J.D. Courses
LL.M. Courses

Accounting for Lawyers

Course Number: LAW 6930 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.

Administrative Law

Course Number: 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

Course Number: 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.

ADR Competition Team

Course Number: LAW 6930 Credits: 1

Credit: 1 per semester. Maximum credits allowed are three.

Co-Requisites: Negotiation and Mediation LAW 6930, Interviewing and Counseling LAW 6381, Mediation LAW 6383, Negotiation LAW 6385, Mediation Advocacy LAW 6930, Interviewing Counseling and Negotiation LAW 6930 (any one of the following).

Advanced training in mediation, negotiation, interviewing & counseling, and arbitration, including both the preparation and execution of the above alternative dispute resolution tools.

Advanced Civil Clinic

Course Number: LAW 6941 Credits: 2-4

Prerequisites: Civil Clinic: Intimate Partner Violence Assistance Clinic (IPVAC)(LAW 6940)

Advanced certified legal interns (AC/LIs) help mentor interns in their first clinic semester. Mentoring responsibilities increase as they gain experience and knowledge. AC/LIs have the chance to lead firm meetings, and possibly teach some substantive classes.

Advanced Civil Clinic: Juvenile

Course Number: Law 6941 Credits: 2-4

Advanced Civil Clinic: Juvenile students return to enhance their learning and refine their lawyering skills through client representation, leadership, and mentoring other clinic students.

Advanced Constitutional Law Seminar

Course Number: LAW 6936 Credits: 2

The focus of this seminar is the Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution and the goal of racial equality. The Fourteenth Amendment encompasses critical principles of equality, liberty, justice and dignity under doctrines of equal protection and fundamental rights (including nearly all of the Bill of Rights and substantive due process rights). The seminar will explore the history, interpretation, and modern context of application of the amendment to secure its primary purpose, equality on the basis of race. One case of particular focus will be Brown v. Board of Education. While we will focus on race, we will also be exploring the meaning and application of the broad scope of the Fourteenth Amendment as the embodiment of core civil rights and civil liberties. As part of the seminar you will identify a topic for an in-depth seminar paper that can focus either on racial equality or any other topic within 14th Amendment jurisprudence

Advanced Constitutional Law Seminar: Fourteenth Amendment: Racial Equality

Course Number: LAW 6936 Credits: 2

The focus of this seminar is the Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution and the goal of racial equality. The Fourteenth Amendment encompasses critical principles of equality, liberty, justice and dignity under doctrines of equal protection and fundamental rights (including nearly all of the Bill of Rights and substantive due process rights).  The seminar will explore the history, interpretation, and modern context of application of the amendment to secure its primary purpose, equality on the basis of race.  One case of particular focus will be Brown v. Board of Education. While we will focus on race, we will also be exploring the meaning and application of the broad scope of the Fourteenth Amendment as the embodiment of core civil rights and civil liberties.  As part of the seminar you will identify a topic for an in-depth seminar paper that can focus either on racial equality or any other topic within 14th Amendment jurisprudence.  

Advanced Contracts: Sales of Goods and Real Property

Course Number: LAW 6930 Credits: 3

The course will cover domestic sales of goods (UCC Art 2), leases of goods (UCC Art 2A), international sales of goods (Convention on International Sales of Goods, CISG), and sales of real property.

Advanced Legal Research

Course Number: 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.

Advanced Legal Research (Corporate & Securities)

Course Number: LAW 6930 Credits: 1

This course focuses on research resources used in business and commercial practice. The emphasis of the course is on identifying sources and efficiently undertaking corporate, securities, and general business and commercial law research. It is not a class on the substantive aspects of corporate and securities law except as those aspects relate to the finding and interpretation of legal materials.

Advanced Legal Research (Florida)

Course Number: LAW 6930 Credits: 1

This course focuses on resources used in performing Florida-specific legal research. The emphasis of the course is on identifying sources and efficiently undertaking Florida-specific legal research. It is not a class on the substantive aspects of Florida law except as those aspects relate to the finding and interpretation of legal materials.

Advanced Legal Research (Tax)

Course Number: LAW 6930 Credits: 1

This course focuses on research resources used in tax practice. The emphasis of the course is on identifying sources and efficiently undertaking tax law research. It is not a class on the substantive aspects of tax law except as those aspects relate to the finding and interpretation of legal materials. Open only to JD students.

Advanced Problems In Bankruptcy And Debtor-Creditor Law

Course Number: LAW 6056 Credits: 2-3

Prerequisites: Creditors’ Remedies And Bankruptcy(LAW 6052)

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 Remedies

Course Number: LAW 6930 Credits: 3

This course examines tougher topics in the field of Remedies. For example, we will tackle controversial, complex, and misunderstood remedies including global relief, nationwide injunctions, unjust enrichment and restitution, equitable accounting, disgorgement of profits, tracing assets for constructive trusts, data breach remedies, reparations, and attorney fees in complex litigation.

The Remedies course is not a prerequisite, but a deeper interest in civil remedies in private and public law cases will aid your study of Advanced Remedies.

Advanced Topics in Taxation of Trusts and Estates

Course Number: LAW 7931 Credits: 2

To learn the Federal Income Tax as it relates to advanced topics in the Income Taxation of Estates and Trust. Some of the topics discuss include: Grantor Trust Rules Sections 671-678, Charitable Remainder Trusts, pooled Income Funds & Charitable Remainder Lead Trusts Sections 624c5 & 664 and Proposal Revisions to the Uniform Principal & Income Act.

Advanced Trusts and Estates

Course Number: LAW 6936 Credits: 2

In this seminar, we will study legal, policy (and potentially tax) issues in estates and trusts which may include such issues as they related to domicile: intestate succession; wills; estate administration; nonprobate transfers; trust creation, administration and enforcement; and strategies for asset protection and wealth preservation (including offshore asset protection trusts and domestic alternatives).

Agricultural Law

Course Number: LAW 6474 Credits: VAR

This survey course is designed to provide job-ready information on a variety of agricultural and natural resource topics related to the practice of agricultural law.

AI, Machine Learning and Ethics in Law and Regulation

Course Number: LAW 6930 Credits:

This course introduces students to the legal, policy, and ethical dimensions of AI, big data, predictive analytics, and related techniques.

Animal Rights and the Law

Course Number: LAW 6930 Credits: 2

This course examines current legal rules governing the treatment and use of animals in such settings as laboratories, factory farms, slaughterhouses, puppy mills, and zoos and aquaria. It also explores the leading theories likely to be the basis for future developments in the law regarding animal rights.

Antitrust Law

Course Number: 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

Course Number: LAW 5793 Credits: 2

Prerequisites: Legal 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.

Appellate Law & Policy (Seminar)

Course Number: LAW 6936 Credits: 2

This seminar covers a broad range of appellate topics of interest to appellate lawyers, appellate judges, and academics.

Arbitration Law

Course Number: LAW 6930 Credits: 2

This course covers the law governing arbitration from the 1925 enactment of the federal arbitration act through the supreme court's key decision: AT&T Mobility V. Concepcion. It focuses on how courts treat Arbitration, including their enforcement of arbitral awards.

Artificial Intelligence & Tax Law: Theory and Practice

Course Number: LAW 6930 Credits: 1

Artificial Intelligence is one of the most exciting and important developments of our time. Machine learning has and will continue to alter the way we conduct business and our lives and is transforming the nature of work. In law, artificial intelligence is raising both fundamental questions about how law is made and the role of machines in the analysis of contracts and statutes, the evolution of law, and the role of machines in legal decisions. In the legal practice, artificial intelligence is introducing radical changes into the lawyer’s role, how information is processed and how data is analyzed, and in the ability of lawyer’s to charge for their skills and expertise. All of these changes are evident in the field of tax law as well.

This course will consider the application of artificial intelligence and the challenges it poses to legal thought, tax law in particular. It also considers some of the practical ramifications of those changes for the daily practice of tax law.

Artificial Intelligence, Technology, and the Law

Course Number: LAW 6936 Credits: 2

Increasingly, the world is seeing a rise in the many applications of our enhanced computing and predictive capabilities. Lawyers need to be at the forefront of this revolution. This seminar examines a broad range of legal and policy challenges posed by artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning and other emergent technologies. Through assigned readings, weekly discussion, and engagement with experts, students will explore the many promises and perils of AI. This course is innovative and cutting edge; it will require students to be so as well.

Banking & Financial Regulation

Course Number: LAW 6031 Credits: 2-3

This course will analyze and compare the market and regulatory architecture of the entire U.S. financial sector as it exists today, from banks, insurance companies, and broker-dealers, to asset managers, complex financial conglomerates, and government-sponsored enterprises. We'll explore a range of financial activities, from consumer finance and investment to payment systems, securitization, short-term wholesale funding, money markets and derivatives. We'll also focus on the perspectives of the regulators and their range of regulatory techniques, including supervision, enforcement, and rule-writing, as well as crisis-fighting tools such as resolution and the lender of last resort. Finally, we'll also approach the field international comparatively, noting the cross-border implications of U.S. rules, and compare, where appropriate, the U.S. financial regulatory framework and policy choices to those in other places around the globe, especially the EU.

Biotechnology & Medical AI Policy

Course Number: LAW 6930 Credits: 3

An accessible survey of regulatory, privacy, and ethical issues with advanced biotechnologies and AI medical software, which can revolutionize healthcare and reduce nagging disparities but raise unsolved ethical and policy dilemmas. The course covers safety regulation by FDA and the U.S. Coordinated Framework and protections for privacy and individual rights.

Business Documents: Entity Charters and Reporting

Course Number: LAW 6930 Credits: 1

This course reviews commonly seen and used business documents in business law practice. Foundational business law courses (including Corporations, UBE, Corporate Finance, and Securities Regulation) concern law practice dealing with business documents. Yet the substantive classes may or may not cover these documents in light of doctrinal coverage needs. This course covers the core documents related to entity formation (certificates of incorporation, bylaws, partnership and operating agreements) and an important recurring reporting requirements of public companies (Form 10-K). It provides students with the opportunity to read and work with entire business documents and to put these documents in the context of the statutory laws requiring or enabling them.

Business Enterprises Survey

Course Number: LAW 6068 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).

Business Immigration and Practice

Course Number: LAW 6930 Credits: 2

The U.S. Business Immigration Law and Practice classes will cover how Foreign National business persons, executives, professionals, investors, traders and companies may do business in and stay and work in the U.S. either on a temporary or permanent basis.

Business Law Advanced Legal Research

Course Number: LAW 6798 Credits: 2

Business law research is the analysis, search process, information evaluation, and reasoning necessary to ethically solve business law problems and advise clients on corporate or transactional law matters. In this course, you will learn how...

Business Transactions and Document Drafting

Course Number: LAW 6802 Credits: 2

Prerequisites: Corporations(LAW 6063) Legal Drafting(LAW 6807)

This 2-hour advanced business document drafting and transaction skills seminar and workshop 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 client advocacy and competent, efficient and effective document drafting and transaction negotiation.

Child Support Enforcement: Policy, Practice, and Procedures

Course Number: LAW 6936 Credits: 2

This seminar explores the operation of Title IV-D child support establishment in the State of Florida. Students will learn about the interconnecting responsibilities that the courts, public, and various state and federal agencies share to ensure that all children are supported and receive a fair chance for success in life. After learning about the Title IV-D System framework, students explore several troublesome public policy and socio-economic issues that plague the efficient operation of the child support and paternity establishment.

Child Support Law and Policy (Seminar)

Course Number: LAW 6936 Credits: 2

This course is about the pragmatic operation of Title IV-D child support establishment, modification, and the steps for enforcement of each of these factors by the courts.

Child, Parent, and State

Course Number: 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.

Civil Clinic – Juvenile

Course Number: LAW 6940 Credits: 6

Students enrolled in the Gator TeamChild juvenile advocacy clinic provide free legal services to indigent children. At CLI's, students advocate for children in all types of civil, criminal, and administrative proceedings. As part of their training, social workers and other mental health professionals introduce students to therapeutic approaches focused on resolving each child's problem in a holistic way.

Civil Clinic: Intimate Partner Violence Assistance Clinic (IPVAC)

Course Number: LAW 6940 Credits: 6-9

Certified Legal interns litigate such issues as injunctions for protection against domestic violence and immigration.

