Spring 2021 Course List

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

Bar courses cover significant subject matter tested on the Multi-State Professional Responsibility Exam, the Multi-state Bar Exam, or the Texas Bar Exam. For more detailed information about these and other courses which cover subject matter relevant to the bar exam, please see "The Bar Exam: SMU Course Recommendations."  If you are planning to take a bar exam in another state, you should contact the bar examiners office in that state to determine the subjects tested on that exam.  If you have any questions, please see the Assistant Dean for Student Affairs.

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ADVANCED CONTRACTS SEMINAR: DRAFTING (EL)59258222701FLYNN, PETERPROJECTS600-740PMW201F22FalseF

This course is intended to provide the student with the practical skills necessary to draft effective and clear business contracts. It will give you real world skills that will be of benefit whether your interest is being a transactional lawyer or a litigator. The focus will not be especially theoretical, as was the case with your first year contracts course. Bottom line: The purpose is to train you how to translate the terms of a client's business deal into a contract that advances not only your client's interest, but that is not so one sided as to be unacceptable to the other side. We will do this through drafting exercises that the student will prepare and submit each week. Many will be ungraded, but several larger drafting projects will be graded. Your grade will be based 85% on these drafting exercises and 15% on class participation. No paper or final exam.

Prerequisites: You cannot take this course if you have taken Adv. Contracts or Adv. Contracts Workshop

ADVANCED CONTRACTS WORKSHOP57786213001WESTPAPER1030AM-1210PMWVirtual22FalseF

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 CORPORATE TAX59637204001HANNAEXAM830-1010AMTHillcrest22FalseF

Taxation of corporate reorganizations and carryover of tax attributes.

ADVANCED LEGAL REASONING61616208001BIRDSONGIN CLASS EXAM1030AM-1210PMFVirtual22FalseF

This course is designed to provide a basic understanding of the bar exam and strategies for exam and career success, with a focus on the development of problem solving and legal reasoning skills. The class is two credit hours and is pass/fail. Throughout the semester, students will practice answering multiple-choice and essay exam questions in selected subjects tested on the bar exam. This course is intended to supplement, but not to replace, participation in a commercial bar review course. Students are strongly encouraged to take a commercial bar preparation course to enhance their chances of passing the bar exam. This course is limited to students in their last year before graduation.

ADVANCED LEGAL RESEARCH (EL)61626341001WOLFFPAPER900-1015AMTTH207F32FalseF

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 WRITING (Meets 2/19 & 2/20) *Rescheduled to 3/26 & 3/2758066160001GARNERTAKE HOME100-500PM / 830AM-500PMF/SVirtual12FalseF

This class is designed for students who wish to improve their editorial and writing skills. It targets students who are already competent writers, but it requires no in-depth knowledge of grammar or rhetoric. The course covers issue framing, readability, and writing efficiently.

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE & LAW (GW) (In Person Only)64307343001REYESPAPER (GW)130-245PMMWKarcher32TRUEF

This introductory course exposes students to a broad range of legal issues posed by the increasing use of artificially intelligent systems across various sectors of society and business. Beyond the mechanics of the relevant technology, this course examines how the emergence of artificial intelligence (“AI”) in various forms, from algorithmic decision-making in social media to the use of AI in surveillance, poses new challenges to the legal order. In doing so, this course considers the broader jurisprudential impact of cyberlaw on AI systems while simultaneously drilling down to very practical considerations faced by lawyers encountering such systems in client products or litigated disputes.

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE & LAW (GW) (Virtual Class Only)64317343002REYESPAPER (GW)430-545PMMWVirtual32TRUEF

This introductory course exposes students to a broad range of legal issues posed by the increasing use of artificially intelligent systems across various sectors of society and business. Beyond the mechanics of the relevant technology, this course examines how the emergence of artificial intelligence (“AI”) in various forms, from algorithmic decision-making in social media to the use of AI in surveillance, poses new challenges to the legal order. In doing so, this course considers the broader jurisprudential impact of cyberlaw on AI systems while simultaneously drilling down to very practical considerations faced by lawyers encountering such systems in client products or litigated disputes.

BANKING LAW AND REGULATION: DOMESTIC AND INTERNATIONAL (EW)62566318001NORTON / OLSONPAPER (EW)900-1015AMWFVirtual32FalseF

An introduction to the federal laws governing commercial banking activities, with primary emphasis on the regulation (and 'deregulation') of national banks and related policy considerations. Lecture topics will vary from year to year, but generally will include key domestic, regional, and international issues with respect to banking, the banking industry, and the financial services industry generally. Use of interdisciplinary subject matter in economics, finance, and business is made. Comparison to regulation of other financial institutions may be utilized. When taught as a regular course, assessment may be by examination and/or paper or series of papers satisfying the general writing requirement. When taught as a Edited Writing Seminar, course structure and assessment will be consistent with those described above respecting Edited Writing Seminars.

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

BUSINESS ENTERPRISE (BAR)60326420001STEINBERGEXAM300-440PMMWKarcher42FalseT

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.

CHAPTER 11 REORGANIZATION58078281001ESSERMAN / PARSONSEXAM830-1010AMFVirtual22FalseF

In-depth study of corporate reorganization under Chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code.

Prerequisites: Creditors' Rights (May be taken concurrently)

CHILD AD CLINIC (EL)64807560001SUMOSKIPERFORMANCE200-315PMTTH100F52FalseF

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.

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

CHILD AD CLINIC DEPUTY64496357001SUMOSKIPERFORMANCEARRARRARR32FalseF

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 DEPUTY64476157001SUMOSKIPERFORMANCEARRARRARR12FalseF

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 DEPUTY64486257001SUMOSKIPERFORMANCEARRARRARR22FalseF

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

CIRCUMSTANTIAL EVIDENCE IN MURDER TRIALS57817219701BIRMINGHAMEXAM600-740PMWWalsh22FALSEF

Examines the techniques of properly analyzing circumstantial evidence in the context of a murder trial. From the crime scene to the courthouse, students learn the role of and the technical process of presenting circumstantial evidence. The class is based on crime scene evidence and trial transcripts from several famous Dallas murders including Jack Ruby (the assassination of Lee Harvey Oswald), Charles Tex Watson (the Manson Family Killings), Charles Albright (The Eyeball Killer), and the Trinity River Massacre. It is recommended that students have either taken or are enrolled in Evidence.

Prerequisites: Evidence is recommended

CIVIL CLINIC DEPUTY64527357001SHAVIN / SPECTORPERFORMANCEARRARRARR32FalseF

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 DEPUTY64517257001SHAVIN / SPECTORPERFORMANCEARRARRARR22FalseF

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 DEPUTY64507157001SHAVIN / SPECTORPERFORMANCEARRARRARR12FalseF

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)61717301001DORSANEOPAPER (EW)1030AM-1210PMMVirtual32FALSEF

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 PROCEDURE (SEC 1)58316405001COLANGELOEXAM900-1015 / 900-950AMMW/FKarcher41FalseF

Civil procedure, focusing on judicial resolution of disputes; development of the modern civil action including consideration of the jurisdiction of courts, venue, process, pleading, joinder, discovery, pretrial practice, right to a jury trial, withdrawing cases from a jury, motions after verdict, judgments and their effects, and appellate review. An introduction to alternative dispute resolutions is also included.

