LAWS205 Paralegal Trial Procedure and Practices (Experimental)

Department of Business Studies: Paralegal/Law

I. Course Number and Title
LAWS205 Paralegal Trial Procedure and Practices (Experimental)
II. Number of Credits
3 credits
III. Number of Instructional Minutes
IV. Prerequisites
LAWS100 (C or better) and LAWS140 (C or better)
V. Other Pertinent Information
VI. Catalog Course Description
Using a realistic case file, the student works through the intense trial advocacy process from conceptualizing the trial, including strategy and tactics, preparing a trial notebook, filing pretrial motions, and performing exercises exploring procedural and evidentiary issues.
VII. Required Course Content and Direction
  1. Course Learning Goals

    Students will:

    1. develop and assemble all necessary documents to prepare and complete a court room trial;
    2. demonstrate the role of the paralegal in assisting an attorney or group of attorneys in the prosecution or defense of a civil action; and
    3. illustrate the unique challenges that apply to the preparation of a civil trial.
  2. Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities

    The following topics are presented:

    1. Amending the Complaint
    2. Dramshop Act
    3. Deposition Digests
    4. Uses of Subpoena Duces Tecum
    5. Provocation
    6. Jury Instructions
    7. Pain and Suffering Award
    8. Previous Criminal Record
    9. Settlement Letter Draft
  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 course format are utilized.
  4. Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Student:

    Students use text(s) as selected by the full-time Paralegal Area faculty and educational resources as specified in the individual instructor's course syllabus.

Exp. offering approved 5/2014; New Core 8/2015