Course Descriptions

LAW 7099 Louis A. Bedford Jr. Mentorship Program

7099. 0 hours. The Louis a. Bedford Jr. Mentorship program provides students with opportunities to interact with practicing attorneys, begin to develop their professional networks, and gain insight into the Dallas legal market. Required.

LAW 7100 Lawyering Fundamentals

7100. 1 hour. Introduces students to the UNT Dallas College of Law and its curriculum, and introduces concepts and skills that will be important throughout the study of law, including introduction to law as a profession, introduction to the court systems in Dallas, anatomy of a trial and anatomy of a deal, methods of effective studying and learning in law school, and interactions and interviews with lawyers relating to legal education and the practice of law. This course cannot be repeated. Prerequisite(s): Consent of department. Required.

LAW 7101 Principles of Accounting and Finance for Lawyers

7101. 1 hour. Focuses on the core accounting and finance principles that lawyers encounter across many areas of practice. Core goals are being able to read, interpret, and use basic financial statements, and understanding and applying basic principles of valuation. Prerequisite(s): For both full-time and part-time students, completion of all courses taken in their first year.

LAW 7104 Legal Methods

7104. 1 hour. This course focuses on the skills fundamental to success in law school, including the process of identifying legal issues posed by a problem, identifying and articulating relevant rules of law applicable to a problem, applying rules of law to a problem, and reaching evaluative conclusions about the problem in light of the legal analysis. Prerequisite(s): Consent of department. Required.

LAW 7106 Legal Skills and Analysis

7106. 1 hour. The purpose of this course is to reinforce and continue to develop core knowledge and fundamental skills for academic success in law school. Required.

LAW 7108 Advanced Legal Research

7108. 1 hour. The purpose of this course is to build upon the knowledge acquired in the first year Legal Writing and Research.  Students have the opportunity to gain greater depth in their working knowledge of legal research methods, keeping cost effectiveness at the forefront. The course will review primary and secondary sources and will explore, among other sources, subject-specific secondary sources, practice materials, legislative history, historical resources, and more administrative materials.  Students will be introduced in greater depth to alternative resources.  Upon completion of this course, students should be able to evaluate research options and make choices that best suit a particular legal research situation. Prerequisite(s): Contracts or Contracts II.

LAW 7109 Academic Success Assistant Program

7109. 1 hour. Upper-level students enrolled in the Academic Success Assistant Program will support the Legal Methods course for 1L students by providing supplementary workshops that focus on legal analysis and study skills. ASAP fellows teach weekly workshops to 10-20 1L students that expand on the content presented in Legal Methods and provide 1L students additional opportunities to practice and apply skills presented in Legal Methods and doctrinal courses.

LAW 7110 Criminal Law Topics

7110. 1 hour. Course designed to provide advanced coverage by focusing on a narrow topic within a broader area. This course may be repeated if the covered topic has changed. Examples of topics that may be covered in this course include white collar crimes, juvenile law, and post-conviction litigation.

LAW 7111 Dispute Resolution Topics

7111. 1 hour. Course designed to provide advanced coverage by focusing on a narrow topic within a broader area. This course may be repeated if the covered topic has changed. Examples of topics that may be covered in this course include mediation, negotiation techniques, and arbitration.

LAW 7112 Public Law Topics

7112. 1 hour. Course designed to provide advanced coverage by focusing on a narrow topic within a broader area. This course may be repeated if the covered topic has changed. Examples of topics that may be covered in this course include poverty law, non-profit law, and education law.

LAW 7114 Legal Research I

7114. 1 hour. Focusing on bibliographic instruction and application of research skills. Students will learn the various legal resources available to them and will develop the skills necessary to find, evaluate, and use those sources to assist clients. Prerequisite(s): Consent of department.

LAW 7115 Family Law Topics

7115. 1 hour. Course designed to provide advanced coverage by focusing on a narrow topic within a broader area. This course may be repeated if the covered topic has changed. Examples of topics that may be covered in this course include marital property, child support proceedings, and custody hearings.

LAW 7116 Health Care Law Topics

7116. 1 hour. Course designed to provide advanced coverage by focusing on a narrow topic within a broader area. This course may be repeated if the covered topic has changed. Examples of topics that may be covered in this course include bioethics, practitioner liability, and access to health care.

