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Paralegal Technology

Paralegal Technology

[Janelle Lowrey]

(Associate of Applied Science)

This program is planned to prepare a person for employment as a legal assistant, a position found in legal firms and law-related occupations such as banking and finance, real estate, and government agencies. The curriculum offers fundamental skills of legal research, laws, procedures, and documents involved in family law, criminal law, tort law, wills, and the law of real property.

 



Freshman Year

First Semester — 15 hrs

Course
Title
Hours
Description
LET-1123
Introduction to Law
3

Course designed to provide a general perspective of the legal system with concentration being placed on the structure and operation of the court system.

LET-1513
Family Law
3

Course designed to familiarize the student with the basic areas of family law; includes divorce, annulment, child custody, and child support.

LET-2453
Real Property I
3

Study of real estate laws to include rights incidental to property ownership, trust deeds, and foreclosures.

BOT-1763
Communications Essentials
3

This course focuses on the basic English competencies and communication skills necessary to be successful and effective in the workplace in addition to effectively contributing to a team while working with a diverse population.

CSC-1123
Computer Applications I
3

This course is designed to teach computer applications to include: word processing, electronic spreadsheet, database management, presentation design, and electronic communications.

Second Semester — 15 hrs

Course
Title
Hours
Description
LET-1523
Wills & Estates
3

Introduction to the basic concepts of inheritance and estates, probate procedure and preparation of documents.

LET-1213
Legal Research
3

Introduction to the sources and methods of Legal Research.

LET-2313
Civil Litigation I
3

The study and drafting of forms and pleadings used in the civil litigation process, rules of court, and interviewing clients and witnesses.

LET-2323
Torts
3

Study of civil wrongs as distinguished from breach of contract. Concentrates on types of torts, elements, and damages.

BOT-1313
Applied Business Mathematics
3

This course is designed to develop competency in mathematics for business use, with emphasis on the touch method.



Sophomore Year

First Semester — 18 hrs

Course
Title
Hours
Description
LET-2333
Civil Litigation II
3

The continuing study of the litigation process from discovery through appeal.

LET-1713
Legal Writing
3

Introduction to the organization and writing of legal documents using the sources of legal research and other legal documents.

BOT-1233
Microsoft Word I
3

This course focuses on improving keyboarding techniques using the touch method and on production of documents using Microsoft Word functions.

ENG-1113
English Composition I
3

English 1113 prepares the student to think critically and compose texts for academic and professional rhetorical situations.

BAD-2413
Legal Environment of Business
3

An introduction to interrelationships of law and society, jurisprudence, and business. The topics to be covered include an introduction to law; law of contracts; and agencies and employment.

CRJ-ELECT
Criminal Justice Elective
3

No Description Available

Second Semester — 15 hrs

Course
Title
Hours
Description
LET-2463
Real Property II
3

(Prerequisite: LET 2453) Emphasis on title checking, loan closings, and preparation of real estate documents such as deeds, trust deeds, etc. Course designed to provide practical experience in the checking of titles in court houses.

LET-2923*
Internship for Paralegal
3

Practical experience in law office, bank, government office, or court house. Minimum of 135 clock hours.

MAT-1313**
College Algebra
3

(Prerequisite: ACT math subscore of 19 or above or MAT 1233 with a "C" or above.) This course includes inequalities; functions, linear and quadratic equations; circles, and their graphs; applications; polynomial and rational function; logarithmic and exponential functions; systems of equations.

FINE-ELECT
Fine Arts Elective
3

No Description Available

SBA-ELECT
Social/Behavioral Science Elective
3

No Description Available

* LET/BOT Electives can be: LET 2523, LET2633, BOT 1613, or BOT 1243

**MAT 1313 or SCI-ELECT (4 hours)

Total Hours: 63



 

CIP: 220302

Program of Study Code: 6760