Paralegal (LGLA)

LGLA 1301  Legal Research and Writing  3 Credits   (3 Lec, 0 Lab)  

This course presents the fundamentals of legal research and writing emphasizing the paralegal's role including resources and processes used in legal research and writing.

Prerequisite(s): Reading Level 6; Writing Level 6
Course Type: Technical

LGLA 1303  Legal Research  3 Credits   (3 Lec, 0 Lab)  

This course presents legal research techniques emphasizing the paralegal's role. Topics include law library techniques, traditional hard copy legal research, computer assisted legal research, briefs, and legal memoranda.

Prerequisite(s): Reading level 6, Writing level 6. Prerequisite or
Co-requisite(s): LGLA 1307
Course Type: Technical

LGLA 1305  Legal Writing  3 Credits   (3 Lec, 0 Lab)  

This course emphasizes the fundamentals of legal writing techniques including case and fact analysis, citation formats, and legal writing styles emphasizing the paralegal's role in legal writing. Topics include letters, case briefs, legal memoranda, trial and appellate briefs. It is recommended students take or have taken LGLA 1303, Legal Research.

Prerequisite(s): Reading level 7, Writing level 7, LGLA 1307, ENGL 1301
Course Type: Technical

LGLA 1307  Introduction to Law and the Legal Professions  3 Credits   (3 Lec, 0 Lab)  

This course offers an overview of the law and the legal professions including legal concepts, systems, and terminology; substantive areas of law and the federal and state judicial systems; ethical obligations and regulations; professional trends and issues with emphasis on the paralegal's role.

Prerequisite(s): Reading level 6, Writing level 6
Course Type: Technical

LGLA 1311  Introduction to Law  3 Credits   (3 Lec, 0 Lab)  

This course presents legal terminology relating to substantive areas of law and the federal and state judicial systems. Emphasizes the paralegal's role in the legal system.

Prerequisite(s): Reading Level 6; Writing Level 6
Course Type: Technical

LGLA 1313  Introduction to Paralegal Studies  3 Credits   (3 Lec, 0 Lab)  

This course provides an overview of the paralegal profession including, professional regulation, trends and issues, ethical obligations, and the paralegal's role in the delivery of legal services.

Prerequisite(s): Reading Level 6; Writing Level 6
Course Type: Technical

LGLA 1317  Law Office Technology  3 Credits   (3 Lec, 1 Lab)  

This course introduces computer technology and software applications within the law office emphasizing the paralegal's role in the use of law office technology.

Prerequisite(s): Reading level 6, Writing level 6
Course Type: Technical

LGLA 1343  Bankruptcy  3 Credits   (3 Lec, 0 Lab)  

This course presents fundamental concepts of bankruptcy law and procedure with emphasis on the paralegal’s role. Topics include individual and business liquidation and reorganization.

Prerequisite(s): Reading level 6, Writing level 6. Prerequisite or
Co-requisite(s): LGLA 1307
Course Type: Technical

LGLA 1345  Civil Litigation  3 Credits   (3 Lec, 0 Lab)  

This course presents fundamental concepts and procedures of civil litigation including pretrial, trial, and post-trial phases of litigation and emphasizes paralegal's role in civil litigation. Topics include pretrial, trial, and post-trial phases of litigation.

Prerequisite(s): Reading level 6, Writing level 6
Course Type: Technical

LGLA 1349  Constitutional Law  3 Credits   (3 Lec, 0 Lab)  

This course presents an overview of the United States Constitution and its articles, amendments, and judicial interpretations. Includes separation of powers, checks and balances, governmental structures and process, and individual rights in relation to government.

Prerequisite(s): Reading level 6, Writing level 6
Course Type: Technical

LGLA 1351  Contracts  3 Credits   (3 Lec, 0 Lab)  

This course presents fundamental concepts of contract law including formation, performance, and enforcement of contracts under the common law and the Uniform Commercial Code with emphasis on the paralegal's role in contract law.

Prerequisite(s): Reading level 6, Writing level 6. Prerequisite or
Co-requisite(s): LGLA 1307
Course Type: Technical

LGLA 1353  Wills, Trusts, and Probate Administration  3 Credits   (3 Lec, 0 Lab)  

This course covers fundamental concepts of the law of wills, trusts, and probate administration emphasizing the paralegal's role.

Prerequisite(s): Reading level 6, Writing level 6
Course Type: Technical

LGLA 1355  Family Law  3 Credits   (3 Lec, 0 Lab)  

This course presents fundamental concepts of family law including formal and informal marriages, divorce, annulment, marital property, and the parent-child relationship with emphasis on the paralegal's role in family law.