LAW 7117 Legal Research II

7117. 1 hour. Focusing on bibliographic instruction and application of research skills. Students will learn the various legal resources available to them and will develop the skills necessary to find, evaluate, and use those sources to assist clients. Prerequisite(s): Consent of department.

LAW 7119 Advocacy Skills Development

7119. 1 hour. Covers procedure, practice, and strategy. Emphasizes participating and developing advocacy skills and obtaining a working knowledge of procedural rules governing the trial process. A skills course that focuses on the practical application of the civil rules, decision-making, and judgment.

LAW 7120 The Trial Process

7120. 1 hour. An introductory course that will examine the importance of jury trials to the development of law, the role of the attorney in the trial presentation, the role of a jury in a trial, and the stages of a trial.

LAW 7121 Transactional and Business Topics

7121. 1 hour. Course designed to provide advanced coverage by focusing on a narrow topic within a broader area. This course may be repeated if the covered topic has changed. Examples of topics that may be covered in this course include international business transactions, corporate and partnership taxation, and real estate law.

LAW 7122 Trial Advocacy Topics

7122. 1 hour. Course designed to provide advanced coverage by focusing on a narrow topic within a broader area. This course may be repeated if the covered topic has changed. Examples of topics that may be covered in this course include expert witnesses, exhibits, and cross examination. For example, Trial Advocacy: Expert Witness teaches and assesses students on the rules regarding expert witnesses, from discovery rules to the evidentiary rules governing their testimony. The course focuses on students reviewing a real case file, real discovery documents, and independent research in order to draft a motion to exclude expert testimony. In Trial Advocacy: Jury Selection, this hands-on class teaches the legal, practical, and ethical issues that attorneys face during jury selection. After learning the law underlying jury selection and discussing psychological techniques to predict juror favorability, the class culminates in a live mock voir dire, where each student questions a panel, exercises challenges and strikes, and picks a jury.

LAW 7124 4TH Amendment Electronic Surveillance

7124. 1 hour. This course explores the evolving impact and role that electronic surveillance has on an individual's Fourth Amendment rights in a seminar style setting.  Recommended: Constitutional Law II.

LAW 7126 Law and Technology

7126. 1 hour. This course will explore how law and technology intersect, surveying areas where technology has impacted the law, covering the resulting changes to the law, and examining ethical issues related to attorney technology competence.

LAW 7127 Law Practice Technology

7127. 1 hour. This course exposes students to the varied uses of computer technologies in the practice of law. Familiarizes students with various innovative software platforms that are being adopted in law practice to enhance access to justice, capture legal expertise, interface with clients, manage litigation and transactional processes, and increase the efficiency and quality of legal services.

LAW 7202 Oil and Gas

7202. 2 hours. This course will focus on legal issues in mineral interests, development, leasing transactions, and litigation.

LAW 7203 Civil Procedure II

7203. 2 hours. Continues study of the fundamental procedural doctrines and rules governing civil lawsuits, with an emphasis on the federal rules of civil procedure. Focuses on pleadings, motions, and processes relating to pre-trial, trial, post-trial, appeal, joinder of parties, and class actions. Prerequisite(s): Civil Procedure I. Required.

LAW 7207 Texas Family Law

7207. 2 hours. Provides foundation for knowledge and understanding of Texas family law. Core goals include understanding and applying the following: definition of the family; community property; rights and responsibilities among family members; marriage; dissolution of marriage and issues arising as a result (custody, child support); legal status of unmarried individuals; federal law relating to family issues. The emphasis will be on Texas law, but will address key national issues and trends.  Property or Property I.

LAW 7208 Advanced Federal Criminal Procedure

7208. 2 hours. This course will explore the rules of federal criminal procedure along with key Supreme Court decisions addressing constitutional issues that a criminal defendant faces from being charged and facing bail determination to sentencing and post-convictions along with various issues in between for the criminal defendant.
Recommended: Constitutional Law II

LAW 7211 Legal Research

7211. 2 hours. Focusing on bibliographic instruction and application of research skills. Students will learn the various legal resources available to them and will develop the skills necessary to find, evaluate, and use those sources to assist clients. Prerequisite(s): Consent of department.

LAW 7213 Property I

7213. 2 hours. Part one of a two course sequence. Introduction to the fundamental principles and doctrines relating to the law of property, including defining rights in property, interests in real property and personal property, transfer of property interests, private and public limitations on the use of real property, and the landlord-tenant relationship. Prerequisite(s): Consent of department. Required.

