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  The School of Law - Newark 2004-2006 Course Listing Required Courses  

Required Courses

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Civil Procedure (4 or 5) A study of adjudication in modern legal systems and of the roles of participating lawyers -- from the initial decision to adjudicate through to a final disposition. Focus upon persistent problems common to various kinds of formal adjudication, approached from functional, comparative, and historical perspectives. The 4-credit course is offered in the evening for part-time students; the 5-credit course is offered during the day for full-time students.
Constitutional Law (4 or 5) A study of the origin and operation of the doctrine of judicial review in the litigation of constitutional questions; an examination of the doctrine of separation of powers; a study of the operation of the federal system of government through an analysis of the constitutional problems associated with interstate and foreign commerce; the protection of civil liberties and civil rights; procedural and substantive due process of law. The 4-credit course is offered in the evening for part-time students; the 5-credit course is offered during the day for full-time students.
Contracts (4) Covers the law`s treatment of voluntary obligations. The bases for enforcing promises such as consideration, bargain, and reliance are explored, as are quasi-contractual obligations. The mechanics of contract formation, including formalities and the effects of adopting a writing, are also covered. Particular attention is paid to the interpretation of contract and identification of breach, and the subject of remedies and the interests protected by various methods of contract enforcement and calculation of damages. Other topics covered may include conditions, order of performance, and measures used to incorporate realities external to the classic contract, such as justifications for nonperformance and the concept of relational contracts.
Criminal Law (3) A study of the substantive criminal law as a means of social control. Evaluation of the considerations which do, or should, determine what behavior is criminal. Appraisal of the factors which bear on the treatment or punishment to be imposed for such conduct.
Legal Research, Writing, and Analysis I,II (1,2) Covers how to research legal sources, analyze legal issues, and write objective and persuasive documents. Students research, draft, and revise several objective memoranda, a trial brief, and an appellate brief that cover a wide variety of legal topics. Students present an appellate oral argument in the spring term.
Property (4) An introduction to real property, with special emphasis on possessory estates and basic concepts such as possession, ownership, and title. Rights in the land of another and a brief introduction to future interests and, at times, to personal property also included.
Torts (4) The study of the nature of civil wrongs and of elementary jurisprudential conceptions concerning liability. Intentional torts and their relations to the law of crimes, the law of negligence, theories of causation and their philosophical foundations, products liability and other forms of liability without fault, and professional malpractice, affirmative defenses, comparative fault; damages, insurance, and alternatives to the torts system may also be discussed.
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