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2021-2022 Graduate Catalog 
2021-2022 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Dale E. Fowler School of Law

Matthew J. Parlow, JD, Dean
Marisa Cianciarulo, JD, M.A., Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
Amy Rogan-Mehta, JD, M.A., Associate Dean for Administration
Justin Cruz, JD, Assistant Dean of Admissions and Diversity Initiatives
Nidhi Vogt, JD, Assistant Dean for Student Affairs
Sherry Leysen, JD, MLIS, Darling Law Library Director
Maryam Isles, M.A., Registrar
Professors: Badrinarayana, Bazyler, Bell, Binder, Bogart, Campbell, Cao, Cianciarulo, Dexter, Doti, Eggert, Hall, Hernández, Hewitt, Howe, Kim, McConville, Noyes, Parlow, Redding, Ripken, Rosenthal, Rotunda, Schultz, Stahl;
Professor of Practice: Larmore;
Professors of Practice of Entertainment Law: Funk, Ryan;
Professors of Legal Research and Writing: Barnett-Rose, Carey, Patthoff;
Professor of Academic Achievement and Bar Services: Mainero;
Clinical Professors: Caso, Seiden, Skahen, Willis;
Associate Professor of Practice: Heller;
Associate Professor of Legal Research and Writing: Lascelles;
Assistant Professor: Leysen, Phillips.

The campus setting presents many opportunities to develop interdisciplinary courses and degree programs with other schools of the University. The site, located near the Orange Metrolink station, was once part of the fabled Rancho Santiago de Santa Ana, a huge tract granted by the Spanish crown in 1810. A prominent Los Angeles lawyer, Alfred Beck Chapman, and his law partner, Andrew Glassell, acquired a large portion of the ranch in 1868 and laid out the town, which today is called Orange.

In 1872, Mr. Chapman donated to the town the land on which the law building is located. The law building is located just two blocks from the Plaza Park in the heart of Historic Old Towne Orange. The Plaza area has been featured in a number of movie productions because of its quaint array of restaurants and shops, many of which trade in antiques.

Chapman University’s Dale E. Fowler School of Law has approximately fifty full-time faculty members, including many faculty with teaching experience from other leading law schools, faculty who have formerly clerked for four United States Supreme Court justices and Nobel Laureate Dr. Vernon Smith. The School of Law’s library has holdings in excess of 279,000 volumes and volume equivalents and the school’s broad ranging curriculum offers sound training in the core courses and a useful array of electives and clinical opportunities.

Law School Building

In 1999, the School of Law moved into Donald P. Kennedy Hall, a $30 million complex on the main campus of Chapman University. Highly praised for its stunning architecture, the new building provides optimal teaching and learning experiences in its classrooms and courtrooms. The principal building, rising four stories and providing 133,000 square feet of floor space, offers an efficient and pleasant learning environment for students. Classrooms and seminar rooms are equipped with state-of-the-art technology for enhanced teaching and learning and are capable of accommodating future changes in electronic, visual and on-site learning. Two courtrooms, one designed for trials and the other for appellate hearings, provide fully equipped facilities for trial advocacy exercises, mock trial and moot court competitions and formal hearings by visiting courts. The three-story law library occupies the entire east wing of the law school building.

Student lounges and facilities for student organizations ensure that the law school experience at Chapman is both productive and pleasant. In addition, a 720-car parking structure at the rear of the law building provides ample parking for students, faculty and visitors. The distinctive historical facade of an earlier building, modeled after the eleventh century Romanesque Basilica del Santi Vitale e Agricola in Bologna, Italy, is preserved within the walls of the new structure. Thus, the building links the important heritage of the past with the exciting educational environment of the future.

Naming of Law School

The name of the law school was changed in 2013 to the Dale E. Fowler School of Law in recognition of a generous and significant gift of $55 million by Dale and Sarah Ann Fowler.

