Curriculum: Certificate in Law & Paralegal Studies

November 16, 2021
January 10, 2021
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Civil Litigation I

This course will provide an introduction to the civil litigation process from the initial investigation through its completion. Students will be introduced to the functions of the federaland state court systems and to the concepts of jurisdiction and venue. Students will gain experience reading and understanding the Ohio and Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and the local rules of several courts. Students will learn how, when, where, and why a civil lawsuit may be initiated. During the course, the role of paralegals in the civil litigation process and theskills needed by litigation paralegals will be discussed. Students will be introduced to pleadings and to motion practice, and will have the opportunity to draft pleadings used in civil litigation.

Civil Litigation II

Students will learn the various components of the civil trial process, and the paralegal's role in that process, in a hands-on, skills-based approach. The course will focus on the traditionaldiscovery process, electronic discovery, the evidentiary rules, trial preparation and process and the appellate process. The course will addressthe role of paralegals in the civil litigation process, the ethical considerations and skills needed by litigation paralegals.

Paralegal Internship

This course will provide the advanced student an opportunity to gain practical paralegal work experience in a business environment that is engaged in the delivery of legal services. Students will be required to perform substantive legal work under the direct supervision of an attorney or paralegal. The predominant work of thestudent intern may include advanced paralegal tasks. There is also a classroom component to the internship for the purposes of evaluation, discussion, and presentation. Students must meet with the program director six weeks before the beginning of the semester in which they intend to take the practicum course and provide an updated resume.

Administrative Litigation

This course presents concepts of administrative law and procedure in governmental agencies with emphasis on the paralegal's role in the process. Students will be introduced to the classifications of government agencies, how agencies get their authority to make and adjudicate rules, the limits of government agency authority, and the procedures for appealing agency decisions. Particular emphasis is placed on the following administrative agencies: Social Security, Immigration Ohio Workers Compensation, and the Ohio Department of Job & Family Services.

Criminal Law

This course examines the development, interpretation and application of substantive criminal law. Using primarily the Ohio Revised Code, the course material will include homicide, assault, sex, arson, kidnapping, robbery, burglary, theft, drug and conspiracy related offenses.

Law Office Technology

This course will provide the student with an overview of computer technology applicable to law office management, document production, scheduling(including docket control), litigation support and case management software (relational databases). This course includes hands-on computer assignments utilizing various legal software packages commonly used in the legal and business community. It is designed to train paralegals with the theoretical and practical skills to enable them to work in legal environments that utilize computers.

Corporate Law & Business Organizations

This course reviews the substantive law and practical implications for paralegals of agency, partnerships, corporations, limited liability companies, and sole proprietorships in a business environment. The course is designed to acquaint the student with the formation, formal structure, processes, and operations of corporations and other business entities.

Employment Law

This course covers the full range of federal employment law and other federal laws effecting employment, and some areas of state employment lawsuch as workers' compensation. Emphasis is placed on the importance of critical thinking about the effect of these laws on the conduct of business. Landmark legal cases will be studied and discussedwith the goal of illustrating the impact of employment law and the pitfalls which they pose. Real time issues from newspapers and magazines will be discussed in order to illustrate the prevalence of employment law issues in the conductof business.

Real Estate Law

This course covers Ohio real estate law, including basic contract law as it applies to real estate transactions, estates and interests in real estate, types of ownership, documents required and used to facilitate real estate transactions, real estate purchase and sale financing, proof of title, agency license law, control and regulation of land, landlord-tenant law, fair housing, control and regulation of land, and decedents.

Family Law

This course will provide an introduction to the principles of Family Law including the history of marriage, and the rights and obligations arising from a marital relationship. Consideration will begiven to validity of marriage, divorce, cohabitation, the financial consequences of the ending of a family relationship, the resolution ofdisputes involving children and protection from domestic violence. Theoretical questions such a "what is a 'family'" will be examined with a focuson human behavior, society's values, and overall policy goals. Students will analyze statutes and apply them to factual situations. This will include the determination of child support and spousal support awards, valuation of property, property division and settlement.

