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Course Descriptions

LEGL 249 INTRODUCTION TO THE LEGAL SYSTEM

Units (Letter grade) 3; Class Hours: 48-54 lecture hours/semester; Recommended: Eligibility for ENGL 100; Prerequisite(s): None.

Description: An overview of the U.S. legal system, introduces the procedural and substantive areas of law taught in the paralegal program, as well as constitutional law, comparative law, and methods of legal analysis. Transfer: CSU.

LEGL 250 LEGAL RESEARCH AND WRITING

Units (Letter grade) 3; Class Hours: 48-54 lecture hours/semester; Recommended: Eligibility for ENGL 110; Prerequisite(s): Completion of, or concurrent enrollment in LEGL 249.

Description: Introduction to reading and briefing legal cases and the principles of legal writing. Also learn the differences between primary and secondary sources of law, utilizing state and law libraries and other research resources. Transfer: CSU.

LEGL 251 TORTS

Units (Grade Option) 3; Class Hours: 48-54 lecture hours/semester; Recommended: Eligibility for ENGL 100; Prerequisite(s): LEGL 249.

Description: Study of the various torts that make up the substantive law of torts. The topics included are the basis of tort liability, the elements of actionable torts, remedies, and procedures. Transfer: CSU.

LEGL 252 CIVIL LITIGATION AND TRIAL PREPARATION

Units (Letter grade) 3; Class Hours: 48-54 lecture hours/semester; Recommended: Eligibility for ENGL 100; Prerequisite(s): LEGL 249.

Description: Introduction to the basics of trial practice and civil litigation procedures. Students learn how to conduct client intake, evaluate cases, conduct informal investigation and discovery, prepare pleadings and motions, complete discovery and fact investigations, engage in pretrial alternative dispute resolution procedures, identify pretrial considerations, preserve facts and prepare for trial, and complete post-trial motions and appeals. Transfer: CSU.

LEGL 254 FAMILY LAW

Units (Grade Option) 3; Class Hours: 48-54 lecture hours/semester; Recommended: Eligibility for ENGL 100; Prerequisite(s): Completion of, or concurrent enrollment in LEGL 249, or equivalent.

Description: Learn legal principles and practical matters on starting a family law case, dissolving marital status, the court process, child and spousal support, child custody and visitation, and the characterization and division of marital property. Students prepare several family law pleadings used in a family law case. Course is combined with lectures and projects. Transfer: CSU.

LEGL 260 ADVANCED LEGAL RESEARCH AND WRITING

Units (Grade Option) 3; Class Hours: 48-54 lecture hours/semester; Recommended: Eligibility for ENGL 110; Prerequisite(s): LEGL 249 and 250.

Description: Develop and refine legal research and writing skills by preparing a series of project including drafting legal documents. Included is the efficient use of law libraries and legal databases. Transfer: CSU.

LEGL 262 PARALEGALISM AND STUDY OF LEGAL ETHICS

Units (Letter grade) 3; Class Hours: 48-54 lecture hours/semester; Recommended: Eligibility for ENGL 110; Prerequisite(s): None.

Description: Major aspects and issues of the paralegal profession, skills of a paralegal, and legal ethics. Topics include new careers in law, paralegal employment, the regulation of paralegals, legal analysis, interviewing, investigation in a law office, and formal and informal advocacy with administrative agencies. Transfer: CSU.

LEGL 264 CONTRACTS

Units (Grade Option) 3; Class Hours: 48-54 lecture hours/semester; Recommended: Eligibility for ENGL 100; Prerequisite(s): LEGL 249.

Description: Study of the theory and practice of contract law. Students learn to create contracts and identify contract breaches provided for by law. Transfer: CSU.

LEGL 272 IMMIGRATION LAW

Units (Letter grade) 3; Class Hours: 48-54 lecture hours/semester; Recommended: Eligibility for ENGL 100; Prerequisite(s): None.

Description: This hands-on course focuses on immigration law in the areas of family and employment visas, labor certification, non-immigrant visas, and political asylum. Students gain a working knowledge of immigration theory and practice while gaining practical skills in preparation of forms and supporting documents, handling client interviews, and preparation of cases. Transfer: CSU.

LEGL 276 ELECTRONIC LITIGATION

Units (Grade Option) 2; Class Hours: 32-36 lecture hours/semester; Recommended: Eligibility for ENGL 100; Prerequisite(s): None.

Description: Learn how to use PC/Windows based computers, peripherals, software and the Internet in a law office environment. Also, learn about the power of the Internet, (troubleshooting, backup programs, online filing, e-filing, legal research, etc.), and using the Internet in litigation (investigation, evidence gathering, accessing the courts, e-filing, etc.); learn how to use Public Access to Court Electronic Records (PACER). Transfer: CSU.

LEGL 672 COOPERATIVE EDUCATION: INTERNSHIP

Units (Grade Option) 1-3; Class Hours: 1-3 lab hours/semester (60 to 180 volunteer on the job hours/semester); Recommended: Eligibility for READ 836 and ENGL 836; or ENGL 847 or ESL 400; Prerequisite(s): A minimum of 12 completed units in the occupational discipline.

Description: Supervised internship in cooperation with private or public sector employers. Designed to apply knowledge and learn new skills, directly related to the student’s program of study, outside of the normal classroom environment. Students must attend one orientation which is offered the first three weeks of each semester. Each unit requires 60 hours per unit for unpaid work or 75 hours per unit for paid work during the semester. May be repeated for credit up to 16 units. The unit limitation applies to any Cooperative Education Work Experience (any combination of 670, 671 and/or 672 courses) offered within the SMCCCD. Transfer: CSU.

LEGL 695 INDEPENDENT STUDY

Units (Grade Option) 0.5-3; Class Hours: By Arrangement; Recommended: Eligibility for READ 836 and ENGL 836; or ENGL 847 or ESL 400; Prerequisite(s): None.

Description: Designed for students who are interested in furthering their knowledge via self-paced, individualized instruction provided in selected areas or directed study to be arranged with instructor and approved by the division dean using the Independent Study Form. Varying modes of instruction can be used -- laboratory, research, skill development, etc. For each unit earned, students are required to devote three hours per week throughout the semester. Students may take only one Independent Study course within a given discipline. Transfer: CSU.

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