Administrative Law & Practice (3) Law-7503
This course provides a study of the processes of decision making by administrative agencies and their control by legislators and courts. It centers on the tension between the need for delegation of power to agencies sufficient to ensure effective government, and the need to limit that power and protect the citizen from government oppression. The course focuses particularly on administrative procedure (including notice and comment rulemaking) and deals with the concept of administrative discretion and the constitutional, statutory, and common law doctrines that control discretion in administrative decision making. Also considered are contemporary issues that bear upon the fairness of governmental action (e.g., the right to notice and hearing, confrontation of witnesses, ex parte communications, institutional decisions, and combination of functions). There will not be an exam. Students will be graded on a series of short practice-oriented writing assignments designed to replicate practice in administrative law. This course will satisfy the Practice Oriented Writing Requirement.
Advanced Criminal Procedure/Adjudicative Process (3) LL.M. TAP course Law-7351
This course involves a study of the adjudicative stages of criminal justice: initial appearance; bail, prosecutorial discretion; grand jury proceedings; preliminary hearings; joinder and severance of offenses and defendants; right to speedy trial; guilty pleas; discovery; trial by jury; publicity; double jeopardy; and postconviction remedies and in depth analysis of numerous actual criminal trials.
Advanced Federal Income Tax (2) Law-7879
This course is a continuation of the basic Federal Income Taxation course. It includes federal income tax topics that are not generally addressed in detail or at all in the basic course, such as: in-depth coverage of tax accounting issues, taxation of intellectual property, taxation within families, tax consequences of litigation, alternative minimum tax, employee benefits and deferred compensation, and the fundamentals of business entity taxation and international taxation. This course is a core requirement for the Taxation certificate. Prerequisite: Federal Income Taxation.
Advanced Legal Research J.D. (2) Law-7803
This course will focus on the resources, process, and strategy of legal research. The course will include instruction on primary law such as legislative and administrative documents, and secondary sources, including practice materials. Students will be required to complete several research assignments to demonstrate competence using print and online resources to research and analyze legal issues. There is no final exam. This course may satisfy either the Lawyering Skills or Practical Writing requirement but one course cannot satisfy both requirements at the same time.
Advanced Seminar: The Holocaust, Genocide and the Law (3) Law-7823
This seminar, through readings and class discussion, documentaries and guest speakers, examines international human rights law through the legacy of the Holocaust. Topics to be covered are: 1) the legal system of Nazi Germany and its lessons for today; 2) prosecution of Nazi war criminals over the last seventy years; 3) Holocaust restitution litigation in the United States to recover stolen wartime assets, including Nazi looted art; and 4) the legal legacy of the Holocaust upon the modern international criminal prosecutions for genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity. Final grade is based upon a research paper on a topic selected by the student, class presentations of course materials and class participation.
Advanced Seminar: U.S. Copyright Law (3) Law-7822
This course offers an in-depth analysis of the rights and remedies afforded to copyright owners under U.S. law. We will discuss the theoretical, economic, and policy aspects of copyright law and engage in a number of practical exercises such as preparing correspondence with (hypothetical) clients, cease and desist letters, legal memoranda, and licensing agreements. Work prepared for these practical exercises will apply toward satisfying the course’s writing requirement (which is in lieu of a final exam). At the end of the course, students will be able to interpret and apply the relevant statutory provisions, identify and articulate the scope of U.S. copyrights and their limitations, and exhibit familiarity with the essential elements of a copyright infringement claim, the defenses and strategies available to a defendant, and the related bodies of law typically involved in copyright disputes. The classes will focus on applying case law and the statute to various hypothetical situations with the goal of preparing students to handle the copyright issues and problems typically encountered by a lawyer in practice. This course is an approved elective for the Entertainment Law certificate. This course will satisfy the Practice-Oriented Writing Requirement.
Advanced Topic: Comparative Law and Religion – (2) Law-7603
The Jewish Christian and Islamic Legal Traditions. This course, through readings and class discussion, documentaries and guest speakers, introduces the American law student to the legal thought of the three Abrahamic religions – Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Following introductory sessions on the history and tradition of each religion, the course will examine and compare the sources and structure of each religion and its basic precepts. Selected legal topics will be examined in-depth, including the "personal status" laws of marriage, divorce, inheritance; the relationship of the church/synagogue/mosque to the state; and the approaches of each religion to protection of the environment and to the role of armed conflict.
Advanced Topic: Constitutional Law (2) Law-7812
This course covers the limitations on the state and federal governments imposed by three individual liberties guaranteed by the Constitution: equal protection of the laws, freedom of religion, and freedom of speech. Prerequisite or Concurrent Enrollment: Constitutional Law.
Advanced Topic: Constitutional Principles LL.M. only (2) Law-7932
This course meets from 3/21/2017 – 4/19/2017. An introduction to United States Constitutional Law for foreign LL.M. students, the course surveys the constitutional structure of the United States (e.g., federalism, separation of powers, checks and balances), as well as selected key issues in civil rights and civil liberties, such freedom of speech and religion, and the guarantees of equal protection and due process.
Bankruptcy Procedure and Practice, Part II (3) Law-7805
This advanced course will cover both individual and business reorganizations in Chapter 11, including assumption and rejection of leases and other executory contracts, preparation of disclosure statements, and negotiation and confirmation of plans. Students will be expected to engage in role-playing exercise to simulate the competing interests of debtor, unsecured creditors and secured creditors in the reorganization effort. Prerequisite: Bankruptcy Procedure and Practice Part I. This course is an approved elective for the Business Law certificate. This course will satisfy the Lawyering Skills Requirement.
Business Associations LL.M. only (3) Law-7933
This course for foreign LL.M. students surveys the laws that govern U.S. business organizations including: Sole Proprietorships, Agency & Partnerships, Corporations and Limited Liability entities. Coverage includes entity formation, duties of officers and directors, and problems of control. The class is designed to provide students with a foundation in both the common law and the statutory systems that regulate businesses as well as the issues of policy that surround this regulation.
Business Planning (2) Law-7515
The goal of this course, through reviewing actual documents and agreements (and through class discussion), is to have students become familiar with certain legal and business relationships/issues raised in documents, business agreements and other contracts -- from a practical (real life) perspective. Generally, class discussions track the formation, growth and eventual sale of a California business. We begin by analyzing and comparing different business entity structures. We then examine the relationship and conflicting motivations of owners, officers and employees of the business. With the growth of the business, we move to a review of the various interactions a business has with its consultants, employees, venture investors, banks and vendors. We end the course with an examination of the eventual merger/acquisition of the business. Practical problems and solutions are the focus of this course. It is intended to provide an important component of preparing students who will be advising and/or interacting with California businesses. This course is an approved elective for the Business Law certificate. May satisfy either the Lawyering Skills or Practical Writing requirement with faculty approval; one course cannot satisfy both requirements at the same time.
California Civil Procedure (2) Law-7817 California Bar Tested
This course continues the study of civil procedure with advanced focus on California's procedural structure, including ways in which California procedure differs from federal civil practice. Areas of study include state practice in complex civil litigation, discovery, pleading, summary judgment, former adjudication and other advanced principles. Students will be expected to analyze complex fact patterns and to discern the ways in which California procedure differs from federal practice. Prerequisite: Civil Procedure I and II.
