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Elective Courses

  1. 6100 - American Indian Estates

    (1 Hour.) The American Indian Estate is a short-term academic course that will provide time intensive instruction in American Indian estates. Although the Clinic is not required, students will be ready to address issues they may encounter in live practice. Specifically, this course will focus on the foundational substance of estate and Indian law. This course will also provide a forum for discussing ethical and practical issues that can arise with American Indian clients.

  2. 6311 - American Indian Law Review

    (1 hour). Prerequisite: American Indian Law Review membership. Production of a written note or comment for the Review or other approved activities associated with production of the Review.

  3. 5913 - American Legal History

    (3 hours). The development and characteristics of American legal institutions and basic themes in American law and legal philosophy.

  4. 5703 - Antitrust Law

    (3 hours). This course covers the fundamentals of federal antitrust law, which sets the nationwide ground rules for competition and cooperation in the marketplace. Topics include cartels, monopolies, price fixing, price discrimination, supplier restrictions on retailers, unfair trade practices, mergers, and federal merger review. Laws explored include the Sherman Act, Clayton Act, Robinson-Patman Act, and the FTC Act. No economics background is required. The first portion of the course will cover the relevant economic theory under the assumption that students have no economics background at all.

  5. 5003 - Argumentation & Public Speaking

    (3 hours). This course is offered to students working toward the Certificate in Litigation. It will explore the art of public speaking and argumentation to audiences typically encountered by lawyers. The course will focus on strategies and theories of communication that outline how to construct and deliver effective arguments, enabling students to hone their skills through practical applications. Completion of this course is required for the Litigation Certificate and does not satisfy any credit hour requirements for the J.D.

  6. 6422 - Bar Exam Preparation

    (2 hours). Bar Exam Preparation is designed to help students get an early jump on preparations to pass the bar, but it IS NOT a substitute for commercial bar exam preparation courses. Students will review substantive law in at least three areas heavily tested on the bar exam as they learn and practice skills necessary to maximize scores on both the multiple choice and essay portions of the exam.

  7. 6110 - Bioethics & Law Seminar

    (2 hours). Bioethics is designed to introduce students to the intersecting and sometimes conflicting interests of law, science, medicine, economics, social policy, and individual autonomy. We will focus on the roles of individuals, courts, health-care providers, and the government in medical treatment, life and death decisions, reproduction, drug abuse, access to mental health care, the ethics of drug-testing on live animals, ethics of requiring vaccinations, privacy of health information in the workplace, ethical requirements for human research studies, and the ethical use of individual and macro-genetic information.

  8. 6820 - Business Tax

    (3 hours). This course surveys the federal income tax laws on organizing and running businesses as corporations, partnerships, S corporations, and LLCs. Also, the course looks at the taxation of oil and gas operations including exploration, development, production, and abandonment. No technical background is required.

  9. 6700 - Commercial Law Seminar

    The format for the seminar will be reading, discussion and group presentation of selected books related to commercial law and finance (e.g., “Ponzi’s Scheme”, “The Smartest Guy in the Room”). In addition, there will be five movies we will watch related to the books and class discussion (e.g., “The Big Short). The books will be divided among five groups of three students, and each group will prepare a presentation (for instance, Power Point slides) of its book. Those students not presenting will write a two-page paper on the book presented. In addition, there will be a final, five-page paper.* The final grade for the course will be based on a composite of the book presentation, two-page papers and final five-page paper. *Please note that the short writing assignments (the four two-page papers and five-page paper) will not satisfy the Graduate Writing Requirement. However, accommodations will be made for those students who wish to use the seminar to satisfy the GWR.

  10. 6630 - Communications and Law of Torts Seminar

    (2 hours) Tort liability arising from communications, especially mass media and other public communications. This includes communications torts, such as defamation, invasion of privacy, injurious falsehood, and infringement of the right of publicity. It also includes the application to communications of economic torts, negligence, and other theories of tort liability. Students in the seminar will undertake research in topics of their choice (as approved by the professor), complete a research paper, and make a presentation to the seminar on their research topic. The paper can fulfill the Graduation Writing Requirement.

  11. 6762 - Comparative Criminal Law Seminar

    (2 Hours). Review and comparison of select criminal law issues in various national legal systems. Issues include the purpose and benefits of studying comparative law generally while covering specific topics including, among others, police powers and investigations, the role of the judiciary, role of the jury, due process concerns and the objectives of punishment

  12. 5602 - Comparative Indigenous Peoples Law Seminar

    (2 hours). The seminar will examine the differences and similarities between Canadian, United States, Australian and New Zealand laws affecting native peoples. Participants in the seminar will include students from the University of Ottawa Law School, University of Saskatchewan, Aukland University, Victoria University, and Monash University attending via television. Professors from these schools will co-moderate. Paper required. Federal Indian Law is not a prerequisite, but recommended.

  13. 6020 - Comparative Law

    (2 or 3 hours). A comparison of the corresponding features of the American system of law and the systems of law of other nations.

