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COURSE CATALOG

This catalog is made available electronically by the University of Memphis. UofM students and potential students may publish the catalog if they so desire.

Below students can find information about required, elective and specialized courses offered at Memphis Law.


Alphabetical Course List

A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H | I | J | K | L | M | N | O | P | Q | R | S | T | U | V | W | X | Y | Z

•Skip to Electives and Specialized Areas of Study

Course offerings each year depend on a variety of factors. By design, some courses are only offered in alternating years. Please refer to each course for more information on course availability. 

Administrative Law
Course 311
3-hour practice foundation menu course

Administrative agencies execute law affecting almost every aspect of daily life, including labor and employment, environmental, intellectual property, insurance, transportation, and health laws. This course does not focus on the substantive law of any particular agency; it instead examines principles and procedures common to all agencies, derived in large part from the U.S. Constitution and the Administrative Procedure Act. The course will examine the sources of agency authority, the limitations on agency actions, the procedures that agencies must use in rulemaking and adjudication, and the availability and scope of judicial review of agency actions.

Admiralty Law
Course Number 312
2-hour elective course

This 2-hour course will focus on traditional admiralty and maritime law concepts, including an examination of the Jones Act, unseaworthiness, the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act, and the general maritime law.  The course will also cover issues relating to maritime contracts and liens, limitation of liability, issues relating to collisions, allisions, and breakaways, fleeter’s liability, and issues relating to admiralty jurisdiction.  The course will also review the available defenses and damages.  While the concepts taught are applicable to all areas of maritime practice, the primary focus will be on maritime law as it applies to the inland waterways of the United States. There are no prerequisites.

Advanced Brief Writing Seminar
Course 453
2-hour research/writing course

This class is designed to offer students who have some experience with writing briefs the opportunity to sharpen their brief-writing skills and learn what makes a brief successful. The class will discuss how to present a case persuasively, considering issues such as developing a theory of the case, arguing thematically, using the components of the brief effectively, using precedent effectively, and structuring the argument persuasively. Students will brief an issue with which they are familiar. Students will write a brief to a court of last resort. There will be two oral presentations at which students will explain and defend their brief-writing choices. This course satisfies the Advanced Research/Writing requirement.

Prerequisite: Either Moot Court Travel Team, Appellate Advocacy or permission of instructor.

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Advanced Criminal Prosecution
Course 545
1-hour skills/simulation course
Offered during Spring Break Intersession Only

Advanced Criminal Prosecution is a one-credit intersession course offered annually over the Law School's Spring Break week in conjunction with the Tennessee District Attorney General's Conference's (TNDAG) Trial Advocacy Course. Advanced Criminal Prosecution is intended to offer a select number of students (maximum of eight) interested in criminal trial advocacy intensive training in and exposure to prosecutorial litigation skills and strategy. In a "master class" approach to learning, experienced prosecutors from across the state of Tennessee will present instruction on all aspects of criminal trial practice, including jury selection, pretrial motions, opening statements, direct and cross examinations, evidentiary objections, and closing argument. Devoted sessions will focus on interviewing and preparing witnesses, selecting juries, case analysis, charging decisions, discovery, prosecutorial ethics, and professionalism. In those sections requiring student performance (of examinations, opening statement, and closing argument), students will receive critique, including individual reviews of their performances. This course will satisfy the Experiential Course requirement.

ADR-Labor
Course 315
2-hour skills/simulation course

This course offers students an understanding and experience in representing clients in designing dispute resolution processes as well as how to prepare for and present to alternative dispute resolution forums. This course will satisfy the Experiential Course requirement.

ADR-Mediation
Course 316
2-hour skills/simulation course

This course offers negotiation and mediation skills to prepare the student to properly represent clients in mediation. While students will likely gain insight into how the mediator conducts a mediation session, the goal of the course is lawyering skills in mediation, not skills as a mediator. This course will satisfy the Experiential Course requirement.

Prerequisites (Required): Professional Responsibility and Evidence, prior to or concurrently

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Appellate Advocacy
Course 309
3-hour skills/simulation course

Appellate Advocacy is a writing skills course that builds on Legal Methods II. The course covers the basics of appellate advocacy: analyzing an issue on appeal, writing an appellate brief, and preparing and delivering an oral argument.   The course offers instruction in brief writing through regular writing assignments, culminating in an appellate brief.  It also offers instruction in how to prepare and deliver an oral argument.  Students write a brief and give and judge oral arguments.  Grades are based on the written work, oral arguments, and other aspects of class participation.

This course is integrated with the Advanced Moot Court Competition, although class members are not required to compete. The Advanced Moot Court problem will be the basis of class discussion. The Advanced Moot Court brief will be the draft brief for the course. Students will rewrite that brief for the final grade. The Advanced Moot Court Competition will give students the opportunity to practice their arguments for the final in-class argument.

The course will be scheduled around the Advanced Moot Court Competition. Classes will focus on brief-writing until the Advanced brief is due. Classes from the time the brief is due until the competition starts will discuss oral argument. The class will not meet during the Advanced Competition so students can devote their attention to competing. Students who complete the Advanced Moot Court Competition and one other competition are eligible for one credit in addition to the two credits for this course.

All students are highly encouraged to take this course to learn the basics of appellate advocacy and develop writing skills. This course is extremely important for students who wish to participate on moot court competition teams or become a member of the moot court board.  This course satisfies the Experiential Course requirement.

Bar Preparation Course
Course 721
3-hour course (as of Spring 2020)
**This course is required for all students who matriculated after August 1, 2017. The requirement may be waived, but only for good cause shown and to avoid hardship. If you would like to request waiver of the requirement, please submit a memo to the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs demonstrating that the standard is satisfied.**

This is a course to help graduating students prepare for the Bar Exam both by reviewing some substantive law and instructing on how successfully to navigate multiple choice, essay, and Multistate Performance Test questions. The class reviews three substantive areas of law.  The subjects may vary from year to year but currently include Contracts, Torts, and Criminal Law. Students answer simulated multiple choice and essay questions and receive regular feedback on their performance. There will be graded mid-term and final examinations and a graded Multistate Performance Test. This course is in addition to, not a substitute for, a summer bar preparation course.

 Bioethics & the Law
Course 304
2-hour elective course

This course will offer a survey perspective of key ethical issues raised by the law's interaction with health care (clinical, research, and population). Core topics include: ethical theories and decision-making approaches (foundations), autonomy and informed consent (clinical and research), ethical issues at the end of life, ethical issues in the early years, reproductive privacy and parenthood, justice, equity, conscience, and biotechnology. We will also discuss current and emerging vexing ethical issues, as well as related policy concerns.

Business Organizations I
Course 211
3-hour practice foundation menu course

This course is a survey of state laws (including selected statutory provisions and common law doctrines) applicable to partnerships, corporations, and limited liability companies. In general, the course deals with the formation, operation, and dissolution of these various types of business enterprises. The readings focus upon the legal rights, privileges, and obligations associated with the entities themselves, as well as with their owners, directors, managers, and employees. Both doctrinal principles and policy underpinnings will be explored and emphasized throughout the class. Although the broad framework of business serves as a backdrop for the legal doctrine, the course is designed to be accessible to students without a business background.

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Civil Procedure I
Course 114
3-hour required course

Civil Procedure provides an overview of the procedural issues involved in the filing and adjudication of civil suits, primarily in federal court. Over two semesters (Civil Procedure I in the fall, Civil Procedure II in the spring), we will study: jurisdiction over the parties and the subject matter; venue; the applicable law; pleadings; joinder of parties and claims; discovery; adjudication without trial; principles of trial by jury; the preclusive effects of former adjudication; and, if time permits, additional advanced topics.

A subset of the above-listed topics is covered in Civil Procedure I (fall semester). Please check with the instructor for a list of the specific topics covered.

