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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The course provides an introduction to principles of sound legal analysis for incoming first-year students. Topics include: structure of the legal system, analysis of rule creation and rule...

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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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This course is the first year students’ foundational clinical course, focusing on the essential aspects of the lawyer-client relationship. Students will be trained through the clinical method on...

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S. Bainbridge S. Banner B. Colgan K. Crenshaw J. Doherty L. Gómez S. Hecht C. Horowitz J. Horwitz S. Kim R. Korobkin M. Langer D. Lichtman C. Littleton L. LoPucki T. Malloy J. Mnookin H. Motomura J. Nanda D. NeJaime F. Olsen M. Roberts R. Sander R. Sears C. Spillenger K. Stone E. Volokh J. Zasloff

"Modes of Legal Inquiry" is a collection of electives: one-credit courses, offered on a pass/unsatisfactory/no credit basis. The Modes of Legal Inquiry will be taught in small, seminar-style classes...

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R. Goldstein 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 B. Colgan D. Dolinko R. Re

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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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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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 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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R. Re 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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This course will examine the current state of regulation and litigation surrounding advertising—especially TV and internet advertising—in the United States. The enormous growth in advertising has led...

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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

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

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D. Dover M. Greenberg S. Nayak-Young

This course will provide an introduction to some central issues in the philosophy of law. For example, we will consider whether citizens have a duty to obey the law, and if so, under what...

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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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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 J. Park

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. Biegel K. Eichensehr

This course examines legal and policy challenges stemming from rapidly evolving cybersecurity threats. Cyber insecurities affect many types of actors—for example, individuals who suffer...

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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 a challenging introduction to the federal securities laws, covering the Securities Act of 1933 and the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as well as the detailed, complex regulations...

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S. Bank

Over the last two decades, the compensation of chief executive officers and other top executives has been one of the most controversial areas of law and corporate governance. Throughout the...

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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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This course reflects an integrated approach to the television industry, and the role of lawyers and legal doctrine within it. The course will be divided into three units, corresponding to...

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D. Bussel K. Klee B. Logan

This course is an introduction to federal bankruptcy law with an emphasis on the restructuring of businesses. The class will provide a solid foundation in bankruptcy law both for those who are...

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S. Bank

This course surveys the taxation and structuring aspects of corporate and partnership merger and acquisition transactions. Coverage will include tax-free corporate acquisitions and divisions, the tax...

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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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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 union organizing, collective bargaining...

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C. Harris N. Zatz

This course examines the regulation of employment discrimination through Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and related laws. It offers a comprehensive introduction to conceptualizing and...

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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 an introductory examination of U.S. national security law. We will study questions relating to the exercise of military force, the conduct of intelligence operations, and the...

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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 fundamental legal frameworks governing global commerce and international trade relations between states. Focusing on the law of the World Trade Organization (WTO), the course...

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K. Abou El Fadl A. Bâli

Many of the most significant and troubling trends in international law and international relations today center on fundamental questions of human rights. The rise of international human rights...

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N. Netanel

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

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S. Gardbaum

This course will focus on the comparative study of the structure and content of constitutional law, primarily (though not exclusively) comparing the United States with both (a) western European civil...

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S. Gardbaum G. Scoffoni

This course is designed to give the students general understanding of the specificities and of the interactions of Legal Systems today. In an age of globalization, the comparative study of...

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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

This introductory course will focus on the variety of legal mechanisms that regulate the environment, including common law doctrines such as nuisance as well as major federal statutes such as...

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S. Bank J. Oh

This course introduces students to the federal income taxation of corporations, partnerships and limited liability companies. Topics covered will include choosing the appropriate entity,...

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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 S. Thaxton

The subject of this course is the criminal process "from bail to jail." We will examine the constitutional and non-constitutional procedural components of the criminal trial process, as well as...

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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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S. Bray 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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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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This course provides an overview of the legal, business and financial aspects of the entertainment industry, specifically in the fields of motion picture, television, and digital content...

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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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S. Cummings S. Derian S. Dolovich S. Kim J. Lipner D. NeJaime 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 legal conflicts arising in multistate transactions, both within the federal system and in the international sphere. The emphasis will be on choice of law, but recognition of...

