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Introduction to Agency: Defining Agency Relationships

This lesson introduces the student to agency relationships and explores the following questions: Why are agency relationships formed? Who are the parties to an agency relationship? What elements are required to form an agency relationship? and What are the consequences of forming an agency relationship?

Learning Outcomes

On completion of the lesson, the student will be able to:
1. Define the terms "principal" and "agent."
2. Explain how the law of agency governs the relationships between individuals and/or organizations who accomplish their work by using the services of others.
3. Discuss the legal requirements for forming an agency relationship.
4. Analyze the qualifications one must have in order to be a principal or an agent.
5. Examine the impact of forming agency relationships.

You should allow 50-60 minutes to complete this Lesson.
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Authored by:

Linda Smiddy
Professor of Law and Director of International and Comparative Programs
Vermont Law School

Expert and Opinion Evidence

This exercise applies hypotheticals to situations involving expert witnesses. Analysis relies primarily on the Federal Rules of Evidence. Expert testimony in both civil and criminal contexts is covered, as the exercise consists of two trials: the first is a civil case, the second a criminal prosecution. The challenge of understanding expert opinion law is addressed through a series of problems which raise issues of qualifying experts to give opinions, the proper bases for expert opinion, admissibility of fee information, cross-examination of experts, opinions on questions of law, and other applications.

You should allow 45 minutes to complete this Lesson.
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Authored by:

Ronald Carlson
Fuller E. Callaway Professor of Law
University of Georgia Law School

Adverse Possession: An Introductory Lesson

This lesson provides an introductory overview of adverse possession.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of the lesson, the student will be able to:

1. Define adverse possession.

2. Explain the historical origins of adverse possession.

3. Explain the policy justification of modern adverse possession.

4. Discuss the common law standards to establish title by adverse possession.

5. Discuss the modern statutory standards to acquire title by adverse possession.


You should allow 35 minutes to complete this Lesson.
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Authored by:

Wilson Freyermuth
Professor of Law
University of Missouri - Columbia School of Law

Dangerous Dog Laws and Procedural Due Process: Part 1

This lesson is an introduction to the basics of dangerous dog laws and is the first part in a series of three lessons that examines their interaction with the Fourteenth Amendment's procedural due process requirement. This lesson does not require any prior knowledge of animal laws or dangerous dog laws. While some general knowledge of due process might be helpful, it is not necessary or required.

Best Friends Animal Society is a nonprofit, membership organization building no-kill programs and partnerships that will bring about a day when there are No More Homeless Pets. The society's leading initiatives in animal care and community programs are coordinated from its Kanab, Utah, headquarters, the country's largest no-kill sanctuary. This work is made possible by the support of a grassroots network of members and community partners across the nation.

You should allow 40 minutes to complete this Lesson.
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Authored by:

Lauren Gallagher
Public Service Attorney
Best Friends Animal Society

Ledy VanKavage
Senior Legislative Attorney
Best Friends Animal Society