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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: 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.

Collaborative Justice

LAW 626

This course will examine the history and theories underlining collaborative justice programs as a modern feature of the criminal justice system, address the procedures and practices of the local collaborative justice courts, and give students an opportunity to view actual collaborative justice proceedings and/or participate in simulated proceedings.

Community Property

LAW 403

An examination of the classification of property, its management and control, and its distribution upon dissolution of the community according to California law.

Comparative Child Welfare

LAW 417

This course will explore the legal treatment of children and families in child welfare law from a comparative perspective. It will focus on how cultural, social, economic and political constructs are used to shape child welfare laws and policies. Topics covered may include abuse and neglect, corporal punishment, rehabilitative services, establishing parentage, foster and other non-family care, and specialty courts.

Comparative Dispute Resolution

LAW 289

This course explores the methods and models of conflict resolution from a comparative jurisdictional perspective. In today’s global society, various and conflicting cultures exist and such cultural diversity poses special challenges to the legal system, especially in the area of dispute resolution. Topics covered in this course may include: the basic methods of ADR; analyzing such alternative dispute resolution (ADR) mechanisms as mediation, negotiation and arbitration, their relation to various legal systems, and how they are impacted when the actors from various cultures engage in dispute resolution; cultures of dispute resolution; transactional disputes; and the various implications of the cultural perspectives on ADR. At the professor’s discretion, the course may focus on a specific foreign jurisdiction, or may discuss multiple jurisdictions.

Comparative Domestic Violence Law

LAW 414

This course will examine the cultural, social, economic and political constructs toward a comparative exploration of jurisprudential, social, community and therapeutic responses to violence within domestic relationships in various countries. The course will provide students with an overview of existing and evolving norms that inform definitions of, causes of, and responses to family violence. While the course will emphasize similarities and differences between the legal recognition and framing of family violence in various jurisdictions, course study will also draw from various disciplines, including sociology, women studies, psychiatry, psychology, anthropology and social work, which influence and forecast the trajectory of domestic violence jurisprudence in both countries. Course work will also focus on how culture, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, age and race inform the availability and efficacy of interventions for domestic violence victims in various jurisdictions.

Comparative Family Law

LAW 915

This course will survey and compare issues in family law in various countries. Laws governing the formation of the family, traditional and alternative family structures, gender role expectations, same sex unions, marital laws and the division of property at the termination of the marriage may be covered. Particular emphasis will be on California’s community property system with comparisons to other systems of property distribution.

Comparative Legal Systems

LAW 513

This seminar introduces students to comparative law concepts within the context of our present age of globalization. Coverage comprises analysis and comparison of civil law and common law traditions from around the globe. The course explores case and codified law, constitutions, governmental processes and legal perspectives. Key topics considered include differing forms of democracy, the impacts of constitutional content, relationships between, and functioning of, the traditional branches of government, privacy, equality, freedom of expression and economic and social rights. Selected legal systems from nations within Europe, Asia, Africa and North America are emphasized.

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