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J. Kang

Legal, social, and political discourse on race relations has traditionally been framed in Black-White terms. This course disrupts the traditional view by taking Asian Americans seriously. Since the...

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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 D. NeJaime F. Olsen

This course explores how the law constructs, defines, limits, and regulates the family. Topics covered include: marriage and nonmarital relationships, sex and reproductive rights, having and...

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D. NeJaime A. Susman J. Woods

This course explores the ways in which the law constructs and regulates sexuality. Subjects covered include the criminalization of sexual activity, discrimination based on sexual orientation and...

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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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D. Lowenstein

Despite the emphasis in law school, especially in the first year, on case law and the judicial process, most practicing lawyers work principally with statutes. This course considers various aspects...

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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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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

Rapidly changing computing-and-communication technologies are buckling old regulatory frameworks. This course provides a legal, technological, and policy introduction to these extraordinary changes...

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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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K. Abou El Fadl

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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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 28 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 provides an introduction to energy law and regulation in the United States. It covers basic principles of rate regulation and public utilities; the division of jurisdiction between...

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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

The nonprofit, tax-exempt sector is a vibrant part of our economy and our society’s identity. It is also a growing and interesting legal practice area. This course introduces students to federal laws...

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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. It will focus on the business relationships the major...

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J. Woods

Throughout American history, criminal laws have been used to regulate a variety of “vice” behaviors. This advanced criminal law course is organized around the overarching question of when “vice”...

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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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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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N. La Terza

The course presents, from the practitioner's standpoint, key legal and business issues involved in financing theatrical features. Students need no prior knowledge of the area and applicable...

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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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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 in...

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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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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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S. Anayah C. Fischer K. Gerson L. McClelland

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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A. Khan

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 U.S....

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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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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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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...

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J. Gordon K. Klee

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

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

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

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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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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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D. Lichtman

This course introduces the regulatory regime that governs the broadcast radio, broadcast television, cable television, wireline telephone, wireless telephone, and Internet industries. Students...

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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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M. Roberts

UCLA School of Law has recently established the Resnick Program for Food Law and Policy. This new program recognizes the important role of food law and policy in a modern food system that is...

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T. Bryant

This course is an introduction to issues that arise in the context of providing legal services to seniors, which is a rapidly growing field of legal practice and academia. Representative issues are...

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A. Wang

In coming decades, nearly all of the growth in global pollution emissions is expected to come from developing countries. For example, more than 90 percent of carbon dioxide emissions between 2012 and...

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P. Habibi M. Kahn B. Weiss

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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G. Abe

course focuses on the important aspects of starting a new business enterprise with emphasis on the challenges faced by an entrepreneur (or group of entrepreneurs) in initiating a business venture and

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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 of...

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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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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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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. Zolt

This seminar examines how tax regimes can influence a country’s economic development. Topics include: the goals of tax systems in developing and developed countries, taxation and economic growth,...

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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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A. Heinrich A. Iancu D. Lichtman

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

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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, such as ...

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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 J. Schwartz

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. Building on the First Year Epstein Program...

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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 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 D. Nimmer

This seminar gives students the opportunity to participate in cutting-edge scholarship in the areas of entertainment, media, and intellectual property, with a focus on copyright law (and this year...

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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 world to discuss their works in progress with law students, graduate students in philosophy, and interested faculty. All the papers...

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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

This seminar (cross-listed with the philosophy department) will focus on recent contributions to the theoretical literature on contract law. Possible topics include the purpose or function of...

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K. Abou El Fadl

What is a political crime? Is there a meaningful distinction between a political as opposed to a non-political or common crime? And what is the relationship of political crimes to terrorism? This...

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T. Malloy

This seminar examines the theoretical underpinnings of several major types of regulation, as well as the practical issues involved in implementing and enforcing each. We will explore the selection...

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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 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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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 is a yearlong seminar on conducting empirical legal research. It covers research design, statistics, data analysis, and critical reading of empirical literature. Grades are based on 3 short...

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A. Park 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 role...

