McGeorge School of Law

Descriptions of Audit Courses

Fall 2019

Estate Gift Tax/Estate Planning — (CRN: 80027)(Course #302)

Instructor: Gina Lera
Units: 3
Class Schedule: Thursdays from 6:15 p.m. to 8:35 p.m.
Class Location: McGeorge School of Law, Library, Seminar Room S-8
Course Description: This course is a survey of the fundamentals of Federal transfer taxation, including the estate tax, the gift tax, and the generation skipping transfer tax, and study of the planning techniques utilizing lifetime and testamentary transfers, life insurance and other vehicles to best achieve the intentions of the owner as to the disposition of accumulated wealth.

Information Privacy Law — (CRN: 30206)(Course #699G)

Instructors: Sarah Boot and Kevin McKinley
Units: 2
Class Schedule: Mondays from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Class Location: McGeorge School of Law, Classroom E
Course Description: This course examines an individual's ability to control his or her personal information. Privacy law consists of constitutional law, statutory law, torts, and contracts. This course begins with foundation of privacy law in the United States and tracks the evolution of privacy law into 21st Century statutes. The course considers the challenges of regulating and enforcing privacy laws.

PASS I — (CRN: 80133)(Course #711)

Instructor: Adam Silva
Units: 3
Class Schedule: Wednesdays from 9 p.m. to noon
Class Location: McGeorge School of Law, Classroom H
Course Description: Students in PASS I complete substantive review and extensive writing practice based on CA Bar Exam essay questions, receiving substantial individual written and oral feedback concerning critical reading skills and issue identification, answer outlining and time management, use of IRAC, and crafting effective rule statements, factual analyses, and conclusions. Students review selected areas of law commonly tested on the CA Bar and create substantive outlines to guide them through the writing exercises. CA Bar Exam procedures, standards, and techniques are explained and practiced. Required for students in Directed Study, but open to all students in their final year. Adaptibar MBE preparation software is required as course materials in PASS I and is offered at a discounted rate of $215. Students must enroll and purchase Adaptibar prior to the first day of class using the special link and instructions that will be available on the PASS I TWEN course page.

Professional Responsibility — (CRN: 80057)(Course #185)

Instructors: John Sprankling
Units: 2
Class Schedule: Monday and Wednesday from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Class Location: McGeorge School of Law, Classroom B
Course Description: Regulation of the legal profession and the ethical responsibilities of its members; the attorney-client relationship; advertising, solicitation and group legal service plans; compensation for legal services; fiduciary duties to client; avoiding conflicts of ­interest; competent representation; withdrawal from representation; duties and limitations on zealous representation; obligations to other attorneys, the court and the public; judicial ethics.

Torts — (CRN: 80032)(Course #131)

Instructors: Stephen McCaffrey and Larry Levine
Units: 4
Class Schedule: Mondays from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 2:45-4:15 p.m., Wednesdays from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Class Location: McGeorge School of Law, Room C (McCaffrey) and Room G (Levine)
Course Description: The law of civil injuries. Civil liability for interference with a broad array of legally protected interests, focusing on such topics as intentional wrongdoing, ­negligence, defective products, abnormally dangerous activities, defamation, invasion of privacy, and misrepresentation. Alternatives to the existing tort system will be discussed.

Water Resources Law — (CRN: 80200)(Course #230)

Instructor: Jennifer Harder
Units: 3
Class Schedule: Mondays from 6:15 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Class Location: McGeorge School of Law, Classroom H
Course Description: This course introduces the legal principles that control water allocation for human and environmental purposes, taught via a combination of in-person class meetings and online exercises such as lectures, readings, videos, discussion and research. Legal principles covered include: categories of surface and groundwater rights, management approaches, allocation for environmental purposes, federal-state relationships, tribal and reserved rights, reasonable use, waste, and the public trust doctrine. Students gain practical understanding of water allocation and use in contemporary society, as well as critically examine the social policies that govern water management. Water Resources Law is offered in two formats: in person and online. The format varies each semester. Both formats are structured to provide regular interaction with the professor and other students. Students may only complete the class in one format, and are precluded from enrolling in this course if they have completed Water Resources Law in a different format.

Winter 2020 – Intersession

The Law of Art, International Commerce and Cultural Heritage — (CRN: 30196)(Course #699R)

Instructor: Joseph Smallhoover
Units: 1
Class Schedule: Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday — Jan. 2 through Jan. 5, 2020
Class Location:  McGeorge School of Law, Classroom E
Course Description: This course will explore "art" and "cultural property and heritage" as fields of legal inquiry and practice. The course will examine the intellectual, economic, moral, property rights, and arising connections with an artist's works and their derivative rights in the United States in the United States and international contexts.