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.
Students will provide direct representation to minor children seeking special education services from initial Individual Education Plan ("IEP") meetings through administrative mediation sessions. You must have taken, or will take Lawyering Skills with this course. Prerequisite: Externship/Clinic: Learning from Practice (LAW 601), or will take it concurrently.
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 year-long course provides broad environmental experience to students and develops their litigation, negotiation and advocacy skills in courts and before administrative agencies. Students must enroll for two consecutive semesters. (3 Credits per semester)
This course will examine the phenomenon of genocide and colonization through the lens of the legal, cultural and political constructs created by the Third Reich and those collaborators within Old Europe. Additionally, the course will examine how colonization functions in the destruction of the rule of law and in the cultures that are earmarked for colonization. Through the use of legal texts, literature, film and narrative, students will engage with material that analyzes the structure of colonialism and its effects on both the colonizer and the colonized.
An examination of the classification of property, its management and control, and its distribution upon dissolution of the community according to California law.
This course will explore the legal treatment of lesbian and gay relationships, comparing the legal status of lesbian and gay couples in the various nations with the treatment of such couples in the United States.
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.
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.