LAW 7214 Property II

7214. 2 hours. Part two of a two course sequence. Introduction to the fundamental principles and doctrines relating to the law of property, including defining rights in property, interests in real property and personal property, transfer of property interests, private and public limitations on the use of real property, and the landlord-tenant relationship. Prerequisite(s): Consent of department. Required.

LAW 7215 Income Tax

7215. 2 hours. The course is intended to provide a basic understanding of federal tax concepts, preparing students to spot issues, do basic tax planning, and know when to consult with a specialist. The course will use basic arithmetic, for which a calculator may be used, but will not require higher math skills.

LAW 7216 Torts I

7216. 2 hours.  First part of a two course sequence. Study of civil liability for wrongfully inflicted harm to persons and property, with an emphasis on intentional torts and negligence. Core goals include understanding and applying the history, policies, and practice implications of tort law; intentional tort doctrines including battery, assault, and false imprisonment, as well as defenses to these; negligence; damages; and comparative fault in multi-theory and multi-party actions. Required.

LAW 7217 Torts II

7217. 2 hours. Second part of a two course sequence. Study of civil liability for wrongfully inflicted harm to persons and property, with an emphasis on intentional torts and negligence. Core goals include understanding and applying the history, policies, and practice implications of tort law; intentional tort doctrines including battery, assault, and false imprisonment, as well as defenses to these; negligence; damages; and comparative fault in multi-theory and multi-party actions. Required.

LAW 7218 First Amendment

7218. 2 hours. This course surveys the law, principles, and policy underlying the First Amendment guarantees of freedom of speech, freedom of the press, and religious liberty. Topics covered include content based regulations of speech, commercial speech, government interference with the media and the press, freedom of association, the free exercise of religion, and the prohibition on laws respecting establishment of religion.

LAW 7219 Civil Rights

7219. 2 hours. A study of statutory and judicial protections for civil rights. Coverage includes the post-Civil War civil rights statutes, which have been the basis of much recent civil rights litigation, and more recent civil rights legislation.

LAW 7220 Courtroom Advocacy Skills

7220. 2 hours. This is a performance course designed to introduce students to the skills used in courtroom presentations, focusing on the conduct of a jury trial.
Prerequisite(s): Completion or concurrent enrollment in The Trial Process.

LAW 7221 Effective Oral Communication

7221. 2 hours. Focuses on understanding and gaining proficiency in effective oral communication in the range of situations in which lawyers must communicate verbally. Includes extensive performance and simulation. The course empowers students with rhetorical techniques to enable them to give cohesive, persuasive and structured talks. Students learn through lecture and readings how to de-construct communication and an emphasis on extemporaneous talks and elevator talks." Students study the different types of communication styles, how to identify the communication style of others, and engage in exercises on how best to communicate with the preferred style of others.

LAW 7222 Contracts I

7222. 2 hours. First part of a two course sequence.  Study of the fundamental legal principles and doctrines relating to contract law, including the formation of contracts, the enforceability of contracts, the interpretation of contracts, and remedies for breach of contract. Prerequisite(s): Consent of department. Required.

LAW 7224 Contracts II

7224. 2 hours. Second part of a two course sequence.  Study of the fundamental legal principles and doctrines relating to contract law, including the formation of contracts, the enforceability of contracts, the interpretation of contracts, and remedies for breach of contract. Prerequisite(s): Consent of department. Required.

LAW 7226 Environmental Law

7226. 2 hours. This course is an overview of the key environmental statutes and theoretical foundations for environmental regulation. It considers the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, hazardous waste laws, and natural resource conservation laws. It also addresses mechanisms used by legislatures and agencies to protect the environment, as well as the relationships between states, industries, environmental groups, federal agencies, Congress, and the courts.

LAW 7227 Health Care Law

7227. 2 hours. Health Care Law is a survey course that covers the laws and regulations relating to health care patients, professionals, and institutions, including those that govern the professional-patient relationship, the liability of health care professionals and institutions, life and death decision-making, public and private insurance, the structure of health care enterprises, and fraud, waste, and abuse. The course involves reading cases, statutes, and regulations, and is taught from a problem-based and practice-based perspective, so that students will have an opportunity in class to tackle health care law issues and hone legal skills such as problem solving and advising clients.

