The fields of inquiry in the following courses range
from technical questions of little public interest to general
ones of great social concern. In each course, one aim is to
qualify the student as a strategist and an advocate, equipped
with the knowledge, insight, and skills to serve clients
through advice, negotiation, and planning, as well as by
representing them in litigation. Another aim is to qualify the
student as a responsible member of a profession that,
throughout the history of this nation, has been prominent in the
resolution of social, economic, and political problems and has
been profoundly concerned with the public welfare. Hence,
every law course focuses on the need for creative solutions to
conflicts between individuals and between individuals and
society. This is as it should be, for the function of law is
to serve as a catalyst that makes community life possible and
a better society attainable.
The faculty has approval to offer the following courses
in the academic years 2000-2001 and 2001-2002; however,
all courses are not taught each semester or summer session.
Each spring the law school issues a manual of course
descriptions and academic advice; law students should consult this
manual before registering.
The first digit of a course number represents the value
of the course in semester hours; for example, students
taking Law 233 earn two semester hours of credit, while those
taking Law 333 earn three semester hours. Unless otherwise
indicated, each course meets for one semester, for one
lecture hour a week for each semester hour of credit earned.
The dean and faculty of the School of Law may,
from time to time, change the courses of instruction. Such
changes may include a determination that a course formerly listed
as a first-year course should be offered as an advanced course,
or the reverse.
221, 321, 421, 621. Contracts.
Methods by which rights and duties of promissory and
quasi-promissory origin are created, transferred, limited,
discharged, breached, and enforced.
323, 423, 523. Criminal Law I.
Promulgation, interpretation, and administration of
substantive laws of crime; constitutional limitations and
relevant philosophical, sociological, and behavioral science materials.
227, 327, 427, 527. Torts.
Limits of liability and methods of establishing liability
for intentional and unintentional injuries to persons or
231, 331, 431 531. Property.
A survey of interests in land and limited topics involving
chattels: estates, cotenancy, landlord and tenant issues,
conveyancing, private and public control of land use.
132, 232, 332. Legal Research and Legal Writing.
Types of law books and their functions in research;
practice in writing various kinds of legal material, designed to
develop research technique and good style; preparation of a brief
and delivery of an oral argument. The equivalent of one, two,
or three lecture hours a week for one semester. Offered on the pass/fail basis only.
233, 333, 433, 533. Civil Procedure.
Introduction to the civil adjudicative process, primarily
that of the federal courts, including jurisdiction, pleading,
dispositive motions, discovery, and trial procedure.
334, 434, 534. Constitutional Law I.
For students who have completed at least one semester in
the School of Law. Distribution of powers between federal and
state governments; constitutional limitations on and judicial
review of governmental action. Prerequisite:
Ten semester hours of law.
223F, 323F. Federal Criminal Law.
Prosecution and defense of criminal trials in federal
district court; considerable emphasis on white-collar crime. Law
223F, 323F and 379M (Topic: Federal Criminal
Law) may not both be counted.
223L, 323L, 423L. Criminal Law II.
Theory and content of complex criminal offenses,
principally federal crimes. Prerequisite: Law 323.
230M, 330M, 430M. Real Estate Finance.
An advanced problems course dealing with acquisition,
financing, development, and disposition of real estate.
Prerequisite: Law 231K, 331K, or 431K is recommended but not
231D, 331D. Real Estate Development.
Intermediate-level overview of the real estate development process and relevant areas of law: land acquisition, leasing, construction finance, and permanent finance. Law 231D, 331D and 379M (Topic: Real Estate Development) may not both be counted.
231K, 331K, 431K. Real Estate Transactions.
Intermediate conveyancing course dealing with the
transfer, finance, and development of real estate.
132C, 232C. Advanced Legal Research.
May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Offered
on the pass/fail basis only. Prerequisite: As announced for each topic.
Topic 1: Advanced Research: Foreign and International Law.
Introduction to the sources and methods of research
in foreign and international law, tailored to the needs
of American lawyers.
Topic 2: Advanced Research: Texas Law.
Introduction to the judicial, statutory, and administrative sources of
Texas law. Topics include research in state administrative
law and legislative histories. Both print and electronic
resources are covered.
132D, 232D. Advanced Legal Writing.
A review of grammar, rhetorical techniques,
organizational schemes, transitional devices, and persuasive language.
Students focus on work completed in another course or in a
clerkship. Offered on the pass/fail basis only.
232E, 332E. Teaching Quizmaster.
Restricted to second- and third-year students. Students
teach legal research skills to first-year students and serve as
teaching assistants for the writing portion of legal research
and writing courses. At least ten to twenty hours a week for
one semester. Offered on the pass/fail basis only.
Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Teaching Quizmaster program and
appointment as a teaching assistant. Students must apply to the
program in the spring semester prior to enrollment in the
course and must complete a six-week training program.
132F, 232F. Internet Resources for Lawyers.
Internet tools such as Web browsers and Web search and
indexing engines. Emphasis on location and content of
primary and secondary legal source material. Law 132F, 232F and
179M (Topic: Internet Resources for Lawyers) may not both be counted.
232G, 332G. Basic Drafting.
Practice in drafting a client letter, a basic contract, and a set of rules; review of sentence-level skills, organization, and tone. Offered on the pass/fail basis only. Law 232G, 332G and 279M (Topic: Basic Drafting) may not both be counted.
232N. Editing for Editors.
