683 - ABOTA Trial Practice Seminar, 2 sem. hrs.
Skills practice in the areas of depositions, discovery, pretrial motions, jury instructions, jury trials and post-trial procedures. The students participate in simulated trial segments. The course is limited to third-year students. Evidence (623) is a prerequisite. Students may elect either Trial Practice (681) or Trial Practice Seminar (683), but not both.
613 - Accounting for Lawyers, 2 sem. hrs.
A study of the basic principles, conventions and methods of accounting to enable the lawyer to understand the legal economic environment, with specific reference to the accounting problems encountered in such courses as Federal Taxation and Business Associations. This course is recommended for students without a substantial foundation in accounting. Except with the written permission of the instructor, this course is not open to students who have completed the equivalent of six semester hours in accounting.
614 - Accounting Issues in Business, 3 sem. hrs.
Analytical and interpretative aspects of accounting with principal attention to the role of accounting in the management decision-making process, ACC 201 and ACC 202 are prerequisites. This course may be taken for law school credit only by law students in the J.D./M.B.A. joint degree program, and law school credit will not be finally awarded until the student completes the joint degree program. [Cross-listed with ACC 501]
712 - Admiralty, 2 sem. hrs.
A study of the basic law of the sea, with primary emphasis on the pertinent federal rules, principles and statutes, including vessel liens, mortgages, shipping documents, insurance, salvage, collision liability, seaman's rights in injury or death, maritime jurisdiction, constitutional considerations, and special international maritime transactions.
609 - Adoption Legal Clinic, 3 sem. hr.
Students enrolled in this course will learn about adoption law and termination of parental rights in Mississippi. This course is limited to students who are eligible to practice under the limited practice act in chancery court. Students will assist in completing adoptions of children placed in prospective adoptive homes by the Mississippi Department of Human Services, including preparation of petitions and final decrees. Students will prepare all reports and exhibits necessary for adoption, serve as attorneys for the adoptive families and may be appointed as guardians ad litem in termination of parental rights and adoption cases. All participants in any adoption proceeding will be supervised by the course instructor.
602 - Advanced Appellate Advocacy, 1 sem. hr.
Students prepare an appellate brief and participate in oral argument, Members of the law school's National Appellate Competition Team may be selected on the basis of performance in the course. This course is not required except for those students who wish to be considered for membership on the Moot Court Board or the National Appellate Competition Team. The course is available as an elective. Introduction to the American Legal System II (584) is a prerequisite.
627 - Advanced Civil Procedure, 3 sem. hrs.
A study in selected topics in civil procedure, including: joinder of parties and claims; class actions; pretrial and trial case management; right to jury trial; complex litigation; ADR; verdicts; procurement, enforcement and finality of judgments; appeals.
797 - Advanced Legal Research and Writing , 3 sem hrs.
An intensive study of advanced legal research methods. Special emphasis is given to research in legislative and administrative materials. Competency in research skills is demonstrated through a substantial and comprehensive research project culminating in a paper of high quality. Introduction to the American Legal System I (583) is a prerequisite.
505 - Advanved Torts, 2-3 sem. hrs.
This course will explore significant areas of tort law not covered in Torts I and II and not otherwise covered in the curriculum. Topics may include the law of defamation, privacy, interference with advantageous relations, misuse of legal procedure, and misrepresentation.
685 - Alternative Dispute Resolution, 2 sem. hrs.
A study of mechanisms to resolve disputes as an alternative to adversarial litigation. Techniques to be considered include mediation, arbitration, early neutral evaluation, summary jury trials, and mini-trials. Mandatory, voluntary, binding, non-binding, court-annexed and private programs will be considered. This course may offer skills training to students in various ADR techniques through the use of in-class simulations. Criteria for selecting cases for diversion to specific ADR techniques and for evaluating the success of such techniques will be considered. The impact of ADR on the role of the advocate and the judge in an adversarial system, on parties and on caseload will also be discussed.
720 - Antitrust, 3 sem. hrs.
The law and economics of cartels and exclusionary business practices. The course focuses on sections 1 and 2 of the Sherman Act and sections 3 and 7 of the Clayton Act. The practices considered include price-fixing, territorial allocation schemes, mergers, monopolization, boycotts, tying arrangements, and vertical integration. Students are expected to master some elementary methods of economic analysis, but no background in economics is required.
672 - Appellate Courts, 2 sem hrs.
This course will discuss how appellate judges decide cases, survey the technical legal knowledge that an appellate lawyer or appellate law clerk would need to perform effectively, and address the conflict between what an appellate court does when it makes rules as opposed to what it does when it settles disputes.
678 - Appellate Procedure, 3 sem hrs.
The course deals with the functions of appellate review, preserving issues for appeal, appealability, use of extraordinary writs, parties, initiating and perfecting an appeal, relief pending appeal, the record on appeal, the theory of brief writing and oral argument, judgments and mandates. Civil Procedure I (625) and II (626) are prerequisites.
656 - Banking Law, 2 sem hrs.