Civil Liberties

Course Number: LAW 6930 Credits: 1

This course focuses upon the relation of the judicial process and constitutional law to freedom in the US, chiefly in the context of freedom of expression and privacy. Court decisions, case studies and other relevant materials are analyzed, including news coverage of current events.

Civil Liberties in the Private Sector

Course Number: LAW 6930 Credits: 1

This course focuses on the relationship of the judicial process and constitutional law to freedom in the US, chiefly in the context of freedom of expression and privacy. Court decisions, case studies and other relevant materials are analyzed, including news coverage of current events.

Civil Procedure

Course Number: 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.

Civil Tax Procedure

Course Number: LAW 7640 Credits: 2

This course will cover various procedures, including those for the determination and assessment of federal taxes, tax refund procedures and the statutes of limitations and exceptions. The course will also cover special procedures for partnerships, innocent spouse procedures, the U.S. Tax Court and other courts that hear tax cases, penalties and collection procedures.

Collaborative Law

Course Number: LAW 6930 Credits: 2

This course will focus on the Collaborative Process as an alternative to traditional litigation, mostly in family matters. We will study the history of the Collaborative Process, the Uniform Collaborative Law Act and Rules, the Florida Collaborative Law Process Act and the applicable Collaborative Rule of Procedure and Rule of Professional Conduct in Florida. This will be an experiential course in which the students will assume the roles of all of the participants in the Collaborative Process.

Comparative Law

Course Number: LAW 6250 Credits: 2-3

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.

Complex Civil Litigation Pre-Trial Practice

Course Number: LAW 6930 Credits: 2

This course will address the procedural and jurisdictional issues in complex federal and state court litigation. Special attention will be paid to the strategic decisions required by counsel when handling complex cases.

Complex Federal Criminal Investigation

Course Number: LAW 6930 Credits: 2

This is a course on conducting complex criminal investigations in the federal system. We will work directly with the same materials used by federal agents, federal prosecutors, defense attorneys, and judges. We will consider the same issues that federal prosecutors are grappling with in investigating and prosecuting violations of federal crimes; considering the constraints of law, policies of the Department of Justice, and ethical implications of prosecutors’ involvement in investigations. The topics we will cover include conducting grand jury investigations, navigating parallel proceedings, handling cooperators and undercover investigations, utilizing electronic surveillance, gathering electronic evidence, dealing with problems that arise in the course of complex investigations, and bringing it all together through a prosecution and the use of gathered evidence at trial and sentencing.


Course Number: LAW 6930 Credits: 1

Legal/regulatory compliance requirements have seen a sharp increase globally. This increase reflects the rather rapid development of normative values regarding compliance and business ethics of society at large. The proliferation of laws across the globe (and the evolution of existing laws) adds to the complexity of increased compliance requirements for business conduct in areas such as accounting, anti-bribery, antitrust, data privacy, and intellectual property; this impacts both emerging and established companies. Increased penalties for violations have become substantial and reputational damage to companies that result from liability has become significant. This course will provide the analytical tools necessary to understand the complexities of compliance as part of a business risk analysis and to use compliance in shaping business strategy. Students will be assessed based on responses to questions about the case studies.

Condo And Community Development Law

Course Number: LAW 6930 Credits: 2

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.

Conflict of Laws

Course Number: 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

Course Number: LAW 6465 Credits: 2-3

Prerequisites: Environmental Law(LAW 6470) Land Use Planning And Control(LAW 6460)

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.

Conservation Law Field Placement

Course Number: LAW 6930 Credits: 2 or 3

The Conservation Law Field Placement offers law students the opportunity to learn and gain valuable experience while working on contemporary conservation challenges involving federal, state, and local environmental law, natural resources law, land use law, and administrative law. Students will be placed in not-for-profit or governmental conservation organizations and will work under the direct supervision of a licensed attorney housed in those organizations. Professor Angelo will serve as Faculty supervisor and will run a bi-weekly classroom component (held via Zoom) that will provide students in field placements an opportunity to reflect on, and share, their experiences. Through the classroom component, Professor Angelo and guest speaker attorneys will lead discussions on a variety of substantive, skills, and research topics to guide students in their field work. Students will also do presentations on their field projects. Students will also participate in issue-based field trips.

Constitutional and Civil Rights Litigation

Course Number: LAW 6930 Credits: 3

This course provides students with a general overview of lawsuits alleging deprivation of constitutional rights by local and state officials and agencies. This class will cover a wide range of cases, including allegations of police misconduct, deprivation of rights in prisons, jail, immigration detention centers, and similar carceral facilities. Litigation will also focus on claims alleging violations of the Equal Protection Clause, Due Process Clause, First Amendment, Eighth Amendment, and Fourth Amendment. Additionally, students will learn the types of remedies potentially available to plaintiffs in constitutional litigation and numerous defenses that could reduce or bar recovery from the defendant. This is one of the most important courses for prospective litigators, especially for students who wish to pursue careers as attorneys for state and local governmental officials and agencies or as civil rights lawyers.

Constitutional Law

Course Number: 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

Course Number: 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.


Course Number: 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

Course Number: LAW 6572 Credits: 2-3

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 Finance

Course Number: LAW 6064 Credits: 3

Prerequisites: Corporations(LAW 6063)

This course examines the legal and financial economic aspects of corporate finance. Course coverage includes foundational finance theories, and legal aspects of capital structure (including analysis of debt securities, equities, structured finance, and derivatives). Combined with Corporations, this course is intended to provide students with a rigorous background in the legal and financial aspects of corporate business.

Corporate Litigation

Course Number: LAW 6930 Credits: 1

This course will explore corporate litigation in the Court of Chancery in the context of mergers, acquisitions, and other transactional structures. It will provide an overview of Delaware’s place in the world of corporate litigation and then review the fundamental corporate law principles underpinning the cases we will discuss. It will also focus on expedited mergers & acquisition litigation, derivative litigation and statutory proceedings, and appraisal.

Corporate Taxation

Course Number: LAW 6610 Credits: 3

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.

Corporate Taxation I

Course Number: LAW 7611 Credits: 3

Tax considerations in corporate formations, distributions, redemptions and liquidations, including Subchapter C and Subchapter S corporations. Consideration of alternatives relating to the sales of corporate businesses.

Corporate Taxation II

Course Number: LAW 7613 Credits: 3

Prerequisites: Corporate Taxation I(LAW 7611)

Corporate reorganizations; corporate acquisitions and divisions, including transfer or inheritance of losses and other tax attributes; corporate penalty taxes; consolidated returns provisions.


Course Number: LAW 6063 Credits: 3

The central question in corporate law is, from an internal corporate governance perspective, how to make the American corporate system successful, for both the shareholder owners of the corporation, and the broader society. The answers, obtained primarily from a mix of state and federal statutory and case law, derive primarily from our understanding of economics, and the agency ethical issues relating to corporate fiduciaries managing others’ property. We will begin with a look at some basic corporate law matters, such as vertical and horizontal governance (money and power) issues as well as “internal” relationships with “outside” corporate constituencies, such as creditors. After setting down a groundwork for the firm and its governance, the body of our course will focus on regulatory law, namely vertical and horizontal duties of care and loyalty, and exculpating/cleansing those duties. We will conclude with an introduction to a wide variety of vertical and horizontal M&A and takeover issues, including takeover defenses (Unocal doctrine), sales (Revlon and Time doctrines) and freeze-outs (Weinberger doctrine).

Creditors’ Remedies And Bankruptcy

Course Number: LAW 6052 Credits: 3-4

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.

Criminal Clinic – Public Defender Field Placement

Course Number: LAW 6942 Credits: 6

The Criminal Defense Clinic provides students with an opportunity to defend indigent clients charged with criminal offenses under the direct supervision of a licensed Criminal Defense Attorney.

Criminal Clinic – State Attorney Field Placement

Course Number: LAW 6942 Credits: 6

Enrollment by application prior to pre-registration. Internships will normally be in the Gainesville State Attorney's Office. Internships outside the Gainesville area may be arranged with prior approval of the professor. Course objectives and goals: To familiarize students with all aspects the art and craft of prosecution. To instil in students an understanding of the ethical requirements of prosecution. To equip students with the skills necessary for rendering satisfactory performance as entry level prosecutors.

Criminal Law

Course Number: LAW 5100 Credits: 3

Substantive law of crimes, including principles of punishment, elements of typical crimes, responsibility and defenses.

Criminal Law in the Virtual Context

Course Number: LAW 6936 Credits: 2

The course will look at the emerging growth of virtual environments and the application of criminal law to activities that take place within virtual environments. Some of the issues explored will be regulation of gambling, child pornography, money laundering and other financial fraud.

Criminal Litigation

Course Number: LAW 6107 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.

Criminal Procedure: Adversary System

Course Number: 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.

Criminal Procedure: Police and Police Practices

Course Number: 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.

Criminal Sentencing

Course Number: LAW 6936 Credits: 2

This course will examine both the doctrine and the rapidly developing debates over the purposes, justifications, and impact of the law of criminal sentencing.

Critical Race Theory

Course Number: LAW 6936 Credits: 2

This seminar will examine the institutionalization of racism in the development of American law.

Death Penalty Law

Course Number: LAW 6105 Credits: 3

This course offers an introduction to issues arising in recent capital punishment cases including methods of execution of juvenile, mentally retarded, inane, or possibly innocent offenders; this classification of a crime as a capital offense; the role of the jury in assessing aggravating and mitigating circumstances; and more.

Deferred Compensation

Course Number: LAW 7632 Credits: 2

This course will provide an overview of the taxation of deferred compensation, both in the qualified and nonqualified context. Students should develop a sound grasp of the basic principles of deferral and of the technical requirements for qualified and nonqualified plans.

Deposition Strategy and Practice

Course Number: LAW 6930 Credits: 1

This is an introduction to taking and defending fact and expert depositions. It provides essential strategies for planning for, taking, and defending depositions. The class is highly interactive, providing opportunities to practice preparing for and conducting mock depositions. In-class exercises will be recorded on video and critiqued by the instructor and by other class members

Directed Research for LL.M. in Comparative Law

Course Number: LAW 7906 Credits: 2

Legal research to be completed under the supervision of a faculty member conversant with the topic selected and culminating in a paper. Requires approval of the program director.

Doing Business in China

Course Number: LAW 6930 Credits: 1

With the growing influence of China’s economy and continuous increasing complexity of Chinese legal system, there has been a demand of knowledge regarding Chinese legal system, business in particular. This course offers a quick overview of the main part of legal provisions of business operation in China, as well as political and cultural backgrounds behind them. It also illustrates the legal methodology concerning Chinese legal system.

Economic Issues of Children and Families

Course Number: LAW 6936 Credits: 2

This seminar course addresses the systemic and pragmatic operation of Title IV-D child support establishment in the State of Florida. As this is a upper/high level information, knowledge and skills-based course, it is hoped that students will both learn and appreciate the interconnecting responsibilities, public policy and crucial importance that the Courts, the public as well as various State and Federal Agencies perform in trying to insure that all children receive dignity, support and a fair chance for success in life.

Education Law

Course Number: Law 6930 Credits: 3

Education Law provides students with an introduction to law relating to public schools (K-12), including the interplay of the U.S. Constitution, federal statutes, state, and local law. It examines the right to a public education, the equitable distribution of public educational resources, equal education opportunity, desegregation, harassment, students’ rights to expression, student disciplinary processes, search and seizure in public schools, religion in the schools, educating students with disabilities, federal reform, accountability, and testing. It can serve as an important foundation for those who wish to work in the field of education, run for public office, or better understand education policy.

Elder Law

Course Number: LAW 6717 Credits: 3

This course will introduce students to the legal and policy issues, both federal and state, that concern elderly clients and their families, focused on protecting the rights of people as they age and/or face disabilities.

Electronic Discovery Data Analysis and Review

Course Number: LAW 6930 Credits: 2

This course will explore “search” or information retrieval: the central issue in e-discovery and legal defensibility of the discovery process. The course will explore the varieties of search methodology applied to e-discovery including manual search, key word search, conceptual and cluster search, revolutionary predictive coding and machine learning, and the strengths and weakness of each approach and focus on developing an intermodal legally defensible approach.

