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 5158 Domestic Relations

Credits : 4
Family law overlaps with a myriad of substantive law areas including constitutional law, contracts, corporations, criminal law, immigration, real property, tax law and torts. This course is designed to give learners an introductory overview of family law in America. We will examine the changing definition of family and the legal rights and duties that family members owe to each other. We will review materials on marriage, parental rights, child custody and support, nontraditional families, spousal support, and marital property distribution of property at divorce. We will survey legal issues and the applicable law surrounding the organization, operation and dissolution of the family as well as the concept of private ordering. This course is recommended for all learners--regardless of their intended practice area.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Compare the various, shifting notions of marriage and the family.
  • Interpret and analyze the intersection between family law and the Constitution.
  • Examine “no-fault” and fault-based grounds for divorce and related defenses.
  • Analyze the changing roles of husband and wife, including transactions between spouses, support during marriage, torts and crimes between spouses.
  • Examine the financial aspects of divorce, including alimony and property distribution, separate maintenance, division of property upon divorce.
  • Examine the movement of family law form “status to contract” and the concept of private ordering, ADR and mediation.
  • Examine and interpret the application of the “Best Interest of the Child” standard and alternative approaches in child custody cases.
  • Compare and contrast the standards for modification of child custody and visitation orders in different jurisdictions.
  • Examine the range of sanctions that may be available when one parent interferes with the other’s lawful custodial rights.
  • Evaluate the Child Support Guidelines and the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act of 1997 (UCCJEA).
  • Examine issues regarding the enforcement of child support orders when the parent who is ordered to pay is incarcerated.
  • Synthesize course concepts through interaction and discussion with other learners and faculty mentor.
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2L, 3L & 4L Required Courses

LAW 5158 Domestic Relations

Credits : 4
Family law overlaps with a myriad of substantive law areas including constitutional law, contracts, corporations, criminal law, immigration, real property, tax law and torts. This course is designed to give learners an introductory overview of family law in America. We will examine the changing definition of family and the legal rights and duties that family members owe to each other. We will review materials on marriage, parental rights, child custody and support, nontraditional families, spousal support, and marital property distribution of property at divorce. We will survey legal issues and the applicable law surrounding the organization, operation and dissolution of the family as well as the concept of private ordering. This course is recommended for all learners--regardless of their intended practice area.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Compare the various, shifting notions of marriage and the family.
  • Interpret and analyze the intersection between family law and the Constitution.
  • Examine “no-fault” and fault-based grounds for divorce and related defenses.
  • Analyze the changing roles of husband and wife, including transactions between spouses, support during marriage, torts and crimes between spouses.
  • Examine the financial aspects of divorce, including alimony and property distribution, separate maintenance, division of property upon divorce.
  • Examine the movement of family law form “status to contract” and the concept of private ordering, ADR and mediation.
  • Examine and interpret the application of the “Best Interest of the Child” standard and alternative approaches in child custody cases.
  • Compare and contrast the standards for modification of child custody and visitation orders in different jurisdictions.
  • Examine the range of sanctions that may be available when one parent interferes with the other’s lawful custodial rights.
  • Evaluate the Child Support Guidelines and the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act of 1997 (UCCJEA).
  • Examine issues regarding the enforcement of child support orders when the parent who is ordered to pay is incarcerated.
  • Synthesize course concepts through interaction and discussion with other learners and faculty mentor.
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Elective Courses

LAW 5158 Domestic Relations

Credits : 4
Family law overlaps with a myriad of substantive law areas including constitutional law, contracts, corporations, criminal law, immigration, real property, tax law and torts. This course is designed to give learners an introductory overview of family law in America. We will examine the changing definition of family and the legal rights and duties that family members owe to each other. We will review materials on marriage, parental rights, child custody and support, nontraditional families, spousal support, and marital property distribution of property at divorce. We will survey legal issues and the applicable law surrounding the organization, operation and dissolution of the family as well as the concept of private ordering. This course is recommended for all learners--regardless of their intended practice area.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Compare the various, shifting notions of marriage and the family.
  • Interpret and analyze the intersection between family law and the Constitution.
  • Examine “no-fault” and fault-based grounds for divorce and related defenses.
  • Analyze the changing roles of husband and wife, including transactions between spouses, support during marriage, torts and crimes between spouses.
  • Examine the financial aspects of divorce, including alimony and property distribution, separate maintenance, division of property upon divorce.
  • Examine the movement of family law form “status to contract” and the concept of private ordering, ADR and mediation.
  • Examine and interpret the application of the “Best Interest of the Child” standard and alternative approaches in child custody cases.
  • Compare and contrast the standards for modification of child custody and visitation orders in different jurisdictions.
  • Examine the range of sanctions that may be available when one parent interferes with the other’s lawful custodial rights.
  • Evaluate the Child Support Guidelines and the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act of 1997 (UCCJEA).
  • Examine issues regarding the enforcement of child support orders when the parent who is ordered to pay is incarcerated.
  • Synthesize course concepts through interaction and discussion with other learners and faculty mentor.
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