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Elective Courses Colleges Of Law California

  1. 1. www.CollegesofLaw.eduElective CoursesListed below are examples of elective courses; new elective courses are added as neededto enhance our curriculum. Not all listed electives are offered each year. Electiveofferings are dependent on student demand and other factors, and may not be offered atall during the time any given student attends the school.Accounting for Lawyers (2 units)An overview of principles of financial accounting and business finance, including "timevalue of money" calculations; "financial shenanigans;" asset and liability issues; financialstatement analysis; and valuation techniques.Advanced Criminal Law - Homicide (1 unit)This course focuses on providing an overview of the multiple facets of criminal homicidecases. The class includes analysis and discussion of investigation, motion practice, trialpreparation and the trial phases of homicide cases.Advanced Torts (3 units)This course focuses on the laws of personal relationships, including family relationships,economic relationships, intangible assets, privacy and publicity, defamation, and judicialand governmental processes.
  2. 2. Administrative Law (2 units)An examination of the purpose and function of state and federal administrative agencies.The course covers the procedures and practices of administrative agencies, theiradjudicative and investigative powers, rule making, and judicial review of administrativedecisions.Agency (2 units)A study of business organization types, and the creation, implications, and termination ofagency relationships. There will be a special focus on partnership agency issues, therights and duties of principals and agents, and fiduciary responsibilities.Alternative Dispute Resolution (2 units)A survey course on alternative dispute resolution mechanisms. Topics includenegotiation, mediation, arbitration and other trial substitutes.Attorney Fees (1 unit)The class focuses on attorney fee issues and philosophy, including: fee arrangements andagreements; fee shifting under contractual, statutory, and common law theories; practiceand procedure for attorney fee motions; client fee disputes and dispute resolution; and onthe ethical issues arising from each of these subjects.Bankruptcy Law (2 units)This course explores state law governing debtor-creditor relations and an introduction tofederal bankruptcy law. Topics discussed include priorities and validities of liens,enforcement of money judgments, fraudulent and bulk transfers, the benefits ofbankruptcy, eligibility for bankruptcy, jurisdiction and venue, and the powers of thebankruptcy trustee.Business Planning (2 units)A study of the issues raised by the formation of a new business, including choice ofentity, formation of a partnership or corporation, liability concerns, and purchase and saleof a business.
  3. 3. Civil Law and Motion Practice (2 units)An overview of civil law and motion practice in California state courts. Topics coveredinclude: notice requirements, structure of points and authorities, declarations and othersupporting papers, demurrers, motions for summary judgment, and discovery motions.Special emphasis is given to local rules of practice and policies in Santa Barbara andVentura counties.Civil Rights Litigation (2 units)This course covers "constitutional tort actions" arising under 42 U.S.C. §1983, theprimary vehicle for redressing federal constitutional violations by state and local officials.Among the topics addressed are Fourth Amendment standards and police misconduct,Eighth Amendment standards and care of prisoners, and Fourteenth Amendment equalprotection issues.Client Interview/Counseling (1 unit)Effective lawyering requires the knowledge of how to elicit necessary information fromclients and an understanding of how to communicate effectively with clients to ascertainand advance their interests. This course explores effective techniques and strategies forinterviewing and counseling clients facing the stresses and conflicts inherent in the legalarena.Clinical CoursesSee "Legal Internship"Collaborative Law (1 unit)This course addresses innovative approaches to client representation, including"unbundled" legal services; therapeutic and restorative justice; mediation; and partneringwith community and social programs to provide comprehensive assistance.Criminal Procedure: Selected Topics (1 or 2 units)Emphasizes the practical aspects of criminal procedures prior to trial. Included are topicsrelating to the lawyers responsibility in a criminal case; arrest, booking, and bailprocedures; an examination of the accusatory pleading; the grand jury; and pretrialprocedures, including preliminary hearings, pretrial discovery, and tacticalconsiderations. Also covered are the types and consequences of pleas, and sentencingconsiderations.