A survey of the law governing commercial banking, including the regulation of activities of banks and financial holding companies by federal and state regulatory agencies as well as laws and regulations pertaining to bank failure, and mergers and acquisitions in the banking industry. The course will also examine the relative advantages and disadvantages of state and nationally chartered banks, and the law related to lender liability claims.
619 - Business Associations I, 4 sem. hrs.
A study of the law of business organizations, including partnerships, corporations, and limited liability companies. Topics may include choice of business form, formation, organization, capitalization, rights and relationships between owners and the organization. Related state and federal topics may be selectively covered.
620 - Business Associations II, 2 sem. hrs.
Building on the general principles covered in Business Associations I, this course explores in detail the state and federal laws and regulations which govern the formation, management, and dissolution of business enterprises. Special emphasis is given to issues relating to business finance, such as capitalization and distributions, compliance with federal and state securities laws, and the rights of investors to participate in management of the business.
714 - Business Planning, 3 sem. hrs.
Study of the organization and conduct of business in partnership and corporate forms. Emphasis is on tax aspects. Approach is to analyze situations and assess alternative methods. Includes organizations of new businesses, the purchase and sale of a business, accumulated earnings tax, and personal holding company tax. Business Associations I (619) and Federal Taxation Law (638) are prerequisites.
610 - Child Advocacy in Youth Court Clinic, 3 sem. hrs.
This course will examine the substantive and procedural laws governing cases of alleged child abuse and neglect, termination of parental rights and finalization of adoptions in Mississippi courts. Students will represent children in the court system with the close support and supervision of a faculty member. Building on the field experience of actual case handling as a basis for analysis, it seeks to make students more self-critical and reflective about various lawyering functions they must undertake. In order for students to effectively represent juvenile clients, the course will include instruction concerning child psychology, identifying signs of child abuse and neglect, client interviewing and case file management.
716 - Children in the Legal System, 3 sem. hrs.
This course examines the status of children in society and under the law primarily by examining the relationship between children, their parents and the state, issues such as corporal punishment in schools, free speech, compulsory school attendance, minors' abortions, traditional juvenile materials, child custody and dependency, neglect and abuse are addressed.
612 - Child Advocacy in Chancery Court Clinic, 3 sem. hrs.
Students enrolled in this course will learn about child custody and parenting issues in chancery court, including adoptions, terminations of parental rights, guardianships, custody matters, child support matters, grandparents’ rights, and similar related matters. Students who are eligible to practice under the limited practice rules may be admitted to practice in chancery court for the purpose of handling one or more cases to the matters described above. Students will meet with the instructor for one hour per week during the semester and will also observe or participate in chancery court. All participants in chancery court proceedings will be supervised by the course instructor. Each student will be required to log a total of at least 80 hours of time in classroom meetings or court proceedings.
0612 - Children's Issues in Chancery Courts II, 0 sem. hrs.
A continuation of 612 for students admitted to limited practice involved in handling one or more cases assigned in 612 that continue beyond the end of the semester in which they were enrolled in 612. The students enrolled in this course will continue under the supervision of the course instructor. This course may be repeated, if necessary, until graduation. Permission of the instructor is required to enroll in this course.
707 - Civil Law Obligations, 3 sem. hrs.
This course deals with the general principles of civil law applicable to contracts including their classification, formation, effects, extinction, and remedies for nonperformance. The course includes comparisons to common law contracts.
709 - Civil Law of Successions and Donations, 3 sem hrs.
This course treats the civilian approach to the transfer of property by inheritance or by testament and the transfer of property by gifts during life.
711 - Civil Law Property, 3 sem. hrs.
This course covers fundamental concepts of civil law property. Topics include things, ownership, usufruct, servitude, boundaries, occupancy, possession and prescription. This course includes comparisons to common law property.
625 - Civil Procedure I, 3 sem. hrs.
An overview of the law governing civil litigation. Topics include: personal jurisdiction; jurisdiction of the subject matter; venue; pleadings; discovery; pretrial motions; trial; challenges to the verdict; appeal; res judicata and collateral estoppel.
728 - Civil Rights, 3 sem. hrs.
An examination of civil rights legislation including reconstruction era acts, and more recent legislation prohibiting discrimination on the basis of race, sex, or physical or mental handicap in public accommodations, housing, education, and programs receiving federal financial assistance The course focuses on litigation to enforce civil rights, and considers remedies, defenses, immunities, damages and rights to attorney fees.
530 - Clean Water Act and Wetlands, 2 sem. hrs.
This course will present an introductory survey of the Clean Water Act’s water pollution control and discharge permitting processes, including the imposition of technology-based and health-based water pollution control measures. The course will also discuss citizen suits, civil and criminal enforcement, wetland and dredge-and-fill permits, and state water quality certifications. A practice-oriented approach will be stressed.
630 - Commercial Paper, 3 sem. hrs.
This course is a study of the rights and obligations of participants in a variety of payment transactions, ranging from traditional methods of payment such as checks and promissory notes to modern methods such as credit and debit cards, automated teller machines and wire transfers. The course focuses on Articles 3, 4, and 4A of the Uniform Commercial Code; however, federal statutes and regulations and their relationship to state law are considered.
