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Fall 2012 Class Descriptions: First-Year Required

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Civil Procedure I (Staff)

3 credit(s)

Civil Procedure is the study of procedural rules governing civil actions in state and federal courts. The topics studied throughout the year include selection of the proper court and place for litigation, jurisdiction over the parties, joinder of parties and claims, contents of pleadings, discovery, pre-trial motions, conduct of trials, and conflicts between state and federal judicial systems.

Note: Required for first-year day-division students.

Criminal Law (Staff)

4 credit(s)
Concentration(s): Criminal Law (LLMC), Criminal Law (LLMG)

The purpose of criminal law, the development of the common law of crimes, the elements of the widely recognized criminal offenses, and the changes brought about by major statutes in connection with their effect on the present-day systems of criminal justice in the United States are explored in this course.

Introduction to the Study of Law (Staff)

1 credit(s)

Introduction to the Study of law is a 1-credit, fall semester-only course designed to provide first-year law students with an introduction to the legal system and profession, and to assist in the development of analytical reasoning skills. The course provides students with an introduction to legal education, the legal profession, and the legal system in general. Topics include: the structure of the American government and court systems; types, sources and meanings of law; tools of interpretation; techniques for understanding and analyzing legal problems; and professionalism. The course also introduces students to professional skills opportunities while in law school and techniques in organization, time-management, and exam preparation. Student learning will be evaluated through short writing assignments and objective in-class quizzes. This course is graded on a “pass/fail” basis.

Legal Writing & Research I (Staff)

2 credit(s)

Legal Writing and Research (LWR) I is the first part of a two-semester program introducing students to the tools lawyers use to analyze, research, and frame legal positions and communicate them in predictive office memoranda. Students practice and actively learn legal writing and research skills by creating multiple drafts of office memoranda and conducting both print and computer-assisted legal research. The course is offered in small sections with very low student-faculty ratios so that faculty may provide individualized and frequent feedback on student work. Required for first-year students.

Torts (Staff)

4 credit(s)

An exploration of the principles involved in determining whether an injured person should be compensated for harm caused by another, including such diverse topics as intentional harms, negligence, and strict liability.

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