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LAW 218: JSD Research Colloquium

Required for and limited to JSD candidates. The objective of the colloquium is to assist students in developing their dissertation research proposals. Weekly colloquium sessions will include a mix of lectures and discussions on selected methodological topics, relevant to the candidates' dissertation research; guest lectures by empirical legal research scholars; presentations by and discussions with more advanced doctoral candidates; and presentations by the first year JSD candidates.
Terms: Aut, Win, Spr | Units: 0 | Repeatable for credit | Grading: Law Mandatory P/R/F
Instructors: Hensler, D. (PI)

LAW 224: Federal Litigation

This course is part of the required first-year JD curriculum. It is an introductory course in the litigation process. Students represent the plaintiff or defendant in a simulated public interest case set in a federal district court that raises complex issues of federal civil procedure, privacy, and first amendment law. Students plan litigation strategy, draft pleadings, conduct discovery, write short briefs, and orally argue major motions for dismissal, class action certification, and preliminary injunctive relief. While developing students' written and oral advocacy skills, the course also focuses on substantive issues of civil procedure and constitutional law. Attendance, class participation and written assignments. This course is open to first-year Law School students only.
Terms: Win, Spr | Units: 2 | Repeatable for credit | Grading: Law Honors/Pass/Restrd Cr/Fail

LAW 226: Accounting

The objective of financial accounting is to measure economic activity for decision-making. Financial statements are a key product of this measurement process and an important component of firms' financial reporting activities. This course is aimed at developing students' ability to read, understand, and use corporate financial statements. The primary focus is on understanding the mapping between underlying economic events and financial statements, and how this mapping can affect inferences about future firm profitability. To this end, the course will provide an introduction to: (1) accrual accounting concepts, principles and conventions; (2) the process of preparing and presenting the primary financial statements (income statement, balance sheet, and statement of cash flows); (3) the judgment involved and discretion allowed in making accounting choices; (4) the effects of accounting discretion on the quality of the (reported) financial information; and (5) the fundamentals of financial statement analysis. Class time will be allocated to a combination of short lectures and discussions of the assigned cases. The assigned cases are based on actual corporate financial statements and/or "real life" financial situations. Elements used in grading: Class participation, attendance, written assignments, final paper.
Terms: Aut | Units: 3 | Grading: Law Mandatory P/R/F
Instructors: Stanton, F. (PI)

LAW 255: Constitutional Law: The Fourteenth Amendment

This course examines various aspects of the Fourteenth Amendment, with special attention paid to equal protection and substantive due process. Topics addressed will include equal protection in relation to race, gender, and sexual orientation, among others, and substantive due process in relation to procreation, sexuality, and relationships. The state action doctrine will also be covered. Elements used in grading: Class participation and exam.
Terms: Aut, Spr | Units: 3 | Grading: Law Honors/Pass/Restrd Cr/Fail

LAW 283: Federal Courts

This course addresses the role of the federal courts in the American system of federalism and separation of powers, as well as their role in the development of substantive federal law and constitutional rights. A central premise of the course is that the institutional, political, and constitutional features of federal court litigation cannot be understood without engaging the historical context, especially the social, political, and legal movements, in response to which the federal courts have developed. Thus while many of the traditional aspects of federal court jurisprudence will be covered (e.g., federal common law including implied rights of action, justiciability doctrines and other doctrines of restraint, congressional power to limit the jurisdiction of the federal courts and to create "legislative courts" outside of Article III, Supreme Court review of judgments, state sovereign immunity, litigating against the government, and federal habeas corpus), doctrine will be placed alongside interdisciplinary readings on social, political, and theoretical accounts that reveal how the courts and ordinary Americans have come to understand the distinctive role of the federal courts, as well as claims for expansion or contraction of their powers. The course is strongly recommended for students interested in pursuing a career in litigation and/or judicial clerkships in the federal courts.nElements used in grading: Class attendance, class participation, take home exam and short paper.
Terms: Win | Units: 4 | Grading: Law Honors/Pass/Restrd Cr/Fail

LAW 319: Legislation

Lawyers work in a legal system largely defined by statutes, and constantly shaped by the application of legislative power. This course is about statutes and the legislative institutions that create them. It discusses some of the key laws governing access to legislative power and the procedures that culminate in the production of statutes in the legislature. The course is divided into two parts. The first part will focus on the acquisition of legislative power. Key topics include bribery laws, lobbying and indirect influence on legislative activity, and campaign finance regulations. The second part will focus on the exercise of legislative power. Through a number of public policy case studies, students will better understand the organization of the U.S. Congress, the ways in which power is exercised in that institution, and the intersection between politics, the law, and policymaking.nElements used in grading: Class participation an final exam.
Terms: Win | Units: 3 | Grading: Law Honors/Pass/Restrd Cr/Fail
Instructors: Chen, L. (PI)

