Course Descriptions Paralegal Studies

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PALG 1013 (PALG 101) Introduction to Paralegal Studies

Lecture 3, Lab 0, Credit 3
This course provides an overview of the paralegal profession including ethical obligations, regulation,professional trends and issues, and the paralegal’s role in assisting the delivery of legal services. Theintended audience includes those who could otherwise benefit personally or professionally from basic information regarding legal systems in the United States.
Prerequisite: None
Co-requisite: None

PALG 1203 (PALG 120) Introduction to Legal Research

Lecture 3, Lab 0, Credit 3
Introduces students to the process of legal research, including the law library and online legal research. Students will learn the sources of law and research methods to identify applicable statutes, constitutional provisions, cases, and administrative regulations, along with secondary legal research sources such as digests and encyclopedias. Students will learn fundamentals of legal analysis and citation through case briefing and practical research assignments.
Prerequisite: PALG 1013 (or PALG 101) with a grade of “C” or better
Co-requisite: None

PALG 1213 (PALG 121) Introduction to Legal Writing

Lecture 3, Lab 0, Credit 3
Provides students with the tools needed to communicate the conclusions resulting from legal research and analysis effectively. Students will learn to apply legal analysis to specific client facts and to court opinions. Students will learn to present legal analysis in a clear, concise, and logical format through practice writing issue statements, case briefs, legal correspondence, office memoranda, and court briefs.
Prerequisite: PALG 1013 (or PALG 101) with a grade of “C” or better
Co-requisite: None

PALG 2103 (PALG 210) Law Office Management

Lecture 3, Lab 0, Credit 3
Addresses the organization and efficient operation of the law office, management problems in the law office, office structures and systems, accounting and billing procedures, hiring, scheduling, and management of non-attorney personnel, information storage and retrieval systems, forms libraries,
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office equipment, management of the law office library, purchasing of law office supplies, and client relations.
Prerequisite: PALG 1013 (or PALG 101) with a grade of “C” or better
Co-requisite: None

PALG 2113 (PALG 211) Computers in the Law Office

Lecture 3, Lab 0, Credit 3
Provides an overview of computer technology and its applications within the law office. Students will explore the methods for effective and ethical use of law office technology, including word processing, spreadsheets, and databases; legal research databases; electronic public records; electronic filing and discovery systems; litigation support and case management systems; timekeeping/billing; and other legal support technology.
Prerequisite: PALG 1013 (or PALG 101) with a grade of “C” or better
Co-requisite: None

PALG 2153 (PALG 215) Litigation I

Lecture 3, Lab 0, Credit 3
Introduces paralegal students to the litigation process in state and federal courts. Examines jurisdiction and venue; commencement of the lawsuit, including initial client contact and investigative techniques; pleadings and motions; discovery, evidence, and the role of deposition; summary judgments; and other court processes. Students will draft legal documents as they relate to concepts in this course. Prerequisite: PALG 1013 (or PALG 101) with a grade of “C” or better
Co-requisite: None

PALG 2223 (PALG 222) Real Estate Law and Procedures

Lecture 3, Lab 0, Credit 3
Students will examine the law of real property and real estate transactions. Examines forms of ownership, principles of valid contractual agreements, instruments of conveyance, title insurance, mortgages and security interests, landlord-tenant relationships, applicable federal and state laws, and land use controls. Students will learn to perform basic title examinations and draft documents used in real estate transactions.
Prerequisite: PALG 1013 (or PALG 101) with a grade of “C” or better
Co-requisite: None

PALG 2233 (PALG 223) Insurance Law and Procedures

Lecture 3, Lab 0, Credit 3
Introduces students to insurance law with a focus on Louisiana law. Students will look at various contracts of insurance, including life, health, property, accident, and liability. Students will examineinsurance contracts; conditions precedent; representations; warranties; terms; conditions; coverage’s;insurable interests; rights of beneficiaries; exemptions; excess liabilities; waiver and estoppel; subrogation; controls on the insurance industry; procedural and evidentiary aspects, including pleadings, declaratory judgments, interpleaders, and joint tortfeasor releases.
Prerequisite: PALG 1013 (or PALG 101) with a grade of “C” or better
Co-requisite: None