Electronic Discovery, Digital Investigations, and Evidence

Course Number: LAW 6930 Credits: 3

Explores how the current information explosion is transforming the civil litigation and investigations. The course will examine developing case law and address the practical problems and issues which arise in the preservation, collection, searching, processing, and production of electronic data. The course will focus on utilizing electronically stored information to constructive comprehensive and compelling cases. The course will provide an introduction to technologies, tools, and software currently utilized in this rapidly developing specialty area. Course topics will include the varieties and locations of electronically stored data (ESI); computer forensics, data recovery, and its application in the discovery and litigation process; data preservation obligations under the amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure which went into effect on 12-1-06; the duties and responsibilities of counsel under Rule 26(f); how to prepare for and handle the Rule 26(f) conference; the preservation of attorney-client privilege in voluminous productions; the use of quick-peek and non-waiver provisions; sampling techniques; the role of experts and vendors in the e-discovery process; obtaining electronic data from 3rd parties; safe harbor provisions under Rule 37(f); ethical and disclosure obligations under the new Federal Rules; special data production and preservation issues associated with criminal and governmental investigations; sanctions for spoliation of data and other e-discovery violations; and the authentication and admissibility of electronic data at trial; the admissibility and use of electronically stored information in motion practice, hearings, and trials.

Employment Discrimination

Course Number: LAW 6549 Credits: 2-3

The goal of this course is to introduce the major federal statutes prohibiting workplace discrimination and to develop your ability to analyze employment decisions and workplace conduct under the legal framework created by Congress and the judiciary.

Employment Law

Course Number: 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.

Energy Law and Policy

Course Number: LAW 6936 Credits: 2

This introductory course lies at the crossroads of energy and environmental law. It covers legal and policy concepts important to understanding U.S. energy law, particularly electricity, and, to a lesser extent, transportation. It will expose students to important fundamentals of public utility law, cost of service, and restructured electricity markets.

Entertainment Law

Course Number: LAW 6930 Credits: 3

This course provides an introduction of the legal and financial aspects of the entertainment industry with a focus on the contract, copyright, labor and business law concepts and how they impact film, television, music and other arts and media sectors.

Entrepreneurship Legal Practicum

Course Number: LAW 6930 Credits: 3

The Entrepreneurship Legal Practicum (ELP) is comprised of a classroom session component and an experiential component (Practicum). Through a combination of lectures, discussion, and simulations, the course will expose you to some of the essential concepts and skills that transactional lawyers should understand and possess.

Environmental Capstone Colloquium

Course Number: LAW 6930 Credits: 1

•This interactive speaker series provides students with opportunities to converse with leading pandemic and environmental thinkers from across the country. Fall 2020’s theme is “Pandemics and the Environment” and will feature online presentations by a series of experts on various dimensions of law related to pandemics, including the links between infectious disease and the environment and the implications of the COVID-19 response on climate, environmental justice, and environmental enforcement.

Environmental Law

Course Number: LAW 6470 Credits: 3-4

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.

Environmental Moot Court

Course Number: 6930 Credits: 1

The University of Florida Environmental Moot Court Team is a co-curricular, student-run organization that explores issues of environmental law. Every February, three students and one coach attend the National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition hosted by Pace Law School in White Plains, New York. The National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition is recognized as the preeminent environmental law moot in the United States. Over 200 competitors from law schools all over the United States and Canada attend this competition.

Essential Concepts of Business for Lawyers

Course Number: LAW 6930 Credits: 1

This course teaches students essential concepts of business that lawyers should know. The focus is on basic concepts of accounting and finance. These concepts are important in numerous areas of law including corporation law, securities regulation, corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions. Other practitioners may also find these concepts useful including practices in tax, family law, regulation of industries, bankruptcy, and litigation. Among other topics, the course covers financial statements (including income statement, balance sheet, and cash flow statement), business ratios and financial statement analysis, time value of money and discount rates, valuation methods (including market multiples and DCF analysis), capital structure, market actors and their roles, and basic market transactions such as capital raising and acquisitions.

Estate Planning

Course Number: LAW 6431 Credits: 2-3

Prerequisites: Trusts and Estates(LAW 6930) Taxation Of Gratuitous Transfers(LAW 6620)

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 transaction context.

Ethics in Public Leadership

Course Number: LAW 6930 Credits: 2

This course will evaluate what constitutes public leadership and what are the ethical duties of public leaders. We will analyze the responsibilities and privileges of public leaders in a variety of settings, including governments, public interest organizations, and businesses. We will also look at how lawyers act as public leaders and consider whether lawyers are subject to any special ethical considerations when engaged in public leadership. This course will draw upon law, scholarly articles, and case studies as well as guest speakers who will share public leadership insights based upon their experience and expertise. Students will participate in class discussions, engage in in-class exercises, prepare group presentations, and write a paper on public leadership.

European Law

Course Number: 6930 Credits: 1

Prerequisites: (6930)

The European Union currently consist of 28 Member States (UK soon leaving), held together by a legal framework providing, among many other things, fundamental rights on free movement and non-discrimination, aimed at ensuring i.a. an internal market without borders. One of the goals of the course is to provide a basic understanding of the tensions between on one hand the objectives of the EU and on the other hand Member States sovereignty, using examples from tax law on free movement and discrimination. Students will also get a basic understanding of the process of harmonization of (tax) laws among the member states through directives (positive integration). Students will also understand how the institutions of the European Union (the European Council, the Parliament, the European Commission and Court of Justice of the European Union) work and interact. After providing an introduction the course entails, among other things, the importance of EU primary law, i.e. the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU) and the Treaty on the European Union (TEU), for example the principle of non-discrimination and the prohibition on restrictions to cross-border mobility as regards goods, services, persons and capital, and the right to establish a business in another member state. This is sometimes referred to as negative integration. The impact of the TFEU with respect to non-member states (e.g. USA) is also covered.

European Taxation

Course Number: LAW 7931 Credits: 2

Explore the fundamentals of EU tax law to give an understanding of the tensions between the objectives of the EU and Member States fiscal sovereignty, knowledge of the process of harmonization of tax laws among the member states and of how individuals and businesses are affected in tax matters by the European Union. Focus will be on corporate taxation.


Course Number: LAW 6330 Credits: 4

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.


Course Number: 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 Advocacy Clinic

Course Number: LAW 6940 Credits: 4

The Virgil Hawkins Family Advocacy Clinic operates simultaneously as a law office and a classroom. Students serve as first chair legal counsel representing real clients in real cases. They have the opportunity to interview and counsel clients, draft pleadings, motions, orders, judgments, and other legal documents, conduct discovery, argue motions, negotiate, advocate at mediation and, if necessary, take a case to trial. Skill development is enhanced through presentations on various legal skills, simulated legal practice classes, analysis of applicable laws, court observations, self-reflection, and faculty critique.

Family Law

Course Number: LAW 6710 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.

Family Law and Feminist Jurisprudence

Course Number: LAW 6930 Credits: 2

This course will deploy feminist legal theory and queer theory to explore how law constructs and regulates gender and sexuality through the legal recognition and nonrecognition of personal relationships. Specific topics will include parent-child relationships, children’s relationships with other adults, friendship, marriage, domestic partnerships, sex outside of relationship, workplace relationships, and relationships between former spouses or partners. Throughout the course, students will be expected to engage in their own theoretical analyses, both in writing and during class discussion.

Federal Courts

Course Number: LAW 6302 Credits: 4

This course examines the work of the federal courts and their unique and complex role in our constitutional system. It touches upon both the essential procedural and substantive features of federal practice. The course’s core focus is on the tension among three competing constitutional values: (1) the separation between the judiciary and the executive and the legislative branches of government; (2) the balance between federal and state power (especially the balance between federal and state court power); and (3) the protection and redressability of individual rights. The course will address one fundamental question in both the abstract and the particular: What is the proper role of federal courts in our constitutional system of divided government?

Federal Criminal Law

Course Number: LAW 6104 Credits:

This asynchronous distance education course focuses on several major aspects of federal criminal law, including prosecution of public corruption, street crime, and organized crime.

Federal Jurisdiction

Course Number: LAW 6306 Credits: 3

This course will focus on the difficult issues inherent in federal jurisdiction. These include the constitutional and other issues raised by federal question and diversity jurisdiction, supplemental jurisdiction, the Erie Doctrine, abstention, and the federal common law.

Federal Sentencing

Course Number: LAW 6930 Credits: 1

This course exposes students to the practice of federal sentencing, utilizing several real Pre-Sentence Reports, key sections of the United States Sentencing Guidelines critical judicial opinions (including several of my cases that the U.S. Supreme Court decided), law review, and social science articles. The focus is on federal drug sentencing, including the history of the original 100:1 crack/powder sentencing disparity and subsequent legislative and Guideline changes and judicial decisions. The interplay between statutory mandatory minimums and the Guidelines will be explored. The course starts with a showing of the 2012 Sundance Grand Jury Prize winning documentary on the War on Drugs, The House I Live In, which I am in. The course concludes with a capstone panel discussion with a judge, a federal public defender, defense lawyer, AUSA, and Probation Officer.

Federal Tax Research

Course Number: LLM Credits: 2

Federal Tax Seminar

Course Number: LAW 7911 Credits: 2

Substantial research and writing project on a federal tax subject; instruction in tax research techniques. Seminars are offered to satisfy this requirement.

Fiduciary Administration I

Course Number: 6432 Credits: 3

Prerequisites: Trusts and Estates(LAW 6930)

Problems and the administration of decedents’ estates and of noncommercial trusts, probate procedure, powers of the fiduciary, compensation of fiduciaries and their attorneys.

Field Course: FINRA Arbitration

Course Number: LAW 6930 Credits: 1

Application Required

This course will focus on FINRA Arbitration and mediation. FINRA is the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority. The Self-Regulatory Authority (“SRO”) overseeing broker/dealers and other regulates and related business and trade practices.

Finance for Lawyers

Course Number: LAW 6761 Credits: 1

Prerequisites: (LAW 6761)

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, estate planning, trusts, and property law.

FinTech Law and Policy

Course Number: LAW 6930 Credits: 1

In this course, we will examine the foundation of financial technology (“fintech”) and the law and policy around it. We will analyze the intersection of fintech with existing law governing financial institutions and how it influences fintech and vice versa. We will also explore practical considerations for a career in the field.

First Amendment Law

Course Number: LAW 6511 Credits: 2-3

Prerequisites: 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.

First Amendment Theory

Course Number: LAW 6936 Credits: 2

Florida Administrative Law

Course Number: LAW 6521 Credits: 2-3

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 Bar Topics

Course Number: LAW 6930 Credits: 2

Florida Bar Topics is a skills-development course that focuses on improving analytical skills to approach Florida bar exam questions successfully. The course is designed to help you pass. Additional emphasis will be on enhancing memorization skills and learning how to assess your own understanding and work product. The course will include a substantive review of selected subjects routinely tested on the bar exam. I use problems and exercises in a bar exam format to familiarize you with techniques for analyzing, organizing, and writing essays. We will also cover some Florida Multiple choice topics as time allows.

Florida Civil Procedure

Course Number: LAW 6303 Credits: 3

Prerequisites: Civil Procedure(LAW 5301)

This course surveys procedural law governing the litigation of civil cases in Florida. It explores in greater depth Florida state law counterparts to federal issues such as the judicial branch's control over procedure, personal jurisdiction, subject matter jurisdiction, and liberal pleading and discovery.

Florida Constitutional Law

Course Number: LAW 6503 Credits: 2

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 Criminal Procedure

Course Number: LAW 6115 Credits: 2

This course will familiarize students with the Florida Rules of Criminal Procedure; give them a practical knowledge of how to use those rules to the advantage of their clients; and equip students with the knowledge and skills necessary to litigate criminal cases in the state courts of Florida.

Florida Election Law

Course Number: LAW 6930 Credits: 2

This course will cover the requirements to run for public office in Florida; Campaign finance regulation and reporting; Election related corrupt practices; Formation and operation of different political committees; and Enforcement of Florida’s campaign finance laws.

Florida Land Use Law

Course Number: LAW 6460 Credits: 1

This course is designed to introduce students to issues they may encounter while practicing land use law as a Florida attorney. 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 Land Use Law Section Treatise.