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D. Lowenstein

From ancient times, law, justice and responsibility have been major themes in many great works of literature. The primary emphasis of this seminar will be the consideration of a number of such works,...

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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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M. Herzog C. Horowitz H. Stern

Global climate change has emerged as the most significant environmental, if not societal, issue of our era. This seminar will explore cutting-edge public policy, legal, and scientific challenges...

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D. NeJaime A. Susman

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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R. Sander

To a growing degree, the sophisticated practice of law requires a familiarity with quantitative methods and an understanding of how judges apply these methods in hearing and deciding cases. This...

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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...

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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 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 and...

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J. Park

Understanding the public corporation requires knowledge of three subjects -- accounting, finance, and the law. A company must prepare financial statements that comply with accounting principles. ...

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I. Anabtawi

Note: Enrollment limited to 12 students. This seminar allows students to write a seminar paper on a topic of their choice, subject to instructor approval, in the field of mergers and...

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R. Re

New technologies are transforming the experience, regulation, and even meaning of personal privacy. Digital surveillance for law-enforcement purposes presents one salient aspect of this broader...

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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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G. López

For nearly a decade, debate again has focused on how to improve legal education – to make it more focused on the problem solving at the heart of all law practice, more ambitious and effective, less...

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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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M. Langer

This course 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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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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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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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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F. Olsen

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

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J. Kohli V. Narro

“So what is our role as lawyers? How can we make transformative work—both in our profession and our communities—real? I do not know the answers to these difficult questions. I do not even know if...

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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. This seminar will cover a series of topics pertaining to the “back...

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B. Colgan

The vast majority of criminal and juvenile cases—90 to 95 percent—are resolved through plea bargaining. Due to its centrality to the criminal system, plea bargaining provides a unique lens through...

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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

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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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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R. Moran

The Supreme Court famously called education "the very foundation of good citizenship" and designated it "the most important function of state and local government." Today, Americans continue to...

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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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The readings of this seminar cover some of the major theories of property, both positive and normative, including the labor theory, the personhood theory, welfarist theories, and rights theories. We...

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This course uses a multidisciplinary lens to explore the linkages between global poverty, human rights, and development from an historical, theoretical, institutional, and policy-making perspective....

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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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J. Horwitz L. McClelland

This course provides an introduction to nonprofit law and policy, as well as an intensive immersion experience in legal research and drafting. The students will participate in drafting black letter,...

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M. Grady J. Horwitz A. Stremitzer

The UCLA Law and Economics Workshop is an interdisciplinary workshop attended by students and faculty members. Speakers from other universities will be invited to present working papers on law and...

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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 class actions and multidistrict litigation. Topics to be covered include funding sources for...

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D. Carbado K. Crenshaw

Students will participate along with faculty in the law school's weekly Critical Race Studies Workshop. Every week we will discuss a work-in-progress. These works will be presented scholars across...

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M. Deutchman

Central to the extraordinary success of the American experiment is the ability of religious minorities to thrive. This success is largely attributable to the First Amendment’s Free Exercise and...

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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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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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Women’s human rights and gender equality are touted as key for sustainable development, improved public health, decreased poverty, and robust democratic systems. In recent decades, feminist...

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K. Wattley

This Seminar meets three 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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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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K. Abou El Fadl

The course will provide an overview of the broad range of legal issues related to the growing international and domestic problem of human trafficking. Conservative estimates are that around a...

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Farming has dramatic environmental impacts including air and water pollution, soil erosion, and loss of biodiversity. Unlike other industries with similar impacts, it is subject to very little...

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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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N. Netanel

This seminar canvasses a range of issues and views regarding how to structure innovation law and policy to spur greater technological innovation. Much debated issues in this area include whether...

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S. Kim

This course provides an overview of the legal profession, including the business, culture, and ethics of lawyering in different practice contexts. Ethical issues for lawyers will be studied as they...

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I. Joe

This course is an examination of the model rules and comments concerning specific ethical and professional issues arising in the practice of criminal law. Students will learn the sources of laws and...

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J. Dienstag

This class explores the fundamental principles that underlie theories of human rights and asks to what extent such principles also require rights for animals (and perhaps nature more generally)....

