Highly Recommended Upper Level Courses

(Course Name | Credit Hours)

ADVANCED TORTS – 9510 – (3)

Prerequisites: Torts – 7040 and 7140.

A selective examination of tort actions usually not included in an introductory survey torts course. Subjects generally include alienation of affections, loss of consortium, criminal conversation, interference with prospective advantage and business torts, state unfair competition and copyright, defamation, and invasions upon privacy.  A special focus is given to unique North Carolina common law and statutory actions, which may include discussions of wrongful death, products liability, malicious prosecution, nuisance, misrepresentation, or related topics of the professor’s choosing. This course was also offered under the name Relational Injuries II.


(Evening Program Only)
A study of agency as a means of conducting business through others and of the partnership as a business form. The course explores vicarious liability of an employer for the torts of an employee, the duties between an agent and principal, and the power of an agent to bind the principal. The characteristics of general and limited partnerships are examined, and the recent impact of limited liability entities is considered. The course is designed to complement Corporations 8040.


An overview of the appellate process. This course includes lectures, reading and writing assignments, discussions relating to the fundamentals of appellate brief writing and oral advocacy. The course will culminate in an appellate brief and/or argument.


Prerequisite: Appellate Advocacy I
Students in this 2 hr. clinic will handle the appeals of actual cases involving family, GAL, and civil issues for indigent clients under the supervision of an appellate attorney. Students will work on various aspects of the appeals as deemed necessary by deadlines imposed by the NC Rules of Appellate Procedure. Activities may include filing a Notice of Appeal, the development of the Record on Appeal, drafting motions and memorandums of law, conducting research, and brief-writing.


Prerequisite: Constitutional Law I.
This course provides a comprehensive survey of First Amendment case law. The topics will be freedom of speech (including political, offensive, commercial, and hate speech), freedom of the press, free exercise of religion, and the guarantee against establishment of religion. Throughout the semester, we will try to work current events as much as possible into our discussions.


An examination of the Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth Amendments to the United States Constitution and the regulation of law enforcement conduct during criminal investigations. Subjects covered include arrests, searches and seizures, indictments, trials, punishments, confessions, and the right to an attorney. Course coverage begins with the Due Process Clause and its impact on the trial of criminal defendants.


Prerequisites: Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Evidence, and Trial Practice.
The classroom component of the clinic includes lectures, readings, guest speakers, written assignments, and hearing and trial simulations. The course focuses on North Carolina criminal procedure from arrest through sentencing. The course will highlight issues unique to prosecutors including charging decisions, plea negotiations, calendaring, discovery, special ethical considerations, and the Victims Rights Act.


Prerequisite: Decedents’ Estates I.
An examination of the law of future interests, including rules regarding class gifts, powers of appointment, and the Rule against Perpetuities.


A survey course that examines the nature and law of marriage, the contract to marry and its consequences, prenuptial agreements, annulment, divorce and separation, alimony and support obligations. Equitable distribution, the concept of family, rights and duties of parent and child, child custody, visitation and support, termination of parental rights and adoption, and procreation including legitimacy, contraception and new reproduction technologies are also covered.


An overview of the procedures and practical aspects of a judicial clerkship. Topics covered include coverage of clerkship duties, drafting an opinion, confidentiality, prohibited practices, appellate rules, case law, citations and oral arguments. Students will learn to trace the sources and evolution of appellate law; explain the structure and jurisdiction of the appellate courts; distinguish procedural law from substantive law on appeals; list and describe the essential elements of an opinion; and describe the Rules of Appellate Procedure and their application to opinions.

REMEDIES – 9110 – (3)

An examination of the legal rules and principles that determine the nature and measurement of relief to which a successful litigant may be entitled. Students will examine issues related to the elements and measure of money damages, specific performance of contracts, availability and scope of preliminary and permanent injunctive relief, declaratory judgment and restitution. Other areas typically covered include the relationship between legal and equitable relief and ancillary issues such as attorneys’ fees, collection of judgments, governmental immunity and punitive damages.

TRIAL PRACTICE I – 8170 – (3)

Prerequisite: Evidence 8010
A study of the process of client representation focusing on trial preparation: fact gathering, negotiating and counseling, and the final trial. The course involves exercises on direct and cross-examination, jury selection, and closing arguments. Each student participates in a mock trial.