Below you will find the class and course information for Summer 2013. If you would like to view the course schedule, please view the Course Schedule – Summer 2013 page.

Download the Summer 2013 Course Descriptions & Information (pdf)


May Intersession 2013 – 5/13/2013 to 5/25/2013

Second- and Third-Year Courses

FEDERAL TRIAL PRACTICE 678 (3 hours)
Use of federal discovery procedures, pretrial proceedings, and motions. Trial of mock cases, civil and criminal, under federal rules.  Pre- or corequisites: Evidence 600.  (Z credit).

Note: Prerequisite is waived for 1L students for May Intersession.  Contact Law Registrar, Eddie Upton ejupton@olemiss.edu, to register since you will not be able to self-register.

PRETRIAL PRACTICE 544 (3 hours)
Instruction and practice in the legal skills needed for pretrial practice in federal and state courts, including pretrial planning, investigation, pleading, discovery, motions, and settlement.


Full Summer 2013 – 5/29/2013 to 7/26/2013

First-Year Courses

CIVIL PROCEDURE I 503 (3 hours)
The basic course on the structure and power of American courts, focusing on personal jurisdiction, subject matter jurisdiction, and venue.

CRIMINAL LAW 568 (3 hours)
The sources of criminal law, analysis of criminal intent, conditions of criminal responsibility and particular crimes and procedure in criminal actions.

Second- and Third-Year Courses

ENVIRONMENTAL LAW 581 (3 hours Web-Based)
The role of legal institutions in the protection of environmental quality, with emphasis on pollution and sound.

INDIVIDUAL STUDY I 615 (1-3 hours)
Research and writing on an assigned topic under supervision of a faculty member, or participation on moot court or mock trial teams at regional or national competitions under supervision of a faculty member. (Z credit).

For more information see the individual study policy at the policies and forms page.

INDIVIDUAL STUDY II 715 (1-3 hours)
Legal research and analysis on a particular topic assigned by the faculty, and the preparation of a written article. Prerequisite: permission of the supervising faculty member and the Curriculum Committee of the law faculty.

For more information see the individual study policy at the policies and forms page.

JOURNAL OF SPACE LAW 583 (1-4 hours)
The Journal of Space Law is an academic review of national and international scope, focusing on the many aspects of space, remote sensing, and aerospace law. Research, writing, and editing assignments, and other duties necessary to the operation of the Journal of Space Law. One hour credited for each term of participation to maximum of 4 hours. Limitation: credit not available if enrolled in the Mississippi Law Journal 610 or Moot Court Board 666. (Z credit).

LAW JOURNAL 610 (1 hour)
Research, writing, and editing assignments and other duties necessary to the operation of the Mississippi Law Journal. One hour credited for each term of participation to maximum of 4 hours, except editor-in-chief only may earn one additional (fifth) hour for service in summer term. Limitation: credit not available if enrolled in Journal of Space Law 583 or Moot Court Board 666. (Z credit).

MOOT COURT BOARD 666 (1 hour)
Administration and supervision of the moot court system. Limitation: credit not available for students enrolled in Mississippi Law Journal 610 or Journal of Space Law 583. (Z credit).

PRO BONO SERVICE 713 (1 hour)
Credit for 50 or more hours of pro bono work, such as working for approved pro bono organization or project. (Z credit).

For additional information see: Pro Bono Service

PROSECUTORIAL EXTERNSHIP 654 (3-6 hours)

Places students with federal, state, and local prosecutor offices as externs.

For additional information see: Prosecution Externship Program

PUBLIC SERVICE INTERNSHIP 636 (3-6 hours)
Work as legal assistants with prosecutors, defenders, judges, or attorneys in public service agencies with established internship programs. Prerequisites: Legal Profession 603.  (Z credit).

For additional information see: Public Service Internship 


First Summer Session 2013 – 5/29/2013 to 6/26/2013

Second- and Third-Year Courses

ALTERNATIVE DISPUTE RESOLUTION 651 (3 hours)
Introduction to nonadjudicative dispute resolution processes that utilize problem-solving approaches to resolve disputes, including client interviewing and counseling, negotiation, mediation, arbitration, summary jury trials, special masters, mini-trials and mediation-arbitration. Practical experience gained through role-playing exercises.

CIVIL PROCEDURE II 577 (3 hours)
The rules of pleading, procedure, and practice in the federal courts. Prerequisite: Civil Procedure I 503.

CORPORATIONS 601 (3 hours)
A survey of the law of business associations, focusing on corporations and their formation, structure, finance and governance; close corporation problems; regulation of corporate disclosures and proxy solicitations under federal securities law; securities fraud and insider trading.

INDIVIDUAL STUDY I 615 (1-3 hours)
Research and writing on an assigned topic under supervision of a faculty member, or participation on moot court or mock trial teams at regional or national competitions under supervision of a faculty member. (Z credit).

For more information see the individual study policy at the policies and forms page.

LAW AND FILM 744 (3 hours – Writing)
The use of films as legal texts, with a focus on the effects of films on popular perception of the law, lawyers, law practice, public policy and ethics.

SELECTED LEGAL TOPICS I 698 – Federal Public Defense Appellate Practice (3 hours – Writing)
In this class two students will work with Professor Williams to prepare a criminal appeals brief on behalf of the Federal Public Defender. The brief will be filed under the Public Defender’s name in the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.

The course will focus on 1) the rules of appellate procedure that apply to preparing and filing briefs and 2) persuasive writing. Because this course fulfills the writing requirement necessary for graduation, readings on advanced persuasive writing will be assigned and discussed.

Enrollment in this class requires the instructor’s approval.


Second Summer Session 2013 – 6/27/2013 to 7/26/2013

Second- and Third-Year Courses

INDIVIDUAL STUDY I 615 (1-3 hours)
Research and writing on an assigned topic under supervision of a faculty member, or participation on moot court or mock trial teams at regional or national competitions under supervision of a faculty member. (Z credit).

For more information see the individual study policy at the policies and forms page.

INTERVIEWING AND COUNSELING 699 (3 hours)
Theory and practice of interviewing and counseling clients, and negotiating on their behalf.

LEGAL PROFESSION 603 (3 hours)
Historical background of the legal profession, its proper functions in society, and ethical conduct in the practice of law.

SECURED TRANSACTIONS 571 (3 hours)
Theoretical and practical justifications for the creation of security interests in personal property. Emphasis is on Articles 1, 2A and 9 of the Uniform Commercial Code and bankruptcy law.


August Intersession 2013 – 8/12/2013 to 8/23/2013

Second- and Third-Year Courses

SELECTED LEGAL TOPICS I 698 – International Criminal Court Practice (3 hours – Skills) 

Students in this class will learn basic litigation skills, including trial and motion practice skills, set in the context of the prosecution of international crimes before the International Criminal Court (ICC).  Professor Rychlak, who has served as a delegate at ICC meetings since 2000 and is a member of the ICC Bar Association, will guide students as they argue motions, present arguments, and examine witnesses in exercises that develop the skills that are needed by litigators in ever courtroom.