Course Number & Name:  PLS 202 Advanced Legal Research and Writing

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

Prerequisites:  Grades of “C” or better in PLS 102
Concurrent Courses:  Grades of “C” or better in PLS 202 and PLS 206

Course Description: Students are placed in law-related positions to gain practical experience necessary for success as legal assistants.  Students are required to follow established learning objectives related to their positions to effect the attainment of specific job competencies.  Students are required to attend routine sessions on campus with their professor to review their work experiences. The course also examines the role of the paralegal, 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 the codes of professional conduct;
  2. identify and describe the legal team;
  3. identify, define, and describe legal administration and technology;
  4. identify, define, and explain legal ethics and malpractice;
  5. identify, describe, and explain the significance of client relations and communication skills;
  6. describe and explain law office timekeeping and billing;
  7. describe and discuss the significance of client trust funds and law office accounting;
  8. describe and explain the process for calendaring, docket control, and case management; and
  9. describe and discuss legal marketing.


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