Accounting for Lawyers
1 Credit Hour

Instructor(s):
Jim G. Creecy
Requirements:
Elective

An introduction to accounting theory, interpretation of financial statements, the legal implications of an audit report. Applications of accounting theory to probate accounting and accounting for real estate closing settlements are made.

Administrative Law
1 Credit Hour

Instructor(s):
Honorable Lynn M. Alexander, William L. Penny
Requirements:
Elective

A study of legislative authority and administrative agencies with special emphasis upon the administrative process and judicial review. This course introduces the unique procedures, hidden dangers, traps, snares, pitfalls which are encountered in public sector vs. private sector legal disputes.

Advanced Depositions Strategy & Practice
1

Instructor(s):
Phillip Miller
Requirements:
Must have completed Civil Procedure and Evidence

Anyone pursuing a career in civil litigation will quickly discover that, for most cases, depositions will make a substantial difference in the case value and the outcome for their clients. The purpose of this course is to prepare the participants to take and defend depositions effectively by learning specific skills, including: (1) how to decide what questions to ask and how to ask them; (2) how to exhaust a witness’s knowledge or opinions; (3) how to eliminate surprises at trial by boxing in a witness’s recollection or opinion; (4) how to introduce case-altering rules, standards, and exhibits despite opposition; (5) how to prepare your client for a deposition; and (6) how to make and deal with objections. The course will also review the case law and the procedural and ethical rules as they apply to deposition conduct.

Advanced Legal Studies
3 Credit Hour

Instructor(s):
David Hudson & Chuck Shonholtz
Requirements:
Fourth Year

A comprehensive review of all topics tested on the Tennessee Bar Examination. This course is designed to emphasize the knowledge, skills and confidence required to pass the bar examination on the initial attempt. Limited to Fourth Year students.

Advanced Property Law
1 Credit Hour

Instructor(s):
C. Dewees Berry, IV, Wesley D. Turner
Requirements:
Elective

A practical course in the practice of real property, mortgages and title law, with special emphasis on drafting documents, searching title to real property, preparation of title opinions and certificates of title, reading surveys, and conducting escrow closings.

Banking Law
1 Credit Hour

Instructor(s):
Requirements:
Elective

Banking Law is an elective which will include a discussion of the history of American banking, including the dual banking system, bank formation, and geographic expansion of banks. The course will also deal with the regulation and structure of traditional banking activities, as well as the provision of non-traditional financial services by banks and bank holding companies. The course will focus on both state and federal banking laws and regulations, especially in the areas of apparent or potential conflicts and will provide the student with a basic background in bank antitrust laws, international banking, and laws relating to other providers of financial services, including thrifts, mortgage lenders, and credit unions. Lectures on techniques useful in the representation of financial institutions before state and federal regulatory agencies will also be included.

Bankruptcy Practice and Procedure
2 Credit Hours

Instructor(s):
Henry E. Hildebrand, III
Requirements:
Elective

A survey of the rights and remedies of debtors and creditors before and during bankruptcy proceeding.

Business Associations
3 Credit Hours

Instructor(s):
Kimberley L. Reed-Bracey
Requirements:
Fourth Year

An examination of the law of partnership emphasizing the Uniform Partnership Act and the Revised Limited Partnership Act of Tennessee with analysis of related State and Federal court decisions, followed by a study of law of corporations, emphasizing the Tennessee Business Corporation Act, the Non-Profit Corporation Act, and the Professional Corporation Act, with a review of the State and Federal Securities Acts and analysis of pertinent State and Federal court decisions.

Civil Litigation Skills and Values
1 Credit Hour

Instructor(s):
R. Eddie Davidson
Requirements:
Elective

Litigation Skills and Values is a workshop in drafting pleadings and drafting and arguing motions.

Civil Procedure
3 Credit Hours

Instructor(s):
Honorable Donald R. Ash
Requirements:
Second Year

Covers subject matter and personal jurisdiction, venue, estoppel by judgment, and the Federal and Tennessee Rules of Civil Procedure.

