Faulkner University

Legal Studies (LS) Course Descriptions

1300 Introduction to Paralegalism I

This course provides an overview of the paralegal profession. The course includes an introduction to legal terminology, the judicial system, legal ethics, legal research and writing, substantive law, and paralegal ethics. This course also provides an overview of job search skills specific to the paralegal profession. No Prerequisites. LS 1300 is a prerequisite for all LS courses and is usually offered every fall and spring semesters.

1301 Introduction to Paralegalism II

This course provides information in the different substantive areas of law as well as a strong legal ethics component. Discussions using Blackboard and LiveText formats. Performing research related to all substantive areas, preparing a minimum of two written assignments on a substantive law question. Prerequisites: Introduction to Paralegalism I

1320 Law Office Management

This course is to familiarize paralegal students with the working environment of the law office and ensure that students entering an internship or the work force have the practical functional skills critical for working in an office environment. Prerequisites: Introduction to Paralegalism I.

2190 Portfolio

A purposeful collection of student work that is accumulated throughout the student's studies. Under the guidance of the Legal Studies Program Director, students must submit material that reveals the extent of student learning, achievement, and development. The paralegal portfolio is intended to assess acquired knowledge and competence in areas considered necessary to successfully work as a paralegal/legal assistant. Prerequisites: Approval of Legal Studies Director.

2304 Ethics

This course will introduce students to the types of moral and ethical dilemmas encountered in the legal field; generally to the ethical rules developed by the American Bar Association, and specifically, to the rules adopted by the State of Alabama for the regulation of attorney and paralegal conduct and the model codes of paralegal associations; and to methods for researching the answers to ethical dilemmas. Prerequisites: LS 1300. LS 2304 is usually offered every fall semester and every summer semester.

2310 Family Law

This course covers legal areas pertaining to the family; divorce, marital rights, property division, child custody, and alimony. Also includes an emphasis on practical skills and ethical considerations relative to the family law paralegal. Prerequisites: LS 1300; Students enrolled in Fundamentals of Reading and Writing, EH 0301 or EH 0302, will not be allowed to take this class. LS 2310 is offered every spring semester (odd years).

2320 Real Property Law

Covers the law and legal procedures peculiar to real property such as buying/selling real estate, abstracts of titles, deeds, leases, easements, legal descriptions, conveyances, and landlord-tenant relationships. Also includes an emphasis on practical skills and ethical considerations relative to the family law paralegal. Prerequisites: LS 1300; Students enrolled in Fundamentals of Reading and Writing, EH 0301 or EH 0302, will not be allowed to take this course. LS 2320 is offered every spring semester (even years).

2330 Probate, Wills, Estates and Trusts

Covers the process of estate planning and probate, with emphasis on will drafting, creation of trusts, probate administration, guardianships and conservatorships. Includes an emphasis on practical skills and ethical considerations relative to the probate law paralegal. Prerequisites: LS 1300; Students enrolled in Fundamentals of Reading and Writing, EH 0301 or EH 0302, will not be allowed to take this course. LS 2330 is offered every fall semester.

2335 Computer-based Legal Research

This course provides a hands-on computer oriented course to familiarize students with commercial software packages used in law offices. Particular emphasis is on the use of Westlaw, Lexis, and the Internet. The course also includes an emphasis on advanced legal research and writing projects. Prerequisites: LS 1300, EH 1301, EH 1302, LS1310, CIS1302, and LS 2340. LS 2335 is offered every summer.

2340 Civil Procedure

Provides an analysis of the litigation process covering discovery methods, rules of evidence, court systems, settlement and post litigation procedures. Also includes an emphasis on practical civil procedure skills and ethical considerations relative to the paralegal. Prerequisites: LS 1300. Students enrolled in EH 0301 or 0302, Fundamentals of Reading and Writing, will not be allowed to take this course. LS 2340 is offered every fall semester.

