California Western -- Paul Gudel
Courses Taught - Paul J. Gudel

Contracts I & II

Employment Discrimination


Jurisprudence: Selected Topics

NAFTA & Labor Law


CONTRACTS I & II (3 units each)
Study of the development of common law concepts of enforceable promises and statutory impact.  Encompasses the basic principles controlling the formation, performance, and termination of contracts.  Includes the doctrines of offer and acceptance, consideration, conditions, breach, damages, third-party beneficiary, assignments and the Statute of Frauds.
This course is an in-depth study of the laws forbidding discrimination in employment on the basis of race, national origin, sex, religion, age and handicap.  Emphasis is on federal law, but some time will be spent on state employment discrimination laws.  The course will emphasize areas of current controversy in which the policy conflicts underlying employment discrimination law are most visible, such as sexual harassment, comparable worth doctrine and the pay equity movement, affirmative action and the problem of reverse discrimination, and sexual orientation and AIDS discrimination.   back to top
Jurisprudence is the philosophy of law.  The philosophy of law is concerned with the analysis of concepts which we rely upon every day in the study and practice of law, but on which we rarely reflect directly concepts such as justice, fairness, and equality.  Jurisprudence focuses on the question of whether these concepts have any objective or "real" meaning, or whether they are simply a function of the subjective, personal values of lawyers and judges.  The grade in this course is based on several short papers, but for students who take the scholarly writing option by writing one long paper, short quizzes will be required instead of the short papers.   back to top
This seminar will examine selected current issues in the philosophy of law.  The course consists of discussing leading judicial decisions and a range of philosophical analyses from the main contemporary schools of legal philosophy, including economic analysis and the critical legal studies movement.  The course will focus on the extent to which these different approaches to the issues of jurisprudence reflect very different visions of what law is, what a just society would look like, and how law functions in contemporary American society.   back to top
NAFTA & LABOR LAW (1 unit) [part of the NAFTA Summer Program]
This course examines NAFTA in the context of renewed attention to human rights, labor rights and labor standards in the context of an international economy heavily regulated by bilateral and multilateral trade agreements. The course devotes specific attention to the North American Agreement on Labor Cooperation (NAALC), a separate agreement entered into between the United States, Canada and Mexico upon signing NAFTA.  The course will provide background readings on labor, human rights, and international trade law and policy, as well as detailed discussion of issues where labor, human rights and trade policy intersect. Finally, the course will look at the general question of harmonization of labor laws between countries that share borders.   back to top

Full course descriptions are available in PDF format on the J.D. Curriculum page.

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