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Elective Courses

  1. 6920 - Advanced Torts

    (3 hours. This course is for the major areas of tort law not covered in the first year torts course--primarily economic (business) torts, interference with family relationships, rights of privacy and publicity, remedies for misuse of legal process (malicious prosecution and abuse of process), and interference with common law civil rights. The economic or business torts, which take up about half of the course, include interference with business, interference with contracts, unfair competition, injurious falsehood, common law rights to literary and commercial creations and ideas (common law intellectual property), and trade secrets. Prerequisite: 6 hours of torts, so both Torts I and Torts II

  2. 6500 - Agricultural & Food Law

    (3 hours). Agricultural law is the study of the interconnected network of laws that apply to the production, sale and marketing of agricultural products— as food, feed, and even fuel. It is governed by an increasingly complex myriad of laws, rules and regulations. Popular interest in agriculture has increased as consumers seek to know more about their food and where it comes from. This survey course provides an issues-based overview of these complex topics. Units will include discussion of: federal farm programs the structure of farms and industrialized agriculture biofuels and energy environmental sustainability

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 5913 - American Legal History

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

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 6100 - Art & Cultural Heritage Law

    (3 hours). This course will explore the legal issues relevant to art and cultural property, with a special emphasis on American Indian issues. Specific areas of coverage will include the legal definitions of “art” and “craft”; the legal rules that govern art galleries, auctions and museums; international rules relating to the movement of art during war; international preservation and appropriation of cultural property; and statutes enacted to protect the art and culture of American Indians, such as the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act; and the Indian Arts and Crafts Act. No prerequisites.

  9. 6700 - Assessing American Criminal Justice (Seminar)

    (3 hours). Prerequisite: Criminal Law. Students in this seminar will use texts, documentaries, and primary source materials to consider and assess the American criminal justice system. Students will draft short papers as we progress through the term, which papers will ultimately be reworked to form a final paper that can be used to satisfy the Graduation Writing Requirement. There will be no final exam. Students are encouraged to take either Criminal Procedure: Investigation or Criminal Procedure: Adjudication before or concurrently with this course; if they do not, certain concepts might require some supplemental reading.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 5810 - Capital Punishment

    (3 hours). This course examines the law surrounding the death penalty in the United States in the modern era and focuses upon the U.S. Supreme Court decisions that form the basis for this law. We will examine the key constitutional decisions that frame this law and consider the traditional arguments for and against this ultimate punishment. We will study the unique features of a death penalty trial, including the selection of a capital jury, the structure of the “second stage” of a death penalty trial, the role of aggravating and mitigating circumstances, the role of counsel, the use of psychiatric experts and evidence, limitations on who is eligible for the death penalty (based on age, mental capacity, etc.), and recent developments in the law governing execution methods and protocols. We will also consider the role of state post-conviction review, federal habeas review, and the federal death penalty as time allows. Prerequisite: Criminal Law

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  21. 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.

  22. 6100 - Consumer Finance Law

    (3 Hours). This course covers the law and finance of household lending. The course will go over basic financial principles and household lending laws to give students a background in these topics appropriate for entry-level lawyer positions in plaintiffs’ firms, corporate defense firms, general practice firms, administrative agencies, and compliance departments of financial institutions. The course also will empower students with legal knowledge that will help them navigate their own personal financial lives. In the course, students will study important federal laws such as the Fair Credit Reporting Act, the Equal Credit Opportunity Act, the Credit CARD Act, the Fair Credit Reporting Act, the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, and regulations of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, as well as state laws such as small-loan laws or unfair deceptive acts and practices (UDAP) statutes. Evaluation will be based principally on a final exam.

  23. 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.

  24. 6100 - Cybersecurity Law

    Cybersecurity Law will explore the legal, regulatory, and policy framework of cybersecurity, including the legal authorities and obligations of both the government and the private sector with respect to protecting computer systems and networks. The course will include a survey of federal laws, executive orders, regulations, and cases related to surveillance, cyber intrusions by private and nation-state actors, data breaches, and privacy and civil liberties matters, among other things. This course will provide students with a framework for understanding the myriad of federal and state laws and regulations that govern this emerging field. While the focus of the course will be on U.S. cyber law and policy, law and policy of foreign countries will also be addressed.