Prerequisite(s): Reading level 6, Writing level 6
Course Type: Technical

LGLA 1359  Immigration Law  3 Credits   (3 Lec, 0 Lab)  

This course presents fundamental concepts of immigration law including substantive and procedural law related to visa applications, deportation, naturalization, and citizenship emphasizing the paralegal's role in immigration law.

Prerequisite(s): Reading level 6, Writing level 6. Prerequisite or
Co-requisite(s): LGLA 1307
Course Type: Technical

LGLA 2303  Torts and Personal Injury Law  3 Credits   (3 Lec, 0 Lab)  

This course covers the fundamental concepts of tort and personal injury law including intentional torts, negligence, and strict liability with emphasis on the paralegal's role. It is a study of principles, methods, and investigative techniques utilized to locate, gather, document, and manage information related to tort and personal injury law.

Prerequisite(s): Reading level 6, Writing level 6. Prerequisite or
Co-requisite(s): LGLA 1307
Course Type: Technical

LGLA 2305  Interviewing and Investigating  3 Credits   (3 Lec, 0 Lab)  

This course is a study of techniques used to locate, gather, document, and manage information with emphasis on developing interview and investigative skills and the paralegal's role in interviewing and investigating legal matters.

Prerequisite(s): Reading level 6, Writing level 6. Prerequisite or
Co-requisite(s): LGLA 1307
Course Type: Technical

LGLA 2309  Real Property  3 Credits   (3 Lec, 0 Lab)  

This course presents fundamental concepts of real property law including the nature of real property, rights and duties of ownership, land use, voluntary and involuntary conveyances, and the recording of and searching for real estate documents emphasizing the paralegal's role in property law.

Prerequisite(s): Reading level 6, Writing level 6. Prerequisite or
Co-requisite(s): LGLA 1307
Course Type: Technical

LGLA 2311  Business Organizations  3 Credits   (3 Lec, 0 Lab)  

This course covers basic concepts of business organizations including law of agency, sole proprietorships, partnerships, corporations, and other emerging business entities with emphasis on the paralegal's role.

Prerequisite(s): Reading level 6, Writing level 6. Prerequisite or
Co-requisite(s): LGLA 1307
Course Type: Technical

LGLA 2313  Criminal Law and Procedure  3 Credits   (3 Lec, 0 Lab)  

This course introduces fundamental concepts of criminal law and procedure from arrest to final disposition including principles of federal and state law emphasizing the role of the paralegal in the criminal justice system.

Prerequisite(s): Reading level 6, Writing level 6. Prerequisite or
Co-requisite(s): LGLA 1307
Course Type: Technical

LGLA 2323  Intellectual Property  3 Credits   (3 Lec, 0 Lab)  

This course presents the fundamentals of intellectual property law, including creation, procurement, preparation, and filing documents related to patents, copyrights, trademarks, and processes of intellectual property litigation with emphasis on the paralegal’s role.

Prerequisite(s): Reading level 6, Writing level 6. Prerequisite or
Co-requisite(s): LGLA 1307
Course Type: Technical

LGLA 2333  Advanced Legal Document Preparation  3 Credits   (3 Lec, 0 Lab)  

This course emphasizes the use of office technology skills in preparation of legal documents by paralegals based on hypothetical situations drawn from various areas of law.

Prerequisite(s): Reading level 6, Writing level 6. Prerequisite or
Co-requisite(s): LGLA 1311, LGLA 1313
Course Type: Technical

LGLA 2335  Advanced Civil Litigation  3 Credits   (3 Lec, 0 Lab)  

This course implements advanced civil litigation techniques with emphasis on the paralegal’s role and builds upon skills acquired in prior civil litigation courses. It is recommended students take or have taken LGLA 1345 Civil Litigation.

Prerequisite(s): Reading level 6, Writing level 6. Prerequisite or
Co-requisite(s): LGLA 1307
Course Type: Technical

LGLA 2380  Cooperative Education-Legal Assistant/Paralegal  3 Credits   (1 Lec, 15 Lab)  

This course provides career-related activities encountered in the student's area of specialization offered through an individualized agreement among the college, employer, and student. Under the supervision of the college and the employer, the student combines classroom learning with work experience. Includes a lecture component.

Prerequisite(s): Reading level 6, Writing level 6, LGLA 1307, ENGL 1301
Course Type: Technical