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.

Administrative Courses

Fall Semester


Administrative Law LAW 406 3 Hours
This course will examine the largest branch of government administrative agencies. It will discuss agencies' legal authority to act and the limitations on that authority, including constitutional and satutory constraints. It will also examine administrative procedure. Students will learn administrative law through a practice orientated approach that will require them to apply their knowledge throughout the semester to various hypothetical fact scenarios.

Federal Taxation of Wealth Transfers LAW 454 3 Hours
A study of the statutes, regulations, and decided cases relating to the federal estate, gift, and generation-skipping transfer taxes and to the income taxation of trusts and estates. Formerly entitled Taxation of Estates, Gifts and Trusts. Not offered fall 2014.

Health Law: Finance and Organization LAW 468 3 Hours
This course gives students an understanding of the organization and financing of health care entities and services within the United States. The major issues explored are (1) the structure of the health care system, including professional relationships and organizational models, (2) the financing of medical care through private insurance and public programs, and (3) access to care in the United States. Topics of coverage will likely include Medicare and Medicaid, private insurance, the Affordable Care Act, institutional relationships between entities and providers, antitrust issues, organizational governance and structure, and health care fraud and abuse.

Immigration Law I LAW 472 3 Hours
Immigration Law I. This course, which is part of the Administrative Law block, complements the advanced Immigration Law II course (which examines the law and procedures related to immigration enforcement and also covers various other topics) and the advanced Immigration Practice course (which applies the law and procedures for obtaining immigration benefits in a simulated clinical experience working with case files drawn from practice). The Immigration Law I course or its equivalent is a prerequisite for both advanced courses. The course provides foundational knowledge in the field of immigration and nationality law and examines the law and procedures for obtaining immigration benefits under the regime for “legal immigration.” In addition to providing foundational knowledge, then, the central focus of the course is on representing clients who seek to become properly documented and on developing and implementing strategies necessary to achieve the client’s objectives within the framework of the law by getting things to “go right” as far as possible. The course will cover the following topics: a brief, introductory overview of the area of U.S. immigration and nationality law; constitutional, historical, moral, and policy dimensions of U.S. immigration law; the structure of relevant administrative agencies; immigrant and nonimmigrant admission categories; inadmissibility grounds; admission procedures; and a brief overview of immigration crimes. The course provides students with essential knowledge of the field of immigration and nationality law and develops knowledge, skills, and dispositions necessary for “thinking like an immigration lawyer.” This course is graded. There will be a final in-school exam. 3 credit hours. [Note: This course description replaces the course description for the “Immigration Law” course, which is now renamed Immigration Law I, and reflects the topics covered in that course in fall 2013 and fall 2014].

Labor Law LAW 501 3 Hours
A survey of key issues in labor relations law, with emphasis on the factors catalyzing the genesis of the National Labor Relations Act; the right to organize; recognition; protected activities; the representation process; and the obligation to bargain for a collective agreement; National Labor Relations Board procedure, the nature of judicial review for an administrative agency and remedies are discussed as well.

Spring Semester


Environmental Law LAW 451 3 Hours
A survey of statutory regulations applicable to the protection of the environment. Attention is directed to the role of the EPA and other administrative agencies in the development and implementation of environmental policy.

Health Law: Regulation and Quality LAW 1007 3 Hours
This course gives students an understanding of the extensive regulatory framework that ensures the quality of American health care. This framework primarily governs the standards of care of both physicians and organizations. Topics of coverage will likely include EMTALA and other legal obligations to provide care, privacy regulations and HIPAA, physician licensing, discipline, and malpractice, informed consent, hospital and managed care liability, other state efforts to regulate health care entities and providers, and rules governing pharmaceutical and device companies.

Immigration Law II LAW 2004 2 Hours
Immigration Law II. This course, which is part of the Administrative Law block, complements and builds on the Immigration Law I course (which provides foundational knowledge in the field of immigration and nationality law and examines the law and procedures for obtaining immigration benefits). The course examines the law and procedures addressing immigration enforcement and also covers various other topics. The central focus, then, is on representing clients in enforcement proceedings and on developing and implementing strategies necessary to defend the client when things have “gone wrong” or, perhaps more accurately, “seriously wrong,” such as where the client is undocumented or, although documented, becomes deportable. The course will cover the following core topics: criminal convictions and other grounds for removal, relief from removal, and removal proceedings. Certain related or additional topics will also be covered, although the precise topics covered will depend on legal developments. These topics include: refugees and asylum, undocumented migrants (aka “illegal immigration”), legalization/comprehensive immigration reform, and citizenship. The course expands students’ knowledge of the field of immigration and nationality law and further develops knowledge, skills, and dispositions necessary for “thinking like an immigration lawyer.” This course is graded. There will be a final in-school exam. Immigration Law I or its equivalent is a pre-requisite. 2 credit hours.