All Courses

This is a comprehensive course listing of courses taught in the current year and past two years. Please click on faculty name to view faculty specific description.

This is a course about the law governing private agreements. The course analyzes the criteria for determining whether or not a particular promise or voluntary agreement is legally enforceable and...

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Lawyering Skills is the students’ foundational clinical course and focuses on practice-oriented legal analysis. During this yearlong course students develop the analytic skill set needed by...

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This course covers selected topics in substantive criminal law: principles underlying the definition of crime such as the requirements of actus reus and mens rea and general doctrines such as...

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An analysis of property as a social institution and particularly of the dynamics of the system for recognizing and protecting competing claims to resources. Major problem areas to be studied include...

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This course focuses on personal injury law, as it has developed within the Anglo-American legal tradition. In particular, the concept of negligence and the refinements of negligence law will be...

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This is a course about the processes that courts follow in deciding disputes in noncriminal cases. It deals with the way in which conflicts are framed for courts, the stages through which litigation...

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This course examines ways in which the United States Constitution (a) distributes power among the various units of government in the American political system, and (b) limits the exercise of those...

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This seminar is a non-credit first-year course required of all students in The David J. Epstein Program in Public Interest Law and Policy. Through readings, guest speakers, and class discussion,...

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R. Goldstein M. Small J. Varat E. Volokh

This course complements Constitutional Law I. It is devoted mainly to the study of the First Amendment's guarantees of the freedoms of speech, press, and assembly. The course also considers the First...

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P. Arenella D. Carbado D. Dolinko R. Leo L. Levenson

This course studies Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth Amendment constitutional restraints on the activities of law enforcement officers during the investigatory stage of the criminal process. Special...

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K. Stone

Arbitration has become an important aspect of legal practice in such disparate fields as securities regulation, commercial law, employment law, family law, labor law, medical malpractice,...

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J. Daar S. French P. Goodman

This course surveys the law of wills and trusts. Topics include: interstate succession, wills (with an emphasis on execution and revocation), will substitutes, planning for incapacity, trusts, and...

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G. Blumberg H. Slevin

This course is a detailed examination of the California community property system, which has long regulated property relations between husband and wife during marriage and at its termination by...

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S. Rose

The course will survey several important areas related to the federal income taxation of property transactions. Emphasis will be on federal income tax treatment of sales and other dispositions of...

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G. Nelson

This is a concentrated study of the law governing the financing of land transactions from both a national and California perspective. Coverage includes the California deed of trust, installment land...

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P. Bergman I. Eagly L. Levenson J. Mnookin P. Wonsowicz

This course examines the law governing the admission of evidence, focusing on the Federal Rules of Evidence (and to a lesser extent the California Evidence Code), related case law, and federal...

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J. Varat

This course addresses the constitutional and statutory provisions, as well as the judicially-created doctrines, that shape and limit the role that federal courts play in our system of government. It...

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A. Friel

Advertising, Marketing and Promotions are the engines that drive consumer sales, and thus our current economy. Marketers are early adopters of digital media and disruptive technology and push the...

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K. Crenshaw C. Harris

This is a survey course intended to review both the causal and remedial relationship of law to racial discrimination. The material will provide a brief review of the historic development of race as a...

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J. Michaels G. Ogden

This course is an introduction to the legal principles that undergird the administrative state. We will study the sources of law for agency action and examine the ways in which the practical...

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M. Greenberg R. Hughes

This course is an introduction to some central issues in the philosophy of law. Topics will include some of the following: the nature of law; the relation between law and morality; the obligation to...

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J. Oh

The goal of this course is to train students in a number of skills fundamental to the practice of tax law. Through a number of simulated exercises, students will gain familiarity with tasks that are...

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S. Bank J. Oh K. Stark E. Zolt

This course is intended to give students an understanding of the fundamental concepts underlying the U.S. income tax. The course will focus on the statutory framework of U.S. tax laws, certain...

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E. Bawden

Survey of the federal gift, estate, and generation skipping transfer taxes, with emphasis on the tax consequences of various methods of transferring wealth during life and at death. While there are...

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A. Wu E. Zolt

This class explores current important issues related to taxation in a global economy. The goal is to provide an understanding of these issues, their relationship to the US and some non-US tax...

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S. Bainbridge

This is a survey course that examines the basic legal aspects of corporate mergers and acquisitions, which are among the most dynamic and complex strategic activities firms undertake. Students will...

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I. Anabtawi S. Bainbridge S. Bank S. Cummings S. Kim L. LoPucki

UCLA offers basic courses in Business Associations. A course in Business Associations is a foundational requirement in the Business Law Specialization. Different instructors have different emphases...

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S. Bainbridge

This course covers a number of advanced public corporation topics omitted from Business Associations, including control of the public corporation and the financing of public corporations. The exam...

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J. Power

This course introduces basic accounting principles, concepts and terminology. It is intended for the law student who does not have an accounting background. Permission of the instructor to enroll is...

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S. Kim J. Park

This course offers an introduction to the federal securities laws, covering the Securities Act of 1933 and the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as well as the regulations enacted by the Securities...

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This course is offered jointly by Professor Unterman of the Law School and Professor Osborne of the Anderson Graduate School of Management. Most of the class sessions will be taught by guest...

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M. Grady

This course is a basic one-semester introduction to federal antitrust law, including the rules against price-fixing, market division, monopolization, attempts to monopolize, tie-ins, and exclusive...

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Insurance issues figure prominently in many litigation and business matters. This course will introduce students to fundamental principles of insurance law and regulation. It will survey the nature...

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G. Orfield

There is a serious national crisis in high school completion and achievement which directly threatens the future of millions of Latino, African American and low-income students across the U.S. No...

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D. Bussel K. Klee

This course examines the United States Bankruptcy Code and the Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure. Areas of emphasis are: financing, operating and administering debtors’ estates; treatment of...

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S. Bank

This course surveys the taxation of reorganizations and other adjustments involving continuing businesses, including mergers, asset and stock acquisitions and other similar shifts of ownership and...