LAW 7229 Consumer Law

7229. 2 hours.  This course is designed to provide an introduction to consumer rights against creditors, including rights granted under the Texas Debt Collection Act and the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act.

LAW 7235 Insurance Law

7235. 2 hours. Covering the principles of insurance law, including indemnity, recovery, and government regulation.

LAW 7284 Death Penalty Law

7284. 2 hours. This course will cover the basics of Death Penalty Law. The reading assignments will come from the required text. Students will be assigned to read some material that is not in the book.

LAW 7285 Sentencing

7285. 2 hours. This course will broadly examine the principles and practices of sentencing. While federal sentencing law has received the most attention in recent years, particularly since the creation of the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, it is impossible to understand the current dynamics or the likely future trends of federal sentencing without also looking more broadly. As such, along with federal sentencing, this course will examine state sentencing systems and alternatives to sentencing in both the federal and state systems. Furthermore, as incarceration is the central tenet of American sentencing law, this course will introduce students to the U.S. prison system.

LAW 7286 Conflicts of Law

7286. 2 hours. Conflicts of Law addresses issues that may arise when a dispute or transaction has connections with more than one state or country. This course covers traditional and modern approaches to choosing the applicable state law in a civil lawsuit, federal constitutional limits on such choices, choice of law in federal court proceedings, choice of law and forum selection clauses, recognition of judgments from other jurisdictions, and application of federal law in the international context. This course will include a research segment.

LAW 7287 Remedies

7287. 2 hours. This course is an introduction to the law of Remedies. This course examines the question of what courts do to remedy problems litigants bring to their attention and primarily examines how courts work to achieve goals of corrective justice while also emphasizing the instrumental impact of remedies; that is, how remedies can create incentives for future actors (and potential litigants). We look at both private remedies (tort, contract, etc.) as well as public remedies such as civil rights actions in which plaintiffs seek broad injunctive relief. Topics include: compensatory damages, injunctions, declaratory judgments, punitive damages, restitution, statutory remedies, enforcement of orders and judgments and bars to relief. 

LAW 7301 Legal Writing I

7301. 3 hours. Focuses on understanding and practicing effective legal writing, through frequent writing exercises and for a range of audiences. Core goals include understanding and applying the following: sources and hierarchies of legal authority; reading and interpreting cases and statutes (also emphasized in other first-year courses); the process of legal analysis (also emphasized in other first-year courses); synthesizing rules from cases, statutes, or both; distinctive features of effective legal writing. Prerequisite(s): Consent of department. Required.

LAW 7302 Civil Procedure I

7302. 3 hours. Study of the fundamental procedural doctrines and rules governing civil lawsuits, with an emphasis on the federal rules of civil procedure. Focuses on the right to bring claims, personal jurisdiction, subject matter jurisdiction, and venue.
Prerequisite(s): Consent of department. Required.

LAW 7303 Legal Writing II

7303. 3 hours. Building on Legal Writing I, continues to focus on understanding and practicing effective legal writing. As with the first semester, the course will include multiple writings, and also will include preparation of a brief in connection with a summary judgment motion. Prerequisite(s): Legal Writing I. Required.

LAW 7304 Constitutional Law II (ASP)

7304. 3 hours. This is a semi-skills, semi-doctrinal course.  Substantively, this course is will cover the Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Amendments of the United States Constitution.  Topics include arrest, search and seizure, investigative detentions, warrant requirements, confessions and the right to counsel.  This course will use both essay questions and multiple choice questions as vehicles to learn the law.  This course is designed to reinforce basic law school skills (reading comprehension, rule synthesis, analysis) while using the Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Amendments as a backdrop. This course will include a writing segment.

LAW 7305 Texas Civil Procedure

7305. 3 hours. Study of the Texas rules of civil procedure focusing on pretrial and trial practice and the differences between federal and state procedures. Prerequisites: Civil Procedure I and II. Required.

LAW 7306 Tort Law Practicum

7306. 3 hours. Course designed primarily around one or more problems or cases that involve advanced understanding in one or more doctrinal areas. Students will engage in activities and experiences similar to those engaged in by lawyers faced with such problems or cases. The problems and cases in this course will focus on advanced tort law concepts.

LAW 7307 Texas Criminal Procedure

7307. 3 hours. Study of how the Texas code of criminal procedure is implemented in Texas criminal prosecutions from arrest through trial proceedings. Prerequisite(s): Criminal Law. Required.

