Courses for JD Students
At the core of TI:GER® is a three-course academic track that provides instruction in technology commercialization processes with a focus on intellectual property/ technology law and business fundamentals.
TI:GER® participants attend these courses as a "community of students" with course assignments driving the TI:GER® team activities. The courses are designed to expose students to leading thinkers and practitioners in the areas of technology commercialization and include guest speakers, a business lab, retreats and workshops. Students also have access to an enhanced library of business and worldwide intellectual property databases and exposure to campus-based high-tech research labs. Law students take courses within the law school, choosing either the Patent Law Track or the Technology Law Track. To qualify for the Emory TI:GER® Intellectual Property Certificate, students must complete all required courses plus at least 8 elective credit hours from the list below.
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Courses required for all students
Fundamentals of Innovation I (Fall)
Fundamentals of Innovation II (Spring)
See Georgia Tech's Curriculum page for updated syllabi
Special Topics in Technology Commercialization (Fall)
All students enrolled in TI:GER are required to take Business Associations (either a 3- or 4-credit course.)
Courses required for Patent and Technology Tracks
Patent Track (option 1)
Patent Track (option 2, 1 of which will count toward the IP elective requirement)
Patent Prosecution Workshop
Special Topics in Technology Commercialization IICourses
Statistics for Lawyers
Intellectual Property or Technology Law Field Placement
Students may also obtain permission from Professors Rector, Carney, or Shepherd to further personalize their elective package.
602. Accounting for Lawyers
2 hours. This course is designed for those liberal arts majors who know nothing about accounting and finance. It will introduce fundamental bookkeeping and accounting concepts and process in survey fashion through generally accepted accounting principals and issues raised by the subjectivity in those principals, and explore the end result of the accounting process: the financial statement.
608. Intellectual Property
3 hours. An introduction to the basic principles, policies and statutes in the area of patents, trademarks, copyrights and trade secrets. The scope of protection afforded by these areas is explored and compared.
612. Commercial Law: Sales
3 hours. A study of the law governing sales of personal property, including an introduction to such supporting institutions as documents of title and letters of credit.
1 hour. The class will be geared toward the general practitioner. It relates to the assignment and licensing of intellectual property including patent, trademark, and copyright. Clauses specific to particular types of intellectual property matters will be analyzed. Guest speakers from various industries will speak on their licensing activities.
628. Introduction to Law & Economics
3 Hours. Because economics provides a tool for studying how legal rules affect the way people behave, understanding economic analysis of legal problems has become an important part of a lawyer's education. The ability to predict the effects of legal rules helps the practicing lawyer furnish advice and make arguments before courts. It is also a prerequisite for the evaluation of legal policy. The course explores several economic methods and concepts and applies them to illuminate and critique familiar areas of law, including criminal law, torts, contracts, property, and civil procedure. There are no prerequisites for this course; a background in economics is not necessary (or even very helpful).
631. Computer Law
2 hours. A survey of copyright, patent, and trade secret protection for software. Includes topics such as international intellectual property protection for computers, contracts relating to computers, taxation of computer products and information services, privacy, right to accuracy, antitrust, trademark law, computer standardization, and restrictions on competition.
636. Mergers and Acquisitions
3 hours. An examination of the negotiated business acquisition, placed in the setting of the active market for hostile takeovers. Focuses on the problems facing attorneys representing buyers and sellers in the negotiating and closing process.
636X. Mergers & Acquisitions Workshop
2 hours. This class is designed to provide law school students who intend to practice transactional law with some of the basic practical skills required to counsel companies with respect to business combinations. The focus of the course will be to identify and discuss the factors involved in a typical business combination, the roles of the parties and the relevant documents. The course is intended to ease the transition from law school to junior transactional associate.