727 - Complex Litigation, 2 sem. hrs.
The course deals with the nature of complex litigation, joinder and structure of lawsuits in federal fora, duplicative and related litigation, class actions, special problems of discovery in complex litigation, judicial control of litigation, alternatives to litigation, res judicata and collateral estoppel. Evidence (623) is recommended as an antecedent course.
749 - Conflict of Laws, 3 sem. hrs.
A comprehensive study of the conflicts or dissimilarities between the laws of the various jurisdictions (state, federal and foreign), and especially the situations in which the courts must make a choice between competing rules, as well as the old and modern theories which compel these choices. The course also includes a study of relevant aspects of jurisdictions; presumptions an to applicable law; public policy; domicile and residence; divorces and other domestic legal adjustments; crimes, penal and tax laws; torts; contracts; adoption; real property; wills and decedent's estates; transfers of personalty and realty; foreign decrees or judgments; negotiable instruments and stock certificates; and estates by legacy or descent.
522 - Constitutional Law, 4 sem. hrs.
History and development of the U. S. Constitution; the judicial role in constitutional interpretation; the division of powers among the three branches of government; relation of the federal government to the states; constitutional limitations on the federal government and the states as related to the protection of individual freedoms, rights and guarantees.
754 - Consumer Law
This course will consider a number of statutory and common law regulations and remedies providing for the protection of consumers, with emphasis on topics not otherwise covered in the law school curriculum. Coverage may include fraud and deceptive sales practices, remedies, fair access to credit, truth in lending, usury, debt collection, and credit reporting regulation.
506 - Contracts I, 3 sem. hrs.
Fundamental concepts and principles of contract law of sales, including competency of parties, offer and acceptance, consideration, mutuality, counter-offer, rejection, lapse, execution, breach, remedies, assignment, third party beneficiaries, parol evidence, Statute of Frauds, and discharges. Relevant U.C.C. provisions are studied in conjunction with each concept or principle.
722 - Copyright, 3 sem. hrs.
An in-depth study of the federal law of intellectual property relating to Copyright. The doctrine of federal preemption of state law and relevant international protocol are also covered.
637 - Corporate and Partnership Taxation, 3 sem hrs.
The law of taxation as applied to corporations and their shareholders with a limited and comparative treatment of partnerships and partners, in the various contexts of business life, including formation, distributions, redemptions, reorganizations, liquidations and sales. Federal Taxation Law (638) is a prerequisite.
760 - Counseling and Negotiation Seminar, 2 sem. hrs.
Introduction to principles and techniques in the areas of negotiation, interviewing and client counseling with emphasis on application of these interactive skills to problems confronting lawyers in their daily practice.
561 - Criminal Law, 3 sem. hrs.
An examination of the substantive criminal law, its jurisprudence, origin and sources, including some specific crimes and defenses at common law and under modern statutes.
679 - Criminal Practice, 3 sem. hrs.
This course is designed to provide a working familiarity with the procedural rules governing conduct of a criminal case at the trial court and appeal levels, and the practical operation and tactical consideration of the rules. Course includes specific topics such as discovery, grand jury selection, jurisdiction, venue, guilty pleas, preliminary hearings, and post-conviction procedures. Course includes argument and preparation of motions and participation in exercises involving criminal trial issues. This course is intended to provide a practical background for those students who are interested in the prosecution and/or defense of criminal felonies. Criminal Procedure (562) is a prerequisite.
562 - Criminal Procedure, 3 sem. hrs.
An introduction to criminal justice administration, emphasizing the rights guaranteed by the Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Amendments of the U. S. Constitution as applied to pretrial procedure.
652 - Current Issues in Family Law, 3 sem. hrs.
This course examines current issues of family law in depth. Topics change from year to year and may include same sex marriage, civil unions, covenant marriage, legal effects of new reproductive technology, effects of welfare reform on family law issues, “parental alienation syndrome,” child custody, required mediation in divorce, and other topics of current interest.
753 - Debtor-Creditor Law, 3 sem. hrs.
Bankruptcy, consumer credit regulation, enforcement of judgments, attachments, garnishment, fraudulent conveyances, and assignments for the benefit of creditors. Secured Transactions (621)is a prerequisite.
651 - Domestic Relations, 3 sem. hrs.
Family law related to marriage, separation and divorce; rights and liabilities of husband and wife; property rights; parent and child relational rights and duties, disabilities, adoption, emancipation, paternal authority and support.
676 - Education Law, 3 sem. hrs.
Examines education law principles as they pertain to both public and private institutions of learning; the power of the state to compel school attendance; the constitutional framework, within which the state and federal governments regulate both public and private institutions; and, the statutory and other protections of a person’s right to equal education opportunities, resources, and treatment, regardless of race, sex, handicap, etc.
673 - Elder Law , 3 sem. hrs.