Florida Resilient Cities: The Panhandle after Hurricane Michael

Course Number: LAW 6930 Credits: 2

This multi-disciplinary field-course will introduce students to the challenges that communities face following disasters to recovery effectively and achieve long-term resilience. Florida communities must adapt to the changing environment to end the disaster/rebuild cycle through the development of effective community design, public policy, and applied science. This course will connect a range of disciplines through collaborative research and field-based exploration in the City of Port St. Joe where the ravages of Hurricane Michael are still evident. A series of lectures, assigned readings, and research during the first 7 weeks of spring semester will prepare students for the spring break 2020 workshop in the City. Over the spring break field component, students will spend 5 intensive days (most expenses paid) in Port St. Joe visiting relevant sites and hearing from experts in a variety of fields to inform their understanding and their scenario analysis and associated work product.

Florida Rules of Judicial Administration

Course Number: LAW 6930 Credits: 1

Florida’s Rules of Judicial Administration (RJA) govern every area of practice – including civil law, criminal law, family law, probate/guardianship law, juvenile law and appellate law. This rule set covers topics such as (1) the appearance and termination of an attorney in a case, (2) the representations that an attorney makes by affixing his or her signature to a document, (3) the determination of confidential and sensitive information and the requirement of an attorney to omit or redact such information, (4) how to e-file and e-serve documents, (5) the requirements for a document to be filed with the court, (6) accommodations for the disabled and (7) the process to disqualify a judicial officer. The course will discuss the rules and analyze case law interpreting the rules especially when there is conflict amongst the appellate courts. Students will draft notices and motions, review documents to identify confidential information, utilize the redaction process, and log in to the E-Portal system to both e-file and e-serve documents

Foundations in Law

Course Number: LAW 6930 Credits: 2

This course provides students with the foundational skills necessary to be successful in law school and on the bar exam. The course focuses on metacognition, essay writing, and analytical skills. This is not a substantive law course. Limited discrete topics within Real Property and Civil Procedure provide the context necessary to practice and improve analytical skills. An electronic text booklet containing the substantive law will be provided.

Future Interests

Course Number: LAW 6433 Credits: 2-3

Topics include protection of the family, termination of trusts, classification of possessory and future interests, gifts to classes and the Rule Against Perpetuities.

General Counsel Practicum

Course Number: LAW 6930 Credits:

This class brings in a different general counsel each session to work through various contractual provisions for a deal. Students will be exposed to a variety of deal documents (e.g., M&A agreement, copyright licensing agreement, bond offering) and to companies in different industries and of different sizes.

Health Care Finance and Delivery

Course Number: LAW 6721 Credits: 2

This course is an introduction to health care law taught by a team of professional health care attorneys. The course will cover, among other subjects: obligations to provide health care (including EMTALA); medical decision-making law; Florida medical consent law, private health insurance, and managed care; Medicare; Medicaid and SCHIP; regulation of health care providers; staff privileges and hospital-physician contracts; antitrust; and fraud and abuse laws.

Health Law I

Course Number: Law 6930 Credits: 3

This course provides a broad survey of the fundamental legal issues surrounding the delivery of health care in the United States. Topics include: private and public health insurance systems; state and federal regulation of medical professionals and institutions; common law and statutory duties to treat; anti-discrimination law in health care settings; the structure of health care delivery; and health care fraud and abuse regulations. By the end of this course, students should be able to identify and analyze major legal issues in health care contexts, and understand the relationship between cost, quality, and access to health care. This course provides an introduction to the complex and wide-ranging field of health law. If you have a strong interest in a particular topic, consider taking some of the more specialized health law courses offered at UF Law.

Health Law II

Course Number: LAW 6930 Credits: 3

In contrast to Health Law I which primarily considered issues of federal regulation relevant to hospitals and providers, Health Law II looks at legal issues more likely to be of direct concern to individuals. The two classes are separate and Health Law I is not a pre-requisite.
Topics will include: Informed Consent for Medical Treatment & Biomedical Research, Health Information Privacy and Cyber Security (including Telemedicine), The right to refuse care and the extent of the right to demand care, in situations such as organ donation, implementation of advanced directives. It will address these issues in the context of particular relevance to specific populations such as children, prisoners, detainees, newborns, pregnant women, veterans, populations who experience health disparities because of societal discrimination, nursing home residents, and those who may lack competency. Unlike Health Law I which considered the Affordable Care Act, Medicaid, and Medicare from the perspective of employers and providers, this class will consider them from the perspective of those entitled by law to receive insurance through them. Although this course will not offer a comprehensive treatment of medical malpractice law, it will cover the elements of negligence in the context of the remedies available to patients who believe they have suffered harm associated with receiving health care.

Historic Preservation

Course Number: LAW 6936 Credits: 2

This seminar will be a survey of the legal structure behind historical and archaeological resources protection in the United States.

History of Women in the Law

Course Number: LAW 6930 Credits: 2

For centuries, women have been severely disadvantaged under the common law of England and the United States. Some of those disadvantages are the result of social inequalities, while others are the result of legal disabilities. Over the past 200 years, women have struggled to equalize their legal rights and responsibilities, but gender-based stereotypes and social prejudices have severely hampered that progress. In 1972, after nearly 50 years of yearly introductions, an Equal Rights Amendment (the ERA) was proposed by Congress and sent to the states for ratification. When the deadline finally expired for ratification in 1982, 35 of the requisite 38 states had ratified. But beginning in 2016 there was a push for continued ratification and Nevada and Illinois both ratified the ERA in 2017 and 2018 respectively. All indications are that the ERA will be ratified by Virginia in early 2020, to reach the requisite 38 states. When that happens, there will be a host of unprecedented legal issues facing the courts, Congress, and the states. This course will be an examination of those legal issues through the lens of the ERA. We will begin by examining the procedural issues facing the ERA and the constitutional questions they raise about the amendment power under Article V. We will then examine how, if at all, the ERA might affect the legal rights of women and non-gender-conforming individuals. By examining issues such as family law, property law, labor law, criminal law, health care law, military law, and even the right to single-sex bathrooms, we will explore how, if at all, the ERA might affect the long-entrenched legal disabilities of women. And we will also explore whether we even need an ERA, as the Fourteenth Amendment has been expanded to prohibit sex-based discrimination in certain contexts. Requirements for the course will be extensive research and class participation, weekly or bi-weekly reflection papers, a presentation, and a final essay composition. It will entail significant reading and research and we will be joined by graduate and senior undergraduate students from other departments. There will be both collaborative and individual assignments.

Human Rights Law Seminar – Selected Issues in Human Rights: Sex, Gender, Sexuality, Religion, Dress and Symbols

Course Number: LAW6936 Credits: 2

The seminar will focus on human rights law, the source of protection of the rights we will consider, case law that shows how the rights are protected or not, as well as engage in critical analysis of the existing normative protections, and in conversations of how human rights law – and novel approaches and interpretations – can be deployed to develop, expand, and transform rights of marginalized and vulnerable populations. The seminar will have 3 general parts: 1- a study of the international and regional (Latin America, Africa, and Europe) protections of human rights, including a comparative analysis of the foundations of the international and regional systems; 2- study, primarily through case law analysis, of protections of the selected rights, and 3- student presentations on the covered topics or on other student driven themes (e.g., race, indigeneity, intersectionality, etc.).

Immigration And Nationality Law

Course Number: LAW 6264 Credits: 2-3

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.

Immigration Clinic

Course Number: LAW6940 Credits: 6

The immigration clinic is one of our newest clinics. Students working in the clinic provide low income immigrants assistance with affirmative humanitarian immigration petitions. Clinic Students also work with a in house Social Worker to ensure that clients have access to mental health services and other advocacy services. Immigration students join injunction students for weekly case review meetings and jointly participate in orientation at the beginning of the term. Immigration Clinical Fellow Anastacia Greene teaches the clinic. Clinic students earn 6 credits.

Income Tax Treaties

Course Number: LAW 7682 Credits: 2

Bilateral income tax conventions between countries to alleviate double taxation of income from international investments and activities and to provide for exchanges of tax information and consultation between tax authorities.

Income Taxation

Course Number: LAW 6600 Credits: 3-4

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.

Income Taxation Of Estates and Trusts

Course Number: LAW 6621 Credits: 3

Prerequisites: 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.

Income Taxation of Trusts & Estates

Course Number: LAW 7625 Credits: 2-3

Cover the Federal Income Tax as it relates to Income Taxation of Estates and Trusts.

Independent Research – Advanced Writing Requirement

Course Number: LAW 6917 Credits: 1-2

Students 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. The course is graded pass/fail. A maximum of four credits for this course and Independent Study.

Independent Study

Course Number: LAW 6905 Credits: 1-2

Maximum credits allowed toward graduation are four. 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.

Insurance Law

Course Number: LAW 6080 Credits: 2-3

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

Course Number: LAW 6570 Credits: 3

This course provides a general overview of the main areas of intellectual property law. It covers copyright law, patent law, trademark law, and trade secret law.

Students may not enroll in this course if they have already taken two or more of the following courses: Copyright Law, Patent Law, Trademark Law, and Trade Secret Law.

Intellectual Property Licensing

Course Number: LAW 6936 Credits: 2

Prerequisites: Intellectual Property Law(LAW 6570) Patent Law(LAW 6573) Trademark Law(LAW 6576)

Intellectual Property Litigation

Course Number: LAW 6577 Credits: 2

Prerequisites: Intellectual Property Law(LAW 6570) Copyright Law(LAW 6572) Patent Law(LAW 6573) 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 Arbitration

Course Number: LAW 6930 Credits: 2

Today an ever increasing number of business transactions have some international component. When disputes arise in cross border transactions, the parties often prefer a neutral form of dispute resolution over the national courts of either party. For this reason international arbitration is often the preferred dispute resolution process. This course will introduce students to the specialized area of international arbitration. It will be taught largely by practitioners who in addition to covering the underlying legal framework will also discuss practical skills. This course will include an experiential component.

International Business Transactions

Course Number: LAW 6261 Credits: 2-3

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 Children’s Rights

Course Number: LAW 6936 Credits: 2

This course deals with aspects of contemporary childhood, adolescence and youth, with a particular focus on human rights violations and remedies globally. The course starts by asking how conceptions of childhood and adolescence have changed over time and space.

International Commercial Arbitration Moot

Course Number: 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.

International Comparative Corporate Law

Course Number: LAW 6936 Credits: 2

This seminar will focus on international comparative corporate law (governance and regulations) in the US, the EU and Japan, to help students develop a theoretical understanding of corporate law beyond merely Delaware as well as prepare them for cross-border and global practice. We’ll begin our study with a Chertok article summarizing the matter of Delaware as a benchmark for later comparisons. Then, we’ll move on to focusing on an international comparative law casebook (Ventoruzzo) as well as major academic law review articles and news stories from around the globe. Specific topics will include corporate law theory and history, corporate choice of law, “internal” relationships with “external” corporate constituencies (such as employees, creditors and the preferred), vertical and horizontal “internal” governance (money and power) for both public and private companies, care and loyalty fiduciary duties M&A and takeover issues as well as some securities laws. To help students with problem solving for the Bar, Professor Chertok will provide some sample problems with individualized feedback on a non-graded basis. Grading will be based on a seminar paper (which can be used to satisfy the law school’s advanced writing requirement) as well as class participation and a short mini-presentation of the seminar paper. Professor Chertok will give students ample individual attention and guidance throughout their paper writing process.

International Corporate Law

Course Number: LAW 6930 Credits: 2

The purpose of this course is to give law students interested in the practice of international corporate law the opportunity to learn and apply the skills used in real world scenarios.

International Criminal Law

Course Number: Credits: 3

This course will study the development of international criminal law, and the development of the institutions where international criminal cases will be heard, such as the International Criminal Tribunals for Yugoslavia and Rwanda and the International Criminal Court. The course will focus entirely on criminal law, meaning both international law regarding serious criminal offenses, such as genocide and crimes against humanity, as well as domestic crime which has international implications.

International Environmental Law

Course Number: 6930 Credits: 1

This course offers an introduction to International environmental law. It provides the student with the most important issues related to the protection of the environment. In its first part, the course will deal with general issues as sources and principles of international environmental law, general obligations of states; issues of compliance, implementation and settlement of disputes.

