Legal Administration (LGL) at Northern Virginia Community College


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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
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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
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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
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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
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LGL 215 - Torts
Studies fundamental principles of the law of torts and may include preparation and use of pleadings and other documents involved in the trial of a civil action. Emphasizes intentional torts, negligence, personal injury, products liability, and malpractice cases.
Lecture 3 hours. Total 3 hours per week.
3 credits
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LGL 217 - Trial Practice and the Law of Evidence
Introduces civil and criminal evidence, including kinds, degrees and admissibility of evidence. Studies methods and techniques of evidence acquisition. Emphasizes Virginia and federal rules of evidence. Focuses on the elements and various problems associated with the trial of a civil or criminal case.
Lecture 3 hour 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 220 - Administrative Practice and Procedure
Surveys applicable administrative laws, including the Privacy Act, the Administrative Process Act, and Freedom of Information Act. Studies practice and procedure involving the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control, State Corporation Commission, Virginia Workers' Compensation Commission, Social Security Administration, Virginia Employment Commission, and other administrative agencies.
Lecture 3 hours. Total 3 hours per week.
3 credits
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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 234 - Intellectual Property Law
Presents outline of federal copyright and federal and state trademark law. Examines the functions of legal assistants in preparing registrations as well as infringement litigation. Covers related areas of law including trade secrecy and differences between various types of intellectual property. Examines the basics of patent law.
Lecture 3 hours per week.
3 credits
LGL 235 - Legal Aspects of Business Organizations
Studies fundamental principles of agency law and the formation of business organizations. Includes sole proprietorships, partnerships, corporation, limited liability companies, and other business entities. Reviews preparation of the documents necessary for the organization and operation of businesses.
Lecture 3 hours per week.
3 credits
LGL 250 - Immigration Law
Provides an introduction to immigration law and policy, giving an overview of the United States legal system that regulates the admission, exclusion, removal, and naturalization of immigrants. Includes issues concerning refugees, asylum seekers, illegal immigrants, and undocumented aliens.

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
LGL 298 - Seminar and Project
Requires completion of a project or research report related to the student's occupational objectives and a study of approaches to the selection and pursuit of career opportunities in the field.
May be repeated for credit. Variable hours.
1-5 credits