Elective Courses

Thomas Jefferson School of Law’s extensive array of electives allows students to design a course of legal studies tailored to their own interests.

A

  • Adjudicatory Criminal Procedure
    Adjudicatory Criminal Procedure follows the adjudicative process for criminal prosecutions from charging to post-conviction review. It starts when the criminal case moves from the police station to the courthouse and covers the constitutional rules that govern a criminal prosecution as it proceeds through the courts. Topics include the prosecutor's power to file charges, bail, preliminary hearings, grand juries, speedy trial, discovery, plea bargaining, guilty pleas, jury trials (from jury composition to closing argument), sentencing, and post-conviction review. The course is essential to preparation for criminal practice and covers material tested on the California Bar examination.
  • Administrative Law
    Government agencies influence virtually every aspect of our social lives. Agencies regulate the food supply, workplace, environment, immigration, and money - to name only a few of the areas where agencies wield power. As regulators, federal agencies principally act in three ways - rulemaking, adjudication, and enforcement. In some courses (e.g. securities law, employment law, etc.) students study the regulations produced by a particular agency. In this course, however, students study the law that governs agencies - i.e. how agencies are constrained in their regulatory activities. The course will consider constitutional law (such as separation of powers and procedural due process) and federal statutory law (i.e. the Administrative Procedure Act). Since many of the cases deal with constitutional law issues, the material is often abstract, theoretical and challenging. Students who plan a career in government, with a public interest group or working in a highly regulated industry will likely benefit from taking a course in administrative law. Administrative law is a bar-tested subject in some states.
  • ADR Competition Team
    This course surveys various dispute resolution techniques, including negotiation, arbitration and mediation. Students requesting ADR units, please email Registrar, Carrie Kazyaka at ckazyaka@tjsl.edu and state the number of units you are requesting. Upon approval, students will be enrolled in ADR units by the Registrar's Office. This course is graded non-anonymously Honors, Credit, Low Pass or No Credit.
  • ADR in the Criminal Context
    This course might be better described as 'selected topics in ADR in the criminal context' because it will largely concern three specific topics: 1) Traditional Retributive versus Alternative (Restorative) responses to gross human rights abuses committed by insurgents or rogue states; 2) victim-offender mediation as an alternative response to "ordinary" crime; and 3) the growth and development of problem-solving courts. As students move through each of these areas, students will explore how these alternative approaches to criminal behavior differ, philosophically, from classic retributive strategies. Students will assess the opportunities and challenges presented by these alternative approaches and work to determine the conditions in which they are most likely to prove successful. Students will be evaluated by in class performance and short writing assignment that explores retributive versus restorative strategies using the videos and course readings. This course will satisfy the Professional Skills graduation requirement for one unit. Prerequisite: Legal Writing I.
  • Adv Crim Law- Post-Conviction Relief
    This class that will help students understand the complete post-conviction criminal process in California. We will discuss criminal appeals in the California courts and the United States Supreme Court, state habeas corpus procedure in the California trial courts , appellate courts, and supreme court, and federal habeas corpus procedure in the federal district courts, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and the United States Supreme Court. We will also discuss lesser used aspects of post-conviction relief such as petitions for writs of coram nobis and coram vobis and clemency petitions. Topics will include the post-conviction procedure for capital cases in California. Although Criminal Procedure is not a prerequisite, completion of or concurrent enrollment in Criminal Procedure is recommended.
  • Advanced Civil Discovery Practice in California
    Students will learn the various discovery methods available in California state and federal civil proceedings. Students will learn to formulate demands, responses, and objections, understand and develop strategies in discovery practice, and participate in discovery motion practice. The course will also provide the student with an understanding of the California 2009 E-Discovery Act, and provide an opportunity to participate in a mock deposition. The course is designed to provide the student with practical skills necessary to practice discovery in California, and to develop and advance the student's lawyering skills.
  • Advanced Legal Analysis
    Advanced Legal Analysis is designed to further develop skills in writing, reasoning and legal analysis after earning 25 units on the first-year curve. Students will practice these skills in isolation and in the context of a series of bar-like essay exams.
  • Advanced Legal Research
    This course builds upon basic legal research skills with a focus on effective and efficient legal research strategies. In this practical, hands-on course, students will learn how to appropriately use both print and electronic information sources for Federal and California administrative, case and statutory law, court rules, legislative history, and secondary sources such as legal encyclopedias, treatises and form books. Cost efficient research and the integration of print and electronic resources are stressed throughout the course.
  • Advanced Mediation Theory & Practice
    Advanced Mediation offers students the opportunity to apply and improve the skills they have learned in the Introduction to Mediation course, and to consider legal and practice issues that can arise in mediation. Students will earn valuable experience by mediating disputes in small claims court. Class sessions will cover enhanced skills training, legal issues, practice issues, and theoretical inquiry. Some areas to be covered include: managing disputant emotion, confidentiality, identifying interests, enforceability of mediation agreements, mediating personal injury claims, and strategically using mediation to meet your client's interests. Students will be expected to explore and give an oral presentation on a research topic. This course is graded non-anonymously Honors, Credit, Low Pass, No Credit.
  • Advanced Trial Advocacy
    This course takes trial advocacy from a science to an art with all phases of persuasion in the courtroom studied while addressing tactics, witness control and examination of theory and theme. For students that have decided that their future is in the courtroom, passion and imagination become more important than form without substance. Each student will work through two full jury cases while expanding upon his or her knowledge of direct, cross, voir dire, opening and closing. Each student will perform weekly and attempt to try new techniques. This course is graded Honors, Credit, Low Pass, No Credit. Honors designation will be noted as a 4.0 on the student's transcript.
  • Art & Entertainment Law Project Fieldwork
    The Small Business Law Center (SBLC) Art and Entertainment Law Project (AELP) at Thomas Jefferson School of Law provides legal assistance and representation to artists, actors, dancers, writers, musicians, filmmakers and related non-profit organizations that do not have the means to hire an attorney to advise them. Students who participate in the SBLC will have the opportunity to assist clients by forming their entities, drafting, negotiating and reviewing contracts, and helping clients through the regulatory process. Students will be guided during representation by a licensed California attorney but students will have primary responsibility for their cases. Students who participate in AELP fieldwork are eligible for three or four units of live client work. Each unit is equivalent to five hours per week. (The required SBLC seminar is an additional two units.) A minimum commitment of 15 hours per week for client representation is required. The fieldwork component is graded Honors/Credit/Low Pass/No Credit.

B

  • Basics of Mediation
    Despite the emphasis on trial and appellate cases in law school, most cases settle. And, in California, as in many states around the country, a large proportion of those cases settle in mediation. A common stop on the litigation train, mediation also has a long-standing tradition of use outside of the adversary system. Learn about the role of a third party neutral in helping disputing parties find common ground and reach agreement. You can use these skills in your role as legal counselor - and in other areas of your life as well. This course will satisfy the prerequisite for Advanced Mediation. Credit cannont be earned for both Basics of Mediation and Intro to Mediation.