  14. 6752 - Comparative Responses to Terrorism & Political Violence

    (2 hours). Examination of a wide range of legal issues related to terrorism and governmental responses. Topics include the framework of separate branches of government with shared national security power; fighting terrorists and international criminals; and protecting national security information in a democratic society.

  15. 6321 - Competitions

    (1 hour). Students who participate on a trial or appellate advocacy competition team sponsored by the College of Law and directly supervised by the Competition Director may enroll in this course.

  16. 5920 - Complex Litigations

    (3 hours) This course covers actions and other forms of multiparty litigation. It will examine jurisdiction and removal of class actions, class certifications, and the management and trial of complex cases. It will also address federal/state coordination of complex litigation.

  17. 6543 - Copyright

    (3 hours). This course provides an in-depth survey of U.S. copyright law, theory, and policy. Topics will include the basic requirements for copyright protection, the nature and scope of the rights granted by the Copyright Act, and the normative foundations of copyright law. Note: You do not need a scientific/technical background to take this class or to work in this area.

  18. 6320 - Directed Legal Research

    (1 or 2 hours). Legal research, with or without a specific written component, under the supervision of a University of Oklahoma College of Law tenured, tenure-track, or contract professor. With the supervisor’s and the Associate Dean's permission, a student may enroll, no later than the first week of the semester for which the credit will be earned, in one-or-two-credit hours of Directed Legal Research. If this course is being used to satisfy the Graduation Writing Requirement, those guidelines also apply. If a paper is generated as a result of the Directed Legal Research, it may be assigned a letter grade or be graded Satisfactory-Unsatisfactory (S-U). If a paper is not produced as a result of Directed Legal Research, the work will be graded Satisfactory-Unsatisfactory.

  19. 6662 - Employment Law Seminar

    (2 hours). This seminar provides an overview of state and federal employment law regulating the private and public sectors, including major trends in the applicable laws, and allows students the opportunity to participate fully in both the presentation and discussion of relevant topics.

  20. 6510 - Energy Law

    (3 hours). This course comprehensively examines energy law both doctrinally and in a broader social and political context. Topics include the history, economics, and environmental considerations relevant to energy regulation; the regulatory context and policies espoused by that context; particular issues relevant to hydro, coal, oil, gas, nuclear, solar, and wind power; and the nexus between energy law and climate change. The course approach draws from both traditional doctrinal and seminar formats, which allows for discussion of current events relevant to the course topics.

  21. 6523 - Environmental Law

    (3 hours). This is a survey course designed to introduce students to the common law and statutory approaches pertaining to environmental issues such as population, economic growth, energy and pollution. The primary focus is on the major federal environmental protection statutes including the National Environmental Policy Act, Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, and Comprehensive Environmental Response Compensation and Liability Act, as well as statutes regulating pesticides and dealing with the testing of hazardous substances. Course coverage also includes examination of the administrative process and the role of courts in environmental litigation. Certain recurring themes animating the development of federal environmental law are emphasized, including the role of public interest, economics, scientific uncertainties and risk factors, and the government's need for relevant information regarding the effects of pollution on the environment in order to regulate effectively.

  22. 6692 - Environmental Law Seminar

    (2 hours) -- This seminar will explore some of the most controversial and heavily debated issues affecting human health and the environment. Illustrative topics may include: climate change, hydraulic fracturing, water rights and shortages, endangered species protections, pecticide and toxic chemical impacts, farmworker safety, and sustainability. The Seminar will involve reading, discussing, and writing short papers on selected classic and contemporary books involving environmental law themes or influences. Although the seminar's shorter writing assignments will not satisfy the Graduation Writing Requirement (“GWR”), accommodations will be made to allow students to write a paper to meet the GWR, as needed.

  23. 6100 - Estate & Gift Taxation

    2 hours). Federal estate and gift taxes applicable to gratuitous transfers.

  24. 6400 - Extern Placement

    (3 hours). This course allows students the opportunity to observe and assist in various legal settings. Placement opportunities will include courts and governmental agencies. Mediation training and placements also offered. Students will be required to spend at least 10 hours a week at their placement; submit weekly journal entries; bi-monthly meetings with the clinical director; and submit a final paper. Enrollment in the Issues in Professionalism course is required. Permission required to enroll.

  25. 6680 - Family and Law Torts Seminar

    (2 hours) The subject "The Family and the Law of Torts" encompasses tort liability within the family, family tort liability to third parties, injuries to family members, interference with family relationships, wrongful birth, and related topics. The relevant family relationships can include informal and non-traditional relationships, as well as traditional relationships, and perhaps even relationships with domestic animals. Students in the seminar will undertake research in topics of their choice (as approved by the professor), complete a research paper, and make a presentation to the seminar on their research topic. The paper can fulfill the Graduation Writing Requirement.