This course is designed to provide students with a basic foundation for providing legal services to older persons. Because the specialty of elder law is defined by the type of client served rather than by a particular area of law, the subjects covered overlap with certain topics covered in other courses, such as Administrative Law, Law and Medicine, Wills and Estates, and Trusts. Topics covered in the Elder Law course will include such things as age discrimination, basic estate planning, entitlement to public benefits, planning for health and long-term care needs, challenges presented by physical or mental incapacity, exploitation of the elderly, end-of-life decisions, and ethical problems related to representing the elderly.
794 - Electronic Research Seminar , 2 sem. hrs.
This course will focus on the effective use of the Internet for legal research. Students will learn when to use the Internet for research, how to evaluate sites and content, what resources are available on the Internet, and how to formulate effective search strategies. Because students will receive hands-on training in the Library computer lab, enrollment is limited to fifteen students. Grading will be based on research assignments, class participation and a short paper (10-15 pages) that critically evaluates electronic legal resources in a selected subject area. This seminar will satisfy the writing requirement if the student chooses to write a paper that conforms to the catalog requirements.
644 - Employment Discrimination, 3 sem. hrs.
This course deals with the various federal statutes prohibiting discrimination in employment, focusing primarily on the prohibition against discrimination contained in Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Other statutes such as the Civil Rights Acts of 1866 and 1870 (42 USC sections 1981 and 1983), the Equal Pay Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act and the Americans With Disabilities Act are also considered.
646 - Employment Law, 3 sem. hrs.
A survey of the law relating to the employment relationship, including the establishment and terms of employment contracts, termination of employment, regulation of pay and hours, protections afforded employees in the areas of privacy and safety, and compensation for employee illness and injury. 634 Environmental Law, 3 sem. hrs. This course is a study of the response of the American Legal system to environmental problems, including air and water pollution and the disposal of toxic substances. Federal statutes and regulations are emphasized.
634 - Environmental Law, 3 sem. hrs.
This course is a study of the response of the American legal system to environmental problems, including air and water pollution and the disposal of toxic substances. Federal statutes and regulations are emphasized.
702 - Estate and Gift Taxation, 3 sem. hrs.
A study of federal taxation of inter vivos transfers, revocable and incomplete transfers, exclusions, exemptions, and correlations with income and estate taxation; also federal estate taxation of property owned at death, jointly held property, gifts in contemplation of death, revocable transfers, retained life estates, transfers taking effect at death, survivorship annuities, life insurance, and powers of appointment; federal estate tax credits, deductions, exemptions, valuation problems; and procedure and correlation of estate tax with federal income and gift taxes. Wills and Estates (618) is a recommended antecedent course.
623 - Evidence, 4 sem. hrs.
Examination of the law of evidence (emphasizing the Federal Rules of Evidence), theory of proof, objectives and limitations of an adversary system of dispute resolution, norms and restraints on advocacy, and allocation of responsibility between judge and jury. Topics explored, with a view toward developing both a critical perspective and an understanding of fundamental unifying principles, include: hearsay; relevance; witnesses (e.g., competence, privileges, examination, and experts); documentary and real evidence; judicial notice; burden of proof; and presumptions.
648 - Expert Witness Seminar, 2 sem. hrs.
This course deals with expert witnesses and scientific evidence. Students are given an opportunity to participate as counsel in simulated trials dealing exclusively with experts. Trial Practice (681) is a required concurrent of antecedent course.
682 - Federal Courts, 3 sem. hrs.
A study of the federal judicial system, including the jurisdiction of federal courts, the exercise of jurisdiction, and the function of the system within the federal union.
638 - Federal Taxation Law, 3 sem. hrs.
A study of the substantive and procedural aspects of the laws of federal income taxation, including computation of gross income; deductions and exemptions; taxable income; capital gains and losses on property disposition; payments and returns; splitting of income; tax problems of corporations, shareholders, partnerships, estates and trusts; and tax law procedures.
524 - First Amendment, 3 sem. hrs.
A study of the development and current status of constitutional law governing establishment and free exercise of religion, and free speech, press, assembly and petition.
510 - Hazardous Waste Law, 2 sem. hrs.
This course will provide an overview of civil and criminal liability for hazardous waste contamination and the federal law concerning hazardous waste treatment, storage and disposal. Course readings and discussion will emphasize CERCLA and RCRA.
674 - Health Care Law Credit, 2 sem. hrs.
This course will be survey of legal issues related to the health care industry. Coverage will include regulatory issues such as licensing and certificates of need; antitrust; ERISA; government payor issues (Medicare and Medicaid); HIPAA (Health Insurance and Accountability Act); Anti-Kickback and STARK (Physician Self-Referral) regulations; and EMTALA (Emergency Medical Treatment). Coverage will also include policing fraud and abuse in the healthcare industry; matters related to healthcare contracting, such as contracts between hospitals and other healthcare providers; and policy and business issues involved in providing healthcare.
663 - Immigration Law and Policy, 2-3 sem. hrs.
This course will serve as an introduction to the field of United States immigration and naturalization law. It will focus on the history of Immisgration laws, immigrant and non-immigrant visa status, citizenship, exclusion, detention and removal, relief from removal, asylum, and immigration laws broader implications on homeland security, national security, and economic policies.
