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PLGL - Paralegal Courses
 
   
 

 

  • PLGL
    Paralegal Courses:



  • PLGL 30
  • PLGL 31A
  • PLGL 31B
  • PLGL 33A
  • PLGL 33B
  • PLGL 35A
  • PLGL 35B
  • PLGL 36
  • PLGL 37
  • PLGL 38
  • PLGL 39
  • PLGL 40
  • PLGL 41
  • PLGL 42
  • PLGL 43
  • PLGL 44
  • PLGL 45
  • PLGL 47A
  • PLGL 47B
  • PLGL 48
  • PLGL 49
  • PLGL 50
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The Business Administration department offers these 22 'PLGL - Paralegal' Courses:
  • PLGL 30 - Introduction to Paralegal/Legal
  • PLGL 31A - Legal Analysis and Writing
  • PLGL 31B - Advanced Legal Analysis and
                         Writing
  • PLGL 33A - Civil Procedure Pretrial
  • PLGL 33B - Civil Procedure - Trial and
                         Post-Trial
  • PLGL 35A - Law Office Procedures
  • PLGL 35B - Automated Law Office Procedures
  • PLGL 36 - Paralegal Internship
  • PLGL 37 - Tort Law
  • PLGL 38 - Employment and Ethical Issues
                        in Paralegalism
  • PLGL 39 - Contract Law
  • PLGL 40 - Landlord-Tenant
                       Law
  • PLGL 41 - Property Law
  • PLGL 42 - Family Law
  • PLGL 43 - Wills and Trusts
  • PLGL 44 - Bankruptcy Law
  • PLGL 45 - Creditor's Rights
  • PLGL 47A - Litigation
                          Procedures
  • PLGL 47B - Litigation
                         Practice
  • PLGL 48 - Criminal Law and
                        Procedures
  • PLGL 49 - Evidence Law
  • PLGL 50 - Comparative Law
Click on any of the tabbed links above to view detailed information about a course.
PLGL 30 Course Image
This course provides the student with the basic knowledge required of paralegals.   An overview of the federal and state legal systems, the relationship of paralegals to attorneys, an introduction to legal writing and research investigation of claims and legal ethics.
(54 hours lecture;      Degree applicable, CSU)

Course Measurable Objectives:

  1. Analyze the various functions of the paralegal in relation to the total practice of law.
  2. Explain the specific duties and responsibilities of a paralegal.
  3. Describe the law office routine, legal procedures, interviewing and investigation.
  4. Compare the advantages and disadvantages of hiring paralegals in a written report.
  5. Differentiate among and assess typical ethical problems encountered in a law office.

Course Level Student Learning Outcomes:


Students completing PLGL 30 - Introduction to Paralegal/Legal will be able to :
  1. successfully prepare a case brief.
  2. successfully prepare a legal memorandum.


PLGL 31A Course Image
This course instructs you on the use of a law library for legal research and references, reading and analyzing codes and statutes, and preparation of case briefs and research reports.
(54 hours lecture;      Degree applicable)

Course Measurable Objectives:

  1. Identify and describe legal research techniques.
  2. Analyze legal research sources for application to specific projects.
  3. Identify and compare primary and secondary sources of authority.
  4. Appraise court opinions.
  5. Prepare proper legal citations.
  6. Prepare case briefs.
  7. Analyze statutes.

Course Level Student Learning Outcomes:


Students completing PLGL 31A - Legal Analysis and Writing will be able to :
  1. distinguish between and use the various manual legal research resources.
  2. brief a moderately complex legal case.


PLGL 31B Course Image
This course instructs you on the preparation of research memoranda, trial briefs, appellate briefs and other paralegal documents.  Continuation of PLGL 31A, Legal Analysis and Writing.
(54 hours lecture;      Degree applicable, CSU)

Course Measurable Objectives:

  1. Analyze fact situations and determine justifiable issues.
  2. Prepare a research memorandum to establish an appropriate course of action based on case law, statutes, and issues.
  3. Analyze pleadings to determine facts and issues.
  4. Assess legal issues for trial
  5. Prepare trial briefs.
  6. Analyze and draft appellate briefs.

