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Paralegal

Course Descriptions

LEGAL 200: Introduction to Law and the Legal Process:CD

Credits: 5.0

Examines Washington and Federal courts; sources of law; civil and criminal procedures; legal reasoning; overview of Tort, Contract, Family, Criminal, and Tribal law; and ethics applicable to lawyers and paralegals.

Course Level Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, sudents will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate how to read, analyze and brief a case. [REASON]
  2. Summarize, from an overview, the civil and criminal litigation process. [REASON]
  3. Differentiate the role of the lawyers and paralegals in delivering legal services and the ethical and professional practice standards applicable. [REASON]
  4. Summarize from an overview procedures for filing cases with state courts and the federal courts. [REASON]
  5. Demonstrate good communication skills in a legal context. [COMMUNICATE]
  6. Explain basic legal terms, definitions and distinctions. [COMMUNICATE]
  7. Distinguish how law may or may not result in Justice, especially in regards the role law has played in the treatment of minority groups in America. [EXPLORE]
  8. Use the basic resources of a law library for research. [EXPLORE]
  9. Apply knowledge, awareness, and/or skills to identify and analyze issues related to diversity. [EXPLORE]

LEGAL 205: Civil Procedure

Credits: 5.0

Study of procedure in civil actions in state trial and appellate courts from commencement to final resolution. Students gain experience drafting basic pleadings, motions, and discovery requests.

Course Level Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, sudents will be able to:

  1. Apply knowledge of the court system and an understanding of the law of civil procedure to complete litigation related tasks. [REASON]
  2. Identify and use appropriate court rules, statutes and procedures necessary for the preparation and presentation of civil cases. [REASON]
  3. Demonstrate the practical skills necessary for a paralegal/legal assistant to successfully work with attorneys on civil cases. [REASON]
  4. Produce basic pleadings, motions, and other court papers used in civil litigation. [COMMUNICATE]
  5. Distinguish the various discovery methods used in litigation, including e-discovery. [REASON]
  6. Summarize key civil procedure concepts, including jurisdiction, venue, and service of process. [REASON]
  7. Identify various alternatives to trial, including state mandatory arbitration rules. [REASON]
  8. Understand the issues of choice of law and statutes of limitation as they relate to litigation. [REASON]

LEGAL 210: Legal Research

Credits: 5.0

Introduction to hardbound and electronic legal resources and research techniques. Emphasis on researching primary and secondary legal authorities, analyzing statutes and court decisions, and updating research results. Introduction to writing legal correspondence, office memoranda, appellate briefs, and citations.Prerequisite(s): LEGAL 200 or instructor permission; ENGL 100 or placement in ENGL& 101 (was ENGL 105).

Course Level Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, sudents will be able to:


LEGAL 214: Legal Ethics

Credits: 3.0

Examines Rule of Professional Conduct; Limited License Legal Technician rule and scope of practice; unauthorized practice of law, confidentiality, communication, conflict of interest, handling client funds, marketing, advertising, competence, diligence, financial responsibility, and duty to report suspected child abuse.

Course Level Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, sudents will be able to:

  1. Explain and apply the ethical standards and rules of professional conduct (RPC) that govern attorneys, paralegals and limited license legal technicians (LLLT). [ACT]
  2. Access and use relevant print and electronic sources of authority including Rules of Professional Conduct (RPCs), ethics opinions, statutes and case law to resolve ethical issues and dilemmas faced by paralegals and limited license legal technicians (LLLT). [REASON]
  3. Explain and apply the ethical rules on confidentiality, conflicts of interest, competence, diligence, communication, marketing, advertising, and duty to report suspected child abuse. [REASON]
  4. Explain what constitutes the practice of law and identify methods for nonlawyers to avoid engaging in the unauthorized practice of law (UPL). [REASON] 
  5. Describe the various types of fees used by attorneys, limitations on  fees, handling client funds and trust accounts, and rules of financial responsibility. [REASON]

LEGAL 215: Administrative Law

Credits: 5.0

Study of administrative procedures acts governing federal and Washington agencies with emphasis on creation of agencies; agency rulemaking, investigations, and hearings; availability and scope of judicial review; public records acts; and constitutional limitations on agency actions. Emphasis on paralegal's role working with clients and agencies.Prerequisite(s): LEGAL 200 or instructor permission.

