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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.

  2. 6100 - Advanced Trusts Law

    (2 hours) Prerequisite: Wills and Trusts. This course is a targeted survey of trust law with selected in depth identification and analysis of issues involved in the creation, administration, modification, and termination of express trusts (self-settled, third party, private, charitable); exploration of legally created "constructive" and "resulting" trusts; comparison of uniform acts with state law and common law; business trusts; drafting and writing opportunities. This course can be used to satisfy the Graduation Writing Requirement.

  3. 5702 - Agency, Partnership & Other Entities

    (3 hours). Legal principles concerning association in business by agency, partnership, and other unincorporated forms. (e.g., LLCs, LPs, LLPs, close corporations)

  4. 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

  5. 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.

  6. 5913 - American Legal History

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

  7. 5703 - Antitrust Law

    (3 hours). Federal and state antitrust laws approached on the basis of type of conduct, i.e., monopolies; mergers; price control by private business; exclusive dealing contracts; fair trade pricing; agreements not to compete; discrimination in distribution and refusals to deal; and unfair trade practices.

  8. 6100 - Antitrust Law 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.

  9. 6700 - Applied Intellectual Property Seminar

    (2 hours). This course is dedicated to the practical application of intellectual property law in the legal and business arenas. The goal of the course is to teach the student awareness of the factors that affect the decision-making process for real-world intellectual property issues. Student will critically evaluate the business, economic, and political considerations related to intellectual property decision-making, while contemporaneously evaluating the underlying substantive intellectual property law associated with the issue.

  10. 6700 - Arab Spring Seminar

    (2 hours). This seminar will focus on an examination of how the Arab Spring revolutions have impacted the legal regimes of several of the affected countries in the region. We will consider how international law has - or has not - impacted the evolution of domestic law, specifically constitutions and key pieces of legislation, after these revolutions. In addition, we will be participating in a pilot program being launched at OU next semester called "Diplomacy Lab." The State Department has asked participating schools for research and analysis about how countries with Shariah law systems have engaged in legal reform, including with respect to adapting to international law frameworks. A significant part of the class will include research geared towards answering this question with respect to the Arab Spring states we are examining. We will have video conferences with State Department officials over the course of the semester to update them on our findings before submitting our final Diplomacy Lab report to the Department.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 6100 - 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.

  14. 6710 - Bioethics & Law Seminar

    (2 hours). This seminar examines selected legal, ethical, social and policy problems posed by advances in biomedical technologies. Specific coverage and paper topics will depend upon student interest. Typically, coverage includes issues concerning human reproduction and birth, human genetics, organ transplantation, definition of death and life and death decisions, and regulation of research involving human subjects. All students must submit a paper meeting the College of Law's graduation writing requirement.

  15. 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

  16. 6113 - Children and the Law

    (3 hours). Prerequisites: Family Law and Constitutional Law. Children and their relationship with parents and the state in reference to a child's name, education and health care; neglect; abuse; termination of parental rights; adoption; and new reproductive technologies.

  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. 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.

  20. 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.

  21. 6100 - Computer Crime

    (3 hours). As digital networks become increasingly pervasive and critical to our banking, power, telecommunications, health care, employment, law enforcement, and entertainment infrastructures, they become an increasingly tantalizing target to routine criminals, terrorists, and spies. A continuing increase in computer crime is thus a certainty, for, in the words of Willie Sutton, “that’s where the money is.” The first half of the course will examine the substance of computer crime, including hacking/cracking, threats, gambling, obscenity, child pornography, wiretapping, and criminal intellectual property offenses. The second half will examine the procedure of computer crime, including searching and seizing of computers and computer networks both with and without warrants, statutory privacy protections, and national security rules. The class will debate what technological and legal proposals optimally balance privacy interests, free speech interests, business interests, and law enforcement and national security interests; and whether computer crime requires novel legislative and investigative responses or whether traditional notions of, and compilations of, criminal and constitutional law are adequate.

