Spring 2017 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.

 

  • PROPERTY II (SEC 3)

    • Class#

      6395

      Catalog#

      6381

      Section#

      003

      Professor

      GABA

      Room

      WALSH

      Hrs

      3

      Day

      WF

      Time

      900-1015AM

      Exam

      EXAM

      Description

      Selected topics in personal property, adverse possession, present possessory and future estates in land, concurrent estates, the law of landlord and tenant, easements, private covenants, public land use regulation, and real estate conveyancing.

      Prereq

  • SECURED TRANSACTIONS (BAR)

    • Class#

      6405

      Catalog#

      7325

      Section#

      701

      Professor

      WINSHIP

      Room

      100F

      Hrs

      3

      Day

      MW

      Time

      600-715PM

      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#

      6380

      Catalog#

      7350

      Section#

      001

      Professor

      GREGORY

      Room

      HILLCREST

      Hrs

      3

      Day

      MW

      Time

      130-245PM

      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

  • REAL ESTATE TRANSACTIONS (BAR)

    • Class#

      6400

      Catalog#

      7326

      Section#

      701

      Professor

      CIPIONE/TABB

      Room

      301F

      Hrs

      3

      Day

      TTH

      Time

      600-715PM

      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; Property may be taken concurrently

  • CIVIL PROCEDURE II (SEC 3)

    • Class#

      6266

      Catalog#

      8271

      Section#

      003

      Professor

      THORNBURG

      Room

      201F

      Hrs

      2

      Day

      TTH

      Time

      900-950AM

      Exam

      EXAM

      Description

      Civil procedure, focusing on judicial resolution of disputes; development of the modern civil action including consideration of the jurisdiction of courts, venue, process, pleading, joinder, discovery, pretrial practice, right to a jury trial, withdrawing cases from a jury, motions after verdict, judgments and their effects, and appellate review. An introduction to alternative dispute resolutions is also included.

      Prereq

  • FAMILY LAW (BAR)

    • Class#

      6337

      Catalog#

      6347

      Section#

      001

      Professor

      GROSSMAN

      Room

      HILLCREST

      Hrs

      3

      Day

      TTH

      Time

      900-1015AM

      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

  • PROPERTY II (SEC 4) (2E)

    • Class#

      6397

      Catalog#

      6381

      Section#

      704

      Professor

      CAMP

      Room

      106F

      Hrs

      3

      Day

      TTH

      Time

      750-905PM

      Exam

      EXAM

      Description

      Selected topics in personal property, adverse possession, present possessory and future estates in land, concurrent estates, the law of landlord and tenant, easements, private covenants, public land use regulation, and real estate conveyancing.

      Prereq

  • TRUSTS AND ESTATES (BAR)

    • Class#

      6432

      Catalog#

      6495

      Section#

      001

      Professor

      TATE

      Room

      100F

      Hrs

      4

      Day

      WF/TH

      Time

      900-1015/900-950AM

      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

  • INCOME TAXATION (BAR)

    • Class#

      6375

      Catalog#

      6460

      Section#

      001

      Professor

      MAZUR

      Room

      304F

      Hrs

      4

      Day

      MW

      Time

      1000-1140AM

      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

  • BUSINESS ENTERPRISE (BAR)

    • Class#

      6252

      Catalog#

      6420

      Section#

      001

      Professor

      STEINBERG

      Room

      201F

      Hrs

      4

      Day

      MW

      Time

      1030AM-1210PM

      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

  • CONTRACTS II (SEC 3)

    • Class#

      6343

      Catalog#

      8390

      Section#

      003

      Professor

      ROGERS

      Room

      HILLCREST

      Hrs

      3

      Day

      MWF

      Time

      1100-1150AM

      Exam

      EXAM

      Description

      History and development of the common law of contract; principles controlling the formation, performance, and termination of contracts, including the basic doctrines of offer and acceptance, consideration, conditions, material breach, damages, and statute of frauds; statutory variances from the common law with particular attention to Uniform Commercial Code sections.

      Prereq

  • CONSTITUTIONAL LAW I (SEC 1)

    • Class#

      6279

      Catalog#

      6222

      Section#

      001

      Professor

      BLOOM

      Room

      WALSH

      Hrs

      2

      Day

      TTH

      Time

      1100-1150AM

      Exam

      EXAM

      Description

      An examination of methods of constitutional interpretation, the role of judicial review, federal power, separation of powers, federalism, and justiciability.

