Course Descriptions

Spring 2012 Class Descriptions

Scientific Evidence (Hon. Howard Shore)
LWCR570

3 credit(s)
Requirement: Writing
Concentration(s): Criminal Law (LLMC), Criminal Law (LLMG)
Prerequisite(s): Evidence

This course will address the technical requirements under California law for admissibility of both established and new forms of scientific evidence. Possible topics include fingerprints, serology, odontology, DNA and others. Students will apply the principles of admissibility by participating in realistic foundational hearings in the classroom, and will present papers on specific forms of scientific evidence. Prerequisite: Evidence

Securities Regulation (Michael P. McCloskey)
LWBC580

2 credit(s)
Concentration(s): LLM in Business and Corporate Law (LLMB), Business and Corporate Law (LLMC), Public Interest Law (JD), Business and Corporate Law (JD)
Prerequisite(s): Corporations or concurrent enrollment

The Securities Regulation class will include an overview of the capital markets and the underwriting process, the structure and prohibitions of the Securities Act, the registration process, the definitions of security and exempted securities, the private and limited offering exemptions, offerings by underwriters, affiliates and dealers, civil liability under the Securities Act, fraud in connection with a purchase or sale of a Security, and general civil liability provisions. Prerequisite: Corporations must be taken prior to or concurrently with this course.

Note: This is a required course for the Business and Corporate Law Concentration (JD).

Small Claims Clinic I (Franco Simone)
LWVL545

2-4 credit(s)
Requirement: Skills
Concentration(s): Civil Litigation (JD)

The Small Claims Clinic offers students the opportunity to develop interviewing and counseling skills as well as trial preparation skills in the Small Claims Court context. Students assist low-income families in preparing their cases for trial at Small Claims Court and can represent clients in the appeals process in Superior Court. Students must also be available to participate in outreach presentations at various community locations and times. The clinic is graded on a 4-tier Pass-Fail basis. No Prerequisites.

Note: There are limitations on JD concentration eligibility. Please check the Civil Litigation Concentration web page for more information.
Additional Information: Civil Litigation Concentration

Small Claims Clinic II (Franco Simone)
LWVL546

2-4 credit(s)
Requirement: Skills
Concentration(s): Civil Litigation (JD)

The Small Claims Clinic offers students the opportunity to develop interviewing and counseling skills as well as trial preparation skills in the Small Claims Court context. Students assist low-income families in preparing their cases for trial at Small Claims Court and can represent clients in the appeals process in Superior Court. Students must also be available to participate in outreach presentations at various community locations and times. The clinic is graded on a 4-tier Pass-Fail basis. No Prerequisites.

Note: There are limitations on JD concentration eligibility. Please check the Civil Litigation Concentration web page for more information.
Additional Information: Civil Litigation Concentration

Special Ed and the Law (Margaret A. Dalton)
LWPP578

2 credit(s)
Concentration(s): Public Interest Law (JD)

This class is designed to train students to respond to the legal needs of families whose children have physical, learning, or emotional disabilities. Course work covers the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), governing the rights of students with disabilities to special education and related services in public schools. Class includes the application of IDEA and federal regulations to the Individualized Education Program (IEP), placements, discipline provisions, procedural safeguards including due process hearings and legal remedies. Statutory and case law are utilized to assist students in understanding this complex and emerging area of specialization. No prerequisite.

Sports Law (Leonard B. Simon)
LWBC585

2 credit(s)

This course will address the often unique manner in which substantive law applies to the business of sports. Topics will include interpretation and enforcement of player contracts, antitrust, labor law and unions, governance of professional sports leagues by Commissioners, the role and regulation of agents, governance of collegiate and other amateur sports by NCAA and others, and remedies for gender discrimination in sports. Please take note that this is a serious law course, not a chat session about sports. Regular attendance and preparation is required. Some of the issues, such as antitrust, are difficult. The final exam is challenging. Do not register for the course unless you are prepared to take it seriously.

State & Local Gov't Law (John Sansone, John H. Minan)
LWPP568

2 credit(s)
Concentration(s): Public Interest Law (JD)

The State and Local Government course will examine the distribution and exercise of power by state and local government, both vertically and horizontally, within the federal system. In addition to studying foundational structural principles, such as sources of authority and constitutional and statutory limits on its exercise, the course will consider emerging issues involving California state government and San Diego local government that dominate our lives today. Students wishing additional detail are encouraged to consult the text for the class, which is State and Local Government in a Federal System (6th ed.), published by LexisNexis and authored by Daniel Mandelker, et al. One important objective is to learn how theory informs practice and how practice informs theory. This will be accomplished through the use of problems, handouts, class discussion, and creative teaching techniques. It is offered as a two-credit hour, exam-graded course. Regular class attendance and participation are required.

Note: This course may be applied as one of the three required courses for the Public Interest Law Concentration (JD).

State Income Tax Clinic I (Craig Shaltes)
LWVL560

2 credit(s)
Requirement: Skills
Concentration(s): LLM in Taxation (LLMT)

This Tax Appeals Assistance Program is a joint effort between USD Legal Clinics and the California State Board of Equalization. Under the supervision of an attorney from the California Taxpayers’ Rights Advocate Office, students will assist taxpayers with their state tax appeals. Students receive legal practice skills training, including interviewing clients, identifying evidence, drafting appeals briefs, and representing clients in negotiations with the State Board and at hearing. The clinic is graded on a 4-tier Pass-Fail basis. No prerequisites.

State Income Tax Clinic II (Craig Shaltes)
LWVL561

1-2 credit(s)
Requirement: Skills
Concentration(s): LLM in Taxation (LLMT)
Prerequisite(s): Tax I

This Tax Appeals Assistance Program is a joint effort between USD Legal Clinics and the California State Board of Equalization. Under the supervision of an attorney from the California Taxpayers’ Rights Advocate Office, students will assist taxpayers with their state tax appeals. Students receive legal practice skills training, including interviewing clients, identifying evidence, drafting appeals briefs, and representing clients in negotiations with the State Board and at hearing. The clinic is graded on a 4-tier Pass-Fail basis. No prerequisites.

State Sales & Use Tax Clinic I (Michael J. Larkin)
LWVL562

2 credit(s)
Requirement: Skills
Concentration(s): LLM in Taxation (LLMT)

This State Sales & Use Tax Clinic is a joint effort between USD Legal Clinics and the California State Board of Equalization. Under the supervision of an attorney from the California Taxpayers' Rights Advocate Office, students will assist taxpayers at the Petitions stage of proceedings instituted against them by the Franchise Tax Board. Students receive legal practice skills training, including gathering evidence, preparing legal briefs, participating in negotiation proceedings and oral argument at an administrative hearing. The clinic is graded on a 4-tier Pass-Fail basis. No prerequisites.

State Sales & Use Tax Clinic II (Michael J. Larkin)
LWVL563

1-2 credit(s)
Requirement: Skills
Concentration(s): LLM in Taxation (LLMT)

This State Sales & Use Tax Clinic is a joint effort between USD Legal Clinics and the California State Board of Equalization. Under the supervision of an attorney from the California Taxpayers' Rights Advocate Office, students will assist taxpayers at the Petitions stage of proceedings instituted against them by the Franchise Tax Board. Students receive legal practice skills training, including gathering evidence, preparing legal briefs, participating in negotiation proceedings and oral argument at an administrative hearing. The clinic is graded on a 4-tier Pass-Fail basis. No prerequisites.

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