Courses

Accounting for Lawyers

Course Number: LAW 6760 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.

Admiralty

Course Number: LAW 6730 Credits: 2

Jurisdiction, choice of law, right to navigate, sickness, personal injury, and death of seamen, longshoremen and others in maritime occupations; collisions; government responsibilities related to navigation; maritime salvage; pilotage; maritime liens.

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.

Advanced Civil Clinic

Course Number: LAW 6941 Credits: 2-4

Prerequisites: Civil Clinic: Full-Representation, Juvenile and Pro Se(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 Con Law: Takings

Course Number: LAW 6930 Credits: 2

This is a course on the 5th amendment due process and takings clauses. It is an intense look at theories of property, the origins of substantive economic due process, and the emergence of takings as one of the Supreme Court's principal areas of activity. The course will cover a variety of takings issues, from balancing to per se rules, facial challenges to the denominator question, and ripeness to exactions.

Advanced Constitutional and Civil Rights Law

Course Number: LAW 6936 Credits: 2

This course will examine issues related to the recognition and enforcement of individual rights – both constitutional and statutory. The course readings will center on issues such as racial justice, LGBT rights, feminism, poverty, civil rights and constitutional litigation, enforcement of civil rights by states, and protection of rights by Congress and federal courts.

Advanced Criminal Clinic – Defender

Course Number: LAW 6930 Credits: 2-4

Advanced Family Advocacy Clinic

Course Number: LAW 6941 Credits: 2-4

Selected Family Advocacy Clinic students return to enhance their learning and refine their lawyering skills through client representation, leadership, and mentoring other clinic students.

Advanced Legal Research

Course Number: LAW 6798 Credits: LAW 6798

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 Problems In Bankruptcy And Debtor-Creditor Law

Course Number: LAW 6056 Credits: 2-3

The objective of the course is to give the student a grounding in bankruptcy processes, a strengthened appreciation of the philosophical and policy-based underpinnings of bankruptcy, and a deepened understanding of selected aspects of bankruptcy practice. The course will consist of a number of selected problems of current interest in the practice of bankruptcy and debtor-creditor law.

Advanced Research, Writing And Appellate Advocacy I

Course Number: LAW 6953 Credits: 1

Students serve as instructors in the first-year Research Writing and Appellate Advocacy course under the direction of the assistant directors of the program. Letter grades are awarded on the basis of writing assignments, instruction and counseling prepared and performed by the student instructors.

Advanced Research, Writing And Appellate Advocacy II

Course Number: LAW 6954 Credits: 2

Continuation of LAW 6953. LAW 6954 must be taken or no credit toward graduation will be allowed for LAW 6953.

Advanced Techniques In Appellate Advocacy

Course Number: LAW 6371 Credits: 2

Prerequisites: Appellate Advocacy(LAW 5793)

Provides in-depth, advanced instruction and practice in persuasive written and oral legal analysis, focusing on appellate advocacy techniques. Builds upon training provided in first-year writing courses.

Advanced Topics in Family Law Seminar

Course Number: LAW 6936 Credits: 2

Prerequisites: Family Law(LAW 6710)

The seminar will be devoted to advanced topics and cutting edge issues in family law. The seminar will permit students to pursue a particular topic in family law by conducting a significant, in-depth research project which will be presented for critique and feedback to the seminar participants. The seminar will focus initially on readings concerning contemporary issues in family law, followed by students’ research and presentations. Projects may include conventional research papers, roughly equivalent to a law review student comment or note, or may propose any equivalent project in any form with the consent of the instructor, e.g., an advocacy project, legislative proposal, etc.

Advanced Torts

Course Number: LAW 6930 Credits:

This course focuses on several different types of torts that rarely involve physical injuries or even property damage. These torts often arise in commercial settings or setting in which the parties are not strangers to one another when the alleged tortious conduct arises.

Advising the Entrepreneur

Course Number: LAW 6930 Credits:

Prerequisites: Corporations(LAW 6063) Business Enterprises Survey(LAW 6068) Income Taxation(LAW 6600) Unincorporated Business Enterprises(LAW 6062)

This course is designed for third-year law students interested in a business law practice. It will cover choice of entity, employment agreements, employee benefits/ERISA, covenants not to compete, trade secrets, real estate, finance and tax issues in business formation and development. The focus will be on developing the skills necessary to address these issues in practice. Students will draft business documents as if they are in a law firm dealing with a client, using actual documents from current business deals as examples and case studies.

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.