  22. 6100 - 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. No technical background is required.

  23. 5720 - Corporate Finance

    (2 or 3 hours) Prerequisite: Corporations. This course provides an introduction to financial and valuation theories, including portfolio theory, efficient capital markets theory, and asset pricing models. The course will address the principles underlying the capital structure of a corporation and the distinctive aspects of corporate securities. Mathematical competence at the high school algebra-level will be assumed.

  24. 6820 - Corporate Income Tax

    (3 hours). This is the basic course on business taxation. This course looks at the tax consequences of organizing and running businesses as corporations and as tax-free small business corporations. Also the course looks at the tax consequences of mergers, acquisitions, and liquidations. This course is essential for business lawyers: even if you do no plan to be a tax lawyer, you need to appreciate the harsh tax realities that your clients face. Only Individual Income Taxation is a prerequisite, but it may be taken concurrently or waived on permission of the professor.

  25. 5830 - Criminal Procedure: Adjudication (formerly Crim Pro II)

    (3 hours). Prerequisites: Criminal Law. This course examines the adjudicatory phase of our criminal procedure, beginning after arrest and continuing through to post-conviction matters. We consider federal constitutional provisions and rules of procedure, the policies underlying those requirements, and their impact on the roles of prosecution and defense counsel. By studying pretrial release, case screening (including prosecutorial discretion), pretrial motions (including the disclosure of exculpatory material), the role of counsel, plea bargaining, the trial process (including the jury and confrontation rights), sentencing, double jeopardy, and post-conviction appeals, we ask the ultimate question of whether we have a legitimate system of criminal justice, meaning a system that is accurate and fair, that respects notions of limited government, and that is reasonably efficient.

  26. 6100 - 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.

  27. 6320 - Directed Legal Research

    (1 or 2 hours). Legal research and writing under the supervision of a faculty member. The student must write a paper of sufficient quality to be considered for publication in a law review or other publication. A student may enroll in one or two credit hours with supervising faculty member's permission.

  28. 6130 - Education Law

    (2 or 3 hours) A survey of legal issues affecting education, including students' rights, teachers' rights, desegregation, special education, educational finance, and church-state relations.

  29. 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.

  30. 6100 - Electronic Discovery

    (3 hours). This course covers issues associated with the discovery of electronically stored information (ESI) in civil litigation. Topics will include the duty to preserve ESI, the scope of e-discovery, the mechanics of requesting searching for, and producing ESI, and ethical issues associated with e-discovery.

  31. 6700 - 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.

  32. 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.

  33. 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.

  34. 6700 - Environmental Law Seminar

    (2 hours) -- The seminar is open to all upper level students, has no prerequisites and does not require a background in environmental law. The format of this seminar will involve reading and discussion of selected classical and contemporary works which have an environmental 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: Silent Spring by Rachel Carson; Tomatoland, by Barry Estabrook; The Boom: How Fracking Ignited the American Energy Revolution and Changed the World, by Russell Gold; Babylon’s Ark: the Incredible Wartime Rescue of the Bagdad Zoo, by Lawrence Anthony; Stand Up That Mountain, by Jay Leutze; The Sixth Extinction, by Elizabeth Kolbert; The Monkey Wrench Gang by Edward Abbey; A River Runs Through It by Norman Maclean; A Sand County Almanac by Aldo Leopold; Hot, Flat and Crowded by Thomas Friedman; Ectopia by Ernest Callenbach; and Food, Inc., edited by Karl Weber. In addition, the class will watch selected movies, which may include: Erin Brockovich, Gasland, Crude, Blue Gold, Local Hero and King Corn. Please note that although the seminar’s shorter writing assignments will not satisfy the Graduation Writing Requirement, accommodations will be made to allow students to extend a paper to meet the GRW, as needed. The readings may be obtained from any source, such as through Amazon, bookstores, or electronic format of E-Readers (e.g. Kindle, Nook).

