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.

Elective Courses

Fall Semester

Accounting For Lawyers LAW 431 2 Hours
This graded course will provide students with an understanding of basic accounting principles and their practical applications to the practice of law. This course is designed to be accessible to everyone and will focus on the mechanics of accounting, the analysis of financial statements, the role of Certified Public Accountants and Auditors, and emerging issues for the accounting field. The purpose of this course is to help students learn to spot financial related problems for their clients and understand basic accounting principles. Performance will be evaluated based on class participation, completion of assignments, and a final exam. Open to 2L and 3L students.

Bankruptcy LAW 440 3 Hours
This course is an overview of debtor-creditor relations. While issues under state law will be considered, the overwhelming emphasis of the course will be on federal bankruptcy law. The rights and obligations of both debtors and creditors under bankruptcy law will be examined, with particular focus on the strategic decision-making process of parties involved in a bankruptcy proceeding. (Previously Debtor/Creditor)

Client Counseling Competition LAW 415 1 Hours
During the Spring Semester, Mercer Law students compete for the honor of representing the school in the National Client Counseling Competition sponsored by the American Bar Association. The students selected are given intensive training by one of our faculty members using the school's video systems for observation and evaluation of counseling techniques. The team competes against other law schools regionally for the opportunity to compete for the national championship.

Criminal Procedure: The Litigation Process LAW 670 3 Hours
This course focuses on the law governing the various steps in the process of litigating a criminal case, including pre-trial, trial, and post-trial phases. Topics include bail, prosecutorial discretion, preliminary hearings, grand jury review, the drafting of charges, discovery, plea negotiations, speedy trial, double jeopardy, pre-trial publicity, jury selection, joinder of charges and defendants, various aspects of trial procedure, and general prinicples of appellate review. The coverage of this course complements the course entitled "Criminal Procedure: Constitutional Dimensions," but both courses are independent and neither course is a prerequisite of the other.

Employment Law LAW 664 3 Hours
This course will survey common-law and federal and state statutes regulating the relationship between an employer and an employee. Topics to be covered will include employment at will, terms and conditions of employment, public employment, employment discrimination, wages and hours, employee benefits, occupational safety, workers' compensation, and termination of the employment relationship. The course will not include coverage of 42 U.S.C. 1981, 42 U.S.C. 1983, or the National Labor Relations Act. (Courses on those statutes are discussed elsewhere. See Civil Rights, Employment Discrimination, and Labor Law.)

Intellectual Property LAW 486 3 Hours
An overview of laws that secure rights in, and provide for the marketing of, patents, copyrights, trademarks, trade secrets, publicity rights, and personal data. Open to all upperclass students.

International Business Transactions LAW 480 3 Hours
This course will examine selected legal issues associated with private business transactions across national boundaries, focusing on international sales agreements and financing, import/export restrictions, other forms of transnational business activity, and related risks. The course will explore relevant US laws and regulations, regional trade regimes such as those of NAFTA and the EU, and broader international agreements and institutions, including the WTO. The course will also address relevant comparative legal, business and cultural issues. The course also will include field trips to YKK's fastener plant and a day trip to Savannah to attend a morning briefing with the DJ Powers freight forwarder and Customs Broker and a tour of the Savannah Port Authority.

Law of Wills and Intestate Succession LAW 251 3 Hours
This course covers the basic concepts of the gratuitous transfer of wealth, including intestate succession; the general law of wills, including the formalities of execution, testamentary capacity, grounds for challenge, revocation, and revival; will substitutes, including gifts and joint tenancies; health care planning; miscellaneous issues concerning the administration of estates; and basic tax issues.

Pre-Trial Advocacy LAW 563 2 Hours
This course is concerned with the planning and preparation of a case for trial including the preparation of a complete trial notebook. The focus is on the construction and execution of a theory of the case. In examining the execution of a theory of the case, students will be asked to participate in demonstrations of certain major components of a trial. Enrollment Limt 30. Seniors only.