American Legal History

Course Number: LAW 6226 Credits: 2

Historical introduction to the origins and development of American law, constitutional principles and legal institutions and their influence upon the distribution of social, economic and political power.

American Legal Thought

Course Number: LAW 6225 Credits: 3

This course is an introduction to the fundamental issues and ideas that have shaped the law. This course examines basic concepts in legal thought, primarily of the American twentieth century. This course is recommended for students interested in the development of legal theory or considering a career in law teaching.

Antitrust Health Care

Course Number: LAW 6930 Credits: 2

This class will explore antitrust issues in the health care and life sciences areas.

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: 2-3

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

Course Number: LAW 6936 Credits: 2

This seminar course focuses on a broad range of topics involving appellate law and policy of current or ongoing interest in the legal, academic, and political communities.

Arbitration

Course Number: LAW 6315 Credits: 3

This course covers the law governing arbitration from the 1925 enactment of the Federal Arbitration Act through the Supreme Court’s 2011 decision in AT&T Mobility v. Concepcion.

Art Law

Course Number: LAW 6936 Credits: 2

This course is a seminar on the law specially concerning art and cultural property. The focus is broad and international. The topic crosses all fields of law, criminal and civil, domestic and international, contemporary and historical, commercial, administrative, private and public.

Bioethics

Course Number: LAW 6930 Credits: 3

This course explores the legal and policy issues surrounding such topics as assisted reproductive technologies, human and embryonic research, medical decision-making, access to health care, public health and infectious disease, and end of life issues.

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 Transactions and Document Drafting

Course Number: LAW 6802 Credits: 2

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

This course is designed to enhance each student’s ability to transition from classroom to law office drafting and negotiating table, where a premium is placed on critical thinking, organization, focused advocacy and competent, efficient and effective document drafting and transaction negotiation.

Child Support Law and Policy

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: Full-Representation, Juvenile and Pro Se

Course Number: LAW 6940 Credits: 6-9

Students participate in the conduct of civil legal matters under a scheme of systematic supervision combined with substantial related formal instruction.

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.

Class Actions

Course Number: Class Actions Credits: 2

This seminar will examine procedural and jurisdictional issues raised by the modern class action, the primary device by which courts provide redress for wrongs (such as products liability and securities, civil rights, and antitrust violations) that inflict mass injuries.

Climate Change Law

Course Number: LAW 6936 Credits: 2

This seminar will focus on contemporary issues associated with climate change law, including international ramifications, domestic actions, litigation strategies, and the legal tools available to address the multiplicity of topics related to climate change. Students will be expected to complete background reading independently and then take turns leading the class in critical analyses of climate change scholarship.

Collaborative Law

Course Number: LAW 6314 Credits: 2

Collaborative law is a lawyering model focused on identifying the interests of all parties in a legal dispute and working to problem solve an answer reached by mutual decision rather than by the use of litigation. Through collaborative law, the parties and their attorneys commit to resolve all issues through respectful face-to-face negotiations.

Comparative Family Law

Course Number: LAW 6930 Credits: 3

An exploration of the similarities and differences in family laws and policies across various national legal systems. We will look at issues such as marriage and divorce, custody of children, adoption and procreation, child and family support policies.

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.

Condo And Community Development Law

Course Number: LAW 6XXX Credits: 2-3

This class shall focus on statutory requirements and practical considerations in the development of condominiums and other homeowner community regimes in Florida, with particular emphasis on community planning and document drafting in today’s real estate environment.

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

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.

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.

Contracts

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 Espionage

Course Number: LAW 6936 Credits: 2

This seminar explores the law and theory applicable to the gathering of competitive intelligence among companies. It will address the laws, policies, and technologies associated with corporate espionage. It includes coverage of such practices as spying, committing computer crimes, engaging in surveillance, and stealing trade secrets of one’s competitors. The intellectual property and unfair competition doctrines and policies that regulate and protect against these practices will be the focus of the course. Data security and technological challenges to protecting proprietary information will also be covered. Prior course work in trade secret law is recommended but not required.

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 Finance and Reorganization

Course Number: LAW 6063 Credits: 3

An inquiry into the various methods used in financing the corporation, payment of dividends and other distributions, the reacquisition by a corporation of its own shares, and problems of mergers, consolidations and other forms of corporate reorganization.

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.
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Corporations

Course Number: LAW 6063 Credits: 3

This course is the introductory course on corporation law. Among other topics, the course covers the governance structure of corporations, limited liability and veil piercing, fiduciary duty, and shareholder derivative suits, and it may cover certain aspects of securities regulation including proxy solicitation, securities fraud, and insider trading.

