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Introduction to Legal Concepts

Video Description

The Introduction to Legal Concepts is a course that can serve as an introductory legal course. The course is designed for beginner level professionals who are looking to pursue a career in the field of law. The course covers many fundamental topics and concepts such as criminal law, types and layers of courts, types of trials and juries and appellate courts. In addition to these topics, the course also emphasizes on the potential career pathways for prospective lawyers and legal secretaries.

Table of Contents

  1. Chapter 00 - Course Introduction
    1. Course Introduction 00:00:43
    2. Instructor Introduction 00:00:37
  2. Chapter 01 - Legal Secretary Introduction
    1. Legal Secretary Introduction 00:00:25
    2. Legal Secretary 00:00:52
    3. Potential Careers 00:00:34
    4. Legal Secretary Job Functions 00:01:23
    5. Required Traits 00:01:31
    6. Demo - Legal Secretary Resume 00:11:30
    7. Employment Outlook 00:01:22
    8. Chapter 01 Review 00:00:46
  3. Chapter 02 - Courts, Crime, and Controversy
    1. Courts, Crime, and Controversy 00:00:20
    2. The Courts and the Criminal Justice System 00:00:10
    3. The Courts and the Criminal Justice System (cont.) 00:00:57
    4. U.S. Courts 00:02:37
    5. A Typical Courthouse 00:01:15
    6. A Typical Courtroom 00:03:42
    7. The Jury Box 00:01:54
    8. U.S. Supreme Court 00:01:36
    9. U.S. Supreme Court Interior 00:00:23
    10. Trial Courts 00:01:16
    11. Appellate Courts 00:00:51
    12. U.S. Supreme Court (Cont.) 00:00:58
    13. Actors in the Courthouse 00:07:40
    14. Prosecutors 00:01:04
    15. Defense Attorneys 00:01:21
    16. Judges 00:00:50
    17. Criminal vs Civil Court Cases 00:00:43
    18. The Steps in the Criminal Judicial Process 00:02:47
    19. The Steps in a Typical Felony Prosecution 00:02:31
    20. Crime 00:00:54
    21. Arrest 00:00:29
    22. Initial Appearance 00:00:56
    23. Bail 00:01:07
    24. Grand Jury 00:00:59
    25. Demo - Sample Entry of Appearance 00:03:13
    26. Preliminary Hearing 00:00:40
    27. Arraignment 00:00:21
    28. Discovery 00:00:38
    29. Pretrial Motions 00:00:55
    30. Plea Negotiations 00:00:57
    31. Trial 00:00:43
    32. Demo - Sample Plea Agreement 00:08:34
    33. Sentencing 00:00:58
    34. Appeal 00:00:33
    35. Law on the Books and Law in Action 00:00:47
    36. Law on the Books 00:01:22
    37. Law in Action 00:00:54
    38. The Crime Control Model and the Due Process Model 00:00:34
    39. Crime Control vs. Due Process 00:00:55
    40. The Crime Control Model 00:00:46
    41. The Due Process Model 00:00:52
    42. Chapter 02 Review 00:01:01
  4. Chapter 03 - Law and Crime
    1. Law and Crime 00:00:27
    2. The Basis of American Law 00:00:21
    3. Common Law Heritage 00:00:32
    4. The Casey Anthony Case 00:01:15
    5. Common Law Heritage (Cont.) 00:00:13
    6. Multiple Sources of Law 00:01:00
    7. Judge -Made Law 00:00:27
    8. Based on Precedent 00:01:37
    9. Case Reporters 00:01:10
    10. Federal Reporter Names 00:00:30
    11. Sample State Reporters 00:00:24
    12. Reporter Map 00:01:12
    13. How to Read Legal Citations 00:02:44
    14. Sample Citation 00:00:41
    15. Sample Citation (cont.) 00:00:35
    16. Sample Citation (cont.) 00:00:48
    17. Another Example 00:01:47
    18. Actual Case, 9th Circuit, 2006 00:01:02