  26. 5610 - Federal Indian Law

    (2 or 3 hours). The law governing the relationship between the Indian tribes, the states and the United States. Topics include the history of federal Indian law and policy; the federal-tribal relationship; tribal sovereignty, federal supremacy and states rights; the jurisdictional framework; criminal jurisdiction; civil jurisdiction; taxation and regulation of reservation economic development, including environmental regulation and regulation of Indian gaming; Indian religion and culture; water rights; fishing and hunting rights.

  27. 5753 - Federal Securities Regulation

    (3 hours). This course provides an introduction to the regulation of the issuance and trading of securities. Topics include requirements regarding the registration of securities, exemptions from registration, and civil liabilities under the Securities Act of 1933 and the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, with special attention to liability for fraud and insider trading.

  28. 6100 - Health Care Access, Quality, and Liability

    (3 Hours). This course examines a variety of legal issues relating to health care access, quality, and liability. Special attention is given to: (1) health care access, including the boundaries of the physician-patient relationship and the requirements of the federal Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act (EMTALA); (2) telemedicine, including its ability to improve health care access and lower health care costs; (3) health insurance access, including the insurance access reforms set forth in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and litigation relating thereto; (4) the doctrine of informed consent to treatment, including state-specific disclosure standards and form requirements; (5) access to medical records, patient privacy, and health information confidentiality; (6) the principles of public health law; (7) mechanisms for maintaining and improving health care quality, including professional and institutional licensure, certification, accreditation, and credentialing; (8) medical staff membership, clinical privileges, medical staff bylaws, medical staff rules and regulations, physician peer review, peer review immunities, peer review privileges, and the procedural requirements set forth in the federal Health Care Quality Improvement Act (HCQIA), the Oklahoma Professional Review Body Protection from Liability Act, and the National Practitioner Data Bank (NPDB); (9) health care access, quality, and liability issues raised by the treatment of patients with limited English proficiency (LEP) and related requirements of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act; (10) liability of health care professionals, including privileges and defenses; (11) volunteer immunity for health care providers under federal and Oklahoma law; and (12) liability of health care institutions.

  29. 6100 - Health Law & Covid-19

    This course examines a variety of public and private health law issues raised by the acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), which causes coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Special attention will be given to: (1) state mandatory disease reporting statutes, regulations, emergency rule-making authorities, and reporting forms; (2) COVID-19 coding, billing, cost-sharing, insurance, and reimbursement, including relevant provisions within the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2020, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, and the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act; (3) patient privacy, health information confidentiality, and data security issues; (4) state partner notification programs, contact tracing policies and procedures, and federal and state laws relating thereto; (5) physical distancing, isolation, quarantine, travel restrictions, and cordon sanitaire, with a focus on federal, state, and local government powers; (6) the authority of the Secretary of the federal Department of Health and Human Services under Section 1135 of the Social Security Act to exercise enforcement discretion, waive sanctions or penalties, and/or waive the application of certain legal requirements during national emergencies; (7) the use, provision, and regulation of telehealth services during the COVID-19 pandemic; (8) COVID-19 and the federal Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act (EMTALA); (9) COVID-19 and the federal Limitation on Certain Physician Referrals Act (Stark Law); (10) the prohibition against disability-based discrimination in the provision of services and care to individuals with COVID-19, including Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA); (11) nursing home outbreaks, including federal and state infection control requirements applicable to nursing homes; (12) tort law, general volunteer immunity, and COVID-19-specific immunities; and (13) vital statistics, including death certificates.

  30. 6100 - Heath Care Organization, Finance, and Delivery

    (3 Hours). This course examines a variety of legal issues relating to health care organization, finance, and delivery. Special attention is given to: (1) health care payment systems, including Medicare, Medicaid, managed care, and private insurance; (2) recent payment system reform proposals, including the Medicare for All of 2019, the Medicare for All Who Want It proposal, and the Medicare-X Choice Act of 2019; (3) health care delivery and financing: hospitals, long-term care facilities, home health, hospice, and organ procurement organizations; (4) the special topic of graduate medical education (GME) financing; (5) health care fraud and abuse, including the federal False Claims Act, the federal Anti-Kickback Statute, and the federal Stark Law; (6) health care organizational structures, including the corporate practice of medicine prohibition, the rise of health care integration, and corporate governance and fiduciary duties; (7) tax-exempt health care organizations, including issues relating to charitable purpose, joint ventures between tax-exempt and for-profit organizations, and inurement, private benefit, and excess benefit transactions; (8) health care antitrust, including cartels and professionalism as well as health care enterprises, integration, and financing; and (9) ERISA, ERISA preemption of state tort litigation, and ERISA preemption and state health care reform. Students who successfully complete this course will be equipped with the information and skills necessary to counsel and represent individual and institutional health care providers as well as public and private insurers in a wide range of health care organization, finance, and delivery matters. Students will learn specific skills such as: (1) drafting a physician recruitment agreements that complies with federal health care fraud and abuse laws; (2) evaluating and revising a physician contractor agreement to ensure compliance with state corporate practice of medicine prohibitions; (3) forming a non-profit health care organization; and (4) responding to a Statement of Deficiencies from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

