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 5120A Legal Writing I

Credits : 2
This course teaches the classic elements of a legal decision: Issue, Rule, Application and Conclusion and demonstrates the importance and use of each element. Students move from recognizing these elements in cases they read to identifying them in fact patterns and developing their own case analysis relying on these elements. This course guides the student to the development of clear, precise, well-organized written communication, integrated with substantive law.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Examine the policy, purpose and audience for legal writing, the case method of study, and the common law.
  • Interpret legislation and examine the various methods of legislative analysis, including judicial interpretation and application of statutes.
  • Analyze legal precedent, examine the IRAC method of legal analysis and apply to variant fact patterns.
  • Analyze the format and elements of a case brief.
  • Apply inductive reasoning to a given fact pattern.
  • Analyze the essay examination, including the elements of an answer and techniques for writing.
  • Examine the use of and contents of the typical law library.
  • Examine the content of the office memorandum of law with emphasis on audience, purpose, perspective, format, and elements.
  • Organize office memoranda and briefs with emphasis on format, relationships among multiple issues, progression within sections, and paragraphs.
  • Examine legal writing style in the context of an office memorandum, with emphasis on clarity, precision, content, phrasing, review and revision.
  • Synthesize course concepts through interaction and discussion with other learners and faculty mentor.
  • Demonstrate competence in applying plain English principles (e.g., omission of surplus words, use of base verbs, active voice, and short sentences) through completion of assigned written exercises.
  • Introduce yourself and share your objectives for the course.
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2L, 3L & 4L Required Courses

LAW 5120A Legal Writing I

Credits : 2
This course teaches the classic elements of a legal decision: Issue, Rule, Application and Conclusion and demonstrates the importance and use of each element. Students move from recognizing these elements in cases they read to identifying them in fact patterns and developing their own case analysis relying on these elements. This course guides the student to the development of clear, precise, well-organized written communication, integrated with substantive law.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Examine the policy, purpose and audience for legal writing, the case method of study, and the common law.
  • Interpret legislation and examine the various methods of legislative analysis, including judicial interpretation and application of statutes.
  • Analyze legal precedent, examine the IRAC method of legal analysis and apply to variant fact patterns.
  • Analyze the format and elements of a case brief.
  • Apply inductive reasoning to a given fact pattern.
  • Analyze the essay examination, including the elements of an answer and techniques for writing.
  • Examine the use of and contents of the typical law library.
  • Examine the content of the office memorandum of law with emphasis on audience, purpose, perspective, format, and elements.
  • Organize office memoranda and briefs with emphasis on format, relationships among multiple issues, progression within sections, and paragraphs.
  • Examine legal writing style in the context of an office memorandum, with emphasis on clarity, precision, content, phrasing, review and revision.
  • Synthesize course concepts through interaction and discussion with other learners and faculty mentor.
  • Demonstrate competence in applying plain English principles (e.g., omission of surplus words, use of base verbs, active voice, and short sentences) through completion of assigned written exercises.
  • Introduce yourself and share your objectives for the course.
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Elective Courses

LAW 5120A Legal Writing I

Credits : 2
This course teaches the classic elements of a legal decision: Issue, Rule, Application and Conclusion and demonstrates the importance and use of each element. Students move from recognizing these elements in cases they read to identifying them in fact patterns and developing their own case analysis relying on these elements. This course guides the student to the development of clear, precise, well-organized written communication, integrated with substantive law.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Examine the policy, purpose and audience for legal writing, the case method of study, and the common law.
  • Interpret legislation and examine the various methods of legislative analysis, including judicial interpretation and application of statutes.
  • Analyze legal precedent, examine the IRAC method of legal analysis and apply to variant fact patterns.
  • Analyze the format and elements of a case brief.
  • Apply inductive reasoning to a given fact pattern.
  • Analyze the essay examination, including the elements of an answer and techniques for writing.
  • Examine the use of and contents of the typical law library.
  • Examine the content of the office memorandum of law with emphasis on audience, purpose, perspective, format, and elements.
  • Organize office memoranda and briefs with emphasis on format, relationships among multiple issues, progression within sections, and paragraphs.
  • Examine legal writing style in the context of an office memorandum, with emphasis on clarity, precision, content, phrasing, review and revision.
  • Synthesize course concepts through interaction and discussion with other learners and faculty mentor.
  • Demonstrate competence in applying plain English principles (e.g., omission of surplus words, use of base verbs, active voice, and short sentences) through completion of assigned written exercises.
  • Introduce yourself and share your objectives for the course.
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