Student teams research and prepare appellate briefs and practice oral arguments, under the direction of a faculty advisor or faculty coach and/or provide other services for general Moot Court Honors Board (MCHB) activities. Enrollment is based on membership on the MCHB and subject to the approval of the MCHB and faculty advisor(s).
This course provides you with a “behind the scenes” look at the music industry while teaching the basics of the various aspects of the business. Areas of course coverage may include recorded music, music publishing, live events/touring, merchandising, and a variety of other exploitations of music. Basic terms of each of the key agreements (e.g., Exclusive Recording Agreements, Co-Publishing Agreements, Producer Agreements, etc.) and the various modes of distribution of music (e.g., records, radio, sheet music, internet, film, TV, etc.) will be analyzed.
Topics covered may include the analysis of the relationship between Native American tribes and federal and state governments; the role of Congress, the Bureau of Indian Affairs, and tribal governments; Native American education; economic development on reservations; water, hunting, and fishing rights; religion; criminal justice, and the role of customary Native American laws; urban Native American rights; and the status of California Native American "Rancherias."
This course surveys and evaluates federal and state law regulating the use of natural resources, with special emphasis on mining, water, and timber issues. Today's international situation and economic downturn have sharpened conflicts over the exploitation and preservation of these raw materials, so along with traditional sources such as cases and statutes, the class will discuss relevant articles from natural resource periodicals such as High Country News. There is no prerequisite for this course, although some subjects introduced in Real Property, such as takings and the public trust doctrine, will be considered in greater depth.
This course will introduce students to the fundamentals of drafting effective patent applications. Students will acquire an understanding of patent concepts, patentability requirements, different patent types and parts of a patent application, drafting a patent application, and the technical and legal strategies for prosecuting the application before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Options for obtaining worldwide patent protection, patent litigation, and the related licensing and transactional matters may be also covered in less detail.
This course explores the major topics of U.S. patent law, seeking a solid general education in patent law concepts and procedures from a practical and policy perspective. Topics covered include patentable subject matter, requirements for patent validity, patent infringement, and damages.
An introduction to the basics of drafting patent applications and supporting documents, and the prosecution of patents before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Prerequisite: Patent Law (LAW 703).
You are no doubt by now familiar with the way some law school classes ask you to think about the essential concept at the course’s core: What is a contract? What is a tort? What is Property? This course will ask the same kind of questions, but about something that the law and law school make essentially invisible, poverty. What is poverty? Who are the poor? Why might it be problematic even to use the term the poor? The course explores how poverty is constructed, maintained, and addressed, including the role played by gender and race, and the role of the Law in all of this. The course also contains recurring Constitutional Law concepts such as procedural due process, the unconstitutional conditions doctrine, and the negative Constitution in Poverty Law.
An analysis of forum selection, pleading, motion practice, investigation, and discovery tactics through courtroom simulation.
Explores the ethical problems faced by lawyers in our legal system, including detailed study of the ABA Model Rules, California Rules of Professional Conduct, and the Code of Judicial Conduct . The course examines the various modes and methods of practice, e.g., criminal and civil practice, public interest law, government service including judging, and "in-house" counseling. In addition, the course explores the ethical problems and dilemmas inherent in each type of practice and the adversary system itself and addresses the larger philosophical and ethical dimensions of the lawyer’s role in society.