Civil Procedure II
Course 124
2-hour required course

Civil Procedure provides an overview of the procedural issues involved in the filing and adjudication of civil suits, primarily in federal court. Over two semesters (Civil Procedure I in the fall, Civil Procedure II in the spring), we will study: jurisdiction over the parties and the subject matter; venue; the applicable law; pleadings; joinder of parties and claims; discovery; adjudication without trial; principles of trial by jury; the preclusive effects of former adjudication; and, if time permits, additional advanced topics.

A subset of the above-listed topics is covered in Civil Procedure II (spring semester). Please check with the instructor for a list of the specific topics covered.

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Civil Rights
Course 322
3-hour elective course

This course covers § 1983 litigation and aims to make students familiar with issues that arise in prosecuting or defending a § 1983 action.  TOPICS:  Action under color of state law, statutory claims, Fourth Amendment, Eighth Amendment, Due Process, Immunities, Municipal Liability, Eleventh Amendment, and if time allows, Recovery (including attorney’s fees), and Jurisdictional issues.

Prerequisite (Required): Constitutional Law 
Prerequisite (Recommended): Criminal Procedure
 
Commercial Law
Course 700
4-hour elective course

This course examines core concepts of the Uniform Commercial Code, focusing on Sales (Article 2), Negotiable Instruments (Article 3), and Secured Transactions (Article 9). Related areas of law (i.e., bankruptcy, payment systems, consumer law, etc.) and aspects of commercial and business practices will be discussed as required. This course is intended to provide an overview of commercial law for students who will not be enrolling in both Sales and Secured Transactions, but who wish to obtain a significant exposure to the structure and operation of the Uniform Commercial Code, as well as to fundamental commercial law and business practices.

Note: Students are only permitted to take two of the following three courses:  Secured Transactions, Sales, and Commercial Law.  Students who have completed both Secured Transactions and Sales will not be permitted to enroll in Commercial Law. Students who have taken or are taking Commercial Law may take either Sales or Secured Transactions in order to gain in-depth knowledge about the chosen area.   

Comparative Law Seminar
Course 441
2-hour research/writing course

Despite accelerating globalization, the world remains governed by an overlapping set of fragmented legal regimes. This seminar will survey a number of non-U.S. national legal traditions from historical, critical, and comparative perspectives.  Topics of current interest will include studies of horizontal and vertical legal harmonization and regionalism. This course satisfies the Advanced Research/Writing requirement.

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Conflicts of Law
Course 324
3-hour elective course
Bar course

When an Arkansas driver is involved in an accident in Tennessee, which state's law applies? Are states ever required to recognize out-of-state divorces or apply foreign laws? When and how can contracting parties choose a particular set of laws to govern their relationship? This course will prepare you to address the issues that arise when a matter may be governed by more than one legal system. Particular areas of focus include horizontal (state-versus-state) choice-of-law approaches, constitutional limits on horizontal choices of law, recognition and enforcement of out-of-state judgments, and vertical (federal-versus-state) conflicts.

Constitutional Law
Course 212
4-hour required course

This course introduces students to the U.S. Constitution, the structure of the federal constitutional government, and individual constitutional rights. Topics include the judicial power and congressional power, federalism, separation of powers, due process, equal protection, and (time allowing) First Amendment freedom of speech and religion. The objective is familiarity with these topics, the ability to read Supreme Court constitutional case law, and facility at constructing constitutional arguments.

Consumer Law
Course 725
3-hour elective course
This problem-based course introduces the student to contemporary issues arising from consumer transactions including solicitation, advertising, identity theft, credit reporting, credit discrimination, consumer financing, warranties, home purchases and financing, credit cards, automobile purchases and financing, payday lending, and student loans. Students will prepare written responses to problem sets before each class period. Timely preparation of these assignments will make up 25% of the final grade. Students will sit for a final comprehensive examination which will make up the remaining 75% of the final grade.
 
Contracts/Contracts II 
Course 111/Course 121
3-hour required course/2-hour required course

This course addresses contract formation and breach of contract.  Coverage includes:  the meaning of the word “contract”; the doctrine of consideration and when promises may be unenforceable due to the absence of bargained-for exchange; the elements of and the subtle twists associated with offer and acceptance; the requirement of a writing for certain types of contracts; the extent to which courts “police” the substance of a bargain to prevent unfairness and limit contract enforcement; the process of defining the scope of a contract; and the interpretation of contract language.

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Copyright
Course 325
2- or 3-hour elective course
This course is only offered in the Spring of odd years (e.g. Spring 2019, Spring 2021, etc.). 

This course covers the subject matter of copyright, limitations on the subject matter of copyright, infringement of copyright, and defenses to infringement.  This course will teach concepts fundamental to Copyright Law so that students will understand and be able to apply them to the analysis of issues arising in factual settings.

Corporate Finance
Course 384
2-hour elective course
This course is designed to familiarize the student with basic concepts of corporate finance, including accounting concepts and principles of valuation. It examines the capital structure of firms, focusing on the terms and legal doctrines related to the principal instruments used by firms in the capital raising process. The instruments covered include common stock, debt instruments, and preferred.

Prerequisite: Business Organizations I.
 
Corporate Governance and Compliance
Course 720
2-hour elective course

This course covers corporate governance and compliance. "Corporate Governance" refers to the processes by which decisions are made within firms, including the roles played by shareholders, directors, and executives. "Corporate Compliance" refers to the processes by which an organization seeks to ensure that employees and others conform to applicable norms, which can include either the requirements of laws or regulations or the internal rules of the organization. Covered compliance mechanisms include internal enforcement, as well as the role played by regulators, prosecutors, whistleblowers, and attorneys.

Corporate Law Seminar
Course 440
2-hour research/writing course

This course provides an in-depth discussion of the law, theory and policy of corporate governance. The course will be taught in a seminar format and will require the completion of a paper. This course satisfies the Advanced Research/Writing requirement.

Prerequisite: Business Organizations I.

Corporate Tax
Course 334
3-hour statutory menu course

The course focuses on the federal income tax aspects of corporate formation, capital structure, distributions to shareholders, redemptions of shareholders, liquidations, taxable acquisitions and reorganizations, and nontaxable reorganizations.

Prerequisite (Required): Basic Income Tax

Criminal Law
Course 126
3-hour required course

This course introduces students to basic principles of substantive criminal law, the principles of criminal culpability, and the analysis of criminal statutes. Sources include the common law and the Model Penal Code. Topics include the criminal act, mens rea, homicide, attempt, complicity, conspiracy, and defenses. Its objective is familiarity with these sources and topics, and an ability to parse statutory language.

Criminal Procedure I
Course 223
3-hour practice foundation menu course

An examination of principles of federal constitutional criminal procedure, with a focus on search and seizure, the right to counsel, and the law governing interrogation and confessions. Its objective is familiarity with these topics, and the ability to formulate a constitutional argument for prosecution and defense in these areas.

Criminal Procedure II
Course 326
2-hour elective course

Covers all aspects of criminal procedure from pre-arrest through post-conviction and habeas corpus. Upon completion of course, students should have a thorough and practical understanding of criminal procedure, particularly Tennessee Rules of Criminal Procedure.

Prerequisite (Recommended): Criminal Procedure I is recommended, but not required. Primarily statutory, but some practice emphasis. 

 Debtor-Creditor 
Course 327
3-hour elective course

Debtor-Creditor Law is a foundational course that addresses the question of what to do when there's not enough money to go around. It provides a brief introduction to state and federal debt collection laws before diving into federal bankruptcy law. The emphasis is on the consumer side because that is most often the context in which these questions arise, but the course also explores concepts such as fraudulent conveyances and preferential transfers that are encountered in business contexts as well. The course serves as an excellent review of concepts learned in Secured Transactions that are likely to be encountered on the bar exam. It is a must for both transactional lawyers who want to draft documents that adequately address the possibility of financial default and litigators who want to know what to do once a judgment is entered.