  35. 6150 - Equal Employment Opportunity

    (3 hours). Federal laws prohibiting employment discrimination, including Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and federal regulations mandating affirmative action by federal contractors.

  36. 6810 - Estate Planning

    (3 hours). Maximization, preservation, and administration of wealth and its tax-conscious transfer through use of wills, trusts, future interests, and inter vivos gifts.

  37. 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.

  38. 6700 - Evidence Issues in Great Trials Seminar

    (2 hours). This seminar will explore the cultural, political and legal issues involved in some of the great trials in history, with a special emphasis on the evidentiary aspects of the proceedings.

  39. 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.

  40. 6100 - Facilitative Mediation

    (2 hours). As court dockets grow and the time needed for a case to reach trial lengthens, more courts are turning to mediation as a vehicle to alleviate their dockets and resolve cases. The Basic Civil Mediation course will qualify the student to be certified to conduct mediations under the Oklahoma Dispute Resolution Act, 12 O.S. Supp. 1991, sections 1801 et seq. It will also provide the student with tools to better represent a client who is participating in mediation. The objectives of this course are to: develop an appreciation for mediation as a method of alternate dispute resolution; introduce students to the various models of mediation, focusing and training students to utilize the facilitative model of mediation; develop an understanding of the role of the attorney in a mediation; develop effective communication skills, including active listening and framing of issues; explore the role of the mediator, disputing parties, attorneys, and others in the mediation process; enhance understanding and appreciation of the need for confidentiality and professionalism in mediation; certify students as mediators under the Oklahoma Dispute Resolution Act.

  41. 6100 - Family Law II: Custody & Visitation

    (2 hours). 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. Prior completion or concurrent enrollment in family law is required.

  42. 6700 - Family Law: Parentage Seminar

    (2 hours). 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. Family Law I & II are helpful, but not required.

  43. 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.

  44. 6400 - Federal Indian Law Externship

    (Up to 12 hours). This clinical program allows students to work one semester for federal attorneys engaged in Indian law litigation and policymaking in Washington, D.C. Students have interned at the United States Department of Justice and the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Interns are expected to participate in weekly substantive presentations and meetings on significant litigation and policy matters and are required to complete two independent writing projects.

  45. 6100 - 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.

  46. 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.

  47. 6700 - Federal Sentencing Seminar

    (2 hours). This seminar will examine various aspects of sentencing unique to the federal court system. Federal sentencing is reliant in large part on the application of complex sentencing guidelines. It also 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. This course will provide both substantive legal analysis and practical application, while serving to develop research and analytical skills applicable to all areas of legal study and practice.

  48. 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.

  49. 6210 - Immigration Law

    (3 hours). Constitutional, statutory, and regulatory framework for the admission, exclusion, and deportation of non-citizens who seek immigrant and non-immigrant status in the United States; refugee and asylum law and policy; citizenship acquisition.

  50. 6100 - Income Tax of Trusts & Estates

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

  51. 6700 - 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.

  52. 5732 - Insurance

    (2 hours). Life, health, property, and liability insurance, including the nature of insurance, insurance interest, interests of the named insured and others, subrogation, the insured event, exceptions, warranties, representations, concealment, formation of the contract, waiver and estoppel.

  53. 6100 - 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.

  54. 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.

  55. 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.

  56. 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.

  57. 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.

  58. 6700 - 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.

  59. 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.

  60. 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.

  61. 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.

  62. 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 contracts that parties engaged in such activities enter into with each other. This course also covers the international marketing of crude oil and natural gas.

  63. 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.

  64. 5932 - Jurisprudence Seminar

    (2 hours). The 2000-year-old Catholic Church played a pivotal role in the formation of the western legal culture. Does it have anything of relevance left to offer that culture in the 21st century? The seminar will explore this question. The topic is particularly timely because a majority of the justices on the Supreme Court are Catholic; Catholics represent a pivotal voting demographic in the American political landscape; and the issue of religion and religious values in the public square is hotly debated as some warn of a creeping theocracy and others of the naked public square, devoid of religious faith.

