Law Course Descriptions

Law Course Descriptions

BR 401 & 402 - BAR REVIEW & LEGAL ANALYSIS
6 Units | No CD-ROM

This is a no nonsense bar review of the fourteen required courses on the California General Bar Examination. It includes analysis techniques, memory recall development, and the improvement of legal writing skills.

 

CIV PRO 201 & 202 - CIVIL PROCEDURE
6 Units | 1 CD-ROM

Civil Procedure is an introduction to civil litigation from actual commencement of the action through trial and appellate advocacy. Each state has different procedural variations. However, it is the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and the California Rules of Civil Procedure from which most states pattern their rules. Therefore, our faculty has selected these specific rules to govern this subject of law study.

Topics included in this two (2) semester course:

Answer Discovery
Attack Motions Interrogatories
Claims Jurisdiction
Complaint Pleadings
Counterclaims Trial & Appeal
Demurrer Venue

 

COM PROP 301 - COMMUNITY PROPERTY (FAMILY LAW)
3 Units | No CD-ROM

Family Law occupies a position in our lives from which we can all relate. From Ecclesiastical Law to early English common law to the American statutory law of today, the aim has always been to understand and comprehend the principles that comprise the legal relationships and the interaction between family member and the state, especially as it relates to the dissolution of marriage. Also included is extensive coverage of Community Property, a California Bar Examination subject.

 

CON LAW 201 & 202 - CONSTITUTIONAL LAW
6 Units | 1 CD-ROM

Constitutional Law is a study of early English Constitutional Law as it developed into American Constitutional Law. This two-semester course explores the United States Constitution, a four thousand-word work of art. Inherent in this study is the Bill of Rights, branches of United States Government, separation of powers, and federalism.

Topics included in this two (2) semester course:

10th Amendment
Foreign Affairs
Bill of Rights
Individual Rights
Due Process
Judicial Branch
Equal Protection
Legislative Branch
Executive Branch
State Action
Federal Power
 

 

CONT 101 & 102 - CONTRACTS
6 Units | 3 CD-ROM

Contracts 101 and 102 are the study of the nature, functions, and processes of business exchange by agreement and contract. This course concerns itself with the predominant rules and principles governing contract formation, contract execution, breach, and related obligations that arise from such failure to consideration.

Topics included in this two (2) semester course:

Anticipatory Repudiation
Contract Formation
Breach
Performance, Damages & Related Remedies
Conditions
Promissory Estoppel
Consideration
UCC Section 2 et seq.
Contract Execution
 

 

CORP 301 & 302 - CORPORATIONS
6 Units | 1 CD-ROM

Corporation Law is the analysis of the procedures of corporate formation, management, and liability of officers, directors, federal regulation, and corporate litigation.

Topics included in this two (2) semester course:

Rule 10 De Jure & De Facto Corporations
Rule 16
Directors, Officers & Shareholders
Corporate Formation & Characteristics
Merger, Consolidation & Dissolution
Corporate Powers
Corporate Veil

 

CRIM 101 & 102 - CRIMINAL LAW
6 Units | 2 CD-ROM

Criminal Law is the study of crime and the punishment of crime. These crimes have been enacted from early common law in England to the statutory construction of the Federal and the California rules relating to criminal law enactment.

Topics included in this two (2) semester course:

Accomplices Defenses to Crime
Conspiracy Double Jeopardy
Crimes Against Property  Ex Post Facto Laws
Crimes Against Person Felony Murder Rule
Crimes Against Society Vicarious Criminal Liability
Crime Components  

 

CRIM PRO 201 & 202 - CRIMINAL PROCEDURE
6 Units | 2 CD-ROM

Criminal procedure involves the methods prescribed by law from the time of apprehension through trial advocacy and appeal. It is the rule of engagement that the courts employ to protect the rights of the accused.

Topics included in this two (2) semester course:

1st Amendment
Extraordinary Writs
4th Amendment
Due Process & Equal Protection
5th Amendment Pretrial
6th Amendment
Trial Procedures
Appeal Procedures
 

 

EQ 301 & 302 - EQUITABLE REMEDIES
6 Units | 1 CD-ROM

Equitable Remedies discusses common law alternatives to money damages. Early England had its law and equity courts. Equity discusses what is fair and just, not what is just legal.

Topics included in this two (2) semester course:

Contract Remedies
Laches Defense
Damages
Specific Performance
Injunctions Restoration, Reformation & Recission
In Rem Jurisdication
Tort Remedies
In Personum Jurisdiction
 

 

EV 301 & 302 - EVIDENCE
6 Units | 2 CD-ROM

Evidence is the study of the rules of engagement of the trial lawyer. It tracks the early English common law development of evidentiary rules that later evolved into our statutory rules. The predominant statutory rules of evidence and the statutory rules from the states for California and New York, as well as the Federal Rules of Evidence are discussed.

