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Paralegal Studies

Business Division

PLGL-50 INTRODUCTION TO PARALEGAL STUDIES
3 units: 3 hours lecture.
Advisories: ENGL-A, ENGL-41, ENGL-41L.
This course provides an overview of substantive and procedural law, legal theory, the legal system, legal research and writing, and paralegal employment. (11/01)

PLGL-51A LEGAL RESEARCH AND WRITING
4 units: 4 hours lecture.
One-way corequisite: PLGL-50.
Advisories: ENGL-A, ENGL-41, ENGL-41L.
This course is designed to develop the student's library and computer research skills in finding and validating relevant legal authority. The student will develop legal analysis methods for identifying key facts and issues in factual situations, and learn to apply relevant law to those facts and issues. Writing skills will be developed utilizing correct grammar, format, terminology, and citations for letters and legal memoranda and briefs. (11/01)

PLGL-51B ADVANCED LEGAL RESEARCH AND WRITING
3 units: 3 hours lecture.
Prerequisite: PLGL-51A.
Advisories: ENGL-A, ENGL-41, ENGL-41L.
This course is designed to further develop the student's library and computer research skills in in identifying, analyzing, and validating relevant legal authority. The student will further develop legal analysis procedures for identifying key facts and issues in fact situations, and applying relevant law to those facts and issues. Advanced writing skills will be developed for complex legal correspondence, motions, trial and appellate briefs, utilizing appropriate terminology and citation format. (11/01)

PLGL-52A CIVIL LITIGATION
4 units: 4 hours lecture.
One-way corequisite: PLGL-50.
Advisories: ENGL-A, ENGL-41, ENGL-41L.
This course is designed to prepare the student for his/her role as a paralegal in the litigation process. The course covers the court system, and jurisdictional issue types and forms or pleadings; and initiation and defense of a civil litigation action, including initial client contact, calendaring, discovery, law and motion, summary proceedings, alternate dispute resolution, and trial preparation and proceedings. (3/99)

PLGL-52B ADVANCED CIVIL LITIGATION
3 units: 3 hours lecture.
Prerequisite: PLGL-52A.
Advisories: ENGL-A, ENGL-41, ENGL-41L.
This course is designed to further enhance the student's knowledge of the procedure and relevant case law and statutes relevant to civil litigation. During this course the student will maintain two civil litigation files. One file will be a personal injury claim and the other contract dispute. The student will set up the file, and prepare all documents necessary in both files from the initial client contact, through mediation, arbitration, and trial, just as they would handle them as a paralegal in a law office. From the file documents, class discussions, and textbook information, each student will prepare a civil litigation procedure manual for the student's future reference. (11/01)

PLGL-53 LAW OFFICE PRACTICES
3 units: 2 hours lecture, 3 hours lab.
Prerequisite: PLGL-50.
Advisories: ENGL-A, ENGL-41, ENGL-41L; CPSC-24 or CPSC-30.
This course is designed to train the student in the operation of a law office. Content of the course includes law office organization, timekeeping and time management, accounting systems, the application of computer software specifically designed for the law office, scheduling, calendaring, management of personnel, and retrieval systems for law. (11/01)

PLGL-54 TORTS
3 units: 3 hours lecture.
Prerequisite: PLGL-50. Advisories: ENGL-A, ENGL-41, ENGL-41L.
This course provides an overview of tort law doctrine. Areas of study include tort concepts and terminology; negligence; strict liability; intentional torts; family torts; property torts; business torts; workers' compensation; defenses; and immunities. (1/02)

PLGL-57 ESTATE PLANNING AND PROBATE PROCEDURES
3 units: 3 hours lecture.
One-way corequisite: PLGL-50.
Advisories: ENGL-A, ENGL-41, ENGL-41L.
This course introduces the student to the basic legal concepts involving wills, trusts, and probate procedures. Areas of study include the fundamental principles of estates; trusts; wills; probate procedures; real and personal property; sales; taxes; and the administration of fiduciary accounting. (1/02)

PLGL-59 EVIDENCE/TRIAL PREPARATION
3 units: 3 hours lecture.
Prerequisite: PLGL-50. Advisories: ENGL-A, ENGL-41, ENGL-41L.
This course is designed to give the student an in-depth understanding of evidence, trial preparation, and presentation in a civil case. The student will have "hands-on" experience applying the knowledge and skills learned, such as discovery procedures, utilizing discovery at trial, motions, and how rules of evidence relate to discovery and trial. Trial objectives will also be covered in this course. (11/01)

PLGL-60 FAMILY LAW
3 units: 3 hours lecture.
This course introduces the student to the area of family law. Areas of study include marriage; divorce; non-marital cohabitation; invalid marriages; separation; annulment; client interviewing; commencing the proceedings; orders pending trial; support; child custody and visitation; marital property; and adoption and parentage. (3/99)


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