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Summer 2020

Client Interviewing and Counseling (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 Practice-Oriented Writing Requirement OR the Experiential Course Requirement; one course cannot satisfy both requirements at the same time. This is a core requirement in the Certificate in Advocacy and Dispute Resolution.


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 credits; 12 and 1⁄2 pages minimum per credit based on standard format) Law-7850

Courses are available to 2-3Ls 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 no later than June 7, 2019. Students cannot register for Directed Research online. Must have a cumulative GPA of 2.6 at the end of the first year to partake in a Directed Research project.

Externship I (variable credits) Law-7590

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 other 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” and 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 semester. The link to the application is found at the end of the Externship Handbook. If the Director approves the externship, students will be enrolled in the course usually within 1 week. In addition to fieldwork, first-time externs must participate in a one-time “boot camp” held during the first two weeks of the semester. Details will be provided once the student is enrolled.

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 Experiential Course Requirement.

Negotiations (3 credits) 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 deal with ethical issues. Students will do simulated negotiations involving transactions, litigation and other situations lawyers may encounter in practice. In addition to researching and preparing for the negotiations, students will draft agreements and will be asked to reflect upon and write about their learning. This course is a core requirement for the Advocacy and Dispute Resolution Certificate. This course will satisfy the Experiential Course requirement.


Clinics

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 Experiential Course Requirement.

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 Experiential Course Requirement.

Tentative Court Schedule for the Mediation Clinic

Monday - no court
Tuesday - 8:30am to 12:00pm
Wednesday - 1:00pm to 4:30pm
Thursday - 8:30am to 12:00pm; 1:00pm to 4:30pm
Friday - 8:30am to 12:00pm

Mediation Clinic for Juvenile Hall (3) Law-7354

The Criminal Justice Dispute Resolution Clinic & Mediation Clinic for Juveniles is a clinic based on the tenets of Restorative Justice, an approach to criminal justice that aims, through reconciliation with the victim, to repair the harm caused by the offender’s criminal behavior. Providing students with a unique opportunity to implement Restorative Justice and Restorative Practice, this clinic offers two approaches. First, clinic students will teach dispute resolution to in-custody juveniles, as well as teach them peer mediation skills, giving them tools to react differently to the conflicts with which they are confronted. Second, clinic students participate in Restorative Justice mediations between victims and offenders. Students will then draft settlement agreements. Clinic students will gain valuable experience in the criminal justice system, unique client-counseling opportunities, and hands-on mediation training/experience. This course will satisfy the Experiential Course Requirement.

Course Requirements: The clinic meets on campus every Thursday at 2:45pm, and we will go to Riverside Juvenile Hall for a 10-week program delivery: leave Chapman 2:45pm and return by 5:30pm. Students will be expected to attend at least two (2) Restorative Justice mediations, which are being conducted using a complete technology platform (Zoom).

The new meeting schedule will be Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:45pm - 5:30pm.  Class will be held on Thursdays.  Riverside YTEC programming will be held on Thursdays but will not begin until a couple of weeks into the semester.  Riverside Southwest programming will be held on Tuesdays using Zoom platform but will not begin until a couple of weeks into the semester. At this time, both Riverside YTEC and Riverside Southwest will be utilizing Zoom platform for summer semester. For the fall semester, Riverside YTEC will most likely begin by using Zoom platform and may transition to in-person programming. This will be determined in accordance with California's Covid19 restrictions.  Riverside Southwest will only be delivered using Zoom platform.

NOTE: There is a stipend that goes along with this clinic in order to offset any expenses for your commute to/from Riverside County.


Academic Fellows (1-2) Law-7939 

Students must complete a minimum of 42.5 hours of work per semester per credit.  For a 14-week semester, this breaks down to approximately 3 hours per week for 1 credit or 6 hours per week for 2 credits.  All Academic Fellows are expected to work approximately 5 hours per week, at minimum.  Students can complete these hours through fellow sessions, office hours, and preparation.  Students are expected to track hours (e.g., biweekly spreadsheet, weekly email, etc.) and must turn in their hours to their professor. 

Research Assistant – (1-2) Law-7940

Students must complete a minimum of 42.5 hours of work per semester per credit.  For a 14-week semester, this breaks down to approximately 3 hours per week for 1 credit or 6 hours per week for 2 credits.  All Research Assistants are expected to work approximately 5 hours per week, at minimum.  Students can complete these hours through meetings, office hours, and preparation.  Students are expected to track hours (e.g., biweekly spreadsheet, weekly email, etc.) and must turn in their hours to their professor. 

Fall 2020

Please note, the Fall 2020 class schedule is tentative and is subject to change. Please contact the Law Registrar's Office with any questions. 

Antitrust Law (3) Law-7509
In a free market economy, there needs to be concern over abuses of power. Antitrust law serves that function. It has a criminal law componentidentifying and prosecuting price-fixing and collusion between competitors. It has a civil law componentdealing with how companies with dominant market positions can destroy competition from rivals, to the detriment of consumers and society. It has a regulatory law componentallowing or preventing mergers, based on international, national, and local perspectives. While mostly focusing on US national antitrust law, the course will also consider foreign countries’ antitrust laws, and the antitrust laws specific to California. This course is an approved elective for the Business Law Emphasis Certificate.

Arbitration Law (3) Law-7659
This course gives students an orientation to how arbitration works and practice in basic arbitration advocacy skills. The course will involve comprehensive study of rules and code sections as well as exposure to various arbitration providers and practical information about conducting arbitration hearings. Topics include discovery in an arbitration forum, admitting evidence, opening statements, direct and cross-examination, and closing arguments. The central philosophy of the class is that skills are best acquired in an experiential manner by seeing and doing. This course is designed to enhance and improve writing, presentation, and public speaking skills. For maximum benefit of the course materials it is suggested that all students have previously completed Evidence. This course will satisfy the Experiential Course Requirement. Enrollment will be limited to 20 students.

Bankruptcy Procedure and Practice (3) Law-7518
This course will explore adjustment of the debtor/creditor relationship through the federal bankruptcy laws, beginning with background discussion on the history and purpose of insolvency laws and continuing with the sources of both secured and unsecured creditor claims. The course will cover security interests, attachment and judgment liens, filing of the bankruptcy petition and schedules, the automatic stay, and creation of the estate and discharge. Chapter 7 liquidation and Chapter 13 wage earner plans will both be explored in depth. Other subjects explored will be relief of stay, dischargeability litigation and the avoiding powers of the trustee.

