Curriculum and LL.M. Student Handbook

Core Required Curriculum (26 credits):

Introduction to the U.S. Constitution and Legal System, 1 credit

This course provides the background necessary to understand the rest of the curriculum. Taking into account the legal systems where the students practice, the course provides comparative perspective, and focuses upon the U.S. federal system of government. The course also examines the separation of powers among the three branches of the federal government as well as the role of administrative agencies.

Constitutional Law, 2 credits

This course explores the U.S. Constitution: the world’s longest running democratic charter. The course will compare the U.S. Constitution with constitutional documents of other countries. Students will learn about the structure of the constitutional system as well as the Bill of Rights. The most important constitutional law issues of the day are explored. U.S. Supreme Court cases and civil rights statutes will be studied.

Civil Procedure, 2 credits

This course examines the procedural aspects of disputes in the U.S. and looks at the court system and the process of bringing and defending a case. The course will examine the unique U.S. process of the discovery of evidence, including depositions and document production. There will be an overview of alternative dispute resolution focusing on arbitration and mediation.

Evidence, 2 credits

This course examines the Federal Rules of Evidence that govern the admissibility of evidence during trials. This material is tested on the bar examination and also is important to lawyers who assist U.S. firms with the discovery process used in litigation.

Contracts and Sales, 3 credits

This course introduces students to practical issues in contract law theories and doctrines. This course will survey the application of contract law in various contexts with case law, relevant portions of the Uniform Commercial Code, the Restatements, Convention on the International Sale of Goods, and treatises. This course will explore the bases of contract law, creation and termination rights, the role of capital markets, problems in contract formation, contract interpretation theories, and settlement strategies.

Criminal Law, 2 credits

This course focuses upon both federal and state criminal law in the United States. Most criminal law is contained in statutes. Students will gain an understanding of the entire time-frame of a crime, from commission through prosecution and possible imprisonment. All types of crimes are covered including white collar crime. Cutting-edge criminal law issues in the U.S. are discussed.

Criminal Procedure, 2 credits

This course examines the procedural rules of criminal cases. It covers provisions of the Bill of Rights that regulate the government's pursuit and prosecution of criminal defendants. Important issues such as search and seizure and self-incrimination are covered with emphasis on the fourth through eighth Amendments to the U.S. Constitution.

Real Property, 2 credits

This course examines the common law and statutory codes of property law, which is primarily a matter of state law. It will also touch upon real estate transactions, the environmental law aspects of property, and the basic organization of U.S. intellectual property and technology law.

Professional Responsibility, 2 credits

This course will detail the rules of Professional Responsibility in the State of California. Pursuant to California Bar Rule 4.30, it will cover the California Rules of Professional Conduct, relevant sections of the California Business and Professions Code, the ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct, and leading federal and state case law on the subject.

Business Organizations, 2 credits

This course provides an understanding of the various organizational structures available to businesses including foreign businesses operating in the U.S. These structures include corporations, partnerships, and limited liability companies. There will be an overview of business formation and the state and federal laws that govern businesses including the U.S. Securities Acts. The course compares U.S. corporate law to that of select foreign countries and discusses relevant international treaties.

Torts, 2 credits

This course explores the unique tort system of the U.S., where individuals sue for personal wrongs committed against them. Torts consists primarily of laws made by judges and provides students with insight into the U.S. common law system. Real-world subjects of recent suits will be examined in areas including products liability and environmental harms. The concept of "class actions" will be studied.

Wills, Trusts and Successions, 2 credits

This course examines wills, trusts, and other methods for preserving and transferring wealth or property to beneficiaries in the context of death or economic planning. The course will describe how estate and other taxes affect the drafting of these legal documents. This subject is regularly tested on bar examinations.

Remedies, 2 credits

This course focuses on remedial theory, doctrine, and alternatives in the civil context. It provides a survey of equity, injunctions, declaratory judgments, restitution, and damages.

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