JD | Juris Doctor

Online Law Courses offered in the Juris Doctor Program at CalSouthern

Below you’ll find a list of the required and elective law courses that make up the online Juris Doctor degree program at CalSouthern. The curriculum and course sequencing are designed to provide students with a solid legal education and prepare them to be successful on the State Bar of California Exams.

Required Core Courses

1L Required Courses

LAW 5115 Criminal Law

Credits : 4
The principles of Criminal Law are traced from common law to their modern application. Content includes: criminalization, definition and classification, offenses against the person, offenses against the habitation, offenses against property, imputability, responsibility, and special defenses.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Synthesize the concepts of criminalization, definition and classification.
  • Examine, compare and contrast assault and battery, abduction, rape, false imprisonment, kidnapping, mayhem and dueling.
  • Evaluate and explain the elements of burglary, arson, and other offenses against the habitation.
  • Evaluate, organize and understand the elements of larceny, robbery, embezzlement, false pretenses, theft, receiving (or concealing) stolen property, computer crime, malicious mischief, forgery and uttering a forged instrument, counterfeiting, and extortion.
  • Identify, explain, and analyze the following categories of criminal offenses, showing the elements of each offense within the category: offenses against morality and decency, offenses against the public peace, and offenses affecting the sovereignty or the administration of governmental functions.
  • Evaluate, compare and contrast the following: act, attempt, negative acts, conspiracy, agency, incorporation, parties to a crime, and causation, and explain the requirements of each.
  • Synthesize the various types of legal responsibility, including mens rea, criminal negligence, specific intent, malice, knowledge (scienter), willfulness, strict liability, unlawful conduct, and transferred intent, including the elements of each and an explanation of the importance of the concurrence of mens rea and actus reus.
  • Examine, understand and explain the different circumstances which can operate to modify legal responsibility, including ignorance or mistake of law or of fact, impelled perpetration, consent of the other party, and guilt of, conduct of, or condonation by, the injured party.
  • Evaluate the limitations on criminal capacity and the various defenses to crimes.
  • Synthesize course concepts through interaction and discussion with other learners and faculty mentor.
  • Analyze cases and/or facts and apply the applicable rule of law to demonstrate mastery of legal reasoning and analytical skills.
  • Evaluate, compare and contrast homicides.

Course Concepts:

Learners will understand major concepts of...

· Substantive criminal law
· Homicide
· Offenses against the person
· Offenses against the habitation
· Offenses against property
· Offenses against morality and decency
· The necessity of an act
· What constitutes an act
· Mens Rea
· Criminal negligence
· Particular states of mind
· Specific intent
· Responsibility: limitations on criminal capacity
· Modifying circumstances
· Special defenses

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2L, 3L & 4L Required Courses

LAW 5115 Criminal Law

Credits : 4
The principles of Criminal Law are traced from common law to their modern application. Content includes: criminalization, definition and classification, offenses against the person, offenses against the habitation, offenses against property, imputability, responsibility, and special defenses.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Synthesize the concepts of criminalization, definition and classification.
  • Examine, compare and contrast assault and battery, abduction, rape, false imprisonment, kidnapping, mayhem and dueling.
  • Evaluate and explain the elements of burglary, arson, and other offenses against the habitation.
  • Evaluate, organize and understand the elements of larceny, robbery, embezzlement, false pretenses, theft, receiving (or concealing) stolen property, computer crime, malicious mischief, forgery and uttering a forged instrument, counterfeiting, and extortion.
  • Identify, explain, and analyze the following categories of criminal offenses, showing the elements of each offense within the category: offenses against morality and decency, offenses against the public peace, and offenses affecting the sovereignty or the administration of governmental functions.
  • Evaluate, compare and contrast the following: act, attempt, negative acts, conspiracy, agency, incorporation, parties to a crime, and causation, and explain the requirements of each.
  • Synthesize the various types of legal responsibility, including mens rea, criminal negligence, specific intent, malice, knowledge (scienter), willfulness, strict liability, unlawful conduct, and transferred intent, including the elements of each and an explanation of the importance of the concurrence of mens rea and actus reus.
  • Examine, understand and explain the different circumstances which can operate to modify legal responsibility, including ignorance or mistake of law or of fact, impelled perpetration, consent of the other party, and guilt of, conduct of, or condonation by, the injured party.
  • Evaluate the limitations on criminal capacity and the various defenses to crimes.
  • Synthesize course concepts through interaction and discussion with other learners and faculty mentor.
  • Analyze cases and/or facts and apply the applicable rule of law to demonstrate mastery of legal reasoning and analytical skills.
  • Evaluate, compare and contrast homicides.

Course Concepts:

Learners will understand major concepts of...

· Substantive criminal law
· Homicide
· Offenses against the person
· Offenses against the habitation
· Offenses against property
· Offenses against morality and decency
· The necessity of an act
· What constitutes an act
· Mens Rea
· Criminal negligence
· Particular states of mind
· Specific intent
· Responsibility: limitations on criminal capacity
· Modifying circumstances
· Special defenses

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Elective Courses

LAW 5115 Criminal Law

Credits : 4
The principles of Criminal Law are traced from common law to their modern application. Content includes: criminalization, definition and classification, offenses against the person, offenses against the habitation, offenses against property, imputability, responsibility, and special defenses.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Synthesize the concepts of criminalization, definition and classification.
  • Examine, compare and contrast assault and battery, abduction, rape, false imprisonment, kidnapping, mayhem and dueling.
  • Evaluate and explain the elements of burglary, arson, and other offenses against the habitation.
  • Evaluate, organize and understand the elements of larceny, robbery, embezzlement, false pretenses, theft, receiving (or concealing) stolen property, computer crime, malicious mischief, forgery and uttering a forged instrument, counterfeiting, and extortion.
  • Identify, explain, and analyze the following categories of criminal offenses, showing the elements of each offense within the category: offenses against morality and decency, offenses against the public peace, and offenses affecting the sovereignty or the administration of governmental functions.
  • Evaluate, compare and contrast the following: act, attempt, negative acts, conspiracy, agency, incorporation, parties to a crime, and causation, and explain the requirements of each.
  • Synthesize the various types of legal responsibility, including mens rea, criminal negligence, specific intent, malice, knowledge (scienter), willfulness, strict liability, unlawful conduct, and transferred intent, including the elements of each and an explanation of the importance of the concurrence of mens rea and actus reus.
  • Examine, understand and explain the different circumstances which can operate to modify legal responsibility, including ignorance or mistake of law or of fact, impelled perpetration, consent of the other party, and guilt of, conduct of, or condonation by, the injured party.
  • Evaluate the limitations on criminal capacity and the various defenses to crimes.
  • Synthesize course concepts through interaction and discussion with other learners and faculty mentor.
  • Analyze cases and/or facts and apply the applicable rule of law to demonstrate mastery of legal reasoning and analytical skills.
  • Evaluate, compare and contrast homicides.

Course Concepts:

Learners will understand major concepts of...

· Substantive criminal law
· Homicide
· Offenses against the person
· Offenses against the habitation
· Offenses against property
· Offenses against morality and decency
· The necessity of an act
· What constitutes an act
· Mens Rea
· Criminal negligence
· Particular states of mind
· Specific intent
· Responsibility: limitations on criminal capacity
· Modifying circumstances
· Special defenses

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