  25. 6203 - Design Law

    (3 hours). This course focuses on intellectual property protection for designs. Specific areas of coverage will include design patents, copyright in useful articles, trade dress, and sui generis design laws, including recent attempts to expand sui generis protection to fashion designs. Although this course will mainly focus on U.S. law, it will also cover the European design protection system and the Hague Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Industrial Designs. No technical background is required.

  26. 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.

  27. 6100 - Election Law

    (3 hours). This course explores the law governing politics and elections in the United States. We will examine a variety of topics, including: the Constitution and its protection of the right to vote, reapportionment, the Voting Rights Act, gerrymandering, the constitutional rights of political parties, campaign finance regulation, and election administration (e.g. the use of electronic voting equipment; provisional and early voting). We will also consider whether these topics are inextricably connected to partisanship. The course is open to both law and graduate students, however, a prior course in Constitutional Law is strongly recommended. This course will have the option of an exam or paper. If chosen, the paper will satisfy the Graduation Writing Requirement.

  28. 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.

  29. 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.

  30. 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.

  31. 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.

  32. 6100 - Estate & Gift Taxation

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

  33. 6030 - European Union Law

    (2 hours). Starting with a general assessment of the European integration, this course focuses on EU institutions as well as EU constitutional structure. Other areas such as free movement of capital and monetary union; free movement of workers; equal treatment and non-discrimination will be briefly discussed at the end of the semester.

  34. 6100 - Evidence Issues in Great Trials

    (2 hours). This course will explore the historical, political, and cultural backdrop of great trials in history, as well as the teachable evidence and other legal issues they present. The course is designed to simulate a lawyers’ working group and to teach professional preparation, routine engagement and participation, and regular and excellent writing. Weekly sessions will revolve around conversations and presentations about each of the assigned trials. In addition to exploring the evidentiary and other litigation-related topics presented in these trials, the course will help students practice the skills necessary for participation in hearings, conferences, and professional meetings following graduation. The value of this small working group environment derives from the enthusiastic and professional contribution of all participants.

  35. 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.

  36. 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.

  37. 6100 - Family Law II: Custody & Visitation

    (2 hours). Prerequisite: Prior completion of Family Law or consent of the instructor. This course picks up where Family Law ends. It covers custody of and visitation with children. It includes problems of joint custody, expert testimony, parental misconduct and other matters bearing on the location of children following divorce. It also covers the problems of child abduction, particularly across national boundaries. Some time is also spent on the problems of third-party custody and visitation, including grandparents, step-parents and others. The material in this course is part of the topic of “family law” for the bar examination.

  38. 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.

  39. 6792 - Federal Indian Water Law Seminar

    (2 hours). Water rights and their management increasingly present critical legal and economic development challenges, and in Oklahoma – as throughout the West – those challenges are often made more complex by the interplay of state law rights and American Indian tribal rights. This course will provide students the opportunity both to study a fascinating and unique area of law as well as examine the complexity of inter-sovereign resource disputes. The course will explore the history and policy that have shaped water law, and building on a review of foundational Indian law cases as well as relevant history, we will examine the substantive rules of federal Indian law cases and – at least as importantly – the complex intergovernmental processes in which these rules are applied (e.g., general stream adjudications, the McCarran Amendment, the federal criteria and procedure for American Indian water rights settlements, the Montana approach, etc.) This course will require a paper that can be used to satisfy the Graduation Writing Requirement.

  40. 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.

  41. 6772 - Federal Sentencing Seminar

    (2 hours). Examination of various aspects of sentencing unique to the federal court system, including application of complex sentencing guidelines. Federal sentencing provides one of the last frontiers for pure legal advocacy, as litigants seek departures or variances to fit the circumstances of the case while providing specific insight into the victims and/or defendants. As a result, both critical guideline analysis and creative argument are thoroughly reviewed and applied.

  42. 6190 - Health Law

    (2 or 3 hours). The legal aspects of medicine; civil liability of medical professionals and health care providers; organization and regulation of the medical profession; uses of medical science in litigation; selected health sciences and public policy issues such as human reproduction, right to treatment, and mental health problems.

  43. 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.

  44. 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.