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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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E. Parson

This course will examine the challenges posed to legal arrangements and institutions of government by certain societal trends – principally related to technological advance and environmental stress –...

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J. Salzman J. Zasloff

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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A. Winkler

This 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 original meaning of the Second...

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D. Babbe S. Donald 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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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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D. Binder S. Donald J. Light K. Lyon Grossman A. Moore

This course is designed for students who intend to engage in a heavy civil litigation practice. The course focuses on the practical and theoretical aspects of taking depositions in complex cases....

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D. Babbe S. Derian S. Donald I. Joe D. Lanning A. Moore S. Paul

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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F. Mosten E. Scully

Mediation is now a central aspect of lawyers' work in many contexts, including litigation, transactional, private and public sector. This course combines a theoretical exploration of mediation...

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S. Paul J. Schwartz

Students in the civil rights litigation clinic will tackle questions of litigation strategy, practice litigation skills in the civil rights context, and work on pending and potential cases. During...

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

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. 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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G. Iversen

This course is designed for students with an interest in the practice of criminal law. Specifically, this course will cover the major pretrial phases of criminal litigation. The course has three...

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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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M. Gottfried J. Hilson K. Klee

This transactional experiential course teaches students how to negotiate basic business contracts such as commercial leases, loan agreements, and junk bond indentures. After studying principles of...

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J. Cramer I. Eagly G. Iversen

UCLA School of Law’s Criminal Defense Clinic (“CDC”) examines the role of the defense lawyer in the criminal justice process. The class seminar, which meets twice each week, covers both substantive...

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E. Achiume

The International Human Rights Clinic requires students to navigate international human rights law theory and practice in the service of real clients. It has two components: clinical projects...

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S. Hecht M. Herzog C. Horowitz

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 B. Weiss

The Real Estate Law Clinic offers students practical, hands-on training and experience working on live real estate transactions involving the development and finance of affordable housing. Students...

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L. Bocarsly T. Muller

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 F. Rowley, Jr.

Students work on real cases before the U S. Supreme Court, while learning how the Court selects & decides its cases and how lawyers shape their arguments. Includes drafting certiorari petitions

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L. Miranda W. Wood

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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M. Tyner

In this clinic students will gain hands-on client experience by working directly with veterans in need of legal assistance. The course includes class instruction on veterans law, general...

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V. Vanaman

The course is designed to provide hands on experience in various aspects of the lawyering process, including interviewing, administrative record review, factual and legal case analysis, and mediation...

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K. Jackson 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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S. Cummings B. Weiss

Community economic development (CED) has emerged over the past quarter century as a important strategy for redressing urban poverty. The main programmatic goal of CED—advanced primarily by...

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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 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

Legal practice in the modern world requires the ability to deal with complex regulatory regimes, including tax, environmental, telecommunications, and others. Thus, the operation of a business...

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J. Feuer M. Tarango

The Corporate In-House Practice Course is designed to provide students an opportunity to learn about and actually work with in-house counsel at a local company. In addition to training students in...

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I. Anabtawi J. Cramer G. Georgiev

This course leads students through an in-depth analysis of the M&A process and the documentation applicable to selling a private company. Students who complete the course will leave knowing how...

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G. Georgiev J. Hilson

This course covers the legal aspects of modern corporate finance transactions, with a focus on the core ways in which capital is raised for the purpose of creating, expanding, and acquiring...

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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

Students will gain a complete understanding of the inner workings of the Juvenile Justice System, both nationally and locally with a focus on issues impacting youth who interact with the criminal

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J. Hilson

This course focuses on the development of a suite of skills used by lawyers in connection with transactions as opposed to controversies. It is intended to appeal to a wide range of students inasmuch...

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B. Weiss

The modern neighborhood-based community development corporation (CDC) has emerged as a critical actor in the effort to close the housing affordability gap and to promote sustainable development in...

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This course is structured around a simulated negotiation exercise that will cover the entire Spring semester in which the students in this class will represent a US pharmaceutical company (KJH...

