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Fall 2018

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PLG122 - Tort Law

Credits: 3

Catalog Description: Examines the principles of premises and personal liability, including intentional tort law, negligence law, product liability, strict liability, mass tort liability and affirmative defenses to causes of action sounding in tort liability.

Lecture: 3 hrs.

Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs):
Upon the successful completion of this course, as documented by exams, written papers or oral presentations, students will be able to:

1.Describe the role a paralegal plays as a member of a tort litigation team.
* 2. Identify on a unit test the prima facie elements of four (4) types of intentional torts.
* 3. Identify and explain on a unit test the four (4) prima facie elements of a lawsuit sounding in negligence.
4. Discuss the application of the concept of foreseeability in a tort action.
5.Explain the concept of legal causation.
6.Name and describe three (3) types of legal remedies.
7.Describe the essential statutory requirements of a wrongful death action.
8.Draft a complaint in a personal injury lawsuit.
9.Compare the four (4) essential elements of a negligence action with the three (3) elements
of a strict liability action.
10.Apply the Code of Professional Responsibility to a legal problem.
11.Describe three (3) essential claims of a product liability lawsuit.
12.List and describe five (5) affirmative defenses to premise liability and personal injury lawsuits sounding either in intentional tort or negligence.
13.Explain on a unit test the legal concepts of comparative and contributory negligence, as well as joint and several liability.

* These course objectives have been identified as student learning outcomes that must be formally assessed as part of the College's Comprehension Assessment Plan. All faculty teaching this course must collect the required data and submit the required analysis and documentation at the conclusion of the semester to the Office of Assessment and Special Projects.

Content Outline:
Legal Analysis in Tort Law
Role of the Paralegal in Tort Litigation
Foreseeability in Tort Law
Intentional Torts: Assault, Battery, False Arrest, False Imprisonment, Trespass to Land, Trespass to Chattel, Invasion of Privacy, and Defamation.
Strict Liability
Medical and Legal Malpractice
Product Liability
Mass Tort Liability
Wrongful Death Claims
Affirmative Defenses

Effective Term: Fall 2004