Course Level Student Learning Outcomes:


Students completing PLGL 31B - Advanced Legal Analysis and Writing will be able to:
  1. prepare a legal memorandum.
  2. prepare a trial brief.


PLGL 33A Course Image
This course provides the analysis of the pretrial procedural steps to litigating a cause of action.  Examines the concepts of jurisdiction, venue, parties to the action, summons, default judgments, and pleadings.
(54 hours lecture;      Degree applicable, CSU)

Course Measurable Objectives:

  1. Prepare pre-lawsuit notices with points and authorities of law.
  2. Identify parties of interest.
  3. Analyze jurisdictional requirements.
  4. Prepare motion for a change in venue.
  5. Examine default judgments and documents required for relief from default.
  6. Develop pleadings, complaints and answers.
  7. Prepare demurrers and motions to strike.

Course Level Student Learning Outcomes:


Students completing PLGL 33A - Civil Procedure Pretrial will be able to:
  1. initiate a civil lawsuit.
  2. successfully draft an answer to a complaint.


PLGL 33B Course Image
This course covers preparing for litigation.

Topics covered include:
  • discovery
  • preparation of law and motion documents
  • remedies
  • summary judgments
  • motions to dismiss
  • settlements
  • arbitration
(54 hours lecture;      Degree applicable, CSU)

Course Measurable Objectives:

  1. Identify laws relating to discovery.
  2. Demonstrate ability to prepare depositions and interrogatories.
  3. Apply knowledge of correct procedures for and preparation of law and motion documents.
  4. Define injunctions and writs of attachment and describe their uses.
  5. Identify grounds for entry of a summary judgment and preparation of a motion for summary judgment.
  6. Compare and contrast knowledge of the basis for requests for voluntary and involuntary dismissals.
  7. Evaluate essential elements of pre-trial settlement procedures.

Course Level Student Learning Outcomes:


Students completing PLGL 33B - Civil Procedure - Trial and Post-Trial will be able to:
  1. distinguish among the various discovery tools including depositions, interrogatories, requests for production, and requests for admission.
  2. prepare a basic motion.


PLGL 35A Course Image
This course examines procedures utilized by a paralegal in a law office.   Includes knowledge of court systems, preparation and filing of legal papers and court documents, and drafting specialized documents in such areas as estate planning, real estate, divorce, unlawful detainer, adoption, corporations, conservatorships and guardianships.
(54 hours lecture;      Degree applicable, CSU)

Course Measurable Objectives:

  1. Analyze and compare state, federal and administrative court systems and their individual structures.
  2. Evaluate the basic procedures involved in civil litigation.
  3. Inventory, classify and distinguish various court rules.
  4. Draft and prepare forms (motions and pleadings) in the course of a civil action in legally acceptable style.
  5. Draft and prepare specialized forms (wills, verifications, proofs of service)in legally acceptable style.
  6. Analyze and classify different types of discovery methods in the course of a civil proceeding.
  7. Assess and prepare solutions to specialized problems related to estate planning, real estate divorce, unlawful detainer, adoption, corporations, conservatorships and guardianships.

Course Level Student Learning Outcomes:


Students completing PLGL 35A - Law Office Procedure will:
  1. successfully prepare articles of incorporation.
  2. successfully prepare a simple will.


PLGL 35B Course Image
This course covers the use of the personal computer for special purposes in the law office; includes the drafting of pleadings, legal research, document control, preparation of billing, law office and case load management, and tax reports.
(54 hours lecture;      Degree applicable)

Course Measurable Objectives:

  1. Define computer terms and explain how to edit various legal documents on a computer.
  2. Define computer terms and explain how to edit various legal documents on a computer.
  3. Prepare and edit legal documents.
  4. Develop a form document.
  5. Evaluate and implement automated legal research systems.
  6. Integrate legal research with draft documents.
  7. Create legal bills in accordance with defined legal billing standards.

