McGeorge School of Law

Descriptions of Audit Courses

PASS I — three (3) credits

Course Number: 30196
Instructor:  Ryan Wood
Dates offered and times: Thursdays from 6:15 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

PASS I is a three-credit course graded on a pass/fail basis in which students complete extensive writing practice based on CA Bar Exam essay questions and performance test questions, receiving instructions in and following CA Bar Exam procedures, standards, and strategies. Students also receive individualized written and oral feedback concerning critical reading skills and issue identification, answer outlining and time management, use of IRAC, answer structure and tone, and crafting effective rule statements, factual analyses and arguments, and conclusions. Students review selected areas of substantive law commonly tested on the CA Bar Exam and complete weekly MBE (multiple choice) exercises using Adaptibar review software. Required for students in Directed Study, but open to all students in their final year of law school. Adaptibar MBE preparation software is required as course materials in PASS I and is offered at a discounted rate of roughly $215. Students must purchase Adaptibar using the special link and instructions that will be available on the PASS I course TWEN page.

PASS II — three (3) credits

Course Number: 30199
Instructor: Laura Enderton-Speed
Dates offered and times: Tuesdays from 6:15 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

PASS II is a three-credit, graded course that allows students to get a head start in reviewing three challenging bar-tested subjects: Civil Procedure, Property, and Contracts. PASS II is a “flipped” class, meaning that students review substantive law and lectures outside of class, spending class time primarily engaging in essay and MBE simulations. Themis Bar Review provides an online platform for course content and assessments, but students wishing to take PASS II may be enrolled in any commercial review course. There is a $150 course materials fee that will be charged upon enrollment in PASS II.

Water Resources Law — three (3) credits

Course Number: 30095
Instructor: Jennifer Harder
Dates offered and times: Online

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.

Law Teaching — two (2) credits

Course Number: 30203
Instructor: Michael Hunter Schwartz
Dates offered and times: Online

The course focuses on all aspects of designing law school courses and teaching law students, including course sequencing, classroom teaching, and designing and grading exams. The course also addresses how to develop as law teacher. Students will be taught the best practices through lectures, discussions, interactive exercises, and role-plays.

Small Business Seminar — two (2) credits

Instructor: Frank Gevurtz
Dates offered and times: Mondays from 6:15 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. in Classroom D at University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law