Civil Trial Practice
2 Credit Hours

Instructor(s):
Daniel P. Berexa
Requirements:
3rd Year

This course introduces students to trial practice in a “learning by doing” environment. The primary objectives of the course are: 1) to develop the essential skills and competencies required of a trial lawyer; 2) to enhance the student’s understanding of discovery and pretrial motion practice and how both can impact the outcome of a case; 3) to understand the trial process and courtroom protocol; 4) to enhance public speaking and advocacy skills; and, 5) to learn to be a professional and ethical advocate. Students participate in several small group activities to learn basic trial skills, advocacy theory and the rules and law applicable to civil trial practice. The course culminates with student conducted jury trials in which class members work in teams on fictional, but realistic, cases such as personal injury or breach of contract claims. Each student team engages in discovery; drafts, files, and argues pretrial motions; conducts voir dire; gives opening statements; presents evidence; examines and cross-examines witnesses; makes and responds to objections; and, makes closing arguments. In addition to peer feedback, the instructor critiques and evaluates students on their use of skills and techniques taught in the class, argument of the law and facts, legal research, written product, and overall preparation and performance.

Conflicts of Law
2 Credit Hours

Instructor(s):
Patrick J. McHale
Requirements:
Fourth Year

The study of jurisdictional and choice of law issues encountered because litigation or a transaction has multistate contacts, and of the recognition and enforcement of foreign judgments.

Constitutional Criminal Law and Procedure
2 Credit Hour

Instructor(s):
Gen. Glenn Funk & Laura C. Dykes
Requirements:
First Year

A survey of Constitutional Criminal Law with emphasis on the U.S. Supreme Court’s interpretation of Constitutional rights of the accused and a study of Criminal Procedure with emphasis on the Tennessee Rules of Criminal and Appellate Procedure.

Constitutional Law
3 Credit Hours

Instructor(s):
Dean William C. Koch, Jr.
Requirements:
Second Year

Covers Judicial Review, Sources of Federal Power, State and Federal relationships, State and Interstate commerce, Individual rights and liberties including due process, property rights, equal protection, state or individual First Amendment – speech, press, assembly and religion.

Consumer Protection Law
1 Credit Hour

Instructor(s):
David J. Tarpley
Requirements:
Elective

This upper level elective course will provide an introduction to current law in the area of consumer protection, both federal and state, with appropriate emphasis on Tennessee law. Topics will include the FTC Act and selected trade regulation rules, consumer credit disclosure (Truth in Lending), credit discrimination, credit reporting, debt collection abuse, federal warranty protection (the Magnuson-Moss Act), selected U.C.C. issues, usury and overcharge, fraud and misrepresentation, Consumer Protection Act violations and remedies, and unconscionability.

Contracts and Sales
3 Credit Hours

Instructor(s):
William L. Harbison
Requirements:
First Year

Study in the development, performance and remedies for non-performance of enforceable agreements. The course is a blend of traditional common law and changes brought about by Article Two of the Uniform Commercial Code.

Crimes
1 Credit Hour

Instructor(s):
General Glenn Funk, Laura C. Dykes
Requirements:
First Year

An examination in substantive Criminal Law with analysis of common law concepts as well as statutory revisions.

Criminal Defense Skills & Values
1 Credit Hour

Instructor(s):
Laura C. Dykes
Requirements:
Elective

This course reviews Tennessee Crimes, Defenses, Procedure and Constitutional Law issues and covers client representation from initial interview through post sentencing issues. Emphasis is on the practical aspects of criminal defense.

Domestic Relations
1 Credit Hour

Instructor(s):
Honorable R.E. Lee Davies, Honorable Philip E. Smith
Requirements:
Third Year

A study of Domestic Relations law covering marriage, divorce, child custody, support obligations, adoptions and tax consequences.

Effective Motion Practice in Civil Cases
1 Credit Hour

Instructor(s):
Chancellor Ellen Hobbs Lyle, Judge Walter C. Kurtz
Requirements:
Must have completed Civil Procedure and Evidence

For today’s civil practitioners, motion practice is their most common courtroom experience. Even though motions are an essential part of a winning litigation strategy, many lawyers are their own worst enemies when it comes to making and defending motions. The purpose of this course is to provide the participants with the information and skills that will enable them to develop habits that will help them be more effective advocates in their motion practice. This course will focus chiefly on Rule 12 motions, Rule 56 motions for summary judgment, Rule 59 motions, and Rule 60 motions.

Employment and Labor Law
2 Credit Hours

Instructor(s):
Trevor W. Howell
Requirements:
Elective

A review of the law governing regulation of the employment relationship. Age and handicap/disability prohibitions, anti-retaliation and whistleblower laws, and common law protection against wrongful discharges are covered. Race and sex discrimination prohibitions are emphasized. Legal problems incident to collective bargaining by employees at common-law and under modern federal and state legislation, Taft Hartley Act, closed shop, union shop, picketing, the strike, rights of labor and rights of management, common law rights of employees and rights under modern federal and state discrimination statutes are examined.

