This course is the study of the laws of testamentary distribution, intestate succession, and the probate process. Emphasis will be placed on the drafting of testamentary documents, including wills, trusts, living wills, power of attorney physician directives and pre-death transfers. The course will also include the probate process, estate administration and federal and state tax concerns.
This course covers the law of contract formation, requirements for a valid contract, conditions, statute of fraud, third party contract, breach of contract, damages, forms of contact remedies, potential defenses and analysis of fact scenarios and case briefs.
This course covers the completion of judicial council forms attendant to dissolution, and other related family law forms. Marital status, community property, support, custody, and visitation issues are also studied. This course also covers the jurisdictional requirements for filing various family law matters; introduction to family law discovery; and pre-judgment and post-judgment family law issues.
This course is an introductory survey of the pre-litigation, litigation process, jurisdiction, venue, service process and the tools used in trial advocacy. This course will include the preparing of pleadings, discovery tools and responses, learning about the trial process and preparing opening and closing arguments.
This course covers an overview of the general organization of legal resource material, research techniques, “Shepardizing” and citation, and the preparation of legal documents.
This course will cover the study of the power of arrest, relevant federal and California constitutional provisions applicable to a criminal defendant. Students will be introduced to the structures of both the federal and state government including the court systems. Students will be introduced to various types of crimes, their element and possible defenses. Relevant pre-trial procedures will be discussed. Theories for punishing criminal law violators will be explored and case briefing and IRAC concepts will be emphasized to students.
This course is designed to teach students to write well through the use of assignments such as memoranda, briefs, correspondence and other documents used in the legal environment. Emphasis will be placed on grammar, punctuation, composition, and proper writing styles. There will also be assignments designed to build vocabulary and teach correct grammar usage and proper blue book citations.
This course focuses on teaching students legal office procedures through the use of computers in order to prepare them for a career as legal office support staff and be successfully employed in a legal office. This course will provide students with the concepts and attitudes needed to understand the legal office environment and how a legal office is operated and managed. Furthermore, this course will provides students an opportunity to identify the types of activities such as billings, calendaring, case management, drafting pleadings and correspondence that legal support personnel perform. Students will be introduced to ethical issues in the law office and be able to identify the basic elements of professionalism in the legal office.
This is an introductory course in paralegal studies and Criminal Justice. This course introduces students to basic legal concepts, principles and procedures in the study of law. It will provide students with an understanding of the structure of the U.S. legal system including the court systems, both federal and state courts and the history of law in the United States. The Course will further explore the role and functions of the judicial, legislative, and executive branches of the government, the Concepts of federalism and separation of powers. Students will be able to use and understand simple legal vocabulary and knowledge of various legal theories or schools. Students will learn legal reasoning, case analysis and the IRAC method. Students will acquire knowledge of substantive areas of law such as: Criminal Law, Constitutional law and freedom, torts and Contract Law. Ethical Considerations for the legal professionals and duties will be discussed throughout the module.