Hugh and Hazel Darling Law Library

The Hugh and Hazel Darling Law Library is located in Kennedy Hall at the Chapman University Dale E. Fowler School of Law. It is an integral part of the Fowler School of Law, supporting faculty research, scholarship, and teaching, and helping students to become proficient legal researchers.

Dedicated in honor of Hugh and Hazel Darling in 2016, the Darling Law Library occupies one full wing of Kennedy Hall. The facility features 11 group study rooms for use by Fowler School of Law students. A Current Awareness Room, located on the Law Library’s second floor, features popular legal and news periodicals, along with a DVD collection of films and documentaries about the law or featuring legal themes. Throughout the Darling Law Library is a mix of study tables and chairs, carrels, and soft seating areas conducive to quiet study and research.

The Darling Law Library’s collection contains thousands of volumes and volume equivalents, and numerous databases facilitating access to more than 2 million electronic resources. Among its materials are federal and state primary authority, legal treatises, practitioner guides, legal encyclopedias, periodicals, and more.

Chapman University faculty, staff, and students may check out circulating materials at the Darling Law Library’s Circulation Service desk, or confer with a Research/Instruction Librarian about legal research strategies and resources at its Research Desk.

Within the Darling Law Library are four computers for conducting legal research. A scanner, a microfiche/microfilm reader, two copy machines, and two printing stations also are available. Wireless Internet access is available throughout the building.

On display is the latest scholarship by Fowler School of Law faculty, along with a collection of framed Vanity Fair art prints gifted to the Fowler School of Law. A bronze relief of its namesakes, Hugh and Hazel Darling, appears on the Law Library’s first floor. Highlighting recent scholarship by Fowler School of faculty, the Darling Law Library also hosts Book Talks open to the Chapman University community.

The Darling Law Library is open to Chapman University faculty, staff, students, and alumni with Chapman University ID; law students, faculty, and staff from other law schools with both school and government issued IDs; and attorneys with a current bar card.


The law school is fully accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS).

Career Services

Through its outstanding Career Services program, the School of Law assists students in networking and in obtaining summer law firm clerkships, part-time employment and employment after graduation. The Career Services Office is staffed with three full time lawyer counselors, one part time lawyer counselor for focusing on alumni needs and one full time lawyer recruitment manager.

Clinical and Skills Training

Chapman University Dale E. Fowler School of Law is committed to training skillful, ethical lawyers. The School of Law has established innovative and exciting clinical offerings, giving students invaluable hands-on experience and providing real benefits to the surrounding community. These include the Alona Cortese Elder Law Clinic, the Bette and Wylie Aitken Family Protection Clinic, the Entertainment Contracts Law Clinic, the Tax Law Clinic, the Low Income Taxpayer Clinic, the Mediation Clinic and the Center for Constitutional Jurisprudence.

The Alona Cortese Elder Law Center provides free legal services to local seniors. It has represented victims of elder abuse, both physical and financial, going to court to obtain permanent restraining orders against their abusers. Chapman students working in the Elder Law Center represent seniors in administrative hearings regarding government benefits, draft wills and health care directives and help seniors with a wide variety of legal issues. Students also visit local senior centers for client interviews.

The Betty and Wylie Aitken Family Protection Clinic provides a true hands-on experience for students who will counsel clients who have survived domestic violence and human trafficking. Students in the Written Advocacy track will engage in client counseling and interviews, fact investigation, legal research, preparation of affidavits, writing legal arguments and submitting applications for domestic violence-related immigration benefits. Students in the Oral Advocacy track will represent persons seeking domestic violence protection orders in family court.

The Entertainment Contracts Law Clinic provides students with a unique opportunity to work directly with low budget independent filmmakers and to serve as production legal counsel for a feature length motion picture. In conjunction with entertainment industry organizations such as the Directors Guild of America, the clinic’s director identifies eligible film(s) that are ready to begin production. The producer and/or director of the selected film then works directly with clinical students who will draft all production-related contracts and documents. Students typically assist in setting up the corporation or LLC, filing for copyright, drafting employment agreements for the producer, director, actors and crew, as well as executing releases and location agreements. Students will complete the production legal work for a minimum of two films per semester. The names of the participating students will also appear in the film credits.

