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Fourth Year

Class Units
Advanced Professional Responsibility 2
Legal Analysis 3
Remedies 3
Applied Legal Reasoning 3
Trial Advocacy 3
Trusts 2
Wills 2

Advanced Professional Responsibility

An advanced study of the professional conduct laws and regulations applicable to the legal profession with a specific focus on the California Rules of Professional Conduct and California Business and Professions Code. Topics covered include: beginning and ending the lawyer-client relationship; advertising; fee arrangements; confidentiality and the attorney-client privilege; conflict of interest; duty of candor in litigation; and competence.

Legal Analysis

Practical instruction in preparing legal documents including legal memoranda, points and authorities, and briefs. Projects teach research, proper use of cases, and the drafting of persuasive and effective legal documents with instruction in applying these different writing techniques.

Remedies

Designed to teach students the comprehensive knowledge of legal and equitable remedies available in lawsuits. Students will be expected to have a practical working knowledge of remedies and have the ability to discuss potential forms of relief available in every case situation.

Applied Legal Reasoning

A review of courses studied in the first and second years of law school and designed to assist fourth-year students in their preparation for the upcoming bar examination. Class sessions include lecture, essay writing, and multiple-choice testing.

Trial Advocacy

Practical instruction designed to introduce students to the basic skills necessary to present a case in court in a competent, efficient, and convincing manner. The class is based on taking a trial and breaking it down into its fundamental components: case analysis, theory development, motions, jury selection, opening statement, direct examination, cross examination, closing argument, introduction of exhibits into evidence, strategy, and ethical considerations. The class emphasizes “learning by doing.” Students participate in classroom practice exercises of key trial components and conclude the course with the presentation of a full mock trial.

Trusts

A study of the planning, creation, and administration of trusts, the duties and liabilities of trustees, charitable trusts, and the nature and application of the rule against remotely contingent interests and related rules

Wills

A study of intestate succession, execution, revocation, and probate of wills, and incorporation by reference and related problems.

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