• 19. Fiat Lux Freshman Seminars

    Units: 1

    Seminar, one hour. Discussion of and critical thinking about topics of current intellectual importance, taught by faculty members in their areas of expertise and illuminating many paths of discovery at UCLA. P/NP grading.

  • 98T. Questions of Interpretation: Reading Law, Reading Arts

    Units: 5

    Seminar, three hours. Requisite: satisfaction of Entry-Level Writing requirement. Freshmen/sophomores preferred. Discussion of how to read law in light of text, history, authors' intentions, interpretative tradition. Comparison of reading law to reading music, literature, theater, and other art. Letter grading.

  • 99. Student Research Program

    Units: 1 to 2

    Tutorial (supervised research or other scholarly work), three hours per week per unit. Entry-level research for lower-division students under guidance of faculty mentor. Students must be in good academic standing and enrolled in minimum of 12 units (excluding this course). Individual contract required; consult Undergraduate Research Center. May be repeated. P/NP grading.

  • 156. American Political Thought Seminar

    Units: 3

    Seminar, nine hours. Examination of American political thought from founding to writings of Abraham Lincoln. Readings include Locke's "Second Treatise of Government," Declaration of Independence, "Federalist" numbers 10 and 51, and numerous writings and speeches of Lincoln, including extensive portions of Lincoln-Douglas debates. Emphasis on class discussion. Letter grading.

  • 161. Consumer Bankruptcy Policy Seminar

    Units: 3

    Seminar, 13 hours. Examination of consumer bankruptcy policy with one architect of 1978 Bankruptcy Code. Discussion of debt payment in ancient Babylon where spouses and siblings could be sold into slavery for nonpayment of relative's debt. Examination of bankruptcy in U.S. history and analysis of heart of consumer bankruptcy policy, such as when debtors should be released from debts, what property debtors should keep, and how debtors can put together repayment plans. P/NP or letter grading. 20 page paper required.

  • 163A. International Human Rights Colloquium

    Units: 3

    Lecture, four hours. Alternative approaches to understanding international human rights law. Consideration of legal, political, sociological, and economic perspectives. Weekly presentations on topic by 11 leading human rights scholars from U.S. and abroad. Two-page critique of each paper presented by guest lecturers required. P/NP or letter grading.

  • 163B. International Human Rights Colloquium

    Units: 1

    Lecture, one hour. Requisite: course 163A. Continuation of course 163A. P/NP or letter grading.

  • 170. Race and Racism in California Legal History, 1846 to Present

    Units: 4

    Seminar, 14 hours. Limited to freshmen/sophomores. Exploration of California legal history, with focus on issues of race and racism, beginning with mid-19th-century transition from Mexican Alta California to U.S. territory and statehood. Topics include state measures affecting California Indians in 19th century, African Americans in California's 19th-century history, measures used to curtail Chinese immigration laws designed to prevent racial intermixing, Alien Land Laws aimed at Japanese residents of California, relocation of Japanese citizens after Pearl Harbor, California's response to U.S. immigrants from dust bowl during great depression, post-World War II through 1960s measures aimed at equal access to things like home ownership, employment, and rental housing, and uses of initiative in modern era. P/NP or letter grading.

  • 173. Topics in American Constitutional History

    Units: 4

    Lecture, three hours. Introduction to major themes, events, and cases in American constitutional history. U.S. Supreme Court decisions and other sources of constitutional meaning, including popular movements and expressions of constitutional principle from actors in other branches of federal government and in states. Emphasis on historical background and ideological context for particular constitutional controversies at various points in American history, with more formal analysis of particular decisions and competing methods of constitutional interpretation considered. Topics include origins of judicial review, debates over meaning of federalism in early republic, slavery and constitution, Reconstruction Amendments, laissez-faire constitutionalism, citizenship and empire, origins of civil liberties, New Deal constitutionalism, and prehistory of Brown versus Board of Education. P/NP or letter grading.

  • 175. Seminar: Individual Rights Protected by U.S. Constitution

    Units: 3

    Seminar, two hours. Limited to juniors/seniors. Broad introduction to and examination of individual rights protected under Bill of Rights and 14th Amendment to U.S. Constitution, including freedom of speech and press, religious freedom, right to privacy (including procreative rights) and due process of law, constitutional protection against discrimination based on race and gender, and basic criminal procedure protections. Emphasis on principal Supreme court cases establishing scope of those rights and their limits. Letter grading.