The Tax Law Clinic teaches students valuable negotiation, interviewing, advocacy and trial skills. The clinic helps the IRS and the U.S. Tax Court in more efficient resolution of tax controversies. In the clinic, law students advocate on behalf of disadvantaged taxpayers who otherwise could not afford representation. Tax law students who have completed prerequisite tax law courses are eligible to represent taxpayers under the supervision of attorney-professors. If matters cannot be resolved, students represent the taxpayer at trial before the tax court or other administrative hearing. The clinic has saved taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars since its founding in 1997. Chapman is fortunate to be one of only two law schools in California-and a very small percentage of ABA approved law schools nationwide-to be awarded a federal grant to operate a low income taxpayer clinic (LITC). The program has been a grant recipient in each year of the low income taxpayer clinic grant program since inception.

The Mediation Clinic allows students to develop and use mediation skills through regular and frequent practice with actual parties under the supervision of experienced mediators in the Superior Court. The purpose of the clinic is to provide students with an opportunity to work with real litigants who have filed small claims, civil harassment and limited civil cases.

The Center for Constitutional Jurisprudence provides students with an opportunity to earn independent study credit assisting the Center’s faculty with ongoing trial and appellate litigation. Over the past years, numerous students have participated in the program, conducting research, drafting discovery requests, preparing draft summary judgment motions and appellate briefs, attending hearings and even preparing briefs for filing with the Supreme Court of the United States in such landmark cases as Zelman v. Simmons-Harris (the Ohio school vouchers case) and Grutter v. Bollinger (the Michigan affirmative action cases).

Emphasis Programs

Chapman provides rich opportunities for law students to earn certificates in the following specialty areas: Advocacy and Dispute Resolution, Business Law, Criminal Law, Entertainment Law, Environmental/Land Use/Real Estate Law, International Law and Tax Law. Professors with extensive business law expertise in these practice categories deliver a high-caliber education that is interesting and enriching and will open up new career opportunities for participating students. For students who matriculated prior to fall 2010, successful completion of an emphasis program requires the law student to earn a minimum 2.500 overall cumulative GPA and a minimum 2.800 cumulative GPA in the emphasis program courses. For students who matriculated the fall 2010 and thereafter, successful completion of an emphases program requires the law student to earn a minimum 2.600 overall cumulative GPA and a minimum 3.000 cumulative GPA in the emphasis program courses. Chapman graduates who satisfy the emphasis requirements earn a notation on their transcript and receive a certificate upon graduating that certifies completion of the emphasis.

Skills Competitions

Lawyering skills competitions offer an opportunity to learn and internalize necessary skills and values in an intense, enjoyable way. They also offer an opportunity to meet and learn from members of the local bench and bar, who have graciously acted as judges and coaches for our teams. Interscholastic competitions offer an opportunity to meet and compete against students from law schools all over the country, sometimes all over the world and to meet judges and lawyers from outside of Orange County. Chapman students have excelled in competitions at regional and national levels. The School of Law has three student-run boards that are responsible for competitions: an appellate moot court board, a mock trial board and an ADR board that conducts negotiations, mediation and client counseling competitions. Chapman students recently succeeded in making it to the national finals of the ABA National Appellate Advocacy Competition, the Thomas Tang Moot Court Competition and the ABA Arbitration Competition. In addition, Chapman has won or secured impressive achievements in the California Bar Environmental Negotiation Competition, the International Law Student Mediation Tournament, the National Pretrial Competition and numerous other competitions. Chapman has hosted several prestigious competitions, including the regional and national ABA Client Counseling competition, the national ABA Arbitration Competition, a regional Thomas Tang Moot Court Competition, two regional rounds of the National Trial Competition and the International Negotiation Competition.

