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343C. United States Law and Legal Research, Introduction.
Offered on the pass/fail basis only. Prerequisite: Admission to the Master of Laws degree program.

243E, 343E. The Emergence of Modern European Law.
Historical and cultural development of modern European law on the Continent and in England. Differences between English and American laws.

243G, 343G. East European Law in Transition.
The collapse of socialist law in Eastern Europe and the subsequent problems and progress of law reform. Law 243G, 343G and 379M (Topic: East European Law in Transition) may not both be counted.

243L, 343L. Latin American Law: Survey.
Short general and historical introduction, followed by presentation of the main common problems of Latin American countries, including the weakness of national integration and the role of the military in politics, and by a country-by-country survey, showing how these problems are manifest in constitutions and main laws of Latin America.

243S, 343S. United States Trade and Investment in Mexico.
Substantive law found in treaties, Mexican commercial law, and selected United States tax and trade policies; application of the law to the key issues in a major and growing relationship in which Texas plays a dominant role. Law 243S, 343S and 379M (Topic: United States Trade and Investment in Mexico) may not both be counted.

243T, 343T. International Tort Law.
In-depth analysis of some of the common problems and current methodology in American, German, and English modern tort laws. This is both an advanced torts and accident compensation course and an introduction to the comparative method.

344. International Business Transactions.
Problems confronting exporters, importers, and firms doing business abroad; emphasizes American and foreign tariff, antitrust, corporation, and arbitration law, and the European Union.

344C. Transnational Business Transactions.
Structuring, negotiation, and documentation of transnational business transactions, considered from the standpoint of a practicing transnational lawyer who represents both United States-based and foreign-based enterprise. Law 344C and 379M (Topic: Transnational Business Transactions) may not both be counted.

245, 345, 445. Products Liability.
Problems of preventing and compensating harm attributable to dangerous or defective products through regulation by government agencies, the judicial process, and market forces. Prerequisite: Law 227 and 327, Law 427, or Law 527.

245D, 345D. Consumer Protection (Deceptive Trade Practices Act).
Overview of the primary common law causes of action available to purchasers of real property, goods, and services. Case law under the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act and Article 21.21 of the Texas Insurance Code. Law 245D, 354D and and 279M, 379M (Topic: Consumer Protection) may not both be counted.

346K. Negotiation.
An exploration, largely through simulated exercises, of the lawyer's role in the negotiation of transactions.

346L. Negotiation in Criminal Cases.
An exploration, largely through simulated exercises, of the prosecutor's and defense attorney's roles in the negotiation of criminal cases. Offered on the pass/fail basis only. Law 346L and 379M (Topic: Negotiation in Criminal Cases) may not both be counted.

147. Basic Business and Financial Concepts.
Brief introduction to basic business and financial concepts (such as financial statements, equity and debt financing, securities transactions) for students with little or no business background. Three lecture hours a week for one month. Offered on the pass/fail basis only. May not be counted by students with credit for any of the following: Law 274K, 374K, 474K, 574K; more than six semester hours of undergraduate coursework in accounting; or more than three courses in economics or business.

147L. Business and Investment Math for Lawyers.
Introduction to basic vocabulary, concepts, and numbers of investing and business. The basics of investing and some business issues, including corporate capital structure, and an introduction to the framework of accounting. Law 147L and 179M (Topic: Business and Investment Math for Lawyers) may not both be counted. May not be counted by students with credit for any of the following: Law 254J, 354J, 454J, 554J, 274K, 374K, 474K, 574K.

147M, 247M. Fundamentals of Business.
Basic vocabulary and concepts of business and finance. Only one of the following may be counted: Law 147M, 247M, 454J, 474K, 179M (Topic: Fundamentals of Business).

248C, 348C, 448C. Civil Rights Litigation.
A basic introduction to the theory and practice of suing under state and federal statutory and constitutional law for redress of harm to one's civil rights by the government or its agents. The course balances the traditional approach of exposing students to litigation strategies with that of relating the rule of law to society.

249, 349, 449. Children and the Law.
Survey of important legal problems involving children and their relationships to their families and to the state (including the public education system).

249C, 349C. Juvenile Justice (Modern).
The unique legal procedure that constitutes the juvenile justice system; social issues such as safe schools, safe streets, juvenile gang control, and juvenile curfew controls. Law 249C, 349C and 379M (Topic: Juvenile Justice, Modern) may not both be counted.

350G. Intellectual Property, Introduction.
General overview of intellectual property law. Analysis of competing policies underlying intellectual property laws. Fundamentals of trade secrets, patent, copyright, and trademark law.

250H. Enforcement of Intellectual Property.
Selected issues in the enforcement of intellectual property through litigation in federal and state courts and administrative tribunals; emphasis is on patent infringement litigation.

250J, 350J. International Intellectual Property.
Selected issues involving the international protection of intellectual property, with emphasis on copyright. Law 250J, 350J and 279M, 379M (Topic: Intellectual Property in the International Arena) may not both be counted.

250K, 350K, 450K. Copyright.
Literary and artistic property, the law related to trade identity, and other rules of the competitive game.

250L, 350L. Patent Law.
The substantive law of patents in the United States. Designed for individuals interested in practicing in the field of intellectual property law. Law 250L, 350L and 379M (Topic: Patent Law) may not both be counted.

350M. Computer Law.
Various forms of intellectual property protection as they have been applied to computers; emerging issues in the law of computer networks; antitrust issues in the computer industry. Prerequisite: Law 350G, 250K, 350K, 450K, 250P, 350P, or 450P.

