Paralegal Studies

PARA 1100 INTRODUCTION TO LAW AND ETHICS (45-0-3)
Prerequisite: Provisional Admission
This course emphasizes the American legal system, the role of the lawyer and legal assistant within that system, and the ethical obligations imposed upon attorneys and legal assistants. Topics include: survey of American jurisprudence, code of professional responsibility and ethics overview, and introduction to areas of law and legal vocabulary.

PARA 1105 LEGAL RESEARCH AND LEGAL WRITING I (45-0-3)
Prerequisites: ENGL 1101, PARA 1100
This course introduces the student to the process of locating statutory, judicial, administrative and secondary sources on both a state and federal level. The student will utilize both print and electronic research resources. Focuses on the application and reinforcement of basic writing skills, familiarizes the student with types of writing typically engaged in by lawyers and legal assistants, and prepares the student for legal writing tasks. The student learns to write business letters as well as advisory documents. Topics include: legal analysis and legal correspondence and composition.

PARA 1110 LEGAL RESEARCH AND LEGAL WRITING II (45-0-3)
Prerequisites: ENGL 1101, PARA 1100, PARA 1105
Builds on competencies acquired in PARA 1102 and continues the process of locating statutory, judicial, administrative and secondary sources on both a state and federal level. The student will conduct a wider range of research in both print and electronic research resources. Emphasis will be placed on preparation of legal documents. Criminal case documents will be examined, but most of the emphasis will be on civil matters. The student will be presented factual scenarios, and utilizing these facts, research and develop a case from intake to trial.

PARA 1115 FAMILY LAW (45-0-3)
Prerequisite: Program Admission
This course introduces the student to the issues which may arise in family law cases and to the role of the paralegal in assisting the attorney in the development and presentation of such cases. Topics include: issues associated with client and witness interviews, marriage validity and dissolution, litigation support in family law matters, issues concerning children, special matters in family law, and attorney and paralegal ethical obligations.

PARA 1120 REAL ESTATE LAW (45-0-3)
Prerequisite: Program Admission
Co-Requisite: PARA 1100
This course introduces the student to the basic concepts of real property law as they pertain to common types of real estate transactions. Additionally, emphasis will be placed on practical skills such as document preparation and title examination. Topics include: real estate contracts, plat reading and legal descriptions, types and purposes of deeds, title searches, common real estate mortgages and documentation, real estate closing and closing statements, recordation statutes and requirements, and elements of the lease.

PARA 1125 CRIMINAL LAW AND CRIMINAL PROCEDURE (45-0-3)
Prerequisite: Program Admission
Co-Requisite: PARA 1100
This course introduces the student to the basic concepts of substantive criminal law and its procedural aspects with an emphasis on the constitutionally protected rights of the accused in the criminal justice system. Topics include: substantive criminal law and procedure and criminal litigation support.

PARA 1130 CIVIL LITIGATION (45-0-3)
Prerequisite: PARA 1100
This course emphasizes competencies and concepts of civil litigation in both federal and state courts. Topics include: federal and state litigation; trial and pretrial proceedings; litigation ethics; and litigation documents, exhibits, investigations, and interviews.

PARA 1135 WILLS, TRUSTS, PROBATE, AND ADMINISTRATION (45-0-3)
Prerequisite: Program Admission
Co-Requisite: PARA 1100
This course provides a general framework of the substantive theory of wills, trusts, and estates. Topics include: wills, trusts, and powers of attorney; probate of wills and administration of estates; document preparation for other probate proceedings; general jurisdiction of the probate court; terminology of wills and estate practice; client interviews; and document preparation.

PARA 1140 TORT LAW (45-0-3)
Prerequisite: Program Admission
Co-Requisite: PARA 1100
This course introduces the student to the basic concepts of substantive tort law. Topics include: concepts of intentional torts, negligence and product liability; causation and liability concepts; damages and defenses; and special tort actions and immunities.

PARA 1145 LAW OFFICE MANAGEMENT (45-0-3)
Prerequisite: Program Admission
Co-Requisite: PARA 1100
This course introduces the student to common forms of law practice. The student will be exposed to methods of billing and time-keeping, automation in the law office, the law office library, the appropriate role of support staff in the law office, and ethical concerns relevant to law office management. Topics include: forms of law practice and insurance needs, support systems, support staff, and ethical responsibilities.