CIVIL PROCEDURE (SEC 2)58326405002COLANGELOEXAM900-1015 / 1030-1120AMTTH/FKarcher41FalseF

Civil procedure, focusing on judicial resolution of disputes; development of the modern civil action including consideration of the jurisdiction of courts, venue, process, pleading, joinder, discovery, pretrial practice, right to a jury trial, withdrawing cases from a jury, motions after verdict, judgments and their effects, and appellate review. An introduction to alternative dispute resolutions is also included.

CIVIL PROCEDURE (SEC 3)58356405003THORNBURGEXAM900-1010AMMTTHVirtual41FalseT

Civil procedure, focusing on judicial resolution of disputes; development of the modern civil action including consideration of the jurisdiction of courts, venue, process, pleading, joinder, discovery, pretrial practice, right to a jury trial, withdrawing cases from a jury, motions after verdict, judgments and their effects, and appellate review. An introduction to alternative dispute resolutions is also included.

CIVIL/CONSUMER CLINIC (EL)64817559001SHAVIN / SPECTORPERFORMANCE1030-1145AMMWVirtual52FalseF

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)62238340001GABAPAPER (EW)330-510PMTVirtual32FalseF

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

COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE SEMINAR63987224701VAN NOORDEXAM600-740PMTWalsh22FalseF

A practice-oriented study of documentation of and due diligence in the transfer, leasing, and finance of commercial real estate. Includes exercises in negotiation; title review; and drafting of documents, letters, and memoranda.

Prerequisites: Property I & II, Real Estate Transactions

CONSTITUTIONAL CRIMINAL PROCEDURE: ADJUDICATION60847236001RYANEXAM200-340PMMVirtual22FalseF

This course examines constitutional issues arising during the post-investigation state of a criminal case, such as custody and release pending trial, preliminary hearings, the grand jury, joinder and severance, discovery, plea bargaining, trial procedures, double jeopardy, sentencing, and post-conviction remedies. Students taking this course may not take Constitutional Criminal Procedure: Survey.

Prerequisites: Students taking this course may not take Constitutional Criminal Procedure: Survey

CONSTITUTIONAL CRIMINAL PROCEDURE: INVESTIGATION60656309001TURNEREXAM1030-1145AMMWLaw Lib 2E32FalseF

Constitutional issues arising in the pretrial stage of a criminal case, such as search and seizure, interrogation, identification, the exclusionary rule, and the fruit of the poisonous tree doctrine. Students taking this course may not take Constitutional Criminal Procedure Survey.

Prerequisites: Criminal Law

CONSTITUTIONAL LAW I (SEC 1)58386366001KAHNEXAM200-315PMTTHVirtual31FalseT

An examination of methods of constitutional interpretation, the role of judicial review, federal power, separation of powers, federalism, and justiciability.

CONSTITUTIONAL LAW I (SEC 2)58396366002BLOOMEXAM1030-1145AMTTHKarcher31FalseF

An examination of methods of constitutional interpretation, the role of judicial review, federal power, separation of powers, federalism, and justiciability.

CONSTITUTIONAL LAW I (SEC 3)58406366003CARPENTEREXAM300-415PMMWVirtual31FalseF

An examination of methods of constitutional interpretation, the role of judicial review, federal power, separation of powers, federalism, and justiciability.

CONSTITUTIONAL LAW II60838311001KAHNEXAM900-1015AMTTHVirtual32FalseF

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.

CONTRACTS II (SEC 1)58436264001CRESPIEXAM900-950AMTTHVirtual21FalseF

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 II (SEC 2)58446264002ROGERSEXAM1030-1120AMMWVirtual21FalseF

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 II (SEC 3)58456264003TAYLOREXAM330-420PMTTHKarcher21FalseT

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.

COPYRIGHT60367311001BLOOMEXAM200-315PMTTHLaw Lib 2E32FalseF

A detailed study of the 1976 Copyright Act as well as other means of obtaining legal protection for literary, musical, and artistic works, including unfair competition, tort, and implied contract.

CORPORATE & TRANSACTIONAL LEGAL RESEARCH60586352001GALLINAPROJECTS200-315PMTTH201F32FalseF

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 COMPLIANCE57836234001HINTONEXAM330-510PMTH201F22FalseF

The field of ethics and compliance has emerged as a new legal focus area with significant opportunities for legal practitioners, and the discipline has taken on an international aspect because of global enforcement and the growing convergence of standards. Regulators have stepped up enforcement of guidelines in key areas such as anticorruption, export, and trade sanctions. It is imperative that U.S. corporations comply with the United States Sentencing Commission's guidelines for organizations and establish risk management programs and processes to demonstrate their compliance. Using the framework of an overarching hypothetical, this course provides hands-on experience in identifying and reviewing key compliance issues and developing workable tools and solutions to address them, with a focus on the expected components of an effective corporate compliance program, drawing from important statutes, case law, and international treaties.

CORPORATE COUNSEL EXTERNSHIP PROGRAM (EL) (Includes a 2 hr. externship)57896216701YEAGERTAKE HOME600-740PMWUmphrey Lee 307(Mack Ballroom)42FalseF

The Corporate Counsel Externship Program integrates a weekly, two-hour corporate counsel class with hands-on experience in corporate legal departments. The class provides a broad yet comprehensive overview of substantive areas encountered in an in-house legal department, ethical responsibilities of in-house counsel, as well as professional skills, such as working with outside counsel, conflicts management, contract drafting, and conducting internal investigations. Chief legal officers, general counsels and senior managing attorneys will guest lecture in certain classes. In addition to the class component, students will be assigned to corporate legal departments where they will work approximately 10 hours per week, for a minimum of 120 hours for the semester. Student activities will vary depending on the corporation but may include: attending meetings, observing negotiations, conducting legal research, working on special projects and otherwise gaining an understanding of how law is practiced within a business setting. The externship component will be pass/fail, and the class component will be graded (take-home examination limited to 20 pages). Students must pass both the externship and class components to receive credit for program. Students successfully completing the externship and class will receive four hours credit (based on 2 credits for the externship and 2 credits for the classroom component). Students will be selected through a competitive application process. Interested students may apply through Symplicity by submitting their resume, application, unofficial transcript and brief statement of interest. Application deadlines will be announced. Students who are selected for the program will be notified before registration begins. Students must have a minimum GPA of 2.7 and have taken Business Enterprise. A student may enroll in the Corporate Counsel Externship Program and up to one additional externship program for credit while a J.D. student, including the Federal Judicial Externship Course and the SEC Extern Program. Students may not, however, simultaneously enroll in this program and another externship or clinical program during the same semester. Marc Steinberg, the Rupert and Lillian Radford Professor of Law, serves as the Director of the Program. Stephen Yeager, Director of Career Services and a former general counsel, is the Faculty Supervisor.

