Course Descriptions

Juris Doctor Courses


Advanced Legal Reasoning (LAW 645) - 6 Units
This course provides advanced study in logical and creative legal thinking which can be applied on bar examinations and in legal practice, analysis of statutory and common law, legal research skills, and the ability to write objectively and persuasively.

 

Business Organizations (LAW 631) - 8 Units
This course examines the laws governing the creation, termination and legal consequences of agency relationships, partnerships and business corporations; advantages and disadvantages of various forms of business enterprises.

 

Civil Procedure (LAW 624) - 6 Units
This course dissects the federal and California rules relating to jurisdiction and venue; sufficiency of the complaint, answers, counterclaims and cross complaints, joinder of parties and causes of action and motions before, during and after trial.

 

Community Property (LAW 633) - 3 Units
This course reviews the classification of separate and community property, liability for debts, management and control of the community, and problems arising from the dissolution of the community or death of a spouse.

 

Constitutional Law (LAW 622) - 7 Units
This course explores the scope of federal powers, separation of powers, the federal system, the Bill of Rights, due process, equal protection, and eminent domain.

 

Contracts (LAW 616) - 8 Units
This course analyzes the law relating to formation of contracts, the statute of frauds, third-party beneficiary contracts, assignment of rights and delegation of duties, liability for breach of contract including the law of conditions and discharge.

 

Criminal Law (LAW 613) - 5 Units
This course probes laws relating to various criminal offenses, including crimes against the person and habitation, larceny and kindred offenses, attempt and conspiracy rules, the defenses to criminal charges and the procedural rights of the accused.

 

Criminal Procedure (LAW 630) - 3 Units
This course studies criminal procedure in general, with substantial emphasis on recent Supreme Court decisions affecting the procedural rights of the accused; criminal trial practice and techniques are also covered.

 

Evidence (LAW 634) - 10 Units
This course scrutinizes and differentiates federal, California, and common law relating to relevancy, special exclusionary rules, privileged communications, the hearsay rule and its exceptions, the opinion rules, authentication and the best evidence rule, impeachment and rehabilitation, presumptions and burden of proof.

 

Introduction to Law (LAW 601) - 1 Unit
This is an orientation course to help prepare the lay person for the study of law. As the first law school course, it provides the new student with an understanding of principles of law and of case analysis.

 

Legal Writing (LAW 604) - 3 Units
This course explains how to write in a "Lawyerlike" manner. The student is guided through the process of how to write memoranda, letters, briefs and answers to law exams.

 

Professional Responsibility (LAW 640) - 4 Units
This course is an examination of relevant codes and cases in an attempt to better understand a lawyer’s ethical obligations.

 

Property (LAW 623) - 7 Units
This course reviews laws relating to the various types of real property interests including freehold, non-freehold estates and future interests, landlord-tenant relationships, conveyancing, and the use of land.

 

Remedies (LAW 646) - 4 Units
This course explores laws relating to equitable remedies, including injunction and specific performance and defenses; protection against certain types of tort liability including waste, nuisance, unfair competition and the law of rescission and reformation.

 

Torts (LAW 612) - 7 Units
This course examines laws relating to civil liability for intentional wrongs to person and property, negligence, strict liability, misrepresentation, defamation and other civil wrongs.

 

Uniform Commercial Code (LAW 644) - 4 Units
This course covers the interpretation and application of the Uniform Commercial Code; the law relating to contract formation, enforcement, and breach when there is a transaction in goods, including buyers and sellers remedies as well as the law of warranty.

 

Wills & Trusts (LAW 620) - 4 Units
This course analyzes the law relating to the creation of wills and trusts, creation of the trust relationship, charitable trusts, resulting and constructive trusts, the powers and duties of the trustee, alteration and termination of the trust, probate of wills and administration of estates.

 

Juris Doctor Electives

 

Administrative Law (LAW 651) - 3 Units
This course is an examination of the law relating to governmental agencies, with emphasis on federal regulation. The course deals with issues such as the due process right to a hearing, adjudication, rule-making, freedom of information, secret lobbying, control of discretion, judicial review and regulatory reform.

 

Alternative Dispute Resolution (LAW 674) - 3 Units
This course focuses on the options that parties may have to settle a dispute without going to trial. Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) has become a mandatory step in many judicial districts before a matter may proceed to trial. In particular, the course examines the processes of Negotiation, Mediation, and Arbitration.

 

Bankruptcy Law (LAW 653) - 3 Units
This course introduces federal bankruptcy law and the Bankruptcy Code. It focuses on the policy considerations that underlie the code, and the provisions of the code that apply in both business and consumer cases. The course pays particular attention to business reorganizations under Chapter 11.

