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LGL 110 - Introduction to the Law and the Paralegal
Introduces various areas of law in which a paralegal may be employed. Includes study of the court system (Virginia and federal); a brief overview of criminal law, torts, family law, evidence, the U.C.C., contracts, and ethics; the role of the paralegal; and other areas of interest.
Lecture 3 hours. Total 3 hours per week.
3 credits
LGL 110 Detailed Outline
LGL 115 - Real Estate Law for Legal Assistants
Studies law of real property and gives in-depth survey of the more common types of real estate transactions and conveyances such as deeds, contracts, leases, and deeds of trust. Focuses on drafting these various instruments and studies the system of recording and search of public documents.
Lecture 3 hours per week.
3 credits
LGL 117 - Family Law
Studies elements of a valid marriage, grounds for divorce and annulment, separation, defenses, custody, support, adoptions, and applicable tax consequences. Includes property settlement agreements, pre- and ante-nuptial agreements, pleadings, and rules of procedure. May include specific federal and Virginia consumer laws.
Lecture 3 hours. Total 3 hours per week.
3 credits
LGL 117 Detailed Outline
LGL 120 - Legal Terminology
Provides an understanding of legal terminology with emphasis on developing an understanding of legal terminology in different ways rather than relying solely on learning through rote memorization. Designed to aid students preparing for certification.
Lecture 3 hours per week.
3 credits
LGL 125 - Legal Research
Provides an understanding of various components of a law library, and emphasizes research skills through the use of digests, encyclopedias, reporter systems, codes, citations, ALR, and other research tools. May include research through electronic databases, overview of computer applications, and writing projects.
Lecture 3 hours. Total 3 hours per week.
3 credits
LGL 125 Detailed Outline
LGL 126 - Legal Writing
Studies proper preparation of various legal documents, including legal memoranda, letters, and pleadings. Involves practical applications. May include case and appellate briefs. Prerequisite ENG 111 or permission of instructor.
Lecture 3 hours per week.
3 credits
LGL 127 - Legal Research and Writing
Provides a basic understanding of legal research and the proper preparation of legal documents, including brief writing. Prerequisite ENG 111 or permission of division.
Lecture 3 hours per week.
3 credits
LGL 200 - Ethics for the Paralegal
Examines general principles of ethical conduct applicable to paralegals. Includes the application of rules of ethics to the practicing paralegal.
Lecture 1 hour. Total 1 hour per week.
1 credits
LGL 200 Detailed Outline
LGL 216 - Trial Preparation and Discovery Practice
Examines the trial process, including the preparation of a trial notebook, pretrial motions, and orders. May include preparation of interrogatories, depositions, and other discovery tools used in assembling evidence in preparation for the trial or an administrative hearing.
Lecture 3 hours per week.
3 credits
LGL 218 - Criminal Law
Focuses on major crimes, including their classification, elements of proof, intent, conspiracy, responsibility, parties, and defenses. Emphasizes Virginia law. May include general principles of applicable constitutional law and criminal procedure.
Lecture 3 hours per week.
3 credits
LGL 225 - Estate Planning and Probate
Introduces various devices used to plan an estate, including wills, trust, joint ownership and insurance. Considers various plans in light of family situations and estate objectives. Focuses on practices involving administration of an estate including taxes and preparation of forms.
Lecture 3 hours per week.
3 credits
LGL 230 - Legal Transactions
Presents an in-depth study of general contract law, including formation, breach, enforcement, and remedies. May include an overview of UCC sales, commercial paper, and collections.
Lecture 3 hours per week.
3 credits
LGL 290 - Coordinated Internship
Supervises on-the-job training in selected business, industrial or service firms coordinated by the college.
Credit/practice ratio not to exceed 1:5 hours. May be repeated for credit. Variable hours.
1-5 credits