LAW 7310 Criminal Law

7310. 3 hours. Study of the fundamental legal principles, doctrines, and processes relating to criminal law, including the state's authority to define crimes, standards for criminal liability, defenses, and processes for enforcement. Prerequisite(s): Consent of department. Required.

LAW 7311 Criminal Law Practicum

7311. 3 hours. Course designed primarily around one or more problems or cases that involve advanced understanding in one or more doctrinal areas. Students will engage in activities and experiences similar to those engaged in by lawyers faced with such problems or cases. The problems and cases in this course will focus on various aspects of criminal law, such as criminal trials, evidentiary issues, and procedure. Prerequisite(s): Criminal Law.

LAW 7312 Practice Foundation I: Interviewing and Counseling

7312. 3 hours. Provides foundation for the essential lawyering skills of interviewing and counseling, including principles and concepts relating to these essential skills, but emphasizing simulation and practice exercises. Both litigation and transactional contexts and scenarios will be included. Prerequisite(s): Consent of department. Required.

LAW 7313 Practice Foundation II: Negotiation and Conflict Resolution

7313. 3 hours. Provides foundation for understanding and effectively engaging in essential lawyering skills of negotiation and conflict management, including principles and concepts relating to these essential skills, but emphasizing simulation and practice exercises. Both litigation and transactional contexts and scenarios will be included. Required.

LAW 7315 UBE Family Law

7315. 3 hours. This course examines the intersection of law and family. In particular it examines how the law creates (and limits) family relationships, regulates their dissolution, and defines the rights and responsibilities of family members. The course focuses on marriageand dissolution of marriage, including who may marry, family privacy, allocation of rights and duties within marriage, and issues incident to dissolution of marriage (property division, spousal and child support, adoption, assisted reproduction, and child custody). The course will also include discussion of jurisdiction, legal status of unmarried parents and their children, the role of the divorce lawyer, and divorce mediation.  This includes a research segment. Property or Property I.

LAW 7316 Business Law Practicum

7316. 3 hours. Course designed primarily around one or more problems or cases that involve advanced understanding in one or more doctrinal areas. Students will engage in activities and experiences similar to those engaged in by lawyers faced with such problems or cases. The problems and cases in this course will focus on various aspects of law affecting businesses, such as business formation, contracts, and transactions.

LAW 7317 Professional Responsibility

7317. 3 hours. Survey of the ethics and law of lawyering, including the Model Rules of the American Bar Association and state regulation. Core goals include understanding and applying the following: how and why the profession is regulated; the duties of lawyers, including duty of competence, confidentiality, and loyalty; duties to court; ethical issues in applied settings such as corporate counsel; lawyer discipline. Emphasis will include topics relevant to the Multistate Professional Responsibility Exam. Required.

LAW 7318 Evidence

7318. 3 hours. A study of the rules of proof in civil and criminal contexts, emphasizing the most critical issues and doctrines, with regular attention to the Federal Rules of Evidence and the Texas rules. Core goals include understanding and being able to apply rules of admissibility, reliability, hearsay, relevance, expert evidence, examination and impeachment of witnesses, privileges, presumptions, and burdens of proof. Prerequisite(s): Criminal Law and Civil Procedure II. Required.

LAW 7319 Motions Practicum

7319. 3 hours. Course designed primarily around one or more problems or cases that involve advanced understanding in one or more doctrinal areas. Students will engage in activities and experiences similar to those engaged in by lawyers faced with such problems or cases. The problems and cases in this course will focus on the various motions that may be submitted and argued to the court during litigation.

LAW 7320 Appellate Advocacy Practicum

7320. 3 hours. Course designed primarily around one or more problems or cases that involve advanced understanding in one or more doctrinal areas. Students will engage in activities and experiences similar to those engaged in by lawyers faced with such problems or cases. The problems and cases in this course will focus on the various aspects of appellate practice, including brief writing and oral argument.

LAW 7321 Business Associations

7321. 3 hours. Introduction to the law relating to business associations. Core goals include understanding and being able to apply the following principles and concepts: choice of business entity (partnership, corporation, limited liability partnership, and unincorporated entities); agency principles relating to persons involved in the entity and those with whom they or the entity relate; financing structure; fiduciary responsibilities; and responsibilities and liability principles relating to partners, directors, officers. Prerequisite(s): Contracts or Contracts II. Required.

