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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 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.

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.

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