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L. LoPucki

Debt is pervasive in the American economy. Security interests, mortgages, and liens are the legal devices by which the parties to loans, deals, and other transactions establish the power relationship...

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H. Mittleman

Business Torts is a two-unit course that covers the commercial tort claims most frequently asserted in business litigation. Unlike the first-year torts class, which focuses on conduct causing...

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I. Perkins

This employment law survey course is designed to introduce the student to selected topics pertaining to law in the workplace. The student should acquire a working knowledge of the essential...

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R. Feldman

Although the course satisfies the Law School's Professional Responsibility requirement, the emphasis will be less on rules of ethics and more on ethical and judgmental issues that arise over the...

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J. Dasteel

International commercial arbitration is the single most important means to resolve cross-border commercial disputes in today’s flat world economy. This course provides students with the fundamental...

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K. Stone

This course will focus on the federal law governing relations between private-sector employers and workers acting collectively through unions. We will study the structure, function and jurisdiction...

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C. Harris / N. Zatz K. West-Faulcon N. Zatz

Examination of substantive and procedural laws regulating equal employment opportunity. Coverage of protection for public and private employees from discrimination on the basis of race, gender,...

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K. Beydoun D. Carbado C. Harris

Throughout American history, race has profoundly affected the lives of individuals, the growth of social institutions, the substance of culture, and the workings of our political economy. Not...

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C. Goldberg A. Riley

This course provides an overview of federal Indian law through a study of cases and historical and contemporary materials. It covers the basic conflicts among sovereign governments which dominate...

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J. Michaels

This course is about the rapidly growing and changing area of U.S. national security law, providing an overview of critical areas in the field. It is also a course about the balance of liberty and...

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A. Bâli K. Raustiala

This course examines the legal rules and institutions that govern and influence world politics, as well as analyzing the politics of international law. International law today is more complex and...

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R. Steinberg

This course examines the legal framework of private international business transactions, including: the international sale of goods; bills of lading; letters of credit; government regulation of...

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R. Steinberg

This course examines the present legal structure and operation of the world trade system, primarily through analysis of multilateral and regional trade treaties and associated law. Much of the course...

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K. Abou El Fadl A. Bâli

This course serves as a basic introduction to International Human Rights law. Many of the most significant and troubling trends in international law and international relations today center...

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N. Netanel

This course is a comprehensive four-credit introduction to U.S. trademark and unfair competition law. It covers federal trademark, trademark dilution, and unfair competition law. We will also discuss...

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S. Gardbaum

This introduction to comparative law course focuses primarily – but not exclusively -- on studying two legal traditions, (1) the civil law tradition that originated in continental Europe but...

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J. Doherty

The purpose of this course is to prepare students to conduct original empirical legal research. Empirical Legal Studies is the application of the tools of a social scientist to questions about the...

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S. Biegel

An examination of recent high profile, education-related disputes at both the K-12 and higher ed levels. Topics to be explored include campus safety and privacy, student freedom of expression,...

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J. Zasloff

In this course, we will study the legal regulation of the urban environment. Developers, environmentalists, homeowners, interest groups and other political actors are constrained and empowered by a...

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A. Carlson S. Hecht E. Parson

The course on administrative law would be helpful, but it is not a prerequisite.This introductory course will focus on the variety of legal mechanisms that regulate the environment including common...

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S. Bank J. Oh S. Rose

This course examines the taxation of corporations, partnerships, and limited liability companies. Business transactions will be emphasized, and topics will include the formation, operation and...

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Water law presents a unique mix of federal and state regulatory regimes over a resource that is scarce yet ubiquitous and, of course, essential to life. In this course, we will consider different...

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S. Hecht

This course examines the laws that address the legal status and management of public lands and natural resources, as well as the history, theory and legal authority that have shaped our country’s...

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P. Arenella G. Iversen

This is a course for upper-level students with a serious interest in going into prosecution or criminal defense. Issues covered in this two credit course will include: prosecutorial discretion;...

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M. Langer

In this course, we will study the evolution of international criminal law since Nuremberg. We will concentrate on studying the important developments in the field in the last twenty years, including...

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N. Abrams

This course uses close examination of specific federal crimes to explore issues relating to the role of the federal government in criminal law enforcement. These issues include, for example, a) the...

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S. Bray P. Goodman P. Goodman / K. Lyon Grossman

This course is a survey of the law of remedies. It considers the central remedies of modern American law, including various forms of damages, injunctions, restitution, and declaratory judgments....

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S. Thomas

Art intersects with law in a multitude of forums and disciplines, both nationally and internationally. This course will introduce the student, from an academic and practical perspective, to the body...

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D. Lichtman N. Netanel

This course is a comprehensive four credit introduction to U.S. copyright law. The course begins with copyright's underlying policies and theoretical framework. It then examines the requirements...

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S. Genco

This course provides a comprehensive overview of the legal, business, and financial aspects of the music business. It will focus on the representation of artists as a framework for analysis, and...

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N. Netanel

With a growing global market, the spread of the Internet, and continuing disparity between developed and developing countries, intellectual property assumes a major role in cross-border litigation,...

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D. Ginsburg

This course provides a comprehensive overview of the legal, business and financial aspects of filmed entertainment, with pertinent comparisons and contrasts between the motion picture and...

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D. Lichtman

This is an introductory course in patent law and patent strategy. Although the readings will at times cover technical areas, no technical background is required or even helpful. Instead, our...

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M. Grady D. Lichtman N. Netanel

Patent, copyright, trademark and trade secret law are increasingly playing a central role in the economy, in business strategy, in scientific achievement, and in culture as well. This survey is...

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T. Bryant

The field of animal law has grown tremendously in the past decade. There is substantial litigation and reform legislation designed to help animals we exploit for food, entertainment, and...

