SRJC Course Outlines

5/27/2022 9:19:01 AMBOT 85.6 Course Outline as of Spring 2004

Changed Course

Discipline and Nbr:  BOT 85.6Title:  LEGAL DOCUMENT PROCESS  
Full Title:  Legal Document Processing
Last Reviewed:2/22/2010

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum1.50Lecture Scheduled3.008 max.Lecture Scheduled24.00
Minimum1.50Lab Scheduled1.008 min.Lab Scheduled8.00
 Contact DHR0 Contact DHR0
 Contact Total4.00 Contact Total32.00
 Non-contact DHR0 Non-contact DHR Total0

 Total Out of Class Hours:  48.00Total Student Learning Hours: 80.00 

Title 5 Category:  AA Degree Applicable
Grading:  Grade or P/NP
Repeatability:  00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP
Also Listed As: 

Catalog Description:
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Development and processing of legal documents that may be used in subsequent court actions.  Includes development and management of legal files and systems, creation of calendar and follow-up systems, and appropriate processing procedures.  Documents include:  Wills, codicils, deeds, promissory notes, corporate minutes, affidavits, and agreements.


Recommended Preparation:
Eligibility for ENGL 100 or ESL 100 and BOT 73.12A or equivalent.

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
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Development and processing of legal documents including:  Wills, codicils, deeds, promissory notes, corporate documents, affidavits, and agreements.
(Grade or P/NP)

Recommended:Eligibility for ENGL 100 or ESL 100 and BOT 73.12A or equivalent.
Limits on Enrollment:
Transfer Credit:CSU;
Repeatability:00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP


Associate Degree:Effective:Inactive:
CSU GE:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
IGETC:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
CSU Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 1999Inactive:Fall 2016
UC Transfer:Effective:Inactive:

Certificate/Major Applicable: Certificate Applicable Course


Outcomes and Objectives:
Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:
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Students will be able to:
1.  Examine estate planning documents
2.  Differentiate between affidavits and acknowledgments
3.  Compose legal correspondence
4.  Generate real property forms
5.  Determine appropriate deeds to use in real estate transactions
6.  Evaluate types of business organizations
7.  Create systems for managing and maintaining non-court documentation
   and files

Topics and Scope
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Students will use simulated legal cases to cover topics.
1.  Management of systems
   a.  Client files and documents
   b.  Calendar and tickler systems
2.  Estate Planning
   a.  Formalities in making a Will
   b.  Types of Wills
   c.  Codicils - changes to Wills
   d.  Trusts
   e.  Signing and safe keeping of Wills, Codicils and Trusts
3.  Real Property
   a.  Classification of property
   b.  Property descriptions
   c.  Ownership of property
   d.  Real estate transactions
   e.  Deeds
   f.  Mortgages and Deeds of Trust
   g.  Recording of documents
4.  Business Organizations
   a.  Forms of business ownership
   b.  Advantages and disadvantages of incorporating
   c.  Laws governing corporations
   d.  Types of corporations
   e.  Formation of a corporation
5.  Other non-court document procedures
   a.  Notary Public
   b.  Affidavit
   c.  Acknowledgment
   d.  Agreements and contracts

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Textbook reading; research Internet resources; preparation of legal
documents in class and as homework; creation of client files; composing
legal correspondence; use of simulations and case studies.

Methods of Evaluation/Basis of Grade.
Writing: Assessment tools that demonstrate writing skill and/or require students to select, organize and explain ideas in writing.Writing
0 - 0%
This is a degree applicable course but assessment tools based on writing are not included because problem solving assessments and skill demonstrations are more appropriate for this course.
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
30 - 40%
Homework problems, Case studies
Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.Skill Demonstrations
30 - 40%
Class performances, Performance exams, Prepare legal documents in class, homework assign.
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
10 - 20%
Multiple choice, True/false, Matching items, Completion, Quizzes
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
5 - 10%
Class participation

Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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Joyce Morton, Legal Secretarial Procedures, 5th Edition.  New Jersey:
 Prentice-Hall, 2001.
Law Office Procedures Manual edited by Legal Secretaries Incorporated,
 The Rutter Group.  Updated semi-annually

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