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, ERISA, institutional relationships between entities and providers, antitrust issues, organizational governance and structure, and health care fraud and abuse.

Immigration Law LAW 472 3 Hours
Designed as an introduction to the area of immigration law, the course will cover the following core topics: constitutional, historical, and moral dimensions of United States immigration policy; the structure of relevant administrative agencies; admission and exclusion of aliens (immigrants and non-immigrants); deportation and relief from deportation; and immigration reform. Possible additional topics include: judicial review of agency determinations; special problems relating to refugees; illegal/undocumented aliens (including employer sanctions and legalization programs); and/or acquisition and loss of citizenship. This course is graded. There will be a final in-school exam.

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.