Prerequisites: Business Enterprise, Minimum GPA of 2.7

CORPORATE FINANCE AND ACQUISITIONS59877235001SMATHERSPAPER330-510PMT106F22FalseF

The first part of this course provides a basis for resolving the typical valuation questions that arise in the corporate acquisition context. The basic concepts of financial theory, including discounting, diversification, portfolio theory, the capital asset pricing model, and the Black-Scholes option pricing model are presented and critically assessed. The second part of the course examines certain issues that arise in the corporate acquisition context that involve valuation questions, including the scope of application of the de facto merger and successor liability doctrines, appraisal rights, and the fairness of freeze-out transactions. The course will not consider issues arising under federal securities law. It is strongly recommended that students have some background in economics or finance.

Prerequisites: All 1E Courses, Property I & II, Business Enterprise, Some background in Economics or Finance; LLMs must take US Corporate Law as a pre-requisite

CREDITORS' RIGHTS (BAR)57846333001HALEEXAM830-945AMMWLaw Lib. 2E32FalseT

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.

CRIMES AGAINST WOMEN CLINIC (EL)59917642001NANASIPERFORMANCE900-1100AMTH106F62FalseF

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 DEPUTY64536109001NANASIPERFORMANCEARRARRARR12FalseF

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 DEPUTY64546246001NANASIPERFORMANCEARRARRARR22FalseF

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 DEPUTY64556350001NANASIPERFORMANCEARRARRARR32FalseF

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)59317641001JENKSPERFORMANCE330-445PMTTH204F62FalseF

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. must be taken prior to or concurrently; Evidence & Texas Criminal Procedure are recommended; 50% of course requirements, good standing

CRIMINAL CLINIC DEPUTY64568157001JENKSPERFORMANCEARRARRARR12FalseF

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 DEPUTY64578257001JENKSPERFORMANCEARRARRARR22FalseF

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 DEPUTY64587358001JENKSPERFORMANCEARRARRARR32FalseF

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

DATA PRIVACY & CYBERSECURITY57866238701JOHNSON, J.TAKE HOME600-740PMMWalsh22FalseF

This course provides an introduction to information privacy and security law. Information security and its attendant privacy implications have dominated recent headlines in the wake of electronic intrusions at some of the country's largest and most respected institutions. This course will broadly review the origins and evolution of U.S. information privacy and security law, from Constitutional law, to common law tort and contract principles, to the modern day legislative and regulatory privacy and security frameworks. It will address the latter in the context of recent controversies, including retail data breaches, social media, domestic surveillance, and others. In sum, this course will provide students with a broad introduction to key concepts associated with information privacy and security law and an understanding of how these concepts apply to corporate organizations.

DRAFTING OIL & GAS CONTRACTS (EL)59307208701SULLIVANPAPER600-740PMTH100F22FALSEF

Drafting effective and clear oil and gas contracts; reviewing basic components and building blocks of contracts; translating the business deal into an oil and gas contract; proposing solutions for problems encountered by counsel in the oil and gas industry. Prerequisites or corequisites: LAW 6378 Oil and Gas Law, LAW 6228/LAW 7369 Oil and Gas Contracts, or LAW 6313 International Petroleum Transactions.

Prerequisites: Oil & Gas, or Oil & Gas Contracts, or Int'l Petroleum Trans.

DUE DILIGENCE IN BUSINESS TRANSACTIONS (EL)57876209001LAWRENCEMIDTERM & PAPER300-440PMM100F22FalseF

Introduces basic due diligence principles and standards, and covers the relevant diligence-related case law. The primary goal is to expose students (through practical skills exercises) to the various components of effective due diligence in real-world transactional settings similar to those they are likely to encounter after entering the practice. Topics include the definition of due diligence; effective due diligence leadership and staffing; the constituents of reasonable due diligence as defined by the Securities and Exchange Commission and the courts; the importance of tools such as forms-driven processes and written memoranda; the significance of red flags in the diligence process; and the responsibilities of buyers, sellers, underwriters, issuers, and their respective diligence team members, including legal counsel.

Prerequisites: Business Enterprise

ELECTION LAW60826241001HAYDENEXAM300-440PMMVirtual22FalseF

This course examines the laws that govern the political process in the United States. Topics may include the right to vote, political representation, election administration, political parties, ballot initiatives, and campaign finance. The goal of the course is to provide students with a solid foundation in the basic principles of election law in this country.

EMPLOYEE BENEFITS LAW AND ERISA LITIGATION57909201701MILLEREXAM750-930PMTVirtual22FalseF

A study of the evolution, theory, and structure of employment-related benefit law. Social, economic, and political considerations and their influence on federal labor and tax law in the area of employee benefits are emphasized, with particular emphasis on the labor provisions of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974. Also considered is the balancing of authority among several federal agencies in the regulation of employee retirement and medical benefit plans and the interpretation and application of federal statutory law.

Prerequisites: Income Tax is recommended

ENERGY & NATURAL RESOURCES LAW61706384001COLEMANEXAM300-415PMMWLaw Lib. 2E32FalseF

This three credit course is an introduction to energy law. It surveys the legal and policy issues raised by the major sources of energy, while emphasizing environmental and natural resources issues. Significant attention is devoted to hot topics in energy law, including the BP Oil Spill, the natural gas drilling boom, nuclear energy concerns following the Japanese earthquake, and climate change issues.

ENERGY TRANSPORT & TRADE (EW)61696396001COLEMANPAPER (EW)1030AM-1210PMM207F32FALSEF

Focuses on complex and emerging issues in energy trade and transport law. Explores the physical and legal forces that shape energy transport markets in oil, coal, natural gas, and other electricity. Examines how energy transport projects, such as oil and gas pipelines, liquefied natural gas facilities, export terminals, and power lines, are authorized by regulators and given the power of eminent domain. Scrutinizes supply chain standards for energy projects that favor energy sources based on how they were produced in other jurisdictions, favoring fuels designated as clean or renewable. Also examines legal limits on energy trade restrictions between states and between countries. Students analyze and discuss important recent energy transport legal decisions and scholarship. Students are expected to submit comments and questions on each week's scholarship, occasionally present to the class, and engage in class discussion.

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

ESTATE PLANNING AND PRACTICE59076252001REISEXAM200-340PMTHVirtual22FalseF

Functional examination of the integration of the federal estate and gift taxes; marital deduction planning and drafting; drafting the By-Pass Trust; desirability of making lifetime interspousal transfers; gifts to minors and other dependents (including the grantor trust rules); techniques of income deflection and estate shrinkage for tax reasons; transferring ownership of life insurance with emphasis on irrevocable life insurance trusts; and introduction to the generation skipping tax. Students will get more out of the class if they have taken Wills and Trusts and Estate, Gift, and Income Tax.

Prerequisites: Trusts & Estates and Income Tax should be taken concurrently

EVIDENCE (BAR)61598455001BAVLIEXAM830-1010AMMWVirtual42FalseT

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.