  65. 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.

  66. 6700 - Law & Politics Seminar

    (2 hours). This course will study the legislative process and the political forces underlying that process including: where ideas for legislation originate, bill drafting, the committee process, amendments, internal and external lobbying, campaigning for office, and other relevant issues. The course will focus on the constitutional, statutory, and internal rules governing the Oklahoma Legislature. Many of these topics have practical applications in other state and federal legislative venues.

  67. 6700 - Law and Literature Seminar

    (2 hours). The Seminar is open to all upper level students and has no prerequisites. The format of this Seminar will involve reading and discussion of selected classical and contemporary literary works which 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, Witness for the Prosecution by Agatha Christie, Chronicle of a Death Foretold by Gabriel Marquez, Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde by Moises Kaufman, The Death of Ivan Ilyitch by Leo Tolstoy, The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein, Intruder in the Dust by William Faulkner, and A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest Gaines. In addition, the class will watch selected movies, which may include: 12 Angry Men, Adam’s Rib, My Cousin Vinny, and A Time to Kill. Please note that although the Seminar’s shorter writing assignments will not satisfy the Graduation Writing Requirement, accommodations will be made to allow students to extend a paper to meet the GRW, as needed. The readings may be obtained from any source, such as through Amazon, bookstores, or electronic format of E-Readers (e.g. Kindle, Nook).

  68. 6400 - Lawyering

    (2 hours). This course is team taught by members of the practicing bar and the bench, covering important areas of practice for the single practitioner and small office practitioner. This course addresses law office management, ethics, civility, and practical drafting, plus practice pointers by specialists in areas of general practice in which the new attorney may be involved if he or she practices alone or with one or two other lawyers.

  69. 6100 - Legal Methods

    (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.

  70. 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.

  71. 6100 - 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.

  72. 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.

  73. 6100 - 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.

  74. 6700 - Military Law Seminar

    (2 hours). This seminar will explore the nature and function of military justice today. Topics include constitutional rights of military personnel; court-martial jurisdiction and offenses; trial and appellate structure and procedure; collateral review; the roles of commanders, Congress, the Supreme Court, and the President; command influence; the role of custom; punishment; and the correctional system. Current issues, such as those involving military commissions, command accountability, military justice of the battlefield, judicial independence, homosexuality, adultery, and fraternization will be addressed.

  75. 6100 - Mineral Title Examination

    (2 hours). This course examines the encompassing comparative laws of Oklahoma, Texas, and other oil producing states. The course examines the study of relevant law and preparation of a mineral title opinion.

  76. 6700 - National Security Seminar

    (2 hours). Explores the nature and function of National Security Law (counter-terrorism) in a post-9/11 society with a foundation of history of National Security matters ranging from President Truman's seizure of steel companies in World War II, the War Powers Act, Nuremberg and Guantanamo Bay War Crimes Trials, Drones, and discussions into the Laws of Armed Conflict ("the law of war"). You will be expected to ready widely in journalism, philosophy, policy, and law.

  77. 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.

  78. 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.

  79. 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.

  80. 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.

  81. 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.

  82. 6550 - Oil and Gas Contracts

    (2 or 3 hours). Prerequisite: Oil & Gas is recommended, although not mandatory. Examination of contracts used in the oil and gas industry for exploration, production, and development of oil and gas properties and for investment; the nature of the relationships created by such contracts; the rights and duties of the parties; income tax consequences and governmental regulation of such contracts.

  83. 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.

  84. 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.

  85. 6700 - Oklahoma Constitutional Law Semianr

    (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.

  86. 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.

