Course Descriptions

AGENCY

3 unit course - Establishment and termination of the relationship; scope of the agency; liabilities arising therefrom; disclosed and undisclosed principals; express agencies, ostensible agencies, and agencies by ratification.  Discusses forms of ownership including corporations and partnerships.

2 unit course - Establishment and termination of the relationship; scope of the agency; liabilities arising therefrom; disclosed and undisclosed principals; express agencies, ostensible agencies, and agencies by ratification.

CIVIL PROCEDURE

6 units - General principles of pleading, joinder, discovery, and adjudication without trial; state and federal jurisdiction and venue; trial and appeal of civil actions; res judicata and collateral estoppel.    

COMMERCIAL LAW

6 units - This course considers the various aspects of a commercial transaction as conceived and regulated by the Uniform Commercial Code.  The theory of the code as an integrated body of law is adhered to.   Major emphasis is on the two main articles of the code dealing with sales of goods and secured transactions.    

COMMUNITY PROPERTY

3 units - The classification of separate and community property, the management and control of the community, liability of debts, and problems arising from the dissolution of the community.    

CONSTITUTIONAL LAW

6 units - Judicial review, immunities of federal and state governments, federal delegated powers and reserved state powers, federal powers as limitations on state powers, individual rights as limiting federal and state powers.    

CONTRACTS

6 units - The law relating to formation of contracts, the Statute of Frauds, third party beneficiary contracts, assignment of rights and delegation of duties, liability for breach of contract including the law of conditions and discharge, and other related problems.    

CORPORATIONS

6 units - Nature of, promotion and formation of corporations; issuance of shares, initially and late; scope of authorized transactions; management's role in corporate government; shareholders' role; derivative suits; dividends; purchase and redemption of shares and capital reduction; fundamental changes through sale assets, merger, consolidation and amendments to articles; dissolution.   

CRIMINAL LAW

4 units - Fundamentals of the substantive law of crimes, punishable acts and omissions, requisite intent, legal defenses, liability for conspiracy and attempt, enforcement of the law.    

CRIMINAL PROCEDURE

2 units - Procedure from arrest through appellate proceedings, bail, arraignments, discovery and trial procedures; constitutional guarantees as interpreted by Supreme Court decisions.    

EVIDENCE

6 units - The law relating to relevancy and materiality; privileged communications; the hearsay rule and its exceptions; the opinion rules; authentication and the best evidence rule; impeachment and rehabilitation; presumptions and burden of proof; parole evidence rule.

LEGAL RESEARCH

3 units - Methods of legal analysis, search methods for federal and state statutes, for judicial precedents in the digests, encyclopedias, text books, legal periodicals, loose-leaf reporting services and case reports, with problems in their use.    

LEGAL WRITING

2 units - A course designed to train the student in problem analysis; a practical approach to Bar Examination questions.    

PROFESSIONAL RESPONSIBILITY

2 units - The legal profession as an institution, appraisal of its works and organization; professional privileges and duties; professional responsibility as reflected in effective and decent representation of clients.    

REAL PROPERTY

6 units - The law relating to the various types of real property interests including freehold and non-freehold estates and future interests; concurrent ownership of land, adverse possession; methods of transferring title of land, including the law of delivery and acceptance; recording statutes; covenants running with the land and equitable servitudes; easements and profits, and public interests in land including zoning.    

REMEDIES

6 units - Introduction to the forms of judicial remedies: principles governing their scope and availability, and consideration of grounds for choosing between alternative remedies. Includes general principles of damages, specific performance and injunction.     

TORTS

6 units - The law relating to civil liability for intentional wrongs to persons and property, negligence, strict liability, misrepresentation, defamation, and other civil wrongs.

TRIAL PRACTICE

6 units - Students prepare for and participate in simulated trials.

WILLS & TRUSTS

6 units - Transfers of property at death or by intervivos trust, principles of estate planning including intestate succession, execution of wills, limitations upon testamentary power, contest of wills, private express trusts, informal and incomplete trusts, gifts to charity, interrelating testamentary and intervivos transactions, future interests, social restrictions on perpetuities and accumulations, and fiduciary administration.