 

Corporate Securities Law (LAW 654) - 3 Units
This course focuses on federal and state regulations of business and business enterprises. The issuance and trading in stocks, bonds and other securities. It also delves into disclosure and civil and criminal liability provisions.

 

Directed Legal Studies (LAW 650) - 1 to 6 Units
This course consists of an independent research project written under the supervision of a law school faculty member. Subjects may vary dependent on the nature and interest of the student and requires the approval of the Dean or Associate Dean.

 

HealthCare Law (LAW 675) - 3 Units
This course provides the student with the necessary background on a wide variety of health care topics, enabling professionals to deal with the common legal and practical problems facing the health care industry.

 

Intellectual Property (LAW 658) - 3 Units
The protection of intellectual property and encouragement of creativity. Explores copyright, trademarks, trade secrets, patents, unfair competition, and selected state law theories. It provides students with a general working knowledge of the various intellectual property doctrines.

 

Labor/Employment Law (LAW 672) - 3 Units
This course examines the historical foundation for labor laws and the creation of the labor movement while focusing on the workplace of today. The laws and regulations that govern the employment relationships, particularly those related to wages, hours, benefits and conditions are focused upon. The distinctions between public and private employers are also reviewed.

 

Sports Law (LAW 671) - 3 Units
This course reviews the broad spectrum of issues related to the world of sports. The course will examine such diverse issues as the power of the sports commissioner, labor negotiations, the role of the sports agent, professionalism vs. amateurism, injuries, and gender equity.

 

Master of Laws Courses

Estate Taxation and Planning (TAX 726) - 3 Units
In addition to comprehensive coverage of federal estate and gift taxation, this course also covers practical matters such as probate, trusts, and joint tenancy.

 

Federal Income Tax Aspects of Corporate Reorganizations (TAX 703) - 3 Units
Continuing the study of corporations, this course studies every major aspect of the tax ramifications of restructuring the corporation including stock redemptions, partial liquidations, preferred stock bailouts, complete liquidations, collapsible corporations, and Section 368 reorganizations.

 

Federal Income Tax Aspects of Organizing and Operating Corporations (TAX 702) - 3 Units
A study of federal income tax aspects of organizing and operating corporations. Subjects covered include the organization of a corporation under Section 351, the corporation’s capital structure, corporate elections under Subchapter "S", dividends, and non-liquidating distributions.

 

Federal Income Taxation of Individuals (TAX 708) - 3 Units
This course deals with federal income taxation as it impacts individuals including the definition of gross income, business and personal deductions, sales and exchanges of property, alternative minimum tax, operating losses, tax shelter deductions, taxation of capital gains & losses and tax accounting issues.

 

Fundamentals of International Taxation (TAX 709) - 3 Units
This course provides an introduction to international taxation and provides a general overview of the U.S. system of taxing the foreign income of its citizens and the U.S. income of non-citizens. It also addresses foundations of taxation in international law, fiscal residence of companies, rules for determining income and expenses, and tax incentives in developing countries.

 

Income Taxation of Estates and Trusts (TAX 707) - 3 Units
A complete study of Subchapter "J" of the Internal Revenue Code, including a detailed analysis of such topics as computations of taxable income of an estate or trust and tax treatment of beneficiaries.

 

IRS Practice and Procedure (TAX 710) - 3 Units
This course studies the entire range of tax procedure and IRS practice, including a full analysis of the laws pertaining to tax procedure and how the IRS interprets and applies those laws. Complete descriptions of how the IRS operates and suggested techniques for representing clients with specific IRS problems are also covered.

 

Tax Fraud and Evasion (TAX 711) - 3 Units
Designed to assist attorneys and tax professionals advising on potential fraud situations, this course includes discussions of tax evasion versus tax avoidance, investigation and processing of potential criminal fraud, compromise procedures, civil penalties, and contesting the deficiency assessment.

 

Tax Research Techniques (TAX 721) - 3 Units
This course serves as the introduction to the Program and as a comprehensive guide to tax research techniques. The text uses specific examples and a step-by-step approach that will instruct the student on how to obtain the facts, ask the right questions, locate and assess pertinent authority, and communicate taxsaving options to clients.

 

Taxation of Partnerships (TAX 724) - 4 Units
A complete study of Subchapter "K" including defining partnerships and partners for tax purposes, receipt of a partnership interest, liabilities, tax accounting for partnerships, distributive shares, terminations, and tax shelters.

 

Taxation of Real Estate (TAX 735) - 3 Units
Subject matters in this course include complete coverage of federal income tax implications of all types of real estate transactions, from house closings to sale-leasebacks and syndications. Also covered are real estate tax planning ideas, techniques, and strategies.

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