Course Descriptions

Summer 2013 Business and Corporate Law Class Descriptions

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Business Planning (Hon. David Laro)

3 credit(s)
Requirement(s): Skills
Concentration(s): Business and Corporate Law (JD)
Prerequisite(s): Corporations, Tax I

This course combines advance work in corporations, securities and tax law using a problem approach in the context of business planning and counseling. Several problem situations involving common business transactions are examined extensively. Some of the problems considered may include: (i) determining the proper choice of business entity and jurisdiction; (ii) incorporating a sole proprietorship, partnership or professional practice; (iii) buying and selling a business; (iv) raising private capital for a new business venture; (v) planning for an initial public offering of securities; (vi) valuing a business and (vii) planning corporate turnarounds. Students will engage in simulations giving them practical experience in representing a business.. From time to time, students are required to submit memoranda on certain aspects of the problems under consideration. On occasion, students will work together in small groups, and at other times are responsible for individual work. Students will be expected to perform work similar to attorneys in private practice. The written work is in lieu of an examination.

Corporate Counsel Internship (Stacey Tyree)

1-3 credit(s)
Requirement(s): Skills
Concentration(s): Business and Corporate Law (JD)

The Corporate Counsel Internship Program consists of a work component and a class component. The Corporate Counsel Internship Program allows students to receive academic credit for working in the legal department of a corporation, company or other business entity. Students may also work in other departments of a corporation as long as they are supervised by a licensed attorney. The goal of the Program is to provide students with the opportunity to observe first-hand the operations of a corporate legal department and to gain an understanding of the legal issues addressed by corporate counsel. The student must not receive monetary compensation or any outside funding for or related to the work and must be supervised by an on-site lawyer. Students can secure their own internship placements or meet with the Internship Director or Career Services for guidance. Placements qualify for the Program only if the organization requires that a student receive academic credit as a condition of the internship. Organizations willing to pay students or to have them work on a volunteer basis do not qualify for the Program. After a placement is found, students must complete an Application Form to have their placement approved for the Program. Employers who participate in the Program must commit to the requirements of the Program. Students work a minimum of 60 hours per unit of credit and may receive 1-3 credits. Students participate in primarily on-line class sessions involving small group discussions, prepare weekly summaries of their work and complete a writing assignment. If you have been accepted into an internship placement and want to apply for the internship course, fill out the Corporate Counsel application. If you have any other questions, email Lizzette Herrera Castellanos or call (619) 260-2342. The internship is graded on a Pass-Fail basis.

Note: There are limitations on JD concentration eligibility. Please check the Intellectual Property Concentration web page for more information. Contact Law Student Affairs to find out if your work in this clinic qualifies for the concentration.
Additional Information:Intellectual Property Concentration, Email Law Student Affairs

International Business Transactions-London (John Matheson)

3 credit(s)
Concentration(s): Business and Corporate Law (JD)

We study the important legal aspects of private transactions that involve parties, goods, services or capital crossing national borders, which are today encountered even in modestly-sized businesses that are largely local. The course starts with an introduction to the conduct of business in the international community, including the actors involved and the general forms of international business. We will then study three primary methods of doing business internationally: (1) International Trading of Goods, including sales agreements and letters of credit; (2) Transfers of Technology, primarily involving licensing and franchising of intellectual property; and (3) Direct Investment in Foreign Countries, including the choice of business form, operational issues and termination of foreign investments. The course then addresses selected issues that arise in the resolution of international business disputes, including choice of law and forum, jurisdiction and enforcement of foreign judgments. The final exam will be held on 8/2/2013. (Program dates: July 1-August 3, 2013)

Note: Class meets M,T,W,TH & F - 9:00-10:35am

International Contracts-Barcelona (Michael B. Kelly)

2 credit(s)
Concentration(s): Business and Corporate Law (JD)

This course examines the legal aspects of contracts for the international sale of goods. Topics may include contract formation; choice of forum and choice of law; warranties; risk of loss; excuse; letters of credit; and the settlement of international business disputes, including the enforcement of foreign judgments and arbitral awards. Emphasis will be placed on the UN Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods. The final exam will be held on 6/20/13. (Program dates: May 27-June 21, 2013)

Note: Class meets M,T,W,TH & F - 11:10 - 12:40pm

Judicial Internships (Monica M. Sullivan)

1-4 credit(s)
Requirement(s): Skills
Concentration(s): Business and Corporate Law (JD)

The Judicial Internship Program allows students to receive academic credit for work in a judge's chambers in San Diego. Students must work 60 hours per unit of credit. In addition to the work component of the Program, students enrolled in the program will have regular contact with the Program's instructor, Professor Horton, who will meet with students individually, assign various written projects (such as a journal and a final paper), and review samples of the student's written work from the internship. The program is limited to a total of 20 students per semester or summer term. Preference is given to students who are in, or who are about to enter, their final law school year. Professor Horton has a manual that explains the judicial internship process; interested students should be sure to pick up a copy of the manual. Students can secure their own internship position or can meet with Professor Horton for guidance in securing a placement. The internship is graded on a Pass-Fail basis.

Note: Students must receive approval from Professor Horton to register for this program. There are limitations on JD concentration eligibility. Please check the concentration web pages for more information.
Additional Information:Civil Litigation Concentration, Criminal Litigation Concentration

Professional Responsibility (David McGowan)

3 credit(s)
Concentration(s): Business and Corporate Law (JD)

This course examines the singular ethics of lawyering and the rules of professional conduct applicable to the legal profession. We will focus on the Model Rules of Professional Conduct of the American Bar Association and an examination of the rules in California. We will examine the various professional relationships that exist between lawyers and: 1) their clients; 2) their colleagues; 3) the public; and 4) the judiciary, with a view toward answering such questions as: What are the "core values" of the legal profession? Why are lawyers required to act in ways that the public finds either confusing or hostile to other societal values? The objective of the course is to give students a working knowledge of the law governing lawyers, and an appreciation for the ethical challenges lawyers face and the ethical environment in which lawyers work. Grade determined by midterm, final and class participation.

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