Course Level Student Learning Outcomes:


Students completing PLGL 35B - Automated Law Office Procedures will be able to:
  1. successfully prepare a simple motion.
  2. successfully prepare a client letter.
  3. successfully prepare a memorandum of law.


PLGL 36 Course Image
This course is designed to provide the student with actual on-the-job experience in the paralegal profession which relates to student's classroom based learning.   Placement is not guaranteed but assistance is provided by the paralegal faculty.   A minimum of five hours per week of supervised work (minimum 75 paid clock hours or 60 non-paid clock hours per semester) is required.  Students who repeat this course will improve skills through further instruction and practice.
(75 hours lab;      Degree applicable)
(May be taken for Pass / No Pass only.  May be taken four times for credit)

Course Measurable Objectives:

  1. Employ all tasks to the satisfaction of the supervising office attorney as evidenced by an instructor-prepared rating form.
  2. Develop a log to include at least one page for each week's activity. The log will relate specific legal concepts and practices to the activity of the week. This log shall meet college-level grammar and content standards.
  3. Demonstrate appropriate interpersonal and communication skills which will be measured on an instructor prepared rating form.
  4. Prepare a concise self-evaluation of personal paralegal skill strengths and weaknesses for review with the instructor of the course.
  5. Prepare a cover letter and resume that focuses on breadth of experience and marketable skills.

Course Level Student Learning Outcomes:


At the conclusion of the internship the paralegal intern will:
  1. comprehend the nature of a career as a paralegal, including application of paralegal knowledge and skills learned in the classroom, appreciation of proper office decorum and behavior, responsibility for being prompt and punctual, and application of high standards when generating work product.
  2. be able to prepare a new resume which contains the internship and lists skills developed at the internship. The intern will also write a sample cover letter which emphasizes the internship experience.


PLGL 37 Course Image
Analysis of the law of torts including intentional torts such as assault, battery, false imprisonment, defamation, privacy, trespass and nuisance, negligence, and strict liability.  Examination of insurance defense issues.
(54 hours lecture;      Degree applicable, CSU)

Course Measurable Objectives:

  1. Classify and distinguish the various types of intentional torts.
  2. Analyze and evaluate the tort of negligence.
  3. Examine and criticize the doctrine of strict liability.
  4. Assess appropriate defenses to intentional torts, negligence and strict liability claims.
  5. Determine and evaluate the nature of damages involved in intentional torts, negligence and strict liability claims.
  6. Draft and prepare pleadings.
  7. Draft and prepare discovery.
  8. Synthesize and analyze case law.
  9. Evaluate and assess relevant issues regarding insurance defense.

Course Level Student Learning Outcomes:


Students completing PLGL 37 - Tort Law will be able to:
  1. list, describe, and apply the four elements of negligence.
  2. distinguish among strict liability, negligence, and intentional torts.


PLGL 38 Course Image
This course covers job search skills including preparation of professional resumes and cover letters, interviewing techniques, networking, application of these skills in beginning the search for paralegal employment, and paralegal and attorney ethics.
(36 hours lecture;      Degree applicable)

Course Measurable Objectives:

  1. Analyze life experiences and synthesize them into an effective paralegal resume.
  2. Evaluate personal strengths and weaknesses in order to maximize performing in a job interview.
  3. Apply skills learned through the paralegal program in effectively networking with attorneys and other paralegals in order to create more job opportunities.
  4. Apply job search skills to actual search for paralegal employment.
  5. Analyze California's ethical rules governing the conduct of attorneys and paralegals, and apply those rules to hypothetical situations.

Course Level Student Learning Outcomes:


Students completing PLGL 38 - Employment and Ethical Issues in Paralegalism will:
  1. be able to prepare an employment portfolio.
  2. understand unauthorized practice of law.


