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PLS 101 INTRODUCTION TO PARALEGAL STUDIES

PLS 101 Introduction to Law for Paralegals

Course Outline

Course Number & Name:  PLS 101 Introduction to Law for Paralegals

Credit Hours:   3.0            Contact Hours:   3.0         Lecture:   3.0      Lab:   N/A            Other:   N/A

Pre- or Co-requisites:  Grades of “C” or better in ENG 096 and RDG 096 or placement

Concurrent Courses:  None

Course Description: This course provides an introduction to the legal profession in general, the specific role of paralegals, and their relationship to other legal professionals.  Students explore the American legal system and are introduced to federal and state courts.  The course examines in detail the Code of Professional Ethics and other related standards of proper conduct.

Course Goals: Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to do the following:

  1. discuss and examine codes of professional conduct;
  2. identify, define, describe, and explain the role of a paralegal in the legal system;
  3. identify, describe, and discuss the functions and sources of law;
  4. identify, define, describe, and explain classification of the law;
  5. identify, define, describe, and explain the structure of the American court system;
  6. identify and describe civil litigation and its alternative;
  7. identify, define, and describe civil law;
  8. identify, define, and describe criminal law and procedure;
  9. identify, define, and describe legal ethics;
  10. identify, define, and describe the process of finding and interpreting statutory law;
  11. identify, define, and describe the process of finding and interpreting court opinions;
  12. identify, define, and describe the process of finding the law;
  13. identify, define, and describe the application of the law;
  14. identify, define, describe, and explain the process of interviewing a client; and
  15. describe and explain the role of computers in the law office and the case management systems.