Course Level Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, sudents will be able to:

  1. Explain the relationship and function of administrative agencies at all levels of government. [REASON]
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of the methods used by the branches of government, at both federal and state levels, to maintain accountability and control of administrative agencies. [REASON]
  3. Explain the application of constitutional concepts of federalism, separation of powers, due process, equal protection, delegation doctrine, Fourth and Fifth Amendments to an administrative law problem. [REASON]
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of the provisions of the federal and Washington Administrative Procedures Acts applicable to agency rulemaking, agency adjudications, and judicial review. [REASON]
  5. Analyze the major issues and apply substantive and procedural federal and state administrative laws and rules in resolving an administrative law problem. [REASON]
  6. Locate, acquire, evaluate and apply information from federal and state statutes, agency rules and case law in hardbound and electronic sources in response to an administrative law problem. [REASON]
  7. Prepare appropriate documents for various procedures common to administrative agencies, in compliance with the applicable administrative procedures act and agency rules. [COMMUNICATE]

LEGAL 224: Medical Paralegal Law

Credits: 5.0

Substantive law and procedures for the medical paralegal, including medical record and case analysis; investigation, discovery and trial preparation; ethics; standard of care; legal and factual research regarding medical issues; life care planning and estimating damages.Prerequisite(s): LEGAL 200 or instructor permission.

Course Level Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, sudents will be able to:

  1. Conduct factual and legal research in medical-legal matters and communicate the results of research or analysis in an appropriate format. [COMMUNICATE]
  2. Analyze and summarize medical documents and records for use in legal matters. [REASON]
  3. Explain the interaction between the health care and insurance industries and the effect of related government regulation of both. [REASON]
  4. Handle various aspects of investigation, discovery and trial preparation including client and witness interviews, and other procedural practices relating to medical-legal issues in various areas of law. [COMMUNICATE]
  5. Identify potential issues that affect life care planning and damages assessment. [REASON]
  6. Identify and understand the substantive law relating to medical-legal issues in various areas of law. [REASON]
  7. Apply the ethical rules and standards of practice to the role of medical paralegal and develop a framework for resolving ethical dilemmas. [COMMUNICATE]
  8. Identify and understand Standard of Care and its impact on legal issues. [REASON]
  9. Identify the interpersonal and task-oriented skills that enable and support a team in completing the task or assignment. [ACT]

LEGAL 225: Litigation Practice and Procedure

Credits: 5.0

Examines civil litigation process from pretrial through trial and appeal, with emphasis on preparing litigation-related documents and creating trial notebook. Minimal review of Legal 205 concepts; expectation is student already has working knowledge of rules of civil procedure. Emphasis on practical aspects of paralegal role in litigation.Prerequisite(s): LEGAL 200 and LEGAL 205.

Course Level Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, sudents will be able to:

  1. Discuss the law office setting and procedures, courts and jurisdiction, and the stages of the civil litigation process. [REASON]
  2. Explain the role of paralegals on the litigation team interviewing clients and witnesses, filing court documents, serving papers, assisting in discovery, assisting at trial and other litigation processes. [REASON]
  3. Integrate substantive and procedural law in preparing documents and working with the various parties involved in the litigation process. [REASON]
  4. Use the relevant federal and state rules of civil procedure and evidence to ensure compliance in preparation of documents, time computation, docketing/calendaring, and other tasks related to the civil litigation process. [REASON]
  5. Demonstrate awareness of the ethical and professional responsibilities of the lawyer and the paralegal in civil litigation. [ACT]
  6. Prepare forms, checklists, pleadings, discovery documents, motions, and other materials relevant to the litigation process. [COMMUNICATE]
  7. Create an organized professional-quality trial notebook. [COMMUNICATE]

LEGAL 226: Torts - Personal Injuries and Liability

Credits: 5.0

Study of the law of torts (civil wrongs and liabilities) with emphasis on causes of action for personal injury, negligence, intentional torts and professional malpractice. Defenses and computation of damages also covered.Prerequisite(s): LEGAL 200 or instructor permission.