EXPERT WITNESS IN CIVIL LITIGATION57886233001HUTCHINSONPROJECTS330-510PMT101F22FalseF

Addresses the role of the expert witness in civil litigation, with emphasis on the development of practical skill in the selection, designation, discovery, direct examination, and cross-examination of experts. Considers examples from trial practice in state and federal courts, as well as expert testimony in the context of tort and commercial litigation. Students participate in drafting Daubert/Robinson motions and in mock examination of experts.

Prerequisites: Evidence

FAMILY LAW (Bar)60816347001GROSSMANEXAM200-315PMTTHVirtual32FalseT

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)59497643001BRANTLEYPERFORMANCE1030-1145AMMW302F62FalseF

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.

Prerequisites: Professional Resp. must be taken prior to or concurrently; 50% of course requirements; Good Academic Standing

FAMILY LAW CLINIC DEPUTY64596111001BRANTLEYPERFORMANCEARRARRARR12FalseF

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 DEPUTY64606247001BRANTLEYPERFORMANCEARRARRARR22FalseF

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 DEPUTY64616351001BRANTLEYPERFORMANCEARRARRARR32FalseF

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 JUDICIAL EXTERNSHIP (EL) (Includes a 2 hr. externship)64388137001FISH / DUREUSPAPER / PERFORMANCE300-415PMWVirtual12FalseF

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 TAXPAYERS CLINIC (EL)59417443001MITCHELLPERFORMANCE130-245PMMW302F42FalseF

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 DEPUTY64636399001MITCHELLPERFORMANCEARRARRARR32FalseF

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 DEPUTY64626299001MITCHELLPERFORMANCEARRARRARR22FalseF

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 CLINIC (EL)60637404001LEATHERBURYPROJECTS330-530PMTH106F42FALSEF

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.

GOVERNMENT & PUBLIC INTEREST EXTERNSHIP PROGRAM (EL) (Includes a 2-3 hr. externship)59516117701BURSTEINPAPER / PRESENTATION600-650PMW207F3-42FalseF

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)60868308001TATEPAPER (EW)830-1010AMWVirtual32FalseF

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

IMMIGRATION LAW58498258701MICALE / GUMBSEXAM600-740PMMVirtual22FalseF

The course analyzes provisions of the U.S. Constitution, Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), and other relevant sources that address questions of citizenship and immigration in the U.S. Topics that will be addressed may include laws that regulate the process of acquiring citizenship and losing citizenship, the entry and deportation of non-citizens, and procedural and substantive rights of non-citizens.

Prerequisites: All first year courses; Con. Law I, Con. Law II, and Administrative Law recommended

INCOME & WEALTH INEQUALITY (GW)62337244001CRESPIPAPER (GW)200-250PMTFVirtual22TRUEF

This course analyzes the causes and consequences of the growing inequality of income and wealth in the United States over about the past 40 years. It will consider the “top 1% v. lower 99%” economic and social inequalities as well as the inequalities between the “upper middle class,” as that phrase is commonly understood, and everyone who falls below this social and economic level. Attention will also be paid to racial income and wealth inequalities, and to international differences in the distribution of income and wealth, both within and between countries. The course will examine and assess various tax proposals and other legal measures and broader social approaches that could be implemented to reverse or at least address the problems caused by these growing inequalities. We will also consider the implications of the COVID-19 pandemic and the results of the 2020 US elections for the distribution of income and wealth in the US. Students will be required to attend class regularly and to read a number of books and articles, and to submit a research paper of approximately 20 pages. This paper will satisfy one of the School of Law’s General Writing requirements. There will not be a course final examination.

INCOME TAXATION (BAR)59896460002MAZUREXAM1030AM-1210PMMWVirtual42FalseT

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.

INCOME TAXATION (BAR)58056460001BEARD / FREEMANEXAM400-540PMTTH207F42FalseT

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.

INNOCENCE CLINIC (EL)59427401001YOUNGPERFORMANCE430-530PMT107F42FalseF

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 must be taken prior to or concurrently; 50% of course requirements, Good academic standing, By selection only

INNOCENCE CLINIC DEPUTY64646118001YOUNGPERFORMANCEARRARRARR12FalseF

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 DEPUTY64656260001YOUNGPERFORMANCEARRARRARR22FalseF

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

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY AND BUSINESS ORGANIZATIONS (EW)61746325001ROBINSONPAPER (EW)1030AM-1210PMTH207F32FalseF

This course examines the role of intellectual property as a business asset by studying the critical events in a hypothetical business as it progresses from start-up to a terminating event such as bankruptcy, merger, or acquisition. Topics covered include: identifying intellectual property at the start-up phase; protecting intellectual property interests in the employment relationship; trade secrets; licensing; antitrust issues; intellectual property at the termination of a business; managing an intellectual property porfolio. Business Enterprise and Intellectual Property or instructor's permission are prerequisites or corequisites. Intellectual Property or two other intellectual property courses are recommended. In unusual circumstances when a student brings extensive business experience involving practice with intellectual property issues, these requirements may be waived with permission of instructor. Evaluation will be by exam and possibly with problem sets.

Prerequisites: Business Enterprise and Intellectual Property or instructor’s permission are prerequisites or corequisites; Int'l LLMs must gain approval prior to enrolling

INTERNATIONAL & FOREIGN LEGAL RESEARCH (EL)60618312001KIMBROUGHPROJECTS1030-1145AMTTH201F32FalseF

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 BUSINESS & FINANCIAL TRANSACTIONS (Exam)62608315001NORTONEXAM200-315PMTTHVirtual32FalseF

Three hours. A basic course for U.S. and international students on fundamental legal problems encountered in basic international business transactions (e.g., international sales, licensing and foreign direct investments) and in basic international financial arrangements ( e.g., international letters of credit, syndicated loans, project financing , Eurobond offerings and securitizations), along with selective issues facing the multinational enterprise. Particularly beneficial as a foundation course for the student desiring to pursue the international law area or for the student desiring only a survey of the area.

Prerequisites: JDs or LLMs

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS & FINANCIAL TRANSACTIONS (GW) (JDs only)69147315001NORTONPAPER (GW)200-315PMTTHVirtual32FalseF

Three hours. A basic course for U.S. and international students on fundamental legal problems encountered in basic international business transactions (e.g., international sales, licensing and foreign direct investments) and in basic international financial arrangements ( e.g., international letters of credit, syndicated loans, project financing , Eurobond offerings and securitizations), along with selective issues facing the multinational enterprise. Particularly beneficial as a foundation course for the student desiring to pursue the international law area or for the student desiring only a survey of the area.

Prerequisites: JDs only/LLMs must register for the exam option

INTERNATIONAL CRIMES (EW)60677356001TURNERPAPER (EW)1030AM-1210PMT207F32FalseF

The course focuses on the origins, development and growth of international crimes. It examines the juridical bases and processes by which objectionable or offensive conduct is transformed into an international crime. In this vein, it identifies the attributes and characteristics of international crimes and explores the practical as well as doctrinal problems relating to the regulation, prevention, control and suppression of this genre of crimes.

