Juris Doctor Course Selection
Accounting and Finance for Lawyers - LAW 6760 (pending University Curriculum Committee Approval)
Credits: 2. Elements of accounting; interpretation of financial statements and audit reports; accounting problems likely to arise in a lawyer’s practice. Designed for students with little or no accounting background. Students with more than six semester hours of accounting courses must seek special permission of the instructor.
Administrative Law – LAW 6520
Credits: 3. Analysis of the administrative process, with an emphasis on the activities of federal regulatory agencies. Topics include legislative delegations of authority to agencies, executive branch controls, rulemaking and adjudicatory procedures, due process rights, and the scope of judicial review of administrative decision making.
Adoption Law – LAW 6715
Credits: 2. This course will involve an exploration of the history of the American law of adoption, adoption procedures and the fundamental legal principles of adoption, covering cases, statutes and constitutional issues. Topics will include relative, grandparents and step-parent adoption as well as the adoption of children in state custody, private intermediary and agency adoptions, international adoptions, post adoption issues and wrongful adoption. Adoption is an important part of family law practice, with many complex issues that are addressed only superficially in general family law courses. This course will provide a foundation in adoption law for private practitioners as well as for public interest attorneys and child advocacy specialists. In addition, emerging and evolving areas of adoption law will be explored including open adoptions, transracial adoptions, sexual orientation issues in adoption, and adoption by non-traditional families.
Advanced Legal Research – LAW 6798
Credits: 2. Teaches strategies for effective legal research, finding and updating the law, with an emphasis on the structure of American legal bibliography. Covers both manual and electronic research sources in depth. Emphasis on primary and secondary sources of law in federal and state jurisdictions. Among the topics examined will be legislative history, administrative law sources, court rules, citators and topical research materials in Tax, Environmental and International law. Advanced training in LEXIS, WESTLAW, DIALOG and other electronic sources included.
Advanced Problems In Bankruptcy And Debtor-Creditor Law – LAW 6056
Credits: 2 or 3. Prerequisite: Creditors’ Remedies and Bankruptcy (LAW 6052) or Debtor-Creditor Law (LAW 6050). The objective of the course is to give the student a grounding in bankruptcy processes, a strengthened appreciation of the philosophical and policy-based underpinnings of bankruptcy, and a deepened understanding of selected aspects of bankruptcy practice. The course will consist of a number of selected problems of current interest in the practice of bankruptcy and debtor-creditor law.
Advanced Research, Writing And Appellate Advocacy I – LAW 6953
Credit: 1. Students serve as instructors in the first-year Research Writing and Appellate Advocacy course under the direction of the assistant directors of the program. Letter grades are awarded on the basis of writing assignments, instruction and counseling prepared and performed by the student instructors. Enrollment with permission of the assistant directors only. LAW 6954 must be taken in addition to LAW 6953; otherwise, no credit toward graduation will be allowed for LAW 6953.
Advanced Research, Writing And Appellate Advocacy II – LAW 6954
Credits: 2. Continuation of LAW 6953. LAW 6954 must be taken or no credit toward graduation will be allowed for LAW 6953.
Advanced Techniques In Appellate Advocacy – LAW 6799
Credits: 2. Prerequisite: Passing grade in Appellate Advocacy (LAW 5793). Provides in-depth, advanced instruction and practice in persuasive written and oral legal analysis, focusing on appellate advocacy techniques. Builds upon training provided in first-year writing courses. Among topics examined will be appellate brief writing, preservation of appellate issues, appellate standards of review, rhetoric and the canons of logic in the appellate context, and appellate oral argument. Students will be required to prepare at least one appellate brief and to present at least one appellate oral argument.
Advanced Trial Practice – LAW 6930
Credits: 1-2. Maximum of 2 credits. Students review and critique performances of trial practice students under the direction of the professor. Credit will be awarded on the basis of written assignments, critiques and other assistance prepared and performed by the student instructor. Enrollment is by permission of the professor only. This course is graded Satisfactory (S) or Unsatisfactory (U).
Agricultural Law And Policy – LAW 6474
Credits: 3. Devoted to the study of the legal aspects of agricultural operations. Topics include protection and preservation of land for agricultural use, federal regulatory agencies and legislation, civil liability for farming activities and agri-business and the law.
American Legal History – LAW 6226
Credits: 2 or 3. Historical introduction to the origins and development of American law, constitutional principles and legal institutions and their influence upon the distribution of social, economic and political power.
Antitrust Law – LAW 6550
Credits: 3. An analysis of the legal, economic and policy issues engendered by efforts to prescribe standards of business conduct and preserve competitive market structures under the Sherman Act, Clayton Act, Federal Trade Commission Act and related legislation.
Appellate Advocacy – LAW 5793
Credits: 2. Prerequisite: Passing grade in Legal Research and Writing (LAW 5792). As a continuation of LAW 5792, a factual situation is presented to the student by means of a hypothetical appellate record. The record is the basis for the preparation of an appellate brief and oral arguments. The course is graded on a scale of Satisfactory (S), Honors (S+), or Unsatisfactory (U), and must be completed with a grade of S or better, even if this requirement necessitates repeating the course the following semester.
Business Enterprises Survey – LAW 6068 (effective fall 2012)
Credits: 5 This course combines much of the existing coverage in both unincorporated business enterprises and corporations into a single course. This combined course will cover the general themes of unincorporated business enterprises (agency, partnership, LLCs, LLPs). It will also cover various issues in corporations(organization and structure of a corporations, financial rights of shareholders, closed corporations, control in publicly held firms, duties or care and loyalty, litigation to enforce directors’ duties, mergers and acquisitions, and the regulation of disclosure, fraud and insider trading).
Business Transactions and Document Drafting – LAW 6802
Credits: 2. Prerequisites: Corporations (LAW 6063) and Legal Drafting (LAW 6955), Registration is through an application process, with applications available prior to Advance Registration. This course is designed to enhance each student’s ability to transition from classroom to law office drafting and negotiating table, where a premium is placed on critical thinking, organization, focused advocacy and competent, efficient and effective document drafting and transaction negotiation. Senior attorneys at law firms and corporate legal departments, as well as clients, often complain that recent law school graduates arrive ill-equipped to make meaningful contributions to the (non litigation-related) “business” they are expected to assist with. Although the drafting of documents (in particular, contracts) plays a key role in almost every area of the law, law school courses, course materials and legal writing workshops rarely deal with the “real world” process, tactics and techniques for understanding, drafting and negotiating these documents (or their constituent parts). In this Class, we will seek to (further) develop each student’s organizational, process, analytic, drafting and negotiation skills (i) in the context of issues and challenges – as embodied in business documents and contracts – typically encountered by business and transactional lawyers, and (ii) through the development of skills and the understanding of tools, tactics and resources needed to start and complete drafting projects with confidence and proficiency. This will be accomplished (or, at least, attempted) over the course of 14 class sessions held once weekly, through hands-on instruction, in-class and homework drafting and negotiation exercises and practical pointers, insights and guidance from four adjunct faculty members who are experienced corporate, securities and M&A legal practitioners and who have guided, trained and mentored many junior business lawyers.
