Course Descriptions

Summer 2014 Class Descriptions

Agency Externships (John Sansone)
LWVL590

1-3 credit(s), P/F Graded
Requirement: Skills
Concentration(s): Criminal Litigation (JD), Civil Litigation (JD)

The Agency Externship Program consists of a work component and a class component. It allows students to earn academic credit for working in a law related externship position during the summer academic term. Students work a minimum of 60 hours per unit of credit and may receive 1-3 credits. For the work component, students work with a government agency or a nonprofit organization under the supervision of an attorney. The externship employer must be in the civil or criminal law field anywhere in the world outside Southern California. Last year, students worked as externs for various organizations including a U.N. agency in Egypt, U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., U.S. Army JAG and National Geographic magazine. Students are not permitted to work in a firm. Students are required to prepare weekly summaries of their work, participate in an on-line class, and complete a writing assignment. If you have been accepted into an externship placement and want to apply for this course, fill out the Externship application. If you have any other questions contact Julie Remer, Assistant Dean, Career and Professional Development at julieremer@sandiego.edu or Professor Margaret Dalton, Faculty Director, Clinical and Placement Education at mdalton@sandiego.edu. The externship is graded on a Pass-Fail basis.

Note: There are limitations on JD concentration eligibility. Please check the concentration web pages for more information. Contact Law Student Affairs to find out if your Agency Internship qualifies for a concentration.
Additional Information: Concentrations Web Page, Email Law Student Affairs

Agency Internships (John Sansone)
LWVL596

1-3 credit(s), P/F Graded
Requirement: Skills
Concentration(s): Criminal Litigation (JD), Civil Litigation (JD)

The Agency Internship Program consists of a work component and a class component. The Agency Internship Program allows students to earn academic credit for working in a law related internship position. Students work a minimum of 60 hours per unit of credit and may receive 1-3 credits. For the work component, students intern with a government agency or a nonprofit organization. During the summer, the employer can be either in the civil field or in the trial or appellate criminal field in Southern California. 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 Internship application. If you have any other questions contact Julie Remer, Assistant Dean, Career and Professional Development at julieremer@sandiego.edu or Professor Margaret Dalton, Faculty Director, Clinical and Placement Education at mdalton@sandiego.edu. The internship is graded on a Pass-Fail basis.

Note: There are limitations on JD concentration eligibility. Please check the concentration web pages for more information. Contact Law Student Affairs to find out if your Agency Internship qualifies for a concentration.
Additional Information: Concentrations Web Page, Email Law Student Affairs

Child Advocacy Clinic: Policy I & II (Robert C. Fellmeth)
LWVL505

1-3 credit(s), H/P/L/F Graded
Requirement: Skills
Concentration(s): Public Interest Law (JD), Children's Rights (JD)

Students work with CAI professional staff on legislative and regulatory policy advocacy projects, impact litigation, public education projects, and/or policy research and analysis of current applications of law and regulations as they affect children. Policy Clinic students are also able to serve as Educational Representatives for at-risk youth and/or assist CAI’s Homeless Youth Outreach Project. Students must have completed or be enrolled in Child Rights and Remedies. Clinic slots are limited; students must obtain a permission slip from Professor Robert Fellmeth or Elisa Weichel before registering for the course.

Note: This clinic may be applied towards the three required clinic credits for the Children's Rights Concentration (JD).
Additional Information: Children's Rights Concentration

Civil Clinic I (Allen Gruber)
LWVL510

1-4 credit(s), H/P/L/F Graded
Requirement: Skills
Concentration(s): Civil Litigation (JD)
Prerequisite(s): Civil Procedure, Evidence, Trial Advocacy or Practicum

Students interview, counsel and represent clients at Superior Court or in administrative hearings in a wide variety of cases under the supervision of an attorney. Students draft pleadings and correspondence, as well as confer and negotiate with opposing counsel/parties. Weekly group meetings are combined with individual case conferences to provide intensive personal training in litigation techniques, problem solving and case management. Students also learn general civil litigation practice and procedures. Prerequisites: Civil Procedure, Evidence and either Practicum or Trial Advocacy. The clinic is graded on a 4-tier Pass-Fail basis.

