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First Year Course Description

100 An Introduction To Law (3) (Pass/Fail)

This course introduces beginning law students and others to contemporary law and legal reasoning. It Covers analogical and deductive reasoning, as well as the roles of legal conventions, purposes, and policies in legal reasoning. This course introduces students to the legal and ethical principles influencing the U.S. legal system in the context of the history and jurisprudence of American law.

This course will emphasize the law as used in practice by lawyers and judges. Students will also familiarize themselves with history of law and basic legal terms. Students will study how to develop certain basic skills such as reading, analysis, and synthesis of legal decisions and interpretation of statutes. Students will begin the course with a study of the sources of law and the different classifications of law.

The United States Constitution is the supreme law of the United States of America; therefore in this class students will be exposed to its various facets with a focus on the U.S. legal system. Students will learn he difference between remedies at law versus equitable remedies.

Students will be introduced to Lexis Nexis, a program that facilitates computer assisted legal research. This course will also cover the court system in the United States and the effect of decisions rendered in the USA abroad.

This course will cover in basic certain aspects of evidence, relevancy and witnesses. Students will be introduced to the concept of hearsay. Further students will be introduced to Torts and the concept of negligence.

We will further cover the basics of contract law and the various elements of a contract. This course will cover the elements of a crime and criminal procedure.

By the end of the course, students will have gained insight into the intricacies and predicaments that arise from the application of law in different settings, and what is distinctive about American approaches.

110 Contracts (6)

This first year course is a critical component of every first year law student’s curriculum. The course will begin with an introduction to Contracts and the evolution of the law. We will discuss how communications amongst individuals create or reject contracts. Students will understand the enforceability of a promise in a court of law. The course will allow students to identify the different types of contracts, the enforceability of oral vs. written contracts, the applicability of the Statute of Fraud and the difference between the Common Law and the applicability of the UCC. The course will focus on the elements of a contract such as when is there an “offer,” when a contract is considered “accepted,” and the concept of “consideration.” Students will understand the concept of Promissory Estoppel. Further, Students will learn the elements of what constitutes an enforceable contract when there is a breach of the contractual agreement. Students will be exposed to the various defenses that are available when a contractual agreement is breached which include Failure of Performance, Fraud, Mistake, Undue Influence, Durres, Modification, Excuse, Lack of Good Faith, and Impracticability. The course will also focus on the appropriate damages that are available in the instance where there is a breach of contract and the differences between Specific Performance, Punitive Damages, Special Damages, and Injunctive Relief. The course will focus on the Uniform Commercial Code and students will gain an understanding on which contracts are governed by the Uniform Commercial Code and the purposes and policies of the Uniform Commercial Code. Students will gain an understanding of transactions in goods and the different type of payment systems. We will discuss Article 1 of the Uniform Commercial Code and its applicability. We will shift our discussion to Article 2 of the UCC and its applicability. The course will assist students in understanding performance under the UCC. Further, this course will allow students to understand the rights of a seller and a buyer when there is a breach, repudiation, or excuse in the course of dealings. The course will conclude with an analysis of the damages available to the parties under a UCC governed contract.

120 Torts (6)

Course introduces students to the different types of torts with a focus on the relationships and differences between them. Course will analyze in great detail basic elements of negligence, such as duty of care, breach of that duty, causation, remoteness and recoverabe damages. Students will learn the different elements of Intentional Torts, such as voluntary act, intent, causation, harm, and lack of privilege or defense. Students will analyze and compare intentional torts such as Battery, Assault, False Imprisonment, Intentional Inflcition of Emiotnal Distress. Students will further be exposed to intentional torts that occur to property such as Tresspass, Trespass to Chattels, Conversion. The study of intentional Torts will continue with an analysis of of defenses and privileges to Intentional Torts. These include Privilege, Defense of Others, Defense of Property, Consent, Authority, Neccessity and Self-Defense. Students will further study the the topic of Negligence. Thise includes understanding the concept of “Duty” which enforces our modern society’s notion of how one should comport themselves in their daily interactions with others. The course will expose students to the liability faced by land owners and the relationship with the status of the individuals who come onto their land. Specifically analyzing the that duty that is owed. We will discuss what consequences there are when a duty is breached, the difference between Actual Cause and Proximate Cause and their correalation. This course will also discuss damages such as Actual Damages, Punitive Damages and defenses to Negligence. We will discuss the difference between Comparative Negligence and Contributory Negligence and explain the multistate nuances. Students will also need to understand the concept of strict liability and applicable defenses, which is covered in this course. The course will continue its focus by examining Products Liability, such as when a defective product injures an appropriate plaintiff. Students will learn to understand the different defects that can exist in a product and the different tests used to determine such defects. Students will also learn the defenses to Products Liability. The course will analyse the different elements of Defamations such as the types of defamation, defenses, damages, constitutional issues and publication. There will be a discussion on other Torts such as Invasion of Privacy, Economic Torts, and miscellaneous concepts in Torts. The course will conclude with a comparative analysis of tort law in foreign jurisdicitons.