C

  • CA Pre-Trial Prep
    . This course is an overview of the lawyer's role in litigation before trial in California civil court. Classes will focus on the Code of Civil Procedure applicable to pleading, discovery, case management conferences, discovery motions, summary judgment, with review of pretrial strategy and planning, including ADR and ethics. Classes will expose students to client interviewing, developing a theory of the case, developing a discovery plan, and preparation of the case for trial. The course also includes several writing assignments, including the complaint, discovery demands, settlement brief, and motion for summary judgment. The course is designed to prepare the student to take the case from the time a client walks in the door through the trial readiness conference. Although this class may meet in two hours per week, it is a 3-unit course based on extensive out of class reading and assignments, including multiple writing assignments. This course is invaluable for those planning to practice in California courts.
  • Calif. Western Exchange Prog.
    TJSL students enrolled in one approved course at California Western School of Law. Only courses with grades of at least a 2.0 transfer with a grade of credit.
  • California Civil Procedure
    This course examines practical aspects of civil litigation in California, including tactical considerations influencing an attorney's decision to choose state or federal court. Students taking this course will no longer graduate with the unwarranted assumption that state civil procedure operates in lockstep with the model presented in their introductory Fed Civil Pro course. That is an especially precarious assumption. Both state and federal civil procedure are tested on the California Bar Examination?given in the common law jurisdiction that varies the most from federal procedure. This course presents a number of fresh concepts, not covered in the federal course, that are unique to California practice. CA Civil Pro thus reinforces the perspective of the student who wants to review key FRCP basics, while entering practice with a vastly improved foundation?not only for learning critical practice concepts, but also for choosing knowledgeably between California's state and federal courts. This class features a mini-review, every week, to promote student long-term memory. Students who prefer not to review until semester's end should not take this course. CA Civil Pro's doctrinal component is rooted in the casebook method. But students who prefer a rehash of their 1L experience should not take this skills version of CA Civil Pro. It is designed to prepare nascent lawyers for the practice of law, far more so than the federal civil procedure course. Students taking this course will glean additional practice perspectives regarding professionalism, oral advocacy, collaborative learning, and legal skills development. Its skills component features the following assessment tools: (1) moot court format?providing each student with the opportunity to argue assigned cases or problems during the semester?which is the basis for graded oral argument [10 points]; (2) practical midterm?such as drafting a demurrer or motion to strike, which has fulfilled the need for a job application writing sample for a number of students [10 points]; and (3) Performance Test in-class final examination [50 points]. Students who would prefer to encounter the Performance Test format in bar review (two months before the bar exam) should not take this skills version of the course. These course components provide students with an ideal opportunity to practice like it's real, so that when it's real, it will be like they practiced.
  • California Evidence
    A survey of California evidence with particular emphasis on the important differences between state and federal evidentiary rules. The materials will focus on all aspects of evidence and will, in addition, be a review of important evidentiary principles.
  • California Legal Research
    This course is offered as an intensive summer experience and is designed to provide students embarking on internships, externships, clerkships, summer associate positions, and the practice of law with the skills to approach practical California legal research problems in efficient and cost-effective ways. Emphasis will be placed on research strategy, accompanied by a solid understanding of the appropriate types of research resources critical in the exploration of California legal issues. The course will also reinforce and expand the basic legal research skills that students gained in Legal Writing. While both print and electronic sources will be used, the most efficient sources will be highlighted for each type of research problem explored. You will be evaluated on your ability to develop and execute a high quality research strategy when presented with real-life research problems. The fundamental goal of this course is the development of strategies and skill sets required to prepare you to perform exceptional, efficient, and cost-effective legal research in a professional environment. This course will satisfy the Professional Skills graduation requirement for one unit. Prerequisite: Legal Writing I.
  • Children's Rights & The Refugee Crisis
    This course will examine issues impacting the welfare of children in a rapidly globalizing world, and will emphasize group discussion and practice-based problems. Topics covered will include international child custody and abduction, international child support enforcement, international adoption and child trafficking, the economic impact of child soldiering, and child amnesty. The course will include a special focus on issues concerning the present refugee crisis in Europe and its impact on children.
  • Chinese Legal System & Recent Reforms
    This is an introduction to the Chinese legal system taught within the framework of the twenty-eight year economic reform that has brought dramatic change to the Chinese economy and to the lives of the Chinese people. Students will learn about recent legal reforms in intellectual property legislation and in several other areas of the law. This course is team-taught in English by three distinguished Chinese professors of law from Zhejiang University Guanghua School of Law.
  • Civil Motion Practice
    This course builds on the skills learned in Legal Writing II and Civil Procedure II. Students will refine advanced persuasive legal writing skills and learn advanced oral advocacy techniques in the context of civil motion practice before both federal and California courts. Classroom instruction will encompass motion theory and principles, evaluation of California and federal procedures, rules, court calendaring, ethical obligations, persuasive oral advocacy, and efficiency in client case management. Students will gain practical experience by conducting client and issue-specific research and legal analysis, drafting motion briefs in support of client position, and arguing motions in a simulated courtroom environment.
  • Civil Rights & Civil Liberties Law & Practice
    This course provides students a roadmap to civil rights litigation. Students will learn how to bring a civil suit under the federal Civil Rights Act against state or local agencies for violation of individual civil rights. This course will focus on relevant substantive law and lawyering skills, including interviewing witnesses, fact gathering and analysis, and trial advocacy. This course will examine the expansion and subsequent erosion of the rights as guaranteed by the 1st, 4th, 8th, and 14th Amendments. There will be discussions regarding recent media attention and shift in public perception of police misconduct. There will be a series of writing assignments, and this course may be used to satisfy the upper-level writing requirement provided the work product meets the requirement's standards. Criminal Procedure and Constitutional Law are also recommended classes for this course.
  • Client Interviewing & Counseling
    This is a skill-building practicum covering the issues of effective client interviewing and counseling. This class will include simulation exercises to enhance students' abilities to interview and counsel clients. This course is graded non-anonymously Honors/Credit/Low Pass/No Credit.
  • Community Economic Development Clinic Fieldwork
    The Small Business Law Center (SBLC) at Thomas Jefferson School of Law provides legal assistance and representation to entrepreneurs, small businesses, and non-profits that do not have the means to hire an attorney to advise them. Students who participate in the SBLC will have the opportunity to assist clients by forming their entities, drafting, negotiating and reviewing contracts, and helping clients through the regulatory process. Students will be guided during representation by a licensed California attorney, but students will have primary responsibility for their cases. Enrollment for fieldwork credit is at the discretion of the supervising attorney, after having reviewed application materials and interviewed the student. Please review the procedures at: http://www.tjsl.edu/clinics/ced/student-eligibility-and-requirements . Students who participate in fieldwork are eligible for 3 or 4 units of live client work. Each unit is equivalent to 5 hours per week. (The required SBLC seminar is an additional 2 units.) A minimum commitment of 15 hours per week for client representation is required. The fieldwork component is graded Honors/Credit/Low Pass/No Credit. Prerequisites: Professional Responsibility; Civil Procedure I; Evidence (may be taken concurrently) and Civil Procedure II (may be taken concurrently).
  • Community Property
    This course explores the classification of separate and community property, management and control of the community, liability for debts and problems arising from the dissolution of the community or death of a spouse.
  • Comparative Crim Pro US & Mexico
    In this course students will explore the similarities and differences between the criminal justice systems of the United States of America and the United States of Mexico. Mexico has recently undergone a drastic reformation of its federal constitution. The amendments were enacted June 18, 2008, and a deadline of June 18, 2016, was given to all the states of Mexico to implement the changes. Most notable are the amendments regarding fundamental human rights and the rights of the criminally accused, and how these relate to the new procedures for conducting trials. A National Code of Criminal Procedure was enacted in 2014. This course will explore these changes and critique what aspects function well and also foresee practical flaws for meeting each system?s stated goal of achieving justice. Prerequisites: Criminal Law & Criminal Procedure
  • Comparative Criminal Procedure - Film
    You will compare U.S. criminal procedure with the procedure of countries of other legal traditions and of other Common Law countries, comparing the strengths and weaknesses of each system. You will complement this study by viewing U.S. and foreign criminal procedure in action as depicted in U.S. and foreign films. You will learn and use the specialized tools of comparative legal analysis, and you will become familiar with how to detect the distinguishing legal aspects that are contained in a foreign law film, aspects that go unnoticed by the untrained eye. The final grade is based on a paper (80%) (satisfies ULWR) and participation (20%).
  • Comparative Tort Law
    This course provides a framework for analyzing and understanding the current state of tort law in most of the world's legal systems. The course examines tort law theories, rules and cultures. It looks at general issues at play throughout the globe, such as causation, economic and non-economic damages, product and professional liability, as well as the relationship between tort law and crime, insurance, and public welfare schemes. The course also provides insightful case studies by analyzing specific features of selected tort systems in China, Europe, USA, Latin America, East Asia, and sub-Saharan Africa.
  • Comparative Tort Law
    This course serves as both an introduction to European tort law and as a comparative inquiry into especially thorny areas of U.S. tort law. First, we will gain a basic understanding of the nature of the tort law systems in three European countries (France, Germany, and England), focusing especially on standards for intent, negligence, strict liability, and liability for defective products. Then, we will examine more deeply, and from a comparative perspective, how these three European legal systems have sought to resolve a number of specific issues that remain especially contentious in U.S. tort law. Examples of the types of specific questions covered in the course include: whether liability should attach for not providing assistance in emergency situations (the no duty to rescue rule); the extent of the privilege of self-defense (the no duty to retreat rule); liability for stand-alone emotional distress; liability for wrongful conception (birth); liability for children; and liability for the mentally incapacitated.
  • Contracts Drafting
    The course applies concepts learned in the first year Contracts course to real world situations that students are likely to encounter in a business law practice. Students will learn how to translate business concepts into language that is legally enforceable. The course studies how to draft preambles, recitals, covenants, conditions, representations and warranties, termination provisions and the other elements of most standard business contracts. Through a series of individual and team-based exercises, students will learn how drafting a provision can affect the business deal and allocate risk. To build skills, the course focuses on two types of contracts -asset purchase agreements and employment contracts. However, the drafting skills covered are applicable to nearly any type of agreement. Students will be given an opportunity to work in groups and research a particular type of agreement of their choosing.
  • Copyright Law
    This course focuses on the legal issues arising from the creation, ownership, production, marketing, and distribution of literary, pictorial, graphic, sculptural, musical, digital, and related works. This will include examination of copyrightable subject matter, the idea/expression dichotomy, compilations and derivative works, duration and renewal, fair use and remedies. The course examines the current federal Copyright Act in depth and considers the impact of past laws, related state laws, and international copyright law.
  • Counsel'g & Negotiat'g in the Sports Industry
    This one-week class focuses on the lawyering skills necessary to effectively represent sports clients. In addition to discussing client interviewing and counseling techniques, students will also focus on substantive areas of law that are relevant to sports law. Specifically, the course will touch upon athlete representation, agent registration, business formation, retainer agreements and terms, and the ethical and professional responsibility rules guiding attorneys and agents. On Saturday, there will be final assessment client interviewing exercises (make yourself available for the entire day as final interview times, approximately 30 minute long, are to be determined). This class satisfies the Professional Skills graduation requirement for one-unit.
  • Counseling Athletes & Actors on Product Merchandising
    This class will take students through the process of licensing rights from a movie studio, a sports team, or the most popular cartoon to create merchandise. These partnerships are vital in the success of properties in the current market. As a general counsel managing the relationship between the license, potential talent/athlete participation, and production team within the company, many issues will arise that should be addressed in the initial licensing process. This class will prepare students to understand the roles of the parties involved, how the rights are managed, how to prepare a client/company to facilitate the licensing and development process from product start to finish, and how to incorporate talent/athlete participation in your client's product. The course will be evaluated based on a final project. During the final project, students will act as attorney for Studio/League or for Merchandising Company, and work through a discussion of what a standard license would need to include in order to make a successful product. This course will satisfy the Professional Skills graduation requirement for one unit. Prerequisite: Legal Writing I.
  • Criminal Motion Practice
    In this course students will learn advanced persuasive legal writing skills in the context of criminal motion practice. This section of the class will focus on Federal Habeas Corpus and the Fourth Amendment. Assignments will consist of a research log, a defendant's opening brief, a prosecution response brief, a defendant's reply brief, and oral argument plan.
  • Critical Race Theory
    This course examines the interconnections between race and law, and particularly the ways in which race and law can be mutually reinforcing. Critical Race Theory (CRT), suggest that racial subordination is not a deviation from a liberal legal ideal, but rather has been central to and complicit in upholding racial hierarchy (as well hierarchies of gender, class, and sexual orientation, among others). The course examines origins of this critique, as well as contrasts between the CRT approach and liberal and conservative analytical frameworks on race and American law and society. It also examines some of the questions and criticisms raised about CRT, from both inside and outside of the genre, as well as the impact of the work on legal and political discourse. Students will explore various approaches to questions about race as well as the role that law plays in constructing racial identities.
  • Current Issues in Health Law
    This course will cover topics in health law such as professional liability/standard of care, HIPAA, and the Affordable Care Act, as well as topics in bioethics, including end of life decisions, abortion, and patient autonomy. Students will write a paper on a selected health law topic; this course will be eligible for the upper-level writing requirement.

