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Subject Areas of the Upper Level Curriculum and Subject Area Advisors

In planning course selection students may want to take into account the possibility of concentrating in certain areas of the curriculum. The following is a list of areas of the curriculum with a suggested sequence of courses in each area. Not all courses are offered each year. Faculty advisers are listed for each area for students who would like further information:

1. Business Law

Advisors: Professor Martin McWilliams, Office 340, e-mail: mcwillmc@law.sc.edu
Professor James Burkhard, Office 331, e-mail: burkhajr@law.sc.edu

  • Agency, Partnership, and Limited Liability Companies
  • Business Associations, Business Corporations or Corporations
  • Business Torts
  • Corporate Finance
  • Corporate Tax
  • Income Tax
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Nonprofit Organizations
  • Partnership & LLC Taxation
  • Securities Regulation
  • Small Business Capstone Course

Other recommended courses:

  • Drafting Business Agreements
  • Intellectual Property
  • International Trade Law
  • Nonprofit Organizations Clinic
  • Trademark Law

Note: There are a number of other courses that would be useful to students who wish to practice Business Law, such as Administrative Law. In addition, an attorney who practices business law would profit from exposure to other business-related fields, such as commercial law, labor law, and intellectual property law.

2. Children’s Law

Advisor: Professor Derek Black, Office 230, email: blackdw@email.sc.edu
Professor Josh Gupta-Kagan, Office 370, email: jgkagan@mailbox.sc.edu

  • Advanced Family Law
  • Child Protection Advocacy Clinic
  • Children and the Courts
  • Children’s Law Externship
  • Constitutional Issues in Public Education
  • Education Law & Policy
  • Family Law
  • Immigration and Family Law Skills Workshop
  • Juvenile Justice
  • Parents, Children & the Law
  • Poverty Law & Policy
  • Race, Class and Education
  • Special Education Law

3. Commercial Law and Bankruptcy

Advisor: Professor Philip Lacy, Office 326, e-mail: lacypt@law.sc.edu

  • Bankruptcy
  • Commercial Law
  • Consumer Law
  • Secured Transactions

4. Constitutional Rights

Advisor: Professor Josie Brown, Office 329, e-mail: brownjf@law.sc.edu

  • Bioethics Seminar
  • Civil Rights Seminar
  • Commercial Speech Seminar
  • Constitutional Issues in Public Education
  • Employment Discrimination
  • Free Speech & Democracy
  • International Human Rights Seminar
  • Media Law
  • Religion & the Constitution
  • The Constitution & National Security
  • Women and the Law

5. Criminal Law

Advisor: Professor Colin Miller, Office 262, e-mail: mille933@law.sc.edu

  • Administrative Law Externship (Criminal)
  • Criminal Adjudication
  • Criminal Procedure
  • Criminal Regulation of Vice
  • Criminal Trial Practice
  • Criminal Practice Clinic
  • Ethical Issues in Criminal Practice
  • Trial Advocacy
6. Environmental Law
Advisor: Professor Josh Eagle, Office 242, e-mail: eaglej@law.sc.edu
  • Administrative Law
  • Climate Change
  • Coastal Law
  • Coastal Law Field Lab
  • Energy Law
  • Environmental Law of Natural Resources
  • Environmental Law and Policy (formerly Federal Environmental Law)
  • International Environmental Law
  • Water Law
7. Family Law
Advisor: Professor Marcia Zug, Office 232, e-mail: zug@law.sc.edu
  • Advanced Family Law
  • Children & The Courts
  • Children’s Law Externship
  • Elder Law
  • Family Law
  • Immigration and Family Law Skills Workshop
  • Juvenile Justice
  • Parents, Children and the Law
  • Other recommended courses:
  • Income Tax
8. Health Law
Advisor: Professor Jacqueline Fox, Office 218, foxjr@mailbox.sc.edu
  • Administrative Law
  • Bioethics Seminar
  • Food & Drug Law
  • Health Law & Policy
  • Insurance
  • Public Health Law
  • Topics in Insurance
9. Intellectual Property
Advisor: Professor Ned Snow, Office 337, e-mail: snownt@law.sc.edu
  • Copyright Law
  • Cyberspace Law
  • Intellectual Property
  • Patent Law
  • Trademark Law
10. International and Comparative Law

Advisor: Professor Joel Samuels, Office 336, e-mail: samueljh@law.sc.edu

  • Comparative Law
  • International Human Rights Skills Course
  • Rule of Law Seminar
  • Russian Law and Legal System
  • Transnational Law
11. Labor & Employment Law

Advisor: Professor Joe Seiner; Office 308, e-mail seiner@law.sc.edu

  • ADR in Employment Workshop
  • Employment Discrimination
  • Individual Employment Law
  • Principles of Labor Law
  • South Carolina Workers Compensation
12. Litigation

Advisor: Professor Robert Bockman, Office 227, email: bockman@email.sc.edu

  • Administrative Law
  • Advanced Civil Procedure
  • Civil Litigation Capstone Course
  • Complex Civil Litigation
  • Conflict of Laws
  • Evidence
  • Federal Courts
  • Interviewing, Counseling, and Negotiation
  • Legal and Equitable Remedies
  • Problems in Professional Responsibility
  • Topics in Insurance Law

One of the following pretrial courses:

  • Electronic Discovery

One of the following trial practice courses:

  • Advanced Trial Advocacy
  • Criminal Trial Practice
  • Trial Advocacy

One of the following live-client clinics:

  • Criminal Practice Clinic
  • Juvenile Justice Clinic

Other recommended courses:

  • Appellate Advocacy
  • Construction Law and Litigation
  • ADR In Employment Workshop
13. Probate and Estate Planning

Advisor: Professor Alan Medlin, Office 338, e-mail: medlinsa@law.sc.edu

  • Elder Law
  • Estate Planning
  • Fiduciary Administration
  • Income Tax
  • Wills, Trusts, and Estates
14. Real Estate Law

Advisor: Professor Alan Medlin, Office 338, e-mail: medlinsa@law.sc.edu

  • Environmental Law and Policy
  • Estate Planning
  • Land Use Planning
  • Real Estate Transactions I
  • Real Estate Transactions II
15. Taxation

Advisor: Professor Tessa Davis, Office 235, email: davistes@law.sc.edu

  • Income Tax
  • Corporate Tax
  • Partnership & LLC Taxation
  • State and Local Tax

Other recommended course:

  • Non-Profit Organizations