Paralegal Studies (PLGL)

Course Descriptions (Per Subject)

PLGL 100. Intro Paralegal Studies/Ethics. (3 Credits)

This course introduces the function and sources of American law, the American legal system, and legal practice, focusing on the role of the paralegal. This course also examines ethical considerations in the practice of law that paralegals are likely to encounter. Attorney and paralegal ethical codes are examined. 3 credits

Prerequisite: None

PLGL 101. Legal Research & Writing I. (3 Credits)

This course teaches students the principles of legal research and focuses on locating and analyzing case law, statutes, regulations, and other legal authorities and secondary sources to solve legal problems. Students will apply research to writing legal memoranda and other practical writing exercises. Students are trained in the use of WESTLAW electronic legal research and alternative electronic research methods. Both federal and Wisconsin materials are used extensively in this course.

Prerequisite: None

PLGL 102. Legal Research & Writing II. (3 Credits)

This course teaches students the principles of legal research and focuses on locating and analyzing case law, statutes, regulations, and other legal authorities and secondary sources to solve legal problems. Students will apply research to writing legal memoranda and other practical writing exercises. Students are trained in the use of WESTLAW electronic legal research and alternative electronic research methods. Both federal and Wisconsin materials are used extensively in this course.

Prerequisite: PLGL 101

PLGL 201. Civil Litigation I. (3 Credits)

This course studies civil litigation principles and practices prior to trial, including an introduction to procedures in the courts and administrative agencies. The course focuses on preparing initial pleadings, documents related to discovery, and motion practice. The course also examines pre-litigation investigation and fact-gathering strategies used in the practice of law. 3 credits.

Prerequisite: PLGL 101

PLGL/JPP 207. Substantive Criminal Law. (3 Credits)

This course studies definitions of law, definitions of crime, general principles of criminal responsibility, elements of the major crimes, punishments, conditions, or circumstances that may excuse criminal responsibility or mitigate punishment. 3 credits.

Prerequisite: None

PLGL 210. Tort Law. (3 Credits)

This course examines areas of legal liability commonly encountered by individuals and businesses as well as the methods of liability avoidance. Topics covered include intentional torts, negligence, strict liability, product liability, malpractice, premises liability, consumer protection, and other areas of tort liability.

Prerequisite: None

PLGL 220. Contract Law. (3 Credits)

This course examines the formation of effective legal contracts, how contracts are performed, and remedies for failure to perform or other breaches of contract. Contract drafting, analysis and litigation skills learned in this course apply to a wide variety of legal situations. 3 credits.

Prerequisite: None

PLGL 230. Legal Aspects of Business Organizations. (3 Credits)

This course provides an overview of the formation and operation of business enterprises, focusing on the sole proprietorship, forms of partnerships, limited liability companies, and incorporated entities. Students are introduced to the advantages and disadvantages of each form of business organization, explore ethical considerations, and draft various documents as they pertain to the formation, maintenance, and dissolution.

Prerequisite: None

PLGL 308. Procedural Criminal Law. (3 Credits)

This course examines the law relating to arrests, searches, and seizures by law enforcement officers as well as rules of evidence and courtroom procedures followed in court by prosecutors and defense attorneys. 3 credits.

Prerequisite: None