654 - Insurance, 3 sem. hrs.
A study of the laws and regulations governing the insurance industry including: classification of insurance; the marketing process; the principle of indemnity; the insurable interest doctrine; subrogation; other insurance clauses; persons and interests protected; warranties and representations; concealment; unconscionability; detrimental reliance; and the claims process.
706 - International Business Transactions, 3 sem. hrs.
A survey of legal problems relating to the conduct of business in the international marketplace, including internationally recognized price and delivery terms, financing (letters of credit), international codes and agreements, and U.S. regulation of export/import transactions.
705 - International Law, 3 sem. hrs.
The basic public international law course, covering international agreements; settlement of disputes among nations; sovereign immunity; "act of state" doctrine; bases of jurisdiction of states; human rights and covenants; law of the sea and air; international organizations; and use and control of international coercion.
703 - Judicial Administration, 3 sem. hrs.
A study of the system from which justice is sought, social issues affected by court actions, alternative dispute resolution, judicial selection, tenure and discipline, modernizing methods for efficiency and administration of the courts, field surveys, research and analysis.
730 - Jurisprudence, 2-3 sem. hrs.
This course addresses issues concerning to the nature of law and its foundations. Is law based on morality or economic efficiency? Is law just a form of politics relating to class, race, or gender? Students will be introduced to the answers to these questions posed by the major schools of jurisprudence including natural law theory, legal positivism, legal realism, law and economics, critical legal studies, feminist legal theory, critical race theory, and postmodern legal theory.
757 - Juvenile Legal Issues Seminar, 3 sem. hr.
This seminar examines issues that affect minors – from the very young to older teenagers. In a participatory seminar format, it includes the adoption process to include adoptions from overseas locations; the termination of parental rights and the basis for such court action both in youth court and in chancery court; issues involving children while in a school setting to include truancy; the resolution of criminal issues involving children to include the use of youth court, drug court and teen court; and issues surrounding child custody and child support of children. The required paper in this course satisfies the writing requirement.
645 - Labor Law, 3 sem. hrs.
This course deals principally with labor relations between private employers and employees acting in a collective capacity. It generally involves: historical background; organization and representation of employees; union collective action and collective bargaining.
575 - Land Use Controls,3 sem. hrs.
This course examines the legal tools used by governments, landowners, and their neighbors to influence the development and use of land. The specific topics covered include takings, planning, zoning, subdivision and design controls, racial and economic implications of government policy, and homeowner associations.
732 - Law and Literature, 2 sem. hrs.
Analysis of selected literary works to examine such issues as the nature and existence of justice, in the abstract, and the pursuit of justice by lawyers in regard to contemporary societal problems.
675 - Law and Medicine, 2 sem. hrs.
Introduction to law and medicine with emphasis on medicolegal relations, medical proof in litigation, medical malpractice, and hospital liability. The course also covers such topics as informed consent, abortion, contraception, organ transplantation, forensic science, genetic control, and some aspects of law and psychiatry.
764 - Law and Religion Seminar, 3 sem. hrs.
This seminar will introduce students to the central issues and theorists in the current debate regarding the relationship between law and religion in a pluralistic democratic society. In particular, the course will concentrate on a question that has received less attention in this debate: What, if any, is the role of religious beliefs in judicial decision making? In addition to analyzing these issues from the perspective of the religion clauses of First Amendment of the United States Constitution, these issues will be engaged more broadly from the perspectives of jurisprudence (philosophy of law), historical analysis, social theory, and political theory. These various perspectives will provide an opportunity to analyze the relationship between law and religion from a broad standpoint and will provide a framework for unpacking the presuppositions about law and religion that different theorists bring to this debate. The paper in this course satisfies the writing requirement.
789 - Law Office Management, 2 sem. hrs.
This course is designed to expose the prospective practitioner to the economic realities of the practice of law. Covered in the course are such matters as the location of the law office, the economical furnishing thereof, the position of the attorney in the office with respect to opening practice, the purchase of law books, office equipment, bookkeeping and accounting, client relations, and other associated subjects.
600 - Law Review, 1 sem. hr.
This course is designed to teach techniques and research methods for legal writing in connection with the Mississippi College Law Review. Each student is required to produce written work, acceptable for publication, in order to receive credit for the course. Students are selected for membership on the basis of academic standing and legal research and writing ability after the first year. One hour of credit is given for each semester of satisfactory participation as a board or staff member. A maximum of four semester hours may be earned for law review participation.
770 - Legal Extern Program, 3 sem. hrs.
A small, selective program providing for a closely supervised externship with legal/judicial offices and governmental agencies. The program is under the supervision of a faculty member and includes a substantive classroom component.
771 - Legal Extern Program II, 3 sem. hrs.
A small, selective program providing for a closely supervised externship with a judicial office, a not-for-profit organization, or a governmental agency. The program focuses on practical experience, is under the supervision of a faculty member, and includes a substantive classroom component. Legal Extern Program 770 is a prerequisite. Students who take this course may not take Legal Extern Program 772. (Note: This course counts for two non-classroom credit hours.)