Real Estate Transactions LAW 540 3 Hours
A study of the basic elements of a real estate transaction, the methods of financing the purchase of residential property, priority of claims at common law and under the recording system and other methods of title assurance, transfers of interests in encumbered real property, and mortgage foreclosures, concluding with a study of the elements of a commercial real estate transaction.

Remedies LAW 542 3 Hours
A survey of remedies available through the avenues of equity, restitution, and damages. Emphasis is accorded to the relationships among these areas, and to the difficulties involved in applying "established" rules to actual situations. Seniors only.

Spring Semester

Bar Preparation Course LAW 673 2 Hours
The course will build on what students have learned about multistate bar subjects and test taking throughout law school. The focus will be on knowledge, skills, and attitudes that have been shown to be helpful in passing the multistate multiple choice exam (MBE) and essay exam. Included will be practice in writing bar essay exams using some of the six multistate topics, insights into how bar exam essays are graded, and practice on MBE type exams. The course is intended to supplement and not replace the commercial review courses. The course will be a one-unit course that is graded pass/fail, is available only to third year law students, has no prerequisites, and has no enrollment limit. 3Ls only.

Criminal Procedure--Constitutional Dimensions LAW 671 3 Hours
This course focuses on the constitutional provisions that govern the conduct of criminal investigations, particularly the Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, and Fourteenth Amendments. The principal topics include the law of search and seizure, the law of interrogation, and the exclusionary rule. The coverage of this course complements the course entitled "Criminal Procedure: The Litigation Process," but both courses are independent and neither course is a prerequisite of the other.

eDiscovery LAW 1012 2 Hours
This course will examine the electronic discovery (e-discovery) process primarily following the 9 stages of the Electronic Discovery Reference Model (EDRM). It will include analysis of e-discovery case law including past and current cases; the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure related to e-discovery; different types of e-discovery including litigation, government investigations, and internal audits; and ethical issues related to ediscovery. Additionally, it will have a practical aspect that will teach e-discovery skills related to ediscovery technology including review platforms. The course will be graded numerically. Not offered spring 2017.

Employment Discrimination LAW 448 3 Hours
A study of contemporary and Reconstruction federal legislation prohibiting discrimination in private and public employment on the basis of race, sex, religion, national origin, age and disability. Particular attention is given to interactions among Congress, the courts, and administrative agencies. Emphasis is on the actual practice of lawyers in this field, including such issues as pre-filing administrative agency proceedings, pleading, summary judgment, post-trial motions, remedies, and court-awarded attorneys' fees. The course is open to 2Ls and 3Ls. No prerequisites.

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 solve estate planning problems. Prerequisite: Federal Taxation of Wealth Transfers or permission of instructor.

Ethics, Law, and Armed Conflict LAW 1006 3 Hours
This course will critically examine selected legal doctrines and related moral precepts of the contemporary law of war, including both the law on resort to force (jus ad bellum) and the law governing the conduct of hostilities (jus in bello). Participants will consider the relationship of legal rules to just war ethics and how normative expectations shape the conduct and critique of modern war. Topics may include, among others, the nature and scope of legitimate, proportional self-defense; humanitarian intervention; the propriety of the law governing resort to force against contemporary terrorist networks; the justification for non-combatant immunity and the converse combatant's privilege; proportionality in the conduct of war; drone warfare; and other contemporary controversies that characterize warfare in the early twenty-first century. The class will also be open to undergraduate students from CLA. This course will be graded according to normal Law School and University policies.

Family Law LAW 443 3 Hours
This course offers an introduction to family law in the United States today. Examples of topics covered include: marriage, non-marital relationships, parent-child relationships, divorce, custody, support, and the law's treatment of nontraditional families.