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N. Arya

In this clinic, students will gain hands-on experience working on state and federal criminal justice reform campaign efforts. Lawyers engaged in criminal justice reform projects use multiple tactics...

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The Workers’ Rights Clinic is looking for motivated 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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S. Paul

This clinic will focus on developing core trial skills in the context of representing low-wage workers in today’s economy. The live-client case-work will center around administrative hearings,...

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This course will build on the antipoverty, civil rights, community economic development, and community lawyering movements in public interest law to introduce students to the lawyer’s transactional...

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D. Dawes

The Patent and Trademark Clinics at UCLA School of Law teach students how to file applications before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). The clinics offer such limited legal services on a...

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D. Dawes

The Patent and Trademark Clinics at UCLA School of Law teach students how to file applications before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). The clinics offer such limited legal services on a...

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S. Derian

This course will provide experiential opportunities for students interested in practicing in the sports industry in the United States. Each student will participate in one major experiential project...

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I. Joe

Litigators often describe voir dire as the most essential part of any criminal or civil trial. This course will use criminal cases to provide a comprehensive overview of the skills necessary to...

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J. Groban

Students will work directly for an individual justice of the California Court of Appeal in the judge’s chambers. Students will: regularly interact with court staff and with their assigned judge;...

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F. Mosten

This course will examine cutting edge developments, lawyering roles, and practice skills that are necessary to prepare law students for a successful career to serve families using a non-adversarial...

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

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J. Groban J. Kohli V. Narro 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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N. Zatz

This practicum course is designed to deepen students’ understanding of employment discrimination law —understood broadly to include the full range of legal strategies to create equitable access to...

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S. Gillig L. Mead R. Sears 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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F. Mosten

This course will examine cutting edge developments, lawyering roles, and practice skills that are necessary to prepare law students for a successful legal career to serve clients using a...

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E. Volokh

Writing is one of the most important skills a lawyer can have, and editing is the key to good writing. This course will provide intensive practice with editing briefs, articles, memos, press...

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J. Schwartz

This two-credit January-Term course offers an overview of key civil rights doctrines (including municipal liability, qualified immunity, and supervisory liability), remedies (including damages and...

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K. Kessler

Cities are increasingly recognizing food policy as an important subject to be addressed at the local level. This has been demonstrated in the incorporation of food into municipal planning and policy...

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J. Neumark

Distressed debt investing is a highly specialized and important segment of the alternative asset management industry with over 200 financial institutions managing over $400 billion in assets. From a...

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N. Zatz

This seminar surveys emerging legal and policy responses to the profound labor market consequences of racialized mass incarceration. Specific approaches to re-entry will be placed in broader social...

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L. McClelland

This course is designed to provide an introduction to specific sources and research skills relevant to the study of health policy and the practice of health law. No prerequisites are required. This...

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J. Feuer

This course will provide students with substantive knowledge about Directors & Officers Liability Insurance (“D&O Insurance”). All lawyers who serve publicly-traded corporate clients,...

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J. Cramer

In this course, we will focus on motion writing in the criminal context. We will work through an opening brief along with an opposition brief for a pretrial criminal suppression motion. We will...

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G. López

This Seminar will immerse students in “rebellious lawyering” – the name given both to a particular vision of problem solving practiced by growing numbers of lawyers and to the broad movement...

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Our Constitution does not include a single reference to God, yet devotes more attention to religious liberty than to any other liberty-bearing feature of our constitutional jurisprudence. And our...

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This course addresses some of the most pressing constitutional questions raised by new technologies. The course is largely case-based, and considers the evolving technology-driven challenges of...

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K. Wattley

This seminar provides students with a doctrinal introduction to the rights of California prisoners, with a focus on the 35,000 serving life sentences with the possibility of parole. Through a review...

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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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I. Joe

Litigators often describe voir dire as the most essential part of any criminal or civil trial. This 1-unit, January term course will use criminal cases to provide a comprehensive overview of the...

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D. Babbe R. Feldman R. Korobkin E. Scallen E. Scully

Nearly all lawyers, in both litigation and transactional practices, negotiate on a regular basis. “Negotiation Theory and Practice,” a 3-unit experiential course taught in an intensive workshop...

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