(LAW 650 – 2 units)
A study of the powers and procedures of federal and state administrative agencies, including rulemaking and adjudication, judicial and legislative control thereof, and the rights of individuals affected by such decision-making.
ADVANCED LEGAL RESEARCH
(LAW 562B – 1 unit; Prerequisite: LAW 562A)
Examines sources and methods of legal research relating to administrative law,
legislative history, and selected specialized topics. Particular emphasis is given to online
ADVANCED REMEDIES SEMINAR: FORENSIC ECONOMICS
(LAW 513 – 3 units)
This seminar is an applied course focusing on the remedies available to redress tortious
conduct resulting in catastrophic injury or death. Students are required to research and
access the remedial law with respect to catastrophic injury and death cases. At the
conclusion of the course, the student should have a thorough understanding of the law as
it pertains to the remedies available to such tort victims. Additionally, students are
required to research and access the forensic economic methodology utilized by
economists in measuring such losses. Students will be required to apply such
methodology within the framework of the law and assess the economic damages
resulting to such victims. Students will be introduced to such concepts as past and
future economic loss, present value, lost earnings, loss of earnings capacity, loss of
employment benefits, loss of household services, loss of consortium, past and future life
care damages, and pre- and post-judgment interest. Students will also be introduced to
and be required to access economic data relevant to the measuring of such losses.
Finally, students will be expected to research the rules of evidence as they pertain to the
proffering of expert opinions and reports. At the conclusion of this course, students
should have a command of (1) the legal remedies available to catastrophically injured
tort victims, (2) the conventional economic methodology utilized in the measurement of catastrophic loss, and (3) the rules of evidence relevant to the admission of such
ALTERNATE DISPUTE RESOLUTION COMPETITION TEAM
(LAW – units)
The ADR Competition Team is designed to develop and master negotiation and advocacy skills, including effective communication techniques, to take place either within a negotiation setting, a mediation setting, or an arbitration setting. Participation is by invitation only after an intramural competition judged by experienced members of the community and the faculty. After selection students may participate in a regional and/or national competition against other law schools. Potential competitions include: Negotiation, Representation in Mediation, Mediation, and Arbitration. At least one of the following courses is a prerequisite or co-requisite for the Negotiation, Representation in Mediation or Mediation Competitions: ADR, Negotiation, Mediation, Mediation Practicum, or Mediation Ethics Seminar. Either ADR or Arbitration is a prerequisite or co-requisite for an Arbitration Competition. Members of the ADR Competition Team may not be on academic probation or academic warning in any semester in which they are selected or they compete.
ALTERNATE DISPUTE RESOLUTION COMPETITION TEAM
(LAW TBA – 1 or 2 units)
The ADR Competition Team is designed to develop and master negotiation and
advocacy skills, including effective communication techniques, to take place either
within a negotiation setting, a mediation setting, or an arbitration setting. Participation is
by invitation only after an intramural competition judged by experienced members of
the community and the faculty. After selection students may participate in a regional
and/or national competition against other law schools. Potential competitions include:
Negotiation, Representation in Mediation, Mediation, and Arbitration. At least one of
the following courses is a prerequisite or co-requisite for the Negotiation,
Representation in Mediation or Mediation Competitions: ADR, Negotiation, Mediation,
Mediation Practicum, or Mediation Ethics Seminar. Either ADR or Arbitration is a
prerequisite or co-requisite for an Arbitration Competition. Members of the ADR
Competition Team may not be on academic probation or academic warning in any
semester in which they are selected or they compete.
ALTERNATE DISPUTE RESOLUTION
(LAW 548 – 2 or 3 units)
A study of alternatives to traditional litigation, including negotiation, mediation, settlement conferences, judicial and contractual arbitration, private judging options, and settlement considerations.
ANTIDISCRIMINATION LAW SEMINAR
(LAW 635 – 2 or 3 units)
This course introduces and explores the variety of forms of antidiscrimination law and
policy in the United States. It will be organized around protected categories
(impermissible bases of discrimination), and within those categories, will cover topics
including employment discrimination, housing discrimination, and so on. Students may
elect to take the course as a lecture class for two credits that will be subject to
examination, or they may elect to take it as a seminar for three credits with a paper as a
final product that will meet the upper-division writing requirement.
