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Mr. Ozello, Attorney at Law RSS

I want to take the opportunity to introduce myself.  My name is James Ozello, and I am the Legal Studies teacher at East Orange Campus High School.  I teach the Law Studies and Business Law courses.

 

To give you some of my background, I am an attorney licensed to practice in New Jersey, New York, and Ohio.  The Ohio connection comes from the fact that I did my undergraduate work at Ohio State University, and I obtained my law degree from the University of Akron, in Ohio.  I also hold a Masters in Taxation from the University of Akron, and obtained my teaching certification from William Paterson University.

 

For the past 25 years I have been a legal consultant for Thomson Reuters, and have conducted a limited private practice.  In addition, over the past few years, I have taught Social Studies at Valleyview Middle School in Denville, New Jersey, and have also worked at Lakeland Regional High School in Wanaque, New Jersey.

 

My intention while teaching Legal Studies at East Orange Campus High School is to provide the students with the means and resources to learn about the law, how it functions, and how it will apply to them.  With this knowledge and experience, the students will be better equipped to survive and thrive in today’s society.  I see the Legal Studies courses as “authentic” courses, from which the students can learn lessons that will serve them well in their everyday lives, lessons that they can apply to everyday situations.  I strive to facilitate their learning to be better citizens.

 

If you need to contact me regarding the curriculum or your child’s progress in Legal Studies, please do not hesitate to call me through the school office, or email at james.ozello@eastorange.k12.nj.us, and I will respond to you as soon as possible to address your concerns.

Please note the following descriptions of my courses.

Applied Business Law – Room B111 – The Law Academy Courtroom Lab

Syllabus

East Orange Campus High School

Academic Year 2012-2013

  

Applied Business Law is a full year class, worth 5 credits.  The class deals with various legal topics, specifically how the law is applied to the organization and operations of a business.  At the end of the class at the end of the school year, students will have created a portfolio of documents which can be used as the foundation of a business proposal.

 

The areas of law to be discussed include the following:

 

            Business structures                                        Tax law as it applies to business

            Financial literacy and budgets                    Employment relationships

            Contracts                                                            Intellectual property

            Business liquidations and buyouts            Bankruptcy

           

 

Students will be assessed based on their performance in class discussions and debates, quizzes, tests, projects, written assignments, homework, and a midterm and final.  The grades are calculated as follows:

 

            Tests                                                                    30%

            Formative assessments (quizzes)              20%

            Projects/Research/Labs                               10%

            Homework                                                        15%

            Classwork/Participation                               25%

 

Students should come prepared to class with something to write with (pen or pencil), a notebook, and a folder for handouts and assignment sheets.  The instructor will, on a regular basis, check student notebooks for class participation grades.

 

All school rules and regulations apply to the Applied Business Law class.  In addition, because the class is held in the Law Academy Courtroom Lab, the following rules must be emphasized:

 

(1) Use of cellphones, texting, and Ipods are strictly prohibited.  Students breaking this rule will be given one warning, and then a referral to the discipline office will be made.

(2) There is no eating or drinking in the Courtroom.  There is no gum chewing in the Courtroom.  This rule is because of the carpet.


Law Studies – Room B111 – The Law Academy Courtroom Lab

Syllabus

East Orange Campus High School

Academic Year 2012-2013

 

Mr. James Ozello, Attorney at Law

973-266-7346

james.ozello@eastorange.k12.nj.us

 

Law Studies is a one semester, ½ year class, worth 2 ½ credits.  The class is an overview course, discussing the key aspects of the following topics:

 

            Criminal law                                       Court Procedure

            The rights of the accused               Personal injury

            Contracts                                             Discrimination

 

Students will be assessed based on their performance in class discussions and debates, quizzes, tests, projects, written assignments, homework, and a midterm and final.  The grades are calculated as follows:

 

            Tests                                                                     30%

            Formative assessments (quizzes)               20%

            Projects/Research/Labs                                10%

            Homework                                                         15%

            Classwork/Participation                                25%

 

Students should come prepared to class with something to write with (pen or pencil), a notebook, and a folder for handouts and assignment sheets.  The instructor will, on a regular basis, check student notebooks for class participation grades.

 

All school rules and regulations apply to the Law Studies class.  In addition, because the class is held in the Law Academy Courtroom Lab, the following rules must be emphasized:

 

(1) Use of cellphones, texting, and Ipods are strictly prohibited.  Students breaking this rule will be given one warning, and then a referral to the discipline office will be made.

(2) There is no eating or drinking in the Courtroom.  There is no gum chewing in the Courtroom.  This rule is because of the carpet.

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