Paralegal

Degrees and Certificates

Classes

PRL 101 : Introduction to Paralegal Study

This course introduces the paralegal profession and the legal system. Topics include an overview of major areas of legal practice, ethics, legal analysis and research, professional development including certification and employment, and related topics.

Credits

3

PRL 102 : Basic Research and Writing

This course introduces the techniques of legal research and writing. Emphasis is placed on locating, analyzing, applying, and validating sources of law. Topics include legal research, legal writing, proper citation, and electronic research.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

Corequisites

PRL 103 : Advanced Legal Research and Writing

This course requires the student to apply research, analysis, and writing techniques to substantive legal issues. Assignments include preparation of legal memoranda and other documents and the more efficient use of electronic research methods.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

PRL 150 : Commercial Law

This course covers contracts, selected portions of the Uniform Commercial Code, and forms of business organization.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

None.

PRL 160 : Criminal Law and Procedure

This course introduces substantive and procedural criminal law including elements of state and federal crimes, defenses, constitutional issues, pre-trial process, and other related topics.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

PRL 192 : Selected Topics in Paralegal I

This course provides an opportunity to explore areas of current interest in specific program or discipline areas. Emphasis is placed on subject matter appropriate to the program or discipline.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

None.

PRL 210 : Real Property Law

This course emphasizes the study of real property law. Topics include the distinction between real and personal property, various estates and interests in property, and the mechanics of conveyance, encumbrances, and closing procedures.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

PRL 230 : Domestic Law

This course covers laws governing domestic relations. Topics include marriage, separation, divorce, child custody, support, property division, adoption, domestic violence, and other related topics.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

PRL 240 : Wills, Trusts, and Estates

This course covers wills, trusts, and inheritance. Topics include types of wills, the law of intestacy (inheritance), probating estates, and alternatives to probate. The course also covers trusts, medical directives, and associated litigation.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

PRL 291 : Internship

This course provides students opportunities to work in paid or unpaid positions in which they apply paralegal skills and knowledge. This course requires a minimum of 100 hours of practical experience in the legal field.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

PSY 200 : General Psychology

The course is a survey of the scientific study of psychological, biological, and socio-cultural factors that influence behavior and mental processes

Credits

3

Prerequisites

None.

REL 100 : History of World Religions

This course is designed to acquaint the student with the beliefs and practices of the major contemporary religions of the world. This includes the religions of Africa, the Orient, and the western world. The student should have an understanding of the history and origins of the various religions in the world.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

None.

REL 151 : Survey of the Old Testament

This course is an introduction to the content of the Old Testament with emphasis on the historical context and contemporary theological and cultural significance of the Old Testament. The student should have an understanding of the significance of the Old Testament writings upon completion of this course.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

None.

REL 152 : Survey of the New Testament

This course is a survey of the books of the New Testament with special attention focused on the historical and geographical setting. The student should have an understanding of the books of the New Testament and the cultural and historical events associated with these writings.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

None.