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 – Defender

Course Number: LAW 6942 Credits: 6

Criminal Clinic Lab – Defender

Course Number: LAW 6942 Credits: 3

Criminal Clinic: Prosecution

Course Number: LAW 6942 Credits: 6

Prerequisites: Criminal Procedure: Police and Police Practices(LAW 6111) Trial Advocacy(LAW 6360) Trial Practice(LAW 6363)

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 Clinic

Course Number: LAW 6942 Credits: 6

Participation in conduct of actual criminal legal matters as an intern supervised by member of a state attorney or public defender’s office. Two of the six credits will be graded, the remaining four awarded on a Satisfactory (S), Unsatisfactory (U) basis. (Summer Criminal Clinic is graded on an S/U basis only.) Enrollment by application prior to pre-registration.

Criminal 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 activiteis 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.

Cross Cultural Legal Counseling

Course Number: LAW 6386 Credits: 2

This course introduces understandings of deep cultural values that are broadly accepted in other disciplines (i.e. cultural anthropology, business, psychology, education, medicine) and applies them to lawyer-client counseling situations.

Cyber Law

Course Number: LAW 6936 Credits: 2

Cyberlaw will focus on how the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution applies to rapidly changing technologies of communication. We will explore topics such as jurisdiction, anonymity, privacy, defamation, and public forum doctrine in the cyberlaw context.

Death Penalty Law

Course Number: LAW 6105 Credits: 3

Offers an introduction to issues arising in recent capital punishment cases including methods of execution; the execution on juvenile, mentally retarded, insane, or possibly innocent offenders; the classification of a crime as a capital offense; the role of the jury in assessing aggravating and mitigating circumstances; the impact of race and gender upon sentencing; and the problems of ineffective assistance of counsel and prosecutorial misconduct.

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.

Disability Law

Course Number: LAW 6930 Credits: 3

This introductory course will comprehensively explore federal laws designed to protect persons with disabilities from discrimination in employment, government services, public accommodations, education, and housing.

Domestic Violence

Course Number: LAW 6930 Credits: 2

This is a substantive law course in domestic violence. It is a 2-credit class, meeting twice a week for two hours each class. The first hour will consist of discussion based on assigned readings.

Economics of the Family

Course Number: LAW 6712 Credits: 3

Prerequisites: Family Law(LAW 6710)

Income Tax recommended. Covers theories of alimony, child support, and equitable disposition of property at divorce, valuation and distribution of pensions and other complex assets, child support in marital and non-marital contexts, taxation and economic policy, family and work issues, and income supports for poor and working families. Students will complete exercises in applying state family laws and federal tax laws.

Education Law

Course Number: LAW 6930 Credits: 3

This course provides students with an introduction to the law relating to public schools (K-12), including the interplay of the U.S. Constitution, federal statutes, state, and local law.

Elder Law

Course Number: LAW 6717 Credits: 3

An examination of the legal problems of the elderly (not limited to low-income elderly). As a practice area, Elder Law is directed to the intersection of age and various areas of the law, only some of which are age specific as to application. Emphasis will be on elder law planning as opposed to advocacy.

Electronic Discovery

Course Number: LAW 6930 Credits: 2

Explores how the current information explosion is transforming the civil litigation process and the critical issues which arise in managing data in the civil litigation process. 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.

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.

Employee Pension And Benefit Law

Course Number: LAW 6541 Credits: 2-3

Introduces students to basics of federal pension law, including employee benefit provisions of Internal Revenue Code and labor law portions of ERISA (federal statute governing employer-provided plans). Provides a basic overview of tax principles of deferred compensation and introduction to the tax requirements for qualified pension plans.

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. Not open to students who have already completed the 2-credit Law 6936 Employment Discrimination Seminar.

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.

English Legal History

Course Number: LAW 6220 Credits: 2

Emphasis on the history of English law from the Conquest: the feudal society; the growth of constitutional concepts and the limits on public order; the origins of the central courts and the elaboration of the judicial system; the history of the jury and of equity; the prerogative courts; a brief consideration, time permitting, of the distribution of English Law.

Environmental Capstone Colloquium

Course Number: LAW 6930 Credits: 1

Interactive speaker series with opportunities for students to converse with leading environmental and land use thinkers from across the country. Spring 2016's theme is "Oceans and Coastal Areas” and will feature presentations on marine fisheries; beach access and restoration; climate change and ocean acidification; ocean zoning; off-shore oil drilling; and coastal flooding.

