EJD 601 – Legal Research & Writing – 3 credits
EJD 602 – Civil Procedure – 6 credits
EJD 603 – Contracts – 6 credits
EJD 604 – Legal Ethics – 6 credits
EJD 605 – Real Property – 6 credits
EJD 606 – Torts – 6 credits
EJD 607 – Wills – 6 credits
EJD 608 – Trusts – 6 credits
EJD 609 – Estate & Gift Taxation – 6 credits
EJD 610 – Agency & Partnership – 6 credits
EJD 611 – Labor Law – 6 credits
EJD 612 – Corporations – 6 credits
EJD 613 – Administrative Law – 6 credits
EJD 614 – Accounting & Finance – 6 credits
EJD 615 – Tax of Business Entities – 6 credits
EJD 699 – Final Project – 12 credits
PROGRAM CURRICULUM – Executive Juris Doctor Degree Program
EJD 601 – LEGAL RESEARCH, WRITING, AND ANALYSIS (3 credits)
Court Systems; Precedent; Case Reporting System (including Regional and State Reporters, Head notes and the West Key Number System, Citations and Case Finding); Statutes, Constitutions, and Legislative History; Secondary Sources (including Treatises, Law Reviews, Digests, Restatements); Administrative Agencies (including Regulations, Loose–leaf Services); Shepard's Citations; Computers in Legal Research; Reading and Understanding a Case (including Briefing a Case); Using Legal Sourcebooks; Basic Guidelines for Legal Writing; Organizing Your Research; Writing a Memorandum of Law; Writing a Brief; Writing an Opinion or Client Letter.
EJD 602 – CIVIL PROCEDURE (6 credits)
Territorial (Personal) Jurisdiction (including Venue and Forum Non Conveniens); Subject Matter Jurisdiction (covering Diversity Jurisdiction, Federal Question Jurisdiction); Erie Doctrine and Federal Common Law; Pleadings (including Counterclaims, Cross examination)
EJD 603 – CONTRACTS (6 credits)
Consideration (including Promissory Estoppels, Moral or Past Consideration); Mutual Assent; Defenses (including Mistake, Fraud, Duress, Unconscionability, Statute of Frauds, Illegality); Third–Party Beneficiaries; Assignment of Rights and Delegation of Duties; Conditions; Substantial Performance; Material vs. Minor Breach; Anticipatory Breach; Impossibility; Discharge; Remedies (including Damages, Specific Performance, Liquidated Damages).
EJD 604 – LEGAL ETHICS (6 credits)
Outlines are regulating admission to practice, preventing unauthorized practice of law. Discusses the contract between client and lawyer, including lawyer's duties regarding accepting employment, spheres of authority of lawyer and client, obligation of client to lawyer, and terminating the lawyer–client relationship, and attorney–client privilege. Other topics discussed include professional duty of confidentiality, conflicts of interest, obligations to third persons and the legal system, special obligations in litigation (including limitations on advancing money to client and duty to reject certain actions), solicitation and advertising, specialization, disciplinary process, malpractice, and special responsibilities of judges.
EJD 605 – REAL PROPERTY (6 credits)
Possession (including Wild Animals, Bailments, Adverse Possession); Gifts and Sales of Personal Property; Freehold Possessory Estates; Future Interests (including Reversion, Possibility of Reverter, Right of Entry, Executor Interests, Rule Against Perpetuities); Tenancy in Common; Joint Tenancy; Tenancy by the Entirety; Condominiums; Cooperatives; Marital Property; Landlord and Tenant; Easements and Covenants; Nuisance; Rights in Airspace and Water; Right to Support; Zoning; Eminent Domain; Sale of Land (including Mortgage, Deed, Warranties of Title); Methods of Title Assurance (including Recording System, Title Registration, Title Insurance).
EJD 606 – TORTS (6 credits)
Intentional Torts; Negligence; Strict Liability; Products Liability; Nuisance; Survival of Tort Actions; Wrongful Death; Immunity; Release and Contribution; Indemnity; Workers' Compensation; No–Fault Auto Insurance; Defamation; Invasion of Privacy; Misrepresentation; Injurious Falsehood; Interference With Economic Relations; Unjustifiable Litigation.
EJD 607 – WILLS (6 credits)
Intestate succession, simultaneous death, advancements, disclaimer, killer of decedent, elective share statutes, pretermitted child statutes, homestead, and formal requisites of a will. Also discussed are revocation of wills, incorporation by reference, pour–over gift in an inter vivos trust, joint wills, contracts relating to wills, lapsed gifts, ademption, exoneration of liens, will contests, and probate and estate administration.
