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. Minimum Number of Instructional Minutes Per Semester
2250 minutes
IV. Prerequisites
None
Corequisites
None
V. Other Pertinent Information
None
VI. Catalog Course Description
A survey course encompassing the varied duties of a paralegal as practiced in Bucks, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties. This course describes work done by legal assistants in the areas of litigation, civil procedure, family law, criminal law, commercial law, corporate law, estates and trust, and creditors’ and debtors’ rights.
VII. Required Course Content and Direction
  1. Learning Goals:

    1. General knowledge of the elements of civil procedure and practice as it relates to those areas of litigation routinely encountered in the general practice of law.
    2. An exposure to the practical aspects of assisting a lawyer to serve clients in numerous areas of specialization likely to be encountered in a law office.
    3. Acquisition of knowledge of the function and operation of courts and administration agencies in particular areas of a law practice.
    4. Fundamentals of the business management of a law office, including billing practices, communication with clients, and systemization of law office operations.
  2. Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities:

    1. Introduction
    2. Regulation of Legal Professional
    3. Working in a law office
    4. Sources of American law
    5. Court System
    6. Fundamental Legal Concepts
    7. Corporate Law and Government Regulations
    8. Court Visitation
    9. Civil Litigation-Before the trial
    10. Criminal Law and Procedures
    11. Conducting interviews
    12. Legal Research
    13. Online Research
    14. Legal analysis and writing
    15. Review of written assignments and critiques
  3. Assessment Methods for Core Learning Goals:

  4. Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Students:

    See course outline for required textbook
VIII. Teaching Methods Employed
  1. METHOD OF EVALUATING STUDENT PERFORMANCE:
    1. Three major exams
    2. Written homework assignments
    3. Class participation
  2. INSTRUCTIONAL METHODS:
    1. Reading Assignments
    2. Lecture and discussion
    3. Class discussion of written assignments
    4. Video tapes with written assignments

Review/Approval Date - 3/99