    19. Demo - Reading Legal Citations 00:05:25
    20. Sources of American Law 00:00:44
    21. Constitutions 00:00:50
    22. Codes or Statutes 00:00:32
    23. Administrative Rules and Regulations 00:00:43
    24. Judge -Made Law (Cont.) 00:01:09
    25. The Adversary System 00:00:57
    26. The Adversary System (cont.) 00:01:50
    27. Adversary System Safeguards 00:00:49
    28. Levels of Proof 00:01:33
    29. Levels of Proof (cont.) 00:00:49
    30. Presumptions and Inferences 00:01:00
    31. Burden of Proof 00:00:45
    32. Rights of the Accused 00:01:12
    33. Due Process 00:00:41
    34. Criminal Procedure Amendments 00:00:30
    35. Bill of Rights 00:00:21
    36. Types of Civil Disputes 00:01:11
    37. Civil Remedy 00:00:20
    38. Civil Remedies for Fighting Crime 00:01:15
    39. Types of Injunctions 00:01:16
    40. Criminal Law Overview 00:00:44
    41. Differences Between Civil and Criminal Law 00:03:03
    42. The Five Elements of a Crime 00:01:19
    43. Elements Stated in Lay Terms 00:00:25
    44. Criminal Defenses 00:01:44
    45. Delinquency 00:01:01
    46. Characteristics of the Most Common Serious Crimes 00:03:28
    47. Characteristics of the Most Serious Crimes 00:01:47
    48. Chapter 03 Review 00:01:17
  5. Chapter 04 - State Courts
    1. State Courts 00:00:15
    2. State Courts Today 00:03:11
    3. History of State Courts 00:02:28
    4. Four Layers of Typical State Courts 00:00:14
    5. Trial Courts of Limited Jurisdiction 00:01:10
    6. Lower Courts 00:00:47
    7. Demo - Sample Search Warrant 00:10:17
    8. Trial Courts of General Jurisdiction 00:00:35
    9. Trial Courts of General Jurisdiction (cont.) 00:00:49
    10. Intermediate Court of Appeals 00:00:32
    11. Intermediate Court of Appeals (cont.) 00:00:50
    12. Courts of Last Resort 00:00:54
    13. State Supreme Courts 00:00:44
    14. State Supreme Courts (cont.) 00:00:21
    15. Chapter 04 Review 00:00:31
  6. Chapter 05 - Arrest to Arraignment
    1. Arrest to Arraignment 00:00:27
    2. Crime 00:00:21
    3. A Comparison of Type I and Type II UCR Offenses 00:01:27
    4. Crime (Cont.) 00:00:26
    5. Arrest 00:00:33
    6. Clearance Rates for UCR Type I Offenses 00:01:03
    7. Arrest (Cont.) 00:01:12
    8. Arrest Facts 00:01:21
    9. Initial Appearance 00:00:42
    10. Initial Appearance (cont.) 00:01:53
    11. Charging 00:00:22
    12. Charging Documents 00:00:39
    13. Charging - Law On The Books 00:00:45
    14. Charging - Law In Action 00:00:56
    15. Charging Tactics 00:00:56
    16. Bail 00:00:27
    17. Bail (cont.) 00:01:01
    18. Bail - Law On The Books 00:00:57
    19. Demo - Bail Bond Agreement 00:04:22
    20. Bail - Law In Action 00:00:43
    21. Forms of Bail 00:02:02
    22. Effects Of The Bail System 00:01:10
    23. Bench Warrants 00:01:08
    24. Bail - Case Disposition 00:00:58
    25. Preventive Detention 00:01:04
    26. Bail Agents and Bounty Hunters 00:01:12
    27. Preliminary Hearing 00:00:40
    28. Preliminary Hearing (cont.) 00:00:43
    29. Preliminary Hearing - Law On The Books 00:00:43
    30. Grand Jury 00:00:15
    31. Variability in State Use of Grand Juries 00:01:07
    32. Grand Jury - Law On The Books 00:00:40
    33. Grand Jury - Details 00:01:26
    34. Arraignment 00:00:28
    35. Chapter 05 Review 00:00:58
  7. Chapter 06 - Trials and Juries
    1. Trials and Juries 00:00:13
    2. History of Trials by Jury 00:00:27