EJD 608 – TRUSTS (6 credits)
Topics covered include elements of a trust, trust creation, transfer of beneficiary's interest (including spendthrift trusts), charitable trusts (including the cy pres doctrine), and a trustee's responsibilities, power, duties, and liabilities. It also covers duties and liabilities of beneficiaries, accounting for income and principal, power of settler to modify or revoke, powers of trustee beneficiaries or courts to modify or terminate, termination of trusts by operation of law, resulting trusts, purchase money resulting trusts, and constructive trusts.
EJD 609 – ESTATES & GIFT TAXATION (6 credits)
Detailed outline on estate and gift tax that discusses topics such as the substantive aspects of the estate and gift tax, coordination of federal estate and gift taxes, the generation–skipping transfer tax, the taxing jurisdiction, proposals for repeal of the federal estate tax, valuation, computation of tax, and returns and payment of tax.
EJD 610 – AGENCY & PARTNERSHIP (6 credits)
Agency: Rights and Liabilities Between Principal and Agent (including Agent’s Fiduciary Duty, Principal’s Right to Indemnification); Contractual Rights Between Principal (or Agent) and Third Persons (including Creation of Agency Relationship, Authority of Agent, Scope of Authority, Termination of Authority, Ratification, Liability on Agents Contracts); Tort Liability (including Respondent Superior, Master–Servant Relationship, Scope of Employment). Partnership: Property Rights of Partner; Formation of Partnership; Relations Between Partners (including Fiduciary Duty); Authority of Partner to Bind Partnership; Dissolution and Winding up of Partnership; Limited Partnerships.
EJD 611 – LABOR LAW (6 credits)
Legal statutory foundations of present labor law (including National Labor Relations Act (NLRA), Taft–Hartley, Norris–LaGuardia Act, and Landrum–Griffin Act), organizing campaigns, selection of the bargaining representative, collective bargaining (including negotiating the agreement, lockouts, administering the agreement, and arbitration), strikes, boycotts, and picketing. Other topics include concerted activity protected under the NLRA, civil rights legislation, grievance, federal regulation of compulsory union membership arrangements, state regulation of compulsory membership agreements, "right to work" laws, discipline of union members, election of union officers, and corruption.
EJD 612 – CORPORATIONS (6 credits)
Formalities; "De Jure" vs. "De Facto"; Promoters; Corporate Powers; Ultra Vires Transactions; Powers, Duties, and Liabilities of Officers and Directors; Allocation of Power Between Directors and Shareholders; Conflicts of Interest in Corporate Transactions; Close Corporations; Insider Trading; Rule 10b–5 and Section 16(b); Shareholders' Voting Rights; Shareholders' Right to Inspect Records; Shareholders' Suits; Capitalization (including Classes of Shares, Preemptive Rights, Consideration for Shares); Dividends; Redemption of Shares; Fundamental Changes in Corporate Structure; Applicable Conflict of Laws Principles.
EJD 613 – ADMINISTRATIVE LAW (6 credits)
The Separation of powers, and controls over agencies, constitutional right to hearing, and adjudication under administrative procedure act. Other topics that are covered include formal adjudication, adjudicatory decision makers, bias, improper influences, ex parte communications, familiarity with record, res judicicata, rulemaking procedures, and obtaining information. Also discussed is the scope of judicial review, reviewability of agency decisions, standing to seek judicial review and timing.
EJD 614 – ACCOUNTING & FINANCE (6 credits)
Course covers basic accounting principles, definitions of accounting terms, balance sheet, and income statement. Other topics that are covered are statement of changes in financial position, consolidated financial statements, accumulation of financial data, and financial statement analysis.
EJD 615 – TAX OF BUSINESS ENTITIES (6 credits)
Outline discusses taxation of partnerships, including current partnership income, contributions of property to partnership, sale of partnership interest, distributions, and liquidations. Other subjects covered include corporate taxation, including corporate distributions, sales of stock and assets, and reorganizations, S corporations, and federal income taxation of trusts
EJD 699 FINAL PROJECT / DISSERTATION (12 credits)
This is structured for independent Doctorate–level study and research, conducted under faculty supervision. See student manual for project/academic paper outline. The final project may be in an area of your choice of specialization.