Select from several areas of concentration to deepen your preparation for a specific career path and earn a mark of distinction that stands out to prospective employers.
Choose a concentration and gain hands-on experience while networking with like-minded professionals.
The Business Law concentration blends theory and practice for students interested in business, entrepreneurship, and transactional law. Features include internships, pro bono work, practicum courses, and a scholarly writing requirement that puts new skills on full display for a prospective employer.
This area of concentration focuses on lawyering skills critical to effective practice in the areas of negotiation as well as applied reasoning and creative problem-solving. You can choose from nearly 30 different courses to fulfill your concentration requirements:
- Accounting for Lawyers
- Advanced Contracts: Theory & Application
- Advanced Negotiation
- Business Planning
- Commercial Real Estate Transactions
- Contract Drafting
- Copyright Law
- Corporate Finance
- Deal Litigation
- Employment Law
- Employment Discrimination
- Employee Benefit & ERISA
- Entertainment Law
- International Business Transactions
- Labor Law
- Land Use Regulation
- New Media Rights Clinic
- Patent Law
- Secured Transactions
- Securities Regulation
- Sports Law
- Trademark Clinic
- Trademark Law
The Criminal Prosecution and Defense Practice area of concentration gives students advanced training in trial advocacy skills and theory, as well as hands-on experience to hit the ground running as an advocate within the criminal justice system. This distinction can help students stand out to employers looking for practice-ready attorneys with litigation skills. Through this concentration, students can participate in hands-on experiences in the sessions of the National Trial Skills Academy or in special programs like the California Innocence Project.
The Criminal Prosecution and Defense Practice concentration can give students the flexibility to take courses tailored to their interests from three different categories.
Core Practicum courses include:
- Advanced Criminal Litigation
- Advanced Prosecution Function
- California Sentencing
- Evidence Advocacy
- Forensic Evidence
- The California Innocence Project
- Trial Practice
- Trial Skills Training for Distinguished Advocates
Students can explore specialized substantive areas like:
- White Collar Crime
- Human Rights Law
- Immigration Law
- Juvenile Justice
- Domestic Violence
- Mental Health Law
Additional core course offerings include:
- Constitutional Law II
- Criminal Law Theory
- Critical Race Theory
- Federal Crimes
- Regulation of Vice
- Problem Solving & Preventive Law
- Wrongful Conviction Seminar
Closely related electives include:
- Accounting for Lawyers
- Administrative Law
- Advanced Legal Research
- Current Issues in Constitutional Law
- Domestic Violence
- Federal Income Tax
- Spanish for Lawyers
The world is connected now more than ever. In today’s global economy, it is essential that lawyers know how to navigate international boundaries. A concentration in International Law immerses you in the political, cultural, and linguistic contexts in which the legal system operates.
To earn the International Law distinction, students must take two of the offered core courses, two of the offered elective courses, and one course that satisfies the experiential requirement (EXP). Students must also complete both a scholarly writing requirement (SWR) and a pro bono/internship requirement.
Employment law and labor law are high-demand areas of practice in the current legal
market, offering students a wide range of professional opportunities: working in
the private sector and the public sector, representing private employers, working
with labor unions, representing employees,working with administrative or governmental
entities. Students specializing in this field will find themselves equipped for a
broad range of careers.
This concentration is designed to provide students with a rigorous introduction to labor and employment law. The concentration will allow students to take the courses needed to prepare to practice in this highly specialized field, and it will demonstrate to prospective employers that graduates have the knowledge, training and experience to hit the ground running in this area.
To declare a concentration, students must:
- Meet with a member of the labor and employment law advisor group faculty (Jessica Fink, Susan Bisom-Rapp or Paul Gudel) to discuss the requirements for the concentration and agree on a plan for meeting those requirements.
- Declare an intention to concentrate in labor and employment law (by submitting this application to one of the advisor group faculty) before the completion of the student’s fifth trimester.
- Secure final approval (by resubmitting this application) from one of the advisor group faculty in the student’s final trimester.
Fellowship Opportunities and Internships
Gain insight into real issues in labor and employment law through the CWSL Clinical Externship Program, with previous placements including the Employee Rights Center, the California Department of Labor Standards Enforcement, and several private law firms.
Your can also learn about employment opportunities in this area of interest through the Career and Professional Development Office.
If you are interested in the Labor and Employment Law concentration, contact Academic Achievement for a course planner worksheet which you will submit with your application. Contact Professor Jessica Fink with additional questions about this concentration or the application.