Course Descriptions

Spring 2013 Class Descriptions

Washington D.C. Externship Seminar (Andrew Askland)

3 credit(s)

This course will focus on government, privacy, and emerging technologies. It will identify the sources of privacy protection in tort, statutory, and constitutional law. It will then focus on contemporary challenges arising from government policies and emerging technologies. It will also examine how the increased use of electronic communications, encryptography, and biotechnologies pose challenges for governmental actors and policy makers. This course has a writing component and meets weekly on Wednesday evenings from 6 pm-9 pm. The course will be graded on a letter-grade scale, but the instructor reserves the right to include class presentations and participation. The course does NOT meet the USD writing requirement. The course is open only to students who are registered for all other components of the Washington, D.C. Externship Program.

Washington D.C. Internship Course (Andrew Askland)

2 credit(s)

This is an intensive course that will focus on the legislative and administrative process. It will give students a conceptual and doctrinal understanding of the institutional structures and processes that animate and shape the decisions of legislators, judges, and policy-makers in the settings in which the students will pursue their externships. It will be held prior to student’s taking up their externships. The class will begin on January 7, 2013 and end on January 17. The final exam will be held on Friday, January 18, 2013. Students must attend all classes. It will meet five days a week for two weeks, with the last class period designated for the final exam. Class times will be 9:00-11:50 am each day. The course will be graded on a letter-grade scale. Grading will be primarily by exam, but the instructor reserves the right to include class presentations and participation. The course is open only to students who are registered for all other components of the Washington, D.C. Externship Program.

Washington DC Externship Program (John H. Minan)

7 credit(s)
Requirement(s): Skills

The University of San Diego School of Law offers a unique educational experience that enables students to work in a semester-long externship in Washington, D.C. The USD Law Washington D.C. Externship Program is an experiential way of understanding the role of government, public policy or agency lawyers or advocates in our legal system. Students who work in government or related entities in Washington, D.C. will ultimately acquire an enhanced perspective and more sophisticated view of the role of government in law and society. Under the program, students will work, under supervision of an on-site attorney, for a government, or public interest agency, non-profit trade association or think tank, or with a judge; students will also be enrolled in a program of graded coursework. In addition to practical legal training, the program allows students to cement new professional contacts and enhance their professional profile. This internship begins January 7, 2013. The program will initially be offered in Spring 2013 for up to 20 students. Second and third year students in good academic standing may apply. (Students within the academic supervision program must receive permission to apply for the program from the Assistant Dean for JD Student Affairs). Applicants should inquire about implications of an externship with respect to other law school activities (e.g., law review and law journal writing, moot court, clinical opportunities, spring recruiting, etc.) Students will earn 12 credits under the program. Seven pass/fail credits will be earned through the work component of the externship. (Students work 60 hours per unit of credit.) Five graded credits will be earned in: (a) a two–credit, two-week intensive course on administrative law, agency practice, or legislative process offered in Washington, D.C., prior to the students taking up their agency work; and (b) a three-credit Externship Seminar that has a writing component, meets weekly and on designated weekends, and fully complies with ABA standards for academic supervision and instruction. Students must enroll for all components of the Washington, D.C., program. It is recommended that students work together with Career Services to locate semester-long placements based on individual student interests and career aspirations. The Dean’s office determines the suitability of the placement. Students enrolling in the program will pay all standard tuition and fees required by the law school. Students must enroll in the program by November 1, 2012. If you are interested in enrolling, please fill out a short application expressing interest. You will be contacted by Career Services to help coordinate your placement. Questions can be directed to Assistant Dean for Career Services, Cara Mitnick. She can be reached at

White Collar Crime (Jason A. Forge, Eric J. Beste)

2 credit(s)
Concentration(s): Business and Corporate Law (LLMC), LLM in Business and Corporate Law (LLMB), Public Interest Law (JD), Criminal Litigation (JD), Business and Corporate Law (JD), Criminal Law (LLMC), Criminal Law (LLMG)

The course will cover a variety of topics related to the defense and prosecution of "white collar" criminal offenses, with a particular focus on emerging trends in the law arising from recent corporate scandals and prosecutions. The lectures will emphasize strategies for conducting internal investigations of corporations and their officers and directors, as well as tactics used by law enforcement in conducting white collar grand jury investigations and criminal prosecutions. In this regard, the course will be geared towards students interested in pursuing careers as prosecutors or criminal defense attorneys, as well as those who may represent corporate clients generally.

Note: Students may only elect this course or Federal Crimes to count toward the Criminal Litigation Concentration (JD).

Work, Welfare & Justice (Orly Lobel)

3 credit(s)
Requirement(s): Writing

The course explores the relations between public policies and the new political-economy. The new economy, with its increased demands for flexibility and competitiveness, new technologies, and rapid globalization, has dramatically altered the nature of work relations, economic production, social organization and the roles of public and private entities in promoting growth, justice and fairness. In this class, we will explore at a number of policy fields, including issues in employment and labor laws, education and schooling law, environmental law, health law, discrimination policies and consumer law. These issues will be examined from an interdisciplinary perspective for understanding the challenges of law-in-action. We will think of practical questions of the comparative effectiveness of various regulatory mechanisms and the more theoretical aspects of legal means and social ends. Students will be required to write a paper.

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