SRJC Course Outlines

5/28/2022 3:51:23 PMBOT 85.1 Course Outline as of Fall 2002

Changed Course

Discipline and Nbr:  BOT 85.1Title:  LEGAL PROFESSIONS  
Full Title:  Legal Professions
Last Reviewed:2/28/2022

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum1.00Lecture Scheduled16.008 max.Lecture Scheduled128.00
Minimum1.00Lab Scheduled01 min.Lab Scheduled0
 Contact DHR0 Contact DHR0
 Contact Total16.00 Contact Total128.00
 Non-contact DHR0 Non-contact DHR Total0

 Total Out of Class Hours:  256.00Total Student Learning Hours: 384.00 

Title 5 Category:  AA Degree Applicable
Grading:  Grade or P/NP
Repeatability:  00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP
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Catalog Description:
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A survey course introducing the field of law and its various occupations. Topics include:  overview of legal professions; professional organizations; legal terminology; duties and responsibilities of personnel; review of the legal system and the court structure.


Recommended Preparation:
Eligibility for ENGL 100 or ESL 100

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
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A survey course introducing the field of law, its various occupations, and a review of the legal system.
(Grade or P/NP)

Recommended:Eligibility for ENGL 100 or ESL 100
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 1998Inactive:
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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1.  Study and define the history of our present-day legal system
2.  Differentiate between statutory law and the rule of "stare decisis"
3.  Differentiate between civil and criminal law
4.  Examine the court structure system
5.  Define legal terminology
6.  Survey and critique legal professions and their respective duties and
7.  Evaluate the merits and contributions of professional organizations
8.  Assess impact of technology on the legal profession
9.  Compile data on job requirements and opportunities
10. Summarize job search data and assess input for future employment

Topics and Scope
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1.  The Legal System
   a.  Overview of history of law
   b.  Civil Law
   c.  Criminal Law
   d.  English common law
   e.  U. S. and state laws
2.  The Court Structure
   a.  Federal Courts
   b.  State Courts
   c.  Authority of courts
   d.  Officers of the court
   e.  Jurisdiction vs. venue
   f.  Statute of limitations
3.  Legal professions and respective duties/responsibilities
   a.  Attorney/lawyer
   b.  Legal Administrtator/Office Manager
   c.  Legal Assistant/Paralegal
   d.  Law clerks
   e.  Legal Secretary/Law Office Specialist
   f.  Other in-house support staff
   g.  Professions providing legal services (e.g. certified court
       reporters, process servers, private investigators, law librarians,
4.  Professional organizations
   a.  Bar Associations
   b.  Legal administrators
   c.  Paralegal Associations
   d.  Legal Secretaries Incorporated
5.  Technology impact
   a.  Web resources
   b.  Electronic filing and signatures
   c.  Exchange of case information electronically
   d.  Security issues
   e.  Courtroom enhancements
6.  Legal terminology
   a.  Latin terms
   b.  Other legal terms

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1.  Read various Web resources
2.  Interview professional(s) in the field
3.  Write report(s) summarizing findings of research and interview(s)
   including a critique of the research
4.  Select a particular legal profession and develop a long-term plan for
   pursuing that career to include both educational requirements and

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
10 - 30%
Written homework, Term papers
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
10 - 50%
Homework problems, Quizzes
Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.Skill Demonstrations
0 - 0%
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
10 - 40%
Multiple choice, True/false, Matching items, Completion
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
5 - 20%
Class participation.

Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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Instructor-prepared materials and Internet resources.

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