Paralegal Studies (PARA)

PARA 101. Legal Systems and the Paralegal3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

Description: Examination of state and national judicial systems and procedures, the role and responsibilities of paralegals in those systems.

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PARA 102. Legal Research and Writing3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

Description: Legal library system, research methods, case law analysis. Includes research and writing assignments.

Note: May be taken concurrently with PARA 101.

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PARA 203. Advanced Legal Research and Writing3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

Prerequisite(s): PARA 101, PARA 102, 2.75 GPA in PARA courses, and 2.5 overall GPA.

Description: Use of skills learned in PARA 102 to perform sophisticated research and draft complex legal documents.

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PARA 305. Family Law3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Spring Only

Prerequisite(s): PARA 101, PARA 102, 2.75 GPA in PARA courses, and 2.5 overall GPA.

Description: Procedural aspects of cases involving marriage, divorce, separation, child support, custody, guardianship, maintenance, and other related subjects.

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PARA 310. Torts for Paralegals3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Spring Only

Prerequisite(s): PARA 101, PARA 102, 2.75 GPA in PARA courses, and 2.5 overall GPA.

Description: Introduction to tort law, including examination and analysis of medical malpractice, products liability and personal injury law for the paralegal.

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PARA 320. Computers and the Law3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Spring Only

Prerequisite(s): PARA 101, PARA 102, 2.75 GPA in PARA courses, and 2.5 overall GPA.

Description: A practical introduction to the use of computers in the legal environment, with concentration on various computer applications for the legal professional and computerized legal research.

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PARA 325. Litigation3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Fall Only

Prerequisite(s): PARA 101, PARA 102, 2.75 GPA in PARA courses, and 2.5 overall GPA.

Description: Introduction to civil litigation, fact investigation, discovery techniques, interviewing, evidence, commencement of lawsuits and case management.

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PARA 326. Criminal Litigation3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Spring Only

Prerequisite(s): PARA 101, PARA 102, 2.75 GPA in PARA courses, and 2.5 overall GPA.

Description: An introduction to criminal litigation for the paralegal.

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PARA 327. Evidence for Paralegals3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Occasionally Offered

Prerequisite(s): PARA 101, PARA 102, 2.75 GPA in PARA courses, and 2.5 overall GPA.

Description: The history, form, and substance of the rules of evidence, including a comparison of state and federal rules of evidence.

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PARA 340. Business Associations and Transactions3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Occasionally Offered

Prerequisite(s): PARA 101, PARA 102, 2.75 GPA in PARA courses, and 2.5 overall GPA.

Description: Legal problems associated with transactions relating to proprietorships, partnerships, and corporations.

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PARA 350. Wills, Estates and Trusts3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Fall Only

Prerequisite(s): PARA 101, PARA 102, 2.75 GPA in PARA courses, and 2.5 overall GPA.

Description: Will writing, probate, tax preparation, asset management and distribution, estate planning and drafting, trust agreements and record keeping.

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PARA 360. Consumer Law3 Units

Prerequisite(s): PARA 101, PARA 102, 2.75 GPA in PARA courses, and 2.5 overall GPA.

Description: Survey of consumer law such as truth-in-lending, credit opportunity, reporting and charges, warranties and product liability.

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PARA 370. Real Estate Law for Paralegals3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Fall Only

Prerequisite(s): PARA 101, PARA 102, 2.75 GPA in PARA courses, and 2.5 overall GPA.

Description: Introduction to real property, title holding and abstracting, recording statutes, deeds, mortgages, settlements and closings.

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PARA 390. Paralegal Internship3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

Prerequisite(s): PARA 101, PARA 102, PARA 203; 9 credit hours of 300-level PARA courses; 2.75 GPA in PARA courses and 2.5 overall GPA.

Description: One hundred and forty (140) hours of actual supervised practical experience in a legal setting.

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PARA 391. Topics in Paralegal Studies3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

Prerequisite(s): PARA 101, PARA 102, 2.75 GPA in PARA courses, and 2.5 overall GPA.

Description: Topics to be announced in Schedule of Courses.

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PARA 395. Independent Study for Paralegals1-3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

Prerequisite(s): PARA 101 and PARA 102, and 2.75 GPA in PARA courses, and 2.5 overall GPA.

Description: Study of specific, focused topic in paralegal studies with professor supervision.

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PARA 399. Professional Ethics for Paralegals1 Unit

Term Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

Prerequisite(s): Paralegal majors only; 2.75 GPA in PARA courses, and 2.5 overall GPA.

Description: A study of ethical issues for paralegals, with emphasis on situations arising in the internship/work environment.

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