Academics

First Year Full-Time

Fall Semester

5300  CIVIL PROCEDURE I

An introduction to the organization of federal and state courts, principles of jurisdiction, and procedural rules for civil cases.  Topics include:  pleadings, class actions, pretrial motions, discovery, venue, joinder, res judicata, collateral estoppel, summary judgment, non-jury trials, claims and issue preclusion, binding effects of adjudication and appellate review.

3 credits

5000  CONTRACTS I

The law of enforceable promises, including contract formation, interpretation, conditions, performance, assignment and delegation, third-party beneficiary contracts, breach, justifications and excuses for nonperformance, remedies, promissory estoppels and restitution.  Emphasis is placed on classic contract doctrine, the sales of goods under Article 2 of the Uniform Commercial Code and other commercial legislation.

3 credits

5792  LEGAL METHODS I

Legal Methods I is a three-tiered course that includes the following components:  (1) case analysis and legal method; (2) legal research; and (3) legal writing.  The primary purpose of this course is to teach legal analysis, legal method, and legal writing.  The objective of this course is to teach students legal writing techniques by developing their skills in legal analysis, case synthesis, and application of the law to relevant facts.

In order to accomplish this objective, the major emphasis of the course is legal analysis, synthesizing, and legal writing.  Proficient development of these skill sets will aid students in writing substantive course and bar examination essays, drafting legal documents, and cultivating critical reading and analytical skills.

3 credits

5400  PROPERTY I

A study of the acquisition, ownership, and transfer of property.  Topics include an analysis of ownership concepts, rights of possession, future interests, concurrent interests, landlord and tenant issues, common law principles, gifts, estates in land, licenses, easements, restrictive covenants, contracts for the sale of land, conveyancing, mortgages, recording systems and land use regulation.

3 credits

5700  TORTS I

The history and development of the legal principles underlying non-contractual civil wrongs at common law and under modern statutes are studied together with analysis of the responsibility in tort for wrongs to the person and property.  Topics include: intentional acts, liability without fault, negligence, privacy rights and harm to reputation.

3 credits

Spring Semester

5301  CIVIL PROCEDURE II

An introduction to the organization of federal and state courts, principles of jurisdiction, and procedural rules for civil cases.  Topics include:  pleadings, class actions, pretrial motions, discovery, venue, joinder, res judicata, collateral estoppel, summary judgment, non-jury trials, claims and issue preclusion, binding effects of adjudication and appellate review.

3 credits

5001  CONTRACTS II

The law of enforceable promises, including contract formation, interpretation, conditions, performance, assignment and delegation, third-party beneficiary contracts, breach, justifications and excuses for nonperformance, remedies, promissory estoppels and restitution.  Emphasis is placed on classic contract doctrine, the sales of goods under Article 2 of the Uniform Commercial Code and other commercial legislation.

3 credits

5501  CONSITUTIONAL LAW I

Historical and legal analysis of the basic constitutional framework of the American system of government with an emphasis on the sources and limits of federal and Supreme Court jurisdiction, allocation of powers between the federal government and states, separation of powers, congressional regulatory power under the Commerce Clause and the guarantees of individual rights.

3 credits

5793  LEGAL METHODS II

Legal Methods II is a multi-faceted course that includes these components (1) legal analysis and legal method; (2) legal research; and (3) legal writing.  The chief purpose of this legal writing course is to teach persuasive legal writing, legal methods, case analysis, statutory analysis, and legal research.

Students will continue to develop the above-mentioned skills in the second half of the Legal Methods course, as these skills are essential for preparing a legal memorandum, trial brief, appellate brief, and oral argument.  Additionally, the course curriculum includes intensive instruction on law school examination and bar examination essay-writing skills.

2 credits

5401  PROPERTY II

A study of the acquisition, ownership, and transfer of property.  Topics include an analysis of ownership concepts, rights of possession, future interests, concurrent interests, landlord and tenant issues, common law principles, gifts, estates in land, licenses, easements, restrictive covenants, contracts for the sale of land, conveyancing, mortgages, recording systems and land use regulation.

2 credits

5701  TORTS II

The history and development of the legal principles underlying non-contractual civil wrongs at common law and under modern statutes are studied together with analysis of the responsibility in tort for wrongs to the person and property.  Topics include: intentional acts, liability without fault, negligence, privacy rights and harm to reputation.

2 credits