California Western -- Robert Seibel
Courses Taught - Robert F. Seibel


   Internship Seminar

Family Law

Law Office Technology: Professional Responsibility Issues

INTERNSHIP (PRAC, 1-10 units)
This course provides students the opportunity to engage in the practice of law under the supervision of an attorney or judge.  The Clinical Internship faculty and staff work with students to obtain appropriate placement to meet the student's interests and needs.  Students may intern at courts, government agencies and private law offices.  During the course of the internship, students meet regularly with internship faculty to discuss their experiences.
This Seminar provides a forum for student interns to discuss their internship experiences with one another on a weekly basis.  These seminar meetings are in addition to individual private meetings with faculty supervisors.  Students are required to keep a daily journal and do short weekly readings on current topics related to the practice of law.  Topics include Advocacy, Law Reform, Ethics, and Equality.  Emphasis is on the often conflicting moral, professional, financial, personal and political values inherent in the profession.  There is no final exam or other written work requirement.  Enrollment may be limited.
FAMILY LAW (3 units)
A study of the law governing families, including marriage and other means of creating a family and separation and the dissolution of families. Includes state regulation of the requirements for entering into marriage, common law marriage, historical and sociological trends which influence the legal concepts of families, constitutional limitations on the regulation of marriage and family matters, legal incidents of an ongoing marriage, antenuptial agreements, palimony, traditional and no-fault grounds for divorce, child custody, property division, alimony, and child support.
This course will survey key issues in Professional Responsibility relating to the impact and use of technology in law practice.  Many issues revolve around the use of the internet, especially websites established by lawyers: When and how is the lawyer/client relationship commenced?  What limitations on website content are imposed by the Code advertising rules?  When might website content lead to unauthorized practice concerns in multiple jurisdictions?  Other issues relate to communications between lawyer and clients and the rules of confidentiality How do the rules apply (and are they adequate) for e-mail, instant messaging, intranets, virtual private networks, and collaborative web based tools that are available now?   How have computers, the internet, and digital media changed notions of basic competency in practice, for example in conducting discovery, fact investigation, legal research, and for internal office and information management?  What new research skills are required, including evaluation of the reliability of information available on the internet?

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

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