LL.M. Program in Taxation

The LL.M. in Taxation builds upon the school’s strength in the tax field, including our outstanding clinical program and the many specialized tax materials in the law library. The School of Law’s trial and appellate tax clinics are supplemented by an estate planning clinical opportunity and regular externship opportunities with the State Board of Equalization, the IRS Office of Chief Counsel and the Department of Justice Tax Division. In addition to the traditional Personal and Business related tax law courses, Chapman has made a particular effort to include an extensive array of Advanced Estate Planning and Advanced Business and Personal Tax Planning courses in the LL.M.

Courses in the LL.M. program are taught by a mixture of experienced full-time professors and leading practitioners who bring extensive real-world experience to this very specialized area of legal practice. Our curriculum is designed to provide each student with a background in the program, while allowing each student to choose specialized courses according to their interest.

Joint Degree Programs

Capitalizing on the strengths of other programs at the University, Chapman University Fowler School of Law offers joint degree programs with the Argyros School of Business and Economics and the Dodge College of Film and Media Arts.

In cooperation with the Argyros School of Business and Economics, the Fowler School of Law offers a joint degree leading to the awarding of both the Chapman JD and MBA degrees . The Fowler School of Law also in partnership with the Dodge College of Film and Media Arts offers a joint degree combining the JD and an MFA in Film and Television Producing .

The programs, which are available at present only to full-time JD students, require four years of study. Although students in the programs will have an academic advisor in each of the programs, students will conduct registration activities at the Fowler School of Law. All financial aid issues will be handled by the graduate financial aid office.

Students interested in a joint degree must file separate applications to each school and meet all admission requirements for each school. The GMAT is required for admission to the MBA part of the joint program.

Please note:

All students pursuing a JD degree from the School of Law must satisfy both scholarly and practice oriented writing requirements, a lawyering skills course and a professional development requirement. The set of courses required for a JD degree are subject to change, and notwithstanding the list shown below, students pursuing this degree must check the School of Law Student Handbook to ascertain currently applicable academic requirements www.chapman.edu/law/student-resources/registering-classes/student-handbook.aspx. All law students seeking a JD degree must meet graduation requirements set out in the School of Law Student Handbook. These requirements may be found at the following address www.chapman.edu/law/academic-programs/course-descriptions/required.aspx. In addition to these basic requirements, students taking a Joint JD/MBA or JD/MFA must take additional required courses following a set schedule, and these requirements can be found at www.chapman.edu/law/academic-programs/joint-degree-programs/.


Joint Degree Program



The list of LAW courses below consists of Juris Doctor required courses and a partial list of electives within the Fowler School of Law.


    LAW 7103 - Torts I

    These courses cover the civil laws governing compensation for injury to person and property. The courses emphasize intentional, negligent, and strict liability torts. Students become familiar with the fundamental principles and objectives of tort law including the basic rules governing the legal assessment of fault, victim compensation, and defenses. Products liability, defamation, invasion of privacy, selected business torts, and other alternatives to negligence may be explored. (Offered fall semester.) 3 credits

    LAW 7105 - Legal Analysis Writing and Research I

    The first course introduces students to fundamental legal reasoning, research, and writing skills in the context of objective legal documents, including client letters and memoranda of law. The course includes an overview of legal concepts, such as the structure of the court system and how law is made. The second course helps students refine and further develop their analytical, writing, and research skills in the advocacy context. Students produce litigation documents including pleadings and either a pre-trial brief or an appellate brief. Students are introduced to computer assisted legal research. (Offered fall semester.) 3 credits

    LAW 7107 - Contracts I

    A study of the fundamentals of contract law, including the common law, selected portions of the Restatement (Second) of Contracts, and selected portions of the Uniform Commercial Code. Areas of concentration include the bargaining process (offer and acceptance); consideration and other bases for enforcing promises; the Statute of Frauds; capacity to contract; policing the agreement; unenforceability on grounds of public policy; the parol evidence rule and other rules of contract interpretation; performance and nonperformance; remedies; excuses for nonperformance (including mistake, misrepresentation, duress, impracticability, and frustration of purpose); assignment and delegation; rights of third parties; and other topics. (Offered fall semester.) 3 credits

