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Class Schedule
A Complete List of Classes

 

Course Descriptions

LEGL 249 INTRODUCTION TO THE LEGAL SYSTEM

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

Description: The student is introduced to reading and briefing legal cases and the principles of legal writing. Students also learn the differences between 1) primary and secondary sources, 2) title and court records, and 3) county, state, and specialization law libraries, and specialized libraries. Other topics included in the course are organization and management of an office law library, cite checking, and preparation of bibliographies. Transfer: CSU.

LEGL 251 TORTS

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

Description: Introduction to the basis of trial practice and civil litigation procedures. Students learn how to prepare pleadings and motions, complete discovery and fact investigations, 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: Minimum of 48 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: Minimum of 48 lecture hours/semester; Recommended: Eligibility for ENGL 100; Prerequisite(s): LEGL 249 and 250.

Description: Students develop and refine legal research and writing skills by preparing a series of projects which include legal documents for court cases filed by attorneys. Included is the efficient use of law libraries. Transfer: CSU.

LEGL 262 PARALEGALISM AND STUDY OF LEGAL ETHICS

Units (Letter grade) 3; Class Hours: Minimum of 48 lecture hours/semester; Recommended: Eligibility for ENGL 110; Prerequisite(s): LEGL 249.

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: Minimum of 48 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: Minimum of 48 lecture hours/semester; Recommended: Eligibility for ENGL 100; Prerequisite(s): LEGL 249.

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: Minimum of 32 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, research, etc.), and using the Internet in litigation (investigation, evidence gathering, accessing the courts, etc.); learn how to use PACER and e-filing using CALI. Transfer: CSU.

LEGL 670 COOPERATIVE EDUCATION/WORK EXPERIENCE

Units (Grade Option) 1-4; Class Hours: 1-3 lab hours/semester (75 to 300 paid job hours/semester, 60-240 volunteer job hours/semester.); Recommended: Eligibility for READ 836 and ENGL 836; or ENGL 847 or ESL 400; Prerequisite(s): None;

Description: College credit may be earned by students who are employed or on volunteer assignments. The job/volunteer assignment must be related to the student's major or occupational goals. Students learn to set measurable objectives for improving their skills and job performance. Course orientations are held the first three weeks of the semester and attendance at one is mandatory. May be repeated for credit up to 16 units. This limitation applies to Occupational Cooperative Education work experience (any combination of 670 and/or 672 courses) offered within the SMCCCD. 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: Students may enroll in a volunteer, cooperative internship to apply skills learned from classroom instruction at a supervised work site. The internship must be supervised by a job supervisor and an appropriate faculty member for the chosen occupational discipline. Course orientations are held the first three weeks of the semester and attendance at one is mandatory. May be repeated for credit up to 16 units. This limitation applies to Occupational Cooperative Education work experience (any combination of 670 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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