Child, Parent And State – LAW 6714
Credits: 3. Covers child abuse and neglect, juvenile justice, adoption and foster care, and discusses education and health entitlements of children and conflicts between parents and children over medical decision-making, religion, schooling and emancipation. Students will engage in exercises involving drafting and oral advocacy in a simulated child protection case.
Civil Clinic: Full-Representation, Juvenile and Pro Se – LAW 6940
Credits: 9 (Full-Representation Fall/Spring), 6 (Full-Representation Summer, Juvenile, and Pro Se). Prerequisites for Juvenile and Pro Se sections: Juvenile and Pro Se Clinic Prep (LAW 6944). Not available to students who have taken Criminal Law Clinic (LAW 6942) or Mediation Clinic (LAW 6940). Must have completed 48 semester hours. Students participate in the conduct of civil legal matters under a scheme of systematic supervision combined with substantial related formal instruction. One-third of credits may be awarded on a letter grade basis at the option of the instructor. The remaining credits will be awarded on a Satisfactory (S), Unsatisfactory (U) basis. Enrollment for Full-Representation section is by application prior to advanced registration and is based on the same priority selection as Clinic Prep (see below).
Civil Procedure – LAW 5301
Credits: 4. Analysis of a civil lawsuit from commencement through trial, including consideration of jurisdiction, venue, pleading, motions, discovery, and joinder of parties and of claims; right to trial by jury, selection and instruction of jury, respective roles of judge, jury, and lawyer; trial and post-trial motions; judgments.
Comparative Family Law – LAW 6930
Credits: 3. An exploration of the similarities and differences in family laws and policies across various national legal systems. We will look at issues such as marriage and divorce, custody of children, adoption and procreation, child and family support policies. We will focus primarily on comparing norms that have developed in the US with those of the countries of the European Union, but will also draw comparisons with child and family law systems in other parts of the world that follow quite different models. We will look as well at selected issues of transnational law, involving families and children with connections to multiple jurisdictions. And we will explore selected international laws and treaties relating to families and children. Family Law or Perspectives on the Family is a prerequisite. There will be a take home exam.
Comparative Law – LAW 6250
Credits: 2 or 3. The first part of this course deals with a cross-cultural comparison of law and the legal profession; the second part deals with more specific applications, e.g., comparison of American and foreign case materials.
Condo And Community Development Law – LAW 6-XXX (pending University Curriculum Committee Approval)
Credits: 2 -3 This class shall focus on statutory requirements and practical considerations in the development of condominiums and other homeowner community regimes in Florida, with particular emphasis on community planning and document drafting in today’s real estate environment. That portion of the class shall be presented from the perspective of both a developer and developer’s legal counsel. In addition, the course shall address the role of the community association in operating and governing the community following turnover of control from the developer, with emphasis on current assessment collection and foreclosure issues. Students will have the option of taking this 2 hour/week class for 2 credits, or may opt to receive a 3rd credit by researching and writing a paper on a community development or community association topic (with guidance from the professor), with 1/3rd of the student’s grade being derived from that paper.
Conflict of Laws – LAW 6340
Credits: 3. Problems arising whenever at least one of the operative facts of the case is connected with a state other than the forum; jurisdiction of courts; enforcement of foreign judgments; federal-state conflicts.
Conservation Clinic – LAW 6465
Credits: 3. Prerequisite: Environmental Law and/or Land Use Law (4th semester or greater); graduate students need instructor approval and referral from affiliate faculty. This course will provide upper level environmental law students and graduate students in related fields with exposure to transactional environmental and land use professional practice, applied research and public policy analysis under the supervision of the instructor/clinic director. It will also enable students to participate in the development of novel approaches to the field application of environmental policies. Students will learn to work within interdisciplinary teams to achieve results that require a collaborative approach from multiple disciplines. Registration is by application prior to advanced registration. Course is graded Satisfactory (S) or Unsatisfactory (U).
Constitutional Law – LAW 5501
Credits: 4. Introduction to United States Constitutional Law. Topics include judicial enforcement of the Constitution to preserve individual liberties; judicial review; separation of powers; structure and powers of the federal government; and federalism.
Consumer Law – LAW 6040
Credits: 3. This course is an introduction to and survey of principle statutes and common-law doctrines protecting consumers in the American marketplace. Typical topics covered may include fraud, deceptive practices, product quality, warranties, equal access to credit, Truth-in-Lending law, fair debt collection, and consumer issues in cyberspace.
Contracts – LAW 5000
Credits: 4. An introduction to the law and theory of legally enforceable agreements and promises, including elements of contract formation; consideration; effects of non-performance; conditions for relief from or discharge of obligations; and remedies.
Copyright Law – LAW 6572
Credits: 2 or 3. Principles of copyright law, including protection of literary, musical, dramatic, visual art, audiovisual, and architectural works, motion pictures, sound recordings, computer programs and other digital and new technological works, and derivative works and compilations; ownership, duration, renewal, and formalities; exclusive rights and limitations; moral rights; infringement actions; fair use and other affirmative defenses; and federal preemption.
Corporate Taxation – LAW 6610
Credits: 3. Prerequisite: Income Taxation (LAW 6600). Addresses income tax topics which might be encountered by a general practitioner advising a closely held corporation and its investors. Income tax consequences of transfers of property and services to a corporation, distributions to investors, and corporate liquidations and mergers will be explored. Coverage given to tax treatment of “S Corporations,” an increasingly important choice of entity for small businesses.
Corporations – LAW 6063
Credits: 3. Registration priority given to second-year students in their fourth full semester. Consideration of problems in organizing a corporation, disregard of the corporate fiction, control and management, derivative suits, and special problems of the close corporation. May also consider federal regulations controlling insider trading, proxy solicitations, and short-swing profits.
Creditors’ Remedies And Bankruptcy – LAW 6052
Credits: 3 or 4. Credit for Debtor-Creditor Law (LAW 6050) precludes additional credit for this course. A study of individual collection of monetary judgments and administration of insolvent estates under the Bankruptcy Code and state law. The non-bankruptcy materials cover execution, attachment, garnishment, proceedings in aid of execution and the liens and priority produced by judicial process. Bankruptcy focuses principally on liquidation proceedings and the trustee’s powers to avoid transfers, with greater attention being given to business workouts when the course is taught for four credits.
Criminal Law – LAW 5100
Credits: 3. Substantive law of crimes, including principles of punishment, elements of typical crimes, complicity, inchoate crime, responsibility and defenses.