Environmental Dispute Resolution

Course Number: LAW 6478 Credits: 2

Prerequisites: Natural Resources Law(LAW 6472)

To illustrate the utility of various dispute resolution techniques, three primary types of environmental disputes will be used: (1) a challenge to an environmental rule; (2) a challenge to an environmental agency permitting decision; and (3) an enforcement action for an environmental violation.

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.

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.

Estate Planning Practice

Course Number: LAW 6930 Credits: 2

Prerequisites: Legal Drafting(LAW 6807) Trusts and Estates(LAW 6930) Taxation Of Gratuitous Transfers(LAW 6620)

This class intends to bridge the gap between estate planning theory and practice. This class will introduce students to the ethical and pragmatic problems related to representing a client appropriately.

Evidence

Course Number: LAW 6330 Credits: 4

Prerequisites: Civil Procedure(LAW 5301)

Registration priority given to second-year students. A study of the law governing the proof of issues of fact before a judicial tribunal. Topics covered may include judicial notice, presumptions, burden of proof, hearsay, relevancy, testimonial proof, demonstrative and scientific proof, documentary proof and privileged communications. Emphasis is placed on the Federal Rules of Evidence.ci

Externships

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 & Social Policy

Course Number: Family Law & Social Policy Credits: 2

The focus of this seminar is the development of law and public policy at the federal and state level with respect to families and children. The initial substantive focus of the seminar will be on children’s rights. This implicates a broad range of issues, including constitutional and developmental frameworks, international human rights and the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Federal Courts

Course Number: Federal Courts Credits: 3

Prerequisites: Civil Procedure(LAW 5301)

Recommended: Constitutional Law (LAW 5501) and Constitutional Law II (LAW 6502). Analysis of the federal judicial system and its relationship to the state’s judicial systems, including consideration of the applicable jurisdictional, procedural and substantive law.

Federal Criminal Law

Course Number: Federal Criminal Law 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 is the companion course to Federal Courts. It covers complex issues of federal question jurisdiction, diversity and supplemental jurisdiction, the federal common law (including the use of customary international law as federal law), the Erie Doctrine, abstention, federal law in state courts and the like. The grade will be based on an exam at the end of the term.

Federal Tax Research

Course Number: LLM Credits: 2

Federal Tax Seminar

Course Number: LAW 7911 Credits:

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.

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.

First Amendment Law

Course Number: First Amendment Law 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 Civil Procedure

Course Number: Florida Civil Procedure 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

A survey of the Florida Rules of Criminal Procedure. Will familiarize students with the rules, examine the nuances of the rules, explore commonly encountered pitfalls, and study the interplay between the rules and the Florida Statutes.

Florida Land Use Law

Course Number: Florida Land Use Law 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.

Foreign Enrichment or Exchange course

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Course content varies on special topic each term. See term course descriptions for details.

Foreign Enrichment or Exchange course

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Course content varies on special topic each term. See term course descriptions for details.

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.

Gender & The Law

Course Number: LAW 6930 Credits: 3

The goals of this class are to learn the major strands of feminist theory, and evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of each; to understand and evaluate areas of gender inequality from an antiessentialist perspective; and to consider strategies and goals for equality, and how equality might be accomplished by litigation, legislation, or grass roots activity.

Gender And The Law

Course Number: LAW 6238 Credits: 2-3

Discussion of selected legal topics exploring the perspective of women as the subject and object of law. Includes segments focusing on women’s explicit status, or lack of status, in the law, such as legal disabilities of married women and the treatment of domestic violence.

Global Corporate Compliance

Course Number: LAW 6090 Credits: 2-3

The principal objective is to educate students as to the critical role of legal compliance in conducting international business. Students will gain an understanding of the basic laws and practical guidance on advising business clients. Upon completion, students should know the essential requirements of a successful corporate compliance program.

Globalization and the Rule of Law in the Americas: Trade, Labor and the Environment

Course Number: LAW 6936 Credits: 3

Seminar explores implications of globalization and in particular the emerging role of nongovernmental organizations, civil society, and the potential for direct consumer enforced labor and environmental standards. Academic studies and commentaries on globalization are reviewed in parallel with news reports and commentaries on current developments in trade, labor and the environment in the Americas. The goal is to gain a realistic understanding of the potential for sustainable democracy, as well as working criteria for hemisphere-wide rule of law.