Prerequiste (Required):  Secured Transactions 

Decedents' Estates
Course 213
3-hour practice foundation menu course
This course is only offered every Fall semester and in the Spring of odd years (e.g. Spring 2019, Spring 2021, etc.).

Coverage includes intestate succession, wills, nonprobate assets, and a brief introduction to trusts. Objectives include mastery of fundamental principles under the Uniform Probate Code and their common law analogs. 

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Discovery
Course 377
2-hour skills/simulation course

This course covers the pre-trial practices used by one party to obtain facts and information about a case from another party in order to assist the party's preparation for trial. Students study depositions, interrogatories, production of documents, requests for admissions, and other pre-trial discovery practices. The course is hands-on and requires students to draft pleadings, conduct discovery activities, and participate in a mediation. The course also includes electronic discovery and discusses counsel's duty to properly identify, preserve, collect, review, and produce electronically stored information (ESI), as well as on the basic technological knowledge litigation counsel should possess. The course covers the growing case law in the area and prepares students through exercises in mock depositions, and exercises in properly written discovery practice and an exercise in a mock mediation.  The course satisfies the Experiential Course requirement.

Divorce Law Practicum
Course 305
3-hour skills/simulation course

The Divorce Law Practicum is a semester-long course designed to convey the essential principals, skills, and values that a lawyer must embrace and master in order to provide competent counsel in the practice of divorce law.  Working in the context of a simulated case file and related mock writing and advocacy opportunities, students will consider the potential effects of the substantive law, procedural rules, and ethical guidelines, as well as the accepted customs and practices of lawyers. This course will satisfy the Experiential Course requirement.  Designed for students who have completed the fundamental Family Law survey course, the 3-hour Divorce Law Practicum will closely examine the primary areas of divorce practice.

Prerequisite (Required): Civil Procedure, Evidence, and Family Law 

Economic Analysis of the Law
Course 346
3-hour elective course

The objective of the course is to expose students to the economic analysis of the law. The course covers at a basic level various economic principles and considers the application of those principles to basic areas of law, ie; tort, contract, and property.

Education & Civil Rights
Course 310
3-hour elective course

This course explores the intersection of education law and policy as it meets constitutional and equal protection law.  Students will be asked to consider policy decisions that impact civil rights in various areas, including student assignment, student admissions, and student instruction, and relate them to disparities across lines of race, ethnicity, gender, native language, and religion.

Elder Law
Course 374
3-hour elective course

Students in this course will learn basic principles relating to the practice of Elder Law. Course topics may include guardianships and conservatorships; powers of attorney (for health care and financial matters); housing (including assisted living facilities and nursing homes); health-care decision making (including questions related to death and dying, Medicare, and Medicaid); elder abuse and neglect; financing health-care and long-term care; income maintenance (including basic principles of Social Security); and simple estate planning matters. Throughout the course, students will also consider the many ethical issues that arise in representing elderly clients.

Prerequisites (Required): First-year courses.

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Elder Law Clinic
Course 510
4-hour skills/experiential course
The Elder Law Clinic is a live client clinic, where students will have the opportunity to provide legal representation to actual persons to whom they will owe a professional responsibility.  Ideally, each student will represent between 4-6 clients during the semester, with cases ranging from wills, durable powers of attorney for finances, affidavits of heirship, qualified income trusts, and other document preparation, to consumer protection, contract matters, financial exploitation, governmental benefits, housing and real property law, custody, adoption, and uncontested divorce.  Depending on their caseload, students will have the opportunity to develop skills in interviewing, factual development, legal research and writing, case management, problem-solving, community legal education, client counseling and negotiation and should expect some litigation and courtroom experience.

Prerequisites: Professional Responsibility and Evidence

Recommended:  Decedents' Estates and Elder Law

 Employee Benefits (Synchronous Online)
Course 371
3-hour elective course
With employee benefits issues, laws, and regulations changing so rapidly and at the forefront of the news, business and legal worlds, employee benefits law has become one of the fastest growing and most critical areas of the law today. Employee benefits issues affect not just traditional "pension" lawyers but also affect the practices of many practicing lawyers, including the corporate lawyer, the domestic relations lawyer, the litigation lawyer, the estate planning lawyer and the general practitioner. This course will provide an introduction to ERISA-governed employee benefit plans (including the impact of the Affordable Care Act on such plans), welfare benefit plans, and executive compensation plans. It will be an applied problem method of instruction with emphasis on questions, issues and problems involving employee benefit plans likely to arise in a general litigation or business transaction practice.

This course is offered as a synchronous online course, which means that classes will occur at a set day and time with the professor and the students participating together in real time. The classes will be conducted through a virtual classroom platform. To participate in the class, students will need a computer, a web cam, and a microphone. The class will have a final exam. The final exam will be conducted on a set day and time (per the Exam Schedule) at the law school.

 

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Estate Planning and Transfer Taxation
Course 329
3-hour elective course

Estate Planning and Transfer Taxation provides a comprehensive examination of the Estate Planning practice with emphasis on both the planning/drafting side as well as the administration/probate side of the practice. Students will review various Wills and Trust Agreements, as well as the Tennessee law governing each. Other Estate Planning tools such as Conservatorships, Durable Powers of Attorney, forms of Charitable Giving and Retirement Planning will be covered as time permits. Students will be introduced to the three federal transfer taxes (Federal Estate Tax, Federal Gift Tax, and Federal Generation-Skipping Transfer Tax) both in the context of planning to reduce taxes and in the proper filing of tax returns.

Prerequisites (Required): Decedents' Estates

Evidence
Course 221
4-hour required course

Considers the presentation of and admissibility of factual information in the trial of a case: including the determination of relevance; proof of writings and other real evidence; qualification, examination and impeachment of witnesses; privileges; opinion testimony; and the application of the hearsay rule. Emphasis is on the Federal Rules of Evidence.

Externships
Course 600
2, 3 or 4-hour skills/experiential course.
The University of Memphis Externship Course offers students the opportunity to earn academic credit for carefully supervised legal work they perform in a variety of practice settings throughout the Memphis area. Stepping outside the traditional classroom, externship students learn by doing and observing, further developing essential research and writing skills, communication abilities, and problem-solving techniques under the direction of local judges and attorneys. To maximize this experiential learning opportunity, externship students simultaneously participate in a faculty-led, weekly seminar designed to introduce the essential habits of the reflective practitioner, assessment of the skills, relationships, and mindsets that prevail in practice, and the formation of professional identity. Students are eligible for the Externship Course upon the completion of their first year. This course will satisfy the Experiential Course requirement.
Fair Employment Practices
Course 330
3-hour statutory menu course

Focuses on statutes banning discrimination in employment and other fair employment issues. Federal and state laws dealing with discrimination on the basis of race, sex, age, religion, disability, and national origin will be examined. Questions regarding affirmative action and "reverse discrimination" will be discussed. The course will also look at the recent erosion of the employment at will doctrine and a variety of special employment-related topics.

Family Law
Course 331
3-hour practice foundation menu course
Bar Course

This is a survey course in Family Law that focuses primarily on marriage, divorce, child custody, child support, and issues related to the dissolution of a marriage. There is an emphasis on the practice of Family Law with selective focus on Tennessee law.

Family Law Seminar
Course 421
2-hour research/writing course

This seminar examines current topics in family law with an emphasis on reproductive rights, the establishment of the parent-child relationship, and the evolving definition of family.  Students will write and present a substantial, publishable quality paper. This seminar satisfies the Advanced Research/Writing requirement.