772 - Legal Extern Program III, 6 sem. hrs.
A small, selective program providing for a closely supervised externship with a judicial office, a not-for-profit organization, or a governmental agency. The program focuses on practical experience, is under the supervision of a faculty member, and includes a substantive classroom component. Students who take this course may not take Legal Extern Program 771. (Note: This course counts for four non-classroom credit hours.)
580 - Legal Research I, 1 sem. hr.
Provides an introduction to the sources of law in the American system, the legal research process, and specific instruction in finding and analyzing primary and secondary source materials.
581 - Legal Research II, 1 sem. hr.
Provides specific instruction in finding and analyzing administrative and legislative history materials and allows students to develop skills in comparing the effectiveness of research using print and electronic resources.
765 - Legal Theory Seminar, 1 sem. hr.
This seminar explores classical and contemporary issues in legal theory. What makes a law legitimate? Is law based on morality or is it a matter of social convention or politics? Should judges rely on the law or extra-legal norms for deciding hard cases? Readings will vary from year to year. Some years the emphasis will be on earlier theorists such as Plato, Aristotle, Thomas Aquinas, Kant, Bentham, Llewellyn, etc. Other years will focus on contemporary theorists such as Ronald Dworkin, Richard Posner, Joseph Raz, Catherine MacKinnon, Robin West, Roberto Unger, and John Finnis. The paper in this course satisfies the writing requirement.
582 - Legal Writing I, 2 sem. hrs.
Development of skills in analysis and writing in the context of writing primarily interoffice or predictive memoranda with emphasis on plain English. Students build from early experiences applying a rule to a short set of facts to synthesizing and applying complex rules to more extensive fact patterns.
583 - Legal Writing II, 2 sem. hrs.
Introduction of persuasive writing techniques; building on analytical skills developed in first semester, with increased emphasis on organizing persuasive arguments. Students will prepare one or more briefs and participate in at least one oral argument.
715 - Legislation, 3 sem. hrs.
A study of the legislative process, the interrelationships of the separate branches of government, lobbying, judge-made law, statutory construction, use and analysis of legislative materials and resources, legislative drafting techniques and procedures, including a skills component.
758 - Local Government Law Credit, 3 sem. hrs.
This course examines the legal and political relationships that govern the provision of goods and services by local governments. The specific topics covered include the sources of local government power, incorporation and annexation, home rule, racial and economic implications of local policy, state pre-emption of local ordinances, conflicts between cities and suburbs, property taxation, user fees, municipal finance, and citizen participation in government.
717 - Louisiana Civil Procedure, 3 sem. hrs.
This course is a survey of Louisiana civil procedure. The course examines the Louisiana Code of Civil Procedure and covers jurisdiction, venue, judicial power and authority, court officers, actions, parties, pleadings, citation and service of process, discovery, trial judgments, post-trial modification of judgments, appellate procedure, execution of judgments, summary and executory proceedings, probate procedure, and special proceedings.
786 - Mississippi Practice, 3 sem. hrs.
A study of practice in Mississippi Circuit, County and Chancery Courts, from the commencement of the action through final judgment and execution. The course will emphasize the differences in practice and procedure in County, Chancery and Circuit Courts. Court jurisdiction and competence, equitable remedies and the special powers of the Chancery Court are studied, as is enforcement of judgments. The scope and substance of the Mississippi Rules of Civil Procedure and of Evidence are considered, particularly in areas where those rules differ from rules applicable to practice in federal courts.
603 - Moot Court Board, 1-2 sem. hrs.
Students are chosen for Moot Court Board on the basis of their performance in Advanced Appellate Advocacy. Board Members assist faculty in administering the appellate advocacy courses. Upon approval by the faculty advisor, a member shall receive two (2) credit hours in the spring semester of the third year for membership on the Board. A Board member who graduates in December will be eligible for one (1) credit hour in the fall semester of the third year. Advanced Appellate Advocacy (602) or Moot Court Competition I (604) is a prerequisite.
604 - Moot Court Competition I, 1 sem. hr.
Students satisfactorily participating in trial or appellate advocacy intercollegiate competitions who have not previously received credit for a competition may receive one credit per year for such participation.
605 - Moot Court Competition II, 1 sem. hr.
Students satisfactorily participating in trial or appellate advocacy intercollegiate competitions who have previously received credit for a competition may receive one credit hour for a second year of such participation.
606 - Moot Court Competition III, 1 sem. hr.
Students satisfactorily participating in trial or appellate advocacy intercollegiate competitions who have previously received credit for a competition may receive one credit hour for a second year of such participation.
633 - Oil and Gas, 3 sem. hrs.
A study of estates or interests of possessors of realty in mineral rights, oil, water and gas below the surface, leases, royalties, bonuses, delay rentals, depletion, utilization, riparian rights, and regulatory practices of governmental agencies and applicable statutes or laws. Some material dealing with geology and geophysics is used.
642 - Pension and Employee Benefit Law, 3 sem. hrs.
