Juris Doctorate/Master of Business Administration (JD/MBA) Degree Program
JD 101 Legal Research, Writing & Analysis I 2 units
The class focuses on case analysis, case synthesis, statutory construction, research techniques,
legal correspondence, and citation form. Students will engage in objective analysis and analyze
several fact situations and prepare intra-office memos and correspond with "clients."
JD 102 Contracts 4 units
Basic course for the study of the law of contracts, offer and acceptance, consideration, parties to
the contract, joint and several contracts, conditional and third party contracts, illegality,
discharge, Statute of Frauds and Parole Evidence Rule as they affect contractual obligations.
JD 103 Remedies 4 units
Legal and equitable remedies, including damages, injunctive and declaratory relief, specific
performance, rescission, and restitution. Considerations in choosing a remedy. Alternate
JD 104 Torts 4 units
Intentional torts and defenses, negligence, vicarious liability, and strict liability,
including products liability. Interference with contract, privacy, defamation, and other
JD 105 Legal Research, Writing & Analysis II 2 units
Legal Research, Writing & Analysis II focuses on persuasive writing. Students analyze an
extensive fact situation and prepare an argumentative memorandum and an appellate brief. In
addition, students give oral arguments on campus and engage in settlement negotiations
concerning their case. The course culminates with an oral appellate argument, based on the
appellate brief, before a three judge moot court panel at the downtown courthouse.
JD 106 Criminal Law 4 units
Fundamentals of the substantive law of crimes, punishable acts and omissions, requisite intent,
legal defenses, liability for conspiracy and attempt, lesser included offenses, enforcement of the
law and introduction to criminal procedure.
JD 107 Civil Procedure I 4 units
This course examines constitutional constraints on government investigation of crime. Topics
include search and seizure, interrogations and confessions and eyewitness identification. While
the focus is on the United States Constitution (4th, 5th, and 6th amendments and due process),
some attention will be paid to state constitutional issues. Some coverage will also be given to the
role of victims at this stage of the procedure.
JD 108 Evidence 4 units
Inquiry into relationship of pleadings and proof at trial, techniques of proof, judicial notice, rules
relating to witnesses, documents and demonstrative evidence; discovery procedures and
application of rules of evidence at trial; hearsay and its exceptions.
JD 109 Civil Procedure II 4 units
Civil Procedure II focuses on the procedural rules governing the adjudication of criminal cases,
with emphasis on fundamental constitutional doctrines. Topics include charging decisions and
prosecutorial discretion, discovery, pre-trial motions, plea negotiations, the rights of the
defendant at trial, jury selection, the role of the jury, sentencing, appeal and post-conviction
JD 110 Criminal Procedure 4 units
Procedures from arrest through appellate proceedings, bail, and release on own recognizance,
arraignments, motions, discovery and trial procedures; search and seizure and other
constitutional guaranties as interpreted by recent Supreme Court decisions.
JD 111 Constitutional Law I 4 units
This introductory course focuses on the issues raised by the structural parts of the United States
Constitution. Consideration will be given to judicial processes in constitutional cases; judicial
review; and the federal courts functioning in the constitutional system. Attention will then be
given to the relationships of the three federal branches of government, with emphasis on some of
the powers and limitations of the executive, legislative and judicial bodies that arise from
principles of separation of powers and national checks and balances. The course will also
consider federalism and the respective roles of the national and state governments in some detail.
Both general principles and their specific application to sources of federal and states powers and
their limitations will be discussed, with particular emphasis on examples under the commerce
JD 112 Constitutional Law II 4 units
This course is a continuation of Constitutional Law I. There, the focus was on the structural
constitution-federalism, the separation of powers, and the role of the courts. In Constitutional
Law II, the focus is on individual rights and their protection under the Constitution. We study
primarily the Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments for substantive due process and equal protection
and the First Amendment for the freedoms of speech and religion.
JD 113 Wills & Trusts 4 units
The substantive law of trusts; express and implied trusts; formation of testamentary and inter
vivo trusts; rights and duties of grantor, trustee and beneficiary; administration of the trust.
The law of wills in California and its origin, including non-probate changes in ownership at
death, interstate succession, the statute of wills, validity and interpretation of wills.
JD 114 Property I 4 units
An introductory investigation of Anglo-American rules governing acquisition, transfer, and use
of real and personal property. Acquisition of property is studied through the law of finders, the
rule of capture, and the doctrine of adverse possession. Transfer of property is evaluated through
the concept of estates in land and future interests, including marital interests.
JD 115 Taxation 4 units
An introductory course which includes theory and problems of individual income taxation, State
and Federal; basic corporate taxation; taxing procedures, categories of taxable events, capital
investments, gains, depreciation, estate and gift taxes.
JD 116 Property II 4 units
Property II focuses on the historical development of land law, common law estates and
conveyances. statute of uses, indicia of ownership, modem conveyance, landlord and tenant
issues, deeds, recording acts, covenants, easements, equitable servitudes, adverse possession,
rights and duties incident to the ownership of land, future interests. Emphasis is given to the
tension between public needs and private desires in the allocation, transfer, and development of
JD 117 Community Property 4 units
History and development of community property and quasi-community property law, interests of
spouses in the community, agreements, separate vs. community property, future interests in
community property, rights on dissolution of community and methods of division, and legal
JD 118 Business Associations/Corporations 4 units
Nature, formation and liabilities of partnerships and other unincorporated associations; nature
and character of stock; closely-held and non-profit corporation organizations; relation of
corporations to the state; de jure and de facto corporations; obligations and rights of
shareholders, directors, and creditors; merger and termination of corporations.
