Law 810 - Practicum

David Babbe

David Babbe

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

Practicums link substantive law courses with practice experience.  They combine doctrinal courses with either field placements (live-client practicums) or simulation-based clinical courses (simulation-based practicums). Practicums are designed to integrate teaching of substantive law with training in real-world practice skills. 

In live-client practicums, students participate in both a seminar with a specific substantive law focus and an externship where students apply that substantive law in the context of representation of actual clients.  For example, the seminar may have employment discrimination law as its focus and the associated externship would be with the EEOC, where students would assist in the investigation and prosecution of employment discrimination claims on behalf of actual clients.  Live-client practicums are structured so that student practice experiences at the associated externships are systematically incorporated into seminar discussion and typically provide the basis for any required writings for the seminar. 

Generally, participation in the seminar component of the practicum is a pre- or co-requisite to enrollment in the associated externship or simulation-based clinic.  At the instructor’s option, however, students may be permitted to enroll in the seminar component of the practicum without also enrolling in the associated externship or clinical course.

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 a basic understanding of the key substantive and procedural issues that arise in UCL litigation.

- Provide students with training in the following litigation skills that are critical to UCL litigation but are also transferrable to other types of litigation:  interviewing witnesses, drafting complaints, developing discovery plans; drafting discovery requests, taking depositions and developing and presenting trial themes.

- Provide those students who are participating in the field placement component of the course with the opportunity to work on real UCL cases at the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office.

Course Information:
​Faculty Term Course Section ​Schedule ​Units Requisite Satisfies SAW
David Babbe 18F 810 FLD 1 Unscheduled 2.0 No No