Business Associations (4) Law-7146 California Bar Tested
This course offers coverage of both fundamental agency law principles and an in-depth study of the law governing various business forms/entities, including sole proprietorships, general partnerships, corporations, limited partnerships, limited liability companies, and limited liability partnerships. In addition to addressing basic questions of formation, students will acquire an understanding of the law governing various aspects of business operations and growth, the means by which investors and other stakeholders may legitimately obtain a return on their investment, the extent of personal stakeholder liability with respect to business obligations, and other topics of relevance. Coverage of various business entities in the context of a single course offers students the opportunity, via comparison and contrast, to appreciate the unique legal character of specific business forms. This knowledge will enhance their ability to advise clients with respect to which business entity best achieves their clients’ overall business objectives. The course also serves to prepare students for advanced study in arenas in which prior knowledge of various business entity fundamentals is assumed. Students who have completed the course in Corporations may not enroll in this course.

California Civil Procedure (3) 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 II. This course is for J.D. students only.

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. Prerequisite: Evidence.

Note: Evidence with Professor Mainero covers both the Federal Rules of Evidence and the California Code, and thus covers two bar tested subjects. Students who take Evidence with Professor Mainero may not take the elective California Evidence course.

Climate Change and the Law (3) Law-7308
The legal response to climate change risks has been overwhelming. It has triggered response from and/or within wide range of other legal topics: constitutional law, torts, energy, tort, international, environmental, land use and insurance laws. Disputes over the proper scope of legal action has resulted in multi-level litigation, from international and national to cities and local government. Equally, numerous regulations and legislative measures have resulted in substantial transactional work as well. Not surprisingly climate change has emerged as a distinct subject of legal studies. This course is designed to introduce students to the full scope of legal developments in regard to climate change and prepare them to analyze complex legal issues on the matter. Students will also be encouraged to think about the broad normative and policy implications of the legal responses to climate change. The course will primarily focus on international law and U.S. domestic law. However, notable legal developments in other jurisdictions, including in Asia and in Europe will be considered as well. Because of the extreme complexity of the problem, students will be pushed to think outside the box and approach the issue with an open mind. There will be no exam for this course. Students will be evaluated through a series of class room exercises and a final research paper or take-home essay. This course is an approved elective for the ENLURE Certificate.

Client Interviewing and Counseling (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 Practice-Oriented Writing Requirement OR the Experiential Course Requirement; one course cannot satisfy both requirements at the same time. This is a core requirement in the Certificate in Advocacy and Dispute Resolution.

Community Property (2) Law-7302 California Bar Tested
The organizing idea for the text and the course is that California community property is a “classification” system; property is either community or separate property based upon the date and source of acquisition of the property. Problems arise when spouses claim separate property interests in community property, community property interests in separate property, devote community effort to separate property, or make agreements, before or during marriage, or after date of separation or dissolution of the marriage, but before judgment is entered, on their property issues. All of these issues, and more, from acquisition of community property to its division upon dissolution of marriage, will be explored.

Comparative Law (3) Law-7524
This course, through readings and class discussion, documentaries and guest speakers, introduces the American law student to the rich legal traditions around the world. We begin by examining English law, the legal system most comparable to our own and which forms the basis of Anglo-American law. We then move to the European Continent and civil law by studying law in Germany. The course then examines a non-Western legal tradition by examining Chinese law. The tremendous growth of the Chinese economy and the growing political importance of China in the 21st century is the motivation for examining Chinese law. This course (and Comparative Law and Religion offered in Spring 2017) will probably be only courses a student takes in law school that examine law outside of the United States. As such, it provides an important component of preparing the future lawyer to practice in a globalized legal world.

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.

Copyright Law and Practice (3) Law-7822
Copyright law is critical across many different arts, technologies and industries. The digital revolution has transformed how we think about this body of law. We will examine its application to, and implications for, music, books, film and computer software, for example. Students will learn how to interpret and apply the statutory provisions, to identify and articulate the scope of U.S. copyright protection and its limitations, 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.

Corporate Tax I (3) Law-7613
The basic federal income tax consequences to regular corporations and their shareholders of incorporations, capital contributions, corporate operations, dividend and other distributions, stock dividends, redemptions and liquidations, the accumulated earnings tax, and the personal holding company tax. S corporation taxation will also be briefly discussed.

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. Students who have completed the course in Business Associations may not enroll in this course.

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.

Criminal Procedure: Practice and Professionalism (2) Law-8023
This course is designed to give the students the skills and information litigators need to know when they appear in court. Students will understand how to independently handle misdemeanor filings, pre-trial negotiations, motions, felony preliminary hearings and misdemeanor jury trials. This course is designed to prepare you for your spring semester externship by providing an understanding of criminal terminology, common penal and evidence code sections, and the most common type of jury trials that you will likely handle including domestic violence and driving under the influence.

Directed Research Project (1-3; 12 and 1⁄2 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. Students may not make changes to the number of credits post the Add/Drop deadline for the semester.

Election and Political Campaign Law (3) Law-7630
Impress your friends and embarrass your enemies with your knowledge of gerrymandering. Learn how Donald Trump went from being dismissed by Republican insiders to winning the Presidency (despite losing the popular election by more than 3 million votes). Understand why Bernie Sanders can’t win a Democratic primary. Use your knowledge and stature as a law student to make your mark on the democratic process. Master the rigors of case and statutory analysis in a sparkling Socratic dialogue. Among the topics that may be addressed are the 2020 Presidential election; campaign finance law and campaign reform; voting rights; election administration; initiative, referendum and recall matters; political parties; legislative districting; election recounts and contests; ballot access; ethics; conflicts of interest; state and local elections; public integrity; criminal and administrative enforcement issues; the 2000 Presidential election and Bush v. Gore (the Supreme Court case that decided a Presidential election), and several other topics of interest relating to the political and election process. The course will have a take-home exam that students can complete over the course of the final exam period that counts for approximately 50% of the total grade, with the remaining percentage of the grade determined by a series of short reaction papers assigned during the semester as well as class participation. The take-home examination will have a strict word/page limit.

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. There is no final exam during the examination period. This course may satisfy the Practice Oriented Writing Requirement OR the Experiential Course Requirement; one course cannot satisfy both requirements. Note: one course cannot satisfy more than one requirement at the same time. This course is an approved elective for the Entertainment Law Certificate and the Business Law Certificate.

Ethics in Tax Practice (2) Law-7887
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.
Note: Evidence with Professor Mainero covers both the Federal Rules of Evidence and the California Code, and thus covers two bar tested subjects. Students who take Evidence with Professor Mainero may not take the elective California Evidence course.

