Fall 2016 Bar Courses

The following upper-class courses offered this semester cover significant subject matter tested on the Multi-State Professional Responsibility Exam, the Multi-state Bar Exam, or the Texas Bar Exam.  For more detailed information about these and other courses which cover subject matter relevant to the bar exam, please see "The Bar Exam: SMU Course Recommendations."  If you are planning to take a bar exam in another state, you should contact the bar examiners office in that state to determine the subjects tested on that exam.  If you have any questions, please see the Assistant Dean for Student Affairs.

 

  • BUSINESS ENTERPRISE (BAR)

    • Class#

      5913

      Catalog#

      6420

      Section#

      701

      Professor

      NORTON

      Room

      HILLCREST

      Hrs

      4

      Day

      MW

      Time

      600-740PM

      Exam

      EXAM

      Description

      This is the basic business law course. The emphasis of the first portion of the course is on the closely held business. To be considered are the following: Agency: General principles of the law of agency. Partnerships (general and limited): Formation, control, liabilities, property, dissolution and disposition of business; internal and external relations of partners. Limited Liability Companies and Corporations: Formation, control, allocation concerns; duties, liabilities, and rights of management and shareholders or members; dispute resolution devices; and fundamentals of capitalization and financing (including basic securities financing and securities law concerns, particularly respecting the private exempt offering). The primary emphasis of the second portion of the course is on the widely owned business. In this portion, general corporate governance and capitalization problems (including preferred stock and debt securities structuring) are further explored, along with corporate distributions and repurchases and fundamental corporate changes. Analysis of mergers and acquisitions is emphasized. Depending on available time, emphasis also is placed on the impact of federal securities laws on the corporate governance structure, including discussion of ongoing public disclosure requirements, proxy regulations, and insider trading restrictions and liabilities. The course is transaction-oriented, whereby planning and problem-solving are stressed, and interdisciplinary use of basic taxation, accounting, and finance notions is made. Special attention is given to the modern statutory trends.

      Prereq

      All 1E Courses

  • BUSINESS ENTERPRISE (BAR)

    • Class#

      5914

      Catalog#

      6420

      Section#

      001

      Professor

      CRESPI

      Room

      207F

      Hrs

      4

      Day

      MW/F

      Time

      1100AM-1215PM/1100-1150AM

      Exam

      EXAM

      Description

      This is the basic business law course. The emphasis of the first portion of the course is on the closely held business. To be considered are the following: Agency: General principles of the law of agency. Partnerships (general and limited): Formation, control, liabilities, property, dissolution and disposition of business; internal and external relations of partners. Limited Liability Companies and Corporations: Formation, control, allocation concerns; duties, liabilities, and rights of management and shareholders or members; dispute resolution devices; and fundamentals of capitalization and financing (including basic securities financing and securities law concerns, particularly respecting the private exempt offering). The primary emphasis of the second portion of the course is on the widely owned business. In this portion, general corporate governance and capitalization problems (including preferred stock and debt securities structuring) are further explored, along with corporate distributions and repurchases and fundamental corporate changes. Analysis of mergers and acquisitions is emphasized. Depending on available time, emphasis also is placed on the impact of federal securities laws on the corporate governance structure, including discussion of ongoing public disclosure requirements, proxy regulations, and insider trading restrictions and liabilities. The course is transaction-oriented, whereby planning and problem-solving are stressed, and interdisciplinary use of basic taxation, accounting, and finance notions is made. Special attention is given to the modern statutory trends.

      Prereq

      All 1E Courses

  • FREEDOM OF SPEECH, PRESS, AND RELIGION (EW)

    • Class#

      5944

      Catalog#

      7333

      Section#

      001

      Professor

      BLOOM

      Room

      101CC

      Hrs

      3

      Day

      MWF

      Time

      1100-1150AM

      Exam

      PAPER (EW)

      Description

      An examination of constitutional issues and interpretation under the First Amendment focusing on freedom of speech and press, as well as establishment and free exercise of religion.

      Prereq

      All 1E Courses; Con. Law II is recommended

  • EVIDENCE (BAR)

    • Class#

      5975

      Catalog#

      8455

      Section#

      001

      Professor

      DEPIANTO

      Room

      HILLCREST

      Hrs

      4

      Day

      MW

      Time

      130-310PM

      Exam

      EXAM

      Description

      Principles governing the admission and exclusion of evidence, including functions of judge and jury, examination and competency of witnesses, demonstrative evidence, the hearsay rule and its exceptions, burdens of proof and presumptions, privileges, and judicial notice.

