1 USC Gould School of Law Course Descriptions 614 Accounting for Lawyers (2 or 3) The lawyer s skills needed to understand the financial affairs of a business client. 777 Administrative Process (1-3) Legal principles subject to judicial control and the alternative ways in which agencies can be organized to serve their purposes. Admiralty The course will examine the law governing ocean shipping - by which over 99% of the world's trade moves. It will cover: admiralty jurisdiction and procedure; carriage of goods; marine finance; maritime liens; injury to crew, passengers and longshore workers; chartering; collision; salvage and general average; maritime environmental law; and vessel owner's limitation of liability. 610 Advanced Civil Procedure (2-4, Sp) This course will look at juries and judges as decision-makers during trials. As background, we will examine the constitutional rights to a civil and criminal jury trial, and then focus on such features of the jury as voir dire, peremptory challenges, instructions, deliberations and differences in perceptions. The scope of jury authority, including jury nullification, as well as various models for the proper role of the jury in our society. 618 Advanced Contracts (2-4, FaSp) Students work in groups using principles of contract design analyzing concrete cases based on actual events in transactions handled by a large commercial law firm. 599 Advanced Topics in Election Law (2 or 3) This seminar-style class explores some of the most pressing scholarly debates about the regulation of the electoral process in the United States. The course pays attention to both the legal doctrines regulating elections as well as the various popular proposals to reform the current system. The goals of the course are to promote a deeper understanding of our election system and to encourage serious assessment of the possibilities for reform. 616 Advanced Torts: Products Liability (2-4) Exploration of products liability law with special attention to its historical genesis and normative justification. 753 Antitrust Law I (3 or 4) Laws designed to preserve and promote business competition, with heavy emphasis on the federal antitrust laws. 684 Appellate Advocacy (2-4) The primary focus will be on California Civil appeals and Writs. By the end of the course, the students will have
2 prepared a writ petition and supporting papers and will have argued an appeal (brief supplied by instructor) in a moot-court type of setting. 611 Banking Law (1-4) Law and regulation of banks and other financial institutions. Focus on federal and California banking law. 647 Bankruptcy: Debtors and Creditors I (2 or 3) Bankruptcy of the poor, imprudent or unlucky, and of unsuccessful businesses. The mechanisms of our law for distributing the debtor s property and discharging his obligations. 725 Bioethics and Law (3) Legal, ethical and economic problems of advanced biological technologies, for example, behavior, genetic, and reproductive control; control of the processes of dying; organ transplantation and the use of artificial organs; regulation of scientific research and human experimentation. 868 Business Enterprise Taxation (2-4, FaSp) Examination of the taxation of corporations, partnerships, and limited liability companies. 632 Business for Lawyers (2-4) This course introduces law students to the tools, concept, and language of business. It is premised on the belief that to excel as a business lawyer, one must understand the business world from the perspective of the clients one counsels and assists. The course will cover, in compressed form, the basic subjects from the M.B.A. program which are most useful to lawyers. 603 Business Organizations (3 or 4) Organization of economic activity -- especially the modern corporation -- as institutions of social power. The roles of managers, owners, and public regulatory agencies in shaping processes of decision-making. Children and the Law Americans appear to have developed a general consensus about the need to protect children from sexual abuse and exploitation; however, disagreement over the means to achieve this end reveals interesting cleavages in American culture about our understanding of children s gender and sexual identity development. This seminar explores these cleavages as reflected in the rights and protections created under American and international law related to children s sexual and gender identity. A diverse array of topics will be explored including, the proper scope and interpretation of statutory rape laws, the development of Title IX sexual harassment doctrine, which governs student peer sexual harassment in schools, child pornography laws and laws governing children s access to pornography, as well as laws relating to the age of consent to exercise autonomy with regard to one s gender development.
