Spring 2013 Class Descriptions
Family Law (Paul Horton)
Concentration(s): Public Interest Law (JD), Children's Rights (JD)
This open-enrollment course surveys the constitutional and legislative doctrine and the adjudication frameworks related to traditional family-law topics: marriage and divorce; marital property regimes; parent and child, including child custody, termination of parental rights, and adoption; family support rights; and rights of children. The course will be organized generally in relation to the California Family Code. The informational component of the course is important, and the course will feature weekly short in-class exams testing on the week's assignment; no final exam will be offered.
Note: This is a required course for the Children's Rights Concentration (JD).
Federal Courts (Steven D. Smith)
Concentration(s): Public Interest Law (JD), Civil Litigation (JD)
Note: This course may be applied as one of the three required courses for the Public Interest Law Concentration (JD).
Additional Information: Public Interest Law Concentration
Federal Crimes (John J. Rice)
Concentration(s): Criminal Law (LLMG), Criminal Law (LLMC), Criminal Litigation (JD)
This course will focus on the unique characteristics of Federal Criminal law. Attention will be paid to the jurisdiction of the Federal Government over criminal law as well as the individual statutes that are employed by Federal prosecutors in prosecuting a wide range of offenses. Federal prosecutions will be considered from the investigative stage, including the use of the grand jury, through the charging, plea-bargaining, trial, sentencing and appellate stages. Special consideration will be given to the increasing role of the Federal Government in prosecuting state and local corruption. This course will be especially beneficial for those students considering a career in criminal law as either prosecutors or criminal defense lawyers.
Note: Students may only elect this course or White Collar Crime to count toward the Criminal Litigation Concentration (JD).
Federal Tax Clinic (Richard Carpenter)
Concentration(s): LLM in Taxation (LLMT)
Prerequisite(s): Tax I
Fundamentals of Bar Exam Writing (Erica Berent, Judson E. Campbell, Linda McCloud)
The course covers the fundamentals of bar exam essay writing and performance test writing. The first class is an introduction to bar exam components and topics. The next several classes focus on the details of essay exam writing and performance test drafting. Students will receive substantial feedback on their written work, and participate in small group sessions, self and peer review, and professor-student conferencing. Grading is on the H/P/LP/F scale. Students may be withdrawn from the course and/or given a failing grade for missing more than one class, failing to turn in any written assignments on time, or failing to complete any practice examination. Enrollment is by application only through the Office of JD Student Affairs. 3L & 4E students only.
Additional Information: Application (PDF)