Bankruptcy Transactional Course: Negotiating and Confirming Chapter 11 Plans
Students in this course are divided into groups and assigned one of four roles ― debtor's counsel, secured bank's counsel, unsecured creditors' committee's counsel and note holders' counsel – and over the course of the semester negotiate and/or litigate a plan of reorganization. The course provides extensive training in negotiation theory and practice as well as legal drafting, allowing students to apply the kinds of strategic decision-making and problem-solving skills used by practicing lawyers.
This transactional course teaches students how to negotiate basic business contracts such as leases, junk bond indentures and loan agreements. After studying principles of contractual interpretation and negotiation, students engage in five or more negotiating projects. For each project, students prepare a written analysis proposing strategic and tactical objectives and then implement their plans in actual negotiating sessions and drafting exercises.
Community Economic Development
As part of the course, you will have the opportunity to work on projects with community-based groups engaged in promoting living wage job development in low-income neighborhoods and preserving affordable housing. Classroom time will be focused on exploring a range of historical, theoretical, and empirical literature on CED, which will be used to frame a critical discussion about the efficacy of CED as an antipoverty tool. Los Angeles, which has been the site of innovative CED campaigns/ will serve as a focal point of our analysis.
Many of our law students go on to work for law firms and provide services to corporations and their in house legal staff consisting of highly sophisticated and experienced lawyers. The Corporate In-House Clinic is designed to allow students to provide legal services to some of the most sophisticated consumers of such services. Learning how to communicate effectively to such an audience is one of the core skills of lawyering.
Environmental Aspects of Business Transactions
This course uses the simulated sale of an actual facility (including the real estate and the business) to explore how environmental issues impact business transactions. Students learn the basic substantive knowledge and practical skills needed by lawyers practicing in the fields of business, real estate and environmental law. Students conduct legal and factual analysis in performing due diligence; draft and negotiate an environmental agreement; and draft and negotiate consent orders with regulators regarding environmental issues.
Frank G. Wells Environmental Law Clinic
This clinic trains students in environmental lawyering. Under the supervision of faculty who are experienced environmental lawyers, students work on behalf of environmental and community groups on litigation and regulatory matters.
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Fundamentals of Transactions Skills
This class focuses on the development of skills used by lawyers in connection with transactions rather than controversies. It is intended to appeal to a wide range of students inasmuch as virtually all lawyers will be required to utilize the skills in their practice. Thus, the skills that are developed should be equally applicable to a tax lawyer preparing a tax sharing agreement, a domestic relations lawyer negotiating a property settlement, a litigator preparing a settlement agreement or contesting an agreement, and a corporate lawyer drafting an acquisition agreement. The class will provide substantive education as well as practical training and insights.
Mergers and Acquisition Transaction Planning
In this course, students conduct an in-depth study of the sale of a private company. Students learn — from both the buyer’s and the seller’s perspective — how to prepare a company for the sale process, conduct diligence on the company and analyze the appropriate structure for the transaction. Students also draft, mark up and negotiate provisions of various acquisition-related agreements.
Patent Law Clinic
The Patent Law Clinic is a practicing clinic regulated by and reporting to the US Patent and Patent Office wherein law students, upon application and acceptance to the USPTO law clinic program, are temporarily authorized to practice before the agency subject to attorney supervision. Practice in the clinic by rule must be conducted electronically on the USPTO's EFS program, which is the preferred mode of practice before the office and bar. The students will be expected to draft at least one patent application from a live client from beginning disclosure to filing.
Real Estate Law Clinic
This clinic offers students practical, hands-on training and experience working on live real estate transactions. Students in the clinic represent one or two nonprofit organizations at various stages in the process of developing affordable housing for low-income residents of Los Angeles.
Using a series of simulated scenarios, this course explores how environmental issues impact the operation and management of industrial and commercial facilities. Students enrolled in the course perform an analysis of compliance issues arising under various California air quality regulations or federal hazardous waste regulations; review and analyze draft state and federal permits, and prepare permit comments on behalf of the company or interested environmental groups; review and analyze draft regulations, and prepare written and oral public comments on those draft regulations; and negotiate and draft consent orders or variances with regulators and environmental advocacy groups.
Sports and the Law
This course provides an overview of major legal issues impacting professional and amateur team sports, including antitrust, labor and contract issues. A limited number of students have the opportunity to participate in a sports-related clinical exercise. In past years, students have worked with the general counsel for the Los Angeles Dodgers and corporate counsel from Toyota on a mock sponsorship agreement; other students have conducted a mock NBA salary negotiation with the assistance of the Los Angeles Lakers’ general manager and an experienced sports agent.
Trademark Law Clinic
The Trademark Law Clinic is a practicing clinic regulated by and-reporting to the US Patent and Trademark Office wherein law students, upon application and acceptance to the USPTO law clinic program, are temporarily authorized to practice before the agency subject to attorney supervision. Practice in the clinic by rule must be conducted
electronically on the USPTO's TEAS program, which is the preferred mode of practice before the office and bar. The clinic's engagement with the client then extends from pre filing interviews to determine the filing strategy to registration or abandonment of the application.
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