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S. Cummings S. Derian S. Dolovich S. Kim I. Perkins A. Winkler

This course satisfies the Professional Responsibility Requirement and deals with the law and ethics of lawyering; that is, the standards of law and the ethics that lawyers are held to (or aspire to)...

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C. Spillenger

This course deals with problems arising in multistate transactions in the federal system and in the international sphere. The emphasis will be on choice of law, but personal jurisdiction and...

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M. Deo J. Kang

This course provides an overview of various topics in Asian American Jurisprudence, from the earliest arrival of Asian immigrants through current debates involving Asian Americans. Since the 19th...

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E. Ribet

This course explores the relationship between law and disability from three angles. First, we will study the disability civil rights paradigm in the United States, with some comparative discussion of...

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G. Blumberg F. Olsen

This course focuses on the conjugal relationship, that is, marriage, registered domestic partnership, and informal cohabitation. We will examine the legal principles and social policies governing the...

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G. Leachman J. Woods

The landscape regarding issues of law and sexuality is rapidly changing. This course will therefore examine the law's role in regulating, subordinating, protecting, and constructing sexuality,...

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J. Doherty D. Lowenstein

This course considers ways in which the law governing the political process affects and reflects political power relationships. Topics covered will include campaign finance, the right to vote, Bush...

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M. Greenberg

This seminar will explore a cluster of issues concerning concepts, conceptual grasp, and incomplete and incorrect understanding of concepts. The class will range across philosophy of mind and...

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N. Zatz

This course surveys government programs that provide direct assistance to economically vulnerable people in the United States. These include means-tested programs targeted at low-income households...

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A. Hoffman J. Horwitz

This course surveys the law and policy applicable to health care financing and delivery in the United States. Students will learn how different areas of law (e.g., torts, contracts, antitrust,...

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J. Kang D. Lichtman

This course provides a legal, technological, and policy introduction to modern communications, including the regulatory regimes that govern broadcast, cable, telephony (wireline and wireless),...

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S. Derian

This course will cover legal issues pertaining to both professional and amateur team sports. Representative issues include: labor issues; antitrust issues (including those raised by the...

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F. Olsen

This course examines the legal and social status of women in modern American society, law and policy relating to that status, legal tools developed to address sexual inequality, and the...

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H. Motomura

The course focuses on the answers to four principal questions: who is a citizen of the United States?; who else can come to this country as an immigrant or a visitor?; when and why can...

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H. Motomura

This course examines the rights (and responsibilities) of non-citizens. Put differently, this course analyzes when and how questions of membership in U.S. society are complicated by immigration and...

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This course introduces students to Jewish law, beginning with biblical law and continuing through its rabbinic interpretation and expansion over 2500 years to our own day. This legal system is based...

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The course will have to main objectives: 1) to provide a short survey of different theories of law (from Natural Law to Critical Legal Studies), focusing also on their scientific methodologies and...

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K. Abou El Fadl

This course introduces students to the field of Islamic law. It is designed to give students a firm grounding in the principles, concepts and terminology of Islamic law. Islamic law is one of the...

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Students undertake legal research under the supervision of a faculty member resulting in an original scholarly paper analyzing a particular area of law. All work must be done under a faculty member’s...

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Students undertake legal research under the supervision of a faculty member resulting in an original scholarly paper analyzing a particular area of law. All work must be done under a faculty member’s...

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V. Marmorstein

This course is designed to teach the basics of complex financing techniques commonly utilized by practicing lawyers in representing clients in raising capital in the global private institutional debt...

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Students undertake original research, usually involving empirical or field study, and produce a paper analyzing their findings. All work must be done under a faculty member’s supervision, and several...

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S. Gardbaum G. Scoffoni

The European Union is an economic and political union of 27 member states and nearly 500 million citizens, and forms the world’s largest trading bloc. It also represents the fastest and most...

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This course is designed to introduce (1) the legal, economic, and structural issues that shape the energy sector and changes that may arise as a result of climate change; (2) the policy issues...

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B. Walton

This survey course examines the entertainment industry from the perspective of laws and practices related to the unions in the creative and production sphere of the audio-visual sector (film,...

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J. Power

This course focuses on the financial analysis skills lawyers need to better represent their clients on a variety of issues. As a foundation course in the Business Law Program, this course is also...

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T. Malloy

This course examines the theoretical underpinnings and politics of several major types of regulatory policy, as well as the practical issues involved in implementing and enforcing each. We will...

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T. Spangler

This course provides an introduction to the regulation of the investment management industry, and in particular financial investment products for retail investors. The course will focus on the...

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T. Bryant J. Horwitz

This course focuses on federal tax laws that pertain to tax-exempt organizations.Specific tax issues considered in the class include requirements to receive and maintain tax-exempt status,...

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K. Ziffren

This course will provide an intensive introduction to the sequential distribution of theatrical motion pictures, both domestic and international. Students will follow the transactions between major...

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K. Abou El Fadl

This course will provide a systematic study of the legal definition and responses to terrorism. In this course, we will discuss the causes and consequences of international and domestic terrorism,...

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N. Abrams

This course addresses the legal aspects of the U.S. government's "war" on terrorism. It examines the crimes and special approaches to criminal procedure (including bases for extended detention...

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P. Del Duca

This course explores the kinds of financial markets, intermediaries and instruments through which cross-border loan and securities transactions are accomplished, with attention to issues of...

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S. Sarabia

This course surveys the experience of Latinas/os (Mexican Americans, Puerto Ricans, Cuban Americans, and others) in the American legal system. The course begins with two foundational units. The...

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F. Olsen

As dissent becomes criminalized and activity that has previously been considered legitimate dissent can land one in jail, the distinction between exercising freedom of speech and engaging in civil...

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K. Stark

According to the Wall Street Journal, "it has become evident in recent years that the serious business of governing the United States is largely being done in the States." Yet to meet the rising...

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C. Goldberg

This course will explore foundational and developing legal concepts in the area of federal Indian law, focusing on issues surrounding contemporary Indian Country economies and commercial transactions...