D

  • Developing Prof Skills in Workplace Law
    This one-unit intersession course will help students develop professional skills in the context of workplace law issues. In addition to completing background reading assignments, students will engage in written and interactive exercises designed to help them develop skills in the key areas of counseling, drafting, negotiation, and advocacy. Each exercise will involve a different substantive area of workplace law. Students will learn tasks such as conducting an intake interview with a terminated employee, drafting a discrimination complaint, negotiating the terms of a non-compete agreement, revising an employee handbook, and advising an employer on a legal compliance issue.
  • Directed Study
    Directed Study is a method by which Thomas Jefferson students may obtain credit toward their law degrees by performing legal research and writing in areas of their own choosing. Eligibility for Directed Study is limited to students who have earned at least 30 units and are in good academic standing. A student wishing to obtain credit for Directed Study must first procure the written agreement of a faculty member to supervise that student's project during the school session in which such credits are to be earned. Adjunct faculty members may serve in this role only with the approval of the Associate Dean on a case by case basis. Before registering, the student, with the guidance of his/her intended faculty supervisor, shall select a topic for the student's project, adopt a written plan for its completion, and determine the number of units of credit to be earned through the project. Students may not earn more than 3 Directed Study units per semester. For each Directed Study unit for which a student registers, the student shall perform a minimum of 50 hours of research and writing. A 10-15 page paper is usually required for each unit of Directed Study credit. Honors/Credit/Low Pass/No Credit is the only grading option available. Students requesting enrollment in Directed Study units must submit the Professor signed approved petition to the Registrar's Office. Upon approval, the Registrar's Office will enroll the student in the Directed Study units.
  • Directed Study
    Directed Study is a method by which Thomas Jefferson students may obtain credit toward their law degrees by performing legal research and writing in areas of their own choosing. Eligibility for Directed Study is limited to students who have earned at least 30 units and are in good academic standing. A student wishing to obtain credit for Directed Study must first procure the written agreement of a faculty member to supervise that student's project during the school session in which such credits are to be earned. Adjunct faculty members may serve in this role only with the approval of the Associate Dean on a case by case basis. Before registering, the student, with the guidance of his/her intended faculty supervisor, shall select a topic for the student's project, adopt a written plan for its completion, and determine the number of units of credit to be earned through the project. Students may not earn more than 3 Directed Study units per semester. For each Directed Study unit for which a student registers, the student shall perform a minimum of 50 hours of research and writing. A 10-15 page paper is usually required for each unit of Directed Study credit. Honors/Credit/Low Pass/No Credit is the only grading option available. Students requesting enrollment in Directed Study units must submit the Professor signed approved petition to the Registrar's Office. Upon approval, the Registrar's Office will enroll the student in the Directed Study units.
  • Domestic Violence Seminar
    The goal of this course to prepare students to work directly with victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. It will be taught by two national experts in the field of domestic violence intervention and prevention. Former San Diego City Attorney Casey Gwinn and Gael Strack will share their collective experiences in handling domestic violence cases in civil, juvenile and criminal law settings. Students will receive practical information about the challenges involved in the legal advocacy for battered persons, as well as theoretical, ethical and historical approaches to the problem of domestic violence. This course will explore the history of the battered women?s movement, the evolution of case and statutory laws, policies, and best practices related to providing civil legal services to victims. Using a case study, students will learn how to work with victims experiencing domestic violence and related sexual assault. The course will include training on domestic violence dynamics, evidence collection strategies, trauma-informed interviewing of victims, preparation of protection orders, motion practice, the role of expert witnesses, analyzing landmark legal cases, and conducting risk assessment and safety planning. Students will also get the opportunity to observe court cases, visit the San Diego Family Justice Center, learn about local resources and experts as well as meet with survivors from the San Diego VOICES Survivors Committee. This seminar course is eligible to satisfy the upper level writing requirement, provided the work product meets the standard. Each student, along with other assignments, will write a 20-page paper that explores the law, policy, history and theory of domestic violence. Writing assignments will be identified as the professors and the students work collaboratively together ? with an emphasis on current legal, ethical, and policy matters related to intervention and prevention efforts associated with domestic violence. Students will also provide a 10-minute presentation summarizing their writing assignment.

E

  • Employment Discrimination
    This course provides an introduction to employment discrimination law, one of the most important areas of legal regulation of the workplace. Course coverage includes consideration of discrimination based upon race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, and disability. Statutes bearing upon these issues include: Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; the Civil Rights Act of 1866; the Age Discrimination in Employment Act; the Americans with Disabilities Act; and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Integral to the discussion of the rights and responsibilities under these statutes are the broader societal debates about how the workplace should be structured. What behavior should constitute racial or sexual harassment? How are primary caretakers of children to reconcile the demands of work and family responsibility? What sort of accommodations should employers be compelled to make for the disabled? These are some of the timely and important questions the course will address.
  • Entertainment Law
    Entertainment law is not, in and of itself, a separate legal discipline. Instead, the practice of entertainment law lies at the intersection of a variety of traditional substantive areas of law including contracts, torts, copyright, etc., and applies those disciplines to the unique entertainment business setting. This course will address selected theories, statutes, and regulations governing principal undertakings, business transactions, and legal relationships in the entertainment industries, including television and motion pictures, music and publishing. To lay the necessary foundation, we will address the entertainment industry from both a macro level (i.e., the organization of the motion picture, television and music business, including the function of studios, producers, networks, record companies, agencies, managers and lawyers) and a micro level (i.e., examining actual agreements in order to understand the principal components of motion picture talent, production and distribution contracts, television series contracts, music and book publishing contract. The overall goals of this course are (1) to expose students to the unique and increasingly complex structure of the entertainment business; (2) to foster an understanding of the role the law and entertainment lawyers play in that unique business structure; (3) to strengthen students' ability to competently draft assigned writings and craft persuasive legal arguments to accomplish the goals they may seek to achieve as lawyers in the entertainment industry; and (4) to develop the analytical and problem-solving skills necessary to make them into effective entertainment lawyers.
  • Entertainment Law Transactions
    This course deals with the role of the entertainment lawyer. Emphasis will be placed on the representation of and dealings with various parties involved in the entertainment world including, representation of actors, movie studios and other production entities. The goal of this course is to prepare the student to understand the fundamental principles of law in dealing with "real world" transactional practice issues as well as entertainment law litigation.
  • Externship
    This seminar is intended for students with an externship outside of San Diego during a summer term.
  • Externship I
    Information about registering for externship units is noted on the Docket under Clinical Education.
  • Externship II
    Information about registering for externship units is noted on the Docket under Clinical Education.
  • Externship III
    Course description currently unavailable.

F

  • Family Law
    This course examines the law relating to the formation, regulation, and termination of family relationships. Topics covered include family privacy, marriage, alternative families, domestic violence, divorce, child custody and child support. In addition to examining theoretical and inter-disciplinary perspectives, this course will also focus on issues relating to the practice of family law by attorneys.
  • Family Law Litigation Workshop
    The goals of this course are to familiarize students with the nuts and bolts of litigating a dissolution of marriage case in California, and to give them a hands on experience in doing the same with a simulated case. Thus, after a short introduction relating to establishing a family law practice and family law legal ethics, students will be assigned to represent either the husband or the wife in a simulated dissolution case that will last the balance of the semester. Students will engage in a series of exercises based upon the steps necessary to litigate such a case, including client interviewing, investigation, drafting pleadings, conducting discovery, motion practice, negotiation and mediation. Students' grade for the course will be based upon their performance on the oral and written exercises that will be conducted in and out of class in furtherance of the simulated case. There will not be a final exam or paper. Grading in this course will not be anonymous. Students must have completed or simultaneously take Family Law in order to enroll. Enrollment will be capped at 16 students.
  • Federal Income Taxation
    This course provides an overview of the fundamentals of federal income taxation, including income, exclusions, deductions, basis, depreciation, and capital gains.

G

  • Globalization & the Workplace
    Globalization has transformed the way we think about the workplace, creating opportunities that have helped millions while presenting worldwide challenges that require coordinated and creative solutions. Globalization also makes it increasingly likely that US labor and employment lawyers will encounter issues involving the laws of other countries. With the forces of globalization as a backdrop, and international human rights and trade law as possible correctives, this course examines international and comparative workplace law, the cutting edge of labor and employment law practice. The course highlights international labor standards promulgated by the International Labor Organization (ILO) and considers the effects on national regulation of supranational structures like the European Union (EU) and regional trade agreements such as the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). A number of workplace trends are considered including increasing income inequality, the decline of labor unions, the problems of migrant workers, the dramatic rise in the number of women in the paid labor force, and efforts to eliminate forced and child labor. Using international standards as an analytical lens, the course also compares workplace law in several countries important to the global economy, including the United States, the United Kingdom, and China. The course concludes by assessing the potential for achieving global labor standards through corporate self-regulation, such as the Codes of Conduct adopted by many American transnational corporations (TNCs), and cutting edge legal efforts to enforce international labor rights in American courts.
  • Graduation Requirement Special Circumstance
    Course description currently unavailable.

H

  • Health Care Liability
    This course covers liability and quality issues in health care, including: the physician-patient relationship, the obligation to provide care, quality control and licensing of health care professionals and health care institutions, liability of health care professionals, liability of health care institutions, standard of care, informed consent, confidentiality, and disclosure issues.
  • Human Trafficking: Psychology & Law Wksp
    The purpose of this course is to provide the student with a comprehensive understanding of human sex trafficking. In this intensive workshop, we will focus on Human Sex Trafficking and related state and federal responses to what is now commonly referred to as modern day slavery. The class will begin with an inquiry into the question of what trafficking is ? a question that, despite the existence of legal definitions of trafficking, remains highly contested. We will also explore who the traditional trafficking victim is; you will learn about the physical, emotional, psychological and spiritual trauma experienced by the victims of human trafficking and the methods used to recruit and control them. We will then move to an historical overview of state and federal laws passed to address trafficking offenses, related to both US citizens and immigrants placed in the commercial sex trade. The Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA) will be covered as well as the present statutes implemented by states to combat domestic sex trafficking. Finally, we will explore the mechanics of prosecuting sex trafficking cases, the challenges faced by prosecutors, as well as solutions provided by the current legal framework in place. Students will engage in in-class group exercises, practice-ready skills and journaling. The final grade is based on class participation and a group presentation based on out of class research and analysis. Prerequisite: Legal Writing I.

