Torts I & II
Full Year Tutored Course
The word tort comes from an old French term meaning wrong. Torts as a law school subject area refers to a series of legal actions and remedies against wrongdoers for injuries sustained. A tort is a civil wrong brought by a private party on behalf of him or herself, which is to be distinguished by a crime, which is brought by the District Attorney on behalf of the people. Sometimes a tort can be a crime and vice versa, but procedurally, they are always separate, as they have different burdens of proof and different remedies. A classic example was the famous OJ Trial in the 1990’s. He was charged criminally with murder, and after that lengthy trial brought by the District Attorney, he was found not guilty. Afterward, the families of Nicole Brown and Ron Goldman brought a civil suit for the tort of wrongful death, and a jury found that OJ was responsible for the murders and awarded damages to the families. Torts fall into three broad groups: intentional torts where an actor intends conduct that causes injury to another; negligent torts or where an actor owing a duty to act with reasonable care toward another, breaches that duty and causes injury resulting in damages; and strict liability torts where an actor causes injury to another without fault or intent but is held liable for policy reasons. You will study a number of distinct tort actions including assault, battery, false imprisonment, and intentional infliction of emotional distress; negligence actions; misrepresentation; defamation; products liability; and privacy.
Bill Hansult is a practicing California attorney and launched Side-Bar to help students pass the California and UBE exams at the lowest possible cost. He spent two years developing a system that works for both California and UBE states. The program differs from many other programs because it does not use lectures.
Instead, he provides students with outlines, practice tests and a schedule. It is the same memory reinforcement system that Bill used to pass the California Bar exam several years ago. After students master a long outline, they move to smaller and smaller ones, until a week before the exam. At that point, students switch to a "Bar Bones" outline which includes everything in 12 pages and is used as a refresher.