California Evidence (3) Law-7318 California Bar Tested
This course addresses both civil and criminal provisions of the California Evidence Code, examining among many topics: relevance, character evidence, the hearsay rule and its exceptions, impeachment, expert testimony, and privileges. The course focuses on the California Evidence Code, with a practical focus on tactical and procedural introduction of evidence at trial in state court. The class will also cover differences between California Evidence Code and the Federal Rules of Evidence. The final examination will be administered during the last day of course instruction. The final examination will consist of multiple choice questions and an oral argument component. The oral argument portion of the examination will require each student to argue the admissibility/inadmissibility of certain pieces of evidence based on a hypothetical fact pattern. The content of the final examination will be addressed in further detail on the first class meeting of the semester. Prerequisite: Evidence.
California Street Gangs (2) Law-7934
This class will study the statutes of the “Street Terrorism Enforcement and Prevention Act of 1988” [STEP] (criminalizing active gang participation) from a legal and practical standpoint. Besides an in-depth understanding of this expansive and ever-changing area of jurisprudence in California, the course will provide an analysis of how gang-related felonies proceed through California courts. It will include study of the complicated and frequently used theories of extended criminal liability used by prosecutors including conspiracy, aiding and abetting, natural and probable consequence theory and provocative-act murder. A study of selected evidence code sections and related case law will be included to facilitate an understanding of issues, as well as, common problems of proof at every gang trial. The use of guest speakers and selected autobiographical readings will provide context to this otherwise counter-intuitive culture of violence and respect. Materials: Selected cases from the California Supreme Court and California Courts of Appeal; Gangs: A Guide to Understanding Street Gangs, Dr. Al Valdez, PhD. Pre-Requisites: Criminal Law and Evidence. This course is an approved elective for the Criminal Law certificate. This course will satisfy the Practice Oriented Writing Requirement.
Client Interviewing and Counseling J.D. (3) Law-7520
Students will learn and practice skills involved in interviewing and counseling clients. Through the course of the semester, students will take one simulated case from the initial phase of gathering and evaluating facts supplied by a client, conduct substantive legal research, write a memorandum to the client file, and provide oral and written advice to the client based on consideration of facts and applicable law. The course will focus on interpersonal aspects of client relationships as well as ethical problems that may arise in the context of client representation. Students participate in simulated interviews and counseling sessions, portraying both client and attorney. Students will be videotaped in at least one interview or counseling session and will complete several written products, including a client letter, a memo to the file, and papers analyzing the lawyering process from the perspective of both attorney and client. This course will satisfy the Practical Writing Requirement OR the Lawyering Skills Requirement; one course cannot satisfy both requirements at the same time. This is a core requirement in the Certificate in Advocacy and Dispute Resolution.
Commercial Leasing (2) Law-7521
This course introduces students to one of the most important areas of real estate practice: commercial lease law and negotiation. Students are required to master elements of legal substance and theory concerning the leasing of commercial property, as well as methods of practice and negotiation. In addition to studying sophisticated commercial leases, case opinions, and other textual materials, students draft and revise provisions of commercial leases, and ultimately, draft an entire lease and related lease documents. Strongly recommended: successful completion of Real Estate Transactions and Finance. This course is an approved elective for the ENLURE certificate and the Business Law certificate. This course will satisfy the Practical Writing Requirement OR the Lawyering Skills Requirement; one course cannot satisfy both requirements at the same time.
Community Property (2) Law-7302 California Bar Tested
California is one of nine community property jurisdictions in the United States. Community property law affects the residents of each of these states, and, in the case of migratory clients, persons who move to common law states as well. This course provides a survey of the peculiar ownership, creditor rights, testamentary rights, and family law problems that may result from even a passing domicile in a community property jurisdiction. Practical problems and solutions are emphasized.
Constitutional Law (4) Law-7126 California Bar Tested
This course covers the powers of the three branches of the federal government, the relationship of the branches of the federal government to each other and to the States, the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment, including the effect of the Fourteenth Amendment on the application of the Bill of Rights to the States, and an introduction to issues involving equal protection.
Corporations (3) Law-7145 California Bar Tested
This course provides a basic understanding of both closely held and publicly held for-profit corporations. Particular attention is given to the way in which corporations organize and operate. The course also examines the respective roles, relationships, responsibilities, and liability exposure of shareholders, directors and officers. The study of corporate litigation and regulation under key portions of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and the rules and regulations of the S.E.C. is included.
Criminal Procedure/Police Practices (3) Law-7301 California Bar Tested
This course provides a close examination of the laws of criminal investigation. Topics include constitutional limits on arrests and stops, search and seizure, interrogation of suspects, right to counsel, and the privilege against self-incrimination.
Directed Research (1-3; 12 and ½ pages minimum per credit based on standard format) Law-7850
Courses are available to 2-4Ls only to study and research topics which are not provided for by regular curricular offerings. To register for Directed Research, students must complete a Directed Research form and submit the completed form to the Registrar’s Office for processing. The signatures of the supervising full-time professor and the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs are required. The completed Directed Research form must be submitted to the Registrar’s office by the given Add/Drop deadline for the semester. Students cannot register for a Directed Research project online. Students must have a cumulative GPA of 2.6 at the end of their first year to partake in a Directed Research project.
Election and Political Campaign Law (3) Law-7630
This course covers Federal, State and Local election and political campaign laws, including the Federal Election Campaign Act; California's Political Reform Act and Elections Code; and local election and campaign laws. Among the topics to be addressed are First Amendment issues; campaign finance law and campaign reform; voting rights; election administration; the 2000 Presidential election; initiative, referendum and recall matters; political parties; Legislative districting; election recounts and contests; ballot access; ethics; conflicts of interest; public integrity; criminal and administrative enforcement issues; and several other topics of interest relating to the political and election process.
Employment Law (3) Law-7536
This course explores selected topics in employment law in the non-union workplace. The course covers the evolving common law and statutory approaches to regulating the employer-employee relationship from hiring to firing. Topics include employee privacy, protections against workplace discrimination, regulation of wages and hours, sexual harassment, and remedies for wrongful termination. Students enrolled in this course for Spring 2017 must also enroll in the one-unit Employment Law Practice lab course.
Employment Law Practice Lab (1) Law-7660
The lab course is a mandatory supplement to Professor Hall's Employment Law course. It is limited to students enrolled in Professor Hall’s course This clinical course will include a survey of topical areas typically encountered in employment law practice in a current law firm setting. The course is intended to familiarize students with representative legal writing and advocacy roles filled by a junior employment law attorney in law firm practice, together with commonly used electronic and library resources found in employment law practice. The course focuses on the progression of a hypothetical employment-related dispute involving employee allegations of sexual and racial harassment, from pre-dispute employer investigation into an employee’s internal complaint, through the pre-trial mediation of a lawsuit. Students will research and write the employer’s response under applicable federal and California law to an employee’s administrative harassment complaint to a government agency, as well as one party’s mediation brief as the hypothetical case proceeds toward trial. Students enrolled in this course for Spring 2017 must also enroll in the doctrinal Employment Law course. This course will satisfy the Practice-Oriented Writing Requirement.
