to justice/social justice issues through readings and guest speakers. Students learn teamwork, an understanding of the relationship among the rules and doctrines that apply within a particular legal regime, and visual literacy skills. Students work in small teams for a law school clinical program or a legal service organization to develop a platform, application, or automated system that increases access to justice and/or improves the effectiveness of legal representation. Culminates in an app design competition, which is judged by outside experts in the field. The goal is that, by the end of the semester, each team will have built a functional app that is adopted by the legal clinic or legal service organization and put into use for the organization or its clients.

TEXAS CRIMINAL PROCEDURE61937239701REEDEXAM600-740PMWVirtual22FalseF

A study of the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure and its implementation in the Texas courts from the point of arrest through the appellate stage of the proceedings.

Prerequisites: Criminal Law; Constitutional Criminal Procedure is recommended

TEXAS PRE-TRIAL PROCEDURE62087385001CROSS, R.EXAM130-245PMMW107F32FalseF

Texas civil procedure prior to trial, including establishing the attorney-client relation; the prelitigation aspects of civil controversies; jurisdiction; service of process; pleading; joinder of parties and claims; venue; res judicata and related principles; discovery; summary judgment practice; and settlement.

TEXAS TRIAL & APPELLATE PROCEDURE62097386001DORSANEOEXAM1030-1145AMTTHVirtual32FalseF

Texas civil procedure from the commencement of trial through appeal, including selection of the jury, presentation of the case, motions for instructed verdict, preparation of the jury charge, motions for judgment notwithstanding the verdict and for new trial, rendition of judgment, and perfection and prosecution of civil appeals through the courts of appeals and supreme court.

TORTS (SEC 1) (Bar)63256403001BAVLIEXAM1030AM-1230PMMWKarcher41FalseT

Civil liability arising from breach of common law and statutory duties as distinguished from duties created by contract, including coverage of intentional wrongs, negligence, and products liability. The methods and process of the American legal system are discussed, with attention paid to legislation, as well as to the common law.

TORTS (SEC 2) (Bar)63266403002MAYOEXAM300-500PMTTHKarcher41FalseT

Civil liability arising from breach of common law and statutory duties as distinguished from duties created by contract, including coverage of intentional wrongs, negligence, and products liability. The methods and process of the American legal system are discussed, with attention paid to legislation, as well as to the common law.

TORTS (SEC 3) (Bar)63276403003RYANEXAM200-400PMMWVirtual41FalseT

Civil liability arising from breach of common law and statutory duties as distinguished from duties created by contract, including coverage of intentional wrongs, negligence, and products liability. The methods and process of the American legal system are discussed, with attention paid to legislation, as well as to the common law.

TRADE SECRETS & BUSINESS TORTS61946244701HOSCHTAKE HOME600-740PMTHVirtual22FalseF

This course explores in detail the law of trade secrets, confidential information, and 'ideas' in 21st-century business. It also explores the boundary between fair and unfair competition, including actions for tortious interference, defamation and commercial disparagement, false advertising, common-law misappropriation, and conspiracy, and practice under the most prominent trade-regulation statutes such as Section 43(a) of the Lanham Act, the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act and other 'Cybertort' statutes, RICO, the Anti-SLAPP Act, civil theft and commercial bribery acts, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, and the Federal Trade Commission Act. Issues related to data use, contests, cause-related marketing, hidden endorsements, techniques for ethical investigations, and remedies may be included. No technical background is required.

TRADEMARKS61956243001CONETAKE HOME300-440PMWWalsh22FalseF

This course teaches the essentials of U.S. trademark law including what constitutes a protectable trademark, trade dress marks and issues of distinctiveness and functionality, how trademark rights are acquired, how they are enforced in both infringement and dilution actions, and the remedies that are available, both legal and equitable. In addition, the course will cover the federal trademark registration process and the essential steps for filing an application and obtaining a registration.

TRIAL TECHNIQUES (EL)64348204701READ / JONESPERFORMANCE600-740PMW107/204F22FalseF

This introductory trial techniques course offers students a unique opportunity to learn fundamental trial skills against the backdrop of studying real trials. For example, through the study of video footage and trial transcripts, students will examine trial techniques as they were executed in the O.J. Simpson civil and criminal trials and the Timothy McVeigh trial. Students will get to study one of the greatest opening statements ever given: the prosecution's opening in the McVeigh trial. Likewise, students will see unforgettable video footage of the execution of specific trial techniques in the Simpson criminal trial. Such footage includes F. Lee Bailey's cross-examination of Mark Fuhrman, Christopher Darden's direct examination of a key witness, and Johnnie Cochran's closing argument. The course is taught by Assistant U.S. Attorney Shane Read who is also an author of a new trial advocacy textbook, Winning at Trial. Grades will be based on student performances throughout the semester (i.e. opening statement, direct examination, cross-examination, and closing argument) and class participation. Preclusions: This course is an alternative to Trial Advocacy for students who are interested in a trial skills class but who do not have time to devote the four hours required for the full course. There is nevertheless substantial overlap, such as opening statement, direct examination, cross-examination, and closing argument. However, in addition to the subjects covered in this class, Trial Advocacy includes voir dire, impeachment, the introduction and utilization of exhibits, and a final full jury trial downtown. Students who have taken Trial Advocacy may not take this class, and students who take this class may not take Trial Advocacy.

Prerequisites: All first year courses, Evidence; Students who have taken Trial Advocacy may not take this class, and students who take this class may not take Trial Advocacy.

TRUSTS AND ESTATES (Bar)62408395001TATEEXAM1030-1145AMMWVirtual32FalseT

A general survey of the law relating to family wealth transmission, taking into account transfers within the probate system - wills and intestate succession - and transfers outside it, with special attention to trusts. Topics include the legal definition of family relationships; formalities required for execution and revocation of wills and other donative documents; mental capacity and volition; drafting pitfalls, post-execution events, and difficulties of interpretation; legal protections offered to a decedent's spouse and children; will substitutes such as life insurance, pension plans, and rights of survivorship; planning for incapacity and other changes in circumstances; obligations and powers of fiduciaries; rights of creditors and beneficiaries; trust creation, supervision, modification, duration, and termination; charitable purposes; and the impact of tax policy on estate planning.