Prerequisites (Required): Constitutional Law and Family Law

Federal Courts
Course 333
3-hour elective course

This course addresses the constitutional and statutory provisions, as well as the judicially-created doctrines, that shape and limit the role that federal courts play in our system of government. It pays particular attention to issues implicating the separation of powers and federalism and to contending visions of the functions federal courts should perform in American society. Selected topics include the nature of the federal judicial function, standing and justiciability doctrines, congressional control of federal court jurisdiction, Supreme Court review of state court decisions and the relationship between state and federal law, the federal question jurisdiction of the federal district courts, judicial abstention doctrines and the power of federal courts to enjoin state court proceedings, and state sovereign immunity from suit in federal and state court.

Corequisite: Constitutional Law
Prerequisite (Required):  Civil Procedure I & II
 
Federal Discrimination Seminar
Course 444
2-hour elective course

This seminar looks at current topics in federal discrimination law.  Topics include disparate impact analysis, affirmative action, gay rights, voting rights issues, and others.  Reading assignments are included in a packet provided by the professor and average 30-40 pages per week.  The packet includes excerpts from cases, law review articles, congressional testimony, and newspaper and magazine articles, as well as several short writing exercises.  Students will write one 25-page research paper, and present that paper in a class toward the end of the semester. This course satisfies the Advanced Research/Writing requirement.

Feminist Jurisprudence Seminar 
Course 491
2-hour research/writing course

This course examines the law's contribution to the historical and current inequality of the sexes, as well as the law's contribution to remedying that inequality. Accordingly, we will consider cases and statutes as instruments of oppression and as instruments of change. And we will consider the various feminist approaches to these problems. Among the substantive topics to be covered are: constitutional equality, public accommodations, sexual harassment, identity, rape, abortion, poverty.

Fundamentals of Bar Exam Writing
Course Number: 714
2-hour elective course
Offered in the Fall semester
The Multistate Essay Exam (MEE) requires examinees to know the rules of law, understand how the rules are applied to various hypotheticals, and effectively communicate their knowledge of the law and ability to apply it in writing. This course offers students a question-based approach to essay exams in the context of three substantive subjects. The subjects may vary from year to year but currently include Evidence, Agency/Partnership, and Real Property. This course will also review techniques and strategies for responding to different types of the Multistate Performance Test (MPT).

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 Guns and the Law
Course 724
2- or 3-hour elective course
This course explores a variety of legal issues related to the contentious issues of guns and gun violence in America, including current federal and state gun laws, major constitutional cases, post-Heller Second Amendment litigation, modern self-defense rules such as Stand Your Ground laws, civil liability, gun laws in other countries, legal solutions to gun violence, and issues of guns and race, alienage, culture, and gender.
 
Health Law Survey
Course 722
3-hour elective course
This course provides broad coverage of health law issues, suitable for all students with an interest in health law while also serving as a foundation for those students seeking to concentrate their studies in health law. The course will seek to expose students to leading components of what health law practitioners consider to be health law. The first part of the course will cover Quality and Access issues, where topics will include: access to health care and the "duty to treat," licensing of health professionals and institutions, informed consent and confidentiality, and healthcare professional and institutional liability. The second part will cover major bioethical issues in health care, including abortion, the right to die, and regulation of human research subjects. The third part of the course will cover topics in public health law, such as immunization and reducing medical errors. The fourth part will then move to Organization and Finance topics, including funding of health care through private and public insurance, including Medicare and Medicaid and as expanded through the Affordable Care Act; fraud and abuse laws, including the False Claims Act, the Anti-Kickback law, and STARK; and antitrust law.
 
Health Policy Practicum
Course 705
3-hour skills course
In the Health Policy Practicum ("Practicum"), students will work in teams alongside community partners to address a real-world policy issue negatively impacting health. Specific projects may change from year to year, and more may be added or amended, depending on community needs at a given time. Types of projects may include (non-exclusive list, all as relating to health law/policy issues):
• a literature review and analysis;
• a needs assessment to develop health policy priorities;
• an education module on a law/policy issue for non-lawyer audiences;
• a position paper for a community stakeholder entity;
• prepared testimony for presentation to a governmental body;
• a piece of legislation or regulation, or comments to regulation; or
• an analysis of existing policies to identify gaps, funding needs for effective implementation, necessary adjustments to achieve policy goals, etc.
The course will include a weekly seminar (1 hour-50 minute) that will focus on building a core understanding of legal issues implicated by a given year's policy project(s), in addition to skills of policy-making and community engagement, and an opportunity to present work, learn from affected stakeholders and brainstorm options. Out-of-class work will include drafting exercises and topical research, and community-based project work under the supervision of a lead Community Supervisor as determined in consultation with Practicum faculty and community partners. Overarching supervision, and final grade assessment, will reside in Practicum faculty.
Students will receive 3 "SKILLS" academic credits for the course on a graded basis (A/B/C/D/F). This course meets the upper-level skills requirement, as well as the experiential course requirement for students seeking the Health Law Certificate.
Prerequisites: none. 

Health Law Seminar
Course 400
2-hour research/writing course
In this course, students will write and present a paper on a topic in healthcare law.  The purpose of this seminar is to provide each student with writing instruction and exposure to the health law literature.   Students have the flexibility to choose from a wide variety of topics but, ultimately, the topic must fall under the umbrella of "health law." Students will also practice writing well by following a strict schedule to organize their thoughts and then learn about critique by presenting their topics to an audience.  The seminar will guide students through topic selection, the writing process, reading health law articles, and finishing a first draft. By the end of the semester, students will do a presentation on their paper and turn in a final draft. This course fulfills the upper-level writing requirement.
 
Housing Adjudication Clinic
Course 501
4-hour skills/experiential course
This course is only offered in the Spring of even years (e.g. Spring 2018, Spring 2020, etc.).
Students enrolled in the Housing Adjudication Clinic will have the unique opportunity to study law and lawyering from the standpoint of the administrative law judge rather than that of direct client representative.  Working under faculty supervision, students will be assigned to investigate, research, hear, adjudicate, and issue written opinions ruling on administrative appeals involving participants in the Memphis Housing Authority’s Housing Choice Voucher Program who have challenged adverse decisions affecting their public housing assistance.  To complement their work as adjudicators, Clinic students will participate in a twice-weekly classroom seminar designed to survey substantive fair housing law, explore administrative law and procedure, provide skills training, and consider issues of ethics and professionalism that arise in the context of the hearings to which they are assigned. This course satisfies the upper-level skills requirement. 

Immigration Law
Course 337
3-hour elective course
This course covers the subject matter of Modern Immigration Law and Policy.  Principles fundamental to Immigration Law are taught so that students will understand and be able to apply them to the analysis of issues arising in factual settings.

Income Tax
Course 214
3-hour statutory menu course

This course covers concepts of gross income, exclusions from gross income, deductions, capital gains, timing, and tax systems. An important objective of the course is to develop the skill of reading statutes and applicable regulations.

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Insurance Law
Course 339
3-hour elective course

This course will focus on obtaining a practical understanding of insurance law and being able to interpret and apply the terms and conditions of contracts of insurance to determine coverage, exclusions, and loss as experienced by insurers and insureds. The coursework will include an examination of the purpose of insurance and fundamental concepts, insurance contract law, government regulation, limitations of risk and exclusions. The course will include a review of property, liability, life, health, disability, automobile and other forms of insurance coverage, including a familiarization of the actual policies of insurance so that the student is prepared to interpret the policies and advise clients as to the related issues. We will spend a considerable time with insurance coverage that attorneys will be called upon to consider and understand in most types of practices.

