Second Year Full-Time

Fall Semester


A study of the fundamentals of basic business associations with an emphasis on closely held businesses.  Students will be introduced to agency concepts while exploring issues related to choice of entity.  Various business forms will be examined, such as general partnerships, limited liability partnerships, limited partnerships, limited liability companies, and privately held corporations.  Corporate issues pertaining to corporations that are not publicly held will also be the focus.  These include incorporation; financing for the small business; payment of dividends; roles of officers, directors, and shareholders; and management’s duty of care and loyalty.

4 credits


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


Introduction to the substantive criminal law from both statutory and common law sources.  Coverage includes the purposes of criminal law, criminal responsibility, theories of punishment, crimes against person and property, and defenses.

3 credits


A comprehensive examination of the problems of proof and the rules of evidence.  Special attention is given to the concept of relevance, hearsay and non-hearsay, character evidence, testimonial proof, impeachment and support, scientific and demonstrative evidence and privileges.

4 credits


Consideration of the ethical problems in the practice of law, the legal constraints on the lawyer’s professional conduct, the role of the lawyer in the legal profession, and the place of the profession in society, including a detailed analysis of the Code of Professional Responsibility.

2 credits

Spring Semester


Introduction to the basic criminal procedure from arrest through judicial review, with an emphasis on the Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, and Fourteenth Amendments to the United States Constitution and their impact on the constitutional rights of the accused.

3 credits


The course deals primarily with the disposition of family wealth, including the passage of property from deceased to living persons for both intestate and testate succession; the rules governing the execution, revocation, and probate of wills; will substitutions; principles governing the modern trust, fiduciary powers, duties and liabilities.

3 credits