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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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- BUSINESS LAW
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- PUBLIC INTEREST LAW
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Community Property (Fall 2019)
- Course Number: LAW-705
- Class Number: 03384
- Instructor: Scott Altman
The law of community property, including disposition of property on dissolution of the marriage and questions of conflicts of laws.
Students in this course will learn about the rights and duties of married couples in California regarding property, including how assets and debts are characterized, how they are divided at divorce or death, and how courts enforce the fiduciary duties spouses owe each other in the management of property. The course will emphasize careful reading of California statutes.
The course will provide students with the basic knowledge of California Community Property needed to take the California Bar and will prepare students with needed background for careers in family law or estate planning. There will be little overlap between this course and courses in family law or Gifts, Will, and Trusts. Those contemplating careers in family law should take all three classes, in addition to a class in Tax.
- Unit Value: 2
- Grading Options: Numerical or CR/D/F
- Exam: In-class, open-book exam
- Writing Requirement: No
- Skills/Experiential Unit Requirement: No
- Participation: Participation and attendance may figure into final grade
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