Criminal Law Clinic – LAW 6942
Credits: 6. Prerequisites: Criminal Procedure: Police and Police Practices (LAW 6111), Criminal Procedure: Adversary Systems (LAW 6112), and Trial Advocacy (LAW 6361) or Trial Practice (LAW 6363). Not available to students who have taken Civil Clinic (LAW 6940) or Mediation Clinic. Must have completed 48 semester hours. Participation in conduct of actual criminal legal matters as an intern supervised by member of a state attorney or public defender’s office. Two of the six credits will be graded, the remaining four awarded on a Satisfactory (S), Unsatisfactory (U) basis. (Summer Criminal Clinic is graded on an S/U basis only.) Enrollment by application prior to pre-registration.
Criminal Litigation – LAW 6XXX (pending University Curriculum Committee Approval)
Credits: 3 The objective of this course is to develop students’ legal skills by guiding them through several of the major steps involved in criminal litigation. Criminal litigation will be offered as a three credit course and will meet once a week for three hours. The students will be divided into prosecutors and defense attorneys. Students will be given an information or indictment charging the defendant with a crime, and describing the factual allegations underlying the charge. The first half of each class session will be devoted to lecture, video presentation, short reading assignments and discussion. The second half of each class will consist of skills development through simulation exercises. A different topic will be covered in each class. Topics will include an overview of the criminal pretrial process, witness interviewing, preliminary hearings, plea bargaining, drafting a motion to suppress evidence, other pre and post trial motions, and how to conduct a suppression hearing. The class will also cover voir dire, writing opening statements, closing arguments, direct and cross-examinations, objections, jury instructions and sentencing hearings. The trial portion of this course will focus specifically on criminal trial strategy and substance, as opposed to the general trial process and technique which is covered in trial practice. By walking through these steps, students will strengthen their knowledge of criminal pretrial procedure, and develop their criminal litigation skills.
Criminal Procedure: Adversary System – LAW 6112
Credits: 3. Covers commencement of formal criminal proceedings; bail, the decision to prosecute, the grand jury, the preliminary hearing, venue, joinder and severance, and speedy trial. Trial concerns such as guilty pleas, discovery, jury trial, prejudicial publicity, professional ethics and double jeopardy are also considered. Credit for this course precludes credit for Criminal Procedure Survey (LAW 6930).
Criminal Procedure: Police and Police Practices – LAW 6111
Credits: 3. Police as a social institution, including personnel, bureaucratic structure and incentives. Also covers police practices such as arrest, search, seizure, wiretapping, eavesdropping, use of informers, entrapment, confessions and lineups. Credit for this course precludes credit for Criminal Procedure Survey (LAW 6930).
Cross Cultural Legal Counseling – LAW 6386 (effective fall 2012)
Credits: 2 This course introduces understandings of deep cultural values that are broadly accepted in other disciplines (i.e. cultural anthropology, business, psychology, education, medicine) and applies them to lawyer-client counseling situations; in particular, those situations where the lawyer’s cultural values differ from the client’s.
Economics of the Family—LAW 6930
Credits: 3. Prerequisite: Perspectives on the Family (LAW 6711) or Family Law (LAW 6710). Income Tax recommended. Covers theories of alimony, child support, and equitable disposition of property at divorce, valuation and distribution of pensions and other complex assets, child support in marital and non-marital contexts, taxation and economic policy, family and work issues, and income supports for poor and working families. Students will complete exercises in applying state family laws and federal tax laws.
Elder Law – LAW 6XXX (pending University Curriculum Committee Approval)
Credits: 3 An examination of the legal problems of the elderly (not limited to low-income elderly). As a practice area, Elder Law is directed to the intersection of age and various areas of the law, only some of which are age specific as to application. Emphasis will be on elder law planning as opposed to advocacy. Consideration will be given to: ethical issues associated with representing the elderly; end-of-life planning (advance health care directives, designation of health care surrogates, do-not-resuscitate orders, HIPPA waivers); planning for property management(durable powers of attorney, revocable trusts); asset protection planning (Medicaid eligibility, Miller trusts); court-supervised property management(guardianships and conservatorships); government entitlement retirement programs(Social Security), employer-sourced retirement plans, traditional and Roth IRAs; health and long-term care planning (COBRA, long-term care insurance) and entitlement programs (CLASS, Medicare, Medicaid); housing; and elder abuse (Elder Justice Act). No consideration will be given to age (or disability) discrimination in employment or to age-dependent income tax provisions, as those subjects are best suited to treatment in other courses.
Employee Pension And Benefit Law — LAW 6541
Credits: 2 or 3. Introduces students to basics of federal pension law, including employee benefit provisions of Internal Revenue Code and labor law portions of ERISA (federal statute governing employer-provided plans). Provides a basic overview of tax principles of deferred compensation and introduction to the tax requirements for qualified pension plans. Also covers the large body of federal case law addressing such issues as ERISA preemption of state law and its impact on employer-provided health benefits, age and sex discrimination in pension benefits, and other issues.
Employment Discrimination – LAW 6930
Credits: 2 or 3. An examination of various laws prohibiting discrimination in employment, with particular emphasis on federal law.
Employment Law – LAW 6545
Credits: 3. This course is an introduction to and survey of principal statutes and common-law doctrines governing the workplace and relationships between employers and employees. Typical topics covered may include the at-will doctrine, developing exceptions to the at-will doctrine, employment discrimination, conditions of employment, aspects of labor law, hiring, firing and other topics.
Environmental Dispute Resolution – LAW 6478
Credits: 2. Prerequisites: Natural Resources Law (LAW 6472) or Environmental Law (LAW 6470). Recommended: Administrative Law (Federal or Florida); an Alternative Dispute Resolution Course. Teaches a variety of traditional and non-traditional dispute resolution techniques and skills that can be used to resolve environmental disputes. To illustrate the utility of various dispute resolution techniques, three primary types of environmental disputes will be used: (1) a challenge to an environmental rule; (2) a challenge to an environmental agency permitting decision; and (3) an enforcement action for an environmental violation. Will explore advantages and disadvantages of dispute resolution practices, including judicial litigation, administrative litigation, mediation, negotiation and legislatively-created dispute resolution techniques. Students will be required to prepare for and participate in two “hands-on” exercises: a mock administrative hearing on a permit challenge and a mock mediation involving an environmental violation, and required to prepare legal documents related to these exercises.
Environmental Law – LAW 6470
Credits: 3 or 4. Introduction to modern environmental regulation and its foundations, covering common law precursors to environmental law and a survey of major regulatory issues and techniques, focusing on the Clean Water Act, National Environmental Policy Act, and Comprehensive Environmental Response Compensation and Liability Act, with examples drawn from other statutes such as the Clean Air Act.