LAW 7322 Commercial Law

7322. 3 hours. Introduction to commercial law as governed by the Uniform Commercial Code (U.C.C.), with a focus on secured sales transactions under Article 9. Course may also address aspects of sale of goods under Article 2 of the U.C.C.  Topics under secured transactions include types of personal property secured transactions, creation of security interest, default and secured party remedies, the perfecting of security interests, and priorities among creditors. Prerequisite(s): Contracts or Contracts II. Required.

LAW 7323 Federal Criminal Procedure

7323. 3 hours. This course is designed to provide an overview of federal criminal procedure, focusing on the Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth Amendments to the Constitution. Topics covered may include search and seizure, arrest, due process, and trial procedure.

LAW 7324 Bankruptcy

7324. 3 hours. The rights, duties, and remedies of debtors, creditors and trustees under the U. S. Bankruptcy Code are examined. The course also covers enforcement of money judgments, insolvency proceedings and the use of alternative dispute resolution in bankruptcy. Federal bankruptcy law is emphasized. Prerequisite or Co-requisite: Commercial Law.

LAW 7325 UBE Wills, Trusts and Estates

7325. 3 hours. includes selected provisions of the Uniform Probate Code, Uniform Trust Code and other statutes governing will and will substitutes, intestate succession, trusts and other donative transfers, as well as estate planning and the administration of decedents¿ estates.  The course is designed to provide students with a general foundation of laws, concepts, processes, and terminology relating to these topics as covered by the Uniform Bar Examination.

LAW 7326 Administrative Law

7326. 3 hours. Study of the law relating to administrative agencies, including federal agencies and state agencies (coverage of state administrative law will focus on Texas administrative agencies). Core goals are understanding the scope and role of administrative agencies; their statutory authority and constitutional boundaries; the promulgation of regulations (including legal authority and legally required methods of promulgation); core regulatory interpretive principles; and key practice issues.

LAW 7327 EMPLOYMENT LAW: EMPLOYMENT DISCRIMINATION

7327. This course is designed to provide advanced study in the laws governing the employer-employee relationship and may discuss topics such as at-will employment, whistleblowing, labor unions, and discrimination.

LAW 7331 Employment Law General Principles

7331. 3 hours. This course is designed to provide a broad overview of the rights and limitations relating to the employer-employee relationship. This course also provides advanced study in the laws governing the employer-employee relationship and may discuss topics such as at-will employment, whistleblowing, labor unions, and discrimination.

LAW 7333 Energy Law Practicum

7333. 3 hours. Course designed primarily around one or more problems or cases that involve advanced understanding in one or more doctrinal areas. Students will engage in activities and experiences similar to those engaged in by lawyers faced with such problems or cases. The problems and cases in this course will focus on various aspects of energy law, such as renewable energy, oil and gas, and regulatory actions.

LAW 7334 Employment Law Practicum

7334. 3 hours. Course designed primarily around one or more problems or cases that involve advanced understanding in one or more doctrinal areas. Students will engage in activities and experiences similar to those engaged in by lawyers faced with such problems or cases. The problems and cases in this course will focus on various aspects of employment law, such as employment discrimination, labor unions, and ERISA.

LAW 7335 Law Practice Management

7335. 3 hours. Studies the business, organizational, and technological aspects of law practice management for the 21st century. Core goals include understanding and applying: essential elements of law practice management; types of law practices and organizational variations among them; risk management; planning tools relating to legal practice; technology and the delivery of legal services; and changes in the legal market.

LAW 7336 Legislative Drafting Practicum

7336. 3 hours. Course designed primarily around one or more problems or cases that involve advanced understanding in one or more doctrinal areas. Students will engage in activities and experiences similar to those engaged in by lawyers faced with such problems or cases. The problems and cases in this course will focus on modifying existing legislation or drafting new legislation in a chosen area of law.

LAW 7339 Intellectual Property Law

7339. 3 hours. Provides a comprehensive introduction to intellectual property, including an overview of patent, trademark, trade secret, and copyright law.

LAW 7351 Legal Writing III: From Bar to Practice Readiness

7351. 3 hours. Students will research and write drafts of various writings using the methods taught to all students in Legal Writing I and II. The various writings will include emails to a fictitious partner in a firm regarding a client's inquiring into a lawsuit, a memorandum to the same partner regarding the predicted outcome of any such lawsuit, and a motion for summary judgment predicated on the same legal fact pattern.

