Torts

Course Description

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.

Learning Outcomes

  • 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.

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