LAW 335: Legal Ethics

This course is a survey overview of the American legal profession, some of its leading institutions and fields of practice, and the ethical, legal, and administrative regimes that govern the practice of law. Topics will include overviews of the history and sociology of the profession; the role of lawyers as advocates in the adversary system, as counselors and as gatekeepers; obligations to clients, courts, adversaries, and third parties; obligations of competence, loyalty, and confidentiality; and modes of regulation.nThe course is in part designed to satisfy the American Bar Association's requirement that every law student have some instruction in professional responsibility and legal ethics. The course provides an introduction to and an overview of the ABA's Model Rules of Professional Conduct. (Most of the states - California is the major exception - base their ethics codes largely on the Model Rules, with modifications varying from state to state.) But the course also reflects the view that it is of limited use to learn the ethics rules in the abstract. Lawyers in different practice contexts face very different pressures and incentives to engage in unethical conduct; and develop very different norms and customs about how to interpret the rules. In any case, as we'll see, the Rules are wholly inadequate guides to practice. They are silent or vague on many of the important dilemmas lawyers face and they are only one of many sources of law governing lawyers.nThe "legal profession" is really many different sub-professions, segmented by education, practice institutions (e.g. large firms v. small and solo practices), practice specialties, and types of represented parties (e.g. plaintiffs or defendants, individuals or corporate entities, governments or private parties). Much of this course is given to descriptions and analyses of some of these various practices and of the organizations and incentives that structure lawyers' work. So, for example, we will be looking at large law firms representing and counseling corporate clients; plaintiff's lawyers representing individuals in personal-injury tort or mass-tort class-action litigation; prosecutors and criminal defense lawyers; and "public interest" lawyers.nCourse requirements may be satisfied in one of two ways: (1) A take-home examination given at the end of the course; or (2) A research paper on a topic within the scope of the course, based in significant part on primary source materials. A maximum of 10 students will be permitted to write the paper for R credit. After the term begins, 10 students may transfer from section (01) into section (02), which meets the R requirement, with consent of the instructor. If more than 10 students apply to write a research paper for R credit, a lottery will be run to determine the 10 students accepted in section (02).nElements used in grading: Attendance, class participation, take-home exam or research paper. nPreference for 3Ls.
Terms: Aut | Units: 3 | Grading: Law Honors/Pass/Restrd Cr/Fail
Instructors: Gordon, R. (PI)

LAW 335: Legal Ethics

This course will explore issues involving professional responsibility. Topics will include the role of advocates, the adversary system, the conditions of practice, diversity, candor, and confidentiality, conflicts of interest, lawyer- client relationships, regulatory structures, and legal education. Special attention will also focus on the profession's public obligations in areas such as access to justice and pro bono service.nSpecial Instructions: Grades will be based on class participation and (1) short reflection essays on the readings and a short research paper or (2) a long paper. A maximum of 10 students will be permitted to write the long paper for R credit. After the term begins, 10 students can transfer from section (01) into section (02), which meets the R requirement, with consent of the instructor. If more than 10 students apply to write a long paper for R credit, a lottery will be run to determine the 10 students accepted in section (02).nBecause this class is designated as fulfilling the Ethics requirement (and a W or R requirement) and substantially oversubscribed, admitted students are asked out of courtesy to those on the waitlist to commit to whether they are taking the course by the end of the second class.nElements used in grading: Attendance, class participation, short reflection essays on the readings and short research paper.nPreference will be given to 3Ls. This course is open to first-year Law School students. Writing (W) credit is for 3Ls only.
Terms: Win | Units: 3 | Grading: Law Honors/Pass/Restrd Cr/Fail
Instructors: Rhode, D. (PI)

LAW 338: Land Use

This course focuses on the pragmatic (rather than theoretical) aspects of contemporary land use law and policy, including: nuisance as a land use tool and foundation for modern land use law; use and abuse of the "police power" (the legal basis for land use control); zoning flexibility; vested property rights, development agreements, and takings; redevelopment; growth control; and direct democracy. We explore how land use decisions affect environmental quality and how land use decision-making addresses environmental impacts. Special Instructions: All graduate students from other departments are encouraged to enroll, and no pre-requisites apply. Student participation is essential. Roughly two-thirds of the class time will involve a combination of lecture and classroom discussion. The remaining time will engage students in case studies based on actual land use issues and disputes. Elements used in grading: Attendance, class participation, writing assignments, and final exam. This course is cross-listed with Earth Systems 238.
Terms: Spr | Units: 3 | Grading: Law Honors/Pass/Restrd Cr/Fail

LAW 339: Employment Law

Workplace issues have become one of the fastest-growing areas of state and federal law. Employment-related lawsuits filed in federal court have tripled in volume in the past decade, and now account for a tenth of all civil cases. Many state courts have experienced a similar burgeoning of their employment law caseloads. This course examines this diverse, rewarding, and rapidly evolving area of legal practice by considering the diverse array of laws and institutions that regulate the employment relationship. The focus of the course is on laws that affect employees in non-unionized settings, such as protections against dismissal without cause, wage and hour restrictions, workplace privacy, covenants not to compete, the Family and Medical Leave Act, and mandatory arbitration of employment disputes. The course does not cover either Employment Discrimination or Labor Law, both of which are offered as separate courses.nSpecial Instructions: Regular, punctual attendance is required. If you expect (or are unexpectedly forced) to miss more than two classes, please consult with the instructor as soon as possible, as exceptions will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Early Add/Drop Deadline: Add/Drop decisions must be made the first week of class. Exceptions are at the instructor's discretion and will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Elements used in grading: Final Exam
Terms: Aut | Units: 3 | Grading: Law Honors/Pass/Restrd Cr/Fail
Instructors: Morantz, A. (PI)
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