SRJC Course Outlines

10/27/2020 8:33:28 AMPLS 85.1 Course Outline as of Fall 2020

Changed Course
CATALOG INFORMATION

Discipline and Nbr:  PLS 85.1Title:  LEGAL PROFESSIONS  
Full Title:  Legal Professions
Last Reviewed:5/23/2016

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum1.00Lecture Scheduled1.0017.5 max.Lecture Scheduled17.50
Minimum1.00Lab Scheduled02 min.Lab Scheduled0
 Contact DHR0 Contact DHR0
 Contact Total1.00 Contact Total17.50
 
 Non-contact DHR0 Non-contact DHR Total0

 Total Out of Class Hours:  35.00Total Student Learning Hours: 52.50 

Title 5 Category:  AA Degree Applicable
Grading:  Grade Only
Repeatability:  00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP
Also Listed As: 
Formerly:  BOT 85.1

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.  

Prerequisites/Corequisites:


Recommended Preparation:
Eligibility for ENGL 100 or ESL 100

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
Description: Untitled document
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.
(Grade Only)

Prerequisites:
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

ARTICULATION, MAJOR, and CERTIFICATION INFORMATION

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

Certificate/Major Applicable: Certificate Applicable Course



COURSE CONTENT

Student Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:
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1.   Differentiate among the legal professions and professional organizations.
2.   Define and apply legal terminology.
3.   Explain the legal system and the court structure.
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Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:
1.  Discuss the history of our present-day legal system.
2.  Differentiate between civil and criminal law.
3.  Examine the court structure system.
4.  Define legal terminology.
5.  Survey and critique legal professions and their respective duties and responsibilities.
6.  Compare legal professions and their respective duties, responsibilities, and interconnections.

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 and responsibilities
   a.  Attorney/lawyer
   b.  Legal Administrator/Office Manager
   c.  Legal Assistant/Paralegal
   d.  Law Clerks
   e.  Legal Secretary
   f.   Other in-house support staff
   g.  Professions providing legal services (e.g., certified court reporters, process servers, private investigators, law librarians, etc.)
4.  Professional organizations
   a.  Bar associations
   b.  Legal administrators
   c.  Paralegal associations
   d.  Legal Secretaries Incorporated
5.  Legal terminology
   a.  Latin terms
   b.  Other legal terms

Assignments:
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1.  Research approximately 20 to 30 website pages during the course
2.  Informational interview of 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 written plan for pursuing that career to include both educational requirements and experience
5.  One to two quizzes on terminology

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 reports and plan
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
10 - 50%
Website research and selection of a profession, informational interviews
Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.Skill Demonstrations
0 - 0%
None
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
10 - 40%
One to two quizzes on terminology
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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