Course Descriptions

Spring 2016 Class Descriptions

Valuation (Hon. David Laro)
LWTE585

2 credit(s), Standard Letter Graded
Concentration(s): Taxation (MSLS), Business and Corporate Law (MSLS), LLM in Taxation (LLMT), Taxation (LLMC), Business and Corporate Law (LLMC), LLM in Business and Corporate Law (LLMB), Business and Corporate Law (JD)
Prerequisite(s): Tax I, Corporate Tax (Tax II)
Recommended Class(es): Corporations

This course encompasses the ever expanding body of law as it relates to valuation of business interest. Topics include the proper standard of valuation, various valuation methods, and the use of discounts and premiums. The class will review business valuation issues with respect to family limited partnerships, estate planning, corporation transactions, and other areas. Cutting edge issues such as valuing high tech companies will be covered. 

Students who completed the three credit Tax I course must obtain professor approval using the form at www.sandiego.edu/law/registrar/forms.php.

Venture Capital & Private Equity (Victor Fleischer)
LWBC590

3 credit(s), Standard Letter Graded
Concentration(s): Business and Corporate Law (LLMC), LLM in Business and Corporate Law (LLMB), Business and Corporate Law (JD), Business and Corporate Law (MSLS)
Prerequisite(s): Corporations

This course provides an overview of the legal infrastructure and regulation of private investment funds, with a particular focus on venture capital, private equity, and biotechnology investments. The primary focus of the course is on the contracting and regulatory issues that arise at the investment fund level rather than the operating companies that funds invest in.

Topics include the fundraising process, fund structure, carried interest, the structuring of portfolio company investments, exit strategies, publicly-traded fund sponsors, and differences between venture capital, private equity, real estate, biotech, and hedge funds. The course surveys aspects of the relevant regulatory landscape, including corporate law, securities law, bankruptcy law, ERISA, and tax law. Prereq: Corporations. Grades are based on an 8 hour take-home examination.

Veterans Clinic I (Robert F. Muth)
LWVL581

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

Students must attend a mandatory orientation on Friday, January 15, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. in WH 3B.

Veterans Clinic II (Robert F. Muth)
LWVL581

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

Clinic II interns refine their skills, working on complex cases and cases already begun as Clinic I interns. Students may mentor first time clinic participants, serve as lead attorney on cases, and have additional opportunities to appear in court or administrative proceedings. Supervising attorneys/adjunct professors provide individualized coaching, based on the Clinic II interns’ needs and interests. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Clinic I in the same clinic.

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