Estate Planning & Probate

An introduction to basic wills and trusts conceptsand an examination of the law and procedure of preparing wills, administration of estates and general probate procedure. There will be a discussion and practice exercises in the areas of wills, living trusts, testamentary trusts, and taxplanning topics involving the marital deduction and the annual exclusion. The drafting of wills and trusts, preparation of probate documents, filing procedures, asset collection, estate management, and closing procedures will be covered. In addition, the course will introduce the student to patients' rights in health care decision making, entitlement programs, managed care and long-term care insurance, living facilities for the elderly, financial planning, social security, and elder abuse.

Bankruptcy Law

This course will provide a basic understanding of the principles of bankruptcy law. It will include an introduction to the substantive and procedural law of consumer and business bankruptcy. It will provide practical, hands-on instruction as to local bankruptcy practice and the paralegal's role.

Special Topics in the Law

Special Topics in the Law is an elective course inthe Paralegal Program. Topics covered and the particular configuration of assignments will vary from semester to semester. Students will be equipped to compare the advantages and disadvantages of the various research methods usedin the selected topic field. Students will be encouraged to analyze social theories and make applications of research findings to their lives. Students will develop their writing skills by doing a series of carefully structured writing assignments with considerable feedback and guidance from the instructor. All writing assignments are required to be clear, well organized, and to demonstrate appropriate English language usage. Formal writing assignments will utilize memorandum format style for citations and references taught in PARA1012 & 1013. The topic ofthe paper will be based on student interests, course material, and consultation with the instructor to arrive at research questions appropriate for academic inquiry. Students must obtain approval from the Paralegal Program Director prior to enrolling in this course.

Environmental Law

Students will become acquainted with the role of law and lawyers/paralegals in environmental issues. After an introduction to legislation, regulation, and the courts, students will learn the framework of regulation in specific environmental areas. Areas to be covered include air and water pollution, land use, solid and hazardous waste, recycling, natural resources, energy, environmental impact analysis, environmental health and safety, and internationalenvironmental regulation.

Intellectual Property

Provides historical study of the development of intellectual property law in the United States. Emphasizes the role of the paralegal in preparing applications for patent, copyright, and trademark protections with federal and state governments. Provides an overview of the role of the paralegal in preparing for litigation involving intellectualproperty law issues. Reviews ethical issues that arise in the intellectual property arena.

Federal Income Tax Law

This course concentrates on federal income taxation of Individuals. It introduces students tothe income tax rules and regulations pertaining toindividuals, while enhancing an awareness of the complexities and sources of tax law. Emphasis willalso be on ethical issues surrounding federal tax.

Investigative Techniques and Evidence

This course is an in-depth study of principles, methods, and investigative and interviewing techniques utilized to locate, gather, document and disseminate information. The emphasis will be on developing interviewing and investigative skills intended to prepare paralegals to communicate effectively and ethically. Students will also study the rules of Evidence as it relates to preparation of a case for trial including exhibits; the trial process, preparing witnesses for testimony; and motions to exclude evidence.

Sports and Entertainment Law

This course involves the study of business practices and legal principles applicable to the entertainment and sports industries. The course will emphasize practical application of those principles and practices in negotiation and litigation. Topics will include the antitrust environment of the sports and entertainment industries, Title IX in college athletics, antitrust control, and ownership of creative work and compensation

Health Care Law

This is an introductory course in the specialty field of Health Care Law. The student will learn how legal and social institutions interact with life and death issues. Areas of study may include legal problems of the elderly, law and mental health, AIDS and the law, health care financial and delivery systems, federal vs. state law, the privatization of health care facilities, and the marketing of health care providers. The course will also focus on the ethical questions of healthcare and public policy

Advanced Paralegal Seminar

This is an advanced paralegal course to challenge the student to integrate their knowledge of theoretical concepts and practical application of legal research, litigation, property, torts. contracts and business law through case analysis and the completion of writing assignments.

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