Family Law (3) Law-7542
This will be a practice-oriented writing course. There will not be a final examination. However, students will be required to submit three written assignments totaling not less than twenty pages. These assignments are designed to mirror the experience of drafting documents typical of those generated by attorneys in the practice of Family Law. Such assignments may include the drafting of pre-marital agreements, settlement agreements, declarations in support of applications for orders (child custody, support, restraining orders, etc.), and focused briefs on Family Law related topics. Upon completion of this course, students will have gained practical and relevant experience transferrable to the practice of Family Law. Student writing will be critiqued and discussed anonymously in class. This course will satisfy the Practice Oriented Writing requirement.

Federal Courts/Jurisdiction (3) Law-7543
This course examines the scope of the federal judicial power and the role of the federal judiciary in our constitutional system. It considers the relationship of the federal courts to the legislative and executive branches of the federal government, and the relationship of the federal courts to the state courts. As such, class discussion naturally focuses on separation of powers and federalism principles. Topics may include Supreme Court jurisdiction, congressional control of federal court jurisdiction, justiciability, non-Article III courts, state sovereign immunity, federal court abstention, section 1983, federal review of state court decisions, and federal habeas corpus. Prerequisite or concurrent enrollment: Constitutional Law.

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.

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.

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.

Income Tax for LL.M Students (3) Law-7618
This course addresses federal tax accounting, focusing on accounting methods and periods. It presumes a basic familiarity with the structure of the federal income tax. The topics covered will include the annual accounting system and its consequences, the cash receipts and disbursements method and the accrual method, capitalization and depreciation (and amortization), time value of money rules and the special treatment of interest, deferment payment transactions and the installment method of accounting, and the relationship between tax and financial accounting. If time permits, other subjects may be addressed. The exam will be a take home exam. Students will also be expected to prepare and turn in written answers to selected problems each week; these will be graded on a credit/no credit basis.

Intellectual Property (3) Law-7555
This course surveys the primary types of intellectual property under federal and state law. It emphasizes trademarks, copyrights, and patents while also addressing unfair competition, rights of publicity, trade secrets, and protection of designs. The course analyzes the rights and remedies associated with each type of intellectual property that it covers, as well as the relationships between different types of intellectual property. This course is a core requirement for the Entertainment Law Certificate. It is also an approved elective for the Business Law Certificate.

International Business Litigation (2) Law-7510
This course deals with the litigation process in the United States when the subject of the litigation involves a transnational business transaction. We will examine the following topics: U.S. jurisdiction and other aspects of forum selection and forum non conveniens; service of process of a U.S. lawsuit abroad; international discovery; sovereign immunity; act of state; and enforcement of foreign judgments in American courts. Emphasis will be on acquiring practical skills in both prosecuting and defending international business litigation suits. 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.

International Law & Organizations (3) Law-7558
This introductory course in international law, surveys the sources of international law and some contemporary global issues and challenges. The course introduces concepts of international law and how they achieve legitimacy through United Nations organizations and conferences, the International Court of Justice, the International Law Commission, treaty bodies, and state practice, as well as through other actors. The law of foreign sovereign immunity and the act of state doctrine are considered along with the role of international law in the U.S. legal system and the allocation of foreign affairs powers between the President and Congress. Selected topics that may be explored include international claims (including expropriation law), human rights, norms governing the use of force, and the law of the sea and environmental issues. This course counts for the International Law Emphasis Requirement and the required Public International Law Class for the Emphasis.

Law & Economics Seminar (3) Law-7564
This course offers an introduction to the study of law and economics as a field (touching issues across a wide array of subject matters), including but not limited to: (1) studying applications of economic analysis to the development of legislation, regulation, caselaw doctrines, and other legal rules; (2) conducting economic analysis of law, evaluating the merits of legal rules using economic metrics; and (3) examining legal processes using insights from economics and public choice. The course grade will be based on performance on several writing assignments. There will be no final exam. This course satisfies the practice-oriented writing requirement. Enrollment is limited to 20 students.

Law, Lawyers, and the Legal System in Film (3) Law-7546
The class focuses on film portrayals of law, lawyers, and the legal system as a means of exploring questions of public policy, jurisprudence, professional responsibility, and even personal philosophy and psychology all through the lens of filmic storytelling and filmmaking technique. Topics to be discussed include the adversary system, ethical dilemmas, various lawyer-character archetypes, the jury system, the role of judges, the tension between popular notions of justice and certain legal regimes, and the strengths and limits of the legal system as a means of resolving disputes and providing remedies. This course is an approved elective for the Entertainment Law Certificate.

Legal Writing Skills J.D. (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 LAWR 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 is an approved elective for the Advocacy and Dispute Resolution Certificate. This course will satisfy the Experiential Course Requirement.

Mergers and Acquisitions (3) Law-7580
This is an in-depth review of the process, players, documentation, laws, rules and regulations governing the purchase, sale and combination of business entities. Particular attention will be paid to the practical implications of certain acquisition strategies and the legal interpretation/implications of key document provisions. Students will become familiar with the mergers and acquisitions process from initial feasibility analysis through closing of the transaction, as well as post-closing implications of certain strategic decisions by key players. Upon completion of the course, students will have a basic familiarity with the steps required to conduct a business acquisition and/or combination and the significant legal documents which form an integral part of that process. This course is an approved elective for the Business Law certificate. This course will satisfy the Practice-Oriented Writing Requirement.

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 deal with ethical issues. Students will do simulated negotiations involving transactions, litigation and other situations lawyers may encounter in practice. In addition to researching and preparing for the negotiations, students will draft agreements and will be asked to reflect upon and write about their learning. This course is a core requirement for the Advocacy and Dispute Resolution Certificate. This course will satisfy the Experiential Course requirement.

Practice Foundations Transactions (3) Law-7657
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 open to 2L students, and part time 3L students who did not take this course during their second year of study. 2L students must take this course in the designated semester as assigned.

Preliminary Hearings (2) Law-8022
This course focuses on specialized, advanced topics in advocacy, and specifically on putting on and defending felony preliminary hearings in California. The study will include the timing of the hearing, the role of the defendant at the hearing, limitations on the right to a public hearing, the holding order, evidentiary rules at the hearing, and superior court review of the magistrate’s decision.

Professional Responsibility (2) Law-7139 California Bar Tested (Essay and MPRE)
This course examines the law governing the practice of law. Students will focus on the ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct and the California Rules of Professional (and relevant state statutes) in their study of ethics problems, cases, professional responsibility opinions, and other readings. Topics include the ethical rules governing attorneys in every facet of their practice. 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.

Real Estate Tax Planning (2) Law-7884
Tax planning issues for those who develop and/or operate real estate, including choice of business entity, financing techniques and syndications, handling of pre-opening expenditures, capital gain/loss issues, selling or disposing of the property, charitable easements, depreciation and amortization, repairs and capitalization, tax shelter rules (at risk and passive loss rules), and special concerns with rehabilitation credits, low income housing, condominiums, time share projects, and homeowners associations. Prerequisite: Federal Income Taxation. Property I, & Property II. Taxation of Business Organization is recommended.

