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These books and prices are subject to change at any time. Please purchase the books for each term only when instructed to do so.

Tuition and fees do not include the cost of books and study materials, which are the responsibility of the student. The best effort estimate of the costs of books and study materials is $800 for the first year and an average of $1,400 per year for the next three years, or $5,000 for the four year JD program. The estimates are based on using new hardcover books when available. In many cases, casebooks can be rented and/or digital versions are available at lesser expense.

Book List

Unless otherwise noted, all books are required reading for the courses below. Please use the links below to confirm that you are selecting the correct edition/ISBN before making your purchases.

New Student Orientation

SF 501 New Student Orientation
Dennis J. Tonsing, 1000 Days to the Bar – But the Practice of Law Begins Now! (2d ed. 2010) (William S. Hein & Co., Inc.), ISBN: 9780837738130
Barry Friedman & John C.P. Goldberg, Open Book: The Inside Track to Law School Success (2d ed. 2016) (Wolters Kluwer), ISBN: 9781454873563

First Year Law Courses

LAW 711,712, & 713 Contracts I, II, & III
 Brian Blum and Amy Bushaw, Contracts: Cases, Discussion and Problems (Aspen 3rd ED. 2012). ISBN: 978-1-4548-1000-1
Steven L. Emanuel, Crunch Time: Contracts (Aspen 6th Ed. 2016). ISBN-13#: 9781454870173
LAW 721 & 722 Criminal Law I & II
David Crump, Criminal Law: Cases, Statutes, and Lawyering Strategies (LexisNexis 3rd Ed. 2013) ISBN: 978-0-7698-8270-3
Steven L. Emanuel, CrunchTime: Criminal Law, (Aspen 5th Ed. 2015) eISBN 978-1-4548-5277-3
LAW 731, 732, & 733 Torts I, II, & III
Meredith J. Duncan, Ronald Turner & Rory D. Bahadur, Torts: A Contemporary Approach (3rd ed. 2018) (Interactive Casebook Series – West Academic Publishing), ISBN: 9781640200708
Steven L. Emanuel, Crunch Time: Torts (5th ed. 2015) (Wolters Kluwer), ISBN: 9781454840954
LAW 815 FYLSE Prep
Enrollment in Adaptibar FYLSE course
Strategies & Tactics for the Finz Multistate Method, Steven Finz, 4th Edition ISBN: 978-1454873143
BarBri outlines will be provided in the course.