3 703ab Children s Legal Issues (1-4; 1-4) Students will work on cases in the following areas: (1) Dependent and neglected children: All children who are wards of the court must have legal counsel. (2) Children with AIDS: Legal implications of such issues as health care and custody. (3) Guardianships or other temporary arrangements for children whose parents are terminally ill or are otherwise unable to care for them. Graded CR/D/F. 779 Chinese Law (2-4, FaSp) An introduction to the laws of the People s Republic of China covering traditional and contemporary legal institutions in China, civil and criminal laws, intellectual property laws, legal professions, contract and dispute resolution. 599 Civil Discovery (3) This course focuses on the discovery phase of pre-trial litigation and the skills new lawyers are called upon to use right out of law school. Students will take depositions, draft and respond to written discovery, and evaluate strategic issues presented by the factual investigation of a civil case. 738 Civil Rights Litigation (2-4, FaSp) An examination of issues of class action and other impact civil rights litigation with an emphasis on federal court practice. 698 Collective Security: Multilateral Response Mechanisms and International Conflict (2-4, FaSp) Examination of the international institutions and legal norms applicable to the use of force. 641 Commercial Law (2 or 4) Commercial transactions involving secured financing (other than land). Government regulation of such sales and borrowing through Article 9 of the Uniform Consumer Credit Code and other recent legislation. 705 Community Property (1-3) The law of community property, including disposition of property on dissolution of the marriage and questions of conflict of laws. May be offered as a reading course. 745 Comparative Constitutional Law (2-4, FaSp) Comparison of the U.S. Constitution with constitutions in other nations. Exploration of differences in structure and substance, with a focus on how nations address pluralism. 744 Comparative Islamic Law (2-4, FaSp) Course will cover basic principles of Islamic transactional laws as adapted and incorporated into contemporary Islamic countries. Laws will be compared with U.S. and California.
4 722 Complex Litigation (2-4, FaSp) Focuses on large scale litigation, mass toxic torts, consumer class actions and securities cases. 706 Conflict of Laws: The Federal System I (2-4) The problem of interstate and inter-country private-dispute resolution: a: who has jurisdiction to make an externally enforceable decision (procedural due process and full faith and credit); b: whose law should be applied (choice of law and full faith and credit); c: the special role of the federal courts, including federal-state choice of law in diversity cases. 747 Constitution in the 20th Century (2-4, FaSp) This course examines the impact of historical events, world wars, cold war and civil rights and understanding the role of the Constitution in American life. 508 Constitutional Law I (4, Sp) The function of the American Constitution; allocation of authority among branches of the national government; division of authority between the nation and the state; limitations of government control of the individual. The process of constitutional interpretation and the role of the United States Supreme Court. 871 Constitutional Law II (2-4) The First Amendment, freedom of expression (political speech, symbolic expression, obscenity, commercial speech, defamation), rights of access to the media of expression. The protection of religion and the prohibition of the establishment of religion. 707 Construction Law (2-4, FaSp) This course is designed to provide an overview of the real estate development field with a strong emphasis on the construction process. This is a course in law, not in engineering or urban development. 709 Contract Drafting and Negotiation (2-4, FaSp) Contract Drafting and Negotiation will teach students the mechanics of drafting and negotiating sophisticated contracts from a variety of legal disciplines including entertainment law, real estate law and general corporate law. 709 Contract Drafting and Negotiation (2) The course will focus on drafting techniques, various types of commonlyused agreements and basic substantive law needed to prepare such agreements. We will discuss negotiation strategies, as well as engage in mock negotiations. The class will focus on practical drafting and negotiating styles, based on many real-life situations. 503 Contracts (4, Fa) The interpretation and enforcement of promises and agreements.
