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Paralegal Services

Paralegal Services

The Legal Services Course will provide the student with an overview of the US law system and career options and practice areas in this field.

Students will learn how the legal system operates in controlling how society settles disputes, punishes individuals who commit crimes, and how civil and criminal cases reach the court and are resolved. They learn about the courtroom and the basics of the typical court case.

OBJECTIVES

  • Understand the basics of the legal system of the United States.
  • Describe significant historical events that impacted the current legal system’s formation.
  • Understand how the modern world is impacted by the rule of law.
  • Differentiate between various written law types and choose the most appropriate for a given application or situation.
  • Understand the Bill of Rights and examine the impact that Supreme Court decisions have had on these important rights.
  • Identify court personnel roles.
  • Evaluate a dispute or controversy and determine the legal recourse available to aggrieved parties; and be able to determine and analyze the appropriate use of different evidence types.
  • Summarize the steps for law school admission and familiarize yourself with court requirements for the Juris Doctor program.
  • Understand the role of paralegals and evaluate different career options in the legal workforce.

LEGAL SERVICES COURSE REQUIREMENTS

Topics in this course require that students familiarize themselves with the basics of United States history and organization of the United States government.

Students who are not familiar with these topics are recommended, though not required to familiarize themselves with the structure of the US government. This would include reading the US Constitution, reviewing the roles of the 3 federal government branches, and reviewing various state government structures.

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THE LAW: ORIGINS AND STRUCTURE

  • Course Overview
  • Rule of Law, Magna Carta
  • Common Law, Stare Decisis, and the U.S. Legal System
  • Project: Where Does the Law Come From?
  • Drafting Written Law
  • Project: Dealing with Disputes
  • Quiz: The Rule of Law and Origins of Our Legal System
  • Civil Law
  • Project: Researching a Civil Lawsuit Criminal Law
  • Appealing a Ruling
  • Project: An Appeals Case
  • Quiz: Civil, Criminal, and Appellate Law Project: Special Project
  • Test
  • Course Project Part 1: Criminal Law
  • Glossary and Credits
THE COURTROOM AND THE CASE

  • Attorneys, Jurors, and Civic Responsibility
  • Project: Who Participates in a Trial?
  • Victims, Defendants, and Litigants
  • Project: Representing a Client at Trial
  • The Judge and Support Staff
  • Quiz: Roles Within the Courtroom
  • Pre-trial
  • Project: Writing an Opening Statement
  • Trial
  • Project: Death Penalty Appellate Process The Appellate Process
  • Quiz: The Legal Process
  • Project: Special Project
  • Test
  • Course Project Part 2: Trial
  • Glossary and Credits
CONTEMPORARY LAW TOPICS

  • Freedoms in the Bill of Rights
  • Precedent; Judicial Activism; Evolution of Law
  • Project: Investigating Judicial Interpretation
  • Federal Statutes; 42USC1983 and 42USC1985
  • Project: Considering Federal Civil Rights Protections
  • Quiz: Civil Rights
  • Technology and Issues in Law
  • Project: Analyzing Copyright Protection
  • Technology for the Attorney
  • Project: Researching Case Law Technology’s Impact on Discovery
  • Quiz: The Law and Technology
  • Project: Special Project
  • Test
  • Course Project Part 3: Technology
  • Glossary and Credits
EVIDENCE AND FORENSICS

  • Types of Evidence
  • Project: Researching DNA Evidence
  • Scientific Evidence
  • Evidence Rules and Chain of Custody
  • Project: Examining Evidence
  • Quiz: Documentary and Forensic Evidence
  • Depositions
  • Project: Diagramming a Deposition
  • Hearsay and Rules of Evidence
  • Admissions and Confessions
  • Project: Admitting Guilt
  • Quiz: Testimonial Evidence
  • Project: Special Project
  • Test
  • Course Project Part 4: Depositions
  • Glossary and Credits
POST-SECONDARY LEGAL EDUCATION AND CAREERS IN THE LEGAL FIELD

  • The Juris Doctor Degree
  • Project: Practicing the LSAT
  • Other Legal Educational Paths
  • Beyond the J.D.
  • Project: Comparing Jobs
  • Quiz: Post-secondary Legal Education
  • Careers as an Attorney
  • Project: Researching Legal Practice Areas
  • Careers as a Legal Paraprofessional
  • Career Advancement in the Legal Field
  • Project: Planning a Career in Law
  • Quiz: Careers in the Legal Field
  • Project: Special Project
  • Test
  • Course Project Part 5: Paralegals
  • Glossary and Credits
COURSE PROJECT, REVIEW AND EXAM

  • Course Project Part 6: Representing a Criminal Client
  • Review
  • Exam


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