Real Estate Transactions (3) Law-7870
A study of various aspects of real estate transactions and financing. Topics may include contracts of sale, brokerage, buyer-seller rights and obligations, title insurance, development, commercial leasing, mortgages, deeds of trust, liens, foreclosure, receivership, priorities, subordination, suretyship, securitization, tax considerations, and strategies of negotiation and drafting. This is a core requirement in the Certificate in Environmental Law, Land Use, and Real Estate Law.

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 the law of damages, the law of restitution, and equity and equitable remedies.

Remedies and Practice Lab (4) Law-7367 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. All students matriculating in Fall 2019 and thereafter, who at the end of their first year of study are ranked in the bottom 25% of their class MUST take Remedies and Practice Lab as a graduation requirement.

Sports Law (3) Law-7829
This course will cover selected legal issues in amateur and professional sports including player draft and option systems; labor and employment relations in professional sports; eligibility and discipline issues; agents and player representation; inter-league disputes; buying and moving teams; sex discrimination in sports; and Olympic competition. This course is an approved elective for the Entertainment Law certificate.

Tax Procedure & Administration (3) Law – 7609
A study of administrative procedures and taxpayer rights and remedies in dealing with the Internal Revenue Service, including assessment procedures; refund procedures; administrative appeals, conference and settlement procedures; interest; collection procedures, including tax liens and levies on property; transferee liability; limitation periods and their mitigation; burden of proof; choice of forum; IRS summons; requests for rulings and technical advice; and civil penalties. Prerequisite: Federal Income Tax.

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. Prerequisites: successful completion of Evidence. This is a core requirement in the Certificate in Advocacy and Dispute Resolution. This course will satisfy the Experiential Course requirement.

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.


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, trust administration, and wealth transfer taxation.


Bar Preparation Courses
Enrollment in Bar Preparation Courses is limited to third and fourth year students.

Advanced Selected Topics in American Law (3) Law-7676 California Bar Tested (Spring 2021 only)
The enrollment in Advanced Selected Topics in American Law in the Spring will give priority to students entering their final year of law study ranked in the bottom 25% of their class, and will be a small section course with no more than fifteen (15) students per section that will focus entirely on intensive writing practice in advance of the Bar Exam. Advanced Selected Topics will thus not be offered in the Fall Semester. All students are eligible for Legal Analysis Workshop, which will be offered both in the Fall and in the Spring.

Legal Analysis Workshop (3) Law-7504 California Bar Tested
This course will focus on two of the three portions of the bar exam: the performance test and multiple choice. The performance test is a closed-universe test of your skills; bar takers are given a task memo, a file (set of documents from which to extract their client’s facts), and a library (a set of cases and/or statutes to determine the relevant law). Bar takers have ninety minutes to determine what their task is, what the legal issues and relevant law are, their client’s relevant facts, and to draft the legal document they have been asked to write. This could be a memo, a portion of a brief, a client letter, interrogatories, etc. This class will teach students how to approach a performancetest,whatisexpectedofthem,andhowtoaccomplishthetaskwithintherequisitetime. Thisclass also teaches students the necessary skills for bar exam multiple choice questions, touching on Constitutional Law, Contracts and Sales, Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Evidence, Federal Civil Procedure, Real Property, and Torts. There will be three sections of this class, each capped at 20 students.

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. All students entering their final year of law study ranked in the bottom 25% of their class MUST take Selected Topics in American Law in the fall semester, and MUST take Advanced Selected Topics in the spring semester.

Because of the helpful and important nature of Selected Topics in American Law, all students are strongly encouraged to enroll even if it is not required.

 

Clinical Courses

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. This course will satisfy the Practice-Oriented Writing Requirement OR the Experiential Course 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 Experiential Course requirement.

Entertainment Law Clinic

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 Practice-Oriented Writing Requirement OR the Experiential Course Requirement; one course cannot satisfy both requirements. This is an approved elective for the Entertainment Law Certificate.

Family Protection Clinic

Advanced Family Protection Clinic – (1-3) Law-7669
This section of the Advanced Family Protection Clinic is open to students who have successfully completed the Family Protection Clinic and who have prior approval from Professor Seiden. 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 students take part in community legal education and provide legal advice and limited scope representation to victims of family violence. Students may engage in trial work during their advanced clinic semester.

Family Protection Clinic - (3) Law-7655
This section of the Family Protection Clinic is a hands-on clinical course open to upper-level J.D. and LL.M. students. Students will study, learn, and practice client interviewing & counseling skills as well as legal research & writing while representing or providing legal advice to low-income survivors of family violence. Students will learn domestic violence and related family law and may engage in community legal education, trial preparation, affidavit writing, and/or document drafting. Weekly classes and team meetings are held at the law school. Client work is performed at the Bette & Wylie Aitken Family Protection Clinic, located within the Orange County Family Justice Center (OCFJC), approximately five miles from the law school in Anaheim. Requirements: J.D. students must be enrolled in or have passed Evidence. Enrollment is contingent upon completion 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 at seiden@chapman.edu 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 classes. This course will satisfy the Experiential Course Requirement OR the Practice-Oriented Writing Requirement, but not both. This semester, FPC-PO may be taken in place of Client Interviewing & Counseling or as an approved elective for the Advocacy and Dispute Resolution Emphasis program.

Mediation Clinic

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.

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 enables students who have completed the Mediation course, or an equivalent course, to use and develop their skills as mediators through frequent practice with actual parties and attorneys under the supervision of experienced mediators. Students work with real litigants who have filed cases in the Central Justice Center in Orange County and the Superior Court in Riverside. Cases include, but are not limited to: Guardianship Matters, Civil Harassment Restraining Orders, Small Claims Appeals, Neighbor/Neighbor Disputes, Landlord/Tenant Conflicts, Consumer/Merchant Collections, Business/Business Disagreements, Family/Domestic Matters, Personal Injury Disputes, and Workplace Grievances. Students regularly 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 and professionalism, class participation, and willingness to mediate. This course will satisfy the Experiential Course Requirement.
Course Requirements: The clinic meets every Monday morning on campus at 10:15 a.m. Students are required to go to court at least twice each week. Court days and times: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday mornings from 8:20 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.; and Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday afternoons from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Mediation Clinic for Juveniles (3) Law-7354
The Criminal Justice Dispute Resolution Clinic & Mediation Clinic for Juveniles is a clinic based on the tenets of Restorative Justice, an approach to criminal justice that aims, through reconciliation with the victim, to repair the harm caused by the offender’s criminal behavior. Providing students with a unique opportunity to implement Restorative Justice and Restorative Practice, this clinic offers two approaches. First, clinic students will teach dispute resolution to in-custody juveniles, as well as teach them peer mediation skills, giving them tools to react differently to the conflicts with which they are confronted. Second, clinic students participate in Restorative Justice mediations between victims and offenders. Students will then draft settlement agreements. Clinic students will gain valuable experience in the criminal justice system, unique client-counseling opportunities, and hands-on mediation training/experience.This course will satisfy the Experiential Course Requirement.