Estate Planning – LAW 6450
Credits: 2 or 3. Prerequisites: Estates and Trusts (LAW 6430) and pre- or co-requisite Taxation of Gratuitous Transfers (LAW 6620). Recommended: Fiduciary Administration (LAW 6440). Using problems as the primary means of instruction, will explore theories and skills involved in estate planning process. Specific topics include: estate planning engagement; information gathering; estate analysis; identification of client objectives; development of remedial and conventional estate plans; and selection of fiduciaries. Students will complete an exercise in document preparation in a transactional context.
Estates and Trusts – LAW 6430
Credits: 3. Prerequisite: Property (LAW 5400). Registration priority given to second-year students. Topics covered include intestate succession, gifts, execution of wills, creation of trusts, charitable trusts, ademption and lapse, powers and appointment.
Evidence – LAW 6330
Credits: 4. Prerequisite: Civil Procedure (LAW 5301). Registration priority given to second-year students. A study of the law governing the proof of issues of fact before a judicial tribunal. Topics covered may include judicial notice, presumptions, burden of proof, hearsay, relevancy, testimonial proof, demonstrative and scientific proof, documentary proof and privileged communications. Emphasis is placed on the Federal Rules of Evidence.
Externships – LAW 6946
Credits: 2-6. Maximum of six credits allowed for any combination of externships. Educational field placements, commonly known as externships, give students the opportunity to gain practical experience, enhance working knowledge of the law and develop professional contacts in the field. Students work in selected agencies or organizations focused on a particular legal field.
Family Law – LAW 6711 (pending University Curriculum Committee Approval)
Credits: 4. Covers the law of the family, including cases, statutes and constitutional precedents relating to marriage, divorce, non-traditional families, child custody, child and spousal support, adoption and reproductive technologies. Students will complete exercises in negotiation and drafting of documents in a simulated family law transaction.
Federal Courts – LAW 6302
Credits: 3. Prerequisite: Civil Procedure (LAW 5301). Recommended: Constitutional Law (LAW 5501) and Constitutional Law II (LAW 6502). Analysis of the federal judicial system and its relationship to the state’s judicial systems, including consideration of the applicable jurisdictional, procedural and substantive law.
Fiduciary Administration I—LAW 6440
Credits: 3. Prerequisite: Estates and Trusts (LAW 6430). Problems and the administration of decedents’ estates and of noncommercial trusts, probate procedure, powers of the fiduciary, compensation of fiduciaries and their attorneys.
Finance for Lawyers – LAW 6XXX (pending University Curriculum Committee Approval)
Credit: 1 This course will introduce students to the elements of finance: use of a Financial Calculator, including computation of the Present and Future Value of a Sum, the Present and Future Value of an Annuity, an Amortization, a Sinking Fund, plus the proper statement of an interest rate, including its conversion from a nominal to an effective rate or an annual percentage rate or yield. The course relates Finance and Accounting to practical situations likely to arise in many areas of law, including Family, Tort, Tax, Corporate, Debtor-Creditor, Bankruptcy, Retirement Planning, Trusts and Property Law. Note: This course is asynchronous online. Students who have taken the 3 credit course in ACCOUNTING AND FINANCE FOR LAWYERS may NOT take this course.
First Amendment Law – LAW 6511
Credits: 2 or 3. Prerequisite: Constitutional Law (LAW 5501). Analyzes and criticizes philosophical and legal bases of important contemporary restrictions on freedom of expression. Connections with larger issues of tolerance and related principles of First Amendment law also pursued.
Florida Administrative Law – LAW 6521
Credits: 2 or 3. Coverage of Florida Administrative Procedure Act (FAPA), rule-making under the FAPA, decisions affecting substantial interests, enforcement of agency action, judicial review under the FAPA, non-FAPA judicial review, government in the sunshine and public records.
Florida Constitutional Law – LAW 6503
Credits: 2 or 3. Analysis of selected provisions of the Florida Constitution, with emphasis on recent decisions of the Florida Supreme Court; analysis of current proposals for constitutional change.
Florida Land Use Law – LAW 6XXX (pending University Curriculum Committee Approval)
This course is designed to introduce students to issues they may encounter while practicing land use law as a Florida attorney. The class will meet every other week for two hours during the semester. Students will read several Florida cases and Attorney General Opinions per semester. However, most of the reading assignments will consist of articles from the Florida Bar’s Environmental and Law Use Law Section Treatise. By focusing most of the reading on selections from the treatise, students will be exposed to a wider range of Florida case law than possible if they had to read each case individually.
Future Interests – LAW 6433
Credits: 2 or 3. Topics include protection of the family, termination of trusts, classification of possessory and future interests, gifts to classes and the Rule Against Perpetuities.
Gender And The Law – LAW 6238
Credits: 2 or 3. Discussion of selected legal topics exploring the perspective of women as the subject and object of law. Includes segments focusing on women’s explicit status, or lack of status, in the law, such as legal disabilities of married women and the treatment of domestic violence; the treatment of legal areas historically and currently of particular interest to women due to cultural norms of women’s roles, such as family law, laws governing sexuality and reproductive rights; the use of law to expand women’s rights and redefine women’s roles, such as constitutional equality doctrine and discrimination laws applying to employment and education; and exploration of feminist jurisprudence, questioning whether our very concepts of law, legal rules, legal structure, and legal analysis are defined and shaped by gender.
Global Corporate Compliance – LAW 6090 (effective Fall 2014)
Credits 2 The principal objective is to educate students as to the critical role of legal compliance in conducting international business. Students will gain an understanding of the basic laws and practical guidance on advising business clients. Upon completion, students should know the essential requirements of a successful corporate compliance program.
History Of Women In the Law – LAW 6225
Credits: 3. Offers a close, analytical study of issues in women’s history and the law by introducing important developments in the law as it pertains to women and women’s status in England and America. Utilizes general and specific historical studies; primary documents such as articles and reports written during the period at issue; legislation and cases from the relevant periods; and legislation, cases and articles of current interest pertaining to the modern development of the relevant topics.
Immigration And Nationality Law – LAW 6264
Credits: 2 or 3. Current United States immigration and nationality law, its history and constitutional, statutory and policy perspectives. Topics include administration by Immigration and Naturalization Service; source and scope of congressional power; procedures for entry, exclusion, and deportation; refugee and asylum law; immigration process reform proposals; undocumented migration; and acquisition and loss of citizenship.
Income Taxation – LAW 6600
Credits: 3 or 4. Designed to teach the fundamentals of federal income taxation in order to prepare students, as lawyers, to recognize and appreciate income tax consequences of transactions and events they encounter in general practice of law. Students are introduced to essential legal skills of learning to read and understand the language of statutes (the Internal Revenue Code) as well as that of an administrative agency (the Internal Revenue Service) and judicial interpretations of the statutes and agency pronouncements. Students who wish to take additional courses in taxation should consider taking Income Taxation in their second year because it is a prerequisite to all of the other income tax courses.