Intellectual Property Survey
Course 395
3-hour elective course

Intellectual property (IP) laws play an increasingly central role in the economy, business, technology and cultural life. This course is designed to introduce students to the major areas of intellectual property law -- trade secrets, copyrights, patents and trademarks – and explore commonalities and differences among these different systems of IP protection. It is also intended to provide a basic understanding of IP law that may be carried into other practice areas, including both corporate/transactional work and litigation. Students will gain an appreciation for how intellectual property assets are a crucial component of many businesses and serve as the foundation for advancements in science, technology, and the arts. Prerequisites: none

International Business Transactions
Course 399
3-hour elective course

This course consists of two parts.  The first part introduces the student to the environments within which transnational business operations take place.  Within this framework, a basic introduction to Public International Law will be followed by a concise examination of the leading institutions of the World Economic Environment such as the World Trade Organization and the International Monetary Fund.  On the transactional level, the corporate actors in the transnational business environment will be introduced focusing on the special role of the multinational enterprise.  A comparative law overview of transnational legal practice opportunities will lead to a more comprehensive discussion on international litigation strategies covering forum selection, choice of law, international commercial arbitration, and other practical private international law problems.  The second part of this course presents problem exercises in transnational business, such as drafting and consulting on transnational sales, distributorship agreements, and licensing agreements.
 
International Economic Law
Course 397
3-hour elective course

This course examines the legal and economic frameworks of international trade.  The course focuses on the arguments for and against free trade and on the law of the World Trade Organization.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Introduction to the Multistate: Strategies and Techniques
Course No. 727
1-hour 3L elective course
The Multistate Bar Exam (MBE) requires one to know the rules of law, understand how those rules should be applied to various hypotheticals, and understand how to evaluate the answer choices. This course offers students an intensive question-based approach to learning the rules and to learning how to use problem-solving to answer MBE questions. The course will teach strategies and techniques in the context of all seven MBE topics: Contracts, Constitutional Law, Civil Procedure, Criminal Law and Procedure, Evidence, Real Property, and Torts.

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 Labor Law
Course 343
3-hour statutory menu course
This course is a study of labor relations law, with a special focus on the federal statutes. Primary emphasis is placed on union organization, employer responses, union economic weapons (strikes, picketing, and boycotts), internal union discipline of members, collective bargaining, and the role of the National Labor Relations Board. The problems involved in balancing the interests of management and labor, the individual and the group, and the state and federal governments will also be discussed.
 
Land Use Law
Course 344
2-hour elective course
Land use law governs the way our cities are developed and redeveloped.  This two-hour course will focus on land use as practiced in Tennessee by examining pertinent case law, statutes and legal concepts related to the fields of planning, zoning and subdivision regulations.  The course will also cover federal statutes that affect local zoning, including Section 1983 of the Civil Rights Act of 1871,  the Civil Rights Act of 1968 and the Telecommunications Act of 1996, as well as pertinent sections of the United States Constitution and the seminal opinions they have promulgated.

Law Review
Courses 912, 913, 914
3- or 4-hour research/writing course

The University of Memphis Law Review is the law school's scholarly journal, publishing four issues each year comprised of articles written by law professors, judges, and practitioners, as well as "Notes" written by student members of the Law Review. The Law Review also hosts an annual Symposium on a timely legal topic. Through their participation, members of the Law Review advance their writing, editing, legal analysis, and citation skills.

Students are selected to become members of the Law Review through a "write-on" competition held in the summer after their first year. The anonymously graded competition requires students to write an analysis of a judicial opinion using sources provided by the Law Review Editorial Board and complete a legal citation (i.e., Bluebook) test. The top three students in each first-year section, as determined by GPA, are eligible to "grade on" to the Law Review, provided they participate in and complete the write-on competition with a good faith effort.

Second-year students earn 2 credit hours for writing their Note and performing assignments such as "Bluebooking" works that have been accepted for publication. The credit hours are awarded in the Spring semester upon approval of their Note by their Faculty Note Advisor. Successful completion of a Note satisfies the law school's upper-level writing requirement. Also in the Spring semester, second-year members are invited to apply and interview for Editorial Board positions during their third year.

Third-year students serve either on the Editorial Board or as senior staff members. Editorial Board members receive 2 credit hours in the Spring semester of their third year, while senior staff members receive 1 credit hour. Editorial Board members fulfill the responsibilities of their particular position. Staff members assist in editing, cite-checking, and other tasks assigned by the Editorial Board.

A minimum GPA of 2.50 is required to participate in the write-on competition and remain on the Law Review.

Legal Argument and Appellate Practice
Course 347
2- or 3-hour research/writing OR skills course

This is a practical course which focuses on the skills involved in taking a first appeal. Students will work with a real trial transcript. The class will focus on identifying issues for appeal and will cover topics such as preservation of error, plain error, harmless error, and standards of review. Students will write a brief to a court of appeals and argue the appeal orally. This course will satisfy the upper-level skills requirement or the research/writing requirement, but not both.

Legal Drafting: Litigation Drafting 
Course 513
2-hour skills/simulation course

This course is designed to provide second- and third- year law students with the skills and knowledge necessary to draft client letters, pleadings, and motions involved in civil litigation.  Students will be challenged to refine their writing skills and strategic analysis of pre-trial issues in this practical based course.  This course satisfies the Experiential Course requirement.

Legal Drafting: Contracts
Course 597
2-hour skills/simulation course

This course is a transactional drafting course for second- and third-year law students.  The course is designed to provide students with the analytic skill of translating the business deal into contract concepts, and an understanding of the rules and techniques for good transactional drafting to enhance clarity and avoid ambiguity.   Students will be challenged to learn to think like lawyers and develop skills in translating that thinking into the contracts they draft, utilizing a variety of contracts and transactional practice areas.  This course satisfies the Experiential Course requirement.

Legal Ethics Seminar
Course 447
2-hour research/writing course

This seminar gives the students an opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of selected issues in professional responsibility and professionalism. Coverage will include confidentiality, conflicts of interest, litigation tactics, perjury, the client-lawyer relationship, counseling clients, competence, admission to practice, professional discipline, delivery of legal services, and legal education.  Students research and write a paper on a selected professional responsibility or professionalism issue. This course satisfies the Advanced Research/Writing requirement.

Legal Methods I
Course 113
3-hour required course
The objective of this course is to produce competent practitioners using a guided approach to legal research, legal drafting, and legal analysis. This course focuses on the process of legal research, the objective analysis of legal issues, and the substance and form of objective legal memoranda.

Legal Methods II
Course 123
2-hour required course

The objective of this course is to produce competent advocates.  Legal Methods II covers persuasive advocacy.  Building on Legal Methods I's emphasis on research, analysis, and objective writing, students further refine these skills by drafting a persuasive brief and arguing before a mock court.

Legislation
Course 348
3-hour statutory course menu course

This course is only offered in the Spring of odd years (e.g. Spring 2019, Spring 2021, etc.).
Many law school courses focus on judge-made law and appellate opinions. The vast majority of American law, however, is enacted law—statutory and regulatory law. This course is designed to teach students how legislatures enact law.  Studying Article I of the U.S. Constitution as well as House and Senate standing rules, students explore how Congress is structured and how it operates to make law and policy. The course also discusses courts' relationship with statutory law and the canons of statutory construction.  Finally, the course teaches students how to draft legislation—at the end of the term the class will sit as a mock legislature debating bills drafted by students. 

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 Mass Incarceration Seminar
Course 492
2-hour Research/writing course
This seminar will encourage students to explore the rise of mass incarceration and its consequences for U.S. law and society. The following topics will likely be explored as they relate to mass incarceration: origins and causes; sentencing; the "War on Drugs"; disability and mental health; race and poverty; penal confinement & conditions; effectiveness in crime reduction; effect on families and labor markets; rehabilitation & recidivism; the purpose of penal punishment; and penal reform. Assigned reading will include various sources including case law, summaries of existing research, books, legal scholarship and research papers in other disciplines. Assessment for the class will be based on in-class participation and a research paper. This course satisfies the Advanced Research/Writing requirement.
 
