Paralegal Studies (PLST)

PLST 18000     INTRODUCTION TO PARALEGAL STUDIES AND PROFESSIONAL ETHICS      3 Credit Hours

An overview of the legal system and the role of a paralegal professional. Includes legal terminology,types of laws, research, litigation, interviewing and office management.

Prerequisite: None.

Schedule Type: Lecture

Contact Hours: 3 lecture

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

PLST 28001     LEGAL RESEARCH AND WRITING      3 Credit Hours

In-depth analysis of the legal research process, development of legal writing skills, opportunities to utilize research and writing skills are integrated into the course.

Prerequisite: none.

Schedule Type: Lecture

Contact Hours: 3 lecture

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

PLST 28003     FAMILY LAW AND PROCEDURE      3 Credit Hours

Designed to acquaint the student with family law substance and practice. Covers definitions, terminology, topical areas and the philosophy underlying family law practice.

Prerequisite: none.

Schedule Type: Lecture

Contact Hours: 3 lecture

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

PLST 28004     PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICE OF LITIGATION      3 Credit Hours

Provides an introduction to the rules of civil procedure, statutes of limitation, and discovery. Included in this course is a discussion of the role of the paralegal in preparation for litigation.

Prerequisite: none.

Schedule Type: Lecture

Contact Hours: 3 lecture

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

PLST 28007     ESTATE AND PROBATE ADMINISTRATION      3 Credit Hours

A study of legal principles applicable to wills, organization and jurisdiction of probate court, estate administration in probate and tax considerations in estate administration.

Prerequisite: PLST 18000.

Schedule Type: Lecture

Contact Hours: 3 lecture

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

PLST 35001     ENVIRONMENTAL LAW FOR PARALEGALS      3 Credit Hours

Acquaints the student with the various federal and state statutes, administrative rules and case law that govern environmental regulation. International environmental law is also studied.

Prerequisite: sophomore standing.

Schedule Type: Lecture

Contact Hours: 3 lecture

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

PLST 35003     HEALTH LAW      3 Credit Hours

Makes the student familiar with legal topics in the field of health care including federal and state statutes governing the health care industry in the United States. Specific topics include insurance, privacy, malpractice, fraud, Medicare, Medicaid, health records, labor law-related issues and clinical research.

Prerequisite: sophomore standing.

Schedule Type: Lecture

Contact Hours: 3 lecture

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

PLST 35005     LABOR AND EMPLOYMENT LAW FOR PARALEGALS      3 Credit Hours

Provides a foundation in the areas of labor law, employment law, and employment discrimination law. Requires in-depth study of constitutional, statutory, administrative, and case law at both the federal and state level.

Prerequisite: sophomore standing.

Schedule Type: Lecture

Contact Hours: 3 lecture

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

PLST 35007     ENERGY AND NATURAL RESOURCES LAW      3 Credit Hours

Acquaints the student with the various sources of law that govern energy production and the harvesting of natural resources in the United States. Statutory, administrative, and case law at the federal and state levels are explored.

Prerequisite: sophomore standing.

Schedule Type: Lecture

Contact Hours: 3 lecture

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

PLST 36792     INTERNSHIP IN PARALEGAL (ELR)      3-12 Credit Hours

(Repeatable for credit)Work experience under direction of supervising faculty member in the following entities: private law firms, legal service/legal aid offices, law departments or corporations and government agencies.

Prerequisite: PLST 18000 and 28001 and 28004.

Schedule Type: Practicum or Internship

Contact Hours: 21-84 other

Grade Mode: Standard Letter-IP

Attributes: Experiential Learning Requirement

PLST 38003     ADMINISTRATIVE LAW AND PROCESS      3 Credit Hours

The substantive and procedural aspects of administrative law are covered in this course. Specific topics include the regulation of public utilities, transportation agencies, employment, food and drugs and the environment.

Prerequisite: sophomore standing.

Schedule Type: Lecture

Contact Hours: 3 lecture

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

PLST 38005     TORT LAW      3 Credit Hours

Focus is on tort and personal injury law. Specific topics include intentional torts, negligent torts, strict liability, vicarious liability, product liability and business torts. Defenses to tort and product liability are also discussed.

Prerequisite: sophomore standing.

Schedule Type: Lecture

Contact Hours: 3 lecture

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

PLST 38006     APPLIED LEGAL RESEARCH AND LITIGATION (WIC)      3 Credit Hours

Provides for intense case analysis and preparation of argumentative memorandum, including writing of factual memoranda, file summaries and advocacy letters.

Prerequisite: PLST 28001.

Schedule Type: Lecture

Contact Hours: 3 lecture

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Attributes: Writing Intensive Course

PLST 42701     EVIDENCE AND E-DISCOVERY      3 Credit Hours

Addresses the various issues concerning the use of evidence in the pre-trial, trial, and post-trial phases of litigation. The course will address the traditional rules and issues associated with litigation practice as well as the new issues concerning electronic discovery of evidence and the use of that evidence.

Prerequisite: PLST 28001; and PLST 28004.

Schedule Type: Lecture

Contact Hours: 3 lecture

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

PLST 42705     BANKRUPTCY LAW I: BASIC FUNDAMENTALS      3 Credit Hours

Provides an outlay of the fundamentals of bankruptcy law including the basic rules of the Chapter 7, Chapter 11, and Chapter 13 forms of bankruptcy. This course will also cover other topics such as the bankruptcy petition, the role of the bankruptcy trustee, and discharge from bankruptcy.