Course Level Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, sudents will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of the law of torts, specifically: Negligence Professional Malpractice Strict Liability Intentional Torts Product Liability Defenses to Tort Actions Computation and Assessment of Damages Insurance Coverage As It Relates to Tort Actions. [REASON]
  2. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the ethical obligations of paralegals in a tort practice. [REASON]
  3. Demonstrate the ability to draft appropriate jury instructions for use in most types of tort cases. [COMMUNICATE]
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of the types of compensation available to injured workers pursuant to various workers' compensation statutory schemes. [ACT]

LEGAL 228: Law Office Technology

Credits: 5.0

Examines Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access and Outlook use in law office setting; provides introduction to timekeeping, billing, docketing/calendaring applications; legal imaging techniques, and electronic filing; techniques for trial preparation using technology. Students should have basic to intermediate skills using computers, word processing, and the Internet before taking this class.Prerequisite(s): LEGAL 200 or instructor permission.

Course Level Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, sudents will be able to:

  1. Identify and describe basic computer hardware components. [COMMUNICATE]
  2. Identify and describe software and information systems typically encountered in the legal environment and the factors to consider when purchasing legal-specific software. [COMMUNICATE]
  3. Demonstrate word processing, spreadsheet and database program features, including editing, saving, and retrieving documents, and be able to prepare a basic document, spreadsheet, graph and database. [REASON] 
  4. Demonstrate presentation software program features including slide components, graphics and sound and be able to prepare a basic presentation. [REASON]
  5. Describe features of typical law office time keeping and billing software programs; identify ethical issues that arise with use of such programs. [REASON]
  6. Describe the features of computerized litigation support programs and compare such programs to corresponding manual litigation support. [REASON]
  7. Describe and compare the features of case management and information management software. [REASON]
  8. Demonstrate the features of computerized docket control systems and compare to manual docket control systems; identify ethical problems relating to docket control. [REASON]
  9. Access legal and non-legal data on the Internet and evaluate Internet sites for reliability and validity of information. [EXPLORE]
  10. Use e-mail functions and describe ethical issues that arise as a result of using e-mail and other electronic methods of communication. [COMMUNICATE]

LEGAL 229: Law Office Procedures

Credits: 5.0

Examines nature, organization and function of a law office; policies on legal fees and trust accounts; procedures for bills and collections, docketing and calendaring, and timekeeping; equipment and technology; office safety; disaster recovery; advertising/ marketing; personnel policies; and relevant Rules of Professional Conduct.Prerequisite(s): Concurrent enrollment or completion of LEGAL 200 recommended or instructor permission.

Course Level Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, sudents will be able to:

  1. Explain the form, structure, and function of law firms and other businesses that provide legal services. [COMMUNICATE]
  2. Explain the role and regulation of paralegals, limited license legal technicians, attorneys, and other members of the legal team. [REASON]
  3. Apply the Washington State Rules of Professional Conduct to maintain client confidentiality, avoid conflicts of interest, unauthorized practice of law, or other violations of the Washington State Rules of Professional Conduct. [ACT]
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of manual and computerized systems for timekeeping, billing, docket control, and records management. [REASON]
  5. Explain the limitations on lawyer advertising, marketing and client referrals. [COMMUNICATE]
  6. Discuss types of legal fees, fee agreements, and handling client trust accounts. [REASON]
  7. Explain procedures for complying with American Disabilities Act and workplace safety laws, planning for emergencies, work-place violence, and disaster recovery. [COMMUNICATE]
  8. Maintain a basic law library and resource bank for a law firm or other business providing legal services. [REASON]  

LEGAL 230: Interviewing and Investigation Techniques

Credits: 5.0

Practical clinic in methods of investigation; using investigative experts; obtaining public and private information; problems of interviewing clients and witnesses; procedures for obtaining statements and photographs. Students conduct practice interviews.Prerequisite(s): LEGAL 200 or instructor permission.