Income Taxation Of Estates and Trusts – LAW 6621
Credits: 2. Prerequisite: Income Taxation (LAW 6600). The general practitioner frequently encounters problems relating to family income tax matters and the use of custodial devices such as trusts, inter vivos or testamentary. This course addresses the income tax consequences of estates, trusts and beneficiaries with a view to minimizing drafting blunders.
Independent Research – Advanced Writing Requirement – LAW 6XXX (pending University Curriculum Committee Approval)
Credits: 1 or 2 Students who enroll in this course may satisfy the Advanced Writing Requirement by designing and completing an independent research project under the supervision of a faculty member in an area of law within the faculty member’s expertise. An abstract of the proposed writing project must be submitted to the Curriculum committee by the end of the sixth week of the semester in which the course is taken. The Curriculum committee must certify the project as worthy of satisfaction of the Advanced Writing Requirement and the supervising faculty member must certify that the final written product satisfies the Advanced Writing Requirement. The course is graded pass/fail and may be taken for one or two credits toward graduation. A student who elects to take this course for two credits must produce twice as much written product as a student seeking only one credit. Credits for this course and the Independent Study course together may not exceed a total of four credits toward graduation.
Independent Study – LAW 6905
Credits: 1 or 2 per semester. Maximum credits allowed toward graduation are 4. Open only to students who have completed three terms and who are in good academic standing. An independent research project under the supervision of a faculty member who has a special interest in the area. The student must obtain the consent of the faculty member and agreement on the number of credits to be awarded prior to registering for this course. The project must include per credit reading and writing components at least commensurate with those of a law school seminar, and shall be graded pass/fail in accordance with general law school standards. Independent studies cannot be used to fulfill the seminar requirement. Interested students should obtain an Independent Study Template from Student Affairs Office.
Insurance – LAW 6080
Credits: 2 or 3. Various forms of policies—such as Fire, Homeowners, Automobile, Health and Accident, Floates; concepts of marketing, claims, processing, and insurance institutions, principles of indemnity, risk transference, reasonable expectancies, and unconscionable advantages.
Intellectual Property Law – LAW 6570
Credits: 2 or 3. Students may not enroll in Intellectual Property Law if they have already taken, or by the end of the semester in which they would be enrolled in Intellectual Property Law will have taken, two or more of the following courses: Copyright Law, Patent Law or Trademark Law. A survey of the law of patents, trade secrets, copyrights, trademarks and unfair competition.
Intellectual Property Litigation – LAW 6577
Credits: 2. Prerequisite, at least one of the following: Intellectual Property Law (LAW 6570), Copyright Law (LAW 6572), Patent Law (LAW 6573), or Trademark Law (LAW 6576). Overview of issues and strategies in high-tech litigation, including discovery, use of technical experts, alternative dispute resolution, pretrial investigation, settlement negotiations and trial.
International Business Transactions – LAW 6261
Credits: 2 or 3. Legal problems involved with commercial transactions across borders, transfer of technology, and foreign investment. Explores international documentary sales, letters of credit, bills of lading, international intellectual property, foreign direct investment issues including risk analysis and the decision to invest, transfer pricing, currency controls, company withdrawal, investing in developing nations, nations in transition, and economically integrated areas such as the NAFTA and the EU, and resolution of international commercial and investment disputes.
International Commercial Arbitration Moot – LAW 6316
Credits: 3. A course combining study of the Convention on the International Sale of Goods (CISG) with participation in the International Commercial Arbitration Moot (ICAM) program. The first third of the course is devoted to study of the CISG, at the end of which students will take an examination on the Convention. During the balance of the term, students participate in brief writing and oral arguments based on the ICAM problem for the year. The grade in the course will be determined by the grade on the CISG exam, the brief, and the oral argument. The best oralists, as selected by the professors, become members of the ICAM team and travel to Vienna in the spring to represent the College of Law. That team will prepare the Claimant’s and Respondent’s brief to be submitted to the competition. In doing so, it will rely on the briefs already prepared by the class. Because of the possibility of selection to the ICAM team, this course is open only to students who will be enrolled in both the fall and spring semesters.
International Human Rights Law – LAW 6263
Credits: 3. Introduction to international protection of human rights, including theoretical and practical aspects of human rights law, focusing on international, regional and domestic law contexts. Particular attention is given to procedures that characterize human rights mechanisms for both prescribing and applying human rights precepts.
International Intellectual Property Law – LAW 6574
Credits: 2 or 3. Prerequisite, at least one of the following: Intellectual Property Law (LAW 6570), Copyright Law (LAW 6572), Patent Law (LAW 6573), or Trademark Law (LAW 6576). A survey of the principal multinational agreements relating to intellectual property, including the Berne Convention, the TRIPs Agreement, the Patent Cooperation Treaty, and the Paris and Madrid Conventions; how these agreements affect U.S. domestic law; and some aspects of comparative intellectual property law.
International Law – LAW 6260
Credits: 3. An introduction to international law as applied between nations and in United States courts.
International Law Journal – LAW 6949
Credit: 1 per semester. Maximum credits allowed are three; third credit only available to editors. Maximum credits allowed for any combination of co-curricular activities (International Commercial Arbitration Moot, Jessup Moot Court Team, Trial Team, Moot Court, Florida Law Review, Florida Journal of International Law, Journal of Technology Law and Policy and Journal of Law and Public Policy) are four. Research, writing, and editorial work for the Florida Journal of International Law. Limited to students whose scholastic average meets the requirements for international law journal work. Course is graded on a Satisfactory (S), Unsatisfactory (U) basis. NOTE: Students who successfully complete an open writing candidacy for the Florida Journal of International Law, as certified by the faculty adviser, may register for one credit of LAW 6949 retrospectively in term of enrollment next succeeding term in which the candidacy was completed.
International Trade And Environment – LAW 6298
Credits: 2 or 3. Legal and policy issues raised by clashes between global rules promoting free trade and domestic efforts to conserve natural resources. The course explores the relationship between World Trade Organization rules reducing trade barriers and environmental treaties such as the Endangered Species Convention that rely on these very trade restrictions to manage resources, as well as efforts by the North American Free Trade Agreement and the Biodiversity Convention to reconcile the two critical public policy objectives. Equips future lawyers with background to advise how business strategies must account for both legal regimes.
International Trade Law – LAW 6262
Credits: 2 or 3. This course examines legal issues related to the regulation of international trade under U.S. law and multilateral agreements such as the World Trade Organization and the North American Free Trade Agreement. We will consider the major areas of international trade law affecting imports and exports of goods and services, including tariff classification, customs valuation, rules of origin, countervailing duties, antidumping duties, safeguards, sanitary and phytosanitary measures, technical barriers to trade, and export control. We will also consider certain emerging areas of international trade law and policy, including investor-state relations, trade in services, trade and intellectual property, trade and the environment, and trade and human rights.
