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Core Course Descriptions
1. Civil Litigation
The graduate, under the supervision of a lawyer, will be able to: prepare summonses, complaints and other pleadings; participate in motion practice; digest transcripts of depositions; summarize trial testimony; index documents and exhibits; act as librarian for trial documents and prepare exhibits for trial. The course introduces basic tort and contract law, together with certain jurisdictional considerations.
2. Criminal Law
The graduate, under the supervision of a lawyer, will be able to: assist the attorney in client interviews; draft pretrial motions, assist in conducting discovery, assist in trial preparation and draft post-conviction pleadings.
3. Family Law (Includes exposure to Family Software-Divorce Financials, CIS)
The graduate, under the supervision of a lawyer, will be able to: interview a matrimonial client; draft a summons and complaint; draft and answer interrogatories; organize and digest information obtained through discovery; assist the attorney in preparing for depositions; assist the attorney in trial preparation; draft settlement agreements; participate in motion practice, and draft final judgments.
4. Legal Research and Writing (Includes exposure to WestlawNext and Lexis/Nexis Academic)
The graduate will become familiar with the American legal system, including the courts and the legislature; judicial reports (including federal and state reports); constitutions, statutes and ordinances; basic citation forms, case finding techniques in digest, encyclopedias, annotated law reports; other secondary research tools, including Shepard's Citations; miscellaneous research aids and non-legal research aids; case analysis and briefing; memorandum format and writing; legal brief writing and use of computerized legal research.
The graduate will be able to avoid the unintentional violation of the ethical duties placed directly on attorneys and indirectly on paralegals. The graduate will have a working knowledge of the applicable disciplinary rules and ethics opinions to be able to function ethically under an attorney's supervision.
6. Corporate Law
Graduates learn the distinguishing legal attributes of various types of business organizations including the sole proprietorship, general and limited partnerships, limited liability companies and corporate forms. Under the supervision of an attorney, students should be able to evaluate when and how each form of business might be advisable for particular clients; identify and evaluate the obligations, responsibilities and potential liability of business owners and management; and perform fundamental tasks necessary for the formation, legal maintenance, regulatory compliance and dissolution of various types of business entities.
7. Real Estate & Mortgages
The graduate, under the supervision of a lawyer, will be able to: draft deeds, contracts of sale and leases; prepare closing statements utilizing appropriate formulae and complete a HUD-RESPA form; assemble evidence for quiet title and foreclosure actions; deal with title guaranty representatives regarding title search and the "abstract", and draft mortgages and deeds of trust.
8. Estates, Trust & Wills
The graduate, under the supervision of a lawyer, will be able to: assist in preparation of documents associated with estate planning; participate in the collection of assets, valuation of assets and maintenance of records; draft wills and trusts for review; complete federal and state tax returns; prepare court forms from account records; draft periodic statements for estates, trusts and individuals.