Entertainment Business and Legal Affairs (3) Law-7352
An overview of the primary areas of practice in which a lawyer and/or business affairs executive engage at a typical Hollywood studio throughout all phases of development, production, marketing and distribution of theatrical motion pictures. Emphasis will be placed on the business aspects in each of these areas and the economics of the various revenues streams exploited in such distribution. Deal structures will be taught for the customar transactions entered into for both “in-house” productions as well as films financed and/or produced by third parties but distributed by the studio (i.e. acquisitions, negative pick-ups, co-productions, split rights arrangements, etc.) as well as studio deals with financial partners to lay off economic risk. The course will conclude with an exercise in which the students will select a motion picture slate made up of various genres, cast and deal models they will select based upon the project elements of actual (but anonymous) Hollywood studio productions. The success of those slates will then be projected as revealed by the actual performance of the movies from which those elements were taken. This course is an approved elective for the Business Law certificate and the Entertainment Law certificate. This course will satisfy the Practice Oriented Writing Requirement OR the Lawyering Skills Requirement; one course cannot satisfy both requirements at the same time.
Entertainment Industry Contracts (3) Law-7830
This course provides a detailed review and analysis of the contracts involved in the making of a feature film and other media. Students will have hands-on experience with contracts from the inception of an idea to acquiring rights and hiring writers, directors and actors. The attorney’s role throughout the process of creating media will be examined. Students draft and negotiate contracts, draft client correspondence, and create client files. The skills learned in this course are applicable to drafting and negotiating transactions in many areas of law. This course may satisfy the Practice Oriented Writing Requirement OR the Lawyering Skills Requirement; one course cannot satisfy both requirements at the same time. This course is an approved elective for the Entertainment Law Certificate and the Business Law Certificate.
Estate and Gift Taxation – JD (3) Law-7833
A comprehensive study of the federal wealth transfer tax system, including the gift tax, the estate tax and the generation-skipping transfer tax. Coverage includes the tax treatment of property owned at death and property transferred during life, the marital and charitable contribution deductions and other deductions and credits. The course includes procedural and valuation issues, including related income tax basis planning. Non tax law aspects of estate planning are also studied for taxable and nontaxable estates. Prerequisite: Federal Income Tax. This course is a core requirement for the Certificate in Taxation.
Estate Planning - JD (2) Law-7837
A basic LL.M. level estate planning course, looking at both small and large estates, with consideration of lifetime and testamentary dispositions of property, the use of the marital and charitable bequests, and the use of life insurance. The course will look at the drafting and use of estate planning documents, such as wills, inter vivos trusts, insurance trusts, living wills and durable powers of attorney and provide an overview of special issues for estates including substantial closely held business interests. Prerequisite: Estate and Gift Taxation.
Ethics in Tax Practice (2) Law-7887 LL.M. Tax
An examination of the statutory, regulatory and ethical standards governing those who practice in the tax field, including the application of the Model Rules of Professional Conduct to tax practice, Circular 230 (governing those admitted to practice before the Internal Revenue Service), and provisions of the Internal Revenue Code and the Treasury Regulations governing return preparers, with lesser attention to provisions governing CPAs and other federal statutes, such as the federal conflict of interest statute. Among the areas covered are advertising and solicitation, return preparation and advice, dealing with the Internal Revenue Service in the audit and appeals process, confidentiality, conflicts of interest, and uncooperative clients.
Evidence (4) Law-7142 California Bar Tested
This course covers the standards regulating admissibility of evidence in both criminal and civil trials. Special emphasis is placed on the Federal Rules of Evidence.
Federal Income Tax (3) Law-7133
This course introduces students to the system of federal income taxation of individuals. The tax system is studied with emphasis on basic concepts rather than detailed computations. Significant attention is given to the public policy served by various provisions of the Internal Revenue Code. Primary consideration is given to principles and policies relating to the taxation of individuals including procedure, income, deductions, gains and losses, and transactional aspects of income taxation. The Internal Revenue Code and Regulations are emphasized. All full time students are required to take this course during their second year of law study; part time students may take it during their second or third year of law study. This course is a core requirement for the Certificate in Taxation.
Federal Tax Research – JD (2) Law-7889
An area often ignored in traditional legal research courses is the array of materials dealing with tax matters. These specialized materials are often separated from other library materials, and many practicing attorneys possess little ability to research tax matters for their clients. This course explores techniques in tax research and is also an extensive survey of primary and secondary sources in taxation. Classes focus on online research; there are several homework assignments and a short final paper. Prerequisite: Federal Income Tax. This course is an approved elective for the Certificate in Taxation.
First Amendment Law Seminar (3) Law-7325
This course is a study of the fundamental freedoms of speech, press, association, and religion. In addition to considering the historical background, the course focuses on specific challenges in First Amendment jurisprudence, including regulation of speech in a public forum, access to the media, regulation of the press, symbolic expression, libel, obscenity, commercial speech, picketing, right of association, loyalty oaths, legislative investigations and government demands for information, separation of church and state, free exercise of religion, state aid to religious schools, and regulation of religion-based conduct. In addition, the course will provide instruction in advanced legal writing, with the objective of producing an appellate brief will take the place of a traditional final examination, and that will provide a high-quality writing sample as well.
Fundamentals of In-House Corporate Practice (2) Law-7854
This is a practical skills course in practicing as an In-House Corporate Lawyer that introduces students to the fundamentals of working effectively in a high-functioning corporate law department and prepares them for a career as an In-House Corporate Counsel. The course will focus on developing a skill set for an in-house corporate generalist addressing issues related to: corporate formation and administration, real property acquisition, facilities management (e.g., construction contracts), work force and labor issues (e.g., ADA compliance and workplace harassment/discrimination), litigation, and the management and defense of intellectual property. Students will have the opportunity to perform exercises relating to each of the substantive areas of in-house practice through actual case studies of corporate legal issues and simulating actual assignments as corporate counsel. Outside reading consists of articles and excerpts of published materials. Class sessions consist of lecture, class discussion, practical exercises and presentations, with some prominent in-house lawyers and general counsel as guest speakers, and networking opportunities. This course will satisfy the Practice Oriented Writing requirement. The enrollment cap is at 20 students.
Immigration Law (2) Law-7552
This course provides an introduction into the examination of US law (constitutional, statutory, and administrative) governing the entry, presence, and expulsion of foreign nationals (aliens). Topics include: sources of federal immigration power, immigrant and non-immigrant categories, exclusion, admission, deportability, refugees, and unauthorized migrants.
Information Privacy Law (3) Law-7574
Privacy and data security issues are becoming increasingly important to businesses, individuals and governments in light of new information technologies and new threats to their, and our national, security. From the Sony hack to the NSA to iPhone encryption, information privacy law is now essential knowledge in boardrooms and courtrooms. This course will provide an introduction to the constitutional and common law origins of the law of privacy and to the statutory framework in California and at the federal level for protecting private information. There will be no final examination; rather, grading will be based on student writing and class exercises, such as oral arguments. This course will satisfy the Practice Oriented Writing Requirement.