International Environmental Law Skills Lab

Course Number: LAW 6930 Credits: 2

This field course covers international and comparative environmental law in the context of conservation and development in Latin America and the Caribbean, and a 10-day trip to Panama, Central America. The course will expose students to the treaty-based international and regional legal framework within which conservation occurs in developing countries, as well as to the basic framework of the civil law system (as distinguished from the common law), and the domestic law of Panama and other countries in the region. In addition to classes on the UF Law campus following Spring Break, students will spend 10 days in Panama. Home base will be the City of Knowledge campus in the Panama Canal Zone. This trip will include visits to key international and domestic legal institutions, a Panama Canal transit and day and overnight field trips to protected areas, indigenous villages, tropical watersheds, and a 3-day trip to the Pacific Island of Coiba, a World Heritage Site. A Program fee covers housing and field trips and most meals. Students must arrange their own travel to the Panama.

International Financial Crimes

Course Number: LAW 6936 Credits: 2

This seminar will examine laws, executive orders, International agreements, and judicial decisions impacting upon national as well as transnational illicit money transfers especially within the context of terrorism funding.

International Human Rights Law

Course Number: 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

Course Number: LAW 6574 Credits: 2-3

Prerequisites: Intellectual Property Law(LAW 6570) or Copyright Law(LAW 6572) or Trademark Law(LAW 6576) or Patent Law(LAW 6573)
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. (Please Note: Only one of the above Prerequisite courses is required to enroll. Students may enroll in this course without having taken one of the above courses with the instructor’s permission.) 

International Law

Course Number: LAW 6260 Credits: 3

An introduction to international law as applied between nations and in United States courts.

International Law Journal

Course Number: LAW 6949 Credits: 1

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.

International Law of the Sea

Course Number: LAW 6930 Credits:

Professor Virzo is an Italian law professor whose course here last year was so well received he was invited back to teach again. This course is meant to provide a survey of international law of the sea. It will focus on the legal regime established by both customary international law and the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).

International Tax I

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International Tax Policy Practicum

Course Number: LAW 7931 Credits: 2

This course will provide students with practical experience in drafting advisory and policy papers for clients. The clients in the class will be international organizations: primarily the United Nations tax committee, but also possibly including the OECD.

International Trade Law

Course Number: LAW 6262 Credits: 2-3

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.

Internet Law

Course Number: LAW 6930 Credits: 3

With the dawn of the Internet age, we are seeing communication and information travel in unprecedented ways. In response, courts, lawmakers, and law enforcement must fight to keep up, both by adapting existing legal remedies and by developing new ones. This course will cover a broad range of topics stemming from such legal issues and law regarding the Internet and new media. We will discuss and cover what constitutes cyberlaw, jurisdiction for Internet cases, First Amendment principles, content regulation, online torts (such as defamation), privacy and the Fourth Amendment, de-listing and the right to be forgotten, as well as data security and computer misuse.

Intra-American (and Florida) Comparative Corporate Law

Course Number: LAW 6930 Credits:

This course will focus on the same topics as a standard corporate law class, but with intra-American (and Florida) comparative statutory law and jurisprudence, with a look at major regimes, such as Delaware, the MBCA, California, New York, Florida, etc. The goal of this class will be to adapt students for multi-state and home-state corporate law practice as well as their home state bar exam.

Introduction to Lawyering and the Legal Profession

Course Number: LAW 5755 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.

Investigative Journalism and the Courts

Course Number: LAW 6930 Credits: 1

In this course, students will learn both the substance and the process of a journalistic investigation into a capital murder case. In addition to analyzing the briefs and oral arguments in a recently decided Supreme Court case (Flowers v. Mississippi), the students will listen to and discuss an 15-episode podcast series, “In The Dark.” Students will examine both the underlying equitable and evidentiary issues surrounding the multiple criminal trials of Curtis Flowers as well as the process by which investigative journalists navigated the legal system to obtain critical new evidence casting doubt on Flowers’ guilt.

IP Licensing

Course Number: LAW 6936 Credits: 2

This advanced level seminar is designed to teach students the fundamental issues and concepts of drafting effective agreements for the licensing and transfer of intellectual property ownership and rights. To enroll in this course students must have taken a basic intellectual property course and either patent law or trademark law.

Issues in Corporate Law Including Comparative Corporate Law

Course Number: LAW 6936 Credits: 2

This course will focus on corporate governance and regulations in America, the EU, and some of Asia, with a goal of students developing a comparative understanding of corporate and securities law for cross-border and global practice.

Jessup Moot Court

Course Number: LAW 6965 Credits: 1

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.

Jewish Law

Course Number: LAW 6936 Credits: 2

This seminar explores the development of Jewish law from Biblical times to modern day. Attention will be paid both to general thematic issues (e.g., the interplay between narrative and law, the concept of obligation, and ritual vs. non-ritual law) as well as to particular topics (e.g., criminal punishment, torts, provision for the poor, conflict resolution, dietary rules, and same-sex marriage). At times, comparisons will be made with the American legal system.

Journal Of Law And Public Policy

Course Number: LAW 6526 Credits: 1

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.

Journal Of Technology Law And Policy

Course Number: LAW 6959 Credits: 1

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.

Judicial Decisionmaking

Course Number: LAW 6936 Credits: 2

Some say the "law" answers cases. This course asks whether that is always true; or, rather, whether the judicial process involves features beyond the application of law to facts. Consider, for example, the dynamics of decisionmaking by multimember appellate courts. Does it matter who is assigned a case or will the majority bargain to the same outcome, regardless? How might other pressures—e.g., caseload and court structure—influence decisionmaking? Does the identity, ideology, or experience of a judge matter? If it does, should that influence judicial selection? This course will examine these and other questions like them. In law school, these issues often receive consideration only at the margins, as you focus on learning doctrinal rules. In our course, however, the behavior of judges and how judges affect legal outcomes and shape legal institutions is the central focus.

Judicial Process, Judicial Ethics, and Judicial Legitimacy

Course Number: LAW 6936 Credits: 2

Positive public perception of the judiciary’s role in American political life is indispensable to the effectiveness of the judicial branch in our pluralistic democracy. Indeed, this shared confidence is the very source of judicial legitimacy, the sine qua non of our judge-centered common law system. We expect our judges to follow established processes and ethical rules in order to perform their ostensibly impartial role in our legal system, whether at the local, state, or federal level. In this seminar we will draw on court opinions, the media (including social media as well as film and television depictions), and scholarly debate to examine how – historically and in our current, politically polarized moment – the judicial branch of our government seeks to achieve and maintain legitimacy.

Juvenile Rights and Re-Entry Seminar

Course Number: LAW 6930 Credits: 2

This seminar will expose students to contemporary issues in juvenile law, policy, and practice, through readings, individualized research, community engagement, and interaction with organizations involved in juvenile and criminal justice reform in Florida and across the country. Our work will focus in particular on juvenile pre-trial detention, sentencing, incarceration, and community re-entry.

Labor Law

Course Number: LAW 6540 Credits: 3-4

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 Use Planning And Control

Course Number: LAW 6460 Credits: 3-4

Prerequisites: 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.

Large Commercial Real Estate Development

Course Number: LAW 6930 Credits: 1

This compressed course will focus on a typical large commercial real estate acquisition. Students will examine the negotiation, structure and process of a commercial real estate transaction and review and analyze the real estate documents associated with the transaction including, but not limited to, letters of intent, purchase and sale agreements, surveys, title and closing documents. Students will learn about the due diligence process and meet with key players such as surveyors, appraisers, brokers, government officials and underwriters. Students will become familiar with the laws and regulations that impact the purchase and sale of commercial real estate in Florida.

Law and Anthropology

Course Number: LAW 6936 Credits: 2

In this seminar, we will assume a balanced reciprocity between Law and Anthropology, wherein neither is independent of nor subordinate to the other. Some of the topics to be examined and discussed include: 1) the nature of law in societies characterized by differing levels of socio-political-economic complexity; 2) the impacts of Western influences on non-Western law; 3) legal pluralism/semi-autonomous socio-cultural-legal fields; 4) the proposition that a universal human nature influences legal developments (especially human rights law) cross-culturally.

Law and Entrepreneurship

Course Number: LAW 6930 Credits: 3

The intersection of law and entrepreneurship is an emerging field of study. This course explores the common legal and economic issues faced by highly innovative start-up companies and the angel investors and venture capitalists who fund them.

Law and Leadership

Course Number: LAW 6930 Credits: 2

This course will consider the role of lawyers as leaders in a variety of settings, including law firms, public interest organizations, bar associations, businesses, government, and social movements. We will learn from College of Law alumni and other lawyers occupying leadership positions, while also considering social science literature and case studies analyzing styles of leadership, organizational dynamics, forms of influence, collaboration and teamwork, conflict management, innovation and the dynamics of change, diversity, and ethical dilemmas. Students will write short papers preparing for our discussions with leaders and then revise those papers in light of the discussions. Student participation in the discussions will also be required. Optional receptions will be held with guests after some of the class meetings, providing students with opportunities to strengthen communication and networking skills.

Law and Literature

Course Number: LAW 6930 Credits: 2

This course will explore the intersection between law and literature. Literature is important for understanding law because it teaches a certain way of thinking -- one that is synthetic, creative, and comfortable with ambiguity and ambivalence. Each class will explore one or more interrelated topics through a variety of literary and philosophical works. Readings will include works by Hawthorne, Shakespeare, Kafka, Dostoevsky, Capote, Garcia Marquez, Glaspell, and others. Topics will include: narrative, storytelling, and framing; custom, law and the political order; law, society, and power; interpretation, authority, and legitimacy; punishment, retribution, and redemption; and others. This course will provide an opportunity to think about the law in a new way, to read engaging works of fiction and non-fiction, and to examine the law from a humanistic and philosophical perspective.

Law and Policy in the Americas

Course Number: LAW 6936 Credits: 2

This seminar evaluates the development of legal systems in the Americas and includes a comparative analysis. Topics include constitutional and international law, trade and commercial development, alternative dispute resolution mechanism use and development, citizen security and human rights, property rights, and a review of regional judicial reform efforts focusing on efforts to improve access, efficiency and transparency in justice systems as a means to promote democratic consolidation and economic growth.

Law Practice Management

Course Number: 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

Course Number: LAW 6950 Credits: 1

Research, writing, and editorial work for Florida Law Review. Limited to students whose scholastic average meets the requirements for law review work.

Law, Religion, and Sexual Identity

Course Number: LAW 6936 Credits: 2

Law, Religion, and Sexual Identity

Course Number: LAW 6939 Credits: 2

Religion and sexuality are inseparable in American law and life. In this seminar we will examine legal doctrines and cultural practices that reflect this. We will focus on: (1) cases, laws, and other historical texts that have created and shaped the relationship between law and religion since the founding of the country, emphasizing the First Amendment’s Free Exercise and Establishment Clauses; (2) cases, laws, and personal histories that illustrate how the American legal system has responded to and regulated emerging realities of “sexual identity” writ broad – sexual orientation, gender identity, and other aspects of the LGBTQI dimension of human life; and (3) current civil rights controversies that demonstrate the fundamental yet problematic relationship between religion and sexuality under the law, such as an employer’s religion-based claim that it cannot be forced to provide contraceptive options to employees under its medical insurance plan, or a business owner’s argument that personal religious beliefs protect the business from having to serve LGBTQI customers, or whether a U.S. Supreme Court Justice’s personal religious convictions should play a role when the Justice interprets the Constitution and laws to resolve truly difficult conflicts between religious belief and sexual identity.

Lawyer Regulation and Discipline

Course Number: LAW 6930 Credits: 1

The purpose of the course is to expose law students to the lawyer discipline system before they begin their careers, with the hopes that they have a better understanding of the conduct that can land a lawyer in trouble so they can avoid issues once they enter the profession. This course will provide students with an overview of the Florida lawyer discipline system, including the purposes, participants, process (from investigation to final determination), sanctions, common violations, discipline case studies, and a high-level overview of fundamental ethics and trust accounting rules and practice tips for avoiding rule violations. The course also will involve review of various disciplinary cases for discussion in small group breakout sessions.

