McGeorge School of Law

Descriptions of Audit Courses

California Cases and Places — two (2) credits

Course Number: 80104
Instructor:  Karrigan Börk
Dates offered and times: Saturday, Aug. 25 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday, Sept. 28 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 29, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 30 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 20 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

This course will center on a three-and-a-half-day field trip that will take students to world-class teaching locations in eastern and southeastern California. The field trip will employ a truly unique, interdisciplinary approach that will help students experience the locations we will visit from two distinctly different perspectives — law and environmental science. The field trip follows a 1,000-mile loop from Sacramento, east over the Sierra Nevada to South Lake Tahoe, then down I-395 to Mono Lake and then southeast to the dustbowl of Owens Dry Lake, Death Valley, and the Mojave Desert, and then finally back to Sacramento via the farmlands of the Central Valley. The list of locations we will visit during the trip reads like a who's who of California's most interesting (and vexing) environmental problems. Upon registration in CA Environmental Cases & Places, students will be charged a $200 fee for travel related expenses.

Estate and Gift Tax Planning — three (3) credits

Course Number: 80124
Instructor: Gina Lera
Dates offered and times: Thursdays from 6:15 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

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 a 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. Prerequisite or Concurrent Enrollment: Law 170.

Environmental Law — three (3) credits

Course Number: 80037
Instructor: Karrigan Börk
Dates offered and times: Thursdays from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.

This course is a survey of legal principles and policies relating to protection and enhancement of the physical environment. Particular attention is given to common law doctrines and public rights and remedies; federal and state control programs for the fields of air pollution, water pollution, noise, solid waste management, fish and wildlife resources; planning for federal, state and local administrative agencies.

White Collar Crime — three (3) credits

Course Number: 80095
Dates offered and times: Thursdays from 6:15 p.m. to 9:15 p.m.

This course is an examination of substantive and procedural issues that arise in the investigation and adjudication of various business crimes, including the methodology for identifying criminal intent in business activity, corporate liability for acts of employees, corporate officer liability for acts of corporate agents, strict liability of corporate officers for hazardous work place conditions, constitutional and common law privileges of business entities, the operation of the investigative grand jury, immunity, searches of business premises, and the interplay between civil and criminal proceedings.