Civil Litigation and Dispute Resolution Concentration

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          Hastings has long enjoyed a particularly strong reputation for scholarship and training in the civil litigation and alternative dispute resolution fields. The Civil Litigation and Dispute Resolution Concentration offers students a chance to focus their studies in this area with an eye towards joining fellow alumni who rank among the most successful judges, litigators and mediators in the nation. The concentration's requirements include core courses, participation in a clinical program, judicial externship or advanced trial advocacy, and exposure to alternative dispute resolution. Students must also complete at least three electives from the breadth of relevant courses the Hastings faculty has approved for the concentration. The concentration provides the general litigation and dispute resolution skills and knowledge required in practice, as well as opportunities to apply classroom learning in simulated and real-world environments. The electives allow students to focus on areas of law corresponding to their individual interest and desired blend of theory and practice.

          Perhaps the most important requirement is the capstone Civil Litigation and Dispute Resolution Concentration Seminar, which must be taken in the fall of the student's third year of law school. The seminar fosters a sense of community among students with a shared interest in civil litigation and dispute resolution, and between concentrators and faculty and others engaged in research and practice in the civil litigation and dispute resolution fields.

          Advisor: Professor David Levine
          Total Units Required: 22

          A. Required Courses [not fewer than 14 hours]

          1. Civil Litigation Concentration Seminar (2)
          2. Civil Procedure II (3)
          3. Evidence (3 or 4)
          4. Trial Advocacy I (2)
            -- and one course from each of the following two groups:
            • I. Alternative Dispute Resolution courses:
              • Arbitration (2)
              • Alternative Dispute Resolution Seminar (2)
              • Negotiation & Mediation: Process & Practice (4)
              • Negotiation & Settlement (3)
            • II. Advanced Advocacy/Clinical courses:
              • ADR Externship (5-6)
              • Civil Justice Clinic (Individual) (8)
              • Civil Justice Clinic (Mediation) (6)
              • Environmental Law Clinic (8)
              • Immigrants' Rights Clinic (6)
              • Judicial Externship (6 or more)
              • Trial Advocacy II (2 or 3)

          B. Qualifying Electives [not fewer than 3 courses and not fewer than 8 units]

          • Administrative Law (3)
          • Advanced Evidence Seminar (2)
          • Advanced Legal Research (3)
          • Advanced Negotiation: Art of the Deal (2 or 3)
          • Advanced Negotiation: Multi-Party, Multi-Issue & Group Processes (4)
          • Appellate Advocacy (2)
          • Bankruptcy & Creditors' Remedies (3)
          • California Appellate Process (3)
          • California Civil Procedure (2 or 3)
          • Civil Rights (3)
          • Class Actions Seminar (2)
          • Comparative Civil Justice Seminar (2)
          • Complex Litigation (3)
          • Conflict of Laws (3)
          • Dispute Systems Design (2)
          • Domestic Violence Law (3)
          • E-Discovery (2)
          • Emotion, Mindfulness & Dispute Resolution (2)
          • Effective Representation in Mediation (1)
          • Facilitation for Attorneys (1)
          • Federal Courts (3)
          • Federal Pretrial Litigation (2)
          • Insurance (2 or 3)
          • Intellectual Property Under State Law: Trade Secrets &Employee Mobility (2)
          • International Negotiations Dispute Seminar (2)
          • Judicial Elections & the Role of the Judiciary In American Democracy (2)
          • Judicial Externship (maximum of 3 units counted as elective; may not be used as elective if used as required course)
          • Judicial Process Seminar (2)
          • Judicial Settlement Conf. (1)
          • Legal Ethics: Practice of Law (3)
          • Litigating Class Action Employment (2)
          • Mass Justice Seminar (2)
          • Mediation (3)
          • Patent Litigation (2)
          • Personal Injury Litigation (2)
          • Pre-Trial Practice (2)
          • Problem Solving & Professional Judgment in Practice (3)
          • Remedies (3)
          • Roles & Ethics in Practice (4)
          • Science in Law Seminar (2)
          • Scientific Method for Lawyers (3)
          • Trial Objections (2)

          [Additional courses from required lists I and II may count as electives with the permission of the concentration advisor.)