CAP Curriculum



Defamation in the Internet Age

This course will analyze the age-old tort of defamation in light of modern Internet communication methods, including social media. The course will examine the constitutional and common law underpinnings of the doctrine, along with its exception for statements of opinion and heightened standards for statements about public figures. The course will then apply this law to the age of Twitter and Facebook, analyzing the way the common law morphs over time. The course will also look at defamation from a statutory perspective, covering the changes to the doctrine wrought by the passage of  § 230 of the Communications Decency Act, as well as analyzing hypothetical defamation statutes and how their application would compare to the common law.

Land Use Controls

The course goals and objectives are to teach the basic methods of legal analysis required to learn, in both a historical and a modern sense, the four pillars of land use controls: nuisance, servitudes, zoning, and takings. In this course, you will begin learning how to locate and identify, know, comprehend, apply, analyze, synthesize, and evaluate the rights and obligations that arise from these land-use property laws. The content of nuisance law is set down, essentially but not entirely, by common law courts.  Servitudes are defined primarily by private law arrangements. Zoning is largely legislative, requiring a good understanding of politics and statutory analysis. And, takings law, including eminent domain and inverse condemnation, requires constitutional analysis. All of these methods of land use controls are alive and well, as such this course will provide a useful survey of several substantive, doctrinal, and lawyering skills.


No textbooks are required. Course materials will be posted on TWEN. Access to TWEN will be provided prior to the start of class.

Course Times and Syllabi

Students are required to attend and participate in all live online chats for each class, each session. See the CAP Participation Policy. Each class meets for two hours, Monday – Friday, and the times for these chats are the same each week. Students will be registered for both courses once the Charleston School of Law has received their Intent Form, Computer Literacy Form, Exam Disclaimer Form and tuition payment for the program.

It is highly recommended that students also access each course on TWEN at least once a day in order to keep up with the postings and the emails related to the courses. The advantage of online courses is that the discussion boards are always open and students may access their classes at any time.

Students will be able to access their syllabi on TWEN. Access to TWEN will be provided prior to the start of the program.