A survey of the laws and policies regarding the creation, operation and termination of employee benefit plans, including health benefits and pension plans with emphasis on qualified plans and the Employment Retirement Income Security Act of 1974.
615 - Policy Formulation and Administration, 3 sem. hrs.
Integration of material learned in the functional areas of business; use of case studies and field projects to provide a top management perspective of the business enterprise. ECO 531, ACC 501, and FIN 541 are prerequisites. This course may be taken for law school credit only by law students in the J.D./M.B.A. joint degree program, and law school credit will not be finally awarded until the student completes the joint degree program. [Cross-listed with MGT 572]
680 - Pretrial Practice, 2 sem. hrs.
The course covers litigation planning, the preparation of pleadings and motions, discovery practice, and pre-trial conferences. The purpose of the course is to familiarize the student with pre-trial procedural problems.
504 - Products Liability, 2 sem. hrs.
A study of the law relating to liability for injuries caused by defective products, including an examination of theories of liability, potential defendants, defenses, issues of proof, causation, damages and regulatory issues.
747 - Professional Responsibility and Ethics, 3 sem. hrs.
A problem/case approach to studying the ethical decisions facing the practicing attorney, with an emphasis on the goals, structure and responsibilities of the legal profession and its members, the ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct and the Code of Judicial Conduct. Incorporated in the course is participation by the bench and bar.
573 - Property, 4 sem. hrs.
A study of the interests which may be created in real and personal property. The topics considered include possession, personal property, deeds, freehold estates, future interests, concurrent ownership, property as an institution, the real estate contract, the recording system, title assurance, easements, landlord-tenant law, and land use controls.
767 - Race and the Law, 3 sem. hrs.
This seminar includes both a historical study of race and the law and a consideration of contemporary topics in the area. The study and discussion of these topics are facilitated by using both traditional legal resources and non-traditional resources, such as slave narratives, excerpts from writings during the Reconstruction era, and readings from the civil rights era. Students prepare a paper in this course and present their work to the class. The paper in this course satisfies the writing requirement.
781 - Real Estate Finance and Development, 2 sem. hrs.
Commercial real estate transactions including real estate brokerage, execution and breach of real estate contracts, usury, condominiums and cooperatives, sale-lease-back financing, shopping center leases and development, ground leases and mortgages, federal income tax aspects of real estate development.
782 - Real Estate Transactions, 2 sem. hrs.
This is a practical study in land title examination, certification and curative work. Course material includes mortgages and deeds of trust, foreclosures, land contracts, liens, ownership forms, residential loan closings, and an introduction to oil and gas title opinion drafting and title litigation.
660 - Remedies, 3 sem. hrs.
A study of equitable and legal remedies, which includes consideration of equitable principles and procedures and defenses; restitution and unjust enrichment; reformation and rescission; and damages in a variety of contexts.
508 - Sales and Leasing, 2 sem. hrs.
A study of Articles 2 and 2A of the Uniform Commercial Code and other state and federal statutes governing the sale and lease of goods. Coverage may also include selected provisions of the United Nations Convention on the International Sale of Goods.
621 - Secured Transactions, 3 sem. hrs.
This course covers Article 9 of the Uniform Commercial Code. It deals with the law governing security interests in business collateral, such as equipment, inventory, accounts receivable, and chattel paper as well as the financing of purchases by non-business consumers.
710 - Securities Regulation, 3 sem. hrs.
A study of laws relating to creation, issuance, ownership and transfer of securities, including problems of the issuer, investor and control agencies and institutions; securities markets and exchanges; duties and liabilities of dealers, brokers, underwriters and sellers; control persons; the Securities and Exchange Commission and its functions; and so-called "blue-sky" laws. Business Associations I (619) is a prerequisite.
729 - Selective Problems in Legal History, 2 sem. hrs.
Selected themes in American legal history with reference to English beginnings. The course involves selective problems such as the growth of constitutional law, the development of court systems, and 19th and 20th century reforms. Illustrative problems involve marriage and family, crime and punishment, relations between church and state, rights of children, and rights of the mentally disabled. As an alternative to this thematic approach, students may be assigned readings relating to the United States Supreme Court and parallel state judicial activities.
762 - Seminar, 2-3 sem. hrs.
Small classes designed to focus on a specific area of the law selected by the professor. A paper is required in lieu of an examination. The seminar is the primary method of satisfying the writing requirement (see MCSOL Catalog). Specific seminar offerings will be designated in the registration materials each semester.
768 - Seminar on Issues of Criminal Law and Procedure, 3 sem. hrs.
Students may pick their own topic relating to criminal law or procedure. They may also choose to participate in the Mississippi Criminal Law Reform project, in which case, they will be assigned a research project that will be used by the Judicial Advisory Committee to recommend changes in the penal code. All students will be required to produce at least a 20 page paper that will satisfy the writing requirement and present two oral reports on the subject of the paper.
790 - Special Projects I, 1 sem. hr.