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

INTERNATIONAL FRANCHISING & DISTRIBUTION LAW58087231701VERNONEXAM600-740PMTVirtual22FalseF

This course will address the topics to consider in internationalizing a franchise, both economically and legally. Each class period will be an in-depth look at either a step in the internationalization process or a major area of consideration before 'going global.' Special attention will be paid to the European Union as well as major emerging markets such as Eastern Europe, Middle East, China, South America, India and Asia. Topics will include structuring the franchise, tax, trade, intellectual property, mergers and acquisitions, and dispute resolution. This is an excellent course for anyone considering franchise law or international business as international franchising is the next big wave in the global economy, and a trend that will continue well past the foreseeable future.

INTERNATIONAL HUMANITARIAN LAW/LAW OF ARMED CONFLICT (EW)60596307001JENKSPAPER (EW)200-340PMM207F32FalseF

This course focuses on the essential concepts of international humanitarian law (also known as the law of armed conflict or 'LOAC) as derived from international treaty law, customary law and the experience of history. The inquiry will focus on the law applicable to today's conflicts, whether internal, transnational, or international; whether involving armed opposition groups or the armed forces of nation-States. I will begin with a survey of the history and sources of the LOAC, examine the principles and application of the LOAC, and then explore specific areas of interest, including the obligations and protections afforded combatants and non-combatants, permissible means and methods of warfare, the law of occupation and neutrality, the definition and prosecution of war crimes and the implementation of the law of war in U.S. domestic law and policy.

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

INTERNATIONAL LAW REVIEW64666130001STEINBERGPAPERARRARRARR12FalseF

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)64688330001STEINBERGPAPER (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 LAW REVIEW (GW)64678230001STEINBERGPAPER (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 TAX II69257255701MISHOE / JUVKAM-WOLD / HANNAEXAM600-740PMW100F22FalseF

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

INTRO. TO VENTURE TRANSACTIONS (EL)57947234701VELAEXAM600-740PMTHKarcher22FALSEF

Prepares students to counsel early-stage companies and investors through a myriad of startup related transactions and situations. Begins with a brief history of venture to understand the foundation of the practice, and then explores, in detail, aspects of structuring a venture backed company, raising capital, interacting with investors, and typical commercial agreements. Students are expected to read, interpret, and draft common venture financing documents and identify and provide counsel on typical founder and early-stage company issues.

Prerequisites: Business Enterprise is recommended

JURISPRUDENCE (EW)62207329001MARTINEZPAPER (EW)900-950AMTTHVirtual32FalseF

A survey of major theories of legal philosophy.

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

LAW & MEDICINE: HEALTH CARE59657420001MAYOEXAM900-1010AMMWFWalsh42FalseF

An examination of the application of law and legal process to the resolution of problems and the development of policies relating to health and health care services. The course is intended to develop an understanding of the social, business, policy, and ethical implications of legal rules and procedures, as well as an understanding of how the law shapes the financing, organization, and delivery of health care in America. Topics usually include tax, antitrust, insurance, and tort law; medical and hospital licensure and accreditation; Medicare and Medicaid; and state and federal health care regulation.

LAW IN AND OF FILM (EW)62327340001BUCKNER-INNISSPAPER (EW)1030AM-1210PMWVirtual32TRUEF

Considers how law, within both formal and informal regulatory regimes, is depicted in fictional and non-fiction films. The most typical types of films considered are courtroom dramas. Another legal film genre discussed is the proliferating practice of filming interactions wherein people are accused, rightfully or wrongfully, of law-breaking. The uploading and sharing of videos documenting many of these incidents via social media allows what would have otherwise been hidden to become “viral”. Also addresses the law of film, how law regulates film and the people engaged with the film industry, chiefly by looking at formal public and private law norms as well as informal, quasi-legal/sub-legal industry norms such as the Hays Code (one of the earliest voluntary film industry regulatory codes) and movie studio morality clauses. Considers some issues that illustrate the law of film, such as prohibitions on interracial sexual relationships and sexual assault cases involving film figures dating from the silent era to the modern film era, and covers film industry figures from Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle to Harvey Weinstein. Students are required to view films, read a variety of sources, including scholarly articles and texts, and engage in analytical discourse based on the films, assigned readings, and writing assignments.

LAW, LITERATURE, AND MEDICINE (3Ls ONLY)59886205001MAYO / ABRAHAMPROJECTS300-500PMFVirtual22FalseF

This seminar provides law students and medical students an opportunity to read and discuss novels, poems, plays, and short stories concerning their two professions, including ethical dilemmas that are encountered in legal and med-medical practice and a variety of client and patient experiences. Readings will also focus upon the professional and academic aspects of the humanities in law and medicine. Students will have joint assignments and projects throughout the semester and will be required to complete a research paper or comparable final project.

Prerequisites: Completion of 2nd year

LEGAL RESEARCH & WRITING FOR LLMS59586364001CASHENPAPER330-445PMMWHillcrest32FalseF

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

LGBT RIGHTS & THE LAW62466251001CARPENTERPAPERS / PRESENTATIONS330-510PMTHVirtual22FalseF

Covers the main legal and public policy issues affecting lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people in the U.S., including the history of the nation's treatment of LGBT people. Addresses the criminalization and decriminalization of same-sex sexual intimacy, the military's treatment of LGBT people, public and private employment discrimination, discrimination in public accommodations and housing, religious exemptions from LGBT antidiscrimination law, rights of speech and association for those supporting or opposing LGBT-rights initiatives, parenting by LGBT people, and the controversy over same-sex marriage. Readings include important statutory and constitutional decisions affecting LGBT rights, scholarly writing about LGBT issues, and theoretical discussions of sexuality and sexual identity. Considers a variety of perspectives, including the views of those supporting LGBT rights and those with religious and natural law views that are more traditional. Also addresses the intracommunity debate among LGBT rights supporters on matters like same-sex marriage and the need for antidiscrimination laws.

Prerequisites: Constitutional Law I & Constitutional Law II; Employment Law & Family Law Recommended

LRWA II (SEC 01) (EL)60478376001WALLSPAPER230-345 / 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 II (SEC 02) (EL)60488376002STOBAUGHPAPER230-345 / 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 II (SEC 03) (EL)60498376003HEARDPAPER230-345 / 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 II (SEC 04) (EL)60508376004HUBBARDPAPER230-345 / 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 II (SEC 05) (EL)60518376005DUREUSPAPER900-1015AMWFVirtual31FalseF

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 II (SEC 06) (EL)60528376006HUBBARDPAPER900-1015AMWFVirtual31FalseF

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 II (SEC 07) (EL)60538376007HEARDPAPER900-1015AMWFVirtual31FalseF

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 II (SEC 08) (EL)60548376008CROSSPAPER1030-1145AMWFVirtual31FalseF

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 II (SEC 09) (EL)60558376009WALLSPAPER1030-1145AMWFVirtual31FalseF

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 II (SEC 10) (EL)60568376010STOBAUGHPAPER1030-1145AMWFVirtual31FalseF

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 II (SEC 11) (EL)60578376011DUREUSPAPER1030-1145AMWFVirtual31FalseF

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.