International Business Transactions (3) Law-7559
This is a three-credit survey course designed to acquaint students with some of the issues involved in the conduct of international business transactions. We will examine the various methods of doing business abroad, moving from relatively simple to progressively more involved transactions -- for example, beginning with a basic sale and financing of goods across national borders to the establishment of a productive operation abroad through foreign franchisees, technology licensing arrangements and finally, direct investment in foreign enterprises. The last part of the course will focus on the resolution of international commercial disputes. We will study these transactions in a variety of political and economic settings -- economically developed nations, developing-country markets and non-market economies in transition. Even though there will be some discussion of national controls and international regulation of trade, for example, the World Trade Organization and the North American Free Trade Agreement, the primary focus of the course is on private international business law (sales contracts, trademark licenses, intellectual property infringements, investment contracts, etc.). We will touch on an extensive range of substantive laws, such as the law of corporations, commercial transactions and the uniform commercial code, antitrust, intellectual property (copyright, trademark, patent), conflict of laws, civil procedure, contracts, international trade as well as public international law. Any knowledge or background in some of these areas will be helpful. However, there are no prerequisites for this course. The course is designed to help students become “practice ready.” That is, students will learn transactional skills and work with actual contracts. In addition to learning substantive laws and legal doctrine, students will also learn different strategies of negotiation. Negotiation skills will be incorporated into and seamlessly mesh with the substantive laws in different sections of the course. In this respect, students will not only learn how to draft and mark up different types of contracts but will also be exposed to different approaches to negotiation by engaging in simulated negotiations. These simulated negotiations play out in different settings – transactions, dispute resolution and other situations lawyers encounter in practice. This course will satisfy the Lawyering Skills requirement. This course is an approved elective for the Business Law Certificate and the International Law Certificate.
Introduction to American Law (3) Law-7101 LL.M. International Students.
This course meets from 1/9/2017 – 3/14/2017. Introduction to American Law is a course designed for LL.M. students who received their law degrees from foreign, non-common law universities. The course provides an overview of various areas of the American legal system and legal profession. It is a basic introduction to the common law and statutory law in the U.S. in both the federal and state systems. It is designed to assist LL.M. students’ understanding of American law and legal issues so as to enhance their experience in their studies at the School of Law. Note: this course is for international LL.M. students only.
Land Use Regulation (3) Law-7626
This course examines the government regulation of land use and development. It is a course in applied constitutional, administrative, and property law. The material covers land use planning, zoning, advanced and flexible zoning mechanisms, subdivision controls, constitutional and state law constraints on regulation, the economics and politics of land development, growth controls, the environmental regulation of land use and ecosystems, and alternatives to regulation. Students are exposed to business decision making, public problem solving, regulatory permitting, and social science analyses. This is a core requirement for the ENLURE certificate. Students enrolled in this course for Spring 2017 must also enroll in the one-unit Land Use Regulation Practice lab course.
Land Use Regulation Practice Lab (1) Law-7357
The lab course is a mandatory supplement to Professor Stahl's Land Use Regulation course. It is limited to students enrolled in Professor Stahl's course. The lab course will serve as a supplement to the main Land Use Course. In particular, the lab course is a tool for providing students with the opportunity to learn practical
writing and advocacy skills through document drafting and participation in mock planning commission meetings. Students will learn to draft documents relevant to a Land Use practice. Specific drafting assignments are left to the discretion of the lab professor, but examples may include letters to clients; applications for land use entitlements such as a variance, special use permit, or vesting subdivision map, memoranda of law regarding legal issues such as takings, equal protection, the Fair Housing Act, vested rights/nonconforming use, and so forth. Students may also prepare for and participate in a mock meeting of a planning commission, zoning board, or city council. The course also provides an opportunity for students to receive extended, amplified, instruction on the doctrine from a practitioner. Such instruction, delivered through lecture or practice problems or role-playing, would help the students understand how the doctrine discussed in the main course shows up in day-to-day practice. The course will satisfy the practical legal writing and/or practical skills requirement.
Legal Analysis Workshop (3) Law-7504 California Bar Tested
This course will focus on the analysis and drafting of legal documents, within a 90-minute time constraint, commonly prepared during the first few years of law practice, including memoranda, briefs, declarations, separate statements in support of motions for summary judgment/adjudication, discovery plans, and written discovery. The course will also focus on the identification of client issues and the use of case precedent to predict the outcome of client problems. In addition, the course will involve analyzing real-life legal problems presented in a multiple choice question format in the areas of Constitutional Law, Contracts and Sales, Criminal Law & Procedure, Evidence, Federal Civil Procedure, Real Property, and Torts.
Note: any student entering their final year of law study ranked in the bottom 25% of their class MUST take Legal Analysis Workshop (AND Selected Topics in American Law) in order to graduate. Because of the helpful and important nature of these courses, all students in the bottom 50% are strongly encouraged to enroll even if it is not required. However, first priority for enrollment in these courses will be given to those students who are required to take them.
Legal Research & Writing LL.M. (4) Law-7909 LL.M. Students Only.
The legal writing skills class focuses on clear, organized legal writing in English. Students will reinforce their English writing skills through editing, grammar exercises, and writing standard legal communications such as e-mails, client letters, and an objective office memorandum. The course also includes instruction on basic legal research methodologies, case analysis and legal reasoning.
Legal Writing Skills (3) Law-7575
This course is designed to develop legal writing skills needed for success in law school, on the bar examination, and in practice. Among others, the course will review and develop skills needed to prepare case briefs, answers to law school essay exam questions, bar examination performance tests, internal memoranda, briefs, and client letters. Note: Any students who received a grade below 2.0 in Legal Research and Writing I and/or Legal Research and Writing II or if recommended by the LRW professors must take this course as a condition of graduation. In addition, students who are required to take this course must do so during their second year of study. Prior approval must be obtained for all other students seeking to enroll in this class. Priority is given to students who are required to take this course.
Mediation (3) Law-7581
This course focuses on different theories and approaches to mediation. Mediation is gaining in importance as a mechanism for parties to heal differences without the expense and trauma of litigation. The competent practitioner should understand how mediation works and how to represent clients effectively in a mediation setting. Students in this course have an opportunity to function as both advocates and mediators, using a variety of techniques to resolve disputes. The course grade is based primarily on papers assigned by the instructor. This course will satisfy the Lawyering Skills Requirement. This course is open to 2L, 3L, and 4L students. A few seats will be reserved for 2L students.
Municipal Ordinances (3) Law-7656
In this course, students will learn how to navigate, analyze, and interpret county and city laws/ordinances. Students will have the opportunity to work with real city ordinances and will be provided with actual draft ordinances authored by municipal attorneys. Classes will consist of reviewing and in some instances revising draft ordinances to determine and/or address the potential impacts of the ordinance on property owners, neighborhood associations, business groups and other stakeholders. Students will be exposed to a wide range of municipal issues ranging from backyard chicken keeping to the regulation and control of big box retail stores and cell towers. This course is an approved elective for the ENLURE certificate. This course will satisfy the Practice Oriented Writing Requirement OR the Lawyering Skills Requirement; one course cannot satisfy both requirements at the same time.