Course Requirements: The clinic meets on campus every Thursday at 2:45pm, and we will go to Riverside Juvenile Hall for a 10-week program delivery: leave Chapman 2:45pm and return by 5:30pm. Students will be expected to attend at least two (2) Restorative Justice mediations, which are being conducted using a complete technology platform (Zoom).


Tax Clinic

Tax Procedure and Administration Clinic (1) Law-7612
The clinical component of the Tax Procedure and Administration course allows students to handle actual tax controversy cases for low income taxpayers on a pro bono basis before the IRS and in U.S. Tax Court under special rules of student practice. Students learn the practical application of tax procedures and handle all aspects of their cases, including trial if necessary. Prerequisite: Federal Income Taxation and concurrent enrollment in Tax Procedure and Administration. This course will satisfy the Experiential Course Requirement.

NOTE: There is a stipend that goes along with this clinic in order to offset any expenses for your commute to/from Riverside County.


Co-Curricular Courses (variable credits)

Diversity and Social Justice Forum Staff (1) Law-7936 Diversity and Social Justice Board (1) Law-7937
The Diversity and Social Justice Journal is a student-run scholarly publication at Chapman University Dale E. Fowler School of Law, dedicated to providing a forum that can give expression and representation to a wide spectrum of progressive and diverse voices at Chapman.
Subject to approval prior to registration by the faculty advisor, academic credit is awarded as follows:
1. staff members may each receive one unit of academic credit per semester for a total of two units; and, 2. board members may each receive one unit of academic credit per semester of participation for a total of two units.


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 Experiential Course. 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.”


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
Experiential Course 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 Experiential Course 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.

Academic Fellows (1-2) Law-7939
Students must complete a minimum of 42.5 hours of work per semester per credit.  For a 14-week semester, this breaks down to approximately 3 hours per week for 1 credit or 6 hours per week for 2 credits.  All Academic Fellows are expected to work approximately 5 hours per week, at minimum.  Students can complete these hours through fellow sessions, office hours, and preparation.  Students are expected to track hours (e.g., biweekly spreadsheet, weekly email, etc.) and must turn in their hours to their professor. 

Research Assistant (1-2) Law-7940

Students must complete a minimum of 42.5 hours of work per semester per credit.  For a 14-week semester, this breaks down to approximately 3 hours per week for 1 credit or 6 hours per week for 2 credits. All Research Assistants are expected to work approximately 5 hours per week, at minimum. Students can complete these hours through meetings, office hours, and preparation.  Students are expected to track hours (e.g., biweekly spreadsheet, weekly email, etc.) and must turn in their hours to their professor. 

Spring 2021

Please note, the Spring 2021 class schedule is tentative and is subject to change. Please contact the Law Registrar's Office with any questions. 

 

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 Capstone Program (3) Law-7351
This advanced criminal procedure course places its emphasis on further developing practical analytical skills regarding criminal cases. Students will review and analyze numerous police reports from actual jury trials conducted in Orange County for various types of crimes, write memoranda for these cases from both a prosecution and defense perspective, and develop trial strategies for assigned cases. Students will also analyze an appeal and write a response brief in support of the appeal. Students will be assigned to write a brief regarding joinder or severance of multiple cases. There will be a final capstone paper due at the end of the semester which will focus on 4th and 5th Amendment issues. Prerequisite: Criminal Procedure: Police Practices; Practice Foundations: Criminal Litigation - this second class may be taken simultaneously with this Capstone course.

Advanced Federal Income Tax (3) 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 an introduction to basic issues of tax policy. 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 Experiential Course requirement or Practice-Oriented Writing requirement but one course cannot satisfy both requirements at the same time.

Advanced Topic: Food Law (3) Law-7672
This course focuses on the federal regulatory framework for food and its history, basic requirements and goals; law’s role in agriculture emphasizing large-scale production, public health and sustainability goals; and other regulations impacting food’s production, distribution, consumption, and sale.

Agency and Partnership (3) Law-7507 California Bar Tested
This course covers the law of agency and unincorporated business entities. The course will explore the definition and nature of a principal-agent relationship; the rights and duties of principals and agents; the scope of agents’ actual and apparent authority; the liability of disclosed and undisclosed principals for agents’ acts; agent fiduciary duties; third party rights and remedies; employer-employee and independent contractor relationships. The course also addresses the nature of unincorporated business entities, including general and limited partnerships, limited liability partnerships, and limited liability companies. Students will study statutory and case law discussing the formation, operation, and management of these entities, and students will learn the basic internal/external rights, powers, duties, and liabilities of the entity members vis-à-vis one another and vis-à-vis outside third parties. This course is an approved elective for the Business Law certificate.

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 Experiential Course or Practice-Oriented Writing requirement with faculty approval; one course cannot satisfy both requirements at the same time.

California Civil Procedure (3) 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 II.

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. 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 (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 Practice-Oriented Writing Requirement OR the Experiential Course 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 related lease documents. This course is an approved elective for the ENLURE certificate and the Business Law certificate. This course will satisfy the Practice Oriented Writing Requirement.

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.

Constitutional Law: Equal Protection & First Amendment (3) Law-7812 California Bar Tested
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.

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 1⁄2 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

Constitutional Law: Religion and the First Amendment Seminar (3) Law-7366 California Bar Tested
This course covers the major doctrines and decisions interpreting the provisions of the First Amendment affecting religion, especially the free exercise and establishment clauses, as well constitutional challenges to major religion-related federal statutes, such as RFRA and RLUIPA. The principal focus is on modern Supreme Court cases and doctrine, but the course also emphasizes the historical, philosophical, and theological roots of first amendment principles. 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. This course will satisfy the Practice-Oriented Writing requirement. Students cannot register for Directed Research online. Must have a cumulative GPA of 2.6 at the end of the first year to partake in a Directed Research project.

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.

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 customary 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 Experiential Course 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 Experiential Course 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.