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K. Abou El Fadl

This course will introduce students to international refugee law and U.S. asylum law. Some background in immigration law would be helpful, but it is not necessary. Students without any background...

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Information technology is affecting every aspect of our lives, transforming work, trade, communities, politics and governances. The law is called upon to respond to these changes, by applying old...

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S. Dolovich

Courses in criminal law tend to focus on the “front end” of the criminal justice process: investigation, prosecution, and verdict. But for those offenders sentenced to prison, the trial process is...

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M. Woronoff

We will examine the nature and structure of, and the multidisciplinary legal rules relevant to, start-up companies and venture capital transactions. The course is designed to provide students:i. an...

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B. Goldblatt N. Wertlieb / B. Goldblatt N. Wertlieb

This course will introduce students to typical corporate transactions, providing students with substantial drafting and negotiation experiences as well as exposure to the ethical, tax and other legal...

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R. Sander

Although numbers and empirical analysis now pervade many fields of law, most lawyers have few skills in presenting or interpreting data or quantitative arguments. This course develops those skills. ...

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S. Anayah C. Fischer C. Fischer / S. Anayah K. Gerson

This course is designed to provide students with the research skills needed in the practice of law. Topics covered include the use of primary and secondary sources; case law research; statutory...

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T. Muller

The Advanced Real Estate Transactions course examines the principal business and legal issues arising in each phase of typical real estate investment and development transactions. The course starts...

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T. Bryant

This semester this course will focus on current, controversial topics that pertain to animal shelters, including no-kill sheltering and the appropriate role of shelters particularly as public...

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J. Park

This is a contracts law course that adds a practical perspective to a traditional first-year Contracts course. This course is open only to LL.M. students. In addition to covering the main US...

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J. Light

This 2-unit course will satisfy the Revised New York Court of Appeals Rule 520.6 (as amended January 12, 2012), enabling L.L.M. students to take the New York Bar Exam. During the semester, students...

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D. Lichtman

Although the details of intellectual property law are best left to specialized lawyers, no modern business leader can afford to be unaware of the opportunities presented by, and the pitfalls...

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J. Schwartz

This course will be focused on issues involved in litigating civil rights cases. We will study principles of federal civil rights law and practice, and examine the skills and strategies involved in...

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D. Lichtman J. Mnookin

Modern litigation, both criminal and civil, increasingly confronts claims about scientific evidence. Yet blending expert knowledge with lay adjudicatory processes inevitably raises difficult...

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This course will examine some of the most cutting-edge legal issues in family law (e.g., Should anonymous sperm and egg donation be prohibited? Can a child have more than two parents? Should the...

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D. Lowenstein

Statutory interpretation is a pervasive ​activity for most lawyers, yet practice does not typically give a lawyer a comprehensive view of the subject. This course will give students an introductory...

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F. Olsen

Violence appears across the law school curriculum—notably in criminal law and public international law, with cameo appearances in torts, contracts, property, will & trusts, constitutional law,...

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D. Zohar

Most lawyers will work, at some point in their careers, in a small or medium-sized law firm. For many law students, their first job will be with such a firm. Students in this course will acquire the...

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J. Gordon K. Klee K. Klee / J. Gordon

The Law and Your Life: Aligning Personal Values with the Practice of Law / Fundamentals of Professional DevelopmentStudents will explore the practice of law from the perspective of their personal...

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S. Thaxton

This course provides a general introduction to death penalty law and practice in the United States. We will explore the constitutional and legal structure of capital punishment (i.e., common law...

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A. Tabaddor

The intersection between immigration law and crimes has gained greater attention post 9/11 and is of growing importance to policy makers, judges and lawyers alike who practice in both fields. This...

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A. Tabaddor

This course, which is open to students who are currently enrolled in Immigration Law or who have taken Immigration Law in a prior semester, is focused on providing a more practical approach to...

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L. Sobel

This course will focus on income tax issues of particular interest to lawyers who represent talent, especially issues that lurk in the shadows what appear to be very ordinary entertainment industry...

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P. Habibi

The objective of this course is to provide students with the qualitative and quantitative skills necessary to analyze a wide variety of real estate investments in the context of their legal careers. ...

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This course will focus on legal and regulatory issues facing entrepreneurial ventures of different forms and sizes, the gamut that covers lemonade stand-like businesses, the Facebooks of the world,...

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H. Motomura

This course is a joint offering in collaboration with Professor Roger Waldinger of the UCLA Department of Sociology. We seek to offer a comprehensive multi–disciplinary overview of the key current...

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E. Parson

This course examines how society manages-–or fails to manage-–environmental issues that fall beyond the authority or capability of one national government. Class sessions will be divided roughly...

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P. Habibi / M. Kahn P. Habibi / B. Weiss / M. Kahn

The objective of this course is to provide students with a foundational understanding of social entrepreneurship and the manner in which it can be applied to real estate. We will examine the ways in...

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M. Garmaise

The aim of this course is to provide law school students with a strong foundation in securities markets, investments, and valuation. Topics include discounting and present values, the valuation...

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Using both real and hypothetical transactions to frame the inquiry and dialogue, this advanced, limited enrollment course will explore the transactional process from a transactional lawyer's...

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A. Winkler

This course examines selected theoretical topics in American constitutional law. While the contours of the course material vary from year to year, students can expect an in-depth study of one or...

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J. Oh E. Zolt

This seminar will examine several issues related to tax and society, including determining the role governments should play in providing goods and services and in using taxes to fund them. We will...

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K. Stone

Requirements: four brief response papers and one research paper This seminar will have three thematic parts. First, it will look at the changing nature of the employment relationship and its...

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G. López

This Workshop (which includes a Speaker Series) will immerse students in "rebellious lawyering" - the name given both to a particular vision of problem solving practiced by growing numbers of lawyers...

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S. Hecht

This course will provide an intensive look at California’s approaches to several areas of environmental and natural resources law. California’s environmental regulatory systems raise important...