  45. 6722 - Indian Gaming Law and Regulation Seminar

    (2 hours). This course begins with a review of the legal and political history of federal/tribal relations, focusing on the litigation of the 1970’s and 1980’s through the SCOTUS ruling in Cabazon (1987). The class then studies the pivotal decisions related to the compacting and scope of gaming wars of the1990’s, and discusses the comparison of the tribal experiences around the country with those of the Oklahoma tribes up to the first significant Class III tribal/state gaming compact in Oklahoma in 2004. The regulatory roles of tribes, states and the NIGC are studied in detail. Specifically the statutory interpretations, regulatory changes and case law determinations in regard to the difference between Class II and Class III gaming. Techniques of financing and development, as well as the use of management agreements, development agreements, equipment lease agreements, loan agreements and consulting agreements as key vehicles for development are also covered.

  46. 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.

  47. 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.

  48. 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 review post World War II prosecutions of illicit business practices, including the selling of poison gas to Nazis. 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 a 1-2 paragraph statement of interest with resume and transcript.

  49. 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.

  50. 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.

  51. 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.

  52. 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.

  53. 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.

  54. 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.

  55. 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.

  56. 6552 - International Petroleum Transactions

    (2 hours). This course considers the legal issues and transactions relating to the exploration, production, and marketing of petroleum-the largest and most important commodity traded worldwide. Coverage includes how countries settle competing claims to oil and gas reserves; how host governments or state-owned oil and gas companies contract with private companies to explore and develop oil and gas resources; and the environmental, social, and geopolitical effects of international petroleum development. This course satisfies the graduation writing requirement.

  57. 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.

  58. 6700 - Land Use Seminar

    (2 hours). This seminar studies governmental control of private land use through zoning, regulation, and urban renewal; (2) constitutional doctrines that limit the government's ability to take private property by eminent domain or regulation; (3) the importance to a nation's economic development of legally-recognized private land use rights; (4) recourse for purchasers unable to make the use for which they purchased a parcel of land; (5) private land use control via easements, covenants, and equitable servitudes; and other topics involving land use and property rights proposed by students and accepted by the professor.

  59. 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.

  60. 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.

  61. 6100 - Legislation and Regulation

    (3 hours). Modern legal practice is dominated by statutes and the interpretation of statutes by administrative agencies. This course explores the role of legislatures and agencies as lawmaking enterprises. We will explore three central topics: (1) The legislative process, including, the various ways a bill may work its way through a legislative body, the bill drafting process, and the federal budget process; (2) Statutory interpretation, including, theories and canons of statutory interpretation, and the use of legislative history; and (3) Agency processes and judgments, including, agency rulemaking and adjudication. The course will incorporate hands-on learning experiences including a bill drafting simulation and a legislative history research assignment. The course is open to both law and graduate students.

  62. 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.

  63. 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.

  64. 6542 - Midstream Oil & Gas

    (2 hours). This course provides an overview of, and an examination of the legal issues facing, the midstream oil and gas industry. The midstream industry provides the infrastructure necessary to gather, process, transport, store and market crude oil, natural gas, natural gas liquids, and refined products. Coverage includes negotiated agreements for the gathering and processing of natural gas; the regulation of transportation of gas under the Natural Gas Act and oil under Interstate Commerce Act; the regulation of pipeline safety by the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration; and the use of tax exempt Master Limited Partnerships to own midstream assets.

  65. 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.

  66. 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.

  67. 6700 - NCAA Compliance Seminar

    (2 hours). This seminar provides an overview of the NCAA Major Infractions process. In addition to case studies, the seminar will analyze current events in athletics compliance, examine the role and responsibility of an Athletics Compliance Department, and feature several guest speakers.

  68. 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.

  69. 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.

  70. 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.

  71. 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.

  72. 6100 - Oil and Gas Practice

    (2 hours). This course is an examination of, and practical skills approach into, oil and gas practice in Oklahoma. This course will examine how oil and gas wells are drilled in Oklahoma and the important rules, regulations and statutes that govern many facets of oil and gas exploration and conservation. From the filing of the Intent to Drill; to settling surface damages; permitting wells through the Oklahoma Corporation Commission (OCC); the jurisdiction of the OCC; the OCC Rules of Practice; and additional developmental drilling; pipelines; horizontal drilling; negotiated agreements; unitization; underground storage; environmental issues and water law will all be covered along with an examination of the relevant case law.

  73. 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.

