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361, 461. Administrative Law.
Forms of law governing jurisdiction and procedure of state and federal agencies; right and scope of judicial review; relation of administrative agencies to legislature and chief executive.

361E. Administrative Law, Texas.
The law of and about administrative agencies; comparison between federal and Texas administrative law.

261J, 361J, 461J. Employment Law.
An examination of legal doctrines governing employment relations outside the collective bargaining arena: development of the common law doctrine of at-will employment, the doctrine of free market control of employment, and problems raised by new employee rights, including affirmative action, pregnancy, disability, and comparable worth.

261K, 361K, 461K. Labor Law.
Collective bargaining and government intervention; functions of labor unions; settlement of labor disputes; rights of employees and of union members.

261M, 361M. ERISA: An Introduction to Employee Pension and Health Plans.
Pension taxation, antidiscrimination rules, fiduciary duties arising from employee benefit trusts, and the regulatory tension between federal and state governments regarding health benefits. Law 261M, 361M and 279M, 379M (Topic: ERISA) may not both be counted. Prerequisite: Law 454J or 254N.

262L, 362L. Remedies.
Compensatory, restitutionary, and exemplary damages for breach of contract or for injury of personal and property interests; injunctions and other equitable relief.

362P. Restitution.
The law of restitution (unjust or unjustified enrichment), presented as the third heading of private, civil liability in the legal system, along with contract and tort. Law 362P and 379M (Topic: Restitution) may not both be counted.

263T, 363T, 463T. International Energy Transactions.
International business transactions in the energy and natural resource industries.

264C, 364C, 464C. Medicine and the Law.
May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Prerequisite: As announced for each topic.

Topic 1: Bioethics.
Legal issues arising from the development of biomedical technologies that extend life and manipulate its creation. Law 264C focuses on death and dying and reproductive issues. Law 364C covers additional material on human experimentation and organ transplantation.

Topic 2: Regulation of the Health Care System.
Medicine as an industry; the types of legal regulation that control the medical profession and regulate the health care system.

264D, 364D. Medical Practice and Law.
The language and structure of the medical profession; the process of establishing medical diagnoses and treatments; the concept of standard of care as applied in medicine; and the legal validation and use of medical information.

364G. Indian Law, Federal.
Federal law governing Indian tribes and Indian people. Contemporary original tribal source material.

264S, 364S. Construction Law.
Issues in general United States law that affect commercial and industrial construction, with emphasis on significant Texas cases. Overview of the construction process, examining roles of various parties, followed by consideration of the legal problems frequently encountered.

264T, 364T. Construction Litigation.
Analysis of theories of liability and defense in the area of construction litigation, with emphasis on Texas law. Law 264T, 364T and 279M (Topic: Construction Litigation) may not both be counted.

365. Texas Procedure I.
Texas civil and criminal procedure to beginning of trial, including jurisdiction and venue, joinder of parties and actions, and res judicata. The equivalent of three lecture hours a week for one semester. Prerequisite: Law 233 and 333, Law 433, or Law 533.

265M, 365M. Land-Use Regulation.
Legal aspects of government programs for controlling land use, emphasizing urban problems.

267M, 367M, 467M. Estate and Gift Tax.
Federal gift, estate, and generation-skipping taxes. May not be counted by students with credit for Law 256, 356, or 456. Prerequisite: Law 289N, 389N, 489N, or 589N.

368C. Introduction to Mexican Law.
A general study of the Mexican legal system, including public, social, and private law.

268N, 368N, 468N. Employment Discrimination.
Issues related to the elimination of discrimination and the promotion of equality in employment.

269, 369, 469. Insurance.
Solicitation and sale of insurance; persons and interests protected by insurance; selection and control of risks; disposition of claims.

269P, 369P. Insurance Litigation.
Detailed review of consumers' rights and remedies in insurance litigation. Emphasis on practical applications of substantive law, including actionable conduct, statutory and common law theories, standing, persons and entities that may be liable, remedies, defenses, presuit considerations, pleadings, discovery, trial practice, and ethics. Law 269P, 369P and 279M (Topic: Insurance Litigation) may not both be counted.

269R, 369R. Regulated Industries.
Law 269R, 369R and 379M (Topic: Regulated Industries) may not both be counted.

