Mercer University
Mercer Law School

Course Descriptions

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IMPORTANT NOTE: Courses are graded unless indicated as Pass/Fail. Unless otherwise indicated, all courses will employ one or more evaluation methods, such as a final examination. Students are encouraged to speak with instructors for more details about course coverage and requirements.

Practice Elective Courses

Spring Semester

Business Reorganization LAW 411 2 Hours
This course will include a consideration of reorganizations for corporations under Chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code (the subject of the entire former course), and will also include Chapter 11 reorganizations of partnerships and other business entities and consideration of alternative reorganization procedures outside the scope of Chapter 11 procedures. Debtor/Creditor Relations is recommended. Enrollment limited to 24.

Estate Planning LAW 455 2 Hours
This class is intended to serve as an introduction to basic estate planning techniques. Both tax and non-tax aspects will be considered from the perspectives of the drafting attorney, the settlor/testator, and beneficiaries. Emphasis will be placed on the fact gathering process, drafting, and using the marital deduction, tax credits, gifts, dynasty trusts, insurance trusts, family limited partnerships, charitable split-interest trusts, GRATS, QPRTS, sales to intentionally defective grantor trusts and other estate planning techniques to sole estate planning problems. Prerequisite: Federal Taxation of Wealth Transfers or permission of instructor.

Federal Criminal Law LAW 462 2 Hours
This course will focus on the prosecution and defense of federal crimes including, but not limited to fraud, bribery, obstruction of justice, conspiracy, drug offenses, and RICO. We will also discuss the federal sentencing guidelines. Speakers from various professions within the federal system will join us. The course will also include observation of portions of trials and hearings in federal court. Enrollment limited to 16. Not offered spring 2015.

Georgia Civil Practice & Procedure LAW 467 2 Hours
This course is a detailed examination of Georgia civil practice. It is intended to prepare civil litigators for issues they will face from the day they start their practice. The course "walks" through a lawsuit, covering forum selection and venue requirements, drafting and filing of pleadings, discovery, pretrial issues, statutes of limitations and repose, and procedural aspects of trials and appeals. The focus is on practical issues, particularly tactical advantages that can be realized with a thorough knowledge of Georgia procedural law. Limit 30 students.

Georgia Criminal Practice & Procedure LAW 466 2 Hours
This course is a detailed examination of Georgia criminal practice. It is designed to help students make the transition from law school to the practice of criminal law. It is taught by a team consisting of a prosecutor and a criminal defense attorney. Students are evaluated on the basis of class attendance, grasp of class handouts, and a notebook consisting of various criminal motions, file memos, and other documents important to a criminal law practice.

Intellectual Property Licensing LAW 652 2 Hours
This is a practical course designed to introduce upper class law students to the realities of licensing intellectual property. This course focuses on intellectual property licensing, which is the primary wealth generation and maximization tool available to the owner of an intellectual property. Through theoretical discussions and practical exercises, we will examine the many facets of the licensing process, including basic to advanced licensing concepts and strategies for various types of intellectual properties; royalty analysis and audits; negotiating strategies; and policing and enforcement. The course will be taught by synchronous video conferencing. The final grade will be based on class participation, periodic written assignments, and a final exam. Limit 20.

Local Government Law LAW 522 2 Hours
The nature, powers and liabilities of cities, counties and other units of local government and their relationship to state and federal governments. Specific attention is given to liability of local governments and officers, public land acquisition, local government contracts, government financing, limitations and restrictions on powers.

Pensions/Profit Sharing/Deferred Compensation LAW 529 2 Hours
A study of statutory provisions and regulations affecting qualified plans under Section 401 of the Internal Revenue Code. Discussion will focus on the necessary eligibility provisions, vesting provisions, contribution provisions, allocation provisions and other requirements mandated by the Internal Revenue Code. Discussion will also focus on the distribution of assets from qualified plans and the income tax ramifications with respect to such distributions. No prerequisites are required but Corporate Tax is encouraged.

Problems in Georgia Tort Law LAW 642 2 Hours
To gain a unique perspective on torts through the analysis of the law of a specific jurisdiction, students will research principles of Georgia tort law and procedure directly applicable to practice. The course will focus on arriving at legal solutions to factual situations that are likely to arise in a typical torts practice. The students' analysis will be refined through class discussion and instructor critique. Not offered spring 2015.

Problems in Insurance Litigation LAW 484 2 Hours
The identification and correlation of the various types of insurance benefits found in personal injury and wrongful death actions, to include automobile no-fault, uninsured motorists, collision, medical payment, liability (public liability and private automobile, homeowners, and business premises liability), hospitalization, and workers compensation. Emphasis on Georgia law. Enrollment limited to 20.

Public Health Law LAW 544 2 Hours
A study of the law governing the practice of public health by state, local, and federal agencies, as well as health care professionals and institutions. Current issues and their effect on public health law, including AIDS, bioterrorism and privacy legislation, will be discussed.

Worker's Compensation LAW 571 2 Hours
This course reviews the compensation systems for industrial injuries and occupational diseases. Assigned reading will be from the Georgia courts and workers' compensation statute. No textbook is required. Emphasis will be on the practice of workers' compensation law, including student participation in witness examination exercises and case strategy. The course will also look at the medical aspect of injuries when evaluating and preparing for litigation in this area. Assigned cases will be briefed in class as called on by the instructor.