LAWS285 Paralegal Internship

Department of Business Studies: Paralegal/Law

I. Course Number and Title
LAWS285 Paralegal Internship
II. Number of Credits
3 credits
III. Number of Instructional Minutes
IV. Prerequisites
  1. successful completion of at least fifteen (15) credit hours in paralegal courses that includes LAWS140 (C or better) and LAWS220 (C or better);
  2. a GPA of 2.0 earned at Bucks County Community College; and
  3. transfer students who have successfully completed the above course requirements at another college or university must submit an official transcript to the Paralegal Area Coordinator for evaluation before enrolling into the course
V. Other Pertinent Information
This course will utilize an online course space to supplement course materials.
VI. Catalog Course Description
Students gain practical work experience either in a private or public law office, corporate or government legal department, or other appropriate law-related setting under the supervision of an attorney or experienced paralegal in day-to-day, on-site office work. This course also includes internship seminar sessions.
VII. Required Course Content and Direction
  1. Course Learning Goals

    Students will:

    1. demonstrate an understanding of the basic concepts of substantive and procedural law, including the operation of the legal system and the theory of law;
    2. perform the duties of a legal assistant in the public or private sector or in a position relating to the practice of law; and
    3. demonstrate an understanding of the ethical obligations and legal limitations of the legal assistant in the public or private sectors.
  2. Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities

    1. all students must attend and participate in an Internship meeting arranged by the course coordinator
    2. all students must work a minimum of 120 hours during the semester period in which the student is enrolled in this course. Students will maintain a log to register days, times, and total hours worked that will be signed by the student and the student's immediate supervisor. The log will be turned in by the student to the course coordinator, to be verified with the employer, and it will be evaluated by the course coordinator as a part of the student's final grade
    3. all students will complete a portfolio as defined by the course coordinator and submit one copy to his/her employer and two copies to the course coordinator, and keep one copy for his/her personal file
    4. each student will be evaluated by his/her employer using the criteria established by the course coordinator in conjunction with the employer's standards of performance
    5. each student will submit a resume and cover letter
  3. Assessment Methods for Course Learning Goals

    Course learning goals are assessed by an exam accessing their knowledge of substantive and procedural law, written assignments demonstrating their knowledge of the ethical obligations and concerns for the paralegal, completion of a portfolio that includes their daily work log, an essay, writing samples, resume, and cover letter. They are also evaluated by their employers using coordinated criteria.
  4. Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Student:

    See course syllabus.

Review/Approval Date - 5/2012; New Core 8/2015