Prerequisites: Constitutional Law, Criminal Law
  
Mediation Clinic
Course 502
4-hour skills/experiential course
Students in the University of Memphis Mediation Clinic will study mediation from the inside-out, analyzing in detail the communicative, strategic, and ethical dimensions of specific interventions that mediators make in the context of particular cases. The Clinic will primarily focus on the students as the mediators, but the students will also be asked to consider the issues from other points of view: as the disputant, as an attorney representing a client in mediation, and in the capacity of advising an organizational client about dispute resolution options. The Mediation Clinic has four primary components: (1) The training that is required by Tennessee Supreme Court Rule 31 before one may become listed as a Rule 31 General Civil Mediator; (2) Ongoing student observation of mediations conducted by Rule 31 Mediators in General Sessions Court cases, Federal Court cases, and other administrative proceedings; (3) Student participation as co-mediator (when available with clients' permission) with Rule 31 Mediators in Shelby County General Sessions Court cases (or other agencies); and (4) Weekly classroom seminar and participation in simulations designed to give students further training and feedback throughout the course of the semester.
 
Medical-Legal Partnership Clinic
Course 595
4-hour skills/experiential course
Housed in both devoted hospital space and the law school Clinic offices, law students participating in the MLP Clinic provide legal assistance to the low-income patients of Le Bonheur Children's Hospital and their families under the supervision of experienced MLP faculty, lawyers, and healthcare providers. Among other case-related assignments, MLP Clinic students conduct intake interviews, develop case strategies, conduct legal research, prepare legal documents, counsel clients, and provide representation in court and administrative proceedings pursuant to applicable student practice rules. Among other areas of focus, the MLP Clinic assists clients in cases involving housing and landlord-tenant issues, public benefits, public and private health insurance, wills and health power of attorneys, guardianships, and conservatorships and educational law services.
 
To complement their casework, Clinic students will participate in a weekly interdisciplinary classroom session designed to explore the legal work they are performing, the legal, policy, and ethical issues that affect patients' health, and the ways that health outcomes and health care access for low-income children can be enhanced by bringing health and legal professionals together. Throughout their Clinic semester, students have the opportunity to work collaboratively with the faculty and staff of Le Bonheur Children's Hospital and to participate in joint class sessions with medical students and students from other health disciplines.
 
Prerequisites: Professional Responsibility and Evidence preferred, although not required.
 
Mental Health Law
Course 394
3-hour elective course
This course will offer a survey perspective of key issues raised by the law's approach to persons with mental illness (or at risk of mental illness), and surrounding the "mental health system" (as explicitly and implicitly experienced). Core topics include professional and third party liability, informed consent and confidentiality, criminal responsibility and sentencing, civil commitment, guardianship, the right to refuse or consent to treatment, competency in criminal law, and protection from discrimination. We will also discuss current and emerging vexing issues, and key policy and ethical issues.
 
Mental Health Law Seminar
Course 402
3-hour research/writing course
Students will write and present a paper of publishable quality on a topic involving mental health law, the specific topic to be selected by the student with the approval of the instructor. Students will perform in-depth research and will participate in an intensive, supervised writing process.  Significant time will be spent on instruction regarding academic writing and in editing the student's own work and, occasionally, the work of other students.  In addition, the seminar will provide an opportunity to examine current topics in mental health law through reading assignments coupled with rigorous analysis and vigorous discussion amongst the seminar students under the guidance of the instructor. Approximately ten reading assignments will provide the material for analysis and discussion.  Reading assignments will comprise excerpts from cases, law review articles and other periodicals, and newspapers and magazines.  The seminar will take place across both the fall and spring semesters.  The class will meet for two hours each week in the fall semester and for one hour each week in the spring semester with a final, overall grade being assigned at the end of the spring semester. The fall semester will focus on topic selection, the writing process, editing, and the reading assignments, and will culminate in a high-quality first draft of the paper.  The second semester will focus on revising the paper and also will involve making a presentation to the seminar class based upon the paper. 
 
Papers that earn a grade of C or better will satisfy the Advanced Research/Writing Requirement.
 
Mergers & Acquisitions 
Course 301
2- or 3-hour elective

This course may only be offered every other year.
This course introduces students to the legal principles that underlie mergers and acquisitions. The advantages and disadvantages of various acquisition forms, such as mergers, asset acquisitions, stock purchases, and tender offers are discussed. Significant focus is also given to the fiduciary duties and other obligations of company boards of directors, target defensive tactics, state anti-takeover statutes, and disclosure and other requirements arising under the federal securities laws.
Prerequisite: Business Organizations I. 

Mock Trial/ADR Travel Team
Course 524
1-hour skills course
Advanced Trial Advocacy is a skills course for students participating on mock trial travel teams. It focuses on developing and enhancing the skills necessary to put on a basic trial. It is a non-classroom course and students should enroll during the semester in which they compete in an inter-school competition. Students are able to take the course more than once if they compete in more than one inter-school competition. The Director of Advocacy may award grades of Excellent, Pass, or Fail, based on the recommendation of the team's coach. This course satisfies the upper-level skills requirement.

Moot Court
Course 811
1- or 2-hour elective

Students can receive one or two credits for Moot Court by successfully completing intra-school moot court or mock trial competitions. A student who successfully completes two competitions is eligible for one credit. A student who successfully completes four competitions is eligible for two credits. Students may register for credit in the semester they complete the last competition necessary for credit or in any subsequent semester. 

Moot Court Travel Team
Course 523
1- or 2-hour skills course
Advanced Appellate Advocacy is a skills course for students participating on Moot Court Travel Teams. It focuses on developing and practicing skills in brief-writing and oral advocacy. Students who both write a competition brief and argue orally are eligible for two credits. It is a non-classroom course and students should enroll during the semester in which they compete in an inter-school competition. Students are able to take the course more than once, if they compete in more than one inter-school competition. The Director of Advocacy may award grades of Excellent, Pass, or Fail, based on the recommendation of the team's coach.

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National Security Law
Course 308
2-hour elective course

This course is designed for upper level students, particularly those interested in employment opportunities in the significant number of positions with the U.S. Government, U.S. Military, or private practice.  Major areas to be covered will include the constitutional and legislative framework for Presidential power and the powers of Congress, using armed force abroad, detaining "enemy combatants" (terrorist suspects), intelligence gathering, Homeland Security, and future threats to national security.  Significant current events also will influence the scope of the course schedule.
 
Negotiation and Mediation
Course 317
2-hour skills/simulation course
This course offers an introduction to negotiation theory and provides the opportunity to apply that theory in various negotiating contexts. Students will be exposed to basic concepts of principled and strategic negotiation and engage in in-class negotiating exercises. Students will also learn about the mediation process and how to negotiate effectively as advocates in mediation through role-playing in mock mediation exercises at the end of the semester. This course is team taught with another section. The course satisfies the Experiential Course requirement.
 
 Neighborhood Preservation Clinic
Course 539
4-hour skills/experiential course

In the Neighborhood Preservation Clinic, students represent the City of Memphis in lawsuits filed against badly neglected, vacant and abandoned properties. Clinic students investigate property ownership and conditions, communicate with field code enforcement professionals, prepare civil lawsuits alleging claims arising under the Tennessee Neighborhood Preservation Act (NPA), and handle all aspects of those lawsuits as they proceed in the Shelby County Environmental Court. Each Clinic student assumes the role of lead attorney for the NPA cases he or she is assigned during the academic semester. Clinic responsibilities include weekly appearances in the Environmental Court, during which students present at hearings and status updates, negotiate with opposing counsel and parties, and do all else that is necessary to move the lawsuits forward. To complement their casework, Clinic students participate in a weekly classroom session focused on the pervasive challenge of property vacancy and abandonment in Memphis. The seminar segment of the weekly class exposes the law students to substantive code enforcement and housing law, national models of legal strategies to address problem properties, practice and procedure in the Shelby County Environmental Court, and the issues of ethics and professionalism that arise in the context of their cases. The seminar also includes a case rounds component, during which students engage in an ongoing dialogue about the challenges they are experiencing while managing Clinic's cases. This course will satisfy the Experiential Course requirement.

