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Upper Division

Curriculum Clusters Years Two and Three

The work during years two and three is elective, except for required courses in professional responsibility, lawyering skills, and a writing requirement. A wide-range of elective courses and seminars are offered, although every class may not be taught each year. Courses below listed with an asterisk (*) will be offered in the 2015-2016 academic year. While students are free to choose their own upper division electives, students wishing to focus on specific practice areas may wish to consider the following lists:

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Faculty Recommendations

  • Accounting for Lawyers*
  • Antitrust*
  • Basic Finance
  • Business Associations*
  • Business Planning and Drafting*
  • Commercial and Bankruptcy Law
  • Commerical Arbitration Seminar*
  • Corporate Finance
  • Law of Corporate Governance Seminar*
  • Corporate Tax
  • Estate and Gift Taxation
  • Estate Planning Seminar
  • Federal Income Taxation*
  • Financial Regulations Seminar
  • Globalization and the Law
  • International Aspects of U.S. Taxation
  • International Business Transactions*
  • International Economics
  • International Finance
  • International Investment Dispute Seminar
  • International Tax
  • Introduction to Bankruptcy Law*
  • Issues in Setting Up and Maintaining Solo Law Practice*
  • Law of Financial Markets
  • Law and Economics*
  • Law and Statistics*
  • Law of E-Commerce
  • Life-Cycle Transactions and Drafting*
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Nonprofit Organizations and Drafting
  • Nonprofit Organizations: State and Local Governance Issues
  • Nonprofit Organizations: Tax Exemptions and Taxation Focus
  • Pension and Employee Benefit Law
  • Private International Law (Conflict of Laws)*
  • Products Liability
  • Public Finance: Theory and Practice*
  • Real Estate Finance
  • Regulated Industries
  • Secured Transactions*
  • Securities Regulation I*
  • Securities Regulation II*
  • Taxation of Partnerships and LLCs
  • The Business of Lawyering*
  • Trade Secrets*
  • Trusts, Wills and Decedents' Estates*

Faculty Recommendations

  • Administration of Criminal Justice Externship*
  • Advanced Criminal Procedure*
  • Aoki Federal Public Defender Clinic/Seminar*
  • Corporate and White Collar Crime*
  • Criminal Justice Administration Seminar*
  • Criminal Procedure*
  • Death Penalty
  • Juvenile Justice*
  • Law and Religion
  • Legal Theory Workshop – Aoki Center Race and Nations Research Seminar*
  • Seminar in Legal Psychology
  • Sexual Assault Seminar*
  • Sociology of Criminal Procedure*
  • Policing Seminar
  • Scientific Evidence
  • Topics in California Criminal Practice
  • Transnational Criminal Law

Faculty Recommendations

  • Advanced Constitutional Law Seminar
  • California Constitutional Law*
  • Civil Rights Law
  • Constitutional Law II*
  • Constitutional Law II – Equal Protection
  • Constitutional Law II - First Amendment
  • Constitutional Theory Seminar*
  • Indian Gaming Law
  • Law of the Political Process
  • Law and Religion
  • Law and Rural Livelihoods*
  • Law Making and Law Changing in the Nation's Capital*
  • Native American Law*
  • Native American Law Seminar
  • Privacy, Surveillance, and “Sousveillance”*
  • Supreme Court Simulation Seminar
  • Surveillance and States*
  • Topics in Constitutional Law: Habeas Corpus and 11th Amendment

Faculty Recommendations

  • Administrative Law*
  • Administrative Law and Policy Seminar
  • Agricultural Law and Policy
  • Biotechnology Law and Policy
  • California Environmental Issues Seminar
  • Climate Change Law and Policy*
  • Energy Law*
  • Energy Law Seminar
  • Environmental Justice
  • Environmental Law*
  • Environmental Law Externship*
  • Environmental Law Moot Court Competition
  • Environmental Practice
  • Environmental Law Seminar: Emerging Technologies and the Environment*
  • Farmworkers and the Law
  • Free Trade and the Environment
  • International Environmental Law
  • Land Use Planning*
  • Land Use Planning and the California Environmental Water Quality Act
  • Law and Religion
  • Native American Law*
  • Natural Resources Law
  • Ocean and Coastal Law
  • Public Land Law*
  • Renewal Energy Seminar
  • Water Law*
  • Wine and the Law*
  • Estate and Gift Tax
  • Estate Planning Seminar
  • Trusts, Wills and Decendents' Estates*
  • Family Law*
  • Family Protection Clinic*
  • Juvenile Justice*
  • Marital Property*
  • Private International Law (Conflict of Laws)*
  • Agricultural Law and Policy
  • Animal Law Seminar
  • Farmworkers and the Law
  • Indian Gaming Law
  • Issues in Setting Up and Maintaining Solo Law Practice*
  • Law and Culture of Food
  • Law and Popular Culture
  • Law and Rural Livelihoods*
  • Legal Spanish for U.S. Lawyers*
  • Legislative Process
  • Legislative Process Externship*
  • State and Local GovernmentLaw*
  • Privacy, Surveillance, and “Sousveillance”*
  • Sociology of the Legal Profession
  • Surveillance and States*
  • The Business of Lawyering*
  • The Sociology of Criminal Procedure*

