Online Class: Legal Terminology 101

A self-paced legal terminology course with sound files. The course is ideal for students, legal office workers or for anyone wanting educational enhancement.

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Course Description

Legal questions come up regularly in our daily lives and the language of law is everywhere.  Legal Terminology 101 is a comprehensive guide to the language of the legal system.  If you're planning on purchasing a house, involved in a landlord-tenant dispute, making a will, buying a car, getting health insurance, applying for a credit card or hiring a lawyer then understanding the terminology of the contracts, forms and systems is vital for a successful outcome. 

This course is ideal for anyone wanting to quickly and easily learn common legal terms.  Each of the self-paced lessons includes sound files so you can hear the pronunciation immediately. 

Whether you're a homemaker or a student or looking for work in the legal or business world this course will help you learn a new language the 'legal language'.

Course Motivation

In today's world, legal terms are inescapable.

Whether you'e looking to buy a house, purchase a car, get insurance, or apply for a credit card, you must understand the terms and conditions of contracts and forms.  Without knowledge of legal jargon, this might seem difficult or even impossible.

Life is unpredictable; you might suddenly find yourself in need of a lawyer, but how will you know where to begin when you are lost in legalese?

Legal Terminology the Easy Way is the perfect course for anyone who wants to feel confident in reading and understanding legal terms.

This class is ideal for those looking to enter the legal or business world and for anyone who has ever been confused by legal language.

This course includes audio files for each term to provide you with correct pronunciations.  Each of the twelve lessons allows you to work at your own pace to develop mastery of the language of law.

Stop struggling to sign on the dotted line. Enroll today to take control of every legal situation and be confident in your legal endeavors.

This course will provide you with a thorough understanding of commonly encountered legal terms.  After a review of the American legal system, you will work your way through twelve complete lessons.

Each lesson features sound files so that you can make sure you are pronouncing the term correctly, helping you to feel more confident in using these legal terms in a social setting.

For anyone who is thinking about buying a house or renting a home, this course will familiarize you with all of the contract law, property law, and lease terms that you will ever need to know.  If you ever become involved in a landlord-tenant dispute or in a similar situation, you will be glad that you completed this lesson.

Business owners and would-be entrepreneurs will gain in-depth knowledge of partnership and corporation terminology as well as the incorporating process.  This invaluable information will help all business-minded students in their daily operations.

Financial savvy is a valued skill for all individuals. You will learn the process of bankruptcy and the two types available for individuals (even if you hope to never put this knowledge to use).

If you ever find yourself in an unexpected situation, you will be glad you learned the terms of tort, or personal injury, law.

Lessons dealing with domestic relations, family law, wills, and estates explore the legal complexities of personal relationships. You will also be introduced to legal terms associated with the litigation process, civil cases, and criminal trials.

Each lesson includes a review quiz to assess your progress. Some lessons include assignments that encourage students to use these legal terms in a sentence in order to help make sense of the words learned.  Successful completion of this course consists of a score of 70 percent or better.

No prior experience is needed, but students should be at a high school reading and writing level.  Books are not required, and additional course materials are not necessary.  All lessons and netlinks are provided for you. All you need is an interest in legal terms and a willingness to learn this complex language.

If you don't want to find yourself at the mercy of your lawyer or legal consultant to guide your case, then take matters into your own hands today.  There's no more time to waste--begin your journey of mastering the legal language so that you can feel confident in every legal situation.

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  • Printable Lessons
  • Full HD Video  
  • 6 Months to Complete
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  • Start Anytime
  • PC & Mac Compatible
  • Android & iOS Friendly
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Universal Class is an IACET Accredited Provider

Course Lessons

Average Lesson Rating:
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Lesson 1. Introduction to Legal Terminology

Introduction and Course Overview 1 Total Points
  • Lesson 1 Video
  • Lesson discussions: Reasons for Taking this Course
  • Complete: Introduction Assignment

Lesson 2. The American Legal System

History of the American Legal System 20 Total Points
  • Lesson 2 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 2 Assignment
  • Assessment: Lesson 2 Exam

Lesson 3. The Litigation Process

Terms used in litigation. 25 Total Points
  • Lesson 3 Video
  • Review Practice Worksheet: optional-WordSearch-Activity-7131.pdf
  • Complete: Lesson 3 Assignment
  • Assessment: Lesson 3 Exam

Lesson 4. Civil Actions

Terms most commonly associated with Civil cases. 24 Total Points
  • Lesson 4 Video
  • Review Practice Worksheet: optional-WordSearch-Activity-7132.pdf
  • Complete: Lesson 4 Assignment
  • Assessment: Lesson 4 Exam