Course Level Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, sudents will be able to:


LEGAL 235: Probate Practice and Procedures

Credits: 5.0

Covers substantive and procedural law necessary to probate decedents' estates. Includes administration of estates passing by will and by intestate succession. Special emphasis is placed on the skills necessary for a paralegal to practice in this area.Prerequisite(s): LEGAL 200 or instructor permission.

Course Level Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, sudents will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of the laws affecting devolution and distribution of decedents' estates. [REASON]
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of the tasks typically performed by paralegals in the administration of decedents' estates. [REASON]
  3. Demonstrate the drafting skills required of a paralegal practicing in the administration of decedents' estates. [COMMUNICATE]

LEGAL 237: Estate Planning

Credits: 5.0

Study of estate planning tools including wills, trusts, durable powers of attorney, community property agreements and healthcare directives, and principles of law that apply to each. Study of applicable state and federal tax laws. Emphasis placed on drafting documents.Prerequisite(s): LEGAL 200 or instructor permission.

Course Level Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, sudents will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the estate planning process and the various documents used to facilitate that process. [COMMUNICATE]
  2. Develop a working understanding of the various state and federal laws affecting estate planning. [REASON]
  3. Demonstrate the necessary skills to work effectively in the area of estate planning. [COMMUNICATE]
  4. Demonstrate the ability to use effective interviewing skills. [COMMUNICATE]
  5. Demonstrate the ability to analyze clients' needs. [REASON]
  6. Demonstrate the ability to use effective drafting skills to produce necessary documents. [COMMUNICATE]
  7. Demonstrate an understanding of how to implement estate plans, including transfers of property, execution of documents, etc. [ACT]

LEGAL 240: Contracts

Credits: 5.0

Study of laws related to the formation of contracts including sale of goods contracts, defenses to enforceability (capacity, legality, fraud, duress and undue influence), contract conditions, contract performance, third party rights, breach and remedies for breach. Emphasis on legal analysis of contract problems and contract drafting techniques.

Course Level Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, sudents will be able to:

  1. Identify and apply relevant common law contract rules, and Uniform Commercial Code (UCC) rules for sale of good contracts, to contract-related work performed by paralegals and limited license legal technicians (LLLT). [REASON]
  2. Demonstrate awareness of the distinction between contract liability, tort liability and strict liability. [REASON]
  3. Explain the requirements for valid, enforceable contracts and laws related to contract capacity, legality, misrepresentation, mistakes, duress, undue influence, and Statute of Frauds. [REASON]
  4. Explain assignments, delegations, and third party beneficiary contracts. [REASON]
  5. Explain legal and equitable remedies available for breach of contract under common law and the Uniform Commercial Code. [REASON]
  6. Use appropriate forms of legal reasoning in analysis of contract issues. [COMMUNICATE]
  7. Integrate knowledge of contract law to draft and evaluate contracts for content, clarity, and issues of interpretation and enforcement. [COMMUNICATE]
  8. Demonstrate correct terminology, grammar, tone, format and writing style for legal correspondence and transactional documents (e.g., contracts). [COMMUNICATE]
  9. >Demonstrate an awareness of the ethical rules of competence, confidentiality, conflict of interest and the unauthorized practice of law to avoid situations that may be in violation of the Rules of Professional Conduct when performing work as a paralegal or limited license legal technician (LLLT). [ACT]

LEGAL 247: Intellectual Property

Credits: 5.0

Covers the legal principles and rules regarding the law of patents, trademarks, copyrights and trade secrets. Emphasis is placed on the skills required of paralegals who practice in this area.Prerequisite(s): LEGAL 200 or instructor permission.