Entertainment Law
1 Credit Hour

Instructor(s):
Ramona P. DeSalvo
Requirements:
Elective

This course studies the applicability of the present statutory and judicial structure on the entertainment industry.

Environmental Law
1 Credit Hour

Instructor(s):
William L. Penny
Requirements:
Elective

This course offers a practical approach toward environmental law, combining theory with real life consideration. There is some federal and national material but the course is mainly focused on Tennessee environmental law.

Estate Planning and Administration of Decedents' Estates
1 Credit Hour

Instructor(s):
K. Harlan Dodson, III, Andra J. Hedrick
Requirements:
Third Year

This course consists of three aspects. The first aspect is a consideration of the practical, personal, and ethical considerations involved in Estate Planning. The second part of the course reviews the applicable tax provisions of Federal and Tennessee law as to how they impact planning. Finally, the course discusses the general planning concepts and techniques used in modern planning.

Ethics and Professionalism
1 Credit Hour

Instructor(s):
Laura L. Chastain
Requirements:
Third Year

A detailed study of Tennessee statutes and Supreme Court Rules regarding ethical standards, disciplinary rules, and disciplinary procedures for lawyers and judges.

Evidence
3 Credit Hours

Instructor(s):
Honorable Steve R. Dozier
Requirements:
Second Year

A comprehensive study of all aspects of the Federal Rules, the Tennessee Rules, and the Majority Rules of Evidence.

Federal Crimes
1 Credit Hour

Instructor(s):
Honorable Joe B. Brown
Requirements:
Elective

A course designed to cover the primary federal statutes, including RICO, various fraud statutes such as mail wire, bank and health care fraud, public corruption cases, as well as drug and firearms violations and the elements of various offenses, the constitutional basis for federal criminal law, the interplay between state and federal statutes, and the application of the Federal Sentencing Guidelines.

Federal Income Taxation of Individuals
1 Credit Hour

Instructor(s):
Mark H. Westlake
Requirements:
Elective

A survey introduction to the federal law governing income taxation of individuals including the definition of the income tax base, the qualification for allowable deducations, credits and special rates and the application of income taxation to transactions encountered in the general practice of law. Prerequisite for Introduction to Tennessee and Federal Income Taxation of Business Entities and Trusts.

First Amendment Law
1 Credit Hour

Instructor(s):
David L. Hudson, Jr.
Requirements:
Elective

This course covers the history of the First Amendment and the five basics freedoms it contains of religion, speech, press, assembly and petitions.

General Sessions Court Practicum
1 Credit Hour

Instructor(s):
Honorable Angelita Dalton
Requirements:
Elective

A course designed to cover the primary General Sessions practice, including civil court rules and procedures, forms, actions, judgments and criminal court rules and procedures, trials, pleas, probation, mental health court and drug courts. Course will include representing actual clients in civil or criminal matters in General Sessions Court under supervision of licensed attorneys. Prerequisite: Completion of First and Second Year required courses.

Health Law
1 credit

Instructor(s):
Eileen Githens
Requirements:
Elective

This course will provide an overview of health care issues and the significance of those issues on the practice of law. The course will consider aspects of health care such as the Affordable Health Care Act, hospitals' obligations to provide access to emergency health care, the requirements for subpoenas for health care information, federal anti-kickback and self-referral legislation, hospital governance, hospital-physician relationships, and informed consent for health care services.

Immigration Law
1 Credit Hour

Instructor(s):
L. Mabel Arroyo, Michael Smallbone
Requirements:
Elective

This course teaches concepts fundamental to Immigration Law so that students will understand and be able to apply them to analysis of issues arising in factual settings.

Intellectual Property Law
1 Credit Hour

Instructor(s):
Ramona P. DeSalvo
Requirements:
Elective

An introduction to the law of patent, copyright, trademark, unfair competition, trade scret, and other regimes through which the legal system extends protection to ideas, their use, or their expression.

Juvenile Practice And Procedure
1 Credit Hour

Instructor(s):
Honorable Carlton M. Lewis
Requirements:
Elective

Legal and philosophical bases for a separate juvenile court system, and of the state’s rights as parens patriae to interfere in the parent-child relationship; juvenile court jurisdiction over the delinquent child, the status offender and the dependent and negelected child through the entire court process from investigation and arrest or summons, to adjudication and disposition, including continued supervision by the court or social worker.