Music Law (3) Law-7853
This course will explore the legal and business aspects of the music business through an examination of the key agreements in an artist's career: recording, music publishing, touring, merchandising, management and other important areas. Recent case law and emerging business models will be examined from the perspective of the artist and the parties with whom they do business. Prerequisite: Entertainment Law or Copyright Law. This course is an approved elective for the Entertainment Law Certificate.
Negotiations (3) Law-7816
Students will practice preparing for and conducting legal negotiations. Students will learn about different approaches and theories of negotiation, develop their skills, understand their negotiating preferences and those of others as well as deal with ethical issues. Students will do simulated negotiations involving transactions, dispute resolution and other situations lawyers may encounter in practice. In addition to written preparation for the negotiations, students may draft agreement(s) and will be asked to reflect and write about their learning and work. This course is a core requirement for the Advocacy and Dispute Resolution Certificate. This course will satisfy the Lawyering Skills requirement.
Negotiations LL.M. (3) Law-7910
Students will practice preparing for and conducting legal negotiations. Students will learn about different approaches and theories of negotiation, develop their skills, understand their negotiating preferences and those of others as well as deal with ethical and cross-cultural issues. Students will do simulated negotiations involving transactions, dispute resolution and other situations lawyers may encounter in practice. In addition to written preparation for the negotiations, students will draft agreement(s) and will be asked to reflect and write about their learning and work.
Partnership Tax (3) Law-7886 LL.M. students only
This course concerns the federal income tax laws regarding partnerships (including limited partnerships and LLCs, among others) principally found in Subchapter K of the Internal Revenue Code. It covers the formation of a partnership; the operation of the partnership and the allocation among its members of its income, deductions, etc.; the transfer by the partnership of its property to its members; the disposition by partners of interests in the partnership; and the consequences of a partnership’s termination. There will be some emphasis on potential pitfalls for the taxpayer (and the taxpayer’s advisor) in the law of partnership taxation as well as some debate on the merits and demerits of other provisions of Subchapter K (e.g., the 704(b) regulations, Section 736, Section 754, and Section 751(b)). Prerequisite: Income Taxation for LL.M. Students. J.D. students must obtain approval from the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in order to take this course. If approved, the applicable prerequisite is Federal Income Tax.
Patent Law and Practice (3) Law-7815
This course offers an in-depth exploration of patent law. The course covers standards for patentability, the patent application process, claim construction, infringement, defenses to infringement, and remedies for patent infringement. The course also includes discussion and practical exercises related to the practice of patent law. We will also touch upon the distinction between patent law and the law of trade secrets. Students are not required to have a technical background to take this course. This course is an approved elective for the Business Law certificate. This course will satisfy the Practice Oriented Writing Requirement.
Practice Foundations -- Criminal Litigation (3) Law-7665
This course exposes students to the mechanics of criminal litigation. It will study the stages in the criminal process from charging through sentencing. There will also be instruction in advanced legal writing techniques and students will produce written briefs of the type frequently filed in trial courts in criminal litigation. The course will give heavy emphasis to California practice and procedure, although there will be some consideration of competing approaches taken in other jurisdictions. Learning will proceed primarily through simulated exercises in which students will act as lawyers litigating the various stages of a criminal case. Grading will be based on performance in the simulated exercises as well as several written exercises. Students must take Criminal Procedure -- Police Practices before they may take this course, which replaces Criminal Procedure -- Adjudicative Process. This course is strongly recommended for students interested in practicing criminal law. Students in this course need not have taken Evidence or Trial Practice. This course will satisfy the Practical Writing Requirement OR the Lawyering Skills Requirement; one course cannot satisfy both requirements at the same time.
Practice Foundations Transactions (3) Law-7657 (2L students only) JD Students
This course will introduce students to transactional law practice by exploring the role of lawyers in executing business-related transactions. Students will acquire a foundation for practice by participating in exercises and simulated transactions that lawyers handle in practice. Students will practice communicating with and advising clients, drafting documents, dealing with other attorneys and handling transactions. Students will learn how transactional lawyers add value and solve problems for clients by identifying client objectives, understanding the business context of the matter, spotting legal and business issues, evaluating options and closing a deal. Students will receive feedback about their progress and work. This course is for 2L students only and must be taken in the designated semester as assigned.
Practice Foundations: Transactions LL.M. (3) Law-7911 LL.M. Students Only.
This course meets from 5/1/2017 – 5/12/2017. This course will introduce students to transactional law practice by exploring the role of lawyers in executing business-related transactions. Students will acquire a foundation for practice by participating in exercises and simulated transactions that lawyers handle in practice. Students will practice reviewing and analyzing fundamental U.S. business contracts, communicating with and advising clients, working with legal documents and dealing with U.S. attorneys. Students will learn how transactional lawyers add value and solve problems for clients by identifying client objectives, understanding the business context of the matter, spotting legal and business issues, evaluating options and closing a deal. The class is designed to focus on contract review and analysis, rather than, on contract drafting. Students will receive feedback about their progress and work.
Professional Responsibility (2) Law-7139 California Bar Tested (MPRE)
This course examines the law governing the practice of law. Students will focus on the ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct and the ABA Model Code of Judicial Conduct (from which most states adopt their own rules) and study ethics problems, cases, professional responsibility opinions, and other readings. Topics include judicial ethics, litigation ethics, pro bono obligations, the attorney-client privilege, conflicts of interests, solicitation of clients and lawyer advertising. This course also explores when lawyers must either subordinate their own moral judgment to that of their clients or whistle-blow and violate what would otherwise be protected client confidences.
Refugee Law (3) Law-7508
This course provides an in-depth analysis of refugee law from international, domestic and comparative perspectives. The course examines the ancient and modern origins of refugee law, the development of the 1951 Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees and the 1967 Protocol to the Convention, and the domestic application of the principles of the Convention and Protocol by the United States and other countries. Topics addressed include the legal definition of persecution; refugee claims based on race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, political opinion, and gender; and the practical aspects of representing individuals applying for refugee protection. Readings include cases from the United States and other Convention signatory countries, domestic statutes and regulations, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees guidance, scholarly articles, and other materials relating to refugee law. At the conclusion of the course, each student will prepare a legal brief in support of a fictitious client who is applying for asylum in the United States. Grades will be based on the legal brief and class participation. There are no prerequisites for this course. This course will satisfy the Practice Oriented Writing Requirement. This course is an approved elective for the International Law Emphasis Program.
Remedies (3) Law-7328 California Bar Tested
This course presents students with an analysis of the judicial remedies available in the American system of jurisprudence. The course is designed to familiarize students with the principles of damages, restitution, and equitable remedies.
Selected Topics in American Law (3) Law-7636 California Bar Tested
This is a skills-development course that provides students with an intensive substantive review of selected legal material routinely tested on the bar exam and relevant to law practice, including contracts, torts, civil procedure, criminal law and procedure, real property, evidence, corporations, constitutional law, professional responsibility, wills and trusts, community property, and remedies. Through the use of problems and exercises in a bar exam format, students will become familiar with the techniques for analyzing, organizing, and writing essay questions based on California law. This is not a substitute for a bar review course, but a course on how to write good legal analysis in a particular area in a short window of time. Note: any student entering their final year of law study ranked in the bottom 25% of their class MUST take Selected Topics in American Law (AND Legal Analysis Workshop) in order to graduate. Because of the helpful and important nature of these courses, all students in the bottom 50% are strongly encouraged to enroll even if it is not required. Enrollment is limited to third and fourth year law students.