Note: There are limitations on JD concentration eligibility. Please check the Civil Litigation Concentration web page for more information.
Additional Information: Civil Litigation Concentration

Civil Clinic II (Allen Gruber)
LWVL511

1-4 credit(s), H/P/L/F Graded
Requirement: Skills
Concentration(s): Civil Litigation (JD)
Prerequisite(s): Civil Procedure, Evidence, Trial Advocacy or Practicum

Students interview, counsel and represent clients at Superior Court or in administrative hearings in a wide variety of cases under the supervision of an attorney. Students draft pleadings and correspondence, as well as confer and negotiate with opposing counsel/parties. Weekly group meetings are combined with individual case conferences to provide intensive personal training in litigation techniques, problem solving and case management. Students also learn general civil litigation practice and procedures. Prerequisites: Civil Procedure, Evidence and either Practicum or Trial Advocacy. The clinic is graded on a 4-tier Pass-Fail basis.

Note: There are limitations on JD concentration eligibility. Please check the Civil Litigation Concentration web page for more information.
Additional Information: Civil Litigation Concentration

Corporate Counsel Internship (Stacey Tyree)
LWVL591

1-3 credit(s), P/F Graded
Requirement: Skills
Concentration(s): Intellectual Property Law (LLMG), Intellectual Property (LLMC), Business and Corporate Law (LLMC), LLM in Business and Corporate Law (LLMB), Intellectual Property (JD), 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 contact Julie Remer, Assistant Dean, Career and Professional Development at julieremer@sandiego.edu or Professor Margaret Dalton, Faculty Director, Clinical and Placement Education at mdalton@sandiego.edu. The internship is graded on a Pass-Fail basis.

Note: There are limitations on JD concentration eligibility. Please check the JD concentrations web pages for more information. Contact Law Student Affairs to find out if your work in this clinic qualifies for the concentration.
Additional Information: JD Concentrations Web Page, Email Law Student Affairs

Education & Disability Clinic I (Margaret A. Dalton)
LWVL550

1-4 credit(s), H/P/L/F Graded
Requirement: Skills
Concentration(s): Children's Rights (JD)

Students receive practical training and experience in client intake, interviewing and counseling, file review and analysis, and legal representation in diverse forums. Some cases proceed to mediation and due process hearings, where students argue the case with support from the supervising attorney. Weekly group meetings are combined with individual case conferences to provide intensive personal training in case management. The classroom component also includes an overview of statutes and cases in this growing area of civil law. The clinic is graded on a 4-tier Pass-Fail basis. No prerequisites. Recommended: Special Education and the Law.

Note: This clinic may be applied towards the three required clinic credits for the Children's Rights Concentration (JD).
Additional Information: Children's Rights Concentration

Education & Disablility Clinic II (Margaret A. Dalton)
LWVL551

1-4 credit(s), H/P/L/F Graded
Requirement: Skills
Concentration(s): Children's Rights (JD)

Students receive practical training and experience in client intake, interviewing and counseling, file review and analysis, and legal representation in diverse forums. Some cases proceed to mediation and due process hearings, where students argue the case with support from the supervising attorney. Weekly group meetings are combined with individual case conferences to provide intensive personal training in case management. The classroom component also includes an overview of statutes and cases in this growing area of civil law. The clinic is graded on a 4-tier Pass-Fail basis. No prerequisites. Recommended: Special Education and the Law.

Entertainment, Sport & IP Internship (Stacey Tyree)
LWVL592

1-3 credit(s), P/F Graded
Requirement: Skills
Concentration(s): Intellectual Property Law (LLMG), Intellectual Property (LLMC), Intellectual Property (JD)

The Entertainment, Sports and Intellectual Property Internship Program consists of a work component and a class component and allows students to earn academic credit for working in a law department of an entertainment or sports industry company, talent guild or trade association, or in the intellectual property law department of a company or trade association. Students work a minimum of 60 hours per unit of credit and may receive 1-3 credits. Students participate in primarily online 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 ESIP application below. The Internship is graded on a Pass-Fail basis. If you have any other questions contact Julie Remer, Assistant Dean, Career and Professional Development at julieremer@sandiego.edu or Professor Margaret Dalton, Faculty Director, Clinical and Placement Education at mdalton@sandiego.edu.

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

Entrepreneurship Clinic I (Donna Matias)
LWVL520

1-4 credit(s)
Requirement: Skills

Through hands-on opportunities, students in the Entrepreneurship Clinic provide pro bono legal services to low- and moderate-income entrepreneurs who want to start or expand their small businesses. The Entrepreneurship Clinic does not engage in litigation-related services; instead, it focuses on advising clients on legal matters relating to starting their business and assisting in drafting and filing necessary documents. Such work includes: determining the appropriate choice of business entity, assistance in obtaining necessary permits and licenses, advising on employment and independent contractor issues, drafting and reviewing commercial contracts and leases, and assisting with the establishment of tax-exempt organizations. The clinic is graded on a 4-tier Pass-Fail basis. No prerequisites.