Topics included in this two (2) semester course:

Competency
Opinion & Expert Testimony
Direct, Cross, Re-Cross & Re-Direct Examination
Parole Evidence Rule
Impeachment & Rehabilitation
Relevance & Materiality
Judicial Notice
Types of Evidence

 

INTRO TO LAW 101
3 Units | No CD-ROM

Introduction to Law as the name implies, is the first course taken at the Academy. It familiarizes the law student with terminology; briefing of cases; issue recognition; application of the facts to the law; logical discussion of both sides of each case; and arrival at a conclusion. There is no midterm or final examinations. The successful student receives a grade of “Pass”.

 

LW 101 - LEGAL WRITING
3 Units | 1 CD-ROM

Regardless of knowledge of the law, there is a vital need to be able to communicate that knowledge to the reader or grader, especially on a law school examination or a bar examination. It is for these reasons that the faculty has designed Legal Writing.

Topics include:

Application of Law to Facts & the Legal Conclusion Official & Unofficial Reports
Civil Litigation Writings
Sentence Organization
Criminal Litigation
Shepard's Citations
Issue Recognition
Statement of Fact
Lexis/Westlaw Writings

 

PROF RESP 301 - PROFESSIONAL RESPONSIBILITY & ETHICS
3 Units | 1 CD-ROM

This is a preparatory course for the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination (M.P.R.E.) that is required by the State Bar of California.

 

RP 201 & 202 -REAL PROPERTY
6 Units | 3 CD-ROM

Real Property is the study of both real and personal property. It begins with its roots in early English common law and tracks through both American common and statutory law.

Topics included in this two (2) semester course:

Covenants with The Land
Mortgages, Deeds, A.L.T.D.s, Other Creative Financing
Freehold/Non-Freehold Estates
Revisions & Remainders
Landlord and Tenant
Rules Against Perpetuities
Marital Estates
Types of Ownership
Zoning  

 

S&W 415 - SUCCESSION & WILLS
3 Units | 1 CD-ROM

This course deals with the questions of identification and distribution of real and personal property upon the death of the testator. Knowledge of the laws of inheritance is crucial to an understanding of this subject. Topics include both testate and in testate succession. Subtopics include: escheat, holographic wills, wills vs. trusts, charitable and philanthropic gifts, devises and bequests.

 

T 101 & 102 - TORTS
6 Units | 2 CD-ROM

Torts is the study of civil wrongs, both intentional and unintentional.

Topics included in this two (2) semester course:

Assault & Battery
Products Liability
Defamation
Strict Liability
False Imprisonment
Tort Defenses
Negligence
 

 


 

 

Description of Optional Law Courses

 

AL 401 - ADMINISTRATIVE LAW
3 Units | No CD-ROM

Administrative Law deals with the increasing size government. It analyzes the lawfulness of actions taken by government administrators and grievances available when they are not lawful. These redresses include judicial review, administrative hearings and other related procedures involving public affairs.

 

CL 402 - COMMERCIAL LAW
3 Units | No CD-ROM

Commercial Law is concerned with the legal relationships of the parties in business transactions. It is important in this day and age to develop a keen understanding and knowledge of the common law principles of Commercial Law, as well as the rules of governing business today. Every business executive could benefit from this class.

 

CONF 403 - CONFLICTS OF LAW
3 Units | No CD-ROM

Conflicts of Law has a self-explanatory title. Frequently there is a conflict between laws of sovereign states or nations wherein resolution of issues such as jurisdiction; choice of laws, recognition and enforcement of laws is a condition precedent to an ultimate determination of the case.

 

CR 404 - CRIMINOLOGY
3 Units | No CD-ROM

This subject investigates the individual who violates the law; the response by society to the breach of the law; and the legal, psychological, philosophical and sociological relations to the above mentioned. The student must be able to step outside the guidelines of conventional thought and consider issues such as punishment, deterrence, rehabilitation and recidivism.

 

EUL 406 - EUROPEAN UNION LAW
3 Units | No CD-ROM

"The aim of this syllabus is to provide an introduction to the law of the European Community. European Community Law is a new legal system with some of the characteristics of international law combined with some of the features of a national legal system based on a written constitution. In addition to studying the areas of social and economic life in which the European Community has shared an exclusive power to act, a large part of the syllabus is devoted to relations between European Community Law and National Law." (Quoted in part from the University of London L.L.B. Subject Outlines.)