PLGL 39 Course Image
This course covers laws relating to the formation of contracts.  The course includes study of the statute of frauds, third-party rights, liability for breach of contract, remedies, discharge, and the Uniform Commercial Code.
(54 hours lecture;      Degree applicable, CSU)

Course Measurable Objectives:

  1. Determine a party's intent to be bound by a contract using the objective theory of contracts.
  2. Differentiate between the various types of offers, and specify requirements for valid offers.
  3. Compare the various types of acceptance and determine at what time an acceptance is valid.
  4. Describe means to determine adequacy of consideration.
  5. Demonstrate knowledge of circumstances that will constitute an unenforceable contract, including minority, legality, capacity, mistake conditions and the statute of frauds.
  6. Summarize appropriate remedies for breach of contract.
  7. Identify examples of the applications of the Uniform Commercial Code requirements for contracts for the sale of goods.

Course Level Student Learning Outcomes:


Students completing PLGL 39 - Contract Law will be able to:
  1. recognize the basic defenses to the formation of a valid contract.
  2. recognize the essential elements of a valid contract.


PLGL 40 Course Image
This course covers Landlord-Tenant Law and creation of legal documentation to represent the landlord-tenant relationship.  Examination of the rights and liabilities of the landlord and the tenant.
(54 hours lecture;      Degree applicable, CSU)

Course Measurable Objectives:

  1. Evaluate the validity of a landlord-tenant lease.
  2. Determine the rights and liabilities of the landlord and the tenant upon breach of warranty.
  3. Assess the extent of liability for specific injuries on the premises.
  4. Describe means to effectively terminate or renew a lease.
  5. Identify laws relating to credit checks, collections, alternative dispute resolution, and Section 8 housing.

Course Level Student Learning Outcomes:


Students completing PLGL 40 - Landlord - Tenant Law will be able to:
  1. identify and define what constitutes a habitable residential dwelling as well as understanding the legal ramifications to the parites in a non-habitable tenancy situation.
  2. draft a residential tenancy agreement.


PLGL 41 Course Image
This course examines the law relating to real and personal property.   Analysis of the various forms of ownership of real property; easements, covenants, conditions, and licenses; constitutional questions; types of real estate deeds; and land use controls.
(54 hours lecture;      Degree applicable, CSU)

Course Measurable Objectives:

  1. Classify interests in property and forms of ownership.
  2. Explain the concepts of adverse possession, easements, covenants, conditions and liens.
  3. Compare the results on clients of various real estate financing options, tax rules, and civil rights and fair housing legislation.
  4. Identify land use control measures and describe their implications for land owners.
  5. Contrast methods of conveyancing such as contracts for sale, transfer of title by deeds, wills and gifts.
  6. Compare and contrast causes of action in personal property for conversion, fraud and misrepresentation.

Course Level Student Learning Outcomes:


Students completing PLGL 41 - Property Law will be able to:
  1. successfully identify the differences among different types of property ownership (community property, joint tenancy, and tenancy in common).
  2. successfully discuss at least four ways to transfer title to real property.


PLGL 42 Course Image
This course examines laws relating to marriage, dissolution, nullity, and legal separation.   Includes topics of community property, child custody, child support, spousal support, and prenuptial/antenuptial agreements.
(54 hours lecture;      Degree applicable, CSU)

Course Measurable Objectives:

  1. Identify the most helpful laws for problem resolution regarding marriage and cohabitation.
  2. Identify the most common problems representing clients in dissolution actions, interviewing clients, determining fees and costs, and selecting options to dissolution, including reconciliation, separation, nullity and summary dissolution.
  3. Demonstrate knowledge of community property concepts and means to property settlements and support.
  4. Demonstrate ability to apply rules of law to division of property.
  5. Apply rules of law to resolve problems regarding pension benefits, retirement benefits, and taxation.

Course Level Student Learning Outcomes:


Students completing PLGL 42 - Family Law will be able to:
  1. comprehend community property concepts and apply to division of assets.
  2. complete a petition for dissolution of marriage.


