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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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Course Lessons

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Lesson 1. Introduction to Legal Terminology

Introduction and Course Overview 1 Total Points
  • Lesson 1 Video
  • Review 3 Articles: Constitution of the United States; Law.com dictionary; Notypos.com
  • Complete: Introduction Assignment

Lesson 2. The American Legal System

History of the American Legal System 20 Total Points
  • Lesson 2 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Bill of Rights; Pronunciation Website
  • Complete: Lesson 2 Assignment
  • Complete: 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
  • Review 2 Articles: Nolo's Legal Glossary; The Litigation Process
  • Complete: Lesson 3 Assignment
  • Complete: 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
  • Review 3 Articles: 10 Myths about Copyright Explained; Copyright Basics; Civil Action Forms
  • Complete: Lesson 4 Assignment
  • Complete: 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
  • Review Article: Guide to Criminal Law
  • Review Video: Criminal Law Information
  • Complete: Lesson 5 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 5 Exam

Lesson 6. Contract Law and Lease Terminology

Terms associated with contract law and leases. 20 Total Points
  • Lesson 6 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Contract Law; FindLaw Dictionary
  • Complete: Lesson 6 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 6 Exam

Lesson 7. Wills and Estates

Terms associated with wills and estates. 9 Total Points
  • Lesson 7 Video
  • Review Practice Worksheet: optional-WordSearch-Activity-7134.pdf
  • Review 2 Articles: Legal Terms Glossary; Living Will
  • Take Poll: Living Will
  • Take Poll: Wills
  • Complete: 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
  • Review 2 Articles: Annulments; Family Law Charts
  • Complete: Lesson 8 Assignment
  • Complete: 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
  • Review Article: American Bar Association Bankruptcy
  • Complete: Lesson 9 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 9: Exam

Lesson 10. Tort Law

Terms used in a personal injury, or tort, cases. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 10 Video
  • Review Article: Theories of tort law
  • Review Video: What is a Tort
  • Complete: Lesson 10: Exam

Lesson 11. Property Law

Terms you will likely encounter during the home buying process. 14 Total Points
  • Lesson 11 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Guide to Property Law; Real Estate Law Terms
  • Review Video: Real Estate Law
  • Complete: Lesson 11 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 11: Exam

Lesson 12. Partnerships

General terminology governing partnerships and their operation. 8 Total Points
  • Lesson 12 Video
  • Review Article: Partnerships
  • Review Video: What is a Partnership?
  • Complete: Lesson 12: Exam

Lesson 13. Corporations

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

The Final Exam

The Final Exam 98 Total Points
  • Take Poll: What is your opinion of this course?
  • Take Survey: Program Evaluation Follow-up Survey (End of Course)
  • Complete: 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
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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.

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