I

  • Immigration Law
    This course explores the fundamental and practical aspects of current U.S. immigration law, policy and procedures relating to visas, asylum, employment authorization, adjustment of status, naturalization, citizenship, detention and removal.
  • Incarceration & Reentry
    This course focuses on the punishment of criminal offenders. The course divides roughly into two segments. The course first covers theories of punishment and how those theories inform penal polices past and present. We will examine the conditions of confinement typical in many of America's prisons. To do so, we will read texts penned by penal authorities and former prisoners. We explore how those conditions impact the physical and mental well being of those subjected to them. The course then turns to the issue of reentry and the reintegration of returning citizens. In this segment, we will study how incarceration experiences impact reentry. We will also study the vast world of collateral consequences and discretionary disabilities. The goal of this course is to facilitate a real-world understanding of incarceration and reentry, giving students a foundation that will make them thorough, thoughtful practitioners. Students will be evaluated based on class participation, short weekly reaction papers, and a final paper.
  • Int'l Employment Law
    This course compares the labor and employment laws of two countries important to the global economy, the United States and France, which take radically different approaches to regulating the labor market. Each has its fans and its critics. The former has relatively few rights and protections for workers, and relies on the market to set the terms and conditions of employment. The latter is characterized by strong protections and a rigid set of rules governing the employment relationship. How each system is reacting to 21st century challenges related to technology, the gig economy, and changing demographics, will be considered. The course will also cover the major tools of global labor governance, including international labor standards promulgated by the International Labour Organization (ILO), as well as the rulings and standards that emerge from the labor provisions of US free trade agreements, and the legislation and jurisprudence of the European Union (EU). These international, supra-national, and bi- and multi-lateral sources of law assist in analyzing the strengths and weaknesses of the American and French systems of employment law. A major theme in the course will be identifying which labor rights should be considered human rights.
  • Int'l Internet Law
    The Internet is a medium for the transmission of information, and Internet law is the law of control of information. This control can take forms as varied as censorship and copyright. While the First Amendment and the Patent & Copyright Clause of the U.S. Constitution define the limits of this control in the United States, other limits apply beyond U.S. borders. The situation is complicated by the international nature of the Internet; content forbidden by U.S. law may be legal elsewhere, and content legal in the U.S. may expose U.S. web content publishers to civil or criminal penalties in other countries. This course will provide an overview of some of the areas in which the domestic and international legal systems have been placed under the greatest stress by changes in information technology, including the regulation of obscenity and other offensive speech, defamation, anonymity, trademarks, copyrights, privacy, and territorial jurisdiction.
  • Int'l Sports Law
    This course covers the general process of international sports law - especially within the Olympic Movement - and provides a comparative perspective on sports law. Specific topics include the institutional framework; arbitration and litigation of disputes within and outside the sports arena, including consideration of the Court of Arbitration for Sports (via in-depth case studies of recent dispute resolution); the rights, duties and eligibility of athletes; problems of doping, violence, corruption, commercialization; and the role of politics in international sports. Other topics include the human rights of athletes, the use of instant replay cameras and computers to resolve disputes during competition, corruption in the sports arena, the emerging lex sportiva derived from arbitral awards and ambush marketing.
  • Intellectual Property Practicum
    The Center for Law and Intellectual Property will be offering a 3-week IP Representation Practicum beginning on Monday, May 19 and ending on Friday, June 6. Students will learn basic IP practice skills by working at Thomas & Jefferson, a mock law firm. Rather than traditional classes taught by professors, the students will receive assignments and feedback from partners on a series of client-centered projects. Students must log their time as they would working in a law firm, meeting certain minimum criteria to receive credit for the class. A one-half day orientation program will begin at 9AM on May 19, and lectures resembling continuing legal education programs will be held over the lunch hour each weekday, often tracking assignments on which the students are working. The course will be three credits, graded based on performance on various written assignments and participation. Eligible students must have completed Legal Writing 2 by the end of the spring 2014 semester. Priority in registration goes to IP Fellows.
  • International Entertainment Law (China Program)
    This course provides a basic overview of international aspects of the global entertainment industry and legal regimes governing intellectual property such as copyright, trademark and publicity rights on a global scale. The course will also explore international contract transactions and the pervasive problem of piracy in the international context.
  • International Family Law
    As the forces of globalization progress, all practicing family lawyers need to become international lawyers. The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the growing web of international law sources that they are likely to encounter in the practice of family law. Topics covered will include recognition of foreign marriages and divorces, mail-order marriages, international child-custody disputes and abductions, international child-support enforcement, and international adoptions. Focus will be placed upon problems from actual practice in addition to theoretical understanding.
  • International Human Rights Law
    This course is designed to introduce students to the law that deals with the protection of individuals, peoples and cultures against violations of certain internationally-guaranteed human rights. The course will examine the foundations of 21st Century international human rights law, namely, the Nuremberg principles, the United Nations Charter and decisions of the International Court of Justice. The provisions of the UN Charter dealing with the protection and promotion of human rights will be studied, as well as other instruments adopted by UN organs, such as the International Covenants on Civil and Political Rights, and on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, the Convention Against Torture, and the Conventions on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination and Discrimination Against Women. We will contrast the procedures developed by the UN to supervise the implementation of human rights treaties with procedures in the United States governmental system. The institutions that have been created to protect human rights in the European Union, the African Charter, and the Organization of American States will be examined. Finally, the interrelationship between international human rights law and relations between states, groups and individuals will be analyzed, including the recent events in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Yugoslavia.
  • International Human Rights Law (Nice Program)
    This course examines the global human rights movement that grew out of World War II and how international human rights laws, instruments and institutions respond to human rights violations. International human rights include civil and political rights, economic rights, social and cultural rights, women's rights and children's rights. These rights are reflected in legal norms, political contexts, moral ideas, international relations and foreign policy. This course uses an interdisciplinary approach to examine the laws and policy of international human rights as applied to all individuals in general and to women in particular. The course reviews applicable international human rights laws, instruments, U.N. treaty organs, regional and international tribunals, and the role of NGOs in the human rights movement. The course analyzes state and international policies, practices, and attitudes in order to understand the causes and consequences of discrimination and abuse perpetrated on individuals. Gender justice and the empowerment of women to facilitate full enjoyment of their human rights, accountability and enforcement is a central theme of the course. Special attention is paid to the universal crime of sex slavery, human trafficking, and rape as a weapon of war in the development of massive human rights violations. Students analyze the rules and standards of contemporary human rights as expressed in states' constitutions, laws, practices, international treaties, customs, court decisions, investigative reports and recommendations of international institutions, and governmental and non-governmental actors in order to understand the ongoing development of international human rights laws.
  • International Human Rights, Sex Trafficking & Child Soldiering
    This course explores the relationship of women's rights to the international human rights movement that grew out of the Second World War. International human rights are reflected in legal norms, political contexts, moral ideals, international relations and foreign policy. This course uses an interdisciplinary approach to examine the laws and policy of international human rights as applied generally and to women in particular. Special attention will be paid to the universal crime of sex slavery and human trafficking of women and children. Students will analyze the rules and standards of contemporary human rights as expressed in states' constitutions, laws, practices, international treaties, custom, court decisions, investigative reports, and recommendations of international institutions, governmental and non-governmental actors in order to understand the ongoing development of international human rights laws and their application to the protection of women's rights.
  • International Intellectual Property (China Program)
    Global intellectual property law is one of the core issues for international business attorneys. This course studies the international systems for establishing trademark, copyright and patent rights. Within that context, the course will consider the roles of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and the World Trade Organization (WTO) as well as the various multilateral and bilateral agreements that exist, including but not limited to the TRIPS Agreement. The patchwork of intersecting treaties that relate to intellectual property rights has led to an increase in litigation in recent years over international patents, trademarks and copyrights. This course examines recent cases with an emphasis of preparing students for the practice of law.
  • International Intellectual Property (Nice Program)
    Global intellectual property law is one of the core issues for international business attorneys. This course studies the international systems for establishing trademark, copyright and patent rights. Within that context, the course will consider the roles of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and the World Trade Organization (WTO) as well as the various multilateral and bilateral agreements that exist, including but not limited to the TRIPS Agreement. The patchwork of intersecting treaties that relate to intellectual property rights has led to an increase in litigation in recent years over international patents, trademarks and copyrights. This course examines recent cases with an emphasis of preparing students for the practice of law.
  • International Investment Law & Arbitration
    This course comprises three components. First, we will examine the phenomenon of the multinational enterprise, that is, a corporation that establishes subsidiaries and affiliates in foreign countries. In effect, we will discuss the causes and effects of economic globalization. Second, we will analyze the rules of international law that apply to this phenomenon, from the perspective of the multinational enterprise, the home state of that enterprise, and the host state where the enterprise establishes a subsidiary or affiliate. We will explore the relationship between these rules and the social, economic and political policies of the home and host states as well as the strategic business decisions of the enterprise. Finally, we will survey the process of international arbitration through which these rules are enforced. This course would be of special interest to those who wish to represent and advise businesses that have operations in more than one country, those who wish to work in an international litigation or arbitration practice, and those interested in concerns related to economic globalization, such as the loss of U.S. manufacturing jobs, the growing U.S. trade deficit, the implications of U.S. budget deficits, maintaining U.S. economic competitiveness, and preserving environmental and labor standards.
  • International Law
    This course is an introduction to the law among nations. First, it will examine the principal actors in the international legal system, the processes by which international law is created, interpreted, adjudicated and enforced and the relationship between international law and domestic law. Next, it will survey a range of substantive international legal rules, including the law on the use of force, laws regulating state jurisdiction over land, sea and air, international economic law, international human rights law and international environmental law. Finally, it will consider selected aspects of U.S. law that affect U.S. participation in the international legal system. The course is designed for the student who is seeking a basic understanding of international law as part of a balanced and comprehensive legal education and for the student who is seeking a solid foundation for a more intensive study of international law.
  • International Law & the Humanities
    Violations of international law, laws of war, and human rights laws are the plague of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Mass violence and the flagrant violation of human rights laws have a dramatic effect that inspires writers, film makers, artists, philosophers, historians and legal scholars to represent these horrors in their work. This course explores the human rights laws and international laws embedded in selected artistic representations. By adopting an interdisciplinary analytical approach based on semiotics or the science of signs, this course will unlock the coded language of literary and cinematographic works in order to unravel the complexities of many of the most controversial issues of our time such as terrorism, civil disobedience, women's human rights abuses, sex trafficking, the denial of the right to wear a headscarf to manifest the Islamic religion, child soldiering, the killing of girl babies due to traditional male child preference, the piracy of intellectual property, and the impact of culture on the interpretation of international laws. Students will discuss books, films and music that shed light on international law, international human rights laws, and international laws of war. Texts include Joseph Conrad's The Secret Agent, two well-known films Hotel Rwanda and The Pianist, Martin Luther King's Letter from Birmingham Jail, Azar Nafisi's Reading Lolita in Tehran; two Iranian films about family law and women; Uzodinma Iweala's award winning book, Beasts of No Nation (about child soldiers and human trafficking of children); and Lisa See's Snow Flower and the Secret Fan about women's rights in China), and many more. This course is designed to be an introduction into international law, international human rights laws, and international laws of war through the study of works in the humanities.
  • International Organizations
    Over the past several decades, countries have increasingly chosen to act through international organizations as a means to promote their national security and economic interests. As a result, international organizations are playing a larger and more significant role in the development of international law and exerting greater influence over the conduct of global economic and political relations. International organizations influence law and public policy on issues of trade, human rights, the environment, immigration and many other issues. That influence often has local impact. This course will examine legal issues arising from the formation and operation of international organizations, in both international and in domestic law. Specific areas for study and discussion will include the legal personality and powers of international organization, their immunities and those of their employees, the role that nation-states play as members of the organization and the dispute resolution mechanisms used by international organizations. The United Nations system will not be a focus of this course. It will focus instead on regional and specialized international organizations and how those organizations influence law and policy.
  • International Sports Law
    International aspects of the sports law of the U.S., EU and other countries, including regulation of the Olympics, disputes between athletes and sports governing bodies, the jurisdiction and operation of the Court of Arbitration for Sport and its developing body of sports law, and current matters such as doping, labor, competition, and other issues.
  • Intl Business Transactions (China Program)
    This course is an introduction to the laws of international trade and finance. Students consider the problems of conducting business in the global community. The approach is primarily transactional and combines the legal theory and practice of doing international business. Topics include the formation of agreements required for the international trading of goods, such as the documentary sale, the letter of credit, the contract of sale and the consequences of wars and other frustrations of contract, the bill of lading and a sale without a letter of credit. Students will study the regulation of international business by import and export controls, tariffs, and non-tariff barriers, and customs classification and valuation. The transfer of technology by means of franchising and licensing agreements leads to a discussion of the pirating of intellectual property. Students will study the legal framework for establishing a foreign direct investment abroad or a joint venture. Other topics include the resolution of international disputes by trial or international arbitration, the role of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade, the WTO, TRIPS, NAFTA and the European Union in regulating international business. This course focuses on the cultural differences that influence the establishment of international business ventures.
  • Intl Trade & Finance Law
    This course will introduce the student to the legal regime that applies to international letters of credit, the principal mechanism for financing imports and exports. The course has no prerequisites and assumes no prior knowledge of international trade or finance. Instead, the student will be introduced to the basic structure of an international transaction that employs a letter of credit to finance the sale of goods. The student will also study the various contractual relationships that arise out of the transaction and the connection that each relationship has to the financing arrangement. The overarching objective is to help the student understand the various facets of the financing arrangement, the role that each party plays in the arrangement, the legal exposure that each party might assume whenever a letter of credit is used to finance the transaction, and the potential ways for managing any inherent risks.
  • Intra School Moot Ct Competition
    Students compete on teams of two, writing a twenty-page brief (two drafts) and arguing both sides of the case as part of an intra-school moot court competition. Everyone will argue at least two times with the top scoring teams advancing toward a final round and the crowning of a school champion. This class will serve as the try-out for the Moot Court Society. Students are required to (1) watch a series of legal writing and oral argument lectures addressing all of the skills necessary to compete in the competition and (2) meet individually with the supervising professor two times; and (3) conduct two oral argument practice sessions with a mentor from the Moot Court Society. This course is graded Honors, Credit, Low Pass, No Credit. Prerequisite: Legal Writing II.
  • Introduction to Climate Law & Policy
    This overview course provides a macro-level understanding of climate laws, regulations and policies at all levels of government. We will examine the science underpinning climate policy, including adaptation and mitigation strategies. The course will then topically cover major federal policies, including executive orders, the Clean Air Act (CAA) and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), as well as the international context of these polices. We will discuss how federal regulations interact with state laws--including the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), AB 32, SB 32 and SB 350. There will be a special emphasis on the growing environmental justice movement and how policies can prioritize under-resourced communities hit first and worst by climate change. We will read seminal cases in climate litigation and discuss tort liability for climate polluters. Lastly, we will consider how San Diego's groundbreaking 2015 Climate Action Plan compares to other local efforts around the state. Students will be evaluated based on participation, in-class activities and a short writing assignment. Students must plan to spend time working on the writing assignment after the last class meeting. Prerequisite: Legal Writing I
  • Introduction to Criminal Trial Practice
    This one-unit course is a component of the Criminal Law Fellowship Program, taught by the Coordinators of the Fellowship Program in conjunction with a team of experienced criminal law practitioners including judges, defense attorneys, and prosecutors. Working with a realistic mock case and case materials, students study several fundamental aspects of criminal trial practice, including client interviewing, fact investigation, jury selection, opening statement, direct examination, cross-examination, and closing argument. Participants observe demonstrations of important trial skills, practice these skills through role-playing exercises, and complete a substantial written exercise building on the material studied.
  • Introduction to Intellectual Property
    This one-unit course will provide second semester students with an introduction to intellectual property law and its intersection with different relevant areas, issues relevant to both IP and Sports Law Fellows. Break out sessions are included to cover non-IP issues relevant to the sports industry, such as marketing, regulation, and management. The course will be taught by various faculty members and will include guest lecturers. Students may have reading assignments, and a 10-page paper is required to receive credit.
  • Introduction to IP Practice
    This two-unit course introduces the student to the practice of intellectual property law. It is highly recommended for all IP Fellows. Each class will introduce some basic substantive law that students will then use to complete an IP Lab project. Lab projects will include trademark applications, copyright registrations, office actions, non-disclosure agreements, trade secret law, cease and desist letters, IP licenses, and valuing intellectual property. In lieu of three regularly scheduled class times, students will attend class sessions on several Saturdays the exact dates of the Saturday classes will be announced in the registration materials. In addition, two additional optional directed study units are available for interested students. One unit will involve patent practice and a second optional unit will focus on trademark. Both will build on the materials taught in the basic course. Students interested in registering for one or two optional directed study units should contact Professor Semeraro before the first class session. Individual assignments will be graded Honors, Credit, Low Pass, No Credit.
  • Introduction to Mediation
    Mediation is currently in great demand as an adjunct to the court system, as a mechanism for managing in-house corporate fissures, in labor-management discussions and in international disputes. Although usage varies dramatically depending on context, mediation at its essence is a process in which a neutral third party works to help disputing parties craft a resolution that meets their needs. This course will introduce students to one model of mediation that has attained currency within the community mediation movement. Students will learn the various stages of the process and practice the techniques used in each stage. Class will be interactive, requiring participation in in-class mock mediations and communications exercises. Students will also conduct a full day of in class mediations. Students will be assessed on in-class participation, as well as a pre-course written assignment and other assignments announced in class. Credit cannot be earned for both Intro to Mediation and Basics of Mediation.
  • Introduction to Native American Rights & Indian Sovereignty
    This course will provide an intensive introduction to Native American rights, focusing on the sovereign and largely self-governing status of Indian Nations (tribes); their government-to-government relationships with federal, state, and local governments; issues such as casino gaming, labor and employment, child welfare, religious and cultural rights, criminal and civil jurisdictional conflicts, and environmental protection; and hunting, fishing, and other treaty rights. The course will consist mostly of lectures and discussion, with some class time devoted to skills exercises (such as oral advocacy, oral reports on assigned readings, or a negotiation exercise). Students must complete some significant readings (provided free of charge) and two or three written take-home exercises. There is no exam; assessment will be based on overall preparedness and class participation, at least one in-class oral presentation, and the written homework. While it will involve some skills exercises as noted, this course will NOT satisfy the Professional Skills requirement. Note: A student who has previously taken any regular, summer, or intersession law school course in American Indian Law (or equivalent), at TJSL or another law school, is not eligible to take this intersession course; however, taking this intersession course will not preclude a student from later taking the full elective course in American Indian Law taught by Professor Wildenthal at TJSL (though some additional work may be required to earn all 3 units of the latter).
  • Introduction to Sports Law
    This course is the general introduction to sports law. Topics of discussion range from fans and owners to players and agents. The course covers law in the areas of contract, constitutional, tort and criminal - all in the context of sports. In class discussions include representation of professional athletes, enforcement of sports contracts, league decision making, and sports broadcasting.

