Juvenile Trial Advocacy surveys and analyzes the specialized lawyering skills and evidentiary rules necessary to provide children and adolescents zealous and competent representation in juvenile cases involving delinquency, child dependency, status offenses, and mental health proceedings. Students will have the opportunity to learn and apply the full range of trial skills (direct, cross examination, closing arguments, and motion practice) in the unique procedural world of juvenile law.
A study of the federal legal doctrines that regulate labor-management relationships in the private sector, including union representation, collective bargaining, strikes, and lockouts.
This course is designed to help soon-to-be solo practitioners and attorneys in smaller firms bridge the gap between studying law and practicing law. The class is designed to cultivate proficiency in two practical areas of attorney development, which are typically learned over time rather than formally taught: (A) how to actually practice law, and (B) how to build and manage a law practice. The course covers topics such as how to get started, where to locate a law firm office, how to get your office equipped, how to secure clients, how to set fees, and detailed information about the nitty-gritty of running a small firm. While particularly relevant to solo practitioners and associates at small firms, the concepts discussed in this course will benefit new attorneys in all types of private and public sector organizations.
This course will address the regulation of domestic relationships between adults with particular focus on marital and non-marital unions, same-sex partnerships, and non-intimate relationships. Subject areas covered may include the state's interest in marriage; marriage alternatives; recognition and non-recognition of cohabitation; socioeconomics and demographics of cohabiting couples; economic aspects of marriage dissolution, and the related aspects of property and financial disputes between unmarried couples; the various regulatory mechanisms that affect unmarried partners during the relationship; and a survey and comparison of the treatment of non-marital unions in various nations.
This course concerns the jurisdiction in ocean and coastal waters including public international law and U.S. policy regarding regulation of marine areas and resources and access including boundaries and territorial claims. The class may address topics such as environmental and management concerns related to water quality and habitats, coastal development and public access, ocean energy rights and mineral resources, and marine species.
An introduction to the influence of the Mexico-United States border region on doctrinal development and legal policy in U.S. federal and state courts. Topics covered may include the natural and political boundary, search and seizure of migrants, immigration, transborder families, international real estate, financial arrangements, torts, crime, the environment, water, and the extraterritorial application of Mexican law. The question of how a "border legal culture" impacts the practice of law in California, Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, and Texas will be emphasized.
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.
Lawyering Skills 1 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. Lawyering Skills 1 focuses on objective writing.
*Prior to Fall 2014, this course was titled Legal Writing I.
Lawyering Skills 2 is the second of two required writing courses that students must take in their first year of law school. In this course, students reinforce the skills they learned in Lawyering Skills 1, and they develop additional skills as they learn more about the fundamentals of legal writing, legal analysis, legal research, and oral advocacy. Lawyering Skills 2 focuses on persuasive legal writing and all students participate in an oral advocacy competition.
*Prior to Fall 2014, the course was titled Legal Writing II.
Lawyering Skills 3 is an upper-level writing course featuring a semester-long simulation in which students represent one client from the beginning to the end of a fictitious lawsuit. Students learn the following real-world lawyering skills: substantive knowledge of the law, problem-solving, written and oral communication, legal analysis and reasoning, interviewing, factual investigation, counseling, negotiation, knowledge of the litigation process, organization and management of legal work, and recognizing and resolving ethical dilemmas. Students draft, among other documents, a representation letter, a complaint and answer, interrogatories, and a motion for summary judgment.
*Prior to Fall 2014, this course was titled Professional Skills I: Litigation.