  4. 4. Death Penalty (1 unit)This course provides an analysis of federal and state constitutional, statutory and case lawrelating to Capital Punishment in California. In addition, the course will focus onmitigation and aggravation.Directed Research (1 or 2 units)A course which allows qualifying students to earn from one to two units for in-depthresearch and preparation of a paper on a topic of special interest to the student, underdirect faculty supervision. This course will ordinarily be available only on approval of theDean to students with unique needs for additional units to complete their graduationrequirements, and requires that the student both develop a project acceptable to the Deanand obtain consent of a faculty member to supervise the required research and paper.Employment Law (2 units)A study of the legal rules surrounding the hiring, treatment, and termination ofemployees.The course includes Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, the Americanswith Disabilities Act, and other federal and state laws concerning employmentdiscrimination and wrongful discharge.Entertainment Law (2 units)This course considers issues arising in the entertainment industries-film, television,theater, music, literary and related businesses-and applicable legal principles, whichcome largely from the areas of contract, torts, governmental regulation, remedies, andintellectual property.Environmental Law (2 units)An introduction to the public policy behind the setting of environmental standards, and tomajor environmental laws such as the Clean Air and Water Acts, the NationalEnvironmental Protection Act, and the California Planning and Zoning Law.Estate Planning (2 units)This course covers the basic principles of estate planning, including: an overview ofapplicable taxation rules; inter vivos gifts; living trusts, wills, and testamentary trusts; lifeinsurance and annuities; charitable gifts, business interests, employee benefits, and post-mortem tax planning.
  5. 5. Family Law (2 units)Community Property is a prerequisite to this complementary course. Family Law focuseson the dissolution proceeding, including mediation, resolution of custody and visitationdisputes, child and spousal support, property division, and attorney fees. Emphasis is onlocal court practices and forms.Immigration (1 unit)This course provides an overview of immigration law and practice.Insurance Law (2 units)This course focuses on basic aspects of insurance law, including the insurers duty todefend and indemnify, third-party liability, problems of insurance contracts, bad faithlitigation, and current judicial and legislative trends in insurance law.Intellectual Property (2 units)A general introduction to the law of copyright, trademarks, patents, and trade secrets.Areas covered include which law applies to particular types of property; the legal rightsof authors, designers, inventors and owners of such property and the competing rights ofothers to use their ideas; and an overview of intellectual property litigation.International Law (2 units)An introduction to public and private international law, covering such topics as sovereignimmunity, the "act of state" doctrine, the law of treaties, transnational businessregulation, international trade, and enforcement of judgments.Introduction to Law (1 unit)This course introduces students to the American legal system. It examines basic conceptsof jurisprudence; the lawmaking roles of the legislative, judical, and executive branches;and the process of criminal and civil litigation. (Required for Spring beginning students.)Juvenile Law (2 or 3 units)This course covers the juvenile court system, including the jurisdiction of the juvenilecourt, detention and disposition of minors who are involved in juvenile proceedings, andother rights and responsibilities of minors, with specific emphasis on California law andprocedure. (Required for Spring beginning students.)
  6. 6. Land Use and Planning Law (2 units)A survey of land use principles, with emphasis on California law, in the areas ofplanning, zoning, subdivision, redevelopment, agricultural, and environmentalregulations.Law, Language & Culture (1 unit)This course will provide a practical and theoretical analysis of language and culturalissues confronted in law practice, particularly when court interpreters and translators areused. It will also address ways to eliminate bias when culturally diverse participants havecontact in the courtroom setting.Law Practice Management (2 units)This course surveys fundamental aspects of law practice management, including: basicprinciples of bookkeeping and accounting, fee agreements and client trust accounts,document control, legal technology, and support staff management.Legal Internship (Units vary)All students participate in Legal Internship by earning at least one unit of academic creditby working as interns for practicing attorneys or judges. Up to eight (one required andseven elective) units of academic credit may be earned.Legal Issues in Cyberspace (1 unit)This course will address general concepts and emerging issues in the areas of copyright,including the Digital Millennium Copyright Act; trademark, including theAnticybersquatting Consumer Protection Act; privacy rights; and electronic commerceand contracting.Legal Malpractice (1 unit)An overview of California legal malpractice law. the course addresses general conceptsof legal malpractice in civil and criminal cases including identification of high risk areasof practice, most frequent areas of errors or omissions, correlation between malpracticeclaims and ethical violations, calendaring and file management, client communications,legal malpractice insurance protection and claims reporting.
