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Legal Terminology 101

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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'


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  • 6 Months to Complete
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  • PC & Mac Compatible
  • Android & iOS Friendly
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  • Lesson 1. Introduction to Legal Terminology

    Introduction and Course Overview
  • Lesson 2. The American Legal System

    History of the American Legal System
  • Lesson 3. The Litigation Process

    Terms used in litigation.
  • Lesson 4. Civil Actions

    Terms most commonly associated with Civil cases.
  • Lesson 5. Criminal Law

    Terms commonly used during the course of a criminal trial.
  • Lesson 6. Contract Law and Lease Terminology

    Terms associated with contract law and leases.
  • Lesson 7. Wills and Estates

    Terms associated with wills and estates.
  • Lesson 8. Family Law and Domestic Relations

    Terms presented in this lesson will help you to make better sense of the complexities of relationships.
  • Lesson 9. Bankruptcy

    Two types of bankruptcy available to individuals as well as the terminology commonly associated with this process.
  • Lesson 10. Tort Law

    Terms used in a personal injury, or tort, cases.
  • Lesson 11. Property Law

    Terms you will likely encounter during the home buying process.
  • Lesson 12. Partnerships

    General terminology governing partnerships and their operation.
  • Lesson 13. Corporations

    Terms commonly associated with the incorporating process.
  • The Final Exam

    The Final Exam

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Course Title: Legal Terminology 101
Course Number: 8900095
Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
Course Type: Professional Development
CEU Value: 1.0 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 Review: Read Editorial Review
Course Fee: $50.00 (no CEU Certification) || with CEU Certification: $75.00

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, and
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.
Introduction AssignmentAssignment1
Lesson 2 AssignmentAssignment10
Lesson 2 ExamExam10
Lesson 3 AssignmentAssignment15
Lesson 3 ExamExam10
Lesson 4 AssignmentAssignment15
Lesson 4 ExamExam9
Lesson 5 AssignmentAssignment10
Lesson 5 ExamExam10
Lesson 6 AssignmentAssignment10
Lesson 6 ExamExam10
Lesson 7: ExamExam9
Lesson 8 AssignmentAssignment10
Lesson 8: ExamExam9
Lesson 9 AssignmentAssignment10
Lesson 9: ExamExam10
Lesson 10: ExamExam10
Lesson 11 AssignmentAssignment5
Lesson 11: ExamExam9
Lesson 12: ExamExam8
Lesson 13 AssignmentAssignment10
Final AssignmentAssignment5
Lesson 13: ExamExam10
The Final ExamExam98
Total Points:313

Student Testimonials

  • "The instructors ready support and his way of answering questions promptly and all the material presented in a beautiful manner. I really adore the way my assignments were answered and grades given. My instructor was very helpful. Actually he is responsible in my clearing the course so soon and my heartfelt thanks to him. I would like to take more courses from Universal Class. Thanks." -- Chitra C.
  • "I enjoy each class I am taking and I look forward to take more courses from this site whenever possible." -- Maureen G.
  • "I'm sure this course will become helpful from now on, as I took the course so I would know my rights. I have been wronged before." -- laura J.
  • "It was all very helpful....It was a very precise and on target course. The instructor was very prompt in his replies. All in all, it was a fascinating experience, especially since I have never worked in legal and it was all new to me." -- Janice D.
  • "The entire course was very informative and organized. I enjoyed it very much....I really enjoyed the instructor's comments that he gave often throughout the course." -- Jean C.
  • "Most helpful was the way the chapters were dedicated to different divisions of law. This was exactly the emphasis I needed....Thank you for your words of encouragement." -- Karen P.
  • "I copied the lessons and will be referring to them-a good summation of different types of law....The instructor was very personable and helpful." -- Colette W.
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