Upper Division Required Law Courses

LAW 741 Introduction to Legal Research and Writing
The Legal Writing Handbook, 6th Ed. Laurel Currie Oates & Annie Enquist, (2014) (ISBN-13: 978-1-4548-41555)
The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation (Columbia Law Review Ass’n et al. eds. 20th ed. 2015). ISBN 978-0-692-40019-7
Interactive Citation Workbook for the Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation, Tracy M. Norton, Christine Hurt & Jeffry D. Jackson, 2017 Edition. (ISBN 9781522129448)
LAW 751 & LAW 752 Business Associations I & II
Casebook: Klein, Ramseyer and Bainbridge’s Business Associations, Cases and Materials on Agency, Partnerships, and Corporations, Foundation Press New York, NY (10th ed. 2018); ISBN: 9781683285229 (“Casebook”).
Skills Book: Rhee, Robert J., Developing Professional Skills: Business Associations, West Academic (2nd ed. 2018); ISBN: 978-1-68328-043-9 (“Rhee”).
LAW 761 & LAW 762 Civil Procedure I & II
A. Benjamin Spencer, Civil Procedure – A Contemporary Approach – Revised Fourth Edition – Interactive Casebook Series(West Academic Publishing 2015) ISBN: 978-1-63459-272-7
Paula Schaefer, Developing Professional Skills: Civil Procedure (West 2013) ISBN # 978-0-314-27953-8
William Slomanson, California Civil Procedure in a Nutshell (5th ed. West Academic Publishing) ISBN: 978-1628100273 (recommended)
Steven L. Emanuel, Crunchtime Civil Procedure (6th ed. Wolters Kluwer 2014) ISBN-13: 978-1454840923 (recommended)
LAW 770 Community Property
Grace Ganz Blumberg, Community Property in California (Aspen 7th Ed. 2016) ISBN: 9781454868187
Charlotte K. Goldberg, California Community Property – Examples & Explanations, (Wolters Kluwer 5th Ed. 2016) ISBN: 9781454868460 (recommended)
LAW 781 & LAW 782 Constitutional Law I & II
Massey, American Constitutional Law – Powers & Liberties, (5th ed. Aspen 2016) ISBN 9781454868330
Emanuel CrunchTime Constitutional Law (16th ed. Wolters Kluwer 2017) ISBN 978-1454891048
Araiza, et al., Skills & Values: Constitutional Law (LexisNexis 2013) ISBN 9781422474518
LAW 791 Criminal Procedure
Joshua Dressler, Understanding Criminal Procedure: Volume 1: Investigation (LexisNexis 6th Ed. 2013) ISBN: 978-0-7698-6298-9; eBook: 9780327184232
2015 Supplement to Dressler (in the course Reading Materials for Seminar 1)
Steven L. Emanuel, Emanuel Crunchtime Outlines: Criminal Procedure, (Wolters Kluwer 8th Ed. 2014) ISBN: 978-1-4548-2488-6
Susan L. Kay, Skills and Values Criminal Procedure (2012 LexisNexis) ISBN 9781422478431; ISBN for eBook: 9780327174301
LAW 801 & LAW 802 Evidence I & II
David Sklansky, Evidence – Cases, Commentary and Problems (2012 Aspen) ISBN: 9781454806820
John B. Mitchell & Rick T. Barron, Skills & Values: Evidence (2nd ed. 2012) ISBN: 978076984908-9
Chris Chambers Goodman, California Evidence – Examples and Explanations 2d Ed. (2d ed. 2016) ISBN: 9781454846864 (recommended)
Steven Emanuel, CrunchTime Evidence, 5th ed. Aspen 2013 ISBN: 9781454824893 (recommended)
Bar Charts Inc., Evidence, Quick Study Law ISBN 13: 9781423222408 (recommended)
LAW 831 Professional Responsiblity
Wydick, Perschbacher & Basset, California Legal Ethics (9th ed. 2015) ISBN: 9781634592222
Morgan & Rotunda, Selected Standards on Professional Responsibility 2016, ISBN: 9781634593960
Emanuel Law Outlines: Professional Responsibility (5th Ed. 2016) ISBN 9781454868521 (recommended)
LAW 841 & LAW 842 Real Property I & II
Jesse Dukeminier, Property (8th ed. 2014) ISBN 9781454837602
Brian D. Shannon & Gerry W. Beyer, Skills & Values – Property Law (2012) ISBN 9781422480472 (Carolina Academic Press) or eBook: 9780327179658
Steven Emmanuel, Crunchtime, Property (4th ed. 2012) ISBN: 9781454809197 (recommended)
LAW 851 Remedies
Douglas Laycock, Modern American Remedies, (Concise 4th Edition 2012) ISBN 978-1-4548-1255-5
Russell L. Weaver, Michael B. Kelly, W. Jonathan Cardi, Remedies Black Letter Outline, (2d Edition 2014) ISBN 978-0-314-90409-6
LAW 860 Trusts, Wills, & Estates
Sitkoff & Dukeminier, Wills, Trusts & Estates (Aspen 10th ed. 2017); ISBN: 978-1-4548-7642-7
Peter Wendel, Emanuel Law Outlines, Wills, Trusts, and Estates (Wolters Kluwer 10th ed. 2018) ISBN: 978-1-4548-8605-1
Anderson & Boxx, Skills & Values, Trusts and Estates (Carolina Academic Press 2009) ISBN: 978-1-42242-698-2
French, A California Companion for the Course in Trusts, Wills & Estates, Selected Cases and Statutes, Including All Statutes Required for the California Bar Exam, 2017-2018 (Wolters Kluwer) ISBN 978-1-4548-7531-4 (recommended)
LAW 871 Advanced Legal Writing
The Legal Writing Handbook, 6th Ed., Laurel Currie Oates & Annie Enquist (Wolters Kluwer Law & Business 2014) (ISBN# 978-1-4548-4155-5) [eISBN# 978-1-4548-4559-1]
The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation (Columbia Law Review Ass’n et al. eds. 20th ed. 2015). ISBN 978-0-692-40019-7
LAW 990 & LAW 991 General Bar Prep I & II
Sara J. Berman, Bar Exam MPT Preparation & Experiential Learning For Law Students: Interactive Performance Test Training, ABA Publishing ISBN: 978-1-63425-845-6 Product Code: 1620744
Strategies & Tactics for the Finz Multistate Method, Steven Finz, 4th Edition ISBN 10: 1454873140 / ISBN 13: 9781454873143
Basick Schindler – Essay Exam Writing for the California Bar Examination ISBN-13: 978-0735509931 (recommended)