Health Care Finance and Delivery

Course Number: LAW 6XXX 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.

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: History Of Women In the Law Credits: 3

Offers a close, analytical study of issues in women’s history and the law by introducing important developments in the law as it pertains to women and women’s status in England and America.

Human Rights and Globalization

Course Number: LAW 6936 Credits: 2

Although Human Rights and Globalization are not usually topics that are discussed at the same time, or even in the same forum, they are ideas that are inextricably intertwined. Globalization, for example, has not had a positive role in reducing the gap between the haves and the have-nots; has not resulted in good jobs for those at the margins; and has contributed to the shrinking social safety nets.

Human Side of Lawyering

Course Number: LAW 6930 Credits: 2

The practice of law to a large extent involves working with people, and to practice law well, lawyers must be skilled not only in analyzing facts and rules but also in addressing the human side of legal practice. This course will assist you in developing relational skills and emotional intelligence competencies rooted in empirical social science research.

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.

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 & Trusts

Course Number: LAW 6930 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 Estates and Trusts

Course Number: LAW 6621 Credits: 2

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.

Independent Research – Advanced Writing Requirement

Course Number: LAW 6917 Credits: 1-2

Students who enroll in this course may satisfy the Advanced Writing Requirement by designing and completing an independent research project under the supervision of a faculty member in an area of law within the faculty member’s expertise. An abstract of the proposed writing project must be submitted to the Curriculum committee by the end of the sixth week of the semester in which the course is taken.

Independent Study

Course Number: LAW 6905 Credits: 1-2

Maximum credits allowed toward graduation are 4. Open only to students who have completed three terms and who are in good academic standing. An independent research project under the supervision of a faculty member who has a special interest in the area.

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: 2-3

Prerequisites: Copyright Law(LAW 6572) Patent Law(LAW 6573)

Overview of issues and strategies in high-tech litigation, including discovery, use of technical experts, alternative dispute resolution, pretrial investigation, settlement negotiations and trial.

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 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 is about international children’s rights. The course explores the concept of childhood itself, what human rights violations children face today and the role that gender plays in determining the life chances of children. This course also considers child migration, more specifically, child trafficking, child labor, child sex trafficking and also considers children in armed conflict. In addition this course considers the movement of children for family reasons, and more specifically, transnational adoption, children who have lost their parents due to AIDS, child refugees and asylum seekers.

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 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 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) Copyright Law(LAW 6572) Trademark Law(LAW 6576) 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.

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

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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 Litigation and Arbitration

Course Number: LAW 6265 Credits: 2-3

The study of international litigation for the resolution of private and public disputes.

International Organizations

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This course introduces students to the law of international organizations, including the law that governs their establishment, structures, authority, and responsibilities, their relationships to states and non-state actors, and their law-making and adjudicatory functions.

International Tax Law

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Prerequisites: Income Taxation(LAW 6600)

The seminar focuses on tax avoidance and abuse in the international context for U.S. persons. Methods that U.S. persons use to reduce U.S. taxes through offshore structuring will be discussed.

International Trade And Environment

Course Number: LAW 6298 Credits: 2-3

Legal and policy issues raised by clashes between global rules promoting free trade and domestic efforts to conserve natural resources. The course explores the relationship between World Trade Organization rules reducing trade barriers and environmental treaties such as the Endangered Species Convention that rely on these very trade restrictions to manage resources, as well as efforts by the North American Free Trade Agreement and the Biodiversity Convention to reconcile the two critical public policy objectives. Equips future lawyers with background to advise how business strategies must account for both legal regimes.

International Trade Law

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.

Interviewing And Counseling

Course Number: LAW 6381 Credits: 2-3

An examination of theories and skills involved in interviewing clients and witnesses and counseling clients. Readings, videotapes, role plays, and simulations will be used to develop these theories and skills.

Interviewing and Counseling for Civil Clinics

Course Number: LAW 6930 Credits: 2

This course loosely tracks what students would learn in the interviewing and counseling portion of UFLaw's traditional course: Interviewing, Counseling, and Negotiation. It is split into two main components. First, students learn the theory behind the skills and models of how to apply them. Second, students practice these skills through simulated client conferences and critique. Part 1 of the course is delivered via web. In Part 2 of the course, students meet in small group with other students and clinic faculty to practice skills with live feedback.

Interviewing, Counseling, & Negotiation

Course Number: LAW 6388 Credits: 3

An examination of theories and skills involved in interviewing and counseling clients, and basic negotiation skills. Readings, videotapes, role plays, and simulations will be used.