130 Criminal Law (3)

Criminal law is a first year course covering substantive criminal law only. Through the use of statutes, case law, and commentaries we will analyze crimes from a legal perspective. In this course, we will examine the theoretical foundations of the criminal law and punishment and practices for examining statutory and common law crimes and defenses to crimes.

Course analyzes principles underlying the definition of crime such as the elements of crimes and the requisite mental states such as those of actus reus and mens rea.. This course will allow students to differentiate between the types of crimes: felony, misdemeanor, malum prohibitum,and malum in se. We will examine constitutional issues that affect the realm of criminal law.

Course will cover in detail the various classifications of crimes and the state of mind required for each of them. Specific intent crimes that this course will cover are attempt, solicitation, conspiracy, larceny, larceny by trick, false pretenses, embezzlement, forgery, burglary, assault, robbery, intent to kill murder, and voluntary manslaughter. The course will also focus on General Intent Crimes such as battery, rape, kidnapping, false imprisonment, involuntary manslaughter and depraved heart murder. Further, Students will understand the elements of Malicious Crimes such as arson and common law murder.

We will examine the differences between various state statutes, the common law, and the Model Penal Code. Not all criminal law is uniform through out the United States. The Multistate Bar Exam generally takes the common law approach. On certain aspects of criminal law there is a split between the early common law approach and the modern trend among jurisdictions. In this class, we will often talk about the common law or the modern trend, rather than trying to learn the doctrine of every jurisdiction in the United States. Final lessons will focus on comparative substantive criminal law.

140 Legal Analysis and Writing (3)

This Course introduces students to sources of law, legal reasoning and essay writing skills for exams such as those in law school or the California Bar Exam. This Course is designed to establish student’s legal writing abilities through regular writing assignments. legal analysis, research and writing. These are the skills that form the foundation for everything lawyers do. Legal Analysis and writing also provides an introduction to the context in which the practice of law actually occurs. Legal Analysis and writing assignments and lessons mirror the work performed in actual law offices. This contextual learning environment shows students not only the key tasks of lawyering, but also how to resolve the practical and ethical issues lawyers commonly encounter. In Legal Analysis and writing, students will learn about the ways lawyers communicate and interact in their professional roles. Further, in Legal Analysis and Writing students will learn to find, read, understand, and apply primary and secondary sources of law. Through out this course Students will continue to develop their research, analytical, and communication skills as they shift their focus from objective communication to persuasive writing. Students will improve their skills by completing various writing assignments throughout the course. This class stresses upon the research, analysis, and communication foundation that lawyers rely upon. This course is especially relevant in the modern age we live in as having essential writing skills is one of the most effective ways of being able to practice as a lawyer. Motions, briefs, demand letters, request for discovery, wills, contracts, deeds, and even more require competency in writing and analytical skills. Students will understand how to analyze a problem and effectively find a solution through analysis. Students will be required to complete various writing assignments that serve to prepare the student and offer exposure as to how attorneys operate.


Second Year Course Description

200 Civil Procedure (6)

This course creates a conceptual framework for understanding jurisdiction and procedural rules through detailed analyses of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. Detailed coverage is provided for topics heavily tested on bar exam such as jurisdiction, choice of law, venue, pleadings, discovery, pre-trial motions, trial through judgment, joinder of parties and claims, and finality of judgments. Course covers up to date information on Supreme Court’s transformation of pleading practice in Bell Atlantic and Iqbal, new rulings by the Supreme Court on personal jurisdiction, diversity jurisdiction, Erie doctrine, class actions, and arbitration. Coverage of new developments in scholarship: e-discovery, complex litigation, and alternative dispute resolution is added as well.

210 Evidence (6)

This course will explore the Federal Rules of Evidence. Studentswillfamiliarizethemselves with character evidence, opinion testimony and experts, hearsay evidence and exceptions from hearsayevidence. Confrontationclauseandits constitutional aspects, witnesses and different types of privileges, such as attorney client privilege and spousal privilege will be discussed as well. New materials and cases reflecting developments in privilege and physical evidence, confrontation clause jurisprudence, and technical and jurisprudential developments in scientific proof will provide students with most up to date knowledge.

220 Criminal Procedure (3)

Course covers both the investigatory and adjudicatory aspects of criminal procedure law, constitutional criminal procedure law as well as the close relationship between criminal procedure law and substantive criminal law. Particular attention is placed on issues such as the right of counsel, discovery, plea bargaining, trial by jury, and double jeopardy. It will also address seizures, interrogations, lineups, and undercover operations, and hence examines the Fourth and Fifth (and, to a limited extent, the Sixth) Amendment rules regulating the police in these endeavors. The latest developments concerning the Confrontation Clause, the continuing evolution of the Crawford doctrine as well as most recent of the Supreme Court’s line of Apprendi/Blakely/Booker decisions in sentencing will be covered.

