Current Students

First Year Required Curriculum

 

DAY STUDENTS

 

Fall Semester

Civil Procedure I
Contracts I
Legal Methods I
Property I
Torts I
 

Spring Semester

Civil Procedure II
Constitutional Law I
Contracts II
Legal Methods II
Property II
Torts II

 

Civil Procedure I & II

An introduction to the organization of the federal and state courts, principles of jurisdiction, and procedural rules for civil cases. Topics include: pleadings, class actions, pretrial motions, discovery, venue, joinder of claims and parties, res judicata, collateral estoppel, summary judgment, non-jury and jury trials, claim and issue preclusion, binding effects of adjudication, and appellate review.

Faculty:
Robert Abrams
 

 

Contracts I & II

The law of enforceable promises, including contract formation, interpretation, conditions, performance, assignment and delegation, third-party beneficiary con- tracts, breach, justifications and excuses for nonperformance, remedies, promissory estoppel and restitution. Emphasis is placed on classic contract doctrine, the sales of goods under Article 2 of the Uniform Commercial Code and other commercial legislation.

Faculty:
Rhoda Pierre Cato
Jonathan Fineman
Ronald Griffin

 

Constitutional Law I

Historical and legal analysis of the basic constitutional framework of the American system of government with an emphasis on the sources and limits of federal and Supreme Court jurisdiction, allocation of powers between the federal government and states, separation of powers, congressional regulatory power under the commerce clause, and the guarantees of individual rights.

Faculty:
Patricia Broussard
Joseph Richard Hurt

 

Legal Methods I & II

The primary purpose of Legal Methods I is to teach legal analysis, legal method, and legal writing. The objective of this course is to teach students legal writing techniques by developing their skills in legal analysis, case synthesis, and application of the law to relevant facts. Proficient development of these skill sets will aid students in writing in substantive course and bar examination essays, drafting legal documents, and cultivating critical reading and analytical skills. The chief purpose of Legal Methods II is to teach persuasive legal writing, legal methods, case analysis, statutory analysis, and legal research. Students will continue to develop these skills in Legal Methods II, as these skills are essential for preparing a legal memorandum, trial brief, appellate brief, and oral argument. Additionally, the course curriculum includes intensive instruction on law school examination and bar examination essay-writing skills.

Faculty:
William Henslee 
Kristy Corker
Caroleen Dineen
Lori Ross
Tonya Walker
Robert Minarcin
Rebecca Olavarria

 

Property I & II

A study of the acquisition, ownership, and transfer of property. Topics include an analysis of ownership concepts, rights of possession, future interests, concurrent interests, landlord and tenant issues, common law principles, gifts, estates in land, licenses, easements, restrictive covenants, contracts for the sale of land, conveyancing, mortgages, recording systems and land use regulation.

Faculty:
Rhonda Reeves
Tshaka Randall

 

Torts I & II

The history and development of the legal principles underlying non-contractual civil wrongs at common law and under modern statutes are studied together with an analysis of the responsibility in tort for wrongs to the person and property. Topics include: intentional acts, liability without fault, negligence, privacy rights and harm to reputation.

Faculty:
Deleso Alford
Nicola Boothe-Perry
Jeffery Brown


EVENING STUDENTS

 

Fall Semester

Civil Procedure I
Contracts I
Legal Methods I
Property I
Torts I

 

Spring Semester

Civil Procedure II
Contracts II
Legal Methods II
Property II
Torts II

 

 

Civil Procedure I & II

An introduction to the organization of the federal and state courts, principles of jurisdiction, and procedural rules for civil cases. Topics include: pleadings, class actions, pretrial motions, discovery, venue, joinder of claims and parties, res judicata, collateral estoppel, summary judgment, non-jury and jury trials, claim and issue preclusion, binding effects of adjudication, and appellate review.

Faculty:
John Paul Jones

 

Contracts I & II

The law of enforceable promises, including contract formation, interpretation, conditions, performance, assignment and delegation, third-party beneficiary con- tracts, breach, justifications and excuses for nonperformance, remedies, promissory estoppel and restitution. Emphasis is placed on classic contract doctrine, the sales of goods under Article 2 of the Uniform Commercial Code and other commercial legislation.

Faculty:
John Duncan

 

Legal Methods I & II

The primary purpose of Legal Methods I is to teach legal analysis, legal method, and legal writing. The objective of this course is to teach students legal writing techniques by developing their skills in legal analysis, case synthesis, and application of the law to relevant facts. Proficient development of these skill sets will aid students in writing in substantive course and bar examination essays, drafting legal documents, and cultivating critical reading and analytical skills. The chief purpose of Legal Methods II is to teach persuasive legal writing, legal methods, case analysis, statutory analysis, and legal research.  Students will continue to develop these skills in Legal Methods II, as these skills are essential for preparing a legal memorandum, trial brief, appellate brief, and oral argument. Additionally, the course curriculum includes intensive instruction on law school examination and bar examination essay-writing skills.

Faculty:
William Henslee
Kristy Corker
Robert Minarcin
Rebeeca Olavarria

Property I & II

A study of the acquisition, ownership, and transfer of property. Topics include an analysis of ownership concepts, rights of possession, future interests, concurrent interests, landlord and tenant issues, common law principles, gifts, estates in land, licenses, easements, restrictive covenants, contracts for the sale of land, conveyancing, mortgages, recording systems and land use regulation.

Faculty:
Nisé Nekheba

Torts I & II

The history and development of the legal principles underlying non-contractual civil wrongs at common law and under modern statutes are studied together with an analysis of the responsibility in tort for wrongs to the person and property. Topics include: intentional acts, liability without fault, negligence, privacy rights and harm to reputation.

Faculty:
Markita Cooper