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A. Riley

This course explores the identity, ownership, appropriation and repatriation of both tangible and intangible cultural property – those items which are of great significance to the cultural heritage...

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J. Michaels

This seminar examines innovative efforts to design more effective pathways for delivering public goods and services than might be available within the strictures of traditional government...

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E. Achiume

Developments in the last two decades have produced a network of institutional mechanisms at the international level designed to pursue accountability for mass violations of human rights. As the...

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S. Bainbridge G. Georgiev

It is widely believed that failures in corporate governance – the institutional structures, practices and legal rules through which corporations are governed – were among the key causes of the global...

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R. Steinberg L. Stemple

This new course focuses on the relationship between global health and international human rights law. We examine the conceptual linkages between health and human rights and explore both the promise...

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R. Hughes S. Shiffrin

This seminar explores selected topics in philosophy of law. Please see the individual course descriptions for this semester for details on the topics to be discussed.

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A. Heinrich A. Heinrich / A. Iancu D. Lichtman / A. Heinrich / A. Iancu A. Iancu

This seminar is designed to allow students to delve into current issues and controversies in patent law. The seminar will be co-taught by two partners from the law firm of Irell & Manella who...

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R. Sander R. Sander / J. Zasloff

This course will examine the past forty years of federal and state programs to stem urban decline and improve housing in the U.S. The course will compare and contrast a variety of legal and policy...

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C. Goldberg

Students in this seminar will study the traditional and contemporary legal systems of Native American tribal nations. There will be detailed examination of several different tribal systems, including...

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J. Nanda

This course will systematically and creatively examine the juvenile justice system and the impact of various legal, social and political policies on at-risk youth -- with a focus on youth in Los...

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R. Korobkin

Students will participate in a workshop series in which scholars from UCLA and other universities – representing a variety of academic disciplines including business, economics, psychology, and...

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G. Blasi S. Cummings J. Nanda

This seminar is a required course for the David J. Epstein Program in Public Interest Law and Policy and enrollment is limited to Epstein Program students except by approval of the instructor....

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K. Waaldijk

Laws across the world are used and created to suppress or marginalize homosexual behaviour, same-sex relationships, lesbian and gay identities. International, national and subnational laws are also...

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S. Bank J. Oh / K. Stark / A. Wu E. Zolt

Tax policy is at the heart of many of the most important public policy issues that we face in our society. How should we allocate the cost of government? Should the tax code be used to influence...

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N. Netanel N. Netanel / D. Nimmer

This seminar gives students the opportunity to participate in cutting edge scholarship in the areas of entertainment, media, and intellectual property. During the first part of the seminar, we will...

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D. Ginsburg

This seminar (taught in the Spring Semester) is primarily but not exclusively intended for students who have completed an unpaid entertainment industry internship the previous summer and who are...

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G. López

This Workshop aims to deepen and sharpen students’ capacity to produce high-quality legal analysis. To do so, the Workshop will require students on a daily basis to train in order to improve the...

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K. Abou El Fadl

This seminar introduces students to the field of Islamic law. It is designed to give students a firm grounding in the principles, concepts and terminology of Islamic law. Islamic law is one of the...

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D. Dolinko

The seminar will focus on what (if anything) makes it morally permissible for the state to inflict “hard treatment” on people, against their will, provided they have been found guilty of criminal...

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M. Greenberg S. Munzer S. Shiffrin

The Legal Theory Workshop brings leading scholars from around the country to discuss their works in progress with law students , graduate students in philosophy, and interested faculty. All the...

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Animals in agriculture comprise over 98% of all animals raised and killed in the United States each year – over ten billion land animals alone. These animals also suffer some of the most prolonged...

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M. Greenberg B. Herman / S. Shiffrin S. Shiffrin

This seminar explores selected topics in philosophy of law. Please see the individual descriptions for this semester for details on the topics to be discussed.

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C. Spillenger

The purposes of this seminar are several. First, it seeks to provide a deeper, more contextualized study for some of the cases and topics that students are likely to have encountered in...

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A. Bâli

The subset of international law relating to the conduct of war – known as international humanitarian law (IHL) or the law of armed conflict – plays a prominent role in contemporary debates about law...

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S. Biegel I. Perkins E. Volokh

This year-long seminar is designed for advanced law students who wish to develop and complete a full-length, high-quality legal article (or “comment”) of publishable quality in a collaborative...

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P. Goodman

This course, required for any LL.M. student who has not previously studied law in the United States, is designed to prepare the foreign lawyer for American legal study. The course provides...

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T. Holm

This seminar is required for all writing advisors in the Lawyering Skills Program and is open only to those writing advisors. The seminar reinforces the analytical and writing skills taught in the...

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L. LoPucki

This course is designed to enable students with no background in empiricism or statistics to take an empirical project from conception through publication in a 4-unit, two-semester course. The...

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C. Hessler

This seminar explores major legal controversies afflicting the digital economy. In particular, the seminar asks how “property” and “monopoly power” should be defined to promote prosperity when...

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J. Doherty

This seminar is designed as a follow-up to Law 279. This is a once-weekly seminar which will cover research design, data collection, and analysis. Students will continue to design and execute their...

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L. Stemple

Sexual politics cut across issues in human rights, encompassing debates about gender equality, cultural relativism, sexual orientation, human trafficking, and HIV/AIDS. This seminar explores the...

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K. Beydoun

The course will examine the role law and American legal institutions have played racially defining and categorizing Arab, Middle Eastern and Muslim Americans. Particular attention will be paid to the...

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C. Horowitz

Global climate change is emerging as the most significant environmental, if not societal, issue of our era. Climate change will pose profound challenges for our regulatory institutions, for...

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G. Leachman

This course examines and evaluates recent scholarship in the field of sexual orientation and gender identity law. Each week, students will read and discuss several recent law review articles in the...

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P. Goodman

This seminar focuses on the interface between two important subjects: law and popular culture. Before class, students will see a series of films or television shows relating to law, lawyers, and the...

