Program Timeline

Contracts: Legally enforceable promises, performance of contracts, justification for non-performance, remedies for breach of contract, and an introduction to the Uniform Commercial Code (UCC).

Torts: The law of non-criminal injury including negligence, duty of care, causation, defenses, strict liability, product liability, intentional torts and damages.

Criminal Law: Culpability, definitions of various types of criminal conduct including murder and rape, defenses, justification, and the Model Penal Code.

Property: Acquisition of property, theories of justification for the institution and distribution of property, trespass and nuisance, mechanisms of land use control, landlord-tenant law, and public regulation of property, including housing discrimination and eminent domain.

Constitutional Law: Federal constitutional law, constitutional theory, judicial review, constitutional interpretation, separation of powers, and an introduction to the Fourteenth Amendment's equal protection and due process guarantees.

Civil Procedure: Framework for litigation in a non-criminal trial including jurisdiction, pleadings, motions, discovery, trial, appeal and judgments.

Communication and Legal Research:
Writing skills for legal memos and briefs including legal research techniques and proper legal citation. In the first semester, students write several legal memoranda. The second semester's work consists of brief writing and of oral argument of appellate cases.

Two Electives from a selected set of courses open to first year students during the Spring term.

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