PALG 2243 (PALG 224) Wills, Successions, and Trust

Lecture 3, Lab 0, Credit 3
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Introduces students to Louisiana law of testate and intestate successions, forced heirship, wills, trusts, and powers of attorney and provides an overview of trusts and estates law in a common law setting. Emphasizes practical skills in drafting basic documents for estate planning and successions proceedings. Introduces issues of taxation and trusts, including Louisiana inheritance taxes, federal estate tax, and the Louisiana Trust Code.

Prerequisite: PALG 1013 (or PALG 101) with a grade of “C” or betterCo-requisite: None

PALG 2253 (PALG 225) Introduction to Employment Law

Lecture 3, Lab 0, Credit 3
Introduces students to the fundamental concepts of employment law, including employment contracts, at-will employment, governmental regulations, discrimination issues, and worker's compensation. Identification of legal issues in establishing, maintaining and terminating the employment relationship. The emphasis will be on developing the ability to evaluate employment law claims and ethical versus unethical practices, with attention to legal precedent and application of this understanding to real- world employment disputes.
Prerequisite: PALG 1013 (or PALG 101) with a grade of “C” or better
Co-requisite: None

PALG 2263 (PALG 226) Family Law

Lecture 3, Lab 0, Credit 3
Introduces students to substantive law as it relates to marriage, divorce, children, and property.Examines the paralegal’s role and develops practical drafting skills in client interviews; pre-nuptial agreements; pleadings for dissolution, support and division of property; preparation of cases for trial and case management; property settlements; paternity, child custody and child support; and enforcement orders.
Prerequisite: PALG 1013 (or PALG 101) with a grade of “C” or better
Co-requisite: None

PALG 2273 (PALG 227) Criminal Law

Lecture 3, Lab 0, Credit 3
Introduces students to the basic principles of criminal law and criminal law practice, including court rules; prosecutorial functions; bail and personal recognizance; sentencing, probation, and alternative dispositions; investigation and interviewing in criminal cases; preparation of criminal cases for trial; and constitutional limitations on criminal procedure.
Prerequisite: PALG 1013 (or PALG 101) with a grade of “C” or better
Co-requisite: None

PALG 2283 (PALG 228) Personal Injury Laws and Procedures

Lecture 3, Lab 0, Credit 3
Introduces students to basic tort law as it relates to personal injury. Students will learn to assist the lawyer in personal injury legal practice, principles of factual investigation, and preparation of pleadings in tort litigation. Students will be introduced to the elements of negligence, intentional torts, medical malpractice, burdens of proof, theories of recovery, defenses, pretrial preparation and discovery. Prerequisite: PALG 1013 (or PALG 101) with a grade of “C” or better
Co-requisite: None
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PALG 2303 (PALG 230) Ethics and Paralegals

Lecture 3, Lab 0, Credit 3
Introduces students to the ethical issues and professional responsibilities faced by working paralegals. Students will study the rules of professional conduct governing Louisiana attorneys, as well as ethics opinions promulgated by the Louisiana State Bar Association. Students will learn to apply the Model Rules of Professional Conduct by addressing practical problems designed to simulate common law office experiences.
Prerequisite: PALG 1013 (or PALG 101) with grade of “C” or better
Co-requisite: None

PALG 2903 (PALG 290) Paralegal Practicum

Lecture 0, Lab 9, Credit 3
Introduces students to the practical role of the paralegal assisting the attorney. Students will learn the basic skills involved in paralegal work including legal research and writing, document preparation, investigation and interviewing, client relations, file management, time-keeping and litigation support. Students will also learn career expectations and how to explore employment opportunities. The students will work under the supervision of an attorney in an approved legal setting.
Prerequisite: Departmental Approval
Co-requisite: None

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