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  • Jessup Moot Court Seminar
  • Judicial Ethics and Conduct
    This course will focus on the rules of conduct that govern the on and off bench behavior of judicial officers. Of course judges play a central role in the adversary adjudicatory system that is the focus of American legal education. Yet little attention is paid in the law school curriculum to the requirements placed upon judges themselves. The purpose of this course is to remedy that lack of attention. Topics covered will include: Maintaining the Independence and Impartiality of the Judiciary; Performing the Duties of Judicial Office Impartially, Competently and Diligently; Ex Parte Communications; Disqualification; and Extrajudicial Activities. These topics overlap with those that are covered on the Multistate Professional Responsibility Exam (MPRE), which is required of all attorneys seeking admission to practice in each of the 50 states. Questions on the ABA Model Code of Judicial Conduct make up 2-8% of the questions on the MPRE, yet these subjects receive little, if any attention in most law school Professional Responsibility courses. This course is intended to fill that gap. Materials from the course will be reviewed using released MPRE and MPRE-style questions, and strategies for approaching that test will be discussed. The course will also include a ?field trip? to observe local judicial officers in action, followed by an in-class de-brief of the courtroom observations. The course will be graded based upon a one hour, in-class examination .
  • Judicial Seminar I
    Information about registering for externship units is noted on the Docket under Clinical Education.
  • Judicial Seminar II
    Information about registering for externship units is noted on the Docket under Clinical Education.
  • Jury Selection Workshop
    This one-unit practical course will focus on in-class practice of jury selection techniques. Students will perform as trial counsel and as jurors. Students will receive immediate feedback on their performance. We will learn how to analyze a case to profile prospective jurors, practice strategies for making and meeting Batson-Wheeler objections, learn how to search ?open to the world? Internet information of prospective jurors, how to then ?pick? jurors, and finally, learn about strategies to uncover juror misconduct to prepare a Juror Misconduct Motion for New Trial. This credit-no credit course will have outside reading with two brief reflection papers. The grading is primarily based on performance in class as lawyers and jurors. Successful completion of this course will satisfy the Professional Skills graduation requirement for one unit for all students. Prerequisite: Legal Writing I

