Legal Studies Courses

  • LS 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. Students will be introduced to Westnext and CasemakerX for legal research. No prerequisites. Students enrolled in Fundamentals of Reading and Writing (EH 0301 or EH 0302) will not be allowed to take this class without the approval of the LS Director. LS 1300 is a prerequisite for all LS courses. Usually offered every fall and spring semester.
  • LS 1310 Legal Research and Writing
    This course provides students with an introduction to legal resources and legal research using the book method and using computerized methods. Students continue to develop their legal citation skills and their ability to properly format various legal documents.
  • LS 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 workforce have the practical functional skills critical for working in an office environment. Students will be introduced to CLIO, Alacourt and Pacer to prepare them for working in an office environment. Prerequisites: LS 1300, LS 1301. Usually offered every spring and summer semester.
  • LS 2190 Paralegal Portfolio
    A purposeful collection of student work that is accumulated throughout the student’s studies. Under the guidance of faculty, 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: LS 1300, LS 1301, LS 1320, LS 2335. This course is taken at the conclusion of the Legal Studies Program. Approval of Legal Studies Director required for enrollment. Usually offered every fall semester.
  • LS 2304 Paralegal 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. Prerequisite: LS 1300. Usually offered every fall and summer semester.
  • LS 2310/4310 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, LS 1301. Usually offered odd spring semesters.
  • LS 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, LS 1301. Usually offered even spring semesters.
  • LS 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, LS 1301. Usually offered even fall semesters.
  • LS 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, LS 1301. Usually offered every fall semester.
  • LS 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, LS 1301. Usually offered every spring semester.
  • LS 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, LS 1301. 443 Usually offered even spring semesters.
  • LS 2350/4350 Legal Studies Directed Study
    This course includes an advanced independent preparation for the Certified Legal Assistant Examination (CLA Exam) under faculty direction. Prerequisites: LS 1300, LS 1301. Approval of Legal Studies Director is required for enrollment. Usually offered every fall semester.
  • LS 2360/4360 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, LS 1301. Usually offered every summer and fall semester.
  • LS 2370 Tort Law
    This course provides insight into the legal system through the study of tort law and the progression of a civil complaint. It also emphasizes practical paralegal skills and ethical guidelines associated with the civil litigation paralegal. Prerequisites: LS 1300, LS 1301. Usually offered even summer semesters.
  • LS 2380/4380 Business Organizations and Contracts
    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, LS 1301. Usually offered even summer semesters.
  • LS 3340 Principles 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 1301, EH 1301, EH 1302. Usually offered every spring semester.
  • LS 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, LS 1301. Usually offered every spring semester.
  • LS 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: LS 1300, LS 1301, LS 1320, LS 2335, LS 3340, LS 3341. This course is taken at the conclusion of the Legal Studies Program. Approval of Legal Studies Director is required for enrollment. Usually offered every fall semester.
  • LS 3360 Administrative Law
    This course is designed to instruct the students on the creation, scope and limitations of Administrative Law through historical review, case law analysis, policy decisions and current events. Students will also be able to draft memorandum that could serve as valid Executive Orders and utilize resources to learn more about agencies. During the first four classes, there will be a discussion about Sinclair’s “The Jungle” and the debate about the clash between government and corporations regarding regulation. Prerequisites: Completion of EH 1301, LS 1300, LS 1301. Usually offered odd fall semesters.
  • LS 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. Prerequisites: LS 1300, LS 1301, LS 1320, LS 2335, LS 3340, LS 3341. This course is taken at the conclusion of the Legal Studies Program. Approval of Legal Studies Director required for enrollment. Usually offered every fall semester.