MERGERS & ACQUISITIONS58096225001CHUTAKE HOME330-510PMTVirtual22FalseF

This course introduces the fundamentals of and critical topics in mergers and acquisitions law, as well as the key financial and transactional issues that they present. The principal focus of the course will be on the documentation and negotiation of acquisitions of privately-held businesses, as well as the key drivers of M&A activity and the business incentives of the parties to the transactions. This is not a securities, tax, antitrust, or regulatory class, but those issues will play a role as well. In addition to case law, this course will spend a fair amount of time reviewing and analyzing deal documents (or portions of such documents). Students will learn how core provisions of an acquisition agreement are negotiated to create value for and allocate risks among the parties.

MOCK TRIAL COMPETITION64696183001WALLSPERFORMANCEARRARRARR12FalseF

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: By selection

MOOT COURT BOARD64706177001CROSS, R.PERFORMANCEARRARRARR12FalseF

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

Prerequisites: By selection

MOOT COURT COMPETITION64716180001WALLSPERFORMANCEARRARRARR12FalseF

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: By selection

NEGOTIATIONS59487285001NOLLANDPAPER / PERFORMANCE800-950AMFVirtual22FalseF

The purpose of this course is to introduce the student to legal negotiation theory and practice and to prepare the students as lawyers to engage in the negotiation process. While the course will cover all major areas of negotiation theory (interest-based, cooperative-competitive, aggressive-competitive, etc.), a major goal is to expose the students through practical skills exercises to the various contrasting approaches to negotiation and allow the student to determine the style and approach that best fits the student's personality in the context of legal conflicts likely to be encountered after law school. The course is designed to provide students with the fundamental skills, knowledge and actual experience in real negotiations to lay the foundation for the future lawyer to develop and hone their negotiation skills through continuing practice and experience after conclusion of the course.

PARTNERSHIP TAX59647392001HANNAEXAM900-1015AMMWHillcrest32FalseF

The formation of partnerships, taxation of partnership income, special allocations, elective basis adjustments, distributions, liquidations, retirements, transfers of partnership interests, and family partnerships.

Prerequisites: Income Taxation

PATENT CLINIC (EL)59436337001BATESPERFORMANCE420-550PMW302F32FalseF

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 Prosecution is encouraged; Students must be in good academic standing and have completed 50% of all course requirements

PATENT CLINIC DEPUTY64826245001BATESPERFORMANCEARRARRARR22FalseF

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 LAW & INSTITUTIONAL CHOICE61736392001TAYLORPROJECTS & PAPERS900-1100AMT100F32FALSEF

Explores the institutional structure of the U.S. patent system and the roles of the different institutions: the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office; federal district courts and juries; the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit; and the U.S. Supreme Court. Covers critiques of this structure and these institutions, with a particular emphasis on critiques of the Federal Circuit. Compares and contrasts the U.S. institutional structure with the structure of the patent system of other countries and regions of the world. Corequesite: Patent Litigation or Patent Prosecution or Professor's permission.

Prerequisites: By selection only; Co-requisites: Patent Litigation or Patent Prosecution or Professor's permission

PATENT LITIGATION60967262701PHILBIN / SOSTEKPROJECTS750-930PMW207F22FalseF

A study of issues related to enforcement and defense of patent rights in federal court. Focuses on strategies and best practices related to patent litigation. Covers selected topics related to jurisdiction and forum, complaints and answers, local patent rules, infringement and invalidity contentions, fact and expert discovery, technology tutorials, claim construction briefs and presentations, summary judgment briefs and presentations, trial practice, and post-trial and appeal briefing and procedures.

Prerequisites: Patent Law

PATENT PROSECUTION59266284001SHOWALTERTAKE HOME400-540PMMVirtual22FalseF

The course covers substantive and procedural aspects of patent prosecution before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Practical exercises in prosecution practice, such as claim drafting, preparation of amendments, and other prosecution proceedings, will ordinarily be included. Additional prosecution subjects include dealing with inventors, developing invention disclosures, and preparing patent applications.

Prerequisites: Patent Law

PAYMENT SYSTEMS (BAR)59616271001CASHENEXAM130-310PMWHillcrest22FalseT

Introduces students to commercial paper and concentrates on legal problems that arise with negotiable instruments. Includes some coverage of consumer credit cards, bank-based electronic funds transfers (including debit and ACH), e-payments (such as Paypal), and commercial payments (wire transfers and letters of credit), but not in great detail. Teaches students to recognize and research payment problems as they arise.

PERSPECTIVES OF THE AMERICAN LEGAL SYSTEM (Int'l LLMs only)59627293001CASHENTAKE HOME130-310PMMHillcrest22FalseF

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

POLICE MISCONDUCT LITIGATION59086239701READ / TITTLEPROJECTS600-740PMM207F22FalseF

The mission of the Civil Rights Practicum is to engage students in contemporary civil rights litigation and advocacy from a practice standpoint. Students will analyze current civil rights cases highlighted in the national media such as those recently involving George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and the towns of Ferguson, Baltimore, Chicago, and the Waco Biker Shoot Out. Students will analyze riveting videos of police actions to determine whether there was an abuse of force. Sometimes the videos tell the whole story but other times not. The course offers a unique opportunity for students to learn substantive law about civil rights cases in combination with the advocacy skills that are necessary to win them. The student learning outcomes are that you will have a working knowledge of the civil rights issues involved in police misconduct cases, prisoners’ rights litigation, and other related constitutional violations. You will also learn how to evaluate the merits of such a case and develop advocacy strategies that you can apply to any litigation. Don Tittle and Shane Read teach the course. Tittle has won several million-dollar civil rights jury verdicts and is one of only 13 lawyers featured in a book on the greatest trial lawyers in America, Turning Points at Trial. Read is an Assistant U.S. Attorney who is the author of two award-winning and bestselling textbooks, Winning at Trial and Winning at Deposition. Both textbooks have won the Association for Continuing Legal Education’s top award for Best Publication.

PRE-TRIAL PRACTICE & ADVOCACY (EL)57976331001JOHNSON, K. / JOHNSON, B.PROJECTS900-1130AMF106F32FalseF

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 LAWYERS60896267001DAWKINSTAKE HOME OR PAPER330-510PMTHVirtual22FalseF

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.

PRIVATE FUNDS: REGULATION, FORMATION, OPERATION, & INVESTING57988208701DEEKEN / DANIELTAKE HOME750-930PMTLaw Lib. 2E22FalseF

Hedge funds, private equity funds and other private pooled investment vehicles continue to play an impactful role in the financial marketplace. This course is designed to provide practical learning through the use of a series of simulations where the student will be required to lead a hypothetical client through the process of establishing an investment management business and formation and operation of a private fund. This involves gaining an understanding of (i) the basic differences among the types of funds and investment strategies along with primary fund terms and conditions and (ii) the primary securities laws applicable to forming, operating and making investments for a private fund. The course will be taught with support from Jason Daniel and Burke McDavid who are partners in the investment management practice group of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld.