  • 180. Special Topics in Law

    Units: 4

    Lecture, four hours. Topics of special interest to undergraduate students. Specific subjects may vary each term depending on particular interest of instructors or students. May be repeated for credit. P/NP or letter grading.

  • 182. Law and Popular Culture

    Units: 4

    Lecture, four hours. Focus on interface between two important subjects--law and popular culture. Students view series of films or television shows related to law, lawyers, and legal system. Discussion of pop culture treatment of subjects such as adversary system, good and bad lawyers, female lawyers, lawyers from lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community, minority lawyers, work life of lawyers, legal education, ethical issues, jury system, and criminal and civil justice, drawing on film theory and filmmaking technique to deepen understanding of interrelationship between law and popular culture. Illumination of ways in which pop culture products both reflect and change social views about law and lawyers. Offered in summer only. P/NP or letter grading.

  • 183. Law and Order

    Units: 2

    Lecture, two hours. Introduction to basic principles of criminal law. How to read and interpret judicial cases and provisions of penal code to learn how American criminal justice system works. Discussions structured to simulate experience of typical law school classroom. P/NP or letter grading.

  • 184. Introduction to Legal Education

    Units: 4

    Lecture, four hours. Preliminary introduction to legal pedagogy and overview of American legal system. Analysis of appellate and U.S. Supreme Court cases and legislative materials to develop foundational law school skills and become familiar with principles of both scholarly and practice-oriented legal analysis. Topics include introduction to case analysis, reading cases, exploring precedent and stare decisis, separation of powers, and statutory interpretation. P/NP or letter grading.

  • 185. Corporate Mock Trial

    Units: 4

    Lecture, four hours. Introduction to basic principles of business law, such as how law applies to various business entities, duties and liabilities of corporate officers and directors, and shareholder derivative suits. American legal system and how litigation progresses from filing of complaints through trial. Students participate in mock trial at end of course. P/NP or letter grading.

  • 186. Law and Order

    Units: 4

    Lecture, four hours. Introduction to basic principles of criminal law. How to read and interpret judicial cases and provisions of penal code to learn how American criminal justice system works. Discussions structured to simulate experience of typical law school classroom. P/NP or letter grading.

  • 187A. Legal History Colloquium

    Units: 3

    Seminar, two hours. Corequisite: course 193. Reading of scholarly papers prepared by school faculty members and other scholars in fields of legal history, economics, and political science. Preparation of critiques and discussion of issues in seminar setting with author of papers. P/NP or letter grading.

  • 187B. Politics and International Law Colloquium

    Units: 3

    Seminar, two hours. Corequisite: course 193. Limited to College Honors students. Lectures on alternative theoretical approaches (including realism, institutionalism, and constructivism) to understand relationship between politics and international law. Weekly presentations on topic by 10 leading law and political science scholars from the U.S. and abroad. Reading of scholarly papers, preparation of critiques, and discussion of issues in seminar setting with authors of papers. P/NP or letter grading.

  • 189. Advanced Honors Seminars

    Units: 1

    Seminar, three hours. Limited to 20 students. Designed as adjunct to undergraduate lecture course. Exploration of topics in greater depth through supplemental readings, papers, or other activities and led by lecture course instructor. May be applied toward honors credit for eligible students. Honors content noted on transcript. P/NP or letter grading.

  • 191. Variable Topics Research Seminars: Law--California Legal History

    Units: 4

    Seminar, two hours. Requisite: course 170. Research project, selected in consultation with faculty member and using original and secondary materials, to be conducted, followed by major presentation of student work to class and writing of major research paper. Letter grading.

  • 193. Journal Club Seminars: Law

    Units: 1

    Seminar, one hour; discussion, two hours. Corequisite: course 187A. Adjunct course limited to undergraduate students taking law colloquium. Intensive review and follow-up of scholarly papers presented in colloquium series. Reading of legal cases and supplemental material to provide legal framework for each scholarly paper presented in colloquium. Supervised by faculty member in charge of colloquium series. May be repeated for credit. P/NP grading.

  • 199. Directed Research in Law

    Units: 1 to 6

    Tutorial, three hours per week per unit. Limited to juniors/seniors. Supervised individual research under guidance of faculty mentor. Culminating scholarly paper required. May be repeated for credit. Individual contract required. P/NP or letter grading.