Legal Drafting

Course Number: LAW 6807 Credits: 2

Prerequisites: Appellate Advocacy(LAW 5793)

The required course must be taken in the second year and be completed with a passing grade. The class focuses on principals and practice of drafting contracts and other enforceable documents; the interpretation of enforceable documents; and the reinforcement of professional writing skills. Sections may focus on general contract drafting skills, or focus on drafting for specific practice areas.

Legal Malpractice

Course Number: LAW 6930 Credits: 1

Liability for legal malpractice is a serious risk for lawyers and an important aspect of tort law, but it is seldom covered in any meaningful fashion in tort or professional responsibility classes. This course explores legal malpractice law, policy, and problems, including all three causes of action or theories of liability that tend to be combined under the general heading of “legal malpractice”: (1) professional negligence; (2) breach of fiduciary duty; and (3) aiding and abetting clients’ tortious conduct. In addition to examining legal malpractice theories, claims, and defenses, the course will explore practical approaches to managing risk and avoiding professional liability in various practice settings regardless of the theory asserted.

Legal Research

Course Number: 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.

Legal Writing

Course Number: 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 Writing and Research for LL.M. in Comparative Law

Course Number: LAW 7805 Credits: 2

The primary objective of this course is to teach students how to construct a thorough analysis of a legal problem using common law principles and express it effectively in writing. Students analyze, interpret, and use statutes and case law to construct legal arguments in the style expected of attorneys practicing in the US. They write and revise several documents to practice these analytical and writing skills.

Legal Writing II – Persuasive Writing

Course Number: TBA Credits: 3

Prerequisites: Legal Writing(LAW 5792)

Legal Writing II: Persuasive Writing continues the first year legal writing curriculum by focusing on various forms of persuasive writing, including trial briefs, motions and appellate briefs. Students will also have an opportunity to prepa...


Course Number: LAW 6930 Credits: 3

This course provides an introduction to the creation, implementation, and interpretation of statutes. It focuses on statutory interpretation by courts, and also covers the process of statutory enactment by state and national legislatures as well as enforcement by executive branches. As a result, the course materials include statutes, other legislative and regulatory materials, appellate decisions, and commentary from the relevant legal and political science literature.

Note for 2019-20 academic year: This course overlaps significantly with the 2-hour Statutory Interpretation course taught by Professor Fenster in Fall 2018. Students from that course may not enroll in this course.

Legislative Advocacy

Course Number: LAW 6930 Credits: 2

The course is designed to provide students with an understanding of the tools necessary to become an effective advocate before legislative bodies, their members, and staff. Students will gain the practical skills that legislative advocates use to effectively exercise the right to petition the government and redress grievances, understand how professionals effectively advocate on behalf of a cause, company or non-profit entity, review laws and regulations affecting lobbying and lobbyists, and comprehend the competitive landscape of public policy. Over the semester, students will work through several distinct public policy problems and participate in exercises meant to simulate advocacy situations, culminating with students building a suite of advocacy documents and tools related to a policy issue of their choice.

Liability Insurance Law

Course Number: LAW 6930 Credits: 1

This short course is intended to provide you with practical knowledge of liability insurance that you can apply early in your legal career.

LL.M. in Comparative Law Introduction to the Legal System of the United States Part I

Course Number: LAW 7932 Credits: 2

Introduction to the comparative method and to legal education, professionalism and the legal system of the United States. Requires approval by the program director.

LL.M. in Comparative Law Introduction to the Legal System of the United States Part II

Course Number: LAW 7200 Credits: 2

Continuing coverage of legal education, professionalism and the legal system of the United States.

Local Government Law, Taxation And Finance

Course Number: LAW 6531 Credits: 2-3

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.

Marine and Coastal Restoration Law and Policy

Course Number: LAW 6930 Credits: 1

This field course addresses the science, law and policy of marine ecosystem restoration in Florida, specifically the restoration of sea grasses, sponges and corals. These ecosystems have suffered degradation from pollution, disease, climate change and overuse, including harvesting and human recreation. They not only serve as key ecosystems in the marine environment, but also provide valuable ecosystem services. The course will address the proprietary and regulatory context within which marine restoration activities take place, including submerged lands law, federal and state permitting, application of the Endangered Species Act and the National Environmental Policy Act. The course will be conducted over 3.5 days at the Mote Marine Institute coral reef facility on Summerland Key in the Florida Keys and include hands-on experience with restoration activities. A program fee covers housing and field activities (including boat time) and some meals.

Media Law

Course Number: LAW 6841 Credits: 2-3

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.


Course Number: LAW 6383 Credits: 2-3

The focus of this course is the role of the mediator in the mediation process. 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 Advocacy

Course Number: LAW6930 Credits: 3

The focus of this course is the role of the lawyer advocate in the mediation process. The course presents a forum for the analysis and implementation of how to fully participate in the mediation process as an advocate. The course will include class lectures, class discussions, and workshop sessions on particular topics, all resulting in the participation in several simulated mediations.

Mediation Clinic

Course Number: LAW 6940 Credits: 3

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. Upon successful completion of the Clinic, students are eligible to apply to become Certified Florida Supreme Court County Mediators.

Medical Malpractice

Course Number: 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 Marijuana Law and Policy

Course Number: LAW 6930 Credits: 1

The implications of Florida’s marijuana laws and regulations, as well as the federal regulation and scheduling of marijuana, have widespread impacts on numerous legal practice areas. Practitioners in real estate, bankruptcy, litigation, employment, criminal, medical malpractice, intellectual property, land use, zoning, development, corporate, business, taxation and other areas must understand how state and federal marijuana regulations impact their clients. Despite the interesting subject matter that marijuana law provides, the primary goal of the course is to develop practical lawyering skills and an understanding of how marijuana regulations impact various practice areas. Additionally, the course will explore the ethicalconsiderations for an attorney advising a client engaged in a marijuana-related business.

Medical Technology And The Law

Course Number: LAW 6724 Credits: 2-3

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.

Mental Health Law

Course Number: LAW 6930 Credits: 3

This course explores the law’s treatment of individuals with mental disorders. The course will cover governmental efforts to deprive those with mental disorders of liberty and property through the criminal and civil systems, as well as certain entitlements and protection against discrimination.

Mergers and Acquisitions

Course Number: LAW 6067 Credits: 2-3

As a class in advanced transactional corporate governance, this class will provide extra details on vertical board takeover defense issues (Unocal doctrine), before proceeding to address board sale issues (Revlon and Time doctrines). The course will then consider horizontal duties issues, including a deep look at the Weinberger doctrine, and avenues for bypassing it.

Mindfulness and the Legal Profession

Course Number: LAW 6930 Credits: 1

This course explores the ways that mindfulness may enrich one’s skill set in relationship to the many stimulating and challenging aspects of legal practice. Over the course of the week, students will acquire a foundation level understanding of mindfulness practice, develop foundational tools to integrate mindfulness into their professional and personal lives, and appreciate the role of mindful awareness in the deliberative and creative process of decision-making. Review of neuroscience research findings offer deeper insights into the underlying mechanisms of decision-making and behavior.

Moot Court

Course Number: LAW 6951 Credits: 1

Advanced training in appellate practice, including both the briefing and argument of cases on appeal through participation in appellate moot court proceedings.

National Security

Course Number: LAW 6936 Credits: 2

This seminar combines history, law, and critical theory to explore how the concept of national security has evolved over time, the rise of the National Security State, and the ways in which national security impacts particular racial, religious, and ethnic groups in the United States.

Natural Resources Law

Course Number: LAW 6472 Credits: 3

Introduction to the management and protection of natural resources, including water, wetlands, and wildlife. Topics may include the development of green energy policy; the use of conservation easements to protect sensitive private lands; the public trust doctrine; and the protection of rivers, lakes, and springs.


Course Number: LAW 6385 Credits: 2-3

Using simulations and role plays, this course explores negotiation skills lawyers employ in both transactional and dispute resolution contexts.

Oceans and Coastal Law

Course Number: LAW 6930 Credits: 3

This course addresses the public and private law governing use of the coastal zone and its resources. We cover the major regulations governing coastal and ocean resource use, as well as how U.S. law intersects with international law in the governance of transboundary resources and management of the high seas.

Partnership Taxation

Course Number: LAW 7617 Credits: 3

The primary objective of the course is to introduce students to federal taxation of partners and partnerships (including limited liability companies). It covers partnership formation, including contributions of property and admission of service partners, allocation of income and loss, tax accounting, and sharing of recourse and nonrecourse liabilities. Advanced topics include transactions between partners and partnerships, sales of partnership interests, distributions of property, optional and mandatory basis adjustments, planning for retirement or death of a partner, and partnership terminations and mergers. The emphasis is on careful analysis of Code provisions, Treasury Regulations, other administrative materials and important judicial decisions in relation to assigned problems.

Partnership Taxation

Course Number: LAW 6616 Credits: 2-3

Prerequisites: 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 and Trademark Prosecution and Practice

Course Number: LAW 6930 Credits: 3

This course teaches skills related to the process for preparing and prosecution both patent and trademark applications for various technologies and types of trademarks. The lectures cover jointly patent and trademark practice. The workshop portion includes a patent track and a trademark track with students selecting one track for the course.

Patent Law

Course Number: LAW 6573 Credits: 2-3

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.

Patent Prosecution

Course Number: LAW 6930 Credits: 3

This course teaches skills related to patent application preparation and prosecution for various technologies. Students will learn how to interview inventors, conduct a patentability search, render a patentability opinion, draft patent claims, draft a patent specification, electronically file a patent application, and respond to an office action. International patent protection and issues related to patent infringement will also be addressed. Most classes will include a lecture portion and a workshop portion. Patent bar eligibility is a prerequisite for the course and so is Patent Law.

Payment Systems

Course Number: LAW 6031 Credits: 2-3

This course will analyze the market and regulatory architecture of key aspects of the US financial sector as it exists today, noting new regulations resulting from the last financial crisis of 2009.  We’ll open by studying the theory and history of regulations, then proceed to explore the central topic of banking-related financial activities, in particular consumer finance (e.g. mortgages and credit card loans), then the Florida Bar topic of retail payment systems (e.g. retail cash, checks as well as credit & debit cards) and finally complex financial conglomerates (e.g. bank holding companies).  Time permitting, we’ll conclude with some studies on investment management, including investment advisers and their advised public mutual as well as private hedge & private equity funds.  At times, we’ll emphasize the “international” comparative aspects of these fields, noting the cross-border implications of US rules, and comparing, where appropriate, the US financial regulatory framework and policy choices to the EU.  To help students with problem solving for the Bar, Professor Chertok will provide some optional sample problems on a non-graded basis. 

Poverty Law

Course Number: LAW 6812 Credits: 3

Designed to enhance students' ability to address legal problems of the poor. Introduces some of major benefits programs, common structures and issues in those programs, and policy debates about community's role in addressing problems of poverty. Cases delineating clients' rights in government programs will be studied.

Poverty Law Seminar

Course Number: LAW 6936 Credits: 2

• This course explores how those in the legal profession can work to address legal problems of the poor. First, the course will examine the meaning and historical origins of poverty in the United States and the structural factors that contribute to legal inequity. It will explore ways in which legal assistance is funded and delivered to low-income individuals. It will review the landmark constitutional cases that form the body of poverty law and then examine substantive legal topics that affect the poor differently, including public benefits, health care, and housing. Finally, the course will cover contemporary perspectives on addressing poverty domestically and internationally.

Practical Lawyering for the 21st Century

Course Number: LAW 6930 Credits: 1

This compressed course is designed to inspire and equip you to take ownership of your career and its path. You will discover what your strengths are, gain an appreciation for your weaknesses, and learn how to devise a strategic plan that favors your strengths and integrates your passions. You will learn how to be relational, avoid becoming commoditized, to be a trusted advisor, and build and manage your personal brand. You also will be introduced to tools to advance on a solid career path and find your way back should you deviate from that path.

