PART I. THE LEGAL ENVIRONMENT.
1. The Nature of Law and Critical Legal Thinking.
Introduction. What Is Law? Schools of Jurisprudential Thought. History of American Law. Sources of Law in the United States. Critical Legal Thinking.
2. The American Court System.
Introduction. State Court System. Federal Court System. Jurisdiction of Federal and State Courts.
3. Civil Litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution.
Introduction. The Pleadings. Discovery. Pretrial Motions. Settlement Conference. The Trial. The Appeal. Alternative Dispute Resolution.
4. Criminal Law and Ethics.
Introduction. Definition of a Crime. Classification of Crimes. Essential Elements of a Crime. Criminal Acts as Basis for Tort Actions. Criminal Procedure. Crimes Affecting Business. White-Collar Crimes. Inchoate Crimes. Constitutional Safeguards. Law and Ethics.
5. Constitutional Law and Freedoms.
Introduction. Basic Constitutional Concepts. The Supremacy Clause. The Commerce Clause. The Bill of Rights. Other Constitutional Clauses. Administrative Agencies.
PART II. BASIC LAW.
6. Torts and Product Liability.
Introduction. Intentional Torts Against Persons. Intentional Torts Against Property. Unintentional Torts (Negligence). Special Negligence Doctrines. Defenses Against Negligence. Product Liability.
7. Contracts and E-Commerce.
Introduction. Definition of and Parties to a Contract. Requirements of a Contract. Agreement. Consideration. Capacity to Contract. Lawful Object. Statute of Frauds—Writing Requirement. Assignment of Rights. Third-Party Beneficiaries. Performance. Remedies. The Uniform Commercial Code (UCC).
8. Real and Personal Property.
Introduction. Personal Property. Bailments. Real Property. Freehold Estates. Future Interests. Concurrent Ownership. Transfer of Ownership of Real Property. Landlord-Tenant Relationship. Land-Use Control.
9. Family Law.
Introduction. Premarriage Issues. Marriage. Parents and Children. Adoption. Marriage Termination. Child Custody. Financial Considerations Associated with the Termination of a Marriage. Prenuptial Agreements.
10. Wills, Trusts, and Estates.
Introduction. Wills. Special Types of Wills. Types of Testamentary Gifts. Special Issues Concerning Wills. Inestate Succession. Probate. Trusts.
PART III. ADVANCED LAW.
11. Business Organizations.
Introduction. Sole Proprietorship. General Partnership. Limited Partnership. Limited Liability Partnership (LLP). Limited Liability Company (LLC). Corporations. Franchise. Licensing.
12. Agency, Employment, and Equal Opportunity Law.
Introduction. Agency. Independent Contractor. Workers' Compensation. Occupational Safety and Health Act. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA). Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA). Labor Union Law.
13. Credit, Suretyship, and Bankruptcy.
Introduction. Unsecured and Secured Credit. Security Interests in Real Property. Security Interests in Personal Property. Surety and Guaranty Arrangements. Federal Bankruptcy Law. Chapter 7 Liquidation Bankruptcy. Chapter 13 Consumer Debt Adjustment. Chapter 11 Reorganization Bankruptcy.
14. Intellectual Property and Internet Law.
Introduction. Trade Secrets. Patents. Copyrights. Trademarks. The Internet.
15. Administrative Law, Consumer, Investor, and Environmental Protection.
Introduction. Administrative Law. Consumer Protection. Investor Protection. Environmental Protection.
Cases for Briefing.
The Constitution of the United States.
Analysis Using the Code of Ethics for the National Association of Legal Assistants, Inc.
Basic Citation Reference Guide.