SRJC Course Outlines

4/17/2024 2:28:58 AMBOT 85.1 Course Outline as of Fall 1999

Changed Course

Discipline and Nbr:  BOT 85.1Title:  INTRO TO LEGAL OFFICES  
Full Title:  Introduction to Legal Offices
Last Reviewed:2/28/2022

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum.50Lecture Scheduled8.004 max.Lecture Scheduled32.00
Minimum.50Lab Scheduled01 min.Lab Scheduled0
 Contact DHR0 Contact DHR0
 Contact Total8.00 Contact Total32.00
 Non-contact DHR0 Non-contact DHR Total0

 Total Out of Class Hours:  64.00Total Student Learning Hours: 96.00 

Title 5 Category:  AA Degree Applicable
Grading:  Grade or P/NP
Repeatability:  04 - Different Topics
Also Listed As: 

Catalog Description:
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Recommended Preparation:

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
Description: Untitled document
Introduction to the field of law.  Topics include:  overview of legal professions; professional organizations; legal terminology; duties and responsibilities of personnel; brief review of the legal system and the court structure.
(Grade or P/NP)

Limits on Enrollment:
Transfer Credit:CSU;
Repeatability:04 - Different Topics


Associate Degree:Effective:Inactive:
CSU GE:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
IGETC:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
CSU Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 1998Inactive:
UC Transfer:Effective:Inactive:

Certificate/Major Applicable: Certificate Applicable Course


Outcomes and Objectives:
At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:
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1.  Discuss desirable personal qualities, duties, and responsibilities of
   law office staff.
2.  Describe different professions and careers in law office personnel.
3.  Discuss the associations that support law office professionals.
4.  Discuss the history of our present-day legal system.
5.  Explain the difference between civil and criminal law.
6.  Define terminology used with court systems and procedures.
7.  Discuss the organization and jurisdiction of the state court systems.

Topics and Scope
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1.  Overview of legal professions
    a.  The attorney
    b.  The Legal Administrator/Office Manager
    c.  Legal Assistant/Paralegal
    d.  Legal Secretary
    e.  Other support staff
    f.  Professional organizations
2.  Duties and responsibilities
    a.  Telephone systems/skills
    b.  Calendaring issues
    c.  Photocopying
    d.  Maintaining records
    e.  Mail systems
3.  The Legal System
    a.  What is law?
    b.  Jewish and Roman Law
    c.  Civil Law
    d.  Criminal Law
    e.  English common law
    f.  U.S. and state laws
4.  The Court Structure
    a.  Officers of the court
    b.  Jurisdiction vs. venue
    c.  Federal Courts
    d.  State Courts
    e.  Authority of court
    f.  Statute of limitations

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Vary with topic; includes written papers/reports and reading assignments
relating to current industry topics.

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
5 - 10%
Written homework, Reading reports, Term papers
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
20 - 50%
Homework problems, Quizzes, Exams
Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.Skill Demonstrations
20 - 50%
preparation of correspondence and documents
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
20 - 50%
Multiple choice, True/false, Matching items, Completion
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
0 - 0%

Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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LEGAL OFFICE PROCEDURES, 4th ed., Joyce Morton, Prentice-Hall, 1998

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