Paralegal Studies (PLGL)

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

Offered at: OL

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

this course introduces students to the fundamentals of legal research and focuses on locating and analyzing case law, statutes, regulations, and other legal authorities and resources. 3 credits.

Prerequisite: None

Offered at: CUW, OL

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

this course focuses on the effective legal writing and best practices when communicating with clients, parties and, the courts. Specific writing assignments will include both interoffice and external written communications. Students will be required to prepare various legal documents including pleadings, motions, memoranda, and legal briefs. 3 credits.

Prerequisites: PLGL 101

Offered at: CUW, OL

PLGL 201. Civil Litigation I. (3 Credits)

this course studies civil litigation principles and practices prior trial, including an introduction to procedures in the courts and administrative agencies. The course focus on preparation of 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: None

PLGL 202. Civil Litigation II. (3 Credits)

this course continues the study of civil litigation with emphasis on preparing documents used in the trial and post-trial stages of litigation. 3 credits.

Prerequisites: PLGL 101, PLGL 201.

PLGL 203. E-Discovery. (3 Credits)

this course introduces students to the legal, technical, and practical elements of modern e-discovery. Subjects include data collection, preservation review and production, relevant case law and rules, the language of e-discovery and the Electronic Discovery Reference Model. Students will learn technical skills related to document production and project cost analysis. 3 credits.

Prerequisite: None

PLGL 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 business as well as to 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. 3 credits.

Prerequisite: None

Offered at: OL

PLGL 220. Contract Law. (3 Credits)

this course examination the formation of effective legal contracts, how contracts are performed, and how to remedy for nonperformance or breach 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 Org. (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. 3 credits.

Prerequisite: None

Offered at: OL

PLGL 240. Debtor and Creditor Relations. (3 Credits)

the course introduces the student to debtor-creditor relationships, including how debt is created, secured, and satisfied. Students will explore pre-judgment and post-judgment remedies, liens, and debt prioritization. Students will also be introduced to the major types of bankruptcy proceedings: Chapter 7 (liquidation), Chapter 11 (personal reorganization), and Chapter 13 (business reorganization). 3 credits.

Prerequisite: None

PLGL 250. Employment Law. (3 Credits)

this course focuses on a wide array of laws and legal issues that impact the workplace. Students will survey the various sources of employment law including federal and state law. Additionally, students will gain an understanding of the employer and employee relationship in the workplace and the legal significance of this dynamic. Topics covered will include, but are limited to, the hiring process, various types of discrimination, wage and hour, discharge, and contracts. 3 credits.

Prerequisite: None

PLGL 260. Real Estate Law. (3 Credits)

this course focuses on the substantive law of real property and real estate transactions. Topics include general principles of real estate law, conveyancing, loan-closing procedure, sale of real estate and sales contracts, title examination, deed preparation, foreclosures, leasing of real estate, option contracts and recordation of various instruments. 3 credits.

Prerequisite: None

PLGL 270. Wills, Trusts, and Estates. (3 Credits)

this course studies property and probate law through the examination of key concepts, case law, statutory law, and documents. Fact-gathering techniques and drafting considerations will be highlighted. Topics include real estate, personal property, wills, and probate. 3 credits.

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

PLGL 310. Administrative Law. (3 Credits)

this course examines the substantive and procedural aspects of various administrative (governmental) agencies with an emphasis on practicing in administrative law. 3 credits.

Prerequisite: None

PLGL 311. Environmental Regulation. (3 Credits)

this course studies local, state, and federal laws, as well as rules and regulations that are designed to preserve and protect different aspects of the environment, including a general introduction to the American legal system and an overview of administrative agencies. 3 credits.

Prerequisite: None

PLGL 320. Family Law. (3 Credits)

this course provides an understanding of the legal definition of the family and examines the laws that affect the status of the family. Historical development of laws relating to marriage, divorce, family support, child custody, child protection and rights, and family planning will be examined. 3 credits.

Prerequisite: None

PLGL 330. Insurance Law. (3 Credits)

this course examines the various types of insurance, insurable interests, policy provisions, coverage amounts, claim adjustment and settlement, risk management, representations, warranties, subrogation, no-fault, and liabilities of brokers and agents. 3 credits.

Prerequisite: None

PLGL 399. Paralegal Internship. (1-12 Credits)