University of Miami School of Law Course Description - Online System
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Spring 2017

Course Description
In 2015, the number of U.S. breweries (many of which meet the definition of "craft" brewery) reached an all-time high. And, this explosive growth in craft beverage supply is by no means limited to beer. Craft distilleries, cideries – and even meaderies – are proliferating and join an already robust wine industry in the U.S.

All of these businesses, together with alcohol beverage wholesalers and retailers, operate in a complex regulatory environment involving state and federal law. This course examines the fundamentals of modern alcohol beverage law. It will start with an examination of the historical basis for modern alcohol beverage law including the rise of saloons, Prohibition and the 21st Amendment. It will continue with the study of Federal Alcohol Administration Act, open and control state regulation, the “three tier system” and franchise protection. This portion of the course will also consider licensing, taxation and trade practices matters.

The course will then study the craft supplier movement and the regulatory landscape that continues to be revised in response to the rapid growth of these industries. The course will conclude with an examination of alcohol beverage regulation as a paradigm for the regulation of recreational marijuana.

Short Course Attendance Policy
Due to the small number of meetings, attendance to all meetings/classes for short courses is mandatory. Students who miss more than one class session (80 minute) of a 1-credit short course are subject to administrative withdrawal and will have a W for the course on their transcripts

Course Schedule
Offering Dates: 03-27-2017 - 04-01-2017  

Dates Day Time Room
03-27-2017 - 03-30-2017   MTWR  12:30 PM-1:50 PM F309
03-31-2017 - 03-31-2017   F  2:00 PM-5:00 PM F309
04-01-2017 - 04-01-2017   S  10:00 AM-1:00 PM F309

Course Frequency
This course is usually offered once every academic year

Course Information

Credits: 1
Pass/Fail Option: No
Method of Evaluation: Multiple choice with one short essay question Final Exam - April 7
Graduation Requirements Fulfilled By Course: None
Special Attributes:
New Course
New Professor
Short Course
Special Restrictions:
Law Track(s):
Business & Taxation - Related
Government & Regulation - Specialized
Bar Subject(s): None
Concentration(s): None
Course Book(s): TBD/None      
First Class Assignment(s): TBD/None