LAWS255 Ethics for the Paralegal

Department of Business Studies: Paralegal/Law

I. Course Number and Title
LAWS255 Ethics for the Paralegal
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
This course utilizes a learning management space to supplement course materials.
VI. Catalog Course Description
This course examines ethical requirements under the Pennsylvania Rules of Professional Conduct and the National Federation of Paralegal Associations. Specific topics include attorney regulation, and paralegals, the unauthorized practice of law, confidentiality, conflicts of interest, advertising, solicitation, fees, client funds, competency and professionalism.
VII. Required Course Content and Direction
  1. Course Learning Goals

    Students will:

    1. Demonstrate an understanding of the Pennsylvania Rules of Professional Conduct and the National Federation of Paralegal Associations;
    2. Develop an understanding of attorney regulation, paralegal regulation, professionalism, and the unauthorized practice of law; and
    3. Use and apply knowledge to assess ethical issues, including confidentiality, conflict of interest, advertising, solicitation, fees, and client funds.
  2. Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities

    The following topics are presented:
    1. Ethics
    2. The Pennsylvania Rules of Professional Conduct
    3. The National Federation of Paralegal Associations
    4. Attorney regulation
    5. Paralegal Regulation
    6. Unauthorized practice of law
    7. Confidentiality
    8. Conflicts of Interest
    9. Advertising
    10. Solicitation
    11. Fees
    12. Client funds
    13. Competency
    14. Professionalism
  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.

Approval/Revision Date: Approved 9/2014; New Core 8/2015; Revised 12/2015