PARL 101 Introduction to Paralegal Studies (Cr3) (3:0)
Basic introduction to the American legal system and the variety of work done in the public and private practice of law by attorneys and paralegals working under the supervision of attorneys; emphasis on substantive and procedural aspects of law and the role of paralegals in accomplishing varied tasks within the legal system; examination of the structure and operation of the federal and state court systems; discussion of the ethical considerations inherent in the performance of various functions by paralegals. Formerly PARL 180.

PARL 151 Family Law (Cr3) (3:0)
Basic common law and statutory concepts of family law and domestic relations. Topics include, among others, marriages, separation, divorce, annulment, marital property, the parent-child relationship, child custody and supports, adoptions, guardianship, domestic relations court procedures, and the paralegal's role in the delivery of family law legal services. Ethical obligations, family law terminology and relevant technology in domestic relations practice are also presented. Pre- or coreq. - PARL 101. Offered fall semester only.

PARL 153 Real Estate Law (Cr3) (3:0)
Designed to prepare the student to become a legal office administrative support person who is either a paralegal or legal office administrator; basic concepts of the law of real property and rules affecting ownership, and transfer of ownership of real property; preparation of deeds, mortgages, title search and leases, including accumulating data and information needed to complete the above forms. Pre- or coreq. - PARL 101; Prereq. - word processing skill using Microsoft Word. Offered fall semester only.

PARL 156 Estates and Trusts (Cr3) (3:0)
Preparation of wills, trusts and administration of estates; responsibilities of the legal assistant in these areas; sample forms for wills, trusts and administration of an estate; preparation of tax returns. Pre- or coreq. - PARL 101. Offered spring semester only.

PARL 161 Business Organizational Law (Cr3) (3:0)
Principles of law applicable to operation of a business as a sole proprietorship, partnership, and corporation; documents needed for organization, operation and dissolution of each. Pre- or coreq. - PARL 101. Offered spring semester only.

PARL 162 Contract Law (Cr3) (3:0)
Analysis and application of the law pertaining to contract classification, formation, interpretation, remedies, and dispute resolution under common law and the Uniform Commercial Code. Emphasis on the role of the paralegal in accomplishing various tasks under the supervision of an attorney in all phases of the contracting process. Pre- or coreq.- PARL 101. Offered fall semester only.

PARL 163 Tort Law (Cr3) (3:0)
Introduction to the area of civil wrongs including intentional torts, negligence, product liability, trespass, and nuisance cases. Examination of the common defenses to such actions and appropriate remedies for the victims. The paralegal's role in the delivery of legal services, ethical obligations, legal terminology and relevant technology in a tort and personal injury law practice are also presented. Pre- or coreq. - PARL 101. Offered spring semester only.

PARL 166 Criminal Law and Procedure (Cr3) (3:0)
Overview of the paralegal's role in various law offices involved in the criminal justice process. Substantive aspects of criminal law including the general principles of criminal liability, analysis of particular crimes, parties to crimes, and the substantive defense to crimes. Constitutional safeguards and procedures from arrest through trial, sentencing, punishment, and appeal are also studied. Ethical obligations, appropriate legal terminology and relevant technology in criminal law and procedure are examined. Pre- or coreq. - PARL 101. Offered fall semester only.

PARL 187 Litigation Practice and Procedure (Cr3) (3:0)
Civil litigation including appeals, drafting pleadings, interrogatories, depositions, and motions; aspects of criminal practice. Pre- or coreq. - PARL 101; Prereq. - typing skill.

PARL 215G Legal Research and Writing (Cr3) (3:0)
This course provides practical experience locating and applying conventional and computerized legal research resources in the investigation and resolution of typical fact scenarios and legal issues. Emphasis is placed on preparing for the role of the paralegal performing legal research in an attorney-supervised law office. Students will become familiar with basic legal writing principles and the incorporation of legal research results into traditional writing exercises such as case briefs and legal research memoranda. Prereq.- ENGL 151 and PARL 101. CORE:WI

PARL 250 Internship (Cr3) (1:6)
This course includes preparatory seminars preceding placement of each student in an office setting appropriate to the course of study. The onsite experience includes the assignment by PARL faculty in an environment where the intern will be supervised by an onsite experienced mentor, maintenance of a daily journal during the actual work experience and development of a detailed procedures manual which reflects office operations. Prereq. - OFAD 125, OFAD 163, PARL 187 and PARL 215G.

PARL 291 Special Studies in Paralegal (Cr1)
See Statement on Special Studies. Offered on demand.

PARL 292 Special Studies in Paralegal (Cr2)
See Statement on Special Studies. Offered on demand.

PARL 293 Special Studies in Paralegal (Cr3)
See Statement on Special Studies. Offered on demand.