Wine and the Law


Course Code:
LAW 531
2 - 3
Law Honors/Pass/Restrd Cr/Fail


The wine industry is the subject of intense activity in many legal subject areas, including constitutional law, intellectual property, environmental and land use regulation, trade protectionism, and internet commerce. This seminar surveys the legal landscape of this multibillion dollar industry, focusing on contemporary debates and developments in judicial, legislative, and administrative arenas. Course materials will consist of a blend of judicial opinions, governmental materials, and secondary sources. The instructor specializes in litigation concerning the California wine industry, and the course will feature several guest speakers addressing the economic, political, and legal aspects of the subject in its state, national, and international dimensions. A paper will be required of all students on some topic of their choosing concerning the course subject matter. Students may earn an optional third unit by writing a longer paper. Special Instructions: Students may earn credit in this seminar in one of two alternative ways, both of which will be graded under the Honors/Pass system. The first alternative is to write a series of short commentaries (about 4-5 pages each) on the material covered in four weeks of your choosing. This alternative will satisfy the Law School's "W" writing requirement. If you elect this option, you may earn two credits. The second alternative is to write a single research paper on a topic of your choosing relating to the subject matter of the course. This alternative will satisfy the Law School's "R" research requirement. If you elect the second alternative, you may earn two or three credits; the required length of the paper is approximately 20 pages for two credits and approximately 30 pages for three credits. After the term begins, students accepted into the course can transfer from section (01) into section (02), which meets the R requirement, with consent of the instructor. Students taking the course for R credit can take the course for either 2 or 3 units, depending on the paper length. Elements used in grading: Class participation, attendance and final paper. Constitutional law is a prerequisite. Writing (W) credit is for students entering prior to Autumn 2012.

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