ANTITRUST AND TRADE REGULATION
(LAW 629 – 2 units)
A comprehensive review and exploration of the economic and legal principles of antitrust law and trade regulation, including the antitrust system of remedies, the economic basis for antitrust and
trade regulation, market power and market definition, monopolization, exclusionary practices, power and power-conduct relationships in monopolization and attempt, horizontal and vertical mergers, horizontal and vertical restraints of trade, distribution practices, vertical distribution restraints, tying arrangements, exclusive dealing and related practices, and the Robinson-Patman Act and its prohibition on price discrimination.
(LAW 543 – 2 units)
An introduction to the law and practice of arbitration within a variety of contexts, including labor, employment, construction, and commercial matters. Readings, simulations, and discussion focuses on federal and state statutes relating to the selection of arbitrators, the arbitration process, judicial review, and enforcement of arbitration awards.
(LAW 615 – 2 units)
An in-depth study of bankruptcy and the consumer debtor, collection and distribution of assets of an insolvent, bankruptcy jurisdiction of the debtor, and creditor rights under Chapters 7, 11, and 13 of the Federal Bankruptcy Code.
CALIFORNIA CIVIL PROCEDURE
(LAW 549 – 2 units)
A course designed for students who will be taking the California Bar Exam. It will focus on California rules of civil procedure and common law regarding jurisdiction, venue, service of process, conflict of laws, pleading, joinder, discovery, disposition without trial, jury trial, appeal, and prior adjudications.
CALIFORNIA PERFORMANCE TEST STRATEGIES
(LAW 567 – 1 unit)
This is a skills focused course designed to introduce students to the performance test
portion of the California Bar Exam, to teach students the strategies necessary for success
on performance tests, and to provide students with opportunities to practice the skills
necessary for the bar exam. (This class is not a substitute for a commercial bar review
CALIFORNIA REAL ESTATE PRACTICE
(LAW 537 – 2 units)
A course that covers selected issues arising in real estate practice in California. Subjects include the purchase and sale of real property, litigation, title insurance, escrow, brokerages, regulation of brokerages, real estate finance, secured transactions, leasing, land use, subdivisions, eminent domain, boundary issues, adverse possession, and mechanics liens.
CAPITAL PUNISHMENT SEMINAR
(LAW 508 – 3 units)
This course will explore the constitutional, moral and social issues raised by imposition
of the death penalty in the United of States. Among the topics to be discussed are the
goals of punishment, the constitutional implications of capital punishment, and recent
and pending United States Supreme Court cases on the matter.
CIVIL RIGHTS LAW
(LAW 594– 2-3 units)
This course offers a study of the main themes of Civil Rights litigation and the interplay
between statutory and constitutional sources of civil rights law. It includes analytical
discussion of theories of constitutional litigation and practical consideration of
enforcement strategies. Areas of emphasis include private enforcement of civil rights
against state and federal actors, laws against sex discrimination, school desegregation,
and rights and remedies in prison cases.
(LAW 690 – 1 or 2 units)
Externships in which students are placed with local public agencies, including the District Attorney, the Public Defender, various legal aid clinics, County Counsel, and local judges in both the Superior and Appellate Courts. Students work under the supervision of an attorney, learning how to solve practical legal problems in real life situations.
CONFLICT OF LAWS
(LAW 544 – 2 or 3 units)
A course that addresses the legal problems created when the authority of sources of law are not clearly defined and neatly demarcated, such that a single event or occurrence giving rise to a legal dispute may be subject to control by more than one lawmaker or law enforcer. Conflicts arise between the unclear and sometimes overlapping power of different bodies to make or administer law, and this course is designed to explore the ways these conflicts are resolved.
(LAW 512 – 2 units)
This course will focus on the principles of commercial contract drafting, introduce documents typically used in business transactions, and provide an overview of principled contract negotiation techniques. This course will be of particular interest to students pursuing a career in transactional law, but the concepts are equally applicable and useful for all aspects of the practice of law.
(LAW 622 – 2 units)
The course covers introduction to copyright, historical perspective and general
principles, copyrightable subject matter, ownership, scope of grant, duration, renewal
and formalities, exclusive rights, and enforcement of copyright.
