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COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

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First Year Required Courses

100 Introduction to Law School and Legal Analysis 1 unit
An orientation course for first year law students designed to give new students an overview of the study of law, an introduction to the process of legal analysis and the case method used in their courses.
Hours of Instruction: 15 hours
101 A/B Contracts 6 units
A comprehensive survey of the law of contractual rights and obligations, including the formation of contracts, application of the Statute of Frauds, rights and liabilities of third party beneficiaries and assignees and excuse for nonperformance, such as conditions and discharge.
Hours of Instruction: 3 hours each week for 30 weeks
102 A/B Criminal Law 4 units
A survey of criminal law, studying the origins and limits of criminal liability. It examines constitutional, statutory and case law (common law) rules which define, limit and provide defenses to individual liability for the major criminal offenses.
Hours of Instruction: 3 hours each week for 20 weeks
103 Legal Research 2 units
Fundamentals of finding and applying the law, including practical exercises in legal research and writing.
Hours of Instruction: 3 hours each week for 10 weeks
104 Legal Writing 2 units
An introduction to legal analytical thought, including practical exercises in writing and the fundamentals of legal research that provides a foundation for writing examinations and legal papers.
Hours of Instruction: 3 hours each week for 10 weeks
105 A/B Torts 6 units
A course embodying the entire spectrum of tortious activity, including negligence, products liability, intentional torts, interference with contractual rights and defamation.
Hours of Instruction: 3 hours each week for 30 weeks
E-110 Alternative Dispute Resolution 2 units
Conflict is a way of life and unavoidable, and one of the most fundamental functions of the legal system is to manage conflict by resolving disputes peacefully. Learning effective dispute resolution principles and techniques can make an attorney far more effective and successful in assisting clients to resolve their conflicts and disputes, whether in the courtroom or other settings. This course will focus on the various methods of alternative dispute resolution, i.e., resolution of disputes without trial, including negotiation, mediation and arbitration. We will cover the principles and processes involved in each major form of alternative dispute resolution. We will also consider the basic legal issues that arise in connection with alternative dispute resolution, as well as ethical issues involved in negotiation, mediation and arbitration.
Hours of Instruction: 3 hours each week for 10 weeks

Second Year Required Courses

207 A/B Evidence 4 units
A study of the rules of evidence by which lawyers try cases, including admissibility and exclusionary rules, the hearsay rule and its exceptions, matter subject to judicial review, presumptions and their uses.
Hours of Instruction: 3 hours each week for 20 weeks
205 A/B Civil Procedure 5 units
A basic course covering problems of jurisdiction, venue, pleadings, discovery, the effects of res judicata and collateral estoppel and forms of pre-trial motions.
Hours of Instruction: 3 hours each week for 25 weeks
215 Taxation 2 units
A survey course which includes problems of corporate and individual income taxation, preparation of returns, deductions, depreciation.
Hours of Instruction: 3 hours each week for 10 weeks
208 A/B Real Property 6 units
The law of real property from its early beginnings, the freehold estate to modern title problems, tenancy in lands, rights of easements, documentation and urban renewal. Course will also cover historical background and present treatment of futre interests in land, construction of llimitations, powers of appointment, recording statutes, licenses in land and rights incident to ownership.
Hours of Instruction: 3 hours each week for 30 weeks
209 Trusts 2 units
The substantive law of trusts. Formation of testamentary trusts and inter vivos trusts, rights and authority of trustors, trustees and beneficiaries; administration of trusts.
Hours of Instruction: 3 hours each week for 10 weeks
210 Wills 3 units
The law of wills in California, including non-probate changes in ownership at death and intestate succession, with strong emphasis on the Probate Code.
Hours of Instruction: 3 hours each week for 15 weeks

Third Year Required Courses

309 A/B Business Associations 6 units
A general survey of associations formed for business purposes and the legal problems surrounding their existence, including formation of corporations, shareholders rights, promoters’ and directors’ liability, classes and types of shares, the formation of partnerships, duties and rights of partners, agency doctrines and governmental regulation of the sale of securities.
Hours of Instruction: 3 hours each week for 30 weeks
310 Community Property / Family Law 3 units
The historical background of community property concepts, the nature of the interest of each spouse, the management and control, the right to encumber, the liability for debts and its disposition upon termination of the marriage. Introduction to family law legal forms.
Hours of Instruction: 3 hours each week for 15 weeks
312 A/B Constitutional Law 6 units
A survey of the area of Federal Constitutional law including problems of judicial review, separation of power, interstate commerce, due process, equal protection and the first, fourth and fourteenth amendments to the Federal Constitution.
Hours of Instruction: 3 hours each week for 30 weeks
314 Professional Responsibility 2 units
The course serves as an introduction to the rules, statutes, and case law governing attorney conduct, including a lawyer’s professional and ethical duties to clients and to the courts, the record keeping and fiduciary responsibilities of lawyers, attorney advertising and elimination of bias in the legal profession.
Hours of Instruction: 3 hours each week for 10 weeks
315 Clinical Self-Help Center 3 units
The objective of this course is to provide a hands-on experience by providing students with an opportunity to assist self-represented litigants in a clinical setting by providing legal research, drafting court paperwork, and assisting self-represented litigants to understand upcoming court proceedings.
Hours of Instruction: 3 hours each week for 15 weeks

