Course Descriptions

Summer 2013 Class Descriptions

Professional Responsibility (David McGowan)

3 credit(s)
Concentration(s): Civil Litigation (JD), 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.

Public International Law-Paris (Barry Carter, David Koplow)

3 credit(s)
Concentration(s): International Law (JD), Study Abroad (JD), International Law (LLMC), LLM in International Law (LLMI)

This course examine the nature and sources of international law and major developments in the international legal system. We consider such topics as treaties, executive agreements and customary international law; the recognition of states and governments; jurisdiction over disputes with international elements and foreign sovereign immunity; various methods for international dispute resolution, especially courts and international arbitration; the role of international law in the U.S. legal system and the allocation of foreign affairs powers between the President and the Congress; the roles and operations of the United Nations and other international and regional entities, such as the European Union, the World Trade Organization, and NAFTA; how the international system protects (or fails to protect) human rights and the environment; and the use of force against other countries, rebellions or terrorist groups. The final exam will be held on 8/3/2013. (Program dates: July 1-August 3, 2013)
Note: Class meets M,T,W,TH & F - 10:45-12:20pm

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