Highly Recommended Upper Level Courses

(Course Name | Credit Hours)

ADVANCED TORTS (LAW 9510 – Three Credits)

Advanced Torts focuses centrally on doctrines that afford relief for injuries inflicted to the plaintiff’s relationships with parties in the community, prioritizing discussion of claims that are actionable in North Carolina. The course explores a number of topics, including, but not limited to: alienation of affections, criminal conversation, tortious interference with economic relationships, tortious interference with family relationships, defamation, and invasion of privacy.


(Evening Program Only)

A study of both the law of agency as a means of conducting business through others and of the law of partnership as a business form. The course explores vicarious liability of an employer for the torts of an employee, the duties between an agent and principal, and the power of an agent to bind the principal. The characteristics of general and limited partnerships are examined, and the recent impact of limited liability entities is considered.


The course provides a comparison between civil procedure rules at the state and federal level. Each student in the class will prepare a response to case problems based on the research of the state law where the student intends to take the bar examination.

CRIMINAL PROCEDURE (LAW 8210 – Three Credits)

This course is an examination of the Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth Amendments to the United State Constitution and the regulation of law enforcement conduct during the regulation of law enforcement conduct during criminal investigations. Subjects covered include: arrests, searches and seizures, indictments, trials, punishments, confessions, and the right to an attorney. Course coverage begins with the due process clause and its impact on the trial of criminal defendants.

FAMILY LAW (LAW 8070 – Three Credits)

This course examines the nature and law of marriage, the contract to marry and its consequences, prenuptial agreements, annulment, divorce and separation, alimony and support obligations, equitable distribution, the concept of family, rights and duties of parent and child, child custody, visitation and support, termination of parental rights and adoption, and procreation, including legitimacy, and contraception.

NORTH CAROLINA RULES (LAW 8010 – Three Credits)

Prerequisites: Civil Procedure I/II and Evidence

This course provides a selective review of North Carolina Rules of Civil Procedure and the North Carolina Rules of Evidence. The course will focus on specific rules and the interplay between these rules and decisions of North Carolina appellate courts interpreting them. Most class discussions will be based on a series of hypothetical questions that students will consider prior to each class.

REAL ESTATE FINANCE (LAW 9201 – Three Credits)

This course discusses transactions involving real property and security interests in real property, principally focused upon residential real estate dealings, and emphasizing North Carolina law. The course considers the roles and responsibilities of professionals in the typical real estate transaction, including brokers, agents and lawyers, whose conduct may be regulated by statute as well as by rules of professional responsibility, and also examines the conduct of buyers and sellers in such transactions. Among the substantive topics which may be covered are the contractual and statutory requirements of contracts for listing agreements, offers to purchase, sale agreements, mortgages and promissory notes; as well as alternative financing arrangements, remedies of secured creditors including foreclosure process and procedures, mechanics and material men’s liens, transfers of encumbered real property and the North Carolina Fair Housing Act.

REMEDIES (LAW 9110 – Three Credits)

An examination of the legal rules and principles that determine the nature and measurement of relief to which a successful litigant may be entitled. Students will examine issues related to the elements and measure of money damages, specific performance of contracts, availability and scope of preliminary and permanent injunctive relief, declaratory judgment and restitution. Other areas typically covered include the relationship between legal and equitable relief and ancillary issues such as attorneys’ fees, collection of judgments, governmental immunity and punitive damages.

TRIAL PRACTICE (LAW 8170 – Three Credits)

Prerequisites: Evidence

This class is a study of the process of client representation focusing on trial preparation: fact-gathering, negotiating and counseling, and the final trial. The course involves exercises on direct and cross-examination, jury selection, and closing arguments. Each student participates in a mock trial.