Federal Courts LAW 461 3 Hours
An in-depth survey of the powers of federal courts under Article III of the United States Constitution. The course highlights and integrates constitutional topics of fundamental importance to any American lawyer: the respective powers of the three branches of the U.S. government; the function of federal courts within the constitutional system of checks and balances; the relationships between state and federal courts in civil and criminal litigation in a federalist republic; and state sovereignty and immunity under the Tenth and Eleventh Amendments. The course also provides an overview of common legal issues in federal courts, including: justiciability and standing; federal court subject matter jurisdiction; "Section 1983" claims alleging that agents of state or local government have violated federal constitutional or statutory rights; and federal habeas corpus actions. Graded 3-hour exam or graded paper option. About 1/3 of final grade turns on class participation, including the student's work as a leader of one of our classes during the semester. Seniors only.

First Amendment Law LAW 475 3 Hours
A study of freedom of speech and press under the First Amendment. The course is taught though in depth discussion of cases, role plays of counseling clients with speech or press issues, rhetorical analysis of the opinions of particular Justices, analysis of a case file, and occasional lectures. Grades are awarded on the basis of an essay exam. The course is open to second and third year students. 3 credit hours. (Course was titled "Individual Rights." Renamed 10/15/03) Not offered spring 2017.

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, pleadings, dismissals and renewals, 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. There is a midterm examination and a final examination. The format of the examinations is that used by the Georgia Bar Examiners on the Georgia part of the bar examination. The instructor intends the course to be a primer for the bar examination. Limited to third-year students.

Georgia Criminal Practice & Procedure LAW 466 2 Hours
This course is a detailed examination of Georgia criminal practice with a focus on trial and pre-trial procedure. It is designed to be a hands-on, relevant exploration of Georgia-specific criminal law and procedure (including both prosecution and defense). Students are evaluated through in-class exercises and a final examination.

Income Tax LAW 202 3 Hours
This course is a study of the fundamental principles of the Federal income tax system as applied to individuals, including the concepts of income, allowable deductions and limitations on deductions, and the characterization of gains and losses. The course stresses reading and applying the Internal Revenue Code. Other course materials include Treasury regulations, administrative pronouncements, and decided cases.

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.

International Children's Rights LAW 1014 2 Hours
This class will explore in detail the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and see how it, as well as other important international law materials, apply to important issues facing children: protecting them from violence, helping them develop into responsible adults, educating them, respecting their family connections and culture, disciplining them when they do wrong, and giving them a voice in decisions that affect them. Students in this class will familiarize themselves with international child rights law and learn how international treaties, court cases, and practices are applied to children’s issues. Along the way, students will obtain a good education in our own child welfare law, as we will compare international practices with the US approach. Students will receive numerical grades, which will depend on class participation and a research paper addressing an international children’s rights issue of the student’s choosing, approved by the instructor. No prerequisite. This course will satisfy the advanced writing requirement.

Law, Theology and Public Policy LAW 433 3 Hours
This course will explore issues at the intersection of law, faith, ethics, and public policy. A key purpose of the course is to offer an interdisciplinary understanding of issues of law and public policy. Students will do comparative and careful reading of texts from both law and theology. Readings will include basic legal materials on these issues, including court decisions, statutes, treaties, and executive orders. They will also read primary biblical texts, along with secondary works on theological ethics and public policy. To aid in the cross disciplinary understanding of these issues, the course is taught simultaneously with a comparable course offered through Mercer’s McAfee School of Theology. The two courses meet concurrently and together, at least as much as we can make the law school calendar and the McAfee calendar overlap. To that end, this course meets on Mercer’s Henry County Campus (roughly halfway between the Atlanta and Macon campuses). Major areas of ethics and public policy that are also legal issues will be treated, such as: Fundamental Human Rights, including genocide, torture, and slavery/human trafficking; War and Peace, including just war theory, pacifism, and just peacemaking practices; Beginning of Life, including abortion, stem cell research, and surrogacy; End of Life, including euthanasia, assisted suicide, and availability of health care; Marriage and Family, including divorce policy and same sex marriage; Environment and Creation Care, including climate change; Economic Justice, including inequality of wealth, the role of markets, and income redistribution; Criminal Justice, including incarceration policy and capital punishment; Immigration, including care for the alien and stranger; Freedom of Expression, including religious freedom and freedom of conscience. Each student will write a paper or papers on topics of his or her choosing. The course will be graded and will also satisfy the advanced writing requirement. Not offered spring 2017.

