Course Descriptions

Spring 2016 Class Descriptions

Washington DC Externship Program (Gail Heriot)

7 credit(s), P/F Graded
Requirement(s): Skills
Concentration(s): Employment and Labor Law (JD), Health Law (JD)

The University of San Diego School of Law offers a unique educational experience that enables students to work in a semester-long externship in Washington, D.C. The USD Law Washington D.C. Externship Program is an experiential way of understanding the role of government, public policy or agency lawyers or advocates in our legal system. Students who work in government or related entities in Washington, D.C. will ultimately acquire an enhanced perspective and more sophisticated view of the role of government in law and society. Under the program, students will work, under supervision of an on-site attorney, for a government, or public interest agency, non-profit trade association or think tank, or with a judge; students will also be enrolled in a program of graded coursework. In addition to practical legal training, the program allows students to cement new professional contacts and enhance their professional profile. This internship begins January 4, 2016. The program will initially be offered in Spring 2013 for up to 20 students. Second and third year students in good academic standing may apply. (Students within the academic supervision program must receive permission to apply for the program from the Assistant Dean for JD Student Affairs). Applicants should inquire about implications of an externship with respect to other law school activities (e.g., law review and law journal writing, moot court, clinical opportunities, spring recruiting, etc.) Students will earn 12 credits under the program. Seven pass/fail credits will be earned through the work component of the externship. (Students work 60 hours per unit of credit.) Five graded credits will be earned in: (a) a two–credit, two-week intensive course on administrative law, agency practice, or legislative process offered in Washington, D.C., prior to the students taking up their agency work; and (b) a three-credit course that meets weekly and has a final exam and fully complies with ABA standards for academic supervision and instruction. Students must enroll for all components of the Washington, D.C., program. It is recommended that students work together with Career Services to locate semester-long placements based on individual student interests and career aspirations. The Dean’s office determines the suitability of the placement. Students enrolling in the program will pay all standard tuition and fees required by the law school. Students must enroll in the program by November 1, 2015. If you are interested in enrolling, please fill out a short application expressing interest. You will be contacted by Career Services to help coordinate your placement. 

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

White Collar Crime (Jason A. Forge, Eric J. Beste)

2 credit(s), Standard Letter Graded
Concentration(s): Criminal Law (MSLS), Criminal Law (LLMG), Criminal Law (LLMC), Business and Corporate Law (LLMC), LLM in Business and Corporate Law (LLMB), Criminal Litigation (JD), Business and Corporate Law (JD)

The course offers an overview of the most significant federal “white collar” crimes, with a pragmatic focus on how to investigate, prosecute and defend such cases. We place a heavy emphasis on interpreting and applying criminal statutes. In addition to the traditional Socratic methodology, we use real-world hypotheticals to help students gauge their understanding throughout the semester. The course is geared toward students interested in pursuing careers as prosecutors or criminal defense attorneys, as well as those who may represent corporate clients generally. The final written exam will count as 90% of the final grade; the remaining 10% will be based on participation in class exercises.

Note: Students may only elect this course or Federal Crimes to count toward the Criminal Litigation Concentration (JD).
Additional Information:Criminal Litigation Concentration (JD)

Wine & Beer Law (Michael B. Kelly)

3 credit(s), Standard Letter Graded

This course will survey the legal issues confronted in the production and sale of wine and (to a lesser extent) beer. The regulatory structures will be examined, including licensing regulations, label restrictions, intellectual property issues, and limitations on interstate and international distribution of wine and beer. The effect laws have on the creation of wine-related businesses will be addressed, including some of the key choices confronted in the process of starting a wine business. Grades will be based on a final examination and at least one project completed during the term.

Work, Welfare & Justice (Orly Lobel)

3 credit(s), Standard Letter Graded
Requirement(s): Writing
Concentration(s): Public Interest Law (JD), Employment and Labor Law (JD), Employment and Labor Law (LLMG)

The course explores the relations between public policies and the new political-economy. The new economy, with its increased demands for flexibility and competitiveness, new technologies, and rapid globalization, has dramatically altered the nature of work relations, economic production, social organization and the roles of public and private entities in promoting growth, justice and fairness. In this class, we will explore at a number of policy fields, including issues in employment and labor laws, education and schooling law, environmental law, health law, discrimination policies and consumer law. These issues will be examined from an interdisciplinary perspective for understanding the challenges of law-in-action. We will think of practical questions of the comparative effectiveness of various regulatory mechanisms and the more theoretical aspects of legal means and social ends. Students will be required to write a paper.

Note: This course may be applied as part of the nine required credits for the Employment and Labor Law Concentration (JD).
Additional Information:Employment & Labor Law Concentration (JD)

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