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UCLA School of Law offers various opportunities for its students, and for law students in other countries, to gain exposure to international law and the legal systems and cultures of other nations....

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Preparation of research data and writing of SJD dissertation.

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S. Bray

This seminar examines scholarship on non-monetary remedies. It will focus especially on the injunction and the declaratory judgment. The law of remedies implicates fundamental questions about the...

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S. Bray

This seminar explores the phenomenon of judicial decisionmaking, and it does so in the context of the law of remedies. Students enrolled in this seminar work as judges making judicial decisions. The...

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J. Park

While lawyers typically do not have formal training in accounting and finance, a basic understanding of these subjects is essential for business lawyers. This seminar is for students wishing to...

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This seminar will examine the regulatory regime governing the securities market structure, which encompasses interconnected trading venues, such as securities exchanges and over-the-counter networks,...

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I. Anabtawi

Note: Enrollment limited to 12 students. This seminar takes an in-depth look at selected topics in mergers and acquisitions. Areas explored will include the reasons for pursuing acquisitions, the...

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M. Kezirian C. Powers M. Kezirian / C. Powers

This course will examine the intersection of law, health and public policy as applied through medical-legal partnerships. An emerging national trend poised to expand under the implementation of...

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J. Dienstag

This course will examine the important trends in European political and constitutional theory in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, that is, the political theory that was current and...

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A. Carlson

The course will enroll up to 16 students, from law and other graduate programs, who will each week read the work of a scholar who will present a paper on the topic of either climate change and/or...

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In this seminar, students will explore complex issues in medical ethics and law that are ripped from the headlines and fall under the broad umbrella of "reproduction." Topics include: forced...

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P. Arenella

This seminar examines the criminal law's alleged link between legal and moral blame. Most of the criminal law's culpability and excuse doctrines for mala in se crimes are derived from the criminal...

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M. Langer

This seminar provides an overview of comparative criminal procedure. Its goal is not only to study how other legal systems regulate the criminal process, but also to enable a deeper understanding...

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M. Herzog

More than half of the U.S. population lives near a coast, and we rely on coasts and oceans for a variety of important services like food, transportation, recreation, energy, and goods movement. ...

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K. Raustiala R. Steinberg

This course is intended for those interested in sophisticated international legal argumentation or those interested in scholarly debates over international law. The seminar will explore competing...

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This seminar will examine some of the most cutting-edge legal issues in family law: how to define a parent and what constitutional rights parents have; custody and visitation issues arising for...

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R. Abel

The global recession has dramatically altered the job market for law graduates. During their careers, most lawyers change jobs several times. This seminar will introduce students to the rich...

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M. Golden-Krasner / A. Martinez

This course will cover the development, theories, and practice of environmental justice law, specifically analyzing the legal and policy tools used by advocates to advance environmental justice. The...

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This seminar will examine market mechanisms to regulate pollution and conserve limited natural resources. We will use case studies of various economic approaches, such as fishing quotas, nutrient...

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T. Spangler

Study of the structure, organization, documentation and operation of hedge funds and private equity funds. Focus will include the legal and regulatory issues that arise in connection with (i) the...

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J. Horwitz

Over the past several decades, the nonprofit sector has grown dramatically in wealth and prominence. So has controversy over whether the benefits provided by nonprofit organizations justify their...

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F. Olsen

The seminar examines traditional legal theory from a feminist perspective and explores alternative feminist views of legal issues and standard jurisprudential quandaries. Admissions to this seminar...

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J. Kohli J. Kohli / V. Narro V. Narro

This course will give a brief overview of legal history and developments in labor and employment law pertinent to major issues impacting low wage workers. The class will focus on major organizing...

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A. Hoffman

This seminar examines contemporary scholarship on health reform. The seminar will provide a framework from which to understand and evaluate the ethical, empirical and legal implications of...

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The course explores problems of commodification. The central goals of the course are to explore what is—and what should be—for sale in the market, and to consider why a particular thing is or should...

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S. Dolovich

Courses in criminal law tend to focus on the "front end" of the criminal justice process: investigation, prosecution, and verdict. But for those offenders sentenced to prison, the trial process...

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I. Perkins

This seminar addresses ongoing efforts by the United States and other governments and international entities to encourage legal reforms, reduce corruption, and promote the “rule of law” in developing...

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M. Roberts / M. Pollans

UCLA School of Law has recently established the Resnick Program for Food Law and Policy. This new program, the first of its kind at a top tier law school, recognizes the important role of food law...

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A. Wang

Over the last 35 years, China has embarked on an unprecedented effort to build a legal system and a cadre of lawyers, judges, and law professors essentially from scratch. The progress of that effort...

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A. Riley

This course examines issues legal issues integral to governance that Native American nations face in the 21st century, including those that impact and shape: political sovereignty, economic...

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This seminar will explore a range of topics related to Native American tribal governmental gaming and will consider the relationship between legal and non-legal developments. We will begin by...

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K. Abou El Fadl

This seminar will introduce students to international refugee law and U.S. asylum law. Some background in immigration law would be helpful, but it is not necessary. Students without any background in...

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B. Allen B. Allen / R. Moran

This course will examine contemporary American educational law and policy with a particular emphasis on California and school district governance. Students will study and discuss nationally relevant...

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R. Stone

This seminar will address theoretical questions about contract law. Topics will include: the relationship between contract and promise; contract remedies; economic analysis of contract law; contract...

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M. Small

This seminar will examine the President’s authority under the Constitution and the limits on presidential power. It will cover the following topics: theories of presidential power; the president's...

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C. Harris

This seminar will focus on race-conscious remedies designed to ameliorate race discrimination and inequality. Preliminary focus will be on the location of race-conscious remedies within the existing...

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A. Stremitzer

Parties engaging in economic exchange often organize their relationships through written contracts. We study the design of these contracts and the body of law which governs and influences their...

