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College of Law

Florida State University



Core Curriculum

  • Contracts

    (2 credits)

    An introduction to the formation, performance, and breach of contracts. The course will also introduce students to contract interpretation, damages, conditions, rights of third parties, and assignments.

  • Introduction to Legal Studies and Research
  • Legislation and Regulation

    (2 credits)

    Obligations imposed by government on businesses are numerous, substantial, and increasing. These obligations emanate mainly from statutes enacted by legislatures and regulations promulgated by administrative agencies. This course explores how statutes and regulations come into existence, when they may be invalid, how courts interpret them, and what steps businesses take in responding to statutory and regulatory initiatives. Business and law have become so intertwined and inseparable that statutes and regulations are not just for lawyers anymore. To perform their responsibilities competently, effectively, and ethically, numerous non-lawyers – including middle-level and top-level executives – must acquire the knowledge and skills needed to navigate regulatory-intensive environments. This course is the foundation for acquiring these competencies.

  • Regulatory Compliance

    (2 credits)

    An introduction to basic statutes, regulation, and administrative practices relevant to regulatory compliance by business entities, financial institutions, and healthcare organizations and practitioners. The course will also introduce students to basic concepts of risk management. Students will learn how to: identify applicable laws, regulations, and industry standards necessary to develop an effective compliance management program; construct and implement effective compliance policies and procedures; develop appropriate audit procedures in order to analyze the effectiveness of current policies and procedures; and organize and lead the organization’s response to a regulatory audit or investigation.

  • Torts

    (2 credits)

    The course covers the law of torts, or civil wrongs outside contract law. For example, lawsuits for fraud, car accidents, product injuries, and negligent management of employees are all tort suits. The course covers the foundations of the “negligence” cause of action, including such topics as duty, breach, causation, and damages. It also covers principles of vicarious liability (that is, when an organization or employer is responsible for the actions of its employees), economic harms, and statutory negligence. The principles and techniques you will learn in this course underlie many other legal subjects that you will later encounter.

Advanced Courses

  • Business Organizations

    (2 credits)

    An introduction to the law of business organizations, including agency, partnership, and business corporations. Topics include formation and structure of the corporation, power and fiduciary responsibility of management, rights and liabilities of shareholders, shareholders' derivatives litigation, acquisitions and tender offers, and insider trading.

  • Disability Rights and Workers’ Compensation

    (2 credits)

    A study of the legal rules covering the workers’ compensation system. This course examines the scope of coverage and benefits under compensation legislation and also explores entitlement and social insurance programs (e.g. Social Security and Medicaid/Medicare), the ideas of “capacity” and “competence” as legal constructs and the implication of federal healthcare policy decisions on people with disabilities.

  • Drug Regulation and Compliance

    (2 credits)

    This course provides an analysis of major legal issues in the pharmaceutical and medical device industries.  The course explores the FDA’s regulation of these industries, including the FDA approval process, advertising and promotional regulations, and enforcement by the FDA and other regulatory entities.  Other topics include product liability and FDA preemption, research, patient care and privacy, pricing and market access. 

  • Health Care Fraud and Abuse

    (2 credits)

    A study of federal and state laws regulating fraud and abuse within health care, including the Anti-Kickback Statute, the False Claims Act, the Stark I and Stark II (physician self-referral).

  • Health Care Privacy & Cybersecurity

    (2 credits)

    A study of privacy and cybersecurity issues, including Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA); and security of health care information under state and federal law, including HIPAA, the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act, and breach notification requirements. The course will also introduce issues related to emerging uses of technology, including telemedicine.

  • Health Care Regulation Research

    (2 credits)

    An introduction to legal sources relevant to health care regulation. Students will also learn advanced research techniques.

  • Health Care Transactions Between and Among Health Care Providers

    (2 credits)

    This course covers transactions between and among health care providers, including hospital-physician relationships and governance issues within healthcare entities.

  • Medical Malpractice and Liability Insurance

    (2 credits)

    This course examines the broad array of legal and policy-related issues arising out of litigation seeking redress for harms in the context of the provision of medical services. The course also covers liability insurance for individuals and healthcare entities.

  • Medicare, Medicaid, and Managed Care

    (2 credits)

    An introduction to the legal issues associated with public and private health insurance and benefits plans.  Students will learn about federal and state financing programs, including Medicare and Medicaid/SCHIP, employer provided insurance, and federal and state regulations of private health insurance markets and managed care, including population care management, provider payment, quality and accountability, and cost-containment.   

  • Professional Licensing, Discipline, Accreditation and Regulation

    (2 credits)

    A study of professional licensing, including the accreditation of healthcare entities. 

  • Public Health Law

    (2 credits)

    This course offers an overview of basic concepts and principles in public health law, examined in the context of issues such as government planning for natural and manmade disasters, mandatory immunization programs, mandatory medical screening of particular population groups, mandatory disease reporting laws, infectious disease control methods like quarantine, public health research, and regulation and litigation concerning tobacco, alcohol, firearms, and drugs with abuse potential. The focus will be on identification and analysis of the duties, powers and limits of government in its pursuit of protecting and promoting the public’s health.

  • Risk Management and Patient Safety

    (2 credits)

    An introduction to risk management practices in healthcare contexts, as they relate to medical errors and patient safety.

  • Vendors and Other Third Parties Risk Management

    (2 credits)

    A study of the legal issues related to outsourcing contracts, including liability issues arising from these relationships. Students will also learn about best practices for assessing, monitoring, and managing vendor and outsourcing risks.