This class examines the attitudes, participation and influence of the People’s Republic of China on several international organizations. The class will devote significant attention to China’s participation and compliance with human rights regimes (UN bodies, International Criminal Court, International Labor Organizations and various treaties) and transactional regimes (World Trade Organization, Convention on the International Sale of Goods).
This course will explore the modern legal system in China and its origins. Since the reopening of law schools at the end of the Cultural Revolution in the late 1970's, the Chinese legal system has developed rapidly. The government has established a Constitution, substantive law, functioning courts and administrative tribunals, law schools, and as of this past year, a unified bar exam of lawyers and judges. The number of lawyers grew from 5500 in 1981 to 114,000 in 1997. In order to understand the nature of this swiftly-evolving legal system, we will consider its origins, key actors and institutions, and selected substantive areas of law and policy.
This course explores the fundamental concepts of federalism (allocation of power between state and federal courts); subject matter and litigant jurisdiction; the jury trial system; pleading, discover): and motion practice; final judgment rule and exceptions, including interlocutory appeal and mandamus; and res judicata and collateral estoppel. **Prior to Fall 2011, this course was offered as Civil Procedure I (LAW 101) and Civil Procedure II (LAW 102).
Analysis of the noncriminal statutes Congress has enacted to protect the civil rights of Americans. Topics covered may include the freedom of speech and the rights to dignity and equality. The course may also be offered as a comparative course wherein the civil and human rights protections of other countries are compared with that of the United States.
This seminar is a continuation of Civil Rights I, although the latter course is not a prerequisite for enrollment and stands alone. Topics covered may include the freedom of religion and rights to labor, privacy, and property. The course may also be offered as a comparative course wherein the civil and human rights protections of other countries are compared with that of the United States.
This course combines lecture and practical skills training in the context of a simulated courtroom trial. Legal rules and principles applicable to trial, as enunciated in statutory and case law, including chamber conferences, jury selection, opening statements, trial motions, witness examination, jury instructions, and final arguments are covered. Practical strategies for lawyers are also discussed. Prerequisite: Evidence (LAW 406).
Students will assist in the completion of cases filed in Orange County Family Law and Probate Courts involving such matters as guardianship, adoption, limited conservatorship, paternity, dissolution of marriage, custody, and support. Students will also have the opportunity to participate in the court-based Guardianship Clinic and Self-Represented Parties Court. Student enrollment is limited. Prerequisite: Lawyering Skills (LAW 601), or will take it concurrently.
Students will provide domestic violence victims and their children assistance in completing restraining orders and other family law actions related to their cases in the local courts. Students may also participate in a monthly legal clinic at a nearby domestic violence shelter. Student enrollment is limited. Prerequisite: Lawyering Skills (LAW 601), or will take it concurrently.
Students will provide direct representation to minor children seeking special education services from initial Individual Education Plan ("IEP") meetings through administrative mediation sessions. You must have taken, or will take Lawyering Skills with this course. Prerequisite: Lawyering Skills (LAW 601), or will take it concurrently.
LAW LAW 413
In this course students apply environmental laws to water law issues in Orange County and the Inland Empire. Students work with local non-profit organization Coastkeeper to enforce state and federal water quality laws and regulations against industrial dischargers and represent the public before state and local administrative agencies on issues of environmental protection and protective public access. This year-long course provides broad environmental experience to students and develops their litigation, negotiation and advocacy skills in courts and before administrative agencies. Students must enroll for two consecutive semesters. (3 Credits per semester)