Faculty Recommendations

  • Bioethics*
  • Disability Rights*
  • Health Care Law*
  • Law and Psychiatry
  • Seminar in Legal Psychology
  • Medical Liability and the Law
  • Public Benefits Law
  • Public Benefits Law Seminar*
  • Public Health Law*
  • Reproductive Health Law and Policy
  • Topical Issues in Health Law Seminar

Faculty Recommendations

  • Advanced Constitutional Law Seminar
  • Advanced Immigration & Citizenship Seminar*
  • Asian American Jurisprudence
  • Civil Rights Clinic/Seminar*
  • Civil Rights Law
  • Civil Rights Seminar
  • Community Education Seminar*
  • Constitutional Law II*
  • Critical Race Theory
  • Disability Rights*
  • Education Policy and the Law*
  • Employment Discrimination*
  • Farmworkers and the Law
  • Feminist Legal Theory*
  • Housing Law
  • Immigration Law Clinic*
  • Immigration Law and Procedure*
  • International Human Rights*
  • International Law in the Public Sphere (Public International Law)*
  • Jewish Law Seminar
  • Juvenile Justice*
  • Labor Law
  • Latinos & Latinas and the Law
  • Law and Rural Livelihoods*
  • Legal Theory Workshop – Aoki Center Race and Nations Research Seminar*
  • Native American Law
  • Native American Law Seminar
  • Seminar in Legal Psychology
  • Prison Law Clinic*
  • Public Benefits Law
  • Public Interest Law Seminar*
  • Public Interest Law Externship*
  • Public International Law Seminar
  • Selected Topics in Constitutional Law
  • Sex-Based Discrimination
  • Sexual Assault Seminar*
  • Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, and the Law*
  • Tax and Distributive Justice*
  • Transnational Criminal Law
  • Women and the Law Practicum
  • Women, Islam, and the Law
  • Women’s Human Rights*
  • Advanced Writing Project*
  • Business Law Journal*
  • Environs*
  • Group Study*
  • Instruction in Legal Research & Writing Skills*
  • Journal of International Law & Policy Editor *
  • Journal of Juvenile Law & Policy Editor *
  • Law Review Editor *
  • Law Review Writer *
  • Research in Legal Problems *

Faculty Recommendations

  • Agricultural Law and Policy
  • Art Law
  • Bioethics*
  • Biotechnology Law and Policy
  • Chinese Intellectual Property Law*
  • Copyright*
  • Fictional Characters
  • Innovation and Technology Transfer Seminar
  • Intellectual Property*
  • Intellectual Property Agreement Drafting for Biotech & Pharma
  • Intellectual Property Externship*
  • Intellectual Property in Historical Context
  • Intellectual Property – Current Issues*
  • International Aspects of U.S. Taxation
  • International Intellectual Property
  • International Intellectual Property and Development*
  • Jurisdiction in Cyberspace
  • Law of E-Commerce
  • Patent Law*
  • Patent Law Externship
  • Privacy, Surveillance, and “Sousveillance”*
  • Public Interest Law Externship*
  • Right of Publicity and Related Doctrines
  • Trademark and Unfair Competition Law*
  • Trade Secrets*
  • Trademark and Branding Seminar

Faculty Recommendations

  • Advanced International Law*
  • Advanced Topics in Immigration and Citizenship Law Seminar
  • Animal Law
  • Asian American Jurisprudence
  • Asian Pacific Americans and the Law
  • Chinese Intellectual Property Law
  • Criminal Justice Administration Seminar*
  • Free Trade and the Environment
  • Globalization and the Law
  • Immigration Law Clinic*
  • Immigration Law and Procedure*
  • International Aspects of U. S. Taxation
  • International Business Transactions*
  • International Dispute Resolution Seminar
  • International Environmental Law
  • International Finance
  • International Human Rights
  • International Intellectual Property
  • International Intellectual Property and Development*
  • International Investment Dispute Seminar
  • International Law in the Public Sphere (Public International Law)*
  • International Litigation and Arbitration*
  • International Tax
  • International Trade Dispute Seminar
  • Is International Law Democratic
  • Jewish Law Seminar
  • Private International Law (Conflict of Laws)*
  • Public International Law Seminar
  • Surveillance and States*
  • Terrorism and International Law*
  • Theories of International Law
  • Transnational Criminal Law
  • Women, Islam and the Law
  • Women's Human Rights*