Interviewing And Counseling – LAW 6381
Credits: 2 or 3. Not available to students who have taken or are taking Interviewing, Counseling, and Mediation (LAW 6387); or Interviewing, Counseling, and Negotiation (LAW 6388). An examination of theories and skills involved in interviewing clients and witnesses and counseling clients. Readings, videotapes, role plays, and simulations will be used to develop these theories and skills.
Introduction to Lawyering and the Legal Profession - LAW 5755 (effective fall 2012)
Credits: 2 This course acquaints students with the defining attributes of the legal profession including a code of ethics and assumption of duties to clients, the justice system, and society. Focuses on the evolving nature of legal services, types of law practices, and demographics of the legal profession and the skills required for law practice.
Jessup Moot Court – LAW 6965
Credit: 1 per semester. Maximum credits allowed are three. Maximum credits allowed for any combination of co-curricular activities (Jessup Moot Court Team, Trial Team, Moot Court, Florida Law Review, Florida Journal of International Law, Journal of Technology Law and Policy and Journal of Law and Public Policy) are four. The University of Florida’s Jessup Moot Court is the course for which members and potential members of the Jessup team are awarded credit. The team is a co-curricular, competitive arbitration organization that explores issues of public international law and international humanitarian law. The team is run by students with faculty supervision and involvement and collectively drafts competitive briefs and attends national and international competitions. The class functions as an extended tryout, with guidance from the student chair of the Jessup team and from the faculty advisors.The course is graded on a Satisfactory (S), Unsatisfactory (U) basis. NOTE: Students who successfully complete a Moot Court candidacy, as certified by the Moot Court faculty adviser, may register for one credit of LAW 6965 retrospectively in the term of enrollment next succeeding the term in which the candidacy was completed.
Journal Of Law And Public Policy – LAW 6526
Credit: 1 per semester. Three maximum credits allowed (third credit only available to editors). Maximum credits allowed for any combination of co-curricular activities (Jessup Moot Court Team, Trial Team, Moot Court, Florida Law Review, Florida Journal of International Law, Journal of Technology Law and Policy and Journal of Law and Public Policy) are four. Research, writing, and editorial work for the Journal of Law and Public Policy. Students in good academic standing are eligible to apply during their third or fourth semester. The course will be graded on a Satisfactory (S), Unsatisfactory (U) basis. NOTE: Students who successfully complete an open writing candidacy for JLPP, as certified by the JLPP faculty advisor, may register for one credit of LAW 6526 retrospectively in the term of enrollment next succeeding the term in which the candidacy was completed.
Journal Of Technology Law And Policy – LAW 6959
Credit: 1 per semester. Maximum credits allowed are three; third credit only available to editors. Maximum credits allowed for any combination of co-curricular activities (Jessup Moot Court Team, Trial Team, Moot Court, Florida Law Review, Florida Journal of International Law, Journal of Technology Law and Policy and Journal of Law and Public Policy) are four. Research, writing, and editorial work for the Journal of Technology Law and Policy. Students in good academic standing are eligible to apply during their third or fourth semester. The course will be graded on a Satisfactory (S), Unsatisfactory (U) basis. NOTE: Students who successfully complete an open writing candidacy for JTLP, as certified by the JTLP faculty advisor, may register for one credit of Journal of Technology Law and Policy (LAW 6959) retrospectively in the term of enrollment next succeeding the term in which the candidacy was completed.
Jurisprudence – LAW 5210
Credits: 3. A study of the relationship between the practical and theoretical dimensions of law and the legal process. A study of the concepts of law and morality in their historical contexts beginning with Blackstone, Bentham and Austin; comparing the American contributions of Holmes, Llewellyn and Frank; culminating in an intense study of judicial decision-making. The second half of the course undertakes a deeper study of Hart, Fuller and Dworkin in an exploration of a wide variety of issues arising in the relation of law, morality, and society.
Labor Law – LAW 6540
Credits: 3 or 4. Exploration of the law governing employer-union-employee relations in the private sector. Topics include employee organization, concerted activities, collective bargaining, and administration of agreements, including arbitration.
Land Finance—LAW 6421
Credits: 3. Prerequisite: Property (LAW 5400). A study of selected legal problems related to developing and financing the development of real property. Both the traditional mortgage arrangement and contemporary alternative financing approaches will be considered.
Land Use Planning And Control – LAW 6460
Credits: 3 or 4. Prerequisite: Property (LAW 5400). A study of the legal aspects of the allocation and development of land resources; private controls through covenants and easements; public regulation and control through zoning and subdivision regulation; social, economic and political implications of land regulations; eminent domain; selected current problems such as growth management, historic preservation, environmental regulations, and urban development.
Law And Economics – LAW 6555
Credits: 2 or 3. Course considers the application of economic analysis to a variety of areas of law, including contracts, torts, property, criminal law and intellectual property. The appropriateness of economic analysis in these contexts is evaluated in light of behavioral and moral considerations.
Law Practice Management – LAW 6752
Credits: 2. Students must complete a class project. Course covers topics such as the law firm as a business, practical skills in the practice of law, expanding practice through client and professional development, and ethical and professionalism responsibilities.
Law Review – LAW 6950
Credit: 1 per semester. Maximum credits allowed are three; third credit only available to editors. Maximum credits allowed for any combination of co-curricular activities (Jessup Moot Court Team, Trial Team, Moot Court, Florida Law Review, Florida Journal of International Law, Journal of Technology Law and Policy and Journal of Law and Public Policy) are four. Research, writing, and editorial work for Florida Law Review. Limited to students whose scholastic average meets the requirements for law review work. The course is graded on a Satisfactory (S), Unsatisfactory (U) basis. NOTE: Students who successfully complete an open writing candidacy for Law Review, as certified by the Law Review faculty adviser, may register for one credit of LAW 6950 retrospectively in the term of enrollment next succeeding the term in which the candidacy was completed.
Legal Drafting – LAW 6955
Credits: 2. Prerequisite: Passing grade in Appellate Advocacy (LAW 5793). This required course must be taken in the second year and be completed with a passing grade. Principles and practice of drafting legal documents, including complaints and responses, contracts, and legislative and quasi-legislative documents.
Legal Writing – LAW 5792
Credits: 2. First half of a two-part course, both required for graduation. Includes emphasis on written legal analysis and preparation of predictive legal memoranda.
Legal Research – LAW 5803
Credits: 1 This course introduces students to basic principles of researching statutory and case law at both federal and state levels. Students learn how to locate relevant statutes and case law using both electronic and print formats, including the use of indexes and secondary legal materials such as encyclopedias and treatises.
Local Government Law, Taxation And Finance – LAW 6531
Credits: 2 or 3. Examination of the substantive and procedural law of local governments, including organization, powers, procedure, personnel, and of financing sources, including state and local taxation, special assessments, user fees and borrowing.
