Legal research, writing, and editing involved in the production for publication of analytical and scholarly commentary on the law. Enrollment is limited to candidates and members of the Whittier Law School Law Review.
An introduction to the theoretical structures involved in interviewing, counseling, negotiation, and trial skills. Students are given the opportunity to perform simulations of lawyering tasks and discuss their externship or Clinic experiences. Prerequisite: This course must be taken with a student’s initial externship (LAW 609 or 609J) or initial Clinic experience (LAW 617, 618, or 619).
This course teaches the skills, processes, and strategies involved in successfully analyzing law in the context of MBE-style questions. Students will practice and refine these skills and strategies using multiple choice questions in selected subjects (Constitutional Law, Contracts, UCC, Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Evidence, Real Property, and Torts). Prerequisite: Students must be in their final year of law school to be enrolled in this course.
Legal Analysis Workshop will cover all MBE tested subjects in both essay and multiple choice form as tested on the California Bar Exam and in all jurisdictions requiring the MBE portion of the bar exam. The class is designed to introduce students to the essay writing and organization skills necessary to succeed on the essay portion of the California Bar Examination and to provide the tools to make students more effective and successful as law students and practitioners. It also covers the strategies and approach to properly answering the multiple choice questions as tested on the MBE portion of the bar exam. Prerequisite: Students must be in their final year of law school to be enrolled in this course.
A survey of the legal and business structures, agreements, transactions, and regulations related to limited partner investments in an international fund; the formation and operation of funds and the general partner entity; and structuring investments and management of portfolio companies, with a special emphasis on the development of China's regulatory framework on offshore funds investing in China.
A survey of the major issues in American legal history from the Colonial era to the present.
Legal Methods I is designed to improve law school skills; both improve fluency in essay and multiple choice questions (the 2 formats most frequently used to assess a law student’s ability to apply rules of law to hypothetical fact patterns) and enhance comprehension of selected legal principles studied during the first year of law school. Legal Methods has two components: (1) large group seminar of Advanced Torts concepts and (2) application of the law to a specific critical skill. The break-out sessions are led by Academic Support Fellows. Enrollment Criteria: Legal Methods I will be a graduation requirement for students with a CPGA below 2.8 at the end of their second semester in law school. Students who do not pass Legal Methods I will be required to take Legal Methods II as a graduation requirement.
Legal Methods II is designed to improve fundamental law school skills. Through repeated exposure to bar and bar-style essays and in-class assignments, students enhance both comprehension of selected legal principles tested on the California Bar Exam and their exam writing skills. Legal Methods II has three components: (1) a review of an important law school skills, (2) a substantive review of a highly tested topic, and (3) an in-class essay on that topic. Feedback is provided each week. Enrollment Criteria: Legal Methods II is a graduation requirement for students who did not pass Legal Methods I, and encouraged for graduating students below a 2.8 CGPA.
Legal Policy Clinic consists of a series of readings on various non-litigation policy analysis and strategies. Students are required to write on legal topics of his/her choice: (1) Letter to the Editor; (2) Petition for review; (3) Petition to publish or depublish an appellate opinion; (4) Amicus Curiae brief; or (5) Community educational plan with course teaching materials. One of the major goals of this course is to instill in law students a desire and ability to engage in a lifetime of pro bono legal public policy analysis and service.
Legal Writing I is the first of two required writing courses that students must take in their first year of law school. In this course, students learn the fundamentals of legal writing, legal analysis, legal research, and oral advocacy. Legal Writing I focuses on objective legal writing.