Course Descriptions

Fall 2011 Class Descriptions

Judicial Internship (Paul Horton)

1 - 6 credit(s)
Requirement(s): Skills
Concentration(s): Criminal Litigation (JD), Civil Litigation (JD)
Prerequisite(s): Preferred: First-Year Curriculum, Law Skills II (trial-court placements), Criminal Procedure (appellate-court placements), Criminal Procedure (magistrate judge placements), Criminal Procedure (criminal-dept. placements)

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

Jurisprudence (Roy L. Brooks)

3 credit(s)
Requirement(s): Writing
Concentration(s): Civil Litigation (JD), Employment and Labor Law (LLMG)

This seminar will focus on the structures of judicial decision making in Legal Formalism, Scalian Textualism, Legal Realism, Sociological Jurisprudence, and Legal Process, and Critical Theory (an amalgamation of Critical Race Theory, Critical Feminist Theory, LatCrit Theory, Asian Critical Theory, and other "outsider" theories). Students will be evaluated on the basis of a paper plus weekly oral and written classroom presentations. Class attendance is essential. This class has 3 additional mandatory Friday sessions at the beginning of the semester that will give students extra time to work on their papers at the end of the semester.

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