 

HEL 408 - HISTORY OF ENGLISH LAW
3 Units | No CD-ROM

"The study of the History of English Law is a subject more akin to history than law. It requires, therefore, some appreciation of general historical and political development, nevertheless, such an appreciation of the significance of specific legal developments demand an understanding of the practice and theory of law. Court procedure and modes of trial are traced from the beginnings into the early modern period.” (Quoted in part from the University of London L.L.B. Subject Outlines.)

 

IPL 409 - INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LAW
3 Units | No CD-ROM

This is an introduction to the international and domestic context of Intellectual Property Law, those property rights that are not visible, yet quite real. They include such topics as copyrights, patents, trademarks, trade names, and related properties. With the new on-ramps added to the information super highway, this subject provides a great future to the new lawyers of the information age.

 

LRP 410 - LEGAL RESEARCH PROJECTS
3 Units | No CD-ROM

Legal Research is a course vital to the practical training necessary for good law practice. Familiarity with Lexis, Westlaw and other online legal research services is crucial to the drafting of pleading in the legal community of today. Students will also gain an approach to sentence structure, issue recognition, paragraph confinement, logical analysis and idea delivery. Research on actual pending cases is the hallmark of this course.

 

LL 411 - LABOR LAW
3 Units | No CD-ROM

This course is a discussion of the different means by which the law regulates the labor market in general and the employment relationship in particular. Topics include race and gender discrimination, harassment, wrongful termination, equal pay regulations and the effect of the trade union on the individual employee.

 

PL 412 - PLANNING LAW
3 Units | No CD-ROM

The purpose of this course is to provide knowledge of the laws relating to the public regulation of land use and development. Topics include condemnation, zoning, variances, conditional use permits, environmental regulations, subdivision and decisions by governmental agencies regarding land use.

 

PIL 413 - PUBLIC INTERNATIONAL LAW
3 Units | No CD-ROM

There are several areas which candidates will be expected to master. These include, in particular:

  •  How rules of customary international law come into being, are modified and come to an end.
  • The distinction between the custom and treaty process that are the two main processes by which rules of international law are created, modified, and terminated.
  • The relationship between international law and national law
  • The consequences of a breach of international law.

"This subject is intended to give students a sophisticated understanding of public international law and issues arising from it." (Quoted in part from the University of London L.L.B. Subject Outlines.)

 

RL 414 - REVENUE LAW
3 Units | No CD-ROM

This is the study of taxes; direct taxes, indirect taxes, ad valorem taxes, income taxes, inheritance taxes, capital gains taxes, individual taxes, corporate taxes and the implications of legal advice regarding the above mentioned. Since much of taxation involves federal legislation, particular attention will be paid to federal law.

 

TCP 416 - TRIAL COURT PRACTICES
3 Units | No CD-ROM

This subject recognizes the need for the academic minded law student to also be familiar with the hands-on day-to-day operations of a law practice. Pursuant to the Practical Training of Law Students Act, qualified advanced law students can under the direct supervision of a practicing lawyer argue cases in court.

 

UCC 419 - UNIFORM COMMERCIAL CODE
3 Units | No CD-ROM

Uniform Commercial Code is not officially a bar required course, however, it crosses over in Contracts, Commercial Law and Real Property courses. The student should be particularly familiar with Sections 2 and 9 of the UCC.

 

CIL 420 - CONFLICTS OF INDIAN LAW
 6 Units | No CD-ROM

This course will focus on conflicting assertions of Tribal , Federal and State Authority as it affects Indian tribes on Indian country. The objective of the course is to facilitate a deeper understanding of the origins, essence and trajectory of current doctrine and theory defining the scope and limits of Tribal, Federal and State power as it affects Indian country.

 

FIL 421 - FEDERAL INDIAN LAW
 6 Units | No CD-ROM

Special attention is given to Federal Statutes that pertain specifically to Native Americans. Examples include; civil rights, self-governance, religious freedom and cultural freedom. These statutes and the above principles of law are discussed in the context of self-determination.

 

INTRO NAL 422 - INTRODUCTIVE TO NATIVE AMERICAN LAW
 6 Units | No CD-ROM

This course encompasses the development of Indian Law from the late eighteenth century to the present. Special emphasis is given to unique principles of law concerning tribal sovereignty; tribal regulation of non-Indians; the Federal trust relationship; tribal hunting, fishing and water rights; treaties; casinos and reservation economic development.

 

TGL 423 - TRIBAL GOVERNMENT LAW
6 Units | No CD-ROM

This course examines the power of the Indian tribe and the relationships among the various tribes; the various states of the Union; and the United States government.

 

TNRL 424 - TRIBAL NATURAL RESOURCES LAW
6 Units | No CD-ROM

As the course name implies, this topic addresses the various natural resource treaties and laws concerning hunting, fishing, farming, ranching, ingress and egress across tribal lands This course also interfaces with Federal Environmental Protection Agency standards.

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