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California Juvenile Dependency Appellate Law Practicum

LAW 230

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.

Capitalism, Environment, and the Law

LAW 727

This course will explore the tension between the environmental ethos and capitalist ethos. The course begins with and examination of by examining what are the constitutive elements of these competing discourses and exploration of whether the tension between capitalism and the environment can be resolved through the use of principles such as sustainable development, precautionary action, innovation and growth. Other possible topics include how the tension between capitalism and the environment is manifested in varied legal topics such as the liability of multinational enterprises, the new corporate social responsibility movement, transnational private regulation, models of civic participation, and the climate change negotiations.

China and International Law

LAW 729

This class examines the attitudes, participation and influence of the People’s Republic of China on several international organizations. The class will devote significant attention to China’s participation and compliance with human rights regimes (UN bodies, International Criminal Court, International Labor Organizations and various treaties) and transactional regimes (World Trade Organization, Convention on the International Sale of Goods).

Chinese Law

LAW 516

This course will explore the modern legal system in China and its origins. Since the reopening of law schools at the end of the Cultural Revolution in the late 1970's, the Chinese legal system has developed rapidly. The government has established a Constitution, substantive law, functioning courts and administrative tribunals, law schools, and as of this past year, a unified bar exam of lawyers and judges. The number of lawyers grew from 5500 in 1981 to 114,000 in 1997. In order to understand the nature of this swiftly-evolving legal system, we will consider its origins, key actors and institutions, and selected substantive areas of law and policy.

Civil Procedure

LAW 115

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.

Civil Procedure I

LAW 101

This experiential 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. **During the 2012-13 and 2013-14 school years, Civil Procedure was offered as a single-semester 4 unit course under this course number.**

Civil Procedure II

LAW 102

This experiential 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. Students must enroll in the same professor for Civil Procedure I and II.

Civil Rights Law I

LAW 511

Analysis of the noncriminal statutes Congress has enacted to protect the civil rights of Americans. Topics covered may include the freedom of speech and the rights to dignity and equality. The course may also be offered as a comparative course wherein the civil and human rights protections of other countries are compared with that of the United States.

Civil Trial Advocacy

LAW 606

This course combines lecture and practical skills training in the context of a simulated courtroom trial. Legal rules and principles applicable to trial, as enunciated in statutory and case law, including chamber conferences, jury selection, opening statements, trial motions, witness examination, jury instructions, and final arguments are covered. Practical strategies for lawyers are also discussed. Prerequisite: Evidence (LAW 406).

Clinic: Children’s Advocacy

LAW 617

Students will assist in the completion of cases filed in Orange County Family Law and Probate Courts involving such matters as guardianship, adoption, limited conservatorship, paternity, dissolution of marriage, and custody and support. Students will also participate in the court-based Guardianship Clinic. Students must be certified by the State Bar of California. Enrollment is limited to 5 students in the Fall, Spring and Summer semesters. Prerequisite: Externship/Clinic: Learning from Practice (LAW 601), or will take it concurrently; Evidence (LAW 406), or will take it concurrently; and Civil Procedure (LAW 101).

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