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.

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.

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-ritu...

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.

Jurisprudence

Course Number: LAW 5210 Credits: 3

A study of the relationship between the practical and theoretical dimensions of law and the legal process. A study of the concepts of law and morality in their historical contexts beginning with Blackstone, Bentham and Austin; comparing the American contributions of Holmes, Llewellyn and Frank; culminating in an intense study of judicial decision-making. The second half of the course undertakes a deeper study of Hart, Fuller and Dworkin in an exploration of a wide variety of issues arising in the relation of law, morality, and society.

Juvenile Justice

Course Number: LAW 6930 Credits: 2

This course explores the origins and continuing evolution of the juvenile justice system to address the question, "What do you do when the kid is a criminal and the criminal is a kid?"

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

Course Number: LAW 7932 Credits: 2

Intensive 3-week introduction to the comparative method and to legal education, professionalism and the legal system of the United States. Requires approval by the program director. Usually taught during the summer program.

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 Finance

Course Number: LAW 6421 Credits: 3

Prerequisites: Property(LAW 5400)

A study of selected legal problems related to developing and financing the development of real property. Both the traditional mortgage arrangement and contemporary alternative financing approaches will be considered.

Land Use Planning And Control

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.

Law & Entrepreneurship

Course Number: LAW 6930 Credits: 2

This course will cover the life cycle of an entrepreneurial start up business and the legal issues that are involved during the life cycle of a firm-- from the starting point of the creation of the entrepreneurial idea, to the start up of a business (entity choice issues, financial and management rights) to issues of commercialization (contracting, IP rights) through exit (via IPO or private placement).

Law & Social Movements

Course Number: LAW 6936 Credits: 2

The overarching focus of the class will consist of the exploration of historical forces that have caused dramatic changes in civil rights law. In order to examine this topic the course will present students with a detailed analysis of constitutional and, to a lesser degree, statutory law concerning discrimination on the basis of race, sex, and sexual orientation.

Law And Economics

Course Number: LAW 6555 Credits: 2-3

Course considers the application of economic analysis to a variety of areas of law, including contracts, torts, property, criminal law and intellectual property. The appropriateness of economic analysis in these contexts is evaluated in light of behavioral and moral considerations.

Law 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 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 and Psychiatry

Course Number: LAW 6930 Credits: 3

This course explores the relationship of psychiatry and the law and will cover governmental efforts to deprive the “mentally disabled” of liberty or property through the criminal, civil commitment, and guardianship systems. Key goals include learning when and how mental health experts may participate in the legal process, how to utilize these experts, and how effectively to respond to them. The course will begin with an attempt to define “mental disability” as that term is used for legal purposes.

Law of Sex and Sexual Orientation

Course Number: LAW 6930 Credits: 2-3

An exploration of the power of the state to regulate sexual morality. The course will cover the constitutional protection of liberty, equality and freedom of speech as applied to the context of sexual identity, orientation and expression. Topics will include restrictions on private consensual sexual behavior and sex-related expression, gays in the military, and same-sex marriage.

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, Science and Policy

Course Number: LAW 6936 Credits: 2

This jurisprudence seminar deals with a particular and advanced approach to the study and practice of law. It draws on the pioneering jurisprudence of the New Haven School of International Law (but is not limited in scope to international law). The seminar is based on a book I have just completed entitled “Configurative Jurisprudence: the Law, Science, and Policy of Human Dignity.”

Legal Drafting

Course Number: LAW 6807 Credits: 2

Prerequisites: Appellate Advocacy(LAW 5793)

This required course must be taken in the second year and be completed with a passing grade. Principles and practice of drafting legal documents, including complaints and responses, contracts, and legislative and quasi-legislative documents.

Legal History Other than Common Law

Course Number: LAW 6221 Credits: 2

A study of the antecedents of the Western world’s laws including the evolution of legal institutions and legal thought from primitive societies to the middle ages in Western Europe.

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 Research & Writing

Course Number: LAW 5792 Credits: 2

First half of two-part course, both required for graduation. Includes emphasis on basic legal research and writing legal memoranda. Graded on a scale of Satisfactory (S), Honors (S+), or Unsatisfactory (U). Must be completed with a grade of "S" or better even if this necessitates repeating course following semester.

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.

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

Course Number: LAW 7801 Credits: 2

Continuing coverage of legal education, professionalism and the legal system of the United States, conducted over one or two full semesters. Typically, it will be conducted over two semesters with one teaching hour per semester week. Alternately, it will be taught as a two-credit course with two teaching hours per semester week.