Practicum in International Law: Treaties

Course Number: LAW 6930 Credits: 3

The Practicum in International Law: Treaties course will provide students with a hands-on familiarity with treaties, the primary international law instrument, in their core context: negotiation. The course will have a seminar setting in which the written work product of the students will satisfy the writing requirement. This term the class will negotiate a US-Cuba Investment Treaty presenting a case in which a U.S. multinational wishes to invest in a newly opening market, Cuba. Students will mock negotiate myriad treaty provisions that facilitate international commerce, such as trade, investment, labor, culture, education, human rights, transportation, Statute of Forces Agreement, and tax agreements. The course exposes the complexity of international relations and its reflection on the law and its interpretation in domestic and international courts and other dispute resolution fora. Students can satisfy the writing requirement by writing a paper on the topic (or one of the topics) that s/he negotiates, such as trade, investment, labor, culture, education, human rights, transportation, SOFA, and tax agreements.

Pre Trial Practice

Course Number: LAW 6930 Credits: 3

Prerequisites: Evidence(LAW 6330)

Course offers in-depth study of courtroom litigation as it proceeds towards trial. Includes lecture/discussion as well as critical evaluation of practiced skills. Areas of emphasis will include fact and theme development from formation of client-attorney relationship through the discovery process, strategic decisionmaking at each step of the process, and pretrial motion practice. Graded Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory.

Privacy, Data Breaches & Cyber Security

Course Number: LAW 6936 Credits: 2

This seminar will evaluate the development and current status of the law related to the privacy, cybersecurity and data breaches. We will discuss the regulations and legal structures that regulate and attempt to protect data. Additionally, the class will evaluate established statutory and remedies for those harmed by data breaches.

Problem-Solving Courts

Course Number: LAW 6936 Credits: 2

Over the last thirty years, thousands of specialized “problem-solving” courts have opened across the United States. Examples of these specialty justice venues, established primarily to resolve criminal cases, include drug treatment, mental health, and community courts. This course will consider factors contributing to this recent phenomenon, survey the various types of specialty courts that have been established, analyze the particularized features and functions of these institutions, and compare them to other criminal courts, past and present. We will explore the potential legal and ethical issues presented by “problem-solving” courts and the “problem-solving court movement,” along with other justice system implications, including the future of such institutions in this country. This course is a seminar and satisfies the upper-level writing requirement.

Procedures in Tax Fraud Cases

Course Number: LAW 7641 Credits: 2

This course will address a series of topics common to civil and criminal tax fraud matters. Subjects covered will include analysis of relevant statutory concepts and related case-law developments, methodologies of investigation, prosecution, and defense, as well as issues surrounding the resolution of certain types of cases. Emphasis will be on practical and high-level application of subject matter to all aspects of case handling.

Professional Responsibility And The Legal Profession

Course Number: 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.


Course Number: 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

Course Number: LAW 6118 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.

Public Health Law

Course Number: LAW 6930 Credits: 3

The Institute of Medicine has stated that: "The mission of public health is to fulfill society's interest in assuring conditions in which people can be healthy.” One of the tools for achieving this mission is through the legal system. This course will provide law students with the knowledge, skills, and abilities they will need as practicing attorneys for analyzing the legal, policy and ethical issues raised when events occur which impact or threaten the public’s health or when a public or private entity seeks to improve the public’s health.

Public Health Law

Course Number: LAW 6XXX Credits: 2

Addresses the powers and duties of government to assure the conditions for healthy populations and examines tensions between this goal and civil liberties, such as infectious disease surveillance vs. privacy, vaccine requirements vs. conscientious objection, forced treatment/quarantine vs. autonomous medical decisionmaking, and advertising restrictions vs. free expression.

Public Policy Practicum: Florida Constitution Revision Commission

Course Number: LAW6930 Credits: 2

Prerequisites: Legal Drafting(LAW 6807)

Pre-requisite:  Legal Drafting. Before the Practicum. Students must be familiar with some basic document drafting concepts (conceptualizing, organizing, and articulating document content), which requires an entire semester’s drafting cou...

Public Speaking for Lawyers

Course Number: LAW 6930 Credits: 2

This course will help students develop the skills relied upon by lawyers when engaged in public speaking situations other than in litigation. These include appearing before governmental bodies, speaking to lay groups, and presenting to colleagues, clients, potential employers, and media. Students will examine communication theories, strategies and techniques needed for effective public speaking. The primary means of instruction will require students to prepare, present and evaluate several speeches.

Race in Place

Course Number: LAW 6930 Credits: 3

This course will explore the ways in which American property law has contributed to and reflects structural racism against African Americans and other minorities. Topics include slavery and common-law doctrines, eminent domain abuse, redlining, urban renewal, exclusionary zoning, and racially restrictive covenants.

Race, Crime & the Law

Course Number: LAW 6237 Credits: 3

This course examines the interplay between race, crime and the law in the US; covers the role of history as context for understanding contemporary laws that govern the criminal justice system, and how existing laws, their applications, and justice system practices, could be restructured and re-imagined to further racial justice.

Race, Crime and Justice

Course Number: LAW 6930 Credits: 3

This course examines the interplay of race, crime, and the law in the U.S. The course has two interrelated and underlying themes. First, the role of history as context for understanding contemporary laws that govern the criminal justice system.

Race, Law, and Society

Course Number: LAW 6936 Credits: 2

Students are introduced to the law as a color-blind or race neutral approach to regulating society. At the same time, law is normally taught without much focus on specific characteristics of the communities that will be impacted by it. Through a collaboration of eminent scholars from across diverse fields, both in law, as well as outside, the seminar material will explore the impact of law on racialized communities. This is a two-credit course. There will be an expectation that the students will write a paper or create a project based on a topic of interest that relates to the course material.

Reading Scalia

Course Number: LAW 6930 Credits: 1

This class will give students a thorough introduction to the thought of Justice Antonin Scalia. It will do so through a week-long immersion in Justice Scalia’s essays, speeches, and judicial opinions across many topics. The principal class objective is for students to learn Justice Scalia’s ideas about the nature of law and about the judicial role and how those ideas relate to textualism and originalism, the interpretive philosophies with which Justice Scalia is so closely associated. To show how Justice Scalia conceived the judicial role, and how he applied textualism and originalism in practice, the class will delve into Justice Scalia’s opinions in a wide range of cases.

Real Estate Document Drafting

Course Number: LAW 6930 Credits: 2

Prerequisites: Legal Drafting(LAW 6807)

This practice-oriented seminar will expose the participants to a variety of residential and commercial documents used by real estate lawyers, and will require the Students to analyze and draft several types of those documents. Students will also make in-class presentations regarding drafting topics, and will conduct peer reviews of work-in-progress documents.

Real Estate Transactions

Course Number: LAW 6930 Credits: 3

Study of real property, including various definitions and the methods of conveyance. Included will be a detailed study of the contracts commonly used in the purchase and sale of real property, legal descriptions used to describe real property, issues and problems common with the water boundaries in Florida, the recording statutes and the legal issues involving priority and the attorney-client relationships and the Rules regulating lawyers in the practice of real estate law.

Real Estate Transactions Practicum

Course Number: LAW 6930 Credits: 1

Co-Requisite: Real Estate Transactions

This practicum is designed to track the Real Estate Transactions course, providing students an opportunity to further synthesize their course material and apply their knowledge in the context of simulated or mock real estate transactions.

Regulatory Theory and Reality

Course Number: LAW 6936 Credits: 2

This seminar is an introductory exploration of regulation. In its broadest sense, government regulation is to further protection of the public heath, safety and welfare. Focusing on Florida regulated businesses and professions, we’ll cover topics such as regulatory theory, legislative intent and statutory construction, intended and unintended consequences, consumer protection and “level playing fields”, economic and political considerations, current issues, etc. Coursework will consist of assigned readings and exercises, class discussion, engagement with guest speakers and other experts, and a case-study Advanced Writing Requirement paper.

Religion Clauses and the First Amendment

Course Number: LAW 6930 Credits: 1

This compressed course offers an introduction to the Religion Clauses of the First Amendment, which provides that “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” These provisions, referred to as the Establishment Clause and Free Exercise Clause, are the first rights enumerated by the Founders in the Bill of Rights, and they form the constitutional basis of religious liberty in the United States. This course will first explore the historical and jurisprudential foundations of both Clauses and then address the contours of the provisions as interpreted by the United States Supreme Court, asking how and why the Court’s analysis has evolved. The course will also touch upon statutory causes of action that are closely related to the Religion Clauses, such as the Religious Freedom Restoration Act and the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act. The goal of the course is to understand the original meaning of the Clauses, their development throughout American history and the Court’s jurisprudence, and to examine potential doctrinal directions of the pressing issues in the religious-liberty field of litigation.


Course Number: LAW 6305 Credits: 3

This course provides students with an introduction to the law of remedies. It emphasizes the important interrelationship between rights and remedies and the remedial consequences of framing a cause of action. Effective litigators need to understand the types of remedies that are available to their clients and how to seek them. It considers five primary topics: injunctions, damages, restitution, declaratory judgments, and contempt.


Course Number: LAW 6010 Credits: 2-3

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

Course Number: LAW 6051 Credits: 3

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 Law Enforcement

Course Number: LAW 6930 Credits: 1

In this course you will study federal statutes, case law, and regulations, which are designed to protect investors from fraud. The course focuses on SEC investigations, examination process, and the antifraud laws governing public and private actors that issue, trade, provide advice about and regulate investments in securities. These actors include: public companies, broker-dealers, investment advisers, regulators, gatekeepers, investors and others.

Securities Regulation

Course Number: LAW 6560 Credits: 3

Prerequisites: 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.

Seminar in Advanced Comparative Corporate Law

Course Number: LAW 6936 Credits:

This course will focus on corporate governance and regulations in America, the EU and some of Asia, to help students understand corporate law more theoretically, and prepare them for cross-border and global practice. Topics will include the usual corporate law topics but organized from a more theoretical perspective. For foundation, we'll start with a comparative corporate law casebook, and then proceed to focus on presenting and discussing major academic books and law review articles from around the globe. Time permitting, we will also cover high stakes corporate alternative topics, like governance and regulation in private equity / hedge funds at the state limited partnership law and federal securities regulation levels, as an exercise in cross-entity comparative law.

Sexuality & the Law

Course Number: LAW6936 Credits: 2

This is an advanced constitutional law course that examines the evolving legal rights of the LGBTQ community. It explores the historical evolution of constitutional doctrines of privacy and equality as they have evolved to protect LGBTQ individuals. It brings these issues into the present-day, by considering legal battles over religious freedom and nondiscrimination laws, the protection of LGBTQ individuals under employment discrimination law, and the rights of transgender and gender-nonconforming people. It will examine these issues critically, including by addressing concerns over federalism, free exercise, the democratic process, and the proper role of the courts.

Social Justice Lawyering

Course Number: LAW 6816 Credits: 3

This course explores how lawyers advance social justice. It examines the meaning of social justice, structural factors that contribute to inequities in the legal system, funding and delivery of legal assistance programs for low-income and underrepresented individuals, and substantive legal arenas in which social justice can be pursued.

Social Justice Lawyering Practicum

Course Number: LAW 6930 Credits: 2

Prerequisites: Social Justice Lawyering(LAW 6816)

The practicum is an optional experiential learning component to the Social Justice Lawyering class. Students who register for the practicum must also be registered in the 3 credit class. The practicum involves applied group projects for legal organizations or community groups that focus on current social justice issues and that result in tangible work products.

Social Science, Crime, and Law

Course Number: LAW 6930 Credits: 3

This course examines and explores the relationship between law and social science.

Spring Break Field Course: Sea Level Rise and Coastal Cities: Science, Policy and Practice

Course Number: LAW 6930 Credits: 2

Application Required

Students will be introduced via lecture to fundamentals of the planning & design, law & policy, engineering, and communications challenges that sea-level rise presents for coastal cities, using St. Augustine, with its unique cultural heritage and resources, as a case study.

State and Local Taxation

Course Number: LAW 7650 Credits: 2

The goal of the course is to introduce the panoply of taxes and fees imposed by state and local governments, with particular emphasis on the sales/use tax and the corporate income tax, and the federal and state constitutional provisions which must be considered. Topics included are: nature and purpose of the state taxation; comparison of property and excise taxes; uniformity of taxation; assessment and collection procedures; remedies available to taxpayers.

State and Local Taxation

Course Number: LAW 6650 Credits: 2

Nature and purpose of state taxation; comparison of property and excise taxes; uniformity of taxation; assessment and collection procedures; remedies available to taxpayers.

