This course provides a forum for students to explore the history, literature and process of Jewish law. No knowledge of Hebrew or prior study of Jewish law is required for the course. Following introductory classes on the sources and structure of Jewish law, the course will examine the dynamics of the legal system by looking at such areas as: biblical interpretation in civil and ritual law, capital punishment, self-incrimination, the duty of confidentiality, abortion, the interaction of Jewish law with other legal systems, and the application of Jewish law in the Israeli legal system. There will be an emphasis on comparative analysis, and course materials will include discussion of Jewish law in contemporary American legal scholarship.
Legal research, writing, and editing involved in the production for publication of analytical and scholarly commentary on the law. Enrollment is limited to candidates and members of the Whittier Law School Journal of Child & Family Advocacy.
This course explores classic jurisprudential questions about the theory of adjudication, that is, questions about how courts decide and ought to decide cases and when the parties ought to obey. The course may be a survey of such questions or may focus on one such question, at the discretion of the instructor. The questions include: What is a legal rule? Do legal rules constrain judicial decision-making? How ought courts to interpret legal rules? Are legal rules determinate or indeterminate? Where no legal rule controls a case, how ought judges to decide? When a court decides, ought the parties obey? Are principles of morality legally binding or even relevant when not enacted into positive legal rules? Is judicial decision-making distinct from political decision-making? No familiarity with either jurisprudence or philosophy will be assumed.
This course will examine the theories underlining best practices in jury selection, address the procedures and logistics of jury selection in California and/or federal court, and will give students opportunities to apply jury selection techniques in a strategic context.