5 839 Copyright (2-4) Study of federal copyright law, analysis of property rights and interests created thereunder. Manner in which these rights can be exploited in the various entertainment media. Prerequisite: LAW Corporate Crime Liability Seminar (2-4, FaSp) An examination of corporate and civil liability and director or officer liability. Focus on issues of general concern to corporations and managers contemplating potential liability. 719 Corporate Finance (3 or 4) Legal and economic aspects of corporate finance including capital structure, policy, mergers, takeovers, and freezeouts; analysis of policy relating to present law and possible reforms. 733 Corporate Reorganization (2 or 3) Reorganization of failing corporations under Chapter XI of the Bankruptcy Act. Claims, protective committees, plans, tax considerations. 644 Corporate Tax (2 or 3, FaSp) Tax principles and practice applicable to business, especially problems of formation, liquidation, and reorganization. 827 Counseling the Startup Company (2-4, Sp) Role of the attorney in startup firms: business plan, employment agreements, lease, stock option plan, financing documents and distribution and strategic partnership arrangements. 504 Criminal Law (3, Sp) The crime problem and the legislative response to it through substantive criminal law; administration of criminal justice through police, prosecutorial, sentencing, and penological discretion. 742 Criminal Law Motion Practice (2-4, FaSp) This course instructs students on the law and strategy concerning most major criminal case motions. Students will draft and argue motions based on actual cases. 602 Criminal Procedure (3) Criminal procedure in the courts, and the regulation of law enforcement by the courts through rules of evidence and interpretation of the Bill of Rights. 599 Criminalization of Sexual Abuses: A Cross-Cultural Perspective (3) This seminar aims at examining and in-depth evaluating the historical legal development of the criminalization of sexual assaults. It hopes to review the existing studies and literature, while critically reviewing the effect of social, political, gender, religious and cultural factors on the process of criminalization. We hope to address the question of how the social, legal, gender and political organization of the internal systems (the courts, police, etc.) and the external system (the patriarchal moral
6 entrepreneur, educational system, health, etc.) affects the local legal culture towards sexual assaults. 746 Critical Race Theory (2-4) Intersectionality, deconstruction and critical historiography, specifically affirmative action in education, hate speech and immigration reform. 599 Dispute Resolution Ethics (2) This course asks what attorneys are trying to accomplish when resolving disputes and, more to the point, how attorneys can and should behave in the process. The class will look at how the rules governing that behavior may change depending on whether the setting is an informal negotiation or instead a structured mediation, arbitration or lawsuit. And on a practical level, the class will prepare you to recognize and respond to arguably lawful but unethical negotiating tactics. 615 Election Law (1-4) Consideration of legal regulation of the right to vote and otherwise to participate in the electoral process. 857 Employee Benefits (2-4, FaSp) This course will examine the law governing employer-provided benefits to workers. 735 Employer Legal Advice Clinic (2-4, Sp) Provides legal advice to clients in the area of employment law. Graded CR/D/F. Prerequisite: LAW Employment Law (2-4) Examination of the evolving role of work in our society and the nature and scope of legal regulation of the employment relationship. 729 Enterprise Liability Seminar (2-4, FaSp) Examines the postulates and unexamined assumptions of tort law in greater depth than is usually possible in a conventional first-year torts course. 650 Entertainment Law (2-4, Sp) An examination of how the courts are handling selected, cutting edge topics in entertainment law. The topics will include the scope of and limitations on the right of publicity; fair use and parody defenses to copyright infringement; future technology clauses in rights contracts; and copyright and defamation issues arising in the online world. Previous entertainment law courses recommended, but not required. 655 Environmental Law (2-4) Focus on environmental law policy and practice. This course is a combination of regulatory and private law, with a special emphasis on disputes and regulations involving contamination in soil, water and air.
7 717 Estate Planning (3, FaSp) Legal and tax considerations important to the lawyer advising his client on the transmission of wealth from one generation to the next. 663 European Union Law (2-4, FaSp) Introduction of the EU legal system and an understanding of the functioning EU, constitutive treaties, and evolving judicial and regulatory system being established within Europe. 608 Evidence (3 or 4) The purpose and character of trial. Problems of adversary presentation and the nature of proof. The basis for admission and exclusion of evidence in judicial proceedings. 623 Family Law (3 or 4) Creating, regulating and dissolving family relationships. Explore moral and power relations among men, women, children and the state. Develop skills to help clients in families. 622 Family Violence (2-4, Fa) Practical and theoretical aspects of legal practice in cases involving family violence, including both spousal violence and child abuse. 763 Federal Courts: The Federal System II (3-5) Problems of adjudication in a federal system. Allocation of authority between federal and state courts and among Congress, the Executive and the Courts; choice of federal and state law; jurisdiction of federal courts and significant rules of practice. 599 Federal Criminal Law (2) There has been a marked federalization of crime over the past several decades. This course will study the substantive criminal law enacted by Congress, focusing on questions of statutory interpretation and federal law enforcement policy raised by prominent federal offenses. It is intended as a practical introduction for those interested in ultimately practicing in the field of federal criminal law. JUVENILE 631 Feminist Legal Theory (1-4) The first half of the course will survey major arguments and key writings of feminist legal theory. The second half, seminar participation, will organize discussions that focus on significant legal decisions to investigate the fit and helpfulness of the various theoretical approaches. 697 Foreign Relations and National Security Law (2-4, FaSp) This course will examine the statutory, constitutional, and international legal structures that form the base of American diplomacy.