Statutory Interpretation

Course Number: LAW 6524 Credits: 2

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.

Strategic Case Management in Florida Courts

Course Number: LAW 6930 Credits: 1

This one credit course will help students become familiar with common problems with case management in Florida courts and identify solutions to those problems.

Supreme Court Workshop

Course Number: LAW 6936 Credits: 2

In this seminar the current docket of the U.S. Supreme Court is our topic. Each student selects a current U.S. Supreme Court case to concentrate on. The cases selected are discussed by the whole class, and teams of two students prepare for oral arguments on the selected cases at the end of the term.

Tax Exempt Organizations

Course Number: LAW 7633 Credits: 2

Study of exemption from federal income tax accorded to a variety of public and private organizations, and tax treatment of contributions to such organizations; public policies underlying exemption from tax and deductibility of contributions.

Tax Moot Court

Course Number: LAW 6930 Credits: 1

Advanced training in appellate practice, negotiation, mediation, and arbitration, including both the briefing and argument of cases on appeal through participation in appellate moot court proceedings and moot negotiations, mediations, and arbitration.

Tax of Financial Instruments

Course Number: LAW 7931 Credits: 2

This course is about U.S. taxation of financial instruments, including debt instruments, options, futures, forwards, swaps, and other “derivatives.” Roughly the half of the course is about debt instruments, beginning with an examination of interest and the time value of money and continuing with the tax consequences of issuing or holding a debt instrument that is issued or purchased at a price differing from the instrument’s face value.

Tax Planning and Reporting Issues for Cross-Border Transactions

Course Number: LAW 7931 Credits: 3

Prerequisites: U.S. International Tax I(LAW 7614) Corporate Taxation II(LAW 7613)

The course will draw from discussions in other international tax courses to focus on and survey the many structuring and reporting issues that arise in the context of privately-held businesses and other investments made and held in a cross-border international context (e.g., choice of entities and holding company structure in multiple jurisdictions, governance and legal restraints, use of tax treaties, earnings and income distributions.

**Pending approval by the Curriculum Committee**

Tax Policy

Course Number: LAW 6936 Credits: 2

This course approaches the study of tax policy from an interdisciplinary perspective: we study the economics and moral rationales for tax policy – what makes good tax policy, and why? We also study the politics of tax, or political economy. We bring the more theoretical discussions of ideal tax policies into the real world by considering what makes tax reform possible, and where and why it deviates from the ideal. We also consider the more practical aspects of writing good tax policy, that is, tax policy from the administrators’ perspective. Finally, we look at why getting the law right is so important as a technical matter. The course covers issues relevant to both domestic and international tax policy.

Tax Policy

Course Number: Credits: 2

Tax policy is the study of different types of taxes, the reasons for taxes, and the reasoning underlying them. It is interdisciplinary, incorporating principles from economics, philosophy, politics, psychology, and public policy. You will not be expected to be an expert in, or to become one, in all of these topics, but familiarity with one or more of them will be helpful for the course.

Tax Policy and Public Finance Colloquium

Course Number: Credits:

Taxation Of Gratuitous Transfers

Course Number: LAW 6620 Credits: 2-3

Prerequisites: Trusts and Estates(LAW 6930) 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.

Taxation of Gratuitous Transfers

Course Number: LAW 7623 Credits: 3

The fundamentals of the Gift Estate & Generation Skipping Transfer Taxes.

Taxation of Property Transactions

Course Number: LAW 7602 Credits: 3

Tax problems of individual taxpayers; problems incident to the sale, exchange and other disposition of property, including recognition and characterization concepts.

The Business of Life with a Law Degree: Strategies, Tactics, and Skills for Your Best Professional and Personal Life

Course Number: LAW 6930 Credits: 1

The Business of Life with a Law Degree is a compressed course designed to help you develop your career and personal life with contemplation, intention, and meaning, and to gain practical skills and insights to help empower you to excel in life—whether as a practicing lawyer or in other work and activities leveraging your law degree.

The Role of the State Attorneys General

Course Number: LAW 6930 Credits: 1

The course will cover the day to day challenges faced by attorneys general and their staffs in delivering high quality legal advice that will guide state and local governments in a constitutional and ethical manner. The course also will cover the relationship of attorneys general with the federal and state government, the private bar and a myriad of advocacy organizations. It will focus on some of the most controversial of legal issues - challenges to the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act; climate litigation; opioid litigation; criminal justice reform; gun rights/control; and cannabis laws and driving under the influence of cannabis to name a few. In addition, it will examine Florida’s unique Cabinet System where the attorney general shares powers with the governor and two other statewide elected officials with regard to a number of state agencies and boards.

Timing Issues in Taxation

Course Number: LAW 7604 Credits: 2

To learn the fundamentals of timing issues in federal income taxation in order to help prepare students, as tax lawyers, to recognize, appreciate and advise on the tax consequences of timing aspects of transactions and events encountered in tax practice. The course has three main parts: Accounting Methods, Time Value of Money and Error Correction.

Title IX and Civil Rights

Course Number: LAW 6930 Credits: 2

One of the most important civil rights laws in our nation’s history was the enactment of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. This course offers an in-depth examination of the history and implications of Title IX on various dimensions of education with a particular focus on campus sexual misconduct. Students will use the lens of Title IX to examine sexual violence as both a product and cause of gender inequality and discrimination. Students will study key legal guidance, cases, and commentary to gain an understanding of both the practical applications and theoretical underpinnings of Title IX.

Topics in Indian Law

Course Number: LAW 6936 Credits: 2

In this course, students will explore certain topics in Federal Indian Law more deeply than time and circumstances allowed in the introductory Federal Indian Law course. Such topics will include, but are not limited to, the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act, the Indian Child Welfare Act, Tribal contracting and compacting under the Indian Self Determination and Educational Assistance Act, Tribal Law, and the unique circumstances of Alaska Natives. Students will complete a written research paper or other project related to one or more of these topics and their own academic interests.


Course Number: LAW 5700 Credits: 4

The central question in Torts is how society should respond to the problem of high dollar typically accidental physical harm, when injury is unfortunate, but unintended. Our course will focus mostly on the problem of unintentional harm, as applied to bodily and emotional harms. Theories covered will include negligence, strict liability, products liability and intentional torts as well as all their affirmative defenses. As there are seldom clear answers with legal questions spanning so many perspectives, and amorphous factual inquiries (including the role of the judge and jury, circumstantial evidence and fundamental problems), Torts trains students to answer timeless amorphous questions, thereby developing keen policy and argumentation skills, applicable to a wide variety of legal areas.

Trade and Human Rights

Course Number: LAW 6936 Credits: 2

This seminar will explore the premises of the trade and human rights debate from the perspectives of both free trade advocates and human rights activists, with the purpose of imparting a better understanding if the rationales for both systems of law and the ways each is attempting to avoid a clash that could have profound impact on the protection of human rights and on the global market.

Trade Secret Law

Course Number: LAW 6930 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

Course Number: 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.

Transactional Conservation Law: Real Estate, Finance, and Taxation

Course Number: LAW 6930 Credits: 1

This course will focus on the real estate transaction process as it relates to land conservation. Students will gain an understanding of real estate, real estate finance, and real estate taxation through the lens of land conservation. The course will include skills exercises, including interviewing, drafting, negotiation, and counseling. The course also includes a field trip to a property encumbered with a conservation easement, where students will do baseline monitoring documentation.

Transfer Pricing

Course Number: LAW 7683 Credits: 2

This LL.M. course provides a practical, historical, and theoretical understanding of international transfer pricing, with exposure to related areas of taxation. It focus on international transactions between related entities in connection with tax requirement that such transactions be priced as if between unrelated persons.

Trial Advocacy

Course Number: LAW 6360 Credits: 3

Prerequisites: 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.

Trial Practice

Course Number: LAW 6363 Credits: 4

Prerequisites: Evidence(LAW 6330)

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.

Trial Team

Course Number: LAW 6366 Credits: 1-2

Advanced training in trial practice, including the briefing and presentation of cases in the context of mock trial competitions.

Trusts and Estates

Course Number: LAW 6930 Credits: 4

Prerequisites: Property(LAW 5400)

Topics covered include intestate succession; family protection; execution and revocation of wills; ademption and lapse; gifts; and creation, revocation, modification and termination of trusts.

U.S. Constitutional History I

Course Number: LAW6930 Credits: 3

This course will explore the origins and early interpretations of the U.S. Constitution. Readings will focus on English constitutionalism, early state constitutions, the Articles of Confederation, the framing and ratification processes, and Supreme Court opinions from the beginning of the Court to Reconstruction.

U.S. Constitutional History II

Course Number: LAW6930 Credits: 3

The course will explore how the turbulent decades between the 1870s and 1960s witnessed significant changes in society and politics that had an impact on, and were directly affected by, the decisions of the U.S. Supreme Court. The course will explore the give-and-take between the Court and the American people.

U.S. International Tax I

Course Number: LAW 7614 Credits: 2

Tax definition of resident; distinction between domestic and foreign entities; taxation of business income and nonbusiness income of foreign persons; taxation of income of trades or business carried on by foreign persons in the U.S.; special rules on the U.S. real property interests; and branch interest taxes.

U.S. International Tax II-LLM

Course Number: LAW 7615 Credits: 2

Prerequisites: U.S. International Tax I(LAW 7614)

The foreign tax credit; special rules on controlled foreign corporations; foreign currencies; and cross-border transfers in nonrecognition transactions.

U.S. International Taxation III

Course Number: LAW 7931 Credits: 2

Prerequisites: U.S. International Tax I(LAW 7614) Corporate Taxation I(LAW 7611)

This is an advanced course in international taxation, and concentrates on the U.S. taxation of U.S. persons and businesses earning income outside of the United States.

Unincorporated Business Enterprises

Course Number: LAW 6062 Credits: 2-3

This course examines the various forms of non-corporate business entities. It emphasizes the legal facets of agency, general partnerships, limited partnerships, and limited liability companies. Combined with Corporations, this course is intended to provide students with a foundational background in a wide spectrum of business organizations.

Veterans and Servicemembers Legal Clinic

Course Number: LAW6940 Credits: 6

The latest addition to our clinic offerings, this clinic offers students an opportunity to develop essential lawyering skills while serving military veterans and service members on a pro bono basis. Supervised students assist in providing legal services to veterans and service members in a variety of areas, including discharge review, advance healthcare planning, expungement of criminal records, landlord-tenant, consumer protection, driver’s license reinstatement, appeals for disability compensation to the US Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, and other matters.

Water Law

Course Number: LAW 6492 Credits: 2

This course will focus on two major common law systems of surface water allocation followed in the United States and of modern statutory systems (with special focus on Florida's statutory scheme). Other topics may include groundwater regulation, the public trust doctrine, the bottled water industry, and current issues in Florida.

Wetlands and Watersheds

Course Number: LAW 6930 Credits: 3

Prerequisites: Natural Resources Law(LAW 6472)

This course will focus on the implementation of policies for the protection and restoration of wetlands and related resources under the public trust doctrine, the Florida Water Resources Act, the Clean Water Act and related federal legislation. Students will learn the legal basis for regulation under these authorities and will gain practical experience working in interdisciplinary teams to determine water boundaries, delineate the landward extent of regulated waters, assess development impacts and evaluate mitigation plans.

What Every Lawyer Should Know About Business

Course Number: LAW 6930 Credits: 1

This course offers an introduction to the business aspects of practicing law. After graduation, you get a law degree. After a successful bar exam, you are licensed to practice law in a particular jurisdiction. Yet (traditionally), neither prepare you to run a business – and this is true whether you are planning to join a firm, run your own practice, or parlay your law degree into a broader business career.

White Collar Crime

Course Number: LAW 6116 Credits: 3

Using the vehicle of federal investigation and prosecution of white collar crime, explores interplay of different fields of law and the 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.

Wrongful Convictions and Factual Innocence: Conviction Integrity Review

Course Number: LAW6942 Credits: 5

The primary goal of this course is to educate law students about the practices which lead to wrongful convictions and to engage students directly in the review of actual innocence claims. Students will identify common elements in wrongful conviction cases including mistaken eyewitness identification, false confessions, misuse of informants, flawed forensic evidence, mistakes and misconduct by law enforcement officials, and poor defense representation, among others.