(LAW 634 – 3 units; Prerequisite/Corequisite: Income Taxation)
This course provides an introduction to Federal taxation of corporations and shareholders, focusing upon areas of corporate formation, taxation of the corporation as a separate entity, taxation of distributions by the corporation to its shareholders, taxation on the termination of a corporation by partial or complete liquidation, and an introduction to taxable and non-taxable acquisitions.
CRIMINAL PRACTICE IN CALIFORNIA
(LAW 507 – 2 units)
This course is a study of statutory and case law relating to the handling of a criminal
case in California. The course covers the case from before arraignment through
preliminary hearing, pre-trial motions, trial, and sentencing.
CRIMINAL PROCEDURE: PRE-TRIAL, TRIAL, AND SENTENCING
(LAW 504 – 2 units)
A study of constitutional issues presented in the criminal justice system. Emphasis is placed on issues relating to specific procedures in the criminal process, including pre-trial procedures (charging, bail, preliminary hearing, grand jury, and right-to-counsel), trial procedures (effective assistance of counsel, jury trials, and trial publicity), post-trial procedures (sentencing and appeals), and double jeopardy.
DISABILITY RIGHTS LAW
(LAW 534 – 2 units)
This course examines the growing area of federal and state law prohibiting discrimination on the basis of disability with particular emphasis on the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Fair Housing Act, Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, and California’s disabilities civil rights statutes. The class will put the federal and state laws in the context of the history of the disability rights movement and the states’ rights (federalism) movement.
DISABILITY RIGHTS LEGAL CENTER CLINIC
(LAW 691 – 3, 4, 5, or 6 units; Requires Instructor’s approval)
This course provides clinical experience to upper-division law students at the Disability Rights Legal Center, focusing on disability rights Litigation and special education issues for low-income and minority families.
DISCOVERY TECHNIQUES AND PRACTICES
(LAW 636 – 3 units)
The course will provide students with the ability to effectively and strategically initiate, enforce, and respond to all forms of discovery (depositions, requests for admissions, interrogatories, notices for production of documents, demands for inspection, and demands for physical examinations). The course will enable students to instantly analyze a situation and prepare the discovery pleadings necessary to obtain summary
judgment or spearhead the march to trial. The course will also provide an arsenal of forms, checklists, rules, and cases. Students will be able to communicate these three abilities to prospective employers.
EMPLOYMENT LAW SEMINAR
(LAW 653 – 3 units)
This seminar expands on topics covered in LAW 656 – Employment Relations, such as wrongful termination and other aspects of the law governing relations between employers and employees.
(LAW 656 – 2 units)
A study of wrongful termination and other aspects of the law governing relations between employers and employees, including collective bargaining agreements, strikes, boycotts, picketing, unfair labor practices, and the impact of the National Labor Relations Act and other federal legislation.
(LAW 611 – 2 units)
This course is an analysis of the many legal problems stemming from the relationships
between writers, performers, and other artists, and their agents, managers, promoters,
ENVIRONMENTAL LAW AND POLICY
(LAW 659 – 2 units)
A general survey of statutory and case law in the environmental arena and the economic policies behind such law. Consideration is given to remedial devices available for environmental protection.
ESTATE AND GIFT TAXATION
(LAW 627 – 3 units)
This course is concerned with statutory, case, and administrative material relating to federal estate and gift taxation – as well as the impact of these taxes on dispositions of property by inter vivos and testamentary instruments.
(LAW 524 – 2 units; Prerequisite/Corequisite: Wills and Trusts)
This course explores the fundamental public policy favoring the devolution of property from generation to generation and continues with the elements of a will, the goals of estate planning, and drafting estate planning documents. The course also includes analysis of the concept of bifurcation of title; the elements of a trust, its formation, types of trusts, and their characteristics; the law of powers of appointment and its application to trusts; the Rule Against Perpetuities; charitable trusts; and the fiduciary responsibility of trustees.
(LAW 523 – 2 units)
This course is designed as a study of the law pertaining to the formation and dissolution of domestic relations, including the law of marriage, annulment, separation and dissolution, alimony, custody, and spousal and child support.
(LAW 547 – 2 units)
A course exploring the division of jurisdiction between state and federal courts, original jurisdiction of district courts, federal questions, diversity of citizenship, jurisdictional amount and removal, Supreme Court review of state court decisions, and habeas corpus.
