Spring 2013 Class Descriptions
Pass-Throughs: Key Business Tools (Willard B. Taylor)
Concentration(s): LLM in Taxation (LLMT)
Prerequisite(s): Tax I
Recommended Class(es): Tax II
Patent Law Policy (Matthew Bresnahan)
Concentration(s): Intellectual Property Law (LLMG), Intellectual Property (LLMC), Intellectual Property (JD)
Prerequisite(s): Patent Law, IP Survey or Biotech Patent Law
This seminar will examine contemporary policy issues in patent law, using doctrinal, economic, and historical approaches. Readings will be drawn from a variety of law review articles and books. Grades will be based on a final paper. Students must either (1) have taken at least one of the following courses: Intellectual Property Survey, Patent Law, or Biotech Patent Law; or (2) must have taken and passed the USPTO patent bar examination.
Patent Prosecution (Sam K. Tahmassebi)
Concentration(s): Intellectual Property (JD), Intellectual Property (LLMC), Intellectual Property Law (LLMG)
Prerequisite(s): See course description
Practicum-Civil (Richard J. Wharton)
Concentration(s): Civil Litigation (JD)
Note: Students may only elect this course or Lawyering Skills II/Oral Advocacy Skills to count toward the Civil Litigation Concentration (JD).
Professional Responsibility (Junichi P. Semitsu)
3 credit(s)The roles of the lawyer in society and the obligations implied in those roles are examined. Topics include disciplinary standards and procedures, the history and organization of the legal profession; avoiding conflict of interest; obligations to clients, the courts, and society, and conflicts presented by the adversary system for settlements of disputes; and responsibilities of lawyers as public servants and citizens. American Bar standards will be reviewed.
4 credit(s)Consideration is given, in both a historical and modern sense, to the rights and obligations that arise out of the legal ownership of possessory and non-possessory interests, tangible, and to a limited extent, intangible, personal, and real property. Areas covered include estates in land, landlord-tenant, conveyancing, land development, public and private control of land use, non-possessory rights in land, bailments, lost and misplaced property, gifts, and an introduction to gratuitous transfers of realty.
Public Interest Law & Practice (Robert C. Fellmeth)
Concentration(s): Public Interest Law (JD), Environmental and Energy Law (JD), Children's Rights (JD), Environmental and Energy Law (LLMG), Environmental and Energy Law (LLMC)
Note: This course may be applied as one of the three required courses for the Public Interest Law Concentration (JD). This course only count towards the Environmental & Energy Law Concentration (JD) if your course focus is on environmental or energy law.
Additional Information: Public Interest Law Concentration, Environmental & Energy Law Concentration
Public Interest Law Clinic (Robert C. Fellmeth)
Concentration(s): Public Interest Law (JD), Environmental and Energy Law (JD), Environmental and Energy Law (LLMG), Environmental and Energy Law (LLMC)
Students who enjoy Public Interest Law and Practice frequently go on to take Public Interest Law Clinic, in which they may design their own writing or advocacy project related to regulatory or public interest law. In the past, these projects have included written critiques of agencies or agency programs; petitioning an agency to adopt regulations; drafting model legislation; participating in litigation to enforce the state's "sunshine statutes"; or submitting amicus curiae briefs on public interest issues pending appeal. Student critiques of publishable quality may satisfy USD's written work requirement. Students interested in Public Interest Law Clinic must secure a permission slip prior to pre-registration from Professor Julie D'Angelo Fellmeth at CPIL's offices. The clinic is graded on a 4-tier Pass-Fail basis.
Note: There are limitations on JD concentration eligibility. Please check the Environmental & Energy Law Concentration web page for more information.
Additional Information: Environmental & Energy Law Concentration