PARA 1150 CONTRACTS, COMMERCIAL LAW AND BUSINESS ORGANIZATIONS (45-0-3)
Prerequisite: PARA 1100
This course introduces the student to the basic concepts of legal rules commonly applicable in commercial settings, to the basic concepts of substantive contract law and to the formulation and operation of sole proprietorships, general partnerships, limited partnerships, and corporations. Additionally, the course explores the basic concepts of agency law. Topics include Constitutional law and its impact on business, the essential elements of a contract and related legal principles and the Uniform Commercial Code, sole proprietorships, partnerships, professional associations and other business organizations, corporations and tax implications of different organizations.

PARA 1200 BANKRUPTCY/DEBTOR-CREDITOR RELATIONS (45-0-3)
Prerequisite: Completion of all PARA 11xx Courses.
This course introduces the student to the purpose and application of the Federal Bankruptcy Code and Rules, as well as applicable state law related to bankruptcy and debtor-creditor issues. Topics include: the Bankruptcy Code and Rules, Bankruptcy Court procedures, the preparation of bankruptcy forms and documents, state law workouts and collection, and the role of the paralegal in a bankruptcy practice.

PARA 1205 CONSTITUTIONAL LAW (45-0-3)
Prerequisite: PARA 1100
This course explains the major legal principles and concepts of the U.S. Constitution including governmental powers and structure, and civil liberties. Additionally, this course includes an exploration of the history of the Constitution and case law interpreting it.

PARA 1210 LEGAL AND POLICY ISSUES IN HEALTHCARE (45-0-3)
Prerequisite: PARA 1100
Provide an overview of the legal issues involved in the delivery of healthcare and the issues relating to Elder Law. Students will recognize the fundamentals of the healthcare treatment relationship, liability issues, patient care decisions and the human condition of sickness. They will explore the complexities of heathcare financing, health care access, governmental regulations and privacy issues. Topics will also include access to care, informed consent, patient care decisions, the doctor-patient relationship, end-of-life decision making, legal problems of the elderly, law and mental health, AIDS and the law and the privatization of health care facilities.

PARA 1215 ADMINISTRATIVE LAW (45-0-3)
Prerequisite: PARA 1100
This course introduces the student to the basic concepts of administrative law including the legislative process related to enabling the agency. The Administrative Procedure Act (federal and state) is covered. Topics also include agency discretion, due process, delegation, rule-making, investigation, information collection, informal proceeding, hearings, and judicial review. Because paralegals are permitted to represent individuals in some agency proceedings (e.g., social security, unemployment, etc.), the students are introduced to the various aspects of such representation.

PARA 2205 ADVANCED LEGAL RESEARCH AND WRITING (45-0-3)
Prerequisite: ENGL 1102
Continues to develop writing skills developed in PARA 1105 and 1110 focusing on legal memoranda preparation. Additionally, students enhance legal research skills. Course competencies include research methodology, legal memoranda preparation, and substantive law research.

PARA 2210 PARALEGAL INTERNSHIP I (0-270-6)
Prerequisite: Advisor Approval
This course focuses on the application and reinforcement of paralegal skills in an actual workplace environment, or at the discretion of the instructor, in a school practicum with simulated work experiences. Students are acquainted with occupational responsibilities through realistic work situations and are provided with insights into paralegal applications on the job. Topics include: problem solving, adaptability to the job setting, use of proper interpersonal skills, application of paralegal skills in a workplace setting, and professional development.

Note: Paralegals may not provide legal services directly to the public except as permitted by law.
Persons who have been convicted of a felony offense are not employable in the legal field. Evidence of a current satisfactory criminal record background check is required at the student's expense prior to participation in the internship.

PARA 2215 PARALEGAL INTERNSHIP II (0-270-6)
Prerequisite: Advisor Approval
This course continues the focus on the application and reinforcement of paralegal skills in an actual workplace environment, or at the discretion of the instructor, in a school practicum with simulated work experiences. Realistic work situations are used to provide students with insights into paralegal applications on the job. Topics include: problem solving, adaptability to the job setting, use of proper interpersonal skills, application of paralegal skills in a workplace setting, and professional development.

Note: Paralegals may not provide legal services directly to the public except as permitted by law.
Persons who have been convicted of a felony offense are not employable in the legal field. Evidence of a current satisfactory criminal record background check is required at the student's expense prior to participation in the internship.