FEDERAL INCOME TAXATION
(LAW 624 – 3 units)
This course examines Federal Income Taxation of the individual. It includes basic principals of the federal income tax including concepts of gross income, exclusions, deductions, elements of tax procedure, judicial review, and tax research. Tax concepts and theories of tax policy are discussed throughout the semester. Practical application of economic theories relevant to transactional law practice are framed throughout the course.
FEDERAL INDIAN LAW
(LAW 551 – 2 units)
This course focuses primarily on the law regulating the relationship between Indian tribes and the United States government. Some focus will be on the law concerning tribes and individual states, as well as the internal law of tribal governments, known as “tribal law.”
HEALTH CARE LAW AND POLICY
(LAW626 – 3 units)
An examination of important legal issues in health care. The course covers legal aspects of the doctor-patient relationship (such as informed consent, duty to treat, confidentiality, and malpractice liability), financing and delivery issues (such as insurance coverage, managed care regulation, and Medicare/Medicaid reform), and selected issues in bioethics (such as organ transplantation and physician-assisted suicide).
(LAW 699 – 1 or 2 units)
A course designed to enhance the student’s research and writing skills and to acquaint the student with a topic or issue of particular interest. Course work consists of a written paper involving legal research and analysis of substantial depth. A faculty member closely supervises the student’s work. The student’s topic must be pre-approved and not covered in detail by any other offered course. The student will receive one or two units of credit for the particular project, based on the amount of identifiable time spent in researching and writing the paper.
(LAW 614 – 2 units)
A course that gives an overview of insurance law principles, insurance marketing, coverages, and public policies. Case law and statutory materials studied give an understanding of contract formation and interpretation, as well as familiarity with specific types of insurance coverage commonly encountered in the general practice of law.
INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY OVERVIEW
(LAW 610 – 2 or 3 units)
An examination of common law and statutory, copyright, and artistic property, including such topics as originality, types of work protected, publication formalities, the nature of the rights protected, duration and renewal of assignments, infringement actions, and remedies. The course also considers trademarks and trade names, appropriation of competitors’ products, and interference with contractual relations.
INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS TRANSACTIONS
(LAW 671 – 2 units)
The basic objective of the course is to familiarize students with the broad scope of issues affecting international business and to introduce students to analytical tools used by lawyers who advise on matters related to international business. The course examines law and practice relating to prevalent forms of international business transactions, including the transnational sale of goods (the law governing the documentary sale, various forms of letters of credit, commercial terms and insurance); the export of technology through franchising, distributorship, and licensing; and the
export of capital through the establishment, operation, and withdrawal of foreign direct investment. The course deals with the impact of relevant international organizations and emerging substantive international commercial law. It covers litigation topics and includes a special emphasis on choice of law, choice of forum, enforcement of judgments, sovereign immunity, and international arbitration.
INTERNATIONAL CIVIL LITIGATION
(LAW 644 – 2 units)
Practicing lawyers in a variety of practice fields increasingly have to litigate cases involving foreign parties or witnesses and events in other countries. This course examines some of the more important legal issues raised when such situations arise in U.S. courts. Course coverage includes personal jurisdiction over foreign citizens and enterprises, choice of law, forum non conveniens, service of process outside the United States, including by letters rogatory and the Hague Service Convention, discovery of
evidence located outside the United States, the taking of evidence under the Hague Evidence Convention, the Act of State doctrine, sovereign immunity of foreign governments and their enterprises and exceptions to sovereign immunity, the extraterritorial application of U.S. laws, and the recognition and enforcement of foreign judgments and international arbitral awards.
INTERNATIONAL COMMERCIAL ARBITRATION
(LAW – units)
A course exploring the field of international dispute settlement, providing a comprehensive introduction to the sub-field of international commercial arbitration, as practiced in the United States and globally.
INTERNATIONAL INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LAW
(LAW 633 – 3 units)
The primary objective of this course is to equip students with the tools they will need to
counsel clients regarding intellectual property practice, whether transactional or in
litigation. This will encompass both domestic clients who want intellectual property
rights abroad as well as foreign clients who want intellectual property rights in the
United States. The second objective is to consider the social, economic, and cultural
factors that underpin intellectual property laws around the world. Copyrights, patents,
and trademarks will be covered.
