SRJC Course Outlines

7/5/2022 5:14:00 AMPLS 50 Course Outline as of Fall 2022

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CATALOG INFORMATION

Discipline and Nbr:  PLS 50Title:  INTRO- PARALEGAL STUDIES  
Full Title:  Introduction to Paralegal Studies
Last Reviewed:2/28/2022

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum3.00Lecture Scheduled3.0017.5 max.Lecture Scheduled52.50
Minimum3.00Lab Scheduled06 min.Lab Scheduled0
 Contact DHR0 Contact DHR0
 Contact Total3.00 Contact Total52.50
 
 Non-contact DHR0 Non-contact DHR Total0

 Total Out of Class Hours:  105.00Total Student Learning Hours: 157.50 

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

Catalog Description:
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This is the required initial course for students in the Paralegal program.  Students will receive an introduction to the legal field, the role of the paralegal, an overview of the legal system, ethics, a survey of procedural law, and a survey of selected substantive areas of the law including contracts, torts, property, and business.

Prerequisites/Corequisites:


Recommended Preparation:
Eligibility for ENGL 100 or ESL 100

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
Description: Untitled document
This is the required initial course for students in the Paralegal program.  Students will receive an introduction to the legal field, the role of the paralegal, an overview of the legal system, ethics, a survey of procedural law, and a survey of selected substantive areas of the law including contracts, torts, property, and business.
(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:Spring 2010Inactive:
 
UC Transfer:Effective:Inactive:
 
C-ID:

Certificate/Major Applicable: Major Applicable Course



COURSE CONTENT

Student Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:
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1. Compare and contrast the professional and ethical responsibilities and duties of attorneys and paralegals
2. Discuss the difference between substantive and procedural law, and analyze the different areas of law, including tort, contract law, and criminal law
3. Diagram the state and federal court systems
 

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In order to achieve these learning outcomes, during the course students will:
1.  Demonstrate how legal cases move through the court systems
2.  Explain the differences between tort, contract, and criminal law
3.  Prepare case briefs
4.  Perform preliminary case analysis
5.  Utilize correct legal terminology in document preparation
6.  Develop checklists as a "best practice" for tracking document preparation

Topics and Scope
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I.    Historical Basis of American Law
II.   The Modern Legal System
     A. Sources of law
     B. Hierarchy of law
III.    The Courts
     A. Purpose and effect of judicial law
     B. Structure of the judicial system
     C. Trial and appellate courts
     D. Federal court system
     E. Special federal courts
     F. California court system
IV.   Legislation - State and Federal
     A. Legislation process
     B. Bills
     C. Constitutional amendments
     D. Publication of legislation
V.    Executive Branch and Administrative Authority
     A. Powers and authority of the President
     B. Role of the administrative agency
     C. Agencies today
     D. Operation and authority of administrative agencies
VI.  Substantive and Procedural Issues
     A. Criminal law versus civil law
     B. Substantive law
     C. Procedural law
VII.   Jurisdiction and Venue
     A. Types of jurisdiction
     B. Federal jurisdiction
     C. Other jurisdictional considerations
     D. Corporations
     E. Establishing jurisdiction
VIII.   Contract Law
     A. Elements of a valid contract
     B. Third party involvement in contracts
     C. Problems in creating or enforcing contracts
     D. Defenses to allegations of breach of contract
     E. Remedies for breach of contract
IX.   Property Law
     A. Real property
     B. Rights and duties of ownership
     C. Types of ownership
     D. Condominiums
     E. Easements
     F. Fixtures
     G. Personal property
     H. Abandoned property
     I. Bailment
     J. Actions to recover property or its value
X.  Torts
     A. Development of tort law
     B. Terminology of torts
     C. Increase of tort claims
     D. Negligence
     E. Strict liability
     F. International torts
     G. Products liability
     H. Employment and torts
     I. Tort defenses
     J. Damages in tort actions
XI.  Business Law
     A. The law of agency
     B. Sole proprietorships
     C. Partnerships
     D. Limited partnerships
     E. Corporations
     F. Other business entities
XII.  Estate and Probate
     A. Intestate succession
     B. Testate succession
     C. Requirements of a valid will
     D. Will contests
     E. Probate of estates
     F. Estate planning
     G. Trust Administration
XIII. Criminal Law
     A. Definitions and categories of crime
     B. Parties to crime
     C. Elements of serious crimes
     D. Punishment
     E. White collar crime
     F. Internet crime
     G. Defenses to charges of criminal conduct
     H. The insanity defense
XIV. Criminal Procedure
     A. Criminal procedure and the constitution
     B. Stages of criminal procedure
     C. Arrest and interrogation
     D. Bail
     E. Preliminary hearing and arraignment
     F. Trial, appeal, and sentencing
XV.  Legal and Professional Ethical Obligations
     A. The judge
     B. The attorney
     C. The paralegal
     D. Support personnel
XVI. Case Analysis and Briefing
     A. Preliminary case analysis
     B. Briefing technique and terminology
     C. Preparing briefs
     D. Document preparation checklist

Assignments:
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1.  Read textbook and outside sources of approximately 50 pages per week.
2.  Read, study and memorize legal terminology
3.  Participate in weekly discussions based on reading assignments.
4.  Research procedural and substantive law and prepare written case briefs.
5.  Quizzes, midterm, and final exam.

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
30 - 40%
Written case briefs
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
20 - 30%
Legal terminology homework. Research procedural and substantive law.
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
20 - 30%
Quizzes, midterm, and final exam.
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
20 - 30%
Attendance and participation


Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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Introduction to Law for Paralegals:  A Critical Thinking Approach. 7th Ed. Katherine Currier and Thomas Eimermann. Aspen Publishing. 2019
Introduction of Law for Paralegals. Beth Wiston-Dunham. Cengage Learning. 2002 (classic)

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