    LAW 7110 - Criminal Law

    This course is designed to enable law students to deal with substantive criminal law problems in both practical and policy terms. There is inquiry into the proper scope and objectives of the criminal law, limitations on the State’s power to define criminal liability, and general principles of liability and defenses for offenses against the person and property. The course also provides an opportunity for critical examination of statutes at an early stage in the law student’s career. (Offered fall semester.) 3 credits

    LAW 7115 - Torts II

    (See LAW 7103  for course description.) (Offered spring semester.) 2 credits

    LAW 7119 - Contracts II

    (See LAW 7107  for course description.) (Offered spring semester.) 3 credits

    LAW 7123 - Property

    Property law is studied as a social and legal institution to facilitate the acquisition, disposition, and use of personal and real property. Students explore a variety of rights and responsibilities in property, including distinctions between real and personal property, the nature of ownership and possession, adverse possession, landlord-tenant law, present and future estates in land, concurrent ownership, conveyancing and deeds, recording, private land-use restrictions (easements, covenants, and equitable servitudes), public land-use regulations, and eminent domain. The course may include introductory exposure to trusts, donative transfers, intellectual property, fixtures, mortgages, and ownership of natural resources (i.e., water, oil, gas, wildlife). (Offered spring semester.) 4 credits

    LAW 7126 - Constitutional Law

    These courses cover the powers of the federal government and selected topics regarding the relationship of the branches of the federal government to each other and to the States, as well as selected topics regarding the Bill of Rights, due process, equal protection, and the effect of the Fourteenth Amendment on the application of the Bill of Rights to the States. (Offered every year.) 4 credits

    LAW 7130 - Civil Procedure I

    These courses provide an introduction to the court system, including jurisdiction over the person, venue, and the role of state law in federal courts. The courses also cover aspects of civil litigation, including pleading, discovery, parties, counterclaims, cross-claims, impleader, intervention, and interpleader. (Offered fall semester.) 3 credits

    LAW 7132 - Civil Procedure II

    (See LAW 7130  for course description.) (Offered spring semester.) 2 credits

    LAW 7133 - Federal Income Tax

    This course introduces students to the system of federal income taxation of individuals. The tax system is studied with emphasis on basic concepts rather than detailed computations. Significant attention is given to the public policy served by various provisions of the Internal Revenue Code. Primary consideration is given to principles and policies relating to the taxation of individuals including procedure, income, deductions, gains and losses, and transactional aspects of income taxation. The Internal Revenue Code and Regulations are emphasized. (Offered every year.) 3 credits

    LAW 7134 - Civil Procedure Lab

    (Offered spring semester.) 1 credits

    LAW 7135 - Legal Analysis Writing and Research II

    (See LAW 7105  for course description.) (Offered spring semester.) 2 credits

    LAW 7139 - Professional Responsibility

    The rules of law governing lawyers’ professional conduct are studied through the ethics codes, lectures, text, cases, problems, and class discussion. Principal attention is given to whether lawyers should subordinate their own moral judgment to that of their clients, the lawyer’s role in an adversary system, zealous representation, lawyer-client confidentiality, conflicts of interest, competency in providing legal services, prosecutors’ ethics, solicitation of clients, and the lawyer’s professional obligation to do work for the benefit of the public. Close attention is given to the Model Rules of Professional Conduct. (Offered every year.) 2 credits

    LAW 7142 - Evidence

    This course covers the standards regulating admissibility of evidence in both criminal and civil trials. Special emphasis is placed on the Federal Rules of Evidence. (Offered every year.) 4 credits