8 731 Gender, Crime and Justice Seminar (2-4, FaSp) Analyzes various criminal justice issues with a focus on the questions of how gender may shape and inform those issues. 621 Gender Discrimination (1-4) Analysis of the constitutional and statutory debates about the meaning of equality, and the recognition and accommodation of difference. 607 Gifts, Wills, and Trusts (3 or 4) Gratuitous transfer of wealth, especially the transmission of wealth from one generation to the next as a settlement of family affairs. Comparative analysis of the legal mechanisms of gifts, wills, and trusts. Introduction to problems of fiduciary administration. 599 Global Warming: Law and Lessons (2, Fa) This course will examine judicial, administrative and legislative activity related to climate change and explore the lessons that might be drawn from established environmental law principles as we consider how the law could evolve in dealing with this global issue. 664 Globalization and Law (2-4) The impacts of globalization and legal reactions in a number of areas including constitutional law, trade law, military law and the environment. 700 Health Care Regulations (1-4) Regulation of the medical profession; the physician-patient relationship; professional and institutional liability; health care institutions and delivery systems; quality control; access to health care services and problems of distribution and rationing; cost control, including government and private health care programs; patient rights; antitrust. 617 History of American Law (2 or 3) Explores the interaction of law, culture, and politics in American society from the Revolution through the New Deal. 599 Homeland Security (2, Fa) This class will explore the spectrum of issues that, at least since the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, we have called homeland security. 758 Identity Categories (2-4, FaSp) Drawing on feminist legal theory, critical race theory, and lesbian/gay/bisexual and queer theory, this seminar will explore the treatment of identity categories in United States law.
9 730 Immigrants and the Constitution (2-4, FaSp) A focus on the constitutional rights of noncitizens. The course will explore the role of immigrants and immigration in American history. 775 Immigration Law (2-5) The development of immigration law to its present state. 649 Insurance (2 or 3) The pooling of risks and distributing of losses. Actuarial foundation and contract problems of insurance. 772 Intellectual Property (2 or 3) The protection of intellectual property and encouragement of creativity. Explores copyright, trademarks, patents, and selected state law theories. 626 International Arbitration (2-4, Fa) Steps in the arbitration process, attorney s functions in the process, relation of arbitration to national courts, policy issues, issues involved when governments are parties to international commercial disputes. 764 International Business Transactions (3 or 4) Survey of legal aspects of international trade and investment transactions, including tax considerations. 724 International Finance (2-4, FaSp) An examination of international aspects of U.S. securities and banking law, capital markets and regulations, Eurobonds, Futures and Options, asset securization, swaps and project finance. 713 International Human Rights (2-4, FaSp) This course will address the international law and institutions which have developed since World War II for the protection of human rights. 861 International Law Seminar (2-3, max 6, Sp) Investigation of selected problems of international law. May be repeated with permission of the instructor as topics vary. 863 International Negotiations and Mediation (2-4) Introduction to negotiation and mediation from an international perspective. Development of essential skills for effective client representation in negotiation and mediation. 656 International Organization (1-4) A study of the work of both legal and international relations scholars. A brief introduction to the nature and recent history of international organizations; understanding of formal structures and rules; and consideration of legal and nonlegal norms that apply in the international community.
