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Law Magnet

Catalog

BUSINESS/CONTRACT LAW HONORS - Fall (Law); Fall and Spring (Business) - Grade 12

PREREQUISITE:  Being a member of the Pre Law Professional Magnet Program and in good standing in the program, or being a member in good standing in the Business Magnet Program.

 

This course examines the fundamental elements of contract formation and performance including offer, acceptance, consideration, duties and obligations, capacity, defenses, excuses, rights of third parties, product liability and warranties, intellectual property, and all in the context of business legal issues, and the ethical considerations in the practice of business law. 

 

  • Semester
  • 5 Credits

Constitutional Law Honors - Required (Spring) - Grade 12

Prerequisite: Contract Law Honors

This course introduces students to the basic components of constitutional law, including free speech, liberty, property and due process, the taking, contract and commerce clauses, equal protection, racial equality, equal rights for the sexes, and the ethical considerations in the practice of constitutional law.

  • Semester
  • 5 Credits

Criminal Law Honors - Required (Spring) - Grade 11

PREREQUISITE: Being a member of the Pre Law Professional Magnet Program and in good standing in the program.

 

This course introduces students to the basic components of criminal law, including actus reus and mens rea, causation, attempt crimes, burdens of proof, defenses, mistakes, punishment, the elements of several crimes, such as criminal homicide, conspiracy, co-conspirators, and larceny, as well as ethical considerations in the practice of criminal law.

 

  • Semester
  • 5 Credits

Introduction to Law Honors - Required (Spring) - Grade 9

PREREQUISITE: SUBMISSION OF APPLICATION FOR LAW MAGNET PROGRAM AND SCHOOL APPROVAL OF ENROLLMENT IN THE PROGRAM. ENROLLMENT MUST BE COMPLETED PRIOR TO THE START OF THE SCHOOL YEAR IN AUGUST.

 

The purpose of this overview class is to introduce freshmen students to the basic elements of a jury trial and court procedures, the California Evidence Code, the United States Constitutional search & seizure & Miranda law, trial advocacy, contracts and negotiations, and the mock trial program. This introductory class will form the foundation for the more detailed sophomore, junior and senior year studies of criminal law, legal research and writing, product liability, real property, constitutional law, and contract law. The class will also provide students with an understanding of the mock trial competition process which they will participate in during their sophomore, junior, and senior Fall semesters.
 
Next, freshmen students will be required to attend several activities which will be held on school days, at night after school (one day only), and on some Saturdays. They are as follows:

  • Orange County Courthouse VIP tour; Fall term during school hours
  • Law Day; Spring term during school hours
  • Mock trial at Chapman Law School;  Spring term on a Saturday morning
  • Mock trial in the United States Federal Court; Near end of spring term after school
  • Constitutional Rights Foundation Mock Trial Tournament; In November after school (one time)
  • JSerra Mock Trial Tournament;  In October/November, one Saturday morning.

 

  • Semester
  • 5 Credits

Legal Research and Writing - Required (Fall) - Grade 10

Prerequisite: Introduction to Law Honors

The course introduces students to fundamental legal reasoning, research, and writing skills in the context of objective legal documents, including client letters and memoranda of law. Students will develop their analytical, writing, and research skills in the advocacy context. Students produce litigation documents and are introduced to computer assisted legal research.

  • Semester
  • 5 Credits

LEGAL ASPECTS OF REAL ESTATE/PROPERTY HONORS - REQUIRED (FALL) - GRADE 11

Prerequisite: A junior level student enrolled in the Law Magnet program.

A study of California real estate law, including consumer rights, agency and contracts, probate proceedings, trust deeds, and foreclosures, as well as recent legislation governing real estate transactions, estates in law, and several other important real property topics.

  • Semester
  • 5 Credits

Principles of Real Estate - Required (Spring) - Grade 10

PREREQUISITE:  Being a member of the Pre Law Professional Magnet Program and in good standing in the program.

 

This is an overview of California real estate, and topics include the legal system, resolving disputes, ownership issues, legal descriptions, title insurance, liens, private and public land restrictions, civil rights, landlord tenant, and many more.

  • Semester
  • 5 Credits

Real Estate Law - Required (Fall) - Grade 11

PREREQUISITE: Being a member of the Pre Law Professional Magnet Program and in good standing in the program.

 

A study of California real estate law, including consumer rights, agency and contracts, probate proceedings, trust deeds, and foreclosures, as well as recent legislation governing real estate transactions, estates in law, and several other important real property topics.

  • Semester
  • 5 Credits

 

CONTACT

Pat Ahle
Program Director
pahle@jserra.org
949.493.9307 Ext. 7077

YOUR 4-YEAR PLAN

The Law Magnet Program curriculum as well as the textbooks and instructional methods are similar to what students will experience in law school. Download the sample 4-year plan below.

 

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