  7. 7. Legislative Process (2 units)A survey course covering the lawmaking process, with emphasis on the federal model.Topics include considerations in the introduction and amendment of legislation, the useof committees, avenues for public input, and the implementation of new laws.Medical Malpractice (1 unit)An overview of California medical malpractice law from the Medical InjuryCompensation Reform Act of 1975 (MICRA) to the present: informed consent; agencyliability; immunities; standard of care; expert witnesses; general and punitive damages;attorney fees; periodic payments; collateral source rule; and arbitration and mediation.Misdemeanor Criminal Practice (2 units)This class covers the practices and procedures necessary to prosecute or defend commonmisdemeanor charges including DUI, theft, drug, assault and domestic violenceallegations. Topics include pre-filing procedures and negotiations, arraignments, commonmotions, investigation and discovery, diversion and treatment options, trial andsentencing.Moot Court (2 units)In this course, students participate on a team which researches and writes an appellatebrief and argues it before a three judge panel. Legal Research, Legal Writing, andAdvanced Legal Writing are prerequisites.Municipal Law (2 units)A survey course covering common issues in public entity law. Relevant constitutionalprinciples are also considered. Issues covered include city and county organization,preemption and relationships with State and Federal Government, judicial review of localentity decisions, drafting of ordinances and legislation, public employment law, publictort and civil rights liability, open meeting laws (Brown Act), conflicts of interest andother public sector ethical issues.Psychology for Lawyers (1 unit)This course outlines ciivil, criminal, probate and family law cases where psychological orpsychiatric evidence is presented and reviews the common principles and conceptsnecessary to understand, offer and challenge this evidence.
  8. 8. Street Law (1 unit)Street Law is a nationally recognized and supported program designed to educateteenagers about their legal rights and responsibilities. Areas covered consist of contracts,housing law, criminal law as it affects the youth in our community.Taxation (2 units)An overview of general principles of income and estate/gift taxation, with particularfocus on the application of such principles to areas commonly encountered bypractitioners (for example, divorce, bankruptcy, personal injury settlements, and variousbusiness transactions).Therapeutic Jurisprudence (1 unit)An examination of the newly developing phenomenon of "specialty" courts focusing onproviding solutions to social problems frequently encountered by criminal courts. Inrecent years therapeutic courts denominated, "Drug Courts," "Domestic ViolenceCourts," and "Mental Health Courts," have operated in a number of jurisdictions toprovide innovative solutions to the age-old problems of substance abuse, domesticviolence and protecting society and individuals from the ravages of mental illness. Inaddition to the history of the Therapeutic Jurisprudence movement, this course addressesa number of other issues including those relating to evidence and evidentiary privileges,legal ethics, defendant contracts, and treatment alternatives.Uniform Commercial Code (1 unit)This course focuses on the law of sales through selected portions of Articles I and II ofthe Uniform Commercial Code. Successful completion of Contracts I and II is aprerequisite.Water Law (2 units)Water law begins with an introduction to water resources issues including terminology.The course also covers different kinds of water rights including riparian, appropriative,hybrid rights along with groundwater and public rights in water. In addition, the coursetouches on the various water institutions in the state, regional water sources and waterquality issues.
  9. 9. Workers Compensation (2 units)A survey of the law related to workers compensation legislation, including coveredemployees, accidents and occupational diseases, and the relationship between tort lawand workers compensation law.Writs and Appeals (2 units)An overview of California writ and appellate procedure, from the filing of writs andnotices of appeal to final determination by the reviewing court. Topics covered include:writs, appealable orders and judgments, scope of appellate review, assembling the recordon appeal, ethical limitations, briefs, right to present oral argument, and discretionaryreview. Apply at www.CollegesofLaw.edu