Entertainment Law (3) Law-7538
This course explores the legal issues connected with the development, production, and exploitation of entertainment product, focusing predominantly on filmed entertainment, to some extent on musical compositions and recordings, and incidentally on other forms of entertainment. The course examines the legal doctrines, statutes, case law and agreements that fall under the umbrella of “entertainment law.” Topics will be drawn from the following: the structure of the entertainment industry, contractual issues, right of publicity, selected copyright and trademark issues, non-literary rights, credit, compensation and control, ethics and regulation of talent representatives such as agents, lawyers, and managers, and the legal and business controversies surrounding “newer” and emerging technologies and distribution methods. Copyright law is not a prerequisite, and this course should not be considered as a replacement for the copyright course. This course is a core requirement for the Entertainment Law Certificate.

Environmental Law (3) Law-7541
This course constitutes an analysis of the ends and means of environmental protection through study of statutes, administrative regulations and practices, and judicial decisions treating the protection of the environment in the United States. Topics may include statutes that regulate pollution emissions (e.g., Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act); procedural requirements (e.g., National Environmental Policy Act, California Environmental Quality Act); administrative law (e.g., standing, standards of judicial review); hazardous and toxic substances and wastes; risk assessment and management; natural resources and wildlife conservation; enforcement and liability; and environmental justice. This is a core requirement in the Certificate in Environmental Law, Land Use, and Real Estate Law. The grade in this course is based on a paper.

Estate and Gift Taxation (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 (2) Law-7837
An 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.

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 fulltime 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 (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.

Financial Accounting (3) Law-7855
This course represents an introduction to accounting for students with little background in the field. Initial emphasis is on established accounting principles and the analysis of financial statements. The course’s perspective is that of a business attorney who might use financial statements to advise clients in various legal settings (e.g., the drafting of financial contracts and the valuation of businesses). Applications to securities law are also considered. This course is a requirement for the Business Law Emphasis program; however, this may be waived upon verification that the student previously completed a comparable course in their undergraduate/graduate studies. The course previously taken will not be accepted in transfer, but it is only to waive out of this requirement for the emphasis.

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 Cambridge Analytica 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 (including landmark California legislation due to become effective in 2020) and at the federal level for protecting private information. We will also consider the comprehensive European data privacy law, which virtually all large U.S. companies need to know. 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, and it is an elective for the Entertainment Law Emphasis Program.

International Criminal Law (3) Law-7332
This course will study the development of international criminal law since the mid-20th century. Study will include the main doctrines of international criminal law and procedure, including concepts of jurisdiction, substantive international crimes and defenses, modes of international criminal responsibility, procedures and attributes of various international tribunals, and the strengths and weaknesses of international criminal law compared to other mechanisms of enforcing international norms and obligations. Ad hoc international criminal tribunals (e.g., Rwanda and the former Yugoslavia), the International Criminal Court, and nationally- based prosecution and accountability mechanisms will also be considered, with an emphasis on U.S. practice and policy in this field.

International Environmental Law (3) Law-7557
One Earth. One Atmosphere. Nearly 200 countries. Immense economic differences. Numerous irreversible environmental challenges. An intentional legal system with nearly no compulsory jurisdiction. What can lawyers do? This the question that this course, International Environmental Law will explore. The objective of the course is to explore legal responses a range of environmental challenges, from climate change to ozone layer depletion, biodiversity depletion, and human rights violations from environmental harms. The course is designed to develop international lawyering skills, and to think creatively in using law as a tool to address a host of critical environmental problems. Students will not only acquire knowledge about treaties and other international environmental law instruments, but also regarding intersection between domestic law and international law in addressing environmental problems. Students will be encouraged to think critically about the scope and limits of law, and to envision “out of the box” legal solutions. This course will satisfy the Practice Oriented Writing requirement and it is an elective for the International Law Emphasis and the ENLURE emphasis programs.

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.

Local Government Law (3) Law-7576
A study of the powers of local government with attention to both general principles and California law. Topics include the organization and operation of local government, the police power, public participation an access to information (including the Brown Act, initiatives and referendums, and public records), eminent domain, redevelopment, annexation and political geography, local government finance, particular school district issues, and intergovernmental relationships. Students taking this course should supplement it with Land Use Regulation which covers the land use regulatory powers of local government. This course will be valuable not only to those who wish to represent local governments but also those who will represent private sector clients interacting with local government officials. This course will have a 24-hour take-home examination that counts for approximately 50% of the total grade, with the remaining percentage of the grade determined by a series of short reaction papers assigned during the semester as well as class participation. The take-home examination will have a strict word/ page limit. Students will have the option of deciding when during the examination period to take the final examination. This course is an elective for the Certificate for Environment, Land Use and Real Estate Law.

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 is an approved elective for the Advocacy and Dispute Resolution Certificate. This course will satisfy the Experiential Course Requirement.

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 deal with ethical issues. Students will do simulated negotiations involving transactions, litigation and other situations lawyers may encounter in practice. In addition to researching and preparing for the negotiations, students will draft agreements and will be asked to reflect upon and write about their learning. This course is a core requirement for the Advocacy and Dispute Resolution Certificate. This is a core requirement in the Certificate in Advocacy and Dispute Resolution. This course will satisfy the Experiential Course Requirement.

Partnership Tax (3) Law-7886
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. 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.

Practice Foundations: Civil (3) Law-7362
In this course students will learn the basics of civil litigation from case initiation to trial. Students will work in teams to draft and answer complaints, create discovery plans, draft trial briefs, and argue their cases to the class. The class will also discuss client interviewing, mediation, settlement, and trial. This course will satisfy the Practice-Oriented Writing Requirement OR the Lawyering Skills Requirement; one course cannot satisfy both requirements at the same time.

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 Practice-Oriented Writing Requirement OR the Experiential Course 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 open to 2L students, and part time 3L students who did not take this course during their second year of study. 2L students must take this course in the designated semester as assigned.

Professional Responsibility (2) Law-7139 California Bar Tested (Essay and MPRE)
This course examines the law governing the practice of law. Students will focus on the ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct and the California Rules of Professional Conduct (and relevant state statutes) in their study of ethics problems, cases, professional responsibility opinions, and other readings. Topics include the ethical rules governing attorneys in every facet of their practice. 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.
Note: this course is scheduled to hold three additional class meetings on February 3, February 10, and February 17, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. This is in order to cover the material before the midterm exam and to cover the material prior to the MPRE administration. The last class where attendance is required will be April 6, but voluntary review class will be held on April 13, 20, and 27 to help you prepare for the final exam.

Race and Gender in Sports Law (3) Law-7678
This course explores the ways in which sports law and culture shape and construct our ideas, perceptions, and assumptions about race and gender, and how race and gender influence sports law and culture. This course will draw upon cases, film, and legal, historical, and sociological scholarship to consider these relationships and connections. This course is an approved elective for the Entertainment 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.

Remedies and Practice Lab (4) Law-7367 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. All students matriculating in Fall 2019 and thereafter, who at the end of their first year of study are ranked in the bottom 25% of their class MUST take Remedies and Practice Lab as a graduation requirement.

