Academics - curriculum and Coursework > 2nd/3rd Year
Appellate Litigation (LAW 920) (2 Hours)
A study of the conduct of civil and criminal appeals. The course entails intensive instruction on skills involved in the preparation of an appellate brief and the conduct of an oral argument. It also includes a study of appellate procedures and scope of review.
Federal Income Taxation of Individuals (LAW 740) (3 Hours)
This course provides introductory treatment of income taxation using the Internal Revenue Code. the course explores: 1) those items that are included in gross income; 2) deductions that are allowed from gross income in arriving at taxable income; 3) tax credits that are allowed in determining the tax due; 4) when income is considered received for tax purposes; 5) whether one taxpayer may shift the incidence of taxation to another; and 6) those items of income that are specially treated. Student must take in their second or third year if GPA is below 3.0 after first year.
Business Association (LAW 640) (3 Hours)
This course involves a study of the problem arising out of the creation, organization, and operation of the business entity (primarily corporations, but agencies, partnerships and joint ventures are also reviewed). Coverage includes an analysis of rights, duties, and financial rewards of corporate shareholders, directors and officers. Proxy regulations, struggles for control, transactions in shares by insiders, shareholder litigation, and fundamental changes in the corporate structure are other intended topics. Pre-incorporation problems, the law regarding disregard of the corporate entity, and defective incorporation may be included.
Commercial Law (LAW 610) (4 Hours)
This course involves an integrated study of the law governing modern commercial transactions including the Uniform Commercial Code: 1) Article 9 (secured transactions); 2) Article 2 (sales); and 3) Articles 3 and 4 (commercial paper). This course will consider the rights and obligations of parties engaged in the sale and financing of goods and services, and the use of negotiable instruments.
Constitutional Law (LAW 540) (4 Hours)
A study of the United States Constitution including judicial review, national power, state power, executive and congressional relations, substantive due process, procedural due process and equal protection..
Consumer Rights (LAW 711) (3 Hours)
Based on Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act (DTPA), this course examines consumer transactions and considers how the law protects consumers when dealing with merchants, lenders and other providers of products and services. Areas covered are false and deceptive advertising, unconscionability, warranties, credit regulation, informal debt collection, relevant sections of the Insurance Code, and judicial enforcement procedures. Student must take this course in their second or third year if their G.P.A. is below 3.0 after the first year.
Criminal Procedure (LAW 601) (3 Hours)
This is a course focusing on the processes of the criminal justice system and the constitutional guarantees stemming from the Bill of Rights and the Fourteenth amendment of the United Sates constitution. Emphasis placed on the incorporation process, the right to counsel, the law of search and seizure and the exclusionary rule, and rules relating to interrogation, wiretapping and electronic eavesdropping.
Evidence (LAW 600) (3 Hours)
A study of the rules of evidence and reasons supporting them, state and federal. These include relevancy, impeachment, the burden of producing evidence, the burden of persuasion, presumptions, judicial notice, competency of witnesses, the presentation of evidence and its admission of exclusion, demonstrative evidence, writings, the hearsay rule and its exceptions and privilege. This course must be taken in the fall semester of students second year.
Federal Jurisdiction (LAW 602) (3 Hours)
A study of the procedure practice and procedure under the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. This course focuses on: 1) the relationship between the federal judiciary and executive and legislative branches of the federal government; and 2) the relationship between the federal courts and the states. The topics covered include Congressional power to control federal court jurisdiction, constitutional and statutory limitations on subject-matter jurisdiction, sovereign and official immunity, abstention, equitable restraint, and other limitations, on the exercise of federal court jurisdiction, the Erie Doctrine, and federal common law. This course may be taken in the second or third year.
Professional Responsibility (LAW 620) (2 Hours)
A study of the rules of conduct that regulates a lawyer's relation with clients, the courts, others of the legal profession, and the community at large. Among the topics covered are: Organization of the Bar, discipline, duty to courts, clients, public and fellow lawyers, fiduciary duty, advocacy, and the adversary system, fees, solicitation and mortality of the bar. The course uses ABA Code of Professional conduct as well as a case book.
Texas Practice (LAW 903) (3 Hours)
This course is designed to acquaint the student with the procedures of litigating a case, either civil or criminal, in a Texas court. Topics range from issuance of process to the satisfaction of judgment, with some attendant substantive law concepts, from a practice point of view. Court structure, limitation of actions, jurisdiction, venue, process, parties, pleadings, motions, pretrial disclosure, calendar practice, preparation for trial, pretrial conference, jury trial, non-jury trial judgments and their enforcement, provisional remedies, special proceedings and appeals will be discussed. Also included in the course are criminal procedure and other substantive law concepts. Students must take this course in their second or third year if after first year G.P.A. is below 3.0.
Trial Simulation (LAW 921) (2 Hours)
In this course, students who have already completed basic Civil Procedure, Evidence and several other required substantive courses, are expected to learn the pretrial and trial processes and the role of the lawyer in those processes. Emphasis will be on the trial, but interviewing, negotiating, discovery, pleading, trial preparation and jury instruction are also included. Students will actively participate in voir dire, opening statements, trial evidence, direct examination, cross examination, and closing arguments. Students will participate in exercises that involve making objections, impeachment, using depositions, and introducing exhibits. This course will further emphasize the importance of ethics, decorum and personal mannerisms in the courtroom. Each student will participate in at least one complete trial.
Wills and Trusts (LAW 600) (4 Hours)
The "wills" component of the course covers intestate succession, problems common to inheritance and wills, formal requirements to wills, revocation of wills, restrictions on the power to disposition, components of a will, changes in beneficiaries and property after execution of the will, class gifts, contracts relating to wills and will contests.
The "trusts" component of the course covers the Texas Trust Code, express trusts; resulting trusts; constructive trusts, creation of trusts, inter vivos and testamentary trusts, revocable trusts, charitable trusts, resulting trusts, transfer of beneficiary's interest termination of trusts, administration of trusts (trustee powers and duties), principal and income problems and jurisdiction and proceedings concerning trusts.