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Master of Arts (M.A.)


College of the Pacific


The problem is to determine the circumstances and conditions prerequisite to liability under attractive nuisance as it applies to public schools in the State of California.

In answering this problem an attempt will be made to clarify for the school administrator sundry areas in attractive nuisance, as follows: 1) What constitutes the action of negligence?; 2) What is the history of the attractive nuisance doctrine in England where it originated, and in the United States?; 3) What is the attractive nuisance doctrine as recognized in the State of California?; 4) What distinction does California make between negligence and attractive nuisance as they apply to school districts?; 5) What are possible situations under which lawsuits in attractive nuisance may culminate into judgments against school districts?; 6) Why have California courts to date rendered no decision on attractive nuisance against a school district?





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