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Advanced Judicial Externship

LAW 610J

For students who have completed one semester of the Initial Judicial Externship, the Advanced Judicial Externship is a field placement with a California state or federal bench officer in which students perform and observe legal work under the supervision of a judicial officer or judicial law clerk. In addition to their field work, students must attend one mandatory workshop and complete mandatory writing assignments to receive credit for the externship. For more information about the Externship Program, refer to the Externship Program Policies and Procedures Handbook. Prerequisite: Completion of an Initial Judicial Externship (LAW 609J).

Advanced Real Property Practicum

LAW 211

This experiential course will engage students in a series of simulation exercises focusing on real property concepts. Each week will include a review of substantive property doctrine or introduce property-related environmental law material. Students will then apply these principles to simulated disputes, using documents and maps illustrative of case files in actual negotiation and litigation. Topics covered may include adverse possession, gifts, estates and future interests, landlord-tenant law, nuisance law and solar energy, easements, covenants, eminent domain, takings, water rights affected by climate change, flooding and zoning, and multi-party instream flow mediation. Prerequisite: Real Property I and II (LAW 109 and 110).

Advanced Torts

LAW 428

This course is a continuation of Torts (LAW 111) and will cover topics tested on the bar exam. Topics to be addressed may include advanced exploration of negligence, intentional torts, privacy, defamation, vicarious liability, strict liability, products liability, current issues in torts law, and/or the interplay between torts and other areas of the law.

Alternative Dispute Resolution

LAW 611

This course explores negotiation, arbitration, and mediation as alternatives to litigation in resolving civil disputes. Practical strategies for lawyers are also discussed. A primary area of focus is the role of the lawyer in each of the different processes. Simulations are conducted to develop practice skills and as a basis for exploring the public policy and other issues that arise in this area.

Animal Law

LAW 331

This course considers the moral and legal issues surrounding the relationship between humans and domestic and non-domestic animals. The connection of morality to the law will be explored as will major moral theories relating to the relationship between animals and humans. In this context the concept of 'rights' will be analyzed and its potential application to animals will be discussed. Additional topics that may be covered in the course include the use of animals in agriculture and experimentation and the application of the federal Animal Welfare Act to these practices, state law concerning animals, the concept of animals as property, liability for and damages recoverable for injuries to and by animals, wills and trusts problems relating to bequests for the benefit of animals, intellectual property issues, and selected issues of international and comparative law relating to animals.


LAW 505

A survey of federal and state laws that promote competition, inhibit monopolies, and restrain free trade in the United States, including the Sherman, Clayton, and Federal Trade Commission acts; and principal antitrust issues and practices, including cartel restraints on trade, monopolization, mergers, distributional restraints, tying, price discrimination, and unfair antitrust competition.

Appellate Advocacy

LAW 602

Students in this course will learn about appellate advocacy and lawyering skills associated with appellate practice. The course requires students to write multiple drafts of an appellate brief. Students will also be required to complete other practice-centered exercises throughout the semester, including oral argument. Students interested in participating in interscholastic moot court competitions are encouraged to enroll.

Appellate Advocacy: Supreme Court

LAW 602A

This special version of the appellate advocacy course will focus on appellate advocacy in the United States Supreme Court. The primary writing assignment may be an appellate brief on one or more current issues in constitutional law. Students may also choose among a variety of short writing assignments and/or short oral arguments. The course may be useful for moot court competitions but will not focus on them. Its primary goals are to introduce students to the pleasures and perils of written and oral advocacy for high stakes, and to provide some of the skills necessary for success. (Prior to Summer 2014, this course was titled "Appellate Advocacy: Constitutional Law")

Arbitration Law and Practice

LAW 800

This course will expose students to both the substantive law and the practical skills involved in arbitration agreements and arbitration practice. Students will study different types of arbitrations agreements and processes, examine the varying contexts in which they are typically utilized (e.g., international agreements, labor unions, etc.), and analyze case law in this developing field. Students will gain experience both drafting arbitration agreements and conducting aspects of arbitrations including opening statements, direct examinations, and closing arguments, with a focus on the ways in which arbitration practice differs from traditional civil litigation.

Art and Law

LAW 344

This course will examine the intellectual, personal and cultural property issues raised by the ownership and management of art and artifacts by discoverers, creators, museums, and institutions.

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