Entrepreneurship Clinic II (Donna Matias)
LWVL521

1-4 credit(s), H/P/L/F Graded
Requirement: Skills

Through hands-on opportunities, students in the Entrepreneurship Clinic provide pro bono legal services to low- and moderate-income entrepreneurs who want to start or expand their small businesses. The Entrepreneurship Clinic does not engage in litigation-related services; instead, it focuses on advising clients on legal matters relating to starting their business and assisting in drafting and filing necessary documents. Such work includes: determining the appropriate choice of business entity, assistance in obtaining necessary permits and licenses, advising on employment and independent contractor issues, drafting and reviewing commercial contracts and leases, and assisting with the establishment of tax-exempt organizations. The clinic is graded on a 4-tier Pass-Fail basis. No prerequisites.

European Union Law - Barcelona (Jaume Saura Estapà, Andreu Olesti Rayo)
LWYB535

2 credit(s), Standard Letter Graded
Concentration(s): Study Abroad (JD)

This course examines the institutional framework of the European Union; remedies and enforcement before national courts and European Union courts; and selected substantive law provisions relating to free movement of goods, persons, and services, the right of establishment, environmental policy, and equal rights for women.  The final exam will be held on Friday, June 20, 2014 at 9:00 am.

Note: Class meets M,T,W, TH & F from 11:00 am - 12:50 pm

Evidence (Jeffrey Bellin)
LWLP529

4 credit(s), Standard Letter Graded
Concentration(s): Criminal Litigation (JD), Civil Litigation (JD), Criminal Law (LLMC), Criminal Law (LLMG)

This course is intended to provide students with the ability to identify and correctly analyze evidentiary issues under the Federal Rules of Evidence and analogous state evidence codes, with reference to constitutional provisions where applicable. The course also provides a framework for evaluating the policy rationales that animate evidence doctrine. Primary topics will include: relevance, character evidence, witness impeachment and corroboration, hearsay (and the hearsay exceptions), the Confrontation Clause, and expert and lay opinion testimony.

Note: This is a required course for the Civil Litigation (JD) and Criminal Litigation (JD) concentrations.

Family Law Advocacy (Hon. Christopher T. Whitten)
LWFC538

2 credit(s), Standard Letter Graded
Requirement: Skills
Concentration(s): Children's Rights (JD)

Family Law is one of the faster growing areas of law, with more new pleadings filed annually than almost any other area of law. The skills need to practice in this area are unique. By the end of this class, students will have a better understanding of the real life issues confronting family law attorneys. This course focuses on the skills which are essential to the successful practice of family law, briefly reviewing general aspects of substantive law but concentrating on the special skill set required by these attorneys, from interviewing new clients to drafting pleadings, making and executing discovery plans, drafting and arguing motions, preparing for evidentiary hearings, and actually trying a family law case. In the first week, students will form small group "trial teams" which will work together throughout the semester. The class combines lectures, Socratic discussions, demonstrations, observing real family law proceedings, online discussion and journaling, skill-building exercises and learn-by-doing practice by students of the relevant skills with feedback from faculty, local practitioners and local judges. Ethical issues unique to family law are also emphasized

Federal Tax Clinic (Richard Carpenter)
LWVL555

1-4 credit(s), H/P/L/F Graded
Requirement: Skills
Concentration(s): LLM in Taxation (LLMT), Taxation (LLMC)
Prerequisite(s): Tax I

This is a hands-on clinical course for students who wish to develop tax controversy skills. Students working under the supervision of the Tax Clinic supervising attorney will represent low income taxpayers in resolving their tax disputes with the IRS. Students will learn client interviewing skills, how to interact with IRS personnel, and how to effectively resolve a client’s federal tax dispute. Students must also be available to participate in Tax Clinic Outreach presentations at various community locations and times. The clinic is graded on a 4-tier Pass-Fail basis. Prerequisite: Tax I.

Immigration Clinic I & II (Sandra M. Wagner, Peggy A. Kane)
LWVL530

1-4 credit(s), H/P/L/F Graded
Requirement: Skills
Concentration(s): LLM in International Law (LLMI), International Law (LLMC), Public Interest Law (JD)

Students gain practical experience through interviewing, counseling, and representing clients with immigration-related problems. Students complete forms and draft documents on behalf of clients. Students also attend and/or participate at hearings at Immigration Court. Weekly meetings are held with the clinic supervisor to discuss immigration law, practical application and casework. The clinic is graded on a 4-tier Pass-Fail basis. No Prerequisites.