Course Level Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, sudents will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate the ability to Identify and understand the procedures for seeking statutory protection of intellectual property rights (copyrights, trademarks, trade secrets, and patents. [COMMUNICATE]
  2. Demonstrate the ability to identify and understand the substantive law (federal and state, statutory and common law) which grants protection to intellectual property. [COMMUNICATE]
  3. Demonstrate the ability to Identify and apply major principles of legal ethics as they apply to lawyers and paralegals practicing in the area of intellectual property law. [ACT]
  4. Demonstrate the ability to analyze facts in a problem and identify the legal issues involved or raised by the problem. [REASON]
  5. Demonstrate the ability to Identify the applicable substantive legal rules. [REASON]
  6. Demonstrate the ability to Identify appropriate forms and methods used in the protection of intellectual property rights. [COMMUNICATE]
  7. Demonstrate the ability to give concise, clear and well-organized oral or written answers to fact problems which correctly identify the issues, applicable rules of law, analysis and conclusions. [COMMUNICATE]
  8. Demonstrate the ability to prepare appropriate forms and other written materials. [COMMUNICATE]

LEGAL 250: Family Law

Credits: 5.0

Washington statutes and procedures on formation and dissolution of marriages and registered domestic partnerships; visitation rights; child and spousal support; prevention of domestic violence; adoptions; parentage issues; and juvenile offenders. Scope of practice of limited license legal technician in family law. Emphasizes skills necessary for paralegals working in family law.Prerequisite(s): LEGAL 200 or instructor permission.

Course Level Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, sudents will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the fundamental principles in the various areas of family law. [REASON]
  2. Demonstrate the ability to recognize the essence of a problem or problems presented by a factual situation in the family law field. [REASON]
  3. Demonstrate knowledge of the required skills to work effectively in the area of family law, including: Effective interviewing skills; Ability to analyze client needs; Effective drafting skills to produce necessary documents. [COMMUNICATE]
  4. Demonstrate a working knowledge of the various state and federal laws affecting families. [REASON]

LEGAL 257: Immigration Law:CD

Credits: 5.0

Introduction to immigration law & policy with emphasis on practical paralegal skills; study of classification of immigrants and non-immigrants, procedures for admission and deportation, asylum and refugees, naturalization and citizenship.Prerequisite(s): LEGAL 200 or instructor permission

Course Level Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, sudents will be able to:

  1. Define and use correctly the common vocabulary terms as related to immigration law. [REASON]
  2. Describe how an individual gains lawful entry to the United States. [COMMUNICATE]
  3. Distinguish between the various types of Visas and application processes. [REASON]
  4. Explain deportation and removal requirements. [REASON]
  5. Demonstrate oral and written communication skills in an immigration law context. [COMMUNICATE]
  6. Demonstrate awareness of cultural, religious, and ethnic perspectives of those involved in the immigration process and the role and ethical duties of paralegals. [EXPLORE]
  7. Identify and apply substantive and procedural concepts fundamental in immigration law to deepen understanding and solve problems. [REASON]

LEGAL 260: Corporations, LLCs, and Partnerships

Credits: 5.0

Survey of the law, procedures and documents involved in the organization, operation and dissolution of business entities, with emphasis on corporations, limited liability companies, general limited liability, and limited partnerships.Prerequisite(s): LEGAL 200 or instructor permission.

Course Level Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, sudents will be able to:

  1. Identify and analyze the respective advantages and disadvantages of conducting business as a sole proprietorship, various partnership forms, limited liability company, and business corporation. [REASON]
  2. Explain the functions, responsibilities, and liabilities of sole proprietors, partners, shareholders, and corporate officers and directors. [REASON]
  3. Explain the types of securities and basic requirements regarding state and federal registration of securities. [REASON]
  4. Analyze major structural changes to corporations and determine the necessary forms to be filed to complete the change. [REASON]
  5. Explain the rights of minority and dissenting shareholders. [REASON]
  6. Research in print and electronic sources for statutes and agency rules relevant to forming and maintaining business entities. [COMMUNICATE]
  7. Prepare documents and follow procedures for forming various types of business entities under state and federal laws. [COMMUNICATE]

LEGAL 263: Debtor-Creditor Law

Credits: 5.0

Study of the federal Bankruptcy Act including procedural steps involved in bankruptcy proceedings and wage earner plans; collection of claims and creditors' rights including enforcement of judgments and pre- and post-judgment remedies.Prerequisite(s): LEGAL 200 or instructor permission.

