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HELP ARTD-Arts   BSSD-Behav. & Social Sci.   HUMD-Humanities    NSLD-Nat. Sci. with Lab   NSND-Nat. Sci. NO lab   [M] - Global & Cultural Prospective
CE -- Credit by Exam available     (...only)  -- offered only on indicated campus(es)     G - Germantown    R - Rockville    TP - Takoma Park/Silver Spring
Course Course Title Semester Hours Subject
LA 101 INTRO TO LEGAL SYSTEM 3 semester hours LA-Paralegal Studies-Legal Ast
Course Description:    A general perspective of the legal system and specific information about the present and potential role of the legal assistant within that system. The following topics will be studied: operation and structures of the federal and Maryland criminal and civil systems, administrative agencies, criminal justice agencies, private law firms, public sector law offices, legal clinics, and prepaid legal plans. The principles of legal ethics will be related to the present and possible future tasks, skills, and roles of the legal assistant in each legal area. (G and TP/SS only) Assessment levels: EN 101/101A, RD 120. Three hours lecture/discussion each week.
LA 102 LEGAL RESEARCH 3 semester hours LA-Paralegal Studies-Legal Ast
Course Description:    Focuses on the importance of legal research as a skill that is part of a legal assistant's tools. Explores the principles of an organized approach to legal research, kinds of law books, components of a law book, citations, reading and finding constitutional law, regulations, case law, and statutory law. Students will read and brief statutes and cases. In learning various legal research tools, students will use indexes, digests, Shepard's citators, and treatises to establish authority to support a position. Other sources of research include federal and state codes, reports, and administrative regulations. A brief survey of international and foreign law will also be included. (G and TP/SS only) PREREQUISITE: LA 101. Three hours lecture/discussion each week.
LA 103 LEGAL WRITING 3 semester hours LA-Paralegal Studies-Legal Ast
Course Description:    Concentrated study of the language, format, and content of legal writings. Emphasis on the techniques of legal composition, including understanding the role of key facts; narrowing issues; applying relevant law, citations, and other appropriate information; and organizing the materials and writing them in clear, concise style. Practice in applying these techniques to writing interoffice memoranda, letters, and legal instruments and pleadings. (G and TP/SS only) PREREQUISITES: LA 101 and evidence of keyboarding skill of 35 wam. Three hours each week.
LA 104 INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICAT 3 semester hours LA-Paralegal Studies-Legal Ast
Course Description:    To increase awareness of the factors underlying effective communication with the legal setting. Skills in interviewing, listening, and investigation will be systematically developed. (G and TP/SS only) Assessment levels: EN 101/101A, RD 120. Three hours each week.
HELP ARTD-Arts   BSSD-Behav. & Social Sci.   HUMD-Humanities    NSLD-Nat. Sci. with Lab   NSND-Nat. Sci. NO lab   [M] - Global & Cultural Prospective
CE -- Credit by Exam available     (...only)  -- offered only on indicated campus(es)     G - Germantown    R - Rockville    TP - Takoma Park/Silver Spring
Course Course Title Semester Hours Subject
LA 106 LEGAL ETHICS 3 semester hours LA-Paralegal Studies-Legal Ast
Course Description:    An exploration of fundamentals in ethics as applied to personal and public policy judgments and decisions in legal activities. This course concentrates on moral and ethical issues and decision making as they relate to a legal environment, with a focus on ethical principles as they influence legal policies. (G and TP/SS only) Assessment levels: EN 101/101A, RD 120. Three hours lecture/discussion each week.
LA 110 MARYLAND CONTRACT LAW 3 semester hours LA-Paralegal Studies-Legal Ast
Course Description:    This course focuses on the common law of contracts and sales. Emphasis is placed on the elements of a contract, the types of sales, and the legal consequences as a result of a contract or sale. Students will become familiar with the negotiation of a contract, creation of a sale, and the interpretation of the relevant laws. Students will be required to draft several contracts and sales agreements according to the laws of Maryland and the Uniform Commercial Code. Includes the paralegal's role in assisting attorneys in contract review. (G and TP/SS only) Assessment levels: EN 101/101A, RD 120. Three hours lecture/discussion each week.