Intellectual Property & Business (Marcel Saucet, Ted Sichelman)
LWIP572

3 credit(s), Standard Letter Graded
Requirement: Writing
Concentration(s): Intellectual Property Law (LLMG), Intellectual Property (LLMC), Business and Corporate Law (LLMC), LLM in Business and Corporate Law (LLMB), Intellectual Property (JD), Business and Corporate Law (JD)
Recommended Class(es): IP Survey or any course in patent law

The best intellectual property and tech-focused corporate lawyers have a thorough understanding of the ways clients use and are affected by IP in their daily business. This seminar will provide an introduction to how patents, copyrights, trademarks, and trade secrets (1) are used by IP owners to further their business strategies and (2) affect non-IP owners, who must often license IP rights at substantial cost. Specific topics include: the role of trademarks in promoting product “branding”; the use of patents in commercializing inventions; the effects of trade secrecy on R & D investment and employee mobility; IP and the emerging field of “microinnovation”; the effects of copyright on Internet business models; the use of IP by startup companies; private markets for buying, selling, and licensing IP rights; the role of patents in biotech deals; copyrights in the entertainment industry; and trademarks and “luxury” goods. The course will be co-taught by a law professor (Sichelman) and a business school professor (Saucet). The majority of the course will consist of lectures and classroom discussions. The only assignment is a paper, which students will present at the end of the course. Prerequisites: None. Either a course in intellectual property law or some work experience at a technology company is recommended, but not required.

International Art Law - Florence (Herbert I. Lazerow)
LWYF537

2 credit(s), Standard Letter Graded
Concentration(s): International Law (JD), Study Abroad (JD)

Legal and ethical principles involving international trade in cultural property (works of art, artifacts, archaeological remains). The movement of art across international borders in time of war, colonial periods and occupation. Fakes; incorrect attribution; works of dubious provenance; stolen and expropriated works; return and repatriation, including litigation problems; import and export controls; tariffs; loans; legal relationships between artists, collectors, galleries, auctioneers and museums; and artists' rights and responsibilities, including copyright, trademark, the rights of publicity and privacy, moral rights, re-sale royalties, and taxes.  The final exam will be held on Thursday, June 19, 2014 at 9:00 am.

Note: Class meets M,T,W, TH & F from 9:00 am - 10:50 am

International Business Transactions - London (Amelia Boss, Roger Clark)
LWYL539

3 credit(s), Standard Letter Graded
Concentration(s): International Law (JD), Study Abroad (JD)

National and international laws that apply to international business transactions, like international sales law, letters of credit, international litigation and commercial arbitration, import and export controls, intellectual property licensing and distributorships, and international antitrust.  The final exam will be held on Friday, August 1, 2014 at 9:00 am.

Note: Class meets M,T,W, TH & F from 11:05 am - 1:00 pm. This class may count as a required course for the International Law Concentration (JD)

International Copyright Law - Florence (Jane C. Ginsburg)
LWYF554

2 credit(s), Standard Letter Graded
Concentration(s): International Law (JD), Study Abroad (JD)

International markets abound for works of authorship (such as literature, music, films, software). Digital media (such as the internet) have augmented these international exchanges, and made them pervasive. International disputes inevitably result. We will begin with an overview of the structure and norms of the principal treaties (Berne Convention, TRIPs Accord, WIPO Copyright Treaties); examine their implementation in the domestic copyright laws of the U.S. and the European Union; and the private international law questions that arise, notably as a result of divergences in domestic norms. We will address jurisdiction over remote parties (judicial competence) as well as which country’s copyright laws apply (legislative competence), and the importance of territoriality.  The final exam will be held on Friday, June 20, 2014 at 9:00 am.

