This course introduces the paralegal profession and the legal system with an emphasis on the role of professional and legal ethics. Topics include regulation, ethics, case analysis, legal reasoning, career opportunities, professional organizations, terminology, and other related topics. Upon completion, students should be able to understand the role of a paralegal and identify the skills, knowledge, and ethics required of paralegals.
This course introduces the techniques of legal research and writing. Emphasis is on locating, analyzing, applying, and updating sources of law; effective legal writing, including proper citation; and the use of electronic research methods. Upon completion, students should be able to perform legal research and writing assignments using techniques covered in the course.
This course covers advanced topics in legal research and writing. Topics include more complex legal issues and assignments involving preparation of legal memos, briefs, and other documents as well as the advanced use of electronic research methods. Upon completion, students should be able to perform legal research and writing assignments using techniques covered in the course.
This course covers traditional tort concepts and the evolving body of individual rights created by statute. Topics include intentional and non-intentional torts with emphasis on negligence, strict liability, civil rights, workplace and environmental liability, remedies, and damages. Upon completion, students should be able to recognize, explain, and evaluate elements of civil injuries and related defenses.
This course introduces the structure of the legal system and the rules governing civil litigation. Topics include jurisdiction and state and federal rules of civil procedure and evidence. Upon completion, students should be able to assist an attorney in the pre-litigation matters and preparation of pleadings and motions.
This course covers advanced topics in the civil litigation process. Topics include motions, discovery, and trial and appellate procedures. Upon completion, students should be able to assist an attorney in preparing and organizing documents for trial, settlement, and post-trial practice.
This course covers legally enforceable agreements, forms of organization, and selected portions of the Uniform Commercial Code. Topics include drafting and enforcement of contracts, leases, and related documents as well as selection and implementation of business organization forms, sales, and commercial papers. Upon completion, students should be able to apply the elements of a contract, prepare various business documents, and understand the role of commercial paper.
This course introduces substantive criminal law and procedural rights of the accused. Topics include elements of state/federal crimes, defenses, constitutional issues, pre-trial and trial process, and other related topics. Upon completion, students should be able to explain elements of specific crimes and assist an attorney in preparing a criminal case.
This course covers the techniques of reading and applying legal opinions and the skills of case analysis. Emphasis is on the components of opinions and on types of legal writing. Upon completion, students should be able to read, analyze, and brief opinions as well as prepare legal memoranda, briefs, and other legal documents.
This course introduces the study of real property law. Topics include the distinction between real and personal property, various estates, mechanics of conveyance and encumbrance, recordation, special proceedings, and other related topics. Upon completion, students should be able to identify estates, forms of deeds, requirements for recording, and procedures to enforce rights to real property.
This course continues the study of real property law relating to title examination and preparation of closing documents. Topics include use of courthouse and other public records in title examination and preparation of documents required in real estate transactions and closings. Upon completion, students should be able to plot/draft a description; perform complete title examination; draft closing documents, including title insurance forms; and prepare disbursement reconciliation.
This course covers the legal aspects of forming, operating, and maintaining a business. Emphasis is on the business corporation with additional coverage of sole proprietorships and partnerships. Upon completion, students should be able to draft basic partnership and corporate documents and file these documents as required.
This course covers laws governing domestic relations. Topics include marriage, separation, divorce, child custody, support, property division, adoption, domestic violence, and other related topics. Upon completion, students should be able to interview clients, gather information, and draft documents related to family law.
This course covers various types of wills, trusts, probate, estate administration, and intestacy. Topics include types of wills and execution requirements, caveats and dissents, intestate succession, inventories and accountings, distribution and settlement, and other related topics. Upon completion, students should be able to draft simple wills; prepare estate forms; understand administration of estates, including taxation; and explain terms regarding trusts.
This course provides an overview of the laws of bankruptcy and the rights of creditors and debtors. Topics include bankruptcy procedures and estate management, attachment, claim and delivery, repossession, foreclosure, collection, garnishment, and post-judgment collection procedure. Upon completion, students should be able to prepare and file bankruptcy forms, collection letters, statutory liens, and collection of judgment.
This course covers the basics of intellectual property theory, and the paralegal's practical role. Topics include copyright, patent and trademark theory which emphasizes statutory creation and property rights. Upon completion, students should be able to discuss the creation and sustainability of copyrights, patents and trademarks.
This course covers both theoretical and practical application of immigration law to everyday scenarios and the paralegal's role in the process. Topics include administrative agency formation, the role of INS and the implication of the decisions on the immigration process. Upon completion, students should be able to discuss administrative agencies, the relationship of the INS to the governmental structure and immigration case law.
This course covers the process of initiating and handling workers' compensation claims. Emphasis is on reviewing and drafting relevant Industrial Commission forms. Upon completion, students should be able to interview clients, gather information, and draft documents related to workers' compensation claims.
This course is designed to teach reading and analyzing medical records for legal evaluation of bodily injury and disability claims. Emphasis is on terminology; identifying, obtaining, and reviewing medical records; and study of the major systems of the human body. Upon completion, students should be able to compile, analyze, and organize medical documents to support or disprove injury claims.
This course is designed to prepare students for voluntary certification sponsored by the National Association of Legal Assistants to demonstrate significant competence in paralegalism. Topics include communications, ethics, human relations, interviewing techniques, judgment and analytical analysis, legal research, legal terminology, general law and nine tested specialty areas of law. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate that they are prepared to take the NALA's Certified Legal Assistant Exam.
Course Hours Per Week: Class, 2; Lab, 0