Non-Profit Organization
Course 370
3-hour elective course

This course covers the state law requirements regarding the organization and operation of nonprofit organizations. In addition, a heavy emphasis is placed on the federal income tax treatment of nonprofit organizations, including the requirements for obtaining and maintaining tax-exempt status, the distinction between a public charity and a private foundation, the private foundation excise taxes, and the unrelated business income tax.
 
Prerequisites (Recommended): Income Tax and/or Business Organizations.

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Partnership Tax
Course 352
3-hour elective course

The course focuses on the federal income tax aspects of partnership formation, operations, sales and exchanges of partnership interests, operating distributions, liquidations and S Corporations.
Prerequisite (Required): Basic Income Tax
Prerequisite (Recommended): Corporate Tax 

Patent Law
Course 390
3-hour elective course
This course covers the substantive requirements for obtaining a patent on an invention and enforcing patent rights in federal court. Topics include: patentable subject matter; utility; disclosure; novelty; nonobviousness; claim construction; infringement; defenses; and remedies. A technical background is not required for this course.

Pre-Trial Litigation Practice
Course 353
3-hour skills course
An intensive simulation-course designed for students who plan to be civil litigators. Through a case file assigned at the beginning of the semester, students are encouraged to explore how lawyers strategically use each step in the pretrial litigation process to advance their clients' interests. Students will engage in a wide range of typical pretrial tasks as time and opportunity permit , such as analyzing the law and investigating the facts in the context of the assigned case file; drafting relevant pleadings; preparing and responding to discovery, including interrogatories and document requests; taking and defending depositions; briefing and arguing a pretrial motion; and engaging in settlement negotiations with an opposing party, all while maintaining client relations and expectations.

Prerequisites: Civil Procedure (Required) & Evidence (Strongly recommended, but not required)

 
Products Liability
Course 357
2-hour elective course

A complete review of the current status of product liability law, including an examination of the bases of liability (warranty, misrepresentation, negligence and strict liability); issues relating to proximate cause; issues related to industry liability, market share and enterprise liability; a review of defenses available (comparative negligence, assumption of the risk, product misuse; product alteration, governmental standards pre-emption, statutes of limitations and statutes of repose, learned intermediary doctrine, idiosyncratic reaction); a review of damages issues peculiarly related to product liability law; evidentiary problems such as those related to expert witnesses and spoliation; an examination on the type of entities who are liable under presently existing product liability law (employers, lessors, bailors, franchisors, used product sellers, real estate vendors, landlords and personal service providers); and an examination in detail of the Tennessee Product Liability Act of 1978.
 
Professional Responsibility
Course 224
2-hour required course

This course examines issues of professionalism and ethics, with a particular focus on the ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct. This required course may be taken in the 2L or 3L year. 
Almost all U.S. jurisdictions require that applicants for admission to the bar pass the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination (MPRE). 
 
Property I
Course 115
3-hour required course

This is the first semester of the first-year property courses. Coverage in Property I and Property II includes personal property, private interests in land, and the sale of land. Objectives include mastery of principal concepts of acquisition, retention, and transfer of property rights.
 
Property II
Course 125
3-hour required course

This is the second semester of the first-year property courses. Coverage in Property I and Property II includes personal property, private interests in land, and the sale of land. Objectives include mastery of principal concepts of acquisition, retention, and transfer of property rights.
 
Public Health Law
Course 702

3-hours elective course
This course will offer a survey perspective of key issues at the intersection of public health (as distinguished from individual health or clinical treatment) and the law. It will examine the complex interplay between government's role in protecting and promoting population health, and individual liberties, privacy, commercial speech, and property rights.   It will begin by discussing the foundations of legal involvement in public health and traditional government powers (e.g., infectious disease control and surveillance, vaccination, food and water safety, environmental safety). A substantial amount of time will then be spent on legal, policy, and ethical issues raised by evolving notions of those governmental powers, including the power of government (including through use of tort law) to promote "healthy" behaviors (e.g., anti-obesity efforts), and to regulate "non-valued" behaviors (e.g., smoking, alcohol use; decisions not to be vaccinated or comply with infection control). A small part of the course will also touch on recent efforts related to bioterrorism, responses to natural disasters, and public health genetics. While US-focused, there will be opportunities to discuss global public health.
 
 Public International Law Seminar
Course 404
2-hour research/writing course
Public international law is concerned with the law governing relations between States (i.e., U.S., China, Germany) as legal entities. This 2-hour seminar course is not bar tested and is not a menu course, but it is an indispensable course for anyone who wants to understand global power structures. Week-by-week, we will cover a range of foundational doctrines in international law, including the doctrines of sources, jurisdiction, sovereign immunity, treaty law, and various remedial mechanisms and processes. over the course of the semester, students will prepare a seminar paper on an international law topic of their choice. While there are no prerequisites for the course, success in the course will require immersion in current events and heightened awareness of major global developments.

This course satisfies the Advanced Research/Writing requirement.

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Realty Transactions
Course 358
2-hour elective course

This course covers transactional aspects of the buying, selling and financing of real property including real estate contracts; title insurance, surveys, environmental issues and other pre-closing due diligence; conveyance documents and settlement statements; mortgages and other real estate finance documents; foreclosures; bankruptcy and tax implications; and ethical considerations.
 
Remedies
Course 368
3-hour elective course

This course studies the nature and measurement of the judicial remedies to which a party is entitled after establishing that a substantive right has been violated. It focuses on Coercive Remedies (injunctions, specific performance), Damages (compensatory, punitive) and Restitution.
 
Research I
Course 711
1-hour elective

Independent Research is intended to permit students with an avid interest in a particular topic to explore that topic at length through a research paper written under the supervision of a faculty member. Accordingly, it is contemplated that students will generate the topic based upon the student's interests and then complete the research paper and associated work product (e.g., outlines, drafts) in accordance with the schedule provided by the supervising faculty member. It is not the purpose of Independent Study to enable a student to fill a gap in the student's schedule or to satisfy graduation requirements. This course does not satisfy the advanced writing requirement, in whole or in part. To enroll in this course, a student must obtain the permission of a supervising faculty member, who shall be a full-time, tenured or tenure-track faculty member, and the permission of the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. The necessary permission form is available from the Registrar. The student must submit the fully executed permission form to the Registrar and enroll in the course on or before the course add deadline. 
 
Sales
Course 359
3-hour statutory menu course
Bar course

This course covers Article 2 of the Uniform Commercial Code, along with many of the general provisions of Article 1. 
 
Prerequisites (Recommended): Contracts I and II
 
Secured Transactions
Course 222
3-hour statutory menu course

General survey of topics relating to the creation, perfection, and priority of security interests, as well as topics relating to the identification of types of collateral and rights upon default. This course is recommended as an introductory commercial law class which introduces the student to the Uniform Commercial Code.
 