Course Level Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, sudents will be able to:

  1. Define the various statutory and common law remedies available to creditors under Washington law, including pre-judgment and post-judgment remedies. [REASON]
  2. Demonstrate the basic knowledge of the general code provisions related to all bankruptcy cases, including specific code provisions related to liquidation bankruptcies and reorganization bankruptcies. [REASON]
  3. Distinguish between and describe the different types of bankruptcies available, the relevant statutory provisions, and who is eligible to be a debtor under the various chapters. [REASON]
  4. Evaluate information regarding a debtor's assets and liabilities and use the information to prepare documents necessary for a routine consumer Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcy. [REASON]
  5. Describe the meaning and effect of the basic procedures, forms, documents and other materials needed for filing a Chapter 7, Chapter 11 or Chapter 13 bankruptcy. [REASON]
  6. Prepare documents and follow the procedures required for attachment, execution, and garnishments. [ACT]

LEGAL 265: Consumer Protection

Credits: 5.0

Overview of consumer laws including unfair and deceptive sales/ advertising; credit reports, identity theft, truth-in-lending; fair billing and debt collection practices.Prerequisite(s): LEGAL 200 or instructor permission.

Course Level Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, sudents will be able to:

  1. Use appropriate tools, techniques, and technology to locate primary and secondary print and electronic legal resources at the state and federal levels to solve consumer law problems. [REASON]
  2. Locate, evaluate and apply federal and state consumer laws in response to an identified legal issue or problem. [REASON]
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of the federal and state laws governing consumer credit and sales transactions, including unfair and deceptive advertising and sales, usury and sub-prime lending practices, and warranties. [REASON]
  4. Demonstrate an ability to apply deductive reasoning and reasoning by analogy in communicating the results of an analysis and evaluation of a legal problem. [REASON]
  5. Assemble the appropriate documents and forms in compliance with procedural rules regarding content and format, necessary to pursuing appropriate legal action or relief in a consumer law transaction. [COMMUNICATE]
  6. Recognize and evaluate the effects of various advertising, sales and lending practices on consumers from diverse social, economic, and cultural or ethnic backgrounds. [EXPLORE]

LEGAL 267: Employment Law

Credits: 5.0

Covers state and federal law regarding pre-employment, employment, civil rights, employee/employer rights, labor and affirmative action issues; working conditions, wages, health and safety standards; employee liability; employment termination; unemployment and pension rights.Prerequisite(s): LEGAL 200 or instructor permission.

Course Level Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, sudents will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of state and federal laws appropriate to employment law. [COMMUNICATE]
  2. Demonstrate a basic substantive knowledge of the issues from pre-interview and recruiting practices through termination of employment. [COMMUNICATE]
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of the rights and responsibilities of both the employer and employee. [COMMUNICATE]
  4. Apply the practical skills necessary for a paralegal to work in the area of employment law with an attorney. [ACT]

LEGAL 275: Criminal Law

Credits: 5.0

Examination of our federal and state criminal justice systems including statutory and case law. Emphasis placed upon the constitutional rights of defendants guaranteed by federal and state constitutions.Prerequisite(s): LEGAL 200 or instructor permission.

