Examines the fundamental principles of the law of intentional torts (e.g., battery, assault, false imprisonment, intentional infliction of emotional distress); negligence (standard of care, breach of duty, causation, damages); strict liability; the torts of nuisance, defamation, invasion of privacy torts; and the defenses to each of these torts. Also addresses the concepts of products liability and vicarious liability.
- Demonstrate familiarity with core principles of tort law.
- Discuss the elements of a prima facie case for various intentional torts and their defenses.
- Describe the elements of and defenses to negligence and distinguish between duty, breach of duty, causation, and damages.
- Discuss the various theories of strict liability and their defenses.
- Describe products liability and applicable defenses.
- Discuss defamation and applicable defenses.
- Recognize how ethical rules apply to paralegals in a tort law practice.