Sports Law II (3) Law-7868
This course will provide students with the opportunity to develop the practical legal skills required of the Sports Law practitioner. Students will work with practicing Sports Attorneys to analyze and develop the specific skills necessary for the practitioner in the Sports Law field, including, the representation of professional and amateur athletes, the collective bargaining process, and issues involving teams and organizations. Students will be required to participate in and perform exercises focusing on these topics, as well as attend events outside of class. This course will satisfy the Lawyering Skills requirement. This course is an approved elective for the Entertainment Law certificate.
Taxation of Business Organizations – J.D. (3) Law-7608
Problems in the taxation of subchapter K partnerships, subchapter C corporations, and subchapter S corporations are covered by this course. Topics pertaining to partnership taxation include the formation, operation, and termination of general and limited partnerships. Class discussion is held concerning the definition of the partnership and the possible treatment of a partnership and the possible treatment of a partnership as an association. Topics pertaining to corporate taxation include tax treatment of a corporation and a corporate shareholder with respect to corporate formation; organization and property transfers, dividends and distributed income; accumulated earnings and undistributed income; non-liquidating corporate distributions; collapsible corporations; personal holding companies; and sale or liquidation of a corporation. Prerequisite: Federal Income Tax. This course is a core requirement for the Certificate in Taxation. This course is an approved elective for the Business Law certificate. This course is also a prerequisite for JD students who wish to enroll in Corporate Stock & Asset Acquisitions and Dispositions.
Toxic and Mass Tort Law (3) Law-7611
Our technological society has spawned an explosion of toxic tort actions. Topics include special statute of limitations problems in toxic cases, the complexities of mass litigation, and problems of proof in toxic tort actions. The final exam in this course will be a take home paper. This course is an approved elective for the ENLURE certificate.
Trademarks and Unfair Competition (3) Law-7824
This advanced course in intellectual property covers topics related to trademarks and unfair competition. The course will address the economic and policy aspects of trademark and unfair competition law in the federal and international systems, including related areas of comparative advertising and consumer protection law, and their adaptation to the internet age. The course will probe fundamental concepts like priority, use in commerce, distinctiveness, likelihood of confusion, geographical indicators, dilution and fair uses. Through a combination of assignments and guest lectures from diverse California industries, students will be exposed to the challenges facing trademark practitioners, including selection and federal registration of marks, licensing, pursuing counterfeiters, defending against infringement claims, and assessing non-infringing uses. During the course of the semester, students will be expected to undertake and complete several practical assignments that together will apply toward satisfying the course’s writing requirements (which is in lieu of a final exam). These may include: conducting an initial trademark clearance search, preparing an opinion letter on the availability of a mark for a new business, filing a (mock) intent to use registration at the USPTO, preparing a cease and desist letter, drafting a trademark license, and providing a client advisory on a recent case of interest. In addition to casebook assignments, students will be responsible for monitoring and analyzing trademark and unfair competition disputes in the news and presenting on them in class. This course will satisfy the Practice Oriented Writing Requirement.
Trial Practice (3) Law-7617
This is a practical skills course in advocacy which introduces students to the fundamental components of a typical civil and criminal trial. It requires students to perform exercises involving each component, and try a mock civil or criminal case from provided problem materials. The course requires student participation in discrete exercises, including jury voir dire, opening and closing statements, and direct and cross-examination. Prerequisite: successful completion of Evidence. This course will satisfy the Lawyering Skills requirement. This course is a core requirement for the Advocacy and Dispute Resolution certificate. This course will meet the Law School’s Lawyering Skills requirement.
Note: Trial Practice with Judge Rogan - Must attend the first class meeting or you will be dropped from the course. Additionally, if you are late for the first class, you will be replaced with the first name on the wait list, and your name will be added to the end of the wait list.
U. S. Taxation of International Income (3) Law-7880
An introduction to the U.S. taxation of international transactions, with consideration of policy and jurisdictional issues involved in the U.S. international tax laws and the U.S. tax treaty network. Topics covered will include source of income rules, taxation of foreign persons with passive U.S. investments, taxation of foreign persons operating a U.S. trade or business, taxation of foreign-owned U.S. real property interests, the branch profits tax, and the effect of U.S. tax treaties on such “inbound” transactions. The course will also cover the U.S. taxation of worldwide income of U.S. citizens and residents, including the U.S taxation of “outbound” transactions (foreign activities of U.S. persons), the exploitation of intangible property rights abroad, the effect of U.S. tax treaties, and the foreign tax credit mechanism. J.D. Prerequisite: Federal Income Tax. LL.M. Prerequisite: Income Taxation for LL.M. Students.
Water Law (2) Law-7620
This course examines legal controls on a scarce natural resource that is essential to human life, our natural environment and economic development. Topics include California’s unique methods of allocating and distributing water; water suppliers and regulatory agencies; prior appropriation doctrine; riparian water rights; groundwater; federal and Indian reserved water rights; environmental controls; the relationship between water and economic development; and the role of the community and interested groups in water policy. This course is an approved elective for the ENLURE emphasis certificate.
Wills and Trusts (3) Law-7334 California Bar Tested
This course examines rules pertaining to intestate succession; testamentary dispositions; execution, modification, and revocation of wills, testamentary capacity and will contests; interpretation of wills; protection of spouse and children; and the use of will substitutes. The creation, types, and characteristics of trusts are also examined, including coverage of the construction of trusts, and trust administration. Students enrolled in Professor McConville’s section for Spring 2017 must also enroll in the one-unit wills and trusts lab course.
Wills and Trusts Practice Lab (1) Law-7355
The lab course is a mandatory supplement to Professor McConville's Wills and Trusts Course. It is limited to students enrolled in Professor McConville's course. This course is intended to give students an opportunity to learn some of the “real life” skills involved with running a wills and trusts practice. The class will emphasize communication and writing skills. As needed, the class will provide information that will supplement and reinforce the material in the main Wills and Trusts class. Topics will center on the key elements of practicing as a wills and trusts attorney. Students will be required to perform several oral and written assignments throughout the semester, some or all of which might be completed in groups of two or more. Certain projects will require class participation. Specific drafting assignments may include letters to clients and beneficiaries; memoranda to the file memorializing discussions with the client or other issues that arise in the course of representation; portions of briefs; wills or will provisions; trusts or trust provisions; powers of appointment; and powers of attorney. This course satisfies the Practice-Oriented Writing Requirement.
Co-Curricular Courses (variable credits)
Externship (Law 7588, 7589, 7590, 7653)
Externships offer law school credit for practical experience working for a judge; District Attorney or Public Defender; government agency, non-profit, private law firm or corporation. Externs work under the supervision of experienced practicing attorneys or judges who provide guidance and training in research, writing, and practical lawyering skills. For information on how to obtain an externship, visit http://www.chapman.edu/law/externships/index.aspx.