(LAW – units)
This course examines the nature and law of the international legal system, role of major participants, and relation of public and private international law. It covers selected issues of international economic law, with particular emphases on the influence of transnational corporations, regulation of foreign direct investment, and dispute resolution, and surveys the role of international courts and tribunals, and standards and professional responsibility of lawyers, judges and arbitrators.
ISSUES IN CONSTITUTIONAL LAW SEMINAR
(LAW 595 – 3 units)
This seminar addresses contemporary issues of Constitutional Law, either recent Supreme Court decisions or cases likely to come before the Court. Subjects are selected by the students, in collaboration with the instructor. A paper is required.
JUSTICE AND IMMIGRATION CLINIC
(LAW 692 – 6 units; Prerequisite: Immigration
Law and Instructor’s approval)
This is a live-client clinic. Students represent clients before the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service, the Immigration Court, Board of Immigration Appeals, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and Customs and Border Protection in cases including applications for asylum and other relief from removal. Three hours of class per week, one hour weekly case team meetings, and approximately 25-30 hours of case work per week, on average.
(LAW 679 – 2 units)
Will focus on the origins and changing philosophies of Juvenile Delinquency Courts throughout the U.S. with an emphasis on California. Will examine the rights afforded to minors who have been caught up in the delinquency system and the procedural path of delinquency cases through the court system. Time will be spent discussing current issues, such as appropriate sentencing and the move toward treating minors as adult criminals. Guest speakers will highlight the course.
LAW AND TERRORISM SEMINAR
(LAW 651 – 3 units)
This course examines the ways in which United States and international law deals with the problem of terrorism. The course first asks what terrorism is. From there, it examines the international law of war, international humanitarian law, and international criminal law relating to terrorism; enforcement and prosecution under United States law and the laws of selected other countries; legal issues associated with government information gathering about suspected terrorism, including the legal aspects of intelligence operations, surveillance, interrogations, secrecy and profiling. The course covers privacy and other civil liberties issues associated with government investigations of suspected terrorism. The course covers the law relating to military and other detentions without trial and the operation of military tribunals. Finally, the course
covers civil litigation relating to compensation of victims of terrorism. The course does not cover only criminal law and procedure, but takes a comprehensive approach, showing how civil, administrative, and international law are relevant.
LAW PRACTICE MANAGEMENT
(LAW 648 – 2 units: Pre-requisites – Business Organizations and Professional Responsibility)
This course is designed to introduce the student to the challenges and issues involved in
setting up and running a law office. Reviews theory, examples, attitude, client
relationships, and other practical problems, and explores how all of these things relate to
a successful practice.
LAW IN POST-CONFLICT STATES SEMINAR
(LAW 539 – 3 units)
One of the pressing problems of our day is to develop an understanding of how states transitioning from armed conflict can effectively promote rule of law and democratic constitutionalism within their borders. This seminar provides student with an overview of the strategies and methods that states and international organizations have used to promote rule of law and democracy on post-conflict states. Its coverage includes the role of judiciaries in promoting rule of law, strategies for judicial reform and judicial capacity building, promulgating constitutions in a time of transition, the reform of the administrative state, combating corruption, accounting for atrocities and developing effective means to redress historic injustice, and reform of legal institutions generally to promote security and reconstruction. The seminar will emphasize recent efforts in Afghanistan, East Timor, Kosovo, Bosnia, Rwanda, Iraq, and elsewhere.
(LAW 595, 597, and 598 – 1 or 2 units;
By invitation only)
Offers students with demonstrated high scholastic ability an annual opportunity to participate in the publication of the University of La Verne Law Review. As a member of the Law Review staff, a student has the opportunity to write a scholarly article and/or serve in an editorial or administrative capacity. Students earn one credit for Law Review Production, and two credits in the Law Review Seminar.
MASS MEDIA LAW
(LAW 632 – 2 units)
This course will cover the legal, regulatory and ethical constraints imposed on the mass media. Also, students will learn the purpose and philosophy underlying these constraints through the study of case law. This course will also cover the broad historical background under which such constraints have developed and continue to develop. Protection of the Mass Media through the First Amendment will be emphasized.
(LAW 546 – 2 units)
A study of the process in which a third-party mediator assists others in reaching consensus. Through discussions, simulations, and case studies, students explore the theory, practice, policies, and ethics of mediation, including the role of lawyers in mediation.