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  • Law & Leadership: HR Mgmt in Lgl Field
    Success in the legal field is more than understanding and applying the law. The practice of law is a business, and attorneys must be able to advocate for clients, while also providing them a safe, clear understanding of the legal system during a time of great personal stress. In addition, attorneys must be able to scale and grow a business by recruiting, hiring, and training a strong, competent workforce. This course is designed to introduce the concept of leadership, and the skills required to manage both clients and employees. This course addresses the crossroads of law, interpersonal skills, and the realities of the modern workforce. This course requires personal introspection, and practical application of law and social policy. This course is interactive. Students will participate in stimulations, self-discovery exercises, and will design several critical human resource policies. This course will be evaluated based on class participation (25%), short assignments (25%), and a final written assignment of 8-10 pages (50%), which will be assigned in the last class session. Prerequisite: Legal Writing I
  • Law & Literature
    This seminar explores what lawyers can learn from literature. Primarily, we will address how literature can enrich our understanding of the complicated and powerful role law and lawyers play in our society. It will also examine how lawyers can benefit from literary critical techniques and understanding of narrative conventions, and whether thinking of lawyers, judges and clients as story tellers helps us to be better lawyers. The primary texts will be short stories, plays, and novels. Students may also read some judicial opinions and some theoretical writings on the connection between law and literature. Students will write a series of short papers on the assigned readings, give an oral presentation on one of the assigned readings, and prepare a final research paper. The final research paper will satisfy the Upper Level Writing Requirement. This course is graded non-anonymously.
  • Law & Psychology
    This course studies a number of different areas of the law with the common theme of examining how psychological theory and research can enlighten us as to how individuals process information and learn, make decisions, and behave within the legal system. Sometimes statutes, case law, and legal policies make assumptions about human behavior that are at odds with psychological research and theories. This course explores selected issues relating to the decision-making process. Topics include the validity of confessions and eyewitness identification, implicit bias, predicting dangerousness, the adolescent brain, and the effect of the developing field of neuroscience on the law. Also included are discussions of cognitive biases and their effect on the law, including framing, anchoring, and the confirmation bias. The goal of this course is to provide a more realistic understanding of how people actually make decisions within the legal system.
  • Law & Technology in the Information Age
    This course examines the profound changes technology, specifically digital technology, has had on law and legal practice. In the age of computers, mobile devices, social media and wearable technology, individuals and organizations generate massive amounts of electronically stored information on a daily basis. Almost every human action and interaction leaves a digital footprint. This class delves into the legal, policy, ethical and practical issues this proliferation of electronic information creates. Some of the areas students will explore include: the effects of these changes on litigation, discovery and our judicial system; privilege, confidentiality and privacy protection; cybersecurity and data breach risks and crimes; information management and the use of AI. The course will also cover issues related to lawyer competence in the technology age and the software tools available that are changing the way lawyers work and how legal services are delivered now and in the future. Through lecture, case studies, exercises, guest speakers and exposure to legal technology through demonstrations, students will gain perspective and knowledge to help them understand the benefits and opportunities technology offers and the challenges it presents to create legal and ethical solutions. Students will be graded on participation, in-class exercises, short writing assignments and a final paper or presentation.
  • Law of Amateur Sports
    This course covers various amateur sports law issues, with a focus on legal regulations of interscholastic and intercollegiate sports. Topics to be covered will include gender and racial discrimination, the relationship between the university and its student-athletes, the role of the NCAA and other regulatory associations, contract law, tort law, and constitutional law issues. Students will be expected to prepare and present a paper regarding an amateur sports law issue.
  • Law Practice Management
    This course is designed to give students familiarity with the various types of law office structures and their functional differences. How to start a law office and the various issues to be considered in managing an office will be discussed. Employee management, client interaction, technology, marketing, finances and billings, and legal work product will be the focus of several written assignments. Course work will include small group analyses of real situations and practical applications. Selected guest speakers will provide additional practical insight into specific issues that are present in today's law firm environment. Emphasis throughout the course will be on start-up and management of small firm practice. Having completed Business Associations or taking it concurrently is recommended.
  • Law Review
    Students requesting a Law Review unit, please email Registrar, Carrie Kazyaka at ckazyaka@tjsl.edu. Upon approval, students will be enrolled in one unit of Law Review by the Registrar's Office. This is graded Honors, Credit, Low Pass, No Credit.
  • Lawyering Skills II
    Second Semester of Lawyering Skills.
  • Legal Foundations
    Legal Foundations is a three-unit course, graded on the upper-class curve. It focuses on the skills used to successfully answer MBE multiple choice questions and reviews the relevant substantive law while providing an opportunity for students to practice reasoning and analysis. A student required to follow the Intensive Curriculum must take and pass Legal Foundations; it must be taken during the student?s next-to-last semester of law school. The course is open to all third-year students, including those not participating in the Intensive Curriculum. Students can seek to enroll in the course by placing themselves on the wait-list. Because priority is given to students required to take the course, once those students have been enrolled, students on the wait list will be added, based on their placement on the wait list.
  • Legal Marketing Tactics
    Take a deep dive into the world of legal marketing by examining a variety of marketing tactics and exploring how to deploy those tactics without running afoul of legal ethics rules and decisions. The tactics we will explore include websites, social media, print, canvassing, billboards, television, radio, etc. Students will be expected to do additional reading and write a paper analyzing a select number of marketing tactics and the ethical pitfalls surrounding those methods. Prerequisite: Legal Writing I
  • Legal Principles
    A student required to follow the Intensive Curriculum must take and pass, with a grade of at least 1.7, the Legal Principles course. Legal Principles is a four-unit course, graded on the first-year curve, designed to develop skills in writing, reasoning, and analysis, focusing on the fundamental skills and concepts essential to legal analysis. Students must take Legal Principles in the spring or summer semester, whichever immediately follows the semester in which the student first attempted 25 units of law study on the first-year curve. Students taking Legal Principles in the summer may take no more than one other summer semester course. That other summer semester course must be either Professional Responsibility or Criminal Procedure. In the event that there is insufficient space in either of those courses, an alternative course can be selected with the approval of the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. A student required to follow the Intensive Curriculum who does not take and pass the Legal Principles course will not be eligible to graduate.

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  • Mandarin Chinese for Lawyers
    This course focuses on the Mandarin Chinese language skills that are necessary to represent Chinese speakers in a variety of common legal settings. The course reviews client intake forms, initial client interviews, follow-up interviews, witness interviews for personal injury, workers' compensation, bankruptcy, family law, immigration law, estate planning and probate scenarios. This course is graded non-anonymously Honors, Credit, Low Pass, No Credit.
  • Marijuana Law and Policy
    Ever since California legalized medical marijuana in 1996, judges, lawmakers, and researchers have been contending with a wide range of difficult legal problems related to state-legal marijuana. Today, with medical marijuana legal in more than half of all states and legalized for all adult use in a number of others, the list of marijuana-related legal and policy challenges only continues to expand. The federal ban on marijuana means that state-legal businesses face unique challenges on a host of issues, from trademarks to taxes. The state-federal conflict also continues to raise tricky constitutional problems. Meanwhile, even as business and federalism-oriented marijuana law issues have multiplied, most states and the federal government continue to criminalize marijuana possession, cultivation, and distribution, resulting in hundreds of thousands of Americans arrested for marijuana offenses every year. This course examines these issues and more in this fast-changing and fascinating area of the law.
  • Mastering the Performance Test
    Mastering the Performance Test is a two-unit course designed to enhance students' critical thinking and writing skills. Students will analyze case and library files just like those on the California Bar Exam's performance tests. Although the legal topics will not be the focus of the course, students will encounter issues not usually covered in law school, but often encountered on the bar exam and in law practice. In addition, students will learn about the various kinds of documents they will be expected to write for the performance test and in law practice as well. Class sessions will focus on techniques for efficiently reading and analyzing case and library files, organizing file material, and drafting documents for a specific audience. Students will be introduced to various audiences including the supervisor; the court; opposing counsel; the client; and other audiences such as boards, committees, juries, etc. Students should expect to practice these techniques in class and under time pressure. The course will be especially helpful for students who have not had an opportunity to clerk or to participate in an externship while in law school.
  • Mediation Immersion Program
    Mediation Immersion offers students an intensive clinical experience, mediating with small claims disputants in the downtown small claims court. After a seven hour training offered on Saturday, June 13th, students will mediate at small claims court for one four-hour block each week for the remaining six weeks of the summer session. Additionally, students will attend a 75 minute seminar each week devoted to debriefing and reflecting upon their experiences at court and discussing the narratives contained in the text "Stories Mediators Tell."
  • Medical Malpractice Litigation
    This course will provide an overview of the substantive and procedural aspects of litigating health care professional liability cases, from early investigation through trial. Using case law, statutory materials and practical exercises drawn from the real-world experiences of the students and the professor, we will explore concepts of standard of care, informed consent, causation, discovery, expert testimony, damages, agency and the special statutes governing medical malpractice litigation in most jurisdictions, particularly California. The course will emphasize the complex and changing nature of the modern practice of medicine, and how these changes will affect health care litigation in the future.
  • Military Justice
    This survey course gives students an overview of military culture, law, and procedure. Students will learn the basic concepts of military justice, including an understanding of military courts, jurisdiction, due process, the Rules for Courts-Martial, the Uniform Code of Military Justice, and the Military Rules of Evidence. Students will learn about typical non-punitive disciplinary measures such as Non-Judicial Punishment and administrative discharge proceedings. This course covers the courts-martial process, from investigation, filing of charges, through trial and/or guilty pleas and sentencing. Students will also have the opportunity to attend military hearings/proceedings (situation permitting), negotiate a plea deal and discuss the fascinating as sweeping new changes regarding sexual assault.
  • Mock Trial
    Students requesting Mock Trial units, please email Registrar, Carrie Kazyaka at ckazyaka@tjsl.edu and state the number of units you are requesting. Upon approval, students will be enrolled in Mock Trial units by the Registrar's Office. This is graded Honors, Credit, Low Pass, No Credit.
  • Moot Court
    Students requesting Moot Court units, please email Registrar, Carrie Kazyaka at ckayzaka@tjsl.edu and state the number of units you are requesting. Upon approval, students will be enrolled in Moot Court units by the Registrar's Office. This is graded Honors, Credit, Low Pass, No Credit.
  • Music Law
    This course covers basic copyright issues, clearance and permission problems and involve a practical negotiation. The goal of the course is to teach the students how to obtain optimum value for a music property.