Externships can be taken for between 1 and 5 units during the school year and for between 1 and 6 units over the summer, except for select judicial externships that are considered “full time” which can be taken for 10 units. For details on how many hours must be worked per unit, as well as how many externships can be taken in all, see the Externship Handbook, available in room 350 or at the above link.
The Director of the Externship Program must approve all externships; students are not permitted to enroll online. To apply for admission to the Externship Program, submit a completed Externship Application to the Director as soon as possible, or at least 1 week before the start of the summer session. Applications are found at the end of the Externship Handbook. If the Director approves the externship, students will be enrolled in the course within 1 week. In addition to fieldwork, students must participate in a one-time “boot camp” (see times listed below). This course will satisfy the Lawyering Skills requirement.
Law Review Law-7860
The Chapman Law Review is a legal journal edited and published by School of Law students selected on the basis of academic achievement and a writing competition. Students on the Chapman Law Review receive credit for demonstrable competence in scholarly writing and editing. Students are required to produce a student note as a Directed Research project under the direction of a faculty member during their first year on the Law Review. Students may receive up to three units of credit for Directed Research during the spring semester. Students are also registered for one unit of credit in the spring semester of the first year of service on Law Review which is graded by the Law Review's faculty adviser. Thereafter, subject to approval prior to registration by the faculty adviser, senior editors may receive up to three ungraded units of academic credit per semester of participation.
Skills Competitions Law-7861
Lawyering skills competitions are an important component of legal education. Such competitions offer realistic opportunities to practice research, writing, analytical, and communications skills and to develop ethics, judgment, and professionalism. Students may earn one unit of credit for Negotiations, Mediation, and Client Counseling competitions if they reach the regional level of competition, or three units for trial and appellate competitions outside the law school. This course may satisfy the Lawyering Skills Requirement with a two credit minimum. Only Moot Court Competitions may satisfy the Practice Oriented Writing Requirement, and only if Professor Nancy Schultz, or another member of the Faculty, agrees to supervise the revision of the brief.
Constitutional Jurisprudence Clinic
Constitutional Jurisprudence Clinic (3) Law-7828
This clinical program provides students an opportunity to work on pending litigation representing clients or drafting amicus curiae briefs in high profile cases raising significant issues of constitutional law. Depending on the availability and current status of cases, students will, under the supervision of the course instructor or cooperating counsel, draft briefs for filing with the United States Supreme Court. Students may also have the opportunity to prepare initial case strategy, conduct client interviews, research legal issues, draft a complaint and prepare it for filing, draft discovery plans and requests, prepare summary judgment motions, draft appellate briefs, and perhaps, and, depending on the jurisdiction, argue a motion before the trial court or the case before an appellate court. Students are required to attend a boot camp meeting on January 11, 2017, from 3:30 – 7:30 p.m. Attendance is required unless a prior arrangement is made with one of the professors. This course will satisfy the Practical Writing Requirement OR the Lawyering Skills Requirement; one course cannot satisfy both requirements at the same time.
Elder Law Clinic
Elder Law Clinic (3) Law-7565
This clinical class teaches the theory and practice of elder law, which focuses on the legal problems of older adults. The class covers health care decision making, medical ethics and end-of-life issues, public benefits for the elderly, Medicaid planning, mental capacity issues and conservatorships for the elderly, property management for the elderly, and ethical problems that arise when representing the elderly. In addition to the classroom component, students work directly with clients and engage in interviewing, counseling, preparation of draft and final documents, and possible representation of clients in administrative hearings. The class is useful for students interested in the growing practice area of elder law or in a general practice that includes representing elderly clients. The class develops legal skills useful in almost any practice. Enrollment is limited to 14 students. Prerequisites: successful completion or concurrent enrollment in Evidence and Civil Procedure II; willingness to become a Certified Law Student. This course will satisfy the Lawyering Skills requirement.
Entertainment Law Clinic
Advanced Entertainment Law Clinic (1-3) Law-7931
The Advanced Entertainment Law Clinic provides an opportunity for students to build upon the foundation of skills learned in the Entertainment Law Clinic, including client interviewing and counseling, drafting and negotiating contracts, and writing legal research memoranda. At the beginning of the semester each student will meet with the course faculty to the identify skills areas for that student’s course focus, to set specific goals, and to identify clients and projects. Students will work on projects for one or more entertainment industry clients which may include continuing client representation which began during a previous semester in the Entertainment Law Clinic. Clients will be selected by the faculty in consultation with the students, with particular focus on each student’s course goals and career objectives. Client projects may require a range of legal and drafting skills such as assisting a client with chain of title and production legal documents. Students will also have the opportunity to further apply doctrinal knowledge from the core Entertainment Law course by working on a client project in a specific area of the entertainment and media industries, such as videogame development, music, or reality television. Practicing attorneys with experience in specific areas of law will be available for consultation and mentoring. Students and faculty will meet regularly during the semester and students will be required to submit a client file completed to course specifications for grading. Registration allowed only with prior approval of Professor Ryan or Professor Heller. Prerequisite: Entertainment Law Clinic. This course will satisfy the Practical Writing Requirement OR the Lawyering Skills Requirement; one course cannot satisfy both requirements. This is an approved elective for the Entertainment Law Certificate.
Entertainment Law Clinic (3) Law-7631
This course will provide students with the opportunity to work with low budget independent filmmakers. Students conduct client interviews with Directors and Producers who are about to begin production on feature length films. Students prepare documents and contracts for 1-6 films each semester, including: forming an LLC; acquisition of underlying rights; employment contracts for director, producer, actors and crew; location agreements and releases. Students communicate directly with the filmmaker, prepare briefing memoranda on issues unique to each film, and create client files. Students will meet to discuss drafting challenges and issues and the role of the production attorney in advising a filmmaker or production company. Prerequisite: Entertainment Industry Contracts. This course will satisfy the Practical Writing Requirement OR the Lawyering Skills Requirement; one course cannot satisfy both requirements. This is an approved elective for the Entertainment Law Certificate.
Family Protection Clinic
Advanced Family Protection Clinic - Immigration (1-3) Law-7629
The Advanced Family Protection Clinic-Immigration course is a semester-long, graded clinic open to students who have successfully completed the Family Protection Clinic and who have been approved for enrollment by Clinic faculty. Professor Marzouk will determine how many credits to allocate to each student prior to registration. The credit allocation will reflect the amount of anticipated work to be completed by the student (based on the nature and status of the case(s) or work to which the student will be assigned). Advanced Family Protection Clinic- Immigration students represent survivors of family violence in immigration relief before United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, the Executive Office of Immigration Review, or the Board of Immigration Appeals. Advanced FPC immigration Students may be involved in community outreach projects and limited scope representations clinics. This course will satisfy the Lawyering Skills requirement.
Advanced Family Protection Clinic – Protective Orders (1-3) Law-7669
The Advanced FPC - Protective Order section is a semester-long graded clinic open to students who have successfully completed the Family Protection Clinic and who have been approved for enrollment by clinic faculty. The credit allocation will be determined prior to registration and will reflect the amount and complexity of work to be completed by the student. Advanced FPC-PO students take part in community legal education and provide legal advice and limited scope representation to victims of family violence. In addition to casework performed at the Clinic, students meet in a weekly seminar with clinic faculty throughout the semester. Students will schedule the seminar once class begins. This course will satisfy the Lawyering Skills requirement.