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.

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.

Mediation

Course Number: LAW 6383 Credits: 2-3

An exploration of theories and skills involved in mediation and other dispute resolution processes. Readings, videotapes, role plays, simulations and critical observation of mediations will be used to develop these theories and skills.

Mediation Clinic

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 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.

Mergers and Acquisitions

Course Number: LAW 6067 Credits: 2-3

This course will actively explore each potential phase of merger and/or acquisition transactions with reference to relevant case law, statutes, and the realities of practice.

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 Law

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The course provides an introduction to the legal aspect of the management of national security. The course seeks to clarify the national and global implications as well as the goals of a rational security system. It introduces the student to traditional approaches to war prevention.

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.

Negotiation

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.

Negotiation and Mediation

Course Number: LAW 6389 Credits: 3-4

A study of theories and skills involved in negotiation, mediation, and other dispute resolution processes. Student performances in role plays and simulations will be a primary means of instruction.

Partnership Taxation

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 Drafting and Prosecution I

Course Number: LAW 6936 Credits:

Patent Drafting & Prosecution I provides the student an introduction to each of the basic steps a patent attorney must take from the time an inventor makes first contact through issuance of a patent.

Patent Drafting and Prosecution II

Course Number: LAW 6936 Credits: 2

Prerequisites: Patent Drafting and Prosecution I(LAW 6936)

The focus of this seminar is two-fold: first, to place significant emphasis on improving the student’s claim drafting skills through extensive in-class exercises; and second, to introduce the student to common activities in the routine practice of a patent attorney beyond application drafting, such as effecting foreign filing of patent applications, licensing of patents and applications, and performing searches and providing written opinions.

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.

Payment Systems

Course Number: LAW 6031 Credits: 2-3

The study of the laws and regulations governing checks and notes, the collection of checks in the banking system, electronic funds transfers, credit and debit cards, and other evolving payment systems.

Perspectives in Family Law

Course Number: LAW 6711 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.

Poverty Law

Course Number: LAW 6812 Credits: 3

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

Pre Trial Practice

Course Number: LAW 6930 Credits: 3

Prerequisites: Evidence(LAW 6330)

Course offers advanced, in-depth study of courtroom litigation at all stages and skills necessary for persuasive trial advocacy. Includes lecture/discussion as well as simulated case proceedings and critical evaluation. In addition to continued work in courtroom advocacy, areas of emphasis will include fact and theme development through the discovery process, pretrial motions, voir dire, trial evidence and record preservation.

Products Liability

Course Number: LAW 6702 Credits: 2-3

An analysis of modern products liability law including policy goals, basis of liability, types of product defects and the role of user and plaintiff fault.

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.

Professional Writing Workshop

Course Number: LAW 6930 Credits: 2

This asynchronous online course focuses on grammar, punctuation, and style (using law-related materials). The objective is to give students the opportunity to learn to generate text, identify problems in their writing, and to evaluate and edit their writing.

Property

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 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, Crime & the Law

Course Number: LAW 6237 Credits: 3

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

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.

Remedies

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.

Research Methods in Environmental & Land Use Law

Course Number: LAW Credits: 1

Sales

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 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.

Sentencing Law

Course Number: LAW 6936 Credits: 2

This seminar examines the principles, practices, and policies of noncapital sentencing. While sentencing as an aspect of the legal process has been around for several thousand years, sentencing as a distinct field of study and practice is a...

Social Justice Lawyering

Course Number: LAW 6816 Credits: 3

This course will explore how those in the legal profession can work to advance social justice. It will initially examine the meaning of social justice and the variety of structural factors that contribute to inequities in the legal system.

Spanish for Lawyers

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The course aims at increasing vocabulary through the reading of all manner of texts related to the law, ranging from newspaper coverage of legal issues to actual cases and literary masterpieces. The second goal is to help students get acquainted with the Latin American and Spanish legal systems, emphasizing their differences and similarities as compared to the legal system of the United States. Through lectures, written assignments, in-class exercises, and fieldwork, participants will practice a wide array of skills in Spanish, from reading and writing strategies to oral presentations of substantive legal issues. This class is taught in Spanish.

Sports Law

Course Number: LAW 6930 Credits: 2

This synchronous distance course will cover a suite of topics that arise in sports management and the sports agency industry. The course will focus on how different legal principles arise in this context using case law and secondary sources. Students will learn about both the law and the practice of sports law.

