Core Courses Colleges Of Law California


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Core Courses Colleges Of Law California

  1. 1. www.CollegesofLaw.eduCore CoursesFirst YearContracts I and II (6 units)A basic study of the fundamental principles that govern the creation, interpretation,enforcement, and termination of agreements. Course coverage includes the Statute ofFrauds, assignment and delegation of contracts, express and implied contracts, andremedies available for breach of contract.Criminal Law (3 units)This course analyzes the purposes of criminal law, the development of common lawcrimes, and the elements of major crimes against persons and property. Defenses,including the insanity defense, are analyzed.Legal Analysis and Writing (3 units)This course provides an overview of the methods of legal study and analysis, and thetechniques that promote success in law school and on the Bar Examination. Topicscovered include briefing and analysis of case law, outlining, and expressing legalconcepts in writing. Principles of logic, effective writing, and effective argument will bediscussed.Torts I and II (6 units)This course considers the nature and extent of the legal protection afforded againstinterference by others with the security of ones person, property, or intangible interests.The course covers civil liability for intentional and unintentional behavior, the law of
  2. 2. negligence, strict liability, vicarious liability, various forms of immunity, damages andother remedies.Second YearBusiness Associations (3 units)This course provides an introduction to the modern business entities. Among the issuescovered are partnerships, limited liability corporations, and the formation, operation,financing, and control of closely held and public corporations.Civil Procedure I and II (6 units)This course covers the procedural rules governing civil lawsuits, primarily in federalcourts. Topics include the proper court in which to file a lawsuit, joinder of parties andcauses of action, discovery, pretrial motions, conduct of a trial, and conflict between stateand federal judicial systems.Community Property (3 units)A survey of the laws relating to community property in California, the fundamentals ofthat property system, and how it effects virtually every other area of law. Separate andcommunity property, liability for debts and torts, control and management of assets,fiduciary duties between spouses, and the distribution of property on dissolution or deathare analyzed in this course.Real Property I and II (6 units)An analysis of basic property concepts, including the definition, acquisition and transferof real property. Principal areas covered include the history of land transactions,landlord/tenant relations, land development, public and private control of land use, non-possessory rights in land, covenants and restrictions on the land, and recordation and titlesearches.Third YearConstitutional Law I and II (6 units)An examination of the United States Constitution, principles of constitutional law, andthe concept of judicial review. Course coverage includes the protection of individualrights, freedom of speech and religion, due process, equal protection, and limitations onthe exercise of government powers.
  3. 3. Evidence I and II (4 units)A study of the rules and standards which govern the use of evidence in a legalproceeding. Primary emphasis is on the basic concept of relevance, hearsay, cross-examination, impeachment of witnesses, privileged communications, presumptions, andburdens of proof.Professional Responsibility (2 units)An overview of the role of an attorney in society, the attorney-client relationship, ethicalstandards, and the responsibility of an attorney to the client, court, and public.Remedies (3 units)This course examines the availability and limitations of equitable and legal remedies,focusing on injunctions, specific performance, rescission, restitution, and other remediesin civil lawsuits.Wills and Trusts (3 units)A study of the law of wills, intestate succession, and trusts. Topics covered includemethods of disposing of property during an individuals life and after, contest of wills,gifts to charity, trust administration, fiduciary obligations, future interests, and probate.Fourth Year*Constitutional Criminal Procedure (3 units)An exploration of the basic constitutional issues underlying the criminal justice systemand the limitations placed on government in its attempt to enforce the criminal law.Specifically covered are the exclusionary rules, arrest, search and seizure, identificationof suspects, bail, the right to counsel, and the right to a jury trial.Statutory Interpretation (3 units)This course will consider the legislative process and basic techniques of statutoryinterpretation, the process by which courts determine the meaning of statutes. Studentswill study basic canons of statutory interpretation, approaches to legislative history, andother issues arising in the interpretation and application of statutes. Because statutes andtheir regulatory counterparts now govern a wide variety of legal issues, skill in theobservant reading of statutory law is one all attorneys should cultivate.Advanced Legal Writing (2 units)This course covers advanced writing techniques, particularly those needed to writepersuasive documents clearly, accurately and consistently. Students will practice thesetechniques by examining, researching, and drafting a variety of legal documents, such aslegal memoranda, pleadings, opinion letters, and briefs.
  4. 4. Trial Evidence (3 units)This course will develop proficiency in the practical application of the rules of evidencein both federal and California state trial courts. Using hypothetical problems and in-classrole-playing, students will apply evidentiary rules and trial procedures in various contextsto move for or oppose the introduction of evidence.Trial Practice (3 units)This course provides the student with actual, hands-on experience in a variety ofsimulated trial situations involving criminal litigation. Students handle a wide range ofmatters, such as pleadings, pre-trial discovery, motions, and evidentiary issues. They alsohave opportunities to prepare and argue motions, make opening and closing statements,introduce and object to evidence, and examine and cross-examine witnesses. The coursemay conclude with a mock trial, held before a jury in a Ventura Hall of Justice or SantaBarbara Superior Court courtroom*In the Fall semester, for students who have otherwise met graduation requirements andwish to take a minimum course load of six units in their last semester, the requiredcurriculum will consist of Constitutional Criminal Procedure and Advanced LegalWriting.Because students may graduate at the end of Fall semester, courses offered in the Springsemester are optional except that any student enrolling in Spring semester must take sixunits.Summer Session/FlexibleThese required courses are taught annually at each campus during Summer session,except that students may complete the Legal Internship requirement at any time afterbecoming an advanced student.Legal Internship (Units vary)All students participate in Legal Internship by earning at least one unit of academic creditby working as interns for practicing attorneys or judges. Up to eight (one required andseven elective) units of academic credit may be earned.Legal Research (2 units)An introduction to the tools and methods of legal research in primary and secondarysources. Emphasis is placed on federal and California materials, including constitutions,statutes, cases, and regulations, in both print and electronic media.
  5. 5. Legal Writing (2 units)This course focuses on the essential skills needed to write predictive legal memoranda,including techniques of legal analysis, organization, citation, drafting, and revision.Bar Studies (2 units)This course will emphasize the analytical, writing, time-management and organizationalskills necessary to prepare for the California General Bar Exam. Students will have theopportunity to become familiar with the subjects tested and formats presented by theexam, including essay, multiple choice and performance test sections. Study and exam-taking strategies will be examined in the context of several bar-tested subjects. Apply at