The second year of Law School at American Heritage University School of Law is less challenging. By this time, some students have either passed the First Year Law School Exam or are waiting for the next attempt. Either way, most students are comfortable with distance learning. The workload of the JD program is not as intense and most students have typically formed a rhythm of studying and attend live lectures or catching up on archived lectures.
Practical Training of Law Students (PTLS)
The State Bar of California’s Practical Training of Law Students (PTLS) program certifies law students to provide legal services under declaration from the Dean of the Law School and the supervision of an attorney. Completion of the first year of the JD program is required plus enrollment or completion of Law 221 – Civil Procedure.
Second Year Courses
This course examines the rules governing civil proceedings and the jury trial system with emphasis on federal procedural rules. Students will study various phases of civil litigation and learn how to proceed with litigation in a court of law. Students will study the statutory and decisional law related to federalism, allocations of power between state and federal courts, personal and subject matter jurisdiction, rules of pleading, claim and party consolidation, venue, pre, and post-trial motion practice, claim and issue preclusion, discovery, summary judgments, dismissals, and the appellate process.
The course provides doctrinal analysis of various common and modern real property rules. Students will examine ownership, possessory, alienable rights, and other legal interests in freehold and non- freehold estates, future interest, land covenants, equitable servitudes, and easements. Students will study the law related to the recordation, use, and transfer of property interests, and landlord/tenant law.
Students will learn equitable and legal remedies that are available to civil litigants. They will learn how to allege measure and define the scope of monetary damage awards, restitution, legal fees, constructive trusts, and apportionments in tort and contract actions. Students will explore coercive remedies such as temporary restraining orders, preliminary injunctions, permanent injunctions, specific performance, contempt, and declaratory relief.
Students will study the rights of the accused in criminal matters by examining various provisions to the Bill of Rights of the United States Constitution. Students will learn the law governing searches and seizures, confessions, double jeopardy, the right to counsel, jury trials, speedy trials, pleas, exclusionary rules, and the appellate rights of an accused to enforce constitutional guarantees.