Selected Topics in American Law is a graded course that is offered to third-year day and fourth-year part-time students. This course is required for students whose GPA is 2.700 at the end of their second year for full-time students and third year for part-time students. However, space permitting, some students may be allowed to opt into the course.
The course builds on the analytical, writing, and organizational skills taught throughout the law school's curriculum, with the goal of enhancing a student's ability to prepare for, and pass, the California Bar Examination. The course covers selected substantive topics that frequently appear on the California bar exam, with special emphasis on the Multi-State Bar Examination subjects (contracts; criminal law and procedure; constitutional law; evidence; real property; and torts). In addition, students will learn methods to answer essay, multiple choice, and performance questions. Students will complete in-class and/or out-of-class assignments involving practice essay, multiple choice, and performance test questions, and receive feedback on selected written answers. In the course of the semester, students will: write and hand in to the professor answers to six essay questions (and write one "re-write" for each of the aforementioned six essays), answer 150 multiple choice questions, and answer one performance test. The course also will introduce students to the format and components of the California bar exam. This course is not intended to replace commercial bar preparation courses.