  31. 6100 - How to Drill a Well

    (3 hours). Prerequisite: Oil & Gas Law. Teams of students work under the supervision of an in-house lawyer at one of several Oklahoma City oil and gas companies. Throughout the semester the teams are assigned weekly tasks that involve drafting, negotiating, curative work, or interdisciplinary work. Specific tasks vary, but generally include preparing a confidentiality agreement, oil and gas lease negotiation and acquisition, drafting special lease provisions, drafting and negotiating a farmout agreement, drafting and negotiating a purchase and sale agreement, title curative work, geophysical permitting, working with geophysicists and geologists in selecting a well site, preparing division orders, drafting crude oil sales contracts, drafting gas processing and transportation contracts, and drafting memos concerning actual disputes in litigation or that may lead to litigation.

  32. 6210 - Immigration Law

    (3 hours). This course provides an introduction to U.S. immigration law, including the aspects of the law that underlie the controversies about immigration that are driving the news. The course will review the constitutional bases for regulating immigration into the United States, the contours of the immigration bureaucracy, the lawful admission of noncitizens into the U.S., the deportation and exclusion of noncitizens from the U.S., refugee and asylum law, administrative and judicial review, and naturalization.

  33. 5463 - Individual Income Tax

    (3 hours). Structure of the federal income tax with emphasis on operation of the system through use of concepts such as income, basis, gains and losses, realization and recognition, exclusions and deductions.

  34. 6213 - Intellectual Property Survey

    (3 hours). This survey course provides a high-level introduction to the U.S. law of intellectual property (“IP”). Specific areas of coverage include patents, trade secrets, trademarks, copyright and the right of publicity. This course is designed for: (1) students who don’t plan on specializing in IP but do plan on working in or for any type of business, since every 21st business encounters IP issues every day (whether they realize it or not); (2) students who aren’t sure if they are interested in IP and would like to learn more; and (3) students who know they are interested in IP who would like a holistic overview of the U.S. IP law system before they dive into more advanced coursework. No prerequisites. No technical background required.

  35. 6313 - Interdisciplinary Training Program in Child Abuse & Neglect

    (3 hours). Prerequisite: prior completion of, or concurrent enrollment in Family Law and Children and the Law. Each student enrolls for an entire academic year for three hours each semester. Designed to provide advanced academic training in child abuse and neglect. The educational goals of the Interdisciplinary Training Program in Child Abuse and Neglect are to develop leaders in the treatment and prevention of child abuse and neglect: •Who are rigorously trained and understand the value of the prevention of child maltreatment; •Who are committed learners in all aspects; and •Who will, through professional advocacy, education, policy development, research, and service, contribute substantially to the knowledge base for the prevention of child maltreatment at the state, national, and international levels.

  36. 6100 - International Business and Human Rights

    (3 hours.) An emerging issue in international diplomacy has involved the appropriate role and responsibilities of multinational corporations with respect to human rights. This course will focus primarily on the human rights issues facing companies operating abroad in the energy and Internet sectors. We will examine the United Nations (UN) and Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) guidelines for business and human rights as well as the UN’s decision to draft a treaty on this topic. We will explore international voluntary multi-stakeholder initiatives that have emerged in the energy and Internet sectors, such as the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights (which include corporate participants such as ExxonMobil and ConocoPhillips) as well as the Global Network Initiative (which includes participants such as Google, Microsoft, and Facebook). We will also analyze human rights litigation in US courts involving energy and Internet companies for complicity in human rights violations abroad as well as new laws and regulations passed by the U.S. government to enforce corporate due diligence on human rights matters in their foreign operations. Ultimately students will prepare a paper as if they are general counsel for a particular energy or Internet company and assess the specific human rights challenges facing that company in its foreign operations, the relevant international standards, and propose ways forward to the company’s CEO. We will engage with leaders on this topic from NGOs, business, and the State Department. International Human Rights Law is recommended but not required. This paper may be used to meet the graduation writing requirement. To apply, please e-mail Professor Aswad or a 1 paragraph statement of interest with resume and transcript. Please note in subject line “Application for International Business & Human Rights Course.”

  37. 6040 - International Business Transactions

    (3 hours) This course will focus on the legal aspects of business activity that takes place in two or more countries. It will examine the sale of goods and services across national boundaries, licensing of intellectual property, foreign investment, and the resolution of international business disputes. Although regulation of international trade (the World Trade Organization, NAFTA, etc.) is an element in the course, it is not the central focus. The course includes study of fundamental principles of international taxation and antitrust law.

  38. 6100 - International Commercial and Investment Arbitration

    (3 hours). This course on international commercial and investment arbitration examines international arbitration as a system of private justice, focusing on the five building blocks of international arbitration – the agreement to arbitrate, arbitral rules of procedure, international conventions on the enforcement of arbitration agreements and awards, national arbitration laws, and relevant decisions of national courts – and comparing arbitration with other forms of dispute resolution. The course explores in detail the 12 stages of international commercial arbitration, eliminating the mystery surrounding the arbitration process and includes a discussion of legal writing for advocates in international arbitration, document disclosure under the IBA Rules, legal and cultural differences in advocacy styles and expectations, frequently made mistakes by advocates in international arbitration, and how to build an international arbitration practice. The course also includes an investment arbitration component, which discusses arbitrations between investors and nation states. This component includes a discussion of sovereign immunity, bi-lateral investment treaties, and enforcement of arbitral awards against a sovereign.

