Third Year Required Courses

Third Year Required Courses

The third year of our Northern California law school courses can be completed in two semesters

The third year of our Juris Doctor degree investigates how standard contractual law differs from wills and trusts, and finally lets students examine what is likely the most important legal document of the last three centuries, the United States Constitution. The federal structure and separation of powers are examined at length.

LAW 700A/B Constitutional Law (6 units)
The federal structure: Judicial review, congressional powers, commerce power, state powers and federalism, individual rights, due process, equal protection, state action, freedom of religion, and freedom of expression.

LAW 701A Wills and Trusts (3 units)
Covers intestacy; execution; integration; republication; incorporation by reference, independent significance; revocation and revival; will contracts; testamentary capacity; lapse, ademption; satisfaction; will contests; will substitutes; nature and classification of trusts; elements of a trust, creation of inter vivos and testamentary trusts; revocable and irrevocable trusts; insurance trusts; nature of the beneficiary’s interest, including restraints on alienation and principles regarding transferability; modification and termination of trusts; charitable trusts, fiduciary administration, including qualification, duties, standards and liabilities of fiduciary; management, investment and accounting by fiduciary; powers of appointment.

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