  74. 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.

  75. 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.

  76. 6700 - Parentage Seminar

    (2 hours). Prerequisite: 1. Completion of Family Law; 2. Completion of or concurrent enrollment in Family Law II OR consent of the instructor. This seminar delves into how courts determine the question of who is a parent. While the issue primarily arises in the determination of who is a father, recent developments had led to the question of how one determines maternity. The focus is on what is the effect of a parentage determination on the issues of custody, visitation, child support, and inheritance. It also includes a discussion of artificial reproduction technology including artificial insemination, surrogacy, in vitro fertilization and the potential for more than two parents.

  77. 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.

  78. 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.

  79. 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.

  80. 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.

  81. 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.

  82. 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.

  83. 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.

  84. 6700 - Religion, Culture & Indian Law Seminar

    (2 hours). In this course students will consider the roles of the tribal, federal, and state laws and policies on Native American religions and cultures. After an overview of the cultural and legal landscape of the history of federal policy regarding Native American religious and cultural practice, this course covers a variety of issues relating to tribal interests in and jurisdiction over Indian religion and culture. This course also includes information regarding laws and policy related to the preservation, restoration and destruction of sacred sites including the legal protection of archaeological resources, sites, and indigenous remains. In addition, this course covers the laws, practices, and beliefs pertaining to species protection and sacred species, institutionalized persons as well as entheogens. Furthermore, this course examines the protection of cultural and intellectual resources as related to representation, cultural expression, intangible property, and language and cultural preservation programs. Finally, the course examines international law as related to indigenous religions and culture. The paper will meet the graduation writing requirement.

  85. 6700 - Science and Law Seminar

    (2 hours). This seminar course will explore the interaction of science and scientists with law and lawyers. Among the topics we will explore are the role of DNA evidence in criminal trials and exonerations, questions of uncertain risk in the conduct of scientific research (such as experiments with lethal viruses, nanotech, and artificial intelligence), and the effect of scientific consensus on such diverse issues as climate change and the planetary status of Pluto. Note that this is a course about law and policy. It is not a science course as such, and no science or math background is required or preferred. The grade will be based on class participation and, primarily, a paper, which can fulfill the graduation writing requirement. The course webpage is here:

  86. 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.

  87. 6100 - Selected Issues in Trusts Law

    (1 hour). Prerequisite: Wills and Trusts. This course combines a brief survey of trust law with selected, targeted analysis of current issues involving the creation, administration, modification, and termination of private and charitable express trusts. Coverage will include comparisons between state common law and statutes, the Restatement (Third) of Trusts, and the Uniform Trust Code. The course may not be used to satisfy the Graduation Writing Requirement.

  88. 6260 - Sports Law

    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.

  89. 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.

  90. 6560 - Title Examination

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

  91. 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.

  92. 6700 - Tribal Courts Seminar

    (2 hours). This seminar is a study of Tribal Courts as a cornerstone of Tribal Sovereignty. Each student will research and make a presentation on a Native American tribe, its court system and the forum of judicial redress.

  93. 5733 - Unincorporated Business Entities

    (3 Hours). Deals with the legal principles concerning association in business by agency, partnership, and other unincorporated forms. The agency relationship and its consequences are covered in detail. Unincorporated business organizations such as the general partnership, LP, and LLC are covered, focusing on topics such as formation, liability, fiduciary obligations, and dissolution. If time permits LLP and closely-held corporations will be included.

  94. 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.

  95. 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.

  96. 6100 - White Collar Crime

    (3 Hours). Corporate criminal punishment implicates both traditional principles governing individual criminals and the special priorities behind a growing body of criminal law directed at commercial actors. Corporations impose unique harm on the public when they commit crimes, and the state must use unique tools to address it. This seminar examines the nature of corporate criminal harm and the rules that criminalize it. Topics covered include: 1) the theoretical justification for corporate mens rea; 2) the distinct nature of the corporate actus reus; 3) the history and trends in white collar criminal enforcement by the DOJ; 4) foreign corrupt practices; 5) securities offences, such as insider trading; 6) environmental offenses; and 7) the general offence of fraud.

  97. 6100 - Wind Law

    (2 hours). This course will cover wind project development, state and federal legislative and regulatory status and processes, permitting processes, and construction and other document negotiation and content.