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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.

Children and the Law

LAW 533

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**

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 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: Evidence (LAW 406), or will take it concurrently; and Civil Procedure (LAW 101).

Clinic: Family Violence

LAW 618

Students will provide domestic violence victims and their children assistance in completing restraining orders and other family law actions related to their cases in the local courts. Students may also participate in a monthly legal clinic at a nearby domestic violence shelter. Student enrollment is limited.

Clinic: Special Education

LAW 619

Students will provide direct representation to minor children seeking special education services from initial Individual Education Plan ("IEP") meetings through administrative mediation sessions.

Coastkeepers Environmental Water Law Clinic

LAW 413

In this course students apply environmental laws to water law issues in Orange County and the Inland Empire. Students work with local non-profit organization Coastkeeper to enforce state and federal water quality laws and regulations against industrial dischargers and represent the public before state and local administrative agencies on issues of environmental protection and protective public access. This course provides broad environmental experience to students and develops their litigation, negotiation and advocacy skills in courts and before administrative agencies. Students may enroll in the 3 credit clinic in the fall semester or the spring semester.

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