JD-Next is self-paced and fully online. You can access our content from anywhere you have computer and internet access. The course will be primarily an asynchronous course with synchronous virtual office hours.
From our course you will learn how to:
Read cases in the common law system
Extract the key points of law
Understand the essential legal facts
Understand the essential legal fact patterns
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Guided and independent practice
Explanations and examples
Case of the Day
Automatic Grading and Review Lecture
Guided Self-evaluation, Review Lecture, and Class Report
Expectation Damages* Calculate expectation damages, considering the duty to mitigate.
Legal Test for Consideration* Apply the legal test for consideration, including both elements of legal value and bargained-for-exchange
Gratuitous Promise* Distinguish between a gratuitous promise and a contract supported by consideration. Apply the rule for inadequacy of consideration and policy goals centered around free market principles. Identify sham or nominal consideration and the legal implications of each.
Past Consideration* Identify the issue of past consideration and apply the rule that past consideration cannot serve as consideration to support a contract. Identify the elements of promissory estoppel.
Insufficient Illusory Promise* Identify an illusory promise as insufficient to support a contract. Determine whether a court would infer an implied reasonable efforts standard to a given scenario. Apply the rule for illusory promises to determine when or how reasonable efforts might be inferred.
Objective Theory* Apply the objective theory of contracts to a given scenario, particularly where subjective intent and objective conduct diverge. Spot the issue of mutual mistake, identifying where a mutual mistake may have occurred and the legal consequences.
Bargaining and Unilateral Offer* Distinguish between an invitation to bargain and a unilateral offer. Apply the rule that a modification cannot be made to a unilateral offer once the offeree has accepted via performance.
Offeree Acceptance* Identify the issue of whether an offeree has accepted an offer via the manner specified by the offeror.
Promissory Estoppel* Apply the legal test of promissory estoppel to a fact pattern, including the elements of whether the promisor would reasonably expect the promisee to rely, and whether the promisee did in fact rely on the promise to his or her detriment.
Dispositive Facts Identify legally determinative facts, distinguishing them from narrative or irrelevant facts.
Conclusion (Holding) Describe the holding or conclusion as in a FIRAC case brief. Select the best version of a holding, identifying the rule applied in the case and the legally relevant facts.
Issue Recall the elements of a strong issue statement and use those criteria to select the best issue statement for a given case or fact pattern.
Procedure Posture Identify facts related to the procedural history of a case or fact pattern. Identify the court issuing the opinion, which party sought relief, what motion was at issue, and the disposition of the lower court.
Rules Identify and articulate the rule applied in a given case or fact pattern. Select the best version of the rule, identifying what was essential to the rule, what elements it may have contained, and what reasoning the court may have used to support the selection or application of the rule. Distinguish between reasoning relevant and irrelevant for supporting the rule.
FIRAC Identify and distinguish between the elements of a FIRAC case brief given multiple elements of a FIRAC brief, including narrative facts, determinative facts, issue statements, rule statements, analysis, application, and the holding.
*Nine of the learning objectives assessed on the exam align with the nine doctrinal class sessions students take during JD-NEXT, allowing students to experience how they will be tested on legal doctrine at law school.
How is the Examination Administered?
The JD-NEXT exam consists of 80 multiple-choice questions and one unscored written essay with score results ranging from 400 – 1,000. Unscored test questions are randomly interspersed for statistical purposes.
The examination is an assessment of the 15 learning objectives students will have learned in the JD-Next course. Questions are based on the identification of key elements of case law to prepare learners for the traditional case law method that has been the hallmark of legal education for over 100 years.
Students receive four hours to complete the examination and essay with one break. Unscored test questions are randomly interspersed for statistical purposes.
Examination results will range from 400 – 1,000. As with similar law school admissions tests, individual success is based on how high an individual score is as a percentage of the total universe of test scores.
While each law school admissions office is unique, your ability to achieve a score in the upper percentile of all test takers for a given examination is a highly desired outcome.
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