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Patent Law

LAW 703

This course explores the major topics of U.S. patent law, seeking a solid general education in patent law concepts and procedures from a practical and policy perspective. Topics covered include patentable subject matter, requirements for patent validity, patent infringement, and damages.

Performance Test Workshop

LAW 732

This course will provide students with additional practical training in Performance Testing, an exam style based on simulated experiential learning. It will also develop students’ ability to see themselves as ethical, skilled, and professional practicing lawyers.

Poverty Law

LAW 374

You are no doubt by now familiar with the way some law school classes ask you to think about the essential concept at the course’s core: What is a contract? What is a tort? What is Property? This course will ask the same kind of questions, but about something that the law and law school make essentially invisible, poverty. What is poverty? Who are the poor? Why might it be problematic even to use the term the poor? The course explores how poverty is constructed, maintained, and addressed, including the role played by gender and race, and the role of the Law in all of this. The course also contains recurring Constitutional Law concepts such as procedural due process, the unconstitutional conditions doctrine, and the negative Constitution in Poverty Law.

Pretrial Litigation Skills

LAW 605

An analysis of forum selection, pleading, motion practice, investigation, and discovery tactics through courtroom simulation.

Privacy Law and Data Protection

LAW 731

Control over informational privacy and integrity has become a major source of legal and ethical concern in the digital age. From national security and NSA surveillance to e-commerce, from internet privacy and social networking sites to DNA databases, privacy occupies a central role in the political and legal agenda and presents challenging legal questions. This course tackles these issues in both the national and the international law arenas and also provides comparative and global perspectives. Common law privacy; constitutional privacy; and statutory privacy and data protection are among the categories of material covered in the course.

Professional Responsibility

LAW 206

Explores the ethical problems faced by lawyers in our legal system, including detailed study of the ABA Model Rules, California Rules of Professional Conduct, and the Code of Judicial Conduct. The course examines the various modes and methods of practice, e.g., criminal and civil practice, public interest law, government service including judging, and "in-house" counseling. In addition, the course explores the ethical problems and dilemmas inherent in each type of practice and the adversary system itself and addresses the larger philosophical and ethical dimensions of the lawyer’s role in society.

Public Interest Law

LAW 341

A review of the problems associated with providing legal services to underrepresented people and interests. Topics covered may include poverty law, homelessness, race and class issues in environmental law, pro bono activities in the profession, and strategies for change.