10 657 International Protection of Intellectual Property (1-4) The laws concerning how to enforce and exploit rights protecting media creations, marketing symbols, computer programs, new technologies, designs, knowhow, and data across national borders. 637 International Trade Policy (1-4) Examination of the institutions and laws that regulate international economic relations. Students will be introduced to the major international agreements and national laws that regulate international trade goods, services and capital. 773 Internet Law (2-4, Fa) Integration of cyberspace and the Internet into existing legal structures. Topics include: First Amendment issues; intellectual property, privacy and child protection; criminal activity and governance and jurisdictional activities. 520 Introduction to U.S. Legal System (2) The basic structure of government in the U.S., including the constitutionally mandated division of power in the federal government and the federal system of power sharing between state and federal systems. A comparative perspective on selected substantive and procedural matters, such as common law reasoning, jury trials, adversary process, and various aspects of civil procedure. Open to incoming LL.M. and M.C.L. students only. 759 Japanese Law (2-4, FaSp) A study of the legal system in Japan and such aspects as the difference in legal consciousness between Americans and Japanese. Jewish Law The goal of this course is to introduce students to the history, sources and methodology of Jewish law and ethics. A study of the sources and methods of Jewish law will afford the student a broader grasp of jurisprudence and legal theory in general, as Jewish law is marked by philosophic underpinnings that differ in many ways from those that proceed from the idea of the liberal state. The course begins with an historical introduction to the literary and formal sources of the Jewish law and then turns to a variety of topics in Jewish law and ethics. Attention will be paid to the relationship between ethics and legal theory (including Natural Law theory). Students interests will help shape some of the topics studied. 797 Jurisprudence Seminar (2 or 3, max 6) Investigation of selected jurisprudential problems. 599 Juvenile Law (2) Juvenile justice represents a point of intersection among family law, criminal law, criminal procedure, and mental health law. This class will explore these intersections through examination of the
11 substantive and procedural law applicable to young offenders in both juvenile and criminal courts. We will study the history and theory of a separate system of juvenile justice, consider social-science data on juvenile crime, and analyze contemporary law regarding search and seizure; arrest and interrogation; waiver of rights; diversion; status offenses; transfer to adult criminal court; detention; disposition; and conditions of confinement. 636 Labor Law (3 or 4) The interrelation of labor, business, and government in collective bargaining, federal regulation of union and management practices and pressures, especially through the Taft-Hartley Act. 606 Land Use Controls (3 or 4) The regulation of land development through planning, zoning, subdivision controls and private devices. Mechanisms for coordinating regional development and financing new urban infrastructure. 633 Law and Economics (4) Employs economic reasoning to explain and provide a normative basis for the analysis of property, contract, tort and criminal law and the legal process. Prerequisite: ECON 500 or ECON Law and Economics Seminar (1-4, max 8) Key concepts and cutting-edge research in law and economics. Workshops with leading scholars from around the country. 639 Law and Literature (1-4) Exploration of the meaning of basic sociolegal institutions through the double lens of literature and law. Focus will be on institutions associated with the rise of market, including private property, contract, notions of profit and interest and the role of lawyers, litigation and legal forms. 715 Law and Policy of Alternative Dispute Resolution (2-4, FaSp) Exploration of the origin, development, and practice of mediation, arbitration, and other forms of ADR, emphasizing the policies underlying these increasingly significant and evolving areas. 795 Law and Political Process (2-4, Sp) Examines the contemporary political process and the laws regulating it. 676 Law and Psychiatry: Civil Dimensions (1-4, Sp) Examination of issues in which psychiatry is relevant to the law. Subjects to be studied include standards of competency, the right to refuse treatment, civil commitment, and the Americans with Disabilities Act.
12 627 Law and Psychiatry: Criminal Dimensions (2-4) Examination of the issues at the intersection of the mental health and criminal justice system. Topics discussed will include the insanity defense, disposition of insanity acquittees, competency to stand trial and competency to be executed. 673 Law and Psychology: Courtroom Decision-making (2-4, Fa) Insights into the legal system based on experimental research in social and cognitive psychology. Ways in which the legal system is affected by the mental processes of its participating agents. 674 Crime, Law and Society (2-3, Sp) Examination of assorted issues regarding social responses to crime. Topics include cultural and political conceptions of crime, theories of punishment, disobedience, economical approaches to crime. 