    LAW 7145 - Corporations

    This course provides a basic understanding of both closely held and publicly held for-profit corporations. Particular attention is given to the way in which corporations organize and operate. The course also examines the respective roles, relationships, responsibilities, and liability exposure of shareholders, directors, and officers. The study of corporate litigation and regulation under key portions of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and the rules and regulations of the S.E.C. is included. (Offered every year.) 3 credits

    LAW 7146 - Business Associations

    This course offers coverage of both fundamental agency law principles and an in-depth study of the law governing various business forms/entities, including sole proprietorships, general partnerships, corporations, limited partnerships, limited liability companies and limited liability partnerships. In addition to addressing basic questions of formation, students will acquire an understanding of the law governing various aspects of business operations and growth, the means by which investors and other stakeholders may legitimately obtain a return on their investment, the extent of personal stakeholder liability with respect to business obligations and other topics of relevance. Coverage of various business entities in the context of a single course offers students the opportunity, via comparison and contrast, to appreciate the unique legal character of specific business forms. This knowledge will enhance their ability to advise clients with respect to which business entity best achieves their clients’ overall business objectives. The course also serves to prepare students for advanced study in arenas in which prior knowledge of various business entity fundamentals is assumed. Students who have completed the course in Corporations may not enroll in this course. (Offered every year.) 4 credits

    LAW 7325 - First Amendment Law

    This course is a study of the fundamental freedoms of speech, press, association, and religion. In addition to considering the historical background, the course focuses on specific challenges in First Amendment jurisprudence, including regulation of speech in a public forum, access to the media, regulation of the press, symbolic expression, libel, obscenity, commercial speech, picketing, right of association, loyalty oaths, legislative investigations and government demands for information, separation of church and state, free exercise of religion, state aid to religious schools, and regulation of religion-based conduct. (Offered every year.) 3 credits

    LAW 7334 - Wills and Trusts

    This course examines rules pertaining to intestate succession; testamentary dispositions; execution, modification, and revocation of wills; testamentary capacity and will contests; interpretation of wills; protection of spouse and children; and the use of will substitutes. The creation, types, and characteristics of trusts are also examined, including coverage of the construction of trusts, trust administration, and wealth transfer taxation. (Offered every year.) 3 credits

    LAW 7520 - Client Interviewing and Counseling

    Practice with gathering and evaluating facts supplied by clients, followed by presentation of advice based on consideration of facts and applicable law. Discussion of interpersonal aspects of client relations and ethical problems that may come up in the context of client representation. Students participate in simulated interviews, portraying both clients and attorneys. Students are required to write several papers, including a client letter, a memo to the file, and papers analyzing the counseling process from the perspective of attorney, client, and neutral observer. (Offered every year.) 3 credits

    LAW 7538 - Entertainment Law

    This course explores legal issues connected with the development, production, and exploitation of entertainment product, focusing predominantly on filmed entertainment and news media, to some extent on musical compositions and recordings, and incidentally on other forms of entertainment. Topics include life story and personality rights (defamation, invasion of privacy, etc.); celebrity publicity rights; profit participations; collective bargaining agreements and artistic credits; non-copyright protection of ideas; contract formation and duration; ethics and regulation of talent representatives such as agents, lawyers, and managers; and selected copyright and trademark issues. Copyright is not a prerequisite, and this class should not be considered as a replacement for the copyright course. (Offered fall semester.) 3 credits

    LAW 7555 - Intellectual Property

    This course surveys the primary types of intellectual property under federal and state law. It emphasizes trademarks, copyrights, and patents while also addressing unfair competition, rights of publicity, trade secrets, and protection of designs. The course analyzes the rights and remedies associated with each type of intellectual property that it covers, as well as the relationships between different types of intellectual property. (Offered every year.) 3 credits

    LAW 7581 - Mediation

    This course focuses on different theories and approaches to mediation. Mediation is gaining in importance as a mechanism for parties to heal differences without the expense and trauma of litigation. The competent practitioner should understand how mediation works and how to represent clients effectively in a mediation setting. Students in this course have an opportunity to function as both advocates and mediators, using a variety of techniques to resolve disputes. The course grade is based primarily on papers assigned by the instructor. (Offered every year.) 3 credits