  39. 6742 - International Criminal Court Seminar

    (2 hours). This course focuses on the International Criminal Court, the first permanent institution to prosecute atrocity crimes (war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide). Starting with the creation of the ICC, the course will address the ICC’s jurisdiction, substantive crimes, trial, appeal and punishment, among other topics, while exploring various situations and cases before the ICC. Discussions will also include the future of the court, its emerging jurisprudence and the United States’ evolving perspective and involvement.

  40. 6100 - International Energy Law

    (3 Hours). This new course offers an introduction to the underdeveloped but promising field of International Energy Law. It starts with an overview of the discipline, presenting the relevant terminology and focusing on the foundations of International Energy Law. It discusses regulatory policies from an economical perspective and the pertinent institutional framework of international regulation and cooperation in the field. It also addresses corporate social responsibility of transnational companies, State sovereignty issues, and the pertinent international treaties and protocols. In addition, the course surveys the main energy sectors – namely: oil, gas, and nuclear – and the impact of International Law on them. Specifically, matters relating to ownership, risk, and liability are discussed as well as the link between renewable resources and development. The course concludes comparing the main energy producer/user jurisdictions in the world, namely: the United States, the European Union, Norway, Australia, India, China and Brazil.

  41. 6400 - International Human Rights Clinic

    (3 hours). Focusing on indigenous populations, students in the International Human Rights Clinic research and investigate issues impacting indigenous populations in selected countries. Using treaties and international law as a foundation, students work collaboratively utilizing a variety of resources to conduct their research. Their work culminates in the submission of a “shadow report” to the Council at its headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. The students also present their research and conclusions before a university audience. Students must have completed either Federal Indian Law, International Law Foundations, International Human Rights, and/or International Environmental Law prior to enrollment in the clinic.

  42. 6050 - International Human Rights Law

    (3 hours). Prerequisite: Constitutional Law. In addition, it is highly suggested that students take International Law Foundations before taking this course. This course provides an overview of the sources and major themes in international human rights law. We will begin by examining the origins of human rights law and some fundamental international law principles about treaties and customary international law. With this background in place, we will examine a range of civil and political rights as well as economic, social, and cultural rights. We will explore some of the debates surrounding the nature and adjudication of such rights. We will also examine U.S. practice with regard to international human rights treaties. Having examined a range of human rights instruments, we will then turn to a study of international and regional mechanisms for the protection of human rights. We will also investigate how well states “self-regulate” implementation of their human rights obligations and how they may try to influence others states to implement their obligations. We will conclude the class by examining a number of emerging issues (including the intersection of business and human rights) as well as challenges to the human rights regime.

  43. 6060 - International Law Foundations

    (3 hours). Public International Law, sometimes also called the "Law of Nations," is concerned with the definition of legal rights and duties among nation states (including those individuals who act on their behalf) and international organizations. This course offers a survey of the norms, rules and institutions that make up the international legal system and which regulate interaction among states, and between states and individuals. An understanding of the basic principles of public international law is fundamental for anyone interested in taking further courses in international law.

  44. 6400 - Issues in Professionalism

    (2 hours). This course will involve discussions drawn from contemporary readings about issues presented in the practice of law; ethical dilemmas; and the judicial system. A final paper will be required. This course is required for externship placement. S/U graded.

  45. 6682 - Law and Literature Seminar

    (2 hours). The Seminar will involve reading and discussion of selected classical and contemporary literary works that have a legal theme or influence. The grade will be based on a composite of class participation, short papers, and a group presentation on one of the assigned readings. Illustrative readings may include: A Jury of Her Peers by Susan Glaspell, The Tragedy of Pudd’nhead Wilson by Mark Twain, The Boscombe Valley Mystery and The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, The Crucible by Arthur Miller, The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare, Chronicle of a Death Foretold by Gabriel Marquez, The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood, and Witness for the Prosecution by Agatha Christie. In addition, the class will watch selected movies, which may include: 12 Angry Men, Adam’s Rib, The Lincoln Lawyer, Snow Falling on Cedars, and The Verdict. Please note that because the Seminar will involve a series of shorter writing assignments, it will not generally satisfy the Graduation Writing Requirement; however, accommodations will be made for any students needing the GWR.

  46. 6100 - Legal Foundations

    (1 hour). This course is an introduction to the study of law. Students will learn to interpret statutes and to analyze and synthesize judicial decisions. The course does not focus on the substantive or procedural law of a particular legal field. Instead, students are taught the methods of studying the law through the analysis of a broad array of legal materials. During the course students will begin to develop a vocabulary appropriate to the study of law, and will be introduced to foundational concepts of our legal system.