MEDIATION ETHICS SEMINAR
(LAW 556 – 3 units)
This is an in-depth study of mediation ethics. Through discussions and case studies, students explore the theory, practice and policies of mediation ethics, with an emphasis on party self-determination, mediator impartiality, confidentiality, quality of the process and of the outcome, mediator competence, and conflicts of interest. Students will be expected to participate actively in class dialogue and will be asked to ponder ethical dilemmas as they analyze mediation ethics from an abstract and experiential basis. Students will research and write a paper that qualifies as an upper division writing requirement.
(LAW 555 – 3 units)
This course encompasses the regular mediation training, a process in which a third-party
mediator assists others in reaching consensus, combined with a practical component that affords students the opportunity to mediate cases in which lawyer representatives are not involved.
MOOT COURT HONORS: ADVANCED APPELLATE ADVOCACY
(LAW 587 – 2 units; By invitation only)
Program in which students engage in brief writing and oral presentation of sophisticated legal issues. Students who have shown outstanding ability in appellate advocacy are invited to participate.
NATIONAL MOOT COURT COMPETITION TEAM
(LAW 588 – 1 or 2 units; Prerequisites:
LAW 580 and LAW 587; By invitation only)
Provides the opportunity for selected students to represent the law school in ethnic-based and subject-based national advocacy competitions.
(LAW 550 – 2 units)
A study of the theory, practice, and policies of one-on-one and multiple-party negotiations. The course is designed around discussions, simulations, and case studies to focus on the negotiation process, including pre-planning preparation, negotiation strategies and styles, communication skills, emotional and psychological barriers, the role of lawyers in negotiations, and ethics.
NON-PROFIT BUSINESS ORGANIZATIONS
(LAW 638 – 2 units; Co-requisite: Business Organizations)
This course introduces students to the important legal principles governing not-for-profit
organizations, including relevant corporate, trust, and tax principles associated with notfor-profit organizations. Not-for-profit organizations have many legal issues that are distinct from the legal issues of for-profit organizations and they comprise a significant sector of the economy. The course conveys a basic knowledge of the law relating to non-profit organizations, introduces some of the basic practice issues associated with non-profit organizations, and facilitates awareness of the distinctions between the laws of for-profit versus non-profit organizations.
(LAW 620 – 2 units)
This course covers the substantive patent law of the United States, including statutory subject matter, utility, anticipation, statutory bars, novelty, infringement, claim, interpretation, prosecution history estoppels, and the doctrine of equivalents.
(LAW 637 – 2 units)
This course is an overview of the topics that arise unique to patent litigation, including pre-suit litigation, claim construction, doctrine of equivalents, prosecution history estoppels, marking, reasonable royalties, enhanced damages, and reexamination. The role of attorney opinion letters will be explored, including infringement and validity opinions, and design around studies. With the guidance of the professor, students write a paper in the course, such as a brief on claim construction, or an opinion letter.
RACE AND LAW
(LAW 593 – 2 units)
This course will provide an overview of the legal treatment given to race in the United States, from Founding Era concerns about the Native American conquest and African slavery, to current debates about reparations for slavery. Materials will cover the legal and historical experiences of the five major racial groups in this country: African-Americans, Asian-Americans, Latinos/as, Native Americans, and White Americans. Students will have the opportunity to study and assess a variety of issues, including: (1) the meanings of race and racism, as well as their manifestations in the law; (2) the relationships among race, citizenship and the construction of our political community; (3) the development of legal doctrines pertaining to race, with a specific emphasis on doctrines of equality; and (4) the relevance of race in a post-Civil Rights world. There is no examination for this class. Instead, over the course of the semester, students will have to write four short, analytical papers, 4-5 pages in length, which will closely examine issues that arise in the readings and class discussions.
RELIGION AND THE LAW
(LAW 673 – 2 units)
This class examines the influence of Western religion upon the development of our court system, with particular emphasis given to how the American religious experience has impacted the American judicial system. The course covers the First Amendment cases addressing the Establishment Clause and Free Exercise of Religion Clause. The course also covers such issues as how and when the state may intervene in custody battles involving religious controversies, the administration of medical care to children when it is in conflict with the parent’s religious beliefs, and conduct claimed to be
religious, but in violation of criminal statutes.