Lesson 5. Criminal Law

Terms commonly used during the course of a criminal trial. 20 Total Points
  • Lesson 5 Video
  • Review Practice Worksheet: optional-WordSearch-Activity-7133.pdf
  • Complete: Lesson 5 Assignment
  • Assessment: Lesson 5 Exam

Lesson 6. Contract Law and Lease Terminology

Terms associated with contract law and leases. 20 Total Points
  • Lesson 6 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 6 Assignment
  • Assessment: Lesson 6 Exam

Lesson 7. Wills and Estates

Terms associated with wills and estates. Additional lesson topics: Legal Terms Glossary 9 Total Points
  • Lesson 7 Video
  • Review Practice Worksheet: optional-WordSearch-Activity-7134.pdf
  • Lesson discussions: Living Will; Wills
  • Assessment: Lesson 7: Exam

Lesson 8. Family Law and Domestic Relations

Terms presented in this lesson will help you to make better sense of the complexities of relationships. 19 Total Points
  • Lesson 8 Video
  • Review Practice Worksheet: optional-WordSearch-Activity-7135.pdf
  • Complete: Lesson 8 Assignment
  • Assessment: Lesson 8: Exam

Lesson 9. Bankruptcy

Two types of bankruptcy available to individuals as well as the terminology commonly associated with this process. 20 Total Points
  • Lesson 9 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 9 Assignment
  • Assessment: Lesson 9: Exam

Lesson 10. Tort Law

Terms used in a personal injury, or tort, cases. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 10 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 10: Exam

Lesson 11. Property Law

Terms you will likely encounter during the home buying process. 14 Total Points
  • Lesson 11 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 11 Assignment
  • Assessment: Lesson 11: Exam

Lesson 12. Partnerships

General terminology governing partnerships and their operation. 8 Total Points
  • Lesson 12 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 12: Exam

Lesson 13. Corporations

Terms commonly associated with the incorporating process. 25 Total Points
  • Lesson 13 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 13 Assignment
  • Complete: Final Assignment
  • Assessment: Lesson 13: Exam

The Final Exam

The Final Exam 98 Total Points
  • Lesson discussions: What is your opinion of this course?; Program Evaluation Follow-up Survey (End of Course); Course Comments
  • Assessment: The Final Exam
Total Course Points

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Describe the American legal system.
  • Define terms dealing with the litigation process.
  • Define terms dealing with civil actions.
  • Define terms dealing with criminal law.
  • Define terms dealing with contract law and lease terminology.
  • Define terms dealing with wills and estates.
  • Define terms dealing with family law/domestic relations.
  • Define terms dealing with bankruptcy.
  • Define terms dealing with tort law.
  • Define terms dealing with property law.
  • Define terms dealing with partnerships and corporations.
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.

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Course Title: Legal Terminology 101
Course Number: 8900095
Lessons Rating: 4.5 / 5 Stars (2,912 votes)
Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
Availability: This course is online and available in all 50 states including: California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Texas, and Washington.
Last Updated: September 2022
Course Type: Self-Paced, Online Class
CEU Value: 0.8 IACET CEUs (Continuing Education Units)
CE Accreditation: Universal Class, Inc. has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).
Grading Policy: Earn a final grade of 70% or higher to receive an online/downloadable CEU Certification documenting CEUs earned.
Assessment Method: Lesson assignments and review exams
Instructor: John Chouinard
Syllabus: View Syllabus
Course Fee: $95.00 U.S. dollars

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Student Testimonials

  • "I enjoyed this course very much. I feel more confident when speaking with clients and corresponding with them in writing. Also, I feel I can communicate better in general, and with my attorney that I am working with." -- Adriana T.
  • "It was a great course. I really enjoyed taking this class. It was definitely helpful. I have already suggested others to sign up for the class." -- Joy B.
  • "I definitely appreciate the instructor's effort of compiling this course. He has covered a vast area of our legal system and explained it in very simple terms which are easy to understand." -- Warta C.
  • "I thought that this course was very good. It explained all of the legal terms that we hear off and then think we know, but after doing this course, you are well put in the picture as to what they actually mean and so you can understand them better in the context that they are used in again in the future!" -- Padraig B.
  • "The course was quite interesting. At the same time the instructor knew how to present the lesson to his students." -- Patricia T.
  • "Thank you very much , this course taught me a lot and I really appreciate it ." -- Lucas M.
  • "I learned a lot of things. The teacher was very good." -- Manju U.
  • "This was a good course to take. The instructor was very helpful and knowledgeable." -- Joe L.
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