LA 114 DOMESTIC RELATIONS 3 semester hours LA-Paralegal Studies-Legal Ast
Course Description:    A practical course in the law and the practice of domestic relations law in Maryland. Instruction includes a description of the process through which a divorce action flows from the attorney's office through the courts. The special pleadings and documents to be prepared for the courts, the agreements to be drawn between the parties, the grounds for divorce and separation, and the defenses are presented. The property rights of the parties are examined including alimony, custody, and child support. (G and TP/SS only) Assessment levels: EN 101/101A, RD 120. Three hours lecture/discussion each week.
LA 116 REAL PROPERTY 3 semester hours LA-Paralegal Studies-Legal Ast
Course Description:    Designed to provide students with the basic concepts of real property and to enable them to perform duties relating to real property in a legal office. Students will have practice in drafting and recording the documents related to the transfer of real property title as well as practice in completing a title search under supervision and identifying possible title defects. The student will also have practice in preparing settlement sheets and assembling all the documents necessary for the closing procedure. (G and TP/SS only) Assessment levels: EN 101/101A, RD 120. Three hours lecture/discussion each week.
HELP ARTD-Arts   BSSD-Behav. & Social Sci.   HUMD-Humanities    NSLD-Nat. Sci. with Lab   NSND-Nat. Sci. NO lab   [M] - Global & Cultural Prospective
CE -- Credit by Exam available     (...only)  -- offered only on indicated campus(es)     G - Germantown    R - Rockville    TP - Takoma Park/Silver Spring
Course Course Title Semester Hours Subject
LA 118 CIVIL LITIGATION 3 semester hours LA-Paralegal Studies-Legal Ast
Course Description:    A practical course in the processes through which a civil lawsuit and a criminal prosecution advance from the lowest through the highest courts in Maryland. The instruction includes a description of the Maryland court system, the lawyer's tools, the stages of a lawsuit, and the participation of the legal assistant at every stage of the proceeding in the lawyer's office and in court. (G and TP/SS only) Assessment levels: EN 101/101A, RD 120. Three hours lecture/discussion each week.
LA 120 WILLS AND ESTATES 3 semester hours LA-Paralegal Studies-Legal Ast
Course Description:    A practical course in the drafting of wills and probating of estates in Maryland. The instruction includes a description of the process through which an estate flows from the attorney's office through the courts. The documents to be prepared for the courts and the mechanics of probating the estate will be covered. Tax consequences will be discussed. (G and TP/SS only) Assessment levels: EN 101/101A, RD 120. Three hours lecture/discussion each week.
LA 122 LAW OFFICE ADMINISTRATION 3 semester hours LA-Paralegal Studies-Legal Ast
Course Description:    A study of the principles of law office administration including organizational structures, law office personnel, systems approach, equipment, timekeeping, bookkeeping and accounting practices, indexing and filing, calendar and monitor systems, library and retrieval systems, the office manual, and the law office layout. Students will complete practical problems in several areas. Major emphasis will be on the development and use of systems in the law office, with the expectation of increasing efficiency and reducing legal costs. (G and T only) Assessment levels: EN 101/101A, RD 120. Three hours lecture/discussion each week.
LA 210 TORTS 3 semester hours LA-Paralegal Studies-Legal Ast
Course Description:    This course concentrates on civil wrong. Students will become familiar with the standard of conduct required in various transactions and the remedies as a result of the breach of required standards. Students will learn how specific acts interfere with family relationships and business relationships. (G and TP/SS only) PREREQUISITE: LA 101. Three hours lecture/discussion each week.
HELP ARTD-Arts   BSSD-Behav. & Social Sci.   HUMD-Humanities    NSLD-Nat. Sci. with Lab   NSND-Nat. Sci. NO lab   [M] - Global & Cultural Prospective
CE -- Credit by Exam available     (...only)  -- offered only on indicated campus(es)     G - Germantown    R - Rockville    TP - Takoma Park/Silver Spring
Course Course Title Semester Hours Subject
LA 212 IMMIGRATION LAW 3 semester hours LA-Paralegal Studies-Legal Ast
Course Description:    An introduction to U. S. immigration laws as applied to personal, corporate, and public policy judgments. This course concentrates on questions of philosophy, public policy, and constitutional interpretation and will develop an awareness of how legislation affects administrative and judicial decisions involving immigration. (G and TP/SS only) PREREQUISITE: LA 101 or consent of department. Three hours lecture/discussion each week.

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