LAWS285 Paralegal Internship/Capstone Course

Department of Business Studies: Paralegal/Law

I. Course Number and Title
LAWS285 Paralegal Internship/Capstone Course
II. Number of Credits
3 credits
III. Number of Instructional Minutes
IV. Prerequisites
  1. LAWS100 (C or better) and LAWS140 (C or better) and LAWS220 (C or better); and
  2. Successful completion (C or better) of at least nine (9) credits in LAWS courses; or successful completion (C or better) of six (6) credits in LAWS courses and MGMT130 (C or better); and
  3. A GPA of 2.0 earned at Bucks County Community College; and
  4. Permission of the Department of Business Studies
V. Other Pertinent Information
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.
VI. Catalog Course Description
In this course, students gain practical work experience either in a private or public sector 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

    The following topics are presented:

    Topics will vary and are dependent upon student placement. Students will complete 120 hours of work in a legal setting.

  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 instructors' course syllabus are utilized.
  4. Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Student:

    See course syllabus.

Review/Approval Date - 5/2012; New Core 8/2015; Revised 12/2015