      Prereq

  • TRUSTS AND ESTATES (BAR)

    • Class#

      6035

      Catalog#

      6495

      Section#

      001

      Professor

      TATE

      Room

      304F

      Hrs

      4

      Day

      MW/F

      Time

      130-245/130-220PM

      Exam

      EXAM

      Description

      A general survey of the law relating to family wealth transmission, taking into account transfers within the probate system — wills and intestate succession — and transfers outside it, with special attention to trusts. Topics include the legal definition of family relationships; formalities required for execution and revocation of wills and other donative documents; mental capacity and volition; drafting pitfalls, post-execution events, and difficulties of interpretation; legal protections offered to a decedent’s spouse and children; will substitutes such as life insurance, pension plans, and rights of survivorship; planning for incapacity and other changes in circumstances; obligations and powers of fiduciaries; rights of creditors and beneficiaries; trust creation, supervision, modification, duration, and termination; charitable purposes; and the impact of tax policy on estate planning.

      Prereq

  • SECURED TRANSACTIONS (BAR)

    • Class#

      6014

      Catalog#

      7325

      Section#

      001

      Professor

      WINSHIP

      Room

      301F

      Hrs

      3

      Day

      MW

      Time

      130-245PM

      Exam

      EXAM

      Description

      An introductory survey of the law governing security interests in personal property, with particular emphasis on Article 9 of the Uniform Commercial Code and the Bankruptcy Code.

      Prereq

      All 1E Courses, Property I & II

  • PROFESSIONAL RESPONSIBILITY

    • Class#

      6005

      Catalog#

      7350

      Section#

      001

      Professor

      BRIDGE

      Room

      WALSH

      Hrs

      3

      Day

      TTH

      Time

      200-315PM

      Exam

      EXAM

      Description

      An analysis of principles and rules governing the conduct of lawyers. Topics include the client-lawyer relationship, competence, confidentiality, loyalty, the roles of lawyers as counselors and advocates, public service, advertising, admission to practice, and professional discipline.

      Prereq

      All 1E Courses; Criminal Law may be concurrently

  • REAL ESTATE TRANSACTIONS (BAR)

    • Class#

      6002

      Catalog#

      7326

      Section#

      001

      Professor

      CAMP

      Room

      201F

      Hrs

      3

      Day

      TTH

      Time

      200-315PM

      Exam

      EXAM

      Description

      Transfer, finance, and development of real property; the real estate sales contract; the duties and remedies of sellers, purchasers, and brokers; conveyancing; title protection, including recording laws, the mechanics of title search, clearing titles, and title insurance; real estate finance, including mortgages and federal programs; condominiums, cooperatives, and shopping centers. Some emphasis on Texas law.

      Prereq

      All 1E Courses

  • FAMILY LAW (BAR)

    • Class#

      5981

      Catalog#

      6347

      Section#

      701

      Professor

      GARCIA

      Room

      207F

      Hrs

      3

      Day

      MW

      Time

      600-715PM

      Exam

      EXAM

      Description

      The legal problems of the family including marriage, annulment, divorce, legitimacy, custody, support of family members, adoption, and related matters. This course does not include Texas matrimonial property law. If the student plans to take instruction in both courses, this course should be taken first.

      Prereq

      All 1E Courses

  • EVIDENCE (BAR)

    • Class#

      5978

      Catalog#

      8455

      Section#

      701

      Professor

      JENKS

      Room

      207F

      Hrs

      4

      Day

      TTH

      Time

      600-740PM

      Exam

      EXAM

      Description

      Principles governing the admission and exclusion of evidence, including functions of judge and jury, examination and competency of witnesses, demonstrative evidence, the hearsay rule and its exceptions, burdens of proof and presumptions, privileges, and judicial notice.

      Prereq

  • TEXAS PRE-TRIAL PROCEDURE (BAR)

    • Class#

      6024

      Catalog#

      7385

      Section#

      701

      Professor

      CROSS, R.