Sports Law Seminar

Course Number: LAW 6936 Credits: 2

This is intended to be a research and writing seminar in which the precise content of the course will vary from year to year depending on the students’ choice of research topics. The first half of the seminar will consist of lectures by outside speakers and discussions led by the instructor based on assigned reading.

State and Local Taxation

Course Number: LAW 6650 Credits: 2

Nature and purpose of the 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

The law is increasingly defined by legislative enactments. Legislators, legislative staff, and lobbyists spend much of their time struggling to negotiate and draft statutes, which judges, administrators, and attorneys then spend a significant amount of time attempting to interpret.

Strategic Contracting & Business Lawyering

Course Number: LAW 6936 Credits: 2

Supreme Court and the Environment

Course Number: LAW 6930 Credits: 2

This course will explore the U.S. Supreme Court's record of deciding environmental law cases, from early cases involving interstate nuisance disputes and the use of public lands through the burst of statutory activity in the 1970s, to current issues of climate change and energy exploration. Students will be exposed to a limited and interconnected universe of decisional law that addresses a surprisingly wide range of topics including statutory interpretation, constitutional law development, standing, administrative law, and the tension between the legislative and executive branches.

Supreme Court Workshop

Course Number: LAW 6936 Credits: 2

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 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.

Techniques Of Growth Management

Course Number: LAW 6461 Credits: 2

This course will cover three of the more significant techniques of managing growth: development exactions, impact fees, and transferable development rights. The course will focus on the history of these techniques, their current use, and the case law that has evolved. Primary attention will be focused on the use of these techniques in Florida, but not to the exclusion of those of other states.

Telecommunications Law Seminar

Course Number: LAW 6936 Credits: 3

The seminar will focus on economic, legal, and policy issues raised by the regulation of communications technologies, including telephony, cable, broadcast, and the Internet. Topics will include the breakup of the Bell System, allocation of the spectrum, requirements of interconnection, pricing of services, and (to a lesser extent) content regulation. The grade will be based on a research paper (and presentation) and class participation.

The Takings Clause & Property Rights

Course Number: LAW 6405 Credits: 2

This course closely examines the property clauses of the Constitution and the hotly-contested issues of just compensation, takings, and due process. In recent years, the takings clause of the 5th amendment has become a significant conduit for challenges to environmental and land use regulations. The course examines the history and recent development of the Supreme Court's complex and convoluted doctrine in this area.

Tools of Awareness for Lawyering

Course Number: LAW 6930 Credits: 3

The goal of this course is to help students develop certain knowledge, perspectives and skills that will enable them to provide better service to their clients and gain more satisfaction in professional practice, principally negotiation. In particular, the skills developed will provide students the ability to deal better with stress and with emotions and to be calm and clear-minded in situations that typically induce anxiety and confusion.

Torts

Course Number: LAW 5700 Credits: 4

Civil liability for harm caused by wrongful acts that violate non-contractual duties imposed by law. The course covers negligence and other theories of liability as prescribed by the instructor.

Trade 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.

Trade Secrets

Course Number: LAW 6571 Credits: 3

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. Specific trademark issues include nature of trademark rights, violations of trademark rights, defenses, remedies and selected procedural issues that arise in trademark cases. The prosecution of trademark applications is not covered in any detail, but the statutory requirements and benefits of registration are covered.

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.

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)

Registration priority given to second-year students. Topics covered include intestate succession, gifts, execution of wills, creation of trusts, charitable trusts, ademption and lapse, powers and appointment.

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. Territorial Possessions

Course Number: LAW 6936 Credits: 2

Examines history of U.S. territorial acquisitions and the changing legal paradigms applied by U.S. to its past and current territorial possessions. After reviewing the history, will then discuss legal, philosophical and moral implications of U.S. colonialism in 21st Century.

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.

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.

White Collar Crime

Course Number: LAW 6116 Credits: 2-3

Prerequisites: Corporations(LAW 6063)

Using the vehicle of federal investigation and prosecution of white-collar crime, this course explores interplay of different fields of law and of legal standards and administrative discretion—features common to many types of transactional practice. Materials considered will be chosen from substantive criminal law, criminal procedure, sentencing, administrative law, evidence, corporate law, and professional responsibility.

Workers’ Compensation And Other Employment Rights

Course Number: LAW 6548 Credits: 2-3

Rights of employees and duties of employers under modern social programs, including workers’ compensation, wage and hour regulations, Social Security, old age, disability and medical problems and anti-discrimination laws.