PRODUCTS LIABILITY57996279001PRESBYEXAM1030AM-1210PMTHillcrest22FalseF

Study of the development of the concept of recovery for injuries caused by products; survey of civil actions for harm resulting from defective and dangerous products; study of problems associated with hazard identification and the process of evaluation of risk; government regulation on dangerous and defective products; and current and pending legislation dealing with injuries and remedies in specific areas.

PROFESSIONAL RESPONSIBILITY60357350001WEAVEREXAM1030-1145AMTTHLaw Lib. 2E32FalseT

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 RESPONSIBILITY60647350002RUBENEXAM330-445PMTTHLaw Lib. 2E32FalseT

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 RESPONSIBILITY FOR INT'L LLMS58826215701WILSONEXAM600-740PMTHVirtual22FalseT

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.

PROPERTY (SEC 1)58466404001CAMPEXAM1030AM-1210PMMWKarcher41FalseF

Selected topics in personal property, adverse possession, present possessory and future estates in land, concurrent estates, the law of landlord and tenant, easements, private covenants, public land use regulation, and real estate conveyancing.

PROPERTY (SEC 2)58476404002FORRESTER-ROGERSEXAM200-310PMMTTHVirtual41FalseF

Selected topics in personal property, adverse possession, present possessory and future estates in land, concurrent estates, the law of landlord and tenant, easements, private covenants, public land use regulation, and real estate conveyancing.

PROPERTY (SEC 3)58486404003ROBINSONEXAM200-315 / 130-220PMTTH/FKarcher41FalseT

Selected topics in personal property, adverse possession, present possessory and future estates in land, concurrent estates, the law of landlord and tenant, easements, private covenants, public land use regulation, and real estate conveyancing.

RACE & AMERICAN LAW (EW)62227324001MARTINEZPAPER (EW)200-250PMTTHVirtual32FALSEF

Explores the legal treatment of race in the United States. Central to this examination is: (1) the legal and social construction of race and the manifestation of racism; (2) the legal history of certain populations of racialized groups including: African Americans, Native Americans, Latinos/as, Asian Americans, Arabs and Middle Eastern Americans, and White Americans; (3) the relationship between race, language, and citizenship; (4) race and developing notions of equality; (5) residential segregation, education, and race; (6) race and crime; and (7) responses to racism. Discusses the legal history of and contemporary legal issues facing racialized populations in the United States; to critically examine race problems from diverse perspectives; and to envision alternative policies and legal remedies which would increase racial justice.

RACE & INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY64957218701PEGUESPAPER / PRESENTATION600-740PMMVirtual22FALSEF

Explores the relationship between race and intellectual property case law, principles, and policy. This relational exploration includes analyzing constitutional law principles, statutory histories, and legal interpretations. Students analyze the impact of this intersection on socioeconomic status, wealth, and education as well as on intellectual property case law and policy. Applies a critical race theory lens to intellectual property. This course is reading intensive, and explores how and in what ways racial and other forms of inequality are built into intellectual property law, policy, and practice. Students are expected to complete the readings, lead one session, and write a research paper to be turned in and presented to the class.

REAL ESTATE TAXATION59907290001MAZUREXAM1030AM-1210PMTVirtual22FalseF

Income, estate, and gift tax law relating to various deferred compensation plans, including profit-sharing, stock bonus, and pension plans; qualified and nonqualified stock options; deferred compensation contract; and restricted property. Corporate, securities, labor, and community property law considered where appropriate.

Prerequisites: Income Taxation

REAL ESTATE TRANSACTIONS (BAR)60767326001FORRESTER-ROGERSEXAM1030-1145AMTTHVirtual32FalseT

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.

REGULATION OF HAZARDOUS SUBSTANCES63867245001GABAEXAM1030AM-1210PMWVirtual22FalseF

Issues relating to regulation of the use and disposal of hazardous substances. The course deals largely with federal regulation of the disposal of hazardous wastes under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act and the remediation of hazardous substances under the Comprehensive Environmental Response Compensation and Liability Act. This includes analysis of the impact of these statutes on business decisions relating to property transactions, corporate structure, bankruptcy and insurance. The course also addresses basic science/policy issues relating to the control of substances with uncertain effects on human health and the environment.

SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY LAW REVIEW64729115001RYANPAPERARRARRARR12FalseF

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.

SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY LAW REVIEW (GW)64739215001RYANPAPER (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.

SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY LAW REVIEW (GW)64749315001RYANPAPER (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.

SECOND AMENDMENT & WEAPONS REGULATION (EW)59947331001RUBENPAPER (EW)200-340PMW207F32FALSEF

Explores the right to keep and bear arms as a matter of law, as well as how society regulates and enforces access to personal weapons. Examines how gun rights and regulation intersect with lawful self-defense. Covers the foundational Second Amendment case, District of Columbia v. Heller; key lower court opinions; and the broader historical, political, and theoretical debates in which they are embedded. While the dominant focus is on the U.S., the seminar will also draw comparisons with the regulatory approaches in other countries

SELECTED ISSUES IN SPORTS LAW59447237001ANOZIEPAPER or PROJECT200-340PMWVirtual22FALSEF

This course explores various important and topical issues in the context of sports law, such as the frequently intersecting and synergistic relationship between and among legal norms for sports, media, gaming and entertainment. The course will also address free speech issues for athletes and regulatory and disciplinary authority in professional and amateur sports. Topics will be explored via contemporary legal perspectives and mechanisms  along with making reference to various traditional legal disciplines, such as contracts, torts, copyright, trademark, antitrust, and secured transactions. Students will be expected to delve deeply into a course-related topic by researching and writing a substantial research project with the guidance of the instructor.

SELECTED PROBLEMS IN ANTITRUST (EW)64937383001ROGERSPAPER (EW)300-440PMWVirtual32FalseF

Seminar in antitrust law that will consider topics not covered or not emphasized in the basic antitrust course. Content may vary but could include private antitrust enforcement, patent law and antitrust, antitrust exemptions and immunities, and extraterritoriality and foreign antitrust law.

Prerequisites: Antitrust or Permission of Instructor; Int'l LLMs must gain approval prior to enrolling

SELECTED TOPICS IN LABOR LAW58127212701WATSONPAPER600-740PMTVirtual22FALSEF

This course addresses labor issues from the perspectives of management, labor organizations, individual employees, and the government. Examines labor issues arising in the non-union workplace; tools of economic pressure, including strikes and lockouts; and advanced remedial rights. Explores current hot topics including the use of social media in the workplace; labor rights in the gig economy; the interplay between labor rights and immigration law; and the impact of politics on labor policy. The course is interactive and includes writing, discussion, and practical and “real world” exercises. 