Course Level Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, sudents will be able to:

  1. Develop the ability to recognize the particular crime or crimes presented in a factual situation by applying Washington law. [COMMUNICATE]
  2. Develop an understanding of the progress of a criminal case through the Washington and federal court systems by study of the appropriate Rules of Criminal Procedure. [COMMUNICATE]
  3. Develop an understanding of the constitutional rights of a criminal defendant, and the obligation of the criminal justice system to the accused, by study of the U.S. and Washington constitutions and interpretive case law. [REASON]
  4. Demonstrate ability to analyze clients' needs and the ability to analyze legal issues presented in a factual situation. [COMMUNICATE ]
  5. Demonstrate ability to engage in simple research on a legal issue in the criminal law area. [REASON]

LEGAL 291: Legal Internship

Credits: 1.0 to 5.0

Receive on-the-job experience as a paralegal intern. Earn one credit for every 30 hours of work. Students set up internship and pick up internship forms before quarter begins. Class meets twice during quarter; must attend both classes to receive credit. S/U grade only.

Course Level Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, sudents will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate proficiency in goals developed for the internship. [REASON]
  2. Demonstrate proficiency in skills developed in the internship in conjunction with substantive knowledge learned in other paralegal courses. [REASON]
  3. Describe at the end of the quarter how they developed those skills. [COMMUNICATE]
  4. Describe and demonstrate the knowledge and skills necessary to work in a law firm, corporate legal department, or public agency in a paralegal or law-related position under the supervision of an attorney. [ACT]

LEGAL 292: Paralegal Success Skills

Credits: 2.0

Prepares students to design a personal strategy for career success as a paralegal. Topics include professional branding and networking, managing workload, and time and case management, as well as classroom interaction with working paralegals and attorneys.Prerequisite(s): LEGAL 200 or instructor permission

Course Level Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, sudents will be able to:


LEGAL 295: Advanced Legal Research

Credits: 5.0

Advanced legal research and critical analysis of legal authorities; emphasis on analytic reading and writing, and development of objective and persuasive writing techniques, with attention to style, audience, and format. Students will develop their skills in preparation of correspondence, internal memoranda, persuasive briefs and memoranda of points and authorities.Prerequisite(s): LEGAL 200 and 210.

Course Level Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, sudents will be able to:

  1. Conduct research, using electronic and hardbound primary and secondary legal authority, and analyze the laws related to a particular legal problem. [REASON]
  2. Demonstrate techniques of persuasive writing in briefs and memoranda of points and authorities. [COMMUNICATE]
  3. Demonstrate techniques of balanced writing in opinion letters and general office correspondence. [COMMUNICATE]
  4. Demonstrate the analogical and deductive forms of legal reasoning. [REASON]
  5. Tailor the nature of the communication to maximize understanding in the intended audience, including those with different levels of education and different cultural backgrounds. [COMMUNICATE]
  6. Identify relevant, current support for legal analysis using correct citations for legal and non-legal sources. [REASON]
  7. Demonstrate effective writing techniques in preparing objective and persuasive legal documents using clear, concise, and grammatically correct English. [COMMUNICATE]
  8. Demonstrate awareness of ethical issues regarding paralegals or non-lawyers engaging in the unauthorized practice of law and giving legal advice. [ACT]

LEGAL 296: Legal Seminars

Credits: Maximum of 3.0 possible

Topics in specialized or rapidly changing areas of the law. Offered to enhance established program curriculum as well as provide continuing legal education to paralegals. S/U grade only.

Course Level Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, sudents will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate basic knowledge of areas of current interest in law and/or the paralegal field. [REASON]

LEGAL 297: Job Placement Seminar

Credits: 1.0

Earn legal specialty credit by attending job placement seminar which covers resume and cover letter writing; interviewing techniques; internships and opportunities for employment in legal specialty practice areas. S/U grade only. Must attend both sessions to receive credit.

Course Level Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, sudents will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate the ability to prepare a resume and cover letter. [COMMUNICATE]
  2. Demonstrate appropriate interviewing techniques. [COMMUNICATE]
  3. Demonstrate the knowledge of how and where to seek employment appropriate for graduates of the Paralegal Program. [COMMUNICATE]