250N, 350N. Trademarks.
Nature of marks, distinctiveness, acquisition of rights in marks, registration, loss of rights, infringement, defenses, remedies, trade dress, federal unfair competition, dilution, licensing, protection of marks outside the United States. Only one of the following may be counted: Law 250N, 350N, 279M (Topic: Trademarks), 297N (Topic: Seminar: Nonwriting: Trademarks).

250P, 350P, 450P. Patents and Trade Secrets.
Survey of patent law, which is related to science and technology and concerns useful solutions to real problems. It concerns manufactured structures and substances and manufactured processes affecting structures and substances. Patents depend upon a federal statute; trade secrets are state law analogs of patents.

250R, 350R. Patent Litigation.
Analysis of the case law and statutes governing patent enforcement, and comparison with the most recent decisions of the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Includes study of infringement and remedies. Prerequisite: Law 250P, 350P, or 450P is recommended but not required.

250T, 350T. Patent Prosecution Workshop.
An overview of the rules of practice before the Patent and Trademark Office, and an introduction to the practical considerations in preparing and prosecuting a patent application. Prerequisite: Law 250P, 350P, or 450P, or concurrent enrollment in Law 250R or 350R.

251C, 351C, 451C. History of American Law.
History of law in the United States, from the colonial period to the twentieth century.

251K, 351K. Criminal Procedure: Investigation.
Rules governing police conduct and the effect of these rules on admission of evidence; search and seizure, lineups, confessions, and similar matters.

252K, 352K, 452K. Texas Government.
The structure and process of Texas government, including constitutional, administrative, and local government law.

253L, 353L, 453L. Economic Analysis and the Common Law.
The allocative efficiency of various torts, contract, and property doctrines.

353M. Financial Markets and Institutions.
How financial markets are organized and function. Includes debt equity and foreign exchange markets, primary and secondary market operations, and investment banking. Law 353M and 379M (Topic: Financial Markets and Institutions) may not both be counted.

254, 354. Corporate Finance.
Advanced corporation law; topics include enterprise and securities valuation, capitalization, senior securities, distributions to shareholders, voluntary reorganizations, and business combinations. Prerequisite: Law 274K, 374K, 474K, or 574K.

254C, 354C. Tax and Business Strategy.
The effect of tax on business decisions. Prerequisite: Knowledge of algebra.

254J, 354J, 454J, 554J. Federal Income Taxation.
An overview of the federal income tax, mostly as it applies to individuals.

254N, 354N. Federal Income Taxation A.
Taxation of personal income and some typical personal investments.

254P, 354P. Federal Income Taxation B.
Taxation of commercial investments and operations. Prerequisite: Law 254N, 354N, or the equivalent.

354Q. Partnership Tax.
Prerequisite: Law 254J, 354J, 454J, 554J, 254N, or 354N. Law 274K, 374K, 474K, or 574K and a course in corporate income tax are recommended.

254R, 354R, 454R. Taxation of Corporations and Shareholders.
The system of double taxation of C corporations, in which both the corporation and its shareholders are taxed on their earnings. Prerequisite: Law 254J, 354J, 454J, 554J, 254N, 354N, 254P, or 354P.

354S. Tax Controversy and Litigation.
Civil and criminal tax litigation. Prerequisite: Law 454J, 554J, 254N and 254P, an undergraduate course in tax, or related work experience.

354T. Federal Income Taxation of Corporations.
Formation, operation, mergers, and liquidation of corporations, and the taxation of shareholders on different kinds of distributions. Law 354T and 379M (Topic: Corporate Taxation) may not both be counted. Prerequisite: Law 454J, or 254N and 254P.

254U, 354U. Federal Income Taxation of Trusts and Estates.
Federal income taxation of estates, trusts, grantors, and beneficiaries, as prescribed by Subchapter J of the Internal Revenue Code. Law 254U, 354U and 279M (Topic: Federal Income Taxation of Trusts and Estates) may not both be counted. Prerequisite: Law 254J, 354J, 454J, or 554J.

255C, 355C. Public School Law.
Legal and practical doctrines governing the creation and operation of school districts; employment relations between professional and nonprofessional employees and local school districts; and regulation of students and limitations on the right of school districts to discipline children. Law 255C, 355C and 379M (Topic: Public School Law) may not both be counted.

255L, 355L, 455L. Higher Education and the Law.
Academic freedom and tenure; related consititutional issues; employment discrimination and collective bargaining in the university context.

256, 356, 456. Estate Planning.
Advanced problems in estate planning: marital deduction trusts; planning for community and separate property; inter vivos gifts and trusts; closely held business interests; farm and ranch properties; income taxation of estates and trusts. Prerequisite: Law 289N, 389N, 489N, or 589N.

257, 357, 457. Marital Relationships and Divorce.
All aspects of divorce; premarital contracts, marriage, annulment, and ongoing family relationships.

258K, 358K, 458K. Labor Law in the Public Sector.
The labor and constitutional issues posed by collective bargaining in public employment.

258N. Texas Legislature: Process and Procedure.
The ways the Texas Legislature works, both officially and otherwise. Consideration of a wide range of procedural and substantive topics, with emphasis on the regulation of citizen conduct through statute, rather than on the purely political aspects of the institution.

260K, 360K, 460K. Antitrust.
Federal and state law dealing with concerted action in unreasonable restraint of trade; monopolization; price discrimination, exclusive dealing arrangements, and other unfair competition; permissive resale price maintenance; mergers and joint ventures; limitations on the patent legal monopoly.

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Law School Catalog
Chapter 1 - General Information
Chapter 2 - Admission
Chapter 3 - Academic Policies and Procedures
Chapter 4 - Degrees
Chapter 5 - Courses
Chapter 6 - The Faculty
Appendix - Endowments

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