LAW 7352 Legal Writing III: Appellate Drafting

7352. 3 hours. This course will focus on oral and written appellate advocacy with an emphasis on appellate matters in federal court, especially the U.S. Supreme Court. Students will learn techniques of written and oral persuasion, how to structure legal arguments, how to research and cite effectively, how to use proper grammar, and how to comply with ethical responsibilities in appellate advocacy. The course will begin with general principles of argumentation and legal reasoning. Students will then learn how to perform an excellent oral argument and learn the proper structure and method for drafting an outstanding appellate brief.

LAW 7353 Legal Writing III: Civil Motions

7353. 3 hours. This course will explore different types of motions used in a civil litigation practice, including their purpose and effectiveness. Materials will be provided, including other pleadings and materials such as discovery responses for use in preparing the motions that will be drafted. The course will discuss policies, consider ethical implications, and understand why different motions are used as different situations present themselves during the course of civil litigation. Additionally, this course serves as a major writing requirement. Specifically, students will be writing a motion to compel, a motion to transfer venue, and a response to a motion to dismiss pursuant to Texas Rule of Civil Procedure 91a.  Instead of one large writing assignment, there will be three smaller writing assignments. Students will build on what was learned in first year legal writing with the goal of becoming outstanding legal writers through practice. This class will also have a research segment as students will conduct comprehensive legal research for the three motions.

LAW 7354 Legal Writing III: Criminal Motions

7354. 3 hours. Legal Writing III is an advanced writing course that combines the teaching of doctrine with the teaching of advanced writing skills.  This course is designed to introduce students to persuasive pretrial advocacy in a criminal case.  The bulk of criminal litigation is handled pretrial through pleadings, discovery, witness interviews, and pretrial motions. The course will prepare students for practice in criminal law by focusing on the application and expansion of their legal writing skills in a criminal law context. Through written assignments and class discussions, students will engage in various pretrial activities found in criminal practice, which may include motions and briefs for trial.

LAW 7355 Legal Writing III: Discovery Drafting

7355. 3 hours. Students will study the rules governing civil discovery and draft discovery requests using the various written discovery mechanisms, such as requests for disclosure, requests for production, requests for admission, interrogatories, and subpoenas.  Students will also research and draft a longer written assignment related to a discovery dispute.  In addition to the core curriculum, students will study certain discrete discovery topics, such as discovery in criminal cases, discovery in arbitrations, e-discovery, and cross-border discovery issues.

LAW 7356 Legal Writing III: Judicial Writing

7356. 3 hours. Students will research and write drafts of court orders as if they were law clerks to federal district court judges. The various writings will include summary orders, memorandum opinions, and full-dress orders.

LAW 7358 Legal Writing III: Transactional Writing

7358. 3 hours. This upper level writing course will teach principles of contemporary commercial contract drafting and give students an introduction to issues that arise in negotiating, drafting, and litigating over contracts. The skills and issues covered will be applicable to a transactional practice and will also be useful to litigators. Through a review of case law, real world examples, and in-class exercises, students will learn the business purpose of each contract concept, how to translate a proposed business deal into an effective and enforceable contract, how to draft contracts clearly and unambiguously, how to work through the drafting process, and how communicate with a client about a contract and its terms. This course will also address practical issues that you will encounter in a transactional legal practice, including effective non-legal communication and ethics.

LAW 7386 Capstone I

7386. 3 hours. This course is designed to improve your readiness for the Uniform Bar Exam by focusing on skill development.  This course will focus on the skills necessary to perform well on all 3 components of the Uniform Bar Examination - Multistate Bar Examination, Multistate Essay Exam and the Multistate Performance Test.  Specifically, students will receive in-depth skill instruction on reading comprehension, issue identification, rule mastery, critical thinking, legal analysis and recognition of distractors.  Moreover, students will also gain a strong conceptual understanding and knowledge of highly tested doctrines and will be taught how to develop, use and apply a flexible but strong analytical framework to solve bar exam questions.

LAW 7387 Capstone II

7387. 3 hours. Capstone II is intended to improve readiness for the bar exam by using drills and other skills exercises to reinforce the bar exam preparation and execution skills learned in Capstone I.  Several highly tested rules from three subjects mentioned will serve as the springboard for skills development work. The focus is on all three sections of the Uniform Bar Exam, but the bulk of the time on the MBE.

