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. Minimum Number of Instructional Minutes Per Semester
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. 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:

    Amending the complaint
    Dramshop Act
    Deposition Digests
    Uses of Subpoena Duces Tecum
    Jury Instructions
    Pain and Suffering award
    Previous Criminal Record
    Settlement letter draft

  3. Assessment Methods for Core 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 Students:

    Students use text(s) as selected by the full-time Paralegal Area faculty and educational resources as specified in the individual instructor's course format.
VIII. Teaching Methods Employed
Section VIII is not being used in new and revised syllabi as of 12/10/08.

Exp. offering approved 5/2014