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Other Required Courses

Our Northern California law school has other courses required for graduation

Refining one's skills in the basic practice of law is tantamount to student success within the legal field. These are advanced courses designed to give students ample experience in legal services.

The R504 course may be of particular interest to top-performing students, as it is a chance for them to represent Empire College School of Law in the annual Roger J. Traynor Apellate Moot Court Competition. Under the guidance of faculty coaches, the team will research and write an appellate brief analyzing an actual case before the California Appellate Courts and then participate with teams from other top law schools in the oral argument competition.

LAW R500 Advanced Legal Research (2 units)
Introduces students to Lexis, Westlaw, and other on-line and CD ROM computer access libraries. Students will be taught to plan a search, perform searching, modify searching and Shepardizing using computer access libraries.

LAW R501 Advanced Legal Writing (2 units)
Students will learn how to write briefs and legal memoranda that get to the heart of the issues. They will learn to develop a clear, concise English prose style that they will apply to writing about legal subjects. Students will focus on substantive analysis of legal problems, grammar, and organization, with a goal of making themselves understood the first time.

LAW R502 Community Property (3 units)
Historical development of community property law; jurisdictional issues; classification of marital property, community or separate; valuation of community property including business and goodwill; management of marital property; liability for marital and individual debts; division of community property on dissolution or death; problems posed by unmarried, cohabiting couples.

LAW R503 Criminal Procedure (2 units)
Arrest through Appellate Proceeding, including bail, arraignment, preliminary motions, discovery, and trial procedure. Recent Supreme Court decisions on right to counsel, freedom from prejudicial publicity, fair trial, and other constitutional guarantees.

LAW R504 Moot Court (2 units)
Students research, write, and argue a brief before a mock appellate court. The course emphasizes effective research and writing techniques and introduces the student to making oral arguments in court.

LAW R505 Professional Responsibility (2 units)
Application of the California Rules of Professional Conduct, the ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct and relevant case materials; examination of disciplinary system; relationship between disciplinary and legal malpractice liability; duties of attorneys with respect to clients, the courts, opposing parties and the public; problems arising from conflicts of interest.

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