2341 Evidence for Paralegals

A study of the rules of evidence applicable to admissibility requirements, burden of proof, testimonial privileges, hearsay rule, opinion testimony, documentary and real evidence. Also provides an overview of the typical responsibilities of the paralegal in the collection and presentation of evidence. Prerequisites: LS 1300; Students enrolled in Fundamentals of Reading and Writing, EH 0301 or EH 0302, will not be allowed to take this course. LS 2341 is offered every spring semester.

2346 Criminal Law and Procedure

This course provides an introduction and analysis of applicable substantive criminal law and criminal procedure. This course also provides an emphasis on practical paralegal skills and ethical guidelines for the criminal law paralegal. Prerequisites: LS 1300; Students enrolled in Fundamentals of Reading and Writing, EH 0301 or EH 0302, will not be allowed to take this class. LS 2346 is offered every spring semester.

2350 / 4350 Legal Studies Directed Study

This course includes an advanced independent legal research and writing project and oral presentation utilizing electronic visual aids or independent preparation for the Certified Legal Assistant Examination (CLA Exam) under faculty direction. Prerequisites: LS 1300 and approval of Legal Studies Director. LS 2350 is offered every fall semester.

2360 Legal Studies Internship

This course offers the student a supervised work experience as a public or private sector paralegal. This course also emphasizes an understanding of the legal office work culture, job search skills, and oral communication skills. Prerequisites: LS 1300; Students enrolled in Fundamentals of Reading and Writing, EH 0301 or EH 0302, will not be allowed to take this class. LS 2360 is offered every spring and summer semester.

2370 Tort Law

This course provides insight into the legal system through the study of tort law, the progression of a civil complaint. It also emphasizes practical paralegal skills and ethical guidelines associated with the civil litigation paralegal. Prerequisites: LS 1300; Students enrolled in Fundamentals of Reading and Writing, EH 0301 or EH 0302, will not be allowed to take this course. LS 2370 is offered every summer semester.

2380 Business Organizations

This course provides an introduction and examination of various business entities and business law concepts. This course also provides an emphasis on practical skills and ethical guidelines essential for the legal assistant and other business professionals. Prerequisites: LS 1300; Students enrolled in Fundamentals of Reading and Writing, EH 0301 and EH 0302, will not be allowed to take this class. LS 2380 is offered every summer semester (even years).

3340 Principals of Litigation

This course provides an analysis of the litigation process covering discovery methods, rules of evidence, court systems, settlement and post-litigation procedures. Also includes an emphasis on practical civil litigation skills and ethical considerations relative to the paralegal. Prerequisites: LS 1300; LS 1310; EH 1301 and 1302. LS 3340 is offered every spring semester.

3341 Evidence for Paralegals

This course is a study of the rules of evidence applicable to admissibility requirements, burden of proof, testimonial privileges, hearsay rule, opinion testimony, documentary and real evidence. This course provides an in depth analysis of the Federal Rules of Evidence and an analysis of the case law applicable to the rules. This course also provides an overview of the typical responsibilities of the paralegal in the collection and presentation of evidence. Prerequisites: LS 1300; Completion of Fundamentals of Reading and Writing, EH 0301 or 0302, if placement required. LS 3341 is offered every spring semester.

3350 Advanced Legal Writing

This course is designed to enhance the foundation of paralegal competencies developed in the student's introductory and elective course work. Through study of advanced legal specialty subjects, students will gain additional experience and skill in critical analysis of legal issues, locating and evaluating appropriate legal authority and the application of such authority to the resolution of hypothetical factual situations. The student will also consider advanced legal writing strategies applicable to successful litigation and appellate practice. Prerequisites: Approval of Legal Studies Director. LS 3350 is offered every fall semester.

4190 Paralegal Portfolio

A purposeful collection of student work that is accumulated throughout the student's studies. Under the guidance of the Legal Studies Program Director, students must submit material that reveals the extent of student learning, achievement, and development. The paralegal portfolio is intended to assess acquired knowledge and competence in areas considered necessary to successfully work as a paralegal/legal assistant. The Paralegal Portfolio is completed in lieu of a comprehensive final examination. Prerequisites: Approval of Legal Studies Director.

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