  47. 5130 - Lincoln & the Constitution

    (2 hours). This course commemorates the 150th anniversary of the Civil War and the administration of President Abraham Lincoln, whose understanding of the Constitutional and his powers and duties as President of the United States are central to an understanding of how the Civil War reshaped the American political order. The course will focus on three themes: (1) The constitutional, philosophical debate about the character of a ‘more perfect union’ with special attention to the Dred Scott case, federalism and the power of Congress to ban slavery in the western territories. (2) The limited constitutional commitment to human rights in the re-1868 Constitution, with special attention to the Dred Scott litigation, its controversial ‘holdings’ about the status of African American people under the Constitution, and other antebellum constitutional arguments about human rights issues leading to emancipation and the Reconstruction constitutional amendments. (3) The debate about the national government’s powers to preserve the Union, including the South’s claim of a constitutional right to secede, Lincoln’s claim of presidential authority to resist secession, habeas corpus, free speech and other civil liberties limiting national power to resist insurrection. Students will have an opportunity to satisfy the Graduation Writing Requirement in this course.

  48. 6100 - Mental Health Law

    (3 Hours). This course will examine a variety of civil and regulatory issues pertaining to mental health care access, quality, liability, and finance. Particular attention will be given to: (1) federal and state mental health parity laws; (2) federal and state mandated mental health and substance use disorder benefit laws; (3) federal and state laws protecting the confidentiality of mental health and substance use disorder records; (4) federal and state regulation of interventions such as restraint, seclusion, and electroconvulsive therapy; (5) mental health care fraud and abuse, including prohibitions against kickbacks, false claims, and physician self-referrals; (6) civil liability and/or professional discipline for negligent failure to diagnose, negligent misdiagnosis, negligent treatment, negligent referral, injuries to patients by other patients with mental health conditions, patient injury following elopement, and patient suicide; (7) state law scope of practice issues for mental health professionals, including psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, marriage and family therapists, advance psychiatric nurse practitioners, and licensed independent counselors; (8) state regulation of voluntary and involuntary inpatient and outpatient treatment and/or commitment; (9) legal issues implicated by special mental health conditions, such as opioid use disorder, gambling disorder, and disorders of consciousness; and (10) current issues in mental health law, including President Trump’s SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act of 2018 and the landmark March 2019 settlement between the State of Oklahoma and Purdue Pharma relating to the opioid crisis. Students who successfully complete this course will have the information and skills necessary to counsel and represent patients with mental health conditions in a variety of civil and administrative matters and to counsel and defend individual and institutional providers of mental health care as well as health insurers that provide mental health insurance benefits.

  49. 5763 - Mergers and Acquisitions

    (3 hours). Prerequisites: Prior or concurrent enrollment in Corporations. The course provides an understanding of the issues arising in business acquisition (and divestiture) transactions. Coverage is given to theories underlying acquisitions, alternative acquisition techniques and planning considerations that bear on the choice among those techniques.

  50. 6100 - Mineral Title Examination

    (3 hours). Starting from the Treaty of Paris, this course will examine the development of land title within the United States while touching on various fields of law including: Oil and Gas, Riparian, Contracts, Administrative, Indian, and Wills and Trusts. From there, this course will take a practical approach to property law as we examine historical documents from various title repositories to determine the ownership of oil, gas, and other minerals beneath the land's surface. To end the course, we will then learn how to apply this knowledge to the creation of a Mineral Title Opinion.

  51. 5633 - Native American Natural Resources

    (3 hours). After an overview of the history of U.S. native policy and the basic doctrines of Indian law, this course covers a variety of issues relating to tribal interests in and jurisdiction over environmental resources. Course coverage includes tribal rights to land; land use and environmental protection in Indian country; economic and natural resource development issues (including grazing, minerals, timber and taxation); water rights; hunting and fishing rights; as well as international perspectives on indigenous resources. Throughout the course, students will consider the roles of the tribal, federal, and state governments in resource regulation and use.

  52. 6100 - Nonprofit Organizations

    (3 Hours). Nonprofit organizations play an important role in American society, and present a range of unique legal issues. During the past century, there has evolved a type of organization that serves society other than for-profit corporations and government agencies. As a group, these organizations are known as the third sector. The third sector sits somewhere been for-profit and governmental agencies. The third sector includes nonprofit organizations, including: charities, private foundations, fraternal and social organizations, trade associations, and political organizations. Many of these organizations are extremely small, while others rival, Fortune 500 corporations. The emergence of the third sector resulted in part from tax benefits provided in the Internal Revenue Code. This course looks at the legal issues involved in the formation and operation of nonprofit, tax-exempt organizations. The course will address both the theoretical underpinnings of state nonprofit and federal tax law and the practical aspects of organizing, representing, and advising nonprofit organizations, especially charities. Grades will be based on a final exam and class participation.