Family Protection Clinic – Immigration (3) Law-7586
The Family Protection Clinic-Immigration is a semester-long graded clinic open to upper-level law students. Under faculty supervision, students represent victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking in applications for immigration relief. The seminar component of the course takes place bi-weekly at the law school and focuses on practical lawyering skills such as client interviewing and counseling, affidavit drafting, brief writing, and related written advocacy skills. In addition to the designated seminar time, students meet weekly with the Professor at a time that is convenient for both students and the faculty. Students will also meet with a client at the clinic (which operates out of the Orange County Family Justice Center (OCFJC) located five miles from the law school) approximately five times during the semester. All FPC students must complete a background/conflicts check available on the Registrar's website under "Forms" and posted on the FPC webpage. Please email the application to Professor Marzouk at firstname.lastname@example.org. This course will satisfy the Practical Writing Requirement OR the Lawyering Skills Requirement; one course cannot satisfy both requirements at the same time. FPC Immigration is an approved elective for the International Law Emphasis Program and the Advocacy and Dispute Resolution Emphasis program.
Family Protection Clinic - Protective Orders (3) Law-7655
The Family Protection Clinic – Protective Order Section (FPC-PO) is a semester-long graded clinic open to upper-level J.D. and LL.M. students. The Course meets on Tuesdays from 1:15 to 3:00. Mandatory orientation will be scheduled for a Thursday or Friday, once enrollment is finalized. Students will participate in client interviewing simulations and four weeks of “trial boot camp,” in which they conduct opening statements, direct and cross examination, entering of trial exhibits, and closing arguments. Following this training, students represent victims of family violence in Orange County Superior Court protective order hearings or in filing petitions for protective orders. During most of the semester, students meet in pairs for one hour each week, in addition to seminar, with their supervising professor. The clinic operates out of the Orange County Family Justice Center (OCFJC), located approximately five miles from the law school, in Anaheim. The seminar, team meetings, simulations, and moots take place at the law school. FPC-Protective Order students wishing to represent clients in court must be enrolled in or have passed Evidence. Students interested in taking the course and not appearing in court should email Professor Seiden before registration, as additional enrollment spots may be opened up for students who wish to represent clients but not appear in court. Enrollment in FPC-PO is contingent upon approval of a background/conflicts check, which can be found on the Family Protection Clinic web page or on the Registrar’s web page under “Forms.” Applications should be submitted by email to Professor Seiden prior to or as soon after registration as possible. The FPC is a restricted withdrawal course. The last day to add/drop falls during the first week of class. This course will satisfy the Lawyering Skills Requirement. FPC-PO is an approved elective for the Advocacy and Dispute Resolution Emphasis program.
Advanced Mediation Clinic – (1-2) Law-7849
The Advanced Mediation Clinic provides an opportunity for students who have completed a semester in the Mediation Clinic to continue mediating court cases. Students in the advanced clinic seek ways to expand their mediation skills by working with mediation practitioners and exploring various techniques employed in mediation. Advanced clinic students co-mediate with Mediation Clinic students, providing assistance and guidance in the early stages of the Mediation Clinic experience. Through this practice, advanced clinical students develop their mediation skills while teaching others. There is no weekly classroom meeting for students in the Advanced Mediation Clinic. Students meet regularly with clinic faculty during the semester and submit weekly journal entries for the cases mediated. Registration allowed only with prior approval from Professor Dowling. This course will satisfy the Lawyering Skills Requirement.
Note: For the Advanced Mediation Clinic, students are required to go to court at least twice each week. The new schedule for court in Riverside will be Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday afternoon from 1:20 to 4:00. There may be some cases on those mornings too.
Mediation Clinic (3) Law-7330
The Mediation Clinic is designed to enable students who have completed the Mediation course, or an equivalent course, to use and develop their skills as mediators through frequent and regular practice with actual parties under the supervision of experienced mediators. While working in the Mediation Clinic students have an
opportunity to work with real litigants who have filed small claims, civil harassment and limited civil cases. The types of conflicts addressed include, but are not limited to: Neighbor/Neighbor, Landlord/Tenant, Consumer/Merchant, Business/Business, Organizational, Family/Domestic, Personal Injury and Workplace. The
students also interact with practicing attorneys, judges and other court officers. The Mediation Clinic requires students to serve as mediators in court and to attend class each Monday morning. Students will be graded on full participation in the Mediation Clinic including, weekly journal assignments, regular court attendance, class participation and willingness to mediate. This course will satisfy the Lawyering Skills Requirement.
Note: For the Mediation Clinic, students are required to go to court at least twice each week. The new schedule for court in Riverside will be Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday afternoon from 1:20 to 4:00. There may be some cases on those mornings too.
Mediation Clinic for Juveniles (2) Law-7354
The Juvenile Hall Mediation Program provides significant benefits for juveniles in the correctional system. Under the supervision of the clinic director, students mediate conflicts between the minors in Riverside County Juvenile Hall. Students also teach peer mediation skills to juveniles specially selected to work with the program. In the long term, this will teach the residents the skills necessary to prevent and solve conflict before causing larger issues. Since many youths in juvenile hall have not been exposed to conflict resolution devices, this program provides a unique and critical tool to assist these at-risk individuals. This course will satisfy the Lawyering Skills Requirement.
Note: For the Juvenile Hall clinic, students go out to the facility every Thursday afternoon. We leave campus at 2:00 and return by 5:30. With the new restorative justice program, students will be expected to stay later on two Thursdays each semester.
Appellate Tax Clinic (1-2) Law-7642
This course offers the opportunity for students to participate in actual appellate tax cases conducted under the auspices of The Center for Fair Administration of Taxation. Students enrolled in the course may participate as amicus curiae in significant matters of federal, state or local tax law. Students conduct research on legal issues, draft appellate briefs, and depending on the jurisdiction of the court and the nature of the case, present their brief before an appellate court. Prerequisites: Federal Income Tax, Civil Procedure, top 40% class rank and permission of professor. Students should submit a resume in advance. Enrollment limited to clinic current case-load (typically 2-4 students.) Registration allowed only with prior approval. May satisfy either the Lawyering Skills or Practical Writing requirement with faculty approval; one course cannot satisfy both requirements at the same time.
United States Tax Court Clinic (3) Law-7890
Under a special IRS and Tax Court rules of practice, students in this clinical education course are permitted to handle actual cases on a wide variety of tax issues at various stages of exam, appeal, court and collections. Under supervision of Attorney-Professors, students are responsible for all aspects of their cases including meeting with clients, gathering facts and evidence, researching applicable laws, and meeting with the IRS to discuss case in an effort to negotiate a favorable outcome. If the case is for trial, the student normally represents the client in court and completes all post trial work. Although there are no set meeting times outside of class time, students are expected to attend at least one US Tax Court calendar in Los Angeles. This course is an elective option for the Certificate in Taxation. This course will satisfy the Lawyering Skills requirement. Prerequisite: Federal Income Tax.