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Appendix C - Certificate Programs

CONCENTRATION PROGRAMS

NOTE: Check the most recent course registration packet for any modifications to Concentration requirements.

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Estate Planning Concentration
Family Law Concentration
Intellectual Property Concentration
Business Law Concentration
Dispute Resolution Concentration

Estate Planning Concentration
To earn the Estate Planning Concentration, students must obtain a minimum of 16 credits in core and related courses.  Students must achieve a minimum grade point average of 3.33 in courses used to satisfy the Estate Planning Concentration requirements. Courses offered for a grade may not be taken pass/fail in satisfaction of Concentration requirements. Although substitutions are generally not allowed, a substitution may be permitted in unusual circumstances. A student seeking a substitution should consult with the faculty advisor.
 
Core Courses (all required)
    • Wills & Estates (3)
    • Trusts & Fiduciary Responsibilities (2)
    • Estate & Gift Tax (2) or (3)
    • LARW III: Estate Administration Drafting (2)

Elective Courses (at least one required)
    • Elder Law (2)
    • Guardianship Practicum (1)
    • Federal Income Tax (3)
    • Marital Property (2) or (3)
    • Nonprofit Organizations (2) or (3)
    • Taxation of Business Entities (4)

Writing Requirement (at least one required)
    • LARW III: Estate Planning & Drafting (2)
    • Wills and Estates Clinic (2)

Oral Skills Requirement (at least one required)
    • ADR Survey: Negotiation, Mediation & Arbitration (3)
    • Interviewing, Counseling, and Collaborative Law Practicum (2) or (3)
    • Negotiation Theory & Practice Practicum (3)
    • The Business Negotiator (3)
    • Wills and Estates Clinic (2)

Note: Students may take the Wills & Estates Clinic to satisfy the Oral Skills Requirement or the Writing Requirement for the Concentration, but a student may not use the Wills & Estates Clinic to satisfy both the Oral Skills Requirement and the Writing Requirement for the Concentration.

 

Family Law Concentration
To earn the Family Law Concentration, students must obtain a minimum of 16 credits in core and related courses.  Students must achieve a minimum grade point average of 3.33 in courses used to satisfy the Family Law Concentration. Courses offered for a grade may not be taken pass/fail in satisfaction of Concentration requirements.

Core Courses (three of five required)
    • Adoption Law (2) 
    • ADR Survey: Negotiation, Mediation, and Arbitration (3)
    • Children and the Law (3)
    • Family Law (3)
    • Marital Property (2) or (3)
 

Elective Courses (at least one required)
    • Bankruptcy (3)
    • Elder Law (2) or (3)
    • Federal Income Tax (3) or (4)
    • Juvenile Justice (2)

Writing Requirement (at least one required)
    • Domestic Violence Seminar (2)
    • Gender and the Law Seminar (2)
    • LARW III - Family Law Drafting (2)
    • Queer Law Seminar (2)

Skills Requirement (at least one required)
    • Family Mediation Clinic (3)
    • Law Clinic (3)
    • Mediation Clinic (3)
    • Trial Advocacy Practicum (3)

Recommended Courses
    • Estate and Gift Tax (2) or (3)
    • Wills and Estates (3)
    • LARW III: Estate Planning & Drafting (2)

Note: Elective, writing and skills requirements for the Concentration must be satisfied with different courses.


Intellectual Property Concentration
To earn the Intellectual Property Concentration, students must obtain a minimum of 16 credits in core and related courses.  Students must achieve a minimum grade point average of 3.33 in courses used to satisfy the Intellectual Property Concentration requirements. Courses offered for a grade may not be taken pass/fail in satisfaction of Concentration requirements. Although substitutions are generally not allowed, a substitution may be permitted in unusual circumstances. A student seeking a substitution should consult with the faculty advisor.

PLEASE NOTE:  Courses that count toward the skills requirement for Concentrations do not necessarily count toward the upper level oral skills course requirement for graduation.

