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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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. **Prior to Fall 2011, this course was offered as Civil Procedure I (LAW 101) and Civil Procedure II (LAW 102).
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.
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).
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).
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. Prerequisite: Externship/Clinic: Learning from Practice (LAW 601), or will take it concurrently.
PILF Auction Brunch & Bubbly
March 16, 2014 12:00pm-3:00am
Admitted Student Mixer - March 22
March 22, 2014 2:00pm-4:00pm
Preview Day for Prospective Students - March 29, 2014
March 29, 2014 10:00am-1:30pm