SRJC Course Outlines

8/7/2022 3:54:50 PMPLS 57 Course Outline as of Fall 2022

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CATALOG INFORMATION

Discipline and Nbr:  PLS 57Title:  LEGAL PROFESSIONS  
Full Title:  Legal Professions
Last Reviewed:2/28/2022

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:  PLS 85.1

Catalog Description:
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A survey course that will introduce students to 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 which will introduce students to 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: Both Certificate and Major Applicable



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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In order to achieve these learning outcomes, during the course students will:
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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I.  The Legal System
   A.  Overview of history of law
   B.  Civil law
   C.  Criminal law
   D.  English common law
   E.  Federal and state laws
II.  The Court Structure
   A.  Federal courts
   B.  State courts
   C.  Authority of courts
   D.  Officers of the court
   E.  Jurisdiction versus venue
   F.  Statute of limitations
III.  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.)
IV.  Professional Organizations
   A.  Bar associations
   B.  Legal administrators
   C.  Paralegal associations
   D.  Legal secretary associations
V.  Legal Terminology
   A.  Latin terms
   B.  Other legal terms

Assignments:
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1.  Research legal websites
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.  Terminology quizzes

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%
Terminology quizzes
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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