Second Year Required Courses
This course covers the rules of preparing and bringing a civil case to trial. The concepts of formation of a claim (pleadings), pretrial preparation (discovery) and the law and cases governing personal and subject matter jurisdiction and venue are introduced along with summary judgment, interpleader and res judicata.
Both the Federal Rules of Evidence and California Statutes are used to explore the concepts of relevance, hearsay, witness competency, privileges, presumptions, burdens of proof and judicial notice.
The historical development and current application of real property law, including the nature of estates, landlord/tenant rights and obligations, life estates, rules against perpetuities, vesting, restraints on alienation, easements, servitudes, nuisances, lateral support, regulation of land use, transfer of interest in land, financing of real estate and other traditional aspects.
Advanced Legal Writing (LW II)
Students develop their persuasive writingskills through writing assignments involvingmotions, points and authorities, and declarations. This advanced class enables students to demonstrate their legal analysis and ability to advocate a position.
Appellate Writing (LW III)
Students develop advanced legal writing skills for use in law and motion and appellate practice.
Small Claims Clinic (MCL Students Only)
Students learn the process of preparing and presenting a case in Small Claims court. The course emphasizes practice skills by assisting members of the public with preparing their cases for Small Claims court.