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.
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 transaction or deal. 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 transactional process, organization and management of legal work, and recognizing and resolving ethical dilemmas. Students draft, among other documents, a representation letter, a letter of intent, an asset purchase and/or licensing agreement, and an employment and/or consulting agreement.
*Prior to Fall 2014, this course was titled Professional Skills I: Transactional.
Lawyering Skills 4 is the fourth semester of legal writing that all students must take in either the fall or spring semester of their graduating year. This upper-level writing course reinforces and strengthens the skills learned in Lawyering Skills 3 and is designed as a bridge to practice. The classroom is the office: the professor us the supervising attorney; and the student is the new lawyer. Each class, students are challenged to complete tasks and tackle issues that new lawyers face on a daily basis.
*Prior to Fall 2014, this class was titled Professional Skills II.
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 covers MBE, essay, and performance testing, as tested on the California Bar Exam and in all jurisdictions requiring the MBE portion of the bar exam. The class uses all MBE subjects as its doctrinal springboard for this intensive exam workshop; these subjects are criminal law and criminal procedure, torts, contracts including UCC, real property, evidence, constitutional law, and civil procedure. Remedies is also covered in conjunction with contracts, torts, and real property. Professional responsibility concerns will also be addressed. The course is designed to introduce students to the critical reading, writing, organization, and time management skills necessary to succeed on the California Bar Examination and to provide the tools to make students more effective and successful as law students and practitioners. Prerequisite: Students must be in their final year of law school to be enrolled in this course. Further, it is strongly recommended that students have completed all the MBE subjects (noted above) before enrolling 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.
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.
PILF Auction Brunch & Bubbly
March 16, 2014 12:00pm-3:00am
Admitted Student Mixer - March 22
March 22, 2014 2:00pm-4:00pm
Preview Day for Prospective Students - March 29, 2014
March 29, 2014 10:00am-1:30pm