Law 820 - California Unfair Competition Law

David Babbe

David Babbe

Lecturer in Law
B.A. UC Irvine, 1978
J.D. UCLA, 1981
Course Description:

This course will provide students with rigorous litigation skills training in the context of California’s Unfair Competition Law (“UCL”). The course will provide students with an in depth understanding of the UCL, as well as its importance as a tool to effectuate change through impact litigation. The course will provide students with hands-on training litigating UCL cases through classroom simulations and the option to participate in a field placement at the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office. At the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office, each student will be paired with a Deputy City Attorney, and will be assigned to work on real UCL cases. Throughout the course, students will also generate their own proposals for UCL cases. After selecting a proposal, students will draft a complaint, prepare a research memorandum analyzing the legal issues for the proposed UCL case, craft a discovery plan, and create a significant piece of discovery to support the proposed case. The course will culminate with each student pitching his or her proposed UCL case to the City Attorney.

The class will have three components: (1) classroom lectures, discussions and large group exercises; (2) videotaped small group exercises that will take place outside of regular classroom hours; and (3) an optional field placement at the City Attorney’s Office. The classroom component will be 2 hours per week; the videotaped exercises will average one hour per week; and the field placement will be 8 hours per week.

Course Learning Outcomes:

Provide students with an understanding of how the UCL can serve as a tool to remedy societal problems through impact litigation.

Provide students with substantive law instruction regarding the UCL, as well as instruction in such issues as preemption, abstention, and equitable remedies that frequently arise in the context of UCL litigation.

Provide students with training in the following skills that are critical to UCL litigation but are also transferrable to other types of litigation.

Interviewing witnesses, drafting complaints, preparing discovery demands, and developing and presenting trial themes.

Course Information:
​Faculty Term Course Section ​Schedule ​Units Requisite Satisfies SAW
David Babbe 18F 820 LEC 1 WF 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 4.0 Yes No
  Prerequisite: Law 145 Civil Procedure. Experiential course enrollment is through a separate process; deadline July 2, noon. See ENROLL.LAW.UCLA.EDU Early drop deadline: 5:00 p.m. on 8/24/2018.