Students complete several drills that deepen their understanding of selected rules with and will have many opportunities to deepen reading comprehension, issue identification, rule mastery, critical thinking and legal analysis skills and abilities.  Students will gain a strong conceptual grasp of several highly tested rules. Furthermore, students will continue to refine the strong flexible analytical framework they have been using to answer MBE, MPT, as well as essay questions.  Time and attention is devoted to the finer points of effective bar exam preparation such as how to personalize and manage your commercial bar exam schedule with emphasis on how to tweak the commercial bar schedule to maximize success. There will be discussions how to prepare for the simulated exams, how to run their own simulations, how to effectively assess essay and MPT answers and how to manage time to avoid burnout.

LAW 7388 Externship Seminar

7388. 3 hours. This seminar is a three credit course that is required for students in the first semester of an externship placement. The course will focus on optimizing the educational and instructional opportunities in a field placement. The seminar engages students in structured lessons focused on learning by doing, learning from supervision, skill development, ethical issues in practice, and other related topics. In order to take this course via distance, students must have reached 28 credit hours prior to enrolling in the course.

LAW 7401 Torts

7401. 4 hours. Study of civil liability for wrongfully inflicted harm to persons and property, with an emphasis on intentional torts and negligence. Core goals include understanding and applying the history, policies, and practice implications of tort law; intentional tort doctrines including battery, assault, and false imprisonment, as well as defenses to these; negligence; damages; and comparative fault in multi-theory and multi-party actions. Prerequisite(s): Consent of department. Required.

LAW 7407 Contracts

7407. 4 hours. Study of the fundamental legal principles and doctrines relating to contract law, including the formation of contracts, the enforceability of contracts, the interpretation of contracts, and remedies for breach of contract. Prerequisite(s): Consent of department. Required.

LAW 7411 Property

7411. 4 hours. Study of the fundamental principles and doctrines relating to the law of property, including defining rights in property, interests in real property and personal property, transfer of property interests, private and public limitations on the use of real property, and the landlord-tenant relationship. Required.

LAW 7414 Constitutional Law I

7414. 4 hours. Introduction to the structure, provisions, history, and interpretation of the United States constitution. Core goals include understanding and applying the following: structure of government and allocation of authority in the three branches of government; role of federal courts and principles for judicial review of decisions of the executive branch or congress; and extent of and limits on powers of the federal government and powers of the states. The course also includes introductory study of the bill of rights, in particular the 14th amendments due process and equal protection provisions. Throughout, the course will consider historical and theoretical dimensions of constitutional law. Required.

LAW 7418 Evidence Practicum

7418. 4 hours. This course will present students with the opportunity to study the history and application of the Federal Rules of Evidence.  Students can expect to engage not only in traditional classroom interactions, but they will also be conducting short trials and arguing motions before a mock trial judge.  In addition, students will be expected to draft trial documents, such as motions and supporting memoranda.  The course will include a skills segment.

LAW 7V12 International Law Topics

7v12. 1-2 hours. Provides additional study in international law.

LAW 7V30 Special Topics in Legal Education

7v30. 1-9 hours. Focused study in an identified area of law. Content will vary and course may be repeated if the material is not duplicated.

LAW 7V91 Practicum

7v91. 2-3 hours. Course designed primarily around one or more problems or cases that involve advanced understanding in one or more doctrinal areas. Students will engage in activities and experiences similar to those engaged in by lawyers faced with such problems or cases. Topics vary by semester but examples include: health law, general counseling, lawyering, environmental law, juvenile advocacy, elder law, urban and regional development, real estate transactions, and business disputes.

LAW 7V93 Clinic

7v93. 1-6 hours. Representation of clients under the supervision of a faculty member. Clinics include classroom sessions, assignments on cases, and meetings with faculty member. Prerequisite(s): 1L classes and other courses as specified in the particular clinic listing.

LAW 7V98 Independent Study

7v98. 1-12 hours. Concentrated study under supervision of faculty member, on a topic representing advanced work that builds on existing coursework and that is not covered in another course. Enrollment is by approval only and will result in the development of a major paper. Graded pass-fail.

LAW 7212 Immigration Law

7212. 2 hours. This course is designed to help students learn and understand general immigration law concepts.  Students will gain a foundational knowledge of immigration law and its application in the real world.  Prerequisite(s): Constitutional Law or Constitutional Law I.