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.

Medical Malpractice LAW 546 2 Hours
This course will survey the law of medical malpractice. Topics to be covered include the standard of care, causes of action, the physician/patient relationship, defenses, consent to treatment, statutes of limitation, fraud and misrepresentation, the complaint, summary judgment and trial issues, discovery, directed verdict, hospital-setting liability, and trial practice. Seniors only. Pass/fail. Not offered spring 2017.

Oxford Human Rights Program LAW 1013 3 Hours
This class is an exploration of contemporary international conflicts. Areas of study include human rights in and after conflict, humanitarian action, conflict trends, human rights law, and peacemaking with a focus on recent armed conflicts. Students meet weekly from the beginning of the Spring semester until March, at which time they will attend an intensive week-long workshop at Oxford University (accompanied by the course instructor). The workshop in Oxford is a mix of seminars, working groups, and student presentations. The workshop is convened by members of the Institute for Ethics, Law and Armed Conflict at Oxford University. After returning from the workshop students will complete a substantial paper on an issue related to the program. The course satisfies the Advanced Writing Requirement. Enrollment requires permission of the instructor.

Payment Systems LAW 427 3 Hours
This course examines the law of commercial payment systems. Articles 3 and 4 of the Uniform Commercial Code will be considered, as well as applicable federal law. Coverage includes the concept of negotiability, the liability of parties and the rights of holders of checks and notes. The law of bank deposits and collections, and the legal relationship between banks and their customers will be discussed. The law of credit cards and electronic funds transfer systems also will be considered.

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 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. Not offered spring 2017.

Secured Transactions LAW 428 3 Hours
This is a course on secured transactions and commercial lawyering. Emphasis will be on the creation, perfection, and maintenance of security interests under Article 9 of the Uniform Commercial Code. We will also address in depth issues of priority which result from the creation of security interests. (Formerly Commercial Transactions)

Securities Regulation LAW 552 3 Hours
This course covers both primary and secondary transactions involving securities. Included are materials addressing the definition of a security; public offerings; exempt transactions; insider transactions; tender offers for corporate control; and antifraud provisions. Business Associations is a pre-requisite/co-requisite. There will be a one-hour mid-term examination and a one-hour end-term examination in lieu of an examination during finals period.

Sports Law LAW 1011 3 Hours
This course is an introduction to the laws and issues that frame the sports industry and amateur athletics. Contracts, Labor Law, Constitutional Law (1st and 14th amendments), Copyright, the Lanham Act and Collective Bargaining., the ADA, Title IX and an introduction to Antitrust are among the law topics covered during the semester. Weekly topic discussions will include agent representation of professional athletes, the roles of a Commissioner and owners of leagues franchise owners, professional team and league broadcast/social media platform issues, the NCAA and its regulation of college athletics, the student/athlete and 1) eligibility (for admission to college and for matriculating), 2) scholarships, 3) health 4) the Title IX and 5) the ADA. If time permits, some class hours will cover issues in both individual sports and the Olympics. Simulated exercises will be part of the course and course grade, and a graded semester paper will be a primary basis for the course grade. Prerequisite: Labor Law

Summary Judgment Practice LAW 216 2 Hours
Designed for students with an interest in litigation, this course builds upon legal writing skills developed through the core curriculum. Working with documents from an actual court case, students will read pleadings and depositions to identify relevant issues of fact useful in analyzing a contract and/or tort dispute. Using the identified facts, and working as advocates, participants in the class will then draft a brief in support of a motion for summary judgment, a brief in opposition to the motion, and orally argue the motion. The goal of the course is to familiarize students with litigation practice while simultaneously enhancing written advocacy skills. Students selected for law review and/or participating in a moot court competition are cautioned that this class contains written assignments with several deadlines that fall early in the semester. These deadlines may conflict with other responsibilities. The course will be numerically graded. This course will satisfy the advanced writing requirement. Enrollment is limited to 14.