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M. Grady M. Grady / A. Stremitzer M. Grady / J. Horwitz / A. Stremitzer J. Horwitz A. Stremitzer

The UCLA Law & Economics Workshop is an interdisciplinary workshop that brings together scholars and students from the Law School, the Economics Department, and the Anderson School of Management....

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J. Zasloff

This course will engage in a close consideration and reading of Pirkei Avot, one of the formative texts of Rabbinic Judaism and a central source for Jewish ethics over the last 2,000 years. In so...

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W. Simon

The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the mechanics of speaking, presentation and persuasion, framed by the classical principles of rhetoric. The course will feature an in-depth...

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M. Carroll

This course will examine issues relevant to complex civil litigation, with a particular focus on questions of civil procedure as they relate to large-scale public interest lawsuits. Topics to be...

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D. Carbado K. Crenshaw

Students will participate along with faculty in the law school's biweekly Critical Race Studies Workshop. Every other week we will discuss a work-in-progress presented by various authors, including...

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F. Olsen

In recent decades, sex discrimination scholarship has moved beyond its initial focus on legal doctrine and constitutional arguments to develop a criticism of the legal system itself. This seminar...

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K. Beydoun

This course will explore emerging themes within the growing literature of Critical Race Theory. Contrary to the traditional view of racial subordination as solely a deviation from the liberal legal...

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L. Gómez

This seminar considers the historic and contemporary position of Latinos/as (Mexican Americans, Puerto Ricans, Cuban Americans and other groups in the U.S. who descend from Latin America) in the...

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K. Crenshaw

This comparative CRT seminar will address the legal and social apparatuses of racialization in the global North and South. A primary focus will be the development of group-based remedies such as...

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K. Wattley

This Seminar meets four times during the semester, for four hours each meeting, and provides students with substantive instruction on the rights of California prisoners, with a focus on the 34,000...

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S. Dolovich

The 8th Amendment’s cruel and unusual punishment clause is the constitutional provision that limits what the state can do to convicted criminal offenders as punishment. Substantive challenges to...

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R. Leo

This course is about the wrongful conviction and incarceration of the factually innocent in the American criminal justice system. We will examine how and why wrongful convictions occur, the sources...

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R. Sears

The HIV/AIDS epidemic is one of the greatest public health crises of the past three decades and has resulted in significant legislation and public policy geared toward both infected and affected...

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K. Crenshaw

This seminar will explore the manner in which the relationship between race, racism and the law has been represented in film. Grounded in the recognition that law has functioned not only to regulate...

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R. Sears

This course will explore the relevance of public policy research to LGBT legal issues. The course will feature the scholars and research of the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law. Topics...

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J. Mnookin

The course will enroll up to 16 students, from law and possibly other graduate programs, who will, in most weeks, read the work of a scholar who will present a paper on a topic connected to...

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D. Binder / A. Moore

Are tax law, constitutional law & personal injury law in any way similar? This seminar explores why the answer is “Yes.” Many lawyers and law students fail to recognize that in every substantive...

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A. Winkler

This semester, the constitutional law seminar will focus on the right to keep and bear arms. We will examine the philosophical and historical origins of the arms right; the controversy over the...

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D. Babbe / S. Donald D. Babbe / D. Lanning J. Light

This course is designed for students who will be doing civil litigation. The course provides a “real world” overview of how pretrial civil litigation is conducted and explores how lawyers...

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V. Jih / C. Lazatin / C. Lifland / A. Silvers

The Yearlong Ninth Circuit Appellate Advocacy Clinic is a joint undertaking between UCLA and the law firm of O’Melveny & Myers LLP. Three senior O’Melveny appellate attorneys will teach the...

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K. Lyon Grossman / S. Donald J. Light K. Lyon Grossman A. Moore

This course is designed for students who intend to engage in a civil litigation practice. The course focuses on the practical and theoretical aspects of preparing for, taking and defending...

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This year-long clinic will teach students how lawyers and other professionals help build businesses, with particular emphasis on supporting the technology transfer process at UCLA. This experimental...

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D. Babbe / S. Donald D. Babbe / I. Joe A. Moore

The course explores theoretical and practical aspects of the trial process and provides training in the skills needed to represent clients in trials. Classes consider the principal function of trials...

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G. Blasi J. Nanda

In this course, students in the Public Policy Advocacy Clinic work with clients, organizers and other advocates to devise and implement strategies for changing law or public policy in a selected area...

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F. Mosten

The course covers mediation theory, skills, and perspectives in a variety of areas of law. Students will learn the basic skills to serve as both a neutral mediator and to work with lawyers during the...

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P. Bibring / S. Paul J. Schwartz / P. Bibring

This clinic is focused on the doctrine, skills, and strategy involved in litigating civil rights cases. During class we will study principles of federal civil rights law and practice. The...

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R. Korobkin / D. Babbe / J. Dasteel / R. Feldman R. Korobkin

All lawyers, regardless of specialty, must negotiate: with opposing counsel, with clients, and with members of their own firms or organizations. Law 709 is a 3-unit course that provides an overview...

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S. Derian S. Derian / M. Bender S. Derian / S. Paul

Third year students have priority for enrollment in this course. This course will be graded on a P/U/NC basis. Students are allowed to take only one Trial Advocacy related course (Civil, Criminal or...

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A. Tolbert

Students teach law-related topics in local high schools and participate in weekly seminar meetings at the law school. Each student, in consultation with the hosting high school teacher, develops...

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S. Gillig

This five unit clinic is open to a maximum of twelve students. The class meets twice a week for a total of three hours and has a placement component at a community based legal service organization....

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J. Hilson M. Gottfried / J. Hilson K. Klee

This transactional clinical course teaches the art of renegotiating basic business contracts such as leases, junk bond indentures, and loan agreements. After studying principles of contractual...

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J. Cramer / G. Iversen I. Eagly / J. Cramer G. Iversen

This clinical course examines the role of the defense lawyer in the criminal justice process. The class seminar, which meets twice each week, covers both substantive and technical aspects of...

