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Torts Preview Course 

Faculty: 
Professor Kaufman has taught Torts for over twenty years. She served as Reporter for the New York Pattern Jury Instruction, which is among the most respected treatises on tort law in New York. Professor Kaufman has repeatedly been voted "Best Teacher of the Year" by Touro students.
This course will introduce students to the law of Torts, a first year required course in virtually all U.S. law schools. Students will focus on the intentional torts directed against a person, which include battery, assault, false imprisonment, and intentional infliction of emotional distress, as well as applicable defenses.
 
Course Objectives
To introduce you to the study of Torts—a core subject in the first year of law school
  • To give you an edge in understanding Torts so that should you enroll in law school, you will have a basic familiarity with key concepts in Tort law.
  • To give you an opportunity to demonstrate your analytic skills by applying the law you learn to new fact patterns.
  • To expose you to the dynamic nature of the law and the role that lawyers play in shaping the law.


Week

Topics

Class Preparation

Week 1

Introduction to tort law including the distinction between negligence and intent

Readings, videos, and basic exercises to be distributed at the beginning of the week and completed in advance of the online course meeting for that week

Week 2

Study of the intentional torts of battery and assault, including testing understanding through multiple hypotheticals

Week 3

Study of the intentional torts of false imprisonment and intentional infliction of emotional distress, including testing understanding through multiple hypotheticals

Week 4

Study of the defenses to the intentional torts.

Final Assessment