Media Law – LAW 6852
Credits: 2 or 3. Not available to students who have taken or are taking Legal Problems of Mass Communications (LAW 6930). Focuses on bodies of law regulating the gathering and dissemination of information by the media, including constitutional, statutory, and common law. Specific topics covered include defamation and privacy, liability for physical and economic harms caused by the media, copyright, subpoenas and searches, media access to information, and regulation of broadcasting. Special attention given to the problem of regulating new technologies and to adapting first amendment theory to deal with these.
Mediation And Other Dispute Resolution Processes – LAW 6383
Credits: 2 or 3. Not available to students who have taken or are taking Interviewing, Counseling, and Mediation (LAW 6387); or Negotiation, Mediation, and Other Dispute Resolution Processes (LAW 6389). An exploration of theories and skills involved in mediation and other dispute resolution processes. Readings, videotapes, role plays, simulations and critical observation of mediations will be used to develop these theories and skills.
Mediation Clinic – LAW 6940
Credits: 6. Participation in the delivery of actual mediation services under supervision combined with instruction in mediation theory and skills, including short role-plays, longer simulated sessions, and observations of actual mediations. One-third of credits may be awarded on a letter-grade basis at the option of the instructor. The remaining credits will be awarded on a Satisfactory (S), Unsatisfactory (U) basis. Enrollment is done by application prior to advanced registration. Students who have taken civil or criminal clinic are eligible only if seats go unfilled.
Medical Malpractice – LAW 6725
Credits: 2. Addresses questions related to the tort liability of health care professionals and institutional providers, including issues of negligent medical treatment and failures to secure informed consent from patients and research subjects.
Medical Technology And The Law – LAW 6724
Credits: 2 or 3. Course considers the many ways our society manages medical technologies (primarily pharmaceuticals and medical devices), including direct federal regulation of research, development and marketing; products liability doctrines affecting manufacturing, design, and labeling; and the impacts of insurance systems and intellectual property regimes on access and innovation.
Mergers and Acquisitions – LAW 6067 (pending University Curriculum Committee Approval)
Credits: 2; Prerequisite: Corporations (LAW 6063). This course will actively explore each potential phase of merger and/or acquisition transactions with reference to relevant case law, statutes, and the realities of practice. Student will be required to consider all relevant legal issues, consider and analyze the terms of all relevant instruments and documents and furnish counsel to shareholders, boards of directors, experts, officers, directors and actual and potential buyers and sellers. The analysis will commence upon the inception of a transaction and proceed through the governance and regulatory issues, confidentiality agreements, the negotiation and execution of letters of intent, the conduct of due diligence, the negotiation, execution and delivery of stock purchase and/or asset purchase agreements and agreements relating to merger transactions, the preparation of closing documents, the addressing of closing and post closing issues and documentation while considering specific legal and practical scenarios. To the fullest extent possible, and consistent with other requirements, student participation will be solicited and required and will be amply considered in the determination of the final grade.
Moot Court – LAW 6951
Credit: 1 per semester. Maximum credits allowed are three. Maximum credits allowed for any combination of co-curricular activities (Jessup Moot Court Team, Trial Team, Moot Court, Florida Law Review, Florida Journal of International Law, Journal of Technology Law and Policy and Journal of Law and Public Policy) are four. Advanced training in appellate practice, including both the briefing and argument of cases on appeal through participation in appellate moot court proceedings. The course is graded on a Satisfactory (S), Unsatisfactory (U) basis. NOTE: Students who successfully complete a Moot Court candidacy, as certified by the Moot Court faculty adviser, may register for one credit of LAW 6951 retrospectively in the term of enrollment next succeeding the term in which the candidacy was completed.
Natural Resources Law – LAW 6472
Credits: 3 or 4. A survey of law and policy related to management of natural resources, including public and private lands and water, covering the public trust doctrine, sovereign submerged lands, water law, the National Environmental Policy Act, wetlands regulation, the Endangered Species Act, and management of public lands.
Negotiation – LAW 6385
Credits: 2 or 3. Not available to students who have taken or are taking Interviewing, Counseling, and Negotiation (LAW 6388); or Negotiation, Mediation and Other Dispute Resolution Processes (LAW 6389). Using simulations and role plays, this course explores negotiation skills lawyers employ in both transactional and dispute resolution contexts.
Negotiation, Mediation And Other Dispute Resolution Processes – LAW 6389
Credits: 3 or 4. Not available to students who have taken or are taking Mediation and Other Dispute Resolution Processes (LAW 6383), or Negotiation (LAW 6385). A study of theories and skills involved in negotiation, mediation, and other dispute resolution processes. Student performances in role plays and simulations will be a primary means of instruction.
Partnership Taxation – LAW 6616
Credits: 2 or 3. Prerequisite: Income Taxation (LAW 6600). A general practitioner is likely to encounter many business enterprises (including law firms) engaging in business in the form of a partnership. This course addresses taxation of partnerships and tax consequences of partnership formation or termination, distributions of money or property to partners, and consequences of sale or exchange of a partnership interest or of the death of a partner.
Patent Law – LAW 6573
Credits: 2 or 3. Topics to be covered may include structure of the U.S. Patent Act, conditions of patentability, claims drafting, amendment and correction of patents, acts constituting infringement, property and contract interests in patents, and litigation procedures including remedies and defenses.
Payment Systems – LAW 6020
Credits: 2 or 3. The study of the laws and regulations governing checks and notes, the collection of checks in the banking system, electronic funds transfers, credit and debit cards, and other evolving payment systems.
Poverty Law – LAW 6812
Credits: 3. Designed to enhance students’ ability to address legal problems of the poor. Introduces some of the major benefits programs, common structures and issues in those programs, and policy debates about the community’s role in addressing problems of poverty. Cases delineating clients’ rights in government programs will be studied. Students will address whether lawyers have a special obligation to represent the poor, and issues that arise in representing disadvantaged populations. Because federal and state statutes governing benefits programs are often unwieldy, students will be given practice in reading and interpreting these statutes.
Pre-Trial Practice Law – 6-XXX (pending University Curriculum Committee Approval)
Credits; 3 This course offers advanced, in-depth study of courtroom litigation at all stages and skills necessary for persuasive trial advocacy. Includes lecture/discussion as well as simulated case proceedings and critical evaluation. In addition to continued work in courtroom advocacy, areas of emphasis will include fact and theme development through the discovery process, pretrial motions, voir dire, trial evidence and record preservation. Prerequisite: Evidence (LAW 6330)
Professional Responsibility And The Legal Profession – LAW 6750
Credits: 3. Examines role of the individual lawyer and legal profession in contemporary society. Topics include the role of the lawyer as advocate, counselor, and officer of the court; the ethical and moral obligations lawyers owe their clients, other lawyers, courts, and society as derived from general ethical and moral principles and as embodied in model rules of professional conduct and the Restatement of the Law Governing Lawyers; and problems encountered in representing particular categories of clients, including individuals, corporations, criminal defendants, and indigents, among others.
