This course will provide a hands-on focus on the business issues that lawyers face—both those seeking to develop solo practices as well as those who are associates at existing firms—and on the technologies that are changing the practice of law both in and out of the courtroom. Business topics may include, but are not limited to, developing a business plan, effective and ethical client marketing and business development, formulating fee arrangements and effectively and efficiently collecting fees, managing overhead, and insurance considerations. Technology topics may include, but are not limited to, selecting and utilizing law practice management software, alternative legal research technologies, "virtual" law firm platforms, client document transmission and retention software, use of social media for client development as well as in discovery and jury selection, and in-courtroom presentation applications.
An introduction to the laws of business associations. This course examines the legal issues surrounding formation, financing and control of corporations, and non-corporate business associations.
Topics covered in the regular Business Associations will be reinforced through role-playing, negotiation, and document drafting. Prerequisite: Business Associations (LAW 404).
This course is designed for students who wish to develop the practical skills necessary to understand, negotiate, and prepare contracts, thereby better preparing themselves to meet the demands of parties actually engaged in business deals. Specifically, the course will examine, from the perspective of the corporate lawyer, topics such as the process by which a company's business is acquired.
This experiential course introduces students to common disputes that arise in representing California business clients. Using business disputes drawn from real-world practice, the course introduces students to the skills necessary for the everyday practice of law for new attorneys. Students will research and draft legal memoranda and other legal documents and provide legal recommendations based on their work.
The course will cover the rules relating to jurisdiction, venue, pleadings, discovery, motion practice, arbitrations, trials (both jury and non-jury), and appeals emphasizing the Code of Civil Procedure and practice rules used in California.
This course will introduce students to environmental laws promulgated by and specific to the State of California. Topics covered may include California Environmental Quality Act, the California Endangered Species Act, the Porter Cologne Act; the California Clean Air Act, and the California Coastal Act. Students will acquire an understanding of the purpose of each Act, the general procedures associated with each Act, and how each Act is used to protect California's environment.
In this course, students will be introduced to the substantive law and procedural aspects of a juvenile dependency case at the appellate level. This course will follow a mock dependency appeal from its inception through its conclusion. Students will draft various documents, and topics covered may include: the viability of filing a non-statutory writ of mandate instead of an Opening Brief (i.e. when an appeal is not an adequate legal remedy); identifying the appropriate Standard of Review; the efficacy of seeking a Petition for Rehearing and/or Review; ethical obligations and requirements when representing a minor on appeal; and oral argument.
Children and the Law examines the evolution of courts that specialize in disputes involving child welfare, juvenile delinquency, and children’s constitutional rights in school and mental health commitments. The course provides an introduction to the legal ethics inherent in representing the government, parents, and children in those proceedings. The survey of law provides an historical, comparative state/federal/ and California analysis of cases and statutory laws and uses movie clips and class simulations to enable students to apply those legal principles to resolve discrete sets of facts affecting children’s legal rights. **Prior to Fall 2016, this course was titled Juvenile Justice**
This course explores the fundamental concepts of federalism (allocation of power between state and federal courts); subject matter and litigant jurisdiction; the jury trial system; pleading, discover): and motion practice; final judgment rule and exceptions, including interlocutory appeal and mandamus; and res judicata and collateral estoppel. Unlike Civil Procedure I (LAW 101) and Civil Procedure II (LAW 102), this course will not have an experiential component.