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Lawyering Skills 3: Transactional

LAW 207A

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.

Legal Analysis Strategies

LAW 589

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 I

LAW 208

This course will cover multistate bar exam (MBE), essay, and performance testing, as tested on the California Bar Exam and in all jurisdictions requiring the MBE portion of the bar exam. It is designed as a pre-bar review training, to help students master the skills, strategies, and substantive law in selected MBE (multistate bar exam) topics, to succeed on the bar exam. The class, an intensive workshop, uses selected MBE subjects (along with addressing remedies and professional responsibility concerns) as its main doctrinal springboard. The course is designed to introduce students to the critical reading, writing, organization, and time management skills necessary to succeed on the bar exam, 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 before enrolling in this course.

*Prior to Fall 2014, this class was titled Professional Skills II.
**Prior to Fall 2015, this was a required legal writing course with a different course description.
***Prior to Fall 2016, the class was titled Lawyering Skills 4.

Legal Analysis Workshop II

LAW 510

This course complements Legal Analysis Workshop I and will cover MBE, essay, and performance testing, as tested on the California Bar Exam and in all jurisdictions requiring the MBE portion of the bar exam. It is designed as a pre-bar review training to help students master the skills, strategies, and substantive law in selected multistate bar exam (MBE) topics, to succeed on the bar exam. The class, an intensive workshop, uses selected MBE subjects (along with addressing remedies and professional responsibility concerns) as its doctrinal springboard. The course is designed to introduce students to the critical reading, writing, organization, and time management skills necessary to succeed on the bar exam 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 before enrolling in this course.

*Prior to Fall 2016, this class was titled Legal Analysis Workshop.

Legal Aspects of Venture Capital & Private Equity

LAW 723

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

LAW 394

Legal Methods is a year-long course that provides students with instruction, practice, and individualized feedback designed to enhance student academic performance. Students will be required to complete multiple in-class exercises and tests for evaluation and credit. The course will focus on developing techniques to improve academic success strategies, legal reasoning, and examination preparation and execution. Enrollment Criteria: Legal Methods will be a graduation requirement for students with a CPGA below 2.92 at the end of their second semester in law school. Students who demonstrate a sufficiently high level of writing and test-taking skills by the end of the fall semester will be able to grade out of the requirement to continue on in the spring semester.

Legal Methods II

LAW 395

Legal Methods is a year-long course that provides students with instruction, practice, and individualized feedback designed to enhance student academic performance. Students will be required to complete multiple in-class exercises and tests for evaluation and credit. The course will focus on developing techniques to improve academic success strategies, legal reasoning, and examination preparation and execution. Enrollment Criteria: Legal Methods will be a graduation requirement for students with a CPGA below 2.92 at the end of their second semester in law school. Students who demonstrate a sufficiently high level of writing and test-taking skills by the end of the fall semester will be able to grade out of the requirement to continue on in the spring semester.

The Legal Mind

LAW 215

This course will teach and reinforce interrelated concepts essential to success in law school and legal practice, including critical thinking; logical reasoning; self-evaluation; mindfulness; and emotional intelligence.

Mediation

LAW 960

A lecture and simulation course covering the principles and skills used in mediation. The course also offers a comparative overview of the field of alternative dispute resolution, and in particular the practical differences between using arbitration or mediation in resolving disputes. Simulations and other exercises are conducted to develop practice skills and to explore the public policy and legal issues that arise.

Modern Real Estate Transactions

LAW 541

An examination of the legal issues involved in real estate sales and financing; subdivision financing and development; planned unit development, condominiums, cooperatives, and income-producing (rental) properties; and tax considerations.

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