Prerequisite: Sophomore standing.

Schedule Type: Lecture

Contact Hours: 3 lecture

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

PLST 42706     BANKRUPTCY LAW II: CREDITOR-DEBTOR RELATIONS      3 Credit Hours

Addresses issues not addressed in PLST 42705 including Chapter 9, Chapter 12, and Chapter 15 bankruptcy as well as the problems associated with gaining and collecting on a judgment. International bankruptcy issues will also be addressed.

Prerequisite: PLST 42705.

Schedule Type: Lecture

Contact Hours: 3 lecture

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

PLST 42708     REAL ESTATE LAW      3 Credit Hours

Provides a general outlay of real estate law in the United States. Students will learn the substantive and procedural aspects of gaining and protecting property rights. Real estate contracts, financing, zoning, and landlord-tenant issues will also be covered.

Prerequisite: Sophomore standing.

Schedule Type: Lecture

Contact Hours: 3 lecture

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

PLST 48002     CONTRACT LAW      3 Credit Hours

(Slashed with PLST 58002) Intended to provide the student with an in-depth analysis of basic contract law as such related to contact information, performance and remedies. Also intended to familiarize the student with the sources of law that define contracts with an emphasis on reading and understanding case law. The student also develops a vocabulary of legal terms so that the student may assist the legal practitioner in the representation of clients in business transactions and in disputes.

Prerequisite: sophomore standing.

Schedule Type: Lecture

Contact Hours: 3 lecture

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

PLST 48300     LAW OF CORPORATIONS AND OTHER ASSOCIATIONS      3 Credit Hours

Covers the formation, operation and dissolution of various kinds of business organizations. Subjects covered include sole proprietorships, corporations, partnerships, the law of agency and employment agreements.

Prerequisite: sophomore standing.

Schedule Type: Lecture

Contact Hours: 3 lecture

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

PLST 48401     PATENT LAW      3 Credit Hours

Provides the student with an in-depth analysis of the law pertaining to patents, stressing the ability of the owner to protect their rights through filing, registration and use. International issues concerning registration, use, and trade agreements are also covered.

Prerequisite: sophomore standing.

Schedule Type: Lecture

Contact Hours: 3 lecture

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

PLST 48403     PATENT PROSECUTION      3 Credit Hours

Students learn to craft patent claims in various types of patent applications that would be submitted to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Students also learn the mechanics of various types of patent applications including traditional applications, provisional applications, divisional applications and continuing applications. Students also gain an understanding of the various post-grant proceedings.

Prerequisite: PLST 48401 and sophomore standing.

Schedule Type: Lecture

Contact Hours: 3 lecture

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

PLST 48404     COPYRIGHT LAW I      3 Credit Hours

(Slashed with PLST 58404) Intended to provide the student with an in-depth analysis of the foundations of the law pertaining to copyrights. Stresses the ability of the owner to protect such rights through use and registration. Also discusses the links to patent law, trademark law and the law of trade secrets.

Prerequisite: sophomore standing.

Schedule Type: Lecture

Contact Hours: 3 lecture

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

PLST 48407     TRADEMARK LAW      3 Credit Hours

(Slashed with PLST 58407) Intended to provide the student with an in-depth analysis of the law pertaining to trademarks and trade secrets. Stresses the ability of the owner to protect such rights through use and registration. Also discusses the links to patent law and copyright law.

Prerequisite: sophomore standing.

Schedule Type: Lecture

Contact Hours: 3 lecture

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

PLST 48408     TRADEMARK PROSECUTION      3 Credit Hours

Covers the substantive and procedural aspects of trademark prosecution at the state, federal, and international levels. Special attention will be paid to the topics of drafting the trademark application and conducting searches of existing trademarks in the United States and abroad.

Prerequisite: None.

Schedule Type: Lecture

Contact Hours: 3 lecture

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

PLST 58002     CONTRACT LAW      3 Credit Hours

(Slashed with PLST 48002) Intended to provide the student with an in-depth analysis of basic contract law as such related to contact information, performance and remedies. Also intended to familiarize the student with the sources of law that define contracts with an emphasis on reading and understanding case law. The student also develops a vocabulary of legal terms so that the student may assist the legal practitioner in the representation of clients in business transactions and in disputes.

Prerequisite: graduate standing.

Schedule Type: Lecture

Contact Hours: 3 lecture

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

PLST 58404     COPYRIGHT LAW I      3 Credit Hours

(Slashed with PLST 48404) Intended to provide the student with an in-depth analysis of the foundations of the law pertaining to copyrights. Stress the ability of the owner to protect such rights through use and registration. Also discusses the links to patent law, trademark law and the law of trade secrets.

Prerequisite: graduate standing.

Schedule Type: Lecture

Contact Hours: 3 lecture

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

PLST 58407     TRADEMARK LAW      3 Credit Hours

(Slashed with PLST 48407) Intended to provide the student with an in-depth analysis of the law pertaining to trademarks and trade secrets. The course will stress the ability of the owner to protect such rights through use and registration. The course will also discuss the links to patent law and copyright law.

Prerequisite: graduate standing.

Schedule Type: Lecture

Contact Hours: 3 lecture

Grade Mode: Standard Letter