JD 119 Agency and Partnership 4 units
An introduction to the law of agency, its uses and limitations. Methods of creation, and
termination. The powers and authority of agents, both formal and ostensible. Ratification of the
acts of an agent. When notice of a principal and agent relationship is necessary. The reciprocal
rights and duties of principal and agent in fiduciary relationships. Master and servant and the
doctrine of respondent superior, including tort and criminal liabilities. The common law origins
of agency and how employers liability, workers' compensation, and motor vehicle statutes affect
master and servant relationships.
JD 120 Professional Responsibility 4 units
A study of the legal profession and of many of the ethical decision-making problems the
American lawyer is likely to encounter in all phases of practice. The American Bar Association's
Code of Professional Responsibility and the California Rules of Professional Conduct are
considered. The problems in building a law practice, the different roles of the lawyer as
counselor, negotiator, judge, and teacher. Relations with clients. Public service. Maintaining the
integrity of the legal profession.
MBA 101 Managing Organizations & People 4 units
Introduces students to concepts, models and frameworks to help them become better acquainted
with the organizations they work for, the teams they work in, the people they work with, and
their own personal development. The course focuses on five main areas of study: developing as a
manager, working well within groups, developing effective organizations, assessing the external
environment in which organizations operate, and initiating change within organizations. Tying
all of these elements together, the course devotes particular attention to the traits, skills and
behaviors that are indicative of good leadership. It also explores how organizations and managers
can be transformed for better alignment with the business demands of the future.
MBA 102 Financial Reporting and Control 4 units
Introduces accounting and an examination of how it helps in decision-making. Financial
accounting (information needs of stockholders, creditors, and analysts) and managerial
accounting (information needs of managers) are stressed equally. Topics covered include:
income statement and balance sheet format, purposes, and limitations, statement of cash flows,
analysis of financial statements, cost behavior, use of relevant costs in decision-making,
budgeting, and divisional performance measurement. Course includes lectures, exams, and a
MBA 103 Data Analysis for Managerial Decision Making 4 units
Managers deal with a large amount of information in quantitative form. Effective managers must
understand the conditions under which quantitative techniques may be appropriately applied for
decision-making. In this course, students develop skills in using the computer to examine and
report data Focus is on supporting decisions through: deriving meaning from particular data sets,
use of statistical estimation, hypothesis testing, and regression/correlation analysis.
MBA 104 Marketing Management 4 units
Builds an in-depth understanding of basic marketing concepts and applies those concepts to a
variety of management situations, including non-profit and public sector settings. The course
provides working knowledge of the tools of marketing (product policy, pricing, distribution,
promotion, consumer behavior), and the ways in which these tools can be usefully employed.
The course also builds practical skills in analyzing marketing problems and opportunities and in
developing marketing programs.
MBA 105 Financial Management 4 units
This course examines three sets of issues: saving and investing decisions by households,
investment and financing decisions by corporations, role of securities markets and financial
intermediaries in the economy. Decisions today affect the timing and uncertainty of future flows
of income; both timing and risk determine the current value of those future flows. This course
develops the tools required to analyze these decisions and their interaction within the financial
MBA 106 Economics and Management Decisions 4 units
Presents many of the decision problems managers face and the economic analysis they need to
guide these decisions. In the first half of the course, microeconomic tools are used to structure
complicated decision problems about strategic subjects, such as production, pricing, and
investment. Some of these decisions take place in uncertain environments, and the class
addresses this uncertainty by making probabilistic forecasts and sequential decisions. Since most
decisions depend on the structure of the industry in which a company operates, an additional goal
is to distinguish different market structures and apply competitive strategies using game theory.
In the second half of the course, the focus shifts to the study of the national and global economic
environments within which companies operate. The class identifies the drivers of fluctuations in
key features of the economies, such as gross domestic product, inflation, interest rates, exchange
rates. Students analyze and share economic developments in particular countries. Since
governments play key roles in determining the fate of economies and companies, the final theme
is the rationale for and efficacy of government policy tools.
MBA 107 Strategies for a Networked Economy 4 units
This course is case-based and demonstrates the role of information technology in shaping
business strategy and models. It provides an overview of the key technologies that are important
in today's business environment and introduces organization and management concepts relating
to the information technology functions. The course also illustrates the relationships between
organizational performance and the ability to leverage knowledge assets.
MBA 108 Creating Value through Operations and Technology 4 units
This course is case-oriented and is focused on topics of use to managers in any environment:
process analysis, process improvement, and strategic operations decision-making. The course
emphasizes the importance of effectiveness and efficiency and evaluates the potential trade-offs
MBA 109 Competition, Innovation and Strategy 4 units
This course draws on findings from a number of academic disciplines, especially economics,
organization theory, and sociology, to build a fundamental understanding of how and why some
f m s achieve and sustain superior performance. Successful strategy design and implementation
require marketing, finance, and other areas. The course is designed to develop this integrative
view of the firm and its environment, along with appropriate analytical skills. Global
management is an important additional theme of the course: while many of the cases are US-
based companies, students will be challenged to extend the conceptual framework to encompass
global businesses and to apply any lessons learned to international contexts.
MBA 110 Current Topics in Law and Ethics 4 units
This course will study the contemporary issues in selected areas of law and ethics. The students
will be introduced to the pivotal areas of law, so that students begin to anticipate legal problems,
and will also analyze how to avoid them, and realize how legal principles can be employed to
add value in their chosen fields. The course provides an overview of a few disciplines that will
encourage students to explore other legal topics relevant to their business interests. The course
will also provide an analytic structure that enables students to identify ethical issues in business,
analyze options and make appropriate choices.