Fourth Year Required Courses

415 A/B Remedies 4 units
The equitable remedies of specific performance, injunctions, rescission, and reformation: the enforcement of equitable decrees, right to jury trial, equitable conversion and servitudes; interference with prospective contractual advantage; resulting and constructive trusts; and the measure of damages in contracts, torts and real property. Remedies for declaratory relief, unjust enrichment, quiet title, ejectment and replevin will also be examined.
Hours of Instruction: 3 hours each week for 20 weeks
400 Advanced Legal Writing 2 units
This advanced course focuses on skills in research and analysis, and affords students the opportunity to develop their persuasive writing skills through assignments involving preparation of motions, points and authorities, office memoranda, letters to clients and other documents.
Hours of Instruction: 3 hours each week for 10 weeks
406 Criminal Procedure 3 units
Procedure in criminal cases focusing on the rights of parties in criminal actions, including the areas of search and seizure, rights guaranteed by the State and Federal Constitution to counsel, jury trial, confrontation of witnesses, bail and testimonial privileges.
Hours of Instruction: 3 hours each week for 15 weeks
420 Trial Advocacy 2 units
A course designed to introduce the student to the art of advocacy. Each student will participate in mock trials, including preparation of legal pleadings. The Moot Court will be guided by Northern California trial lawyers and judges.
Hours of Instruction: 2 hours each week for 15 weeks
425A/B Advanced Legal Reasoning 6 units
An advanced course designed to improve the student’s analytical abilities and writing skills. Coursework will include lectures, discussions, assignments and written exercises with extensive critique.
Hours of Instruction: 3 hours each week for 15 weeks in the Fall; 3 hours each week for 15 weeks in the Spring
450 PMBR 7-Day Foundation MBE Program 0 units
Tentative dates are December 15-21, 2014 and May 11-17, 2015
Hours of Instruction: Open

Elective Courses

E-110 Alternative Dispute Resolution 2 units
This survey course provides law students with a greater awareness of conflict resolution process choices that attorneys possess as alternatives to litigation, and explores practical application of those alternative dispute resolution (ADR) concepts (including mediation, arbitration, and court annexed approaches) through simulated sessions.
Hours of Instruction: 3 hours each week for 10 weeks
E-115 Debtor-Creditor Law 2 units
This course covers three areas of law: secured transactions under the Uniform Commercial Code; bankruptcy law; and debtor’s rights and creditor’s remedies. Also covered in an introduction on how to collect a debt (for or from a client) and how to protect clients from someone trying to collect from them, together with the rights of a secured party or the obligations of someone owning property encumbered by a security interest.
Hours of Instruction: 3 hours each week for 10 weeks
E-120 Employment Law 2 units
An in-depth study of federal and California employment laws. Emphasis is upon the legal rights and responsibilities of employers and employees in the employment relationship. Included in the course are the following topics of discussion: Hiring, Discrimination, Statutory protections (ERISA, FMLA, etc.), Terms and conditions of employment and Termination of employment.
Hours of Instruction: 3 hours each week for 10 weeks
E-125 Insurance Law 2 units
An overview of insurance related legal issues, including insurance contract formation and interpretation, regulation, and coverage and defense issues. Also covered are legal issues in differing types of insurance policies, including Fire and Property, Life, Health and Disability, and Liability Insurance, together with substantive issues involving Automobile Insurance, uninsured/under insured motorist and no-fault coverages.
Hours of Instruction: 3 hours each week for 10 weeks
E-150 Externship/Independent Study 2 units
Externship opportunities with the surrounding County District Attorney Offices, Public Defender Offices and private sector licensed attorney offices are available for third and fourth year law students, to provide practical experience in specific areas of the law as an elective. Students may also apply for independent study credit, subject to the approval of the Dean.
Hours of Instruction: 45 hours per unit
E-200 Practical Family Law 2 units
Hands-on training in family law, including the art of pleading, arguing cases, use of Judicial Council forms, and the use of computer programs available to assist the family law attorney.
Hours of Instruction: 3 hours each week for 10 weeks
E-230 Special Studies in Civil Discovery 2 units
This course provides an overview of the Civil Discovery Act and practical experience drafting all forms of discovery.
Hours of Instruction: 3 hours each week for 10 weeks
E-250 California Workers’ Compensation 2 units
A general survey of California Workers’ Compensation laws, and the legal issues encountered by attorneys in both handling and identifying such cases. The course will cover a bit of history of the California Workers’ Compensation system, the recent changes effective April 19, 2005, what constitutes an “industrial injury”, the types of benefits available, penalties for failure to provide benefits, Discrimination for filing a Workers’ Compensation Claim, Serious and Willful Misconduct, Illegally Uninsured Employers, Jurisdiction of the California Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board, Appeals, Statutes of Limitation, and procedural requirements.
Hours of Instruction: 3 hours each week for 10 weeks
E-130 Practical Skills 2 units
This course covers a general survey of Debtor-Creditor Law; an Introduction to Civil Litigation; and hands-on training in Practical Family Law.  Each section will be held over 3 weeks.  Debtor-Creditor Law covers secured and unsecured debts including the preparation of Judicial Council forms. Introduction to Civil Litigation covers an overview of civil litigation, descriptions of the primary stages of a civil case as well as practical approaches to managing each aspect of a case effectively and efficiently.  Practical Family Law provides hands-on training in family law, including the art of pleadings, arguing cases, use of Judicial Council forms, and the use of computer programs available to assist the family law attorney.
Hours of Instruction: 3 hours each week for 10 weeks