Property – LAW 5400
Credits: 4. The acquisition and possession of real and personal property; estates in land; introduction to future interests; landlord and tenant; survey of modern land transactions and methods of title assurance; easements; and licenses, covenants, and rights incident to land ownership.
Prosecutorial Ethics- LAW 6118 (effective fall 2012)
Credits: 2 – 3 This course focuses on the ethical expectations of criminal trial lawyers and the unique ethical requirements imposed on prosecutors. Using case studies, students examine how the competing roles of the American prosecutor can create conflict and how prosecutors can perform those competing roles with due regard for ethical concerns.
Sales – LAW 6010
Credits: 2 or 3. The law applicable to the sale of goods, including bulk transfers, with emphasis on the legal devices utilized in the distribution of such property.
Secured Transactions In Personal Property – LAW 6051
Credits: 3. Credit for Debtor-Creditor Law (LAW 6050) precludes additional credit for this course. Selected problems in financing of security interests in personal property, principally under Article Nine of the Uniform Commercial Code. The course addresses the attachment and perfection of security interests, their enforcement and priorities among competing interests.
Securities Regulation – LAW 6560
Credits: 3. Prerequisite: Corporations (LAW 6063). Examination of controls and exemptions relating to the sale and distribution of securities by corporations, underwriters and others, including scope of the securities laws, registration provisions, distribution and resale of restricted securities, express and implied civil liabilities, secondary distributions and tender offers. Issues will be analyzed in context of amended 1933/1934 federal statutes, and state Blue Sky laws.
Statutory Interpretation – LAW 6XXX (pending University Curriculum Committee Approval)
Credits: 2 or 3 The law is increasingly defined by legislative enactments. Legislators, legislative staff, and lobbyists spend much of their time struggling to negotiate and draft statutes, which judges, administrators and attorneys then spend a significant amount of time attempting to interpret. This course focuses especially on statutory interpretation by courts, but also covers the process of statutory enactment by legislatures and statutory implementation and enforcement by executive branches. The course materials include statutes, appellate decisions, and commentary from the relevant legal and political science literature.
Taxation Of Gratuitous Transfers – LAW 6620
Credits: 2 or 3. Prerequisites: Estates and Trusts (LAW 6430) and Income Taxation (LAW 6600). In addition to the income tax, taxes are imposed upon the transfer of money or other property by gift, at death, and by certain “generation skipping transfers.” This course explores each of these categories of taxes on gratuitous transfers of wealth, the interrelationships with each other, and their role in estate planning.
Techniques Of Growth Management – LAW 6461
Credits: 2. This course will cover three of the more significant techniques of managing growth: development exactions, impact fees, and transferable development rights. The course will focus on the history of these techniques, their current use, and the case law that has evolved. Primary attention will be focused on the use of these techniques in Florida, but not to the exclusion of those of other states.
Torts – LAW 5700
Credits: 4. Civil liability for harm caused by wrongful acts that violate non-contractual duties imposed by law. The course covers negligence and other theories of liability as prescribed by the instructor.
Trade Secrets – LAW 6042 (effective fall 2012)
Credits: 3 This course addresses the law and theory applicable to the protection of confidential and proprietary business information ranging from formulas to customer lists. It includes coverage of trade secret protection and misappropriation in the employment context, such as issues regarding confidentiality and non-competition agreements, and the inevitable disclosure doctrine. Litigation strategies in trade secret misappropriation cases, as well as procedures and requirements for preserving trade secret protection are also covered. Finally, the course touches on relevant comparisons between trade secret law and other forms of intellectual property protection, such as patent law.
Trademark Law – LAW 6576
Credits: 3. Covers trademark law, with some coverage of broader unfair competition and false advertising issues. It is a combination common law/statutory class, and will provide experience in interpreting statutory language against a common law background. Specific trademark issues include nature of trademark rights, violations of trademark rights, defenses, remedies and selected procedural issues that arise in trademark cases. The prosecution of trademark applications is not covered in any detail, but the statutory requirements and benefits of registration are covered.
Trial Advocacy — LAW 6361
Credits: 3. Prerequisite: Evidence (LAW 6330). Not available to students who have taken Trial Practice (LAW 6363). Registration preference given to sixth-semester students. A study of the trial process, including the law relating to trials, trial tactics and trial techniques. This course will be graded Satisfactory (S), Unsatisfactory (U).
Trial Practice – LAW 6363
Credits: 4. Prerequisite or concurrent: Evidence (LAW 6330). Not available to students who have taken Trial Advocacy (LAW 6361). Registration priority will be given to third-year students. A study of the trial process, including law relating to trials, trial tactics, and trial techniques. The first half consists of classroom work and a weekly three-hour laboratory, involving role-playing and critical evaluation. The second half consists of simulated trials and critical evaluation. Mock trials are usually held on Saturday. Credit will be awarded on a Satisfactory (S), Unsatisfactory (U) basis.
Trial Team – LAW 6366
Credits: 1 or 2 per semester. Students selected to participate in an inter-school competition are eligible for two credits in the semester in which the inter-school competition occurs. In all other circumstances, credit will be limited to one credit per semester. Maximum credits allowed are three. Maximum credits allowed for any combination of co-curricular activities (International Commercial Arbitration Moot, Jessup Moot Court Team, Trial Team, Moot Court, Florida Law Review, Florida Journal of International Law, Journal of Technology Law and Policy and Journal of Law and Public Policy) are four. Advanced training in trial practice, including the briefing and presentation of cases in the context of mock trial competitions. The course will be graded Satisfactory (S), Unsatisfactory (U).
Unincorporated Business Enterprises – LAW 6062
Credits: 2 or 3. A consideration of the various forms of doing business, especially for unincorporated associations. Emphasis is placed upon agency and partnership, with consideration given to other forms of businesses, such as non-profit corporations, professional associations and limited liability companies.
White Collar Crime – LAW 6116
Credits: 2 or 3. Prerequisite: Corporations (LAW 6063). Using the vehicle of federal investigation and prosecution of white-collar crime, this course explores interplay of different fields of law and of legal standards and administrative discretion—features common to many types of transactional practice. Materials considered will be chosen from substantive criminal law, criminal procedure, sentencing, administrative law, evidence, corporate law, and professional responsibility. Topics considered include entity criminal liability, substantive federal crimes (e.g., mail fraud and RICO), grand jury investigations, administrative agency subpoena authority, parallel civil and criminal proceedings, application of the self-incrimination and lawyer-client privileges, federal sentencing guidelines (for individuals and entities) and forfeitures. Considerable attention will be given to Department of Justice policies and strategies utilized by counsel representing witnesses, targets, and defendants.
Workers’ Compensation And Other Employment Rights – LAW 6548
Credits: 2 or 3. Rights of employees and duties of employers under modern social programs, including workers’ compensation, wage and hour regulations, Social Security, old age, disability and medical problems and anti-discrimination laws.