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Patent Law

LAW 703

This course explores the major topics of U.S. patent law, seeking a solid general education in patent law concepts and procedures from a practical and policy perspective. Topics covered include patentable subject matter, requirements for patent validity, patent infringement, and damages.

Poverty Law

LAW 374

You are no doubt by now familiar with the way some law school classes ask you to think about the essential concept at the course’s core: What is a contract? What is a tort? What is Property? This course will ask the same kind of questions, but about something that the law and law school make essentially invisible, poverty. What is poverty? Who are the poor? Why might it be problematic even to use the term the poor? The course explores how poverty is constructed, maintained, and addressed, including the role played by gender and race, and the role of the Law in all of this. The course also contains recurring Constitutional Law concepts such as procedural due process, the unconstitutional conditions doctrine, and the negative Constitution in Poverty Law.

Pretrial Litigation Skills

LAW 605

An analysis of forum selection, pleading, motion practice, investigation, and discovery tactics through courtroom simulation.

Privacy Law and Data Protection

LAW 731

Control over informational privacy and integrity has become a major source of legal and ethical concern in the digital age. From national security and NSA surveillance to e-commerce, from internet privacy and social networking sites to DNA databases, privacy occupies a central role in the political and legal agenda and presents challenging legal questions. This course tackles these issues in both the national and the international law arenas and also provides comparative and global perspectives. Common law privacy; constitutional privacy; and statutory privacy and data protection are among the categories of material covered in the course.

Professional Responsibility

LAW 206

Explores the ethical problems faced by lawyers in our legal system, including detailed study of the ABA Model Rules, California Rules of Professional Conduct, and the Code of Judicial Conduct . The course examines the various modes and methods of practice, e.g., criminal and civil practice, public interest law, government service including judging, and "in-house" counseling. In addition, the course explores the ethical problems and dilemmas inherent in each type of practice and the adversary system itself and addresses the larger philosophical and ethical dimensions of the lawyer’s role in society.

Public Interest Law

LAW 341

A review of the problems associated with providing legal services to underrepresented people and interests. Topics covered may include poverty law, homelessness, race and class issues in environmental law, pro bono activities in the profession, and strategies for change.

Race Mixing & the Law

LAW 351

Whenever race is a factor in American law, it is necessary to consider how to place individuals who are of mixed racial backgrounds. On many occasions, this has caused considerable tension, and continues in some ways to do so today. This course discusses ways in which the law has reacted, from early attempts to control interracial sex and marriage, through discussions of subjects such as Indian Tribal membership, Amerasians today, and questions about immigration, adoption, and child custody across racial lines.

Race, Racism & American Law

LAW 542

This course examines the historical foundations and current development of the concepts of race, racism, discrimination, and multiculturalism in American law, comparing the experiences of various minority groups, including African-Americans, Native Americans, Latinos, and Asian-Americans, and the intersections among race, class, and sex discrimination. It explores the role of law, especially U.S. constitutional law, in generating and resolving problems of racial equality and liberty related to such topics as education, employment, family relationships, criminal law, and freedom of speech.

Real Property

LAW 109

This course explores the legal analysis of real property interests; freehold estates and future interests; the landlord and tenant relationship; concurrent land ownership; adverse possession; methods of transferring title to land; recording statutes; easements and profits; covenants running with the land; equitable servitudes; and lateral and subjacent support. **Prior to Fall 2014, this course was offered as Real Property I (LAW 109) and Real Property II (LAW 110).**

Recent Issues in Intellectual Property Law

LAW 716

An in-depth exploration of current developments, including recent case law and proposed statutory amendments, in selected areas of intellectual property law, such as patent, trademark, and/or copyright law. Prerequisite: At least one of the following courses: Copyright Law (LAW 701), Trademark Law (LAW 702), or Patent Law (LAW 703).

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