Core Courses (at least three required)
    • Copyrights (3)
    • Intellectual Property Survey (3)
    • Patent Law (2)
    • Trademarks and Unfair Competition Law (3)

Elective Courses (at least one required)
    • Art Law (2)
    • Cultural Heritage Law (2)
    • Entertainment Law (2)
    • Intellectual Property Business Transactions (2)
    • International Intellectual Property (2)
    • Internet Law (3)
    • Legal Aspect of Entertainment, Arts and Culture (3)
    • Patent Litigation (2)
    • Sports Law (3)
    • The Information Society (2)
    • Unfair Trade Practices (3)

Writing Requirement (at least one required—see note below)
    • Advanced Topics in Intellectual Property Seminar (2)
    • Fair Use Seminar (2)
    • Intellectual Property Licensing Practicum (2)
    • LARW III: Patent Law Drafting (2)
    • LARW III: Trademark Practice (2) or (3)
    • The Information Society Seminar (2)

Skills Requirement (at least one required—see note below)
    • Intellectual Property and Entrepreneurship Clinic (2)
    • Intellectual Property Licensing Practicum (2)
    • LARW III: Patent Law Drafting (2)
    • LARW III: Trademark Practice (3)
    • Mediation Clinic (3)
    • Negotiation Theory and Practice Practicum (3)

Note: Elective, Writing and Skills requirements for the Concentration must be satisfied with different courses.


Business Law Concentration
To earn the Business Law Concentration, students must obtain a minimum of 16 credits in core and related courses.  Students must achieve a minimum grade point average of 3.33 in courses used to satisfy the Business Law Concentration requirements.  Courses offered for a grade may not be taken pass/fail in satisfaction of Concentration requirements. Although substitutions are generally not allowed, a substitution may be permitted in unusual circumstances. A student seeking a substitution should consult with the faculty advisor.

Core Courses (all required)
    • Business Associations I (3) or Business Associations (4) (before fall 2013)
    • Federal Income Tax (3)
    • Accounting for Lawyers* (3)

Elective Courses (at least one required)
    • Bankruptcy (3)
    • Business Associations II (3)
    • Business Fundamentals for Lawyers (1)
    • International Business Transactions (2) or (3)
    • Nonprofit Organizations (2)
    • Payment Systems (3)
    • Sales & Leases (2) or (3)
    • Secured Transactions (3)
    • Securities Law Enforcement (2)
    • Securities Regulation (3)
    • Taxation of Business Entities (3)

Writing Requirement (at least one required)
    • Business Law Seminar (2)
    • LARW III: Contract Drafting (2)
    • LARW III: How the Deals Get Done (3)

Oral Skills Requirement (at least one required)
    • ADR Survey: Negotiation, Mediation & Arbitration (3)
    • Entrepreneurship Law Clinic (2)
    • Negotiation Theory & Practice Practicum (3)
    • The Business Negotiator (3)

*Note: A student who has a significant background in accounting should discuss with the faculty advisor whether the student can substitute an elective course for Accounting for Lawyers.


Dispute Resolution Concentration
To earn the Dispute Resolution Concentration, students must obtain a minimum of 16 credits in core and related courses.  Students must achieve a minimum grade point average of 3.33 in courses used to satisfy the Dispute Resolution Concentration requirements.  Courses offered for a grade may not be taken pass/fail in satisfaction of Concentration requirements. Although substitutions are generally not allowed, a substitution may be permitted in unusual circumstances. A student seeking a substitution should consult with the faculty advisor.

Core Courses (all required)
    • ADR Survey: Negotiation, Mediation, and Arbitration (3) or Advanced Issues in Criminal Justice (3) *
    • Mediation Clinic (3) or Family Mediation Clinic (3) or Employment Mediation Clinic (2)
    • Negotiation Theory & Practice Practicum (3) or The Business Negotiator (3)
    • Evidence (4)

Writing Requirement (at least one required)
    • ADR in the Workplace Seminar (2)
    • Advanced Issues in Criminal Justice Seminar (2) *
    • Advanced Negotiations Seminar (2) or Special Topics in Negotiations Seminar (2)

Skills Requirement (at least one required)
    • Advanced Issues in Criminal Justice (3)*
    • Arbitration Law and Advocacy Practicum (2) or (3)
    • Criminal Prosecution Clinic (3)
    • Interviewing, Negotiation and Collaborative Law Practicum (2) or (3)
    • Labor Negotiations Workshop (1)
    • Law Clinic (3)
    • Litigation Practicum (2)
    • Sports Law (3)
    • Texas Criminal Law Practicum (2) or (3)
    • Trial Advocacy Practicum (3)
    • Any ADR competition for which classroom credit has been awarded by the law school (i.e., any competition in mediation, negotiation, arbitration, or a combination thereof) (Note:  Only ONE CREDIT can be used toward Concentration requirements, no matter how many competitions a student might compete in)

* Students may not take both Advanced Issues in Criminal Justice (3) and Advanced Issues in Criminal Justice Seminar (2) to satisfy the Concentration requirements.