  53. 6100 - Oil & Gas Environmental Law

    (3 Hours). This course will cover primarily oil and gas environmental law, which includes coverage of certain federal and state environmental statutes and case law. We will consider many environmental issues that affect oil and gas operations, such as land/lease acquisition, geological exploration, well site preparation, drilling, completion, production, and midstream activities.

  54. 6540 - Oil and Gas

    (3 or 4 hours). Nature of property interests in oil and gas; conveyancing of interests in oil and gas; legal interests created by oil and gas leases; validity of leases; habendum, drilling, and rental clauses; assignment of interests of lessor and lessee; rents and royalties; and conservation of oil and gas.

  55. 6550 - Oil and Gas Contracts

    (3 hours). Oil & Gas is recommended, although not mandatory. This course covers transactional drafting and negotiation skills used in the practice of oil and gas transactions, as performed in private practice and in the corporate environment. Students will study, negotiate, draft, and revise the common contracts used in the oil and gas industry for exploration, production, and development, in addition to contracts used in the marketing and midstream sectors (sale, processing, and transportation). These contracts include the Assignment, Farmout, Joint Operating Agreement, Gas Processing and Transportation Agreement, etc. There is not a tax component to this class. This course is an experiential learning class; it does not satisfy the graduation writing requirement. governmental regulation of such contracts.

  56. 6331 - Oil and Gas, Natural Resources, and Energy Journal (ONE J)

    (1 hour). Prerequisite: ONE J membership. Production of case summaries of recently released court decisions on matters relating to oil and gas, natural resources, and energy; student notes and comments on topics relating to oil and gas, natural resources, and energy; editorial work on submitted articles relating to oil and gas, natural resources, and energy; or other approved activities associated with production of the Review.

  57. 6700 - Oklahoma Constitutional Law Seminar

    (2 Hours). The course will consider the history, structure, text and judicial interpretation of principal provisions of the Oklahoma Constitution. Students will research and write papers analyzing the drafting history and judicial interpretation of individual provisions and present their papers to the class.

  58. 6391 - Oklahoma Law Review

    (1 hour). Prerequisite: Oklahoma Law Review membership. Production of a written note or comment for the Review or other approved activities associated with production of the Review.

  59. 6832 - Partnership Tax & LLCs

    (2 hours) Previous or concurrent enrollment in Income Tax. Subchapter K of the Internal Revenue Code, involving taxation of partnerships and partners.

  60. 6100 - Patents

    (3 hours). This course provides a comprehensive introduction to basic concepts of U.S. patent law and policy. Topics will include the structure of the patent system, the basic requirements for patent protection, the nature and scope of the rights granted by the Patent Act, the enforcement of those rights, and patent policy. This course will focus primarily on utility patents but will also include a substantial unit on design patents. No technical background required.

  61. 5740 - Payment Systems

    (2 or 3 hours). This course is an introduction to the laws governing the transmission of value through the economy. How do people pay for things? The answers in the 21st century are complex involving a blend of traditional paper based systems and new higher technology options. The course covers the checking system, the credit and debit card system, electronic funds transfer, letters of credit, internet payments, evolving payment methods, negotiable instruments and the securities trading and settlement system. Substantive law covered will be Articles 3, 4 and 4A (and to a lesser extent 5 and 8) of the UCC as well as federal legislation such as the Expedited Funds Availability Act, parts of the Truth in Lending Act and the Electronic Funds Transfer Act (and implementing Regulations). Skills developed will be the reading of statutes, navigating areas where both state and federal law operate without complete pre-emption, creatively applying traditional law to novel forms of transactions.

  62. 5642 - Peacemaking: Native American Traditional Justice Practices

    (2 hours). Students will study the history of Native American traditional justice practices to compare with the contemporary system of justice in the United States today. The class will learn the elements of Peacemaking and how to be a Peacemaker as a judge, a lawyer, a community leader, a teacher and an advocate for healing communities. The class will create a Peacemaking model to address prosecution, incarceration, recidivism, sentencing, mental health, victim protection orders, domestic violence and family law orders. The class will look at Peacemaking for the perpetrators and the victims, for adults and juveniles. The class will also study the Tribal Law and Order Act, Violence Against Women Act and how Courts might use Peacemaking in reducing incarceration in these areas.

  63. 6830 - Pensions and Health Care Benefits

    (2 or 3 hours). Planning, establishment, and administration of pension, health care and other employee benefit plans under the tax and labor laws.

  64. 6782 - Perspectives on Governmental Law Seminar

    (2 hours). “Perspectives” is a seminar designed around three vantage points or "perspectives" of Governmental legal practice — Federal, State, and Tribal. Each perspective highlights the unique legal issues of governmental practice. Perspectives will be taught in a mentoring style. Topics will include: the duty to serve the public interest, open government, policy making, and the role of the lawyer advisor.

