Professor Joseph L. Marino (4 credits)
This course surveys in a comparative context the substantive law in eight major subject areas. These foundational subjects are considered from a perspective that takes into account both the prevailing national and New York views. Students are called upon to analyze legal problems in these subjects, comparing and contrasting solutions derived under current law in various jurisdictions. The primary subject areas covered are: (1) corporations; (2) contracts and sales; (3) criminal law and procedure; (4) evidence; (5) real property; (6) torts; (7) wills; and (8) trusts. The course involves several in-class examinations that count toward the final grade, as well as a proctored, in-class final examination. In addition to the readings and problems contained within the course materials, there are also several written, problem-solving homework assignments that are individually critiqued. Enrollment is limited to day division students in their third year and evening division students in their fourth year. Recommended especially for students in the third and fourth quartiles of their class. Students in the bottom 40 percent of their class in their graduating year should take this course in the fall term and Consolidated Legal Analysis (MJD155), for which this course serves as a prerequisite, in the spring term.
This course is a required course under the Comprehensive Curriculum.