270G, 370G. Mass Torts and Class Actions.
Issues practitioners deal with in mass torts and class actions such as the tobacco, AIDS/hemophilia, breast implant, and asbestos cases; the procedural hurdles of certifying and settling these cases. Law 270G, 370G and 279M (Topic: Mass Torts and Class Actions) may not both be counted.

270J, 370J. Criminal Defense, Advanced.
The basics of criminal defense, from a practical perspective.

270M, 370M. Criminal Procedure: Prosecution.
The litigation of a criminal case, from the defendant's initial appearance in court through pretrial matters and the trial itself.

270N, 370N. Communications Torts.
An advanced torts course. Covers harm committed by means of communication rather than by physical acts, including defamation, invasion of privacy, and interference with commercial and familial relations. Prerequisite: Law 227 and 327, Law 427, or Law 527.

370R. Torts, Advanced.
Issues that arise in a sophisticated tort practice. Personal injury litigation is considered from both the plaintiff's and the defense's viewpoint.

370S. Commercial Torts.
Torts that protect purely economic interests and the interplay of tort and contract law. Includes misrepresentation, interference with business relations, defamation in a private context, the theory of prima facie tort, and the insurance torts. Law 370S and 379M (Topic: Commercial Torts) may not both be counted.

370T. Mass Tort Litigation.
Problems in complex mass tort litigation that emerged during the 1980s and have become a permanent part of the litigation landscape. Law 370T and 379M (Topic: Mass Tort Litigation) may not both be counted. Prerequisite: Law 233 and 333, or 533; and Law 227 and 327, or 527.

270U, 370U. White Collar Crime.
Conspiracy, mail and wire fraud, money laundering, RICO, bank fraud, health care fraud, and tax fraud. Law 270U, 370U and 379M (Topic: White Collar Crime) may not both be counted.

371G. Constitutional and International Law.
The relationship between constitutional and international law: the origin of the latter in the former, the historical succession of constitutional archetypes that arose because of international conflict, and the future of international law as its constitutional basis changes.

371K, 471K. International Legal Process.
Legal organization of the international community; sources of and modes of applying international law; jurisdiction and treatment of nationals and aliens; extradition; war and peace.

271M, 371M, 471M. Accounting for Lawyers.
Introduction to the theory of financial accounting and its numerous applications to the practice of law.

471N. National Security Law.
Survey of topics relating law and security: strategic arms and arms control, economic sanctions, intelligence. Prerequisite: Completion of first-year law courses.

371P. Economics and National Security Policies.
The art and science of economic and national security policy-making, including the selection of policymakers, and the theory, implications, and consequences of policy decisions. Offered on the letter-grade basis only.

371R. Perspectives on Public Policy.
Policy formation in the areas of economics, national security, science, technology, and trade. Law 371R and 379M (Topic: Perspectives on Public Policy) may not both be counted.

271S, 371S. United States Law and National Security.
Review of federal legal efforts and authority related to national security. Law 271S, 371S and 379M (Topic: United States Law and National Security) may not both be counted.

171T. Accounting for Lawyers, Basic.
Introduction to the theory of financial accounting and its numerous applications to the practice of law. Law 171T and 179M (Topic: Accounting for Lawyers) may not both be counted. Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in Law 271M, 371M, or 471M.

372G. International Affairs: President, Congress, and Courts.
Powers of the three branches of federal government over foreign affairs; the extent to which domestic and international law constrains the exercise of these powers. Law 372G and 379M (Topic: International Affairs: President, Congress, and Courts) may not both be counted.

274J, 374J. Mergers and Acquisitions.
Legal issues involved in the acquisition of business enterprises by multinational corporations: initial negotiations, documentation, financial structuring of the purchase, and sale of business enterprises. Law 274J, 374J and 379M (Topic: Mergers and Acquisitions) may not both be counted.

274K, 374K, 474K, 574K. Business Associations.
Basic course in the organization, management, financing, and dissolution of business associations and their creditors. Although some attention is given to agency principles governing the representation of business associations and to partnership law, emphasis is on the business corporation with particular attention to the problems of the closed corporation.

