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American Educational Institute, Inc. (AEI) | Evaluated Learning Experience

Comparative Negligence, Contribution and Settlements (211)

Course Category: 
Location: 
Independent Study program administered through the offices of the American Educational Institute.
Length: 
Approximately 16 hours of structured independent study.
Dates: 
May 2004 - Present.
Instructional delivery format: 
Online/distance learning
Learner Outcomes: 

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: discuss the concept of comparative negligence as used in tort law; analyze the various forms of comparative negligence and determine applicability of state law; discuss the three theories of comparative negligence and their application to a dollar and cents evaluation of claims; and evaluate the effect of contracts, indemnity, strict or absolute liability, joint and several liability, contribution among joint tort feasors, products liability, subrogation and other areas.

Instruction: 

Major topics are: various forms of comparative negligence; effect of comparative negligence on statutory and common law doctrines and defenses; changes in joint and several liability, settlement, set-off and conflict of law problems. In addition to the AEI produced textbook, students receive actual court decisions, which relate to the subject matter and present real-life court opinions that illustrate how courts have ruled in the past and are likely to rule in the future on important issues in claims. A proctored examination is administered for both levels of the credit recommendation. Scenario and case study-based questions, built around actual claims situations, challenge students to analyze and solve problems using applicable principles of claims law that parallel their own claim files. To broaden students' knowledge of the subject, graded exams are returned with helpful comments that provide a written explanation of why each answer is correct or incorrect. For the graduate level credit recommendation, students also prepare and submit an appropriate graduate level research project on a pre-approved topic or issue, in accordance with AEI's specific guidelines.

Credit recommendation: 

In the upper division baccalaureate degree category OR in the graduate degree category, 1 semester hour in Comparative Negligence or Insurance Law or Business Law (5/10) (5/15 revalidation). NOTE: This course is also listed under the Law of Automobile Claims and Coverage Section. Credit should only be awarded once.

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