Weekly workshop in editing techniques for law review
editors. Each week the class discusses a submission from one
law review. Offered on the pass/fail basis only. Law 232N and
279M (Topic: Editing for Editors) may not both be counted.
239, 339, 439. Jurisprudence.
Underlying problems in the functioning of a legal order;
legal definition and justice as factors in decision making;
discovery and interpretation of authority; rights and privileges of
the person relative to society and government; conditions for
imposing legal responsibility on a person; procedures for
decision making; the relationship between law and the market in
economic decision making.
240, 340. Family Law.
Legal problems related to the establishment, dissolution,
and reorganization of family relationships, including
marriage, divorce, annulment, alimony and child support, custody,
and injuries to family relations.
Prerequisite: Completion of first-year law courses.
240M, 340M, 440M. Antitrust: Economic Analysis and Legal Interpretation.
An examination of the business functions and
competitive impact of practices that are subject to antitrust regulation
to determine their legality under United States antitrust laws.
241F, 341F. Literature and the Law.
Justice and law as they are presented in literary works that deal with race and work. Law 241F, 341F and 379M (Topic: Literature and the Law) may not both be counted.
341G. Sports Law.
An amalgam of contracts, antitrust, and labor law as
they affect professional and collegiate sports in the United
States. Emphasis on issues affecting professional team sports.
Individual and college (especially Title IX) sports and the
regulation of agents. Law 341G and 379M (Topic:
Sports Law) may not both be counted.
Prerequisite: Knowledge of baseball, basketball, and football; Law 260K, 360K, or 460K and
261K, 361K, or 461K are recommended but not required. Course
is best taken during the student's third year.
241J. Environmental Law: Technical Issues.
A survey of the scientific and technical aspects of
environmental law, including chemistry, human physiology,
toxicology, laboratory analysis methods, and risk assessment. A
study of environmental control strategies and technologies for
air and water pollution, groundwater protection, and
hazardous waste management.
241L, 341L, 441L. Environmental Law.
May be repeated for credit when the topics vary.
Prerequisite: As announced for each topic.
Topic 1: Introduction, Air, Water, and Toxics.
An introduction to pollution control, the common
law antecedents, and early statutory developments, and
an intensive study of the Clean Air Act and the Clean
Topic 2: Hazardous Wastes and Enforcement.
A study of enforcement issues, including citizens'
suits. Examines the Resource Conservation and Recovery
Act and the Comprehensive Environmental Response,
Compensation, and Liability Act (Superfund). Prerequisite: Law 341L (Topic 1) is recommended but not required.
Topic 3: Environmental Law and Natural Resources.
An introduction to environmental thinking in the
context of scarce publicly and privately owned natural
resources. Covers public trust doctrine, relevance of
the Tenth Amendment to environmental protection, the
National Endowment Policy Act, the Endangered Species
Act, and the Fish and Wildlife Coordination Act.
241M, 341M, 441M. Mass Media Law.
Regulation of broadcast media by the Federal
Communications Commission; the constitutional and administrative
law problems generated by regulation.
241P, 341P. Comparative Environmental Law.
Property rights and the environment, constitutional basis
for environmental protection, sustainable development and
the role of law, environmental enforcement, and trade and
environment. Law 241P, 341P and 379M (Topic: Comparative
Environmental Law) may not both be counted.
241R, 341R. Entertainment Law.
Legal aspects of producing and financing a motion
picture, with minor attention to the theatre industry. Only one of
the following may be counted: Law 241R, 341R, 279M
(Topic: Entertainment Law), 297N (Topic:
Seminar: Nonwriting: Entertainment Law), 397S (Topic:
Seminar: Entertainment Law).
Prerequisite: Law 274K, 374K, 474K, or 574K.
341S. Entertainment Industry Law.
Overview of the legal problems that arise in film, theatre,
television, music, and literary publishing. Issues common to
all branches of the entertainment industry, like the right of
publicity, copyright, and contractual protections. Law 341S
and 379M (Topic: Entertainment Law) may not both be
counted. Prerequisite: Knowledge of business associations law is
helpful but not required.
241U, 341U. Telecommunications.
Effect of federal, state, and local regulation and policy on the convergence of technologies and markets in the telecommunications industry. Law 241U, 341U and 379M (Topic: Telecommunications) may not both be counted.
242M, 342M, 442M. Bankruptcy.
Introduction to Title II of the United States Code and
related state and federal laws: both liquidation and
reorganization bankruptcy, including exemptions, discharge of debt,
avoidance of powers of trustees, and rights of various classes
of creditors; jurisdiction and procedure.
Prerequisite: Law 180D, 280D, 380D, or 480D.
242N, 342N. Advanced Bankruptcy.
Advanced bankruptcy issues frequently encountered in
both complex and ordinary bankruptcy proceedings. Prerequisite: Credit or registration for Law
242M, 342M, or 442M.
142R. Bankruptcy Workshop.
Representation of debtors and secured creditors in chapter
11 bankruptcy. Further study and application of the basic
concepts of business bankruptcy, with emphasis on
structuring and drafting.
242S, 342S. Bankruptcy Reorganization.
Advanced course on the application of chapter 11 of the
Bankruptcy Code to the reorganization of business entities.
Law 242S, 342S and 379M (Topic: Bankruptcy
Reorganization) may not both be counted.
Prerequisite: Law 242M, 342M, or 442M.