641. Doing Deals: Corporate Practice
3 hours. The purpose of this course is to prepare students for the first year of general corporate practice, whether in an in-house, law firm, or solo practice setting. This course will provide students with broad exposure to a variety of corporate problems, including contract negotiation and drafting typical of current corporate practice, complex corporate structuring issues, joint ventures, and non-litigation corporate dispute resolution. The course exercises will involve questions of corporate, tax, employment, and debtor-creditor law. Although prior course work in these areas is not required, it is preferable to have some interest in and familiarity with these areas.
Because student participation is essential for the success of this practice-simulation course, attendance is mandatory. Failure to attend will affect the course grade. This course also requires collaborative work with other students and meetings with the adjunct faculty. You will be required to schedule several meetings in addition to regular class time. In addition, any students on the wait list for this class must attend the first class meeting, which sets the stage for the first several weeks of assignments.
642. Federal Income Taxation: Corporations
3 hours. A survey of the general structure of corporate taxation. Considers the tax problems involved in the creation of corporations; capital structure; corporate distributions; reorganizations, divisions, and liquidations; personal holding companies; collapsible corporations; subchapter S corporations; and accumulated earnings tax. Prerequisite: Federal Income Taxation: Individuals.
2 hours. An exploration of the theoretical and practical aspects of negotiating settlements in both a litigation and a transactional context. The objectives of the course will be to develop proficiency in a variety of negotiation techniques as well as a substantive knowledge of the theory and practice, or the art and science of negotiation.
659A. Doing Deals: Contract Drafting
3 hours. This course teaches students the principles of drafting commercial agreements. Although the course will be of particular interest to students pursuing a corporate or commercial law career, the concepts are applicable to any transactional practice.
In this course, students will learn how transactional lawyers translate the business deal into contract provisions, as well as techniques for minimizing ambiguity and drafting with clarity. Through a combination of lecture, hands-on drafting exercises, and extensive homework assignments, students will learn about different types of contracts, other documents used in commercial transactions, and the drafting problems the contracts and documents present. The course will also focus on how a drafter can add value to a deal by finding, analyzing, and resolving business issues.
659B. Doing Deals: Deal Skills
3 hours. Deal Skills will introduce students to business and legal issues common to commercial transactions, whether a multi-billion dollar M&A deal, a license agreement, or the sale of a home. Among the topics to be covered are the lawyer’s role as the translator of the business deal into contract concepts, negotiation, due diligence, opinion letters, closings, indemnities, transaction management, and ethical issues. The course will be conducted through workshop exercises, in class role plays, and lecture.
659C. Doing Deals: Venture Capital
3 hours. This course will study the business and legal issues in venture capital transactions. The course will be taught primarily through simulations.
659D. Doing Deals: Private Equity
3 hours. This course will study the business and legal issues in private equity transactions. The course will be taught primarily through simulations
659E. Doing Deals: Accounting in Action
3 hours. This course is designed for those liberal arts majors who know nothing about accounting and finance. Students will learn about the fundamental financial statement concepts. Then the course turns to the study of how lawyers use those concepts in practice.
659F. Doing Deals: General Counsel - The Multifaceted Representation of the Corporate Client
3 hours. An in-depth survey of the complex and challenging issues specific to the role of general counsel with an emphasis on best practices. Exploration of these issues will include case studies, simulations and other skill-based exercises as well as panel discussions/presentations by various general counsels.
659G. Doing Deals: Commercial Real Estate Transactions Workshop
3 hours. This course will concentrate on sales, finance and leasing of commercial real estate. It will require significant amounts of time devoted to financial analysis of real estate projects and to negotiating and drafting of documents. It is designed specifically to include both JD and MBA students. Work groups will consist of JD and MBA students working together as lawyer and client to analyze, negotiate and document the acquisition and subsequent leasing of a shopping center. The text for the course is a business school real estate finance text. Legal materials will be made available as handouts. A basic knowledge of Excel will be helpful but not required.
