The course is designed as an introductory level evidence course. Topics covered will be all common evidence types and proceedings including hearsay and privilege. Several chapters are devoted to constitutional issues that are essential to the collection of admissible evidence.
This is an introductory course focused on American constitutional law with an emphasis on US Supreme Court decisions. This course will explain various methodologies of constitutional interpretation and modes of constitutional analysis. Topics covered include the role of the judiciary in reviewing acts of the political branches of government ,the separation of powers and relations among the three branches of the federal government, the powers of the national government and federalism based limits on Congress and the states and a general over view of individual constitutional right from a criminal procedure perspective.
This course involves a study of Real Estate Law. Students will be introduced to the concept of real and personal property. An in-depth consideration will be given to real property law which will include ownership of estate, fixtures, easements, adverse possession, deeds, plus a review of the typical steps in the transfer of real estate. Finally the law relating to landlord-tenant relationships and leases will be explored.
This course is designed to provide students with an overview of both substantive and procedural areas of bankruptcy law with emphasis on consumer bankruptcy law under chapter seven. It will include an introduction of the law of bankruptcy in both the consumer and business areas and provide practical instruction as to the application of bankruptcy law with the intent to providing students the opportunity to become comfortable and familiar with the actual practice of bankruptcy law. Students will be introduced to concepts such as jurisdiction of the Bankruptcy Court, forms of creditors, liens, security interest, automatic stay, exemptions and avoiding powers.
This course will include a detailed discussion of patents, trademarks, and copyright law. Students will be exposed to the underlying law as well as the process necessary to register and protect intellectual property. Emphasis will be placed on the process and practical application.
This course covers the laws of the employment relationship including what constitutes an employee, termination, benefits, employee rights, and privacy issues. Discrimination in hiring and employment will also be covered as well as a detailed discussion of California’s Workers’ Compensation system. This course also covers the U.S. Immigration System, particularly the procedures and requirements for obtaining various visas and acquiring citizenship through marriage and by other means and grounds for inadmissibility.
This course will be a continuation of Legal Research and Writing I in which students will expand their research to include administrative materials, legislative history, and other similar sources. Emphasis will also be placed on more advanced analysis and legal reasoning. The course will culminate in a research paper and writing project.
This course also covers demands and responses to Request for Production of Documents, Interrogatories and other Family Law production demands; Motions to Set Aside Defaults; and other Family Law Motions.
This course continues with an in-depth discussion of California Civil Litigation. This course will also cover pre-trial and post-trial motions, attachment and injunctive relief. Students will be able to create a “Trial Notebook”, in order to properly prepare for and assist in the conduct of court and jury trials. Students will understand the use and methods used to close and store client files.
A detailed discussion of both civil and criminal law and motion practice. The course will also include jury selection, preparation of opening statements, evidence, direct and cross examination, and closing arguments.