721 Law and Social Change in Post-War America (2-4, FaSp) A study of movements for social change following World War II, such as the civil rights movement, the women s movement, the antiwar movement and the farm workers movement. 723 Law, Literature and Feminism (2-4, FaSp) An examination of the development of feminist legal theory by focusing on several cases, writings of theorists, and novels that provide further illustration of the theories. 512 Law, Language, and Ethics (3, Fa) Law as the mind s attempt to define, direct, and administer human experience. Examination of theories of knowledge, language, meaning, mental process, social organization, personal responsibility and freedom which underlie legal thought and judicial decision-making. 634 Legal Analysis of Evidence (2-4) Legal analysis of the rules of Evidence using problems designed to improve analytic skills and problemsolving. Taken in conjunction with Evidence. Corequisite: LAW Legal Conceptions of Maternity and Paternity (1-4) Exploration of the legal definition of a parent. Who is a parent, according to the law (rather than, what rights does a parent have), will be the fundamental question. 653 Legal Issues in the Music Industry (1-4, FaSp) The course will focus on contract drafting and negotiation issues relevant to an artist s pursuit of a career in the music business. 599 Legal Issues in TV and Film (2, Sp)
13 This course will analyze the legal and business foundations of key aspects of entertainment law, focusing primarily on legal issues which arise within the context of television and theatrical motion picture production and distribution. 505 Legal Profession (3, Sp) Functions of the lawyer in modern society; history and organization of the legal profession; the adversary system; equal access to justice; other problems of ethics and professional responsibility. 885 Legal Rights in a Multicultural Democracy (2-4, FaSp) This seminar will explore current controversies over multiculturalism through the lens of the law. 822 Legislation (2-3, Fa) The legislative process in Congress and state legislatures; legislative and judicial law making, statutory interpretation and drafting, and judicial activism and restraint. 734 Local Government Law (3 or 4) Study and evaluation of the municipal and regional legal institutions. Emphasis on the crises in financing and governing the urban society. 867 Major Corporate Civil and Criminal Fraud: Lessons of Enron (2-4) Examines the causes for the business failures of the Enron Era through selected readings of law, accounting, business practices, contemporaneous evidence, investigations and indictments. 714 Maritime Law (2-4, FaSp) An examination of current maritime law including maritime contracts, injuries to and rights of maritime workers, peculiar maritime lien rights, and admiralty procedures and litigation, with an excursion into marine pollution and government regulation. 841 Media and the Courts (2-4, Sp) Legal issues concerning media and the courts. Considers the appropriate role of the media in covering legal proceedings and how courts can and should regulate the press. 630 Mediation Clinic (2-4, max 8) Students receive the training required to become professional mediators for civil cases in the LA County Superior Court, and mediate these cases. 658 Mergers and Acquisitions (1-4, Sp) Problems of integrating the corporate, securities, tax, business, antitrust, accounting and contractual aspects of corporate mergers and acquisitions. Prerequisite: LAW Mortgage Law (2-4) Deals with the rights and remedies of mortgage lenders and borrowers after the mortgage loan has gone into default.
14 712 Negotiation and Alternative Dispute Resolution (3) Negotiation is an art, not a science. The successful attorney, in virtually every area of practice, is regularly called upon to negotiate and mediate on behalf of clients. This course examines the basic principals of negotiation and, separately, mediation. The student will develop a thorough understanding of the 5 core stages of negotiation through the use of text material, lecture, video and progressively more challenging role plays. 842 Partnership Taxation (2-4) 727 Partnerships and Limited Liability Companies (2-4, FaSp) Deals with the formation, features and functions of general partnerships, limited partnerships and limited liability companies. Also focuses on business planning, recognizing business and legal objectives and selecting the appropriate entity to accomplish these objectives. 810 Patent Law (2 or 3, Sp) Patent laws, litigation, and the process of prosecuting the patent application. The concept of invention and ownership of rights under patents. Prerequisite: LAW Persuasion (2-3, Fa) Analysis and development of persuasive arguments using principles of persuasion; translation of the arguments into visual presentations using presentation models; persuasive presentation of visuals. 891 Post-Conviction Justice Seminar I (1-5, max 5, Fa) Examines the substantive rights of federal prisoners with respect to parole, sentencing, validity of conviction and conditions of confinement and the procedural mechanisms by which to enforce those rights. Under faculty supervision, students provide legal assistance to federal inmates in administrative and judicial proceedings. Graded CR/D/F. 892 Post-Conviction Justice Seminar II (1-5, max 5, Sp) Continuation of LAW 891. Prerequisite: LAW Poverty Law (2-4, FaSp) An introduction to the problem of poverty in the United States and to the response of government and the legal system to the problems of the poor. 820 Pretrial Advocacy (3 or 4) Examines conceptual and practical aspects of interviewing, counseling, negotiation, settlement, drafting, and formal advocacy in the handling of legal cases. Prisoners Rights This seminar explores the tension between the constitutional, administrative and human rights of prisoners and