      Prereq

  • TORTS II (SEC 3)

    • Class#

      6430

      Catalog#

      8292

      Section#

      003

      Professor

      DEPIANTO

      Room

      201F

      Hrs

      2

      Day

      W

      Time

      130-310PM

      Exam

      EXAM

      Description

      Civil liability arising from breach of common law and statutory duties as distinguished from duties created by contract, including coverage of intentional wrongs, negligence, and products liability. The methods and process of the American legal system are discussed, with attention paid to legislation, as well as to the common law.

      Prereq

  • CONSTITUTIONAL LAW I (SEC 3)

    • Class#

      6340

      Catalog#

      6222

      Section#

      003

      Professor

      KAHN

      Room

      201F

      Hrs

      2

      Day

      TTH

      Time

      200-250PM

      Exam

      EXAM

      Description

      An examination of methods of constitutional interpretation, the role of judicial review, federal power, separation of powers, federalism, and justiciability.

      Prereq

  • TEXAS TRIAL & APPELLATE PROCEDURE (BAR)

    • Class#

      6427

      Catalog#

      7386

      Section#

      001

      Professor

      CROSS, R.

      Room

      100F

      Hrs

      3

      Day

      TTH

      Time

      200-315PM

      Exam

      EXAM

      Description

      Texas civil procedure from the commencement of trial through appeal, including selection of the jury, presentation of the case, motions for instructed verdict, preparation of the jury charge, motions for judgment notwithstanding the verdict and for new trial, rendition of judgment, and perfection and prosecution of civil appeals through the courts of appeals and supreme court.

      Prereq

  • CONSTITUTIONAL CRIMINAL PROCEDURE: SURVEY (BAR)

    • Class#

      6278

      Catalog#

      6430

      Section#

      001

      Professor

      PALACIOS

      Room

      304F

      Hrs

      4

      Day

      MW

      Time

      300-440PM

      Exam

      EXAM

      Description

      A survey of criminal procedure, including topics such as investigation, right to counsel, bail, discovery, trial procedure, sentencing, double jeopardy, and post conviction challenges. This course is intended for the nonspecialist. Students taking this course may not take Constitutional Criminal Procedure: Investigation or Constitutional Criminal Procedure: Adjudication.

      Prereq

      Students taking this course may not take Constitutional Criminal Procedure: Investigation or Constitutional Criminal Procedure: Adjudication.

  • TEXAS PRE-TRIAL PROCEDURE (BAR)

    • Class#

      6426

      Catalog#

      7385

      Section#

      001

      Professor

      CROSS, R.

      Room

      100F

      Hrs

      3

      Day

      MW

      Time

      430-545PM

      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

  • OIL AND GAS (BAR)

    • Class#

      6309

      Catalog#

      6378

      Section#

      701

      Professor

      LOWE

      Room

      207F

      Hrs

      3

      Day

      MW

      Time

      600-715PM

      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

  • TEXAS MATRIMONIAL PROPERTY (BAR)

    • Class#

      6425

      Catalog#

      6395

      Section#

      701

      Professor

      WEBB

      Room

      106F

      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

  • PROFESSIONAL RESPONSIBILITY

    • Class#

      6383

      Catalog#

      7350

      Section#

      701

      Professor

      GREGORY

      Room

      HILLCREST

      Hrs

      3

      Day

      MW

      Time

      750-905PM

      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

  • INCOME TAXATION (BAR)

    • Class#

      6373

      Catalog#

      6460

      Section#

      701

      Professor

      BEARD/FREEMAN

      Room

      100F

      Hrs

      4

      Day

      TTH

      Time

      600-740PM

      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

  • CREDITORS' RIGHTS (BAR)

    • Class#

      6295

      Catalog#

      6333

      Section#

      001

      Professor

      HALE

      Room

      201F

      Hrs

      3

      Day

      MW

      Time

      830-945AM

      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

  • PROFESSIONAL RESPONSIBILITY FOR INT'L LLMS

    • Class#

      6386

      Catalog#

      6215

      Section#

      701

      Professor

      WILSON

      Room

      304F

      Hrs

      2

      Day

      TH

      Time

      600-740PM

      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

  • EVIDENCE (BAR)

    • Class#

      6335

      Catalog#

      8455

      Section#

      001

      Professor

      BRIDGE

      Room

      WALSH

      Hrs

      4

      Day

      MW/T

      Time

      300-415/330-420PM

      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