230 Constitutional Law (6)

This course identifies substantive issues such as determining the scope of governmental powers, federalism, and the relationship between federal and state powers and constitutional restraints that limit the exercise of governmental power. Students will learn to interpret the Constitution by using tests to determine the limits of power and the extent of rights. Course reviews major new cases: United States Department of Health and Human Services v. State of Florida (constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act); Arizona v. United States (preemption of Arizona’s SB 1070); McDonald v. City of Chicago (application of the Second Amendment to the states); and Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission (First Amendment right of corporations to spend money in elections).


Third Year Course Description

300 Property Law (6)

This course features coverage of “old property” (real estate law). With regards to real estate property, course analyzes different types of estates in land and different ways of acquiring title to real property, future interests, and landlord and tenant relationships, real estate issues, restrictive covenants, conditions and restrictions, land planning and easements.

310 Remedies (6)

Course provides inclusive coverage on damages, injunctions, and restitution, declaratory judgments, punitive damages, and remedial defenses. It also covers major remedies cases (Hadley v. Baxendale, State Farm v. Campbell, Sullivan v. O’Connor) and the Third Restatement of the Law on Restitution and Unjust Enrichment. Analyses of remedies issues under Article 2 of the Uniform Commercial Code is provided as well. Course also covers most litigated cases on damages, such as : In re September 11th Litigation (S.D.N.Y. 2008) (on the measure of damages for the destruction of the World Trade Center), In re Trans World Airlines (2d Cir. 1998) (on liquidated damages), Oden v. Chemung County Industrial Development Agency (N.Y. 1995) (on modern statutes modifying the collateral source rule) and eBay v. MercExchange LLC (U.S. 2006) (on the prerequisites to an injunction, or on undue hardship, depending on the point of view).

320 Business Organizations (6)

This course will focus on the law related to different forms of business entities. In encompasses corporations, agency, partnership, and LLCs. Its extended coverage of alternative business entities serves to distinguish the basic differences between corporations and limited liability companies. In relation to limited liability companies it will discuss the advantages such as day-to-day control and management as well as tax implications of owning a limited liability company. In relation to corporations, the course will address the process of incorporation, control and management, duties of directors and controlling shareholders, different types of corporations and tax implications. In-depth coverage of how the law applies to modern business structures, (such as joint ventures, venture capital arrangements, franchises, and new limited liability business forms) as well as growth industries (such as computers, biotechnology, and telecommunications) is provided.

330 Trusts (3)

The course will address trusts as an unique concept on American law. It will describe functions and differences between revocable and irrevocable trusts, private and charitable trusts. Students will also familiarize with the administration of trusts, rights and responsibilities of trustees. It will also cover the basics of drafting of a trust. Course covers latest developments in statutes, law reform projects, scholarly writing, and cases, such as those on revocable trusts and harmless error in will execution. Attention is paid to the finalization of the new Restatements on Property and Trusts.


Fourth Year Course Description

400 Wills (3)

This course covers the substantive law related to of testate and intestate succession; construction and executing of attested, holographic, and nuncupative wills; family protection statutes, testamentary capacity and fraud, grounds of contest, distribution and settlement of estates. The course will also cover basis of drafting of a will.

410 Community Property (3)

The course involves detailed study of different ways each community property state address issues as well as community property law in California. Course covers issues such as rights and interests of the respective spouses in the community, nature and interests in separate and community property, control and liability of property, including agreements and dissolution; and differentiation of separate and community property. Control and management rights and creditors; commingling, tracing, vesting of rights, and disposition of property upon the death of a spouse, settlement and support will be addressed as well.

420 International Law (3)

This course is designed to acquaint students with the mechanism under which international public law operates. Students will familiarize themselves with the terminology of international public law, its sources such as treaty, custom and “soft law”, its subjects and international agreements. Special attention will be placed on enforcement of international agreements.

Course covers recent Supreme Court decisions in Medellin v. Texas (treaties), Samantar v. Yousef (foreign official immunity), and Morrison v. Nat’l Australia Bank (extraterritorial jurisdiction). It also provides students with legal overview of recent international crises, including in Ukraine and Syria.

430 Professional Responsibility (3)

This course will cover ethics in the practice of law as enacted by the ABA Rules of Professional Conduct as well as California Rules of Professional Conduct. Students will develop a cogent philosophy of lawyering as they master basic concepts and prepare for the MPRE. Course will cover the most important issues related to practice of law ethics such as conflict of interest, attorney client privilege, attorney discipline and disability, the delivery of legal services and contingent fees.