Land Use Planning
1 Credit Hour

Instructor(s):
George Dean
Requirements:
Elective

An examination of the legal constraints on the uses and allocation of land resources. This includes a consideration of federal, state and local regulatory schemes, especially subdivision regulation and zoning.

Law Office Management
1 Credit Hour

Instructor(s):
John D. Kitch
Requirements:
Elective

This course is organized around readings, class discussions, presentations and class projects dealing with legal demographics, marketing and advertising, fees and law office accounting, bookkeeping, time management, calendar control, timekeeping, risk management, managing of trust accounts and other related issues.

Legal Skills & Values I
2 Credit Hours

Instructor(s):
Honorable Timothy Easter, General Glenn Funk, Candi Henry, David L. Hudson, Jr.
Requirements:
First Year

This course starts the process of developing the legal research and writing skills necessary in the law profession. These skills are taught in conjunction with development of the broad professional knowledge and demeanor expected of a lawyer. The course incorporates an overview of the American legal system, primary sources, secondary sources, and various legal research methods, with emphasis on electronic research and materials. The course’s approach to legal writing emphasizes clear writing and sound structure as assignments progress in complexity from professional correspondence to persuasive memos. Students will learn how to use standard legal citation to incorporate statutory and case law research into office memoranda and a motion. Students will also learn how to draft advice letters and write effective essays.

Legal Skills & Values II
1 Credit Hour

Instructor(s):
David L. Hudson, Jr., Dianne Neal
Requirements:
Third Year

This course involves the drafting of various kinds of legal instruments routinely used in the practice of law, such as legal memoranda, trial and appellate briefs, wills and contracts.

Mental Health Law
1 Credit Hour

Instructor(s):
Honorable Daniel B. Eisenstein
Requirements:
Elective

This course will provide students an opportunity to study a wide range of topics in current and past American mental health law. Topics covered may include civil commitment, guardianship and involuntary treatment; criminal prosecution and sentencing of the mentally ill, including the evaluation and weighing of claims of insanity in the criminal process.

Mortgages
1 Credit Hour

Instructor(s):
Wesley D. Turner
Requirements:
Required for 2018 graduates; then offered as elective

A study of real estate mortgages with emphasis on the creation, validity and enforcement thereof, dealing with recording acts, restricting covenants, easements and other encumbrances that effect title to real estate.

Negotiating and Counseling
2 Credit Hours

Instructor(s):
Kal W. Helou
Requirements:
Elective

A course designed to cover the relationship between lawyers and clients, in particular, interviewing and counseling; planning transactions, negotiations and preparing for dispute resolutions and drafting settlement agreements.

Property
3 Credit Hours

Instructor(s):
Scott Fielding
Requirements:
Second Year

Concept of property; estates in land and future interests; concurrent ownership; acquisition, ownership and transfer of property rights; recording and assurances of title; easements, covenants and servitudes. Introduction to land use control and the power of eminent domain; the law of landlord and tenant, including modifications by statute in Tennessee.

Public Advocacy
1 Credit hour

Instructor(s):
Bill Purcell
Requirements:
Elective

The practice of law requires skills of verbal communication and persuasion, most of which will not be to a jury. This seminar is designed to prepare lawyers for the wide variety of verbal presentations they will encounter outside the courtroom, from public hearings and community meetings to mediation, press conferences, and boardrooms. The study of rhetoric and effective oral advocacy will be accompanied with practice by members of the class at every meeting. Limited to 15 students; evaluation will be based entirely on class presentations and participation; pass/fail.

Restitution and Remedies
3 Credit Hours

Instructor(s):
M. Clark Spoden
Requirements:
Third Year

A study of traditional remedies employed by the courts, with major emphasis on the development of equity, its function, and its contributions to the reservoir of remedies available in modern litigation.

Sales
1 Credit Hour

Instructor(s):
Honorable David M. Bragg
Requirements:
Fourth Year

Secured Transactions
1 Credit Hour

Instructor(s):
Honorable David M. Bragg
Requirements:
Fourth Year

A study of the law of security interests in personal property and fixtures with a primary interest on Article 9 of the Uniform Commercial Code.

Social Security Disability Law and Practice
1 Credit Hour

Instructor(s):
Steven N. Perrigo
Requirements:
Elective

This course provides an introduction to Social Security Law. Social Security operates under complex rules to provide critical benefits to millions of individuals and family members each year through administration of its retirement, disability, and survivors' programs. Topics covered include: eligibility criteria, claims procedures, post-entitlement actions, evidentiary requirements, solvency, the role of attorneys, and practical advice for working with both claimants and the government.