Securities Regulation (3) Law-7606
This course covers the federal regulation of the distribution and sale of stocks and other securities as a means of financing business operations. Students will closely examine the Securities Act of 1933 and the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. The course will explore such topics as the definition and nature of securities; the registration and sale of securities to investors; exemptions from registration for public and private offerings; the philosophy of mandatory disclosure rules; the work of the Securities and Exchange Commission; the role of underwriters; civil and criminal liability of corporate issuers, directors, and officers for fraud and manipulation of securities markets; the regulation of brokers and dealers; and the unique professional responsibilities of attorneys who practice in the securities field. It is recommended that students successfully complete Corporations prior to this course. Students who enroll in this course must also enroll in the 1-unit Securities Regulation Practice Lab course (please see course description for Lab). This course is an approved elective for the Business Law certificate.

Securities Regulation Practice Lab (1) Law-7356
The lab course is a mandatory supplement to the Securities Regulation doctrinal course (Law-
7606). Students must simultaneously be enrolled in both this lab course and in the Securities Regulation doctrinal course. Only students who are enrolled in the Securities Regulation doctrinal course may enroll in this lab course. This is a practical, hands-on course covering the documents and strategic drafting concerns related to federal and state securities regulation. Tracking the topics covered in the Securities Regulation doctrinal course, the lab course introduces students to the process of investigating, analyzing and drafting documents compliant with selected federal and state statutes, rules, and regulations governing the offer and sale of securities within the United States. Students will learn to review and draft relevant portions of periodic reports required by the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, offering documents for public or private securities offerings, and memoranda intended to provide appropriate written legal advice on questions of securities law. This course will satisfy the Practice- Oriented Writing Requirement.

Secured Transactions (3) Law-7605 – Uniform Bar Exam Tested
"No Money Down," "0% A.P.R.," "No Payments for 24 Months." Innocent enough in their own right, each of these familiar phrases openly welcomes the consumer to the world of secured transactions. Generally speaking, a secured transaction is one in which a debtor borrows money from a creditor and designates property as collateral to secure repayment of the loan. A classic example would be the financed purchase of an automobile. Should the debtor fail to make the required payments, the secured party may take legal action or (in some instances) repossess the property. Secured transactions fuel a substantial part of the American economy. In this course, we will examine various rules governing debtor/creditor and creditor/creditor relationships, addressing several key questions: how do financial institutions protect themselves against borrower default, what happens when the debtor files for bankruptcy protection, and who wins when similarly-situated creditors must square off against each other in the fight for the debtor's vulnerable assets? Given that many of the rules governing secured transactions in personal property are found in Article 9 of the Uniform Commercial Code, we will frequently consult its provisions. In laying a core conceptual foundation, we will also address secured transactions in real property, including the ramifications of mortgaging property and the legal and equitable rights of mortgagors and mortgagees prior to and during the foreclosure process. In each session, we will apply the law to hypothetical problems presented, and as a result, students completing the course will have a knowledge base critical to the effective representation of average consumers, growing businesses, insolvent/bankrupt debtors, and sophisticated financial institutions. The course provides a solid foundation for courses in Bankruptcy Law. For those students who might at some point consider taking the Uniform Bar Examination (UBE), this is a bar-tested course on the UBE. As of July 2019, the UBE will be the bar exam in 31 jurisdictions.

State & Local Tax - (2) Law-7900
A survey of state and local taxation issues, including income, sales/use, property and so-called corporate franchise taxes; constitutional limits on state and local taxation with respect to uniformity, equality and interstate commerce; assessment and collection procedures; and taxpayer remedies. Prerequisite for JD students: Federal Income Tax.

Taxation of Business Organizations (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 (Corporate Tax).

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 Experiential Course requirement. This course is a core requirement for the Advocacy and Dispute Resolution certificate. This course will meet the Law School’s Experiential Course requirement.

Trial Practice (3) Law-7617 (this description is for section 3 with Justice Dhanidina)
This is a practical skills course in advocacy which introduces students to the fundamental components of a typical criminal trial. It requires students to perform exercises involving each component, and try a mock 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 Experiential Course requirement. This course is a core requirement for the Advocacy and Dispute Resolution certificate. This course will meet the Law School’s Experiential Course requirement.

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 recent changes to U.S. taxation of foreign subsidiaries of U.S. parent companies, 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.

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. This course has an enrollment cap of 20 students. Students enrolled in this course with Professor McConville must also enroll in the one-unit wills and trusts practice lab course (Law 7355).

Wills and Trusts Practice Lab (1) Law-7355
The lab course is a mandatory supplement to Professor McConville's Wills and Trusts
Course. Students are required to take both courses Law 7334 and Law 7355 together. 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.

Bar Preparation Courses
Enrollment in Bar Preparation Courses is limited to third and fourth year students.

Advanced Selected Topics in American Law (3) Law-7676 California Bar Tested
The enrollment in Advanced Selected Topics in American Law in the Spring will give priority to students entering their final year of law study ranked in the bottom 25% of their class, and will be a small section course with no more than fifteen (15) students per section that will focus entirely on intensive writing practice in advance of the Bar Exam. Advanced Selected Topics will thus not be offered in the Fall Semester. All students are eligible for Legal Analysis Workshop, which will be offered both in the Fall and in the Spring.

Legal Analysis Workshop (3) Law-7504 California Bar Tested
This course will focus on two of the three portions of the bar exam: the performance test and multiple choice. The performance test is a closed-universe test of your skills; bar takers are given a task memo, a file (set of documents from which to extract their client’s facts), and a library (a set of cases and/or statutes to determine the relevant law). Bar takers have ninety minutes to determine what their task is, what the legal issues and relevant law are, their client’s relevant facts, and to draft the legal document they have been asked to write. This could be a memo, a portion of a brief, a client letter, interrogatories, etc. This class will teach students how to approach a performance test, what is expected of them, and how to accomplish the task within the requisite time. This class also teaches students the necessary skills for bar exam multiple choice questions, touching on Constitutional Law, Contracts and Sales, Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Evidence, Federal Civil Procedure, Real Property, and Torts. There will be three sections of this class, each capped at 20 students.

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. All students entering their final year of law study ranked in the bottom 25% of their class MUST take Selected Topics in American Law in the fall semester, and MUST take Advanced Selected Topics in the spring semester.

Because of the helpful and important nature of Selected Topics in American Law, all students are strongly encouraged to enroll even if it is not required.

Clinical Courses

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. This course will satisfy the Practice-Oriented Writing Requirement OR the Experiential Course 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 Experiential Course requirement.

