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281 sec. 1 - Family Law (Spring 2013)

Instructor: Melissa Murray  (view instructor's teaching evaluations | profile)
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Units: 4
Meeting Time: MTuW 10:00-11:10
Meeting Location: 132

Course Start: January 07, 2013
Course Control Number (Non-1Ls): 49985

In recent years, the legal and popular definition of family has undergone a number of significant changes. This course will explore these changes by focusing on the way in which the American legal system has regulated the family and intimate life. The course will cover basic family law issues such as marriage, divorce, parenthood, child custody, child welfare and neglect, artificial reproductive technologies, and adoption. Students also will become familiar with the basic principles of California's community property scheme, which is frequently tested on the state bar examination. In addition to these specific topics, we will consider the role that gender, class, and race play in constructing a normative ideal of intimate life. Because families are implicated by a variety of circumstances, the course readings will feature cases that also sound in contracts, torts, constitutional law, administrative law, criminal law, immigration law, and other legal genres. Examination required.

Constitutional Law recommended

Exam Notes: F
Course Category: Family Law
This course is cross-listed in the following categories:
General Courses
Law and Society
Public Law and Policy
Social Justice and Public Interest

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  • Family Law: Cases and Materials
    Areen, Spindelman & Tsoukala
    Edition: 6th 2012
    Publisher: Foundation Press
    ISBN: 9781609300548
    Copyright Date: To Be Determined
    Price: $197.00
    Note: prices are sampled from internet bookstores. Folletts prices are unavailable at this time.

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