LAWS100 Introduction to Paralegal Studies

Department of Business Studies: Paralegal/Law

I. Course Number and Title
LAWS100 Introduction to Paralegal Studies
II. Number of Credits
3 credits
III. Number of Instructional Minutes
IV. Prerequisites
V. Other Pertinent Information
VI. Catalog Course Description
This is a survey course encompassing the varied duties of a paralegal as practiced in Bucks, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties. This course describes work done by paralegals in the following areas: civil procedure, administrative law, legal research, and legal writing.
VII. Required Course Content and Direction
  1. Course Learning Goals

    Students will
    1. Use and apply the elements of civil procedure and practice as they relate to those areas of litigation routinely encountered in the general practice of law;
    2. Demonstrate an understanding of the function and operation of courts and administrative agencies in particular areas of a law practice;
    3. Recognize the practical aspects of assisting a lawyer to serve clients in numerous areas of specialization likely to be encountered in a law office; and
    4. Use and apply legal research skills to conduct thorough online legal research and to compose various written materials.
  2. Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities

    1. Civil procedure
    2. Courts
    3. Administrative law
    4. Legal Research
    5. Legal Writing
  3. Assessment Methods for Course Learning Goals

    Exams, quizzes, classroom exercises, class or online participation, and/or projects as specified by the area faculty and described in the individual instructor's syllabus are utilized.
  4. Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Student:

    See course syllabus.

Review/Approval Date - 3/99; New Core 8/2015; Revised 12/2015