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USC Gould is a top-ranked law school with a 115-year history and reputation for academic excellence. We are located on the beautiful 228-acre USC University Park Campus, just south of downtown Los Angeles.
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Family Law (Spring 2017)
- Course Number: LAW-623
- Class Number: 03263
- Instructor: Anne Kiley
Domestic relations laws impact most people, directly or indirectly, at some point in their lives. Family law issues intersect many areas of law, and basic knowledge of family law can benefit an attorney both personally and professionally. This course is an overview of California Family Law. The emphasis of the course is to provide students the opportunity to “practice” family law in California. The objective of the class is to enable students to acquire skills which introduce them to the practice of family law and will permit them to practice family law in California at a junior associate level. Any student who thinks he or she may be interested in family law will find this course very useful, including in deciding whether to pursue the practice of family law. The subject matter of the course will include pre-marital agreements, post-marital and transmutation agreements, domestic partnerships, fiduciary duties in the family law context, child support and custody, spousal support and litigation fees and costs. While community property laws will be discussed, the focus of the course is not an in depth exploration of community property. The differences in the law and the approach to issues pending trial (“pendente lite” issue), issues at trial, and issues post-Judgment will be explored through fictitious cases. Grades will be based on two written assignments (the second of which will be as a take home exam, in class participation and an in class presentation, all of which will measure the student’s ability to identify issues, determine and analyze relevant law, and prepare clear and effective pleadings and presentations in family law. The written assignments will be the preparation of pleadings as an associate would be asked to do.
- Unit Value: 3
- Grading Options: Numerical or CR/D/F
- Schedule: M 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm
- Room Number: Room 2
- Exam: Take-home exam
- Writing Requirement: No
- Skills/Experiential Unit Requirement: No
- Participation: Required and graded
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