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

Unlocking the Language of the Law: Legal Terminology 101

In an ever-evolving society, legal considerations touch virtually every aspect of our daily lives. From purchasing a home, navigating tenant disputes, to drafting a will, or even selecting the right credit card, a basic comprehension of legal language is indispensable. The intertwining of our routines with legal processes underscores the significance of understanding this distinct language. Enter Legal Terminology 101, your compass to navigating the vast seas of legal lexicon.

Why This Course?

Legal documents, though foundational in many transactions, often appear as a maze of complex words and phrases. A purchase agreement for your dream home might be riddled with terms like "contingencies," "escrow," or "liens." While hiring a lawyer can provide guidance, possessing firsthand knowledge empowers you to make informed decisions.

Legal Terminology 101 is designed for anyone aiming to demystify the common, yet often perplexing, legal terms. Our meticulously crafted, self-paced lessons are complemented by sound files for immediate pronunciation clarity. This ensures not only textual, but also auditory familiarity, adding another dimension to your learning.

Whether you are managing a household, a student aiming to supplement their academic journey, or someone charting a course in the legal or business sectors, this course offers invaluable insights. Think of it as learning a new dialect – the 'legal dialect' – enhancing your communicative toolbox.

Course Breakdown

  • Lesson 1: Introduction to Legal Terminology - Dive into the basics, setting a strong foundation for the lessons ahead.

  • Lesson 2: The American Legal System - Get acquainted with the pillars of the U.S. legal framework, its branches, and their distinct roles.

  • Lesson 3: The Litigation Process - From filing a lawsuit to reaching a resolution, trace the lifecycle of a typical court case.

  • Lesson 4: Civil Actions - Explore non-criminal lawsuits, where individuals or entities seek to resolve disputes.

  • Lesson 5: Criminal Law - Delve into laws related to crimes and their repercussions. Why is one action considered a misdemeanor while another a felony?

  • Lesson 6: Contract Law and Lease Terminology - Contracts are everywhere, from job offers to renting apartments. Understand the nuances of these binding agreements.

  • Lesson 7: Wills and Estates - Planning for the future? Grasp the intricacies of drafting wills and managing estates.

  • Lesson 8: Family Law and Domestic Relations - Unravel the complexities surrounding marriage, divorce, custody, and other family-related legal matters.

  • Lesson 9: Bankruptcy - Financial distress can be daunting. Understand the legal implications and pathways of bankruptcy.

  • Lesson 10: Tort Law - Accidents or intentional wrongs can lead to lawsuits. Discover what constitutes a tort.

  • Lesson 11: Property Law - Delve into the regulations governing property ownership, transfers, and rights.

  • Lesson 12: Partnerships - Venturing into a business collaboration? Learn the legal parameters of partnerships.

  • Lesson 13: Corporations - From startups to established giants, understand the legal scaffolding of corporations.

Following these informative lessons, students will tackle the final exam, synthesizing their newfound knowledge.

Your Legal Lexicon Journey Begins Here

Why remain on the periphery when you can be an active, informed participant in legal processes? The knowledge awaiting you in Legal Terminology 101 is more than just terminology – it's empowerment. Your proactive step today can lead to confident decisions tomorrow. Dive in, and let's unravel the law's linguistic tapestry together!

Course Motivation

In today's interconnected society, legal terms permeate almost every aspect of our daily lives.

From aspirations like buying a house or a car, to necessary activities such as securing insurance or applying for a credit card, an understanding of contracts and forms is indispensable. Yet, without a grip on legal terminology, these tasks can seem daunting.

The unpredictability of life could also land you in situations where legal advice is imperative. But how can you efficiently navigate these waters if you're overwhelmed by intricate legal vocabulary?

"Legal Terminology the Easy Way" steps in as the essential course for anyone seeking confidence in interpreting legal language. It's meticulously designed not only for those eyeing a career in the legal or business sectors but for anyone who has ever been befuddled by the complex maze of legal terms.

Gone are the days of hesitating before contractual commitments. Enrollment in this course equips you to assertively address every legal challenge, empowering you to chart your legal journey with confidence.

As you navigate this course, you'll unearth a detailed understanding of frequently encountered legal terminologies. Starting with an overview of the American legal system, the journey extends across lessons enriched with sound files, fostering confidence in both understanding and vocalizing these terms in real-life situations.

For those on the verge of property ventures, be it purchasing or renting, this course decodes the nuances of contract law, property law, and lease terminologies. It's an essential tool should you ever face landlord-tenant disagreements or related issues.

Aspiring business moguls will find the segments on partnership and corporation terminology especially enlightening. Grasping these concepts can significantly streamline daily business operations.

Being financially astute is a universally appreciated asset. Equip yourself with knowledge about bankruptcy processes, acquainting yourself with the types available to individuals.

In unexpected circumstances, the course also provides insights into tort law, elucidating personal injury legalities.

Delving into the more personal terrains, lessons encompassing domestic relations, family law, wills, and estates illuminate the legalities of intricate human relationships. Further, you'll traverse terms associated with the litigation process, distinguishing between civil and criminal trials.

To gauge your assimilation of the content, each lesson concludes with a quiz. Certain lessons also feature assignments, challenging students to contextualize the newly learned terms. To successfully conclude the course, aim for a score of 70 percent or above.

If you're determined to not be solely reliant on legal experts for guidance, then it's time to empower yourself. Delay no more; start your odyssey into the realm of legal language and arm yourself with the confidence to tackle any legal scenario.

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Course Lessons

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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 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 2 Video
  • 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. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 5 Video
  • Review Practice Worksheet: optional-WordSearch-Activity-7133.pdf
  • 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. 9 Total Points
  • Lesson 8 Video
  • Review Practice Worksheet: optional-WordSearch-Activity-7135.pdf
  • 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. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 13 Video
  • 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 (3,032 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: November 2023
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: $120.00 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.
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