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  • Negotiation Theory & Skills
    This course involves a practical study of the theory and skills used by lawyers in negotiations. The course will use readings, practical hands-on exercises, written planning documents, and written self critiques as the basis for developing each student's understanding of the negotiation process and his or her individual negotiating style. We will explore both competitive and cooperative approaches to negotiation, as well as ethical, strategic and tactical issues. This course is graded non-anonymously Honors, Credit, Low Pass, No Credit.

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  • Oral Argument of Criminal Motions
    This course provides an intensive study of oral advocacy skills used in arguing criminal motions. The key skill taught in the course is being able to distill the essence of your argument and to articulate why your side should win from the outset. We will take the motion papers from actual cases and then work on how to make an effective argument for your side. During the five days of the workshop, we will spend the bulk of the time having students make oral arguments and provide critiques. Each session will focus on one or two motions. As preparation, students will read motion papers, read the cases and whatever additional authority is necessary to understand the issues, and prepare an oral argument. Then, during the workshop every student will argue the motion(s) of the day; each argument will be followed by a critique and a discussion of how to make the argument better. Students will be evaluated based on in-class performance during argument of motions and constructive feedback during class discussion. This course will satisfy the Professional Skills graduation requirement for one unit. Prerequisite: Legal Writing I.

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  • Patent Claim Drafting
    This course is intended for students who have a basic understand- ing of patent law and a background in science or engineering. As the Supreme Court recognized more than 100 years ago, "The specification and claims of a patent...constitute one of the most
  • Patent Claim Drafting
    This one-unit course teaches the fundamentals of drafting patent claims. Topics include (1) basic principles and techniques for recognizing and claiming inventive and patent-eligible subject matter in patent applications; (2) drafting claims in a variety of statutory classes (articles of manufacture, compositions of matter, methods and processes, etc.) and a variety of technologies (mechanical, electrical, software, chemical, etc.); and (3) understanding the importance of claim scope and properly capturing inventions both broadly and narrowly. The course will include a series of in-class exercises and group discussions, particularly using real-life claims from prominent court cases and patents issued to clients of the TJSL Patent Clinic. This course is limited to students eligible to take or who have passed the patent bar examination and is strongly encouraged for all students enrolling in their first semester in the Patent Clinic. Prerequisites: Civil Procedure I & II.
  • Patent Law
    This course provides an overview of United States patent laws and the institutions responsible for their administration, interpretation and enforcement. Topics covered include the statutory requirements for obtaining a patent, the process of applying for a patent, the rules for interpreting patent claims, and the nature of patent infringement. Students will critically examine the United States patent system from a variety of perspectives, including historical, economic, linguistic, and comparative law.
  • Patent Law Clinic
    The TJSL Patent Clinic provides patent-specific legal assistance and representation to those in the community without sufficient means to hire a patent attorney to advise them. While under the supervision of a California licensed, U.S. patent attorney, participating students have the opportunity to assist clients in all aspects of transactional patent law practice. In additional to legal prerequisites, Patent Clinic students must also have a qualifying scientific or technical undergraduate degree. The Patent Clinic has two components, a classroom seminar portion and a client fieldwork portion. The seminar is a weekly, two-hour class that teaches the lawyering skills necessary to effectively represent the patent clinic clients. In addition to discussing general client interviewing and counseling techniques, the weekly class will focus on substantive and administrative areas of patent law that are relevant to the students' cases, including issues of professional responsibility.
  • Patent Law Clinic Fieldwork
    The TJSL Patent Clinic provides patent-specific legal assistance and representation to those in the community without sufficient means to hire a patent attorney to advise them. While under the supervision of a California licensed, U.S. patent attorney, participating students have the opportunity to assist clients in all aspects of transactional patent law practice. In additional to legal prerequisites, Patent Clinic students must also have a qualifying scientific or technical undergraduate degree. The Patent Clinic has two components, a classroom seminar portion and a client fieldwork portion. The fieldwork provides students with the opportunity to perform the practical legal and administrative aspects of patent practice. Participating students are required to spend up to 20 hours per week with patent clinic clients, working on the patent matters. Each five hours per week of fieldwork completed equates to one school credit hour (for a total of up to four credits per semester for the fieldwork portion of the Patent Clinic).
  • Pre-Bar Fundamentals
    Pre-Bar Fundamentals is designed to re-introduce students to the doctrinal subjects tested on the multi-state bar exam (MBE) prior to students commencing bar review with their selected provider. The course reviews key topics within each MBE bar subject, introduces students to multiple-choice test-taking strategies and skills, highlights approaches needed to answer bar essay questions in each of the subjects, and provides students with opportunities to develop their multiple-choice and essay-writing skills in order to prepare effectively for the bar exam. This pre- bar review course is graded on a competency-based scale set forth by the instructor at the start of the course and is not subject to the upper level curve. Students are eligible to take this course in their last semester of law school. Students may not take both Pre-Bar Fundamentals and Legal Synthesis I.
  • Professional Sports Law
    This course examines legal issues in the world of professional sports, including contracts, collective bargaining, antitrust, and employment law. It will also examine the ramifications of decisions made by personnel working in the professional sports industry. Specific topics include coaches, agents and labor.
  • Professional Sports Law & Use of Analytics
    Today's professional sports law attorney practices in an atmosphere that joins legal principles with corporate analytics. The course provides a primer for the future practitioner and examines strategic planning by professional sports teams, sports franchise valuation, use of economists as expert witnesses, establishment of market definitions in antitrust cases, and labor market effects of league rules.
  • Public Interest Law
    This seminar is meant to provide a foundation for students: 1) working in the self-help program; or 2) for students interested in public interest law; or 3) students interested in access to justice issues. This course will provide a better understanding of the socio-economic underpinnings of the population served, the resources available, as well as practical substantive law knowledge. This seminar explores the availability of legal services in the United States and the unmet legal needs of low and moderate income individuals. We will explore the role of courts, legal services organizations, law schools and the private bar in advancing free and affordable legal services. We will read about the structure of the legal profession, the current state of government funded legal services, the cost of legal service delivery, and the opportunities and challenges faced by the private bar. We will look at substantive areas of law including housing, employment, immigration and criminal. This course will challenge your thinking on how legal services are provided, the gaps that attorneys can fill in providing these services, and cause you to creatively think about alternate structures for meeting the needs of low to moderate income individuals.

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  • Refugee & Asylum Law
    This course examines immigration law and policy issues governing refugees and political asylum. Some of the topics covered apply to all non-citizens, such as grounds for deportation. We also will address international origins of refugee law, the significance of international norms in its development, and current events affecting law and practice.
  • Risk Management
    Legal risk is the risk of financial or reputational loss that results from lack of understanding, lack of awareness, ambiguity, or reckless indifference to, the impact of law and regulation on a business' activities, products, or services. This course explores basic best practices to prepare students for careers in risk management and compliance.

