Lawyers do and get things done with the law in many different ways, e.g., by advocacy, counseling, drafting and negotiating. Among the important skills underlying each of these job operations (and a skill that is distinctively the lawyer's), is an ability to predict the response of government officials, particularly judges, to many kinds of problems and to particular fact situations.

To make accurate predictions, a lawyer must first understand the variables to which judges and other government officials respond. Second, a lawyer must understand how government officials respond to these variables. Third, guided by the variables and past official response to them, he must be able to compare new problems and new fact situations with those already considered.reading cannot create entirely new behavior. It can only clarify and strengthen behavior that already exists to some extent in the reader, or instruct him by transferring control over a response from one stimulus to another. It follows that a person can interpret a text or read it easily with understanding only if behavior corresponding to that of the author already exists to some extent in the reader's repertoire, i.e., only if the reader tends to emit responses similar to those of the author, under similar circumstances.

It also follows that reading judicial opinions for understanding and with understanding is facilitated if the reader brings to the reading a basic legal repertoire corresponding to that of the judge. Topic 1 through Topic 8 of the Unit is designed to teach that repertoire in the context of studying rules of law as a variable controlling judicial decision.

The following Topics are covered in Topics 1 through 9:

Topic 1. Rights, Remedies, Duties and Liabilities
Topic 2. Resolving Disputes in Court: The Functions of Judge and Jury
Topic 3. A Case in Court: Trial, Verdict, Decision, Judgement and Opinion in Civil and Criminal Actions.
Topic 4. The Concept ‘Cause of Action”: How it Helps Courts Decide Cases.
Topic 5. The Use of Test in Applying the Law to the Facts
Topic 6. Pleadings
Topic 7. Trial
Topic 8. Appeal


COST:   $ 95.00

A Rebate of $ 35.00 will be made if all 8 topics, pre-post test and feedback questionnaires are completed within 5 weeks of registration.

The unit is self-paced and we estimate it will take most students between 8 and 12 hours to complete it. We ask that it be completed within 3 months of registration.

The next unit we will be BETA testing is Reading Like a Lawyer. We will give one free registration for "Reading Like a Lawyer" for every 15 people who finishes the Language of the Law by April 31st.

The course will open March 1st.


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