Faculty Recommendations

  • Agricultural Law and Policy
  • Employment Discrimination*
  • Employment Law*
  • Employment Relations Externship*
  • Farmworkers and the Law
  • Labor Law
  • Pension and Employee Benefit Law
  • Public Sector Labor Law Seminar
  • Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and the Law*
  • Ancient Athenian Law*
  • Bioethics *
  • Constitutional Law II - Equal Protection
  • Constitutional Law II - First Amendment
  • Feminist Legal Theory*
  • International Human Rights
  • Jurisprudence
  • Law and Economics*
  • Legal Ethics in Corporate Practice
  • Legal History*
  • Legal Theory Workshop – Aoki Center Race and Nations Research Seminar*
  • Mindfulness and Professional Identity
  • Selected Topics in Constitutional Law
  • Seminar in Legal Psychology
  • Professional Responsibility*
  • Tax and Distributive Justice*
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Complex Litigation*
  • Federal Jurisdiction*
  • Legislative Process Externship*
  • State and Local Government Law*
  • Private International Law (Conflict of Laws)*
  • Remedies*
  • Suing Government*

Faculty Recommendations

  • Administrative Law*
  • Administrative Law and Policy Seminar
  • California Environmental Issues Seminar
  • Educational Policy and the Law
  • Elections and Political Campaigns*
  • Housing Law
  • Law and Society Seminar
  • Law of the Political Process
  • Law-Making and Law-Changing in the Nation’s Capital*
  • Legislative Intent Seminar
  • Legislative Process
  • Legislative Process Externship*
  • Policing Seminar
  • Privacy, Surveillance, and “Sousveillance”*
  • Public Benefits Law Seminar*
  • Public Finance: Theory and Practice*
  • Public Interest Law Seminar*
  • Public Interest Law Externship*
  • Public International Law
  • Public Regulatory Law
  • Public Sector Labor Law Seminar
  • State and Local Government Law*
  • State and Local Taxation*
  • Statutory Interpretation*
  • Surveillance and States*
  • UCDC Externship*

Faculty Recommendations - Advocacy Skills and Litigation

Faculty Recommendations - Alternative Dispute Resolution

  • Administration of Criminal Justice Externship*
  • Advanced Legal Writing*
  • Advanced Legal Research*
  • Advanced Evidence
  • Advanced Negotiations Strategy and Client Counseling*
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Aoki Federal Public Defender Clinic/Seminar*
  • Analytical and Persuasive Writing*
  • Appellate Advocacy I and II (Moot Court)*
  • Business Planning and Drafting*
  • Carr Intraschool Trial Advocacy Competition*
  • Civil Rights Clinic*
  • Commercial Arbitration Seminar*
  • Complex Litigation*
  • Employment Relations Externship*
  • Environmental Law Externship*
  • Environmental Law Moot Court Competition
  • Evidence*
  • Family Protection Clinic*
  • Federal Taxation Externship*
  • Immigration Law Clinic*
  • Intellectual Property Externship*
  • Intellectual Property Drafting for Biotech and Pharma
  • International Litigation and Arbitration*
  • Interschool Competitions
  • Judicial Process Seminar
  • Law-Making and Law-Changing in the Nation’s Capital*
  • Legislative Process Externship*
  • Mediation: Theory and Practice"
  • Mediation (Representing Clients in Mediation)*
  • Moot Court Board*
  • Negotiations*
  • Nonprofit Organizations and Drafting*
  • Pretrial Skills*
  • Prison Law Clinic*
  • Public Interest Law Externship*
  • Scientific Evidence
  • Suing Government*
  • Trial Practice*
  • Trial Practice Honors Board*
  • UCDC Externship*

Faculty Recommendations

  • Corporate Tax
  • Estate Planning Seminar
  • Estate and Gift Taxation
  • Federal Income Taxation*
  • International Aspects of U. S. Taxation
  • Life-Cycle Transactions and Drafting*
  • Nonprofit Organizations and Drafting*
  • Nonprofit Organizations: State and Local Governance Issues
  • Nonprofit Organizations: Tax Exemptions, Pension and Employee Benefit Law
  • State and Local Taxation*
  • Tax and Distributive Justice*
  • Taxation of Partnerships & Limited Liability Corporations*