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Certificate in Legal Studies

Introduction to Law (LSINTLAW)

Note: Required
Requirements:

Class Description
Provides students with an overview of law covering legal history, foundations of legal authority, nature of a lawsuit, concept of jurisdiction, legal terminology and basic concepts, structure of the court system, a brief survey of the substantive law including civil procedure, torts, contracts, corporations, criminal law and real property.


Drafting Legal Instruments (LSDRALEG)

Note: Required
Requirements:

Class Description
Teaches practical skills for assisting lawyers in drafting basic legal documents, including affidavits, complaints, motions, wills and contracts. Students learn the basic components of these documents, where to find and how to use standard legal forms, and fundamental principles of effective legal writing.


Contracts (LSCONTRA)

Note: Required
Requirements: Business Law: A Hands-On Approach, 1st Edition by Neal R. Bevans, Western Piedmont Community College, 2006. ISBN-10: 1401833535, ISBN-13: 9781401833534

Class Description
Students study contract formation, defenses to the existence of contracts, the different kinds of contracts, contracts for the sale of land (real property) and the Uniform Commercial Code which involves contracts for the sale of goods in the United States.


Legal Research and Writing (LSLEGRES)

Note: Required
Requirements:

Class Description
This course teaches students the fundamentals of legal research, kinds of law books, casebooks and treatises, official vs unofficial reporters, hands-on computer and library research, how to Shepardize cases and the basics of writing a legal memo.


Litigation (LSLITIGA)

Note: Required
Requirements:

Class Description
A continuation of Intro to Law, this course focuses on causes of action, statutes of limitation, pleadings, provisional remedies, discovery, EBTs, motions to dismiss, summary judgment, settlement conferences, evidence, judicial discretion, judgments, enforcement and appeals.


NOTE: If you would like take additional courses, you can do so and pay for each additional elective $550; if you complete between two or more electives, you will get an advanced certificate.

Constitutional Law (LSCONLAW)

Note: Elective
Requirements:

Class Description
The United States Constitution is the foundation of the United States government and its legal system and the supreme law of the land. It sets up and delineates each branch of the federal government and sets forth the basic rights citizens have with respect to their government.  This course introduces students to the United States Constitution, its Articles, the Bill of Rights and its various amendments.  It addresses the powers and responsibilities of the Legislative, Executive and Judicial branches of government and the relationship of the Federal government to the States.  The course will focus on the provisions of the Constitution and how courts have interpreted its provisions to resolve disputes and decide cases.


Criminal Procedure (LSCRIPRO)

Note: Elective
Requirements:

Class Description
The objectives of this course are to (1) learn the law of criminal procedure through an understanding of the principles of law by examining real problems, challenges and cases, (2) gain knowledge of constitutional rights in the context of criminal law, (3) focus on the concept of reasonableness of restraints on those rights, (4) gain an understanding of the public policy considerations underlying the substantive criminal law and the manner in which such policies are effectuated through criminal procedural requirements, and (5) study specific procedural law issue/requirements, including right to counsel, exclusionary rule; search warrant; permissible warrantless searches; stop and frisk, entrapment, wiretapping, confessions, lineups, jury selection, voir dire, negotiated pleas and post-conviction relief.


Torts (LSTORT)

Note: Elective (not offered this semester)
Requirements:

Class Description
This class discusses the various kinds of torts (assault, defamation, negligence, medical malpractice, products liability, infliction of emotional distress, etc.) and the elements which need to be proven: various features of the CPLR (the basic guidebook of civil actions in New York), tort doctrines such as comparative negligence, res ipsa loquitur and assumption of risk.


Business Law Corporation (LSBUSLAW)

Note: Elective
Requirements:

Class Description
The Business Law seminar presents an overview of the primary business entities: corporations, LLCs and partnerships, what they are, how they are formed, and the legal ramifications of each.  We will also discuss business litigation such as "piercing the corporate veil," unfair competition, trademarks and trade secrets, with an introduction to debtor/creditor issues.


Landlord & Tenant (LSLANTEN)

Note: Elective (not offered this semester)
Requirements:

Class Description
This course is taught by a long-time New York City judge in the Housing Part of Civil Court of the City of New York. He discusses his own experience in the areas of landlord responsibility, the eviction process, problems faced by tenants, rent control, stabilization, open market issues and general NYC Housing Law.



Criminal Law (LSCRILAW)

Note: Elective (not offered this semester)
Requirements:

Class Description
This course covers selected topics in substantive criminal law: principles underlying the definition of crime such as the requirements of actus reus and mens rea and general doctrines such as ignorance of fact and ignorance of law, causation, attempt, complicity and conspiracy. Principles of justification and excuse are examined with particular attention to the doctrines of necessity, intoxication, insanity, diminished capacity and automatism. The substantive offense of homicide is extensively reviewed, and from time to time other offenses such as theft. Throughout, emphasis is placed on the basic theory of the criminal law and the relationship between doctrines and the various justifications for imposition of punishment.


Evidence (LSEVIDEN)

Note: Elective (not offered this semester)
Requirements:

Class Description
This course examines the rules governing the admission, exclusion and presentation of evidence in judicial proceedings. Topics to be covered in this course include relevancy; authentication; the ‘Best Evidence’ doctrine; categorical rules of exclusion; character and habit evidence; competency of witnesses; examination and impeachment of witnesses; opinion and expert testimony; presentation of evidence; privilege; the hearsay rule and its exceptions; presumptions and burdens of proof; and the scope of judicial notice.


Corporate Business Law (LSCORBUS)

Note: Elective (not offered this semester)
Requirements:

Class Description
This course is taught by a long-time New York City judge in the Housing Part of Civil Court of the City of New York. He discusses his own experience in the areas of landlord responsibility, the eviction process, problems faced by tenants, rent control, stabilization, open market issues and general NYC Housing Law.


Federal Practice (LSFEDPRA)

Note: Elective (not offered this semester)
Requirements:

Class Description
There are two distinct legal systems which are going on at the same time in the United States -- the state judicial system and the federal system. Federal courts are found not by state but by “circuit,” and federal law differs from state law except when federal courts are required to apply state law. The entire realm of federal practice will be explored by a long-time practitioner in the federal courts and popular Hunter professor.


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