15 contemporary practices and conditions in US prisons. Topics to be addressed include racial overrepresentation, the war on drugs, gender and imprisonment, health care, violence, sexual abuse, family relationships, security classification, voting rights, and the prohibition on torture. 502 Procedure I (4, Fa) Consideration of the participants in litigation -- private and public plaintiffs, defendants, and courts. Information exchange, process, outcomes, and costs of law suits. 507 Property (4, Sp) The idea of property as understood through economic and philosophical concepts. Rights in land, water and other natural resources. Forms of shared ownership (e.g., landlord and tenant), and a survey of mechanisms for controlling land use. 599 Public Health Law (3) This course provides an introduction to the means through which the government fulfills one of its fundamental obligations, ensuring the health and well-being of the population. 662 Public International Law (3-4) Principles of international law involving relations among governments. The function of international tribunals and organizations. 677 Quantitative Methods in the Law (2-4, FaSp) Introduces students to basic principles of descriptive and inferential statistics, probability, and valuation. 716 Race, Gender and the Law (2-4, FaSp) This course will investigate race and gender in the law in two senses: the experience of women and people of color as they have encountered legal institutions and processes; and the role of law in constructing racial and gender identities-in defining the very meaning of race and gender in American culture. 629 Real Estate Finance (2-4, Sp) A survey of the major types of financing used for real estate and the basic techniques used to make real estate investment and financing decisions. Prerequisite: LAW Real Estate Transactions (3-5, Fa) The land transfer process: arrangements between buyers and sellers, brokers, escrows, recorders, title companies. Real estate financing through mortgages and other land security devices. 757 Regulated Industries (2-4) Conduct of industries regulated by administrative agencies studied in terms of economic and political theory. The role of the market and restraints on the market as strategies for
16 achieving social goals. The practical and theoretical implications of attempts at implementation. 859 Regulation of Telecommunications (2-4, FaSp) Concentration on the regulation of broadcast television, cable television, telephone, and spectrum management. 625 Remedies (3 or 4) Comparison of the remedial goals of contracts, torts, and property and the impact of procedural devices in law and equity. Damages, injunctions, specific performance and restitution. Remedial theory and transactional application. 774 Rights of Groups Seminar (2 or 3, FaSp) Explores the place of groups (such as racial and ethnic groups, labor unions, family, neighborhood, class and religious groups) in the legal order governed and protected by the Constitution. Asks whether groups have rights comparable in stature to the rights of persons, and, if they do, how conflicts between the group rights and individual rights should be adjudicated. 739 Role of Taxes in Business Decisions (2-4, FaSp) The objective of this seminar is to learn how taxes affect business decisions. This seminar teaches the conceptual framework for recognizing tax planning opportunities and applying basic principles of tax strategy. 778 Sales (2-4, FaSp) Analysis of the buying and selling of goods both in domestic and international transactions with a heavy focus on Article 2 of the Uniform Commercial Code. 642 Secured Transactions (2-4) This is a course on Chattel paper and secured transactions involving personal property under Article 9 of the Uniform Commercial Code and some related bodies of law. 643 Securities Fraud Litigation (2-4) Examination of the laws governing fraud in securities markets. Focus on several sections of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 including fraudulent statements and insider trading, fraud in the takeover context, fraud in proxies, and controlling personal liability. 749 Securities Regulation (2-4, Sp) Regulation by state and federal agencies of issuance of, and trading in, stocks, bonds, and other securities. Particular reference to SEC regulations. 741 Sentencing Law, Practice and Policy (2-4, FaSp) This seminar will explore the law, purposes and practices of sentencing. Students will study and compare the different systems of sentencing and the procedures by
