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National Paralegal College | Evaluated Learning Experience

Torts and Personal Injury (PLG-101)

Location: 
Various, distance learning format.
Length: 

Varies; self-study format.

Dates: 
January 2008 - Present.
Instructional delivery format: 
Online/distance learning
Learner Outcomes: 

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: outline the rules of intentional torts and apply them to specific fact patterns; discuss rules regarding defenses to allegations of such torts and apply them to specific fact patterns; draft a memorandum to a court or supervising attorney, applying the elements of a cause of action to a real life scenario; research the elements of any cause of action under state or federal law, using statutory and/or case law; apply the rules regarding special duties owed, including those by land owners, common carriers, innkeepers, etc. to hypothetical fact patterns; determine extent of liability for a specific negligent act; outline appropriate defenses such as contributory negligence and assumption of risk; apply the rules of strict and product liability and product liability cases, including failure to warn, mis-design, and mis-manufacture; evaluate whether a defamation action can be successfully brought in a hypothetical fact pattern; and apply the elements for causes of action in fraud, malicious prosecution, invasion of privacy, and interferences with commerce to hypothetical fact patterns.

Instruction: 
This course provides students with a general understanding of the laws dealing with civil wrongs and the remedies for those wrongs, including intentional torts, negligence, liability of principals for the actions of their agents, strict liability, products liability, nuisance, defamation, invasion of privacy, and various factors that affect the right of a plaintiff to bring suit against a defendant. The course also focuses attention on the nature of personal injury litigation, its documentation and practices, assessing and evaluating claims of damages, losses, and the formalities of adjudication and/or settlement. Evaluation criteria include: required readings, essay assignments, class participation, and final exam.
Credit recommendation: 

In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category OR in the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 3 semester hours in Torts and Personal Injury (1/13) (3/18 revalidation).

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