Taxation of Pass-Through Entities LAW 488 2 Hours
This course is an introduction to the taxation of pass-through entities, including partnerships, limited partnerships, limited liability companies and S corporations. Emphasis will be placed on problem solving. Income Tax is a prerequisite. (Formerly Partnership Tax).

Torts II LAW 560 3 Hours
This course addresses selected topics in the law of civil liability that are not covered in depth in the first-year Torts course. Torts II addresses products liability, defamation, nuisance, damages, and business torts (including fraud, misrepresentation and interference with contractual relationships), and includes common defenses and immunities.

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.

Fall & Spring Semester

Advanced Legal Research LAW 643 2 Hours
The purpose of the course is to develop research skills in both print and electronic legal research resources. Through exercises and projects, which may include class presentations, students have the opportunity to select, use, and evaluate a wide range of legal and law-related resources. The course covers state and federal judicial, legislative and administrative materials as well as the use of finding tools, legal commentary, forms and trial preparation resources. Research strategies and efficient and cost-effective use of online legal research sources, including free and low-cost resources as well as Lexis, Westlaw and other subscription online services, are emphasized. Enrollment limited to 15. Offered during Fall and Spring Semesters. Open to 3Ls only during Fall Semester; open to 2Ls only during Spring Semester.

Advanced Writing Group LAW 661 1 Hours
Sections of this course consist of 5 students and meet one hour a week. Most weeks the group will respond to a piece of writing, sometimes a piece written by a group member and sometimes a piece written by a lawyer or other author. The group will read examples of good writing; read and edit examples of weak writing; work on selected topics of grammar and style; and study advanced writing techniques. The course is graded and carries one credit per semester. Enrollment is limited to students enrolled in the Legal Writing Certificate Program.

Business Associations LAW 412 3 Hours
This course focuses on the law of agency, general partnerships and corporations with some attention to limited partnerships and limited liability companies. Coverage includes the choice of business form and the formation, management and dissolution of each of the principal business forms. Also introduced is federal securities law as it pertains to shareholder suffrage, proxy contests, hostile takeovers and secondary securities transactions.

Externship I LAW 634 3-4 Hours
This course is designed to offer students practical work experience in public service offices while providing faculty supervision and guided reflection. In addition to field work, the course meets for two hours per week in a classroom. The course includes readings, reflective journals, and class discussion, all of which are designed to help students learn from their fieldwork experience. Throughout the course, students explore fundamental questions of meaning and purpose in living a life of service in the law. Students work in an approved non-profit public interest or governmental office; faculty for the course maintain a list of approved placements, but students may petition for a placement to be added. Students must work in their field placement at least 86 hours for 3 hours of credit or at least 126 hours for 4 hours of credit. Students arrange a regular work schedule with their field supervisor and submit weekly time sheets and reflective journal entries to their faculty supervisor. Enrollment is by application and permission of the faculty supervisor. Limit of 30 total students; and a limit of 15 students per section.

Externship II LAW 635 2-3 Hours
This course is open to students who have completed Externship I. As in Externship I, students must work in an approved non-profit public interest or governmental office. The Director of Experiential Education will maintain a list of approved placements, but students may petition for a placement to be added. Students must work at least 100 hours for 2 hours of credit or at least 140 hours for 3 hours of credit. Students must arrange a regular work schedule with their field supervisor and submit weekly time sheets and reflective journal entries to their faculty supervisor. Although there is not a weekly classroom component as in Externship I, students will attend meetings every two weeks with other students in the class and the teacher of the course. Enrollment is by application and permission of the Director of Experiential Education. Permission to enroll in Externship II will only be granted if the student will have significant learning opportunities in the field placement beyond those available in Externship I. Enrollment limit: 8. The course is graded S/U.

