The first year of Law School covers Introduction to Law, Legal Research & Writing, Contract Law, Criminal Law, and Torts. AHUSOL also provides a First Year Review Course for all enrolled students. All courses are conducted in real-time and students can interact with the instructor and other students. After each class, the lecture is archived and accessible the following day. The following courses will commence starting September 8, 2019:
In this introductory course, the student discovers the basic concepts of law and the history of the American system of jurisprudence and juristic theory that originated from, and was developed and formulated through, the common law of England and is now recognized as an organic part of the jurisprudence of most of the United States. Students are introduced to important legal terminology, basic legal analysis, and practice of the law. An orientation to legal writing is presented, with the goal that students develop their analytical writing skills, case analysis, and legal philosophy and reasoning.
Students will study both the Common Law contractual principles relating to contracts for services and the Uniform Commercial Code contractual principles relating to contracts for goods. They will learn the rules governing the formation of contracts such as offer, acceptance, consideration and defenses, i.e., the Statute of Frauds, incapacity, contractual conditions, and the law pertaining to the enforcement of contracts, liability and remedies for breach of contract, and warranty liability for goods under the Uniform Commercial Code. Finally, the students will study third-party rights and obligation, i.e., third-party beneficiaries, assignments and delegations.
This course is a survey of civil causes of action for which an injured party may seek redress and compensatory relief in court. Students will learn various theories of tort liability including intentional torts to person and property such as assault, battery, false imprisonment, infliction of emotional distress, trespass to land and chattel, and conversion. Students will also examine the law relating to causes of action for ordinary and professional negligence, wrongful death, product liability, and dignitary torts such as invasion or privacy, defamation, constitutional torts and nuisance. They will also examine strict liability causes of action such as animal and products liability. Finally, students will examine tor defenses of privilege, mistake, self-defense, consent, necessity, immunity, contributory and comparative negligence and assumption of the risk.
Student will examine Common Law and modern criminal justice systems including their classification of crimes and the necessary elements of various crimes. Students will study the criminal capability rules applicable to perpetrators such as principals, accessories and accomplices. Students will learn the elements of various crimes committed against person such as homicide, assault, battery, rape and mayhem. Students will also study property crimes such as larceny, embezzlement, false pretenses, receiving stolen property, robbery, burglary and arson. Further, students will examine the inchoate crimes of attempt, solicitation and conspiracy, and will also learn many justifications and excuses including mistake, self-defense, defense of others, crime prevention, force used to justifications and excuses including mistake, self-defense, defense of others, crime prevention, force used to effectuate an arrest, consent, insanity, infancy, intoxication, public authority, duress, necessity and entrapment.
This course will provide students with instruction related to both the concepts behind and practical applications of legal writing, research, and analysis. This course will include instruction in understanding and utilizing primary sources of law including case law, statutory and constitutional law as well as secondary, non-binding sources of law. Students will also receive instruction related to the basics of legal research, both traditional and online, and its importance to the legal process. Students will be introduced to the use and benefits of their Westlaw account.
This course is designed to assist in the student in preparation for the First Year Law Students’ Exam (FYLSX). All of the classes will include substantive review, exploring the answers to multistate questions and analyzing essay techniques and approaches. Every week students are required to write answers to two essays distributed each week. The answers the students submit for the questions will be returned with sample answers.
This term is open to student completing the current First Year Term, returning students who recently passed the First Year Exam, and students looking to transfer from another Law School. Similar to the first year, these courses are conducted in real-time and are archived.
This course examines the rules governing civil proceedings and the jury trial system with emphasis on federal procedural rules. Students will study various phases of civil litigation and learn how to proceed with litigation in a court of law. Students will study the statutory and decisional law related to federalism, allocations of power between state and federal courts, personal and subject matter jurisdiction, rules of pleading, claim and party consolidation, venue, pre and post- trial motion practice, claim and issue preclusion, discovery, summary judgments, dismissals, and the appellate process.
The course provides doctrinal analysis of various common and modern real property rules. Students will examine ownership, possessory, alienable rights and other legal interests in freehold and non- freehold estates, future interest, land covenants, equitable servitudes and easements. Students will study the law related to the recordation, use and transfer of property interests, and landlord/tenant law
Students will learn equitable and legal remedies that are available to civil litigants. They will learn how to allege measure and define the scope of monetary damage awards, restitution, legal fees, constructive trusts and apportionments in tor and contract actions. Students will explore coercive remedies such as temporary restraining orders, preliminary injunctions, permanent injunctions, specific performance, contempt and declaratory relief.
Students will study the rights of the accused in criminal matters by examining various provisions to the Bill of Rights of the United States Constitution. Students will learn the law governing searches and seizures, confessions, double jeopardy, the right to counsel, jury trials, speedy trials, pleas, exclusionary rules, and the appellate rights of an accused to enforce constitutional guarantees
Students will examine the California law relating to community, quasi- community and separate property, the division of marital assets upon divorce and death of a spouse, marital agreements, business assets, commingling of funds, property improvements, spousal liability for community and separate debts, education expenses, spousal rights to pension and disability income, lawsuit settlements, life insurance proceeds, and management and transfer of community property assets.
This course examines the rules governing civil proceedings and the jury trial system with emphasis on California civil procedural rules. Students will study various phases of civil litigation and learn how to proceed with litigation in a court of law. Students will study and contrast Californian and federal civil procedure rules as they relate to federalism allocations of power between state and federal courts, personal and subject matter jurisdiction, rules of pleading, claim and party consolidation, venue, pre and post-trial motion practice, claim and issue preclusion, discovery, summary judgment, dismissals, and the appellate process.
This course is a two-part survey of the law of probate. Students will learn California probate law as it relates to the formation and validity of testamentary wills, intestacy succession, and disposition of probate assets. Then, students will study common law revocable and irrevocable trusts and the statutory, doctrinal and decisional law pertaining to trust creation, modification and termination, trust management, the powers, duties and obligations of trustees, and beneficiary rights.
Course Description This course is a survey of attorneys' legal and ethical obligations, and the standards that are attendant to the practice of law and the legal profession. Students will study California and model statutory codes and decisional law that define an attorney’s legal and ethical obligations to clients, the courts, opposing counsel and the profession. They will study various legal conflicts that may arise during client representation while fulfilling the varying roles of advocate, officer of the court, public icon and working practitioner. Students will study the business and economic aspects of the practice law, restraints on practice, the role of the judiciary and the state bar in enforcing attorney rules of professional conduct, and sanctions for violating the rules.
This course will provide students with instruction related to both the concepts behind and practical applications of legal research, writing and analysis. This course will include instruction in understanding and utilizing primary sources of law including case law, statutory and constitutional law as well as secondary, non-binding sources of law. Students will also receive instruction related to the basics of legal research, both traditional and online, and its importance to the legal process. Lastly, students will be required to draft several legal documents including a legal memorandum and an appellate brief.