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  • Scholarly Legal Writing
    Scholarly Legal Writing introduces students to legal scholarship. This course is required for Law Review members who are in the first semester of writing their law review note. It is limited to those students. This course is graded non-anonymously Honors, Credit, Low Pass, No Credit.
  • Small Business Clinic Seminar
    The Small Business Law Center (SBLC) at Thomas Jefferson School of Law provides legal assistance and representation to entrepreneurs, small businesses, and non-profits that do not have the means to hire an attorney to advise them. Students who participate in the SBLC will have the opportunity to assist clients by forming their entities, drafting, negotiating and reviewing contracts, and helping clients through the regulatory process. Students will be guided during representation by a licensed California attorney, but students will have primary responsibility for their cases. Enrollment in the seminar is at the discretion of the supervising attorney, after having reviewed application materials and interviewed the student. The application procedures can be found at: http://www.tjsl.edu/clinics/ced/student-eligibility-and-requirements Students enrolled in the seminar are required to participate in weekly class meetings that focus on the lawyering skills necessary to effectively represent clients. In addition to discussing client interviewing and counseling techniques, students will also focus on substantive areas of law that are relevant to students' cases, including issues of professional responsibility. Prerequisites: Professional Responsibility; Civil Procedure I; Evidence (may be taken concurrently); and Civil Procedure II (may be taken concurrently).
  • Solo Practice Concentration
    Solo Practice Concentration will introduce students to the basics of owning a solo law practice. Topics covered will include: deciding to go solo; planning to go solo; the nuts and bolts of opening a law firm; developing a business plan; financial planning; selecting a practice area; generating cash flow; networking; marketing; client relations; billing and fees; budgets; trust accounting; collections; work-flow management; legal research solutions; forms; office protocols; strategic planning; growth; and management. Lectures will be supplemented with presentations by guest speakers who have started solo practices in a variety of litigation and transactional practice areas. It is recommended that students not take Solo Practice Concentration until completing a minimum of 31 credit hours, including Civil Procedure I and II, Legal Writing I and II, and Professional Responsibility. Students are expected to have basic familiarity with Microsoft Word, Adobe Acrobat, and Westlaw/Lexis. The class, which qualifies for two units, will be graded on a credit/no credit basis with a limited number of students eligible for honors.
  • Spanish for Legal Professionals
    This course is designed to familiarize Spanish speaking persons with basic Spanish legal terminology so students can develop sufficient interviewing techniques in order to determine whether they can be of legal assistance to the prospective client. The primary focus will be on case studies covering criminal law, personal injury, family law, estate planning, and business law. This course will be open to alumni as well as current students. This course is graded non-anonymously Honors, Credit, Low Pass, No Credit.
  • Sports Law & Labor
    The course explores the dynamics of the relationship between professional sports leagues and team players within the parameters of the National Labor Relations Act. The course structure focuses on the collective bargaining process, analyzing the economic infrastructure of the league construct (management side) and the interests of the player associations (labor side). The commonly utilized devices of the reserve clause, salary cap, luxury tax, and player free agency contribute to student discussion of competitive balance among league member teams. The course examines the functioning of the player agent and negotiation of player-team contracts, and player disciplinary proceeding pursuant to the law of the workplace.

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  • The Criminal Jury
    This course focuses on the Criminal jury. We will first explore the history of the jury, from its genesis to its current form. In doing so, we will discuss how the jury has evolved over time, reviewing landmark litigation that altered what a jury is and who is permitted/required to take part in jury service. Though the primary focus of the course is American criminal juries, we will also look at how juries evolved in other countries, assessing the similarities and differences between the American system and that in other jurisdictions. The course will then turn to practical aspects of the criminal jury, outlining trial tactics relating to jury selection before reviewing the vast body of social science research exploring jury selection and jury decision-making processes. In this section of the course, we will also consider tactics and social science internationally, evaluating how tactics and science differ around the world. Finally, we will critically examine the jury in its current form, analyzing the continued use of the criminal jury in the United States and internationally. The goal of this course is to facilitate a contextualized understanding of the criminal jury, providing students a foundation that will make them thorough, thoughtful litigators. Students will be evaluated based on quizzes, short weekly reaction papers/essays, and a longer final paper.
  • Trademark & Unfair Competition Law
    This course focuses on current trademark and unfair competition law from different view points: theory, case law, and litigation strategy.
  • Trademark Clinic
    The Trademark Clinic at Thomas Jefferson School of Law is part of the Small Business Law Center (SBLC) and provides trademark-specific legal assistance and representation to individuals and organizations that do not have sufficient means to hire a trademark attorney to advise them. Students will be actively supervised during each client representation by a California licensed attorney. Students interested in the Trademark Clinic must be eligible for certification under the State Bar of California's Practical Training for Law Students program. A student must have completed one full year at an accredited law school or passed the First Year Law Student's Exam (FYLSE). The Trademark Clinic has two components: a classroom seminar and clinical fieldwork. The classroom seminar portion is a weekly class meeting that focuses on the lawyering skills necessary to effectively represent clients. In addition to discussing client interviewing and counseling techniques, the weekly seminar class will also focus on substantive areas of law that are relevant to students' cases, including issues of professional responsibility. Prerequisite: Civil Procedure I, Civil Procedure II (may be taken concurrently), Evidence (may be taken concurrently), and Professional Responsibility.
  • Trademark Law Clinic Fieldwork
    The Trademark Clinic at Thomas Jefferson School of Law is part of the Small Business Law Center (SBLC) and provides trademark-specific legal assistance and representation to individuals and organizations that do not have sufficient means to hire a trademark attorney to advise them. Students will be actively supervised during each client representation by a California licensed attorney. Students interested in the Trademark Clinic must be eligible for certification under the State Bar of California's Practical Training for Law Students program. A student must have completed one full year at an accredited law school or passed the First Year Law Student's Exam (FYLSE). The Trademark Clinic has two components: a classroom seminar and clinical fieldwork. The clinical fieldwork portion of the course gives students the opportunity to learn and practice transactional trademark matters as well as general administrative practice skills. Participating students are eligible for 1 to 5 units of clinical fieldwork. Each unit is equivalent to 5 hours per week of client work. The minimum commitment of clinical work hours per week is determined on a semester-by-semester basis. Prerequisite: Civil Procedure I, Civil Procedure II (may be taken concurrently), Evidence (may be taken concurrently), and Professional Responsibility.
  • Transportation Law
    The transportation in the United States is unique due to its profound relationship to employment, investment and impact on other industries. Students will discover the significance of the fact that transportation was the first industry to be regulated and the first industry to be significantly deregulated. The course examines how political, legal, and economic forces converge to make national policy. Specific topics of inquiry will include history, economic regulation, liability issues, government operations, labor law, and environmental issues. This exciting course is driven by readings, discussion, and research papers.
  • Trial Practice
    This course provides training in trial techniques through lecture and participation in practice sessions. Students participate in all phases of civil and criminal cases under the supervision of an experienced attorney. This course is graded non-anonymously Honors, Credit, Low Pass, No Credit. Honors designation will convert to a 4.0.

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  • UBE Survey
    This survey course addresses two areas of substantive law tested in jurisdictions outside California: Conflicts of Law and Secured Transactions. The course will examine how to resolve conflicts created when the law of more than one jurisdiction might apply, as well as study the treatment of secured transactions under Article 9 of the Uniform Commercial Code. The course also helps students develop legal skills in problem-solving and statutory interpretation, as well has prepares students to address legal controversy in the context of timed legal writing. Students must receive instructor permission to enroll in the course.

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  • Veteran's Legal Assist. Clinic Fieldwork
    This course is graded non-anonymously Honors, Credit, Low Pass, No Credit.
  • Veteran's Legal Assistance Clinic
    Students provide actual legal representation to clients of Veterans Village of San Diego under the supervision of the professor. Veterans Village provides housing, substance abuse and mental health counseling, and job training to struggling veterans. The actual composition of students' caseloads will be determined by client need, however, it is anticipated that case work is likely to be concentrated in the areas of family, consumer, and administrative law. Students will be required to spend approximately 20 hours per week on their case work, and will receive four credits for this work. The fieldwork component of the course will be graded on an honors/credit/low pass/no credit basis. In addition to the clinic's fieldwork component, there will be a required two credit classroom component that will meet once per week for two hours. This will be similar to a traditional law school class, with required reading and other assignments, and classroom discussion of the assigned materials. Additionally, however, the classroom component will devote significant time to discussion of students' clinic cases, and the substantive areas of law that govern the cases. The classroom component will be graded according to the school's numerical grading scale, with the grade to be based on the classroom exercises and on a final take-home examination. Due to the nature of the course, grading for this course will be non-anonymous. Students registering for the clinic will be asked to complete a one page statement of interest and relevant experience. In the event that the clinic is oversubscribed, this statement will be considered in making admission decisions, in addition to students' academic standing and proximity to graduation.
  • Vice Crimes: Prostitution
    This course looks at an important area of criminal law that is rarely discussed in required criminal law and criminal procedure courses: vice crime -- the body of law regulating so-called ?victimless? or ?morality? offenses. These crimes constitute an important part of real-world criminal practice, not only because they constitute a significant portion of the criminal docket, but also because they raise hard questions about the purpose and scope of the criminal law. This intersession, we will focus on an important subset of vice offenses -- those involving prostitution and other non-violent sex offenses (including polygamy, sadomasochism, and sexual performances). We will learn the legal doctrines that govern these vice crimes and related defenses, try to understand why these "victimless" sexual behaviors are crimes, and critically evaluate these laws, drawing in part on classic theories about the purpose and proper scope of the criminal law generally, and in part on contemporary ideas about sexuality and gender. Students will be evaluated on the basis of class participation and completion of one ten-page paper due several days after the last class meeting. This course will focus on difficult and sensitive subject matter, and students will be expected to discuss the material and issues in a manner that respects the diverse experiences, perspectives, and feelings of their classmates.

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  • Wills & Trusts
    This course examines the law of disposition of property through inter vivos and testamentary means: intestate succession; execution, alteration and revocation of wills; family protections and restrictions on testation; will substitutes; probate and will contests; creation, modification, and administration of various types of trusts and related trust issues.
  • World of Sports Law: Amateur, International & Professional
    This one-unit course will provide students with an introduction to sports law: professional, international, and amateur. Students will be guided by licensed California attorneys. Topics of discussion range from fans, to league commissioners, owners, players (retired and active), attorneys and agents, student-athletes, coaches, administrators, collective bargaining disputes and more among national, collegiate, international private and regulation sports entities, in the areas of private and public negotiations, disputes, and controversies. The course covers law in the areas of contract, constitutional, tort, criminal, employment, labor, intellectual property and licensing, antitrust, and legal ethics in the sports context.
  • World Trade Organization Law & China
    This course will review the 21 WTO Agreements and major WTO cases decided to date, using China as a case study and focus for the class. China has been accused by the U.S. and other countries of committing a number of WTO violations. Furthermore, the U.S. maintains an enormous trade deficit with China, thousands of U.S. companies have outsourced their production jobs to China, and intellectual property protection concerns continue to be a major point of contention between the U.S. and China. In addition, since joining the WTO in 2001, China has played a very significant role in the organization. Its huge market renders it an important player in the international economy in any case, but China at this point is also considered to be the unofficial leader of the developing country status in the WTO. As the majority of WTO members are developing countries, China is in a very powerful position to influence the future of the WTO. For all of these reasons, China makes an excellent case study for WTO issues. It is hoped that the class will be able to visit some manufacturing facilities in China as well as meet with U.S. consultants working in China and Chinese government officials involved in trade issues.