Electives

Course Semester Hours

  • Administrative Law 3
  • Bankruptcy Law 3
  • Environmental Law 3
  • EU Law 3
  • Family Law 3
  • Intellectual Property Law 3
  • International Human Rights and 
Refugee Law 3
  • Immigration Law 3
  • Labor Law 3
  • Tax Law 3


Elective Course Description

510 Administrative Law (3)

This course examines the appointment power and removal power as defined in the U.S. Constitution, administrative procedural issues, delegation of adjudicatory power to agencies, substantive statutory checks on agencies, the general law of agency procedures, statutory principles of administrative procedures, rulemaking procedures and regulatory reform.

Course provides updated treatment of cost benefit analysis, presidential oversight, freedom of information, standing, agency deference (including the Brand X case), and rulemaking (including provisions of the 2012 Food & Drug Safety and Innovation Act, and the DC Circuit’s TSA body scanners case, EPIC v. US Dept. of Homeland Security).

520 Bankruptcy Law (3)

This course provides students with the understanding of both the consumer bankruptcy and business bankruptcy. The course focuses on consumer bankruptcies under Chapter 7, 10, 11, 12 and 13 as well as issues related to discharge ability and involuntary bankruptcy. Course also covers recent Supreme Court bankruptcy cases, including Stern v. Marshall.

530 Environmental Law (3)

This course covers numerous substantive areas in environmental law, in the context of constitutional questions of federalism, separation of powers, the Commerce Clause, the Spending Clause, and Takings. Students will analyze additional statutory sources of the environmental law, such as the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act and the Endangered Species Act. Course also covers recurring administrative law issues in environmental law and on the topic of environmental enforcement. The EPA’s regulation of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions under the Clean Air Act as well as California’s statewide GHG cap-and-trade program are discussed.

540 EU Law (3)

This three-credit course aims to give students a comprehensive introduction to European Union law in light of the ongoing economic and political challenges facing the 28/27-country bloc. Course will survey the succession of treaties that have led to today’s EU and the institutions that govern the Union, nature of the EU legal order, interaction with the domestic law of member states and with international law. EU internal market and competition (antitrust) framework will be covered as well.

550 Family Law (3)

This course covers the most important issues related to creation and dissolution of marriage in the light of recent Supreme Court decision on marriage. Issues such as termination of marriage, nullity of marriage, property settlements, support obligations, custody and child adoption will be addressed. Students will familiarize with most up to date knowledge on case law on parental alienation/friendly parent provisions, the extension of estoppel principles in parentage decisions, particularly in California and New York; update of states recognizing same-sex partners' parenting rights, update on new statutory regulation of surrogacy including limitations to women with established medical need and international recognition of assisted reproduction.

560 Intellectual Property Law (3)

This course focuses on the protection of proprietary rights in inventions, writings, creative expression, software, trade secrets, trade designations, and other intangible intellectual products by federal patent, copyright, trademark and unfair competition law, and by state trade secrecy and unfair competition law. Particular attention will be provided on new Supreme Court cases in patents, such as Myriad on gene patents; and Bowman on inventions that reproduce themselves, like soybean seeds.

570 International Human Rights and Refugee Law (3)

This course covers United Nations conventions on refugees as enacted in United States legal system. It also provides recent developments in substantive areas of human rights, including developments in the United Nations and regional systems, as well as in the jurisprudence of national courts. Students will acquire knowledge of asylum law terminology such as refugee, asylee, political asylum, withholding of removal, protected grounds, persecution, firm resettlement, bars to political asylum and revocation of asylum.

580 Immigration Law (3)

This course will familiarize students with U.S. immigration laws as enacted by the Immigration and Nationality Act and related regulations. Specific attention will be dedicated to the basic terminology such as admission, inadmissibility and removability, adjustment of status, naturalization, non-immigrant and immigrant visa, preference system. Course will also provide brief overview of the history of U.S. immigration laws. Course covers procedures in immigration enforcement and provides students with up to date knowledge in the light of Supreme Court’s decisions on Presidential executive powers.

590 Labor Law (3)

This course will cover relationship between employees and employers in the private sector, as well as organization and representation of employees, legal aspects of strikes, picketing and related activities; and problems of state-federal law relating to labor disputes. Up-to-date information on new developments, in immigration and labor law and cross-border labor law will be provided.

600 Tax Law (3)

This course examines the basic substantive provisions of the federal income tax law. Included are the following general topics: gross income, exclusions, deductions, depreciation, basis, tax accounting, and other provisions affecting situations encountered by attorneys in general practice. Course incorporates important administrative developments, including the controversy surrounding IRS scrutiny of political activity by §501(c)(4), social welfare organizations, deductions for losses stemming from the Bernie Madoff Ponzi scheme, and federal recognition of same-sex marriages in the wake of the Supreme Court’s 2013 decision in United States v. Windsor.