    LAW 7631 - Entertainment Law Clinic

    Prerequisite, LAW 7830 . This course will satisfy the Practical Writing Requirement OR the Lawyering Skills Requirement; one course cannot satisfy both requirements. This is an approved elective for the Entertainment Law Certificate. This course will provide students with the opportunity to work with low budget independent filmmakers. Students conduct client interviews with Directors and Producers who are about to begin production on feature length films. Students prepare documents and contracts for 1-6 films each semester, including: forming an LLC; acquisition of underlying rights; employment contracts for director, producer, actors and crew; location agreements and releases. Students communicate directly with the filmmaker, prepare briefing memoranda on issues unique to each film, and create client files. Students will meet to discuss drafting challenges and issues and the role of the production attorney in advising a filmmaker or production company. (Offered every semester.) 3 credits

    LAW 7636 - Selected Topics in American Law

    This is a skills-development course that provides students with an intensive substantive review of selected legal material routinely tested on the bar exam and relevant to law practice, including contracts, torts, civil procedure, criminal law and procedure, real property, evidence, corporations, constitutional law, professional responsibility, wills and trusts, community property, and remedies. Through the use of problems and exercises in a bar exam format, students will become familiar with the techniques for analyzing, organizing, and writing essay questions based on California law. This is not a substitute for a bar review course, but a course on how to write good legal analysis in a particular area in a short window of time. Note: any student entering their final year of law study ranked in the bottom 25% of their class MUST take Selected Topics in American Law (AND Legal Analysis Workshop) in order to graduate. Because of the helpful and important nature of these courses, all students in the bottom 50% are strongly encouraged to enroll even if it is not required. Enrollment is limited to third and fourth year law students. (Offered every semester.) 3 credits

    LAW 7653 - Externship Entertainment Law

    Prerequisite, consent of director of the externship program. This externships combine academic training in lawyering skills and professional responsibility with practical experience working for an in-house legal department of an entertainment company. Externs work under the supervision of experienced practicing attorneys or judges who provide guidance and training in research, writing, and practical lawyering skills. For information on how to obtain an externship and other program rules, read the Externship Handbook, available at Room 350-D, or on the Externship Program General Information course page on TWEN (http://lawschool.westlaw.com/manage/homepage.asp? courseid=33468) (Offered every semester.) 1-5 credits

    LAW 7657 - Practice Foundations Transactions

    This course will introduce students to transactional law practice by exploring the role of lawyers in executing business-related transactions. Students will acquire a foundation for practice by participating in exercises and simulated transactions that lawyers handle in practice. Students will practice communicating with and advising clients, drafting documents, dealing with other attorneys and handling transactions. Students will learn how transactional lawyers add value and solve problems for clients by identifying client objectives, understanding the business context of the matter, spotting legal and business issues, evaluating options and closing a deal. Students will receive feedback about their progress and work. This course is open to 2L students, and part time 3L students who did not take this course during their second year of study. 2L students must take this course in the designated semester as assigned. (Offered every semester.) 3 credits

    LAW 7830 - Entertainment Industry Contracts

    This course provides a detailed review and analysis of the contracts involved in the making of a feature film and other media. Students will have hands-on experience with contracts from the inception of an idea to acquiring rights and hiring writers, directors and actors. The attorney’s role throughout the process of creating media will be examined. Students draft and negotiate contracts, draft client correspondence and create client files. (Offered every year.) 3 credits

    LAW 7850 - Directed Research

    Individual directed research may be undertaken by students for credit. A descriptive outline of a proposed project must be submitted to the supervising faculty member and the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs for their approvals prior to registration to determine the feasibility of the project and the number of credits merited. During the course of their enrollment, students may undertake a maximum of two Directed Research papers, each prepared under a different professor. (Offered every year.) 1-3 credits