PLGL 43 Course Image
This course examines the legal principles of the laws of wills and trusts, organization and jurisdiction of the California Probate Courts, estate planning and estate taxes.
(54 hours lecture;      Degree applicable, CSU)

Course Measurable Objectives:

  1. Distinguish between types of wills and specify unique features of each.
  2. Describe various problems with wills, especially competency, capacity, fraud, and undue influence.
  3. Explain witnessing of wills.
  4. Assess the legal standing of holographic wills and codicils and identify ways to resolve problems in this area.
  5. Describe concepts of integration, incorporation by reference and revocation.
  6. Evaluate from the standpoint of estate planning general rules of inheritance, intestate succession and gifts.
  7. Identify types of trusts and significant features of each.
  8. State characteristics of the relationship between trustees and beneficiaries and propose potential problems which the legal specialist may need to resolve.
  9. Define the role of the legal specialist in the termination of trusts.
  10. Evaluate the effectiveness of various methods used in real estate planning as means to avoid probate.
  11. Design plans to minimize estate taxes.
  12. Analyze aspects of probate administration.

Course Level Student Learning Outcomes:


Students completing PLGL 43 - Wills and Trusts will:
  1. have agained an understanding of probate administration.
  2. be able to distinguish between wills and trusts.


PLGL 44 Course Image
This course covers the creation, scope, and administrative function of federal bankruptcy proceedings and arrangements.   Topics include wage earner plans and insolvency proceedings.
(54 hours lecture;      Degree applicable, CSU)

Course Measurable Objectives:

  1. Compare types of bankruptcy proceedings: liquidation bankruptcy and reorganization bankruptcy.
  2. Describe bankruptcy discharge and exemptions.
  3. Analyze legal forms for Chapter 7 bankruptcy, liquidation and discharge of debt.
  4. Identify problems with preferences and fraudulent conveyances.
  5. Analyze legal forms for a Chapter 11 business reorganization.
  6. Analyze legal forms for a Chapter 13 individual reorganization.

Course Level Student Learning Outcomes:


Students completing PLGL 44 - Bankruptcy Law will be able to:
  1. successfully prepare a bankruptcy petition.
  2. distinguish between different types of bankruptcy.


PLGL 45 Course Image
This course covers the creation, perfection, and enforcement of security interests in property.  Unsecured creditors and their methods of enforcing rights and obtaining judgments.
(54 hours lecture;      Degree applicable, CSU)

Course Measurable Objectives:

  1. Analyze the creation of security interests.
  2. Describe the circumstances under which it is necessary to properly file a lien in order to perfect the security interest.
  3. Delineate creditor rights upon default.
  4. State priorities of claims for a variety of secured and unsecured parties.
  5. Discuss the scope of the Uniform Commercial Code articles regarding perfection, certificates of title, leases, and interests in real property.
  6. Determine limitations on creditor behavior, debt avoidance, and fraudulent conveyances.
  7. Propose solutions to facilitate post-judgment collections.

Course Level Student Learning Outcomes:


Students completing PLGL 45 - Creditors' Rights will be able to:
  1. prepare a Notice of Lien.
  2. preparation a writ of execution and abstract of judgment.


PLGL 47A Course Image
This course provides an overview of litigation procedures.   Description of a trial and trial presentations are emphasized.  Preparation of opening statements, direct and cross examinations, and closing statements.   Elements of oral argument are examined.  Methods of responding to questioning are analyzed.   Students who repeat this course will improve skills through further instruction and practice.
(54 hours lecture;      Degree applicable)
(May be taken two times for credit.)

Course Measurable Objectives:

  1. Evaluate the procedures involved in litigation.
  2. Prepare effective opening and closing statements.
  3. Analyze the elements of oral argument.
  4. Apply the elements of oral argument in the preparation of direct and cross examinations.
  5. Evaluate the methods of responding to trial questioning.

Course Level Student Learning Outcomes:


Students completing PLGL 47A - Litigation Procedures will:
  1. know the basic, distinct parts of a trial, and which procedures and rules apply to each.
  2. be able to prepare clear and effective examinations of witnesses, both direct examination and cross examination.
  3. be able to prepare and present effective opening statements and closing arguments.


