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Fall 2016

Paralegal Courses:

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PLG114 - Introduction to Legal Studies
Credits: 3

Catalog Description: Introduces structure and procedures of the American federal and state judicial systems, the legislative process, legal reasoning and research, the litigation process, and several substantive areas of law. Includes the canons of legal ethics and the role and responsibilities of a paralegal.

Lecture: 3 hrs.

Course Student Learning Outcomes (CSLOs):
Upon the successful completion of this course, as documented by exams, written papers or oral presentations, students will be able to:

1.Describe the role a paralegal plays in the legal system.
2.List and explain the three essential ethical standards that must be followed in all law offices, namely: avoidance of conflicts of interest, confidentiality of clients' secrets and avoidance of the unauthorized practice of law.
* 3. Describe on a unit test the structure of the federal judicial system.
* 4. Describe on a unit test the structure of the state judicial systems.
5.Describe at least five (5) differences between civil and criminal lawsuits.
6.List in appropriate order seven (7) key procedural stages of a civil trial.
7.Identify the five (5) discovery techniques used in pretrial disclosure.
8. Demonstrate how to case brief a judicial opinion.
9. Explain the legal concepts "common law" and "stare decisis".
10. List at least seven (7) essential aspects of "due process".
11. Identify at least three (3) primary and at least three (3) secondary legal reference sources.

* These course objectives have been identified as student learning outcomes that must be formally assessed as part of the College's Comprehension Assessment Plan. All faculty teaching this course must collect the required data and submit the required analysis and documentation at the conclusion of the semester to the Office of Assessment and Special Projects.




Content Outline:
Introduction to the Study of Law
The Role of the Paralegal
Sources of the Law
Classification of the Law
Structure of the Court System
Civil Litigation and its Alternative
Finding and Interpreting Statutory Law
Finding and Interpreting Court Opinions
Case Briefing Court Opinions
Finding the Law
Applying the Law
Legal Ethics
Criminal Law and Procedure




Effective Term: Fall 2004