Legal Administration (LGL)

LGL 110 - Introduction to the Law and the Paralegal

Course Description

Effective: 2016-08-01

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

General Course Purpose

This course is a requirement for the Paralegal Studies AAS degree.

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LGL 117 - Family Law

Course Description

Effective: 2016-08-01

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

General Course Purpose

To acquaint the student with the laws concerning domestic relations with emphasis on drafting of documents. Serves as a requirement for the Paralegal Studies AAS degree.

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LGL 125 - Legal Research

Course Description

Effective: 2016-08-01

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

General Course Purpose

This course serves as a requirement for the Paralegal Studies AAS.

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LGL 200 - Ethics for the Paralegal

Course Description

Effective: 2016-08-01

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

General Course Purpose

Serves as a course requirement for the Paralegal Studies AAS degree. Familiarizes students with the Rules of Professional Conduct and their application to the paralegal.

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LGL 215 - Torts

Course Description

Effective: 2016-08-01

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

General Course Purpose

To acquaint the students in the Paralegal Studies, Litigation specialization, with the law of torts, including personal and property torts and defenses.

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LGL 220 - Administrative Practice and Procedure

Course Description

Effective: 2016-08-01

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

General Course Purpose

To acquaint the student in the Paralegal Studies, Litigation specialization with the practice and procedure applicable to administrative agencies.

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LGL 221 - E-Practice

Course Description

Effective: 2014-01-01

Prepares students to electronically file (e-file) in federal court, state court, and appropriate administrative agencies. Provides the student with the proper information on electronic discovery (e-discovery), including how data are requested, located, and searched in the course of litigation. Focuses on the proper process required to be in conformance with the appropriate laws.
3 Credits. Lecture 3 hours per week.
3 credits

General Course Purpose

A requirement for the Litigation Specialization of the Paralegal Studies AAS degree, this course addresses the knowledge and skills students need for e-filing in federal court and appropriate state courts, as well as appropriate administrative agencies. The course will also train the student on the proper process for e-discovery.

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LGL 222 - Information Technology for the Paralegal

Course Description

Effective: 2014-08-01

Provides extensive instruction on the use of technology in the law office, including word processing tools, spreadsheet programs, database management systems, office management programs, case management programs, electronic mail, the cloud, and use of the Internet in the practice of law.
Credits 3. Lecture 3 hours. Total contact 3 hours per week.
3 credits

General Course Purpose

The course is designed for students to learn and apply the use of information technology in the legal profession. Knowledge of computer concepts and applications alone is not adequate for the paralegal in today?s law office.

Course Prerequisites/Corequisites

ITE 115 or divisional approval

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LGL 236 - Elder Law

Course Description

Effective: 2011-05-01

Explores the legal issues affecting the elderly population, including Social Security, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Medicare, Medicaid, long-term care insurance, retirement housing and long-term care options, age discrimination, elder abuse and neglect, and estate and planning issues related to incapacity-guardianship, advanced medical directives, power of attorney, and end-of-life decisions.
Credits: 3 Lecture Hours: 3 Lab Hours: 0 Contact Hours: 3
3 credits

General Course Purpose

To provide an introduction to the issues underlying elder law.

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