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Legal English II


1. Introduction


Topics

  • The American Common Law System
  • Sources of Law in the U.S. Legal System
  • How an American Attorney Utilizes Statutes and Case Law
  • Beyond the Court System: Procedures for Resolving Parties' Disputes without Trial

Materials

CALI Lessons


2. Briefing Cases


Topics

  • Issue
  • Relevant Facts
  • Procedural Facts
  • Rules of Law
  • Holding
  • Reasoning
  • Legal and Factual Arguments for the Plaintif
  • Legal and Factual Arguments for the Defendant
  • Legal and Factual Arguments for Third Parties

Materials

  • WOJCIK, Mark E., Introduction to Legal English: An Introduction to Legal Terminology, Reasoning, and Writing for Lawyers and Business Professionals Who Speak English as a Second Language. 3d ed. U.S., International Law Institute, 2009. Lesson 7
  • Supplementary: Cohen Morris L. and Kent Olson, Legal Research in a Nutshell. 10th ed. U.S., West, 2010.

CALI Lessons


3. Constitutional Law


Topics

  • The Ratification of the Constitution
  • Federalism
  • Separation of Powers
  • Constitutional Amendments
  • Constitutional Interpretation
  • Congressional Power
  • Presidential Power
  • Protection of Individual Rights under the Constitution

Materials

  • Podgor, Ellen S. and John F. Cooper, Overview of U.S. Law. U.S., LexisNexis, 2009. Chapter 7
  • Supplementary: Baker, Thomas E. and Jerre S Williams, Constitutional Analysis in a Nutshell. 2d ed. U.S., West, 2003.
  • Supplementary: Barron, Jerome A. and C. Thomas Dienes, Constitutional Law in a Nutshell, 7th ed. U.S., West, 2009.
  • Supplementary: Marks, Jr., Thomas C., State Constitutional Law in a Nutshell. 2d ed. U.S., West, 2003.
  • Supplementary: Vieira, Norman, Constitutional Civil Rights in a Nutshell. 3d ed. U.S., West, 2001.
  • Supplementary: Constitutional Law Prof Blog

CALI Lessons


4. Contracts


Topics

  • Sources of Contract Law
  • Contract Formation
  • Content and Meaning of a Contract
  • Performance of the Contract
  • Breach
  • Excuse
  • Remedies
  • Policing the Contract
  • Promissory Estoppel
  • Restitution
  • Statute of Frauds
  • Third Party Beneficiaries

Materials

  • Podgor, Ellen S. and John F. Cooper, Overview of U.S. Law. U.S., LexisNexis, 2009. Chapter 2
  • Supplementary: ROHWER, Claude D. and Anthony M. Skrocki, Contracts in a Nutshell. 7th ed. U.S., West, 2010.
  • Supplementary: ContractsProf Blog

CALI Lessons


5. Torts


Topics

  • Background
  • Intentional Torts
  • Negligence
  • Strict Liability
  • Products Liability
  • Defamation
  • Privacy
  • Business Torts
  • Other Torts
  • Structure of a Lawsuit in Tort Action

Materials

  • Podgor, Ellen S. and John F. Cooper, Overview of U.S. Law. U.S., LexisNexis, 2009. Chapter 3
  • SupplementaryKionka, Edward J, Torts in a Nutshell. 5th ed. U.S., West, 2010.
  • Supplementary: TortsProf Blog

CALI Lessons


6. Business Associations


Topics

  • Forms of Business Organizations
  • Agency
  • Partnership
  • Development of Corporate Law
  • The Structure of the Corporation
  • Fiduciary Duties
  • Closely-Held Businesses
  • Third-Party Liability
  • Extraordinary Transactions
  • Federal Securities Law

Materials

  • Podgor, Ellen S. and John F. Cooper, Overview of U.S. Law. U.S., LexisNexis, 2009. Chapter 11
  • SuplementaryHamilton, Robert W. and Richard D. Freer, The Law of Corporations in a Nutshell. 6th ed. U.S., West, 2010.
  • Suplementary: Shade, Joseph, Business Associations in a Nutshell. 3d ed. U.S., West, 2009.

CALI Lessons


7. Commercial Law


Topics

  • Article 1. - General Provisions 
  • Article 2. Sales 
  • Article 2A. Leases 
  • Article 3. Negotiable Instruments 
  • Article 4. Bank Deposit 
  • Article 4A. Funds Transfers 
  • Article 5. Letters of Credit 
  • Article 6. Bulk Transfers and [Revised] - Bulk Sales 
  • Article 7. Warehouse Receipts, Bills of Lading and Other Documents of Title 
  • Article 8. Investment Securities
  • Article 9. Secured Transactions

Materials

  • UCC: Uniform Commercial Code
  • Suplementary: Stone, Bradford and Kristen David Adams, Uniform Commercial Code in a Nutshell. 7th ed. U.S., West, 2008.

CALI Lessons


8. Criminal Justice


Topics

  • Criminal Justice System Basics
  • Steps in the Criminal Process
  • Elements of Crimes
  • Acts
  • Mental States
  • Inchoate Crimes
  • Complicity
  • Defenses

Materials

  • Podgor, Ellen S. and John F. Cooper, Overview of U.S. Law. U.S., LexisNexis, 2009. Chapter 4
  • Suplementary: Butterfoss, Edwin, Suspect’s Right to Counsel
  • Suplementary: Israel, Jerold H. and Wayne R. LaFave, Nutshell on Criminal Procedure - Constitutional Limitations. 7th ed. U.S., West, 2006.
  • Suplementary: Loewy, Arnold H., Criminal Law in a Nutshell. 5th ed. U.S., West, 2009.
  • Supplementary: CrimProf Blog

CALI Lessons


9. Civil Procedure


Topics

  • Subject Matter Jurisdiction
  • Personal Jurisdiction
  • An Overview of a Civil Trial
  • Appeals
  • Enforcing Judgments
  • Attorneys' Fees
  • Final and Binding Effect of Judgements

Materials

  • Podgor, Ellen S. and John F. Cooper, Overview of U.S. Law. U.S., LexisNexis, 2009. Chapter 5
  • Suplementary: Kane, Mary Kay, Civil Procedure in a Nutshell. 6th ed. U.S., West, 2007.
  • Civil Procedure & Federal Courts Blog

CALI Lessons


10. More CALI Lessons


Legal Research

Legal Writing

Foreign & International Law

Arbitration



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