Upper Division Elective Law Courses

LAW 714 Professional Skills II
Tina Stark, Drafting Contracts: How and Why Lawyers Do What They Do (2nd ed.), available from publisher Wolters Kluwer (Aspen) – ISBN 978-0-7355-9477-7
LAW 734, 736, & 737 Professional Skills I, IV, V
Kamela Bridges & Wayne Schiess, Writing for Litigation, (Wolters Kluwer 2011) ISBN: 978-1-4548-0273-0
LAW 735 Professional Skills III
David I. C. Thompson, Skills & Values: Discovery Practice (3d ed. Carolina Academic Press 2017) ISBN: 978-1-5310-0817-8
LAW 902 Criminal Trial Advocacy
Trial Techniques and Trials, Thomas A. Mauet, Tenth Edition, (2017) ISBN 978-1-4548-86532
Materials in Trial Advocacy, Problems and Cases, Eighth Edition (2015) ISBN 978-1-45-4852032
LAW 910 Employment Law
Marion G. Crain, Pauline T. Kim & Michael Selmi, Work Law: Cases and Materials (LexisNexis 3d ed. 2015) ISBN 978-1-63281-538-5
A.G. Harmon, The Complete Advocate: A Practice File for Representing Clients from Beginning to End (LexisNexis 2010) ISBN 978-1-4224-2992-1
 Kamela Bridges and Wayne Schiess, Writing for Litigation, (2011) Wolters Kluwer ISBN 978-1-4548-0273-0 (recommended)
 Laurie Currie Oates and Anne Enquist, The Legal Writing Handbook, Sixth Ed. 2014 (Wolters Kluwer) ISBN978-1-4548-4155-5 (recommended)
LAW 920 Independent Study
LAW 931 Bankruptcy
Tabb & Brubaker, Bankruptcy Law: Principles, Policies, and Practice (4th edition 2015, Carolina Academic Press, ISBN: 978-1-63043-081-8; e-ISBN: 978-1-63043-082-5)
Miller, Geoffrey. The Law of Governance, Risk Management and Compliance. Wolters Kluwer Law and Business, 2014. ISBN: 1454845449
LAW 940 Federal Income Taxation
J. Martin Burke and Michael K. Friel, Understanding Federal Income Taxation LexisNexis 5th Ed. 2016) ISBN:  9781522103486 (Understanding Federal Income Taxation)
Michelle L. Drumbl and Deborah S. Kearns, Skills & Values: Federal Income Taxation (LexisNexis 2011) ISBN:  978-1-4224-7842-4 (Skills & Values)
LAW 950 Legal Externship
The Moral Compass of the American Lawyer, Richard Zitrin and Carol Langford, (1999) ISBN: 0-449-00671-9.
Learning From Practice, A Professional Development Text for Legal Externs, Second Edition, J.P. Ogilvy, Leah Wortham and Lisa Lerman, (2007) ISBN 978-0-314-15284-8.
In Chambers: A Guide for Judicial Clerks and Externs, Jennifer Sheppard (2012), ISBN 978-1-4548-0289-1. (recommended)
LAW 960 Adminstrative Law
William F. Fox, Understanding Administrative Law, published by LexisNexis (6th ed. 2012) – ISBN 9781422498651; eBook published by Carolina Academic Press ISBN 9780327183006
Alfred Aman & William Penniman, Skills & Values: Administrative Law, – ISBN 9781422483282
Crunchtime, Administrative Law, (Aspen 4th ed., 2016) ISBN-13: 978-1454868507 (recommended)
Jellum and Jordan, Questions and Answers: Administrative Law, (Carolina Academic Press 3rd ed. 2015) ISBN: 9781630447892 (recommended)
LAW 965 Law Practice Management
Munneke, Gary A., “Introduction to Law Practice: Organizing and Managing Legal Work”, Thomas Reuters, 2013, ISBN 9780314276452
Roper, Brent D., “Practical Law Office Management”, 3rd, Delmar Cengage Learning 2007 ISBN 978-1418029708 (recommended)
Tracey, John A., “How to Read a Financial Report”, 6th Ed (or later), John H. Wiley & Sons, 2004; 6th edition ISBN: 978-0471478676; 7th edition ISBN: 978-0470405307; 8th edition ISBN: 978-1118735848 (recommended)
LAW 970 Alternative Dispute Resolution
The Third Side, William Ury (2000) ISBN 0 14 02.9634 4
Skills and Values: Alternative Dispute Resolution. John Burwell Garvey & Charles B. Craver (2013) ISBN 978-0-7698-5119-8 ebook ISBN 978-0-327-17972-6

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