      Room

      100F

      Hrs

      3

      Day

      TTH

      Time

      600-715PM

      Exam

      EXAM

      Description

      Texas civil procedure prior to trial, including establishing the attorney-client relation; the prelitigation aspects of civil controversies; jurisdiction; service of process; pleading; joinder of parties and claims; venue; res judicata and related principles; discovery; summary judgment practice; and settlement.

      Prereq

  • INCOME TAXATION (BAR)

    • Class#

      5953

      Catalog#

      6460

      Section#

      001

      Professor

      HANNA

      Room

      HILLCREST

      Hrs

      4

      Day

      WF

      Time

      900-1040AM

      Exam

      EXAM

      Description

      Introduction to the federal income tax system; analysis of Internal Revenue Code, Treasury Regulations, rulings, and case law; consideration of income, deductions, credits, assignment of income, and accounting periods and methods.

      Prereq

      All 1E Courses; Property I & II are recommended

  • TEXAS CRIMINAL PROCEDURE (BAR)

    • Class#

      6021

      Catalog#

      7239

      Section#

      701

      Professor

      UDASHEN

      Room

      304F

      Hrs

      2

      Day

      W

      Time

      600-740PM

      Exam

      EXAM

      Description

      A study of the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure and its implementation in the Texas courts from the point of arrest through the appellate stage of the proceedings.

      Prereq

      All 1E Courses, Criminal Law; Constitutional Criminal Procedure is recommended

  • CONSUMER LAW (BAR)

    • Class#

      5930

      Catalog#

      6242

      Section#

      001

      Professor

      SPECTOR

      Room

      100F

      Hrs

      2

      Day

      W

      Time

      330-510PM

      Exam

      EXAM

      Description

      A study of state and federal regulation of credit and non-credit consumer transactions. Special attention will be paid to state and federal legislation regarding unfair and deceptive trade practices embodied in the Federal Trade Commission Act and the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act. Other areas of study include the federal Truth-in-Lending, Fair Credit Reporting, Equal Credit Opportunity, and Fair Debt Collection Acts, state and federal warranty law, as well as contractual and procedural devices designed to facilitate collection. The course will also include study of traditional private and public remedies and the means of achieving them as well as special problems and issues arising in connection with resolving consumer disputes in the world of e-commerce.

      Prereq

      All 1E Courses

  • OIL & GAS (BAR)

    • Class#

      5991

      Catalog#

      6378

      Section#

      001

      Professor

      COLEMAN

      Room

      304F

      Hrs

      3

      Day

      WF

      Time

      1100AM-1215PM

      Exam

      EXAM

      Description

      Ownership in oil and gas; correlative rights and duties in a common reservoir; instruments conveying mineral interests; partition; pooling and unitization. Special emphasis on the rights and duties of the oil and gas lessee and lessor in leasing transactions.

      Prereq

  • CREDITORS' RIGHTS (BAR)

    • Class#

      5939

      Catalog#

      6333

      Section#

      701

      Professor

      HALE/COLWELL

      Room

      100F

      Hrs

      3

      Day

      MW

      Time

      600-715PM

      Exam

      EXAM

      Description

      An introduction to federal and state law governing the debtor-creditor relationship: enforcement of judgments; attachment, garnishment, and sequestration; fraudulent conveyances; and bankruptcy as affecting secured and unsecured creditors under the Bankruptcy Code.

      Prereq

  • SALE OF GOODS TRANSACTIONS (BAR)

    • Class#

      6006

      Catalog#

      6389

      Section#

      701

      Professor

      ANDERSON

      Room

      106F

      Hrs

      3

      Day

      TTH

      Time

      600-715PM

      Exam

      EXAM

      Description

      An introductory survey of the law of sales under the Uniform Commercial Code: particular emphasis on Article 2; contract formation; parol evidence rule; statute of frauds; risk of loss; receipt and inspection; acceptance, revocation; warranties; remedies of buyer and seller; remedy disclaimers and limitations; documentary transactions; consumer protection.

      Prereq

  • TEXAS MATRIMONIAL PROPERTY (BAR)

    • Class#

      6023

      Catalog#

      6395

      Section#

      701

      Professor

      WEBB

      Room

      201F

      Hrs

      3

      Day

      TTH

      Time

      600-715PM

      Exam

      EXAM

      Description

      The Texas law of marital property; its characterization as separate or community property; its management and liability; and its division on dissolution of marriage by annulment, divorce, or death of a spouse with special attention to the family home and other exempt property.

      Prereq