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 5131 Wills, Trusts and Estates

Credits : 4
This course involves the law relating to the creation of wills and trusts, creation of the trust relationship, charitable trusts, resulting trusts constructive trusts, the power and duties of the trustee, alteration and termination of the trust, probate of wills, and administration of estates.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Examine and understand estate planning and intestacy.
  • Evaluate issues of capacity and contests.
  • Examine the formalities of wills such as execution, revocation, component parts and analyze construction problems.
  • Evaluate nonprobate transfers, including revocable trusts, life insurance, pension accounts, and joint tenancies in realty.
  • Evaluate restrictions on the power of disposition, including rights of the surviving spouse and issue omitted from the will.
  • Assess and categorize the various types of trusts, their characteristics and how they are created.
  • Evaluate and analyze creation, release, exercise and failure to exercise powers of appointment and construction of future interests in the trust instrument.
  • Evaluate the classifications of future interests in the trust instrument and assess its duration, including an examination of the rule against perpetuities.
  • Examine the nature, modification, and supervision of charitable trusts.
  • Evaluate trust administration and fiduciary obligation, including the duty of loyalty, the duty of prudence, and the duty to inform and account to the beneficiaries.
  • Integrate wealth transfer taxation principles through an examination of tax planning.
  • Synthesize course concepts through interaction and discussion with other learners and faculty mentor.
  • Evaluate the rights of beneficiaries and their creditors to distributions, modification of trusts and trustee removal.
  • Evaluate and analyze assigned cases and/or facts from a hypothetical to demonstrate mastery of legal reasoning and analytical skills.
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2L, 3L & 4L Required Courses

LAW 5131 Wills, Trusts and Estates

Credits : 4
This course involves the law relating to the creation of wills and trusts, creation of the trust relationship, charitable trusts, resulting trusts constructive trusts, the power and duties of the trustee, alteration and termination of the trust, probate of wills, and administration of estates.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Examine and understand estate planning and intestacy.
  • Evaluate issues of capacity and contests.
  • Examine the formalities of wills such as execution, revocation, component parts and analyze construction problems.
  • Evaluate nonprobate transfers, including revocable trusts, life insurance, pension accounts, and joint tenancies in realty.
  • Evaluate restrictions on the power of disposition, including rights of the surviving spouse and issue omitted from the will.
  • Assess and categorize the various types of trusts, their characteristics and how they are created.
  • Evaluate and analyze creation, release, exercise and failure to exercise powers of appointment and construction of future interests in the trust instrument.
  • Evaluate the classifications of future interests in the trust instrument and assess its duration, including an examination of the rule against perpetuities.
  • Examine the nature, modification, and supervision of charitable trusts.
  • Evaluate trust administration and fiduciary obligation, including the duty of loyalty, the duty of prudence, and the duty to inform and account to the beneficiaries.
  • Integrate wealth transfer taxation principles through an examination of tax planning.
  • Synthesize course concepts through interaction and discussion with other learners and faculty mentor.
  • Evaluate the rights of beneficiaries and their creditors to distributions, modification of trusts and trustee removal.
  • Evaluate and analyze assigned cases and/or facts from a hypothetical to demonstrate mastery of legal reasoning and analytical skills.
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Elective Courses

LAW 5131 Wills, Trusts and Estates

Credits : 4
This course involves the law relating to the creation of wills and trusts, creation of the trust relationship, charitable trusts, resulting trusts constructive trusts, the power and duties of the trustee, alteration and termination of the trust, probate of wills, and administration of estates.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Examine and understand estate planning and intestacy.
  • Evaluate issues of capacity and contests.
  • Examine the formalities of wills such as execution, revocation, component parts and analyze construction problems.
  • Evaluate nonprobate transfers, including revocable trusts, life insurance, pension accounts, and joint tenancies in realty.
  • Evaluate restrictions on the power of disposition, including rights of the surviving spouse and issue omitted from the will.
  • Assess and categorize the various types of trusts, their characteristics and how they are created.
  • Evaluate and analyze creation, release, exercise and failure to exercise powers of appointment and construction of future interests in the trust instrument.
  • Evaluate the classifications of future interests in the trust instrument and assess its duration, including an examination of the rule against perpetuities.
  • Examine the nature, modification, and supervision of charitable trusts.
  • Evaluate trust administration and fiduciary obligation, including the duty of loyalty, the duty of prudence, and the duty to inform and account to the beneficiaries.
  • Integrate wealth transfer taxation principles through an examination of tax planning.
  • Synthesize course concepts through interaction and discussion with other learners and faculty mentor.
  • Evaluate the rights of beneficiaries and their creditors to distributions, modification of trusts and trustee removal.
  • Evaluate and analyze assigned cases and/or facts from a hypothetical to demonstrate mastery of legal reasoning and analytical skills.
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