Course Abstract Details

LGST-105, Introduction to Paralegal Studies

Credits: 3

Course Description

LGST-105, Introduction to Paralegal Studies, is a general introduction to the legal system and the role of the paralegal in that system. Topics include legal research (including statutes, cases, treatises, encyclopedia, digests and computer search techniques), legal procedure, evidence, investigation, litigation, ethics and a brief look at contracts, torts, administrative and criminal law. Students will be asked to research actual cases related to issues and prepare written memoranda of law. Three credits. Three billable hours. 

Course Objectives and Grading Information

Course Objectives:  The course is designed to provide the student with an overview of the legal system and its component parts, with an emphasis on the paralegal. With successful completion of the course the student will: 

1. Provide a functional definition of a paralegal, identifying careers available and skills necessary for success. (GE2,GE 5,GE 7, PG1, PG2) 

2. Compare and contrast the roles of professional associations, regulations and educational requirements for entry into the paralegal profession, identifying the roles of other legal professionals and the paralegal?s relationship to those individuals. (GE 2, GE5, GE7, PG1, PG2, PG 4) 

3. Explain, interpret and apply the rules of ethics and professional responsibility that govern legal professionals. (GE1, GE2, GE5, GE7, PG 1, PG 2) 

4. Describe fundamental business practices, communication with clients and systematized law office operations. (GE 2, PG1, PG 2) 

5. Describe the structure of the American legal system and assess how that system functions in regard to civil, criminal and appellate legal processes. (GE1, GE2, GE4, PG2, PG4) 

6. Summarize and evaluate various areas of substantive and procedural law. (GE 1, GE2, GE 5, PG 2, PG 4) 

7. Demonstrate effective communication and critical thinking skills by utilizing appropriate legal analysis and vocabulary in the production of oral and written discussions pertaining to a variety of legal issues. (GE1, GE 2, PG1, PG3, PG 4)

Learning Goals

The abbreviations in parentheses represent Learning Goals which have been identified for this course and program of study:

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