  87. 6100 - Patents

    (3 hours). This course provides a comprehensive introduction to basic concepts of patent law and policy. No technical background is required. The course addresses the history of patents as well as the policy arguments for and against using patents as a mechanism for inducing innovation. Students learn the basics of patent drafting and prosecution, patent claims, and claim construction. The class then addresses in depth the central patentability criteria of subject matter, utility, nonobviousness, and disclosure. Other topics of importance that are covered in the class include: the relationship between patents and other forms of intellectual property protection, particularly trade secrecy and copyright; the intersection of patent and antitrust law; the role of the two major institutions responsible for administering the patent system, the Patent and Trademark Office and the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit; and the role of patents in the two major industries of the knowledge-based economy, information technology and biotechnology.

  88. 6700 - 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.

  89. 6830 - Pensions and Employee Benefits

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

  90. 6700 - Practical Issues in State Government Seminar

    (2 hours). This seminar will focus on necessary skills and litigation tools used by attorneys employed in a governmental practice. Issues will be addressed in a practical manner and will be taught in a mentoring style. Topics will include: the duty of a governmental lawyer to serve the public interest, balancing confidentiality and open government principles, rule making, negotiation with governmental and private entities, and the role of politics in governmental practical.

  91. 6712 - Products Liability Seminar

    (2 hours). Regulation and civil liability of manufacturers and distributors of defective products. Development of the concept of recovery for injuries caused by products; survey of civil actions for harm resulting from defective and dangerous products; study of problems associated with hazard identification and the process of evaluation of risk; government regulation of dangerous and defective products; review of Consumer Products Safety Act and current legislation dealing with injuries and remedies in specific areas.

  92. 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.

  93. 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.

  94. 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.

  95. 6100 - Taxation of Business Entities and Oil & Gas Interests

    (3 hours). This course will survey the federal income tax laws on organizing and running businesses as corporations, partnerships, S corporations, and LLCs. We will then look at the taxation of oil and gas operations including exploration, development, production, and abandonment. Classes consist of lectures, case discussions, and problem analysis. A business background is not needed to understand this material. (Individual Income Tax is a prerequisite, but it can be taken concurrently.)

  96. 6700 - Terrorism/Civil Liberties Seminar

    (2 hours). This seminar focuses on a wide range of 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.

  97. 6560 - Title Examination

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

  98. 6100 - 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, domain name disputes and false advertising. No technical background required.

  99. 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.

  100. 6400 - Uganda: Practice Experience in Another Common Law Jurisdiction

    (3 hours). The course will center around a ten to twelve day trip to Gulu, Uganda during Spring Break 2016. Students will miss a few days of other classes on one side or Spring break or the other. In Uganda, students will work side by side with Gulu University law students, under the guidance of Prof. Scaperlanda and Gulu University professor, Priscilla Odiya, working with women prisoners or with land disputes. Some work and class meetings (scheduled at mutually acceptable times) will take place prior to and after the trip. Funding to offset the cost of travel will be available. Enrollment is limited to five students and admission is by application only. If you are interested, please email Prof. Scaperlanda expressing your interest in the course, Africa, and Uganda in particular, and attaching your resume.

  101. 6700 - 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.

  102. 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.

  103. 6843 - Wealth Transfer Taxation

    (3 hours). Federal estate, gift, and generation-skipping transfer taxes, applicable to gratuitous transfers.

  104. 6700 - White Collar Crime Seminar

    (2 hours). This seminar will explore the law and practice of white-collar prosecution and defense. Through a mix of lecture, discussion, and in-class exercises, we will cover most major aspects of white-collar practice, including investigation, indictment, plea negotiations, trial, and sentencing. The course will cover all major federal white-collar crime statutes, including wire/mail fraud, securities fraud, tax fraud, money laundering, and Sarbanes-Oxley related crimes, and will learn some of the more practical aspects of white-collar practice, including government cooperation, grand jury work, and various agreements to dispose of cases, including deferred-prosecution agreements and plea agreements. Papers written for this seminar will satisfy the graduation writing requirement.

  105. 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.