  65. 5002 - Professional Writing for Litigators

    (2 hours). Prerequisite: Satisfactory completion of Legal Research & Writing I and II (LAW 5122 and LAW 5202). This course is designed to provide students with the tools necessary to evaluate, modify, and design litigation documents (excluding substantive motions and briefs). The focus of this course is on learning the processes necessary for effective written communication with clients and other professionals and for production of litigation-related documents. Students will apply these processes in creating and modifying client and opposing counsel communications, discovery requests and responses, administrative motions, supporting evidence, and jury instructions. Completion of this course is required for the Litigation Certificate and does not satisfy any credit hour requirements for the J.D.

  66. 6100 - Selected Issues in Antitrust Practice (formerly Antitrust II)

    (3 hours). This course will cover virtually all aspects of the antitrust laws including an introduction to the application of Sections 1 (acts in unreasonable restraint of trade), Section 2 (monopolizing or attempting to monopolize) of the Sherman Act, and Section 3 (exclusive dealing arrangements) of the Clayton Act to business practices in the commercial marketplace. It will also cover additional substantive areas such as the Robinson-Patman Act (price discrimination) and mergers and acquisitions under Section 7 of the Clayton Act. Finally, it will deal with the special problems of antitrust enforcement, litigation tactics, trial and settlement of antitrust cases and other similar subjects. It will also deal with exemptions from the antitrust laws such as State Action Doctrine and Noerr-Pennington Doctrine.

  67. 6260 - Sports Law Seminar

    Legal problems involved in sports, including amateurism and its regulation contracts, gender discrimination, antitrust, and labor issues; review of player contracts and methods of compensation; liability for injuries to players and spectators.

  68. 6100 - Statutory Interpretation

    (3 Hours). This course focuses on developing a critical skill for all lawyers—statutory interpretation. Regardless of practice area in which you specialize, the skill of closely examining statutes is essential. This course covers a range of topics related to legislation, legislative process, statutory interpretation, as well as the administrative state and federal agencies. Traditional tools and methods of statutory interpretation will be examined, including but not limited to, the application of textual and substantive canons, usage of legislative history, common law principles of interpretive methods, and underlying political and philosophical theories of legislative process and interpretation. Although this course focuses on statutory interpretation, it does not simply explain the tools of interpretation used by judges in analyzing statutory provisions. Instead, the interpretative tools are situated within the context of the legislative process. This course will necessarily emphasize the federal legislative process, but the principles examined are likely transferrable in the context of state legislative process and statutory interpretation.

  69. 6100 - Taxation of Trusts & Estates

    (3 hours). Prerequisite or Corequisite: Individual Income Tax. Subchapter J of the Internal Revenue Code, involving income taxation of trusts, estates, and beneficiaries.

  70. 6100 - Technology in Law Practice

    Technology continues to influence the legal profession. Law students must develop the skills and acquire the knowledge that will make them the next generation of technologically competent lawyers. Using a hands-on, practice-oriented approach, students will be educated and trained on using technology in all aspects of law practice, including current front and back office applications and exploring emerging technology.

  71. 6560 - Title Examination

    (2 or 3 hours). Conveyances, with emphasis on the examination of abstracts of title to real property.

  72. 6223 - Trademarks & Unfair Competition

    (3 hours). This course provides an in-depth survey of U.S. law related to the law, theory, and institutions governing trademarks and unfair competition. Specific areas of coverage will include trademark registration, the scope and nature of trademark rights, rights of publicity, domain name disputes and the law of false advertising. Note: You do not need a scientific/technical background to take this class or to work in this area.

  73. 6700 - Tribal Courts Seminar

    (2 hours). This course examines the relationship between Tribal Nations and the three main sovereigns: Federal government, state governments, and tribal governments. Students will understand, analyze and discuss the importance of tribal court to tribal sovereignty, the tribal people, and to specific tribal cultures. Each student will research and make a presentation on a Native American tribe, its court system, and the forum of judicial redress.

  74. 6732 - War Crimes Tribunal Seminar

    (2 hours). This seminar will examine judicial institutions that have been established outside the exclusive control of national legal systems for the prosecution of certain international atrocity crimes, including institutions such as the International Criminal Tribunals for Yugoslavia and Rwanda, the Extraordinary Chambers of the Cambodian Courts and the Special Court of Sierra Leone. The course will focus on the background, jurisdiction, procedures and substantive law of such institutions, as well as the practical day-to-day operations of these courts.

  75. 6580 - Water Law

    (2 or 3 hours). The system of water rights; riparian, appropriation, and prescriptive rights; stream, surface, and ground water; transfer and termination of rights; injuries caused by water; development of water supplies; federal-state, interstate, and intrastate conflicts; water pollution control; federal and Indian rights; and federal water resource problems.

  76. 6100 - Wind Law

    (2 hours). The overview of the class is to provide the students with a collection of wind law resources on a federal and state level, with an emphasis for Oklahoma. The objective of this course is to help students accumulate advanced knowledge in specific wind law issues and the practical skills to be successful. Thus, the course has a wide coverage of topics including project development, land use, legislation, regulations, environmental, permitting, financing, property rights, and substantive documents.