Note: Class meets M,T,W, TH & F from 11:00 am - 12:50 pm

International Corporations - London (Eric L. Talley)
LWYL552

3 credit(s), Standard Letter Graded
Concentration(s): Study Abroad (JD), International Law (JD)

In virtually every area of cross-border practice, some rudimentary knowledge about the laws governing business organizations (and particularly corporations) proves helpful. This course provides much of that foundation, examining the laws governing the modern business associations. We will cover a number of topics, including corporate formation, corporate identity, rights of creditors, fiduciary duties, corporate governance, executive compensation, mergers and acquisitions and securities fraud. Our emphasis will be on how global firms navigate the legal and regulatory waters of different jurisdictions. Consequently, our key goal will be to understand the rudimentary structure of each of the above topics, and how the topics interrelate – in particular how comparative company law mediates relationships among different “constituencies” of the firm, including owners, managers, creditors, employees, customers, and suppliers.  The final exam will be held on Thursday, July 31, 2014 at 9:00 am.

Note: Class meets M,T,W, TH & F from 9:00 am - 10:55 am

International Human Rights - Paris (Dustin N. Sharp, Hon. M. Margaret McKeown)
LWYP550

3 credit(s), Standard Letter Graded
Concentration(s): International Law (JD), Study Abroad (JD)

In the brief span of 60 years, the idea of human rights has grown tremendously. What began as a marginal utopian discourse has today arguably become “the dominant moral narrative for thinking about world affairs.” At the same time, rights remain controversial and contested, and gaps in enforcement of human rights norms are conspicuous. This course examines the actors, organizations and ideas behind these developments, as well as the vast challenges we face today in attempting to enforce human rights norms globally. The course begins by examining the philosophical and political bases for the international human rights idea, probing the ongoing debate over universality, culture, and human rights. As part of this inquiry, we also examine the normative pillars of international human rights law. In the second part of the course, we will analyze various dimensions and challenges of human rights enforcement, including the main United Nations and regional human rights systems, prosecutions and transitional justice, the advocacy work of NGOs and human rights activists, and the new concept of the “responsibility to protect,” or R2P. In the final part of the semester, we will engage in a more in-depth examination of several distinct human rights issues, including torture and women’s rights. In all this, the course aims to provide students with knowledge of human rights at the level of intellectual theory and discourse, as well as a realm of concrete, “real world” action, controversy, and struggle.  The final exam will be held on Friday, August 1, 2014 at 9:00 am.

Note: Class meets M,T,W, TH & F from 11:05 am - 1:00 pm

International Negotiation - Barcelona (Allen C. Snyder)
LWYB554

2 credit(s), H/P/L/F Graded
Requirement: Skills
Concentration(s): International Law (JD), Study Abroad (JD)

Skills and theory of both competitive and cooperative international negotiating will be learned through simulation and experience. The final exam will be held on Thursday, June 19, 2014. (Program dates: May 26-June 20, 2014)

Note: Class meets M,T,W,Th & F - 9:00-10:50am

Judicial Internships (Monica M. Sullivan)
LWVL598

1-4 credit(s), P/F Graded
Requirement: Skills
Concentration(s): Criminal Litigation (JD), Civil Litigation (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

Law of Tax Appraisals (Hon. David Laro)
LWTE572

3 credit(s), Standard Letter Graded
Concentration(s): Taxation (MSLS), LLM in Taxation (LLMT), Taxation (LLMC)

Students will learn about the dynamic and developing tax law as it pertains to the statutes, regulations, and cases relating to qualified appraisers, qualified appraisals, the strict versus substantial compliance doctrines, and the reasonable cause exception. Students will gain the knowledge and skills necessary to effectively evaluate appraisers and appraisals taxpayers and their counsel regularly utilize to support tax benefits in circumstances ranging from estates to business transactions. Currently pending in the U.S. Tax Court are approximately 200 cases involving alleged non-compliance with qualified appraiser/appraisal tax regulations. The government estimates that there are billions involved in lost revenue due to taxpayer non-compliance. Finally students will learn the IRS penalties imposed on taxpayers, their attorneys, and appraisers for non-compliance. Students are expected to write short memoranda and make a power point presentation in lieu of a final examination.

Negotiation (Gregg Relyea)
LWLP560

2 credit(s), H/P/L/F Graded
Requirement: Skills
Concentration(s): Labor and Employment Law (LLMG), Business and Corporate Law (LLMC), LLM in Business and Corporate Law (LLMB), Civil Litigation (JD), Business and Corporate Law (MSLS)

This class is about negotiation and dispute resolution: how not to lose when thinking win-win. Many negotiators fail to maximize their outcomes because they either take extreme, unyielding positions or because they look for an optimal ‘win-win' solution and in the process give their counterpart value that they could capture themselves. This course focuses on the strategy behind dispute resolution (negotiation, mediation, arbitration) and speaks in a practical way about how to use that strategy to maximize what can be achieved in those situations. Through a combination of lectures, in-class exercises, class discussions and guest speakers, the class will explore the different methods of dispute resolution, and how to maximize your outcome in each. The first part of the course highlights the difference between the different types of dispute resolution. We'll then focus on game theory and its role in negotiation. We'll then focus on how to maximize the potential overall value of the outcome to all parties in a dispute… and subsequently how to capture a disproportionate share. Grade determined by weekly assignments, class participation and a final examination. This class will be graded on the four-tier pass/fail grading system.