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E. Achiume

The International Human Rights Clinic is a yearlong clinic that requires students to navigate international human rights law theory and practice in the service of real clients. It has two...

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S. Hecht S. Hecht / C. Horowitz S. Hecht / M. Herzog M. Herzog

The course is designed to train students in lawyering by exposing them to actual environmental law cases. Under faculty supervision, students represent environmental and environmental justice...

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G. Cardona G. Iversen

Third year students have priority for enrollment in this course. This course will be graded on a P/U/NC basis. Students are allowed to take only one Trial Advocacy related course (Civil, Criminal or...

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L. Bocarsly

Taught in conjunction with Advanced Real Estate Transactions, the Real Estate Law Clinic is a year-long clinical course offering students practical, hands-on training and experience working on live...

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E. Volokh

The First Amendment Amicus Brief Clinic will file friend-of-the-court briefs on behalf of nonprofits in a wide range of First Amendment cases. Students will work in teams of two or three on each...

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S. Banner S. Banner / F. Rowley, Jr.

Course credit: 5 unitsLimited to 6 studentsEnrollment by applicationIn this course students work on real cases before the United States Supreme Court, while learning how the Court selects and decides...

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L. Miranda

Students in this clinic will provide legal assistance to Indian nations. Projects served by the clinic will involve the development and modification of tribal legal codes, governing documents and...

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C. Goldberg

4 units; may be taken for one or two semesters, with second semester subject to approval of units by the instructor.Students in this Clinic will provide assistance to justices of the highest courts...

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K. Jackson K. Jackson / J. London J. London

The Asylum Clinic is a joint venture between the law school and Public Counsel’s Immigrants’ Rights Project. Students will spend approximately four hours each week in the classroom and an additional...

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M. Kezirian / C. Powers

**Completion of Law 608- Intersection of Law, Health and Public Policy: Medical-Legal Partnerships, is pre-requisite to enrollment in this course.** Medical-Legal Partnerships (MLPs) represent a...

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D. Bussel K. Klee

Students will be divided into groups and assigned one of four roles -- debtor's counsel, secured bank's counsel, unsecured creditors' committee 's counsel, and Noteholders counsel. You will be...

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T. Malloy T. Malloy / B. Weiss

The acquisition of a going concern raises a host of environmental issues to be resolved and integrated into the larger transaction. It also offers an excellent context in which students can learn...

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T. Malloy

The operation of a going concern raises a host of environmental issues to be resolved and integrated into the broader context of managing the business. This problem-based course will draw upon such...

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I. Anabtawi I. Anabtawi / J. Cramer I. Anabtawi / G. Georgiev

In this course, students will have an opportunity to study in depth the process of selling a private company. Students will learn (from both the buyer’s and the seller’s perspective) how to prepare a...

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J. Hilson

From the client's initial call requesting a confidentiality agreement and term sheet, through the due diligence process and the preparation and negotiation of a commitment letter, up to the...

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R. Steinberg

Students enrolled in the Sanela Diana Jenkins Clinic on Gender Violence in Eastern Congo will help support and assess five interventions to assist villages that have suffered mass rape attacks in...

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R. Steinberg

This year-long clinic has elements of a clinic, a seminar, a law journal, and a long-distance externship. We will partner with the Office of the Prosecutor (OTP) of the International Criminal Court...

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J. Nanda J. Nanda / M. Brandow

Note: Law 532 is Professor Nanda’s Youth & Justice seminar (substantive) course. Law 750 is a live client clinical year-long course. Students who enroll in this clinical course (Law 750) must...

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K. Penteshin / K. Petersen

The Workers’ Rights Clinic is looking formotivated students with a strong interest in labor law and social justice. Under the supervision of in-house counsel and a senior organizing director,clinic...

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Students in their second and third years may apply to do a part-time externship with a government agency, a non-profit organization or with in-house corporate counsel. A student may take more than...

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Students in their second and third years may apply to do a part-time externship with a judge. A student may take more than one part-time externship, but may receive a cumulative total of no more than...

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J. Groban K. Wattley

Practicums link substantive law courses with practice experience. They combine doctrinal courses with either field placements (live-client practicums) or simulation-based clinical courses...

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J. Dasteel

Practicums link substantive law courses with practice experience. They combine doctrinal courses with either field placements (live-client practicums) or simulation-based clinical courses...

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L. Taylor

This two-unit course examines the judicial process and supports judicial externs. Readings and discussion will address: the roles of judges, clerks, research attorneys and externs in drafting...

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UCLA School of Law offers externships in a variety of settings from government agencies to non-profit organizations. Currently, externship placements are limited to California, Seattle, Chicago, New...

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Students in their second and third years may apply to do a full-time externship with a judge, a government agency, a non-profit organization or with in-house corporate counsel. A student may not take...

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Why are corporate transactions structured in the way that they are? This course explores the business lawyer’s role in (1) creating value by helping clients identify, assess, and manage business...

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This course considers whether and to what extent international human rights law applies to the actions of states outside their sovereign territories. The focus is on international law only, not also...

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This course will introduce students to the modern syndicated loan transaction and the principal legal and practical issues relevant to a commercial financing arrangement in today’s international...

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This course is intended to introduce students to the principal legal and practical issues typically encountered in structuring and executing cross-border merger and acquisition transactions between...

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P. Habibi

The objective of this course is to provide students with the qualitative and quantitative skills necessary to analyze a wide variety of real estate investments in the context of their legal careers. ...

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What is the relationship between law and technology? Does the law lag behind technology? Can the law regulate technology? The course queries the complex relationship between law and Information...

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In this intensive short course, students will be exposed to the most important elements of a typical merger-and-acquisition transaction involving a publicly traded target company. The course will...

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D. Bussel

Previous or concurrent enrollment in Law 248 or this 1- unit mini-course is the substantive law prerequisite for Law 740 Bankruptcy Transactional Course: Negotiating and Confirming Chapter 11...

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