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Learning Outcomes

When you have completed this course, you should be able to do the following:

  1. Think like a lawyer. By this I mean that you should develop the ability to solve a problem by breaking a large question into a logical sequence of several smaller questions which are then solved one at a time.
  2. Describe how the legal system (courts and civil procedure) operates.
  3. Identify some of the actual rules of law in the areas of crimes, torts, contracts, and business organizations.

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There are no prerequisites for this class. However, if you are a Brigham Young University student, you must have a major status of “Marriott School of Management.”

Course Materials

There are no textbooks required for this course. All the course materials are in this course.

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Course Overview

Each of the lessons in this course has a statement of objectives. At the commencement of each lesson, read the objectives and then do the following:

  1. Read the lesson and work the lesson problems.
  2. Complete the computer-graded assignment at the end of the lesson.
  3. Take the examinations.

The details about the examinations are discussed in a separate document within the course. It should be no surprise that you must receive an acceptable total score for the computer-graded assignments and the examinations to pass this course. Just like any course on campus, we must state the obvious and that is that most people pass, but it is possible to flunk.

You must pass the final exam to pass this course.

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Computer-Graded Assignments

At the end of each lesson is a computer-graded assignment. The questions are based on material in the lesson; there are no review questions. You may consult the material in the manual as you do the computer-graded assignment—it is not a closed-book assignment.

Self Checks

Self Checks do not count towards your final grade. They are an opportunity to check your knowledge gained from the reading. Pay attention to the questions and the question feedback, it will help prepare your for the computer-graded assignments and the exams.

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This course consists of two midcourse exams and one final exam. You may retake the exams once for a fee. For more information on the exams, please review the Exam Preparation modules in the course.


Each examination consists of 50 multiple-choice questions. Each examination is closed book. There is no time limit. The questions are evenly (but not precisely) distributed among each of the chapters. (There is no attempt to emphasize one chapter more than another.)


Most of the questions on the examinations are taken from old examinations that were used on the BYU–Provo campus for several years. Thus, most of the bugs have been worked out of the examination questions.

Some advice: it is in the nature of things that the law involves rules and technicalities. The text and examinations deal with rules and technicalities. To be surprised about rules and technicalities in a law class is like a medical student being surprised about all of the blood and injured bodies he or she must deal with in medical school.

The comment about rules and technicalities focuses on the author’s experience that many students miss examination questions (where they actually know the answer) for the simple reason that they read the examination questions like a novel instead of a technical document. In short: slow down and take your time. Read for detail. When students do this, their scores go up.

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Grades are based on student scores on examinations and computer-graded assignment (quiz) scores. Specifically, 60% of the grade comes from examination scores and 40% from computer-graded assignment (quiz) scores which are at the end of each chapter.

This is how your final grade for the course will be assigned:

Assignment Percentage of Grade
Computer-Graded Assignments 40%
Exam I 20%
Exam II 20%
Final Exam 20%
TOTAL 100%

Grading Scale

The grading scale is the following:

Grading Scale Cumulative Score
A 100–88%
A− 87–85%
B+ 84–82%
B 81–78%
B− 77–75%
C+ 74–72%
C 71–68%
C− 67–65%
D+ 64–62%
D 61–58%
D− 57–55%
E (fail) 54% or lower

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Copyright Notice

The materials used in connection with this online course are only for the use of students enrolled in this course for purposes associated with this course and may not be retained or further disseminated. Any copying or further dissemination of these materials may be subject to applicable U.S. Copyright Laws. For questions or more information, please visit the BYU Copyright Licensing Office website.

“Members of the BYU community who willfully disregard this Copyright Policy or the BYU Copyright Guidelines place themselves individually at risk of legal action and may incur personal liability for their conduct. The unauthorized use or distribution of copyrighted material, including unauthorized peer-to-peer file sharing, may subject individuals to civil and criminal liabilities, including actual and statutory damages, costs and fees of litigation, fines, and imprisonment

Violations of the Copyright Policy may result in university disciplinary action including termination of university enrollment or employment.” (Emphasis added. Excerpt taken from the BYU Copyright Policy)

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University Policy - Title IX Statement

Preventing & Responding to Sexual Misconduct

In accordance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Brigham Young University prohibits unlawful sex discrimination against any participant in its education programs or activities. The university also prohibits sexual harassment—including sexual violence—committed by or against students, university employees, and visitors to campus. As outlined in university policy, sexual harassment, dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking are considered forms of "Sexual Misconduct" prohibited by the university.

University policy requires all university employees in a teaching, managerial, or supervisory role to report all incidents of Sexual Misconduct that come to their attention in any way, including but not limited to face-to-face conversations, a written class assignment or paper, class discussion, email, text, or social media post. Incidents of Sexual Misconduct should be reported to the Title IX Coordinator at t9coordinator@byu.edu or (801) 422-8692. Reports may also be submitted through EthicsPoint at https://titleix.byu.edu/report or 1-888-238-1062 (24-hours a day).

BYU offers confidential resources for those affected by Sexual Misconduct, including the university’s Victim Advocate, as well as a number of non-confidential resources and services that may be helpful. Additional information about Title IX, the university’s Sexual Misconduct Policy, reporting requirements, and resources can be found at http://titleix.byu.edu or by contacting the university’s Title IX Coordinator.

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Accessibility Notice

BYU is committed to providing a working and learning atmosphere which reasonably accommodates persons with disabilities who are otherwise qualified to participate in BYU's programs and activities. In this spirit, BYU Independent Study aspires to improve web accessibility for users. While not required by law, the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 Levels A and AA provide a wide range of helpful recommendations to make Web content more accessible. BYU Independent Study strives to apply WCAG 2.0 recommendations where feasible, but may deviate from any recommendations that would result in an undue hardship to BYU Independent Study or alterations to program and course content and objectives. If you have questions about accessibility, or if you need to report problems with any accessibility features please see our Accessibilities and Accommodations Web Page.

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