(LAW – units)
A survey of the legal and equitable remedies available for various injuries. Topics include actions for injuries to persons, property, businesses, and reputations, and the grounds for choosing between alternate remedies.
(LAW 605 – 2 units)
A course that examines the use of security in commercial and consumer transactions. It is designed to introduce the legal principles fundamental to the credit system in the contemporary economy, exploring the legal principles relating to secured credit financing. The course examines the revisions of Uniform Commercial Code Article 9 that became effective in all states on July 1, 2001. Topics include the role of secured credit financing sales, commercial and consumer transactions, creating and perfecting security interests, priorities and priority contests, Article 9 in bankruptcy, and creditor remedies and debtor protection, including legal issues relating to defaults and foreclosures, cure, and self-help repossession.
(LAW – units)
An examination of contract formation, performance, discharge of contractual obligations, implied and express warranties, breach, and remedies. Emphasis is given to the differences between Article 2 of the Uniform Commercial Code and the common law of contracts.
SPECIAL EDUCATION LAW
(LAW – units)
This course covers the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, Americans with Disabilities Act, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, as well as other relevant state and federal statutes pertaining to the practice of special education law. It is a practical course that teaches students how to navigate a special education case from inception through a due process proceeding. Students who participate in this course are eligible to apply as Student Directors in the DRLC Clinic.
(LAW 619 – 2 units)
An examination of many present-day issues that arise when professional and college sports confront the legal system. The course analyzes the basic legal relationships among player, agent, union, team, league, and commissioner within professional sports and among athletes, colleges, and the NCAA in college sports. Discussions focus on a number of contemporary conflicts within the sports world, such as drug use and domestic violence by players, free agency, franchise movements, stadium subsidies, representations by sports agents, eligibility for collegiate competition, and the role of Title IX in women’s sports.
STRATEGIC LEGAL METHODS
(LAW 566 – 2 units; Prerequisite: Legal Analysis & Writing II)
SLM is designed to help students continue to hone the skills needed to enhance their learning outcomes in law school to the mastery level. The course has been segmented into 3 units. Unit 1 – Foundational Legal Skills, covers critical reading and writing, essay organization, rules deconstruction and synthesis, lawyerly analysis, etc. Unit 2 –Essay Writing, combines all of the skills from Unit 1 into the finished essay product. Unit 3 – Multiple Choice Strategies, adapts the essay analysis approach to bar-style multiple choice questions to provide students with a real analytical approach to multiple choice questions. Additionally, students will do weekly assignments that are designed to assess their skill proficiency. Some of the weekly assignments have components that resemble the “performance test” (PT) format of the CA Bar Exam so that students gain experience with PT-style tasks well before graduation. (Note: Starting in August 2013, this course will be an elective for all students except for those who earn a cumulative GPA that falls below a 2.7 after the first two semesters.)
(LAW 621 – 2 units)
This course covers foundational concepts of trademark and unfair competition laws of
the United States, including acquisition of trademark rights, loss of trademark rights,
infringement, dilution, and Internet domain names.
(LAW 643 – 3 units)
The course covers preparation and presentation of a case for trial, discovery and
depositions, law and motion, pre-trial conference, and the filing of all appropriate
VIDEO GAME LAW
(LAW 623 – 2 units)
Encompasses all relevant legal aspects (both fundamental and controversial) of a rapidly expanding multi-billion-dollar, global industry. Topics include asset acquisition, intellectual property issues, trade secrecy, contracts and licenses, end-user rights, anti-competitive practices, and governmental regulation of games with respect to sex, nudity, and violence in addition to products liability, negligence, and misappropriation claims arising from the sale and distribution of modern computer games.
WHITE COLLAR CRIME
(LAW 502 – 2 units; Prerequisites: Criminal Procedure I or II, Business
This course provides an overview of the investigation and prosecution of white collar crime. The course will cover many of the key federal criminal statutes aimed at white collar crime, including conspiracy, mail and wire fraud, securities fraud, bribery and extortion, money laundering, false statements and perjury, obstruction of justice, and RICO. The course will also include a brief overview of some procedural issues particularly relevant in the area of white collar crime such as grand jury proceedings and immunity.