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Concentrations

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.

Concentrations

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.

Courses

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
  • Antitrust
  • Bankruptcy
  • 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
  • Licensing
  • New Media Rights Clinic
  • Patent Law
  • Sales
  • Secured Transactions
  • Securities Regulation
  • Sports Law
  • Trademark Clinic
  • Trademark Law

To obtain an application for the Business Law and Practice area of concentration contact Professor Catherine Hardee.

If you like to think outside the box, or want to develop the skills to do so, obtaining a distinction in Creative Problem Solving may be for you. This area of concentration is designed to help students gain the necessary skills to think broad, flexible, relational, and preventive. It also gives students a deeper understanding of people, their problems, and how a narrow legalistic approach may have consequences when it comes to confronting those problems. 

Courses

Students must take two of the following Core courses:

  • Problem Solving & Preventive Law 
  • Mediation
  • Advanced Negotiation
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution

Students must also take four additional courses that qualify for credit toward the Creative Problem-Solving area of concentration. This course must be arranged and approved by the faculty director, Professor Hannah Brenner Johnson.

The final component to gaining this distinction requires students to complete a CWSL Externship and write a brief description about how their externship relates to the attitudes and skills of Creative Problem Solving. This assignment must be submitted to Professor Brenner Johnson.

To apply for the Creative Problem-Solving concentration, a student will need to speak with Professor Brenner Johnson about completing the requirements.

The Criminal Prosecution and Defense Practice area of concentration gives students advanced training in trial advocacy skills, theory, and hands-on practical experience to hit the ground running as an advocate of 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.

Courses

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
  • Jurisprudence
  • Spanish for Lawyers

Contact Academic Affaris at JavaScript Required for the Criminal Prosecution and Defense Practice concentration application. Professor Justin Brooks is the managing director of the Criminal Justice Program.

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. 

Courses

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.

Study abroad

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If you are on the San Diego campus you have access to a vibrant internship program where students can intern with firms, organizations, and government agencies with global reach. On-campus students can also be invited to join the California Western International Law Journal or participate in the Jessup International Law Moot Court program as a way to gain experience. 

If you are interested in the International Law concentration, contact Professor James Cooper for an application.

The way companies hire and operate is changing. A concentration in Labor and Employment Law is a fast-growing, dynamic field where you gain an understanding to prepare for careers ranging from litigation to in-house counsel for government agencies or organizations.

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.