17 which sentences are imposed. Students may also examine some actual pending criminal cases. 751 Sexual Orientation and the Law (2-4, FaSp) Explores the ways in which American law has responded to the diversity that exists within human sexual orientation. 736 Small Business Clinic I (4) The focus of this clinic is providing legal assistance to small businesses, entrepreneurs and non-profit organizations that cannot pay market rates for legal services. Each student will be assigned to work with three to five clients each semester on legal projects addressing a range of business issues. 737 Small Business Clinic II (4) The focus of this clinic is providing legal assistance to small businesses, entrepreneurs and non-profit organizations that cannot pay market rates for legal services. Each student will be assigned to work with three to five clients each semester on legal projects addressing a range of business issues. 599 Special Education and Disability Law (2) Special Education is one of the fastest growing and most dynamic fields in law today. This course will balance a survey of recent developments in special education law with practical skill development in the field. 718 Sports Law (1-4, Sp) Sports law is a blend of contract, labor, antitrust, agency, tax, intellectual property, tort, civil rights and constitutional law. 726 Stereotypes, Prejudice, and the Rule of Law (2-4, FaSp) An examination of the role of race (and other markers of social marginality) in the administration of justice in American courts. 599 Tax Policy Seminar (2) This course will cover basic issues in tax policy, including the choice of tax base, progressivity, the timing of taxation, taxation of the family, value-added taxes, and business taxation. 600 Taxation (3 or 4) Federal tax statutes, technical issues and social problems involved in tax planning, tax litigation, and reform of the tax laws. 770 The Political Economy of Technology Policy (2-4, FaSp) Attempts to evaluate, from an economic perspective, and understand, from a
18 political economy perspective, current federal policies that are designed to promote commercial innovation. Theories of Justice John Rawls A Theory of Justice (1971) is the most important book in political philosophy of the last century. This book has reshaped the discourse about the content of justice and its fundamental role in the legitimacy of a liberal state, as well as the philosophical method of thinking about these issues. This course will concentrate on Rawls theory of justice and its main contemporary critics (both from left and right ). It will begin by examining the idea of a consequentialist conception of justice, which forms Rawls main critical target, and then will devote a few weeks to a detailed study of Rawls theory of justice and liberalism. Some of Rawls early critics and his own later modification of his theory will be read. 638 Topics in Alternative Dispute Resolution (2-4, max 6, Sp) Examines selected topics in negotiation, mediation, or alternative dispute resolution. May be repeated with permission of the instructor as topics vary. Graded CR/D/F. 521 Topics in American Law (1-4, FaSp) This course will provide LL.M. and M.C.L. students with a survey of various topics in American law including criminal law, evidence, family law, constitutional law. torts, wills and trusts, administrative law and property law. Open to LL.M. and M.C.L. students only. 748 Topics in Constitutional Law and Religious Ethics (2-4, FaSp) This seminar will discuss religious views about the meaning and nature of human existence and address contested contemporary issues of constitutional law. 720 Topics in Corporate Law (1-4, max 8) Executive malfeasance, shareholder rights, securities class actions, asset securitizations, hedge fund regulation and corporate social responsibility from a theoretical and corporate finance framework. 851 Topics in Criminal Law and Criminology (2-4, max 6) Selected topics in criminal law or criminology. May be repeated with permission of the instructor as topics vary. 792 Topics in Law and Philosophy (2-4, max 8) Examination of the best scholarly work currently done by legal, moral and political philosophers in the United States. 855 Topics in Maritime and Admiralty Law (2-4, max 6, FaSp) Taught in honor of James Ackerman, USC Law graduate of 1948, this class examines selected topics in maritime and admiralty law. May be repeated with permission of the instructor as topics vary.
19 509 Torts I (4, Fa) Individual s obligation not to harm others; bases for compensating persons who are harmed, either by holding responsible whoever is at fault or by invoking other principles of liability, including the efficiency of resource allocation and the spreading of losses. 609 Torts II (2 or 3) Remedies of the law for injuries to an individual s personal integrity or to his reasonable economic expectations, including the torts of misrepresentation, defamation, and assault. 732 Tort Theory and the Law of Nuisance (2-4, FaSp) An exploration of the law of nuisance with an eye to assessing its theoretical significance for tort theory and an examination of subsequent economic analysis of nuisance law. 660 Trademark (1-4) A rigorous introduction to a law of trademarks. A trademark can be any word, symbol, design, sound, fragrance or product configuration that is used to distinguish the goods or services of one person from those of another, and to indicate the origin of the goods or services. 696 Transplantation and the Law (2-4, FaSp) This seminar will cover legal, ethical and economic considerations in transplantation of natural and artificial organs and parts. 821 Trial Advocacy (3 or 4, FaSp) Examines decision-making by counsel in the litigation of cases. Emphasis is given to decisions involving tactics and strategies and their implications for the functioning of legal institutions and substantive doctrine. Extensive use of simulated trial practice exercises. 695 Water Law (2-4, FaSp) A review of the basic principles of western water law, including riparian, appropriative and percolating water rights and the public trust doctrine.
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