LAW 820

California Impact Litigation


Public Interest Law

This course will explore how governmental and private litigants use California’s Unfair Competition Law (California Business and Professions Code Sections 17200, et seq.) as a tool to effectuate change through impact litigation. The course will provide students with an in depth understanding of California’s Unfair Competition Law. Over the course of the semester, students, under the guidance of Deputy City Attorneys, will develop proposals for potential impact cases to be litigated by the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office. After selecting a proposal, students will draft a complaint, prepare a research memorandum analyzing the legal issues for the proposed case, craft a discovery plan, prepare discovery requests, and prepare a “pitch” memo explaining why the City Attorney’s Office should file the proposed case.  On the final day of class, students will make oral presentations “pitching” their proposed case to Mike Feuer, the Los Angeles City Attorney.
The course will also provide students with hands-on litigation skills training.  In addition to the written assignments described above, students will argue a motion to dismiss and take two depositions.  These exercises will be videotaped and students will receive individualized feedback.  
Finally, by enrolling in Law 810 – a practicum that is paired with this course -- students will have the option to participate in a field placement at the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office. At the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office, each student will be paired with a Deputy City Attorney and will work with the Deputy City Attorney to research, investigate and prosecute actual Unfair Competition cases. 
The classroom component of this course will be 3 hours per week; the videotaped exercises will average one hour per week; and the field placement (for those students who enroll in Law 810) will be 8 hours per week.

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