374N. Taxation of Natural Resources.
Special application of the federal income tax to oil, gas, and solid mineral extractive industries.

274R, 374R, 474R. International Tax.
Overview of ways the United States taxes (1) nonresident aliens and foreign corporations on income from United States sources and (2) United States persons and corporations on income received from international sources. Prerequisite: Law 254N or 354N.

376C. Texas Civil Procedure: Pretrial.
Pretrial preparation for litigation in Texas courts. The litigation process from inception to the days immediately before trial.

376D. Texas Civil Procedure: Trial and Appeal.
Trials and appeals in Texas courts, from the days immediately before trial through the appellate process.

276E, 376E. The Jury System from John Jay to O.J.
Origin of the jury and how it has changed over time. Jury selection, jury comprehension, jury instructions, and jury nullification.

376F. Legal Process.
The institutional and jurisprudential consequences of legal rules; the application of legal-process approaches to problems of private and public law.

476G. Trial Tactics.
An intensive trial advocacy course covering all aspects of trial. Only one of the following may be counted: Law 476G, 176N, 276N, 376N.

176J. Texas Civil Procedure: Pretrial Workshop.
Students work in teams of two to draft pleadings and motions that are discussed in Texas civil procedure courses. Law 176J and 179M (Topic: Texas Civil Procedure: Pretrial Workshop) may not both be counted.

376K. Texas Procedure II.
Texas civil and criminal procedure from beginning of trial to end of appellate process; original proceedings in appellate courts. The equivalent of three lecture hours a week for one semester. Prerequisite: Law 233 and 333, Law 433, or Law 533.

276L, 376L. Water Law.
Judicial, legislative, and administrative problems in water resources development, allocation, and control.

276M, 376M, 476M. Trial Advocacy: Principles.
A graded course in which the principles of advocacy skills are taught--to be combined with a practice course culminating in a mock jury trial.

176N, 276N, 376N. Trial Advocacy: Practice Skills.
A practical skills course culminating in a mock jury trial--to be taken with a graded section in which the principles of advocacy skills are taught. Offered on the pass/fail basis only. Only one of the following may be counted: Law 476G, 176N, 276N, 376N. Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in Law 276M, 376M, or 476M.

376R. Texas Civil Procedure for Litigators.
The most advanced and specialized course in Texas civil procedure, emphasizing the practitioner's role in pleading, discovery, preservation of error, charge preparation, and appeals. Offered on the pass/fail basis only.

276S, 376S, 476S, 576S. Civil Litigation, Advanced.
An advanced course encompassing the principles and skills of trial advocacy and civil procedure; pretrial discovery and motion practice, alternative dispute resolution, jury trial, and appeal. Offered on the pass/fail basis only. Prerequisite: Law 365; 376K; 276M, 376M, or 476M; and 176N, 276N, or 376N.

276T, 376T. Texas Civil Litigation: Pretrial and Trial Strategy.
Preparation of a civil case for trial, including ethical considerations and client relations, preparation of pleadings, preparation of discovery requests and responses to discovery requests, taking depositions, handling experts, evaluation of cases, and final trial preparation. Offered on the pass/fail basis only. Law 276T, 376T and 379M (Topic: Texas Civil Litigation: Pretrial and Trial Strategy) may not both be counted.

276U, 376U. Appellate Advocacy.
Study of the advocate's strategies and role in the appellate process. Law 276U, 376U and 279M, 379M (Topic: Appellate Advocacy) may not both be counted.

176V. Texas Civil Procedure: Trial and Appeal Workshop.
Further study and application of the basic concepts of Texas civil procedure covered in Law 376D. Law 176V and 179M (Topic: Texas Civil Procedure: Trial and Appeal) may not both be counted. Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in Law 376D.

277, 377, 477. Admiralty Law.
A survey of the law applicable to the business of using the oceans and other navigable waters to transport people, goods, and materials, and the related business of exploring for oil and gas beneath those waters.

377D. Maritime Injuries Litigation: Advanced Speciality Course.
A review of recent important decisions dealing with the rights of maritime workers, harbor workers, and others injured under circumstances of potential admiralty jurisdiction. Prerequisite: Law 277, 377, or 477.

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Law School Catalog
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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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