659K. Doing Deals: Negotiated Corporate Transactions
3 hours. This course will provide students with an opportunity to experience, react to, evaluate, negotiate and draft corporate documents relating to the formation of a new multi-shareholder corporation, the raising of initial equity capital, the subsequent securing of additional financing, and the ultimate sale of the entity. Among the documents that students will work with are the following: Amended and restated certificate of incorporation, bylaws, term sheet, preferred stock purchase agreement, employment agreement, investment banker engagement letter, letter of intent, and asset purchase agreement.
659N. Doing Deals: IP Practice
3 hours. The course will focus on current hot issues in IP and will combine these topics with real world transactional practice exercises. This course is designed to offer students with an interest in intellectual property the opportunity to explore in greater depth a limited number of current and cutting edge intellectual property topics and to experience first-hand how these legal concepts would manifest in a transactional practice setting.
667. Securities Regulation
3 hours. A study of federal and state regulation of the issue, distribution, and transfer of securities. Explores the availability of exemptions from registration and the duties of participants in these securities transactions to comply with antifraud regulations. Some time is spent on the growing literature appraising securities regulation.
680. Food & Drug Law
3 Hours. This course Is a starting point for understanding and appreciating how the U.S. Food and Drug Administration implements its statutory authority to protect public health and individual welfare and attempts to regulate in a way that fosters our national desire and need for innovation in science and medicine. Specific topics include: basic regulatory controls for prescription and over-the-counter drugs, medical devices, biological products, and food and dietary supplements; human clinical trials and premarket approval of new drugs, implantable devices, biological products, and emerging medical technologies, such as human cellular and tissue products; and marketing and advertising controls over these products.
701. Administrative Law
3 Hours. Much of the law we live under is made and then applied by administrative agencies. Administrative law is a study of how this law is made and then applied. Specific topics include the constitutional standards under which legislative and judicial power is transferred to agencies; the procedures that control agency lawmaking and adjudication, and the availability and scope of judicial review of agency action.
702. Antitrust Law
3 hours. A study of the federal regulation of competitive practices under the Sherman, Clayton, and Federal Trade Commission Acts. Antitrust problems such as joint activities by direct competitors, monopolization by single firms, restraints imposed by manufacturers on their distributors, and mergers are covered.
710. Copyright Law
3 hours. An examination of the protection of literary, artistic, musical, and related property under the Copyright Act.
712. Corporate Finance
3 hours. A study of financial and economic theory underlying legal doctrines in corporate finance, and the relationship between these doctrines. Focuses on decisions about "value" in the context of such areas as bankruptcy reorganization, dissenters' appraisal rights, and public utility regulation. Problems of capital structure and the duties of directors to various classes of claimants are studied in light of decisions about dividend policy and reinvestment. Includes a brief review of modern portfolio theory.
713. Secured Credit
3 hours. A study of Article 9 of the Uniform Commercial Code, covering transactions in which an extender of credit contracts for a lien on personal property to secure repayment. Consumer transactions such as financing the purchase of an automobile, and such commercial transactions as borrowing against accounts receivable.
719. Trademark Law
2 hours. A study of the acquisition, maintenance, and enforcement of trademark rights in the U.S. Wherever possible and appropriate, comparisons with foreign legal systems are made.
720. Entertainment Law
3 hours. This course will provide an overview of the rapidly developing body of law associated with the entertainment industries concentrating in the areas of music publishing and commercial recording, live performance, literary publishing and motion pictures. The course will focus on a study of entertainment law cases, aspects of copyright law, personal rights and negotiation of entertainment agreements.
754. Patent Law
3 hours. A study of administrative and judicial decisions, as well as fundamentals of patents and patent litigation.
905. Taxation of Pass-thru Entities
3 hours. An introduction to the taxation of partnerships and S corporations, the two forms of business enterprise not generally subject to federal income taxation. Covers both the structure of pass-thru entity taxation and the detailed rules applicable to partnerships and S corporations.