 Securities Regulation
Course 361
3-hour elective course
This course considers the federal regulation of public and private offerings of securities to investors under the Securities Act of 1933 and the federal regulation of fraudulent misrepresentation in connection with the purchase or sale of securities under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. The course also covers the law of insider trading.
Prerequisite (Recommended): Business Organizations I

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Tax Lawyering
Course 723
2-hour elective/simulation course
This course examines tools of researching and advising in written form about tax law; the course will involve 2-person teams preparing to enter the ABA Tax Section Tax Challenge (attorney memo and client letter). Students will be expected to prepare at least one practice attorney memo and a client letter. This course satisfies the Experiential Course requirement.

 

Prerequisite: Basic Income Tax
Recommended: Corporate Tax and concurrent enrollment in Partnership Tax.

  
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Torts I
Course 112
3-hour required course

This is the first of two first-year Torts courses. Torts addresses civil wrongs, other than breaches of contract, for which the law provides a monetary remedy. Coverage includes basic intentional torts (battery, assault, false imprisonment, intentional infliction of emotional distress, trespass to land, trespass to chattels, and conversion) and the privileges or defenses to the intentional torts. However, much of Torts is devoted to the broad tort of negligence. Simplistically, negligence law is the study of liability for accidental injuries. Other topics that may be covered include strict liability (of which products liability is the largest component), wrongful death, tort damages, business torts, defamation, and privacy.
 
 Torts II
Course 122
3-hour required course

This is the second of two first-year Torts courses. Torts addresses civil wrongs, other than breaches of contract, for which the law provides a monetary remedy. Coverage includes basic intentional torts (battery, assault, false imprisonment, intentional infliction of emotional distress, trespass to land, trespass to chattels, and conversion) and the privileges or defenses to the intentional torts. However, much of Torts is devoted to the broad tort of negligence. Simplistically, negligence law is the study of liability for accidental injuries. Other topics that may be covered include strict liability (of which products liability is the largest component), wrongful death, tort damages, business torts, defamation, and privacy.
 
Prerequisite (Required): Torts I
 
Trial Advocacy
Course 516
3-hour skills/simulation course

Trial Advocacy is a simulation course wherein students will learn about the various phases of jury trial in civil and/or criminal contexts, as well as the differences between a jury and non-jury trials. Students will simulate jury selection, opening statements, direct and cross examinations, and closing arguments, and will learn how to introduce exhibits, present expert testimony, raise and respond to objections, and deal with problem witnesses. Students will have weekly simulation assignments and, in most sections, will conduct a full trial at the end of the semester. This course satisfies the Experiential Course requirement.
 

Prerequisite (Required): Evidence, may be taken concurrently

Trust Law
Course 392
2-hour elective course

A comprehensive, theoretical study of the law of trusts, including the history, the necessary elements of a trust, beneficiary rights, Trust administration, trustee roles, and liability.
 
Prerequisites (Required): Decedents' Estates
Prerequisites (Recommended): Estate Planning
  

U.S. Taxation of International Income
Course 385
3-hour elective course
The course will examine U.S. tax rules applicable to business and investment activities of foreign individuals and corporations in the United States (“inbound transactions”) and U.S. tax rules applicable to U.S. taxpayers who invest and conduct business abroad (“outbound transactions”.  Specific topics will include sourcing and characterization of items of income and deductions, the branch profits tax, foreign investment in U.S. real estate, the foreign tax credit, property transfers, controlled foreign corporations, and U.S. tax treaties.  Federal Taxation of Business Entities is a prerequisite but it may be taken concurrently.

Prerequisite (Required): Basic Income Tax
Prerequisite (Recommended): Partnership Tax
 
Voting Rights & Election Law
Course 704
2-hour elective course
Voting Rights & Election Law covers the law involving voting rights, election administration, and campaign finance.  Topics covered will include one-person, one-vote; political and racial gerrymandering; alternative electoral systems; election challenges and recounts; voter enfranchisement and disenfranchisement; and the regulation of campaign finance.   Both constitutional and statutory issues will be covered. 
 
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Electives & Specialized Areas of Study

Memphis Law's curriculum provides many elective courses which cover a wide range of substantive legal knowledge and lawyering skills.  The upper level curriculum permits students to take courses in specialty areas of law, develop fundamental lawyering skills, and concentrate their legal education in particular areas of interest.  These elective courses are listed by basic specialty areas.

Bar-Tested Courses
Business Organizations
Civil Procedure I/II
Commercial Law (covers Sales & Secured Transactions)
Contracts I/II
Conflicts
Criminal Law 
Criminal Procedure I
Decedents' Estates
Evidence
Family Law
Remedies
Property I/II (Real Property is tested on the Bar.)
Sales
Secured Transactions
Torts I/II

Although Legal Methods I and II are not Bar-tested courses per se , the skills you learn in these classes are relevant to the Multistate Performance Test component of the Bar and, of course, the broad effective writing skills necessary for the Multistate Essay Exam.

Other electives will also provide exposure to Bar-tested subject matter.  For example, constititutional law is Bar-tested; thus electives that address constitutional law in specific contexts will provide additional exposure.  Review the course descriptions for additional information.

Commercial Law
Bankruptcy Externship
Debtor-Creditor
Sales

Constitutional Law
Civil Rights
Education & Civil Rights
Federal Courts 
 
Corporate/Business Law
Business Organizations
Mergers & Acquisitions
Securities Regulation
Secured Transactions
 
Domestic Relations Law
Divorce Law Practicum
Family Law
Family Law Seminar

Estate Planning and Probate Law
Elder Law
Elder Law Clinic
Estate Planning
Trust Law

Health Law
Health Law Survey
Health Law Seminar
Health Policy Practicum
Mental Health Law
 

Intellectual Property Law
Copyright
Patent Law

International and Comparative Law
Comparative Law Seminar
Public International Law Seminar
Immigration Law
International Business Transactions
International Economic Law

Jurisprudence, Interdisciplinary Study and Public Policy
Education/Civil Rights
Federal Discrimination Seminar
Mental Health Law
 
 Labor and Employment Law
Fair Employment Practices
Labor Law
NLRB (National Labor Relations Board) Externship

Lawyering Skills Practice
ADR-Labor
ADR-Mediation
Negotiation and Mediation
Advanced Appellate Advocacy
Appellate Advocacy
Criminal Justice Externship
Discovery
Elder Law Clinic
General Sessions Civil Litigation Clinic
Judicial Externship
Legal Argument and Appellate Practice
Legal Ethics Seminar
Legislation
Memphis Area Legal Services Externship
Trial Advocacy
Professional Responsibility
U.S. Attorney Externship
 
 Procedure/Civil and Criminal

Administrative Law
Civil Procedure III
Conflicts
Criminal Procedure II
Federal Courts
Remedies

Real Estate/Environmental Law
Land Use Planning
Realty Transactions

Taxation
Corporate Tax
Non-Profit Organization Tax
Partnership Tax

Torts/Product Liability Law
Insurance Law
Privacy Law Seminar
Products Liability

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Experiential Learning Requirement

Students matriculating after August 1, 2016, are required to satisfactorily complete one or more experiential course(s) totaling at least six (6) credit hours, including a minimum of one clinic course or externship. In addition to clinics and externships, the courses that qualify as experiential courses are below. See Academic Regulation 16.c.

ADR: Labor (2 Credits)
ADR: Mediation (2 Credits)
Advanced Criminal Prosecution (1 Credit; Spring Break Intersession only)
Appellate Advocacy (3 Credits)
Discovery (2 Credits)
Divorce Law Practicum (3 Credits)
Legal Drafting: Contracts (2 Credits)
Legal Drafting: Litigation (2 Credits)
Negotiation & Mediation (2 Credits)
Pretrial Litigation (3 Credits)
Tax Lawyering (2 Credits)
Trial Advocacy (3 Credits)

Upper-level Research/Writing Requirement: A student must have two-credits of research/writing credits to satisfy the Upper-level Research/Writing Requirement.

  • Successful completion of the Law Review Note
  • Seminar