Independent Research & Writing LAW 474 1-3 Hours
With the approval of a full-time faculty member, a student may register for independent research and writing after completing the first year. An independent research and writing project is normally undertaken for two hours credit, but in appropriate cases the supervising faculty member may approve registration for one or three hours credit. A student may register for only one independent research and writing project per semester and no more than two projects will be approved for any student. Credit will be awarded, in the discretion of the supervising faculty member, on either a graded or pass/fail basis, upon the completion of a written product suitable for submission for publication. 1-3 Credit Hours

Judicial Field Placement LAW 442 3-4 Hours
One section of Public Interest Practicum I each semester will be comprised of the students who are working for judges. These students will perform research and writing assignments for their judges and are expected to attend hearings, trials, and other proceedings. In addition to field work, the course meets for two hours per week in a classroom. The course includes readings, reflective journals, and class discussion, all of which are designed to help students learn from their fieldwork experience. Students must work in their field placement at least 86 hours for 3 hours of credit or at least 126 hours for 4 hours of credit. The hours are exclusive of class time and travel time. Students arrange a regular work schedule with their judges and submit weekly time sheets and reflective journal entries to their faculty supervisor. Enrollment is by application and permission of the faculty supervisor. Preference will be given to students who register for 4 credits.

Juvenile Court Practice & Procedure LAW 494 2 Hours
Delinquency, deprivation, status offenses, and dependency in Juvenile Court. History of Juvenile Court, evolution of children's rights, and trends in juvenile justice. Seminar format with special emphasis on practical aspects of litigation. Enrollment limited to 20. S/U

Law Review LAW 513 0 Hours
Members of the Mercer Law Review staff and Editorial Board earn academic credit for each year served on the Review. Upon satisfactory completion of the writing, editing, and other work required for each category of Law Review membership, credit will be awarded in the Spring Semester by the faculty advisor upon recommendation of the Editor-in-Chief. Credit hours vary.

Moot Court Competition LAW 520 3 Hours
All second-year students are eligible for membership on the Moot Court Board. Students are selected to membership each year based primarily on their performance in Legal Writing II. Board members, in both their second and third years, represent the Law School in various state, regional, and national moot court competitions. The Law School has been quite successful with its competition teams, having won at the state, regional and national levels. Students on competition teams receive invaluable training and experience. In addition, each member of a competition team receives three hours of pass/fail academic credit in the semester in which the competition takes place.

Trial Practice LAW 564 3 Hours
The course is designed to develop trial skills through the preparation and role-playing of various trial tasks using simulated cases and simulated trial situations. The class sessions consists of one hour of lecture and demonstration and two hours of small section meetings in which each student will practice a particular skill. Each performing student is given an intensive critique by a member of the faculty. After ten weeks of preparation on specific trial tasks, the students participate in both a bench trial and a jury trial. Pre-requisite: Evidence. Enrollment limited to 14 per section. S/U (Pass/Fail)

Summer Semester

American Legal History LAW 509 3 Hours
We will examine issues and themes of American law from the 18th Century to the present. We will look at the development of some areas of "traditionally" substantive law, such as Torts and Contracts, as well as other areas of substantive law, such as Slavery and Labor. We will explore the relationship between law and society in a number of areas, including race and gender, with attention to how law shapes society and how society shapes law. We will also consider the meaning of American law in the context of American democracy. The course will have a final examination and students may have written assignments at the professor's discretion.

Summer Externship LAW 602 2-3 Hours
Students work in an approved public interest or governmental law office under the supervision of a practicing attorney and the general supervision of a faculty member. In addition to the work in the public interest law office, students are required to participate in two two-hour class sessions: the first takes place at the end of the Spring semester and prepares students for their field placement experience; the second takes place at the beginning of the Fall semester and gives students the opportunity to reflect on the experiences together. Students also participate in a web-based, faculty-led guided discussion board concerning issues common to all field placements. Students also turn in regular reflective journals and weekly timesheets to the faculty supervisor. Students must work at least 120 hours for 2 hours of credit or at least 180 hours for 3 hours of credit. Students may not earn more than 3 credit hours in one summer, but the course may be repeated for credit one time, for a maximum total credit over two summers of six hours. Enrollment is by application and permission of the faculty member in charge of the course. The public interest faculty will maintain a list of approved placements, but students may petition for a placement to be added. The course is graded S/U.