    3. The Jury 00:00:25
    4. Law on the Books - The Constitution and Trial by Jury 00:00:31
    5. Law on the Books - The Constitution and Trial by Jury (Cont.) 00:00:27
    6. State Provisions on the Size of Criminal Juries 00:01:52
    7. State Provisions on the Size of Criminal Juries (cont.) 00:00:28
    8. Law on the Books - The Constitution and Trial by Jury (Cont.) 00:00:45
    9. Master Jury List 00:00:37
    10. Summoning the Venire 00:00:18
    11. Venire Eligibility 00:00:39
    12. Voir Dire - Speak the Truth 00:01:49
    13. Demo - Voir Dire 00:12:47
    14. Serving On A Jury 00:01:03
    15. Law in Action - Choosing a Jury Biased in Your Favor 00:01:34
    16. Presumptions and the Burden of Proof 00:00:24
    17. Presumptions and the Burden of Proof (cont.) 00:00:47
    18. Overview of Basic Evidence 00:00:36
    19. Types of Evidence 00:00:55
    20. Overview of Basic Evidence (Cont.) 00:01:03
    21. Objections to the Admission of Evidence 00:01:36
    22. Objections to the Admission of Evidence (cont.) 00:01:30
    23. Overview of Basic Evidence (Cont..) 00:00:51
    24. Steps In The Trial Process 00:02:46
    25. Opening Statements 00:00:43
    26. Prosecution's Case In Chief 00:01:04
    27. Defense Goals 00:00:43
    28. Defense's Case in Chief 00:01:08
    29. The Defense Presents Its Case 00:01:05
    30. Prosecution Rebuttal 00:00:15
    31. Closing Arguments 00:01:03
    32. Jury Instructions 00:01:24
    33. Jury Deliberations 00:00:48
    34. Demo - Jury Instruction 00:03:13
    35. The Verdict 00:00:34
    36. Post -Verdict Motions 00:00:53
    37. Chapter 06 Review 00:00:56
  8. Chapter 07 - Appellate Courts
    1. Appellate Courts 00:00:22
    2. Nature of the Appellate Process 00:00:16
    3. Limitations on the Right to Appellate Review 00:00:44
    4. Standard of Review 00:02:55
    5. Appellate Court Procedures 00:01:33
    6. Demo - Notice of Appeal 00:05:12
    7. Demo - Sample Double Jeopardy Motion 00:11:55
    8. Appellate Court Procedures (Cont.) 00:00:47
    9. Appellate Court Procedures (Cont.) 00:01:18
    10. Criminal Appeals 00:00:23
    11. Post-Conviction Review 00:01:16
    12. State Supreme Courts 00:00:32
    13. The U.S. Supreme Court and Criminal Justice Policy 00:00:20
    14. Chapter 07 Review 00:00:43
  9. Chapter 08 - Legal Terminology
    1. Introduction 00:00:33
    2. Legal Terminology 00:00:57
    3. Demo - The Online Legal Dictionary 00:04:06
    4. Contract Terms 00:00:24
    5. Sample Contract 00:00:53
    6. Covenants 00:00:33
    7. Conditions 00:00:42
    8. The Reasonable Man Doctrine 00:00:43
    9. Reasonable - Courts Decide 00:00:32
    10. Material 00:00:36
    11. Timing - Prompt or Reasonable 00:00:46
    12. Time is of the Essence 00:00:45
    13. Small But Critical Words 00:00:33
    14. Represent - Warrant 00:00:44
    15. Demo - Sample Contract 00:11:52
    16. Breach - Material Breach 00:00:34
    17. Damages 00:00:39
    18. Compensatory Damages 00:00:44
    19. Compensatory Damages (cont.) 00:00:30
    20. Nominal Damages 00:00:47
    21. Direct - Consequential 00:00:26
    22. Negligence 00:00:29
    23. Subrogation 00:00:33
    24. Jurisdiction - Venue 00:00:28
    25. Choice of Law 00:00:29
    26. Injunction 00:00:31
    27. Termination Clause 00:00:38
    28. Implied or Expressed Waiver 00:00:30
    29. More Quick Terms 00:00:48
    30. Chapter 08 Review 00:00:31
    31. Course Closure 00:00:41