Entertainment Law Clinic

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 Practice-Oriented Writing Requirement OR the Experiential Course Requirement; one course cannot satisfy both requirements. This is an approved elective for the Entertainment Law Certificate.

Family Protection Clinic

Advanced Family Protection Clinic – Protective Order (1-3) Law-7669
This section of the Advanced Family Protection Clinic is open to students who have successfully completed the Family Protection Clinic and who have prior approval from Professor Seiden. 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 students take part in community legal education and provide legal advice and limited scope representation to victims of family violence. Students may engage in trial work during their advanced clinic semester.

Family Protection Clinic - Protective Order (3) Law-7655
This section of the Family Protection Clinic is a hands-on clinical course open to upper-level J.D. and LL.M. students. Students will study, learn, and practice client interviewing & counseling skills as well as legal research & writing while representing or providing legal advice to low-income survivors of family violence. Students will learn domestic violence and related family law and may engage in community legal education, trial preparation, affidavit writing, and/or document drafting. Weekly classes and team meetings are held at the law school. Client work is performed at the Bette & Wylie Aitken Family Protection Clinic, located within the Orange County Family Justice Center (OCFJC), approximately five miles from the law school in Anaheim. Requirements: J.D. students must be enrolled in or have passed Evidence. Enrollment is contingent upon completion 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 at seiden@chapman.edu 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 classes. This course will satisfy the Experiential Course Requirement OR the Practice-Oriented Writing Requirement, but not both. This semester, FPC-PO may be taken in place of Client Interviewing & Counseling or as an approved elective for the Advocacy and Dispute Resolution Emphasis program.

Mediation Clinic

Advanced Mediation Clinic – (1-3) 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 and further develop their mediation skills by working with mediation practitioners, and by 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 (at least once a month) and submit weekly journal entries for the cases mediated. The Advanced Mediation Clinic can be taken for one (1) to three (3) course units.

Mediation Clinic (3) Law-7330
The Mediation Clinic enables students who have completed the Mediation course, or an equivalent ADR course, to use and develop their skills as mediators through frequent practice with actual parties and attorneys under the supervision of experienced mediators. Students work with real litigants who have filed various types of cases in the Central Justice Center in Orange County and Superior Courts in Riverside County. Cases include but are not limited to:Guardianship matters, Civil Harassment Restraining Orders, Small Claims cases and appeals,Neighbor/Neighbor disputes, Landlord/Tenant conflicts, Collections cases (e.g. creditor/debtor), Business/Business disagreements, Family/Domestic matters, and Personal Injury disputes. Students regularly 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 and professionalism, class participation, and willingness to mediate.
This course will satisfy the Experiential Course Requirement.

Course Requirements: The clinic meets every Monday morning on campus at 10:15 a.m. Students are required to go to court at least twice each week. Court days and times: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday mornings from 8:20 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.; Wednesday and Thursday afternoons from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.


Mediation Clinic for Juveniles (3) Law-7354
The Criminal Justice Dispute Resolution Clinic & Mediation Clinic for Juveniles is a clinic based on the tenets of Restorative Justice, an approach to criminal justice that aims, through reconciliation with the victim, to repair the harm caused by the offender’s criminal behavior. Providing students with a unique opportunity to implement Restorative Justice and Restorative Practice, this clinic offers two approaches. First, clinic students will teach dispute resolution to in-custody juveniles, as well as teach them peer mediation skills, giving them tools to react differently to the conflicts with which they are confronted. Second, clinic students participate in Restorative Justice mediations between victims and offenders. Students will then draft settlement agreements. Clinic students will gain valuable experience in the criminal justice system, unique client-counseling opportunities, and hands-on mediation training/experience. This course will satisfy the Experiential Course Requirement.

Course Requirements: The clinic meets on campus every Thursday at 2:45pm, and we will go to Riverside Juvenile Hall for a 10-week program delivery: leave Chapman 2:45pm and return by 5:30pm. Students will be expected to attend at least two (2) Restorative Justice mediations, which are being conducted using a complete technology platform (Zoom).

Tax Clinic

United States Tax Court Clinic (3) Law-7890
Under a special IRS and Tax Court rules of practice, students in this clinical education course 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 occasional meeting outside of class time and students are expected to attend at least one US Tax Court trial calendar in Los Angeles. This course is an elective option for the Certificate in Taxation. This course will satisfy the Experiential Course Requirement. Prerequisite: Federal Income Tax.

Co-Curricular Courses (variable credits)

Diversity and Social Justice Forum Staff (1) Law-7936 Diversity and Social Justice Board (1) Law-7937
The Diversity and Social Justice Journal is a student-run scholarly publication at Chapman University Dale E. Fowler School of Law, dedicated to providing a forum that can give expression and representation to a wide spectrum of progressive and diverse voices at Chapman.
Subject to approval prior to registration by the faculty advisor, academic credit is awarded as follows:
1. staff members may each receive one unit of academic credit per semester for a total of two units; and,
2. board members may each receive one unit of academic credit per semester of participation for a total of two units.

 

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 other lawyering skills. For information on how to obtain an externship, visit http://www.chapman.edu/law/externships/index.aspx.

NOTE: There is a stipend that goes along with this clinic in order to offset any expenses for your commute to/from Riverside County.

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” and 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 semester. The link to the application is found at the end of the Externship Handbook. If the Director approves the externship, students will be enrolled in the course usually within 1 week. In addition to fieldwork, first-time externs must participate in a one-time “boot camp” held during the first two weeks of the semester. Details will be provided once the student is enrolled.

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
Experiential 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 competitionsoutsidethelawschool,orthreeunitsfortrialandappellatecompetitionsoutsidethelawschool. This course may satisfy the Experiential Course Requirement with a two (2) credit minimum. Only competitions that involve a brief-writing component 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.

Academic Fellows (1-2) Law-7939 
Students must complete a minimum of 42.5 hours of work per semester per credit.  For a 14-week semester, this breaks down to approximately 3 hours per week for 1 credit or 6 hours per week for 2 credits.  All Academic Fellows are expected to work approximately 5 hours per week, at minimum.  Students can complete these hours through fellow sessions, office hours, and preparation.  Students are expected to track hours (e.g., biweekly spreadsheet, weekly email, etc.) and must turn in their hours to their professor. 

Research Assistant (1-2) Law-7940

Students must complete a minimum of 42.5 hours of work per semester per credit.  For a 14-week semester, this breaks down to approximately 3 hours per week for 1 credit or 6 hours per week for 2 credits.  All Research Assistants are expected to work approximately 5 hours per week, at minimum.  Students can complete these hours through meetings, office hours, and preparation.  Students are expected to track hours (e.g., biweekly spreadsheet, weekly email, etc.) and must turn in their hours to their professor.

 

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