State and Local Taxation
1 Credit Hour

Instructor(s):
Jim G. Creecy
Requirements:
Elective

A study of the limitations imposed by state and federal constitutions on state taxing power, the Commerce Clause, the Due Process Clause, the Import-Export Clause, the Privileges and Immunities Clauses of the federal constitution, and Article II, Section 28 of the state constitution, including a review of the Tennessee state tax structure.

Technology and The Law
1 Credit Hour

Instructor(s):
R. Eddie Davidson
Requirements:
Elective

A course designed to equip each student with essential skills involved in 1)digital practice management, 2)digital discovery and 3) digital courtroom presentations. Each student should have the skills necessary to create, manage, search and locate digital files (as required in Federal Court), generate and propound discovery in digital format, and finally, within the context of an actual moot court scenario, enhance their courtroom appearance with a digital presentation of documents, video, and/or other appropriate digital imagery.

Tennessee and Federal Income Taxation of Business Entities and Trusts
1 Credit Hour

Instructor(s):
Mark H. Westlake
Requirements:
Elective

A survey of Tennessee and federal laws imposing federal income tax and Tennessee excise or income tax on corporations, partnerships, limited libability companies, trusts and their owners, grantors and beneficiaries with emphasis on potential income tax liabilities and opportunities for income tax savings in the organization and operation of business entities and trusts as well as in the acquisition, disposition and reorganization of business assets.

Tennessee and Federal Taxation of Lifetime Gifts and Transfers At Death
1 Credit Hour

Instructor(s):
Mark H. Westlake
Requirements:
Elective

A survey introduction to the basic principles and policies underlying Tennessee and federal taxation of transfers by intervivos gift or at death. Students learn to identify taxable transfers, assist taxpayers with reporting and compliance and develop alternative strategies for minimizing clients’ state and federal transfer liabilities.

Tennessee Constitutional Law
1 Credit Hour

Instructor(s):
David L. Hudson, Jr.
Requirements:
Elective

Tennessee Constitutional Law covers the Constitution of Tennessee and its interpretation by the courts.

Torts
3 Credit Hours

Instructor(s):
Honorable Marshall L. Davidson, III
Requirements:
First Year

Covers intentional torts, negligence/proof, proximate cause, joint tort feasors, negligence defenses, damages, strict liability, defamation, and survival and wrongful death actions.

Torts II
1 Credit Hour

Instructor(s):
Honorable Marshall L. Davidson, III
Requirements:
Elective (required for anyone graduating after 2018)

Selected federal and Tennessee tort statutes; including Tennessee’s Uninsured Motorist statute, Medical Malpractice Act, wrongful death statutes, government tort liability statutes, and Products Liability Act, the federal Employer’s Liability Act, the Jones Act, Soldiers and Sailors Civil Relief Act, and the Federal Tort Claims Act.

Wills
2 Credit Hours

Instructor(s):
Jeffrey Mobley
Requirements:
Third Year

Wills is an in-depth study of the Tennessee law of intestate succession and wills, and an introductory (less in-depth) examination of related subjects such as incapacity documents, trusts, and estate administration in probate court. The name of the course – “Wills” – is a bit misleading. The course covers not only Wills but also intestate administration (dying without a will), powers of attorney, the basics of trust law, and estate administration in probate court. You do not write a will in this class, but you learn about the laws pertaining to wills, so you need to master this subject matter to be competent to draft a will. We begin by learning about intestate administration, concepts of representation (is per stirpes a social disease? – you’ll have to show up to find out) and basic terminology, then with that background we move into wills: capacity to make a will; grounds for will contests; rules for properly executing attested and holographic wills; revocation, republication, integration of wills; interpretation and construction of ambiguities in wills; lapses, ademption and abatement of bequests. Then we learn about elective share and other rights of surviving spouses and pretermitted children. Next we address incapacity documents (powers of attorney and medical directives). Then we learn about non-probate transfers, revocable and irrevocable trusts, and take a peek at Tennessee’s array of trust laws including its version of the Uniform Trust Code. Finally, we end up with an introduction to estate administration in probate court.

Workers’ Compensation
1 Credit Hour

Instructor(s):
Nancy Krider Corley
Requirements:
Elective

A study of the law of Workers’ Compensation, including the statutes and Tennessee cases which make up the body of Worker’ Compensation law in Tennessee, plus a segment on the administrative practices of the Workers’ Compensation Division of the Tennessee Department of Labor.