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Asian Americans and the Law

LAW 423

This course will study the legal history of Asian Americans in the United States and evaluate the development and use of Asian American jurisprudence to address contemporary legal issues pertinent to race and civil liberties. Since the 19th century, American law has shaped the demographics, experiences, and possibilities for Asian Americans. This course will trace the legal history of Asian Americans through judicial opinions, legal commentary, social science, and historical readings on topics such as immigration and naturalization, de jure discrimination, and the World War II internment of Japanese Americans. This course will also explore the ways in which Asian Americans have impacted American law, through constitutional litigation and recent scholarship. Finally, this course will address contemporary legal issues, which range from racial violence, media stereotypes, language access, affirmative action, and post 9/11 civil liberties issues. Although this course focuses on the Asian American experience, it is not meant for Asian Americans alone.

Bankruptcy Law

LAW 517

An examination of debtor and creditor rights, including typical state procedures for the enforcement of claims and exemptions under statutory and common law, and federal bankruptcy proceedings.

Bankruptcy Seminar

LAW 340

This course concentrates on Chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code, the business reorganization provisions used by GM, Chrysler and many other distressed businesses. The primary focus is on the process of and requirements for confirming a plan of reorganization in a Chapter 11 case. In addition, subjects of particular interest in Chapter 11 cases, like sales of assets, obtaining credit, and the bizarre world of executory contracts in bankruptcy are covered. This course is not duplicative of the non-seminar bankruptcy course.

Business and Technology of Law Practice

LAW 733

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.

Business Associations

LAW 404

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.

Business Associations Practicum

LAW 409

Topics covered in the regular Business Associations will be reinforced through role-playing, negotiation, and document drafting. Prerequisite: Business Associations (LAW 404).

Business Transactions: The Art of the Deal

LAW 389

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.

California Business Disputes Practicum

LAW 151

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.

California Civil Procedure

LAW 536

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.

California Environmental Law Seminar

LAW 507

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.

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