SMALL & MID-SIZED FIRM EXTERNSHIP (EL) (Includes a 2 hr. externship)64277103701MINISSALEPAPER / PRESENTATION600-650PMWHillcrest32FALSEF

The midsize and small firm externship program combines a weekly classroom component with hands-on experience in a mid-size or small law firm. Students develop practical skills within the classroom which are enhanced through observational and/or participatory experiences at a law firm. Students apply substantive knowledge in a variety of matters and develop a range of skills and aptitudes necessary for successful lawyering in smaller firm environments. The class addresses time keeping, marketing, networking and its relation to social media, professionalism and ethics, presentation skills, drafting skills, deposition skills, the importance of both internal and external relationships, and the importance of asking for and responding to feedback on work.

Prerequisites: Completion of 3 semesters of law school

SMALL BUSINESS & TRADEMARK CLINIC (EL)60346338001WALTERPERFORMANCE830-950AMT302F32FalseF

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 required. Counseling the Small Business Owner is recommended. Students must be in good academic standing and have completed 50 percent of all course requirements.

Prerequisites: Business Enterprise; Counseling the Small Business Owner is recommended; Must be in good academic standing and have completed 50 % of all course requirements

SMALL BUSINESS CLINIC DEPUTY64756112001WALTERPERFORMANCEARRARRARR12FalseF

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 DEPUTY64768223001WALTERPERFORMANCEARRARRARR22FalseF

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 REVIEW ASSN.64776100001MAYOPAPERARRARRARR12FalseF

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 ASSN. (GW)64786200001MAYOPAPER (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 ASSN. (GW)64796300001MAYOPAPER (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 & FISCAL POLICY (GW)58107284001DRAPKINPAPER (GW)1030AM-1210PMWVirtual22FalseF

The interaction between budgetary demands and revenue policy; equity and fairness of taxation; effect of taxation on business activity; social, political, and economic implications of the tax structure.

Prerequisites: Income Tax

TELECOMMUNICATIONS LAW & POLICY58048304001DREXELEXAM900-1015AMTTHVirtual32FALSEF

This course will provide an overview of the adoption and evolution of telecommunications regulation in the United States, covering the broadcast, satellite, and cable television industries along with the wired and wireless telephony and Internet industries. Through the history of telephony regulation, the student will learn fundamental concepts and theory surrounding traditional rate base, rate of return regulation, the development of alternate forms of incentive regulation and different perspectives on managing the transition from monopoly to competition. The student will learn fundamental administrative law principles and gain insight into the adaptive nature of administrative regulation through its application to this technologically dynamic part of our Nation’s economy. In studying the adoption and implementation of the 1996 Federal Telecommunications Act, the student also will gain insight into the interaction of the legislative, administrative and judicial branches of government. The history of telecommunications regulation also will expose the student to public policy issues surrounding the interaction between the competition laws administered by the Department of Justice and Federal Trade Commission and public utility regulation administered by the Federal Communications Commission and State Public Utility Commissions in the United States.

TEXAS TRIAL & APPELLATE PROCEDURE (BAR)61727386001DORSANEOEXAM1030-1145AMTTHVirtual32FalseT

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.

TRIAL ADVOCACY (Register for this & one small section)60917496801HALPERNPERFORMANCE330-500PMWVirtual42FalseF

Enrollment is limited. An intensive course in trial tactics, techniques, and advocacy, emphasizing the practice of the separate components of a trial: direct examination, objections, cross-examination, use of rehabilitative devices, examination of expert witness, jury selection, opening statements, and closing argument. At the end of the semester each student acts as co-counsel in a full trial. Video tape recording is used for critiquing student performance throughout the semester.

Prerequisites: Evidence

TRIAL ADVOCACY (Small section)60927496N01HALPERNPERFORMANCE600-830PMMVirtual02FalseF

Enrollment is limited. An intensive course in trial tactics, techniques, and advocacy, emphasizing the practice of the separate components of a trial: direct examination, objections, cross-examination, use of rehabilitative devices, examination of expert witness, jury selection, opening statements, and closing argument. At the end of the semester each student acts as co-counsel in a full trial. Video tape recording is used for critiquing student performance throughout the semester.

Prerequisites: Evidence

TRIAL ADVOCACY (Small section)60937496N02HALPERNPERFORMANCE600-830PMTVirtual02FalseF

Enrollment is limited. An intensive course in trial tactics, techniques, and advocacy, emphasizing the practice of the separate components of a trial: direct examination, objections, cross-examination, use of rehabilitative devices, examination of expert witness, jury selection, opening statements, and closing argument. At the end of the semester each student acts as co-counsel in a full trial. Video tape recording is used for critiquing student performance throughout the semester.

Prerequisites: Evidence

TRIAL ADVOCACY (Small section)60947496N03HALPERNPERFORMANCE600-830PMWVirtual02FalseF

Enrollment is limited. An intensive course in trial tactics, techniques, and advocacy, emphasizing the practice of the separate components of a trial: direct examination, objections, cross-examination, use of rehabilitative devices, examination of expert witness, jury selection, opening statements, and closing argument. At the end of the semester each student acts as co-counsel in a full trial. Video tape recording is used for critiquing student performance throughout the semester.

Prerequisites: Evidence

TRIALS AT THE PATENT OFFICE (EL)58017206701EHMKE / MCCOMBSPROJECTS600-740PMT207F22FALSEF

Provides an advanced look into the adversarial proceedings conducted before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Focuses on the practical aspects of inter partes review (IPR), post-grant review (PGR), and covered business method (CBM) review, and examines the strategies and interplay of these proceedings with patent litigation in federal courts. Students conduct a case study of an actual IPR from initial filing to the Federal Circuit, review PTAB rules and orders, draft pleadings, conduct mock oral hearings, and analyze the groundbreaking (and often contradictory) rulings in this relatively new area of law.

Prerequisites: Patent Law or permission of the instructor based on significant experience with patent law

TRUSTS AND ESTATES (BAR)60858395001TATEEXAM330-445PMTTHVirtual32FalseT

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.

WATER LAW58008211001POWELLEXAM1030AM-1210PMTHHillcrest22FalseF

This course will survey the law and regulatory regimes that govern groundwater and surface water (lakes, rivers, and streams). We will spend approximately half our time studying Texas law, Texas statutes and Texas regulatory structures in some depth, and then we will survey major legal principles that apply in other states, including riparianism and the doctrine of prior appropriation. We will also study methods for interstate allocation of water, as well as concepts of the public’s rights in water.

WHITE COLLAR CRIME58027205701SHIPCHANDLERTAKE HOME600-740PMTLaw Lib. 2E22FalseF

This is an advanced criminal law course that covers the substantive law of federal white collar crime including conspiracy, mail fraud, RICO, public corruption, money laundering, financial institution fraud, tax fraud, and environmental crime. The course will also address issues of corporate and executive criminal liability and parallel civil/criminal proceedings.

WILDLIFE LAW58036237001BOBOSKYPAPER1030AM-1210PMF201F22FALSEF

This course explores the complex body of federal and state laws that protect and regulate wildlife, including those that protect ecosystems and habitats. Wildlife law is centuries old and the course covers its interesting history from English Common Law to the statutes, policies, and regulations that predominate today. The course covers cases, statutory laws, and regulations. It also addresses enforcement of the laws and the constitutional and tribal issues that arise in wildlife cases.