PLGL 47B Course Image
In this course students will present a case and evaluate the effectiveness of their presentation.  Continuous revision of opening arguments, closing arguments, direct examinations, and cross-examinations.  Students who repeat this course will improve skills through further instruction and practice.
(27 hours lecture;      Degree applicable)
(May be taken two times for credit.)

Course Measurable Objectives:

  1. Apply the litigation techniques acquired in Litigation Procedures.
  2. Evaluate effectiveness of oral arguments.
  3. Analyze methods of improving oral arguments.
  4. Revise oral arguments for more effective presentation.
  5. Present oral arguments based on opposing arguments.

Course Level Student Learning Outcomes:


Students completing PLGL 47B - Litigation Practice will:
  1. be able to locate, evaluate, organize, and synthesize research material from a variety of sources.
  2. have a basic understanding of the procedural and evidentiary rules used to challenge and/or fend off challenges to the presentation of proffered evidence (i.e., objections and offers of proof).


PLGL 48 Course Image
This course covers the general principles of criminal law and procedure, elements of crimes against person and property, parties to a crime, defenses to crimes.   Analysis of procedural law relating to arrest, search and seizure, rights to counsel and a jury, evidentiary issues, sentencing and appeal.
(54 hours lecture;      Degree applicable, CSU)

Course Measurable Objectives:

  1. Evaluate basic principles of criminal law.
  2. Apply the principles of criminal law in analyzing hypothetical fact patterns.
  3. Assess and differentiate criminal law issues and apply legal rules and analysis to those issues in order to reach a conclusion.
  4. Analyze and synthesize statutory and case law in criminal law and procedure by reading and briefing important statutes and cases.
  5. Apply the procedural aspects of the criminal justice system through a study of a simulated case as it progresses through the system.

Course Level Student Learning Outcomes:


Students completing PLGL 48 - Criminal Law and Procedures will be able to:
  1. analyze and synthesize statutory and case law in criminal law and procedure by reading and briefing important statutes and cases.
  2. apply the procedural aspects of the criminal justice system through a study of a simulated case as it progresses through the system.


PLGL 49 Course Image
This course provides an overview of evidence law in civil and criminal cases: principles of relevance and competence of evidence; hearsay and character evidence rules; evidentiary privileges; use and authentication of writings.  Use of evidence at trial, burdens of proof and presumptions, constitutional issues.
(54 hours lecture;      Degree applicable, CSU)

Course Measurable Objectives:

  1. Evaluate principles of evidence law.
  2. Apply the principles of evidence law in analyzing hypothetical fact patterns.
  3. Analyze and differentiate evidence law issues and apply legal rules and analysis to those issues in order to reach a conclusion.
  4. Analyze and synthesize statutory and case law in evidence law by reading and briefing important statutes and cases.
  5. Compare and contrast the court application of specific laws to different fact patterns.

Course Level Student Learning Outcomes:


Students completing PLGL 49 - Evidence Law will be able to:
  1. distinguish among some of the basic California rules of evidence.
  2. apply some of the basic rules of California evidence.


PLGL 50 Course Image
This course provides a comparison of the traditions and legal systems of various nations.   Specific legal concepts and principles relating to areas of business, substantive law, and procedural law are compared to illustrate and distinguish those systems from the U.S. system.  Ethics, language, and management issues are considered with regard to doing business abroad.
(54 hours lecture;      Degree applicable)

Course Measurable Objectives:

  1. Evaluate the various types of legal systems.
  2. Analyze differences in types of legal systems.
  3. Evaluate procedural and substantive law differences.
  4. Synthesize culture, tradition, language, and ethics in various countries.
  5. Apply legal principles to expansion abroad.

Course Level Student Learning Outcomes:


Students completing PLGL 50 - Comparative Law will be able to:
  1. evaluate legal systems.
  2. analyze substantive and procedural differences.


 
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