CALIFORNIA LEGAL HISTORY
(LAWH-4019) - 2 UNITS
California lawyers, whether having litigation or transactional practices, gain a career-long practical advantage from exposure to the State's legal history. This course begins with an overview of the Spanish and Mexican regimes, the American conquest, the treaty that ended the Mexican War, and the gold rush. We then study issues such as race (for example, the Chinese exclusion laws and the Japanese internment during World War II), economic class (including the "dust bowl" refugees during the Depression), water law (including agribusinesses' and big cities' efforts to obtain cheap water), land titles (for example, the validity of Mexican land grants), and the role of the Federal government in the "wild West."