Course Descriptions

Summer 2012 Class Descriptions

Small Claims Clinic I & II (Franco Simone)
LWVL545

1-3 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

Space & Cyber Law (Matthew Schaefer)
LWIP573

3 credit(s)
Concentration(s): Intellectual Property (JD)

This course begins with an overview of space and cyber domains, the interconnection between the two, and the challenges posed for legal regulation and enforcement in these two domains. It proceeds with a detailed examination of elements of military, commercial, and civilian government space law and policy with reference to current and future developments. Course coverage will include the four major international treaties dealing directly with space (the Outer Space Treaty, Liability Convention, Registration Convention, Rescue and Return Agreement), the application of these Cold-War era treaties to modern space activities and issues (including space tourism, space debris, space security, and intellectual property and other property rights in space), “soft law” instruments attempting to regulate space, U.S. national legislation and regulations addressing commercial space activities, including space tourism and space patents, state laws addressing commercial space activities, and mechanisms for the creation and negotiation of international space law, including the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space. This course concludes with an exploration of a range of legal issues in cyber domain that are critical to the protection of US intellectual property as well as privacy, including an examination rules governing cyberwarfare, cyber espionage, and cyber crime, at both the international level (e.g. Budapest Convention) and within the US legal system (e.g. Digital Millennium Copyright Act). More generally, the course will explore the interrelationship between technology and law as mechanisms of regulation in both the space and cyber domains. This course will have a tradition final exam.

State Income Tax Clinic I & II (Craig Shaltes)
LWVL560

1-2 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 Sales & Use Tax Clinic I & II (Michael J. Larkin)
LWVL562

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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