Note: Students may only elect this course or Alternative Dispute Resolution to count towards the Civil Litigation Concentration (JD).

Professional Responsibility (Robert F. Muth)
LWAA580

3 credit(s), Standard Letter Graded

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.

Public International Law - Paris (Paul B. Stephan)
LWYP578

3 credit(s), Standard Letter Graded
Concentration(s): Study Abroad (JD)

This course will cover the basic features of the international legal order, including: the nature and sources of international law; statehood, international jurisdiction and sovereign immunity; the law of treaties; the relationship between international law and domestic law; and international dispute settlement. It will also provide an introduction to selected substantive areas: the law of the sea, international trade and investment, and the use of armed force.  The final exam will be held on Thursday, July 31, 2014 at 9:00 am.

Note: Class meets M,T,W, TH & F from 9:00 am - 10:55 am

Small Claims Clinic I & II (Franco Simone)
LWVL545

1-4 credit(s), H/P/L/F Graded
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

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

1-2 credit(s), H/P/L/F Graded
Requirement: Skills
Concentration(s): LLM in Taxation (LLMT), Taxation (LLMC)

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), H/P/L/F Graded
Requirement: Skills
Concentration(s): LLM in Taxation (LLMT), Taxation (LLMC)

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.

Tax I (Paul L. Caron)
LWAA590

3 credit(s), Standard Letter Graded
Concentration(s): Taxation (MSLS), Taxation (LLMC)

Tax I provides students with an understanding of the basic principles of federal income tax, including gross income, deductions, tax accounting, capital transactions and income shifting. There will be a final examination at the end of the course. Students are required to use an I-clicker and register it prior to the second class, and to bring the i-clicker to each class.

Note: Required for upper-class students.

Trademark Strategy Skills (Dana Robinson, Marcel Saucet)
LWIP579

3 credit(s), H/P/L/F Graded
Requirement: Skills
Concentration(s): Intellectual Property Law (MSLS), Intellectual Property Law (LLMG), Intellectual Property (LLMC), Intellectual Property (JD)

Brand and trademark strategies are primary skills not only in for-profit companies, but also non-profits, including non-governmental organizations (NGOs). This hands-on, skills course will provide an introduction to how trademarks are used by NGOs, specifically the World Council of Peoples for the United Nations (WCPUN), to protect its brands internationally. Specific topics include the role of trademarks in promoting sustainable development, the role trademarks play in international brand strategy, and the various U.S. and international trademark laws and procedures NGOs must follow. The majority of the course will consist of lectures and a study case. Students will prepare legal memoranda in teams for WCPUN. The course will be graded on a 4 tier pass-fail basis. Prerequisites: Students must have taken IP Survey, Trademark Law, Trademarks Seminar, or International IP to be eligible for this course.

Trusts & Estates (Dennis Lilly)
LWTE555

3 credit(s), Standard Letter Graded

This survey course provides an introduction to non-tax aspects of estate planning and the law of gratuitous transfers, including inter vivos gifts, intestate succession, wills, will substitutes, trusts, fiduciary administration, and future interests.

Veterans Clinic I & II (Robert F. Muth)
LWVL580

1-4 credit(s), H/P/L/F Graded
Requirement: Skills
Concentration(s): Public Interest Law (JD)

Students gain practical training and real world experience through representation of veteran clients and their families on a variety of legal issues. Matters include: representing clients who have disputes with predatory lenders and for-profit educational institutions over the use of GI Bill funds and related loans; assisting veterans seeking to upgrade their characterization of discharge from the military; and representing veterans appealing disability claims with the Veterans Administration. Students provide advice, identify potential claims, and in some cases are able to advocate for clients in civil litigation, arbitration, or before governmental review boards. Weekly group meetings are combined with individual case conferences to provide intensive personal training in litigation techniques, legal strategy and case management. The classroom component also includes an overview of applicable law and procedure necessary to assist veterans in these matters. The clinic is graded on a 4-tier Pass-Fail basis.

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