This course is open to students who have completed the writing requirement as outlined on page 26 of the catalog. This program is designed to allow students to pursue legal studies outside the structure of the prescribed curriculum under the supervision of a full-time faculty member. The student may be involved in a designated project, a tutorial, or other independent research. Whether a written project is required is subject to the discretion of the supervising faculty member, but in any event an accountability exercise is required. Before registering for this course, a student is required to prepare a description of the project and obtain permission of the supervising faculty member and the dean.
650 - Sports Law, 3 sem. hrs.
This course will introduce students to the foundations of sports law. Sports law reflects how various legal disciplines, including torts, antitrust, labor, agency, criminal, contract, and anti-discrimination laws, impact professional and amateur sports actors, such as leagues, conferences, teams, and players. This course will provide students with both practical and theoretical approaches to legal issues that arise in sports, including in the NFL, NBA, MLB, NCAA, NASCAR, PGA, NHL, tennis, and hunting. Students will read sports law writings, including cases and law review articles, as well as readings from other disciplines, including social psychology and economics. Students will also be expected to discuss current and breaking issues in sports law as they emerge over the course of the semester.
684 - Supreme Court Role-Playing, 2-3 sem. hrs.
In the roles of advocates and Supreme Court Justices, students conduct and hear arguments in, and student-justices decide, cases pending before the United States Supreme Court. Each student-justice, in the role of a particular Supreme Court Justice, hears argument, participates in a conference on the cases with the other student-justices, votes on the outcomes, and writes a judicial opinion in one or more of the cases. Each student-advocate also writes a memorandum identifying the key issues in her or his case and their likely resolution by the Court and each Justice. Students who wish to use the paper(s) prepared for this course toward satisfaction of the upper-level writing requirement may do so. Most students receive two hours of academic credit. Students with roles demanding an extraordinary amount of work, such as unusually heavy opinion-writing responsibilities, may apply to receive three hours of academic credit.
502 - Torts I, 3 sem. hrs.
General principles of civil liability for breach of duty created by law, including: intentional interference with person and property and privileges thereof; negligence and the defenses thereof; damages, wrongful death and survival, imputed negligence strict liability, products liability, nuisance, misrepresentation, defamation, privacy, misuse of legal procedure, interference with advantageous relationships and major statutory modifications (no-fault insurance).
723 - Trademarks and Unfair Competition, 3 sem. hrs.
A study of the law of trademarks, unfair competition, trade secrets, the rights of publicity, protection of ideas and related business torts. Emphasis is given to study of the Lanham Act and related state statutory and common law doctrines governing this area of intellectual property.
681 - Trial Practice, 4 sem. hrs.
The purpose of the course is to give the student actual practice in conducting simulated trials. The matters covered include voir dire, opening statements, examination and cross-examination of witnesses, introduction of exhibits, objections, jury instructions, and final arguments. The student is given an opportunity to participate as counsel in several simulated trial segments, followed by appearing as counsel in a complete simulated trial. Course limited to third-year students. Evidence (623) is a prerequisite.
677 - Trusts, 3 sem. hrs.
The character, creation, validity and use of trusts; types of trusts; rights, duties and liabilities of settlors, trustees, beneficiaries and third parties; fiduciary administration; settlement and distribution; remedies of beneficiaries; tax, real property and future interest considerations. Wills and Estates (618) is a prerequisite.
618 - Wills and Estates, 3 sem. hrs.
A study of the law of succession of estates including wills, fraud and undue influence, restraints on testamentary powers, capacity, execution and revocation, construction and interpretation, descent and distribution by intestacy; administration of estates, testamentary and inter vivos trusts, and introductory estate tax planning.
635- Workers' Compensation Credit, 2 sem. hrs.
A study of compensation to injured workers for industrial accidents, injuries, and diseases. Included are a detailed treatment of workers' remedies prior to and apart from workers' compensation, the compensation principle, the employer-employee relationship, accidents during the course of employment, accidents arising out of the employment, accident and occupational disease, proof of causation, effect of independent causes after the accident, compensation for non-fatal injury, death benefits, and the third party suit.
795 - Writing Requirement, 2 sem. hrs.
This course is open to students who have completed the first-year curriculum and need to fulfill the advanced writing requirement as described on page 26 of the catalog. The program requires in-depth individual study and research of selected topics under the supervision of a full-time member of the faculty culminating in a paper of high quality. Before registering for this course, the student shall identify the topic to be researched and gain prior approval of supervising faculty member. At the conclusion of the semester, the student must attach an abstract of his paper to his instrument of certification. Permission to satisfy the writing requirement through enrollment in this course is limited to those students unable to satisfy the writing requirement through the writing seminar. Special permission from the dean is required.
763 - Women and the Law Seminar, 3 sem. hrs.
This seminar includes both a historic review of the role of women as determined by the law and a modern survey of changing roles of women as citizens, employees, litigants, lawyers, judges, wives, and mothers. Readings are assigned in the writings of legal scolars, in cases, and in statutes to demonstrate how the law views women in the workspace, women and the family, women and their bodies, wormen and education, and women and political power. The paper in this course satisfies the writing requirement.